Uruknet.info http://www.uruknet.info :: Uruknet - Information from Occupied Iraq :: E :: en-us 15-sep-2014 03:54 ECT 15-sep-2014 03:54 ECT http://www.uruknet.de/rss/ Weblog Editor 2.0 posta@uruknet.info (Paola Pisi) enzo@uruknet.eu (Enzo Viscuso) [Uruknet 109373 15-sep-2014 03:54 ECT] More bombing of Iraqi Civilians by American Occupation is not the Solution to Iraq s Problems http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109373 August 25, 2014 - Dear Friends, As you know, there have been a huge disinformation campaigns related to what s been going on in Iraq and what ISIS has been committing in Mosul. The continuous American Bombing of villages and populated areas will not solve the problem simply because there have been too many victims among civilians associated with this bombing and - in addition - the destruction of more infrastructure and residents properties. The American forces are not a non-bias party within the context of this conflict or situation. In reality they have created this planed chaos and mess through the occupation of Iraq since 2003. The American s have their own agenda of destroying Iraq and divide it into three or four weak Federations, begging them to keep their military basis for ever to control all oil fields and other resources....Each family opposes Maliki s Iranian policy is being accused of terrorism. In Mosul they call them ISIS. That would include areas and families of other Tribal Revolutionaries, and other resistance factions. .. 15-sep-2014 03:54 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109373 [Uruknet 109372 15-sep-2014 03:39 ECT] All the Masks Have been Removed http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109372 August 25, 2014 -During each and every one of the Fridays on the Ramadan month, the authorities of the Israeli occupation implement rules for the sake of appearances:The appearance of alleviations.The appearance of humanitarianism. The appearance of consideration. The appearance of freedom of ritual. This year the appearances have been removed. All the masks have been removed. During the four Fridays of the Ramadan month in Qalandiya checkpoint the occupation had been disclosed, and all its shame was made visible in the public sphere. The public sphere was in the hands of the armed thugs alone... 15-sep-2014 03:39 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109372 [Uruknet 109371 15-sep-2014 03:29 ECT] Playwright Wallace Shawn translates ADL ad justifying Israeli child murder into plain English http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109371 August 25, 2014 - Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn has responded to this Anti-Defamation League (ADL) ad blaming Palestinians for Israel s mass slaughter of children in Gaza. Shawn s brilliant "translation" of the ad into plain English is below. The ad, which appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, was signed by a number of show business executives. It quotes an infamous statement by Golda Meir, the American colonial settler in Palestine who became Israel s prime minister, justifying Israel s slaughter of Arab children during her time.Along with ADL National Director Abraham Foxman and National Chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher, The Hollywood Reporter identifies some of those who signed the ADL ad as MGM chairman Gary Barber, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Nu Image/Millennium Films co-chairman Avi Lerner, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and Saban Capital Group chairman and CEO Haim Saban... 15-sep-2014 03:29 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109371 [Uruknet 109370 15-sep-2014 02:25 ECT] In last interview, Auschwitz survivor urged Palestinians "not to give up their fight" http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109370 August 25, 2014 - I mourn the loss of Hajo Meyer, a friend who fearlessly raised his voice to combat Zionism and to express his support for the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and equality. Hajo passed away in his sleep on 23 August, just days after his ninetieth birthday.Hajo was born in 1924 and had to flee alone from Nazi Germany at the age of 14 because the Nazis would not allow him to attend school anymore. His parents sent him to the Netherlands in January 1939. A year later, the Netherlands was occupied by Germany. In 1943, Hajo went into hiding but was captured by the Gestapo in March 1944 and deported to the Auschwitz death camp where the Nazis tattooed number "179679" on his arm.... 15-sep-2014 02:25 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109370 [Uruknet 109369 15-sep-2014 02:16 ECT] Is criticizing Israel worse than murder at the University of Illinois? