Israeli activists stage symbolic hunger strike in Tel Aviv in solidarity with Samer Issawi

 

A group of Israeli activists are currently staging a symbolic hunger strikeacross from the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, in solidarity with hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi. The week-long hunger strike, conducted in shifts, is calling for Issawi’s release to his home in Jerusalem. Earlier this month, a group of Israelis made a number of attempts to visit Issawi in the hospital.

PA official: No progress in Abbas, Kerry meeting

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A meeting on Sunday between president Abbas and US Secretary of State John Kerry failed to make any progress on Palestinian conditions to restart talks with Israel, the PA ambassador to Turkey said.

Nabil Maarouf told Ma’an that the Istanbul meeting did not address Palestinian concerns about a halt to settlement activity and the release of prisoners before any possible peace talks.

However, the US secretary of state promised to help economic development and investment in the West Bank, Maarouf said.

Kerry also set a timeline for peace talks, encouraging both sides to resume negotiations by the end of May. Future meetings with the US official will determine Abbas’ next steps in terms of negotiations, Maarouf said.

The PA ambassador said that Abbas and Kerry did not discuss the upcoming visit to Gaza of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but Abbas had previously contacted Turkish officials to ask that they postpone the visit.

On Sunday, Hamas slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry for urging the Turkish prime minister to delay a visit to the coastal territory.

Kerry told reporters on Sunday he had asked the Turkish PM to wait for the “right conditions” before going ahead with a planned visit next month to Gaza.

(Source / 21.04.2013)

International solidarity with Palestine: personal observations

After a recent discovery of a solidarity page on Facebook with the title of “International Community to save Palestine” which at this moment in time has over 8,000 likes, the problems with international solidarity with the Palestinian struggle must once again be addressed. Although those that liked this page may well have good intentions, the term “save” carries many dangerous connotations and should not be accepted whatsoever. Since the very beginning of international activism, there has always been a fine line between solidarity and victimisation, especially when it comes to the Palestinian cause. When internationals begin to learn and understand more about the horrendous acts of colonial Israel, it may motivate several to mobilise in order to shine more light on these crimes against humanity; however that does not make any international a spokesperson for the Palestinians, nor does it mean they should continue to treat Palestinians as inferiors .As a Palestinian, it must be made clear: we have a voice of our own and we do not need people to speak on our behalf, we are not mute and we refuse to be silenced.  Therefore, it’s crucial to understand that by taking a position to speak on behalf of the Palestinians one is also committing the act of silencing Palestinians. If you want to show solidarity, then act as an echo rather than a voice for the call of liberation and justice.

As a Palestinian comrade once stated before, Palestine is not a charity case. The continuous act of the international community of behaving as spokespersons for the Palestinians is very similar to the colonial tactics to further inferiorize the Palestinians. Similar to Israel’s attempts to show the world that it knows what’s best for the Palestinians, it’s crucial for the international community to not follow in such colonial footsteps.

Holding the microphone

If you become one of the many internationals in solidarity with Palestine, it is vital to grasp an understanding of the various attempts made to speak for the Palestinians and what should be done in its place, to show appropriate camaraderie. If as an individual you do want to hold the microphone, then do so in your home country against the normalisation your governments partakes in with the apartheid state, or against the blind funding for Israel, be it by your government or companies that bare your nationality. If you want to hold the microphone, do so as an individual speaking out against colonialism, speaking out against apartheid and speaking out against the complicity of all those who remain silent. Conversely, do not do so through making the Palestinians seem like helpless victims in desperate need for international mobilization, as if the only way to liberate Palestine is when the international community does it. Hold the microphone because you’re against injustice, not as a representative of the Palestinians. By having a paternalistic outlook on an entire population and by disregarding its resistance movements by believing the road to liberation lie elsewhere, you are not expressing solidarity; you are expressing a white saviour mentality.

Proof of humanity

Furthermore, as an international in solidarity with Palestine, it is not your duty to prove the humanity of Palestinians. The urge to attest to the humanity of Palestinians is playing right into the hands of white-supremacist world view, as well as conforming to western ideals that demonise Palestinians on a daily basis. If you are in solidarity then do so by not viewing us as inferiors, moreover, even the various attempts made with good intentions to prove that Palestinians are not “the terrorists media makes them be, they actually bleed like everyone else” are making Palestinians seem like inferiors, our humanity doesn’t need validation . Instead of this being productive, it actually further dehumanizes the Palestinians. There should be no need to prove our humanity to anyone. We are Palestinian, not animals.

