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UN: Israeli settlements

… ‘violate Palestinian rights’

Yigal Palmor, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “It is terribly counterproductive”

Israeli settlements in the occupied territories violate Palestinians’ human rights in ways designed to drive them off the land, a UN report states.

The report says settlements displace Palestinians, destroy their crops and property, and subject them to violence.

Israel refused to co-operate with the inquiry by three UN researchers.

The Israeli foreign ministry said the report from the UN Human Rights Council was “counterproductive” and would hamper the peace process.

“The only way to resolve all pending issues between Israel and the Palestinians, including the settlements issue, is through direct negotiations without pre-conditions,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The Human Rights Council has sadly distinguished itself by its systematically one-sided and biased approach towards Israel. This latest report is yet another unfortunate reminder of that.”

The report is likely further to strain relations between Israel and the UN, the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva says.

On Thursday, the French, Pakistani and Botswanan UN report authors demanded Israel cease all settlement activities, saying Israel was “committing serious breaches” of humanitarian law.

“The magnitude of violations relating to Israel’s policies of dispossessions, evictions, demolitions and displacements from land shows the widespread nature of these breaches of human rights,” Unity Dow, member of the fact-finding mission from Botswana, said in a statement.

“The motivation behind violence and intimidation against the Palestinians and their properties is to drive the local populations away from their lands, allowing the settlements to expand.”

‘Prohibited’

The report comes two days after Israel failed to turn up at a UN review of its human rights record.

About 520,000 Israeli settlers reside in about 250 separate settlements in East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank, the report states. Some of the settlements were built without government authorisation.

The growth in the settler population has hastened over the past decade compared to growth in Israel. The government in place since April 2009, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has “contributed to the consolidation and expansion” of settlements, the report states.

The settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prevents an occupying power from transferring its own population into occupied territory, the report states.

“The transfer of Israeli citizens into the Occupied Palestinian Territories, prohibited under international humanitarian law and international criminal law, is a central feature of Israel’s practices and policies,” it adds.

Opinion:

The whole world is wrong… only Israel is right!

As for the whinging of Yigal Palmor, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “It is terribly counterproductive” The only thing that is counterproductive is Israel’s continued belligerence!

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Israel boycotts UN rights council

…in unprecedented move

The Israeli authorities refused to co-operate with a fact-finding mission investigating settlements

Representatives of Israel have boycotted its regular review by the UN Human Rights Council, the first time a country has ever taken such action.

The move was expected as Israel has long been angered by what it claims is unfair criticism from the body.

A decision last year to investigate Jewish settlements in the West Bank prompted Israel to announce it would no longer co-operate with the council.

Tuesday’s meeting was suspended and a course of action will be decided.

“After a series of votes and statements and incidents we have decided to suspend our working relations with that body,” Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told the Financial Times on Tuesday.

“I can confirm that there is no change in that policy.”

Council spokesman Rolando Gomez told the Associated Press that Israel’s unprecedented absence had put the council in “new territory” because attendance of the Universal Periodic Review was mandatory.

Haitian representatives failed to appear before the council in 2010, but on the basis that their country had suffered a devastating earthquake.

Otherwise, so far all countries – even Syria and North Korea – have attended.

Israel’s action has prompted concern that it might undermine the UN’s human rights work, says the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Geneva, where the council is meeting.

Human rights experts fear other countries facing awkward questions might follow suit.

Even Israel’s biggest ally, the United States, had urged Israel to take part. The big question now is what – if anything – the UN can do about Israel’s refusal to participate, our correspondent adds.

A joint statement by eight Israeli human rights groups said: “It is legitimate for Israel to express criticism of the work of the council and its recommendations, but Israel should do so through engagement with the Universal Periodic Review, as it has done in previous sessions.”

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Opinion:

“if anything – the UN can do about Israel’s refusal to participate?”

Sanctions, like North Korea and Iran!

If it’s good for the goose, it’s good for the gander.

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Death Sentence for Throwing Stones

No where in the civilised world does a teenager get sentenced to death by summary execution for throwing stones!

That is, unless you are near Israel and happen to be a Palestinian teenager.

Palestinian student killed near West Bank barrier

The killing of Samir Ahmed Awad is the latest of a series in recent day in Gaza and the West Bank

A 17-year-old Palestinian has been shot dead by Israeli forces in the northern West Bank.

Palestinian medical sources say Samir Ahmed Awad died after being hit by three bullets in the village of Budrus.

It happened near a school situated about 200m (650ft) from the barrier that Israel has built in the territory.

The mayor of the village, Mohammed Morar, said students had thrown stones at Israeli soldiers as they left the school, before Awad was shot.

“It was the last day of school and some students threw stones. The soldiers caught him and tried to arrest him, but he escaped so they fired six bullets at him,” the mayor told the AFP agency.

