China supports sovereign Palestinian state, Xi Jinping says
1. Jewish men who have sexual relations with Jewish women
While less than one percent of Israeli Jews are affiliated with Reform congregations in Israel, Reform and Conservative leaders in the US and Canada have sought formal recognition from the State of Israel for decades, lobbying successive Israeli coalition governments and pursuing lawsuits to win recognition for non-traditional conversions and government funding of Reform institutions.
All the [Israeli] religious parties, on the other hand, have pushed to maintain the status quo on religion and state, established prior to the founding of Israel in 1948.
The Reform movement and its ideology, however, is a legitimate object of hatred, said Rabbi Yosef, due to its efforts to uproot traditional Judaism.
“We hate – and I mean really hate – their approach. They all mock Judaism – the Reform are making a mockery of Judaism.
Their ‘Judaism’ includes desecration of the Sabbath. They erase all that is dear and holy to us. They are erasing the commandments of the Torah. So we hate their approach, but we don’t hate the people. We pity them.”
With that, Rabbi Yosef said that challenging the Reform movement’s agenda in Israel was crucial, even if it creates political divisions.
Hagee is the founder and National Chairman of the Christian-Zionist organization Christians United for Israel
John Hagee writes for his number one reason to support Jews and Israel, “Genesis 12:3 ‘And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee...'
Read also: The Religious/Political Poisoning of America
by Bob Johnson, Veterans Today, May 16, 2015
and: Christian Zionism & the tribal Jewish version of God
By Yoginder Sikand, CounterCurrents.org, 14-12-2005
The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel's oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law. BDS website
The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West.
In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal.
“Every inch of territory in Israel,” including “the lands taken in the Six-Day War,” must be held by the use of Jewish military force, regardless of international law.." (The Rebbe)
Last night (july 18), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) posted a letter it sent to all members of the Senate urging them to oppose this bill.
Warning that “proponents of the bill are seeking additional co-sponsors,” the civil liberties group explained that
While appropriately pointing out that the ACLU “takes no position for or against the effort to boycott Israel or any foreign country,” the group categorically denounces this AIPAC-sponsored proposal for what it is: a bill that “seeks only to punish the exercise of constitutional rights.”
Thus far, not a single member of Congress has joined the ACLU in denouncing this bill...
PARIS (Reuters) - Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar, a powerful figurehead in the east of Libya, and Fayez Seraj, head of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on July 25, al-Hayat newspaper reported.
The two held talks in Abu Dhabi in May, their first in more than a year and a half, about a U.N.-mediated deal that Western powers hope will end the factional fighting that has dominated Libya since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi.
Citing unidentified sources, Saudi-owned al-Hayat said the meeting sought to build on diplomatic efforts by the United Arab Emirates, the United Nations and neighboring Egypt.
Flashback 2011: Levy (Zionist) and Sarkozy - prominent initiators of the islamist rebellion in Libya
Bernard-Henri Levy, a writer and philosopher, took on the role of amateur diplomat in early 2011 when he claims to have convinced former President Nicolas Sarkozy it was in France's interest to recognize Libya's rebels. Days after Levy called Sarkozy during a trip to the rebel-held Libyan city of Bengazhi, the French president sought a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning former dictator Muammar Gaddafi's government.
Macron wants France to play a bigger role in coaxing Libya's factions to end the turmoil that has allowed Islamist militants to gain a foothold and migrant smugglers to flourish in the absence of a strong central government.
The meeting comes at a time when Haftar has gained ground militarily with Egyptian and United Arab Emirates support, and Western states say Haftar must be part of any solution to the conflict in the oil-producing North African state.
Libya's neighbors and regional powers have often differed on how to help.
Egypt and the UAE are closer to Haftar and his anti-Islamist militant campaign while Seraj is loosely supported by militias in the west of the vast country that include Islamist groups backed by Turkey and Qatar.
Paris sees its close ties with the leaders of the UAE and Egypt as giving it some leeway in getting all sides on board, especially with the United States showing little interest in getting involved.
Diplomats said a rough plan could see Paris working to refine the U.N. accord by setting up a presidential council that would include Haftar, Seraj and a third actor from the east with Haftar heading up the Libyan National Army.
This would then be rubber-stamped by the U.N. Security Council and pave the way for national elections.
US Special Operations Command has confirmed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) will stop arming and training Islamist rebel factions opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Washington Post published a story on Wednesday, July 19, where they claimed that anonymous US government officials had told them that Trump intended to put a stop to the program. At the time, Washington officials refused to comment.
The CIA's covert program to arm and train rebels to fight Assad's government was the primary means by which the United States opposed the Syrian president. As such, many have labeled the rumored end to the program an admission by the Trump White House that regime change in Syria is no longer feasible.
This contradicts statements from American leaders such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, both of whom have laid out the removal of Assad as a key US objective in Syria. Tillerson said that the US saw "no long-term role for the Assad family or the Assad regime" earlier in July.
Trump's reasoning behind the decision, which has sparked a furor in mainstream outlets, is only something that can be speculated about as he has not yet made a statement on the decision.
Anti-Russian outlets such as the Post have claimed that the cessation, a "huge strategic blunder", is a capitulation of Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who backs Assad.
However, the decision allegedly was made before Trump's much-discussed meetings with Putin at the G-20 Summit. This lays credence to the other theory: Trump ended the program because it wasn't working, and that US money was better suited to be spent elsewhere.
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) is becoming stronger than ever before, expanding its control over Idlib and browbeating all rival groups into submission.
One day after signing a new peace treaty with Ahrar Al-Sham, forcing it to leave the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing after capturing a dozen towns in rural Idlib, HTS has now managed to beef up its manpower.
On Saturday, three rebel groups agreed to merge with HTS and swear allegiance to its military chief, the Al-Qaeda associate Abu Mohammad al-Julani.
The factions in mention are Usud Al-Islam, Khalid Ibn Walid and Usud Bani Umayya. The deal was signed in Zardana, a town which has now been brought under HTS control.
Gamel Abdel Nasser (socialist) & the exploitation of religion by 'men with beards'
El-Sisi also directed a message to "Egypt's enemies," saying “you will not be able to defeat Egypt or its brothers in the region,” stressing the rejection of "interfering in the domestic affairs of other states."
“[There are] billions spent to destroy countries, including Egypt,” El-Sisi said.
The military base is named after Mohamed Naguib, a leader of the Egyptian revolution in 1952 and the first president of the Republic of Egypt after its establishment on 18 June 1953.
