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‘International legitimacy’ and alienation from Palestinian history

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By Ramona Wadi

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Talk of “full rights” and “international legitimacy” by Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat was once again prominent within its usual inconsistency. Speaking at a meeting with various diplomatic representatives, including EU representative John Gatt-Rutter, Erekat insisted upon Palestine’s right to participate fully in international institutions, including recourse to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The insistence, however, was based upon acquiescence to imperialist narratives of what Palestine is expected to comply with – notably adherence to the two-state conspiracy.

Ma’an reported that Erekat said “occupied Palestine” is entitled to “full right to join international organisations, institutions, statues, conventions and protocols, especially the ICC.” The “two-state solution”, according to Erekat, is being intentionally destroyed by Israel through its constant annihilation of Palestinians. Following a regurgitation of the usual list of Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, Erekat included a positive reference with regard to the meaningless symbolism of Palestinian recognition generated recently by Sweden and the UK.

Conveniently omitted from Erekat’s narrative are the consequences of international legitimacy with regards to Palestine. The recent diplomatic discourse confirms the PA’s constant and wilful collaboration in maintaining the conditions exacerbating Palestine’s existence – a trend with various historical precedents that created an acceleration of Zionist settler-colonialism and the disintegration of Palestinian resistance.

Divested of the inherent imperialist plunder and exploitation, international legitimacy is an ambiguous term constantly referred to by the PA, despite the constraints and oppression resulting from such insistence. Upheld as an absolute to attain, the diplomatic quest is futile, with countries and international organisations determining international legitimacy remaining committed to upholding the hegemonic narrative determined by the settler-colonial state. International legitimacy for Palestinians, therefore, translates into Palestinian leaders’ acceptance of reinventing history and memory in order to accommodate both Israel and the imperialist powers safeguarding its existence.

While Israel is constantly faced with the necessity of reshaping its invention and fabrication of nationhood in order to sustain the process of colonisation, Palestine is being divested of its own ingrained memory by leaders whose allegiance is pledged to the colonisers, rather than the necessity of liberation. This strategy of alienation is in accordance with the UN’s perfected measures, throughout the decades, of deconstructing Palestinian history through resolutions that attempt to address immediate violations committed against Palestinians without resorting to accountability. In the same manner, continued reference and insistence upon the two-state conspiracy, which is a mere euphemism for complicity in safeguarding the process of complete Zionist colonisation of Palestine, will continue to serve as a premise for alleged legitimacy by a leadership that fails to acknowledge its country’s history in favour of accommodating external impositions.

The notion of seeking international legitimacy from imperialist powers is absurd, yet one that sustains the existence of the PA to the detriment of delegitimising the Palestinian population and its right to land, history and memory through violent political rhetoric. Hence, international legitimacy remains a perilous illusion for Palestine and one that should be adamantly refuted in order to create a revolutionary armed struggle for liberation of the entire territory.

(Source / 23.10.2014)

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Hoe verdrijf ik een Palestijn?

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By Engelbert Luitsz            ©             (www.alexandrina.nl/?p=3784)

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Palestijnen op weg naar hun werk bij een militair checkpoint in Jenin. Twintig procent van de inwoners van de Westelijke Jordaanoever en veertig procent van de inwoners van de Gazastrip zegt te willen emigreren. (Foto AP)

In een scherpe column geeft de Israëlische journaliste Amira Hass een “inventarisatie van methoden” die door Israël worden ingezet om de Palestijnen te verdrijven. Wat deze methoden gemeen hebben is dat ze doorgaans gecamoufleerd zijn: soms hebben ze de vorm van wettelijke bepalingen en soms zijn het de omstandigheden die worden aangegrepen als excuus.

(Dit stuk is losjes gebaseerd op haar column Israelis excel at camouflaging the expulsion of Palestinians, dat vandaag in de Israëlische krant Haaretz verscheen.)

De Nakba

De grootste verdrijving stamt natuurlijk uit 1948, toen er tussen de 700.000 en 800.000 Palestijnen werden verjaagd. Sindsdien ging het om kleinere aantallen, maar tot op de dag van vandaag gaat dit door.

Hier zijn de negen belangrijkste methoden om Palestijnen te verdrijven, volgens Amira Hass.

1.
Het intrekken van een verblijfsvergunning. Israël beheert het Palestijnse bevolkingsregister en heeft tussen 1967 en 1994 de verblijfsvergunningen van zo’n 250.000 Palestijnen uit de Gazastrook en de Westelijke Jordaanoever ingetrokken, aangezien deze mensen langer dan zeven jaar in het buitenland verbleven. Daar komen nog minstens 100.000 Palestijnen bij die tijdens de oorlog van 1967 waren gevlucht of verdreven. Deze mensen mochten niet terugkeren naar hun huizen.

Hass merkt hierbij fijntjes op dat Israëli’s die naar Los Angeles emigreren, nog steeds Israëli’s zijn.

2.
Onder de Oslo-akkoorden zouden Palestijnen die in 1967 hun identiteitskaart waren “verloren”, gaandeweg moeten kunnen terugkeren naar de Gazastrook of de Westelijke Jordaanoever. Hier gebruikt Israël legale truukjes om dat onmogelijk te maken.

3.
Met de controle over het Palestijnse bevolkingsregister voor de Gazastrook en de Westelijke Jordaanoever heeft Israël de terugkeer van honderdduizenden Palestijnen onmogelijk gemaakt. Slechts enkele tienduizenden konden vanwege “familiehereniging” terugkeren. Iets wat door Israël wordt gepromoot als een teken van goede wil.

4.
Zelfs Palestijnen die zijn geboren in Oost-Jeruzalem moeten erg uitkijken. Hoewel ze een status als “permanente inwoner” hebben, wordt die status ingetrokken wanneer ze zeven jaar of langer in het buitenland zijn. Maar nu is opeens de Westelijke Jordaanoever “het buitenland” (terwijl Israël in alle andere gevallen juist claimt dat dat een deel van Israël is). Dus als een Palestijn op slechts een kilometer van zijn woonplaats werk vind, raakt hij zijn permanente status kwijt. Op deze manier zijn er sinds 1967 meer dan veertienduizend Palestijnen uitgewezen.

