Saudi Criminal Bombing of Old City of Sana’a: WHY????

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

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I went to the Old City of Sana’a on September 24, just four days after the barbaric and absolutely criminal Saudi air raid on the UNESCO declared World Heritage City (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/385)

More than any other place in this world I dwelt in or visited in my life, Sana’a is perhaps the location that most infuenced my life. 

I was born in this fabulous city, when there was still no “new” to distinguish any of its parts with any of its surroundings.  In fact, Sana’a had telephones. and a modest electricity network, which were introduced in the early part of my life, before the September 26, 1962 Revoution.  Thus, the new was beginning to encroach and blend in (but still harmlessly) with the unique architecture of this amazingly well  designed city of urban – albeit medieval – planning.  I knew Sana’a then when the charming city was still pretty much a self sustaining metropolis, with all its sustenance needs met from internal domestic sources and the farms that surrounded the city’s historic wall:  water was provided by surface wells in the  houses or from various  streams eminating from  springs located around the city’s then picturesque suburban villages, or from the wells of the city’s numerous  gardens, attached to each of the  fabulous mosques dotting its urban expanse.  These gardens (“miqshamas”, as they were called – roughly meaning garden vegetable farms) were conveniently  irrigated from the waste water of their respective mosques, as well as the wastewater of the surrounding neatly arranged houses around these gardens (Bear in mind that human solid waste did not enter the wastewater drainage system, Such waste had a separrate disposal system that effectively allowed for such waste to be used as fuel to heat the piblic “Turkish” baths).  The wells of the mosques also provided supplemental irrigation foryhe miqshamas.  Poisonous detergents, soaps, shampoos and other consumables were not yet a source of pollution in these wastewaters.  These gardens supplied almost all the garden vegetable needs of the city’s population of about 40,000 in the first decade of my life.  Livestock meat and dairy needs of the city were provided by livestock and poultrh maintained by Sana’ani residents or the families that had sharecropping leases to these miqshamas, or “endowment” gardens.  I remember we had a cow and chicken in our house, which took care of our dairy needs.  I also recall how as children we enjoyed going to any of the nearby gardens to our house to fetch anything from tomatoes to radishes to lettuce to potatoes.   Some of these gardens grew berries, almonds, walnuts, pears, prickly cactus fruit and other delicacies.  There were five such gardens within a five to ten minutes walk from our house situated in the Al-Alamy “neighborhood” at the center of the Old City (actually a long slightly wavy street with broken rows of attached houses) between Al-Fulaihy “neighborhood” and Wadi Al-Sayilah – a water runoff bed that harvested all the rainwater floodwater that flowed in the city after gathering from the roofs of Sana’a’s  seemingly packed together houses and winding streets. 
Al-Fulaihy Mosque is no more than 300 meters East of our house and even in my youth, this mosque was an important scholastic institution of learning of Islamic jurispruence and law, Arabic literature and history and other social studies and produced many of Yemen’s leaders, prominent jurists and  literary prrsonalities during the Twentieth Century. 

I walked from Al-Sayilah eastward to our house and could  not avoid sighing pitifully  as I saw all the houses on my left and right showing the obvious damage from the horrific air raid that hit Al-Fulaihy Garden and the house of its tenant farmer, Hifdh-Allah Al-Ainy, killing all the 11 members of his immediate family just 4 days earlier.  Almost all the windows and stained glass or alabaster glass arches of the houses I was passing through were broken, some with their holding frames pushed in or out of the walls that contained them.  Some of these houses were two to four centuries old, but their walls were either cracked or pushed to lean in or out of their once erect standing.  Some houses had been wrecked and rendered unsafe for habitation.  When I reached the house I was born in and in which I lived my early years before going to the United States and in intermittent periods of my life when I returned to Yemen, I was saddened by all the broken windows and the stainedglass arches over them.   For me each window had its own story in my life and to see it a mere hole now was tragic.
Luckily, aside from repairs to all the windows and stained. glass arches – nevertheless at a significant cost – at this stage, structural damage to ourhouse could not yet be ascertained.   The glass and dirt debris of our house filled two empty 50 kg. flour sacks. 

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I walked East towards Al-Fulaihy and as I got closer to the site of the destructive missile explosions, at the Miqshamat Al-Fulaihy, the impact of the explosions got more noticeable and more structurally damaging or destructive. 

