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All Canadian Troops Leave Afghanistan And Go Home Now!
“We Could Not Even Report On This Ceremony Until After It Was Done Because Of Security Concerns”
“They Are Still Worried Here In Kabul”
“The Streets Are Filled With Checkpoints And Barbed Wire And Giant Concrete Blocks”
The army takes down the Canadian flag for the last time in Afghanistan on Wednesday, bringing an end to 12 years of military involvement. (The Canadian Press)
The last Canadians involved in Afghanistan fly away on a U.S. Chinook helicopter as they leave the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan March 12, 2014. (REUTERS) Mar 12, 2014 The Canadian Press
Canadian troops capped a deadly and dangerous 12-year mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday, hauling down the Canadian flag at NATO headquarters in Kabul during a ceremony that was held under heavy guard. “We were quite explicitly told today in Kabul that we could not even report on this ceremony until after it was done because of security concerns,” CBC correspondent Paul Hunter said from Kabul on Wednesday. “After all this time, they are still worried about security here in Kabul, and I’ll tell you, the streets are filled with checkpoints and barbed wire and giant concrete blocks.” The ceremony, held under sunny skies, ended with Canadians involved in the NATO training mission leaving aboard a U.S. Chinook helicopter. The remaining Canadian personnel will leave by the end of the week.
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U.S. soldier in Beijia village Iraq, Feb. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
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AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
Notification Of Islamic Emirate Regarding The Upcoming Elections
[Statement By Taliban]
10 March 2014 The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,Shahamat-english.com/ Everyone is aware that America and her allies are fleeing after having failed in occupying Afghanistan through a direct invasion due to sacrifices of the Mujahid nation and the help of Almighty Allah therefore it is now trying to prolong it through an indirect method. Indirect invasion means that America will roll up its presence from many areas and hide in fox holes however it will install a head of state who appears to be an Afghan but will have American mentality, vision, deeds, creed and ideals while openly being in conflict with the clear teachings of the sacred religion of Islam. By giving prestige and power to its stooges, America wants to enslave the valiant Afghan nation to its desires which it could not through intimidation, bombings, torture, raids, barbarity and countless other tactics. Just as Allah (SWT) has made it an obligation upon us to establish an Islamic government, He has similarly enjoined Jihad upon us in order to put an end to the open and hidden occupation of Kufr (infidelity) of our Islamic soil. Therefore it is the religious obligation of every Afghan to fulfill their duty by foiling the latest plot of the invaders that is guised in the garb of elections. We strongly urge all the esteemed Ulama (religious scholars), spiritual leaders, elders, famous personalities as well as the teachers and well educated people of the Madaris (religious seminaries), schools and universities to inform the entire nation about such filthy enemy plots and make it known to each and every person of this society that their casting ballots and participation is considered assistance of the Kuffar (infidels) and their stooges against Islam and against this nation which guarantees our loss in this world and the hereafter. Allah (SWT) says in verse 113 of Surah Hud: (And incline not toward those who do wrong, lest the Fire should touch you, and you have no protectors other than Allah, nor you would then be helped.)
In this regard the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan encourages all its countrymen to avoid becoming victims of the enemy conspiracies in the upcoming elections process; reject it wholly and do not put yourselves in danger. Everyone should also realize that casting votes will not yield an outcome as the actual election has already taken place in the offices of CIA and Pentagon and their favorite candidate has already won. The Islamic Emirate shall never allow the enemy to be successful in achieving its goals through this fake theatrical charade. In this regard we have given orders to all our Mujahideen to use all force at its disposal to disrupt these upcoming sham elections; target all its workers, activists, callers, security apparatus and offices and the nation must also stop the process of elections from taking place in mosques, clinics, schools, madaris and other public places. We once again call on all of our countrymen to keep away from electoral offices, voting booths, rallies and campaigns so that may Allah forbid, their lives are not put into danger. If anyone still persists on participating then they are solely responsible of any loss in the future.
“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. “For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.
