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Johnny Horror Picture Show

From: Dennis Serdel To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: August 28, 2013 Subject: Johnny Horror Picture Show Written by Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div. 11th Brigade; United Auto Workers GM Retiree **************************************************************** Johnny Horror Picture Show Johnny Boy is not made of steel he has emotions too when you tell him he shot someone & it was wrong

he doesnt know what to do. He never wanted to be in the Army in the first place His draft papers didnt leave him much to do the Canadians will treat you like garbage if you go over there & Fort Leavenworth didnt sound like a nice place to be. The gas station job where he worked wasnt bad at all. His beer buddies would pick him up when he closed up the station for the night, chasing girls in hot rod cars was a lot of fun, singing songs along with the radio turned up. They were not scared of fistfights if some bad boys wanted to take them on, come on lets see what youve got, most would run away in the parking lot after tasting their own blood. The Army could use some boys like these to fight in a war they had overseas. Next Johnny Boy knows he is fighting the VC & NVA & killing anyone that looks wrong. But back in the States they were calling it a Crime against Humanity, taking sides with the Vietnamese. If Army Soldiers like him were killed they were happy back "home," Hippies would jump up & down & cheer smart College Students loved it when the Soldiers came back "home" in a box. When 200 came back in one week they would take LSD & chant in Vietnamese "Way to go Charlie, Kill some More. We Hate the Soldiers just as much as you." When 500 came "home" dead they would take the American flag down & raise the North Vietnamese flag as a Peace War Sign Victory. Many of them would go after the funerals & piss on the graves while smoking maryjane & feeling all right. Many had Ho Chi Minhs face tattooed on their forehead & brains demonizing Soldiers. But Johnny Boy is not made of steel he has emotions too

& when you tell him he shot someone & it was wrong he doesnt know what to do. They screamed at the Machine we will do the same in the next war but they never did. After the war was over, a Vietnam wall tombstone was built with the names of the dead war criminals on it. Shock Poetry by Dennis Serdel for Military Resistance


Orange, Va., Soldier, 37, Dies After Attack In Afghanistan During Fifth Deployment
August 22 By Stefanie Dazio, The Washington Post Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr. of Orange, Va., died Tuesday after being wounded in an enemy attack in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Bannar, 37, enlisted in the Army in 1996 as a medical specialist and was on his fifth deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed. He was assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) of Fort Bragg, N.C. Friends described Bannar, a 1993 graduate of Orange County High School, as a jokester and military enthusiast who always had a smile and a high-pitched cackle ready. If you didnt get along with George Bannar, you couldnt get along with anybody, said Randolph Stanley Jr., of Orange, who had known Bannar since high school. He died doing what he loved to do. Bannar was involved in his high schools JROTC program with Donald Dillon, also of Orange. He would give you the shirt off his back to help anybody he could, Dillon said.

Stanley and Dillon recalled the friends fixing up Mustangs and trucks, four-wheeling their jacked-up vehicles in the mud and watching NASCAR races on Sunday afternoons at Bannars fathers house. Bannar had about two years left before he could retire from the military, and Dillon said Bannar told him he wanted to get an office job after the service. But I dont buy that, Dillon said. I just didnt see him sitting in an office. Bannar volunteered for the Special Forces, worked as a free-fall instructor in Yuma, Ariz., and was considered a master parachutist. He always liked the excitement, Dillon said. Bannar received his associates degree in general education with a concentration in emergency medical services with honors from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2004, and later received a bachelors degree from Campbell University. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Bannar is survived by his wife and parents, according to the Department of Defense.