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Damaged Houses in Al-Fuaihy Neighorhood
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Damaged houses in Fulaihi

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Damaged houses i Al-Fulaihy Neighborhood

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Damaged Houses. Al-Fulaihy

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୸As I walked, I could not help asking to.  myself continuously the question, “Why?  Why would anyone do such horrible destruction?”  I knew every nook and cranny within a 2 km. radius of the Al-Fulaihy Mosque and there is simply not even one halfway decent reason to suggest that any military objective or logic warrants thsenseless destruction of such treasure of historical culture and unique architectural splendor.  The considerable substantive material damage is awesome for the current residents of the Old City of Sana’a, who and in many cases would require  expensive careful repair work, most residents could hardly afford in these very difficult economic circumstances for the majority of  Yemenis and not just the people of Sana’a.
When I reached the Al-Ainy family house, the human tragedy unfolded before y eyes and was almost unbearable to watch. 
The four story house had turned to a heap of stones, dirt, cinderblocks, wood, torn funiture, ripped clothing, scattered utensils, which had no evidence of architectural form or standing.

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Rubble of Al-Ainy 4 story house

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Al-Ainy House Rubble'

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Al-Ainy House Rubble

When a relative of the deceased occupants of the house appeared the trauma of the loss was quite evident.  As the the young lady was wailing and screaming beyond control:  “My uncles, cousins, sisters and brothers!  What did they do to you, Salman? Curses to you and your stooge, ARH and all the traitorous croanies!”  Another women tried to control her shouting.  It was melodramatic beyond belief. 
I continued walking through the mixture of debris and household belongings.  They were now indistinguishable in terms of ownership and purpose.  Lingerie was mixed with prayer clothes.  A Holy Quran sat stubbornly on a shelf of the only standing remains of what used to be a green painted room wall.  It was unbelievable to. picture that 11 people once lived and walked in this mumble jumble of debris, furnishings and personal belongings. 
As I walked through the ups and  downs of the mound of debris, I looked at all the houses around the garden, which Al-Ainy farmed almost all his life.  Almost all the houses had lost their windows and stained glass arches.  Some houses were damaged beyond repair. 
Then another much older female wailing relative showed up screaming and shouting:  “What could my uncle do to you Salman?  What could a seller of lettuce and radishes do to you, Salman? How could you call yourself the Protector of the Holy Sites, when the souls of Moslems are targets of your planes, while the owners of such souls are in deep slumber?”   She went down and kept mumbling prayers  asking revenge from the Al-Mighty for the big loss of so many unarmed petty folk, earning. their honest living by the sweat of their toil. 
This was a clear case of man’s inhumanity to man – a clear case of unadulterated unforgivable arrogance.

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This is How Islam Deals with Christians and Background on Wahhabi Extremism of the ISIS Genre

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

The Prophet Mohammed (Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon Him – PBAUH) set out many important principles that deal with governing the relationship between the Moslem State/Moslems and other states and/or other religious communities or peoples.  One of the most important documents in this context is the Ordinances Governing Relationship between Moslems and Christians.  This was believed to have been issued when the delegation of Christians from the town of Najran, then a part of Yemen, which had a predominantly Christian community then. 

Surely what is going on in the Mosul of Iraq today, and the gross violations of ISIS to the articles of this document are not at all part and parcel to Islam.  On the contrary, the Prophet Mohammed compelled Moslems to adhere strictly to this document and any violations of the principles laid out in the document render the perpetrator in breach of an important covenant between the Prophet and the Christians and is viewed as disobedient to the dictates of the Prophet and thus disobedient to the Faith.  Therefore all people should realize that ISIS in no way represents the manifestation of Islamic rules and teachings by its gross mistreatment of Christians as well as other minorities. 

It is unfortunate that ISIS, which is also an offshoot of Wahhabi religious deviations of true Islam, just like Al-Qaeda, Nasrah, Shabab, Paco Haram (Nigeria), have been allowed to display such gross misrepresentations of true Islam, and people in the world must be informed that these are practically heresies to authentic Islamic teachings, 

Wahhabism began to appear in the Arabian Peninsula in the Mid Eighteenth Century, when the Saudi family (Al Saud) joined with the Al Al-Sheikh to spread their extremist form of what they purport to be Islam.  Because of their extremist dogma and their bloody nature, especially which allows them to wage war on all Moslems who do not agree with them, the Ottomans had checked the spread of Wahhabism and attacked them in their stronghold in Dir’iya, south of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  They captured the head of the Saudi family and the head of the Al Al-Sheikh and hanged them in Istanbul in the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, because they were spreading mobs of pilferage, which attacked Moslem pilgrim caravans and trade caravans, as well as Moslem cities in Iraq and Yemen, mercilessly killing anyone and everyone in these caravans or cities, on the grounds that they did not adopt Wahhabi doctrine. 

