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Syria - President Bashar Al Assad's Syria is a close ally of Iran (enemy of Israel). On 17 February 2007, Presidents Ahmadinejad and Assad met in Tehran. Ahmadinejad afterwards declared that they would form an alliance to combat U.S. and Israeli conspi -racies against the Islamic world (Iran–Syria relations. Wikipedia). Friendship with Israel is out of the question as long as the country's demand for the return of the Golan Heights, which Israel captured in 1967, is ignored. Another obstacle is
"Israel's direct aggression" towards Syria. They believe the Zionists initiated operations to destroy Syria.
Syria clearly and unequivocally opposes Zionism and Israel – Israel practices criminal racist apartheid against the occupied Palestinians. (Friends of Syria. Plan To Destabilise Syria). Russia, China and Iran support Syria politically, military and econo - mically.

Iran - The country is one of Israel's most aggressive enemies. In his countless outrageous statements, speeches and remarks President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that Israel is the most criminal regime in human history, an insult to humanity. He
even called the Holocaust a myth. His call "wiping Israel or rather the occupying regime (Zionist regime) off the map" made
Ahmadinejad the subject of controversy in the international arena. Hezbollah and Iran have publicly declared support for Hamas
in the Gaza war against Israel. Hezbollah, Iran and Hamas are allies and share with many years of cooperation and coordination,
be it in political positions, financial support or military assistance. (Al Monitor. The Pulse of the Middle East). Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu warned on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday (16 Nov. 2014) that "Iran is not your (Israel's) ally.
Iran is not your friend. Iran is your enemy. It's not your partner. Iran is committed to the destruction of Israel,.....the Ayatollah Khamenei, the ruler of Iran, calls for the annihilation of Israel. He specified nine ways and reasons by which Israel should be destroyed. He's participated in rallies and chants of 'Death to America', 'Death to Israel'. This is not a friend, neither in the battle against ISIS nor in the effort, the great effort that should be made to deprive him [of] the capacity to make nuclear weapons.
Don't fall for Iran's ruse. They are not your friend."

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu

Turkey - Turkey was one of the first countries to recognize the State of Israel in 1948. The two countries had good relations until 2009. The 2009 Gaza War and the 2010 Gaza Flotilla Raid that killed 9 Turkish nationals on the MV Mavi Marmara, jeopardized Turkey-Israel relations until 2013. Reconciliation took off in early 2013 but was on the downward spiral again later that year. Normalization of relations are now on the agenda. Despite some ups and downs, and occasional disagreements, Prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's criticism of Israel and his wild statements (Zionism is "a crime against humanity"), the relationship between Turkey and Israel is far from breaking down. (Al Arabiya News).

Egypt - A Peace Treaty called The Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty, signed on 26 March 1979, following the 1978 Camp David Accords, exists between the two countries. The peace between Egypt and Israel has lasted since the treaty went into effect,
and Egypt has become an important strategic partner of Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt does not recognize the treaty.
As far as they are concerned Israel has no right to exist. Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, pledged obedience to the Islamic State (ISIS). Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and most Egyptians oppose Hamas an offspring
of the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas is a staunch adversary of Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a Sunni Islamist religious, political, and social movement. After the Hosni Bubarak era the Brotherhood won the 2011–12 parliamentary elections and its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, won the June 2012 presidential election. Shortly after the elections Morsi was overthrown. A crackdown on the Brotherhood followed and most of the Brotherhood's leadership were imprisoned. The govern-
ment declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing was dissolved and its assets confiscated. al-Sisi said: “We will never allow anyone to launch attacks from out territory against neighbours or against Israel."

Jordan - A Peace Treaty (Treaty of Peace Between the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan), signed
on October 26, 1994, exist between Israel and Jordan. Under the terms of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, the Temple Mount
(Noble Sanctuary or Haram Al Sharif - home of Al Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and the site of the First and Second Temples of the ancient Jews) remains under Jordanian custodianship through the Waqf authorities (Islamic Waqf Trust), who maintain administrative charge of the holy site. Recent clashes and violence between Muslims and Jews on the Temple Mount
is a critical issue for Jordan. King Abdullah II strongly criticized Israel's actions at the holy site. Amid regional turmoil and rising tensions on Temple Mount peace between the two countries is vital to regional stability.

