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Systematic West Bank Settler Violence

  Systematic West Bank Settler Violence - by Stephen Lendman

 

B'Tselem's been on the story for years. Settler violence is longstanding, troubling, and largely without accountability.

 

Since September 2000 alone (the beginning of the second Intifada), the toll includes 50 Palestinians killed. Since December 1987 (the first Intifada's onset), it's 115, besides many more injured, including children.

Palestinian Children Detained Oppressively in Isolation

  Palestinian Children Detained Oppressively in Isolation - by Stephen Lendman

 

DCI/Palestine "is a national section of the international non-government child rights organisation and movement (dedicated) to promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children," according to international law principles.

 

Selective Sympathy: War’s Mayhem and Murder is Somehow Less Hard to Bear than the Humane Termination of an Injured Animal

 

By Dave Lindorff

 

The officer rested his arm holding the stock of the assault rifle on the top of a log pile, and aimed directly between the target’s eyes. She was looking directly at him, unblinking, from 30 feet away, and exhibited no fear. “I hate doing this,” he muttered, before finally pulling the trigger.

 

A sharp “bang!” rang out, her head jerked up and then her whole body sagged to the ground, followed by some muscle jerks, and it was over.

 

The officer went over and checked the body, decided no second shot was needed to finish the job, and then walked back to his squad car, took out his phone, and called in the serial number of his rifle, reporting his firing of one round, as required by regulations.

 

Israel v. Palestine in 2012

  Israel v. Palestine in 2012 - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians have endured decades of ruthless occupation. World leaders decline support. They're left largely on their own despite growing millions globally supporting them.

 

Life in occupied Palestine is harsh and repressive. On December 26, Jerusalem's mayor, Nir Barakat, delivered another blow. The Municipality will classify 70,000 Israeli Arab citizens non-residents and involuntarily transfer them to West Bank locations.

Gaza: One of History's Great Crimes

  Gaza: Remembering Cast Lead - by Stephen Lendman

 

December 27 marks the third anniversary of Israel's lawless war on Gaza. Without provocation, three weeks of terror bombing and invasion devastated the Strip. 

 

Missiles, bombs, shells, and illegal weapons were used against defenseless people. Mass slaughter and destruction followed.

 

Israel's Repressive Permit System

  Israel's Repressive Permit System - by Stephen Lendman

 

Under South African apartheid, pass laws segregated blacks from whites, restricted their movements, required pass books be carried at all times, and be produced on demand or face arrest and prosecution. 

 

Evolving from the 18th and 19th century until their 1986 repeal, they restricted entry to cities, forcibly relocated blacks, denied them most public amenities, many forms of employment, and became apartheid's most hated symbol.

Kristallnacht in Palestine

  Kristallnacht in Palestine - by Stephen Lendman

 

Virtually daily, Israeli security forces attack, kill, or injure Palestinian civilians with impunity. They also destroy their property by bombing, shelling, bulldozing and uprooting it.

 

At the same time, Israeli authorities wink and nod, occasionally decry, yet do nothing to deter extremist settler crimes against Palestinian civilians.

 

Lawless Israeli Oppression in Palestine

  Lawless Israeli Oppression in Palestine - by Stephen Lendman

 

On December 9, al-Nabi Saleh village residents protested peacefully against settlers stealing their land. At point blank range, an Israeli soldier fired a tear-gas canister directly at Mustafa Tamimi's head, killing him.

 

Thoughts on Mark Twain's 'The War Prayer'

 

By David Lindorff Sr.

 

Critical Health Issues in Gaza

  Critical Health Issues in Gaza - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza's experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed. 

 

Many services and life-saving treatments aren't available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment.

 

Flotilla to Cuba Gets US Protection, Flotilla to Gaza Gets US Prosecution Demand

U.S. Protects Free Speech for U.S. Citizens on Flotilla to challenge human rights violations in Cuba, but wants to prosecute those on Gaza Flotilla to challenge Israeli human rights violations

By Ann Wright

I guess considering the U.S. policy toward Cuba over the past 50 years, it should come as no surprise that the US Coast Guard would protect the right of “free speech” of US citizens participating in a flotilla of boats challenging Cuban human rights violations.

