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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
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Only the Insignias Change|
Guernica, 1937 / Gaza, 2014
by NORMAN POLLACK
July 17, 2014 - April 26, 1937, late afternoon, German bombers higher in the air, Heinkel fighters just above treetops, bombed and strafed a small market town—the prelude to World War Two—crowded because it was market day, in effect, as Goering later said, a trial run to see what it takes to destroy a city—like eugenic experiments, this the perfection of the methodology and techniques of massive death and destruction. The population were mere guinea pigs, as all victims of war crimes, to the desensitized, dehumanized perpetrators of murder. Noel Monks, the British war correspondent, having survived the strafing of the Heinkel 52s on his way there, could see toward evening the flames of the city. "As we drew nearer," he writes, "on both sides of the road, men, women and children were sitting, dazed. I saw a priest in one group. I stopped the car and went up to him. 'What happened, Father?’ I asked. His face was blackened, his clothes in tatters. He couldn’t talk. He just pointed to the flames, still about four miles away, then whispered 'Aviones…bombas’…mucho, mucho.’"....
continua / continued  [ 25-jul-2014 15:01 ECT ]
International Scholars Declare Opposition to Israel’s Attack on Gaza
July 17, 2014 - Over the past week, I joined together with Stanford Professors David Palumbo-Liu and Joel Beinin to draft the following statement opposing Israel’s war against the people of Gaza. We circulated the statement widely among academics, writers, analysts and some cultural and artistic figures. Among those who signed are Tariq Ramadan, Avi Shlaim, Gabriel Pieterberg, Juan Cole, Gareth Porter, Dina Khoury, Richard Falk and Guy Davidi. The ad was published today in Haaretz’s Hebrew and English editions. Below you’ll find the text and signers of the ad....
continua / continued  [ 25-jul-2014 14:33 ECT ]
‘BBC shame on you’- Demonstrations take place against the BBC’s coverage of Gaza and Israel
By Lil Jackson
July 16, 2014 - Approximately 5,000 protesters gathered outside the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) studios on Tuesday to protest the news outlets coverage of the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. The demonstrators chanted 'BBC shame on you’. Protestors accuse the BBC of showing bias towards Israel in its broadcasting. The corporation has, however, also received complaints that it favors the Palestinians. Similar demonstrations took place in the UK cities of Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool. In conjunction with Tuesday’s demonstrations an open letter was presented to the BBC’s Director General, Lord Hall, at the London protest. The letter, organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), Stop the War Coalition and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, had 45,000 signatories...
continua / continued  [ 24-jul-2014 20:06 ECT ]
Those Killed Have Names
By Rana Abdulla
July 16, 2014 - ...Those killed are never named, and we only hear the numbers, in statements connected to the militants the world blames for their deaths. But these people had flesh and blood, they looked like you and me. They had lives and dreams; they laughed and cried, grew and loved, and now leave mourning mothers with hearts full of pain. All the while the madness of Netanyahu continues, unfettered and with impunity. It never ceases as he expands proxy-annexes Palestine, blockades Gaza and imposes the Israeli Apartheid. So eight days ago to punish one of the Hamas’ activists, the Israeli’s in all their entitlement justify this cruel, brutal and collective punishment. They target civilian areas with their missiles proven by the devastation of more than 350 homes, and knowing this is a violation of international law and conventions, Israel continues its assault. In 2009, 1400 civilians were killed in Gaza by Israel, thousands maimed and injured, infrastructure and buildings decimated with no chance to correct because there is still the blockade. Knowing all this, there has been enough killing and vengeance to last a lifetime and yet it never ends. What has any of it achieved . . . except more hatred and division?...
continua / continued  [ 24-jul-2014 19:58 ECT ]
Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises
July 16, 2014 - The idea that Israel is defending itself against unprovoked attacks from outside its borders is an absurdity. Despite Israel’s withdrawal of settlements and bases in 2005, Gaza remains occupied both in reality and international law, its border, coastal waters, resources, airspace and power supply controlled by Israel. So the Palestinians of Gaza are an occupied people, like those in the West Bank, who have the right to resist, by force if they choose – though not deliberately to target civilians. But Israel does not have a right of self-defence over territories it illegally occupies – it has an obligation to withdraw. That occupation, underpinned by the US and its allies, is now entering its 48th year. Most of the 1.8 million Palestinians enduring continuous bombardment in Gaza are themselves refugees or their descendants, who were driven out or fled from cities such as Jaffa 66 years ago when Israel was established...
continua / continued  [ 24-jul-2014 18:26 ECT ]
Has Israel appointed a war criminal to probe civilian deaths in Gaza?
