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Fatah and Israel / Allies, Inc. : The Traitor of Palestinian Peoples

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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Fatah and Israel / Allies, Inc. : The Traitor of Palestinian Peoples

*** EVERY PALESTINIAN SHOULD READ THIS TO KNOW HOW FAR THE VICHY GANG HAS GONE ***

Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz, Via Palestinian Pundit

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July 28, 2007

Palestinian security personnel loyal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas have put up dozens of roadblocks throughout Ramallah in recent days. Their orders: arrest Hamas activists.

The Preventive Security force in the West Bank, which stood at the forefront of the short campaign Yasser Arafat ordered against Islamist organizations in the mid-1990s, is back with a vengeance.

The outpouring of energy by the security organizations affiliated with Fatah is directly linked to concerns in the PA that Hamas is planning a series of terrorist attacks and assassinations against senior figures in the West Bank — to complement its swift takeover of the Gaza Strip. In Israel, experts remain skeptical that any such attempt will be made.

The structure of Fatah in the Gaza Strip was rotten to he core, sources in the defense establishment say, and the organization nearly collapsed under its own weight the minute Hamas began applying pressure. In the West Bank, Fatah is showing some signs of recovery, partly because there is a recognition that the organization has reached some sort of historic juncture.

Moreover, Hamas has suffered some serious blows in recent years, all delivered by the IDF and the Shin Bet, leading Israeli sources to the conclusion that it is unlikely to be in a position to carry out a successful assault against Fatah in the near future.

For the first time in years, senior PA officials and heads of the security organizations in the West Bank are speaking in different tones. The Second Intifada against Israel is over, they say. Now, Fatah must focus its energy against its domestic threat, Hamas.

It is to this end that it is possible to renew ties with Israel, which is also doing its part: it is releasing prisoners affiliated with Fatah, allowing the transfer of arms from Jordan and Egypt for the PA’s security forces, and has acceded to Abbas’ secret request, not to allow the opening of the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.

Furthermore, there has been another significant development in the ties between Israel and the PA, although it has been kept under wraps from the media. For the first time in years, the Shin Bet is making use of intelligence it receives from the PA’s security organizations, information it uses against terrorists in the West Bank.

But, as usual, for the PA, Israel never does enough. As far as Fatah is concerned, Israel must do more to bolster Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayad. Inside the PA, there is a debate on what precisely Israel should do. For example, while Abbas and Fayad recite over and over the demand for negotiations, many senior Fatah officials argue that political talks with the Olmert government on a final-status agreement can only be harmful for the Palestinians. They say that the prime minister is unable to give any more than what was offered to Arafat during the Camp David summit in 2000, and Abbas cannot accept any less.

These senior officials say that negotiations with Israel is a Palestinian excuse, a permanent alibi, for the failure of the PA to carry out genuine change in the West Bank.

Similarly, they point to the fact that the problem of fugitive militants, mostly in Nablus, has still not been entirely resolved — since the immunity pact signed with Israel does not include all the Fatah militants. IDF forces continue to operate in Palestinian towns at night, and roadblocks have not been lifted.

“The Palestinian public is not very excited about the embrace of Israel by Fayad and Abu Mazen [Abbas],” a Palestinian analyst explains. “From our point of view, Israel is still the real enemy. Not Hamas. What is needed now is a departure of Israel from the Palestinian cities, a lifting of the roadblocks… and the release of more prisoners is needed.

“On the economic front, wages to PA officials affiliated with Fatah does not help much… If genuine change is desired, unemployment must be lowered, and so must poverty, and to this Israel can contribute by allowing workers entry into its territory.”

But, the same analyst says that “the situation in the organization [Fatah] is so bad, that only if Arafat himself rises from the grave will Fatah make a comeback.”

This skepticism is shared in Israel. While there is recognition that change has occured, after so many disappointing experiences since the Oslo agreements, the extent to which Israel is willing to take risks is still very limited.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/886740.html

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PALESTINE ZIONIST MOVEMENT : Palestinian Peoples Traitor

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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PALESTINE ZIONIST MOVEMENT : Palestinian Peoples Traitor

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I wrote the other day about the crazies in the ‘Christian zionist Movement’, but I never thought I would see the beginnings of a Palestinian one. It seems that FATHA has become just that, the Palestine zionist Movement (PzM).

The leader of the movement is the former President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. In recent history we have seen certain ‘leaders’ of the Palestinians not always act in the best interests of their nation, we have seen millions of dollars belonging to the people misappropriated. But never before have we seen a ‘leadership’ sell out that nation to the enemy as is happening today in the West Bank of the Occupied Territories.

The following two short articles taken from the site of the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) says it all…. the third article from HaAretz is a must read as well.
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Abbas and Bush hamper UNSC resolution to alleviate suffering in Gaza
Palestinian Information Center (PIC)
July 27, 2007

NEW YORK, (PIC)– The PA delegation to the UN, which is accountable to President Abbas, intervened to hamper a draft resolution submitted to the UNSC by Qatar and Indonesia to ease the suffering of the people living in the Gaza Strip.

The US for its part intervened to enforce amendments on the draft resolution and expressed support for the PA delegation’s views.

The draft resolution, which was submitted on Thursday and distributed to members of the council, called for the UNSC to express concern for the stranded Palestinians at the Rafah crossing and to urge a quick resolution for their predicament. It also calls for allowing the free flow of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.

The PA delegation objected to the Indonesian-Qatari move on the pretext that they should have been consulted on the draft resolution before it was submitted. The US delegation expressed, in press statements, support for the PA delegation’s stand.

The Qatari delegation commented on the objection of the PA delegation by saying that they have acted on a humanitarian basis and that the draft resolution dealt with the issue on the humanitarian level and not on the political level and added that a number of council members expressed support for the draft resolution.

The US delegation asked for amendments to the resolution whereby Israel is not mentioned in the resolution. The US representative also told reporters that the US wishes to involve the PA delegation in the submission of the draft resolution to the council.

The draft resolution was supposed to be considered on Thursday, but the French delegation asked for more time to consult the French government.

Abbas’s militia kill university student, Islamic student bloc calls for inquiry
Palestinian Information Center (PIC)
July 27, 2007

NABLUS, (PIC)– A Najah university student who was beaten and shot in the head on Tuesday in skirmishes that took place between Hamas supporters and Fatah militias died today at hospital.

Muhammad Abdelrahim Raddad (21 years), a third year student at Najah University died this morning of his wounds.

Eyewitnesses said that Radad was drag by a group of Fatah supporters who ganged on him, thrown to the ground and one student pulled a pistol and shot him in the head.

Medical reports confirm that Radad was hit in the head from a close range.

The student’s family stated that they were holding the university administrators responsible for the death of their son.
The Islamic bloc at the university is calling for a full inquiry into the events of Tuesday, during which teargas was fired by the PA police at university students who held a picket inside the university campus to protest at the arrest of three of their colleagues and led to the murder of Radad.

