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:: ONU - XX Assemblea Generale (1965):
XX Assemblea Generale dell’ONU (1965)
dichiara "la legittimità della
lotta da parte dei popoli sotto
oppressione coloniale, per esercitare il
loro diritto all' autodeter-
Inoltre, l'Assemblea invita "tutti
gli Stati a fornire assistenza morale e
materiale ai movimenti di liberazione
nazionale nei territori coloniali".
- Risoluzione 1514
Generale dichiara che: la soggezione dei
popoli a dominio straniero, conquista e
asservimento costituisce una negazione
dei diritti umani fondamentali, è
contraria alla Carta delle Nazioni Unite
ed è un impedimento alla promozione
della pace e della cooperazione mondiali.
Tutti i popoli hanno diritto
minazione; in virtù di
tale diritto essi devono liberamente
determinare il loro status politico e
liberamente perseguire il loro sviluppo
economico, sociale e culturale".
di Ginevra, Protocollo Addizionale I
armata può essere usata, come ultima
risorsa, come mezzo per esercitare il
diritto all' autodeter-
base allo Statuto del Tribunale penale
internazionale, sono definiti “crimini
(1) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
contro popolazione civili in quanto tali
o contro civili che non prendano
direttamente parte alle ostilità;
(4) attacchi lanciati intenzionalmente
nella consapevolezza che gli stessi
avranno come conseguenza la perdita di
vite umane tra la popolazione civile, e
lesioni a civili o danni a proprietà
civili ovvero danni diffusi duraturi e
gravi all’ambiente naturale che siano
manifestamente eccessivi rispetto all’insieme
dei concreti e diretti i vantaggi
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The struggle to remain in south Hebron hills
By Samuela Galea
December 8, 2013- A shepherd, an activist, and a father of seven, Mr. Hafez Hreini also serves as the coordinator for the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC) in the south Hebron hills. Last week, he welcomed the Palestine Monitor to his home in Al-Tuwani to talk about his family's history intertwined with that of the PSCC's work in the region, and about the long, ongoing experience of their village since the start of the inhabitants' collective resistance against Israel’s occupation. "I have had to adjust, adapt - we all have had to do so. This is not just my issue, we are fighting together in a constructive way, for a better future," he said, "and we are trying to transmit all this to our children, for them to keep resisting in a productive, non-violent way."...
continua / continued  [ 10-dec-2013 02:21 ECT ]
In Excessive Use of Force, Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Child in al-Jalazoun Refugee Camp, North of Ramallah
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
December 8, 2013 - According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 07 December 2013, dozens of Palestinian children gathered at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, near the UNRWA school, nearly 300 meters from the fence of "Beit Eil" settlement. They set fire to rubber tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers. Israeli soldiers who got out of the settlement and those stationed on an observation tower at the fence opened fire at the children. As a result, Wajeeh Wajdi Mustafa al-Ramahi, 15, was seriously wounded by a live bullet to the left side of his back. The child was evacuated in a private car to Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah, where he underwent a surgery, but he succumbed to his wound. Medical sources declared his death at approximately 17:10...
continua / continued  [ 10-dec-2013 00:46 ECT ]
Credibility of the Ruling Elite is Being Shredded |
Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itsel
The Real News
December 8, 2013 - ....And so what you have in a pre-revolutionary society, which I think we're in, is a kind of invisible revolution, whereby the state, the ideology of the state, in this case capitalism, the fiction of American democracy, larger and larger numbers of people--and I think we are also seeing this across the political spectrum--wake up and understand the hollowness of the language that's used to describe their own economic, political, and social reality.What's important is that in this process you need to present an alternative vision, an alternative language, so that people can orient themselves toward something. Otherwise, any kind of eruption is nihilistic. Without that kind of vision, ultimately it doesn't represent any kind of a threat to the ruling elite, because it doesn't drive towards something...
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 22:12 ECT ]
21st century colonialism: Israeli policies in the Negev and Galilee
December 8, 2013- In December 2000, the first Herzliya Conference took place, a now annual event and regular fixture in the diaries of politicians, military officials and defense industry figures from Israel and around the world. The report produced after that first gathering included a section on Israel's "geodemographic aspect", and noted the following:"The encouragement of Jewish settlement in demographically problematic regions, especially in the Galilee, the Jezreel Valley, and the Negev, among others, is necessary in order to prevent a contiguous Arab majority that would bisect Israel."This need to 'Judaize' the Galilee and the Negev in light of the perceived demographic 'threat' posed by Palestinian citizens of Israel is a consistent feature of Israeli policies since 1948...
