Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Resistance Axis Won in Syria, Farewell to Arms

Syrian Army
Syria is heading towards a comprehensive settlement.
Farewell to arms.
Syria is on a new path, and it is witnessing a major shift from battlefield to political negotiations, and intensified diplomacy.
The liberation of Deir Ezzor from the Takfiri ISIL group has ushered in a new era where political settlement would be brought to the forefront. This does not necessarily mean that military battles have been dashed away. We might be still heading to the mother of all battles in the remaining part of Deir Ezzor area, as many of ISIL foreign fighters would be sieged with no hope to go anywhere or to be part of any settlement. This would leave them with only one choice, fighting till death, especially that some senior cadres and higher leaderships of the Takfiris are among them there.
At any rate, the battle there would necessarily end with ISIL defeat.
Now the whole political spectrum has been shuffled, and all are anticipating a two year political settlement which will start with a transitional period. The main headlines would include the following:
– Dr. Bashar Al-Assad continues to be the head of the Syrian state.
– The integrity and unity of the Syrian soil would be definitely preserved.
– The reconciliation process will continue to take place, yet with a faster pace and wider space.
– Al-Nusra and ISIL would be necessarily eliminated from the Syrian geography as two main terrorist groups.
– Astana negotiations have reached tangible results starting from the above points.
Of course, the negotiations will continue and the liquidation of remaining terrorists pockets and enclaves too.
To sum up the argument, Syria has started a new process of reconciliation and reconstruction where the upper hand should be for the winning party. Doubtlessly, this is the resistance axis that stretches from Tehran to Palestine.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

How Hezbollah Came to Dominate Information Warfare: Israeli Media

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
Long time ago Hezbollah began significantly investing in propaganda, and laid the groundwork for the effective use of information warfare, which is the ability to gain an advantage over an adversary through the management of information, according to an article published by JPost.
JPost mentioned that Hezbollah operations have long been governed by the mantra,
“If you haven’t captured it on film you haven’t fought.” “The group grasped the importance of documenting its successes as early as 1994 when Hezbollah fighters and a cameraman infiltrated an Israeli military occupation compound in Lebanon and raised a flag inside the base, captured the event on film – and scored a major propaganda coup.”
“Hezbollah maintains a unit solely dedicated to psychological warfare that specializes in burnishing Hezbollah’s public image. Newspapers, social media outlets and television programming comprise Hezbollah’s information warfare portfolio. The group uses its information- related capabilities to advertise its many successes, including summer camps for children and a robust public works program.”
Hezbollah propaganda is well-honed, targeted and specific, and it emphasizes specific themes that include resistance ideology, martyrdom and establishing legitimacy through the provision of social services, according to JPost.
“The history of Hezbollah’s information warfare efforts is perhaps best told through the story of the evolution of its active media arm, Al-Manar, a satellite television station that broadcasts from Beirut and can be seen around the world. After the first broadcast of Al-Manar (The Beacon) in 1991, Hezbollah began regularly scheduled broadcasts three years later and serves a critical role as the main dissemination point for Hezbollah news and propaganda. Hezbollah’s extensive media operation also includes radio stations, print publications and a network of over 50 websites that operate in multiple languages.” “Al-Manar began trying to influence Israeli public opinion by broadcasting actual battlefield footage showing Israeli soldiers being killed and maimed.”
Equally as impressive as Hezbollah’s television and video production is its extensive use of new media and information technologies, including a major Internet presence, the Israeli paper added.
The Zionist paper pointed out that Hezbollah is constantly working to refine its technical capabilities, as evidenced by a move toward faster fiber-optic networks that can enhance the group’s data-streaming capacity and provide a stouter defense against Israeli electronic warfare capabilities.
“Hezbollah not only prevented Israeli units from jamming its networks south of the Litani River in the July 2006 war, it reportedly had equipment in place to jam Israeli radar and communications systems.”
“For operational security reasons, Hezbollah migrated to closed telephone circuits that operate independent of Lebanese government networks. During fighting in the Syrian town of Qusair in 2013, Hezbollah again showed its penchant for operations security by devising a complex system that allowed its fighters to talk freely on open radio communications without having to be too concerned about conversations being intercepted.”
Hezbollah has been a fact of life since the early 1980s and, given the group’s remarkable ability to operate in the information environment, will likely remain the most dominant and capable terrorist group in the Middle East for decades to come, JPost’s article concluded.
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القيادة الكردية في سورية أمام لحظة الحقيقة

