Sunday, April 23, 2017

3 Syrian forces killed in fresh Israeli attack on military camp

Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:11AM
The photo shows the site of an Israeli attack on a military camp run by pro-Damascus forces near Quneitra, Syria, April 23, 2017.
The photo shows the site of an Israeli attack on a military camp run by pro-Damascus forces near Quneitra, Syria, April 23, 2017.
Three Syrian forces have been killed in a fresh Israeli attack on a military camp near the southwestern city of Quneitra, a military official says.
The attack hit the al-Fawwar camp on Sunday, wounding two others, the unnamed official told the French news agency AFP. 
It was not clear whether the assault was an airstrike or shelling. The attack comes after Israel struck a Syrian army position in the province of Quneitra on the Golan plateau on Friday, "causing damage."
A Syrian military source told the official SANA news agency that the Israeli aggression came after an attempt by terrorists to infiltrate military positions in Quneitra was foiled and the assailants suffered heavy losses.
The Israeli military confirmed the raid in a statement, saying it was conducted shortly after three mortar shells allegedly fired from Syria hit an open area in the northern occupied Golan Heights.
The Tel Aviv regime regularly hits positions held by the Syrian army in the Golan Heights, claiming that the attacks are retaliatory. Syria says the raids aim to help Takfiri militants fighting against government forces. 
An image from Arab social media alleges to show an Israeli strike in Syria, Dec. 7, 2014. 
In the past, the Syrian army has confiscated Israeli-made arms and military equipment from terrorists fighting the government forces. There are also reports that Tel Aviv has been treating the extremists wounded in Syria.
Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.
The regime has built tens of illegal settlements in the area ever since and used the region to carry out military operations against the Syrian government.
Army advances against militants
Separately on Sunday, Syrian forces recaptured Halfaya town in the west-central Hama Province, the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV channel reported.
Meanwhile, pro-opposition media reported fierce clashes between the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern countryside of Hama.
US defense officials also told Fox News that the Daesh terrorist group is now centered in the city of Dayr al-Zawr, some 144 kilometers southeast of Raqqah, the Takfiri outfit’s de facto capital in Syria.
They said that US military drones have watched hundreds of Daesh “bureaucrats” or administrators, leaving Raqqah in the past two months.
Source: http://presstv.com/Detail/2017/04/23/519106/Syria-Israel-Quneitra

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trump administration one-sided on Israeli/Palestinian issues at the expense of Palestinian rights

Zionist Zealots Make US Policy on Israel/Palestine

Zionist Zealots Make US Policy on Israel/Palestine…
by Stephen Lendman

Trump administration Zionist zealots, with close AIPAC ties, one-sidedly serve Israeli interests at the expense of Palestinian rights.

US administrations always were one-sided on Israeli/Palestinian issues, Trump shaping up to be worse than his predecessors.

In late 2016, PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi called Israel “the most racist, hardline extremist violent (regime) in history.” She should have explained it’s exceeded only by America.



When Palestinians defend their rights, they’re automatically called “terrorists,” she said. They’re attacked, arrested, imprisoned, tortured or murdered in cold blood.
Their family homes are demolished. When soldiers and settlers terrorize Palestinians, accountability almost never follows – state terrorism legitimized against a defenseless population.

On Saturday, Ashrawi said Zionist  zealous settlers make Trump administration policy on Israel.

“We used to say there were settlers in the Israeli coalition borne of the far right that detests Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims,” she explained.

“But today we say there are settlers inside the White House. The administration has adopted the extreme Israeli position to the right of Netanyahu…support(ing)” unlimited settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land.

In March, Trump and longtime Israeli collaborator Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone, discussing a date for them to meet in Washington.

Trump and Zionist zealots infesting his administration outrageously claim settlements aren’t “an impediment to peace.”

Talks were dead-on-arrival each time initiated. Prospects under Trump for achieving what never was accomplished before are nil.

The so-called peace process is a fabricated hoax. Israel and US administrations reject it, wanting unconditional Palestinian surrender, denying its people self-determination or equal rights as citizens of the state of Israel or Palestine for all its people – Jews, Muslims, Christians and others, one nation for all its people.

Addressing the National Press Club on March 24, Ashrawi said whenever there’s talk about peace, the Israeli Lobby always influences things “every step of the way,” serving Israeli interests at the expense of Palestinian rights.

AIPAC is most extremist and influential. “Israeli apologists and spin doctors” prevent longstanding conflict resolution.

Zionist Christian fascists believe “Palestinians have no right to exist because” they stand “in the way of…the fulfillment of prophecy,” said Ashrawi.

