Lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti attacked near his home

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Unknown assailants attacked lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi, the secretary-general and co-founder of the Palestinian National Initiative party, also known as Mubadara, on Saturday, Barghouthi told Ma’an.

Barghouthi said that two men assaulted him with a sharp tool, injuring him in his face in the al-Tira neighborhood of Ramallah, near his home.He added that one of the attackers said “let the Intifada protect you” before both men fled, insinuating that the attack could have been nationalistic in nature. Barghouthi said he had alerted Palestinian security forces about the incident, and requested that an investigation be opened into the attack.
A Palestinian security spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.
(Source / 25.10.2015)

Jerusalem family demolishes own home following Israeli order

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem demolished its own home on Saturday in order to avoid the Israeli municipality’s demolition.The house, which totaled 100 square meters, was built in 1998 in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and had been housing Abeer al-Rajabi, her husband, and six children, aged six to 18 years old.Abeer’s father, Elias, told Ma’an that the Israeli authorities had delivered several demolition orders in recent years, with the final order issued in April.The order gave the family until Oct. 24 to execute the demolition, after which point they would be charged 60,000 shekels ($15,430) in demolition expenses.The family attempted to secure the necessary permits, but the Jerusalem municipality refused, claiming that structure had been built too close to the street.Elias al-Rajabi said that the municipality has also imposed a fine of 250,000 shekels ($64,290) on the family for building the house.Israeli government policies make it nearly impossible for Palestinian residents to obtain building permits, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.As of September this year, 29 Palestinian homes have been demolished in occupied East Jerusalem, leaving 29 Palestinians homeless, according to Israeli rights group B’Tselem.Nearly 579 homes have been destroyed over the last twelve years, leaving 2,133 Palestinians homeless in total, the group reports.

(Source / 25.10.2015)

Yemen: ICRC deeply concerned by the impact of fighting in Taiz

Yemen: ICRC deeply concerned by the impact of fighting in Taiz

Taiz, Yeman. This once vibrant street is now devastated and overrun with snipers. Despite the danger, two men on a motorcycle drive through the area

Geneva / Sana’a – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the humanitarian impact of increasingly intense fighting in the city of Taiz, where there has been indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas and essential supplies are being blocked from entering the city.

“The situation in Taiz is particularly dire, even by the standards of the appalling conditions all over Yemen, with nearly half of the hospitals closed and streams of wounded people desperate for treatment. Hospitals have reported 22 dead and more than 140 wounded after yesterday’s shelling and airstrikes,” said the ICRC head of delegation in Yemen, Antoine Grand.

“We have been asking the parties concerned to authorize the delivery of urgent medicines to the Al-Thawra hospital for the last five weeks, to no avail so far. This shipment is critical to save lives,” he said.

Following more than six months of escalating ground fighting, airstrikes and shelling, people in Taiz are also suffering from acute shortages of water, food, electricity, gas and fuel.

“We are deeply concerned not only by the restrictions imposed on movements of essential goods into Yemen, but also inside the country. Today, we have been able to distribute food and basic aid to some displaced people on the outskirts of Taiz, but it remains very difficult for essential goods to enter the city, leading to an extremely worrying humanitarian situation,” Mr Grand said.

The ICRC calls on all parties to the conflict to ensure that all necessary measures are taken to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to lift the restriction of movement of essential goods into and within Yemen. Parties must provide humanitarian assistance, or allow and facilitate humanitarian organisations to deliver humanitarian aid impartially to the people most affected by conflict.

(Source / 25.10.2015)

Report: 57 Palestinians killed by IOF since early October

57 Palestinians, including 13 children and one pregnant woman, have been killed by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) since Jerusalem intifada started in early October, according to a report released on Saturday by the Palestinian ministry of health.

The report explained that 39 of the victims were killed in the West Bank and Jerusalem, 17 others in the Gaza Strip and one in Hura village in the Negev.

2,000 Palestinians from the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza, including 450 children and women, have also suffered different injuries from either physical assaults, gunfire or arson attacks during the same period.

Over 4,000 Palestinians also suffered from inhaling tear gas during the recent violent events in different areas of occupied Palestine, the report said.

(Source / 25.10.2015)

Russian military mission in Syria brings history full circle

Assad and Putin prepare to make a statement after the signing ceremony in the Kremlin, January 25, 2005

Valery Anisimov and his fellow Russian servicemen were smuggled out of the Black Sea hiding below the decks of their ship, they grew their hair long so they could pass as tourists, then landed at a Syrian port to join up with government military units.