القيادة الكردية في سورية أمام لحظة الحقيقة

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سبتمبر 18, 2017

– تحاول القيادة الكردية في سورية تغطية السموات بالقبوات، وربط سيطرتها على المزيد من الأراضي السورية الغنية منها بالموارد الطبيعية خصوصاً، بادّعاءات قتال داعش، وهي تعلم أن لا صلة بين الأمرين، وتعلم أنها تكذب، فغالب الأراضي التي تتوسّع فيها الوحدات الكردية هي توسعة لمساحات سيطرة سلطوية بنية الانفصال ورسم حدود الكيان، وتلبية لطلب أميركي بإبعاد الجيش السوري عن نقاط ذات أهمية استراتيجية جغرافية أو اقتصادية أو عسكرية، وليست من متطلبات وضرورات تتصل بالحرب على داعش، كما تحاول القيادة الكردية ربط تصدّي الجيش السوري لها بتوجيه اتهامات تشبه سخافة الاتهامات التي يوجّهها للدولة السورية وجيشها، بقايا تشكيلات المعارضة المسلحة، بالقول إنّ الجيش السوري يخدم داعش وسيطرتها، وكأنّ أحداً ما سيصدّق أنّ القتال الجدّي الذي يخشاه داعش هو غير القتال الذي يلقاه من الجيش السوري وحلفائه، بعد ثلاث سنوات من التعايش والمساكنة مع السيطرة الكردية والوجود الأميركي، والتعاون المكشوف بينهم لفتح طريق داعش لإسقاط تدمر لتكون المنصة الأهمّ للنيل من دمشق.

– هل تستطيع القيادة الكردية أن تشرح لأحد طبيعة الصلة بين شعار منع الجيش السوري من عبور الضفة الشرقية لنهر الفرات وضرورات قتال داعش، وكيف يكون العبور خدمة لداعش، بينما الجيش السوري وحده يحقق الإنجازات بوجه داعش وتتهاوى مواقع التنظيم أمامه في دير الزور، وتصمد مثيلاتها في الرقة، حيث يفترض أنها جبهة القتال الكردية بوجه داعش، ورغم العجز هناك ينقل التنظيم الكردي قواه إلى دير الزور لمسابقة الجيش السوري على التقدّم، والسيطرة على حقول النفط والفوسفات، ويركز جهوده على بلوغ النقاط التي يفترض أنّ الجيش السوري سيسيطر عليها ضمن خطة عبوره للضفة الشرقية لنهر الفرات، وكلها تنفيذ لطلبات أميركية من جهة، ومساعٍ لسيطرة سلطوية لرسم حدود كيان الانفصال من جهة أخرى، على حساب مقتضيات الحرب على داعش، وفرصه في الرقة لخوضها والفوز بها؟

– لا تجرؤ القيادة الكردية على القول إنها تفعل ذلك لأنها تريد رسم حدود كيانها المستقلّ، ولا تجرؤ على القول إنها تنفذ تعليمات أميركية معادية لدولتها الوطنية، ولا تجرؤ على القول إنّ سورية كيان بلا دولة وشريعة الغاب تحكمه، وليسيطر الأقوى على ما تطاله يداه، فهي ستخسر إن قالت أياً من هذا، لذلك تلجأ للاختباء والمناورة، فالعقد الاجتماعي الذي يجمع السوريين منذ ما بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية هو دولتهم الوطنية الموحّدة، وكلّ تغيير لهذا العقد يحتاج لتوافق وطني بديل، وها هي تجربة أكراد العراق الذين حازوا حكماً ذاتياً منذ أربعة عقود، وغابت عن مناطقهم الدولة العراقية المركزية لثلاثة عقود، وامتلكوا كيانهم الخاص بحكومته المشرعنة وعسكره المعترف به باسم الفدرالية ضمن العراق الموحّد، يختبرون مرارة الخطوات الأحادية نحو الانفصال، ويدفعون ثمن تجاهل حقيقة، أنّ استبدال عقد بعقد آخر يستحيل دون التراضي والتوافق.

