Jordan will not be a ‘launchpad’ for Syria attack — government

UN chemical weapons experts wearing gas masks carry samples collected from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack while escorted by Free Syrian Army fighters in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus on Wednesday

AMMAN — Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani on Wednesday said that Jordan wants a political solution for the Syrian crisis that guarantees its territorial unity and the safety of its people.

“Our position regarding the Syrian crisis is based on our concern for Jordan’s higher national interests and our unfailing policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of our neighbours,” Momani, who is also the government spokesperson, said.

The minister also reiterated that Jordan would not be used as a “launchpad” for any military intervention in Syria.

“Jordan renews its calls for a political solution in Syria and urges the international community to intensify efforts to reach such a solution,” Momani added.

He stressed that Jordan’s military and security forces are entirely capable of defending the country from any external threat and preserving the Kingdom’s security, noting that the Jordan Armed Forces have proved their readiness and professionalism in confronting attempts to smuggle Syrian arms into the country.

The minister added that as a result of the Syrian crisis, Jordan has had significant pressure put on its economy and security, calling on the international community to assist Jordan economically as it is struggling to provide adequate humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees it is hosting, whose number has exceeded 560,000.

Jordan hosts the second largest refugee camp in the world, Zaatari, which lies 80km northeast of Amman near Mafraq.

(Source / 28.08.2013)


By Peter Clifford              ©              (

There is now every indication that a military strike against Syria by the US, the UK and France, and backed by their NATO allies, is imminent.

In an emotional speech on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry, indicating that the chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians on August 21st had significantly changed US views on engagement with Syria, described what had happened as a “moral obscenity” and said:

Victims of Assad’s Chemical Weapon Attack

“The meaning of this attack goes beyond the conflict in Syria itself, and that conflict has already brought so much terrible suffering.

This is about the large-scale, indiscriminate use of weapons that the civilized world long ago decided must never be used at all – a conviction shared even by countries that agree on little else”.

Clearly moved at a personal level, Kerry went on to add,“Last night after speaking with foreign ministers from around the world about the gravity of this situation, I went back and I watched the videos, the videos that anybody can watch in the social media, and I watched them one more gut-wrenching time.

It is really hard to express in words the human suffering that they lay out before us. As a father, I can’t get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him; the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or even a visible wound; bodies contorting in spasms; human suffering that we can never ignore or forget.

Anyone who can claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass”.

You can read the full transcript via the Washington Post, HERE:  or watch this video:

The US view on Syria and that of its allies on Syria, has also hardened this week following the reported interception by US Intelligence of phone conversations between a panicked official of the Syrian Ministry of Defence and a member of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Unit, demanding to know what has happened.

It remains unclear whether the attack was ordered at a high level in the Syrian Government or was the independent action of a local commander carrying out some pre-determined battle plan. You can read more in Foreign Policy magazine, HERE:

The UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, has put out a statement this morning saying that after speaking to President Obama last night, both men are “in no doubt” that the Syrian Government side carried out the chemical weapons attack in Damascus.

Based on their evidence, it is now clear that some sort of “punishment strike” will be carried out against Syria in the next few days, though it has been emphasised that they are not seeking “regime change”.

Cameron has recalled the British House of Commons and a debate and vote on action against Syria is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday. A military strike could take place anytime after this, though the US and its allies may wait until the UN Chemical Weapons investigators complete their work in Syria on Sunday.

The UN investigators are reported to have left their hotel in a 6 vehicle convoy this morning, Wednesday, and to have reached East Ghouta, the main district subjected to chemical weapons attack, without incident.

US Warship Fires Test Cruise Missile

Reports from airline pilots and local people confirm that the British forward base in the Mediterranean, RAF Akrotiri on the island of Cyprus (just 120 miles from the Syrian coast), has been very busy this week and US Defence Secretary, Chuck Hagel, has told the BBC that US forces are “ready to go, right now”.

The most likely scenario is a short sharp strike by cruise missiles fired from the sea, bombs dropped from a high level and guided missiles fired from outside Syrian airspace, over a period lasting no more than 2 days. There will be no “boots on the ground”.

The UK has also laid a draft resolution before the UN Security Council to be debated this evening, Wednesday, by the 5 permanent members, condemning the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government and calling for “necessary measures”, though Russia and China will inevitably oppose it.


Iran and Russia have again, today, Wednesday, issued statements talking about the “dangerous and grave consequences” of military action against Syria and such action being a “disaster for the region”.

