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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
:: Iraq anthem
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Syria News - August 3, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
August 3, 2014 - By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees in Syria were able to document 125 martyrs including 11 women, 14 children, and 4 martyrs under torture: 65 martyred in Damascus and its suburbs, 36 in Aleppo, 7 in Deir Al-zour, 7 martyred in Homs, 5 in Hama, 3 martyrs in Daraa, 1 martyr in Idlib, and 1 martyr in Kenitra.òòò
continua / continued  [ 21-aug-2014 04:00 ECT ]
On the 27th Day of the Israeli Offensive:Rafah Under Israeli Fire; War Crimes Committed against Palestinian Civilians; Complete Families Annihilated;
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 3, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 26th 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, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. On Saturday afternoon, Israeli forces redeployed at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel leaving some areas which they had moved into, excluding al-Shujaa'iya, al-Zaytoun and al-Sha'af neighborhoods in Gaza City, Beit Hanoun and the east of Jablya. ..
continua / continued  [ 21-aug-2014 02:59 ECT ]
Gandhian struggle was never an option for Gaza
August 3, 2014 - "Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? In Israeli prison, of course!" was the title of an article by Jo Ehrlich published in Mondoweiss.net on Dec 21, 2009. It was written almost exactly one year after Israel concluded a major war against Gaza, Operation Cast Lead (December 27, 2008 – January 18, 2009) which was until now the deadliest Israeli attack against the strip for many years.Ehrlich was belittling the question of a 'Palestinian Gandhi’, while responding to the patronising approach others had taken to the concept: "Not that I’m in any way playing into the Palestinian Gandhi dialogue, I think it’s actually pretty diversionary/racist. But sometimes you have to laugh in order not to cry...", he writes in his opening paragraph. Indeed, the concept of a "Palestinian Gandhi" was and remains ignorant, patronizing and racist...
continua / continued  [ 21-aug-2014 02:52 ECT ]
The End of Impunity
August 3, 2014 -....Benyamin Netanyahu complains that the media show pictures of "telegenically dead" Palestinians. It’s true; my timeline looks like a perverse beauty contest for dead babies and traumatised kids. There are the "before" shots: Essam Ammar, 4, from Gaza City, wears a yellow check shirt and holds a somewhat bedraggled flower, Hind Shadi Abu Harbeid, 10, from Beit Hanoun has clearly been playing with her mother’s nail varnish; she rests her chin on paint-tipped fingers and gazes away from camera, a small smile touching the corners of her mouth and lighting up her eyes. Hatem and Yasmeen al-Yazji hug each other, soft hair flopping over foreheads, big smiles revealing gappy baby teeth. Then there are the "after" images: children on hospital trolleys, children in ambulances, children burned, children blinded, children buried under rubble....
continua / continued  [ 21-aug-2014 00:35 ECT ]
Is the BBC trying to shore up support for Israel’s assault on Gaza?
August 3, 2014 - Pro-Israeli broadcasters are finding it ever harder to defend Israel in the face of the large-scale massacres and destruction in Gaza, but the BBC is determined to do its best, sacrificing all claims to impartiality and journalistic integrity in the process.In addition to flooding its radio and television programs with Israeli spokespeople, while keeping Palestinian voices to a minimum, the BBC, as it did during Israel’s 2012 assault on Gaza, has taken to presenting pro-Israel commentators as independent.BBC audiences are, therefore, given strong doses of pro-Israeli propaganda — being told that Hamas is using civilians as human shields, that Israel has shown nothing but restraint in the face of constant rocket attacks, that it is defending its citizens and so on — while under the impression that they are hearing neutral, independent comment...
continua / continued  [ 20-aug-2014 19:21 ECT ]
“Concentrate” and “exterminate”: Israel parliament deputy speaker’s Gaza genocide plan
August 3, 2014 - Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, has published a plan for the total destruction of the Palestinian people in Gaza. His detailed plan, which calls for the use of concentration camps, amounts to direct and public incitement to genocide – a punishable crime under the Genocide Convention. In a 1 August posting on his Facebook page, Feiglin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, calls for the "conquest of the entire Gaza Strip, and annihilation of all fighting forces and their supporters.""This is our country – our country exclusively," he writes, "including Gaza."...
