Action Alert: Palestinian Declaration


PLEASE SIGN THIS DECLARATION IF YOU AGREE WITH ITS CONTENTS:  (send Hahida Izzat  your name and country if you approve)

Palestinian Declaration

An invitation to ALL Palestinians and their supporters to unite under the banner of LIBERATION, affirming our alienable rights and clarifying our aims and aspirations to ourselves and to the world
For the sake of historical truth, and for defending, preserving and protecting the rights of future Palestinian children, we present this document:
  • Whereas, no foreign government, international institution or individual, has any form of legitimacy or jurisdiction to dispossess any other Nation by distributing their land and property,
  • Whereas, all colonial dealings regarding Palestine, whether by the “League of Nations” or the subsequent land confiscations by British colonial forces, as well as coerced transactions by early Zionists, did not invalidate the irrefutable fact that Palestine is the sole indigenous representative of all people of Palestine, settled and anchored culturally to the land since time immemorial,
  • Whereas, the religious component of Palestine’s cultural heritage is the central heritage for 31% of people who are Christians, 23 % who are Muslims, and  0.2 % who are Jews. Therefore, Jewish Zionists arguably attempted to usurp and destroy the heritage of almost 55% of humankind, namely Christians and Muslims, contrary to historical Palestinian society, known for its social cohesion, irrespective of religion, and for protecting all monuments and all worshipers of all faiths, prior to the Jewish-zionist invasion,
  • Whereas, we the Palestinian Nation, the sole indigenous people of historic Palestine, had neither been consulted with, nor did we agree to or undersign any partition of our homeland, Palestine, when the UN put partition to the vote in the General Assembly in 1948. The UN has never done so again,
  • Whereas, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution (181) recommending the adoption and implementation of the Partition Plan, allocating to “Israel” a defined area significantly smaller than the areas was overridden by Zionist Terror groups such as Irgun and Haganah, using ethnic cleansing, genocidal massacres, and massive destruction of over 530 Biblical villages and cities in the spring of 1948,
  • Whereas, the admission of “Israel” to the UN was conditional on its implementation of Resolutions 194, i.e., ceasing aggression and allowing the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties, as well as implementing Resolution 181 of the partition plan, (which Israel did not commit itself to any specific action or timeframe, and later rejected the resolutions all together),
  • Whereas, the decision to partition Palestine was never passed through the UN Security Council, which renders it non-binding, (serving only as advisory),
  • Whereas, Zionism, as materialised and manifested by the Jewish state of “Israel”, is a colonial settler ideology, advocating the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and confiscating their properties, abrogating their basic rights, and establishing an exclusive Jewish state in Historic Palestine,
  • Whereas, seven decades on, Jewish-Zionist terrorism, massacres, torture, imprisonment of civilian populations, torture of children, collective punishment, theft, land robbery, destruction of cultural heritage, ethnic cleansing, and slow-motion genocide, have only intensified,
  • Whereas, their offspring have had a full century (since the beginning of the first Jewish-Zionist invasion) to learn to coexist peacefully; yet they, along with the new-comers, choose to continue on the same path of aggression, oppression, exclusivity, and racism,
  • Whereas, the vast majority of Palestinians have been living in forced exile, forbidden to exercise their basic Human Right of Returning to their homes in their own homeland, and denied their basic human right of holding their National Identity,
  • Whereas, the entire humanity has the moral maturity which makes it unacceptable to acquire land and property by wars of conquest and aggression,
  • Whereas, we the Palestinian Nation have been victims of almost one century of insanely sadistic cruelty, assassinations of pregnant mothers, torture of children, psycho-terror, loss of land, loss of peace, security and independence, loss of health, destruction of our architectural and archeological cultural heritage, loss of collective and personal property, loss of economic means (i.e. loss of earning and sustenance), all at the hands and policies of a foreign and psychopathic body of Jewish Zionist terrorists and their international network of accomplices, for more than seven decades,
  • Whereas, myriads of Jewish-Zionist funds and foundations continue to raise and collect sums in the billions from international Jewish communities, to finance (either overtly or covertly) the destruction of our nation and our homeland, by means of a full spectrum destruction, be it genocide, be it destruction of landscape, be it destruction of architectural and cultural heritage, be it imprisonment and torture of children, be it systematic programs of assassination of social and political leader, be it use of toxic weapons,
  • Whereas, calling “Israel” a mere apartheid system which could be “fixed” with some cosmetic arrangements, such as granting Palestinians “Israeli” citizenship to “upgrade” their status from “occupied” to “slaves” in their own homeland, and demanding marginal improvement of the treatment of Palestinians, does not constitute in any form or shape a realistic approach enabling a viable project wherein even the most elementary basis of Justice could be established,
  • Whereas, participating in absolving individuals guilty of Crimes Against Humanity and other ongoing crimes since over seven decades, and whitewashing these crimes, is not only a betrayal to all things human and moral, but also is the fertile ground for justifying future repetition and amplification of such crimes,
For those reasons, we hereby, the undersigned Palestinians and our supporters affirm the following:
Palestine is located from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Jordan and cannot be divided, leased, given away or sold.
Palestinians, whether living in any part of historic Palestine or in forced exile, are one people and shall not be divided.
