Category Archives: Syria & Me
Mr Charles Flanagan, TD
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
80 St Stephen’s Green
Dear Minister Flanagan
Although I’d liked to thank you for your forthright condemnation of yesterday’s incineration of busloads of Shia children by the Syrian rebels disgraced Irish NGOs and maverick NATO powers wholeheartedly support, I would like to draw your attention to the very biased nature of the Sunday Independent’s report which carried your statement but which otherwise used statements and photos from terrorist sources, including from the self-styled the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (a one-man pro-rebel fanatic operating from Coventry) and Civil Defence (which runs the notorious White Helmets death squads) and which disgustingly implied the rebel perpetrators suffered as much as the incinerated children. These sociopaths the Sunday Independent uses as credible sources are at the heart of the Syrian Crisis. They belong in jail, not in Irish newspapers.
Although we will be returning in October to government-held Syria with financial and other aid for the (Shia) women and children of Foua and Kefraya, as well as other distressed and destitute women and children in government-held Syria, we are not presently asking you for any funds, but are instead asking you to cease, with immediate effect, funding GOAL and any and every other Irish NGO that has any financial or other involvement with these child killers and to launch criminal investigations into their activities and those of the “radical socialists” and others who regularly attack, with impunity it seems, the Russian Embassy, and who have Ireland’s minority Muslim groups (Shia, Alawi, Ismaeil, Ahmadiya etc) living in perpetual fear.
We are also working to bring authentic secular Syrian voices to Ireland through the Foreign Affairs Committee or any similar group and I would like to thank your colleague, Minister Richard Bruton TD for his representations when we brought Syria’s Muslim and Christians leaders here last November. We are now trying to bring groups of secular women – Druze, Christian, Shia and Sunni, the type of normal, professional women these sociopathic rebels love to rape, organ harvest and kill – but we are facing much resistance from those small minority of Irish politicians who champion the baby killers.
I would like to thank you for your former support which allowed us, with the representations of Deputy Clare Daly and Senator David Norris to get Gafar Azouz back from a Turkish orphanage to his grandmother in Damascus, where he remains traumatised but safe. We are now again asking you for help in bringing Syrian-based women to Ireland to give witness and to get members of Fine Gael and any other mainstream party to join us in Syria at Halloween and/or at Christmas to see for themselves what Ireland’s policies are inflicting not only on baby Gafar Azouz and the children of Foua and Kefraya but on all of Syria’s children who are the true heroes of this demonic war against their homeland.
In conclusion, I would like to wish you and your family a happy Easter. Although I don’t know if Christ has risen, I do know that every devil in hell has been sent to Syria and that each and every one of those demons must be neutered, in Ireland as well as in Syria. I look forward to working with you and with all people of good will in that respect.
Dr Declan Hayes
Mr Brendan Smith, Chair,
Mr Noel Murphy, Clerk
Foreign Affairs Committee of the Joint Houses of the Oireachtas
Dear Deputy Smith and Mr Murphy
Given today’s latest atrocity by the White Helmets murder gang where these “humanitarians” murdered over 100 sick and/or elderly Shia women and children being evacuated from Foua and Kefraya, I would again repeat my request to you to allow the secular Syrian women I have organised based in the Syrian Arab Republic put their case and the case of all Syrian-based secularists to you and to the more balanced members of your Committee. I would ask you to do this in a formal meeting not only as a humanitarian act but to also counter balance the platform your Committee have given the perpetrators and supporters of this vile act.
When we return to Syria in October, we will, inter alia, be giving a significant donation to the relief of the surviving children and women of those two villages, who have been bombed and besieged for four years now by the White Helmets and allied terrorist groups and who have received not one solitary penny from GOAL, the controversial Irish NGO, which pumps tens of millions of dollars into Idlib, the Syrian caliphate which, a few besieged outposts like Foua and Kegraya apart, is totally controlled by the armed sociopaths who committed this act and with whom, it appears, GOAL is all too happy to collaborate.
The situation in Syria and beyond is, as you know, spiralling out of control, due in no small part due to the efforts of those who are slaughtering vulnerable minorities not only in Syria but also in Egypt, Yemen and Libya where sub-Saharan Africans are now routinely sold at slave auctions. Although the role our army has played has been exemplary, the role of GOAL and other Irish groups and individuals must be examined with a view to criminal prosecution for complicity in these war crimes.
Although lobbying local TDs, sympathetic members of your Committee, making donations and so on is all well and good, very much more has to be done to stop these Arab equivalents of the Shankill Butchers and their fellow travellers, far too many of whom live in Ireland. Your Committee could help a lot by agreeing to see, say in late November or early December, the secular Syrian-based Druze, Shia, Christian and Sunni Syrian women, who have volunteered to come to Ireland at their expense (and mine). Though it is bad enough these people are being exterminated, we must not abandon yet more of them to this grisly fate. I look forward to your reply when you return after the Easter break.
My recent interview on al Mayadeen, available here and here, has been well received. In it, I allude to disgraced Irish front group, GOAL (which USAID uses to channel tens of millions of dollars to the Idlib caliphate), Ivana Bacik (whose family fled Czechoslovakia shortly after the Nazis surrendered it in 1945 ) and hard liner Ali Selim (of the controversial Clonskeagh mosque).
These links here, here and here show Selim, the SCR lot and notorious suicide bomber Terry Kelly protesting together at the Belgian Embassy in May 2010. Selim has yet to apologise to the Belgian and Irish people over this. Note the reporter is controversial asset Mary Fitzgerald, who has a very close working relationship with the Libya and Syrian terrorists based in Ireland who helped Clinton and the CIA ship chemical weapons to Syria from Libya (where even the pro humanitarian Guardian newspaper now admits Africans are now openly sold at slave auctions) and the Independent, which now admits the USA has murdered hundreds of Syrians over this Easter week in ways that mirror earlier attacks they have been implicated in and on which Trump threatened nuclear war. I write about all of these Irish-based assets here. Though the various foreign intelligence services have a wide number of assets working in Ireland to further their nefarious agendas, much more must and will be done to stop them in both Syria and Ireland
Let’s see if those who recently attacked the Russian Embassy now front up at the American Embassy to protest this latest atrocity or if the “socialist” Englishman who is at the centre of these attacks will even picket his own embassy.
Now, during Passover,as White House House Holocaust deniers call for more Syrian children to be bombed and to be murdered by sanctions, and as the right wing Irish Times demands more humanitarian bombing, we will stay on course and stay the course.
