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The Middle East Is A Refugee Ticking Bomb

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrians wait behind the border fences near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution,” says Christofer Gunness, from UNRWA.

Regional vulnerability has always existed here but in recent years has exploded with the crisis in Syria and Iraq, the expansion of the Islamic State and instability and crises in countries such as Yemen, Libya, Egypt and others in the area.

In the case of the Palestinians, this vulnerability “is added to several other layers of vulnerability that were already there, because they are dispossessed and exiled for so long.”

“This year more than ever the Palestinian refugees do not feel they have a home, a safe place anywhere. And that is leading many to risk their lives and those of their children. They crawl on boats to escape their situation,” says Christofer Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

“On paper it is very clear what has to happen: they have to give them a viable state and a just solution to their right of return,” which could, for example, mean that there is a pact so that there is compensation but that, in any case, “it must be a solution agreed by the parties”. Today there are more than five million Palestinian refugees registered with the UN.

According to Gunness, it is necessary for the international community to find a solution to the more than five million refugees that are trying to leave their own land due to war conditions and points out that thousands of them are being forced to undertake exile due to increased violence in the region.

“The Palestinian refugees have been in a state of dispossession and exile for 67 years pending a political solution,” said Gunness, the most visible face of UNRWA, which calls “political actors to resolve what can only be described as a time bomb. “

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution and, in the current climate of the Middle East, with so many people standing up against governments and revolting themselves in various ways, the revolts are part of the fuel that could catch fire suddenly with very alarming and dramatic consequences, “he explained.

The increasingly adverse situation in the region has given rise to new phenomena among Palestinian refugees. Some, escaping the war in Syria, have come back from exile and ended up in the Gaza Strip, while others have gone to sea in boats to try to reach European shores.

“For Europeans it is important to realize that with the increasing regional vulnerability, the Palestinians find it difficult to achieve security and dignity in the Middle East, which increasingly means they will cross dangerous areas taken by rebels and risk their lives at sea to get to Europe,” said Gunness.

Europeans “will have to decide whether to provide an on-site solutions in the Middle East, including through a properly funded UNRWA, or if they want to deal with the Palestinians when they reach Europe.”

Refugees beyond Gaza

The refugee epidemic is not limited to the Palestinians. There are half a million lives affected in Syria, of which 45,000 have fled to Lebanon and 15,000 to Jordan. A total of 750,000 are in the West Bank and 1.2 million in Gaza.

“In Syria people suffer from siege. The same happens in Yarmuk, where starvation takes place in seven of the twelve Syrian camps that are severely affected by the conflict and where people live under a blockade since January. As a consequence, children have died due to the cold weather and those are managed tp stay alive live in absolute hopelessness…

In that place, there is no prospect of employment, there are power outages, no decent access to water and one of the houses destroyed one year after the conflict has not been rebuilt,” said Gunness.

In the West Bank people “live with the daily humiliation of the excesses of the occupation: the violence of Israeli soldiers, the demolition of their homes, grandchildren see their grandparents humiliated at military posts, the expansion of settlements, and as if that wasn’t enough, Palestinians have to deal with violence committed by settlers” .

While in Lebanon people “are excluded from many professions”, in Jordan “state schools are under threat of terror, so nobody wants to send their children there,” he added. “But the most important fact is that no one wants to be a refugee. Everyone wants a place to call home,” he reflected.

After so many years, the refugee camps are no longer tents but many have become slums with streets so narrow that you can touch the sides of the houses with open arms: they need light, air and suffer the problems of overcrowding, social exclusion and, some drug abuse and violence.

“It is outrageous that lack of political decisions allow this in the XXI century. It is absurd that these people are subject to ignominy and humiliation. In Gaza, there were 80,000 people in need of food aid in 2000 and now there are more than 860,000. It has increased eleven times,” laments Gunness.

“I do not think it’s in the interests of nobody, and certainly not Israel, to have about two million people blocked and desperate,” he says, adding that the Gaza economy could flourish Israel allowed it.

The spokesman said that UNRWA, which spends between 30 and 35 million dollars a month to care for the refugees is in a crisis of liquidity and funding, with a deficit of 101 million dollars, the organization will run out of money by September.

“We regret that our existence after 65 years as this existence is the symbol of failure, the failure of the international community to reach a just solution for the Palestinian refugees,” he laments. Gunness remembers that until a solution is not reached, the number of refugees and their situation will grow worse.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

UN Investigation Accusses Israel And Hamas Of War Crimes

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A UN report has accused the Israeli army and Hamas of committing war crimes in Gaza during the war of 2014.

The group of independent researchers led by the American Mary McGowan Davis requires Israel to provide further details on the targets hit during the offensive for further evaluation.

The report also condemns the execution of suspected “collaborators” at the hands of Palestinian groups. “The scale of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza is unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” said McGowan Davis.

The expert group accuses Israel of committing violations both in the context of hostilities in Gaza, as carrying out murder, torture and ill-treatment in the West Bank.

“The commission is concerned that impunity prevails across the board for violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law allegedly committed by Israeli forces,” the report said.

Regarding Palestinian armed groups, the commission denounced the “indiscriminate nature of the projectiles fired at Israel and aimed to attack civilians, which violates international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes.”

“The commission collected substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by both Israel and Hamas,” the study notes. In some cases, “these violations can be considered war crimes,” says the document.

Israeli military operation against Gaza, conducted between July and August 2014, killed 2,251 Palestinians -1,462 of them civilians and 551 children-, while on the Israeli side there were 67 soldiers killed along with six civilians.

Refugees on the own Land

Along with the report on war crimes in Gaza, the UN informed that half the Palestinian people continue to be displaced and without access to a place they can call home. This situation takes place while conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate with refugees taking shelter all over the Middle East.

According to Christofer Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Refugee Agency, (UNRWA), it is necessary for the international community to find a solution to the more than five million refugees that are trying to leave their own land due to war conditions and points out that thousands of them are being forced to undertake exile due to increased violence in the region.