The Attack:
Blasts In The Night, A Smell, And A Flood Of Syrian Victims;
The Doctors Soon Faced A New Problem: Where To Put The Dead

It began just after 2 a.m. Those who heard the explosions and lived to tell about them were surprised at the sound, saying it was like a water tank bursting or like opening a Pepsi bottle. Then came the smell, which burned eyes and throats, like onions or chlorine. The effects were immediate and devastating. August 26, 2013 By BEN HUBBARD, MARK MAZZETTI and MARK LANDLER, The New York Times [Excerpts] BEIRUT, Lebanon Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours after the first rockets landed, their bodies convulsing and mouths foaming. Their vision was blurry and many could not breathe. Overwhelmed doctors worked frantically, jabbing their patients with injections of their only antidote, atropine, hoping to beat back the assault on the nervous system waged by suspected chemical agents. In just a few hours, as the patients poured in, the atropine ran out. To avoid contamination, medics stripped new arrivals down to their underwear and doused them with water before taking them inside. New patients kept coming. One doctor from the town of Kafr Batna likened the scene to a horror movie, with cars bringing in entire families fathers, mothers and children all of them dead. The doctors soon faced a new problem: where to put the dead. Some were covered with blocks of ice to fend off the summer heat, others were wrapped in white sheets and lined up in rows so family members could identify the victims. The attacks caused such chaos among residents that the death toll is still unknown, and many are still uncertain about the fate of their relatives. Those are my cousins, said one person in a video shot in the city of Hamouriyeh, pointing to the ground where the bodies of a man and his two children lay. Im still looking for the rest, he said. Five or six of them. By nightfall in Syria, the bodies that were unclaimed had been buried in an archipelago of new mass graves. Before laying them to rest, activists put numbers on their foreheads and snapped photos in case their families came looking for them later. It began just after 2 a.m. Those who heard the explosions and lived to tell about them were surprised at the sound, saying it was like a water tank bursting or like opening a Pepsi bottle.

Then came the smell, which burned eyes and throats, like onions or chlorine. The effects were immediate and devastating. At the time of the strikes, a few hours before morning prayers, most people were still asleep in their homes. The substance released by the barrage of rockets, which crashed into suburbs on two sides of Damascus, killed many people before they were even able to get out of their beds. The deadliest of the attacks struck at the heart of a region known as Eastern Ghouta, an area northeast of Damascus whose towns have swelled into cities in recent decades with an influx of mostly poor Sunni Muslims from the countryside, the key constituency of the anti-Assad uprising. Towns in the area have been held for more than a year by various factions of the rebellion. Unlike in northern and eastern Syria, extremist groups like the Nusra Front are not dominant. The areas economic isolation made it fertile ground for the rebellion, and it has proved to be a perpetual threat to Mr. Assads control over the capital region. The neighborhoods are dotted with homes that have been damaged or have collapsed outright from the persistent government shelling over the past year. In the months before Wednesdays attack, according to interviews with rebels, the battle around Eastern Ghouta had reached a stalemate. While both sides frequently carried out guerrilla raids and sniper attacks, the front lines had moved little. In the meantime, the government had sought to break the stalemate by severing the regions links to the capital and starving rebel troops in Eastern Ghouta. Shipments of flour, fuel and electricity to the area were stopped, and government troops on the few remaining byways confiscated bread and siphoned fuel from gas tanks to ensure it did not reach the rebels. Shortly after Wednesdays rocket barrage began, rebel fighters spread the news of the assault by shouting, Chemical attack! into their walkie-talkies while loudspeakers affixed to minarets on the top of mosques blared warnings to residents to flee or to seek fresh air on their rooftops. As in many rebel areas, residents had grown used to dealing with government attacks, instincts that this time only increased the death toll. According to local doctors, some people took cover in basements, where the gas settled and suffocated them. Medics and photographers who had become accustomed to rushing to the site of attacks arrived too quickly, succumbing to the gases themselves.