Their trip took place in January 1983, 32 years before Russia’s military again joined a Syrian conflict with its launch last month of air strikes on militant groups opposed to the Damascus government.

As Anisimov’s story shows, even if Russia’s entry into the Syrian conflict may have caught Western countries off guard, it is the continuation of a long history of involvement in the Middle East.

That role declined after the collapse of the Soviet Union left Russia broke and in chaos, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has now restored what, in the Kremlin’s eyes, is business as usual in the region.

“We moved away from supporting the Arabs,” said Pogos Akopov, a retired diplomat who served as Soviet ambassador to Egypt, Libya and Kuwait. “It was temporary. And it was corrected by whom? By Putin.”

Western governments take a different view, seeing Putin’s intervention as an opportunistic attempt to grab influence and enhance his reputation at home as someone who is ready to thumb his nose at the United States.

For decades before the end of the Cold War, Moscow was an influential player in the Arab world. It financed infrastructure projects like Egypt’s Aswan dam and provided weapons and military training.

Former Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad, the father of President Bashar al-Assad, studied at a military flying school in the Soviet Union.

These relationships also involved Moscow sending its soldiers to Syria – though for the most part these missions were not publicly acknowledged because the Kremlin did not want to be an official party to the region’s armed conflicts.

Mediterranean Cruise

Back in 1983, Anisimov was serving as a conscript in the Moscow region with an anti-aircraft unit.

At the time, Israeli troops had invaded Lebanon and taken control of most of its southern half, while Syrian forces had taken control of the north. The Syrians were suffering losses from Israeli aviation, and the Soviet leadership wanted to shore up its Syrian allies.

Anisimov was sent to the Black Sea port of Nikolayev in Ukraine, now known as Mykolaiv. He joined up with about 1,000 other servicemen who were ordered to paint their equipment in desert camouflage colors.

They boarded a cruise line called the Ukraina, and set off. They were not told where they were going, he recalled in an interview. On the day of their departure, a local newspaper reported the ship was taking students who had won a Socialist competition on a cruise of the Mediterranean.

Once on board, they were told to wear civilian clothes and ordered to let their military haircuts grow out. Announcements over the ship tannoy were addressed to “Comrade tourists,” according to Anisimov.

Sailing through the Dardanelles, the narrow sea passage linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, the ship had to pass an American warship.

Anisimov said launches approached the Ukraina, with listening devices directed towards the Russian ship. “We were shut up inside our cabins and they forbade us to speak,” he said.

A few days later, they docked at the Syrian port of Tartous, which, three decades later, is now the unloading point for much of the Russian military equipment being deployed in Syria.

“They said to us: ‘You’re in Syria,’ and they handed out our weapons,” Anisimov said. “We didn’t call each other ‘Comrade Major’ or ‘Comrade Colonel.’ We greeted each other by name and patronymic, so no one would know we were Soviet officers.”

Deterrent Effect

Anisimov’s new unit, the 220th anti-aircraft regiment, set up its batteries of S-200 anti-aircraft missiles. Their role was to track Israeli aircraft flying into Syria, and, if necessary, shoot them down.

That order was never given, Anisimov said, but the presence of the Russian missile batteries acted as a deterrent to the Israeli air force, which had found out they were there.

A decade later, even after the Soviet Union collapsed, Russian service personnel were again serving on clandestine missions in Syria, though on a smaller scale.

Oleg Popikov, now the 53-year-old chairman of a military plant in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, was a captain in the Soviet military when, in 1990, he was first sent to Syria.

For four years, he served as a military advisor to the Syrian armed forces, based in the city of Deraa, in south-west Syria. He stayed on in the role after the Soviet Union ceased to exist a year after his arrival.

His role, he said, was to train a Syrian missile defense unit equipped with Soviet-made missiles. He said he was decorated with a Syrian military medal, but did not see action. At home, his mission was not publicly acknowledged, but was described as a “special mission.”

“But I don’t begrudge it,” said Popikov, who retired from the military with the rank of colonel. “Besides, my pay was not bad.”
He said ordinary Syrians saw Russia’s military contingent as their protectors from outside threats. “If you went to a bazaar, they would give you fruit and vegetables for free.”

