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B'Tselem (taken from בצלמנו/"in the image" of God in Genesis One concerning the unique value of a human life) –
Interactive map by the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in Israel's Occupied Palestinian Territories.
עברית / عربي
Sunday 18:
In Buenos Aires, Argentina – The Argentinean prosecutor Alberto Nisman (51), investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, is found dead in his apartment Sunday night with a gunshot wound to the head, hours before he was due to testify before lawmakers on his accusations of a cover-up by his country’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman had covered up Iran’s involvement in the attack. Nisman claimed that the president had decided to “not incriminate” former senior Iranian officials for their roles in planning the bombing, and instead has sought a rapprochement with Tehran,
"establishing trade relations to mitigate Argentina’s severe energy crisis."
Prosecutor Nisman had traced the authorization for the July 18, 1994, terrorist attack to a meeting of Iran’s National Security Council held a year before, and compiled sufficiently compelling evidence of Iran’s role in the crime as to have several leading Iranian figures, including Vahidi and former presidential candidate Mohsen Rezai, placed on an Interpol “red notice” list. The specific motivation for the 1994 AMIA bombing, according to Nisman, was to punish Argentina for suspending its nuclear cooperation with Iran. Once the decision was taken to act against the country, Nisman told The Times of Israel, it was a Jewish target that was decided upon.
1992 attack on
the Israeli Embassy
killed 29,
the 1994 bombing of
the AMIA Jewish center
left 85 dead.
Friday
2: Near illegal Jewish settler outpost Adei Ad, northeast of Ramallah (near Turmus Ayya village), Palestine – Jewish settlers hurl rocks and damage the cars of the United States consular officials who are investigating reports of Jewish settlers causing damage to Palestinian agricultural property. A number of Palestinian villagers with US citizenship had invited consulate staff to view the Jewish-settler-damage to their property up close. Turmus Ayya villagers say the illegal Jewish settlers are continually encroaching on their lands, causing vandalism and damage to their slow-growing olive trees.
Jewish illegal settlers
stone US Consulate cars
investigating their crimes
against Palestinian US citizens.
According
to Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights watchdog active in the Palestinian West Bank, out of 211 complaints filed with the Judea and Samaria District Israeli police for cases of alleged olive tree vandalism documented by the organization between 2005 and 2013, only four investigations ended in indictment, which is an Israeli police investigation failure rate of 97.4%. There are about 10 million olive trees in the Palestinian West Bank and the crop is a critical sector of its economy, employing 100,000 workers and earning up to $100 million (70 million Euros) each year.
 
 
Abraham's Land Covenant
with God has always had
conditions attached

which were later framed
in Israel's national Sinai
Covenant.
Accordingly
God divorced Israel
(Isaiah 50:1).
  Original photo Credit:
REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Sunday
18: Near Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights – a convoy of three military vehicles is destroyed by two Israeli military drones, killing six high-level Hezbollah officers including Mohammed Issa (Hezbollah commander responsible for its Syrian and Iraqi operations), as well as Jihad Mughniyeh (son of Imad Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah operative killed in a 2008 Israeli car-bombing in Damascus, Syria).
 
 
The Israeli government's “home newspaper” Israel Hayom (connected directly to the prime minister’s office) announces the following day in headlines that "our forces attacked a high-level terrorist unit in the Syrian Golan".
Hezbollah retaliates with rockets from southern Lebanon, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran.
Terrorism originated
as a reaction!
Sunday
25: In the US – Wikileaks releases a copy of the search warrant served on Google for WikiLeaks Journalist Sarah Harrison's Personal Data in a US Government "espionage" probe.
See December 23, 2014
See also
Wikileaks Lawyers
three-page letter
to Google
Monday

 
26: In New York, USA – The FBI discloses the arrest of a Russian secret agent EVGENY BURYAKOV (of Russia's foreign intelligence service, previously known as the KGB), working under-cover as an employee of Russia's Vnesheconombank in Manhattan, with the task of gathering information on, among other, potential US sanctions against Russia, and US efforts to develop alternative energy resources. He had been working with two other Russian intelligence agents, Igor Sporyshev (Trade Representative for Russia in New York) and Victor Podobnyy (attaché to Russia’s Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations), both of whom, unlike him, thus had diplomatic cover.
This comes at a time of heightened tensions between the US and Russia over Ukraine, and Russia may reciprocate.
Saturday
31: In Cairo, Egypt – An Egyptian court banns Hamas’s armed wing in Gaza, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, and rules that it is a terrorist group. (Three days later, Tuesday morning 3 February, the Egyptian army, in apparent collusion with Israel, opens fire on two Hamas border security positions. In early January, Egypt began work on doubling the width of a buffer zone along its border with Gaza to prevent any 'militants' infiltrating from Gaza.)
 

February 3:
In Moscow, Russia – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says their Air Force and Naval Aviation will receive 126 new military airplanes and 88 helicopters in 2015 (Russia's modernization rate of weapons and equipment in Navy, Air Force, Strategic Missile Forces and Aerospace Defense Forces exceeded 30% in 2014), and will form an Air-Space Force by combining its Air Force and Space Forces this year.
  In
the UK – In the light of Russia's closer relations with Argentina, and Argentina's continued assertion of its claim to the Falkland Islands the UK announces a programme of military reinforcements and exercises in the Falklands in 2015.
  In
Blockaded Gaza, Palestine – Due to a "diesel oil crisis," Gazans continue to struggle with only four hours of power out of 24, most of the time. Thousands of people still sleep in public schools after Israel's bombing of residential areas, and construction materials are flowing in very slowly because there is no money to purchase them. Fishermen in the Gaza face arrest and gunfire from the Israeli navy despite the truce signed between the Palestinians and Israel during cease-fire deliberations in August 2014 in Cairo.
 
Wednesday 4:
In Iran – President Hassan Rouhani's administration takes steps to address the concerns of Iranian Jews, who wish to observe their holy Sabbath without sacrificing their education in Iran's educational system. So as of February 4, 2015, Jewish students officially no longer have to attend school on their Sabbath. This is an important step by the Rouhani administration to welcome Iranian Jews.
See March 12 below.
Thursday
5: In Ukraine – Ukraine's currency looses a third of its value, in the face of tensions over Ukraine between the Russian Federation and the West, as well as the increase in military aggression by the breakaway pro-Russian rebels in East Ukraine,
  In
Eastern Europe – Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland (all three feeling pressured by Russia) plan to establish a joint 4000-man military brigade, of which Ukraine expects to provide 545 soldiers, Poland 3500 and Lithuania 350 soldiers.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former secretary-general of NATO, says the Kremlin’s true goal is to shatter Nato solidarity and reassert Russian dominance over Eastern Europe. For instance –

  
 
Throughout the Ukraine crisis, Russia has increased its espionage activity in Germany and other European states. According to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), Germany’s domestic security agency, Russia has been subversively employing two tactics formerly used by the Soviet KGB: destabilization and misinformation. Jānis Sārts, director of NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, has stated that Russia is deliberately utilizing these tactics to stir up discontent in Germany with the ultimate goal of toppling Chancellor Angela Merkel.
 
Estonia's
relations with Russia worsened significantly last September when a squad of Russian security operatives allegedly crossed into Estonian territory and seized Eston Kohver, a veteran officer in the Estonian Security Service. Mr Kohver was subsequently paraded on Russian television as a spy and is currently being held in a high security prison in Moscow. Analysts suspect the abduction – which took place two days after a visit to Tallinn by Barack Obama – was designed to demonstrate Russia's muscle in the Baltics.
 
But
on Tuesday February 10, the US Defense Department signs a memorandum of understanding with Estonia, marking the beginning of a partnership to strengthen both countries' reserve forces through annual exchanges of personnel.
 
In Area C,
Palestine – The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructs his Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to demolish some 400 Palestinian residential units built with European Union funding, 'because they had no building permits'.
Israel does not issue building permits to Palestinians, and intends to eventually incorporate their Area C into the State of Israel.
 
Monday

6,200 Israelis
9: Banking giant HSBC faces damaging claims that its Swiss division helped wealthy customers dodge millions of dollars in taxes, after a "SwissLeaks" cache of secret files emerges online. Among their clients are over 6,200 Israelis, with holdings totaling some $10 billion, among whom are Israeli-Canadian oil trader Jonathan Kollek linked to secret accounts holding as much as $72 million, diamond dealer Beny Steinmetz, celebrity Jewish rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto (who is embroiled in an ongoing graft case), and businessman Zadik Bino. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), who helped expose the situation, state that –
"HSBC profited from doing business with arms dealers who channeled mortar bombs to child soldiers in Africa,
bag men for Third World dictators, traffickers in blood diamonds and other international outlaws".
See:
ICIJ Exposé

(from documents
obtained via the
French newspaper
Le Monde from Franco-Italian
whistleblower Hervé Falciani)
Tuesday
10: In Israel – Former chief rabbi YONA METZGER is alleged to have accepted bribes totaling NIS 10 million ($2.5 million), of which he allegedly put NIS 7 million in his pocket. Metzger is suspected of abusing his position and connections and to have committed his offences while he served as chief rabbi in Israel.
Rabbinic Corruption
In
Egypt – Consequent on the visit of Russia's Vladimir Putin, Egypt enters into a free trade agreement with Russia as part of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), which includes Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. In 2014 trade between Russia and Egypt amounted to $4.5 billion.
Hesed serves over
560 elderly and poor Jews,
and employs 42 people.
In
Kramatorsk, Ukraine – Rocket fire from pro-Russian forces hits a building housing the Jewish Hesed social welfare center, but there were no casualties. However the rocket barrage kills 15 local residents, wounding at least 63 people, including five children.
In
Greece – Greece's Defence Minister Panos Kammenos warns that his country will seek money from Russia to avert a financial crisis rather than yield to austerity demands from Europe.
In
Israel – Israeli voters of Russian origin are overwhelmingly right-wing, but they are no longer as committed to Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party, given that it is mired in a major corruption scandal.
Wednesday
11: Russia warns that it will not ignore any supply of weapons by the US to Ukraine and that it "will have dramatic consequences"!
In Minsk, Belarus – The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agree to a ceasefire that would come into effect on February 15 at zero hours (Saturday into Sunday, without any conditions at all, a general ceasefire), then withdrawal of heavy weapons.
Friday
13: near Jacksonville, Florida (close to the US Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Ga.) – The Russian intelligence gathering ship, Viktor Leonov (equipped to pick up electronic communications and underwater signals, and armed with 30-millimeter cannon and anti-aircraft guns), is closely watched by U.S. Navy ships and aircraft since January 22, for the Kings Bay base is homeport for the US Navy’s Submarine Group 10, with its six nuclear-armed missile submarines and two conventionally armed missile submarines.
Russian spy ship
in American waters
Tuesday
17: In Israel – Israel’s State Comptroller issues a scathing report substantiating complaints of financial improprieties of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his homes in Jerusalem and Caesarea. The report states that expenditures at the Prime Minister’s Residence have been excessive and improper, highlighting excessive spending on food, cleaning and clothing among other areas, and that budgetary practices have not been carried out with integrity and transparency. The report also finds deficiencies in the administrative practices of the Knesset (Israel's parliement), as well as in certain areas of financial management and management of human resources at the President’s Residence.
 
