PFLP-GC: Thousands from Yarmouk camp have fled to Sweden

The population of Yarmouk refugee camp is dramatically dwindling as as residents continue to flee conflict in Syria
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Twenty-three thousand Palestinian refugees from Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria have fled to Sweden since the war started, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command said Saturday.

PFLP-GC military leader Khalid Jibril said in a statement that the suffering in Yarmouk has been largely due to the presence of Syrian opposition forces within the camp.

“More than a third of the camp is under the control of the opposition,” he said.

The PFLP-GC, a militant organization that has been operating in Syria for decades, has been an active force on the side of the Assad regime since 2012.

Separately, Fatah leader Abbas Zaki told Ma’an Wednesday that Yarmouk’s population of 250,000 has dwindled to 18,000 after two and a half years of conflict in Syria.

Over 700,000 Palestinian refugees were forcibly displaced from Palestine as a result of the Arab-Israeli war and the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

According to UNRWA, there are over 5 million registered Palestinian refugees.

(Source / 12.10.2013)

Illegal settlers prevent family from leaving their home and attack internationals whilst Israeli soldiers watch

Yesterday, 11th October at 7 pm, a group of settlers of the illegal settlement of Tel Rumeida surrounded the entrance of the Azzeh family property and built a wire fence to block the exit. Young settlers fixed the fence in place using plastic cable ties.

Hashem Azzeh and his family were about to leave the house when they found the gate blocking their way and the settlers confronted them saying they couldn’t go out that way any more. A group of Israeli soldiers were present but did not stop the action.

Two international activists arrived on the scene and were surrounded by settlers and physically and verbally attacked by them, one of them had water thrown over his camera and another was kicked. An international journalist also present was hospitalized after a settler threw bleach into her eyes. After more international activists arrived, they managed to remove the fence. Despite multiple appeals to the Israeli soldiers to prevent the settler violence by both the Azzeh family and the international activists, they took no action.Jewish Defense League leader Baruch Marzel, was left free to verbally attack Hashem Azzeh.

The Azzeh family has long been a target of settler intimidation and harassment. Last Thursday during the night settlers trespassed on the Azzeh family property and stole about 400 Kilos of olives from 40 olive trees. Hashem Azzeh had been prevented from starting his olive harvest pending a permit from the Israeli Civil Administration. Four days after his olive trees had been raided, he was suddenly informed by the administration that he should start his harvest immediately, but unfortunately he doesn’t have any olive trees left.

(Source / 12.10.2013)

Official: PA still awaiting Arafat test results

Test results offering insight into the death of Yasser Arafat were originally set to be released in September, a PA official said Saturday

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The results of a lab investigation into the cause of death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are yet to be announced, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday.

Tawfiq al-Tirawi, head of the Palestinian committee to investigate Arafat’s death, denied that there was any local or international pressure to delay the announcement of the test results.

He said foreign investigators had not yet released them.

Arafat’s body was exhumed in November of last year when scientists from France, Switzerland and Russia took samples from the nationalist leader’s corpse for laboratory testing.

The deadline for announcing the test results was originally set for Sept. 15, al-Tirawi said, but due to an incomplete French investigation, the teams have yet to announce their findings.

The mystery surrounding Arafat’s death has confounded the Arab world for nearly a decade, and many have alleged that the leader was assassinated by poisoning.

In 2004, Arafat fell ill with flu-like symptoms in his Ramallah headquarters while it was being besieged by the Israeli military. He was flown to France for medical treatment, and died weeks later. Doctors could not determine the cause of death.

Israel has denied any involvement in the death of the Palestinian leader.

(Source / 12.10.2013)

Arafat poisoning claim backed by journal

Lancet publishes peer review supporting findings Palestinian leader may have been poisoned by polonium.

One of the world’s leading medical journals has supported the possibility that Yasser Arafat, the longtime Palestinian leader, was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210.

The British The Lancet journal has published a peer review of last year’s research by Swiss scientists on Arafat’s personal effects.

