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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-

:: 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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Collective Punishment in Gaza
By Rashid Khalidi

August 9, 2014 -Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, "I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan."It’s worth listening carefully when Netanyahu speaks to the Israeli people. What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about "human shields" or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. That is what Netanyahu is really saying, and that is what he now admits he has "always" talked about. It is about an unswerving, decades-long Israeli policy of denying Palestine self-determination, freedom, and sovereignty...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109079] [ 29-aug-2014 04:18 ECT ]

Netanyahu Urges US Lawmakers to Defend Israel Against ICC "War Crimes" Prosecution
Jon Queally

August 9, 2014 - According to U.S. Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), the Israeli government hopes that he and his colleagues in Washington, DC will do everything in their power to prevent the International Criminal Court from pushing forward with possible war crimes charges against his nation over its recent attack on the Gaza Strip which resulted in the killing over nearly 1,900 Palestinians, including a large proportion of civilians and hundreds of children.Speaking to the New York Post from Israel, where he was travelling at the invitation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (or AIPAC), Rep. Israel described the meeting between U.S. lawmakers in the delegation, AIPAC officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109078] [ 29-aug-2014 03:46 ECT ]

Hundreds of Thousands March in 'Day of Rage' Against Israel
Lauren McCauley

August 9, 2014-As Israeli airstrikes continued to rain down on the the Gaza Strip on Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide are taking to the streets in an international Day of Rage to condemn the attacks and demand that their governments do their part and boycott Israel.In an open letter announcing the demonstration, a coalition of Palestinian groups organized by the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, write: "As we face the full might of Israel’s military arsenal, funded and supplied by the United States and European Union, we call on civil society and people of conscience throughout the world to pressure governments to sanction Israel and implement a comprehensive arms embargo immediately."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109077] [ 29-aug-2014 03:21 ECT ]

Gaza crisis: a closer look at Israeli strikes on UNRWA schools
Raya Jalabi, Tom McCarthy and Nadja Popovich

August 9, 2014 - As the conflict in Gaza deepened, tens of thousands – and then hundreds of thousands – of Palestinians were forced out of their homes and into shelters operated by the United Nations. Dozens of UN-operated schools were converted for the purpose. Eventually, almost 270,000 internally displaced people were crowded into 90 shelters in Gaza.In the last two weeks of the fighting before this week’s ceasefire, UN schools began to come under fire. Six schools in all were hit. Hundreds of Palestinians at the schools were wounded and at least 47 were killed. A disproportionate number of those hurt were children or women. Of the 485,000 internally displaced, many had sought shelter in the schools after being warned by the Israeli military to leave their homes...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109075] [ 29-aug-2014 03:00 ECT ]

The Israeli ISIS
Osman Mirghani

August 9, 2014- After two Americans and a French national were reported killed while fighting alongside the Israeli army in Gaza, the news passed as if this was a normal occurrence. This news did not cause any commotion in political and media circles in the West. Western and international media outlets reported the news without fanfare, and no side expressed its condemnation or called for an investigations into those who left their countries in order to participate in the Israeli army’s operations in Gaza. The situation in Gaza has been described by human rights activists and UN officials as a "massacre." with many calling for investigation as to whether the huge civilian death toll constitutes a war crime or not. However we did not see any politicians lining up to demand measures be imposed to stop "foreign" fighters from travelling to Israel...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109074] [ 29-aug-2014 02:41 ECT ]

448 children killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, UN says
Charlotte Silver

August 9, 2014 - As Israel claimed it is targeting "terror sites," its first victim was a ten-year-old child in Gaza City. Ibrahim Dawawsa was killed while playing with some friends in the yard of a mosque close to his home, when a missile ended his life and injured his two young friends. During the nearly month-long military offensive on Gaza prior to the short ceasefire, Israel killed 448 children and injured 2,502, according to United Nations estimates. As of 8 August, the death toll in Gaza had reached 1,922...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109073] [ 29-aug-2014 02:16 ECT ]

Lessons of the conflict in Gaza
Israel claims that its offensive on Gaza is a war on terror; in fact, it is an act of state terrorism.

Avi Shlaim

August 9, 2014 - The cycle of violence that has engulfed the Gaza Strip since Israel's unilateral disengagement in 2005 is repetitive, predictable, and profoundly depressing. In the last six years Israel has launched three major military offensives on this tiny, isolated, desperately poor, and densely-populated Palestinian enclave. Invariably, Israel presents itself as the victim, claiming to be exercising its right to self-defence, while denying the equivalent right to the Palestinians. Yet all these wars were instigated by Israel, all were directed against civilians, and all involved war crimes. They are a direct product of Israeli colonialism, of the most prolonged and brutal military occupation of modern times...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109072] [ 29-aug-2014 02:04 ECT ]

How the Israeli discourse on terrorism seeks to justify blatant war crimes Israel/Palestine
Rémi Brulin

August 9, 2014 - Appearing on CNN a few days into the current offensive in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Hamas as "the worst terrorists, genocidal terrorists." He said they want to "pile up as many civilian dead as they can," and, he added, to "use telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause."By contrast, Israeli strikes are said to be aimed at the "terrorists," who are by definition legitimate targets. Any civilian casualties that may result from such uses of force are unintentional, and in fact should be blamed squarely on Hamas. Indeed, Netanyahu explained, not only do they target civilians but they also "hide behind civilians," thus committing "a double war crime."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109071] [ 29-aug-2014 00:52 ECT ]

Video: Israeli sniper kills Palestinian protester in Hebron
Annie Robbins

August 9, 2014 - This video captures the moment an Israeli sniper shot a bullet into the heart of Nader Mohammad Edrees, 40, during a protest in the Bab az-Zaweya area of Hebron on Friday. Doctors performed heart surgery but were unable to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead hours later.The video appears to show that Edrees posed no risk at all to occupying Israeli forces. Also note the brave older man near the end of the video waving a green cardboard rocket on his arm, in apparent support for Hamas’s actions in Gaza, right in front of soldiers’ guns. Edrees was buried today in Hebron...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109069] [ 28-aug-2014 16:12 ECT ]

An extreme rightwing regime behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing’
Philip Weiss

August 9, 2014 - A lot of folks have seen this, according to Youtube. It’s the first truly great speech I’ve seen from a western politician decrying Israeli impunity. David Norris is an Irish senator. Note that he says that he had a home in Israel or Palestine; he had a longtime relationship with Ezra Nawi, the great Israeli activist. Some highlights: It changed from a leftwing socially directed country to an extreme rightwing regime that is behaving in the most criminal fashion and defying the world and unscrupulously using the Holocaust to justify what they’re doing and it’s time that rag was torn away from them. Israel is afraid of Palestinian unity. That’s what this is all about. It has nothing to do with [the three murdered teens]…

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109070] [ 29-aug-2014 00:43 ECT ]

Debunking Gaza war lies
By John Brown

August 9, 2014 - The lies generated by the IDF spokesperson and the media on the Gaza war are still being endlessly quoted for the purposes of propaganda.
1. "Hamas is forcing residents to stand on rooftops, leading to their deaths." The claim originated with the killing of six members of the Kware’a family and two others at 2:30 p.m. on July 8. According to the investigation, the family evacuated the house after receiving a phone call from the army, but returned after the "knock on the roof" missile was erroneously assumed to have been the missile intended to demolish the house.The Israeli Air Force maintains that it knew that the family had begun to return but could not divert the missile off course. In any case, this argument no longer holds any water since the IDF has attacked other families in a similar manner without any warning. There are abundant examples such as the killing of 26 members of the Abu Jame’ family and 18 members of the Al Batsh family, as well as the widespread bombardment of civilian populations in Rafah...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109068] [ 28-aug-2014 15:21 ECT ]

