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Dec 30 08:43

Christmas 2018: Iran and Syria show respect, Israel and Saudi Arabia don't

Christmas is a time of goodwill to all men. Or at least it should be. But while the West’s Middle East ‘bad guys’ Iran and Syria, showed the Yuletide spirit, its closest allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, failed to do so.

Iran is demonized by Western neocons and we’re meant to see the country as an evil, ‘monster‘ regime of foaming-at-the-mouth religious fanatics who hate everyone.

So it goes against the dominant narrative somewhat that Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted a Christmas message and wished ‘peace and joy to all in 2019’, on Christmas Eve.

Dec 29 09:28

Waning Support for Netanyahu Hits His Party in the Gut

Benjamin Netanyahu is starting his seventh election campaign as a weaker Likud leader than he was a few months ago. It’s all relative, of course. He is weaker compared to where he himself was but still significantly stronger than the other players.

An Israel Television News Company survey found that 52 percent of the public does not wish to see him return to the Prime Minister’s Office, while 34 percent do. Not so long ago, the numbers were reversed, in his favor. Something has apparently dented this support.

Dec 29 06:26

$$$$$ ALERT: We Give Israel Billions of Dollars

Trump on Syria Withdrawal: We Give Israel Billions of Dollars, They'll Be OK
Trump: 'We are going to take great care of Israel. Israel is going to be good'

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday in reply to a question on how the U.S. withdrawal from Syria will impact Israel that "we give Israel $4.5 billion" security every year, and so "Israel will be very good."

Speaking to reporters on the way back from a trip to American troops stationed in Iraq, Trump said: "I spoke with Bibi," he saidm, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I told Bibi, you know we give Israel $4.5 billion a year. And they are doing very well at defending themselves."

He added, "I’m the one that moved the embassy to Jerusalem>>>

(*got it !)

Dec 29 05:07

2019 Year of Failure of US Plots, Victory of Resistance Front

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, referred to the withdrawal of the US forces from Syria and the Arab states' decision to reopen their embassies in Damascus, stressing that 2019 will bring failure for Washington and victory for the resistance front.

"The year 2019 will be the year of victories (for the resistance) and failure for the US plots in the region and return of honor to the regional states," Atwan said in an interview on Friday.

"Syria won because it resisted and the Arab countries are happily reopening their embassies in Damascus>>>

US Fighter Jets, Helicopters Spotted over Manbij as Turkish Troops Cross Syria Border

Dec 28 15:56

ISRAEL, GREECE, CYPRUS TO INK NATURAL GAS PIPELINE DEAL

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Israel, Greece and Cyprus will sign an agreement early next year to build a pipeline to carry natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe, while the United States pledged its support for the ambitious project.

Dec 28 13:09

Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race

A former Israeli armed forces chief who opinion polls show poses the toughest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for reelection next year formally established a political party on Thursday.

Details about Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party, leaked to local media after it was registered, gave little indication of its ideological tilt.

Along with preserving Israel as “a Jewish and democratic country”, the party pledged unspecified changes to priorities in national security and the economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I an Israeli voter, I would want to know, first and foremost, what his position on the Palestinians and Palestinian statehood.

Dec 28 10:11

Israeli ex-general, polling closest to Netanyahu, joins 2019 election race

A former Israeli armed forces chief who opinion polls show poses the toughest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bid for reelection next year formally established a political party on Thursday.

Details about Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party, leaked to local media after it was registered, gave little indication of its ideological tilt.

Along with preserving Israel as “a Jewish and democratic country”, the party pledged unspecified changes to priorities in national security and the economy.

Dec 28 10:10

Recent Airstrike in Syria Shows Israelis Are Changing Tactics

Israel's recent airstrike against Syria, which involved the usage of civilian flights as cover for the operation, shows that the Israelis are changing their tactics against Damascus, Peter Ford, the former UK ambassador to Syria, told Sputnik.

Israel's new tactics were detailed in a Wednesday statement by the Russian Defense Ministry, which indicated that six Israeli F-16 fighter jets used two commercial aircraft as cover that were preparing to land in Damascus and Beirut, respectively.

Photos since released by the Israeli company ImageSat map out a 900-square-meter area where strikes reportedly destroyed an arms depot that was housing Iranian weapons. Wednesday's airstrike came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue military operations in Syria to counter Iran's military presence.

Dec 28 09:04

Hate speech without hate: Britain and the United States

In the wake of London’s Labour-controlled Islington Council’s banning of pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a concert at the behest of Israel’s far-right Likud-Herut, Eve Mykytyn examines the clamp down on free speech in the UK and US.>>

Dec 28 08:37

Haaretz and Israel Join the Phony Russian Meddling Crowd

When repeated enough, Big Lies take on a life of their own. The whopper about Russian US election meddling was discredited long ago.

In legitimate tribunals, charges without credible evidence are rejected. Guilt depends on proof beyond a reasonable doubt – the gold standard in criminal prosecutions.

Innocence is presumed unless proved otherwise by hard facts. None exist suggesting Russian US election meddling – or anywhere else.

Phony accusations crumbled. Yet they persist, part of US-sponsored Russia bashing. Israel and Haaretz shamed themselves by spreading the Big Lie.

Former Mossad head Tamir Pardo falsely claimed Moscow used a virtual army of bots to influence the outcome of America’s 2016 presidential election.

He lied. Instead of ignoring or debunking him, Haaretz went with the fabricated claim by publishing it, proliferating the Big Lie, operating as unacceptably as US major media, saying:

Dec 28 08:36

I own my Words!

Following the orchestrated vast smear campaign against me, my work, my writing and my music, I decided to tackle my most controversial quotes. As you can see, i don't back down. I own my words with pride.
To sign a petition on support of Gilad: https://www.change.org/p/devon-nola-gmail-com-hands-off-gilad-atzmon

Dec 28 08:03

Boycott Israel, Go to Jail?

A bipartisan Senate bill would make boycotting Israel punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But a new pushback from groups including the ACLU could help stop the ‘draconian’ measure, says Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This bill is an assault on the First Amendment and cannot be tolerated!

Dec 28 08:02

HSBC divests from Israeli arms maker Elbit

Banking giant HSBC is divesting from the Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems following a grassroots campaign.

“HSBC has taken a positive first step in divesting from Elbit Systems, the notorious manufacturer of drones, chemical weapons, cluster bomb artillery systems and other technology used in attacks against Palestinian civilians, and to militarize walls and borders around the world,” Ryvka Barnard of War on Want said on Thursday.

Dec 28 08:01

Nearly 300 Palestinians killed, 29,000 injured in 2018

Israeli occupation forces and settlers have killed 295 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the beginning of the year, according to a UN monitoring group.

Fourteen Israelis were killed by Palestinians during the same period, in addition to a baby who died days after his premature birth following the shooting and critical injury of his mother.