What the consequences of such a Western led attack would be are unknown, but presumably the risks have been calculated.  Almost certainly, Hezbollah, egged on by Iran, will launch a series of rockets from south Lebanon against Israel.

Israel’s “Iron Dome” Defence System

Israel is reported this morning to have all its missile intercept systems, short, medium and long range, on high alert but if it is struck by rockets from Lebanon or Syria it will inevitably strike back.

Russia’s likely reaction is as yet unknown but there have been suggestions that they could set in motion a limited attack on US ally, Saudi Arabia.

Erring on the side of caution though Russia is reported to have evacuated 100 personnel from Syria with 2 planes in the last 48 hours flying from Latakia airport near the Mediterranean coast. There are additionally unconfirmed reports that the Syrian elite are sending their families across the border into Lebanon.

Whether the Syrian Opposition can take advantage of this new scenario remains to be seen. France has already said that as a consequence of the chemical weapons attack, it will be supplying the Opposition with more weapons.

In a televised statement the Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Muallem, described the accusations that his Government had used chemical weapons as “a lie” and commenting on the predicted US strike said, “We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal. The second choice is the best: we will defend ourselves”, without specifying what action the Assad regime would take.

Global stock markets fell sharply yesterday and the slide has continued on Asian markets this morning, in anticipation of US action and the possible consequences.  The same fears have also driven a sharp spike in gold prices and world oil prices with the possibility of an interruption to supplies.

Rumours also abound on the Internet that Assad has landed in Tehran, Iran, with his family, though there is as yet no evidence to back that up and many would be surprised if this were true.


Meanwhile, on the ground in Syria the Opposition continue to make advances.  In Aleppo there is a report this morning, Wednesday, that Opposition fighters have successfully interrupted all the supply routes into the Aleppo citadel where substantial numbers of regime troops remain.

Also at at a cement factory in the Sheikh Said district, Opposition forces destroyed 4 military vehicles.

Victim of White Phosphorous Attack in Gaza

However, on Monday, a phosphorous bomb attack, while John Kerry was speaking about chemical weapons, is reported to have killed 20 in the town of Urm south-west of Aleppo, leaving many others with first and second degree burns.

Earlier in the week the Opposition also took control of Khanasser, a strategic town on the Hama to Aleppo main highway.

A Government convoy is reported to be on its way to try and retake the town but if the Opposition can hold it they have effectively cut the last remaining main regime supply route to its troops in and around Aleppo.

The Opposition fighters captured large amounts of ammunition in Khanasser as can be seen HERE:  and yet more ammunition and artillery pieces when they overran another Government military position south of Aleppo, HERE:

Also, Assad’s stock of tanks is now regularly and repeatedly downgraded.  Two recent Opposition strikes are shown near Hama, HERE: and near Damascus, HERE: plus a “tank-destroying Fest” in the Damascus suburbs, HERE:

There is also a report that 40 members of the elite Syrian Republican Guard were killed by Opposition fighters in an ambush in Homs province on the Homs to Damascus highway.

In Idlib province, Ariha, which the Opposition took control of earlier this week, has suffered 45 air attacks in 3 days with as many as 20 barrel bombs hitting the city and 100 missiles on Tuesday alone.

And in Deraa province in the far south, Opposition forces are advancing on the city of Ezra, taking out Government barriers and checkpoints as they go.

Lastly, in a world exclusive, courtesy of ‏@yildarado, here is a screenshot of the iPhone of Russia’s President Putin yesterday:

Screenshot of President Putin’s iPhone

Palestinian Children: The Invisible Workers of Israeli Settlements

The summer air grew considerably hotter as we drove down to the Jordan Valley. Its red fertile soil radiated heat beneath our feet as we walked toward the lush agricultural field dotted with young boys picking vegetables.

Wearing a red hoodie over his baseball cap, Omar, 17, quickly jumped off a tractor to greet us. He appeared thin and sun-burned and his hands felt calloused from picking vegetables bare-handed. Omar’s younger brother, Fouzi, 16, wearing a baseball cap and carrying his plastic bucket, followed close behind. Beads of sweat trickled down their faces as they proudly displayed the eggplants and peppers they had collected over the past five hours.

Fouzi, 16, works in the agricultural fields of the Israeli settlement of Hamra in the Jordan Valley region of the West Bank. (Dina Elmuti / DCI Palestine)

Fouzi, 16, works in the agricultural fields of the Israeli settlement of Hamra in the Jordan Valley region of the West Bank.

