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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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Being Palestinian got me barred from visiting Palestine
August 30, 2014 - ....This is my first time at the Israeli-controlled border between Palestine and Jordan. I am traveling with 15 young Arab-Americans, mostly Palestinian, to do community service work and connect with our heritage and homeland. We have arrived at the Allenby Bridge anxious & apprehensive, having heard countless stories of harassment by Israeli soldiers, and deeply exhausted from a long weekend of delayed flights, desert nights, and the Dead Sea. Our trip was cancelled due to increased violence in the West Bank, and re-planned after the participants wrote a letter stating their determination and commitment to experience life in occupied Palestine, even if that meant putting ourselves in danger. But despite all this, I am thrilled to be returning to Palestine after months of planning, years of dreaming. Tucked in a corner of my wallet are directions to my grandparents’ homes....
continua / continued  [ 23-sep-2014 03:19 ECT ]
The US government can brand you a terrorist based on a Facebook post. We can't let them make up the rules
August 30, 2014 - The US government’s web of surveillance is vast and interconnected. Now we know just how opaque, inefficient and discriminatory it can be.As we were reminded again just this week, you can be pulled into the National Security Agency’s database quietly and quickly, and the consequences can be long and enduring. Through ICREACH, a Google-style search engine created for the intelligence community, the NSA provides data on private communications to 23 government agencies. More than 1,000 analysts had access to that information. This kind of data sharing, however, isn’t limited to the latest from Edward Snowden’s NSA files. It was confirmed earlier this month that the FBI shares its master watchlist, the Terrorist Screening Database, with at least 22 foreign governments, countless federal agencies, state and local law enforcement, plus private contractors...
continua / continued  [ 23-sep-2014 03:14 ECT ]
From Containment to Counterinsurgency in the Gaza Strip
by Max Ajl
August 30, 2014 - Israel’s recently terminated "Operation Protective Edge" against the Gaza Strip was beyond destructive. Little is left standing in Shuja’iya, Khoza’a, Beit Hanoun, and Rafah’s east, where photos reveal a tableau of grey ruin. Israel shelled hospitals, targeted ambulances, killed paramedics, leaving the health sector strained beyond the breaking point. As Israeli munitions rocked graveyards, even the dead rested uneasy.According to one development NGO, the war simply demolished the economy, "turning factories into piles of rubble and destruction," with over 180 leveled since the assault began on 7 July, and billions of dollars in damages. The power plant is ruined, tens of thousands of homes are damaged, and over 2100 Palestinians killed at the hands of the Israeli forces. This was the third such attack in the last six and a half years, and by far the most brutal...
continua / continued  [ 23-sep-2014 02:53 ECT ]
Syria News - August 29, 2014
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
August 29, 2014- By the end of Friday, LCC has documented the fall of 67 martyrs including 7 children, 3 women and 2 martyrs under torture. 22 martyrs were reported in Aleppo, 20 in Damascus and its suburbs, 7 in Daraa, 6 in Hama, 5 in Idlib, 3 in Raqqa, 2 in Homs, 1 in Deir Ezzor and 1 in Qunitra....
continua / continued  [ 23-sep-2014 00:41 ECT ]
Stop US attacks on Iraq and Syria!
International Executive Committee of the International Workers Unity – Fourth International
August 29, 2014 - ... We call on the peoples of the world to repudiate the ongoing military actions in Iraq and Syria. With the argument of "fighting against terrorism" and using the cruel practices of ISIS, the US and the EU, supported by Russia, Iran, Israel and now, with the approval of the dictator Bashar al-Assad, they want to attack the people of the Middle East. With this same pretext they want to drown the revolt of the Syrian people. To the extent that the Syrian Foreign Minister "welcomed any attack, including by the United Kingdom and the United States with possible bombings" in his country to "fight ISIS". He only requested to "coordinate" them (ABC.es, 25 August 2014). This means they are using the madness of ISIS and their Caliphate to applaud Obama's bombing of rebel positions. That is, the Syrian regime removes its mask of being "anti-imperialist", defended by the world reformist left and especially by Chavism, and now shows its true pro-imperialist and genocidal face....