Meanwhile, the Hamas movement held President Abbas and the University Administration responsible for the murder of the student and called for bringing to justice those who murdered him.
In a statement on the issue Hamas said that the person who belongs to the Shabiba, the student branch of Fatah and who carried out the assassination was well known and he should be arrested and tried.

The ‘PzM’ works like any other zionist movement, they even have a LOBBY working in their interests at the United Nations via the Fatah-led delegation there… read the following to see.

Fatah-led delegation to block UN initiative over Gaza crisis By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent

The Palestinian delegation to the United Nations is blocking a Security Council initiative aimed at expressing the organization’s concern over the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.

Since the militant Hamas faction violently seized control over the coastal territory in mid-June, border crossings between Gaza and its neighbors Israel and Egypt have largely remained closed, limiting the transfer of food and supplies into the Strip.

Hamas routed rival faction Fatah in the takeover, and thus the resolution of the humanitarian crisis stands in conflict with the interests of the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian delegation to the UN.

Senior UN officials reported Friday that the Palestinian representatives have been relentlessly operating in recent days to foil an initiative ultimately aimed at issuing a Security Council presidential statement criticizing the situation in the Gaza Strip.

A presidential statement is typically issued when the council is unable to attain a passing vote on a resolution, and is non-binding. However, such a statement requires a consensus among the 15 member states. These statements are meant to apply political pressure and to warn that additional action could follow, and are usually accompanied by a press statement.

Reports from the UN headquarters in New York reveal that Qatar, a member of the Security Council, formulated at least two drafts for the final presidential statement on the Gaza humanitarian crisis. The second draft was formulated in efforts to appease the Palestinians.

However, according to sources, the Palestinian delegation has opposed any move on the behalf of the Security Council regarding this issue.

“This situation is absurd,” a Western diplomat told Haaretz. “It is obvious that it is in the Palestinian delegation’s best interest to conceal the fact that Hamas is in control of the Gaza Strip,” he said.

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Has Abbas Committed Treason?

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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Has Abbas Committed Treason?

A Comment By Tony Sayegh, Palestinian Pundit

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Here are two, not mutually exclusive, definitions of treason:

1) Violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign and/or reneging on an oath of loyalty, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely cooperating with and acting to give aid and comfort to its enemies.

2) The offense of attempting to overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance, or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power; disloyalty; treachery.

Let us examine the recent actions of Mahmoud Abbas to see if they meet these definitions. I am not a legal expert, but I will use common sense and available information in making a determination.

Collaboration With the Enemy

As reported in Haaretz(1) “… there has been another significant development in the ties between Israel and the PA, although it has been kept under wraps from the media. For the first time in years, the Shin Bet is making use of intelligence it receives from the PA’s security organizations, information it uses against terrorists in the West Bank.”

This is clearly an act of treason, since Abbas is the head of the PA whose security organizations are supplying intelligence to Israel’s intelligence, which is used to abduct and kill Palestinians in the West Bank. The same used to also take place in the Gaza Strip, before Abbas’ collaborating forces were routed there.

Another act of active collaboration with the enemy is the reliance on the enemy (Israel) and the U.S., which is hostile to the Palestinian interests, for weapons which Abbas’ forces use against the Palestinian people. Large shipments of weapons to Abbas’ forces, again from the U.S. and Israel, were previously sent to the Gaza Strip which were intended for use to overthrow the democratically elected Palestinian government. This is as clear an example of treason as one can imagine.

Waging War Against the Palestinian People

Abbas has actively engaged in and authorized many actions which harm and seriously injure the approximately 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. An example of that is his urging of the enemy to keep the main outlet of the Strip to Egypt, the Rafah crossing, closed. This, while knowing that over 6,000 Palestinians, many of them old and sick, have been stuck in the Egyptian desert for the past 45 days, with no money, food or shelter and unable to return to their homes in Gaza. Over 30 of these Palestinians have already died while waiting. Again, quoting Haaretz(1) “… [Israel] has acceded to Abbas’ secret request, not to allow the opening of the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip.”

It goes beyond that; Abbas’ representatives in the UN have been actively blocking a Security Council initiative to alleviate the Palestinian suffering in Gaza(2), “The Palestinian delegation to the United Nations is blocking a Security Council initiative aimed at expressing the organization’s concern over the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.” This action was so unbelievable that Haaretz (2) had this quote, “”This situation is absurd,” a Western diplomat told Haaretz. “It is obvious that it is in the Palestinian delegation’s best interest to conceal the fact that Hamas is in control of the Gaza Strip,” he said.”

Another nefarious action by Abbas that seriously injures Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and contributes to their starvation and suffering, is the active participation of Abbas in the total financial, trade and economic blockade of the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza. This is simply an active participation in an act of collective punishment and genocide against his own people. Besides treason, this is a war crime.

All people under occupation have the universal right to resist that occupation by all means available, including armed resistance. The Abbas “government” has declared armed resistance to the occupation illegal and Abbas’ forces have been arresting all those even suspected of resisting. Worse still, Abbas is setting up military tribunals to “try” those arrested Palestinians, and potentially sentence them to death. This is active collaboration with the enemy and seriously harming the national interest.

The Palestinian Right of Return and Israel as a “Jewish State”

This goes to the heart of the Palestinian national struggle and is the key issue not only for the Palestinians in the occupied areas but also for the Palestinians who are Israeli citizens (about 1.5 millions) and the Palestinians in the Diaspora (about 5 millions).

Abbas as the head of the PA does not speak for the last two categories of Palestinians (about 6.5 millions). However, he is on record as accepting Israel’s “right to exist as a Jewish state.” This is a betrayal of and disloyalty to the Palestinians who stayed in what became Israel in 1948. It is a betrayal because Abbas is condemning them to live in an Apartheid state that treats them as second-class citizens in their own homes and usurped country.

For the approximately 6 million Palestinian refugees, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 194 on the Question of Palestine which, “resolves that refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return…”

This historic right of return belongs to the Palestinian refugees, whom Abbas does not represent. Yet Abbas’ position on the right of return is basically the same as Israel’s. Last week he stated that no one can force Israel to accept the right of return; hence to reach an agreement with Israel, which is acceptable to it, the Palestinians would have to forfeit their right of return. This is an act of total betrayal, disloyalty and treachery towards the millions of Palestinian refugees who have not authorized Abbas to give up their rights.

Summing Up

There are many more examples of betrayal, treachery and collaboration with the enemy of which Abbas stands accused. As I said before I am not a legal expert; but based on the evidence provided here, it appears that there is solid ground for a Palestinian tribunal to examine the evidence and to try Mahmoud Abbas according to Palestinian law. I realize that this may not be easy or practical, given the occupied status of the West Bank and the protection Abbas gets from Israel and the U.S. If it is not possible to try him in person, then he should be tried in absentia. This is a duty of all Palestinians determined to keep the Palestinian national struggle alive. It is an obligation to stop this threat to liquidate Palestinian rights and it is the most serious threat the Palestinians have faced in almost 60 years.

