Elsewhere, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed this week during a tour of the Middle East that “the primary goal” of his nation’s involvement in Syria is “to defeat” Islamic State (Daesh) terrorism.
This is patently false given that the US forces illegally occupying parts of Syria are launching lethal attacks on Syrian armed forces who are actually fighting Islamic State and their myriad terrorist affiliates.
Meanwhile, US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyaccusedRussia of blocking peace efforts in Syria – another audacious falsehood to add to her thick compendium of calumny.
Perhaps the most barefaced falsehood transpired this week when French President Emmanuel Macron candidlyadmittedthat his government did not have any proof of chemical weapons being used in Syria.
“Today, our agencies, our armed forces have not established that chemical weapons, as set out in treaties, have been used against the civilian population,” said Macron to media in Paris.
His admission follows that of US Defense Secretary James Mattis who also fessed up earlier this month to having no evidence of chemical weapons being deployed in Syria.
“We have other reports from the battlefield from people who claim it’s been used,” saidMattis to reporters at the Pentagon. “We do not have evidence of it.”
Yet, only a few weeks ago, the French and US government were condemning Syrian President Assad for alleged use of chemical weapons by his forces. France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also accused Russia of bearing responsibility because of its alliance with Damascus.
But now we are told that the French and US governments do not, in fact, have any evidence concerning chemical weapons in Syria.
This is in spite of US President Donald Trump unleashing over 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles on the Arab country last April in purported reprisal for the “Syrian regime” dropping chemical munitions on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province on April 4 2017.
Macron went on to make the absurd declaration this week that “if” chemical weapons were found to be used then he would order military strikes on Syria.
Both Syria and Russia have categorically and repeatedly rejected claims of using chemical weapons, pointing out that Syria’s stockpile was eliminated back in 2014 under a UN-brokered deal.
When Mattis said “we have reports from the battlefield” he was referring to groups like the CIA covertly-sponsored terrorist outfit Al Nusra Front and their media outlet, the so-called White Helmets.
Western news media footage over the past two weeks seemingly depicting Syrian and Russian air strikes on civilian areas is sourced from the White Helmets. This group is embedded with Al Nusra.
The same warped narrative claiming Syrian and Russian violations during the liberation of Aleppo from the terrorists at the end of 2016 is being played out again in East Ghouta and Idlib. And again the Western news media are amplifying the dubious propaganda from the likes of the White Helmets as if it is independent, verified information.
This week in Paris Abdulrahman Almawwas, the so-called vice president of the White Helmets, which also go by the name of Syria Civil Defense, told the Reuters news agency that France and other NATO powers must intervene in Syria.
“It’s time to take real action and not just talk about red lines,” said Almawwas, who was clearly disappointed after hearing Macron’s admission of no evidence for chemical weapons.
Tellingly, the White Helmets’ envoy was hosted by senior French government officials while in Paris, including Macron’s chief diplomatic advisor, according to Reuters.
He also went on to complain – unwittingly – that the White Helmets have received less funding from foreign governments this year compared with last year.
Reuters reported: “Almawwas said the group’s financing for 2018 from foreign governments [sic] had dropped to $12 million from $18 million a year earlier.”
According to the White Helmets’ own website, the foreign governments whom they receive financing from include: the United States, Britain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Canada, among others.
In other words, this so-called humanitarian relief organization is a NATO-sponsored entity, which evidently operates freely in areas of Syria controlled by Al Nusra and other internationally proscribed terror groups.
And this is the same “source” which has been used by the NATO governments and Western news media to disseminate claims about Syrian state forces using chemical weapons against civilians – claims which senior US and French officials are now belatedly negating.
What we have here is demonstrable peddling of falsehoods and lies by Western governments and their news media.
Not just with regard to the war in Syria, but on a range of other international incendiary issues, as noted above.
Accusing Russia of aggression, nuclear threats, sabotaging elections, targeting civilian infrastructure which could “kill thousands and thousands” (British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson last month), or any number of other wild allegations, is symptomatic of sociopathic lying by Western governments.
The reckless falsehoods and lies espoused by the US and its European allies are made possible because of the reprehensible servility of Western media not holding to account the wild claims that they willfully disseminate.
This relentless propagation of lies is an appalling incitement to tensions, conflict and war.
Engaging in war fever is not only irresponsible. It is in fact a war crime, according to Nuremberg legal standards.
HBO’s Here and Now continues to try to set the gold standard for being the most obnoxiously woke show on television. In its premiere last week, we met the main family, the Bayer-Boatwrights, who are made up of an academic, some kind of a counselor (we will see more in this week’s episode), and their children adopted from around the world in a show of how “progressive and evolved they are.”
In the February 18 episode “It’s Coming,” we get to know Farid Shakrani (Peter Macdissi), one son’s therapist. He’s a Muslim with a son, Navid, of questionable gender identity (pictured in a hijab in the screenshot) and a wife, Layla, who loves her hijab, but he thinks America is a pretty terrible place.
Farid: So… Navid’s gonna go through life being trans and Muslim.
Layla: I don’t think he’s trans. I think he’s more fluid… gender neutral, or… is it gender queer?
Farid: Yeah, however you wanna frame it, it just ups his chances of getting the shit kicked out of him… or worse.
Layla: He agreed to never go out like that.
Farid: Yeah, I really hope so, ’cause he’s a big target. And so are you, insisting on wearing the hijab every time you go out.
Layla: That is my faith. I know women are forced to wear the veil in certain places, but in the West, we are pressured not to. Everybody– including my husband, apparently– wants us to be invisible. Farid: I just don’t want you to be the victim of a hate crime.
Layla: We live in Portland.
Farid: Remember what happened on the MAX last year during Ramadan? We live in America.
Yes, you live in America. Does Farid think most Muslim countries would be friendly to a young man who is gender queer or whatever other phrase he and his wife would like to use? They wouldn’t. While his wife points out that they live in Portland, implying that it is a progressive utopia, which many seem to think it is, Farid does my research for me by pointing out that hate crimes do happen there.
The crime the show chooses to point out is one in which a white man attacked two people trying to protect a Muslim woman during Ramadan, but the FBI thwarted a terrorist attack in Portland in 2010 and there have been high-profile crimes that had nothing to do with ideology, some of which have been committed by illegal immigrants in the “sanctuary city.” Then again, “white guys are bad” was a theme in this week’s episode.
At the youngest Bayer-Boatright’s high school, the straight white kids are a little upset that every other group of students gets to be proud of who they are, but they’re supposed to feel guilty about it. So, they decide to start a club celebrating their heritage like other ethnic groups do. Of course, this goes over horribly, so family matriarch Audrey Bayer (Holly Hunter) is called into the school to facilitate a dialogue between the groups of students. It is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen on television. The students opposed to the group call the other students Nazis and fascists, which is to be expected, but then this magical dialogue occurs:
White Student: I feel like I have to personally apologize for all of history, but I didn’t do any of those things, guys.
