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For 25 years, Ali al-Jarrah managed to live on both sides of the bitterest divide running through this region. To friends and neighbors, he was an earnest supporter of the Palestinian cause, an affable, white-haired family man who worked as an administrator at a nearby school.
To Israel, he appears to have been a valued spy, sending reports and taking clandestine photographs of Palestinian groups and Hezbollah since 1983.
Read and Discuss...For 25 years, Ali al-Jarrah managed to live on both sides of the bitterest divide... more
Another question, "why are not the "peace loving" Islamic's not standing up as a voice against their terrorist brethren?" I say, if your not part of the solution, your part of the problem.Another question, "why are not the "peace loving" Islamic's not... more
This is a 7 part video by Brigitte Gabriel speaking on her homeland of Lebanon. In this series she relates the her personal experiences before the PLO and after, and her warning.This is a 7 part video by Brigitte Gabriel speaking on her homeland of Lebanon. In... more
Israel stands accused of perpetrating a series of war crimes during a sustained 12-hour assault on a village in southern Gaza last week in which 14 people died.
This is only one of many ongoing investigations that are bearing fruit against the Israeli government
These People were all waving white flags and saying there were no weapons, they were not armed. Still, the Israeli Forces leveled homes with people INSIDE of them, killed fleeing innocent civilians, sent civilians to the center of the village and opened fire on them. Israeli military then attacked the civilians with White Phosphorous....I also heard on CNN about the IDF in this incident, shot a 64 year old man and when his body started stinking they tossed the body into a pile of rubbish. More is coming out of this as the investigation continues. Truly horrific and inhumane crimes
here's the story and I will continue it in the comments since I want the world to know in a flash. We cannot allow Israel to get away with these crimes and we will never give up. Many government and humanitarian organization are actively and presently prosecuting this crimes against humanity as I type and I see most of the world is backing them up.
In testimony collected from residents of the village of Khuza'a by the Observer, it is claimed that Israeli soldiers entering the village:
• attempted to bulldoze houses with civilians inside;
• killed civilians trying to escape under the protection of white flags;
• opened fire on an ambulance attempting to reach the wounded;
• used indiscriminate force in a civilian area and fired white phosphorus shells.
If the allegations are upheld, all the incidents would constitute breaches of the Geneva conventions.
The denunciations over what happened in Khuza'a follow repeated claims of possible human rights violations from the Red Cross, the UN and human rights organisations.
The Israeli army announced yesterday that it was investigating "at the highest level" five other attacks against civilians in Gaza, involving two UN facilities and a hospital. It added that in all cases initial investigations suggested soldiers were responding to fire. "These claims of war crimes are not supported by the slightest piece of evidence," said Yigal Palmor, an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman.
Concern over what occurred in the village of Khuza'a in the early hours of Tuesday was first raised by the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem. Although an Israeli military spokesman said he had "no information that this alleged incident took place", witness statements collected by the Observer are consistent and match testimony gathered by B'Tselem.
There is also strong visible evidence that Khuza'a came under a sustained attack from tanks and bulldozers that smashed some buildings to pieces.
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This is what Israels inhumane massacre in Gaza is beginning to do. Violence only begets Violence, and Israel knows this. Israels disregard for the worlds safety is totally unacceptable. Their Lebanon attack several years ago demonstrated that using force will not work. Now we have people using violence because of Israel and I hope it doesn't spread. We need to find ways, utilize ways to not use violence and to understand the other side.
here's the story:
Lebanese security forces have used tear gas to disperse some 200 demonstrators who tried to cut through the barbed wire near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
The protesters, carrying Lebanese and Palestinian flags, were demonstrating against the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, which have killed some 1,200 Palestinians since Dec. 27.
Police forces first used water hoses on Sunday to disperse the demonstrations but shortly afterward fired several tear gas bombs. It was not clear if there were any injuries.
Over the past three weeks, several demonstrations have been held near the U.S. Embassy and earlier this month five civilians and a policeman were lightly injured in a similar clash.This is what Israels inhumane massacre in Gaza is beginning to do. Violence only... more
January 9, 2009
Katyusha rockets hit northern Israel, IDF responds with mortar fire, Hezbollah denies role.
At least three Katyusha rockets hit Lebanon on the 13th day of Israel's offensive against Gaza. Many have been speculating on who's to blame as no group claimed responsibility. Hezbollah has stated it is not involved, and Hamas declared its resistance will be centered in the Occupied Palestinian Territories only. The Real News spoke to George Rishmawi, founder and director of the International Middle East Media Center about the possibility of attacks from other countries surrounding Israel.
