saudi massacre of Yemen: important articles and interviews

This is unbearable. the criminal sauds have been bombing Yemen since March 26, nearly a month now—at least 2700 Yemenis have been killed, the vast majority civilians.

“I don’t think the Saudi officials are taking into consideration how many innocent lives are being lost, and in such gruesome ways. The weapons depot which was targeted today, (the district) is actually a residentila settlement. …There’ve been many videos uploaded on social media which show families screaming in terror….the video of the actual airstrike shows some who were not so lucky…about 40 people were killed, those who were injured suffered sever injuries.

Due to the impact of the explosion, rocks were catapulted and hurled on top of entire families, many of them suffered fractured skulls.”

~Sanaa Press TV reporter
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Dr al-Ja’afari: “saudi arabia and zionism are the roots of terrorism, extremism, and the culture of hate in this world.”

Dr. al-Ja’afari (translation by Reme Sakr):

“The Saudi representative spoke about my country in an embarassing and unacceptable manner. Therefore, I wish to respond to the political ignorance and incitement that was spoken by him against my country.

It seems as though he has forgotten that the article being discussed is the Arab-israeli conflict, and Palestine. And by changing the direction of the discussion, he has just served israel and her protectors, whether he knows it or not.

saudi arabia and zionism are the roots of terrorism, extremism, and the culture of hate in this world.

The culture of ISIS and their cutting of heads comes from the ignorance of wahabiism and takfiriism produced by the sauds.

The politics of saudi arabia has planted a culture of sectarian killings in the region, and it will pay the price for these political mistakes.

However, regarding his threats against my country, and his raving claims about saudi arabia’s readiness to help the Syrian people, this serves as a confirmation of the extent to which the rulers of his country have conspired against Syria, and the involvement of Saudi Arabia in army, funding, and training terrorist mercenaries from all over the world who were then sent to Syria to destabilise the country and its people.

Saudi arabia has always been and always will be a well for a culture of hatred and sectarianism, and so it perfectly matches the culture of zionist israel. And if the saudi representative was truly given the authority to threaten my country with what he said, then I shall challenge him here in front of you all: let saudi arabia try to do what it can against my country, so we can cut off the hand that dares to reach for Syria and punish saudi arabia with what it deserves.”

Interview with President al-Assad. France 2.

Trancripts of the interview: President al-Assad to France 2 TV: “France was a spearhead in supporting terrorism”

Apr 20, 2015, Al Masdar News

Question 1: Good evening, Mr. President, I’d like to start straight forward. For most French, you are in a very large part responsible for the chaos going on in Syria, because of the brutality of the repression during the last four years. According to you, what is your part of responsibility?

President Assad: Actually, since the first few weeks of the conflict, the terrorists infiltrated the situation in Syria with the support of Western countries and regional countries, and they started attacking the civilians and destroying public places, public properties and private properties, and that’s documented on the internet, by them, not by us. So, our role as government is to defend our society and our citizens. If you want to say what you said is correct after four years, how could a government or president that’s been brutal with his population, killing them, and with the support from the other side of the greatest countries and political powers in the world, with the petrodollars  in our region… how could he withstand for four years? Is it possible to have the support of your public while you are brutal with your public?

Question 2: In the beginning, there were tens of thousands of people in the street. Were they all jihadists?

President Assad: No, definitely not. But the other question is, if in the sixth day of the conflict, the first Syrian policeman was killed… how? By the peaceful demonstration? By the audio waves of the demonstrators? How? He’s been killed by terrorists. Somebody who took a gun and shot that policeman, so he’s a terrorist. It doesn’t matter if he’s a jihadist or not, because he killed a policeman.

Question 3: There were perhaps jihadists or terrorists, but our reporters were there at the beginning and they met a lot of people saying “we want more freedom, more democracy.”  They weren’t terrorists or jihadists.

President Assad: Definitely, everybody has the right to ask for his freedom, and every government should support freedom, of course, under the constitution. But does freedom mean to kill the civilians, to kill policemen, to destroy the schools, the hospitals, the electricity, the infrastructure? That’s not owned by the government; it’s owned by the Syrian people. It’s not owned by us, it’s not owned by me. Is that the freedom that you’re talking about?
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Larudee: Who Are the Starving and Besieged Residents of Yarmouk and Why Are They There?

