Israel to sell seized donkeys back to their Palestinian owners

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This file photo shows a Palestinian farmer on his land in the besieged Gaza Strip

The Israeli army is trying to sell the animals it has unlawfully seized from Palestinian farmers in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley back to them.

In a most recent case, the Israeli army has published advertisements for the sale of 40 donkeys in Arabic, targeting an audience of Palestinian farmers from whom the animals were seized in the first place.

Israeli authorities say they took wandering livestock in the interests of public safety, especially to reduce road accidents.

A text accompanying the advertisements for the sale of the donkeys reads that the animals will be auctioned off if unclaimed by their owners, who say it will be very costly for them if they try to reclaim the animals.

Extortion aimed at driving Palestinians out

Arif Daraghmeh, the head of a council of 26 hamlets in the valley’s al-Maleh district, said the farmers will have to pay fines of up to 2,000 Israeli shekels (526 US dollars) for each donkey.

The farmers say Israel’s policy of confiscations and demolitions in the area is aimed at driving local residents out of the valley, which has abundant water resources and fertile farmland along the border with Jordan.

Sixty-year-old Sliman Besharat said Israeli forces have quarantined his goats in the past.

“By confiscating animals and agricultural equipment and demolishing houses, animal shelters and other structures, the Israelis are putting pressure on the Palestinians to leave the Jordan Valley,” Besharat said.

He added, “Whoever controls the valley controls the border (with Jordan) and access to water and farmland.”

Yusef, a resident of the northeastern West Bank city of Tubas, located 21 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Nablus, said he has lost dozens of animals in the past, either because of confiscation or thirst due to the lack of access to water.

He added that Israeli military forces are constantly threatening them with expulsion from the area and the seizure of their livestock.

“The soldiers load them (animals) on trucks and tell us that we’re in a closed military zone. Or they come through in their tanks and nothing survives, not a concealed bird’s egg or a baby gazelle lying on the ground,” Yusef said.

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This photo shows the property that Israeli authorities seized from a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem al-Quds in early May 2016

In early May, Israeli authorities expropriated land from a Palestinian family living in East Jerusalem al-Quds, and then handed it over to the Amana organization, which works to establish illegal settlements and outposts.

The plan was prepared and approved without the family’s knowledge. The area map was redrawn to claim that the Palestinians had never owned the land, thus legitimizing the expropriation.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories they are built on were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

Hamas: Abbas’s decree violates the election process

GAZA, (PIC)– Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, said that the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s new decree which determines the quota in municipal elections violates the election process and attempts to influence its results.   Hamas’s spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri affirmed in a press statement on Tuesday his Movement’s refusal of any new laws as long as the election process has already begun. The decree runs contrary to the law which stipulates that the president of the municipal council has to be nominated by election by the council members, the statement pointed out. The presidential decree determines the members number of some local councils in the West Bank, allocated more seats for the Christian community, and decreed that a christian should head them.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

Analysis: Israel’s government hawks and military doves

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Sculptures of Israeli soldiers are seen as tourists visit an Israeli army post in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on June 23, 2015

