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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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Film review: The unending Nakba - Three generations of stateless Palestinians search for home
By Dahlia Scheindlin
March 10, 2014 - Tens of thousands of Palestinians have languished for over 65 years in the Ein el-Hilweh refugee camp, waiting to return home. Now, through his documentary, Mahdi Fleifel reveals an essential side of Palestinian exile that is often forgotten: the human side. It was heartening that the Academy bestowed its highest honors this year to "Twelve Years a Slave," a story about injustice and liberation, and recognizing America’s historic cruelty towards its people. Maybe it is the curse of the oppressed to achieve their greatest recognition only when the primary injury of oppression is long over, after it can really help. Palestinians don’t have an easy time penetrating the Western cultural landscape. True, last year, the Academy short-listed "Five Broken Cameras," the story of a village’s struggle against the security barrier in the West Bank, for Best Documentary. Although it didn’t win, the nomination generated attention....
continua / continued  [ 11-mar-2014 20:20 ECT ]
Despite Scarce Resources, Gaza Offers Refuge to Palestinians From Yarmouk
By Pam Bailey
March 9, 2014 -To be a Palestinian is to be a lifelong refugee. But for more than 140,000 Palestinians who had found refuge in the Yarmouk camp of Syria, history is repeating itself yet again. Home since 1957 for more than 160,000 Palestinians whose families were forced out of Israel, the dense community of less than a square mile became the focus of conflict last September. Factions on opposing sides of the civil war in Syria used Yarmouk in southern Damascus as a staging ground, causing all but around 20,000 of the residents to flee to relative safety elsewhere.Today, the focus is on the starving residents who remain in Yarmouk, under siege by the Syrian army and its allies. But little to no attention is given to just where the other 140,000 Palestinians are now, and how they are managing to eke out a living. More than 1,500 of them—about 280 families—have gone from one deeply troubled hot spot to another: the Gaza Strip...
continua / continued  [ 11-mar-2014 16:58 ECT ]
Israeli teen activists say no to army draft
March 9, 2014 - A group of Israeli teenagers have told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that they will refuse to serve in the military because of its role in the occupation of Palestinian land. "The main reason for our refusal is our opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the army," about 50 youths wrote in a letter to Netanyahu, published on Saturday by an Israeli pacifist group.The group referred to "human rights violations" in the West Bank, including "executions, settlement construction, administrative detention, torture, collective punishment and unfair distribution of water and electricity"."Any military service perpetuates the current situation, and therefore we cannot take part in a system that carries out these deeds," read the letter posted on the Facebook page of Yesh Gvul...
continua / continued  [ 11-mar-2014 16:23 ECT ]
UN: Assad sarin used in attacks | The "Left"'s response?
March 9, 2014 - Flying under the headlines this week, while all eyes are focused on the clouds gathering over Ukraine, the United Nations published the 7th report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic. This report was published on 5 March 2014 although it is dated 12 February 2014. This report goes further than the UN has ever gone before in placing the blame for the use of poison gas in Syria squarely on the Assad Regime. Specifically, on page 19, it says: 128. In Al-Ghouta, significant quantities of sarin were used in a well-planned indiscriminate attack targeting civilian-inhabited areas, causing mass casualties. The evidence available concerning the nature, quality and quantity of the agents used on 21 August indicated that the perpetrators likely had access to the chemical weapons stockpile of the Syrian military, as well as the expertise and equipment necessary to manipulate safely large amount of chemical agents. Concerning the incident in Khan Al-Assal on 19 March, the chemical agents used in that attack bore the same unique hallmarks as those used in Al-Ghouta. ...
continua / continued  [ 11-mar-2014 14:03 ECT ]
Palestinian children continue to be imprisoned
International Solidarity Movement
March 9, 2014 - On Tuesday 4th March, 14-year-old Wassem Rajabi from the Jabal Johar area of Hebron (al-Khalil), was detained and driven away by Israeli soldiers on his way back from school. This Thursday, after nine days in prison, his family will go to the police station to find out his fate. Recently, more than 50 children from the area have been arrested and imprisoned. In the last week alone, between 15-20 children were arrested, all under the age of 18. Wassem Rajabi is from a family with few resources. His father died eight years ago in a work-place accident inside the 1948 areas, and he now lives with his mother, an older brother and two younger sisters...
