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Showing posts from January 10, 2009

Dead Gaza fighters "bulldozed into piles"

Dead Gaza fighters "bulldozed into piles": "GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian man captured by Israeli troops in Gaza said after his release on Friday that he had seen the corpses of many Islamist fighters bulldozed into piles covered with sand.

'They used a bulldozer to pile up the bodies of the dead. There were bodies of many fighters,' said the man, who was released by the Israelis after five days of detention and allowed to return to Gaza."

UN human rights chief accuses Israel of war crimes | World news | The Guardian

UN human rights chief accuses Israel of war crimes | World news | The Guardian: "The United Nations' most senior human rights official said last night that the Israeli military may have committed war crimes in Gaza. The warning came as Israeli troops pressed on with the deadly offensive in defiance of a UN security council resolution calling for a ceasefire.

Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, has called for 'credible, independent and transparent' investigations into possible violations of humanitarian law, and singled out an incident this week in Zeitoun, south-east of Gaza City, where up to 30 Palestinians in one house were killed by Israeli shelling.

Pillay, a former international criminal court judge from South Africa, told the BBC the incident 'appears to have all the elements of war crimes'.

The accusation came as Israel kept up its two-week-old air and ground offensive in Gaza and dismissed as 'unworkable' the UN security counci…

Poems about Palestine

Poems about Palestine: "The child and her diary

June 17, 2002

Laila Yaghi

She wrote in her diary every night

When bullets passed by her window… she wrote

When Israeli soldiers killed her mother she wrote

She wrote of the horrors she sees

And the nightmares of flames and destruction

She the Palestinian child

Writes in her diary every night

To ease her enormous pain

To sedate her fears and nightmares

That little Palestinian child

Had died while writing in bed

From Israelis bulldozing her home

And now she lies in her tomb

Forgotten…as if she never existed

But her diary will carry on

The suffering of every Palestinian child

And now on her tomb Israeli children play

And sing with no worries of tomorrow

Where she once lived is confiscated

What are left from her family are refugees

And we continue to support Israel

With 10 million dollars a day!

And we continue to say

All humans are created equal

But continue to send to Israel

10 million dollars a day!"

Palestinians will never forget > Palestine > Redress Information & Analysis

Palestinians will never forget > Palestine > Redress Information & Analysis: "Susan Abulhawa argues that Palestinians will not forget how Israel, with Western backing, has starved, burnt and murdered them. She asks: “what will you remember a week or a year or a decade from now, when a Gazan, who stood before the long rows of corpses and vowed vengeance, creates your 9-11?”

How can anyone watching Gaza burn escape the bitter realization that history repeats itself? Many have compared Israel ’s treatment of Palestinians to Apartheid South Africa. But not in its cruellest hour did the Apartheid regime wreak such wanton murder and destruction. Let us stop mincing words. What is happening to Palestinians now whispers of Warsaw and Lodz

Schools, universities, mosques, police stations, homes, water treatment plants, factories and anything that supports civil society, including the only mental health clinic in Gaza, have been blown to rubble from planes that rain death from clear…

Kanoute fined for Palestinian support

Kanoute fined for Palestinian support
Madrid - The disciplinary committee of the Spanish football federation announced on Friday evening a fine of 3,000 euros (4,093 dollars) on veteran Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute for displaying a shirt in support of the Palestinian cause. Kanoute - a French-born Muslim who plays for the Mali national team - showed the shirt after scoring for Sevilla in Wednesday's 2-1 King's Cup defeat of Deportivo Coruna.

Sudan marks 4 years of north-south peace | Antiwar Newswire

Sudan marks 4 years of north-south peace | Antiwar Newswire: "Sudan's embattled president marked the fourth anniversary of a fragile peace between the country's north and south, promising on Friday to restore confidence in national unity even as he faces accusations by an international court for war crimes in Darfur.

Omar al-Bashir flew to the small town of Malakal in southern Sudan, where he addressed a crowd of several thousand at a local stadium together with his vice president and former rival, southern leader Salva Kiir.

Both sounded a somber note, putting aside their usual blame-casting over Sudan's woes, called for reconciliation of all Sudanese and for preserving the 2005 peace deal that ended nearly two decades of civil war between north and south.

The fighting left an estimated 2 million dead. The peace deal created a unity government, established a semiautonomous south, and provided for wealth-sharing. It also envisaged national and presidential elections in 2…

Most Israelis Support Terror Against Palestinians.

Asked whether Israel should or should not halt its military activity in the Strip if Hamas is ready to stop firing on southern communities in exchange for the opening of the crossings, 80% responded negatively. In other words, the majority of the public believes Israel should not halt its operation even if Hamas accepts such an offer.

Israel Rejected Hamas Cease-Fire Offer in December - by Gareth Porter

Israel Rejected Hamas Cease-Fire Offer in December - by Gareth Porter
Contrary to Israel's argument that it was forced to launch its air and ground offensive against Gaza in order to stop the firing of rockets into its territory, Hamas proposed in mid-December to return to the original Hamas-Israel cease-fire arrangement, according to a U.S.-based source who has been briefed on the proposal.The proposal to renew the cease-fire was presented by a high-level Hamas delegation to Egyptian Minister of Intelligence Omar Suleiman at a meeting in Cairo Dec. 14. The delegation, said to have included Moussa Abu Marzouk, the second-ranking official in the Hamas political bureau in Damascus, told Suleiman that Hamas was prepared to stop all rocket attacks against Israel if the Israelis would open up the Gaza border crossings and pledge not to launch attacks in Gaza.