5.
Bedoeïenen worden altijd verdreven. Van hun waterbronnen en hun graslanden. Vaak omdat hun gebied wordt aangemerkt als militair oefenterrein.

6.
Bedoeïenen (II). Zonder dat er enige aandacht voor was in de pers werden enkele tientallen Bedoeïenen die al sinds de jaren vijftig in Oost-Jeruzalem hadden gewoond, verbannen naar de Westelijke Jordaanoever.

7.
Al voor dat er sprake was van Gebied C (het grootste deel van de Westelijke Jordaanoever, volledig onder Israëlisch bestuur), had Israël er door middel van strenge regels (uitsluitend bedoeld voor Palestijnen) voor gezorgd dat het bijna onmogelijk was een vergunning te krijgen om te wonen, te bouwen, of landbouw te bedrijven. Slechts 12% van de Palestijnen van de Westelijke Jordaanoever (zo’n 300.000) leven nog in 60% van het land. Alle inwoners van zogenoemde “niet erkende dorpen” werden gedwongen te verhuizen naar de kleinere gebieden A en B.

8.
In 2002 werden 26 van de Palestijnen die in de belegerde Geboortekerk zaten naar de Gazastrook verbannen. Ze mochten na twee jaar terugkeren, zo werd hen beloofd. Maar daar is niets van terechtgekomen. Ze zijn nog steeds verbannen, op 70 kilometer van de plek waar ze geboren werden.

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Een favoriete methode is gewoon het leven ondraaglijk maken.

Twintig procent van de inwoners van de Westelijke Jordaanoever en veertig procent van de inwoners van de Gazastrip zegt te willen emigreren.

Doordat Israël praktisch het hele gebied van de Westelijke Jordaanoever onder controle heeft en er grote beperkingen zijn in de bewegingsvrijheid van de Palestijnen, is de kans op het vinden van werk gering. In Oost-Jeruzalem hebben ze weer te maken met het rabiate joodse racisme.

Is het mogelijk dat de Israëlische demografische experts niet weten dat er een link bestaat tussen economische problemen, het ontbreken van politieke en professionele toekomstverwachtingen, militaire en racistische aanvallen, en het verlangen te vertrekken?

Tamelijk vrij naar Amira Hass

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KOBANE UPDATE 7: US AIRDROP ARMS AND AMMO TO KOBANE & TURKEY AGREES TO ALLOW PESHMERGA TO ENTER CITY

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By Peter Clifford                      ©                   (www.petercliffordonline.com/syria-iraq-news-4/)

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On Sunday, yesterday, at dawn 3 x US C-130 Coalition aircraft dropped 27 packages of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the besieged Kurds in Kobane.

The aircraft met no resistance from Islamic State (IS) forces on the ground and sources from within Kobane have confirmed that the multiple airdrops arrived safely. “We are hoping for more”, said a Kobane spokesman, adding that they would “help greatly” with their fight against IS.

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US C-130 Cargo Planes Airdrop Over Kobane

The weapons and ammunition were supplied by the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq whose President, Massoud Barzani, has been talking to the Americans and the Turks for weeks.

US Central Command reported on Monday afternoon, that six airstrikes near Kobani on Sunday and Monday destroyed IS fighting and mortar positions, an IS vehicle, and one stray resupply bundle from a the U.S. airdrop of Kurdish supplies.

The stray supply bundle was destroyed to  prevent it from falling into enemy hands.  All other resupply bundles were successfully delivered.

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was informed in advance of the airdrops on Saturday night in a telephone call from President Obama.

Erdogan’s response is not known, but on Sunday he is reported once again as saying that the PYD (the YPG Kurdish fighters political branch) is the same as the PKK (armed Kurdish group in Turkey) and “they are all terrorists”.

However, there has been an announcement by the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, this morning, Monday, that his Government has agreed to allow a force of Kurdish Peshmerga from Iraq to cross Turkish territory to reinforce the fighters in Kobane.

No further details were given, but Cavusoglu also showed no anger at the US airdrop, saying only that,”We have been in full cooperation with the Coalition” and adding “We have no wish at all to see Kobani fall”. BBC Syria news explains why the Turks will allow in Iraq’s Kurdish Peshmerga but not Syrian Kurds to support Kobane.

Fighting over the weekend was fierce on Saturday but quieter on Sunday.

The Islamic State is reported to have dropped around 44 mortar bombs on Kobane on Saturday, some of them landing on Turkish territory across the border, plus driving 2 suicide vehicle bombs towards YPG positions. The bombs were intercepted before reaching their target, but there were some YPG injuries. There is video of one such explosion, HERE:

The Kurds say that the centre of Kobane was attacked from 3 different sides including the municipality building and the market place, but attacks have been resisted and no ground lost.

The Coalition, in conjunction with Kurdish YPG fighters on the ground directed 11 airstrikes against IS positions on Saturday, another 5 on Sunday and 2 early this morning Monday.

3 of the airstrikes on Sunday targeted areas southeast of the city and behind the Cultural Center and 2 others targeted areas near the hospital south of the city.

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Coalition Attack on IS in Kobane 18.10.14

Opposition activist sources claim that at least 70 Islamic State fighters have been killed in the last 48 hours and there is an unconfirmed claim originating from Kobane saying that since the fighting there started 133 YPG fighters have been killed, 9 Free Syrian Army (FSA), and 1,294 from the Islamic State.

There is no way of verifying these numbers and they do differ from estimates put out by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), but are not inconceivable considering the number of airstrikes, more than 135 laser guided bombs dropped on Kobane since September 16th.

Interesting report from a wounded fighter FSA fighter on the battles against IS and how they lured them into bomb-rigged buildings and targeted their gatherings with airstrikes, HERE:

Disturbingly, there is an additional a report from SOHR saying that the FSA aligned Raqqah Revolutionary Brigade (RRB), fighting alongside the YPG, had captured 2 Islamic State fighters and subsequently executed them.

