Saturday 4 February 2012

The Case Of Uri Avnery II: Hasbara, Supremacism And The Future Of Solidarity

by Jonathan Azaziah

My PhotoPrelude: In the first part of this series, Uri Avnery was lambasted for his crimes against the Palestinian people and his “Shukran, Israel” hitpiece on Islamic Resistance was deconstructed with a barrage of unequivocal facts, burying the Zionist lies forever. This part, the series finale, will deal with Avnery’s vomit-inducing positions on Obama, Libya and Syria, as well as dive deep into the chaos currently being experienced by a weakened and infiltrated International Palestine Solidarity Movement. It will conclude with a call for real revolution and a historic pledge to fully liberate Palestine and all of humanity once and for all…

NATO supporter and Zionist warmonger Uri Avnery; seen here as a young ethnic cleanser in the 'Israeli' occupation army.
Avnery Loves Obama and NATO; Praises Libya Genocide and Wants The Same For Syria

It is mind-boggling that an ‘anti-war, pro-peace’ activist would take a liking to any candidate of the American presidency, the figurehead of a military empire that has been used to fight one war after another for international Zionism since World War I, but that is exactly what Uri Avnery has done. Six months prior to Barack Obama being selected as chief puppet of the Zionist entity in the United States, Uri Avnery wrote a piece entitled “Two Americas” offering his support to Obama, praising him for representing “hope” and “optimism” and the “America of the Declaration of Independence.” Stunningly, Avnery also attempted to portray Obama as someone who was under attack from the American Jewish leadership in the run-up to his selection and who was the “opposite in almost every respect” of Bush (49). Laughable, really.

War criminal Barack Obama's very political
existence was birthed by Zionist Jewry.
Some more reminders for Avnery: Obama is Zionist to the root. Powerful Jewish-Zionist kingmakers like Abner Mikva, Joel Sprayregen, Newton Minow, Bettylu Saltzman of the dynastic Saltzman family, Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf, Lester Crown of the vastly wealthy Crown household and Penny Pritzker of the Pritzker dynasty nurtured his rise to political stardom in Chicago (50). As early as 2002, because of all of the Jewish money and Zionist brainwashing that he willingly accepted to drown in, Obama was capitulating to Zionism and had taken the AIPAC line on everything pertaining to Palestine (51). Since ascending to the presidency, Obama has been the typical American sugardaddy for the genocidal Jewish ‘state’, washing it with more billions in military aid than any administration in US history, supporting the criminal Zionist siege against the starving Palestinian people of Gaza, increasing American-‘Israeli’ military cooperation, defending the nuclear ambiguity of ‘Israel’ and giving billions more to ‘Israeli’ weapons manufactures and environmental firms that habitually abuse Palestinian human rights (52).

Additionally, Obama has accumulated a laundry list of crimes against humanity to go along with his complicity in the ongoing Zionist butchery of Palestine. These crimes include increasing the aggression against occupied Somalia and occupied Afghanistan, upping the murderous drone strikes in Pakistan, butchering Iraq a bit more before “ending the occupation,” diplomatically supporting the barbarity being inflicted upon occupied Kashmir every day by the Hindutvadi regime in New Delhi, starting a drone bombing campaign against Yemen and starting a full-scale genocidal assault against Libya. Perhaps it is because of his support for Obama, that Uri Avnery endorsed the Zionist narrative of “humanitarian intervention” in Libya. Perhaps it is because he is a Zionist warmonger at heart. In his piece “Understanding The Opposition To NATO’s Intervention In Libya,” Avnery attacks those against the ravaging of another Muslim nation as people whose “hatred of the USA and of NATO was so strong, so fervent” that they couldn’t see that, “Muammar Gaddafi was the enemy of every decent person in the world. He was one of the worst tyrants in recent memory (53).” It is a tirade completely devoid of factuality.

Over one million Libyans marched for Qadhdhafi last summer and it was deliberately ignored by the Zionist media.
Avnery pitifully echoed the Zionist media by accusing Muammar Qadhdhafi of being of one of those “bloody dictators,” one of those “genocidal mass-murderers” and one of those “leaders who wage war on their own people.” Lies, lies and more lies. There isn’t a drop, not even a minuscule drop, that Qadhdhafi carried out a genocide in Libya, nor is there any evidence that there was a genocide impending. There is no evidence that Qadhdhafi was “waging war on his own people” or bombing his own people for that matter. There is no evidence of mass sexual violence fueled by Viagra and other sexual stimulants. And there is no evidence that Qadhdhafi was a “ruthless dictator squandering the great wealth of Libya,” not even close (54). Over one million Libyans hit the streets on June 17, 2011 to show their support for Qadhdhafi and condemn the inhuman terrorism of NATO; the story was nowhere to be found in the Zionist media (55). Would one million people, in a country of only 6 million, risk their lives as bombs fell on their country for a ‘tyrant’ that they cared nothing for? The question is rhetorical.

A true point of hilarity in Avnery’s hasbara piece on Libya is where he actually accuses those who slam the treasonist rebels for collaborating with NATO as “colonialists.” A racist, Zionist colonialist labeling others “colonialists.” How comedic. In true Orwellian fashion, Avnery concedes that the rebels would have gone nowhere without NATO’s bombs and also concedes that the rebels were armed and advised by NATO but still somehow insists that the “revolution” was a “Libyan victory.” Firstly, the treasonist rebels don’t speak for Libya, and secondly, the vast majority of Libyans stood with Qadhdhafi in principle and in arms against the Zionist-backed NATO aggression because of everything that Qadhdhafi did to build Libya into a gem of Africa (56).

At the behest of 'Israel,' Libyan leader Muammar Qadhdhafi was ruthlessly murdered by NATO and its barbarian 'rebel' proxies.
Thirdly, Avnery echoes more Zionist propaganda with this statement, “It is a Libyan victory, not a British or a French one.” He is attempting to portray that it was the Zionist regimes of Cameron and Sarkozy that led the way in Libya, absolving America of another massive crime. This too is brutally false. The United States indeed took the lead in Libya, with CIA on the ground from day one and Americans piloting French jets that took part in the bombing campaign (57). The heartbreaking and barbaric assassination of Muammar Qadhdhafi, which was also touted as a ‘rebel victory’, was a NATO operation from soup to nuts with America once again sitting at the head (58). There was no victory for Libyans in the annihilation of Libya. There was no victory for Libyans in the brutal murder of Muammar Qadhdhafi, who was sodomized by the “freedom fighters” before he was killed (59). There was only triumph for NATO and the power behind it.

