29/06/2013

Israel used chemical weapons against Lebanon and Gaza

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Israel used White Phosphorous rounds against Southern Lebanon in 2006.

On January 3, 2009, the Israel artillery was shelling the people of Northern Gaza with White Phosphorous rounds.

They are indiscriminate killers, as that the gas released from the explosion, burns exposed flesh, and the lungs of the victims, whichever way the wind blows. 

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Israel's 'chemical weapons campaign' against Syria, as a justification for providing direct U.S. military aid to the so called 'Free Syrian Army'.

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25/11/2012

Gaza ceasefire: Analysis of Shanghai International Studies University

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Gaza Strip might come to a deadlock despite ceasefire

November 24, 2012

A senior official at Egyptian security sector announced on Nov. 21 that all armed groups of Israel and Palestine including Hamas have reached a ceasefire agreement.

Why did both sides give a heavy blow to each other?

Both Israel and Palestine had been maintaining a restrained attitude since Israel launched the “Operation Cast Lead” and hit Hamas heavily, but there are profound reasons for this war.

In addition to taking revenge on the rocket attacks of Hamas, Israel is about to hold parliamentary election in early 2013, so Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes to win re-election by taking tough measures. Hamas also hopes to increase its influence in Palestine by war.

The current situation in the Middle East is more conducive to Palestine, said Hua Liming, special research fellow of China Institute of International Studies.

The former Egyptian administration friendly to Israel has collapsed and the old rival Iran takes the opportunity to grow strong and insubordinate, so Israel is isolated and marginalized.

“For that reason, Israel falling into the ‘security dilemma’ is eager to accentuate its status through the use of force,” said Zhu Weilie, honorary director of the Middle East Studies Institute under Shanghai International Studies University.

Hamas also hopes to prove its leading role in Arab resistance forces with actions, thereby strengthening its influence in Palestine.

Why do they choose to stop?

Under the current serious situation, it is necessary for both sides to stop promptly.

In spite of heavy losses in the Pillar of Defense, Hamas won a lot politically, capturing the world attention and attracting enormous public and Arabian support. A protracted fighting would overstretch its arms.

As for Israel, it has punished Hamas with violent military assaults, as could be used as an acceptable response to the country. Expansion of the war or waging of ground warfare would earn greater media rebukes. Therefore, Israel is willing to end “the Pillar of Defense” honorably.

However, the ceasefire is likely to be only temporary. Anything could happen to resume the fighting. Thus, some analysts predicted that in the future Gaza might be locked in a “hot stalemate” of “no war and no peace.”

(People's Daily Online - Source: Jiefang Daily)

http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/102774/8032731.html

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24/11/2012

Gaza: Israel 'deeply grateful to Washington'

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Israel bombed 1,350 targets in the Gaza Strip, leaving 95 Palestinians killed including children and babies.

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Israel 'deeply grateful to the United States'

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

5) On 21.11.2012,  Barack Obama, speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone, underlined America's unwavering support for Israel's security and said he hoped to "intensify" U.S. assistance...

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21/11/2012

Gaza: deadly ‘technical errors’

Deadly ‘mistake’– IDF wipes out Palestinian family due to ‘technical error’ 

The Israeli Defense Force has confirmed that while targeting Hamas’ rocket chief it mistakenly bombed the home of the Al-Dalou family, killing at least 11 civilians, four of them children and toddlers.

“Israel has killed a family of eleven people this evening, and many, many more. If Israel wants to stop its aggression, then we can talk. But before then, how could we consider any deal?” Salama Maroof, a senior Hamas spokesman told the Daily Telegraph.

IDF said the source of the error was either a failure to laser-paint the correct target or that one of the munitions in the strike misfired, Haaretz newspaper reported. The Israeli military is investigating the incident. The Israeli military targeted Hamas’ rocket-launching unit led by Yehiya Rabiah, but apparently hit the house of a neighbor, the newspaper noted. Rabiah seems to have survived the attack despite earlier claims that he was killed.

Pictures from the site of the attack show the bodies of dead children taken from the ruble of their home. Nine members of the Al-Dalou family, all of them women and children were killed, two other people were also among the dead.