The attacks appeared to fit into a pattern of continued escalation by government forces throughout the war, with large strikes on residential areas that appear to serve no immediate tactical purpose. Such attacks seem to be aimed not at killing rebel fighters, but at terrifying the rebels civilian backers in strategic areas that Mr. Assads forces have been unable to subdue. They knew that peoples sons were on the front lines, so if you hit their families, they would go back and check on them and it would be easier to invade, said an activist from Zamalka who gave only his first name, Firas. But he said that the tactic had not worked and had instead rallied rebel fighters to defend their positions. Some military analysts said that the apparent chemical attack appeared to be part of a broader operation by Mr. Assads forces, which have also used tanks, conventionally armed rockets and air power to wrest control of rebel areas around the Syrian capital. It appears that they were trying to break resistance in the Damascus area, which they have been trying to do unsuccessfully for some time, said Jeffrey White, a former Middle East analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency who is now a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Firas, the activist, said he was driving home with some friends when he heard about the attack over his walkie-talkie. He said he was terrified, since no one knew where the attacks had occurred and how far the suspected gas had spread. They used wet pieces of cloth to cover their noses and mouths and sped out of town to a field hospital farther east. Whatever the chemicals used, the carnage caused by Wednesdays attack overwhelmed field hospitals on the outskirts of Damascus. Bodies covered tile floors, stretched down hallways and were laid out on sidewalks and streets. A doctor from the town of Kafr Batna said he rushed to his clinic soon after the attack and found 100 patients. We had men, women and children, all of them choking and having trouble breathing, said the doctor, Sakhr. Some of them had foam coming out of their mouths and nostrils and many had lost consciousness. Some activists have compiled lists of names and say that more than 1,000 people were killed in Wednesdays predawn attack. By the end of that day, Dr. Sakhr of Kafr Batna said, 16 of the 160 bodies collected at his clinic had not been claimed. Volunteers took the bodies to a nearby graveyard, photographed their faces one by one, and buried them in a mass grave. For those who survived, there was a different kind of grim reckoning. Nearly a week after the attack, Dr. Sakhr said local residents who had not fled the area were flooding him with questions about where to sleep to protect themselves from future attacks.

Others were still searching for lost relatives, including children who had been taken in by strangers after their parents disappeared. Some found their relatives, said praise God and sat down next to them, said Dr. Sakhr. Others didnt find them, and had to look elsewhere.


Obama Refused Pleas To Send Gas Masks To Syrian Opposition For Over A Year:
Thousands Sit In Defense Department Warehouses All Over The Region, Left Over From The War In Iraq
Aug 29, 2013 by Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast [Excerpts] The Obama administration has refused to send gas masks and other chemicalweapons protection gear to Syrian opposition groups, despite numerous requests dating back more than a year and until the reported chemical-weapons attack that struck the Damascus suburbs August 21. More chemical-weapons attacks could come, and there is now an urgent demand in rebel-held areas for gas masks and other gear. But there is also anger and frustration among opposition leaders that despite more than a year of requests to the U.S. government, the Obama administration did not send any gas masks or chemical-weapons protection gear to opposition-controlled areas. Almost three months ago, we received intelligence information that the regime forces may use chemical weapons in Homs, said Abo Saleem, the directing commission secretary of the Council of Homs Province and a member of the political bureau of the Revolutionary Council of Homs, in an interview with The Daily Beast. I forward the information to the State Department telling them we are afraid of the use of chemical weapons by the regime and we need gas masks and some training to prepare for such an attack. I got no response. Two weeks after that, the regime used chemical weapons in the old city of Homs, as we were expecting. We sent the State Department reports, but nothing happened.

