Saturday, 10 December 2011

Critical Health Issues in Gaza



Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza's experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed.

Many services and life-saving treatments aren't available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment.

Regular Israel incursions and air attacks exacerbate bad conditions. So do deficient fuel and electricity supplies, as well as unsafe drinking water and other health hazards.

Conditions are getting worse, not better. In September Physicians for Human Rights/Israel (PHR/I) said:

"Israel glaringly violate(s) the rights of Palestinians to health, each time in a different manner." It said the right to health "extends to (its) underlying determinants, (including) food and nutrition, housing, access to safe and potable water and adequate sanitation, safe and healthy working conditions, and a healthy environment."

By imposing draconian impediments, Palestinians, especially Gazans, lack proper health services. As a result, lives are lost and human suffering aggravated.

"As these lines are being written, we are witnessing a grave crisis in the Gaza health system." Its Ministry of Health reports dozens of medications in short supply or exhausted. Moreover, 123 types of medical equipment are unavailable. Dozens of others need replacing.

Israel's Gaza policy is "humanitarian minimum." Often it's non-existent. Gaza lurches from one crisis to another. Duct tape solutions won't solve it.

Absent change, "it is difficult to anticipate an end to the daily suffering of the sick and infirm individuals residing in these territories," especially besieged Gazans.

As an occupying power, Israel bears full responsibility. Nonetheless, it willfully and systematically breaches its international law obligations. As a result, Gazans suffer horrifically, especially on accessing healthcare when it's most needed.

On December 4, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) expressed concern over medical shortages in Gaza's hospitals, saying:

Critical shortages of medicines affect healthcare. Repercussions are potentially catastrophic, "especially (for) patients and those suffering chronic diseases...."

According to Ministry of Health Director General of Pharmacy Dr. Muneer al-Bursh, health facilities and warehouses exhausted 120 essential medicines and 140 medical goods.

In 2011, Ramallah's Ministry of Health supplied only 20% of Gaza's medicinal needs. Shortages of goods like Blood Line used in dialyses threatens the lives of 400 patients currently.

Moreover, medicines for cancer, anesthesia, immune system inhibiters for kidney transplant patients (received abroad), and hemophilia have run out entirely.

At the same time, Ramallah Minister of Health director Dr. Fathi Abu Mughli said West Bank hospitals have adequate supplies. In fact, he claimed they're better stocked than in other regional countries, except when warehouse deliveries are delayed by Israeli imposed policies. Even so, alternative drugs and treatment are available.

Mahmoud Abbas and other PA officials haven't addressed the problem. As a result, dozens of lives are endangered, especially after the Ministry of Health decreased transferring critically ill patients for treatment "under the claim of rationalizing medical transfers from" Gaza.

On November 2, Ramallah's Ministry of Health decreased transfers to Israeli and other hospitals. At issue was cost, it was claimed. When possible, accessing treatment in Israel is preferable because of proximity compared to Egypt and Jordan.

Cancer patients are especially at risk. Treatment isn't available in Gaza. Often it's lacking in West Bank and East Jerusalem hospitals. As a result, "(t)wo children died as they urgently needed advanced medical treatment, but the Ministry of Health transferred them to hospitals that cannot treat their diseases."

On November 4, Mohammed Azzam Sahwil died from growth retardation and muscle atrophy. In serious condition, he was admitted to Gaza's al-Nasser Hospital's intensive care unit.

The Ministry of Health officials knew his situation. On October 25, Form No. 1 to receive medical treatment abroad was obtained. On November 2, financial coverage was gotten for treatment at Jerusalem's al-Maqassed Hospital. He was refused admittance for lack of ability to treat him.

The Ministry of Health was informed but didn't act. As a result, he died at Gaza's al-Nasser Hospital. Less than a month later, his sister, Hiba Azzam Sahwil, also succumbed from the same illness.

She also got permission for treatment abroad and financial coverage at Jerusalem's al-Maqassad Hospital. An appointment was arranged for December 13. However, she'd already deteriorated too much to help. Nonetheless, the Ministry of Health was asked to immediately transfer her to Israel's Ekhilov Hospital. It refused. On December 1, she died.

