The emir of Qatar gifted a number of watches and ballpoint pens to Hamas leaders, which transmitted low-frequency signals to Israeli satellites, the sources, who asked to remain unnamed due to the sensitivity of the information, told FNA, adding that the Israeli military officials would then use the received signals to spot and assassinate senior Hamas officials.
Sheikh Hamad arrived in Gaza on October 23 to become the first head of state to visit the besieged enclave since the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, took power in the territory five years ago.
Qatar’s emir has repeatedly met with Israeli leaders, and is working hard to boost the diplomatic clout of his small Persian Gulf country.
The Israeli military frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on Gaza Strip.
On Friday, Ahmed Abu Jalal, a field commander of the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, was also killed in an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza district of Maghazi.
MANAMA – A number of people who delivered politics-laced sermons and chanted slogans in a way that negatively provoked the crowd have been referred to the public prosecution for exploiting Ashura season being marked in Bahrain these days.
The Assistant Undersecretary of Legal Affairs at the Interior Ministry Brigadier Mohammed Buhamood said on Sunday that several incidents have occurred during the events that mix religion and politics with the aim of incitement.
Besides those who were referred to the public prosecution, a number of managers of the community centres where these incidents took place were issued a warning and were asked to maintain the religious sanctity of the occasion by keeping politics out of such events.
He stressed the importance of maintaining the integrity of religious ceremonies and places of worship and reiterated that the use of such venues and activities as tools to divisively politicise the participants must stop. He noted that while freedom of religion is respected in Bahrain, it is not an iron curtain behind which politically explosive activities can be used to incite violence.
Manama, 10 hours, 25 minutes ago
There was no truth to the reports of an imminent terrorist attack in Bahrain and people behind such rumours are seeking to spread fear in the community, said a senior government official.
Minister of State for Information Affairs Sameera Rajab was responding to suggestions that extremists were planning to detonate a bomb in Manama during the height of the Ashoora religious festival, which climaxes this weekend.
“They (those behind the rumours) are trying to create panic and chaos by spreading these rumours on social media websites,” Rajab told our sister publication the Gulf Daily News.
The rumours have appeared in Arabic and English on sites such as Twitter and Facebook – and are now being circulated by e-mail and text message by worried members of the public.
“Intelligence sources revealed from Shi’ites that on the night of the ninth or tenth (of Ashoora), there will be a huge bomb in central Manama in order to blame the state for escalation,” said one Facebook warning, which had already received 133 “likes” yesterday.
It follows a spate of explosions in Gudaibiya and Adliya on November 5, which killed Indian Thirunavukarasu Murugaiyan, 29, and 33-year-old Bangladeshi Shajib Mian Shukur Mian.
One of the five blasts that day also injured Indian sanitation worker Dhana Ram Sainin, who is still recovering in hospital.
Rajab said it appeared rumours of an imminent bombing were being started to stoke panic.
“I would like the media to be careful in dealing with such speculative reports as they are not true,” she said. “If anyone wants authentic information or news they should follow the Interior Ministry’s Twitter account (@moi_bahrain).”
Meanwhile, she hoped a new law that punished those who misused social media would be passed soon.
It would allow authorities to clamp down on anyone who spreads sectarianism, hatred or seeks to polarise the community online. The law is being brought in as a result of people spreading false news during last year’s unrest.
“There is a law that has been drafted and submitted to lawmakers,” said Rajab. “Once it is implemented it will deal with cyber crime and misuse of social media by some people.” – TradeArabia News Service
Hundreds show up to rally in support of Israel. Credit: Karen Jordan
100 noisy Jews agitating for support for the latest IDF murders in Palestine.
Palestinian supporters shout out against Israeli supporters. Credit: Karen Jordan
Two Palestinian supporters, including Elana Golden (left), protest across the street from the Israeli supporters. Credit: Karen Jordan
Bahrain News Agency
Gaza, Nov. 1. (BNA) – A ceremony was held today in Tel Al Hawa area to mark the opening of the Bahrain School, one of the major development and humanitarian projects implemented by the Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) in Gaza Strip, in collaboration with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
The four-storey school, the largest of its kind in Gaza, consists of 52 classrooms and can accommodate up to 4000 students.
It is equipped with all educational facilities and includes a library, sports fields, a park, as well as scientific and computer laboratories.
It also has a classroom for students with learning difficulties, containing learning aids for students with special needs.
|MANAMA: His Majesty King Hamad has issued directives to prepare the Bahrain health centre in Khan Younis to provide medical care for civilians wounded in Gaza.
He tasked Royal Charity Organisation (RCO) chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa to implement the instructions and be assured of the safety of affiliates of the Bahrain School in Tal Al Hawa district.
Following the royal directives, RCO Secretary-General Dr Mustafa Al Sayed met representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Ford and was assured on the readiness of the Bahrain health centre in Khan Younis to receive and treat those injured as a result of the brutal Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
Mr Ford, former British ambassador to Bahrain, also affirmed that the health centre had not been attacked during the raids and that it was playing an essential role in treating patients and alleviating their suffering.
