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Posted 22 September 2018 - 02:56 PM

Israel Is 'Allowed To Ignore International Law' Anywhere It Wants
 
 
 
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The Israeli government has recently claimed that it can "legislate anywhere in the world", that it is "entitled to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries", and that "is allowed to ignore the directives of international law in any field it desires". This was written in an official response letter to the Supreme Court last month.
 
On the face of it, these are audacious claims. Is it really that bad? I would say that it's even worse. The background to these statements is a new law from last year, which legalizes outright theft of Palestinian land.
 
 
 
 
 
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There are more Jews in the USA than in Israel 
 
There are more Jews in the USA than anywhere else on planet Earth
 
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Little Jew can do whatever it likes 
 
Countries that say bad things about Little Jew get sanctioned by Big Jew 
 
 
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Posted 22 September 2018 - 03:47 PM

Assad Condemns Western 'Illegal Invasion' Of Syria    PART 1
 
 
 
 
 
17 October 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
Assad condemns western intervention in Syria as 'illegal'
 
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has condemned the West's "illegal invasion" of Syria, claiming the U.S. is breaking international law. 
 
Speaking to Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, Assad claims that Western governments actively fund and support ISIS in order to further their agenda to destabilize the country and oust him as President.
 
Kp.ru reports:
 
Below is the complete transcript of the interview
 
Question 1: Thank you very much, Mr. President. It's a big happiness for me, and I'm very proud. Okay, I will start from my questions. The situation in Syria become more dangerous and more unpredictable. Why? Because this conflict draws inside more participants and more players. For example, who do we have now in Syria in the war? Iran, Lebanon - I mean Hezbollah - Russia, Turkey, USA's huge coalition, China shows interest. I mean, do you have any concerns that this conflict results in a third world war, or maybe it's already beginning of third world war.
 
President Assad: If we want to talk about the problem, we have to talk about the crux of the problem, the source of the problem; it's the terrorism. And no matter who's interfering in Syria now, the most important thing is who is supporting the terrorists on daily basis, every hour, every day. That is the main problem. If we solve that problem, all this complicated image that you described is not a matter… I mean, it's not a big problem, we can solve the problem. So, it's not about how many countries interfering now, it's about how many countries supporting the terrorists, because Russians, Iran, and Hezbollah are out allies, and they came here legally. They support us against the terrorists, while the other countries that you describe who are interfering, they are supporting the terrorists. So, it's not about the number, it's about the main issue that is terrorism.
 
Second, it's about world war three. This term has been used recently a lot, especially after the recent escalation regarding the situation in Syria. I would say what we have now, what we've been seeing recently during the last few weeks and maybe few months is something like more than cold war, less than war, a full-blown war. I don't know what to call it, but it's not something that has existed recently, because I don't think that the West and especially the United States has stopped their cold war, even after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
 
Journalist: Yes, it's going on.
 
President Assad: You have many stages in that regard, and Syria is one of these important stages. You see more escalation than before, but the whole issue is about keeping the hegemony of the Americans around the world, not allowing anyone to be partner on the political or international arena, whether Russia or even their allies in the West. So, this is the essence of this war that you described as third world war that exists, it is a world war, but it's not military war. Part of it is military, part of it is terrorism and security, and the other part is political. So, you're correct, but in a different way, not only about Syria; Syria is part of this war.
 
Question 2: But you said… Syria became stage of this war. Why Syria? I mean, okay, you are big country, I mean, you have oil but not like Saudi Arabia. Why exactly Syria?
 
President Assad: It has many aspects. The first one, if you want to talk about the regional conflict, Syria has a good relation with Iran, and Saudi Arabia wanted to, let's say, destroy Iran completely, maybe in the political sense and maybe in the material sense or factual sense, for different reasons. So they wanted Syria to go against Iran, that's why destroying Syria could affect Iran negatively. That's how I look at it. The West, for them, Syria and Russia are allies for decades now, and again, if we undermine the position of Syria, we can influence the Russians negatively. But there's something else; it's about the historical role of Syria. Syria has played that role in the region for centuries, it was always the hub of the geopolitical dynamic in the Middle East. So, controlling Syria - since the Pharaohs, before the Christ, they used to fight for Syria, the Pharaohs and the Hittites, this is historical basis. So, it has a role, geopolitics, the position on the Mediterranean, the society, because Syria is the fault line between the different cultures in this region; whatever happens in Syria will influence the region, negatively and positively, so controlling Syria is very important. Although Syria is small, it's very important to control the rest of the region.
 
Second, Syria is an independent country, and the West doesn't accept any independent country, whether Syria as a small country, or Russia as a great power. What's their problem with Russia? Because you say "yes" and "no. You have to keep saying "yes." That's the problem with the West. So, that's why Syria.
 
Question 3: Some Western media found that the war in Syria now became a straight conflict between Russia and USA. You agree with this?
 
President Assad: Yes, for a simple reason: when I said at the very beginning that the issue about the terrorism; Russia wanted to fight terrorism for different reasons, not only for Syria, not only for Russia, for the rest of the region, for Europe, for the rest of the world. They understand what the meaning of terrorism prevailing, in a certain way, while the United States have always, since Afghanistan in the early eighties, till this day, they think "terrorism is a card we can play. We can put on the table."
 
Journalist: Yes.
 
President Assad: You can put in your pocket, and put it on the table anytime. So, you're talking about two different entities, two different ideologies, two different behaviors, two different approaches. That's natural to have this conflict; even if there is dialogue, they're not on the same page.
 
Question 4: Now, we have a new player in this region. Okay, I mean, it was Turkish intervention, and nobody speaks about this now, like nothing happened. What's your opinion about the role of Turkey in this war, and about this intervention?
 
President Assad: If we start from today, it's invasion.
 
Journalist: Invasion!
 
President Assad: This incursion is invasion, whether a small part, or large part of the Syrian territory; it's invasion, against international law, against the morals, against the sovereignty of Syria. But what do the Turks want from this invasion regardless of the mask that they wear to cover their intention, real intentions. They wanted to whitewash their real intention that they used to support ISIS and al-Nusra-
 
Journalist: You think they don't support now?
 
President Assad: No, they still support, but they came, they say "we are fighting ISIS, we're going to have-"
 
Journalist: It's ridiculous. What they tell, it's ridiculous, when they tell "we are fighting with ISIS." They made ISIS.
 
President Assad: Of course, exactly, they made ISIS, they supported ISIS, they give them all the logistical support and they allow them to sell our oil through their borders, through their territory, with the participation of Erdogan's son and his coterie; they all, all of them, were involved in the relation with ISIS. All the world knows this. But with this invasion, they wanted to change the package of ISIS, to talk about new moderate forces, which have the same grassroots of ISIS. They move it from ISIS. They say ISIS were defeated in some areas because the Turkish bombardment and troops and their proxies in Syria expelled ISIS from certain areas. Just a play, it's just a play for the rest of the world. The second one, because he wanted to support al-Nusra in Syria.
 
Journalist: He wanted to support al-Nusra.
 
President Assad: And he wanted to have - I mean, Erdogan in particular - wanted to have a role in the solution in Syria, doesn't matter what kind of role. He felt that he's isolated for the last year because of ISIS.
 
Journalist: But he still feels like Syria is Ottoman Empire. For him it's just his territory.
 
President Assad: Exactly. His ideology is a mixture between the Brotherhood ideology which is violent and extremist, and the Ottoman Empire, or Sultanate.
 
Journalist: Ambitions, yes.
 
President Assad: And so he thinks with these two ideologies, he can make a mixture to control this region. That's why he supported the Muslim Brotherhood in every country, including Syria. You are right.
 
Question 5: After the Russian plane was shot down by the Turks, Russia stopped relationships with Turkey. Now, after, okay, his excuses, we again… it looks like again friendship, tourism, diplomatic relations everything. Putin called this a "knife in the back" when this plane was beaten by the Turks. Do you think maybe we Russians make a mistake to trust Erdogan again after his betrayal?
 
President Assad: No, actually, I look positively to this relation.
 
Journalist: You look positively?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
###    Assad Condemns Western 'Illegal Invasion' Of Syria    PART 2
 
###    17 October 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
President Assad: Yeah, positively. Why?
 
Journalist: Why?
 