– إذا كان العناد والتذاكي من جانب القيادة الكردية العراقية انتحاراً بطيئاً، فإنّ مثله من جانب القيادة الكردية السورية انتحار سريع.

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Russia shines light on the shady anti-Syrian coalition of the US, Kurds and jihadists

Russia has made a statement with only two logical conclusions: Either the US and its Kurdish proxies are lying about the nature of an alleged strike on SDF positions or otherwise, the Kurdish led SDF is embedded among ISIS.
Russia has rejected claims from the United States and their Kurdish led proxy militants SDF that the Russian Aerospace Forces along with the Syrian Arab Air force targeted an SDF position in Deir ez-Zor East of the Euphrates.
Legally speaking, the entire argument it moot as Syria has declared the SDF an illegal group and therefore a legitimate target as Syria works with its legal partners to liberate Syria. Syria has said openly it will fight the SDF if necessary in the battle to liberate Syria from all illegitimate forces. Hence the notion of some sort of agreement between the SDF and Syria, tenuous as it always was, can now be confirmed as ‘fake news’ or perhaps better put, wishful speculation by pro-Kurdish elements.
However, in practical terms, it highlights the very real possibility that as ISIS continues to dwindle as a formidable military force, Syria and Kurdish militants may very likely come into increasingly intense conflicts in a ‘rush for territory’ in formerly ISIS occupied parts of what is legal Syrian territory, even as Russia seeks to prevent further clashes without directly interfering in Syrian affairs. In this sense Russia’s ability to stop such clashes is self-limiting due to Russia’s respect for the realities of international law.
As I wrote, shortly before the alleged incident involving Syria/Russia and the SDF,
“Throughout the conflict in Syria, the Syrian Arab Army and its Russian/Iranian and Hezbollah allies have tended to operate in different regions vis-a-vis the Kurdish led US proxy army known as the SDF.
Over the last year however, this has increasingly changed. As Syrian forces along with their allies continue to liberate Deir ez-Zor city which has been under ISIS occupation for the last three years, reports have surfaced indicating that a faction of the SDF is only a few short kilometres away from Syrian forces as the SDF approaches the city from the north.
With the SDF and the Syrian Arab Army now effectively competing for territory which will be inevitably re-gained from ISIS by either force, the previous unspoken agreement that the SDF would more or less have free reign east of the Euphrates, might no longer apply. In many respects this is now a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if.
As Deir ez-Zor lies just west of the Euphrates and with Syria intent on exercising its right to liberate “ever inch of Syria”, the question now is, what will the major foreign powers do to either prevent or encourage conflict between Kurdish militants and the Syrian Arab Army?
Before exploring the answers to such questions, it is necessary to understand that according to international law, only the Syrian Arab Army and its allies have any right to operate in Syria. The United States remains in Syria in contravention to international law, but because the US shows little respect for international law, it is necessary to explore the various scenarios bearing this unfortunate situation in mind.
The first major test of how the SAA and SDF would interact with one another when coming face to face on the battlefield, took place in June of 2017.
At that time, the United States illegally shot down a Syrian fighter jet which the US alleges fired on SDF positions. Syria however claims that it was firing on ISIS/Daesh positions”.
