The ‘Martyrs’ of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (The Ja’afari Force)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

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Current emblem of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya. Top: “If God supports you, no one can overcome you” [Qur’an 3:160]. Centre: “The Ja’afari Force: Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya.” Bottom: “The Islamic Resistance in Syria.”

Readers may be familiar with the previous post on this site about Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (Sayyida Ruqayya Brigade, named for the Sayyida Ruqayya shrine in Damascus), also known as the Ja’afari Force. A militia recruiting primarily from the Shi’a in Damascus and identifying ideologically with Iran, Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya’s evolution over time can be principally traced through the presentation of its claimed ‘martyrs.’ A large number of cases can notably be traced to the National Defence Forces (NDF) in Damascus. Other labels emerged such as ‘Liwa Ansar al-Hussein’ (Supporters of Hussein Brigade), but over the course of 2014-2015, Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya came to present itself as an affiliate of the Iraqi Shi’i militia Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’, with the latter’s emblem, flag and insignia featured in social media output.

However, Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya now presents itself as an independent group, according to a media representative who corresponded with me. The reason for the shift away from the affiliation with Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’ was not given, but one plausible explanation for this development is that Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya may have attached itself to Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’ for a temporary time in order to receive weapons and training. In a somewhat similar vein, Liwa al-Baqir of the Local Defence Forces in Aleppo reportedly received weapons and training in the beginning from Harakat al-Nujaba’- another Iraqi Shi’i militia- before separating off from it. It may also be that this process of separating off is intended to give an ever more ‘Syrian’ feel to the building of ‘Islamic Resistance’ formations in Syria. In any case, the break-off from Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’ is clear in Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya’s latest social media manifestations, as the Iraqi group’s insignia and logo are absent now, while the Syrian image is reinforced by the inclusion of the Syrian flag in the current emblem.

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A cake dedicated to the mothers of the ‘martyrs’ of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya.

In total, the militia representative put the number of ‘martyrs’ at 25. Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya has recently been providing more detailed profiles of many of its claimed ‘martyrs’, which I have translated and featured below. They provide deeper insight into the engagements and origins of the group’s fighters, corroborating that most of the group’s personnel are Damascene Shi’a. Unsurprisingly, the recurrence of certain names points to much recruitment based around families (cf. multiple people with the family name Khaloof are involved in another Syrian ‘Islamic Resistance’ militia known as al-Ghalibun). I have also provided additional notes on many of these ‘martyrs’ where applicable.

MuhammadSousJaafariForcemartyr
Name: Ismail Muhammad Ali al-Sous (Abu Ali)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1967
Place of death: Harasta al-Qantara, East Ghouta
Date of death: 20 May 2016

Part of the recent regime offensive on East Ghouta taking advantage of the rebel-infighting.

HassanAhmadKenanNibrasJaafariForceMartyr
Name: Hassan Ahmad Ken’an (Nibras)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1992
Place of death: Deraa area
Date: 27 July 2015

The Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’ association could be observed at his funeral.

MuhammadAliZaynJaafariForceMartyr
Name: Muhammad Ali al-Zayn Abu Ali (Habib)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1956
Place of death: Deraa area, Sheikh Maskeen
Date of death: 26 November 2014
Body returned: 25 July 2015

This claimed ‘martyr’ is particularly interesting because he was actually also presented as a ‘martyr’ by Hezbollah. In addition, reports from the time of his death show he had an NDF ID card. In terms of broader context, it should be pointed out that Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’ was heavily involved in the Deraa front over the course of winter 2014-2015 (e.g. see here).

AdnanHassanMatouq
Name: Adnan Hassan Ma’touq (Zayn)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1988
Place of death: Mleha area [East Ghouta]
Date: 1 July 2014

Originally from Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq neighbourhood in Damascus, he can be observed here to be wearing Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya insignia. The reference to him as ‘al-mulazim sharf’ may also suggest he was in the Syrian army/NDF. The al-Mleha campaign in 2014 involved a large number of Shi’i militias, including Hezbollah, the Rapid Intervention Regiment (Iraqi), Liwa al-Imam al-Hussein (Iraqi), Liwa Dhu al-Fiqar (Iraqi) and Liwa Assad Allah al-Ghalib (Iraqi).

AlaMohsenKawayfati
Name: Ala’ Mohsen Kuwayfati (al-Doushka)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1988
Place of death: Mleha area
Date of death: 16 June 2014

Photos exist of this ‘martyr’ wearing Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada’ insignia.

HusseinAbdalKarim
Name: Hussein Abd al-Karim Ala’ al-Din (Gharib)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1994
Place of death: al-Otayba area
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

Note photos featuring a portrait of him under the title of al-mulazim sharf, which in this case points to NDF affiliation. The bodies of the 10 fighters were brought to Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq neighbourhood in Damascus.

AliMahmoudDarwish
Name: Ali Mahmoud Darwish (Karar)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1989
Place of death: al-Otayba area
Date  of death: 3 December 2013
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

Featured in an official NDF video.

