Monday, September 28, 2009
Jordanian and Palestinian officials have condemned the Israeli security forces for storming Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque on Sunday during clashes that left many Palestinian worshippers wounded.
Deploring the Israeli action, the officials said it amounted to a "violation of the mosque's sanctity".
Trouble had broken out after a group of about 150 Israelis turned up and entered the mosque compound, reportedly under the guard of local authorities, on the occasion of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day.
Speaking to the JNA state news agency on Monday, Nabil al-Sharif, the Jordanian media affairs minister, said Amman viewed the Israeli action as a "provocative act".
"Both international law and relevant conventions and resolutions call for protection of places of worship against any violations", he said.
"We decry the repeated storming of the mosque by extremist Jewish groups and Israeli forces as a provocation that would exacerbate tension and ignite further violence that threatens regional security and stability."
Jordan's foreign ministry summoned the Israeli charge d'affaires in Amman to denounce the raid, saying that it came at "a time of concerted international efforts for resumption of peace talks" to find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said the Israeli security forces' action was a deliberate provocation in support of unwelcome settler hardliners who opposed an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Noting that riots during Yom Kippur were becoming an annual event, Erekat compared Sunday's scuffles to the violence that followed the trip to the site in the year 2000 by the ex-Israeli PM Ariel Sharon.
"We've seen this before, and we know what the consequences are," Erekat said in a statement. "
"Providing a police escort for settlers who are against peace at all costs, and whose presence is deliberately designed to provoke a reaction, are not the actions of someone who is committed to peace, but of someone who will go to extraordinary lengths to scuttle all hopes of peace," Erekat said.
Sunday's clashes between Israeli settlers and Palestinian worshippers saw the Israeli forces intervening and firing rubber bullets and stun grenades.
The Al-Aqsa Foundation had warned a few days earlier that Israeli authorities were planning to permit settler’s entrance to the area. Officials in East Jerusalem predicted that the break-in would occur on Sunday under the pretext of marking Yom Kippur.
Jews refer to sections of the mosque complex as historically part of their Temple Mount.
Many Palestinians sustained serious eye and head injuries. Nine Palestinians were also detained following the scuffles, Israeli sources said.
Clashes also erupted near Majlis Gate, one of the main entrances to the mosque, after police prevented worshippers from entering the area, according to witnesses. More clashes followed noon prayers near the Lions' Gate entrance to Al-Aqsa.
Last year, a similar incident on the Yom Kippur holiday resulted in damage to dozens of cars and shops.
Israel captured the Old City of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it along with the rest of mostly Arab East Jerusalem in a move not recognized by the International Community.
Report by: Al Jazeera English
Israeli fighter jets have been allowed to use Saudi airspace to launch go-it-alone air strikes on Iranian nuclear installations, says a recent report.
The issue has been discussed in a closed-door meeting in London, where British Intelligence Chief Sir John Scarlett his Israeli counterpart, Meir Dagan, and Saudi official have been present Daily Express.
According to the report Scarlett has been told that Saudi airspace would be at Israel's disposal should Tel Aviv decide to move forward with his military plans against Iran.
The British daily added the likelihood of an Israeli attack against Iran has increased significantly after the country announced plans to launch its second enrichment facility in the central city of Qom.
In line with its policy of nuclear transparency, Iran announced the construction of a second enrichment plant in a letter to the UN nuclear watchdog on September 21. The new plant is due to produce enriched uranium up to 5 percent.
The letter was sent 12 months before the agency's regulations oblige its members states to inform of new developments.
With eyes firmly fixed on Iran's nuclear progressions, the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly threatened to bomb the country's enrichment facilities out of existence.
Tel Aviv accuses Tehran of nuclear weapons development - a charge rejected by both Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog, which has so far made "21 unannounced inspections" of the country's nuclear facilities.
The UN nuclear watchdog in its previous reports has confirmed that Iran only enriches uranium-235 to a level of "less than 5 percent."
Uranium, which fuels a nuclear power plant, can be used for military purposes only if enriched to high levels of above 90 percent.
Details of the controversial Israeli plans to attack Iran emerged after John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, recently told a group of intelligence analysts that “Riyadh certainly approves” of Israel's use of Saudi airspace in the event of war with Iran.
Bolton, had previously said he had discussed the possibility with Saudi officials in closed-door meetings. “None of them would say anything about it publicly but they would certainly acquiesce in an overflight if the Israelis didn't trumpet it as a big success.”
The recent revelations follow a flurry of media reports in July, which suggested the Saudi government had approved the use of its airspace for an attack.