The rest of the Wahhabis escaped to Kuwait,. They continued to be sent back to the Peninsula by the British from Kuwait, which then was controlled by the British as a “protectorate”, only to be repelled by the Ottomans and their allies the Al-Rashid Family, which then controlled Nejd, the birthplace of the Wahhabi Movement.   Heretofore to the advent of Wahhabism, all Moslems regarded senseless killing as sacrosanct to Islamic teachings and Moslems of different sects lived together in peace for centuries, until Wahhabis introduced their heretical dogma that it is right to kill Moslems and others who do not adopt their extremism.  When the Ottomans became weaker in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the British armed the remaining Wahhabis in Kuwait and sent them in to drive the Al Rashid clan from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabis continued their drive to control the whole Arabian Peninsula eventually ending up with what is now Saudi Arabia.  With the immense oil wealth, the Saudis propagated the Wahhabi creed throughout the world and supported all the extremist groups like Al-Qaeda, Nasrah and now ISIS with funds and personnel, with many Saudis at the forefront of the memberships in these groups.  Thus the Saudi official position on “terrorism”, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, leaves a lot to be desired in translating such policy to real action.  The Saudi clan shares the rule of Saudi Arabia with the Al Al-Sheikh clan, who are the descendants of “Sheikh”  Mohammed Bin Abdul-Wahhab, the self declared founder of the Wahhabi creed and have a substantial share of the oil revenues, from which the Wahhabi religious establishment in Saudi Arabia funds all these extremist movements, like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, etc.  Thus the declared position of the Saudi Government on these renegade mobs leaves a lot of room for doubt. 

Important excerpts of this document, regulating relations with Christians, as translated by this blogger, are contained below (Please share this throughout the social media and press media of the world, lest people continue to be deceived by these misconceptions of Islamic teachings practiced by these Wahhabi deviates of true Islam:

Excerpts of the Covenant issued by the Prophet Mohammed (PBAUH) regulating relations between Moslems and Christians

Excerpts of the Covenant issued by the Prophet Mohammed (PBAUH) regulating relations between Moslems and Christians

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Amnesty International: Yemeni authorities must investigate killings and restore justice and accountability

Abdul-Karim Jadban was assassinated about three months ago

Dr. Abdul-Karim Jadban was assassinated about three months ago

Dr. Ahmed Sharafeddine:  Murdered on the 21 January 2014

Dr. Ahmed Sharafeddine: Murdered on the 21 January 2014

By Hassan Al-Haifi

Amnesty International issued a public statement calling for an independent and impartial investigation on the killing of Dr. Ahmed Sharafeddine, the well known legal expert and member of the National Dialogue which was to put Yemen on a new course following the peaceful youth revolution of February 15, 2011. Dr. Sharafeddine was mowed down by eight gunmen who came in two cars: a Mercedes Bens and a Toyota Hilux. Dr. Sharafeddine was unarmed and was heading for the National Dialogue Conference now in its ninth month meeting in Movenpick Hotel in Sana’a.
Dr. Sharafeddine received several shots in his body as it was reported that all eight men shot at him in the car. At least four bullets landed in his head.
Dr. Sharafeddine was representing Ansar Allah (otherwise known as the Houthis in the National Dialogue Conference. About three months another Houthi representative was murdered as he was leaving a mosque by armed murderers riding a motorcycle. In both cases the murderers escaped, although the murders took place within yards from security outposts and a nearby police precincts.
The Islah Party claimed that the son of a leading Islah Party Official Abdul-Wahab Al-Anisy was the victim of an attack and they showed a car that showed some damage in the rear. Yesterday it was discovered that the car shown was actually a car that was attacked in Shabwa in December and did not even belong to Al-Anisy. It is not clear why the Islah would claim the incident of Al-Anisy’s son, and as it is likely to be untrue, apparently the Islah leaders may have known about the intended murder of Dr. Sharafeddine and thus wanted to elicit sympathy for their officials as well in a clear case of intended cover up and distortion of the fact. The walls of the residence of the Sharafeddine were found to be written with graffiti that contained well known rhetoric used to damn followers of Shia sects and this also raises questions about Islah involvement in the killing.
The Wahhabi followers of the Salafis and Islah political parties and their tribal allies led by the sons of the late Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hussein Al-Ahmar and General Ali Mohasen Al-Ahmar, an ally of the Wahhabis in Yemen, have been waging a war against the Houthis in Sa’ada for the last three or four months. The Houthis have driven out the Salafis that were purported to be studying “traditions of the Prophet Mohammed” in both Kitaf and Dammaj. The Houthis claim that these are mostly foreign settlers brought in to drive the Zeidis from being too proximate to the Saudi border. The Houthis claimed that these centers were no more than training grounds for terrorists of the Al-Qaeda genre. There are no institutions, schools or libraries that contained or taught “traditions of the Prophet Mohammed” in either Wahhabi centers or their surroundings. The Houthis have shown repeatedly that these centers had Wahhabi “students” imported from all over the world and had shown on their TV channel “Al-Maseerah” documents and witnesses that attested to significant terrorist activities including materials for making bombs and other ordnances uses in terrorist attacks. The Houthis finally besieged the Wahhabi Salafis and drove them out of the centers, after mediation committees assigned by President Abdurrabbo Hadi relocated some 3000 to 5000 of these mostly foreign followers of the Wahhabi Salafi creed, which is the national religion of the Government of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has been funding both of these centers through various covert operations that have been used to spread the Wahhabi creed throughout the world. It is reported that Saudi Arabia has spent around US $ 200 Billion to spread Wahhabism throughout the world since the late 1970s. The Salafis of Dammaj were relocated in Sana’a after the people of Hodeida refused to accept them there.
Dr. Sharafeddine was a significant contributor to the political solutions devised by the National Dialogue to solve the political problem left after Ali Abdullah Saleh was deposed as President of Yemen, and replaced temporarily by his Vice President, Abdu-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, under a political settlement mapped out in the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative signed in November 2011.
Here is the public statement issued by Amnesty International, which has yet to be published in AI’s website (Click the following file name):