References

(1) Fatah and Israel / Allies, Inc., By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz, July 28, 2007.
(2) Fatah-led delegation to block UN initiative over Gaza crisis, By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz, July 27, 2007.

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Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian Caretaker – New Pogrom – No to Palestinian Resistance

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian Caretaker – New Pogrom – No to Palestinian Resistance

Meanwhile Israeli massacres of the Palestinian people continue year after year in full force with no decrease

Hiyam Noir, PalestineFreeVoice

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Palestinian relative of Khalil Aldaify, Alquds Brigads (Islamic Jihad) after Israeli air strike in central Gaza Strip July 26, 2007. Israeli missiles struck a car carrying Islamic Jihad Resistance in central Gaza Strip on Thursday killing three resistance fighters including the top military commander of Islamic Jihad,Omar Khatib ( Abu Arafat) and Ahmed El-Bala’aouy – Photo Fady Adwan – PalestineFreeVoice

July 28, 2007

In an interview with the “Al Ahram” a Cairo-based newspaper and “Al Khaleej” the Abu Dhabi newspaper, the Hamas Movements exiled leader and politebureo chief Khaled Mash’al denied that he had been informed by Fatah’s Hani Al Hassan, about preparations for a coup d’etat against Hamas. ” We have our own intelligence body which knows what is going on, on the ground.”- Mash’al also warned against underestimating the power of Hamas in the West Bank,saying that “Hamas was never weak, but has been patient for more then a year on a distance watching all coup attempts from the Fateh Movement”

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Mash’al stated that Hamas Movement “only has normal cars, not military cars”, but, “our young men have been in open war against the Israeli enemy since years, so Hamas now have the necessary military experience.” The Hamas take-over of military posts and governmental departments was completed in a well planned strategic manner. “Hamas members held a great knowledge of the locations and how to target them we also have new technologies in our operations. Our people are well trained and any time ready for military operations.” Khaled Marshal said that Hamas had been forced to in force calm and order on the Gaza Strip -“Hamas was like a patient who is forced to take the bad tasting medicine.” Khaled Mash’al also declared that Hamas “did not choose to fight,” but “were forced to defend ourselves against this corrupt group of members in Fateh”

Khaled Mash’al was also questioned over Hamas’ ability to maintain patience to manage the departments of the PA (Palestine Authority,) – “Since a year and half, Hamas has not been given the chance to practice its rights as the winner in the PLC elections. We were oppressed by the Fateh security bodies, and the situation escalated until there was no security or safety – even our mosques and the Imams of the mosques of these mosques were threatened by the Fateh security [led by Mohammed Dahlan], this corrupt group did everything that could be done against the Hamas movement. Hamas were pressured until we had no other choice, but to defend ourselves. “

When Mashal was asked about the tape recording regarding the alleged tunnel prepared to assassinate President Abbas, Mash’al declared that the story was baseless.Mash’al asserted that the story about the tunnel was fabricated – “Hamas has never had on its agenda the assassination of any Palestinian official – this is not the policy of the Hamas Movement.”

Mash’al was also asked about rumors spreed by Fatah, that Hamas was practicing acts of brutality against Fatah members.Mash’al in a strong statement denied such allegations, he stated that ” some of the practices which Hamas have been accused of -were not carried out by Hamas members, these acts were committed by Fatah members, and the allegations about “wrongful” arrests of Fateh members, come as part during the lawful activity of the Executive Force and the Police, against drug dealers, Israeli collaborators and the corrupt people.within Fateh”. – Such alligations are baseless – and has never been the policy of the Hamas Movement.- Khaled Mashal also stated that Fatah is accusing Hamas of committing all sorts of crimes on the Gaza Strip – these allegations are spreed meanwhile the Fatah security bodies, and some of their military wings in the West Bank are committing crimes, not only against Hamas members, but against the educational and the social societies.”

When asked about the US General Dayton’s plan in the Gaza Strip, and allegations that “there is now a more extreme progress against Hamas in the West Bank, Mashal replied: “This US trend is dangerous, not only for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but also dangerous to the Palestinians living on the West Bank – Dayton is collaborating with the United States and the Israelis and taking orders from them.”

When asked about Nabil Amr’s allegations that Qatar has supported 400 million USD to the Hamas Movement, Mash’al responded that “some Arab countries has paid out money to our teachers and to other employees of the PA ( Palestinian Authority )”

About the discovery and the confiscation of a mass of secret Fatah documents found in the security department of Fatah, Mash’al stated that “we the [Hamas] have in our possessions a mass of clandestine document, deliberately hidden from view or knowledge. When the work to classify these documents is over,we will present them to the Arab countries, so that they will have knowledge of the size of the crimes committed and planned – who is (was) responsible of working against the interests of both the Palestinian people and the Arab countries. Each country will recieve the documents related to it, so they can protect their countries and their national interests. Some of the documents will also be official when presented to the public media.”

Speaking about the BBC reporter,Alan Johnston, Mash’al denied any links to Hamas regarding Jonstons abduction: “Hamas is accused in many parts of this issue, but we repeat again, that we do not have any relation to the abduction of the reporter. It is true that the Army of Islam [the group who held Johnston for 114 days] participated in the Shalit operation, but we have different views regarding many other issues. The British have knowledge of what changed after the Gaza incidents, is that the abductors of Johnston knew that the situation had changed, and that they would no longer be allowed to hold Jonston.Under the rule of Hamas everyone knews that no one can be above the law, no exeptions and that was the main reason why the Army of Islam, released Alan Johnston”

Regarding the Gaza Strip operations ( cleaning out the Israeli collaborators and the coup-makers ) and the Hamas future plans on the West Bank, Mash’al concluded, “This is a question.tending to mislead. We, the Hamas Movement, never had intentions to control the Gaza Strip – and the West Bank situation it is saddening. Hamas Movements policy is not to clash with anyone, but we warn of underestimating Hamas’ power in the West Bank.

Saturday that the Hamas government begun to pay out salaries new appointed civil servants, including those registered as unemployed.There are 10,000 Gaza Strip public workers who have not recieved payment by the Mahmoud Abbas – Salam Fayyad ” caretaker government”, which includes over 7,000 members of the Hamas’ Executive Force security service.

Alaa Ad Din Batta, the head of the public employees union, declared on Saturday, that the Gaza Strip, Hamas government, have begun to pay out the salaries of newly-appointed civil servants, including those that are registered as unemployed.The payments will include all employees hired by the Hamas government throughout the West Bank and on Gaza Strip. Batta called on all public employees who may have been fired by the Mahmoud Abbas “caretaker government”, headed by Salam Fayyad, to bring their paychecks to post offices and banks on Sunday to receive their salaries. Alaaa Ad Din Batta expressed much gratitude to the the Gaza Strip PM, ( Prime Minister ) – Ismail Haniyeh for finding the much needed funds to pay out the salaries.