Various other organizations are one-sidedly pro-Israel. “Now we have people in the White House who are not only lobbyists and advocates but who are active supporters of settlements.”

“So it’s not enough to have settlers in the Israeli coalition government. Now you have (them) in the White House.”

“So they don’t need to lobby. They are decision makers. So that’s what’s happening. That frames in terms of influence the peace process with this revolving door.”

Either they’re “influencing policy or…making” it. “That’s why American policy (is) so distorted.” Misinformation, alternative facts and myths substitute for hard reality.

Over a hundred years from Balfour to occupation to Oslo to today, Palestinians were and continue being ruthlessly brutalized, terrorized, exploited and cheated.
Hopes for constructive change under Trump are nil. Expect worse ahead, not improvement.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, has openly criticized President Trump for attacking Syria without evidence



The Strange Case of Tulsi Gabbard and other Tales of Terror


45234123123In 1968, Democratic Senator Robert Kennedy, an anti-war candidate, was the front-runner in the presidential race. The party had revolted against President Johnson, forcing him to drop out of contention, and America got behind an anti-war candidate who surged ahead in the polls. He was quickly murdered.

Americans had gotten used to this solution being used, after all we had lost his brother John and Martin Luther King. The least well-kept secret at the time was that organized crime along with the oil and defense industries ran Washington and would murder anyone that got in their way.




There are more players to consider but little has changed, no, it has actually gotten much worse. There is a modern day “Robert Kennedy” out there, it’s Tulsi Gabbard, under attack by the jackals in Washington, perhaps not a big enough target, not yet anyway, for them to kill. We must wait and see.

One member of congress, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, stands alone against those crying for war with Syria, Russia and Iran. Only Gabbard, has openly criticized President Trump for attacking Syria without evidence.

Gabbard is a major in the Hawaii National Guard, has served two tours in Iraq and unlike General Michael Flynn, Tulsi Gabbard is a decorated combat veteran and wears the Combat Medical Badge.

Only those who serve in active ground combat can wear this device on their uniform, as with its partner award, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge or the Combat Action Ribbon for Marines and Navy, a device I wear.

Flynn wears 4 bronze star medals for “efficiency” but has no combat experience despite the fact he continually refers to his experience “fighting for his country.” I mention Flynn but there are many others as well. Even the much-decorated Senator John McCain has a total of 14 minutes in the air over enemy territory, before being shot down.

After that, during his incarceration, McCain made 32 anti-American radio broadcasts for the North Vietnamese and helped train air defense units and supplied them with intelligence, per Army intelligence Colonel Earl Hopper Sr. and Marine Sgt. Major John Holland.

It is McCain that has met repeatedly with not only Turkish backed rebels and ISIS leaders as well, including just prior to the most recent sarin attacks. These same McCain backed groups were proven to be responsible for the 2013 Ghouta attack killing 1300, a fact the US has chosen to “spin” out of existence.

Backing McCain is Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, a Colonel in the South Carolina National Guard, promoted to that rank with no active service over combat pilots who waited for years. Graham, a long suspected homosexual, is alleged, by pilots I have interviewed, to use his rank and position primarily for sexual liaisons with lower ranking airmen.

I mention McCain and Graham because this is the military leadership of congress, these are the experts at war, they choose the weapons, they pick the enemies, these are America’s “great men” of the 20th and 21st century. What is the saying?

“When the sun is low in the sky, even dwarves cast long shadows.”

Joining this class of politician are military leaders of the Vietnam and later era, whose combat service involved helicopter visits to the front with reporters in tow, perhaps waving around a pearl handled revolver and keeping that chin erect like Mussolini. Then it was back to the palace, these “perfumed princes of the Pentagon” as VT’s Colonel David Hackworth called them (a 3-war combat veteran).

Crushing Gabbard is vital for Washington. Gabbard met with Trump, then president elect Trump, on November 21, 2016. Curiously, I had submitted her name to Syria when they asked me for the name of a member of congress that could act as liaison with Trump based on his campaign promises to work closer with Damascus. Call it coincidence.

We chose Gabbard because of her progressive politics but also because we knew Trump would meet with her. Gabbard is also female and quite beautiful by any standard. The world was going to have to learn to work with Trump’s weaknesses, lusting for women is one, betrayal is another but we will get into that later.

Of Americans, I am probably best informed on Syria and am the “go to” guy even for those who are of differing beliefs or politics here. I have a dark cynical nature and decades of intelligence training.

Suffice it to say, the real Syria under Assad is a complex place. Assad is hardly a brutal dictator. He is popular with a majority of Syrians and could well lead a nation as part of a coalition government. He inherited power after his brother was murdered by the Mossad in a “Lady Di” car wreck, what the CIA refers to under the code name “Boston brakes.”

