Israeli forces attacks demonstration in Kafr Qaddum

10th October 2015 | International Solidarity Movement, Nablus team | Kafr Qaddum, occupied Palestine

In the afternoon of October 9th 2015 in Kafr Qaddum, Israeli forces preempted a peaceful demonstration with an ovewhelming display of military power by shooting an unarmed man with live ammunition in the thigh and abdomen. This man is Moayad Shtaiwi, 61, and when he was shot just after midday. He was dressed in professional clothing, face uncovered, standing three hundred metres from the Israeli bulldozer, waving the Palestinian flag in one hand and making a peace sign with the other. He was carried to medical assistance by several others on the scene, during which he lost enough blood to necessitate a transfusion and emergency surgery. The shrapnel created by the bullet lacerated his themoral artery and colon, and put him in critical condition.

Moayyad Shtaiwi carried off to an ambulance after being shot


Moayyad Shtaiwi carried off to an ambulance after being shot

Though a peaceful demonstration was planned for later that day, at the time that forces began to advance just a few people were loosely gathered and nothing had begun. Before the sniper shot Mr Shtaiwi, Israeli forces were moving down the residential street toward the demonstrators with a bulldozer, a jeep, a truck-mounted cannon used for spraying skunk water, and around thirty soldiers, while at least two rubber-coasted steel bullets had been fired at Palestinian children. Soldiers attacked the children and private Palestinian homes on the street and hillside with noxious skunk water chemicals, and continued to shoot live rounds into the crowd. Children scattered into the surrounding hillside where the Israeli forces circled around them and mounted several snipers atop the hill from which they shot endless rounds of both live and rubber-coated steel bullets and rained down several blasts of tear gas. What was left of the peaceful demonstrators began to disperse shortly after 3pm.

Moayad Shtaiwi waving the Palestinian flag


Moayad Shtaiwi waving the Palestinian flag

Israeli forces at Kafr Qaddum


Israeli forces at Kafr Qaddum

Moayad Shtaiwi was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces


Moayad Shtaiwi was shot and critically injured by Israeli forces

(Source / 10.10.2015)

Haniya: Gaza is more than ready for Jerusalem’s battle

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Vice chairman of Hamas’s Political Bureau Ismail Haniya confirmed that Gaza is more than ready for Jerusalem’s battle, stressing that the battle in Jerusalem is Hamas’s battle, and the movement will never abandon its role and place.

In a Friday prayers sermon at a mosque in Gaza City, Haniya declared the current clashes in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank as a real intifada, saying that Gaza’s experience of patience and steadfastness in the last three wars with Israeli occupation will always remain a strategic source of inspiration for Jerusalem and all of Palestine.

“The Palestinian Intifada has revived to liberate al-Aqsa, and we as Gazans intend to join,” Haniya declared.

Haniya said that Gaza will never be a separate statelet, noting that Palestinian blood, battle and people are one, stressing that Gaza will continue to be at the forefront in defending Palestinian lands, prisoners and holy places.

As he hailed the Palestinian Intifada “uprising” Haniya called for strengthening and deepening the intifada.

“It is the only path that will lead to liberation,” he added.

Calling on the Palestinian people to protect the Palestinian uprising, Haniya warned of any internal or external attempt to stop Jerusalem’s Intifada.

“This current uprising must be continued till the day of liberation,” he said, noting that for 20 years the path of negotiations has proven futile, resulting in nothing but desperation and internal conflict.

He concluded by calling for forming an Islamic-Arab network for supporting the Jerusalem Intifada by all possible means.

“The Arab and Muslim nations must stand in the face of the Zionist colonialism, and take responsibility for supporting Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa,” Haniya said.

(Source / 10.10.2015)

ISIS, Israel, Iraq, And Syria: It’s All Part Of The Plan

(ANTIMEDIA) Israel lacks a national motto. If its leaders are looking for a Latin one, “carpe chaos” would be an apt and honest choice.

“Seize the chaos” is half of Israeli foreign policy in a nutshell (the other half being the instigation of that chaos in the first place). Indeed, even its friends in the media cannot help but put it in such terms. For example, The New York Times recently reported about the “…many Israeli leaders and thinkers seizing on the chaos in Syria to solidify Israel’s hold on Golan.”

