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Elections in Syria as war winds down

Shaath added “US and Western governments are misleading their own public opinion, while spending the tax payers money on terror gangs in Syria, its own Western Intelligence Services, gathered from around 83 countries and deployed them in Syria labelling them Syrian political opposition, or armed Syrian political opposition”.

Voters line up to cast their ballots during parliamentary elections in the city of Homs, Syria, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by SANA)

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Syrians have gone to the polls to elect a new parliament, as the country strives to liberate controlled lands from the hands of foreign-backed militants. 

More than 7,400 polling stations opened at 7:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, including in former militant strongholds of Eastern Ghouta, east of Damascus, and the southern countryside of the northwestern Idlib province.

Many candidates are running on a platform to curb inflation and to fix the infrastructure ravaged by 9 years of war.

This is the third elections to be held in Syria, since foreign-sponsored war of terror broke out in March 2011. The two previous polls were staged in May 2012 and April 2016 respectively. In the last legislative elections in 2016, turnout stood at 57.56 percent.

elections in the coastal city of Tartous, Syria, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by SANA)

The elections, twice postponed from April due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, come weeks after the United States imposed new economic sanctions on Syria under the so-called Caesar Act.

Saeb Shaath, a Middle East Political expert, in an interview with Press TV said “I believe that President Bashar al-Assad’s Baath party and his allies are going to win most of the parliament’s 250 seats” he added “the American- European economic war of terror that has been ravaging Syria, aided with the blockade and sanctions, is aimed to rebuild and strengthen the terror groups, to help them to spread throughout Syria, to keep the destruction of Syria going”.  

Shaath added “US and Western governments are misleading their own public opinion, while spending the tax payers money on terror gangs in Syria, its own Western Intelligence Services, gathered from around 83 countries and deployed them in Syria labelling them Syrian political opposition, or armed Syrian political opposition”.

Shaath stated that “Let’s not forget that, this is the third election to be held in Syria since the unleashing of the war of terror on Syria, 9 years ago”.

He went and added “during them 9 years the Syrian government didn’t disconnect or restrict access to the internet, and did not restrict social media platforms, even when they were used heavily by the terrorist groups to destabilise the country”.

The Syrian government and the country’s leadership, during the nightmare of the global war on terror, protected the democratic rights of its citizens and their values.

Shaath explained,  “On the other hand,  the countries who sponsors  terror  in Syria and serves the US- Zionist plans to destroy Syria, are accusing President Assad of being a dictator. Let me say that, in KSA and UAE, they do not have any form of democratic practices, no elections,  social media platforms  such as WhatsApp, twitter Facebook and  YouTube etc. are heavily monitored and restricted.

 I will remind you with  (Jamal Khashoggi‘s killing in the Saudi consulate in  Istanbul)  his WhatsApp app was monitored, that’s how they got to him.  In the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Oman, bans on Voice Over IP (VoIP) on platforms, such as WhatsApp, Skype, and FaceTime are blocked ,  so people are  prevented from using these apps to communicate, they have restricted their fundamental rights of privacy and access to information.

While the Syria government and the country’s leadership, during the nightmare of the global war of terror unleashed on Syria, protected the democratic rights of its people.

Palestine

‎13th day in a row Zionist entity “Israel” attacking besieged Gaza Strip.‎

“Israel” has tightened its 13-year-old blockade on Gaza Strip, closing the only commercial land crossing between Zionist entity and Gaza to prevent any needed supplies including fuel entering the besieged Strip. That caused the power generators feeding the Gaza Strip with electricity to stop operating, which affected Gaza’s water supplies, stopping the work in the sanitation stations and shutting down many clinics and hospitals, during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.

Bombardment of Gaza

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Zionist entity’s “Israel” tanks, early Saturday morning Aug. 22, pounded Palestinian sites in the north and south of the besieged Gaza Strip, while the Zionist entity’s navy opened fire at fishermen’s boats in the northern Gaza coast.

The shillings targeted a location east of Khan Younis in the town of Khuzaa, setting it on fire, also three shells were fired at a location east of Rafah city, south of the Gaza Strip, causing significant destruction to the site. no human casualties were reported.

Meanwhile, the navy opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats in the north of the Gaza Strip, damaging some. last week the Zionist entity’s navy closed the fishing area, in a move to deny many thousands of Palestinians the chance of making a living

In a statement published by the Lebanese Al Akhbar newspaper, the Palestinian resistance groups based in the besieged Gaza Strip, announced that they had joined forces to respond instantaneously to Zionist entity’s attacks, on their positions, “according to agreed rules of confrontation.”

The resistance groups stated that they are in agreement to avenge the death of any of their leaders at Zionist entity’s hands, saying that they had prepared a response “against specific targets to be revealed at the proper time.”.

Zionist entity “Israel” has tightened its 13-year-old blockade on Gaza Strip, closing the only commercial land crossing between Zionist entity and Gaza to prevent any needed supplies including fuel entering the besieged Strip. That caused the power generators feeding the Gaza Strip with electricity to stop operating, which affected Gaza’s water supplies, stopping the work in the sanitation stations and shutting down many clinics and hospitals, during the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.  

This was the Zionist entity’s 13th day in a row of strikes against sites in the besieged Gaza Strip. the Zionist entity claimed the collective punishment and the bombardment of the Gaza Strip were in retaliation for the flying of incendiary balloons from Gaza into their fields of their southern colonies, setting them on fire.