The Palestinian Nation is the only one owning the land of Palestine, with the human right of full and unrestrained sovereignty over our historic land, Palestine.
That the “Nakba” with its massacres and daily atrocities, continues to this day, beginning with the forceful uprooting of our people by terror organizations such as Irgun and Haganah in 1948. The lapse of time since the beginning or this “Nakba” (the word means “catastrophe”) does not diminish our inalienable rights in Palestine, including the inalienable right to return to our homes and properties, and to participate in the re-building and development of our society and its institutions, and adopt any political, economic and Judicial system we Palestinians would chose.
Our people inside and outside of Palestine form one Nation, and yearn for their reunification in their ancestral homeland, Palestine. Contrary to the defamation we have been subjected to, we have always been an extremely tolerant nation, and we yearn to restore this quality to our land and country, for the benefit of all humankind, irrespective of religion or cultural origin.
We Palestinians, just as any other nation under attack and occupied, have the ultimate and unabridged right to define our aims, choose our strategy and tactics of resistance suitable for achieving our liberation from our oppressor, and the reinstatement of our rights, and establishing diplomatic and commercial relations with neighboring countries and beyond.
Palestinians have the moral and legal right to pursue the legal prosecution of the usurpers and destroyers of our land within the recognized international laws.
It is ominously dangerous for everyone’s security, to refuse to prosecute perpetrators of terrorism, crimes against humanity, atrocities, and the systematic fomenting of wars and racial and religious hatred. It is ominously dangerous to step back from such prosecution under the ludicrous grounds that the perpetrators would merit leniency on grounds of being Jewish.
Only the Palestinian people through our legitimate institutions and elected representatives can speak for our rights and aspirations.
No organization, party, group or individual is empowered to cede our rights to historic Palestine. In fact, we explicitly express here our intention, as soon as we recover our rights, to prosecute anyone who engaged or attempted to cede land and rights without having any mandate to do so.
Only the Palestinian people gathered in Palestine and in exile can determine their future and the future of the country.
We the signatories of this document, call for either the creation of a new Liberation Party, or the rejuvenation of the PLO, as the only recognized and accepted legitimate organization of the Palestinian people. Such an organization must be strengthened to unify the people and their capabilities, in order to be justified to speak on their behalf, and structure our fight for liberation.
This party, (whether the PLO or otherwise), must unambiguously stand for, and implement a program for liberation of all of Palestine. It must be democratic, accountable, transparent and truly representative of the entire spectrum of the Palestinian Nation.
The aims and aspirations of Palestinians are not confined to a symbolic change of “Zionist regime” or a declaration of abandonment of Zionism by the Jewish-Zionist occupiers, but rather to the FULL liberation of Palestine and the restoration of all our inalienable rights
We call for a just and peaceful solution; we acknowledge that the only real road to peace is the full and unconditional liberation of Palestine, (which also means liberation from the supremacist ideology that is imposing its cruel occupation) and liberation from the racist Jewish-Zionist experiment, Liberation from the violence of colonizers and liberation from the perpetrators. That will inevitably mean a return to the original, peaceful society Palestine was before the Zionist invasion, albeit embracing all technological and societal developments. Our true and sincere aspirations are long lasting peace, justice and freedom.
We believe that restoring Palestine for all its people will lay out the true foundations of Palestinian society, and inscribe us harmoniously in the international community, contrary to the present day occupation entity, “Israel,” which is the root cause of so many difficulties and excesses in the world community, whether in the UN or elsewhere, where “Israel” and its multinational lobby groups are fomenting wars and racial-religious friction, making international cooperation extremely difficult.
As Palestinians, we are grateful and appreciative of the hard work of all our supporters; however, we are under no obligation to hold back our march for freedom, to curtail our aims or to abandon our rights for the sake of accommodating and not offending some of the Jewish supporters who still believe that “Israel” has the right to exist as a Jewish state inside the 1948 borders.
Palestinians have the ultimate right to choose their vision for their future, of a free Palestine, including the type of government, writing of our constitution, constructing and implementing legal and systems, all of which stems from and corresponds to our ethics and reflects and protects our culture.
A Palestinian legal team of professionals and advisors must be established to prepare the legal framework and procedures, upon which laws of immigration and citizenship are defined, on the basis of which Palestinian citizenship are granted, including defining who has a Right to Remain in liberated Palestine, depending on the place of birth and providing s/he is able to respect Palestinian law, and adopt a conduct respective of the community around.
All Palestinian refugees and their descendants have the unconditional right to come back home; we, the rightful indigenous owners are also entitled to the reinstatement of ALL confiscated (stolen) land and property, compensation for all our losses over the many years of exile, and we are also entitled to Palestinian citizenship wherever we are.
We Palestinians have not given up before, and have no intention to give up now. We will continue to pursue the course of JUSTICE and LIBERATION by all means deemed necessary and appropriate, by upholding universal humanist ethics, within the frame of International Law.