Our plans are simple:
1. Return to Syria for 26 October to November 5th 2017; 19 December-28 December 2017. If you wish to join us, please contact me. Price: $449 US from Beirut airport and back, 9 nights, 10 days. visas, hotels and half board included.
2. Raise money and equipment (cameras etc) for Syrians to tell their own story and to get on with defending humanity against ISIS, against Ireland for ISIS, against humanitarian bombers and all their fellow travelers and apologists, both Irish and other.
1. Return to Syria for 26 October to November 5th 2017; 19 December-28 December 2017. If you wish to join us, please contact me. Price: $449 US from Beirut airport and back, 9 nights, 10 days. visas, hotels and half board included.
2. Raise money and equipment (cameras etc) for Syrians to tell their own story and to get on with defending humanity against ISIS, against Ireland for ISIS, against humanitarian bombers and all their fellow travelers and apologists, both Irish and other.
The photos above surrounding Holocaust denier Sean Spicer are of Syrian children murdered by the USA and her proxies either by sanctions (freezing to death), by gassing or by suicide bomb attacks on their kindergartens. Though in time, all of these victims of Gulf State and NATO aggression will be appropriately remembered, for now, the dead, must, as the Bible says, bury the dead. We have to concentrate on the living, those wonderful women and children who still resist ISIS, al Qaeda, the Free Syrian Army and their Irish, NATO and Gulf State supporters.
Donald Trump illegal bombing of a Syria airport solely dedicated to attacking ISIS is the latest in the USA’s 16 year-long hot war against the secular Arab world, which it wages, based on a tissue of lies, with Al Qaeda, Qatar and Saudi Arabia and which it previously waged in Afghanistan with its same repulsive proxies of Al Qaeda, the so-called CIA’#s Arab Legion.
When people ask what does the “benevolent” USA get out of all this, the answer is all that US policy in the Middle East always wanted: proxy states, their oil money, arms sales and control. The destruction of both Libya and Iraq were hugely profitable not only for the oil but for the funds, art galleries and museums the USA and its proxies looted. The fact that the USA’s allies, most notably Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel, have, along with the USA itself, track records in such matters should be noted.
But what of the children is the cry that is supposed to stampede our emotions into supporting Israel, the USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar into killing more Syrian children? Ok, let’s think of the children, the dead ones to begin with. Last week, the USAF incinerated 200 of them in Mosul and not a peep of protest was heard in the West from rent a crowd. This morning, the USA murdered six Syrians and orphaned many more.
But they were not gassed, you say. True, but the kids in the above photo were gassed to death three years ago in Akrama school in Homs (45 were murdered then) and there was not a peep of protest then by rent a crowd because the moderate rebels. the USA’s proxies, did it. The US did not try to bully the UN and nor did it threaten illegal, unilateral action of the sort that allowed the USA, her allies and their proxies ravage Libya and which we again saw last night. The USA and her allies have repeatedly turned a blind eye to their rebel proxies gassing Iraqi and Syrian kids.
The USA is the core of the problem, and is not the solution. It has destroyed Iraq and illegally occupies part of Syria and murders Syrians in concert with its allies, who are amongst the most despicable regimes on earth.
This is a fake false flag attack and those calling for no fly zones, safe zones and so on have, working on their “successful” Libyan model, been calling for them for the last seven years as a means of destroying Syria and handing it over to the butchers and cannibals who rule Idlib. They have not only been caught lying again and again but have been caught stockpiling and using chemical weapons both in Aleppo and in Iraq. They have been caught with the smoking gun on countless occasions.
The USA, their Saudi and Qatari allies and their ISIS and al Qaeda proxies have paid pro humanitarian bombing groups like Human Rights Watch, GOAL and Amnesty International (which encouraged the widescale lynching of blacks in Libya) shilling for them.
And, of course, they have the White Helmets murder gang, who can be seen with ISIS in this video, along with ISIS slave (and British Royal Family friend) John Cantlie.
Speaking about renowned journalist John Cantlie, the main medical witness for the latest false flag chemical attack, pictured above, was charged with kidnapping him on behalf of ISIS. Though you can read about this medical reptile here and here, and even follow him here on ISIS friendly Twitter, you might also note that their medical associates have threatened to sue me in England.
I mention that not to boast but to point out that literally hundreds of British and Irish based professional;s are up to their eyes in jihad in Syria, Iraq and Libya and I have entries on many of them here.
Click on the picture above to see who is behind the latest chemical weapons’ outrage and also check out this link to see that the USA ferried sarin gas to the rebels in Syria with the help of Dubliner Mehdi Harati.
Note also that the British police and other regulatory authorities, despite many informed warnings by me and others, are unconcerned with ISIS’ criminal behaviour in Britain. Indeed, as this report into another media friendly false flag chemical attack makes clear, the BBC and other organs of the British state are again up to their necks in again pushing us into war.
For my own part, I intend to update this basic reference guide which you can download for free; the work of PhD Chemistry student and MIT associate researcher Mimi Laham, videod above, appears more than once in it disproving earlier chemical weapons’ claims. War or no war, I also intend to return to government-held Syria for both Halloween and for Christmas, both of which are celebrated in government-held Syria and both of which bring an automatic death sentence in the side the USA supports and has always supported.
So, yes, I will continue to think of the children. The children the USA and its proxies murder, the children they cynically use in their snuff videos and other propaganda and the children of liberated Aleppo, photographed above, the USA, her allies and their proxies have scarred for life, just as they previously scarred the children of Vietnam, El Salvador, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Mexico, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and so many other places the USA with her exceptionalism, her Manifest Destiny and her rampant greed and insufferable arrogance destroyed.
The Syrian people, their army, which has dispatched into Hades well in excess of 70,000 foreign mercenaries, and their secular government have stayed strong despite the unprecedented attacks on them. Once Iran, Russia, China and Lebanese and other irregulars continue to stand with them there is hope for Syria, and for the world. Thanks to Syria’s enemies, there is no other hope.
The St Petersburg slaughter by the Syrian rebels has been forgotten in the rush to bomb Syria; #syriahoax trended on twitter with some informative posts; the abandoned Christians of Mhardeh, N. Hama together with the Syrian and Russian Armies, are preparing to make a last stand against the Saudi, Turkish and Qatari rebels the USA arms, trains and funds: it is imperative for the USA’s grand plan to do an Iraq on Syria and cleanse it of Christians; sanctions are still killing Syrian children at a higher rate than ISIS; the next round of fake talks are due to begin soon and the #SyriaHoax was implemented to strengthen the hand of the rebel “negotiators” whose forte is caging women and organ harvesting children,The rather than arguing their indefensible corner. The fact that Israel has said it will step up its pro ISIS humanitarian bombing of Syria shows us just how bad things are.