“The Palestinian refugees have been in a state of dispossession and exile for 67 years pending a political solution,” said Gunness, the most visible face of UNRWA, which calls “political actors to resolve what can only be described as a time bomb. “

“Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution and, in the current climate of the Middle East, with so many people standing up against governments and revolting themselves in various ways, the revolts are part of the fuel that could catch fire suddenly with very alarming and dramatic consequences, “he explained.

The increasingly adverse situation in the region has given rise to new phenomena among Palestinian refugees. Some, escaping the war in Syria, have come back from exile and ended up in the Gaza Strip, while others have gone to sea in boats to try to reach European shores.

“For Europeans it is important to realize that with the increasing regional vulnerability, the Palestinians find it difficult to achieve security and dignity in the Middle East, which increasingly means they will cross dangerous areas taken by rebels and risk their lives at sea to get to Europe,” said Gunness.

Europeans “will have to decide whether to provide an on-site solutions in the Middle East, including through a properly funded UNRWA, or if they want to deal with the Palestinians when they reach Europe.”


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Israel’s Response To Everything: Collective Punishment

An Israeli soldier gestures during confrontations with Palestinians in Qafr Malik village near the West Bank city of Ramallah after Palestinian killed by Israeli jeep June 14, 2015.  REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

An Israeli soldier gestures during confrontations with Palestinians in Qafr Malik village near the West Bank city of Ramallah after Palestinian killed by Israeli jeep June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

International law is clear. Fourth Geneva’s Article 33 states:

“No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”

It doesn’t matter. Israel systematically ignores all international human rights, humanitarian and other laws it objects to – as well as dozens of earlier Security Council Resolutions condemning or censuring its actions and demanding they end, none in recent years because of US vetoes.

It attacks entire Palestinian communities because of alleged crimes committed by one or more residents. It wages wars based on phony pretexts. It commits numerous other high crimes against humanity because it knows who’ll stop its abusive practices.

A previous article discussed a Palestinian critically stabbing an Israeli border policeman and a second incident involving the killing of an Israeli man (assailant unknown) – offenses likely committed out of pent up frustration and desire for retribution, not terrorism as Israel calls all these type incidents.

Instead of acting against guilty parties alone according to legal standards responsible societies observe, Israel imposes collective punishment against Palestinian communities or the entire population.

In the case of the Israeli killed in the West Bank, Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (a racist lunatic) intends stealing Palestinian land where the incident occurred for a tourist destination excluding Arabs.

Israel’s Civil Administration regularly classifies private Palestinian lands as “nature reserves” for exclusive Jewish or foreign tourists’ use.

In April, a PLO statement said “Israeli measures and policies rise to an effective and de facto annexation of the tourism sector.”

“Israel’s occupation has turned a potential source of income and shared opportunity into a story of theft and lost potential.”

In response to the border policeman stabbing incident, Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ordered work permits issued to residents of the assailant’s Sa’ir village revoked – collective punishment for an entire community for an offense by one of its residents.

There’s more. Travel permits to fly abroad through Ben Gurion Airport were revoked for 500 Palestinians. Further punitive measures are planned – so far not announced.

On the occasion of Ramadan, Israel announced movement easing measures days earlier. They include:

• permitting Palestinian buses to bring West Bank worshipers into Israel for the first time in at least a decade;

• letting Palestinian men over age 40 and women of all ages enter the Temple Mount without permit permission; and

• letting a maximum 100,000 Palestinians enter Israel for family visits.

Whether Israel intends revoking these measures remains to be seen.

Hamas praised the border policeman attack without admitting responsibility. It’s Facebook page posted two photos of the assailant, Yasser Yassin Tarwa – critically shot multiple times by the policeman before he collapsed.

Hamas spokesman Hossam Badran called the attack “heroic” – timed to coincide with the first anniversary of Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Khdeir’s murder by extremist Jewish settlers.

“The operation sends a message of resistance to the occupation whereby resisting youth are able to defy the occupation and reach its soldiers even where (policemen) gather,” he said.

These type incidents follow vicious daily Israeli persecution. Last weekend alone, its soldiers kidnapped seven Palestinians – two in East Jerusalem, two in Nablus a woman in Hebron and two children in its Old City.

They shot a child near Ramallah. Extremist settlers ran over two Palestinian children with their vehicles in separate incidents – a three-year-old and 10-year-old. Security force thugs attacked nonviolent Nabi Saleh village Palestinians protesting settlements on their stolen land and Israel’s apartheid wall.

At the same time, political prisoner Khader Adnan continued hunger striking for justice into his 48th day – ingesting nothing but water and salt.

He’s hospitalized, in serious condition, enduring “severe pains all over his body with blue spots on his shoulder and clear speaking problems,” according to Palestinian Prisoner’s Society legal unit head Jawad Bolous.

On July 8, 2014, he was sentenced unjustly to administrative detention uncharged and untried for the 10th time.

Intolerable Israeli viciousness at times sparks violent Palestinian responses. Or in the case of Adnan and others like him, resisting injustice the only way they can – heroically by refusing food, enduring pain and suffering, even risking death.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Israel Bombs Lebanon

Illustration. An Israeli drone manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Illustration. An Israeli drone manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

Sunday reports indicate an Israeli warplane bombed a remote Lebanese Bekaa region to destroy one of its drones apparently downed.

An IDF spokeswoman declined to comment. A Lebanese security source said it’s not entirely clear what happened “but most probably it was an Israeli airstrike to destroy its downed drone” – whether because of mechanical failure or by Hezbollah isn’t known.

America, its rogue NATO partners and Israel unilaterally or together  bomb other nations in blatant violation of international law.

The latest Israeli incident may be nothing more than what’s reported. At minimum, it reflects illegal Israel surveillance or other unauthorized flights over a sovereign nation as well as bombing its territory – whatever the reason.

None are acceptable. Multiple Israeli violations of Lebanese air space occurs daily. Israeli warplanes bomb Syria and its border areas with Lebanon at its discretion – for any contrived reason it chooses. These are lawless belligerent acts short of full-scale war. More on this below.

