Thursday, 28 April 2016
Office of the Spokesperson
April 27, 2016
The text of the following statement was issued by the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.
The Small Group of the Global Coalition to counter Daesh met today in Kuwait at the invitation of His Excellency, Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled al-Jarallah to further refine and synchronize our efforts in Iraq and Syria, and to reinforce our determination to defend our populations and homelands against Daesh’s global terrorist activities. We express our gratitude to our host, the State of Kuwait, for its important role in the Coalition and as a leader in the area of humanitarian support to the Iraqi and Syrian people, recognizing that it has to date hosted three donor conferences for Syria, co-hosted the 4 February 2016 donors conference for Syria in London and pledged $200 million for humanitarian aid in Iraq.
We welcome the momentum we have witnessed in recent months against Daesh in Iraq and Syria. Daesh continues to lose territory as well as control of strategic resupply routes and resources. When we last met in Rome in February, Iraqi Security Forces had seized Ramadi. They have now advanced up the Euphrates River Valley, liberating Hit and pressing on to end the Daesh siege of Haditha. They are attacking Daesh simultaneously in Anbar and Ninewa provinces. Since the Rome conference, Shaddadi, a critical Daesh supply route between Raqqa and Mosul has been retaken from Daesh, the al-Tanf crossing point on Syria-Iraq border was cleared of Daesh elements, and moderate Syrian opposition forces liberated additional towns along the border with Turkey. Daesh has retreated in other areas of Syria, as well.
Daesh continues to be degraded in other significant ways. It has been losing its leaders at a high rate and has lost large numbers of fighters. Its resource base is drying up as Coalition strikes have lowered Daesh oil production by at least 30 percent and destroyed millions of dollars stored in bank vaults and other locations. As a result of its deteriorating financial situation, Daesh has relied more on generating revenue through taxation, imposition of rents and sale of confiscated property, including vehicles, heavy equipment, and construction materials. Fighter pay has been cut by half in some areas, and desertions are increasing. Daesh is resorting to conscription to fill its ranks, recruiting children to conduct suicide attacks and is less able to mount offensive operations.
Our work goes beyond the military realm. We are supporting security and stabilization programs in areas liberated from Daesh, including those covered by the UN’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization and its new Funding Facility for Expanded Stabilization, both of which help local partners to set the conditions for the return of displaced residents and promote the economic revival of their communities. Clearing explosives in liberated areas and training police forces to secure local communities are prerequisites for sustainable recovery and represent important priorities for our Coalition.
We continue to be deeply concerned about the growing humanitarian needs resulting from the conflict in Iraq and Syria. While the unprecedented response of international donors at the February 2016 London Conference will help address Syria’s overwhelming humanitarian needs, we urge countries to follow through immediately with all pledges. The urgent needs of civilians in Iraq set out in the UN's 2016 Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan call for further life-saving funding and additional efforts to guarantee protection and humanitarian access for all civilians in need, including in areas where they are trapped by Daesh. The international community’s coordinated efforts to deliver aid and assistance should be intensified over the coming months.
While Daesh is clearly on the defensive and losing ground, it is still dangerous. We take seriously the threat Daesh still poses, and we understand its lasting defeat will require a long, difficult effort. The recent attacks in Tunisia, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Belgium reinforce our determination to eliminate Daesh and its distorted ideology and to help the communities it has devastated. We stand with the countries victimized by these acts of terrorism, including the host of this conference, Kuwait. We are fully committed to supporting civilian and military operations to set the stage for liberating areas in Iraq and Syria now under Daesh control and ensuring its lasting defeat. As we prepare to liberate more territory from Daesh, we must focus intensively on stabilization efforts to improve the lives of the people who suffered under its terror.
We underscore our support for international frameworks – UNSCRs 2178, 2199, 2253 – along with institutions such as the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and Financial Action Task Force, to block Daesh and foreign-terrorist-fighter travel, financing and illicit trade. We will continue to strengthen our cooperation to detect, monitor and interdict foreign terrorist fighters, while disrupting facilitation networks. We are determined to disrupt Daesh’s ability to generate, move and use funds, building on the success of our coordinated efforts to reduce its revenues. We are likewise resolved to keep Daesh completely cut off from international financial channels and to eliminate its ability to maintain financial links with its affiliates outside Iraq and Syria. We welcome the creation of diverse Coalition counter-messaging centers now collaborating to counter Daesh’s propaganda at increasing pace and at scale. We encourage support for initiatives such as the Sawab Center in the United Arab Emirates that strengthen cooperation in countering Daesh’s on-line and social media messaging and undermine its claims to legitimacy and strategic success.