Ahmed Sharafeddine

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Yemeni Government Heavy Military Equipment Illegally Being Deployed In War Between Houthis and Al-Ahmars in Yemen

Armored cars and tanks belonging to Yemeni Armed Forces Being Deployed Illegally to Al-Ahmars against the Houthis

Armored cars and tanks belonging to Yemeni Armed Forces Being Deployed Illegally to Al-Ahmars against the Houthis

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Tanks belonging to Yemeni Armed Forces Being Deployed Illegally to Al-Ahmars against the Houthis in Sa’ada current fighting.

General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar,  Military Counsellor to the President - Unrelenting supporter for Wahhabi Groups in Yemen

General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, Military Counsellor to the President – Unrelenting supporter for Wahhabi Groups in Yemen

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

The current War in Sa’ada Governorate, Yemen, which started as a war between the followers of the people of Sa’ada led by the  Zeidi leader Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi and the suspicious hard-line Wahhabi settlers in Dammaj, who are a hodgepodge of foreign and local Wahhabis gathered there to supposedly study the traditions of the Prophet Mohammed and seem to eventually settle there permanently (Some “students” have been there for 2 decaedes, which would make them candidates for two Ph.Ds at least.  This is just another camp to train Al-Qaeda type terrorists to carry out attacks in Yemen and elsewhere, as many residents of Sa’ada continuously insist.  The truth of the matter is that there are no libraries or archives in Dammaj for keeping the sayings and doings of the Prophet Mohammed, but rather there is a closed complex of terrorist training facilities, fortifications and tunnels used to make sure that no one enters the complex and to set out launching sites for expansion of the encampment to absorb other adjoining lands and houses taken from the indigenous people of Sa’ada.  The methods used to establish these so called “Salafi” settlements remind one of how the Israeli kibbutzim were set up in Palestine, in the early days of the Zionist encroachment into the Holy Land.  The religious school in Dammaj was set up with Saudi Arabian funding by the late Moqbil Al-Wadi’I, a hard-line Salafi “Imam” and teacher, who regarded all Shia’a Moslems as infidels, who deserve to be killed and looted of all their possessions.  The indigenous population of Sa’ada are Zeidis, a small but enduring Moslem sect, which is more Sunni than it is Shi’ah, but nevertheless strongly despised by the Saudi Wahhabi religious establishment.  About a year ago the Salafis in Dammaj started to attack neighboring villages of indigenous Sa’ada residents.  The followers and supporters of the Wahhabi sect in Yemen (Salafis, Islah Party, Hashid Tribal leaders led by the offspring of the late Abdullah Bin Hussein Al-Ahmar, especially Hussein, not to mention some Yemeni military brass, led by General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, former Commander of the First Armored Division and the Northwest Military Axis) all decided to advance the cause of these Dammaj settlers.  The Dammaj settlers are recruited from Wahhabi schools throughout the world from Europe, Russia, Africa and other centers of Wahhabi nurturing.  All these are in essence fighting a proxy war on behalf of the Saudis, who are staunch enemies of the Houthis, especially after the military setbacks of Saudi forces during the Sixth War of Sa’ada in 2011/2012, in which the Saudis directly involved their forces to create a buffer between the Saudi border and “push back the Houthis” ten kilometers, even if at the expense of destroying all the means of livelihood for the people of Sa’ada.  The Saudis claim that Hizb-Allah of Lebanon and the Houthis represent a dangerous vice that could be used by Iran to crush Saudi Arabia.  Realistically, however, the Houthis are far from enjoying the Iranian support given to Hizb-Allah.  The Houthis seem to manage well with substantial quantities of military gear and ammunition taken from Yemeni and Saudi forces in the last war and the previous five wars waged against them by the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh from 2004 to 2012.  Many foreign settlers in Dammaj have been killed and many governments have warned their citizens from joining in a far away struggle that does not have anything to do with them.  Although there is strong propaganda to try to picture the Zeidis of Yemen as “Shi’ahs” like the Iranians and Iraqis, the truth of the matter is that there are substantial differences.   In either case, because of the Wahhabi inclination to regard anyone not belonging to their following as infidels, the Wahhabis regard the Zeidis as sanctified for the taking in terms of blood and belongings.

