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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
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Worst and Bloodiest Day Since the Beginning of the Offensive
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
July 20, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 13th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses. Since last night, Israeli forces have launched unprecedented attacks on al-Shuja'iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The neighborhood has been subjected to intensive aerial and ground shelling. Dozens of Palestinian civilians have been killed or wounded, and medical crews and the ICRC have not been able to attend them. Women were seen taking their children out to flee from the area, and some of them were killed...
continua / continued  [ 30-jul-2014 17:24 ECT ]
Civilians Fleeing Gaza City Neighborhood After Israeli Strike Say They Have Nowhere To Go
July 20, 2014 -Just after sunrise on Sunday, Zeinab, a young Palestinian mother, ran out of her house in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood with her husband and barefoot 5-year-old daughter. With the sound of Israeli drones overhead and air strikes and tank shelling all around, Zeinab watched as her neighbors poured into the streets and began to run. So she did the same."We were running, and [the Israeli Army] was attacking behind us," she said, sitting within the safety of al-Shifa Hospital’s compound in central Gaza City, over three miles away from Shijaiyah. "There were dead people around us." Frantic families, many shellshocked and inconsolable, stood around Zeinab, not knowing where to go or what to do next...
continua / continued  [ 30-jul-2014 16:45 ECT ]
Survivors of Shujaiyya assault recount horrors at Shifa hospital
July 20, 2014 -... Umm Wael Mansour, another survivor, told Ma'an: "I lived through the 1967 war, and other wars as well, but this one is indescribable. It's more difficult than the Sabra and Shatila massacres," she said, referencing the killings of thousands of Palestinians in Beirut by Israeli-supported militias during the Lebanese civil war."People who came to save us after a shell hit our home were killed on the street," she added, "and there were remains of the bodies of children, women, youth, and elderly on the ground."She wondered why the houses of innocent people were targeted when there were no militants in them.Umm Rafat Abu al-Qumeez, meanwhile, cried for her family whose bodies had not yet been recovered from the rubble.She told Ma'an: "My children are under the rubble, send ambulances because people are dying in Shujaiyya."..
continua / continued  [ 30-jul-2014 16:39 ECT ]
Israel using flechette shells in Gaza
Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem
July 20, 2014 -The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray out thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza.Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, suffered injuries to her chest, it said. PCHR provided a picture of flechettes taken by a fieldworker last week.The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) did not deny using the shells in the conflict. "As a rule, the IDF only employs weapons that have been determined lawful under international law, and in a manner which fully conforms with the laws of armed conflict," a spokesperson said in response to a request for specific comment on the deployment of flechettes.B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights organisation, describes a flechette shell as "an anti-personnel weapon that is generally fired from a tank. The shell explodes in the air and releases thousands of metal darts 37.5mm in length, which disperse in a conical arch 300 metres long and about 90 metres wide"....
continua / continued  [ 30-jul-2014 16:25 ECT ]
How will I ever look at a Gaza beach the same again?
July 20, 2014 -I used to look out of my bedroom window and stare at the sky at different times of the day, and lose myself in my dreams and the vastness of the skies above. I would think about my life, where I would be years from now, what I would want to accomplish, and so many other important but trivial thoughts. However, most importantly, I would imagine traveling to different countries and cities around the world.My bedroom window was like the window to the universe. Through it, I imagined the next adventure on which I would embark.Right now, the sight of my bedroom window makes me cringe. I have been housebound for more than ten days, a little prison located inside the biggest open-air prison on earth — besieged Gaza...
continua / continued  [ 30-jul-2014 14:50 ECT ]
The boy who clung to the paramedic: the story behind the photo
July 20, 2014 - Thursday night, 17 July, was the heaviest yet since Israel’s bombardment of Gaza began almost two weeks ago. Dozens of people arrived to Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital, where I was on shift that night. Some arrived torn to pieces, some beheaded, some disfigured beyond recognition, although still alive and breathing.Seemingly indiscriminate artillery fire, a new element in Israel’s assault, had exacted a heavy toll on civilians.The medical staff were lucky to get a break of less than half an hour. Some spent it watching the flares and bombs Israel was raining on the eastern neighborhoods of Gaza City, while others refueled with coffee or lay down for a few moments...
continua / continued  [ 30-jul-2014 14:39 ECT ]
Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor
July 20, 2014 - Dearest friends, The last night was extreme. The "ground invasion" of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying - all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza's hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS! Now, once more treated like animals by "the most moral army in the world" (sic!)...
continua / continued  [ 30-jul-2014 14:04 ECT ]
Gaza City resident Amal Sarsour: ‘There is no place to go, death is around us all the time’
July 19, 2014 - There is no where for Amal Sarsour to go–not when Israeli bombs, missiles, and artillery fire are blanketing Gaza. The 38-year-old Gaza City resident is cooped up in her home with her brothers and their families, who left their homes after the Israeli air force targeted their neighborhood. She doesn’t step outside. "It’s not safe at all," Sarsour, an academic and lecturer at Al Quds and Al Azhar universities in Gaza, tells me. "We can’t get out of our house…We are targeted by bombing, missiles around us." In a follow-up e-mail, she wrote: "There is no place to go, we feel that death [is] around us all the time."...