MuhammadDibAbbas
Name: Muhammad Dib Abbas Halawa al-Bani (Muntadhar)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1985
Place of death: al-Otayba area
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

His portrait in a funeral procession is featured in an official NDF video.

HassanHaithanNahas
Name: Hassan Haitham al-Nahas (Muslim)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1995
Place of death: al-Otayba area
Date of death: 3 December 2013
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

Featured in an official NDF video.

AhmadHassanHalawaalBani
Name: Ahmad Hassan Halawa al-Bani (Jareh)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1994
Place of death: al-Otayba area
Date of death: 3 December 2013
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

Featured in an official NDF video.

MuhammadJawadAbbasDarwish
Name: Muhammad Jawad Abbas Darwish (Abu Turab)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1997
Place of death: al-Otayba area
Date of death: 3 December 2013
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport. Described as the youngest of the fighters killed, he was 15 or 16 years old at the time of his death).

Like Ala’ Zahwa, he can be observed with the Liwa Ansar al-Hussein insignia.

TalalHaddad
Name: Talal Haddad
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1977
Place of death: al-Otayba area
Date of death: 3 December 2013
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

MuhammadAliHamti
Name: Muhammad Ali Hamti
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1977
Place of death: al-Otayba area
Date of death: 3 December 2013
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

MohsenAkramalKhayat
Name: Mohsen Akram al-Khayat (Maymum)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1989
Place of death: al-Otayba area
Date of death: 3 December 2013
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

Featured in an official NDF video.

AlaMuhammadZahwa
Name: Ala’ Muhammad Zahwa (Martyr of Hussein)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1984
Place of death: al-Otayba area
Date of death: 3 December 2013
(One of the 10 fighters killed in repelling an attack on Damascus airport).

EmadIbrahimKanan
Name: Imad Ibrahim Kan’an (Abu al-Abbas)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1995
Place of death: Al-Bweida area (Damascus countryside)
Date of death: 31 November 2013

MuhammadAhmadKhadir
Name: Muhammad Ahmad Khadir (Abu Ruqayya)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1996
Place of death: Al-Bweida area
Date of death: 31 November 2013

Featured in an official NDF video.

RidhaMuhammadZahwa
Name: Ridha Muhammad Zahwa (Sajid)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1986
Place of death: Al-Bweida area
Date of death: 17 October 2013

Specifically from Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq neighbourhood in Damascus.

MuhammadAhmadAjuz
Name: Muhammad Ahmad Ajuz
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1991
Place of death: Bab Touma area (Damascus)
Date of death: 11 April 2013

Specifically from the Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq neighbourhood in Damascus.

RashidShakerDarwish
Name: Rashid Shaker Darwish (the Ja’afari)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1977
Place of death: Jobar area (Damascus)
Date of death: 6 April 2013

A video exists giving a description of his life. He was specifically from the Imam Ja’afar al-Sadiq neighbourhood in Damascus and had visited a number of Shi’i holy sites. In his death, he left behind a six-year old son called Ja’afar al-Sadiq Darwish. An account from the time of his death mentions he was in the NDF.

RadwanFawziMarey
Name: Radwan Fawzi Mara’i (Abu Ali)
Born in: Machgara, Lebanon (located in the Beqaa Valley)
Year of birth: 1960
Place of death: Jobar area
Date of death: 14 March 2013

According to an account at the time of his death, he was “one of the members of the popular committees defending the holy shrines in Syria.” His will stipulated that he was to be buried in Sayyida Zainab.

SaadAliZamam
Name: Sa’ad Ali Zamam (Abu al-Zayn)
Born in: Safita (Tartous province)
Year of birth: 1970
Place of death: Douma area (Damascus)
Date of death: 2 December 2012

According to Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya, he was “the first of the founders of the Islamic Resistance in Syria.” He is actually quite a famous ‘martyr’ in the pro-Assad world. For example, one article notes that he was originally a sculptor, but says that he was born in 1964. The article credits him as a founder of the concept of setting up popular committees as auxiliary forces for the Syrian army. He eventually became involved on Damascus area fronts in Douma, al-Qabun, west Harasta and Sayyida Zainab. He was reportedly killed by an IED, which he came across in one of the gardens in the Douma area and tried to dismantle. It should also be noted that there is a branch of the NDF named after him.

AhmadHassanNahas
Name: Ahmad Hussein al-Nahas (Muslim)
Born in: Damascus
Year of birth: 1987
Place of death: Sayyida Zainab area (Damascus)
Date of death: 14 August 2012

Described by Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya as “the first guardian of Zainab.”

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51. Tara said:

ماجد

هدول مو بشر هدول حيوانات جايين من ورا شي بقرة

انشالله كل هالاوبة تحصد أسوأ من اللي زرعته

ويصير ينضرب المثل فيهم ان الجزاء من مثل الفعل

حيوانات استولت عا لحكم وضلت حيوانات

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June 9th, 2016, 9:10 pm

 

52. Jasmine said:

What 4 ‘bought’ syrian children refugee have achieved for humanity in Lebanon.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/What-4-bought-Syrian-ref-by-Franklin-Lamb-Children_Malnutrition_Syria_Syrian-Refugees-160609-335.html

I always hated Lebanon and Lebanese and my hatred to them has deepened now,Syrian should have never defended them for 30 years.