Four years ago, Omar became the primary breadwinner for his eight member family after his father passed away. In significant debt due to medical bills, Omar began picking, cleaning and packaging fruits and vegetables near the agricultural fields of the Israeli settlement of Hamra in the Jordan Valley.

When balancing work and school became exhausting, both Omar and Fouzi left school to work full time in the fields. Depending on the season, around 10,000 to 20,000 Palestinian laborers work in Israeli agricultural settlements in the Jordan Valley. Approximately five to 10 percent of these workers are child laborers, according to the Maan Development Center.

One of the most restricted places on earth, the Jordan Valley is home to vast swaths of rich agricultural land used by Israeli settlements. Since 1967, Israel has implemented systematic measures to ensure absolute control over the region, depriving Palestinians of their right to their own resources.

While Israeli settlers make up 13 percent of the population, they effectively control 86 percent of the land. The annual value of agricultural production in the Jordan Valley settlements is estimated at about $132.6 million, according to a report by the Palestinian human rights organization, Al Haq.

Omar and Fouzi are from the West Bank village of Duma, 13 miles southeast of Nablus. During the months they work, they stay in storage units near the Hamra settlement sleeping on tiny cots for months at a time.

“We work up to 10 hours or more and we don’t get many breaks to drink water and rest throughout the day,” says Fouzi. “The units we sleep in are very cramped and humid; sometimes it feels like we’re choking, but we’re used to it.”

At the end of each week, they send the money they earn home to their mother. Child laborers earn an average of 40 to 60 NIS ($12 to $18) per day. This is not even enough to buy a bag of flour to feed her family, Omar and Fouzi’s mother, Muntaha, says.

Palestinian children as young as 11 work up to 12 hours a day, in temperatures that can reach up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit and drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Child laborers can suffer from injuries and chronic pain due to long hours, poor working conditions and the harsh physical nature of the work. The use of inorganic pesticides and fertilizers is widespread and unregulated in the Jordan Valley, creating highly polluted runoff water with high levels of chemicals to which children are exposed.

Exposure to these chemicals can have grave long-term consequences includinghormonal, renal and nervous system abnormalities, and cancer.

Palestinian child laborers are undocumented, meaning no records of their hours worked are kept. They are paid in cash so that there is no proof of them working on settlements, and they have no official status, health insurance, or rights as employees. Settlers that employ them are well aware of this.

“Last year, one boy fell off the tractor and injured his back. He’s nearly paralyzed and didn’t have insurance so he can’t work,” shares Omar, eyeing the tractor he was just riding.

Undocumented child laborers are more vulnerable to exploitation, fearful of complaining or exposing any rights abuse that may jeopardize their source of income and safety.

“Cases of sexual assault and abuse are very common in settlements,” according to Amjad Jaber, director of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Labor office in Jericho. “I hear horrific stories from many women and children, who are most vulnerable to the abuse.”

Limited vocational training or other alternatives forces many Palestinian families to turn to waseets. Families trust waseets to find work for their children in Israeli settlements. Many waseets were child laborers themselves.

Waseets generally take commissions from the wages of the child laborers they recruit. Some also collect fees for housing and transportation. Israeli settlers pay higher wages to waseets because their services make running the entire agricultural settlement enterprise affordable and profitable.

The Palestinian Authority prohibits children from working in the settlements, and under Israeli law employing minors is illegal, which results in a workforce that is invisible under the law and not guaranteed basic protections and rights.

“I view the use of child labor inside settlements as a form of human trafficking,” said Khaled Quzmar, an attorney at Defence for Children International Palestine, who was involved in drafting the Palestinian Labor Law that went into effect in 2000. (Disclosure: I am a consultant with DCI Palestine.)

“Child labor is a very complicated issue,” says Quzmar. “The fractured legal system in the West Bank makes it easy to exploit child labor because Palestinian Labor Law only applies to children working in areas under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction, not Israeli settlements.”

Sitting down with Omar and Fouzi’s mother, Muntaha, in Duma, the sound of distress in her voice over her dependency on her children’s work is clear.

“No mother wants to send her children to work in a settlement. Of course not,” Muntaha sighs. “But what choice do we have?”

(Source / 28.08.2013)

Recordings suggest racial profiling by sponsors of Israeli musician in South Africa

Organizers of a concert for the Israeli jazz musician Daniel Zamir in South Africa are taking surreptitious security measures to ensure that it is a Jews-only event, campaigners allege.

media release from BDS South Africa states:

This Monday (26 August) the Wits University Palestine Solidarity Committee and BDS South Africa made available two audio recordings … with evidence of ethnic racial-profiling and background-checking practiced by pro-Israeli organisations in South Africa (which include the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, the South African Zionist Federation and the  controversial Community Security Organisation) who have funded the hosting of an Israeli concert at Wits University in Johannesburg (scheduled to take place today, Wednesday 28 August).