In looking back at Islamic history, it is worth noting that despite the existence of some sectarian associations among Moslems, it goes without saying that followers of the different sectarian orientations have never waged wars between the different followers of Islamic sects, nor have any followers of Islam sanctified the blood of other Moslems of different sects, until the teachings of Mohammed Bin Abdul Wahhab were propagated about two and a half centuries from Najd, Saudi Arabia.  The Ottomans put an end to Wahhabi assaults against people throughout Arabia, the Fertile Crescent and Pilgrims coming to Mecca and literally drove them and their Saudi leaders and Wahhabi clerics out of their stronghold in Dir’iya, a closed citadel of Wahhabi clerics and institutions, south of Riyadh, thus ending the First Saudi State.  British intelligence rearmed the exiled Wahhabis, who had settled in Kuwait for almost a century, and sent them back to Nejd and the current Saudi regime became established in Riyadh.  The Saud family and the Al Al-Sheikh clan (descendants of Mohammed Abdul Wahhab) jointly rule Saudi Arabia and share its abundant oil revenue wealth.  The Saudi regime expended well over US $ 200 Billion to propagate the Wahhabi creed throughout the world and support extremist institutions and terrorist activities over the last forty years or so.  This was done under various clandestine and covert operations, including “philanthropic and charity” organizations like the Moslem World League and Saudi intelligence or hired intelligence (Pakistani, Egyptian and other countries, including the Central Intelligence Agency, during the Afghani war against the Soviets).  The Jihadist groups are given exaggerated credit for ending the occupation of Afghanistan, a feat, which really goes to the credit of the Azbuki fighters led by Ahmed  Shah Masoud (killed by the Wahhabis on the eve of 9/11!) and General Abdul-Rashid Dustum) and other non-Wahhabi Jihadists, rather than the Jihadists of the Wahhabi genre.  Saudi heavily financed propaganda helped to spread this misleading misreading of the Afghan War.