Mossad is notorious for carrying out targeted assassinations – numerous times throughout Israel’s history. In recent years alone, car bombings and other means were used against Palestinian, Hezbollah and other officials regionally. In 2004, Israel killed Yasser Arafat by polonium poisoning.

In 2005, Mossad agents murdered former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri – a car bombing incident falsely blamed on Hezbollah after first wrongfully holding Syria responsible.

Three Gaza wars since December 2008 took a terrible toll on its 1.8 million population, still struggling in rubble to recover while illegally blockaded.

Subjugating the entire Palestinian population under brutal military occupation for decades is a major high crime with no justification whatever.

Lebanon has the misfortune of bordering Israel – attacked by IDF forces in 1978, 1982, 1996 and 2006. Its 4.5 million people face the threat of more war at Israel’s discretion for whatever contrived reason it invents.

Its Sheba Farms and Ghajar territory remain illegally occupied. Israeli warplanes and drones provocatively violate its airspace multiple times daily. Its been victimized by numerous Israeli terrorist attacks.

In July 2006, Israel launched naked aggression for contrived reasons – committing major crimes of war and against humanity. It waged collective, disproportionate punishment against large parts of its population – targeting military and non-military sites.

It killed over 1,000, injured thousands more and displaced one-fourth of its population. Beirut, Tyre, Sidon, and other Lebanon cities and towns were terror bombed.

Targets destroyed or damaged included major ports, Beirut International Airport, 70 bridges, dozens of key roads, electrical power plants, gas and fuel stations, factories, schools, radio and TV stations, mosques, churches, hospitals, dams, civil defense centers, Sidon’s refugee camp, an orphanage, and civilian neighborhoods.

Jiyeh’s utility plant south of Beirut was struck – causing a massive oil spill affecting over 90 miles of coastal waters. It threatened biodiversity and heightened the risk of cancer for many thousands of Lebanese.

A land, sea and air siege was imposed. Illegal terror weapons were used – including chemical agents.

Does Israel have another Lebanon war in mind? It failed to defeat Hezbollah in 2006. Israel doesn’t forget or forgive.

Sunday’s incident may be no more than what was reported. Given longstanding Israeli aggression against targeted adversaries, anything ahead is possible –  perhaps joint US/Israeli full-scale naked aggression against Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The region already is embroiled with US-initiated conflicts. Attacking Syria and Lebanon could be prelude to targeting Iran and setting it all ablaze.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Israel Detonates Dirty Bombs Near Palestinian Bedouin Communities

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Dirty bombs are radiological weapons combining radioactive material with conventional explosives. On detonation, they contaminate the affected area. The US Energy Department says radiation exposure is “fairly high” but not fatal.

Nuclear expert Helen Caldicott explains no amount of radiation is safe and amounts exposed to are cumulative. Cell mutations result causing cancer and other diseases.

The difference between dirty bombs and nuclear ones is latter ones are hugely destructive and kill large numbers of people instantly.

The harmful effects of dirty ones take time to develop making it easy to attribute later illnesses and deaths to other causes.

Haaretz then other Israeli media reported IDF-conducted dirty bomb tests in the Negev desert to test their impact. Possible harmful effects on nearby Bedouin Arab communities weren’t mentioned.

The Negev is home to about 200,000 Bedouins. Communities close to where detonations occurred were subjected to low-level radiation exposure leaving them vulnerable to later diseases and possible death.

Tests conducted followed a similar so-called “Green Field” project at Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor – used to produce nuclear weapons.

The whole world knows what Israel won’t officially acknowledge. Recent Israeli dirty bomb tests involved 19 open-air detonations and one at a closed facility.

They tested 250 grams to 25 kilograms of explosives mixed with radioactive material called 99mTc (trade name Cartiolite), used for medical imaging.

Drones were used to measure radiation. Sensors measured blast impacts. Haaretz said tests followed public concern over possible radiological attacks. The IDF Home Front Command web site explains how to react if one occurs.

Israeli tests showed high-level radiation amounts at the center of explosions. Winds dispersed lesser amounts of radiological contamination over a wider area.

A code-named “Red House” test examined the effect of an undetonated dirty bomb found in a public area. Israel’s Homefront Command Site understates the dangers of dirty bomb detonations.

It claims it’s “hard to design a radiological bomb that will create so great an exposure to radiation that it will cause immediate harm to health, or even death, to a large number of people.”

It ignores the potentially serious longterm effects. It bears repeating. No amount of radiation is safe. Cumulative exposure risks cancer and other diseases.

Israeli researchers quoted said tests were for defensive purposes only. They claimed the main danger from dirty bomb detonations is psychological.

The report made no mention of Israel’s unacknowledged nuclear weapons program and whatever tests are conducted to upgrade it.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Shimon Peres Summons Netanyahu To Decide On Two-State Solution

Shimon Peres and Netanyahu

Former Israeli president, Shimon Peres, urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to clarify whether he is in favor or against a two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Peace negotiations can be resumed at any time, as Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas has said he is ready to go back to the negotiating table. The same has been said by Netanyahu.

Peres elaborated on his message to Netanyahu: “the Prime Minister should clarify whether Israel is in favor of the two-state solution.”

As keynote speaker for a panel that discussed the political situation in the Middle East, Peres said that “one-state solution will not be a binational state, but that only an Arab state could spell the end of the Jewish democratic state. He added that a withdrawal from a two-state solution will result in the end of the Jewish state.”

Questioned about his views on the absence of the appointment of a head of Israeli diplomacy, Peres, who has acted as Foreign Minister in previous years said that he was concerned.

“What especially worries me is not that there is no foreign minister, but that there is no foreign policy. It can not be that there is a state without a foreign policy clear and precise” he argued before underlining that the current Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel ”is opposed to the two-state solution.”

Summing up the long passage of two decades of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, Peres revealed that “talking to Arafat was much more difficult than talking with Abu Mazen, but never gave up.”

He insisted that any process of dialogue should be started unconditionally by both parties.