In Israel
 It is announced that Israel will purchase another 14 of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets from the United States for about $3 billion (see August 15, 2010).
In

See also:
Guardian copies
of Spy Cables
Israel – Spy Cables reveal that Israel's Mossad had already concluded that Iran was not producing nuclear weapons, before Israel's Prime Minister sounded alarm over it at the UN in 2012.
Netanyahu, UN 2012 from Mossad's secret Report 9342 to Israeli government of 22 October 2012  

Misleading
Presentation
NOT
weapon's
grade
enrichment!
Brandishing a cartoon of a bomb with a red line to illustrate his point, the Israeli prime minister warned the UN in New York that Iran would be able to build nuclear weapons the following year and called for action to halt the process. But in a secret report (shared with South Africa a few weeks later), Israel’s intelligence agency concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”. This highlights the serious gulf between the rhetoric of top Israeli politicians and the assessments of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment.


How Israel's PM Netanyahu
misled the world at the UN,
(See April 8, 2015)






See: March 3, 2015 in
his US Congress speech
as the hypocrisy continues.
In
Sevmash, Russian Federation – Russia begins simultaneously building four Yasen-M- and Borei-A-class new nuclear attack submarines (the Kazan, Prince Vladimir, Novosibirsk, and Prince Oleg) with a maximum dive depth of 450 and operational depth of 400 metres, equipped with Baluva ballistic missiles (SLBM) at its Sevmash shipyard on the White Sea.
Wednesday
18: Russia signs a preliminary agreement with the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia to integrate its security forces and military. Georgia accuses Moscow of moving closer to annexing the territory as it did with Ukraine's Crimea
In
the Black Sea – Warships from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet begin exercises with its anti-missile defence systems and naval aviation to deflect cruise missile attacks. Russia's Black Sea Fleet is headquarted in the Crimean port Sevastopol, not far from NATO members Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.
Thursday
19: In Moscow, Russian Federation – President VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH PUTIN issues a stern warning to the West in an address dedicated to the national holiday Defenders' of the Fatherland Day on February 23.
"No one should have the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia, put any kind of pressure on it.
We will always have an adequate answer for any such adventures."
In Eastern
Europe – In response to the recent increase in snap Russian military drills, the Lithuanian and Estonian defence ministries express alarm at the increased Russian military activity, and draw comparisons with moves prior to the Russian invasion of Crimea. Since the war in Ukraine, the three Baltic states have been among those kept at the highest level of alert by Russian military drills and military incursions into nearby waters and airspace. A recent investigation found that in the first ten months of 2014,
40 Russian military vessels had been spotted near Latvian waters, compared to only one in 2010.
Friday

Boris Nemtsov's corpse lies on
Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge
near St. Basil cathedral
27, 11:40pm (20:40 GMT): In Moscow, Russia – Boris Nemtsov (55), an opposition politician and critic of Vladimir Putin, is assassinated with four bullets in his back as he walks across a bridge just outside the Kremlin walls with Anna Duritskaya from Ukraine.
Nemtsov had been preparing for an anti-Kremlin march scheduled for this Sunday, and according to his fellow opposition party member Ilya Yashin, Boris Nemtsov had been compiling a file of evidence about allegations that Russia’s troops are backing separatist forces in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, known collectively as Donbas, before he was killed, which he intended to publish in March.
Hours before he was killed, he did a radio interview urging people to attend the march, and connecting the country’s economic woes to Putin’s policy on Ukraine. But Putin's investigators attempt to swing suspicion toward Chechens whose branch of the Mafia (Чеченская мафия/Chechenskaya mafiya) also operates in Moscow.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Putin assassinates
another critic!
(But he does not
dirty his hands,
his close relationship
to the Tambov-Malyshev
mafia/bratva ensures that
)
See also: Litvinenko
Hello!
"Internet Research!"

Note: we are aware that this
website is monitored by
Putin's clandestine
'Internet Research', at
55 Savushkina Street
in St Petersburg
, and
propaganda is developed
against his critics, but
that does not intimidate us.
latitude: 59.8944;
longitude: 30.2642
See: Putin's Secret Agents
So, Chechnyans VhecZaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev are later charged with the killing, but, although Zaur Dadayev is alleged to have 'confessed' to the killing, the significant wounds on his body indicate that he had been tortured to 'confess'.
In July 2017, he and four other Chechens are unjustly sentenced in Moscow to prison terms for the 'murder of Nemstov'.
• Later in Italy – Nemtsov's daughter Zhanna Nemtsova accuses Putin of being politically responsible for her father's murder, saying that the motive for the killing was related to her father’s role over the last decade as, in her words, "the most prominent critic of the president", and that "after I have expressed my opinion on the murder I think that authorities in Russia could regard me as a political activist" (regarding consequent risk to her own life).
• An eye-witness of the murder, Yevgeny ..., walking directly behind Duritskaya and Nemtsov, saw the perpetrator flee from the scene of the shooting and jump into a white Lada Priora car (his description does not match the appearance of the investigation’s prime suspect Zaur Dadaev). and was not a ZAZ Sens car which the official investigation had previously 'identified' as the getaway vehicle.
In 2016,
on the anniversary of her father's assassination, Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, travels to London, UK, from Germany to present, with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom annual award for courage, given to people who fight for democratic values in Russia. Anyone can go to the foundation’s site and nominate a person they think deserves to win the award and its 10,000 euro ($11,000) prize money.
In line with
its President VLADIMIR PUTIN's ambitions, Russia negotiates another air and naval military base at Paphos
to supplement its Black Sea – East Mediterranean operations:
     to be established 40 kilometres from Britain's sovereign Air Force base at Akrotiri, on the south shores of Cyprus,
which has provided support to NATO operations in the Middle and Near East regions.
          
President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus signs the agreement in Moscow.      
путинизм
Cossack group in the village of Kasimovo near the northern city of St Petersburg unveils a bust of the Russian president, depicted as a Roman emperor.
Please Note:
The "king of the north"
in Daniel 11:15
IS  NOT  RUSSIA
But in contrast, sadly, in Ukraine –
Ukrainian artist Dariya Marchenko creates a portrait of the Russian President
made out of 5,000 cartridges recovered from the fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country. Marchenko calls her art philosophic symbolism, where every element has its hidden meaning. Despite the ceasefire in February and an agreement to stop the use of heavy weapons,
fighting continues in some areas.

See:
Behind Russia’s
TV propaganda machine

See:
Alexey Navalny's Blog
(Putin Russian Critic)
In January 2016,
Vladislav Rekunov
markets a perfume in
Moscow's GUM store with
Putin's profile on the bottle,
called 'Leaders Number One'
for 6,500 rubles ($87.36).
The Bulletin of
Atomic Scientists warns that the world is now 3-minutes to midnight
"Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth." ... the United States and Russia have embarked on massive programs to modernize their nuclear triads – thereby undermining existing nuclear weapons treaties. ...The clock ticks now at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders are failing to perform their most important duty – ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization"
See: Infographic on
the number of
nuclear warheads
per country.
To
date: U.S. drone strikes have killed 2,500 people in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan since 2009, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a London-based nonprofit. But that figure does not include drone strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan, war zones where the use of lethal drone strikes has been more common.

March 1,
Sunday: In the Palestinian West Bank – Israel's military mobilize about 13,000 soldiers in an unexpected drill in the occupied West Bank. Army chief Gadi Eisenkot initiates the surprise exercise in so-called "Central Command" – the military 'front' that controls land taken from the Palestinians in 1967.
Iran, like Hamas, does
not seek the anihilation
of the Jewish people in
Israel or anywhere else
(March 12 below). The
problem is the racist
nature of the State
of Israel, defining itself
as 'Jewish' when more
than 20% of Israel's
citizens are non-Jews.
2,
Monday: In Gaza, Palestine – Organized by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), hundreds of people protest at the Red Cross headquarters to demand the release of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, highlighting the case of Khaled al-Sheikh, a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who has been imprisoned since December 25 by Israeli soldiers for allegedly “throwing stones” in Beit Anan village in the Jerusalem District of Al-Quds along with a 14-year-old girl Malaak al-Khatib, who was released yesterday after being sentenced to two months in prison. Her parents were also fined US$ 1,500. Khaled's parents say their child suffers from several health issues, including anaemia, and that Israeli authorities have refused to provide essential medical treatment to him.
According
to figures provided by human rights organizations, between 150 and 200 Palestinian child prisoners are currently among the over 7,000 Palestinians being held in 17 Israeli prisons and detention camps, 540 of which are being held without charge or trial.
3,
See: Tuesday,
February 17, for the deliberate
hypocrisy of Netanyahu
See: March 12, 2015
US Senators rebuked
Tuesday: In the US Congress, Washington – In a speech to US Congress, punctuated by standing ovations, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicts Iran as a "threat to the entire world". Netanyahu claims that terms outlined Monday by Barack Obama would –
"...inevitably lead to a nuclear armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to a nuclear war"
Netanyahu shrugs off accusations that he is playing politics both in the US and in Israel (two weeks before Israeli elections) in launching a fanciful full-throated attack on Iran and its alleged threat to the future of Israel. (But it helped him win the election, see below).
  In
South-West Black Sea – two NATO ships, the American USS Vicksburg missile cruiser (Maritime Group 2) and the Turkish TCG Turgutreis frigate, are approached by three Russian Su-30 fighter jets (3,000km range) and four Su-24 attack bombers to test the NATO ships anti-air systems. The Russian military planes flew from their Novofedorovka air base in Ukraine's Russian-annexed Crimea.
 