Assad and Me: I was in Homs and Damascus for the Syrian Presidential election. Assad has an overwhelming mandate from the Syrian people, as one would expect a war President to have. Trump has none. His troops illegally occupy Syria and he murders Syrian soldiers and civilians. In Syria, he is the criminal.
Once Assad Goes: So too will Christians, Druze and other minorities as they will have no future there, save as sex slaves or spare parts in the rebels’ organ harvesting factories. Of course, this war is not about Assad at all but rather about replacing the secularism he represents. Nor is it about promoting democracy for, it it were, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar could have no role to play. Nor is it about murdering children for if it were, then Saudi Arabia and her German, American, French and British arms suppliers would be in the media’s cross hairs because of their unparalleled war crimes in Yemen. But then the media with its fake news and its serial collaboration in war crimes should also be in the cross hairs.
The above people, along with very many of their compatriots, belong in The Hague. But the USA says it will invade if any of its citizens are tried as the war criminals that they are. Although the hypocrisy of the USA and her proxies, toadies, flunkeys and sundry allies is bad enough, their willful slaughter of Syria’s innocents, children included, is beyond disgusting. If Trump really must bomb any belligerent, he should bomb the USA, the guiltiest party to this and so many other conflicts.
There is, of course, my other infinitely more honourable exit strategy, that entails working with Russia, Armenia, Iran and other peace makers and not enriching the USA’s arms manufacturers or kowtowing to Saudi and Qatari despots. Trump has made his money. He does not have to be another Clinton or Obama, another carpet bagger on the make. He could try to be human. And respect humans, Syrians included, even if that is the antithesis of USA foreign policy.
Now that the USA has murdered another four Syrian children with their pro ISIS attacks “against Assad“, let’s summarise the state of play.
Chemical and biological weapons are the poor country’s equivalent of the rich country’s nuclear arsenal. Syria possessed chemical weapons as a weapon of last resort against an Israeli invasion. Because Israel currently illegally occupies parts of Syria and Israel collaborates with Al Qaeda in the Golan against UN, Druze and Syrian forces and because Israel is now threatening a “humanitarian war” against Syria, this is a very real possibility but, much to Israel’s delight, Syria no longer has any deterrent to stop further aggression..
Following the Ghouta false flag attack (pp106 et seq), where David Cameron and other war mongers in hock to Saudi Arabia wanted to use to do a Libya on Syria, Russia brokered a peace deal which meant Syria surrendering its chemical stockpile in return for Russia’s assistance with the defence of Syria.
The issue at stake is not, in fact, the use of chemical weapons in Syria (pp 61 et seq) per se which the USA has widely and cynically used itself (see pp60 et seq of this book) but one of regime change and of installing paid and malleable puppets such as Mousa al Kurdi ( see pp176 et seq of this book), his daughter Rola Hallam (pp 116 of the same book), her repulsive brother in law (p 16 of the same book) and a very large cast of other Muslim Brotherhood related thugs the CIA think they can handle. To get a better handle on the idiots the West hire, check out the entries on such idiots as Bellingcat(p 41), Elliot Higgins (p139), Dan Kaszeta (p170) and of people like SyrianGirlPartisan (p 246). As in Iraq, these are the pawns the USA hire to destroy, maim, plunder and kill.
Though these frauds, liars and charlatans are easily exposed, the problem is they are funded and trained by the West and so their lies never stop. Though that would be ok in a kindergarten (schools for babies the rebels regularly bomb), people die as a result of their criminality and of our failure to stop them.
Check these links here and here to consider the case of Louise Mensch who says the most bizarre and stupid things about Putin but is rewarded very handsomely for it in the USA. Until these puppets can be effectively muzzled and the CIA ventriloquist taken to task, the killing will continue.
Watch this Syrian Armenian explain the USA’s game plan with this false flag gambit:
Great Deal to See Syria: Only $450US for 10 days, 9 nights.
Overview/Pricing/Strategy/Caveats et al: This $450US is a ball park figure a leading Syrian tour operator gave me. It is for bed and half board in good Syrian hotels for 9 nights and 10 days. The idea is to allow interested people see the human, cultural, culinary, religious, secular and other treasures of secular Syria the Gulf States and their NATO allies are destroying with their sanctions and proxy “rebels”, to see how GOAL, Hand in Hand for Syria, OXFAM and other dubious outfits fit into this game plan, and to offer pecuniary and other practical help to Syria’s Christians, Muslims, atheists, women and children with a variety of projects where, crucially, Syrians and their existing institutions, rather than foreigners and their CIA/MI6 agendas, are in control.
We are again soliciting funds which will again be passed on with zero deductions to our Syrian partner groups. We hope to have this on a more formal basis by September 2017.
Arrival Beirut: 26 October 2017. Departure Beirut: 4 November 2017.
Key Dates: The key dates are Halloween, 31 October, All Saints’ Day 1 November, All Souls’ Day 2 November 2017, 100th anniversary of Balfour Declaration (where Perfidious Albion and France gave a country they did not own to people who had never been there) 2 November 2017. Though some people with too much time on their hands object to one or more of these dates and events for one reason or another, they are the next dates we can build around and we already have significant uptake in Australia, Germany and Ireland, as well as a few thousand $$ to donate.
Key Monetary Target: is to raise money for Syrian (and Syrian-Palestinian for 2 November) children and their guardians. Much of this is ring-fenced for art therapy. Whether the kids and their guardians want to dress up for Halloween or do anything on the other days is up to them and their guardians. We, quite rightly, have no say in the matter.
Though donors can stipulate money to go to wherever and whatever they choose and we will facilitate, we are making a special effort to help and salute Syria’s Assyrian children, not least because the “rebels” kidnapped and organ harvested the kids in the above photo a few days after they went out trick and treating. We also hope to branch out into the countryside where, currently, only Armenia and Russia give help, with little Armenia giving more than the entire EU (which makes a fortune selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and Qatar to murder Syrian and Yemeni children with).
Organisational Units: We will work in units of approximately six persons and organise bespoke tours and apply for free group visas with that number in mind. This will allow us to be flexible and for all of us to achieve our objectives, which are a mixture of tourism, fact-finding, helping, shopping (the economy badly needs it), learning and planning for the next visit. (I’ll be back for Christmas). Thus, for example, teamsof six or more coming from Australia will not be delayed in Beirut waiting for planes to comes from other places.