Assad is a political moderate and reformer who never sought public office. He is a trained physician who worked in London, had many Jewish friends there, was rather popular and is married to a former bond salesperson who worked for a Rothschild controlled bank.

What Assad found in Syria was dictatorship, corruption and inefficiency. What he also found was a nation assailed on all sides, a situation that got only worse as time got on. In fact, no leader has survived this long under this kind of pressure. This could only be possible with massive public support.

But, to be realistic, Syria’s government is in drastic need of reform, though not nearly as bad as Washington. The government in Damascus, to a political analyst, deeply parallels its neighbor Israel as to political makeup and function. Israel deteriorated into one-party rule as Russian immigrants by the hundreds of thousands were brought in and settled in the occupied West Bank, as hostages to guarantee continued control of Israel by Netanyahu’s Likudist extremists, long partnered with the Saudi Royal Family.

The current insane political climate in Washington is exacerbated by the inflow of cash from Saudi, Israeli and Turkish criminal groups, I am calling the Saudi Royals a “criminal group” based on their complicity in the 9/11 attack mind you. Cooperating with them is the war lobby and a strange network of neo-Nazis and evangelical Christians obsessed with hatred of African Americans and women.

Gabbard, in her demands for a real investigation has gone against all of this. What is frightening is that she alone remembers the depredations of the Bush regime and their attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq based on wild conspiracy theories that “out-crazy” even Trump’s ravings. In fact, Trump is a moderate compared to Bush 43. Both, on paper at least, look to be well educated, were born into money and as events materialized, were shown to be unfit intellectually and emotionally for leadership.

What Gabbard has proven is that foreign influence, combined with Saudi cash and the intelligence agencies of Israel and Turkey who have been “honey-trapping” DC politicians for decades, rule America and control both major political parties.


What she has also proven, a dark message indeed, is that America may well be the “evil empire” that Reagan warned about, and may well have birthed into existence through Iran Contra and endless “deal with the devil” decisions fed by his own lack of qualifications and real leadership. Suffice it to say that until America dispels the myth of Reagan and his blind belligerence, massive failure, massive corruption buried by fake history, America will only know war.

Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”
http://journal-neo.org/2017/04/16/the-strange-case-of-tulsi-gabbard-and-other-tales-of-terror/

A Tale of Two Syrian Narratives One of is backed by evidence, the other is not.

A Tale of Two Syrian Narratives One of is backed by evidence, the other is not.

There are two contradictory narratives surrounding the Syrian conflict. One of these is backed by evidence, the other is not.






Sargon of Akkad

Published on Apr 15, 2017




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Israel must end ‘unlawful and cruel’ policies towards Palestinian prisoners

Amnesty : Israel must end ‘unlawful and cruel’ policies towards Palestinian prisoners



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Israel’s decades-long policy of detaining Palestinians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza in prisons inside Israel and depriving them of regular family visits is not only cruel but also a blatant violation of international law, said Amnesty International, ahead of a mass prisoner’s hunger strike beginning next week to mark Palestinian Prisoner’s Day on 17 April.
Testimonies gathered by the organization from family members and Palestinian prisoners detained in the Israeli prison system shed light on the suffering endured by families who in some cases have been deprived from seeing their detained relatives for many years.
“Israel’s ruthless policy of holding Palestinian prisoners arrested in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in prisons inside Israel is a flagrant violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. It is unlawful and cruel and the consequences for the imprisoned person and their loved ones, who are often deprived from seeing them for months, and at times for years on end, can be devastating,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.