District map of Lebanon showing Shi'a majority areas where Hezbollah has influence

Lebanon - Peace between Israel and Lebanon is basically non existent. Lebanese citizens aren’t allowed to have any commu- nication of any kind with Israelis anywhere in the world.(The Tower Magazine).
Peace and normal relations between the two countries are hampered by the presence of Hezbollah and Syrian interference.
That can change - With the Assad family out of power in Syria, Hezbollah will be left exposed as a Shia minority in a Sunni
majority region.(The Tower Magazine). Hezbollah is a Shi'a Islamist militant group and political party based in Lebanon.
Hezbollah maintains strong support among Lebanon's Shi'a population. Its main objective is the annihilation of Israel. Israel’s greatest concern is a third Lebanon war. According to Israeli sources, Hezbollah is training its commando forces to make a surprise incursion into Israel, take over a community (such as a kibbutz or a moshav — a cooperative community — or even
a small town like Shlomi). (Al Monitor. The Pulse of the Middle East). "The situation in Lebanon is getting perilously more dangerous as the armed Islamic fundamentalist movements spread throughout the region. In early August, ISIS kidnapped 30 Lebanese soldiers and policemen and publicly beheaded two of their captives in a televised display. There are frequent and
bloody gunfights between the Alawites of Jabal Mohsen and the Sunni district of Bab el-Tabbeneh, which border each other.
In the face of the threat posed by Islamic State, Christian militias such as the Free Patriotic Movement are arming themselves
for the first time since the bloody Lebanese Civil War ended in 1990, the Associated Press reported. Israel is wide for preparing
for possible fighting on its border."

Radical Islamic organizations encircling Israel - ideological organizations employing terrorism,
People that do not believe Israel has the right to exist. "Israel is an oasis surrounded by barbarians, beheaders, suicide bom-
bers, mothers happy to send their own children to kill Jews ..." (Arutz Sheva. Israel national news). "Basically the Middle East
is awash with militant Islamists, the militant Islamists led by al-Qaeda and ISIS on the Sunni side, the militant Islamists led by
Iran and Hezbollah on the Shiite side". Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Militant Islamists along the borders of Israel - from the north (Hezbollah) to the Golan Heights (the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra) to the Egyptian border (Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis) and Gaza (Hamas and Islamic Jihad).

1)Muslim Brotherhood (The Society of the Muslim Brothers)
The civilizational defeat of Arabs and Muslims, especially after the collapse of the Ottoman Caliphate, had a deep effect on the spirits of many Muslim preachers and reformers, like Gamal el-Deen el-Afghani and Muhammad Abdu, who were preoccupied
with examining the reasons for the civilizational downfall of Muslims. Then came Hassan al-Banna who benefited from those
who preceded him and added to their action. He, together with six Muslim Brothers, set up the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) in
Egypt in March 1928. The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest Islamic group in the world. It exists in more than 80 countries.
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is a Sunni Islamist religious, political, and social movement.
Muslim Brotherhood (MB) is one of the most important Islamic movements in the Arab world and the Muslim world. It repre-
sents a broad and distinguished trend within modern Islamic thought. Moreover, the ideological dissertation developed by its intellectuals is taken as a reference authority for most of Islamic movements.
Principles of The Muslim Brotherhood. The call of the Muslim Brotherhood was based on two key pillars:
1-The introduction of the Islamic Shariah as the basis controlling the affairs of state and society.
2-Work to achieve unification among the Islamic countries and states, mainly among the Arab states, and liberating them from foreign imperialism.
Muslim Brotherhood Emblem

2)The PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), was formed under the leadership of Yasser Arafat)