“We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” Frederick Douglass, 1852 I say that when troops cannot be counted on to follow orders because they see the futility and immorality of them THAT is the real key to ending a war. -- Al Jaccoma, Veterans For Peace
Photo by Mike Hastie From: Mike Hastie
To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: March 10, 2014 Subject: Military Drool Military Drool A few years ago I went to the VA Hospital in Portland, Oregon for an appointment. As I was walking into the main entrance, I noticed an Iraq veteran walking towards me. When he walked past me, I saw the truth that is classified. A National Security Threat. He had that thousand yard stare, and from the corner of his mouth he had a long stream of saliva hitting the pocket on his jacket. He was stoned on prescription medication. At that moment, I had a flashback to the time I was in a padded cell of a psychiatric hospital in 1980. I was screaming at the top of my lungs that I hated the United States Government. Jesus Christ! I was the enemy in Vietnam. The best bumper sticker I ever saw was: Don’t Trust a Vet Who Isn’t Angry. If you want to see some reaction to insanity, go to any VA hospital in America, and sit in the waiting room at the pharmacy. I was treated at the VA Emergency Department on three occasions for panic attacks. A secretary on one of those trips had the gall to thank me for my service. Then, there was the time I was treated at another VA hospital for the lies installed in my memory system. I later found out that two Vietnam veterans committed suicide in two separate bathrooms in that hospital. Mike, your next appointment is in two weeks. Two Weeks! I just let this grief out, and you want me to wait two weeks for my next appointment? Wait a minute... I got that six pack in the trunk of my car. I can do this shit. I can treat this shame with simplicity. I can do this military drill. I can do this military drool. Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam March 10, 2014 Photo and caption from the portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (For more of his outstanding work, contact at: (email@example.com) T) One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions. Mike Hastie U.S. Army Medic Vietnam 1970-71 December 13, 2004
WHAT DID YOU SAY THOSE RIBBONS ARE FOR, GENERAL?
“My Unprovable Theory Is That This Epidemic Of Self-Destructive Behavior By Brass Hats Comes Out Of Misbegotten Rage At Loss Of Status And Balls”
From: Clancy Sigal To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: March 10, 2014 Subject: WHAT DID YOU SAY THOSE RIBBONS ARE FOR, GENERAL By Clancy Sigal It’s not exactly hot news that a mob of our generals and admirals are getting fired or “retired” prematurely for screwing around with, or beating up on, female subordinates or getting drunk on duty or gambling in Vegas with fake chips or taking unauthorized expensive vacations on our dime or failing to supervise cheating ICBM missilemen or boastfully jerking off after meeting a “hot” Congresswoman or committing serial adultery (a court martial offense) or taking bribes to accommodate Navy no-bid contracts or…have I left out anything? Four-star David Petraeus, the “finest general of our generation”, our point man in Afghanistan and hailed as Republican presidential timber, led the way a couple of years
ago when his affair with curvaceous writer Paula Broadwell imploded after she was exposed for stalking a Petraeus family friend. Way to go, “Peaches” (his boyhood nickname). Then the dam broke with what the Washington Post calls “a flood of personal misconduct” by top American brass. Where to start? Nine senior generals have been prematurely retired this past year, and if you scan rightwing blogs, as I do, 197 top officers fired by Obama in the past five years. For angry conservatives there is no such thing as normal attrition, post-Afghan downsizing, old age or illness. Scandals proliferate. Just now Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair faces a raft of charges at Fort Bragg involving forcible sodomy, adultery, murder threats and whatnot against a female captain he’d been carrying on with for years. Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts, a “zero tolerance for sex harassment” spokesman at Fort Jackson is up on charges of beating up one of his several mistresses. Martin Schweitzer, of the 82d Airborne, couldn’t stop himself boasting to his brother generals that he’d jerked off three times in two hours after meeting Congresswoman Renee Ellers. Lt. Col. Joe Morse, who trains military prosecutors how to handle sex cases, is accused of groping a female lawyer. And so on. Even when found guilty the Pentagon usually finds a cushy job for the disgraced boys. A startling number of these military guys, who are supposed to educate others about sex and rape, have themselves been caught doing what they preach against. Not just officers. At Lackland Air Force base in Texas 43 young female cadets complained of being sexually assaulted by their training sergeants. Enlisted rapists and harassers could never get away with such stuff without their leaders’ implicitly licensing them. Out there in Blogland there’s a large constituency of fanatics that sees these demotions and court martials as Obama’s “coup” against the military for when Big Government liberals, Jews, atheists, crypto-commies and jihadists impose their long-planned dictatorship. Retired army Medal of Honor winner Gen. Patrick Brady is in “no doubt that (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, (and) the Obama sequester.” Loony Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who almost got cashiered for insulting the Muslim religion while pushing his own crusaders’ theology, calls the “unprecedented…number of four star generals to be relieved of duty” an “insufferable assault on our military”. Watch their language. When they speak of Obama’s coup they are tossing a live grenade on a bonfire. Incendiary language from the top validates the paranoid fantasies of Sovereign Nation nuts who see the President as the anti-Christ. There’s also a risk that Brady and Boykins’ fellow officers, furious about budget cuts and the job-losing shift from full frontal war to small special units, might just pick up the hint.
