American Book: A New Approach to the Definition of Terrorism




For a long time, the cultural and media scene in the USA remained closed to any writing dealing with the Zionist entity as a  structure and behavior,  by virtue of the media , political and economic influence  of the World Zionist Movement and its  practiced falsification of Western  consciousness on the reality  of what happened and is happening in the region.

There are few academic writings that dealt with that Zionist entity.  An important precedent in this area indicates a significant shift in this direction,  was a book published recently by  Columbia University, one of the most famous  American universities , authored  by  two Israeli writers: Ami Pedahzur and Arie Perliger, entitled "Jewish Terrorism in Israel".

 Forwarding the book, the prestigious university  indicated that  the book more than a  best seller, as it took  a ten-year academic effort   of specialists in terrorism and national security issues.

According to critics, the importance of the book does not only  stem from its  ever " untold" theme, nor of the fact that the authors are Israeli Jews, but because the two authors  were able after several years of research and investigation to have access to thousands of important  and secret documents of the Israeli  governments pertinent to Zionist terrorism since even before the creation  of the Zionist entity,  and how this helped in creating the conditions  to implant  this entity  in occupied Palestine.

The book includes dozens of interviews with former terrorists who were  known to Zionist and American  intelligence services , with persons  who cooperated with them  in the West,  as well as with politicians and security officials involved.

The two authors also held more than six opinion polls came across  over 4800 people representing  different scientific and academic levels and segments who embraced and backed the terrorists throughout several decades.  The two authors expressed a point of view about the relationship between terrorism and religion, considering  that terrorism is not confined to religion or ideology, rather a phenomenon  which is growing, wherever generating environments,  incubating it , are available.   They depict parallelism and similarity in the movement between the terrorist groups  in all religions.

The new philosophy that the two authors added was  that the doctrine itself is not generating violence, but the  militancy within any culture , which considers itself  the target or exposed  to envision a defensive front  against an external threat contributes to generate violence. The two authors introduced a new approach to the definition of terrorism centered on  some points: The use of violence;  a stimulation by   political motive;  the intention to spread fear and terror among victims, the victims  are to be civilians .

Perhaps, the most notable in the book is giving numbers and dates about the Zionist terrorism in Palestine and abroad. The  book included 3 databases covering  309 terrorist  Jewish attacks  in Palestine since 1932 until 2008, i.e. before barbaric aggression against  and about 224 of different  figures of  various ranks  involved in these attacks,  with a detailed explanation of the mechanism of action of the Zionist  terrorist networks,  their interdependence and inter- coordination .

The two authors went deeply into the history, shedding   light on the far-in time  record  of terrorist operations carried out by  the Jews. They started from the Jewish  Hasmonean family , whose members launched attacks against the Roman rulers in Palestine and poisoned the rivers and wells – which was by the way the first terrorist acts recorded in history –This early terrorist act shows  us the similarity between yesterday and today and how terrorism and extremism nested  within the structure and ideology  of this  entity.  A fact revealed on the lips and  pens  of  the entity 's two  countrymen, namely the two Jewish authors.

Worthy mentioning that all Jewish organizations in USA  ignored the book , with a clear objective not to highlight it  or create the motivation among readers to buy it. A matter, which will eventually influence  the  attitude of the American  cultural and academic circles  and  the American public opinion, altogether. 

From here emerges  the  important role to be played by Arab media , the  Arab communities in America and  sides concerned in the Arab League and embassies, so that efforts should be  materialized for a   remarkable  presence  and outstanding writings    of prominent  Arab writers and analysts  to be published in open  American and  World  media.  Such a presence can be maintained by explaining the content of the said book to the American Public opinion  and in making  it available at various levels of media means  as well as on the internet , where   the Americans constitute a large segment of its users.

  However, carrying out  such an activity, is  not only a moral, national and  humanitarian duty, but  also an opportunity to unmask  the history of Zionism in an environment,  which for  long period of  times remained outside our academic and  media  activities outreach , when Zionist media  proceeded in fabricating lies ,  deceiving  and distorting  the truth , portraying  Arabs, especially the Palestinians  as criminals and the Zionists as a victim!


Dr. Khalaf Al-Moftah




Syria’s Salafists Getting stronger?




Salafists are on the rise but have not dominated the opposition—so far. SOME ban cigarettes, sport the short trousers of the type worn by the Prophet Muhammad’s companions, and send suicide-bombers to blow up government checkpoints. Others joke about growing beards to butter up rich conservative donors from the Gulf. Welcome to the eclectic world of Syria’s Salafists, so far only a minor strand of the rebel forces fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime, but one that is growing.

Salafists have been on the rise in Syria since the start of the year, when Jabhat al-Nusra (The Support Front) presented itself. The group, which sees Syria’s struggle as part of a global jihad, is the only one explicitly recognised by al-Qaeda. It marks itself out with suicide-bombings that often cause civilian casualties and has a slick media operation. With its forces on the front line in the raging battle for Aleppo, Syria’s second city, its impact is getting stronger.

Ahrar al-Sham (Freemen of Greater Syria) is another slightly more moderate Salafist network, operating mainly in the north-west province of Idleb…. The two groups’ numbers are probably relatively small….

Cash from Gulf benefactors who favour religious fighters has given the Salafists a high profile. Some fighters exaggerate their religiosity. “We grow beards and act more religious to get money,” admits a fighter- terrorist- with al-Farouq, an Islamist group. “But many of us drink beer.” Although the opposition in general has failed to present a clear vision of Syria after the Assad regime has fallen, Salafism, with its glorification of death in the cause of jihad, has provided its fighters with an identity.