One of them was reported as just 15 years old and video had appeared earlier on the Internet of the FSA fighters interrogating him. If true, an action to be condemned and RRB held responsible.

While the YPG and the FSA have often fought against each other in the past, there appears to be increasing cooperation between the 2 groups to fight against IS, not just inside Kobane but elsewhere too.

On Sunday, the YPG put out a statement saying, “We can also confirm that there is coordination between us and the important factions of the FSA in the northern countryside of Aleppo: Afrin, Kobane, and Al-Jazira.

Currently, there are factions and several battalions of the FSA fighting on our side against the ISIS terrorists.” Let’s hope they can extend that cooperation to jointly drive out Assad.

Video of the gallant YPG and YPG HERE:  and another of the YPG and FSA on a joint patrol in the liberated industrial section of Kobane, HERE:

Situation map for Kobane, courtesy of @macroarch, for Saturday 18th October, and little has changed since, here:

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Kobane Situation Map 18.10.14

IRAQ NEWS: MOUNT SINJAR, SURROUNDED BY ISLAMIC STATE, IN DANGER OF BECOMING ANOTHER MASSACRE – 1000’S TRAPPED AGAIN:

In Iraq, having closed all the exit roads to Mount Sinjar (Shingal) last week, the Islamic State are now honing in on the remaining Yezidi fighters and the civilians living on top of the plateau and any villages on the slopes, by all accounts having them completely surrounded.

Estimates say that there are still between 5,000 – 7,000 people in the area that either refused to leave the top of the mountain or their villages in the region, despite Kurdish officials advising them to do so. The Islamic State regard followers of the Yezidi religion as “devil worshippers” and will almost certainly execute them if they refuse to convert to Islam.

Qasim Shesho, a Yezidi commander on Sinjar mountain for a Yezidi brigade known as the HPS, said that IS began a new attack early this morning, Monday, and that it has continued throughout the day.

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Mount Sinjar Shingal Showing Location of Sherfedin Shrine

“A large number of ISIS militants are using nearly 20 Humvee vehicles to fight the Yezidi fighters,” he said.

Following the massacres last August when the Islamic State killed or imprisoned hundreds of Yezidi, trapping them on the Mount Sinjar, many Yezidi men trained with the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Syrian YPG, and formed brigades to defend the area.

The Yezidi fighters say the attack has come from 3 sides after a string of villages were overrun when the exit roads were closed.

So far 16 IS fighters are reported killed and 11 Yezidi but the remaining Yezidi are surrounded on the north side of Mount Sinjar around their holy place, the shrine at Sherfedin.

Units of Peshmerga, YPG and PKK are all thought to be on the mountain but usual supplies brought in by Iraqi Army helicopters have not arrived for the last 20 days.

Latest reports on Monday afternoon say that the Iraqi Air Force made 2 attacks on IS positions by helicopter but that these “failed”. Further details awaited.

Many Yezidi having retreated to the mountain during the August IS invasion arrived with very little and now with winter approaching have even less to protect themselves. Yezidi regard Mount Sinjar/Shingal as sacred and many refuse to leave, preferring to graze their flocks of goats and sheep on the slopes as they have done for generations.

To the Islamic State, the whole Sinjar region, 120 kilometres west of IS-held Mosul, is crucial to their plans to link Mosul to Syria and Raqqah.

Unless the Coalition and other forces come to the rescue, Mount Sinjar is in danger of becoming once again the site of another Islamic State massacre.

Elsewhere in Iraq, the Coalition carried out 6 airstrikes on Sunday and Monday using pilotless drones and jet aircraft from France and the UK.

US Central Command (Centcom) reports today, Monday, on successful strikes against the Islamic State (IS) over the last 2 days, hitting a large IS unit and 3 x IS vehicles south-east of Fallujah and destroying a small IS unit, an IS building and 3 x IS vehicles, plus damaging another IS building south of the Baiji Oil Refinery, west of Mosul.

In addition, Centcom says that Coalition aircraft destroyed 4 x IS boats south of Baiji on the Tigris River and damaged at least 4 more.

Unconfirmed reports say that 94 Islamic State fighters have been killed in Coalition airstrikes over the last few days, including air attacks earlier in the weekend near Tikrit.

IRAQ and SYRIA NEWS

 

Car Bomb Site in Talibiyah, Baghdad

Car bombing however has also continued with another explosion in Baghdad killing 11 and injuring 26 as they left noon prayers at the Shiite mosque in the Sinak area of central Baghdad today, and 18 killed and 28 injured at a funeral at another mosque in the eastern part of the capital on Sunday.

Another explosion by a suicide bomber targeted a funeral ceremony at a Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad on Sunday, leaving 19 people dead and 28 injured.

3 car-bombs also exploded on Monday in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala, some 100 kilometres south-west of Baghdad, which until now has been relatively unscathed.

According to reports from the north of Iraq 2 Islamic State fighters attempted to set up a vehicle IED to kill Peshmerga forces in Malla Abdulla but accidentally blew themselves up in the process.

A study of Iraq’s suicide bombers, whose “martyrdom” appears on Jihadist websites, over a recent period has revealed that 45% of them are Saudi Arabian nationals.
There are also reports that 33 Iraqi soldiers have been killed by an IS cell at Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad.

Much to the relief of everyone, in and outside of Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, completed his Cabinet at the weekend, getting Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, voted in as Interior Minister and Khaled al-Obeidi, a Sunni, as Defence Minister.

SYRIA NEWS: OPPOSITION CAPTURE LAST MAJOR CHECKPOINT INFRONT OF ASSAD BORDER CROSSING TO JORDAN IN DARAA PROVINCE:

Back in Syria, Assad’s Air Force taking advantage of international media attention on Kobane and Iraq, launched no less than 46 air strikes this morning, Monday, on Opposition centres across Syria. As well as towns in Idlib and Hama provinces other targets were towns and villages in Daraa province and suburbs in Aleppo and Damascus.