Mr Ford thanked His Majesty for his directives, commending efforts of the kingdom’s leadership, government and people for setting up the health centre in a key area in the Gaza Strip.
He also said that all affiliates of the Bahrain School were safe and had not been affected by the Israeli strikes.
Mr Ford said students and their families had conveyed their greetings and appreciation to the kingdom for establishing such a vital project near their homes to enable them to continue their studies.
[In rebuttal to everything contained in this latest Soros anti-Armenian psyop from the BUGPIT over at Eurasianet (SEE: Armenia Boosting Relations With Both NATO And Russia), consult our friends at Heralding the Rise of Russia.
Salpi Ghazarian interviews agent Richard Giragosian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOjBaU6QVNk&feature=plcpԻ՞նչհիմքերովպայթեցրին DIY-ը: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch0fUlcDcSY&feature=youtube_gdata_playerAmerican Democracy on Election Day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWkS_jgS_bM&feature=relmfu
Policy Forum Armenia; major elements within the ARF in the US; Armenian Assembly of America; agent Richard Giragosian’s think tanks Regional Studies Center and Acnis; agent Raffi Hovanissian’s Heritage political party; Sardarapat movement; Western-funded propaganda outlets Human Rights Watch Armenia, Amnesty International Armenia, Freedom House Armenia, Azatutyun Radio/Radio Liberty, Voice of America, EurasiaNet, Global Voices and ArmeniaNow; opposition propaganda outlets Hetq, Asbarez, Zhamanak, Armenian Weekly, Hraparak, A1 Plus, Aravot and Lragir.
There are also Washington’s human assets inside Armenia; an army of analysts, rights advocates, environmentalists, politicians, political activists and journalists –
Vartan Oskanian, Raffi Hovanissian, Paruyr Hayrikian, Ara Manoogian, Onnik Krikorian, Zaruhi Postanjyan, Levon Petrosian, Manvel Sargsian, David Grigorian, Gayane Abrahamyan, Nanore Barsumian, Jirayr Sefilian, Yeghya Nersesian, Tsovinar Nazaryan, Edik Baghtasaryan, Emil Danielyan, Liana Aghajanian, Arman Babajanyan, Levon Parseghyan, Artur Sakunts, Karen Hakobian, Georgy Vanyan… as well as non-Armenian assets such as John Hughes, Tony Halpin and Rick Ney.
Of course I need to remind the reader again that the above is only a partial list.
Washington has been busy dragging out the dregs of Armenian society in an effort to foment social unrest in the country. Ranging from our self-destructive political opposition to Washingtonian agents to pseudo-rights advocates to militant homosexuals, who-is-who of Armenia’s lower cast and foreign cast has been encouraged to rise against the Armenia state.
See the sampling of articles below this commentary; it’s basically a frightening gallery of Armenia’s modern day wannabe revolutionaries and self-destructive peasants in direct and indirect service of Uncle Sam.
I need to mention, however, that President Serj Sargsyan has managed to thwart their assaults by a series of brilliant countermeasures such as putting some of Armenia’s Western operatives such as Oskanian on the defensive, causing disarray within the political opposition and by ousting several high profile officials accused of corruption, as in the case of the unpopular mayor of Gyumri. President Sargsyan has proven to be very resilient and an absolute grossmeister at manipulating Armenia’s political landscape to his full advantage. There isn’t anyone within Armenia today that is capable of defeating him during the next presidential elections as the following survey conducted by Gallup International reveals –
Gallup International: Serzh Sargsyan has the highest rating: http://www.armradio.am/en/2012/11/02/gallup-international-serzh-sargsyan-and-gagik-tsarukyan-have-the-highest-rating/
One must me totally blind not to notice that Armenia also has registered a lot of progress in recent years, progress that even Armenia’s Western propaganda outlets cannot cast a negative light upon. The following are just five very recent examples of what I am referring to –
Armenia, Russia Plan Joint Arms Production: http://asbarez.com/106439/armenia-russia-plan-joint-arms-production/
Construction Begins on Armenia’s North-South Highway: http://asbarez.com/105396/construction-begins-on-armenia%E2%80%99s-north-south-highway/
An agency of Russian state reserves to be established in Armenia: http://www.armradio.am/en/2012/11/09/an-agency-of-russian-state-reserves-to-be-established-in-armenia/
Armenia, Iran launch major power plant construction: http://armenianow.com/economy/40950/armenia_iran_hydro_power_plant_construction
Armenia’s Biggest Resource & Ameria: From Start-Up To Millions: http://asbarez.com/106466/armenia%E2%80%99s-biggest-resource-ameria-from-start-up-to-millions/
Despite all odds, and sometimes despite its troublesome sons and daughters, Armenia is moving forward under the capable leadership of President Serj Sargsyan. President Sargsyan will be reelected. But feeling any sense of security at this stage in time is dangerous. We can never make the mistake of underestimating the destructive effectiveness of powerful levers still under Western control. Moreover, Western operatives in Armenia continue being emboldened by events taking place in the Arab world and they continue feeling hopeful because they know that Armenians, generally speaking, tend to be a bunch of @%#$ing idiots when it comes to serious political matters.