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 18:36 ECT ]
Report: 40,000 Bedouin will be evicted from homes under Prawer Plan
By Noam Sheizaf
December 8, 2013 - Up until now, very few details have been released about how many people and how much land will be affected by the Prawer Plan. Knesset Internal Affairs Committee chairperson MK Miri Regev revealed details of a secret document prepared in the Prime Minister’s Office about the implementation of the Prawer Plan for the resettlement of the Negev Bedouins, Yedioth Ahronoth reported this weekend. According to a map obtained by MK Regev, the state will take over 250,000 dunams (61,700 acres) currently populated by Bedouins, while the Bedouins will receive 170,000 dunams (42,000 acres). Around 40,000 people will have to leave their homes...
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 18:11 ECT ]
Did He Jump or Was He Pushed? |
The Mandela Years in Power
by PATRICK BOND
December 7, 2013 - The death of Nelson Mandela, at age 95 on 5 December 2013, brings genuine sadness. As his health deteriorated over the past six months, many asked the more durable question: how did he change South Africa? Given how unsatisfactory life is for so many in society, the follow-up question is, how much room was there for Mandela to maneuver? South Africa now lurches from crisis to crisis, and so many of us are tempted to remember the Mandela years – especially the first democratic government – as fundamentally different from the crony-capitalist, corruption-riddled, brutally-securitised, eco-destructive and anti-egalitarian regime we suffer now. But were the seeds of our present political weeds sown earlier? The critical decade was the 1990s, when Mandela was at the height of his power, having been released from jail in February 1990, taken the South African presidency in May 1994 and left office in June 1999...
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 17:54 ECT ]
Interview with Roger Waters: ‘It’s a duty for artists to speak out’
December 7, 2013 - ... The situation in Israel/ Palestine, with the occupation, the ethnic cleansing and the systematic racist apartheid Israeli regime is unacceptable. So for an artist to go and play in a country that occupies other people’s land and oppresses them the way Israel does, is plain wrong. They should say no. I would not have played for the Vichy government in occupied France in the Second World War, I would not have played in Berlin either during this time. Many people did, back in the day. There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it’s the Palestinian People being murdered. It’s the duty of every thinking human being to ask: "What can I do?". Anybody who looks at the situation will see that if you choose not to take up arms to fight your oppressor, the non violent route, and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (B.D.S) movement, which started in Palestine with 100% support from Palestinian civil society in 2004-2005, a movement that has now been joined by many people around the world, the global civil society, is a legitimate form of resistance to this brutal and oppressive regime. ..
continua / continued  [ 09-dec-2013 00:19 ECT ]
Mechanised mass murder: the terror of Obama's drone wars
December 7, 2013 - ...The vast majority of drone strike victims are faceless. None but those who mourn them know their names. But there are some faces, thanks to the courage of a few decent journalists, which the world has got the chance to see. One such face belonged to Tariq Aziz, a sixteen-year old student and avid football fan who became what you might call 'politicised’ after his cousin was killed by a drone. Those who knew him observed his desire to be a constructive force for his country, to make the killing stop. He began organising protests and working with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism to help document civilian casualties. In October 2011, he attended his first public conference in Islamabad. Less than a week later, he was killed by a drone strike, along with his twelve-year-old cousin. "Tariq’s killing was illegal," said Neil Williams, a British photographer who had befriended him. "It was murder."...
continua / continued  [ 08-dec-2013 23:28 ECT ]
Israeli soldiers detained 4 children ages six to nine, handcuffed 3 of them. Kafr Qadum, November 15, 2013
December 7, 2013 - On Friday, November 15, 2013, at 9:30 AM, about two and a half hours before the weekly demonstration in the village was set to begin, four children from Kafr Qadum: Malek (8) a third grade student, his brother Tareq (9) a fourth grade student; Hussam Abu Khaled (8), a third grade student and Ahmad Shteiwi (6) a first grader, got together. They were planning to go to the place where the weekly demonstration takes place, as they had heard that some tires had been set on fire and they wanted to see what was going on. In a testimony given to B’Tselem field researcher 'Abd al-Karim Sa'adi, Tareq Shteiwi, age nine, gave the following account...