While Saudi officials deny having diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, an Israeli defense source has confirmed that the Mossad spy agency maintained “working relations” with the kingdom.
According to a study published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a military exchange between Iran and Israel could result in the death of as many as 6 million people.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
By: Stewart Brennan
2009 September 20th
I’m left wondering what is to come, as I turn on the autocratic news channels where flashes of War, Disease, Poverty, Famine, and the latest laws that push for a Police State are there to greet my mind and sting my soul. I am wanting, for an end to it. I thought we all wanted the same thing…to live our lives peacefully with everyone else. But it seems our government’s do not believe in peace and must make our lives miserable.
Mainstream media are in collusion with their content controlling advertisers to sway the minds of their audience using a program of propaganda that skillfully chooses images, videos, and poisonous scripts to push an evil narrative approved by a crumbling economic cartel and their dream of a “A New World Order”.
To speak out against this New World Order and its supporters is to be labeled an enemy, a traitor, a racist, a holocaust denier or a conspiracy theorist. This kind of verbal attack is comparative to a rabid dog foaming at the mouth. It is fascist in nature because there is no free speech unless you support their singular Nationalist agenda.
All over the Western World, Politicians have reduced their communication with the people to vile trickery. Political puppets pledge allegiance to the corporate lobby groups, and cast their citizens into the furnace of war, poverty and police state while stating it is the right thing to do. Are we the people, to lose another generation to War, while we watch moral values, and human rights put to death one at a time?
Our way of life has been under the microscope for a long time. Mainstream TV tells us what to eat, what to drink, that we need, who to trust and who to hate. They tell us what is good and what is bad.
And they know what lies we will believe because they tell us what to believe, and so they manipulate and bait us through a carefully programmed narrative. Today’s news will contain what you must believe because to believe otherwise would be to side with the enemy. "Are you not patriotic?"
Well I say, “I am patriotic, I'm patriotic to the human race, not to vile monsters that want to destroy a part of it!"
Humanity Under Attack:
Good moral values are under attack daily by the Banks, Insurance Companies, Pharmaceutical Conglomerates, and Weapons Companies, through lobby groups that control our Governments and Entertainment News.
The time to change things is NOW!
On September 15th 2009, UN Investigator, Judge Richard Goldstone concluded that Israel did indeed commit War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity for their monstrous attack on the people of Gaza in December 2008 through January 2009. The siege of Gaza by Israel is STILL ongoing!
Interview with Judge Richard Goldstone
The United Nations will meet this coming week, where the five Permanent members of the “UN Security Council” (The USA, Britain, France, China, and Russia) will vote on sending this case to the International Criminal Court of Justice.
Dictatorship by the Security Council:
The recent political moves by US President Barack Obama, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown suggest that neither the US or Britain are in favor of sending Israel to face War Crimes charges and will use their veto power to side with Israel and deny a War Crimes Trial to take place.
If this scenario plays out, or the Security Council votes against sending Israel to the International Criminal Court of Justice, then the World will have abandoned the moral principals set down by the Nuremberg trials after World War two. In short, it will be as if the Security Council pardoned the NAZI’S from the atrocities they committed during World War two.
Don’t expect the Western News media to report on this important topic or fight for what is right, because they are controlled by the same economic cartel that owns the corporate sponsors as well as the puppet politicians. We already know where they stand and whom they support. They sure do not support moral values.
The foundation for the United Nations to even exist in the first place is based on the outcome of World War 2 and the desire to end aggressive War permanently. The Nuremberg trials were a testament to that fact with higher moral ideals adopted as the governing principals...at least that was what I was programmed with.
NO COUNTRY IS ABOVE THE LAW!
It is imperative that we the people make this known to ALL members of the UN. If the Security Council does NOT send Israel to The Hague to face War Crimes Charges, then this will send the wrong signal to the World and the United Nations charter will disintegrate and no longer apply to any member state. It will ultimately unravel the last true World forum of Peace, Hope and Cooperation among nations.
Israel must be sent to “The Hague” to face charges for War Crimes, and Crimes Against Humanity or we will no longer have a United Nations or UN Charter that guarantees equality for “ALL NATIONS”. Don’t let the Security Council vote against morality.
The peace of the World is at stake! Send a letter of reprimand to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the High Commissioner for Human Rights “Navi Pillay”. Please urge your president, prime minister, king or what ever title they go by, to push for this War Crimes Trial against Israel! The future for your children and / or grand children depends on it!