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Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinain schoolgirl

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Not guilty. The Israeli captain who emptied his rifle into a Palestinain schoolgirl

· Officer ignored warnings that teenager was terrified
· Defence says ‘confirming the kill’ standard practice

 

Chris McGreal in Jerusalem

Wednesday November 16, 2005

The Guardian

An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.

The soldier, who has only been identified as “Captain R”, was charged with relatively minor offences for the killing of Iman al-Hams who was shot 17 times as she ventured near an Israeli army post near Rafah refugee camp in Gaza a year ago.

The manner of Iman’s killing, and the revelation of a tape recording in which the captain is warned that she was just a child who was “scared to death”, made the shooting one of the most controversial since the Palestinian intifada erupted five years ago even though hundreds of other children have also died.

After the verdict, Iman’s father, Samir al-Hams, said the army never intended to hold the soldier accountable.

“They did not charge him with Iman’s murder, only with small offences, and now they say he is innocent of those even though he shot my daughter so many times,” he said. “This was the cold-blooded murder of a girl. The soldier murdered her once and the court has murdered her again. What is the message? They are telling their soldiers to kill Palestinian children.”

The military court cleared the soldier of illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and perverting the course of justice by asking soldiers under his command to alter their accounts of the incident.

Capt R’s lawyers argued that the “confirmation of the kill” after a suspect is shot was a standard Israeli military practice to eliminate terrorist threats.

Following the verdict, Capt R burst into tears, turned to the public benches and said: “I told you I was innocent.”

The army’s official account said that Iman was shot for crossing into a security zone carrying her schoolbag which soldiers feared might contain a bomb. It is still not known why the girl ventured into the area but witnesses described her as at least 100 yards from the military post which was in any case well protected.

A recording of radio exchanges between Capt R and his troops obtained by Israeli television revealed that from the beginning soldiers identified Iman as a child.

In the recording, a soldier in a watchtower radioed a colleague in the army post’s operations room and describes Iman as “a little girl” who was “scared to death”. After soldiers first opened fire, she dropped her schoolbag which was then hit by several bullets establishing that it did not contain explosive. At that point she was no longer carrying the bag and, the tape revealed, was heading away from the army post when she was shot.

Although the military speculated that Iman might have been trying to “lure” the soldiers out of their base so they could be attacked by accomplices, Capt R made the decision to lead some of his troops into the open. Shortly afterwards he can be heard on the recording saying that he has shot the girl and, believing her dead, then “confirmed the kill”.

“I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over,” he said.

Palestinian witnesses said they saw the captain shoot Iman twice in the head, walk away, turn back and fire a stream of bullets into her body.

On the tape, Capt R then “clarifies” to the soldiers under his command why he killed Iman: “This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the [security] zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed.”

At no point did the Israeli troops come under attack.

The prosecution case was damaged when a soldier who initially said he had seen Capt R point his weapon at the girl’s body and open fire later told the court he had fabricated the story.

Capt R claimed that he had not fired the shots at the girl but near her. However, Dr Mohammed al-Hams, who inspected the child’s body at Rafah hospital, counted numerous wounds. “She has at least 17 bullets in several parts of the body, all along the chest, hands, arms, legs,” he told the Guardian shortly afterwards. “The bullets were large and shot from a close distance. The most serious injuries were to her head. She had three bullets in the head. One bullet was shot from the right side of the face beside the ear. It had a big impact on the whole face.”

The army’s initial investigation concluded that the captain had “not acted unethically”. But after some of the soldiers under his command went to the Israeli press to give a different version, the military police launched a separate investigation after which he was charged.

Capt R claimed that the soldiers under his command were out to get him because they are Jewish and he is Druze.

The transcript

The following is a recording of a three-way conversation that took place between a soldier in a watchtower, an army operations room and Capt R, who shot the girl

From the watchtower “It’s a little girl. She’s running defensively eastward.” “Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?” “A girl about 10, she’s behind the embankment, scared to death.” “I think that one of the positions took her out.” “I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over.”

From the operations room “Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?”

Watchtower “A girl about 10, she’s behind the embankment, scared to death.”

A few minutes later, Iman is shot from one of the army posts

Watchtower “I think that one of the positions took her out.”

Captain R “I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill … Receive a situation report. We fired and killed her … I also confirmed the kill. Over.”

Capt R then “clarifies” why he killed Iman

“This is commander. Anything that’s mobile, that moves in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed. Over.”

source:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1643573,00.html

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Zionist Terrorist – Killing of Palestinian girl shatters family : Al Jazeera

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Killing of Palestinian girl shatters family

By Laila El-Haddad in Gaza

Ten-year-old Nuran Iyad Dib went to school as ecstatic as any schoolgirl should be. But this crisp winter day was special: she would receive her bi-annual report card.

When Nuran died, a part of me died also, her mother said

As it turned out, she passed with flying colours, which meant a gift from her parents, who had been saving up their dwindling funds for this occasion. The teacher’s comment on top of her report read: We predict a very bright future for Nuran.

But Nuran would have no such future, and her gift lies abandoned in a corner of her family’s grieving home. On the afternoon of 31 January 2005, Israeli sniper fire ripped through her face as she stood in her school’s courtyard, lining up for afternoon assembly.

The last thing Nuran’s mother remembers of her daughter before she left for school that morning was hearing her say her morning prayers, during which she recited a verse about God having created death – and life – as a test for mankind.

In retrospect, Nuran’s mother believes it was a premonition of what was to come.

“Then she left for school. She was a completely selfless child. She was thinking of her sisters till the last second. She came back after she had left the house, and said: ‘Mommy, it’s cold – please put some sweaters on my sisters before they leave’,” her mother said.

“What more can I say except that she was a breath of fresh air in these hard times? Her name was Nur [light] and that’s exactly what she was.”

Her death has many here questioning Israel’s commitment to a ceasefire amid a one-sided truce and virtual period of calm.

“We extended an olive branch to them and instead of reciprocating they cut our hand off,” Nuran’s mother cried, sitting in an unpainted cement-block bedroom with nothing but thin foam mattresses on the ground.

“What did she ever do to deserve such a fate? Or her sister, who saw Nuran die in front of her? Every night she wails out in her sleep: ‘Bring me my sister, bring me my sister'”.

Fifth child killed

Nuran was the fifth Palestinian child to be shot dead or maimed by Israeli occupation forces while on the premises of their UN-flagged schools in the past two years. She was also one of 172 children killed in Gaza this year alone – and one of 644 killed in Gaza since the start of al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000.

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Nuran was standing in assembly
when a bullet pierced her face

Two girls were shot dead in separate incidents in Rafah and Khan Yunus last year while sitting at their desks, and a little girl was permanently blinded in March 2003.

According to UNRWA’s spokesperson, Paul McCann, the UN relief organisation has repeatedly protested against the Israeli military’s indiscriminate firing into civilian areas in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Nuran’s school, which is about 600m away from the border, has been hit on numerous occasions since the start of the conflict, he said. This is the first time the shots have had tragic consequences.

“We want to ask the world: Was Nuran holding an explosive belt around her waist? Was she toting a Kalashnikov? She knew no politics, only love,” her aunt Iktimal Husayn asked rhetorically.

“She was supposed to bring home her report from school, but instead she brought home her death certificate.”

Nuran’s mother says minutes before receiving news of her daughter’s death she sensed something was not right.

“I asked her father about a beautiful picture of Nuran we had taken a few years back. I wanted to see it. And then her baby sister dropped a large jar of chilli sauce on the floor.”

Israeli denials

Witnesses say the children were clapping their hands and singing the national anthem when the firing started.

One bullet pierced the hand of Aysha Isam al-Khatib, while the other hit Nuran in the head. She fell to the ground at once.

Bystanders say they assumed she was unconscious until they noticed the pool of blood beneath her shattered skull.

A third bullet hit a young girl’s book bag, and was stopped in its tracks by one of her folders, just inches away from her spine.

Eleven-year-old Salwa al-Khalifa was next to Nuran when the bullets struck. She described with disturbing composure well beyond her years the details of that bloody hour.

“A bullet went in through her nose and came out of her neck. We all ducked. Several other bullets hit the window and school wall over there.”

A day after the incident, Israeli authorities said their initial investigation indicated it was fire from jubilant Palestinian police celebrating the return of Hajj pilgrims, not Israeli sniper fire, that killed Nuran.

Pockmarked walls

But the pockmarked wall of the UNRWA school, which stands 600m away from an Israeli sniper tower and far away from residential blocks, tells a different story.

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School counsellors provided
therapy to Nuran’s classmates

“There is nothing around us here, and there were no pilgrims that we know of celebrating that day. There is just an outpost a few hundred metres away – one from which sniper fire has frequently hit our school,” school principal Siham al-Ghoff said.

Al-Ghoff says if the fire was indeed Palestinian, the bullet would not have hit Nuran in the face but rather landed on top of her head, as rifles fired in celebration usually point upwards.

Both Palestinian security sources and UN officials confirm the account, saying that the way the bullets were scattered, along with witness testimonies, point to Israeli gunfire.

“Everything is pointing to the fact that it was the Israelis. There were a number of shots, and the way they were scattered gives us an indication of the direction where they came from, and that corresponds with witness reports that the firing came from an [Israeli] APC or tank in the area,” one official said.

School goes on

Meanwhile, in Nuran’s school, life goes on. Girls who received top marks this term were rewarded with tins of toffee that they passed out enthusiastically to all visitors, a step taken by school counsellors to attempt to normalise an abnormal situation.

But in Nuran’s fourth-grade classroom, the mood was far from celebratory.

“The children are too afraid to go out for their recess, and many simply go to the bathroom and weep all day,” principal al-Ghoff said.

Counsellors have been trying to help the children work through the trauma of recent days. When asked to portray their classmate’s death, most drew tanks and Apache helicopters invading their school.

“I thought there’s a truce now, something like this would never happen. Now we’re trying to pick up the pieces,” al-Ghoff added.

Shattered lives

The Palestinian Authority has filed a formal complaint with the Israeli side about the girls’ shooting, but it is unlikely Nuran’s family will ever get answers about their daughter’s death.

