Rape and Sexual Slavery inside ISIS Prison – The true face of radical Islam!

Held by the terror group, women and girls as young as 14 who are not sold as wives are subjected to rape and torture. One woman is trying to buy their freedom—but time is running out.

Marco Di Lauro/Getty

Marco Di Lauro/Getty

ERBIL, Iraq — Thousands of Iraq’s Yazidis, driven from their homes by ISIS and trapped in the desperate siege of Mt. Sinjar, have captured the world’s attention and received some relief from U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid. But hundreds of Yazidi women taken by ISIS and held in a secret prison where they have been raped and sold off like property are facing an equally dire fate.

Survivors who managed to escape from ISIS say the women held in its prison in Mosul face two fates: Those who convert to Islam are sold as brides to Islamist fighters for prices as low as $25, and ranging up to $150. Those who do not convert face daily rape and a slow death.

Accounts of the prison have come from women who managed to hide their cellular phones, calling relatives to describe their plight. Some imprisoned women have been forced by militants to call their families. The mother of one woman still held captive told The Daily Beast about the call she received from her daughter. She was forced to listen as her daughter detailed being raped by dozens of men over the course of a few hours. Still other women testified that multiple children had been born under these conditions, with the newborns ripped away from their mother’s arms to fates unknown.

Women who have run away from ISIS’s prison and the families of those still held captive have come to Pakhshan Zangana for help. As the head of the High Council of Women’s Affairs for The Kurdish Regional Government Zangana is trying to bring attention to the women’s plight and plead for intervention on their behalf but fears that her efforts have stalled. “We have women and families calling in every day, the situation is getting desperate,” said Zangana. Without outside aid, Zangana has turned to asking for private donations to try to buy the captured Yazidi women back from ISIS before they are sold into sexual slavery.

Mosul’s Badush prison, where the women are enslaved, has become a literal house of horrors since the Islamic State seized control of the area. During the ISIS initial assault on Mosul in June, Badush’s gates were opened and 670 Shia inmates executed. This massacre, which was confirmed by 20 survivors and 16 eyewitnesses, according to U.N. Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay, marked only the beginning of the horrors that have occurred inside the prison after it fell under ISIS control.

Since ISIS seized Mosul in June it has used the prison to hold captured women as sex slaves, according to multiple reports, before trafficking them to third parties. Some of these women are the Yazidis who were taken during the fall of Sinjar, but they are not alone. While the number of Yazidi women have been estimated in the hundreds, sources in Iraq say that the number is even higher and includes members of other minority groups, like Turkomans and Christians.

“It’s sick,” Zangana said, while choking back tears. “[ISIS] went so far as to force the local beauticians to come in and dress them up, putting makeup on them. Then telling them to instruct the women to be submissive to their new husbands.” One Yazidi woman who escaped from ISIS told The Daily Beast that many of those held were teenagers, some as young as 14.

While the situation seems hopeless, female activists like Zagan are reaching out to as many parties as they can to attempt to rescue the women. “There have been some who have escaped, but we know that most do not have a chance there without immediate action and help,” said Zagan. Because little is known about ISIS’s organizational makeup, it’s been nearly impossible to directly negotiate with them to secure the release of the women.

Time is running out, and the KRG is using non-traditional methods to secure the women’s release. They’ve had to resort to crowd sourcing funds and attempted to mobilize social action from a patchwork of local citizens and business leaders to prevent the women from being sold. They promise to reimburse anyone willing to help. However, the campaign is slow to gain traction, and as it struggles to gather funds more women are being sold off, less likely to ever return to their families.

“This is not just a Kurdish or Iraqi problem, this is an international crisis,” Zangana said. Many of the survivors were adamant that the fighters were made up of foreign nationals from all over the world. One of the women stated that they were able to identify the foreign fighters by the multiple languages they spoke, as well as distinct physical characteristics. “The women calling are telling us that many of these men hail from Chechnya,” a region in the Russian Federation known for Islamist fighters, who are being identified by their open use of the Russian language and red beards. Other women who had been held in the prison supported these claims identified “British and Dutch nationals,” too, Zangana told The Daily Beast.