Here is the main itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Beirut, transfer to Damascus, dinner & overnight in Damascus. This would entail groups (of six or so) arriving on more or less the same plane and then being driven the 3 hour journey to Damascus to freshen up and wait for kick-off. Drivers wil take care of all paperwork, including visas which would be completed long before arrival. I would need relevant details of participants long before that.
Day 2: Damascus City Tour. Damascus is the world’s oldest inhabited city and is replete with history. A life time, let alone a day, does not do it justice. Local volunteers will help with shopping and with visiting such places as the Ummayad Mosque, Straight Street and, subject to security, the Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque. The shopping is of interest as most goods are locally sourced. One of the reasons for this war to wipe Syria off the map is to replace all their spices, perfumes and hand crafted kitchen goods with a huge shopping mall of imported junk products and junk food, much as already has been done in the West Bank. Syria is just too independent and replete with history for some folk.
Day 3: Damascus-Maaloula-Damascus. Maaloula was always on every tour of Syria. However, NATO’s rebels, working on Turkey’s orders, have deliberately gutted the place. Some Australian groups have developed practical links with the town and will overnight there to help with financing and other important logistics. As Maaloula remains a military zone, we were the first “tourists” to reach it in years. It is worth a visit to see the level of depravity NATO and the Gulf States have lumbered Syria with and why no one should truck with these demons.
Day 4: Damascus-Adra-Homs– Krak des Chevaliers.- Damascus. NATO’s rebels did severe damage to the Krak des Chevaliers World Heritage site. The moderate rebels baked locals alive in Adra and they committed unspeakable atrocities, in which Western collaborators like Marie Colvin were fully complicit, in Homs before the Syrian Army sent them packing. Much of Homs resembles Stalingrad after the Nazis, Germany’s equivalent of the moderate rebels, surrendered.
Day 5: St George’s Monastery, Valley of the Christians, Safita, Hama. As NATO’s rebels get pummelled, they are now setting their sites on destroying these World Heritage sites. Safita was half Christian and half Alawi prior to the Genocide. Now, Sunnis, fleeing NATO’s moderate head hacking cannibal rebels, have flooded into it. Alawis and Christians cannot flee to rebel areas. The overwhelming majority of Syrians live in government-contorlled Syria. Almost all aid goes to the rebels who, as with Aleppo, Homs and Yarmouk, starve their human shields, may of whom they keep in cages, for which crimes they are allowed negotiate in Geneva and elsewhere. British newspapers approve of this treatement of “Assad loyalists” as the Indepedent puts it.
Day 6: Homs, Aleppo. The rocky road to Aleppo takes some time and is interesting in its own right as we traverse the Syrian steppes with their bee hive houses. We have several partner schools there. Please note we hace given some small help to Aleppo and we have corroborating evidence of tghat. Please note there is zero evidence GOAL, Hand in Hand for Syria or similar outfits gave any of the tens of millions of dollars they got to Syrians in Aleppo. GOAL refuse to operate in government-held Syria. They feel safer with the head hackers and cannibals of Idlib.
Day 7: Aleppo: NATO’s rebels did their best to destroy this town, whose defenders, such as the soldiers, prison warders and prisoners who defended its prison for years on end, are now the stuff of legends and about whom Hollywood would wax about them if they had been American and not being attacked by American-armed rebels. The people of Aleppo are now brushing off the dust and trying to start anew, Your dollars can help them. We stayed at a hotel beside the Hotel Baron where Charles De Gaulle and Agatha Christie stayed (but in separate rooms). We had been their first guests in five years.
Note: Hotel Baron (above) needs work and investment; its only resident is Mimi, the “Assad loyalist” cat, which is hunting down the rodents to make it as new. Our hotel, which was an education in resistance itself, less so.
Day 8: Aleppo-Saidnaya-Damascus. Saidnaya is a picture-postcard Christian town, which fended off over 30 attacks by the head-hacking, organ eating rebels. Without the help of Lebanese Muslim irregulars, this Christian town would have been over run, ransacked and looted by the Western-backed rebels.
Note: Above pictures taken in the Christian town of Saidnaya where they give the rebels the finger by parading pictures of their President along with the Madonna..
Day 9: Damascus: There is so much to do in Damascus. This allows us to wrap things up in an orderly way and plan for the next visit.
Day 10: Damascus-Beirut: The end, my friend.
Palmyra and other Attractions: These can be included once the Russian Army clears the last of the mines the rebels littered the place with. Our plans include restarting the Syrian economy with the Syrians at the helm. NATO and the Gulf States, which caused this mess, are not part of the solution.
Me in a Sunni house in the Old City of Damascus. The guys in the photo are local Shias who paid the ultimate price to defend Damascus. One notices Syrians still have furniture and other stuff designed to last. Ikea and other predators don’t like that.
As part of their campaign to destroy Syria, NATO and the Gulf States have pulled out and dusted down all the old PR tricks. Syrian men and women in Ireland or elsewhere who milk the situation to advance both themselves and the NATO/GCC agenda are not the heroes, even if the media shamelessly parade them like prize pigs. The heroes are those who did not or could not run, as well as those whose lives have been ruined or lost by trying to flee. Syrians in Ireland or elsewhere who do not try to help their compatriots and those who defend them are no benefit to Syria or the countries they wormed their way into. There are Syrians in Ireland milking this situation for their own narrow ends and their narrow and selfish ends fit into the wider NATO agenda.
These children of Maaloula and their protectors in the Syrian Arab Army are the heroes of the piece, not PR puppets like Bana, who cannot speak English and who should be put into care to spare her from the abuse the Muslim Brotherhood murder gang put her through.
This little angel and others like her are the true victims. The rebels the West supports took a suicide bomb into her kindergarten the day after this photo was taken. She and her play mates are probably long dead now.
These great women lost their children defending the values we should all defend. The West never get worked up about them and are happy to see them, their children and their grands children gang raped and organ harvested.
We should defend and help them and these orphaned kids in Homs, who are brave enough to still give the finger to the rebels and those who support them
Mr Brendan Smith, TD., Chair,
Mr Noel Murphy, Clerk,
Foreign Affairs Committee
Houses of the Oireachtas
Dear Deputy Smith
We have just returned from another fact-finding visit to Syria and, as we will be returning there again at the end of October and again for Christmas, the invitation to you and to your more informed colleagues to visit secular Syria remains; as delegations have now gone to secular Syria from almost every other EU Parliament, the USA, whose air force is currently busily slaughtering Iraqi and Syrian civilians, will probably OK it.
