by Rannie Amiri
Published: Mar. 04, 2010 – Global Research
“He [Vanunu] has written letters to us this year and last year also, where he stated explicitly that he did not want to be a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. The reason he gave was that Simon Peres had received the Nobel Peace Prize, and Peres he alleged was the father of the Israeli atomic bomb and he did not want to be associated with Peres in any way.” – Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, 24 February 2010.
For the first time in the history of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a preemptive request to withdraw a nomination—by the nominee—was made.
Jan. 19, 2010 – Press TV
Israeli soldiers have arrested 17 Palestinians in pre-dawn raids in a number of occupied West Bank towns.
According to the International Middle East Media Center, 15 of those detained in the overnight operations on Monday were from the central West Bank city of Ramallah and nearby villages.
A large number of Israeli troops cordoned off and ransacked the residents’ houses in pursuit of ‘documents.’ The Palestinians were taken to military detention camps to be questioned.
by Ian Black
Published: Dec. 21, 2009 – Guardian
Israel has admitted pathologists harvested organs from dead Palestinians, and others, without the consent of their families – a practice it said ended in the 1990s – it emerged at the weekend.
The admission, by the former head of the country’s forensic institute, followed a furious row prompted by a Swedish newspaper reporting that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to use their organs – a charge that Israel denied and called “antisemitic”.
The revelation, in a television documentary, is likely to generate anger in the Arab and Muslim world and reinforce sinister stereotypes of Israel and its attitude to Palestinians. Iran’s state-run Press TV tonight reported the story, illustrated with photographs of dead or badly injured Palestinians.
Obama´s Wars (Last Updated: Sat. Oct. 24)
Danish troop falls in Afghanistan
Sat. Oct. 24 – A Danish trooper has reportedly died in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, after being fired at by unidentified attackers.
Eight years on, US still says Afghanistan ‘a test’
Sat. Oct. 24 – The United States says that the upcoming run-up to Afghanistan’s presidential election is a test for the almost 100,000-strong international forces in the war-torn country.
Ex-CIA agent confirms US ties with Jundullah
Sat. Oct. 24 – A former Central Intelligence Agency officer has confirmed US’ relations with the terrorist group Jundullah, despite the CIA knowing that the group has close links with the al-Qaeda.
Pakistan reports 155 killed in Waziristan offensive
Fri. Oct. 23 – The Pakistani army reports killing 155 pro-Taliban militants in the ongoing major offensive in South Waziristan that began Saturday.
Another British soldier dies in Afghanistan blast
Fri. Oct. 23 – Another British soldier dies in powerful roadside blast in southern Afghanistan, amid rising casualty count among the foreign forces occupying the country.
Violence kills 5 people in Iraq’s Mosul
Fri. Oct. 23 – At least five people have lost their lives and three others suffered injuries in the latest string of terrorist attacks targeting Iraqi people in the volatile northern city of Mosul.
In Pakistan, car bomb rocks Peshawar
Fri. Oct. 23 – A car bomb has exploded, in a latest incident of violence, in main Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar, as a wave of militant attacks in the country kills hundreds in October.
US drone kills three people in Pakistan
Thu. Oct. 22 – At least three people have been killed as a result of a US drone firing two missiles at a house in the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
Car bomb kills 4, wounds 9 in Iraq
Wed. Oct. 21 – At least four people, including two policemen, have been killed in a car bomb blast in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar.
Blast leaves US soldier dead in Afghanistan
Wed. Oct. 21 – Amid looming insurgency in Afghanistan, another American soldier has been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the volatile south, NATO says.
WFP shuts down food centers in Pakistan
Wed. Oct. 21 – Amid rising insurgency in Pakistan, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) has shut down its distribution centers in the country’s north-west over security concerns.
18 killed in Waziristan as army foresees lengthy fight
Wed. Oct. 21 – At least 15 militants and three troops have been killed during battles in South Waziristan as the Pakistani military admits that its anti-militant sweep in the area has been tougher than expected.
