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Last week Sweden’s largest daily newspaper published an article containing shocking material: testimony and circumstantial evidence indicating that Israelis may have been harvesting internal organs from Palestinian prisoners without consent for many years.
(Picture used here is the FBI arrest of several Jewish Rabbis accused of buying and selling human organs and having the money sent to Israel. Courtesy of www.netdor.com)
Worse yet, some of the information reported in the article suggests that in some instances Palestinians may have been captured with this macabre purpose in mind.
In the article, “Our sons plundered for their organs,” veteran journalist Donald Bostrom writes that Palestinians “harbor strong suspicions against Israel for seizing young men and having them serve as the country’s organ reserve – a very serious accusation, with enough question marks to motivate the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to start an investigation about possible war crimes.”1/
An army of Israeli officials and apologists immediately went into high gear, calling both Bostrom and the newspaper’s editors “anti-Semitic.” The Israeli foreign minister was reportedly “aghast” and termed it “a demonizing piece of blood libel.” An Israeli official called it “hate porn.”
Commentary magazine wrote that the story was “merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of European funded and promoted anti-Israel hate.” Numerous people likened the article to the medieval “blood libel,” (widely refuted stories that Jews killed people to use their blood in religious rituals). Even some pro-Palestinian writers joined in the criticism, expressing skepticism.
The fact is, however, that substantiated evidence of public and private organ trafficking and theft, and allegations of worse, have been widely reported for many years. Given such context, the Swedish charges become far more plausible than might otherwise be the case and suggest that an investigation could well turn up significant information.
At the Link are a few examples of previous reports on this topic.
At first, I was in disbelief as well as "lets wait for more evidence" mode. Now, I am still in this mode, however, I am starting to lean towards the initial story by the Swedish Newspaper. I am cautious to go full tilt on this because this is a serious allegation. I dont want to hurt anyone who is innocent. But tallying up all the human rights violations and bloodshed the Israeli government has committed----besides breaking International laws repeatedly--and the new evidence presented in this story, my feelings are that there is some substance to these allegations. I still want to find more evidence. It is just too hard to believe that humans would do this kind of evil. I don't want to believe it. But like I said, my feelings are starting to lean to 'believing'.
Read the story, and come to your own conclusions. Below, in comments, I posted what evidence and news articles (from known sources) that were used to back up the writers story. I'm still hoping it is not true.Last week Sweden’s largest daily newspaper published an article containing... more
- Bryan Schwartzman, Staff Writer Area rabbis, (USA) joined by Christian clergy and other supporters, staged a Center City protest last week against Israeli policy regarding Gaza. (Photo by Greg Bezanis)
A group of local rabbis is calling on Jews to observe a fast day in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.
The group, part of a coalition of 60 rabbis around the country called Ta'anit Tzedek: Jewish Fast for Gaza, is advocating that Israel lift its three-year-old economic blockade, which it claims has resulted in "collective punishment" for Gaza's civilians due to the activities of extremists.
Israel's government maintains that it works to get humanitarian supplies into Gaza, but is hampered by security concerns.
More at the link
Its good to see people seeing thru the Israeli inhumanity. Especially in the US- Bryan Schwartzman, Staff Writer Area rabbis, (USA) joined by Christian clergy and... more
According to attorney Dan Yakir, the legal adviser of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), "A secret detention facility contradicts basic principles of every democracy - transparency and public supervision over the governmental authorities. And those principles are especially important in relation to the deprivation of freedom - which is one of the most severe infringements of human rights. The existence of a lockup like this gives rise to a double concern: first, of secret arrests and `disappearances' of people; and second, an abuse of power, unfair treatment, violence and torture."
As will be seen, attorney Yakir's concerns are well founded.
-------------the story at the linkAccording to attorney Dan Yakir, the legal adviser of the Association of Civil Rights... more
Interesting video from one of the most trusted news sources in the world shows that the deliberate actions of the Israeli government is in fact Apartheid in action.
Wanting peace is not giving your opposition a reason to fight. Taking away from people what is theirs, forcing them to be separate is not the road to peace. In this video you will see the tactics and people involved.
Israel needs to rethink their strategy. They need to rethink how people should be treated. Israel needs to be rethought.