Yemen also became a fertile ground for spreading Wahhabi culture and out of this propagation of Wahhabi inclinations, which began in the Seventies of the last century. came the Islah Party and several splinter Al-Qaeda groups (Ansar Al-Sharia’ah, Al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula, etc.).  The Saudis continue to strongly support these groups and all activities against the Houthis with substantial financial grants to some high ranking military and political officials “for opposing the Rejectionist Zeidis”.  The Wahhabis call all Shi’ah followers as “Rejectionists of the followers of the Sunnah”.  The Saudis continued to foment conflict in the area by prodding Salafis [settled in Dammaj and Kitaf (Northeast of Sa’ada)] to encroach upon Sa’ada residents near them and obviously this was bound to trigger a Houthi intervention to defend the Sa’ada residents, since the Yemeni Government refused or was unable to bring a halt to Salafi aggression and intimidation.  The Saudis then recruited the Al-Ahmar family, led by Hameed Abdullah Al-Ahmar (billionaire businessman and warlord  and the younger Hussein Al-Ahmar to join the fight with the Salafis.  On the Government side, the Saudis prodded their high ranking military and political (Islah) officials to join the fight to save the “helpless peaceful families of Dammaj, who were facing a massacre” by the Houthis.  The Houthis did not attempt to assault any of the two Salafi settlements, but rather besieged them to avoid any military supplies from reaching the two camps.  But the Wahhabis worked night and day to picture the Dammaj residents as helpless unarmed “students” studying the traditions of the Prophet Mohammed and other corny manifestations of humanitarian sentiment.  Hussein Al-Ahmar began to recruit tribal and non-tribal fighters to fight under his command against the Houthis.  As the anti Houthi campaign got more military in nature and as the Al-Ahmar mercenaries imposed an indiscriminate  siege against Sa’ada Governorate, and some of Amran Governorate, where there are Houthi followers, the Houthis decided to take the initiative and it was not long before the Houthis inflicted substantial defeats against the Salafis and the Al-Ahmar militias.  The President of Yemen, Abdu-Rabbo Mansour Hadi set up a committee to disengage the fighters, which became activated every time the Houthis made critical advances against this hodgepodge mixture of mercenaries and misled military elements of the Islah Party.  The Houthis responded favorably with every intermediation efforts.  Once the Al-Ahmars and Salafis were able to cut loose and reinforce their positions, they went back again to their old aggressive activities, cutting roads and harassing and intimidating Sa’ada residents and Houthi followers wherever they found them.  The Houthis finally took over the Kitaf Settlement and completely destroyed all the fortifications and tunnels built by the peaceful “students of Hadith, or Prophetic Traditions” and captured substantial arms and weapons, including homemade bombs and other ordnances used in terrorist attacks.  The settlers were relocated by their Wahhabi supporters elsewhere in Yemen.  When the Houthis finally attacked the Wadi Khaiwan fortifications built by the Al-Ahmars against them and cleaned all the valley from Ahmars and Wahhabis, the Al-Ahmars accepted a truce and not soon after that, reinforcements and weapons began to be rushed to the Al-Ahmars including tanks and armored vehicles illegally taken out of Yemeni military warehouses.  The heavy military hardware (at least 10 tanks, and 10 armored personnel carriers and other vehicles and military personnel were reported turned over to the Al-Ahmars and their allies).  This could not have been consummated unless it was with the orders of General Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmar, long time backer of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh turned “dissenter” during the Yemeni peaceful revolution of 2011.  The General (well beyond retirement age) still wields considerable influence in the military, despite having been removed from his former command positions.  The latter is also giving orders to military commanders in Al-Jouf Governorate to facilitate and establish camps for Al-Qaeda and Salafi militants moved over from foreign Wahhabi centers, from Shabwa and other Southern Governorates.

How long will the recent truce last will be rapidly determined by the disloyal efforts of the not so “dismissed” General and the Al-Ahmars to spread the conflict to other Governorates and involving more foreign and local mercenaries.  The Saudis must be paying substantial amounts to fund this needless and senseless war, which is not doing any good for Yemen’s already very dismal and disorderly conditions in all political, military, administrative, economic and social fronts.  With  a weak government and a helpless President, brought to power by an almost useless Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative, there is no light yet at the end of the tunnel for the Yemeni people. With no power centers to rely on to back President Hadi’s positions or moves, it is impossible to picture what this political formula can achieve to bring Yemen out of its largely chaotic situation, while embezzlers, killers and blackmailers (most of who are holdovers from the Saleh regime) continue to sell their lucrative but destructive schemes to anyone here or overseas paying the highest price.

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Yemen Center for Transitional Justice Statement on Increasing Terrorist Attacks and Victims

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EU Diplomatic Group in Sana’a Mourn the Dead of the Attack

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The View from Outside the Ministry of Defense Complex, Sana’a shortly after the explosion of the Car bomb.

Official Funeral of Victims of Attack

Official Funeral of Victims of Attack

By Hassan Al-Haifi

The Yemeni Center for Transitional Justice issued a strong condemnation of the terrorist attack that hit the Yemeni Ministry of Defense compound in Sana’a, particularly the hospital, in which official tally of the casualties include 56 dead (doctors, nurses and other health staff mainly) and over 200 injured.  The YCTJ implored local civil society to demand that the Government carry out its duty to protect citizens and the international community to take measures to protect Yemeni citizens, as the Government continues to show little resolve in facing up to the mounting threat of terrorism in Yemen and in fact placates and facilitates the terrorists’ escape from justice and punishment.  YCTJ suggested that the immunity clause in the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative, have prevented the imposition of law and order, since criminals and terrorists face little difficulty in escaping apprehension and punishment for their criminal acts.

Here is the text of the YCTJ Statement:

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A note to God: When the Extreme Becomes Godless

Beirut Blast

Beirut Blast 15 – 8 – 2013

 

This is a reprint of article of fiction prevbviously published in the Yemen Times in 2008, but still has much relevance in the wake of the problems confronting the Moslem World today.