Israeli Apartheid (Last Updated: Fri. Oct. 24)
Israel urges Ban to stop Goldstone report
Sat. Oct. 24 – The Israeli foreign minister has urged UN chief Ban Ki-moon against sending the Goldstone report on Israel’s war crimes in the Gaza Strip to the Security Council or the General Assembly.
Israeli blockade denies Gazans basic needs: UNHRC
Fri. Oct. 23 – United Nations special rapporteur says Israel is blocking the basic necessities from entering the Gaza Strip, adding that the Palestinians are suffering amid Middle East tensions.
Israel to close down main Gaza fuel terminal
Fri. Oct. 23 – Tel Aviv is moving towards gradual closure of the fuel terminal at the Nahal Oz crossing along the border with the Gaza Strip which has long been under a tight Israeli siege.
Israel pounds more Gaza tunnels
Thu. Oct. 22 – Israeli warplanes have struck more Palestinian tunnels in the blockaded Gaza Strip, after a rocket was fired from the coastal enclave.
Israel backs ‘carte blanche’ to kill
Wed. Oct. 21 – The Israeli war minister advocates operational latitude for its army amid mounting condemnation of the Zionist regime’s massacre of the Palestinians.
More News (Last Updated: Sat. Oct. 24)
US pressures Iran into accepting IAEA deal
Sat. Oct. 24 – After Iran announced that it needs more time to consider an IAEA-brokered draft proposal on nuclear fuel supply, Washington says it “will not wait forever”.
Obama’s popularity drop, biggest in 50 years
Fri. Oct. 23 – Approval rating of Barack Obama has declined sharply since July, the steepest of any president at the same stage of his first term for more than 50 years, a new poll shows.
US, Poland renew contentious missile pact
Thu. Oct. 22 – The United States has encouraged Poland to accept a plan B missile defense shield program following the reversal of an earlier aerial security scheme.
Poverty in America revised to 1 of 6
Wed. Oct. 21 – One in six Americans live in poverty, a new report finds, leading to the implication that the US poverty level is even worse than first believed.
US, Israel to launch largest war game
Wed. Oct. 21 – Israel and the United States plan to begin their largest-ever joint war exercise on Wednesday to simulate possible missile attacks on Israel.
FBI arrests US scientist for spying for Israel
Wed. Oct. 21 – US officials say they have arrested an American citizen who has been charged with spying for the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad.
by Amira Hass
Published: Oct. 18, 2009 – Haaretz
Richard Goldstone visited the Gaza City neighborhood of Zaytoun in late June to tour the compound of the extended Samouni family, the subject of coverage here in recent weeks (“‘I fed him like a baby bird,'” September 17; “Death in the Samouni compound,” September 25). Twenty-nine members of the family, all of them civilians, were killed in the Israel Defense Force’s winter assault – 21 during the shelling of a house where IDF soldiers had gathered some 100 members of the family a day earlier.
by Cesar Chelala
Published: Oct. 15, 2009 – Information Clearing House
In what can be considered a sad paradox of history, an analysis of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) actions during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza shows that the IDF violated several of the Nuremberg Principles, as well as the principles of the Geneva Conventions.
The Nuremberg Principles are a set of guidelines established after World War II to try Nazi Party members. They were established to determine what constitutes a war crime. The Geneva Conventions consist of four treaties and three additional protocols that establish the standards in international law for humanitarian treatment of the victims of war.
According to Nuremberg Principle I, “Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment.” As detailed in the “Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict,” also known as the “Goldstone Report,” several crimes against unarmed civilians were committed by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.
The Israeli military tested new weapons in Gaza with U.S. support
“You feel like a child playing around with a magnifying glass, burning up ants.” That is how one Israeli soldier described Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli Defense Force’s (IDF) invasion of the Gaza Strip, which began in December 2008.
His is one of 54 testimonies collected by the Israeli organization Breaking the Silence in a 110-page report that paints a disturbing picture of urban warfare in one of the world’s most densely populated areas, where more than 1.5 million people occupy a narrow strip of land between Israel and the sea.