There is a peaceful way.
The Insanity needs to stop now.Interesting video from one of the most trusted news sources in the world shows that... more
Israel has declared the shooting of unarmed American demonstrator Tristan Anderson in the West Bank to be an “act of war” in a bid to avoid compensating his family.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense sent a letter containing this declaration to the Anderson family’s lawyers, according to attorney Leah Tsemel who is perusing a civil suit against the Israeli government.
Anderson was critically injured on 13 March 2009 when Israeli soldiers shot him in the forehead with a high velocity tear gas canister during a demonstration against the separation wall in the West Bank village of Ni’lin. He remains unconscious in Tel Aviv’s Tel Hashomer Hospital, where he recently underwent another surgery to reattach part of his scull that was removed during life-saving surgery five months ago. Prospects for his recovery remain unclear.
Tsemel, the civil suit attorney, told Ma’an that the “act of war” designation automatically releases the government from paying compensation under a recently-amended tort law. Israel makes this designation “all the time,” in tort cases involving Palestinian victims, she said.
She also said the Andersons’ lawyers would “exhaust all possibilities in Israeli courts,” and in international courts if necessary, to hold the government accountable. A court date has not yet been set.
Phone calls to the Israeli Ministry of Defense seeking comment were not returned.
Tsemel also reiterated that overwhelming evidence shows that Anderson was not a combatant and presented no threat to the Israeli soldiers. In an eventual court proceeding, she said, Anderson’s lawyers would present eyewitnesses, videotape, a medical report, and even the Israeli soldier’s own reports to prove this.
“If a process by which unarmed civilian demonstration is classified by Israel as an ‘act of war,’ then clearly Israel admits that it is at war with civilians,” said Attorney Michael Sfard, who is handling the criminal side of the Anderson case, in a statement circulated by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
On the criminal side of the case, ISM said Israeli police have completed their criminal investigation and passed the file to the district attorney of the Central District of the Israeli prosecutors’ offices. Sfard, is awaiting their decision.
Anderson was shot at a distance of 60 meters while standing with a group of Palestinians and international activists, hours after the demonstration had been dispersed from the construction site of the Wall.
So, I guess Israel is at war with the USA. Anything to get out of paying compensation and taking responsibility. The poor guy was standing minding his own business.Israel has declared the shooting of unarmed American demonstrator Tristan Anderson in... more
This report documents the humanitarian impact of the blockade imposed by Israel since June 2007 on the 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip. It focuses on the effects of the import and export restrictions and the travel ban to and from Gaza on livelihoods, food security, education, health, shelter, energy and water and sanitation. The report also describes how the recurrent cycles of violence and human rights violations, stemming from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Hamas’s rule over Gaza, have compounded the suffering of the population in Gaza.
Following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, Israel has imposed an unprecedented blockade on all border crossings in and out of the Gaza Strip.1 The blockade has ‘locked in’ 1.5 million people in what is one of the most densely populated areas on earth, triggering a protracted human dignity crisis with negative humanitarian consequences. At the heart of this crisis is the degradation in the living conditions of the population, caused by the erosion of livelihoods and the gradual decline in the state of infrastructure, and the quality of vital services in the areas of health, water and sanitation, and education.
The blockade, now in its third year, has taken place alongside recurrent cycles of violence and human rights violations, stemming from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Hamas’s rule over Gaza. The denial of Palestinians’ right to leave Gaza, or to move freely to the West Bank, particularly when their lives, physical integrity, or basic freedoms are under threat, is another key component of the current human dignity crisis. This denial had a devastating impact during Israel’s “Cast Lead” military offensive, launched on 27 December 2008, contributing to the significant loss of civilian life and the large number of seriously injured and traumatized people as a result.
The three week-long Israeli offensive also involved the widespread destruction of homes, infrastructure and productive assets. The ongoing restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza through the crossings has limited the ability of all relevant actors to address the immense needs and challenges that emerged as a result of the most recent military offensive.
Over the past three months, Israel has allowed entry into Gaza of a small number of truckloads carrying goods previously prevented from entering, including limited construction, water, sanitation and education materials. While these are welcome steps, their actual impact when compared to the current level of needs in Gaza remains negligible.
