There's much more here.Albanians Find a Church They Forgot to Destroy — in Serbia Proper; Erect Monument to Terrorists in Presevo and Threaten War if Serbia Removes it; Keep Serbs out of Church on Orthodox Christmas Posted by Julia Gorin
The new year is off to a repetitive, and possibly amped-up, start. By now, most readers of this blog have read the Jan 4 report about the destruction of the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Assumption of the Virgin:
Albanians last night completely destroyed the monastery “Assumption of the Virgin” in southern Serbia…Mother Paraskeva (62 years old)…[said] “…Albanians from Kosovo were organized with the intention of coming to destroy the Serbian monasteries in this area…Last year on Good Friday they attacked me…’ The Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin is under the auspices of Bishop Pachomius, who was accused for rape of boys…. “Some have been given 35 000 DM (Deutsche Marks) to create a bad image of the Bishop. [ The Monastery…originates from the 4th century and it is the oldest shrine in Vranje district.
First, as to why Albanians would accuse a Serbian bishop of raping little boys, here’s an email I got a few years ago:
I’ve read in various chronicles from and about Kosovo under Islam [that] Albanians were abducting Serb boys and young girls. It is Bat Y’eor who brought up the subject in one of her books that got me curious to look up in more detail. My wife’s parents tell me that it is a public secret in and around Skopje (Macedonia) to hide your boy from a Muslim Albanian, especially if he is good looking, because one will lose him. Look up “Islamic Homosexualities” and there is a chapter on Albanians raping little boys. The book can be read via amazon and it it has stunned me.
Meanwhile, something that’s gotten less attention than the report about the monastery is that on the heels of the destruction — and on Orthodox Christmas Eve — Kosovo Albanians characteristically tried to prevent cleansed Serbs from visiting their old church in Djakovica, with a similar name to the monastery above. It all suggests we may be in the midst of a string of intimidation tactics against Serbs — something that, as the above item shows, extends beyond Kosovo’s “borders.”
B92 (Jan. 6) - A group of Kosovo Albanians have prevented a group of Orthodox believers from visiting the Church of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary in Đakovica. RTS (Radio Television Serbia) has reported that the Albanians were protesting against the visit of displaced Serbs who used to live in the town.
Ethnic Albanian Self-Determination Movement activists and Voice of Mothers organization members gathered in front of the entrance to the church on Christmas Eve and did not allow Serbs to go in. Orthodox nuns did not even go out in the yard on Sunday.
RTS has reported that around 40 Serbs managed to bring the Yule log into the church despite the protest and then safely leave the town in a bus. Kosovo police arrested two protesters and pushed several hundreds of Albanians 20 meters away from the church so Serbs could briefly enter the church.
Well thank goodness for the need to keep up appearances. (At least until the international overseers leave, or until the rest of the UN gives in and recognizes Kosovo statehood.)
On Christmas Day, Jan. 7th, came news that Kosovo police detained several Serbs after Christmas services, first concocting some sort of “Serbian Civil Defense” affiliation as an excuse, then saying they simply “looked suspicious,” and then saying the young men had been tailing the Kosovo Police charged with securing the visit by Aleksandar Vulin, head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo. Vulin said, “‘The arrests were a straightforward provocation, crude violence, that was truly caused by nothing… This is about straightforward lawlessness and injustice’… He added that he had unofficially learned that…the Kosovo Albanian authorities ‘do not know what [to] charge the Serbs with’…According to him, the international community should consider whether its unconditional support for Priština can continue - ‘because that support may be interpreted by Priština [and has been all along] as readiness to perpetrate all forms of violence. We have said it countless times that the end of supervised independence was a tragic mistake. The international community and Priština must understand that there will be no lasting and just solution in Kosovo and Metohija without the consent of Serbia and the Serbs who live there,’ Vulin told RTS.
“Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Bishop Teodosije of Ras-Prizren said Monday that the Kosovo police raided the Gračanica monastery on Christmas Day…. ‘With actions of this kind, the Kosovo police is deterring people from visiting their holy sites and demonstrating brutal force in a highly primitive fashion,’ believes Teodosije.
“‘Considering the incidents the Kosovo police caused on St. Vitus Day, June 28 last year, it is practically a rule that every Orthodox holiday is accompanied by fear of police terror and arrests,’ the Diocese of Ras-Prizren said in a release.
