On April 5, 2017, Democracy Now interviewed Dr. Rola Hallam and Noam Chomsky — see below. Hallam is co-founder of Hand in Hand for Syria.
Original logo of Hand in Hand for Syria displaying the three stars of the Free Syrian Army/Syrian National Council emblem
and founder of CanDo. She starred in BBC’s discredited documentary “Saving Syria’s Children”.
Dr Rola Hallam, another of the signatories on the petition to gag me, is a doctor involved with the UK-based NGO ‘Hand in Hand for Syria’ (HHS). She supports US military intervention in Syria. HHS, backed by the BBC, was exposed by British investigator Robert Stuart for fabricating evidence over an alleged Syrian attack on a Syrian school in August 2013. The aim was clearly to create a scandal which would attract western military intervention.
Building a catalogue of evidence, Robert Stuart (2016) found the BBC sequences of the alleged school attack, ‘purporting to show the aftermath of an incendiary bomb attack … are largely, if not entirely, staged.’ Fabrications included the filmed commentaries from Dr Rola Hallam.
The backgrounds of the two doctors featured in the BBC’s report are of considerable interest: Dr Saleyha Ahsan, a former British army captain, has a personal connection with a military officer who runs large-scale medical simulation exercises, employing professional casualty make-up artists; Dr Ahsan’s colleague, Dr Rola Hallam, is the daughter of Dr Mousa al-Kurdi, who is “involved politically with the Syrian National Council”. The co-founder of Hand in Hand for Syria, the “humanitarian” charity for which the doctors are filmed volunteering, has expressed bloodthirsty promises to bring Assad to justice “NO MATTER WHAT LIVES IT TAKES, NO MATTER HOW MUCH CATASTROPHE IT MAKES”. A Hand in Hand for Syria nurse seen working alongside Drs Ahsan and Hallam is pictured elsewhere tending to the wounds of a child opposition fighter.
Image: Facebook banner of Hand in Hand for Syria’s co-founder Faddy Sahloul, deleted July 2014 [the banner reads “Syrian Revolution…”
So much is now known about Hallam and her affiliations.
On April 6, Democracy Now interviewed Lina Sergie Attar, Syrian-American writer from Aleppo, co-founder and head of the Karam Foundation.
Co-initiator of the #AleppoIsBurning campaign is Lilah Khoja who has been instrumental in promoting the “Worldwide Red Protest”. Khoja is on the team of the Karam Foundation as their advocacy co-ordinator. While there is minimal financial information on the Karam Foundation, set up in 2007 by co-founder and CEO, Lina Sergie Attar, Attar is on the board of the Muslim Brotherhood Syrian American Council.
“The Syrian American Council is one of the largest American based Syrian lobbying organizations and key SAC leaders are tied to the Muslim Brotherhood in the US:
The last known SAC President was Talal Sunbulli (aka Talal Sunulle ) who was listed as the Syrian coordinator in the international phone book of Muslim Brotherhood members seized by federal investigators during the Holy Land Foundation investigation.
…Attar is in fact Chair of the Humanitarian Committee as well as being on the National Board of Directors under one of her many name variations, Lina Segie.
According to Attar’s biography on the Karam Foundation site, she is a Syrian-American architect and writer from Aleppo.
“Sergie Attar frequently travels to the Syrian border in southern Turkey to run Karam’s Smart Aid programs.”
Perhaps of even greater interest, Attar “serves on the board of directors” of the Avaaz/Purpose created Syria Campaign.
“Heimans, the Avaaz front man of Purpose, is a darling of the high-finance corporate world. “In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th anniversary Visionaries Award. The World Economic Forum at Davos has named him a Young Global Leader, and the World e-Government Forum has named Jeremy and Purpose co-founder David Madden among the “Top 10 People Who Are Changing the World of the Internet and Politics.” [Source]
The New York public relations firm Purpose has created at least four anti-Assad NGOs/campaigns: The White Helmets, Free Syrian Voices , The Syria Campaign and March Campaign #withSyria.” ~ Cory Morningstar
In February 2016 Attar appeared with alleged death squad creator and ex US Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford at the “War on the Innocents: The Syrian Humanitarian Crisis” conference held at Phillips Exeter Academy. Ford has been singularly involved in the creation of the so called “moderate rebels” in Syria, a euphemism that is rapidly losing all credibility despite his best efforts to shore up their crumbling facade of respectability.
So why is Democracy Now giving a platform to these people? The interviews of Hallam and Attar cannot be called interviews. No probing questions were asked. No contradictory evidence was introduced, despite it being easily available. Why are Amy Goodman and the entire Democracy Now company posing as journalists instead of actually doing investigative journalism? Why aren’t they exposing friends of terrorists? Are they closet supporters of U.S. foreign policy?
Lastly, about Noam Chomsky — being a dissident is easy. Being educated takes work. Perhaps he is petted and praised by those who benefit from the Syrian war.
Why is all of this important?
It is an example of the people that are being paraded before the American public, left and right, to promote an all-out war against Syria and President Bashar al-Assad. Right now, the U.S. is waging a devilishly clever public relations campaign against Syria that exceeds even the campaign against Saddam Hussein and Iraq. It is extremely sophisticated and utilizes all the lessons learned in past campaigns. Their star witnesses are these individuals and groups such as the Syrian-American Medical Society, Human Rights Watch, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Syrian Observatory on Human Rights as well as the BBC documentary, Saving Syria’s Children, which Amy Goodman seems to take as gospel.
They count on the public’s ignorance. Unless people expose these groups and the government as the terrorist partners they are, Syria is doomed.
The hysteria in Washington DC over Syria is at a fever pitch, evidence be damned. Now this new “gas attack” has made President Trump change course. Rhetoric is hot. Events are moving very, very fast.
We’ve seen what happened in Iraq. We’ve seen what happened to Libya. How many countries have been dismembered by the U.S. and its coalition partners?
Read the article on the highways of death during the first Iraq War. Read about the assassination of Martin Luther King which has been posted here. This is what we are dealing with.
Can this be stopped before it’s too late? It must be, for the sake of the people of Syria and for the sake of freedom everywhere. If Syria falls, we all fall.
On the BBC documentary “Saving Syria’s Children”:
From Democracy Now
Syria Has Become a Circus of Death: Doctor Warns of Growing Humanitarian Crisis as War Rages On