More than 29,000 Palestinians were injured during 2018 – the highest number of injuries in a single year since the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs began collecting data in 2005.

Nearly 60 of those Palestinians killed and 7,000 of those injured were children.

Dec 28 07:17

Popular former military chief Gantz registers new party ahead of Israel election

Retired Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, a popular former Israeli armed forces chief, jumped into the country's political fray on Thursday, announcing he would run for office in the upcoming election. He has instantly brought perhaps the strongest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lengthy rule, AP said. Gantz has been polling favorably in recent weeks, emerging as a fresh face in Israel’s political landscape. By officially registering his new party, ‘Israel Resilience,’ Gantz has shaken up a snap three-month election campaign. Several polls showed Gantz’s fledgling party coming in second only to Netanyahu’s ruling Likud in the run-up to the April 9 vote.

Dec 27 15:48

UK’s Islington Council banned pro-Palestinian musician at behest of Israel’s far-right Likud-Herut

Richard Hugus reveals how austerity-hit, Labour-controlled Islington Council hired a top legal firm that worked for Israel Premier Netanyahu’s financier Sheldon Adelson to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a local concert at the behest of Israeli Likud-Herut’s UK director. >>

Dec 27 13:17

Bolton’s Hawkish Syria Plan Backfired, Pushing Trump to Get Out

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

Some leading Pentagon officials were uncomfortable with Bolton’s anti-Iran goals in Syria. Days after Bolton’s statement, senior Pentagon officials signaled to Congress that they weren’t on board. “In Syria, our role is to defeat ISIS. That’s it,” Brig. Gen. Scott Benedict, an officer on the Joint Staff, testified to the House Armed Services Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump has been made to realize what an absolutely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid Syrian policy Bolton crafted, leaving President Trump with little to zero option in Syria but to withdraw, will someone who has his ear, please, encourage the President to take a look, hard, long look at the Iranian foreign policy Bolton (and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu) want him to pursue?

And also, 2020 being an election year, how, in the name of Heaven, does he believe he can sell yet another Middle East war to the American people, who have become very skeptical about the existing US-generated wars, which continue to go horrendously badly, and war weary,with the uncomfortable sense that if sanctions will not bring the Iranians "to their knees" economically and geopolitically, that he is considering attacking Iran?

And again, I find it interesting that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East; The Butcher of Yemen, Prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

And I have to wonder; is it because these people can order singular, or multiple assassinations with impunity, and not be held responsible for what they have done?

Dec 27 12:37

Report: Southeast Syrian Rebels Ready to Surrender After US Pullout From Tanf Base: Commanders try to negotiate safe passage for rebel north

The US withdrawal from Syria includes the withdrawal from the remote US military base at al-Tanf, and that’s got some of the rebel factions in the southeastern area around the base wondering what comes next.

Reporters say that many of the rebels are openly saying that they intend to lay down their arms and surrender as soon as the US leaves al-Tanf, and try to join into one of the Syrian government’s reconciliation offer.

On the other hand, commanders from the US-backed Mahavir al-Saura brigade are looking for life after the US by issuing a demand for Syria to grant them safe passage for 6,000 fighters into the rebel-held northern Syria area around Idlib.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So these jihadists are "demanding" safe passage from the Syrian government to get 6,000 fighters out of harm's way, after fighting the Syria, Russia, and Iranian military?!?

Were I part of the leadership of Mahavir al-Saura, I would seriously not be holding my breath that this would happen.

Dec 27 10:40

BANKING GIANT HSBC DIVESTS FROM ISRAEL ARMS MANUFACTURER

Human rights groups have claimed a major victory after HSBC, one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world, confirmed that it fully divested from Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems, which sells weapons to the Israeli military used in attacks on Palestinians.

As part of the campaign, over 24,000 people emailed HSBC with concern over its investments in Elbit Systems and other companies selling weapons to Israel’s military. Forty HSBC branches across the UK were picketed monthly to call on HSBC to stop aiding Israel’s brutal occupation and human rights abuse of millions of Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well done, HSBC, good on you!

Dec 27 10:37

TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS PREPARING TO REPLACE US FORCES IN SYRIA - NEWS FROM ANTIWAR.COM

Turkey-backed rebel fighters in Syria are gearing up for a major deployment into northeastern Syria, with an eye on replacing the US ground troops in the area. Turkey is planning to invade in the course of this replacement, and is coordinating with the US and the pullout and deployment.

President Trump has said the withdrawal will be “slow,” and there has been no public timetable on troop movements. The rebels in question, however, are moving closer to the city of Manbij, which Turkey has indicated will be the first target.

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed the situation in comments to reporters on Tuesday, saying that while the timeline of deployment may be related to coordination with the US, Turkey remains “determined” to expel the Kurds from Syria’s northeast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To where, please is Turkish FM Cavusoglu "determined" to expel the Kurds from Syria's Northeast?

I think the short, honest answer is, to the kingdom of genocide and slaughter, given the opportunity,given the reality that the Kurds are on both Turkey's and the US's terror watch list.

However, there was something President Trump said at Ramstein, which rather unnerved me, and it has taken time to find, because it has been nearly completely obliterated by most of the coverage of President and Mrs.Trump's trips to Iraq and Germany, given by the presstitutes. And bless "thelocal.de, for reporting it: https://www.thelocal.de/20181227/trumps-surprise-visit-to-germany

The statement is as follows:

"On Wednesday, Trump said "we've knocked them out," although he appeared to hedge his bets – following widespread criticism that his victory declaration is premature – when he added that Iraq might be used as a future base "if we wanted to do something in Syria".

This to me, begs the question: are some of the US military about to be tactically redeployed in Iraq, for some future attack against Syria, and is that statement supposed to "prep" the American people for its happening, shortly down the road?!?

President Trump may well believe he has time to make his case for this, in terms of more troops in Iraq, because the Iraqi government has become paralyzed between two Shiia Factions, as reported earlier this month by Reuters: Shi'ite rivalry paralyzes Iraq's government

But the question is, how long can he wait, if the war in Syria does not go the way he wants, even with the upcoming Turkish intervention?!?

Is the Turkish government looking to annex those areas of Syria's northeast?!?

We will have to see, as the situation unfolds; Israel, of course, is always the wild card here, and I am hoping (and praying) that the Russians, generally the adults in the room in the world of geopolitics, will have a calming effect long-term.

Dec 27 09:54

NETANYAHU: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL I RESIGN

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told confidants that he doesn't believe that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit will actually dare to indict him during the election campaign, but even if he does, he's not resigning, according to a report in Yisrael Hayom by poltical analyst Motti Tuchfeld on Thursday morning.

Netanyahu said in a personal conversation that even if an indictment is brought against him during the elections, he's not going anywhere, and the trial will be held during his term as prime minister.

"The law is clear, even if an indictment is filed against me, I'm not resigning," Netanyahu said.

Dec 27 09:51

WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY ABOUT THE OCCUPATION?