"Liberal" Guardian to print pro-genocide ad
Asa Winstanley

August 9, 2014 - Any newspaper that published an advertisement accusing Jews of "child sacrifice" would rightly be condemned as anti-Semitic.How is it, then, that Britain’s leading "liberal" newspaper is set to publish just such an ad about Palestinians on Monday?The Guardian’s media columnist yesterday justified publishing the ad, saying it does not mean "that it endorses the views and claims made within it."This holds no water. Newspapers can pick and choose the ads they run, and often turn down offensive submissions. As The Guardian notes, right-wing London newspaper The Times has, to its credit, rejected the ad...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109067] [ 28-aug-2014 12:45 ECT ]

Israel deliberately attacking medical workers in Gaza, Amnesty says
Charlotte Silver

August 9, 2014 - "We were on our way back to Nasser hospital, driving with the lights and sirens on as always. The ambulance was clearly marked as such. The doctor, nurse and I were all wearing medical uniforms. When we reached the Islamic University I heard an explosion right next to us and the front and back windows of the car fell out," Gaza ambulance driver Mohammad Abu Jumiza told Amnesty International about a terrifying 24 July chase between him and Israeli artillery as he was transferring injured people in Khan Younis to the hospital.
"As I was turning another missile hit next to us, and then a third one. When the fourth missile hit, I lost control and we crashed, so we ran out of the car and found shelter in a building. Then there were two more missiles fired and some people were injured."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109066] [ 28-aug-2014 03:12 ECT ]

Democrat youth wing fires members who criticized Israel’s child killings
Rania Khalek

August 9, 2014 - The College Democrats of America (CDA), the youth wing of the Democratic National Committee, forced two of its members to resign from leadership positions following a right-wing smear campaign this week.They were branded anti-Semites after expressing anger at Israel’s assault on Gaza in a heated social media exchange. Christopher Woodside, a twenty-year-old student at Catholic University of America, says he was fired 6 August from his position as Communications Director with the DC Federation for College Democrats, CDA’s Washington DC branch...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109065] [ 28-aug-2014 03:06 ECT ]

Syria News - August 8, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 8, 2014 - By the end of Friday, LCC had documented the fall of 60 martyrs including 2 women, 3 children and 3 martyrs under torture. 22 martyrs were reported in Deir Ezzor, 14 in Damascus and its suburbs, 13 in Aleppo, 5 in Daraa, 4 in Hama, 1 in Idlib and 1 in Homs...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109064] [ 28-aug-2014 02:18 ECT ]

Israel broke all taboos in attacking civilians, says Gaza doctor
Nora Barrows-Friedman

August 8, 2014 -...Just like the attacks in 2012, they have noticed a new pattern of injuries where the patients are received in relatively good condition and then they deteriorate after one or two days. On examination, there are no shrapnels inside their body, but then one or two days later, they deteriorate as they receive massive shrapnels. Upon operation, you cannot find any missile fragments — there are speculations that this might be new types of weapons, for example the infamous DIME weapons, so far there is no evidence as far as they know. But we doctors take pieces of evidence from the patients when they died or had operations for later documentation if possible. There are international teams who are interested in investigating this matter...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109062] [ 28-aug-2014 01:45 ECT ]

Surgeon Mads Gilbert Gives a Powerful Speech about Gaza after Returning Home to Norway

August 8, 2014 - In a powerful 25 minute speech on his return home to Tromsø, Norway from 15 days treating the wounded in Gaza, the Norwegian emergency surgeon Dr Mads Gilbert said: "The heart of the Earth beats in Gaza now. It bleeds, but it beats."He went on to say: "The Palestinian people’s resistance in Gaza today is admirable, it is fair and it is a struggle for all of us. We do not want a world where raw power can be abused, to kill those who struggle for justice."Below is the first few minutes of the speech transcribed from the video which is subtitled in English. In an appeal to Norwegian citizens, he asks them to imagine what their country would be like today if they had not struggled for its liberation from German occupation...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109063] [ 28-aug-2014 01:57 ECT ]

Hashtag Genocide: Why Gaza Fought Back
Ramzy Baroud

August 8, 2014 -My old family house in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza was recently rebuilt by its new owner, into a beautiful three-story building with large windows adorned by red frames. In Israel’s most recent and deadliest war on Gaza, the house sustained significant damage. A large hole caused by Israeli missiles can be seen from afar, in a part of the house where our kitchen once stood.It seems that the original target was not my house, however, but that of our kindly neighbour, who had spent his entire working-life toiling between manual jobs in Israel, and later in life as a janitor for UN-operated schools in Gaza. The man’s whole lifesavings were invested in his house where several families lived. After "warning" rockets blew up part of his house, several missiles pulverised the rest...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109061] [ 28-aug-2014 01:39 ECT ]

Israel’s target is not Hamas, but Palestinian statehood
Dan Glazebrook

August 8, 2014 - All colonial settler states are based on the violent dispossession of the native peoples – and as a result, their fundamental and overriding aim has always been to keep those native peoples as weak as possible. Israel’s aim for the Palestinians is no different. Palestinian statehood is clearly an obstacle to this goal; a Palestinian state would strengthen the Palestinians. Genuine sovereignty would end Israel’s current presumed right to steal their land, control their borders, place them under siege, and bomb them at will. That is why Netanyahu’s Likud party platform "flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river."; that is why Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated for even suggesting some limited self-governance for the Palestinians; and that is why every proposal for Palestinian statehood, however limited and conditional, has been wilfully sabotaged by successive Israeli governments of all hues...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109060] [ 28-aug-2014 01:26 ECT ]

Syria Protests August 8, 2014 : A Video Roundup

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109059] [ 28-aug-2014 01:24 ECT ]

Bob Dreyfuss betrays Syria in The Nation
Bill Weinberg

August 8, 2014 - ....The stateside Bashar Assad fan club rarely plays its hand so openly as he does in his new exercise in dictator-shilling, unabashedly entitled "US Should Back Syria's Assad Against ISIS"! Dreyfuss favorably quotes former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan Ryan Crocker's obscene remarks in the New York Times a few months back that "Assad Is the Least Worst Option." He also similarly endorses recent comments to the same effect from Leslie Gelb in the same NY Times that "leftists" once derided as an organ of the imperial elite....This is another example of what we may now call the pseudo-left (or, emphasizing its utter lack of analysis, Idiot Left) in political convergence with the paleocon right—that faction of the Beltway elite that have their money on Bashar Assad.... As Syrians put their lives on the line to oppose a genocidal regime, the best "leftists" in the US can do is call for Washington to back the dictatorship? Just maddening...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109058] [ 28-aug-2014 00:20 ECT ]

Blown Chances in Gaza
By Sandy Tolan

August 8, 2014 - ...In other words, the destruction of Gazan neighborhoods and significant aspects of the area’s infrastructure should be seen as part of Israel’s larger objective: dividing Palestinians from one another and so deep-sixing the possibility of genuine self-determination. As early as 1973, Ariel Sharon, one of the founders of the Likud party and a champion of the settler movement, described his aim as putting so many settlements on the West Bank that they would become impossible to remove....On July 11th, Prime Minister Netanyahu more formally clarified Israel’s intentions. "There cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan," Netanyahu stated. For anyone weak on his or her Middle Eastern geography, that is an area that includes all of the West Bank. In other words, Israel, finally, officially has no interest in a two-state solution.,,
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109057] [ 27-aug-2014 23:59 ECT ]

The Snowden Hoax
How a Lie Traveled Around the World Before the Truth Could Get Its Boots On

Alan Kurtz

August 8, 2014 - In mid-July 2014, Time attempted an antiviral intervention against the first Internet hoax involving NSA leaker Edward Snowden..."Conspiracy theories are nothing new in the Middle East…." This particular rumor, said Time, had "assumed truthlike proportions through multiple reposts and links." It postulated a secret U.S., British and Israeli op—codenamed "Hornet's Nest"—hatching the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) to attract terrorists worldwide to so vex the region that Israel's enemies would be in Biblical disarray. Time traced the hoax to Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), which Time accused of "concocting an obviously fictional fake Snowden interview to bolster the narrative." Six days later, IRNA reacted testily, complaining that Time (which it called "Times") had smeared IRNA's report as "fabricated" without once referring to its original source, The Intercept. The problem is that journalist Glenn Greenwald's online startup The Intercept, which since its February 2014 launch has posted 295 pages of NSA documents leaked by Snowden and numerous articles based on those leaks, hasn't said a word about Israel's national intelligence arm, the Mossad, grooming ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as chief stinger for the Hornet's Nest...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109056] [ 27-aug-2014 23:50 ECT ]

