The purposes of the Riyadh Meeting

The movements of the Saudi Arabian government after the Gaza War, where the Zionist army was defeated, are trying to show that this victory was accomplished by the political efforts of Saudi Arabia and Egypt – enabling the resistance to succeed.

In the last few weeks a few Saudi Arabian officials have travelled to Damascus just as a number of Egyptian have as well. Jordan, by sending an official letter and a political representative, wanted to join forces with them. A few meetings took place chaired by King Abdullah and attended by some Arab heads of state, including the Syrian president. The latest meeting was last Wednesday in Riyadh where King Abdullah, the kind of Saudi Arabia, Hosni Mubarak, the president of Egypt, Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabbah, the prince of Kuwait, and Bashar Asad, the president of Syria attended.

The Saudi king announced in an economical meeting of the heads of Arab states held in Kuwait the day after the Gaza War ended: “Now the time to bury the differences of Arabs has come.” Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister took a step further and said in an interview: “The Kuwait Summit buried the differences of Arabs.” The Syrian president rejected this. Bashar Asad, in an interview with the Emirate newspaper Dar al-Khaleej, said: “We are now trying to make up and we cannot confirm that we do not have any differences with each other.”

Immediately after the meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday, Hosni Mubarak met with King Abdullah of Jordan in Amman. The head of Mubarak’s office stated that it was a continuation of the Riyadh meeting. Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the League of Arab States, entered Damascus. It has been decided that there will be another meeting of Arab leaders in Qatar in the next few weeks.

This shows the unified activities of Riyadh, Amman, and Cairo around one foundational axis. Everyone knows that the Islamic resistance in the region is the biggest problem for the three Arab states (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan) and also the biggest problem for the Zionist regime, America, and the west. Since Syria has a strategic relationship with Iran and the resistances in Lebanon and Palestine, it has been given great importance by this group. American and Arab groups have clearly mentioned the possibility of separating Syria from Iran and the resistance and the possibility of establishing two states – Palestine and Israel – in the occupied territories if peace between Syria and Israel is accomplished. The political organization Khawar, close to Washington, announced in the Christian Science Monitor in regards to a conclusion about the political changes in the Middle East that America, through Saudi Arabia, will try its best to put Syria in line with American policies which would necessitate it distancing itself from Iran. This American publication clearly stated that the reason that Israel lost in its war against Palestine was because the Saudi Arabian-Egyptian pole has become weak.

The meetings and talks amongst the four countries (Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria) and the multiple travels of political figures to and from these countries must bee looked at with precision. The reason for this is that the resistance in the Middle East depends on the strength of Iran and Syria. Any weakness will have foundational consequences in the Middle East. In order to look into this subject, it must be said that:

1. Syria has been struggling since 1967, when the Golan Heights and Jabal Sheikh were occupied by the Zionist regime. These two places were not only strategic and economical, but they were considered a sign of the existence of the government in Damascus. Now, Syria sees an international opportunity and wants to test what would happen by claiming the loss of Golan and Jabal Sheikh. The victory of the resistance in Gaza and Hizbollah in Lebanon increases the world’s need of Syria in the eyes of Bashar. From another angle, Bashar Asad sees the dead-end that the meetings between Arab and Israeli figures in regards to the two-state solution have reached as another opportunity for Syria. The Syrian government does not give clear answers in regards to the questions about whether or not they are ready to change their relationship with the resistance or not. But, they emphasize that the peace process is not possible without the powers of the region – Hizbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine – participating in it.

2. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are holding talks with Syria in order to weaken Iran and the Arab resistance in the region. They believe that if they tempt Syria with financial benefits and the return of the strategic Golan Heights then the chain of resistance in the region will be broken and the ancient Arab movement called nationalism will replace Islam. They believe that nationalism will be enlivened and honor will be returned to these two countries. Some time ago the president of Egypt in a public address stated: “Iran is stealing the Middle East and we cannot remain silent.” If he was more precise he would have stated that Islam has taken over the Middle East and that he must find a way to take control back. At the same time it must be said that Egypt and Saudi Arabia have an internal fight as well. Egyptians consider themselves the leaders of the Arab world while Saudi Arabia believes that their status has fallen in the last thirty years.

