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In a statement issued Tuesday, the Swedish EU presidency said settlements are illegal under international law and "constitute an obstacle to peace."
09 September 2009: The European Union has expressed concern about Israel's decision to approve new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.
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Without a doubt, the whole world is little by little turning against Israel. Very soon, Israel will have no choice but to obey laws of the land as well as humanitarian laws.In a statement issued Tuesday, the Swedish EU presidency said settlements are illegal... more
PARIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Israel of genocide against the Palestinian people, telling a French newspaper that the bombing of Gaza late last year was an unprovoked attack.
"The question is not whether the Israelis want to exterminate the Palestinians. They're doing it openly," Chavez said in an interview with Le Figaro published on Wednesday.
The Venezuelan president, who has just completed a tour of Middle Eastern and Arab countries, brushed aside Israeli assertions that its attack on Gaza was a response to rocket fire from Islamist group Hamas which rules the coastal enclave.
"What was it if not genocide? ... The Israelis were looking for an excuse to exterminate the Palestinians," Chavez said, adding that sanctions should have been slapped on Israel.
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I've lost count of all the nations and organizations that have condemned Israel for its bloodbath on Gaza-now its time to up the pressure and indict Israel on these war crimes.PARIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Israel of... more
JERUSALEM (CNN) — A new report by a human rights group says that more than half of the Palestinians killed during Israel’s three-week offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip earlier this year were civilians, contradicting an Israeli military claim.
Israel had said that more than 60 percent of those killed in the military campaign were “terror operatives.”
The Israeli human rights organization B’tselem released figures Wednesday, saying that, of the 1387 killed, 773 “did not take part in the hostilities” and, that of those, 320 minors were killed.
Israel says it launched the military operation in late December and early January in Gaza to stop Hamas and other militant groups from firing rockets into the southern parts of the country.
The accounting, which B’tselem says was based on “months of meticulous investigation and cross checks with numerous sources,” is at odds with official numbers released by Israel. In March, the Israeli military spokesman’s office said that 1,166 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza operation, also known as Operation Cast Lead, and that 709 of them were “identified as Hamas terror operatives, amongst them several from various other terror organizations.”
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God could come down and say the same and Israeli government would say He is biased and an Anti-semitic jerk.
We know the truth. Israel is the most deceptive, greedy and murderous country in the world.JERUSALEM (CNN) — A new report by a human rights group says that more than half... more
The Israeli government has launched a television and internet advertising campaign urging Israelis to inform on Jewish friends and relatives abroad who may be in danger of marrying non-Jews.
The advertisements, employing what the Israeli media described as “scare tactics”, are designed to stop assimilation through intermarriage among young diaspora Jews by encouraging their move to Israel.
The campaign, which cost $800,000, was created in response to reports that half of all Jews outside Israel marry non-Jews. It is just one of several initiatives by the Israeli state and private organisations to try to increase the size of Israel’s Jewish population.
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WHAT! If any other democratic society did this, we would know this is discrimination, and even racial hate!
This is HATE against other people to the umph degreeThe Israeli government has launched a television and internet advertising campaign... more
BBC Newsnight, Israel: Israel's army is changing. Once proudly secular, its combat units are now filling with those who believe Israel's wars are "God's wars".
If the video isn't showing, here it is:
Military rabbis are becoming more powerful. Trained in warfare as well as religion, new army regulations mean they are now part of a military elite.
They graduate from officer's school and operate closely with military commanders. One of their main duties is to boost soldiers' morale and drive, even on the front line.
Israeli general warns of dangers of turning war into 'jihad'
This has caused quite some controversy in Israel. Should military motivation come from men of God, or from a belief in the state of Israel and keeping it safe?
The military rabbis rose to prominence during Israel's invasion of Gaza earlier this year.
Some of their activities raised troubling questions about political-religious influence in the military.
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I cannot imagine priests and the Pope putting on military uniforms and fighting for what the Israeli government fights for. Now I know for a fact, the Israeli government is INSANE!
here's the video:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8232694.stmBBC Newsnight, Israel: Israel's army is changing. Once proudly secular, its... more
Back in 2000 gas was discovered close to the shore off Gaza. The vast majority of this vital resource lies within the Gaza Marine Area. Israel from the onset decided it wanted the entire field for its own purposes, having decided to change over to natural gas as the main fuel for its power stations and industry.