PRINCETON (Project Syndicate) — Those who lead Israel’s defense establishment often come to consider peace with the Palestinians a necessary condition for the country’s security. Being tasked with maintaining the territories Israel has occupied since the Six-Day War in 1967 evidently causes the military and security brass to support political measures that would end the occupation. And yet the government shows no interest in pursuing a permanent settlement.To appreciate this divide, consider the late Meir Dagan, who served as Major General of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and then as Director of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency. Several years ago, I sat on a panel at a conference in Jerusalem convened by then-Israeli President Shimon Peres. To my right sat Dagan, who had just completed eight years as head of Mossad; to my left sat Dore Gold, a former academic and former Israeli ambassador.The two men held very different views about how best to guarantee Israel’s security, and it is worth recapitulating their respective arguments.Gold argued that returning to pre-1967 armistice lines would leave Israel without “defensible borders.” He insisted that Israel could guard against threats from the east only if it maintained a military presence in the West Bank and controlled the Jordan River – which runs along the border separating Jordan from Israel and the West Bank.Dagan countered that the military’s role is to safeguard Israel’s borders, regardless of where those borders are drawn. While the IDF would certainly prefer to operate with the strategic advantages that holding more territory can confer, it would fulfill its mission under whatever conditions the Israeli government set for it.But Dagan went further, describing the principle of “defensible borders” as a canard that ignores the intentions and capabilities of the party on the other side of the border. With an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the burden of defending the border would be vastly reduced, because Israel would have a serious cross-border partner with a mutual interest in avoiding armed conflict. A Palestinian security force would by default provide a significant measure of security for Israel as well.Dagan’s dovish position has a long tradition in Israel’s defense establishment. Peace Now, a nongovernmental organization that represents Israelis who support a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was founded in 1978 when 348 IDF reservists sent a letter to then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin urging him to conclude the peace process with Egypt.Similarly, in the aftermath of the First Intifada, the Palestinian uprising that lasted from 1987 to 1993, the defense establishment led the effort for peace. In 1991 Yitzhak Rabin — a former IDF chief of staff, prime minister, and defense minister who at the time served on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of the Knesset, Israel’s legislature — argued for a comprehensive regional peace effort. Like Dagan, Rabin considered the Arab-Israeli conflict to be a burden on Israel’s security, and both active and retired military officers have since then led or participated in negotiations with the Palestinians and with Syria.Most recently, many prominent former defense figures supported the deal reached between Iran and the so-called P5 1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany) over Iran’s nuclear program — an agreement that Israel’s government bitterly opposed. Indeed, the divide between the security establishment and the politicians now governing Israel seems wider than ever. Most former senior defense officials echo Dagan’s argument, while government officials sound more like Gold.A number of advocacy organizations have emerged to push for peace. The Peace and Security Association, which includes hundreds of veterans of the IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet (Israel’s domestic security agency), and the National Police Force, says its mission is, “to promote a sustainable political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a critical component of Israel’s national security and social resilience.”The nongovernmental organization Commanders for Israel’s Security (CIS), with more than 200 members from Israel’s security elite, just published a paper titled “Security First” with a comprehensive set of proposals to revitalize efforts to share peacefully the land west of the Jordan River. CIS maintains that terror against Israel cannot be defeated by military means alone, and that any peace process must improve Palestinians’ quality of life. Senior former Israeli security officials also participated actively in a study undertaken by the Center for a New American Strategy that produced a detailed security plan for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.Some former officials have gone even further: Former Mossad Director Efraim Halevy argues that Israel should accept “the political reality of Hamas” and open a dialogue with the organization that governs the Gaza Strip. Likewise, in the 2012 documentary The Gatekeepers, six former heads of Shin Bet reflect on the lessons of the past few decades and issue a call for peace with the Palestinians.Remarkably, Israel’s political leadership has not suffered electorally for ignoring the views of the defense establishment. There was no public reaction when, after The Gatekeepers was released, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a statement saying he had not seen the documentary and had no intention of doing so.Given the public’s high regard for the Israeli defense establishment, particularly relative to the government, voters’ indifference is a mystery. In a 2015 survey conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics, 93 percent of Israeli Jews expressed trust in the army, compared to only 40 percent in the government, and only 22 percent in Israeli political parties.One answer is that, after so many failed efforts, the Israeli public is disillusioned with the peace process. Moreover, acts of incitement and terrorism emanating from the occupied territories have intensified. This allows the current governing coalition to justify policies – such as enabling expanded settlement activity in the West Bank – that further deepen the conflict.Against this backdrop, Netanyahu has portrayed himself as Israel’s protector, appropriating the esteem afforded to the defense establishment. Those calling for a renewed peace process will now have to make their case to the public and reclaim that title. Whether they can do that in a context of regional turmoil and domestic insecurity remains uncertain, to say the least.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

US State Department lists Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as terrorist group

Image from a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar propaganda video.

Image from a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar propaganda video

The US State Department added Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a dangerous faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, to its list of global terrorists organizations earlier today. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has been behind numerous deadly attacks inside Pakistan and is closely allied with the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda.

State described Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as “a splinter group of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan,” or Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, however the characterization is not accurate. While Jamaat-ul-Ahrar broke away from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan due a leadership dispute in August 2014, the two Taliban groups reunited in March 2014 [See LWJ report, Pakistani jihadist groups, Lashkar-i-Islam merge into the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan.]

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar “has staged multiple attacks in the region targeting civilians, religious minorities, military personnel, and law enforcement, and was responsible for the killing of two Pakistani employees of the US Consulate in Peshawar in early March 2016,” State noted in its designation.