This blockade has been characterized by the UN’s most senior humanitarian official, John Holmes, as a form of collective punishment on the entire Gazan population.2 The UN, the ICRC, many states and humanitarian organizations have repeatedly urged the Government of Israel to remove the restrictions on Gaza’s borders; to allow free access to agricultura areas within Gaza, and to allow unrestricted fishing in Gaza’s territorial waters.3 These are the urgent first steps needed to start the reconstruction of homes and infrastructure, the revival of the economy and the restoration of human dignity in Gaza.This report documents the humanitarian impact of the blockade imposed by Israel since... more
What happens when an Israeli professor speaks his mind about the Israeli occupation? Let’s find out.
Take a look at Ben Gurion University Prof. Neve Gordon, who by the way, is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace’s Advisory Board and is also a member of the Committee to Support Ezra Nawi.
He published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, titled Boycott Israel: An Israeli comes to the painful conclusion that it’s the only way to save his country.
(above from Muzzle Watch)
An Israeli comes to the painful conclusion that it's the only way to save his country.
By Neve Gordon
August 20, 2009
Israeli newspapers this summer are filled with angry articles about the push for an international boycott of Israel. Films have been withdrawn from Israeli film festivals, Leonard Cohen is under fire around the world for his decision to perform in Tel Aviv, and Oxfam has severed ties with a celebrity spokesperson, a British actress who also endorses cosmetics produced in the occupied territories. Clearly, the campaign to use the kind of tactics that helped put an end to the practice of apartheid in South Africa is gaining many followers around the world.
Not surprisingly, many Israelis -- even peaceniks -- aren't signing on. A global boycott can't help but contain echoes of anti-Semitism. It also brings up questions of a double standard (why not boycott China for its egregious violations of human rights?) and the seemingly contradictory position of approving a boycott of one's own nation.
It is indeed not a simple matter for me as an Israeli citizen to call on foreign governments, regional authorities, international social movements, faith-based organizations, unions and citizens to suspend cooperation with Israel. But today, as I watch my two boys playing in the yard, I am convinced that it is the only way that Israel can be saved from itself.
I say this because Israel has reached a historic crossroads, and times of crisis call for dramatic measures. I say this as a Jew who has chosen to raise his children in Israel, who has been a member of the Israeli peace camp for almost 30 years and who is deeply anxious about the country's future.
------------more at linkWhat happens when an Israeli professor speaks his mind about the Israeli occupation?... more
Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and Continue to Impose a Total Closure on the Gaza Strip
- A Palestinian child was wounded when Israeli forces fired at fishing boats in Rafah.
- Israeli forces used force against peaceful demonstrations organized in protest to the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank.
- Israeli forces conducted 26 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
- Israeli forces arrested 28 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and one woman, in the West Bank, and two fishers in the Gaza Strip.
- Israeli forces demolished 3 car maintenance workshops.
- The State of Israel has continued to impose a total closure on the OPT and have isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
- Israeli troops positioned at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 8 Palestinian civilians, including two children and two women.
- Israel has continued measures aimed at establishing a Jewish majority in occupied east Jerusalem.
- Israeli settlers seized a Palestinian house in Silwan village.
- Israeli forces attacked religious sites in Jerusalem.
- Israeli forces have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
- 116 donums1 of land in Ya'bad village, southwest of Jenin, were confiscated by Israeli forces.
- Israeli forces ordered the demolition of 9 houses in Slem village, east of Nablus.
- An international human rights defender was injured and 4 others were arrested by Israeli forces during protests against Israeli settlement activities.
I'll try to get this each week to people concerned. I'll get blasted of being biased in what I bring here to post, but the fact of the matter is that people report what interests them the most that NEEDS to be highlighted. Some people concentrate their posts about Sudan, about Cruelty to animals, Global Warming, etc. I choose to report on the injustice in this region. And, if you've read my profile, you'll see that I do not HATE anyone. Its the common defense of defenders of this injustice to call people names and accuse of siding with the enemy. Obviously, this is not the case. Those defenses are moot and only designed to cloud the reality of what is happening in the area. President Obama, in my opinion, is trying to make it better there, I only wish he would move quicker to hasten the cruelty that goes on there to many innocent people. We need Peace there, and for that to happen, the Israeli government needs to have their clothes put on the clothesline for everyone to see.