Selective support of resistance

The Palestinian people have had a long history of resisting colonialism that extends much further than Israel’s colonial aspirations of 1948. We have utilised all anti-colonial methods in our extensive struggle, including armed as well as unarmed resistance. If you are in solidarity with the Palestinian people and our right towards self-determination, then you are in solidarity with our rights to fight colonialism by all means, including armed resistance, there is no compromise. Not that an occupied people needs a law to take back its dignity, however, UN resolution 3070 by the general assembly even states that a colonized population has the right to liberate itself using armed resistance. The selective support for a single form of resistance (usually unarmed) is not genuine solidarity.

Nabi Saleh (2011)

NABI SALEH JANUARY 2012

Criticism and dictation

As an international in solidarity with Palestine and the Palestinian cause, another issue that is vital to comprehend is the limits of your input towards the psychological and emotional expressions of the colonised. It is not the position of any solidarity activist to judge and or dictate how Palestinians should react when confronted with Israeli colonialism and apartheid. Additionally, having lived through numerous colonial regimes, it is the right of the Palestinian people to feel a plethora of emotions and if this includes anger, it should not be downplayed or belittled. Therefore, internationals should not attempt to tell Palestinians that being irate is not productive or any emotions they’re feeling are inappropriate to the struggle or they’re somehow relating a wrong message for the cause. The Palestinian people are indeed capable of deciding how to feel on their own. Lastly, candid solidarity indicates the support for the Palestinians methods of ending the Israeli colonialism rather than telling them how to end it. Not all, but many internationals come from a place of privilege and must not fall into the trap of becoming the supposed voice of the struggle; once again, it is crucial to understand that your position is to observe, and to be Palestinian-led rather than attempting to lead the Palestinians.

Cultural appropriation

Another misunderstanding that can take outside of history is culture. This confusion may be without malicious intent; however the various acts of cultural appropriation by the international community can be rectified when they themselves extensively become equipped with knowledge and respect of and for Palestinian culture. For instance, the kuffiyeh (checkered scarf) has been recently adopted by the west in the form of a fashion statement. The kuffieyeh in Palestine resembles a long history of resistance and existence. Therefore, disregarding its history and its cultural significance is not only a misrepresentation but an insult to Palestine’s cultural identity. An additional important aspect to be taken on board too, is to not view Palestinians as exotic people with an exotic culture. Such orientalist reactions are just reaffirming white-supremacy. Moreover, we are not objects to be admired.

Objectifying and romanticizing resistance

With the rapid increase of photojournalism and the constant personal documentation of Palestinian actions and resistance against colonialism, it is very easy to deviate into the path of objectifying and romanticizing resistance. Palestinian resistance is not happening so that people can undertake art projects, and the Palestinian resistors, are not models for the next art gallery. If you are in a non-compromising solidarity, your view of Palestinians should not be akin to a romantic, revolutionary novel. Romanticizing the resistance is a form of objectifying Palestinians. A grave example of this, is photographic close ups of women’s eyes, which has nothing to do with the action in which they are participating in, not only does this demean the resistance but the women of Palestine too. Idealisation takes away from the technical strategies and the actual, hard struggle towards liberation. It belittles the cause and devalues the significance of resistance against colonization. The Palestinian struggle towards liberation is not a poem; it’s an unforgiving reality of demanding justice and human rights.

Knowing the history

As a final point, one must be willing to ground themselves in knowledge by accurately learning about Palestinian history and that learning journey must be undertaken by one and oneself only, if you as internationals are to stand in solidarity with the colonised people of occupied Palestine. This is especially imperative for solidarity activists who wish to visit. Before you are on the ground in Palestine, it is key to not give blind support which is hollow in its meaning and Instead, as aforementioned, as much learning as possible should take place, through reading and use of media, whether that be mainstream or social et al. On top of this it is pivotal to not travel to Palestine with the mentality of visiting less fortunate people because that is when one begins to inferiorize us. And definitely do not visit with the mentality of being our saviour, or a hero, as this mind-set further deepens the white saviour complex. So when you do stay in Palestine, remember; solidarity is a huge undertaking, and history should not be forgotten.