#SaveOurYazidi (in Iraq)
By: Peter Van Buren

August 8, 2014 - Show of hands: anybody out there who heard much of the Yazidi in Iraq before a day or two ago? Because our president is going to re-engage in combat in Iraq to save them. Airstrikes are now authorized! Once upon a time placing America’s service people in harm’s way, spending America’s money and laying America’s credibility on the line required at least the pretext that some national interest was at stake. Not any more. Anytime some group we don’t like threatens a group we could care not so much about, America must act to save a proud people, stop a humanitarian crisis, take down a brutal leader, put an end to genocide, whatever will briefly engage the sodden minds of the public between innings and spin up some new war fever. Some of these crisis’ get a brief moment in the #media (Save our girls!), some fizzle and fade (The Syrian people!) and some never even made sense (Somebody in the Ukraine!) With some irony, "freeing the Iraqi people from an evil dictator" was one of the many justifications for the 2003 invasion...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109055] [ 27-aug-2014 19:40 ECT ]

Syria war refugees allowed in Jordan, except if they’re Palestinian
Maureen Clare Murphy

August 8, 2014 - Even though they are fleeing the same violence, Jordan is discriminating in its treatment of people escaping the Syria war depending on their nationality. A report by Human Rights Watch released this week finds that Jordan’s practices of refusing entry and forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees fleeing Syria constitutes a "clear breach of its international obligations."This is in contrast to its treatment of Syrian nationals, "upon whom Jordan has not placed any formal entry restrictions," according to the report, titled "Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria." More than half a million Syrians have fled to Jordan since the beginning of the crisis in 2011....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109054] [ 27-aug-2014 19:09 ECT ]

Israel, Gaza, and the False Face of Barack Obama

August 8, 2014 - ....During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly told voters that "it’s time to stop spending billions of dollars a week trying to put Iraq back together and start spending the money putting [the US of] America back together" (Janesville, Wisconsin, February 15, 2008). The candidate was far too knowledgeable and intelligent to have honestly believed that the US was engaged in a benevolent nation-building project in Iraq. He was too smart not to have understood that the criminal US invasion of that country had killed hundreds of thousands and destroyed vast swaths of social and technical infrastructure and fanned the flames of violent sectarian conflict there. (The horrible consequences of the US invasion are evident in current news reports from devastated Iraq – reports that rarely if ever acknowledge Washington’s critical role in the crippling of Mesopotamia.)..
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109053] [ 27-aug-2014 18:59 ECT ]

How We Scapegoat Children From Gaza to the US-Mexico Borderlands
By Todd Miller

August 8, 2014 - A week ago was when I first saw the picture that appeared in the The Telegraph of children in the Gaza Strip trying to break the Guinness world record for kite-flying. The kites floating mid-air off the Mediterranean shore were a sight to behold. I was taken with the photo and the happiness of the Gazan children on the beach, considering that all the news had been about the sustained Israeli bombardment of that besieged Palestinian territory. At first glance, it seemed like a triumph of the human spirit, or at least of the joy of childhood in the face of war. But then I realized that the picture had been taken at a previous time...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109052] [ 27-aug-2014 18:30 ECT ]

The Blurring of Cause and Effect
Israel and Illegally Occupied Gaza


August 8, 2014 - But the 1.8 million enclosed Palestinians have no place to go, and no bomb shelters in which to be safe. Even the supposedly recognized neutrality of UN shelters, to which over 200,000 Palestinians sought refuge, is violated. A number of the shelters have been bombed, killing families who had fled to them for safety after being warmed to leave their homes by "the most moral army in the world." ("At Least 15 Dead as Israel Strikes Gaza Market," by VOA News, Voice of America, July 30, 2014; "Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike 'criminal’ – UN chief," BBC News, Middle East, Aug. 3, 2014) Originally driven by Israeli military forces to a strip of land the size of Detroit, the Palestinians in Gaza not only live in one of the densest places on earth, they are crowded into what is condemned as the world’s "largest open-air prison." So, for the IDF, it is almost like a barbaric shooting fish in a barrel...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109051] [ 27-aug-2014 17:24 ECT ]

Killing Lt. Goldin...and 150 Innocents
The IDF’s ‘Hannibal Protocol’ and Two Criminally Insane Governments


August 8, 2014 -The sickness of present-day Israel, on display over the past horrible month of the one-sided slaughter of nearly 2000 Palestinians (including over 400 children) in the fenced-in ghetto of Gaza, has finally reached its nadir with the ugly case of the deliberate Israeli Defense Force murder of captured IDF 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin. According to an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, once it was determined that Goldin had been captured by Hamas fighters in the Gaza town of Rafah, the IDF initiated what it calls the "Hannibal Protocol" — the deliberate liquidation of the captive — to prevent his being used as a hostage to win concessions from Israel in future truce negotiations with the Palestinians. One reason for the almost instantaneous and ruthless Israeli decision to kill Goldin rather than attempt to rescue him, is that this captured soldier had the misfortune of being related to Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, making him a valuable prize indeed for Hamas...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109050] [ 27-aug-2014 16:51 ECT ]

How Israel's lies are used to justify mass slaughter of civilians in Gaza
Chris Hedges

August 8, 2014 - ALL GOVERNMENTS lie, including Israel and Hamas. But Israel engages in the kinds of jaw-dropping lies that characterize despotic and totalitarian regimes.It does not deform the truth; it inverts it. It routinely paints a picture for the outside world that is diametrically opposed to reality. And all of us reporters who have covered the occupied territories have run into Israel's Alice-in-Wonderland narratives, which we dutifully insert into our stories -- required under the rules of American journalism -- although we know they are untrue. I saw small boys baited and killed by Israeli soldiers in the Gaza refugee camp of Khan Younis. The soldiers swore at the boys in Arabic over the loudspeakers of their armored jeep. The boys, about 10 years old, then threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and the soldiers opened fire, killing some, wounding others. I was present more than once as Israeli troops drew out and shot Palestinian children in this way....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109049] [ 27-aug-2014 16:11 ECT ]

How US Leaders Aid and Abet Israeli War Crimes

August 8, 2014 - According to the Congressional Research Service, in 2007, the Bush Administration agreed to provide Israel with $30 billion [PDF] in military assistance from 2009 to 2018, provided in annual increments of $3.1 billion. During his March 2013 visit to Israel, Obama pledged that the US would continue to provide Israel with multi-year commitments of military aid subject to the approval of Congress. Since 2012, the US has sent $276 million worth of weapons and munitions to Israel, not including exports of military transport equipment and high technologies. From January to May 2014, the US transferred to Israel almost $27 million for rocket launchers, $9.3 million worth of parts of guided missiles and nearly $762,000 for bombs, grenades and munitions of war. On July 20, 2014, Israel requested additional ammunition, including 140mm tank rounds and 40mm illumination grenades, and the Defense Department approved the sale three days later....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109048] [ 27-aug-2014 15:53 ECT ]

The Enclosure of the Palestinians
The Occupation is Forever


August 8, 2014 - The 'two-state solution’ is perennially misunderstood. The solution envisaged has nothing to do with a possible spatio-political division of Israel-Palestine and the ending of the Occupation. Rather it is a public relations device to quell the qualms of those bleeding hearts who find the current impasse unsavory, to deny the necessity (indeed the inevitability) of a 'one-state solution’, and ultimately to ensure the continuation of the Occupation. Ditto the 'peace process’. There is a hierarchy of groupings behind this long-time fraud. There are the blackguards – those who have formulated the objectives and are running the show. There are the flunkeys – those who perform the legwork publically for the blackguards (the execrable Quartet emissary Tony Blair as Exhibit A) or who cravenly bring up the rear (Europe); add the complaint media...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109047] [ 27-aug-2014 04:47 ECT ]

