Both sides in the 17-month conflict have been accused of human rights violations as reports of cold-blooded killings mount.Graphic footage showed a crowd of people shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) as they gathered around several bodies on the ground before another three victims were seen being hurled from the top of the building.The incident was said to have taken place in rebel-controlled al-Bab near the northern metropolis of Aleppo and the victims were identified as postal workers, but it was not clear when it occurred.
“These are the heroes of Bab city who are inside the post office,” the man shooting the video said.
When the body of one man was thrown to the ground, the crowd is heard shouting: “This is a shabiha,” referring to the pro-government militia.The video could not be independently verified.
Elsewhere, a pro-government Syrian TV station said on Monday one of its cameramen who was kidnapped three days ago was believed to be dead while others were being held by rebels near the capital Damascus.The station said gunmen kidnapped the cameraman on Friday along with three other employees of the pro-regime al-Ikhbariya TV while covering the violence in the Damascus suburb of al-Tal.
The three surviving members of the team appeared in an online video, saying they were being held by rebel forces who were treating them well.A man who identified himself as a rebel spokesman also appeared in the video, saying the cameraman and two members of the Free Syrian Army rebel group were killed in government shelling while on a tour in al-Tal to shoot destruction in the area.It was impossible to independently verify the events shown in the video. But the general manager of al-Ikhbariya TV said they believed the cameraman was dead.The head of the United Nations observer mission in Syria on Monday condemned attacks on the media.
“Whatever the country, the UN is committed to the freedom of the press and the media,” General Babacar Gaye told reporters in Damascus.”In this country, the press has a tremendous role to play, so we condemn any violence on the media coming from any side,” he said, also accusing both the army and rebels of failing to protect civilians.
In June, gunmen raided al-Ikhbariya’s headquarters, killing seven employees.
Journalists have suffered a number of casualties in the 17-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad, and in recent months there have been several attacks on pro-regime media.
On Saturday, a reporter for state-run news agency SANA was killed in his Damascus home, while another working for the pan-Arab Al-Arabiya TV was killed in a blast in al-Tal.
The deaths came as activists reported clashes and shelling between government troops and rebels in areas including Damascus and its suburbs, the central province of Homs, and the southern region of Deraa.
Activists also released a video which they said showed a government Soviet-made MiG warplane catching fire apparently after it was hit by ground fire over the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
The warplane appears to be turning into a ball of flame, although it was impossible to independently verify the video.
(Al-Akhbar, AP, AFP)
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|Israeli troops near border with Egypt’s Sinai desert on June 18, 2012.|
Egypt and other countries in the region are contributing to righting the historic wrong done to the Palestinian people as millions around the World are employing an increasing variety of resistance strategies in solidarity with this regions central cause of liberating Palestine from the crumbling but ultra-violent Zionist colonial project.
The British occupied Egypt since 1882 and imposed the border in an almost straight line from Rafah on the Mediterranean to Taba on the Gulf of Aqaba which has remained the eastern border of Egypt. At the beginning of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Egyptian forces invaded Palestine from Sinai to support the Palestinian Resistance in their struggle against the imposed State of Israel.
“This crime can be attributed to the Mossad, which has been seeking to abort the revolution since its inception and the proof of this is that it gave instructions to its Zionist citizens in Sinai to depart immediately a few days ago.”
An American critic of Israel’s influence over the U.S. Congress, who is an Assistant Staff Director on a Congressional Committee, emailed that “We are looking into what Israeli leaders knew about the Sinai attack and when they knew it, but no definite responsibility for this operation has been established.”
|Morsy says he heads Sinai military operations|
On 8/4/12, Egypt’s new pro-Palestinian President, Mohammad Morsi, responded to the attack by sacking the pro-Israeli intelligence chief Murad Muwafi, as well as the governor of Northern Sinai Abdel Wahab Mabrouk.
There has been a relentless campaign by Zionist leaders since Mubaraks ouster, to weaken the Egyptian public’s determination to isolate Israel and cancel their governments relations with the occupiers of Palestine.
