The European Union considers the eviction of families in Jerusalem a risk that exacerbates tensions

The European Union considers the eviction of families in Jerusalem a risk that exacerbates tensions  The European Union said that Israel's eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the occupied city of East Jerusalem is stoking tensions, calling on Tel Aviv not to proceed with its settlement plans in the city.  The European Union said on Thursday that Israel's eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the occupied city of East Jerusalem is fueling tensions, calling at the same time, calling on Tel Aviv not to proceed with its settlement plans in the city.  This came in a statement issued by the Office of the European Union Representative in Palestine regarding "developments in occupied East Jerusalem", a copy of which was received by Anadolu Agency.  The statement referred to the demolition by the Israeli occupation authorities, on Wednesday, of a house for the Salhia family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.  He said: "The possibility of evacuating more Palestinian families from their homes in which they have lived for decades, in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in East Jerusalem, represents a danger that exacerbates tensions on the ground, and contributes to the worrying trend represented in the increasing number of demolitions and evictions in the West Bank, including Including East Jerusalem.  On another subject, the union’s statement referred to the decision of the (Israeli) District Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem, last Monday, to work on a plan to build more than 1,450 settlement housing units east of the city.  He added: "Settlement expansion, demolitions and evictions are illegal under international law, exacerbate tensions, threaten the viability of the two-state solution and reduce the prospects for a lasting peace."  He urged Israel not to "move forward with this plan, which would undermine the possibility of Jerusalem becoming the future capital of the two states."  He also called on Israel to "stop all settlement activities."  The European Union expressed its readiness to give the parties full support to open the way towards resuming the peace process (frozen since 2014) as soon as possible.  Months ago, Israeli violations against the residents of Jerusalem, especially the people of Sheikh Jarrah, caused a fierce military confrontation between the Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army, last May, that lasted 11 days.

The European Union considers the eviction of families in Jerusalem a risk that exacerbates tensions

The European Union said that Israel's eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the occupied city of East Jerusalem is stoking tensions, calling on Tel Aviv not to proceed with its settlement plans in the city.

The European Union said on Thursday that Israel's eviction of Palestinian families from their homes in the occupied city of East Jerusalem is fueling tensions, calling at the same time, calling on Tel Aviv not to proceed with its settlement plans in the city.

This came in a statement issued by the Office of the European Union Representative in Palestine regarding "developments in occupied East Jerusalem", a copy of which was received by Anadolu Agency.

The statement referred to the demolition by the Israeli occupation authorities, on Wednesday, of a house for the Salhia family in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

He said: "The possibility of evacuating more Palestinian families from their homes in which they have lived for decades, in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan in East Jerusalem, represents a danger that exacerbates tensions on the ground, and contributes to the worrying trend represented in the increasing number of demolitions and evictions in the West Bank, including Including East Jerusalem.

On another subject, the union’s statement referred to the decision of the (Israeli) District Planning and Building Committee in Jerusalem, last Monday, to work on a plan to build more than 1,450 settlement housing units east of the city.

He added: "Settlement expansion, demolitions and evictions are illegal under international law, exacerbate tensions, threaten the viability of the two-state solution and reduce the prospects for a lasting peace."

He urged Israel not to "move forward with this plan, which would undermine the possibility of Jerusalem becoming the future capital of the two states."

He also called on Israel to "stop all settlement activities."

The European Union expressed its readiness to give the parties full support to open the way towards resuming the peace process (frozen since 2014) as soon as possible.

Months ago, Israeli violations against the residents of Jerusalem, especially the people of Sheikh Jarrah, caused a fierce military confrontation between the Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli army, last May, that lasted 11 days.