As premier Juan Negrin of Loyalist Spain and President Allende of Chile found out, and Charles de Gaulle came close to discovering, you don’t fuck with your military without risking a violent backlash from the men who have guns, training and discipline. My unprovable theory is that this epidemic of self-destructive behavior by brass hats comes out of misbegotten rage at loss of status and balls. If these officers were, say, merely unemployed assembly line workers, we’d diagnose their emotional instability as due to loss of self-esteem. That’s what the recent Senate close vote (55-45) on taking sexual assault prosecutions out of the hands of military chain of command was all about. How do you stop the culture of rape and sexual harassment? Easy. In 1948 President Harry Truman issued an Executive Order 9981 which at a stroke wiped out race discrimination in all the services. The military is a corporate bureaucracy like any other. Promotion and retention depend on pleasing the boss. In olden times we were told racial discrimination was too deeply rooted in human nature to be got rid of. So, too, the rape culture. Barack, just sign the damn Executive Order and see what happens.
CLASS WAR REPORTS
“Hundreds Of Thousands Of People” Join Demonstrations Against The Murderer Erdogan:
“Protesters Gathered To Mark The Funeral Of 15-Year-Old Berkin Elvan, Who Died On Tuesday, Nine Months After He Was Hit In The Head With A Police Tear-Gas Canister”
“As The Funeral Car Carrying Mr. Elvan’s Body Drove Through The Crowds On Wednesday, People Chanted, ‘Mother Don’t Cry, Your Children Are Here’”
At his funeral in Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday, mourners carried the coffin of Berkin Elvan, a Turkish teenager who had been in a coma since being hit on the head by a tear gas canister fired by police during anti-government protests last summer. The placard reads: “Berkin Elvan is immortal!” Emrah Gurel/Associated Press
A protestor in Ankara held a placard displaying a portrait of Berkin Elvan, after the announcement of the teenager’s death Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu’s expression of regret at the “loss” on Twitter was met with outrage on social media. “We did not ‘lose’ Berkin; you killed him,” several people tweeted. One of Turkey’s biggest trade unions, DISK, halted work to join Mr. Elvan’s funeral procession. 11 March & 12 March 2014, By Ayla Albayrak And Joe Parkinson, Wall Street Journal & By Daren Butler and Parisa Hafezi, Reuters & 11 March 2014 by Constanze Letsch in Istanbul, Guardian News and Media Limited [Excerpts] ISTANBUL— Two people died as protests grew on Wednesday in several Turkish cities after the funeral of a teenager whose death kicked off the largest antigovernment demonstrations since unrest swept the nation last year. Crowds chanted “murderer Erdogan” and “the murderer state will be brought to account” as mourners carried Elvan’s coffin, wrapped in red cloth and strewn with red carnations, to a “cemevi”, an Alevi place of worship, in central Istanbul. On Tuesday morning, police fired teargas to disperse protesters gathered outside the Istanbul hospital where Berkin Elvan, died, after some people started throwing objects at an armoured police vehicle.
On June 16, his family said, he left home to buy some bread but was struck in the head with a tear-gas canister shot by police during clashes with demonstrators. Some residents of Istanbul protested by hanging loaves of bread on their doors to symbolize Mr. Elvan’s final journey. Among the throng of up to 1,000 people, some waved plain red flags, while shopkeepers in the Okmeydani district pulled down their shutters as a mark of respect. “We have come here because of the murderer police. They will be held to account. Berkin Elvan’s blood will not be left on the ground,” said Ahmet Ekinci, one of those in the crowd. The hashtag #BerkinElvanOlumsuzdur, which translates as “Berkin Elvan is immortal,” began trending world-wide on Twitter. The office of Istanbul’s governor said a fight had erupted between two groups, leaving a 22-year-old man dead, while Turkey’s state news agency reported that a police officer died from a tear gas-induced heart attack amid clashes in the eastern province of Tunceli. In Ankara, riot police used water cannon and teargas against a crowd of about 2,000 who blocked a highway to mourn the teenager’s death and to contest continued police impunity State media also reported that two offices of the ruling Justice and Development Party had been torched and more than two dozen vehicles vandalized. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Istanbul to mark the funeral of 15year-old Berkin Elvan, who died on Tuesday, nine months after he was hit in the head with a police tear-gas canister during June demonstrations against Mr. Erdogan’s government. Announcing his death on Twitter, Berkin’s parents wrote: “To our people: We lost our son Berkin Elvan at 7am this morning. Condolences to us all.” Gülsüm Elvan, the boy’s mother, expressed her anger towards the Turkish government: “Not God took my son away, but (Prime Minister Recep) Tayyip Erdoğan,” she said, according to the Turkish press. “People all around Turkey have hit the streets. I feel it deeply in my soul that I have millions of Berkins,” the boy’s father, Sami Elvan, was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu news agency after his son’s autopsy was completed. As the funeral car carrying Mr. Elvan’s body drove through the crowds on Wednesday, people chanted, “Mother don’t cry, your children are here.” Many chanted demands that the prime minister, who has become entangled in a massive corruption scandal, resign.