It endorsed their work, which found high levels of the highly radioactive element in blood, urine, and saliva stains on the Palestinian leader’s clothes and toothbrush.

The work of the experts at Lausanne University, Switzerland, was triggered by an Al Jazeera investigation, and also led to Arafat’s body being exhumed in November 2012 for further testing.

In October 2004, Arafat fell ill, suffering from a number of symptoms, including nausea and abdominal pain.

Within a few short weeks, his health became significantly worse, and he was transferred from his base in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, to Percy Hospital in France.

His situation continued to worsen, and he suffered from acute renal failure, and entered into a neurological coma.

By November 4, 2004, he died of a cerebral haemorrhage, at the age of 75.

Despite several scientific tests, there was no evidence of poison, and the cause of his illness remained unidentified.

Following a nine-month investigation by Al Jazeera, in which several of Arafat’s key belongings were sent to Paris for tests, results revealed they contained abnormal levels of polonium; a rare, highly radioactive element.

At the time of the investigation, Dr Francois Bochud, the director of the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, told Al Jazeera: “I can confirm to you that we measured an unexplained, elevated amount of unsupported polonium-210 in the belongings of Mr Arafat that contained stains of biological fluids.”

The results of the investigation led Suha Arafat, his wife, to call on the Palestinian Authority to have his body exhumed.

According to the Lancet publication, “[the] findings support the possibility of Arafat’s poisoning with 210Po … on the basis of [the] forensic investigation, there was sufficient doubt to recommend the exhumation of his body in 2012”.

The results of that latest analysis are expected shortly.

(Source / 12.10.2013)

Arafat poisoned to death: Medical journal

“In July 2012, experts at Lausanne University, Switzerland said they had evidence that Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, might have been poisoned with polonium.”

A report by one of the world’s leading medical journals has supported earlier findings that Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, was poisoned to death nearly a decade ago.

According to British journal the Lancet, Arafat was poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210.

Late PLO leader Yasser Arafat (R) prepares to leave Ramallah in October 2004 to fly to Paris for treatment for what was then an unknown illness.

The journal published a peer review of last year’s research by Swiss scientists, who have been researching the suspicious circumstances surrounding Arafat’s death.

The earlier work “found high levels of the highly radioactive element in blood, urine, and saliva stains” on Arafat’s “clothes and toothbrush,” according to a report on Al Jazeera.

In July 2012, experts at Lausanne University, Switzerland, said they had evidence Arafat might have been poisoned with polonium.

The investigation into Arafat’s mysterious death led to the exhumation of his body in November 2012 for further testing.

The decision to exhume Arafat’s body was made after French prosecutors opened a murder probe into his death in August 2012 following the discovery of high levels of polonium on his personal belongings.

Arafat died in 2004 at the age of 75 in a Paris military hospital.

The analysis at the time was that he had a rare blood disorder.

(Source / 12.10.2013)

Palestinian security forces detain nearly 100 across Jenin

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian National Security Services said Saturday that they had detained nearly 100 people in the northern West Bank as part of a security campaign to tackle disorder in the Jenin region following weeks of protests.

They explained that they would continue their pursuit of Palestinians accused of creating “chaos” and “attacking people’s properties” in the northern West Bank, adding that among the 100 individuals detained were youths between the ages of 14-15.

Jenin Governor Talal Dweikat said that “the security campaign will continue and that some of those directly responsible for the chaos and attacks and burning of properties in Jenin remain at large.”

Dweikat added that investigations with many of those detained show that many of the teenagers were involved in the attacks, and some have even admitted shooting at the buildings of the Palestinian Authority.

Dweikat denied the involvement of any organized Palestinian political factions in the attacks, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad. However, he did say that Hamas was involved in incitement against the Palestinian Authority and the security services.

He added that “the campaign targets individuals who broke the law, not factions or groups.”

Palestinian security forces deployed in Jenin on Oct. 4 as part of a crackdown focused on tackling the disorder in the region which followed the killing of Islam al-Tubasi last month by Israeli forces.

