The 46th anniversary of 1967 June aggression

 Since the separation of unity between Egypt and Syria in 1961 till mid sixties of the last century, it has been clear that the Arab revolution was put in the corner and in a blocked track. The Israeli aggression of June 1967 embodied this reality in the “Six-day war”.

The Six-day war shacked the Arab nation from the ocean to the Gulf. On the other hand, this incident motivated the Arab nation to wake up of the shock and to restore its self confidence and capability to confront the ordeals.

The 1967 aggression came as a result of the imperialist-Zionist-reactionary conspiracy to target the Arab revolution, hamper the Arab unity, topple the two Pan-Arabism  regimes of Egypt and Syria and to expand Israel’s geographic space as well as to enhance its supremacy on the Arab people.

Israel was able to convince the western public opinion that it is waging a defensive war, thus the Israeli aggression faced a great support from the USA and the western countries.

The “Six-day War “ was considered a “statement of account” to what the aggressive forces  have achieved during the years pre-aggression in all domains and also was a test to the nation’s military, economic and organization forces.

It is worthy to note to the issue of division as one of the “Six-day War” factors. So, it is not strange that resisting the Arab unity will be essential in Israel’s strategy.

The “Six-day War” opened the door in front of changing the Arab reality and launching a new political track. Then, Egypt and Syria began realizing pivotal economic, social and economic transformations which considered the backbone of the development process. So, a number of pan Arab realities represented with strategic lines were firmed as the following:

1-Confronting Israel seriously with guaranteed results requires an Arab country (or at least an Arab Orient) liberated from colonialism and backwardness and realizing unity and Arab solidarity as strategic goals.

2- Following up fortifying and technically modernizing the armies.

3-Developing the economy as a step not to keep the army just as a border guard.

4-Re-bringing up generations according to the culture of steadfastness, confrontation and resistance.

Thus, the secret word in the steadfastness and the confrontation of Israel will be the mobilization and reactivation of Arab potentials and making the Arab people partner in the battle.

It is clear that in 1967, the dreams of the Arab generation who was contemporary with the “Six-day War” were broken and until now we are still suffering from this war repercussions. But it was not the last war against the Arab nation; Israel waged its aggression on Lebanon in 1978 and 1982 and continued in carrying out attacks and violence against the Palestinian people and the Arab nation.

On the other hand, the Arab nation was able to restore its self confidence through the October Liberation War in 1973, and the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance movements began confronting the Zionist enemy.

The pan Arab and national forces refused yielding to the status quo and achieved key stages in the struggle process, the mostly important one was forcing Israel to withdraw from South Lebanon in May 2000 and from Gaza strip in 2005 after al-Aqsa intifada.

The combatant and defiant Arab forces are still waging the battle of confronting the foreign schemes and its agents in the Arab nation. 

Written by I. Abdulkarim

Turkey protests resume

Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have used tear gas and water cannon against protesters in a fifth night of anti-government demonstrations.

Protests over the demolition of a park in Istanbul have grown into days of unrest across the country,according to BBC.

Ahead of a proposed meeting in Istanbul, activists issued a list of demands, including the end of plans to demolish the park, a ban on tear gas, the release of arrested protesters and the resignation of top officials blamed for the protest crackdown, the BBC's Mark Lowen in Athens reports.

The atmosphere on Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday evening was almost celebratory as a huge crowd of people ranging from football fans to well-heeled professionals gathered, the BBC's Paul Mason reported.

People have been chanting "Have you heard us?" in the hope the government is listening to their demands.

But later, police fired tear gas, water cannon and smoke grenades as they tried to disperse protesters.

In the city of Izmir, there was a festive atmosphere and police kept their distance, though some young protesters earlier smashed security cameras and threw bricks, the BBC's Quentin Sommerville reports.

Also in Izmir, state-run Anatolia news agency reported that police had arrested 25 people for tweeting "misinformation".

An official from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Ali Engin, told Anatolia they were being held for "calling on people to protest".

Meanwhile Turkish television station NTV has apologised for failing to cover the initial protests.

The chief executive of the conglomerate that owns NTV, Cem Aydin of Dogus, said criticism of the channel was "fair to a large extent".