Two plans were originally drawn up:
• Take the gas by subsea pipeline to El Arish (Egypt) and then by subsea pipeline to Ashkelon (making it look like Egyptian Gas)
• Take the gas directly to Ashekelon.
In December 2007, BG Group withdrew from negotiations with the Government of Israel for the sale of gas from the Gaza Marine field to Israel. In January 2008, BG Group closed its office in Israel and continued to evaluate options for commercialising the gas. In my own opinion I found the share ratio between all parties very unbalanced with Palestine only retaining 10%.
By mid 2008 BG had signed up with Egypt to pipe the entire supply to Egypt and then convert it to LNG for onwards shipment to the US or EU. This was a potential disaster for Israel as they needed the gas desperately to fulfil their supply requirements having decided to convert to natural gas.
The other problem was that the Gaza Strip had, during these discussions, come under the control of Hamas and added even more complications to a possible deal. By June 2008 Israel was now on a war footing with Gaza with a clear intention of removing Hamas from the strip in order to try and get something salvaged from the failed deal. It was during this time that the ex British Minister, Tony Blair became involved and tried to get BG and Israel to come back to the table and open up negotiations. BG responded and again returned to Israel for urgent talks and scrapped the deal with Egypt.
The Israeli Government then decided that the attack of Gaza would now have to be put back on hold as any activity could jeopardise talks between BG, Israel and the PA. Unfortunately yet again the talks failed and BG continued looking into other possibilities. By the end of the year Israel had made up its mind to go into Gaza and remove Hamas and in doing so would be in a good position to get their hands on these vast offshore reserves.
Blast_in_GazaThe attempted take over of the Gaza Strip failed as a direct result of the fortitude and spirit of Hamas and worldwide condemnation. We now have a situation whereby the people of Gaza/Palestine have this incredible offshore wealth but are unable to bring it ashore.
We read about all the financial aid that was promised by so many governments but where is this aid and do they really need it? The answer is simply no as they have all the wealth in the world in their offshore natural gas reserves.
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When the Free Gaza boats sailed to Gaza and went in to break the siege on several occasions, what they saw confirmed the clues we all had. That was Israels reluctance to go ahead with a real peace deal is because of the billions of dollars laying offshore of Gza in Gaza waters.
This news has been confirmed before in some of our posts with detailed plans and documents by BP and the government of Israel. Israels greed and money hungry war mongers will do anything to get their dirty hands on any money, as hey have well showed us in the past, to wit the top government employees, including the former PM being arrested and convicted for theft, lies and other felonious actions. Their felonious actions in Gaza and the West Bank take innocent lives because of this greed.Back in 2000 gas was discovered close to the shore off Gaza. The vast majority of this... more
Mr Erekat said Israel's decision further undermined its credibility as a partner for peace.
"Israel's decision to approve the construction nullifies any effect that a settlement freeze, when and if announced, will have," Mr Erekat said.
"Given the choice between making peace and making settlements, they have chosen to make settlements," he added.
WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS
Construction of settlements began in 1967, shortly after the Middle East War
Some 280,000 Israelis now live in the 121 officially-recognised settlements in the West Bank
A further 190,000 Israelis live in settlements in occupied East Jerusalem
The largest West Bank settlement is Modiin Illit, where 38,000 people live
There are a further 102 unauthorised outposts in the West Bank which are not officially recognised by Israel
The population of West Bank settlements has been growing at a rate of 5-6% since 2001
From PressTV: Netanyahu is turning a blind eye to the repeated calls by the global community including its main ally, the US, to halt its settlement expansion in the West Bank.
The EU foreign ministers in a meeting in Stockholm on Saturday also called on Israel to freeze its settlement expansion in the region.
But, EU foreign policy Chief Javier Solana had expressed hope during the meeting that the European states could persuade Israel to change its position.
"The negotiations with Israel have not finished and we have some weeks to go. I hope very much that we'll be able to get a change of that position" on Israeli settlements during the UN general assembly in New York next month, Solana said. http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=105432§ionid=351020202
Video is at the link if this one is not working. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8242981.stm)
People that want peace dont do this sort of thing. If peace was a true goal, there would have been no going off the original plan. Israel deceives again.Mr Erekat said Israel's decision further undermined its credibility as a partner... more
I guess if she was holding a white flag, they would have shot her from long range. This is totally f*ckin unacceptable..AGAIN! How dare Israel kill children? How dare they kill innocent people?