“It’s complete psychological warfare. These families are already destroyed by the loss of their loved one’s, and now ISIS has them calling to tell them of the atrocities they have suffered!” said Zangana.

The few survivors who have escaped, or fled, are reluctant to come forward. “In a cultural context these women have had everything taken away. Many cannot return home—their home is either gone, or they will be rejected by their families because of what has occurred,” said Zangana. For these women, few options are available.

“You must understand that this is a form of genocide and we don’t have much time,” Zangana said as we parted from our interview in Erbil.

Saudi Arabia is viewing Israel differently, criticizing Hamas, Turkey and Iran – Ezekiel’s Prophecy is being fulfilled!

The Bible is telling us that the soon-to-be-fulfilled attack on Israel will not be part of the Arab-Israeli conflict, thus will have nothing to do with land for peace etc. The Russian led, Turkish and Iranian attack will be a mix of hatred, and greed.

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Saudi Arabia is voicing recently a completely different approach than it used to. Please read the last two articles from the last few days written in Saudi-sponsored media channels. Fascinating!

1. Hamas is to be blamed for the Gaza conflict

Saudi foreign minister: We must denounce our hatred toward Israel and begin normalize ties with the Jewish nation.

Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy.

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Saud bin Faisal Al Saud

Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and they must brought before the law.

The Saudi official further added that Arab World Increasingly Frustrated With Hamas which is seeking more wars.

In recent day Israel’s air strikes against Gaza Strip drew much condemnation from the Arab oil-rich states of the Persian Gulf, while Saudi media is increasingly open in criticizing defiant Hamas for resisting Israeli aggression against impoverished Palestinian enclave.

Media in Saudi Arabia and Egypt blame Hamas’ actions for Israeli war and prioritizing conflict over the safety of the Gazan population and criticized the leadership for waging war far from the conflict, a Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) report shows.

After Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal criticized Arab inaction in Gaza, Saudi Al- okaz daily columnists responded emphatically.

“[Mashaal], we are tired of defending the [Palestinian] cause that you have sold for cheap to an MB (Muslim Brotherhood) gang whose way you followed even though they have lost their [own] way,” wrote columnist Abdul-Hamdi Razaq. He also called Mashaal out for living in luxurious Qatari hotels instead of fighting in Gaza.

Hamas is losing its legitimacy because it was sacrificing Palestinians while using financial aid to promote its interests, wrote Al-Watan columnist Abdullah Al-Sayyid.

2. Opinion: No Longer an Arab–Israeli Conflict

The war in Gaza is the second stage of a process of change regarding the nature of what used to be called “the Arab–Israeli conflict.” The first stage was the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, in which Iran, a non-Arab state, fought Israel in a proxy war via Hezbollah. The weapons, financing and training of Hezbollah is Iranian. In the recent conflict Iran has also backed both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as well as the leaders of both organizations, Khaled Masahal and Ramadan Shalah, who have consulted closely with Tehran. While Iran was the main player in the war of 2006, what is new this time around is that Turkey has been brought in, through an alliance with Qatar, as political backup for Hamas and as the regional sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The nature of the conflict has also changed from conventional warfare, where the armies of opposing states face each other on the battlefield, to asymmetrical warfare, where armies fight guerrilla battles against political movements in cities. The conflict that was between Arab states against Israel, and led to wars in 1948, 1967, and 1973, with the outcome of the latter leading to peace between Egypt and Israel, is no longer a reality. Israel’s wars now are with movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas, not with Arab states, and the patrons of these movements—Iran and Turkey—are obviously non-Arab.

