New Test for UN credibility

It is completely unacceptable for the US and its Western allies to continue turning a blind eye and a deaf ear regarding the criminal acts and savage atrocities committed by the armed terrorist groups in Syria. Blatant Human rights violations and heinous crimes are committed by these groups against Syrian people and their public and private properties daily and the international community is still keeping silent towards such awful acts.

One of the atrocious massacres committed by the armed terrorist groups was the atrocity of Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside, causing the martyrdom of at least 25 civilians and the injury of over 100 others. The terrorist groups' members arranged a murder of civilians and military personnel, maimed the bodies of some victims, put them in a big trench in the town's suburbs and burned other martyrs’ bodies showing the ugliness of their criminal acts.

The brutal massacre was perpetrated by the armed terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra and "Liwaa Ansar al-Khilafa".

The double standard policy adopted by some Security Council member countries regarding combating terrorism prevented the UN Security Council from condemning the atrocities of the al-Qaeda-affiliated takfiri groups which have been responsible for the terrorist explosions in various areas in the country. The stances of these countries run contrary to the international agreement on combating terrorism, increase committing more atrocities against the Syrians and obstruct the strenuous efforts to reach a political solution for the crisis based on inter-Syrian dialogue that meets the Syrian people’s aspirations and demands away from any foreign diktat.

The armed terrorist groups which are linked to al-Qaeda have committed the savage massacre in Khan al-Assal town to erase the traces of the chemical weapons use in this area. The main goal of this carnage is killing all witnesses on the use of the chemical weapons by the armed terrorist groups.

Unfortunately, none of the Western parties has taken a stand against such acts or against the foreign gunmen within the ranks of the terrorist groups in Syria.

The Takfiri terrorist groups and their backers must be held accountable for their acts. The terrorists who committed Khan al-Assal massacre and the countries which support, fund and arm them must be held accountable, and they will pay dearly for this heinous crime.

Another goal of the massacre is to terrorize the Syrian people and alter the situation on the ground, particularly since the Syrian Army is making progress in its qualitative operations targeting the dens of terrorists everywhere in the country.

The UN Security Council and the Human Rights Council should adopt responsible procedures as regards fighting the terrorism Syria is facing because of the al-Qaeda linked takfiri groups.

The UN Security Council should also reveal facts connected to the horrible massacre in Khan al-Assal away from double standard policies which have been advocated by the US and its Western allies since the very beginning of the crisis in Syria.


Jerusalem: the bells of return shall ring

Today is Al-Quds Day, an international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people that is held annually on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Al Quds – Jerusalem is the city of martyrs; the occupied city. A city painted with a deep shade of Israeli occupation crimes. A city occupied far longer than I have walked this earth.

I warmly invite the world to rediscover and embrace the Palestinian culture of Life following the flowering footsteps of the Prophets of this Holy Land, Palestine, the Arabs have forgotten Al-Quds, why?????? Arabs forgot to fight for Jerusalem, and the Arabs are fighting each other!!!

What a bizarre configuration imposed upon Palestinians; they are called racist for fighting racism, they are called anti-Semites while being Semitic to the core, they are obliged to defend the rights of their persecutors before their own,  they are supposed to care more for the feelings of those who perpetrated genocides against them for over six decades before they care about their liberation, and they are demanded to fall in love with the “humanity” of their occupiers and express that love in no uncertain terms otherwise their own humanity is in doubt and would be put on trial.

This city, I have never seen. Its air, I have never breathed. Its roads, I have never trodden, but my only dream in life is to go there, after it is liberated, the city of prayer:

Jerusalem, Flower of Cities
Sung by Fairuz

For you, city of prayer, I pray.
For you, brightest of homes, flower of cities
Jerusalem, city of prayer, I pray.

Our eyes travel to you every day
wandering towards
the places of worship
embracing the old churches
and wiping away the sadness
from the mosques.

Night of glory, path of those
who passed to the sky
our eyes travel to you every day
and I pray…

The child in the manger
and his mother Maryam
two faces, crying, crying…
for those who have been outcast
for children without homes
for those who have fought
and died in doorways.

And peace has died, in the land of peace
and justice has fallen
justice has fallen
justice has fallen, like ash.