“Bishop Teodosije also expressed great dissatisfaction with the Kosovo institutions’ improper treatment of Serbian officials, who are banned from visiting SPC sites or forced, as Aleksandar Vulin was on Monday, to urgently leave Gračanica before the end of the ceremony.
“A similar incident occurred a few months ago, when Bishop Teodosije received a visit from advisor to the Serbian president Marko Đurić, who was later brutally expelled from the territory of Kosovo. According to Teodosije, foreign representatives were also confused and shocked by the actions of the police on Monday.”
They were shocked this time? Not the other 4700 times?
In a follow-up to the incident last Wednesday (the 10 young men were released pending trial, though one is in the hospital with injuries to his legs and urethra after being beaten at the Priština courthouse where he was interrogated), Vulin said “that he hoped the international community would not understand why President Tomislav Nikolić was not allowed to visit the Gračanica monastery and why he and other Office for Kosovo officials had so many problems with freedom of movement in Kosovo.”
He was referring to the news that was dominating local headlines a day before Orthodox Christmas: the Kosovo government denying Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic’s request to visit with his fellow Serbs in Kosovo to mark Christmas.
IMAGINE a president having to REQUEST a visit to his own territory, from the terrorists who are still only in the midst of seizing it (with superpower help). Imagine the U.S. president having to ask a China-backed or Russia-backed La Raza for permission to visit California. Anyway, it’s supposedly quid pro quo for Belgrade not allowing the terrorists into the part of the country they haven’t yet seized, though that doesn’t explain all the other cases of denied access to Serbian officials over the past decade.
… “[I]f our officials are not allowed to go to Serbia certainly we will apply the same measures,” Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi said at a news conference on Saturday [Jan. 5]…While several Serb ministers have been denied entry to Kosovo, some top officials…have been allowed to attend religious festivals in the past…[T]he most recent rejection came after four Kosovo government ministers were denied entry to Serbia during 2012. Last Christmas, Kosovo Albanian protesters hurled stones at a motorcade carrying former president Tadic when he visited a monastery in western Kosovo. Nikolic…has accused European Union authorities in Kosovo of bias by letting Kosovo authorities to decide whether the Serb leader could visit Kosovo.
From a rundown of Albanian press on Jan. 6th, we see once again that the Kosovo government and the “more extreme” Kosovo Albanian political groups that Western politicians are always trying to distance from it were on the same page:
Vetevendosje demands Serbia’s officials not be allowed entry to Kosovo (dailies)
Leaders of the Vetevendosje Movement called on the Government of Kosovo not to allow Serbia’s officials to enter Kosovo ahead of Orthodox Christmas celebrations. …On the possibility of a peace treaty being signed by presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, Vetevendosje officials commented by saying that there can be no peace for as long as Serbia doesn’t apologise for crimes it committed in Kosovo.
In another Jan. 5 report, we get to the wider game, and the next prize the Albanians have their eye on: Serbia’s Presevo Valley. That’s what is meant in the last line below by “southern Serbia”:
“…I will not have Priština deciding whether I can go to our Kosovo….Nikolić pointed out that EULEX had once again shown that it was not status neutral and that it did what Priština said. “They did not let me to go to Kosovo while I was an opposition representative and they do not let me go now that I am a Serbian president,” he stressed. Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci said on Friday…that the Serbian president would be able to visit Kosovo…when Kosovo Albanian leaders were allowed to visit ethnic Albanians in southern Serbia. […]
As if these ‘innocent’ visits aren’t rallies in furtherance of the next phase of Greater Albania’s consolidation. Indeed, if we were to check in on just the most recent moves toward that end, we’d find an even lesser-noticed recent report, from late December. See if you can get your head around this: In the Albanian-dominated Presevo Valley (just north of Kosovo), the Albanians put up a monument — on what is, still, undisputed Serbian land — to the KLA terrorists who tried to seize Presevo just months after their Kosovo seizure. (That particular KLA affiliate is known as UCPMB.) This is like Muslims putting up a monument to al Qaeda in our faces. Because that’s what the KLA are to Serbs. Except Muslims in general aren’t yet as brazen as Albanians — which is saying a lot. For those who poo-poo the KLA-ALQ comparison, what a luxury they have to not be Serb, and to be able to scoff at these people’s pain.
