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Report Claims Israelis Used Palestinians As Human Shields

Report claims Israelis used Palestinians as human shields
From Kevin Flower and Paula Hancocks | CNN

A report from an Israeli advocacy group based on what it says is the testimony of several unnamed Israeli soldiers accuses the Israeli military of intentionally putting Palestinian civilians at risk during its recent operation in Gaza.

The report, released Wednesday from a group called "Breaking the Silence" -- which includes former Israeli soldiers -- has been dismissed by the Israeli military as slanderous.

In the 110-page report, the group said some of the 26 soldiers interviewed said they used Palestinians as human shields during the military's more than two-week long ground operation in Gaza earlier this year.

"In some cases a civilian would be forced to walk in front of soldier while the soldier places his gun barrel on the civilian's shoulder," the report states.

Other soldiers talk about destroying buildings even though the structures posed no direct threat. They also said that white phosphorus was used in densely populated areas and describe the rules of engagement as "permissive." Read more.

Teach Peace Foundation Reports From The Viva Palestina Convoy

David Dionisi of the Teach Peace Foundation received reports on the Viva Palestina convoy. He wrote:
Forwarded by the Teach Peace Foundation team in the GAZA convoy. Nima is in the Suez Canal group and Matt, Mary, and Dave are drivers for the vehicles leaving from Alexandria, Egypt.

From Matt and Nima:

Dear All,

Egyptian authorities are trying to STOP the Gaza convoy. They are currently not allowing the convoy to pass the Suez Canal and telling the group that we must return to Cairo. We spent last night in the trucks at the Suez Canal and will continue to do so until we are allowed to pass.

See the articles copy and pasted below for more information . Please spread the word....the thing we need most now is media attention to the fact that the Egyptian authorities are refusing to allow a humanitarian convoy (which they have thoroughly inspected!) to pass. Please also contact your elected representatives as well as the Egyptian authorities:

Contact the Egyptian embassy and call for the immediate release of the Viva Palestina convoy. Call 202-966-6342, fax 202-244-4319 and e-mail consulate@egyptembassy.net.

Peace,

Matt and Nima

Click "Read more" for more updates.

ICRC: Israel Traps Gazans in Deprivation and Despair

ICRC: Israel Traps Gazans in Deprivation and Despair
By Stephen Lendman

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1863, the International Committee of the Red Cross is an "impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance." It also tries "to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles."

It's legally mandated to do it under the 1949 Geneva Conventions and has had a permanent presence in Gaza since 1968. Currently 109 ICRC staff work there, including 19 expatriates. They remained throughout Operation Cast Lead and witnessed firsthand the carnage and destruction that took place.

Naomi Klein and the Boycott Movement

Naomi Klein and the Boycott Movement
Rebecca Vilkomerson | Jewish Peace News

"I come to you with humility that I didn't heed the call sooner. It was purely because of cowardice."

Naomi Klein's recently completed visit to Israel had a galvanizing effect on the "boycott from within" movement here, which has endorsed the Palestinian call for BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions].* Her public meetings, in Ramallah, East Jerusalem, Haifa, and Jaffa drew hundreds of people to hear her clear-eyed analysis of why it is time for a full boycott of Israel until the occupation ends, Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel have full and equal rights, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees is fully realized under international law.

The Mega-Lie Called the "War on Terror": A Masterpiece of Propaganda

The Mega-Lie Called the "War on Terror": A Masterpiece of Propaganda
By Richard W. Behan | AlterNet | Posted September 27, 2007
The fraudulence of the "War on Terror" is clearly revealed by looking at the pattern of actions that preceded and followed its launch.

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie ... The truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state." --Joseph Goebbels, minister of propaganda in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945

Since Sept. 11, 2001, the administration of George W. Bush has told and repeated a lie that is "big enough" to confirm Joseph Goebbels' testimony. It is a mega-lie, and the American people have come to believe it. It is the "War on Terror."

The Bush administration endlessly recites its mantra of deceit:

The War on Terror was launched in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It is intended to enhance our national security at home and to spread democracy in the Middle East.

This is the struggle of our lifetime; we are defending our way of life from an enemy intent on destroying our freedoms. We must fight the enemy in the Middle East, or we will fight him in our cities.

This is classic propaganda. In Goebbels' terms, it is the "state" speaking its lie, but the political, economic, and military consequences of the Bush administration lie are coming into view, and they are all catastrophic. If truth is the enemy of both the lie and George Bush's "state," then the American people need to know the truth.

