Waar is het respect van Nederland gebleven?

In Spanje leven dronken PSV-supporters zich uit met het vernederen van vrouwelijke zwervers door ze muntjes toe te werpen, rare dingen te laten doen en papieren geld voor de ogen van de vrouwen in de fik te steken.

In Nederland is het proces tegen de politicus Geert Wilders dan eindelijk begonnen voor het beledigen van een hele bevolkingsgroep.

Wat is de overeenkomst tussen deze twee voorvallen? Beide partijen hebben geen respect getoond voor de andere partij en door de houding van de ‘supporters’ en Wilders worden hele groepen mensen vernederd.

Maar er is ook een verschil. In het geval van de PSV-aanhangers spreekt heel Nederland schande over de acties die zijn uitgevoerd, zelfs tot de presentator van Een Vandaag. Echter bij Geert Wilders wordt dit niet gedaan, sterker nog, er zijn grote groepen mensen – met advocaten voorop – die heel goed begrijpen wat de politicus Wilders wil zeggen en zelfs deze standpunten ondersteunen.

Maar door beide voorvallen kan toch wel gezegd worden dat het respect dat de Nederlander heeft gehad voor zijn medemens, ondertussen tot het vriespunt is gedaald.

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Maar het is nog erger geworden. De beide partijen in de regering, PvdA en VVD – waarvan de verschillen nog nauwelijks te herkennen zijn – steken elkaar de loef af om aan te geven dat ze een oplossing hebben gevonden voor het zogenaamde asielzoekersprobleem, ondertussen niet begrijpend dat ze zelf een van de problemen zijn van de stroom mensen die naar Europa willen.

Eerst was er het plan van Malik Azmani (VVD), een Marokkaanse Nederlander, die voor een snoeihard vluchtelingenbeleid staat. De vluchtelingen moeten in de regio worden opgevangen (reeds in mei 2015 al naar buiten gebracht, o.a. via een artikel in het AD).

Maar wat schetst mijn verbazing: in 2016 komt er het plan Samson. Dit plan is eigenlijk een verder uitgewerkt plan van Azmani. Maar het plan Samson heette eerst het plan Merkel, maar is in feite bedacht door Gerald Knaus, de baas van denktank ESI. Hij zei (artikel in NRC): “Accepteer vluchtelingen niet langer in Griekenland, stuur ze zo snel als mogelijk terug naar Turkije. Maar begin ook vanuit het al zwaar overbelaste Turkije rechtstreeks vluchtelingen op te nemen, gecontroleerd en per vliegtuig.”

Aangezien er ook een premier is, die overal een mening over moet hebben, wist hij het zo ver in de media te brengen, dat hij aan asielzoekers het advies meegaf, dat ze beter niet kunnen komen. Men wordt niet of nauwelijks toegelaten en waarschijnlijk weer snel teruggestuurd.

Maar als je het verhaal eens beter onder de loupe neemt, kan je alleen maar constateren dat het helemaal niet gaat om die asielzoekers of vluchtelingen. Het gaat het kabinet alleen maar om de mensensmokkel tegen te gaan, want dat is illegaal. En ondertussen gaat men wel door met bombardementen op Syrische en Iraakse plaatsen. En dan vindt men het vreemd dat er vluchtelingenstromen ontstaan. Het kan verkeren.

Druk, druk, druk
Aangezien Nederland, tevens de rest van Europa ook, te druk is met bovenstaande zaken en ook geen interesse toont voor het lijden van de Palestijnen, wordt er niets of nauwelijks wat gedaan aan de onbeschofte, onmenselijke aanvallen en zelfs executies op Palestijnen. De zionistische bezetter zet Europa onder druk over boycott van artikelen, aanvallen op BDS-activisten en menig hasbara over andere zaken, zodat Nederland en Europa niet de tijd krijgen om ook maar enig artikel onder ogen te krijgen over de aanvallen op Palestina.

Dagelijks worden jonge Palestijnen geëxecuteerd ; soms als de Palestijnse jongere gewond op straat ligt, wordt hij vermoord doordat zionistische soldaten kogels door het hoofd schieten. Deze zionistische regering heeft maar een doel en dat is de Palestijnse jongeren uit te schakelen, zodat ze later geen problemen meer kunnen geven.

En Nederlandse politici horen we hier niet over, niets, nada, noppes, “we dronken een glas, deden een plas en lieten het zoals het was”.