Sunday will mark the 65th anniversary of the 23 July 1952 revolution.
Excerpts from Mrs. Asma Al-Assad, the First Lady of Syria's speech at the celebration of the 16th Anniversary of the foundation of the Syrian Trust for Development
"Development is not only infrastructure and projects by the State, not a unilateral effort by one side. Development is a combination between the State and Man, the project and the citizen."
"There is always the need for creative thought for development projects and with every initiative there should be a generalized humane and morale value and with participation, invention and openness, we can develop all of Syria as far as construction and humans."
"During the war on Syria, the development of the mind was absent; where the alternative was ignorance with its extremism and terrorism.
Once the development of manners was absent, the alternative was chaos and destruction; once the development of morals was absent, the alternative was opportunism and perversion. Once the national spirit was absent, unfortunately, the alternative was treason.
"Fidelity is something great and difficult and our fidelity is more difficult and sacred hence it was baptized with the blood and the soil liberated with the souls of our martyrs and the bodies of our wounded. Before the war our fidelity was dear and is more dear today, as it lies in every martyr's mother, who lost her son and remained strong and firm."
" Our Fidelity is every wounded who sacrificed his body for Syria. Our fidelity is every Syrian child who goes to school though of fear and whose friend was martyred before his eyes and continued and excelled. Our fidelity is every employee, student or teacher who stood firm and went to his work, school or university. Our fidelity is every person going to his workshop, factory or shop, and is every Syrian besieged by terrorism or deported by terrorism. Our fidelity is every grain of Syria's soil, whether over or under earth. Our fidelity is the whole people who stood firm, sacrificed and withstood. Our fidelity is Syria, the dearest more than anything."
"Freedom is not to destroy your homeland, and not to burn buildings, not to set explosives wherever you want, not to terrorize the innocents, freedom is responsibility, is the freedom of thinking, the freedom of creativity. Freedom is to have an opinion and a voice represented on you, your society and your country."
"Democracy is participation, respect for diversity, acceptance for the other.
They tried to distort the principle of nationalism. They, however, failed as we remained united and committed to our principles, culture, identity and to our diversity. We are the mythical Phoenix as to be resurrected to build our country, and we will remain sacrificing everything for our country.
"Syria is the light shining over all of us. This light is only when it joins multi-colors within as the basic light of Syria through the diversity of its colors, and richness of its cultures, though of the bids by many as to make every color isolated as not to keep Syria of the same light. They failed and were not able to isolate the Syrian light of diversity.
7 years now, and these colors glitter more and all are aware that the diversity of the rooted in the Syrians colors is the source of richness, power, and light.
All are sure by now that the strength of the individual is with his surroundings and all are for one and one is based on all."
The Syrian Army has regained control over the settlement of al-Dakhilah and the As-Sabhavi gas field located about 18 miles south of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Daesh terrorist group, a Syrian military source told Sputnik.
Speaking to Sputnik, a Syrian military source said that militants from the Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS) terrorist group were driven out of the settlement of al-Dakhilah and the As-Sabhavi gas field located about 18 miles south of the city of Raqqa in northern Syria.
"The units of the Syrian Arab army regained control over the settlement of al-Dakhilah, the well of as-Sabhavi and the gas field of the same name in the southern vicinity of Raqqa. A large number of members of the IS terrorist group were eliminated," the source said.
The retaken territories are expected to allow government troops to quickly reach the bank of the Euphrates River and continue the offensive in the direction of Raqqa, the so-called "ISIL capital."
Syrian forces, including combat units under the command of Gen. Suheil al-Hassan, have already managed to regain control over about 20 oil wells as well as a number of gas and oil fields located both in the province of Raqqa and in the western part of Deir ez-Zor province.
On Thursday, US special presidential envoy Brett McGurk said that the Daesh terrorists that remain in the Syrian city of Raqqa have been surrounded and that about one third of the city has already been cleared.
He added that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-led coalition partners on the ground, were advancing on Daesh militants from four directions.
Last week, US Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel said the operation to liberate Raqqa is likely to take months to complete, as the terrorists had years to prepare for the battle and will fight aggressively.
"We would expect they are going to fight harder and more aggressively than they are, and a large part of that is going to be exploited again. So, I think it is going to be a challenging fight and it will take months."
The CENTCOM commander also noted that the US-backed forces fighting in Syria are not supported by the government there, while the US partners in Iraq are.
A former al-Qaeda affiliate took control of the northern Syrian city of Idlib on Sunday two days after agreeing to end fighting with a rebel group, a monitor said.
“Ahrar al-Sham withdrew from the city of Idlib, which is now under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham,” Rami Abdel Rahman of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.
This week saw fierce clashes between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham across much of Idlib province, including at the key Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, before a truce was announced late Friday.
“Hundreds of rebels left the city aboard dozens of vehicles heading towards southern Idlib province,” Abdel Rahman said. He said Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) set up checkpoints across the northwestern city.
nusra-rebels, syria 2012
HTS and Ahrar al-Sham were once allies and fought alongside each other to capture most of Idlib province from the Syrian government in 2015.
But analysts say growing tensions over the past two months have been exacerbated by HTS fears of a plan to expel the internationally designated “terror” group from the province.
Idlib is one of the last Syrian provinces still beyond regime control.
The fall of the city and provincial capital to the militants is symbolic and comes after the Observatory said they captured “more than 31 towns and villages” across the province over the past two days.
The HTS is dominated by the Fateh al-Sham faction, which was previously known as Al-Nusra Front before renouncing its ties to al-Qaeda.
President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the memorial ceremony for Revisionist Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky on the 77th anniversary of his death Sunday evening. The ceremony took place on Mt. Herzl, where Jabotinsky is buried.
In his opening remarks, President Rivlin spoke about the deadly attack in Halamish on Friday night and said:
The acts of terror, the violence on and off the mountain so holy to Jews and Arabs, must be condemned and must be stopped."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also addressed the terrorist attack in Samaria.
"On Friday night we witnessed a heart-rending drama of vicious terrorism, the fruit of deep and unbridled Jew-hatred. We have been dealing with murderous terrorism for 100 years – and we will defeat it.
Irgun: Jabotinsky's Terror Organization
On Sunday in Amman, the capital of Jordan, two workers arrived at the Israeli Embassy in the tony Rabiyeh neighborhood. One of them attacked the Israeli security guard with a screwdriver, lightly injuring him.