“There can not be conditions for resuming negotiations, I have met many Arab leaders and the most comfortable of all to negotiate is Abu Mazen. We can not give up,” he added.

Moreover, Peres advocated a regional approach to resolving the conflict on the grounds that “it would help leaders who can make decisions even if those decisions are heavily criticized.”

The Israeli politician of 91 years of age was in opposition to the campaigns to boycott Israel and said that to alleviate this growing phenomenon new negotiations would need to “initiate without conditions.”


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

US/Saudi/Israeli Axis Of Evil Against Yemen

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Yemen is Obama’s war – planned months before Saudi-led proxies launched naked aggression.

It’s been raging since March 26 with no end in sight. At stake is Yemeni sovereignty and the fate of its 24 million people suffering horrifically from relentless Saudi terror-bombing and shelling.

Israel is very much involved. In late April, Fars News reported its submarines and warplanes “readily observed” near Saudi Arabia’s coastline since conflict began – according to unnamed foreign diplomats.

They said Riyadh secretly agreed decades ago to give Israeli submarines and warplanes access to Saudi waters.

They’ve been patrolling them since the start of conflict. According to Fars News, “(m)any regional officials…earlier revealed collaboration among the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia in the aggression against Yemen.”

Weeks earlier, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said Washington and Israel are the main sponsors of aggression on Yemen.

Days after Saudi terror-bombing began, Fars News said Israeli warplanes were participated in attacking Yemeni targets.

Yemeni Al-Haq political party secretary general Hassan Zayd said “Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs.”

Everything is orchestrated and coordinated by Washington – including supplying weapons, intelligence and targets to strike.

On May 31, Haaretz headlined “Iranian report: Israeli arms found in Saudi embassy in Yemen,” saying:

Houthi fighters found “a large cache of Israeli-made weapons and ammunition” in Riyadh’s abandoned Sanaa embassy.

Documents were found indicating Washington plans a base on Yemen’s Perim Island island off its southwest coast in the Red Sea near the entrance to the Bab al-Mandreb strait.

Riyadh reportedly asked Israel to supply “state-of-the-art weapons” to wage war on Houthis.

On May 25, Veterans Today reported two Israeli F-16s downed over Yemen.

Saying “Yemeni air defense forces shot down a Saudi marked fighter jet in the northwestern province of Sanaa in Yemen as it was conducting airstrikes.”

“This is the second F-16 shot down this week – clearly the strength of the Yemeni air defences has been grossly underestimated.”

“The Saudi F-16 fighter jet was shot down and subsequently crashed in the Bayt Khayran area of the district of Bani Harith in the northern part of Sanaa.”

Wreckage of both planes “were found to be of types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia” or others. “The only ‘buyer’ in the region for that type of plane is Israel.”

At the same time, Press TV reported two downed Saudi warplanes in the same areas.

On May 29, Pravda said “Saudis have begun to wipe Yemen off the map…Shocking video reveals proton bombardment from a neutron bomb.”

“Israel is reported to be the one to deploy such (weapons). Any doubts about the nuclear attack on Yemen attributed to Israel, as evidenced in two Israeli F-16s shot down and forensically identified, are now gone.”

“Forbidden strikes have brought about a storm of worldwide protest.”

“Obama has recently promised to provide every assistance including US military force to any ‘external threat’ the rich Arab states of the Gulf may face.”

A previous article said Obama wants Yemen bombed back to the 19th century. US orchestrated aggression is systematically committing mass slaughter and destruction – mostly affecting civilian men, women and children.

Thousands have been murdered in cold blood, many more injured and around a million displaced.

It gets worse. Fars News cited Djibouti sources saying “out of every 100 ships of humanitarian aids sent for the Yemeni people, the cargoes of only 10 ships are delivered to the poor Arab nation and the rest is sold to African and Arab traders.”

“These officials also forge documents and claim that the aid ships are on their way to Yemen and will unload their cargoes in Aden and al-Hudayda ports while aids are carried to the African and Arab ports.”

According to Fars News, “aid committees” said 173 ships with humanitarian aid reached Yemeni ports. Aden sources indicated only four vessels reached its port, three carrying food.

If the report is accurate, most desperately needed aid isn’t arriving. Profiteers are stealing it – perhaps as part of Obama’s plan to cause maximum pain and suffering to force Houthis to surrender.

A previous article discussed Riyadh using US-supplied banned cluster bombs. In early May, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported their use – citing credible evidence.

On May 31, HRW again reported on cluster munitions harming civilians in northern Yemen’s Saada governorate. Its senior emergencies researcher Ole Solvang said the following:

“These weapons can’t distinguish military targets from civilians, and their unexploded submunitions threaten civilians, especially children, even long after the fighting.”

HRW documented US-supplied Saudi use of cluster bombs in 2009. They can be fired by rockets, mortars, artillery or dropped from aircraft.

Cluster munitions are banned for good reason. They’re terror weapons. They harm civilians. Unexploded ones look like toys. Children picking them up are killed or have limbs blown off.

Perhaps an entire generation of Yemeni children will be killed or maimed before conflict ends.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Endless Nakba

 

Palestinian elderly overlooking a Palestinian refugee camp during the initial catastrophe (Nakba) in 1948.

Palestinian elderly overlooking a Palestinian refugee camp during the initial catastrophe (Nakba) in 1948.

Palestinians are as powerless as Jews were in Nazi Germany. They’re denied fundamental rights everyone deserves.

They face daily persecution, collective punishment, extrajudicial viciousness, economic strangulation and endless ethnic cleansing.

Israel calls legitimate resistance and self-defense terrorism. Endless Nakba marks daily life in Palestine – Israel high crimes committed with impunity.

Millions of Palestinians suffer at the hands of a ruthless regime ignoring their fundamental rights.

The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council highlighted “the 67th year of forced displacement from, and within, (Palestinians’) ancestral homeland.”

Israel continues committing grave breaches of international law – often with rubber-stamp judicial authorization.

On May 5, Israel’s High Court ruled an estimated 700 Umm al-Hiran village Israeli citizens can be forcibly displaced for exclusive Jewish development.