When large parts of the population celebrate the birth of Jesus, a similar, sad fate is repeated. In the country where Jesus was born, the harassment and human rights crimes against Palestinians, whether Muslim or Christian, are becoming more and more cruel. It is precisely these celebrations that the Zionist system of oppression uses for ever new criminal and murderous actions. In the shadow of the supposedly peaceful Advent season, we are witnessing a wave of violence that does not shy away from the murder of children and the disabled. Since the US government under the leadership of US President Trump and Shadow Secretary of State “Jared-Koscher Kushner-Nostra-Secretary of State” has been in power, all the floodgates have been opened in order to enforce its “America and Jewish First” policy unhindered. Who is surprised that Jewish citizens who do not distance themselves from this policy are becoming more and more unpopular? And that’s not anti-Semitism!

Dec 27 09:50

NOBODY STANDS IN THE WAY OF ZION

More than two years ago I wrote a comment with the title “When the Israel lobby rings twice”, but today it doesn’t quite fit anymore. In fact, the lobby has infiltrated German public life. They sit in almost all forums, parties, organizations. And in the media they are constantly on the lookout and consult editorial offices and broadcasters, so that everything goes according to their wishes and criticism of Israel is immediately stopped and the critics are silenced. The influence of this lobby and its demands are unprecedented. Why did the Merkel-Gro/Ko hide until today that during the last German-Israeli government consultations Prime Minister Netanyahu handed over a paper to Chancellor Merkel urging the German government to stop support for non-governmental organizations that allegedly “promote anti-Israeli activities”? We know only too well what this means and who.

Dec 27 07:49

Fraud probe opens into EU police mission for West Bank

Is it possible to have a relaxing holiday if you are being investigated for fraud?

The European Union’s policing operation in the occupied West Bank faces exactly that challenge. A few days before many of its personnel left for a Christmas break, some less than welcome visitors came to see their new Ramallah headquarters.

Representing an anti-fraud office called OLAF, the visitors conducted a search, quizzed some staff and took various documents and electronic equipment away for further inspection.

The investigation has been unreported until now. Yet it is not the first time that the EU’s policing operation has been under suspicion.

In December 2016, the Union’s diplomatic service opened a probe into claims of nepotism and harassment at the operation’s headquarters.

Dec 27 07:49

Don’t be afraid: Tahrir’s last words

Some things fade with time. Others – often the traumatic stuff – never leaves us.

Ten years ago, Israel launched a major offensive on Gaza.

It was meticulously prepared, down to the detail of ensuring it happened over Christmas, when much of the world’s western media was away.

It happened in spite of a six-month ceasefire agreed earlier in 2008, which had begun to unravel after an Israeli raid into Gaza on 4 November – the same date as a US presidential election.

By the time it was over, the so-called Operation Cast Lead had lasted over three weeks. It left more than 1,400 Palestinians, among them some 1,200 civilians, dead.

Dec 27 07:48

The benevolent bureaucrats of military occupation

Last year, 54 patients were known to have died while awaiting Israeli permits to leave Gaza for medical treatment.

This year, some 800 Palestinians in Gaza were barred from traveling under a directive that denied patients access to medical treatment in the West Bank and Israel over alleged ties to Hamas members.

The Israeli government directive was issued in early 2017 to put pressure on Hamas to release two Israeli civilians believed to be held by the group and to return the bodies of two soldiers killed in Gaza during the 51-day military offensive in the territory in 2014.

The family of one of the slain soldiers had demanded that the government reduce the number of exit permits for Palestinians seeking to leave Gaza for humanitarian reasons.

Dec 27 07:40

US support emboldens Israel to attack Syria: Foreign Ministry

Syria has strongly condemned Israel’s recent missile strike near the capital Damascus as a blatant violation of a United Nations resolution, adding that Tel Aviv would not have been able to carry out such attacks without support from the United States.

In two separate letters addressed to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the head of the UN Security Council, the Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday condemned the attack as a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 350, which called for a ceasefire between Israel and Syria in the wake of the Yom Kippur War.

The Foreign Ministry accused Israel of seeking to prolong the crisis in Syria, noting that such strikes are tantamount to what Daesh and other terrorist groups are doing in Syria.

Syria once again asks the Security Council to fulfill its responsibilities in keeping international peace and security and adopting firm measures to prevent the repetition of the Israeli attacks, the ministry concluded.

Dec 26 15:06

Netanyahu’s Gift to Settler Movement After Snap Election Called: 2,000 New Homes

Authorities in Israel have advanced plans to have nearly 2,200 settlement homes illegally constructed in the occupied West Bank.

A committee within Israel's Defense Ministry charged with handling such projects approved the plans on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A total of 2,191 settlement homes were advanced this week, with 1,038 clearing their final hurdle in the approval process before construction can begin. The remaining homes are still being processed.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank are considered illegal under international law. Members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seek to pressure international governments and companies into dropping business with entities that profit off of illegal Israeli settlements.

Last week, the Israeli government aided a law firm linked to Israel's Mossad intelligence agency to pressure a US-based fundraising platform to ban BDS from using its services, Sputnik News reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing, on such an issue, is never accidental.

Dec 26 15:04

Israel green-lights plans for 1,300 settlement homes, hundreds more pending

The Defense Ministry committee responsible for authorizing settlement construction on Tuesday advanced plans for over 1,300 homes in the West Bank, with some 800 more slated for approval in an additional session scheduled for Wednesday.

Of the 1,352 homes green-lighted by the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee in 23 different projects, 807 gained final approval for construction while 545 homes had their plans cleared ahead of being considered for a final okay.

On Wednesday, 839 homes are slated to be okayed by the High Planning Subcommittee, with 352 gaining final approval for construction and 487 clearing the earlier planning stage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Timing... is never accidental, on issues like this.

Dec 26 14:00

US Navy Could Abandon Major Israeli Port After Chinese Firms Begin Operations

The US and Chinese navies may find themselves unlikely neighbors in the Mediterranean as Israel's partnership with Beijing on constructing sea ports at two sites where the US 6th Fleet deploys is set to begin, which is raising eyebrows in Washington and could ultimately result in the Navy abandoning a key Israeli port altogether.

The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember as you watch the future trajectories of these projects; the Chinese are making deals, to get both their economy, and their geopolitical, status raised; the US government is waging wars as its way of getting the geopolitical results it wants, and failing catastrophically at it.

Dec 26 13:18

Israel Preparing For Comprehensive War In Syria: Report

Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta said that Israel is preparing for a comprehensive war on Syria following the US’ withdrawal from the country.

The newspaper said that the decision of US President Donald Trump to withdraw American troops from Syria has left Israel forced to face the Iranian presence in Syria with its troops alone.

The newspaper quoted Israel’s former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman as saying that:

“the United States’ withdrawal from Syria greatly increases the likelihood of a large-scale conflict in the north, whether in Lebanon or Syria”.