During last week’s mass terrorist assault on Damascus, we were pinned down under heavy Saudi mortar and machine gun fire in the Old City of Damascus with the attached group of secular Syrian women who are bemused that, their sham feminism notwithstanding, some of your more unrepresentative and uninformed Committee members prattle as if they are de facto Islamic jihadist spokespeople ordered to blindly attack Russian diplomats, Syrian religious and civil society leaders and others infinitely more informed than they are on Syria. I respectfully think your Committee should look at that, as well as your hosting pro-terrorist front groups like the White Helmets (aka Al Qaeda’s undertakers) and how you have given credence to discredited groups like GOAL which has not only pumped tens of millions of dollars into al Qaeda controlled Syria, but which has also enabled terrorist facilitators to tour Ireland, the Oireachtas included. GOAL, along with some of your colleagues, have very serious charges to answer in relation to the ongoing genocide campaign the autocratic Gulf States are waging in Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iraq and the sleeper cells they finance in Europe, Dublin’s north inner city included.
We also visited Aleppo where EU funded rebels threw scores of postal workers off buidngs and over which so many Irish crocodile tears were shed before Russian security forces sent its head hackers and cannibals packing to Idlib, which GOAL heavily subsidises but more of that when criminal prosecutions against GOAL begin. Because we, as the attached photo from Aleppo of acclaimed Australian artist Luke Cornish with Assyrian children shows, help the victims of Ireland’s death sanctions, our hands are infinitely cleaner than those of your more disreputable colleagues. We have no Syrian blood on our hands.
For our part, we will continue to lobby more open-minded TDs and senators from all the main political parties and Independent groups in the hope of bringing secular Syrian women wishing to remain in their homeland to Ireland to testify, even though giving them or any other Arab or Aramean secularists a platform is obviously anathema to those Irish citizens beholden to the Gulf States and/or the CIA.
Again, thank you and your more honest and open-minded colleagues for doing your duty and I hope that you can give Syria’s secular women an official, unpoisoned hearing. I am copying in some of my more open-minded local TDs as well as some of your Committee members who, along with the rest of us, must make the correct moral choices on Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya.
I have posted pictures of those secular Syrian women and children the West has betrayed along with a copy of this letter here.
The 2017 St Patrick’s day trip to the Syrian Arab Republic was by far the best and most successful of my seven trips there during the current Crisis. This is not only because we gave thousands of dollars to community groups in Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Maloula and that I met the most wonderful people I have ever met but because we now have professional partners to make our next visit in late October an even bigger success.
The plan is to offer a 10 day 9 night trip for $450US from Beirut airport, to Beirut airport, visas, half board and accommodation included. Already there has been a significant sign up from Australia and the plan is to offer even greater financial and other help in the communities we visit. It is one part sightseeing, one part shopping and eight parts helping the Syrian religious and secular groups we are working with.
Those communities need your help. To date, more than 40,000 Christians have been murdered by the rebels and they, along with the rest of the Syrian people, rightly feel abandoned and betrayed by the West, which pumps money into rebel-held areas such as Idlib with the controversial Irish-based NGO GOAL pumping in a staggering $53 million dollars a year but refusing to send as much as a bread roll or streak of hairy bacon into government held areas where most Syrians and all secular Syrians live. One wonders quite why the Irish government is allowing this criminal collusion between Ireland and these sick sociopaths to happen with no one calling halt but some idiotic Irish politicians actually cheering on the genocide.
Although traversing Syria is like a journey through hell, the resilience of her people in the face of the most hieneous of crimes by those the Western NGOs subsidise is also inspiring. Though the women in the above picture faced nightly daily mortar and gun attacks while we were with them, they have been enduring it on a daily basis for seven years now and so no laurels should be put our way. They have also been forced to live under the EU’s sanctions, which the Irish government supports and which have killed more Syrian children than even ISIS for the simplke reason that, as with Iraq and Yemen, the sanctions are designed to kill Syria and obliterate her people and her culture. One wonders quite why idiotic Irish politicians who applaud this criminal nihilism are not even held to account, let alone jailed for terror tactics the Nazis pioneered.
Syria resembles Ireland’s darkest days of Cromwell and the Famine where an uncaring and cynical world watches as thousands drown in coffin ships as they flee the rebels and children freeze to death or die for want of basic medicines that Ireland has in opulent abundance.
As with Thackeray and the equally odious Trevelyan at the time of the Irish Famine, so also do Western journalists and policy makers, Irish muppets included, aid and abet the Syrian genocide and few of us rally to the flag of civilisation and humanity or kick against the pricks as St Paul put it.
The Syrian people are being left to their own devices. Old men, far beyond pensionable age, let alone military fighting age, are being forced to take up arms to defend their families against hordes of organ-eating, head-hacking mercenaries that belong in a Hollywood horror movie. And Ireland, like Hitler’s willing executioners, looks away.
Against this crimson tide stand the Syrian Arab Army and an as yet unbroken people, whose dignity in adversity puts us all to shame. Syria’s Christian communities, together with their Druze and Muslim compatriots, must not carry this burden alone. We will be back for Halloween, for Christmas, for St Patrick’s Day 2018 and for however long it takes to end these grave crimes we have all been made complicit in.
Photos: Secular Syrian women under bombardment in the Old City of Damascus, fly the Irish and Syrian flags; Dora does Aleppo and Maaloula and Ossie artist Luke Cornish helps her bring joy to Syrian kids under rebel siege; Aleppo like Stalingrad on a bad day; children and their protectors in the Convent of St Thecla, Maaloula.
Next Trip: A 10 day 9 night trip for $450US from Beirut airport, to Beirut airport, visas, half board and accommodation included. A leading Syrian tour operator will be the primary organiser. More information will follow. Bookings will close in early September as a group visa system will operate.
Syria’s Water, Irish Fascism & the White Helmets Murder Gang
Just before Christmas 2016, NATO’s Syrian rebels threw thousands of tonnes of diesel into Damascus’ water reservoirs before blowing up the wells to divert the water into nearby rivers, which immediately flooded. The result of this war crime is that the 5 million civilians of Damascus have been without water since then.
