Saturday, 30 July 2016

israel’s policy towards Palestinians is destruction, destruction and more destruction in the name of ethnic cleansing

Shelter for the largely Bedouin population in Area C is provisional and flimsy, so easy to demolish compounding the wretched living conditions. Photo by B’Tselem.
Many of the Palestinians living in Area C have inadequate housing, shelters do not protect the residents from the heat, communities that were previously prosperous have become reliant on food aid.
By Tovah Lazaroff, JPost
July 27, 2016
Israel has created conditions on the ground that force Palestinians to leave Area C of the West Bank, which is tantamount to a creeping annexation of the area, warned [a representative of]  the United Nations on Wednesday.
The country’s “policies and practices have created a highly coercive environment in Area C that forces people [Palestinians] to leave,” said Natalie Grove, who is a representative of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
She spoke as part of an unusual conference in the Knesset that was organized by left-wing politicians, including Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh, to highlight Israeli actions against Palestinians in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civil control.
“Forcible [population] transfer is a great breach of the Geneva Convention,” Grove said.
“Israel creates humanitarian need in a place where it should be addressing it. When the humanitarian community seeks to address these needs, Israel tries to prevent it,” she said.
Grove and Odeh charged that Israel was taking such actions to put in place a policy of creeping annexation.
As the “occupying” power, Israel has obligations both under international humanitarian law and human rights law toward the Palestinians, she said.
They have the “status of protected population” and the UN is mandated to advocate for their rights, including the right to receive humanitarian assistance, she said.
“The occupying power has the primary responsibility to meet the basic needs of the population in Area C. It does not do so,” she said.
Many of the Palestinians living in Area C have inadequate housing, shelters do not protect the residents from the heat, communities that were previously prosperous have become reliant on food aid.

Collecting essential foodstuffs in Hebron provided by the UN refugee agency. Photo by Getty images.
“Primary school children walk long distances to reach their nearest school, 180 communities are not connected to a water network, and obtaining building permits is virtually impossible,” Grove said.
“Palestinians who attempt to repair or upgrade their homes risk demolitions, those who install solar panels risk demolitions, those who dare to install a children’s play center risk demolitions,” Grove said.
EU Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen said at the conference that preserving Area C as a major land reserve for Palestinians is critical to the viability of their future state.
It is for this reason, he said, that the EU has invested €21 million in the last two years for economic development and humanitarian assistance in Area C, including providing modular housing for Palestinians who lack proper shelter and homes.

Israeli bulldozer destroys one of the modular shelters provided by the EU in the West Bank village of Umm Al-Khair, close to the Israeli settlement of Karmel on 6th April 2016. Photo by EPA
Israel has cordoned off some 70 percent of Area C for its own use and has done little to help Palestinians develop a viable life there.
“Nearly all of the remaining 30 percent of Area C, much of which is private Palestinian property, is off limits for Palestinian development, because it requires permits that are almost never granted [by Israel],” Faaborg-Andersen said.
Israel’s civil administration granted the Palestinians only one permit in 2014 and none in 2015, Faaborg-Andersen said. Only 34 building permits in Area C out of 2,000 applications were granted to Palestinians from the years 2009 to 2013. Out of 108 master plans that were submitted to the civil administration, only a handful have been approved, he added.
At the same time, settler building continues, at a rate of approximately 1,500 new homes a year, he said.
He called on Israel to give Palestinians building permits and to stop demolishing illegally built structures.
In the last seven to eight years the EU has begun to offer Palestinians modular structures to use as homes, even though it has not received permits from Israel for such structures.
Its support of such illegal Palestinian construction is one of the points of tension between Israel and the EU, which views such actions as a legitimate form of humanitarian aid.
Faaborg-Andersen said that in the first six months of 2016, the civil administration has confiscated 91 such structures, which were funded by either the EU or its member states. He noted that in all of 2015, only 75 such structures were taken down.
There are also some 600 such EU structures for which Israel has issued demolition and stop-work notices, he said.
Ultimately, what is needed is a resumption of the negotiations between Israel and Palestinians so that two-state solution can be put in place, Faaborg-Andersen said.
Odeh [L] added that the Palestinians have no intention of going anywhere.
“Our fight will continue until the creation of a Palestinian state,” he  said.
This “is not just a Palestinian interest, but in the interest of all those who live here and seek peace,” Odeh said.
The diplomats and politicians were joined by a number of Palestinians who testified about the hardships of life in Area C.
MK Yehudah Glick (Likud), who lives in the Otniel settlement, was the only rightwing politician who spoke.
He said that while he does not believe a Palestinian state will be created, he was moved by the stories that the Palestinians told and believes that their conditions should be improved.

