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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
La 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-
minazione e all'indipendenza".
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e materiale ai movimenti di liberazione nazionale nei territori coloniali".

:: ONU - Risoluzione 1514
"L'Assemblea 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 all' autodeter-
minazione; in virtù di tale diritto essi devono liberamente determinare il loro status politico e liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo economico, sociale e culturale".

:: Convenzione di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I (1977):
La lotta armata può essere usata, come ultima risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il diritto all' autodeter-
minazione.

:: Tribunale penale internazionale
In base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale internazionale, sono definiti “crimini di guerra”:
(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 militari previsti.

:: Iraq anthem
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IDF Unit 8200 Counter-Offensive Begins
Richard Silverstein

September 20, 2014 - Those of you who remember back to the Bush presidency, will recall the controversy generated by the exposure of torture techniques used against Islamist prisoners at Guantanamo and at secret prison sites in Poland and elsewhere. Among them were the notorious waterboarding which brought detainees to near drowning. When this scandal erupted, the Bush-Cheney cabal went on a counter-offensive claiming that lives were saved and terror plots exposed by such torture. In fact, the claim turned out to be hollow and those averted terror attacks were not exposed through torture. Now, the IDF is going on a counter-offensive of its own after the reputation of the prestigious SIGINT Unit 8200 was sullied by charges of veterans that it engaged in tawdry, immoral acts attempting to exploit the weaknesses of Palestinians in order to compel them to collaborate with Israeli intelligence....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109844] [ 24-oct-2014 14:56 ECT ]

Israel’s Bedouin relocation plans spark vehement opposition
By Jonathan Brown
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September 20, 2014 -- The Israeli government’s plans to relocate thousands of Bedouins from the 'Jerusalem Periphery’ to new residential developments in the Jordan Valley have been met with sharp opposition. Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank has developed nine individual plans, which collectively constitute a strategy for evicting approximately 12,500 Bedouins from the Jahalin, Kaabneh and Rashaida tribes from their communities near Jerusalem to new residential developments north of Jericho....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109843] [ 24-oct-2014 14:48 ECT ]

Secy. Kerry says Iran can help defeat ISIS
By Jesse Byrnes

September 20, 2014 - Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States welcomes potential action on the part of Iran to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while the Obama administration maintains it is not coordinating militarily with the nation. In remarks to the United Nations Security Council in New York on Friday, Kerry called for a "holistic, global campaign" to defeat ISIS, noting, "the coalition required to eliminate ISIL is not only, nor even primarily, military in nature," he said using an alternate acronym for the group...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109842] [ 24-oct-2014 03:53 ECT ]

Hamas is just as bad as ISIS and worse than Boko Haram — Israeli government propaganda
Allison Deger

September 20, 2014 - In late July while Israel’s 50-day offensive Operation Protective Edge was in its final weeks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-hand man met with a group of journalists in Jerusalem. Tensions were at a peak; the ground invasion had just ended and the air campaign was at an unstable pause. The Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yuval Steinitz was about to give the first political strategy briefing on what the Jewish state would want for the future of Gaza, what it would go on to lobby for in truce talks once reconvened in Cairo....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109841] [ 24-oct-2014 03:49 ECT ]

Israeli navy shoots 70-year-old Palestinian fisherman on beach
Ma'an News
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September 20, 2014 -- Israeli naval forces opened fire off the coast of northern Gaza late Wednesday, injuring a Palestinian fisherman on a beach, locals said. Yousef Zayif, 70, was hit by live fire while waiting for his sons on the shore near al-Sudaniya. Medics said he was moderately wounded. An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment. On Sunday, an Israeli warship opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the coast of Gaza City's al-Shati refugee camp, the speaker of the Union of Gaza Fishermen said...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109840] [ 24-oct-2014 03:40 ECT ]

The War on ISIS: Views From Syrian Activists and Intellectuals
Danny Postel

September 20, 2014 - ...My support for the Syrian revolution is unconditional and for that reason I am opposed to the U.S. intervention. The United States and its regional allies have done everything to undermine the Syrian revolution. Most importantly they have done so by supporting the Syrian National Coalition against the grassroots movements... The U.S. intervention in Syria (and Iraq) will kill many innocent civilians. It will also fulfill ISIS’s wish to become the primary anti-American force in the region and thereby help the terrorist organization recruit more fighters. The beheading of the two U.S. citizens by ISIS was intended to generate the reaction it is now getting from the United States. Finally, Assad played a crucial role in strengthening ISIS and using it against revolutionary forces...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109839] [ 24-oct-2014 02:54 ECT ]

Palestine Solidarity and Mass Mobilization
By Alan Sears

September 20, 2014- Omar Barghouti wrote in December 2013 that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign "may well be reaching a tipping point." Barghouti is one of the founders of this movement to pressure Israel to recognize fundamental Palestinian rights. This may be the breakthrough moment for BDS, shifting from the slow accumulation of modest victories to major successes and widespread support. He described this as the "South Africa moment," where BDS organizing would reach the critical mass of anti-apartheid solidarity in the 1980s. Events this summer have certainly confirmed Barghouti's analysis. The brutal Israeli assault on Gaza, combined with the use of repressive force against Palestinians on the West Bank and those who are citizens of Israel, has pushed larger numbers to question the Israeli claim that even the most naked aggression is actually self-defence...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109838] [ 23-oct-2014 07:20 ECT ]

Hypocrisy in the Middle East
Palestine, the US and “Democracy”

by BOB FANTINA

September 20, 2014 - Now that the dust has settled on the mutilated bodies of Palestinian men, women and children, the world seems able to ignore the desperate plight of those that survived. Apartheid Israel has accomplished its periodic 'mowing of the grass’, the leveling of Gaza’s infrastructure, the destruction of schools, hospitals and mosques, and the killing of over 2,000 innocent, unarmed and defenseless Palestinians. Business for Israel now continues as usual, with IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) terrorists focusing their murders on innocent Palestinians in the West Bank. There, with complete impunity, they bulldoze homes, shoot unarmed teenagers, arrest and detain children, establish arbitrary checkpoints and steal land, all in violation of international law, law the international community doesn’t seem particularly interested in enforcing...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109837] [ 23-oct-2014 07:05 ECT ]

FSA founder warns of airstrikes, says ISIS not U.S. target
Zaman Al Wasl
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September 20, 2014 - Founder of rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Saturday said that planned U.S. airstrikes will eliminate Syrians’ revolution as it will strengthen Bashar al-Assad and his key ally, Iran. Syria's army defector Colonel Riad al-Asaad, who met with National Coalition’s Secretary-General Nasr al-Hariri on Friday, expressed concern to Zaman al-Wasl over the planned American airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), saying: "Syrian revolution will be eliminated under this pretext ...Al-Asaad called on moderate rebels to mass efforts for more unity to revive the Syrian revolution after being kidnapped by radical Islamist groups and West-backed agendas. "We are looking for rebel commanders who share us the national concern," he added....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109836] [ 23-oct-2014 07:00 ECT ]

Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice
By Ralph Nader

September 19, 2014 -The drums of war are beating once again with the vanguard of U.S. bombers already over Iraq (and soon Syria) to, in President Obama’s words, "degrade and destroy ISIS." The Republican Party, led by war-at-any-cost Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain, wants a bigger military buildup which can only mean U.S. soldiers on the ground. Here they go again. Another result of Bush’s war in Iraq. Washington has already expended thousands of American lives, hundreds of thousands of American injuries and illnesses, and over a million Iraqi lives. The achievement: the slaying or capture of Al Qaeda leaders, but with that came the spread of Al Qaeda into a dozen countries and the emergence of a new Al Qaeda on steroids called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has nominal control over an area in Syria and Iraq larger than the territory of Great Britain...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109835] [ 23-oct-2014 06:59 ECT ]