  4,
Wednesday: Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) of Russia announces the delivery of its new helicopter-mounted electronic warfare system ('Richag-AV') to the Russian armed forces, designed to jam radar, sonar and other detection systems of any defending aircraft, helicopters, drones, ground and naval forces against air-to-air and surface-to-air defence systems within a radius of several hundred kilometres, such as was done experimentally to the USS Donald Cook (DDG-75).
 
  5,
Thursday Evening: In Palestine – In response to the decision by Israel to withhold tax revenue ($127m per month) it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (after PLO President Abbas applied to join the International Criminal Court), the Central Committee of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) votes to suspend all security co-operation with Israel, on the grounds that under international law as occupying power it should assume all responsibilities for the Palestinian territories, and in addition because of Israel’s systematic and ongoing non-compliance with its obligations under previously signed agreements with the PLO, and also including its
"daily military raids throughout the State of Palestine, attacks against our civilians and properties".
Such as among other, the February 24 shooting death of 19-year-old Palestinian Fatah activist Jihad al-Jaafari by Israeli troops in the Dheisheh refugee camp, situated in Area A, under Palestinian security control, but according to the Oslo Accord with Israel, Israel's army units are forbidden in the areas under Palestinian security control.
PLO withdraws security
cooperation with Israel
in response to Israel's
withholding transfer
of PLO tax revenue.
  8,
Sunday: On the one-year anniversary of the tragic loss of 239-lives aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370, still without an answer, the balance of probability should be noted. Today's report by Malaysian Airlines claims that the battery in an underwater locater beacon had run out (but the battery on the locator beacon of the cockpit voice recorder was working) more than a year before the flight carrying 239 people vanished without trace (probably to explain why no signal has been picked up in the underwater search) yet at the same time, after announcing on January 29 that it was an 'accident', claims no fault by the plane's crew, or in the plane's maintenance.
No-one mentions that the
American military base of
Diego Garcia, from which
many Middle East operations
are conducted, was possibly
on the flight path of the
apparently hijacked plane.
10,
Tuesday: In East Ukraine – East Ukrainian pro-Russian rebels mount artillery attacks beyond the designated line of retreat and have continued to push on the coastal village of Shyrokyne, less than 15 miles east of the key port city of Mariupol. Between 8pm and 6am on the 11th, the pro-Russian rebels violate the ceasefire 12 times, firing rocket launchers and heavy weapons at several sites, including the town of Avdiivka, north of Donetsk, Pisky on the eastern city’s suburbs, and the village of Opytne, north of Horlivka.
Some
two million people have been forced to flee the fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists. Nearly 100,000 alone fled from Donetsk and the greater Donbas region bordering Russia to Zaporozhye, a city an hour’s drive south of Dnipropetrovsk. Some 300 of the Zaporozhye internally displaced persons (IDPs) are Jewish.
 
NATO
warships begin military training exercises in the Black sea, in international waters off the coast of Bulgaria.
NATO exercises
on Russia's doorstep
11,
Wednesday: In Gaza, Palestine – HAMAS senior official Musa Abu Marzouk states that they have rejected an offer for a five-year ceasefire/truce with Israel in exchange for lifting the Israeli blockade over the Gaza Strip which included conditions about the operating of their airport and seaport.
12,


American Senators'
presumptuous
arrogance rebuked
by Iranian
Jewish leader.
Thursday: In Iran – Jewish medical doctor Siamak Moreh Sedgh (director of the Dr. Sapir Hospital and Charity Center in Tehran), and member of the Iranian parliament, states that synagogues in Iran are the safest in the world and points out that during World War II, Iran was a refuge for Polish and other Jews fleeing Europe.
Concerning the March 9 provocative open letter sent to the Iranian leadership from the United States Senate, signed by 47 US Republican senators (threatening to annul any agreement it reaches with the US president), he states –
"As a member of the Iranian parliament, I think it was unfortunate that this letter was sent.
It is unfortunate that representatives of a country that thinks of itself as the greatest country in the world
suffer from lack of general knowledge. We should tell the American public to be more careful with their votes.
These senators have no idea about international laws, and they are apparently not familiar with their own constitution either! The people who composed this letter are not even slightly familiar with international laws and relations."
The letter to Iran was signed by every Senate Republican (except Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Dan Coats of Indiana, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska).
 What this Senate letter conveniently/ignorantly ignores is that the United States is negotiating with Iran alongside France, the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as Russia and China, so if a deal is reached, the UN Security Council will pass a binding resolution enacting its terms, which Congress has no authority of rescinding in any way ever!
An
Iranian
Jewish rebuttal
of the open letter
from the 47 US senators
See original Senate letter


13,
Moscow to NORAD Head:
Yes, We Can Contain Your
Missiles Better Now. Sorry.
Friday: In the Russian Federation – Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defence industry Dmitry Rogozin writes in his personal blog in answer to the growing concerns over Russia’s growing military deterrence capabilities that he understands and is sympathetic
"В Америке с тревогой отметили растущие возможности РФ по ракетному сдерживанию"
His response is a reaction to the concerns voiced by the commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Adm. William Gortney over Russia’s growing military potential; as America's long-time missile defence arch-rival has been intensifying its military deterrence capabilities.
"I am very sympathetic.
And I fully understand you!"

the Russian politician writes
in his micro-blog on Twitter
concerning NORAD qualms.
In the light
of VLADIMIR PUTIN's continuing machinations, Turkey's continuing control of the Bosphorus may now be at risk.
See: CITZENFOUR
Documentary of
US Surveillance
    Concerning your own future freedom see
17,
Tuesday: In Israel – Election results for Israel's 120 parliamentary (Knesset) constituencies –
Israeli Knesset Israel's 2015 Election Result
Political Party votes   % seats
1.  Likud (of Netanyahu) 984,966   23.40 30
2.  Zionist Union (Labor and Hatnuah) 786,075   18.67 24
3.  Joint (Arab) List 443,837   10.54 13
4.  Yesh Atid (יש עתיד‎, 'There is a Future' Party) 370,850   8.81 11
5.  Kulanu 315,202   7.49 10
6.  The Jewish Home 283,559   6.74 8
7.  Shas 241,200   5.73 7
8.  Yisrael Beiteinu 215,083   5.11 6
9.  United Torah Judaism 211,826   5.03 6
10.  Meretz 165,292   3.93 5
  Parties which did not win a seat
  Yachad 125,106   2.97  
Ale Yarok 47,156   1.12  
Arab List 4,537   0.11  
The Greens 3,429   0.08  
We are all friends Na Nach 2,502   0.06  
U'Bizchutan 1,977   0.05  
Hope for Change 1,519   0.04  
Economy Party 1,050   0.02  
Flower Party 943   0.02  
Pirate Party of Israel 941   0.02  
Brit Olam 886   0.02  
Living with Dignity 562   0.01  
Or 503   0.01  
Democratura 243   0.01  
Social Leadership 223   0.01  
Invalid/blank votes 43,869   1.04  
TOTAL 4,253,336   100.00 120
Or, as the Haaretz newspaper put it together –
 
An aerial


Dead/Salt Sea

An aerial view
view photo below shows sinkholes caused by the drying of the Dead Sea (also known as the Salt Sea), near Kibbutz Ein Gedi. The Dead Sea is 800 million cubic meters short of water each year, and its level has fallen 40 meters for since the 1950s, since Israel and Jordan diverted the flow of the Jordan River to agricultural use, turning a once powerful flow into a trickle, full of sediment. At 429 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea remains the lowest land elevation on Earth.
There are now more than 3,000 sinkholes on the banks of the Dead Sea. Yet it is not only the number that terrifies the environmentalists, but the pace at which they are appearing.
Dead Sea Shore
Sink Holes
March
27, Monday: Near Bethlehem, Palestine – Participants run past the controversial Israeli Separation/Apartheid barrier (Security Wall as Israel calls it) during the Palestine Marathon in the Palestinian West Bank town of Bethlehem.
About 3,100 Palestinian and international runners, including participants from the Gaza Strip,
take part in the third annual Right to Movement – Palestine Marathon.
 
March
30: In Yemen – US inspired airstrikes by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition hit a displaced persons’ camp in northern Yemen killing at least 29 civilians and wounded 41, including 14 children and 11 women. They also hit a medical facility at the camp, a local market, and a bridge, according to initial reports from the World Health Organization.
See: April 18 below.
 
31: In the Russian Federation – President VLADIMIR PUTIN, to tighten his control, has appointed new or acting leaders in six regions since the start of this year: Tatarstan, Amur, Sakhalin, Yamal-Nenets, Khanty-Mansiysk and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, in view of the economic strain affecting Russia, where inflation has risen by almost 10% in a month, which may cause regional dissatisfaction.
Russia enters its
second recession
in six years

April 5:
In Britain – The British Ministry of Defence inadvertently publishes unencrypted strategic details of its defence facilities in the Falkland islands at a time when it is strengthening its defences against a possible invasion threat from Argentina, as Argentina is moving closer to Russian military support. Britain's Ministry of Defence failed to encrypt the secret document on its website which describes the exact make-up of runways (thickness of concrete, etc.), and gives GPS coordinates of its facilities. (reported by the Mirror).
Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to lease 12 Sukhoi SU-24 long-range bombers to Argentina.
 
Wednesday
8: In Washington, USA – A diagram is issued by the White House, playing on the misleading UN presentation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2012 to illustrate the dangers of a nuclear Iran, points out the advantages of a nuclear deal with Tehran. (Photo credit: Courtesy White House website)
 
Monday
13: Human Rights Watch releases a report, "Ripe for Abuse" which documents Palestinian child labour in Israeli agriculture settlements in the West Bank, finds that companies involved in Jewish settlement agriculture unavoidably contribute to or benefit from the violations of international human rights and humanitarian law associated with settlements.
 