A third sibling suffers from the same disease, Ayat Azzam. She also got permission for outside treatment and financial coverage. Ramallah's Health Ministry was urged to save her. On December 1, admittance to Israel's Ekhilov Hospital was gotten.

PCHR is following her case to help. It also wrote West Bank Director General of Medical Insurance Nizar Masalma, "demanding (he) allow 24 patients who suffer from serious chronic diseases continue to receive treatment in advanced medical facilities." So far, he hasn't responded.

A Final Comment

The Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA) headlined, "Official Warns of Israel Ethnic Cleansing Policy in (East) Jerusalem," saying:

PLO Jerusalem affairs head Ahmed Qurei warned of "Israel's quiet ethnic cleansing and displacement policy against" East Jerusalem Palestinians.

Home demolitions are responsible in East Jerusalem's Old City, as well as in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan, and other Palestinian neighborhoods. He stressed that Israel plans Judaizing all Jerusalem, one home demolition at a time.

Meanwhile, UNWRA (UN Relief and Works Agency) spokesman Chris Gunness said 2011 Israeli home demolitions doubled last year's total.

Its research found 990 Palestinians, including 507 children, were displaced. About 515 West Bank and East Jerusalem structures were demolished. Gunness called losing a home in normal times "highly destabilizing, but in the context of occupation and annexation it often becomes lastly traumatic, especially for children."

"The United Nations calls on the Israeli authorities to abide by their obligations under international law, of which these displacements and demolitions are a clear violation."

"Call(ing) on" has no impact. Only policy measures with teeth can help. For decades, they've been sorely lacking. As a result, Israel literally gets away with crimes of war and against humanity, including ethnically cleansing Palestinians from all land it wants for Jewish only development.

Instead of acting responsibly for justice, world leaders support Israel's worst policies. Palestinians pay dearly, especially Gazans suffocating needlessly under siege.

Moreover, according to former IDF head General (ret.) Yoav Galant, military action is needed to root out Gaza's "terror infrastructure." In other words, he urges mass murder.

In addition, Haaretz said Netanyahu cares only about power and "giving in to cronyism and vested interests."

Like America, Israel's decaying from within. Both countries use militarism, conflict and violence to solve problems. Popular needs go begging.

Palestinians and Israeli Arabs suffer horrifically. So do deprived and persecuted Americans. Both countries are global bullies. They're rogue state partners in intimidation, state terror, and torment.

Their leaders are moral cowards. Calling them democracies is ludicrous and offensive. Nations that live by the sword, die by it.

Israel and America aren't exceptions. Nor are others that learned painful lessons the hard way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

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Finally 'Islamists' you can talk to... 'discreetly' at first!

Via FLC

THE election results in Egypt are an Islamist “hurricane”, “deluge” or “tsunami”, according to Israeli newspaper headlines. The defence minister, Ehud Barak, called them “very worrisome”... Before the Camp David peace accords were signed 33 years ago, Israel’s front with Egypt was its most menacing—and it could become so again. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, Hamas, which, to Israel’s chagrin, still rules the Gaza Strip between Israel and Egypt, hopes that better relations with a new Islamist-oriented Egyptian government will bolster it.



Farther south, Egypt’s Sinai peninsula is becoming a lawless no-man’s-land, with Bedouin and Islamist militants at large... Even if Egypt’s Islamists refrain from scrapping the peace treaty, Israel fears they will seek to amend the clauses that provide for Sinai’s demilitarisation...
(BUT...)Calming pragmatic statements by Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Cairo hint at an accommodation. Muhammad Salem Awa, a leading Brother, condemned the attack on Israel’s embassy. The Brothers’ election manifesto says that Egypt’s international agreements must be upheld, presumably including those with Israel. The Brothers’ desire for good relations with the West and for tourism to revive will make a confrontation less likely.
In a sign of things to come, Rachid Ghannouchi, head of Nahda, the Tunisian Islamists who are close to the Brotherhood, recently met Israelis discreetly in Washington. He said that Tunisia’s constitution would not ban further contact. “The new political Islam is more realistic,” says Israel’s outgoing ambassador to Egypt, Yitzhak Levanon, who wants to engage.