It’s not enough that the few Serbs who remain in Kosovo have to deal with monuments to the killers and torturers of their loved ones as a reminder that they’re not welcome in their own ancient land, but now Serbs in Serbia proper are getting it. Unsurprisingly, the people arrested in this whole thing were the group of Serbs who set out to demolish the stone harbinger of their demise. The monument itself wasn’t touched, nor were the terrorist-worshipers who put it up.
PREŠEVO — The leaders of ethnic Albanian parties in southern Serbia…qualified as “a threat” a statement made by PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić on Wednesday. Dačić said yesterday that the memorial plaque for the members of the so-called Liberation Army of Preševo, Bujanovac and Medveđa (UCPMB; OVPMB) in downtown Preševo represented an unnecessary provocation to which the state must react, and advised those who put it up to remove it themselves.
The terrorist group was an offshoot of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA; UCK), and was disbanded in 2001. After the end of the war in Kosovo, they staged hundreds of attacks against Serbian police, Yugoslav military, local officials in the area, and UN personnel.
One of the group’s former commanders, and until recently president of the Bujanovac municipal assembly, Jonuz Musliu, also criticized Dačić on Thursday. Musliu, who is now leader of the Movement for Democratic Progress party, said that ethnic Albanians were “in favor of solving all conflicts peacefully” and that the prime minister “will have to look elsewhere for a partner for war and warmongering”.
The leader of the Democratic Union of the Valley Skender Destani told Tanjug… “If all the members of the Liberation Army received amnesty, what right does he have to openly threaten Albanians.”…Last Friday, Preševo saw the unveiling of the memorial which contains the names of 27 members of the UCPMB who had been killed during the insurgency. The memorial to cost RSD 3 million to build. Ethnic Albanians said that the ceremony was staged on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Albanian state.
Serbia Threatens To Demolish Albanian Monument (Balkan Insight, Dec. 27)
…[Serbian Prime Minister Ivica] Dacic ordered the authorities in the mainly Albanian towns of Bujanovac and Presevo in South Serbia to remove a monument dedicated to ethnic Albanian fighters.
The ethnic Albanian guerrilla force launched a brief armed struggle with Serbian security forces in 2000. The conflict ended with the help of international mediation. [After it started with the help of international “mediation” (i.e. the Kosovo war) which opened the door to Presevo.]
They agreed to disarm in 2001 following an internationally brokered peace deal, after which the Serbian military re-entered the demilitarized area near the border with Kosovo with the approval of NATO.
When the monument was erected, Ragimi Mustafa, president of the municipality of Presevo, said the history of every nation deserved [respect], including the history of the ethnic Albanians in that area.
In response, the Serbian government filed criminal charges against representatives of the Presevo municipality, saying the monument was not erected in accordance with due procedures.
According to Dacic, the international community had been informed about the memorial and about how its construction was “an open provocation, designed to show that Serbia does not control part of its territory”.
[Did you catch that? Serbia can’t have an appropriate response to provocations in its borders without first asking permission, after briefing, the ‘international community’. That would be the same international community that’s helping Albanians do what they do.]
On December 26, on the website Preseva jone, some former ethnic Albanian fighters threatened armed rebellion if the monument in Presevo is removed. [And yet the headline of this Balkan Insight report has the verb “threatens” after the subject “Serbia.”]
They would “put on their boots and uniforms once again and take up arms,” they said.
Yes, they love reminding everyone that they’re always ready to fight again if the internationals don’t do their bidding. As if the Albanians won’t do it anyway. So it looks like NATO may have to hand them Presevo too. (Indeed, the issue is being internationalized for the past several years already. See the 90th paragraph here, which starts with the word “Obviously.”) Looks like we may have to bomb or otherwise punish Serbia yet again, if it decides to be “intransigent” again.
Good thing we have the president of Albania to straighten us out that it’s actually Serbia that’s doing the “provoking.” Though one might ask what stake the president of Albania has in what happens in Serbia, or Kosovo for that matter — unless it’s the barely concealed fact that he sees these parts of Serbia as futurely part of Albania:
Berisha: Belgrade provokes Albanians, and does not respect minority (Politika, Jan. 6)