By:  Hassan Al-Haifi

“How much religion should one have in life?” asked Mahfouz as he gathered his clothes to get them ready for washing. “Son, it really depends on how much conscientiousness one has. You see, people of true and sincere faith in God already have it made as to how to worship God and more importantly how to deal with the day to day chores of living. God must be more than just someone we bow and pray to or write notes to. God is more than some Being we claim to call on us in our sleep and ask us to deliver mankind. God is certainly not some Deity, who demands of us to blow half the world in HIS NAME, as some of our misguided Wahhabi so called Jihadists contend. All of these nincompoops are not doing God any favors by claiming to correspond with Him, each in his own way.” “Oh Mom! You do not believe that Barack Obama was really writing to God when he wrote that controversial note at the Wailing Wall. He knew of course that he was not really being himself, when he was being “politically” coerced to make a few shakes at the Wailing Wall, just so to placate a few Jewish voters in the United States and to keep the American Israel Public Affairs Committee or AIPAC off his back. You see that is what I mean, by the hypocrisy of it all. In the United States, we have Christians who are now actually thinking that it is better to get all the Jews into the Holy Land and obliterate them once and for all. These are called the Neo-Conservative Christians, who see this as the only way to be ready for the approaching Judgment Day. I do not know how this can be justified by spiritual doctrine, but for the Zionists this seems to be fine as long as the US keeps supporting the Israelis until they achieve their Eretz Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates, as the map in the Israeli Knesset clearly shows. What the naïve neo-Christians forget is that the Zionist goons are already prepared for that calamity, which is why they have collected 200 nukes.” Mahfouz was explaining to his mother the spiritual dilemma that the world is facing. “But son, don’t you think the Israelis have those nukes to face the Arabs, who are waiting for the first opportunity to annihilate the Jewish State, which was imposed upon this region by a misguided international community unable to tell right from wrong?!” said his mother, giving a hint of the layman’s view of the Middle East problem. Mahfouz, while going through piles of soiled laundry was not surprised by his mom’s simplification of a generally more complex problem. So, he sought to straighten out matters: “Mother! You see all of these people are just messing around with religion to suit their own mundane aspirations. The Zionists have pulled a BIG number by claiming that God would truly sanction real estate to trespassers, who do not have the least legitimate proof of ownership of the ‘Holy Land’, which was ordained by God for all his truly God fearing believers of all faiths, and which has been inhabited by the Palestinians for millennia. We all know God to be Just and Merciful and certainly would not allow for an injustice to be meted out in His name. The neo-Christians are seeking some spiritual comfort for relief from an extremely non-altruistic culture that has overtaken one of the most beautiful regions of the world ever since the White Man first set foot on Massachusetts Bay. There are different explanations of how the Christians could come up with the idea of obliterating the Jews, but the Zionists think their stockpile of nukes will avoid that. So, they believe that letting the Neo-Christians think like that suits their purposes well for now. They may actually be encouraging people like George Bush and Dick Cheney to think that this is Godsent Christian belief. Then we have our lunatic Wahhabi suicide legions that have been scientifically reared to disguise themselves as the Angel of Death and just blow up anything that moves believing this to be the pathway to paradise. Nothing is further than the truth. These loonies are buying a one way ticket to eternal Hell for having distorted Islam beyond recognition and caused most of the havoc that is shaking the world today. They even established an unusually powerful clergy, which is anathema to Islamic belief, since Allah forbids the emergence of a clergy as a medium between man and God! Yet, thanks to the trillions of petrodollars they have access to; they have managed to spread this heretical sect of Islam to the far corners of the world, expending around US $ 200 billion over the last three decades alone! I am not sure which is more dangerous to the Moslem Nation or Ummah, but if you ask me I think that the last of the three is a Fifth Column we really have to keep our eyes open to. They have seriously damaged the image and the position of Islam as a leading, sensible and down to earth simple faith.”

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EU Decision on Hizb-Allah (Hizbullah to some): Another Form of Zionist Political Terrorism

Hizb-Allah Carries On Unaffected

Hizb-Allah Carries On Unaffected

Victims of Israeli Terror in Gaza

Victims of  the Never Ending Israeli Terror in Gaza

Europe Succumbs to Zionist Blackmail

Europe Succumbs to Zionist Blackmail

Victims of one of the many officially and internationally sanctioned terrorist raids Israel continues to carry out indiscriminately on Gaza in Al-Mansoura Street.