The military incursions into Afghanistan and Iraq were not done in retaliation for 9/11. The Bush administration had them clearly in mind upon taking office, and they were set in motion as early as Feb. 3, 2001. That was seven months prior to the attacks on the Trade Towers and the Pentagon, and the objectives of the wars had nothing to do with terrorism.

This is beyond dispute. The mainstream press has ignored the story, but the administration's congenital belligerence is fully documented in book-length treatments and in the limitless information pool of the internet. (See my earlier work, for example.) Read more.

ADC to Hold Capitol Hill Briefing on Human Rights Violations in Gaza This Wednesday, July 15, 2009

ADC to Hold Capitol Hill Briefing on Human Rights Violations in Gaza | Press Release

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will hold a Capitol Hill Briefing on Wednesday July 15, 2009, to discuss violations of international humanitarian law in the Gaza Strip.

The briefing will feature a panel discussion with representatives from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. Both organizations have recently produced extensive reports on violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza during the 22-day war this past winter.

Articles, Blogs, Interviews and Talks from the May and June 2009 Delegations to Gaza and Occupied Territories of Palestine

Articles, Blogs, Interviews and Talks from the May and June 2009 Delegations to Gaza and Occupied Territories of Palestine

New entries to List since July 2:

Ann Wright, National Assembly to End Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Pittsburgh, PA, July 11, 2009

Regina Birchem, National Assembly to End Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Pittsburgh, PA, July 11, 2009

Manjeh Sobeh, National Assembly to End Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Pittsburgh, PA, July 12, 2009

Rae Abileah and Infinity’s Powerpoint on Israel and Occupied Territories trip

Linda Gharib, “Gaza’s children are dying from the siege,” also,

Aboard the Spirit of Humanity and an Interview with Cynthia McKinney

Click here to view an outstanding video of the Israeli assault on the Spirit of Humanity and an interview with Former Congressional Representative Cynthia McKinney.

Kaua‘i Mother Helps Children in Gaza

Kaua‘i mother helps children in Gaza
By Jonea Schillaci-Lavergne | Garden Island

On May 28, 66 delegates, organized by CODEPINK, gathered at the Pension Roma hotel in Cairo, Egypt where we prepared for a long trip across the Sinai into Gaza, Palestine.

There were delegates from 10 countries and 18 U.S. states.

This was my first trip to Gaza, but for others, like former Col. Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin, it was their third trip since the December 2008/January 2009 Israeli attacks on Gaza.

When I heard the focus of this trip to Gaza was about the children and to set up playgrounds in the parks and to bring them sports equipment and toys, I signed on. According to Ann Wright, who inspired me to join the delegation, simple crayons for art were not permitted into Gaza due to the Israeli siege. The playgrounds would offer the children a time-out from the daily reminders of the war and let them know they have not been forgotten.

On May 29 we headed for Al-Arish, just 26 miles from the Egyptian border where we stayed for the night. The next morning we arrived at the border hoping we would be lucky enough to cross into Gaza that day. Another Canadian delegation, after a two-day wait at the border, finally made it across, however, another group (I believe all doctors) was denied entrance for two weeks. They finally went on a hunger strike as a means of protest.

To our amazement, CODEPINK was permitted to cross into Gaza almost immediately. Upon our arrival to the Rafah terminal, we were greeted by several photographers, cameramen and the UN Relief And Works Agency. There, we were followed by UN security to their facility, where the UN director, John Ging, gave his welcoming speech. Read more.

Gaza’s Children Are Dying From The Siege

Gaza’s Children Are Dying From The Siege
By Linda Todd Gharib | Palestine: Let's Take Another Look

On Saturday June 13, I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Mustafa Al Kahlout of Al-Nasser Pediatric Hospital. The hospital director, Dr. Anwar El-Sheikh Khalil was not on the grounds the day I was there. Dr. Al Kahlout graciously gave me his time to answer my questions and to let me understand the situation for sick children in Gaza.

Al-Nasser takes all referrals from the whole of the Gaza Strip, north to south. They have 174 beds, 3 General Departments – 25-30 beds each, 1 Pediatric ICU unit – 6 beds, 1 Neo-natal ICU unit – 25 beds and an Emergency department that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Right now the hospital is only running at half capacity due to lack of supplies.