White Student: Thank you.
Student of Color: And I feel like you don’t want to acknowledge how people of color have suffered and continue to suffer because you never did, and you just assume everybody experiences life the same way you do.
Student of Color 2: Exactly.
White Student: I feel like maybe you’re right.
Other White Students: What? What? Oh please.
Boy: What the hell?
White Student: Look… I’m quite aware of my white privilege. That’s what makes it feel so shitty, watching every other group celebrate their culture and feeling like I’m supposed to feel guilty about my own.
White Student: We respectfully withdraw our application for official club status.
This reminds me of those corporate training videos wherein everyone says the exact right things for the situation and it in no way models real life. If these students wanted to stir things up enough to make their point by starting a straight white people club, they weren’t going to quit because they had a 30-second respectful dialogue.
The youngest Bayer-Boatright, Kristen (Sosie Bacon), had another important social justice role to play. Remember last week when she lost her virginity to a complete stranger while wearing a horse’s head mask? Well, she has Chlamydia now and she goes to Planned Parenthood. Of course, she’s virtually attacked by pro-life protestors outside who shout at her like crazy people – including this man who is holding a baby doll nailed to a cross as they walk out and Kristen bemoans her condition:
Kristen: Yeah, but I am the most disgusting slut alive.
Ashley: Oh, stop, there are plenty of sluts way more disgusting.
Kristen: No, I’m just ashamed.
Man: Of course you are. How many babies you kill today?
Man: You think this is a joke? They butcher it while it’s still inside you, and then they suck the dead baby out, and they sell it for parts!
Ashley: That’s been completely debunked.
Man: Oh yeah? Well, I guess then black lives really don’t matter.
Kristen: Hey, fuck you, you fucking ass.
Ashley: Kristen! Get in the car. Get in the car.
Man: Yeah, Kristen. Dumb whore! Hey!
When the man points out that Planned Parenthood dismembers babies in the womb and sells off the parts, Kristen’s adopted sister Ashley (Jerrika Hinton) says that that has been “completely debunked.” Um, that’s not true, no matter how much the mainstream media tries to cover it up. When the man comes back at Ashley, who is black, with “I guess black lives really don’t matter,” she doesn’t have much to say. Maybe she knows that more than 15 million black babies have been lost to abortion since Roe v Wade. Nearly 10,000 per day. In New York City, more black babies are aborted than born. Maybe Ashley knows all of this and that’s why she remains quiet. Kristen, on the other hand, goes after the guy and starts physically attacking him. Both women are arrested. Kristen is treated like a queen in jail and Ashley is treated like, well, a criminal. We are led to believe it’s because Kristen is white.
Since Here and Now is basically farce, the man who was beaten up outside of Planned Parenthood isn’t going to press charges. Care to guess why? Because he’s a sex offender and the clinic was near a school, so he wasn’t allowed to be there anyway.
When Kristen comes home and tells her mother that she was arrested for beating up a man outside of a Planned Parenthood, we get another conversation that could occur on no planet but this show.
Audrey: It’s okay, sweetie. Your father and I have both been arrested.
Kristen: Okay. I kicked some Jesus freak who called me a whore at Planned Parenthood. But don’t worry. He’s not pressing charges.
Audrey: What were you doing at Planned Parenthood? Are you pregnant?
Kristen: No. I had my period like a week before I had sex.
Audrey: You had sex?
Kristen: Oh my God.
Audrey: With who?
Kristen: It doesn’t matter.
Audrey: Did he give you an STD?
Kristen: Oh my God. Okay. I have Chlamydia.
Audrey: Oh. Sweetie, I’m so sorry. That truly sucks.
This 17 year-old just got arrested for beating a man up outside of a Planned Parenthood where she was being treated for the Chlamydia she got from losing her virginity to a stranger and her mom’s reaction is “that truly sucks?” What kind of parenting goes on in this show? None, obviously.
Oh, that’s right, we haven’t checked in yet with Kristen’s dad, Greg Boatwright (Tim Robbins). Still in the midst of his mid-life crisis, he kicks his philosophy students out of the classroom with instructions to, amongst other things “punch a Nazi.” Maybe that’s where Kristen gets her aggression.
If I had not just watched this show with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe that it actually existed. Having seen it, I can barely believe it isn’t supposed to be a farce. How can this show possibly take itself seriously?
Three forces were singled out for their “inadequate” crime recording by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Thames Valley Police and North Yorkshire Police are noting just 80 percent of crimes reported, HMICFRS said. Durham Constabulary fares better, but still failed to record 8.5 percent of crimes reported to it.
The assessment of Thames Valley found that nearly one in five offenses (19.6 percent) were not being properly recorded, which equates to approximately 35,200 crimes a year. The report said there was “some confusion” as to who was taking responsibility for recording crimes.
Thames Valley Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell told the BBC the reports made for “unwelcome reading.” He added: “The matters subject to review were recorded as ‘incidents’ rather than crimes, but there is no suggestion that we failed to respond appropriately to the calls or to deal with the matters in hand.”
North Yorkshire Police “not properly recording” almost one in five crimes is “inexcusable,” according to its inspector of constabulary, Matt Parr. He told the Guardian: “The force has robust processes in place to ensure the safeguarding of victims of these crimes, but too many offenses continue to go unrecorded and therefore not investigated properly.”
He added that North Yorkshire Police was “potentially depriving victims of the services and justice to which they are entitled.”
A look into Durham Constabulary found “approximately 4,700 incidents” were not being recorded each year. These include crimes such as domestic abuse, public order and “young people sharing indecent images of themselves.”
Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said: “Integrity around crime data recording is essential to maintaining public confidence and there is still some progress to be made.”
The findings are the latest from a series of rolling inspections looking at the crime data “integrity” of every police force in England and Wales.
Inspectors launched the program in November 2015 after finding the national average of under-recording of crimes stood at an “inexcusably poor” 19 percent.
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This exposé leaves without shelter or defense, crimes against peace perpetrated by journalists, politicians, mercenaries, and terrorists against the Syrian Arab Republic. It also shines a bright light on the incestuous relationships of paid reporters, diplomats, politicians, and warmongering think-tankers. Written March 2017, a computer glitch misfiled it. Some updates have been added.
The crimes against peace troupe did another pirouette in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) on 21 March . In yet another sadistic Fifth Column joke on the people of the Syrian Arab Republic, the Never Again! crimes against humanity institution chose Syria’s Mothers Day to host its third exhibit of the fraudulent, emotional war pornCaesar photos.