Islam al-Tubasi was a Palestinian youth who was killed by Israeli security forces in a raid on his family home in Jenin refugee camp on Sept. 17. The killing sparked massive protests and a wave of outrage, particularly as it followed weeks of violent Israeli crackdowns across the areas.

The Palestinian National Security Forces are the paramilitary force of the Palestinian National Authority. Their movements and operations are widely subject to Israeli approval. A significant part of their funding and training comes from the United States and other Western countries.

(Source / 12.10.2013)

PA: 5,200 Palestinians in Israeli jails

The report says 2,450 Palestinians were detained in 2013.
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – There are 5,200 Palestinians in 17 Israeli military prisons and detention centers, according to a report released Saturday by the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of prisoners’ affairs.

The report highlighted that 2,450 Palestinians were detained in 2013 including 476 children and 49 women. A number of those detainees were released later.

Thirteen Palestinian lawmakers are still in Israel’s custody, the report added. It noted that since 2000, Israel has detained about 60 Palestinian lawmakers and ministers. Among the lawmakers who are still in custody are Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi, PFLP secretary-general Ahmad Saadat and senior Hamas leader Hasan Yousif.

The report says 520 prisoners are serving life sentences and more. Abdullah Barghouthi, according to the report, is serving 67 life terms and an additional 250 years.

Among the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody are elderly people such as Fuad Shubaki, 83, and Omar Akkawi, 64.

The report added that 204 prisoners have died in Israel’s custody. The latest to die were Maysara Abu Hamdiyya and Arafat Jaradat, according to the report.

(Source / 12.10.2013)


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Fierce fighting in the last 3 days has led to the Assad regime regaining control of 2 districts in south-eastern Damascus and a renewed Opposition assault on nearby Sayyida Zeinab.

Supported by Hezbollah, units of the National Defence Force and Shia fighters from Iraq, Government forces yesterday retook the neighbourhoods of Al-Thiabiya and Husseiniya, which sit between the 2 main routes from the capital towards Jordan.

Fighting Closes in on the Sayyida Zeinab Shrine

Husseiniaya is also the site of a Palestinian refugee camp and there are unconfirmed reports of executions taking place as Assad’s troops combed the area.

According to activists, at least 70 people were killed in the assault, 20 of them civilians shot by Government sniper fire as they tried to flee the area across farmland. Opposition sources also claimed that 45 pro-Assad militia had died in the fighting over a 24 hour period.

Al-Thiabiya and Husseiniya had been pounded all week by shell fire and jet attack and were mainly controlled by 3 Palestine Opposition fighter groups, Ahfad al-Rasoul, Al-Umma and Aknaf al-Bayt al-Maqdesi.  They had repeatedly asked for additional weapons and support from other Opposition groups in eastern Damascus, but this was not forthcoming.

In an attempt to counteract this attack, Opposition fighters launched a major assault on the adjacent Government-held Sayyida Zainab district, targetting Hezbollah and Shia militia headquarters there with mortars and automatic weapons on Thursday and this attack has continued over the last 48 hours with unconfirmed reports of as many as 27 Hezbollah fighters captured.

There are also reports that the Opposition have taken over a number of fortified buildings in the Al-Qadam neighbourhood, also in southern Damascus but slightly nearer the centre. To the west of that in Dariya, after heavy fighting on the Corniche Road, 25 Syrian Army soldiers were reported killed, including 2 officers, and equipment seized, HERE:

2 mortar shells fired by the Opposition this morning, Saturday, are reported to have landed in Abu Rummaneh in central Damascus, according to Government sources killing a 8 year old girl and wounding 11 others near the Dar Al-Salam School .  There is footage of the aftermath from Syrian state TV, HERE: 

North of the capital, in the Damascus countryside, fighting is once again reported around the Christian town of Maloula.