Lieberman added that “the Americans’ departure will raise the morale of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his allies, Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah.”

The Russian daily quoted Russian military expert Yuri Liamin as saying that “Iran cannot interpret this decision as a blank cheque”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I had a nasty feeling in my gut, when Netanyahu dissolved the Knesset, and set a time for snap elections in April, that he was going to use the time in between to wage a significant war against Syria, and/or a war against Iran, with literally no opposition from the Knesset, because it had been dissolved.

There are moments it kinds of bites, being correct on an assessment like this.

And to all my brother and sister Americans, even if you're in a tryptophan coma from too much turkey yesterday, please wake up; because by the time the New Year gets here next week, both the US military and Israel's military may well be at war with Syria, and with Russia throwing its hat into the ring, and siding with Syria.

Dec 26 12:23

PALESTINE PULSEGaza's Christians blocked from travel to Bethlehem

Palestinian Christians in Gaza are feeling a damper on the Christmas spirit this year as Israeli authorities have blocked many from receiving exit permits to celebrate the Christmas holidays in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

While Western Christians celebrate, following the Gregorian calendar, Dec. 25 of every year, Eastern churches — to which the majority of Palestinian Christians belong — follow the Eastern calendar and celebrate on Jan. 7.

The international organization Middle East Concern, which advocates for the rights of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, said in a Dec. 10 statement that most of the applications by Christian Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for permits to participate in Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem had been rejected by Israeli authorities. It noted that "nearly all" of the requests were rejected, "with only Christians over the age of fifty-five being allowed to travel."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

JUST when I think I have seen the Israeli government at its most xenophobic and apartheid worst, it will surprise me all over again, by going to a depth of "hubristic smarmy" that I cannot possibly un-see.

And to all those Evangelicals who cannot praise Israel enough; if you knew the degree of contempt they have for you, you would be shocked to your very core.

I don't know what the Hebrew equivalent for "useful idiots" is, but I am very sure that phrase gets used frequently, when various Zionist organisations get together, and ridicule you.

Dec 26 12:11

Defense Department Booklet Targets Holocaust Revisionism

American military service personnel are now being told that skepticism toward the official history of Europe's Jews during World War II is not permissible. A recently published Department of Defense booklet tells armed forces members that revisionist criticism of the Six Million extermination story is nothing less than a threat to national security.

Entitled Holocaust Revisionism, the booklet instructs military personnel: "A successful fighting force is a cohesive one, one where all members have respect for each other's diversity and dignity. Holocaust revisionism has the potential to destroy that respect."

It goes on to explain:

Dec 26 11:50

KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

So here is the deal. Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years, it is possible that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.

Israel is killing them.

And YOU are paying for it, which means you share the guilt. YOU are paying for the weapons used to kill the modern day family of Jesus. The moment you sign that 1040 form, you sign a confession, admitting before all the world that you are an accessory in the murder.

Think you are going to get into heaven after an insult like that?

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Dec 26 09:45

REVEALED: Israel’s IDF Used Passenger Airliners as Cover During Christmas Day Attack on Damascus

Yesterday, Israel carried out an unprovoked Christmas Day attack against Syria. According to reports citing the Russian Ministry of Defense, six Israeli F16 fighters violated neighboring Lebanese airspace and while passing over Sidon, fired 16 laser-guided GBU-39 bombs towards targets in and around the capital city of Damascus, 14 of which were intercepted by Syrian air defense systems.

More shocking details were revealed today, as the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that the IDF jets flew in to firing position – just as two civilian passenger airliners were in the air preparing for their landings into both Beirut and Damascus airports.

As a result, Syrian military defense units did not deploy its surface-to-air missiles and electronic jamming “to prevent a tragedy” and instead allowed Damascus air traffic control divert one of its passenger flights to an emergency destination at Khmeimim in Latakia.

Dec 26 09:31

Israeli raids target Iranian weapons depots near Damascus

Syria’s air defenses have responded to a number of air raids in the vicinity of Damascus, Syrian media reported Tuesday night.

Al Arabiya’s correspondent said that the Israeli raids near Damascus were carried out from Lebanon’s airspace.

The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Israeli raids were targeting weapons storage areas of Iranian militias and Hezbollah positions in the countryside of Damascus.

Rami Abdulrahman told Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath that Israeli raids targeted the western and southern suburbs of Damascus.

State television Al-Ekhbariya carried a breaking ticker saying air defenses had intercepted missiles. But it only referred to “hostile targets” in a later report.

Lebanese state-run National News Agency said Israeli war planes performed mock raids above southern Lebanon.

Dec 26 09:30

Israel Attacks Damascus on Christmas, SAA Air Defenses Intercept ‘Hostile Targets’ Over Capital

Reports are still preliminary, but it does appear that Israel is once again in violation of international law, as it violates both Lebanese airspace and Syria’s sovereignty by launching another belligerent attack against Syria’s capital city of Damascus.

According to multiple reports including Syrian state media SANA, the Syrian Arab Army’s ground-to-air missile defense systems around Damascus were deployed against incoming targets.

Thus far, reports of any casualties in Syria are still unknown.

According to Israeli military sources, Israeli air defenses were then “activated” against anti-aircraft missiles coming from Syria to target Israeli jets. Israel claims no damage was done, nor any injuries to IDF personnel.

Dec 26 08:43

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 26, 2018: ISRAEL STRIKES SYRIA. S-300 IS NOT EMPLOYED

Late on December 25, the Israeli Air Force carried out a missile strike on targets in the Damascus International Airport area. According to reports, Israeli F-16I jets launched at least 16 missiles from Lebanese airspace.

The Syrian media stressed that the Air Defense Forces (SADF) had intercepted most of the hostile missiles, but acknowledged that at least 3 Syrian servicemen had been injured in the incident. The SADF also fired several missiles at Israeli jets involved in the strike. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that they had employed their own air defense systems to protect the jets.

The Syrian side did not use the S-300 air defense system delivered by Russia to repel the airstrike. Syrian personnel have not yet finished the necessary training. According to experts, the Syrian S-300 system will be put on a combat duty in the second half of January or in early February 2019.

Dec 26 08:38

Dissolving parliament, early elections proof of Israel's great failure: Palestinian official

A Palestinian politician says Israel’s decision to dissolve its parliament and call early general elections shows that the regime is in “a big crisis.”

The decision “is a reflection of the great failure of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government,” Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti (seen below) told the Associated Press in Bethlehem.

Dec 26 08:27

‘Head of state terror’ v ‘anti-Semitic dictator’: Netanyahu and Erdogan trade insults

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became locked in a heated war of words over the weekend, accusing each other of committing massacres against civilians.

In a tweet posted on Saturday, Benjamin Netanyahu referred to Erdogan as an “occupier of northern Cyprus,” saying that the Turkish Army “massacres women and children in Kurdish villages.”