Iran and Israel's role in the war on ISIS
Tala'at Rameeh

September 20, 2014 - ...In addition to this, the previous experience of forming an alliance for the war on terror during Bush's administration has proven that Iran and Israel, which have been officially excluded from participating in the war alliance, not only benefitted from the war, but also participated in it. The war on Afghanistan and Iraq ended with two winners; Iran and Israel, and no other states, not even the US itself. The blow dealt to the Iraqi army was a victory for the two states without their soldiers having to fire a single shot. The door was open for the growth of Iran's role and its influence and control in the region, as well as its control over Iraq, which was "liberated" by the US forces. It was over for the national Iraqi army which was a constant concern for Israel in the balance of power with the Arabs. The reports from the Israeli and Iranian sides have proven that they shared roles and interests in the post-occupation period inside Iraq without much dispute. This was their reward for unofficially participating in the wars. (Iran has officially admitted to participating in the war.)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109834] [ 23-oct-2014 06:49 ECT ]

Syria News - September 19, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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September 19, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC were able to document 62 martyrs including 5 women, 7 children and a martyr under torture: 32 martyrs were reported in Idlib; 11 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 11 in Aleppo; 3 in Dier Ezzor; 3 in Daraa; 1 in Homs and 1 in Lattakia....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109833] [ 23-oct-2014 06:44 ECT ]

Support grows for Gaza's boycott of Israeli goods
Asmaa al-Ghoul

September 19, 2014 — In a busy fruit shop in Gaza City, it's difficult differentiating between the fruits from Israel and those from Gaza. We had to first ask, "From which city do these mangoes come?" To which the owner replied, "The mangoes are from Acre." We asked again, "And the dates?" "From Israel, our occupied lands," he answered. "The peaches?" we asked. The shop owner said, "All of this is from Israel — mangoes, dates, bananas, parsley, peaches, squash, tomatoes and oranges, but they are from our lands there. Our customers like these types of fruits, even if they have a substitute from Gaza."The difference is obvious. Mangoes from Gaza are big and green and from Israel small and golden....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109832] [ 23-oct-2014 06:41 ECT ]

Bigotry behind the cassock
Tony Badran

September 19, 2014 - ....What’s more, if there aren’t moderate Sunnis, as one of the Christian Patriarchs reportedly told Obama, then how are Middle Eastern Christians going to continue living in the region? If the proposition is an alliance with the Iran-Assad camp, under an American umbrella, then that entails a permanent state of war with the Sunnis, whose slaughter and forced subjugation are to be considered licit. Despite the pretenses of the conference and the clergymen who promoted this message, and those who defended it, not all Middle Eastern Christians see it this way. Prominent Christian political figures and intellectuals in Lebanon criticized the IDC, and have rejected the call to align with Assad. They note that Christianity has survived for millennia and does not need to, and in no way should, cast its lot with murderous thugs, and deny Sunnis their rights to live free, in order to carry on...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109831] [ 23-oct-2014 06:37 ECT ]

Gaza farmers want guarantees Israel won’t destroy their lands
Hana Salah
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September 19, 2014 — Farmers in the border areas in the east of the Gaza Strip are voicing concerns over a renewed Israeli war. They fear the imposition of a buffer zone of up to 300 meters (328 yards) if no final agreement is reached with the resistance factions. Talks will take place during negotiations scheduled later this month in Cairo. The state of calm, which has prevailed in the eastern regions since the announcement of the truce on Aug. 26, was not enough for farmers to rehabilitate their land because of fears of their being damaged again. The border lands are the first to be harmed in the event of a land invasion and the first victim of every Israeli war....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109830] [ 23-oct-2014 06:29 ECT ]

On accusations of FSA truces with ISIS or subservience to the US
Michael Karadjis

September 19, 2014 - Several days ago, several conspiracist media outlets "reported" that a number of units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) near Damascus had signed a non-aggression pact with the local Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS). As is well-known, the FSA has been the main force fighting ISIS in Syria for over a year. The "news" spread like wildfire around conspiracist, "anti-imperialist", right-wing Islamophobic and similar networks, "evidence" yet again that can never trust an Arab moderate, because no such thing exists etc, and if "we" let them get arms they’ll give them to jihadists etc...But here I want to make some more general points about the issue. The FSA are not America’s puppets, to simply dance to the tune of the master. The USA did not arm the FSA in their heroic 3-year fight against a fascist tyranny, and the USA did not arm them in their year-long fight against fascist ISIS...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109829] [ 23-oct-2014 06:21 ECT ]

Palestinians on the run from Syria find bleak future in Lebanon
Rebecca Murray

September 19, 2014 - The United Nations says that more than 3 million Syrians have officially fled their country since the war began. This number does not include Palestinians who were born and grew up in Syria, and are on the run now too. Maha, a 54-year old mother, is one such Palestinian. From a refugee camp in Dera’a, where the Syrian uprising first sparked in March 2011, she fled the fighting with her family for Lebanon.Maha is currently living in an abandoned nursery in Beirut’s Palestinian refugee camp of Bourj al-Barajneh, bordering the Hezbollah stronghold of Dahiyeh.Three families are crammed into the small space donated to them by the Palestinian armed faction, Fatah al-Intifada, based in Ein al-Helweih refugee camp in Sidon. They survive on handouts from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109828] [ 23-oct-2014 06:17 ECT ]

More than 3,000 Gazan children wounded in war
Mohammed Othman
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September 19, 2014 — He moves around the hospital, the smile never leaving his face. His boyish attitude is translated by his spontaneous hand gestures. When he gets tired, he rests on his bed, near his older brother who was also wounded during the same airstrike. He finally returns to his wheelchair. Ibrahim Khattab, 9, has lost his left leg. During Israel’s 51-day war on the Gaza Strip, which ended on Aug. 28, Ibrahim and his brother Wassim, who lived in Deir al-Balah in the center of Gaza, left their house and were wounded by an Israeli airstrike, causing the loss of Ibrahim’s left leg and critical injuries to Wassim’s legs...


  continua / continued avanti - next    [109827] [ 23-oct-2014 06:14 ECT ]

Obama's only policy is to try to turn the FSA into a sahwat
Ben Allinson-Davies

September 19, 2014 - ...Obama's only policy is to try to turn the FSA into a sahwat which (in his dream world) will eventually only fight ISIS and reach a "political solution" with the regime... The same regime committing a genocide against the Syrian people! The FSA wasn't created to fight as Obama's militia, but to liberate Syria, as Syrians have said before. Obama hasn't given a damn about them until he thought they could be useful to him. He was perfectly happy to let them die against tanks and jet fighters until they became useful. Never forget that....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109826] [ 23-oct-2014 06:03 ECT ]

Photo Exhibit Restores Dignity To Victims of U.S. Torture
By Natasha Vargas-Cooper

September 19, 2014 - The U.S. military used a camera as a torture device at Abu Grahib. To add further humiliation to detainees who were already put in cages, urinated on, stripped naked then stacked in macabre human pyramids, their photos were taken during these degrading acts. "I wanted to use the camera to restore these peoples’ humanity through beautiful portraiture," says photographer Chris Bartlett, whose exhibition, "Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals," opens tonight in New York. When confronted with images of torture, Bartlett says, even the greatest liberal or humanist among us has the tendency to flinch and look away. "It’s such a disturbing and disgusting issue that people want to turn off from it." Bartlett, who often works in high fashion photography, shooting subjects like candy colored Tory Burch handbags, said he wanted to take "very kind, respectful, beautiful, portraits to draw people into the subject and learn more about their stories."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109825] [ 23-oct-2014 06:01 ECT ]

John Kerry suggests Iran could lead fight against Isil if US 'fails miserably'
By Raf Sanchez and Jack Gurdon