3)Hamas (based in Gaza) Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas is the elected government of the Palestinians
in West Bank and Gaza. The Palestinian unity government of 2014 is a national and political union formed on 2 June 2014 under Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The new government was formed after an agreement between the Fatah and
Hamas parties. Before the agreement, there were two separate governments, one ruled by Fatah in the West Bank and the
other by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian leaders have repeatedly inflamed incitement against Israel. Hamas is an offshoot
of the Muslim Brotherhood and so is the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
"Hamas is not an organization with political imperatives, acting out of political interests. It is first and foremost an ideological movement, and there can be no negotiating or compromising with it. It cannot be appeased through diplomatic compromise.
Negotiating with Hamas — via a third party, openly or covertly, with or without mediators — is a mistake. You are just strengthe-ning Hamas and its strategy. Hamas fears a protracted struggle with Israel because it does not have a real capacity to
stand firm.” Says: Mosab Hasan Yousef, better known as the “Green Prince,” the son of West Bank Hamas chief Sheikh
Hasan Yousef.

4)Fatah - Palestinian National Liberation Movement (based in the West Bank). President is Mahmoud Abbas. Fatah founded by
Yasser Arafat and Khalil al-Wazir.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

5)Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). It is active in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel, Syria and Lebanon.
The ultimate goal of this small terrorist group is the destruction of Israel and the liberation of Palestine. Supported by Syria
and Iran.

6)Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) or  simply known as Islamic Jihad is a sister organization of Hamas. PIJ is a Sunni Islamist Palestinian militant organisation.
The ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel and the establishment of a sovereign, Islamic Palestinian state. Support comes
from Syria and Iran. The PIJ's armed wing  is Al-Quds Brigades. This radical terrorist organization is active in the West Bank
and the Gaza strip. The Islamic Jihad formed an alliance with Hamas.

7)Hezbollah (A Shi’ite militant group based in Lebanon)

8)AL Qaeda They are active in the Gaza Strip and in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

9)The al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra li Ahl as-Sham), the radical Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda. The al-Nusra Front
pledged loyalty to the Islamic State (ISIS).

Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi and Flag of the Islamic State (IS)

10)ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). From 2006 - 2013 known as Islamic State of Iraq (ISI). The name then changed to
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Syria)(ISIS). On 29 June 2014,
the group renamed itself the Islamic State (IS) and declared its government a caliphate. IS is a Sunni, extremist, jihadist rebel
group controlling territory in Iraq and Syria. Following Wahhabi tradition of Sunni Islam, the group's main aim is to establish an Islamic state (Caliphate). The leader, Ibrahim Awwad al-Badri, also known as Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi is the self-proclaimed
In Syria (2013) ISIL joined forces with the al-Nusra Front against the government of Bashar al-Assad. Of all the rebel groups in Syria, IS (ISIL) grew into a formidable fighting force and terrorist organization. It captured vast territories in both Syria and Iraq.
The UN claims that about 15 000 people have travelled to fight alongside ISIS and other hardcore militant groups from countries
that have not previously faced challenges relating to al-Qaeda. 140 South Africans have reportedly joined the Islamic State (ISIS).

Some of the several militant groups operating in Syria:
Free Syrian Army
Hazzm Movement
Al-Nusra Front
Khorasan Group
Islamic Front
Fatah al-Islam
Ansar al-Islam
Muslim Brotherhood of Syria
Free Syrian Union
Jaysh al-Sunnah wal-Jama'ah
Fajr al-Islam
Brigade of al-Qaka
Group of the One and Only
Shields of the Revolution Council