For those oblivious to being hit in the head with a sledgehammer, fake defector Caesar is the secret name of a guy who has secretly met with the UNSC, and secretly lobbied Capitol Hill, carrying with him 55,000 secret torture photos he smuggled out of Syria over a two-year period during which he lived in fear, horror, terror, worse fear, and being terrified, while secretly taking pictures of bodies, and secretly putting them onto secret memory cards, secret flash drives, and secret computers, all of which he smuggled out secretly in his secret socks or secret body cavities.
Before shamelessly being put on exhibit in the UN, they were secretly vetted by the London law firm of Carter-Ruck, hired Qatar, the Gulfie gas station which has spent over 4 billion USD in its part of a final solution against Syria.
On 13 January 2017 the fake Caesar photos paid a visit to the Clinton School of Public Service, in Arkansas, sponsored by the Coalition for a Democratic Syria, which functions as a subsidiary of the State Department. On 2 September 2013, this CDS called upon Congress to partake of “the rare occasion” to bomb the Syrian Arab Republic.
This crimes against peace Caesar visit was a short one, because Mouaz Moustafa, its speaker, had a plane to catch to Belize, to go spear fishing.
Moustafa was Senator John McCain’s translator, the first time he illegally entered Syria, in 2013, when meet with kidnappers and other terrorists.
Mouaz Moustafa, 33, has an interesting bio. A Palestinian born in Damascus, who came to the US at 12, has been called a “patriot” by McCain, though of what country, is not known. Prior to becoming a board member of the CDS, Moustafa, not Libyan, was the “Executive Director of Libyan Council of North America.” Though not Libyan, in this position, he reportedly met with White House NSC staff, advised the Libyan ambassador to the US, after his defection. Previously, Moustafa worked as an intern to Democratic Congressman Vic Snyder, and was a staffer to former Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln.
On hand for round three of the Caesar show at the USHMM was House Foreign Affairs Chairman, Ed Royce (R-CA). Royce’s prepared statement was typical of criminal lying we expect of Capitol Hill, but one lie was particularly appalling:
To me, the eerie thing about Caesar’s photos is how much they remind me of the pictures my father returned home with from World War II. He was part of the allied forces that came upon a liberated Dachau…
The Nazi Germany forced labor camp was liberated on 29 April 1945. Royce was born on 12 October 1951, which means Royce was had not been born when his “father returned home.” Does Royce think mere geopolitics does not commit enough genocide, that it requires quantum physics to be added? Or does he think intentionally causing a wrong inference is not lying?
In his crimes against peace speech, Royce noted that he was “honored to have worked with Ranking Member Engel on the Caesar Syrian Protection Act – named for the brave man who smuggled out these photographs. This legislation is being reintroduced this week.”
Eliot Engel (D-NY) had introduced H.R. 5732 on 12 July 2016. It passed by a cowardly loudness vote 16 November.
Royce did not mention why it is in need of re-introduction, but it is not unlikely its authors feel compelled to change some of the wording involving visas, inadmissibility/ineligibility because it might be perceived to sound like President Trump’s recent Executive Orders.
The orwellian short title, named after a fake person, Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, is an aptly chosen one, given that its preamble is mostly lie: “To halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, encourage a negotiated settlement and hold Syrian human rights abusers accountable for their crimes.”
The findings of this bill are based on ugly fraud against the Syrian Arab Republic, fraud that should be self-evident. Concern for both external refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs, which most Syrian refugees are, preferring to stay within their own homeland) is savagely hypocritical, as there was no Syrian refugee problem before the US and its allies conspired to destroy this country.
It is inexcusable that Congress members cite the paid propagandist, one-man band operative Abdul Rahman’s Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as source material. Rahman left Syria in 2000, eleven years before the foreign imposed terrorist crisis. He is funded by the EU and one unnamed European country. He claims to have been a “political dissident” in the SAR, but unofficial reports are that he was incarcerated for fraud and embezzlement, which fits into his claim that he ‘fled’ when his two business partners were arrested.
Findings cite the fake Caesar testimony, paid for by Qatar (“pronounced ‘gutter”’), whose murderous attacks on the SAR resulted from Syria refusing to let a Qatari pipeline go through its country. A small sample of Gutter’s many crimes against peace — including violence against women in Syria:
The terrorist cannibal who murdered a Syrian soldier, sliced out his heart and lungs and ate them on video (after which he was wooed by NATO MSM, who romanticized this savage as a fake allegory of war), was in the employ of Gutter’s al Khanzeera, illegally in the SAR.
al Khanzeera’s virulent aj+ launched the myth of the external Syrian refugee, as part of the fetid plot to strategically depopulate Syria, and make it a permanent dumping ground for the world’s human garbage.
Findings cite [former] UN Ambassador Samantha Power testifying about “grave reports” while offering not a shred of evidence.
Findings cite [former] Secretary of State John Kerry being “absolutely certain” that Syria used weapons-grade chlorine against Syria, despite the OPCW having reported Syria’s successful and early delivery of its chemical weapons stockpile, upon joining the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Findings somehow lost this fact, somehow ignore that Kerry offered no evidence, and also somehow was completely ignorant to the fact of the rapid degradation of chlorine-related forensics (Congressman Royce: Close your bathroom door and clean with straight bleach, then open the door.).
These staunch mass-murdering colonialists on Capitol Hill have ignored all facts, the true history chemical weapons against Syria. They align with the mafioso clique running the UN, who refused all requests by Syria’s ambassador, for an investigation — beginning with the first threat of ‘opposition’ coming from a lab-like room in Turkey, 5 December 2012.
Findings lies that the SAR deprives humanitarian assistance, by blocking humanitarian corridors, ignoring UNSCR 2165 (2014) which authorized the breach of Syria’s national sovereignty which resulted the deaths of 50 Syrian children, via measles vaccines poisoned in Turkey:
In mid-September 2014, upwards of 50 Syrian children were murdered, when given poisoned measles vaccines, in Jirjanaz and Maaret al Nouman, Idlib governate, in “clinics” run by the takfiri. Ambassador al Ja’afari called the deaths a “war crime,” and demanded that the UN investigate. In lieu of an investigation, the UN offered an absurd cover story, illogical and devoid of any shred of common sense: Human error of an unnamed NGO that accidentally reconstituted the measles vaccine, using skeletal muscle relaxant, atracurium, as a diluent, instead of water. Despite the measles vaccine requiring refrigeration, and reconstitution immediately prior to injection, this same ”accident” occurred dozens of times, at different locations.
Findings demands the colonialist imposition of transition, and disenfranchises the Syrian people, who elected President al Assad in June 2014.
Findings needs to ask itself when the last time was that a US president was so beloved that he could freely move among his people. A red arrow has been provided, pointing to President Bashar al Assad.