Wednesday
15: In Israel – Israel’s Supreme Court upholds key provisions of the country’s 2011 "anti-boycott law," which makes it a civil offense for people or groups to advocate boycotting Israeli or [illegal] Jewish settlement products, institutions, or individuals, and the advocacy has a reasonable chance of succeeding. This decision legitimizes violations of the rights to freedom of expression and association, and punishes advocacy urging businesses to respect international law. The court, however, struck down the Israeli law’s most extreme provisions, which allowed companies to sue those advocating a boycott for punitive damages without even showing any proof of harm.
Instead of supporting human rights principles, the Israeli Supreme Court has approved a law that punishes those who do.
 
Photograpic evidence
shows banned weapons being used in Yemen. A video and photographs indicate the use of cluster munitions in attacks on a Houthi stronghold in Yemen's Saada governorate on the border with Saudi Arabia. Using satellite imagery, Human Right Watch (HRW) found out that cluster bombs were dropped on a cultivated plateau near a populated village. HRW arms director Steve Goose reports –
"Saudi Arabia and other coalition members – and the supplier, the US –
are flouting the global standard that rejects cluster munitions because of their long-term threat to civilians.
" (emphasis mine).
The CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons with submunitions, manufactured by US Textron Systems Corporation, was shipped to Saudi Arabia under a 2013 contract. (In 2008, 116 countries had signed a Convention on Cluster Munitions banning the use and transfer of these weapons, but neither Saudi Arabia nor the United States are party to this international treaty).
Internationally
prohibited
cluster munitions,

supplied by the
United States, used in
airstrikes against Houthis
in Yemen
Saturday
18: In Yemen – The US-inspired Saudi-led (Sunni) coalition airstikes on Houthi (Shi'a) positions destroy the humanitarian warhouse of the Oxfam charity and kill one unidentified man outside the building. The international aid organization Oxfam had provided the building’s coordinates to the coalition to keep it from being targeted.
"We have shared detailed information with the coalition on the locations of our offices and storage facilities. The contents of the warehouse had no military value. It only contained humanitarian supplies" (Grace Ommer, Oxfam's Yemen country director).
Saudi Arabia, one of the most undemocratic governments in the world (repeatedly accused by human rights organisations for its abuses) 'claims' its US-inspired attacks are aimed at restoring the democratic government of Yemen.
(The Houthi rebels, who belong to a branch of Shi’a Islam known as Zaidism, make up almost a third of the country, and have ruled the north of Yemen for about a thousand years, until the 1960s. The rise of Al-Qa'eda (Sunni) in the Arabian Peninsula – which they oppose – and their long-held feelings that the central government wasn’t fairly sharing the country’s resources, led to their taking up arms against their government.)
Iran,
of which Israel
feels 'threatened',
is Shi'a, hence
US opposition.


In
Russia – President PUTIN warns Israel not to supply weapons to Ukraine (in retaliation for the S-300 air-defense missiles which Russia has released to Iran), implying a threat to hit back by then sending the same missile system to Syria.
 
Wednesday
22: In South Africa – The South African Government expresses outrage that Israel has denied a visa to the South African Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande to visit Palestine with an official delegation. He had been invited to Palestine by his Palestinian counterpart from 25-29 April 2015 in order to discuss the implementation of an agreement on academic collaboration that they had signed when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited South Africa in November 2014.
Israel
Rules Palestine
Sunday
26: In Hapalmah Street, Givatayim, east of Tel Aviv, Israel – an Israeli Mafia bombing destroys a car and injures three, two of them seriously. Deputy police commander of the Dan district, Shlomi Saguy, says the "background of the incident is criminal, and some of those who were wounded are known to us".
Israeli
Crime Syndicates
Conflict
In the
UK, Ukrainian born Jew, British businessman LEN BLAVATNIK is named as the world's richest man. He became a US citizen in the 1980s, has investments that range from metals and oil to music publishing and digital media. He owns a £41m home in London and has donated £75m to Oxford University to found the Blavatnik School of Government.
 
Monday
27: The United Nations releases a summary of its report by an independent board of inquiry to look into 10 incidents at schools run by the UN agency for Palestine refugees, Unrwa, during Israel's attacks on Gaza. The enquiry found in one incident,
  •  a girls' school was hit by 88 mortar rounds fired by the Israeli military, the summary said.
  •  Another girls' school was struck by an anti-tank projectile, while a third was hit by a missile.
  •  At a fourth girls' school, the inquiry found, "no prior warning had been given by the government of Israel of the firing of 155mm high explosive projectiles on, or in the surrounding area of the school".
Mr Ban wrote in a cover letter accompanying the summary that "It is a matter of the utmost gravity that those who looked to them for protection and who sought and were granted shelter there had their hopes and trust denied.
"
Both Iran and North Korea
are anti-America and its Allies:
the first because of US political interference and imposition
of the Shah
; and the second
because of the US use of experimental biological weapons (bubonic plague)
on their rural villages
.
Tuesday
28, 03:00 am (midnight GMT): Off Helsinki, Finland – Amid growing concern in the region over Russia's military exercises, after detection of an unauthorized submarine for a second day, Finland's navy drops depth charges in the area to dissuade unauthorized activity. The two countries share a 1,300km (800 mile) border. Finland is not part of NATO but has strengthened its ties with the Western military alliance since the Ukraine crisis.
In
Iran – Delegates from North Korea including nuclear experts, nuclear warhead experts and experts in various elements of ballistic missiles including guidance systems, visit to discuss cooperation.

May
Sadly
the Zionist
Nazi mentality
shows itself again!

See: Hostilities
of Zionist Fascism
All Americans are implicated in Israel’s oppressive occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, for their government
is helping to finance it, as Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. taxpayer dollars in American history.
The Mitnahalim/Zionists
Thursday
14, night: In Israel – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is formally sworn in after a raucous Knesset session that saw constant heckling, along with accusations by opposition leader Isaac Herzog that the freshly inaugurated government is "a circus."
Thursday
21: In Israel – Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Orthodox Jewess TZIPI HOTOVELY, delivers a defiant message to the international community concerning Jewish settlements in the Palestinian West Bank, lacing her speech with Biblical commentaries in which 'God promised the land of Israel to the Jews' [ignoring the attached conditions of course]. Speaking later in English, she signalled that she would try to rally global recognition for West Bank [Jewish] settlements [on stolen Palestinian land], which are widely opposed internationally.
See:
Israel Right to
Canaan/Palestine
In
the USA – The US State Department and Pentagon confirm approval of a huge arms deal with Israel consisting of thousands of bombs and missiles worth approximately $1.9bn (€1.71bn). The deal will see Washington sell 3,000 Hellfire missiles, 250 medium-range air-to-air missiles, 4,100 glide bombs, 50 BLU-113 'super penetrator' bombs and 700 'bunker buster' bombs, given the name as they are powerful enough to reach underground sites. This is a large deal by US-Israeli trade standards, and stands at just over half of the annual US aid budget to Israel, which is worth $3.1bn (€2.78bn) annually as part of a 10-year $30bn (€26.95bn) aid package established by the US Bush Administration in 2007, which expires in 2017.
The US pays for
Israel's weapons.
Sunday
31: In Israel – The Israeli Defense Force "Exercise Turning Point 15" is launched across Israel with the accent on the functioning of national infrastructure services including, water, power, gas and food supplies for Jewish populations affected by a multi-front and/or massive terrorist attack. Large-scale evacuations of civilians will also be tested. Taking part in the exercise lasting until June 4 will be the army, air force, navy, homeland command, the National Emergency branch of the defense ministry, other government ministries, local councils, Magen David, hospitals and the fire brigade. Sirens will alert the population to simulated attacks, excluding the communities around the Gaza Strip which get enough practice from real alerts.





Shejaiya Neighbourhood 2014
after Israeli bombing & shelling

The next international Gaza Freedom Flotilla now begins – with humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza suffering under the Israeli seige.
There are approximately 2,000 Palestinian Christians in Gaza City.
Sign the new
Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Petition.
In
Israel – Israeli cabinet ministers approve a legal measure aimed at toughening penalties for [Palestinian] protesters who throw stones at Israeli police or vehicles (submitted by Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, member of the far-right Jewish Home party): a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for attacking police and targeting public transport.
Currently, prosecutors generally seek sentences of three months in jail for rock-throwing that does not result in serious injury.
Shaked made headlines last year when she wrote on her Facebook that –
"the entire Palestinian people is the enemy" and she justified total war on Palestinians,
"...including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure."
Ten years for
stone throwing

June 1:
In the USA – Representative Betty McCollum of Minnesota writes to her colleagues in the US Congress regarding the human rights of Palestinian children to urge the Department of State to make the human rights of Palestinian children a priority.
Click to
read her letter.
4:
In London, UK – Foreign affairs think-tank Chatham House warns that the conflict in Ukraine could be a "defining factor" for the future security of Europe – and suggests that Moscow could use tactical nuclear weapons on Europe in future. Failure to provide effective support for the Ukrainian government – whose forces have been "outgunned and outmanned" by the separatists – would, it said, have far-reaching consequences for Europe and the wider Western alliance. "The conflict in Ukraine is a defining factor for the future of European security, ...Russia may have the greater interest in Ukraine. But the West has an even bigger interest in preserving the post-Cold War environment. ...If that is dismantled, it is conceivable that Nato and the EU could collapse too."
Chatham House
Report on Russia
5:
In Afghanistan – An American aircraft targets two pickup trucks carrying mourners on the way to a funeral as they drive on a rock-strewn track near the village of Bati Tana, close to the border with Pakistan, flinging metal and scorched scraps of rubber meters from the wreckage. Photos taken shortly afterward show the vehicles burnt to their mangled frames. Fourteen people die. No one survives.
 
