Jordanian King Pretends That He Will Fight “Judaization of Jerusalem”

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Jordan’s King Abdullah
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Jordanian King Abdullah II added fuel to the ongoing debate over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Sunday, when he told visiting Muslim and Christian dignitaries from Jerusalem that he will continue his efforts to “safeguard” Islamic and Christian sites in the holy city of Jerusalem from what he termed “Judaization.”

 

The Hashemite monarch also expressed his willingness to “support the steadfastness of Muslim and Christian Jerusalemites and to preserve their legitimate rights in the city,” according to a statement from the Royal Court, published Sunday in The Jordan Times.

 

According to the statement, Abdullah said that Jordan “will not spare any efforts, whether political, diplomatic or legal to protect the city, highlighting the Kingdom’s historic role in securing the holy sites.”

 

The Jordanian king also emphasized his country’s cooperation with the Palestinian Authority, in working to assert “Jordan’s role as custodian of the holy sites of Jerusalem and Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.”

 

Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Husseini reiterated the importance of an agreement to this effect signed by Abdullah and Abbas in March, noting that the accord “has given moral support to the people of Jerusalem and helped solve many of the outstanding problems they face.”

 

Husseini said the agreement had boosted Jordanian-PA coordination at local and international levels.

 

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fuad Twal expressed appreciation for Abdullah’s efforts, stating that “despite challenges facing Jerusalem, the people of the holy city prove every day their persistence to cling to the city’s heritage and preserve its identity from Judaization.”

 

Sheikh Abdul Atheem Salhab, head of the Islamic Awqaf Council in Jerusalem, called Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque a “red line” for the Jordanian monarch.

 

He added that “attacks” against Al Aqsa had increased recently, “especially by settlers storming Al Aqsa under the protection of the Israeli forces” – a reference to ascents by Jewish pilgrims to the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism.

 

He also cited “attempts by right-wing ministers in the Israeli government to legitimize Jewish prayers inside Al Aqsa,” and warned of an unspecified “era-bound and location-based” division plan of the mosque, to “eventually rebuild what they allege to be the Solomon’s Temple,” according to the Jordanian royal statement.

The Real Mr. and Mrs. Bashar Al-Asad and the Real Syria In Pictures

Mr. and Mrs. Bashar Al-Asad

Syria’s president is all smiles on his new Instagram account

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By Ben Brumfield and Saad Abedine, CNN

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(CNN) — It’s not quite as epic as posing with a tiger a la Vladimir Putin. But Syria’s Bashar al-Assad has joined Instagram and the photos are propagandastically fantastic.

No ugly images of bloody battle fields taint the feed of the president caught in the middle of a brutal civil war. Instead, it’s photo after photo of him and his wife being caring — and being loved.

There’s al-Assad talking to a little girl by the side of a hospital bed. There’s his wife wiping away a little boy’s tear. There’s al-Assad intently listening to a group of women. There’s his wife intently listening to a group of women. And lots of pictures of him being mobbed, greeted, hugged by adoring masses.

The embattled president announced he was adding Instagram to his social media blitz last week via a message posted to his Twitter account. He also has his own Facebook page and a YouTube channel.

And, judging from the comments, fans in Syria, Russia and Turkey.

“God bless you,” “We love you,” and “We want you to win this war” are common comments posted on the images.

Syria’s Main Kurdish Militia Sends-Out Call for All Able-Bodied Men To Fight Jihadists

NGO: Syria’s main Kurdish militia calls to arms against jihadists

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Isa Huso, a prominent Syrian Kurdish politician, was assassinated early on Tuesday outside his home near the Turkish border. (Photo courtesy: Ozgur Gundem website)
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Syria’s main Kurdish militia on Tuesday issued a call to arms to all Kurds to fight jihadists after the assassination of a Kurdish leader, a watchdog said.

“The Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) called on all those fit to carry weapons to join their ranks, to protect areas under their control from attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fighters, Al-Nusra Front and other battalions,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Kurdish call comes hours after Isa Huso, a member of the Supreme Kurdish Council diplomacy committee, was assassinated as he left his house in the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli, a pro-Kurdish news agency said.

The Supreme Kurdish Council is a platform bringing together Kurdish groups in Syria.

