“Africa your silence is loud! Speak out against patriarchy, homophobia and transphobia.”
So reads one of the many sloganed T-shirts worn by LGBTI rights protestors at the “Say No to Hate Crimes” picket at the Library Gardens yesterday. Other’s read: “My Sexuality, My Choice”, “Phansi Holomisa!” and “Zuma – your silence is killing our brothers.”
The gardens are decorated with bright pink hard hats and gay rainbow flags. The turnout is large and vocal and though there is an air of joy in the atmosphere – it is that defiant joy that manifests from a sense of solidarity, empowerment, anger, will and, of course, hope. Hope that maybe, just maybe, things will change for the LGBTI community in South Africa if these protests happen frequently and loudly and other organisations join them in solidarity.
This is a human rights issue. It is a social issue. It is a feminist issue. Yet, with the exception of the Democratic Left Front and Keep Left, the lack of presence from almost all other civil society organisations that are not linked to the LGBTI sector, was transparent.
The protest was called on Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday as part of the 67 minutes Mandela Day global campaign. It provides the ideal platform to demonstrate against the ongoing scourge of hate crimes towards the LGBTI community in South Africa. In addition, it is the ideal platform to demand government action against the hate crimes endured by the LGBTI community.
This is also a cry for help, recognition and a safe world for non-straight people.
Just recently two lesbians were kissing each other goodbye at the Carlton Centre in downtown Johannesburg. The guards told them they would never enter heaven because of the way they are. They were jeering at the couple. One of the women went over and asked them to explain themselves. She was brutally assaulted as the guards threw her out of the building. She has a heart condition and landed up in hospital.
Just this week a press statement released by Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) and Gay Flag of South Africa, confirmed the murders of Thapelo Makhutle, a 24-year-old gay/trans individual who was mutilated and murdered in the Northern Cape; Neil Daniels, who was stabbed and set alight in Cape Town; 22-year-old Phumeza Nkolonzi from Nyanga, Cape Town, who was shot three times by a man who burst into her home; the killing of 28-year-old Sanna Supa in Braamficherville, Soweto; and the stabbing to death of 29-year-old Hendrietta Thapelo Morifi (Andritha) in Mokopane, Limpopo.
The silence from the mainstream is deafening. The silence from trade unions is deafening. The silence from the media is deafening. The silence from general civil society is deafening. But mostly the silence from the ANC is deafening.
In fact, it would seem that they are completely ignoring the issue of homophobic violence. The constitutional right to safety for all marginalised groups is not being enforced at all. And when the only response from government is to “distance itself” from to the homophobic utterances of tribal patriarch Patekile Holomisa, who recently actively campaigned for an end to sexual orientation protection in the Constitution, then the work done to end this violence is thwarted.
“Holomisa was not publicly reprimanded by the ANC and in fact continues to perform his duties as an ANC MP. This is completely unacceptable while he has uttered statements that are supposedly contrary to what the ANC claims to be standing for,” says Phindi Malaza of FEW, one of the cluster of organisations that came together to organise the march.
I ask her what she thinks prompted the recent spate of violent crimes. “These happened right after Patekile Holomisa’s homophobic utterances. There seems to be a link. Especially since the two women who were killed were assassinated. They did not have anything stolen. They were gunned down in their own homes,” she responds.
“This picket is about addressing the silence from our government. We hear them raising so many other issues, but they are not addressing the violence targeted at les bian women. In this environment, those statements made by Contralesa are highly problematic and the ruling party not calling them to order could in fact, be interpreted as inciting these crimes. This is a human rights issue. It must be seen as that.”
To make matters worse, there seems to be a deliberate move to further sideline LGBTI issues in the public sphere.
The press release issued by FEW and Gay Flag of South Africa poses an important question: “The ANC emerged from its policy conference silent on LGBTI issues, and their gender policy excludes sexual orientation. Is this deliberate?” It also slams President Jacob Zuma and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega for being “silent on these matters”, while commending former president, Nelson Mandela for being a leader that recognised the rights of LGBTI people.