In a June email to several administration officials, viewed by The Daily Beast, Saleem begged the U.S. to provide gas masks in advance of further chemical-weapons attacks and warned that without them, the civil war in Syria would only result in more casualties. Other activists on the ground in Syria told The Daily Beast that their requests to the Obama administration for gas masks date back more than a year and have been ignored or rejected at every turn. One former Obama-administration official said the national-security staff reviewed a list of nonlethal humanitarian and medical aid that the U.S. could provide to opposition groups more than a year ago and ruled out providing gas masks, though thousands sit in Defense Department warehouses all over the region, left over from the war in Iraq. There are a lot of gas-mask kits in excess supply. It was not an issue of availability, the former official said. In the early days of the Syria conflict, even the smallest amount of aid to the Free Syrian Army was viewed with great concern. It was a lack of foresight by administration bureaucrats. Unfortunately, now were seeing the consequences. A senior Obama administration official confirmed to The Daily Beast on Wednesday that the White House did review the issue last year and determined it wouldnt provide any gas masks or other chemical-weapons protective gear to the Syria opposition because of fears the equipment could get into the wrong hands. To date, the administration has provided only one tranche of nonlethal military supplies to the Free Syrian Army, a convoy of medical kits and Meals Ready to Eat in May that were set to expire shortly after delivery.

Asked Whether The United States Should Intervene If Assads Government Used Chemical Weapons On Civilians, 29% Of Americans Said Yes
44% Opposed Intervention Even If Chemicals Have Been Used
Comment: T
[The humiliating defeat of the English government in Parliament, voting down participation in the Obama regimes projected strike on Syria, and the poll report below, show that resistance is building both externally and within the U.S. Congress.

[Today Obama is forced to announce that the military strike touted for days as happening any moment will be put off until Congress returns to Washington and votes approval. This fresh humiliation reflects the heat of opposition pressure from below, not some fake love of democracy, as Obama mouthed about today.] Aug 30, 2013 By Andy Sullivan, Reuters [Excerpts] Most Americans still do not want to intervene in Syrias civil war Some 53 percent of those surveyed this week said the United States should stay out of Syrias civil war, down from 60 percent last week. Just 20 percent said the United States should take action, but that was up from 9 percent last week. When asked whether the United States should intervene if Assads government used chemical weapons on civilians, 29 percent of Americans said yes - up from 25 percent last week - while 44 percent opposed intervention even if chemicals have been used, down from 46 percent last week. Support for U.S. involvement is not likely to climb much higher before any military action because most Americans are now fully aware of the situation in Syria and likely have made up their minds about it, Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said.

News Of The Potential U.S.-Led Strike Has Already Stirred Feelings Of Solidarity With Mr. Assad And His Government
The Regime Has Committed Mistakes, But We Must Defend Our Country, Said A 54-Year-Old Woman Living On The West Side Of Damascus

Though She Disliked The Assad Regime, She Said She Now Reluctantly Supported Him
August 31, 2013 By SAM DAGHER in Damascus and NOUR MALAS in Istanbul, Wall Street Journal [Excerpts] President Bashar al-Assad has used the threat of a U.S. attack as an opportunity for a public-relations campaign that portrays him to Syrians as a steely commander-in-chief who, after limited strikes are over, will be the best guarantor against the destruction of their nation. That propaganda machine has helped Mr. Assad rally war-fatigued supporters in recent months and could allow him to gain the backing of Syrians who fear that foreign intervention will be more destructive to the country than the past 2 years of civil war. "The peoples embrace is the thing that guarantees victory in war," Mr. Assad told a delegation of Yemeni politicians and lawmakers in Damascus on Thursday. As one of a myriad of rallying measures, Syrian officials announced on Friday that bakeries would stay open round the clock to cope with the foreign "aggression." In recent days, government ministers have assured citizens that enough stockpiles of flour, medicine and essentials are there to cope with what state television has portrayed as an American- and Israeli-instigated military action. Though a U.S. strike also would encourage the opposition and its supporters, many Syrians in the capitalwhere the Assad government maintains a tight gripsay news of the potential U.S.-led strike has already stirred feelings of solidarity with Mr. Assad and his government. "The regime has committed mistakes, but we must defend our country," said a 54-yearold woman living on the west side of Damascus. Though she disliked the Assad regime, she said she now reluctantly supported him. "I believe nothing the Americans say," she added. "They spoke about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; instead they destroyed Iraq and nothing was proved."