Popikov said he had kept close touch with friends from his time in Deraa, including two he said had been killed this month fighting against Islamist militants.

Hopes Realized

Akopov, the former diplomat, said the Soviet Union’s doctrine of close cooperation with Arab countries was a response to its Cold War confrontation with the United States.

Moscow was barred from trading with the West, and sought out new trade partners in the Middle East instead. And the Kremlin provided weapons to Arab governments to persuade them not to allow Western countries to set up bases there, he said.

That doctrine was dropped when Boris Yeltsin, Russian’s first post-Communist leader, took power and Moscow believed the era of confrontation with Washington was over.

But Akopov said the doctrine has become relevant again as Cold War tensions have resurfaced and Russia again finds itself isolated internationally.

“Putin understood this. He did not seek confrontation with the West but he believed you have to be strong so that people reckon with you,” said Akopov.

During the fallow period for Russian-Arab relations after the Soviet Union collapsed, Akopov published a newspaper called Bil-Amal, Arabic for “With Hope.” The name, he said, referred to the hope that one day the old ties would be restored.
Now, said Akopov, that hope has been realized, “because we returned.”

(Source / 25.10.2015)

WHY PALESTINIANS NEED AN INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION FORCE

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It will ensure that lives are placed above politics, and defend a besieged population nearing its 50th year under brutal occupation.

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Palestinians have taken to the streets to demonstrate against nearly 50 years of military rule and the denial of their freedom at the hands of Israel. These protests come after the death of the peace process, the election of a right-wing Israeli government that has stated it has no intention of granting Palestinians their rights, and growing discontent with the unelected Palestinian Authority (PA).
The protests have also been fueled by repeated Israeli announcements of settlement expansion; settler attacks on Palestinian lives, property, and holy places; and the Israeli government’s decision to allow right-wing extremists who seek the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to enter the Haram al-Sharif compound while simultaneously denying Palestinians access to their holy sites.
Seeking to quell the unrest, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government would undertake more stringent measures to suppress Palestinian protests, including the use of live rounds against demonstrators and the immediate demolition of residences belonging to Palestinians involved in violence. Palestinians are not safe, not even in their own homes. Israel is also threatening to remove Palestinians from Jerusalem, rendering them stateless.
The figures speak for themselves. By mid-October, at least 40 Palestinians and seven Israelis had been killed throughout the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, and at least 1,990 Palestinians and 67 Israelis had been injured. Both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have condemned Israel’s “extrajudicial killings” and “deliberate” use of live fire against Palestinians.
And while the mainstream Western media focus heavily on the loss of Israeli lives, Palestinian deaths are often treated as mere numbers and statistics. More importantly, lost in the media coverage of the violence from “both sides” is the fact that only one side is occupying the other.
In this climate, a new framework is needed that places civilians and their rights at the fore. With no end to Israel’s military rule in sight, it is time for an international protection mechanism to be created. Here’s why:

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First, as the occupying party, Israel is required under international law to ensure the protection of the civilians under its rule. Instead, Israel has, during its 48-year occupation and colonization of Palestinian land, done exactly the opposite.
Two Palestinian generations have grown up entirely under Israel’s military control. By 2014, more than 800,000 Palestinians had been imprisoned by Israel, including 8,000 children under the age of 18 arrested since 2000. Currently, there are 5,621 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. And almost everyone in the Gaza Strip is imprisoned: Israel withdrew its settlers and military in 2005 but maintained its occupation and strengthened its siege after Hamas won elections in 2006; that stranglehold is now also maintained by Egypt’s military dictatorship. Israel’s siege of Gaza is visible; its many sieges against West Bank cities and East Jerusalem are less so. In fact, most Palestinians are confined to one or more towns or villages in the West Bank, and the majority cannot go to Jerusalem. Gaza is almost completely sealed off to Palestinians from the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Second, it is clear that the PA is unable to protect Palestinian lives. On the contrary, the PA’s own security forces—trained, armed, and funded by US, European, and other international sources (as, indeed, is Israel’s occupation)—are part of the problem. Far from protecting Palestinians against Israel, the PA security forces effectively protect the Israeli military and settlers. And the security agencies lack accountability and oversight in both the West Bank and Gaza.
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The third pressing reason for an international protection force is to shake off the US grip over Palestinians. Washington has for years paid lip service to a two-state solution, even as it has continued to arm Israel and use its veto power at the United Nations to prevent coordinated international action to end the occupation or hold Israel accountable for any of its illegal actions. Meanwhile, Israel has made a two-state solution all but impossible through its relentless efforts to seize as much Palestinian land as possible.
Things have reached such a pass that even PA President Mahmoud Abbas has been compelled to call on the UN “to provide international protection for the Palestinian people,” as he did in his September 30 speech to the General Assembly.
To be sure, this proposal is not without its pitfalls. In addition to the obstacles posed by Washington, such a protection force, if its parameters and duties are not clearly specified, could end up cementing the Israeli occupation, including the isolated Palestinian enclaves that Israel has created. It could also serve those in the PA who are happy to maintain the status quo, even if it means the emergence of a police state. For this reason, a protection force must be premised on the illegality of the Israeli occupation and on the long-established principles expressed in previous UN Security Council resolutions, specifically 242 and 338, which emphasize the inadmissability of acquiring territory through war.
Despite the clear obstacles, we believe that an international protection force is doable, and that even the United States may be brought to see its advantages. For one thing, the mechanics are tried and tested: In East Timor in the late 1990s, the UN Security Council authorized a temporary international protection force fully responsible for administration, security, and law and order. Within three years, East Timor secured its independence following decades of brutal military occupation by Indonesia. The Security Council should authorize a similar protection force for Palestine with the clearly expressed mission of bringing freedom to Palestinians.
Palestinian civil society and the international solidarity movement have both reached a point of strength and maturity not seen since the first intifada of the late 1980s. In the United States, solidarity groups are making inroads into AIPAC’s traditional arenas on Capitol Hill, particularly in the Democratic Party. This growing movement should do everything it can to prevent Washington from vetoing an international protection force or from using it to cement a sellout of Palestinian rights.
There are other reasons why the international community and Israel should take this proposal very seriously. Abbas is in his 80s, and there is no political mechanism for a transition of power. Palestinians will soon be facing political chaos, and Israel might be forced to do its own dirty work by directly managing its occupation, as it did in the pre–Oslo Accord days. This would surely be a burden not only for Israel but for any US administration, which will find it increasingly difficult to defend its support of the Israeli occupation in the eyes of Europe, the Arab peoples, and the American public.
The European Union should actively promote such a proposal, given that it funds much of Palestine’s social and economic development—the work that Israel, as the occupying force, should be doing. The EU is now experiencing firsthand—as well as paying for—the human cost of the failed policies and military interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria.
As for the Palestinian leadership, it should also recognize that such a move would not weaken its “authority”; on the contrary, it would strengthen it and help provide a path to liberation. As many more countries are now formally recognizing Palestine, the Palestinian leadership needs a mechanism for transforming that recognition into independence.
Israel has often stated that it wants peace with the Palestinians. Let that claim be put to the test. While a political solution remains elusive at present, an international protection force will ensure that lives are placed above politics. Such a force would not only protect Palestinians but could also address security issues for all concerned, until a just and lasting peace agreement can be reached. With such a mechanism in place, a political solution may be achieved; without one, Palestinians will remain at Israel’s mercy, and peace will move ever further from 
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(Source / 25.10.2015)

Israeli forces shoot boy, 13, in cheek, shoulder, during clashes

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RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot an injured a 13-year-old Palestinian in the cheek and left shoulder during clashes in Hizma village outside of the central West Bank city of Ramallah early Saturday, medical sources said.The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that the boy was transferred to Palestinian Medical Complex after he was shot with live fire. He is in stable condition.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment.It is common practice for Israeli forces to use live fire on crowds during clashes, along with rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas, sponge rounds and skunk water — a putrid smelling liquid that sticks to clothes, skin, streets and buildings for days. Palestinian teenagers generally make up a large proportion of those involved in clashes, while Israeli students begin the process of being drafted into Israel’s conscripted army as early as 16 years old.