The relative disengagement of Arab states and the anti-Hamas rhetoric in the Arab, and especially the Egyptian, media suggest a see- change in public perception of the conflict throughout the Arab world. The anti-Turkey, anti-Iran, anti-Hamas, anti-Qatar, and anti-Brotherhood rhetoric makes the current conflict look like an Israel/Hamas–Turkey–Iran–Qatar one, with the rest of the Arab world’s support existing only on Twitter and other social media forums.

Qatar, the only Arab country actively supporting Hamas, has been isolated from the rest of the Gulf States for the last three months, after Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. Thus what used to be called an Arab–Israeli conflict is no more. What does this mean and what are its implications for wider regional stability?

In the past, Israel’s strategy has been to narrow the scope of the conflict and downscale it from an Arab–Israeli conflict to a Palestinian–Israeli conflict. In fact, the strategy looked like it was working until the recent Gaza war. Israel managed not only to make it a Palestinian–Israeli conflict, but also a war against only one faction of the Palestinian movement, Hamas, on the narrowest piece of Palestinian territory, Gaza. But the involvement of both Turkey and Iran has had the opposite effect. The conflict has been widened and regionalized rather than reduced as Israel intended.

The conflict in now regionalized at the geopolitical level, with Iran and Turkey directly involved through their backing Hezbollah and Hamas respectively. The conflict has also become religious in nature rather than ethnic, especially after the Israeli government insisted on the Jewish identity of their state. The conflict has also become more sectarian on the Arab side due to the new rift within Islam between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims.

The involvement of moderate Sunni Arab states is one of nothing more than providing a forum for negotiation between Israel and the Palestinians in Cairo, or in the case of the Gulf states, providing aid for reconstructing Gaza or southern Lebanon.

Out of this, there is some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that the widening of the conflict has contributed to greater instability across the region. The recent Gaza war made Hamas, not the PLO, the darling of the radical Arab street, in much the same way that the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah made Hassan Nasrallah an Arab hero. This empowers political movements rather than states, and fuels greater violence throughout the region. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is just the most recent manifestation.

The good news, however, is that if Israel wants to strike a grand deal with the Arabs, now is the time to do it. Arab states are in their weakest political positions for a long time, and given their internal political upheavals they are ready to sign a comprehensive deal. The biggest obstacle here, however, is the Israeli side. Can Israel produce a Sadat-like figure willing to make a daring move in the same way the late Egyptian president did, by going to Cairo or Riyadh and signing a comprehensive deal? Perhaps an even more daring move would be to go to Tehran. The ball is firmly in Israel’s court now.

 

AMERICA & EUROPE WAKE-UP – ISIS IS INSIDE YOU!

Americans now live in a country that could be facing a terrorist threat worse than al Qaeda: the Islamic State.

U.S. intelligence officials warn that ISIS has now gained momentum that will be difficult to halt in Iraq and Syria. They say the Islamic terrorists intend to prove their power far beyond the Middle East.

Intelligence warns the Islamic State may attempt a major terrorist strike in Europe or the United States to assert itself as the true leader of the international jihadist movement.

ISIS is using social media to advance its in-your-face propaganda.

Recently, a photo was tweeted of a hand holding an ISIS flag right in front of the White House. It was pictured with a hand-written warning attached:”A message from ISIS to U.S. – We are in your state. We are in your cities. We are in your streets,” the August 9 note read.

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Another photo was shown in the same picture. It featured a handwritten note in Arabic held in front of a building with two American flags at an unclear location. Translated, the note dated June 20, 2014 says: “Soldiers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon,” followed by a verse from the Koran.

The Secret Service said it’s investigating the matter. “We have an intelligence division whose mission is to assess information that we receive every day for dangerousness or potential threat level. We are aware of the image and will take the necessary and appropriate follow up steps,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told ABC News.

Meanwhile, a New Jersey man said he meant no offense when he flew a flag that looks like the ISIS flag in front of his home in New Jersey.

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Mark Dunaway, from Winslow Place, New Jersey, said he was expressing his Muslim religion by flying the flag every year during Ramadan and every Friday.