This refers to the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and has occupied ever since. Even the Israel-enabling United Nations considers that occupation and subsequent annexation to be unjust and illegal. Returning Golan to Syria has long been advanced as part of a potential peace deal.

But now, Israel is using the civil war in Syria as an excuse to expand settlements in the Golan Heights; a senior minister wants 100,000 new residents in the next five years. Its potential uses are manifold: “The 400-plus square miles of the Israeli-controlled Golan on the northeast border with Syria is both strategic plateau and lush agricultural terrain yielding prize apples, cherries and beef. It is also a vast playground that drew 3 million tourist visits last year.”

This is Israel’s usual M.O. in the Palestinian West Bank as well: forging ahead with illicit settlements to establish “realities on the ground” that will be hard to reverse, thereby fixing the occupation permanently in place.

Advocates of the new Golan settlements defend them by citing the chaos in Syria: “With Syria ‘disintegrating’ after years of civil war, they argue, it is hard to imagine a stable state to which the territory could be returned.”

The Times quotes Israeli MP Michael Oren who adds a blatant lebensraumargument to the case for good measure: “We need places to build, and the world doesn’t want us to build in the West Bank. I don’t think anyone in the world can come at us and say we’re building on land that’s going to be part of a peace deal if we build on the Golan Heights.”

“Seize the chaos” is not a new doctrine: neither is it limited to Israeli halls of power. A veritable “carpe chaos” manifesto was written in 1996 for a Washington think tank by David Wurmser, an Israel-first neocon (but I repeat myself) who would later play a key role in the Bush administration’s drive to the Iraq War: advising Dick Cheney in the Vice President’s Office, assisting John Bolton at the State Department, and fabricating fanciful “connections” between Iraq and Al Qaeda at the Department of Defense.

In “Coping with Crumbling States: A Western and Israeli Balance of Power Strategy for the Levant,” Wurmser made a case for “limiting and expediting the chaotic collapse” of the Baathist governments in Iraq and Syria.

Wurmser predicted that “Baathism’s days are numbered,” due to its own inherent failings as a stable basis for statehood. Indeed, he argued, Arab nationalism in general was unsuitable for the Arab people, given their particularist and tribal tendencies. Therefore, its adoption can only condemn Arab countries to forever “fluctuate between repression and anarchy.”

In particular, the Gulf War had “accelerated Iraq’s descent into internal chaos.” To Wurmser, this made the Middle East of 1996 resemble Europe of 1914. Just before World War I, the Ottoman Empire had long been dubbed “the sick man of Europe.” Its imminent demise was beyond doubt; what was in question was who would get to despoil its corpse.

In 1996 Iraq was “the sick man of the Middle East.” Wurmser predicted that, after the inevitable downfall of its ruler Saddam Hussein, Iraq would be dominated either by the Baathist regime in Syria or the “Hashemite” royal house in Jordan.

He characterized Iraq not as any serious threat to Israel or the West but as “the prize” in a Middle Eastern game of thrones:

“The prize itself is more powerful than any of the neighbors that covet it. Iraq, a nation of 18 million, occupies some of the most strategically important and well-endowed territories of the Middle East.”

Wurmser called for the West and Israel to help the Hashemite monarch of Jordan win this game of thrones by enthroning one of his kin as king of Iraq. He advanced what he termed Jordan’s “Hashemite option for Iraq” as a far superior alternative to a Syrian-dominated continuation of Baathist Arab nationalism. The former, he averred, is “more solid and traditional,” and:

“The Hashemites alone are adept enough in forging strong tribal, familial and clan alliances to create viable nations in the Levant.”

Of course Wurmser’s amateur sociological analysis is poppycock, and the real advantage the neocons saw in the “Hashemite option” was that the royal house of Jordan is obedient to Israel because it is a wholly-owned western client completely dependent on the hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid the US feeds it every year.

Indeed, Wurmser hinted at this real reason when he argued that, if Iraq were to go Hashemite:

“…then Syria would be isolated and surrounded by a new pro-western Jordanian-Israeli-Iraqi-Turkish bloc…”

Thus isolated, Baathist Syria’s own inevitable “chaotic collapse” could then be “expedited.” And the expanded pro-western bloc could:

“…contain and manage… the scope of the coming chaos in Iraq and most probably in Syria.”