continua / continued  [ 08-dec-2013 18:26 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 Nov.- 04 Dec. 2013)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
December 7, 2013 -....Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (28 November – 4 December 2013). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian worker inside Israel. A Palestinian civilian also died of previous wounds he had sustained in Qalandya refugee camp, north of Jerusalem. Israeli forces also wounded, 12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the West Bank, 30 November 2013, 'Anar Shebli Mahmoud al-Aqra’, 24, a Palestinian worker from Qabalan village, southeast of Nablus, was shot dead by an Israeli soldier from a close range inside Israel. Al-'Aqra’ was killed in Btah Tikva inside Israel when the Israeli police launched a campaign against Palestinian workers who do not have work permits. His body was delivered to his family on Monday, 02 December 2013....
continua / continued  [ 08-dec-2013 18:03 ECT ]
Syria News - December 6, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 6, 2013 - By the end of Friday the Coordination Committees were able to document 141 martyrs including 47 children and 25 women and 7 martyrs under torture: 71 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 28 in Aleppo, 13 in Daraa, 10 in Hama, 8 in Homs, 7 in Lattakia, 4 in Idlib and 1 martyr in Deir Ezzor...Daraa: Inkhel: Nabeel Aeifan Al-Rifaay, Malak Younes Al-Arbawy, Yasmeen Nabeel Al-Rifaay, child Omar Nabeel Al-Rifaay and mlak Younes Al-Rifaay and her embryo were martyred due to targeting the car that was carrying them on Inkhel-Jasem Road...Aleppo: Bazaa: 21 martyrs were reported today due to warplanes launched 4 air strikes with explosive barrels in the city and many wounded were reported most of them women and children...
continua / continued  [ 08-dec-2013 00:01 ECT ]
How story of regime mass killing of 34+ people n #Nabk got out to wider world
Following claims on Thursday that regime forces have used chemical agents against civilians in Nabk in Damascus province, the Qalamoun Media Center report that medics in the town are attempting to get samples from the suspected chemical victims out for analysis. The Media Center says that the samples consist of blood, urine, hair, and clothing from those affected, plus soil samples from the affected area. The samples are fully documented...Hours after claims that chemical weapons killed at least seven people in Nabk, north of Damascus, activists say there has been a mass killing of residents, including many women, children, and elderly, in the town. The Qalamoun Media Center, citing survivors who made it to opposition-held areas of Nabk, blames a pro-regime Iraqi militia for the deaths of at least 40 people.
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 23:01 ECT ]
Druze youth in military prison for refusing Israeli army draft
December 6, 2013- Omar Saad turned 18 two weeks ago. His rite of passage into adulthood was especially weighty, as it meant that Israeli military recruiters would soon be knocking on his door. Saad is a member of the Druze religious minority, which, unlike other Palestinian citizens in present-day Israel, are not exempted from compulsory military service.But Saad refuses to enlist in the Israeli army, which commits human rights abuses on a daily basis against other Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip."I refuse to take an assault rifle and point it at another human being. I abhor this violence and everything connected to violence. I detest and hate all violence," Saad told Amnesty International. Saad, who plays the viola, performed with his siblings outside the military induction base yesterday, where he asserted his draft refusal. More than a hundred supporters joined him in protest...
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 22:21 ECT ]
The silences on Iraq
The Common Ills
December 6, 2013 - Iraqi Spring MC notes protests took place in Ramadi, Tikrit (above), Rawa, Samarra, Jalawla, Baquba, and Falluja. Today's protests are part of a series of continuous protests which have been ongoing since December 21st. They are soon to hit the one year mark.At what point does the world press intend to provide serious coverage? Why are they so silent? Are they scared? I doubt it but if they are scared, try being an Iraqi journalist, with no protection from western bosses. Saturday, Aswat al-Iraq reported: Press Freedoms Observatory reported that the Iraqi police are "pressing" journalists to "sign written pledges not to practice their field work", as well as detaining them for hours in Najaf and Missan cities... These are Nouri's forces and this is what they're doing to journalists -- on Nouri's orders...
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 02:56 ECT ]
Is Obama finally coming out of the closet about Assad?
December 6, 2013 - ....One of the cadaverous facts about the current Syrian government, is that in spite of the best efforts at propping up by Russia, Iran, and now Hezbullah and Iraq, not to mention the duplicity of the United States and the infighting among the opposition, is that "regime change" is taking place in Syria right now anyway. This "regime change" is not the long fought for victory of the revolution. It is not being brought on by the death or resignation of Assad. It is the, now rapid, decay of the government in place. The Assad regime is indeed changing. It is now a mere shadow of its former self. Propped up by foreign money and foreign military might, it is quickly degenerating from a national government into a sectarian gang. Those that have been worried about who will run Syria if Assad falls, are now beginning to wonder who will run Syria if Assad stays. Iran to the rescue, even Obama is coming around to that point of view. There have been some side discussions on Syria at various international conferences and a plan is being hatched. As usual, the principals will be the last ones told. Word on the street is that it is really Iran that is giving the Assad regime whatever backbone it still has and that even the US government is coming 'round to the view that they are going to need Iran to run things in Syria for a while....