Marchers headed toward Istanbul’s Taksim Square—the epicenter of last year’s demonstrations—but were stopped by security forces, prompting clashes between police and protesters. Authorities also broke up smaller gatherings in the capital, Ankara, and the western cities of Izmir and Bursa. One of Turkey’s biggest trade unions, DISK, halted work to join Mr. Elvan’s funeral procession. Some markets stopped selling bread, and university students across the country staged boycotts. Boyner Buyuk Magazacilik AS, one of Turkey’s leading retailers, stopped music broadcasts at its shops. Turkish news organizations estimated that hundreds of thousands of people joined the demonstrations. Their scale reflects the challenge Mr. Erdogan faces before the March 30 local elections, widely seen as a referendum on his government after a decade in power. At Mr. Elvan’s funeral, waves of mourners gathered in the central Istanbul district of Okmeydani, many chanting antigovernment slogans in an angry chorus. Hundreds of miles to the east, in the cities of Siirt and Mardin, Mr. Erdogan delivered an uncompromising message to his thousands of supporters, blaming demonstrators and political rivals for stoking turbulence to weaken his party. “Coming out on the streets is never a solution. With 18 days to elections, trying to set fire to the streets is not a democratic stance,” Mr. Erdogan lashed out at an election rally in Mardin. “Don’t you worry, don’t you ever lose hope. We will make them pay for all of this,” Mr. Erdogan said. Before demonstrations flared on Tuesday, sporadic protests had continued on-and-off since the summer. In recent weeks, smaller numbers of people have taken to the streets to demonstrate against police violence and new laws tightening restrictions on the judiciary and the Internet. Mr. Elvan’s—who was in a coma for 269 days after being struck with a tear-gas canister while buying bread for his family—has escalated tensions dramatically. His is the seventh civilian death linked to demonstrations against the rule of Mr. Erdogan that swept the country last year. Istanbul governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu’s expression of regret at the “loss” on Twitter was met with outrage on social media. “We did not ‘lose’ Berkin; you killed him,” several people tweeted.
Throughout last June, hundreds of thousands took to the streets when an environmental protest aimed at saving an inner city park snowballed into a nationwide display of anger at Erdoğan’s increasingly authoritarian stance. “Nine months on there has been no effective investigation into the police for fatally injuring Berkin Elvan or for the serious head injuries incurred by dozens of others,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement, adding that it has documented the head injuries and loss of sight caused by police targeting demonstrators with tear-gas canisters. “It’s the prime minister, who ordered the police, who’s responsible” for Berkin Elvan’s death, said Sadet Celik, 42, who attended the demonstration in Istanbul. “They will be held responsible in court one day,” Ms. Celik said.
Protests Against Government Sweep Across Turkey
3,12.14 By Daren Butler and Parisa Hafezi, Reuters In the southern city of Adana, protesters threw stones aimed fireworks at police lines as water cannon vehicles advanced against them, spraying water. Large numbers also protested in the western cities of Izmir and Eskisehir in the most extensive protests since last summer’s unrest. Police detained 20 people as they skirmished with protesters trying to march to the offices of Erdogan’s AK Party in the Black Sea city of Samsun, Dogan reported. In the Mediterranean city of Mersin, two women were injured when struck by a water cannon vehicle, one of them suffering a head wound, the Dogan news agency said. Four police were also reported injured in the clashes there. In the Aegean city of Izmir, school children and university students staged sit-ins.