(Source / 21.04.2013)

VECHTEN TEGEN WINDMOLENS?

Veertienhonderd Palestijnen op de Westoever hebben al elektriciteit dankzij de windmolens en zonnepanelen van het Israëlisch-Palstijnse Comet-ME. Verschillende kleine gemeenschappen wachten trappelend op hun beurt. Gooit Israël roet in het eten?
Vechten tegen windmolens?Eind december opende de Israëlisch-Palestijnse organisatie Comet-ME (Community, Energy, Technology in the Middle East) een multifunctioneel centrum voor hernieuwbare energie op de Westoever. Voor eind 2013 staat een pilotproject voor betere watervoorzieningen gepland.

De door twee Israëlische natuurkundigen opgerichte organisatie gelooft in open sourceen hoopt de opgedane kennis en ervaring ooit in andere ontwikkelingsgebieden in te zetten. 1,3 Miljard wereldburgers hebben immers geen toegang tot elektriciteit. Aan ambitie en doortastendheid geen gebrek.

Tegenwerking

Comet-ME opereert met name in Area C, een gebied dat 62 procent van de Westelijke Jordaanoever beslaat en volledig onder controle van Israël staat. Er woont maar zo’n zes procent van de Palestijnse bevolking, zonder enige democratische vertegenwoordiging.

Het ontwikkelingswerk richt zich op enkele kleine gemeenschappen die nog zo leven als honderd jaar geleden: ze hoeden geiten en schapen en verkopen kaas, yoghurt en boter op de markt in de stad. Dat gebrek aan ontwikkeling komt deels doordat er geen elektriciteit is, hoewel ze op sommige plekken de zoemende kabels bijna kunnen aanraken. Comet-ME probeert hun situatie te verbeteren, eigenlijk de taak van de Israëlische overheid.

In plaats daarvan worden de Palestijnen volgens de organisatie door leger en kolonisten tegengewerkt. Bouwvergunningen worden nauwelijks verleend, daarom wonen mensen vaak in hutten en tenten. Zelfs die zijn echter niet veilig voor de Israëlische sloophamer. Grotten wel, waar veel Palestijnse gezinnen dan ook leven.

In 2012 gingen 690 structuren (van watersystemen tot gebouwen) tegen de vlakte. In bijna twee jaar tijd werden 150 met westers geld gefinancierde projecten vernietigd. En al enige tijd dreigen ook enkele internationaal bekostigde projecten van Comet-ME door de Israëlische staat te worden vernield.

Noodgedwongen ligt de prioriteit van de door zowel Palestijnen als Israëliërs gerunde organisatie nu bij het legaliseren van hun activiteiten. Ze voeren rechtszaken, zoeken media-aandacht en lobbyen bij westerse landen.

Mogelijkheden

Eind februari maakte woordvoerder Aya Shoshan op uitnodiging van stichting Stop de Bezetting een rondje langs verschillende Nederlandse organisaties en politieke partijen. Nederland moet volgens haar, net als Duitsland – een belangrijke financier –, Israël onder druk zetten, anders kunnen ngo’s hun werk in grote delen van de Westoever niet doen.

“Onze organisatie wil de Palestijnse gehuchten van duurzame stroom voorzien, maar ze ook meer kansen geven”, vertelt Shoshan tijdens haar bezoek. “Bewoners missen de infrastructuur om de kaasverkoop lonend genoeg te kunnen maken. Door klimaatverandering neemt de droogte toe, waardoor ze duur water moeten kopen. De kosten voor hun producten stijgen, terwijl ze minder produceren. En ze kunnen niet op tegen de concurrentie van goedkope buitenlandse producten.”

De door zonnepanelen en windmolens gegenereerde elektriciteit vergroot de mogelijkheden van de Palestijnen, hoewel het netwerk alleen in de basisbehoeften voorziet. “Koken en verwarmen kost bijvoorbeeld teveel energie. Dat doen ze nog steeds op hout, maar de dure en vervuilende dieselgeneratoren zijn gelukkig verleden tijd.”