Mothers do not have water for their babies, hospitals do not have clean water and, incredibly, Irish aid organisations are directly complicit in this war crime by giving succour to the White Helmets who, as the above letter shows, have given their imprimatur to this war crime.
The White Helmets themselves are a NATO funded ISIS auxiliary force, the worst of the Black and Tans with the best PR agents and crocodile smiles Gulf State money can buy. Even though not a single one of the 100,000 civilian hostages rescued from East Aleppo had ever heard of them, let alone seen the White Helmets in action, Western organisations paid this al Nusra and ISIS affiliated group tens of millions of dollars supposedly to rescue women and children, with USAID alone paying them a whopping $23 million to spread their fictions and their bile
Such was the mega hype around this fraudulent group that brain-dead Hollywood actors, British MPs and Irish aid organisations all heavily pimped them for the Nobel Peace Prize – despite their documented serial collusion in al Nusra’s war crimes and despite there being no independent evidence of them ever having performed even one rescue mission.
Irish groups which supported these war criminals’ attempts to win the Nobel Peace Prize include GOAL, Trócaire and the Irish branch of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Controversial Irish journalist Mary Fitzgerald has predictably been unstinting in her praise of this gangster group, which has even been allowed address the Irish Parliament on more than one occasion.
The Irish edition of the Daily Mirror even says the main thing Irish people can do to help Syria is to donate to the White Helmets, a group which acts as al Nusra’s undertakers and which thinks poisoning the water supply for Damascus, which has a population akin to that of the entire island of Ireland, is an acceptable tactic, whereas such barbarities have always been regarded as the war crimes that they are.
The Daily Mirror is wrong. The worst thing Irish people can do is to support terror groups like the White Helmets. The best thing they can do is to do their humanitarian duty and oppose them and all in Ireland who give them succour. If that includes Trócaire as well as GOAL and Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), so be it. If they lie down with these dogs, they have fleas that decent Irish people do not need.
Our next international peace and reconciliation group visits the Syrian Arab Republic for the feast of St Patrick, Friday March 17 2017. Plans are near completion and thus this re-edit
Objective: The objective is to help Syrian civil society’s struggle for peace, bread and humanity. Journalists, medics, academics, artists, clerics and others experienced in such activities will join the delegation and help in their various, semi-autonomous ways.
Dates: The main dates to be in Syria are March 16-19. People will arrive alone or in small groups and will be shuttled to base camp Damascus.
Logistics: Delegates first fly into Beirut Airport. People are arriving on 7, 8, 10, 11 March. Be sure to contact me on my Syrian mobiles Delegates are ferried in special, pre-arranged taxis from the airport or, as a back-up plan, from a designated nearby hotel to the centre of Damascus, where we have our organisational base camp. There are Syrian and Lebanese taxis who specialise in this work, with the Syrians I work with being considerably cheaper on average.
Beirut Airport Taxis: The taxi drivers who stand by Beirut airport are their own mafia. They over charge. If you cannot avoid them haggle with them to get to the Beirut hotel. It’ll be $20-$25 for a $7 trip.
Visas: We have been given high-level assurances that visas will be issued free of charge. In 2016, visas for Irish citizens cost US$150. Securing the visas involves several steps, the first of which is to contact me directly. All visa applications are, as at 1 March, being worked on.
Visa Check: If you are coming via Lebanon, please check the relevant information for your country and visas. Here is Wikipedia information for Iranians, Irish, Italians and Indians. Please check in person the status for your own country.
Embassies, Sanctions & Visas: Because of NATO’s war of aggression against Syria (and also Iran), most of Syria’s embassies are closed. That means you cannot get a visa by going to the Embassy in London, for example, because NATO made it cease trading as part of NATO’s regime-change programme. That means you are wasting your time applying there for a visa as there is no one there to consider your application.
Syria’s Consular Services & Visas: Most Syrian consular services are frozen because of the Crisis. Many of those which still operate are swamped with the magnitude of the Crisis Syria faces. It is anything but business as usual.
Visa Channels: Very few visas get issued now. Most of those that do get issues are through various unorthodox channels, ie with invites or references from non-consular Syrian officials.
No Visas: Neither Lebanon nor Syria give visas to those with Israeli stamps on their passports. Known supporters of Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood and other terror gangs/ terrorist godfathers and/or their front groups will not be given visas for obvious security reasons.
Suicide Bomber Khalid Kelly’s Friends: Those who attacked Dublin’s Belgian and Russian Embassies with suicide bomber Terry Khalid Kelly need not apply,
Lebanon Exit Visa: Be sure to get the exit visa stamp from Lebanon to Syria. It saves a lot of hassle on the way back. Our designated drivers know the ropes.
Transit Caveats: The three hour road to Damascus is very safe and very heavily patrolled on both sides. The Lebanese side passes mostly through Shia, Christian and Druze areas. There are very many road checks on the Syrian side, which is probably the most secured road in the country.
Costs: Because of EU sanctions in support of the terrorists, the Syrian economy is on life support and those with hard currencies will find it very cheap.
Currencies: Lebanon uses the US $ inter changeably with its own currency. Beirut airport ATMs give US & Lebanese currencies. Syrian currency can be bought at the Syrian border or in Damascus.
Syrian Hotel Payments: Foreigners are required/expected to pay in hard currency.
No Visa/Debit/Credit Cards: As part of the EU’s sanctions in support of the terrorists, plastic does not work. Cash only.
What to Bring: Both travel and semi formal clothes. Fresh shamrock and green bunting if you can. Pack a green tie/shirt/dress for the cameras. (Orange if you prefer)
Shopping/Tours: Syria needs your money. Tours or shopping can be arranged, preferably for a fee to the guides.
Hotels: We normally stay in a top hotel where (subsidised) prices for us have averaged $75 a night per single room. Though much cheaper accommodation is available, a trade off between convenience, cost and security is needed.
Danger Level: Damascus and environs are very safe. One of the saddest things about this extermination war is Syria was one of the world’s very safest countries before it was put on the hit list.
Bombs & Bullets: Very little, if any of this as the Syrian Army have continued to extend its safe zone.
Hot Zones: Special permission is needed from the Syrian military to go into war zones. These are not for everybody as serious business is afoot there.
Yarmouk Palestinian Camp: Is at a stalemate. It is possible to meet Palestinians on the Syrian side of the lines but, like others, they need material help more than compassionate tourists.
Internet/Wifi are available in hotel etc.
Sim Cards: Can be bought at special stores. Top ups are widely available. These may or may not be worth the hassle, depending on the length of your stay. I intend to reactivate mine.