For decades Israel’s security people ran policy with Egypt. But as generals lose power across the region, Israel’s politicians, including religious ones, may try their hand. “Men of religion understand each other better,” says the religious-affairs minister, Yaakov Margov of Shas, one of two Orthodox parties in Israel’s ruling coalition. “I am ready to meet the Brotherhood any time, any place,” he says. His party leader, Eli Yishai, once even offered to meet Hamas, until others in Israel’s then government reined him in."
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And the bull keeps piling up!

Via FLC


'Welcome!'
From the people who own the Jerusalem Post , all this to say: 'Safest place for a people deserving NATO-Deliverance is a NATO-Liberated place!'
"... "Up to 4,000 Syrian families have sought refuge in Libya in the last weeks, and the numbers are increasing every day" said Dr Mohammed Jammal, a Syrian community leader in the city. "The buses arrive full and go back empty. There used to be two a week, but now there are two a day."... The journey is a gruelling four and half days of travel, crossing first into Jordan, across the Suez Canal, through Egypt, and then down the long road to Benghazi.But refugees say this was preferable to staying in neighbouring countries where they still felt unsafe. Many of the escaping families are opponents to the reign of President Bashar al-Assad, and fear persecution in Lebanon, whose government remains an ally of the Syrian regime, or even Turkey and Jordan by infiltrating Syrian intelligence officials...."

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Hamas is right in insisting on election guarantees

I understand why Hamas is insistinig on election guarantees. As a Resistance party ruling  in Gaza going to elections is a great risk, but Hamas under the pressure of Arab regimes, the so called Arab spring, Palestinian secular factions and street can't say NO neither to reconciliation nor to elections. But, who would and can give such guarantees??
To support Hamas arguements, after storming his "brain", Mr. Amayereh, asked the PA, being not powerless and being "a paramount American and European foreign policy interest" (And Israeli interests) to provide the guarantees, but he,  a person who "closely monitor the political behaviors of the PA regime" do suspect  that the Ramallah regime is not really interested in doing that because "the PA is actually more than comfortable with the draconian Israeli measures against Hamas since these measures would eventually militate against the Islamist movement in any elections." 
If so, Why "brother Khalid Amayereh, who supports respecting Camp David and using it to improve life under occupation, don't ask his brothers, the Islamist forces who "win elections almost everywhere in the Arab world from Casablanca to Cairo" the future leaders of the new middle east to use their power and "understandings" with  Americans and Europeans to get guarantees for truly democratic, free elections???

Yes, "Hamas took part in the 2006 elections" to save the Palestinian cause and prevent the sell out of Palestine, for the same reasons Hamas should not take part in the elections without serious reforms in PLO to be a True representative for all Palestinians including diaspora Palestinian. Hamas should insist that PLO leadership should be a seperate entity based in Damascus or in Gaza,  
Few days ago, the Jew, Jeffery Feltman, who is handling not just closely montoring the so-called "Arab spring" told  Yediot Aharonot  after meeting the "sincere man - sincere in selling out Palestine" in Ramallah:  

"Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas would not be achieved, because the deep divides remain unchanged, they represent an obstacle to genuine reconciliation.
 I made it clear to Abu Mazin, Hamas is a "terrorist" organization, No statehood unless Hamas comes to terms."

Hamas is right in insisting on election guarantees
[ 09/12/2011 - 09:48 PM ]

Hamas' demands for meaningful guarantees that would ensure free and fair elections, to be conducted throughout the occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem as part of the national reconciliation process, have drawn some consternation among Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, especially Fatah leaders.

Hamas' demands include guarantees that the elections must be conducted in East Jerusalem, which the Zionist regime considers an integral part of its "eternal and undivided capital."

The Islamist liberation movements also demands guarantees against arbitrary arrest or detention by the Israeli occupation army which controls every nook and cranny in the West Bank as well as guarantees against flagrant interference with free campaigning and electioneering.

Some PA officials have admitted that the Ramallah regime is in no position to give such guarantees since it has no real control on the ground.

Well, if the PA can't give these manifestly logical guarantees for conducting free and transparent elections, then what is the point of holding such elections in the first place?

Hamas is not creating unnecessary obstacles for Palestinian reconciliation. The Islamist liberation movement has every right under the sun to make sure that its candidates and nominees won't be rounded up by the Gestapo-like Israeli security agencies and dumped in dark Jewish dungeons and concentration camps for years on concocted and frivolous charges stemming from their affiliation with "a terrorist organization."