Dr. Al Kahlout told me they are lacking medicines, equipment, including specialized equipment and doctors.

They have general pediatricians but they have no specialists to head up the various units. Their doctors can’t travel to conferences and they can’t send doctors for training, neither can they get specialists in because of the Israeli-imposed border closures.

When sick children come in, the doctors want to do diagnostic tests to determine what disease the child is suffering with but they don’t have the proper equipment and supplies to do so. They do have some diagnostic equipment but are unable to bring in reagents to operate the machines, so their high tech equipment is useless.

As a result, children must be dealt with symptomatically, which isn’t always enough. Children are dying because of the closure. Gaza has doctors and they have hospitals, but they can’t do their job because Israel doesn’t allow the flow of personnel and supplies. Not even blood samples can get out for testing and testing supplies can’t get in. Read more.

August 1st - National Day of Coordinated Action: Stop War on Iran - NYC Action Details & How to Organize in Your Area

Money for jobs and benefits, not for more war | Stop War on Iran

Volunteer or help organize an action in your area

In this time of global capitalist crisis, when millions are unemployed and millions more facing evictions and foreclosures, we must demand that the hundreds of billions of dollars spent on current U.S. wars and the trillions that would criminally wasted in a new war be spent for jobs, health care and housing for poor and working people in the U.S. and around the world.

We urge your endorsement and support of these simple demands.

1. We oppose military aggression by the U.S., Britain, or Israel against Iran.
2. We oppose economic, diplomatic or other sanctions against Iran whatever their excuse.
3. We demand an end to subversion, de-stabilization, covert actions instigated by the U.S. and its military or spy agencies directed at Iran.

I endorse these 3 demands - Read more.

Viva Palestina Activists Stranded On Gaza Border

Viva Palestina activists stranded on Gaza border | Press TV

Less than a week after a Free Gaza ship carrying humanitarian aid was seized by the Israelis before it could reach Gaza, a group of US citizens is in Egypt awaiting permission to enter the Gaza Strip with more aid.

At least 100 US activists, said to be carrying $1 million worth of medical supplies for the suffering Palestinians of the Gaza Strip, have been stranded on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing since Sunday, waiting for the Zionist regime to grant them permission to enter the besieged territory. Read more. Note: Please use the blue title link above to get to the article.

Free Gaza Internationals find People Lost in the Israeli immigration prisons

By Sarah Irving

Monday 6th July, Heathrow, London -- Adie Mormech, one of the six British Free Gaza boat passengers and crew deported today from an Israeli jail, says he's raring to return.

The Free Gaza boat Spirit of Humanity was forcibly boarded by the Israeli navy last Tuesday while trying to sail to Gaza through international and Gazan waters. The boat remains at the Israeli port of Ashdod. “Another boat which tried to reach Gaza a few months ago is still there, so we don't have much hope of getting ours back” says Mormech, “but the lawyers are working hard on it and we will be fundraising for new ones.”

Of the experience of being boarded by Israeli soldiers, Mormech remained upbeat about his memories. “The soldiers were trying to look intimidating,” he said, “but the boat was rocking so much that they kept sliding all over the place and falling over each other... the Special Forces weren't looking so special!”

Iraq Airspace 'Off Limits' For Israeli Attack On Iran

Iraq airspace 'off limits' for Israeli attack on Iran | Press TV

Amid reemerging speculations of an Israeli sneak attack on Iran, Baghdad warns Tel Aviv against using Iraqi airspace to carry out its military plans against Tehran.

Iraqi lawmakers said Tuesday that any violation of Iraqi airspace for an attack on Iran's nuclear infrastructure would be met with a severe reprimand, as it would be considered an attack on Iraq.

"Iraq would use all political, legal, diplomatic and security measures" to protest Israeli use of Iraqi airspace in any hypothetical attack against Iran, said Hassan al-Sanid, a member of Iraq's parliamentary committee on security and defense. Read more.

War By Other Means

WAR BY OTHER MEANS
By Robert C. Koehler | Tribune Media Services

While peace, which is infinitely complex, and war, which is complex only in its unintended results, are not parallel concepts, I invite all peace-minded people to think about the gap between our capacity to destroy and our capacity to heal, and then imagine, as a socio-spiritual exercise, what it would take to bridge that gap.