Reviving Our Heroes: Challenging Palestinian dehumanization
Bayan Abusneineh

August 8, 2014 - ...Israel’s indiscriminate bombings and mass killings of whole families reflects its cruel and genocidal tactics. This offensive, however, is not an isolated incident. The barbaric nature of the State is reflective of the broader Zionist settler-colonial project, through its siege on Gaza, confiscation of land, demolition of homes, restriction of movement, and arbitrary imprisonment of Palestinians. Israel has simultaneously constructed itself as part of the ambiguous "West," alongside the United States and Europe, where colonialism, racism, and imprisonment are inherent to the establishment of the State. Israel defends its policies by painting itself as the "only democracy in the Middle East," placing itself as exceptional. Western media assists in constructing Israel as a sovereign (read: civilized) state and Palestinians as stateless (read: uncivilized), which allows Israel to justify its actions as "self-defense" while denouncing Palestinian acts of resistance as "terrorism....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109046] [ 27-aug-2014 02:48 ECT ]

Academic heavyweights slam Univ. of Illinois firing of Steven Salaita for Palestine views
Ali Abunimah

August 8, 2014 - There has been a strong and unified response from prominent academics, as well as academic and civil rights organizations, condemning the decision by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Chancellor Phyllis Wise to summarily terminate the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita.One professor has publicly announced his refusal to visit UIUC over the affair. Wise terminated Salaita after off-campus anti-Palestinian websites and organizations began to agitate against him over his Twitter postings condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109045] [ 27-aug-2014 02:21 ECT ]

Jordan: Palestinians Escaping Syria Turned Away
Others Vulnerable to Deportation, Living in Fear

August 8, 2014 - Jordan refuses entry to or forcibly deports Palestinian refugees escaping Syria, in clear breach of its international obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Jordan has officially banned entry to Palestinians from Syria since January 2013 and has forcibly deported over 100 who managed to enter the country since mid-2012, including women and children. The 44-page report, "Not Welcome: Jordan’s Treatment of Palestinians Escaping Syria," is based on interviews with more than 30 people affected by the non-admission policy. Human Rights Watch also documented Jordan’s withdrawal of Jordanian citizenship from some Palestinians who had lived in Syria for many years and who have been detained or deported to Syria without identity documents. Jordan’s uncompromising treatment of Palestinians fleeing Syria contrasts with its treatment of Syrian nationals, at least 607,000 of whom have been accepted into the country since the beginning of the Syrian conflict....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109044] [ 27-aug-2014 01:59 ECT ]

Syria News - August 7, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 7, 2014 - By the end of Thursday, the coordination committees were able to document 63 martyrs including 9 martyrs under torture, 6 women, and 2 children: 22 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 14 in Aleppo; 7 in Idlib; 6 in Daraa; 5 in Deir Ezzor; 5 in Homs and 4 in Hama....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109043] [ 27-aug-2014 00:13 ECT ]

During Humanitarian Truce, Bodies of Victims Recovered from Invaded Areas amidst Unprecedented Destruction
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 7 , 2014 - At 08:00 on Tuesday, 05 August 2014, the 30th day of the Israeli offensive of the Gaza Strip, a 72-hour humanitarian truce entered into force between the Palestinian and Israeli sides. Since then, all areas of the Gaza Strip have been calm, and a number of forcibly displaced Palestinian civilians have been able to return to their home, which were not completely destroyed, amidst concerns that Israeli shelling may be resumed. Over the past two days, the civil defense and medical crews have continued to recover bodies of victims from the areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, and a number of Palestinian have died of previous wounds. Based field tours carried out by PCHR’s staff in all areas that were invaded by Israeli forces, PCHR is shocked by the scenes of destruction caused by Israeli forces in the areas which had not been accessible. Hundreds of Palestinian families have become homeless....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109042] [ 26-aug-2014 02:17 ECT ]

An attack on the essence of democracy: the case of Omar Khadr
Andrew Lodge

August 7, 2014 - The Canadian government won't allow Omar Khadr to speak. Numerous media outlets have requested to interview him. They have repeatedly been turned down, most recently the Toronto Star. Why have these efforts been denied?
To recap, Khadr was a child soldier fighting in the Afghan theatre. He was captured in a firefight after having killed an American soldier with a thrown grenade. Khadr was also injured during the exchange. He was 15 at the time.
He was then transported to Guantanamo Bay where he spent 10 years while being tortured....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109041] [ 26-aug-2014 00:51 ECT ]

The Collapse of America's Great African Experiment
By Nick Turse

August 7, 2014 - As John Kerry, then-chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, put it in 2012, the United States "helped midwife the birth" of South Sudan. The choice of words may have been cringe-worthy, but hardly divorced from reality. For more than 20 years, a bipartisan coalition in Washington and beyond championed rebel forces here. As the new nation broke away from Sudan, after decades of bloody civil war, the U.S. poured in billions of dollars in aid, including hundreds of millions of dollars of military and security assistance, and sent military instructors to train the country’s armed forces and advisers to mentor government officials. It would be Washington’s major nation-building effort in Africa, a new country destined to join Iraq and Afghanistan as a regional bulwark of democracy and a shining example of American know-how...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109040] [ 26-aug-2014 00:45 ECT ]

Israeli Incitement: Fueling Intolerance & Hate Crimes

August 7, 2014 - Since three Israeli teenagers went missing in the occupied West Bank on June 12, Israeli society has witnessed a sharp increase in racially-motivated incitement and violent attacks against Palestinians, including Palestinian citizens of the state, who make up about 20% of Israel’s population. Fanned and exploited by Israeli politicians and religious leaders, many observers say they’ve never seen such a poisonous atmosphere in Israel.The following fact sheet provides an overview of some of the most egregious examples of Israeli incitement over the past seven weeks, as well as some of the consequences it has had for both Palestinians and dissenting Israeli Jews...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109039] [ 26-aug-2014 00:34 ECT ]

When a shelter is a target
Mohamed Omer

August 7, 2014 - "In the night, I am frightened by the bombings, missiles and the thought of the blood of injured people in the street," says eight-year-old Karam Abu Shanab."I can’t sleep in the night, my mind is filled with bad images from the Israeli bombs," he tells his mother, who says her other three children — Saleh, Malak and Sjoud — are all unable to sleep after hearing how children were bombed in their sleep at the UNRWA schools in Jabaliya. Karam is now taking shelter at Al-Rafedeen School in Gaza City. Among the children, there is constant talk about it being bombed and how parents cannot put a stop to it all....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109038] [ 25-aug-2014 23:47 ECT ]

Unchecked Murder and Mayhem
Israel and the Erosion of International Humanitarian Law


August 7, 2014 - It is not an exaggeration to say that Israel’s acclaimed "Defense Forces" have become expert in violating human rights: murder and ethnic cleansing, illegal confiscation of occupied land, destruction of civilian housing, destruction of civilian infrastructure (water, electricity, sanitation, etc.), attacking of medical facilities, torture both of adults and children, the use of banned weaponry, the mistreatment of prisoners and more. And they have done it all quite openly. Official complaints about Israeli behavior come before the UN several times a year but to no avail. Each time Israel is called to task in the UN Security Council for violating international law, the U.S. vetoes the resolution and therefore Israel suffers no consequences. Obviously this only emboldens Israeli leaders to continue acting in a criminal manner. However, the impact goes beyond Israel and its victims, because each time the U.S. casts its veto, international law designed to protect human rights suffers degradation...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109037] [ 25-aug-2014 23:18 ECT ]

The CIA is getting away with keeping every important secret about torture
Trevor Timm