This was the “balance of power strategy” Wurmser proposed for the West and Israel, to replace the despised:

“…quest for ‘comprehensive peace — including its ‘land for peace’ provision, with Syria.”

Nineteen years later, Wurmser must now be elated that the Golan Heights are, as discussed above, being taken off the table for any future “land for peace” deals thanks to his hoped-for chaotic collapse in Syria.

In fact, mere months before he wrote “Coping with Crumbling States,” Wurmser made the case for implacable antagonism toward Syria as a preferred alternative to returning Golan in particular:

“Given the nature of the regime in Damascus, it is both natural and moral that Israel abandon the slogan ‘comprehensive peace’ and move to contain Syria, drawing attention to its weapons of mass destruction program, and rejecting ‘land for peace’ deals on the Golan Heights.”

Wurmser wrote this in the infamous policy paper “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” which was addressed, not to Washington, but to Tel Aviv (indicating his true loyalties).

In “A Clean Break,” Wurmser even more expressly made the case for outright regime change in Iraq as a “means” of “weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria.” (This in turn was imperative because, “Syria challenges Israel on Lebanese soil.”)

“A Clean Break” was written under the auspices of a “study group” headed by Wurmser’s mentor Richard Perle and including fellow Perle-protege Douglas Feith. This is extremely significant because Perle and Feith, like Wurmser, also played key roles in the Bush administration’s war drive.

For more details on both the “Lebanese connection” mentioned above and the role of the “Clean Breakers” in starting the Iraq War, see my essay, “Clean Break to Dirty Wars.”

Indeed, it is Washington’s Israeli-occupied foreign policy that has enabled Israel’s “seize the chaos” doctrine by using America’s vast imperial might to create so much seizable chaos in the first place.

As it turned out, Iraq was not nearly as mired in mayhem or blundering toward the brink as Wurmser judged in 1996. At the dawn of the 21st century, Saddam was as firmly ensconced in power as ever. So much for Wurmser as a geopolitical analyst.

This posed a problem. There was no chance of “expediting” a “chaotic collapse” that wasn’t there; a process has to exist first before it can be accelerated. So Wurmser and the other neocons in the Bush administration had to cook up a collapse from scratch themselves.

And it took a full-scale invasion and occupation by a global superpower to make this particular Leninist “omelet,” at the cost of a prodigious amount of “broken eggs”: 4,425 American lives and $1.7 trillion.

But the neocons and Israel finally did get their longed for chaotic collapse in Iraq, along with the deaths of over a million Iraqis and the displacement of millions more. This blood-soaked business is what they call “statecraft.”

Yet, even then, the best laid plans of the neocons and Likudniks still completely failed to pan out.

In both of his seminal strategy documents of 1996, Wurmser imagined that if the Hashemites were installed in Iraq, they could use their influence with a certain prominent cleric there to turn the Shiites of Syria and Lebanon against Assad, Iran, and Hezbollah.

And the “Coping” report envisioned a supporting role in that project for Ahmed Chalabi, identified by Wurmser as “one of the most prominent of the Iraqi opposition figures to Saddam” and “himself a Shiite and a close, long-time Hashemite confidant.” Wurmser further anticipated that:

“…pro-Jordan Iraq Shiites as Ahmed Chalabi… would define the Iraqi Shiite community after Saddam’s removal.”

By the Iraq War, the neocons had given up on outright enthroning a Hashemite in Baghdad. It’s one thing to coordinate something like that from behind the scenes, but installing a royal despot through a high-profile American war would have made for unacceptably bad press for Washington.

So Perle and Company settled for a “democratic” “Hashemite option.” In this Plan B, “Hashemite confidant” Ahmed Chalabi graduated from a supporting to a leading role in Israel’s plan for the new Iraq.

Chalabi had long delighted the neocons by feeding Washington bogus “intelligence” on Iraqi weapons that eventually helped to justify the US invasion. On the basis of this rapport, Chalabi assured the neocons that, as a leading light in “democratic” Iraq, he would steer state policy in Israel’s favor. The neocons even swallowed his pledge to build a pipeline for them from Iraq’s oilfields to an Israeli refinery and port.