Alcohol: is widely available in government-held Syria. NATO backed rebels murdered an 85 year old Christian in Idlib for selling booze. Syria is not the place to get sloshed.
Cigarettes: Syrians smoke much too much. The government’s plans to curb this revolting practice was put on ice as a result of the rebel invasion. The ability of ISIS to prohibit smoking leads one to ask how they could implement that very non Arab rule. Arabs have a big problem with smoking.
Shaking Hands: is another national addiction, large numbers of Muslim women excepted.In government-held Syria, religion hangs loosely on their shoulders and should just be respected on a mutual, non-aggressive basis.
Main Itinerary (16-19 March)
1. St Patrick: Present shamrock, children’s peace march. These simple, low-cost acts are a step in returning Syria to normality.The Shamrock has been bought in Ireland and will be distributed the the great and good of governnment-held Syria as a gesture and hope for peace.
2. Medical/Boxing/Artistic Fact-Finding/Ambassadors: These simple, low-cost acts are both an important step in returning Syria to normality and to getting the true picture of government-held Syria out. The March 2017 trip has a heavy emphasis on the artistic, which is great in catharsis.
3. Pilgrimages/Sunni, Shia, Christian Shrines: As Damascus and environs are home to many important shrines, visits to these places will be accommodated and some journalists are concentrating on it. Again, the only problem here are the foreign rebels who want to physically exterminate minority groups and their cultural footprints in acts of genocide that, incredibly, go lauded in the West and unpunished in the countries supporting them. The Shia shrines, in particular, are necessarily under very heavy guard as a result of this genocide campaign.
Main Itinerary Objectives: The main objectives include helping to rebuild Syrian civil society in the face of the onslaughts it faces, allowing Syrians rather than self-serving foreigners tell their stories in the most efficacious ways possible and to bring much needed practical help to the people of Syria as possible.
Why St Patrick
Equal to the Apostles: Patrick of Ireland along with Mary Magdalene of Palestine, Thekla of Syria, Helena of Constantinople, Cyril, Boris I of Bulgaria, Olga of Kiev, Vladimir the Great and Stephen I of Hungary is one of those saints regarded as being equal to the Apostles. He is widely revered in both the Eastern and Western Christian traditions.
Why a St Patrick’s Day March in Syria: The USA and Australian traditions of marches on St Patrick’s Day began as protest marches against discrimination and later evolved into self-respect celebrations; it was not, ab ovo, an Irish thing. Because their people are being silently slaughtered, Yemen and Syria fit the original bill admirably.
Why Present St Patrick’s Day Shamrock: Shamrock, Ireland’s national emblem, has long been regarded as a peace symbol. Where better than Syria (or Yemen?) to offer a peace symbol?
Our Twelve Steps to Syria’s Recovery
1. Presenting Irish-grown shamrock to Syria’s leaders at the same time POTUS Trump gets his clump. Most independent-minded Irish people would consider Syria’s leaders to be as worthy of receiving shamrock as other dignitaries such as POTUS Trump and the British Royal Family, who are also traditionally given big bowls of the stuff. As it seems POTUS Trump is particularly controversial this year, Syria is the place to be.
2.Syria’s Annual St Patrick’s Day March, complete with fife & drum bands, dancers and what not. A fun day for all Syrian families and more fun than even New York, Boston, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow, Taipei and Dubai where marches are also held. Syrians deserve this normality. This has been arranged and from little acorns..
3. Medics for Peace: An international group of medics/surgeons give their expertise gratis to those Syrian civilians who need it. This is important as it is eminently practical and it shows the results our criminal sanctions have on Syria’s most vulnerable, a war crime that is not tempered by our governments and their chosen agencies ferrying dual use aid to the Muslim Brotherhood and other murder gangs.
4. Artists for Peace:Professional artists experienced in conflict zones give remedial help to Syria’s children, who will need such help all their lives. This is part of our efforts to combat the cultural genocide the rebels are committing in Syria which is not only a war crime in its own right but it also a means to emasculate and enslave its Yezidi, Druze, Armenian, Christian and other targets.
5. Boxers for Peace: We’ve assembled the appropriate conduits to replicate the joy Australia’s Fr Dave Smith and his colourful Ocker mates brought to Yarmouk, Damascus, Palmyra and Latakia with a few pairs of boxing gloves and a few skipping ropes. The war against Syria has deliberately deprived its children of any semblance of joy and there is a huge thirst amongst Syria’s children, orphans and their guardians for anything with even a whiff of normality.
6. Swiss Atheists for Peace: Swiss atheists who’ve already delivered tonnes of aid to Catholic nuns in Syria join us for Paddy’s Day in Syria. The challenge here is to coordinate and scale up efforts not only in Switzerland but globally.
7. Secular Syrian Women for Peace: We will bring secular women to Ireland to bear witness to the huge burden Syria’s women & children bear as a result of NATO’s genocide campaign. That is one of a number of separate but related moves.
9. Russians for Peace: Because Russia underwrites Syria’s peace process, we work through and with them not only in arranging charity boxing exhibitions, but also in all logistics. The efforts of Russian civil society need to be further publicised, helped and harnessed.
10. Iranians for Peace: I return to Tehran in February with outstretched paw for Syrians of all religions and none. The help Iranian civil society has given Syria puts the West to shame.
11. Children for Peace; We have a number of schools now ready to adopt Syrian schools on a school to school and children to children basis. Children’s pennies defying Empire. This can and will be scaled upwards.
12. Academics for Peace: We have organised seminars with academic support from four different countries and counting on Atrocity Studies on the days around St Patrick’s Day, both at established institutions like Damascus University and newer ones our Syrian partners are establishing in Syria. Again, this is very important to allow the truth about Syria, Yemen and Nigeria emerge.
Here is a statement from Senator Dick Black (below).
I commend the Peace and Reconciliation Delegation’s efforts in Ireland.
Western powers conspired with dictators from Turkey, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to undermine the popularly-elected government of Syria. They did this despite the fact that Syria was a model to be emulated by all countries in the Arabic World. Syria had enjoyed 40 years of peace with Israel. It had no troops outside of its own borders. Syria had greater women’s rights than any other Arab nation, and Syrians enjoyed complete religious freedom. Before foreign powers acted to exploit religious differences Syria was famous for its unique atmosphere of religious harmony.
