On Sunday, Liwa al-Quds (pro-government Palestinian paramilitary) lost one of its most prominent commanders during clashes in northeastern Aleppo. Colonel ‘Mohammed Rafi’ was killed while leading his Palestinian Sunni fighters on the frontline during initially tough urban warfare with Islamist rebel factions on the perimeter of the Hanano district.

Mohammed Rafi, sometimes refered to as the ‘Godfather’, was personally decorated by the Russian military in early October following the liberation of the Handarat camp, a battle the colonel himself helped plan and which lay the groundwork for more recent advances.

Hundreds attended the funeral of the Liwa al-Quds commander which took place earlier today. As the photos reveal, Mohammed Rafi was highly revered by Syrian loyalists.

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Samer Rafi – the younger brother of Mohammed Rafi – has now been appointed to replace the deceased colonel’s role in Liwa al-Quds and spearhead further assaults on the remaining rebel-held districts in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo.

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    • “The ‘palestinian’ people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a “Palestinian” people since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa while as a “Palestinian”, I can undoubtely demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”
      – Zahir Muhsein, PLO Executive Committee, March 1977
      And it’s a PLO leader who said this… 😉
      The brutality in 1948 didn’t came from the settlers : at this time, this was an underpopulated shithole and this ridiculous country is now half the size the Netherlands with less inhabitants than NYC! Jordan was also mandatory Palestine, you know, and there is much more room! What was “stolen” was mostly near-desert. The 20 countries of the Arab League decided to launch what their SPOX called a “war of extermination” and remember that the Palestinian leader at this time, Amin al-Husseini, helped Himmler to organize the Shoah and even greatly contributed to the blue prints of Auschwitz. He was also general (Grüppenführer) of the biggest Waffen SS division, made from 33k fanatical muslims. He also tried to push Nasser into building thousands of V2 replicas and load them with sarin to kill everybody in the country… “Palestinians” can be happy that the zionists weren’t -hopefully- into lex talionis or they’d have been genocided up to 6 million losses… If Nuremberg trial could have had the hands on al-Husseini, he would have been hanged like his Nazi buddies.
      What fucked the whole thing up was al-Husseini deep racism fueled by his position of grand mufti of Jerusalem, then having his nephew Yasser Arafat following him as leader of his private army then renamed PLO and the training into terrorism by the infamous Otto Skorzeny. Before al-Husseini became grand mufti in 1917, Jews and Arabs lived peacefully together in the area, then the mufti launched his 1st jihad attempt in 1920 in the name of Allah. Actually, he ended assassinating more Palestinians than Jews as many many were reluctant to enter the extremism he preached.
      Like it or not, these are historical facts.

      • Actually, in 1917, the “Mandatory Palestine” size was around 115,000 km² with 900k inhabitants, including around +100k Jews here for 3200 years. It was decided to cut a 90k km² for the Arabs and a 25k km² for the Jews, assuming diaspora will likely to come back. It was also assumed that Arabs in the ‘west bank’ or in Gaza could stay here. Most of the 650k who left the ‘country’ in 1949 weren’t expelled but decided to leave under the influence/pressure of the mufti. What you may not know is that, at the same time, 850k Jews were expelled from near ALL the MENA countries and their properties stolen by the states. They relocated in Israel. Frankly, 20k km², it’s the size of a “district” (département) in France. This is ridiculous while the Middle East size is 7,272,793 km². Had the things being settled peacefully, Arabs could have stayed here without troubles or sold their lands and resettled to the other side of the Jordan river and even having the Jews built them irrigation systems and probably much better husing they had, there was (and still now) plenty of room but Arab leaders fucked the whole thing up and have done nothing else since. They couldn’t make it by war? Let’s switch to terrorism… Pfff, this is ridiculous but well, they’re well secure in their palaces and it’s always the poor that die! But they reap what they sown with terrorism now…

        • WOW !! in between all that garbage you stated twice: “arabs could have stayed here”, THATS IT ,YOU ARE BUSTED YOU ARE A ZIONIST COCkROACH, WORKING ON BEHALF OF YOUR GHETTO STATE .You are hovering around in Al Masdar just to spread your evolved hasbara 3.0 in ever subtle ways, hasbara 3.0 implies adopting a fake pro Syrian Arab Army position while sprinkling camouflaged zionist narrative every time you can. So according to your twisted zionist narrative it was all the arabs fault, The Balfour declaration is just a minor detail not woth to mention, nor it is the King David Hotel Bombing by part of your zionist grandpas pionering terrorism, Nor the assasination of Lord Moyne by your f1lthy Stern Gang http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/8425271/MI5-files-Zionist-terrorist-plotted-to-kill-Winston-Churchill.html

          • You are absolutely right. He is devoted israhelli sayani. He just earned some more shekels from his master from (isra)HELL.

      • Lot of tripe here, but I’ll just focus on just one part, the claim that there is no such thing as the Palestinian people. Not only is that bullshit (we have record of Palestinian nationalism going back to at least 1914), it’s one giant red herring. Whether the people living in a place think of themselves as a unified whole or not doesn’t matter. They were living there. In many cases they have legal documentation proving ownership of their land and homes. YOU DO NOT GET TO BUILD A NEW COUNTRY ON OTHER PEOPLES LAND.

      • This is pure jew bullshit. I hope you pleased your Israhelli superior.

        “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.

        Moshe Dayan