Indeed, in calling Hamas a terrorist organization, Israel and her criminal supporters are effectively fornicating with language. Can any honest person under the sun imagine a more terrorist, more racist and more evil regime on earth? Yes, there are criminal regimes that slaughter people deemed inimical, but Israel, which mendaciously claims to be the only truly democratic state in the Middle East, has a systematic policy based on ethnic cleansing targeting an entire religious-ethnical community, namely the Palestinian people.

In order to be truly democratic, any elections must be held in an absolutely free atmosphere. If various contenders are not granted an equal opportunity, this means that the elections won't be free and therefore won't be democratic.

Some Fatah people, whose tongues function much more swiftly than their brains do, argue that Hamas has no right to insist on guarantees which everyone knows, are impossible.

Their argument goes like this: Hamas took part in the 2006 elections; it should accept the same conditions and stop making excuses.

Well, in 2006, hundreds of Hamas' candidates in both the municipal and general elections were summarily detained by the Israeli occupation army. Many of these candidates, who had done absolutely nothing wrong apart from taking part in the polls, were arrested and given hefty jail sentences even before the Election Day.

Some, actually dozens, were held as hostages by the Israeli security establishment for prolonged periods extending to 60 or 70 months. I know that at least 25 elected officials, including some 15 Islamist Legislative Council members, are still languishing in Israeli concentration camps for the fifth consecutive year.

For example, Nayef Rajoub, who in the 2006 elections won the largest number of votes in the Hebron District, was detained for fifty months, without charge or trial. Moreover, a few months after he was released in autumn 2009, he was rearrested for no reason. He is still languishing in Zionist dungeons and concentration camps.

The same story can be replicated in numerous other cases where Islamist politicians, including nearly all the elected lawmakers, are haunted, hounded, and rounded up as if they were thieves and common criminals when these esteemed people actually represent the crème de la crème in their respective communities. Indeed, the fact that these people have won the trust of their people is strong damning evidence vindicating Hamas and incriminating the Nazi-like Israeli occupation regime.

Hence, the question begs itself whether it is fair and wise for Hamas to embark, one more time, on a feat that would lead nowhere.

Hamas is not reluctant to go to elections. Hamas and other Palestinians are watching Islamist forces win elections almost everywhere in the Arab world from Casablanca to Cairo. However, going to elections under existing circumstances where Israel, not the Palestinian people, has the final say with regard to everything pertaining to elections, would be a great disservice to the Palestinian people and their enduring just cause.

More to the point, it is not true that the PA is totally powerless to secure free and democratic elections, regardless of the Israeli factor.

We all know that the survival of the PA is a paramount American and European foreign policy interest. Hence, the PA can enlist these key world powers to pressure Israel to respect the right of Palestinians to conduct democratic elections without being haunted by Israeli bullying, encroachment and provocations.

Indeed, if the PA won't do that then its very existence should be rendered redundant since an entity that is subject to the Israeli will can't achieve Palestinian national goals, especially deliverance from the clutches of Jewish Nazism.

We, who closely monitor the political behaviors of the PA regime, do suspect that the Ramallah regime is not really interested in conducting truly democratic elections six months from now. We also suspect that the PA is actually more than comfortable with the draconian Israeli measures against Hamas since these measures would eventually militate against the Islamist movement in any elections.

Fatah knows well that Israeli restrictions targeting Hamas' people would lead to effective immobility if not paralysis, which would be converted to election assets for the secular group.

Hamas doesn't seek preferential treatment; it only seeks equality for all. Therefore, going to elections under current circumstances would be a grave miscalculation for Hamas. It would be akin to having a man thoroughly in fetters and then throwing him in the water. He wouldn't survive even if he were the best of swimmers.


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Gaza Attack: “My Uncle Died in my Arms”


(Photo: Ruqaya Izzidien)
Published Friday, December 9, 2011
“My uncle was breathing when I found him under the rubble,” said Migdad Elzalaan. “He told me, ‘Look after our family, look after the children. Look after them,’ and then he died, right in my arms.”