3. Jordan and Kuwait are playing a supportive role in this movement. They are not that important. But, the presence of Kuwait emphasized the principle role of Saudi Arabia and the presence of Jordan emphasizes the principle role of Egypt. King Abdullah of Jordan and Sheikh Ahmad Sabbah of Kuwait state that they benefits of their countries are in this movement. Jordan expects Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to save it from the economical fall that it is facing along with the whole world.

4. Saudi Arabia and Egypt face many problems in these talks. One of the problems is that they want Syria to trade the relationship that it has with the resistance, which is its strongest point of honor, for a promise to give back the Golan Heights. Bashar, even though he is young, knows well that political talks and promises from Arab governments have never given results. Because of this the president of Syria states that there are differences between the contracts of peace and real peace.

5. America, after the 22-Day-War against Gaza emphasized that Israel cannot fight and must improve their conditions through diplomacy. It seems far-fetched that America is hopeful that Syria will weaken their relation with Iran and the resistance. They believe that they can make Syria change a little bit and make them think about their relationship with Iran and with America. They believe that with this the progress of Islam in the Middle East will be thwarted and the possibility of American management over the region will increase. But, this issue is just American brainstorming.

6. Another side of this issue is the Zionist regime. This regime is in a very weak state right now and does not have the ability to discuss the issue of Golan. If they debate this topic, as Bashar says, they are not ready to agree to anything. The Zionist regime believes in its internal strength and if they give back Golan Heights they will loose their existence – just as retreating from Gaza four years ago caused them to loose their security. In these conditions it is highly unlikely that Saudi Arabia could promise anything more than financial benefits to Syria. Because of this the president of Syria stated, knocking down Saudi Arabia and Egypt: “Peace treaties are nothing more than a piece of paper. But the reality is that 500 thousand Palestinians are in Syria. They must return to their homes and Golan must be given back to Syria. Until this happens there will be no changes.”

Islam Times

The Facade Of Sectarianism

‘Sectarian’ clashes in the second-most holiest site in Islam can only serve to achieve one forbidding outcome. The sight of bloodshed and hostilities in the near vicinities of this sacred site is tantamount to sacrilege in the hearts and minds of Muslims all across the globe. News of four deaths and several more critically injured in the aftermath of the recent clashes in Medina will have no doubt turned memories back to the 1987 massacre in the holy city of Makka during the annual Hajj. Despite the seemingly subsiding intensity of these clashes however, it is paramount to underline the lingering nature of its outcomes just as was the case following the massacre – which will remain to influence and shape policies vis-à-vis segments of Saudi society, and wider regional relations.

hajj-people

In order to come to terms with the motives for the recent clashes in Medina, it is crucial to highlight the ongoing geopolitical shifts in the wider region. The Middle East today stands at a unique crossroads; its peoples are witnessing the displacement of age-old power structures that have been the symbol of this region for decades. Naturally, the ‘old-guard’ is pitted against the forces of change, with dear life stuck between their teeth. As loyal and attentive students of history will no doubt attest to, power holds an incredible capacity to corrupt. An even more real but no less frightening concomitant of power lies in its longing for eternalness.

The distressing events in Medina over the last few days are not sectarian clashes, yet the principle motive of its agitators is to utilize these events to heighten regional sectarian tensions. Faced with a climate of growing Islamic solidarity and imperialist rejection, these provocateurs are placing their last hopes in heightened sectarianism to secure their loosening-grip on power. The process of awakening amongst the Arab masses throughout the Middle East is alarming the oil-sheikhdoms, and at their helm the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh and Cairo once stood tall as the nerve centres of the Middle East from where regional agendas, carefully calibrated in line with US imperialist interests, were set. Times have changed. Today, the simmering revolution in Egypt is being restrained thanks only to the firing guns of an ailing Mubarak. Saudi Arabia, which proudly lauded itself as the counter-balance to Iran can no longer maintain a steady footing, and finds itself replaced by a far more pragmatic and conciliatory, Qatar. Arguably, the final nails in the coffins of these historical ‘powerhouses’ have also been hammered down by the growing role that is being played out by a Turkey that is increasingly turning Eastwards.