Our support for Iraq extends beyond its security needs. The Coalition supports the Iraqi government’s commitment to pursue reforms and comprehensive dialogue to achieve inclusiveness and national reconciliation. As military operations continue to progress against Daesh, the Coalition will continue its support to the Government of Iraq in ensuring not only the safety and security of Iraqis, but also their livelihoods and economic well-being. Iraq is experiencing a triple economic shock of low oil prices, incurring the costs of combating Daesh, and caring for internally displaced persons and refugees seeking safety. We reaffirm our continuing support for Prime Minister Abadi and the Government of Iraq as it manages these issues at the national and provincial levels. We further reaffirm our continuing support for the Government of Iraq as it works to promote stability in areas liberated from Daesh, decentralize certain federal authorities to the provincial level and address corruption.
The Coalition stands with the Syrian people and supports processes under way to achieve a genuine political transition based on the 2012 Geneva Communique and UNSCR 2254, aimed at establishing an inclusive, pluralistic and non-sectarian government that represents the will of all Syrians. We urge full adherence to the Cessation of Hostilities which, for the first time, has opened the door to a reduction of violence and greater focus on ending the conflict and pursuing the fight against Daesh. We call for the end of indiscriminate bombing and actions deliberately intended to block humanitarian assistance, for which the Syrian regime bears the primary responsibility. These actions undermine the UN-sponsored negotiations in Geneva aimed at a political transition and the pursuit of a lasting solution that unites Syrians and reverses the tide of extremism. We call on all the parties to commit constructively to the political dialogue under United Nations auspices as the only means to achieve peace and preserve the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.
In Libya, we are encouraged by the Government of National Accord’s entry into Tripoli on 30 March and the steps it has taken to unify Libyan institutions and begin its work in the capital. We stand ready to assist the Government of National Accord, including through the new Stabilization Facility for Libya, in its efforts to establish peace and security for the Libyan people and defeat Daesh. We will continue our attention to Libya and the threat posed by Daesh.
Mindful of the many challenges Daesh poses in diverse regions, we remain committed to sustaining momentum of the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh, and we look forward to the ministerial meeting of the Small Group planned for July 2016 in Washington.
In 2016, Israel is a major contributor to – and a global co-leader with – the USA in the areas of research, development, manufacturing and launching of micro (100 kg), mini (300 kg) and medium (1,000 kg) size satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as well as joint space missions, space communications and space exploration sounding rocket and scientific balloon flights. According to NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, “Israel is known for its innovation. The October 15, 2015 joint agreement gives us the opportunity to cooperate with Israel on the journey to Mars, [highlighting Israel’s unique, extremely lightweight technologies, which conserve energy]….”
Israel is no longer a supplicant – as it used to be in its early years of independence - transformed from a net-national security and economic consumer to a net-national security and economic producer, generating substantial, military and commercial dividends to the US, which exceed the highly appreciated $3.1 BN annual investment, in Israel, by the US.
The annual US investment in Israel – erroneously defined as “foreign aid” (Foreign Military Financing) - has yielded one of the highest rates of return on US investments overseas. Israel is neither “foreign,” nor does it receive “aid.”
From a one-way-street relationship, the US-Israel connection has evolved into an exceptionally productive two-way-street, mutually-beneficial alliance. The US is the senior partner, and Israel the junior partner, in a win-win, geo-strategic partnership, which transcends the 68-year-old tension between all US presidents (from Truman through Obama) and Israeli prime ministers (from Ben Gurion through Netanyahu) over the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian issue.
According to the former Supreme Commander of NATO forces and Secretary of State, the late General Alexander Haig: “Israel constitutes the largest US aircraft carrier, which does not require a single US boot on board, cannot be sunk, deployed in a most critical region to the US economy and national security. And, if there were not Israel in the eastern flank of the Mediterranean, the US would have to deploy - to the region - a few more real aircraft carriers and tens of thousands of troops, which would have cost the US taxpayer some $15 BN annually. All of which is spared by the existence of Israel.”