“Every Muslim uses that black flag,” NJ.com quoted Dunaway. “You’ll find it in any mosque in world. I am an American citizen and I love my country, but I am also a Muslim and I use that flag to say I’m a Muslim.”

But a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations told ABC News Dunaway’s flag isn’t the Islamic flag.

The scare comes as President Barack Obama announced there would be no need for the United States to rescue stranded Yazidis from Iraq’s Mount Sinjar, saying U.S. airstrikes allowed most to escape. “We broke the ISIL (ISIS) siege of Mount Sinjar,” he said. “We helped vulnerable people reach safety, and we helped save many innocent lives.”

But Yazidi leaders disagree; telling The New York Times the crisis isn’t over. Despite Obama’s assurances, the United Nations said the situation is still dire.
“The United Nations has declared a level three emergency for Iraq, the highest global humanitarian priority for the U.N. and partner agencies,” U.N. spokesman Stephan Dujarric said.

In the image from CNN’s coverage of the events in Ferguson, a marcher can be clearly seen in the background holding a sign that says: “ISIS HERE.”
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ISIS, of course, is the acronym formerly used to refer to the jihadist terrorist organization that is widely referred to as the “Islamic State.” In fact, just Monday, the Islamic State issued another threat to the U.S., promising, “We will drown all of you in blood.”

In an interview with VICE media, Islamic State spokesman Abu Mosa had this to say: “I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”

The execution of a James Foley, the American journalist, by a British-accented jihadist is a direct challenge to the international community. It’s time for the U.S. to move!

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When they say “peace and safety”…

Amir’s short commentary on the current events:

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In 1938, exactly five years after the Nazi party rose to power in Germany, Winston Churchill wrote in a letter to Lord Moyne, his friend, the following words:

“Owing to the neglect of our defenses and the mishandling of the German problem in the last five years, we seem to be very near the bleak choice between War and Shame. My feeling is that we shall choose Shame, and then have War thrown in a little later, on even more adverse terms than at present.”

The following is the words from the statement of Neville Chamberlain, the British PM, waved when he stepped off the plane after the conference in Berlin had ended on September 30, 1938:

“We, the German Führer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today….”

Chamberlain read this statement to a cheering crowd in front of 10 Downing St. and said:

“My good friends this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honor. I believe it is peace in our time.”

That treaty was broken by Hitler less than a month later as Germany invaded Poland.

World War II could have been avoided if the German problem would have been dealt with rather than allowing their expansion and then reaching appeasement with them.

Shame was chosen but war was given!

Churchill knew how shamefully wrong it was to sit and talk to Hitler. He was right. You don’t negotiate with your enemy nor you close a blind eye to his atrocities. You simply fight it.

Hamas, Iran, ISIS and others are all the same: Terror groups who want to dominate the world by using the world’s democratic system to create their Islamic dictatorships.

Deception is allowed as long as it serves their interests. The western world is in love with those empty words of peace. The option of admitting that these are words of deception will force the world to take action.

Hamas, Iran and ISIS are excessively using social media networks to promote their agenda as an appealing one.

The sad thing is that there is far more sympathy and support that they get there than condemnation and wrath.

As an example please take a look at the latest tweet of the Iranian supreme leader Khamenei slamming US for being racist in light of the Ferguson shooting. He added that America’s green light to Israel to commit crimes follows the same racist behavior.

Europe and the current US administration are interested in what we call “industrial calmness”. Sticking their head into the sand makes them feel safe and secure. They allow Iran to become nuclear, Hamas to remain in power and ISIS to turn into a monster.

If Nazi Germany was the enemy of the world in 1938, it is radical Islam today.

The mass killing, the mass graveyards, the public executions, the blind sympathy from large portion of societies and the built in hatred towards Jews and Christians alike are no more secret agenda, but rather publicly proclaimed.

Large parts of Western Europe are about to be taken by it. My prediction is that Belgium will be the first and Holland, Britain and others will follow.

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

 

  1. But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

 

 

May we all stay sober and watchful!