None of Chalabi’s promises ever manifested. As it turned out, Chalabi was just as much an agent of Iran (enemy to both Saddam and Israel) as he was a “Hashemite confidant.” For more details on this, see the amazing article, “How Ahmed Chalabi Conned the Neocons.”

The neocons and Israel got their war and collapse in Iraq, but it blew up in their faces. The new US-armed Iraqi government, as well as the Shiite militias that do most of its fighting, became dominated, not by loyal Jordan, but by hated Iran. Oops.

And after the war, the neocons were faced, not with Wurmser’s anticipated “Jordanian-Israeli-Iraqi-Turkish bloc,” but what they perceive as an anti-Israel “Shia crescent” including Iran, Iraq, Syria, and (most importantly) Hezbollah in Lebanon. Far from being isolated, Syria seemed to have more friends than ever. Oops.

But Israel sure as hell wasn’t going to leave bad enough alone. Where the subtleties of neocon “strategists” miserably failed, Israel’s influence over the sheer wealth and brute power of the US empire (what Wurmser has called its “raw capability”) would have to make up the difference once again.

So for the sake of Israel, and since at least 2007, Washington, along with its regional allies, has been waging a broad covert proxy war to undermine the “Shia crescent.” This policy pivot, which legendary journalist Seymour Hersh dubbed “The Redirection,” has involved supporting Sunni Islamist mujahideen in Lebanon, Syria, and Iran.

Then, after the 2011 “Arab Spring” of popular uprisings reached Syria, “The Redirection” went into overdrive. The US-led regional coalition (Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, etc) has been strenuously trying to overthrow the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad since at least 2012 by heavily sponsoring an insurgency led by jihadists including Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Israel has also been contributing to the cause of chaos more directly. Like a prizefighter’s “cutman,” the Israeli military has stood in Al Qaeda’s corner, taking in its wounded terrorist “rebels,” patching them up, and thensending them back into Syria to resume fighting.

In Syria too, the neocons and Israel have finally seen their longed for chaotic collapse, to the tune of a quarter of a million Syrian deaths and millions more displaced (many fleeing to Europe or drowning en route).

As discussed above, Israel has seized on the chaos it has unleashed on its northern neighbor as an excuse for expanding settlements in the Golan Heights.

Moreover, whenever that chaos even slightly spills over into Golan, Israel has been seizing that as a pretext for still more war.

Syrian soldiers are desperately battling Al Qaeda just north of Golan. Whenever a shell strays into the Heights (almost always exploding harmlessly in some unoccupied field), Israel responds by bombing Syrian military positions, thus effectively serving as Al Qaeda’s air force as well as its combat medic.

It does this regardless of (and generally clueless as to) who actually fired the offending projectile: whether it was the Syrian army, Al Qaeda, or any other faction. As CBS News related in a report of recent such strikes:

“Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an Israeli military spokesman, said in a statement that Israel holds the Syrian military ‘responsible and accountable for any aggression emanating from Syria.’”

Israel’s self-righteously sociopathic behavior toward Syria and the Golan Heights beggars belief. It’s like some wealthy homeowner taking over his poor neighbor’s backyard and then sending a gang of crazed ruffians to invade his home. Then in the ensuing brawl, when something crashes through the neighbor’s window onto the seized yard, the land thief yells from a balcony, “Why can’t you get your house in order!” and fires at him with a shotgun. Then the thief walks back to his room muttering to himself, “What a hopeless basket case! How I’mdefinitely not giving him back his yard.”

What makes it especially incredible is that the ruffians in the real-life scenario are Al Qaeda and ISIS. But from the twisted perspective of Israel and the neocons, it makes perfect sense.

Even way back in 1996, Wurmser was already stressing in his “Coping” report that Arab nationalism must be considered enemy number one, and that Islamic fundamentalism was only a distant second.