In one of its most callous and deadly attacks, a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar suicide bomber detonated at the entrance of the Gulshan-i-Iqbal park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore in March 2016. At least 72 people, mostly women and children, were killed and more than 300 were wounded in the blast.

Ihsanullah Ihsan, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar’s official spokesman, proudly took credit for the Easter Day bombing.

“The target was Christians,” Ihsan said in a statement sent to The Long War Journal. He also said that Jamaat-ul-Ahrar wanted to “send a message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that we have entered Lahore.” The group has been operating in Punjab province for nearly two years. [See LWJ report, ‘The target was Christians,’ Pakistani Taliban says of Lahore Easter attack.]

The Pakistani Taliban faction has also claimed credit for numerous attacks in the county, including anattack on a polio vaccination team in Karachi in April 2016 (seven policemen killed), the assassinations of Punjab’s home minister in August 2015 and the lawyer for Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the CIA locate Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

A dangerous jihadist group with global ambitions

The leadership of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is known to have ties to multiple jihadist groups operating in the region. Omar Khalid al Khurasani, a top leader of the group, is closely linked to Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s emir, and has called for the imposition of sharia law and the establishment of a global caliphate. Khurasani has also said that a primary goal of the Pakistani Taliban is to obtain nuclear weapons. [SeeLWJ reports, Taliban commander wants Pakistan’s nukes, global Islamic caliphate, and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar celebrates 9/11 attack.]

After the US killed previous Afghan Taliban emir Mullah Mansour in a drone strike in Pakistan May 2016, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar mourned his death and urged Muslims to intensify their efforts to wage jihad.

“With regret the Muslim world has lost a great mentor,” spokesman Ihsan said after Mansour’s death.

Jamaat-ul Ahrar also celebrated the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US and said it will continue to wage jihad until a global caliphate is established. This is a goal shared by al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

“In 2001, Afghanistan was the only Islamic Emirate [Afghanistan] in the world but now Jihad has spread to a vast swathe of land including Pakistan, Chechnya, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Algeria, Mali and Nigeria. No doubt, 9/11 attacks have awakened the Muslim Ummah [community] and set the Kuffar [unbelievers] on to the free fall into destruction,” the group said.

“Today on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, how true the words of Shaikh Osama Bin Laden (may Allah SWT accept his martyrdom) feel: ‘I swear that America won’t enjoy security before we live it for real in Palestine’,” the statement continued.

“Today we pay tribute to our Mujahideen brothers who sacrificed their lives so that we could hold our heads high. We in Tehrik e Taliban Jamaat ul Ahrar pledge that we shall continue the mission of our great martyrs until the Khilafah [the caliphate] is established in every nook and corner of the world,” it concluded.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

Is Abbas overstepping his authority with decision to form new court?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 4, 2016

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian public prosecution, the Supreme Judicial Council and the Bar Association are currently studying a draft law on the formation of a High Criminal Court in the West Bank. The draft was submitted by the Palestinian Ministry of Justice for them to offer comments.

The Ministry of Justice is seeking to get legal comments on the draft law prior to its submission to the Council of Ministers, which will examine and discuss the draft before voting on it through the three readings for approval and publication on the websites of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Justice. Before the end of the year, the draft is then sent to President Mahmoud Abbas in order for him to issue a decree, Palestinian Justice Minister Ali Abu Diak told Al-Monitor.

Ever since the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) has been disrupted due to the armed clashes between Fatah and Hamas on June 7, 2007, the successive Palestinian governments have been drafting bills and submitting them to Abbas for signature and promulgation through a decree.

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced July 17 during the opening of the Seventh Judicial Conference in Ramallah the government’s plan to form a High Criminal Court and make amendments to the Jordanian penal code, which dates back to 1960 and is in force in the West Bank.

Hamdallah said, “There are some laws and regulations that need to be amended, especially the penal code. We are seeking to form a committee very shortly to amend this law and a High Criminal Court to deal with crimes that fall within [this] court’s competence,” such as crimes of intentional killing.

The high rate of murders that rose in Palestine during the month of Ramadan, which started June 6, and the judiciary’s slow dealing with defendants prompted the government to form a High Criminal Court, Abu Diak said.

The High Criminal Court, which “will consist of three judges and will be based in the city of Ramallah, will be settling certain crimes based on a special procedure and will provide speedy litigation procedures and prompt sentences,” Abu Diak added. “The court will issue its verdicts based on the current penal code, which includes the death penalty, a sentence that requires presidential approval.”

