Peaceful Arab Protests Against Syria
Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:25 AM
Hamas breaks up Syria demonstration in Gaza Strip
REPORTING FROM GAZA CITY -- Hamas police on Sunday prevented dozens of activists from demonstrating in solidarity with Syrian people in the Gaza Strip, witnesses said.
The policemen peacefully stopped the protest shortly after it started in front of the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza City. The demonstrators, numbering about 30, waved Palestinian and Syrian flags, with banners supporting the Syrian antigovernment protesters.
Since 1999, the political bureau of Hamas has been based in the Syrian capital, Damascus. The Islamic movement came under pressure from Syria and Iran, its main regional backers, to support Syrian President Bashar Assad in his efforts to suppress the opposition there. Hamas' reluctance to do so has frayed its relations with both nations. Most Hamas leaders have relocated from Damascus.
Hamas, which took over Gaza by force in 2007, generally bans any public activities except those organized by its supporters.
Second, in Israel - allowed:
Thousands of Israeli Arabs rally against Assad
In Kafr Kanna in the North, thousands of Israeli Arabs call for the Syrian President to step down.
Thousands of Israeli Arabs demonstrated against Syrian President Bashar Assad on Friday, calling for him to step down and end his violent suppression of a nationwide revolt.
Chanting "Bashar al-Assad leave" and "Let the people live", protesters in the northern town of Kafr Kanna set fire to posters of the Syrian president.
Assad has shown no sign of easing his campaign to stamp out an 11-month uprising against his rule. His forces on Friday resumed attacks on opposition strongholds in the city of Homs, which has now been under fire for two weeks.
The United Nations says more than 5,400 civilians have been killed in the uprising and the UN General Assembly on Thursday told Assad to stop the violence and surrender power.
Syrian authorities say they are fighting foreign-backed "terrorists".
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday he expected Assad to fall "within weeks".
Last month Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said the Jewish state was preparing to take refugees from Assad's minority Alawite sect into the Golan Heights, in the event of the president's downfall.
Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:12 PM
Syrian Opposition Cleric Al-'Ar'our: It Is Allowed to Appeal "Even" to Israel for Help in Treating Wounded Syrians
Following are excerpts from an interview with Syrian opposition cleric Sheik Adnan Al-'Ar'our, which aired on Al-Safa TV on February 10, 2012:
Interviewer: We've just received the news that Messi, the soccer player, donated money to treat 1,000 wounded [Syrians]. This non-Arab player sent a clear message to the Arab League, which has not given money to treat a single wounded person so far.
Adnan Al-'Ar'our: Good people, this is shameful, by Allah. Good people, we don't want any weapons from you. All we want is for you to treat the wounded and open up your hospitals. Have your hearts become that cruel? Have you become such cowards? Open up your hospitals. Give us money to buy shrouds.
Good people, there is an unwritten law with regard to treating the wounded. I think we should even appeal to Israel. Maybe that would be easier. Perhaps they would give us… If it is possible, we appeal to them to treat the wounded.
Interviewer: But would the Syrian army allow the wounded safe passage through the Golan?
Adnan Al-'Ar'our: Not, it would not.
Posted 03 March 2012 - 05:27 PM
Syrian rebel connects with IDF spokesman on Facebook
Opposition element writes on Yoav Mordechai's Facebook page rebels don’t want war with Israel, not interested in Golan Heights
A surprising connection was formed this week between a Syrian opposition element and IDF Spokesman Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai on the latter's Facebook page, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.
A Syrian citizen named Abdul Khader wrote the following on Mordechai's Facebook wall: "We want to get rid of Assad and his regime and modernize Syria by promoting freedom of religion and freedom of thought. We do not want war with you and are definitely not interested in the Golan Heights."
An Arabic speaker, Mordechai replied: "I thank you for your words. We all wish for peace in our region and the fulfillment of our hopes for security, peace and co-existence."
Khader later wrote back, "Assad has an interest to keep Israel fearful of the Syrian opposition. But we genuinely want peace."
Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:30 PM
Hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv, on Sunday evening, protesting the bloodshed in Syria and calling upon the Russian government to cease their support of the oppressive regime.
The protest was organized by the Zionist movement of Im Tirtzu, in conjunction with Ayoub Kara, Deputy Minister for Development of the Negev and Galilee, and the Zionist Kibbutz movement.
The event was organized as part of a recent initiatve that aims at exposing the heinous human rights violations of Arab countries in the Middle East.
Speakers included Minister Kara, Ronen Shoval, the Chariman of Im Tirzu, Yoel Marshak of the Kibbutz Movement, Rabbi Fruman, Sheikh Abu Eleanor Sakhin and the Chairman of the Druze Zionist Council.
During the demonstration, the Syrian opposition leader spoke to the crowd, via a live Internet connection.
He thanked the Israeli public for their continued support of the Syrian people’s quest for freedom and democracy, and against the brutal and ruthless Assad dictatorship. He stressed that Israel and the Syrian people must unite against their common enemies of Assad, Hizbullah, Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hamas.
As of today, March 12, the Syrian death toll stands at 1,376, including 744 children, 627 women, and thousands of wounded, missing and refugees. [not sure about these numbers...]
Deputy Minister Kara stated, “We came to raise our voices for the sake of humanity and to convey to the world that here, people put humanity before religion, before faith and before nationalism.”
“We came to call on Russia to join the free world and to stop their support of the slaughter in Damascus,” he said. “We have asked Russian to establish efforts to provide the Syrian people with humanitarian aid but, to my deep regret, they refuse to do so.”
Rabbi Froman said, “I came on behalf of the people of faith and on behalf of believers of all religions. I came here to protest against the inhumane acts happening in Syria. There is blood being spilled in the streets, which humanity simply cannot tolerate.”
Yoel Marshak of the Zionist kibbutz movement then noted that Jews, specifically, cannot remain silent, as we know, all too well, the threats of slaughter and brutal massacre. He then affirmed that efforts are being made to send humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.
At the end of the demonstration balloons, calling for end of the Assad regime, were released into the sky, as an expression of solidarity with the Syrian people.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:32 PM
Syria 'Freedom Convoy' blocked at Turkish border
KILIS, Turkey — Hundreds of activists in a "Freedom Convoy" who tried to enter Syria from Turkey were stopped near the border on Thursday, as the uprising against the Damascus regime entered its second year.
Turkish police stopped hundreds of mostly Syrian activists as they approached a border crossing outside the city of Kilis, but they escorted a small delegation of organisers in two cars to the post.
But at the crossing, the organisers were prohibited from entering Syria, one of them told AFP.
"The only answer we got was 'No way, never!'," said Moayad Skaif.
The activists -- in a convoy of three buses and 30 cars decorated with flags and loudspeakers -- said they were trying to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrians suffering after a year of bloodshed.
"Our goal is to put pressure in our way on the Syrian government to stop its massacres and its embargo on its own people," Skaif said.
He said the aid, including tents, sleeping bags, toiletries, food and beverages, would now be offered to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
A previous attempt by the Freedom Convoy to enter Syria from Turkey, which is home to a growing number of Syrians fleeing the unrest, was also blocked in January.
More than 9,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since the outbreak of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's regime one year ago, human rights monitors said on Thursday.
Following the Syrian army assault in the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs and in the rebel stronghold Idlib, the number of Syrians arriving at the border has escalated sharply.
Close to 15,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey's Hatay province, where Syrian army deserters resisting the regime's crackdown also have a base, the foreign ministry said Thursday.
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