"Our audience feels like they were betrayed," he said after a meeting with staff, some of whom resigned in protest at the lack of coverage.

Many believe the government blocked internet access in order to prevent news of the protests spreading”

Protesters have turned to social media to spread their message and coordinate demonstrations, the BBC's Sophie Hutchinson reports from Istanbul.

Earlier on Tuesday the left-wing Kesk trade union confederation, representing some 240,000 public sector workers, began a two-day strike in support of the protests and accused the government of committing "state terror".

Another trade union confederation, Disk, has said it will join the strike on Wednesday.

The protests began on 28 May over plans to redevelop Gezi Park near Taksim Square in Istanbul.


Terrorism against Syrians

Al-Hamwi refutes the UN Inquiry Commission's biased report on Syria

GENEVA,(ST)_Syria's Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has lashed out at the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria as it deliberately exaggerates conclusions and neglects essential matters.

Faisal al-Hamwi underscored that the UN commission had purposely delayed releasing its report in order to give no time to the delegations to study it, hoping that such intentional act will not be repeated in the future. 

He was speaking before the UNSC session held Tuesday to debate the situation in Syria.

Al-Hamwi noted that that the commission used sectarian terms, basically rejected by all Syrian spectra, in its report despite Syria's caution against using them.

He, in addition, said: "The commission's recommendations did not mention that unjust unilateral sanctions imposed by some Arab and western countries on the Syrian people are behind the deterioration of economic and social situation."

On the other hand, al-Hamwi made it clear that the commission accidently cited the Takfiri groups' crimes and said nothing about abduction of Muslim and Christian clergymen and hiding them in Turkey.

"The commission turned blind eye to Qatar's role in abducting UN peacekeepers in the Syrian Golan…it also mentioned nothing about  rockets fired by armed terrorist groups in al-Qusayr city (in Homs province) on Lebanon…it  neglected the terrorist groups' role in recruiting children, rapping women, burning harvest, and destroying facilities," he said.

"From now on, Syria will never trust the commission unless it releases credible reports in which it frankly talks about the destructive role of some countries, mainly Qatar and Turkey, in fueling violence in Syria." 

Al-Hamwi stressed that the international community can help finding peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria through stopping its bias towards countries which support terrorism.

Russia: Commission failed to take 'honest attitudes'

For his part, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UNHCR, Alexei Borodavkin, said: "The commission's report failed to adopt 'honest attitudes'…it doesn't designate persistent explosions in Syrian cities as 'terrorist acts'…it also said nothing about negative impact of unilateral economic sanctions imposed on Syria."

However, he welcomed the report's support for bring about peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria under the Geneva Communiqué.

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Al-Halqi: Syria Will Never Kneel

DAMASCUS, (ST)- "Syria- government and people- will not quit  a grain dust of the national soil, including the occupied Golan which we are going to liberate it, "underscored Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi.

"I do appreciate the Golan residents' steadfastness against the brutality of the Israeli occupation which relentlessly aims at obliterating their national identity rather than their existence, "added al- Halqi.

Al-Halqi's comments came during the cabinet's weekly session held on Tuesday and presided over by him.

Addressing the cabinet members ,al-Halqi recalled: "our great people are painfully recalling the 5th of June,1967 aggression's anniversary on the Arabs where the Israeli occupation forces occupied parts of the Arab homeland including the Golan which is a fundamental part of Syria,"

  In this regard, al-Halqi linked between what was happened in 1967 and today as the bastion of resistance, Syria, is currently under a vicious conspiracy  aims at destabilizing its security and stability.

"under any circumstances, Syria will never kneel since its people and army are working together to foil foreign schemes, "underlined al-halqi.

During the meeting, al-Halqi also briefed his colleagues on the government's activities over the past week ."there is a dire need to revamp the role of the administrative units across Syria with the aim of consolidating communication with citizens, rendering best services and ensuring them a daily-basis requirements .

Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem ,for his part, briefed the Cabinet on the latest developments on the international arena and its repercussions on the internal situation.

"the Syrians believe that ending the crisis will be through materializing the political program to solve the crisis ,"asserted al-Moallem.

Al-Moallem also lauded the Army's victories nationwide and their role in restoring security and stability.