Crimes against peace authors of the fake caesar bill demand the right to disenfranchise these Syrians:
Contrast to this photograph, surreptitiously taken by the author, 10 October 2010, from the Philly side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Author was politely accosted by a man in street clothes, saying he was a member of the Philadelphia Police Department (he did not show ID), and no photos were permitted to be taken while President Obama’s motorcade passed below, on I-95. After a polite round-about involving Constitutional rights, the policeman pointed to the snipers on the hovering helicopter above, and said they would be authorized to shoot, were the camera not put down.
Findings lie that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the devastation of Syrian infrastructure. Prior to the US-led war criminal bombing campaign of the SAR, the US/EU/Gulfies sponsored terrorists were on a rampage of destruction of Syrian infrastructure.
Findings lies that the SAR created the environment in which “ISIS” has grown. In fact, “ISIS” was created when the US released al Baghdadi from an Iraqi jail, and gave him 10s of millions of dollars to train other terrorists, in Jordanian camps. As the US created al Qaeda in Afghanistan, to fight the Soviets, the US created “ISIS” in Iraq and the Levant, to further destabilize the region. “ISIS” has two air forces; one Israeli, and one US American.
War Criminal History of Key Congress Members Supporting H.R. 5732
Eliot Engel, has a long history of crimes against peace. On the International Relations Committee, he issued a statement on 19 March 2003, supporting Bush’s demand that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein leave his country within 48 hours. Engel brayed about the “threat of chemical weapons,” condemned the UN for not supporting a US invasion, claimed to ‘’cherish peace,” and announced that American “armed forces will be victorious and Saddam Hussein will no longer be a threat.”
Despite more than one million Iraqis being slaughtered, despite the fact that there were no chemical weapons in Iraq, despite the fact that US troops were still in Iraq, and that terrorism now existed where it did not previously, crimes against peace peacenik Engel supported the war criminal bombing of Libya as a “humanitarian mission.”
Despite increasing terrorism in Iraq, and Libya being turned into a haven for terrorists via the Obama humanitarian mission, on 25 August 2013, Engel gave an interview to Fox News. He called for bombing Syria and its infrastructure and said Obama should bomb Syria first, and ask Congressional approval afterward.
Of note: Crimes against peace activist Engel salivated over France bringing to justice the perpetrators of violence in France. Engel had no care that Hollande — like the rest of the EU, and like the US — has been funding terrorists against Syria.
Royce is “honored” to be affiliated with rabid dog of war, Engel.
Keith Ellison (D-MN, now also Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee) issued his first crimes against peace announcement by supporting the destruction of Libya, calling the destruction of Libya “freedom in the Arab world.” The rape and murder of Gaddafi was a “good job.”
Ed Royce’s colonialism was more strident than Ellison’s: “Another week, another Arab regime crumbling.” Since he could not lie about non-existent chemical weapons, he added rudeness to his racism: “Those who thought Libya would truly turn a page after ditching its WMD back in 2003 have learned this desert leopard doesn’t change its spots.”
Ed Royce and His Terrorist Junkie Convicted Felon Friend Raed Fares
As part of the US’s crimes against peace, it shut down the Syrian Embassy in early 2014, attempted to censor Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN by limiting his movement to a 25mi/40km radius from the UN, launching draconian sanctions against the SAR, arming terrorists, and bombing Syria’s infrastructure. Despite these horrors (and the reality being that electricity, heat, travel, and internet access are significant problems), the terrorists that the US supports have no problems with electricity, internet, or visiting the USA whenever they wish.
One such terrorist is Raed Fares, the fraud founder of the Kafranbel Media Center, a.k.a. the CIA’s “Radio Free Syria.” Fares visited Royce in Washington, DC, before attending a speaking engagement at the Atlantic Council think tank, in 2015.
In December 2014, the New York Times wrote a very romantic piece on this common criminal who spent time in jail for forging real estate documentation (it was the “regime”’s fault, of course. Syria is a paradoxical utopia in which there are no criminals, but jails are overflowing.).
The NYT report had Fares driving around Turkey — for no apparent reason except as a cinematic background prop, it seems – with a venture capitalist, Jim Hake. Hake is founder and CEO of Spirit of America. Alternately called a “charity,” a “non-profit,” an admittedly biased NGO (it “explicitly takes sides” according to Hake. they are all biased toward crimes against peace) in various feel-good stories from msm, SoA is legally a 501c tax exempt charity. Its Orwellian motto is War, Peace, Philanthropy: Bringing the Spirit of America to Combat Zones. To call an ancillary, paramilitary gang a “public charity” causes some leakage of cerebral spinal fluid. SoA ‘supports’ US military interventions, works with the State Department, seeks private donations, and engages in US ‘diplomacy’ by having its CEO drive a terrorist around Turkey.
The report did not mention if venture capitalist Hake drove Fares the 614.8 km/382 mi from Kabranbel.
The Atlantic Council was founded in 1961. Apparently on the down-low until the most heinous international conspiracy against one country, in the history of humanity, AC has become a known since 2011.
Its motto is Working Together to Secure the Future. Renewing the Atlantic Community for Global Challenges – of creating a one-world military industrial complex empire. Atlantic Council is a graphite rib of the umbrella Atlantic Treaty Association which is absolutely independent of NATO, whilst sharing its imposition of values of democracy, freedom, liberty, peace, security, rule of law – no matter how great the number of victims of genocide might be.
International advisors include Zbiggy Brezinski, who, like the Dick Cheney, keeps on breathing because Beelzebub does not want the competition.
Though junkie terrorist and Royce’s respected friend, Fares appears to be the lone bridge between the global SoA and the anti-Syria crimes against peace to the US-based think tank, Atlantic Council, last year the AC added another Syria-hater to its massive employee list, when Eliot ‘Brown Moses’ Higgins was given status as a “non-resident fellow.”
Nebbish BM, an unemployed Xbox gamer, blogger, and stay-at-home-dad was ‘discovered’ by British intelligence and made into an overnight, Hollywood success as online military genius whose virtual findings happened to be completely congruent with the world’s leading politicians against Syria; MSM made him a fake journalistic accomplishment, and his fake findings were cheered by well-funded NGOs such as Human Rites Watch and Amnesty.
Fawning corporate media somehow never mentioned that BM Higgins had begged American terrorist in Syria — Matthew VanDyk — to find him full time employment. Doing so might have caused accidental leakage about the US terrorist warning him, and orangette Sotoloff that al Qaeda FSA had chemical weapons and were prepared to use them in order to blame Syria. VanDyk further explained that President al Assad had no need of using CWs, as Syria was winning the war, and would have won it already were it not for the invasion of foreign terrorists. BM Higgins could be seen salivating through cyberspace when VanDyk offered to introduce him to an important guy at CNN — terrorists most trusted name in news. VanDyk also noted that being an HRW consultant would open the door to numerous appearances on CNN — whose terrorist friends recently cheered alliances with child beheaders.
