RAMALLAH, June 26, 2013 (WAFA) – Marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, a Palestinian human rights group said Wednesday that since the Israeli occupation in 1967, a total of 73 Palestinian detainees have died from torture at the hands of their Israeli interrogators.
Arafat Jaradat, 30, who died on February 23 while under Israeli interrogation only one week after his arrest, was the most recent example of a torture victim, said Addameer, a prisoner support organization.
It said that a Palestinian detainee “is often subjected to some form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, whether physical or psychological, and ranging in extremity.”
The human rights group said the forms of torture and ill treatment employed against Palestinian prisoners include the following: beatings, tying prisoners in “stress positions”, interrogation sessions that last up to 12 consecutive hours, depriving prisoners of sleep and other sensory deprivation, isolation and solitary confinement, and threats against the lives of their relatives.
It said confessions extracted through such practices are admissible in court.
“These practices are in direct contravention of international law, including the United Nations Convention against Torture (CAT), ratified by Israel on 3 October 1991, which requires any State Party to prevent the use of torture and associated practices,” it said.
According to research by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, all 700 complaints of torture made against Israeli interrogators in the past 10 years were closed without any criminal investigation, said Addameer.
“On this day commemorating victims of torture, it is imperative that attention is drawn to the plight of the almost 5,000 Palestinian political prisoners, and the systematic torture which they are subjected to,” it said.
It called on Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, “to immediately form an investigation committee to investigate the situation of all Palestinian political prisoners, in particular the systematic use of torture they are subjected to by the Israeli security services and the Israeli prison service.”
Photo: Secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visits his good friend Barack Obama.
U.S., Israel and U.N. made a deal for the creation of a Greater Israel
1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US gov...ernment also promisedIsrael that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.
2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted any new construction. The United States vetoed it.
3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.
4) On October 2011, Israeli jets bomb Gaza Strip - Israeli jetfighters engage in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.
5) On December 4th, 2012, Israel announced that it would move ahead on plans to build 3,000 settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem on territory the Palestinians claim as theirs 'to punish the Palestinians for winning U.N. recognition'.
6) On May 29, 2013, Israel said it was 'ready to reengage with UN Human Rights Council but only if fair play and international standards are applied'.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin: 'Such a move would occur only if the body could guarantee that the Jewish state would receive fair treatment in the future'...
"I was coming down Times Square once and there was a wave of people — must have been three, four thousand people raging down the street.
I was walking and I’m all, Wow. What was that? And it was Ali. And he was on foot. And this wave of people going up Eighth Avenue. It was amazing."
June 30, 2013
Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, stressed during a meeting with new Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the necessity of preserving the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria to provide suitable conditions to emerge from the current crisis and move towards the Syrian-Syrian political dialogue.
Salehi, who is visiting Qatar heading a political delegation, explained the Iranian policy towards Syria and the importance of consolidating security and stability in the Gulf region, stressing the necessity of upgrading regional cooperation.
The Qatari Emir described Iran as an influential country in the region, stressing the importance of making use of Iran's capacities to resolve and settle regional problems.
Iran's Chief of Staff: U.S.-Western calculations about Syria have all failed
Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major-General, Hassan Fairouz Abadi, stressed that the calculations of the US and the West have failed in Syria and victory is now in the hands of the resistance in the region.
In a speech, Fairouz Abadi slammed the behavior of some countries which support terrorists in Syria with weapons, saying "The west must know well that the balance of power on the ground does not change by the flow of weapons to al-Qaeda and its allies in Syria."
He added that the West and the Zionists have lost the lead as sending weapons to the terrorists in Syria is no more feasible and does not help them carry out their schemes.
Kerry: Political solution to Syria crisis only way out
US Secretary of State, John Kerry said that the political solution to the crisis in Syria is the only way out.
Kerry, who concluded a visit to the occupied Palestinian lands, said in a press conference on Sunday ''I am looking forward to talks with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, because the situation in Syria is dangerous, and part of the talks will focus on how to ramp up efforts to have a bearing on the events.''
Kerry affirmed that peaceful solution is the only way to save Syria, stressing that there is no military solution to the crisis.
Washington is sending contradictory signals on Syria as Kerry's statements emphasize the importance of political solution while the US announced that it will provide military aid to the armed terrorist groups in Syria.