The latest deaths add to the growing toll of Gazan children killed in Israeli air strikes. So far at least 75 people have been killed in the attacks, 13 of them are childen.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that sooner or later, Israel would be held accountable for the “massacre.”

The child death toll is expected to rise unless the two sides enter negotiations soon. However the Israelis are maintaining their belligerent stance. “The Israeli military is prepared to significantly expand the operation. The soldiers are ready for any activity that could take place…the Israel Defense Forces have attacked more than 1,000 terror targets in the Gaza Strip and it continues operations at this very moment,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a weekly cabinet meeting.

Photo: A Palestinian man carries the dead body of a child from the al-Dallu family out from the rubble after an Israeli missile struck a family home killing at least seven members of the same family in Gaza City on November 18, 2012. (AFP Photo/Mahmud Hams)

http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/deadly-mistake-idf-wipes-out-palestinian-family-due-to-technical-error/

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan: 'Israel would be held accountable'

The latest deaths add to the growing toll of Gazan children killed in Israeli air strikes.

So far at least 75 people have been killed in the attacks, 13 of them are childen.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that sooner or later, Israel would be held accountable for the “massacre.”

Photo: Erdogan, most beloved puppet of Hillary Clinton, friend of Israel

Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States' 

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza: Israel bombs journalists

Gaza, 19 November, 2012 - The Al-Sharouk compound, which houses many media offices in Gaza, has been targeted once again in an Israeli airstrike.

The International Federation of Journalists demanded a full inquiry by the United Nations to investigate “deliberate attacks” by the Israeli military against media buildings in Gaza and to “take action” against the country’s government.

"The international community must respond immediately to this outrage. The rights of journalists in conflict zones have been particularly highlighted by the United Nations and members states cannot stand by when one state acts in a reckless and dangerous manner," the group released in a statement on Monday.

Six journalists were injured following a previous Israeli airstrike on two buildings in the media compound early on Sunday.

Sky News, Italian RAI, German ARD, Kuwait-TV are among the media outlets working out of the compound. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa is located on the top floor.

Some of those injured on Sunday were employees of the Palestinian Ma’an news agency. A cameraman for the local al-Quds TV had his leg amputated as a result of injuries he received during the strike.

The Middle East Foreign Press Association demanded an explanation as to why the IDF was targeting media buildings, which is a violation of international law, following Sunday's airstrike. Reporters Without Borders also condemned the Israeli missile attacks.

The Israeli military said 'it was aware that foreign journalists were in the buildings, but were not directly targeted in the airstrikes'...

Smoke is seen after an after an Israeli air strike, witnessed by a Reuters journalist, out of a floor in a building that also houses media offices in Gaza City November 19, 2012. (Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)

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Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States'

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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza: Russia proposes resolution

Russia Ready to Propose Resolution on Gaza - UN Envoy

UNITED NATIONS, November 20, 2012 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is ready to propose a draft UN Security Council resolution to help efforts to settle the conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

“Russia is ready… to submit a draft resolution focusing on three key components,” Churkin said on Monday as the UN Security Council was holding consultations on the Gaza conflict on Russia’s initiative.

Churkin said the components were the following: an end to violence to negotiate a ceasefire, support of international and regional efforts to settle the crisis peacefully and a call for resumption of talks between Palestinians and Israelis on a wider range of problems.

About 100 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, have been killed since Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense against the Palestinian enclave of 1.7 million began on November 14 with an airstrike that eliminated the head of the military wing of the Hamas Islamist group, Ahmed Jabari. The airstrike came after a reported surge in rocket attacks on Israeli border towns from Gaza, which has been governed by Hamas since 2007. Three Israeli civilians have been killed since the operation start by rockets fired from Gaza. http://en.ria.ru/world/20121120/177596396.html 

UN resolutions blocked by Washington

1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

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19/11/2012

Bombing of Gaza: Arab Foreign Ministers' Meeting

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Nov 19, 2012 - BEIRUT, (SANA)- Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said that the decisions of the Arab Foreign Ministers' meeting held in Cairo on the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip do not upgrade to the level of national and pan-Arab responsibilities.