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Nuran had asked for sweaters for
her sisters before she was killed

Back in her family’s home, Nuran’s mother sat gazing in disbelief at her daughter’s report card, while her father Iyad stood weeping silently.

Nearby, an Israeli tank shell rattled the windows of the room, which together with young Nuran’s death served as a reminder that if there is any calm it has not yet reached Rafah.

“When Nuran died, a part of me died also,” her mother said.

“She was a bright light that was extinguished. For me, there can be no more peace.”

source:
http://english.aljazeera.net/English/archive/archive?ArchiveId=19591

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BBC Video: Israeli Soldiers Going In For The Kill – A 13 year old Palestinian school girl is about to die

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

BBC Video: Israeli Soldiers Going In For The Kill


A 13 year old Palestinian school girl is about to die


BBC News – Broadcast 11/23/04


A documentary showing the killing last month of a Palestinian schoolgirl by Israeli troops has caused outrage in Israel. The footage – based on army video recordings – shows shots being fired at a teenage girl. Alan Johnston reports from Jerusalem.

Israelis fired on girl ‘having identified her as a 10-year-old’, military tape shows

By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem

24 November 2004

Israeli soldiers continued firing at a Palestinian girl killed in Gaza last month well after she had been identified as a frightened child, a military communications tape has revealed.

The tape is likely to be crucial in the prosecution case against the men’s company commander, who faces five charges arising from the killing of Iman al-Hams, 13, in the southern border town of Rafah on 6 October.

It shows that troops firing with light weapons and machine guns on a figure moving in a “no entry zone” close to an army outpost near the border with Egypt had swiftly discovered that she was a girl.

In the recorded exchanges someone in the operations room asks: “Are we talking about a girl under the age of 10?” The observation post, housed in a watchtower, replies: “It’s a little girl. She’s running defensively eastwards, a girl of about 10. She’s behind the embankment, scared to death.”

Not until four minutes later was it reported that the girl had been hit and had fallen. The observation post reports: “Receive, I think that one of the positions took her out.” … Operations room: “What, she fell?” Observation post: “She’s not moving right now.”

The tape records the commander as telling his men, after firing at the girl with an automatic weapon and declaring he has “confirmed” the killing: “Anyone who’s mobile, moving in the zone, even if it’s a three-year-old, needs to be killed.”

The tape, broadcast on Israel’s Channel Two TV, gives the most graphic account of the killing after which soldiers in the company, part of the Givati Brigade, complained that they had been “besmirched” by the company commander’s insistence on “confirming the kill”.

The army admitted shortly after the shooting near the Girit outpost that it had been a mistake. The girl was carrying a bag which the army said that the soldiers had thought contained explosives, but which was found to contain schoolbooks. Although the family is at a loss to explain why she had wandered into a dangerous prohibited zone, they say she was on her way to school at the time.

The soldiers said that the commander had fired two shots at the girl from close range as she lay on the ground before withdrawing, turning and “emptying his magazine” by firing some 10 bullets at her body.

This account is broadly confirmed by the terms of the indictment issued this week. Although the family’s Israeli lawyer believes – and Palestinian witnesses said last month – that she was wounded but alive when the commander fired his first two shots, he has not been charged with manslaughter, apparently on the grounds that there is no evidence that the two bullets killed the girl.

After the report that she has been hit, the tape records the company commander as saying: “I and another soldier … are going in a little nearer, forward, to confirm the kill …” After a pause he adds: “Receive a situation report – we fired and killed her. She was wearing pants, jeans, an undershirt, a shirt. Also, she was wearing a keffiyah on her head. I also confirmed the kill. Over.”

The charges include obstruction of justice because of a false explanation – which was accepted by senior commanders until soldiers came forward with their version of events to the newspaper Yedhiot Ahronot – that he came under fire from Palestinian gunmen 300 yards away as he approached the girl and shot at the ground to deter the fire.

Because “confirmation of the killing” is not dealt with under military regulations the commander – who has been named only as Captain R – has been charged with “illegal use of a weapon” and overstepping his authority to the extent of jeopardising human life. He has been remanded in custody.

The al-Hams family’s lawyer, Leah Tsemel, said that she was angered by what she said was the relative lightness of the charges. “I believe that the commanders and the soldiers who fired should all have been charged with murder.”

The family have declined an army request to exhume the body for a post-mortem examination, because of the pain it would cause relatives.

source:
http://www.voicesofpalestine.org/outrageous/13yearoldgirl.htm

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Palestinian Girl killed on her way to school

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Palestinian Girl killed on her way to school


The Palestine Monitor

A PNGO Information Clearinghouse


www.palestinemonitor.org/new_web/October_update_archive.htm#schoolgirl


Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) kill, IN COLD BLOOD, a 13 year old Palestinian school girl from the Yebna refugee camp. Iman Sameer Al-Hams was shot and killed by 20 live bullets while she was on her way to an UNRWA school in the Gaza strip city of Rafah, near the
Palestinian-Egyptian borders.

According to eye witnesses, the area was quiet at the time. Iman was shot at from an Israeli army observation tower in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood of the town of Rafah, on the border with Egypt. Iman died instantly.

Israeli occupation soldiers were at a close distance to the girl and could see that she was wearing her school uniform.

Dr Ali Musa, the head of Abu Yousef An-Najar hospital in the Gaza Strip, said that “the girl’s body was riddled with bullets from head to toe, including 5 bullets in the head”.

Palestinian children are not safe from Israeli bullets be it at their homes, in the street, or even at UN- schools. On September 27, 2004, Raged Adnan al-Assar died of the wounds she had sustained when she was shot by an Israeli soldier as she sat at her desk at the UNRWA Elementary School in Khan Younis on September 7, 2004 .

There have been several reports that the Israeli snipers frequently shoot Palestinian civilians to prove their marksmanship. This might explain why 200 Palestinian children were shot in the head and why 84% of Palestinian civilians, killed by the IOF, were shot in the upper part of the body.

As Israel’s so-called “Day of Penitence” operation has entered its seventh day, the total number of Palestinians killed has reached at least 80, most of them are civilians.

In another incident, Israeli troops assassinated two Palestinians in a raid by undercover Israeli unit in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Monday, witnesses and media reports said.

Palestinian security sources said that undercover and regular Israeli troops ambushed two men in a shop in the Ramallah marketplace, and that both men (28 and 35 year old) were killed.

For more information, please see
www.palestinemonitor.org/new_web/gaza_horrors_cover.htm

For more information contact: The Palestine Monitor
+972 (0)2 298 5372 or +972 (0) 59254218
www.palestinemonitor.org

source:
http://www.williambowles.info/isrl-pal/girl_shot.html

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Palestinian School Girl Shot in Gaza by Israeli Occupation Forces

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Palestinian School Girl Shot in Gaza by Israeli Occupation Forces


October 12, 2004


Imam Al-Hams, age 13, was shot on her way to school by Israeli snipers at a distance of 70 meters in the Tel Sultan neighborhood of Rafah near Gaza’s border with Egypt. Israeli occupation soldiers were ordered to fire on anyone walking within 300 meters of the tower. Israeli soldiers who witnessed the shooting from the tower later reported that they had seen the small girl and told the commander that it was only a child. A soldier shot her anyway, and she fell to the ground after being struck by 20 bullets!

While Iman was lying in the street, wounded or dead, an Israeli platoon commander approached her and fired two bullets from close range, creating a 5 cm hole in her head. He then went back a second time, put his weapon on the automatic setting and emptied his entire magazine into her little body, mutilating it.

Palestinian witnesses say it was more than an hour before the Israeli troops would let medics get to the body in an ambulance.

Today a girl named Ghadeer Mukhemar, 10 years old, was shot in the chest while she was sitting at her desk in an elementary school in Al-Gharbi camp in Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip. In Nasser hospital, doctors said the girl was hit with heavy ammunition and is in critical condition. (The girl, Ghadeer Mokheimer, died Wednesday of her injuries )

Teachers at the school said that the Israeli occupation forces deployed in the Neve Dekalim settlement fired toward the area without any reason. The other students were extremely frightened by the incident. They left their classes out of fear of being shot as well.

source:
http://www.palestinemonitor.org/new_web/October_update_archive.htm

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Abbas, cohorts, killing Palestinian democracy

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Abbas, cohorts, killing Palestinian democracy

Khalid Amayreh , Palestine-info

 

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Occupied East Jerusalem – July 25, 2007

In his speech before the anachronistic PLO body, known as the Central Council on 18 July, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said he intended to hold presidential and legislative elections as soon as possible.

Abbas said he was awaiting a decision to this effect by the Central Council which was slated to discuss the present inter-Palestinian crisis stemming from Hamas’s takeover in the Gaza Strip following a failed American-backed coup, led by former Fatah strongman Muhammed Dahlan, against the democratically elected government.

There is no doubt that going to elections is the right way of resolving an internal conflict.

However, under current circumstances and in the absence of a Palestinian consensus, holding the elections would only consolidate disunity among Palestinians and exacerbate the already grave rift between Fatah and Hamas.

To begin with, it is unlikely that without Hamas’s consent, orderly and democratic elections can be organized.

After all, Hamas is in firm control of the Gaza Strip where a million and a half Palestinians are living, and holding elections without these people’s participation would be an act of national irresponsibility.

Moreover, it is clear that it would be very difficult to hold orderly elections under present circumstances in the West Bank, where tension runs high and lawlessness prevails.

Indeed, one would really wonder how true elections can be held when institutions are stormed and vandalized, political leaders are abducted, beaten and imprisoned, and when a virulent black smear campaign is being waged against a movement that represents close to 50% of the Palestinian people?

Not only that. The proposed elections would be held under the sinister Israeli occupation whose concentration camps are filled to capacity with Palestinian political leaders of all persuasions.

More important is the question of the wisdom of holding elections when the Israeli occupation army would arrest or abduct candidates and elected lawmakers as soon as results are announced?

Israel continues to detain more than 40 Palestinian legislative council members and the main charge leveled against them is their participation in the 2006 elections under the banner of a political party Israel doesn’t like.

This means that unless a given candidate succumbs to the will of the criminal occupier, he or she will be arrested either during the campaign or following the elections.

