#AlQaeda #Syrian #rebels vow to ‘liberate’ #Golan Heights after defeating #Assad in #Syria

March 12, 2013

Western-backed Syrian rebels are vowing to ‘liberate’ the Golan Heights once they manage to depose Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

In a video published online, a rebel fighter, filmed against the backdrop of the Golan Heights, said “we are in the occupied Golan Heights, which the traitor Hafez Assad sold to Israel 40 years ago. These lands are blessed and the despicable Assad family promised to liberate them, but for 40 years the Syrian army did not fire a single bullet. We will open a military campaign against Israel. We will fire the bullets that Assad did not and we will liberate the Golan.”

The Israel-Syria border has been mostly quiet since 1974.

 Aren’t you glad that the West finally decided to support the rebels now that they have been co-opted by al-Qaeda?
Let’s go to the videotape.

And did I forget to mention that the Syrian ‘refugees’ don’t hate us any less than they used to either?

In the interview with the Turkish newspaper, Palmor revealed that Israel had coordinated with the Red Cross to send humanitarian aid into Syria, but Israel was told that the refugees refused to receive aid from Israel. Private aid organizations in Israel are already working with Jordan for human assistance to Syrian refugees, Palmor said, adding, “this shows that the Israeli public wants to help Syrians no matter what politics dictates.”

Read the whole thing. It looks like we’re going to have another border with ‘action’ really soon. 

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Nearly 200 Druze living in the Golan Heights protested in Majdal Shams against Syrian President Bashar Assad and his regime

April 16, 2011

Demonstrators carried signs supporting Syrian factions who object to Assad and lit candles in memory of protesters killed in the rallies. (Hagai Einav) via ynetnews.com

Flag of Jabal el Druze (state).
The Druze

(Arabic: درزي, derzī or durzī, plural دروز, durūz; Hebrew: דרוזים‎, Druzim; also transliterated Druz or Druse) are a religious community found primarily in Lebanon, Israel, and Syria whose traditional religion is said to have begun as an offshoot of the Ismaili sect of Islam, but is unique in its incorporation of Gnostic, neo-Platonic and other philosophies. Theologically Druze consider themselves “an Islamic Unist, reformatory sect”,[8]. The Druze call themselves Ahl al-Tawhid (“People of Monotheism”) or al-Muwahhidūn (“Monotheists“).
Druze are not considered Muslims by most other Muslims because they are believed to address prayers to the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, whom they regard as “a manifestation of God in His unity.” [9] Druze believe Al-Hakim did not die but went into occulation (was hidden by God) and will return as the Mahdi on Judgement Day.[10] The origin of the name Druze is traced to Nashtakin ad-Darazi, one of the first preachers of the religion. via search.com image Flag of Jabal el Druze (state)

Sen. John Kerry calls for Israel to cede Golan Heights and East Jerusalem

November 30, 2010

On a February trip to the Middle East, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, that a Palestinian capital should be established in East Jerusalem as part of the Arab-Israeli peace process, and that he was “shocked” by what he saw on a visit to Gaza.
Kerry discussed the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in a visit to Qatar during separate meetings with Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani and the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa, as revealed by the disclosure of diplomatic cables by the website WikiLeaks.
The emir told Kerry to focus on Syria as the path toward resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Kerry agreed with the emir that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a man who wants change but pointed out that his arming of Hezbollah and interference in Lebanese politics were unhelpful. Kerry said that Assad “needs to make a bolder move and take risks” for peace, and that he should be “more statesman-like.” Kerry also agreed with the emir that the Golan Heights should be given back to Syria at some point.
“The Chairman added that Netanyahu also needs to compromise and work the return of the Golan Heights into a formula for peace,” the diplomatic cable reported.
As for the peace process, Kerry defended the Obama administration’s drive to use indirect proximity talks (which were only being discussed at that time) as a stepping stone to direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He said the two sides should first agree on the amount of land to be swapped and then work on borders, followed by settlements.
Kerry also said that final agreement would have to include a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem.

“Any negotiation has its limits, added Senator Kerry, and we know for the Palestinians that control of Al-Aqsa mosque and the establishment of some kind of capital for the Palestinians in East Jerusalem are not negotiable,” the cable stated, summarizing the meeting with the emir. “For the Israelis, the Senator continued, Israel’s character as a Jewish state is not open for negotiation. The non-militarization of an eventual Palestinian state and its borders can nonetheless be resolved through negotiation.”
In a separate meeting the day before with the prime minister, Kerry resisted the Qatari leader’s assertion that Hamas was ready to accept the existence of the State of Israel, but he agreed that urgent action was needed to rebuild Gaza.
According to the leaked diplomatic cable, the prime minister told Kerry, “We need to broker a quick reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah and move forward quickly on rebuilding Gaza… Senator Kerry asserted that HBJ [Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani] was preaching to the converted and told the PM he was ‘shocked by what I saw in Gaza.'”
In a telling exchange at the end of his meeting with the emir, the Qatari ruler gave Kerry some advice for dealing with the Iranian government.
“The Amir closed the meeting by offering that based on 30 years of experience with the Iranians, they will give you 100 words. Trust only one of the 100,” the cable said.

At Wikibias, Nominations Being Accepted For The Most Biased Article on Wikipedia

October 6, 2010

Wikibias is looking for nominations for “The Most Biased Article on Wikipedia.” You can use their contact form to make your nomination.
One nomination is the Wikipedia article on Israeli Settlement, which on August 31 began:

Israeli settlements are Jewish only settlements” built by the Israel on occupied and confiscated land that is occupied through wars (such as the Six-Day War) and forceful evacuation of the indigenous people from their homes in Palestinian West Bank. Such settlements currently exist in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. The latter two areas are governed under Israeli civil law but all three territories are considered to be under military occupation by the international community.

A number of points are raised by Wikibias in the fisking of just this one paragraph alone, among them:

Indigeneity is both hotly contested and difficult to define. The Jewish people is indigenous or autochthonous in Judea and Samaria since this is where the Jewish people arose over 3,300 years ago. The Palestinian Arabs are also autochthonous in this sense, having come to define themselves as Palestinian in the 1920′s by some accounts, and with the founding of the PLO in 1964 by others. The Arab people are autochthonous or indigenous to the Hijaz where they arose in the seventh century. They arrived in the Land of Israel as conquerors.
On an individual level, many Jews were born in these villages and towns, some before 1948 and many after 1967. As individuals, they are indigenous. But just as the ancestors of many of the area’s Jews immigrated from other lands, so did the ancestors of many of the area’s Arabs, who came in a series of historical waves, including a great wave of immigration to economic opportunity in the early twentieth century. If they are not less indigenous than the Jews who came then, neither are they more indigenous.

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