continua / continued  [ 23-sep-2014 00:31 ECT ]
The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly - or disappear
August 29, 2014 - Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the "messaging" regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. Since Zionism’s official beginnings in Palestine some 110 years ago, the Jewish community, whether the pre-state Yishuv or constituted as the state of Israel, never took the Palestinians seriously. They were dark-skinned "natives" wrapped sinisterly in kafiyas, fedayeen or terrorists without names, history or humanity, an existential threat subsumed under the rubric "Arabs." In 1967, when Israel finally came face to face with an organized, visible, politically aware Palestinian society, the idea of talking to them did not even occur to Israel’s leaders...
continua / continued  [ 22-sep-2014 18:09 ECT ]
Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (21- 28 August 2014)
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 29, 2014 - Summary: Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (21 – 27 August 2014). Shooting and Killing: In the context of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces killed 92 Palestinians, 67 of whom are civilians, including 25 children and 8 woman. Six Palestinians, 5 of whom are civilians, including 2 children, died of previous wounds. Israeli warplanes launched dozens of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, destroying 96 houses and 4-multis-storey apartment and commercial buildings. Since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, 2,168 Palestinians have been killed, of whom 1,662 civilians, including 519 children and 297 women, and 10,895 others have been wounded, including 3,306 children and 2,114 women. The Attorney General also order burial of 7 corpses of unidentified persons. Additionally, Israeli warplanes have targeted and destroyed 953 houses, while thousands of houses have been extensively damaged..
continua / continued  [ 22-sep-2014 17:54 ECT ]
Israel invests millions in occupied Golan Heights settlement college
Patrick O. Strickland
August 29, 2014 - An Israeli college in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights is offering a wide range of financial incentives to prospective students in order to increase its enrollment, according to a recent Arabic-language report at the Arabs48 website. Ohalo College, located in the illegal Jewish-only Katzrin settlement, aims to double its enrollment to 2,500 students over the next seven years, according to Arabs48. In order to do so, Israeli authorities will invest millions in the settlement, including building new student accommodation, and provide monthly stipends of up to 75 percent for rent fees. Ohalo College was located in the Tiberias region of present-day Israel until 1998, when it moved to Katzrin and became the first Israeli academic institution in the occupied Golan Heights...
continua / continued  [ 22-sep-2014 01:59 ECT ]
Security Council resolutions and compromised ceasefires
August 28, 2014 - ...So far, Abbas is simply expressing gratitude through the usual simplifications of the coloniser and the colonised as "sides," and imperialist interference as "roles" - convenient terminology that undermines the correlation between humanitarian aid and human rights abuses. Gaza, on the other hand, becomes an appended abstract mired in humanitarian rhetoric disassociated from the ramifications of Israel’s intended colonial expansion.Taking into consideration the aspect of perpetual impunity granted to Israel not only by the international community, but also by Abbas and his reluctance, or inability, to pursue the ICC option departing from the Palestinian narrative, the ceasefire’s implementation upon such compromised terms will temporarily alleviate suffering, but render Palestinians further subjugated to imperialist dictates...
continua / continued  [ 21-sep-2014 03:13 ECT ]
A Palestinian ultimatum to end occupation?
By Dahlia Scheindlin
August 28, 2014 - The PLO will demand that the UN Security Council announce a deadline for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank, to the 1967 ceasefire lines, reported Haaretz today. Ma’an News Agency writes that Nabil Shaath, a senior Fatah figure and veteran negotiator, has said the bid will be submitted on September 15, 2014. If it is not accepted, he told Ma’an that the PLO will continue with long-rumored plans to pursue accession to the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute), so that it can bring claims against Israel’s actions in Gaza. With every other attempt to shake off Israel’s military rule proving futile, the idea of a simple ultimatum for withdrawal – with or without an agreement – ought not to come as a surprise. In fact, Noam Sheizaf and I not only predicted it, we advocated it over a year ago...
continua / continued  [ 21-sep-2014 00:00 ECT ]
Bets and masks fall during Gaza's latest saga
Dr Abdullah Al-Ashaal
August 28, 2014 -Israel has the right to be proud of it being a demonic destructive state excelling in the annihilation of the human race. Its record in the region is proof that Israel deserves the top prize for a number of things, including its creativity and artistry in destroying all religious and historical sites, murdering innocents, depriving people of their basic needs, denying the dead coffins and cemeteries, and depriving the wounded from saving their lives. Israel should be proud that it was prepared militarily, politically and economically to corner its victim and promised its allies a swift victory and a final termination of the headache they have been trying to eradicate for some time. The Arab and Islamic countries remained silent on the killing and destruction, while the Arab League, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and billions of Arabs and Muslims turned a blind eye to the people of Gaza and its resistance...