Back at the picket, FEW volunteer, Virginia Setshedi, is whipping up the crowds passion as she draws the parallels between human rights and hate crimes. The crowd roars in response. She tells them that they were asked to stay in the park – but they will not. “Whoever wants to join us on the streets may do so. We are going where they told us we cannot go.” The marshals lead the way and surprisingly the entire demonstration joins the forbidden procession onto the main road. The crowd is defiant. They have a point to make and they intend it to be heard.
I am running alongside with my camera. The energy is high, the intent powerful. The police are not quite sure what to do. They were not expecting this. The fervour is escalating. My heart is pounding with the pleasure of this show of strength. I am jostling for space with the many independent journalists at the march. I see no SABC signs. I hear a woman say, “eTV is here,” but most of us at the protest are media activists.
Finally, half way round the block, Mandla Dlamini, ANC elections manager, agrees to meet the organisers and is handed the memorandum of demands. A crescendo of voices rings in protest songs that speak their truth. It is a truth that must be heard. It must be. We cannot sit back passively while innocents are slaughtered because they do not fit into the narrow framework of a heteronormative patriarchal system. We cannot accept this lack of action from the government.
And if we do, their blood is on our hands too.
This article by Gillian Schutte was originally published under a Creative Commons License on the website of the South African Civil Society Information Service (www.sacsis.org.za)
A walk through occupied Al Khalil (Hebron) offers a shocking and heartbreaking insight into the struggle of the oppressed souls of one of Palestine’s most important cities. Day by day, Al Khalil is becoming a ghost town as the indigenous Palestinians are forced out through a wickedly evil campaign of terrorism, intimidation, and oppression.
Israel’s occupation is multi-faceted, one which attacks the Palestinians’ freedom, culture, economy, and way of life, as well as their very survival in ways which will shock and perturb any person who harbours even a modicum of humanity in their soul.
Al Khalil – over 5,000 years old – is the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank with over 220,000 Palestinians living in the city, and 620,000 living in the district. It is also the most important commercial centre in Palestine. Once replete with shops and market stalls, shoppers, residents, and visitors used to swarm the streets making Khalil a vibrant and lively city. Today however, this beautiful and historic place is being transformed into a ghost town, as the indigenous Palestinians are being gradually expelled in especially cruel and wicked ways. This is merely a microcosm of Israel’s wider campaign to ethnically cleanse all of Historic Palestine – the land it occupies from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean sea – of all gentiles (non-Jews). In Al Khalil, this is to make space for extremely violent and hateful Jewish settlers who terrorise the Palestinians under the full protection of the occupying Israeli army.
Al Khalil’s tragic story began in earnest after Israel’s 1967 invasion and occupation of the West Bank. In the following year a group of extremist Jews rented rooms in a hotel in Khalil for Passover, and then refused to leave. An agreement was made with the Israeli army, and the illegal settlers moved to a military base. Subsequently they moved to an area north of Khalil, which today forms the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba. Kiryat Arba is the largest of five illegal settlements in central Khalil.
As a result of Israel’s criminal conquest of Khalil, the city is now separated into two zones: H1 and H2. H1 constitutes approximately 80% of the territory of the city and is located on the western part, while H2 is roughly 20% and sits on the eastern section. As with the apartheid wall, the boundary between H1 and H2 snakes in and out in order to award the foreign settlers with the most coveted land and property.
In order to facilitate the lives of the 400 illegal colonists/settlers in H2, Israel imposes severe restrictions on the lives of approximately 40,000 Palestinians who live in this area of Khalil. These restrictions affect each and every aspect of Palestinians’ lives.
Movement is severely restricted for Palestinians. Only the illegal Jewish settlers are allowed to drive their cars in certain designated areas of the city.
Palestinian schools are located within restricted areas, meaning that children are forced to take classes in the street when checkpoints are arbitrarily closed by the occupying army.
On certain roads, Palestinians are not even allowed to walk on the street, and this includes areas where Palestinian homes are located. This has forced Palestinians to create new entrances and exits to their homes.