September 19, 2014 - John Kerry suggested today that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the US was "failing miserably" in its effort to defeat the jihadists. The hypothetical scenario raised by the secretary of state is likely to be a new frustration for the White House, which has spent the day quashing speculation by American generals that US ground troops could be sent back to Iraq. Mr Kerry's words may also heighten Sunni suspicions that the US secretly intends to ally with the Shia governments in Damascus and Tehran against Isil...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109824] [ 23-oct-2014 05:58 ECT ]

Faces of Our Dead: Photos of the Palestinians tortured to death by Syrian regime
by Talal Alyan
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September 19, 2014 -T ere have been at least 265 Palestinians tortured to death by the Syrian regime. Hundreds of others remain vanished. No editorializing. No moral indignation. Here are the faces of 56 of the Palestinians who have been tormented to death....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109823] [ 23-oct-2014 05:55 ECT ]

The agreement of humiliation and shame
Hesham Munawer

September 19, 2014 The Oslo agreement was built upon all of the Palestinian political, social and economic resources. It is now twenty-one years old and has not succeeded in achieving even the minimum that was expected of it, except for the establishment of a corrupt and incompetent Palestinian Authority that is unable to manage the most basic portfolios. Oslo has given us only division and shame, causing many honest Arabs and Muslims to lose much of their faith in our central cause. When the acknowledgement letters were exchanged between the PLO and Israel it was considered by the latter to be a Trojan horse which the occupation brought into the Arab world in order to achieve peacefully what it could not achieve militarily over the years of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Oslo changed it into a Palestinian-Israeli conflict with an Arab audience...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109822] [ 23-oct-2014 05:50 ECT ]

‘This is our land!': West Bank village Wadi Fukin fights largest Israeli land grab in decades
Kelly Lynn

September 19, 2014 - Wadi Fukin may be the smallest of the five villages threatened by Israel’s recent mass land grab, but these days it’s certainly not the quietest. Leaders in the village of approximately 1,250 have galvanized locals into organizing Friday demonstrations against Israeli occupation for the first time in years, after 4,000 dunams (nearly 1,000 acres) in the southern West Bank was declared "state land," by Israel. Over a quarter of the confiscated land belongs to Wadi Fukin, which already lost most of its property to the still expanding Israeli settlements of Beitar Illit and Hadar Beitar in the north and Tsur Hadassah in the west after 1967.

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109821] [ 23-oct-2014 05:47 ECT ]

Civil Administration plans to expel thousands of Bedouins from homes, concentrate them in inadequate settlement
B'Tselem
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September 19, 2014 - The Civil Administration has filed for objections plans for establishing a new settlement in the Jordan Valley, where thousands of Bedouins will be forced to relocate. The Civil Administration is advancing several such plans.The current plan was drawn up without consulting the residents themselves, ignoring their needs. It is part of the Civil Administration’s repeated attempts to concentrate the Bedouins living in the West Bank’s Area C in "permanent sites", with a view to annexing most of this area to Israel and leaving it free for Israeli use, including settlement expansion.The new settlement, to be named Ramat Nu’eimeh, will be built in Area C near Jericho, in the Jordan Valley, and is slated to house about 12,500 people from Bedouin communities in the Jordan Valley and the Ma'ale Adumim area....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109820] [ 23-oct-2014 05:43 ECT ]

Privatizating law enforcement in, around settlements
By +972 Resources

September 19, 2014 - 'The Lawless Zone’ is a report by Yesh Din on the transfer of policing and security powers to the Civilian Security Coordinators (CSC) in Israel’s West Bank settlements and outposts. The report presents an analysis of the institution of the CSCs as an inherent aspect of the biased and chaotic state of Israeli law enforcement in the occupied Palestinian territories. The report demonstrates how the regime of civilian security coordinators undermines the rule of law in the West Bank to the point of stripping it of all meaning. It constitutes another layer in Israel’s dereliction of its duty to protect the Palestinian residents of the West Bank, Yesh Din writes...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109819] [ 23-oct-2014 05:39 ECT ]

All Israelis are implicated in the occupation
By Dahlia Scheindlin

September 19, 2014 - The debate over refuseniks from IDF intelligence unit 8200 unleashed acrimonious debates all week. While I have already observed some of them, here are a few more that stand out. Carolina Landsmann has one of the most powerful opinion pieces I’ve read in a long time, in Haaretz. It may yet appear in English, but for now the excerpts here are my translation. Like one former member of Unit 8200 who spoke to me, Landsmann says their act of refusal is a statement that intelligence work and the system of occupation are directly linked, cutting into the belief that only those who hold the guns are responsible....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109818] [ 23-oct-2014 05:37 ECT ]

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp
By Kathy Kelly
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September 19, 2014 - ...It’s widely acknowledged that the 2003 invasion of Iraq radicalized Al-Baghdadi, with his humiliation at Camp Bucca further hardening him. Then the haphazard flood of weapons and easy cash into both Iraq and Syria fueled potential for further war. This will not be our third Iraq invasion. U.S. assaults, achieved through munitions, through children’s forced starvation, through white phosphorous, through bullet fire, through blockaded medicines, emptied reservoirs and downed power lines, through disbanded police forces and abandoned state industries and cities left to dissolve in paroxysms of ethnic cleansing – it is all one continuous war ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109817] [ 23-oct-2014 05:31 ECT ]

US guilty of war crimes in Palestine
By Sam Bahour

September 19, 2014 - The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active supporter of unimaginable suffering may very well be the motivating force behind the U.S.’s adamant attempts to block the Palestinians from using any of the internationally recognized tools of accountability to hold Israel responsible, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. When an indigenous, stateless population is blocked access to opportunities for justice by superpowers like the U.S., something is wrong—deadly wrong...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109816] [ 23-oct-2014 05:26 ECT ]

Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East
by RAMZY BAROUD

September 19, 2014 - ...Not that IS’ brutal tactics in eastern, northern and central Iraq should be tolerated. But a true act of genocide had already taken place in Iraq for nearly two decades, starting with the US war in 1990-91, a decade-long embargo and a most destructive war and occupation starting in 2003. Not once did a major newspaper editorial in the US bestow the term "genocide" on the killing and maiming of millions of Iraqis. In fact, the IS campaign is actually part of a larger Sunni rebellion in Iraq, in response to the US war and Shite-led government oppression over the course of years. That context is hardly relevant in the selective reporting on the current violence in Iraq....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109815] [ 23-oct-2014 05:21 ECT ]

Beit Ummar: Heart of Darkness
By Stephen Williams
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September 19, 2014 -The title of Joseph Conrad’s novel "Heart of Darkness" refers both to a geographical entity- colonial Congo in the 19th Century- and to a spiritual and moral wilderness in which the human soul is debased by hatred and greed. And last week I was there; in Beit Ummar. But it wasn’t Beit Ummar itself that was the Heart of Darkness- on the contrary, there I found kindness, compassion and resilience -"samud"- amongst the community. The darkness was outside, in the settlements that surround it, and among the settlers themselves whose behaviour impinges on every aspect of the lives of Beit Ummar’s citizens. Economic growth, education, family relationships, all suffer at the hands of a group of invaders who think themselves above the law; as indeed they usually are....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109814] [ 23-oct-2014 05:18 ECT ]

Tulkarem chemical factory exploits Palestinian labour and health
Scarlett Kutyla

September 19, 2014 - It is a well-known yet understated fact that Israel uses Palestinian land and its civilian population to test military innovations and "cutting edge" crowd control techniques. However, there is an issue often side-tracked, whether intentionally or not, that deals with the use of cheap Palestinian labour in Israel's growing industrial market. The settlement industrial zones in Area C of the West Bank house chemical factories that have grown into powerful and lethal means of oppression for the communities that they smother. There are now 11 factories in the Tulkarem area, all of which are on internationally-recognised occupied Palestinian land within the 1967 borders, displaying a ruthless disregard for the rights of the residents who have to live with the horrific smell, constant threat of land theft, and the health risks that come with proximity to such harmful substances...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109813] [ 23-oct-2014 05:11 ECT ]