During the first week of October alone, the Defense for Children International documented 48 cases in which Israeli forces and settlers caused injuries to Palestinian children.
“In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Palestinian children have endured heightened levels of violence in recent years, as Israeli soldiers and police use excessive force to quash protests,” the organization said in a report.
Earlier this month a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was shot in his chest and killed in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem while clashes were just starting. Time stamped photos before the incident show the boy in his school uniform with a book bag, gathered with a group of classmates.
Israeli media reported two different statements from Israeli army spokespeople. One report stated that Israeli forces were aiming for the boy’s legs, but the bullet ricocheted off the ground, into his chest. Another report stated that Israeli forces were aiming for a different Palestinian when the boy was shot dead.
In 2014 the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented Israeli forces had injured “a total of 1,190 Palestinian children acrossthe West Bank, accounting for 20 per cent of allPalestinian injuries.”
(Source / 25.10.2015)

PLO secretary general seeks Arab support against Israel aggression

The secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat (AFP photo)

The secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat

The secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has urged Arab countries to move in order to stop the Tel Aviv regime’s aggression against Palestinians.

Speaking at a press conference in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Sunday, Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian people need international protection against the “repetitive Israeli aggressive practices.”

The senior Palestinian official also said the “continued occupation” of the al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinian territories by Israel is the “root cause of all problems.”

Erekat said no stability could be achieved in the Middle East region without confronting Israel.

He also criticized US Secretary of State John Kerry and other senior American officials for hindering the establishment of an international commission to probe the Israeli crimes against Palestinians.

“We asked John Kerry for an international investigation commission and an international protection commission and we still do not understand why they refuse,” Erekat said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Erekat said the Palestinian Authority has decided to reconsider any security or economic coordination with the Israeli regime. “We will not be the only side who commit to the agreements.”

Erekat met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo to discuss the escalating Israeli violence against Palestinians.

Israeli forces search the Palestinian village of Saair near the Israeli settlement of Metzad, in the occupied West Bank, October 25, 2015

Palestinians have been staging protests at the sweeping restrictions Israel has been applying since August 26 on entries of Palestinians into the compound of the al-Aqsa Mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).

Palestinians are also angry at increasing violence by Israeli settlers who frequently storm the al-Aqsa Mosque. They say the Tel Aviv regime seeks to change the status quo of the compound.

Nearly 60 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds of others injured since the Israeli regime began a harsh crackdown on the Palestinians in early October.

(Source / 25.10.2015)

Settler shoots, critically injures Palestinian near Gush Etzion

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler shot and critically wounded a young Palestinian man after he allegedly attempted to attack him between the West Bank village of Sair and the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc on Sunday morning, Palestinian security sources said.Locals told Ma’an that another seven Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces during a raid into the nearby village of Sair following the incident.The Palestinian man, identified by security sources as 20-year-old Azzam Azmi Shalalda from Sair, was reportedly shot four times and taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron in critical condition.The 58-year-old settler, who was lightly injured during the incident, told Israel’s Channel 10 that he had been driving outside the settlement when stones were thrown at his car.He alleged that when he got out of his car, Shalalda attempted to stab him. He said he then took his gun from the car and opened fire.A spokesperson for Hadassah hospital in Ein Kerem said that the settler had received a light “stab” wound to his chest, and had possibly been hit with a stone in his head.However, Palestinian witnesses told Ma’an that they believed the alleged Palestinian attacker fled the scene unharmed and that Shalalda had been working in agricultural fields when he was shot.They added that following the incident, Israeli forces had chased a Palestinian vehicle between the nearby villages of Sair and al-Shuyoukh.An Israeli army spokesperson said that the Israeli was “attacked” by a suspected Palestinian after he stepped out of his car to confront a group of Palestinians who were allegedly throwing stones at passing vehicles.She said “the assailant fled from the scene,” and had no information of any Palestinians being either shot or detained during the incident.The mayor of Sair, Kayed Jradat told Ma’an that Israeli forces shot and injured seven Palestinians during a raid into the village carried out after the incident.Dr. Zuheir Jaradat, who works at the town’s al-Mamoon clinic, said that one of the victims sustained serious wounds when he was shot in the eye, while another man was hit with a live round in his thigh and also taken to hospital.During the raid, Israeli forces inspected cars and checked the identities of villagers, the mayor added. He said that Palestinians in the village closed their stores out of fear of attacks by Israeli forces.An Israeli police spokesperson confirmed that the area had been sealed off.

Sair Village
(Source / 25.10.2015)

Bloody Friday in Palestine

Israel’s killing machine raged on Friday, continuing into Saturday. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said Israeli forces wounded over 290 Palestinians yesterday alone, many seriously – 48 from live fire, 44 using rubber-coated steel bullets.