Israel has granted only 44 construction permits in response to over 2,000 requests, Lars Faaborg-Andersen tells Knesset meeting. Buildings that were destroyed were ‘illegal buildings,’ Israeli body says in response.
By Yotam Berger, Haaretz
July 27, 2016
European Union ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen criticized Israel on Wednesday for destroying Palestinian homes in Area C of the West Bank.
Faaborg-Andersen said at a conference at the Knesset that from 2009 to 2013 Israel had provided only 44 building permits to Palestinians in response to about 2,000 requests.
“EU assistance is provided in situations where Israel is not fulfilling its duty as the occupying power. That is according to the international law, universal norms and the Oslo accords,” Faabourg-Andersen told the conference initiated by lawmakers Dov Henin of the Joint List,  Michal Rozin of Meretz and Ksenia Svetlova of the Zionist Union.
“Some 70% of Area C has been taken for exclusive Israeli use. Nearly all of the remaining 30% is private Palestinian property, but is effectively off limits for Palestinian development”, he said.
L, EU Ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen. The envoy added that “in the first 6 months of 2016 alone 91 EU structures in Area C have been demolished. This is more than all of 2015. Since 2009, approximately 170 EU humanitarian structures have been demolished.”
According to B’Tselem data presented at the conference, Israel has destroyed more Palestinian homes in the first half of 2016 than the annual average for the past decade except for 2013.
Israel has razed 168 Palestinian houses in Area C built against the law. By comparison 125 homes were destroyed in all of 2015. The number of homes destroyed the first half of this year is more than the annual average for the past decade except for 2013 when 175 homes were destroyed.
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said in response that buildings that were destroyed were “illegal buildings which didn’t receive a permit form the authorities and therefore enforcement procedures were employed against them.”
Aviva Bar Ilan, who heads the Foreign Ministry department in charge of European organizations, said in January that the EU was weighing the possibility of suing Israel for damages for destroying structures donated by EU countries as humanitarian aid to Palestinian Bedouin living in the E1 area, outside Jerusalem.
“llegal construction merits destruction, Israel doesn’t accept the EU’s interpretation of humanitarian aid,” Bar Ilan said.

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PFLP: Continued normalization meetings between the Saudi regime and Zionist entity threaten the region

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eshkinormalizationThe Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine strongly condemned the continued normalization meetings between the Saudi regime and the Zionist entity, the latest of which was a Saudi delegation to the Zionist state in the presence of retired General Anwar Eshki and Saudi businessmen.

The Front noted that these meetings would not take place without a green light from the official Saudi authorities, noting the danger and harm to the national cause and the interests of the Arab people at the hands of Saudi officialdom, which is working to redirect and alter the character and compass of the struggle in the region.
The Front added that the recurring nature of these meetings indicates a high level of coordination between the Saudi regime, the Zionist entity, and the United States administration in the destruction of the region, keeping it burning and torn apart by sectarian and confessional conflicts, terror, and the takfiri groups funded and fueled by Saudi Arabia and the West.

The Front also emphasized that the continuation of these meetings provides cover and assistance to the occupation in its oppression of the Palestinian people and gives a veneer of legitimacy to its massive and ongoing crimes. They also continue to the normalization with the Zionist entity as a “fact on the ground” in the region, working to promote the role of the occupation state in the region and increase its influence.


The Front denounced the participation of a Palestinian official in these normalization meetings, emphasizing that there are some in the monopolistic Palestinian leadership who do not want to leave the framework of negotiations, normalization and meetings with the Zionist entity. This must be confronted with a popular response and clear Palestinian stand to confront this corrosion that eats away at our national liberation struggle.