Another soldier, after recounting an incident in which his unit used civilians as human shields, described Gaza as a “moral twilight zone.”
by Saed Bannoura
Published: Aug. 23, 2009 – Global Research
Former Palestinian detainee, researcher Abdul-Nasser Farwana, stated that all facts on the ground, since decades, prove that the Israeli occupation executed Palestinian detainees after they surrendered and refused to hand their bodies to their families. Hundreds of bodies were transferred to the families days, months or even years after the fact, and when the bodies were sent back, they were missing vital internal organs.
Link for the Aftonbladet report by Swedish journalist Donald Boström:
Farwana added that the Swedish report, written by Donald Boström and published by Aftonbladet, Stockholm daily paper, regarding illegal trafficking of body parts of Palestinians is directly connected to the execution of Palestinians after they surrendered to the army, and is connected with the arrest of 40 well-known figures, including Rabbis in New Jersey for money laundering and corruption, in a scheme that involved sales of Israeli kidneys in the US and other corruption rackets.
JERUSALEM – A new report from Human Rights Watch says Israeli soldiers killed 11 unarmed Palestinian civilians carrying white flags during Israel’s Gaza offensive earlier this year.
The rights group says the civilians included five women and four children. It says details of the incidents came from at least three witnesses.
Israel says groups like Human Rights Watch are unfairly singling it out and that it did not deliberately target civilians. The Israeli military had no immediate response to the report.
Human rights reports on the Gaza war have focused on Israeli violations, but Human Rights Watch and other groups have also said Palestinian militants violated the rules of war by firing thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians.
A former Israeli military commander has told the BBC that Palestinian youngsters are routinely ill-treated by Israeli soldiers while in custody, reports the BBC’ s Katya Adler from Jerusalem and the West Bank.
“You take the kid, you blindfold him, you handcuff him, he’s really shaking… Sometimes you cuff his legs too. Sometimes it cuts off the circulation.
“He doesn’t understand a word of what’s going on around him. He doesn’t know what you’re going to do with him. He just knows we are soldiers with guns. That we kill people. Maybe they think we’re going to kill him.
“A lot of the time they’re peeing their pants, just sit there peeing their pants, crying. But usually they’re very quiet.”
Eran Efrati is a former commander in Israel’s army. He served in the occupied West Bank.
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Israeli human rights organisation Breaking the Silence has collected revealing testimonies from soldiers who fought in the recent offensive in Gaza.
Israel has been knocked off balance by the publication of its own troops’ exposure of the war crimes ordered and carried out during the murderous assault on Gaza just over six months ago.
The zionist establishment has had a ready retort to previous allegations of atrocities, dismissing them as Palestinian propaganda.
But it cannot rely on this convenient fallback position when it is Tel Aviv’s own armed forces who have been disgusted by what they themselves have seen and heard.
It is a bit rich of an Israeli Defence Force spokeswoman to complain about “anonymous, generalised testimony” and failure to give the IDF, “as a matter of minimal fairness, the opportunity to check the matters and respond to them before publication.”
Human rights organisations have consistently supplied evidence of Israeli security forces mistreating or killing civilians, including children, and the political/military response has always been the same.
There is the initial denial that a crime has taken place, usually accompanied by some variant of Defence Minister Ehud Barak’s sickening claim that the IDF “is one of the most ethical armies in the world and acts in accordance with the highest moral code.”
After outright denial comes reference to an official investigation, which invariably reports that the Israeli security forces are innocent of all charges.
Armies acting in accordance with the highest moral code do not coerce civilians into acting as human shields, forcing them to enter buildings which may contain combatants or booby traps.
They do not launch artillery or aerial bombing raids on built-up, populated areas where it is inevitable that civilian casualties will be caused.
They do not use white phosphorus shells in populated areas for the same reason.