The House of Saud today faces a distinctive predicament. Over recent decades, the Saudi kingdom has single-handedly pumped millions upon millions of US Dollars to fund the Wahhabi sect of Islam around the world. The Saudi monarchy which came into power on the crest of Wahhabi fanaticism, resolved to export Wahhabi ideology from 1979 with the particular aim of countering the Shia following the success of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Today, the godfathers of the Wahhabi and Salafist groups are haunted by the products of their very own making. Faced on the one hand with the return of their now matured brood, and on the other by a resolutely passionate political agenda on the Arab street strongly against US imperialism in the region, the Saudi monarchy has chosen to kill both birds with the fire of sectarianism.

The impression of a wounded fox with no other weapon in hand except for its most primordial ability to fan the fires of sectarianism is thus the proper context against which these coordinated attacks by the Saudi army aided by the fanatical ‘moral police’ (the Mutawwa’ah) ought to be seen. From Nigeria to Pakistan, Saudi policy is operating with the single goal of obfuscating the ‘awakening’ of the Arab and Muslim populous through providing regional developments with sectarian overtones. Invented terminologies like the ‘Shia tide’ and the ‘Shia crescent’ are used in line with this agenda: an agenda to polarize the unifying Muslim ranks that stand against US imperialism in the Middle East into ‘Sunni’ and ‘Shia’ bastions.

Muslims around the world, especially those who are situated in the Middle East, should be cognizant of these underlying currents. They should not allow themselves to be utilized as instruments through which the waning power of client-states in the heart of the Arab and Muslim world is consolidated. In this regard, the primary onus falls upon Muslim leaders to refrain from pitching these clashes as ‘sectarian wars’.

Ali Jawad is a political activist and a member of the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM) – http://www.aimislam.com

Al-Azhar of Egypt’s Scholars forbid the closing of the Rafah Crossing

Al-Azhar

Al-Azhar

Al-Azhar’s scholars forbid the closing of the Rafah Crossing, the destruction of tunnes, and the prevention of public aid to the people of Gaza.

According to the France Press in Cairo, about 500 scholars of Al-Azhar in Egypt announced that closing the Rafah Crossing and breaking off communication between this region and the outside world is not only forbidden from an Islamic standpoint, but it is counted as one of the greater sins.

The scholars of Al-Azhar clearly requested that the Egyptian government completely open Rafah Crossing and that public aid be allowed to reach the people of Gaza.

Islam Times

The Gaza war – the defeat of Zionism and cultural Arabs

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate the Merciful

The unfortunate events that are taking place in Gaza, with all of its moving dimensions, burns the hearts of all freemen throughout the world. Infants without heads, children drowning in blood, mothers who lost everything that they had – their children and husband – at one time, and the destruction with the owners imprisoned under their destroyed buildings for eternity are rendering. But, this is only one side of the Gaza situation. The other side is the amazing resistance that the oppressed people are showing. They are not struggling against the Zionists alone, rather they are also being punished at the same time by the hatred of trader Arab regimes.

The reports that have been seen show that this tragic event in Gaza occurs from that which the regimes of cultural Arabs want and the profit that America has made from oil transactions. The profits that they made went straight into Israeli military weapons – cluster bombs, phospheric bombs, lazer weapons, and duzmaneh bombs which also came from the pockets of Arabs and from the Muslim treasury. The media in the corners of the world discovered many secrets and they leaked that the plans of this war started in meetings with political members of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan on the one side and Israel and America in Egypt on the other. The reason that Bush, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Shimon Perez, the president of Israel, in New York under the banner of religious dialogue was discovered. Teiri Mayson, a French researcher, establishes this with small differences and shows that the Camp David regime of Egypt, the Saudi family regime, and the Zionist regime are three sides of a triangle which planned and are carrying out the attack on Gaza. Mayson clearly stated that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are Israel’s allies in this war for the first time in history.