When the city of Jerusalem fell, love retreated,
and in the heart of the world, war lived.
the child in the manger
and his mother Maryam
two faces crying
and I pray…

The blinding anger is coming
and I am all belief
the blinding anger is coming
and I shall pass through sadness

From every direction coming,
with the steeds of night coming,
like the face of God, All-seeing
Coming, coming, coming..

The doors of our city will not be locked
for I am going to pray
and I will knock on the doors
and I will open these doors
and you will wash
O river of Jordan
my face, with holy waters
and you will erase
O river of Jordan
The tracks of the soldiers boots.

From every direction, coming,
with the steeds of night, coming,
like the face of God, all-seeing
coming, coming, coming
To defeat the face of power.

This home is ours
and Jerusalem is ours
and with our hands we will return
the brightness of Jerusalem
with our hands,

For Jerusalem, peace
for Jerusalem, peace
for Jerusalem, peace

"A sword shall be drawn; and horns shall be blown; and the bells of return shall ring: now, now - not tomorrow."

Butheina Al-Nounou

Army putting lives on the line every day

Two days ago, I was in a hospital, where my husband was doing physical checkup, we were told that he must sleep in the hospital for two days. I took the opportunity to speak to the nurses, doctors, visitors and even the patients. I asked them two questions: one, after two years of foreign-backed attacks, mostly from religious fanatics, how would secular Syria have survived without its national army? and two, what legitimate function does any army have, if not to defend a nation from foreign-backed attempts to violently dismantle the state and constitution or, alternatively, to partition the country?

They all answered nearly the same, the Syrian Arab Army has been vilified by those very same regimes that arm the foreign jihadis and the local sectarians.Yet despite the relentless attacks, this army has held together and is showing strong signs of resuming control of our country in service of a secular and socially inclusive state. One of the patients said" If you live our army's value, it means you live up to a higher standard. our army has loyalty, duty, respect, honor, integrity, and personal Courage. But how often do you see someone actually live up to these traits? Soldiers learn these values, and they live them every day in everything they do — whether they’re on the job or off ".

 If that is not legitimate so what??????even the five years child, began chanting "long live our army"

One of the doctors said:

"Criticizing the Syrian Arab Army  is coming from those western countries whose armies spend much of their time invading and occupying several of foreign countries.

 Throughout the years, the Syrian Army embodied the values of national unity and reflected the diversity of the Syrian society, embracing the heroic principle of martyrdom and making it an integral part of the Syrian soldier's mentality.

Syria's secular tradition is nowhere stronger than it is in the Syrian Arab Army, with half a million members, half regulars and half conscripts.The army compasses all the country's communities. However, they identify as 'Syrian' and 'Arab' confronting a sectarian enemy that brands itself 'real Muslim( Al-Qaeda)".

A young nurse said " Hundreds of thousands of young Syrians put their lives on the line every day to defend a nation that gives them identity, education, and a range of shared institutions. The Syrian army deserves respect, love, and gratitude ".

A woman wept when I asked her, she said: I have a son in the Army, I want to make sure my son knows how proud I am. No matter what, if he comes alive or not, he always wanted to die, and become a martyr, for the sake of his country,  but  I will be waiting for my son and his friends to come home. We miss him so much. I am constantly praying for his safety" she couldn't say anything more.

At  last, On the 68th anniversary of our Syrian Arab Army, I say:

All of our prayers go to you. With God's sake you will win both the battle as well as the war.

Brave Syrian Arab Army you are making golden pages of history and demonstrating to the world, how defending dignity and motherland should be done. You have tremendous Support from all the Syrians. Cleanse the country from thugs and bandits.

God bless the heroic valiant soldiers of the splendid Syrian Arab Army. 

Long live our soldiers, and mercy to our martyrs. 

Butheina Al-Nounou

Syrian Army 's 68Th Anniversary

DAMASCUS,(ST)_ The Syrian army, once again, is waging today the battle against terrorism, embodying principles and values it carries since its foundation in 1945 to defend the homeland and preserve its dignity against schemes that seek to undermine the Syrian state and her national sovereign decision. 

The current global conspiracy against Syria proved the ability of the Syrian army to thwart all plots and conspiracies that targeted its cohesion and discipline through misleading media campaigns for which billions of US dollars were allotted in desperate attempts to tarnish the image of the Syrian fighter who made the victories of 1973 and broke the myth of the invincible Zionist army.