Thus, our vision for a just and peaceful settlement entails:

REVOKING ISRAEL’S UN MEMBERSHIP:
The settler/colonial occupation is in breach of all foundational UN Charters, and has violated and defied more UN resolutions and charter principles than any other country. This illegitimate entity has none of the qualifications necessary, neither moral nor legal nor political, required to obtain and maintain UN membership. Its current membership represents a mockery of international law, and is a disgrace to humanity. Israel’s UN membership should have never been granted in the first place. The revocation of Israel’s UN membership is a necessity, as a step towards the rehabilitation of the already-battered framework of International Law. Concurrently, all of Israel’s institutions, laws, policies and practices must be abolished, since they discriminate against people based on religion and ethnicity.
FULL LIBERATION of HISTORIC PALESTINE:
Palestine, known as “The Holy Land”, must be free from racist atrocities. Contrary to all failed attempts, road-maps and fake negotiations which serve as dilatory measure enabling more land grabs and atrocities, the concept of full liberation and full sovereignty for Palestinians carries only advantages; including the ability to prosecute them for crimes against humanity. To bring reason to the Holy Land, it is necessary to first recognize the fact that the Jewish-Zionist occupation is the sole reason there is strife in this land in the first place, and secondly, it is necessary to look back at the status pro ante, to discover that a liberated Palestine whose institutions will inevitably reflect Palestinian culture and social fabric, will be endlessly more apt to be a good standing member of the UN, and a good neighbor and partner to the world.
FULL SOVEREIGNTY of the Palestinian Nation over their ancestral country:
The Palestinian Nation has like any other nation has the aspiration and the right to select a political system, to adopt a constitution and re-construct the country. For the sake of international peace and security, it is time to return Palestine to its peaceful owners.
PROSECUTION OF WAR CRIMINALS:
A Palestinian judiciary and immigration system, will respectively prosecute former Israeli criminals and their associates, and/or grant or decline (on an individual basis), a Right to Remain in Palestine, based on criteria solely to be defined by said Immigration and Integration Services. This system should be put into place immediately.
RETURN, RESTITUTION and COMPENSATIONS:
Palestinian refugees have the unconditional Right of Return. Palestine and the Palestinian Nation at large, are entitled to full and unconditional restitution of the land and property whenever possible, coupled with appropriate compensation for more than seven decades of deprivation and slow genocide, cultural destruction, and a whole array of atrocities and usurpation.
PALESTINIAN CITIZENSHIP and NATURALISATION:
In the future democratic state of Palestine situated from the Mediterranean Sea to the River Jordan, Palestinians are the rightful citizens. Palestinians include those who live in the occupied homeland, and include all refugees living abroad and their descendants, all those have unrestricted right to Palestinian citizenship. For former Jewish Israelis, plans should be set on course to grant or decline on an individual basis a right to remain, based on criteria defined by an Immigration and Integration Service. Such criteria could take into consideration place of birth and the irrefutable proof of non-participation in the former Israeli occupation apparatus and its crimes, and the demonstration during a certain period, of the candidate’s ability and willingness to be law-abiding; respecting land, culture and his/her compatriots irrespective of religion or race. Subsequently the right to remain would be followed by unrestricted Palestinian citizenship, with equal rights. The whole procedure would be within the future framework of Palestinian Laws of Immigration and Naturalization. Undoubtedly, Palestinian immigration policies will adhere to international norms.
We hereby, call upon our friends and supporters -who hold the tragedy of Palestine, the dispossession of Palestinians of their own ancestral land dear at their heart-, to reflect upon the meaning of justice in the context of a history saturated with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
We consider any negotiations that do not lead to implementing the above as null and void. Also, we consider any and all individuals and institutions that do not adhere to our call as illegitimate representatives of our people and rights.
Thus, we call upon our people and institutions to rally behind this APPEAL and to work diligently to implement it.
We, also call upon our friends and supporters to join us in our declaration and our endeavors.
Furthermore, we call upon Jewish organizations and individuals, to take their responsibility seriously, we invite them to actively participate in restoring justice, righting the wrong, and facilitating the peaceful resolve of this chronic injustice by engaging positively, effectively and wholeheartedly to bring real change of “facts on the ground”, thus offering a remedy for healing of the Holy Land and its people, once and for all.
Moreover, we suggest they create a new Jewish fund, with agreement of every donor, to support the full and unconditional liberation in an effort to begin the lengthy process for Restitution, Reparation and Compensation for the Palestinians. A long overdue process, that will inevitably erase the seven decades long and ongoing Jewish crimes against the land of Palestine and its indigenous people.
LET US UNITE TO STOP THE MACHINE
LET US UNITE TO STOP THE SELL OUT

Signatures:

1) Nahida Izzat (AKA Exiled Palestinian) ………    Al-Quds/ Palestine
2) Mariam George ………………….. Palestine
3) Nadia Gheith ………………….. Palestine
4) Ibsal Assi Assi ………………….. Palestine
5) Ibtisam  Harb (Ibti Smile)………………….. Palestine
6) Abed Nakhleh
7) Peter Alan Foley ……………………………UK
8) Daniel Dewulf
9) Tanya Mango
10) Robert Elias Abu Shanab
11) Steven Wertheim
12) Deema Ash
13) Shawn Ryan
14) Ivan Maffei
15) Marlene Newesri
16) Rahma Yassin
17) Roger Tucker     ……………………….. Mexico
18)  Jacqueline Conway
19) Gennifer Hope
20) Aliyah Rehman ……………………………UK
21) Daniel john Morgan ……………………………UK
22) Sofia Rehman ……………………………UK
23) Mazhar Rehman……………………………UK
24) Ian Ligertwood  ……………………………UK
25) Hassan Al Nimer ………………………….. Palestine
26) Mick Breen
27) Greta Berlin
28) Amaneh Margaret Brown
29) Raya Jaser ………………………Palestine
30) Aman Syr
31) Redaa Ameeroedien
32) Abdool Karrimbaccus Subratty
33) Lothar Jung
34) Brian Edouard Curdy
35) Sri Utami
36) Indo Alam
37)  Dean Sofić
38)  Reem Ghaith
39) Bader Yousef
40) Maria Rita Pirastu
41) Michel Iffrig
42) Maher Azzam  ………………….. Palestine
43) Wim Wimman
44) Sana Amawai……. Yaffa/ Palestine
45) Roohi Aamir Noor Khan
46) Greta Berlin
47) Samira Ahmad
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SYRIAN CIVILIAN SUFFERING: WESTERN IMPERIALISM RESORTS TO MIDIEVAL BARBARITY

Posted on April 14, 2013 by Veritas

The human suffering in Syria, which has escalated from crisis to disaster over the past two years, is the nefarious work of Western governments and their regional allies. It is a simple, provable, glaringly obvious truth. Yet, the thought-control Western mainstream media manage to somehow turn reality on its head, and make a virtue out of something vile and unspeakably villainous.
Western imperialism has created a human tsunami of suffering in Syria. And rather than makin
g any effort to mitigate this suffering by delivering on much promised refugee aid, the Western powers seem to exploiting the massive misery for political advantage to further undermine the Syrian state and government. This tactic of enforced human deprivation is straight out of the Middle Ages, when invading armies would hold siege of cities by enforcing starvation on the occupants.