It seems that the forecast about a forthcoming conflict between Syria and her partners versus the Kurdish proxies of the United States is now official in the context of the battle against ISIS turning into a battle for longer term control of legitimate Syrian territory.
However, the specific nature of yesterday’s incident is being openly challenged by Russia which maintains a line of communication with the United States which is intended to avoid incidents between parties which do not communicate directly, in this case the Syrian Arab Army and the SDF.
The Russian Defense Ministry has released the following statement, clarifying what really happened:
“To avoid unnecessary escalation, the command of the Russian troops in Syria revealed the boundaries of the military operation in Deir ez-Zor to the American partners through the existing communication channel.
Within the framework of this operation, the fighters, armored vehicles, and objects of terrorists are being destroyed on both western and eastern banks of the Euphrates.
At the same time, the Russian Air Force makes pinpoint strikes only on reconnaissance targets confirmed by several channels in IS-controlled areas.
ver the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists with armed representatives of any ‘third force.’ Therefore, only representatives of the international coalition can answer the question as to how ‘opposition members’ or ‘military advisers of the international coalition’ managed to get to the IS-held areas in the eastern part of Deir ez-Zor without striking a blow”.
In summary, Russia has stated that the only way that SDF militants could have been wounded in the anti-ISIS strike is if such men were embedded among ISIS in what is universally accepted as ISIS occupied territory.
It has already been established that during the early days of the ongoing, slow-moving US/SDF assault on Raqqa, that SDF fighters allowed many ISIS commanders and fighters to escape towards Deir ez-Zor.
It has also been reported that the US air force has been airlifting ISIS commanders out of Deir ez-Zor via helicopter.
This all comes as the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has stated,
“We have documents showing the behavior of the Americans in Iraq and Syria. We know what the Americans did there; what they neglected and how they supported Daesh [Islamic State – IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]”.
While putatively the SDF and ISIS are enemies and while the ISIS has never admitted directly helping ISIS, although it readily admits arming and funding groups whose strategy and ideology is identical to ISIS, including elements of al-Qaeda, it is becoming increasingly apparent from multiple sources, that the US relationship with ISIS is not as simple as the ‘non-relationship’ Washington promulgates through its public communications channels.
This could help explain why the US in Raqqa as it previously had done in Mosul, is moving so slowly against ISIS targets. By contrast Hezbollah moved rapidly against an ISIS and al-Qaeda de-facto alliances in Lebanon and Syria along with its partners are moving rapidly against ISIS in Deir ez-Zor, a city which is now vastly more well protected by ISIS than Raqqa is.
It seems that for the United States, thoughts of mission creep have taken priority over the publican stated mission itself.
The increasingly self-evident truth is that the US does not want to see any force preventing Syria from taking its country back fully defeated and this includes ISIS. As ISIS will soon be defeated in spite of this, it is becoming equally clear that the next big challenge for Syria will be fighting against a group openly aligned with the United States and this is the SDF.