"Arabs possess the pressure means that could give the Arab world a big power to impose its will," Mansour added in an interview with the Lebanese al-Manar TV Channel on Sunday, expressing regret that these means had not been used.

" Such pressure means to be used there should by an Arab consensus," the Minister said. 

He called for activating the Israeli boycott bureau and to boycott all the foreign companies that deal with Israel.

Minister Mansour slammed the Arab League (AL) stance towards the Israeli aggression on Gaza and its stance towards the crisis in Syria as it goes too far in the Syrian file due to the foreign pressures and internal factors.

He went on to say the Arab countries to reach a unified stance towards Palestine there should be united will.

Mansour said that despite suspending Syria's Arab League membership, but its role has always been a national and pan-Arab one as it is not far from the Palestinian cause. " The countries that worked to keep Syria away from the Arab League couldn't take its role and presence in the region as no state could replace it."

H. Zain / Ghossoun

http://208.43.232.81/eng/22/2012/11/19/453154.htm

(The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't want a political solution and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.)

Sixth Day of Israeli Aggression

19.11.12.sixth Day of Israeli Aggression.jpgNov. 19.11.2012 - GAZA, (SANA) – The Israeli occupation forces continued its air raids on Gaza Strip for the sixth consecutive day, with the raids claiming the lives of 29 Palestinians and wounding more than 71 on Monday alone, many of them women and children.

The death toll of the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip reached more than 100 martyrs with more than 740 Palestinians wounded.

Palestinian News Agencies quoted the National Higher committee for Relief and Emergency as saying that among the martyrs were 24 children, 10 women and 12 elders, while among the wounded were 260 children, 140 women and 55 elders.

The Israeli air forces shelled several areas in the Strip, including Khan Younes, al-Zaytoon neighborhood, al-Saraya, Jabalia and Rafah.

In turn, the Palestinian Resistance continued retaliation and launched several rocket attacks against the Israeli settlements.

The Palestinian resistance announced that it has fired 1039 rocket-propelled shells on Israeli sites since the beginning of the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip last Wednesday.

M. Nassr/ H. Sabbagh

http://208.43.232.81/eng/22/2012/11/19/453245.htm

(The website of the Syrian Arab News Agency SANA is regularly blocked by Washington that doesn't want a political solution and doesn't stop its financial and military aid to terrorist groups.
C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries to Syria.)

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Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States'


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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

(We just had a little discussion with a zionist who claimed that Israel has the right 'to defend itselves'. We let him see the map of Palestine and the little Palestinian bantustans in Great Israel. He made on a furious way an end to the discussion. He 'does not like the information of Sana', he said. Let us hope that we will not have some problems with the Mossad...)

Over 300 Airstrikes on Gaza

Ehud-Barak.Hillary.jpgIsrael continued its relentless bombing campaign on the heavily populated Palestinian enclave the Gaza Strip, launching more than 300 airstrikes on Saturday, killing at least 10 Palestinians and targeted smuggling tunnels which are the lifeblood of the besieged Gazan economy.

Continuing to falsely claim the airstrikes are retaliatory for rocket-fire coming out of Gaza, Israel targeted the Hamas prime minister’s headquarters and police compounds, as leaders from Egypt, Qatar, and Turkey met in Cairo to try to broker a cease-fire.

The White House said President Barack Obama was also in touch with the Egyptian and Turkish leaders, but the US has firmly backed Israel so far, while condemning Gaza.

More than 40 Gazans have been killed and more than 350 wounded since Israel escalated its airstrikes on Gaza on Wednesday. Israel’s escalation came after militant groups in Gaza dared to retaliate against Israel’s needless murder to two Palestinians in the preceding days, one a mentally ill 23-year who got too close to the border and another 13-year old boy killed as he was playing soccer with his friends. Israel also made incursions into Gaza with military tanks, which helped motivate the retaliatory rocket-fire.

Militants in Gaza fired more than 100 rockets toward Israel, including two aimed at the commercial and cultural center of Tel Aviv. Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system shot down at least one of these rockets, while the fate of the other one was not known, but no injuries were reported.