Two reports this week testify to the above conclusion – albeit indirectly. The first comes from various United Nations relief organizations for refugees. The UN agencies say that food, water and other basic provisions to some 1.3 million refugees that have poured out of Syria and to more than 4 million remaining within the war-torn country will soon no longer be afforded. The dire situation is because only a fraction of the $1.5 billion pledged earlier this year by international donors has actually been received.

Reuters cited Panos Moumtzis, the UN refugee agency’s regional coordinator for Syrian refugees, as saying: «The speed with which the crisis is deteriorating is much faster than the ability of the international community to finance the Syrian humanitarian needs».

The suffering in Lebanon, where most of the Syrian refugees have fled, seems particularly acute. A spokesman for the World Food Program gave this grim warning: «In one month, and with the current funding, more than 400,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon will no longer receive food assistance».
The number of people displaced inside and outside Syria – more than 5 million – represents about 20 per cent of the total population. In the space of just two years, Syria has gone from a relatively wealthy, stable and peaceful state that was one of the most politically and culturally pluralist in the Middle East to a post-apocalyptic charnel house.

How could such a rapid descent into barbarism be possible? Could a once-stable society really implode like this without external forces bearing down? Why do Western governments seem able to readily find hundreds of millions of dollars worth of material and logistics to aid so-called rebel groups in Syria, yet remain so parsimonious when it comes to the crying needs of refugees? Is such human suffering being used as a tactical weapon by Western governments? How can Western media organizations, in particular, get away with not asking such pertinent questions?

A plethora of militant groups – many of them not even Syrian, but rather comprised of foreign mercenaries – have in the same time frame spawned from pockets of sporadic resistance towards Syrian government forces to become heavily armed battle groups that are now capable of holding down towns and provincial areas, while carrying out indiscriminate car bomb attacks on the capital, Damascus, and the country’s second city, Aleppo.

Given the nature of the indiscriminate bomb and gun attacks on civilians by these militants, and countless sources of evidence for massacres, executions and other heinous violations, as well as the lack of support from the general populace, these militants can rightly be termed «terrorist» in an objective sense. They have admitted so themselves with one of the main fighting groups – the Al Nusra Front – this week openly declaring its affiliation with Al Qaeda. The latter, we have been told over and over again for the past decade and more by Western governments and news media, is supposedly the number one terrorist threat facing the world.

In yet another whistle-stop tour of the Middle East, US Secretary of State John Kerry talked euphemistically about «galvanizing the Syrian opposition». Kerry is coming a bit late to the game – at least in public. For months now, his British and French counterparts, William Hague and Laurent Fabius, have been brazenly calling for overt arming of Syria’s «opposition» (that is, terrorists) to overthrow the government of Bashar Al Assad.


This official posturing is but a charade. These Western regimes have already been supplying weapons, funding, training and logistics to Syria’s death squads. Last month, Croatian media sources reported that the US and Britain had coordinated the supply of 3,000 tonnes of weaponry – 75 plane loads – out of Zagreb to militants in Syria. One of the recipients was the Ahrar Al Sham group, which is aligned to Al Nusra and, by extension, Al Qaeda.

The airlift of weapons dates back to at least November 2012 and was conducted in liaison with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan. That weapons conduit is just one of many that the Western powers have been running into Syria over the past two years.

The myopic Western mainstream media are so pre-occupied with advancing government spin on a day-to-day basis that they fail to see or acknowledge the big picture, even when that big picture falls on their heads with clunking conclusions.

Firstly, Syria is being ravaged by militant groups that seem to have miraculously materialised out of thin air. Even if we don’t describe these groups as terrorists, but give them the more favourable label of «rebels» as the Western media choose to do, it is still abundantly clear that these groups would not be anywhere near as armed-and-dangerous if it were not for the material support from the Western governments and their regional allies. Violence in Syria is therefore largely a Western creation. Instead of elaborating on that line of investigation, the Western corporate media evade and obfuscate.
But the added indictment is that these groups are evidently terrorist in their operations. The facts of indiscriminate multiple car bombs in Damascus and Aleppo that have killed hundreds of civilians, women and children, make this definition incontestable. So there you have it: Western governments, despite all their lofty rhetoric about international law, human rights and the war on terror, are in alliance with terrorists. These governments are using terrorism to achieve their political ends of regime change in Syria. How damningly contradictory of every supposed Western government precept and principle is that?

It seems incredible that the Western media are unaware of long-held plans – going back decades – by the US and its Western allies to topple the Syrian government. US President Dwight Eisenhower and his British counterpart Harold McMillan dallied with the scheme back in 1957. Then it was revived under the watch of President George W Bush in 2007, according to American journalist Seymour Hersch. Under the cover of the Arab Spring revolts across the region in 2011, the US, British and French planners got their opportunity to fully destabilize Syria. That agenda for regime change in Syria has gained impetus from the Western imperialist agenda to re-draw the oil-rich Middle East in its image and interests, to undermine Iran and to cut off Russia and China from vital natural resources.

This geopolitical perspective explains much more about what is happening in Syria than naïve Western media narratives about a «Syrian Arab Spring revolt for popular democracy».

The second conclusion from events in Syria that the Western media incredibly feign to ignore is that the sudden and dramatic increase in suffering of some 5 million displaced and homeless Syrians is indisputably correlated with the above dramatic increase in Western-sponsored violence in the country. If it weren’t for the flow of arms and money to Syrian terrorists from Western governments and their regional conduits, it is a safe bet that 5 million Syrians would be presently enjoying the relative comfort of their homes rather than subsisting in tents and hovels in bordering Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.