In Deir El-Zour in the district of Harabish a number of regime soldiers from the 119th Brigade are reported to have defected, while in Homs the Opposition neighbourhood of Al-Wa’ar has once again come under heavy shelling and bombing this week, the aftermath seen HERE:

Homs Refinery Burning on Wednesday Night

Opposition fighters also attacked the oil refinery in Homs with Grad type missiles, setting most of the oil storage tanks on fire and destroying millions of dollars worth of fuel. The refinery was already down to 10% of its normal capacity.  The fires continued to burn all day Thursday sending black smoke pouring into the atmosphere, HERE: 

In Aleppo province, Government forces took over Abu Jarayn to the east of Safira after 5 days of fighting despite attempts by Opposition fighters to destroy an Assad convoy on route to the town, HERE: 

However, in Aleppo city itself, Opposition fighters continue to make progress taking over more areas in western Aleppo, the last remaining Government foothold in Syria’s largest city, HERE:

A former inmate of Aleppo Central Prison has described the terrible conditions there with a Government tank turning its gun on prisoners’ dormitories in retaliation for Opposition attacks and hundreds buried in the prison courtyard.  Recommended viewing, with English sub-titles:

The BBC also has an interesting report from a young Kurd who defected from the Syrian Air Force and is now in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq.  He describes the brutality of the Assad regime and Alawites in particular, “worse than Al-Qaeda”, HERE:

In Idlib province, on the eastern side of Ma’arat Al-Numan, Opposition fighters have captured the Jura district, giving them a better foothold to continue attacking the Government base at Wadi Deif just a bit further to the west.

Opposition fighters also destroyed a T-62 tank near Wadi Deif and captured a T-72 tank at Khan Shaikhoun.

In Deraa province where heavy fighting continues, the Opposition gained a good stock of useful equipment, including night vision goggles, from their take over of the Hajana base earlier this week (Scroll down, see below), HERE: 


Internationally, the UN Security Council has approved the setting up of a joint UN/ Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team to progress the removal and destruction of chemical weapons and their production equipment in Syria.

Three sites have been visited and the number of inspectors and support staff increased to 60. Although this does not include its recent work in Syria, the OPCW was recognised in Stockholm on Friday with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013.

OPCW has been operating since 1997, carrying out 5,286 inspections in 86 countries and says that 81.71% of the world’s declared chemical weapons stockpile has been destroyed.  The BBC has a video report, HERE:

Site of an Alawite Village Mass Grave in Latakia

Lastly, the Jihadist groups have further sullied the reputation of the Syria’s Opposition by being accused of slaughtering civilians in their August attack on villages in Latakia.

The main charges about events on August 4th are levelled at the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the Al-Nusra Front (ANF), Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar and Suquor al-Izz, though up to 20 Opposition groups are reported to have taken part in the August operations.

According to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigation, 190 people were killed in the attacks, 67 of the dead appearing to have been shot or stabbed while unarmed or fleeing, including 48 women and 11 children. 200 hostages, mainly women and children are also still being held.

You can read more from HRW, HERE: and watch a video presentation, HERE:

Both sides in Syria conflict should face ICC trial – HRW director to RT

Opposition fighter Abu Yassin, 21, takes position inside a building in Salaheddin square, in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, on September 30, 2013. (AFP Photo / Jm Lopez)

Opposition fighter Abu Yassin, 21, takes position inside a building in Salaheddin square, in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, on September 30, 2013.

With continuing atrocities on both sides of the Syrian conflict, the UNSC has to refer the case to the ICC, as Syria lacks the capacity to bring people to justice, Joe Stork, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch told RT.

Almost 200 people were killed and more than 200 taken hostage by Syrian rebels on August 4 in a military offensive in the Latakia governorate financed by private Gulf donors, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report.

The killings took place when President Bashar Assad’s forces were overwhelmed by the militants and left the 10 nearby Alawite villages without protection.

RT: If this was indeed a coordinated attack, as you say in your report, who could have been behind it and what were the motives?

Joe Stork: I can’t really speak to their motives. We have identified, we know that about 20 different groups took part. We have identified 5 of those groups by name who were primarily responsible for organizing the attack, for raising funds for the attack and for carrying out these particular atrocities that we’ve documented.

RT: What brought your attention to this atrocity – and just what happened to these people?