Op de enkele plekken waar wel een infrastructuur is toegestaan, zie je volgens Shoshan dat kleine gehuchten zich ontwikkelen tot dorpjes met winkeltjes en contacten met grotere steden. “Dat is wat er moet gebeuren met de mensen die wij willen helpen. Ze zijn zich bewust van de achterstand die ze hebben: Tel Aviv ligt op anderhalf uur rijden van waar we werken, ze zien het moderne leven in Hebron en Yatta. De fysieke afstand is klein, maar het verschil in ontwikkeling enorm.”

Soshan werd positief ontvangen in Nederland en is in dialoog met verschillende politieke partijen, ngo’s en groepen die zich met deze kwestie bezighouden. Concrete stappen zijn er nog niet genomen. “Vanwege de strenge beperkingen staat de situatie van de Palestijnse bevolking in Area C hoog op de agenda van zowel de Europese Unie als van de afzonderlijke landen. Als belangrijkste schenker en vanwege de goede relaties met Israël kan Nederland een belangrijke rol spelen in het aandringen op een oplossing. Media-aandacht en publiek bewustwording is hiervoor belangrijk.”

Meer informatie: www.comet-me.org

Kinderen Tomer Appelbaum

Zonnepanelen en windmolens blijken elkaar perfect aan te vullen. Er is, ongeacht de seizoenen en dag of nacht, altijd voldoende energie. Belangrijk, want als de batterijen helemaal leeglopen moeten ze eerder worden vervangen. Die zijn duur, bovendien kost het importeren veel tijd en moeite. Problemen aan de grens worden voorkomen door materialen lokaal te verwerven, hoewel de belangrijkste beweegreden is dat de lokale economie wordt gesteund. Overigens betalen bewoners een marktconforme prijs voor de energie. De opbrengst wordt gereserveerd voor de aankoop van nieuwe batterijen, zodat investeringen van sponsoren kunnen worden ingezet voor nieuwe projecten.

Windmolen Tomer Appelbaum

Samenwerking met de bevolking is een belangrijk uitgangspunt. Die helpt bij het zoeken van de beste plek voor de installatie, het bouwen van de constructies, het plegen van simpel onderhoud en het constateren, doorgeven en oplossen van problemen. Met hulp van de bewoners produceert Comet-ME de windmolens zelf in de werkplaats van het centrum voor duurzame energie.

Vrouwen Tomer Appelbaum

Met name vrouwen profiteren van stroom. Huishoudelijke taken en het maken van boter en kaas zijn minder tijdrovend, waardoor er meer ruimte is voor een gezinsleven. Verlichting en televisie zorgen voor een gevoel van huiselijkheid. Summud, vasthouden aan het land, is ongelofelijk belangrijk voor de Palestijnen. De verbeterde omstandigheden maken het wat minder zwaar.

Kinderen Eduardo SoterasDe projecten van Comet-ME komen vaak voort uit het politieke werk van Israelische medewerkers en vrijwilligers, die Palestijnen begeleiden op weg naar hun land of naar school en kunnen helpen bij eventuele problemen met het Israëlische leger of de kolonisten. Kinderen kunnen ’s avonds studeren en mensen voelen zich veel veiliger. Voor kolonisten, leger maar ook voor wilde dieren. Mobiele telefoons maken het nu mogelijk indien nodig hulp in te roepen.

Koelkast - Tomer AppelbaumDoordat arme Palestijnen, als ze eenmaal stroom hadden, vaak oude koelkasten kochten raakte het elektriciteitscircuit overbelast. Inmiddels financiert Comet-ME daarom energiezuinige koelkasten. Omdat ze hun zelfgemaakte producten kunnen koelen hoeven bewoners minder vaak naar de stad te reizen, wat kosten en uitlaatgassen bespaart. Onverwacht voordeel is dat kaas die van gekoelde melk wordt gemaakt van hogere kwaliteit is en dus ook meer opbrengt.

Water Tomer AppelbaumIn de semi-woestijn is water schaars. Als het opgevangen regenwater niet toereikend is moeten bewoners het kopen. Met transportkosten erbij betalen ze het tienvoudige van degenen die aangesloten zijn op waterleiding. Comet-ME werkt aan een concept om dit te veranderen. Elektriciteit is hierbij van groot belang: die is nodig voor het oppompen en het zuiveren.

(Source / 21.04.2013)

Israel military court to hold ‘urgent’ hearing for Issawi

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israel’s Ofer military court will hold an “urgent” hearing for Samer Issawi on Monday after he decided to stop taking vitamin supplements, his lawyer said Sunday.