Furthermore, in a press release issued on Saturday, Abu Mujahid, spokesperson for the PRC (Popular Resistance Committees), criticized Salam Fayyad’s “caretaker government” for removing the authoritative principle – the “armed resistance” from the official platform which was adopted on Friday by the West Bank located Palestinian Authority. – Abu Mujahid stated that the “Palestinian resistance has always obstructed the Zionist project.” – Mr Mujahid concluded that the power of the ” caretaker government ” has no right to surrender to the Israelis – because the resistance is the right of the Palestinian people.The Hama’s Movement have also rejected the ” caretaker governments” – modification of the most important part in the Palestinian official platform -( the rights to resist the Israeli occupation ) – Hamas is reserving the rights to resist – and take military actions against the oppressors of the Palestinian people and the occupants of Palestinian lands – the Israelis.

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Masri: Hamas Maintains Intensive Contacts with Senior Fatah Leaders

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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Masri: Hamas Maintains Intensive Contacts with Senior Fatah Leaders

Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Hamas’s political leader MP Mushir Al-Masri has unveiled that his Movement was in continuous contact with high-ranking Fatah leaders with the aim to patch up political differences and to resolve the current impasse in the Palestinian arena.

He added that his Movement was dealing with those senior leaders and listening to them with open minds, especially with those who “sincerely want to serve the Palestinian people and believe that unity of the Palestinian people is the key to freedom”.

Masri’s remarks came in an interview with Quds Press agency on Friday where he also acknowledged that the dialogue was facing a stumbling block represented by PA chief Mahmoud Abbas’s stubborn stand refusing any dialogue with Hamas.

“There are a number of senior Fatah leaders rejecting Abbas’s policy of wagering on external parties, and Hamas is dealing and contacting those Fatah figures”, Masri underlined, reiterating his Movement’s call for national dialogue as the only way to bail the Palestinian arena out of the current political crisis.

Yet, he declined to consider the resignation of Fatah MP Mohammed Dahalan, who is widely believed to have led and financed the routed mutiny trend in Gaza Strip, from his post as the PA’s national security advisor as a positive pointer that could help in opening new page between Hamas and Fatah factions.

“I believe the resignation was imposed by actual facts on the ground and not necessary coming out of good intention, as I believe that the resignation carries a number of indicators, including Dahalan’s failure in his mission in Gaza”, Masri underlined.

Hamas Movement had objected to Abbas’s appointment of Dahalan to the post and described it as “unconstitutional”.

“I am of the conviction that Dahalan is an unacceptable personality in the Palestinian street and is also unwelcome in Fatah faction, and I believe that his page has been folded as far as the Israeli agenda is concerned”, the Hamas’s legislator pointed out.

According to Masri, the USA and Israel were attaching big security hopes on Dahalan, but they later realized that all the promises he (Dahalan) gave to them were mere mirage.

In a separate interview with the PIC, Masri underscored that Hamas Movement was doing its best to convince Egypt into opening the Rafah terminal so as to end the ordeal of the more than six thousand Palestinian citizens stranded there for nearly two months.

He also affirmed that his Movement was able to provide security to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip after 13 years of rampant security mess that affected the daily life of the Palestinian laymen.

But he underlined that his Movement won’t settle with that goal only, and that it will do all it could in order to break and rescind the unjust economic siege imposed on the Palestinian people for almost 18 months now for expressing their democratic will and for electing Hamas to rule them.

AMSI Net- PIC

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America Arrogant and Ignorant : Report details US refusals of foreign aid after Katrina

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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America Arrogant and Ignorant

Report details US refusals of foreign aid after Katrina

Nick Juliano

Published: Friday July 27, 2007

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A new report reveals the US government turned down offers of help from across the globe in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, telling one diplomat “human assistance of any kind is not on our priorities list.”

The report from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington relies on a review of 25,000 documents obtained from the State Department. The report reveals the US was interested mostly in cash assistance and materials, rather than direct aid from foreign relief workers and doctors, after Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005.

“A review of the State Department documents reveals distressing ineptitude,” CREW’s executive director Melanie Sloan said in a prepared statement. “Countries were trying to donate desperately needed goods and services, but as a result of bureaucratic bungling and indifference, those most in need of these generous offers and of aid never received it.”

Offers to help came from 145 countries and 12 international organizations. The US did accept help from its top allies around the globe, but CREW’s report shows it left unclaimed hundreds of thousands of prepared meals, water pumps, doctors and medicine.

Many of the offers were turned down because of a strict adherence to bureaucratic regulations, the report reveals. For example, questions about medical licensing prevented foreign-trained doctors from helping in the Gulf Coast.

“All, The (sic) word here is that doctors of any kind are in the ‘forget about it’ category,” read an e-mail from the State Department responding to an offer of assistance from Argentina. “Human assistance of any kind is not on our priorities list … It’s all about goods, not people, at this point.”

A ban on British beef in place over fears of Mad Cow disease prevented Meals Ready to Eat from the UK being given to Katrina refugees. The uneaten MREs were kept in a storage unit at a cost of $16,000 per month, according to the report.

The disorganization that plagued Katrina cleanup efforts also strained diplomatic relations, when the US ignored offers of aid from other countries.

“It is getting downright embarrassing here not to have a response to the Estonians on flood relief,” Jeffrey Goldstein, a U.S. Embassy official in Estonia, wrote in an e-mail to several State Department officials. “… We know that what the Estonians can offer is small potatoes and everyone at FEMA is swamped, but at this point even ‘thanks but no thanks’ is better than deafening silence.”

An Israeli plane filled with supplies for the relief effort sat fully loaded on an airport tarmac for more than 48 hours because of a lack of communication from the US, according to another e-mail released with the report.

“The vendors are getting restless. They offered this stuff 48 hours ago, and the government hasn’t responded,” wrote an unidentified State Department official. “I’ve been on the phone with the [Israeli] attache every couple of hours since noon … they’re patient, but not amused by our delay, obviously.”

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http://rawstory.com/news/2007/Report_details_US_refusals_of_foreign_0727.html

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Australia 9/11 Crime Against Muslim : Australia’s Howard defends Indonesia terror warning, despite no evidence of plot

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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

Australia 9/11 Crime Against Muslim

Australia’s Howard defends Indonesia terror warning, despite no evidence of plot

The Associated Press

Published: July 9, 2007
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SYDNEY, Australia: Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Monday defended his government’s warnings that a terrorist attack in Indonesia may be imminent, despite officials saying there was no direct intelligence that a strike was being planned.

The Foreign Affairs Department reissued a travel advisory to Indonesia on Sunday, warning Australians to rethink travel to the Southeast Asian country because of the threat of terrorist attacks. The advisory did not raise the threat level for attacks.

Howard called the new advisory an upgrade, and said it was based on strong intelligence that an attack by Southeast Asian terrorist network Jemmay Islamiyah was possible.

Canberra has warned Australians since 2002 that Jemaah Islamiyah attacks are possible in Indonesia and some other countries in the region.