Some Opponents Of The Government Are Loath To See Direct American Military

Intervention In Their Fight, Fearful It Will Hijack And Discredit The Uprising They Have Waged For More Than Two Years At Great Cost
We Dont Need The Americans To Do It For Us, And We Will Win This War By The Free Syrian Army
Tell Me When Did The Invaders Bring Freedom?
August 29, 2013 By ANNE BARNARD and BEN HUBBARD, The New York Times Company [Excerpts] In a narrow alley in the old city of Damascus, a shopkeeper who opposes the Syrian government spent Thursday as usual, drinking coffee with the other merchants who keep him company in place of long-vanished tourists. But the calm on the cobblestone street, he said, could hardly mask the fear and ambivalence over an American military strike. Disorder, revenge. Sectarian violence, he said in a text message, ticking off what he sees as the worst potential consequences of the missile strikes that American officials have threatened against President Bashar al-Assads government, which they blame for a deadly chemical attack last week. And some opponents of the government are loath to see direct American military intervention in their fight, fearful it will hijack and discredit the uprising they have waged for more than two years at great cost. We know what is best for our country, said Fahad Darwish, 33, a supermarket worker in Damascus. We dont need the Americans to do it for us, and we will win this war by the Free Syrian Army, he added, referring to the loose-knit rebel coalition. They could have defended the values from Day 1 of our revolution and could have helped us, but they waited till the country was destroyed, Khalid al-Khalifa, a novelist in Damascus, wrote on Facebook, declaring that he opposed American intervention. Tell me when did the invaders bring freedom? he wrote.

The fall of the regime will satisfy me, but I dont want our revolution to be incomplete after all this blood.


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Nothing Stopped VAs Fat Bonuses, Not Even Dead Vets

Doctors Missing In Action, Unlicensed Doctors And Medical Professionals All Are Receiving Bonuses For Not Doing Their Jobs

September 01, 2013 by Jim Davis, Veterans-For-Change Newsletter Nothing stopped VAs fat bonuses, not even dead vets, dirty hospitals was the headline in major media along with a detailed listing of all bonuses paid, and to whom from 20072012 a grand total of $20,178,567.00, thats TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS in bonuses for not doing a job they were hired to do! Year Total Bonuses Paid 2007 $ 3,789,830.00 2008 $ 3,438,341.00 2009 $ 3,298,069.00 2010 $ 3,549,513.00 2011 $ 2,799,618.00 2012 $ 3,303,196.00 $ 20,178,567.00 And this isnt the half of it. Doctors missing in action, unlicensed doctors and medical professionals all are receiving bonuses for not doing their jobs and not even doing them properly. Allowing Veterans charged to their care knowing they took and oath upon becoming a doctor "First do no harm" allowing Veterans to die needlessly or performing the wrong procedures on Veterans, or performing procedures theyre not even qualified let alone trained for. Twenty million dollars could have seriously helped 700 Veterans for a full year or 130 Veterans for six years.


At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nations 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

Hope for change doesnt cut it when youre still losing buddies. -- J.D. Englehart, Iraq Veterans Against The War

Would Jesus Bomb Syria?

My granddaughter and the Monks of Lafayette. Photograph by Mike Hastie 2006 From: Mike Hastie To: Military Resistance Newsletter Subject: Would Jesus Bomb Syria? Date: Aug 30, 2013 Would Jesus Bomb Syria? When my granddaughter Micaela was 15,