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Religious bigotry is alive and well in israel

Trend appears related to new practice of re-examining and revoking religious status of citizens already recognized as Jewish
Judy Maltz, Haaretz

17 September 2017
The number of Israelis featured on a blacklist of  “unmarriageable” individuals, maintained by the Chief Rabbinate, has grown exponentially over the past two years, a new document obtained through a Freedom of Information Act inquiry shows. The list refers to individuals who are recognized as Jewish in the Population Registry but who are prohibited from marrying in Israel for various reasons.
This spike, as documented in a recent petition to the Supreme Court, coincides with a relatively new practice embraced by the Chief Rabbinate: Over the past two years, its representatives have begun summoning immigrants, already recognized as Jewish and who married in Israel, for background checks after doubts were raised about the religious status of relatives seeking to marry in the country. In such cases, after the marriage applicants had their request to marry denied, their relatives in Israel were suddenly notified that their Jewish status was either revoked or awaiting clarification.
Jews cannot marry in Israel without providing evidence to the Chief Rabbinate that they are Jewish. Typically, that evidence consists of the marriage certificates of their parents or, in the case of Jews from abroad, letters of certification from their congregational rabbis. Immigrants are often asked to provide the names of relatives living in Israel who can vouch for them. The Chief Rabbinate has the sole authority over marriage and divorce of Jews in Israel. Without being approved by the Chief Rabbinate, Jews cannot marry legally in Israel.
According to the newly released document compiled by the administrative offices of Israel’s rabbinical courts, almost 900 Israelis were added in 2015 and 2016 to the list of “unmarriageable” individuals in the following two categories: “pending clarification” and “non-Jews.” In all cases, these were individuals who were previously registered as Jewish.
The Chief Rabbinate began compiling its blacklist of “unmarriageable” Israelis in 1954. Since then, the total number of individuals in these two categories has been fewer than 4,000. That means that 22 percent of them were added in the past two years alone. Other categories included on the blacklist are “mamzerim” (the offspring of relationships forbidden by Jewish law), individuals suspected of still being married or divorced couples who have resumed living together. The total number of individuals on the list, since it was first compiled, is close to 6,800.
These numbers were compiled by the administrative offices of Israel’s rabbinical courts in response to a Freedom of Information Inquiry submitted by ITIM, an organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants facing challenges from Israeli religious authorities.
They are cited in an appeal to the Supreme Court filed by the organization several weeks ago on behalf of four families in Israel whose members were recently added to the blacklist.
The appeal was filed after the highest court of the Chief Rabbinate ruled, on appeal, that its representatives are authorized to reexamine the Jewish credentials of Israelis who have already been recognized as Jews in Israel. The ruling was issued in December, just days after the Chief Rabbinate published a new regulation allowing it to investigate the religious status of Israelis even if they are not applying to marry in Israel and even if they were already recognized as Jewish for the purpose of marriage.
In its appeal, ITIM argues that the Chief Rabbinate does not have this authority. It also argues that such background checks constitute an invasion of privacy.
According to Rabbi Seth Farber, the founder and executive director of ITIM, never in the past have relatives of marriage applicants had their Jewish status revoked or subject to further clarification.
“The idea that the Chief Rabbinate can suddenly ‘un-Jew’ individuals,” he said, “is completely antithetical to halakha (Jewish religious law), which states that one must take the word of people who say they are Jewish,” he said.
Representing the four families whose Jewish status in Israel has been challenged are also the Center for Women’s Justice and the Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Bar-Ilan University.
One case involves an American-born woman who married an Israeli in a civil ceremony in Florida in 1984. The couple moved to Israel that year, and the woman and the couple’s oldest child converted to Judaism the following year. Both were subsequently registered as Jewish in the Population Registry, as were two daughters later born to the couple. A few years ago, the oldest daughter applied to marry in Israel. In the process, her mother was notified by a representative of the Chief Rabbinate that her marriage was no longer valid because she was not Jewish. Her daughter subsequently decided to marry in a civil ceremony in Cyprus. The couple’s other daughters were notified that their names had been added to the blacklist until further clarification.
A second case involves a family of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Recently, a relative of theirs who applied to get married in Israel was rejected because he could not provide sufficient proof that he was Jewish. After he was rejected, all his family members, who had already been registered as Jewish, were notified that their Jewish status was now pending clarification. A third case involves another family that immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union. When a daughter of theirs applied to get married two years ago and was not able to provide sufficient proof of her Jewish ancestry, all her relatives in the country, who already had been registered as Jewish, were subsequently informed that their religious status was now also pending clarification.
The fourth case also involves a family of immigrants from the former Soviet Union. In this particular case, an investigation was launched when a member of the family sought to divorce her husband, citing domestic violence. The estranged husband, in response, claimed that his wife had converted to Christianity. Based on this claim, which the woman categorically denied, the Chief Rabbinate notified relatives, who had already been registered as Jewish, that their Jewish status was now pending clarification.
Commenting on the four cases, Farber said: “ Behind each story here are real families who have had the carpet pulled out from under their feet. Halachic Judaism is not meant to cause suffering. By initiating Jewishness investigations, the rabbinate is further undermining its historic role in Israel.”
A few months ago, it emerged that the Chief Rabbinate also maintains a blacklist of rabbis from abroad whose letters of certification for the purpose of marriage it does not honor. This controversial list was also obtained through a Freedom of Information Act inquiry. The Chief Rabbinate has since announced that it plans to make public a new list of criteria for approving rabbis from abroad for such letters of certification.

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The History of israeli Support for Oppression and Genocide across the World

(Part I)

For Israel, any sort of political, military or moral code could be violated if it leads to benefits for Zionist extremists.