8:
At G7 Summit in Elmau, Bavaria, Germany – US president Barack Obama uses the close of the G7 summit to deliver his strongest criticism of Russia's Vladimir Putin, lambasting the Russian president’s isolationist approach as the seven leaders signalled their readiness to tighten sanctions against Russia if the conflict in Ukraine escalates and that Russian forces continue to operate in eastern Ukraine despite Moscow’s denials and the world’s major industrial democracies stood ready to impose significantly tougher sanctions if necessary.
Obama's Public
REBUKE OF PUTIN


Monday: In
the USA – The computer data records of the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked in April, according information now supplied by the Department of Homeland Security, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees. The breach hit the OPM's IT systems and its data stored at the Department of the Interior's data centre, a shared service center for federal agencies.
 
In
The USA – The US Supreme Court rules by a 6-3 majority, that the law from 2002 which requires the US State Department to recognize Jerusalem as part of Israel is invalid. The US Congress had tried to force the State Department to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital by passing a law in 2002, requiring the state to comply with the request of those born in Jerusalem who ask to have Israel listed on their passports. But both Bush and Obama administrations ignored the law, claiming it interfered with US foreign policy.
Jerusalem
not recognised
as capital of Israel
Thursday
18, before sunrise: In the Tabgha, Gallilee – The Church of the Multiplication (where Christ multiplied the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Gallilee), of the Catholic Benedictine order, is attacked by Jewish settlers, burning the church roof, a book storage room, offices, an event hall, and leaving Hebrew graffiti reading "the false gods will be eliminated".
 
  22:
In Brussels – European Union (EU) foreign ministers extend economic sanctions against Russia until the end of January 2016 to make Russia comply with the Minsk ceasefire accord signed with Ukraine in February. EU and US sanctions target associates of President Vladimir Putin and Russian state banks, military and energy firms. EU sanctions were imposed on Russia after Moscow's annexation of Crimea in March 2014.
 
  26,
Friday: In the Vatican, Rome – The foreign minister of Vatican State (Paul Gallagher) signs a treaty with the foreign minister of the "State of Palestine" (Riad al-Malki) giving legal recognition to Palestine, regulating the life of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories, and saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel and that the treaty itself would serve as a model for other Mideast countries. The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state and had referred to the 'Palestine state' since. But this treaty marked its first legal recognition of the Palestinian territory as a state.
Typically,
Israel opposes and
criticises the action, for
Israel's ultimate objective
is the genocide of Palestine.
  In
Jerusalem, the Jewish Policy Institute releases statistics of the Jewish population world-wide (as nearing pre-holocaust levels) of 14.2 million Jews worldwide as of early 2015.
Israel–   6,103,200   Africa–   74,700
United States–   5,700,000     South Africa–   70,000
France–   475,000   Ukraine–   63,000
Canada–   385,300   Hungary–   47,900
Latin America–   383,500   Iran–   20,000
Britain–   290,000   Asia–   19,700
Russia–   186,000   Romania–   9,400
Germany–   118,000   New Zealand–   7,600
Australia–   112,500   Morocco–   2,400
It reports that adding in various "subgroups" (such as immigrants to Israel and American "partial Jews") and the number then approaches 16 million — which nears the pre-World War II global Jewish population of 16.6 million.
 
Monday, 29:
In Russia – Vladimir Putin summons the Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem to his Kremlin office (from a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov) to assure him that –
Russia’s "policy to support Syria, the Syrian leadership and the Syrian people remains unchanged."
This is in response to reported plans of Turkey and Syria to establish 'buffer zones' inside Syria along their borders, and the consequent possibility of foreign interference in Syria.
 
Russia claims
to have developed a new weapons system, according to the deputy chief Yuri Mayevsky of its Radio-Electronic Technologies Group (KRET) that "...will target the enemy’s deck-based, tactical, long-range and strategic aircraft, electronic means and suppress [its] foreign military satellites’ radio-electronic equipment. It will not be based on satellites as this is prohibited by international rules and we comply with this rule. The system will be used against cruise missiles and will suppress satellite-based radio location systems. It will actually switch off enemy weapons. The system is due to be fully tested in the near future. Ground tests are now going on in workshops. At the end of the year, the system’s component will leave the factory gates for trials at testing ranges."
Putin's new
weapons system
can zap satellites and
switch off long range weapons.

July
1, Wednesday: In Northern Australia – The United States Airforce puts on a long range bombing-run display as a political message to China concerning its increase activity in the South China Sea. Two B-52 strategic bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base located in Louisiana fly directly (44 hours) to Delamere bombing range in northern Australia to conduct a bombing run with conventional bombs
US warning
to China
8,
Wednesday: At UN Security Council in New York – Russia vetoes (with Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela abstaining) the declaration of the 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Muslims civilians in Srebrenica by Bosnian Serbs as a genocide, even though it had been so declared by the Internantional Criminal Court and various other international bodies. (On 11 July 1995, toward the end of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, Bosnian Serb forces swept into the eastern Srebrenica enclave, a UN-designated "safe haven" killing 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the days that followed, dumping their bodies in pits.)

Srebrenica genocide explained on the BBC



Russia prevents
Srebrenica genocide
being called a genocide.
  9,
Thursday: In the USA – In response to the alarming escalation of anti-Semitic violence in Europe, Helsinki Commission Chair Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) introduces a resolution calling for critical, concrete actions to support Jewish community groups that focus on safety awareness, crisis management and response, as well as preparedness and prevention.
See:
US Helsinki Commission
Website
  14,
Tuesday: In Vienna, Austria – Six world powers reach an agreement with Iran concerning limitation of its nuclear enrichment program, The agreement which ends sanctions against Iran is welcomed by Iranian Jews and damned by Israel.
 
  15,
Wednesday: In Moscow, Russia – President Vladimir Putin signs a decree eliminating the Ministry for Crimean Affairs –
"Due to the completion of the transition period stipulated in the federal constitutional law of March 21, 2014 No. 6-FKZ – on Crimea joining Russia and on establishing two new regions within Russia: the republic of Crimea and the city of federal importance Sevastopol – and in order to optimize the structure of federal agencies of executive authorities I order:
to eliminate
a) the Russian Ministry for Crimean Affairs;
b) the State Committee for Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol."
Putin eliminates
ministry of Crimea
to fully integrate it
into Russia.
Chicago-based
aviation lawyer Floyd Wisner files a lawsuit on behalf of the families of 17 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 against Igor Girkin, Russian colonel of the Federal Security Service (previously KGB), who played a key role as an organizer for the Donetsk People's Republic. Although the lawsuit is pursuing Girkin for 783 million euros ($852.98 million) in damages, Wisner says the suit really is not about money.
"It's an attempt to focus attention on the concerns of our victims families, perhaps they are getting lost in the shuffle," he says.
"It really seems to us, and to them, that not much has been done. No perpetrators have been brought to criminal justice
and the families feel somewhat forgotten. They want to get some kind of answers."
 
20,
Monday: In Israel – The Knesset (parliament) passes a bill (originally proposed by the right-wing Jewish Home party) which would see people who throw stones at civilian vehicles sent to prison for up to 10 years, without having to prove harmful intent in their actions, and a maximum incarceration period of 20 years if it can be proven the throwers intended to inflict harm.
 
Israel's Prime Minister
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU remains silent on Israel's plans to destroy the West Bank Palestinian village of Susiya, despite calls by the United States and the European Union to rescind the demolition order. Residents of the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya say that their repeated requests for construction permits were rejected by Israel, which has now instead decided to demolish their homes.
Israel's ethnic
cleansing continues
23,
Thursday: In Jerusalem – An international survey of members of Jewish communities across nine countries, including the US, France, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Hungary, by the Jewish People Policy Institute think tank reports that –
"Many Jews doubt that Israel truly wishes to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians,
and few believe it is making the necessary effort to achieve one".
Nearly 60 percent of Jewish survey respondents said they think the current Israeli government is –
NOT making a sincere effort to bring about a peace settlement with the Palestinians.
The Jews who do
not trust Israel

The flames on the symbol above arose from the recent burning alive of a Palestinian baby in a Jewish settler attack on a Palestinian home, continuing their genocidal attitude.
24,
Friday: Moscow – Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida sends a request to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to cancel his trip to the Kuril Islands.
Russia's Defense Minister, General Sergey Shoigu had announced, concerning the rearmament of Russian troops on the Kuril Islands of the Pacific north of Japan "Modern houses, hospitals, theaters and roads are being built. A new airport on the Iturup Island was commissioned last autumn. The towns will be built under the standard design, which will considerably cut the costs and ensure the construction safety in the seismic zone" (including the Kunashir and Iturup Islands of the Kurils chain)
Japan disputes Russia's ownership of the southern Kurils and claims four of the Kuril Islands, including Kunashir.
President Putin's
ambitions continue
27,
Monday: In Sweden's territorial waters – The Ocean X Team (who explore for underwater antiques) discover the wreck of a Russian mini-submarine, which may be that which the Finnish navy fired upon in April this year. The hull is intact so it appears that its crew died inside. Security consultant Joakim von Brauns states the submarine has not been crashed long, and speculates that it was part of an unsuccessful secret test or mission. Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist had previously announced Sweden will be upgrading its navy fleet so it can better detect [Russian] submarine activity.
Sweden is not yet
a member of NATO
and Russia has warned
against it joining.
See: List of
NATO-Russia incidents

August 1:
In Israel – Opposition leader Isaac Herzog issues a call to action against Jewish terrorism, and demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon respond to such acts in the same way as Israel responds to Islamist terrorism.
 
 In
Marea, north of Aleppo, Syria – The banned chemical weapon mustard gas (sulfur mustard) is used in clashes between Islamic State (ISIL) and another rebel group taking place in the town, causing the death of a baby. Syria is supposed to have completely surrendered the toxic chemicals 18 months ago. Their use violates U.N. Security Council resolutions and the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.
 
2:
In Israel – The violence of Jewish extremists has become such an embarassment to the Israeli government (such as the burning alive of an 18-month-old Palestinian baby by Jewish arsonists) that Israel now orders detentions without trial of Israeli citizens (including Jewish) suspected of waging violence against Palestinians. The Israeli security cabinet approves this measure two days after suspected Jewish ultra-nationalists torch a Palestinian home in the West bank town of Duma. An 18-month-old toddler burned to death in his bed, while his parents and brother suffered severe injuries.
 