Thirdly, it can be concluded that the lack of funds that the UN refugee relief agencies are decrying stand in stark contrast to the hundreds of millions of dollars that Western governments and their Gulf Arab dictator allies have readily delivered to the Syrian terrorist network. The US and Britain have between them stumped up over $300 million of «non-lethal aid» to Syria’s «opposition». Those funds have been matched by the oil-rich dictatorships in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. And that’s just the publicly declared amounts. Who knows how many more millions of dollars are flowing in from black budgets to fuel the violence?

In stark contrast, where is the aid for the UN refugee relief effort? Reuters reports that UN coordinator Panos Moumtzis is soon to visit the United States, Brussels and London with a begging bowl «to chase» promised, but as yet undelivered, donations.

Meanwhile, on the ground, aid workers say they are already in desperate straits. «It is a catastrophe. We are being asked to do more and more with less and less,» said UNHCR’s Lebanon representative Ninette Kelley in the southern coastal town of Tyre. «We simply don’t have the resources that we need in order to provide the assistance that is so desperately needed by the refugees».
So let’s draw this further damning conclusion. Syria’s humanitarian crisis of 5 million people living under tents and now facing no food or water is a direct result of Western states playing a callous game of regime change, funding terrorist groups to wreck a society and bring a sovereign government to its knees. One has to conclude that the unconscionable «mis-allocation» of funds is a deliberate calculation by the Western powers and their proxies to maximize civilian suffering and thereby intensify the political pressure on the Syrian authorities.

This use of human suffering for political ends is of course a war crime, committed by the Western governments and conveniently obfuscated by their servile media. The barbarity of using human deprivation as a weapon harks back to the starvation sieges inflicted on cities by European armies in medieval times. And yet the same tactic is today being deployed against Syria, with barely a whimper of concern or question from Western mainstream media – supposedly bastions of free speech and critical, independent thinking.

At the beginning of this piece, we mentioned a second report this week that implicates the Western governments for Syria’s suffering – albeit indirectly. That report comes from the US-based Human Rights Watch group. The 80-page document entitled ‘Death from the Skies’ is presented as a damning study of civilian atrocities allegedly as a result of Syrian army air strikes. The report is, however, more accurately a damning study of pro-Western government bias by HRW. It relies heavily on «opposition activists» for testimonies and data, and it focuses entirely on sites allegedly attacked by Syrian government forces. HRW casually admits that «opposition» groups have committed atrocities yet it focuses solely on alleged government crimes. Perversely, given the above evidence of illegal Western, Turk and Arab arms funneling into Syria, HRW reserves exclusive censure for Russia and China for their official supply of weapons to the Syrian government – supply arrangements that have long been in place under bilateral legal trade agreements.

«Russia and China’s refusal to support even mild resolutions have paralyzed the [United Nations] Security Council, preventing it from taking action that would meet its responsibility to protect the Syrian people from serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,» says the HRW report. But there is no condemnation of the far more urgent and extant source of violence in Syria stemming from Western governments and their criminal sponsorship of terrorist groups.

The disproportionate cause of violence in Syria from Western-backed forces is inadvertently indicated by the HRW report. It says that it recorded about 4,300 civilian deaths allegedly from Syrian army air strikes on population centres between July 2012 and the end of March 2013 – a period of nine months.

Even if we accept that figure as accurate, it still pales in significance to the total death toll. This week Reuters reported that at least 10,000 people have been killed in Syria over the past two months alone. Over a nine-month period that death rate would scale up to 45,000. That total death toll equates to 10 times what HRW attribute to victims of Syrian government air strikes. In other words, the discrepancy implies that the preponderance of violence and victims is being perpetrated by non-government forces – the very groups that the Western regimes and their allies are financing and arming.

There can be no mistake or misunderstanding. Syria is a humanitarian disaster made by the West. And, to add massive insult to the massive injury, there is not even a token of aid to the millions of Western-generated victims. Indeed, the West is too busy creating more victims and suffering to expedite its pathological imperialist agenda in Syria and the wider region.

And all the while, the Western mainstream media, with their pretentious claims of free-thinking and speech, act as the dutiful fog machine, hiding the facts, blurring reality and choking any questions that might reveal the grotesque obscenity of what the Western regimes are up to.
 

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Hungarian Political Party Calls for Protest at World Jewish Conference

 By Richard Edmondson

Billing itself as “the diplomatic arm of the Jewish people,” the World Jewish Congress is one of the premiere Jewish organizations and has been a key player in what I have referred to as the Holocaust Reparations Racket. Jewish communities in nearly one hundred different countries are directly affiliated with the WJC, and every four years the organization convenes its Plenary, or General Assembly, usually in Jerusalem. Not this year, however. This year the WJC has elected to hold its confab in Budapest, Hungary. Why Hungary? Well, reportedly because Hungarian Jews are facing “anti-Semitism” deemed to be of an “exceptionally strong” intensity.
In October of last year, I put up a post about Jobbik, an ultra-nationalist political party in Hungary that is calling for the nation to cut diplomatic and economic ties with Israel. Members of the party also burned an Israeli flag in front of a synagogue. Coincidentally (or not), Jobbik is now calling for a major protest in response to the upcoming WJC conference, which is set to begin May 4.

Tensions between Jews and non-Jews in Hungary are apparently somewhat strained at the moment. A demonstration was planned to coincide with an annual Holocaust memorial observance in Budapest. The Holocaust observance is to take place on April 21, however, the demonstration, as you will read in the article below, has been banned by the government. I don’t know anything about this so-called “Give gas” protest or the group of bikers who supposedly were behind it. However Jobbik’s call for a severing of ties with Israel is a legitimate one that certainly merits open discussion. I wish there were a political party in America with the courage to issue a similar call.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

 
Will Jobbik’s protest against the WJC be allowed to take place, or will it, too, be banned? That depends. The current prime minister of Hungary is Viktor Orban, who was elected in 2010, and shortly after his administration took power it began challenging the Claims Conference, the organization that oversees and doles out reparations to alleged holocaust survivors. Orban’s government halted its payments to the CC and in fact demanded the Jewish organization return some $8 million it said had been improperly accounted for. And maybe that, too, is part of the “exceptionally strong” anti-Semitism the WJC has grown so feverish about. At any rate, here is an article published two days ago at the JTA website. If you read between the lines, you get the feeling—or at least I did—that the upcoming WJC event is intended to be kind of an “in your face” sort of affair.