Chilean President Augusto Pinochet meets with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1976.
Since taking the office in January 20, 2017, Donald Trump made many remarks that should have been reacted by Israelis in a normal condition. While avoiding any reference to Jewish victims from its official statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, visiting the monument commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in Poland, and evading from referring to the suffering of the Jews in Second World war while he referred to Polish agonies, Donald Trump was never reacted by Israeli belligerent leaders. They were only the last ones to condemn Trump’s position in comparing Charlottesville neo-Nazis and white Supremacists to anti-racist activists.
Political and economic interests have always come first in Israel. Successive Israeli governments have abetted the genocides of other nations, preferring realpolitik to confronting anti-Semitism, Nazism, and the like.
The first Rabin Government did not balk at hosting Apartheid South Africa’s Prime Minister John Vorster in April 1976. He had been a member of a pro-Nazi group during World War II. The visit was part of Israel’s security relations with the apartheid regime. During his visit, Vorster laid a wreath at Yad Vashem.
That regime also developed chemical toxins for the murder of individuals in the liberation movements, which included scientific experiments on Africans. Such experiments were carried out on prisoners of war; after they were killed, their bodies were dumped by planes in the Atlantic Ocean.
Both the first Rabin Government and the Begin Government collaborated with the junta in Argentina, despite the fact that Jews were murdered by the regime between 1976 and 1983 in large numbers. Members of the military government supported Nazi ideology and the repression of dissidents included the use of Nazi expressions and symbols, even in torture chambers
In the 70s and 80s, Israeli governments sold arms to the military regimes in Bolivia. One of the senior figures in the Bolivian junta’s security establishment, which cast terror on the indigenous population, was senior Nazi criminal Klaus Barbie, head of the Gestapo in Lyon, who was nicknamed “The Butcher of Lyon.”
In the 70s and 80s, Israeli governments and IDF officers sold arms and training to the juntas in Guatemala, which carried out a genocide of around 200,000 people, most of them indigenous.
In 2016, Burmese (Myanmar) was provided with weapons and training to the special forces by Netanyahu Government. Myanmar government has been committing crimes against humanity in Rakhine State, against the Muslim Rohingya minority. Women and girls are being raped; civilians are being tortured, murdered, and disappeared.
These are only part of the Zionists’ crimes or the support they provided for the expansion of oppression across the world boosting their benefits in the so-called zones

(Part II)

The history of supports that the Zionist regime has provided for dictatorships around the world is filled with examples that should be registered in a long list.

South African Prime Minister Vorster meets with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Knesset members Menachem Begin and Moshe Dayan, during a reception at Jerusalem’s Hilton.
The Israeli regime, weak at the beginning in the mid of twentieth century, made attempts to favor the countries from which it could get a mutual support. From the US to Britain, Germany and smaller countries like Myanmar, the Zionists made a long history of lining up with dictatorships.
Between 1973 and 1991, Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile received weapons and training from Israeli governments and the IDF. The regime committed crimes against humanity, disappeared thousands, and tortured tens of thousands. The Pinochet regime brought torture to new heights of cruelty, unseen in modern history.
Between 1991-1995, the second Rabin Government sold arms used in both the Rwandan Genocide and the Bosnian War. As early as mid-1992, reports and footage of concentration camps set up by the Serbs for Bosnian Muslims began to emerge. Detainees in these camps were starved and tortured, and their bodies were thrown to the animals. Additional findings attested to the existence of rape camps, where Serbs held Muslim and Croatian women. Yet Israeli arms exports did not stop.
It was revealed, in September 2016, that Israel is trying to ensure the lifting of sanctions against Sudan, following the latter’s abandonment of its alliance with Iran. This took place although no one can deny that Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir — wanted by the International Criminal Court for the genocide in Darfur — continues to commit grave crimes.
The Nazis and Nazi Collaborators (Punishment) Law (1950), The Israeli Law on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (1950) and Article 16 of the Israeli Penal Law (added in 1994) were the Three laws which deals with offenses by “the Law of the Nations.” They have all stipulated universal jurisdiction in Israel for severe crimes under international law. In reality, these laws have been rendered null and void by the IDF, the Ministry of Defense, Israeli arms dealers, and senior Israeli officials.
The State of Israel’s fight against global anti-Semitism has been hollow from the beginning, in view of the racist elements underlying the ostensibly democratic regime within the Green Line and the military government in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as Israel’s treatment of Mizrahi Jews, Ethiopian Jews, Palestinian citizens, refugees, and foreign workers.
One cannot fight anti-Semitism seriously without fighting racism inside and outside Israel, and without ending Israeli support for racist regimes across the world. One cannot speak of the lessons of the Holocaust while abetting the genocide of other nations, and even inviting murderers to lay wreaths at Yad Vashem.
Israel is the modern version of dictatorship from which no one could expect justice because it has been ruled mainly by dictators who excuse anything for the sake of reaching selfish and inhumane aims.