We live in a world where arrogance and power are concentrated to an unbelievably fine point, while responsibility is diffused into a global mist. A few fanatics can plot and wage a war, stirring up consequences infinitely beyond what they are capable of imagining, then retire, when things go bad, into a luxury tinged with disgrace.

Meanwhile, the consequences keep reverberating, as we are witnessing in Iraq right now, amid the charade of troop withdrawal and power transfer. The threat of cataclysmic civil war looms, promising to add immeasurably to the legacy of suffering and environmental damage this multi-trillion-dollar fiasco has already produced.

Allow me to make a point I don’t think anyone has yet articulated, maybe because it’s too obvious. What we lack as a species is a moral-spiritual force for healing that is the equivalent – or even one one-millionth the equivalent – of shock and awe bombing, let us say, or any of the great mechanisms of destruction we have developed over the millennia in our obsession with dominance. Indeed, warmongers in their delusion imagine that destruction is healing, that a few thousand civilian dead (who swell to a million before they’re done) are a small price to pay for the gift of democracy.

While peace, which is infinitely complex, and war, which is complex only in its unintended results, are not parallel concepts, I invite all peace-minded people to think about the gap between our capacity to destroy and our capacity to heal, and then imagine, as a socio-spiritual exercise, what it would take to bridge that gap.

Israeli Activist Goes On The Record For Gaza

Israeli activist goes on the record for Gaza | Press TV

Israeli forces held detainees in ditches where "50 to 70 people were squeezed into ditches two to three meters (6.5-10 feet) deep and some 50 meters (164 feet) wide," the Arab-Israeli lawyer later told reporters.

Being held blindfolded and handcuffed in a painful way are part of the Shin Bet interrogations which also included physical and verbal abuse, constant threats on the detainees and their families and sleep deprivation, he said.

An Israeli human rights activist says detainees were held with no access to food, water or restrooms and subjected to violent interrogations during the Gaza war. Read more.

Our IDF

Our IDF
By Gideon Levy | Haaretz.com

Combat is the best, my brother, as the famous bumper sticker reads. It's a good thing we have Shayetet 13. Operating at the crack of dawn - or was it before nightfall? - the daring naval commandos fearlessly took control of a rusty, rickety, unarmed boat bobbing in the middle of the sea. That's exactly why we have a naval commando force - to take control of ships offering humanitarian aid. Behold, the guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. The military correspondents reported on the incident with an amazement that only they can muster. But even they could not provide a fig leaf for the operation: The Israel Defense Forces has once again used its power to overcome the weak; the navy has once again acted like pirates. The Arion was abducted in the framework of protecting Israel's security for all eternity, blah, blah, blah.

Soldiers, journalists and news consumers automatically refrain from asking questions. The navy captured another ship carrying symbolic aid, as if its passengers were Somali pirates. These were people of conscience from various countries carrying toys and medicine.

This was not the navy's first daring operation of this kind, nor will it be the last. When there are no hostile aid ships on the horizon, the navy takes control of wretched Gazan boats, using water hoses or firing at its passengers - poor fishermen who only want to make a living at sea. This is the main activity unfolding off Gaza's shores. A navy outfitted with the best arsenal in the world is hunting surfboards. One of the best-armed forces in the world is chasing children, examining old people's documents and entering bedrooms to make arrests.

We ought to pay close attention to what preoccupies our military. While defense officials hold discussions on buying the F-35 combat jet at $200 million per plane, the IDF is mostly busy with miserable, pointless police work that befits an occupation army. It is engaged in ludicrous and useless policing in a "war" against people equipped with some of the most primitive weapons in the world. Read more.

Cynthia McKinney Honored America On July The 4th

Cynthia McKinney honored America on July the 4th
How Cynthia McKinney honored America on the 4th of July from an Israel Jail
By Franklin Lamb, Beirut | Scoop via Black Commentator.com

Note: Read Larry Pinkney's complete remarks here.

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney returned home today after 6 days being held by the government of Israel while attempting with 21 colleagues to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza on the vessel, the Spirit of Humanity.

“Don’t sign Miss Cynthia don’t sign!” So chanted a boisterous group of Palestinian teens and pre-teens in Beirut’s Shatila Refugee Camp demonstrating support for the Freegaza Humanity boat abductees on the 4th of July.

The students understood that those illegally arrested while in International waters had been offered a “get out of Jail Free” pass if they confessed in writing to violating Israel’s territorial waters.

