At a conference in Israel held by the Institute for National Security Studies and titled “In the Absence of Progress toward a Final Status Agreement: Options for Israel,” Netanyahu finally came clean – he has no intention of pursuing a two-state “solution” in the Levant. Contrary to his previous speeches and diplomatic rhetoric to America and EU countries, he was clear as he outlined his Likudnik vision for the future. Most people don’t know that the Likud charter is expressly against any Palestinian state and works to ensure it does not occur: Continue reading Finally Netanyahu comes clean – no to two states→
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted to ensure that all peoples – of every race, creed, colour and nationality were granted equal rights under international law, even where those peoples were formerly oppressed by warlords, colonial regimes or militarily occupied or otherwise deprived of rights due to war or the like. While many people have a dim view of the United Nations, this instrument of international law is a giant leap forward for those who had been deemed unworthy or in other ways denied basic rights that should be afforded to all by virtue of being born a human being. Continue reading Universal Declaration of Human Rights→
After a delegation of the Public Defender’s Office found that there were Palestinian children being held in cages outside in a snowstorm overnight (without winter coats even) and it was publicised, the Justice Minister Tzipi Livni made a call to the Bureau of Prisons which agreed to stop the practice. Note that it was only stopped due to the torture being publicised. Considering how many reports have been issued regarding Israeli torture, it is logical to infer that this particular torture of Palestinian children (and adults) had been occurring for some time. Continue reading Israel stops practice of placing detained Palestinian children in outdoor cages→
Israel routinely maltreats Palestinians and children in its custody, which has been observed and reported time and again over the years. Israel, of course, always denies any wrongdoing. When caught red-handed or the attention is too great (or it is in imminent danger of being caught), it simply refuses to cooperate with monitors. In fact, Israel refused to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council for some years and only recently agreed to participate in a review. What follows are just a few of the many reports written by NGOs or UN agencies relating to the systematic brutal and illegal treatment (in some cases amounting to torture) of Palestinian children in Israel’s military custody. Continue reading Treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody→
When a territory is placed under the authority of a hostile army, the rules of international humanitarian law dealing with occupation apply. Occupation confers certain rights and obligations on the occupying power.
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) –Letters of accession for 15 international multilateral treaties and conventions were handed to the relevant parties on Wednesday after being signed by President Mahmoud Abbas a day earlier, Palestinian officials said.