'Palestinian prisoner tortured to death in Israeli jail'
Middle East Monitor

September 19, 2014 -Raed Abdel-Salam Al-Jabari, a Palestinian prisoner held in an Israeli jail has died as a result of severe torture at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces, the head of Prisoners and Freed Prisoners Affairs in Ramallah Issa Qaraqe said.Qaraqe accused Israel of committing two crimes against Jabari, 35, when the Israeli authorities claimed that he had hanged himself in prison in an attempt to hide the real reason for his death, torture. Al-Jabari was imprisoned on July 26 in Eshel prison...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109812] [ 23-oct-2014 05:05 ECT ]

Syria News - September 18, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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September 18, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, LCC were able to document 107 martyrs including 5 women, 12 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 65 martyrs were reported in Aleppo; 17 in Damascus and Its Suburbs; 15 in Hasakeh; 6 in Daraa; 2 in Idlib and 2 in Homs....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109811] [ 23-oct-2014 04:37 ECT ]

Palestine’s other land war
Ben Hattem

September 18, 2014 - Halfway down a small hill by Ramallah’s bustling city centre, sandwiched between shops and three-story apartments, is an open plot of land. Thick grass grows over crumbling terraces, and small heaps of garbage nestle against the walls of the adjacent buildings. Real estate broker, Hamza Alaa Akel said that the empty plot, like much of Ramallah, is owned by Palestinian-Americans living in the United States, and it doesn’t surprise him that they haven’t built there. The disused half-acre is worth $15 million, he said; "why build on it? Just sell it."Wealthy investors - mainly commercial firms and rich expatriate Palestinians - are buying up land in Ramallah and throughout the urban centres of the West Bank, driving a massive real estate bubble that threatens to price the poor out of Palestine’s cities and into its rural zones and East Jerusalem, where building permits are almost impossible to obtain, and home demolitions are commonplace...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109810] [ 23-oct-2014 02:48 ECT ]

Israeli Supreme Court upholds law allowing housing discrimination against Palestinians
Annie Robbins

September 18, 2014- Yesterday, Israel’s Supreme Court dismissed a petition by Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel effectually facilitating the Judaization of more Palestinian owned land inside Israel. According to Adalah, the court’s decision holding up Israel’s Admissions Committees Law, "entrenches racial segregation; 434 small communities in Israel, or 43% of all residential areas, will be allowed to close their doors to Palestinian Arab citizens of the state." Much of the land in question was originally confiscated from Palestinian refugees, and the court’s decision will result in the continued concentration and containment of the Palestinian population in Israel...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109809] [ 23-oct-2014 02:43 ECT ]

Syrian city of Raqqa gripped by fear of US air strikes on Isis
Martin Chulov
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September 18, 2014 - ..."I believe most of the casualties will be civilian," said Abu Mohammed, 33, a shopkeeper. "The majority will be from Raqqa and very few from Isis. Many of our young men in the city have joined Isis either because of fear or because of the wages they give, which is $400 (£246) per month. This is a very good salary for us here." Abu Mohammed said he had adapted to the group's hardline rule and saw Isis as a better option than the regime of Bashar al-Assad. "We are afraid that after the US air strikes, the regime will take control of the city. Assad is a criminal and his regime is brutal. We had bad experience with the Free Syria Army [FSA], they are corrupt and now we are getting used to Isis's Islamic rules. Day after day, they are getting better with people."....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109808] [ 23-oct-2014 02:40 ECT ]

US providing Assad regime with anti- Islamic State intelligence
Michael Karadjis

September 18, 2014 - It is interesting that many on the left seem to take seriously the public denials by US leaders that they are liaising with Assad in their war on ISIS (merely they just happen to be bombing the same enemy at the same time). The simple fact is, US strategists have a brain. For them
it's not just a 'see, told you' kind of game ('see, told you the US won't work with King Assad, because we love our anti-imperialist King' etc). The US knows, rightly, that while Assad and Iran are allies in its war on ISIS, a Sunni sectarian extremist organisation cannot be defeated only, or primarily, by the most extreme anti-Sunni sectarian and murderous forces in the region. That is why the US had to wait for the Shiite sectarian Iraqi regime to dump Maliki before moving in to support the semi-new government - not that it is much different, but just without Maliki's murderously sectarian baggage, which everyone knows drove the previously anti-ISIS Sunni into the hands of ISIS, with a seeming fresh start, the US could pretend it was a less sectarian regime
(though it is not, in fact, but that's what they've got)....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109807] [ 23-oct-2014 02:23 ECT ]

Where Are We With Drone Resistance?
By Nick Mottern

September 18, 2014 - I don't know what you've been thinking and feeling in the last month, but if you are anything like me, you have been stunned and extremely disheartened by Barack Obama's expanding air war in Iraq and the pro-war propaganda campaign that has infected television and radio news in the US. I have had to ask myself whether the focus of our work as US counter-drone war organizers - stopping drone attacks and banning drone attacks and drone surveillance - is still relevant in the face of the eagerness and determination of the United States government to dramatically enlarge its wars in Iraq and Syria while continuing the war in Afghanistan and subsidizing relentless Israeli attacks on Palestinians...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109806] [ 23-oct-2014 02:21 ECT ]

Arab-Speaking Refugee Children In Iraqi Kurdistan Locked Out Of Schools
Hayman Abdullah
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September 18, 2014 - The huge number of displaced Iraqis seeking shelter in the northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan may see thousands of children missing school this year. Firstly because there's no curriculum for Arabic-speakers in the Kurdish-language area. And secondly because displaced families are using local schools as housing. Unlike most other Iraqi school children, Mohammed and Aya won't have to wake up early on school days for the rest of this year. The brother and sister, who are 9 and 11 years old respectively, originally come from the city of Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar province but they're now living in Erbil, in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Their family came here four months ago, fleeing the violence in their province caused by a combination of Sunni Muslim anti-government action and the entrance of Sunni Muslim extremist groups like the Islamic State to the area...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109805] [ 23-oct-2014 02:16 ECT ]

Defending Palestine Solidarity Activists: An Interview with Dima Khalidi
by Nadine Naber

September 18, 2014 - In this interview, attorney Dima Khalidi, who founded and directs Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (PSLS), discusses what it means to provide legal defense to protect Palestinian rights activists in the US from suppression and criminalization. Khalidi describes the perpetrators behind attacks against Palestine solidarity activists and provides an overview of the kinds of attacks they face, including pressures placed on universities to discipline and punish students and faculty for their speech activities. Khalidi also discusses the role of the Israeli government in several cases, provides recommendations for activists, and shares the goals of PSLS for the near future...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109804] [ 23-oct-2014 02:09 ECT ]

Contradicting its own ruling, Israel’s Supreme Court legalizes segregated communities
By Amjad Iraqi

September 18, 2014 - March 8, 2000 marked a unique moment in Israeli history. In a major decision, the Supreme Court of Israel ruled that the town of Katzir, which was established on state land by the Jewish Agency, could not deny the right of the Arab Ka’adan family to live in the town simply on the basis that they were not Jewish. This was the first time that Palestinian citizens of Israel successfully challenged the legality of "Jewish-only" communities in the state, generating cautious optimism that it could set an important precedent for Palestinian rights in land and housing. Fifteen years later, on September 17, 2014, these hopes came to an abrupt end. In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court dismissed various petitions filed by human rights groups against the Admissions Committees Law, enacted by the Knesset in 2011..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109803] [ 23-oct-2014 01:45 ECT ]