JS: We’re talking about some cold blooded killings, as you’ve noted, some 200 people, all of the ones we’ve identified not being combatants, not being fighters on the government side – women, children, elderly people. There was actually no military excuse, military reason why they should have been killed the way they were.

RT: How hard will it be to identify the culprits and bring them to account?

 The primary issue here of bringing the culprits to account, I think, for the UN Security Council, and that means with Russian collaboration and support would be to refer the situation in Syria to an International Criminal Court. It is quite clear that there is no capacity in Syria to hold these people accountable, so we have to be talking about an international dimension.


A handout image released by Syrian activists on September 30, 2013, allegedly shows a Syrian rebels meeting in a room in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor. (AFP Photo / Huthaifa Al-Maaruf)A handout image released by Syrian activists on September 30, 2013, allegedly shows a Syrian rebels meeting in a room in the northeastern city of Deir Ezzor.

 Talking of international dimension, in your report you were saying Kuwait and Gulf States are indeed responsible for arming these militias…

JS: We did not say that.

 What did you say then?

 We’ve said that individuals who are citizens of Kuwait, primarily Kuwait among the Gulf States, are known to be funders and supporters of some of these groups. We found no evidence that any other government, like Kuwait or any other government was actually providing support. That is an important distinction. Some of the individuals are not even living in Kuwait.

 What sort of reaction do you expect from Western governments over this report?

JS: We are looking at the situation where all sides of this conflict had been responsible for atrocities. Certainly opposition elements and I do not want to appear to be painting with broad brush and say the opposition – we’re talking about 5 distinct groups that were responsible for these atrocities. And yes, we’ve identified and passed reports by government forces and pro-government forces. Just a few weeks ago we put out a report about the massacre by pro-government forces were responsible for similar kinds of atrocities. Clearly there is a need in the situation like the international criminal court to set up, not to look at just one side, to look impartially at crimes committed by all parties.

RT: The pro-Assad Alawite minority was targeted in this massacre. Is this indicative of their fate if Assad goes?

JS: I think clearly there is a vicious sectarian element to the conflict in Syria today and these attack that we’ve documented in this report certainly reflect that. I think the responsibility for that sectarian polarization lies heavily with the government of Syria, with Assad’s government but clearly there’re elements in the opposition, including these particular groups that are also fomenting this kind of sectarian hatred.

(Source / 12.10.2013)

The Saudi War on Islam, A Zionist War on Humanity

According to recent reports, the last remaining historic sections of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca have been demolished. The Masjid al-Haram is the mosque housing the Ka’aba, toward which all Muslims turn to pray.


According to the London Independent, the Saudis have even ripped down the column marking the spot where the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) began his miraculous “night journey” to al-Quds (Jerusalem) and to the heavens. There are reports that the Saudi religious police actually celebrated the destruction!

The location in al-Quds Jerusalem) associated with the “night journey” is commemorated by the al-Aqsa mosque and its Dome of the Rock. That site, too, is threatened. Abdulazeem Salhab, chairman of the Islamic Waqf council in occupied al-Quds (Jerusalem), said earlier this year that Israeli excavations beneath the site, which are undermining its foundations, continue despite protests from around the world.

Why are the Saudis and the Israelis working together to destroy the two monuments associated with the “night journey”?

The Israeli Zionists have obvious motives. First, they want to erase the Islamic heritage of Palestine, which has been a Muslim country and an Islamically-administered holy land for almost 1,300 years. The Zionists, who massacred and expelled the Muslim, Christian, and even many Jewish Palestinians in 1948, are systematically uprooting and destroying Palestine’s history and heritage to clear the ground for their racist settler colony.

But the Masjid al-Aqsa, with its Dome on the Rock, is not just any historic building. It is the greatest and incomparably most important Islamic architectural monument in the world. For although Muslims pray in the direction of the Ka’aba in Mecca, and make pilgrimage to that city, it is the Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem that symbolizes Islam’s status as the culmination of prophecy – the one true universal faith of mankind, incorporating and superseding earlier prophetic revelations whose followers must be protected under the Islamic dispensation.