President Assad: We are talking about two parties, we're taking into consideration that these two parties, again, they don't see eye-to-eye, they are in different positions; Russia bases its policy on the international law, respecting the sovereignty of other states, and understanding the repercussions of the terrorism prevailing anywhere in the world, while the other party, the Turkish party, bases his policy on the ideology of Muslim Brotherhood; they don't respect the sovereignty of Syria, and they supported the terrorists. So, you can see there's polarization, each one is in the exactly or completely the opposite side. So, through this rapprochement, let's say, between Russia and Turkey, the only hope that we have as Syria is that Russia can make some changes in the Turkish policy. This is our hope, and I'm sure that this is the first goal of the Russian diplomacy toward Turkey these days; in order to decrease the damage of the messing-up with the Syrian territory by the Turkish government. I hope they can convince them that they have to stop supporting terrorists, stop allowing the flow of terrorists and money for those terrorists through their borders.
 
Journalist: But for Erdogan, these terrorists are instrument of influence. He will never refuse from this instrument, it's his people, and if he will try to fight with them, they will start to fight with him. I mean, he… it's a big risk for him to refuse from sponsorship of terrorism, it's a big risk for his power.
 
President Assad: Yeah, that's why I didn't say the Russians will change his policy; I said they will decrease the damage, because he - I mean, somebody who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood's violent and extremist and fanatic ideology cannot be a straight person, to be frank, and to be realistic. So, what you're talking about is very realistic. I agree with you a hundred percent. But at the end, you have to try, you try; if he changed one percent, that's good, if he changed ten percent, then that's good. You don't have to have the full change, and we don't have this hope, we don't raise our expectations a lot, especially with somebody like Erdogan and his clique, but any change in this moment, that will be good, and this hope, that we have I think the same that the Russians officials have this time, through this relation. And I think this is the wisdom of the movement of the Russian government toward the Turkish government, not because they trust this government, but they need good relations with the people, and that's completely correct.
 
Question 6: For me, it's a very strange thing. Daesh, ISIS, with their ideology, never threaten Israel, and Israel never threaten Daesh, ISIS. It's like some kind of agreement about - maybe not on friendship - but neutrality. Why, you think, it's like this? And what's the role of Israel in this war?
 
President Assad: Not only ISIS, of course, or Daesh, not only al-Nusra; anyone, any terrorist who holds a machinegun and started killing and destroying in Syria was supported by Israel, either indirectly through the logistical support on the frontier, or sometimes by direct intervention by Israel against Syria in different areas in Syria. Why? Because Israel is our enemy, because they occupy our lands, and they look at Syria as enemy of course, and for them they think if they undermine the position of Syria and make it weaker as a whole, as society, as army, as state, that will prevent Israel from moving toward the peace, and the price of the peace is to give back the Golan Heights to Syria. So, for them, Syria will be busy with another issue now, it would be busy to talk about the Golan or the peace process, or even to do anything to get back its land. That's why Israel is supporting every terrorist, and there's no contradiction between Israel and any organization like al-Nusra or ISIS or any Al Qaeda-linked organization.
 
Question 7: Your army lost a lot of blood, it's obviously, but on the other side, when I sit in Damascus and see in cafes a lot of young people who drink coffee from morning, and ask "who are these young men, why are they not on the front?" It's students, it's students. After this I see fitness centers full of young people, is very good muscles. What are they doing here? Send them all on the front! I mean, I don't understand why didn't you make this general mobilization of army? Like, we made this in Patriotic War, in general, when we had big war, we sent all men to front!
 
President Assad: What we have now is partial, let's say, mobilization. Why partial? What is the meaning of partial? It's not the highest level. The highest level of mobilization means for everyone to go to fight, to different, let's say, military fronts. It means you won't have anyone at the universities, you won't have teachers at schools, you won't have employees to do anything, even the trucks, the cars, will be managed by the government, and anything else that would be part of this war. That would be okay if this war will last for a few weeks, or a few months maybe, but for a war that's been there for now nearly six years, it means the paralysis of the society, and the paralysis of the state, and you won't win the war if you have a paralyzed society. So, you need to have balance between the war and between the basic needs of the society, the university, and the services that you should offer to the people. That's why it's crucial to make that balance. So, that's our point of view.
 
Question 8: But, even your TV programs, I don't understand Arabic, but when I watch this, it's like it's peace in country, little bit from being in about war, and after this about sport, about children, about schools. I watch this and think "oh my God!" In country I hear how mines explosions in city, like nothing happened. Maybe it's too much, maybe people… if you want to push patriotism in people, you must explain to them every day, "guys, we're in big war!" And that's exactly what every country is doing, but I don't like this picture of peaceful life. It don't exist here!
 
President Assad: Our, let's say, media are not disconnected from what's going on, but you need again to have the balance between how much you need to have close-to-natural life, not completely normal life…So you need this balance. Of course you have many different points of view regarding the media, because media is about the perception ..If you don't try to live this life, the terrorists will defeat you, because that's their aim.
 
Journalist: We was living like this, when it was Great Patriotic War, all cities was empty, it was just women. Okay, doctors of course, some kind of teachers, but everybody was in the front. I will give you example from my family: four brothers was going to front with my father, and my father left school, in thirteen years, he was going to factory to make bombs. And, it was not normal. We would never win this war if we will not put all our men on front.
 
President Assad: Yeah, but when you talk about war, war is not only military; war is everything. The most important part of our war, not only terrorists, which is in parallel, or as important as the terrorist issue, is the economy. We are under embargo, so we have to do our best to keep this wheel moving forward.
 
Journalist: I understood.
 
President Assad: That's why you need to put all your effort on this life, because without this natural life, you cannot have economy, if everyone wants to stay at home and just to live the life of the war, you don't produce.
 
Question 9: Why you ask help of Russia almost in the most critical moment? Almost when everything was crashed, and even your life was in danger?
 
President Assad: First of all, there's a traditional relation between Syria and Russia, and during the worst times of this relation, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the relation was good, it wasn't bad. It wasn't warm-
 
Journalist: That's why you could ask help much more earlier.
 
President Assad: No, we asked for the help from the very beginning, but the escalation wasn't as last year, because before that, the Syrian Army was moving forward, and our enemies - let's put it in that term - our enemies, when they saw that we are moving forward on the ground, they started escalating by bringing more terrorists coming from abroad, more foreigners coming from more than one hundred countries. At the end, Syria is a small country, and even the population is not very big. So, we needed the help of our friends. Iran intervened, and Hezbollah, and Russia as a great power was very crucial in changing the balance of power on the ground. That's why it was natural to ask for the Russian help. They helped us before; maybe not directly through the air forces, they used to send us everything, every logistical support we wanted for that war. But they live with us, we have the military experts living in Syria for four decades. They saw on the ground that during that time in 2014, the balance started changing in favor of the terrorists, with the support of the West and other countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey and Qatar, and the Russians were ready to intervene directly. That's why we invited them, and because we trust them, of course. We trust their politics, politics based on morals before interests. We trust them because we know that they wanted to support us because they wanted to get rid of the terrorists, not because they want to ask us anything in return, and they never did. Till this moment, they never asked us for anything in return. All these factors encouraged me and the Syrian government and the institutions to ask for the Russian help.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
###    Assad Condemns Western 'Illegal Invasion' Of Syria    PART 3
 
###    17 October 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Question 10: Before this so-called revolution, I'm sure you got offers from your present enemies; some kind of offers, some kind of deals. What they wanted from you? I heard, for example, Qatar wanted to make tube through Syria. Is it true or not? You got some kind of offer before?
 
President Assad: The offers started after the crisis.
 
Journalist: Ah-ha, okay.
 
President Assad: Because they wanted to use the crisis; "if you do this, we're going to help you."
 
Journalist: But what they wanted from you?
 
President Assad: But before the crisis, it wasn't an offer; they wanted to use Syria indirectly. Not offer, they wanted to convince us to do something. The main issue was, at that time around the world, was the nuclear file of Iran. It was the main issue around the world, and Syria has to convince Iran to go against its interests, that time. France tried, Saudi Arabia wanted us at that time to be away from Iran with no reason, just because they hate Iran.
 
Journalist: But what about this tube? It's real that they wanted to make gas tube through Syria?
 