The Ibrahimi Mosque is even located within H2, making it impossible for Palestinians outside this area to practise their religion, unless they go elsewhere. This writer accompanied a group of young Palestinian men as they passed through a checkpoint into H2 in order to visit the Ibrahimi Mosque. As we were being processed through the checkpoint we had to hand over our bags and the contents of our pockets for Israeli ‘security checks’. One of the occupying soldiers stole the money from the wallet of one of the Palestinian men. In monetary terms the cash did not amount to much, but this was an example of the psychological bullying techniques employed by the soldiers in order to break the spirit of the occupied Palestinians, and let them know who is really in control.
Shuhada street, within the H2 area, was once the most important street of the commercial area of the city, and it has been closed off to Palestinians since 2000. Now, only a select few Palestinians (four families who live on the street) are allowed through. Iron fences and concrete roadblocks pervade the city, separating the H1 and H2 sectors.
Of 1,829 shops in the Old City (in both H1 and H2), 77% have been closed by the Israeli occupiers. Each and every shop that is closed leaves a Palestinian family unable to provide for their children. These are not merely statistics. As of 2008, the unemployment rate in Khalil was at a whopping 50% – Khalil is being economically strangled by the occupation. While the Israeli occupiers close shops with military orders and other arbitrary techniques, they also employ an especially cynical method of dividing Palestinian society. Certain Palestinian merchants are allowed to continue operating in some areas where the majority of other Palestinian merchants have been forced out. The goal of this is to sow discord and division amongst Palestinians, who suspect their brothers and sisters of being traitors – for some reason entitled by the occupier to continue their trade where others are not.
What was once the gold souk (market) in the Old City, is now an abandoned and filthy street in complete disrepair. The occupiers have closed it off using metal fencing and razor wire. The settlers who live on the floors above have thrown trash and soiled nappies onto the street below, demonstrating their complete contempt for the land they claim to be divinely promised to them.
In this same area of the city, one can see bottles of urine and broken glass bottles that have been thrown down onto the street below by the settlers. This type of harassment is a daily reality for Palestinians forced to live alongside these invading colonists.
On top of the economic restrictions and other restrictions aforementioned, Khalilis (Hebronites) are suffering an ongoing campaign of terrorism aimed at making them vacate their land in favour of extremist Jewish settlers. Within H2 there are 400 illegal Jewish settlers who enjoy the protection of 1,500 occupying IDF soldiers, who give the settlers carte blanche to terrorise, harass, and attack the Palestinians to their black hearts’ content.
This writer spoke to a number of Palestinian Khalilis and heard their heartbreaking and tragic stories. They will be documented herein alongside photographs – click on the photos to see an enlarged version.
One Palestinian man named Adham told the story of his brother, who now lives with his family in zone H1 in defiance of the expanding Jewish settlements, right on the border with zone H2 and just around the corner from the ethnically cleansed gold souk. The majority of the building which was their family home is now occupied by settlers. Adham’s brother and his brother’s wife now reside in a tiny portion of what was their family’s residence. This makes their family’s story both a sad example, and a tragic microcosm of Al Nakba, wherein most of Historic Palestine was stolen by invading Jewish terrorists, leaving the Palestinians forced to accept tiny enclaves now referred to internationally as The Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Israel offered Adham’s brother a cash bribe equivalent to hundreds of thousands of US dollars to vacate what was left of his family home – territory highly coveted by the Zionist state. This dignified man refused the bribe and chose to remain on his land, an act which would later cost him and his family dearly.
Settlers murdered his wife right outside his family home, and threw bleach in his young son’s eyes, blinding him.
Another story is equally heartbreaking and tragic. A young Palestinian man named Saeed took this writer into the home of a Palestinian family that has suffered a similar tragedy. The family home straddles the border of the illegal Avraham Avinu settlement, and as a result they are forced to live alongside supremacist Jewish terrorists who cannot abide living alongside non-Jews.
The external doors of the family property have had their locks punched out by the IDF, meaning that they can have no semblance of security or peace within their home. On a routine basis, IDF soldiers enter the property unannounced and they occupy one of the rooms of the property in order to use it as a spying base.