Incest among the Perpetrators of Crimes against Peace
SoA’s “team” board of directors is a long list of a former Secretary of State, retired generals, and admirals, several of whom have their own think tanks and various CEOs.
Of these, the most interesting is Dr. Kimberly Kagan, CEO of the Institute for the Study of War. Early in the Syrian crisis, the ISW spokeswoman, Elizabeth O’Bagy was frequently quoted in her crimes against peace lies against Syria, by then SoS Kerry, and by all MSM.
O’Bagy resigned when it was revealed she also lied about having a Ph.D. One might expect having a liar as spokeswoman would harm Kagan’s reputation. Not only did no one notice, but illegal alien McQaeda McCain, the kidnapper, immediately gave her a job.
Kagan’s maps are used by the UNSC. Kagan’s husband is Frederick Kagan, the head of the neocon think tank American Enterprise Institute.
Fred’s brother is Robert, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute.
Robert’s wife is Victoria Nuland, former Assistant Secretary of State, who, on 13 December 2013, bragged at the National Press Conference that the US had spent more than $5 billion over 20 years, to create the Nazimaidan coup.
Christiane Amanpour, of CNN, terrorists most trusted name in news, has a long history of anti-Syria crimes against peace, throughout the crisis. This journalist with a net worth of $12.5 million is married to James Rubin. Rubin was Assistant Secretary of State and State Department spokesman under President Bill Clinton, and advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, under President Obama (Amanpour was livid over the US election results, being one of the first to blame on “fake news” of the rightwing, and demanding that Facebook launch a program of censorship).
Amanpour and The Geryon–LeMerde conjoined twins co-broke the original news of the ‘Caesar’ photos, two days before the beginning of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva, 22 January 2014. In lieu of CNN independently verifying the 55,000 torture photos, Amanpour interviewed the three war crime prosecutors who wrote the report on the absurdly sensational photos. CNN did report the study was funded by Qatar, via Qatar’s contracted law firm in London, Carter-Ruck. CNN did not report that Qatar had by then already spent over $4 billion in the attempted destruction of Syria.
CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the photographs, documents, and testimony referenced in the report and is relying on the conclusions of the team behind it.
All three stated that the evidence was sufficient to prosecute Syria’s president, Dr. Bashar al Assad, should the destroyers of peace and security mob of the UN stop being such timid monsters.
Among the three war crimes lawyers was Geoffrey Nice, who successfully prosecuted former Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic.
On 24 March 2016, Milosevic was fully exonerated – post-mortem. Nice, who wrongfully prosecuted Milosevic, was rewarded for his crimes by being bought by Qatar, for the purpose of being a mouthpiece for criminal lies against Syria’s president.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague has determined that the late Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. [emphasis added.]
A man who wrongfully prosecuted a non-war criminal is, who has been paid by a state sponsor of terror, Qatar, is the source detritus used by CNN.
SyriaNews is struggling to remember when any western politician who actually committed genocide was ever even indicted. Was there ever any semblance of justice for Vietnam? Chile? Iraq? George W. Bush is running around the US getting hugs from neolib talk show hosts while selling his paintings of US veterans. Tony Blair was made a special envoy for peace in the Levant and North Africa. Dick Cheney’s Halliburton is signing contracts with Israel to steal Syrian oil from the Syrian Golan, occupied by the Zionist State.
Actual evidence suggests that CNN might have been involved in the US-funded terrorist bombing of the refinery in Homs. At the very least, the three videos included, here, prove collaboration between the terrorists most trusted name in news and the killers and kidnappers of al Khanzeera.
Among the crimes against peace Vichy urinalists of this international news source that slithers into a mostly affluent 450 million households, hyper-wealthy Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour have been the most strident in their baseless enmity against the Syrian people. Way back in August 2011, Cooper yelled, “that’s not true!” to His Excellency Bashar al Ja’afari, when the statesman stated that foreign terrorists were invading his country, and slaughtering his people.
Cooper has never apologized for this affront, despite his many subsequent reports on foreign terrorists in the SAR. Amanpour once attempted an insult to the noble statesman by ending her interview with the question she should have flung at herself: How do you sleep at night?!
These two multi-million dollar Vichy urinalists do not ever let reality get in the way of their obnoxious sense of landed gentry impunity.
The two have even played the hard-cop, soft-cop roles, allowing one to shed fake righteousness in loudly condemning non-existent “false moral equivalency.”
Cooper had his fake activist Danny in the beginning of the foreign-imposed terrorist war against Syria; Amanwoar seems to have everyone else. In early 2013, she actually had to coach a “SAMS” ($15 million FY 2015 budget) mouthpiece who claimed to be in Erdoganstan where fake evidence of fake CWs was being fake processed. The rep has blocked this writer, on Twitter, though she does not remember having ever spoken to him (has, however, frequently asked “SAMS” to release the secret Tennari video secretly shown in the UN, which Samantha Power claimed made her cry).
To be fair, Amanwour tends to be strident in most of her work. The closest she ever sounded to being civilized was when she interviewed terrorist-Wahhabi Saud FM Adel bin Ahmed ‘Voce Bianca’ al Jubeir. Nay, she was submissive in that interview, so deferential, the viewer might have wondered how low could she go?
On 17 March 2017, Amanpour – oblivious to the exoneration of Milosevic, oblivious to the fake Kuwaiti incubator babies scam, oblivious to fraud Iraqi defector, Curveball – interviewed the faux Syrian defector, Caesar. Fake Caesar lamented that Obama did not obliterate Syria. Attempting to manipulate CNN’s hatred of Trump, he called upon the new president to fulfill Obama’s missed opportunity.
Murderous fraud Curveball — previously in fake fear — was also courted by NATO war prop msm.
Despite Caesar having already lobbied the UN, being on his second lobbying tour of the mass murderers on Capitol Hill, despite he and his fake family having received fake asylum in the US, despite the obvious idiocy that — surely — had he existed in reality, the SAR would have identified him, long ago, CNN went full cheesy dramatic in hiding his fake identity, during the interview, making him appear like some Marvel Comic scary character.
Fake Caesar was offered at the altar of crimes against peace propaganda, to condemn President Obama for not having obliterated Syria – as he did Libya – and to beg President Trump to destroy the country he most likely never lived in.
His fraud cover story was further dramatized in the Amanpour interview, adding more ridiculous details to enhance emotional provocation.