According to Justice Elyakim Rubinstein:

“The state is the owner of the lands in dispute, which were registered in its name in the framework of the arrangement process; the residents have acquired no rights to the land but have settled them (without any authorization).”

False! Displaced residents were transferred to the village by Israeli military decree in 1956. It’s been their legal home for almost 60 years.

They petitioned against eviction in November 2013. They argued forced displacement for exclusive Jewish development violates their fundamental rights.

Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, coordinator Amjad Iraqi called the ruling the first High Court one authorizing exclusive Jewish development at the expense of Arab citizens.

It signifies Israel can forcibly displace Arab citizens from all villages it wishes to make way for Jewish development.

In other words, Muslim Israeli citizens have no rights whatever. Israel can discriminate against them ruthlessly.

“(T)housands of Bedouin citizens are now in even greater danger of imminent displacement with Israeli law turned even further against them,” Iraqi explained.

Evicting Bedouin citizens is part of a greater longstanding Israeli ethnic cleansing program – ongoing since 1948 to make Israel and Occupied Palestine as exclusively Jewish as possible.

About 1.7 million Palestinians are Israeli citizens. They’re treated like fifth column threats.

Dozens of discriminatory laws oppress them. Tens of thousands of Bedouin citizens live in so-called unrecognized villages.

They’re denied electricity, water, education, healthcare and other basic services. They endure home demolitions, forced displacements and Israeli security force violence.

Adalah launched a Save Umm al-Hiran campaign “to raise awareness of the village’s struggle and demand cancellation of the residents’ eviction.”

It urges others to join their action for justice. Adalah attorney Myssana Morany expressed outrage against a blatantly discriminatory Israeli Supreme Court decision benefitting Jews at the expense of Arab citizens deserving equal rights.

Its ruling “contradicts the essence of the rule of law, since it is the obligation of an administrative authority to strive for equality, not just in its meaning as relating to all as equals, but also in terms of relating to different people differently,” she said.

“(T)he court refused to see the human, social, historical and political aspects and ignored the state’s responsibility for the situation it created. Instead, it took advantage of the legal opportunity to remove the residents.”
 
“The Attorney General too, in his refusal to find an overall solution to the problem of construction without permit, defends the rule of law in only its formal aspect, while ignoring the years-long institutionalized policy that created the serious shortage of housing in Arab society.”

Longstanding Israeli policy is ruthlessly discriminatory. Arab citizens and occupied Palestinians are denied fundamental rights afforded solely to Jews.

Don’t expect Israel’s new harder than ever hardline regime to change things. Expect greater than ever Palestinian pain, suffering and misery.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

More Evidence Of Israel’s Dirty Role In The Syrian Proxy War

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By: Steven MacMillan | New Eastern Outlook

Video footage surfaced last week showing the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) treating a wounded anti-Assad Syrian rebel, following a UN report at the end of last year which found that the IDF and the Syrian rebels (including ISIS) were in regular contact. The Times of Israel reported on this latest video in an article titled, IDF posts footage of medics saving Syrian rebel in Golan:

“The IDF on Saturday released rare footage of its medics performing a life-saving procedure on one of the most severely wounded Syrian combatants medical personnel have encountered in the Golan Heights… The man, a Syrian rebel who belongs to an unnamed organization fighting against the Assad regime and its allies, received treatment at the border and then inside Israel, and was ultimately able to return to Syria… Since the start of the civil war in 2011, the IDF has treated an estimated 1,600 non-combatants and anti-Assad rebels… Although Israel’s treatment of militants from Syria — many of whom are believed to belong to Islamist organizations such as the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front — may seem bizarre given the animosity these types of groups have expressed for the Jewish state in the past, Israel has approached the issue from a humanitarian point of view.”

The Times of Israel tries to spin Israel’s assistance to the Syrian rebels as purely “from a humanitarian point of view”, in reality however, Israel supports the Syrian opposition for its own geopolitical ends. Weakening the Syrian regime has been a geopolitical objective of the Israeli establishment for decades, with strategic papers dating back to the 1980’s detailing this goal. Oded Yinon, an Israeli journalist who had close connections to the Foreign Ministry in Israel, wrote an article in 1982 which was published in a journal of the World Zionist Organisation titled: “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties”. In it, Yinon outlines that the “dissolution of Syria and Iraq” are “Israel’s primary” objectives in the region:

“The dissolution of Syria and Iraq later on into ethnically or religiously unique areas such as in Lebanon, is Israel’s primary target on the Eastern front in the long run, while the dissolution of the military power of those states serves as the primary short term target.” (p.11.)

Israel’s strategic desire to weaken both Syria and Iraq was again reiterated in 1996 when a study group led by neocon Richard Perle prepared a policy document for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu titled: ‘A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm’. The document states:

“Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right — as a means of foiling Syria’s regional ambitions.”

More recently, Israeli officials have publically revealed their desire to topple the regime in Damascus and break the alliance between Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. In an interview in 2013, the Israeli Ambassador to the US at the time Michael Oren publically expressed that Israel “always wanted Bashar Assad to go”, adding that “the greatest danger to Israel is the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut.”

Israel has been aiding the Syrian opposition with more than just medical assistance since the start of the Syrian proxy war however, as Tel Aviv has bombed Syrian territory repeatedly in addition to providing anti-Assad forces with arms. In August of last year, Sharif As-Safouri, the commander of the Free Syrian Army’s Al-Haramein Battalion at the time, revealed that he had “entered Israel five times to meet with Israeli officers who later provided him with Soviet anti-tank weapons and light arms”, as The Times of Israel reported.

Tel Aviv has also been accused of creating and facilitating the rise of ISIS itself. The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, stated that ISIS was created and supported by Israel, Britain and the US in order to achieve these states own objectives. A report that seemed to emerge from Gulf News in 2014 also asserted that the leader of ISIS and the new so-called caliph, Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, was trained by the Mossad, although some have questioned the validity of this report. It should also be noted that some news reports assert that Baghdadi was seriously injured or even killed by a US drone strike in April.