And speaking of @%#$ing idiots, did any of you realize that there is an ARF affiliated organization called “Armenian and the Left”? Don’t laugh, it’s true, and the following is their website –
Armenians and the Left: http://www.armeniansandtheleft.com/
“Global Diaspora Forum”
With slogans such as “going forward by giving back” and “promoting diaspora engagement”, the Whore of Babylon’s “Global Diaspora Forum” took place in Washington on July 25, 2012. Please refer to the following two links for more details about the event –
The Secretary’s Global Diaspora Forum:http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CFEQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.state.gov%2Fs%2Fpartnerships%2Fgdf%2Findex.htm&ei=NZ8vUPviM9Cu2AX74oF4&usg=AFQjCNFbnfZ7RU-UFArcd2hQAyztTWFU3g2012 Global Diaspora Forum: Moving Forward By Giving Back:http://diasporaalliance.org/featured/global-diaspora-forum/
“The Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development hosted the second annual Global Diaspora Forum in Washington DC on July 25-26. The Forum focused on how new technology can empower and increase diaspora philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, volunteerism, and social innovation. The Forum challenged diaspora communities to forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society, and public institutions in order to make their engagements with their countries of origin or ancestry effective, scalable, and sustainable.”On Sunday July 22, Garo Yegnukian and Sassoon Kosian, two political strategists, discussed current Armenian issues on the Armenian Radio Hour of New Jersey, including the Criminal Oligarchy and the proposed Road Map for regime change through alternative elections that has been put forth by the Sardarapat Movement. Garo Yegnukian, businessman and lawyer, was one Armenian who attended the Global Diaspora Forum on behalf of PFA – Policy Forum Armenia, a Washington based think tank. He is a member of an Armenian political party UNSD – Union for National Self-Determination and a supporter of Sardarapat Movement.Sassoon Kosian, a Business Intelligence professional, spoke about his Facebook group called “Campaign Against Oligarchy”. He is a strong advocate of boycotts as a means to pressure the oligarchs and potentially bring changes in the governing regime. Kosian has a Masters in Economics from Central European University, Masters in Political Science from the American University of Armenia, and a degree in Physics from Yerevan State University. He is also an artist.”Armenian Radio Hour (July 29, 2012): http://www.snkcreative.com/arnj/upload2/ainews072912.pdf
Interview with Garo Yegnukian, Policy forum Armenia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1sNju3_9YQ&feature=em-share_video_user
Regardless of how beneficial or even necessary they may seem at first glance, any movement that has any form of Western-backing or is spearheaded by Western-led or inspired activists need to be categorically rejected by Armenians. For years I have been sounding the alarm that imperial interests in Washington have co-opted and weaponized sociopolitical issues and are currently exploiting them towards self-serving political gains. For years I have been warning my audience that accepting help, in any form, from Washington comes with dangerous conditions, conditions that Armenia simply put cannot meet. Since Armenians have a genetic disposition against listening to or taking advice from fellow Armenians, I will resort to asking you to refer to the work of an American regarding this topic –
“Devastating and deeply disturbing, this book lays bare any lingering illusions that human rights concerns seriously influence U.S. policy.”—Andrew J. Bacevich, author of Washington RulesThe United States has long been hailed as a powerful force for global human rights. Now, drawing on thousands of documents from the CIA, the National Security Council, the Pentagon, and development agencies, James Peck shows in blunt detail how Washington has shaped human rights into a potent ideological weapon for purposes having little to do with rights—and everything to do with furthering America’s global reach. Using the words of Washington’s leaders when they are speaking among themselves, Peck tracks the rise of human rights from its dismissal in the cold war years as “fuzzy minded” to its calculated adoption, after the Vietnam War, as a rationale for American foreign engagement. He considers such milestones as the fight for Soviet dissidents, Tiananmen Square, and today’s war on terror, exposing in the process how the human rights movement has too often failed to challenge Washington’s strategies. A gripping and elegant work of analysis, Ideal Illusions argues that the movement must break free from Washington if it is to develop a truly uncompromising critique of power in all its forms.
From Dictatorship to Democracy was a pamphlet, printed and distributed by Dr Gene Sharp and based on his study, over a period of forty years, on non-violent methods of demonstration. Now in its fourth edition, it was originally handed out by the Albert Einstein Institution, and although never actively promoted, to date it has been translated into thirty-one languages. This astonishing book travelled as a photocopied pamphlet from Burma to Indonesia, Serbia and most recently Egypt, Tunisia and Syria, with dissent in China also reported. Surreptitiously handed out amongst youth uprisings the world over – how the ‘how-to’ guide came about and its role in the recent Arab uprisings is an extraordinary tale. Once read you’ll find yourself urging others to read it and indeed want to gift it.
Therefore, it could be argued that the political West – and not the “Nemets Rubos” of Armenia – is retarding Armenia’s development.
I reiterate: Any organization and any individual that is in any way connected to Washington needs to be rejected by Armenians because whether these organizations or individuals realize it or not, due to their affiliations with imperial powers in the West, their actions pose a serious long-term security risk to the embattled Armenian state in the much contested and ever volatile Caucasus.