That meeting, coupled with Morsi meeting both Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian President Abbas last month, resulted in the opening the Rafah border for 12 hrs a day and increasing the daily limit on passengers from Gaza to 1,500. By opening the border Morsi was following through on a campaign promise he made during the run up to Egypt’s hotly contested election. With the advent of the Arab Spring a number of Egyptian pro Resistance organizations demanded the complete opening of the Rafah crossing to all traffic, including commercial. During his campaign Morsi stated that “the time has come to open the Rafah crossing to traffic 24 hours a day and all year round.”
Unfortunately, following the most recent operation the Rafah crossing has been indefinitely closed just like it was under the deposed Egyptian president which will cause great hardship to Gazans and amounts to nothing less than Israeli style “collective punishment” as claimed by Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official.
|Battle: Hundreds of Egyptians stormed the
building housing Israel’s mission in Cairo
“It is worth recalling here the official Egyptian stance on the murder of two Egyptian security guards in an Israeli raid along the Israeli-Egyptian border last year. Not one Egyptian helicopter took off in search of the assailants and not one bullet was aimed at “suspects” from the Israeli side. Not only did the SCAF bury the incident as if it had never happened, but it went as far as to quell Egyptian protestors at the Israeli embassy in Cairo almost a year ago today. Days later the SCAF erected a high wall around the embassy to “protect” it against“extremists.”
He offered the following suggestions presented on their website and in Lobby publications:
“The US must undertake firm communication to Egypt’s Morsi that if he wants international support to bolster his flagging economy, he cannot pander to the worst instincts of Egyptian public opinion. Indeed, any serious effort to prevent terrorist infiltration in Sinai requires coordination with Israel, and this will not proceed in an environment of public vilification.”
Mursi between Tantanwi and Anan at Iftar in Rafah
“Second, U.S. policymakers should reaffirm to the Egyptian military that Washington views securing Sinai as an essential aspect of Egyptian-Israeli peace, and that continued provision of substantial military aid, which has exceeded 35 billion over the past three decades, is absolutely contingent on the investment of adequate personnel and resources to do the security job. Failure to direct the right people and resources to the peninsula will trigger an overall reassessment of the U.S. military assistance package, with an eye to updating this 1980s-era relationship for the current environment.”
He is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon.
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Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi announced Sunday that he has retired the five most powerful generals in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) as well as the Supreme Court Chief Justice, and has reversed the powers of the SCAF. In addition, he informed the ambassadors of the U.S. and Israel that he is stripping them of their power to make Egyptian foreign policy.
Mursi’s action has had unexpected repercussions in far-flung places around the globe. Presidents and prime ministers of other countries were similarly inspired to shed powerful forces that control their countries and pull the strings of power from behind the scenes. Here are details about some of the latest pink slips:
- United Nations: Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon stripped the five permanent members of the Security Council of their veto powers and removed their permanent status as well as their simultaneous interpretation privileges. In addition, he announced that UN Headquarters would be moved to an abandoned oil platform in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
- Palestine: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued retirement orders to Brigadier General Nitzan Alon, Commander of Israeli Occupation Forces in the West Bank. Abbas then assumed direct command of the occupation forces and ordered them to invade and take control of the Gaza Strip in as friendly a way as possible. In addition, he stripped the U.S. and Israel of their power to make Palestinian foreign policy.
- Greece: Prime Minister Antonis Samaras dismissed European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and announced that Greece would no longer have an official currency, following Lebanon, Panama and Somalia. In addition, he informed the ambassadors of the United States and Israel that he was stripping them of their powers to make Greek foreign policy.
- United States: President Barack Obama issued retirement orders to all appointees selected by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), but awarded AIPAC a retroactive registration as a Foreign Agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and apologized that the U.S. had taken more than fifty years to provide this recognition to them. He also informed the ambassador of Israel that he was stripping its power to make U.S. foreign policy.
- Cayman Islands: Premier McKeeva Bush dismissed British Governor Duncan Taylor and ordered all drug and illegal arms money to be disclosed and confiscated. He also informed the Governor as well as the ambassadors of the U.S. and Israel that he was stripping them of their power to make Cayman foreign policy.
I tried to locate Mr. Bush for an interview, but no one was able to find him. Upon hearing this, the other presidents and prime ministers also became hard to find. I would be happy to pay a small finder’s fee to anyone with information about their location, but I’m afraid I can’t afford as much as some of the other people looking for them.