At around 2am on Thursday night, Israeli forces bombed the area beside the Elzalaan household in northern Gaza City, injuring thirteen members of his family and killing his uncle. Migdad’s 12-year-old cousin, Ramadan, died in hospital from his injuries less than a day after the attack.
As 20-year-old Elzalaan stood recalling the night’s attack, he dislodged blocks of rubble poking through large holes in the roof, fearing that they might fall on our heads. He stumbled through the remains of his home while rubble cracked and snapped underfoot, small pieces of house falling occasionally while a drone buzzed heavily, circling above the ruins of the house.
Elzalaan was sitting at the computer before the first bomb hit.
“I brought my younger sisters, Samaa and Samar into the living room, with my grandmother. I tried to shield them and as the first bomb hit, I was injured in my back and leg by pieces of falling rubble. Afterwards, I took my family out of the house to safety.”
After the second bomb struck, Elzalaan headed to his uncle’s house, which shares a wall with his own. “My uncle, his wife and their baby were under the rubble. My aunt told me to leave her, just to take her baby, Ahmed, to safety. I picked him out of the rubble and handed him to someone.”
As soon the 6-month-old was taken to safety, Israeli forces dropped a third bomb. “I shielded my aunt during the third bomb, and then afterwards helped her out of the house.” Elzalaan then returned for his uncle, Bahjat, who was buried underneath the rubble.
The 33-year-old father-of-five told Migdad to look after his family before dying in his nephew’s arms.
“I carried my uncle out of the building and then we brought a jeep to take everyone to hospital, because no ambulances came. By the dawn call to prayer, we were on our way to hospital.”
“During the bombing I was yelling and pulling my hair out,” Elzalaan explained, “Absolutely everyone was injured – thirteen members of my family. My two cousins are still in hospital, they are critically wounded. They are ten and twelve years old.” Hours later, Ramadan, the elder of Elzalaan’s cousins, died of his injuries.
Elzalaan’s neighbor passed through the house, pointed to the rubble and yelled, “This is what Israel does. There were no fighters here, just children and a family. This isn’t a home anymore.”
Migdad Elzalaan’s home was also badly damaged in an Israeli airstrike during the 2008-2009 war and repaired by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.


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Sayyed Nasrallah: 'American Withdrawal from Iraq, a Historic, Strategic Defeat'



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Israel testing the "USA-Brotherhood understanding"

Update: Breaking "Fatwa": Qaradawi: Syrians Can Call for Foreign Intervention to Topple Assad



 Yesterday, Feltman said in clear words to all concerned.
  • We conducted a dialogue with leaders of «brotherhood», we reached an understanding the peace agreement with Israel should be respected. Our impression that they understand the value of Camp David for stability in Egypt
  • We must not cling to past. In the light of changes in the region we should share information and estimates, coordinate with our strategic partner, Israel, and think about how we move forward.
  • Direct negotiations is the only way to have a Palestinian statehood. After meeting King Abdullah of Jordan, Feltman came to Jerusalem and Ramallah «to examine how to launch direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
  • Reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas would not be achieved, because the deep divides remain unchanged, they represent an obstacle to genuine reconciliation. Feltman I made it clear to Abu Mazin, Hamas is a "terrorist" organization, No statehood unless Hamas comes to terms.
Acccording to Mr. Khalid Amayereh and his brothers, the "Islamist reality" has come to terms. "It is is not the moment to open a front against Israel," "that might rock their boat at such a crucial juncture." its the moment for "constructive relations between an Islamist-dominated or Islamist-influenced regime in Cairo" and the USA.

After the Abbas-Mishaal encounter Mr. Amayereh asked : what is next?

On that I wrote:

With the failure of the Israeli famous historical destruction machine in Jully 2006 war on Lebanon, and 2008 war on besieged Gaza, Israel and the West realised that the power balance in the Middle East as a whole has changed, and the existence of Israel as an entity at risk, that the days of Israel in the region are numbered.

The International brotherhood undertook to break the cornor stone of the Axis of resistance (connecting Gaza to Tehran), the Dead line is december 31


The USRAELI reading was clear and concise and simplified: Hezbollah-Hamas is able to eliminate Israel. We fail to eradicate Hezbollah-Hamas . Behind them there is another axis: Syria-Iran. Let us try there.