Alas, nobody seemed to pay much attention to Amanpour’s exclusive interview with fake Caesar, and CNN was forced to re-share it, on 21 March, Mothers Day in Syria; on 21 March, Mothers Day in Syria, the day that the abomination called the Holocaust Museum, and the war criminal friend of felon junkie terrorist Fares, chose to re-round the monstrous Caesar pix, and to promise to re-introduce the filled-with-criminal-lies H.R. 5732.
CNN’s use of its podium as ‘also weapons of mass destruction’ against the SAR appears to not be successful in provoking the desired thymos in its viewers; it continues to “update” the interview, attempting to add more horror, more threats.
One update noted that “criminal cases, based on Curveball’s [er, Caesar’s] [faux] evidence filed in Spain, Germany, and in France, according to Stephen Rapp, former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes.” Another update quoted Human Rights Watch (HRW), “…confident the Caesar photographs present authentic – and damning – evidence of crimes against humanity in Syria.”
CNN’s landed gentry updates, while hermetically sealing itself from some annoying truths: Both Germany and France have dumped huge numbers of their human garbage terrorists into Syria; both Germany and France have breached the laws of the amorphous, globalist, EU’s sanctions against the SAR, by shipping weapons to its citizen-terrorists there. Criminal, professional lying CNN uses tribute from terrorist-supporting, criminal and profession lying HRW, to bolster their fake credibility.
No matter that HRW has consistently attacked Syria, supporting all the foreign terrorists as “rebel opposition.” No matter that: HRW was $234 million in the black for FY 2015; it is receiving $100 million from Soros’ Open Society Foundation; its Executive Director Roth receives over $500,000 in annual “compensation;” his physician wife, Annie Sparrow has either spent the last 6 years illegally in Syria, or in nearby Erdoganstan (on whose payroll she remains, remains a secret, as ISMMS continues to list her as Associate Professor, despite her excessively over-extended and un-listed sabbatical); in ’09, it pimped itself for money from Saudi occupied Arabia, holding a fundraiser there; in ’14, 100 Nobel Laureates and Scholars called upon it to sever its tenacious ties to the CIA and Capitol Hill.
CNN re-ran Amanwoar’s farcically grotesque interview to reinforce the crimes against peace campaign disgracefully re-launched at the Holocaust Museum, further fouled by the savage and shameless lies of war criminal Royce (supporter of terrorist/junkie/convicted forger Fares, supported by the privatized mercenary charity SoA, and the independent think tank Atlantic Council, independently surviving from corporate donations from state sponsors of terror, and private donations from individual sponsors of terror). Surely, the timing of the Holocaust/CNN Caesar anti-Syria propaganda campaign being re-launched on Syria’s Mothers Day, 21 March, was no unfortunate coincidence.
The incestuous relationship of the perpetrators of crimes against peace has a new addition: In early February, CNN hired criminal liar and former State Department press liaison, Jen Psaki, as another fake neutral journalist.
That the fecund Military Industrial Complex continues to self-procreate should come as no surprise, given that Capitol Hill and the American populace have ignored the warnings of Five Star General and former Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower; what is more disturbing is there is no longer even a pretense of fake objectivity.
Last year, it became obvious that CNN’s Ward of Death was being groomed for a political position in a Clinton cabinet. Samantha Power – whose own political history began as an embedded, criminal lying pseudo-journalist in Yugoslavia – brought her into the UN, along with other anti-Syria terrorists, giving her a massive, geopolitical audience.
Below, the photo on the left was taken during street celebrations after the Syrian Arab Army liberated the Aleppo suburb of Bani Za’id and the industrial zone of al Liramoun, 28 July 2015. On the undated right, friends of Ward of Death, possibly including women victims of terrorist and anti-Islam Wahhabi sex jihadists. Both were taken before the reunification of Aleppo.
Below, another comparison of CNN’s Ward of Death (who admitted to having entered Syria illegally on at least a dozen occasions) and her terrorist friends who emotionally abuse children, and Syrian women enjoying themselves in parts of their country not occupied by takfiri.
Soon after the election, reports circulated that PEOTUS Donald J. Trump had met with Congress member Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), in consideration for becoming the next US ambassador to the UN.
The hope was short-lived (almost as short-lived as the hope that Trump would keep his unprecedented acceptance speech promise of ending perpetual war), as Trump subsequently appointed a member of the swamp to replace war hawk Power. New Ambassador Nikki Haley has done such a good imitation of her predecessor, were she to don a red wig, the two could pass as identical twins. Haley’s rabidly anti-Syria attacks are based on fake intelligence provided by the UN, in its unprecedented, illicit JIM fake inquiry.
[W]e will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments…[I]n our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests wherever possible…. — President – Elect Donald J. Trump
Gabbard has subsequently come under crimes against peace attacks by the msm, for having recently gone on a fact-finding mission to Syria. Objective, McCarthy-ite news has labeled her a Soviet [oops, Russian] spy, and/or a dupe who has come under the influence of the Svengali-ophthalmologist President al Assad.
That sane politicians have to introduce legislation to get our government to stop committing the war crimes against peace that should not have been committed in the first place, is also an abomination.
Certainly, our criminal leaders could not have gotten away with such atrocities were our media not co-conspirators, the vile brain-washers to send their audiences into 1984.
This Syrian man’s face was not shown in western media, in 2011 — when all al Qaeda against Syria was FSA.
Syrian Mothers Day
Syria’s Mothers Day used to be like Mothers Day in other countries; a day to honor mom.
Since the onset of the foreign imposed reign of terror against the SAR, it has become a day of mourning, in which moms honor their martyred sons, and daughters.
This photo of Syrian mom, Souria Habib Ali was taken in November 2016. She holds the names of her six children (5 sons and one daughter) who have been martyred defending their homeland against foreign invaders armed and funded by NATO, and supported by msm collaborators:
How insidiously depraved is the geopolitical mind of Ed Royce, to choose Syrian Mothers Day as the one to launch a new round of genocidal propaganda against the SAR; have not enough Syrian women buried their sons, their daughters, for his grizzly and insatiable appetite?
Syrian first lady Asmaa Bashar Al Assad held a reception on the occasion of Mother’s Day, 21st March 2013, to show the gratitude of all Syrians to over 5,000 Syrian mothers whom each of them sent all of her sons to defend the country in the face of an unprecedented NATO and stooges alliance with all evil forces on the planet including Al Qaeda terrorists to destroy Syria, the mother of all mothers.
Since 2013, Syrian Mothers Day has also been the death anniversary of Sheikh Muhammed Saeed Ramadan al Bouti.
Sheikh al Bouti, of Kurdish origin, born in Turkey, was a fierce Syrian patriot who was on record as calling FSA “scum.” His atrocious murder – along with his grandson, and others – was largely ignored by western media, except to either cheer the terrorist “rebels,” or suggest that the Sheikh had secretly “defected.”