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (11- 17 September 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
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September 18, 2014 - Summary : Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (11 – 17 September 2014). Shooting: In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical source pronounced a member of an armed group dead of wounds he sustained on 11 July 2014, when an Israeli drone targeted a group of Palestinians east of Hamoudah gas station at the entrance of Beit Hanoun village. In that attack, a Palestinian was killed and 2 others were wounded. On 17 September 2014, Israeli forces opened fire at a group of fishermen who were sailing near the border fence. As a result, a fisherman sustained a bullet wound to his right leg. The fishermen was standing 200 meters off the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel and giving directions to his sons who were fishing in a rowing boat....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109802] [ 23-oct-2014 01:40 ECT ]

Israeli Occupation Forces Re-arrest Ayman Nasser, Legal Unit Coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Addameer

September 18, 2014 - In the early hours of this morning Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) re-arrested Ayman Nasser (44) from his home in the West Bank village of Saffa. Nasser is the legal unit coordinator at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Nasser’s wife reported that "at 1:30AM, a large number of IOF raided our house while we were sleeping. We woke up to the sounds of heavy knocking on the front door and my husband, Ayman, rushed to open the door. Around 15 soldiers raided the house and started yelling at me and my children, demanding us to move to the living room. Six soldiers, including one female soldier, pointed their weapons at us while we waited in the living room. Half an hour later, a military officer identified Ayman and took him outside the house. Ayman returned with the officer after ten minutes, and said goodbye to us."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109801] [ 22-oct-2014 03:57 ECT ]

The sole representative of the Palestinian people
Toujan Faisal

September 18, 2014 - I would like to move you from the victorious celebrations to the rooms where secret negotiations are held and international decisions are made when it comes to the Gaza Strip in particular. Forgive me, but I believe that our perception of a victory in Gaza requires us to consider Che Guevara's famous quote: "Revolution is created by the most honourable and inherited and exploited by scoundrels." As many predicted, there was nothing at all surprising about the "surprising non-traditional plan for resolving the Palestinian issue", which was promised by Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of the ceasefire. In fact, one could argue that what ensued is the worst possible thing that could have happened to the cause and that this was due to the steps taken by Abbas himself...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109800] [ 22-oct-2014 03:23 ECT ]

Israeli drone conference features weapons used to kill Gaza’s children
Rania Khalek
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September 18, 2014 - Less than one month after killing more than 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza, including more than 500 children, Israel is hosting its annual drone conference. Organized in partnership with the US embassy in Tel Aviv, "Israel Unmanned Systems 2014" offers Israeli military firms an opportunity to flaunt the performance of their products, many of which were tested on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip this summer. Palestine has long served as a laboratory for Israel’s ballooning "homeland security" industry to test and perfect weapons of domination and control, with disenfranchised and stateless Palestinians serving as their lab rats. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109799] [ 22-oct-2014 03:14 ECT ]

Israeli high court upholds racist "admission committees" law
Charlotte Silver

September 18, 2014 - The Israeli high court upheld on Wednesday the "Admissions Committees Law," which allows rural towns in the Negev and Galilee to reject Palestinian citizens of Israel and other marginalized groups from residing in them on the basis that they are "unsuitable" for Jewish communities.
It is a ruling that Israeli civil and human rights organizations have condemned as legalizing the practice of segregation. Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, filed a petition against the law on behalf of several human and civic rights organizations in Israel on 30 March 2011, arguing that the law violated Israel’s prohibition against discrimination. On 17 September, an expanded panel of judges ruled five-to-four to dismiss the petition...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109798] [ 22-oct-2014 02:06 ECT ]

BBC’s new "Head of Statistics" twists casualty figures to whitewash Gaza massacre
Amena Saleem

September 18, 2014 - An open letter to the BBC’s Director General, written by Palestine solidarity activists, is calling for the removal of BBC journalist Anthony Reuben from all reporting on Palestine following the publication of an online article in which he attempts to sanitize Israel’s killing in Gaza. Reuben is the BBC’s "Head of Statistics," a role created in February, he claims in his Linkedin profile, specifically for him. Writing as "Head of Statistics" in August, Reuben authored an article for the BBC website headlined "Caution needed with Gaza casualty figures." When he wrote the article, 1,948 Palestinians had been killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza, the majority of them men...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109797] [ 22-oct-2014 02:01 ECT ]

Palestinians fleeing Syria charged $400 per month to rent garages in Beirut
Moe Ali Nayel
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September 18, 2014 - On Tuesday, 9 September, Palestinian refugees from Syria descended from across Lebanon to Beirut. They gathered in a group of approximately two hundred to protest outside the UN refugee agency UNHCR’s headquarters in the capital’s Jnah neighborhood. The protest was called by Syria’s Palestinians in Lebanon, an organization that draws attention "to all the humiliation and insults" they are subject to in Lebanon.At the protest, Palestinian refugees described the dire conditions they face in Lebanon. A middle-aged man, Omar, stood warily on the sidewalk facing the UNHCR building. A resident of Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus, which has been under siege since June 2013, Omar was sandwiched between his teenaged son and daughter. He held onto his family in the absence of his wife who he said was "taken by death in Yarmouk last year."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109796] [ 22-oct-2014 01:12 ECT ]

Israeli occupation forces destroy water networks and launch assault on farmers

September 18, 2014 -Israeli occupation forces issued on Wednesday a decree banning farmers from irrigating agriculture on their stepped lands in Atov, located in eastern Tubas city in the occupied West Bank, threatening to arrest any citizen who cultivates his or her land.Palestine's Safa news agency reported that occupation forces destroyed the water system three days ago that the farmers of the area had connected to their lands, in continuation of a policy that deprives the Atov area of all kinds of infrastructure. The president of the Atov Council told Safa that, "Arresting and threatening the farmers today is the second step following the destruction of the water network," pointing out that the goal of the occupation forces is to exercise full control over Atov and Al-Bakya'a...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109795] [ 22-oct-2014 00:05 ECT ]

90% of Gazans live below poverty line, 95% of water undrinkable
Middle East Monitor

Setember 18, 2014 -Head of the Popular Committee against the Siege Jamal Al-Khodari has described living conditions in the Gaza Strip as "disastrous" after the latest Israeli war. In a briefed press release, Al-Khodari said that more than 90 per cent of Palestinians in Gaza live under the poverty line because of the sharp increase of unemployment rates. "Displaced Gazans, who live in shelters, experience disastrous conditions," Al-Khodari said, "as they lost the basic needs of life after the collapse of almost all facilities of major services such as electricity, water and sanitation."..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109794] [ 21-oct-2014 21:40 ECT ]

Syria News - September 17, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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September 17, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, LCC were able to document 100 martyrs including 8 women, 14 children and 3 martyrs under torture: 35 martyrs were reported in Hama; 28 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 18 in Aleppo; 6 in Homs; 6 in Deir Ezzor; 3 in Daraa; 3 in Idlib and 1 in Hasakeh....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109793] [ 21-oct-2014 05:49 ECT ]

Number of Iraqi orphans, widows rising with conflict
Omar al-Jaffal

September 17, 2014 - Naima Ibrahim, 36, lost her husband during the government's bombing of Fallujah in May. She had intended to flee the city with her husband and children after the city fell to militants belonging to the Islamic State (IS) and some tribal groups, but her husband died in the shelling while out buying food. His death forced her to remain in Fallujah. She and her children now live on the money provided by her brothers and neighbors in addition to aid from humanitarian organizations in Anbar province. Ali al-Hayali, a member of the Al-Khair Foundation, which operates out of Anbar, took it upon himself to help cases similar to Ibrahim’s. He estimates that about 400 children have been orphaned in the province since the start of the government's military operations against the armed groups in December of last year...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109792] [ 21-oct-2014 05:32 ECT ]