Excerpts from the recordings can be heard in the YouTube clip above. In one of them, a Wits University student is heard to ask “This is a Jewish only event?” to which a representative of the concert organizers answers, “Yes, it is.”

Wits University Palestine Solidarity Committee and BDS South Africa have called on the university administration to cancel the Zamir concert for violating a student government resolution calling for boycott of Israel and due to the “irrefutable evidence provided of ethnic racism and racial profiling associated with the event.”

Campaigners also planned an on-campus protest today.

“Racial profiling”

The concert sponsor, Beyachad – which is the headquarters of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies and the South African Zionist Federation, two pro-Israeli organizations – said it had bought out all the tickets.

It was only reselling tickets to audience members who provided their full names and ID numbers and underwent background checks by the Community Security Organisation (CSO), a communal group that has previously been involved in racial profiling at the university.

According to the BDS South Africa release:

In 2009, incidents of racist treatment by the CSO took place at another pro-Israeli event hosted at Wits University. After students and staff complained that they had been racially profiled and victimized by members of the CSO, the university commissioned an independent investigation by respected advocate Geoff Budlender. This resulted in the 2009 Budlender Report (find here).

The report found that while CSO “did not have a policy of treating members of different racial groups in a different manner,” such differential treatment in fact occurred in practice.

In April 2013, BDS South Africa says, “the CSO was implicated in extra-judicial and violent assaults on two women protestors, including a former Wits student.”

South African Zionist Federation denial

Ben Swartz, spokesperson for the South African Zionist Federation, forcefully denied the allegations or racial profiling in a telephone call with The Electronic Intifada, stating that the accusations were an “absolute lie.”

People of “every religion, every color and faith” would be represented in the audience of the Zamir concert, Swartz insisted. “It is certainly not a Jewish event.”

Asked about the content of the recordings, Swartz said at first that “he hadn’t heard them,” but acknowledged he had “seen transcripts.”

“I’m sure that they were quoted out of context,” Swartz said.

Swartz also claimed that it is illegal in South Africa to record telephone conversations without the consent of all parties. “They have broken the law,” he said of the students who had made the recordings.

However, that does not appear to be the case. South African law does allow any person to record any conversation as long as she or he is a party to it, without the consent of other parties.

Swartz cut short the conversation before there was an opportunity to ask about the other “security” measures described in BDS South Africa’s media release.

(Source / 28.08.2013)

Soldiers Kidnap Eight Palestinians, Including Five Children, In Jerusalem

Local sources have reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday evening [August 27, 2013] eight Palestinians, including five children in Al-Eesawiyya village, and in Bab Al’Amoud, in occupied East Jerusalem.

File - Paltoday
Member of the Follow-up Committee in Al-Eesawiyya, Mohammad Abu Al-Hummus, told the official Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA), that the soldiers kidnapped three residents during clashes that lasted for two hours. One of the kidnapped has been identified as Ahmad Daoud Obeid.

Abu Al-Hummus said that the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades, and that several residents have been treated for the effects of teargas inhalation.

Furthermore, soldiers kidnapped five Palestinian children [14-16 years old] in Bab Al-‘Amoud area, in the center of occupied East Jerusalem, and took them to an interrogation facility in the city.

The army claimed that the five hurled stones at settlers’ vehicles during in the area but did not reveal any further details.

On Monday at dawn, three Palestinians were killed by Israeli army fire in the Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, while dozens of residents have been injured by live rounds and rubber-coated metal bullets.

The three were killed when undercover forces of the Israeli army infiltrated into the camp to arrest a Palestinian. One of the slain Palestinians worked for the United Nations Work and Relief Agency (UNRWA).

Later in the day, the army invaded the camp again, and kidnapped more than 35 Palestinians, shot and injured several Palestinians during ensuing clashes.
Clashes then erupted in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and dozens of injuries have been reported, especially following the burial ceremonies of the three slain Palestinians.

In related news, a number of soldiers detained, Tuesday, two Palestinians in Yatta town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlement in southern Hebron, stated that the soldiers violently attacked Bilal Al-Hathalin, 25, and Tareq Al-Hathalin, 18.

The soldiers claimed that the two were “constructing a room without a permit” in Khirbit Um Al-Kheir area.