For these and other reasons, it would be a grave mistake to hold both presidential and legislative elections in the occupied Palestinian territories.

However, if Chairman Abbas insists on holding elections despite everything, it will mean that that he is intent on rigging such elections, probably with American backing and encouragement.

After all, it is unlikely that the Bush Administration, which regretted allowing the 2006 elections to take place, will allow another democratic election to take place if there is no solid guarantee that the “right people” will win.

Finally, free-minded Palestinians should realize that even if Abbas succeeded in holding the elections and would be re-elected as President by hook or by crook, he would not be able to do anything worthwhile for the Palestinian people and their enduring national cause.

After all, the Palestinian people’s problem is the Nazi-like Israeli occupation of their country, not who will form the next government.

Indeed, what is the point of having governments and “states” and “authorities,” under foreign occupation.? This is, of course, unless Abbas and his American masters are planning another police-state without a state, otherwise known as a quisling entity.

source:
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The ivory tower behind the Zionist Apartheid Wall

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

The ivory tower behind the Zionist Apartheid Wall

Margaret Aziza Pappano, The Electronic Intifada


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Palestinian teachers and students at a UN school in Gaza protest against Israeli airstrikes on the previous day (8 November 2006) which killed 18 Palestinians, mostly women and children, in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Israel’s use of ‘collective punishment’ are one of the reasons given by Britain’s University and College Union for a boycott against Israeli academic institutions. (Hatem Omar/MaanImages)

July 26, 2007

In the last few weeks, university presidents across the US and Canada have rushed to issue statements about the proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions by the British University and College Union. They view this boycott as a serious violation of academic freedom. Yet, given the general failure of these leaders to comment on any number of infringements of academic freedom that have occurred in recent years, including those close to home in the form of the politically-motivated denial of tenure to Norman Finkelstein and the colleague, Mehrene Larudee, who very publicly supported him, the harassment of Columbia University professors Joseph Massad and Rashid Khalidi, and the intimidation of faculty by Campuswatch, one might be excused for concluding that university presidents prefer to remain above the political fray and reserve their office for grave and important but non-controversial pronouncements on tsunamis. But now, even in the midst of the hot and hazy summer recess, university presidents have mobilized their most imposing academic rhetoric in expressing solidarity with Israeli academics and upholding the rights of all to engage in “an open exchange of ideas” and “freedom of association.”

What is perhaps most perplexing about this trend is its entirely virtual nature, for in fact no one’s freedom has been violated by the boycott yet under discussion. Nevertheless, university presidents are preparing in advance for what could be an “attack … [on] all universities at their core mission” (Gilles Patry, University of Ottawa) and a “threat … [to] the moral foundation of each and every university” (Amy Guttman, University of Pennsylvania). [1] University of Virginia President John Casteen compares the proposed boycott to “the conduct of the most vicious political movements and governments of the 20th century.” Yet, surely they must realize that Palestinians have for many decades suffered a multitude of assaults on their universities and schools by the Israeli occupying forces. Surely if university presidents are up in arms over a proposed boycott of Israeli academics, they must have something to say about the shutting down of universities, jailing and shooting of students and faculty, daily impeding of students and faculty from getting to classes, denial of student permits to attend universities, and revoking of visas to visiting scholars and researchers that characterizes academic life in Palestine. If a boycott of academic institutions is considered unfair, what does one call the methodical destruction of an educational system? If Patry warns about potential “acts of exclusion” against Israeli academics, isn’t he concerned that right now, as we speak, all but a handful of Palestinian students are excluded from Israeli institutions and that even within Palestine, the Israelis exclude Palestinian students from their own universities by refusing to issue them the necessary travel permits? Might he see the deportation and nineteen-year exile of his colleague, Birzeit University president Hanna Nasir, as an “act of exclusion”? My own university principal, Karen Hitchcock, is committed to “defend the freedom of individuals to study, teach and carry out research without fear of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination.” Do these “individuals” include Palestinians, one wonders? If so, is she prepared to address the erection of checkpoints outside of universities, such as the one outside of Birzeit that resulted in a 20-40 percent reduction in class attendance in 2001 according to Human Rights Watch? The philosopher and critic Judith Butler argues, “If the exercise of academic freedom ceases or is actively thwarted, that freedom is lost, which is why checkpoints are and should be an issue for anyone who defends a notion of academic freedom.” [2]

It is important to realize that the British UCU is targeting Israeli academic institutions (and not individuals) not only because they are linked to the same profession but also because of the place of universities in Israeli society. Israeli universities, far from being sites of dissidence and resistance to their government’s discriminatory and violent policies, are themselves guilty of human rights abuses. Bar-Ilan University founded a branch in Ariel, an illegal settlement in the West Bank, making it directly complicit in a continued colonialist expansion project. Hebrew University has a long and deleterious history of appropriating Palestinian land. In 1968, in opposition to a UN resolution, the university evicted hundreds of Palestinian families to expand their campus in East Jerusalem. This history of confiscation continues, as October 2004 saw more evictions of Palestinian families and destruction of their homes for another campus expansion. Israeli faculties collaborate with intelligence services, using their academic expertise to devise sophisticated “interrogation” methods for the Israeli military. And Israeli academics themselves serve in the military as reservists, often in the occupied territories. The British UCU’s position is ultimately designed to encourage Israeli academics to do something about the complicity of their universities in the illegal occupation.

Rather than merely showcase inflated rhetoric and verbally denounce the British UCU’s boycott, a few university presidents are prepared to go further. In her statement, Karen Hitchcock threatens to add Queen’s to the UCU’s “boycott list.” Modeling her position after Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, ironically a First Amendment scholar, Hitchcock is referring to the petition initiated by Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz that enjoins academics to sign on to consider themselves as honorary Israelis and ask also to be boycotted by the UCU. University of California-Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and McGill University Principal Heather Munroe-Blum express similar sentiments in their statements, declaring that should the British UCU choose to boycott Israeli institutions, they should also boycott Berkeley and McGill as well.

When these university presidents challenge the UCU to boycott them in their statements, they indicate that Columbia, Berkeley, McGill and Queen’s academics wish to be boycotted along with their Israeli counterparts because they think that such boycotts are wrong. One suspects that there may be faculty, staff, and students at these schools who do not want to be considered honorary Israelis and be boycotted by British universities. Is it within the proper purview of a university’s president to make unilateral pronouncements that have such potentially significant consequences for the intellectual welfare of its members? What sort of academic freedom is this if a president has the power to make such decisions for his/her faculty, students, and staff? While there may be many at these universities who welcome such a position, in principle one cannot and should not support it. I believe that it is itself an infringement of academic freedom.

Indeed, for all their professed commitment to “the exchange of knowledge and ideas” (Munroe-Blum) “scholarly understanding and free academic exchange and expression” (Patry), “open inquiry and exchange of ideas” (John Casteen, University of Virginia), “free and unfettered debate” (David Skorton, Cornell University), none amongst this cadre of university presidents seems the least bit concerned with providing the type of open debate on this issue that is purportedly the very hallmark of their institutions. Sadly, it seems that these presidents in fact are rushing to issue statements precisely in order to pre-empt such debate on their campuses. Were these university presidents really committed to their stated positions on intellectual exchange, would they not organize or at least foster a discussion of the issues amongst their constituencies that would examine the motivations behind the proposed boycott? Or are they rushing to stifle debate because they are afraid to be involved in a potentially controversial set of issues? When there has been no open discussion of these issues on campus, what sort of example is set by these statements from on high? I do hope that they will have a “free and unfettered debate” at Cornell. Let the fetters fly!

I suspect, however, that this spate of statements does not bode well for what Casteen calls the university’s “unique capacity to serve the public good.” It seems that a dangerous precedent has been set in which university presidents recently have taken on the customary role of politicians and accepted politically organized and motivated tours to Israel. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that seven university presidents from the US visited Israel in early July in a campaign designed “to explain Israel’s policies to the leaders of US academic institutions and to strengthen scientific collaboration between the two countries.”[ 3] In addition to meeting with the educational minister and academic leaders, the university presidents also met with “military experts.” Presumably they did not exchange views on Aristotle with the Israeli generals. While we are now accustomed to our elected officials participating in such tours, the university is, I agree with Casteen (a member of the delegation to Israel), supposed to serve the public in a unique way. While I’m not saying that some educational purpose and “free exchange of ideas” did not occur during the presidents’ visit, I remain stumped by the meeting with the Israeli military. The Haaretz correspondent, Tamara Traubmann, pinpoints a political agenda in the timing of the trip, writing that “The visit takes place amid attempts to impose an academic boycott of Israel and controversy over Israel on US campuses between the right and the left.” If this trip was designed to target university presidents in an attempt to pre-empt debate on campus, then we must ask whether the universities have succumbed, in Bollinger’s ominous phrase, to “politically biased attempts to hijack the central mission of higher education.”

The university presidents might argue that they are prepared to defend the rights of any group, not just Israelis, to academic freedom. As Tom Traves, President of Dalhousie writes in his statement, “Universities do not have foreign policies and they must assert their right always to be independent of government dictates in the name of short-term political agendas.” Yet, when university presidents have allowed numerous violations of academic freedom to Palestinians to pass without comment, they must realize that their statements, rather than “defending the freedom of individuals” as they claim, function precisely as politicized pronouncements in support of the Israeli regime. You cannot let decades of gross injustices to one side pass and then suddenly leap to the defense of the other side without implicating yourself in a political position.