That the fraudulent Caesar Act has been put on the back burner does not mean that the warmongers of Capitol Hill, of deep state MSM, of the mobster-run UN have repented, have halted their crimes against peace.
On the contrary: They seek out new lies in their insatiable quest to destroy Syria.
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Over the last year, it seems as if more campus hate crimes turned out to be hoaxes than legitimate acts of hate. Schools tended to be fertile ground for overzealous students looking to prove there is hate where none exists. These 17 examples show 2017 continued to be a year in which hate-crime hoaxes are an epidemic with no end in sight.
Some anecdotes are fallout from post-election antics spawned in late November 2016 in the wake of the Donald Trump presidency. The rest originated in apparent desperate attempts to push a progressive narrative.
Student cries KKK — except it was a sheet over lab equipment Jan. 2017
A Bowling Green State University student falsely identified a cover for a piece of equipment as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. After seeing a white, pointy figure in a classroom window, the student took to Twitter to post the image and dramatically stated there was an “ACTIVE KKK group” at BGSU. After the university looked into this claim, they discovered what the student tweeted was a cover on a piece of lab equipment. Whoops.
Black student sent threatening ‘KKK’ messages Jan. 2017
A 14 year-old African-American student was disciplined for sending a threatening tweet to her high school under the Twitter handle “@KoolkidsKlankkk.” The message read “We’re planning to attack tomorrow.” But a police investigation found the Twitter account was run by progressive student activists.
Another anti-Muslim hate crime claim bites the dust Jan. 2017
A day after the election of President Trump, a female San Diego University student claimed she was approached by two men in a parking garage stairwell who invoked the name of the newly elected president “before attacking [her] and stealing her car.” The student claimed that these men said things like “Now that Trump is president get ready to start fleeing.” Turns out, she had forgotten where she parked. After police in January disproved her claim, the student “decided not to pursue charges.”
Prosecutors won’t file charges against Muslim student’s hate-crime hoax Feb. 2017
The Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office in February decided not file charges against a University of Michigan student accused by the Ann Arbor Police Department of a hate-crime hoax. In November, a female University of Michigan student told police days after the election that a white man demanded she remove her hijab or he would set her on fire. Without any proof, the U of M Division of Public Safety and Security issued an alert, calling the incident an act of “hate and intimidation.” But authorities determined it never happened.
Hate crime hoax alert: Capital University student confesses Feb. 2017
A Capital University student confessed to “submitting multiple false reports to campus police” after campus police asked him if he had written a hate-filled note taped to his own door. He confessed that he had been seeking “notice” for at least two years. In 2015, he pulled a similar stunt, and the school responded with an inclusivity march. The student added that he wished “that those who feel his actions have delegitimized the reporting of hate crimes will forgive him.”
Hoax alert: ‘Non-Caucasian’ student behind racist graffiti March 2017
A “non-caucasian” Minnesota high school student was disciplined after it was determined he was responsible for racist and anti-semitic graffiti found in a school bathroom. The scribblings included a picture of a lynching, the phrase “Hail the Ku Klux Klan,” the “N” word, and a swastika. The school district released a statement that “Lakeville South High School administration received permission from the parent to share that the student is non-Caucasian and has significant special education needs.” Nevertheless, the district viewed it as a “teachable moment” and launched cultural liaison opportunities.
Student admits to hoax she said was linked to post-election ‘surge in hate crimes’ March 2017
A 21 year-old student at the University of Michigan claimed in mid-November 2016 that a man scratched her face due to her wearing a “solidarity [safety] pin.” In March of this year, the student pled guilty to one count of “false report of a misdemeanor.” She told the judge she was embarrassed by a visible scratch she herself had made with the pin. But her story had already been reported as “part of the surge in hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump.”
‘Report Illegal Aliens; America is a White Nation’ posters hung — by liberal students March 2017
A group of progressive students at Gustavus Adolphus College apologized for posters they put up across campus that stated: “A notice to all white Americans. It is your civil duty to report any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. They are criminals. America is a white nation.” The posters’ were allegedly hung to start a dialogue on discrimination, hate, and bias, and A-frames next to the posters advised students on what they could do if they witnessed discrimination. Unaware that this war some sort of social justice lesson, students reacted with shock and anger at the posters, ripping many of them down. The progressive students group later apologized and said they wanted “to help put an end to bias-related incidents that happen on our campus, social media, and in our communities by forcing individuals to have dialogues about forms of hate and bias” and that they hope that “members of the campus community will reflect on today’s events and join us in ensuring that no one student or group of students are ever a victim of this form of discrimination.”
Black guy hangs ‘No Black People Allowed’ sign at USC April 2017
The University of Southern California’s Department of Public Safety confirmed that the person who had adhered a sign reading “No Black People Allowed” that featured a makeshift confederate flag and “#MAGA” on a gate of a campus residence was African American. The culprit was not affiliated with the university and did not face charges. Fortunately, not many jumped on this now-revealed hoax as “more evidence” of the alleged hate-filled Donald Trump era. But one exception was the “Blacktivist” Facebook page which has more than 300,000 followers. The group urged their fellow African Americans to “look around” and ponder if this is “the country our ancestors died for? Is this the country that we want our children to grow up in?”
Beware the hoax: Noose sighted at University of Maryland frat
A noose was allegedly discovered hanging in the kitchen of a University of Maryland fraternity in early May. In an email to The College Fix, the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life Director Matt Supple stated that “We all bear responsibility to confront bias/hate when we see it. Sadly, this is one more example of hatred and prejudice that continue to poison our society. We must stand together in defiance of this act. We need to ensure people who would perpetrate this type of hate know they do not belong and are not welcome in our chapters, in our community, at the University of Maryland, or in our society.” Except photos of the noose on either social media or news sites never arose.
CONFIRMED: Racist note that prompted St. Olaf College shut down is hate-crime hoax May 2017
A note that used the n-word and threatened a black female student at St. Olaf College — sparking an intense protest that led to classes being shut down for a day as student demonstrators accused the school of institutional racism — “was not a genuine threat,” according to the school’s president. In a campus wide email, the president explained that the reasons why he said this was not a genuine threat is because the university learned from the author’s confession that the note was fabricated. “It was apparently a strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate,” he added.
Suspect in social media threats to minority HS students is … black September 2017
Various threats made online against minority students at a Pennsylvania high school were not hate crimes, police determined. The suspect turned out to be a black student. The 14-year-old student from West Chester East High School was charged in September with harassment, cyber bullying, and terroristic threats for posts he made on the “East Shade Room” Instagram page.