Hungarian far-rightest sets ‘anti-Zionist’ demonstration while WJC in Budapest

Source

BUDAPEST, Hungary (JTA) — A far-right Hungarian priest said an “anti-Zionist” demonstration will be held in Budapest on the first day of the World Jewish Congress’ General Assembly.

Lorant Hegedus Jr., a Calvinist priest and member of the ultrarightist, anti-Semitic Jobbik party, announced that an “Anti-Bolshevik and anti-Zionist people’s gathering” will be held in the Hungarian capital on May 4, the first day of the WJC annual assembly.

The WJC announced last month that it would hold its 2013 annual assembly May 4-6 in Budapest to show solidarity with Hungary’s Jews, who are facing what organizers called “exceptionally strong” anti-Semitism. WJC rarely holds its congress outside of Jerusalem.

Peter Feldmajer, president of Mazsihisz, the Alliance of the Hungarian Jewish Communities, said Wednesday in a radio interview that “the Hungarian Jewish leadership condemns the demonstration to be held during the WJC session in Budapest,” and declared that it will not alter the plan of the WJC to hold its assembly in Budapest.

In his announcement of the demonstration, Hegedus called on the WJC to condemn “the Judeo-Bolshevik, anti-Christian and anti-Hungarian terror,and its Jewish leaders during the years of 1919 and of 1945.” Both years are significant in Hungarian history, characterized by the Hungarian far right as the revenge of the Jews against Hungarians.

Hegedus was a lawmaker in the 1990s as a leading member of the anti-Semitic MIEP Hungarian Justice and Life Party, the predecessor of Jobbik, which has nearly 15 percent of the seats in Parliament.

The demonstration is being seen as a revenge of sorts for the ban of an anti-Semitic rally planned for the same day as the April 21 Holocaust memorial march in Budapest. Hungarian lawmakers this week banned the demonstration, dubbed “Give gas,” that was being organized by bikers.

Interestingly, Lorant Hegedus, the Jobbik member referenced in the story above, is also quoted in a 2010 story published by The Guardian shortly after the elections which brought Orban to power. By the way, Jobbik did fairly well in that election, coming in third with 16.7 percent of the vote. The article reads in part:

A law criminalizing Holocaust denial was passed by parliament in February on behalf of “our nation’s colonizer, Israel,” according to Lorant Hegedus Jr., a Calvinist minister who campaigns for Jobbik.

A recent copy of the Jobbik weekly shows a statue of St. Gellert — a national icon — holding a menorah, a ceremonial Jewish candelabra, instead of the cross. The subtitle reads: “Is this what you want?”

The current president of the WJC is Ronald Lauder, who, as chairman of New York Governor George Pataki’s commission on privatization, lobbied heavily for the privatization of the World Trade Center prior to 9/11.

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Libyan "هNikah Fighter" killed with her husband while performing jihad in Syria

مجاهدة نكاح ليبية و زوجها تُقتل أثناء تأدية جهادها في سوريا

‏الأحد‏، 14‏ نيسان‏، 2013


أوقات الشام

المقاتل الليبي أحمد إدريس وزوجته منال درويش قتلا إثر عملية للجيش العربي السوري نفذها ضد مقر لجبهة النصرة في ريف اللاذقية.

قرية البيضا الواقعة في الجبال الشمالية لمحافظة اللاذقية والقريبة من الحدود التركية شهدت على مقتل إدريس الذي قرر الالتحاق بعناصر القاعدة الذي يقاتلون في سوريا، مصطحبا معه زوجته التي قدمت تلبية لفتوة أطلقها الداعية السعودي محمد العرفي تحت عنوان «جهاد النكاح» للمسلمات مع المقاتلين في سوريا.

«المجاهدة» الليبية كانت داخل مقر جبهة النصرة تمارس «جهادها» مع عناصر القاعدة عندما ضربت قوات الجيش المقر ما أدى لمقتل كل من فيه.

كما نفذ الجيش عمليات أخرى ضد مقرات جبهة النصرة في  قرى الوادي ودوير شان ما أدى لمقتل نحو 50 عنصر من القاعدة أبرزهم القياديين عمر الأسود وشعبان شيخ احمد .

وكانت العديد من النساء العربيات من تونس وليبيا على وجه الخصوص قد توجهن إلى سوريا إثر الدعوة المثيرة للجدل بقصد تلبية رغبات المقاتلين المحرومين من ممارسة الجنس أثناء تأديتهم «الجهاد» في سوريا.