Wurmser flat-out rejected any pragmatic detente with the Baathists, even for the sake of having a “bulwark” against the spread of radical Islam. He despised any such “peace process” as “prop[ping] up secular-Arab nationalism in its crumbling weakness.” He contended that such a policy is:

“…anchored to the belief that [secular-Arab nationalism] can be “reformed” enough to be resurrected as abulwark against Islamic fundamentalism. Yet, one of the main strategic objectives of the peace process is to perpetuate Levantine secular-Arab nationalist regimes. Indeed, the previous Israeli government believed that, “[Israel’s] role is to protect the existing regimes, to prevent or halt the process of radicalization, and to block the expansion of fundamental religious zealotry.”

But the present study… shows that the pursuit of comprehensive peace and the effort to harness secular-Arab nationalist regimes such as Syria’s in the battle to stem the fundamentalist tide is not only futile. It is also a dangerous strategic misstep.

Wurmser argued that US support for secular Arab-nationalist Iraq in its brutal invasion of fundamentalist Iran in the 1980s was “an explosive mistake,” as Iraq’s subsequent “rogue” invasion of Kuwait demonstrated. And so:

“The same lesson should now be applied to Syria. It is in both Israel’s and the West’s interest to expedite the demise of secular-Arab nationalism. (…) The pursuit of the peace process is preventing this.”

Secular-Arab nationalism, Wurmser insisted, is nothing but an “obstacle” to introducing better defenses against and alternatives to fundamentalism, and to “more healthy future” for the Arab world.

“The West and its local friends must engage fundamentalism with better associates than Baathists.”

Such thinking would seem to explain the otherwise baffling tendency of today’s policy makers in Washington and Tel Aviv to stubbornly insist on the overthrow of one secular-Arab nationalist regime after another — Saddam in Iraq, Gaddafi in Libya, and now Assad in Syria — even though it invariably leads to explosive growth for extreme Islamist groups in membership, might, and conquests.

Yet, one would expect the 9/11 attacks to have pulled the rug out from under this rationale. Aren’t the 9/11 attacks why the US is raining bombs throughout the Muslim world in the first place? And secular-Arab nationalists didn’t knock down the Twin Towers; Islamic fundamentalists did.

Even ignoring the crucial issues of empire and blowback, and taking militaristic “offense as the best defense” premises for granted, shouldn’t Islamist terror organizations — which have actually attacked American cities — be menace number one, and secular-Arab nationalist states — which have never dared — be at most a distant second?

And so, especially after 9/11, wouldn’t creating “jihadist wonderlands” throughout the Middle East by decapitating the secular-Arab nationalist regimes that are the jihadists’ chief mortal enemies be the last thing our government should do? Especially when one of the groups thriving the most amid the chaos is Al Qaeda, the very perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks?

Not from Israel’s perspective. Michael Oren (the lebensraum-loving Israeli official mentioned above) has made it crystal clear that Wurmser’s priorities are still official state policy. In 2013, at the end of his tenure as Israeli ambassador to the US, Oren delivered this parting message through The Jerusalem Post:

“‘The initial message about the Syrian issue was that we always wanted [President] Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran,’ he said.

This was the case, he said, even if the other ‘bad guys’ were affiliated to al-Qaida.

‘We understand that they are pretty bad guys,’ he said, adding that this designation did not apply to everyone in the Syrian opposition. “Still, the greatest danger to Israel is by the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut. And we saw the Assad regime as the keystone in that arc. That is a position we had well before the outbreak of hostilities in Syria. With the outbreak of hostilities we continued to want Assad to go.’”

Then in 2014, just after ISIS advanced through Iraq to Mosul and declared itself a Caliphate, Oren said this regarding the conflict between the Shiite-led government of Syria and the Sunni extremists overrunning eastern Syria and western Iraq:

“From Israel’s perspective, if there’s got to be an evil that’s got to prevail, let the Sunni evil prevail.”

Lest he be misunderstood, by “Sunni evil” Oren is here specifically referring to ISIS. This is clear, because seconds before, he conveyed his recognition of the fact that they are indeed “bad guys” by referring to a specific mass-execution that ISIS had just committed.

That is Israel’s position. “Assad must go. We prefer Al Qaeda. Let ISIS prevail.”