“The Council Of Al-Anbar Tribes In Iraq Has Refused Any Initiative To Resolve The Ongoing Conflict Without Full Withdrawal Of The Iraqi Army From AlAnbar Cities”
10 March 2014 The Middle East Monitor The council of Al-Anbar Tribes in Iraq has refused any initiative to resolve the ongoing conflict, which started several months ago, without full withdrawal of the Iraqi army from Al-Anbar cities. In a statement, the tribes said that they would not lay their weapons down unless all their demands were fulfilled, including the release of the parliamentarian Ahmed Al-Alwani and all prisoners, as well as dismantling pro-government militias. Calling for the Kurdish leadership to disengage from the government coalition, the tribes’ leaders, who met in the house of Sheikh Ali Al-Hatem, warned the sectarian war carried out by the Shia Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki would target the Sunni Kurds after the Sunni Arabs. Meanwhile, the pro-government council of Al-Anbar governorates has criticised the army because of its continuous shelling of Al-Anbar cities and not giving a chance for peaceful solutions. The council described the situation in Fallujah as “disastrous” because of the government’s blockade. The Parliamentarian Hamid Al-Motlaq from Al-Anbar described the situation in Fallujah as “disastrous” and reiterated that bombings, targeting residential areas and civilians, are ongoing. Al-Motlaq said Fallujah suffers from severe shortage of food and medicines. He also said that the displaced experience “very bad” living conditions while Iraqis in all the cities of Al-Anbar are living fear. He blamed the government for this situation. Witnesses said that a large number of schools in Al-Ramadi are still closed and all schools in Fallujah are closed. Witnesses also said that the main hospital in Fallujah was targeted by 20 mortar missiles; one of them hit the ICU and the operations hall.
The Struggle For Truth In Fallujah:
“The Fighting In Fallujah Is A Culmination Of Antigovernment Sentiments That Iraqi Sunnis Have Harbored For A Long Time”
Yet “The Hundreds Of Casualties In The Fighting Will Be Deemed As Collateral Damage In A Noble Attempt To Drive Out Al-Qaeda”
9 March 2014 by Sunil Patel, Fair Observer’s [Excerpts] As violence in Fallujah escalates to near-unprecedented levels, the entire narrative of the fighting seems to evade a number of key points. Namely, this fighting was not precipitated by the capture of Sunni strongholds by al-Qaeda or the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The precursor to the fighting between Iraqi government forces and Sunni tribesmen of Anbar was a result of a ruthless policy of repression, aimed at nationwide protest camps opposing government measures on public services, counterterrorism, illegal house raids and a perpetuation of sectarian violence, as well as a number of other policies that continue to marginalize Sunni communities. The Ramadi protest camps in al-Anbar have been at the center of demonstrations for the past year. It was on December 30 — a week after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had threatened to “burn down” the camps — that special forces (SWAT) and the army descended upon the Ezz and Karama Square to crush protests, which had gained momentum after the arrest of Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani and the murder of his brother and five of his security guards. This is not the first attempt by government forces to clear protest camps. In April 2013, SWAT and the army opened fire on more than a thousand protestors in Hawija, south of Kirkut, killing 50 people and leaving 110 injured. The event passed without as much as a whimper in the press, let alone widespread condemnation. The only difference between the events in Hawija and what happened in Ramadi was that, in the latter case, tribal militias decided to pick up their guns and fight back — the repercussions, two months later, can be witnessed in the form of heavy aerial bombardment of Fallujah. As fighting has escalated, the role of tribal militias has become watered down and has taken a backseat to the widely accepted, yet unproven mantra that “al-Qaeda-linked” ISIS is among half of the resistance faction that have seized Fallujah. There are two important issues that must be highlighted here. The first of which is that claims of ISIS being the dominant group in the opposition seem to be unsubstantiated. There is no solid basis to validate any statement that ISIS is even present in large contingents in Fallujah, let alone playing a significant role in the fighting.
A group of prominent Anbari tribal leaders led by Sheikh Ali Hatem al-Salman, the Emir of the Dulaim tribe, has insisted that this confrontation is between the tribes and the government and they will continue fighting until their demands are met. Feirut Alaani, a French-Iraqi journalist, has reported that ISIS is not playing a significant role in the fighting in Fallujah. Much has been said about ISIS raising a flag over a building in Fallujah, as this has been widely accepted as a sign of their power within the city. Yet Alaani argues: “They took their flag down five minutes later when ordered to by tribal leaders. This shows that tribes control Fallujah.” Despite all this, the protests continue to be denounced by Maliki as a ploy by proBa’athists and other enemies acting as proxies for hostile states; an argument on the basis of which the Iraqi prime minister has continued to either ignore or crush protest camps. The fighting in Fallujah is a culmination of antigovernment sentiments that Iraqi Sunnis have harbored for a long time. It was only a matter of time until arms would be taken up against government forces. Yet the third battle of Fallujah will go down as another episode of Maliki’s War on Terror. The hundreds of casualties in the fighting will be deemed as collateral damage in a noble attempt to drive out al-Qaeda. As for the US, the White House continues to watch on with benign neglect. The scenes in Fallujah continue to be parroted across US media as a lamentable tragedy, now that al-Qaeda” has seized the city that American troops put their lives on the line to “liberate.”