The attack at the Israeli Embassy came after a week of building tension in the region over the Aqsa Mosque on the temple mount. First, three Palestinian-Israeli gunmen staged an attack at the mosque on July 14, killing two Druze guards. Then the Israeli government announced that they would put metal detectors at the Aqsa Mosque.
That move, seen as a form of desecration of the holy site, provoked big demonstrations and late last week several Palestinians at rallies were shot dead by Israeli police. 8 people are dead over the weekend.
Cooler heads are urging Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reconsider the metal detectors, which are causing more deaths than they might prevent.
The second intifada started in September 2000, when Ariel Sharon made a visit to the Temple Mount, seen by Palestinians as highly provocative.
Muslims ruled Jerusalem for most of the succeeding 1,281 years, with a hiatus during the Crusades.
For Jews and Christians, it is natural to associate Jerusalem with Jews, and sure it has been intimately intertwined with Jewish spirituality. But the city existed for millennia before there were any Jews, having been a Canaanite settlement dedicated to the god Shalem. And it wasn’t actually ruled by Jews for all that long (Egypt, Iran, Rome and the Muslims also ruled it).
Jerusalem is the third holiest city in Islam and Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad spiritually journeyed there and ascended into heaven from the temple mount. Muslims have for centuries been stopping off in Jerusalem for a pilgrimage (ziyarah) before or after the Hajj or major pilgrimage.
Elaborate, skillful ideological constructs produced by priestly circles
Almost everything about King David and Solomon and their empire is exaggerated to such as extent that it is best to consider the entire edifice to be legend and myth, except that for a while, King David did rule a sparsely populated disparate Judah.
David and Solomon are two of the towering figures of the Hebrew texts. The central characters in these nationalistic stories had to be both commanders of armies and builders of great nations, so that the present generation could follow their example, and work for the good of the fledging state. With this aim in mind, the stories written about David and Solomon did not disappoint - well, not until archaeologists went in search of the evidence of their great empires.
Prof. Victor J. Stenger (2007): “There is no mention of either king in Egyptian or Mesopotamian texts.
Shlomo Sand (in: "The Invention of the Jewish People", 2009): “Excavations in Jerusalem [...] undermined the fantasies about the glorious past [and] failed to find any traces of an important tenth-century kingdom, the presumed time of David and Solomon. No vestige was ever found of monumental structures, walls or grand palaces, and the pottery found there was scanty and quite simple...
Finkelstein & Silberman (in: "The Bible Unearthed", 2002): “Many of the archaeological props that once bolstered the historical basis of the David and Solomon narratives have recently been called into question.
Biblical historians such as Thomas Thompson and Niels Peter Lemche of the University of Copenhagen and Philip Davies of the University of Sheffield, dubbed biblical minimalists by their detractors, have argued that David and Solomon, the united monarchy of Israel, and indeed the entire biblical description of the history of Israel are no more than elaborate, skillful ideological constructs produced by priestly circles in Jerusalem in post-exilic or even Hellenistic times.” (Source)
"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
"I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life." John 8:12
EL is known as the Father of the gods in Canaan religion: 'the father of mankind', the 'Bull', and 'the creator of creatures'. He is gray haired and bearded and lives at Mt. Lel.
He is a heavy drinker and has gotten extremely drunk at his banquets. As a young god, he went out to the sea and, spying two ladies, one of whom is presumably Athirat, becomes aroused, roasts a bird and asks the two to choose between being his daughters or his wives. They become his wives and in due course they give birth to Shachar and Shalim.
William F. Albright identified Shalim as the god of dusk (darkness), and Shahar as god of the dawn (light). In the Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, Shalim is also identified as the deity representing Venus or the "Evening Star," and Shahar, the "Morning Star".
Jerusalem is widely believed to have been originally established as a city for Shalim. The name of the city, when analyzed from a Semitic standpoint, is literally translated as ‘the settlement of Shalim.’
Read more at Saddam's Death, Page 73
MOSCOW — Russia has deployed military police to monitor two safe zones being established in Syria, it was announced on Monday, with officials touting it as a new era of US cooperation.
Senior commander Sergei Rudskoi said Russian forces had set up checkpoints and observation posts around a zone in the south-west and in another covering Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.
The two areas are part of a broader Moscow-backed plan to create four "de-escalation zones" in rebel-held parts of Syria.
The defence ministry's announcement marks the first deployment of foreign troops to bolster the safe zones as Moscow seeks to pacify Syria after its military intervention swung the six-year conflict in favour of President Bashar Assad.
Moscow has informed Israel of its deployment and that the nearest Russian position is 13 kilometres from the demarcation line between Israeli and Syrian troops in the Golan Heights, Rudskoi said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday praised the creation of the safe zones, saying it showed Russia can work with the United States under President Donald Trump.
He was giving an interview on Monday to Kurdish Rudaw television whose transcript was posted on the ministry site
Russia's top diplomat said the fact that President Vladimir Putin and Trump agreed on creating de-escalation zones in southern Syria at their first meeting at the G-20 in Hamburg was "a concrete example that we can work together".
Lavrov contrasted the negotiations with Barack Obama's administration, which he said "turned out to be incapable of separating terrorists from the normal opposition" in Syria.
"Only now through the concept of safe zones are we getting results in this area," Lavrov said.
Syrian Aircraft dropped baskets on Kafriya and Al- Fu’ah inhabited by citizens of the Shiite sect in the north-eastern countryside of Idlib, while Helicopters dropped leaflets on the outskirts of Ariha Town.
These leaflets said “The appeal of the homeland to its people:
To all young people involved in carrying weapons. The crisis is about to solve and the successes of the Syrian Arab army confirm that the crises is about to end.
Young people do not injustice yourselves. The future is in front of you. The opportunity is still available to come back to the homeland.
So take advantage of this opportunity before it is too late, and start to leave the weapons as others did. The state looks after you and welcomes your return”
Flashback: The Baath Message
US President Donald Trump on Monday announced he had ended a program to support rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because it was “massive, dangerous, and wasteful.”
The comments came days after General Tony Thomas, the head of US special operations confirmed that the four-year-old operation was brought to a close but denied the decision was motivated by a desire to placate Russia, which backs the Assad regime.
“The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts ....” Trump tweeted.
The missive appeared to be a response to an article by the newspaper published hours earlier and titled “Cooperation with Russia becomes central to Trump strategy in Syria.”