August 7, 2014 - At this point, is there anything the Central Intelligence Agency thinks it can’t get away with?To recap: the CIA systematically tortured people, then lied about it. Destroyed evidence of it, then lied about that. Spied on the US Senate staffers investigating the agency for torture, then lied about that. Now, after somehow being put in charge of deciding what parts of the Senate’s final report on that torture should be redacted, the CIA has predictively censored the key evidence of the litany of all of those transgressions.The agency’s black marker has reportedly censored – at different points in the report – already-public, embarrassing and criminally culpable information. By doing so, the CIA has rendered it, as one Senator noted, "incomprehensible". So while the Senators and Langley fight it out behind closed doors, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the intelligence committee chair, put the report’s public release on hold. Again...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109036] [ 25-aug-2014 22:55 ECT ]

Multiple journalists killed in Gaza war
Hana Salah

August 7, 2014 - GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An editor for a local newspaper was among 13 Palestinian journalists killed during Israel’s war on Gaza. Mohammed Daher, the financial editor for Al-Resalah newspaper, succumbed to his wounds on July 31 after spending 10 days in intensive care at al-Shifa Hospital."We were sitting in the room near the door. We could hear shells, shrapnel and nails scattering over the rooftop all night, and we were waiting for the morning to come," Shaima, his pregnant wife who survived the attack, told Al-Monitor....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109035] [ 25-aug-2014 20:05 ECT ]

USACBI Condemns UIUC Firing of Arab-American Scholar Steven Salaita
Jadaliyya Reports

August 7, 2014 - The Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel protests in the strongest possible terms the termination of the appointment of Professor Steven Salaita by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). According to the report in Inside Higher Education, UIUC has rescinded its employment contract with Salaita based on his public stance on Israel-Palestine. Having publicly announced the appointment of Salaita as Associate Professor (with tenure) of American Indian Studies after the customary full review, the university has withdrawn his appointment. In other words, Salaita has been fired. This negative action constitutes a blatant violation of Salaita’s academic freedom and an insidious assault upon him and on those who uphold the right to honest and ethical critique in the academy. We are gravely concerned about this attack on a leading scholar in Arab American studies and ethnic, indigenous, and American studies, whose brilliantly pathbreaking and highly prolific scholarship has put him at the forefront of these fields....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109034] [ 25-aug-2014 19:28 ECT ]

‘Era of Oslo is over’
Amira Howeidy

August 7, 2014 - "The Palestinians know that Israel wants to thwart this unity government by launching its war on Gaza," said the DFLP’s Abu Laila, "which is what we resisted by agreeing on unified demands."The current Palestinian representatives in Cairo, said Abu Laila, "are a PLO delegation. We are not here because of the PA."This is a new language that might be indicative of a turning point in Palestinian politics, post-Gaza. It remains to be seen how the ouctome of this war will impact the Palestinians, but there's a growing realisation that whatever happens, things can't go back to where they were before July 8 when Israel began its offensive."The era of Oslo and negotiations are over," proclaimed prominent Palestinian politician Mustafa Al-Barghouti from Ramallah recently. There are new realities, he said, and it is through "struggles" that a change in the balance of power is achieved, "not through solutions with Israel"....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109032] [ 25-aug-2014 19:09 ECT ]

Israeli discourse of sexualized violence rises amid Gaza assault
By Alex Shams

August 7, 2014 - As the bombs have been falling on Gaza over the past four weeks, another war has been ongoing for the hearts and minds of the global public.Although less deadly, this war of words offers a telling look into ongoing intellectual shifts in the Israeli and Zionist mainstream, revealing what experts argue is an increasingly violently racist and sexist Zionist worldview. Diana Buttu, a Palestinian lawyer and a former member of the PLO negotiating team, told Ma'an that in the weeks since the Israeli assault began she has received a deluge of hundreds of hateful emails and violent threats. Although she is accustomed to hate mail, she said that the tone and quantity is "unprecedented."...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109033] [ 25-aug-2014 18:49 ECT ]

The war crime state declares "peace"

August 7, 2014 - ...Meanwhile, burning questions are being asked around the world: What was Israel's month-long offensive all about? And if we've seen the horrors of war for the past weeks, what will "peace" mean for the people of Gaza?Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists that Israel's massacre was "justified" and that every civilian casualty was the fault of Hamas for using civilians as "human shields." Never mind that even the New York Times acknowledged that "[t]here is no evidence that Hamas and other militants force civilians to stay in areas that are under attack--the legal definition of a human shield under international law." The BBC reached the same conclusion...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109030] [ 25-aug-2014 15:40 ECT ]

Power to the people: Extending the Israel boycott
Hatem Bazian

August 7, 2014 - In April 1960, after the New York City Seafarers' International Union and the International Longshoremen's Association picketed an Egyptian vessel named Cleopatra for 22 days, an official US State Department memo documented a phone conversation between Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Raymond Hare and the AFL-CIO President George Meany."I told Mr Meany the trouble is being compounded by the Cleopatra affair and that soon the Arab retaliatory boycott will really hurt American seamen and ships in all the seaports of the Near East, and it may eventually be applied to US airlines," stated Hare. "The interests of the United States will be damaged."President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt had rallied the Arab world in response to the delays imposed on the Cleopatra, and Arab dockworkers refused to unload US ships....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109029] [ 25-aug-2014 02:26 ECT ]

An urgent challenge for the BDS movement
Sherry Wolf

August 7, 2014 - FOR DECADES, supporters of Palestine around the globe were isolated from the mainstream and largely powerless, watching from the margins as Israel meted out its horrors against Palestinians. Activists organized small protests and educational and fundraising events to build solidarity, but Israel remained unscathed, swatting back criticisms with ease and smug contempt.Those days are gone.The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has put an end to the feelings of impotence among Palestine solidarity activists--and emerged as a strategic threat to Israel's once venerated standing in the world....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109028] [ 24-aug-2014 23:25 ECT ]

Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren dropped as CNN ‘analyst’
Alex Kane

August 7, 2014 - CNN has changed former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren’s title from "analyst" to "ambassador" when he appears as a guest on the network. Sources knowledgable of the situation told me that the move comes after internal dissent within CNN that Oren’s classification as an "analyst" was not suitable. CNN spokesperson Edie Emery confirmed the change in an e-mail, though she did not get back to me on whether the change was a result of internal grumbling. "Mr. Oren is no longer appearing as a CNN analyst and instead as a guest. This was at his request," Emery told me....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109027] [ 24-aug-2014 07:08 ECT ]

Gaza war: It's about keeping the Palestinians under control
By Noam Sheizaf

August 7, 2014 - ...As things now stand, it’s clear that declarations by Israeli ministers and generals on "a new reality" in the south disguise a different, opposite goal for this war: Protective Edge was carried out in order to restore things to way they were before June 2014. In other words, to maintain the status quo.This has been the goal of Israeli policy for many years now. Since the end of the 1973 war, Israel has been waging a single war against a single adversary – the Palestinians. The first Lebanon War, the Intifadas, Cast Lead, Protective Edge and most of the military operations in between were all part of "a military solution" to the Palestinian problem. Even the notable exception – the 2006 war in Lebanon – was leftover from the the 1982 invasion, which was conducted against the Palestine Liberation Organization....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109026] [ 24-aug-2014 07:05 ECT ]

Community leader, beloved grandfather shot dead by Israelis as he carried white flag
Rami Almeghari

August 7, 2014- Muhammad Qdeih, 65, was shot dead while carrying a white flag to signal to Israeli soldiers that he was an unarmed civilian.He was killed on 25 July right at the staircase of his house, where his daughter Mufida, a homemaker in her forties, stood speaking to The Electronic Intifada in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip."They killed the man who taught me the meaning of devotion to the community and to the Palestinian cause," Mufida said, gesturing towards the staircase. "He inspired me to take part in protests and solidarity events for prisoners."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109025] [ 24-aug-2014 06:56 ECT ]