Zionist Troops Kill Jordanian Judge:
“Zeiter, Who Leaves Behind A Wife And Two Young Children – One Of Whom Is
In A Coma In Hospital – Was To Be Buried In Nablus On Tuesday Morning”
Mar 10, 2014 Agence France-Press & Ma’an Israeli troops at a border crossing shot dead a Palestinian-Jordanian judge who allegedly tried to snatch a soldier’s weapon, prompting Amman and the Palestinian Authority to demand an investigation. The shooting took place on Monday at the Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, with the Israeli military saying troops had opened fire after a man tried to snatch a weapon from one of its soldiers. An Israeli army statement said “a Palestinian attempted to seize the weapon of a soldier at the Allenby Bridge crossing from Jordan”. It continued: “In response the forces at the scene opened fire towards the suspect. A hit was identified.” Army commander Yaron Beit On, speaking in a conference call with reporters later in the day, said that after a man attempted to snatch an Israeli soldier’s gun, another soldier shot him in the leg. The man then managed to grab a metal bar from one of the Israeli troops, Beit On said. When he tried to use it as a weapon, a soldier shot and killed him. He said that the incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m., and that the man was carrying two suitcases with him. The Palestinian Authority sharply condemned the incident and Amman summoned the Israeli chargé d’affaires to protest, demanding an “immediate investigation”. Palestinian security officials identified the man as 38-year-old Raed Zeiter, and Amman confirmed he also held Jordanian nationality. A Jordanian security official told AFP that Zeiter worked as a judge in Amman and had left for the West Bank early on Monday. Jordan’s justice ministry confirmed the information, saying he worked at a magistrates court in the capital. Palestinian security officials said Zeiter was originally from the northern city of Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, but had left the territories in 2011 and not returned. Zeiter, who leaves behind a wife and two young children – one of whom is in a coma in hospital – was to be buried in Nablus on Tuesday morning, his family said. Zeiter’s father said he was in shock over the shooting.
“We did not know that Raed was in the West Bank. I went to the court to check if he was working and I was told that he did not go to work today,” said 70-year-old Alaa Zeiter, himself a former judge. “My son is peaceful and professional. I am shocked,” he said before breaking down in tears. Zeiter and his wife left later on Monday to travel to Nablus for his son’s funeral. The shooting was a rare incident of violence at the crossing, which is located in the Jordan Valley, just east of the Palestinian oasis town of Jericho. The crossing, which lies 30 miles (50km) west of Amman, is also known as the King Hussein Bridge.
Unarmed Jordanian Judge Executed For Pushing Zionist Occupation Soldier Who Knocked Him Down:
Eyewitness Says Israeli Army Lying, Judge Did Not Try To Seize Soldier’s Gun
Judges, lawyers and activists demonstrate inside the Justice Palace in Amman on Tuesday to protest the killing of Jordanian judge Raed Zuaiter by Israeli soldiers on King Hussein Bridge on Monday (Photo by Hassan Tamimi)
Z”He was coming here to take care of some property, see his house and visit his family. He arrived to us dead,” his cousin Nafe’e Zu’aiter told CNN. “He was assassinated in cold blood; they could have shot him in the leg even though he provoked the soldier. Why three bullets to end his life?” Mar 11, 2014 by Omar Obeidat, Jordan Times & CNN AMMAN –– The Jordanian judge who was shot dead by Israeli soldiers on Monday at the King Hussein Bridge did not try to seize the gun of a soldier as Israelis claim, an eyewitness at the scene said Tuesday. Mohammad Sharif Zaid told The Jordan Times over the phone from Bethlehem that he was standing just metres away from Raed Zuaiter, a judge at Amman Court of First Instance, when the incident happened. He recalled that the shooting took place after Israeli forces carried out a search of passengers of the bus that was carrying them to the West Bank. When most passengers went on board except for three, the 38-year-old judge, a young Palestinian woman and himself, an Israeli occupation soldier moved towards the bus and pushed Zuaiter, Zaid said. “The judge and the soldiers had a verbal argument at the entrance of the inspection room,” he added, elaborating that another soldier pushed Zuaiter again, causing him to fall on the ground. Zaid recounted that the judge stood up and reacted to the affront to his dignity by pushing the soldier, but the Israeli pointed his gun at him and shot a bullet that missed him. The soldier took aim again, shooting Zuaiter in the chest as another soldier fired two more bullets that penetrated the judge’s body. Asked if Zuaiter attempted to seize the weapon of the Israeli soldier, the witness said it did not happen. “It is not true that he tried to take the soldier’s gun,” he added. “Passengers were shocked, and started crying and screaming,” according to Zaid, who added that the incident took place at around 8am. Tens of Israeli soldiers surrounded the bus to prevent passengers from getting off, while the judge was still bleeding, the witness said, noting that medics arrived at the scene nearly half-an-hour later and tried to perform CPR on the judge, but he was already dead. Later on, investigators arrived and started interrogating passengers individually.