The Masjid al-Aqsa, built on the site from which the Prophet Muhammad (SAAS) ascended through the heavens, symbolizes Islam’s spirituality and universality. During his night journey, the Prophet met earlier prophets including Moses and Jesus. The Dome on the Rock, like the story of the “night journey,” symbolizes Islam’s status as a universal faith that honors the earlier prophets and protects their followers. It is this symbolism of religious tolerance and unity under the one true God that is apparently unacceptable to both Zionists and Wahhabis.

The Zionists have been scheming to destroy the Masjid al-Aqsa, and build a simulacrum of an ancient Hebrew temple in which to conduct blood sacrifices, ever since they launched their invasion of Palestine a century ago. Though Zionists claim to worship the same God as Christians and Muslims, a high proportion of Zionists are atheists; most of the rest seem to believe that God is a mere tribal idol of the Zionist people rather than the universal creator and impartial dispenser of justice. (Their whole claim to Palestine is based on an alleged 3,000-year-old divine real estate deed!) To such Zionists, Islam’s tolerance and universality are anathema. No wonder they hate the Masjid al-Aqsa and everything it symbolizes.

The Saudi Wahabis, for their part, despise tolerance, universality and spirituality almost as much as the Zionists do. The “takfiri” Wahhabis condemn all non-Muslims, and many Muslims as well, as despicable “kaffirs” whose blood can be legitimately shed. In practice, though, they not only honor and revere the worst of the non-Muslims, but go so far as to hand them the keys to the Kingdom’s vast oil wealth.

The Western usury-based banking system, dominated by the Rothschilds – the founding family of Israel – has been propped up by Saudi oil money since 1970. That is the year that Henry Kissinger took the Rothschild Federal Reserve dollar off of the gold standard, and made it a Saudi-backed petrodollar.

In demolishing the pillar marking the spot where the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) left on the “night journey,” the Saudis are joining the Zionists in rejecting the tolerant, inclusive, spiritual, universal qualities of Islam. They are expressing a characteristically rigid and narrow-minded Wahhabi “orthodoxy” which dreams of destroying the entire history and culture of Islam – and the people who don’t see things exactly the way they do.

Is this Saudi war on Islam’s heritage engineered by the Zionists? Some claim that the Saudi royal family is actually descended from the heretical Zionist “donmeh” – the secret followers of the Zionist false prophet Shabbeti Zevi, who profess Islam in public but practice orgies and other abominations in private. If true, this would explain the behavior of Saudi princes on their notorious gambling junkets. It would explain why the Saudis are propping up the Rothschild-based New World Order. It would explain why the Saudis are assisting the Zionist takeover of Palestine. And it would explain why the Saudis, like the Zionists, are bulldozing Islam’s history and tradition – especially those parts, such as the monuments of the “Night Journey,” that symbolize Islam’s spiritual universality.

This destruction of Muslims’ heritage is part of the Zionist New World Order’s attempt to destroy everyone’s heritage. The traditional identity of the United States, for example, has been systematically undermined by the Rothschild-funded Zionist lobby, which has opened the doors to mass immigration, waged a media war against traditional American identity and morality, denatured the American currency and economy, launched a war on the American middle class, and demolished the US Constitution in a series of actions culminating in the 9/11 coup d’état.

Some believe that the two biggest obstacles in the path of the New World Order are the Islamic ummah and the American middle class. Why? Because Muslims cling tenaciously to traditional values, oppose Zionism, and loathe usury; while the American middle class is the only cohesive group on earth with enough education, economic power, and determination to remain free to potentially stop the impending global dictatorship.

The American and Islamic peoples ought to unite against the Zionists and their Saudi proxies, and stop the New World Order in its tracks. The chief obstacle to this united front against the New World Order, unfortunately, is the American people’s Islamophobia – the well-planned result of the psychological operation of September 11th, 2001. That is why the best way to stop the New World Order is to work to expose the truth about 9/11.

(Source / 12.10.2013)