ISRAEL/PALESTINE/UNLAWFUL ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES KILL CIVILIANS
Bombings of Civilian Structures Suggest Illegal Policy
Israel’s rhetoric is all about precision attacks but attacks with no military target and many civilian deaths can hardly be considered precise. Recent documented cases in Gaza sadly fit Israel’s long record of unlawful airstrikes with high civilian casualties.
(Gaza) – Israeli air attacks in Gaza investigated by Human Rights Watch have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians in violation of the laws of war. Israel should end unlawful attacks that do not target military objectives and may be intended as collective punishment or broadly to destroy civilian property. Deliberate or reckless attacks violating the laws of war are war crimes, Human Rights Watch said.
REFLECTIONS ON SOME ASPECTS OF THE POLITICAL-MILITARY CAREER OF THE ISRAELI
PRIME MINISTER SHARON
Undoubtedly you are being informed of the recenty started discussion by the Western media and polticians, about the real or alleged contribution of the Israeli prime-minister Sharon to peace in the Middle-East-conflict.
Immediate cause is the execution of the Gaza-disengagement-plan last year, by which the Gaza-settlements were evacuated, like four settlements on the Westbank.
In the underlying article I’ll try to emphasize on the fact, that according to my opinion, either the Gaza-disengagement-plan, or any other political and military measure of Sharon has contributed in any respect on a serious and just peace in the Middle East.
Further I’ll pay special attention to another very relevant aspect of the political-military carreer of Sharon, which is threatened to be greatly ignored in the discussion about his real or alleged peace-contribution, namely the human rights violations and war-crimes, for which he was responsible during his political and military career
I think it is of utmost importance, that those human rights violations and war-crimes, which testify of the lack of respect for the most elementary human rights, are not forgotten
ISRAEL: ARIEL SHARON’S TROUBLING LEGACY
Evaded Prosecution Over Sabra and Shatilla Massacres
Relatives of the victims of the Sabra and Shatilla massacre carry candles on the 18th anniversay of the massacre, September 15, 2000.
© 2000 Reuters
It’s a shame that Sharon has gone to his grave without facing justice for his role in Sabra and Shatilla and other abuses. . His passing is another grim reminder that years of virtual impunity for rights abuses have done nothing to bring Israeli-Palestinian peace any closer.
Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director
(Jerusalem) – Ariel Sharon died without facing justice for his role in the massacres of hundreds and perhaps thousands of civilians by Lebanese militias in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982. The killings Verder lezen
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PAY A HEAVY PRICE TO LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY
The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
WATCH VIDEO OF COOMBS STATEMENT HERE
The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.
MARTIN LUTHER KING’S SPEECH
I HAVE A DREAM
AUGUST 28 1963
On 28 August, 1963, Martin Luther King delivered his magnificent “I have a dream speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Below is the full text of his speech.
THE SADDAM HUSSEIN TRIAL AND THE RIGHT OF ANY HUMAN BEING TO A FAIR TRIAL
by Astrid Essed Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006 at 7:57 AM
Not only I object the imposed death-penalty on the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and two co-accused, also the trial itself didn’t meet the international standards regarding a fair trial
DISASTER OVER PALESTINE/THE REFUGEE PROBLEM AND THE IDEOLOGY OF TRANSFER
by Astrid Essed Wednesday, Jun. 27, 2007 at 3:03 AM
In contrary with the allegations of zionist non-deniers, the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948 and 1967 was no ad hoc war-crime, but a yearlong deliberate planned strategy
THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAEL/NOTHING TO CELEBRATE
by Astrid Essed Wednesday, May. 14, 2008 at 5:34 PM
In contrary to the outburst of festivities among zionists and their adherents, regarding the ´´celebration´´ of the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel, for the Palestinian victims of the etnic cleansings in 1948 and 1967 and the continuing occupation, there is nothing to celebrate Remember the Naqba
ISRAELI ATTACKS ON GAZA/DIRTY WAR ON THE PALESTINIAN CIVILIAN POPULATION
by Astrid Essed Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at 8:43 AM
By their unlawful and systematic character,combined with the blockade of Gaza, housedemolitions and extrajudicial executions, the Israeli attacks on Gaza are a dirty war against the Palestinian civilian population
JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED/ATTACK ON FREEDOM OF PRESS
by Astrid Essed Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM
The arrest case of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks is politically motivated and therefore an attack on the freedom of press