Lastly, Avnery belittles all persons who courageously stood against the fabricated “humanitarianism” of NATO with this, “How could I support the American imperialists and the abominable NATO? Didn’t I realize that it was all about the oil?” Oil and imperialism were certainly part of the equation, as they always are, but the main reasons? Absolutely not. Libya, like Iraq before it, was insidiously bombed with ‘shock and awe’ tactics on the Jewish revenge holiday of Purim. The aggression was launched to “righteously and Judaically retaliate” against Qadhdhafi’s repeated challenges to the Zionist entity on the international stage, including, most devastatingly, him pointing out that US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Mossad. The aggression was launched to stop Qadhdhafi’s plan of introducing a gold dinar into the African economy for oil trade, using Libya’s vast gold reserves as the starting point; this plan would have demolished international Zionism’s financial stranglehold over Africa. Qadhdhafi was already using his gold to challenge the Zionist entity’s lucrative vegetable-export hegemony in Europe (60).

The power behind the NATO aggression unleashed upon Libya is the same Zionist cabal that fomented genocide in Iraq: PNAC, repackaged as the FPI.
The same Zionist warmongers who drove US Presidents into the Balkans and Iraq, under the banner of the ‘Project for the New American Century (PNAC),’ directed Obama into Libya, under the banner of the ‘Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI).’ Same Jewish supremacists, same Zionist tactics (61). The lies of “human rights violations” were generated by an organization known as UN Watch, which organized 70 “rights groups” under its umbrella to justify the NATO invasion. UN Watch is headed by a staunch Zionist named Hillel Neuer and is also closely affiliated with the American Jewish Committee, the foreign policy wing of AIPAC (62). The seeds planted by these Zionist spillers of blood, these Zionist murderers, these Zionist thieves and war criminals, blossomed into a genocidal war of unimaginable horror. The Zionist-engineered NATO aggression against Libya has left an estimated 100,000 men, women and children dead, with thousands of others, including children, gruesomely maimed and mangled by NATO’s bombs (63). This is what Uri Avnery, the ‘peace’ activist, condones.

Incredibly, Avnery closes his piece with a call for more NATO aggression and more genocide… in Syria, where the same Zionist lies used against Libya only on a more sensationalist scale are being repeated by the Zionist media to justify an invasion (64). With equal incredibility, Avnery also makes the call for world government and a world military. But this isn’t so shocking. Right here in this series, Avnery’s Jewish supremacism has been exposed and the very concept of world government is Jewish at the core. The model has already been laid out by a racist, Jewish supremacist rabbi named Michael Higger, who wrote a book entitled ‘The Jewish Utopia’ in which he envisioned a world of subhuman non-Jews ruled in utopian fashion by Jewish overlords of ‘righteousness.’ To bring about this ‘Jewish Utopia,’ the enemies of Zionism, including Iran and Syria, Russia and China, must be destroyed. Steps have already been taken by the Zionist Power Configuration to usher in this Jewish New World Order (41). Avnery, with his “peace activist” garb now torn to shreds, is simply playing his part in making sure it comes to fruition.

Conclusion: A Point of Agreement and The Advent of Real Revolution

The "peace" that Uri Avnery wants for Palestine is the same "peace" that Shimon Peres wants: none at all.
It is ironic that this essay, one which has laid waste to Uri Avnery’s positions and ideological allegiances, would come to a close in definitive agreement with something that Uri Avnery wrote. In a September 5th, 2009 piece entitled, “The Boycott Revisited (65),” the 88-year old Zionist made a keen observation regarding the Paleste Solidarity Movement and the language it uses to describe its cause. This will be addressed momentarily. From an overall standpoint, the piece itself is detestable. It is littered with supremacist anecdotes and arrogant, bizarre Zionist rants about ‘peace.’ To a Zionist, as so sharply and eloquently pointed out by thinker, activist, author and world-renowned musician Gilad Atzmon, ‘peace,’ or ‘shalom’ in Hebrew, simply means “a set of political and military maneuvers that silence the enemy of the Jewish people.” Gilad, or brother Jihad as I call him, also notes that the ‘peace’ of Zionist war criminals Ariel Sharon (real name: Ariel Scheinermann) and Shimon Peres (real name: Szymon Perski) isn’t different at all from the ‘peace’ of Uri Avnery (66).

Brother Jihad couldn’t be more spot-on and Avnery confirms this on his own in his piece. Before he indulges his readers with the flowery language of “peace, harmony and brotherhood,” and, “freedom and Palestinian sovereignty,” Avnery puts things into the proper perspective with these two telling declarations, “I am an Israeli. I am an Israeli patriot.” Patriotism in ‘Israeli’ society always translates into militarism; to be a “patriot” in the Zionist entity, one must put on an IOF uniform and be ready to defend the Jewish ‘state’ from assuredly imminent ‘holocaust,’ whether it be the imaginary Iranian nuclear threat or the stone in the hand of the Palestinian boy who just watched his father or mother get dragged away by Mistaravim thugs.

Presumably, Avnery isn’t referring to his time as an Irgun terrorist when proudly invoking his patriotism, but his time as a commando in the Givati Brigade, an IOF terrorist unit that helped carried out the Plan D ethnic cleansing of Palestine (67). Norman Podhoretz, PNAC agent, ultra-Zionist and neoconservative godfather, at an international conference of Jewish journalists in occupied Palestine in 1985, said, “The role of Jews who write in both the Jewish and general press is to defend Israel (68).” Avnery personifies this tribalism to the letter and his own words solidify it, no matter how he may try to disavow it in the future.

Which brings us to the point of agreement. Undoubtedly, Avnery was merely operating from the same Jewish supremacist plane that he always operates in, the plane in which he must defend ‘Israel’ by any means necessary, but the words still ring true nonetheless, “What really disturbs me about this {boycotting the Zionist entity’s existence} is that almost nobody in the West comes out and says clearly: Israel must be abolished. Some of the proposals, like those for a “One State” solution, sound like euphemisms. If one believes that the State of Israel should be abolished and replaced by a State of Palestine or a State of Happiness – why not say so openly?” I couldn’t agree more. Why not say so openly?

