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Israel deports children to preserve "Jewish character" of state | The Electronic Intifada

Israel deports children to preserve "Jewish character" of state | The Electronic Intifada
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the time: “We all feel and understand the hearts of children. But on the other hand, there are Zionist considerations and ensuring the Jewish character of the state of Israel. We don’t want to create an incentive for the inflow of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrant workers.”But many of the undocumented workers lost their legal status simply by giving birth, as Israeli policy formerly stipulated that migrant workers who give birth must either send their babies back to their home countries, or keep their children and lose their work visas.In April this year, the Israeli high court ruled that this law was unconstitutional.“Forcing a woman to choose between continued employment while realizing her legitimate financial expectations, and realizing her right to motherhood, cannot be reconciled with the normative and legal-cons…

US in Mini-Quagmire in Philippines War on Terror -- News from Antiwar.com

US in Mini-Quagmire in Philippines War on Terror -- News from Antiwar.comUnited States Special Operations Forces are carrying out counter-terror and counter-insurgency operations in the Philippines against an elusive group of so-called terrorists, numbering at no more than 12 individuals. The ongoing mission mirrors the wasteful and misdirected quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan.The Philippines is one of the biggest recipients of US aid in all of Asia, with over $163 million slated for 2012. US forces have been stationed in the Philippines for a very long time, but since September 11th have been upscaled efforts there under the rubric of the war on terrorism.

Turkish Navy Will Escort Gaza-Bound Aid Ships -- News from Antiwar.com

Turkish Navy Will Escort Gaza-Bound Aid Ships -- News from Antiwar.comThe Turkish navy will significantly increase its presence in the eastern Mediterranean and plans to escort civilian ships carrying aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as part of a “more aggressive strategy” following the release of the UN Palmer report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla.“The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their bullying practices against civilian vessels,” a Turkish official was quoted as saying.