continua / continued  [ 20-aug-2014 18:54 ECT ]
'Protective Edge' and the re-evaluation of humanitarian concerns
August 3, 2014 -Within a day following the commencement of Operation Protective Edge, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement replete with rhetoric embraced by Israeli allies. The statement's title, "Indiscriminate Palestinian rocket attacks", is followed by a brief speculation in the form of an inconspicuous subtitle, about the possibility of considering Israeli airstrikes on Gaza as collective punishment. While the statements may sound incongruous, they are perfectly in line with HRW's "core values" as stipulated on their website: "We do not embrace political causes, are non-partisan, and maintain neutrality in armed conflict." Taken within the context of Palestine, the so-called human rights organisation remains shackled to the convenient "humanitarian" approach, while spokespersons of organisations affiliated to the imperialist United Nations, such as UNRWA, have recently started expanding their rhetoric to include political references as recognition against divestment from the political implications...
continua / continued  [ 20-aug-2014 01:22 ECT ]
Heinous Crimes against Humanity, On the 26th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Massacre in Rafah, Most Violent Since the Beginning of the Offensive; Rafah Isolated and Unprecedented War Crimes Committed
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 2, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 26th 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, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. On Friday morning, 01 August 2014, following the collapse of the humanitarian truce declared at midnight, and as Israel claimed that an Israeli soldier was kidnapped in Rafah, Israeli forces in an unprecedented and hysterical manner bombarded all areas throughout Rafah from the air, the ground and the sea. No civilian was immune...
continua / continued  [ 19-aug-2014 18:34 ECT ]
Iraq and Syria: The struggle against the multi-sided counterrevolution
by Michael Karadjis
August 2, 2014 - .... While the media focus has been about "regime(s) versus ISIS," in reality, in both countries, there are three main forces in contention:
1. The Bashar al-Assad and Nuri al-Maliki regimes. Both are sectarian-based regimes: the Assad regime is a "secular" totalitarian regime heavily based among the elite of the Alawite religious minority; the Maliki regime is a sectarian, semi-theocratic, Shiite regime closely aligned with both the former US occupier, that facilitated its rise to power, and with the Shiite theocracy in neighbouring Iran.2. The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), the most extreme Sunni sectarian and theocratic movement in the region, which has set up its own semi-state over parts of Syria and Iraq. A descendant of al-Qaida in Iraq, ISIS was disowned by al-Qaida last year for being unnecessarily and embarrassingly barbaric (though in fact the disagreement went back as far as 2005). It represents an "opposing counterrevolution," formed partially from within the ranks of the uprisings.3. In between, a vast opposition to the regimes which is also distinct from ISIS, in open war with it in Syria, and on and off at war with it in Iraq:In Iraq, this consists of a range of "Sunni tribes" and other Sunni militias which have, over the last year or so, alternatively been fighting the regime alongside ISIS, or fighting against ISIS....