The unspoken US-Iranian alliance against IS militants
France 24
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September 17, 2014 - ...On August 31, following US airstrikes, the Iraqi Army and Shiite militias directly tied to Iran broke the siege on Amerli, a northern Iraqi city that had been under siege by IS militias. What’s more, video footage emerged purportedly showing Iran’s top military commander, Qassem Soleimani, on the frontlines of the battle against IS alongside Iraqis likely trained and instructed by the US. "Americans have sent advisors to Iraq to help the Iraqi army and the Iranians have done likewise, so we can assume that they exchange information or, at the very least, that they are speaking in an indirect manner. After all, they are technically in the same camp— they are fighting side-by-side against IS," explained Thierry Coville, a specialist in Iranian politics who works at French international relations research institute IRIS in an interview with FRANCE 24...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109791] [ 21-oct-2014 05:25 ECT ]

Obama Has No ISIS Strategy
By: Peter Van Buren

September 17, 2014 - ...Now as we fight ISIS together, Assad has been rebranded. The issue of how action against ISIS will only strengthen Assad is set aside. Assad is supported by the Russians, whose interests in Syria are thus tacitly upheld by Washington even as a mini-Cold War rises in the Ukraine from the ashes of the last great struggle the United States claimed to have won...The United States issued Maliki’s replacement the same to-do list the United States issued Maliki since 2006– unite Iraq, and make it snappy, even as more troops are sent in. The blind man in the dark search for moderate Sunnis in Iraq to create a political solution will likely work out as well as it has in Syria. Iran, who won the 2003-2011 Iraq War with the installation of a pro-Tehran Shia government in Baghdad, is holding on to its victory, now with United States air power on its side...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109790] [ 21-oct-2014 05:14 ECT ]

After the Ceasefire
Omar Robert Hamilton

September 17, 2014 - On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target, or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following: 1. Annexed another 1500 acres of West Bank land 2. Seized $56 million of PA tax revenue 3. Not lifted the illegal blockade (as required by the ceasefire) 4. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen on four separate occasions 5. Detained six fishermen
6. Killed a 22-year-old, Issa al Qatari, a week before his wedding 7. Killed 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot with a rubber bullet to the head ..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109789] [ 21-oct-2014 05:09 ECT ]

With $550M in agricultural losses, Gazans going hungry
Rasha Abou Jalal
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September 17, 2014 - Souad Motlaq joins a long queue in Gaza City to get aid from one of the charities that provides food to thousands of Gazan families suffering from food insecurity as a result of the recent Israeli war. Motlaq was covering her head with a piece of cardboard to try escape the hot sun, sighing as she saw the queue was moving at a snail's pace. She told Al-Monitor indignantly, "This is the first time I have stood in a queue to get food aid. War alone forced me to do this." Her seven-member family can no longer obtain food due to its scarcity and skyrocketing prices, which have forced her to resort to relief organizations for food....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109788] [ 21-oct-2014 05:04 ECT ]

Statement No. (1024) regarding the new international coalition against the so-called terrorism
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq - AMSI

September 17, 2014 - ... Based on the above, we record openly and frankly what is to come: First, the insistence of the international community to start from the results, ignoring address the root causes and its developments that it shows concern of them; will not settle the matter, The situation existing in Iraq and Syria created and contributed to the composition of several factors, including: the unspeakable injustice upon the two peoples, especially in Iraq after the American occupation, then Iranian influence, the first beneficiary of the occupation and collaborating with it over the past years, through the tools of political and security situation in the country, a policy that Iranians continued to adopt sectarian cleansing by killing, arresting, torturing and exclusion; and unless remedy this injustice done, the international community will not be able - If intentions true - to handle the results. Second: The targeting of the organization by bombing, its members are scattered among civilians; will lead to the raise of the death toll of civilians..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109787] [ 21-oct-2014 04:54 ECT ]

Hundreds, many from Gaza, murdered at sea by smugglers
Charlotte Silver

September 17, 2014 - Nearly five hundred people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after setting sail from Egypt, fleeing countries across North Africa and the Middle East ravaged by war, epidemic and instability. Many of the people onboard are believed to have been Palestinians from Gaza, thousands of whom are said to have fled since Israel began its devastating 51-day offensive on 7 July. As testimonies are collected from the handful of survivors, a macabre yet still fragmented story of what caused hundreds of men, women and children to drown at sea is coming to light...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109786] [ 21-oct-2014 04:45 ECT ]

Israel tortures prisoners captured in Gaza invasion
Joe Catron
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September 17, 2014 - Two dozen Palestinians captured during Israel’s invasion of Gaza this summmer remain in detention more than three weeks after the 51-day offensive ended. While the men have had limited contact with their families, the legal team representing most of them says several have been tortured."They testified in front of our lawyer that they were subjected to torture by the Israeli interrogators," Issam Younis, director of Gaza’s Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, told The Electronic Intifada on Monday. Al Mezan represents 22 of the 24 detainees still held by Israel. "At least eight that were visited by the lawyer were subjected to torture," Younis added. "It doesn’t mean the others were not."..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109785] [ 21-oct-2014 04:40 ECT ]

Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center cares for Gaza’s disabled in the wake of ‘Operation Protective Edge’
Dan Cohen

September 17, 2014 - In the central Gaza Strip area of Deir al Balah, Usama Abu Safer, 30, devotes his time to working with disabled people. Born paraplegic, Abu Safer’s own disability inspired him to dedicate his life to this work. "I was born disabled but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel like I’m missing something," he explained. "This is my basic motivation to live and to help other people who have a similar condition." Usama Abu Safer divides his time between the Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center and Al Forsan local radio. Established in 1998, The Deir al Balah Rehabilitation Center employs all disabled people, and has a physical therapy department, a rehabilitation center for the deaf, a school for the blind, a center for disabled children and a neuropathy department...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109784] [ 21-oct-2014 04:33 ECT ]

7500 New Settlers Moved Into West Bank, Jerusalem, Settlements In Six Months
Saed Bannoura

September 17, 2014 - The Yesha Council of Settlements has reported that the number of Jewish settlers living in the occupied West Bank, including in and around occupied Jerusalem, has reached 382031, adding that 7500 Israelis have moved into West Bank and Jerusalem settlements in the last six months. Yesha said that, back in January of 2014, 374469 settlers lived in the West Bank and Jerusalem, and that the current number of settlers (382031) is a 2% increase. It said that the biggest settlement is Beitar Illit settlement, located southwest of occupied Jerusalem, with a population of 63087 Jewish settlers...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109783] [ 21-oct-2014 04:19 ECT ]

6 Moderate Syrians Who Don’t Want U.S. Airstrikes On ISIS
Mike Giglio
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September 17, 2014 - ..."Is this a war on Islam? There will be many debates on this, even by the people who have left Syria because of ISIS. While they agree on ISIS’s crimes, they also agree that at least we do not support this strike.
"No one can convince me that the U.S. was not following the rise of ISIS in Syria. Why did they let it get to this point? The American politicians are liars, and they are inhuman. It will eventually make people feel that all the American people are liars and inhuman. The reason that I decided to talk to you is that I need to deliver this message and tell you that you are liars, and that we will really hate you. Not the way ISIS does. But it is better to say this than to be hypocrites and liars and say that we love you. "I hate America. I really hate America. In the direct experience we have in Syria, it became clear to us that the U.S. has the lowest possible morals. Write it down again: I hate America."..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109782] [ 21-oct-2014 03:54 ECT ]

War without end?
Bill Law

September 17, 2014 -As any five star general worth his salt will tell you, a war without an exit strategy is a war that is likely to be lost. And yet as the United States embarks on its third war in Iraq in a little more than twenty years, it is doing so, eyes wide open it seems, to the glaring reality it has no exit strategy.The American people have been warned that this will be a long engagement. Indeed Mr Obama (who made a campaign promise in his first run for president to get the US military out of Iraq) has suggested that his successor will be left to cope with what he has now begun. Tellingly, the president in his 10 September address to the nation was at pains not to call this latest war a war. Rather it is "a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109781] [ 21-oct-2014 03:39 ECT ]