Hundreds suffered from toxic tear gas inhalation. Maan News said “Israeli forces used Palestine TV reporter and cameraman Sira Sarhan and Hadi al-Dibs as human shields…forcing them at gunpoint to remain in front of their Jeep and tell protesters to stop throwing rocks.”

French journalist David Perrotin was brutally assaulted by Jewish Defense League Zionist zealots outside AFP’s Paris headquarters. He was beaten with batons.

Lunatics involved tried storming AFP’s building, waving Israeli flags, throwing eggs, chanting: “We’re coming to get you.”

One agitator raved: “We are here to show support for Israel in our war against the Arabs. Journalists working for organizations like AFP support the Islamic terrorists and that’s why we have to fight back.” Friday night, Perrotin twittered he’s OK. He thanked everyone expressing support.

On October 21, Luay Faisal Ali Abeid stood on his third floor balcony, displaying no weapon, threatening no one. No clashes were ongoing in the area around his home.

An Israeli soldier opened fire at him without just cause, a rubber-coated steel bullet fracturing his skull and nose, striking his left eye. Surgeons couldn’t save it. They had to operate to remove it.

On Saturday, an Israeli security guard murdered a Palestinian teenager in cold blood. He was unarmed threatening no one.

Palestinian medical workers said Israel prevented help from reaching him. He was shot at least five times. Overnight Friday into Saturday morning, dozens of Palestinians were kidnapped – in East Jerusalem, Jenin, Abu Dis, Qabatia and Bethlehem.

Western and Israeli media reports are entirely one-sided. Palestinians are wrongfully portrayed as knife-wielding terrorists. Most reports are fabricated. The few legitimate ones are blown way out of proportion.

Rampaging Israeli forces and extremist settlers are considered noble defenders. Al Monitor said “(t)he Obama administration is cutting aid to the Palestinians by $80 million in what congressional sources describe as a ‘message’ to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.”

It’s being reduced from $370 million to $290 million for the fiscal year ending September 30 – following criticism from congressional members, blaming Palestinians for vicious Israeli incitement and premeditated persecution over the past three weeks.

Zionist zealot Rep. Eliot Engel (D. NY) said “(w)e need to dial up pressure on Palestinian officials to repudiate this violence.” On October 22, House Foreign Affairs Committee members voted unanimously to punish Palestinians for Israeli high crimes.

Practically the entire Congress one-sidedly supports Israel, no matter how outrageous its crimes – nothing worse than cold-blooded murder, defenseless Palestinians outrageously blamed.

AIPAC demands an end to “Palestinian incitement…Palestinian terrorists are attacking Israelis,” it rants.

“Palestinian leaders…exacerbated tensions,” instead of accurately saying it’s the other way around, Israel entirely responsible, being rewarded by Washington with hundreds of millions more in military aid – supporting its killing machine to spill more blood.

“Palestinians must renew direct peace talks with Israel (to achieve) a real and lasting peace,” claims AIPAC – ignoring reality on the ground.

Israel and Washington deplore peace and stability, thrive on endless violence, at all times blame victims for their viciousness.

So-called peace initiatives are dead on arrival every time. They’re a waste of time, Palestinians always wrongfully blamed for failure.

Daily NYT reports provide cover for Israeli high crimes. Not a word on horrific Friday’s Israeli-instigated violence on defenseless Palestinians explained above.

Instead headlined “Jewish Man Stabbed in Israel by Palestinians as Violence Continues,” blaming them for an ongoing “wave of violence.”

The entire article highlights claims about Jewish victims, Palestinian terrorists, attackers, assailants. The latest Times propaganda piece cited Israel saying a “Palestinian stabber (was) shot dead.”

No Israelis were harmed. No weapons were found. Another accusation repeats the same Big Lie about violent Palestinians, poor Israeli victims. It’s hard believing this stuff gets printed – maliciously and willfully turning truth on its head.

Sources are always government or military officials, past or current ones, mostly unnamed, repeating the same old Big Lie, long ago discredited by legitimate news reports and analysts.

Israeli state terror, fully supported by Washington and rogue allies, bears full responsibility for ongoing, earlier and certain future violence against defenseless Palestinian victims.

The Times and other media scoundrels never report what everyone needs to know. Israel’s war on Palestinians continues with no resolution in prospect.

(Source / 25.10.2015)