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June 9th, 2016, 11:32 pm

 

53. SANDRO LOEWE said:

I am fed up of racism and hatred. First jewish racism against arabs and non jewish. Then iranian racism against arabs and all non persian people. Then arabs against kurdish mountain people. Now kurdish are racists against arabs and turkish.

Now people like JASMINE say she always hated Lebanon.

Jasmine, I think you are empty headed. You and 90 % of people who are writing and promotiong RACISM and HATRED.

You go to hell. Fxxx YOU ALL RACISTS AND INGNORANTS.

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June 10th, 2016, 7:35 am

 

54. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Sandro #53

Absolutely agree. It’s a shame that a delicate and lovely flower is used by this crude hater.

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June 10th, 2016, 11:06 am

 

55. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Not to mention that Lebanon deserves nothing but admiration and gratitude for taking so many Syrian refugees and for hosting them (not without problems for both sides) in its territory.

But this stinky flower is just preoccupied with spreading the stench of hate.

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June 10th, 2016, 11:26 am

 

56. Akbar Palace said:

Yes, dear little Jasmine is the shinning example of why the Middle East is the cesspool it is.

Thankfully, we have numerous participants here who are respectful and tolerant.

For example the moderate Arab-Israeli mayor of Taibe said yesterday:

Taibe Mayor Shua Mansour Masarwa said at the meeting, “Despite the hard days, we need to deal with the difficulties and to overcome (them). We condemn any act of killing innocent people on both sides. The occupation needs to end so that peace can survive and we will be able to live in peace.”

He also said, “(I) call to every moderate person in the country and say to them that it’s important for us to denounce and to overcome extremism and hate to continue our lives in the best way and without violence.” The mayor added that his city was always open to Jews and Arabs: “Here, we respect each other, and every Jewish or Arab visitor feels at home.”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4814477,00.html

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June 10th, 2016, 1:10 pm

 
 

58. ALAN said:

french ground mices operating on the Syrian soil will be kicked out of the country by the force otherwise simply they will go missing!

/Quick collapse of the US/
/for intelligent discussion we should never drift away from reality/
reality?……
http://www.therussophile.org/george-soros-is-preparing-for-economic-collapse-does-he-know-something-that-you-dont.html/

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June 10th, 2016, 3:03 pm

 

59. SimoHurtta said:

Well it would be wise for these the comment section’s Jewish “democracy to Arabs, but not for Palestinians” bullhorns and Sandro der Löwe to figure out what racism actually means. If Jasmine says that she as a Syrian hates Lebanon and Lebanese based the story how Syrian refugee children and women have been exploited as sex slaves in Lebanon. If Finnish children, during WW2 80,000 of them were sent to Sweden to safety, would have treated, even some of them, like those Syrian refugees in the story, it is certain that generations of Finns would have hated Swedes. That hate would not have been racist.

These our active Israeli Jews and Sandro see what Jasmine is condemning is wrong and racist, then the only conclusion is that these our stinky human rights “advocates” and gentlemen allow and support using refugee children and women in brothels and by pedophiles as sex slaves. Let us remember, that the existence brothels is based on the customers activity and the governmental system which allows it to exist. Even in Lebanon. In Israel prostitution is legal. The sex trade in Israel generates up to $500 million in revenue a year. A Parliamentary study in 2005 said that between 3,000 and 5,000 women had been smuggled into Israel and sold into prostitution in the previous four years. High prices and zero salaries is the aim of “business men” in this trade.

PS
Akbar do you know who is Malka Leifer?
I am certain Akbar that you know her well, but to others the answer is:
Orthodox Jewish former school principal wanted on 74 counts of child sex abuse in Australia, but Israel is not handing her over to Australian justice system after she escaped to asylum in Israel.
(Mentioning this Akbar is hardly racist or anti-Semitic. What would those 74 children say?)

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June 10th, 2016, 3:40 pm

 

60. ALAN said:

Israeli Minister Wants To Annex Half Of West Bank and Kick Out The Palestinians
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article44842.htm
The world knows what Israel stands for: elitism, brutality, religious fanaticism, genocide, collective punishment, land stealing, cruelty, occupation, imperialism, racism, etc.
America stands for much the same things. That’s why it supports Israel.
America, Israel, Britain, and France have formed an evil alliance, one which supports colonialism and militarism and the right of a small elite to have most of the world’s wealth.
This fascist alliance threatens the world.

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June 10th, 2016, 3:58 pm

 

61. Tara said:

Amir,

Sorry but being “privy” to the Syrian file in Lebanon ( whatever that may mean) ,I find nothing to thank Lebanon for! Thos is from the link to the original article that Jasmine posted

I thought about the scale of exploitation faced by Syrian refugee children in Lebanon, of the tens of thousands sleeping rough these frigid nights and the countless thousands who every day are easy prey for abuse. I thought about the fact that Refugee relief efforts in Lebanon are chronically underfunded and that even UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) has been forced to cut aid from all but the neediest of refugees due to insufficient funds.