I entertain ALL commentators that have some positive input. Whether you are pure right wing or even in the government, I'd like to find a half way point that encourages a turn around in how the Palestinians are being treated. Most of them want peace. Most Israelis want peace. What most of the world sees is that Israel wants all the land to themselves and to destroy the culture and people who are Palestinians. If this is not the case, lets see some major changes now. Not tomorrow, not next week...NOW!Israeli Forces Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property... more
President Obama has asked Israel to make some changes that have been largely ignored. President Jimmy Carter said, "The blockade of Gaza has brought death, destruction, pain and suffering to the people there. The International community must not ignore their cries for help." and "...the people of Gaza are being treated "like animals," and has called for "ending of the siege of Gaza" that is depriving "one and a half million people of the necessities of life."
One of the world's leading authorities on Gaza, Sara Roy of Harvard University, has said that the consequence of the siege "is undeniably one of mass suffering, created largely by Israel, but with the active complicity of the international community, especially the U.S. and European Union."
The law is clear. The conscience of humankind is shocked.
Yet, the siege of Gaza continues.
The people of Gaza have exhorted the international community to move beyond words of condemnation.
It is time for us to take action!
The Long March toward Freedom
To mark the anniversary of Israel's bloody 22-day assault on Gaza the International Coalition to End the Illegal Siege of Gaza will dispatch contingents from around the world to Gaza.
On January 1, 2010 we will march alongside the people of Gaza in a nonviolent demonstration that breaches the illegal blockade.
The march is inspired by decades of nonviolent Palestinian resistance from the mass popular uprising of the first intifada to the West Bank villagers currently resisting the land grab of Israel's annexationist wall.
It draws inspiration from the international volunteers who have stood by Palestinian farmers harvesting their crops, from the crews on the vessels who have challenged the Gaza blockade by sea, and from the drivers of the convoys who have delivered humanitarian aid to Gaza.
It draws inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi called his movement Satyagraha-Hold on to the truth. We hold on to the truth that Israel's siege of Gaza is illegal and inhuman.
Gandhi said that nonviolence requires more courage and is more effective than violence. We want to prove the truth of Gandhi's beliefs with our deeds.
We are not afraid, we won't turn back, we won't let Gaza die.
Gandhi said that the purpose of nonviolent action is to "quicken" the conscience of humankind. We want to bring humankind not just to deplore Israeli brutality but actively to stop it.
Those of us residing in the United States also draw inspiration from our Civil Rights Movement.
If Israel devalues Palestinian life then-just as northern whites went down South during Freedom Summer-we must both interpose our bodies to shield Palestinians from Israeli brutality and bear personal witness to the inhumanity that Palestinians daily confront.
If Israel defies international law then-just as federal marshals were sent in to enforce the law of the land against racist southern sheriffs-we must send nonviolent marshals from around the world to enforce the law of the international community in Gaza.
We take no sides in internal Palestinian politics. We side only with international law and basic human decency.
We conceive this march as yet another link in the chain of nonviolent resistance to Israel's flagrant disregard of international law.
The siege is illegal.
The wall is illegal.
The settlements and house demolitions are illegal.
The closures and curfews are illegal.
The roadblocks and checkpoints are illegal.
The detention and torture are illegal.
The truth is that if international law were enforced the occupation would be unsustainable.
The march can only succeed if it arouses the conscience of humanity.
If we join ranks with the people of Gaza in the march for freedom, and millions more around the world watch the march on the internet, we can breach the siege without a drop of blood being shed.
If the whole world is watching, Israel can't stop us.
Please join us.President Obama has asked Israel to make some changes that have been largely ignored.... more
Is this Israels way of exterminating millions of people in Gaza needing health care and medicine to save or make better the lives of all these people? Israel is blocking much needed medical supplies among other life saving and living items.
Israel needs to answer this insanity-ALL the insane things Israel does to Gaza and the Palestinians.
No civilized country int eh world would not let this happen? We need to stand up and not let this happen to millions of innocent people.