Israel used White Phosphorous rounds against Southern Lebanon in 2006.
On January 3, 2009, the Israel artillery was shelling the people of Northern Gaza with White Phosphorous rounds.
They are indiscriminate killers, as that the gas released from the explosion, burns exposed flesh, and the lungs of the victims, whichever way the wind blows.
Israel's 'chemical weapons campaign' against Syria, as a justification for providing direct U.S. military aid to the so called 'Free Syrian Army'.
Israel planned the war on Syria years ago, and put pressure on Washington long before Washington’s announcement of “credible evidence of chemical weapons use" by Syrian forces, despite a dearth of actual hard evidence revealed...
November 2, 2010
In farewell meeting at the Knesset, Gen. Amos Yadlin says next conflict will hit Israel far harder than recent wars in Lebanon and Gaza – and hints for first the time at Israeli involvement in a 2007 strike on a nuclear plant in Syria…
In a final meeting at the Knesset, outgoing Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin warned on Tuesday that Israel’s next war would be fought on several fronts – causing far heavier damage and casualties than other recent conflicts. A new war would be far deadlier than Israel’s last two, relatively short, conflicts in Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008-9. Syria, particularly, posed a greated military obstacle to Israel than at any time in the past three decades, Yadlin said, having amassed advanced Russian-built antiaircraft missiles that seriously limited the operational freedom of the Israel Air Force. Yadlin also hinted at Israel’s involvement in attacking a Syrian nuclear facility in September 2007. That strike has been widely attributed to Israel, but the government has never officially taken responsibility for the operation. The veteran soldier, who turns 60 next year, told the committee that during his position as MI chief he had contended with two enemy nuclear programs – apparently a reference to Iran and Syria. Yadlin also warned of a growing threat from the Iranian nuclear program, saying Iran now had enough highly enriched uranium to build a bomb.
December 14, 2011
'Israeli officials say Syria’s Bashar al-Assad is doomed'
JERUSALEM —In a shift, Israeli officials are welcoming the prospect that Syria’s embattled president, Bashar al-Assad, will be overthrown, an event Defense Minister Ehud Barak says could be weeks away.
The officials’ new tone contrasts with conventional thinking here in years past, when Assad was credited with maintaining calm along the frontier with the Israeli-held Golan Heights and considered a stable alternative to a possible takeover by Islamic fundamentalists.
As Assad has come under mounting pressure from a revolt at home and moves to isolate him abroad, initial wariness by Israeli officials of speaking publicly about the fate of his regime has given way to open speculation about how long he can hold on to power, who might replace him and the possible risks of a chaotic disintegration of his rule.
“Basically, it’s inevitable,” Barak said in a telephone interview before flying Wednesday to Washington for meetings with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other administration officials. “The Assad family, through their own behavior, have lost their last drop of legitimacy and put themselves beyond the point of no return with their brutal slaughter of their own people. He has ceased to be something relevant.”
“It might take many weeks,” Barak added, “but it’s not a matter of months or years.”
In a separate interview, Moshe Yaalon, the minister of strategic affairs, said: “It’s a matter of time and bloodshed before we will witness Assad’s departure. That is our assessment.”
Obama administration officials have expressed equal certainty that Assad will eventually leave, but they and Arab countries that are trying to persuade him to stand down anticipate a far longer timeline extending well into next year.
“Our view is that this regime is the equivalent of [a] dead man walking,” Frederic Hof, the State Department’s point man for Syria, told a congressional subcommittee Wednesday. “But the real question is, how many steps remain?”
“I think it is very, very, very difficult to predict or project how much time this regime has,” Hof said.
Hof fended off calls by lawmakers to provide military support to the Syrian opposition, saying it is not yet unified and needs to gain the support of frightened minorities convinced by Assad that their rights won’t be respected in any new government. Promoting a violent response from heretofore peaceful demonstrators would play into Assad’s hands, he said.
A ‘major blow’ for Iran
Barak predicted that an eventual ouster of Assad would undermine an alliance of Israel’s enemies, including militant Islamist groups in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, backed by Iran and Syria, that have fought Israel across its northern and southern borders.