I thought of that recent Save the Children report of their survey showing that more than a third of the 126 residents they interviewed reported that their children often go without a single meal a day and a quarter have seen children in their towns dying because of lack of food.

I thought about the intense vicious anti-refugee harangues from Lebanese politicians that Syrian refugees pose a threat to the country’s security and economic stability even though the menial jobs they do find are not likely to replace many in any Lebanese job holders. Many fear mongering Lebanese politicians even make The Donald appear somehow compassionate.

I thought about the Syrian children I see daily begging as they wander Beirut’s streets selling chewing gum, flowers, or shining shoes. And I thought about the 11 and 12 year old girls, some of whom I have come to be acquainted with from my visits to the beach where I like to go to take a break and stare into the Mediterranean and just think about life and talk to those anti-social fiddler crabs who pop up from their homes along the beach, grab something and disappear quick.

These beautiful innocent children skip along or pace the Ramlet el Baida corniche waiting for cars with blackened windows to pull up. And they do regularly. Then the pedophiles molest the children for a few dollars before pulling off and disappearing into the traffic. Sometimes keeping the children with them. This observer has given the local police photos of some of their license plates but one supervisor at the Hamra police station regretted that the cops are too overwhelmed with other matters to get very involved in these cases. More than once I was given a shoulder shrug and upturned palms in reference to the case of a young girl “Leila” that I have reported more than once. One female police officer told me: “Well, at least she is earning some money for her family.”

This observer recently wrote some friends about the same “Leila” a twelve year old sweetheart who worked the Ramlet el Baida beach strip. Her friends on the strip have since reported to me that “Leila” never returned from “work” last week and they have no idea what has become of her.

Approximately one half of the Syrian women with children who have been forced to flee to Lebanon have lost their husbands and often their adult sons to the war. Most not having held jobs outside the home before are now forced, besides their role of working mother, into the additional roles of father, big sister, big brother, and best friend for her children. Manar, a Palestinian social worker in Shatila camp reports that “the mothers have become their children’s everything.”

Many Syria women who are able to find work are subjected to regular sexual harassment by employers and fellow male workers and sometimes deny to employers that there is no male in their household who would offer protection if she reported sexual abuse. Some less strong Syrian refugee women simply prostitute themselves for money and aid. It is estimated by a social worker at Shatila camp that women can earn on average $ 36 per day as a sex worker as compared to $8-10 for a 12-14 hour manual labor work day.

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June 10th, 2016, 4:11 pm

 

62. Tara said:

As a matter of fact and coming to think about it, the most abuse Syrian refugees faced were from fellow Arabs…. Syrian refugees who fled to nonArab countries fared much better than those who fled to Lebanon and Jordan . I once regrettably said I identify myself as a proud Arab.( that is what Albaath party kept brainwashing us with as children). What a scam !!!! I’m neither proud nor an Arab. I just wish that my sympathy to Arab “causes ” cease to exist as all what we get from the “Arabs” was garbage in and garbage out .

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June 10th, 2016, 4:26 pm

 

63. Jasmine said:

Simohurta @59
So eloquently put,thanks.

Tara @62
Syrians were never Arabs and we only speak Arabic.
Totally agree.

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June 10th, 2016, 5:17 pm

 

64. Akbar Palace said:

Tara,

Thanks for sharing some of your experiences in Lebanon. I wish there were simple answers. BTW, I thought you were Arab-American?

Sim,

Thanks for pointing out all the despicable joos. If only we joos were as good as Israel’s nice Arab neighbors! Anyway, glad Arabs are safe in Israel.

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June 10th, 2016, 7:39 pm

 

65. Tara said:

Akbar

“I thought you were Arab-American?”

I thought I was too.

Now I think I am nothing-American

Genetically , you may be more Arab than I am. We are all jambalaya of mixed genes.

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June 10th, 2016, 7:44 pm

 

66. Tara said:

Akbar,

Something good about “joos”

They take care of their own.

Something terribly bad about Arabs

They don’t.

It pains me that a Syrian woman was considered a “prize” in the Middle East , a trophy wife . Now they are sex slaves by no one other than Lebanese/ Syrian pimps

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June 10th, 2016, 8:03 pm

 

67. Tara said:

في الذكرى السادسة عشر لموت الأسد
يلعن روحك يا حافظ

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June 10th, 2016, 9:25 pm

 

68. Akbar Palace said:

Tara,

Yes, after centuries of being abused, mostly by Europeans, joos have learned to manage well as a group mostly out of necessity.

It boggles the mind how a society which was far ahead of the medieval Dark Ages in Europe floundered into its present state.

So I think about Hafez and his stupid son Bashar, The Wesistance Pro. As you recall, Bashar was talking with the Zios about how to get the Golan back. Of course, the West was gleeful and promises of recognition and billions and trade were hung in front of Bashars eyes.