Aggression on Gaza and the reconciliation agreement
Nadia Saad Al-Din

September 17, 2014 - No sooner was the Israeli occupation's battle against the Gaza Strip over in a disappointing result for the Israeli "goal bank"- despite the crimes it committed against the Palestinian people - did the division between Fatah and Hamas arise once again, violating the agreement recently signed, conjuring scenes of dispute and conflict that reflect the weakness of the foundation of the reconciliation agreement in establishing national unity and building a base against the occupation's attempts to seize both the Palestinian land and history....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109780] [ 21-oct-2014 03:14 ECT ]

Manufactured Drought: Yarmouk without water for 10 days
Talal Alyan
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September 17, 2014 - Water has been cut off entirely in Yarmouk refugee camp for 10 days. As I’ve already written about, the Syrian regime has engineered a drought since June that has compounded the anguish of the those still trapped inside the camp. Limited water services were turned on for only a couple hours every few days. However, water services have been shut off completely for the last 10 days. "There is no water in the camp," explains one resident, "we’ve been in this condition for awhile. It’s either (a crisis of) food or water or something else. We can no longer endure this"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109779] [ 21-oct-2014 03:08 ECT ]

'Two-tiered' laws mean systematic discrimination for Palestinian citizens of Israel - report
Middle East Monitor

September 17, 2014 -A new report details the systematic discrimination faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, after a summer of heightened tension and racist incitement against the state's non-Jewish population. Discriminatory legislation is the focus of the new report by the Mossawa Centre, a Palestinian NGO based in Haifa, who say that the research "paints the picture of a worsening situation for the Arab community in Israel" . According to Mossawa, Palestinians in Israel "are discriminated against in almost all aspects of life from education and employment to land allocation", with key factors being "the lack of a constitution as well as the paradoxical definition of Israel as both a Jewish and Democratic state"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109778] [ 21-oct-2014 02:09 ECT ]

Iraq: Armed militias attack and displace tribes in Babil
Middle East Monitor

September 17, 2014 -Armed militias loyal to Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki raped women in the town of Jurf Al-Sakhr, in the north of the Babil governorate, the Baghdad Centre for Human Rights said yesterday.The organisation said in a statement that last Wednesday, militias stormed a house and raped a 20-year-old woman after they arrested 18 men from the area.The statement said the centre received documents confirming the incident involving the woman who is also a mother of two. They also published a video that includes testimonies of two women describing the militia's attack on women and men in the region...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109777] [ 21-oct-2014 02:07 ECT ]

Syria News - September 16, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
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September 16, 2014 - By the end of Tuesday, LCC were able to document 83 martyrs including 9 women, 7 children and 2 martyrs under torture: 29 martyrs were reported in Homs; 19 in Damascus and its Suburbs; 12 in Aleppo; 11 in Idlib; 8 in Raqqa; 2 in Hasakeh; 1 in Hama and 1 in Daraa....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109776] [ 20-oct-2014 04:41 ECT ]

Hamas debates direct talks with Israel
Adnan Abu Amer

September 16, 2014 - Hamas has weathered a great political storm in the past few days, following a Sept. 11 announcement by the deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, Mousa Abu Marzouk, that the movement might undertake direct negotiations with Israel, since such negotiations have become a popular demand in Gaza but remain forbidden by law. In the same interview, Abu Marzouk said, "Just as Hamas has negotiated with Israel using weapons, so is it possible to negotiate with words. If the situation in Gaza remains as it is now, Hamas could find itself forced to negotiate with Israel, and many of the things currently forbidden to the movement will be on the table."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109775] [ 20-oct-2014 03:30 ECT ]

How a 24hr truce to pick up bodies became a non-aggression pact between ISIS & Syrian rebels
Clay Claiborne

September 16, 2014 - ...By most reliable accounts, one group, Sons of Golan, associated with the Free Syrian Army, that had been waging a heroic and hard fought campaign to rid an area near Damascus of ISIS agreed to a 24 hour truce so that both sides could remove their dead from the battlefield and bury them, after which the battle between the two forces resumed. This led to widespread reports in the western anti-war movement that the Free Syrian Army generally had concluded, in words design to invoke memories of the opportunistic agreement made between Hitler and Stalin, a "non-aggression pact" with the extreme jihadist group ISIS in Syria. Based on a single unverified source, this story is being spread like wildfire by groups that hitherto have shown little concern for the 200,000 Syrians that have died in the last three years as a result of dictator Bashar al-Assad's vicious attempts to cling to power ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109774] [ 20-oct-2014 03:02 ECT ]

US and Canada strengthen economic relationship with Israel following attack on Gaza
Allison Deger

September 16, 2014 - Since Operation Protective Edge began in Gaza in early July, Israel has strengthened economic relationships with its closest allies. Within days of the air campaign starting, the U.S. and Israel penned a mutual recognition customs agreement which will lift screening barriers and tariffs. Then on Monday Israel cinched a similar Declaration of Intent from Canada, while focusing on the threat of ISIS, Hamas and Hezbollah. "We share the same moral values and unfortunately now we can all see that we share the same threat," said Finance Minister Yair Lapid to his Canadian counterpart Steven Blaney in a Tel Aviv meeting on the Authorized Economic Operator Program, "Israel is faced with Hamas in the south, Hezbollah in the north and now ISIS advancing from the east," he continued...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109773] [ 19-oct-2014 07:23 ECT ]

Iraq: How Many Turning Points and Milestones Until We Win?
By: Peter Van Buren

September 16, 2014 -Secretary of State John Kerry said on September 8 that the formation of a new Iraqi government was "a major milestone" for the country.Kerry told reporters at the State Department that the government formed on Monday in Baghdad had "the potential to unite all of Iraq’s diverse communities for a strong Iraq, a united Iraq and give those communities a chance to build a future that all Iraqis desire." Kerry did not mention that divisive former Prime Minister Maliki, who was Washington’s man in Baghdad since 2006 tasked with uniting Iraq, stays on in the new government as Vice President. Kerry also did not mention that the job of uniting Iraq has been on various U.S.-supported Prime Ministers’ and other Iraqi officials’ to-do lists since 2003...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109772] [ 19-oct-2014 07:10 ECT ]

Sabra and Shatilla then, Yarmouk today
Mariam
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September 16, 2014 - As we commemorate 32 years since the slaughter of Palestinians in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatilla, Yarmouk must be addressed once again. There is a certain binary between what happened in 1982, and what is occurring today in Yarmouk refugee camp. Whilst we fixate our anger towards a commemoration and yet continue to remain piercingly silent about the atrocities in Syria and more specifically Yarmouk, we are tainting and insulting all the lives lost in 1982. We are trapped in waves of anger that appear only in moments of commemoration, yet that wrath subsides when we address the issues at hand. We have betrayed our brothers and sisters in Yarmouk camp, whilst we ululate the names of the 1982 massacre...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109771] [ 19-oct-2014 05:35 ECT ]

ISIS and the 'clash of the civilisations'
Lamis Andoni

September 16, 2014 - If we listen carefully to what the Islamic State (ISIS) and its supporters are saying, we see a vision of the world in a state of ongoing war between the West and Islam. The essence of this war is religion, not colonial policies, as if colonialism has never targeted any other non-Muslim nations and Christians as well. We find a distorted promotion of the saying "clash of the civilisations", although it ultimately serves military intervention in the region. The beheadings, especially of Western hostages, are proof of the false "civilisations war", as the images of ugly beheadings are free publicity for America's goals, which have mainly adopted Islamophobia to terrorise the Westerners and push them to support the wars covered by the slogan "humanitarian-civilisational intervention", an intervention that is neither civil nor humane...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109770] [ 19-oct-2014 05:19 ECT ]