“All terrorist threats are serious and the problem is if you don’t warn of them and something happens you are legitimately criticised,” Howard told Nine Network television. “On the other hand, they may not materialise, but we only give these warnings based on strong intelligence.”

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http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/09/asia/AS-GEN-Australia-Indonesia-Terrorist-Threat.php

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Revealed UK 9/11 Crime : MI5’s role in torture flight hell

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Revealed UK 9/11 Crime : MI5’s role in torture flight hell

David Rose, The Observer

· British source tells of betrayal to CIA
· ‘I was stripped and hauled to US base’

Sunday July 29, 2007

An Iraqi who was a key source of intelligence for MI5 has given the first ever full insider’s account of being seized by the CIA and bundled on to an illegal ‘torture flight’ under the programme known as extraordinary rendition.

In a remarkable interview for The Observer, British resident Bisher al-Rawi has told how he was betrayed by the security service despite having helped keep track of Abu Qatada, the Muslim cleric accused of being Osama bin Laden’s ‘ambassador in Europe’. He was abducted and stripped naked by US agents, clad in nappies, a tracksuit and shackles, blindfolded and forced to wear ear mufflers, then strapped to a stretcher on board a plane bound for a CIA ‘black site’ jail near Kabul in Afghanistan.

He was taken on to the jail at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba before being released last March and returned to Britain after four years’ detention without charge.

‘All the way through that flight I was on the verge of screaming,’ al-Rawi said. ‘At last we landed, I thought, thank God it’s over. But it wasn’t – it was just a refuelling stop in Cairo. There were hours still to go … My back was so painful, the handcuffs were so tight. All the time they kept me on my back. Once, I managed to wriggle a tiny bit, just shifted my weight to one side. Then I felt someone hit my hand. Even this was forbidden.’

He was thrown into the CIA’s ‘Dark Prison,’ deprived of all light 24 hours a day in temperatures so low that ice formed on his food and water. He was taken to Guantanamo in March 2003 and released after being cleared of any involvement in terrorism by a tribunal.

A report by Parliament’s intelligence and security committee last week disclosed that, although the Americans warned MI5 it planned to render al-Rawi in advance, in breach of international law, the British did not intervene on the grounds he did not have a UK passport. The government claimed he was the responsibility of Iraq, which he fled as a teenager when his father was tortured by Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The report confirmed that al-Rawi, 39, was only held after MI5 sent the CIA a telegram, stating he was an ‘Islamic extremist’ who had a timer for an improvised bomb in his luggage. In reality, before al-Rawi left London, police confirmed the device was a battery charger from Argos.

The committee accepted MI5’s claim, given in secret testimony, that it had not wanted the Americans to arrest him, in November 2002, concluding the incident had damaged US-UK relations.

But al-Rawi alleged that the CIA told him they had been given the contents of his own MI5 file – information he had given his handlers freely when he was working as their source. He said an MI5 lawyer had given him ‘cast iron’ assurances that anything he told them would be treated in the strictest confidence and, if he ever got into trouble, MI5 would do everything in its power to help him.

When al-Rawi was in Guantanamo, he asked the American authorities to find his former MI5 handlers so they would corroborate his story but, because he did not know their surnames, MI5 said it could not assist.

The committee report cited MI5 testimony claiming that when al-Rawi was transported in December 2002, it could not have known how harsh his treatment might be. Yet eight months earlier, Amnesty International had published a lengthy report on US detention in Afghanistan, quoting several ex-prisoners who described conditions very similar to those experienced by al-Rawi.

He had conveyed messages between the preacher Abu Qatada and MI5 when Qatada was supposedly in hiding in 2002. At MI5’s behest, he came close to arranging a meeting between the two sides.

Al-Rawi has now spoken out in an effort to help his friend Jamil el-Banna, who remains in Guantanamo. A Jordan-ian who also lived in London for years, where his wife and five children are British citizens, he too has been cleared by the Americans. However, he has been unable to leave Guantanamo because Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, says she is reviewing his right of residence on national security grounds.

Sarah Teather, the Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East in London, where el-Banna lives, said his case revealed ‘decrepitude at the heart of the government’. The government had ‘no regard for the welfare of his children’.

His lawyers have filed a statement from al-Rawi as part of a judicial review case. In the action, they accuse MI5 of having a ‘causative role’ in both men’s ordeals, stating it was ‘complicit’ in the illegal rendition and guilty of an ‘abuse of power’.

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Killing “Taliban” : NATO War and Humanity Crime

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Killing “Taliban” : NATO War and Humanity Crime

Eli Stephens, Left I on the News

July 28, 2007

Day after day for the last week, reports in the media have talked about “50 Taliban killed” or similar numbers. Today there’s a different headline: “Dozens of Afghan civilians die in air raids: residents.” NATO airstrikes have killed “between 50 and 60” civilians.

If this were “just” yet another case of NATO (or “coalition forces” in Iraq) bombing and killing civilians, it would hardly be worth blogging about. What prompts me to write is this:

A spokesman for British forces in Helmand said there was an ongoing operation in the province, but denied there had been any civilian casualties around Girishk.
“We have no reports of any such incidents in Girishk yesterday at all. There have been no people taken to the hospital … in relation to anything around Girishk,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Charlie Mayo.
“Because the Taliban don’t wear uniforms like us, as soon as they are killed, they are called civilians, the key is are they male or female and if they are male, what age are they?”

So now you can go back to the articles you read yesterday and the day before and the day before that about how many “Taliban” were killed, and understand the official NATO definition of “Taliban”: any male between the ages of 13 and 70. You can also understand, as you could have anyway, that it’s kind of hard to distinguish someone’s age or sex when you’re dropping bombs on them from thousands of feet in the air, which means that even with that rather loose definition of “Taliban,” it doesn’t represent the slightest impediment to NATO attacks.

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Accustomed to Their Own Atrocities in Iraq, U.S. Soldiers Have Become Murderers

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Accustomed to Their Own Atrocities in Iraq, U.S. Soldiers Have Become Murderers

Chris Hedges, Adbusters

Posted on July 27, 2007

All troops, when they occupy and battle insurgent forces, as in Iraq, or Gaza or Vietnam, are placed in “atrocity producing situations.”

In this environment, surrounded by a hostile population, simple acts such as going to a store to buy a can of Coke means you can be killed. This constant fear and stress pushes troops to view everyone around them as the enemy. This hostility is compounded when the enemy, as in Iraq, is elusive, shadowy and hard to find.

The rage soldiers feel after a roadside bomb explodes, killing or maiming their comrades, is one that is easily directed over time to innocent civilians who are seen to support the insurgents. It is a short psychological leap, but a massive moral leap. It is a leap from killing — the shooting of someone who has the capacity to do you harm — to murder — the deadly assault against someone who cannot harm you. The war in Iraq is now primarily about murder. There is very little killing.