The Palestine Solidarity Movement has grown accustomed to covering its mouth on important issues so it doesn't hurt any Jewish feelings.
And Avnery knows the answer; it is one that we have touched on already. Nobody in the pseudo-mainstream solidarity network would say something in such direct terms out of the fear of being labeled “anti-Semitic.” If anyone were to make such a bold statement, they would immediately be gagged by the Zionist media with accusations of “wanting to throw the Jews into the sea.” So instead, they tend to speak with vagueness and ambiguity, hiding behind the motifs of “human rights” and “equality”, which are indeed important, elemental facets of the struggle for Palestinian liberation but they are baseless as long as the Zionist entity exists. It is phobia of being buried as an “anti-Semite” that allows Zionist ideologues like Avnery to have a voice in the Palestine Solidarity Movement and actually be respected by a great deal of people. A murderer and a terrorist, looked upon favorably in relation to “human rights” and “equality”. This fear is crippling the solidarity movement and the root is Jewish supremacism, along with the Jewish demand that the “goyim” kowtow to it.
The solidarity network is desperate for mainstream support after 100 years of Jewish colonization and 64 years of Zionist occupation, and it feels that the only way to attain it is by presenting the struggle for Palestinian liberation as a joint effort between Arabs and Jews because the Zionist media (for obvious tribal reasons) actively treats Jews as the pristine pinnacle of humanity and Arabs (and Muslims) as the ugliest dregs of inhumanity. The struggle to liberate Palestine should certainly be one in which Arabs, Jews and all of humanity come together against the enemy Zionist entity. But they should be coming together for Palestine and only Palestine. There should be no ulterior motive, no tribal baggage that comes with Jewish support. There should be no concern for the ‘Israeli people,’ who are the oppressors, the colonizers, the occupiers, the ethnic cleansers and the murderers of the Palestinians, Lebanese and others. 94% of ‘Israeli’ society supported Operation Cast Lead and 71% wants to see Iran destroyed (69). 70% of ‘Israeli’ Jews view themselves as the superior race on earth (70). We, as supporters of Palestine, should be concerned with “the rights” of these Jewish supremacists? We should be concerned with “the rights” of baby killers over the babies killed? Really?

Are Jewish and ‘Israeli’ voices really necessary to understand what is taking place in occupied Palestine? Are Jewish and ‘Israeli’ voices really more important or more valuable than Palestinian voices, than the voices of those actually being murdered, actually being ethnically cleansed, actually being imprisoned, actually being tortured? Does the Jewish voice or the ‘Israeli’ voice hold more credibility than the Palestinian voice? The answer should be categorical from the solidarity movement: “We do not need a Jewish voice to validate the genocide.” Why are Jewish voices even being sought, considering 95% of American Jewry supports the criminal existence of the Zionist entity, and 90% of British Jewry does the same (71)? 64 years have passed since al-Nakba and the creation of ‘Israel’ and still, there is not a collective Jewish voice anywhere in the world demanding that every foreign occupier, every land-stealing invader, meaning every ‘Israeli’ in Palestine leave and leave now. Does this not speak volumes about the position of the international Jewish community? And doesn’t this uncomfortable but undeniable fact pose a direct threat to the peoples of Palestine, the Middle East and the globe in general?

The Palestine Solidarity Movement is so busy paying its respects to the propaganda-ridden "chosen" holocaust, it is failing to adequately fight for Palestine.
Is the Palestine Solidarity Movement afraid of speaking candidly on Palestine because it is afraid of agitating Jewish sensitivities? If so, why? Because of the holocaust? Is this what it means to show solidarity with the occupied, oppressed and dispossessed indigenous people of Palestine? To get down on one’s knees and supplicate to the sanctity, uniqueness and chosen-ness of the alleged Nazi judeocide, something Palestinians had nothing to do with, as if nobody else but Jews suffered during WW2? As if Germans themselves weren’t mercilessly slaughtered by the Allies’ bombs, at international Zionism’s behest? No, thank you, I will keep my dignity. The primacy of Jewish suffering culminating in Nazi judeocide is mythical; it is an idolatrous religion. And the historical narrative surrounding it is overloaded, I repeat, overloaded with deception after deception after deception, from the Zionist-Allied propaganda about homicidal gas chambers to the vastly inaccurate, Kabbalistic “6 million victims of anti-Semitic atrocities” figure that has been repeated by Jewish media sources since 1890 (72).

“Another holocaust” is intrinsic to the Zionist opposition to the real One State Solution, The Only State Solution: Palestine Restored with the Right of Return implemented and the removal of all Zionist colonists from the lands stolen by Jewish invaders during al-Nakba, al-Naksa and after that. They assess that it represents a modern day “anti-Semitic” expulsion of Jews, like the more than 100 other expulsions of Jews in Europe dating back to 1,000 years ago. They do not speak on why Jews were expelled from Europe then and they definitely don’t speak on why the Zionist Jews living on ethnically cleansed in Palestine would be expelled now. They would never say that this present “expulsion of Jews” is an expulsion of invaders, terrorists, murderers, land rapists and thieves. Both instances, past and present, are simply and nonsensically applied to “anti-Semitism,” as if Jews are incapable of doing wrong and “the goyim” are born with a Jew-hating gene. This is insulting to one’s intelligence, intellectually dishonest and racist, and borderline deranged.

Questioning this history is off-limits to regular citizens and for professionals, it is career suicide. And in regards to the holocaust specifically, it is literally criminal. What kind of incontrovertible historical evidence needs laws to protect it from questioning? It doesn’t; but lies, malevolent lies, definitely do. In Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, the Zionist regime itself, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Switzerland have some sort of law against holocaust ‘denial’/revisionism and several scholars have been arrested under these laws. Welcome to the Zionist version of 1984 on “chosen” steroids.

A closer look at the important exchange between investigative journalist Martin Iqbal and author Ben White.
A colleague and dear brother of mine, Martin Iqbal, investigative journalist extraordinaire of, recently had an exchange with prominent human rights activist and author Ben White on the social networking website, Twitter. In the exchange, brother Martin asks White if he supports the Zionist entity’s “right to exist” as a Jewish state on the pre-1967 borders, meaning the land that it stole during al-Nakba. White evades the question, vaguely replying with “I support one democratic state.” Brother Martin notes that “Right of Return can only be realized with removal of colonists from pre and post 1967 borders. Allowing the {Zionist} colonists to stay would preclude any democratic state; they have no moral or legal right to be there.”

White surprisingly responds with naivete, “The removal of colonists? What do you mean?” Brother Martin proceeds by explaining to the seemingly ignorant White in no uncertain terms that all Jews who came to Palestine as invaders during al-Nakba must leave while all Jews who lived in Palestine prior to al-Nakba absolutely should be allowed to stay. Furthermore, brother Martin accurately notes that thousands upon thousands of Palestinian refugees still hold the keys to the homes stolen by Zionist usurpers and that “they can only return to their land when the occupiers have left.” White responds to this bluntly, “We disagree then.” What White is advocating is that the usurpers of Palestine live side by side with the usurped of Palestine in “one democratic state.” This concept is directly averse to justice of any kind. Sadly, this position, which undisputably exists in the Palestine Solidarity Movement because of the paranoid practice of obsessively watching one’s words so one doesn’t upset Jews or rile up their ever-dreaded Jewish sensitivities, is held by a large majority of people. This position, this cruel, unjust position, which would grant occupation soldiers and land thieves the same rights as the brutalized Palestinians disconnected from their aboriginal lands, takes the cause for total liberation in a vice grip, strangles it and buries it.

