Monday, June 6, 2011

Assad's Regime Pays Anti-Israel Rioters $1,000

If there was any doubt that this was planned and executed from the top, there should not be any more. What should really be taken note of is that they seem to be encouraging them to agitate the Israelis to take forceful action and kill them so their family would be handsomely rewarded.,7340,L-4078698,00.html

"Protestors at northern border promised $1,000 reward by Assad's regime, Reform Party of Syria claims; Israeli officials: Damascus encouraged rioters. Syria says IDF killed 23 people, wounded 350; army says figures inflated
The Syrian opposition group claimed that each farmer was promised $1,000 for showing up at the rally and $10,000 to their families if they are killed by IDF fire.

According to the report, the average salary of a Syrian citizen is about $200 per month, meaning that participation in Sunday's demonstration could provide a protester and his family with five months worth of financial relief.


  1. Ian Dubrowsky6/07/2011 12:07 PM

    Israel Slaughters innocent people, again, and somehow it is never Israel's fault. funny.

    Palestinians have resolved to carry out a mode of resistance that was pacifistic in nature. As Rami Zurayk, an agronomist at the American University of Beirut and Palestinian refugee rights activist says, “Like the demonstrations in Tahrir Square and throughout Tunisia, the [May 15] demonstrators were audacious, tenacious and most of all, repetitive,” he explained. “Repetition is why Tahrir worked — you put your body on the line against repression. So that became our modality.” Zurayk described scenes he witnessed of refugee youth rushing the Israeli controlled frontier at Maroun al-Ras with nothing but Palestinian flags in their hands, and of the Israeli response: soldiers shot the youth dead, killing one almost every five minutes.

  2. Ian Dubrowsky6/07/2011 12:09 PM

    Yesterday, on June 5, the commemoration of Naksa Day, Palestinian refugees and their supporters returned to the Israeli controlled frontiers to protest the 44th anniversary of the occupation. Protests swelled at the Qalandia checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, where according to Joseph Dana Israeli forces tested out new and unusual weapons on demonstrators, and spread to Nablus, where Israeli forces fired teargas shells at a group of people protesting the occupation by planting trees. The most intense protests took place at the Quneitra crossing near the occupied Golan Heights, where Israeli forces gunned down at least 20 unarmed demonstrators as they approached the frontier fence (be sure to watch the video at the link). “We could have taken the easier route of uncontrolled fire, but we decided to operate in a very limited manner,” an army spokesman said afterward, reassuring the world that Israel could have killed hundreds more, but chose to pick off about 20 unarmed civilians in the name of restraint.

  3. Ian Dubrowsky6/07/2011 12:10 PM

    In the hours following the bloodshed, the Israeli response grew increasingly contorted. Army spokespeople claimed the demonstrators “were responsible for their own deaths,” claiming they stepped on landmines. No evidence of landmine deaths was provided by the unnamed military sources, only conjecture. Next, Israel turned to its favorite Syrian cut-out in Washington, Farid Ghadry, an AIPAC member and discredited “serial entrepreneur” who is widely regarded as the Syrian version of Ahmed Chalabi — Ghadry actually met Chalabi in Richard Perle’s living room. In a statement published on the website of his astro-turfed Reform Party of Syria, Ghadry claimed that the protesters at Quneitra were not actual Palestinian refugees, but impoverished “Syrian farmers” who had been paid $1000 each by the Assad regime just to show up, and $10,000 to die. Ghadry claimed he gleaned the information from “intelligence sources close to the Assad regime in Lebanon.” As Zurayk puts it: “No amount of Syrian money can make people run to a border knowing they will be shot at. If the Syrians are being clever, that is their consideration. But do you really think Palestinians need Syrians to make them want to return to Palestine? They are living in camps with sewage running openly, with no jobs and no opportunities.”

    Israeli military spokespeople appear to be pushing Ghadry’s press release, because the canard immediately showed up in a report by Yediot Aharnoth’s Hanan Greenberg, one of the many military correspondents in the Israeli media who dutifully report any claim by any flack in an olive uniform as though it were a substantiated fact. “Syrian Opposition: Anti-Israel Rioters paid $1000,” read the Yediot headline. But the story has not graduated beyond the pro-Israel blogosphere, probably because Ghadry and his shell of an opposition group — it is quite clearly a neocon front organization — have no credibility in Syria or anywhere else- except it seems with the Bermanpost.

  4. @Ian Dubrowsky - "Israel Slaughters innocent people, again" -> These people were trying to force their way across the Israeli border illegally with intentions that could very well have been to cause death and destruction if they made it across. What would you do if a mob of people were trying to force there way into your house with your family inside if there were no police to call and no where to escape to?

    "Yesterday, on June 5, the commemoration of Naksa Day" -> interesting you bring up "Naksa Day". I hope you know what it means. In case not, it translates roughly to 'the day of the setback'. As in, loss of the 1949 armistice lines (refereed to also as the 1967 lines) was a set back. Further meaning that a return to those lines is not the goal. The goal is, just as it always has been, to completely destroy Israel and massacre the Jews. Which side again do you think is the obstacle to peace?

    Do you really think in a country where merely speaking against the government is sufficient justification to be shot dead, hundreds of people organized to march and provoke an international incident without government input?

    Quick side note - If you try to post a comment and it does not go through, you can try a second time if you think it was a bad internet connection. If the first one got flagged for some reason all the rest will as well. You just have to give me a bit to publish it. When you stack 30 in my spam que I don't know which one you want published or if you got the whole thing through in segments already. I disagree with almost everything you say, but I have yet to block a comment (at least intentionally). If I miss one, you know who I am, just facebook or text me.


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