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Wahabi Sex-Jihad: Islam is innocent of Muslims dirty laundry

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America’s the world’s leading human rights abuser

Globalized Torture http://sjlendman.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/globalized-torture.html

by Stephen Lendman
America’s the world’s leading human rights abuser. State terror is official policy. So is waging war on humanity. 
Guantanamo operates lawlessly. It’s America’s public face. It’s the tip of the iceberg. More on that below.
Gitmo detainees gave few ways to resist. Refusing food challenges injustice. Around 130 haven’t eaten in over two months. They’re hunger striking for justice. 
Russia Today reports regularly on what’s happening. On April 12, it headlined “Day of Action to Close Guantanamo: US Cities protest Obama’s inaction.”
Activists and people of conscience rallied in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other US cities. Media scoundrels ignored them. They turn a blind eye to Guantanamo atrocities. They support imperial lawlessness.
Protesters wore orange jump suits. Some had on black hoods. They did so to attract attention. 
Two dozen human rights organization signed an open letter to Obama. In part it said:
“The situation is the predictable result of continuing to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge for more than 11 years.”
“We urge you to begin working to transfer the remaining detained men to their home countries or other countries for resettlement, or to charge them in a court that comports with fair trial standards.”
The Center for Constitutional Rights calls Guantanamo a “notorious example” of US lawlessness.
The ACLU says it “symbolizes our nation’s failure to adhere to the rule of law and human rights….”
Straightaway in office, Obama promised to close Guantanamo. He lied. He’s a serial liar. Gitmo remains open. It’s one of many US torture prisons. They operate globally. They do so lawlessly.
Torture is official US policy. George Bush approved it. Obama operates the same.
On September 17, 2001, Bush signed a secret finding. It authorized the CIA to capture, kill or interrogate Al-Qaeda leaders. It established a secret global network. It operates extrajudicially.
On November 13, 2001, Bush issued Military Order Number 1. It was a watershed coup d’etat action.
It “determined that an extraordinary emergency exists for national defense purposes, that this emergency constitutes an urgent and compelling government interest and that issuance of this order is necessary to meet the emergency.”
It authorized the capture, kidnapping, or otherwise arrest of non-citizens anywhere in the world. It did so based on unproved international terrorism allegations. 
It approved holding detainees indefinitely without charge, evidence or due process rights. The order later applied to US citizens.
Secret military commissions were authorized. Habeas rights and judicial fairness are denied. Torture obtained evidence is used. Appeals were ruled out. International, constitutional and US statute laws don’t apply.
Secret memos followed. Torture was officially authorized. War on terror priorities override rule of law protections. George Bush got “complete discretion in the exercise of his authority in conducting operations against hostile forces.”
Obama operates the same way. He takes full advantage. Horrendous crimes of war and against humanity continue. Don’t expect media scoundrels to explain.
On February 5, the Open Society Foundations (OSF) published a report titled “Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition.”
It’s “the story the CIA doesn’t want you to (know of or) talk about.”
“Snatching people off the streets” is policy. So is “hanging people from the ceiling (and) freezing (them) to death on a concrete floor.”
“This is the story of how the United States used its position to cajole, persuade, and strong-arm 54 other countries to take part in the CIA’s post-9/11 campaign of secret detention and torture.”
Post-9/11, the gloves came off. “Black sites” were established. Suspected “terrorists” were lawlessly abducted. Extraordinary rendition followed. Torture became official policy. It remains so.
On September 16, 2001, Dick Cheney said:
“We have to work, sort of on the dark side, if you will.”
“We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world.”
“A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we’re going to be successful.”
“That’s the world these folks operate in, and so it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective.”
Rule of law principles no longer applied. They still don’t. Anything goes became policy. CIA black sites were established. “Enhanced interrogation techniques” became code language for torture and other forms of abuse.
Suspects were snatched and disappeared. Foreign governments are complicit. The “full scale and scope of (their) participation – as well as the number of victims – remains unknown.”
It’s “largely because” of extreme secrecy. Washington refuses to admit involvement. Nor do participating foreign governments.
OSF’s report provides comprehensive documentation of what’s known. It identified 136 victims. It named 54 complicit countries.
They include Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. 
They host CIA prisons on their territories. They permit indefinite detention, interrogations, torture and other forms of abuse. They assist in capturing and transporting detainees. They allow use of their domestic airspace. They provide intelligence information.
Torture is illegal at all times, under all circumstances, with no allowed exceptions. It’s morally and ethically repugnant. It’s ineffective. No reliable information is gained. Detainees say anything to stop pain. 
It’s used against them. It’s done so illegally. It’s used to justify America’s war on terror. It continues without end. 
Investigations aren’t conducted. Crimes of war and against humanity go unpunished. Canada is the only country to issue an apology. It did so reluctantly. It pertained to Maher Arar.
He was abducted and extraordinarily renditioned to Syria. He was held uncharged. He was brutally tortured. He committed no crime. Syria later said he was “completely innocent.”
Canada publicly cleared him. He received millions in compensation for his ordeal. 
He filed suit under the Torture Victims Protection Act: Arar v. Ashcroft et al. 
He charged Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller, then Homeland Security head Tom Ridge, and various US immigration officials with violating his due process right. 
The Center for Constitutional Rights represented him. Washington invoked the State Secrets Privilege. It filed a motion to dismiss. The US District Court for the Eastern District of New York did so on national security grounds.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld it. The US Supreme Court declined to hear the case. Justice remains denied.
The Obama administration “continues to withhold documents relating to the CIA Office of Inspector General investigations into extraordinary rendition and secret detention.”
They continue lawlessly. Despite efforts to conceal information, it “continue(s) to find its way into the public domain.”
Victims’ rights in America are denied. Challenging complicit governments “are being heard in courts around the world.”
The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Macedonia’s involvement violated Khaled el-Masri’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. His ill-treatment amounted to torture.
Italy’s highest court upheld convictions of US and complicit Italian officials. It did so for their involvement in extraordinarily renditioning Abu Omar to Egypt.
The UN Convention against Torture prohibits “refoulement.” It pertains to “expelling, returning, or extraditing a person to another country where there are substantial grounds to believe he (or she) would be in danger of being tortured.”
A former CIA agent once said:
“If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear, you send them to Egypt.”
Many other countries operate the same way. They include America, Western allies, Israel, and other Middle East nations. They operate extrajudicially, unchecked and unaccountably.
Other legal challenges continue. They’re ongoing against Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Italy, Djibouti, Egypt, Hong Kong and Britain. 
America bears most responsibility. It’s the world’s leading human rights abuser. It’s out-of-control and unaccountable. Justice delayed is denied. It’s long overdue.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 
His new book is titled “Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity.”
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 
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Kerry in China: N. Korea, Iran and Syria Main Concerns

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US Secretary of State John Kerry told Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday that “the world is facing a critical time”, citing tensions on the Korean peninsula, Iran’s nuclear program and the conflict in Syria.
John Kerry“Mr. President, this is obviously a critical time with some very challenging issues,” Kerry told Xi in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

“Issues on the Korean peninsula, the challenge of Iran and nuclear weapons, Syria and the Middle East, and economies around the world that are in need of a Boost,” Kerry said.