The call to arms comes weeks into fighting between Kurds and jihadists in several areas of northern Syria.

Iran sends aid shipment to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

Iran sends aid shipment to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon

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Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (file photo)

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (file photo)
Iran has dispatched a consignment of humanitarian aids, consisting of 4,000 packages of foodstuff, to Lebanon to be distributed among displaced Palestinians living in twelve refugee camps in the Arab country.

In a ceremony held at Iran’s Embassy in Beirut on Monday, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Roknabadi delivered the packages to representatives of Palestinian political and religious groups.

Roknabadi laid special emphasis on the right of the oppressed Palestinian nation to determine their own destiny and return to their homeland, adding that the Iranian nation and government will continue to firmly support the Palestinian cause until all Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands are liberated.

The representatives present in the ceremony praised the late founder of the Islamic Republic Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini for naming the last Friday of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan as International Quds Day, and Iran’s unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.

On Quds Day, Muslims across the world hold street rallies in support of Palestine.

Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds, and the Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories occupied in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Tel Aviv, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.

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Traitorous Hamas Leadership Comes Crawling Back To the Resistance After Joining With the Enemy In Syria

[We all must remember that, despite everything we think we know, Hamas is a Creation of Mossad. The following comments from the reader who sent this clip to me about says it all:

“Lebanese Al Akhbar reports that Iran has begun financing Hamas again. Of course, it’s has been a long standing policy of Iran to help any anti-Israel group, and that is understandable. The problem is that Hamas of today is not the Hamas of a decade ago. Similar to all Arab regimes, Hamas has given up fighting Israel and is now trying to make peace with it. Thus, why would Iran in these extreme financial situations waste it’s money on a useless group!”—Falate]

Hamas Reconsiders Alliances After Fall of Mursi

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An Egyptian watch tower is seen in the background as Palestinian Hamas security forces patrol the Rafah area in the Gaza Strip on the border with Egypt on 30 June 2013. (Photo: AFP – Said Khatib)

Published Monday, July 29, 2013

There is increasing evidence that Hamas is reconsidering its alliances after having distanced itself from Iran and Hezbollah following the outbreak of the Syrian crisis.

Hamas official Ahmad Youssef revealed to the press that his movement has been conducting meetings with Hezbollah and Iran to repair their relationship. Youssef said that two prominent Hamas leaders met with Iranian officials in Beirut in the presence of representatives from Hezbollah, “in which the strategic relations between the movement and Iran were discussed.”

The news has sparked a great deal of speculation.

“Both sides stressed that their common enemy is Israel, with the understanding that each side understands the other’s position regarding areas of difference,” he added, “particularly when it comes to the situation in Syria.” He denied that the improvement in relations between Hamas and Iran was in any way connected to recent developments in Egypt.

A close observer of these discussions explained that earlier attempts at reconciliation – after both the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Tunisia and the emergence of strong differences over the Syrian crisis – had failed, due to the views of a substantial faction within Hamas that saw alternatives in both political and financial assistance.

The same source added, however, that in a very short time it became clear that the new sources of aid fell short of expectations. Worse yet, Iran had simply diverted its assistance to rival resistance factions in Gaza like Islamic Jihad, the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and an armed group affiliated with Fatah.

Sources pointed out that while Hamas insisted on their differences over the Syrian crisis, the other side raised concerns about the Palestinian movement’s growing involvement in the rise of the Brotherhood, causing the group’s neglect of its resistance activity in favor of helping Islamist movements consolidate power.

Several weeks ago – after the military wing of Hamas warned of supply shortages – a movement delegation headed by Mousa Abu Marzouq came to Lebanon and held private meetings at the Iranian embassy and with Hezbollah officials.

The meetings produced the following largely positive results: 1) resumption of Iranian financial aid to Hamas, though less than pre-crisis amounts; 2) opening direct channels of communication between Hamas and Hezbollah, particularly over the issue of keeping the Palestinian refugee camps out of the mounting Sunni-Shia tension in Lebanon; and 3) preparation for a leadership meeting between Hezbollah and Hamas, after the latter complained that Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah had not received a high-level Hamas delegation in quite some time.

(Al-Akhbar)