There is no question that Israel is playing a prominent role in the attempted destruction of the Syrian state, and is guilty of destroying the lives of millions of people through their support of anti-Assad mercenaries.  Syrians are now the second largest refugee population on the planet according to a UN report (only second to Palestinians), all thanks to the NATO/Israeli/Saudi axis of evil which has funded and supported rebel armies in Syria. 


Steven MacMillan is an independent writer, researcher, geopolitical analyst and editor of  The Analyst Report, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/18/more-evidence-of-israel-s-dirty-role-in-the-syrian-proxy-war/

Former Israeli PM Ehud Barak Joins Board Of Biometrics Firm

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By: Brandon Turbeville | Activist Post

Former Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Ehud Barak has added another accomplishment to his bloody résumé now that he has accepted a new position with startup biometrics firm, FST Biometrics.

Barak recently joined the board of FST after the company received a $15 million investment from GMF Capital, which is headed by Gary Fegel, a well-known Swiss investor. Barak will now serve as FST’s representative to GMF Capital on GMF’s board.

FST products are a combination of facial recognition and behavioral analytics and its clients include corporations and governments.

The founder of FST is Aharon Zeevi Farkash, a former head of Israeli Military Intelligence.

Ehud Barak is obviously most well-known for his stint as Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Israel but was also able to achieve notoriety for his ability to pass as a woman during the midst of a military operation that allegedly saw him assassinating three PLO figures along with other Israeli terrorists assisting him.

Barak has long been a war hawk and a leader in the genocide of Palestinians.

Ehud Barak’s original name was Ehud Brog, a Lithuanian name held by his family who had emigrated to settled Palestine and drive out the local inhabitants in 1932.

Of course, that Barak would be appointed to a high-level position in a surveillance and biometrics company like FST is not surprising considering that Israel has been a large proponent of such technologies and given Barak’s previous track record in the realm of freedom and human rights.

It is quite convenient, however, that, only last month, Israeli Interior Minister Gilad Erdan introduced legislation that would enforce a mandatory biometric identification system.

As Justin Lee writes for BiometricUpdate.com,

Initially passed by the Knesset in December 2009, the Biometric Database Law mandates the collection of fingerprints and facial images from all Israeli residents, as well as integrating these biometric details in domestic ID cards and national passports.

The legislation also called for the creation of a biometric government database for the purpose of managing access control, identification of individuals and to help law enforcement officials locate criminal suspects.

The law is intended to curb identity theft, as well as the loss, theft and destruction of the current blue ID cards issued by the Interior Ministry.

In a report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office and to the Knesset Chairman, Erdan emphasized the importance of implementing the biometric system and said the transition would be gradual.

“Smart biometric records that cannot be faked […] will lead to the full protection of the identity of Israeli citizens,” Erdan told Channel 10. “It will provide a balance between our duty to ensure the security of citizens and our duty to protect their privacy. We will promote a gradual transition to mandatory biometric documentation.”

The first phase of the biometric identification system was implemented in June 2013, and since then, some 640,000 people have volunteered to submit their biometric details to the database, said Erdan.

While it will be interesting to see the role that FST plays in the implementation of such a system in Israel, the company will no doubt cash in on the global movement to install and enforce a technological control grid and surveillance society based on biometrics the world over.

With the proliferation of biometrics-based technologies used for identification, convenience, and security clearance, FST is merely getting in on one of the lower floors on what will unfortunately be one of the leading industries in the Western world soon enough.


Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

United Nations Blames Israel For Murdering 44 Palestinians

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An internal UN investigation into the attacks on its facilities in Gaza last summer blamed the IDF for damages caused in seven schools managed by the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Six of those schools served as a refuge for civilians during the Israeli offensive, whose result was the death of 44 innocent Palestinians and 227 other wounded.

The report submitted Monday to the Security Council also states that three schools that were empty were used by Palestinian armed groups to store weapons and presumably leg firing rockets into Israel.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a group of experts in November 2014 to lead an investigation into the attacks. This group was led by former Dutch General Patrick Cammaert.

During the presentation of the findings, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon complained in a letter to the Security Council about the consequences of the Israeli attacks.

The results will now be studied to assess what has been described as the “extreme gravity” of acts that resulted in the severance of the inviolability of UN facilities.

“The coordinates of the centers of the UN were known by the Israeli Army and were recorded on maps,” says the document.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Emmanuel Nahshon, said yesterday that his government has also investigated the facts contained in the report and that the Israeli government has opened criminal cases where they are considered necessary.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, said meanwhile that the Islamic resistance movement will study the report, although he sees no evidence that weapons caches were hiding in UN schools in Gaza.

An external international commission led by the UN intends to render its conclusions next June.

Following the accession of the Palestinian authorities to the treaty regulating the International Criminal Court, the prosecution of this court opened a preliminary investigation in January to examine whether war crimes were committed during the conflict in Gaza last summer, in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed. Most of those killed were civilians.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Jewish Settlers Use Palestinian Children As Labor force

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Human Rights Watch, an advocacy organization for human rights reported today that Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian minors as laborers in agriculture fields, a practice that is contrary to international law.

In a 74-page report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that Israeli settlements, mostly in the Jordan Valley, employ children as young as 11 years old, mainly in agricultural work for which they typically receive very low wages.

The report also stresses that children endure long hours under high temperatures, lift heavy materials and are exposed to dangerous pesticides.

The document was prepared with the testimonies of some of the children working in the Jewish settlements and suggests that in some cases Palestinian families have to bear the cost of medical treatment for injuries or illnesses related to work performed by their children.

HRW interviewed 38 children and 12 adult Palestinians working in seven settlements in the Jordan Valley area. The settlements occupy more than 30 percent of the West Bank and are home to most of the major agricultural colonies. Israel occupies the area built in the West Bank, plus the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem since the 1967 war.

According to the report, Palestinian children working in settlements often leave school to work cleaning or packaging asparagus, tomatoes, eggplant and other crops. “Israeli settlements [are] profiting [from] abuse [of] the rights of Palestinian children,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, The Director of HRW for the Middle East and North Africa.