The United States and Russia agreed on creating de-escalation zones in southern Syria at their first meeting at the G20 in Hamburg earlier this month.
nusra rebels - aleppo 2014
Former president Barack Obama approved the rebel aid program in 2013 as various insurgent groups sought external support in a general uprising against the Assad regime. Thousands of Syrian anti-government fighters were trained and armed.
But the US commitment remained ambiguous amid doubts in some quarters that the rebels could actually manage to depose Assad and as attention turned to the rising power of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
Support for the program further eroded last year after the rebels lost the areas they held in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Aleppo Residents Slowly Rebuild War-Ravaged City - FARS news agency 2017
“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans.
What justifies America’s participation in this slaughter? Columnist Eric Margolis summarizes the successes of the six-year civil war to overthrow President Bashar Assad.
“The result of the western-engendered carnage in Syria was horrendous: 5 million Syrian refugees driven into exile in neighboring states (Turkey alone hosts three million), and another 6 million internally displaced. … 11 million Syrians … driven from their homes into wretched living conditions and near famine. “Jihadist massacres and Russian and American air strikes have ravaged once beautiful, relatively prosperous Syria. Its ancient Christian peoples are fleeing for their lives before US and Saudi takfiri religious fanatics.”
What injury did the Assad regime, in power for half a century and having never attacked us, inflict to justify what we have helped to do to that country?
Is this war moral by our own standards?
We overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003 and Moammar Gadhafi in 2012. Yet, the fighting, killing and dying in both countries have not ceased. Estimates of the Iraq civilian and military dead run into the hundreds of thousands.
Still, the worst humanitarian disaster may be unfolding in Yemen. After the Houthis overthrew the Saudi-backed regime and took over the country, the Saudis in 2015 persuaded the United States to support its air strikes, invasion and blockade.
By January 2016, the U.N. estimated a Yemeni civilian death toll of 10,000, with 40,000 wounded. However, the blockade of Yemen, which imports 90 percent of its food, has caused a crisis of malnutrition and impending famine that threatens millions of the poorest people in the Arab world with starvation...
“They make a desert and call it peace,” Calgacus said of the Romans he fought in the first century. Will that be our epitaph?
What is the game the US is playing in the Arab world?
To answer this question and attempt to explain the role of the US in the region, I recall an extensive feature in The New York Times Magazine about the Arab world 13 years after the US invasion of Iraq. In an unusual and rare practice in journalism, the magazine dedicated an entire special issue to the subject.
Setting aside the political bias of this newspaper which is controlled by the American Jewish lobby, this remarkable coverage titled “Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart” was relatively impartial. It clearly showed that splintering, rivalry and fighting in the Arab world today began with the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, which ushered in chaos and destruction in most of the Arab nation.
The newspaper stated that the US invasion of Iraq that aimed to “achieve democracy” destroyed the state of Iraq state and its institutions, creating conditions ideal for the birth of terrorist religious groups and spreading chaos. This has transformed the Arab world into a war-torn region, which was the starting gun for an era of terrorism around the world.
Ironically, we are the ones creating it with our own hands.
arab 'spring' 2011-2012: al-arour (salafist), bin laden (al-qaeda), qaradawi (muslim brotherhood)
Since the start of this century, US think tanks and political circles have talked about a “New Middle East” that divides the region, whereby large countries such as Iraq, Syria and Egypt are erased and replaced by small rival statelets. The only remaining regional power would be Israel.
And here we are, watching the birth of the “New Middle East”, which was often mocked as impossible to achieve. Ironically, we are the ones creating it with our own hands.
Those fighting in Syria are Syrians, those fighting in Iraq are Iraqis, and the same is true in Yemen and Libya. As for terrorist groups, which the US was the first to support and fund directly or indirectly, they have also killed many.
Even though they wage war in the name of Islam, some 70 per cent of their victims are Muslim. They also further decimate Arab societies and spread chaos across the nation.
The most dangerous threat facing the Arab world currently is that the concept of the Arab nation itself has dissipated, although in the 1950s and 1960s it was the power base for Arab action in the international domain.
There was a specific entity known to the globe as the Arab world, with its own cultural and social characteristics that distinguished it from other geographic locations in the world.
If the units of this Arab world are the countries that consist within, today we are seeing these countries teetering and collapsing, with the notion of a national state waning as each country divides into social entities not based on loyalty to the homeland, but instead to religion, faction, doctrine or ethnicity.
This week, due to the ongoing violence surrounding the Temple Mount, Israeli newspaper Haaretz published the article: Were There Jewish Temples on Temple Mount? Yes.
Well, I’m afraid, like so much about Israel and the modern Jews, that is nothing but a lie...
Wherever this temple was really located, we can be damn sure it was not on the Temple Mount.
But what about the Wailing Wall, isn’t that physical evidence of the temple?
Nope, it’s the western wall of the Roman Fort Antonia and no-one tried to claim otherwise until a little less than 500 years ago.
For the purposes of this article, we will restrict ourselves to thoroughly rebutting the Haaretz claim that there was a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount by publishing the excellent academic paper by Ernest Martin which uses hard historical facts to utterly dismantle the entire Jewish myth.
The Strange Story of the False Wailing Wall
By Ernest L. Martin, PH. D., July 2000
There is absolute proof that the present site of the Jewish "Wailing Wall" in Jerusalem is NOT any part of the Temple that existed in the time of Herod and Jesus. In fact, that particular location that the Jewish authorities have accepted represents the Western Wall of an early Roman fortress (finally built and enlarged by Herod the Great). King Herod called it Fort Antonia, after the famous Mark Anthony who lived at the end of the first century before Christ.
Herod was born 73 BCE as the son of a man from Idumea named Antipater and a woman named Cyprus, the daughter of an Arabian sheik.
Antipater was an adherent of Hyrcanus, one of two princes who struggling to become king of Judaea. In this conflict, the Roman general Pompey intervened in Hyrcanus' favor. Having favored the winning side in the conflict, Antipater's star rose, especially since he cooperated with the Romans as much as possible. In 47 (bc), he was appointed epitropos ("regent") and received the Roman citizenship.
Mark Anthony (Roman leader) awarded Herod in 42 with the title of tetrarch of Galilee, a title that was commonly used for the leaders of parts of vassal kingdoms. (Herod's brother Phasael was to be tetrarch of Jerusalem).
This appointment caused a lot of resentment among the Jews. After all, Herod was not a Jew. He was the son of a man from Idumea; and worse, Herod had an Arabian mother, and it was commonly held that one could only be a Jew when one was born from a Jewish mother.