Now, they are trying and shall fail.
One Palestinian killed,
17 others wounded in occupation airstrikes
They need a little victory before the year's end to cover their shameful withdrawal from Iraq. They think such victory could be achieved in Gaza while Syria and Iran are busy with their internal affairs, and off course while Hamas brothers are busy with eveything (Syria at the top), except Jerusalem and the besieged Gaza.

While Mr. Khalid Amayereh and his brothers, stormed their brains and found "It is is not the moment to open a front against Israel," "that might rock their boat at such a crucial juncture."

Usrael, failing to put Hamas to terms, stormed its brain and found its the right moment to rock MB's boat to test their understanding with MB, and promise not to support terrorism.

Meanwhile:
Haneyya gov’t asks Egypt, UN to bridle Israeli aggression



Flashback:
Is Israel getting the message? Asked Mr. Amayreh, " the Middle East is undergoing a real political earthquake of historic proportions, Israel is showing signs of confusion in face of what the Israeli media is calling "the new strategic situation in the region". he added "with the latest crises between Tel Aviv on one side and both Cairo and Ankara on the other, the former is beginning, though slowly and reluctantly, to realise that the arrogance of power is largely inexpedient, unduly provocative and detrimental to Israel's standing and interests."
On that I wrote: "Yes, Mr. Amayreh, Israel got the message, so did the Nato including your Turkey. So did many "activists" such as Sami Jadallah, and the Palestinian Idiot. Unfortunately you and the magority of your brothers failed to get the message. Zoom out to see their reply message in Libya and Syria"

PressTV – Israel relaunching attacks on Gaza on anniversary of 22-day war


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One Palestinian Martyred, 15 Injured in Israeli Strike
Two Palestinians killed in Israeli raid
Zionist Massacres .. Never to Forget, Never to Forgive
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CIA Used Awkar Embassy to Spy on Hezbollah

 
Local Editor
CIA agents meeting at fast-food restaurant
In a blow to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Hezbollah unveiled on Friday unveiled that the agency has been using the United States embassy in Awkar as a venue to spy on the Islamic Resistance.

During “Hadith Sa’aa” program on al-Manar TV, the party broadcast a report on the issue.

According to the report, the CIA had a team of 10 officers, including women, who were assigned to recruit Lebanese spies tasked with gathering information on Hezbollah’s arms depots, officials and Mujahedeen as well as the addresses of their residences.

“The CIA officers were active in recruiting agents from various segments of the Lebanese society: government employees, security and military personnel, religious, banking and academic figures,” the report said.
The report also talked about the chief of the CIA station in Lebanon, Daniel Patrick Mcfeely, who was born in 1966 and replaced the former chief, Louis Kahi who quit his job as the CIA chief in Lebanon in 2009.

The 10 officers, registered as diplomats at the U.S. Embassy, served as CIA agents for three years in Lebanon, the report said.
Robert Baer, one of the CIA officers

While recruitment of agents took place inside the embassy building, the report added that meetings with them were held in fast-food restaurants, MacDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Starbucks.

The report unveiled that during July war, the agency worked to monitor the resistance’s activity and provide the Israeli intelligence with all field information. The CIA had also linked the spies it was directing to the Israeli Mossad agency.

The report came after former and current U.S. officials told the Associated Press last month that Hezbollah has partially unraveled the CIA's spy network in Lebanon, severely damaging the intelligence agency's ability to gather vital information on the party.

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah also boasted in June that the party had unmasked at least two CIA spies who had been trying to infiltrate the ranks of the organization.

MP Hasan Fadlallah
Also during the program on al-Manar TV, Hezbollah Member of Parliament, Hasan Fadlallah, praided the resounded results that the resistance had achieved during what he called the security war that the party was waging against the US and the Israeli intelligence agencies.

“The priorities of the American and Israeli intelligence in Lebanon are to target and strike the resistance”, MP Fadlallah said adding that Sayyed Nasrallah was a permanent target”of these intelligence services.

The MP also called for implementing the law on punishing spies working for Israel and foreign countries, assuring that any information gathered by the CIA would be sent directly to the Israelis.

He said that any information gathered by the CIA agents would be sent to the Israelis. Fadlallah called for implementing the law on punishing spies working for Israel and foreign countries.