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109369 August 25, 2014 - There is a very good case to be made that Cary Nelson s inability to place discussion of Israel - particularly discussion of any strong and committed criticism of Israel - within the bounds of rational thought is merely symptomatic of the double standard the most extreme defenders of Israel employ on a regular basis. Though Nelson, a past president of the Association of American University Professors (AAUP), has been vocal in the campaign against Steven Salaita, it is also important to try to resist concentrating too much energy on someone who daily recedes into insignificance.... 15-sep-2014 02:16 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109369 [Uruknet 109368 15-sep-2014 02:02 ECT] Israeli occupation exterminate 90 Palestinian families in Gaza http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109368 August 25, 2014 -Palestinian medical sources in Gaza have confirmed that 90 Palestinian families were completely exterminated by Israeli forces in their ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, the number of fatalities on the 49th day of the war was 20 with more than 60 wounded. On Sunday, the total deaths since the beginning of the war had climbed to 2,120, including 577 children, 260 women and 101 elderly. The number of wounded also became 10,854, including 3,307 children, 2,042 women and 401 elderly.... 15-sep-2014 02:02 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109368 [Uruknet 109367 14-sep-2014 20:38 ECT] Syria News - August 24, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109367 August 24, 2014 - By the end of Sunday, the coordination committees were able to document 53 martyrs including 3 women, 2 children and 2 martyrs under torture : 12 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11 in Daraa; 10 in Raqqa; 8 in Aleppo; 5 in Idlib; 3 in Homs; 2 in Hama and 2 in Deir Ezzor... 14-sep-2014 20:38 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109367 [Uruknet 109366 14-sep-2014 05:50 ECT] Sunnis in Iraq under a different kind of siege http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109366 August 24, 2014 - For nearly a decade Abu Omar has been fleeing Iraq s many conflicts, but they always seem to catch up to him. In his Sunni family s ancestral home in Fallujah it was the heavy shelling - first by the Americans in 2004 and then again this past January, when the walls shook and the roof caved in over their heads. In the Baghdad neighbourhood where they have twice sought refuge, it is the persistent fear of a late-night knock on the door by shadowy sectarian militias...The patriarch of a 13-member family says he s afraid to let his sons leave Azamiyah because their names give them away as Sunni. "They hear Omar and Othman and right away think they are with Daesh," he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. "The [Shiite] militias want to make trouble for anyone who is Sunni.".. 14-sep-2014 05:50 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109366 [Uruknet 109365 14-sep-2014 05:44 ECT] Gaza and the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109365 August 24, 2014 - The slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the Dresden-like reduction to rubble of large parts of Gaza by Israel s military forces in the name of its own citizens security has exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of Israel s dealings with the Palestinians. Israel s claim to the right of self-defense in order to prevent its victims emergence from under its occupation is the ultimate definition of chutzpa. Without entering the debate over whether those rocket assaults were precipitated by Israel s own violations of truces and cease-fire accords it negotiated with Hamas, as documented by various analysts (including Amira Hass, Peter Beinart, Nathan Thrall, Sara Roy and others), Israel s claim to self-defense is based on a glaring falsehood... 14-sep-2014 05:44 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109365 [Uruknet 109364 14-sep-2014 05:35 ECT] Why Aren t Pseudolefts Demonstrating for "Hands off Daesh" the Way They Did #Syria 1 Year Ago? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109364 August 24, 2014 - One year ago, the streets of London and Washington, D.C. were filled with hysterical demonstrators screaming "HANDS OFF SYRIA!" in response to Bashar al-Assad s gassacre of 1,400 Syrian civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Today, the streets are empty as American airstrikes hit Daesh positions in Iraq which allowed Yazidi Kurds to escape certain genocide and Kurdish peshmerga forces to re-take a major dam near Mosul. What gives? Why the difference? Where is their principled anti-imperialist agitation? .... 