Water is an invaluable resource in the arid lands of Palestine. This family is being denied a reliable supply of water; settlers have climbed across the roof from their neighbouring settlement of Avraham Avinu, and punctured the family’s water tank – depriving them of their very life source.
Standing on the roof of the family home, one is surrounded by razor wire, IDF army look-out posts (which dominate the skyline of the Old City), and the adjoining illegal Jewish settlement. There is no trace of normality for these occupied Palestinians.
In 2007, an unspeakable tragedy befell the family. Jewish settler-terrorists entered the family home from the adjoining settlement and threw a molotov cocktail (petrol bomb) into the living room. An eight month old baby boy was sleeping in the room, and the family was not able to get him out in time; he died of smoke inhalation.
These are merely two stories that were shared with this writer, of over 200,000 Palestinians who live in central Khalil, and who are forced to live alongside aggressive colonists.
In spite of the extremist Jewish terrorists globally referred to as ‘settlers’, it must be said that the Zionist project is not an exclusively religious one. Arguing such a stance would be incorrect, and would represent an ignorant and lazy viewpoint. The religious zealotry and hatred of the settlers is merely one facet of the Israeli occupation, and it is part and parcel of the Zionist project – essential to Israel’s cancerous growth. The settlers’ violent and terroristic behaviours are the very lifeblood of Israel. Aside from the crimes committed in places such as Khalil, the terrorist state of Israel exercises equal and far greater brutality in all spheres of its existence both at ‘home’ and abroad. We need only look to Operation Cast Lead, 9/11, or the countless other crimes against humanity that punctuate Israel’s short history.
Also we must remember: the conflict between ‘Israel’ and Palestine is not one between equals or one between neighbours. It is a conflict between invader and invaded. It is a conflict between terrorist and terrorised; between victimiser and victim. It is a struggle of the oppressed people of Palestine to rid their land of a cancerous, expansionist foreign occupation which seeks to erase the indigenous from history and take their lands.
It is not valid to argue that the settlers are somehow a ‘rogue’ element of the Zionist project. The settlers are fully protected and enabled by the occupying soldiers, making them a valued tool and asset of the colonist state of Israel. The following testimony – obtained by B’Tselem – is from an Israeli soldier occupying Khalil:
During my time in Hebron, we saw many attacks by settlers and couldn’t do anything. As a soldier, they tell you, ‘You are here to protect the settlers. You are combatants, not police officers.’ There wasn’t anything we could do with the children of settlers anyway. For those under age twelve, the police can’t touch them either.
The settlers are the very human embodiment of what Israel represents: terrorism, racial supremacism, conquest and theft.
If a land were promised to you by god, would you vandalise it with razor wire and concrete walls? If you were given a divine gift of a beautiful country such as Palestine, would you decorate it with bottles of excrement, and throw broken glass bottles and soiled nappies at that country’s people? Would you mercilessly terrorise and murder those people, including children and babies?
Of course these are rhetorical questions. The notion that Palestine was somehow promised to these hateful racists is a laughable delusion. The notion that ‘Israel’ wants peace is equally imaginary. These people and ‘Israel’ – the state that patronises them – do not respect or love the land; these are invaders and conquerers whose modus operandi is terror and violence. There will never be peace with ‘Israel’, and there will never be justice in Palestine unless the world comes to terms with this reality.
A reading between the lines
After meeting Egypt’s Lame duck, Khalid Meshaal (the former leader of Damuscus-based Palestinian resistance alliance), hailed the “Big sister” Egypt, and its “President” the “new Leader of Arab Nation”, expressed his satifaction because the ‘talks lasted almost two hours, twice as long as Mursi’s meeting a day earlier with ramallah traitor, the leader of Fatah, Hamas’s rival.
Moreover the ex-resistance leader was happy with what he heard from the Hilary-appointed “Arab hero” and his vision to handle the the blockage of Gaza, (espectially after hezbollah stopped smuggling Syrian food and Arms, after the ‘Arab nation’s spring” and the great Escape of MB’s leadership lead by Hezbollah from Mubarak’s Natron prison)
The “Arab’s Leader” explained, how he, off course with full consideration of sister Hillary’s vision, he will find a way to ensure “How Gaza, which borders Egypt, gets the gas and petroleum it needs despite a crippling Israeli blockade of the territory.” with one condition: Hamas should never ever use the Syrian Made rocket to disturb the peacful live of one milion and half settlers living in southern Israel. Meshaal said the Arab’s “Leadership” and intelligence services would continue to shepherd a reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah, The intelligence services would follow the steps of late Omar Suliman the former cheif Spy, in staying exactly at the mid point in between Fateh and Hamas.