Arafat Hamdona, 20, has been confined to the cancer unit of As-Shifa, Gaza's primary hospital, since he was diagnosed with maxillary skin tumours in June 2008. Red lesions protrude from his face, his features are distorted and his eyes swollen shut.
In April, Arafat was permitted to travel to Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem where he received three series of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. He was scheduled to return for further treatment, but has not been granted permission by the Israeli authorities to leave Gaza.
"He is only given pain killers," said Arafat's father, Faraj Hamdona, explaining that that is all As-Shifa has to offer.
According to a July 2009 report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Jerusalem, Gaza doctors and nurses do not have the medical equipment to respond to the health needs of the 1.5 million people living in the Gaza Strip.
Medical equipment is often broken, lacking spare parts, or outdated.
WHO attributes the dismal state of Gaza's healthcare system to the Israeli blockade of the territory, tightened in June 2007 after Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the West, seized control. The poor organization of maintenance services in Gaza compounds the problem, reports WHO.
Medical equipment sits idle
Some 500 tons of donations of medical equipment which flooded the Strip after Israel's military offensive ended on 18 January sits idle in warehouses. Few donors consulted the health ministry or aid agencies working in Gaza to find out what provisions were needed. According to the health ministry, 20 percent of the donated medications had expired. WHO said much of the equipment sent was old and unusable due to a lack of spare parts.
WHO also said suppliers were unable to access medical equipment for repairs and maintenance and "since 2000, maintenance staff and clinical workers have not been able to leave the Strip for training in the use of medical devices".
The Israeli Defence Ministry says it is not obliged to allow into Gaza anything other than basic humanitarian supplies necessary for survival, and is concerned certain medical technology could be used for other more sinister means. Gaza's only other connection to the outside world is its border crossing with Egypt, which is closed most of the time.
The lack of proper medical care in Gaza can have dire consequences.
"The largest number of deaths due to the siege is among cancer patients," Gaza deputy health minister Hassan Halifa said. "Radiotherapy for cancer patients is not available due to the lack of equipment, and chemotherapy is generally not available due to the lack of drugs."
Lack of drugs, medical supplies
In July, 77 out of 480 essential drugs and 140 out of 700 essential medical supplies in Gaza's health ministry were out of stock, according to WHO.
Ismail Ahmed, a 66-year-old from Shujayah, also lies in the cancer unit of As-Shifa, with a catheter for urination flowing into a wastebasket.
"We lack necessary equipment for the patients," Abdullah Farajullah, a nurse at the unit, said.
Suffering from bladder cancer, Ismail requires blood transfusions.
"There are not enough IV [intravenous] bags. The nurses put blood into plastic water bottles to transfer into my IV bag," Ismail said.
------------more at the linkIs this Israels way of exterminating millions of people in Gaza needing health care... more
Are you being called racist, a hater, slammed for sticking up for innocent civilians and being called a 'terrorist' for doing so? Now, not only can you sue both CURRENT and the poster/commenter, you can instantly find out who they are and bring them to civil justice.
Here's part of the story with the rest at the link:
A model who was slammed with derogatory terms by an anonymous blogger has the right to learn the identity of her online heckler, a judge ruled.
In August 2008, a user of Blogger.com, Google's blogging service, created "Skanks in NYC," a site that assailed Liskula Cohen, 37, a Canadian-born onetime cover girl who has appeared in Vogue and other fashion magazines. The blog featured photos of Cohen captioned with terms including "psychotic," "ho," and "skank."
On Monday, New York Supreme Court Judge Joan Madden ruled that Google must hand over to Cohen any identifying information it possesses about the blog's creator.
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We've all been 'flagged' for community violations. Some are blatantly racist and harmful. Some, in our and others opinion are a freedom we believe it is ours. But freedoms come with responsibilities.
Current protects itself by rightfully removing the 'violation'. We all dislike this form of censorship, but, as the courts have shown, they and the commenter/story writer can be sued big time.
(I just wish CURRENT would monitor a little better and not wait for someones comment to be 'flagged' by someone)
Current is only protecting itself and people here.
I agree tho with many that we are being censored. But Current does reserve the right to have 'standards'. It is their site! And, there are other ways of expressing your disdain for a story or poster here. (Darn, is this going to be flagged!!!)Are you being called racist, a hater, slammed for sticking up for innocent civilians... more
GENEVA — United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Friday accused Israel of violating the rules of warfare with its blockade stopping people and goods from moving in or out of the Gaza Strip.