In other words: “To hell with your towers, America. And your big city residents can go to hell too, where they can burn along with the Syrian victims of Al Qaeda and ISIS for all I care. Israel has its own regional strategic goals to think of. Now get back to work to pay your taxes so your government can keep decimating Muslim countries for me and my power clique and keep sending us billions of dollars in foreign aid.”

This from “America’s greatest friend in the Middle East.”

Israel would have preferred to have the Levant ruled by stable sock puppets of the West. But failing that, it would much rather be surrounded by an extremist-stricken Muslim maelstrom of mutual massacres than to have in its neighborhood even a single secular-Arab nationalist state with an independent rational leadership, a steady tax base, and a disciplined military.

And for 14 years, Washington has been adopting Israel’s perspective on this question with incredible fidelity. And as a recently-released government intelligence document revealed, it has done so knowing full well that it would likely result in the Levant being overrun by America-hating Islamic terrorists.

And thus it is demonstrated that the only enemy of the American people greater than Israel’s government is our own.

David Wurmser warned that if the West did not adopt his warlike strategic vision, it:

“…will still not get peace. Instead it will look beyond Israel’s borders at secular-Arab nationalism’s final legacy: a chaotic sea… (which will painfully intrude on the West)…”

The West has indeed adopted the neocon/Israeli strategy, precipitating the “chaotic collapse” of secular-Arab nationalism in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. But the chaos has not been “contained and managed” as Wurmser anticipated. Neither has it cleared the way for “a more healthy future” as he promised.

Instead it has created exactly what Wurmser said it would prevent: a “chaotic sea” immersing the entire Middle East and “painfully intrud[ing] on the West.” That chaotic sea is even lapping up onto the shores of Europe in the form of the refugee crisis.

And now that Russia has been drawn into the Syrian war, where its bombers and troops operate at cross purposes with American bombers and proxy fighters, the chaotic sea threatens to become a thermonuclear lake of fire engulfing the whole world.

Israel may eventually see every secular-Arab nationalist regime that defies it fall. It may yet see Assad die in some humiliating way, just as it saw Saddam hanged before a jeering crowd and Gaddafi sodomized in the street. It may also finally see American bombs raining down on Tehran.

Israeli troops may once again march upon Beirut, and this time see every important member of Hezbollah executed or buried under a prison. (It’s extremely unlikely, but it’s conceivable.) It may then have total sway over Lebanon and untrammeled access to all its natural resources (including the coveted Litani River).

Israel may never have to give the Palestinians freedom, restitution, or peace. And it may never have to give up any of its territorial spoils of war: the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, or the Golan Heights. Golan’s “places to build,” its “strategic plateau,” its “prize apples,” and its “vast playground” spaces may be Israel’s until the end of mankind.

But if that end is a decade from now — or a day — will it really be worth it?

(Source / 10.10.2015)

President Khoja Warns Russia of Another Afghanistan Fiasco

President Khoja Warns Russia of Another Afghanistan Fiasco

President Khoja said that Russia had sent 2,000 mercenaries to Syria and wants to raise the figure to 20,000, stressing that the game President Putin is playing in Syria will eventually backfire. He warns Russia against meeting the same fate the former Soviet Union met in Afghanistan.

In an interview with CNN Turk TV channel yesterday, President Khoja said that Russia aims to prop up Bashar al-Assad and grants him a stronger position in any possible peace negotiations. He also said that a political solution is impossible as long as Russia is invading Syria, stressing that the Syrian Coalition will not sit with the Russians at the negotiating table.

Khoja pointed out that the Russian aerial attacks targeted Syrian rebels, adding that most of the victims who died as a result of these attacks were civilians. He stated that Russia must realize that it cannot win a war through barbaric aerial bombardment, stressing that Assad and Russia will eventually lose the battle against rebel fighters.

Khoja also pointed the Free Syrian Army counts over 70,000 fighters and was formed by defecting officers from the Assad regime, stressing that what is happening in Syria is not a civil war but it is aggression launched by the Assad regime on the Syrian people.

Khoja stressed that Bashar al-Assad is the only one responsible for the continued aggression, adding that the solution to the crisis is contingent on removing him from power.  He said that the Syrian Coalition has always sought a political solution, but today Syria is coming under a Russian-Iranian invasion that requires supporting Syrian rebels to counter it.