She added that Israeli policies of discrimination result in “impoverished communities where children leave school and accept hazardous work because they feel they have no alternative, as Israel turns a blind eye”.

The spokesperson for the organization in Jerusalem, Bill Van Esveld, said that children working in the colonies do so by choice, although they are motivated by the lack of a better socio-economic reality.

“I do not say that they are carrying out forced labor, but many must wait until the end of the day until they can return home,” he said.

Meanwhile, the President of the regional council of the Jordan Valley, David Elhayani, refused the accusations made by HRW.

“These data are a fallacy he assured a news agency, we respect national and international laws. If someone is caught with minor working in the settlements, he will have his farm shut down, and nobody wants to take that risk.”

He said his council employs 6,000 workers daily, mostly Palestinians, but he denied that any of them are children.

“Our products are subjected to very tough competition and high quality standards; if a farmer employed a child, the economic damage would be terrible,” he said. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it was studying the HRW report.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Palestine Joins International Criminal Court

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Palestine officially became a member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday in a similar manner in which other states that have ratified the Rome Statute, its founding document.

The Court is a judicial body and is not authorized to recognize any state. However, the United Nations admitted Palestine back in in November 2012 as an obsever state, clearing the way for the ICC to allow Palestine to become member number 123.

The current government of Mahmoud Abbas agreed last January to recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction to investigate alleged war crimes committed by Israel since June 13, 2014. Similarly, Palestinian militants may be subject to investigation by the prosecution.

The Palestinian membership has led to outright rejection from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president considers Hamas a “terrorist organization allied with the Palestinian Authority, whose “criminals fired thousands of rockets against Israeli citizens.” The United States and Canada share Netanyahu’s opinion.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki, hosted the second vice president of the Court who gave him a symbolic copy of the Rome Statute, the founding document of the high court.

“From today Palestine formally becomes a Member State of the Rome Statute, the world is closer to ending a long era of impunity and injustice. This agreement brings us closer to our shared goals of justice and peace,” said Al Mali.

The path of Palestine to the Hague-based ICC has been slow and complicated. Abbas announced its accession on December 31 last year, just one day after his last proposal to end the Israeli occupation was rejected before the Security Council of the UN.

Then, on January 2, Abbas signed the Rome Statute thus completing the legal process that culminates now. The secretary general of the UN itself, Ban Ki-moon, announced the date of April 1 for the incorporation of Palestine via the organization’s website.

Palestine has accepted the jurisdiction of international judges from June 13 of last year, which will enable them to investigate Israel’s military operations that took place between July 8 and August 26, 2014. During this time, more than 2,000 Palestinians and 70 Israelis were killed.

The prosecution of the Court evaluates at present the documentation on the subject, an essential step to open a formal investigation. In the last five years the ICC had rejected three other similar claims, because “Palestine was not part of the UN family.”

From now on a new chapter opens in international justice.


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Israeli Stooge Abbas Supports Obama’s War On Yemen

Abbas Supports Obama's War On Yemen

Israel appointed Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian Authority leader to provide enforcer services – dirty work it subcontracts.

He’s hugely corrupt. He amassed great stolen wealth serving Israeli interests – conspiring against his own people.

He’s a Palestinian Judas, a longtime Israeli collaborator. He has no legitimacy whatever. He belongs in prison, not high office.

On Thursday, he expressed support for Saudi terror-bombing – naked aggression by any standard.

He backs US-installed ousted puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

He ludicrously called restoring him to power important to create Yemeni security and unity.

He turned a blind eye to his despotic rule. He’s mindless of US-directed Saudi terror bombing murdering scores of civilian men, women and children – maybe hundreds by now.

Reports indicate Saudi and Egyptian military forces intend invading Yemen as soon as orders from Washington signal go.

Expect mass slaughter to follow. Millions of Yemenis are at risk.

Abbas supports what demands universal condemnation.

Naked aggression violates core international law. No nation may attack another except in self-defense.

Security Council members alone may authorize it. Otherwise it’s brazenly illegal.

The  Electronic Intifada said senior PA official Mahmound al-Habbash called on Arab states to “strike” Gaza – terror-bomb 1.8 million people the way Israel did last summer.

Murder perhaps thousands more. Maybe turn all remaining parts of Gaza Israel didn’t destroy to rubble.

Abbas supported Israel’s 2008-09 Cast Lead and 2012 Pillar of Cloud wars. Most likely its 2014 Operation Protective Edge carnage.

He’s Palestine’s worst enemy. He supports mass murdering his own people.

Al-Habbash serves as PA religious advisor. What kind of a god he prays to isn’t known – for sure not one civilized people believe in.

He said Arab states are obligated to “strike those who have violated legitimacy with an iron fist, regardless of the place, time or circumstances, beginning with Palestine.”

In January 2006, Palestinians overwhelmingly elected Hamas their legitimate government.

Al-Habbash called its democratic victory and what followed “a coup” separating Gaza and West Bank authority.

“(I)t must be addressed with firmness,” he said. Mass murder is his method of choice.

“There can be no dialogue with coup-makers. They must be hit with an iron fist.”

Israel complicit with Washington orchestrated “coup-mak(ing)” against Palestine’s legitimately elected government.

Hamas successfully resisted their lawlessness. The price of electoral victory and resisting coup d’etat efforts was longterm isolation under siege and three US-supported and encouraged Israeli wars of aggression.

Abbas solidified West Bank power as Palestine’s illegitimate leader.

Besieged Gazans continue suffering horrifically under Israel’s lawless blockade – with no end in sight or international community help to support their legitimate rights.

Al-Habbash perhaps spoke for Abbas saying “(t)here are many other (regional) cases that should be treated like Yemen.”

In other words, mass murdering Arabs is OK as long as privileged ones benefit.

Abbas, al-Habbash and likeminded corrupt PA officials are Palestinians worst enemies. Why they put up with them, they’ll have to explain.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Israel Joins Obama’s War On Yemen

Israel Joins Obama's War On Yemen

Obama terror-bombed Yemen throughout his tenure. He murdered hundreds of noncombatant men, women and children in cold blood.