continua / continued  [ 11-mar-2014 02:25 ECT ]
The Battle for Justice in Palestine
March 8, 2014 - The two-state resolution has for a long time been the agreed framework for the solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Historic Palestine, today consisting of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, would be partitioned into two independent states. The Palestinians would recognise the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state and Israel would retreat to its pre-1967 borders. However, as Ali Abunimah points out in The Battle for Justice in Palestine, the two-state solution presents some serious problems. Firstly, what would happen to the 1.5 million Palestinian citizens of Israel who would remain within the pre-1967 borders? The tension between Jewish Israelis, who want Israel to be a Jewish state, and the Arab Israelis, who do not, would persist. That is the problem with the two-state solution; it relies on the continued violation of fundamental Palestinian rights...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 22:44 ECT ]
Edward Snowden, Tattletale
March 8, 2014 - With regard to the following, I urge you to keep in mind several critical facts. Given all the publicly available evidence, when reporting on the Snowden documents is completed, the general public will have seen only 1% to 2% of all the documents involved. I've analyzed in detail how deeply problematic this is. That's putting it mildly, and with excessive politeness. In fact, this highly selective publishing of leaks is insulting, disgusting, and profoundly offensive. That earlier essay also discusses the hugely significant fact that Snowden himself, Greenwald, the Guardian and every other so-called "investigative journalist" taking part in this story have willingly and enthusiastically adopted the State's rationales for disclosure and, more importantly, non-disclosure...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 21:24 ECT ]
US Hypocrisy on Crimean secession move: Washington Supported Break-up of Sudan, Yugoslavia, Iraq
By Juan Cole
March 8, 2014 - ...The US supported the secession of Kosovo from Serbia in the late 1990s (both had been part of the Yugoslav federation in the Cold War, but it fell apart in the 1990s; Serbia’s claims on parts of Bosnia and on all of Kosovo as the main Yugoslav successor state were rejected by the US, which helped Bosnia and Kosovo secede.) Slovakia seceded from Czechoslovakia in 1993, although that was a more amicable split than the Kosovo secession or the Crimean one, if it happens. Still, Slovaks voted to secede, and no one stood in their way.The US was positively delirious about the break-up of Sudan and the creation of South Sudan 2011. (Forces in the US congress see the break-up and weakening of Arab Muslim states as a good thing). The wisdom of that secession is questionable, since South Sudan has promptly become a failed state and is now having a civil war. The violence down there was always blamed on Khartoum, but apparently there are social formations and economic conditions in the south that just aren’t conducive to order.While the US was ruling Iraq, Joe Biden and other US politicians tried to break it up into a Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite state...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 21:11 ECT ]
Figures show: Peace talks and settlement construction go hand in hand
March 8, 2014- Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics revealed earlier this week that 2013 was a record year in settlement construction, while 2014 has seen the beginning of construction of 2,534 housing projects - a rise of 123 percent from 2013 … The only other years in which the number of building projects surpassed 2,000 structures were 2003, 2005 and 2008. The interesting thing is that aside from 2003, these were all years in which there was so-called "progress" made between Israel and the Palestinian Authority vis-a-vis peace negotiations. For example, 2005 was the year of the disengagement, while 2008 saw direct negotiations between Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert (the Annapolis summit, which began the process, took place in November 2007). And while there is no earlier data on construction in the occupied territories, it is worth noting that during the Oslo process (from the signing of the first agreement in 1993 to the Taba summit in 2001) the number of settlers almost doubled – from 116,300 to 208,300, not including the Jewish neighborhoods in annexed East Jerusalem...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 16:54 ECT ]
Jews against Zionism
by Stephen Lendman
March 7, 2014 - ...In a public April 30, 2008 petition, Harold Pinter was among 105 prominent Jews who said "we… will not be celebrating" Israel’s May 2008 60th anniversary. They noted the 1948 slaughter and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, the destruction of their villages, their erasure from history, the 1967 occupation, the continued persecution for decades, the defiling of international law, and utter contempt for human rights and peaceful coexistence. They stated: "We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations."...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 03:12 ECT ]
Delusions of liberal Zionism
March 7, 2014 - A racist ideology gives birth to a racist state. Founded on territory belonging to another people, it strips them of their possessions and drives them away. It buries the ruins of their villages and cemeteries beneath thick forests of pine trees, complete with paths and picnic tables. Those forests are dedicated to distant politicians who either do not know or do not care that their names are being used to cover up, literally, mass destruction, pillage and theft. Having embarked on a life of crime, the state then continues to live outside the law for every second of its existence for more than six decades. To remain what it is, to further its ideological and territorial imperatives, it must live outside the law. Most states commit crimes, but this state is defined by criminality. All change is cosmetic, relative and designed to conceal the true agenda...