14-sep-2014 05:35 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109364 [Uruknet 109363 14-sep-2014 05:32 ECT] On the 49th Daye of Israeli Offensive on Gaza:7 Palestinians, 4 of Whom Are Civilians, Including Woman and Her Child, Killed and 92 Others, Including 34 Children and 19 Women, Wounded; Civilian Dies of Previous Wound; 15 Houses, Shopping Center and Mosque http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109363 August 24, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 47th consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. On Saturday evening, 23 August 2014, Israeli warplanes bombarded and destroyed a 13-storey apartment building in Gaza City after ordering its residents to evacuated it... 14-sep-2014 05:32 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109363 [Uruknet 109362 14-sep-2014 05:28 ECT] Canadians Join IDF: Harper s Government Silent http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109362 August 24 , 2014 - ...Two weeks ago Somali-Canadian Mohamed Hersi was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to join al-Shabab. Arrested at Toronto s Pearson airport before leaving, Hersi was not found guilty of committing or plotting a specific act of violence, but according to the presiding judge, was "poised to become a terror tourist".Yet our government does nothing to hundreds of other Canadians who join a foreign military force to daily terrorize millions of people and often use explosives to kill thousands, most of whom are civilians. It s unknown exactly how many Canadians participated in Israel s recent attacks on Gaza but an Israel Defense Force (IDF) spokesperson said there were 139 Canadians fighting in the Israeli military in 2013.... 14-sep-2014 05:28 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109362 [Uruknet 109361 14-sep-2014 05:23 ECT] A Palestinian has been tortured to death in Syria every day of this month http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109361 August 24, 2014 - A Palestinian has been tortured to death in a Syrian regime prison every single day of this month so far. Yarmouk has been under a complete siege for over 400 days, a drought manufactured by the regime taunts it daily while what is left of its inhabitants remain trapped with no medical aid or basic necessities. Over 170 people have starved to death in Yarmouk, thousands of others were slaughtered by different means. 5000 homes have been demolished. 1,500 children are now orphans. Yarmouk, the capital of the diaspora, is gone. It has been erased. Overall, 2454 Palestinian deaths have been documented. And 240 Palestinians of those dead have died by torture.... 14-sep-2014 05:23 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109361 [Uruknet 109360 14-sep-2014 05:08 ECT] Men of the Naqshbandi Way http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109360 August 24 , 2014- As if events in Iraq weren t confusing enough, media coverage of what s going on seems to leave out a critical part of the story. To hear the media tell it, a quick sweep of cities and towns from Mosul south was spearheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant/al Shams (hence the dual acronyms ISIL and ISIS in reference to the same group). Now, al-Da ish (yet another name for the group based on their name in Arabic) is portrayed as a threat to the central government in Baghdad and hence subject to American military action (i.e., bombing).But a seemingly important player is left out of reporting on the situation in Iraq; namely, the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Way. Naqshbandi is a branch of the Sufi order, a mystical Islamic sect.... 14-sep-2014 05:08 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109360 [Uruknet 109359 14-sep-2014 04:59 ECT] Free Palestine? First We Must Free Ourselves from the Enemy Within http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109359 August 24, 2014-Was anyone surprised to hear that the International Criminal Court is under pressure not to investigate Israel s war crimes in Gaza?The British government wouldn t even vote for the UN Human Rights Council s proposal to launch an inquiry and, along with France, abstained. The US, as expected, voted against. Even Ireland, Germany and Italy abstained in an extraordinary show of collective political cowardice. The enemy within had revealed itself. As The Guardian reported, "at stake is the future of the ICC itself, an experiment in international justice that occupies a fragile position with no superpower backing. Russia, China and India have refused to sign up to it. The US and Israel signed the accord in 2000 but later withdrew... 14-sep-2014 04:59 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109359 [Uruknet 109358 14-sep-2014 04:55 ECT] Israeli forces use Palestinian child as human shield in Gaza http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109358 August 24, 2014 - Israeli soldiers repeatedly used Ahmad Abu Raida, 17, as a human shield for five days while he was held hostage during Israel s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Ahmad, from Khuza a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which time he was interrogated, verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep. Ahmad told DCI-Palestine in a sworn testimony that Israeli soldiers attempted both to extract information from him regarding Hamas members, and recruit him as an informant, before releasing him on July 27. "The Israeli military has consistently accused Hamas of using civilians - particularly children - as human shields, but this incident represents a clear case of their soldiers forcing a child to directly assist in military operations," said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine. "Israeli officials make generalized accusations while Israeli soldiers engage in conduct that amounts to war crimes." .. 