In a 34-page report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Pillay also called on Israel to stop expanding its West Bank settlements and punish all settlers who attack Palestinians.
Israeli Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar rejected the findings of the U.N. high commissioner for human rights. He said the report reflected the anti-Israel bias of the U.N. Human Rights Council that commissioned it, and failed to note recent Israeli moves to ease restrictions on Palestinians.
Leshno-Yaar, Israel's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said Pillay "didn't make any effort to investigate things herself, which is quite unfortunate."
Pillay said the Gaza blockade amounts to collective punishment of civilians, which is prohibited under the Geneva Conventions on the conduct of warfare and occupation.
She cited the conventions' requirement that "no protected person may be punished for an offense he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited."GENEVA — United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Friday accused Israel... more
Palestinian sources say 344 patients have so far died post 22-day war against Gaza, because of a lack of medical supplies in the Gaza strip due to an Israeli siege.
The last "martyr of the Israeli siege", according to Palestinian Ministry of Health, is 42 year-old Omar Ata Allah Al-Sha'er from Rafah city in the south of the Gaza Strip.
With the death of Al-Sha'er, the number of Palestinians to have died because of the Israeli siege imposed on the impoverished region since June 2007 now stands at 344.
The document provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Health shows that Al-Sha'er suffered from chronic kidney failure and his health deteriorated while Israeli authorities disallowed him from traveling to receive treatment abroad, although he had the necessary papers for travel.
The Palestinian Ministry appealed to exercise pressure on Israel; in order to lift its siege and end the suffering of hundreds of patients who desperately need treatment in hospitals abroad.
Meanwhile, a 34-page report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, released Saturday, urged Tel Aviv to lift the blockade of Gaza and restrictions on the strip.
Pillay harshly criticized Israel for the violations "compounded by the blockade that the population of Gaza endured in the months prior to Operation Cast Lead and which continues."
more at linkPalestinian sources say 344 patients have so far died post 22-day war against Gaza,... more
Another Peace Delegation to lift the siege of Gaza this September entering through Egypt is being organized by CODEPINK. The dates of the trip are September 16-22. We depart from Cairo the morning of September 16 and return to Cairo the evening of September 22.
Sign up to actually join the delegations below:
* Effects of the 22-day invasion and ongoing siege, from the devastating economic impact to the physical and mental trauma
* Efforts at rehabilitation and reconstruction by the UN, NGOs and government agencies
* Political schools of thought, both government and non-government
* Laying the groundwork for the upcoming January 1 Gaza Freedom March
Complete the registration form at the link if interested, and/or, please pass this around to your email list.Another Peace Delegation to lift the siege of Gaza this September entering through... more
On August 13, 2009, Human Rights Watch released a report, "White Flag Deaths: Killings of Palestinian Civilians during Operation Cast Lead," documenting serious violations of the laws of war by Israeli forces during Operation Cast Lead. Instead of responding to the findings of the report, Israeli officials are trying to discredit the report and Human Rights Watch by making false allegations.
"Instead of seriously addressing the findings of human rights groups in Gaza, the Israeli government is waging a propaganda war against them," said Iain Levine, program director at Human Rights Watch. "If the Israeli government wants to silence critics, it should fully investigate allegations of wrongdoing and take action to end the abuses."
* "Human Rights Watch is relying on the testimony from people who are not free to speak out against the Hamas regime." Mark Regev, spokesman for the Israeli prime minister, in an interview with the BBC, August 13, 2009.
* "The Human Rights Watch report which claims that IDF soldiers killed 11 Palestinian civilians holding ‘white flags' is based on unreliable witness reports." Israel Defense Forces (IDF) statement, August 13, 2009.
Both claims are false. Human Rights Watch methodology does not rely only on the accounts of victims and eyewitnesses. We examine medical records such as hospital and autopsy reports; forensic evidence left over from attacks, such as bullet casings, tank tracks or ammunition boxes; the attack sites themselves; and we conduct interviews with multiple witnesses, including medical staff and law enforcement, military and other officials and, where possible, the alleged perpetrators. Our interviews are conducted in private (unless otherwise stated) and confidentially. We carefully cross-check individual interviews with the interviews of other witnesses to assess reliability and consistency, and assess information we receive against accounts of the fighting made available by the IDF, Hamas combatant lists, and in the media.