July 15, 2014 - Joshua Hantman, a senior adviser to Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, was invited to speak on the TV program Democracy Now! last Friday, where he asserted: "For Israel, any civilian death is not only a tragedy, but it’s a failure, as well. And we review every single operation and every single strike to see how we can improve."Earlier this week, it was reported that Noam Tibon, an Israeli major-general, will conduct an investigation into the extensive civilian fatalities suffered in the Gaza Strip from massive Israeli bombardment. Since the latest assault on Gaza began eight days ago, the number of those people killed in Gaza has reached more than 190 and continues to grow rapidly, with over 1,200 injured. Eighty percent of those who have lost their lives are non-combatants, including at least 34 children...
continua / continued  [ 23-jul-2014 14:18 ECT ]
Colonial Experiments in Gaza
by Samera Esmeir
July 15, 2014 -....Although Gaza is walled off and isolated, it is not detached from the rest of Palestine. The particular forms of confinement, destruction, and experimentation in Gaza are constitutive of Israeli colonial rule. This rule maintains and reproduces itself through the fragmentation of Palestine and the Palestinian people into different population groups—those in exile, in Gaza, in the West Bank, in the Galilee and the Triangle, and so on. The proliferation of Palestinian populations has resulted in diffuse "solutions" to diverse populations—solutions that do not consider the possibility that the very production of discrete populations and separate solutions is the main achievement of Israeli colonial rule. Gazans, like camp refugees elsewhere, have become objects of humanitarian aid. Palestinian citizens of Israel demand equality and the transformation of the state into a democracy with equal rights for all citizens. Palestinian residents of the West Bank are in some sense the recipients of development funds from international donors and business communities, while Jerusalemites seek to strengthen their legal status as residents to avoid their deportation or forced relocation. The siege on Gaza and the experimental wars this makes possible are only the most visible and violent means through which Israel consolidates its colonial rule. ...
continua / continued  [ 23-jul-2014 14:10 ECT ]
The unfolding lie of Operation Protective Edge
By Idan Landau (Translated from Hebrew by Ofer Neiman)
July 15, 2014-...The kidnapping and murder of three Israeli youths in Gush Etzion in June 2014 was a boon to the prime minister. This is a harsh statement, but it can be corroborated by what Netanyahu said just two days after the incident, before there was any lead for the resolution of the case: "The incident demonstrates what we have been saying throughout long months: the alliance with Hamas brings about very bad consequences, which run contrary to the advancement of peace between us and the Palestinians." This statement was unfounded. Among the Palestinian public, it was obvious to all that the kidnapping was in fact a test of the alliance and an act that subverted it. As one can recall, even Abu Mazen’s unequivocal condemnation, delivered to the entire Muslim world, a condemnation that furthermore crumbled the shaky unity with Hamas, was not good enough for the Israeli government. Once more, Netanyahu’s office made clear in its response that there was only one thing on its mind – rockets or no rockets, kidnapping or murder, condemnation or whatever: "Cancel the agreement with Hamas." And then, at the beginning of this month, the flow of goods into Gaza was reduced...
continua / continued  [ 23-jul-2014 14:06 ECT ]
Israel firing experimental weapons at Gaza’s civilians, say doctors
July 15, 2014 - Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians.Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza, said, "Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons." He added, "Israel has mercilessly targeted Palestinian civilians, leaving many of them with life-threatening injuries and future handicaps." ...DIME munitions were developed by the US Air Force in 2006 and have since been tested repeatedly on the people of Gaza, who have long served as involuntary lab rats for Israel’s weapons industry. DIME bombs contain tungsten, a cancer-causing metal that helps to produce incredibly destructive blasts which slice through flesh and bone, often decapitating the lower limbs of people within the blast radius....
continua / continued  [ 23-jul-2014 14:01 ECT ]
Iraqi Baath spokesman denies alliance with Islamic State
July 14, 2014 - Khodair al-Morshedi, the official spokesman for the Iraqi Baath Party and the secretary-general of the Islamic National Front of Iraq, comprising various armed factions, described the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, as "an extreme, terrorist movement."Morshedi, who said his factions entered Ninevah after it was occupied by the armed organizations on June 10, denies having formed any alliance with IS. However, one member of the Baath Party told Al-Monitor that the Baath Party has coordinated with 14 armed factions to enter Ninevah and control it.....