Whether Salafist groups will emerge on top, as some Western governments fear, is another matter. They will certainly want a share of the spoils in a future Syria, especially if they provide a disproportionate share of fighters and weapons.

Yet the rest of the opposition has urged them to hold back, arguing that their presence is already playing into the hands of the regime, which has long portrayed the rebels as Islamist terrorists tied to al-Qaeda.

So far, Islamist rebel coalitions such as the Syrian Liberation Front, which is composed mainly of Saqour al-Sham (Falcons of Greater Syria) and al-Farouq, both based in the province of Idleb, have failed to win support among Syrians at large, many of whom are secular-minded, especially the good quarter of Syrians who belong to non-Sunni minorities, including Christians, Alawites and Druze.

One argument being heard more loudly among Western and other governments wanting to help the rebels is that funds should be unified and channelled so that jihadist and Salafist groups do not benefit disproportionately from the largesse of Islamist-minded Gulf sponsors…. " But as the bloody stalemate persists, 19 months after the start of the uprising, Salafist groups may get stronger.

The Economist, Oct 20th 2012 | ANTAKYA AND BEIRUT |




Information Minister: Syrian-Iranian Media Cooperation Reflects Historical Relations

 DAMASCUS, (ST) _ Minister of Information,  Omran al-Zou'bi,  underlined the importance of cooperation between Syria and Iran and the development of  work mechanisms, so as to reflect the historical relationship between the two friendly peoples in the two countries.

During a meeting with the Director of the Iranian Faris News Agency (IFNA), Sayed Mousawi, the  Minister called for joint  action between IFNA and SANA   through holding  meetings and  workshops  as means to exchange views on matters of mutual concern .

The Minister expressed   readiness to cooperate with the Iranian media, especially in light of the critical conditions and challenges, the Syrian media faces of terrorist groups' attacks against its cadres and infrastructure.

For his part,  Mousawi stressed that IFNA through its newly opened office in Damascus  will devote attention to  the events in  Syria and  convey the facts, as they are,   to the Iranian public  and to its  offices  in 30 countries, referring to the role of  his Agency in refuting disinformation  on what is happening in Syria.

Earlier today, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) and the (IFNA)   inked an initial program of cooperation which provides for the exchange of information services between the two countries.

According to the program, which was co-signed by SANA and IFNA directors, the two news agencies ensure free of charge exchange of information services;  each agency would have the right to use these services and provide them to its subscribers .

The cooperation program includes bilateral coordination and consultation in international media forums and conferences .

Two days ago, FARS News Agency opened an office in Damascus; the Director General of FARS asserted, in press statements, that  the Agency will cover the events in Syria objectively, in support of  the Syrian people against misleading media.


Syria Times




Prime Minister: Great Efforts to ensure Best services to Citizens




DAMASCUS, (ST)_ " Great efforts are being made for developing service sectors in Syria in order  to meet  the aspirations of the Syrian people," said Prime Minister, Dr. Wael al-Halqi during his  visit today to  al-Mawasat and children hospitals in Damascus.

He said all country 's health institutions are ready to provide needed health services ,  and that quality medical equipment are run by a qualified medical and nursing team, considering that this readiness falls  under the  care  accorded  by the government  for the various components of the health sector.

 The prime minister also toured the reserve bakery in Jaramana, stressing   that a large strategic stockpile of raw materials is available and can meet needs of bakeries for several years.

At   Jaramana consumer center the prime minister  said that  prices of food supplies in the state owned Consumer centers are less  by more than than 10 to 30 percent  of the common market price and are of better quality  .

At Jaramana electrical emergency center, which contains three transfer stations, the Prime Minister   said  that the electricity sector is still able to provide electrical power in various governorates.

He underlined, during his meeting with people and religious activists in the city, the solidarity established among  state, private and civil sectors,  as a manifestation  of the secret power of Syria, thanks  to the cohesion between  Syria 's people and  its leadership.

Syria Times





Moscow: Extremist Forces Undermine Stability in Syria




MOSCOW, (ST)_ The Syrian  Army faces armed opposition groups that  receive  aid continuously   from the  outside. A matter increased armed operations, making the situation in Syria very complex, said official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Alexander Lukashevic, warning that extremist forces deliberately perpetrate acts to undermine   stability  in Syria  and dispel the hopes to a solution.

In a press conference held in Moscow today, the Russian official expressed concern  over the increase of terrorist acts in different parts of Syria , especially the recent blast  on October 21st in Bab Touma , while the UN envoy was in Damascus to find a solution for the crisis in Syria.

He renewed Moscow's welcome to the decision taken by the Syrian leadership to stop armed operations during the Eid al-Adha and support for al-Ibrahimi efforts.

He continued that the talks between the Russian Foreign Minister and al-Ibrahimi next Monday will deal with possible practical steps to reach a quick solution to the crisis in Syria, pointing out that Moscow is waiting for the arrival of al- Brahimi for consultations which were scheduled beforehand, noting that strenuous talks will be held  for finding out practical steps conducive to a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis .

Russia, he said, is confident that a collective action is taken,  built on Geneva document, approved on June 30th  by all states of the " International Working Group".

Earlier this week, the Russian Foreign Minister said   that Russia hopes al- Ibrahimi will bring value added to the principles set forth in the Geneva document, which contains a "simplified irreplaceable," agreement,  pointing out that the Syrian leadership supports this document.


T . Fateh