in 2006, I took her to a Trappist Abbey in Lafayette, Oregon. I have lived in Portland, Oregon since 1976. Lafayette is located about 35 miles southwest of Portland. I started going to the Trappist Abbey in 1983, after I met one of the monks in Portland. There is a retreat center there where people can stay to get away from the shock of the modern world. Over the course of 30 years, I have treated my PTSD from Vietnam at this monastery hundreds of times. There are 1,500 acres of wooded trails to walk your emotional trauma through. I have often called it my trail of tears. This is especially true when the U.S. Government is preparing, or actively bombing yet another country. It is Americas "Shock and Awe" barbarity that drives my anguish to seek solace in Lafayette. When I came back from Vietnam, I wanted very little to do with organized religion. What I experienced in Vietnam, made me want to put my hands around the necks of every "born again" Christian I came across. Little did they realize, that their own government was responsible for murdering 3-4 million people in Southeast Asia. The, "only Christians are going to heaven mentality," makes it so much easier to justify killing people of other religions. That dogma is a violent belief that leads to genocide. What made the Trappist Abbey different for me, was meeting anti-war monks who were veterans. I also met a monk there who was living in London during the German V1 and V2 rocket blitz. I remember an anti-war rally in Spokane, Washington that I attended shortly after Bush2 started bombing Baghdad in 2003. There was a man holding a sign that simply said: Would Jesus Bomb Iraq? So, here we are 10 years later, and I am naming this piece, Would Jesus Bomb Syria? Or, maybe I should call it: Would churches Across America Commit Murder? During the Bush1 War, and the Clinton years, the United States of Pentagon killed 500,000 Iraqi children with bombs and sanctions. In an interview on "60 Minutes" ( May 12, 1996 ),

between Lesley Stahl and Madeleine Albright ( Clintons Secretary of State ), Stahl asked the question if killing 500,000 Iraqi children was worth it? Albrights response was: " I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it." And for that, as far as most of the truly civilized people left in the world are concerned, pushed America closer to Hell. If the United States of Terror bombs Syria, I truly hope people around the world will lay their bodies down in front of Americas rabid madness. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they know their history. Mike Hastie Army Medic Vietnam August 30, 2013 Photo and caption from the portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (For more of his outstanding work, contact at: (hastiemike@earthlink.net) 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

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US Praises Massacre Of Syrian Civilians Without Use Of Chemical Weapons

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad August 31, 2013 by Maverick, The Duffel Blog WASHINGTON D.C. Department of Defense and White House officials praised the actions of the Syrian government for their mass slaughter of defenseless civilians through non-chemical means this weekend. When we heard that there was another incident in a small suburb outside Damascus, said Pentagon spokesman Maj. Daniel Michaels in a press conference, There was great consternation that it may have been another use of chemical weapons of mass destruction by the desperate Assad loyalists. Michaels flipped a slide to show a graphic image of dismembered corpses. Fortunately after investigation we found that the population was humanely butchered and bludgeoned by ordinary weapons like machetes and assault rifles. When pressed for more details on the two-year long civil war in Syria that has killed an estimated 100,000 civilians through means that the U.S. has previously been totally fine with, Michaels took the opportunity to wax poetic. When the loyalist forces passed and the dust settled on the village, the only sounds to be heard were the harsh calls of carrion fowl hovering over the desolated houses. Thats a good thing because it means that there werent any lingering agents in the ground that could damage the environment or wildlife.

At a press conference later in the day, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he, like Obama, was deeply concerned over allegations of chemical weapons usage, and promised to steadfastly slaughter innocent civilians using only conventional means. Using chemical munitions is one of the worst things that a human being can inflict on another, commented expert 2nd. Lt. Gordon McArthur of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps. I heard from my platoon sergeant that we used to have stockpiles of it back in the day, but we sold it all to the Russians because Congress decided that it was too inhumane. Back at the press conference, Maj. Michaels brought up images of piles of decapitated heads built in pyramids reminiscent of the Mongolian conquest of Baghdad in the 13th Century A.D. As you can see, he said, None of these helpless women and children were poisoned by chemical agents, but were instead flayed alive or raped to death. This definitely marks an improvement in their responsiveness to our concerns. The President is greatly relieved at the report that Syrian civilians have once again been victims of conventional wholesale butchery, White Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a prepared statement. We will insist, through force of arms if necessary, with the full might of the United States and our allies, that the Assad regime stop killing civilians in ways we cant ignore and resume doing so in ways we can.