Hamas chief hails “big sister” Egypt after Mursi meet
The leader of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement which rules the Gaza Strip, met new Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi on Thursday and hailed Mursi’s election as the start of a “new era” for Egypt and the Palestinians.
It was Khaled Meshaal’s first visit to Egypt since Mursi won the country’s first free leadership vote.
The founding of Hamas was inspired by Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood – Egypt’s oldest and most established Islamist movement – but the Palestinian group now operates independently because of its location and the conflict with Israel.
Hamas, which won the elections in Gaza in 2006, refuses to recognize Israel and calls for the liberation of Palestinian land.
Meshaal and Mursi discussed ways to ensure that Gaza, which borders Egypt, gets the gas and petroleum it needs despite a crippling Israeli blockade of the territory.
“We have entered a new era in Palestine’s relationship with Egypt, the big sister and the leader of the Arab nation,” Meshaal said after the meeting. “We were happy with what we heard from President Mohamed Mursi and his vision to handle all these issues.”
The talks lasted almost two hours, twice as long as Mursi’s meeting a day earlier with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority and leader of Fatah, Hamas’s rival.
Hamas was isolated by Egypt under Mursi’s ousted predecessor dictator Hosni Mubarak, as well as by other Gulf and Arab states and the West.
It was embraced by Iran, Hezbollah and Syria – an alliance built on hostility to Israel – forming an axis of opposition to the Zionist state.
Mursi is under pressure from many in his movement to help ease the Gaza blockade, which Mubarak was complicit in by closing the country’s border with Gaza.
Egypt’s army-backed government decided in February to let more fuel into Gaza and increase electricity supplies.
But Hamas has yet to see any sign of a policy shift since the election of Mursi, who is keen not to upset Egypt’s ally,the United States, and weaken his hand in a struggle with the powerful military.
Meshaal said Egypt’s presidency and intelligence services would continue to shepherd a reconciliation process between Hamas and Fatah that began last year.
“Egypt has a key role in this,” he said, adding that Hamas “remains strategically committed to the reconciliation.”
The Hilal has been sighted in Saudi so the first day of fasting begins at dawn tomorrow Inshallah.
Surat al Baqarah 2 – 183 O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous -
This is a short article on British Justice, it is short for the simple reason that there is no real British Justice – it is a mockery. If you are Policemen or part of the Powerful elite, justice is a slap on the hand irrespective of the crime; for everyone else it is a very serious matter.
PC Simon Harwood killed Ian Tomlinson unlawfully at the G20 protests in April 2009. This much is self-evident from the video and testimony and this also is the verdict of the coroner regarding his death. One could be forgiven for thinking this is a clear case where Simon Harwood would be prosecuted, the reality is – like many Police offenders, be they Paedophiles, Killers or just Cops passing private data to Journalists for cash as with the NOW scandal – they are beyond and above the law of land.
What we learnt today from the Telegraph report is Simon Hardwood had long and violent history of abuse, which had never resulted in any serious action against him.
There can be no question that Harwood is someone willing to abuse his position as a police officer and, when angry or upset, to act unlawfully.
Matthew Ryder QC
Ian Tomlinson’s family said after the verdict how this hurt them and how they expected a serious punishment, not freedom. Despite their anguish at the flagrant lack of justice they vowed to continue their fight, and would be pursuing Simon Harwood with a civil case against him.
All Arab countires know very well what it means for Syria to give Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islam Jihad Movement weapons at a time when Arab regimes prevented food and money from being transferred to Gaza!”
The Saudi regime? The Egyptian regime?
They were rockets from Syria and transferred through Syria.