When war broke out between the Romans and the Parthians (in Iran and Mesopotamia), the Jewish populace joined the latter.
Herod managed to escape and went to Rome, where he persuaded Octavian and the Senate to order Mark Antony to restore him. And so it happened.
After Mark Antony and his lieutenants had driven away the Parthians, Herod was brought back to Jerusalem by two legions, VI Ferrata (whose men had already fought in Gaul and the civil wars) and another legion, perhaps III Gallica (37 BCE). Antigonus was defeated and after he had besieged and captured Jerusalem, and had defeated the last opposition (more), Herod could start his reign as sole ruler of Judaea.
The new king started an extensive building program: Jews could take pride in the new walls of Jerusalem and the citadel which guarded its Temple. This fortress was called Antonia, in order to please Herod's patron Mark Antony.
The temple: A center of Jewish power?
Fort Antonia was described by Josephus as being like a city with large areas for troop parades etc. A legion of troops (5000 fighting and 5000 support) was housed there.
A citadel is the core fortified area of a town or city. It may be a fortress, castle, or fortified center. The term is a diminutive of "city" and thus means "little city", so called because it is a smaller part of the city of which it is the defensive core.
Although Herod was a dependent client-king, he had a foreign policy of his own. With building projects, the expansion of his territories, the establishment of a sound bureaucracy, and the development of economic resources, he did much for his country, at least on a material level.
However, many of his projects won him the bitter hatred of the orthodox Jews, who disliked Herod's Greek taste - a taste he showed not only in his building projects, but also in several transgressions of the Mosaic Law.
The orthodox were not to only ones who came to hate the new king. The Sadducees hated him because he had terminated the rule of the old royal house to which many of them were related; their own influence in the Sanhedrin was curtailed.
The Pharisees despised any ruler who despised the Law. And probably all his subjects resented his excessive taxation. It was clear to anyone that Herod was not a Jewish but a Roman king.
After his death in 4 BCE, the kingdom was divided among his sons. Herod Antipas was to rule Galilee and the east bank of the Jordan as a tetrarch; Philip was to be tetrarch of the Golan heights in the north-east; and Archelaus became the ethnarch ("national leader") of Samaria and Judaea.
A new study suggests the biblical account of the annihilation of the ancient Canaanite people at the hands of the invading Israelites was a bit premature, claiming their descendants are still living just up the road, across the Lebanese border.
New genetic research from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has found that far from being destroyed, the Canaanites morphed into the inhabitants of modern Lebanon.
Scientists in the United Kingdom-based genetic research center sequenced the genomes of five 4,000-year-old Canaanite individuals and compared them to other ancient and present-day populations, including a sample of 99 modern Lebanese.
The results, published July 27 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, show that 93 percent of the ancestry of modern Lebanese ancestry comes from the Canaanites.
Had they been destroyed by the Israelites, who were commanded by God to annihilate them, it would have been a form of patricide.
According to the study, the Canaanites were the common ancestor for several ancient peoples who inhabited the Levant during the Bronze Age, such as the Ammonites, Moabites, and Israelites.
“Each achieved their own cultural identities but all shared a common genetic and ethnic root with Canaanites,” according to the authors of the new study.
In Deuteronomy 20:16, the ancient Israelites are commanded by God to completely wipe out the several Canaanite peoples after the death of the Hebrew leader Joshua.
“But in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes, but you shall utterly destroy them, the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the Lord your God has commanded.”
However, according to the report, archaeological evidence does not support widespread destruction of Canaanite cities between the Bronze and Iron Ages.
For example, coastal cities such as Sidon and Tyre “show continuity of occupation until the present day.”
The analysis of the DNA from five Canaanite skeletons found in Sidon who lived 4,000 years ago, and comparison with modern day Lebanese, paint a picture much different than the annihilation recorded in the Bible.
"Only when we are ready to replace a religion of faith with a religion of knowledge shall humanity achieve the resurrection of religion.
Then, and only then, shall the prophetic call for justice, peace, and love replace a faith of fear and doom and hopelessness. Then, and only then, will people be able to live their religion, for it will be a religion that can be understood, a religion that can be known, a religion that can be felt, a religion worthy of belief and a religion worthy of living." Robert Edward Green, religious humanist
Archeology Shows Bible written Late, Full of Errors
In Canaan, like elsewhere in the region, the people went on to develop an advanced civilization. They lived in large cities with magnificent palaces and temples. They had writing, mathematics and a calendar, they also became great artisans, creating beautiful works of art. |
The main cities of Canaan were Jericho, Ugarit, Tyre, Sidon, Ebla, Biblos, Lachish, Hazor, Megiddo, Jerusalem (Shalem) and later, the North-African Phoenician settlement of Carthage.
Like all the other ancient societies, the Canaanite's had many gods, but their main gods were "EL" and his son "Baal" with EL being the supreme god. (realhistoryww.com)
Genesis: 'And Jacob came to Shalem' - a Canaanite City
Many Biblical characters, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and others, lived a nomadic lifestyle. A nomad didn't build houses or temples. He lived in tents and traveled from location to location in search of water and pastures for their livestock. (The ancient Hebrews)
Genesis 33:18: And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padan-aram (an early Aramean kingdom in Mesopotamia); and pitched his tent before the city.
Genesis 34:27: The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and spoiled the city, because they had defiled their sister.
netanyahu, shas & the rebbe
In public, Netanyahu consistently stresses the importance of good relations between Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, and the mutual benefits of these close relations. So it is astonishing that he seems ready to jeopardize these relations for the sake of keeping his coalition together.
It would, at least, be understandable if one could believe that his decisions are based on deep convictions, but in the case of Netanyahu, opportunism rules supreme.
After close to seven decades of Israeli independence, it may be time to reassess the relations between Israel [..] and those Jews who live outside Israel.
It might be the case — especially considering the current small-minded, right-wing coalition government in Israel — that Jews around the world should develop a more independent approach, one which serves their views on their religion, heritage and culture, rather than the one that has evolved inside Israel.
• Yossi Mekelberg is professor of international relations at Regent’s University London
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last week, echoing his incitement for Muslims worldwide to “defend al-Aksa.”
Just repeating this calumny was not enough for the Turkish dictator, who added fuel to the fire by calling Israel’s removal of metal detectors from the entrances to the Temple Mount “not enough” and saying that IDF soldiers were “dirtying” the site with their boots.
We agree with the assessment of Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon that the Turkish president’s words were “delusional” and “distorted.”