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 02:40 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (27 February- 05 March 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
March 7, 2014 -Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (27 February – 05 March 2014). Shooting: During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman suffering from mental disorder in the Gaza Strip and 3 members of armed groups, 2 of whom in the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank. Moreover, Israeli forces wounded 19 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 7 children. Three of whom were wounded in the Gaza Strip and the 16 others were wounded in the West Bank. Israeli forces carried out 2 airstrikes, 3 shooting incidents along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and one shooting incident against Palestinian fishing boats. In the Gaza Strip, on 28 February 2014, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian woman suffering from a mental disorder when they opened fire at her, as she approached the border fence, east of Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. The woman bled to death was found the following day....
continua / continued  [ 10-mar-2014 00:04 ECT ]
Iraq`s Economy under Occupation: Numerous War Crimes and Human Rights Violations
By Aziz Alkazaz
March 6, 2014 - The Anglo-American war against Iraq overthrew its political and institutional regime and led to the occupation. Nearly all the state and its basic institutions as well as the civil instellations belonging to the Iraqi community were destroyed. The infrastructure facilities which have been destroyed included power transmission lines, communication systems, potable water and sewage treating plants, medical and education centers, irrigation plants, high ways, bridges, factories, government buildings, ware houses, university labs and scientific research centers, the basic services in industry and agriculture, in short: all things necessary for the efficient performance of the government and the society as a whole...
continua / continued  [ 08-mar-2014 16:37 ECT ]
Iraq: US$103 million appeal to help Anbar IDPs
March 6, 2014 -... The number of deaths caused by the fighting in Anbar remains unknown. This week a UNAMI statement said that during the month of February 703 people were killed and 1,381 injured across Iraq due to violence and "terror" acts, but those figures did not include Anbar. It cited a report - which it stressed it had not been able to verify - from the Health Committee of the Provincial Council of Anbar, which said that in February 298 civilians had been killed there, and a further 1,198 injured. Zaina* and her husband Mazen* have been staying in a motel in the city of Sulaymaniyah since fleeing Anbar’s capital Ramadi in the middle of January. They are two of an estimated 30,000 recently displaced people now in Kurdistan."I could see bombs falling like rain on the streets, on children," said a tearful Zaina, 52, who left her 18-year-old son with her sister in a village in Anbar. "Everything was being destroyed. Fuel and food were becoming very expensive, everything was being shut down. I have a hairdressing salon. It was damaged, so was our house, so we just left and came here."...
continua / continued  [ 08-mar-2014 02:33 ECT ]
Interview: Remi Kanazi on BDS and 'hurt feelings'
By Alex Shams
March 6, 2014 - "This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings" is a video collaboration with Palestinian director, animator, and co-founder of Palestinian hip-hop group DAM, Suhel Nafar. The video, based on a poem I wrote, attempts to deconstruct and debunk the spurious arguments against divestment on college campuses. Integrating animation, typography, and motion graphics, we attempted to present a visually stimulating experience, while concretely laying out the case for divestment. Zionist students on campus inspired the title. In an effort to derail divestment resolutions, students would often profess that divestment "hurt their feelings." My hope is that the video educates, pushes people to act, sways people on the fence, and ultimately serves as a resource for those promoting divestment on campus...
continua / continued  [ 08-mar-2014 00:42 ECT ]
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