Dec 26 08:23

Syrian Air Defences Intercept Missiles Near Damascus - Reports

Syrian air defences have repelled a missile attack on Damascus, local media said. The projectiles were downed over the western suburbs of Damascus, Ikhbariya broadcaster reported. Meanwhile, a Sputnik correspondent reported several explosions that hit Syrian capital. The causes of explosions, however, remain unknown.

"Syria’s air defences repelled an attack of several missiles in the sky over the western suburbs of Damascus," the Ikhbariya television said without naming specific locations.

The broadcaster later added that the airstrikes on Damascus surroundings were ongoing for an hour and a half.

Dec 26 08:16

RUSSIA CALLS ISRAELI STRIKES IN SYRIA 'PROVOCATIVE ACTS'

IAF air strikes against targets in Syria on Tuesday put two civilian airlines in “immediate danger,” said Russia’s Defense Ministry on Wednesday.

According to ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov, Israeli F-16s carried out air strikes on Syrian targets as two civilian flights were landing in Beirut and Damascus, putting the passengers at risk.

“Provocative acts by the Israeli air force endangered two passenger jets, when six of their F-16s carried out air strikes on Syria from Lebanese airspace,” he was quoted by RT news as saying.

Dec 26 08:15

ANALYSIS: AIRSTRIKE IN DAMASCUS AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR SYRIAN REGIME AT CRUCIAL TIME

The airstrikes took place as the Syrian state media was seeking to highlight Christmas in Syria. Syria was witnessing a “victory over terrorism,” SANA said. However the airstrikes were the most serious since September when an Israeli airstrike targeted Latakia and resulted in Syrian air defense shooting down a Russian IL-20 aircraft. That incident caused Moscow to give Syria the S-300 system and warn Israeli “hotheads” against further incidents.

For months it has been relatively quiet. An incident on November 29 and December 9th worked up Damascus as air defenses were activated. But both incidents seemed minor. One was a false alarm apparently. However December 25 was a major escalation. It comes as Syria is seeking to deal with a major crises in eastern Syria as the US withdraws.

Dec 26 08:12

Syria accuses Israel of attacking Damascus

Syrian air defense systems intercepted missiles near Damascus following an attack, Syrian media reported. The echo of explosions was heard throughout the Syrian capital.

A special broadcast was shown on Syrian television, during which it was said that "Israel continues its aggression."

The report quoted a military source as saying that the Israeli attack was directed against weapons depots and that three soldiers were wounded.

Israel does not respond to such accusations as a matter of policy.

Dec 26 08:02

Syria accuses Israel of attack; IDF confirms Israeli air defenses triggered

IDF confirms its air defenses were activated against missile launched from Syria; no damages or injuries reported; Syrian NGO says Iranian or Hezbollah arms deports were target of raid attributed to Israel.

Dec 26 07:55

Israel’s Christmas Attack on Syria Wasn’t Surprising but It Revealed an “Inconvenient Truth” About Russia’s S-300s Anti-Air Missiles

All the pieces were in place for it to happen sooner than later, but striking Syria on Christmas night sent a terrifying message that’s sure to backfire against “Israel” but will probably also get people to wonder why the S-300s didn’t deter this from happening in the first place.

Reports are streaming in that “Israel” launched an attack against Syria on Christmas night after a brief hiatus of a couple of months following what President Putin previously described as the “chain of tragic circumstances” that led to the downing of a Russian spy plane over the Arab Republic’s airspace in mid-September. Many people are shocked by the audacity of striking Syria on one of the world’s holiest days but a lot of those who have also been following the country’s conflict lately are surprised that it even happened at all.

Dec 26 07:33

Two civilian planes in Lebanese airspace 'narrowly avoided catastrophe' from Israeli warplanes: Lebanese Transport Minister

Two civilian planes in Lebanese airspace 'narrowly avoided catastrophe' from Israeli warplanes: Lebanese Transport Minister

Dec 26 07:32

Israeli forces ordered to stop work on wall near Lebanese border

Israeli forces Wedneday were forced to halt construction of a cement border wall opposite the southern Lebanese village of Kfar Kila after the Lebanese Army disputed several points planned for the wall.

The incident occurred hours after dozens of Israeli forces deployed in the area after Syria shot down Israeli missiles that were launched over Lebanese territory the night before, and also as a separate Israeli operation continued nearby to block alleged “Hezbollah tunnels” with cement.

A team from the Lebanese Army’s Geographic Affairs Unit was seen standing behind a border fence and marking disputed areas just beyond it. The Army then informed UNIFIL personnel on the ground, who in turn ordered the Israeli soldiers to move back seven meters behind the planned course of the cement wall.

Dec 26 07:04

IDF Strikes on Syria Created Direct Threat to Two Passenger Planes – Russian MoD

The Russian Defence Ministry has stated that neither of the passenger planes that were threatened due to an Israeli airstrike on Syria was related to Russian air carriers.

Six Israeli F-16 fighter jets directly threatened to two civil planes during a recent airstrike on Syria, Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov, the spokesman of the Russian Defence Ministry, said on Wednesday.

"Provocative actions of the Israeli Air Force on the evening of 25 December, when six F-16 aircraft launched an airstrike on the territory of Syria from the airspace of neighbouring Lebanon, created a direct threat to two passenger aircraft", the spokesman said.

Dec 26 06:55

Chris Hedges: Israel is ‘frightened’ & ‘desperate’

Dec 26 06:53

Senators Sneak Amendment to Make Israel Boycott Illegal

Dec 26 05:21

Remember: Christ was a Palestinian refugee

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There is something beautifully sacred about the moment in the Quran when the angels inform Mary she is about to give birth to Jesus.>>>

Dec 26 05:02

Syria air defences 'confront Israeli missiles' near Damascus

State media says government air defences intercept missiles fired by Israeli fighter jets near the Syrian capital.

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(*It sounds to me like Israel has elected to go the hard route in understanding why Trump announced a troop withdrawal from Syria )

Dec 25 19:21

Israel engages air defenses to intercept anti-aircraft missile from Syria – IDF

The Israeli military has confirmed it was forced to “activate” air defense systems against an anti-aircraft missile coming from Syria. The action was taken after Damascus engaged and intercepted several incoming “hostile targets.”

Israel said there was no damage nor were there any injuries among IDF personnel, but offered no further details of the engagement. Social media footage showed a supposed Israeli interceptor missile being deployed from the city of Hadera, which lies just some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of the Syrian border, but it remains unclear if it downed anything. Locals there also reported hearing a large explosion.

Earlier, Syrian state media reported that the country’s air defenses had engaged “enemy targets” in the countryside west of Damascus, in an alleged Israeli attack launched from the direction of Lebanon.

Dec 25 14:44

Syrian state media report missile attack near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday and some of the missiles were shot down by air defense units, Syrian state TV said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Dec 25 10:23

Meet the Texas Speech Pathologist Who Lost School Job for Refusing to Sign Pro-Israel, Anti-BDS Oath

Dec 25 10:10

Is China Getting Too Close To Israel?