“Instead of unlawfully transferring prisoners outside the occupied territories, Israel must ensure all Palestinians arrested there are held in prisons and detention centres in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Until then, the Israeli authorities must stop imposing excessive restrictions on visitation rights as a means of punishing prisoners and their families, and ensure that conditions fully meet international standards.”
Palestinian prisoners preparing to embark on next week’s large scale hunger strike are making a series of demands including calling for an end to Israel’s restrictions on visits and contact with family members. Palestinian detainees held on security grounds are barred from making phone calls to their families. The hunger strike was announced by imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi. A number of other political parties and prisoners have announced they will be joining the strike.
Under international humanitarian law, detainees from occupied territories must be detained in the occupied territory, not in the territory of the occupying power. They must also be allowed to receive visitors, especially near relatives, at regular intervals and as frequently as possible.
According to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, a non-governmental organization, there are currently 6,500 Palestinian prisoners, including at least 300 children, detained on security-related grounds in Israeli-run prisons and detention facilities. All but one of the 17 facilities are located inside Israel.
The vast majority of prisoners are men, 57 are women, including 13 girls under the age of 18. Thirteen of those imprisoned are Palestinian Legislative Council members. At least 500 people are held without charge or trial in administrative detention, a practice which flouts safeguards required by international law to prevent arbitrary detention.
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Commission spokesperson Hasan Abed Rabbo said at least 1,000 prisoners are prohibited from receiving family visits on “security grounds”. He added that currently there are around 15-20 prisoners held in isolation, who are banned from any contact with other prisoners and family visits.
“Ahmed” a 32-year-old from Hebron currently held in administrative detention in Ketziot prison in the Negev/ Naqab desert, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, has only had one family visit despite spending five and a half years in an Israeli prison on and off between 2005 and 2017.
He told Amnesty International he was joining the mass hunger strike in the hope that it will pressure the authorities to allow his 70-year-old mother, who has been repeatedly denied a permit, to visit him. He said he had been arrested seven times in total. His administrative detention order is up for renewal on 29 July.
“I have had one family visit while in jail. In 2006 my mother and father were able to visit me because my father was sick. He was 75 then, it was the last time I saw him. He died while I was in prison,” he said.“No one can visit me, my mother is in her seventies and she is denied a permit for security reasons…I don’t know when I will be released or how long I will be in prison for, I want to be able to see my family.
The Israeli authorities are using the permits to punish me… I don’t know how long [my mother] has [left] and if I will be able to see her if or when I am released.”
Najat al-Agha, a 67-year-old woman from Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, told Amnesty International that her son, Dia al-Agha, 43, has been imprisoned in Israel for the past 25 years. At the age of 19 he was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on murder charges.
He is being held in Nafha prison in Mitzpe Ramon in the south.“I don’t know why I get rejected. I am 67 years old. What security threat am I to Israel? All I want is to see him and make sure he is well. I don’t know how long I will live, any visit can be my last. I am scared of dying without seeing him,” his mother said.
“Every time I apply for a permit I get rejected. It is almost a year that I haven’t seen my son, it is devastating. They are punishing us, they are trying to break us.”
According to Israeli Prison Service regulations all prisoners are entitled to family visits once every two weeks. However, in reality, because Palestinians from the Occupied Palestinian Territories must apply for permits to enter Israel, they can visit much less frequently.
The Israeli Prison Service regulations also allow the authorities to rescind a prisoner’s right to family visits on security grounds.
Gaza prisoners continue to be most affected by Israeli restrictions as the Israeli military grants permits to families from the Strip only once every two months.
This policy affects around 365 prisoners from Gaza currently detained in Israel. In addition, Hamas prisoners along with other prisoners living in the same prison wings, are only permitted one monthly visit, irrespective of where they come from.
Since 1969 the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been responsible for mediating and facilitating all aspects related to family visits for prisoners from the West Bank and Gaza without any logistical or financial assistance by Israel. West Bank and Gaza residents apply though the ICRC to receive permits and rely on them to arrange transportation to the prisons in agreement with the Israeli Prison Service. In July 2016, the ICRC reduced the number of visits coordinated for prisoners’ families from the West Bank from two, to one a month. An ICRC representative told Amnesty International that the decision was taken in order to better manage ICRC resources due to low family attendance for visits.
The reduction does not affect women, children and hospitalized prisoners and since then, the ICRC has introduced three additional annual visits for all prisoners, during major holidays.
“Reham” (not her real name), a 27-year-old Palestinian woman from Ramallah whose brother has been imprisoned in Israel for 15 years, was 12 when he was arrested. He is serving a 30-year prison term and is currently held at in Hadarim detention facility.
She said that the uncertainty of waiting for the outcome of an application for a visitors permit had placed considerable strain on her family.
Since October 2016 “Reham” was denied regular permits on security grounds, she now has to renew her permit following every visit. Her sick mother was only allowed to visit her brother twice in four years before she passed away. He was not permitted to attend the funeral.
According to Addameer Association, for most West Bank residents visiting detained relatives the journey to prison takes between eight to 15 hours depending on the prison and place of residence. Relatives of prisoners are subjected to lengthy body searches and sometimes strip searches.
“The Israeli authorities play with our emotions, they torture us and punish us. They try to break us to tire us, so that we would want to visit our relatives less because of all the humiliation, searches, abuse and insults by soldiers or prison guards,” “Reham” said.
In addition to calling for lifting restrictions on family visits, the hunger striking prisoners are making a series of demands including calling for an improvement of access to medical care; calls for increasing visit duration from 45 to 90 minutes; calls from women prisoners for family visits without glass barriers to allow mothers to hold their children; an improvement in detention conditions including easing restrictions on the entry of books, clothing, food and other gifts from family members; restoring some educational facilities; and installing phones to enable prisoners to communicate with their families.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Top Rabbi Exposes Jewish Racism Syria and Palestine's depressing truth of Jewish Zionism and Extremist Racism