Gaza is a crime made in Washington as well as Jerusalem
Seumas Milne

August 7, 2014 - The justification is always the same: the security of the occupier must be upheld against the resistance of the occupied and blockaded population. And at every stage Israel has had the military, financial and diplomatic support of the west, the US above all.Despite the hand-wringing, that backing has been unwavering throughout the past month’s devastation of Gaza. Not only is Israel’s right of "self-defence" in a territory it illegally controls upheld, while the same right is denied to the Palestinians, but the US, whose military aid to Israel runs to $3bn a year, has been re-supplying it with weapons as its troops and aircraft pulverised and massacred their way through an impoverished territory from which its captive people are unable to escape. Europe is in the same game. Britain has licensed the sale of a startling £8bn worth of military or dual-use equipment since 2010, and £42m of direct arms sales – including parts for drones and tanks used in the destruction of Gaza....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109024] [ 24-aug-2014 06:53 ECT ]

Mounting evidence of deliberate attacks on Gaza health workers by Israeli army
Amnesty International

August 7, 2014 - An immediate investigation is needed into mounting evidence that the Israel Defense Forces launched apparently deliberate attacks against hospitals and health professionals in Gaza, which have left six medics dead, said Amnesty International as it released disturbing testimonies from doctors, nurses, and ambulance personnel working in the area. "The harrowing descriptions by ambulance drivers and other medics of the utterly impossible situation in which they have to work, with bombs and bullets killing or injuring their colleagues as they try to save lives, paint a grim reality of life in Gaza," said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109023] [ 24-aug-2014 06:48 ECT ]

Syria News - August 6, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 6, 2014 - By the end of Wednesday, the coordination committees were able to document 46 martyrs including 5 women, 2 children and 5 martyrs under torture: 12 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 9 in Aleppo; 9 in Homs; 6 in Idlib; 5 in Daraa; 3 in Deir Ezzor and 2 in Hama....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109022] [ 24-aug-2014 06:39 ECT ]

Moshe Feiglin’s vision of liberating Gaza by driving Palestinians into the Sinai
Roland Nikles

August 6, 2014 - Moshe Feiglin (b. Haifa ’62) is an Israeli politician on the rise. Elected as a member of the Knesset only in January 2013, today he already serves as deputy speaker of the Knesset. In May, a poll listed him has the fourth most popular member of Likud....Liberation of our land "is the only thing that justifies endangering our soldiers in battle to capture land" says Feiglin. After elimination of terror from Gaza, it will become part of sovereign Israel and will be populated by Jews. Gazans will be forced into the Sinai to wander in the wilderness, or bought off with "generous" aid from Israel to leave. Those willing to submit to Israel’s rule and subservient status may magnanimously stay. That’s the language of Feiglin in the Jewish Press. Does this ravaging of Gaza make sense in any other terms?...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109020] [ 24-aug-2014 06:35 ECT ]

Open letter to Mr. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon: stand for law and Justice or resign!
Various undersigned

August 6, 2014 - We, the under signed Palestinian human rights and community-based organizations are extremely disappointed by your performance, notably by your biased statements, your failure to act, and the inappropriate justification of Israel’s violations of IHL, which amount to war crimes. Until today, you have taken no explicit and tangible measures to address the recent Israeli attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 13 June. Moreover, your statements have been either misleading, because they endorse and further Israeli false versions of facts, or contrary to the provisions established by international law and to the interests of its defenders, or because your words justify Israel’s violations and crimes....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109019] [ 24-aug-2014 06:29 ECT ]

Obama Coddles Assad to Please Iran, Endangering Millions
By Michel Touma

August 6, 2014 - Last January 21, we published a column in this space entitled Obama and the European Jihadists. We then raised the issue of President Barack Obama's troubling passivity in the face of the large-scale massacres perpetrated by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and above all, American obstruction of any military aid to the Syrian opposition, even when Damascus enjoys massive and unlimited Russia and Iranian support. Such an attitude, we stressed, could have none other than the inevitable fallout of reinforcing radical trends and the jihadists... President Obama, it seems, is obsessed by a desire to enter into a strategic agreement with the Iranian Islamic republic. This is likely the obsession that in 2010 drove him to flout the outcome of the Iraqi legislative elections (a lesson in democracy!) and reached an agreement with the Iranian government to impose Teheran's henchman, Nouri al-Maliki, as Iraq's prime minister. This, even though he had come in second in the poll behind Sunni strongman Iyad Allawi. We know the events since then. For four years Mr. Maliki systematically marginalized Iraqi Sunni elements, applying a policy blindly-aligned with Iran. The Obama administration pretended to see nothing, until a few weeks ago, when it claimed to be "surprised" by the violence of the reaction, not so much from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], but from the Sunni tribes and the Ulema (Muslim scholars and religious leaders)...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109018] [ 24-aug-2014 06:22 ECT ]

Another Professor Punished for Anti-Israel Views
by Corey Robin

August 6, 2014 - Until two weeks ago, Steven Salaita was heading to a job at the University of Illinois as a professor of American Indian Studies. He had already resigned from his position at Virginia Tech; everything seemed sewn up. Now the chancellor of the University of Illinois has overturned Salaita’s appointment and rescinded the offer. Because of Israel. The sources familiar with the university’s decision say that concern grew over the tone of his comments on Twitter about Israel’s policies in Gaza…....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109017] [ 24-aug-2014 06:12 ECT ]

Over 100 Middle East Studies Scholars and Librarians Call for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions
Various undersigned

August 6, 2014 - We, the undersigned scholars and librarians working on the Middle East, hold that silence about the latest humanitarian catastrophe caused by Israel’s new military assault on the Gaza Strip—the third and most devastating in six years—constitutes complicity. World governments and mainstream media do not hold Israel accountable for its violations of international law. We, however, as a community of scholars engaged with the Middle East, have a moral responsibility to do so. Neither the violation of international law nor the destruction of Palestinian life in Gaza, however, began or will end with the current war. Israel has maintained an illegal siege on the Gaza Strip for seven years. It has limited the movement of people and goods in and out of Gaza, rationing Palestinian calorie intake at just above subsistence levels ....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109016] [ 24-aug-2014 05:48 ECT ]

Israel's War of Words
L. Michael Hager

August 6, 2014 - Rivaling the Israel Defense Forces in its determination to crush Gaza is Israel's effort to win global hearts and minds through disinformation. As Israeli missiles rain down on UN refugee centers, hospitals, schools, a power plant and private homes in Gaza, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's propagandists spread untruths that echo in the US electronic and print media. hen such misleading statements are repeatedly broadcast as facts, it's not surprising that the polls show a majority of US citizens back Israel in its war on Gaza. Here are some examples of the blatant untruths that shape American views...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109015] [ 24-aug-2014 05:43 ECT ]

Poland's 'war on terror' shame
Igor Stokfiszewski

On July 24, European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Poland has to pay 230,000 euros ($307,366) compensation to two individuals whose human rights had been violated. Guantanamo detainees Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn (also known as Abu Zubaydah), and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri won a case against Poland, which, according to the court, failed to prevent their detention and torture at the CIA-operated Stare Kiejkuty prison, and to prosecute those responsible for it.The court's ruling sheds light on the CIA's rendition programmes in Central Europe and establishes beyond doubt that Poland was one of its locations. The Polish government has not yet decided whether it would lodge an appeal. But for the Polish public, the sentence is clear and final....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109014] [ 24-aug-2014 05:40 ECT ]

Contaminated Water Leaves 500,000 Dry for Three Days
Toledo Sips of Life in Iraq


August 6, 2014 - ...Since sanctions were already in effect before the Desert Storm blitz, Pentagon planners knew how stressed Iraq’s water and sewer systems had become. A detailed report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, issued just days after the blitz began on January 16, 1991, describes the vulnerabilities in Iraq’s ability to provide safe drinking water, concluding that "Full degradation of the water treatment system probably will take at least another six months."That brief war destroyed 31 water and sewer facilities in Iraq, 20 of them in Baghdad. This, together with a post-war tightening of sanctions, killed up to 500,000 children under the age of five, according to a 1999 UNICEF study – double all the dead at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The sadism and hubris go unbelievably deeper, according to this statement attributed to a Pentagon planner in a November, 2002 Harper’s article by Joy Gordon: "What we were doing with the attacks on infrastructure was to accelerate the effect of the sanctions."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109013] [ 24-aug-2014 05:30 ECT ]

