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December 23, 2011

The Liberation of the Golan

December 23rd, 2011

Today demonstrators marched against the Syrian regime in Majdal Shams on the occupied Golan Heights. (For believers in the sectarian narrative, most of the people here happen to be Druze, not Sunnis). One of their slogans was ash-sha‘ab yureed tahreer al-jowlan – The People Want the Liberation of the Golan. The Syrian regime, which has slaughtered over 6,000 civilians since the revolution started, hasn’t fired a bullet over the Golan since 1973. In the clip below Asad loyalists confront the protestors, but are outnumbered. The demonstrators shout almowt wala almuzuleh – Death Rather Than Humiliation – and illi yiqtil sha‘abu kha’in – He Who Kills his People is a Traitor.

It’s interesting to note that the Golan was occupied by Zionists in 1967, before most of the demonstrators were born, and illegally annexed in 1982. The very Syrian drama unfolding on these ‘Israeli’ streets proves – if proof were needed – the absurdity of Zionist hopes that Arab national identity on occupied territory will gradually evaporate.

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Now The Bombs

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Robin Yassin-Kassab

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by Ali Farzat

Many Syrians have been awaiting this moment with dread. A further step down into bloody chaos and incipient civil war, a further step into the dark. This morning two car bombs exploded at security installations in Kafar Souseh, Damascus. At least thirty people were killed and over 100 injured.

Who’s to blame? There is no evidence of anyone’s guilt, and there won’t be any credible evidence while the criminal Asad regime remains in power and continues to lie and to block journalists’ access. This means that pro-regime people will follow the regime line and blame al-Qa’ida, and anti-regime people will blame the regime. I make no bones about it: I’m firmly in the anti-regime camp. Those who followed my writing before this year will know that I was once willing to give the regime the benefit of the doubt. Not any longer. This year I’ve been forced to admit that the regime is a lot less intelligent, a lot less sophisticated, than I thought. Back in February it had enough popularity to lead a genuine reform process. It’s entirely possible that Bashaar al-Asad, had he played this revolutionary year right, could have won a real election. But he didn’t play it right. From the start his regime slaughtered peaceful protestors and subjected thousands to torture, including children, even to death. Worst of all, the regime instrumentalised sectarianism in an attempt to divide and rule. After months of attacks by armed Alawi gangs on predominantly Sunni lives and property there are now instances of ‘revenge’ attacks on innocent Alawis, and tit for tat sectarian killings particularly in Homs and its surrounding countryside. All of this could have been predicted months ago. Of course, the mechanics of these killings is as obscure as that behind the bomb attacks in Damascus today. Some revolutionaries believe the regime is behind the killings of Alawis too, because it aims to spark a sectarian war which it thinks it can win. And we must not forget that sectarian war is still – to the credit of the Syrian people – not the dominant strain in the conflict. There are thousands of defected soldiers, many of whom have seen their comrades gunned down. If they had chosen to they could have attacked the minorities in a coordinated fashion. They haven’t. And the Alawi actress Fadwa Sulaiman is still leading demonstrations in the Sunni heart of Homs.

 

It’s debatable whether or not the regime can win a sectarian war, but it’s certain that it can’t win its struggle against the revolution for dignity. In fact the signs are piling up that the regime is losing by the day. Three days ago 60,000 revolutionaries took to the streets of Meydan in central Damascus. Thousands took to the streets of central Aleppo. It can no longer be said, therefore, that central Damascus and Aleppo are not participating in the revolution (the suburbs of these cities have been demonstrating for months). The regime’s response to the awakening of the two largest cities has been to escalate. Reports from Jabal az-Zawiyeh in Idlib province suggest that at least 250 people have been massacred there in the last three days, defectors and civilians alike. And the daily death toll of civilians across the country has risen to between 20 and 50.

Now this double bomb attack on Kafar Souseh looks very much like part of the regime’s response. It certainly plays into the regime’s hands, reinforcing the terrorism narrative on the day that the Arab League observers (very worryingly led by Muhammad ad-Dabi, who was Sudan’s intelligence chief during the massacres in Darfur) arrive in Syria. Apparently it took less than twenty minutes for the regime to ‘discover’ that al-Qa’ida, backed by the United States and Israel, was behind the bombs. The regime’s ad-Dunya TV station even informed us that the exploding cars had pictures of bin Laden on their windows. Intelligent people will have as much trouble believing this story as they have believing Butheina Shaaban’s indignant insistence that torture never happens in Syria, or the lisping idiot-in-chief’s assertion that he would leave power if the people stopped loving him.

Witnesses claim that the streets around the bomb blast were closed off by security before the explosions. The oppositionist Muhammad al-Abdullah writes on his facebook page that “Reliable sources leaked the news that the victims of the bombings in the security services building were innocent people detained during demonstrations and were transferred from prisons and detention centers to the military and security buildings to use as victims in the series of explosions planned in the coming days after signing the death protocol (the Arab League protocol) and the presence of Arab observers to let the world think that the Syrian revolution is a terrorist revolution.” The regime claims it received information from Lebanon two days ago that 200 al-Qa’ida operatives were crossing the border. Lebanon’s ex-prime minister Saad al-Hariri (admittedly an anti-Syrian politician) says “this is fabricated by the Syrian ministry and some of its tools in Lebanon.

So choose the narrative that fits you best. This is the confusion into which the criminal and traitorous regime has led us.