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US Delegation Meets Assad in Damascus



Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C-R) meets with an American delegation in the capital, Damascus, July 28, 2016.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the policy of the US administration in the region goes against the interests and values of the American people, adding that they are getting increasingly violent at the expense of logic and common sense.
During his meeting on Thursday with the US Peace Council delegation currently visiting Syria led by Henry Lowendorf, President al-Assad said the US policies are at a collision course with the interests of the US citizens and the peoples of the world.
He further indicated that the role of the United States as a superpower should otherwise be positive and based on fostering knowledge, science and technology instead of chaos and destruction.
President al-Assad gave a concise review of the events in Syria since the start up until now, indicating that the crisis which later morphed into a war on the Syrian people was prompted by Syria’s rejection to have a regional role that runs counter to the interests of its people.
Accordingly, the delegation members said their visit is aimed at having a close look into the situation in Syria and conveying their first-hand accounts to the US public opinion, vowing to do their best to stop the war and US and Western interference in Syria.
They underlined their vehement opposition to the US belligerent and interventionist policies, pledging to exert efforts to change this policy.
For his part, the Syrian president praised such visits for their importance in helping governments change their policies if they are willing to.
In a statement to journalists, Lowendorf said the delegation held“fruitful and constructive” talks with President al-Assad.
“We had the honor to meet President al-Assad. He was straightforward and wanted us to be so. We related to him what we saw and he provided rational, accurate and wise answers for our questions…He impressed us with his insight not only about the situation in Syria but also about world powers,” he added.
Source: SANA, Edited by website team
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Terrorist Attempts to Change Image Futile: Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Foreign MinistryNusra Front, whatever it calls itself, has been an illegal terrorist organization that has no other purpose than to create a so-called “Caliphate” with cruel and barbaric methods, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Any attempt by a terrorist organization to change its image is futile, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday, commenting on the Nusra Front leader’s announcement of a split from al-Qaeda, Sputnik reported.
In a Thursday video, Nusra Front leader Mohammed al-Jolani said the group had split from al-Qaeda and changed its name to Jabhat Fateh al Sham, or “The Front for Liberation of al Sham.”
“There is no need to prove that all attempts by terrorists to change their image are futile,” the ministry said in a commentary.
The ministry added that the international community will continue its consistent fight against terrorist “fanatics” until their complete destruction.
Source: Agencies
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Happy Fifth Anniversary, Hillary Clinton, You’ve Destroyed Libya… We Await Your Next War




Global Research, July 29, 2016
OpEd News 27 July 2016
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Convention confetti raining down on smiling faces should not conceal the bloody truth that trails Hillary Clinton.  As the balloons rise to celebrate her triumph, her victims continue to fall.
Following the bidding of her oligarchic backers in the hidden government, she has always been fervently eager to lend her immoral authority to the massacre of foreign peoples and the destruction of their central governments. Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Serbia, etc. – the list is as long as her moral turpitude is deep.
But as the “Queen of Chaos” is crowned and feted in the City of Brotherly Love, it is crucially important that we recall her role five years ago in the destruction of the African country that had the highest living standard on the continent, excellent health care, free education, good social services, etc. – Libya.