“‘Do you know this person or do you have any relationship with him?’ they asked me and others,” Zaid said, adding that the investigators asked the passengers to tell what happened from the beginning. They asked about the contents of Zuaiter’s luggage and then decided to have it destroyed with explosives without checking its contents, he recounted, noting that the bus was allowed to leave for the West Bank at 2pm. Reuters reported Monday that the Israeli military said Zuaiter, a judge with a PhD in law, had tried to seize a soldier’s gun at the King Hussein Bridge — known to Israelis as Allenby Bridge — and that troops had then shot him. “He was coming here to take care of some property, see his house and visit his family. He arrived to us dead,” his cousin Nafe’e Zu’aiter told CNN. “He was assassinated in cold blood; they could have shot him in the leg even though he provoked the soldier. Why three bullets to end his life?”
Killing Judge Is Cold-Blooded Murder:
Cold-Blooded Murder Has Always Been Israel’s Modus Operandi Toward Our People.
3/11//2014 By Khalid Amayreh in occupied Palestine; palestine-info.co.uk [Excerpts] Official Palestinian and Jordanian reactions to the cold-blooded murder of Ra’ed (Raji) Ze’ieter by Israeli soldiers on Monday have been minimal and almost totally inadequate to say the very least.
The 38-year-old Jordanian-Palestinian judge was traveling via the Allenby Bridge Crossing when he was shot and killed by a trigger-happy Israeli soldier. Hundreds or perhaps thousands of innocent Palestinians have been murdered this way at the indifferent hands of Gestapo-like Israeli troops. After all, the man was unarmed and could hardly pose a real threat to the soldiers. We who live in occupied Palestine under the Israeli military occupation don’t need to indulge in hypothesizing about Israeli behaviors toward the Palestinians. Cold-blooded murder has always been Israel’s modus operandi toward our people. It would be naïve to think otherwise. We all remember how Israeli soldiers during the past two intifadas lured Palestinian school children to get to the streets in order to shoot and kill them. And then we would hear pornographically-dishonest Israeli spokespersons claim that “our soldiers shot into the air and a number of Palestinian children got killed.”! The murderous killing by Israeli troops of Ra’ed Ze’ieter is not the first and won’t be the last of its kind. Israel has always been murdering innocent Arabs knowingly and deliberately since time immemorial. This is the job Israeli soldiers are trained to do. As to the Israeli government, its media, spokesmen and mouthpieces, their job is first and foremost to justify and rationalize the murderous killings. And in case the projected justifications and rationalizations sound unbelievable or unconvincing, the Israeli lying machine would simply concoct a “rational account” of the given incident. Both Palestinian and Jordanian authorities have urged the Israeli government to carry out a thorough investigation into what happened. But since when was Israel honest enough to investigate its own crimes? Can murderers and child-killers be trusted to investigate themselves? Indeed, expecting Israel to conduct a thorough and honest investigation of the latest murder at the Allenby crossing is akin to seeking justice at a thieves’ den or seeking safety at a snake’s hole. We are not demanding that Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (PA) launch war on Israel. We know the facts on the ground too well as the two Arab entities are too weak to even think of making a truly pro-active response to Israeli provocation.
But neither Jordan nor the PA is completely helpless. Jordan does have some real diplomatic leverage it can utilize to curtail Israeli insolence and hegemony. Similarly, the PA can threaten to scale down or even stop the ignominious “security” coordination with Israel. However, a meaningful Arab response to yet another unprovoked murder by Israel of an innocent Arab would require genuine freedom of Arab states from the state of subservience to the US, Israel’s guardian-ally. This gets us to the inevitable conclusion that Israel will continue to murder Arabs at will, with nearly total impunity, especially in the absence of any real deterrent on the part of the Arabs. But this situation can’t be sustained forever. Oppression, if allowed to continue, justifies both resistance and violence.