A different account, reported by the Reuters agency, suggests that Awad was not involved in stone-throwing and was caught up in the incident when he returned to school on a bus for exams.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said troops had responded after several Palestinians “approached the security fence near Budrus and damaged it in an attempt to infiltrate Israel”. The incident is being investigated.

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A Darker Side to Israel

Israel’s Ethiopians suffer different ‘planned’ parenthood

The revelation that Israel is sterilizing Ethiopian women adds to a shameful history of abuse of powerless women and communities.

(File photo) A televised investigation found that more than 40 women have received injections of the Depo-Provera contraceptive. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum

It’s hard to believe, but in Israel, in 2012, Ethiopian women are forced to receive injections of the Depo-Provera contraceptive. This injection is not a commonly prescribed means of contraception. It is considered a last resort and is usually given to women who are institutionalized or developmentally disabled. Yet according to an investigation recently aired on the “Vacuum” documentary series hosted by Gal Gabay and shown on Israeli Educational Television, it is also given to many new immigrants from Ethiopia.

This is not the first or only case where the state has interfered in the lives of people who have limited means of resistance. And as in other cases, the system that carried out this policy is extremely sophisticated, so it is hard to find a specific person who is responsible or a signed and written order. But the televised investigation, conducted with researcher Sava Reuven, found that more than 40 women have received the shot….

…The injections given to Ethiopian women are part and parcel of the overall Israeli attitude toward this group of immigrants. During the 1980s and 1990s, thousands of Ethiopian Jews spent months or years in transit camps in Ethiopia and Sudan. Hundreds died en route to Israel simply because a country that is supposed to be a safe haven for Jews decided the time wasn’t right, they couldn’t all be absorbed together or they weren’t Jewish enough – who had heard of black Jews?

In transit camps today, future immigrants enter a horrifying bureaucratic entanglement, which gives them the burden of proving they are worthy of arriving in Israel. As in the past, those who arrive here are not quickly released from the grasp of state institutions. They continue to receive “treatment” in absorption centers, where the children are sent to religious boarding schools and included in special education frameworks, while the parents stay in ghettos and the women continue to receive injections. We are told there is no choice. The repressive, racist and paternalistic policies continue unhindered – policies that are supposedly in the best interests of the immigrants, who don’t know what is best for them.

This policy of total control over their lives, which starts while they are still in Ethiopia, is unique to immigrants from that country and does not allow them to adjust to Israel. Using the excuse that they need to be prepared for a modern country, they are brainwashed and made to remain dependent on the state absorption institutions.

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Opinion:

To me this smacks of an attempt to breed black Jews out of an embarrassing existence.

Just another criminal act by Israel…

We should be used to it by now.

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Israel has fooled the world

Now it is throwing a tantrum over the UN decision and showing its true colours.

Israel never intended peace, it never intended to negotiate.

Israel’s intentions are the annihilation of the Palestinian people, always were.

From my point of view Israel has bawked at every initiative for the last 65 years and now they are saying that Palestine has not kept to agreements. Any agreements that existed are null and void by the passage of time.

Israel has illegally imprisoned a nation, and I sincerely hope that Palestine does take them to the ICC for war crimes, because they are crimes committed against international law.

Palestine at last has some teeth; and that’s the last thing Israel wanted.

I can only hope now that there is some progress.

The international community needs to isolate Israel, withdraw all diplomatic contact until Israel withdraws from the 1967 agreed areas; that means an end to all settlements and the removal of the ones that exist. Israel’s sea and land blockade of Palestine also needs to be removed.

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Middle East Conflicts before the Jews and Palestinians even Existed

Archaeology: “The Human-Neanderthal Wars”

“Thousands of years before Christians, Muslims, and Jews became locked in dispute over the Middle East, humans wrested control of the region from its true original inhabitants, the Neanderthals, in what one scientist compares to a prolonged game of football.

 

The Neanderthals, stocky and intelligent humanoids, lived in Europe and Western Asia for thousands of years before the first humans settled in the area. Then true humans moved into the region from Africa. The new arrivals settled the land, and the resident Neanderthals eventually died out or moved on as the humans continued to spread outward. By 30,000 years ago, humans had occupied most of the Old World, and Neanderthals had disappeared from the globe.

 

Exactly how ownership of the Middle East was resolved between Neanderthals and modern humans—and whether it was bloody in nature—remains a mystery. One thing that’s beyond doubt, however, is that the Neanderthals gave their successors a run for the land of milk and honey, according to Ofer Bar-Yosef, an archaeologist at Harvard University. “The battle between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals was like a football game,” he said last month in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “The Neanderthals were the losers. They were good players, but they just lost the game.” Like an exciting Superbowl match, the outcome of the confrontation wasn’t a forgone conclusion from the beginning, Bar-Yosef said.

 

The “game,” Bar-Yosef said, consisted of several changes in field position—long periods of time during which the two groups alternated ownership of present-day Israel and the Middle East. He and his colleague John Shea of the State University of New York at Stony Brook investigated how humans managed to out-compete the Neanderthals that already lived in the area. Their analysis focused on two archaeological sites in Israel, called Skhul (pronounced “school”) and Kafzeh. Archaeological evidence excavated at the sites years ago indicated that people had lived in the caves, at least occasionally, for more than 130,000 years.