Other sources did not mention the participation of Jordan in the meetings in Egypt. But, while confirming the rest of the cases that made up the multiple meetings in the last couple of months, speak of cooperation between Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel. In history Arab regimes have opened their hands up to Israeli crimes against Palestine, but for the first time they have become Israel’s allies and are pressuring Israel to completely destroy Hamas.

Other sources report the direct involvement of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s security advisor, in the evil events that are taking place. Bandar bin Sultan who traveled to Israel twice right after the 33-Day-War against Lebanon and accepted the Saudi Arabian payment for new wars against Hizbollah. He insisted that Ehud Olmert and other Israeli political figures to start a new war against Hizbollah. Olmert and his partners wanted to use this golden oppurtunity to use their strategic experience, but the dimensions and depth of Israel’s defeat in Lebanon was so great that no Israeli or military or security official was willing to start a new round of war in Lebanon, even if Saudi Arabia is paying for it. They said that Israel would loose.

Now Israel and Arab regimes have played their roles to the full and, as Mayson states, the Zionist triangle has let its dogs loose to do whatever they can. The newspaper Yehudiat Arinovut spoke of the Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia’s demand from Olmert – the complete destruction of Hamas and not to allow Ismail Haniyah to become a second Nasrallah. At the same time Shimon Eshtein, Israel’s previous ambassador to the United Nations, leaded that Mahmoud Abbas, along with this evil triangle, wanted Israel to forget about the political environment in the world and to destroy Hamas – to hit Gaza so hard so that it will never be able to stand on its two feet again.

Now we greater understand the inhumane measures that Mubarak has recently committed in closing the Rafah Crossing. The crossing was closed at the request of Mahmoud Abbas and with the support of the leaders of Egypt and Jordan. At the same time they requested that the Israeli military to completely surround Gaza.

It would be good to go over this issue one more time so no doubt remains about the cultural Arabs desire for the Zionist regime to win the war in Gaza and that they encouraged the Zionist regime many times in order to start such a war. With Israel’s defeat in this war both sides, the traitor Arabs and the Israelis will feel like nothing.

Mubarak’s physical condition in the past few days has been reported as being very ill. This is because of the huge defeat that the Camp David regime feels in regards to the weakness of the Israeli army. The Israeli warmongering regime wanted to win in Gaza and have their political party be introduced as the victors. But, the pure blood of the oppressed people in Gaza will cause their defeat – this is the culture of history.

Today, what will Mubarak say to the Egyptian nation and the rest of the Arab world? How will he explain his cooperation with the occupying forces in the genocide of the people of Gaza? How can the ‘servants of the two holy places’ the Saudi Arabians explain their part in the genocide against the people of Gaza. The triangle of Bush, the cultural Arabs, and Israel tried to make in the last few days of the neocon government has destroyed itself and there is no more credibility left for these evil leaders. They have transformed the United Nations, the Security Council, and all other international organizations into a laughing stock. But, practically, they think more about their weak plans than ever, they rebuke each other, and this is the continuous culture of history.

Insight-info

Israel’s Ultimate Goal

Why does Israel continue to build settlements on the west bank and continue its expansionist policies? The ultimate goal is to capture all of ‘Eretz Israel’. The ‘Promised Land’ extends from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates. It includes parts of Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, a bit of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Yasser Arafat always used to keep an Israeli coin in his pocket showing Israel with the ‘Eretz Israel’ borders, to remind people that they shouldn’t be fooled by the Zionists, as they have no defined borders and continue to expand their land.

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Eretz Israel

Eretz Israel

America on the verge of defeat

Soldier Crying

Soldier Crying

The United Iraqi Alliance, which is the biggest political establishment of the country, announced its opposition to the security agreement between Baghdad and Washington. This political establishment rose in opposition happened after they put forth an effort to coerce their party members to sign the agreement with America. This move of theirs was unexpected to many Americans.

The day before this opposition was announced the people of Iraq widely protested the agreement showing their negative reaction and clearly announcing their opposition to the world.

Religious authorities of Iraq showed their opposition to this agreement in many stages and warned the present politicians in Baghdad to not fall into the pressure and sign the agreement.

In addition to this, the Religious Scholars of Iraq, a Sunni organization, expressed their opposition to this agreement.