Zionist Occupation Forces Demolish An Entire Tal Adasa Bedouin Community:

Later, The Soldiers Left The Area But Not Before Fining The Community 70,000 NIS For Use Of

The Bulldozers And For Illegally Occupying The Land

We Have Been Living In Beit Hanina For Over 60 Years
I Have Been Taking Care Of That Olive Tree For 16 Years, He Continued With Deep Sorrow On His Face And Tears In His Eyes, Pointing Out A Large Tree In Front Of Him

Destroyed Bedouin homes (photo by ISM) 22nd August 2013 International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah Team Beit Hanina, Occupied Palestine

On the morning of the 19th August, two hundred soldiers in thirty-eight jeeps and with two military dogs dismantled several tents housing the Tal Adasa Bedouin community in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. At around 6am, Israeli soldiers surrounded the Bedouins tents, pointing guns at the fiftythree residents, which includes twenty-eight children. The family members were separated into three groups, always under the threat of guns, and were not allow to move for three hours. Children were not permitted to go to the bathroom nor to have anything to drink or eat. At 9am, two armored bulldozers invaded the camp, destroying all the tents, animal facilities and furniture. The two military-trained dogs attacked the sheep and goats of the Bedouin, causing them to scatter all around. The Bedouins, worried about losing their flocks, ignored the soldiers orders and ran after them, managing to bring them back. Three hours later, the soldiers left the area but not before fining the community with 70,000 NIS for use of the bulldozers and according to Israeli authorities for illegally occupying the land. One of the eldest men of the community was told by Israeli soldiers that they have to clear the area within the next ten days, otherwise they will be arrested. The Red Cross and Palestine Red Crescent personnel visited the community after the demolitions and provided the Bedouins with nine tents. However, when international activists visited the community, there were only twenty-eight people left. Most of the children were moved to Jericho where they wont be able to continue their schooling as they are already registered in the schools located in Beit Hanina area. Surrounded by mountains of rubble and damaged furniture piled up around the area Abo Hosean Kaabna stated; We have been living in Beit Hanina for over 60 years, since 1948 after being forcibly displaced from Al Khalil during the Nakba in 1948. I have been taking care of that olive tree for 16 years, he continued with deep sorrow on his face and tears in his eyes, pointing out a large tree in front of him. If the threats of the Israeli authorities are carried out, next Wednesday, the soldiers will go back and arrest the remaining Bedouins, as the community has no intention of leaving the area. Please, dont forget us. This is not finished yet, we will have to face other problems later. Our community will have to look for another place to live but we dont know where we could go and families will be forced to be separate again, said Abu Hosean Kaabna. This Bedouin community received a demolition order last June and since that time they have been expecting the order to be enforced, without knowing the exact date that their homes would be destroyed.

The Tal Adasa Bedouin community has been living in Beit Hanina for over 50 years after being displaced from Hebron and Beer Seba areas during the 1948 Nakba. Despite living within the Jerusalem boundaries, residents of this community only hold West Bank IDs. In 2006, the Annexation Wall was constructed to the east and west of the community, isolating it from the rest of the West Bank. Israeli authorities rarely issue them permits to cross Qalandiya checkpoint and access the West Bank, cutting them off from villages such as Bir Nabala and Ram, where they have family relatives. For nearly the past twenty years Israeli officials have attempted in several occasions to force them off their land. However, even after the Israeli forces demolished their houses, residents of Tal Asada remain steadfast on the land. [To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation commanded by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves Israeli.]