I am so mad!
On Friday afternoon, 4 September 2009, the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) killed a 14-year-old child, Ghazi al-Za’anin, in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. IOF troops shot the child from close range, while he was walking with his family. This child was the second to be killed by IOF in less than a week.
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) investigations, and eye-witness testimony, indicates that, at approximately 13:40 on Friday, 4 September 2009, Maher Ghazi al-Za’anin drove his four children, including Ghazi, 14, to their farm, 500 meters away from the border with Israel, in the northeast of Beit Hanoun town. Before arriving at the farm, al-Za’anin and his children stepped down from the car and approached their land on foot. On their way to the farm, they were surprised by an Israeli military jeep that stopped opposite to them. Al-Za’anin and his children were frightened, and ran away. IOF soldiers who were inside the jeep immediately opened fire. Ghazi was wounded by a bullet to the head and fell to the ground. The father carried the child to their car, whereupon IOF soldiers fired at the car, hitting it with two bullets. The father drove to Beit Hanoun Hospital and the child was transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as he was in a critical condition. Ghazi was admitted to the intensive care unit, where he was pronounced dead on the following morning, Saturday, 5 September 2009.
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Sweden's foreign minister abruptly called off a visit to Israel this week, an Israeli spokesman said Sunday, amid a feud over a Swedish newspaper article and a growing gulf between Israel and the international community over West Bank settlement construction.
Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has called off a trip to Israel planned for this Friday, according to Yigal Palmor, spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry. Palmor, who would not comment on a possible reason for the move, said Sweden informed Israel's embassy in Stockholm of the decision on Friday.
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The growing unpopularity of Israel. I wonder why? hmmm, couldn't be one of these, could it?
1. Resolution 42: The Palestine Question (5 March 1948) Requests recommendations for the Palestine Commission
2. Resolution 43: The Palestine Question (1 Apr 1948) Recognizes "increasing violence and disorder in Palestine" and requests that representatives of "the Jewish Agency for Palestine and the Arab Higher Committee" arrange, with the Security Council, "a truce between the Arab and Jewish Communities of Palestine...Calls upon Arab and Jewish armed groups in Palestine to cease acts of violence immediately."
3. Resolution 44: The Palestine Question (1 Apr 1948) Requests convocation of special session of the General Assembly
4. Resolution 46: The Palestine Question (17 Apr 1948) As the United Kingdom is the Mandatory Power, "it is responsible for the maintenance of peace and order in Palestine." The Resolutions also "Calls upon all persons and organizations in Palestine" to stop importing "armed bands and fighting personnel...whatever their origin;...weapons and war materials;...Refrain, pending the future government of Palestine...from any political activity which might prejudice the rights, claims, or position of either community;...refrain from any action which will endager the safety of the Holy Places in Palestine."