It strikes me as particularly unfortunate, though given the recent mistreatment of Middle East Studies professor Joseph Massad, not unexpected, that Columbia’s president should be leading the charge. In 1968, as Hebrew University busied itself in confiscating Palestinian land in East Jerusalem, on the west side of Manhattan, Columbia University was doing something similar. In April of that year, Columbia broke ground in Morningside Park, a neighborhood park adjacent to its main campus, in order to build a gym. The neighborhood outcry was immense and students immediately organized to stop what they saw as an arrogant appropriation of neighborhood space for largely private use. A long protest followed, which though at first violently suppressed by police, was ultimately effective in achieving its goal. The plan for the gym was abandoned and the students’ demand for Columbia to sever ties with the Institute of Defense Analysis was also met, a step that surely allowed its scientists to work with greater “openness” and “free exchange of ideas.” This was a galvanizing event in Columbia’s history and the effectiveness of the protest and ultimate good it achieved in respecting the neighborhood’s rights and highlighting the complexity of the racial relations of its residents with the university is now told as a proud moment in Columbia history and nicely archived on its website. This is a history Bollinger and others might learn from, for institutions do need motivation to move forward and transcend their sometimes less-than-illustrious pasts. Supporting a boycott of a university can help those dissidents within the university more effectively work towards change, for the wish to make a favorable impression in the world has frequently served as a catalyst for positive transformation. World opinion was absolutely central to pressuring the US government during the Civil Rights era and to dismantling Apartheid in South Africa. Since the boycott is aimed at institutions not individuals, rather than isolating Israeli academics, the boycott could provide a sort of support to those academics who wish to reform their universities.

There are other tactics aside from a boycott open to us as academics for addressing the suffering of Palestinians in the occupied territories. A university community might well decide upon a different strategy. Recently New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman suggested that universities would do better to educate Palestinian students, establish exchanges, and send faculty to teach in Palestinian universities. I think that these are great ideas and hope that Israel will agree with Friedman and no longer refuse to issue or arbitrarily revoke visas of visiting faculty and prevent Palestinian students and academics from attending meetings abroad. I am certain that “an open exchange of ideas” on university campuses will lead to a lot of different and creative suggestions for considering how we, as academics, can contribute towards improving the plight of our Palestinian colleagues and supporting our Israeli colleagues in doing the same. But let’s not condemn the boycott out of hand before that discussion has taken place.

To this end, I have created a petition at my university to ask the principal to retract her statement and support the organization of a forum to discuss the issues relating to the proposed boycott. This is the very least that a university should do. I urge my colleagues at other universities to do likewise.

Endnotes

[1] All quotations from university presidents, principals, chancellors, etc. that I cite are taken from their statements posted on their university websites.
[2] “Israel/Palestine and the paradoxes of academic freedom,” Judith Butler, Radical Philosophy 135, January/February 2006, p. 11.
[3] “U.S. university presidents visit Israel to strengthen academic ties,” Tamara Traubmann, Haaretz, 3 July 2007.

Margaret Aziza Pappano is an Associate Professor of English at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario; her specialty is medieval literature. In 2006 she visited the West Bank as part of the institute, “Connecting Dearborn and Jerusalem,” sponsored by the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Bush’s real agenda in Palestine

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Bush’s real agenda in Palestine

Ramzy Baroud, Al-Ahram Weekly


While Bush may be calling for peace conferences, the US policy of unequivocal bias towards Israel and attacking all that defend Arab and Palestinian rights is as firm as ever, writes Ramzy Baroud*

July 26, 2007

The Hamas government crackdown on Mohamed Dahlan’s corrupt security forces and affiliated gangs in the Gaza Strip in June appears to mark a turning point in the Bush administration’s foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel. The supposed shift, however, is nothing but a continuation of Washington’s efforts to stifle Palestinian democracy, to widen the chasm separating Hamas and Fatah, and to ensure the success of the Israeli project, which is focussed on colonising and annexing what remains of Palestinian land.

It’s vital that we keep this seemingly obvious reality at the forefront of any political discussion dealing with the conflict: the occupied Palestinian territories represent a mere 22 per cent of historic Palestine. Currently, Israel is on a quest to reduce this even further by officially conquering the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem. Gaza is only relevant to this issue insofar as it represents a golden opportunity to divide Palestinians further, to confuse their national project and to present a grim picture of them as an unruly people who cannot be trusted as peace partners to the far more civilised and democratic Israelis.

By prolonging Gazan strife, thus the Palestinian split, Israel will acquire the time required to consolidate its colonial project, and to further rationalise its unilateral policies vis-à-vis matters that should, naturally, be negotiated with the Palestinians.

Moreover, one must not lose sight of the regional context. The Israeli lobby and its neo- conservative allies in the US administration and in the media are eager for a military showdown with Iran, which would weaken Syria’s political standing in any future negotiation with Israel in regards to the occupied Golan Heights, and which would obliterate the military strength of Hizbullah, proven to be the toughest enemy Israel has ever faced in its decades-long conflict with the Arabs.

Thus, its was of paramount importance for Hamas’s “rise” to be linked directly to its relations with Iran; such ties, although greatly exaggerated, are now readily used as a rationale to explain Bush’s seemingly historic move from backing Israel from a discreet distance (so as not to appear too involved) to initiating an international peace conference aimed solely at isolating Hamas, which would further weaken the Iranian camp in the Middle East.

It also explains the abundant support offered by autocratic Arab regimes to Abbas, and Arab leaders’ warnings about the rise of an Iranian menace. On the one hand, eliminating Hamas would send an unambiguous message to their own political Islamists; on the other, it’s a message to Iran to back off from a conflict that has long been seen as exclusively Arab-Israeli. The irony is that to ensure the relevance of the Arab role in the conflict, some Arabs are making historic moves to normalise with Israel, and in return for nothing.

Similarly, to ensure its own relevance, Abbas’s Fatah is actively coordinating with Israel to destroy its formidable opponent, which represents the great majority of Palestinians in the occupied territories and arguably abroad. For this, assistance is required: money to ensure the loyalty of his followers, weapons to oppress his opponents, political validation to legitimise himself as a world leader, and new laws to de-legitimise the legal, democratic process that produced the Hamas victory of January 2006. In a conflict that is known for its agonisingly slow movement, nothing short of a miracle can explain how Abbas received all of these perks at an astronomical speed.

The moment Abbas declared his arguably unconstitutional emergency government, the suffocating sanctions were lifted — or more accurately, on the West Bank only. To ensure that no aid reaches anyone who defies his regime, Abbas’s office revoked the licences of all NGOs operating in Palestine, making it necessary for them to submit new applications. Those loyal to Abbas are in. The rest are out.

Weapons and military training have also arrived in abundance. Palestinians who have been denied the right to defend themselves, and for decades described as “terrorist”, are suddenly the recipients of many caches of weapons coming from all directions. Israel announced a clemency to Fatah militants; the freedom fighters turned gangsters will no longer defend their people against Israeli brutality, but will be used as a militant arm ready to take on Hamas when the time comes.

As for regional and international legitimacy, the Bush administration “decided” to change its policy to one of direct engagement, calling for an international Middle East peace conference. The conference will be about peace in name only, for it will not deal with any of the major grievances of the Palestinians that have fuelled the conflict for years, such as the problem of refugees, Jerusalem and the drawing of borders. Israel is of course willing to “concede” if these efforts will reframe the conflict as exclusively Palestinian, and as long as there is no objection to its illegal annexation of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

The reality is that there has been no change in American foreign policy regarding Palestine. The US, Israel and a few Arab regimes are pursuing the same old policy, which is merely being adjusted to fit the new political context.

While Abbas and his men might bask in the many bonuses they are receiving in exchange for their role in destroying the Palestinian national project, the future will prove that Israel’s “goodwill gestures”, the support of the Israeli lobby in Washington, and the latter’s generosity will not last. Abbas could as easily find himself a prisoner in the basement of his own presidential compound, just like his predecessor, if he dares assert the legitimate rights of his people, by far the ultimate losers in this shameless battle.

* The writer is author of The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle and editor-in-chief of PalestineChronicle.com.

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Zionist strategy for dividing the Arab East

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Zionist strategy for dividing the Arab East

Hassan Nafaa*, Al-Ahram Weekly


July 26, 2007

Oded Yinon’s paper A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s was first published in Hebrew, appearing in Kivunin, a magazine specialised in Jewish and Zionist affairs, in February 1982. It was translated into English by Professor Israel Shahak, a prominent Israeli human rights activist in June of the same year. Shahak, who republished under the title The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, with additional comments in a foreword and epilogue, called the paper the most eloquent expression yet of Zionist thinking.

In the first article of this series, I reviewed the general traits of the Zionist strategy as formulated by Yinon. In the second article, I tackled the Zionist way of dealing with Egypt. In the present article, I will focus on the Zionist strategy with regard to the Arab East.

Yinon’s paper leaves one in no doubt that the Zionist movement approaches the Arab East — Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq — differently from the rest of the Arab and Islamic world. The Zionist movement is generally interested in dividing other Arab world countries for security-related and economic reasons. But its interest in the Arab East runs deeper. So the Zionist project is not just about dividing the Arab East or redrawing its map. It is about geographical expansion within that area. The Zionists want to seize and colonise more land in the Arab East as a prelude to annexing that land to the Jewish state. More specifically, they wish to introduce major demographic changes involving forcible displacement of the population.

Yinon’s view of the Arab East is inextricably linked with his vision of the nature and borders of the Jewish state. He doesn’t make much distinction between the 1948 and 1967 borders. For him, what is crucial for Israel is to have safe borders, regardless of the location of those borders on the map. For Yinon, safe borders are those that enable Israel to control everything “between the river and the sea”. That control is not about military and economic domination, but about demographic expansion and the movement of a purely Jewish population into those areas. Without that, Israel wouldn’t have any future from a strategic point of view, according to Yinon. This very particular understanding of safe borders is what defines Yinon’s stand concerning settlements. He totally rejects any land concessions. He rejects any self-government for the Palestinians. And he doesn’t want the Palestinians to exist on any part of this land Israel has occupied. Yinon is fully opposed to the Camp David accords and to all Israeli projects that involve land concessions or self-rule.

According to Yinon, the Jewish concentration on coastal areas, where 75 per cent of Israelis live, poses a major threat for Israel’s security. So he proposes a new demographic policy, one based on control of all water resources from Beersheba to the Upper Galilee. Israel, he says, must take all necessary measures to turn mountain areas into inhabitable urban zones. To do that, Israel would have to engage in large-scale demographic engineering, with massive population movements to achieve the long-term security needs of the Jewish state. Israel’s security needs mean only one thing to Yinon: namely, the emptying of the area situated between the sea and the river of most if not all Arab inhabitants, including Arab Israelis, also known as the Arabs of 1948.