President Assad: No, they didn't talk about it, but because Syria was supposed to be a hub in that regard, of power in general, a tube coming from the east; Iran, Iraq, Syria, Mediterranean, and another one from the Gulf toward Europe. I don't think the West will accept Syria - this Syria, Syria's that's not puppet to the West - it's not allowed to have this privilege or leverage, it's not allowed. So, we think this is one of the factors that they didn't talk about it directly. After the war, the offer was directly from the Saudis; that if you-
 
Journalist: Directly from who?
 
President Assad: From the Saudis.
 
Journalist: From Saudis.
 
President Assad: If you move away from Iran and you announce that you disconnect all kinds of relations with Iran, we're going to help you. Very simple and very straight to the point.
 
Question 11: You said in one of your interviews that this war is difficult because it's simple to kill terrorists, but to kill ideology, much more difficult. And when I was speaking on the front with your officers, they told "look, how to fight with man who is not afraid to die?" For him it's just pleasure to die because 72 virgins wait for him in Paradise, yes. And our people, of course, normal people, they are afraid to die. And already it's morale spirit not the same, much more higher… terrorists have much more higher morale spirit. How to kill this ideology?
 
President Assad: You're correct. If you talk about those fighters, ideological fighters, or terrorists, let's say, who are fighting our army, the only way is to fight them and kill them. You don't have any other way. They are not ready for any dialogue, and you don't have time to make dialogue, you want to protect your citizens, so you have to kill them. But that's not enough; it's like regenerating… like video games; you keep regenerating anything you want. You kill one, you're going to have another ten, so there's no end to that issue.
 
The most important thing is in the mid-term and in the long-term is to fight this ideology through similar but moderate ideology. I mean you cannot fight extremism in Islam with any other ideology but the moderate Islam. So, this is the only way, but it takes time, it takes young generations, to work on these young generations, to work on the means and to suffocate the money that's being paid by the Saudi government and Saudi NGOs and Saudi institutions to promote the Wahabi ideology around the world. You cannot say "I'm going to fight this ideology" and at the same time allowing their sheikhs or imams promoting, at their madrasa, promoting this dark ideology. It's impossible. And that's what's happening in Europe.
 
You're talking about generations that lived there for generations now, the third or fourth generation living in Europe, but they send us terrorists from Europe now. They never lived in our region, they don't speak Arabic, maybe they don't read Quran, but they are extremists, because they allowed the Wahabi ideology to infiltrate Europe. So, we need to deal with many things; you have to deal with the media, how to deal with their strong media that's being financed by the petrodollar in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to promote this extremism. How to deal with it? You need many aspects and many parallel paths at the same time. This is the only way you can defeat it. But dealing with the terrorists, this is the last part, and this is the compulsory part. You cannot avoid it, but it's not the solution.
 
Question 12: Yes, but I always felt something mystic in this fighting for Damascus, and I understood after why there's so many mercenaries come here. One professor of theology, Islamic theologist, explained to me that they really believe in the city "Dabiq," it will be Apocalypse, and main battle between evil and good, and that's why they're now ready… because I was in Bosnia, for example; many mercenaries going through Bosnia, and they all tell "we are going to Dabiq." For them it's mystic meaning. How to kill this, I can't imagine.
 
President Assad: Exactly, exactly.
 
Journalist: Because it's big propaganda of this "go to Dabiq, go to Syria, because here it's main place for Apocalypse!"
 
President Assad: A holy place now, for the fighting.
 
Journalist: Yes, it's like a holy place.
 
President Assad: I mean, if you want to go to Paradise, you have to go through Syria. Maybe if you die somewhere else, you won't go to paradise. This is part of the ideology. That's why they-
 
Journalist: They are sure if they will die in Syria, they will go straight to Paradise?
 
President Assad: That's how they think. Some of them, they think if they kill more innocents, they may have Iftar in Ramadan with the Prophet, for example. That's how they believe. They wash their brains completely, so you cannot blame them, they are ignorant, most of them are teenagers, they're being used.
 
Journalist: Yes, yes, sometimes children.
 
President Assad: Exactly. But it's about the machine that's been working for decades now to whitewash these brains and to spread this extremism around the Muslim world and the Muslim communities outside this Muslim world.
 
Question 13: Do you satisfy with results of Russian intervention for this last year? They really made something serious here?
 
President Assad: In brief, before that intervention, although there was this American alliance, so called "alliance" which is for me an elusive alliance, they did nothing, ISIS was expanding, ISIS and al-Nusra were expanding, they used to have more recruits, more recruitments. They used to have more oil to export through Turkey, and so on. After the Russian intervention, the same land under the control of the terrorists was shrinking. This is in brief. So, the reality is telling. Any other effect, I mean, is trivial. This is the main effect; they changed the balance on the ground not in favor of the terrorists.
 
Question 14: About Kurdish question, I was in Qamishli, and they want federation, they want to make federation. They said "our ideal model of state, it's like Russia. Russia has many nationalities and they make Russian Federation. Why Syria cannot be a federation?" And honestly, nobody from Syrian Kurdish was speaking with me about separation or to make independent state. No, they told "we want to be in Syria, but we want autonomy." You agree with this or not? Because they are really good fighters against ISIS.
 
President Assad: Let me clarify the different aspects of this issue. First of all, we cannot talk about a community, a full community in Syria, that it wants something, like talking about the Kurds or the Turks or the Arabs or the Chechens or the Armenians or any other community we have. So, we can talk about part of the Kurds that they need this, part, only part of them. The majority of them, no, they don't ask for it. They never-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
###    Assad Condemns Western 'Illegal Invasion' Of Syria    PART 4
 
###    17 October 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Journalist: I don't speak about the Kurds in Damascus, of course they live here.
 
President Assad: Yeah, I mean even in the north, part of them talk about this. This is first. Second, when you talk about federalism or any other similar system, it should be part of the constitution, and the constitution is not owned by the government - the constitution reflects the will of the Syrian people. So, if they need to have a certain political system in Syria, they need to promote it among the Syrians. They cannot discuss it with me, even if I say "yes, that's a good idea, I don't mind" as President or as an official or as a government. I cannot give it to them, I don't own it, I don't own the political system in Syria. Everything should be-
 
Journalist: Like a referendum!
 
President Assad: Exactly, to have referendum by the Syrian people to say yes or no. Second, some people, they talk about Kurdish federalism in the north, regardless of what I talked about, about most of the Kurds that they don't ask for this. Even if you want it, the majority in that area are Arabs. So how can you have Kurdish federalism while you have majority of Arabs?
 
Journalist: But you have contacts with them?
 
President Assad: Yeah, of course. We have dealing, we have negotiation, we always-
 
Journalist: You have negotiations with them?
 
President Assad: Of course, always, and we supported them during the war against ISIS. We sent them armaments, and your army knows all these details.
 
Question 15: But honestly, when I was traveling by your country, I don't see any kind of opposition without guns, I mean, with whom you can speak? You have real partners for negotiations, or it is mission impossible?
 
President Assad: This is a very important question, but you have to define the word "opposition." Now, most of the world used the word "opposition" about people who carry guns and kill people. You don't call them opposition; "opposition" is a political term; it cannot be a military term.
 
Journalist: Yes, this is the problem, but everybody has guns. With who to speak?
 
President Assad: Exactly. Now, if you want to talk about political opposition, of course we have. We have figures, I don't have names now, but we have figures. You can search for names. You have political currents or political movements-
 
Journalist: Which one? What are the names of this…?
 
President Assad: You have new parties, we can get you names, we have so many, I mean, not all of them have seats in the Parliament, for example, but during the crisis and even before the crisis, you have so many. We can bring you a list for all these, we have them. You have new parties who announce themselves as oppositions recently. Again, we can give you a list of all these, if I don't want to mention which name, I can give you the list. But we have them now, but the question here if you want to make negotiation, that's the crucial point of your question, it's not about who I am going to make negotiations with; the question is about who is influential on the situation, who can change the situation?
 
Now, If I am going to sit with all these oppositions, whether inside Syria or outside Syria, whether they are real patriotic oppositions or opposition related to other countries, not to the Syrian people, let's presume that we are sitting with them, and we agreed upon anything, we said "this is good for the future of Syria." The question is: who is going to influence the terrorists on the ground? We all know that the majority of those terrorists belonging to Al Qaeda-affiliated groups, ISIS, al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Cham, and other organizations. They don't belong to any political movement, they don't care about any ideology but their own ideology, the Wahhabi Ideology. So, even if we negotiate with the political opposition, we cannot change the situation. So that's the most important part of the problem. So, you are correct; who I'm going to deal with?
 