Wanneer worden de Nederlandse parlementariers eens wakker en zien nu ook echt in dat de Palestijnen de slachtoffers zijn en niet de zionistische aanvallers en bezetters? Hoeveel jongeren moeten er nog vermoord worden?

Barghouti: HRC decision a victory for the BDS

Black list of companies that operate in settlements

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative Movement, praised the United Nations Human Rights Council’s decision to put the Israeli and foreign companies that operate in settlements in the West Bank on a black list. This decision will help to isolate and besiege these companies and cause heavy losses to the Zionist economy, he added. Barghouthi said in a statement on Friday that this decision will help to achieve new victories for the movement of boycott, divest and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. The boycott campaign against Israel, which aims to deter the occupation and change the balance of power in favor of the Palestinian people and their just struggle against the occupation, escalates and widens day by day, he added. He said that the opposition to the decision by the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu will not change it, and will not discourage the campaign to continue its activity against the Israeli occupation and will not deter the supporters of human rights and the defenders of justice against continuing to support the Palestinian people’s rights. Barghouthi pointed out that the boycott campaign had internationalized the Palestinian cause and more supporters for BDS had emerged in the world against the occupation, stressing that if not deterred from its racist practices and violations of Palestinian human rights, Israel will be subjected to further boycott and international isolation. Barghouti said that any evidence of other companies working in the settlements will face the same campaign until they withdraw their business or else they will incur huge economic losses, stressing that the Israeli system of racial discrimination -apartheid- will face the same fate of the apartheid and racial discrimination in South Africa. The Human Rights Council passed, among four resolutions in favor of Palestinian rights, a decision relating to accountability for violations Israel pursues in occupied Palestine, which includes for the first time the formation of a data base that consists of business organizations involved in activities in the Israeli settlements. The decision was taken with approval of 32 countries and abstention of 15 countries namely: Albania, Botswana, Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, India, Latvia, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Korea, Togo, and the United Kingdom.

(Source / 26.03.2016)

Palestinian minister says Israel plan to sever 28 Jerusalem neighbourhoods as ‘dangerous’

Israeli military checkpoint Einav, in the occupied West Bank

The leader of the Israeli opposition, Yitzhak Herzog proposed last month to unilaterally sever 28 Arab neighbourhoods from Jerusalem, and annex them to the West Bank in order to achieve a Jewish majority in the city [file photo]

Palestinian Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Adnan Husseini has described an Israeli plan to unilaterally sever 28 neighbourhoods from the city of Jerusalem as “dangerous”.

“This is a very serious proposal, but it is undoable because we are talking about 28 Arab neighbourhoods and it will be very difficult to isolate them from Jerusalem through walls and barriers” Husseini told reporters at his office in Jerusalem on Thursday.

“I believe things are harder than what the Israelis imagine and certainly the people will revolt and will not allow themselves to be prevented from reaching their workplaces, places of worship, schools, hospitals and relatives” he said.

Husseini said he also believes that the scheme will have serious implications because it will push the Palestinian residents of Jerusalem to a dead-end, which would inflame the situation in the city.

The leader of the Israeli opposition, Yitzhak Herzog proposed last month to unilaterally sever 28 Arab neighbourhoods from Jerusalem, and annex them to the West Bank in order to achieve a Jewish majority in the city.

(Source / 26.03.2016)

SETTLERS ARMED TO PREVENT PALESTINIANS USING THEIR FARMLAND

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Israeli authorities have trained Jewish settlers to use arms in order to prevent Palestinians from working on their farms or building new houses near illegal West Bank settlements, Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed yesterday. According to the paper, Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank have formed a volunteer policing unit to combat what they call the “Palestinian takeover of Gush land.”

Haaretz said that members of the unit recently underwent police training. It pointed out that the group is to prevent Palestinians from working on their farms or building on their lands near the Jewish settlements of Kfar Adumim, Nofei Prat, Alon and Mitzpe Yericho.

The group of settlers also coordinate with the Jerusalem Periphery Forum, the objective of which is to prevent Palestinian construction on both sides of Highway 1 – between Ma’aleh Adumim and Jericho.

The group’s Facebook page said that work on the joint project with the police has been in place for a long time and now “conditions have ripened for setting it in motion.”

“We will operate the unit to maintain security and guard the land of the Gush in full coordination with the Ma’aleh Adumim police and under their auspices,” the post said, stressing that it aims to “prevent Palestinian takeover of Gush land.”