Sayyed Nasrallah Speech on 6th Anniversary of Divine Victory: “Israel’s” Operation Was Qualitative Illusion
On the 6th anniversary of the Divine Victory which was achieved by the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon in July 2006, Hizbullah held a central ceremony in the Beirut Southern Suburb’s al-Raya field on Tuesday, the 18th of July.
Following verses of the Holy Quran, the Lebanese and the Hizbullah anthems, Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared via video-link to deliver a speech on the occasion. The ceremony was held under the slogan “No place for Retreat, No place for Weakness, no Place for Defeat”.
Sayyed Nasrallah welcomed and thanked the audience who has come to celebrate the ceremony marking the 6th anniversary of the 2006 July victory, stating “brothers and sisters, there are many issues I would like to speak about, but regional developments, particularly in Syria and what happened today, forces me to set aside part of my speech and tackle the regional developments.”
Before tackling the violence that hit Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah went in a flashback to one of the most important events that took place during the July war in 2006. His Eminence revealed one of the Resistance’s major achievements, one which was never mentioned during the past years.
“Israel’s” Qualitative Illusion Operation
“On the 6th anniversary [of the 2006 July victory], the “Israelis” who have been holding seminars and discussions involving high-ranking leaders acknowledge the defeat, and are still in shock over the 2006 defeat,” His Eminence said.
“For us, it is enough to recall that the head of the “Israeli” Mossad in 2006 [Meir Dagan] telling “Israeli” Prime Minister [Ehud Olmert] that the July victory was a national catastrophe during which “Israel” received a decisive knockout”, Sayyed Nasrallah iterated, recalling other stances of “Israeli” officials who admitted that the “Israeli” entity was harshly defeated during the July aggression it had launched against Lebanon.
Sayyed Nasrallah noted that “Israel” was maneuvering and had declared an important operation dubbed “Qualitative Weight Op” on Friday the 14th of July 2006.
He told the mini-cabinet that if this operation was approved, Hizbullah will not be able to fire long and medium range missiles at “Israel”
Hizbullah Secretary General noted, adding “An hour after this operation was approved, more than 40 warplanes launched their attack and targeted what the “Israelis” said was more than 40 rockets. In 34 minutes, the operation was finished, and all the targets that were said to be Fajr 3 and Fajr 5 rocket launchers were hit. “Israeli” Official Halutz called [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud] Olmert telling him: We won. The war is over.”
He noted that the “Israelis” discussed the extensive security effort they did maneuvering and gathering information and allocating huge budget to achieve what they compared to the 1967 war when “Israeli” warplanes targeted a major part of the Egyptian aerial arms, adding that the “Israelis” remained to believe what Halutz had said, that “Israel” destroyed 60 to 70 percent of Hizbullah’s missile capabilities.
Revealing the truth, Hizbullah SG pointed out “The Resistance found about the enemy’s intention [to bombard] the missile launchers and platforms, and played along and even helped them collect information.”
“Owing to the bright Security mind of Haj Imad Moghnieh and his brethren, the first security achievement was achieved, when the Resistance knew that “Israel” knew where the platforms were located,” Sayyed Nasrallah underscored, adding “The second achievement is that the Resistance was able to change the location of the launchers and platforms without allowing the “Israelis” to find out. These [platforms and lauchers] were transformed to other places the enemy did not know. When “Israel” made the decision to execute the attacks, most of the locations bombarded were empty; the platforms were allocated and were ready to attack Tel Aviv.”
“The operation [Israel] dubbed as the Quantitative Weight, we call the Quantitative Illusion, and more than 70 to 80 percent of the Resistance capability was ongoing until the last day of the July war,” Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted. He went on stating “When [Israel] realized the next day that their operation failed, War Minister Dan Haltuz told the mini-cabinet that it seemed “Israel” became involved in an operation that may last for weeks and then “Israeli” President Shimon Peres swallowed his tongue, he still does today.”