So what did Bashar do? Did he take Door No 1: a future with the liberal West or did he take Door No 2: rejection and wesistance.

And the rest is history. Arafat, Hamas, and all the other wesistance pros would be proud!

Arab leaders have a habit of running their countries into the ground. I say send Assad to Sims house and keep him there.

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June 10th, 2016, 10:36 pm

 

69. Akbar Palace said:

We can certainly learn a lot from this c_nt…

Is there something more ironic than this interview? I don’t think so.

https://youtu.be/A0nASbOg3B8

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June 10th, 2016, 10:58 pm

 

70. Jasmine said:

Hafiz Assad displayed two principal traits. The first was an exceptional degree of political foresight; the second was a foxy fighting instinct when driven to the wall, as he was by the Muslim Brothers at Hama in 1982 or by the Israelis in Lebanon a year later. On both occasions, he proved he could fight as dirty as anyone.

Patrick Seale

RIP Hafiz,you were one of the great leaders .

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June 11th, 2016, 12:32 am

 

71. SimoHurtta said:

68. Akbar Palace said:

Tara,

Yes, after centuries of being abused, mostly by Europeans, joos have learned to manage well as a group mostly out of necessity….

Akbar Jews have in Europe been the most successful, wealthiest and best educated minority ever. Do you seriously believe it would have been possible for a pariah and hunted tribe? Come on, read real history not that your self-pitying Zionist fiction and propaganda.

Akbar in Poland before WW2 56 percent of all doctors were Jews. 43% of teachers,33% of layers, 22% of journalists, much of trade and industry sector was owned by Jews etc. Jews represented then 10% of the population. Still we are told time after time that Jews in Poland were blocked from universities and from the society. In Europe Jews have lead universities, been bankers, ministers, generals etc for a long time. Akbar look simply at the list of Nobel price winners. There are no Romani people, who honestly can say to been a discriminated and persecuted tribe around Europe. But there are plenty of “discriminated and exploited” Jews. Strange isn’t it Akbar?

I did read a book of medieval slavery. Guess Akbar who had a big fingerprint in the slave trade of that time? Both Christians and Muslims had problems with their religious rules and allowance of creating so called eunuchs of whom were huge demand among both Christians and Muslims. One tribe contributed its services in trade and with cutting genitals. The “tribe” had also the ability to trade between the major blocks and trade captured slaves back to their relatives, with a healthy provision naturally. Jews later became highly influential in the European slave trade, reaching their apex from the 16th to 19th centuries. Hmmmm victims or clever, “flexible” businessmen earning of “necessity”?

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June 11th, 2016, 4:21 am

 

72. Amir in Tel Aviv said:

Tara #61 #62,

I share your sadness over the status of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. What I meant was that Lebanon has more refugees per original citizens, than any country in the world. I believe it’s 1 million Syrian refugees in a country with a population of 4,5 millions.

I wish I could say that the situation in Israel is better than this. It isn’t. We treat the refugees that we have here from Africa (mainly from Eritrea) very badly. Their women and children aren’t sexually abused, but in every other aspect they suffer here.

So if I can join your kindness to share your feelings, I feel ashamed that the Jewish people who suffered a lot, can’t be better than this.

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June 11th, 2016, 5:48 am

 

73. Tara said:

Simo

“Akbar in Poland before WW2 56 percent of all doctors were Jews. 43% of teachers,33% of layers, 22% of journalists, much of trade and industry sector was owned by Jews etc. Jews represented then 10% of the population.”

Simo, why in your opinion , Jews have excelled whereas others such as Arabs didn’t? There shall be a Syrian community in Germany for instance. Are they going to exel ? Are they going to collectively achieve any status ? And please avoid anti-Semitic rant . Would like an intelligent answer .

Amir and Akbar feel free to answer as long as you avoid the nonsense of chosen people as I really do not believe in deity -related appointments and promises

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June 11th, 2016, 9:59 am

 

74. Akbar Palace said:

Tara,

Deities notwithstanding, we “chosen” have been accused of being “Christ-killers”, relegated to certain professions, thrown out of numerous countries, forced to convert, victims of pogroms, herded into ghettoes, and sent to concentration camps.

Centuries of mistreatment have forced us to take care of ourselves. Just MHO. I wish Israel was around 100 years ago. I guess God works in mysterious ways.

I hope one day all Semites will live together in peace and the violence will stop. I thank you for you contributions here.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_Europe

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June 11th, 2016, 10:51 am

 

75. Majedkhaldoun said:

Daniel Pipes:

Western governments should support the malign dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad…. http://fb.me/1hE8FJ89T

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June 11th, 2016, 12:19 pm

 

76. SimoHurtta said:

73. Tara said:

Simo

“Akbar in Poland before WW2 56 percent of all doctors were Jews. 43% of teachers,33% of layers, 22% of journalists, much of trade and industry sector was owned by Jews etc. Jews represented then 10% of the population.”

Simo, why in your opinion , Jews have excelled whereas others such as Arabs didn’t? There shall be a Syrian community in Germany for instance. Are they going to exel ? Are they going to collectively achieve any status ? And please avoid anti-Semitic rant . Would like an intelligent answer .