(Source / 26.03.2016)

Clashes erupt as IOF breaks into Nablus

NABLUS, (PIC)– Violent clashes broke out at dawn Saturday in Iraq Burin town south of Nablus after Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) violently stormed its neighborhoods. Eyewitnesses affirmed that the clashes continued till morning hours, without revealing the reasons behind the Israeli violent break-in into the town. On the other hand, local activist Bashar Qaryout reported that Israeli authorities denied entry of Palestinian farmers to their agricultural lands in Qaryout town for allegedly being located near Eli settlement illegally built on hundreds of Palestinian dunums.

(Source / 26.03.2016)

6 minors among 8 detainees in Ramallah, O.J’lem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– An Israeli undercover unit kidnapped late Friday six Palestinian minors from occupied Jerusalem. Local sources told Quds Press that a group of Jerusalemite youths were attacked by members of the Israeli undercover unit during the clashes that erupted in al-Tur neighborhood. Six Jerusalemite minors were kidnapped during the attack, the sources added. Israeli police said in a statement issued Friday that five Jerusalemites were arrested for allegedly attacking Beit Orot illegal settlement with Molotov cocktails. Along the same line, two Palestinians were detained Friday evening after Israeli forces stopped their car near Beitunia town west of Ramallah. Many undercover Israeli soldiers join Palestinian protests as agent provocateur and incite protesters to hurl stones at Israeli soldiers, then they draw their guns and start helping their fellow military members in arresting the protesters.

(Source / 26.03.2016)

REVEALED: Britain and Jordan’s secret war in Libya

Middle East Eye confirms that British and Jordanian special forces are secretly battling Islamic State fighters in Libya

A picture released by Jordan’s Royal Palace on March 2, 2016 shows Jordan’s King Abdullah II

Britain has launched covert military operations in Libya against Islamic State (IS) militants with the support of Jordan, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Soldiers from the elite Special Air Services (SAS) regiment have been sent to tackle an emerging IS threat in Libya as part of a global war against the group, and Britain has recruited Jordanian special forces to provide local intelligence, according to Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Hussein.

It is the first official confirmation that British troops are operating inside Libya against IS.

MEE has obtained a detailed account of a meeting Abdullah held with US congressional leaders in January, when he revealed the previously unreported deployment of British and Jordanian special forces in Libya.

According to the account, sent on the condition of anonymity by a source close to the meeting, Abdullah said that he expected covert military operations in Libya to increase after the meeting, which was held in the week of 11 January. He told his American audience that Jordanian special forces would be embedded with their British counterparts.

“His Majesty [King Abdullah] said he expects a spike in a couple of weeks and Jordanians will be imbedded [sic] with British SAS, as Jordanian slang is similar to Libyan slang,” the account said.

He did not reveal the size or scope of the operations in Libya, where IS has seized control of territory amid a political vacuum that has emerged in the chaos since former leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and later killed in a NATO-backed 2011 uprising.

Abdullah met the congressional leaders during a visit to the United States in which he held a slew of high-level discussions with Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter, but not with President Barack Obama, who was forced to say he didn’t snub the king and hadn’t met him because of “scheduling conflicts”.

The king revealed the secret special forces operations in Libya when speaking to a large gathering of senior American politicians including John McCain and Bob Corker, who each attended with their respective armed services and foreign relations committees.

‘Third world war’

In the meeting, Abdullah, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and Royal Court political director Manar Dabbas spoke at length about how the fight against IS was the beginning of a “third world war” stretching from Indonesia to California.

“The problem is bigger than ISIL, this is a third world war, this is Christians, Jews working with Muslims against Khawarej, outlaws,” the king said, using an alternative acronym for IS, and referring to an early schismatic Islamic sect that was known for killing Muslims they declared not part of Islam.

Responding to Abdullah’s statement that his country was in a battle against the outlaws of Islam, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said “they don’t comprehend that view here in Washington”.

Abdullah urged the US and Russia to bury the hatchet and work together to beat IS, the document said.

“The problem is many countries are still living the cold war, but they have to get beyond that and focus on the third world war,” he said.

This prompted Senator John McCain to say American and Russian priorities were different – particularly on their approach to the Syrian civil war. He argued the Russians “don’t want to see a democratic Syria”.

None of the Congress members responded to requests for comment before publication.