George N. Rishmawi is the director of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement between People in Beit Sahour and co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Rishmawi is based in Beit Sahour, Palestine, and is also the Director of the International Middle East Media Center.
.January 9, 2009 Katyusha rockets hit northern Israel, IDF responds with mortar... more
Israeli aircraft pounded Hamas weapons positions and Gaza smuggling tunnels, witnesses and the military said Wednesday, while militants in Lebanon raised the specter of a new front by sending three rockets crashing into northern Israel.Israeli aircraft pounded Hamas weapons positions and Gaza smuggling tunnels, witnesses... more
Israeli warplanes pounded the homes of Hamas leaders and ground troops edged closer to the Gaza Strip's densely-populated urban center Monday, as Israel stepped up the pressure ahead of deciding whether to escalate its devastating two-week offensive.Israeli warplanes pounded the homes of Hamas leaders and ground troops edged closer to... more
The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, but an intense bombardment of missiles from Israeli jets and helicopters early Friday and a barrage of Hamas rockets indicated there may be no quick end to the fighting.The U.N. Security Council called for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, but an intense... more
Before the events of this past and continuing weeks, the Labor Party of Israel had the lowest poll ratings ever. Ehud Barak the leader of this party was considered as useless and was even thought be replaced even before the February elections.
Now as air raids continued for the 12th straight day in the smoke filled skies of Gaza above and blood drenched soil of Gaza below, the Labor Party rose higher in the polls, as public opinion turned around.
But there are some questions and facts which are rather questionable or raises suspicion.
Even though the recent events do not show it but Barak was rather known "as the prime minister who in 2000 went further than any Israeli leader in peace offers to the Palestinians."
While the people of Israel asked for war against Hamas, he was also reluctant to use force against the Hamas and was eager for a cease fire. Barak himself never did think of Hamas as a being the bigger threat and kept his attention on Iran which to him was a greater threat. This ironically also led to his removal from the post of Prime Minister.
Barak's decision to take this military step has also brought attention back to him as possibly being the Prime Minister of Israel again, due to his caution in going to war.
Whatever the case his recent actions surely has raised his popularity along with his party's. Still the timing of this mass military action raises numerous question about the hidden politics behind this conflict.Before the events of this past and continuing weeks, the Labor Party of Israel had the... more
It is reported that three rockets were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel. The Israeli forces retaliated by artillery rounds.
Although it is thought that Hezbollah may be behind the attacks, till now no one has claimed responsibility over this incident.
But this event has escalated fears that the violence in Gaza may spill over to other neighboring countries, especially towards hardliner critics of Israel Hezbollah and Iran.It is reported that three rockets were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel. The... more
Several rockets have been fired into northern Israel from neighbouring Lebanon. No injuries were immediately reported in the rocket fire, Israeli police said.
The suspected attacks on Thursday came after Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, warned that "all possibilities" are open against Israel as he gave a fiery speech in which he blasted Israel's offensive in Gaza and voiced support for Hamas.
Addressing tens of thousands of supporters via video link at his stronghold in Beirut's suburbs, Nasrallah said on Wednesday: "I say to [Ehud] Olmert [Israel's prime minister], the loser, the vanquished in Lebanon that 'you cannot overcome Hamas or Hezbollah'."
The comments marked the first time he has spoken so openly on the possibility of a renewed conflict with Israel since the war in Gaza began on December 27.
Nasrallah warned that the 2006 conflict would be "but a walk in the park" compared to what awaits Israel if it launches a new offensive on Lebanon.
EDITOR'S UPDATE: Hezbollah denies involvement and is investigating who is responsible for firing the rockets. http://tinyurl.com/7vxwrfSeveral rockets have been fired into northern Israel from neighbouring Lebanon. No... more
"While Hezbollah has contributed a great deal to Hamas’ armor, training and supplies, there is a debate raging inside the organization over how much more or less Hezbollah should interfere in Hamas’ fight in Gaza against the Israelis.
One faction, which includes Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, opposes any escalation and believes Hezbollah already is doing all it can to assist Hamas. This faction believes Israel is waiting for Hezbollah to provoke a fight. This would allow the IDF to respond massively in Lebanon, giving Israel the opportunity to make up for the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah military confrontation, which gave Hezbollah a rare symbolic victory over the Jewish state.