Sayyed Nasrallah added “We know that the “Israelis” collect information about us and that it is preparing to attack us. We know what [their] first attack would be in the next war. We will surprise you when you make your first attack. We promise the “Israelis” of a big surprise. Assuring further victory, Sayyed Nasrallah said “Be very confident that amid all this noise there is a resistance and resistance fighters who are working night and day on the issue of the conflict with the enemy and they are not being distracted by any shouting from here or there. We were victorious in 2000 and 2006, and we can achieve better victories in any war.”
“We know what your first strike will be and we promise you a big surprise and of course I want the Lebanese people and all the peoples to be very confident in the Resistance’s capabilities and to know that in this region we have the heart and will to organize, manage, fight and eventually win, Our fate is not defeat and failure like most Arab rulers claim,” His Eminence reiterated.
Sayyed Nasrallah moved on to another point, highlighting that the “Israelis” had then moved on to evaluate along with the Americans what had happened.
The July war was supposed to be a war to crush the Resistance in Lebanon and destruct the Resistance axis in the region. His Eminence assured that the second thing “Israel” would have done was to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and destroy Syria under the claim it had helped the Resistance. Yet, the Resistance’s victory prevented such from taking place. “I tell you today, if there was solidarity in Lebanon and if some daggers were not placed in our backs during the last days of the war, political negotiations would have been achieved on the national level. But there were some helping “Israel” on the political level to get [Israel] out of the crisis it placed itself in.
“Israeli” Officials’ Confessions
According to Sayyed Nasrallah, Former “”Israeli” Defense Forces” chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon said: It was clear that Hizbullah was a fixed phenomenon that could not be crushed through a military operation and that there is no reason for a conclusive military solution to Hizbullah’s [arms]. This is why I encouraged a political action to disarm Hizbullah [through] a domestic Lebanese operation.
Hizbullah SG went on adding “Ya’alon also said: I realized that there was no means to remove Hizbullah from the hearts of the Shiites, therefore, I suggested working on a political and military manner to contain Hizbullah and eventually reach the point where Hizbullah is seen in Lebanon as illegitimate.”
Sayyed Nasrallah assured that the “Israelis” bet on the Lebanese domestic developments, calling on the Lebanese to wake up. Sayyed Nasrallah Condemns Assassination of Syrian Leaders
Syria, according to Sayyed Nsrallah, constitutes a real problem to the Americans and “Israelis”, as they saw important development in Syria during the past phase. Military strategy, according to Sayyed Nasrallah, transferred it to a military power and made it a possible threat to “Israel”. “Syria is a path for the Resistance and a bridge of communication between the Resistance and Iran,” His Eminence noted, adding “I have two [proofs] for Syria’s role [in supporting the Resistance].
The first one is that the most important rockets that targeted Haifa and the center of “Israel” were made by Syrian military and given to the Resistance. Syria was an aid to the Resistance and gave weapons that we used in the July War; not only in Lebanon, but also in the Gaza Strip.”
Pointing out that “Israel” today is afraid of Gaza and afraid for Tel Aviv, Sayyed Nasrallah questioned “
Who gave [Gaza fighters] rockets?
The Saudi regime? The Egyptian regime?
They were rockets from Syria and transferred through Syria. The Syrian leadership was risking its interests and existence for the sake of the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine to be strong. Show me one Arab regime that did the same.”
“All Arab countires know very well what it means for Syria to give Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islam Jihad Movement weapons at a time when Arab regimes prevented food and money from being transferred to Gaza!” Sayyed Nasrallah noted, and further explained “
Syria sent weapons and food to Gaza and took a risk to do so.
“Today in Syria, there is a US-”Israeli” scheme that says it is forbidden for strong armies to exist in the region, it prevents a regional state other than “Israel” from having a strong army,” Sayyed Nasrallah assured.
Hizbullah Secretary General called on the Syrian people, army, and government to maintain Syria, and highlighted that the only solution is to hold dialogue.
“We owe these prominent leaders [who were martyred today in Syria]. We offer the Syrian leadership, army and people our condolences and we condemn this attack that only serves the interests of the enemy. We have full trust that the Syrian army has the ability to remain standing.”