Priests baptize planes, How does Greece use religion to mobilize against Turkey?  Although Greece is a secular state, it has long used religion in its rhetoric and practices to mobilize against Turkey in all files of dispute between the two countries, the latest of which is the file of the eastern Mediterranean gas conflict.  In a new religious review that shows the extent to which the Greek government, which always praises secular values ​​in front of Turkey, relies on religion to mobilize against Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean crisis, Greek priests baptized in special religious ceremonies the pilots and 6 used French Rafale fighters, which Greece had bought to strengthen its weapons Air against Turkish supremacy.  The use of religion to mobilize against Turkey is not a new matter that is limited to planes and pilots. Rather, it has become an almost daily practice by the Greek government, which has long demanded that Turkey adhere to the secular values ​​on which it was founded in 1923, to win the love of Greek citizens, especially religious and nationalists, as well as to win the sympathy of the European right, which He stands behind Athens and supports it in political and military issues against Turkey.  In religious ceremonies in which priests deliberately aircraft and pilots .. # Greece receives from # France 6 fighter planes Used Rafale pic.twitter.com/C9fflyY9z2  — TRT Arabic (@TRTArabi) January 19, 2022 While Athens accuses Ankara of disrespecting the Christian and Byzantine heritage on Turkish soil, the Greek government does not hesitate to tighten the noose around the Turkish Muslim community in the Greek region of Thrace, which still suffers from various problems, continuous violations and deprivation of the least human rights in ethnic identity and education, up to the appointment of Muftis.  The tension between the two countries is not the result of recent events and years. Rather, its roots are deeply rooted since the beginning of the Seljuk-Byzantine conflict in 1048, which the Ottomans inherited from the year 1300 and continued in the form of popular uprisings in the recent years preceding the end of the Ottoman Empire era, and the subsequent invasion Greek for Turkey ended with the defeat of the Greeks during the war of independence and liberation led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his companions between 1919 and 1923.  In addition to the file of the eastern Mediterranean gas conflict that has dominated the relationship between the two countries in recent years and prompted Greece to mobilize against Turkey at all political, economic and military levels, we also find the dispute over the mechanism of the final solution on the island of Cyprus, as well as the file of the disputed islands in the Aegean Sea. Which is considered one of the most sensitive issues of dispute in the relationship between the two countries, as it is considered a mainstay of the conflict that Greece takes as a pretext to extend its control over the maritime and air space in the Aegean Sea.  In addition to the previous files of dispute, the file of the Turkish Muslim minority residing in the western Thrace region has no less importance than the other files, as more than 150 thousand Turkish Muslim residents of the region suffer from various problems, continuous violations and deprivation of the least human rights, starting with their exclusion from the Convention The population exchange 97 years ago, through the severe violations of basic rights during the military rule of Greece from 1967 until their fall in the wake of the Turkish “peace process” on the island of Cyprus in 1974, up to the current crisis represented by the Greek government’s refusal to recognize their ethnic identity as well as to interfere in their affairs Religious and educational.  Religion is a means of mobilization Successive Greek governments continue to use the Christian religion to mobilize against Turkey, both within and outside the Greek borders, to gain the sympathy and support of Christian communities all over the world, especially Europe and the United States. In addition to religion, Athens is trying to inject the Byzantine heritage into its religious propaganda directed against Turkey and its people.  Although these countries are secular, they use the Crusader side in all its manifestations if the weapon is directed against Turkey or any other Muslim.. Then they give lessons about secularism and liberal values! https://t.co/bvTFZ33Iaz  — Muhammed Ünalmış (@Muhammedunalmis) January 19, 2022 In the wake of Ankara’s conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque again, Athens took advantage of this issue and began to promote that Turkey has abandoned its secular values ​​and has become a religious state, and that Erdogan and his party are seeking through these decisions to revive the Ottoman Caliphate that ended nearly a century ago, according to the allegations of the Minister Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who said: "Turkey must end the neo-Ottoman policies and return to the understanding of the secular state."  But the observer of Greek actions and practices sees the exact opposite of the statements, and if we need to give examples of the Greek government’s return to the mentality of the past and mobilization with religion, perhaps Greece erected a giant cross at a very high altitude near the Turkish border in mid-September 2020 is one of the evidence that Athens used religion to provoke and mobilization.  Is baptism sufficient to create air superiority? Since the outbreak of tension in the eastern Mediterranean between the two countries, Greece has not only sought to rally more European allies and countries in the region to its side, but has also tried hard to bridge the gap between it and Turkey, which is militarily superior in number and numbers, by land, sea and air.  In order to keep pace with the Turkish air superiority, which ranked ninth in the world by owning more than 1,56 aircraft, in addition to the national marches that made a real revolution in Turkey’s air superiority in the region and the region, Greece, which is far behind Turkey (18th in the world in the Air Force), resorted to France to help it boost its air force with used Rafale fighters under a €2.5 billion purchase contract.  Commenting on Athens' announcement that it had signed a contract to purchase used fighters from France at the end of September 2021, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said: "The balance of power cannot be changed by owning several used aircraft." But it seems that Athena found the solution in the baptism to make the difference in the airspace!

Priests baptize planes, How does Greece use religion to mobilize against Turkey?

Although Greece is a secular state, it has long used religion in its rhetoric and practices to mobilize against Turkey in all files of dispute between the two countries, the latest of which is the file of the eastern Mediterranean gas conflict.

In a new religious review that shows the extent to which the Greek government, which always praises secular values ​​in front of Turkey, relies on religion to mobilize against Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean crisis, Greek priests baptized in special religious ceremonies the pilots and 6 used French Rafale fighters, which Greece had bought to strengthen its weapons Air against Turkish supremacy.

The use of religion to mobilize against Turkey is not a new matter that is limited to planes and pilots. Rather, it has become an almost daily practice by the Greek government, which has long demanded that Turkey adhere to the secular values ​​on which it was founded in 1923, to win the love of Greek citizens, especially religious and nationalists, as well as to win the sympathy of the European right, which He stands behind Athens and supports it in political and military issues against Turkey.