Does this mean that Yinon doesn’t recognise the existence of the Palestinian people and their right for an independent state? No, the opposite is true. He recognises the Palestinians and their right for an independent state, but he wants that state to be established outside Israel’s safe borders, on the other side of the Jordan River. This is why Yinon keeps saying that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan. He maintains that Amman is as Palestinian as Palestinians and most others believe Nablus to be. He argues that most of Jordan’s population, army personnel and administrators are Palestinians, controlled by a “Jordanian Bedouin minority”. In other words, it would be enough to bring down the Hashemite regime, rid the oppressed majority of the dominant minority, and enable the Palestinian majority to take power in order to create a Palestinian state. This would be Yinon’s solution to the Palestinian problem, the problem that so many Israeli governments have failed to resolve.

With rather crude simplicity, Yinon offers to sacrifice the most moderate Arab regime in the region, not out of love for the Palestinians but because he believes that Palestinian control of Jordan would resolve the Palestinian issue. Jordan would become a surrogate homeland for all Palestinians, including Arab Israelis, or the Arabs of 1948. From the Arab point of view, this may seem outrageous, but many Zionists share Yinon’s view.

Yinon is aware that the Zionist dream cannot be achieved against the will of strong and centralised Arab governments. So he hastens to reassure his compatriots that all Arab governments, however large and militarily strong they may seem — Egypt included — can be divided into smaller and weaker components, into entities that wouldn’t pose a threat to Israel in the long run. What was happening in Lebanon in 1982 seemed to reinforce his views. Lebanon was weak and divided after a civil war that started in the mid-1970s. It had disintegrated into five cantons. The first was a Christian canton led by the pro-Syrian Franjiyeh clan in the north. The second was in the east, where the Syrians were in direct control. The third was the Phalange canton in the middle of the country. The fourth was controlled by the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) along Al-Litani River. The fifth was in the south, run by the pro-Israeli Saad Haddad. Yinon was convinced that Israel could maintain that state of division with a few adjustments: get the PLO out and weaken Syrian presence. (Israel invaded Lebanon but a few months after Yinon’s essay was published).

Lebanon’s fate was all but sealed at the time, but Syria and Iraq, with their military potential, posed a problem. And yet Yinon was confident that the two countries would collapse in due course. He maintained that the political and social structure of both countries had all the elements of decay, and predicted that the two countries would fall apart, perhaps with a little nudge from Israel.

According to Yinon, Syria wasn’t much different from Lebanon in terms of its sectarian structure. The Syrians, he admitted, had a strong military regime. But this regime, controlled by a 12 per cent Shia Alawite minority, wasn’t going to control the strong Sunni opposition, especially by the Muslim Brotherhood, forever. Sooner or later, he argued, Syria would disintegrate into several mini-states: an Alawite one on the coast, a Sunni one near Aleppo, another Sunni one in Damascus, and a Druze one in the Golan. Yinon was confident that Lebanon would be officially dismantled within a short period, perhaps a few months. And Syria, he predicted, would go down the same path soon afterward. Contrary to his expectations, Lebanon pulled itself together.

As for Iraq, Yinon had a similar theory. A Sunni minority was in full control, while a Shia majority and a Kurdish minority were seething with anger. Had it not been for the military power of the regime and the massive oil supplies of the country, Iraq would have gone the way of Lebanon, or at least Syria (at the time of his writing). Yinon hoped that regional developments, including the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the Iran-Iraq war, would deepen sectarian divisions in Iraq and perhaps lead to a civil war.

Yinon saw Iraq’s military power as a threat to Israel and he wanted Israel to remain alert. But he was sure that Iraq would be weakened by its war with Iran, and would eventually disintegrate into at least three mini-states: a Sunni one in the middle, a Shia one in the south, and a Kurdish one in the north.

Much of Yinon’s predictions failed. Israel couldn’t divide Lebanon. It couldn’t put in power a Lebanese government that would do its bidding. It couldn’t even force Lebanon to sign a peace treaty. Within a few months, Hizbullah came into life and spearheaded the resistance against the Israeli occupation and its proxy militia Israel kept in the south. In 2000, Israel pulled out unconditionally from Lebanon. Israel couldn’t even protect the one militia leader it had counted on to establish a mini-state in the south. Syria is still united to this day.

But this is not reason to belittle Yinon’s importance. We should make a distinction between what Israel wants and what it can do. Not everything Israel wants can be implemented in the exact time, venue and manner it wants. But it is important to understand that the strategy Yinon suggested truly reflects the workings of the Zionist mind. And it faithfully mirrors Israel’s explicit and implicit policies. The fact that Israel invaded Lebanon only four months after Yinon’s study was published is significant. Israel did its best to break Lebanon into sectarian cantons. It failed, but it hasn’t given up.

Iraq is also relevant. There was nothing subtle about the way Israel egged the Americans to invade Iraq, although we may not yet know all the details. US strategy in Iraq is utterly sectarian, and it has shaken the Arab East to the core. And let’s keep in mind that Lebanon is once again haunted by civil war. So perhaps it is time we take Yinon’s mindset seriously.

* The writer is a professor of political science at Cairo University.

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AIPAC HAS A FRIEND IN JESUS

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

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=== News Update ===

AIPAC HAS A FRIEND IN JESUS

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One of my favourite oxymorons is ‘Progressive Conservative’ (the ruling Party in the Canadian Government). Click HERE to see just how ‘progressive’ they are….

My second favourite is ‘Christian Zionist’…. just how ‘Christian’ are these people? I always question the motives behind their love for ‘zion’, is it a love for the Jewish people or is it a love for the redemption they so look forward to? AIPAC does not question the motives… in fact seems quite happy with the dollar$ these people funnel into Israel and various zion$t organisations. It’s all about money… it has nothing to do with any religious belief, if it did it would not completely negate and ignore the suffering of the other Abrahamic religion. The Palestinians, both Muslim AND Christian are also waiting…. NOT for redemption… but for FREEDOM….. But, it seems to be a better ‘business practice’ to deal with those in power.

Basically, these people are WACKOS! I don’t mean to offend any of my Christian readers by saying this, but these people, in my opinion, are far from what a true Christian is supposed to be. Just watch THIS video presented by Max Blumenthal in the Huffington Post. It is absolutely brilliant! I honestly don’t know how he managed to keep a straight face while talking to these idiots. Be sure to read the text below the video, it describes the events.

More videos can be seen HERE, all made this week at the Christians United for Israel’s annual Washington-Israel Summit. It is both amusing and frightening at the same time.

THIS video is much more entertaining…. enjoy.

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America Idiocy : Bush’s latest speech on Iraq (Osama bin Laden did it)

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

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=== News Update ===

America Idiocy : Bush’s latest speech on Iraq (Osama bin Laden did it)

Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:25 pm

In a speech in Carolina today, George Bush discussed the war on terror.
The full text is available here http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/07/20070724-3.html

But I have taken the liberty of highlighting the important bits.

Quote:
The President: —– — —. —— — ——. —– —, ——-. —— — — ———– — —- ————. -‘- —– — — —- — — — —– — — — —–, — —-, — ——-, — —- — — —– —–. —— — ——-. —— — ——- — ——- — — —— —— — ——-.

– ———- — ———- ——– — —- —–, —– —–. —— — ——, ——–. -‘- —– — — —- —- — ——- — — —– — ————— — —– ——–, —– ————– —– ——-. –. ——-, —— — ——….

…—– — ——- — September 11th, 2001, — —— — —- ———- —- ——– —— — —– — ——- — — — — ——. —— — ———- — ———–, — —– —- —- ———- —- ——– — ——- — ——— —— — ——- ——–, — —- — ———- — — ——- ——.

—- ———- — ——- – ——- —- — Iraq. —– — —– —- — —- ———- ——– —- — —– ——– — — —— — — —– —–. —- ——- — —— —– — —‘– ——– ——– — —- ——-. —– —— — —- ———- — —- —– — – —– —— — ————–. — ——- — ——– — —- ——- — — —– — ——-. — —- ——- — ——.

—— — —– —– — 9/11 ——-, ——- ——- – —— — —. — ——— ——- —- ——– — —- — — ———- — —— — ——- —–, — — —- — ———- — — —– — —- —-. – — —— — September 11th — —- — —- — — ——- ——- — — — — — ——-, — —– — ———- ——– — — —‘- —- — —- —- —- — —-. — —- — ——- —- — — — —– — ——- — —– —— — —–.

— — ——- — —- —— — — Iraq. — —— — ——- ——- — —- ——-. —-‘– ——– ——– ——-, — — —– — —- ——– — Iraq —- al Qaeda. —- —- ——- ——- —- ——- ——-; —- —— ——– ——– — —- —— ——– ——. —- —- — —– —- Iraq’- ——— — —- — — —- —— — – ——— —- —– — ——- ——- — ——-. — — —— — ——– —— —- —— — ——- Iraq– — —– — – —— — —–, — —- — — — ——– — Iraq — — —— — ——– ——–.

—–‘- – —— — ———- —– Iraq, — ——- —– —- – ——- ——. —–‘- —- – —— —– al Qaeda- —- — Iraq. —- — —- Iraq — — —- — — ——- — — ——. —- ——– —- – — —- — al Qaeda ———- — —- — Iraq — —- — — —- —– —- ——– — — September 11th, 2001. —- —– —- — ———— —— al Qaeda — Iraq — — Iraq- ———-, —- –‘- ———– — Osama bin Laden— —- –‘- — ———- — ——— ——-.

——— —— -. —-, —— — —– ——– ——- ——- ——, ——- — —- ——– ——— ——- —– ——- ———- —— – —- ——– ——-, —- –, —-, —— – —– — ———- — — ———-, -.-. —– —– —– — —- —— —- —– — —- — Osama bin Laden. –‘- ———- —- — “—– —– — — —— — Iraq.” Osama bin Laden—-, “— — — — — — — — — —. — — — –, — —– —- —— — ——– ——-.” – — —- —– —- — – — —— — Iraq — — —- — — —— — al Qaeda. (——–.)

—– – —- ——– — ——— — —– — — —- al Qaeda — al Qaeda — Iraq — ——– ——–. – —- ——- — —- — —- —- — — —- ——— ——- — — — —- — ——— — — ——-.