In Aleppo the Civil Defence Team once again yesterday rescued 2 little boys from the rubble of another of Assad’s attacks on civilians, HERE:

In Damascus this was the moment when a regime indiscriminate, so-called “elephant” bomb, hit the already largely destroyed suburb of Zamalka, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBtj0SmtXTo

However, in Daraa province, Opposition fighters have made significant advances today, capturing the strategic Umm Al-Mayadin checkpoint, HERE:

This gives them control of the east-west highway through Daraa province and enables them to block the main highway running north-south from Damascus to the border with Jordan.

Since then, the Opposition have gone on Monday evening to enter the fortifications infront of the Naseeb border crossing, HERE:  and Assad regime vehicles are now burning within the frontier crossing area, HERE:

These fighters seem very well equipped with new uniforms, helmets and body-armour, HERE:

On their way to the border crossing Opposition fighters hit this Assad tank yesterday, HERE:

Around Aleppo fierce fighting is reported in the districts around Aleppo Central Prison with the regime claiming to have gained ground with the help of Iranian, Lebanese and Afghan militias.

Government forces are said to have taken the strategic points of Al-Jubaila, along with a glass factory and a cement plant in the north-west in an attempt, once again, to try and cut off the Opposition supply route from Turkey to Opposition-held eastern Aleppo.

Read this monumentally moving descriptive article on the state of Aleppo after years of destruction, HERE:

In the predominately Kurdish city of Qamishli in Hasakah province, the Islamic State (IS) have launched another attack to get control, advancing from 2 sides.

In Deir Ez-Zour province however, the Coalition once again struck at IS positions over the weekend, hitting a gas distribution facility and setting off secondary explosions at the town of Khasham. 8 men, mainly thought to be tanker drivers, were killed in the attack, which eye-witnesses described as producing “long tongues of flame”.

Lastly, please make the effort to read this appeal for help (in English, Arabic and French) from 500+ forgotten female political prisoners still detained in Assad’s Adra prison in Damascus, 30% of whom are over 50 and another 5% who are pregnant.

Conditions are desperate and few have even enough money to get a lawyer, never mind buy their freedom, HERE:

SYRIA and IRAQ NEWS

Free Assad’s Female Political Prisoners NOW

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Israëls obsessie met kindermoord

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By Engelbert Luitsz                             ©                         (www.alexandrina.nl/?p=3772)

 

Einas Khalil_ziekenhuis

Vanmorgen werden er twee Palestijnse meisjes van vijf jaar oud overreden door een kolonist. Een van hen, Inas Khalil, is later overleden aan haar verwondingen. Het andere meisje, Toleen Afoor, ligt nog in kritieke toestand in het ziekenhuis. Ze waren van hun kleuterschool op weg naar huis in het dorp Sinjil bij Rammalah toen een kolonist ze schepte met zijn of haar auto en daarna doorreed.

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Inas Khali, vijf jaar oud, vermoord door een kolonist.

De meeste recente aanval op het Palestijnse volk had zoals altijd een aanleiding. Deze keer was het de verdwijning van drie joodse kolonisten op de Westelijke Jordaanoever. Of de ware toedracht ooit bekend zal worden moeten we nog maar afwachten. Het kan zijn dat ze vermoord zijn, het kan evengoed zijn dat ze een auto-ongeluk hebben gehad en dat het Israëlische leger, dat daar net bezig was met een grote oefening, z’n kans schoon zag om de dood van de jongens te gebruiken om een al voorbereide aanval op het Palestijnse volk aan de nationale en internationale bevolking te verkopen. Dat maakt ook niet uit: de twee maanden van absoluut onmenselijke gruwelen die volgden kunnen noch door het ene noch door het ander scenario worden gerechtvaardigd.

Premier Netanyahu was er als de kippen bij om de joodse dichter Chaim Nachman Bialik te citeren: “Een wraak als deze, voor het bloed van een kind, moet Satan nog bedenken.” Bialik wordt als een Israëlische dichter gezien, een nationale held, ook al stierf hij veertien jaar voordat de staat Israël werd uitgeroepen. De betekenis van die regel was ironisch genoeg ook tegengesteld aan hoe Netanyahu hem gebruikte, de voorgaande regel was namelijk: “En laat hem vervloekt zijn die schreeuwt: Wraak!”

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Nadem Syam Nawara (foto), 17 jaar en Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh, 16 jaar, werden op 15 mei doodgeschoten door Israëlische soldaten.

De moord op twee Palestijnse kinderen begin mei heeft niet geleid tot veel ophef. Ze liepen op straat, zonder dat er sprake was van een confrontatie of enige vorm van demonstratie. Er waren camerabeelden van zowel Palestijnse zijde als van CNN, maar de Israëlische reactie was juist meer repressie en meer propaganda om de eigen misdaden te verhullen. De beelden van CNN lieten zijn dat de Israëlische soldaten op grote afstand op een balkon zaten en gewoon voor de lol een kind doodschoten dat op straat liep.

Sinds het jaar 2000 is er gemiddeld elke drie dagen een Palestijns kind vermoord door het Israëlische leger. Maar al te vaak met schoten in de borst of door het hoofd. Gerichte moordaanslagen die maar zelden in verband konden worden gebracht met rellen (alsof dat een excuus zou kunnen zijn).

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Mohammed Abu Khdeir werd op 2 juli levend verbrand door joodse kolonisten.

Begin juli werd Mohammed Abu Khdeir, zestien jaar oud, levend verbrand door joodse kolonisten. De lijkschouwing maakte duidelijk dat ze hun best hadden gedaan om het offer zo feestelijk mogelijk te laten verlopen. Mohammed was gedwongen benzine te drinken, zodat hij ook vanbinnen verbrandde. Doordat er camerabeelden waren opgedoken was Israël wel verplicht er voor de vorm iets aan te doen. Er werden zelfs een paar mensen opgepakt, maar deze werden al snel weer vrijgelaten. Ook de hoofdschuldigen mochten gaan, in afwachting van een proces. Men had toch al besloten dat het hier ging om tijdelijke ontoerekeningsvatbaarheid, dus een serieuze straf was niet op z’n plaats.