Much of the dialogue on the conflict is terribly biased in favor of Israel.

“Israel, of course, has far greater and more sophisticated means (much of it U.S.-supplied) of inflicting death and destruction than does Hamas,” writes former CIA analyst Paul Pillar. “The different means tend to carry different labels: ground-launched rockets are called terrorism, while the operations of attack aircraft are called a nation defending its borders.”

“To be clear, this was an escalation of choice by Israel’s leadership,” wrote Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation.

Some commentary has described Israel’s intentional escalation as a way to secure votes for the ruling Likud Party in Israel’s upcoming election. While others point to a broader goal: “ At the most basic level, Israel’s actions in Gaza are inextricably bound up with its efforts to create a Greater Israel that stretches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea,” writes renowned Chicago University political scientist John Mearsheimer.

http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/israel-launc...

Photo: Ehud-Barak and Hillary Clinton, 'peaceful'...

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Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States'


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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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16/11/2012

Gaza: Thousands rally in Egypt against Israeli violence

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November 16th, 2012 - Thousands of people have rallied in Egypt to show their solidarity with the Palestinians over the recent escalation of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Egyptians marched in the country’s two largest cities, Cairo and Alexandria, on Friday, waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against Israel in condemnation of its murderous attacks on the besieged Palestinian enclave, the Associated Press reported.

In Tahrir Square, which lies at the heart of Cairo, hundreds of protesters burned an Israeli flag.

Influential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi also said the Muslim world would not remain silent in the face of Israel’s military offensive against Gaza.

Meanwhile, several thousand protesters gathered outside Al-Azhar mosque after Friday Prayers and chanted, “We will go to Gaza in our millions,” swearing to “sacrifice ourselves for you, Palestine.”

“It’s the least we can do. We need to show Israel our anger,” protester Ahmed Selim said.

The demonstrations, called by President Mohamed Morsi, coincided with the visit to Gaza by Egypt’s Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to offer support to Palestinians and pressure Israel to halt its violence.

The new wave of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has claimed at least 25 lives since Wednesday. Ahmed al-Ja’abari, the popular and influential head of the Hamas military wing, the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, was assassinated in an Israeli attack on his car on Wednesday.

The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed or injured.

Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

http://www.islamicinvitationturkey.com/2012/11/16/thousands-rally-in-egypt-against-israeli-violence-in-gaza/

Gaza: Russia calls for immediate halt of violence

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Russia, Iran, China Condemn Israeli Aggression on Gaza

Nov 15, 2012 - CAPITALS, SANA - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for immediate halt of the shooting , shelling or any other type of violence in Gaza Strip.

"What has happened on the Palestinian territories arouses serious concern, Lavrov told a news conference in Saudi Arabia.

The Russian Foreign Minister regretted that the Quartet International Committee failed to convene and take a clear stance to create appropriate conditions to resume direct negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Lavrov said we are now paying the price for that missed opportunity," or in more precise words "Those who are really paying the price are those who are suffering on the ground."

He added that "We are convinced that the Quartet should resume the work as soon as possible".

Iran Condemns Israeli Aggression on Gaza as Organized Terrorism

Iran also condemned as "an organized terrorism" the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip.

Fars News Agency quoted Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying that Iran firmly condemns the organized terrorism committed by the occupying entity against the Palestinians and called upon the non-aligned countries to shoulder their responsibilities towards what the Palestinians are being exposed to, particularly those who live in Gaza, and to sever their relations with the Israeli entity.

He denounced the Israeli occupation's crimes against the innocents in Gaza, regretting the silence of the international organizations which claim defending human rights over the Israeli entity's crimes.

15 Palestinians were martyred and over 124 were injured in a series of air strikes launched by the Israeli occupation forces against several cities and camps in Gaza Strip.

China Voices Grave Concern over Large-scale Israeli Military Operation in Gaza

China voiced "grave concern" over the large-scale Israeli military operation on Gaza, urging Israel to maintain "maximum restraint".