Israel has been the most cost-effective, battle-tested laboratory of the US defense industries; the most reliable and practical beachhead/outpost of the US defense forces; sharing with the US unique intelligence, battle experience and battle tactics. Thus, Israel extends the US strategic hand, at a time when the US is experiencing draconian cuts in its defense budget, curtailing the size of its military force and the global deployment of troops, while facing tough international industrial-defense competition and dramatically intensified threats of Islamic terrorism overseas and on the US mainland.
For example, in 2016, Israel’s Air Force, which flies US-made aircraft shares with the US Air Force and the US manufacturers of the F-16, F-15 and additional US aircraft systems, real-time online, daily operational, maintenance and repair lessons, derived from Israel’s daily battle experience, which upgrades US national and homeland security, as well as enhances research and development, global competitiveness, exports and employment base of the US defense industries (e.g., Lockheed-Martin, McDonnell Douglas, Bell Helicopter, Boeing Defense, Northrop Grumman, etc.).
The plant manager of Fort Worth, Texas-based General Dynamics (Lockheed Martin), which manufactures the F-16, asserted that Israeli lessons have spared the manufacturer 10-20 years of research and development, leading to over 700 modifications in the current generation of the F-16, “valued at a mega-billion dollar bonanza to the manufacturer.” One may conclude that St. Louis, Missouri-based McDonnel Douglas, the manufacturer of the F-15 benefits in the same manner.
Similar lessons have been shared with the US Army, Navy and Marine Corps and the US manufacturers of tanks, armed personnel carriers, missile launchers, missiles, night navigation systems and hundreds of additional military and homeland security systems, manufactured by the US and utilized by Israel. For instance, the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Northrup Grumman plant, which manufactures explosive-neutralizing robots has increased its exports since Israel’s decision to employ its product, benefitting from weekly telephone conference calls with Israeli experts, who have shared with Northrup Grumman their operational lessons. Israel is to the US defense industry what a triple-A tenant is to a shopping mall – enhancing value and drawing clients.
According to General George Keegan, a former US Air Force Intelligence Chief, the value of intelligence shared by Israel with the US – exposing the air force capabilities of adversaries, their new military systems, electronics and jamming devices – “could not be procured with five CIAs…. The ability of the US Air Force in particular, and the Army in general, to defend whatever position it has in NATO, owes more to the Israeli intelligence input than it does to any other single source of intelligence, be it satellite reconnaissance, be it technology intercept, or what have you.”
A similar assessment was made by the late Senator Daniel Inouye, who was the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee and the Appropriations Committee: “Israel provides the US with more intelligence than all NATO countries combined.” In July 2003, Brig. General Michael Vane, Deputy Chief of Staff at the US Army Training and Doctrine Command stated that Israel’s counter-terrorism experience shaped the US war on terrorism.
Moreover, US Special Operations units on their way to Iraq and Afghanistan are trained by Israeli experts in tackling suicide bombers, car bombs and the deadly Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Upon arrival at the front, they are assisted by Israeli-developed (and co-developed with the US) unmanned aerial vehicles. Moreover, an Israeli armor plating technology, installed on U.S. military vehicles minimizes US fatalities, and the innovative “Israeli bandage” is employed to stop severe bleeding of injured US soldiers. US bomb squads leverage Israel’s unique counter-terrorism experience, improving their explosives neutralizing capabilities abroad and on the US mainland.
Israel has shared with the US its battle tactics and urban warfare experience, gained during wars against conventional Arab armies and Islamic/Palestinian terrorists. In 2014, General (ret.) Chuck Krulak, former Commandant of the US Marine Corps, stated: “The US battle tactics formulation, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – the intellectual Mecca of the US Army - is based on the Israeli book.” In 1991, during the First Gulf War, General Krulak fought Russian tanks operated by Saddam Hussein, by applying the 1973 Israeli battle tactics against Soviet tanks employed by Egypt.
In November, 1952, following Israel's 1948-49 War of Independence, General Omar Bradley, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, proposed to expand strategic cooperation with Israel, only to be rebuffed by the Department of State, which opposed the establishment of the Jewish State.