Jabour said that the attack is part of organized violations and assaults carried out by the army against Bedouins and villagers in an attempt to force them to leave so that Israel can build and expand its illegal settlements.

(Source / 28.08.2013)

Israel military stages maneuver at northern airport: Report

File photo shows Israeli forces near the Lebanese border.

File photo shows Israeli forces near the Lebanese border.
The Israeli military has staged a maneuver at a northern airport amid reports of a possible military intervention in the violence-stricken Syria, Israeli media say.

According to a report by the Israeli website Ynet, the military exercise kicked off at Rosh Pina Airport in northern Israel early on Wednesday. The drill was scheduled to continue until afternoon.

However, Yosef Glasberg, the airport’s director, said there was no connection between the drill and the reports of a possible attack on Syria.

Another two-day military exercise is also set to take place in the occupied Golan Heights later this week.

Meanwhile, Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv reported that the Israelis are not ready to cope with chemical strikes, while about 40 percent of Israeli residents are not provided with gas masks.

On August 21, the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that 1,300 people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

A number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, were quick to adopt war rhetoric against Syria despite the fact that Damascus categorically rejected the baseless claim.

Since Tuesday, speculation has become stronger about the possibility of a military attack on Syria. Media outlets have been reporting US plans for likely surgical attacks, which would be in the form of “cruise-missile strikes,” and “could rely on four US destroyers in the Mediterranean.” The plan, however, seems to be awaiting US President Barack Obama’s go-ahead.

(Source / 28.08.2013)

IPPNW: Israel’s nuclear activities in the Negev contaminate the air all the year

IPPNW:Israel's nuclear activities in the Negev contaminate the air all the year

Ramallah- The international physicians for the prevention of nuclear war (IPPNW)-Palestine branch said that a recent study conducted by the Finnish association DHF in the Negev region, where the Dimona nuclear facility is located, showed that Negev air is contaminated almost during all days of the year, which poses serious health hazards.

During an environmental symposium held in Ramallah on Sunday, head of IPPNW Mahmoud Sa’adeh said that the Israeli government was able to convince the Jewish population living in the Negev that the toxic emissions reported in their areas and the resultant malignant diseases and infections rampant among them are caused by the livestock raised by the Palestinian Bedouin population living in the Negev.

Sa’adeh said that a research study conducted in 2007 had found out that the range of the area affected by radioactive waste and contamination extended to include other areas to the north of occupied Palestine such as Al-Khalil city.

He added that the study also showed that the levels of radiations exceeded three times the internationally permitted limit, noting that the contamination of soil and plants in Tulkarem and Qalqiliya areas, north of Palestine, was discovered during recent years.

(Source / 28.08.2013)

Social Activist Kidnapped By The Army At Erez Terminal

Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday morning [August 27, 2013], a Palestinian social activist, head of the Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA) after heading to the Erez Israeli terminal in an attempt to obtain a permit to head to the West Bank.

Erez Terminal - Palestine News Network
Erez Terminal – Palestine News Network

Ala’ Moqbel, 30, was trying to go to the West Bank after being invited to participate in a workshop organized by the Palestinian Telecommunication Company.

PYALARA said it tried to contact him several times after he headed to the terminal, but was unable to get hold of him, especially since Israel forbids the Palestinians from using their phones at the terminal.

It added that Moqbel’s father, Hasan, phoned its office informing them that he received a phone call from the army at the terminal, informing him that is son has been arrested, and will be moved to the Al-Majdal Prison. The army provided no further information.

Ala’ started working for PYALARA, running its projects in the Gaza Strip, four years ago. He is married and a father of three, including an infant.

PYALARA stated it contacted the Red Cross and various international organizations urging them to locate Ala’, and to ensure his release.

(Source / 28.08.2013)

Arrestatie bij vluchtelingenprotest Vredespaleis

Vandaag (28-08-2013) hebben wij, de uitgeprocedeerden vluchtelingen die in het Vluchthuis aan de sportlaan verblijven, actie gevoerd bij de viering van het 100 jarig bestaan van het Vredespaleis. Terwijl er tijdens deze viering werd gesproken over mensenrechten en vrede staan wij nog steeds rechteloos op straat.