The US secretary of State had arrived from South Korea earlier to press Beijing, North Korea’s major ally, to help defuse nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula ahead of an expected missile launch by the North.

In contrast, the Chinese president did not refer to the issued raised by Kerry, but rather stated that US-China relationship was “at a new historical stage and has got off to a good start”.

Source: AFP
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‘Holocaust Reparations’ Fraud Apparently Growing Bigger By the Day

By Richard Edmondson

In August last year I wrote an article entitled Swindler’s List: A Brief Look at the Holocaust Reparations Racket. The word “brief” in the title was intended to be droll. The article was actually more than 10,000 words. In it I discussed the efforts by Jewish organizations to seek/extort money from Germany, and more recently other countries as well, as reparations for alleged atrocities committed during the Nazi era, disbursements which have taken the form of payments made to individual “Holocaust survivors” as well as to the state of Israel.

These reparations began to be paid out in 1952, and have been ongoing ever since, but in 2009 revelations came out concerning massive fraud within the Claims Conference, the Jewish organization placed in charge of handling the reparations payments from Germany. The fraud, which has resulted in arrests, took the form of “recruiters” going out into the community and signing up Jews to file bogus claims as Holocaust victims. The scheme apparently went on for at least 16 years, dating back to 1993, with Claims Conference employees knowingly processing the fraudulent claims and the recruiters and would-be “survivors” collecting a share. How much money was involved? No one seems to know, and here in part is what I wrote on that matter:


Also interesting to note is that estimates of the total amount stolen have gone steadily upward with the passage of time. In December of 2009, roughly a month after the irregularities were discovered, the figure was put at $5 million. By February of 2010 this had risen to $7 million, and in November of 2010 to $42 million. Today, as I said, the number stands at $57 million, although officials acknowledge it could rise even higher. All of this, keep in mind, has been paid for by the German taxpayers.


Apparently now the fraud is expected to rise above even the $57 million mark. The Jewish newspaper, The Forward, has published a story headlined—“Was Holocaust Fraud at Claims Conference Even Worse than Believed?”—informing us, among other things, that court papers have been filed suggesting that federal prosecutors are attempting to clamp a lid on evidence that the fraud may be “even more widespread than the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office have so far revealed.”


In their court papers, prosecutors request that defense attorneys be barred from “eliciting testimony or introducing evidence at trial concerning purported improprieties in the Claims Conference’s administration of other compensation programs, including Germany’s Slave Labor Program and the Fund for Victims of Medical Experiments and Other Injuries.”

When asked about these references, a Claims Conference spokesman told the Forward: “The Claims Conference was a victim of an organized, complex crime. We will not comment on the defendants’ legal strategies and possible defense theories.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York also declined to comment beyond the statements contained in the prosecutors’ filing.
But some survivors who have long been critical of the Claims Conference are disappointed with the prosecutors’ request.

“It is very unfortunate to see the United States Attorney trying to prevent disclosure of the evidence of misconduct inside the Claims Conference,” said Leo Rechter, president of the National Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. “Grassroots survivor leaders have been trying for years to get law enforcement and elected officials to probe the lack of transparency and lack of accountability within the Claims Conference.”


As I had noted previously, the Claims Conference oversees a number of funds—all designated for reparations, but individually applicable only to certain claimants and in certain circumstances. For instance there is an “Article 2 Fund,” which provides lifetime pensions for anyone held in a concentration camp, ghetto, or who worked on a forced labor battalion, as well as a “Hardship Fund,” offering payments to any Jew who emigrated to the West from Soviet-bloc countries. So far the fraud accusations have centered on claims paid out from these two funds alone. But in addition to the Article 2 and Hardship funds, the Claims Conference also oversees a number of other funds as well, and this is what is alluded to by the words “other compensation programs” in the court papers filed by prosecutors. Apparently, if The Forward report is correct, defense attorneys are attempting to introduce evidence of fraud hitting the two other funds mentioned, and possibly others as well.

So far at least 31 people have been arrested, a good many of whom have already pled guilty. However, three of the arrestees are about to come to trial, including 55–year-old Semen Domnitser, who oversaw the Hardship and Article 2 funds, and as The Forward notes, “the government’s motions suggest, for the first time, that additional cases of fraud may have taken place.”

The disclosures of massive fraud at the Claims Conference has been a public relations nightmare for what has been often referred to as “the Holocaust industry.” So far, no one who held a top leadership position at the Claims Conference has been charged. Yet how is it possible that fraud of this magnitude could go on for 16 years with the organization’s president or some other top executive leader not getting wise to it?

And now, of course, we have prosecutors attempting to suppress evidence that the fraud may have been much larger than heretofore revealed. Why would prosecutors do that? Who benefits?

In addition to processing fraudulent claims, the Claims Conference has also allocated money to a variety of Jewish organizations for dubious uses, including the holding of an annual “March of the Living,” in which Jews from all over the world are transported to Poland where they march between two former concentration camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau, ostensibly to “strengthen their sense of Jewish identity.” And German taxpayers foot the bill. Claims Conference grants to the March of the Living had totaled more than $7.4 million as of the year 2007.

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