REACHING OUT TO ALL VICTIMS AMIDST GROWING CRISIS
The conflict now under way affecting the Gaza Strip and Israel is exacting an appalling price from the civilian population. While attempting to reach all people in need of help, humanitarian workers themselves face acute security risks. A Palestinian Red Crescent volunteer was killed as he attempted to treat wounded people in Khuzaa, south of Gaza City, on 25 July. Other paramedic volunteers who tried to rescue him were also targeted, making it impossible to bring him to hospital in time. Another volunteer was killed and three others wounded in Beit Hanoun earlier the same day. Continue reading ICRC Update 27 July→
BANNED WEAPONS, DISREGARDING LAWS OF WAR, GENEVA CONVENTIONS
The Jewish military state has been caught using banned DIME weapons, flechette shells, and even poisonous gasses in its genocidal assault on Gaza. It has disregarded both the Laws of War, which prohibit attacking undefended civilian dwellings as well as medical facilities (including medics in ambulances), and the Geneva Conventions by not allowing medics and rescue teams into areas to collect the wounded and dead. It has intentionally attacked civilian infrastructure: power grid, water and sewage treatment, as well as farmland in a ‘scorched earth’ or ‘Dahiya doctrine’ assault. It has intentionally attacked journalists as well. Now there are multiple public calls for investigations into these war crimes, with consequences. Continue reading Israel commits full-fledged war crimes in Gaza says NGO→
GOING RIGHT TO PLAN: MAXIMUM DESTRUCTION & DEATH
The horror in Gaza continues unabated, though there is a UN humanitarian 6-hour ceasefire set for 17 July, in order to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza, since, well, the Jewish military state destroyed water and power grids, bombed the sewage treatment facility, farmland and UN food stores. So more aid must enter Gaza. Shouldn’t the Talmudic state pay for it? Shouldn’t the world sanction the rogue state, at last? War crimes cannot continue with impunity. Continue reading 47 Israeli airstrikes in past 24 hours killed 13, wounded 117 and destroyed 40 homes→
After three days of violence, by mid-afternoon 10 July 2014, more than 80 persons have been killed (17 children; 16 females), and over 570 persons injured (120 children; 170 females), according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip, with scores of building destroyed or damaged. No Israeli casualties have been reported thus far. [The death toll has risen to over 100 after this was published by WHO. -ed] Continue reading Situation Report: Gaza Crisis, Issue 1, July 10, 2014→
As Israel conducts a wave of mass home break-ins and arrests across the West Bank in retaliation for the alleged kidnapping of three youth from one of its illegal settlements, a new report documents that Palestinian children are at much greater, ongoing risk from Israeli forces. According to the report issued today by the Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, Israel seizes between 2,000 and 3,000 Palestinian children and youth annually – with an average of 400 a year as young as 12-15. Continue reading Report: Thousands of Palestinian Children Seized by Israel Every Year; Calls for International Action→
A study by the Middle East Project of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa
The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa commissioned this study to test the hypothesis posed by Professor John Dugard in the report he presented to the UN Human Rights Council in January 2007, in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel (namely, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza, hereafter OPT). Professor Dugard posed the question:
Israel is clearly in military occupation of the OPT. At the same time, elements of the occupation constitute forms of colonialism and of apartheid, which are contrary to international law. What are the legal consequences of a regime of prolonged occupation with features of colonialism and apartheid for the occupied people, the Occupying Power and third States?
For the past two days in al-Khalil (Hebron) Israeli soldiers have stopped and searched many Palestinians in Tel Rumeida. At approximately 22:00 two nights ago, a colonial settler began aggressively photographing Palestinian children who were playing football in the street on Tel Rumeida hill. Two ISM activists began filming her.
Israel uses the illegitimate tool of “administrative detention” as a handy method of keeping Palestinians who are ‘dangerous’ because of their activism or popularity –or because they are much too effective– away from the rest of the Palestinian population as a political prisoner without recourse. These political prisoners are automatically labelled “terrorists” whether they committed any violence or not, and thus is a pejorative used to stop discussion and deny identification with or sympathy to the inmate (much in the same way the ‘anti-semitism’ trick is used). This position paper details what “administrative detention” is, how Israel uses it, its status under international law and implications. Continue reading Administrative Detention→
Food as a weapon. The concept isn’t new nor is Israel unique in treating it as such. The asymmetrical imbalance of power between Palestine and Israel, and the unconditional support Israel receives thus far from its benefactor and patron, America, have ensured that Israel can, with impunity, impoverish and dispossess Palestinians. Israeli Jews want to deprive Palestinians of their territory and resources (fertile agricultural land) and their ability to feed themselves and thus become completely dependent upon the Israeli Jews for their subsistence. But Palestinians are not like Americans, they are a beautiful, ancient and cultured people: aware, educated and empowered in both spirit and body, regardless of Jewish oppression they endure. And they are using farming as a brilliant means of non-violent resistance. Continue reading Palestinian Farmers: A Last Stronghold of Resistance→
With the advent of the ‘camera phone’ and the ubiquitous nature of not only ‘smart phones’ with camera but video cameras dispensed by various NGOs, it is harder for the violent Jewish settler colonists and their comrades in violent crime, Jewish military to do their heinous deeds away from the eyes of the world. Videos are recorded of their lawlessness and violent attacks on unarmed civilians be they shepherds, farmers, children or families, and uploaded to numerous video sites such as YouTube and shared on social media.