Journalist: Yes, with whom?
 
President Assad: The most important is who's going to change the situation with me? As a government, I have my means. We can change. We are fighting terrorists. What those oppositions can do? That's the question. I cannot answer it. They have to answer it. They have to say "we can do this and we can do that."
 
Question 16: All Western media take information about the situation in Syria from this strange organization "Syrian Observatory of Human Rights," but I understood that it's just a one-man band?
 
President Assad: One man living in London.
 
Journalist: I don't understand this. I was shocked when I knew, I mean how they can use this like a source of information?
 
President Assad: Yes, because that's what the West wants; they don't need anything real. They need somebody to promote any information that suit their agenda, and they promote it as a real one, as a fact, and as you know now, most of the people in the West are brainwashed regarding what's going on in Syria, and may be in Ukraine, I mean, the same in Russia; they tried to - and they succeeded - and brainwashed their public opinion, and this is one of the tools. So, it's not the only one, they have many tools, similar tools like the White Helmets recently.
 
Journalist: What is… Who are they?
 
President Assad: Actually, they work with al-Nusra in the area that's controlled by al-Nusra. How can you work in the same area if you are not under the control of al-Nusra? More importantly, many of their members - there are videos and pictures of them celebrating the death of Syrian Army soldiers, they were celebrating on their bodies-
 
Journalist: What was… not long time ago, you mean when America was bombing Syrian Army, you mean this case?
 
President Assad: No, no, in different areas, in Aleppo.
 
Journalist: In different areas.
 
President Assad: In Aleppo, you had fights, and they pictured themselves over the bodies of Syrian soldiers, the White Helmets with al-Nusra. So, this is changing of the package of al-Nusra under the word or under the title of White Helmet, that they are the good people who are sacrificing their life to help the others and children, and this emotional picture that would affect the public opinion in the West.
 
Journalist: And you even don't know from where these pictures are?
 
President Assad: Sorry?
 
Journalist: Nobody knows from where these pictures?
 
President Assad: No, no, they don't verify anything, it's not important. Now, in the internet, you can find anything, you cannot verify anything on the internet. You just watch, you feel emotional because the picture in Syria it should be in black and white; the good people versus the bad army or the bad President or bad government or the bad officials, let's say. This is the only picture they wanted to have in order to convince their public opinion that we should continue pressuring, that they are supporting the good Syrian people against their bad government, and so on. You know this propaganda.
 
Question 17: But what will give you liberation of Aleppo, in strategic point?
 
President Assad: Aleppo, we call it the "twin of Damascus" for many reasons. It is the second big city in Syria, Damascus is the political capital, while actually Aleppo is the industrial capital in Syria.
 
Journalist: But no industry now, and I was there, everything is crashed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
###    Assad Condemns Western 'Illegal Invasion' Of Syria    PART 5
 
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President Assad: Exactly. Most of the factories in Aleppo, they don't work; they were stolen, they were taken to Turkey.
 
Journalist: But if you will take Aleppo, what will it change in the war?
 
President Assad: Because it is the second-
 
Journalist: Second city, but you can cut al-Nusra from-
 
President Assad: First of all, it has political gain, on the strategic level, political gain and national gain. Then, from the strategic point of view, military point of view, no, you don't cut; it's going to be the springboard, as a big city, to move to another areas, to liberate another areas from the terrorists. This is the importance of Aleppo now.
 
Journalist: Okay, it's liberation, but what's your next step? How to cut this connection between Turkey and Idlib? Because this is the main source, main stream of money, soldiers, everything.
 
President Assad: You cannot cut, because Idlib is adjacent to Turkey, it's right on the Syrian-Turkish borders. So you cannot cut; you have to clean. You have to keep cleaning this area and to push the terrorists to Turkey to go back to where they come from, or to kill them. There's no other option. But Aleppo is going to be a very important springboard to do this move.
 
Question 18: How many foreign mercenaries passed through your country for the last five years, approximately?
 
President Assad: No one can count, because we don't have regular borders now; they don't cross the borders regularly, of course, but the estimation through one of the German research centers that was published a few weeks ago, they talk about hundreds of thousands of terrorists.
 
Journalist: Hundreds of thousands?
 
President Assad: Hundreds of thousands. They talk about more than 300 thousand, which is, I don't know if-
 
Journalist: More than 300 thousands?
 
President Assad: Yeah. I don't know if it's correct or not, or precise or wrong, but if you talk about hundreds of thousands, even if you talk about one hundred, it's a full army. It's a full army.
 
Journalist: It's an army. It's a full army.
 
President Assad: Exactly. That's why you keep killing, but you still have recruitment coming from abroad. So, you're talking about hundreds of thousands coming from different areas in the world, and this is very realistic; you have hundreds of thousands of terrorists around the world having the same ideology, the Wahhabi Ideology. That's very realistic. This is not an exaggeration.
 
Question 19: I was speaking with your opposition in 2012 in Istanbul, with young people who told me "we want human rights, we want human rights." It was secular normal people without beard who were, by the way, drinking beer in Ramadan. But just for few years, they became fanatics. This is strange for me, and there was completely secular. And, who is commanders in Daesh, in ISIS? It's ex… ex-colonels, ex-majors from army of Saddam Hussein. They're secular people, too. How this become army of fanatics? I don't understand.
 
President Assad: Part of it is related to what happened in Iraq after the invasion in 2003, where the American army or the Americans in general control everything in Iraq, including the prisons, and the leader of ISIS and most of his entourage were in the same prison. So, ISIS was created in Iraq under the American supervision.
 
Journalist: It was maybe not ISIS, this period, but Al Qaeda?
 
President Assad: No, it was called IS, it wasn't ISIS. It was "Islamic State of Iraq."
 
Journalist: Islamic State?
 
President Assad: Because it wasn't in Syria at that time. That's why it was called IS. That was in 2006.
 
Journalist: 2006?
 
President Assad: 2006, of course.
 
Journalist: Already, it was Islamic State in 2006?
 
President Assad: Of course. In 2006, of course, before the withdrawal of the Americans. That's why they played either direct role or indirect role in creating ISIS. Now, when it comes to Syria, when you talk about the very beginning of the problem before anybody was talking about al-Nusra or ISIS, they called it "Free Army" as a secular power fighting the government and the army. Actually, from the very beginning, if you go back to the internet and you have videos, you have pictures, you have everything, the beheading started from the very first few weeks. So, from the very, very beginning, it was an extremist movement, but they called it "Free Army." But when it becomes bigger and bigger, and the beheading couldn't be hidden anymore, they had to confess that there is al-Nusra, but actually it's the same one; al-Nusra is the same one as the "Free Syrian Army," the same as the ISIS. You have the same grassroots moving from area to area for different reasons. One of them is the ideology, the other one is out of fear, because if they don't move from place to place, they may kill you. Third one, for the money. ISIS used to give highest salaries for a certain time, one year ago, two years ago, and before, so many of the al-Nusra and "Free Syrian Army" joined ISIS for the money. So, you have many different factors, but the basic-
 
Journalist: But, fanaticism?
 
President Assad: But the same basic, the same foundation of extremism, is the common thing between all these different names and organizations.
 
Question 20: Can I ask you a personal question?
 
President Assad: Yeah, of course.
 
Journalist: In 2013, when your life was in so big danger, when America already… almost started to bomb Syria, why you didn't send your family to a safe place?
 
President Assad: How can you convince the Syrians to stay in their country while you ask your family to leave your country? You cannot. You have to be the first, in any term used regarding the patriotic, let's say, headline. You have to be the first as a President; you, your family, anyone around you in the government, your staff. You cannot convince the people in your country that you can defend your country while you don't trust your army to defend your family. So, that's-
 
Journalist: I understood, I understood.
 
President Assad: That's why it was natural. We never thought… I never thought about this, actually.
 
Journalist: Thank you very much for the interview.
 