5. Resolution 48: The Palestine Question (23 Apr 1948)
6. Resolution 49: The Palestine Question (22 May 1948)
7. Resolution 50: The Palestine Question (29 May 1948)
8. Resolution 53: The Palestine Question (7 Jul 1948)
9. Resolution 54: The Palestine Question (15 Jul 1948)
10. Resolution 56: The Palestine Question (19 Aug 1948)
11. Resolution 57: The Palestine Question (18 Sep 1948)
12. Resolution 59: The Palestine Question (19 Oct 1948)
13. Resolution 60: The Palestine Question (29 Oct 1948)
14. Resolution 61: The Palestine Question (4 Nov 1948)
15. Resolution 62: The Palestine Question (16 Nov 1948)
16. Resolution 66: The Palestine Question (29 Dec 1948)
17. Resolution 72: The Palestine Question (11 Aug 1949)
18. Resolution 73: The Palestine Question (11 Aug 1949)
19. Resolution 89 (17 November 1950): regarding Armistice in 1948 Arab-Israeli War and "transfer of persons".
20. Resolution 92: The Palestine Question (8 May 1951)
21. Resolution 93: The Palestine Question (18 May 1951)
22. Resolution 95: The Palestine Question (1 Sep 1951)
23. Resolution 100: The Palestine Question (27 Oct 1953)
24. Resolution 101: The Palestine Question (24 Nov 1953)
25. Resolution 106: The Palestine Question (29 Mar 1955) 'condemns' Israel for Gaza raid.
26. Resolution 107: The Palestine Question (30 Mar)
27. Resolution 108: The Palestine Question (8 Sep)
28. Resolution 111: " ... 'condemns' Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people".
29. Resolution 113: The Palestine Question (4 Apr)
30. Resolution 114: The Palestine Question (4 Jun)
31. Resolution 127: " ... 'recommends' Israel suspends its 'no-man's zone' in Jerusalem".
32. Resolution 138: Question relating to the case of Adolf Eichmann, concerning Argentine complaint that Israel breached its sovereignty.
33. Resolution 162: " ... 'urges' Israel to comply with UN decisions".
34. Resolution 171: " ... determines flagrant violations' by Israel in its attack on Syria".
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This is funny and so true imo---just click the link to read these...the comment below is what the author wanted to relay. The "Reasons" are not printed here on current or below-just click the link to read em...This is funny and so true imo---just click the link to read these...the comment below... more
The movement to call Israel to account for its crimes against the Palestinian people is growing, it is "invading the mainstream discourse, becoming part of the constant and unrelenting drumbeat against Israel." It could eventually threaten the existence of the Jewish state by undermining the support it receives from its strongest backer, the U. S. government.
That was the message of alarm delivered by the Executive Director of the American Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Howard Kohr, to the AIPAC Policy Conference on May 3.[i]
AIPAC is one of the principal organizations that lobby publicly on behalf of Israel in the United States, where it is an important influence on foreign policy. Among the 6,000 dignitaries who attended its policy conference were more than half of the members of the Senate and a third of the members of the House of Representatives. Featured speakers included Vice President Joe Biden, Senator John Kerry, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli President Shimon Peres.
AIPAC and its allies are often alleged to act as a kind of shadow government in Washington, distorting policy in Israel's interest rather than that of the U.S. This stands reality on its head. The pro-Israel lobby carries real weight in the halls of power, but only because the U.S. and Israel share the same fundamental interests. The U.S. relies on Israel to keep the Arab states of the Middle East divided, weak, and under constant threat of attack, thus ensuring that they remain subservient to Washington. For its part, Israel could not continue to exist in its present form without the strong political and material support it receives from the U.S. It received more than $2.5 billion in military aid from the U.S. in 2009.[ii] Israel and the United States may be partners with shared objectives, but the relationship is a highly unequal one.
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Like I've mentioned before, this movement has so much momentum that many BDS meeting are happening across the globe. There's even an Israel Apartheid Week conducted in cities across the globe. The more the left defends Israel, the more energy is given to this movement. When the left defends Israel, they show their arrogance and inhumanity towards a defensless and innocent people of Palestine. It's all about money, natural resources and land people. Thats what the Israeli government is after, no matter how many innocent lives it takes with it.
BOYCOTT Israel!The movement to call Israel to account for its crimes against the Palestinian people... more
Reuters: There is significant evidence that Israeli forces violated international law and human rights in their invasion of Gaza between late December and mid-January, the United Nations human rights chief said on Friday.
A report by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay lambasted the "nearly total impunity" for the violations.
The already critical human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) deteriorated further during the war, she said in the report, the first of a series of periodic reports ordered by the U.N. Human Rights Council in January during Israel's "Operation Cast Lead".
The 34-page report is one of two -- together with a forthcoming one by South African jurist Richard Goldstone who has been conducting hearings in Gaza -- that will be presented to the council next month.
"...significant prima facie evidence indicates that serious violations of international humanitarian law as well as gross human rights violations occurred during the military operations of 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009, which were compounded by the blockade that the population of Gaza endured in the months prior to Operation Cast Lead and which continues," Pillay said.
Pillay said rights violations included arbitrary detention, torture and ill-treatment, extrajudicial execution, forced eviction and home demolition, settlement expansion and related violence and restrictions on freedom of movement and expression.
"While these violations are of deep concern in their own right, the nearly total impunity that persists for such violations (regardless of the responsible duty bearer) is of grave concern, and constitutes a root cause for their persistence," the former South African high court judge said.Reuters: There is significant evidence that Israeli forces violated international law... more
Israeli forces shoot Israeli and Palestinian demonstrator with live ammunition in the West Bank village of Ni’lin.