11-Year-Old Palestinian Shepherd Boy Shot By Zionist Occupation Troops Inside Free Palestinian Territory:
“Unable To Move, In Full View Of The Soldiers, For Three Hours Before Medical Attention Was Sought”
“Shot In The Leg And The Groin While Running Away From The Soldiers”
“They Shot Me For No Reason. I Will Never Forget What They Did To Me”
Fadel Abu Odwan, 11, was left alone and bleeding heavily for three hours after Israeli soldiers opened fire on him at the Gaza border fence on February 21. 4 Mar 2014 Defence for Children International Palestine Ramallah, March 4, 2014—An unarmed Palestinian child was gravely wounded and left without medical attention for three hours after Israeli soldiers opened fire on him at the Gaza border. On February 21, 11-year-old Fadel Abu Odwan was on his way to help his brother bring in the sheep from their grazing area near the Gaza border fence. Israeli soldiers approached and opened fire on him, leaving him to lie bleeding and unable to move, in full view of the soldiers, for three hours before medical attention was sought. Speaking to DCI-Palestine from hospital, Fadel recalls lying on the ground after he was shot in the leg and the groin while running away from the soldiers. “I would lift my hand and look up and see the sky, and realise I was not dead yet, so I would close my eyes again and wait for death.” He remembers his thoughts vividly. “I was thinking I am going to die, I am going to be a martyr.” On the way to meet his brother, Fadel had been stopped by three Palestinian officers stationed at their usual spots near the fence. They took the slingshot that he carries for hunting birds and proceeded to play with it, shaking it at the fence and using it to throw stones, ignoring his requests that they return it. Fadel describes how at that point two Israeli military jeeps approached from the other side of the border at full speed. “I started running so fast because I was scared of them and thought they would shoot us. I ran for about 100 meters (328 feet) away from the fence.” He was brought to a halt by the bullet, which passed through his groin and lodged itself in his left leg.
He lay bleeding for an hour before he heard an Israeli soldier calling to him, telling him to crawl toward them. When it became apparent that Fadel was unable to move, the soldier went to cut the fence, but was given orders to stop. Fadel was left alone losing blood for a further hour, 150 meters (492 feet) away from the fence and the two Israeli jeeps and a tank stationed there. As it got darker, Fadel heard dogs barking. “I looked around and saw eight black dogs sniffing about three metres (10 feet) away from me. I realised they were about to eat me because they sniffed the blood. I could not defend myself because with every move, I felt excruciating pain.” The soldiers fired shots to ward off the dogs, but no attempts to provide medical attention were made. Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCI-Palestine said, “This is a horrific example of Israeli soldiers injuring children with impunity. When a child is shot and left for hours without being given medical attention the perpetrators must be brought to justice.” After three hours, Fadel was rescued by his brother and cousins and taken to hospital. His medical report shows that he underwent surgery to remove his testicles and was subsequently placed in intensive care. Fadel’s doctor said, “This injury will cause Fadel lifelong physical and psychological damage, and will certainly affect his ability to marry and have children.” Fadel is now one of the many children to have been injured by Israeli forces at the Gaza border fence, with the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) documenting at least six children wounded and one killed in shootings in the area since the beginning of 2014. “They shot me for no reason,” said Fadel, who remains in hospital. “They could have rescued me, but they just left me there for three hours. I will never forget what they did to me.” To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation commanded by foreign terrorists, go to: http://www.palestinemonitor.org/list.php?id=ej898ra7yff0ukmf16 The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves “Israeli.”
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Photograph by Erik Lesser/ZUMA/Corbis March 13, 2014 by Andy Borowitz, The Borowitz Report
NEW YORK — A total absence of actual information about the missing Malaysia flight is not in any way hindering twenty-four-hour coverage of the story, the major cable news networks confirmed today. “As a news network, we regard a lack of news as a worthy challenge,” the CNN chief Jeff Zucker said. “Our people are doing a heroic job of filling the void with rumor and hearsay.” A spokesperson for MSNBC, however, scoffed at Mr. Zucker’s assessment that there was no information about the missing plane. “We are receiving tons of erroneous and conflicting reports from authorities every hour, and the instant we get them we pass them on to our viewers,” he said. Over at Fox, host Sean Hannity expressed confidence in his network’s coverage. “When it comes to broadcasting twenty-four hours a day with no verifiable facts, I wouldn’t trade our experience and expertise for anybody’s,” he said. Promising that the network was working overtime to generate new unfounded conspiracy theories, Mr. Hannity said, “We’ve put our whole Benghazi team on this.”
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