The Spirit of Humanity boat, trying to bring emergency humanitarian aid to Palestinians in Gaza, was the topic of a lively discussion during a Sabra Shatila Foundation summer school civics lesson on “International law and the Question of Palestine”. The students were interested in the plight of some of their relatives and countryman in Palestine and the continuing siege of Gaza. Some had just finished their Baccalaureate exams and were wondering how they could continue their education given the severe impediments the government of Lebanon places on Palestinian civil rights, and their post exam relief seemed to energize them for the discussion.

A couple of the students had met Cynthia during her recent visits to Lebanon. When they learned that as a Congresswoman, she had introduced articles of impeachment against Bush, was a consistent anti-war voter during her twelve years in Congress, and that no member in Congress had achieved a more consistent, principled, voting record of issues of civil and human rights, including Palestinian rights, they really connected with the subject of the Freegaza aid boat, the Spirit of Humanity and her travails. “Those supporters of Palestine should not accept a false confession and should stay in Jail if necessary. They are patriots” was a commonly expressed sentiment.

The students understood that in refusing to sign the Israeli government prepared “acknowledgement/confession” the Freegaza group acted consistent with International Law. They learned that territorial waters, as defined by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is a belt of coastal waters extending at most twelve nautical miles from the baseline (usually the mean low-water mark) of a coastal state. The territorial sea is regarded as the sovereign territory of the state, although foreign ships (both military and civilian) are allowed innocent passage through it. They learned from media reports that in any case the Humanity was in International waters and that consequently Israel had no right to molest it. Read more.

Iran Responds to Biden's Israel Remarks

By Al Jazeera

Iran will hold the US responsible for any Israeli attack against the country, Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran's parliament, has said.

His remarks came after Joe Biden, the US vice-president, said that Washington would not dictate the way Israel deals with Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

"We will consider the Americans responsible in any adventure launched by the Zionist entity," Larijani said in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Monday during an official visit.

"No politician or person in the world can imagine that the Zionist entity can lead an operation without getting the green light from the United States."

Larijani said the Islamic republic's response to an attack would be "decisive and painful".

Israel's interest

Biden said in an interview on Sunday that the US would not stand in the way of Israel in its dealings with Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Biden: SC Serial Killer Has Right to Kill

Dissociated Press -- Vice President Joe Biden signaled that the Obama administration would not stand in the way if a suspected serial killer in South Carolina chose to attack his neighbors' children, even as the top U.S. child services officer said any attack on those children would be destabilizing.

"Look, this murderer can determine for himself -- he's a sovereign individual -- what's in his interest and what he decides to do relative to those children and anyone else," Biden said. He added that this was the case, "whether we agree or not" with the murderer's view.

Biden was then asked whether the U.S. would stand in the way if the serial killer decided to launch a murderous attack against his neighbor's house.

"Look, we cannot dictate to a sovereign individual what he can and cannot do," Biden said.

Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran

By Uzi Mahnaimi in Tel Aviv and Sarah Baxter, Times

The head of Mossad, Israel’s overseas intelligence service, has assured Benjamin Netanyahu, its prime minister, that Saudi Arabia would turn a blind eye to Israeli jets flying over the kingdom during any future raid on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Earlier this year Meir Dagan, Mossad’s director since 2002, held secret talks with Saudi officials to discuss the possibility.

The Israeli press has already carried unconfirmed reports that high-ranking officials, including Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister, held meetings with Saudi colleagues. The reports were denied by Saudi officials.

“The Saudis have tacitly agreed to the Israeli air force flying through their airspace on a mission which is supposed to be in the common interests of both Israel and Saudi Arabia,” a diplomatic source said last week.

"Privacy Act" Used to Deflect Questions About Former US Congressional Rep.'s Status, As Well As Other FreeGaza21 Humanitarians??

"Privacy Act" Used to Deflect Questions About Former US Representative's Status, Other FreeGaza21 Status

Let's just pretend that you're held by a foreign government.

Here is, according to the US State Department, what our spokesperson claims:

We can’t comment on any of the individuals or the number of individual American citizens on board because of Privacy Act concern. Our Embassy has been in touch with the Israeli authorities. We have been told that the boat was stopped in Israeli waters and is being escorted to an Israeli port, or may have already gone to an Israeli port. We understand passengers are safe and all accounted for. We’re seeking consular access to the American citizens who are on board. And we don’t take any position regarding the Free Gaza Movement or any of its messages.