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عودة مصر: نهاية الحقبة السعودية

عودة مصر: نهاية الحقبة السعودية

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سبتمبر 19, 2017

– خلال عقدين أعقبا عودة مصر إلى جامعة الدول العربية بعد توقيع اتفاقيات كامب ديفيد، وسبقا انقلابات الربيع العربي، كانت الثلاثية السعودية المصرية السورية أقرب لثنائية سورية سعودية في إدارة الوضع العربي، وكان الدور المصري فيها شكلياً، من اتفاق الطائف في لبنان إلى قمة الكويت للمصالحات عام 2007، وكان معلوماً أنّ الحقبة السعودية التي حكمت الوضع العربي منذ رحيل جمال عبد الناصر بعد هزيمة مشروعه في حرب العام 1967، هي التي تختصر الوضع العربي، مع مراعاة معادلات القوة التي يفرضها وجود سورية وحضورها، قبل اتخاذ قرار الحرب بالتخلّص منها وإنهاء تمرّدها على المشروع السعودي القائم على التنسيق المعلن مع «إسرائيل» واعتبار «إسرائيل» حليفاً وإيران عدواً بديلاً، وتصفية حركات المقاومة بتهمة الإرهاب.
– قياس النجاح والفشل للحروب التي أطلقتها أميركا و«إسرائيل» تحت اسم الربيع العربي في المنطقة، يبدأ من قياس تعاظم أو تراجع الدور السعودي القيادي على المستوى العربي، وقياس اتجاه الوضع العربي لقدر من التعافي يُقاس بمدى تقدّم مصر للعب دور محوري في التسويات للأزمات التي تشهدها الساحات العربية المتفجّرة، وعلى هذين المستويين للقياس تبدو التطوّرات السياسية واضحة في عجز السعودية حتى عن الظهور كمرجع في انضمام جماعاتها في سورية لمناطق التهدئة، واضطرارها لإيكال المهمة لمصر، وما قد يبدو تلبية لرغبة سعودية من حركة مصرية في سورية، يصير في الواقع توقيتاً مصرياً مدروساً لحاجة سعودية تجنّب مصر مصادمات هي بغنى عنها، بدليل حركة مصرية بمروحة أوسع لا حضور سعودياً مباشراً فيها، كحال رعايتها للملفين الليبي والفلسطيني.
– الملفان الفلسطيني والليبي جزء من الأمن الوطني المصري، رغم حضور سعودي مؤثر مالياً وسياسياً على حركة طرف وازن في كلّ من الساحتين، من جهة محمود عباس والسلطة الفلسطينية في رام الله، ومن جهة مقابلة الجنرال خليفة حفتر ومؤسسة الجيش التي يقودها، لكن مصر تنجح بقوة الجوار والجغرافيا والثقل السكاني والعسكري، وبتوظيف استخباري دبلوماسي للأزمة القطرية، التي تشارك فيها مصر السعودية بخيارات واحدة، لكن لأسباب مختلفة، تتصل بدور قطري حقيقي في رعاية الإرهاب الذي تتعرّض له مصر من تنظيم الإخوان المسلمين، بينما تبدو الحجّة السعودية بوجه قطر حول الإرهاب ضعيفة وهزيلة وغير مقنعة، وقد تشاركا معاً هذه الرعاية، ولذلك تنجح مصر وليس السعودية في جلب أطراف كانت جزءاً من المنظومة القطرية في الساحتين الليبية والفلسطينية إلى تسويات ترعاها القاهرة، لا تحقق الأمن المصري الوطني بحسابات ضيقة ثنائية، بل من بوابة توظيف كلّ عناصر المشهد الفلسطيني والليبي الجديدين، لصناعة تسوية فلسطينية وتسوية ليبية، تضعان الساحتين على بوابة تطوّرات إيجابية تُخرجهما من التآكل.
– النجاح المصري في الملفين الفلسطيني والليبي سيؤهّل القاهرة للعب دور أكبر في التسوية السورية، حيث الصناعة الحقيقية لدور مصري جديد، يبشّر بمرحلة عربية جديدة، ولو بقي قياس الإقدام المصري هو درجة النضج السعودي، فالمزيد من المآزق التي يلقاها التخبّط السعودي في اليمن وسورية والعراق سيفرض نفسه على حكام الرياض لطلب المزيد من الوساطات المصرية ولعب المزيد من الأدوار في المزيد من الساحات.