continua / continued  [ 18-aug-2014 16:46 ECT ]
Is there an 'anti-imperialist camp'? A debate (part 2)
By Felipe Stuart & Michael Karadjis
August 2, 2014 - ....But no need – because you, Felipe, ensure you fall into the "anti-imperialist camp" trap by spreading falsehoods and total delusions about Syria. To compare the US invasion of Iraq, with hundreds of thousands of troops, with US policy on Syria – i.e., to refuse to send even a bullet to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) for three years while the Assad regime destroyed the entire country with every conceivable "conventional" weapon of mass destruction – is too absurd to even begin to take apart; basically, for you to even make such an impossible comparison is in itself a classic example of bogus "anti-imperialist" analysis furiously attempting to push square poles into round holes. It is fascinating to read a writer like Felipe, who in other ways is very lucid and logical, refer to NATO having "nearly destroyed Syria". So apparently, the MiG fighter planes, helicopter gunships, ballistic missiles, barrel bombs, cluster bombs, incendiary bombs, tanks, artillery, starvation sieges of whole towns (and for that matter, of Palestinian refugee camps), and chemical weapons, have all been supplied to Assad by NATO! Oh, but no, you don’t mean that, do you. You simply think that the duty of "anti-imperialism" is to look the other way while a regime of mega-capitalists destroys every city of its country, including the working-class sections of Damascus and Aleppo, because condemning a capitalist regime for waging unlimited war on its working people is apparently too difficult for modern-day "anti-imperialist" analysis unless you can somehow show that imperialism is responsible.,,,
continua / continued  [ 18-aug-2014 02:42 ECT ]
Hamas’s return to the resistance axis
August 2, 2014 - In analyzing the conflict in Gaza, many observers have focused on the role of Hamas’s backers, Qatar and Turkey. But this analysis misses a key player. To understand Hamas’ strategy, the place to look is Iran. After the war broke out, senior Iranian officials, including Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, expressed strong support for the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah also phoned the head of Hamas’s politburo, Khaled Mashaal, and Islamic Jihad chief Ramadan Shallah. Iran's relationship with Hamas has been strained for the past couple of years, so these statements mark a reinvigoration of the "Resistance Alliance."...
continua / continued  [ 18-aug-2014 02:33 ECT ]
The Audacity of Nope: Obama’s Failure to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison
By Dennis Trainor
August 2, 2014 - Jason Leopold, in the clip from the full-length Acronym TV episode, How Americans Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Guantanamo Prison, discusses the Obstacles President Obama faces in keeping his campaign promise to restore habeas corpus, shut down Guantanamo Prison, and restore America’s moral stature in the world. If President Obama’s true intention s are as described above, what can he do alone, and what does need cooperation from Congress to do?"What he could do now is actually start releasing some of these prisoners," says Leopold "The vast majority of those cleared are Yemeni prisoners. Yemen is a big country. To think that these men, who were never on a battlefield, can’t be sent back to Yemen because they will end up as part of Al-Qaeda (makes no sense)."...
continua / continued  [ 17-aug-2014 23:13 ECT ]
We shall live to tell the stories of war crimes in Gaza
August 2, 2014 - In all Holywood action films, when the enemy uses a civilian as a human shield, the policeman drops his gun and lets the enemy go in order to save the civilian. The innocent person’s life is always depicted as more important than the enemy’s death. Clearly these morals are only for movies. The morals on the ground in Gaza, however, are totally different. Israel shoots and bombs children and young people, leaving them to bleed to death in front of their parents while bombarding ambulances that try to reach them. In this horrendous aggression against Gaza, every Palestinian is a target and age isn’t an issue. As I hold my three-month-old Jolie close to my chest, I recall the pictures of babies her age with face injuries that hide their beauty and innocence, and others dead with amputated limbs, heads emptied from their contents, or burnt bodies....
continua / continued  [ 17-aug-2014 17:32 ECT ]
On the 25th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Humanitarian Truce Collapse Less Than One Hour of Its Entry into Force; Dozens of Palestinian Civilians Killed and Hundreds Wounded by Israeli Shelling in Rafah
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 1, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 24th 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, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. Electricity supplies have been off in the Gaza Strip for the 4th consecutive day. Municipalities face extreme difficulties in their work due to the lack of fuel supplies and because if Israeli attacks. These developments raise concerns regarding public health in Gaza Strip, which is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. The crisis has further aggravated as at least 400,000 civilians were forcibly displaced from their homes, and were forced to resort to shelters in the centers of towns and refugee camps...
continua / continued  [ 17-aug-2014 04:11 ECT ]
Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation
August 1, 2014 - The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society. Indeed, to acknowledge Palestinians as humans worthy of a state, a home and basic necessities such as medical care, electricity, food and water, would undermine the brutality of Operation Protective Edge.Racism among the Israeli population is either stronger than ever, or simply more visible today thanks to social media and the proliferation of online means of expression.Some Israelis are openly thrilled that Gaza is being leveled. A Danish reporter came upon a cheery group of people who gathered outdoors in the southern Israeli town of Sderot with folding chairs and popcorn to watch the air war, clapping each time a bomb dropped on Gaza. Other Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv to celebrate the killing of Gaza’s children. They were videotaped singing a song whose words included, "In Gaza there’s no studying; No children are left there," and calling for violence against two of the Israeli Knesset’s Arab members...