Xinhua news agency quoted the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei in a comment on the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip as saying that "We are deeply concerned over the operation and strongly condemn any action that causes civilian casualties."

Hong called upon all relevant parties, especially Israel, to maintain maximum self-restraint to avoid an escalation of the tense situation.

"The current regional situation highlights the importance of urgent solution to the Palestinian issue. The international community should attach high importance and make greater efforts to this end," Hong said.

R. Raslan / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2012/11/15/452650.htm 

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Israel is 'deeply grateful to the United States'


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1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.

2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.

3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was 'deeply grateful to the United States' after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.

4) On  Oct 27, 2011, Israeli jetfighters engaged in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.

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30/10/2012

US uses Turkey as a launching pad for bombing Syria

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President Obama, was the 2009 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".

As a reminder: In 2003 Turkey was being bitterly criticized in the US for 'failing to allow us combat troops to use Turkey as a launching pad to open a second front in northern Iraq'.

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US offered Turkey its military technology to hunt down the PKK leaders...

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Photo: Victim of an American drone attack in Afghanistan


October 3, 2012

'Iraq urges end to Turkey PKK attacks'

Iraq has called for an end to the presence of Turkish military forces on its land, demanding that Turkey stop its attacks on members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

 
“The cabinet decided to reject the presence of any foreign bases or forces on Iraqi land and to reject the entry of any foreign military forces into Iraqi land,” said Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh in a statement issued on Tuesday. 
 
Dabbagh reiterated that the Turkish military action against the PKK members on Iraqi land “contradicts the principles of good neighborly relations.” 
 
The Iraqi cabinet “recommends that parliament cancel or not extend any treaty signed in the past with any foreign state that allows the presence of foreign forces and military bases on Iraqi land or the entry of these forces,” the Iraqi government spokesman stated. 
 
The remarks were made in response to a request by the Turkish government on Monday from its parliament to renew a mandate, expiring on October 17, that allows Turkish military strikes against the PKK in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.
 
The treaty in question was signed by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1995, allowing Turkish forces to have presence in the northern regions of Iraq to target the Kurdish group. 
 
The military presence of Turkish forces and their crossing into Iraq “is a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and security,” Dabbagh added. 
 
Some analysts believe that Baghdad’s decision may be a reaction to Turkey’s refusal to extradite fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced to death in absentia by an Iraqi court for running terror squads in Iraq. 
 
Over the past months, Turkish military forces and the PKK have been involved in one of their heaviest clashes since the beginning of the Kurdish group’s armed opposition against Ankara. 
 
In July, Baghdad warned Ankara against the “violation” of its territory and airspace by Turkish fighter jets and called on its foreign ministry to file a complaint with the UN Security Council over the issue.


Oct 18, 2012

'US envoy reveals secret assistance offer to Turkey in PKK fight'


The US ambassador to Turkey has revealed that Washington secretly offered Ankara to have an “anti-bin Laden” type of joint operation against a number of military leaders of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)...


On Tuesday, Francis Ricciardone revealed to Turkish journalists that the US had offered Turkey its military technology to hunt down the PKK leaders.


However, the Turkish government turned down the offer, saying it would continue battling with the PKK “on the basis of its laws and experiences.”


The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.


Ankara has carried out several military operations against the PKK in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.


Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan also confirmed on October 16 that he had rejected the offer on a rather technical basis.


Erdogan recalled the US operation near the Pakistani capital Islamabad in May 2011 that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.


“Bin Laden was caught in a house,” said the Turkish premier, adding, “But the struggle here is in mountainous geography.”


This is reportedly the second disclosed secret offer of assistance by the US.


http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/18/267356/us-secret-offer-to-turkey-revealed/

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October 29, 2012

'Turkish policeman, eight PKK members killed in clashes'

At least nine people, including one policeman, have been killed in clashes between police and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Turkey’s southeastern province of Sirnak...

Heavy fighting erupted after PKK members attacked the building of Sirnak provincial government, a police department and a police checkpoint with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades on Sunday.

Law enforcement agents have cordoned off the area and launched manhunt operations to arrest PKK members involved in the incident.