Royal Court political director Dabbas referred MEE to the Jordanian Royal Court’s media adviser when asked for comment, adding: “The discussions we had in Washington were off the record.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah (L) speaks with US Senator John McCain

Abdullah lamented a lack of clear strategy from the Americans to tackle IS, saying their objectives were “not clear”. He called for Washington to give him a better understanding of their plans to take on the group in 2016.

The king said he had turned to the British for support due to the absence of a clear US plan, and added that the war against IS required “counter-insurgency warfare” and not “traditional open warfare”.

Abdullah said he thought it most efficient to connect civil servants from allied countries and get them to work together on global military operations, as politicians can be more cautious about the covert deployment of high-value specialised army battalions.

The king has rich military experience and close connections to the British armed forces.

He trained as a special forces officer at Britain’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1980, before briefly serving as a British army officer.

Since becoming king in 1999, Abdullah has sought to develop Jordan’s special forces as a respected elite force and he has positioned Amman as a key regional site for the defence industry through hosting an annual military exhibition called SOFEX, which allows arms companies to show off their latest high-tech equipment.

“If there is a special forces capital of the Middle East, it is Jordan,” said Sean Yom, an assistant professor of political science at Temple University in Philadelphia.

“It’s not quantity. It’s not strategic depth. It’s the quality of Jordanian training, the hardiness of the Jordanian soldier and their reliability for Jordanian policy.

“Abdullah has said time and again that these three factors are what sets the Jordanian military establishment apart from every other Arab military which is why he can be the most reliable partner for the West.”

Demystifying Britain’s role in Libya

Abdullah’s revelation that British and Jordanian troops are covertly fighting IS in Libya is the first official confirmation that Britain is playing a direct combat role in the troubled North African country, and it comes after weeks of intensifying pressure on British Prime Minister David Cameron to clarify his country’s rumoured military role in Libya.

On 17 March, Britain’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee wrote to Cameron asking for a statement on reports that Britain was planning to send 1,000 troops to Libya as part of a 6,000-strong international force.

Cameron had earlier told the House of Commons that “we would of course come to this house and discuss” any planned deployment.

Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who chairs the foreign affairs panel, told MEE that he wasn’t surprised the SAS were operating in Libya.

“It was implied in Tobias Ellwood’s statement to us about RAF [Royal Air Force)] flights going there and not being prepared to say anything more about it,” he said via telephone, referring to Middle East minister Ellwood’s February statement that British jets were flying reconnaissance flights over Libya.

“Obviously there are reports of special forces activity and our enemies in the form of IS are operating in Libya. I think military action against Daesh [IS] is a good thing.”

A spokesperson for Britain’s Ministry of Defence would not clarify the special forces’ role in Libya and told Middle East Eye: “We do not comment on special forces operations.”

Blunt said that the separation between special forces and the rest of the army is “slightly artificial,” and he called for a more complete anti-IS strategy to be formulated with the consultation of MPs.

“I think a more coherent military strategy would be well-advised and that would require an engagement of parliament,” he said.

US and British soldiers chat at the Basmaya base, southeast of Baghdad, on 27 January, 2016

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a former top British military official told MEE that it was normal for special forces, which are not considered conventional forces, to be deployed without MPs being given the opportunity to debate the issue in parliament.

He said that he “assumed we [the British SAS] are there in a support and training role rather than a frontline role – but that’s been a bit muddy too,” adding that while special forces are a “very useful tool” they would not “make a material difference” in the fight against IS.

“Special forces will never substitute for a conventional force that occupies and holds ground,” he said.

“A properly orchestrated international force would start to have an effect in terms of building up the proxy [Libyan] force that you’re actually going to use.”

Australian counter-insurgency expert David Kilcullen, who advised US general David Petraeus and helped design the 2007 surge in Iraq, told MEE that special forces can have two positive effects on wider military efforts.

“The first is if special forces are on the ground they can provide close targeting intelligence for air strikes,” he said. “The second is that they can provide a stiffening effect on the local forces they work with, by giving them intelligence and tactical advice.”

Kilcullen pointed to the US-led war in Afghanistan, when 100 CIA officers and 300 US special forces soldiers built up 50,000 Afghan fighters to seize control of the country from the Taliban.

However, he said having such highly trained men on the ground could also have present problems of escalation.

“It puts Westerners in harm’s way. And this makes it harder for their governments to walk away,” he said.