Top Rabbi Exposes Jewish Racism
Syria and Palestine's depressing truth of Jewish Zionism and Extremist Racism 





Senior Jewish leader lets the cat out of the bag of what Jews really think of non-Jews. The depressing truth of Jewish supremacism and their extremist racism and utter contempt for the non-Jew "goy cattle" is revealed. If you are a Christian, you should open your eyes and realise how much Jews hate you and how much they hate our Jesus Christ, and why you should not be defending racist Antichrist Jews in any way, shape or form. 

Talmudic Judaism has long been an enemy of Jesus Christ and Christians. It is ignorance and foolishness for Christians to support the Zionist State of Israel or the Jewish religion which is based primarily on the blasphemous and hate filled Pharisaic Babylonian Talmud and not the Old Testament. 

Additional excellent and shocking scholarly material revealing what the Talmudic Jews really teach and think about the non-Jew world is linked below. This is especially relevant and important for Christians and anyone else seeking the truth about current world conditions and their outcome: 

The site is temporarily down, but you can still view in from the archives: http://web.archive.org/web/2005020702...




Selling Unjust Wars Requires "Neo-Cons" Inventing "Fake Enemies"

Inventing Enemies, Manipulating Public Opinion, Selling Escalated War on Syria




Selling war requires inventing enemies, fear-mongering, substituting fake news for truth-telling, manipulating public opinion, and manufacturing consent.



Media (MSM) play along, feeding the public a steady diet of managed news misinformation, suppressing full and accurate reporting – featuring state-sponsored press agent journalism instead of the real thing, most people none the wiser.

Since GHW Bush’s 1991 Gulf War, America raped and destroyed Iraq, Somalia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Yemen. 
It colluded with Kiev’s war on Donbass, partnered in three Israeli wars on Gaza, and toppled governments in Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, Ukraine, Egypt and Brazil, along with other coup attempts.
Obama terror-bombed seven countries, destabilized others. Hostile Sino/Russia policies risk nuclear war. In the last generation alone, US aggression caused millions of casualties, endless chaos and horrific human suffering.
Trump so far continues reckless policies of his predecessors, escalating wars instead of ending them. 
His April 7 naked aggression on Syria appears prelude for greater war, risking direct confrontation with Russia.
Neocons infesting Trump’s administration lied, claiming Moscow knew about the April 4 Kahn Sheikhoun CW attack in advance, AP News reported, citing an unnamed senior US official.
The accusation is false, yet AP reported it with no due diligence checking, saying
“(t)he official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on intelligence matters and demanded anonymity.” 
The source claimed a Russian drone overflew a Syrian hospital, treating CW attack victims. Hours later,
“a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in what American officials believe was an attempt to cover up the usage of chemical weapons.”
Fact: No evidence suggests Syrian responsible for the Khan Sheikhoun attack.
Fact: No evidence suggests either Russian or Syrian aircraft bombed any hospital any time during over six years of conflict.
Fact: AP’s report is fake news, part of a campaign to build public support for escalated US aggression on Syria.
Fact: As president and commander-in-chief of America’s military, Trump bears full responsibility for ongoing US wars of aggression – the highest of high crimes against peace.
On April 8, investigative journalist Mike Cernovich said National Security Advisor McMaster “is manipulating intelligence reports given” Trump.
“He’s plotting…a massive ground war” on Syria, aided by former CIA director/convicted felon General David Petraeus.
“The McMaster-Petraeus plan calls for 150,000 American ground troops in Syria. Many special operations veterans including General Joseph Votel have raised serious concerns about McMaster’s plans for Syria.”
“Sources also suggest that McMaster is sharing classified information with Petraeus, whose security clearance was revoked.”
Other administration officials oppose the diabolical McMaster/Petraeus plan. If Trump buys it, “America will find itself in another massive” regional war.
A Final Comment
On Monday, The Hill cited an unnamed senior administration official, disputing the claim about alleged Russian foreknowledge of the April 4 CW attack, saying:
“At this time, there is no US intelligence community consensus that Russia” knew about the CW attack in advance, adding:
We don’t have positive accountability yet, but the fact that somebody would strike the hospital potentially to hide the evidence of a chemical attack, about five hours after, is a question that we’re very interested in.”
Neither Russia nor Syria had anything to do with what likely was a CIA-orchestrated incident to enlist support for escalated war.


It’s likely coming with potentially dreadful consequences.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com