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 22:57 ECT ]
In response to Patrick Cockburn and Sir Richard Dearlove
Faisal J. Abbas
July 14, 2014 - In a recent article in The Independent, Patrick Cockburn made a number of wide and questionable assumptions relating to Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the recent crisis in Iraq.However, to Mr. Cockburn’s credit, at least he didn’t pretend to be unbiased in his argument, as he made it clear from his first few words that he had reached his own conclusion that Riyadh is indeed involved with ISIS. Indeed, his article leaves no room for misinterpretation as he doesn’t begin it by asking "if" Saudi Arabia is complicit, but rather asking "how far is Saudi Arabia complicit?"...To start with, Mr. Cockburn seems to have based his whole article on the views of Sir Richard Dearlove, the former MI6 chief who retired ten years ago and he himself has admitted that he had "no inside knowledge obtained" ever since. Furthermore, at the heart of Mr. Cockburn’s article is a questionable quote which he was told was attributed more than 13 years ago to Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former head of Saudi Intelligence...
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 20:08 ECT ]
Is Iraq's Maliki taking a page out of Assad's playbook?
July 14, 2014 — As the Iraqi government struggles to contain a Sunni militant advance on Baghdad and hold the country together, more and more Iraqis are blaming Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki for their country’s increasing resemblance to neighboring Syria. Maliki isn't just responsible for the Iraqi army's poor showing against the Islamic State, critics say: Like Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, he’s responsible for the violence itself, for having ordered a military crackdown on a public demonstration, triggering the recent wave of unrest. And now, he’s relying on a military strategy that guarantees high civilian casualties..."Maliki was using aircraft against normal civilian people. He bombarded the entire city," says a man from Fallujah who asked to be called Ali. He said the indiscriminate, sustained violence eventually forced him and his family to flee to the relative safety of Iraq's Kurdistan region. But he said after watching the news from Syria unfold over the last three years, he wasn't surprised by Maliki's response. "All dictators, they all do the same things," he said referring to Maliki and Syrian President Bashar al Assad...
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 16:55 ECT ]
Gaza attacks: Lethal warnings
July 14, 2014 - On the night of January 9, 2009, the Salha family were sleeping, and Gaza was under attack. They were woken by a loud bang at 3am: a missile, fired at the house, entered through the roof, and landed in one of the rooms. What the family did not know was that this was a warning. From that moment of impact, they had just three minutes before the house would be destroyed. After moments of terrified confusion they began to leave. A first group managed to escape but as the second group reached the bottom of the stairs, a bomb struck the building, killing six of them: Randa, 34; Fatma, 22; Diya, 13; Rana, 12; Baha, 7; and Rola, 1....
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 16:07 ECT ]
A mother in Gaza
July 14, 2014- When Israel launched operation Pillars of Clouds back in 2012, I was 8 month pregnant with Yasmeen. Yet, I knew very little, about the enormous emotional complexities of loving, raising, and protecting a child. From the anxiety of giving birth to the sleep depravation, to the everyday tasks of keeping the wellbeing of a human being, motherhood is not easy and never gets easy. And that’s in normal situations where your and the safety of you child are something you can take for granted. But in Gaza, this is not the case. As one mentioned on Twitter, children in Gaza born in 2007 are witnessing the third assault in their lives. Many were killed in the first 2008-2009, many were killed in 2012, and many are being killed these days. So being a mother in Gaza means that your and your children’s worst fears is Israel and its brutality...
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 15:37 ECT ]
Iraqi religious authorities: the Quiet and the Outspoken
by Haifa Zangana
July 14, 2014- ...Religious edicts (fatwas) by Sayyed Sistani given through his Media Spokesman throughout the years of occupation has led to the enhancement of the occupation’s "political process". These fatwas gave the political process an air of the infallibility the religious authority claims for itself, in spite of its sectarianism and the corruption of those who participated in this political process. The supreme Marji’ was politically exploited, whether he himself knew it or not, (clearly his spokesmen at least do know), to manipulate the emotions of people and at time to incite them to irresponsible reactions. ...Religious edicts reached its utmost limits in fueling fear and instinct defense emotions on Friday,13th,2014. This was when Sayyed Sistani issued a fatwa, through his Spokesman, Sheikh Abdulmahdi Al-Karbalaie, that jihad is an imminent duty to defend the land, its people and their honor. This suggests that the land, until the moment the army members escaped from Mosul on the 10 June, was fine, and that the people’s honor was preserved...In the absence of law and order in the Iraq, jihad fatwa sanctified the policies and practices of Nuri Al-Maliki’s regime, including the bombing of the cities. Everyone knows that bombing cities wouldn’t eliminate "terrorism", and that bombing is a collective punishment for the innocent inhabitants..
