Hanan Ashrawi: Palestine will not submit to political and financial extortion

The member of the PLO Executive Committee Dr. Hanan Ashrawi has said Israeli’s heist of Palestinian revenues is illegal economic aggression, according to a statement sent to the Syria Times e-newspaper.

Her statement was made in response to the Israeli government’s unlawful decision- issued on February 17- of stealing once again Palestinian tax revenues. 

“This is an unlawful decision that once again confirms Israel’s habitual theft of Palestinian land, resources and funds. The money in question is Palestinian tax and customs money that accounts for nearly 70% of all government income,” Dr. Ashrawi said, clarifying that Israel collects this money on behalf of the Palestinian government in exchange for an exorbitant fee.

Archbishop Atallah Hanna: Warsaw Conference has disregarded that no one can undermine Palestinian cause

Archbishop of Sebastia of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of al-Quds [Jerusalem] Atallah Hanna has affirmed that Palestinian people will continue to defend al-Quds [Jerusalem], their shrines and their just national cause no matter how tough the oppressive occupation policies are.

His Eminence’s remark was made during a tour in Salwan town [ located in the south of al-Aqsa Mosque], which is being constantly targeted by Israeli occupation authorities. 

“Our mission is a message of solidarity, love, fraternity and national unity among all Palestinian people. The pains of Salwan citizens are our pains because we are one Palestinian people wherever and whenever we are, and we share the same ambitions,” the archbishop said, according to a newsletter sent to the Syria Times e-newspaper.

His Eminence asserted that the issue of detainees and prisoners must be a top priority for Palestinians because those are the heroes and symbols of freedom and they deserve to stand by them. 

“We believe in values of human brotherhood and national unity through which we can be strong in defending the right we call for…Palestinians are not guests or a minority of al-Quds population…Al-Quds is their capital… We hope that internal Palestinian divisions will end so as to be strong in defending al-Quds and our shrines,” the archbishop stated, according to another newsletter sent by the archbishop Office.

American writer to ST: Fourth Estate has become a Fifth Column working against the people it was supposed to serve

On February 9, 2019, an open forum of ideas was held in Oslo, Norway to discuss and shine a light on a number of high-profile issues including Syria.

The general outcome of this event was to educate and inspire delegates, and to elevate the level of political discussion in Norway which is a key component of Western geopolitics and hugely influential in international affairs through its multilateral institutions like the Norwegian Nobel Institute, and presently as a leading member of NATO, according to the American writer and global affairs analyst Patrick Henningsen, who gave a presentation in the forum.

Carla Ortiz to ST: Syria is truly a country of love and peace

Over the past three years, she has fully dedicated her life to help end the war and lift sanctions on the Syrian people, and her big final plan is to release this year her film “Voice Of Syria” that has become the most beautiful journey of her life.

Carla Ortiz, the Bolivian actress and activist, who has made more than 10 trips to what she described as her second country [Syria] and has been on the ground in 80% of the country in ‘rebel’ and government areas, feels responsibility to pass the message that Syria is truly a country of love and peace.

 “I have been coming to Syria my second country since the beginning of 2016. I have made several trips (more than 10). I have been on the ground in 80% of the country in ''rebel'' and government areas.

Anglican Priest to ST: Foreign policies should not impose their will over other nations to serve their own agendas

 

The Rev Andrew Ashdown has argued that we live in a disturbing context in which global geopolitics, economic dominance, and military power often seem more important than the common good and needs of people and nations. 

In an interview with the Syria Times e-newspaper, the Anglican priest said: “‘Democracy’ seems to have come to mean little more than holding to the same political and economic systems and policies which support the agendas and interests of the most powerful nations, who are willing to destroy nations in order to impose them.  Ordinary people have little power even in those nations where ‘democracy’ is claimed.  They may have freedom of speech, and that is important and is a strength of ‘democracy’, but governments and the systems around them ensure that the status quo of dominant systems prevail, whatever the people say. Meanwhile, the poor get poorer, and the social structures of society get weaker. At the ‘top’ of the pyramid is power and economics, and at the bottom, are the interests of the people.  It should be the other way around. ”

His answer to a question about why the voice of warmongers is louder than the voice of pacifists was: “War secures the dominance of the powerful, and the prevailing of the economic and political interests of the powerful.   Of course, the arms industry is relevant as well – a multi-billion dollar industry that enriches individuals and governments and secures a cycle of power and control.  The interests/well-being of ordinary people or the millions of innocent civilians who are the victims of this industry and the political ‘games’ of the powerful are irrelevant and meaningless to them.  There is no morality.  Pacifism challenges these systems and the political and economic power they provide for the few, so pacifists are ignored – or crushed.”

The Priest put forwards a five- point solution to prevent the eruption of more wars in the world.