 

Most remarkable about the finds was the discovery that the caves had changed hands between Neanderthals and modern humans no fewer than three times. In the upper layers of the dirt floors in both caves, archaeologists found bones of humans. Lower down, in layers that were deposited between 47,000 to 65,000 years ago, human bones were absent, but researchers excavated Neanderthal remains. That discovery corresponds to a period of Neanderthal occupation of the site that lasted nearly 20,000 years. To the researchers’ surprise, however, they uncovered more human remains beneath those of the Neanderthals in both caves. These ancient bones dated to an era that stretched from 80,000 to 130,000 years ago. From the deepest layers of dirt beneath the cave floors, which accumulated more than 130,000 years ago, they again found Neanderthal bones. The finding indicated that Skhul and Kafzeh—and, presumably, much or all of the surrounding region—passed from human hands back into Neanderthal control between 65,000 and 80,000 years ago. Humans were apparently unsuccessful in their first bid to take over the region.

What caused ownership of the caves to flip-flop? Where did the Neandertals retreat to when they first surrendered the region to the newcomers from Africa? And what made the Neandertals reclaim the caves later? Bar-Yosef and Shea set out to answer these questions. Based on their analysis of the tools and hearths made by the early residents of Israel, the researchers concluded that modern humans didn’t use superior technology or intelligence to take over the site. The two groups seem to have been evenly matched in those departments.

Neanderthals “were not dumb,” Bar-Yosef said. “They weren’t making any bone tools or seashell ornaments,” like humans were at the time, but “they were digging their hearths exactly like modern humans,” he said. The slight differences in the sophistication of stone tools each group produced could not explain any superiority the humans may have had, the scientists said. And when it came to brute strength, the muscular Neanderthals had a clear advantage. Perhaps Mother Nature had a key role in the power play over the region. Climate changes may have coaxed humans out of Africa and into the region, and encouraged Neanderthals already living there to spread outward into other parts of Asia and southeastern Europe.

 

But a climatic reversal also could have turned the tables. “Neanderthal populations [may have been] driven south by rapid climate change around 75,000 years ago,” Bar-Yosef said at the meeting in Boston. Europe and Northern Asia were experiencing a cool era at that time, and even hearty Neanderthals probably would have found the warmer climates to the south enticing. They pushed back into the region, probably from the Caucasus region to the north, and drove the humans then living there into retreat, Bar-Yosef suggested. Only a second advance by humans thousands of years later—one that was more permanently successful—ultimately settled the question of which species would prevail. In a separate presentation at the Boston meeting, archaeologist Mary Stiner of the University of Arizona in Tucson suggested that the later advance by humans might have been set in motion by growing population densities that forced some members of the species to push out of Africa.”

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Gaza Crisis

Gaza Crisis

I don’t see anyone, but no-one calling it the Israeli Crisis, not journalists, not politicians, no-body.

Which to me indicates that Israel has very little support around the world.

Israel is reported to be calling up 75,000 reservists and there are rumours that they will attack Gaza.

Any attack of this size on Gaza can only have one aim: Genocide! Total annihilation of the Palestinian people.

Israelis have very short memories.

 

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The Most Dangerous Man in the World

Mitt Romney secret video reveals views on Middle East

Mr Romney also warns the US could come under attack from Iran

A new secret video clip has emerged of remarks by Republican candidate Mitt Romney, saying the Palestinians are committed to Israel’s destruction.

He tells donors the Middle East will “remain an unsolved problem… and we kick the ball down the field”.

The video is from the same event as a clip released on Monday, in which Mr Romney says almost half of Americans “believe that they are victims”.

The leak comes seven weeks before the US presidential election.

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This man blunders from one international crisis to the next, this time he has said that Palestine is “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel”. – BBC. He forgets to mention that Israel has the same agenda, the destruction of Palestine.

This blundering fool will have the world enmeshed in a series of wars like we have never seen before before you can blink.

Put in the White House… he should be put in a straight jacket and certified.

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These are NOT soldiers, they are Israeli thugs

A video showing an Israeli police officer kicking a nine-year-old Palestinian boy has prompted an official investigation.

The footage, released by the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, shows the child, Abd a-Rahman Burqan, on the ground as he is held by a border police officer. Another police officer then kicks the boy. The first policeman releases him and he runs away.

The incident took place last week in Hebron, a volatile West Bank city where several hundred hardline Jewish settlers live protected by Israeli troops, B’Tselem said.

The cameraman, Raed Abu Rimle, told the Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronoth: “I heard yelling and I saw a soldier kick a boy in the stomach. After the policemen left him, I approached the kid. He was so scared that he’d pissed his pants.”

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Opinion:

These bastards are a disgrace to any uniform!

 

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