United States air force keeps killing Syrian civilians

This 24 March 2017 video from the USA is called US Drops Bomb On Syrian School Sheltering Civilians.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Monday, 3 December 2018


THE Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that more than two hundred civilians lost their lives as the US-led coalition carried out airstrikes on Syria’s troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr in November.

As many as 206 civilians were killed in the air raids last month. There were 77 people under the age of 18 among the fatalities in addition to 57 female victims.`

The US-led air raids also resulted in the injury of hundreds of civilians, some of whom suffered permanent disabilities and had to have their limbs amputated. At least 30 civilians have been killed in US-led airstrikes against the town of al-Shaafah in Syria’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.

Local sources told Syria’s official news agency, SANA, last Friday that US-led coalition fighter jets had targeted residential buildings in al-Shaafah town of Dayr al-Zawr province, leaving at least 30 people dead.


British racist attack on Syrian refugee boy

This 27 November 2018 video from England says about itself:

Syrian refugee schoolboy held down and ‘waterboarded‘ by bullies

The violent video appears to involve pupils at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield and has been shared widely on social media.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Police charge school boy for racially aggravated assault on Syrian refugee

A TEENAGER has been charged for racially aggravated assault over a filmed attack on a Syrian refugee, police said today.

A viral video showed the Syrian boy, whose arm was already in a sling, being dragged along the ground and having water poured down his mouth.

Footage of the incident, which took place at Almondbury Community School in Huddersfield on October 25, sparked outrage and an online crowdfunding page for the victim was formed, receiving nearly £80,000 in donations in a day.

The 15-year-old boy came to Huddersfield two years ago with help from the United Nations after his family were persecuted and allegedly tortured by the Syrian government.

West Yorkshire Police said the assailant has been interviewed and will appear before a youth court “in due course.” They added that the incident has “been subject to thorough investigation” since it was reported the day after.

Previously, an “unconnected incident” on October 7 was also investigated at the time, where three pupils were interviewed. No further action was taken and it was referred to the school.

Almondbury Community School head teacher Trevor Bowen said the situation was being “taken extremely seriously.”

Unite Against Fascism’s Weyman Bennett said Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson, has inspired racist attacks, such as the van attack near a mosque in Finsbury Park last year, and claimed he is now inspiring children to attack other children.

He said: “The horrific attack on a young Syrian means we have to double our efforts to fight fascism and stop the poison destroying young lives.

“It is time to rip the mask from Tommy Robinson’s organisation and his link to Ukip to prevent it from happening on a bigger scale.

“It’s shocking that it has taken so long for this to come to light. Every school and college will have to find a way of protecting the victims of racism, and more importantly, preventing the attempts by the fascists to turn us on each other.

“Our enemy is not in the playground or our schools. It’s at the top of our society where they seek to divide us to conquer each.”

Mr Weyman said, to continue the trade unionist and socialist tradition of “saying No Pasaran”, a demonstration will take place on December 9.

United States bombs killing Syrian children

This video is called US coalition forces using white phosphorus in Mosul [in Iraq] | June 4th 2017.

From daily News Line in Britain today:

THREE children were killed in air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition on the small Syrian town of Al-Shaafah in the Deir Ezzor region on Monday. They used banned white phosphorus munitions for the second time in three days. …

Local witnesses say these attacks are the most aggressive in several months, claiming the lives of 15 civilians and wounding many others, most of them women and children who had been living in the houses near the Khaled Ibn al-Waleed Mosque. On October 29th, the US-led coalition launched attacks on several areas in Hajin using internationally-banned white phosphorus bombs.

Dutch taxpayers’ money to war criminals in Syria

This 11 September 2018 Dutch TV video says about itself:

The Netherlands supported terrorists in Syria – (NLA program)

Research done by Nieuwsuur TV show and Trouw daily has shown that the Netherlands supports armed rebels in Syria. Non-lethal material was secretly transported via the Turkish border into Syria to support the “moderate” rebels (Jabhat al-Shamiya).

From Dutch NOS TV, 26 September 2018:

The Netherlands was aware of abuses by Syrian rebels

The Dutch government was aware of the crimes committed by the Syrian rebel movement Jabhat al-Shamiya. This is evident from an email exchange in the summer of 2016 between Amnesty International and the Foreign Affairs department, which has been seen by Nieuwsuur and Trouw. Despite this knowledge and the promise to parliament that they would not support human rights violators in Syria, the government decided to send Jabhat al-Shamiya logistical supplies in 2017.

The human rights violations of the Dutch-backed group Jabhat al-Shamiya are described in the Amnesty report ‘Torture was my punishment’ of 5 July 2016. In this report, Amnesty describes the crimes committed by five armed opposition groups between 2012 and 2016 in northern Syria. One of the five groups is Jabhat al-Shamiya, who according to Amnesty International executes executions, kidnaps civilians and runs ‘sharia courts‘ where people get the death penalty for apostasy [from the fanatical Saudi government version of Islam].

Amnesty repeatedly brought the report to the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the publication, according to the mail exchange. The contents of the report, including the name Jabhat al-Shamiya and the crimes committed by this group according to Amnesty, were known to the ministry.

Was it legally justified what the Netherlands did in Syria? André Nollkaemper is the external international law advisor to the cabinet, but he has never been consulted. …

He now says that the Dutch government possibly violated international law.

Amnesty International spoke verbally with Syria envoy Gerard Steeghs and his staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 9 August 2016 about that report. In addition, Amnesty handed out several printed copies. Later that day, Amnesty sent one last e-mail to Steegh’s employees with the digital version of the report.

In contact with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amnesty asked the then minister Bert Koenders to use his influence to encourage countries that supported Jabhat al-Shamiya at that time to immediately stop this assistance. Amnesty did not only refer to support in the form of weapons, but also specifically to logistical support. A year later, the Dutch government decided to support the group itself with logistical help, such as pick-up trucks and uniforms.

The fact that the Dutch government had knowledge of Amnesty’s research is also apparent from a committee meeting between MPs and then Minister Koenders of 7 July 2016, which took place two days after publication of the report. PvdA Member of Parliament Angelien Eijsink then asked Minister Koenders to respond to the ‘vehement report’. Koenders calls the Amnesty report “terrible” and says that the human rights organization rightly draws attention to the abuses. “You can always say it is politically inconvenient, but human rights violations are human rights violations.”

An abundance of information

The Amnesty researcher who drew up the report, Diana Semaan, has been shocked by the news that the Netherlands provided Jabhat al-Shamiya with logistical support. “That the Dutch government supported this group, despite the abundance of information about how the group violated international humanitarian law, is shocking to say the least.”

Earlier, it turned out that Dutch UN ambassador, Karel van Oosterom, was aware of the human rights violations committed by the government-backed combat groups in Syria. The Netherlands had a seat in the UN Human Rights Council and from that capacity regular contact with the UN committee that investigated war crimes in Syria. Former member of this committee, Carla del Ponte, stated that Van Oosterom knew “in detail” about the UN report that warned about the Sultan Murad Brigade that it said oppressed residents in Aleppo.

The Netherlands supported 22 combat groups in Syria between May 2015 and March 2018. The government promised the House of Representatives that it would only support ‘moderate’ groups that would comply with international humanitarian law and would not cooperate with extremists. In case of signs of human rights violations or ‘other undesirable behavior’, Dutch support would be ‘immediately stopped’, the guarantee was to the House of Representatives.

Syria envoy Gerard Steeghs did not want to respond to questions by Nieuwsuur and Trouw.