Organized by a group called Democracy Movement, On December 10, 2011, 50 protesters in six boats, including an 85-foot vessel and a small security craft with about a dozen members of the media, sailed from Key West to explode fireworks off Cuba to mark International Human Rights day.

Treating Palestinians Lawlessly

  Treating Palestinians Lawlessly - by Stephen Lendman

 

December 11 marks the 63rd anniversary of UN Resolution 194, mandating that:

 

Critical Health Issues in Gaza

  Critical Health Issues in Gaza - by Stephen Lendman

 

Since locked down and isolated by Israel, Gaza's experienced systemic crisis. Its health system especially was gravely harmed. 

 

Many services and life-saving treatments aren't available. Accessing it elsewhere is uncertain and tenuous. Treating chronic illnesses is jeopardized by inadequate medicines and proper equipment.

 

Italian City Council votes to condemn Pizzarotti for involvement in Israeli Apartheid railway

Rho City Council (Milan) approves resolution condemning Pizzarotti
The Italian company condemned for involvement in the Israeli high-speed railway that crosses the occupied Palestinian territories

To sign in support: http://stopthattrain.org/?p=503
 
 
On 30 November, the City Council of Rho, in the province of Milan, approved a resolution expressing "moral and political condemnation of Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A. for its participation in the project for the construction of the A1 Jerusalem - Tel Aviv railway".

Stop That Train - Fermiamo la Pizzarotti

Denying Palestinians Fair Access to Water

  Denying Palestinians Fair Access to Water - by Stephen Lendman

 

Water is essential to life. Denying it is criminal.

 

Water and sanitation are recognized as indispensable human rights. In July 2010, the General Assembly's Resolution 64/292 affirmed it. It called on member states and international organizations to:

 

Israeli-Style Justice

  Israeli-Style Justice - by Stephen Lendman

 

Accused Israelis face charges in civil courts. Military tribunals try Palestinians. Virtually everyone is guilty by accusation. A new study says so. More on that below.

 

International Solidarity Day with Palestine

  International Solidarity Day with Palestine - by Stephen Lendman

 

Established by the UN in 1977, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed on or around November 29.

 

The date commemorates November 29, 1947, the date UN Resolution 181 was adopted, despite Palestinian opposition. 

 

Palestinian Unity: A Threat, Says Israel

  Palestinian Unity: A Threat, Says Israel - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestine is sovereign territory. In 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its Declaration of Independence. On November 15, 1988, the Palestine National Council (PNC) adopted it, affirming Palestinian statehood.

 

70 delegates including Parliamentarians from 11 Countries Issue Appeal for the End of the Siege of Gaza-No US Congresspersons involved

By Ann Wright

70 delegates from 20 countries, including Parliamentarians from 11 countries, this week have seen the disastrous effects of the 22 day Israeli attack on Gaza two years ago and the five year naval and land blockade on Gaza.  The trip was organized by the Council for European Palestinian Relations (www.cepr.org).

Two members from the European Parliament (one each from Ireland and Portugal), four national Parliamentarians from Chile,  three from Malaysia, two from Ireland and one  Parliamentarian from Scotland, Pakistan, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay,  Ecuador, Brazil and Morocco, traveled to Gaza. The delegation was led by former British government minister Claire Short.  A retired Ambassador from the Netherlands and a former U.S. diplomat were also on the delegation.

Due to the extreme influence of the pro-Israeli lobby in the United States, no US Congresspersons were on the delegation.

Gaza: Good News and Bad

  Gaza: Good News and Bad - by Stephen Lendman

 

First the good. On November 22, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) said a "Freedom Spring" convoy arrived through Rafah's border terminal, connecting Gaza and Egypt.