Under Israeli Siege, Gaza’s Children Must Work Lest Their Families Starve
By Mohammed Omer

August 6, 2014-Under the watchful eye of the shop manager, 13-year-old Abdullah removes the wheel from a car with speed and agility, his young muscles flexing as he twists the wrench on each bolt. When he’s done, he slides out from under the car."I have to work, earn money to help support my four brothers and parents," the boy explains.According to Palestinian labor laws, Abdullah shouldn’t be here. He should be at school, reading textbooks and learning math. But economic necessity has forced this young man, and tens of thousands of others, to forgo pencils for the tools of labor. Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip began in 2007, after Hamas won parliamentary elections described by international election observers as "free and fair." Israel was swift to impose a harsh collective punishment on a population some 60 percent of which are under the age of 18...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109012] [ 24-aug-2014 05:24 ECT ]

Hamas and the left
By David Bush

August 6, 2014 - I don't support the politics of Hamas, but I stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people up to and including engaging in armed struggle. As one of the principle political actors in the Palestinian fight for liberation and self-determination Hamas can't be brushed aside by the left for convenience sake. To stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine also requires us to formulate a clear understanding of Hamas in the Palestinian political landscape. There are two linked dangers when the left does international solidarity work, one is to idolize political groupings that resist imperialism no matter what their actual politics are....The opposite danger is to solely focus on the shortcomings and problems of the groups engaged in resistance. Solidarity in this scenario becomes contingent upon the political line walked by the groups fighting for liberation. ...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109011] [ 24-aug-2014 05:16 ECT ]

Saddam Hussein's body reburied in secret location

August 6, 2014 - ..."We had moved the body eight months ago to a safer place. We were afraid something would happen to him. Our fears proved true," said the tribal leader who asked not to be named. "There were four of us that took up this mission. We could not move the bodies of Saddam's sons. We are afraid someone will desecrate those graves." The tribal chief would not say where the body was taken. "We moved him to a place far from the hands of his enemies," he said. "Isn't it enough for them that they killed him once. Now they are afraid of his body."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109010] [ 24-aug-2014 05:12 ECT ]

The forgotten victims of Gaza
Alaa' Odeh

August 6, 2014 - ...Mohammad is a 27 year old lawyer from the Shuja’ieh neighborhood of Gaza, a neighborhood that suffered a massacre on the dawn of July 20th that left over 70 Palestinians dead. He describes Gaza as a beautiful land of over 1.7 million inhabitants, according to UN figures. Over the years, people of Gaza have become one united family, enduring sanctions, continuous Israeli oppression, and war. To the people of Gaza, every death is a loss of their own and pain beyond words.Mohammad studied law in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a scholarship, graduating at the top of his class. He hoped to find opportunities for work to build a life in Gaza after returning home, but found little hope for stability in the crippled economy...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109009] [ 24-aug-2014 05:08 ECT ]

Israel and the language of genocide
Chris Doyle

August 6, 2014 - A deputy speaker of a parliament writes to his prime minister and party leader and publicly proposes what I see as a plan for genocide. This project involves turning a piece of occupied territory with 1.8 million people into a city of his own country, for his own people. Those who "insist" on staying, he argues, will be asked to sign an oath of loyalty to their new masters. Well, this happened just last week. Moshe Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset, proposed just this: "To turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians." It would involve shelling Gaza and cutting off "the supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas." Palestinian civilians would be put in tented communities in the Sinai, where they would be "concentrated."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109008] [ 24-aug-2014 05:02 ECT ]

CIA Admits to Spying on Senate but No Prosecutions to Follow
By Jessica Desvarieux, The Real News Network

August 6, 2014 - ... I think this is a crisis of constitutional proportions. These actions by the CIA do violate the separation of powers, which is sort of the foundation of checks and balances in our Constitution. It's possible they also violate the Fourth Amendment. It's possible they violate the Speech or Debate Clause. It's also possible that they violate the Computer Fraud Act. So we are talking about a number of fairly serious potential legal violations.However, the Justice Department has already looked into allegations of wrongdoing by the CIA and has declined prosecution, and presumably the Justice Department had access to the same information that the inspector general had access to. So I think this is going to play itself out in politics and not in the courtroom would be my prediction...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109007] [ 24-aug-2014 04:57 ECT ]

Gaza’s survivors now face a battle for water, shelter and power
Donald Macintyre

August 6, 2014 -The biggest waste-water treatment plant in Gaza City isn’t the sweetest smelling place at the best of times. But today the abnormally acrid stench and large swarms of flies testified to the sewage stagnating in its lagoons. War has stopped the plant doing the job it was built for: limiting the pollution of the Mediterranean by semi-treating the 40 million litres a day it pumps into the sea. Gaza, which enjoyed its first full day of peace yesterday, has lost 1,814 people, the vast majority civilians killed as they hid from Israeli bombardments. Its ill-equipped hospitals hold thousands of patients, many suffering from horrific injuries. But Israel’s destruction of homes and infrastructure will ensure that the possibility of Gaza having a normal existence is a distant prospect...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109006] [ 24-aug-2014 04:52 ECT ]

If Palestinians Were Human Beings
Shourideh C. Molavi

August 6, 2014 - Today the struggle for people of conscience appears to be less about convincing people that Israel is committing war crimes against Palestinians or grossly violating international law. Instead the struggle has become about convincing the world that Palestinians are human beings too. The ongoing televised genocidal attack of Palestinians in Gaza by the Israeli army makes one wonder what the situation would have been like if global powers and mainstream voices saw Palestinians as human beings. If Palestinians were human beings, they would not lay scattered in the hundreds on the grounds of a crowded marketplace in Shuja'iya after IDF shelling during a four-hour ceasefire declared by Israel....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109005] [ 24-aug-2014 04:46 ECT ]

University of Illinois fires professor Steven Salaita after Gaza massacre tweets
Ali Abunimah

August 6, 2014 - Steven Salaita was fired from his position as associate professor in the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) apparently over views critical of Israel, especially its current massacre in Gaza.Meanwhile, Cary Nelson, former president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), who has publicly supported the university’s decision to remove Salaita, gave frank comments to The Electronic Intifada revealing the extent of his own pro-Israel views.Nelson acknowledged that he had been monitoring Salaita’s social media use for months...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109004] [ 24-aug-2014 04:38 ECT ]

As Israel bombs Gaza, it kills Palestinians in the West Bank too
Maureen Clare Murphy

August 6, 2014 - Two Palestinians were unlawfully killed by Israeli soldiers at during a protest in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar on 25 July, an investigation by Human Rights Watch has found.A third man killed at the protest "also appeared to have been killed unlawfully," the rights group states. Human Rights Watch’s status of the third man seems to be different because witnesses say he was throwing stones when he was fired on, though the New York-based group concedes "he was 35 meters away when he was shot and could not have posed an imminent deadly threat to Israeli forces."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109003] [ 24-aug-2014 04:25 ECT ]

Gustavo Esteva

August 6, 2014 -Words are not enough. None of them manage to get close to the magnitude and profundity of the impact. The spirit is not ready to take in something like [what has happened] in Gaza.We must get to the bottom of the issue. It is an easy solution to attribute everything to a psychopathic tyrant, although there is one. The recent survey which indicates that 75 percent of the residents of Israel support what is being done may or may not be valid. But there is no doubt that a substantial portion of the population of that country bacs the policy which today reaches this unbearable extreme. We are not speaking of blame, but rather of responsibility...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [109002] [ 24-aug-2014 04:20 ECT ]

More than 70 per cent of Gazans have no drinking water
Middle East Monitor

August 6, 2014 -Head of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) Shaddad Attili said on Tuesday that the Gaza Strip is suffering a severe shortage of clean drinking water, calling the water situation "disastrous" after heavy Israeli attacks on the network of water pipes.Speaking to Anadolu news agency, Attili said that 70 percent of the water pipelines have been damaged and that the 1.8 million Gazans are surviving on only 30 percent of the Strip's capacity. He went on to say that the water from some of the wells along the Strip was mixed with sewage. In addition 50 per cent of the sewage was pouring into the sea without being filtered because of the damage to the pipelines...