The flag of Palestine is the only flag that belongs flying in the holy land. Never will the usurping Zionist entity be recognized. Ever.
Honest question here… are human rights, justice, equality and dignity actually being represented when the dreams of Palestinians yearning for Huriyeh (Arabic for freedom) all over the world are choked to death because the Solidarity Movement doesn’t want to offend the Jewish community with language that this global group of tribalists may find too harsh? Sorry, but I don’t give too much of a damn who is offended by this statement, Jew or non-Jew alike: “We will not recognize the Zionist entity under any circumstances. True peace in the region can only be attained when ‘Israel’ ceases to exist.”

Far too many Jews in the solidarity network operate with the tribal mindset of not only protecting the Zionist entity but the global Jewish-Zionist lobbying network which upholds it and therefore, they stifle debate on Zionism as an international, ideological behemoth and not simply another case of “settler-colonialism.” When one from within the Palestine Solidarity Movement points out the inescapable reality of tribal Jewish networking and powerful Zionist lobbying, they are drilled as anti-Semitic not just by the Zionist Lobby itself but Jewish “anti-Zionists” who are supposed to be fighting alongside them, not going out of their way to protect “the tribe” which is severely complicit in every crime committed against the Palestinian people. “Anti-Zionist” is yet another mask of Zion. And it is worn well by Jewish supremacists in the Solidarity Movement who do the dirty work for Zionist propaganda wings by acting as thought police (71). And as harsh as they are with Palestinians, which is pathologically wretched by itself, the “Anti-Zionist” Jewish thought police seem to be twice as harsh with righteous Jews who refuse to identify themselves as supremacists, like the aforementioned brother Jihad and the courageous Paul Eisen. The “Anti-Zionist” Jewish thought police are working to destroy these men (71).

How is it even conceivable that an arrogance this gargantuan exists?

Jews silencing exiled Palestinians on the issue of Palestine while terrorist occupiers like Uri Avnery are given a lofty platform to voice factually-deficient Zionist opinions and corrupt discourse? All the while, as these same “anti-Zionist” Jews are preaching to Palestinians about racism and “anti-Semitism,” they continue meeting in their exclusivist, chauvinist groups where only Jews are allowed; many of them overtly Zionist (74). How can this be tolerated?

There are very few persons in the Palestine Solidarity Movement willing to take on Zionism's "anti-Semitism" blades. This must change.
How can a cause as beautiful as solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine, a cause for all of humanity, be reduced to a cheap tool in the hands of tribal supremacists operating like a possessed swarm to protect their interests?

The answer is because they wield the “anti-Semitism” sword and excluding a select few persons ready to have their blood shed for the full liberation of Palestine, nobody wants to get cut.

The ideology of “chosen-ness” cannot be broken as long as this is accepted. Why would Jews leave the comforts of their ghettoized mentality when they can express “solidarity” with Palestine and put “the tribe” first at the same time? They must be broken of this, so they can truly join us in brotherhood and sisterhood. They cannot be broken of this if they aren’t challenged. The refusal to offer a challenge is a dangerous path leading to implosion for the Palestine Solidarity Movement because it shows that division, the division of the “dual-loyalty dilemma,” will always be present. This is not solidarity. This is tribalism. This is supremacism. This is destructive to everything that Palestinians and their true friends have fought for over the last six decades. This is Zionism doing what it does best: demolishing, undermining, maiming. Enough is enough. Khalas, as we say in Arabic. No more “anti-Zionist Zionists,” no more “peace process,” no more “two-state solutions,” no more holocaust religion and no more Uri Avnerys. It is time for the Palestine Solidarity Movement to be revamped.

"Palestine is the heartbeat of the struggle for humanity’s liberation from global tyranny."
The current status quo is one of infiltration, Orwellianism and cowardice. We need cohesive unity, true freedom of thought and courage. We need truth, and then we will have justice, and then we will have peace. Palestine is the heartbeat of the struggle for humanity’s liberation from global tyranny. Palestine is the blood in the veins of the oppressed. We must make this known again. It is time for a Revolution; a real Revolution to make this known. The revolutionary knows no selfishness; only selflessness. The revolution knows no limits; only limitlessness in the pursuit of victory.
And our victory will be the full liberation of Palestine and all occupied, oppressed lands. To begin the implementation of this intention, we need a new pledge; a righteous pledge that will safeguard the dignity of the Palestinian people until the end of the time. That is what we shall be, “The Guardians of Dignity.” And we Guardians now present our pledge:

The Huriyeh Doctrine: 10 Principles of Solidarity
1. The name of the land between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea is Palestine. Only Palestine. Never will the Zionist entity occupying Palestine be recognized under any circumstances. Because it is a fabricated regime, “Israel” will always be referred to in quotation marks to affirm its lack of legitimacy and our commitment to categorically denying its equally fabricated “right to exist.” No to normalization, no to recognition, no to Zionism.
2. Every “Israeli” is an illegal settler. Every. Single. One. Thus, all persons identifying themselves as “Israelis” must leave Palestine immediately to make way for the 8 million ethnically cleansed Palestinian refugees all over the globe who want to exercise their universally-recognized Right of Return. Additionally, the word “Israeli” is synonymous with the following: murderer, killer, thief, uprooter, usurper, rapist, occupier, colonist, settler, fanatic, supremacist, terrorist, criminal, butcher, massacrer, chauvinist and racist. Never again will a Palestinian be told by an “Israeli” to leave his or her ancestral home. Never again will “Israelis” have a death grip on the land of Palestine.
3. As the indigenous people of the land, Palestinians have the sovereign right to choose what kind of society that they wish to live in, what kind of government that they wish to place in power and what kind of future that they want to build for future Palestinian generations. As the indigenous people of the land, they and they alone have the sovereign right to decide who is allowed entry into their land and who will be denied entry into their land. As the indigenous people of the land, they have the sovereign right to resist any act of aggression by any means that they deem necessary. Anyone who suggests that the Palestinians do not have these rights is irrelevant, an enemy or both.
4. Until the Zionist entity ceases to exist and Palestine is restored from the River to the Sea, it must be boycotted, divested from and sanctioned. No to “Israeli” companies, which are occupation profiteers and exploiters of Palestinian natural resources, no to “Israeli” products, which are made from those stolen natural resources, no to any artist, actor, author or musician who traveled to “Israel” and attempted to normalize with it and no to any and all companies headed by Zionists who serve as fifth columns for the usurping terrorist regime.
5. To uphold principles one, two and three, we vow to be steadfast and intrepid in unforgivingly exposing the driving force behind 100 years of Zionist colonization and 64 years of Zionist occupation in Palestine, al-Nakba, al-Naksa, the 22-year occupation of Southern Lebanon, the ongoing 44-year illegal occupation of Syria’s al-Jaulan (The Golan Heights), a plethora of the most bestial massacres known to man and countless other crimes: Jewish supremacism and its guiding books, the genocidal Old Testament, supremacist Talmud and satanic Kabbalah, as well as its guiding maniacal rabbis, the monstrous architects of the ideology; specifically those from the gangster cult of Chabad Lubavitch, who have already been successful in implementing Talmudic law in the United States. We vow to be vigilant in our pursuit of exposing these hideous truths so that what was done to Palestine is never repeated with any other nation or people ever again in history.
6. With the full blessing of their genocidal rabbis, and for the sole cause of Zionist domination of the world, Jewish supremacists have set up tribal networks and lobbying institutions of unchecked power that span the entire planet. These bulwarks of international Zionism have been integral in protecting the usurping Zionist entity from criticism on the global stage, silencing opponents of Zionist hegemony and securing funding for the ethnic cleansing project in Palestine from Western governments. Along with “Israel” itself, these networks and institutions must be dismantled and never allowed to reassemble for the sake of preserving humanity from all-out catastrophe. We vow to fight these Jewish supremacist manifestations with truth and expose their insidious plots so thoroughly and brightly that even the blind will see.
7. The Jewish-Zionist World Power Matrix, meaning the lobbies, networks and think tanks run by Jews of the supremacist extraction and their collaborationist Gentile lackeys, have been successful in misleading the world into supporting the so-called “War on Terror,” which is really a war on Islam, Muslims and Resistance to Zionist superintendence. It is an invention of Zionism; it is psychological warfare designed by Zionist warmongers and fearmongers to dehumanize the enemies of “Israel” and infect the world with hatred for Islam, which, according to racist, poisonous and highly-revered rabbinical ‘sage’ Maimonides, “is the cruelest and most implacable enemy that the Jewish people have faced in their entire history.” This Jewish supremacist desire to destroy Islam is given enormous support by the media, which is owned and run by Zionists, Hollywood, which is owned and run by Zionists and the international banking system, which is also controlled by Zionists, chiefly the demonic Rothschild family, the godfathers of “Israel.” The newest narrative of these same Zionist war-makers is the “humanitarian intervention,” which is already integrated with and swiftly replacing the “War on Terror.” We vow to expose this Matrix in its entirety, no matter how cringe-worthy the details may be; we vow to expose it and take it down.
8. As the great revolutionary Malcolm X once said, “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent.” The Zionist media has been the most important organ of the Jewish-Zionist World Power Matrix in its quest for “Jewish Utopia.” The Zionist media is an organ of liars and propagandists, hasbaraniks and disinformers, bigots, fools and agents. It has helped dehumanize the people of occupied Palestine, as well as other victims of Zionist-engineered aggression, including but not limited to Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan, occupied Afghanistan, occupied Somalia, Libya and Yemen, and it has deliberately blotted out the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir.
Nothing that emanates from the Zionist media can be trusted; nothing. We reject its credibility entirely. We reject its “history” entirely. We reject its narratives entirely. We recognize that there is overwhelming evidence that “Israel” murdered United States President John F. Kennedy, as well as his brother, Robert F. Kennedy. We demand the exposure of the “Israeli” assault on the USS Liberty during al-Naksa. We recognize that the attacks of September 11th in New York City, July 7th in London, November 26th in Mumbai and hundreds of other attacks wrongfully blamed on Muslims were false flag operations executed primarily by the Zionist entity’s Mossad, whose motto is, “By the way of deception, thou shalt wage war.” These truths are fundamental to fighting for the full liberation of Palestine and understanding the true nature of the Zionist threat devouring everything that we hold dear. We declare our relentless willingness to ensure that these truths go viral throughout the world.
9. We declare that the Huriyeh of Palestine is incomplete without the Azadi of Kashmir. For over 150 years, Kashmiris have been suffering under a system of colonial oppression and for the last 65 years, they have been militarily occupied by 750,000 Indian forces, making Kashmir the longest-running occupation and most militarized zone on earth. The Zionist media has been key in making sure that Kashmir vanished from the global psyche and it has been done because “Israel” has been assisting India with the brutal occupation of Kashmir from genesis, providing arms, funds, training and diplomatic support. The governing ideology behind the Indian occupation of Kashmir is Hindutva, a mirror image of Zionism. The force behind Hindutva is Hindu supremacism, a first cousin of Jewish supremacism. The Hindutvadi regime is the Zionist entity’s closest ally and trade between the two occupations is at an all-time high: $14 billion, $9 billion of it coming from “defense.” Hindutva’s bloody fingerprints are all over Palestine and Zionism’s bloody fingerprints are all over Kashmir.
Until Kashmir is granted its Azadi from savage Hindutvadi occupation, from one end of the Vale to the other, we demand that India be boycotted, divested from and sanctioned. No to Indian products. No to Indian companies. No to any artist, actor, author or musician who traveled to India and attempted to whitewash Hindutva’s crimes in Kashmir. No, no, no to Bollywood and its delusions. And no to any company headed by Hindutvadis, who like their Zionist brethren, serve as fifth columns for the cruel Indian occupation. End Hindutva, end Zionism. Full liberation for Palestine, full liberation for Kashmir. Huriyeh! Azadi! Now!
10. The primacy of Jewish suffering and the notion of perennial Jewish victimhood are grossly distorted on the historical level and at their very core, are myths that have been used by Zionists to shackle humanity with guilt, browbeating it into supporting any and every crime committed by the Jewish supremacist entity and its vast criminal network of sayanim. We reject these myths unconditionally. The holocaust religion, which is the propaganda apex of these myths, is a dangerous belief system that Zionist domineers force upon Jewish and Gentile children through their media and Hollywood apparatuses, making them indifferent to the suffering of everybody else on earth but Jews, especially those innocents who have been wronged, massacred, invaded and brutalized by “Israel,” directly or by proxy. We reject the holocaust religion and the Zionist propaganda that has propped it up for decades. We reject the Jewish supremacist construct of “chosen-ness.” We recognize the suffering of all strands of humanity at the hands of these wicked supremacists and we recognize the rights of humanity to fight back against them and bring about a better, just and peaceful world.
Any soul who adheres to these principles is a true friend of Palestine and a true friend of the oppressed. Who will take a stand and join the Guardians of Dignity in the struggle to liberate Palestine and the Solidarity Movement from the clutches of Zionist subversives? Those who do will have their names etched in the halls of champions and warriors when our righteous struggle comes to an end. Those who don’t will slip deeper and deeper into servitude to the sensitivities of Jewish supremacists like Uri Avnery, whether they know it or not. They will be crippled into invalidity by the apprehension of “anti-Semitism.” For our Revolution to take flight, our wings of Resistance must be unbreakable. I am ready to resist; I am ready to fly for Palestine, Kashmir and the oppressed of the north, south, east and west. In fact, alhamdulillah, I already am. The question is… are you?