Amir and Akbar feel free to answer as long as you avoid the nonsense of chosen people as I really do not believe in deity -related appointments and promises

Well Tara the statistics of academic Jews in pre-WW2 Poland can be found in wikipedia. The Nobel price winner lists are public. How Jews contributed in European medieval slavery is also official history, not anti-Semitic propaganda. What happened in Nazi-Germany during those 10 years in 30’s and 40’s is NOT all the history of Jews in Europe.

If one constantly whines like Akbar does how Europeans, Arabs and Palestinians have been and are mistreating, oppressing and exploiting Jews all the time, it is not anti-Semitic to point out some historical facts. The Zionist propaganda is built on these eternal and constant victims everywhere arguments. It is not wrong to point out that this victim notion is not historically accurate.

In Europe have been two tribes/religious groups which have been able to preserve a strong own identity and own habits for a very long time. The Romani people and Jews. The Romani people have been and are still on the absolute bottom of European societies. The Jews have represented the top of societies and have been the wealthiest, best educated and successful minority in Europe. It is simply impossible to achieve such status and position if the majority constantly attacks this minority group in question.

Jews in Arab countries were not the “slaves” for the majority or represented the underclass cleaning toilets. Like in Europe Jews also they were there in general wealthier and better educated compared to the local Arabs.

Palestinians in Israel (those citizens) have not risen to the top of Israeli society in such amounts we can have seen Jews doing in European and other world stages. 50 percent of Israeli doctors are not Palestinians who represent one fifth of the population, 1 percent is more likely (is there statistic about it Akbar, I doubt). We can and should ask the question WHY? Is the answer that Israeli Jews do not allow Palestinians to raise on the top OR if they do are Palestinians and Arabs simply more stupid compared to Jews? In Israel the schools for Arabs get considerably less funding than what Jewish schools get. Many sectors of the society are blocked for Palestinians. So are Israeli Palestinians more equal to the Romani people or Jews in historical Europe?

PS.
“Moderator” Tara you are allowed to comment here if you leave out your Sunni-Muslim extreme fundamental propaganda and frequent threats to other groups and commentators. 🙂

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June 12th, 2016, 5:05 am

 

77. Majedkhaldoun said:

Erdogan is aware that US strategy is to create Kurdish state in northern Syria to separate Turkey from Syria, he knows he can not do anything about it, in Syria, but he can push Kurds from Turkey to the newly created Kurdish state ,this will create humanitarian crisis in this state that will increase the misery of this Kurdish state
Isolating Turkey from Syria ,also, is not complete as part of Syria in the north is not Kurd area, the long arm ,extending west of Qamishly is going to be narrow and hard to protect and defend, and Kurdish state will have no access to the sea.
Syria is divided now , but the division is only limited to separate the Kurdish area from the rest of Syria,
Russia has limitations in its involvement in Syria, Putin is fully aware of that , while Tehran meeting ,that includes three defense ministers of Russia, Iran and Syria, that meeting ends with no public declaration, this means one of two things , either there was no common agreement on demands from Iran to Putin ,that includes sending Russian land troops, or the Russian foreign minister has informed the Iranian F.M. that Russia has or under limitations in Syria,
US support of the Kurdish forces means that Russia will have no control over there
Russia involvement in Syria is mainly to fight US interest in this area, the recent change in US strategy , is now to counter Russian interest

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June 12th, 2016, 6:51 am

 

78. ALAN said:

12. asghar palace said:
ALan,
Thank you for that piece of misinformation. Which street in Tel-Aviv is the Saudi Embassy being built?
Saudi Arabia Embassy in Israel: 11 Ha’Etrog, En HaTkhelet, Netanya
asghar
Are you a multicolor person?
You sometimes take the place of a lecturer in all the knowledge, and at other times show yourself that you do not know about the simple things
Is this how you learned in the college of the spirochetes?

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June 12th, 2016, 6:51 am

 

79. Majedkhaldoun said:

I mentioned the story about Dr. Younis in the comment that is written in Arabic , to your informations Dr Younis is living in US now, his mother is Palastinian

that story is sent to me by a friend, it is not my own words

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June 12th, 2016, 7:01 am

 

80. ALAN said:

the Nazi Erdogan is unable to push 18% of the total population of Turkey’s and transfer them abroad!
The United States is unable to create a Kurdish state on any inch of Syria, but more than that it is not able to save own face in the Syrian quagmire
The upper hand in Syria – is the hand of the Syrian Arab Army, and there are no human being who can be able to change this fact. Syrian sovereignty over every inch of the Syrian land, including the Golan Heights will be reached.
If you need the chatter you do in your country’s elections. There is a wide space for you.

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June 12th, 2016, 7:33 am

 

81. Akbar Palace said:

Ahlan,

Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia and Israel have no diplomatic relations. If they have an embassy in Israel, that would be a surprise. Can you find a picture of the Saudi embassy in Netanya with a Saudi flag hanging on the building? Even a plaque on the door would suffice.