Een neef van Mohammed werd zonder aanleiding bijna doodgeslagen door de politie, maar hij bleek de Amerikaanse nationaliteit te bezitten, dus hij heeft het overleefd. De vader van Mohammed werd opgepakt en urenlang vastgehouden. Men probeerde hem een verklaring te laten tekenen dat de Palestijnen zelf achter de moord zaten. Tot op de dag van vandaag wordt de hele familie belaagd.

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Bahaa Samir Badir, 13 jaar oud, in koelen bloede vermoord door een Israëlische soldaat.

Afgelopen donderdag werd de dertienjarige Bahaa Samir Badir vermoord door het Israëlische leger. Hij werd in de borst geschoten. Hij is een van de meer dan veertig tieners die dit jaar op de Westelijke Jordaanoever zijn vermoord door het Israëlische leger.

Het meest recente bloedbad, Machtige Klip zoals de naam eigenlijk luidt (een verwijzing naar de hoge plek vanwaar een zondebok naar zijn dood wordt gestuurd, gerelateerd aan het joodse feest Jom Kipoer), heeft aan meer dan vijfhonderd kinderen het leven gekost. Vanaf het begin van de aanval lag het percentage gedode kinderen rond de 25% en dat is zo gebleven. Daarnaast zijn er duizenden voor het leven gehandicapt of verminkt.

Het kiezen van kinderen als primair doelwit heeft een belangrijke functie voor Israël. Het is niet alleen het fysiek verwijderen van een deel van de nieuwe generatie. Met het vermoorden van kinderen tref je de hele familie, zelfs de hele gemeenschap. Nog meer dan wanneer een van de ouders het slachtoffer is. Het is een weloverwogen strategie om de onleefbaarheid te verergeren.

In de zionistische ideologie is er weinig onderscheid tussen niet-joodse levens, land of goederen. Moord, verkrachting, diefstal, plundering, onteigening, verbanning, het zijn allemaal middelen om tot het doel te komen: een land dat vrij is van vreemde (= niet-joodse) smetten.

Bialik schreef zijn beroemde gedicht “Over het bloedbad” naar aanleiding van de Kishinev-pogrom van 1903, toen er enkele tientallen joden omkwamen bij anti-joodse rellen. Hij overleed te vroeg om mee te maken hoe de mensen die hem nu nog citeren verantwoordelijk zijn voor een veelvoud aan onschuldige slachtoffers. En als hij had geweten dat het vooral kinderen zijn die het slachtoffer worden van de zionistische agressie, zou hij zich vol walging hebben afgekeerd van dit kunstmatige volk dat de onbeschaamdheid heeft hem als “nationale dichter” te vereren.

 

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In de strijd tegen de illegale bezetting van Palestina heeft laatst weer een oorlog van ruim 50 dagen gewoed tussen de strijders van Gaza en haar bezetter, de regering en haar soldaten van Israël. In deze periode zijn  weer vele Palestijnen vermoord, waaronder vele kinderen, naast de vele gewonden die zijn gevallen.  Na deze verwoestende oorlog op Gaza, zouden de partijen tot een staakt-het-vuren zijn gekomen. Maar de waarheid is anders …

De aanvallen op Palestijnen sluimert nog steeds bij de bezetters en zeker bij de kolonisten van de illegale nederzettingen, die alles proberen te doen om het leven van de Palestijnen moeilijk te maken. Deze kolonisten zijn vaak betrokken bij “hit and run” ongevallen, waarbij ze met opzet Palestijnen aan- en overrijden en dan snel wegscheuren.  Het spelletje wat graag gespeeld wordt, is het aanrijden van jonge kinderen.

Het laatste slachtoffertje is het vijfjarige meisje Inas Khalil dat samen met klasgenootje Toleen Asfoor op weg was van de kleuterschool naar huis in het dorp Sinjil, ten noorden van Ramallah en doelbewust door een kolonist op zondag 19 november werd overreden.  De kolonist is afkomstig uit de nabijgelegen nederzetting, reed in de richting van beide meisjes, overreed ze en sloeg daarna op de vlucht.

Beide meisjes raakten hierbij zwaar gewond en zijn voor behandeling naar het ziekenhuis gebracht. Toleen Asfoor ligt nog steeds in kritische toestand, maar Inas Khalil is in de loop van de dag aan haar verwondingen overleden.

De bestuurder van het voertuig is nog voortvluchtig en zal – zoals zo vaak – zijn berechting ontlopen. Het vermoorden van Palestijnen is nog steeds niet afgelopen en sluimert nog steeds door.

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October 19, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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KOBANE UPDATE 6: DESPITE KURDS WINNING BACK GROUND, HEAVY FIGHTING IN CITY AS ISLAMIC STATE MAINTAIN THEIR ATTACKS

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SYRIA and IRAQ NEWS

Despite escalated help from US-led Coalition airstrikes and brave resistance from the Kurdish YPG and YPJ (Women’s Protection Force), the fight to clear the Islamic State from Kobane goes on, with no sign that the Jihadists are going to give up their assault.

In the last 2 days, the Islamic State have shelled and re-shelled an area to the north of Kobane city near the border crossing to Turkey and an area around the Al-Haj Rashad Mosque, 16 plus shells falling.

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Brave Fighters of the YPJ in Kobane

Heavy fighting still continues around the central “security zone” in the city and on the eastern and southern sides of Kobane.

Last night, Thursday through Friday, Islamic State fighters attacked areas regained by the YPG Kurdish militia 2 days ago and this was followed by 6 Coalition airstrikes on the district of Kani Erban on the eastern side of city.

The Jihadists are also attacking houses controlled by YPG fighters in the street that extends along the western area of the security zone and which was in the hands of the YPG yesterday.