Egyptian Protests Against Military Dictatorship Draw Tens Of Thousands:

The People Want The Death Of The Assassin!
Many Of The Protesters Friday Were Not Brotherhood Members
Similar Clashes Took Place In Other Parts Of The Country
Aug. 30, 2013 By Aya Batrawy and Tony G. Gabriel, AP [Excerpts] CAIRO) Tens of thousands of protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied Friday throughout Egypt against a military coup and a bloody security crackdown, though tanks and armored police vehicles barred them from converging in major squares. The largest protest in the capital, Cairo, had more than 10,000 protesters. Thousands gathered in other cities, with other smaller protests drawing hundreds, including many women and children. Protesters marched through the streets chanting slogans against the countrys army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led the July 3 coup that toppled President Mohammed Morsi, a longtime leader of the Brotherhood. The people want the death of the assassin! the protesters yelled while waving the Egyptian flag and holding up yellow posters with the outline of a hand showing four fingers. Morsi supporters have used the symbol in online and street campaigns to remember the sit-in protest around the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, which in Arabic means fourth. Security forces cleared out that sit-in and another one two weeks ago in violent raids. More than 1,000 people, most of them people opposed to Morsis ouster, have been killed since. Many of the protesters Friday were not Brotherhood members. Some said they were only seeking justice for relatives killed by security forces this month or

protesting the way in which Morsi, Egypts first freely elected president, was removed from power. When it started, it was only about the return of Morsi to power, protester Ahmed Osama said. Now it has gone past that. Blood has been shed. In the Mediterranean city of Port Said, one person was killed in clashes, security officials said. Similar clashes took place in other parts of the country, including in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig, where the Brotherhood said a protester was shot dead. The group did not elaborate. Health officials said 33 people had wounded by birdshot in the fighting. Security forces also fired tear gas at protesters in Cairo, the Nile Delta city of Tanta and south of Cairo in Assiut. Protester Ahmed Khaled, among those leading the largest Cairo protest from Nasr City to Heliopolis, said organizers werent telling protesters where the march was heading for security reasons. Khaled and others said they are receiving instructions by phone on where to direct their march. He declined to elaborate further, nor did he say who was leading the march. We stopped communicating the itinerary and destination of the marches so nobody can follow us or wait for us with snipers at the arrival point, he said. Authorities took television channels sympathetic to the Brotherhood off-air after Morsis ouster. Qatar-based Al-Jazeeras local affiliate in Egypt, which has aired comments from wanted Brotherhood leaders and extensively covered their protests, has faced raids on its offices. The network also has had employees across its channels arrested. On Friday, security officials quoted in the state-owned Ahram Online said they confiscated cameras and microphones for the channel in private cars near protests. The government is moving closer to banning its broadcasts. As protesters marched, many in the crowd expressed anger at the military-backed government. Demonstrator Sherif Osama said his cousin was killed during the Rabaa sit-in raid and that he was out to take revenge. He was killed by a bullet in his back that went out from the front, Osama said. At the morgue, they wrote on the death certificate that he committed suicide.

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1,000 Demonstrate In Jordan Against Proposed Obama Regime Attack On Syria:

From Damascus To Amman, We Are One People United Against The American Dogs
August 30 By Taylor Luck, The Washington Post [Excerpts] AMMAN, Jordan Hundreds of Jordanians rallied in their capital Friday to protest proposed Western military action against neighboring Syria, denouncing the push for military intervention as a continuation of American aggression in Arab and Muslim countries. The demonstration, led by Jordanian leftist and nationalist parties, drew about 1,000 people onto the streets of downtown Amman after noon prayers.

During the rally, participants raised the flags of Syria and Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese Shiite group that is fighting together with Assads forces, and chanted, From Damascus to Amman, we are one people united against the American dogs. Participants also protested a reportedly growing U.S. military presence in northern Jordan in recent days, chanting, No to American dogs on Jordanian soil. The demonstration, the first public outcry here over the proposed strikes, comes amid rising concern among ordinary Jordanians that any military intervention will only widen a conflict that has posed economic and security challenges to Jordan and has driven more than half a million Syrian refugees into the country. Like all of Americas wars in the Arab world, Jordan will pay the price if they attack Syria, said Mohammed Hamour, a 22-year-old engineering student, as he hoisted a Syrian flag in the air. Any military attack on Syria will be an attack on the safety, security and livelihood of the Jordanian people.


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