14-sep-2014 04:55 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109358 [Uruknet 109357 14-sep-2014 04:25 ECT] Holocaust Survivors On Gaza: Genocide Begins With the Silence of the World http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109357 August 24, 2014 - History turns: Even as Israel s onslaught in Gaza continues - in the latest insanity, obliterating an apartment building housing 44 families to punish one alleged combatant - over 300 Holocaust survivors and descendants have written a stunning condemnation of Jewish attempts to "justify the unjustifiable" and blasted "the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza." Outraged by Elie Wiesel s recent "abuse of our history" in an ad wherein he supported the assault on Gaza and compared Hamas to the Nazis, the survivors insist "nothing can justify" the murder of over 2,000 Palestinians, many of them children... 14-sep-2014 04:25 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109357 [Uruknet 109356 14-sep-2014 03:55 ECT] Nouri s not gone yet -- as Falluja civilians can attest http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109356 August 24, 2014 -... National Iraqi News Agency reports that Saturday Nouri s bombing of Falluja s residential neighborhoods left 4 civilians dead and thirteen more injured. Day after day since the start of the year, Nouri has bombed Falluja s residential neighborhoods knowing full well that civilians remained in their homes. This is part of the reasons Sunnis in Iraq and outside of Iraq feel so persecuted. Nouri is committing War Crimes. The whole world knows it and who the hell speaks out?Sunni lives don t matter?If that s not the message, start speaking up.In silence, the message sent is: No one cares and you don t matter.Nouri started bombing residential neighborhoods in January of this year. Day after day these bombings have continued. Some days the dead and wounded amount to a small number, sometimes it s a larger number. But it continues and it is against the law. His bombings of hospitals in Falluja have received more media attention than his daily bombing -- for eight months now -- of blocks of houses in Falluja.... 14-sep-2014 03:55 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109356 [Uruknet 109355 14-sep-2014 01:37 ECT] Syria News - August 23, 2014 http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109355 August 23, 2014- By the end of Saturday, the coordination committees were able to document 53 martyrs including 2 woman, 7 children and 5 martyrs under torture : 17 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor; 8 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 8 in Raqqa; 8 Homs; 6 in Daraa; 5 in Aleppo; and 1 in Idlib.... 14-sep-2014 01:37 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109355 [Uruknet 109354 14-sep-2014 01:08 ECT] On the 48th Daye of Israeli Offensive on Gaza: 9 Palestinian Civilians, 5 of Whom Are Members of One Family, Including 2 Children and 2 Women, Killed and 99 Others, Including 30 Children and 19 Women, Wounded; 5 Houses Destroyed http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109354 August 23, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 47th consecutive day in violation of the international law. They have employed their full-fledged arsenal to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, sea and land, killing and wounding thousands of Palestinians, mostly civilians, including children and women. Many Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes that attacked their homes without prior warnings. Israeli forces have attacked homes and civilian facilities and property. On Friday evening, 22 August 2014, Israeli forces continued attacks on Palestinian civilians and property... 