continua / continued  [ 27-jul-2014 22:32 ECT ]
Suffocating indoors under the rain of Israel’s bombs
July 19, 2014 - Three weeks before this attack, I had the long-awaited chance to spend a week in the occupied West Bank and the 1948 territories (present-day Israel). I wanted to write about this marvelous experience of life and laughter, but now I am writing about death and sorrow. Two days before the attack, I was supposed to travel to Geneva to participate in a summer school training program for which I have been preparing for seven months and which concludes today. I booked two flights both from Egypt and Jordan, but missed both. The Israelis never approved my permit to travel through Erez checkpoint in the north of Gaza, even though I applied three times, and Rafah crossing, the southern land border with Egypt, has been consistently sealed off. I am not attending the course, though I still receive emails related to it. Instead, I am living this war...
continua / continued  [ 27-jul-2014 22:13 ECT ]
Devastated family remembers cheerful boy cut down by Israeli fire on Gaza beach
July 19, 2014 - The day before he was killed, "Ismail came home carrying fresh fish and began joking with his brothers and sisters. He seemed unusually cheerful and happy," his mother Sahar Baker told The Electronic Intifada at her home in Gaza’s Beach Camp just twenty-four hours after her son’s brutal slaying
"I asked him, my son, why did you go to the beach while the situation is dangerous? He answered, we were playing as we wanted to play, why should we be afraid?" Sahar said.Ismail Muhammad Baker, nine years old, was killed along with his cousins Ahed Atif Baker and Zakaria Ahed Baker, both ten years old, and eleven-year-old Muhammad Ramiz Baker when Israeli fire targeted them on a beach near Gaza City’s seaport on 16 July....
continua / continued  [ 27-jul-2014 06:06 ECT ]
On the 11th Day of the Israeli Offensive: Israeli Forces Launch Ground Operation in the Gaza Strip Covered by Unprecedented Shelling; Dozens of Palestinian Civilians Killed or Wounded
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
July 18, 2014 -Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 8th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques. Last night, the Israeli government declared launching a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. In effect, Israeli forces moved hundreds of meters into Palestinian areas located along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, amidst unprecedented shelling....
continua / continued  [ 27-jul-2014 05:13 ECT ]
When Strength is Weakness|
Israel’s Heart of Darkness
by WILLIAM A. COOK
July 18, 2014 - ....A noticeable change has occurred in Israel since its bombardment of Gaza in 2008/9, what I have termed the Christmas bombing of imprisoned civilians caught in a steel net surrounding their sliver of land, a change that offers perspective on the altering mindset that guides this benumbed state. Then Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Saturday the 27th "…instructed the Foreign ministry to take emergency measures to adapt Israel’s international public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza strip" (Haaretz, 12/28/08). Her intent as she ordered the military to continue its devastation of the Gazan people resulting in over 1400 dead, many children, was "to explain the rationale for the expanded IDF operations in the Gaza strip." An all out call to PR personnel to mobilize was issued, including those with language proficiency in Arabic, Italian, Spanish and German, the better to muffle the voices of those finding fault with the invasion. She noted at the time that Israel expects foreign media and diplomatic figures to support Israel....
continua / continued  [ 27-jul-2014 02:16 ECT ]
War crimes in Gaza must cease!
Ministry of Health Gaza
July 18 2014 -Air strikes. Naval bombardment. Land invasion. New generation DIME weapons. Poison Gas. Children killed in their beds, at the dinner table, playing on the beach. Doctors’ homes wantonly destroyed. Hospital after hospital attacked – European Hospital, Wafa Hospital, Beit Hanoun. Will Shifa Hospital be next? The brutal Israeli escalation worsens by the hour. We already have 274 Palestinians dead, 76 percent of whom were killed in their homes. Of our 2,196 injured, 78 percent were wounded at home. The toll continues to rise rapidly. Eighteen families have lost between two and 17 members, almost 2,000 families have been made homeless. 22,900 people are in UNRWA emergency shelters. 50 percent of sewage pumping and treatment stations are no longer operational, posing a potential public health disaster...
continua / continued  [ 26-jul-2014 21:55 ECT ]
More Farcical Proceedings at the Military Commissions in Guantánamo
July 18, 2014 - Last week I published "The 9/11 Trial at Guantánamo: The Dark Farce Continues," the first of two articles providing updates about the military commissions at Guantánamo. The commissions were established under President George W. Bush in November 2001, were ruled illegal by the Supreme Court in June 2006, revived by Congress in the fall of 2006, suspended by President Obama in January 2009, and revived again by Congress in the fall of 2009, but they have always struggled to establish any credibility, and should not have been revived by the Obama administration.Last week’s article, as the title indicates, covered developments — or the lack of them — in pre-trial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of involvement in the 9/11 attacks, who were held and tortured in CIA "black sites" for years before their arrival in Guantánamo in September 2006...