Hamas is responsible for numerous and widespread human rights abuses in Gaza, but many Palestinians criticize Hamas practices during interviews with Human Rights Watch, most recently in our August 6 report on Qassam rocket attacks on Israel and our April 20 report on Hamas political violence. As Regev noted in an interview with Al-Jazeera, "It was Human Rights Watch that reported that Hamas members go around shooting in the kneecaps people who speak out of turn." This information, as the report noted, came from Palestinian witnesses in Gaza.
Human Rights Watch has had a permanent consultant based in Gaza since 2006. Israel continues to deny Human Rights Watch's other researchers access to Gaza.
* "Human Rights Watch's fundraising activities in Saudi Arabia in tandem with the kingdom's authoritarian government raises important questions as to that organization's objectivity, professionalism, integrity, and credibility." Regev, quoted by Agence France-Presse, August 13, 2009.
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This is an important article that shows that Israel will murder, lie, cheat and steal to cover their tracks. Thos children holding white flags along with their mothers were told to do what they did by the IDF, and the IDF still shot them dead. What horror! Please read the rest below.On August 13, 2009, Human Rights Watch released a report, "White Flag Deaths:... more
It's an animated film in appearance, but in reality it is a rigorous documentary by Israeli director Ari Folman on the 1982 Lebanon war, in which he was a soldier, and the terrible massacre at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. The title Waltz with Bashir comes from one of the episodes narrated in the film, an Israeli soldier who begins to fire on snipers moving as in a waltz in front of the giant poster of murdered Lebanese president, Bashir Gemayel.It's an animated film in appearance, but in reality it is a rigorous documentary... more
South Africa crack fighting unit, the National Prosecuting Authority, has been urged to prosecute people suspected of war crimes in Gaza. The call was made by the Palestinian Solidarity Alliance (PSA) and the Media Review Network (MRN).
The two organizations handed the NPA a file of about 3500 pages, which they said indicated prima facie evidence that “South African citizens and/or residents are implicated in the commissions of these crimes”.
Contacted for comment by the media, NPA’s spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said it was still “going through the file and considering it”.
----------more at the link and how the Jewish Board of Deputies there are trying to 'wiggle' its way around it. They described the move as an attempt to use South Africa’s judiciary system for an issue that is very political.
Political my a@@!!!! Criminal for certain.South Africa crack fighting unit, the National Prosecuting Authority, has been urged... more
BBC NEWS: Two girls, aged two and seven were killed, and another, now aged four, was left paralyzed below the waist after Israeli soldiers opened fire on a family holding and waving white flags.
The five were standing outside their home after an Israeli soldier had ordered them to leave it, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.
"We spent seven to nine minutes waving the flags, and our faces were looking at them [the soldiers]," HRW quoted the girls' grandmother as saying.
"And suddenly they opened fire and the girls fell to the ground."
Two of the incidents in question have also been investigated by the BBC.
In five of the seven incidents, Israeli soldiers shot at civilians who were walking down the street with white flags, trying to leave the areas of fighting, HRW said.
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The world is waking up, but not fast enough to stop the Insane Israeli government.BBC NEWS: Two girls, aged two and seven were killed, and another, now aged four, was... more
There is something happening that you and the world needs to know. The recent "Breaking the Siege" of Gaza by the Free Gaza movement witnessed the Israeli government ripping off natural resources from the Palestinians off the coast of Gaza in legal Gazan waters.
We need to stop what Israel is doing. Why? Because in the long run, it will affect you and me and the rest of the world. If you had oil in your backyard and wanted to drill and sell it and your next door neighbor found out about it and did all they could to steal it from you, wouldn't you want to claim ownership to it? They also try to steal your land, kill your people and starve you by placing a fence around your property and only allowing 1 small meal a day for your entire family of 20. And maybe some water? electricity? medicine?