Calling Erdogan “the last person” who can preach to Israel,” Nahshon pointed to Turkey’s ongoing war against its Kurdish minority. “It would be interesting what Erdogan would say to the Kurds and residents of northern Cyprus,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office read.
It follows from the Foreign Ministry’s apparently new approach to Turkish relations that we should all agree with Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, that Israel should support the creation of a Kurdish state. We should also finally go public and recognize the Ottoman Armenian genocide.
“The time has come to stop ingratiating ourselves to the Turks, who every time come and kick us harder,” Lapid told journalists during a briefing in Tel Aviv.
“We need to say, ‘Okay, we understand, now we have to run our own policy: From now on we support the establishment of an independent Kurdish state, we need to recognize the Armenian genocide, we need to do all the things that we didn’t do when we had good relations with Turkey, because we don’t, and we will not have in the future,” he said.
Turkey’s 15 million Kurds represent nearly 18% of the country’s population. Like most of their fellow Muslim citizens, they are Sunnis, but it is their cultural distinction, their ethnic identity, that they are fighting to preserve.
The Kurdish narrative is strikingly similar to our own. Both peoples are ethnically unique, have rich cultures, and support democracy and human rights – and until 1948 both lacked a state of their own. As Jews, and as Zionist supporters of Israel as a Jewish state, we are morally obligated to support the Kurdish people’s right to self-determination.
Flashback 2011: The Kurdish connection
Only when we are living in a world in which sanctions are imposed 'on' the United States
rather than 'by' the United States will we know justice reigns.
The decision taken by the US Congress to "punish Russia" for alleged meddling in the US elections with the maintenance of existing sanctions has been followed by a bill to weaken the ability of President Trump to "weaken sanctions on Russia," thus presenting a direct challenge to the President's authority.
The bill was passed in the House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority and at time of writing awaits a hearing in the Senate, which along with the House makes up the US Congress.
The legislation also includes new sanctions against not only Russia but also Iran and North Korea, thus maintaining the pattern of waging economic war against states which refuse to accept that Washington's writ should run wherever it decides whenever it decides.
"Sanity is a handicap and liability if you're living in a mad world." Anthony Burgess
Economic sanctions are not the benign instrument that some might assume. On the contrary, they are tantamount to an act of war, a means by which economic might is wielded as club to bludgeon 'recalcitrant' nations and states into submission.
And though sanctions may not evoke the same sense of potency of cruise missiles, they kill just the same. The experience of the Iraqi people leaves no doubt of it.
Between 1990 and 2003 sanctions on Iraq, imposed by the UN, are estimated to have been directly responsible for the deaths of 2 million people, half a million of them children according to Unicef.
Multilateral sanctions were imposed on the country in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. Under UN Security Council Resolution 661 it was mandated that UN-member states should prevent all imports originating in Iraq and Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, business activity between nationals of member states and Iraq, and should undertake an embargo of funds or "economic resources" to Iraq or Iraqi-occupied Kuwait, except for medical or humanitarian purposes...
The sanctions imposed on Iraq were so draconian and sustained that two UN Humanitarian Coordinators in Iraq, Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck, resigned in protest.
Yet even with the evidence of the role of the sanctions in killing half a million Iraqi children, Washington remained unrepentant. The by now infamous words of former UN Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in 1996, when in response to a question during an interview about the infanticide that was taking place as a result of the sanctions she said "the price is worth it," exposed the barbarity that lies behind the mask of Western civilization.
FLASHBACK: Madeleine Albright: "The price is worth it"
The former head of the U.N.'s humanitarian program in Iraq says an American invasion would be an international crime -- and would make the U.S. even less safe...
In a speech on the 72nd anniversary of the foundation of the Syrian Arab Army delivered through “Jaish al-Sha’ab” (People’s Army) magazine, President Bashar al-Assad said that Syria has been able to remain steadfast and made many successive achievements thanks to the heroic actions of the army, the unity of our dignified people, and the sacrifices of the martyrs.
"You men of honor and heroism, I salute you with pride and appreciation on the 72nd anniversary of the foundation of the Syrian Arab Army, the school of dignity and heroism and of blessed men. I encourage you to continue along the path followed by the courageous men of this distinguished army who, for many long years, have set an example to follow in making sacrifices to preserve the dignity, freedom, and independence of the homeland.
Personnel of our bravery army, we are still facing a Takfiri terrorist enemy the likes of which have never been seen throughout history in terms of treachery, malevolence, and hatred, an enemy backed by several regional and international parties which have been seeking for years to impose their dominance over the whole area through the gate of Syria which is the heart of the area and its main axis.
“However, we have been able to remain steadfast and we have made a lot of the successive achievements thanks to your heroic actions and sacrifices, to the solidarity of our dignified people who stand side by side with their courageous army in the same trench of defending the homeland, and to the martyrs who purified with their blood the Syrian lands from abomination of the aggressors.
Defenders of the homeland and makers of victory makers, today you are writing an epic of glory and you are drawing with your steadfastness and determination the features of the near victory. You are consolidating security and stability across our beloved homeland, so that it may return as we have always known it; safe and sound.
So, always maintain your oath, you protectors of the land and its honor. Be the guardians of the sun which will never set on the homeland of civilization and alphabet....
A salute to you honorable men on your day, and a salute to your gracious families which have been as patient as you have been, and they have been a role model in nationalism and patriotism.
A salute to the valiant wounded personnel who have taught the world how to give for the sake of the homeland, may the souls of our martyrs be at peace, and may their memories live on forever. Happy Army Day.
Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, has stated that former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Islam, "is free and in a safe place." Haftar further said he welcomed the idea of the younger Gaddafi playing some sort of political role in Libya's future.
In an interview (Arabic) with Al-Hayat newspaper, Haftar also stressed that he had no problems with moderate Muslim Brotherhood members but could never deal with the extremist elements.
The recent talks in Paris between Haftar and UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj were little more than a "show," an attempt to stage manage an impression of a Libyan unity government. It failed!
The Libyan Muslim Brotherhood's Executive's rejected all communiques from Paris despite the olive branch extended to it by Haftar.
The United States, UK, and the UN are egging on their regional and international allies including France to finish the job in Libya to totally discount any thought of allowing Saif a role in the future of Libya..
To the West, Saif al-Islam is the poster child of the old order. The US and the UN want Saif al-Islam on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague also to isolate and silence him. Quite simply he knows too much about the West's past duplicity.