~ End of Part II, End of Series ~

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(50) Obama And The Jews by Pauline Dubkin Yearwood, The Chicago Jewish News
(51) How Barack Obama Learned To Love Israel by Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada
(52) BrightSource: Obama’s Latest Gift To Israel by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion
(53) Understanding The Opposition To NATO’s Intervention In Libya by Uri Avnery, Redress Information and Analysis
(54) The Top Ten Myths In The War Against Libya by Professor Maximilian C. Forte, Counter Punch
(55) One Million Man March For Gaddafi: Where Is This Story? by Pravda
(56) The Destruction Of Libya And The Murder Of Muammar Gaddafi by P. Ngigi Njoroge, Empire Strikes Black
(57) Libya: ‘U.S. Took A Back Seat’ Myth Takes Another Hit As Obama Admits Americans Flew French Jets by Martin Iqbal, Empire Strikes Black
(58) The ‘Rebel’ Assassination Of Muammar Gaddafi: A NATO Operation From A To Z by Martin Iqbal, Empire Strikes Black
(59) Gaddafi Sodomized: Video Shows Abuse Frame By Frame (GRAPHIC) by Tracy Shelton, Global Post
(60) PSYWAR: The Fake Fall Of Tripoli And The Zionist Dragon’s Butchery Across Palestine I by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion
(61) Neo-Con Hawks Take Flight Over Libya by Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service
(62) American Jewish Committee Behind “Humanitarian Intervention” In Libya by Maidhc Ó Cathail, The Passionate Attachment
(63) British Media Use ‘Puppy Dog’ Imagery To Sell Genocidal Attack On Libya by Martin Iqbal, Empire Strikes Black
(64) Syria: Zionist Mobilization Kicks Into High Gear by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion
(65) The Boycott Revisited by Uri Avnery, The Dissident Voice
(66) A Hebrew Lesson: Peace Is Not Shalom And Shalom Is Not Sharon by Gilad Atzmon,
(67) 1948 Remembered By The People Who Were There by The Independent
(68) Of Semites and ‘Anti-Semites’ by Eric Alterman, The Nation
(69) The Palestinian Statehood Sham: A Donkey Heads To The Den Of Vipers by Jonathan Azaziah, Mask of Zion
(70) Survey: Record Number Of Israeli Jews Believe In God by Nir Hasson, Haaretz
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"Jerusalem", Reconstruction, Gaza siege focus of Haneyya Gulf Tour

Jerusalem,  Gaza siege focus of Haneyya talks with King of Bahrain

[ 04/02/2012 - 07:11 PM ]

MANAMA, (PIC)-- Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya had an in-depth discussion with King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa in Manama on Saturday over a number of important topics.
The discussion focused on Jerusalem and the Israeli Judaization attempts of the holy city and the rising settlement activity in addition to the siege on Gaza and its power crisis.
Haneyya called for greater Arab and Islamic moves to save Jerusalem and to boost its inhabitants’ steadfastness.

He also explained the situation in Gaza as a result of the Israeli blockade and war that left hundreds of victims and vast destruction.

For his part, the Bahraini monarch hailed the Palestinian people’s steadfastness and struggle, and declared full support for the Palestine cause.

He stressed his country’s support for the issue of Jerusalem in its capacity as a “central issue”, describing it as a red line.

Haneyya arrived in Bahrain earlier Saturday from Qatar at the second leg of his tour that started about a week ago.

Haneyya arrives in Bahrain

[ 04/02/2012 - 11:44 AM ] 

MANAMA, (PIC)-- Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya arrived in the Bahraini capital Manama on Saturday from Doha, Qatar on the second leg of his tour.

Haneyya is expected to meet with King of Bahrain Sheikh Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifa on Saturday evening, Taher Al-Nunu, the Palestinian government’s spokesman who is accompanying Haneyya on his tour, said in a statement.
Haneyya announced in Doha that the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani had promised to reconstruct Gaza Strip, and stressed the importance of expediting an end to the Gaza siege.

He told the Friday congregation that Sheikh Hamad would generously reconstruct all destroyed homes in Gaza and would contribute in a number of other projects.

Haneyya: Sheikh Hamad pledged to rebuild war-torn Gaza
[ 04/02/2012 - 10:28 AM ] 

DOHA, (PIC)-- Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya said the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Al-Thani promised him to reconstruct what was destroyed by the Israeli occupation during the war on the Gaza Strip.

"With openhanded and generous support from Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin-Khalifa Al Thani, the destroyed homes in Gaza will be reconstructed and a lot of projects will be established," premier Haneyya said in his Friday khutba (sermon) in Mohamed bin-Abdulwahab Mosque in Doha.

Haneyya thanked Qatar and its leadership for supporting Gaza people for more than three years and hailed the Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite channel for its positions in favor of the Palestinian cause.

The Palestinian leader also told the congregation about the dangers threatening the occupied city of Jerusalem and warned that the holy city is facing the most malicious Judaization campaign ever carried out since its occupation by the Zionists.

"I am not saying that as a media stunt, but honestly Jerusalem is in real danger, and I place this matter in your hand so that we can work together to save it," he added.
The premier also talked about the Israeli blockade on Gaza and urged the Qatari people to intensify their efforts to break it.

He also urged Egypt and the Arab and Islamic countries to come together to support Gaza in the face of Israel's siege and aggression.

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Syria Unrest spreads to Aleppo

Syria Unrest spreads to Aleppo

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Syria Unrest spreads to Aleppo
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SYRIA- Violence in the country has raged on as diplomats at the United Nations wrangle over an Arab and Western draft resolution condemning today’s Syrian authorities for a military crackdown on an 11-month-old revolt in which thousands of people have been killed.