– —- —– — —– — —- —- —– —–: al Qaeda — Iraq — ——- — – ——— ———, — — Iraq-. — —- — — —– — ——-. —— 9/11, — — – ——— —- — ———–. — — — — – —— — al Qaeda, — — ———— ——— ——- —- — — ———— ——— —- —— al Qaeda ——-, —- — — — —- Osama bin Laden— — —– ——, ——–.

— 2001, ——— —— ——— ——-‘- —— ——– —-, — — —- — ——- — — —- — Iraq, —– — — — ———- —- ——— ———- —- —— — ——- — ——— ——. — — ——– — ———– ——— ——‘- —-, ——- — —- — —— ———— — —-, —–, — ——— — — ———. — —-, ——- — — ——— —– ——– —— al Qaeda, ——- ———- — Osama bin Laden, — — ——– — “—— — —— — —–.”

—- —–, — —– ——– ——– —- ——- — — “—— — al Qaeda — Iraq” — — ———- ———- — Iraq — “—— — — — —- —.” –‘- —- — —– —- al Qaeda — Iraq — ——– —- — —–‘- al Qaeda, —- — —— — al Qaeda — Iraq —- — —- — ———- — Osama bin Laden.

——— — — ———— ———, — ———– —– —— —- al Qaeda — Iraq — —– — “——– —– ——— ——– — ———-.” — —— —- —- al Qaeda- —— ———- — —– — “- ——– — Iraq — —— — ———- ——– … — —- ——– ———- … — — —- — ———- — — —– — Iraq — ——- —— ——– ——- ———.” — —— ——- al Qaeda — — Iraq- ——— — — ——– — ——- — — —- — — — —— ——– — — —– — — —– —–.

——— —— -. —- ——— — ——- — ——– ——— — —– —— ——-, ——– —- — —– ——-, — – ——– ——-, —- –, —-, —— — ———‘- —– — ———- — — ———-, -.-. —– —– —– — —- —— ——- — —— — -.-. —— — —- —-. — — ——– — ——- ——— — — ——– —– — —– ——–. — —- — — al Qaeda —— ———- — —- — ————. — — ———— —- ——– — —- —- — ——-. — —— 9/11, — —– —- —- al Qaeda — ———– —– — —— ——- ————– —— — al Qaeda- ——- ——–.

—– — —– —- —- al Qaeda- Iraq- ———- —- —-, Osama bin Laden—- – ——— —— —– — ——- — Iraq- — —- —. ——— — — ———— ———, —- — — – —— ——- — — —–, — —— — — — ——— — ———–. — ——- —– —- — — Iraq. — — ——–, — — ——– ———– — — -.-. —– —- — ———- —. — —- —- — —– —— ——- — — — —- —— ———- — Iraq —– — ———- — —— — ——- — al Qaeda- Iraq- ———-.

——— — — ———— ———, —- — al Qaeda — Iraq’- —– —— ——- — —- ——- ———-. —- ——- – —— — — al Qaeda — Iraq’- —- — ——-, – —– — — al Qaeda — Iraq’- — ——— — —– ——-, — ——– — —— — ———– — — 1990- — — — — —- Osama bin Laden, – ——– — — ——- —– – — —- — ——– ——- ——–. —- —– — Iraq, — —— – —— al Qaeda ———– —– —— ——, – ——- ——– — —— —- al Qaeda — ———–, — — —- ——— — 11– ———- —— —— ——–, — —– —— al Qaeda ——-.

– — —– —, — ——– – —— al Qaeda — Iraq —— —– ———. —, —- ——— — — Iraq-. — —-, — — — ——- ——- Iraq- — — ————. —-‘- —- — —-, —-‘- —- — —- –: — ——- ——- — al Qaeda — Iraq —- — ————- ——- — ——- — ——- —- al Qaeda — Iraq — — Iraq—– ———. — —- al Qaeda —- ——- – ———- —- —- —– —- ———–. — ——- — — —- Iraq- ——– ——- —- —- ——— — —— — — Iraq- ——- — – ———. — —- — ——-, ——— ——– —- ———– — —- — —–. — ——— — ———— —- ———- — — — — ——– — al Qaeda — Iraq — —- — — ——- — — —- ——- ——- —- —- — — ———– ———, — Iraq–.

——- ———- —- ——- — —- — — ——- ——– — Iraq. — ——– ——— —- ——- — — — ——- — ——- ——- — Iraq — ——- — — ———— al Qaeda ———-. –‘- —- —- —– —- — al Qaeda — Iraq’- —- — —- ——– — —- — — ———- — Iraq-. — — —– ———– — —- —— —- — — —— — —— —–: al Qaeda — Iraq — – —– ——- — ——- ———-, — ——- — ——- ———-, — —– — – ——- ——— —— — Osama bin Laden. —- —- —-‘– al Qaeda. — Iraq- —— —- —- — al Qaeda. —— —— — —— —– —- —- — al Qaeda. —–‘- – —- —— —- — —— ‘Al Qaeda — Iraq.’ They are Al Qaeda. And they are in Iraq.

——— —— -. —- —— —- ——- —- ——– ——— — – ——– ——-, —- –, —-, —— — ———‘- —– — ———- — — ———-, -.-. —– —– —– — —- —— —- —- —— —- al Qaeda — Iraq — – ——– ———— ——- al Qaeda- ——- ——- —– —- ———– ——- —- –. —- ——– ——- – —- — ————-. —- — — al Qaeda- —— ——— ——- ——– ——–. al Qaeda — — ——— ————- — – —– ——- — ——— —— —- — —— — – —— ——– — —— ———-, — —- ——— —— — ————- —- — al Qaeda —— ———-. — —- —–, —– —— —- ——– —— —- al Qaeda — —- —- — —— – “——” — – —— — ——- — Osama bin Laden. — —– —–, ————- — — ——– —— —- al Qaeda, — ———– ——- —- al Qaeda ——- — —- ——- — ——- —– —— ——–. — —– —– —–, —– — —– —– — ———- —- — — —- — al Qaeda — — —– ——- ——— —–, — ——– ——- —- al Qaeda ——- — — ——– — — ——– — ——- ——-.

— ———— ——— ——– —- al Qaeda — Iraq —– —- — —– — —– ———-. —- — – —- —— — — al Qaeda ——— ——-. — al Qaeda ———- ——– ——— ——– — —– Iraq- ———-. —- –, —– —- —- ————- — ——— ————- — ——- — ——-, Osama bin Laden— —– Iraq- ————, ——— ——–‘- ——— — ——-‘- ———- ——- — — —-. — — ———— ——— ——- —- al Qaeda- —— ——- ——— —– — —– Iraq——- ———- —- — —– — ——– ———-, ——- ——– — ——– ——– ——– ———- ——- ———.

— ———— ——— ——— —- — —– — “al Qaeda — — ——– —- — Iraq — —— — —– ———– ——–.” — —- — —- al Qaeda —— ——- — —– ———- — Iraq — —– — “— al Qaeda — Iraq — —- — al Qaeda- ————- —– — ——-, — — – ——– —–.”

——— —— -. —- ——– — ————- —- —– — ——– —— —- ——— ——-, —- –, —-, —— — ———‘- —, —–; —– ——– ——- ——- ——, —-, — ——— —— —— — ——, —–, — — ———- — — ———-, -.-. —– —– —– — —- —— —-‘- — —— —-: al Qaeda — Iraq — — — ——- ——- —– — Osama bin Laden. —- — —–, —- — ———— ——- — —— — ——– — ——- al Qaeda- ——— ———-. — ——- — — ——–, —- —- —- — —- al Qaeda — Iraq — — —— al Qaeda — — — —— – —— — ——-. —-, —-‘- —- ——– – — —- —- – —- —- – —- — – —, — —— –‘- ——– —- —– — —- – —–.

— —– —— — —- — ———- —— — —— —- ———– —– — —– — Iraq. –‘- ——- —- —- —- — —- — ——– ——- –‘– — ——– — —–‘- al Qaeda —–, —- — —– — —— — Iraq — – ———– —- — —- — — ——. — –‘– — ——– — —–‘- al Qaeda, —- — —– —- — —— — —- — — Iraq — — ——— — ——- — — — — ——. — ——- —- —- — —- — —–. — — ——– — —–‘- al Qaeda — Iraq; Iraq — ——- — — — — ——; — ——- —- —–, ——- — —— ——- —- —- ——– ——-. (——–.)

—– — —— — —— —- al Qaeda — ——— — Iraq, — — — —- — ———-. al Qaeda — — — — ——- —– ——– —— — Iraq. — — ———— ——— ——– —- al Qaeda — — —- ——— — —– —– ——– —— — ——- ——-: —–, —- —- — —– —–, al Qaeda — —— —- — — ———–, ————- ——- —- — — — —- — ——-.

——, —– al Qaeda ——- — ——– — ———- ——— ——–, — ——— —- — —– — ——– ——– ——- —- ——- —— — —- al Qaeda- —–.

—–, al Qaeda — — —- ——– —– — Iraq —- —— ——— — —- — ——- – —- — ——- ——- Iraq. — ——-, al Qaeda — Iraq ———- ———- — —— – ——- ——— — ——. — ——- —-, —- —- ———- — —— —– —- ——— — —— – —— —— — -.-. —- —– — — — —.

— —- ——— — — —— — —— — — —– — Iraq — —– –, al Qaeda — Iraq —— Osama bin Laden’- —- — —— Iraq – —- — — ——- ——- ——, — —– — — – —- —– — ——- — ——-. —- — — — ———— ——— ——- — — – —– — “——– —- [—– ——- —– ——– ——], al Qaeda — Iraq —— — — — ———, ——— ———– ——–, ——- ———-, — ————- — —- — —– —— Iraq’- ——-.”

— — ——— — Iraq, ——- —– ——–, — —- —- al Qaeda — “—— —– —— —” — Iraq. —— ——–, —– —— —- —– ———- — — — — ——- — —– — —— 3,000 —— — — —-. al Qaeda — —— —– —— — — — Iraq- ——; al Qaeda — —— —– —— — — — ——– ——. — —- — —, — — ——– — — ——-, — —- —- — — —-, –‘– —- —- —- —–, — — —- —— —- —– —- —- —- —– —–. (——–.)