Palestinian Prisoner Society lawyer Jawad Boulos told Ma’an that Issawi stopped taking supplements on Thursday to protest dissatisfaction with ongoing negotiations with Israel about his release.

There has been no positive progress in talks with Israel so far, Boulos added.

PA minister of prisoners Issa Qaraqe on Sunday condemned Israel for its “immoral attempts to blackmail and pressure Issawi,” saying negotiations carried out by Israel were a waste of time.

Issawi’s heartbeat has slowed down and he now weighs only 45 kg, Boulos added.

Israeli negotiators have been visiting Issawi at Kaplan Medical Center and pressuring him to accept proposals to end his hunger strike, Boulos said last week.

Issawi has been on hunger strike for over 265 days and has so far refused all offers by Israel to be exiled, insisting on being released to his home in Jerusalem.

Issawi, 33, was first arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 26 years for military activities on behalf of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

He was released by Israel under a prisoner swap deal in October 2011, but rearrested last July for violating the terms of the agreement by traveling to the West Bank from east Jerusalem.

(Source / 21.04.2013)

Barhoum: Arrest of Islamic bloc leaders blatant intervention in elections

 

images_News_2013_04_21_barhoum_300_0[1]GAZA, (PIC)– Hamas movement denounced the Israeli occupation’s campaign of arrests in lines of Islamic bloc leaders at the Najah university in Nablus.

Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said in a press release on Sunday that the campaign of arrests only two days before the students’ elections is a clear intervention in the election process and students’ representation.

He said that it also reflected the Israeli occupation’s concern over the success of the Islamic bloc, affiliated with Hamas, and its resistance program that has won escalating support as evident in the elections in other West Bank universities over the past few weeks.

Barhoum said that all such terrorizing campaigns and persecution by both the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank would not deter the students and would not weaken their support for their representatives

The spokesman expressed his movement’s concern that such a campaign was in line with the security coordination between the Israeli occupation and the PA security agencies in a bid to destroy democracy and to retain the West Bank isolated from the rest of the homeland in a way maintaining the current de facto situation that protects the occupation’s interests.

(Source / 21.04.2013)

Jordanians jailed in Israel to launch hunger strike in May

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Jordanian prisoners being held in Israeli jails will go on hunger strike on May 1 to pressure Israeli authorities to release them, Fatah officials in Gaza said Sunday.

Fatah’s commission for prisoners said it received a letter from the Jordanian detainees confirming that 20 prisoners will launch strike action in May to demand that they serve the remainder of their sentences in Jordan.

They are also demanding to be included in any future prisoner swap deal with Israel, and are asking for improvements in jail conditions.

The prisoners urged the Jordanian government to intervene to help them.

(Source / 21.04.2013)

BREAKING | Issawi continues hunger strike, stops supplements, rejects negotiations ~ by @docjazzmusic

 

Samer IssawiSamer Issawi

Samer IssawiAbout one hour ago, Shireen Issawi – Samer’s sister – posted the following on her Facebook page – on day 276 of Samer Issawi’s hunger strike:

“The head of the Legal Unit of the Prisoners Society, the lawyer Jawad Boulos, declared today from Kaplan Medical Center that political prisoner Samer Issawi has decided to stop taking nutritional supplements starting this evening, in order to express his displeasure at those who call themselves ‘Special Negotiation Teams’.

Addressing Boulos, political prisoner Samer Issawi added that the efforts of these is nothing but a waste of time, and that no positive progress was achieved by them, and announced today that he will not continue attending these sessions, and starting this evening will refuse any supplements, despite the fact that this poses a risk for the condition of his health.

Also, Boulos revealed that Ofer Military Court has decided to hold a session with prisoner Issawi tomorrow, inside of Kaplan Medical Center, in order to take official notice of his boycott of the court hearings. In this context, Issawi reiterated that he does not recognize the court nor its legitimacy. The medical team of Kaplan Medical Center has refused to transfer the prisoner to Ofer, with regard to the risks for his medical condition. The test results that came in today morning indicated that his health condition is worse than it was before. Also, he is suffering from a further slowing down of his heart beat and continuous severe pains in his chest, and his weight today has dropped below 45 kg.