Protests erupted on Friday in Syria’s main commercial hub of Aleppo, which has so far remained largely on the sidelines of the uprising.

Overnight bombardment on the town of Anadan, a few kilometers from Aleppo, killed one man and wounded five after insurgents and army defectors attacked roadblocks manned by loyalist troops. Rebels in Tel Rifaat, another town to the north, blocked the main highway to Turkey.

In Aleppo itself, gunfire was heard in two neighborhoods. Militiamen loyal to Assad, known as ‘shabbiha’, fired at random overnight at a third district where defiant calls of “God is greatest” echoed from roofs and windows.

Activists reported arrest campaigns and heavy gunfire in several areas and said at least four people had been killed, including two children in northern Idlib province and two civilians on the edges of Damascus, where the government beat back rebels who temporarily seized towns last week.

The state news agency SANA said three members of the security forces, including an army lieutenant, had been killed in a clash with an “armed terrorist group” in the southern province of Daraa.

The agency has reported military funerals of around 100 soldiers and police in the last week, adding to the 2,000 members of Assad’s security forces who authorities reported late last year had been killed.

Syrian forces shot dead one person in the city of Hama on Friday as they broke up a protest marking the anniversary of a 1982 massacre by troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad’s father, activists told Associated Press.
Protests were held across Syria on Friday after the prayers under the banner “Hama, forgive us.”

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces dispersed the demonstrations in the Janoub Al-Malaab district of Hama, where residents planned to release 1,000 red balloons to mark the killing of more than 10,000 people when President Hafez Assad’s forces crushed an uprising in 1982.

Opposition activists say President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have stepped up operations around the country after appearing to crush rebels who brought the fight to the outskirts of the capital.

It was not possible to verify activist or state media reports as Syria restricts access for independent media.

At the UN Security Council, Arab and Western drafters of a resolution condemning Syria’s crackdown revised their text on Thursday in an effort to avoid a Russian veto, though their draft included language Moscow has rejected.

Morocco circulated a new draft after Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told the 15-nation council that he would veto the draft if it were put to a vote on Friday with a phrase saying the council “fully supports” an Arab League plan calling for Assad to step aside, Western diplomats said.

That phrase remained in the text. But several diplomats said Churkin’s threat had more to do with the timing than the substance of the resolution and thought it might still be possible to persuade Russian to abstain or back the resolution.

“He made the threat, but I don’t think he’ll necessarily have to follow through with it,” a diplomat said. It’s still possible to avoid a veto.”

Moscow has demanded language explicitly ruling out the use of external force in Syria, though the current draft makes clear the council wants the crisis resolved peacefully and the resolution could not be used as the basis for military intervention as in Libya’s uprising last year.

The draft does not threaten Syria with sanctions, also rejected by Russia, but includes a vague reference to possible “further measures” in the event of Syrian non-compliance.

Morocco’s UN envoy, Mohammed Loulichki, told reporters he would seek a vote on the amended draft resolution “as soon as possible.”

Colombian envoy Nestor Osorio said the council would continue discussions on the draft, sponsored by Morocco, France, Britain, the United States,0 Germany, Portugal, Colombia, Togo, Libya, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Turkey.

A vote may not be imminent and further revisions could follow. France said it foresaw by Monday at the latest.

Russia has balked at any language that would open to door to “regime change” in Syria, its most important Middle East ally.

Moscow has a naval base in Syria and is a major arms supplier to Damascus, and so bristles at outsiders trying to dictate internal political change in Damascus.

The surging violence in the last week prompted the Arab League to suspend its monitoring mission in Syria on Jan. 28, from which Gulf Arab observers had already withdrawn.

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Egypt: Rage of a Revolution

A protester returns a gas canister during clashes with security forces near the Interior Ministry in Cairo 3 February 2012. (Photo: REUTERS - Suhaib Salem)

Published Saturday, February 4, 2012
Ahmed Wardani, aged 25, lost his brother to police violence against protesters on January 28 last year. Mustafa was killed during the Friday of Rage riots in Suez, on a day that Egyptians consider crucial to the short history of the country’s revolution.

In spite of the loss of his elder brother, Wardani showed consistent warmth and a characteristically Egyptian sense of humor during interviews with Al-Akhbar in early December 2011.

But on 3 February 2012, Wardani sounded bitter like never before. “There’s so much violence. It’s really bad here today,” he said. “The police are using tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire to disperse some 8,000 protesters around the city’s security directorate. The violence just shows that the police has not changed at all, in spite of the revolution.”

New wave of violence: Police versus people

A new wave of violence struck Egypt starting February 1, when 74 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured during the country’s worst football disaster in history during a game in Port Said. Sympathizers with the victims unequivocally blamed the ruling military regime, either by design or omission, for the tragedy. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has held executive power since the resignation of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Witnesses said the Central Security Forces, long associated with quelling anti-Mubarak street action, failed to stop the violence, in part by allowing people armed with white weapons to enter the stadium. They also reportedly failed to intervene to stop violence against Al Ahly fans when they were violently attacked by thugs as soon as the game ended.

The Muslim Brotherhood, whose Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) heads the main parliamentary bloc, blamed remnants of Mubarak’s regime for the violence. On Thursday, parliament held an emergency session and blamed the Ministry of Interior, led by Mansour Essawi, for failing to stop the violence.
According to a statement published on the Muslim Brotherhood’s English website, FJP vice-chairman Essam Eryan “presented to parliament a request for prosecution of the Interior Minister on charges of negligence.” The statement also referred to the “survival” of the senior leadership” of the ministry, which is believed to be “complicit” with Mubarak’s regime.

Enraged by the deaths, thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Egypt on Thursday. But the protests were more than just an expression of anger with the security forces. They also expressed demands for the fall of the SCAF new momentum.

Police violence remained in the limelight when the security forces resorted to excessive violence to quell protests that continued through Friday in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria among other towns. The authorities have denied the use of live ammunition against protesters, though witnesses at the scene in Cairo and Suez claim otherwise.

The scenes were reminiscent of crackdowns on protesters in central Cairo during November and December last year. Because of their magnitude, they were also eerily reminiscent of crackdowns during the last days of Mubarak’s regime.

Through clashes on Thursday evening and Friday, at least four people were killed during street battles in Cairo and Suez. The significance of the deaths in Suez was not lost on protesters, who were quick to remember that the first victims of the January 25 revolution fell there.

According to the Ministry of Health, more than 1,600 people were injured in the latest round of violence since Wednesday. Protesters on Thursday and Friday were mostly unarmed, while some hurled rocks at the security forces.