 

Blessings

Amir

 

Iran’s New Strategy Of Diversion: Persuading The Sunni Camp To Fight Israel, Not Iran

Iran’s New Strategy Of Diversion: Persuading The Sunni Camp To Fight Israel, Not Iran

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By: A. Savyon and Y. Carmon*

Introduction

Recently, the Iranian regime has launched a campaign for arming the Palestinians in West Bank and Israel’s Arab citizens; the campaign is being led by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

On July 23, 2014, on the eve of Iran’s Qods (Jerusalem) Day, Khamenei said that “the only solution [for Israel] is its annihilation and liquidation. Of course, until that time [when this happens], the determined and armed Palestinian resistance, and its spread to the West Bank, are the only way to deal with that bestial regime… Therefore, it is my belief that the West Bank should be armed just like Gaza. Anyone who cares about the fate of Palestine, and who is capable of doing something, should act in this matter in order to reduce the suffering and torment of the Palestinian people by means of their strong hand…”[1]

This campaign played a role in Iran’s strategy, in two vital areas that are completely unconnected to the war in Gaza or to the Palestinian cause: a) It serves the Iranian regime in its struggle against the Sunni world, which has ratcheted up its pressure on Iran, and b) it serves the Iranian regime in its struggle against the opposition, i.e. the pragmatic camp, at home, that has recently escalated its attacks on the ideological camp (see MEMRI series on The Struggle Between Khamenei And Rafsanjani Over The Iranian Leadership).

While the policy of annihilating Israel is one thing that the ideological and the pragmatic camps in Iran have in common, as it is a founding tenet of the regime, the move to arm the West Bank Palestinians and Israel’s Arab citizens is a new element that the regime is stressing in recent days, and by all possible means. In every major speech and announcement, regime spokesmen emphasize the need for the Sunni world to stop fighting Shi’ites and join Iran in its fight against Israel.[2] The regime also is highlighting the need for unity at home, which is actually a demand that the pragmatic camp accept the authority of the ideological camp.

It should be noted that on the internal level, this tactic has been successful, as expected; the pragmatic camp has hastened to stand with the regime on this matter.[3]

However, the effort to divert the Sunni camp from its struggle with Iran and the Shi’ites has as of yet yielded no results. Apparently, the Sunni world understands Iran’s gambit and is not going along with it; it is also stepping up its pressure on the Shi’ites in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East.[4]

It should be clarified that this strategy of diversion is not just talk – the Iranian regime is working to implement it in coordination with the leaders of Hizbullah and of the Palestinian factions. But the main importance of this effort for Iran is that it serves both Iran’s existential interest against the external Sunni threat and also the interest of the Iranian regime at home against the opposition.

This paper will review statements by senior members of the Iranian leadership calling on the Sunni world to forget about its fight against the Shi’ites and about the Sunni-Shi’ite schism and to instead unite with the Shi’ites against Israel.

Khamenei: “The Islamic World Should Set Aside All Differences… Let Us Unite And Carry Out Our Religious And Human Duty In Order To Help The People In Gaza”

In a July 29, 2014 speech to Muslim countries’ ambassadors in Iran, Khamenei stressed the need for the Islamic world – that is, both Sunnis and Shi’ites – to unite and act together against Israel: “The Islamic world should set aside all differences, and use all its capabilities to meet the needs of the people in Gaza while fighting against the shameful crimes of the Zionists, and while despising and renouncing their supporters, particularly America and Britain.