“If someone is kidnapped or killed, this can become a tripwire to a wider unplanned engagement – it leads to raids to rescue a kidnapped soldier with the possibility of further operations.”

Kilcullen said that if there are British special forces in Libya, it was highly likely there would also be a “quick reaction force with search and rescue troops – along with drones with full strike capacity – in the event of special forces being killed or kidnapped.

The former British army official said that special forces could be used to kill senior IS leaders in Libya as part of a plan to stop the group increasing its presence in a North African country that acts as a key route for refugees heading for Europe.

Who will benefit in Libya?

However, Mattia Toaldo, a senior policy fellow at the London-based European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) told MEE that such missions did not guarantee wider success.

“Even if you kill the IS leadership, it’s not clear who will control the ‘liberated’ territory afterwards,” he said.

“This is very likely to be the case in Sirte, with competing forces now claiming to have a plan to defeat IS there but no plan to govern it in a unitary way,” he added, referring to the main Libyan town under IS control.

Libya’s civil war is a complex web of militias and parliaments vying for control of a fractured country that possesses Africa’s largest oil reserves.

The House of Representatives (HoR) is based in the east of the country, and it is backed militarily by the Libyan National Army, which is lead by Khalifa Haftar, a former Gaddafi general who became a rebel leader in 2011.

They have been fighting for control of the country against the Misratan-led alliance of Libya Dawn – a hodgepodge of militias that control the capital Tripoli and protect the General National Congress (GNC), a parliament which the HoR officially replaced after elections in June 2014.


A Member of a brigade loyal to Libya Dawn takes part in a military parade following battles against the Islamic State group

IS has seized on this political vacuum to take over territory, including the central town of Sirte, where Gaddafi was born.

UN-brokered talks have attempted to form a unity government to end the fighting and strike a strong front to stop IS. In 2015, a new administration, the Government of National Accord, was agreed and has since been established but not endorsed officially by Libya’s internationally recognised parliament, the HoR.

Toaldo said the GNA’s rumoured plan to set up in Tripoli could mark the beginning of a new struggle.

“The GNA could try to install in Tripoli,” he said. “But that won’t mean a unity government but rather the beginning of a new phase in the competition between the existing four governments: Serraj [GNA]; Ghwell [GNC]; Thinni-Haftar [HoR]; and Daesh [IS].”

The fallout from NATO’s 2011 intervention

The former British military official told MEE that Libya’s troubles stretch back to Gaddafi’s overthrow, coupled with a lack of post-intervention planning.

“There was very little discussion what would happen next at that time,” he said, adding that the post-conflict plan which “was done on the back of a fag packet”.

“As [retired US general] Colin Powell said: ‘When you break a country you own that country until you put it together again.’

“We didn’t do that. There’s this great cry in the British military: ‘Clout, don’t dribble.’ And we’ve consistently dribbled and hoped to get away with it. And therefore the result is what we see in Libya today.”

In a recent interview with The Atlantic, US President Barack Obama appeared to criticise British Prime Minister Cameron and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy for losing interest in Libya after leading the bombing campaign that resulted in the fall of Gaddafi.

However, British and French interest has certainly increased in Libya in recent months, particularly as IS has risen and Europe’s refugee crisis has deepened, but Cameron has said that his focus is not on military action but instead on seeing the formation of an effective Libyan unity government.

The ECFR’s Toaldo said King Abdullah’s comments in Washington would raise questions over how sending SAS into Libya fits in with the British goal of a unified Libya.

“The surprise is not the Jordanian-British cooperation but the fact that there is now hard evidence of UK involvement on the ground in Libya. It is worth asking how the UK government thinks these operations interact with efforts to strike a unity deal.”

(Source / 26.03.2016)

Seven Palestinian prisoners have been imprisoned for over 30 years in Israeli jails

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Seven Palestinian prisoners have now spent over thirty years in Israeli prisons, with four marking the beginning of their 31st imprisoned year this weekend.

Rushdi Hamdah Mohammed Abu Mukh, 55, and his cousin, Ibrahim Nayef Hamdan Abu Mukh, 56, are both serving life sentences, imprisoned since 24 March 1986. Walid Nimer As’ad Daqqa, 56, has been imprisoned since 25 March 1986, while Ibrahim Ahmad Bayadseh, 55, has been imprisoned since 26 March 1986. All four were members of the same Palestinian resistance group, who captured and killed an Israeli occupation soldier in Netanya in 1985, demanding an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. They were also accused of receiving military training from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Syria.