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Deserted Egyptian Major Arrested


Witnesses including Mr el-Jalfy, in el-Jalfy's hand a flag they have been stained with their own blood as a symbol of commitment to the revolution, and a petition they are circulating calling for the release of military officers arrested after joining Tahrir. (Photo: Ahmad el-Gamal)
Published Friday, December 9, 2011
Eyewitness reports and video posted online indicate that Major Tamer Badr, who had left his post with the Egyptian infantry to join the protests in Tahrir has been arrested.

Al-Akhbar spoke to a group of witnesses including a Abd el-Nasser el-Jalfy, who had been staying with the major in the Ismaliya Guest House adjacent to the square.

He said, and others confirmed, that on Thursday at between 2:30pm and 3pm, a group of armed men dressed in civilian clothes and identifying themselves as military police had stormed the building.
Mr el-Jalfy said he and the Major had been sleeping at the time, and were woken by the commotion in the hotel. He says that while Major Badr gave himself up upon seeing what was happening, he and other revolutionaries attempted to intervene.

El-Jalfy said that when a group of women had attempted to intervene, the soldiers had cocked their weapons, and that when the women persisted in their attempts to stop the arrest that they were thrown roughly to the ground, despite the fact that one of the women was pregnant.

One young woman showed us a bruise on her forehead that she said had resulted from the incident. Another said that the men had attempted to take the phone she was videoing the incident on. They have given similar testimony to Egyptian media.

Mr el-Jalfy said he had been worried that something like this may occur. He and the major stayed awake the previous night after hearing reports of a similar raid on the hotel housing a man he referred to as Captain Amr Metwali (other reports identify him as a major), another soldier who had joined the square.

If this is confirmed, along with reports of Major Ahmed Shoman who has voluntarily handed himself in, it would mean that all three of the military officers who declared their allegiance to the square are now in custody. The Police Lieutenant Colonel Yossr Abdel Hadi, who has also left his post and declared his loyalty to the square, remains free.
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Nasser On Socialism, The Muslim Brotherhood, & Islam

December 9, 2011
[Ikhras Note: Gamal Abdul Nasser's words in this video are just as relevant today as they were at the time they were spoken.
Presidents Gamal Abdul Nasser and Shukri al-Quwatli praying at the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus in 1958
Presidents Gamal Abdul Nasser and Shukri al-Quwatli
praying at the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus in 1958

Freedom, justice, and human emancipation will not be achieved by reactionary forces or those that have turned religion, democracy, and human rights into meaningless slogans shouted out loud to deflect attention from their self-serving collaboration with Western governments. They will only be realized as part of the workers and oppressed Arab masses' continuing struggle against capitalism, imperialism, reactionary forces, and Zionism. Contrary to what a few celebrity "revolutionaries" and spoiled liberal brats tell Western journalists, the struggle for freedom and social justice is intrinsically linked to the struggle against neo-liberalism, reactionary forces and their foreign sponsors]



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West Bank: Palestinian shot in the face with tear gas canister

Via Pyramidion
Mustafa Tamimi after being shot in the face with a high-velocity tear gas
canister from short range
A Palestinian from the village of Nabi Saleh remains in critical condition after he was hit in the face with a direct shot from a tear gas canister.”

***Please be aware some of the photos are very graphic.***

A group of Palestinian men surround Mustafa Tamimi after he was shot at the village of Nabi Saleh
Mustafa Tamimi, 27, was critically injured on Friday in the village of Nabi Saleh when an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister directly at his head from a short distance. Witnesses say the soldier was less than ten meters away when he fired, causing severe damage to the orbital region of Tamimi’s face. “Half of his face was destroyed, pretty much. It looked really, really bad and he lost a lot of blood,” said Lazar Simeonov, a photographer that was in the village at the time. “I am not sure he will make it.” Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the weekly protests in Nabi Saleh. A larger crowd than usual had gathered for this week’s demonstration, including a delegation from the United Nations. After more than an hour of tear gas salvos from the soldiers against the main core of demonstrators, a group of Palestinian youth had set up a small road block of stones on a main road, where they began throwing rocks at soldiers.
Nabi Saleh village -Two people console each other after the day's tragedy
An Israeli military bulldozer came to remove the hand-made obstacle with three Israeli jeeps to guard it. Palestinian youths began throwing stones at the bulldozer when Israeli soldiers emerged from the jeeps and began firing. One of the soldiers launched a tear gas canister directly at Tamimi. Other protesters ran over to help him before he was rushed away in a small ambulance. The vehicle was stopped by soldiers at a checkpoint at the entrance of the village and Tamimi was removed from the ambulance, where he was treated on the spot by soldiers before being taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. Several people have been killed or injured by tear gas canisters discharged by Israeli soldiers in recent years. The crowd dispersal weapons were intended to be fired skyward, a directive often disregarded by the soldiers. Nabi Saleh, a small Palestinian village near Ramallah, has had much of its land appropriated by the neighboring Jewish settlement of Halamish. After a critical water well was taken by settlers two years ago, local residents of Nabi Saleh began organizing non-violent protests. *All photos by Lazar Simeonov. * thanks to +972 website
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France Approaches for New Iraq, Future Syria