Meanwhile, Turkish troops backed by jets, launched an offensive against the Kurdish rebels in Sirnak.

Clashes between Turkish troops and PKK fighters have intensified in recent months.

Six Turkish soldiers and three PKK members were killed in overnight clashes along a highway in the remote province of Hakkari bordering Iraq and Iran.

PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.

http://presstv.com/detail/2012/10/29/269380/9-killed-in-pkk-clashes-in-turkey/

20/10/2012

Noam Chomsky visits Gaza

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Noam Chomsky, one of the world’s greatest linguists, philosophers, and political critics, is finally here in Gaza for the first time.

Oct 20, 2012  - Chomsky was the guest speaker in a seminar attended by Gaza’s elite thinkers and intellectuals mainly discussing his political views and opinions on contemporary political issues. 

Mr. Chomsky openly slammed on the United States foreign policy, specially its unlimited support to Israel. He said that the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is still more realistic than the one-state solution, despite the continuous expansion of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. 

Mr. Chomsky bitterly criticized the US’s policies in the Middle East, which are based on supporting dictators all the way until it is no more possible to protect them, and then replacing them with new faces keeping the old regime in place. He was not excited about what is called “the Arab Spring”, and was definitely against any foreign intervention in Syria. Chomsky was invited to Gaza by the Islamic University of Gaza. 

The 84 year-old intellectual, along with 10 other international intellectuals, accepted the invitation to Gaza to participate in the First International Conference of Applied Linguistics and Literature at the Islamic University of Gaza. 

To the besieged Gaza Strip, Noam Chomsky and his fellow intellectuals have come here to share their thoughts and views with Gazans, breaking all political restrictions.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/10/20/267717/noam-chomsky-visits-gaza/

Photo: Gaza 'liberated' by Israeli fighter jets.  On November 15, 2010, Washington blocked the UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supplied Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. In october 2011, Israeli jets bombed the Gaza Strip...

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02/07/2011

Libyan, Greek, Turkish, U.S., Irish ships with aid for Gaza: blocked

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Libyan aid ship for Gaza was blocked... 
On 4 July 2010, an aid group in Egypt unloaded 2,000 tons of aid supplies from the Libyan ship Amalthea. The Tripoli-based Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation had wanted the ship to take the supplies directly to Gaza but Israeli missile ships had been shadowing the Amalthea to ensure that it would not reach Gaza. U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley urged Libya 'to avoid confrontation and allow the Israelis to inspect the vessel'.

But the memory is short and a lot of activists were useful idiots during the campaign for the bombing of Libya. They cried for 'Democracy' and 'Freedom'.

Today all the ships with aid for Gaza are blocked by the Israeli government and the U.S. State Department.

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U.S. Boat to Gaza Stopped From Sailing 

Dear J,

A few hours ago, we found out from activists in our member group U.S. Boat to Gaza that the Greek coast guard has prevented the U.S.-flagged ship The Audacity of Hope from sailing to the Israeli-occupied and -blockaded Palestinian Gaza Strip as part of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla II--"Stay Human."

Currently, the ship is returning to port and we need your help today and throughout this holiday weekend to put pressure on Greece and the United States to allow the U.S. Boat to Gaza to sail and fulfill its mission of delivering thousands of letters of solidarity from the United States to the people of Gaza. 

Demand that the United States stop threatening U.S. citizens acting peacefully to break Israel's illegal and immoral blockade of Gaza that their actions "could violate U.S. civil and criminal statutes and could lead to fines and incarceration." 

Demand that the United States ensures safe passage for the flotilla and that it ends U.S. support for Israel’s illegal blockade of the Gaza Strip.

1. Contact the Greek Embassy in Washington: 202-939-1300 (tel.) or 202-939-1324 (fax).

2. Call the State Department: 202-647-6575.

3. Take to the streets this holiday weekend to be visible and to educate our fellow citizens that as we celebrate our freedom, the United States is supporting Israel in denying freedom to Palestinians. 

Photo: The Libyan Aid ship Amalthea that was blocked by the Israeli government and that arrived after a lot of problems, and via a stop in Greece, in an Egyptian port.