Palestinian residents, alongside Israeli and international supporters, have been demonstrating today since 12:30pm.
Around 4pm, eyewitnesses reported that the Army began to shoot live ammunition towards demonstrators.
David Reeb, an Israeli citizen and prominent artist, was shot in his thigh with live ammunition from around 20 meters. Reeb frequently films Ni’lin demonstrations.
Hamoudeh Saeed Amirah, a Ni’lin resident, was shot in his foot with live ammunition, though the bullet did not enter. Amirah films the Ni’lin demonstrations for distribution to the media.
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Talk about the sh*t hittin' the fan! Israel devastated much of Gaza including their water treatment facilities besides the 90% civilians that were brutally murdered. Looks like God has a plan: Send all the Palestinians dirty water and sewage to Israel! Talk about Karma!---here's the story:
The top United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory today joined aid agencies in calling for the immediate opening of Gaza’s crossings to allow the entry of spare parts and materials critical to restoring the area’s water and sanitation services.
“The deterioration and breakdown of water and sanitation facilities in Gaza is compounding an already severe and protracted denial of human dignity in the Gaza Strip,” Maxwell Gaylard said in a joint statement issued today with the NGO Association for International Development Agencies (AIDA).
“At the heart of this crisis is a steep decline in standards of living for the people of Gaza, characterized by erosion of livelihoods, destruction and degradation of basic infrastructure, and a marked downturn in the delivery and quality of vital services in health, water and sanitation,” added Mr. Gaylard, the Deputy UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and UN Humanitarian Coordinator.
Israel’s closure of Gaza’s crossing points, imposed since June 2007, has meant that equipment and supplies needed for the construction, maintenance and operation of water and sanitation facilities have not been able to enter the area, leading to the deterioration of these services.
Currently, some 10,000 people do not have access to the water network, while another 60 per cent of Gaza’s population of 1.5 million do not have continuous access to water.
In addition, some 50 to 80 million litres of untreated and partially treated waste-water have been discharged daily into the Mediterranean Sea since January 2008, due to damage to sewage treatment facilities, lack of treatment capacity because of postponed plant upgrade projects, and a critical shortage of fuel and electricity necessary to operate them.
Mr. Gaylard and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) called on the Israeli Government to take immediate steps to ensure the entry into Gaza of the necessary construction and repair materials to respond to the water and sanitation crisis.
“Without addressing both the immediate basic needs of the population and facilitating the longer-term development and management of the degraded water and sanitation sector, public health and the wider environment will remain at significant risk,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator.
“Pollution does not recognise borders or barriers, and communities throughout the region are threatened by the deficiencies of Gaza’s water and sanitation system,” he added.
New UN report spotlights humanitarian crisis triggered by blockade of Gaza
UN, aid agencies call for opening of Gaza crossings to allow rebuilding of schoolsTalk about the sh*t hittin' the fan! Israel devastated much of Gaza including... more
No taxation by a foreign government without representation" is a basic American principle. Yet, the taxation currently endured by US taxpayers because of the Israel Lobby far exceeds the level of taxation by the British that led to the American Revolution. Pro-Israel organisations do everything possible to prevent Americans from openly discussing the fact that they are being taxed without consent.
Through subversion Israel advocates have orchestrated passage of the Patriot Act, Homeland Security abuses, and other erosions of civil liberties. Pro-Israel organisations file lawsuits to keep the question of Israel investments off local ballots. Jewish communal organisations bribe elected public officials with free trips to Israel to gain their support - even against the will of the majority of their constituents!
Financing Israel at the expense of basic American values victimises every citizen to benefit a very small sub-group of the population and also creates worldwide anti-US hostility, which puts all Americans at risk of terrorist retaliation. Obeying the Israel lobby goes against all logical American self-interest. Obeyi ng Zionist pressure to invade several countries at once means watching America commit suicide, economically and politically, for the sake of Israel. Zionist activists are a real and present danger to the USA. They should be stripped of their US citizenship and sent to Guantanamo for interrogation.