One of those killed was an army lieutenant, apparently run over by mistake by a security vehicle. The majority of injured protesters suffered suffocation from tear gas used to force protesters away from the Ministry of Interior building in the heart of the city.

Significantly, among those in the front lines of Cairo protests were hardcore football fans, or Ultras. The Ultras not only played a key role in last year’s protests leading up to Mubarak’s ouster, but also in intermittent clashes through 2011 with the security forces and military. They have a history of clashes with the Central Security Forces, both pre and post-Mubarak.

Resignations and travel bans: Insufficient concessions

A string of resignations and travel bans followed the Port Said tragedy. Port Said governor Major-General Mohamed Abdullah resigned Wednesday and has now been banned from leaving the country. According to Al Jazeera, the head of Port Said’s security has also been issued a travel ban.

SCAF Chairman Hussein Tantawi was quoted by Reuters as saying: "We will get through this stage. Egypt will be stable. We have a roadmap to transfer power to elected civilians. If anyone is plotting instability in Egypt they will not succeed. Everyone will get what they deserve." He also said that the security of the Port Said game was the responsibility of the police force.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri told parliament on Thursday that all Egyptian Football Association board members would be suspended and an investigation would be opened on the Port Said game.

Appointed by SCAF in November and once prime minister under Mubarak, Ganzouri’s statements before parliament Thursday were deemed insufficient concessions by human rights lawyer Gamal Eid.
As the executive power, “the SCAF is directly responsible for security in Egypt. Promises of accountability are empty, and poor attempts at fooling the Egyptian people into thinking that only the SCAF can save them from insecurity and chaos,” said Eid, head of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information.

Eid mentioned the fact that no officer has yet been sentenced for killings during numerous crackdowns on protesters through 2011, though promises to that effect were made each time. “Every time calm returns to Egypt, a tragedy takes place to try and make people believe the SCAF’s claims that foreign agents or unidentified thugs being behind insecurity in the country,” the lawyer said.

“In fact, the strategy is backfiring. Every time there is bloodshed, people become more aware of who is ultimately responsible for the violence,” Eid added. “When you want to know who is behind a crisis, try and look for benefits most from it.”

And while the FJP’s calls to a large extent reflected the need to overhaul Egypt’s unreformed, and thus far unaccountable security apparatus, Eid believed its de facto compromise with the SCAF would make it hard for the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing to go through with its drive.

“The FJP is trying hard to keep both its voters and the SCAF happy,” he said. “At some point, it is going to have to choose between them, because violence is making the gulf between the people and the executive grow by the day.”

Insecurity to engineer the counter-revolution

Not all Egyptians, however, are against the SCAF. Continued instability started to create a split on the streets that had yet to show itself in full force. Overall insecurity, skyrocketing crime rates, and the unprecedented presence of unknown thugs - whom some believe are criminals let out of jail during Egypt’s 18-day revolution last year - have led to the creation of significant support for continued military rule.

What has yet to be seen was how the situation in the coming months, leading up to presidential elections scheduled for June, would evolve. For one, splits between FJP supporters and other popular political forces on how to take the country forward - concerning both method and pace - were fast emerging almost 12 months on from Mubarak’s ouster.

On January 27, clashes broke out between liberal, secular and independent protesters on one hand, and Muslim Brotherhood supporters on the other in downtown Cairo. On Wednesday, new skirmishes broke out when FJP supporters blocked protesters from entering the street leading to the parliament building. This time around, however, the skirmishes were contained.

Meanwhile provocation by the authorities to keep tensions high have been continuous through the latest round of clashes. “State television has spent the past few hours telling its viewers to take to the streets to defend the country against ‘thugs,’ referring to protesters,” Suez activist Wardani said.
“But in my view, the more the SCAF and security forces resort to violence, the less likely it is that a split on the street will emerge,” he said. Though he sounded troubled, “I have hope,” Wardani added. “People can see with their own eyes, just like they did during the revolution, who is behind the violence.”

But ill omens still weighed heavy on Egyptians. For one, as Friday evening came to a close, reports broke out of attempts to set ablaze a building adjacent to the Ministry of Interior in downtown Cairo, just a few meters away from ongoing clashes. Minutes later, anti-SCAF Facebook group Scafgate claimed protesters had “detained” those trying to start the fire.

Staged or not, such incidents only prove that security was diminishing in a country whose people once kept it beautifully safe.
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Syrian Sources Deny Bombardment Claims, Obama Condemns Al-Assad

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Syrian News Agency SANA denied Saturday media reports that the army bombarded spontaneous targets in Homs killing hundreds of innocent civilians.

The news agency clarified that these claims were part of the “ongoing distortion, falsification and instigation media campaigns by some satellites” in order to “cover the crimes and aggressions of the armed terrorist groups in Syria”.

Quoting an unnamed Syrian Information source, SANA further stated that “TV Satellites of instigation, partners with the armed terrorist groups and the so-called Istanbul council, have been launching a hysterical campaign of provocation and incitement for the shedding of more Syrian blood, as to influence the stances of some countries at the UN Security Council.''

Media had published Saturday reports and images of corpses, indicating that the Syrian army has committed a “massacre” among “protestors” in the city of Homs.
Noting that these images where actually for “innocent citizens kidnapped, tortured and slaughtered by the armed terrorist groups,” SANA pointed out that “the corpses, in fetters, bear signs of torture and organized killing with no signs of artillery or mortar shells.”

Some Syrian citizens also contacted state channels such as the Syrian TV reassuring that “the corpses images aired by Satellites were in fact for their relatives who were kidnapped earlier by armed terrorist groups.”

Speaking to the Syrian television, one citizen said that “over 300 gunmen with their weapons were operating last night in the area, as RPG missiles poured on the quarter causing 5 houses to burn completely.”

In the same context, US President Barack Obama came out Saturday to accuse Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's government of murdering civilians in what he referred to as an “unspeakable assault" in the city of Homs.

"Assad must halt his campaign of killing and crimes against his own people now. He must step aside and allow a democratic transition to proceed immediately," Obama said in a condemnation statement published by AFP.

Continuing the worldwide campaign against Al-Assad, the US president claimed that "yesterday the Syrian government murdered hundreds of Syrian citizens, including women and children, in Homs through shelling and other indiscriminate violence, and Syrian forces continue to prevent hundreds of injured civilians from seeking medical help.”

"I strongly condemn the Syrian government's unspeakable assault against the people of Homs and I offer my deepest sympathy to those who have lost loved ones," the statement added, indicating that “the UN Security Council has now an opportunity to stand against the Al-Assad regime's relentless brutality.”
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