President Assad: Thank you for coming to Syria.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 04:05 PM

Israel Stealing Palestinian Land
 
 
 
 
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ISRAEL KILL TO STEAL PALESTINIAN LAND
 
ISRAEL EVICTS PALESTINIAN FAMILIES
 
ISRAEL'S SNEAKY WAY OF STEALING LAND WHICH VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL LAW
 
ISRAELI LAWMAKER CALLS FOR PALESTINIAN GENOCIDE
 
RESISTANCE IN THE WEST BANK
 
SETTLERS, OLIVES, AND OCCUPATION: VOICES FROM THE WEST BANK
 
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Posted 22 September 2018 - 04:15 PM

Stealing Palestinian Land Dunam By Dunam
 
 
 
 
19 May 2011.
 
 
 
 
One dunam is 1,000 square meters, four dunams to an acre. Israel is stealing them incrementally to control all valued Palestinian land, dispossessing indigenous people illegally in the process.
 
B'Tselem is the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. In May, it published a comprehensive report titled, "Dispossession & Exploitation: Israel's policy in the Jordan Valley & northern Dead Sea," saying:
 
Both areas contain "the largest land reserves in the West Bank," covering 1.6 million dunams or 28.8% of the Territory. It's home to 65,000 Palestinians in 29 communities, as well as another 15,000 in dozens of small Bedouin ones. In addition, about 9,400 Israelis live in 37 settlements, including seven outposts.
 
Israel intensively exploits these areas, notably their water and other resources, to a greater extent than elsewhere in the West Bank, "demonstrat(ing) its intention: de facto annexation of the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea area...."
 
In fact, settlers and many Israelis consider these areas part of Israel, claiming they're not Palestinian Judea and Samaria land (the West Bank and Jerusalem). Moreover, Israeli governments stress maintaining control as a strategic buffer zone between Israel and the "Eastern Front," the earlier name given a potential Iraqi/Jordanian/Syrian military coalition no longer a threat.
 
Nonetheless, Netanyahu, like earlier prime ministers, opposes withdrawing from Jordan Valley land, wanting Israel's security border there permanently. As a result, longstanding Israeli policy expropriated "large swarths" for military areas, nature reserves and state property.
 
However, the State Comptroller determined that "Israel stole thousands of dunams of privately-owned" Jordan Valley Palestinian land, in breach of Military Order No. 58, stipulating that:
 
-- land transactions are valid as long as Israelis carry them out "in good faith."
 
Most stolen land belonged to absentee Palestinians, mostly those fleeing the West Bank in 1967. In the late 1960s and 1970s, land was seized by exchanging it, Palestinians given "substitute land that had belonged to absentees, and by direct allocation of the land of absentees, amounting to thousands of dunams."
 
However, the Civil Administration's legal advisor held that allocating absentee Palestinian land was "prima facie unlawful." Moreover, the State Comptroller said abandoned private property belonged to original owners.
 
Yet hundreds of them were denied West Bank entry to prevent returning expropriated land allocated for settlements, closed military areas, or other purposes. In addition, Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea areas were registered by Jordanian authorities as government property when occupation began in 1967.
 
Thereafter, Israel expropriated land various ways, including by:
 
-- taking it from Palestinian refugees for settlements from 1968 through the 1970s in violation of Military Order No. 58;
 
-- seizing and enlarging state land by legal maneuvers;
 
-- declaring large areas military firing zones, despite locations near settlements, farmland, and main traffic arteries;
 
-- designating other areas nature reserves, though small parts of them are suitable for visitors, and two-thirds of them are used as military firing zones; and
 
-- seizing land for Separation Wall use.
 
In total, 77.5% of Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea land is off-limits to Palestinians. Moreover, Israel "cut up the Palestinian spatial sphere and isolated Palestinian communities in the area." Hardline policies, including home demolitions and dispossessions accelerated the process.
 
Expropriating Area Water
 
Jordan Valley land is one of the West Bank's richest natural water sources from the Jordan River Basin, floodwaters, and waters flowing into the Jordan River from West Bank streams and underground sources from the Mountain Aquifer's eastern section. Moreover, it's the highest quality available.
 
Under international law, some may be shared by Israelis and Palestinians, while other sources belong solely to Palestinians. Nonetheless, Israel expropriated most of it for settlers, creating chronic shortages elsewhere in the West Bank.
 
Beginning in 1967, Palestinians were prohibited from using water resources without permission. In 1995, an Interim Agreement restricted Palestinian usage, including from private wells, leaving them dependent on annual precipitation.
 
Mostly from the Jordan Valley, water provided settlers lets them develop "intensive-farming methods" for year round use. The amounts are far more than allowed Palestinians, exacerbated because some wells are drying up while others produce less water.
 
As a result, Palestinians neglected some arable land and switched to less profitable crops elsewhere. Jericho governorate is especially hard hit, its available farmland to Palestinians the lowest in the West Bank at 4.7% compared to 25% on average elsewhere.
 
In the Jordan Valley overall, 209 operating Palestinian wells existed in 1967 compared to 89 today. Most are for agricultural use. They're not deep, ranging from dozens of meters to 200, in contrast to much deeper Israeli wells, accessing greater amounts of water.
 
In addition, the area contains 22 springs, dependent on rainfall to supply them. In recent years, little precipitation caused water levels to drop, and Jordan Valley Palestinians are prohibited from accessing springs elsewhere.
 
As a result, per capita Israeli settlements are allocated 487 liters a day, three to four times more than Palestinians depending on their Jordan Valley location. In addition, they pay triple the amount assessed settlers, and for communities not connected to a water system, six times that amount or half their monthly expenditures.
 
In fact, according to UN standards, water consumption in Bedouin communities amounts to minimum amounts needed to survive in humanitarian disaster areas.
 
Restrictions on Movement and Building
 
Despite calm in the Jordan Valley, Palestinian residents are separated from the rest of the West Bank. Four checkpoints restrict them - Tayasir, Hamra, Ma'ale Efrayim and Yitav, permitting only Israeli-recognized vehicles to pass. In addition, 18 other obstructions include six trenches over a 24.8 km area, eight dirt mounds, and four agricultural gates, forcing farmers and workers to wait hours at times to pass through.
 
As a result, normal life is seriously impeded, restricting access to educational, medical, and other essential facilities, as well as the ability to visit friends and family.
 
Moreover, Israel's planning policy severely restricts building and community development, prohibiting Palestinians from using over three-fourths of Jordan Valley/Dead Sea land. In fact, for years, Israel "prepared plans for only a tiny fraction of the Palestinian communities." Moreover, no new land for construction and development was allocated, severely restricting a growing population.
 
Building without permission on their own land assures demolition in violation of international law. Article 46 of the Hague regulations states private property must be respected and can't be confiscated. In addition, Fourth Geneva's Article 53 prohibits destroying personal property "except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations."
 
Israel also controls tourist areas, including the Dead Sea's northern shore, Wadi Qelt, the Qumran caves, the Ein Fashkha reserve springs, access to Jericho, and Qasr Alyahud where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
 
Exploiting Other Area Resources
 
Besides water, Israel controls fertile land, mineral resources, tourist sites, and cheap labor in spite of international law prohibitions and a 1983 High Court of Justice (HCJ) ruling that "area held in belligerent occupation is not an open field for economic exploitation." Like many other HCJ decisions, Israel ignored it, denying or restricting Palestinians access to their own resources.
 
In fact, the World Bank said if Palestinians had greater water access, agriculture (their main economic sector) would nearly double its share of current GDP and increase employment by 100,000, nearly twice today's level.
 
Moreover, if they had access to 50,000 more dunams of land and its water, they could develop a modern agricultural industry, generating about $1 billion annually and up to an additional 200,000 jobs.
 
In contrast, settlers engage in "intensive, year round, computerized," innovative farming, switching crops depending on domestic and export markets demand.
 
Israeli enterprises also exploit the area's resources. Examples include Ahava cosmetics using Dead Sea high-mineral content mud, Kochav Hashahar quarry extracting building materials, and Jordan Valley facilities treating Israel and settlements' wastewater, burying it on Palestinian land.
 
As a result, B'Tselem and other human rights groups condemn Israel's exploitative policies, an issue a May 18 Haaretz editorial touched on headlined, "Israeli policy will end up isolating it to the point of sanctions," saying:
 
Ahead of traveling to Washington, Neyanyahu addressed the Knesset, "sketch(ing) out a diplomatic plan devoid of vision and totally detached from the new reality developing in the region."
 