(Source: Syrian Coalition / 10.10. 2015)

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian journalists near Hebron

HEBRON (Ma’an) — A group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian journalists covering an alleged stabbing attack in the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba earlier on Friday, witnesses said.Settlers physically and verbally assaulted the journalists, shouting anti-Palestinian curses and snatching some of their gear while Israeli forces looked on.The attack came after Muhammad Fares Abdullah al-Jaabari, 19, was shot dead on scene after allegedly stabbing an Israeli border policeman and leaving him with light injuries.Israeli settlers throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem have continued to carry out violent reprisals since two settlers were shot dead near Nablus on Oct. 1.Witnesses to many of the attacks say they were carried out in the presence of armed Israeli forces.Earlier on Friday, a group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian homes in the al-Ras and al-Jaabari neighborhoods in the Hebron area, throwing rocks and shouting slogans against Arabs and Palestinians, locals said.

In the neighboring city of Yatta, a group of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian home, smashing property.
In the Nablus area, dozens of Israeli settlers attempted an attack on Palestinian farmers who were picking olives in their land in the the village of Yanun, but were stopped by local guarding committees.
Separately, around 50 settlers from the illegal Elon Moreh settlement east of Nablus attacked al-Rajeh area east of Rujeib village, destroying dozens of olive trees.
Such attacks have left Palestinian locals on guard as the Palestinian Authority has no jurisdiction over the settlers and Israeli forces rarely intervene to protect Palestinians being attacked.Earlier this week, the Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, Sari Bashi, said: “The Israeli military should protect Palestinians from so-called revenge attacks.

(Source / 10.10.2015)

Thousands attend funeral of Palestinian shot dead in Shufat

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of 24-year-old Ahmad Jamal Salah, who was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in Shufat Refugee Camp earlier in the day.Salah was one of 13 Palestinians who Israeli forces have shot dead in clashes across the occupied Palestinian territory since Oct. 1.The funeral set off from the Amer Ibin al-Jarah Mosque inside the refugee camp to Anata Cemetery where he was buried.The participants chanted slogans demanding revenge and urging resistance against Israeli authorities, while the flags of several Palestinian factions were raised during the funeral.Salah’s father told Ma’an that his son’s body had been handed over to the family at an Israeli hospital at 7 a.m.His father said that after Israeli soldiers shot Ahmad, they detained him for two hours, despite heavy bleeding, before he was transferred to a hospital where he later died.His father said that that was proud of his son, who “fought until the last breath for his people and his land.”After the funeral, clashes erupted between Palestinians youth and Israeli forces in Shufat Refugee Camp, during which at least six Palestinians were shot with live fire and rubber bullets, local Fatah spokesman Thaer Fasfous said.

(Source / 10.10.2015)

Non violent action by Elderly Palestinian despite Israeli military violence

10th October 2015 | International Solidarity Movement, Al-Khalil team | Hebron, occupied Palestine

Today on October 10th in Al-Khalil at around 13h, thousands attended the funeral of Mohammed Fares Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jabari, killed yesterday near Kiryat Arba at the hands of an Israeli police officer, after allegedly trying to stab him. After the funeral a crowd of mourners headed to Bab Al-Zawiyah to demonstrate against the Israeli occupation as they have been doing daily since the unrest broke out in the West Bank a few days ago.

The Palestinian youth Mohammed Fares Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jabari was shot dead by the IOF in the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron


The Palestinian youth Mohammed Fares Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jabari was shot dead by the IOF in the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron

A contingent of Israeli soldiers and police occupied several private buildings in the area as well as the entrance of the Shuhada checkpoint. From their position, the IOF repressed the incipient gathering shooting tear-gas and rubber coated steel bullets. As the crowd resisted and refused to disperse the IOF reaction became more aggressive and also started shooting live ammunition at protesters, injuring at least three, including a Doctor who was shot in the face while attending to the injured. On the other side, a group of protesters tried to fight back just by throwing stones that could not even reach the soldiers’ position.