“When the Assad family falls, it will be a major blow to the radical axis led by Iran,” Barak said “It will weaken Iran, it will weaken Hezbollah and weaken the backing for Hamas, and it will deprive the Iranians of a real stronghold in the Arab world. It will strengthen Turkey, which is a natural rival to Iran’s hegemonic intentions. This is something positive for Israel.”
Photo: Jim Hollander/AP - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, second from left, now thinks it’s inevitable that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad will be deposed. He also predicts that Assad’s removal would undermine an alliance of Israel’s enemies.
28 April 2013
'Netanyahu tells Israeli ministers to stay silent on Syria'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his ministers to keep silent about Syria to avoid the impression Israel is pushing the international community into armed intervention, army radio said Sunday.
Netanyahu gave the instructions after Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin suggested the international community might react militarily to "take control of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal."
The radio station reported Netanyahu sought to avoid that Elkin's words be seen as an Israeli attempt to push the United States into launching a military operation in Syria.
Since 2001, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and leader of Israel's far right party, Avigdor Lieberman, proposes to establish four townships in the occupied West Bank, hermetically sealed, which would be grouped the Palestinians. He sees it as a solution for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are more than one million, to move the vast majority of the group in tightly closed, self-administered areas.
Thus would arise a State ethnically homogeneous from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan, sheltering in its midst Palestinian “Bantustans”.
1) On November 15, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urging his cabinet to accept a U.S. proposal to extend a freeze on West Bank settlement building for 90 days. Under the plan, Washington would block UN resolutions critical of Israel, and supply Israel with fighter jets worth $3 billion. The US government also promised Israel that after the 90-day moratorium, they would not seek an extension, and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (all of which is illegal under international law) could continue unabated.
2) In February 2011, more than 100 nations voted for a U.N. resolution that would have condemned illegal Israeli settlements and halted anynew construction. The United States vetoed it.
3) On February 19, 2011, Israel said it was deeply grateful to the United States after it vetoed a United Nations resolution put forward by the Palestinian leadership condemning Israeli settlement activity.
4) Oktober 2011: Israeli jets bomb Gaza Strip - Israeli jetfighters engage in aerial bombing of the Palestinian city of Khan Yunes in the Gaza Strip.
June 28, 2013
Units of the armed forces carried out a series of operations against terrorists' gatherings in al-Ziabieh, al-Hussainieh, Hijjera towns and the area surrounding al-Bahdalieh in Damascus southern countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, in addition to destroying their weapons and equipment.
An official source told SANA that the army units discovered a field hospital in al-Ziabieh town full of medical equipment and medicine which were stolen by terrorists from the public and private hospitals in the area.
The source added that an army unit killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in Hijjera town. Among the dead terrorists were Gassan Atia and Abdullah al-Mo'ajl.
The source pointed out that another army unit destroyed a mortar and a heavy machinegun in al-Hussainieh town, killing and injuring a number of terrorists, including Mohammad al-Kurdi and Iman al-Sheikh.
In the area surrounding al-Bahdalieh town, the army units destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapon and ammunition inside it, in addition to killing several terrorists, including Nayf Kaaki.
Tunnel for storing weapons discovered in Joubar
Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in al-Shaifounia, Ein Tarma valley, Kafr Batna, Zamalka, Erbein, al-Baharia and Deir Salman in Damascus Countryside, killing and injuring scores of terrorists, in addition to discovering a tunnel in Joubar neighborhood which was used by terrorists to store weapons and ammunition.
An official source told SANA that the army units killed all members of an armed terrorist groups in al-Shaifounia farms, including their leader Mustafa Dybo and Abdurrahman al-Ajoua, in addition to destroying a terrorists' den in Kafr Batna and killing all terrorists inside it, including Kasem Mouhsen and Hussein Darwish.
The source added that another army unit killed terrorists in Zamalka and Erbein, including Khaldon Bakhdonis, Hamza Jouma and Bilal al-Ashi, while another army unit destroyed a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it in Ein Tarma valley, in addition to killing a number of terrorists, including Fadi Hasno and Firas al- Jandali.
In the eastern Ghouta, the army units pursued terrorists in the farms surrounding al-Baharia and Deir Salman towns, destroying a terrorists' den along with the weapons and ammunition inside it, in addition to killing several terrorists, including Abdurrahman Shahin and Khalid al-Khatib.