Pentagon Admits: US Advisers May Fight Alongside Iraqi Troops
by Jason Ditz

September 16, 2014 - Testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee today, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey conceded that the promises of no combat troops in Iraq are only tentative, and that the reality is they’ve only been ruled out "for now." Gen. Dempsey says that in the future he may recommend that the ground troops in Iraq, presently labeled "advisers," will fight alongside the Iraqi military in offensives against ISIS. Dempsey insisted the current plan is to just provide them with advice, and airstrikes, but if that fails, and pretty much everyone expects that to be the case, the advisers will start accompanying the Iraqi forces on combat missions....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109769] [ 19-oct-2014 04:52 ECT ]

Shameful: US Judge Increases Prison Sentence of Tortured US Enemy Combatant Jose Padilla
Andy Worthington
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September 16, 2014 Of the tens of thousands of victims of the Bush administration’s novel approach to detention in the "war on terror" — which involved shredding the Geneva Conventions, the use of torture and indefinite detention without charge or trial, and, in some cases, extraordinary rendition – few of the victims were American citizens, but three particular individuals need to be remembered, because they were not only tortured and held without charge or trial for years, but their torture and lawless detention took place on US soil. The three men are Jose Padilla, Yaser Hamdi and Ali al-Marri (the latter a legal US resident rather than a citizen), and Padilla — a former Chicago gang member who converted to Islam, and was held as an "enemy combatant" on US soil from May 2002, when he was seized after returning him from Pakistan, until November 2005 — was back in the news last week when a judge extended to 21 years the sentence of 17 years and four months he received in January 2008, when he was convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people abroad, and providing material support for terrorism....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109768] [ 19-oct-2014 04:45 ECT ]

Navy Continues to Persecute Nurse Who Refused to Force-feed Guantanamo Hunger Strikers
By: Jeff Kaye

September 16, 2014 - Carol Rosenberg reported today that a Navy commander had decided not to court-martial a Guantanamo nurse for refusing to participate in the forced-feeding of hunger strikers at the U.S. military prison. Announcement of the "pending court-martial" was made in late August. While on Twitter it appeared that many were relieved the nurse would not be going to jail for taking a principled stand against the medically unethical practice of forced "enteral" feeding — and that must be some relief, after all — the fact is the Navy announced that after some months of investigation, the nurse is now subject to an administrative review, or "Board of Inquiry," that may continue on for up to nine more months, according to Rosenberg...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109767] [ 19-oct-2014 04:28 ECT ]

Complaints submitted to the United Nations concerning the Israeli detention of two female Palestinian human rights defenders: Ms Shireen Issawi and Ms Bushra al-Taweel
Addameer

September 16, 2014 - Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer) have submitted two joint complaints to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders (UNSR) concerning the arrest and continued pre-trial Israeli detention of two female Palestinian human rights defenders: Ms Shireen Issawi and Ms Bushra al-Taweel. Ms Shireen Issawi and Ms Bushra al-Taweel are both devoted to promoting and protecting the human rights of Palestinian prisoners. Both their cases raise serious concerns that Palestinian human rights defenders are being targeted by Israeli authorities for arbitrary arrest and detention due to peacefully and legitimately exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression on the significant human rights issue of Palestinian prisoner conditions and rights...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109766] [ 19-oct-2014 04:12 ECT ]

Killing Joke: The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program
Chris Floyd
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September 16, 2014 - "And I was like, I killed 500,000 Iraqi children with my sanctions! And George here, yuk yuk, he was like — " "And I was like, 500,000? Hellfire boy, I can do better than that! We bagged us more than a million of them 'Rackies, har har har!" "Yeah — haw haw haw — you bigged it up, Texas style! And now Obama’s gonna get him some of his own!" "Well, there’s plenty to go around, hee hee hoo! Them folks breed like jackrabbits! Hey, Bill, you were a bit of a jackrabbit yourself in your day, weren’t you, ha ha ha? "Now don’t start with that stuff, George, hee-haw, har-har! Hillary might be in the audience, yuckity yuk yuk!" "Reckon how many 'Rackies she’ll rack up when she’s Prez, Bill? — Did you see what I did there? 'Rackies, rack up? Ho ho ho!"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109765] [ 19-oct-2014 03:54 ECT ]

Chelsea Manning’s Column on Responding to ISIS Counterbalances Hysteria Among Pundits and Politicians
By: Kevin Gosztola

September 16, 2014 - Chelsea Manning wrote a column for The Guardian on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the group. The level-headedness of the column sharply contrasted with the statements of several pundits and politicians, who have been whipping up hysteria among Americans. For those unfamiliar, Manning is a soldier who provided WikiLeaks with around a half million classified documents which exposed details of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, including war crimes like torture and summary executions. She is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence at Fort Leavenworth after being convicted of Espionage Act violations and other offenses on July 30, 2013...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109764] [ 19-oct-2014 03:22 ECT ]

Palestinian Reconciliation at the Crossroads
by NICOLA NASSER

September 16, 2014 - President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement, which he commands, have unleashed a media campaign against Hamas and the resistance. If pressure from the Palestinian public fails to stop the campaign, Abbas may achieve politically what Israel failed to achieve militarily: forcing the Palestinian presidency to choose "peace with Israel" over national reconciliation.
It appears that President Abbas has, indeed, prioritised "peace with Israel." He has devised plans for resuming negotiations, and is still banking on American support for such talks. This is the only explanation for the current anti-Hamas media campaign....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109763] [ 19-oct-2014 03:14 ECT ]

Campaign gives new choices to Druze youth facing Israeli conscription
Patrick O. Strickland
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September 16, 2014 - "From the earliest days of mandatory conscription for Druze, there has been opposition," says anti-militarization activist Maisan Hamdan. That opposition has become more public and gained more visibility in recent years. Eighteen-year-old Anan Shaheen, from the Druze religious community in Shefa Amr, a Palestinian city in the Galilee region of present-day Israel, recently declared his refusal to serve in Israel’s military. Yet when he arrived at the local military registration offices in Haifa, he was surprised by the news that he was being given an exemption from military service. Shaheen is part of a growing movement of Druze Palestinians who refuse to serve in Israel’s army, which for decades has occupied Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese lands in violation of international law...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109762] [ 18-oct-2014 03:48 ECT ]

The media's failure in Palestine
Alastair Sloan

September 16, 2014 -It is the whistle-blower's dilemma: follow the official internal complaints' procedure and risk the truth being buried, or take it straight to the press, and risk improvised prosecution by a bitter government resentful that you did right and exposed its dirty tricks. The forty-three Israeli whistle-blowers of Yehida Shmoneh-Matayim, Israel's equivalent of GCHQ or the NSA, opted for the latter. These bold citizens have been rewarded by the Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya'alon denouncing them as criminals; an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) spokesperson claiming that their allegations have been fabricated; and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing, "I know that these accusations are baseless, and will not harm the important work done by others for the security of Israel." The lady doth protest too much, methinks, not least because, in the same breath, Netanyahu declared the IDF to be "the most ethical army in the world"...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109761] [ 17-oct-2014 04:27 ECT ]

Khamenei: We rejected a US request to cooperate against ISIS
Middle East Monitor

September 16, 2014 -The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that he "rejected an offer from the United States to cooperate against the organisation of the Islamic State (ISIS)". In remarks made after he was discharged from hospital following prostate surgery, Khamenei said he rejected an offer that was made ​​by the American embassy in Iraq to the Iranian ambassador to Iraq, to hold a joint meeting to discuss ways to combat ISIS, saying he refuses to cooperate with the United States because its hands are stained and its intention is not pure. Khamenei also said that US Secretary of State John Kerry also made an offer to the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for mutual cooperation to combat ISIS, but Zarif rejected the offer...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109760] [ 17-oct-2014 04:14 ECT ]

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