Met zo´n 30 vluchtelingen hebben wij geprotesteerd tijdens de aankomst van de hoogwaardigheidsbekleders bij het Vredespaleis. Er werd onder andere een doodskist meegedragen met daarop de tekst ´The Hague City of Peace and Justice´. Want terwijl er tijdens de viering in het Vredespaleis toespraken werden gehouden over vrede en de rechten van de mens (door onder andere Koning Willem Alexander, Ban Ki-moon en Minister President Mark Rutte) worden wij, de slachtoffers van oorlogen rechteloos op straat gezet. ¨Er worden hier grote woorden gesproken over vrede en de rechten van de mens. Maar wij zijn naar Nederland gevlucht en krijgen hier ons mensenrecht ook niet¨, aldus een van de vluchtelingen.

Een van de vluchtelingen is tijdens de demonstratie uit protest voor de auto´s van de arriverende deelnemers op de grond gaan liggen. Hij is daarna gearresteerd en door de politie meegenomen naar het bureau. Een filmpje van de arrestatie volgt spoedig.

Wij, vluchtelingen uit voornamelijk Afghanistan en Irak, kunnen niet terug naar het land waar wij vandaan komen omdat daar nog steeds oorlog heerst. Bijna elke dag zijn er bomaanslagen en vallen er honderden doden per maand. Toch wijst Nederland onze asielaanvraag af en worden we op straat gezet. Terug kunnen wij dus niet, en door Europese regelgeving kunnen wij ook niet naar een andere Europees land om daar een asielaanvraag te doen. Wij vallen tussen wal en schip en leven een totaal uitzichtloos leven. Al sinds 2011 voeren wij actie tegen deze onmenselijke situatie maar tot op heden is er nog steeds geen oplossing.

Morgen, donderdag 29 augustus, zullen wij weer twee keer actie voeren tijdens de conferentie van het The Hague Institute of Global Justice aan de Sophialaan 21 in Den Haag. De conferentie zal gaan over de interventies van de VN in landen als Afghanistan en Irak.

‘s Ochtends zullen wij voor de deur actievoeren om de deelnemers aan de conferentie duidelijk te maken dat wij de slachtoffers van de oorlogen zijn en dat wij niet geholpen worden en voor ons de gerechtigheid niet opgaat.

‘s Middags zullen wij een demonstratie lopen vanaf het Centraal Station naar het Institute of Global Justice aan de Sophialaan. Daar zal wederom voor de deur actie worden gevoerd. De demonstratie zal om 12:30 beginnen en rond 13:30 aankomen op de Sophialaan.

Tijd: 09:00 t/m 11:00
Locatie: Sophialaan 21, Den Haag

Demonstratie: Gerechtigheid voor vluchtelingen!
Tijd: 12:30
Locatie: Plein voor Centraal Station, Den Haag

Kom ook en laat je horen tegen het inhumane vluchtelingenbeleid!

Wij willen verblijfsrecht, en onderdak!

Een link naar het Facebook even van morgent:

(Source / 28.08.2013)

1,000-strong Burmese Buddhist Mob Burns Muslim Homes and Shops



Fresh sectarian violence struck north-western Burma yesterday when a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob burned down dozens of Muslim homes and shops following rumours that a young woman had been sexually assaulted by a Muslim man, the police said.

A crowd surrounded the police station late on Saturday and then went on an hours-long rampage after authorities refused to hand over the assault suspect, a police officer from the area told the Associated Press.

About 35 houses and 12 shops – most belonging to Muslims – were destroyed before calm was restored, he said. There were no reported injuries.

The radical monk Ashin Wirathu, whose anti-Muslim rhetoric has placed him at the centre of rising religious violence in the predominantly Buddhist nation, posted news of the riot in the outskirts of the town of Kanbalu on his Facebook page.

Burma has been grappling with sectarian violence since the country’s military rulers handed over power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.

The unrest – which has killed more than 250 people and left 140,000 others displaced – began last year in the western state of Rakhine, where Buddhists accuse the Rohingya Muslim community of illegally entering the country and encroaching on their land.

The violence, on a smaller scale but still deadly, spread earlier this year to other parts of the country, fuelling deep-seeded prejudice against the Islamic minority and threatening this country’s fragile transition to democracy.

Almost all of the victims have been Muslims, often attacked as security forces stood by.

Myint Naing, an opposition politician who represents constituents in Kanbalu, was outraged by the latest violence. He said Muslims and Buddhists have lived side by side in the area for many years.

“There is a mosque in almost every village in our township and we live a peaceful co-existence,” he said as he headed to the scene, adding that at least one mosque was burnt down in the violence.

“I cannot understand why the authorities were unable to control the crowd when it originally started,” he said.

Details about the riot were still being collected yesterday. The local Daily Eleven newspaper, which had a reporter at the scene, said 1,000 people were involved in the violence.

(Source / 28.08.2013)