ISIL deputy in Iraq is Abu Muslim al-Turkmani. ISIL deputy in Syria is Abu Ali al-Anbari. This terrorist organization kills or expells
all “infidels” of Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. “Infidel” is used to describe anyone who is not Sunni.
The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (ABM), pledged obedience to the Islamic State (ISIS). ABM operates primarily in Northern Sinai, an area where rolling sand dunes butt up against the Mediterranean Sea and stretch to rocky
mountains in the center of the Sinai Peninsula. For years this corner has been dubbed "the most dangerous part of Egypt."
Since 2011, the group has been attacking Israeli interests in Sinai by repeatedly blowing up a gas pipeline leading from the Egyptian Red Sea to Israel. The group stepped up the frequency of its raids after Egypt's army overthrew President Mohamed Morsy, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader. The group has changed its logo and its name to Wilayat Sinai, "the State of Sinai" positioning itself as part of the bigger ISIS "caliphate" that extends from northern Syria to central Iraq. Several other militant
groups from the region have also pledged allegiance to ISIS, including in Libya, which shares a long porous border with Egypt
that is known for being an arms-smuggling route. These pledges benefit ISIS, whose territorial expansions have already peaked
and are now stagnant. Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi pledged to defeat the Sinai militants. The influence of ISIS is now
being felt in Pakistan, a haven for Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Taliban, and many other terrorist and extremist groups in its
tribal region.Tehreek-e-Khilafat and Jihad mujahideen fighters of Pakistan pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Jul 10, 2014. Shahidullah Shahid in the statement said he along with five TTP commanders have announced their allegiance
to IS, also known as Daish, and would be their lead fighters in Pakistan. Oct 14.TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah has supported
the Islamic State but has not officially declared allegiance.

The Islamic State jihadist group announced it will start minting its own currency for use in areas under IS control in Syria and Iraq. Jihadist group plans to replace western money with its own coins in bid to free Muslims from satanical economic oppression.

Map of Syrian Civil War and the Iraqi insurgency

11)Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis - Egypt’s deadliest terrorist group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State jihadists (IS), bran-
ded the regime of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi “Zionist collaborators” and vowed to liberate Jerusalem once it had ousted his government. (The Times of Israel). Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, pledged obedience to the Islamic State (ISIS).

12)The Salafist movement in the West Bank. This radical Salafist Islamic group is a common enemy of Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

13)Salafi (Salafist) Jihadists (Salafi-jihadist movement - Muslim fundamentalists embracing a religious ideology). It includes al-Qaeda. They are a threat to Israel, Europe, the United States, the world and Muslims. Their goal is to establish an Islamic
caliphate governed by sharia law.

14)The Global Jihad against the Jews - Muslims are responsible for anti-Semitism, attacks on Jews, desecration and destruc-
tion of synagogues worldwide.

Global hostility towards Israel and Jews
Anti-Semitism - Israel’s most powerful enemy is the West itself. Anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish manifestations in those coun-
tries are on the rise. The West is making the world “Judenmüde”. Tired of Jews.
Among Israel's worst enemies are the "Progressive" Jews who hate Israel, the Zionists, the Zionist regime and support Israel's haters and enemies.

BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is a movement attempting to isolate Israel as a world pariah. The BDS calls for
various forms of boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian
rights. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice..
For decades, Israel has denied Palestinians their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination through ethnic cleansing, colonization, racial discrimination, and military occupation. Despite abundant condemnation of Israeli policies by the UN, other international bodies, and preeminent human rights organisations, the world community has failed to hold Israel accountable and enforce compliance with basic principles of law. Israel’s crimes have continued with impunity.
In view of this continued failure, Palestinian civil society called for a global citizens’ response. On July 9 2005, a year after the International Court of Justice’s historic advisory opinion on the illegality of Israel’s Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), a clear majority of Palestinian civil society called upon their counterparts and people of conscience all over the world to launch broad boycotts, implement divestment initiatives, and to demand sanctions against Israel, until Palestinian rights are recognised in full compliance with international law.

The campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) is shaped by a rights-based approach and highlights the three
broad sections of the Palestinian people: the refugees, those under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and Palestinians in Israel. The call urges various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law
Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall;
Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in
UN Resolution 194.