The Islamic State have additionally mounted another attack on Al-Hurreyyi Square.

Latest reports from Kobane on Friday evening say that a new convoy of Islamic State fighters has arrived from the IS town of Manbej in Aleppo province and there is fierce fighting around the border gate area to the north-east of the city.

While spirits among the Kurdish defenders are high after their gains over the last few days, amid reports of hundreds of bodies of dead Jihadists lying in the streets, they are still out-gunned and out-numbered with the Islamic State sending wave after wave of fighters into the battle-zone.

Kobane is clearly far from safe yet.

On Wednesday, Mr. Nassan, deputy head of Kobane’s foreign relations committee, said “Maybe in the few past days [Islamic State] was controlling about 40% of the city of Kobane, but now… less than 20% of the city is under their control”.

Many outside observers would rate that as unduly optimistic, still estimating that between 40 – 50% of the city remains in IS hands, though the situation is much more fluid than before.

West of Kobane, the Jihadists have been pushed back several kilometres from the city limits, though they are using their heavy weaponry to continue to bombard vacated areas. South-west of Kobane the Kurds have also regained territory and a YPG patrol engaged the Islamic State (IS) on the road to Aleppo, killing 8 of them at a loss of 3 of their own.

US Central Command (Centcom), now naming the Coalition operation in Syria and Iraq “Inherent Resolve” (EDITOR: I wonder who thought of that gem of a mouthful? I bet it translates into Arabic “really well”!), bombed IS positions 14 times on Wednesday and Thursday and attacks are ongoing on Friday.

The Coalition tally for the 2 days is given as 19 x IS buildings, 2 x IS command posts, 3 x IS fighting positions, 3 x IS sniper positions, 1 x IS staging location, and 1 x IS heavy machine gun. Centcom adds, “Indications are that airstrikes have continued to slow IS advances, but that the security situation on the ground in Kobane remains tenuous”.

The Coalition have carried out over 100 airstrikes around Kobane since September 27th, while in Iraq Coalition activity has subsided, mainly due to heavy sandstorms affecting flight operations.

SYRIA and IRAQ NEWS

 

Happy Young Kurdish Supporters of the YPG

Following the first direct talks between the US and the PYD (the Kurdish movement’s Syrian political wing) at the US embassy in Paris, it has been confirmed that the YPG on the ground are directly co-ordinating with the Coalition to direct in-coming jets to target specific buildings housing Jihadist units.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is now putting the recorded death toll for Kobane since the 16th September at 662, 374 Jihadists and 268 YPG/YPJ plus 20 civilians, though these figure do not include Islamic State fighters killed in airstrikes – therefore the final toll will be much higher.

Latest reports from Kobane on Friday morning suggest there is an ongoing combined Free Syrian Army (FSA) and YPG operation to retake the radio tower hill knows as Mishtenour, just south of the city.

The BBC Syria news service has a video report from Kobane recorded on Thursday.

There is additionally this morning an unconfirmed report that the senior IS commander known as Hisem Bin Ebdallah has been killed in combat.

If true, then this will be no great loss to the world – Ebdallah has appeared on the Internet physically beheading his victims with a knife.

However, the Kurds are still in dire need of weapons, ammunition and food, though supplies are trickling in despite Turkish intransigence, and the Islamic State has destroyed almost all of their medical facilities.

There was a terrible report from the Turkish border that a Kurdish ambulance was prevented from crossing and YPG fighters could do nothing to help 3 wounded colleagues who slowly died without help or treatment over a 3 hour period who could have, they believe, been otherwise saved. Many Turkish authorities see all Kurdish fighters as “terrorists”.

There have been persistent reports that civilians crossing from Kobane into Turkey in recent days, after the earlier mass exodus, have been detained in secure centres and searched by Turkish troops looking for mobile phone images of YPG fighters.

After returning 72 people to Kobane this week (scroll down – see earlier report below), it is now said that the Turks are planning to return another 170 detained Kurds to the war zone, many of whom have been on hunger strike in protest against the conditions in which they have been held. You can read more about this, HERE:

This and other ambivalent reactions by the Turks to the crisis in Kobane, may be why Turkey yesterday failed to gain one of the revolving seats on the UN Security Council.

Until recently, Turkey was thought to have letters of support from 160 countries in the ballot for the seat, needing only a minimum of 130, but support has clearly faded away in the last few days and in the end Turkey received only 60 votes, the seat going to Spain.

This is a tremendous blow to Turkish pride and prestige. New Zealand, Venezuela, Angola, Malaysia also got elected to non-permanent regional seats, which become active on January 1st 2015. You can read more in Newsweek Syria news.

ISLAMIC STATE JETS SEEN FLYING FROM CAPTURED FORMER ASSAD REGIME AIRBASE:

In a worrying development, there is an unconfirmed report from Opposition activist sources that MIG-21 and/or MIG-23 jets have been seen flying from Al-Jarrah military airbase in Islamic State territory east of Aleppo city.

To avoid detection by radar they are flying at low altitude and not straying far from the airfield perimeter. It is said that the Jihadist pilots are being trained by former members of Saddam Hussein’s air force.

SYRIA and IRAQ NEWS

 

Islamic State Taking to the Skies with Captured Jets?

The Ba’ath Party to whom these airman belong, is currently in alliance with the Islamic State in Iraq and fighting alongside them trying to regain some of the Sunni dominating power it once had under the former dictator.

Witnesses claim that they have seen 3 jets in flight so far, though it is not clear whether they are armed with missiles or not.

The Islamic State also control 2 other airfields in Syria, Al-Bukamal near the border with Iraq and Tabqa in Raqqah province.

Al-Jarrah is just 70 kilometres from the Turkish border and so far US Central Command, asked for a comment, says it has not seen any Islamic State jets in flight.

No doubt, should these reports be confirmed the Coalition, or indeed Assad’s Air Force or missile defence systems will destroy these aircraft as soon as possible.