However, Israel has evolved into the most effective US strategic beachhead/outpost in the Middle East and beyond, as demonstrated during the 1967 Six-Day-War, when Israel obliterated the Egyptian military, aborting the pro-Soviet Egyptian attempt to topple the pro-US Arab oil-producing regimes, which would have devastated US economic and military interests at a time of high-dependency on Persian Gulf oil. In 1969, Israel shared with the US its own flare system, which diverted anti-aircraft heat-seeking missiles away from their targets, saving the lives of many gunship pilots during the Vietnam War.
In 1970, Israel’s power projection forced a rollback of the Soviet-backed Syrian invasion of pro-US Jordan, which aimed at toppling the Hashemite regime, and then surging into Saudi Arabia, which would have triggered an anti-US geo-strategic avalanche.
Following Israel’s October 1973 War against the Soviet-armed Egypt and Syria, some 50 US military experts, headed by General Donn Starry, spent six months studying Israel’s battle experience and tactics and the captured Soviet military systems, producing eight thick volumes, which tilted the global balance of power in favor of the US, upgraded the US defense of Europe during the Cold War, enhanced the US air and land battle doctrines during the 1991 Gulf War, and improved the global competitiveness of the US defense industries.
In 1989, 1969 and 1966, Israel snatched a Soviet Mig-23, a most advanced P-12 Soviet early warning radar and ELINT (electronic signals intelligence) system, and a Soviet Mig-21 from Syria, Egypt and Iraq, respectively. All were transferred to the US, evaluated and integrated into the US battle tactics, counter-measures and the defense industrial competitive edge, tilting the global balance of power in favor of the US.
On July 4, 1976, Israel's Entebbe hostage-rescue operation was a turning point in the battle against anti-US, pro-USSR Islamic terrorism. In 1981, in defiance of the US Administration, Israel devastated Iraq’s nuclear reactor, sparing the US a nuclear confrontation against Iraq in 1991, and snatching the pro-US Saudis from the jaws of pro-Soviet Iraq. In 1982, Israel destroyed twenty advanced Soviet surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries, deployed in Lebanon/Syria and throughout the world, downing 89 Soviet Mig-21s, Mig-23s and Su-20s in the process. Israel proved that the most advanced mobile Soviet SAMs could be jammed, penetrated and destroyed, promptly sharing the battle tactics and electronic warfare innovations with the US Air Force and defense industrial base, providing the US with a significant geo-strategic and industrial game-changing edge over Moscow. In 2007, Israel destroyed a Syrian-North Korean-Iranian nuclear plant, dealing a blow to global terrorism, sparing humanity the trauma of a nuclear Assad in 2016.
In March, 2007, General John Craddock, the Supreme Commander of NATO, told the House Armed Services: “In the Middle East, Israel is the closest ally of the US, consistently supporting our interests through security cooperation.” Even CNN – which is generally critical of Israel - agreed that Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists advanced homeland security in pro-US Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.
A June 2015 strategic agreement intensified cooperation between the air forces of both countries, establishing twelve teams of officers and codifying a widening range of joint annual agendas: operations, battle tactics, training, maintenance, repairs, airborne medicine, flight safety, etc., in the face of mutual threats, joint interests and constrained budgets. US combat pilots benefit uniquely during joint drills with their Israeli colleagues, who always fly in a “do-or-die” state of mind – a result of Israel’s narrow geographic waistline - which stretches the capabilities of the aircraft to new dimensions and generates more daring and innovative maneuvers, shared with their US colleagues. Recently, Israel’s Air Force developed a ground-breaking method of identifying, repairing and preempting cracks in old combat planes, such as the F-16, and promptly shared that information with the US Air Force and manufacturer. Instead of grounding planes for six months and preoccupying hundreds of mechanics, the Israeli-developed system requires two weeks and only a few mechanics, yielding significant economic and national security benefits.
In 2016, against the backdrop of mounting conventional and terrorist threats, the proliferation of Islamic terrorist cells in the US, the collapse of Europe’s military power projection, the Islamization of Turkey’s national security policy, the erosion of the Western posture of deterrence, and the growing instability, fragmentation, unpredictability and doubtful reliability of pro-US Arab regimes, Israel is the only stable, reliable, predictable, capable, democratic and unconditional ally of the US. Israel constitutes a critical obstacle to the megalomaniacal, Islamic imperialism, enhancing the national and homeland security of the US and its Arab allies. Unlike Europe, Israel is able and willing to flex its muscles.