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As Libya, according to plan, has descended into civil war and chaos (see Iraq, Syria, etc.) as a result of the 2011“humanitarian intervention” instigated by Clinton and her ilk, it has disappeared from mainstream media propaganda. Out of sight, out of mind.  It will reappear in the corporate press if the American/Nato aggressors decide to bomb the country again in alliance with their friend, the Egyptian dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, probably in support of the CIA-affiliated General Khalifa Haftar, who is presently wreaking havoc in eastern Libya with western support, as leaked tapes have shown.  The time for that renewed bombing may be fast approaching, though it might be delayed for political reasons until after the presidential election.
In the popular mind, of course, Clinton is associated with the controversial events of September 2012 in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. As the Secretary of State, she was no doubt aware of Stevens’ work with the CIA organizing the transfer of the seized Gaddafi government weapons to Turkish ports.  As the Italian historian Paolo Sensini writes in his eye-opening book, Sowing Chaos: Libya in the Wake of Humanitarian Intervention, “The arms were then transferred to the jihadi forces engaged in terrorist actions against the government of Syria under Bashar al-Assad.”  While bi-partisan outrage over the Americans’ deaths was duly noted by the media and became a political football, the nature of Stevens’ work under Clinton and Obama received no mainstream media coverage, and the illegal and immoral wars against two countries continued apace.
But the Stevens’ issue pales in comparison to Clinton’s larger role in waging war on a sovereign nation for propagandistic “humanitarian” reasons.  As with Iraq (Hussein) and Syria (Assad), she was a central player in the lies told about Mu’ammar Gaddafi to justify a war of aggression.  Each in his turn was declared to be the new Hitler In Gaddafi’s case, he was falsely accused of killing 10,000 people in Tripoli, having his soldiers use Viagra and rape as a matter of policy, and of being a bloody mad dictator intent on genocide.  Rwanda and the Holocaust were elicited as warnings.  President Obama justified the savage attack on Libya, fully supported by his Secretary of State Clinton, with the following lie:
“We knew that if we wanted [sic] … if we waited one more day, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte, could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world.”
And he announced he was sending Clinton to London to meet with the Libyan “opposition” – aka terrorists.
The western media ran with these false accusations, as usual, as did Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, prominent Arab media.  Like Iraq, Syria, and Serbia, it was another war of aggression based on lies, and Clinton was a primary player.
She was fully aware of developments in Libya from the start; knew that the rebels were Islamic militants armed and trained by the US, Britain, France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and UAE; knew that they summarily executed anyone they considered their enemies; knew that this war of lies was aimed at preventing Gaddafi from fulfilling his goal of economic independence, not just for Libya, but for the entire continent of Africa by introducing the gold dinar into Africa as common currency; knew, in short, that Libya had to be raped, its Central Bank destroyed, for its exploitation by western globalists.  Thus her boss, Obama, in August 2011 confiscated $30 billion from Libya’s Central Bank that Gaddafi had planned to use for the establishment of the African IMF and African Central Bank.  This is what Clinton termed “smart power at its best.” Under the pretext of ‘humanitarian intervention,’ Clinton supported the killing of tens of thousands and the destruction of an independent country to serve her masters.
Paolo Sensini characterizes the Democratic presidential nominee (and next president) perfectly:
Mrs. Clinton’s joyous exclamation on hearing the news of Gaddafi’s death sums up the recklessness and irresponsibility of an entire political class – an unrepentant class that has wreaked havoc around the world on a truly unprecedented scale.
When she thought cameras and microphones were off and exclaimed“We came, we saw, he died,” she was speaking not just for herself but for the party and interests that she now represents.
“I’m with her,” says Michelle Obama.
“I am proud to stand with her,” says Bernie Sanders.
I wonder where the dead children of Libya stand.
But this is Hillary Clinton’s hour.  Congratulations!  Happy Anniversary!
We await your next war.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Saudi Arabia Normalizing Ties with ’Israel’ for Free, Its Regional Scheme Doomed to Fail