All of them were scheduled for release in 2014, but the last group, including 26 prisoners, were suddenly refused release by the Israeli state. As Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association noted at the time:

However, historically speaking, this policy of prisoners releases has proven that it is not truly a “goodwill gesture” to build trust during negotiations, but rather is used as a tool by the Israeli government to manipulate the prisoners issues and distract from their core issues and demands. These 104 pre-Oslo prisoners were slated to be released as a pre-condition in previous negotiations that Israel has reneged on. Now, many of them serving more than 25 years in prison, and some of them with their sentences almost completed, as expected to be released in phases over the next year. However, this decision, will be determined by the Israeli government, who will decide the “condition, criteria, dates and phases” of the release, thereby controlling the entire process.

The refusal to release the 26 prisoners confirmed the accuracy of the analysis. Three other Palestinian prisoners have spent over 30 years in prison: Karim Younis, 56, imprisoned since 6 January 1983; Maher Younis, imprisoned since 18 January 1983; and Mohammed Al-Tus, imprisoned since 10 June 1985.

Riyad al-Ashqar of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies said that the Abu Mukhs, Daqqa and Bayadseh are considered leaders of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement and elders within the prisons. Daqqa has authored a number of books and studies inside prison, and along with Bayadseh, achieved a masters’ degree in political science. The demand for the release of all pre-Oslo prisoners is a unified call of the Palestinian prisoners’ movement; their release has been blocked multiple times by political maneuvers of the Israeli state.

(Source / 26.03.2016)

Army kills 60 “terrorists” in raids in North Sinai

Army kills 60 “terrorists” in raids in North Sinai 

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CAIRO: The Egyptian Army have announced killing 60 “terrorists” and injuring 40 others in Friday raids in North Sinai, according to a public statement on the Army Spokesperson Mohamed Samir’s Facebook page.
The raids were executed in cooperation between anti-terrorism forces and air forces south of Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed cities.

As many as 27 SUVs, two unlicensed motorbikes, two loaders, a driller, 32 weapons stores were destroyed as a result of the crackdown, said Samir.

The raids come in the frame work of a large extensive military operation called “Martyrs Right” that was launched in September 2015, and is still ongoing in the restive northern area of the peninsula.

The operation directed by the army, and in coordination with the National Police, aims to root out Sinai-based extremists and militants that have mounted a series of attacks that killed hundreds of soldiers since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

A recent wide-scale attack took place on March 19, where 18 policemen were killed after a group of militants attacked a security checkpoint in Arish with mortar shells. Like most attacks, the killing was claimed responsibility by the self-proclaimed Sinai Province via unverified social media accounts.

As part of the months-long fight, the army has routinely announced killing and arresting militants, besides, damaging hundreds of tunnels on the border with Gaza strip, used in smuggling goods, equipment and in persons.

(Source / 26.03.2016)

Mental disorders rise among Israeli soldiers

Israeli army has hired psychologists to work in its ranks after increasing disorders and suicide rates

An Israeli army official has revealed that mental disorders among Israeli occupation soldiers would triple over the next ten years.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz has recently revealed that the Israeli army has hired psychologists to work in its ranks, in response to a growing of phenomenon of mental illness and suicide among Israeli soldiers

Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -An Israeli army official has revealed that mental disorders among Israeli occupation soldiers would triple over the next ten years.

The head of the Mental Health Unit in the Israeli Army Colonel Karen Ginat said that thousands of “fighters” in the Israeli army are being treated, revealing that there are pilots in the Israeli Air Force who are taking antidepressants.

During a hearing in the Israeli parliament, Ginat warned against allowing these soldiers to go out of their bases with their weapons because they would pose a danger to society.

She added that military officials have warned of such danger; however, they decided to allow soldiers to take their weapons home.

Ginat said that young soldiers often avoid asking for help regarding their mental illnesses; which creates a crisis for the army, noting that this makes it difficult for the military to identify the psychological and mental disorders afflicting these soldiers.

In addition, she pointed to the recent suicide of four soldiers, who were suffering from serious mental illness, which they did not disclose.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has recently revealed that the Israeli army has hired psychologists to work in its ranks, in response to a growing of phenomenon of mental illness and suicide among Israeli soldiers.

(Source / 26.03.2016)