If they manage to get through to any target with a suicide payload of bombs, the consequences could be catastrophic.

There are also reports that the Islamic State have also executed 2 of the own fighters at Al-Bukamel, one for“banditry and robbing Muslims’ money” and the 2nd for allegedly dealing with the Assad regime” and “putting down electronic chips” so their units could be tracked.

Elsewhere in Syria, the Opposition have launched a new campaign to remove Assad’s checkpoints on the Damascus to Jordan main highway.

The operation began with a fierce attack on the checkpoint at Umm al-Mayadin this morning, Friday, HERE: andHERE:

The Opposition also brought up their heavy fire-power, HERE:

The checkpoints, about 4 kilometres from the frontier, protect the Naseeb border crossing to Jordan, a now remote outpost of the Assad regime. Jordan have now closed their side of the crossing while fighting persists.

In Hama province, heavy fighting continues around Mork, the former Assad tank battalion base changing hands again twice in the last 24 hours, believed currently held by the Opposition.

In Idlib province, the Opposition are attacking Ma’ar Hattat on the highway to Aleppo, HERE: and the good citizens of Kafranbel are determined that the world does not forget that the battle is still against Assad, HERE:

SYRIA and IRAQ NEWS

 

Medical Supplies Reach Yarmouk After A 12 Month Wait

In Deir Ez-Zour city there has been fierce fighting between the Islamic State and the Assad regime in the Hawija district, 9 IS fighters reported killed but a Syrian Army vehicle destroyed and troop losses as the Jihadists advanced.

In Hasakah province 3 civilians, including a child, were reported killed after Coalition planes targeted a oil refining facility at the village of Kabiba in the Al-Shadai area.

In Damascus, for the first time in 12 months, the International Red Cross and the Syrian Red Crescent were allowed to distribute medical supplies in the Yarmouk Refugee camp in the southern part of the capital.

IRAQ NEWS: LATEST ISLAMIC STATE BOMBINGS IN BAGHDAD KILL 50, 162 DEAD SINCE SUNDAY:

In another wave of bomb attacks in Baghdad, mainly in Shiite areas, yesterday, Thursday, at least 50 were killed and dozens injured.

This brings the total killed since last Sunday in Baghdad alone to more than 162. The map below shows the horror of all the car bomb explosions in Baghdad since the Americans arrived in 2003.

IS have claimed responsibility for yesterday’s deadliest attack in the northern Dolaie commercial area of the city. 2 parked cars exploded simultaneously killing 14 and wounding 34.

Local residents, angry at the failure of the security services to protect them, pelted the police cars that arrived to deal with the blast with stones, forcing them to withdraw.

IRAQ and SYRIA NEWS

 

Map of Every Car Bomb Explosion in Baghdad Since 2003

In the eastern Baghdad district of Talibiyah, a suicide bomber rammed his exploding car into a police checkpoint, killing 7 policemen and 5 civilians. 4 other bombs also went off in Baghdad yesterday or nearby with similar destructive power and results.

In northern Iraq west of Mosul, the Islamic state are reported to have launched another series of suicide car bomb attacks against the Iraqi special forces defending the Baiji oil refinery.

Since the sandstorms over subsided in the last 24 hours over Iraq, the Coalition have made 5 airstrikes on Islamic State targets, mainly in Anbar province where a night-time curfew has been imposed in Ramadi to prevent IS movements in and out of the city.

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider Al-Abadi, has met with a delegation from Anbar province, which is currently in great danger of being totally overrun by the Islamic State, and attempted to persuade local Sunni tribes to work with the Iraqi security forces to push IS back.

Italy has announced it is joining the Coalition against IS by sending 200 advisers and 3 reconnaissance planes to operate out of Erbil in Kurdish Iraq.

Lastly, like many of us you may be having trouble keeping up with and working out all the complications of the situation in Iraq and Syria.

Despite all the horror, something of an “explanation” to cheer you up over the weekend from Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AawCeJREHWw

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Analysis: The Fifth Caliph And ISIS: Looking To History To Understand The Present

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Could ISIS be the carriers of black flags and people with “hearts of iron” Muslims were warned about centuries ago? History may provide more insight than the talking heads who seem bewildered by ISIS’ bloody campaign of terror.

FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. (AP Photo)

FILE – In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group’s flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad.

LONDON — The world continues to look on as the Middle East descends further into the abyss of war, ravaged by a terror seemingly animated only by blood and violence. Few seem able to comprehend what’s unfolding, but one political science professor says he’s found the the key to understanding the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and unlocking its inner workings.

Speaking to Marwa Osman on the Iraqi TV network Aletejah, Dr. Akl Kairouz noted that the wave of terror confronting the Arab world since 2011, this almost religious philosophy of war to which countries like Syria and Iraq have fallen victim to, is rooted in Middle Eastern history during a fight between what has been described as “good vs. evil.”

The professor compared ISIS’ advances in the greater Levant to that of Muawiyah’s campaigns – the founder of the Umayyad dynasty – in the 7th century. It is important to note that from an Islamic standpoint, Muawiyah’s actions contradict the spirit of Islam, not only legally but religiously.

“Looking at ISIS and how its leadership envisions war as a base upon which its ideology will be disseminated to the region and ultimately the world, it is clear that the group has drawn its inspiration from Muawiyah … the same patterns of violence, the same blind desire to impose one’s faith over unwitting communities, the same exclusive ideology and ascetic interpretation of the Islamic Scriptures, the same hegemonic ambitions,” he said.

Kairouz added that ISIS is even geographically mapping its military advances based upon Muawiyah’s past campaigns. “Only by understanding the roots and inner motivations of ISIS will we be able to defeat this evil. What we need is historical peripheral vision,” he urged.

 

Good versus evil

Commenting on Kairouz’s historical analogy, political analyst and Islamic history buff Dr. Mohsen Ammanpour told MintPress News, “Indeed, too little importance is given to history and what lessons should be drawn from our past when dealing with our present.”