Offering no concessions, he made demands, including:
 
-- maintaining the status quo;
 
-- "demanding a military presence along the Jordan River;"
 
-- asserting the right to Judaize East Jerusalem;
 
-- demanding Palestinians recognize Israel "as the home of the Jewish people," effectively ordering them to renounce their culture and heritage, leave, or stay with no rights; and
 
-- cancel the Fatah/Hamas unity agreement as a condition for resumed negotiations.
 
As a result, his inflexibility and those around him may eventually subject Israel to "economic and cultural sanctions similar to those once imposed on apartheid South Africa."
 
Calling it "a slippery slope," Haaretz concluded saying Israelis will pay the price. Many others also if Netanyahu and other hardliners resort to familiar tactics, including belligerence, making a bad situation worse.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 22 September 2018 - 04:52 PM

UNSC passes resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building on occupied Palestinian land
 
 
 
 
23 December 2016.
 
 
 
 
The UN Security Council has passed a resolution demanding an end to the construction of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territories after the US abstained from voting. 
 
The resolution was introduced to the UNSC by New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal on Friday, a day after Egypt withdrew reportedly under pressure from Israel and US President-elect Donald Trump. 
 
Earlier, Trump and Israeli authorities also called on the US to veto the resolution. The document was eventually adopted with 14 of 15 UNSC members voting in favor. The US was the only nation to abstain from voting. 
 
It is the first resolution passed by the UNSC on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in almost eight years. 
 
The Israeli envoy to the UN Danny Danon criticized the US' decision to abstain. However, he expressed his confidence that the new US president would "no doubt" usher in a new era in UN-Israeli ties, as well as the new UN Secretary General. 
 
The US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power responded to the Israeli envoy's criticism by stressing that one "cannot champion settlements and the two state solution" at the same time. She went on to say that the US did not veto the resolution as it "reflects the facts on the ground and is consistent with US policy." 
 
Power also stressed that continued settlement building "undermines" Israel's own security. 
 
At the same time, Palestinians hailed the adoption of the resolution by the UNSC as a "day of victory." 
 
"This is a day of victory for international law, a victory for civilized language and negotiation and a total rejection of extremist forces in Israel," Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat told Reuters. 
 
Danon earlier said that the resolution served as "the condemnation of the sole democracy in the Middle East [Israel]." 
 
The UNSC was initially scheduled to vote on the resolution on Thursday but Egypt pulled its text at the last minute, postponing the vote until after the wrapup of the Arab League ministerial meeting in Cairo. According to Israel's Haaretz newspaper, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exerted heavy pressure on Egyptian President Abdel Sissi urging him to delay the vote. 
 
Meanwhile, US House Speaker Paul Ryan denounced US abstention by calling it "absolutely shameful" and describing it as a "blow to peace." The US Republican senator, John McCain, went further and said that the abstention in the UNSC vote made the US "complicit in this outrageous attack" against Israel, reported Reuters. 
 
The current Obama administration previously expressed its disapproval of Israeli settlement policies, which Tel Aviv has pursued since 1967. However, in 2011, Washington vetoed a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements. 
 
Israel occupied Palestinian territories in 1967. Now, more than 500,000 Israelis live in settlements built on occupied territories. Meanwhile, Palestinians have been seeking full independence for the occupied territories for decades and demand full recognition as a sovereign state from both the UN and the international community.
 
Comment:
 
Trump wants veto power for UN resolution on Israel
 
Netanyahu wants US to veto UNSC resolution condemning Israeli settlements - Trump agrees, calling resolution "extremely unfair" - Egypt postpones vote
 
And the crybabies are lashing out, predictably:
 
Israel has called in ambassadors from New Zealand and Senegal, the two countries that initiated the new UN Security Council resolution on settlements, for consultations, the Office of the Israeli Prime Minister informed in a statement. 
 
Israel's Foreign Ministry has been instructed to cancel all Senegal aid programs, the Friday statement says.
 
And, of course, Netanyahu has to put in his two cents:
 
Israel will not abide by the UN Security Council's demands for Tel Aviv to halt its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian lands, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. 
 
"Israel rejects this shameful anti-Israel resolution at the UN and will not abide by its terms," the statement from the PM's office said, according to Reuters. 
 
The Obama administration "failed to protect Israel against this gang-up at the UN," and what is even worse, "colluded with it behind the scenes," the statement added. 
 
In order to "negate the harmful effects of this absurd resolution," Israel is looking forward to working with President-elect Trump and with "all our friends in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike." 
 
Earlier, the Israeli ambassador to the council, Danny Danon slammed the vote as a "victory for terror, a victory for hatred and violence." 
 
"Who gave you the right to issue such a decree, denying our eternal rights in Jerusalem?" he added.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 08:39 AM

Israel Caught Harvesting Organs From Dead Syrians
 
 
 
 
 
July 24, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Israel has been caught harvesting organs from at least 18,000 innocent dead Syrian civilians since the outbreak of war in 2012. 
 
According to Damascus University, Israeli authorities routinely take the organs from dead Syrian children and adults and then sell them on the black market for use in organ transplants.
 
Awdnews.com reports: A 2001 BBC report disclosed that Israel per capita stands as the world's largest recipient nation for organ transplants yet is the country with the fewest organ donors.
 
The problem is additionally compounded by the fact that the Tel Aviv government including the Minister of Defense has historically encouraged the practice, only making organ harvesting and trafficking illegal in 2008.
 
For years the Israeli healthcare system subsidized transplant holidays up to $80,000 in reimbursement for organ recipients to travel abroad for transplants. Insurance carriers customarily paid the tab on all remaining costs.
 
Hughes has described Israel's leading role in the international crime syndicate that is "organized through a local business corporation in conjunction with a leading transplant surgeon, operating out of a major medical center not far from Tel Aviv." Additional connections include transplant surgeons in Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Estonia, Georgia, Romania, Brazil and New York City.
 
A 1984 law made human organ trafficking illegal in America. But the first case in the US occurred in July 2009 when an Israeli citizen living in New York who paid donors in Israel $10,000 was arrested trying to sell them for $120,000 each to three Americans in need of kidney transplants.
 
After making millions trafficking in kidneys, he was not deported because his crime was not deemed "of moral turpitude" and after the organ peddler served a brief two and a half year prison sentence, he was released in December 2014.
 
The convicted Israeli trafficker carried a gun on him and if he encountered misgivings by a potential donor, the kidney smuggler would allegedly point his finger at the donor's head simulating he was pulling the trigger.
 
His illegal racket became the biggest corruption case in New Jersey state history as it uncovered a money laundering scheme into the millions. A former state assemblyman who was the current NJ Commissioner of Consumer Affairs resigned over his involvement and the supervising FBI agent concluded:
 
New Jersey's corruption problem is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the country. Corruption is a cancer that is destroying the core values of this state and this great nation.
 
Last December another Israeli organ trafficker was arrested by Interpol police at the Istanbul airport. After forty days in Turkish custody, he was extradited back to Israel to face charges.
 
The organ smuggler had made arrangements to tap the large destitute Syrian migrant population in Turkey to coordinate illegal organ surgeries with local doctors in small private hospitals. He already had charges against him for his illicit operations amongst impoverished organ donors in Kosovo, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka from 2008-2014. He had also placed ads in Russian newspapers in search of potential donors.
 
As is typical, no information or medical follow-up is ever given to donor victims who often suffer complications. For example one boy in Kosovo was paralyzed after his kidney removal.
 
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Posted 23 September 2018 - 08:47 AM

Israel and ISIS
 
 
 
 
 
We Don't Want ISIS Defeated in Syria: Israeli Intel Chief
 
 
 
 
 
23 June 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
While Israel has stated in the past that it prefers ISIS over the Syrian government under Assad, Israeli military intelligence chief Major General Herzi Halevy has taken that assertion further, telling the Herzliya Conference this week that Israel does not, in fact, want to see the terrorist group defeated. 
 
Halevy told the conference that the last three months have been the "most difficult" for ISIS since they first declared a caliphate, and he was quoted by Israeli news sources as saying, "Israel does not want the situation in Syria to end with the defeat of [Daesh]." 
 
The Israeli general said that, "Withdrawal of the superpowers from the region and letting Israel alone in front of Hezbollah and Iran that possess good abilities will put 'Israel' in a hard position. Therefore, we've got to do all we can so as not finding ourselves in such situation." 
 