Additionally, Saif al-Islam is wrongfully being held responsible for his father’s actions, from Lockerbie, which ironically his father was not involved in, to being part of the alleged plot of his father with Qatar to kill the then Saudi King Abdullah.
The West has become skeptical of Haftar mainly due to his closeness to Russia, however both Haftar and Saif Gaddafi are popular with the Libyan people.
It is likely the West would prefer Haftar out of the picture, but his recent battlefield successes make that look unlikely...for now.
In 1945 a batch of ancient documents was discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt.
One is expected to give this world its due in a proper and joyful way but always remember what Prophet Muhammad said:
Be a stranger (gharib) in this world and never attach yourself to it.
Walk upon this path and enjoy its beauty but know that the ultimate end is not here.
This dual attitude of non-attachment and giving the world its due is an extension of Islam's insistence on following the middle path in all things and avoiding all extremisms.
It was against this background that Islam built one of the most enduring civilizations in human history. Muslims scientists, scholars, artists, rulers, peasants and others sought to cultivate the world in harmony with the order and beauty of the universe. Their great material and scientific achievements never led them to materialism and a worshipping of the world. But they never rejected its reality in a monastic manner either....
The intellectual and moral challenge before us is to be in the world but not of the world.
Read also: I Have, I Rule and I Will Destroy
The Astrological Interpretation of Ahrimanic Evil Forces
Back in the day, my detractors at least attempted to encounter my arguments and debate me. They didn’t get too far.
Since the publication of my new book Being in Time: a Post-Political Manifesto, they have changed their tactics: they insist on obliterating my international jazz career.
Earlier today, a book shop in Oxford that regularly hosts my concerts posted the attached letter (see below) to my Facebook page.
The Oxford venue received the letter from the ultra-Zionist Campaign Against Antisemitsm (CAA). The CAA letter is blatantly and intentionally defamatory and duplicitous...
It is noticeable that the CAA’s letter doesn’t provide links to my words. This is not a coincidence. My work is careful and measured.
I never refer critically to Jews as a people, race, biology or a collective. I instead scrutinise the meaning of Jewish identity politics and ideology. I do believe that in a free society every ideology and politics must be subject to criticism.
Racists (anti-humanists) tell people: Once a Jew always a Jew
Gilad Atzmon (humanist) tells people: Stop being a Jew, be a 'Mensch'!
Activists and authors in Muslim-majority Malaysia reacted with outrage after authorities banned a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mount about growing conservatism.
The book, "Breaking The Silence: Voices Of Moderation", is a collection of essays whose publication was organised by a group of prominent Muslim Malaysians pushing a more tolerant form of Islam.
The ban, signed by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said that printing or possessing the book was "likely to be prejudicial to public order" and "likely to alarm public opinion".
Anyone breaching the ban on the book -- which was published in neighbouring Singapore -- can be jailed for up to three years.
The prohibition of the book, titled Breaking the Silence: Voices of a Moderation Islam in a Constitutional Democracy was made under the Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No 12) Order 2017 and dated July 27, according to a notice on the Federal Government Gazette.
G25 spokesman Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin was baffled by the book ban.
“How can a book containing articles written by respected academics, progressive Islamic scholars and social activists, promoting a moderate approach to Islam and discussing the place of Islam in our Federal Constitution, be considered a threat to public order?” she told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.
The retired judge and a former diplomat pointed out that the book was first published and launched in December 2015. She said the government should instead support the book because it promotes moderation.
She said the group would most likely ask for an explanation from the Home Ministry and to be shown the offending passage in the book. “We are discussing our options but rest assured we will not allow this ban to go unchallenged,” she added.
Flashback 2012: "Why are they establishing
“The north of Syria witnessed one of its biggest tragedies,” said Ratney who was behind secret talks in Amman with Moscow over the cease-fire in southwest Syria announced by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in July. It was the first such US-Russian effort under the Trump administration to end Syria’s civil war.
“In the event of the hegemony of Nusra Front on Idlib, it would be difficult for the United States to convince the international parties not to take the necessary military measures,” the top State Department diplomat said.
Idlib province, the only Syrian province that is entirely under rebel control, has been a major target of Russian and Syrian aerial strikes..The agricultural region had a respite since a Russian-Turkish brokered accord reached last May approved four de-escalation zones across Syria, among them one in Idlib province.
“Everyone should know that Jolani and his gang are the ones who bear responsibility for the grave consequences that will befall Idlib,” said Ratney, referring to former Nusra head Abu Mohammad al Jolani who effectively leads Hayat Tahrir al Sham.
In less than three days Jolani’s fighters overran their powerful rival, the more mainstream Ahrar al Sham group, seizing control of a strategic border strip with Turkey in some of the heaviest inter-rebel fighting since the start of the conflict.
An emboldened Hayat Tahrir al Sham has sought to allay fears it did not seek to dominate the whole province but suspicions run high among many in the region about their ultimate goals to monopolize power.
The jihadists have linked up with Western-backed Free Syria Army (FSA) groups who continue to maintain a foothold in several towns in the province.
Ratney told rebel groups, who have been forced to work with the jihadists out of expediency or for self preservation, to steer away from the group before it was “too late.”
The Oneness of God
Alawites believe in the mystical interpretation of the Quran
The Alawites are an offshoot of Shia Islam who revere Ali, the Prophet Mohammed’s cousin and son-in-law. However, they have added to their religion aspects of other faiths, including Christianity, and have a Holy Trinity of their own, comprising Mohammed, Ali, and Salman the Persian, a Companion of the Prophet.
Their practices are socially liberal, with women not covering their hair and alcohol consumed.
The Alawites believe in the transcendence of God in his entirety and manifestations.
Ahmad Adeeb Ahmad, a Syrian Alawite religious scholar, said Alawites see God expressed in the Quranic al-Noor verse: “Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a brightly shining star.”
Ahmad added that Alawites' view about Tawhid, the oneness of God, is expressed in the Quranic Ikhlas verse: “He begets not, nor is He begotten, and there is nothing at all like Him.”
Alawites believe in the mystical interpretation of the Quran. Ahmad explained that the Alawites say, “The Quran has visible and invisible faces. We consider all of them.”
The Fast of the 9th of Av & The destruction of the Temple
Rabbi David Kimchi: "Zion shall be ploughed as a field"
The fast of the 5th month happens on the 9ih day of the month. The reason why the Jews fast on this day are thus given by Maimonides : " On the ninth of Av, five things happened.