He’s at it again. He’s waging proxy war against Houthi rebels.

He’s using rogue state regional allies to do his dirty work.

Houthis ousted illegitimately US-installed puppet Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Israel quietly joined Obama’s dirty war. On March 22, Houthi leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi accused Washington and Israel of using Takfiri extremists to stage terrorist attacks on Yemeni civilians.

Mosques were targeted. Scores were killed, hundreds injured. Al-Houthi urged Yemenis to unite against elements aiming to destabilize the country.

“Everyone is a target,” he said. He didn’t know at the time Washington intended using proxy forces to terror-bomb Yemen into submission.

America’s goal is longstanding. Eliminate all independent governments. Replace them with US-controlled puppets.

Hadi was a convenient stooge. Obama wants him back in power serving US interests.

At the same time, denying Iran a regional ally. Wanting Tehran isolated by eliminating its key allies – mainly Syria and Hezbollah.

Then replacing its independent government with one Washington controls.

America allies with the region’s worst despots to further its objectives.

It’s in bed with Israel’s hegemonic ambitions. Both countries partner in each other’s high crimes.

They threaten world peace. They  terror-bomb adversaries.

Washington planned war on Yemen months earlier. It’s controlling and directing ongoing Saudi-led aggression against a nation posing it no threat.

Israeli warplanes are involved. Fars News said they’re participating in airstrikes.

It quoted Yemen’s Al-Haq Political party Secretary-General Hassan Zayd saying:

On direct orders from Netanyahu, “for the first time…Zionists are conducting a joint (military) operation in coalition with Arabs.”

Yemen’s al-Massira television said aggressor warplanes deliberately targeted civilian homes and a market where people were shopping.

Dozens were killed, scores more injured. Bombing continues.

Houthi forces keep advancing. Reports indicate heavy clashes near Aden.

Senior Iranian parliamentarians urged Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member nations to condemn Saudi terror-bombing.

Iranian MP Zohreh Tabibzadeh spoke for others saying “(w)e expect the NAM countries to condemn this aggression.”

Yemenis intend defending their country, she stressed. They deserve universal support against US-planned, sponsored and directed terror-bombing.

On Saturday, Reuters said Houthi fighters continued making gains – despite Saudi-led air attacks.

Yemen is the latest example of Washington’s war on humanity.

It’s systematically ravaging and destroying one country at a time.

Post-9/11 alone, its aim for unchallenged global dominance took millions of lives.

Gideon Polya estimates Bush/Obama’s genocidal war on Iraq (since 2003) killed 2.7 million people – from violence and “violently-imposed deprivation.”

Since 1914, Western wars on Iraq killed nine million, Polya estimates.

What Britain began a century ago, it now partners in what Washington continues – wars without end against Arab populations being systematically exterminated.

Western media scoundrels ignore an ongoing Arab Holocaust far greater than what Hitler did to Jews.

Try finding a single Western report explaining it. None on one of history’s greatest crimes.

Arab lives don’t matter. Western white supremacists consider them fair game for mass slaughter and exploitation.

Washington’s Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Syrian wars continue. Yemen is Obama’s latest aggression.

It follows his installing Nazis to run Ukraine – to wage dirty war without mercy on Donbass residents wanting to live free from the scourge of fascism.

What happens longer term remains to be seen. Washington’s war on humanity threatens world peace.

Madness defines US policy. Lunatics in charge won’t quit until they turn all countries to rubble.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

UN Denounces Israeli Abuses Against Detained Palestinian Children

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500 children were killed and hundreds of thousands were found to be psychologically unstable after the last Israeli attack in Gaza.

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Makarim Wibisono, called on Israel to “cease the abuse of lots of kids” that the Israeli regime holds in detention.

“I am extremely concerned about the treatment given to the Palestinians, including children in detention centers in Israel,” said Wibisono as he presented his latest report to the Human Rights Council of the UN during its twenty-eighth session.

“As we speak, scores of Palestinian children are in Israeli detention centers. I appeal to Israel to take the relevant decisions dramatically and immediately to cease the abuse,” he added.

Wibisono echoed a report from the United Nations Children’s Fund published two years ago in which it was concluded that the abuse of children in the detention system appeared to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized.

“No child deserves to go through terrifying nights of arrests, physical and verbal abuse, denial of access to a lawyer, and humiliation,” said the reporter, who recalled that Israeli children living in illegal settlements in the occupied territories “are not treated in the same way. “

The rapporteur assumed that since the report was published, Israel conducts interrogations in a language that the child can understand, but claims that this does not occur in cases of children who throw stones, which is the most common charge against them .

Wibisono remembered the price paid by Palestinian children in Gaza after the last conflict, which left 500 dead and 400,000 children in need of psychosocial support.

“The ferocity of the destruction and the high proportion of civilian lives lost in Gaza raises serious questions about Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law and the principles of proportionality, distinction and precaution in attacks”.

“The high number of hospitals, ambulances, schools and private homes destroyed despite the special protection that is granted to them, is an example of this,” he added.

Moreover, Wibisono expressed his “dismay as most people take it lightly when excessive use of force by the Israeli security forces ends in injury or death of Palestinians.”

He recalled the case of two Palestinian teenagers who posed no threat and were killed in cold blood last May at the hands of Israeli security forces.

The speaker again asked Israel to let him enter their territory to carry out his task more accurately and fairly, and reminded that “peace begins when human rights are respected.”


Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Netanyahu Divides As He Conquers In Israeli Election

Israeli Prime Minister and the leader of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party's election headquarters after the first results of the Israeli general election on March 18, 2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Time)

Israeli Prime Minister and the leader of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu greets supporters at the party’s election headquarters after the first results of the Israeli general election on March 18, 2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Time)

Much of Israel and the rest of the Middle East went to bed late Tuesday with initial exit polls showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party in a virtual tie with its main rival, the center-left Zionist Union, but awoke Wednesday to a vastly different outcome.

 

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