Israeli officials have repeatedly voiced support for the idea that the terrorists of Daesh conquer the entire Syria than the "Iran-allied" government. 
 
?Syria says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups operating inside the Arab country. 
 
The Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants. 
 
Late last year, British media released footage showing Israeli forces treating a wounded Takfiri terrorist in the occupied Golan Heights. 
 
The Israeli regime has saved over 2,000 Takfiri militants at the cost of about USD 13 million over the past three years, added the report of British newspaper Daily Mail published in December 2015. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 08:53 AM

Israel in Bed with Myanmar and Other Rogue States
 
 
 
 
 
October 27, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
One rogue state supports others - not at all surprising about Israel, terrorizing Palestinians ruthlessly, a daily assault on their rights and welfare.
 
Myanmar acts the same way against Rohingyas, slaughtering and ethnically cleansing them.
 
Despite a US/EU arms embargo on the country, banning "equipment which might be used for internal repression," Israel sells its regime advanced weapons, used for genocidal high crimes, minority Rohingya Muslims victimized by its ruthlessness.
 
Weapons sales include tanks, missiles, cannons, surveillance equipment, and high-speed Super-Dvora MK III patrol boats, among other items, valued at tens of millions of dollars. Part of the deal is training in Myanmar by Israeli weapons experts.
 
Last December, Israeli lawyers and human rights activists asked country's defense ministry to halt selling weapons to a regime, using them to terrorize its Rohingya population, adding:
 
"It is surprising that the state of Israel, while struggling for continued sanctions against Iran, has no qualms about ignoring the US and EU sanctions against (Myanmar) for the most severe crimes being committed there."
 
Israel's defense ministry lied, claiming arms sales to the country are "clearly diplomatic."
 
In 2015, Myanmar's armed forces chief General Min Aung Hlaing visited Israel on a mission to buy arms. Months before his visit, head of Israel's defense export department General Michel Ben Baruch traveled to Yangon, the nation's capital, to meet with its junta commanders.
 
Field-tested weapons against Palestinians are being sold to rogue state worldwide like Myanmar.
 
According to London-based International Crime Initiative director Penny Green, "(i)t's not at all surprising that the latest escalation in Myanmar's genocide of the Rohingya has not moved the Israeli state to cease its supply of weapons to Myanmar's military."
 
"Its own record of violence and terror against the Palestinian people of Gaza is clear enough evidence that the Israeli government is unmoved by ethical concerns and human rights."
 
On Sunday, Johathan Cook said human rights lawyer Eitay Mack petitioned Israeli courts multiple times to require its defense ministry to disclose its arms deals with Myanmar.
 
He hoped to "hasten war crimes investigations of the officials and contractors involved," said Cook.
 
"Many Western states sell arms, but what's unique about Israel is that, wherever war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed, you find Israel is present," said Mack, adding:
 
"The companies selling the weapons, and the officials who quietly approve the trade, must be held accountable. Otherwise, why would this ever stop?"
 
Israeli collusion with other rogue states is longstanding. "…Israeli defense officials approve 99.8 percent of all requests for arms export licenses," Cook explained.
 
Israel arms and munitions are likely to show up in virtually any conflict zone, large caches found in Syria - delivered to ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorists.
 
Cook cited Israeli genocide researcher Yair Auron, saying the country's arms sales to regimes like Myanmar are the equivalent of supplying them to Nazi Germany during the holocaust.
 
"These sales turn me and all Israelis into criminals, because they are sent in our name. We are abetting genocide," said Auron.
 
Cook quoted investigative journalist John Brown, saying Israel is a reliable arms supplier to nations unable to get them from America and Europe because of their horrific human rights record.
 
It's not an issue for Israel and it merchants of death and destruction.
 
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Posted 23 September 2018 - 09:14 AM

Israel's Nuclear Weapon Capability: An Overview  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Risk Report
 
Volume 2 Number 4 (July-August 1996).
 
Today, Israel is the world's sixth most powerful nuclear state, with a stockpile of more than 100 nuclear weapons and with the components and ability to build atomic, neutron and hydrogen bombs. Israel's nuclear program began and still operates under tight secrecy, but in the 1980s a series of revelations showed the crucial role played by foreign suppliers.
 
France launched Israel on the nuclear path in the late 1950s by building the Dimona reactor, which is still the source of Israel's plutonium--its main nuclear weapon fuel. The reactor's heavy water, essential to achieve a chain reaction, was supplied by Norway in 1959. In 1963, when the reactor started operation, the United States supplied four more tons of heavy water.
 
Israel got other nuclear help from the United States, which also supplied a small 5-megawatt (thermal) research reactor at Nahal Soreq. The reactor started in 1960, but cannot produce significant quantities of plutonium. Instead, the reactor offered an early training ground for Israeli nuclear technicians. Later in the 1960s, Israel was widely thought to have smuggled more than 100 kilograms of highly enriched uranium out of a nuclear materials plant in Pennsylvania.
 
France's contribution
 
Franco-Israeli nuclear cooperation is described in detail in the book "Les Deux Bombes" (1982) by French journalist Pierre Pean, who gained access to the official French files on Dimona. The book revealed that the Dimona's cooling circuits were built two to three times larger than necessary for the 26-megawatt reactor Dimona was supposed to be--proof that it had always been intended to make bomb quantities of plutonium. The book also revealed that French technicians had built a plutonium extraction plant at the same site. According to Pean, French nuclear assistance enabled Israel to produce enough plutonium for one bomb even before the 1967 Six Day War. France also gave Israel nuclear weapon design information.
 
In 1986, Francis Perrin, high commissioner of the French atomic energy agency from 1951 to 1970, was quoted in the press as saying that France and Israel had worked closely together for two years in the late 1950s to design an atom bomb. Perrin said that the United States had agreed that the French scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project could apply their knowledge at home provided they kept it secret. But then, Perrin said, "We considered we could give the secrets to Israel provided they kept it a secret themselves." He added: "We thought the Israeli bomb was aimed against the Americans, not to launch it against America but to say 'if you don't want to help us in a critical situation we will require you to help us, otherwise we will use our nuclear bombs.'"
 
U.S. intelligence reports
 
After the United States discovered the Dimona reactor in 1960, U.S. nuclear specialists inspected Dimona every year from 1965 through 1969, looking for signs of nuclear weapon production. It is not clear what they found, but in 1968 the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) reported to President Lyndon Johnson its conclusion that Israel had already made an atomic bomb. In 1969, Israel limited inspection visits by U.S. scientists to such an extent that the Americans complained in writing. Without explanation, the Nixon administration ended the visits the following year.
 
The CIA continued to report on Israel's nuclear weapon progress during the 1970s. In a September 1974 memorandum, "Prospects for Further Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons," the CIA cited "Israeli acquisition of large quantities of uranium, partly by clandestine means" as further evidence that "Israel already has produced nuclear weapons." The CIA also cited Israeli missile development as evidence that Israel had made nuclear weapons--the CIA said the Jericho made little sense as a conventional missile and was "designed to accommodate nuclear warheads." In a February 1976 report to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, CIA Deputy Director for Science and Technology Carl Duckett reported that Israel was already making bombs with plutonium produced in its Dimona reactor.
 
Israeli deployment and possible test
 
According to a detailed account contained in Time magazine, Israel assembled about a dozen bombs and readied them for use during the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war. The bombs could have been delivered by aircraft or missiles. In 1974, Israeli President Ephraim Katzir said that "it has always been our intention to develop a nuclear potential ... We now have that potential." This remark was followed five years later by a spectacular and still controversial event.
 
On September 22, 1979, an American "Vela" satellite detected a distinctive double flash off the southern coast of Africa. The satellite data, together with other information from U.S. intelligence sources, offered strong evidence that the flash had been caused by a low-yield nuclear explosion. Defense Department and State Department officials pointed out that this was only the 42nd time that a satellite of this type had registered such a signal; and in the first 41 cases, according to these officials, the Vela had correctly detected atmospheric nuclear tests. A State Department official later told the Washington Post: "Look, the Vela satellite picked up a signature like this 41 times before. In every one of those 41 instances, there was never any question about the fact that a nuclear test had taken place. Each of those 41 was undeniably a nuclear explosion. This was, too."
 