“Unfortunately, and contrary to the instructions of Islam, the Islamic ummah is today in a schism, because of politics and power-seeking. The leaders of the Islamic countries must set aside such  motives and establish a united, strong, and mighty nation. If power-seeking, dependence [on the West], and corruption cannot divide the Islamic world, no arrogant power [i.e. the U.S. and the West] will dare attack the Islamic states, to extort their governments…

“In order to realize this goal, all the Islamic governments must abandon the political and non-political disputes among themselves, and everyone together must hasten to the aid of the oppressed who are palpitating in the claws of the bloodletting Zionist wolf… Let us unite and carry out our religious and human duty in order to help the people in Gaza overcome the obstacles that the Zionists are setting [before them]. Fighting the perpetrators of the historic oppression in Gaza is the second duty of the Islamic world…”[5]

President Rohani: “In Order To Solve These Difficult Problems” Of “The Suppurating Tumor[s]” Of IS And The Zionist Regime, “We Have No Option Except To Unify The Islamic World”

At the same July 29 meeting with the ambassadors of Muslim countries, Iranian President Hassan Rohani compared the “suppurating tumor” of the Islamic State (IS, formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS) – that is, the murder of Shi’ites by Sunnis in Iraq – to the “Zionist suppurating tumor.” He stated that they have shared roots, and stressed that the only thing that could solve this problem was Sunni-Shi’ite unity:

“In order to solve these difficult problems, we have no option except to unify the Islamic world, explain the merciful [kind of] Islam, and distance ourselves from stagnation and fixation [in the Shi’ite-Sunni dispute]. The global strategy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is peace and justice, and in the Islamic world [the Iranian strategy is] brotherhood and unity, and the establishment of a single Islamic ummah.

“Those who dream of weakening Islam and the Muslims will take that aspiration to their grave. The Islamic Republic of Iran is mobilizing all its strength and all its means, for establishing stability and security, and for preventing massacres and bloodshed and creating peace and justice in the region. The Islamic world will triumph by virtue of the [Islamic] awakening, vigilance, and unity, with God’s help.”[6]

Also on July 29, at a government meeting for ‘Eid Al-Fitr, Rohani said: “The leaders of the regime have gone into action with all their might on the issue of Palestine and Gaza; we see this as part of our religious and human duty… I hope that all the Muslims in the world will fulfill their human and Islamic duty, in light of the savage attacks of the Zionist regime.”[7]

Other Regime Spokesmen Call For Arming The West Bank And Israel’s Arab Citizens

On July 26, Ahmad Vahidi, former defense minister under president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former commander of the Qods Force in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), said: “Arming the West Bank is the strategic policy of the Leader [Khamenei], and its implementation will change the arena of the developments in Palestine. The arming of the West Bank will be a golden card in the hands of the resistance of the Palestinian people. The Islamic governments and the supporters of the Palestinian people must use all their efforts for the sake of arming the West Bank, and even the region occupied in 1948. As the Leader [Khamenei] said, Iran supports Palestine with all its might and in all dimensions; it is expected that the required effort will be carried out in order to implement [Khamenei’s] policy on the arming of the West Bank.”[8]

On July 28, a number of officials made similar statements in interviews with the Fars news agency, among them Hossein Sheikh Al-Islam, head of the Committee for the Support of the Palestinian and advisor to Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani; Hossein Kna’ani-Moqadam, former top IRGC official; and Fathollah Hosseini, Majlis National Security Committee member.[9] Also, the July 25 editorial of the daily Kayhan, which is affiliated with Khamenei, was titled “Resistance In Gaza, Intifada In The West Bank.”

Amir Mousavi, former advisor to the Iranian defense minister, said in a July 25 interview with Al-Mayadeen TV that Iran had discovered more efficient routes for transferring weapons to the Palestinians, including via Jordan and the Golan Heights, as a result of the Shi’ites’ fight against the takfiri organizations. He added that because of the West Bank’s proximity to Tel Aviv and Haifa, short-range missiles would be sufficient (see MEMRI TV Clip. No. 4377).

On July 24, Majlis National Security Committee member Ismail Kowsari made similar statements to Fars in an interview, and on the same day the Basij released a communique calling on the government to urgently submit a bill to the Majlis on arming the Palestinians in the West Bank in accordance with Khamenei’s statements.[10]

 

*A. Savyon is Director of MEMRI’s Iranian Media Project; Y. Carmon is President of MEMRI.