continua / continued  [ 16-aug-2014 20:21 ECT ]
"Go ahead and stop us..."|
The Attack on the People of Gaza
by STELLA ROBERTS
August 1, 2014 -When the facts cannot be contained within the prevailing intellectual framework (the conventional wisdom), honesty requires that the framework be modified.According to the conventional wisdom, the purpose of Israel’s assault on Gaza is self-defense, i.e., to stop rocket fire and to destroy "terror tunnels". However, the facts include repeated attacks on hospitals, an open air market, UN schools designated as safe refuges, playgrounds, zoos, Gaza’s only power plant, etc.) by means of high-tech "smart weapons", and these attacks are inconsistent with the notion of self-defense. These are calculated, deliberate attacks on civilians and the numbers speak for themselves: about 80% of Israel’s victims are non-combatants, including at least (for now) 318 kids...
continua / continued  [ 16-aug-2014 19:02 ECT ]
Unfair and Unbalanced|
Lazy Journalism and Israel’s Punitive War
by SERGE HALIMI
August 1, 2014 -The Israeli army’s punitive expedition in Gaza has revived a major aspiration of modern journalism: the right to be lazy. In professional terms, this is known as "balance" (the far-right US television channel Fox News describes itself, not without irony, as "fair and balanced").In the Middle East conflict, where the wrongs are not equally divided, "balance" gives the occupying power an advantage. It also enables western journalists to escape the anger of those who dislike hearing inconvenient facts by "balancing" them against the words of other commentators explaining them away. The same concern for balance is not apparent, however, in other international crises such as Ukraine. In any case, true balance — between pictures of protracted carnage in Gaza and warnings of a rocket attack on a Tel Aviv beach — should tip the scales a little. If only because one side — the Israelis — use professional communicators, while the other has only the sufferings of their civilians to show to western media....
continua / continued  [ 16-aug-2014 18:57 ECT ]
A Protracted Genocide|
Israel’s Exterminatory Impulse Toward Gaza
by NORMAN POLLACK
August 1, 2014 - Disproportionate power yields the psychopathology of sadism. This becomes circular, for sadism does not come out of thin air, its presence—whether through the experience of conquest, arrogance inhering in a superiority mindset, the profound darkness of introversion and collective nightmare of, here, having suffered the Holocaust and internalizing poisonous thoughts, values, and actions of the Perpetrators, or, as I believe, ALL of the foregoing—is itself the catalyst for creating and enlarging disproportionate power ready for use and to be used continually to demean and debase the Other and periodically in spurts, as now in Gaza, to take special delight in cruelty while therefore, because of subjugation of the weaker and defenseless, taken as self-confirmation of moral-political exceptionalism...
continua / continued  [ 16-aug-2014 04:01 ECT ]
This is Genocide
by ALYSSA ROHRICHT
August 1, 2014 - Israel and its supporters continue to inanely argue for Israel’s right to defend itself. "How can we be expected to stand by as Hamas launches rockets into our territory?" they cry. "How can we allow them to kidnap and murder our children? To threaten the lives of our civilians?" they moan. And yet, arguing for the right to Palestinian self-defense is branded as simple anti-Semitism. Of course, it is this narrative that has worked so well for Israel. They continue to stoke the fires time and time again: land-grabbing, forcible evictions, forcing Palestinians into an ever-smaller open-air prison, controlling their power supply and even the very water that is under their feet, and yet, Palestinians are expected to bow their heads and submit to their overlords as their very culture, history, sustenance, and families are being taken from them. We expect that Israel would not want to live under threat of danger, and yet we expect that Palestine will dutifully give up all autonomy and all safety in the name of Israel....