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Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah slammed the Saudi policy in the region, particularly the one leading to the normalization with the apartheid “Israeli” entity.
In a speech he delivered commemorating the late Resistance Leader Ismail Ahmad Zahri, he hailed Zahri who represents the first generation of fighters who joined the Resistance movement.
“The late commander Zahri was one of the commanders who contributed greatly to Lebanon’s victory against 2006 “Israeli” aggression,” he said.
His Eminence further mentioned:
“Haj Zahri held the leadership and responsibilities in some Resistance positions and participated and fought in many operations. He [Abu Khalil] is the title of a long-term of Jihad and sacrifice among the resistance ranks.”
“With such devoted leaders we shall triumph,” Sayyed Nasrallah confirmed.
Denouncing the fact that
“the Arab world is in its worst conditions ever,” he highlighted that “the Resistance is the real guarantee for the protection of Lebanon as part of the army, people, and resistance equation that must be protected to protect Lebanon.”
“Even the central cause – Palestine- occupied by the Zionists and which sanctities are being violated on daily basis became very usual and this is what appeared in the recent Arab summit.”
According to His Eminence,
“Today, the biggest development in the bad Arab bad situation is the move of the Saudi Arabia- “Israeli” from being secret out into the public. “Israel” is no longer the enemy of Arabs, and Palestine became a minor cause. This is what the latest Arab statements indicate.”
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified that he visit of the Saudi General to“Israel” is neither the beginning of a relationship nor of coordination. “It is rather moving from the secret to the public.”
“When a known prince as Turki al- Faisal meets “Israeli” officials and an intelligence official follows suit and visits the occupied land, it cannot happen without the Saudi kingdom’s approval.The Saudi Prince and Brigade’s connections with “Israel” doesn’t contradict the policy of Saudi Arabia. However, it is a move in the relations into surface,” he added.
Moreover, the Resistance Leader underlined that Saudi Arabia started normalization with “Israel” and then the fatwas began to legalize this relation.
“Saudi Arabia is offering “Israel” free normalization away from any prices,” he warned.
Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say,
“When Saudi Arabia intends to negotiate with “Israel”, the negotiations are expected to move in exchange for heavy prices because it is a great favor to “Israel”. However, the Arab nation is distracted and lost and Saudis are exacerbating that. …,” Nasrallah said
On this level, His Eminence cautioned that
“we are in front of doctrinal and cultural disaster because they are moving towards recognizing “Israel” even in the Sharia.”
“Saudi Arabia is opening the door for “Israelis” without setting any conditions [for normalization], but they are seeking to compel those in Yemen to surrender to them, and to humiliate Bahrainis and achieve victory in Syria,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.
However, he assured that the Palestinians have a known and clear choice.
“There is a clear Palestinian vision. It is the approach of the martyr Mohammad al-Faqih. On the subject of “Israel” and Palestine, there is a clear right. There is no room for confusion between right and wrong in this matter.”
As Hizbullah Secretary General slammed the fact that Saudi Arabia is determined to continue the wars in all arenas, he cited that al-Saud continue to refuse dialogue in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria.
“However, they initiated dialogue only with the “Israelis” without prices.”
In response, Sayyed Nasrallah urged all sides to take a clear stance against normalization with “Israel”.
“This behavior must be condemned and rejected, because it serves the enemy that is violating the holy sites and aggressing against the people of Palestine.”
On the regional level, Sayyed Nasrallah emphasized that there is criminality against the Yemenis.
“The massacre committed by Daesh in Sarari was covered by the Saudis because this the culture of Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, Daesh and al-Nusra even if it was renamed,” he stressed.
Slamming the Bahraini regime’s continuous crackdown against people, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the protesters in Bahrain who so far prevented the authority from arresting Sheikh Issa Qassem.
“The regime in Bahrain is now falsely accusing Sheikh Qassem, who is well known for his integrity, of money laundering, which reflects their bankruptcy,” His Eminence viewed.
Commenting on the Saudi stance over the Syrian crisis, he stated:
“The Saudi foreign minister declared himself governor and custodian of the Syrian people. What the Saudi FM, Jubeir, presented to Russia is farce and a cause for laugh. We tell the Saudis that they cannot win this war or impose their conditions.”
“Does the Saudi minister and his rulers think that they are able to laugh at the people of the world?” he wondered.
To the Saudi rulers, Sayyed Nastallah said:
“Those who slaughtered the priest in the church belonged to Daesh but they carried your culture. Those who carried out massacres in Nice and Karrada and those who slaughtered the Palestinian child believe in your takfiri, Wahhabist ideology.”
“Your scheme has no future and Saudi Arabia and its rulers have a chance to contain the situation. The Yemenis, Bahrainis, Syrians, Iranians and Iraqis are ready to negotiate. Do not be arrogant and do not be blinded by malice. You should rather be partners in addressing the situations in the region.”
Welcoming the new ground achievements in Aleppo, Sayyed Nasrallah said:
“What happened in Aleppo is highly important and has an impact on the regional equations. Imperial dreams have fallen in Aleppo in the face of the perseverance of the resistance and the people.”
Source: al-Ahed news
29-07-2016 | 20:08
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Arab-“Israeli” member of the Knesset Issawi Frej told Zionist media on Sunday that preparations are ongoing for a visit of opposition members in the “Israeli” parliament to Saudi Arabia-a first of its kind.
Frej, 52, member of the left-leaning Meretz party told the broadcasting service Voice of “Israel” that a Saudi delegation that visited the occupied territories last week and met with opposition MPs expressed willingness to enhance relations with the Zionist entity.
The Saudi delegation was headed by retired general Anwar Eshki and included academics and businessmen but, according to “Israeli” media, did not include officials.
However, the delegation met with Zionist officials including director general of the “Israeli” foreign ministry Dore Gold.
Both the Saudi visit and the planned “Israeli” one serve as an example of the rapidly developing bilateral relations between the two sides that have been officially unrecognized since the two close-in-age parts were established.
The first announced cooperation between both sides came this year in April as the “Israeli” war minister Moshe Ya’alon told media that, as part of the Egyptian-Saudi maritime demarcation deal which saw the transfer of sovereignty of two Red Sea islands to the Gulf kingdom, a quartet agreement that included the US on the transfer needed to be reached beforehand.
Ya’alon also said that Saudi Arabia agreed to ensure free shipping for all parties through the straits.
According to “Israeli” media, the deal was part of the subjects of mutual interest that were in discussion when Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited the occupied lands earlier this month.
The deal was publicly criticized in Egypt and was recently annulled by a court ruling. However, an appeal by the government is being reviewed by the High Administrative Court.
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