Oh, I see, "privacy" trumps reality. Never mind US citizenship, let alone more than a decade of service to the nation in Congress.

Nonetheless, former GA Rep. Cynthia McKinney is homeward bound.

Biden: Israel has 'sovereign right' to attack Iran

Google that headline - the story is everywhere. Biden says Israel has the right as an independent nation to attack the nation of Iran. Of course the planes and bombs would be paid for by the citizens of the United States, but since when does a nation have the right to violate the UN Charter and attack another? Since the US attacked Iraq and got away with it? Does Iran have the same sovereign right to attack Israel? Does Canada have the sovereign right to attack the United States?

Helena Cobban has an appropriate response.

For Once, the Yes Men Say No - And Receive Thanks

For Once, the Yes Men Say No
by Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno | Common Dreams

The Yes Men, co-directors of the new award-winning documentary film The Yes Men Fix the World, have decided to withdraw their film from the Jerusalem International Film Festival, in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign:

Dear Friends at the Jerusalem Film Festival,

We regret to say that we have taken the hard decision to withdraw our film, "The Yes Men Fix the World," from the Jerusalem Film Festival in solidarity with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

This decision does not come easily, as we realize that the festival opposes the policies of the State of Israel, and we have no wish to punish
progressives who deplore the state-sponsored violence committed in their name.

This decision does not come easily, as we feel a strong affinity with many people in Israel, sharing with them our Jewish roots, as well as the trauma of the Holocaust, in which both our grandfathers died. Andy lived in Jerusalem for a year long ago, can still get by in Hebrew, and counts several friends there. And Mike has always wanted to connect with the roots of his culture.

Press Update From The Free Gaza Movement

Press Update From The Free Gaza Movement
We Will Head Toward Gaza Again

Larnaca, Cypus, July 3, 2009: This morning, the five kidnapped passengers from Bahrain left Israel via a private jet sent by their king. They will hold a press conference in Bahrain tonight at 7 pm Bahrain time. The two Al Jazeera journalists will be freed sometime today, their equipment given back to them but not the footage of the Israeli terrorist frogmen boarding the boat and roughing up some of the passengers.

All passengers are fine, but they are still imprisoned by a country that illegally boarded their small boat, towed it, and confiscated the supplies that had already been inspected in Cyprus.

The following message has come from Captain Denis inside the prison cell in Israel where he is being held, along with 11 more of our passengers, including former Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the Palestine Question

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the Palestine Question

Part 1:

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard is an activist, Constitutional Rights attorney, and the cofounder of the Partnership for Civil Justice. She is also the co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild. Ms. Verheyden-Hilliard was one of the speakers at an event entitled, “Viva Palestina: A Lifeline from the U.S. to Gaza.” Click "Read more" to continue video.

Statement from Cynthia McKinney, Held By Israel for Trying to Aid Israel's Victims

One of Cynthia's friend received a phone call from Ramle prison. The incarcerated prisoners are calling themselves "Free Gaza 21" even though Huwaida and Lubna have been released. Below is Cynthia's statement:

We were in international waters on a boat delivering humanitarian aid to people in Gaza when the Israeli Navy ships surrounded us and illegally threatened us, dismantled our navigation equipment, boarded and confiscated the ship.

All of us on board were then taken off the ship and into custody, and brought into Israel and imprisoned. Immigration officials in Israel said they did not want to keep us, but we remain imprisoned. State Department and White House officials have not effected our release or taken a strong public stance to condemn the illegal actions of the Israeli Navy of enforcing a blockade of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians of Gaza, a blockade that has been condemned by President Obama.

Amnesty Details Gaza 'War Crimes'

Amnesty details Gaza 'war crimes' | BBC

Israel committed war crimes and carried out reckless attacks and acts of wanton destruction in its Gaza offensive, an independent human rights report says.

Hundreds of Palestinian civilians were killed using high-precision weapons, while others were shot at close range, the group Amnesty International says.

Its report also calls rocket attacks by Palestinian militants war crimes and accuses Hamas of endangering civilians.

The Israeli military says its conduct was in line with international law.

Israel has attributed some civilian deaths to "professional mistakes", but has dismissed wider criticism that its attacks were indiscriminate and disproportionate.

Amnesty says some 1,400 Palestinians were killed in the 22-day Israeli offensive between 27 December 2008 and 17 January 2009, which agrees broadly with Palestinian figures. Read more.

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