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109001] [ 24-aug-2014 04:17 ECT ]

Syria News - August 5, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria

August 5, 2014 - Damascus: 2 martyred and wounded were reported due to fall of 2 mortar shells on Amarah neighborhood...Idlib: Aryha: Mouhamad Salah Baroudi was martyred under torture in regime's prisons...Damascus: Yarmouk Camp: Mouhamad Al-Srsawi was martyred under torture in regime's prisons...shelling on the neighborhood.Homs: Einad Shaesh Al-Rashd and AminahRashd Al-Rashed were martyred due to shelling on Eiz el-Deen village. b>Homs: Rastan: Fayzeh Eiz el-Deen was martyred by regime forces sniper from Al-Kim checkpoint....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [109000] [ 24-aug-2014 04:08 ECT ]

On the 29thDay of the Israeli Offensive on Gaza: Israeli Forces Redeploy outside the Gaza Strip; Complete Neighborhoods and Civilian Infrastructure Destroyed; More Houses Destroyed;72-Hour Humanitarian Truce Declared; Bodies of Victims Recovered from Dest
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)

August 5, 2014 - Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 29th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities. Israeli forces escalated their attacks throughout the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces continued to attack the Gaza Strip from the air, the ground and the sea. More Palestinian civilians were killed or wounded as Israeli warplanes bombarded houses while their residents were inside....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108999] [ 24-aug-2014 04:03 ECT ]

White House’s Censorship of Senate Report on CIA Torture Continues US Indignity Toward Victims
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 5, 2014 - United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored "pseudonyms" from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and foreign countries, according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers. McClatchy journalists Jonathan Landay and Michael Doyle have diligently covered almost every development in the Senate’s struggle to get part of the report released...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108998] [ 24-aug-2014 03:57 ECT ]

Saddam Hussein's grave monument destroyed in Iraq (Video )
Anadolu Agency

August 5, 2014 - A militia linked to the central government in Baghdad has destroyed the grave monument of executed former leader Saddam Hussein in Tikrit city. Falah en-Neda, the son of a sheikh from the same al-Beycat tribe as Saddam Hussein, told Anadolu Agency on Monday that the militia seized the village of Al-Awja, located in the city of Tikrit, the birthplace of Saddam Hussein. Neda said Hussein’s mausoleum was set on fire by the army and militia and then collapsed...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108997] [ 24-aug-2014 03:25 ECT ]

Snowden Documents Detail Spying Partnership Between US, Israel That Enables Occupation of Palestine
By: Kevin Gosztola

August 5, 2014 - Documents provided by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to journalist Glenn Greenwald reveal specific details on the close relationship between the NSA and Israeli spy agencies and how cooperation enables military operations, such as the assault that has been ongoing in Gaza and has now killed over 1,800 Palestinians. Previously, Greenwald reported in September 2013 on a "memorandum of understanding" between the NSA and Israeli intelligence from Snowden, which showed the NSA shared "raw intelligence" including the data of Americans with Israel. It also noted a document that stated, "The survival of the state of Israel is a paramount goal of US Middle East policy."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108996] [ 24-aug-2014 02:36 ECT ]

Who are the real terrorists in this war on Gaza?
Ahmad Moussa

August 5, 2014 - As Israel withdraws its troops from the Gaza Strip to "defensive positions" outside the Palestinian territory at the start of a 72-hour ceasefire, which was agreed on Tuesday, the region has a chance to assess the damage of 29 days of hostilities. So far, according to health officials in Gaza, the conflict has claimed more than 1,800 Palestinian lives. Israeli casualties include 64 soldiers as well as three civilians hit by rocket fire and a Thai worker.In better accordance with international humanitarian law or the law related to armed conflict, the majority of the casualties inflicted by Hamas are combatants, as opposed to the extreme violations of the laws of war by Israel, where the majority of the mass casualties inflicted by Israel are innocent civilians, mostly women and children....

  continua / continued avanti - next    [108995] [ 24-aug-2014 02:13 ECT ]

A View from Gaza: We Have Lost So Many That We Love
Mona El-Farra

August 5, 2014 -- It’s been three days since Israel’s deadly attack on my cousin’s home and I still haven’t been able to go to Khan Younis to mourn with my surviving family. The Israeli bombing is ongoing and it’s difficult and very dangerous to travel 18 miles from where I’m living and working in Gaza City. Today Israel announced a ceasefire and I wanted to go to Khan Younis. But we have learned we cannot trust these ceasefires and one of my cousins called and begged, "Please don’t come, no where is safe, and you don’t need to take the risk." There is no safe place in Gaza. I’ve said it many times before in writing, in interviews, because it is the frightening reality for us. Many families have been erased and everyone in Gaza is wondering when it will be their turn....
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108994] [ 24-aug-2014 02:06 ECT ]

A Ruthless Occupation
Gaza – Betrayed In Thought and Deed


August 5, 2014 -Phillip Hammond, British Foreign Secretary, was heard earlier last week, by me, and many others, on Radio 4, slinking, sliding, languidly dodging questions on whether Israel’s attack on Gaza is proportionate. And I say, can he count? Or at least if not count, does he understand the concept of units, tens, hundreds, THOUSANDS? And does he then understand those concepts when applied, in their units to a Palestinian life, not extinguished, because that generates connotations of death being a peaceful smog, enveloping you in a quick and painless embrace. I want those impersonal units applied to each Palestinian life in massacre, deliberate and brutal. Call a spade a spade, and murder, murder.What’s important here, is that Phillip Hammond’s or any high level state official’s maneuvering around what many would consider a truism is nothing new, but what is even more important is that now, the maneuvering is even more obvious; in the world of 24/7 news coverage and social media, people from Gaza, Palestine as a whole and Israel are connected more than ever before...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108993] [ 24-aug-2014 01:41 ECT ]

"Gaza Is Our Pain As Much As Syria"
The Syria Campaign.

August 5, 2014 - Syria and Gaza are both difficult places to live right now. But in the last few days - while in great difficulty themselves - Syrians have reached out to support Palestinians in Gaza with messages of solidarity, humanity, and peace. We heard why some Syrians are moved to express solidarity with Gaza in their own words.In Deraa, where several local NGOs and civil activists have created graffiti and other symbolic gestures in solidarity with Gaza, Mohammed said: "The first time I ever went out to protest was for Gaza. I believe Palestine taught us the culture of defiance, and was our window of reflection on our roles as individuals in this region that was doomed to live in tyranny. Today Gaza can’t be separated from Deraa, they both have similar stories, and they’re both paying the price for their defiance."...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108992] [ 24-aug-2014 00:28 ECT ]

Israel massacres Gaza - "Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel"
Clay Claiborne

August 5, 2014 - Israel is a European-American settler state in Palestine. The Bible stories of the Old Testament and the Torah gave it a mythological history. The holocaust of the Jews in Europe created the 20th century impetus. But it remains, at heart, what most such settler states are, a land grab aimed at taking a section of the Earth's surface [and what's under it!] away from the indigenous population and putting it under the control of the "settlers." The United States grew out of a settler state, so did Australia. Calling themselves "settlers" was already a part of their mythology. They pretended that they were settling an "unsettled" land. They pretended that there weren't already people living on that land that they intended to remove by force and murder. The Zionists promoted the myth of "A land without a people for a people without a land" and as soon as they got a mandate, they started removing Palestinians from the land...
  continua / continued avanti - next    [108991] [ 23-aug-2014 23:56 ECT ]

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