In religious ceremonies in which priests deliberately aircraft and pilots .. # Greece receives from # France 6 fighter planes Used Rafale pic.twitter.com/C9fflyY9z2

— TRT Arabic (@TRTArabi) January 19, 2022

While Athens accuses Ankara of disrespecting the Christian and Byzantine heritage on Turkish soil, the Greek government does not hesitate to tighten the noose around the Turkish Muslim community in the Greek region of Thrace, which still suffers from various problems, continuous violations and deprivation of the least human rights in ethnic identity and education, up to the appointment of Muftis.

The tension between the two countries is not the result of recent events and years. Rather, its roots are deeply rooted since the beginning of the Seljuk-Byzantine conflict in 1048, which the Ottomans inherited from the year 1300 and continued in the form of popular uprisings in the recent years preceding the end of the Ottoman Empire era, and the subsequent invasion Greek for Turkey ended with the defeat of the Greeks during the war of independence and liberation led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and his companions between 1919 and 1923.

In addition to the file of the eastern Mediterranean gas conflict that has dominated the relationship between the two countries in recent years and prompted Greece to mobilize against Turkey at all political, economic and military levels, we also find the dispute over the mechanism of the final solution on the island of Cyprus, as well as the file of the disputed islands in the Aegean Sea. Which is considered one of the most sensitive issues of dispute in the relationship between the two countries, as it is considered a mainstay of the conflict that Greece takes as a pretext to extend its control over the maritime and air space in the Aegean Sea.

In addition to the previous files of dispute, the file of the Turkish Muslim minority residing in the western Thrace region has no less importance than the other files, as more than 150 thousand Turkish Muslim residents of the region suffer from various problems, continuous violations and deprivation of the least human rights, starting with their exclusion from the Convention The population exchange 97 years ago, through the severe violations of basic rights during the military rule of Greece from 1967 until their fall in the wake of the Turkish “peace process” on the island of Cyprus in 1974, up to the current crisis represented by the Greek government’s refusal to recognize their ethnic identity as well as to interfere in their affairs Religious and educational.

Religion is a means of mobilization

Successive Greek governments continue to use the Christian religion to mobilize against Turkey, both within and outside the Greek borders, to gain the sympathy and support of Christian communities all over the world, especially Europe and the United States. In addition to religion, Athens is trying to inject the Byzantine heritage into its religious propaganda directed against Turkey and its people.

Although these countries are secular, they use the Crusader side in all its manifestations if the weapon is directed against Turkey or any other Muslim..

Then they give lessons about secularism and liberal values! https://t.co/bvTFZ33Iaz

— Muhammed Ünalmış (@Muhammedunalmis) January 19, 2022

In the wake of Ankara’s conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque again, Athens took advantage of this issue and began to promote that Turkey has abandoned its secular values ​​and has become a religious state, and that Erdogan and his party are seeking through these decisions to revive the Ottoman Caliphate that ended nearly a century ago, according to the allegations of the Minister Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who said: "Turkey must end the neo-Ottoman policies and return to the understanding of the secular state."

But the observer of Greek actions and practices sees the exact opposite of the statements, and if we need to give examples of the Greek government’s return to the mentality of the past and mobilization with religion, perhaps Greece erected a giant cross at a very high altitude near the Turkish border in mid-September 2020 is one of the evidence that Athens used religion to provoke and mobilization.

Is baptism sufficient to create air superiority?

Since the outbreak of tension in the eastern Mediterranean between the two countries, Greece has not only sought to rally more European allies and countries in the region to its side, but has also tried hard to bridge the gap between it and Turkey, which is militarily superior in number and numbers, by land, sea and air.

In order to keep pace with the Turkish air superiority, which ranked ninth in the world by owning more than 1,56 aircraft, in addition to the national marches that made a real revolution in Turkey’s air superiority in the region and the region, Greece, which is far behind Turkey (18th in the world in the Air Force), resorted to France to help it boost its air force with used Rafale fighters under a €2.5 billion purchase contract.

Commenting on Athens' announcement that it had signed a contract to purchase used fighters from France at the end of September 2021, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said: "The balance of power cannot be changed by owning several used aircraft." But it seems that Athena found the solution in the baptism to make the difference in the airspace!