14-sep-2014 01:08 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109354 [Uruknet 109353 14-sep-2014 00:47 ECT] The grand failure of Israeli hasbara http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109353 August 23, 2014 - The genocidal war that the apartheid Israeli state has waged on the Gaza Strip has generated an unprecedented wave of international public condemnation and international solidarity with the Palestinians. Graphic images of unimaginable destruction and heaps of dismembered and shattered bodies of innocent children flooded social media. Circulating in the context of the recent history of a series of Israeli military incursions into Gaza (first in 2008 and again in 2012), these images prompted hundreds of thousands of people to take to the streets around the world to demand an end to the Israeli occupation and ethnic cleansing in Gaza... 14-sep-2014 00:47 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109353 [Uruknet 109352 13-sep-2014 19:55 ECT] Iraq: What are the Sunnis asking for? http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109352 August 23, 2014 - Iraqis, especially Sunni Iraqis, need to learn two word of English, "F**k you." ... I feel the need to share and teach this cultural vulgarity -- which will get the point across to American officials very quickly -- because I just read Ben Hubbard s "Response to Attack Reflects Iraq s Sectarian Divide" (New York Times): The negotiations to form a new government were already fraught before the attack, as Sunni politicians pushed demands that they considered necessary but had little chance of being accepted. They included a halt to government shelling and airstrikes on Sunni areas where ISIS is present; the withdrawal of Shiite militias from predominantly Sunni cities; the release of Sunni detainees who have not been convicted of crimes; the dismissal of criminal charges against a number of Sunni politicians, which they call politically motivated; and the cancellation of the law banning former members of Saddam Hussein s regime from holding government posts. Foreign diplomats in Baghdad were concerned that those demands would prevent a deal, and urged Sunni leaders to be more flexible. 13-sep-2014 19:55 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109352 [Uruknet 109351 13-sep-2014 19:45 ECT] Mourning Gaza http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109351 August 23,2014 - In Peter Paul Rubens "Massacre of the Innocents" (1636-1638), we see a European artist s rendition of the Biblical story of infanticide by Herod the Great, the Roman-appointed King of Palestine as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. Rubens was not the first artist, or the last, to depict this key narrative in the history of Christianity. In each artistic rendition the European Christianity mourns an inaugural moment in the traumatic birth of its tragic beginning. That mourning - and its successive showing and telling - is ennobling, sacerdotal, configurative with the history of a world religion... 13-sep-2014 19:45 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109351 [Uruknet 109350 13-sep-2014 01:40 ECT] Six Years Ago We Sailed into Gaza http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109350 August 23, 2014 - In August 2008, our two ramshackle boats, Free Gaza and Liberty, were hiding out somewhere in the Mediterranean, battling mechanical problems and bad weather as they slowly and furtively made their way to Cyprus. Thirty of us impatiently waited for the boats (and the 14 passengers and crew already on the boats) to come and get us. Finally, on August 21, 2008, they arrived. The next morning, the sun was shining when Free Gaza and Liberty finally pulled out to sea, and 44 passengers, journalists and crew had this overwhelming feeling of joy. We were finally sailing to Gaza... 13-sep-2014 01:40 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109350 [Uruknet 109349 13-sep-2014 12:34 ECT] Iran sent soldiers to fight in Iraq http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109349 August 23, 2014-Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have taken part in a joint operation inside Iraq with Kurdish forces to retake a town held by the Islamic State group, security sources have told Al Jazeera.It is believed to be the first time that Iranian troops have been directly involved in the fighting against the Sunni rebel group group on this scale. Hundreds of soldiers crossed the border on Friday in a joint operation with Kurdish Peshmerga forces to take back Jalawla in Diyala province, an official Kurdish source who asked not to be identified told Al Jazeera... 13-sep-2014 12:34 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109349 [Uruknet 109348 13-sep-2014 01:53 ECT] CNN Story Pure Propaganda for Police State http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109348 August 23, 2014 - CNN recently aired a hopelessly biased and myopic segment on the Erin Burnett Show - a report that can only be described as propaganda for the US police state. The video, currently on CNN s website, is titled "How a 1997 bank robbery led to police militarization." Kyung Lahr begins her report sounding like a voice actor introducing the trailer for a Hollywood blockbuster with these words, "Shooting at everyone, dressed for war, outside of a Bank of America in North Hollywood in 1997, this is what retired police officer John Caprarelli faced armed only with his 9 mm handgun."... 