Man charged in U. Maryland swastika vandalism is black former UMD employee October 2017
The suspect charged in connection with a spray-painted swastika on campus in October on the University of Maryland’s campus is African American and a former employee of UMD, according to authorities.
University’s ‘colored’ water fountain scandal was student hoax October 2017
A “colored” sign placed over a water fountain at the University of North Carolina Charlotte—a callback to the days of racial segregation in which public facilities were separated by “whites” and “colored” designations—was placed there by “a male student” who believed he was engaging in “humor.” The sign caused “a strong response from staff and students alike,” leading the student in question to approach school officials and reveal that he had placed the sign as part of “a poor attempt at humor,” according to the student himself. “I am deeply sorry for all that came out of this,” the student is alleged to have said.
Hate-crime hoaxer near Kansas State won’t be charged November 2017
A Kansas man won’t face charges for filing a false police report about the n-word graffiti and threat he painted on his own car near Kansas State University, The Kansas City Starreports. “Go Home Ni**er Boy” was written with yellow paint across the rear windshield of the car. Other racially offensive language — “White’s Only,” “Die,” and “Date your own kind” — was also painted on the windshield and side doors of the car. But police said that because the vandal, who is black, admitted he was behind the graffiti and was “genuinely remorseful” it would “not be in the best interests” of the community to charge him.
Black Air Force Academy cadet admits to racial slur vandalism November 2017
Back in September, some black Air Force Academy cadets discovered racial slurs written on their dorm doors, including “Go home ni**er.” The school began an investigation and Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria lectured cadets about the messages’ “horrible language,” telling them “if you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.” According to The Washington Post, Silveria’s speech “drew national attention for its eloquence” and was viewed more than 1 million times on YouTube. Alas, in November it was announced that the black cadets were victims of one of their own. A black student wrote the racist messages.
‘Non-white’ high school student admits to ‘White Lives Matter’ graffiti November 2017
A Missouri high school student, identified merely as “non-white,” admitted to writing the “N word” and “White Lives Matter” on a school bathroom mirror in November. Though the situation turned out to be a hoax, officials stressed the “teachable moment.”
Despite a lack of support and resistance spanning the globe Donald Trump has announced Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is one that spans thousands of years, it has political, religious and humanitarian issues that have no simple solution in sight. However, regardless of the history, we currently have many Palestinians in limbo with over 7 million refugees seeking asylum in a place many consider their rightful home.
Trump recently released a video in which he has said “I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”
Jerusalem is the city that sit between the border of Israel and the West Bank. It has many holy sites important to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Due to this Israel and Palestine both want it as their capital.
Trump continued in his statement:
“Today, we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more, or less, than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”
But is it really this simple? An article from Aljazeera explains why Jerusalem legally cannot be the capital of Israel:
Under the 1947 UN Partition Plan to divide historical Palestine between Jewish and Arab states, Jerusalem was granted special status and was meant to be placed under international sovereignty and control. The special status was based on Jerusalem’s religious importance to the three Abrahamic religions.
In the 1948 war, following the UN’s recommendation to divide Palestine, Zionist forces took control of the western half of the city and declared the territory part of its state.
During the 1967 war, Israel captured the eastern half of Jerusalem, which was under Jordanian control at the time, and proceeded to effectively annex it by extending Israeli law, bringing it directly under its jurisdiction, in a breach of international law.
In 1980, Israel passed the “Jerusalem Law”, stating that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel”, thereby formalising its annexation of East Jerusalem.
In response, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 478 in 1980, declaring the law “null and void”.
The international community, including the US, officially regards East Jerusalem as occupied territory. Additionally, no country in the world recognises any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with the exception of Russia, which announced its recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel earlier this year.
There are many discomforts the Palestinian people have to face under Israeli occupation including:
Curfews and the constant presence of Israeli military.
A lack of access to water controlled by Israeli forces.
A lack of vital healthcare.
Most Palestinians do not have citizenship and are effectively refugees.
Palestinians do not have the same rights as Israelis and can be imprisoned without charge for upto 6 months.
Palestinians have travel restrictions placed upon them.
Palestinians do not have the right to vote or be a part of the electoral process.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced that it has “made significant progress in its assessment” to determine “whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation” into war crimes committed by Israel.
Yesterday’s announcement by the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, means that The Hague office will press ahead with its preliminary examination, which was launched nearly three years ago in January 2015.
A preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process of examining the information available in order to reach a fully informed determination on whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation under the principals of the Rome Statute.
The Office said that it had “reviewed and assessed a large body of information from various types of sources provided to the Office by relevant individuals, local and international NGOs, international organisations, and States.” This includes a 700-page report alleging that high-level Israeli officials have been complicit in committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Many of these groups who are based in occupied West Bank have urged Bensouda earlier in the year to “urgently open a full investigation into the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory” as a “necessary step to ending the culture of impunity that has long prevailed in regard to Israeli crimes and to hold high-level political and military officials accountable”.
In its report on the Preliminary Examination Activities 2017, the ICC said it had deliberated on “Jurisdictional Issues” while offering an early indication of the findings from the initial assessment it has carried out to determine if war crimes had been committed in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. The ICC office pointed out that there is “possible challenges to the Court’s jurisdiction”; nonetheless it insisted that the ICC’s jurisdiction had extended to Palestine following “the Government of Palestine accepting the jurisdiction of the ICC over crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, since June 13, 2014”.
In addition to Israeli protestations over the court’s jurisdiction, the Office also responded to a number of other Israeli objections. The report mentioned that Israel challenged the classification of Gaza and the West Bank as occupied territory thus rejecting the extension of the Geneva Conventions to the territory. Israel insisted that occupied Palestine was in fact “disputed territory whose status will ultimately be resolved in the course of peace process negotiations”.
Palestinian children are seen along the Israeli Seperation wall in occupied West Bank
The ICC on the hand cited the International Court of Justice, United Nations Resolution and various intergovernmental agencies to dispute the Israeli claim. “Intergovernmental and international judicial bodies have periodically made determinations that the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has been occupied by Israel since 1967,” said the ICC, “these include the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its 2004 Israeli Wall advisory opinion and the UN Security Council and General Assembly in various resolutions adopted over the past 50 years.”
The ICC also cited last December’s UN Security Council resolution 2334 which reaffirmed the occupied status of the West Bank, and explicitly condemned the “construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions”.
While the ICC Office has not made a final determination to open an investigation against Israel it said that the “the Office has made significant progress in its assessment of the relevant factual and legal matters necessary for the determination of whether there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation”. The Office also said that it had “reviewed thousands of pages of material and drafted multiple analytical products. This assessment will continue, under the strict guidance of the Statute and with a view to reaching conclusions on jurisdictional issues within a reasonable time frame.”
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