An Israel-like ally in the Persian Gulf might have dramatically reduced the US military involvement in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean.
The raging, anti-US Arab Street, the melting UN-minded European Street, the commercially and militarily innovative pro-US Israeli Street, and the intensifying threats to global sanity and the US national and homeland security, all highlight Israel’s role as a special strategic partner of the USA – and not a member of the “foreign aid” club of supplicants - increasingly contributing to mutually-beneficial geo-strategic US-Israel joint ventures.
Friday, 22 April 2016
German Federal Foreign Office Press Release: Human Rights Commissioner Kofler on the kidnapping of Syrian bishops three years ago
Human Rights Commissioner Kofler on the kidnapping of Syrian bishops three years ago
On the third anniversary of the kidnapping of the Syrian archbishops Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi near Aleppo, Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement in Berlin:
All too often during the Syria conflict, we hear of the kidnapping of members of religious orders. This is a source of great concern. On the third anniversary of the kidnapping of the archbishops Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi, I call for their immediate and unconditional release. The conflict in Syria affects everyone: Arabs, Kurds and Assyrians; Muslims, Christians, Druze and all other religious and ethnic groups. This makes it all the more important that we create momentum for a successful outcome of the current talks in Geneva between the various Syrian groups to reach a peaceful solution to the conflict.
22 April 2016 marks the third anniversary of the kidnapping of the Syrian-Orthodox archbishop Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek-Orthodox archbishop Boulos Yazigi. The bishops were kidnapped near the city of Aleppo. To date, all efforts to ensure the bishops’ release have been unsuccessful.
The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has claimed credit for the latest bus bombing in Jerusalem, the group has stated. Hamas released a statement announcing the death of the Bethlehem native who is suspected of detonating the explosive on the bus in southern Jerusalem. Gazan´s also did distribute sweets on the streets to kids celebrating the the killing of the civilians like some grand achievement for humanity...
The Islamist group said that Abdel Hamid Abu Srour, 19, a resident of the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, was one of its members. His father was arrested by the IDF on Wednesday.
The Hamas statement was made even as Israeli authorities have yet to confirm that the explosion was indeed a terrorist attack.
The father of the Palestinian who died in a Jerusalem bus bombing denied on Thursday that his son was affiliated with the Hamas Islamist group. Mohammad Abu Srour is the father of Abdel-Hamid Abu Srour.
However once again …The pro-Hamas Palestinian Information Center said Abu Srour was from the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem and said he was a member of the Kassam brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas militant Islamist group. Abu Srour the Palestinian militant from the occupied West Bank died from his wounds following a bomb which exploded on an Israeli commuter bus in Jerusalem on Monday. His father still denies this his son to have been doing this for Hamas, if he is so certain of this then he might be kind enough to tell which group made the bomb.
And naturally a mass demonstration took place on Wednesday as hundreds marched to the yard near the house of the family of the Palestinian teenager suspected of carrying out Monday's Jerusalem bus bombing in a show of support for the so called young martyr. We at SDR think its rather sick to celebrate someone blowing himself up for what ever sake as most religions have never accepted such ....This naturally includes Sunni Islam where this sort of suicide was unthinkable in the early 60s or 70s. The radicalization of the Islamist movement has become so brutalized that if compared to 40 years ago no one could or would have done matters that Islamists today promote as legitimate tools to win armed struggle. It´s rather sad that the UN who's role it should be to protect civilians from brainwashing and radical by philosophies like Nazism or religious genocide (of any and all non Muslim's in Muslim lands) ..UN talks against Child soldiers in Africa but when the same happens on the level of even as young as toddlers by Islamists all over the world still UN tells nothing.
They do complain about a few Israeli houses but don't care if a 9year old is being exposed to FGM Female Genital Mutilation which is endemic all over the Middle East...
And so here we are today reading of a young man who could have been a baker or a IT student if UN would have played their role well. He is dead and the best he ever heard of was to be a so called martyr.
Does this sound right and are there really no options? Naturally there are options but UN doesn't serve the Palestinian kids any alternatives to the kids. Why?Because of the the ever worsening brutality of Islamification for which the kids have to pay the highest price...
We only report this but we wont fail humanity by not saying that UN has failed to do almost everything that should be their priority to do. And that is to save human life....