Nor do they engage in wanton demolition of homes, workplaces and places of worship simply to create free-fire zones and minimise the capacity of those resisting invasion to hide and return fire.
Israel denies overreaction, yet the casualty figures tell their own story, with over 1,400 Palestinian dead – the IDF says 1,166 – as opposed to 10 Israeli soldiers and three civilians, and four of the 10 soldiers were killed by Israeli fire.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights has recorded the deaths of 906 non-combatants, including 288 children under the age of 16, while Tel Aviv asserts a death toll for Palestinian fighters of about twice that for non-combatants, which flies in the face of historical experience from previous military onslaughts against heavily populated areas.
However, as atrocious as Israel’s actions were, the muted response of its allies in the US and the European Union has been more nauseating.
Britain’s cancellation of five contracts, out of 182 current military licences, to supply parts to Israel for its Sa’ar missile boats is insulting in its niggardliness.
It is a meaningless token that gives the green light to Israel to continue its slaughter, ethnic cleansing and colonisation of conquered Arab land.
And it will serve as a reaffirmation for those who declare that Western governments such as our own are hostile to Muslims and who therefore justify terrorist attacks against our citizens.
Britain is already perceived as part of the problem, given that our Prime Minister is a patron of the Jewish National Fund, the property arm of the World Zionist Organisation, which is dedicated to securing land in the occupied territories for settlement by Jews only. It is intrinsic to Israel’s expansionism.
Support for the Palestinian people’s national rights is an essential contribution to the struggle for global peace and justice.
Source: Morning Star
The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel’s security forces, according to a new report that says beatings and torture are common. In addition, hundreds of Palestinian minors are prosecuted by Israel each year without a proper trial and are denied family visits.
The findings by Defense for Children International (DCI) come in the wake of revelations from Israeli soldiers and senior commanders that it is “normal procedure” in the West Bank to terrorize Palestinian civilians, including children.
Col Itai Virob, commander of the Kfir Brigade, disclosed last month that to accomplish a mission, “aggressiveness towards every one of the residents in the village is common”. Questioning included slaps, beatings and kickings, he said.
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In April 2009 a four-person mission including Jean-François Fechino, an international specialist in the effects of banned weapons upon the environment and sustainable development, visied Gaza under the auspices of the Arab Commission for Human Rights. The samples of earth and dust that they brought back from Gaza were analyzed by a specialist laboratory.
While a United Nations committee under Richard Goldstone, the former International War Crimes Prosecutor, has not been authorized by the Israeli government to investigate such incidents in Gaza, the findings of the ACHR team raises the possibility that the use of depleted uranium, in addition to white phosphorous bombs, by the Israeli military during Operation Cast Lead will be confirmed.
The report concluded that Palestinian fighters had only unsophisticated weapons, such as Qassam and Grad rockets, while Israel was able to employ the most modern weaponry to bombard the population of Gaza from the air, land, and sea.
Israel initially denied it had used white phosphorous in the offensive; it later admitted its use but denied this was unlawful. The Committee was satisfied on the available evidence that white phosphorous was used as an incendiary weapon in densely populated areas.
The Committee found that the Israeli Defense Forces were responsible for the killing, wounding, and terrorizing of civilians. The Committee based this finding on the number of civilians killed by 22 days of intense bombardment by air, sea, and land. The Committee also found the weapons used by the IDF, particularly white phosphorous and flechettes, caused superfluous and unnecessary suffering.
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Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah declared on Monday that an upcoming Israel Defense Forces drill could be a cover for launching a war against his Lebanon-based militant organization.
“There is a possibility, albeit small, that Israel may be preparing to launch a new surprise war and is readying its people for such an eventuality,” AFP quoted Nasrallah as saying in a televised address.
He was apparently referring to an exercise the IDF Home Front Command is preparing to hold in June, billed as “the largest drill ever in Israeli history,” in hopes of priming the populace and raising awareness of the possibility of war breaking out.
The Hezbollah chief added that his militant organization was ready to fight a new war with Israel.
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