continua / continued  [ 26-jul-2014 21:22 ECT ]
Iran's Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar's Behalf
July 18, 2014 - While the news is dominated by conflict in Israel-Palestine and Iraq, tragedies elsewhere in the region are being overlooked. One tragedy is Iran's massacre of natives of the Arab-populated island of Qeshm. This week, Iranian forces killed civilians (reports vary from three to six deaths) including one child and wounded 10 more on the island of Qeshm, the largest island in the Arabian Gulf and home to around 115,000 mostly Arab inhabitants...But as with all events in the region, there is a deeper story than a brutal clamp-down on fuel theft. It is bound up with historic intrigue, Iranian ethnic chauvinism and the corrupting influence of Qatar's rulers. The rulers in Tehran are developing the Qeshm free trade zone in order to exploit vast energy reserves: four billion barrels of oil and 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Within 10 years, the government hopes to turn Qeshm into an "energy hub". Having corrupted the FIFA World Cup, exploited Asian expatriate workers to death and perverted the Arab Spring to the Islamist cause, Qatar wants to grab Qeshm's resources...
continua / continued  [ 26-jul-2014 20:46 ECT ]
Testimony from Gaza: “You leave your home to die a thousand times, or refuse to leave and die once.”
July 17, 2014 - Mahmoud Jouda, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip describes the experience of receiving an evacuation order from Israeli forces: "I'll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe. What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes. Imagine; ten minutes; and your whole short history on the surface of Earth will be erased. Gifts you received, photos of your siblings and your children (dead or alive), things that you love, your favorite chair, your books, that last poetry collection your read, a letter from your expatriate sister, reminders of the ones you loved, the smell of your bed, the jasmine tree that hangs off your western window, your daughter’s hair clip, your old clothes, your prayer rug, your wife’s gold, your savings; imagine; all this passes in front of your eyes in ten minutes, all that pain passes while you are struck by surprise."
continua / continued  [ 26-jul-2014 03:06 ECT ]
Meshaal speaks out on possible cease-fire
Adnan Abu Amer
July 17, 2014 - ....The leader of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, has reiterated in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor that his movement will not agree to a cease-fire that does not result in the lifting of the siege on Gaza. "Any initiative that doesn’t stop the aggression and end the siege on Gaza would not be acceptable to our people. That’s why the Egyptian initiative was rejected," Meshaal told Al-Monitor in a phone interview from Doha. Since 2007, in addition to the multiple wars between 2008-2009 and 2012, Israel has maintained a land, air and sea siege on the Gaza Strip that is crippling its economy and has largely destroyed the territory’s infrastructure.,,,
continua / continued  [ 26-jul-2014 00:48 ECT ]
A Nation on the Brink: How US Policies Sealed Iraq's Fate
July 17, 2014 --An Iraqi friend I've known since 2003, living in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, emailed me recently. He had made it through the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 to 2007 in which many of his Sunni compatriots were killed or driven from the capital, and this is the picture he painted of what life is now like for him, his wife and their small children: All the dangers faced by Iraqis from the occupation - arrests, torture, car bombs, and sectarian violence - those killings have become like a toy in comparison to what we are facing these days. Fighting has spread in all directions from the north, east, and west of Baghdad... As a result of this fighting, we can't sleep because of our fear of the uncertainty of the situation, and because of the random arrests of innocent Sunni people. Each day I awake and find myself in a very hard and bad situation and now am trying to think of any way I can to leave here and save my family. Most of my neighbors left back when it was easier to leave. Now, we have both the US and Iran helping the Iraqi government, and this will only make the fighting that is going on across Iraq much worse...Every day, the Iraqi army is raiding homes and arresting many innocent people. So many dead bodies are to be found at the Baghdad morgue in the days following the mass arrests in Sunni areas...
continua / continued  [ 26-jul-2014 00:37 ECT ]
Full Recognition of Palestinian Humanity|
What’s Needed for Real Peace in Gaza
by BRITAIN EAKIN
July 17, 2014 - ... But despite its incessant claims to the contrary, Israel does have another choice. It can deal with the root causes of the conflict by accepting the Palestinian unity government, negotiating fairly with the Palestinians, ending the crippling and inhumane siege of Gaza and taking meaningful steps to end its nearly 50-year-long military occupation of Palestinian land. But this is simply not the option it has chosen to exercise. Until and unless there is recognition of and respect for Palestinian humanity and their inherent rights as an occupied people deserving of self-determination, the bloodshed and violence will continue. Without any accountability mechanism to persuade Israel to take this approach in negotiations, the way forward remains murky. In the meantime, analysts and journalists can do their part by treating Palestinians as actual human beings, deserving of safety and security, whose lives have value. The more we hear about Palestinians from Palestinians themselves,the better....
continua / continued  [ 25-jul-2014 22:33 ECT ]
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