Apr 21, 2015, Dissident Voice

-Paul Larudee

There are many illusions about what is happening to the Yarmouk district of Damascus and its Palestinian refugee population. The district was originally set aside in 1957 for Palestinian refugees already living there, whom Israel had expelled from their homes in 1948, with periodic additional populations thereafter. Today it is home to around one million Syrians and Palestinians, of whom the Palestinians number roughly 170,000. Palestinians in Syria have all the rights of Syrian citizens except voting, and in Yarmouk their homes are indistinguishable from those of the Syrian residents.

Starting in 2012, armed elements trying to overthrow the Assad government gained a foothold in Yarmouk. Most Palestinians disapproved, since this violated the traditional exchange of Syrian hospitality for Palestinian neutrality. However, there was no consensus among Palestinians to forcibly expel the intruders.
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YARMOUK: understanding the situation

Given the immense amount of lies and war-mongering prevalent not only in the corporate media/MSM but also amongst Palestine supporters who either unknowingly have got the story of Yarmouk wrong or, worse, are collaborating with the war-mongerers against Syria, and thus against Palestine… I’ve collated some important articles for anyone who is genuinely interested in understanding what is happening in the Yarmouk district of Damascus and how this came to be. Additionally, one excellent investigative article details the situation of Palestinians in Syria and their involvement or not in the “crisis” (read: imperialist-zionist-fat gulf war against Syria).

PERMANENT PAGE ON YARMOUK–LINK

**Who Are the Starving and Besieged Residents of Yarmouk and Why Are They There?, Paul Larudee, Apr 21, 2015, Dissident Voice

***Stealing Palestine: Who dragged Palestinians into Syria’s conflict?, Nov 10, 2014, Sharmine Narwani, RT.com

Divided PLO unable to manage Yarmouk crisis–Tim Anderson, Apr 13, 2015, Professor Tim Anderson [on In Gaza for those without FB]

ISIS Begins Withdrawal From Yarmouk Camp, Apr 17, 2015, Al Masdar News

Palestinian official: Syria undergoes foreign aggression, keeping silent is treachery, Apr 14, 2015, Al Masdar News
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Divided PLO unable to manage Yarmouk crisis–Tim Anderson

Apr 13, 2015, Professor Tim Anderson

“The invasion by ISIS of the Palestinian settlement of Yarmouk, in the southern suburbs of Damascus, has exposed serious divisions within the Palestinian leadership. An apparent agreement to confront the new crisis, with the Syrian Government, was rapidly disowned by the PLO leadership in Ramallah.

In the absence of a united Palestinian response it is highly likely that the Syrian Army, with allied Palestinian factions, will impose a ‘security solution’ to the area. This may mean near complete evacuation of the area and heavy bombardment. Only about 18,000 of the pre-crisis population of 160,000 actually remain inside Yarmouk.

PLO Executive Committee member Ahmed Majdalani on 9 April announced a joint Syrian and PLO response to the ‘obscurantist terrorists’ who had seized the camp. He said the Syrian leadership had been dealing with Yarmouk ‘with a high level of sensitivity’ given its special status and as it symbolically stands as the capital of Palestinian Diaspora’. Because of that sensitivity, there had been no ‘security solution’ so far. However all attempts at a ‘political solution’ had been aborted by the terrorist groups.

Within hours the PLO in Ramallah effectively washed its hands of the matter, saying that it refused to ‘drag our people and their camps into the hellish conflict that is taking place in Syria’. Yet some sectarian Palestinian groups bear great responsibility for the Yarmouk crisis. They were the ones who invited Jabhat al Nusra snipers into Yarmouk, leading to Syrian Army security clamp-downs on the area.
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Souria Samideen–words of a Syrian from Quneitra

In a mini mart yesterday afternoon, a guy patiently waiting for me to stuff my cucumbers and other groceries into my bag and clear out of the way, pointed at my wristband with surprise. “I couldn’t wear that here,” he smiles. Aha, gut feeling confirmed: Syrian. Another man shows up, his brother, and we get chatting.

They now work at the construction site across the road but are from a Jabal al-Shaykh area village.

We sit and talk for a half hour, on Syria, on the lies and propaganda against Syria, and during our conversation they repeat the same things I’ve heard over and over again on how safe Syria formerly was, how the state provided for their most basic needs… and then some, and how from the beginning this was no revolution.
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