Before this, Mashahdani, Iraq’s speaker of the parliament who also heads one of the parliaments sub-committees clearly stated that the Iraqi parliament will never sign this agreement.

In such conditions the Arab Lawyers Union, which is an Arab political organization stationed in Cairo, leaked the hidden aspects of this agreement by explaining the points of the security agreement between Baghdad and Washington. They also warned the Iraqis from signing it.

full article: http://www.insight-info.com

The signs of Israel’s fall

Israeli flag

Israeli flag

The head of an Egyptian research center predicted that the world will see a Middle East without Israel by the year 2025.

 Muhammad al-Suruji, researched the events following September, 11th, including the defeat of the Great Middle East plan which tried to secure Israel’s safety at the hands of resistance forces in the region, and including the black days that Israel saw in 2006 after its defeat in the war against Hizbollah and Hamas’s taking military prisoners.

 Hundreds of analyses by the Israeli elite directly show that fear, which has overshadowed the Zionist society, will lead to Israel’s destruction.

 Muhammad al-Suruji added that the increase of immigration to Europe from Israel and the dislike of Jews in other countries, especially America, to migrate to Israel caused 70 percent of American Jews to shut their eyes to Israel. It is not important for them that Israel will destroyed very soon.

 The change in Palestine’s favor amongst the Arabs is also evidence that Israel’s destruction is immanent.

Be like Chamran

Late Imam Khomeini:

“Be like Chamran.”

Martyrs are too great to be in need of any tribute, yet what makes such occasion a must, is to make acquainted the new generations with the thoughts and beliefs of great men in history like Shahid Mostafa Chamran.

Chamran was born in 1932 in Tehran. At 15, he began his activities with Islamic associations, participating in classes of commentary on the Quran by Late Ayatollah Taleghani and those of logic and philosophy by Martyr Professor Motahhari.

Enjoying a government scholarship for talented students, he went to the United States for a period of 14 years and earned his master’s degree from the University of Texas. He then went on to get his Ph.D. in electronics and plasma physics with excellent grades from the University of California at Berkeley. He entered research on satellites and powerful radars with Bell Laboratories.

He had complete mastery over English and Arabic and also knew French and German.

His most important political activities abroad were organizing and training guerrilla and revolutionary forces in Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

Chamran participated in guerrilla activities in liberation wars against Israel and the Phalanges. For eight years he assumed responsibility for managing the Technical School of Jabal-Amel in southern Lebanon.

Full article: www.insight-info.com

At the time of the victory of the Islamic Revolution under the leadership of Imam Khomeini, Chamran returned to Iran. Initially, he became commander of the government division of the Revolutionary Guards. He was deputy prime minister for revolutionary affairs and was later appointed minister of defense.

A DECLARATION OF U.S. INDEPENDENCE FROM ISRAEL

Israel, without the United States, would probably not exist. The country came perilously close to extinction during the October 1973 war when Egypt, trained and backed by the Soviet Union, crossed the Suez Canal and the Syrians poured in over the Golan Heights. Huge American military transport planes came to the rescue. They began landing every half-hour to refit the battered Israeli army, which had lost most of its heavy armor. By the time the war as over, the United States had given Israel $2.2 billion in emergency military aid.

The intervention, which enraged the Arab world, triggered the OPEC oil embargo that for a time wreaked havoc on Western economies. This was perhaps the most dramatic example of the sustained life-support system the United States has provided to the Jewish state. Israel was born at midnight May 14, 1948. The U.S. Recognized the new state 11 minutes later. The two countries have been locked in a deadly embrace ever since.

Washington, at the beginning of the relationship, was able to be a moderating influence. An incensed President Eisenhower demanded and got Israel’s withdrawal after the Israelis occupied Gaza in 1956. During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israeli warplanes bombed the USS Liberty. The ship, flying the U.S. Flag and stationed 15 miles off the Israeli coast, was intercepting tactical and strategic communications from both sides. The Israeli strikes killed 34 U.S. Sailors and wounded 171. The deliberate attack froze, for a while, Washington’s enthusiasm for Israel. But ruptures like this one proved to be only bumps, soon smoothed out by an increasingly sophisticated and well-financed Israel lobby that set out to merge Israel and American foreign policy in the Middle East.