 

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians with Impunity

  Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinians with Impunity - by Stephen Lendman

 

Palestinians are doubly cursed. Israel's military attacks them regularly. During the past week alone, Israeli air strikes killed four Gazans, wounding another 14.

 

Al-Nabi Saleh village residents participating in a peaceful demonstration were assaulted. Two injuries were reported, including a child. Israel's navy arrested three Palestinian fishermen, confiscating their boats.

Israel Steps Up Police State Crackdowns

  Israel Steps Up Police State Crackdowns - by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel never embraced democratic values. More than ever today that's true. Many Jews understand. As a result, they're voting with their feet and leaving.

 

Gideon Levy remarked that "(i)t's really an irony of history, because Israel was established to become a shelter to the Jewish people. Now Europe becomes a shelter for the Jews living in Israel."

 

100 person International Delegation going to Gaza, November 21-25, 2011

Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR)

Brussels/London – November 18, 2011

The Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) prepares to leave for Gaza with its largest international delegation yet. Delegates include renowned politicians from countries in South America, Asia, Africa and Europe; as well as, two outspoken Members of European Parliament – Ms. Marisa Matias and Mr. Paul Murphy.

On 4 November 2011, Mr. Paul Murphy was detained onboard the Irish boat, MV Saorise, by Israeli authorities in international waters. Along with other activists, he himself was detained for a week for having tried to help break the Gaza blockade.

Retired United States Army Colonel and former U.S. diplomat Ann Wright will accompany the delegation.  She visited Gaza three times in 2009 and was on the 2010 and 2011 Gaza Freedom Flotillas.

Gaza's Suffocating Siege

  Gaza's Suffocating Siege - by Stephen Lendman

 

In early November, the Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement published a report titled, "Scale of Control: Israel's Continued Responsibility in the Gaza Strip."  

 

It explained little changed after its alleged 2005 "disengagement."

We Teach Life, Sir!

Israeli soldiers abducted me for filming them

From Mazim Qumsiyeh:

I was finally released.  Israeli soldiers abducted me while filming an
attack on villagers of Al-Walaja.  The attack started with dynamiting their village lands near their houses, a process that already shook and cracked houses and injured some residents before (see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCDNg_ScDtU).  The villagers were speaking
with soldiers demanding paperwork and telling them that court cases are
pending and to stop blowing up their lands.  Instead the soldiers arrogantly pushed and shoved and as they tried to arrest one young man, a group of Israeli soldiers and native Palestinians fell off the side of the bulldozed area of the route of the apartheid wall.  Outside of camera views, Mustafa was beaten repeatedly in the car (I was hit twice) by a mean young Israeli soldiers who said he hated Arabs.  The video we have of our abduction is at http://youtu.be/v_GE16wmcAo and still pictures can be seen here http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills and here http://chroniquespalestine.blogspot.com/


 

After the US government (under the Yolk of the Israel lobby) cut funding for UNESCO, people of the world and other governments should step up to the plate and donate to this institution. You can do so here:
http://www.unesco.org/donate  Or mail your
donation in US dollars or Euro checks to: UNESCO, Treasurer - BOC/TRS - 7
place de Fontenoy - 75352 PARIS 07 SP - France
 
Letter to Mr. Carl Bildt, Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister by Majed
Abusalama (23 y.o. young man from Jabalia Refugee Camp)
http://www.facebook.com/notes/majed-abusalama/letter-to-mr-carl-bildt-swedish-foreign-affairs-minister/10150383295939435 
 
The Lesser of Two Evils - The Catholic Monastery of Cremisan Chooses Not to
Support Villagers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YV3s0_I3Tk

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session

  The Russell Tribunal on Palestine: South Africa Session - by Stephen Lendman

 

Launched on March 4, 2009, "The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP) seeks to reaffirm the primacy of international law (to settle) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (by focusing on) the enunciation of law by authoritative bodies (and) address(ing) the failure of application of law even though it has been so clearly identified." 

 

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