By: Hassan Al-Haifi

For nearly a century, the International Zionist Establishment (IZE), which later became more physically manifested by its illegitimate baby, the so called State of Israel (before and after the criminal British Mandate on Palestine ended), has been and continues to be carrying out terror, mass expulsion of the entire indigenous population of Palestine (pre 1948 Palestine and the occupied West Bank and Gaza) and other Arab lands (Golan Heights, Sinai, Southern Lebanon, etc), illegitimate occupation, murder of civilians, unforgivable sieges, extrajudicial murder and assassinations anywhere its Mossad Secret Snoop Organization Personnel can land their feet, abductions, and the support to real terrorist groups like the mercenary terrorists fighting against the government in Syria), political meddling in foreign lands (of even its own so called friends and allies), murderous piracy in the sea (Remember the USS Liberty and more recently on the humanitarian aid for Gaza flotilla and specifically the Turkish ship MV Mavi Marmara, and a million recorded and unrecorded acts of criminal terror. One should not forget making life almost impossible to proceed with in the West Bank and Gaza, through backbeaking walls and barriers, as well as sieges and economic disruptions like destroying Palestinian farms and factories. In the Occupied West Bank the occupying Zionist thugs have thrown the belief that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.  Yet the only terror, the self-declared standard bearers of international good conduct in Europe – many of who must still answer to centuries of their own oppression, murder, inquisitions, ethnic cleansing, criminal pilferage (disguised as imperialism) – could see is that of a legitimate resistance movement that has stood steadfast against the most bizarre and criminally mutant political concoction Western political civility could come up, namely the so called State of Israel. The EU was answering to Israel’s lopsided perceptions of what connotes terrorism (http://jfjfp.com/?p=32782 – Yes there are plenty of good Jews around). Israel’s terror is a product of Western civil conduct, so it is all right . Legitimate resistance was not liked by the European powers during the “Golden Age of Imperialism”, and it would not be liked, even against a brutal state of terror as Israel has always been. That is European blind logic.
Well, most civilized and knowledgeable people of the world are fed up with the distorted humanitarian logic and misrepresentations of right and wrong, good and bad, civil and uncivilized that the West believes it has a sole monopoly on deciding for the world.  Either we have common standards for all or EU should like elsewhere for setting its twisted morals.  The latest decision by the European Union declaring the military wing of Hizb-Allah a “terrorist” organ can only be declared as no more than an insistence of imposing chauvinistic and ethnically arrogant attitudes and double standards of conduct throughout the world.
For one thing, under what mandate does the European think it can issue such a clearly biased and truly uncalled for decision? Has Europe decided to succumb to Israel and IZE political terror, simply because the know that the Arabs [in their pathetically hopeless political frameworks (regionally and locally)] have forgotten altogether that they really have an important and destructive cancer they have to confront in their midst, namely the State of Israel and its international political and subversive wing the IZE. One should remain the West, that eventually their vassals in the region will be removed and more legitimate political orders will take their place, which should answer to the wishes of almost every Arab citizen that Israel is absolutely irreconcilable as a political, cultural and social mutant. Every Arab (Christians and Moslem) knows well that Israel came into being and continues to exist by the sheer force of the guns and unabashed moral and international political support , which the Zionist entity has been generously its westerns sponsors.
One wonders whether indeed the great European Union has now become a weak subservient fief state of the IZE, as the political machines in the European Union have become more conducive to Zionsit Lobby arm-twisting blackmail and political pressure. Surely that does not excuse the EU from remaining true to its declared ideals of fairness and the simple realization that the in the Middle East problem, as in all issues confronting the world, there are two sides involved.
The Israelis and the IZE, by these seedy tactics of international political blackmail, will not prolong their shaky and illegitimate stay in the region as a winner take all bastard of Western political hegemony in the world. The Lord Al-Mighty will surely deal with that hogwash Zionist contention that He can dole earthly real estate to any people, especially if they dastardly and arrogantly proclaim to be “His Chosen People”. Such a God will simply find very few naïve people ready to worship Him. True believers know that God is more just and merciful than that.
Hizb-Allah, will not suffer by the senseless decision of the European Union, the member states of which many have yet to fully free themselves from American subservience, and now fall to the miserly devious dictates of the IZE. However, one cannot fail to be at a loss at the rationale and justification of the European decision, besides the readiness of succumbing to the political embezzlement of the Zionist lobby in their domains, even when they know full well that Israel is more worthy of being labeled a terrorist than anyone else. After all Israel is “their baby” (We need not to recall the “Balfour Promise, Sykes Picot and all those mechanisms of western mischief in the region. At least now, we have a more through understanding of the timidity of the European Union, as an international force of any moral suasion. Or is it that the West, particularly Europe, has yet to overcome the unrelenting chauvinism of the likes of the “White Man’s Burden”, and become truly a more bona fide member of the international community, with uncompromising respectable moral fiber.
We can no longer look to Europe for any hope of help in the elimination of injustice and human criminality. The conscience of the European Union remains foggy, if not cruel. We now come to remember what the Al-Mighty said more than ever before: “God will not bring a change unto a people, if they do not bring a change unto themselves” (Allah has spoken the truth). In the end It is the meek, who shall inherit the Earth!

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