China is constructing seaports at two sites where the US 6th Fleet deploys, in Haifa next to Israel’s main naval base and Ashdod near Tel Aviv, prompting concerns about China’s military potential in the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East.

“The civilian [Chinese] port in Haifa abuts the exit route from the adjacent [Israeli] navy base, where the Israeli submarine fleet is stationed and which, according to foreign media reports, maintains a second-strike capability to launch nuclear missiles,” Israel’s Haaretz media reported.

“No one in Israel thought about the strategic ramifications,” Haaretz said in September.

Dec 25 10:08

Iran To "Build A Force Of 100,000 Ground Troops" In Syria, Claims Israeli Defense Chief

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to intensify military action in Syria after the White House's order for all US troops to pullout out of the country — expected to be complete within months — and now Israel's outgoing defense chief, Gadi Eisenkot, has revealed more details of what's driving Israel's thinking.

Gen. Eisenkot, who is set to complete his four-year tenure next month, warned Iran will "build a force of 100,000 ground troops" as soon as the war is complete, noting this will happen "the day after" cessation of fighting. Israeli defense officials have long hyped the "Iran threat" across its border and have over the past years repeatedly warned its "red line" to act militarily would be "Iran entrenchment" in Syria.

Dec 25 09:49

Mueller Investigation of Russian Oligarch Sinks Israeli Predictive Analytics Company

Russian Oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, once a benefactor of the recently defunct predictive analytics company Fifth Dimension Holdings Ltd., has become a burden. So much so, that Vekselberg’s run-ins with the U.S. government had brought on the top brass-clad company’s eventual shutdown. The Tel Aviv-based company, chaired by the Israeli military’s former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, has recently let all its employees go, selling off its technology to stops losses from accumulating.

Dec 25 09:48

Israel Agrees to Early Elections, Sets April 9 Date

Following a failure to advance a bill on the military draft of ultra-Orthodox men, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has been unanimously agreed to be dissolved to set the stage for early elections.

Questions about the draft of the ultra-Orthodox have been an ongoing split in Israel, and the Supreme Court has been pushing a bill to be passed soon to settle the matte, the election means further extensions are likely.

Though this is an early election, moving the vote to April 9 will allow Israel’s outgoing government to claim that they served a full four year term. With just 61 out of 120 seats left since Avigdor Lieberman’s party withdrew last month. This left the collapse just a matter of time.

While the draft is likely to be a major election topic, analysts say it may be overshadowed by corruption investigations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some say they believe the early election is designed to give Netanyahu some cover from the charges.

Dec 25 09:26

Resistance To US Laws Censoring Criticism Of Israel Goes Mainstream

(*Give Trump A Chance !
He's no John Lennon , but he's, supposedly a Peace Time POTUS , and regular Santa Clause ,for the 2018 holiday season)

Dec 25 08:59

US Withdrawal from Syria Resembles Israel's Escape from Southern Lebanon

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's media advisor Bouthaina Shaaban expressed pleasure in withdrawal of the US forces from Syria, saying it reminds her of Israeli soldiers when they fled Southern Lebanon.

"The image of Israeli soldiers when they were fleeing from Southern Lebanon and left their mercenaries behind has been popping up in my mind in the past few days" after the US declared withdrawal of its forces from Syria, Shaaban wrote in a memo in the Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper on Tuesday.

She added that the most important issue on this scene is the image of mercenaries whose masters have left them behind, alluding to the terrorists and militants supported by Washington against Syria in the past few years.

"Some people do not yet dare to change the equation and to write in big letters that the Americans have escaped; because we resisted and they failed; because we made sacrifices," Shaaban wrote.

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Dec 24 16:46

Open letter from Gilad Atzmon to Britain’s Labour Party: Stop slandering me!

"I note with concern that several media sources this week, including the BBC and the Guardian newspaper, have quoted a “spokesman” from the Labour Party describing me as “a vile anti-Semite.”

"I was profoundly shocked to hear this language used against me by a member of your political party. Let me be clear: I am not an anti Semite, nor have I ever uttered any hate speech, nor have I ever been charged with any matter at all..." >>

Dec 24 16:39

UK Labour Party stuck in the "Dark Ages"

Stuart Littlewood demonstrates how the Labour Party has abandoned all semblance of justice while it persecutes members who have been falsely accused of “anti-Semitism” by Israel lobbyists, pimps and flag wavers. >>

Dec 24 13:51

Israeli Forces Open Fire at 'Armed Suspects' on Syrian Border - IDF

Israeli servicemen opened fire at a group of armed people, who had crossed into a demilitarized area on the Golan Heights controlled by the Syrian government army, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) press service said Monday.

"Our troops spotted armed suspects crossing the Alpha Line into #Israel near the #Syrian border fence in the Golan Heights. In response, our troops fired towards them. We will continue to operate against violations of Israeli sovereignty & the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement," the press service said on Twitter.

Dec 24 13:36

Social Media Giants Continue to Collaborate with Israel’s Illegal ‘Cyber Unit’

The State Attorney’s unit operates outside the law to censor Facebook & YouTube posts; 2017 saw 500% increase in posts censored as a result of Cyber Unit’s action.

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel continues to demand that Israel’s state attorney’s office shutter its “Cyber Unit” which – in collaboration with major social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube – is illegally censoring user content.

Adalah sent an initial letter on 2 August 2017 to Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, State Attorney Shai Nitzan, and Cyber Unit director Haim Vismonsky demanding that they immediately cease the illegal operations of the state attorney’s Cyber Unit.

Dec 24 13:19

BIRTHRIGHT GIVES YOUNG JEWS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT

Three young Jews were reportedly kicked off their free trip to Israel sponsored by the pro-Israel Birthright program today because they asked questions about the separation wall Israel has erected on occupied Palestinian territory.

Dec 24 13:07

ISRAELI-RUSSIAN RELATIONS STRAINED FOLLOWING U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM SYRIA

After airing out their disagreements at the U.N., Jerusalem and Moscow have signaled a willingness to move beyond crisis over beyond downed Russian plane.

Dec 24 13:06

Netanyahu rejected Russian plan to work with U.S. on Syria, Iran

More than three months ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin's national security adviser Nikolai Patrushev gave his Israeli counterpart a document. It contained an unofficial proposal for a deal between the U.S. and Russia on Syria and Iran intended to start a wider dialogue between Washington and Moscow to improve relations, two Israeli officials with direct knowledge tell me.

Why it matters: The Russian proposal would have tied a U.S. withdrawal from Syria to an Iranian exit from the country, and provided the U.S. and Israel more influence over a future political settlement in Syria. However, it also called for a freeze on U.S. sanctions on Iran — something Netanyahu found unacceptable. Ultimately, the U.S. gave up much of its leverage in Syria with President Trump's surprise announcement Wednesday of a unilateral withdrawal.