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UAE stabbed Palestine in back by normalising with Zionist entity ‘Israel’

Abbas :You cannot take our place…Palestine speaks in its own name. She is who will say ‘yes’ or ‘no’

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on Tuesday, the Palestinian leadership held a meeting in West bank city of Ramallah, which was also attended by representatives of different Palestinian factions, including Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

Abbas condemned the UAE’s decision to normalise ties with Zionist entity”Israel”, saying it was a “stab in the back of the Palestinian people.”

Abbas accused the UAE of turning its back on Palestinians while trying to justify the deal with Zionist entity “Israel” by arguing it helped stop West bank annexations.

“They added the term annexation and attempted to give the others and the world the illusion that the UAE had come up with a great achievement for us and that is the rejection of annexation, as if the Palestinian issue is only about annexation while they disregard everything else: the rights of the Palestinian people, the Palestinian state, the two-state vision, holy Jerusalem [al-Quds]….This is deception, and this is totally unacceptable. We consider it a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause,” he emphasised.

Abbas also stressed that only the Palestinians have the right to speak on the Palestine issue. 

“You cannot can take our place…Palestine speaks in its own name. She is who will say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. You [are] not responsible for the Palestinian cause, we alone, the Palestinians here, will speak on behalf of the Palestinian cause,” he said.

Palestinians ‘united against conspiracy’

Additionally, Abbas hailed the presence of representative from different Palestinian factions at Tuesday’s meeting as a show of unity.

“I welcome our brothers in Hamas, Jihad, General Command and Al-Saiqa who are here today. This indicates that the Palestinian people are united against the conspiracy, regardless of the differences between us, but in adversity we stand together and have on position against anyone who wants to attack our cause,” he said.

Abbas reminded the Arab countries that based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative any normalisation with Zionist entity “Israel” should come after an agreement is reached between the Palestinians and Tel Aviv, and not the other way around.

“Some countries have begun moving, both openly and in secret…this is rejected, and we the Palestinians will continue to absolutely reject this, no matter which country does this. You must respect the decisions on which you have signed off,” he said.

On Tuesday, “Israeli” media cited Sudanese foreign ministry spokesman as announcing an “impending” normalisation agreement with Tel Aviv. Sudan’s acting foreign minister, however, denied knowledge of such talks with Zionist entity “Israel”.

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UAE’s normalisation of ties with Zionist entity ‘Israel’ is betrayal of Palestinian cause

Shaath, ”to start with there is no real sovereignty For Mohamed bin Zayed or these ‎Sheikhes over the UAE, its controlled by the Multinational companies, since the British ‎withdrawn from it in 1970, they kept these tribal leaders under tight control of the ‎Multinationals.‎

The Debate discuss with Dr. Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East Affairs Expert and Dr. Jalal Fairooz, FMR, Bahraini MP and Middle East Expert, the UAE’s normalisation of ties with the Zionist entity ‘Israel’ . The deal has drawn condemnation from different countries as it revealed betrayal of Palestinian cause. ‘Israel’ and the United Arab Emirates agree to normalise diplomatic ties in a deal apparently ‎brokered by US President Donald Trump that includes Tel Aviv regime’s agreement to suspend ‎annexation of the occupied West Bank.‎

Transcription of some of what Dr. Shaath said ‎
Shaath, ”to start with there is no real sovereignty For Mohamed bin Zayed or these ‎Sheikhes over the UAE, its controlled by the Multinational companies, since the British ‎withdrawn from it in 1970, they kept these tribal leaders under tight control of the ‎Multinationals.‎”


‎ Shaath added “At the end of the day, to me, they are still a colony. They have been used by the Americans [Emirates] in ‎the waves of attacks came against Iraq in the [American invasion ] 2003 as well as the American ‎used them, as your guest mentioned they are used by ‘Israel’ to spy on Iran, they have their ‎cooperation under the table, it became very hard to hide it, the official visits ‎of Israeli ministers, officials, sport teams and many other exchanges between the ‎Emirates and ‘Israel’, so they could not hide it any more.‎”


Shaath went to say, “the other crucial point During the 2014 Zionist criminal war on Gaza, the ‎UAE sent a team of 50 doctors from the UAE red cross. The Palestinian ‎resistance stated then that these 50 doctors are Zionists spies collecting ‎information on the Palestinian resistance positions, while they supposed to ‎be an assistant from UAE. Then they were deported out of the Gaza Strip at ‎that time.‎”
Shaath “Recently The United Emirates exchanging a lot of trade and were doing a lot of ‎security deals and wheeling with the Zionist entity sending its aeroplanes to ‎Bin Gorian Airport, that under the cover and camouflaging it as they were ‎providing medical support to the Palestinians to overcome the Corona ‎pandemic,”.

Shaath continued to say that ” while the Palestinians’ refused to receive that aid and told them ‎[UAE] that they are betraying us, when we told you we refuse to receive anything ‎that coming through the Zionist entity airports , this is a normalising of ‎relationship between the Emirates and the Zionist entity. Still, , they ‎continued to send their aeroplanes, all of that is to cover up what type of loads ‎that the Emirates is bring back to Abu Dhabi from Tel Aviv .‎

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