I did a Google search for the supposed Saudi Embassy in Israel and I found a couple of makeshift websites showing a map in Netanya.

In any case, Egypt and Jordan have diplomatic relations with Israel, so Saudi Arabia wouldn’t be the first Arab country to make peace with your Zionist nightmare.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel–Saudi_Arabia_relations

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June 12th, 2016, 10:22 am

 

82. ALAN said:

asghar palace
Zionist nightmare surly is not my. It is exactly the honest and true Jewish nightmare.

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June 12th, 2016, 11:38 am

 

83. Akbar Palace said:

Ahlan’s Saudi Embassy search in Israel now in full Swing NewZ

You are free to delude yourself to your heart’s content. Israel is doing fine. Certainly better than most arab and muslim states.

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June 12th, 2016, 11:46 am

 

84. Tara said:

Simo

PS.
“Moderator” Tara you are allowed to comment here if you leave out your Sunni-Muslim extreme fundamental propaganda and frequent threats to other groups and commentators. ”

Like any Baathist and Persian mullah: .Those who do nor agree with you, are extremes Sunni fundamentalist and a threat.

Please get lost.

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June 12th, 2016, 12:11 pm

 

85. Akbar Palace said:

Tara,

Your question about Jews was a fair question, and I simply gave you my opinion. Our population has always been small and vulnerable, so we stick together and make best with whatever situation comes our way. Over the past 2000 years, there were times of peace and also times of hardship.

Sorry for “whinning” (lol)!

Well, looks like the joos did it again. Another mass killing, this time in Orlando. Wonder what could have set this guy Omar Mateen off? I’m betting he killed all these people because of Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinians.

But, all folly aside, my heartfelt sympathies for the families of these murdered individuals and of course to the thousands of innocent arab families affected by the despots who run the Middle East.

Majedkhaldoun,

We discussed this before, but I do NOT agree with Daniel Pipes. He cynically prefers that muslims kill each other to keep them from killing us. That doesn’t “cut it” for me. The world needs to intervene and get this violence to stop AND to create free societies and governments. GWB tried this in Iraq and it didn’t quite succeed. It will take an effort of a complete generation to do this work correctly. That is the best long-term solution. Again, this is just MHO. Of course, countries that are not democratic will surely NOT agree, including UNSC permanent members such as Russia and China and sheikdoms like Saudi Arabia .

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June 12th, 2016, 12:30 pm

 

86. Majedkhaldoun said:

There is no Syrian army , there is Assad army, there is no Syrian sovereignty , Assad relegated that to Iran and Russia , people should wake up to the reality, and stop talking out of illusions.

A.P.
I am glad you disagree with Daniel Pipes , because that idea is Evil idea, I partially support democracy, the decisions in Democracy usually is not emotional, but after deliberation, but they still can make wrong decision , point in case is Obama election, I respect Romney. and the current election in US is going to be very interesting, there has to be a split in the republican party, unless Trump reach an agreement with the leadership to modify his stands on many issues, republican party stands for better morality, contrary to the democratic party who has low morality

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June 12th, 2016, 1:15 pm

 

87. Akbar Palace said:

Majedkhaldoun,

Thanks. I respect your response and opinions as usual. Please continue to contribute here.

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June 12th, 2016, 2:04 pm

 

88. Ghufran said:

Sohr poll:
هل تعتقد ان تنظيم”الدولة الإسلامية “في سوريا دخل مرحلة الانهيار
نعم (51%, 395 Votes)
لا (34%, 263 Votes)
لاأعلم (15%, 120 Votes)
عدد المصوتين: 778
51% believe Isis is starting to break
34% disagrees

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June 12th, 2016, 8:32 pm

 

89. Tara said:

My heart aches for the loss of life in Orlando, Florida. It is a real tragedy that some one finds in himself enough hatred to kill 50 people . One is left speechless with all this sorrow.

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June 13th, 2016, 7:16 am

 

90. ghufran said:

Israel is more concerned about Iran than ISIS, Nusra and Islamists groups. This explains the friendly relations, or at least the non hostile relations, Israel has with Islamist militias and rebel groups in Syria since 2011. Rebel groups and terrorists have not fired a single bullet at Israel, instead they sent wounded fighters to be treated in Israel, and some political figures in the anti regime camp visited Israel and others openly asked for a “new chapter” in relationship with the Jewish state. The next time you hear Thawrajiyyeh speak about how the Alawite regime sold the Golan ask them to cover their behind before they walk the walk, rebels and Islamists are selling Palestinians and Syrians alike and are doing the dirty work on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia, they are the useful idiots in Syria !!
Asked in an interview to state Israel’s main objective in Syria, Dore Gold, the director-general of the foreign ministry, said: “At the end of the day, when some kind of modus vivendi is reached inside of Syria, it is critical from the Israeli standpoint that Syria does not emerge as an Iranian satellite incorporated fully into the Iranian strategic system.”
For the U.S. and other Western nations, by contrast, the main priority in Syria is to destroy Islamic State and other Sunni radical movements that are perhaps even more opposed to Iran’s rival Shiite theocracy than they are to the West.