 
“I haven’t seen Russian officials as much angry as they are now since the war against Georgia,” a French media source quoted the French foreign minister as saying.

The French journalist was on board of a plane carrying the French foreign minister Alain Juppe in one of his trips to the Russian capital of Moscow to discuss the Syrian issue.

During Georgia war, President Nicolas Sarkozy mediated on behalf of the West to stop it, and thus stopping the Russian march towards the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.

The French journalist added, "since the start of the so-called Arab spring, the diplomatic France lives an overwhelming joy of its return to the international arena as a striking superpower militarily and a decision maker politically; the superpower that deals with the Syrian issue, since last May in particular, on the basis of considering the Russian veto as a real fact.”

“From this point, France escalates situations on both political and diplomatic levels, while eying on Turkey which the West wants it to fight the military war against Syria,” the source went on to say.
Europeans, expressed the journalist, who dislike the Syrians, do not like the Turks either, and they might get rid of the both together.

Moreover, we all know the French stance on Turkey’s join of the European Union, as well as the major differences between Sarkozy and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest was the salvos exchange about massacres of Armenia.

The French source added that "Western despair of Turkey has reached a peak last week, due to information in the French diplomatic circles stating that Turkey might change its stance towards Syria radically in case the security situation in Iraq deteriorates after the U.S. withdrawal.”

“Turks are afraid of sectarian conflict in which the Iraq-Kurdistan region will be the only safe zone. This truly promotes the Kurds’ influence in the region and facilitates the process of their independence, which is practically exists since the year 2003," the French journalist’s words end here.
In this context, and following the economically and socially exhausted internal situation of France and Europe, it is imperative for those who lives this crisis and is close to it, to note that threats of military intervention in Syria can only come through a process of political and psychological pressure.
However, there is no real capacity to fight a costly war in contrary to what happened during the Libyan war, although the Saudi Arabia and Qatar have volunteered to pay the costs; nonetheless, western calculations exceed the fantasies of some small Gulf States which witness the power of investment in these days.

Hence, the French approach towards the situation after the US withdrawal from Iraq and Syria lies in the following ten points:

1- To consider the Russian position as “a supporter of Syria” a reality, under which France should work and over which it should exert pressure, either directly or indirectly.
2- To work with the Arabs and Turkey to curb Iranian influence in Iraq after the U.S. withdrawal, and prevent the deterioration of the security situation so as not to spread to neighboring countries from Yemen to Lebanon and the Saudi Arabia.
3- To deal with the rise of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab countries as a strategic western interest, especially in seeking to curb Iranian influence in Iraq.
4- Turkey is the only country capable of fighting a ground war in Syria. Without Turkey’s cooperation not a result is expected.
5- French and European economic situation does not allow launching a war in the Middle East, which will affect Israel and highly increase the oil prices.
6- France will not send any ground forces to Syria, just like the United States.
7- Economic blockade is a long-term policy, the success of which requires the cooperation of Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.
8- Pressure should put on Iran in the nuclear issue, so Tehran will be distracted from supporting Assad regime.
9- Lebanon should avoid any impact as a result of events in Syria, and thus neutralizing Hezbollah, at least for now, and reassure him in order not to besiege the government of Miqati.
10- Working on Hezbollah’s weapons starts after the regime fall in Syria.
-- Translated by Eslam al-Rihani

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