Abu Srour was named after his grandfather who was killed in an Israeli bombardment on the headquarters of The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a party that operated in Lebanon in the days of the Israeli incursion to south Lebanon in the 1980's.
A review of Abu Srour's social media profiles revealed that the Palestinian teenager was a great fan of The Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas. He shared multiple banners in support of the movement and wrote comments revealing his admiration for Yahya Ayyash, former chief bomb maker for Hamas, who was assassinated by by Israel in January 1996.
Its hardly likely that the bomb maker and the one committing the suicide bomb was one and the same person acting alone. Most terrorist networks have places where they produce bombs but ironically they don’t have bakeries or repair shops that the common man could benefit from. It would not take much to give hope for work instead of hope to blow one self up.
A sick fact remain to be told and that is that…Since the wave of attacks engulfed the capital last October, the vast majority of attacks against Jews and security personnel have been carried out by minors, some as young as 11! This just shows what sort of sickening brainwashing these kids must
go trough if killing a Jew is the best thing they can imagine them self's to do!
During this time, Palestinians have carried out 211 stabbings, 83 shootings, and 42 vehicular attacks, killing 34 Jews, according to information on the Foreign Ministry’s website.
Approximately 200 Palestinians have been killed by security forces over the same period, 130 of whom were said by Israel to have been conducting an attack at the time of their death.
The remaining 70 people died in clashes with Israeli security forces.
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Not only Machinery ....
But the security forces also found raw materials for producing explosives and large
quantities of of ammunition at the scene.
Security forces discovered machinery used in the production of weapons and pipe bombs
during an overnight operation on Wednesday in the Palestinian village of Abu Dis according
to the Police Spokesperson.
Security forces also found raw materials for producing explosives and large quantities of of
ammunition at the scene. The operation was carried out by the Israel Police,
and the Israeli Border Police together with the Israel defense Forces.
A new account opened by Hamas on Twitter, after previous accounts were shut down, was terminated as well in an attempt to fight the spread of Islamic terror on social media.
Twitter shut down a new account used by the Hamas terrorist organization on Friday, sparking outrage and condemnation from from the terrorist organization’s military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
The account belonged to the Brigade’s spokesperson, Abu Ubaida, who opened it following the closure of their Arabic, English and Hebrew language accounts back in February.
Twitter chose to side with the Occupation, which refutes its claims of honesty and impartiality.” stated Abu Ubaida on Saturday.
“We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism, and the Twitter rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service,” Twitter wrote in a February statement.
Twitter had previously shut down the Al-Qassam Arabic and English-language accounts, following “pressure exerted by Zionist groups,” said the former manager of the Al-Qassam account in a statement on the terror group’s website.
The moves against Hamas comes amid Twitter’s ongoing campaign against the spread of Islamic extremism, during which approximately 125,000 accounts linked to terrorists have been suspended since mid-2015, the social media platform stated on its website.
Hamas and its military wing are both designated as illegal terrorist groups by Israel, the European Union and the United States.
Mehmet Kaplan will step down following comments where he likened Israel's treatment of Palestinians to what happened to Jews in Nazi Germany, says Sweden's PM.
The coalition had already been strained by an asylum crisis last year. Deputy Prime Minister Asa Romson of the Greens was close to tears when tougher asylum policies were presented late last year and criticism from within her party has been fierce.
Kaplan, who was born in Turkey, has also been criticized for appearing on pictures from a dinner where representatives from an ultra-nationalist Turkish organization attended.
Kaplan, who was born in Turkey, has also been criticized for appearing on pictures from a dinner where representatives from an ultra-nationalist Turkish organization attended.
The pictures can be seen here below.
Where is the German security?
According to a Jerusalem Post review of the 2014 Berlin intelligence report, the most recent document covering Islamism in Berlin, there are 250 active Hezbollah members in the capital.
The Berlin-based office of the American Jewish Committee alleged that the Grassman sisters support their father Jürgen Grassman, who completed the registration process for the al-Quds Day protest in Berlin.
Video and photographs showed Nadia on the loudspeaker truck at the al-Qud Day rally while Maryam distributed flyers, collected donations, and provided posters, reported the Berliner Zeitung.
Multiple photographs from the event also revealed Maryam sporting earrings with the Hezbollah logo.