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June 13th, 2016, 12:45 pm

 

91. Akbar Palace said:

Ghufran,

Thanks for the post above, but don’t you think it’s time to “ease-up” on Israel?

For example you said:

The next time you hear Thawrajiyyeh speak about how the Alawite regime sold the Golan ask them to cover their behind before they walk the walk, rebels and Islamists are selling Palestinians and Syrians alike and are doing the dirty work on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia, they are the useful idiots in Syria !!

“Selling Palestinians”? Really? The only people who have done MORE for the Palestinians is Israel!

Did Egypt give Gaza to the Palestinians when they controlled Gaza? No.

Did Jordan give the West Bank to the Palestinians when they controlled the West Bank? No.

Did Assad do anything to help the Palestinians when he talked with Ehud Barak about giving back the Golan? No.

And then we have arabs and muslims who are dying all over the Middle East, in circumstances far worse than what the Palestinians are suffering from today.

Why are you using Israel and the Palestinians as some sort of holy, litmus test for who the best arab is?? EVERYONE has used the Palestinians for their own propaganda and all the Palestinians got in return was nothing.

I think the events over the past 5 years has shown that the Palestinian conflict is a side-show to a much larger problem and nothing more.

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June 13th, 2016, 1:02 pm

 

92. ALAN said:

Saudi evil funded proactive project next US war.

In what may be the pinnacle of hypocrisy, moments ago Hillary Clinton, while speaking live on national security and addressing the Orlando shooting took some time from her constant bashing of the Second Amendment and calling for a ban on assault rifles, to say some less than kind words about Saudi Arabia whom it accused of supporting radical organizations.

There is nothing wrong with that statement, as it is the whole truth – Saudi Arabia’s involvement in supporting terrorism stretches from Sept 11 all the way through to ISIS – however, where there is a big, and potentially law-breaking, problem is what Jordan’s official news agency, Petra News Agency, reported on Sunday citing the Saudi crown price, namely that Saudi Arabia is a major funder of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to become the next president of the United States.

As MEE notes, the Petra News Agency published on Sunday what it described as exclusive comments from Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman which included a claim that Riyadh has provided 20 percent of the total funding to the prospective Democratic candidate’s campaign.

The report was later deleted and the news agency has not responded to requests for comment from Middle East Eye.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-06-13/saudi-arabia-has-funded-20-hillarys-presidential-campaign-saudi-crown-prince-claims

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June 13th, 2016, 2:25 pm

 

93. ALAN said:

heart aches….
The peace here:
he worked for wakenhut
waken who
they got taken over by g4s
who g4s
israel and the uk use the services of g4s
g4s is pulling out of israel
triple whammy
lgbt victim hood
zion revenge on g4s
another muslim story for the msm.
real or not gladio trauma tavistock works.
100 years of mind shock and awe
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_wackenhut06.htm
http://www.moonofalabama.org/2016/06/a-few-more-questions-about-the-orlando-massacre-.html#comments

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June 13th, 2016, 5:54 pm

 

94. Tara said:

“Mina Justice last heard from her 30-year-old son, Eddie Justice, on early Sunday morning, after bullets rang out at the Orlando nightclub Pulse. He texted her at 2:06 a.m., saying, “Mommy I love you.”

He texted her again, saying there was a shooter at the club. He told her to call police and said he was hiding in a bathroom with other clubgoers.

“He’s coming,” he wrote. “I’m gonna die.””

Eddie justice was conformed dead!
—–

I can’t stop crying. … The texts playing endless loop in my brain . I can see my son ( god forbidden) asking for my help in such circumstance ….

Only to see Alan’s post blaming Zionism…. Even the explosion of the bank in Lebanon, HA blamed Zionism . Funny if it was not sad. Aren’t you people ever get sober up? Is stupidity an active choice you made or are you guys being paid to be stupid. Come on Alan . It is insulting to the souls of those dead.
.

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June 13th, 2016, 11:03 pm

 

95. ghufran said:

Hillary Clinton:

“It is long past time for the Saudis, the Qataris, and the Kuwaitis and others to stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations,”.
“And they should stop supporting radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path toward extremism.”

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June 13th, 2016, 11:06 pm

 

96. ghufran said:

Hillary Clinton:

“It is long past time for the Saudis, the Qataris, and the Kuwaitis and others to stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations,”.
“And they should stop supporting radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path toward extremism.”

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June 13th, 2016, 11:06 pm

 
 

98. Alan said:

a war fought by fighters moving from one country into another is not a “civil war,” it is a foreign invasion – and those nations participating in it along the invaded nation’s borders must be held accountable.

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June 14th, 2016, 6:48 am

 

99. Akbar Palace said:

Secretary of Sthate, Hillary Clinton

Dear Hillary,

Should that also include the EU and American funding of Hamas and the PA and Iran’s funding of Hezbollah and Iran’s funding of their nuclear program despite public statements about destroying the State of Israel?

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June 14th, 2016, 10:16 am

 

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