A 1979 CIA memorandum stated that "of all the countries which might have been responsible for the 22 September event, Israel would probably have been the only one for which a clandestine approach would have been virtually its only option." The CIA also observed that Israelis had participated in South African nuclear research during the preceding several years.
 
In June 1980, the CIA reported to the National Security Council that a 2-3 kiloton nuclear test had taken place at the time and place of the Vela reading, and that it had probably involved Israel and South Africa. However, a panel of scientific experts assembled by the Carter White House analyzed the technical data and concluded that the information was too ambiguous to prove that the event was a nuclear test.
 
In 1981, after Israeli planes destroyed Iraq's Osirak reactor (also built by France), former Defense and Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan told the New York Times: "We do have the capacity to produce nuclear weapons, and if the Arabs are willing to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East, then Israel should not be too late in having nuclear weapons, too."
 
Israel's continuing need for imports was revealed in 1985, when Los Angeles businessman Richard Smyth was indicted for smuggling to Israel 810 krytrons, high-speed electronic switches used as nuclear weapon detonators. The krytrons were shipped between 1979 and 1983 to an Israeli firm under contract to the government for defense work. The Israeli Ministry of Defense returned only 469 of the krytrons, and Smyth vanished a week before he was to appear for trial. Records obtained by NBC News from Smyth's firm, Milco International, also showed that two related firms, Heli Trading and Milchan Brothers, both owned by Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan, ordered large quantities of missile-related equipment and materials between 1977 and 1982. Among the nuclear items listed were the 810 krytrons, plus neutron generators, high-speed oscilloscopes and high-voltage condensers.
 
Vanunu's disclosures
 
In September 1986, Mordecai Vanunu, an Israeli arms technician who had worked at the secret Dimona site for eight years, provided the world with the first detailed account of Israel's nuclear weapon progress. He provided almost 60 color photographs to the London Sunday Times of what he said was Israel's underground bomb factory. He also described Israel's nuclear weapon production techniques in an account accepted by weapons experts on both sides of the Atlantic. According to Vanunu's data, the solid plutonium spheres for Israel's nuclear weapons weighed 4.4 kilograms. He also said that Israel had produced 100 to 200 advanced fission bombs by 1986, had mastered a thermonuclear design, and appeared to have a number of thermonuclear bombs ready for use.
 
Vanunu's photographs also showed the processing of what appeared to be large hollow hemispheres of lithium deuteride--parts for a thermonuclear bomb with a destructive power of about 200 kilotons. According to Vanunu, other Dimona products included copper hemispheres, into which the plutonium was sealed, and beryllium neutron reflectors, which reduced the amount of plutonium required to achieve a nuclear explosion. Dimona was also making the thermonuclear bomb ingredients tritium and deuterium. Vanunu reported that the plutonium spheres and bomb components from Dimona were taken at regular intervals by convoy with armed escorts to an airfield near Haifa for assembly.
 
Experts' conclusions
 
Theodore Taylor, a highly respected former U.S. weapon designer, reviewed Vanunu's claims in detail. Taylor concluded that Israel's thermonuclear weapon designs appeared to be "less complex than those of other nations," and "not capable of producing yields in the megaton or higher range." Nevertheless, "they may produce at least several times the yield of fission weapons with the same quantity of plutonium or highly enriched uranium." In other words, Israel could "boost" the yield of its nuclear fission weapons. According to Taylor, the uncertainties involved in the process of boosting required more than theoretical analysis for full confidence in the weapons' performance. Taylor therefore concluded that Israel had "unequivocally" tested a miniaturized nuclear device.
 
In 1987, the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), which does Pentagon-funded research, released a Pentagon-sponsored report confirming that Israel was still conducting extensive research in the technology required for the design and fabrication of nuclear weapons. According to the report, Israel's facilities at Soreq and Dimona have the same mission as the Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories in the United States. IDA reported that Israel was developing the computer "codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs.... However, it is doubtful they have the codes to completely design such devices." The report concluded that as of 1987, "the Israelis are roughly where the U.S. was in the fission weapon field in about 1955 to 1960."
 
Since 1988, Israel has been trying to buy supercomputers that would allow it to speed up its nuclear weapon calculations by a factor of one hundred. Supercomputers can simulate the implosive shock waves that detonate nuclear warheads, calculate the multiplication of neutrons in an explosive chain reaction, and solve the equations of state that describe the behavior of nuclear explosives (plutonium and high-enriched uranium) under high temperature and pressure--all essential problems for nuclear weapon design. Although it is possible to develop unsophisticated nuclear weapons with less powerful computers, supercomputers are particularly valuable to countries such as Israel that seek to avoid conducting nuclear tests. They also can be used for missile design by modeling the forces acting on a flying body, such as the heat and shock waves encountered by a long-range missile reentering the atmosphere.
 
In January 1992, Israel's Technion University procured two "parallel" computers capable of reaching supercomputer speeds from the U.K. company Meiko Scientific Ltd.. The sale effectively circumvented U.S.- and Japanese-imposed restrictions for countries that had not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). But in November 1994, the United States approved the sale of nine supercomputers to Israel: two from Cray Research, five from IBM and two from Silicon Graphics. (The speeds of the nine computers ranged from 1,071 to 6,796 MTOPS.) The end-users--Technion University, Hebrew University and the Weizmann Institute--all have links to Israel's nuclear and missile programs. U.S. officials opposed to the sales were concerned that Israel would get a boost in computing power to work on a major engineering problem: shrinking thermonuclear warheads to fit on long-range missiles.
 
 
 
 

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 09:23 AM

Israeli Gunboats on Way to Hijack Gaza-Bound Women's Boat
 
 
 
 
 
05 October 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
A few hours before the Zaytouna boat reaches Gaza shores, a cry for help has been launched by onboard activists to guarantee their safe arrival to the coastal territory.
 
With Israeli threats materializing on the ground, the International Committee to Break the Siege on Gaza appealed for guaranteeing women onboard al-Zaytouna a safe arrival to Gaza shores without being hijacked by Israel.
 
A fleet of Israeli gunboats has, meanwhile, set sail from the Ashdod Harbor in an attempt to intercept the Zaytouna solidarity boat.
 
The American activists onboard the ship appealed to the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to deter Israel from attacking the boat. However, they were told by the embassy that the occupation navy has received instructions to commandeer the boat right as it approaches Gaza shores and to tow it to the Ashdod Seaport. In case of any defiance, activists will be arrested.
 
Israeli gunboats docked in Ashdod navigated to international waters so as to force Zaytouna to backtrack.
 
The international anti-siege committee dubbed Israel's projected takeover of the boat an infringement of international laws and parliamentary immunity and also a crime against peaceful activists that do not pose any threat to Israel.
 
The committee's chairman Zaher Birawi called on activists around the world to launch a solidarity campaign via social media in the event of an Israeli assault.
 
A similar Gaza-bound aid flotilla ended in tragedy in 2010 when the Turkish "Mavi Marmara" aid ship was raided by Israeli commandos, who killed 10 Turkish activists.
 
Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has groaned under a crippling Israeli/Egyptian blockade that has deprived its almost two million inhabitants of most basic commodities, including food, fuel, medicine and desperately-needed building materials.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 23 September 2018 - 09:35 AM

BBC bias: the Gaza Freedom Flotilla
 
 
 
 
 
11 September 2010.
 
 
 
 
 
BBC bending truth for Israel
 
Whatever happened on the Mavi Marmara on the morning of 31 May  2010, the BBC's Panorama team failed to give a balanced view of it in its so-called documentary, 'Death in the Med'. Even the title sounds more like that of a paperback mystery, rather than a serious analysis of Israel's worst atrocity since Operation Cast Lead.
 
Documentaries should be truthful and informative and expand our understanding of situations and events; their content should be rigorously checked for errors in statements which are presented as facts and conjecture, and the personal opinions of their writers and presenters should be explicitly identified as such.
 
But 'Death in the Med' failed any test based on those parameters.
 
The BBC's television and radio services reach an audience measured in hundreds of millions, worldwide, but are primarily funded by taxes and licence fees paid by the British public; not by Israel or its influential friends. The BBC's biased and often untruthful treatment of Israel's worst atrocity since Operation Cast Lead should trigger a public enquiry about who is really in charge of one of the most influential broadcaster's on the planet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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