President Bashar al Assad is not a dictator; he is the legitimately elected leader of Syria. In 2014, Syria conducted valid elections, and president Bashar al Assad won a resounding vote of confidence. 89% of Syrians voted for Assad and there was a 73% voter turnout. The Washington Post headline said, “Syrian election sends powerful signal of Assad’s control,” June 3, 2014. The Christian Science Monitor reported that the vote signaled that Assad, “Is not a dictator fighting for his life and that of his regime against a popular opposition but the elected leader of a country battling foreign-backed ‘terrorists.’”
Saudi Arabia and Qatar are brutal dictatorships, and Turkey, which once enjoyed relative freedom, has also descended into absolute tyranny under the vicious rule of President Erdogan. Why do we not call these people dictators and refer to their nations as regimes?
After nearly six years, the small nation of Syria remains united against the terrorists. In all these years not a single terrorist has emerged as a popular figure among the Syrian people. The rebel armies are collapsing all across Syria and especially Aleppo. It is imperative that freedom loving people come to the aid of Syria and rebuilt what foreigners have destroyed.
I hope that you will extend every possible courtesy to the Peace and Reconciliation Delegation to Ireland.
Senator Richard H. Black
As Aleppo finally sees peace dawn, the peace pilgrimage to Ireland of Syria’s major religious leaders is very newsworthy because
1. It is unprecedented not only in Ireland but also in all of Western Europe during the current Syrian Crisis to have such a venerable delegation of Syrians. It is a very Irish coup.
2. It shows a unity of purpose amongst Syria’s Muslim and Christian religious leaders to travel anywhere, even to tiny Ireland, l’île derrière l’île, as the French say, to spread their peace message.
3. It shows there are very many people in Ireland who are willing, able and determined to enable and empower in ways big and small the Syrians in their great quest for peace.
4. It sets a precedent both in Ireland and in Europe that can and must be replicated to allow peace to return to the Syrian Arab Republic.
5. The words of the great Martin Luther King Jr that “in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” still hold true but not, in this the centenary of 1916, for all Irish people.and that very many of us, joined by our gallant allies in Europe, are fully prepared to help the Syrian people emerge from this great nightmare and that Gulf State money cannot buy those of us who are not for sale. ¡No pasarán!
6. We are not powerless if we stand with these venerable Syrian religious leaders in their quest for peace. We have no holier cause.
7. We are assembling an Irish (and other) fact finding delegation to the Syrian Arab Republic for St Patrick’s Day, March 17th and we are confident of having a parade there to honour our national saint and much more so, the heroic women and children of the Syrian Republic, whose sacrifices prove the Irish proverb that It is not those who can inflict the most, but those that can suffer the most who will prevail. As well as performing life-saving operations, our medical partners will see the deplorable state Ireland’s sanctions have reduced Syria’s maternity wards to.
8. Our European and other partners are willing to ferry Irish medical and other aid free of charge from Dublin to Damascus where the offices of the Grand Mufti and the venerable Patriarchs will ensure it is equitably distributed.
Media Queries: email me
Background Briefings from Patriarch Laham and Dr Bashir Mohamad are available by scrolling down on the wesavesyria.com website. Please quote/use these excellent resources freely.
Tuesday 29 November
Syriac Holy Qurbono: His Holiness, Ignatius Aphrem II Of Antioch, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, world spiritual leader of the Syriac Orthodox Church,.will perform the Holy Qurbono for the 500 members of the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church (Jacobite Syrian Christian Church), which is an integral branch of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Dublin on the evening of Tuesday 29th November. Media who wish to cover this private event should contact me by phone or email in the first instance.
Holy Qurbono: The Syriac Qurbono has its roots in the West Semitic Aramaic culture and language that Jesus spoke and that Syriacs still converse in to this day in the ruins of the ransacked city of Ma’loula and other parts of the Syrian Arab Republic, where His Holiness is based. Some say it is the oldest of all Christian liturgies. It is certainly among the most beautiful and moving.
Visual Extravaganza: As the Qurbono is such a wonder of majesty, splendour and spirituality, this unique service deserves to be extensively reported.
Wednesday 30 November. Trinity College, Dublin. Trinity are our main partners here and their media dept will handle most queries. As seating is very limited, it is mostly by invite only.
5pm College Chapel: His Holiness will join his Syrian religious colleagues His Grace, Dr Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, His Beatitude, Gregory III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, and Alexandria and Jerusalem, world spiritual leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, together with clergy from all the main Abahamic and other religions in a united prayer of peace for Syria. Trinity’s acclaimed choristers, senior Trinity academics, politicians, senior Irish medical personnel and senior members of the diplomatic corps will be present for this event.
6pm: Commons. Trinity Dining Hall. The Syrian religious leaders will join senior Trinity academics, politicians, senior Irish medical personnel and senior members of the diplomatic corps for Commons and to discuss further initiatives to forward the Syrian peace process. As seating is limited and as far too many wish to attend, I have foregone my place and will not attend, Other fish to fry.
7pm-9pm: Open Meeting, to be Addressed by these venerable Syrian religious leaders and senior Syrian surgeons and to be chaired by a senior Trinity academic.
8pm: Anti Extremist Declaration: His Grace will sign the anti-extremist document, as drawn up by our partners in the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council (Impic) and allied bodies.
Thursday 1st. Houses of the Oireachtas, Leinster House, Kildare Street 8.45am-11.15 am.
The delegation of Syrian religious and medical leaders will appear before The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence of the Houses of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) in Committee Room 1, Their appearance will be broadcast live from about 9.15 am to 11 am GMT at this link on and going to the Committee Room 1 link.
11.15 am: His Holiness will briefly join the other members of the delegation to answer some questions outside Leinster House before departing for other appointments.
1.15 pm: Wreath-laying ceremony. His Grace and His Beatitude will jointly lay a wreath at the small monument at the corner of Trinity College and Kildare Street to commemorate all victims of violence, in Dublin and in Syria in particular. We will have a respectable crowd for this short, dignified commemoration of all victims of such violence.
2pm-3pm: Press Conference, Buswell’s Hotel. His Grace and His Beatitude will be joined by senior Syrian surgeons for this press briefing. Because this is filling up quickly, most likely not everyone can be accommodated. As it is a press conference, priority will be given to the media, our NGO partners & our various other partners in allocating seating and standing.
Friday 2nd December
His Grace will lead Irish Muslims in the Jumu’ah. This is a congregational prayer (ṣalāt) that Muslims hold every Friday, just after noon instead of the Zuhr prayer. Our Muslim partners are organising that and a number of other peace initiatives too.