continua / continued  [ 16-aug-2014 03:05 ECT ]
Israel, Apartheid and World Opinion
by ROBERT FANTINA
August 1, 2014 -As the Israeli massacre of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip continues, a review of some pertinent facts surrounding this tragic, deadly, genocidal situation may be useful.Military preparedness. Palestine, including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, has no army, navy or air force. Israel has one of the most powerful military systems in the world, backed and financed by the most powerful (United States). It has the deadliest and most technologically-advanced weaponry in the world.The killing of three residents living in illegal settlements was not the cause of the Israeli bombardment and invasion. Earlier, much to Israel’s dismay, the divided government of Palestine, Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Fatah in the West Bank, reunited. Their seven-year separation was seen, disingenuously, as an impediment to a peaceful solution, a solution Israel has no interest in achieving. Further angering Israel was the fact that most of the world, including its favorite puppet and open-ended check book, the U.S., said it would work with the new government...
continua / continued  [ 15-aug-2014 19:11 ECT ]
On the 24th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Indiscriminate Artillery Shelling Most Dangerous to Civilians; 30 Palestinian Civilians, Including 10 Members of One Family Killed in Public Market in al-Shuja'iya; No One Is Immune
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
July 31, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 24th 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, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. At approximately 15:00 on Wednesday, Israeli forces declared a humanitarian truce for 4 hours, so many Palestinian civilians went out to buy basic needs. Soon, Israeli tanks fired many shells at Palestinian civilians in al-Shuja'iya market. As a result of the attack, 30 civilians, including 8 children, 2 journalists, a paramedic and 2 civil defense workers, were killed. At another levels, Palestinian civilians were released from custody by Israeli forces stated that Israeli forces put them on the fronts of tanks as human shields while moving into Palestinian communities east of Khan Yuniss...
continua / continued  [ 14-aug-2014 11:36 ECT ]
Is there an 'anti-imperialist camp'? A debate (part 1)
By Felipe Stuart & Michael Karadjis
July 31, 2014 - The more restrictive version which has been more in vogue since the collapse of the USSR, which is an entirely ill-defined lump of left and progressive, and reactionary, repressive, fascist and even arguably rising imperialist states, which have nothing in common other than having one or another conjunctural issue at some time with imperialism. Thus a monstrous "camp" of Cuba, Venezuela, Putin’s Russia, China, Assad’s Syria (some days, not others, I guess), Iran’s theocracy (though I guess not when it was hailing NATO’s war on Gaddafi) , the hereditary monarchy in North Korea, Gaddafi’s Libya (some days, not others, I guess), the Sinhala-chauvinist regime in Sri Lanka (not usually, just when it gets criticised for massive crimes against humanity), Belarus, probably the Islamic dictatorship in Sudan (though I guess not when it was hailing NATO’s war on Gaddafi), Maliki’s sectarian regime in Iraq (oops – wasn’t this Assad- and Iran-aligned regime installed by a US imperialist invasion?). So briefly, I’m all in favour of the first two, the third confuses non-imperialist with anti-imperialist but has some, very limited, uses, and the fourth is such anti-Marxist and anti-working-class garbage that the entire European and American ultra-right can spout identical discourse....
continua / continued  [ 14-aug-2014 01:49 ECT ]
War’s Other Casualties|
Gaza and the Global Refugee Crisis
by MEL GURTOV
July 31, 2014 - By the time John Kerry left Tel Aviv and a 12-hour ceasefire began on July 26, 2014, the body count in Gaza had reached 856 Palestinians and 40 Israelis dead, as well as several thousand wounded. Now, the Palestinian toll has exceeded 1,000. Left out of the casualty figures, but no less important, are all the people who have been forced from their homes and have become refugees in their own country. This reality, that war’s heaviest impact is on civilian populations, is often obscured by its frequency. People flee as the bombs fall; another refugee camp is set up to house thousands of them; and thousands more line the roads leading to another country. How often have we read such reports?...
continua / continued  [ 14-aug-2014 01:14 ECT ]
A War of Collective Punishment|
Gaza: Where International Law Has Gone Down in Flames
by PHYLLIS BENNIS
July 31, 2014 -As Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip rages on, ceasefires come and go. Most last just long enough for Palestinians to dig out the dead from beneath their collapsed houses, get the injured to overcrowded and under-resourced hospitals, and seek enough food and water to last through the next round of airstrikes."There is nothing left but stones," Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer quoted an old woman saying as she searched desperately through the rubble of what had been her home. Casualties are soaring. By late July, Israel had killed more than 1,100 Palestinians — at least 73 percent of them civilians, including hundreds of children. Fifty-six Israelis, almost all of them soldiers, have died too...