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 12:32 ECT ]
A handful of Israeli academics responds to call to condemn Gaza slaughter
July 14, 2014 - As Israel’s relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip claimed more Palestinian lives, Haim Bresheeth, a film scholar at SOAS, University of London, helped initiate an open letter to Israeli academics urging them to condemn the slaughter.The open letter states in part: " We have been asked by our academic colleagues in Gaza – whose universities have been destroyed a number of times in the last six years, who are unable to teach or study, and who are also in growing need of food and medicines, like the rest of the almost two million Palestinians living in Gaza – to urge you to act urgently, to make your voice heard in Israel and abroad against what the Israeli government is inflicting on the Gaza population. We invite you, as fellow academics and intellectuals, to join your voices in an open and resounding protest about these war crimes by the Israeli government – your government. " ....
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 11:05 ECT ]
New Palestinian World Heritage Site Under Threat of Defacement
By Ido Liven
July 13, 2014- - The Palestinian village of Battir, just six kilometres southwest of Jerusalem and a similar distance from Bethlehem, is the latest to be trapped in the gap between international recognition and Israel’s policies in the West Bank. The village’s agricultural terraces covering the surrounding hill slopes, and the spring water-fed open irrigation channels that run through them, have been in use for centuries.Last month, this unique landscape was designated a World Heritage site by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), making it only the second such Palestinian site after the Old City of Jerusalem site. Already in autumn last year, the World Monuments Fund, an international organisation working to preserve important cultural heritage sites, had added Battir’s ancient terraces to its 2014 World Monuments Watch...
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 01:50 ECT ]
Israeli strike kills family having coffee
July 13, 2014 - In the early hours of July 9, Hafez Hamad, 37, was sitting in a small courtyard in front of his house, along with his wife, Suha, 31, his mother, Fawzia, 70, his brothers Ibrahim, 35, and Mahdi, 41, and Mahdi's teenage daughter Dina. They were chatting and drinking coffee, escaping the power cut inside their home, when an unmanned Israeli aircraft fired a missile, killing them all.
Al-Monitor spoke with Amir Hamad, the 11-year-old son of martyr Hafez. With a pale face after losing his father and mother, he said, "I was sitting beside my father and we were chatting when the plane bombed the location...
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 01:40 ECT ]
On the photo of three Gaza brothers whose parents were killed by an Israeli bombing
July 13, 2014 -...Which exact moment is the center of a day of distilled objects? Do you—100 trillion cells, carbon and water, manually dexterous—usually attribute value to a central moment, or do you allow it to fleet by? The finding of keys which persecuted you with loss, the violence of humiliation from guilt, your child running towards your car after school lets out. Success, sadness, connectivity, isolation, renewed agency, love. What happened to us before the moment? We swiped the toothbrush across our top row with one hand, clicked the mouse with the other; we leaned toward a friend’s gasp and regarded their phone screen; we clicked on a blue-worded link, we clicked right clicked right clicked right we are clicking and then we saw the photo of three boys in Gaza whose parents were killed by a bomb from an Israeli airplane and there, that is the center of the day....
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 01:21 ECT ]
156 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 132 Are Civilians, Including 34 Children and 27 Women, and 938 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 280 Children and 194 Women
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
July 13, 2013 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 6th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war. Israeli forces have escalated their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian property. In another crime, Israeli warplanes bombarded a house belonging to the al-Batash family in Gaza City without a prior warning, when worshippers were exiting a nearby mosque. As a result, 17 members of the family were killed and dozens of civilians were wounded. This morning, Israeli warplanes dropped flyers in border areas in the Gaza Strip, especially in the north, demanding the population to leave their houses and move to the centers of cities, as they intend to carry out military operations in these areas. Hundreds of Palestinian civilians were forced to go to safe shelters...
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 00:54 ECT ]
Iraq and the full of crap press
The Common Ills
July 13, 2014 -It's always of interest to note what gets reported and what gets ignored. The press, for those who missed it, loves, loves, loves to tell of Sunni death squads. Do Sunni militias exist? Absolutely they do.However, so do Shi'ite militias. A fact the press tends to be less vocal about -- this despite the fact that the number of Shi'ite militias, as well as the number of people in Shi'ite militias, are greater than their Sunni counterparts. Equally true, Nouri al-Maliki arms the Shi'ite militias, the Shi'ite death squads.And that's not a new development. Saturday, a large number of women were killed in an attack on two residential buildings in Baghdad. In Baghdad -- already that means it's likely Shi'ite militias but how the press loves to cover and cower. AP notes, "Police officials say the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles before storming the buildings" and you can stop right there. Since the beginning of the Iraq War, Four-wheel drive vehicles used in a Baghdad attack tends to mean a Shi'ite militia. RT counts 33 dead -- 29 of them women. "Authorities have not been able to confirm who was behind the attack, but locals have pointed toward Shia militias, as they have been accused of killing women branded as prostitutes in the district." Yeah, locals have pointed to....
continua / continued  [ 22-jul-2014 00:43 ECT ]
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