The government had referred several laws to Abbas, who issued them through decrees based on the Jordanian penal code. “The government did not issue a new penal code because this requires a legislative council, but we have issued laws that were not addressed by the penal code such as the substance abuse law and cybercrimes, and we are studying the issuance of the juvenile law and the law on protection of the family,” Abu Diak said.

The government’s plan to enact laws is being widely criticized, as it infringes upon the powers of the legislative authority.

Ahmed Mubarak al-Khalidi, a constitutional law professor and the head of the committee tasked with drafting the Palestinian Constitution, told Al-Monitor, “As an executive authority, the government does not have the right to amend the penal code because this falls within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch only, and if it does so, then it would be infringing upon the legislative power.”

He said, “The formation of a High Criminal Court can only be made based on a law from the PLC. Therefore, the government should abide by the powers set out for it in the constitution. The establishment of a criminal court will not solve the problem of accumulated lawsuits in the courts. To solve this problem, a change must occur at the level of judicial proceedings, which should be distributed to the judicial bodies that deal with crimes.”

Khalidi added, “As the government plans to change the penal code and form a High Criminal Court, it is seeking to control the legislative and judicial branches.”

The High Criminal Court Act and the amendments to the penal code, in the event they are issued by the government, are expected to receive social and legal criticism. This was the case with the Higher Media Council, which was approved by the president Jan. 19 but whose publication in the Official Gazette was suspended a day later. The same happened with the Social Security Act, which was approved by the president March 23 but was then put up by the government for civil discussion April 24.

Issam Abdeen, the legal adviser to the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, told Al-Monitor, “The legislations issued by the government through the president are not subject to discussion with civil society, and they usually cause problems once signed and published in the Official Gazette.”

He added, “Amid the PLC’s disruption, the government is monopolizing the policymaking and legislation process. This proves that there is a problem at the level of the government, which does not believe in the principle of partnership with civil society.”

Abdeen said that civil society groups put forth a proposal in April that was approved by the government for the formation of a joint committee comprising experts from both the government and the civil society to discuss the plan and give legislative priority to the government. However, the proposal failed to materialize as the committee was not formed and the government kept working individually.

“The criminal court will not solve the problems plaguing the judiciary amid the executive power’s interference in the judicial affairs and work. The issue requires a larger judicial reform action plan. The court will not provide solutions if the judiciary continues to be plagued by structural imbalance due to the influence of the executive branch, the judicial inspection actions and the Courts and Lawsuits Administration,” Abdeen added.

As for the penal code, Abdeen explained that the civil society organizations and legal experts worked in 2010 on the preparation of a modern and advanced draft penal code in line with international human rights standards, and the draft was submitted to the government in 2011. But the government did nothing, and the draft has been consigned to oblivion as it has been shelved for five years now.

The principle of separation of powers is threatened by the PLC’s disruption and the executive power’s carrying out of its role and function as far as the enactment of laws and regulations is concerned, in addition to the executive power’s interference in the judiciary’s work and the absence of censure over its work.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

Palestinian banks refuse Qatari grant for Gaza employees

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Israeli Shekels

Palestinian banks have refused to receive the Qatari grant for Palestinian government employees recruited during Hamas’ rule of the Gaza Strip, Qatari Ambassador and Head of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip Mohamed Al-Emadi said on Tuesday.

Anadolu reported Al-Emadi telling journalists in Gaza that the Qatari Emir ordered a $31m grant to pay the salaries of the civil sector employees in Gaza.

“This is to lessen the hardships of the difficult life in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

As the Palestinian banks refused to receive the grant, Al-Emadi said that the grant was deposited in the account of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

He noted that the committee had received a list with the names of the Gaza employees and is willing to pay the salaries in the same way as the previous grant was paid which is through government post offices.

Al-Emadi also said that the Qatari committee had invited Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to visit Gaza in order to take part in the inauguration of the second phase of Sheikh Hamas Housing City in the south of the Gaza Strip.

In addition, he said that contracts for new projects worth $40m would be signed with contractors from Gaza during his current visit.

He noted that every single step regarding the work of the committee in Gaza is carried out with the “full coordination” of the PA.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

Israel demolishes Palestinian home in East Jerusalem for 6th time in 10 years

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JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian family’s home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina — the sixth time since the family began seeking an Israeli-issued building license more than a decade ago — amid a massive escalation of demolitions in the city over recent weeks.The owner of the house, Izz al-Din Abu Nijma, said that the demolition “caught him by surprise,” though it remained unclear if a demolition notice had previously been delivered by Israeli authorities.In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality told Ma’an they were not involved in the demolition, despite Beit Hanina being located within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries.