Israel has reaped tremendous rewards from this alliance. It has been given more than $140 billion in U.S. Direct economic and military assistance. It receives about $3 billion in direct assistance annually, roughly one-fifth of the U.S. Foreign aid budget. Although most American foreign aid packages stipulate that related military purchases have to be made in the United States, Israel is allowed to use about 25 percent of the money to subsidize its own growing and profitable defense industry. It is exempt, unlike other nations, from accounting for how it spends the aid money. And funds are routinely siphoned off to build new Jewish settlements, bolster the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territories and construct the security barrier, which costs an estimated $1 million a mile.

The barrier weaves its way through the West Bank, creating isolated pockets of impoverished Palestinians in ringed ghettos. By the time the barrier is finished it will probably in effect seize up to 40 percent of Palestinian land. This is the largest land grab by Israel since the 1967 war. And although the United States officially opposes settlement expansion and the barrier, it also funds them.

Full article: www.insight-info.com

The incredible story of Youssef Nada

Under the cover of the ” war against terror “, the United States and the European Union have granted unlimited powers to secret services and police. Emergency measures which were introduced on a provisional basis in 2001, outside any judiciary control, have become permanent. Since September 2001, at least 80,000 people, mainly Muslim, would have been kidnapped, kept in secret prisons, and tortured by CIA and FBI agents. Hundreds of others have been put on the UN « black list ». That’s what happened to the businessman Youssef Nada, 77 years old, an Italian citizen of Egyptian origin, accused by U.S. President, G.W Bush of financing Al-Qaeda. Two judiciary investigations resulted in a non-suit, but Mr. Nada didn’t get his name deleted from the UN « black list » (*). His assets remain frozen; he is barred from travelling to or transiting in any country. He can’t go outside the tiny enclave of Campione – an Italian enclave inside Swiss territory – where Silvia Cattori went to meet him.

Silvia Cattori : Once he knew, in detail, your incredible story, Mr. Dick Marty denounced the injustice which is inflicted on you. He reported on your case, 19th March 2007 to the Council of Europe. Despite his report, you remain on the « black list » of people suspected of assisting terrorism, deprived of freedom because my country continues to uphold the UN sanctions against you. You are living in Italy, yet being kept as hostage by Switzerland?! I want to tell you that many of us are outraged by the martyrdom that Switzerland continues to inflict on you.

Youssef Nada : You can’t say that it is “the country, Switzerland”. The citizens are one thing, and politics is another. It is true that, in Switzerland, the people here are tolerant and peaceful, and neutral. Not only is the Government neutral, but the people themselves are neutral. But Mr. Dick Marty proved that he is one of the best Swiss citizens. Really, you feel when you read and hear what he says, that he is a humanitarian. The risk he took when he followed the “Extraordinary Renditions” case, nobody took before him. All the politicians know what is going on, but no one has the courage to speak. He was the only one who had the courage. Although I respect all the Swiss people, I respect Mr. Marty more, and not only because of the attitude he had towards me. His courage when he talks about people who are helpless in front of the biggest power is unique.

Silvia Cattori : Mr. Marty’s behaviour was exemplary; but unfortunately not the behaviour of the media. You implicate them on your personal website [3]. Does that mean that the journalists are apologists in support of this war?

Youssef Nada : Some journalists do have a special agenda, which they just mix up. They take part from me, part from their preconceived ideas, and make their own story. However, most journalists and media are honest. You can’t generalise. There are a lot of honest people within the media, doing their job and looking for the facts and for the interest of the public. Every month, I speak to about 15 to 20 journalists. TV journalists came: two from France, two from England, one from Austria, two from Germany, two from Italy, one from Spain, others from the Middle East and from the Far East. Some of these journalists are very honest. In fact, some of them, even without seeing me, defended my case in a correct way.

Silvia Cattori : It must have been a terrible hardship for you. Every day, you were confronted by new accusations, all more unlikely and overwhelming than the last, without being able to answer them!

Full article: www.insight-info.com

 

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