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 02:30 ECT ]
Shaker Aamer’s Latest Words from Guantánamo, and a Parliamentary Meeting on Human Rights Day
December 6, 2013 - If you’re in London, or anywhere near, and you care about the ongoing injustices of Guantánamo, then please come to a Parliamentary meeting for Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo Bay, on Tuesday December 10, which is Human Rights Day. Established by the UN in 1950, Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was approved on December 10, 1948. Shaker, whose voice was recently recorded at Guantánamo by a CBS news crew, is one of 82 prisoners in Guantánamo who have long been cleared for release but are still held, and his continued imprisonment remains thoroughly unacceptable, because, although Congress has raised obstacles to the release of prisoners to countries they regard as dangerous, there is no conceivable way that the UK — America’s staunchest ally in the "war on terror" — could be regarded as an unsafe destination....
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 01:10 ECT ]
Syria News - December 5, 2013 (Warning: Graphic Videos)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria + Videos
December 5, 2013 - By the end of Thursday the Coordination Committees were able to document 51 martyrs including 3 women and 2 martyrs under torture: 23 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its Suburbs, 11 in Aleppo, 10 in Idlib, 6 in Homs and 1 martyr in Hama... Hama: Youssef Ahmed Daaboul, Wael Faisal Shekh Ahmed Al-Shraqby, Abd Al-Qader Ahmed Arab, Subhy Mohammad Bashbash, Mohammad Khaled Safar and Mahmoud Jamal Aslan, all from Sarmeen in Idlib, were martyred in clashes with regime forces in Jdaideh checkpoint...
continua / continued  [ 07-dec-2013 00:32 ECT ]
BBC ignores ethnic cleansing in two interviews with Bedouin activist
December 5, 2013 - Three days before last weekend’s international Day of Rage against Israel’s plans for the mass uprooting of Palestinian Bedouins, the BBC had in its studios a Bedouin activist from one of the communities facing destruction. Amal Elsana al-Hajooj was interviewed for ten minutes on Woman’s Hour, on BBC Radio 4, by presenter Jenni Murray, about her community activism and struggle for equality. The next day, Thursday 28 November, al-Hajooj was interviewed again, this time for close to 13 minutes on the BBC World Service’s Outlook program. But, despite the fact that global protests against the Prawer Plan — Israel’s planned ethnic cleansing of the Bedouin from the Naqab (Negev) desert — were due to take place a few days later, neither of the BBC programs thought it newsworthy to question al-Hajooj on the subject...
continua / continued  [ 06-dec-2013 17:25 ECT ]
Tribunal Issues Landmark Verdict against Israel for Genocide
December 5, 2013 - To a crowded courtroom on the late afternoon of November 25, presiding Judge Lamin Mohd Yunus announced the verdict by an international panel of seven jurists: "The Tribunal is satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the first defendant, (General) Amos Yaron, is guilty of crimes against humanity and genocide, and the second defendant, the State of Israel, is guilty of genocide." The landmark ruling against Israel for its genocide against the Palestinian people, rendered by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, is significant for several reasons:- In contrast to other non-official courts of conscience on Palestinian rights, for example, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (New York 2012), the prosecution in Kuala Lumpur took a step beyond war crimes and crimes against humanity to the higher and broader charge of genocide. - The decision was rendered during the ongoing commission of the alleged crime by the defendant, rather than after the fact as in earlier genocide cases....
continua / continued  [ 06-dec-2013 17:21 ECT ]
Israeli authorities urged to investigate abuse of Palestinian teenagers
Defence for Children International-Palestine Section
Ramallah, December 5, 2013 -— Defense for Children International Palestine submitted complaints to the Israeli Military Police Criminal Investigations Division this week over the ill treatment of Palestinian teenagers during arrest and transfer to Ariel police station in September. In separate incidents, Israeli soldiers severely and repeatedly beat Ali S, 14, from Azzun, Hendi S, 17, from Salfit, and Mohammad A, 15, from Tulkarem after arresting them. One soldier extinguished a cigarette butt on Ali’s lip while another burned Hendi’s arm with a cigarette, according to the sworn testimonies of the two teenagers. Hendi and Mohammad were denied access to food, water and toilet facilities for a long period. All three of them were accused of stone throwing...
continua / continued  [ 06-dec-2013 17:10 ECT ]
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