The municipality also told Ma’an they were not responsible for a demolition carried out a day prior in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Bahir. It remained unclear as of Wednesday evening what Israeli authority enforced the two demolitions.

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Abu Nijma has been struggling to obtain a permit to build a house for his family since 1995, he told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Jerusalem, who reported on the demolition, on Wednesday.Israeli authorities have rejected all of Abu Nijma’s attempts to legalize his property, forcing him to build a house without a permit for the first time in 1995 and five times since, with Israeli forces demolishing it every time.Abu Nijma said that after Israeli forces most recently demolished his house in 2014, the Norwegian government provided him and his family of four with a mobile home, and Abu Nijma installed wheels below the trailer’s foundation in hopes that it would not be destroyed and could be evacuated if necessary.“We were shocked today when Israeli forces raided the trailer,” he said.
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Israeli authorities first removed furniture from the home before bulldozers proceeded to destroy the structure.Israel has also come under condemnation over repeated demolitions of internationally-funded structures.Meanwhile, initial reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Israeli forces also carried out demolitions in the occupied West Bank village of al-Nabi Samwil in the Jerusalem district.Just a day prior, Israeli bulldozers demolished a car dealer’s office and two shipping containers in the East Jerusalem village of Sur Bahir, while a Palestinian man in Silwan demolished his own home following an Israeli order.Israeli forces have sharply escalated demolitions of Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem built without Israeli-issued permits over the month of July, a policy which has continued into August.In less than 24 hours hours last week, 30 Palestinian families were left homeless after Israel destroyed homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Issawiya and Ras al-Amoud, and in the village of Qalandiya in the West Bank district of Jerusalem.According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, over the month of July, Israeli forces demolished 25 constructions, four of which were carried out by the owners to avoid the expensive fines imposed by the municipality if its own employees demolish the structures.The structures included seven family homes — six of which were under construction — three residential rooms, four warehouses, two walls, four graves, one trailer, and five commercial structures.Ten of the demolished construction occurred in Silwan, one in Beit Hanina, four in Issawiya, four inJabal Mukabbir, one in Sheikh Jarrah, one in the Atarot industrial park, and the Islamic graves in the 1,400-year-old Bab al-Rahma cemetery outside the Old City.As of the end of July, Israel destroyed more than 90 Palestinian properties in occupied East Jerusalem since the start of 2016, which already exceeded the number of those destroyed in all of 2015, at 78 total structures, according to UN documentation.Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, although 550,000 Jewish settlers are more easily given building permits and allowed to expand their homes and properties.Only 14 percent of East Jerusalem land is zoned for Palestinian residential construction, while one-third of Palestinian land has been confiscated since 1967 to build illegal Jewish-only settlements, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) says.Although Palestinians in East Jerusalem live within territory Israel has unilaterally annexed, they lack citizenship rights and are instead classified only as “residents” whose permits can be revoked if they move away from the city for more than a few years.More than 14,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem have had their permits revoked since 1967, denying them the ability to ever return to their homes.In a statement on Thursday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby condemned Israel’s recent announcement of plans for 323 additional illegal settlement units in East Jerusalem, also denouncing the recent wave of demolitions in the occupied city.“This is part of an ongoing process of land seizures, settlement expansion, legalizations of outposts, and denial of Palestinian development that risk entrenching a one-state reality of perpetual occupation and conflict,” he said.“We remain troubled that Israel continues this pattern of provocative and counterproductive action, which raises serious questions about Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful, negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.”
(Source / 03.08.2016)

Syrian Elections Prove Again That Washington & Its Presstitutes Lie Through Their Teeth

Article of April 15th

Today (April 14) Syria held parliamentary elections at 7,000 polling stations, keeping the voting open an extra five hours to accommodate the massive turnout. All were allowed to vote, even displaced Syrians from the two provinces still terrorized by Washington and Israeli backed ISIS.

Washington is angry, because Syria held elections before Washington had time to purchase its slate of politicians and organize Washington-funded NGOs to take to the streets to protest and to claim that Assad had stolen the election.