You'd be mad as heck! When Israel gave back Gaza to the Palestinians, the Israeli government immediately broke their promise for peace by doing just that. Having no weapons, the Gazans did what they could to retaliate the inhumanity of not allowing any food, water, or anything for millions to live. Totally illegal for ANY country to do this to ANY people. And Israel did just that. (Look at what they are doing to Jerusalem! Illegally Kicking out Palestinians from their homes and replacing with Jewish settlers!)
As you may know, Israel has effectively 'locked down' all of Gaza, collectively punishing over a million people-99.9% innocent people made up of mostly children. Israels recent incursion into Gaza 6 months ago is not just speculation of human rights violations, but is now into International criminal proceedings against the leaders of Israel for murder, illegal use of experimental weapons, including White Phosphorous and 'dirty' bombs containing nuclear material, and much more, on the many innocent people there.
You may think that Israel is using its right to self defense. This is totally fabricated and Israel and the Israel Lobby has poured millions into twisting the news (and billions of $'s of US Citizens money) as well as lobbying the United States government. The Israeli lobby is in effect, a government agency for Israel within the US Government.
Most of what we say here is backed up with solid information and documents posted in most of our groups that we've formed and listed below here. Please check em out before you post, including any propaganda, because we will just ignore you. If you have a good argument, we will will listen and answer you. We're sick and tired of the Israeli propaganda and Israel paying thousands to go on the Internet and spread the lies. The hate. The 'twisted' news.
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Some of the people involved with the Free Gaza movement are
* Journalists (CNN, Al Jazera, many others)
* Nobel Peace Prize Winners
* Government leaders, Representatives from hundreds of countries
* Human Rights organizations
* Holocaust survivors
* Israeli citizens
* US and other counties citizens
* Peace Organizations
* Attorneys from many countries
* many private citizens
We don't have anything against Jews. (Please read our WPTV Profile description) We do, however, have something against what the government of Israel is out to do and has done. So, anyone mouthing off that this is totally antisemitic, biased or totally hateful, is full of it. It's one of the propaganda weapons the Israeli government and Israeli lobby uses quite often. Recently, it has not worked because how can you defend thousands of accusations that have become criminal filings, among other investigations against Israel throughout the world. Those Israeli answers are moot points now.
Please, get involved and do something to prevent this insane Israeli government from doing to innocent people what had happened to them in WWII.
Info to help and to be involved on the video.There is something happening that you and the world needs to know. The recent... more
Here we go again, the "LOBBY" slamming a man out for peace in the world. Now, if this Peace was only in the best interest of Israels government, then its ok! We are sick and tired of this LOBBY telling AMerica what is right and what is wrong, when in fact, THEY are wrong for calling anyone antisemitic because they say one little thing against Israel. Heck, the US, Europe takes much criticism, but we dont alienate the world by telling them they are haters because they criticized us.
The LOBBY needs to get beyond this and do whats right for the world. Not just THEM!
here's the story:
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Tuesday slammed the Obama administration for its decision to give a former Irish president the presidential Medal of Freedom, saying they were "deeply disappointed" by the move.
In a statement, the pro-Israel group cited what it called Mary Robinson's "long public record of hostility and one-sided bias against the Jewish state" as making her unsuitable to receive the nation's highest civilian honor.
The statement cites Robinson's role in leading the "deeply flawed" UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) and for her supervision of the 2001 Durban Conference on Racism, which was boycotted by the United States and equated Zionism with racism.
The statement claims Robinson's conduct on the UNHRC was "deeply flawed" and "marred by extreme, one-sided anti-Israel sentiment", and cites a 2002 UNHRC vote that "sought to condone Palestinian suicide bombings and terrorism".
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs responded to AIPAC's criticism by saying that Robinson was being honored as the first female president of Ireland.
"She is somebody whom we are honoring as a prominent crusader of women's rights in Ireland and throughout the world," he said.
"There are statements that obviously she has made that the president doesn't agree with and that's probably true for a number of the people that the president is recognizing for their lifetime contributions."
Robinson - the first woman to serve as president of Ireland, is an honorary president of Oxfam International and serves as the chair of the Board of Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations.
She dismissed the criticism she had received from Jewish groups, saying "there's a lot of bullying by certain elements of the Jewish community".Here we go again, the "LOBBY" slamming a man out for peace in the world.... more