1) Boycotts target products and companies (Israeli and international) that profit from the violation of Palestinian rights, as well as Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions.
Israeli cultural and academic institutions directly contribute to maintaining, defending or whitewashing the oppression of Palestinians, as Israel deliberately tries to boost its image internationally through academic and cultural collaborations. As
part of the boycott, academics, artists and consumers are campaigning against such collaboration and ‘rebranding’. A growing number of artists have refused to exhibit or play in Israel.
2) Divestment means targeting corporations complicit in the violation of Palestinian rights and ensuring that the likes of university investment portfolios and pension funds are not used to finance such companies.
3) Sanctions are an essential part of demonstrating disapproval for a country’s actions. Israel’s membership of various diplomatic and economic forums provides both an unmerited veneer of respectability and material support for its crimes. By calling for sanctions against Israel, campaigners educate society about violations of international law and seek to end the complicity of
other nations in these violations. Source. bdsmovement.

Though BDS pretends to fight for the basic rights of Palestinian people, it is in fact an ideological attack on the existence of
Israel and to destroy it.

Block the Boat Oakland (California) march on 16 August 2014. BDS Movement New York City (NYC, US).

A BDS demonstration in London. 3 January 2009. BDS Protest at Woolworths, South Africa. November 26, 2014.

Supporters of BDS South Africa:
1. African National Congress Youth League Western Cape (ANCYL WC)
2. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Polokwane
3. Congress of South African Students (COSAS)
4. Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)
5. Freedom for Palestine (PE)
6. Kairos Southern Africa
7. KwaZulu Natal Palestine Solidarity Forum (KZN PSF)
8. Muslim Juridical Council (MJC)
9. National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL)
10. National Coalition 4 Palestine (NC4P)
11. Port Elizabeth Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PE PSA)
12. Palestine Solidarity Alliance Youth League (PSAYL)
13. Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) Cape Town
14. Palestine Solidarity Forum Rustenburg
15. Seskhona
16. Stellenbosch Palestine Solidarity Forum (PSF)
17. University Cape Town Palestine Solidarity Fund (UCT PSF)
18. University of the Witwatersrand Palestine Solidarity Committee (Wits PSC) and others…

A call to undermine and destroy BDS and BDS campaigns
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Another enemy - Lies and myths of Palestinians and Muslims
“There is no such country as Palestine. ‘Palestine’ is a country the Zionists invented. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us.” (1937, Arab
Higher Committee Secretary Auni Abdel Hadi).
The so-called Holocaust, is an alleged and invented story with no basis (Hamas).
Denying the Jewish connection to Jerusalem usually takes three forms: it is said that Jews were present in the city for a short period and therefore they have no claim to sovereignty over the city; that the Temple of Solomon was actually an ancient Muslim building or did not exist at all; and that the Western Wall is sacred to Muslims and did not become a place of veneration for Jews until the nineteenth century.
Israel stole the land. Palestinians (Arabs) are the original possessors of the land.

Is it possible to dismantle or destroy Israel?
A big NO!!! Amid all the boycotts, boycott campaigns, negative publicity, hatred towards Israel, terror attacks, lies, unrest in Jerusalem, violent riots, Israel-Palestinian conflicts, controversial statements, extremism, unfriendly neighbours, the needs
and aspirations of both Jews and Palestinians - Israel will survive. Israel is a wonderful country (Sefarad erets nifla).

Realist professor Efraim Inbar recently made the case that the country looks to have a bright future:
"Despite not everything being perfect in the Holy Land, long term prospects seem bright. Israel is a vibrant democracy that pros-
pers and maintains strong social cohesion. Its international status has improved while support in the United States, its main
ally and still the foremost international power, has remained very high. Moreover, the Jewish state is widely recognized as an entrenched reality, even by its Arab and Muslim rivals. It has built a mighty military machine that can parry all regional threats,
and the IDF remains the most capable military in the region with the motivation, equipment, and training to overmatch the conventional capabilities of any regional challenger. Israel has managed to contain terrorist activities and has built an effective shield against missiles."
Most of the world recognize Israel. (The German chancellor said this just a few days ago: “For those who share my view that
the Jews as a people have a right to self-determination, Zionism as a national movement of the Jewish people is the embodi-
ment of this very right which its opponents want to deny.”). The Times of Israel.