In condemnation of this, Boulos declared that the Prisoner Society expresses its displeasure and protest at this course of events, and said that it is not acceptable that teams are conducting negotiations with the prisoner, while those who represent him are available. He also said that they should allow his defense attorney to attend these negotiations, assuring that these procrastinations are affecting the life of Samer and are exposing him to the possibility of death. “We hold the occupation entirely responsible for prisoner affairs.”

(Translated from Arabic by Tariq Shadid)

(Source / 21.04.2013)

Minister: Issawi close to finalizing deal with Israel

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Long term hunger striker Samer Issawi is close to agreeing a deal with Israel to end his hunger strike, a Palestinian Authority minister said Sunday.

Minister for prisoners Issa Qaraqe told Ma’an that “Issawi accepted an offer presented by Israel, on the condition that a written agreement is signed in the presence of lawyers and red cross representatives.”

The deal would entail serving six months in prison in exchange for ending his hunger strike, Qaraqe said, without providing further details.

The offer was one of dozens made to Issawi by Israeli officials, the minister said.

Earlier, Israel’s Ofer military court said it would hold an “urgent” hearing for Samer Issawi on Monday after he decided to stop taking vitamin supplements to protest dissatisfaction with ongoing negotiations with Israel about his release.

Israeli negotiators have been visiting Issawi at Kaplan Medical Center and pressuring him to accept proposals to end his hunger strike, Palestinian Prisoner Society lawyer Jawad Boulos said last week.

Issawi has been on hunger strike for over 265 days and has so far refused all offers by Israel to be exiled, insisting on being released to his home in Jerusalem.

Issawi, 33, was first arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 26 years for military activities on behalf of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

(Source / 21.04.2013)

Syria: opposition anger over US refusal to fund arms

Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib has resigned to denounce ‘international community’s lack of real action’

Syria: opposition anger over US refusal to fund arms

Moaz al-Khatib, a former imam of the Ummayyad mosque in Damascus, is highly regarded inside Syria.

Syria‘s opposition has reacted angrily to the refusal by the US and its western allies to do more to help, amid signs Bashar al-Assad‘s regime is gaining ground in the international debate about how to handle the country’s two-year crisis.

Moaz al-Khatib, leader of the mainstream National Opposition Coalition (NOC), the rebel group backed by Arab and western governments, registered his dismay by confirming on Sunday that his resignation – first announced nearly a month ago but not implemented – was now final. “Khatib is resigning to denounce the international community’s lack of real action on behalf of the Syrian people,” said an NOC official, Marwan Hajjo.

The move followed Saturday’s meeting of the Friends of Syria group in Istanbul, which ignored demands for “specific, precise and immediate action to protect Syrian civilians from the use of ballistic missiles and chemical weapons”.

The NOC had said it was a “moral imperative” to enforce a no-fly zone to stop attacks on Syria’s northern and southern borders to allow for the free movement of refugees back into the country. But John Kerry, the US secretary of state, announced only a doubling of non-lethal aid, including equipment such as body armour and night-vision goggles but not weapons. America’s $250m will be distributed by the Supreme Military Council, part of an effort to guarantee firmer political control by the Free Syrian Army.

Khatib, a former imam of the Ummayyad mosque in Damascus, is highly regarded inside Syria. His departure is a blow to an opposition which often appears fractured and incoherent and pits liberal and secular figures against the powerful Muslim Brotherhood. He first announced his resignation on 24 March, but continued working in the hope of securing wider representation and internal reforms. Khatib met Kerry before Saturday’s conference began.

“The result in Istanbul was less than the Syrian people expected,” Hisham Marwa, a senior member of the NOC, said. “The US said that the use of chemical weapons was a red line for the Assad regime but the regime is using them and nothing has happened. We expected more. Russia sends Assad tonnes of weapons every week.”

Saudi Arabia, which has been accelerating arms supplies to the rebels through Jordan in recent weeks, was also unhappy with the outcome of the Istanbul meeting, opposition sources said. Opposition supporters inside and outside Syria say that providing the FSA with anti-aircraft missiles could quickly turn the tide by robbing Syria’s air force of its ability to attack with impunity. But Assad’s government has successfully exploited mounting western concerns about the rise of Jabhat al-Nusra, an important Islamist fighting group.

(Source / 21.04.2013)