14,
Friday: Hamza bin Laden, the son of assassinated Osama, who has ambitions to lead al-Qa'eda, the terrorist organization founded by his father in retaliation for the subjugation of the Palestinians, posts an audio message calling "for the targeting of Jewish American interests globally."
 
The Israeli
military stages a large-scale drill on the Syrian border to prepare for a potential ground operation into Syria in the event of an attack by Islamist rebels or the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
 
16,
Sunday: In Ukraine – Almost 9,000 Russian Federation Armed Forces personnel are believed to now be based inside Ukraine, according to reports from the country’s own National Security and Defense Council. The rest of about 40,000 are based in the neighbouring Rostov region of Russia, including mechanised assault units and communications command systems. This is in addition to 33,400 so-called "illegal armed formations" of Russian-backed separatist soldiers inside eastern Ukraine, with 400 main battle tanks and close to 2,000 armoured troop carriers reported to be at "full combat readiness".
 
17:
In Crimea – VALDIMIT PUTIN begins a three-day visit and warns local Tartars (which make up about 20% of the population) not to seek separate status, and his Russian-backed separatists in East Ukraine shell the outskirts of the strategic port city of Mariupol killing nine. A senior UN official, Cecile Pouilly, says that nearly 7,000 people had been killed in eastern Ukraine since fighting erupted there in mid-April 2014, and that more than 17,000 had been injured in the conflict.
 
In
Abducted Estonian border-guard
is now sentenced for 'spying'.
Russia – An Estonian border guard Eston Kohver tasked with preventing smuggling (decorated in 2010 for his dedication by Estonia's president), who was abducted by Russian officers from the Estonian Luhamaa border checkpoint on 5 September 2014, is now sentenced to 15-years imprisonment for 'spying' by a Russian court.
Russian organised
corruption continues
Finnish data
security firm F-Secure reports that Russia has been cyber-spying extensively on the United States and countries throughout Europe and Asia for seven years using a hacking group known as the "Dukes".
Some of the target organizations listed in the report include the former Georgian Information Center on NATO, Georgia's Defense Ministry, the foreign ministries of Turkey, Ukraine, and Poland, and other government institutions and political think tanks in the United States, Europe, and Central Asia.
 
24,
Monday: In Ukraine – President PETRO POROSHENKO, speaking at a military parade in Kiev to celebrate 24 years since Ukraine gained independence from the Soviet Union, accuses Russia of sending three military convoys over the border into the separatist-controlled east. He says –
"Just this week three big convoys crossed our border towards Lugansk, Donetsk and Debaltseve"
with reference to rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.
Poroshenko accuses Russia of having sent a total of up to 500 tanks, 400 artillery systems and up to 950 military armoured vehicles to pro-Russian rebels, although he did not specify the time period for these deliveries.
 
A peace deal reached in Minsk in February has repeatedly been broken by both sides. The death toll in the 16-month-long war is now close to 6,900.
26:
In Walbrzych, Poland, under Ksiaz castle – In a 2.4 km tunnel, a Nazi train about 330 feet (100 meters) long with a heavy-plated armour apparently apparently loaded with gold and other precious items is located by a German and a Pole (Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, who have asked for 10% of its value) using ground-penetrating radar. The Nazi train from the then eastern German city of Breslau, now Gluszyca-Osowka, Wroclaw, in Western Poland, during the final days of World War II, was an attempt in 1945 to keep the treasure out of Soviet hands. The train had 24 freight carriages and was sent by Nazi forces from Budapest toward Germany. The goods carried by the train are estimated to be worth $200 million today. The Polish authorities are trying to figure out how to get to the train safely; the army, police and fire brigade have taken over the search.
Information about the location of the train came from a deathbed confession of Nazi soldier who was involved in hiding it.
Nazi
treasure train
found in Poland
Moscow
and Damascus sign an agreement on the deployment of Russian warplanes and military personnel at the Khmeimim air base in Syria's Latakia province. This deal kick-started Russia's military intervention in Syria on September 30, 2015. The bilateral agreement remains confidential for a few months before its text was finally published on Russia's official portal of government information in January 2016.
It gives the green light to Russia's military presence in Syria for an open-ended period of time.
As of August 2016, human rights organizations estimate the number of civilians killed by Russian bombs at between 2,000 and 3,000 people. The Defence Ministry in Moscow rejects these allegations. According to a confidential NATO report obtained by Germany's "Focus" magazine in March 2016, only 20% of Russian airstrikes target IS/ISIL positions.
The rest were attacks on other rebel groups, including the Syrian opposition.
 
September 3:
In South Africa – An arrest alert notice is circulated to the South African Border Control system concerning warrants of arrest issued against four Israeli Defense Force (IDF) High Commanders. This only becomes public knowledge on November 16, 2015. The four Israeli Defense Force High Commanders are –
                  Rau Aluf Gabriel Ashkenazi, Chief of General Staff;
                  Eliezer Alfred Marom, Naval Forces Commander;
                  Avishay Levi, Head of Airforce intelligence;
                  Amos Yadlin, Major General Chief of IDF Military Intelligence.
These commanders will be arrested upon entry into the Republic of South Africa. This information has also been forwarded to Interpol Pretoria, South Africa, to liaise with Interpol Turkey in order for a red alert notice to be issued. Should the suspects be arrested in South Africa, Interpol Pretoria, must be informed to arrange with Turkish authorities for their extradition.
The above decision follows a four year long case by South African Radio 786 journalist Gadija Davids, who was aboard the Mavi Marmara charity ship to cover its relief aid mission to Gaza, when it was attacked in May 2010 by Israel's military. She was assaulted and kidnapped in international waters and denied consular access, while being held against her will in an Israeli prison.
Nine Turkish citizens, and one Turkish/US citizen, were also killed in Israel's military attack on the Mavi Marmara.
Davids laid her first complaint with the South African Police Service and National Prosecuting Authority in January 2011.
South African
Arrest Warrants
Against Israeli Military
for their Extradition
to Turkey
6:
In Jerusalem, Israel – Protesters gather in front of the Israeli prime minister's office to demand greater funds for Christian schools, alleging that Jewish schools receive more funding than Christian, which the Israeli government denies. The country's 47 Christian schools have been on strike since the beginning of the school year on 1 September. Ibrahim Fakhouri, a parent from Nazareth, said at the demonstration that he believed Christian schools were being discriminated against:
"As citizens of this country, we are law obeying citizens, and we deserve equal rights"
Israel's Christians come overwhelmingly from its Arab minority.
A country only belongs to the people who live in it. There is no other title deed. Even Abraham was not permitted by God to build in Canaan for its existing inhabitants did not then deserve expulsion, as Zionism has perpetrated against Palestinians.
10:
In New York, USA – The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly votes in favour of a motion allowing the Palestinian flag to be flown in front of UN buildings. Israel strongly opposes the move and urges member states to vote against it. The motion is passed by 119 votes, with Israel and the USA among the eight countries that vote against.
Some 135 countries – many in Asia, Africa and Latin America – now recognise a Palestinian state.
16:
In Ukraine – The Ukrainian parliament calls for urgent reform of the UN Security Council, in which Russia holds veto powers as one of the five permanent members. "There is convincing evidence of the urgency to reform the veto [system] to prevent its abuse," the Verkhovna Rada resolution said, and that its veto has too often been used to "cover up the crime of aggression by a permanent member of the UN Security Council."
The resolution urges UN member states to take "all possible measures to stop the Russian aggression against Ukraine." Kyiv's efforts to see Moscow stripped of its UN veto power comes ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's first appearance at the UN General Assembly session in 10 years, amid persistent tension over the conflict in Ukraine, and signs of a Russian military buildup in Syria.
Putin is expected to speak at the General Assembly on September 28, a day before Ukraine's Poroshenko.
 
When
the Crimean insurgency erupted in 2014, the Ukrainian government set about shutting down Ukrainian businesses in the east, and most private businessmen fled. The war has killed more than 8,000 people, but also erected barriers between suppliers and customers. Only billionaire Rinat Akhmetov (System Capital Management) – worth US$6.7 billion (according to Forbes magazine) – has been allowed to operate on both sides. Last winter, when Ukraine suspended pensions and benefits to those living in rebel-held areas, and before the rebels began paying their own benefits, food packages delivered to the Shakhtar arena helped the city's poorest residents survive. Akhmetov's charity fund says it has now given away more than 4.3 million food packages. In Donetsk, the capital of the insurgency, Akhmetov is not just a businessman but a father figure. When a methane blast killed 33 miners at the Zasyadko coal mine in March, he offered to pay compensation to the injured and to the families of the dead, even though he did not own the mine.
 
  18:
In Ukraine – The Prosecutor General of the former Crimean government opens a criminal case against Russia's Vladimir Putin and disgraced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (they had also visited the Bakhchisarai Historical Cultural and Archaeological Museum-Preserve together on the 12th) for large scale theft over their popping a 240-year-old bottle of Spanish wine at the Massandra winery (a 1775 Jeres de la Frontera that was brought to Crimea by Count Mikhail Vorontsov, during the reign of Catherine the Great), estimating the loss at 2 million hryvnia, or about £60,000. After the Berlusconi visit, Ukraine’s national security council issues a decree banning Berlusconi from the country for three years for the "security of our government".

The
Putin-Berlusconi
friendship on a
background of
Mafia connections
Ukraine
imposes sanctions against 400 people and 90 legal entities – most of them from Russia – held responsible for Moscow's annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Almost 8,000 people have been killed since fighting erupted in eastern Ukraine in April 2014.
 
  21,
Monday: In Moscow – Israel's Prime Minister NETANYAHU visits Russia's Vladimir Putin with Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, IDF Director of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Hertzi HaLevi and National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen.
Among other, Russia's support for its ally the President of Syria had raised concern in view of Syria's current civil war.
 
  24,
Thursday: In Israel – Prime Minister NETANYAHU announces that Israel will impose a minimum four-year jail term on Palestinian [but not Jewish] petrol bombers and rock throwers and will ease open-fire regulations and impose harsher fines.
"The Security Cabinet unanimously adopted a series of measures within the framework of our fight against stone throwers, petrol bombs and flares".
 