“There is an undeniable parallel in between Muawiyah’s past crusades and how ISIS has conducted as well as organized its conquest of the Middle East,” Ammanpour added.

Pushing the analogy onto more religious grounds, he stressed:

“There is an important aspect of ISIS which we too often bypass as inherent to the group’s radical nature — its hatred of Shia Islam. This hatred is actually core to ISIS’ paradigm, its entire philosophy revolves around the idea that it is the true keeper of Islamic tradition and that the sword is the only mean to promote its faith.

Islam’s break occurred under Muawiyah, when he chose to defy Imam Ali and proclaim himself heir to the throne of Islam. It is his rebellion which has fuelled sectarian violence across the ages. Today we are witnessing the unravelling of centuries of bad blood and religious distortion.”

 

Muawiyah: the power hungry dissident

The second son of Abu Sufyan ibn Harb and Hind bint Utbah – the most virulent detractors and enemies of the Prophet Muhammad – Muawiyah converted to Islam two years before the prophet’s death. He quickly rose to prominence after demonstrating excellent military and administrative skills under the leadership of Omar and Uthman – the second and third caliphs of Islam.

A controversial figure, both Sunni and Shiite Muslims have a wildly different perspectives when it comes to Muawiyah and the subsequent rise of the Umayyad dynasty over Ahl al-Bayt — the House of the Prophet.

Muawiyah was denounced by Shiite Islam, for he dared not only to defy the order of Imam Ali, the appointed caliph during this time, but to cross swords against his brothers in religion, even though such an act had been condemned and branded an act of apostasy by Prophet Muhammad himself. He is very much understood as an impostor, a tyrant and an evildoer of the highest degree because he willfully chose to misinterpret Islamic scripture to serve his hegemonic ambitions, using religion and faith to support his conquests and justify bloodshed.

Speaking to MintPress, Sarah Anderson, an Islamic history researcher, explained that scholars have often argued that it was under Muawiyah’s influence that Muslims abandoned the spirit of the Constitution of Medina, a text written by Prophet Mohammed that served as a basis of the Islamic state (not to be confused here with ISIS).

Under the Constitution of Medina, religious freedom was guaranteed, women were not to be harmed, enslaved or otherwise abused, civilians’ rights were guaranteed, and non-Muslims were given equal rights to Muslims as long as they agreed to pay taxes and did not disrupt the new social order.

 

Islam’s crusaders are not Islamic

“Over a thousand years have passed and Muslims are still arguing over the same religious and judicial principles – the sanctity of a Muslim life, what constitutes apostasy, one’s right to attack civilian population and religious freedom,” Anderson told MintPress.

“If one was to make a historical analogy, Muawiyah’s military campaigns and his hegemonic vision could be compared to that of the [Catholic] Church during the Crusades. What we are seeing today in the Middle East is the resurgence of such philosophy, that one needs to assert one’s beliefs by the sword and annihilate all other religions.”

In “The Heirs of the Prophet Muhammad” (2006), Barnaby Rogerson likens Muawiyah to Julius Caesar, stressing that his prowess as a military strategist and his thirst for conquest were quite similar to that of the Roman emperor.

“Looking back at Muawiyah’s reign and the manner in which he rationalized what Shia scholars understand as his heresy against Islam, it is difficult not to see striking parallels with ISIS today,” explained Dr. Ammanpour.

“The battle of Siffin, which saw Imam Ali’s troops pitted against Muawiyah’s men, is where Raqqa stands today. Is it a coincidence ISIS chose to establish its capital on this very ground? Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, but such signs should stand as a reminder of ISIS’ motivations and what model it seeks to replicate.”

Islam’s first civil war was fought on the banks of the Euphrates in 657. Though centuries have passed, the old religious argument, this claim of sanctity and righteousness over the spirit of Islam, rages on.

Born out of fanaticism and extremism, ISIS has been dubbed by many in the Islamic world as Islam’s Second Fitna (civil strife), in direct reference to the First Fitna, the Battle of Siffin, which saw Islam splinter into two factions: the people of Ali — the Shiites — and those who chose to bow to the Umayyad — the Sunnis.

ISIS’ actions today are very much understood as an attempt to settle an old feud with Shiite Islam — a feud which started under Muawiyah’s influence.

 

The closing of a circle

As politicians and analysts debate on how best to eradicate ISIS and the terror it has brought in its wake, Muslim scholars see in the radical phenomenon that is ISIS the closing of a cycle.

Yussef Safwan told MintPress that, as a Muslim scholar, the most interesting part is that “[t]his war we are seeing unfold has been foretold … whether one believes in Islam is in some ways irrelevant, since ISIS believes that its army is fulfilling an Islamic prophecy. Belief and faith have precedent over politics and even realities.”

“Just as Christians and Jews have their own understanding of the apocalypse, Muslims have been taught in great detail what chain of events will lead to the end times. ISIS’ ideology is tied to this prophecy. Its militants have been taught they are the instruments of God’s will and that under their impetus Mahdi [Islamic savior] will come forth,” explained Safwan.

“But if ISIS believes its goals will be sanctified, others believe the black army is the very evil our Prophet warned us against in his hadiths [Islamic prophetic traditions].”

In Kitab Al Fitan – a compilation of hadiths relating to the end of times assembled by prominent scholar Nuyam bin Hammad in Islamic calendar year 229 – Imam Ali bin Abu Talib reportedly said:

“If you see the black flags, then hold your ground and do not move your hands or your feet. A people will come forth who are weak and have no capability, their hearts are like blocks of iron. They are the people of the State (literally the people of Al Dawla), they do not keep a promise or a treaty. They call to the truth but they are not its people. Their names are (nicknames like Abu Mohammed) and their last names (are the names of town and cities, like Al Halabi) and their hair is loose like women’s hair. (Leave them) until they fight among themselves, then Allah [God] will bring the truth from whoever He wills.”

The question remains: Could ISIS be the violent, deviant black army that the Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali warned Muslims about hundreds of years ago?

(Source / 17.10.2014)

 

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October 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

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