Dec 24 13:06

Turkey FM labels Netanyahu 'a cold-blooded killer'

Turkey has hit out at Israel's "lawless occupation" of Palestinian territory after the Israeli prime minister accused Turkey of "massacres" against Kurds in a new war of words.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu labelled Benjamin Netanyahu "a cold-blooded killer of modern times", in a Tweet on Sunday, adding that the prime minister was "responsible for massacres of thousands of innocent Palestinians".

Relations between Turkey and Israel have been tense this year over multiple issues including a controversial law passed by the Israeli parliament in July which defined the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Dec 24 13:05

Would Israel Attack Turkish Troops in Syria in Order to Drag America Back Into The War?

Of the multiple aerial attacks that Israel has committed against Syria since the beginning of the present conflict, all have been in western Syria. Israel’s proximate justification for these illegal attacks is that it seeks to target Iranian and Iran allied forces in Syria (aka Hezbollah and Popular Mobilisation Units). In reality, the attacks also seek to weaken Syria’s own military assets which have counter-intuitively become stronger as the conflict has worn on. Seeing as Iranian military advisers, Hezbollah and Syrian troops have all been widely present in western Syria, Israel stands a chance of striking men or assets belonging any combination of Syrian troops, Iranian advisers and Hezbollah fighters when attacking western Syria.

Dec 24 13:04

Intel: Why Israel plans to fill in US void in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared today that Israel would increase its efforts against Iran’s influence in Syria "in a very decisive way and with support and backup from the US.” The comments come after US President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he was pulling US troops out of Syria caught Israel by surprise, just as it did other US allies as well as Congress and key figures in the Trump administration itself. The United States had previously promised Netanyahu that US troops would remain in Syria until Iran and its proxies were removed. The Israeli leader, after speaking with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said that the pullout will be coordinated with Israel.

Dec 24 11:43

Israeli Parliament to Dissolve, Election to Take Place in April - PM's Spokesman

The resignation of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the withdrawal of his party from the governing coalition in mid-November left Netanyahu with just a one-seat majority in the Knesset.

Israel will hold a general election on 9 April, a representative of Likud party told Sputnik, adding that the current Knesset convocation would be dissolved by that time. According to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the decision to disband the government was "unanimous".

The announcement came after a meeting of members of the country's Likud-led ruling coalition. According to Haaretz, the coalition failed to agree on the new law on conscripting yeshiva students. Earlier in the day, the Yesh Atid party refused to vote for the bill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This April referendum is fraught with concerns for Bibi Netanyahu.

First, it is unclear whether the Israeli Attorney General will level corruption charges against him, which the Israel police are recommending should happen: Israeli Police Recommend indicting Netanyahu in third corruption case this year.

Secondly, he is also very shaken, and disappointed by President Trump's order for all US troops out of Syria. Trump/Netanyahu call grew tense over plans for the US to leave Syria

IF the date of 9 April holds for a snap election, look for some horrific "March/April Surprise", generated by the Israeli government, which will force
(or at least, give justification for) a war in which the US must protect its vital "friend" in the Middle East, Israel.

Please remember; the US government, right now, is in a deeply fractured condition, with some at the Deep State level wanting to see a US-led war against Iran right now, to please their Israeli/AIPAC monetary contributors.

This lack of cohesive US vision, coupled with a pathological inability of both sides of the aisle in Congress to agree on anything, particularly when it comes to foreign policy, could potentially mean that Netanyahu could see an opportunity to create a "game changer", with a false flag, which would simultaneously win him the vote in the next election, and extract his revenge on President Trump about the Syrian pullout of US troops.

I don't know about you, but I am going to be paying extraordinarily close attention to what the Israeli government is doing in the next 106 days until that election.

Dec 24 08:30

Gideon Levy has No Sympathy for Colonists as a Group

Dec 24 08:04

He was incredibly lucky

“I was given a new life on December 21, 2018.”

That’s what Mohammed Asad wrote to me after shrapnel from an Israeli sniper’s bullet narrowly missed him as he was covering the Great March of Return protests in Gaza on Friday.

Mohammed’s camera took the bullet instead.

But just meters away from Mohammed, a Palestinian child was not so fortunate.

The same bullet whose fragments destroyed the camera, hit 16-year-old Muhammad al-Jahjouh in the neck, killing him. Shrapnel from the exploding round wounded one other person.

Dec 24 06:47

Defense Ministry Dismisses Report on US Demand for Deployment of Iraqi Forces in Syria

The Iraqi defense ministry rejected media reports claiming that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked Baghdad to station the country's forces in Syria after withdrawal of the American military men.

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Dec 23 15:35

Debunking Zionist dogma

Lawrence Davidson assesses the arguments used by critics of Israel versus Zionist dogma which, he says, boil down to whether our preference is for international law and human rights or ethnocentric nationalism and religious exclusivity. >>

Dec 23 15:32

Gilad Atzmon’s Christmas Message

Following the intense smear campaign against me, my work, my writing and my livelihood, I decided to produce this short Christmas message and address the ludicrous accusations against me, and also to wish you all merry Christmas and Happy New Year. >>

Dec 23 10:00

'Yellow vest' demonstrators protest high cost of living in Tel Aviv

Some 300 people participated Saturday in the "yellow vest" demonstration in Tel Aviv, protesting the high cost of living.

Dec 23 09:56

HILLARY CLINTON SCOLDS TRUMP OVER SYRIA, EXPLAINS WHY WE NEED PERMANENT WAR

Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated defense of the war machine Friday on Twitter while attacking President Trump for moving to pull out of Syria.

The Resistance icon said: "Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is every US Deep State Warmonger's and military industrial complex's wet dream, and is desperately attempting to capitalize on Trump's pullout of Syria with Netenyahu and his cronies who see US perpetual war in the Middle East, (only to be fought, of course, with American blood and American money) as their only way to to accomplish their goals of complete annihilation of the Palestinian people, and the way forward toward building Eretz Israel.

Sorry, Mrs. Clinton: what may be seen as "good" for Israel, may definitely not good for the future of this country, and you seem pathologically incapable of distinguishing between the two, which means that as President, just as President Trump has done, up until he had that "come to logic moment" on Syria, you will be planning to outsource America's foreign policy in the Middle East to Israel.

This would continue to be immeasurably costly, because as you are well aware, Israel is a nuclear armed country bristling with American made weapons, and has the full capability of defending itself, should something nasty come down against it.

Dec 23 09:52

‘Teach Them a Lesson’: Israel’s Netanyahu, Turkey’s Erdogan Bicker Over Morals

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took time from his busy schedule to snipe at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, claiming that Ankara cannot claim the moral high ground over Tel Aviv as long as Turkey continues to attack the Kurds.