A July 28 poll shows that 86.5 percent of Israelis oppose a ceasefire. Yet we continue to hear that Israelis want peace.
continua / continued  [ 13-aug-2014 01:44 ECT ]
Guantánamo Review Boards Clear Kuwaiti Prisoner Fawzi Al-Odah for Release, But Defend Ongoing Imprisonment of Fayiz Al-Kandari
July 31, 2014 - On July 14, the board members of the Periodic Review Boards at Guantánamo — consisting of representatives of the Departments of State, Defense, Justice and Homeland Security, as well as the office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — approved the release of Fawzi al-Odah, one of the last two Kuwaiti prisoners in Guantánamo, but recommended that the other Kuwaiti, Fayiz al-Kandari, should continue to be held.This is good news for Fawzi al-Odah, but the decision about Fayiz al-Kandari casts a dark cloud over the whole process. I have been covering the stories of both men for many years, and it remains as clear to me now as it always has been that neither man poses a threat to the US. Here at "Close Guantánamo," we profiled both men back in February 2012, shortly after Tom Wilner and I, the co-founders of the "Close Guantánamo" campaign, had been in Kuwait trying to secure their release ....
continua / continued  [ 12-aug-2014 22:12 ECT ]
Israel uses Palestinians as human shields but US lawmakers condemn Hamas
by Rania Khalek
July 31, 2014 - Both houses of the US Congress are considering passing a resolution that condemns Hamas for using human shields despite not having any evidence to prove Hamas is employing this tactic. Over the last 22 days, the Israeli army has deliberately bombed family homes, UN shelters, schools, places of worship, hospitals, water infrastructure and more, killing more than 1,300 Palestinians, 80 percent of whom have been civilians, including nearly 300 children. In propaganda echoed by the US State Department, the Israeli government has repeatedly claimed that Hamas is using women and children as human shields to protect its weapons and rocket ...
continua / continued  [ 12-aug-2014 21:23 ECT ]
"People are being killed because they demand to live in dignity": Voices from Gaza
July 31, 2014 - Writers, bloggers, journalists and activists in Gaza are scrambling to tell their stories and inform the outside world about the atrocities that Israel continues to commit as the weeks-long assault destroys lives, homes, clinics, hospitals, offices and UN shelters across the Gaza Strip.After Israel bombed the sole power plant, plunging Gaza into darkness and leaving hospitals and homes with scarce electricity, and as mobile phone networks are damaged or destroyed, getting information to the outside world — as well as within Gaza itself — is becoming increasingly difficult."Though war is not something new to us in Gaza — I myself survived two — in 2008-09 and 2012 — this is the scariest and most blood-curdling one," writes activist Ayah Bashir, in a moving article for the online publication Middle East Eye....
continua / continued  [ 12-aug-2014 21:14 ECT ]
Seven journalists killed during Israeli assault on Gaza
Middle East Monitor
July 31, 2014 - Since the beginning of the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip, Israel has killed seven Palestinian journalists and media workers.According to Pls48.net news website, Palestinian medical sources announced on Wednesday afternoon the death of photojournalist Rami Rayan, who was killed while working in the Souq Al-Bastat, east of Gaza City, when Israeli forces committed a massacre against civilians. Earlier in the day, journalist Ahed Zaqqout, who worked in sports journalism for several agencies, was announced dead.Israel's assault on Gaza also led to the killing of photojournalist Khaled Hamad, as well as journalists Najla Mahmoud Haj, Abdul Rahman Ziad Abu Hin, Ezzat Duheir and Bahauddin Ghareeb....
continua / continued  [ 12-aug-2014 03:46 ECT ]
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