1st. The decree went forth in the wilderness that the people should not enter the land. 2d. The first and second temple were both destroyed on this day. 3d. The great city Bither was taken, in which were thousands and myriads of Israel ; and they had a great king, whom all Israel and the greatest of the wise men thought was the King Messiah : but, 4th, he fell into the hands of the Gentiles, and they were all put to death, and the affliction was great, even like the desolation of the house of the sanctuary.
5th. On that day, devoted to punishment, the wicked Turnus Rufus [Quintus Tineius Rufus, Roman governor posted in Judea during first half of the second century C.E] ploughed up the sanctuary and the parts about, to fulfil that which was said, Zion shall be ploughed as a field.'" (Mich. iii. 12.) (Jad Ilachasakah. Hilchoth Taanith., c. 5.)
US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, mourning the destruction of the Second Temple at the Chabad synagogue in Washington D.C. (Arutz Sheva, 2-8-2017)
Asked whether Kushner is qualified to be the American point man on Middle East peace, Ashrawi said: “The facts speak for themselves. Look at his statements, attitude, long-standing friendship with Netanyahu and his family, and his ideological language when it comes to Israel-Palestine. He demonstrates clearly where he stands. Of course he’s not qualified because he disqualifies himself.”
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned ISIL from a decisive defeat in the new offensive that would be launched by the Lebanese army in northeast Lebanon, announcing that Hezbollah will participate in the battle alongside the Syrian army in the Syrian side of the borders.
In a televised speech Sayyed Nasrallah pointed that the Lebanese army will liberate areas occupied by ISIL in northeast Lebanon and said Hezbollah was ready to aid the Lebanese army in its battle on the Lebanese front.
“It’s clear now that the Lebanese army is the one who will liberate the areas of Ras Baalbek and Al-Qaa,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding that Hezbollah would be in the service of the Lebanese army and will help in this battle.
“ISIL controls a large area, some of it from Lebanese and other from Syria. The total area is approximately 296 square kilometers, 141 square kilometers in Lebanon and 155 square kilometers in Syria. The borders are drawn, and there is no problem with demarcation. The geography is similar to that of Arsal and Flita.”
“Before we started the Arsal offensive, we coordinated with the Syrian leadership to end the armed presence of ISIL and Nusra this summer. Lebanon took a decision that the army would do this task, and this was good.
The Lebanese army is able to accomplish this mission and any call for an American assistance is an insult to the military institution,” Sayyed Nasrallah indicated, adding that the problem was not with the Lebanese army but with the political decision...
“If this decision is taken, it means that we are going to the battle, and according to this battle the army will fight in the Lebanese territory.
I declare tonight that we, in Hezbollah, are at the service of the Lebanese army. ISIL will gather all its forces to fight the Lebanese army, and we must be aware that it may use suicide bombers. The front will be one and the timing is in the hands of the Lebanese army,” Hezbollah S.G. said.
“ISIL shall know that this battle is imminent and soon, maybe few days from now,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, warning that ISIL will face a battle backed by national consensus for the first time, which is a “miracle”.
“I tell you that the Lebanese and Syrians will engulf you from all sides and you won’t steadfast. You’ll definitely lose this battle, so think thoroughly unlike what Nusra did. The door of negotiations is still open.”
“The field is ready and the outcome is crucial. Lebanon and Syria are before a new victory...”
Goethe University Frankfurt & the BDS movement
What is BDS?
Lili & DL: "Für ein selbstbestimmtes und kritisches Studieren!"
LiLi - Linke Liste Frankfurt, 4-7-2016
[…] Grundsätzlich gilt: Wer bei linken Aktionen meint, gegenüber der Forderung nach Solidarität mit und Anerkennung von Palästina die Israelische Nationalflagge hochhalten zu müssen, sollte wissen, dass er oder sie damit auch eine bald 50-jährige Israelische Besatzungspolitik und damit die Verweigerung elementarer Bürgerrechte für die Palästinensische Bevölkerung auf der Westbank und im Gazastreifen legitimiert.
DL - Demokratische linke Liste|
Für ein selbstbestimmtes und kritisches Studieren!
Wir wenden uns in politischen Stellungnahmen und Protestaktionen gegen Anwesenheitslisten, Modularisierung, Pflichtveranstaltungen und Regelstudienzeiten, die
repressiv durch die Drohung von BAföG-Entzug durchgesetzt werden.
Moscow and Tehran have agreed to strengthen military and technological cooperation as the Russian Deputy PM visited Iran following the latest round of US sanctions.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has met Iranian government officials during his visit to the country on Saturday. Rogozin leads the Russian delegation invited to the inauguration ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who was reelected in May.
Rogozin held talks with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan. The officials reportedly discussed new supplies of Russian arms to Iran. They agreed upon the implementation of deals boosting military and technological cooperation, according to Fars news agency.
The move comes just three days after the US decision to impose a new round of sanctions against Russia and Iran, along with North Korea.
The ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’ was overwhelmingly approved by American lawmakers at the end of July and signed by Trump on Wednesday.
The US leader himself said that the “legislation is significantly flawed” and warned that it puts “US-Russia relations at all-time & dangerous low.”
Moscow considers the bill “a full-fledged economic war on Russia,” according to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He also called the legislation a “humiliating defeat” for Trump, which leaves no room for improving bilateral ties.
Several European government officials said the US law would harm their national interests, as the restrictive measures would target European companies taking part in Russian-EU energy projects, including the Nordstream II pipeline.
Washington misreads Russia and makes flawed prognoses regarding Moscow's potential reaction to this or that US move, Ivan Danilov, a Russian economist and author of the popular blog Crimson Alter, writes in his recent op-ed for RIA Novosti.
According to the economist, it appears that the Trump administration makes concessions to US hawks because it has deluded itself into believing that either Russian President Vladimir Putin or the Russian elite will finally "get scared" and "bend" to Washington's will.
However, as a rule, the Kremlin's reaction to the US's assertive political gestures doesn't meet the expectations of US policymakers: the economist referred to the latest US sanctions bill and the April escalation of the Syrian crisis.
The Russian leadership has demonstrated to Washington that it perceived the US president's tough moves not as a sign of strength, but as a sign of weakness.
He quoted Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Facebook statement:
"The US establishment has fully outwitted Trump; the president is not happy about the new sanctions, yet he could not but sign the bill. The issue of new sanctions came about, primarily, as another way to knock Trump down a peg.
New steps are to come, and they will ultimately aim to remove him from power. A non-systemic player has to be removed," Medvedev wrote.