13-sep-2014 01:53 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109348 [Uruknet 109347 13-sep-2014 01:45 ECT] IDF Intelligence Officer Attends Brandeis, Markets "Brand Israel" as Pro-Israel Media Darling http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109347 August 23, 2014 - It s nothing new that Israel sends good-will ambassadors and hasbara operatives to tout Brand Israel to an American audience. But the case of Ohad Elhelo takes this phenomenon to an entirely new level. He s an IDF intelligence officer who served with the Egoz special forces anti-guerilla combat unit. Two years ago, he came to Boston to study at Brandeis University. He s now a sophomore. His LinkedIn account says he s majoring in Economics and plans to develop a "packaging solution" for which he has a patent pending... 13-sep-2014 01:45 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109347 [Uruknet 109346 13-sep-2014 01:40 ECT] Legal Organizations Urge ICC to Investigate War Crimes by Israeli, US Leaders in Gaza http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109346 August 23, 2014 - The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Center for Constitutional Rights, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Arab Lawyers Union, and American Association of Jurists (Asociacion Americana de Juristas)sent a letter (pdf) on Friday, August 22 to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging her to initiate an investigation of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed by Israeli leaders and aided and abetted by U.S. officials in Gaza. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC has the power to hold individuals criminally accountable for the most serious of crimes... 13-sep-2014 01:40 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109346 [Uruknet 109345 13-sep-2014 01:32 ECT] Iraq snapshot - August 23, 2014. http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109345 August 23, 2014 - .... Savage and barbaric are not diplomatic terms. I personally recoil when someone uses the terms to describe people (or to describe animals -- but I have no problem with "savage" and "barbaric" being used to describe the weather or, for that matter, the films of Michael Bay). But these are the terms the administration has trafficked in and the world -- and specifically Sunnis around the world -- are not necessarily going to put on their decoder rings to decipher why DoD is calling Sunnis who attack savages, ruthless and barbaric while when Sunnis are attacked by presumably Shi ite assailants, the attacks are lamented with a sigh as senseless. .. It s now going to be that much harder for the US to be seen as an honest broker in Iraq -- and at a time when they really need to be seen as that. Sunnis have not just announced a walkaway period from government talks (hopefully a brief one) but they ve also now seen that the US government is gravely concerned when Shi ites are attacked but less interested when the victims are Sunnis.... 13-sep-2014 01:32 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109345 [Uruknet 109344 13-sep-2014 01:16 ECT] PCHR Calls for Stopping Extra-Judicial Executions in Gaza http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109344 August 23, 2014 -The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is following up with concern reports of extra-judicial executions carried out in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli offensive, which has been ongoing for 47 days. These executions have targeted persons suspected of collaboration with Israeli occupation forces. The latest of such executions took place at approximately 09:00 (local time) on Friday, 22 August 2014, when at least 9 persons were executed by firing squad in al-Katiba yard in the west of Gaza City. Identities of those persons are still unknown to PCHR, as the executions were carried out under strict security measures. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority and resistance groups to intervene to stop such extra-judicial executions whatever their reasons or motives are... 13-sep-2014 01:16 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109344 [Uruknet 109343 13-sep-2014 01:12 ECT] How the IDF turned a Palestinian house into a military post http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109343 August 23, 2014 - Shattered televisions, clothes and food scattered everywhere, clogged toilets, walls covered in drawings, stolen jewelry. These are the scenes that awaited Palestinians in Gaza upon returning to their homes that were used as IDF military posts. The devastation is total. Furniture is overturned, clothes are torn out of the closets and scattered around. Though I try to avoid it, I trample on them as I walk over broken glass, food scraps and cartridge cases. The walls are scribbled with Hebrew writing; large maps of the surrounding houses, along with guard schedules. I am inside a house that seems to be the one from which Salem Shamaly was shot dead in Shejaiye, the young man who died a few meters in front of me when he tried to evacuate his relatives during what was supposed to be a humanitarian ceasefire... 13-sep-2014 01:12 ECT http://www.uruknet.info?p=m109343