Live ammunition bullet casings litter the ground at the site of today's demonstration in Bab al-Zawiyah in al-Khalil (Hebron)


Live ammunition bullet casings litter the ground at the site of today’s demonstration in Bab al-Zawiyah in al-Khalil (Hebron)

In the middle of the clashes, a local elderly man bravely stood himself in front of the soldiers and asked them to stop the shooting and leave the place. According the current Oslo Agreements, the area is under Palestinian authority and the IOF should not make presence there. Suddenly, the man fainted before the indifference of the Israeli officers, who restricted themselves to pointing at him with their fingers, while other locals and members of the Red Crescent came to his aid.

International observers as well as several press staff witnessed the use of live ammunition and the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli armed forces.

Elderly Palestinian man faints after confronting Israeli forces and blocking their fire towards Palestinian demonstrating youth.


Elderly Palestinian man faints after confronting Israeli forces and blocking their fire towards Palestinian demonstrating youth

At the time of writing (17h) clashes are still ongoing in the surroundings of Bab al-Zawiyah, with large amounts of stun grenades, tear-gas and rubber coated steel bullets being shot.

(Source / 10.10.2015)

Jordan Parliament Slams Zionist Entity for ‘State Terrorism’

Jordan has slammed the Israeli regime for committing “state terrorism” against the Palestinians, following the fatal shooting of seven Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip by Israeli occupation forces.

“The Israeli enemy, sapping the rights of the Palestinians on their own lands… and over their holy places, is exercising state terrorism before the eyes of the whole world,” the Jordanian parliament said in a statement released on Saturday.

The Jordanian lawmakers also denounced the crimes that Israeli forces have committed in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

On Friday, six Palestinians were killed and 145 others were injuries after Israeli forces opened fire on a group of Palestinian protesters in eastern Gaza.

The Jordanian parliament, meanwhile, said “barbaric and racist” actions of the Israeli military that have violated international and humanitarian laws have caused the casualties on the part of the Palestinians.

They also condemned inaction of the international community in the face of the Tel Aviv regime’s violence, adding that it is not lifting “a finger to halt these racist and detestable policies” of Israel, which are “pushing the region and world towards more violence and instability.”

There has been growing confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians, triggered by Tel Aviv’s imposition on August 26 of sweeping restrictions on entries into the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Israeli settlers’ repeated storming of the mosque.

Since yesterday morning, seven Palestinians were killed during and after demonstrations in Gaza, Muhammad al-Jaabari, 19, was shot after allegedly stabbing an Israeli border policeman in a Hebron settlement, and Ahmad Salah, 24, was killed during clashes in Shufat.

(Source / 10.10.2015)

Palestinians will never have a state and will be ruled by Israel

Eli Ben-Dahan

Eli Ben-Dahan, deputy defense minister

“To me, they are like animals, they aren’t human.”

Ben Dahan told Maariv that homosexual Jews were superior [to]gentiles — gay or straight.

“A Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual,” he said.

Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan said yesterday: “Palestinians have to understand they won’t have a state & Israel will rule over them.”

The report is in Hebrew from Udi Segal of Israeli Channel 10, as translated by David Sheen on Facebook and Emily Hauser. 

Ben-Dahan referred to Palestinians as animals in 2013, according to the Times of Israel:

“To me, they are like animals, they aren’t human.”

Ben Dahan told Maariv that homosexual Jews were superior [to]gentiles — gay or straight.

“A Jew always has a much higher soul than a gentile, even if he is a homosexual,” he said.

(Source / 10.10.2015)

Hamdan: Further escalation with the occupation is to be seen

Hamas leader Osama Hamdan stated that the situation in the Palestinian lands heads for further escalation with the Israeli occupation in light of the Israeli refusal to reverse its provocative actions in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In a televised interview on Friday, Hamdan said that the Palestinian popular movement emphasizes that resistance against the occupation unites all Palestinians.

Hamdan added that the current Palestinian generation born under Oslo agreement had spent half their lives as subjects of general Dayton’s policies, but those attempts failed in creating a distorted generation.

He pointed out that Netanyahu attempts to break the will of the Palestinian people, falsely believing he could liquidate the Palestinian cause through incitement and murder.

Hamdan stressed that the failure of negotiations requires the PA to stop security coordination with the Israeli occupation and return to the path of resistance, calling for achieving Palestinian unity based on resistance strategy.

(Source / 10.10.2015)