—- —- —- al Qaeda — Iraq — — —– —– — -.-. ——– — — —– —- — — – ——- — — — ——. — ——– ——- — —— —– —- ——— — —— — ——– ——-. Iraq — — — —— —- — ———- — — — —- –. — —- — — Iraq —- — ———- —— — —– —– —— — 1993. — —- — — Iraq —- —- ——– — ——— — —– — ——–. — —- — — Iraq —- —- ——– — — —- — —-. — — —- — — Iraq – September 11th, 2001.

— —— — —— —— ——- — — —– — ——— ——– — — ——- ———- —- Iraq —– — — –. — al Qaeda ———- — ——- ———- — — Iraq — ——— ———- — —- —- ——- — ——– — ——- — —– —–. —- — —- — – ——- —- — ——– —, —–, — ——– — —— — ——; ———– —— ——- — ——– — ———-, ——, ——-, — ——— —— — —–. — — —- — ——– —– al Qaeda ———- — ———- — Iraq, —- —– — — ——- ———- —– — ——- — ——-. —- —– — —— — —- ——— — —– ——— ——— — — ———–, — —– ——- ——–, — — — ——- — — — ——.

al Qaeda — — Iraq — — —-‘– —– — – ——. — ———— — —— — Iraq — al Qaeda —– — – ——– — — ——-. — —- —– ———-. —- — —– — al Qaeda- — ——— — Iraq —- — —— — —– ——— — —– — —- — —- — —- —– — — ——– — ——‘- ——-. — — —- — —- Iraq — — —- —-, — —– —– —- —- — ——- —- – —- —– —– —- —– — — —— — ——- — — ——-. — al Qaeda —– —- ——– ——- — ———- —— — —— —– — — ——— ——- —- —– —- ——- — —— — —- ——-.

— — —- — —– —- — ——, ——— ——– — Iraq —– ——– ————, ——- — ——– — —- ———-. ——– —– —— — —— —— — —–, — — —– —- —- – —— —- ——— — ——- ———- — —– —— ——- ——-, — — —– ——- — — — ——– ——— — — —- — ——- — — ——.

–‘– ——- —- — al Qaeda —- – —— —– ——— — —– —- — —— — —– —– — ———– — — ——- — — —— — — — —- — —– —- — — — —–. –, ——- ——— — —– — — Iraq, — —- — –. — — — — –.

—- —- – —- —, —– ——– — al Qaeda- —- — Iraq — — ——- — — —- — —-. —– —-, -.-. — Iraq- —— —- —— —- —– —— — —- —— ——- al Qaeda. ——– —- —- —— — ——–. ———- —- —- —— —- —- — — ———- ——-. — —— — — ——- — ——— — ——- — —– — —– —– — — ——-. — —– — — —– — —— —–, — —-‘– ——- ——-, — –‘– —— ——–.

— — ——– — — ——–, — — —– — — —–, — —- —- ——- ——– — — —— — —- — ——— —- —-, — —- — —— al Qaeda — Iraq. (——–.)

—— — ——- — —- — —–. -‘– ——— — ———- ——- al Qaeda — — Iraq- ———. – ——— ———— —- ——- ———– —- ———-. — —– — —- al Qaeda ———- —— ——— — 9/11, —-‘– ——– — — Iraq — —— — —–, — —- — ——– — —- ——— —- — —- —–. —– — ——- ———– — —— —- Iraq — ——- — —— — al Qaeda — Iraq — — —- — Osama bin Laden—— — —– ———— — —- – ——-. — — —- — —— —– ——, — —– — ——— — — —– — — ———- — ——-. — —- —— al Qaeda — Iraq.

— —- ——, –‘– ——– — — —– — — —– ———– — —- —-. —– — — —– — —— — —- —- — —— — —– — ——- – —– —- — —- — — ——. —- —- ——– —— — ——– — —-, — —- ——– —- —— —— — — ——- — — –‘– —– — ——-.

– —- ———- — — ——-, — – —- —– — — —–, ——- – —- — ——— — — — — —– ——– —— –. – —– — — —- ———-; – —– — — —- ——-. —‘– —— — — —- —–: “— ——, — ——-, — —–.” —– — — — — –. — —– —- ——–. — —– ——-. (——–.)

source:
http://mparent7777-2.blogspot.com/2007/07/bushs-latest-speech-on-iraq-osama-bin.html

AND NOW, LOOK THE FACTS :

1. FBI says, it has “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13664.htm

2. FBI Official File : Osama bin Laden
http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/terrorists/terbinladen.htm

3. 9/11 : The Fake bin Laden Video Tape 2001
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osamatape.html

4. 9/11 : The Fake 2004 Bin Laden Video Tape
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osamatape2.html

5. The Fake bin Laden Video Tape – YOU ARE LOOKING AT A US GOVERNMENT LIE
http://whatreallyhappened.com/osamatape.html

6. The Fake bin Laden – Audio Tape
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/binladen_audio.html

7. 9/11 Al Qaeda Tapes: Direct Link To Military Psyops And Donald Rumsfeld
http://infowars.net/articles/October2006/051006Rumsfeld.htm

8. U.S. Government Caught Red-Handed Releasing Staged Al-Qaeda Videos
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/october2006/051006redhanded.htm

9. 9/11 Fake Al Qaeda : The Phony (Mossad) – Al Qaeda Cell in Palestine
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/fakealqaeda.html

10. Israel Mossad : The secret story of Mossad and the World Trade Center attack
http://www.thewe.cc/contents/more/archive/mossad.htm

11. 9/11: Why do we believe Zionists are the masterminds of the September 11 attack?
http://www.iamthewitness.com/DarylBradfordSmith_ZionSummary.html

12. Iraq WMD Lies: The Words of Mass Deception
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WMDlies.html

13. 9/11 : Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist
http://marc.perkel.com/archives/000753.html
Transcripts are available in various places including here:
http://disruptive.org.uk/20050129.power-nightmares/

14. No Credible Evidence Al Qaeda-Hussein Link
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47812-2004Jun16.html

15. BBC NEWS : Saddam ‘had no link to al-Qaeda’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5328592.stm

16. Pentagon: No Saddam-Al Qaeda Link
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/06/iraq/main2655316.shtml

17. Fake al-Qaeda in Iraq Uncover : Insurgent leader is not real, U.S. military says
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iraq19jul19,1,6732146.story?track=rss&ctrack=2&cset=true

18. Al-Qaida’s man in Iraq unveiled as fictional character : U.S. military says an Iraqi actor had portrayed the nonexistent leader
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/world/4980195.html

19. Al-Qaida’s man in Iraq unveiled as fictional character : an Iraqi actor had portrayed the nonexistent leader
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m34612&hd=&size=1&l=e

20. US says Iraqi rebel head is an invention : Al-Qaida’s man in Iraq unveiled as fictional character
http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/us-says-iraqi-rebel-head-is-an-invention/2007/07/19/1184559957228.html

21. US says militant that Iraqi government once ‘captured’ never even existed : Fake al-Qaeda in Iraq Uncover
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m34649&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Iraqis Muslim Resistance on the rise

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Iraqis Muslim Resistance on the rise

Nermeen Al-Mufti, Al-Ahram Weekly


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Over 5,000 attacks are being staged monthly on US forces as the Bush “surge” continues to try to forcibly pacify Iraq, writes Nermeen Al-Mufti

July 26, 2007

In a rare moment of jubilation, thousands of Iraqis took to the streets in various parts of the country, waving Iraqi flags and firing in the air, to celebrate the win of their national team in the Asian Cup games. But even that moment turned sour when stray bullets killed two bystanders in Baghdad.

Pentagon figures say that resistance attacks in June were among the highest since May 2003. A total of 5,335 attacks were mounted against the occupation forces and the Iraqi security forces in June, a figure that is 2.5 per cent lower than the record of 5,472 seen in October 2006. The Bush administration deployed 28,000 additional troops last month as part of its controversial plan to “stabilise” the country. Attacks against Iraqi civilians dropped by 18 per cent last month, from 932 in May to 763 in June. Attacks on coalition forces rose by seven per cent, from 3,423 to 3,671, during the same period.

The (Sunni) Accordance Front and the (Shia) Sadr Group ended their boycott of the parliament. The Sadr Group resumed its attendance of parliamentary sessions after five weeks of boycott, thanks to the intervention of parliamentary mediators. The Accordance Front (AF) said that it ended its boycott in response to pleas from other parliamentary groups and from President Jalal Talabani. The AF boycott was in protest against the suspension of speaker Mahmoud Al-Mashhadani, who is one of its members.

A statement released by the office of Tareq Al-Hashemi, vice president and AF member, says that Mashhadani was reinstated in his position as parliamentary speaker. AF leader Adnan Al-Duleimi said that his group was urging its ministers to resume attending cabinet meetings. AF ministers boycotted cabinet sessions after an arrest warrant was served on Culture Minister Asaad Al-Hashimi on 28 June. In statements to the media, Al-Duleimi said that talks with the prime minister concerning the culture minister were “positive”, and that a mutually satisfactory solution was expected.

Meanwhile, parliament postponed its summer recess, but it has no plans to discuss thorny issues for the moment. The oil and de-Baathification laws will be debated after the recess, now scheduled for August. Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki has urged the cabinet to cancel, or at least shorten, the recess so as to “help the government resolve outstanding issues”, according to a statement from his office.

President Bush and his administration are still pushing for a speedy promulgation of the controversial oil law. Former oil minister Essam Shalabi denounced the oil law as an attempt to partition Iraq. The Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS) issued an edict prohibiting the implementation of that law. The edict, claimed AMS spokesman, prompted the Americans to raid Um Al-Qura Mosque, the AMS headquarters in Baghdad, early this week. US troops arrested 18 AMS officials and wrecked AMS offices during the raid.

The US administration says that violence is likely to escalate in August. But Operation Imposing Law in Baghdad and Operation Arrowhead Ripper in Diali, 75 kilometres northeast of Baghdad, are still in full swing. US statements speak of the arrest and death of dozens of “terrorists”. Resistance forces claim in Internet statements that they are inflicting significant losses on occupation forces. Baquba inhabitants say that relative calm has been restored in their city, but they complain of food and fuel shortages.