Ukraine
announces a ban on Russian airlines from flying into the country from October 25 as part of sanctions over Moscow's support for rebels in the east. Kiev says the measures will include the major Russian airlines Aeroflot and Transaero.
Russian transit flights will also be banned if the planes carry military personnel or dual-use goods.
 
30,
Wednesday: In New York – Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas says that the PA will cease to abide by agreements signed with Israel, including the 1993 Oslo Accords, because Israel has shown that it is no longer committed to them.
He states to the United Nations General Assembly
"So long as Israel refuses to commit to (1) the agreements signed with us, (2) cease [Jewish] settlement construction and (3) release [political] prisoners, Israel has left us no choice but to insist that we will not remain the only ones committed to these agreements. ...The State of Palestine, based on the 4th of June 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, is a State under Occupation, as was the case for many countries during World War II, ...
Our State is recognized by 137 countries around the world and the right of our people to self determination, freedom and independence is recognized globally as being inalienable and unquestionable."
 
Israeli authorities
restrict access to Haram al-Sharif. (Also known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, and is the third holiest site in Islam. which Jews know as 'Temple Mount', the perported site of the Jewish temple.) Israeli authorities deliberately limit the numbers of Muslim worshippers permitted there during the period of the Jewish High Holidays, rousing the anger of Palestinians, who suspect the decision by Israel is motivated by a desire to change the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. At the same time, the Israeli government approves a rising tide of settlers to make religious pilgrimages to the site, further exacerbating tensions.
Israel's
provocation
see October 19.

Israeli government limitations regarding access to the Al Aksa mosque in Jerusalem become a provocation
October 1,
Thursday: In the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank – Two Jewish settlers travelling between the illegal Jewish settlements of Itamar and Elon Moreh are shot dead, and their accompanying four children injured, in a drive-by shooting.
  2,
In the Russian Federation – The long-serving head of Russia's Council of Muftis, Ravil Gainutdin, issues an urgent appeal for calm, calling on his fellow Muslims to not "politicize" the Kremlin's involvement in the Syrian conflict. Sprinkling his statement with verses from the Qur'an, Gainutdin also expresses the hope that Russia's military action will not lead to interfaith strife (between the Shia and Sunni sects of Islam) among the global Islamic community, or ummah. Gainutdin's comments are echoed by subordinate muftis across Russia.
Russia's support for the Alawit/Shia Muslim rule of Assad in Syria is not supported by the Sunni Muslims of the Russian Federation, but most are fearful of voicing opposition because of Putin's cruelly repressive tactics.
ISIS has now mounted a slick Russian-language recruitment campaign that includes a magazine, Istok, and a dedicated propaganda channel, Furat Media.
  6,
Tuesday: The independent Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Russian jets hit ISIS/ISIL fighters near the ancient city of Palmyra (where the jihadi movement destroyed a 2,000-year-old Roman arch of triumph earlier this month). Both ISIS/ISIL and the Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria that has also been targeted by Russian missiles, have now urged all Muslims to wage jihad (holy war) against Russia.
Russia has an estimated 20 million Muslims, around 14 percent of the country's population.
  11,
Sunday: In Gaza, Palestine – In the early hours of this morning Israeli air-strikes targeted the Eastern part of Gaza city. The air-strike destroyed a civilian house, killing a 30-year old pregnant woman, Nur Hassan and her 2-year old daughter Rahaf Hassan. In the last 48 hours, 14 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli gunfire, including 2 children and over 240 have been injured.
  19,
Monday: In Occupied Palestine – Two Palestinian cousins, Ahmad Manasra (13), and Hassan Manasra (15), from Beit Hanina, are 'suspected' of stabbing two Jewish settlers in the occupied Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Pisgat Zeev, so an Israeli driver deliberately rams his car into Ahmad, breaking his legs. Police then shoot Hassan and leave him to die.
A video of the incident shows Ahmad, after he was struck by the settler driver, and two Israeli ambulances arriving and emergency medical personnel approaching, who stand over him, and then withdraw. Bystanders curse the wounded 13-year-old boy, telling him: “Die, you son of a bitch,” and goad police to shoot him.
Shimon Baadani, a revered Israeli Sephardic Jewish rabbi, has denounced the Jewish settlers as provocateurs.
 
  20,
Tuesday: In Jerusalem – The Prime Minister of Israel NETANYAHU speaking at the World Zionist Congress states that Hitler only wanted to expel Jews from Germany but that it was the Muslim Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini who said he should rather burn them or they would come to Palestine. The Mufti Netanyahu referred to was fired from that position by the British administration of Palestine in 1936 for his opposition and then fled to Germany in 1937 for support. Hitler wanted him to rally the Palestinians against Britain and Netanyahu's Holocaust story is simply total fiction which the Nazis had invented in their propaganda.
But Netanyahu's repeat of the Nazi-lie may indicate his alignmentIsraeli nationalism follows the nazi pathwith Nazi ideology concerning elimination of the Palestinians.
In response to Netanyahu, Germany has insisted it was responsible for the Holocaust not the Palestinian 'mufti', after it became known that Israel's prime minister claimed a Palestinian leader told the Nazis to kill Europe's Jews. In 2009, Zionist propaganda had already began to use this same Nazi-lie to 'prove' that Palestinian opposition to Israel is just a continuation of Nazi attitudes.
 
The
Palestinian resistance to British rule in Palestine was echoed in the 1940s by the Jewish terror-organisation LeHI (Stern Gang) in its January 11, 1941, letter which was forwarded to Berlin from Vice Admiral Ralf von der Marwitz, the German Naval attaché (via the German Ambassador in Turkey), presenting their offer to Hitler to "actively take part in the war on Germany's side" in return for German support for –
"the establishment of the historic Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis, bound by a treaty with the German Reich."
 
21, Wednesday:
In the USA – Dan Stormer, one the lawyers representing the family of 19-year-old American citizen Furkan Dogan, shot dead by Israeli soldiers (shot five times, including once at point blank range in the head) when Israel attacked the humanitarian flotilla taking charity supplies to Gaza 31 May 2010, now announces that they are suing former Israeli Prime Minister EHUD BARAK for international terrorism. The case will be brought under a host of different US laws, including Alien Tort Claims Act, the Torture Victims Protection Act, and the Anti-Terrorism Act. The lawyer stressed that the Israeli soldiers took command of the flotilla and towed every ship to the port of Israel, where they then arrested the activists for being illegally in an Israeli port.
The lawyers added that activists were also tortured during that time –
"• They left people in stress positions for as long as 12 hours;
 • they prevented them from having access to family members;
 • they prevented them from having toilet facilities;
 • they beat them;
 • they tortured them;
 • they gave them no medical treatment, and
 • they treated them in a way that can only be described as torture
"
BARAK was giving a speech in southern California on Tuesday night when he was served with the legal papers.
Rodney Dixon, another lawyer representing the Dogan family, said: "We have for a number of years since the attack in 2010 been pursuing every possible legal avenue to obtain justice for the victims on the flotilla. We have gone to the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the ICC, and we have gone to several national jurisdictions to seek to launch criminal proceedings." As part of the flotilla, more than 700 human rights activists travelled on six ships in an attempt to bring humanitarian supplies to Gaza. The complaint argues that BARAK planned and commanded the attack and interception of the flotilla. According to Hakan Camuz, a spokesperson for the Dogan family, the material confiscated by Israeli soldiers was –
"all humanitarian aid, including toys for children, as well as pharmaceutical materials".
Barak has admitted responsibility for the fatal attack.
 
  Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path In
Palestine – In their frustration at the continuing occupation and domination of their land by Israel, the Palestinian administration of West Bank (Fatah) and of the Gaza Strip (Hamas) have called for a Day of Rage.
Israeli nationalism follows the nazi path
  24
Saturday: In Ramallah, Palestine – Mustafa Barghouti (Palestinian Member of Parliament and secretary-general of the Palestinian Initiative) is attacked outside his home in an attempted assassination.
His wife Rita reports –
"Mustafa is fine, attacked from the back with a sharp object, wounded on cheek, close call though as wound is hardly 2 cms above the carotid artery, could have killed."
 
  In
Ukraine – Direct flights between Ukraine and Russia cease from midnight, after last-minute crisis talks fail. Moscow first called Kiev's ban on Russian airlines "madness", then announced that it would mirror the move.
Ukraine's sanctions are intended to punish Russia for annexing its Crimea and supporting armed rebels in eastern Ukraine.
 
  29
Thursday: Israel is accepted as a full member of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), with only Namibia voting against the move, and Qatar abstaining, whose job is to promote international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space which includes efforts to clean up space debris (the thousands of now-defunct satellites that orbit the earth, getting in the way of new satellites), establishing legal codes for space exploration (claims of planets by specific countries, etc.), and developing applications based on space technology to solve earthly problems like food shortages and desertification.
 
 
Photo taken by astronaut Barry Wilmore at the International Space Station on December 25, 2014 (photo credit: NASA).
Journalist Shot

Hana Al Mahameed
See:
Video of her shooting
November 1,
Sunday, 9.30pm: Israeli planes breach Lebanese and Syrian airspace and bomb the Syrian regime’s 155th Brigade [base] in the Qutayfa area, destroying three Scud missile warehouses.
  4:
In Jerusalem – Palestinian female jounalist, wearing her 'press' top, is deliberately shot by Israeli troops while reporting.
In Palestine
The October violence in reaction to Israel's imposition of controls over access to the al Aqsa mosque (motivated by right-wing Jews lobbying for a rebuilding of their temple) now spreads to Hebron in Palestine's West Bank. Hebron is the largest West Bank city, and its population is estimated at between 200,000 and 270,000 people. The Israeli army has now closed many parts of the city and deployed its troops there; it controls 20% of Hebron’s surface area as per the 1998 Wye River Memorandum between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. The city is bordered by several illegal Jewish settlements, mainly the Kiryat Arba Jewish settlement.
Hebron accommodates around 850 Jewish settlers (about 0.34% of the city's population).
 