China and Russia block Washington's request at the United Nations to impose sanctions on five North Koreans  United Nations (United States): China and Russia blocked, Thursday, at the United Nations a request from the United States dating back to last week to punish five North Koreans, one residing in Russia and the others on Chinese soil, in response to Pyongyang's recent missile launches, he said. Diplomats, AFP.  The 15 members of the Security Council had until 20:00 GMT to decide on the US request.  China's obstruction comes two hours before a new closed-door meeting of the Security Council on North Korea at Washington's request.  The Chinese obstruction was also followed by opposition from Russia to the US proposal, diplomats told AFP.  When asked about Beijing and Moscow's opposition before the council meeting - the second in 11 days - US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield denounced giving Pyongyang a "blank check".  "These sanctions are there for a reason," she said. And because there is a member state that opposes imposing sanctions, this, in my opinion, gives a blank check to North Korea,” considering it “important” to send a “unified message” to Pyongyang to stop its tests.  And she added, during a virtual meeting with the Carnegie Endowment Research Institute, "we are discussing the response that should be given to these recent experiments" and they are "unacceptable."  Under the rules in force in the United Nations, the duration of the Sino-Russian obstruction is six months. When it expires, a member state of the Security Council can extend it for an additional three months, and then an additional day.  In addition to Beijing, Moscow has long adopted a de-escalation of pressure on Pyongyang, even asking for the relief of international sanctions for humanitarian purposes.  On January 12, Washington imposed sanctions on the five North Korean figures involved, and subsequently asked the sanctions committee tasked with North Korea's file at the United Nations to expand its individual measures to include the five individuals.  Any decision of the sanctions committee must be unanimously adopted by the 15 member states of the Security Council, all of which are members of the committee.  The five individuals sanctioned by Washington, including asset freezes and a travel ban, were identified by the Treasury as Russia's resident Choi Myung-hyun, and Sim Kwang-suk, Kim Sung-han, Kang Kuol-hak, and Byun Kwang-chul, who reside in China.  Washington accuses them of being linked to North Korea's weapons of mass destruction program.  - 'Reply' - For his part, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said, "We need more time to study the data."  Last week, due to the lack of consensus on a Security Council statement during the first meeting, the United States, France, Ireland, Britain and Japan jointly called on North Korea to "refrain from any destabilizing action" after the hypersonic missile launch.  North Korea responded to this with new launches.  Earlier Thursday, Pyongyang threatened to resume its long-range ballistic missile and nuclear tests, with the Politburo of the ruling party headed by leader Kim Jong-un declaring its readiness for a "prolonged confrontation" with the United States.  On Monday, China reopened its border with North Korea to transport goods after two years of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.(AFP)

China and Russia block Washington's request at the United Nations to impose sanctions on five North Koreans

United Nations (United States): China and Russia blocked, Thursday, at the United Nations a request from the United States dating back to last week to punish five North Koreans, one residing in Russia and the others on Chinese soil, in response to Pyongyang's recent missile launches, he said. Diplomats, AFP.

The 15 members of the Security Council had until 20:00 GMT to decide on the US request.

China's obstruction comes two hours before a new closed-door meeting of the Security Council on North Korea at Washington's request.

The Chinese obstruction was also followed by opposition from Russia to the US proposal, diplomats told AFP.

When asked about Beijing and Moscow's opposition before the council meeting - the second in 11 days - US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield denounced giving Pyongyang a "blank check".

"These sanctions are there for a reason," she said. And because there is a member state that opposes imposing sanctions, this, in my opinion, gives a blank check to North Korea,” considering it “important” to send a “unified message” to Pyongyang to stop its tests.

And she added, during a virtual meeting with the Carnegie Endowment Research Institute, "we are discussing the response that should be given to these recent experiments" and they are "unacceptable."

Under the rules in force in the United Nations, the duration of the Sino-Russian obstruction is six months. When it expires, a member state of the Security Council can extend it for an additional three months, and then an additional day.

In addition to Beijing, Moscow has long adopted a de-escalation of pressure on Pyongyang, even asking for the relief of international sanctions for humanitarian purposes.

On January 12, Washington imposed sanctions on the five North Korean figures involved, and subsequently asked the sanctions committee tasked with North Korea's file at the United Nations to expand its individual measures to include the five individuals.

Any decision of the sanctions committee must be unanimously adopted by the 15 member states of the Security Council, all of which are members of the committee.

The five individuals sanctioned by Washington, including asset freezes and a travel ban, were identified by the Treasury as Russia's resident Choi Myung-hyun, and Sim Kwang-suk, Kim Sung-han, Kang Kuol-hak, and Byun Kwang-chul, who reside in China.

Washington accuses them of being linked to North Korea's weapons of mass destruction program.

- 'Reply' -

For his part, Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said, "We need more time to study the data."

Last week, due to the lack of consensus on a Security Council statement during the first meeting, the United States, France, Ireland, Britain and Japan jointly called on North Korea to "refrain from any destabilizing action" after the hypersonic missile launch.

North Korea responded to this with new launches.

Earlier Thursday, Pyongyang threatened to resume its long-range ballistic missile and nuclear tests, with the Politburo of the ruling party headed by leader Kim Jong-un declaring its readiness for a "prolonged confrontation" with the United States.

On Monday, China reopened its border with North Korea to transport goods after two years of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.(AFP)

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