After four years of war, American Marines and soldiers have become socialized to atrocity. The American killing project is not described in these terms to a distant public. The politicians still speak in the abstract terms of glory, honor, and heroism, in the necessity of improving the world, in lofty phrases of political and spiritual renewal. Those who kill large numbers of people always claim it as a virtue. The campaign to rid the world of terror is expressed with this rhetoric, as if once all terrorists are destroyed evil itself will vanish.

The reality behind the myth, however, is very different. The reality and the ideal clash when soldiers and Marines return home, alienating these combat veterans from the world around them, a world that still dines out on the myth of war and the virtues of the nation. But slowly returning veterans are giving us a new narrative of the war — one that exposes the vast enterprise of industrial slaughter unleashed in Iraq for a lie and sustained because of wounded national pride and willful ignorance. “This unit sets up this traffic control point and this 18 year old kid is on top of an armored Humvee with a .50 caliber machine gun,” remembered Geoffrey Millard who served in Tikrit with the 42nd Infantry Division. “And this car speeds at him pretty quick and he makes a split second decision that that’s a suicide bomber, and he presses the butterfly trigger and puts 200 rounds in less than a minute into this vehicle. It killed the mother, a father and two kids. The boy was aged four and the daughter was aged three.”

“And they briefed this to the general,” Millard said, “and they briefed it gruesome. I mean, they had pictures. They briefed it to him. And this colonel turns around to this full division staff and says, ‘if these fucking Hadjis learned to drive, this shit wouldn’t happen.'”

Those who come back from war, like Millard and tens of thousands of other veterans, suffer not only delayed reactions to stress, but a crisis of faith. The God they knew, or thought they knew, failed them. The church or the synagogue or the mosque, which promised redemption by serving God and country, did not prepare them for the betrayal of this civic religion, for the capacity we all have for human atrocity, for the lies and myths used to mask the reality of war. War is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics and of troops by politicians. This bitter knowledge of betrayal has seeped into the ranks of American troops.

It has unleashed a new wave of embittered veterans not seen since the Vietnam War. It has made it possible for us to begin, again, to see war’s death mask.

“And then, you know, my sort of sentiment of what the fuck are we doing, that I felt that way in Iraq,” said Sergeant Ben Flanders, who estimated that he ran hundreds of convoys in Iraq. “It’s the sort of insanity of it and the fact that it reduces it. Well, I think war does anyway, but I felt like there was this enormous reduction in my compassion for people, the only thing that wound up mattering is myself and the guys that I was with. And everybody else be damned, whether you are an Iraqi, I’m sorry, I’m sorry you live here, I’m sorry this is a terrible situation, and I’m sorry that you have to deal with all of, you know, army vehicles running around and shooting, and these insurgents and all this stuff.

“The first briefing you get when you get off the plane in Kuwait, and you get off the plane and you’re holding a duffle bag in each hand,” Millard remembered. “You’ve got your weapon slung. You’ve got a web sack on your back. You’re dying of heat. You’re tired. You’re jet-lagged. Your mind is just full of goop. And then, you’re scared on top of that, because, you know, you’re in Kuwait, you’re not in the States anymore … so fear sets in, too. And they sit you into this little briefing room and you get this briefing about how, you know, you can’t trust any of these fucking Hadjis, because all these fucking Hadjis are going to kill you. And Hadji is always used as a term of disrespect and usually, with the ‘f’ word in front of it.”

War is also the pornography of violence. It has a dark beauty, filled with the monstrous and the grotesque. The Bible calls it “the lust of the eye” and warns believers against it. War allows us to engage in lusts and passions we keep hidden in the deepest, most private interiors of our fantasy life. It allows us to destroy not only things but human beings. In that moment of wholesale destruction, we wield the power to the divine, the power to revoke another person’s charter to live on this earth. The frenzy of this destruction — and when unit discipline breaks down, or there was no unit discipline to begin with, frenzy is the right word — sees armed bands crazed by the poisonous elixir our power to bring about the obliteration of others delivers. All things, including human beings, become objects — objects to either gratify or destroy or both. Almost no one is immune. The contagion of the crowd sees to that.

Human beings are machine gunned and bombed from the air, automatic grenade launchers pepper hovels and neighbors with high-powered explosive devices and convoys race through Iraq like freight trains of death. These soldiers and Marines have at their fingertips the heady ability to call in air strikes and firepower that obliterate landscapes and villages in fiery infernos. They can instantly give or deprive human life, and with this power they became sick and demented. The moral universe is turned upside down. All human beings are used as objects. And no one walks away uninfected. War thrusts us into a vortex of pain and fleeting ecstasy. It thrusts us into a world where law is of little consequence, human life is cheap and the gratification of the moment becomes the overriding desire that must be satiated, even at the cost of another’s dignity or life.

“A lot of guys really supported that whole concept that, you know, if they don’t speak English and they have darker skin, they’re not as human as us, so we can do what we want,” said Josh Middleton, who served in the 82nd Airborne in Iraq. “And you know, when 20 year old kids are yelled at back and forth at Bragg and we’re picking up cigarette butts and getting yelled at every day to find a dirty weapon. But over here, it’s like life and death. And 40-year-old Iraqi men look at us with fear and we can — do you know what I mean? — we have this power that you can’t have. That’s really liberating. Life is just knocked down to this primal level of, you know, you worry about where the next food’s going to come from, the next sleep or the next patrol and to stay alive.”

“It’s like you feel like, I don’t know, if you’re a caveman,” he added. “Do you know what I mean? Just, you know, I mean, this is how life is supposed to be. Life and death, essentially. No TV. None of that bullshit.”

It takes little in wartime to turn ordinary men into killers. Most give themselves willingly to the seduction of unlimited power to destroy, and all feel the peer pressure to conform. Few, once in battle, find the strength to resist. Physical courage is common on a battlefield. Moral courage is not.

Military machines and state bureaucracies, who seek to make us obey, seek also to silence those who return from war to speak the truth, to hide from a public eager for stories of war that fit the mythic narrative the essence of war which is death.

Camilo Mejia, who eventually applied while still on active duty to become a conscientious objector, said the ugly side of American racism and chauvinism appeared the moment his unit arrived in the Middle East. Fellow soldiers instantly ridiculed Arab-style toilets because they would be “shitting like dogs.” The troops around him treated Iraqis, whose language they did not speak and whose culture was alien, little better than animals. The word “Hadji” swiftly became a slur to refer to Iraqis, in much the same way “gook” was used to debase the Vietnamese or “rag head” is used to belittle those in Afghanistan.

Soon those around him ridiculed “Hadji food,” “Hadji homes,” and “Hadji music.” Bewildered prisoners, who were rounded up in useless and indiscriminate raids, were stripped naked, and left to stand terrified and bewildered for hours in the baking sun. They were subjected to a steady torrent of verbal and physical abuse. “I experienced horrible confusion,” Mejia remembers, “not knowing whether I was more afraid for the detainees or for what would happen to me if I did anything to help them.”