Despite the massive voter turnout and extended hours for voting, the US State Department set the tone by declaring that the elections are not legitimate in Washington’s eyes and do not represent “the will of the Syrian people.”

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Yes, Syria does hold regular elections

Washington’s two-bit punk vassals in London and Paris chimed in with both claiming that the war conditions in Syria to which London and Paris have contributed mean that the idea of elections is “totally unrealistic.”

The New York Times lied, characteristically, that the elections, which seem to demonstrate nationwide solidarity against the Western-backed overthrow of the Syrian government, “highlight divisions and uncertainty.”

The Washington Post added its lies and misrepresentations to the propagandistic reporting.

The Western governments are far out on a limb with their lies that the Syrian people prefer to be governed by the Washington supported terrorists who were overrunning their country and conducting with Western supplied weapons mass murder on the Syrian people until Russia put a stop to it.

Now the Western liars are exposed yet again by election results, and so the liars must pretend that the election lacks validity.

Contrast the reports coming from the Western conspirators against Syria with the news report byVanessa Beeley in 21st Century Wirehttp://21stcenturywire.com/2016/04/14/syrian-elections-2016-us-nato-criminals-liars-and-hypocrites-failed-attempt-to-deny-the-will-of-the-syrian-people/ 

Washington’s propaganda onslaught against the Syrian elections is clear evidence that Washington has no commitment to the peace accord and simply used the “peace process” in order to prevent the liberation of Raqqa and Idlib from ISIS.

Putin and Assad should take note that Washington still intends to overthrow the Syrian government and to install either a puppet or chaos as in Iraq and Libya.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

Head of reconstruction committee, 3 workers kidnapped by IOF from Aqsa

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) kidnapped the director of the reconstruction committee and three workers at the holy al-Aqsa Mosque. The workers were kidnapped by the IOF while they were carrying out maintenance works in the holy Dome of the Rock. An Israeli extremist settler sneaked, meanwhile, into the al-Aqsa Mosque and performed sacrilegious rituals in its plazas. While the IOF soldiers have often turned blind eyes and deaf ears to settler break-ins at al-Aqsa, the Muslim worshipers and supervision staff have increasingly been the target of Israeli aggressions and crackdowns.

(Source / 03.08.2016)

Zionists control British government’s policy: Analyst

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“The sly deception, the slimy deceits of the British government are revealed by their actions in bombing Saddam’s palace,” says Dr. Rodney Shakespeare.

The UK government’s unlimited support for Saudi Arabia, as the source of Daesh, shows that British foreign policy is controlled by Zionists who ultimately seek to expand the Israeli entity through war and instability, a British scholar and political analyst says.

Dr. Rodney Shakespeare made the remarks while discussing the UK’s recent contributions to the international military efforts against Daesh.

The UK Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday that two Tornado warplanes from the Royal Air Force have recently attacked one of Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hussein’s palaces in the country’s northern city of Mosul, as part of a multinational squadron tasked with destroying the Daesh-controlled mansion.

“The sly deception, the slimy deceits of the British government are revealed by their actions in bombing Saddam’s palace,” Shakespeare told Press TV on Wednesday.

The academic went on to lay out in detail the British government’s hypocritical fight against Daesh while supporting Saudi Arabia, as the “source” of Daesh radicalism.

Britain “is doing that in particular by backing the source of Daesh or ISIL, which is Takfiri Wahhabism that is heart of evil pouring out of Saudi Arabia.”

He further explained his points by saying the London government’s policy in dealing with Daesh ultimately ensures the terror group’s existence and serves its Zionist leaders in Israel.

“British policy is governed by the Zionism and so is American policy and the object of the policy is to smash up Syria into parts, to smash up Iraq into parts,” Shakespeare argued.

“Biblical Israel extended into a large part of Syria and right across the river Euphrates in Iraq and the Zionists… remember Israel is not a state, it is an expanding entity with no borders,” the analyst said, adding that more chaos would allow the Tel Aviv regime expand.

Saudi Arabia’s ongoing war against Yemeni people which is made possible by British weaponry was another example of the UK’s double-standards in fighting terrorism, according to Shakespeare.

About 10,000 people have been killed in the military months-long aggression, according to Yemeni sources.

The kingdom is also assisting Bahrain’s ruling monarchs with a heavy-handed crackdown on a popular uprising; a move that Shakespeare said was part of a Saudi-Israeli mutual agreement to suppress democracy in the Middle East.

(Source / 03.08.2016)