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Army Crosses Eastern Bank of Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor – A military source said that army units crossed the eastern bank of the Euphrates River during their continuous operations against ISIS terrorists in Deir Ezzor, SANA reported.
The source told SANA that the army units in cooperation with the allied forces, crossed the Euphrates river from the direction of al-Jafra towards Huweijet Saqr, where they are now fighting fierce battles against ISIS in the area.
Earlier, army units, in cooperation with the allied forces, continued to advance on all fighting axes against ISIS terrorist organization and established control over new points on the outskirts of Deir Ezzor city and its countryside.
SANA reporter in Deir Ezzor said that after the army units established control over al-Jafra village, they continued to advance and chase the remaining ISIS terrorists who fled towards Huweijet Saqr and established control over a number of points on the southeastern outskirts of the city and in the southeastern countryside on Deir Ezzor-al-Mayadin road after carrying out accurate operations, in which a number of terrorists were killed or injured, in addition to the destruction of their weapons and ammunitions.
In the western countryside, the reporter said that army units advanced to the direction of Ayn al-Bo-Jimaa and al-Kharita after they restored new points amid the withdrawal of terrorists Takfiri organization towards the remaining terrorist groups in specific locations in the desert.
The reporter said that the military operations resulted in the death of a number of terrorists, including Mohammad Aziz al-Hanto, Omar Jamil al-Alloum, Abdul-Hadi al-Alloum from al-Shaqra village.
Meanwhile, a group of locals ambushed a car belonging to ISIS near the railway in the vicinity of the city of al-Bukamal in the far eastern countryside of the province, destroying it and leaving all the five terrorists on board dead.
Two cargo planes carrying supplies for army forces land in Deir Ezzor Airport
Meanwhile, a military source said that the first two cargo planes landed at Deir Ezzor Airport carrying large quantities of needed materials to supply army forces operating in Deir Ezzor after the surroundings of the airport have been fully secured.
Army Seizes Large Amounts of Weapons in Salamiyeh Eastern Countryside

In Hama, army units seized huge amounts of machineguns, ammunition and rockets from the remnants of ISIS terrorists in the town of Abu Hanaya in the eastern countryside of Salamiyeh in Hama province, according to SANA.
SANA reporter said Monday that the army units, while combing Abu Hanaya town in Oqairbat district, found a workshop for the maintenance of weapons and arms, an ammunition depot and a garage including destroyed tanks belong to ISIS terrorists.
The reporter said that the depot includes hundreds of boxes containing explosives of various machineguns, ammunition bars and dozens of rocket thermal launchers.

Iraqi Army And Popular Mobilization Units Starts Push Towards Syrian Border Along Baghdad-Deir Ezzor Higway

Iraqi Army And Popular Mobilization Units Starts Push Towards Syrian Border Along Baghdad-Deir Ezzor Higway
PMU and army commanders during a meeting earlier in September
On September 19, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) launched an advance towards the Syrian border along the highway between the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor.
According to Iraqi sources, the army and the PMU are aiming to liberate the ISIS-held towns of Rihaniyah and Anah located at the highway.
If these towns are liberated, they will become a foothold that would be used for a future operation to liberate the nearby town of Rawa from ISIS.
This advance will also allow to increase further pressure on ISIS along the border with Syria and especially in the ISIS border stronghold of al-Qaim.
Experts believe that these operations contribute to the Syrian Arab Army battle against ISIS in eastern Syria and unofficially support the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance in the ongoing race for Deir Ezzor province.
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