In separate news, US helicopters strafed Al-Huseiniya in north Baghdad, believed to be a stronghold of the Mahdi army, killing 18 civilians and wounding dozens. Nassar Al-Rubiei, spokesman for the Sadr Group, called on parliament to denounce the US shelling. US forces searched Al-Adhamiyah neighbourhood of Baghdad following an attack on a US patrol. Al-Adhamiyah has for the past few months been surrounded by a five-metre high cement barrier.

In Kirkuk, 100 civilians were killed in a suicide attack mounted by a truck laden with explosives. The attack comes one week after the bombings in Amirli, considered to be the worst since April 2003. US Ambassador Ryan Crocker visited Kirkuk for talks with local officials following the attack. Once the ambassador left, the northern Kurdish administration announced plans to deploy 6,000 peshmerga, or Kurdish fighters, around vital institutions to pre-empt acts of “terror”.

Oil-rich Kirkuk is a multi-ethnic city that has a strong Turkomen presence, but Kurdish political forces have been trying to incorporate it into their region. Their decision to deploy peshmerga in Kirkuk angered local Arab and Turkomen communities. Aydin Aksu, a key figure in the Iraqi Turkomen Front, told Al-Ahram Weekly that, “the presence of 6,000 peshmerga would increase tension and deepen the rift in this town. It would generate resentment among other communities in the city, for it is unconscionable for one community to have all the power. The protection of vital institutions is just an excuse.”

News reports have spoken of a meeting of the Baath Party (Ezzat Al-Duri wing) and other Iraqi resistance factions to form a united front. A source close to resistance factions told the Weekly that Ansar Al-Sunna, Iraq Hamas and the Ishrin Brigades have formed a front but “the Baath was not part of that front.”

The second round of Iranian-US talks is expected to be held soon in Baghdad. Janan Ali, a specialist in domestic Iraqi affairs, says that the talks underline the importance of the Iranian role in Iraq. “No stability in Iraq is possible unless Iran and the US reach agreement,” she said.

source:
http://www.uruknet.info/?p=m34823&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 27, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
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=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 25 July 2007


Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Wednesday, 25 July 2007.


  • Pro-Iranian Shi‘i secatarian militias, puppet regime troops assault civilian areas of Baghdad day after US, Iran conclude pact for joint action against Iraqi Resistance.
  • US admits two more soldiers killed in Iraq.
  • Resistance pounds US base near al-Huwayjah with barrage of 10 mortar rounds Wednesday morning.

Baghdad.

Resistance bomb blasts puppet army checkpoint in Baghdad.

In a dispatch posted at 11:16pm Makkah time Wednesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded near a checkpoint manned by puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)” in southeastern Baghdad a short time after the mysterious bombing that killed 30 sports fans (see report below).

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast killed 20 people and wounded 60 more. The puppet police claimed that only two of the dead and five of the wounded were puppet army troops.

Unexplained bomb explodes by Iraqi sports fans, leaving 30 reported dead.

In a dispatch posted at 11:16pm Makkah time Wednesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the puppet police as saying that a car bomb exploded in the al-Mansur neighborhood of western Baghdad near a group of local people who were celebrating successes of the Iraqi soccer team at the Asia cup games. That explosion killed 30 people and wounded 75 more.

Pro-Iranian Shi‘i secatarian militias, puppet regime troops assault civilian areas of Baghdad one day after US, Iran conclude pact for joint action against Iraqi Resistance.

In a dispatch posted at 12:11pm Baghdad time midday Wednesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia attacked the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad, starting at 6am local time Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, a similar sectarian raid was carried out by puppet regime troops on a Sunni mosque. The offensive came one day after the US, Iran, and the American-installed puppet regime agreed to form a “Security Committee” to pool their resources in their joint battle against the Iraqi Resistance.

The AMSI reported eyewitnesses reported that the sectarian gunmen bombarded No. 803 in the al-‘Amil neighborhood with 20 mortar shells and then followed up with an assault from three directions. The sectarian militia carried out its assault at a time when puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)” were heavily deployed in the district.

The witnesses said that the Shi‘i sectarian militia continued their attack on al-‘Amil until 11am local time when US troops intervened, taking the place of the sectarian militiamen.

Meanwhile the puppet “Iraqi National Guards” carried out an assault on the Sunni Ibn Taymiyah Mosque in Baghdad’s al-Yarmuk district on Wednesday morning, destroying part of the wall around the house of worship and breaking up furniture and generally ransacking the mosque.

Mosque guards told AMSI that the puppet regime troops also recorded the names and photographs of the guards and threatened that they would kill them within the next few days.

US admits two more soldiers killed in Iraq.

In a dispatch posted at 10:26am Baghdad time Wednesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the Pentagon admitted that two more of its troops had been killed in occupied Iraq.

The AMSI reported that the American Defense Department announced that one of its soldiers had been killed in Wasit Province, southeast of Baghdad. In keeping with the US policy of concealing the facts regarding its losses in Iraq, further specifics on the circumstances and precise location were not disclosed, other than that the Pentagon indicated that the soldier was killed in a bomb explosion on 22 July.

A second American statement said that a Marine was killed in al-Anbar Province to the west of Baghdad, also on Sunday, 22 July.

Diyala Province.
Khnanaqin.

Resistance bomb kills puppet soldier near Iranian border Tuesday evening.

In a dispatch posted at 12:45pm Baghdad time midday Wednesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of Iraqi puppet regime troops in the Khanaqin area, near the Iranian border 180km northeast of Baghdad on Tuesday evening.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet security forces in Khanaqin as saying that a bomb that had been planted on the Imam Ways-Khanaqin Road blew up by a patrol, destroying a military vehicle and killing one puppet soldier and severely wounding two more of them. The injured soldiers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment after the attack.

Qarah Tabbah.

In a dispatch posted at 12:45pm Baghdad time midday Wednesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that a puppet police checkpoint to the south of the town of Qarah Tabbah, 125km northeast of Baghdad, came under a mortar attack on Tuesday evening.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet security forces as saying that four mortar rounds blasted into the area around the checkpoint, inflicting material damage. After the barrage, men equipped with light machine guns assaulted the checkpoint, sparking a gun battle that inflicted no casualties.

Al-Mada’in.

Shi‘i sectarian puppet regime troops abduct 10 people, shoot up local market in al-Mada’in Wednesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 12:30pm Baghdad time midday Wednesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that puppet regime “Lion Brigade” troops arrested 10 people in the al-Mada’in area, 25km southeast of Baghdad and then led them away to the Salman al-Farisy Mosque on Wednesday morning.

The AMSI reported eyewitnesses as saying that the puppet regime troops abducted 10 local men in the market and then opened fire indiscriminately around the area to keep people away. The wild gunfire panicked some local people and shopkeepers had to shut down.

The checkpoint in the area that is run by the puppet “Lion Brigade” troops – who are one of the American-backed security units made up of Shi‘i sectarian militiamen – is credited with murdering 15 local civilians who were executed right at the road block because they were Sunnis.

Babil Province.
Al-Hillah.

Bomb targets restaurant in al-Hillah early Wednesday.

In a dispatch posted at 10:33am Baghdad time Wednesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that a bomb exploded by a restaurant in al-Hillah, 100km south of Baghdad at 1am Wednesday morning.

The AMSI reported that the explosion in the an-Nakhil Restaurant wounded one night watchman and inflicted material damage on the restaurant.

Al-Musayyib.

Mortar shells wound guards.

In a dispatch posted at 10:33am Baghdad time Wednesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that three mortar shells landed behind the technical institute in the town of al-Musayyib at 11pm local time Tuesday night.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet security forces as saying that the shells wounded the guards at the institute and they were subsequently hospitalized.

At-Ta’mim Province.
Al-Huwayjah.

Resistance pounds US base near al-Huwayjah with barrage of 10 mortar rounds Wednesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 10:59am Baghdad time Wednesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the Iraqi Resistance fired several mortar rounds into the US base in al-Huwayjah, about 200km north of Baghdad on Wednesday morning.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet security forces as saying that about 10 mortar rounds blasted into the US base near the village of al-Muhayri in the al-Huwayjah area.

Karbala’ Province.
Karbala’.

Bomb targets puppet police chief in Karbala’.

In a dispatch posted at 10:33am Baghdad time Wednesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that a bomb exploded by the motorcade of the puppet police chief of the southern Iraqi city of Karbala’, Brigadier General Ra’id Shakir Jawdat as he was traveling down the al-Hindiyah Road.

The AMSI reported a source in the puppet security forces as saying that the attack killed three of the puppet official’s guards.

Al-Basrah Province.
Al-Basrah.

British, US consulates in al-Basrah bombarded Tuesday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 10:26am Baghdad time Wednesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that a Katyusha rocket barrage started a fire burning in the British consulate in the southern city of al-Basrah at 6pm Tuesday afternoon.

The AMSI reported an official British spokesman as claiming that although the rocket hit a building attached to the British consulate, that particular building was not being used by the consulate and no casualties resulted from the attack or fire afterwards.

Eyewitnesses, however, said that they saw flames and plumes of smoke billowing up from the British and American consulates in the Presidential Palaces in al-Basrah. The witnesses also saw British ambulances racing to the scene as helicopters flew into the area overhead.

Al-Basrah Province.
Al-Basrah.

Rockets, mortars pound British base in al-Basrah.

In a dispatch posted at 12:45pm Baghdad time midday Wednesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the British headquarters at al-Basrah International Airport came under several armed attacks within the previous 24 hours.

The AMSI reported a British spokesman as saying that the British-occupied airport took incoming mortar and rocket fire, but as usual the official claimed that the barrage inflicted no casualties and caused no damage.

In a dispatch posted at 12:45pm Baghdad time midday Wednesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that a bomb exploded by the entrance to the Hur as-Sa‘d contracting company on al-Istiqlal Street in al-Basrah on Wednesday.

The AMSI reported that the blast damaged the building and one of the cars belonging to the Hur as-Sa‘d company but caused no casualties according to a source in the puppet police.

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