These scenes of abuse, which began immediately after the American invasion, were little more than collective acts of sadism. Mejia watched, not daring to intervene, yet increasingly disgusted at the treatment of Iraqi civilians. He saw how the callous and unchecked abuse of power first led to alienation among Iraqis and spawned a raw hatred of the occupation forces. When army units raided homes, the soldiers burst in on frightened families, forced them to huddle in the corners at gun point, and helped themselves to food and items in the house.

“After we arrested drivers,” he recalled, “we would choose whichever vehicles we liked, fuel them from confiscated jerry cans, and conduct undercover presence patrols in the impounded cars.

“But to this day I cannot find a single good answer as to why I stood by idly during the abuse of those prisoners except, of course, my own cowardice,” he also notes.

Iraqi families were routinely fired upon for getting too close to check points, including an incident where an unarmed father driving a car was decapitated by a 50-caliber machine gun in front of his small son, although by then, Mejia notes, “this sort of killing of civilians had long ceased to arouse much interest or even comment.” Soldiers shot holes into cans of gasoline being sold alongside the road and then tossed incendiary grenades into the pools to set them ablaze. “It’s fun to shoot shit up,” a soldier said. Some open fire on small children throwing rocks. And when improvised explosive devices go off the troops fire wildly into densely populated neighborhoods, leaving behind innocent victims who become, in the callous language of war, “collateral damage.”

“We would drive on the wrong side of the highway to reduce the risk of being hit by an IED,” Mejia said of the deadly roadside bombs. “This forced oncoming vehicles to move to one side of the road, and considerably slowed down the flow of traffic. In order to avoid being held up in traffic jams, where someone could roll a grenade under our trucks, we would simply drive up on sidewalks, running over garbage cans and even hitting civilian vehicles to push them out of the way. Many of the soldiers would laugh and shriek at these tactics.”

At one point the unit was surrounded by an angry crowd protesting the occupation. Mejia and his squad opened fire on an Iraqi holding a grenade, riddling the man’s body with bullets. Mejia checked his clip afterwards and determined that he fired 11 rounds into the young man. Units, he said, nonchalantly opened fire in crowded neighborhoods with heavy M-240 Bravo machine guns, AT-4 launchers and Mark 19s, a machine gun that spits out grenades.

“The frustration that resulted from our inability to get back at those who were attacking us,” Mejia writes, “led to tactics that seemed designed simply to punish the local population that was supporting them.”

He watched soldiers from his unit abuse the corpses of Iraqi dead. Mejia related how, in one incident, soldiers laughed as an Iraqi corpse fell from the back of a truck.

“Take a picture of me and this motherfucker,” one of the soldiers who had been in Mejia’s squad in third platoon said, putting his arm around the corpse.

The shroud fell away from the body revealing a young man wearing only his pants. There was a bullet hole in his chest.

“Damn, they really fucked you up, didn’t they!?” the soldier laughed.

The scene, Mejia noted, was witnessed by the dead man’s brothers and cousins. Senior officers, protected in heavily fortified compounds, rarely saw combat. They sent their troops on futile missions in the quest to be awarded Combat Infantry Badges. This recognition, Mejia notes, “was essential to their further progress up the officer ranks.” This pattern meant that “very few high-ranking officers actually got out into the action, and lower-ranking officers were afraid to contradict them when they were wrong.” When the badges, bearing an emblem of a musket with the hammer dropped, resting on top of an oak wreath, were finally awarded, the commanders immediately brought in Iraqi tailors to sew the badges on the left breast pockets of their desert combat uniforms.

“This was one occasion when our leaders led from the front,” Mejia noted bitterly. “They were among the first to visit the tailors to get their little patches of glory sewn next to their hearts.”

The war breeds gratuitous and constant acts of violence.

“I mean, if someone has a fan, they’re a white collar family,” said Phillip Chrystal, who carried out raids on Iraqi homes in Kirkuk. “So we get started on this day, this one, in particular. And it starts with the psy ops [psychological operations] vehicles out there, you know, with the big speakers playing a message in Arabic or Farsi or Kurdish or whatever they happen to be saying, basically, saying put your weapons, if you have them, next to the front door in your house. Please come outside, blah, blah, blah, blah. And we had Apaches flying over for security, if they’re needed, and it’s also a good show of force. And we were running around, and we’d done a few houses by this point, and I was with my platoon leader, my squad leader and maybe a couple other people, but I don’t really remember.

“And we were approaching this one house, and this farming area, they’re, like, built up into little courtyards,” he said. “So they have like the main house, common area. They have like a kitchen and then, they have like a storage shed-type deal. And we were approaching, and they had a family dog. And it was barking ferociously, because it was doing its job. And my squad leader, just out of nowhere, just shoots it. And he didn’t — mother fucker — he shot it and it went in the jaw and exited out. So I see this dog — and I’m a huge animal lover. I love animals — and this dog has like these eyes on it and he’s running around spraying blood all over the place. And like, you know, the family is sitting right there with three little children and a mom and a dad horrified. And I’m at a loss for words. And so, I yell at him. I’m like what the fuck are you doing.

“And so, the dog’s yelping. It’s crying out without a jaw. And I’m looking at the family, and they’re just scared. And so, I told them I was like fucking shoot it, you know. At least, kill it, because that can’t be fixed. It’s suffering. And I actually get tears from just saying this right now, but — and I had tears then, too, — and I’m looking at the kids and they are so scared. So I got the interpreter over with me and, you know, I get my wallet out and I gave them 20 bucks, because that’s what I had. And, you know, I had him give it to them and told them that I’m so sorry that asshole did that. Which was very common. I don’t know if it’s rednecks or what, but they feel that shooting dogs is something that adds to one’s manliness traits. I don’t know. I had a big problem with that.

“Was a report ever filed about it?” he asked. “Was anything ever done? Any punishment ever dished out? No, absolutely not. He was a sycophant down to the T.”

We make our heroes out of clay. We laud their gallant deeds and give them uniforms with colored ribbons on their chest for the acts of violence they committed or endured. They are our false repositories of glory and honor, of power, of self-righteousness, of patriotism and self-worship, all that we want to believe about ourselves. They are our plaster saints of war, the icons we cheer to defend us and make us and our nation great. They are the props of our civic religion, our love of power and force, our belief in our right as a chosen nation to wield this force against the weak and rule. This is our nation’s idolatry of itself. And this idolatry has corrupted religious institutions, not only here but in most nations, making it impossible for us to separate the will of God from the will of the state.

Prophets are not those who speak of piety and duty from pulpits — few people in pulpits have much worth listening to — but it is the battered wrecks of men and women who return from Iraq and speak the halting words we do not want to hear, words that we must listen to and heed to know ourselves. They tell us war is a soulless void. They have seen and tasted how war plunges us to barbarity, perversion, pain and an unchecked orgy of death. And it is their testimonies alone that have the redemptive power to save us from ourselves.

Chris Hedges is the former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and the author of “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.”