The Turkish and Israeli leaders exchanged mutual accusations on Saturday, with Erdogan claiming in a speech that Jews "beat women and children who are prone on the floor," and Netanyahu accusing the Turks of harassing the Kurdish population of Turkey.

"The Jews in Israel kick people laying on the ground. In fact, Jews don't kick men but also women and children when they fall on the ground," Erdogan said during a Saturday speech at an Istanbul meeting of the Turkey Youth Foundation, referring in particular to Palestinian victims of Israeli violence.

Dec 22 17:49

Subverting free speech and free societies: Why it is past time to stand up to Zio-Fascism

Hafsa Kara-Mustapha says ZIonist fascists – one of whom prompted London’s Islington Council to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from performing with the Blockheads at a Christmas concert – now pose a critical risk to free societies and standing up to them is an urgent matter. >>

Dec 22 12:54

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Up in Arms Against French Over Jerusalem’s Key Historic Site

The so-called Tombs of the Kings, which historian Josephus Flavius attributed to Queen Helena of Adiabene, have changed hands several times over the past 150 years, with the current owner being the French government. However, Israel’s Haredi conservatives regard the place as a holy site, to which they should all be given access.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews’ continuous requests to be let inside the Tombs of the Kings in East Jerusalem, the largest historic burial complex in the city, to pray have raised quite a few concerns among the French, whose consulate is located in close proximity to the place, Haaretz reported.

There has of late been another round of protests by Jews, who have been gathering by a locked iron gate on Nablus Road, clashing with the guards who refuse to let them in, marking another twist in a long-standing struggle over one of Jerusalem’s landmark archaeological sites.

Dec 22 12:52

The Constitutional Right to Boycott Israel

A report by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Palestine Legal discussed “The Palestine Exception to Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the US.”

It covers “widespread and growing suppression of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States” – notably on college campuses against students and teachers.

What’s going on has chilling implications for constitutionally guaranteed speech, media and academic freedoms, including an assault on “higher education to help develop critical thinking,” CCR and Palestine Legal explained.

Their report documents “event cancellations, baseless legal complaints, administrative disciplinary actions, firings, and false and inflammatory accusations of terrorism and antisemitism – that Israel advocacy organizations, universities, government actors, and other institutions have used against activists.”

Dec 22 09:26

IRGC holds major drills, debuts ‘offensive’ component

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps holds the main and final stage of massive exercises in the Persian Gulf, launching an “offensive” component in Iran's defensive strategy for the first time.

The Great Prophet 12 drill entered its final chapter in the general area on Saturday, with IRGC chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari saying "we hope the enemies have more than ever grasped the power of our response."

"This was a response to allegations made by the enemies who should know that the defense capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are deterrent, and as the Eminent Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has said, 'if they try to hit us once, they will definitely be hit 10 times more'," Jafari told reporters.

The IRGC Ground Force’s chief Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said the drills take place on a strategic and defensive level proportionate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just yesterday, as if right on cue:

USS Stennis is the First US carrier in the Persian Gulf after a long absence, and just in Time for Christmas

I am hoping and praying, that there will be no escalation of tensions here; the the military staff on both the Iranian and US sides of this low-rumbling conflict need to behave calmly and responsibly.

But of course, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, is no guarantee, that it won't actually do it.

I am very concerned about a potential "false flag" happening here, to be blamed on the Iranians, and off we go.

Dec 22 08:30

P.C.Roberts: Is Russia Learning?

Is Russia learning that Washington wants no deal with Russia except Russian vassalage and that relying on agreements with the West is delusional? There is some indication that Russia is learning, but it seems to be a slow process.
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The Russian government seems unaware that Washington has already in effect declared war on Russia. To be legal, sanctions must be imposed by the United Nations. The sanctions imposed on Russia are unilateral US actions and, thereby, strictly illegal. They comprise an American attack on Russia. In response, Russia has done virtually nothing.

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(*They employed the less visible , in the west , virtue of patience .)

Lavrov: Presence of US troops in Syria illegal, withdrawal step in right direction

Dec 22 07:44

Buchanan: Will Trump Hold Firm on Syrian Pullout?

(*a legitimate question deserving a legitimate answer !)

Dec 22 06:47

U.S. POLICE UNDER PRESSURE TO END THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH ISRAEL

When the International Olympic Committee announced that Atlanta would host the 1996 Summer Olympics, security for such a massive event was an immediate concern.

As part of their preparation, local police traveled to Israel to learn about its security and counterterrorism strategies. In May alone, Israel saw a total of 684 “terrorist events,” according to an Israeli government website. By contrast, since 1980, there have been 11 notable terrorist attacks with fatalities on American soil.

Georgia State University criminologist Robert Friedmann — who was raised in Israel and launched the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) to help police secure the Atlanta Games — says these exchange programs provide an opportunity for U.S. police to learn counterterrorism prevention and response from a country with significantly more experience.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you approach policing as does the Israeli military and police, suddenly...everyone becomes a Palestinian, and one is thoroughly experiencing the darkest sides of Code Napoleon Law; where everyone is guilty, until proven innocent

Dec 22 06:22

More Turkish Forces, Allied Militants Killed in Clashes with Kurds in Northern Syria

A number of Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed militants were killed or wounded in the Kurdish militias' attacks in occupied Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo, a Kurdish media outlet reported on Saturday.

(* The "Thank You Kurds and Turks alike for standing with us , but we no longer have need of your services" pink slip from Trump , has yet to flash by on any US Fake NEWS media outlet's bottom line ticker )

Dec 22 06:09

Iran Says US Presence In Syria 'WRONG' From The Start

In first Iranian comments on Trump's pull-out plan, Tehran says US caused 'instability and insecurity' in the region.
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Trump vowed on Thursday that the US would no longer be the "policeman of the Middle East" as he ordered troops back from Syria.

"The presence of American forces was from the very start, in principle, a wrong and illogical move and a primary cause of instability and insecurity in the region," Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said>>>

(*Hey , we had a good run and now we're allowing somebody else the honor of cleaning up after our mess . We are , after all , as we remind everybody , from time to time , #1 !
whitehorse souce )

Dec 21 13:17

Saudi Arabia, UAE send troops to support Kurds in Syria

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent military forces to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group in north-east Syria, Turkey’s Yenisafak newspaper reported.

Scott Adams is right -- a lot of the time. See also:

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1076195738122481664

Dec 21 12:12

US fundraising site blocks BDS account after Israel advocacy group’s complaints

A US software company has blocked the fundraising account of the Palestinian-led boycott movement following a complaint by a pro-Israel advocacy group, reported the Associated Press.

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement denounced the move as “McCarthyite”.

According to the report, Donorbox, “which makes fundraising management software”, confirmed that the BDS campaign’s account was temporarily blocked while it investigates allegations made by Shurat HaDin, an organisation that specialises in legal attacks on Palestine solidarity campaigning.

AP said that the complaint was “submitted in coordination with Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry”.

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