In East Ukraine
each side is accusing the other of firing at soldiers and civilians, underlining the fragility of the truce that some fear could disintegrate like previous ceasefires. Military spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov accuses the rebels of trying to "provoke us to return fire to disrupt the truce" and to "distract OSCE observers from the fact that they are not pulling back heavy weapons." Kiev suspects that rebels are worried about the next step of the ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk in February, which requires them to give control of the Russian border back to Ukrainian authorities.
 
10, Tuesday:
In Russia – President VLADIMIR PUTIN, at a meeting on the situation in the Russian military-industrial complex, states –
"Iranian and North Korean nuclear missile 'threats' merely cover up the true plans [of the United States].
Their true purpose is to neutralize the strategic nuclear potential of other nuclear states
– except the United States and its allies – including Russia first and foremost....
In the past three years, the [Russian] defence companies have developed
and successfully tested several advanced weapons systems
that are capable of accomplishing tasks in heavy missile defence environment.
The Russian armed forces started receiving these systems this year".
The Russian buildup and doctrine have alarmed U.S. and NATO military leaders who have said that Russia is emerging as a renewed strategic threat under PUTIN, a former KGB officer who has said the collapse of the Soviet Union was a catastrophe and seeks to restore Russia's influence.
 
11, Wednesday:
In Brussels – The European Union Council adopts an interpretative notice rrequiring indication of origin of goods from the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967, and adds that the EU does not support any form of boycott or sanctions against Israel. The EU does not intend to impose any boycott on Israeli exports from the illegal Jewish settlements. On some products, like fruit and vegetables, the labeling referring to settlements will be mandatory, while on others it will be voluntary.
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said the move unfairly singles out Israel, describing the decision as "anti-Israel and anti-Jewish."
A Justice Minister
who can't spell justice
Monday 16:
In South Africa – The Directorate of the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit of the South African Police Services confirms that warrants of arrest have been issued against four Israeli commanders from the Israeli Navy and Israeli Defense Force, who were responsible for their attacks on the Mavi Marmara as part of the charity flotilla of vessels travelling to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid and medical supplies in May 2010. (South Africa's border security agencies were notified September 3, 2015).
 
  In
Israel-Palestine – Since October 1, Israeli troops or Jewish settlers have killed at least 77 Palestinians, among them unarmed protesters, bystanders and suspected attackers. Israeli authorities have admitted that two people have been mistakenly killed in the past six weeks.
 
  24:
After the shooting down of a Russian Federation military aircraft for violating its airspace, Turkey (a member of NATO) sends a letter to the United Nations explaining the situation. Click to view letter (provided by Wikileaks). Russian military aircraft had violated Turkish airspace in October and the Turkish President had personally phoned Russia's PUTIN on the matter, and subsequent at joint meetings with other regional bodies had discussed proceedures to prevent such occurences, but Turkey claims these were disregarded in this incident.
 
  25:
In the Russian Federation – Russia's Gazprom announces that Ukraine will now have to pay in advance for any supplies of gas (crude oil). About 15% of the gas used in Europe travels through Ukraine. Gazprom's move comes at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Kiev over Crimea, which Russia annexed last year but is still recognised as Ukrainian territory by many countries.
A previous cut-off in 2009 caused serious disruptions in shipments to EU countries at the height of winter.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs a decree imposing economic sanctions against Turkey, and posts it on the Kremlin's website, saying a ban on charter flights from Russia to Turkey would be introduced, that Russian tour operators should stop selling trips to Turkey, and that imports of some Turkish products would be halted.
Russia's Gazprom
stops gas-supplies as
winter-cold deepens
  26:
The Russian Federation – In reaction to the shooting down of one of two Russian military aircraft, that violated Turkish airspace and had not turned back after repeated warnings (emergency transmission recordings have been released), prepares to reduce food imports from Turkey by 15% by declaring them 'not to standard'. Turkey has called for an emergency meeting with its NATO allies on the matter.
Russian retaliation begins

December
8: In the Russian Federation – VALIDIMIR PUTIN threatens Ukraine that it will default on its debt if it does not pay Russia the money it raised on the Irish Stock Exchange in December 2013. In December 2013, the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych, had agreed that Moscow would grant Kiev a credit worth $15 billion through the placement of Ukrainian securities. Under the program bonds for 3 billion dollars US were placed on the Irish Stock Exchange on December 20, 2013.
Russia purchased the bonds using the funds from its National Welfare Fund.
The Russian Finance Ministry says Moscow will bring legal proceedings against Ukraine in case Kiev fails to repay
$3 billion by December 20 this year, which will mean the country’s sovereign default.
Putin
prepares the
financial basis for
his take-over of Ukraine
  In
Ukraine – After 20 months of intense fighting between Ukrainian military and Russian-backed armed groups, 9,115 people have been killed and 20,797 injured, with many civilians among the dead and wounded.
 
10:
08:12 a.m. over the Mediterranean Sea, in Israel – A successful test is carried out of state-owned, US-funded, Israel Aerospace Industries' two-stage Arrow 3 missile protective shield (assisted by Boeing) which is able to destroy multiple-warhead incoming inter-continetal ballistic missiles outside of the earth's atmosphere. It can detect, identify, track and then discriminate real from decoy targets traveling quickly through space.
See: The
Electronic
Intifada
Bloomberg
reported in March that Israel bypassed the White House and asked the US Congress for an extra $317 million to be added to President Barack Obama's budget for the next fiscal year in order to fund the Israeli missile defense programs. The requested funds are in addition to the $158 million proposed by the Pentagon for Israel’s security needs for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2015 (a total of $475 million for the year).
  14:
The U.S. State Department updates its travel warning for Ukraine, urging all U.S. citizens in the eastern Donbas region and in Russian-occupied Crimea to get out – for individuals, including U.S. citizens, have been threatened, detained, or kidnapped for hours or days after being stopped at separatist checkpoints, but the cities of Kharkiv and Odessa have now been removed from the travel warning.
 
Good way to
motivate terrorism?
15:
The United States begins blocking Muslims from flying to the United States – without explanation.
Norwegian Airlines refuses to refund the cost of the blocked air-tickets, so £9,000/$13,340 loss for the British Mahmood family
(who were to have flown from from Gatwick airport to Los Angeles to visit Disneyland and US relatives).
Norwegian Air’s small print states that if you are refused entry it has no liability –
and without any information from US Homeland Security, the family cannot query whether this clause is invoked on fair or unfair grounds.
Faced with no holiday, no explanation and no compensation, it is little wonder that festive cheer is in short supply and anger is growing.
U.S. Embassies
refuse comment
23:
In Ukraine – Energy company Prykarpattyaoblenergo reports that a blackout in the Ivano-Frankisvk region of western Ukraine in a large part of the area where it delivers electricity, lasting up to six hours, was caused by an (external) “interference” in its systems. Ukraine’s security service (SBU) and government blame Russia (Sandworm gang) for the attack, and launch an investigation. If SBU's accusations are validated (confirmed January 4, 2016), it would be the first time a specific power outage has been credibly linked to a cyber attack. (On Monday January 4, 2016, experts confirm this, and state that it is the first known case of a power outage induced by a cyberattack. Ukrainian officials have blamed past cyberattacks targeting government and ministry websites as well as embassies abroad on Russia and Russian-based hackers. Ukraine's voting system was also targeted prior to the May 2014 election.)
With Ukrainian activists blowing up pylons – tall towers carrying power lines – and cutting off electricity supply to Crimea in both November and December, some had suspected the blackout in Ivano-Frankivsk could be a direct retaliation. Past cyberattacks, notably when the Stuxnet virus was used by Israel's Mossad, backed by America's CIA, against Iran’s nuclear program, which inadvertently infected at least 16,000 computers, did not lead to big security adjustments worldwide.
Ed Cabrera, vice president of cybersecurity strategy at Trend Micro, a global security software company based in North Texas, states that the hacking-caused blackout in Ukraine could cause a global spike in similar aggressions:
"This has definitely opened the door for nation states or non-state actors to begin to think about deploying [attacks]."
BlackEnergy
malware of the
Russian Sandworm gang
used that can overwrite or
delete files within a system
26:
In the Russian Federation – One of President Vladimir Putin's top aides, Vyacheslav Volodin, sends a copy of the 400-page book "Words That Change The World" of PUTIN quotes, including his 2014 speech defending the annexation of Crimea, to about 1,000 MPs, regional governors, civil society representatives, etc., as a New Year gift. The book is edited and published by Network, a pro-Kremlin youth movement. "We noticed that everything Putin says to some extent comes true," says member Anton Volodin, said to be the brains behind the book – "Putin's words can be described as prophetic."
Earlier this month, a 2016 Putin-themed calendar appeared in Russia, showing him in various scenes, including in naval uniform, holding a flower, baring his chest while fishing, and cuddling a dog. Each photo was accompanied by a Putin quote.
Putin's personal
image promotion
continues.
Due
to low oil prices, Vladimir Waldimirowitsch Putin now goes into 2016 with record approval ratings but the shakiest economic outlook since he took charge. In the 15 years he has been at the helm, 2015 was the first year that real wages registered a decline, something that did not happen even during the 2008-09 financial crisis.
 
28:
In Israel – Its Minister of Education, NAFTALI BENNETT (who heads the Orthodox-nationalist Jewish Home party), calls on Israel, at a Knesset caucus session, to –
annex the Palestinian Westbank.
 
29:
In Israel – Israel's Supreme Court reduces former Prime Minister EHUD OLMERT's jail sentence from six years to 18 months, after partly overturning a 2014 conviction for bribery. Olmert (Israeli prime minister from 2006 to 2009) will be the first former head of government in Israel to be imprisoned and will begin serving his term on February 15, 2016.
The charges are related to his accepting bribes in his 1992-2003 term as Jerusalem's mayor and to a large property deal in the city.
The judges were unanimous in upholding his conviction on taking 60,000 shekels in bribes, according to court documents.



Ehud
Olmert
31:
In Israel – The Prime Minister's wife SARA (Ben-Artzi) NETANYAHU (from 1991) is questioned for five hours by police regarding abuse of state funds. Mrs. Netanyahu is suspected of ordering that the expenses of the Netanyahu family's private residence in Caesarea be funded by the state. She is believed to also have a liquor problem.
Previously married to
Doron Neuberger/Noiborgr,
divorced 1987.
 
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