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America Terrorist Wipe Out Entire Family in Diwaniyah

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Killing of 14 People from One Family

Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI)

July 28, 2007

AMSI issued a press release condemning the terrorist massacre of the American occupation forces that bombed the home of Ramzi al-Dulaimi killing 14 innocent people from one family.

The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) carried the American occupation forces and the current sectarian Iraqi government fully responsible.

Press Release

American occupation aircrafts F-16 bombed the home of Ramzi Abdul Dulaimi in Diwaniyah on 26 July 2007, Thursday.

This terrorist and savage bombing killed whole family members that were 14 people with shrapnel struck houses near the place of the bombing, which resulted in the death of another person and wounding a number of others seriously wounded.

The American occupation forces no longer can fool the world community and misled the world public opinion after this savage bombardment targeting citizens in their safe homes under the pretext of gunmen.

This terrorist bombardment also showed that the occupation forces cannot separate the victims most of whom are women, children and elders.

The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) condemns this terrorist crime; carries the American occupation forces and the current sectarian government fully responsible.

AMSI invites the world community to consider which democracy that America came with to the Iraqi territory.

The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) prays Allah (swt) to mercy upon the souls of the martyrs and to give quick heals.

AMSI Press Department

13 Rajab 1428 / 27 July 2007

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 27 July 2007

Posted by musliminsuffer on July 29, 2007

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

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 27 July 2007

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

Friday, 27 July 2007.


  • US admits one more of its soldiers killed Thursday.
  • Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee near Ba‘qubah Friday morning.
  • Nine reported killed in clashes between US occupation troops and Shi ‘ sectarians in Shi‘i holy city Karbala’ Friday morning.
  • Bombs in Kirkuk on Thursday.
  • Unexplained mortar fire wounds four.
  • Two puppet policemen gunned down in Baghdad.
  • Resistance car bomb targets puppet police checkpoint in Baghdad.

Baghdad.

Resistance car bomb targets puppet police checkpoint in Baghdad.

Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported Friday that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded near a puppet police checkpoint in southwestern Baghdad’s as-Sayyidiyah district. Al-Jazeera reported that the blast wounded two puppet policemen and killed one person.

Two puppet policemen gunned down in Baghdad.

Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported Friday that two puppet policemen were shot to death on the main road near al-Kindi Hospital in the middle of Baghdad on Friday. The corpses were taken to the hospital morgue after the attack.

Unexplained mortar fire wounds four.

Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported Friday that two mortar shells of undetermined origin landed in the district of az-Za‘faraniyah in US-occupied Baghdad on Friday, wounding four civilians.

US admits one more of its soldiers killed Thursday.

Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported the US military as admitting Friday that one more of its soldiers had been killed in combat somewhere in Diyala Province on Thursday.

Diyala Province.
Ba‘qubah.

Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee near Ba‘qubah Friday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 4:07pm Baghdad time Friday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the al-‘Izzi area to the east of Ba‘qubah, 65km northeast of Baghdad on Friday morning.

The AMSI reported eyewitnesses as saying that the blast destroyed a Humvee but that the Americans quickly surrounded the area after the attack, making it impossible to ascertain the nature or extent of casualties.

At-Ta’mim Province.
Kirkuk.

Bombs in Kirkuk on Thursday.

In a dispatch posted at 3:08pm Baghdad time Friday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the car bomb that exploded at the entrance to al-Jumhuriyah Street in the northern city of Kirkuk, 255km north of Baghdad, on Thursday afternoon had killed five people and wounded 25 more.

The AMSI reported Colonel Ahmad ash-Ashumayran, the chief of the Kirkuk Rescue Police as saying that a large number of cars were also burned up in the bombginw that inflicted heavy damage on shops and restaurants in the area.

Earlier on Thursday, an Iraqi Resistance bomb went off by a puppet army patrol in the al-‘Amal ash-Sha‘bi neighborhood of Kirkuk, slightly wounding one person.

Another Resistance bomb exploded by a puppet police patrol near the Third Bridge in Kirkuk, wounding one of the patrolmen.

And one more bomb went off by a patrol of the Rescue Police at 3pm local time Thursday afternoon, damaging a patrol vehicle.

Karbala’ Province.
Karbala’.

Nine reported killed in clashes between US occupation troops and Shi ‘ sectarians in Shi‘i holy city Karbala’ Friday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 3:54pm Makkah time Friday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that sources in the puppet police and in hospitals reported that nine people had been killed, a number of them civilians, in clashes between US occupation troops and the fighters associated with the Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the Shi‘i holy city of Karbala’, 110km southwest of Baghdad, on Friday.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the fighting erupted wnen US troops entered the city at dawn Friday and attempted to arrest several members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. The Jaysh al-Mahdi fought back, compelling the Americans to call in helicopter reinforcements. Hospital sources said that at least 25 people were killed in the fighting, among them civilians, and six members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi were captured by the US occupation forces.

Usually the US forces remain outside of Karbala’, preferring to leave the city in the hands of the Shi‘i sectarian militias like the Jaysh al-Mahdi that generally collaborate with the Americans. The US offered no explanation for the unusual Friday morning raid.

The battle reflected the uneasy relationship between the US occupation forces and the Shi‘i sectarian militias which are backed by Iran yet provide the core of the puppet security forces upon which the Americans rely in attempting to control Iraq. Although the US and Iran agreed on Tuesday, 24 July, to join forces against the Iraqi Resistance, Iran continues to work to step into the shoes of the US occupiers when they leave Iraq, while the US tries to assert American control of the country, while trying to limit Iranian influence.

Al-Basrah Province.
Al-Basrah.

Shi‘i sectarian turf wars: US-installed “Iraqi Parliament” dismisses puppet governor of al-Basrah.

In a dispatch posted at 1:05pm Makkah time Friday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US-installed puppet “Iraqi Parliament,” which is dominated by the collaborationist Shi‘i clerical “United Iraqi Alliance” coalition, had dismissed the puppet “Governor” of al-Basrah, Muhammad Muslih al-Wa’ili, a member of a Shi‘i party that broke away from the UIA in March.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the puppet parliament took the move after the puppet municipal council in the southern Iraqi city requested it.

Intense political differences have arisen between the rival Shi‘i sectarian parties over al-Basrah, following the Fadilah Party decision on 7 March 2007 to pull out of the main Shi‘i sectarian “United Iraqi Alliance” coalition (that includes the Shi‘i “Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC, formerly known as SCIRI)” and the Jaysh al-Mahdi and other followers of Muqtada as-Sadr.

The puppet governor of al-Basrah, Muhammad al-Wa’ili, is a member of the Fadilah Party and his office has been the target of repeated attacks by the rival Shi‘i factions, angry over his party’s criticism of their practices of rampant sectarian killing and separatism. The main Shi ‘ sectarian “United Iraqi Alliance” is seeking to reassert its control over the vital city of al-Basrah before Britain completes its withdrawal from southern Iraq, leaving the Fadilah party in charge there.

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