In Joubar, other army units discovered a tunnel to the east of al-Manasher roundabout which was used by terrorists to hide and store weapons.
Army units target terrorists in Aleppo and its countryside
Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in Aleppo and its countryside, tightening control over several building in al-Rashiden neighborhood, in addition to killing and injuring scores of terrorists.
An official source told SANA that the army units killed all members of an armed terrorist group to the north of Blaka and Somar restaurants and in the farms located to the east of the Central Prison of Aleppo.
The source added that other army units destroyed terrorists' heavy machineguns and ammunition in Babis and al-Mansoura towns.
The source pointed out that other army units killed scores of terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism on Andan-Hayan road, in addition to destroying a number of cars loaded with weapons and ammunition in al-Castillo area, causing large fire and dense smoke in the area.
Other army units destroyed terrorists' gatherings near the Gas Station in Minnegh village, al-Alqamiah, al-Zira'a and Kafr Antoun and destroyed weapons and ammunition for terrorists who were attempting to attack Noubl village and Minnegh Airport from Tall Rifaat, Hritan and Mayer villages.
In Aleppo city, the army units tightened control over a number of buildings in the area surrounding al-Rashiden neighborhood, after killing scores of terrorists who were positioning inside them and using these buildings to store weapons and target the citizens in the neighboring areas.
Army units destroy terrorists' gatherings in Idleb countryside
Units of the armed forces destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra gatherings in several villages and towns in Idleb countryside, killing and injuring a number of terrorists.
An official source told SANA reporter that the army units killed scores of terrorists who were perpetrating acts of terrorism in al-Janoudia, Mshmshan and Bashlamoun in Jisr al-Shogour countryside, in addition to destroying terrorists' weapons and equipment in Jabal al-Arbaain, Ram Hamdan, Matram and Saraqeb.
The source added that other army units pursued terrorists in Abu Dhour town and destroyed their weaons and ammunition, while another army unit killed and injured scores of terrorists in Maaret al-Nouman, Kafranbel, Kfar Roma and Hisho.
A military source said that the army targeted an armed terrorist group in Qatroun town in Jisr al-Shoghour, adding that scores of terrorists were killed and injured in the operation.
Authorities arrest two terrorists in Homs
The authorities arrested two wanted terrorists in Homs eastern countryside.
A military source told SANA that terrorists Abdul-Elah Ahmad Saad Eddin and Adnan Rashed al-Mansour were arrested in the area of Terma'la in Homs countryside.
Authorities seize car loaded with weapons in Homs
Authorities seized a car loaded with weapons and ammunition in al-Wa'ar neighborhood in Homs city.
An official source at the province told SANA that the seized weapons included 19 automatic rifle, RPG launcher, 38 RPG rounds, 4 anti-tanks missiles, 4 shoulder-mounted rockets and 32 communication devices.
U.S. military base in Qatar
June 27, 2013
Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci reiterated the necessity for solving the crisis in Syria by the Syrians themselves, asserting that nobody can replace the Syrians regarding what they will decide whether it is good or bad.
"Dialogue is the only outlet for the crisis in Syria," Medelci told Russian Kommersant newspaper on Thursday.
He said that his talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow dealt with the issues connected with the preparations for holding the upcoming international conference on Syria.
Medelci didn't rule out not holding the conference, considering that this will be the worst development of the events as all the crisis always end with dialogue.
Lavrov and Medelci stressed, in a press conference on Tuesday, that Russia and Algeria agree on the necessity of the peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.
Lavrov pointed out that "solving the crisis in the region can be achieved through dialogue, halting violence, stopping the infiltration of terrorists and gunmen and smuggling weapons across the borders."
H/ Zain / Ghossoun
'Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office'
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan // Taliban fighters on Friday hailed the rebels' new office in Qatar as evidence of their success on the front lines but vowed to battle on until all US forces leave Afghanistan.
'U.S. military base in Qatar for operations in Afghanistan'
Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saoudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base south of Doha, the Qatari capital.
Al Udeid Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة العديد الجوية) is also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport (Arabic:مطار أبو نخلة). It houses foreign coalition personnel and assets. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces Central, No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. In 1999, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, reportedly told US officials that he would like to see as many as 10,000 US servicemen permanently stationed at Al Udeid.
Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, command, and basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.