It is unclear if the donations received by Maryam were used to fund the terrorist activities of the Lebanese-based Shi'ite organization in Syria and against Israel.
The RCI is slated to receive 100,000 Euros from the Berlin government for refugee work. Public taxpayer funds have been furnished to the RCI for a number of years.
Nadia told Andreas Kopietz, the Berliner Zeitung journalist, “I don’t play an active role at the al-Quds demonstration.”
She said her work with refugees is “to hear the many diverse voices and to give those voices impulses so they that they themselves can reflect. Social projects are political but we are not partisan.”
Jürgen Grassmann told the paper that the “co-organizers of the [al-Quds Day) demonstration are not my daughters. But they support their father.”
An interior spokesman for Berlin’s Green Party and a member of the Berlin city Senate, Benedikt Lux, said there “is a danger that the project [RCI] funds will be used for anti-Semitic forces.”
According to a Jerusalem Post review of the 2014 Berlin intelligence report, the most recent document covering Islamism in Berlin, found that there are 250 active Hezbollah members in the capital. Across Germany, there are a total of 950 Hezbollah members. The number of Hezbollah supporters is believed to be significantly higher in the Federal Republic than the data listed in intelligence reports.
In 2014, Germany shut down the Lebanon Orphan Children Project (Waisenkinderprojekt Libanon e.V.) The group claimed to be a humanitarian organization but was closed for funding terrorism.
Lebanon Orphan Children Project provided funds to the al-Shahid ("The Martyr") Association in Lebanon. Al-Shahid was "disguised as a humanitarian organization" and "promotes violence and terrorism in the Middle East using donations collected in Germany and elsewhere," according to a 2009 European Foundation for Democracy report by German security expert Alexander Ritzmann
The EU along with Germany proscribed Hezbollah’s military wing to be a terrorist entity in 2013. Hezbollah members blew up an Israeli tour bus in Bulgaria in 2012, which killed five Israelis, their Bulgarian bus driver, and injured over 30 people. Germany permits Hezbollah’s so-called political wing to operate.
The late Christian Democratic Union deputy Philipp Missfelder told the Post in 2012: “It is long overdue to place Hezbollah on the EU’s list of terror organizations.” Missfelder’s call to outlaw Hezbollah’s entire organization was ignored by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration.
The US, Canada, and the Netherlands classify Hezbollah as a monolithic terrorist entity. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at AIPAC’s policy conference in March that Hezbollah’s entire structure should be banned in Europe.
International al-Quds Day – initiated by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s founder, in 1979 – is an annual global event calling to destroy the Jewish state.
Photographs of anti-Israel activists at the al-Quds Day rallies in 2014 and 2015 in Berlin showed boycott Israel signs. The al-Quds Day movement in Germany is part of the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Israel’s ambassador to Germany blasted the 2015 al-Quds Day march in the capital city, saying “It is a disgrace that in Germany a march full of hate, agitation and anti-Semitism can take place,” the diplomat said.
After the Israeli embassy complained about Commerzbank providing an account to the al-Quds Day organization, the bank terminated its al-Quds day account in September.
Commerzbank bank, which was fined $1.45 billion by the US in 2015 for Iran, Sudan, and Cuba sanctions, maintains a second anti-Israel account with a pro-BDS magazine and website. The Commerzbank—Germany’s second largest financial institution—declined to answer specific Post questions about the closure of the second BDS account.
Not only this but even over 50 Arab nations consider Hezbollah as a Terrorist group !
A summit of over 50 Muslim countries, the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), criticized Iran on Friday for supporting terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbors.
The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which concluded its meeting in Istanbul on Friday, stated as part of its final communique that it “deplored Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of the States of the region and other Member States including Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia, and its continued support for terrorism.”
Iran supports the regime of Syrian dicator Bashar al-Assad, who is opposed by Turkey and many Sunni Arab countries. Iran also supports the Houthi rebels, who are fighting the Saudi- and American-backed government of Yemen.
The communique also called for “cooperative relations” between Iran and other Muslim nations and to refrain from using or threatening force.....
Translated to plain English: Lets not be stupid and argue between Muslims but fight the common evil, that they surely will fight!
However never as one front! As long as Saudi Arabia is close to Iran they remain scared to alone face Iran and withstand certainly need support by the US. That in it self makes them the most hated among the common Arabs world wide.