All facts confirmed that the Syrian Arab Army represented over the years militant struggle to ensure national unity to protect and defend the law against internal and external threats. 

Since its creation nearly 68 years ago, the Syrian army devoted itself to a national scientific concept materialized in honorable fights especially the battle in defense of Palestine in 1948, preserving Lebanon 's unity and independence in 1976 and participated in the battles of honor against the Zionist enemy in Lebanon, also in 1982.

The Syrian Arab Army chose to develop its combat potentials and managed through the consolidation and development of cooperation with anti-west friendly countries armies to get supplied with various kinds of sophisticated and advanced weapons , despite ongoing attempts to prevent Syria from arms supplies and fear of some countries of upsetting the military balance against the interests of Israel. 

Moreover, the army centered its focus on building the man and maintain his mental , physical and ideological rehabilitation through continued development of military training and educational curricula . 

Today, heroes of the Syrian army continue the same approach in defense of the homeland and to prevent hired terrorists to achieve their cheap goals and uproot mercenaries who seek to undermine Syria 's security and stability .

Equipped with high readiness and preparedness, the Syrian army is able to successfully carry out combat missions assigned to them to thwart and crush all hostile acts.

However, analysts confirm that one who tries to or seeks to undermine Syria steadfastness and national sovereignty and destabilize its security must recall the role played by heroes of the Syrian Arab army over the years in defending the just Arab causes and support of resistance forces in the region ,and should also know that the army heroes are not deterred by threats , because they took up their lives on their palms and chose martyrdom as a path to achieve victory .


T. Fateh

The main beneficiary of the so-called Arab Spring

As the so-called Arab spring was a sinister project planned by the US and its regional and Western allies with the aim of weakening the Arab states and creating chaos there, it is natural for Israel to be the main beneficiary of such colonial project to press ahead with its racist and aggressive policies against Arab people.

Capitalizing on the world’s concentration on the so-called Arab Spring, Israel has taken several racist and anti-peace measures that perpetuate its occupation of the Arab territories.

In his speech to the joint session of the U.S. Congress on May 24, 2011, Israeli prime minister Netanyahu spoke about the “Arab Spring” positively, as if he stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the rioters describing the “Arab Spring” as an historic moment holding the promise of a new dawn. Such a statement reflects Netanyahu’s support for this evil project because it is a golden opportunity for Israel to benefit from the chaos prevailing in the Arab region to implement its anti-peace and racist policies.

Illegal settlement activities, which run contrary to all international norms and blatantly violate the UN charter, were on the top of the occupation government’s priorities during the past two years with the aim of changing the demographic and geographic status of the occupied territories and wipe out their genuine Arab identity.

An Israeli planning committee has advanced a plan to build 69 housing units in East Jerusalem settlement of Har Homa. The occupation Jerusalem municipality claimed that the construction project, which was built more than a decade ago and now houses 12,000 Israelis, was not new and had already passed earlier planning stages.

This move was as a message to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who said that he was trying to revive long-stalled Middle East peace negotiations. But Resumption of negotiation requires a cessation of all settlement activities and racist practices.

 Patrick Ventrell, the acting deputy spokesperson for US State Department, declined to answer a question about the new settlements which indicates the US approval of such a plan.

Most recently, the occupation government adopted the racist Prawer-Begin plan that would lead to the confiscation of 800,000 dunums of land and forced displacement of 40,000 Palestinians in Negev, in addition to the destruction of 36 villages. About 850,000 dunums of Negev lands will be confiscated and thousands of Palestinian families will be displaced.

This racist plan to build settlements comes in the context of Israel going too far in the process of ethnic cleansing against our Palestinian Arab people and land confiscation and displacement of Palestinian residents. The sinister plan is part of the racist ethnic cleansing policies that Israel has practiced against the Palestinians in occupied Palestine since 1948 with the aim of Judaizing the land and putting an end to what is left of Palestine Cause with its historical, geographic, demographic and heritage dimensions.

The Prawer-Begin plan is a dangerous project constituting a flagrant violation of the international law and its principles, particularly those related to human rights.

The international community should move immediately to stop this plan and deter the occupation forces and hold them accountable for their unilateral and unashamed violations of the international law.

If it is to prove a sign of credibility, the international community should stop turning a blind eye and a deaf ear and bring the racist Zionist measures to a halt as they pose a threat to the security and stability in the region.