A more hawkish faction of Hezbollah, however, argues that an Israeli offensive against Hezbollah is inevitable, so it is better to open a second front against Israel now — forcing the Jewish state into a two-front war.""While Hezbollah has contributed a great deal to Hamas’ armor, training and... more
These pictures illustrate without a doubt that there was massive Jewish and Arab immigration into Israel: The Jewish refugees fleeing religious and ethnic persecution from European and Arab States, and Arabs immigrants from Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq.
These were not native "Palestinians" as they are called today, rather Arab migrant workers looking for a better standard of living. This story is brought to life in the following pages in over 460 photographs and lithographs of the period.
Yes, the "Palestinians" were Arab migrant farm workers from Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Iraq, not the fabled "natives". The truth is, from 1880 to 1948, there was a massive increase in Jewish and Arab populations.These pictures illustrate without a doubt that there was massive Jewish and Arab... more
In this video, we see arab terrorists use of UN Ambulances in violation of the Geneva Conventions.
A U.N. ambulance was used by Palestinian terrorists for their getaway following an engagement on May 11, in which 6 Israeli soldiers were killed. The Israelis have been making the charge for years that the U.N. and Red Cross have been providing cover for terrorists.
In video shot by Reuters in Southern Gaza, Palestinian gunmen are seen piling into the back of a clearly marked U.N. ambulance in the midst of a firefight.In this video, we see arab terrorists use of UN Ambulances in violation of the Geneva... more
Help All Middle-East Refugees
In 1948, 630,000 Arab refugees left Israel because the Arab leaders (their brothers) urged them to leave while promising them to cleanse Israel of Jewish presence by Jihad.
On the other hand, a close to a *million* Jews were forced to leave the Arab countries in the early days of the re-establishment of the state of Israel. They were forced to leave these Arab countries and also were forced to leave behind their assets of billions of dollars.Help All Middle-East Refugees In 1948, 630,000 Arab refugees left Israel because... more
Israel is the MOST moral country on the planet.
How can I say that?
The Palestinians pray every day that they get to fight the Israelis and not other arabs. The very fact that you occasionally hear of one or two Palestinians getting killed is actually proof of how moral this conflict is being waged. If Israel wanted they could literally push all the Palestinians into Jordan over the weekend.
In the last 60 years of fighting only a few thousand Palestinians have ever died -- in 60 years. That's about 5 militants a _month_. More Palestinians are killed per week falling in the tub, falling off ladders, or crossing the street.
* Compare that to a single week, when Syria kill 10,000-30,000 Arabs, or Jordan killed 5,000. (Look up Black September and Hama.)
* Compare that to 100,000 killed by Syria invading Lebanon.
Israel uses rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannon; The arabs use machine guns and slaughter civilians. The difference is night and day.Israel is the MOST moral country on the planet. How can I say that? The... more
Caroline about her project in "Threading the City" workshop with the Artist Nathalie Harb.
In Beirut (Lebanon)Caroline about her project in "Threading the City" workshop with the Artist... more
The world maybe in meltdown but Beirut is booming. The country best known for wars, turmoil and instability has not just survived the global financial crisis, it seems to be thriving because of it.
Deep down in the basement of Lebanon's Central bank treasury vaults are full. Cash has been flowing in like never before, Lebanese banks are posting record deposits and bankers say this is the best year in Lebanon's financial history.
According to the country's chief banker all of this is because while the world was shocked when in September the banking giants began to wobble, Lebanon was prepared.
"I saw the crisis coming and I told the commercial banks in 2007 to get out of all international investments related to the international markets", says Riad Salameh, the governor of Lebanon's Central Bank.
There is a tradition of conservative regulation at the Central Bank in Lebanon, which kept the banks safe.
Banks weren't allowed to take on too much debt and they had to have at least 30% of their assets in cash.
They were not allowed to speculate in risky packages of bundled up debts.
And weak banks were forced to merge with bigger ones before they got into trouble.
"You could have thought they had a crystal ball. It was very wise of the Lebanese regulators not to get involved in all these risky international investments that turned out to be the doom of many banking systems," says Edward Gardner of the International Monetary Fund.
This conservative reflex has also spared Lebanon the housing crash that the rest of the world is going through.
Commercial property developer Karim Basil showed me around one of his latest projects - a spectacular ultra-modern and brightly lit apartment in the heart of Beirut's historic district.
Mr Basil says that getting loans here is never easy. The banks will only lend him 60% of what he needs and they want cast iron guarantees that he can repay.
"Its not always good for business," says Mr Basil, "but it does eliminate speculation and it also keeps prices stable."The world maybe in meltdown but Beirut is booming. The country best known for wars,... more