America's free press, justice system, and democracy are dependent upon the separation of American from Israeli interests. To survive, America must disentangle itself from the Zionist web of control. The common Zionist argument that Jews should get to keep what they stole just because they've been sitting on other people's property for so many years is not a valid legal argument. International law as defined by the post-WW2 Nuremburg Tribunals does not confer upon occupiers any entitlement to "security." Zionism is nothing less than a criminal ideology that completely rejects the fundamental American principle of sacred property rights.
America stands for equal rights, which applies to property and residency rights and other legal norms such as use of public transportation and voting. The US has acknowledged the injustice involved in colonising America at the expense of the native population. Even though economic disparities still remain, Native Americans have US citizenship and are allowed to rent, buy and sell property just like other citizens. This is not true for millions of Palestinian refugees who are denied any passports while they live under Israeli curfews and martial law. It is even against Israeli law for sympathetic Jews voluntarily to reconvey stolen property that they currently hold without legitimate title to the original, rightful owners. In general, Jews cannot even sell homes to Arabs. Yet Germany returned homes stolen from the Jews in World War II to their descendants.
Many Americans are aware that the subsidisation of the Israeli military at the expense of the US taxpayer puts all Americans at risk of retaliation. Yet the criminal acts begin right under our noses here in America by bankers and real estate agents. With the deep enmeshment of Israeli agents in the United States political spectrum, the Israel Lobby acts as a mafia facilitating the looting of billions of dollars via US military acquisitions from Jewish-owned defense corporations like General Dynamics and via capital transfers including ongoing complex beneficiary-obscuring transactions. In addition to ongoing US foreign aid for weapons purchase, the USA buys billions of dollars of weapons, declares the weaponry to be obsolete and then consigns it to Israel at practically no charge. Using full-scale militarised equipment supplied and paid for by the United States, the Israeli government uses US tax money to pay the IDF to force the non-Jewish Palestinian rightful owners to vacate their own property so ----------continued belowNo taxation by a foreign government without representation" is a basic American... more
The Soda Club, an Israeli run company based in the Palestinian West Bank, is being scrutinized under EU trade policies.
All Israeli goods imported into the European Union (EU) do not receive duties; however, the Soda Club is operated in an Israel settlement not recognized by the EU. The Hamburg Finance Court must decide to either deny or allow The Soda Club products into Germany with or without a duty. The decision will be a proxy on all EU-Israeli relations due to Israeli settlement in Palestinian occupied land.
The Israeli settlement known as Maale Adumim sits fortress-like atop a red stone plateau. In the Bible, the road to the plateau was known as the "steep red road."
As the largest Israeli settlement in the Palestinian-administered areas of the West Bank, Maale Adumim is home to 40,000 people. Bulldozers are clearing lots for new houses on its outskirts. Its population is growing by the week and, in recent years, it has grown faster than any other settlement.
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Norway has decided to divest from the Israeli arms firm Elbit over its role in the construction of the West Bank separation wall.
Norway's finance minister, Kristin Halvorsen, made the announcement at a press conference in Oslo on Thursday the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned Norway's ambassador, stating that "Israel will consider further steps of protest in the future."
Halvorsen said the decision was based on the recommendation of a Norweigan Ministry of Finance council whose role is to ensure that government investments abroad meet ethical guidelines, the Israeli newspaper stated.
"We do not wish to fund companies that so directly contribute to violations of international humanitarian law," Halvorsen was quoted as saying in a report on the Norwatch Web site.
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More and more countries and entities are divesting from Israel. This is what we need. Hit 'em in the pocket where it hurts. Israeli government worships the shekel-the dollar-the Euro. For if it weren't for money, the world would not see this inhumane and corrupt government we have here in this world.Norway has decided to divest from the Israeli arms firm Elbit over its role in the... more
Need I say more? With the indictment of one of Israels top leaders recently, this is only the beginning of sending the insane Israeli government to a place they deserve.
The story can be found at the linkNeed I say more? With the indictment of one of Israels top leaders recently, this is... more
Michelle Obama faces a hairy situation to be an acceptable First Lady for an America who often misunderstands African-American beauty.Michelle Obama faces a hairy situation to be an acceptable First Lady for an America... more
The State Prosecutor's Office filed official corruption charges against former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Sunday. This is the first time in Israel's history that a former PM will face a criminal indictment.
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Seems like this is what Israel IS, has been and will always be. Now lets bring on the war crimes against this crooked and blood soaked country.The State Prosecutor's Office filed official corruption charges against former... more