Summary of Events in Damascus and Damascus Suburb

‎#SNN| #Syria:: The Revolution Council in Damascus and Damascus Suburb\ The daily Report\By SRGC
Summary of Events in Damascus and Damascus Suburb
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Another day of rage in Syria, government who is trying to quiet the sound of its people calling for freedom and unarmed civilians who have been calling for freedom for more than none month and the answer to their call is a widespread of army, Shabeeha (Regime sponsored gangs) and security forces. All the above are spread across the towns and in the streets arresting activists, beating on demonstrators, shooting with live bullets and using heavy machine guns and tanks to shell the homes.
This is seen in repeating itself almost every day for the last few months and again today another day like the past days in Damascus and the Suburbs of Damascus. The security forces spread in Al-Qadam fully armed. In Bab Mussalla Busses full of armed men were traveling to Bab AlJabia. In Zamalka the security forces spread in the streets placing check points and searching civilians. In Kafr Battnah at least twenty army vehicles, 5 busses and six more security cars stormed the streets positioning in the center of the city with rocket launchers, and the security forces raided homes and arrested people. In Harasta the snipers took position on the roofs of the buildings and the army sormed the street beating and insulting the pedestrian. Hammuriyyah was under siege. As for Arbeen it was stormed by the Army. Douma’s share was not any less form its neighbors in addition to war plane circling the sky above the residents of Douma. Mu’adhameyyatu-Sham’s street was filled with army and armed men especially as the students were leaving schools and being young children and student didn’t stop the security forces form beating the students nor it prevented them from shooting live bullets on the students. In addition the residents of Mu’adhameyyatu-Sham heard explosions but had no clue where the source was. In AlKeswah also gunfire was heard and the security forces were spread around. Kanaker and Az-Zabadani are still under the army occupation.
In addition to a strict security aggression, the residents were punished by power outage in most areas on and off in almost a complete power outage took place in Al-Qadam, Mu’adhameyyatu-Sham, Al-Kiswah and Douma in addition to disconnecting phone lines in Douma.
The tight security, the spread of the army with their artillery and the bad humanitarian status of the suburb with lack of necessities of food and fuel, all of that didn’t stop the residents in Damascus and its suburbs from going out in the street protesting this situation and insisting on calling for freedom. There was two demonstration in Al-Maidan, one in Ash-Shaghoor, one student demonstration in Al-Qanawat, one in al-Qadam, two in al-Qaboon by students and one which was attacked by the security forces. Two in Zmalka, one in Hammuriyyah, Harasta, Douma, Judaidat Artooz, Al-Kiswah, Al-A’bbadah, Yabrood and Az-Zabadani.
The demonstrators were faces with attacks from the security forces and in many cases there were beaten and arrested. In Zamalka few men were arrested, in Harasta more than twenty men were taking by the security forces. In Al-Keswah two men were arrested from the family of An-Naddaf. In Kanaker few men were detained and some confirmed names from Wadi Barada: Muhammad Ahmad As-Saleebi, Muhammad Hendiyeah, Abdullah Haydar and Ahmad Alya (Airforce sldier).
One Confrimed Martyr in Mu’dhameyyatu-Sham: Muhammad Khalid Al-Wadi.
In Kanaker there were reports of the government retrieving the military identification cards from the army and replacing it with Police IDs and police uniform.

The collection of some videos of today’s events:
Demonstration in Al-Maidan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iGPdpo3Kg8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ltg0bkm-3c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlTRNdpV9h8
Student’s demonstration in AL-Qaboon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUvsaHANvN0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcU2-cD0Pxw
Mass demonstration in Zamalka:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpsNGVVxjPE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT3vynVrkiY
Kafr Battnah:
http://youtu.be/OcTH7s1Z6Xw
Hammureyyah:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwkBLV3-Ks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxn8kqXiL-g
Hammureyyah and Misraba:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBYbkh8Mhrw
Harasta:
http://youtu.be/K-rpFQmdvyc
Douma:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA0yExQUw6M
The security forces chasing the activists in the street of Mu’adhameyytu-Sham:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2v6gSLEjkI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GTNqXRm7Qw
Students in Judaidat Artooz:
http://youtu.be/vxY1eLhHjcs
http://youtu.be/JPQUAQwDlmY
Al-Kiswah:
http://youtu.be/qF4mcgRE4js
http://youtu.be/EPsRvzp53KA
http://youtu.be/fDyraIJpoLA
http://youtu.be/j8SMxJCipS0
Demonstration in Al-A’bbadah:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeNt0LxaKyw
Yabrood:
http://youtu.be/4xh7nK8zN8I
http://youtu.be/ngGjDy7tH-U
http://youtu.be/AkUYuWQmptM
Az-Zabadani:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMxLVCyQRBU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIgC9SFW-Po
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au41A8aOW0s
Damascus University declared strike, the School of Architecture was attacked by the army
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB-UMrNd2ZA&feature=youtu.be
The Strike in Damascus University/School of Science:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ7uYZxjwaU&feature=youtu.be

The above translation is a summary of the Arabic version. The information contained in this translation is taken from the Arabic version, and the translation is summarized in order to avoid repeated phrases and an overabundance of details in terms of the neighborhood and street names.
Link:https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=243413039062940&set=a.212527035484874.51360.198164220254489&type=1&ref=nf

Rafeef Ziadah – ‘Shades of anger’, London, 12.11.11

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