“Israeli” Major Concern; Iran
According to Hizbullah Secretary General, “Israel’s” only concern in the past years was Iran. He noted that there are dozens of Farsi television stations tasked with inciting against the Iranian people and government, iterating that these stations and [incitement] led to protests in Iran. “Everything the US and the West could do to Iran, they have done. But Iran is today 100 times stronger than it was thirty years ago and it will become stronger,” Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say.
Lebanese Army National Guarantee, No to Strife
Moving on to domestic politics, Sayyed Nasrallah called for avoiding and decreasing sectarian tension and reiterated the strong relationship with the Free Patriotic Movement headed by the General Michel Aoun.
Reiterating the strong relationship, His Eminence said “We confirm our relation with FPM leader MP Michel Aoun. The alliance between us for the past six years cannot be ended by a dispute, allies [may] disagree and neither of us follows or cancels the other.”
His Eminence noted that “there should be a national consensus which strengthens the army especially in face of domestic and foreign threats. But He pointed out that accusing the army of sectarianism and voicing doubt over its patriotism weakens it.”
He further added “Some are paying money and inciting in the media to ruin the country, that’s why we must abide by the silence of the strong and everyone knows that we are not weak, but we put the national interest above everything else. We want a strong army, but I tell the government and the national dialogue committee that to have a strong army we must first have a strong will, which means we must not fear the US ambassador or the US generals.”
Calling on all to be mature, Sayyed Nasrallah assured “Today there is a lot of sectarian rhetoric and preachers should confront this. If a Shiite says something that insults another sect, we, as Shiite scholars have to stand up in his face and silence him. The Sunnis, the Christians and the Druze have to do the same.”
Sayyed Nasrallah said there will always be sides in the Lebanese government who would want to unarm the Resistance, or provide the Syrian opposition with weapons, as the Lebanese government holds different parties of different opinions, iterating these should be only solve through dialogue.
In a wonderfully chess-like move, the Russian Parliament skillfully moved to block attempts to de-stablize Russia by using NGOs to encourage dissent. AlJaZeera reported today that a new law had been passed with only one vote against and one abstention. The law would limit the operation of NGOs in Russia. Specifically foreign-funded NGOs would have to declare that they are foreign agents on all their publicity materials.
But what are NGOs exactly?
No one describes the NGOs better than Phyllis Schlafly who has watched them for decades: “The NGOs are energetic lobbyists for dramatic changes in the mission and structure of the UN to achieve global governance. Most NGOs are also members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which originated many of the global environmental polices set forth in the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Climate Change, and Agenda 21. The most prominent NGOs are the radical environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the feminist and population-control groups such as Planned Parenthood.”
This Russian ruling against NGOs also links in a rather oblique way to another recent Court ruling in Russia which controversially banned Gay (LGBT) Parades for the next 100 years. The two events are linked because it is through this kind of cultural marxism of the NGOs that countries are being taken over all around the world. It is plain to see and the Russians are no fools. The World Order has been using a variety of techniques to subvert and take over countries round the globe, economic hit-men, Cyberwar & fake-liberation is very popular these days. But it turns out that Russian law change was only following in the foot-steps of those other great revolutionaries… The Iranians.
The Iranian parliament passed a bill in late March 2011 restricting the activities of NGOs and private organizations in Iran. The bill, which has become a source of grave concern for civil society activists in Iran will likely damage or halt entirely the activities of NGOs engaging in any endeavor that discomfits the Iranian regime. You can find the English translation of the NGO Bill here.
The reason for this was that earlier in 2009 and afterwards Adam Werritty and others were using NGOs to encourage dissent and spread misinformation in Iran to create regime change. Liam Fox and Adam Werritty were operating an NGO called Atlantic Bridge supposedly to foster better British-US relations but in reality they were plotting regime change through NGOs in Iran and by using social media to create hype and a potential coup. Much of this is extensively documented in Bill Noxid’s excellent article.
This was the question that Daniel Mabsout asked 3 weeks ago on deliberation. In that article he made the point that NGOs are being used to promote peaceful activism and replace armed resistance. He makes the very very good point that this is being done to undermine any effective resistance and to totally render them irrelevant as a threat. It is no wonder then that Iran and now Russia have grown wise to NGOs being used in covert ways to achieve foreign aims.