continua / continued  [ 20-sep-2014 05:11 ECT ]
Woman Killed and 95 Persons Injured by Gunfire That Followed Declaration of Truce
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
August 27, 2014 -The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the unjustified intensive shooting by gunmen throughout the Gaza Strip when the true entered into force, which killed a woman and injured 95 persons, including 33 children and 15 women. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian government to take action against the perpetrators, and to take necessary steps to stop such incidents and protect people. According to investigation conducted by PCHR, on Tuesday evening, 26 August 2014, following the declaration of an Egyptian-brokered truce in the Gaza Strip, dozens of gunmen opened fire in all areas in the Gaza Strip. As a result of these incidents, a woman was killed and 95 persons, including 33 children and 15 women, were injured...
continua / continued  [ 20-sep-2014 04:13 ECT ]
Israel’s information iron dome
August 27, 2014 - It is widely assumed that a free press should report accurate and relevant information to the population, and act as 'watchdog’ of power in the name of public interest. The reporting of secret government surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden rekindled a debate in the U.S. concerning the role of the free press, and the boundaries of freedom that journalists ought to respect. Some commentators and government officials were occupied with the possibility of the press taking its watchdog role too far, revealing information that harms national security. (A scenario that so far remains hypothetical.) Would journalists, then, be accomplices to a crime? The converse scenario, by contrast, is rarely raised: Should the press be considered an accomplice to a government crime for withholding information that, if revealed, would change public opinion of criminal government policies – perhaps leading to policy reform? ...
continua / continued  [ 18-sep-2014 23:40 ECT ]
"A clumsy army beating Palestinians into submission": TIME correspondent’s Nablus diary from 1990
The Electronic Intifada
August 27, 2014 - An excerpt from the unpublished memoirs of the former TIME journalist Murray J. Gart describing the occupied West Bank city of Nablus at the height of the first intifada, or uprising, could have been written today.
Closure under the pretext of "security," tear gas and lethal fire against unarmed protesters was what Gart observed in the city in 1990. Gart’s granddaughter, Brooke DeNisco, says of her grandfather that "the Middle East was his passion and he spent years living and traveling there." When he retired from TIME, the publication with which he spent most of his career, Gart "began working on a book about the Middle East peace process, but died in 2004 before its completion. I inherited some of the notes and drafts for the book, including a narrative of five weeks he spent living in the West Bank," DeNisco explains...
continua / continued  [ 18-sep-2014 02:02 ECT ]
Counter-revolutionary "Left"will again be with NATO
August 26, 2014 - ....While its true that the Lincoln Brigade and groups like it came under relatively progressive leadership, whereas most of the young foreigners fighting in Syria have given themselves to very reactionary leadership, the motivations are quite similar, they want to intervene against Assad's murder of the children. It certainly isn't the fault of these young people that there is no "left" or progressive road to Damascus, no "Lincoln Brigade," those that occupy the high ramparts of the "Left" have seen to that. But for Muslim youth around the world the Islamists have put in place a highway that leads from the local mosque to the front-lines. Because they have mobilized for the Syrians while the "Left" has cheered on Assad, these reactionary jihadists have gained in strength while the "Left" has been complete discredited in their eyes. [The Left is with Assad.] Of course, these commentators on CNN, Fox News and the like can't afford to talk about these more noble motivations for going to Syria and fighting with whoever claims to be fighting Assad, because then they would have to talk about what is really happening in Syria and try to explain why the murder of two hundred thousand people in three years in a relatively small country merited so little coverage. They can't do that...
continua / continued  [ 17-sep-2014 11:59 ECT ]
Israel’s decades-long effort to turn the word ‘terrorism’ into an ideological weapon
August 26, 2014 - The Israeli discourse on "terrorism" has a long history, one in which Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s current Prime Minister, played a central role. Thirty years ago, at a major conference on "international terrorism" in Washington, D.C., Netanyahu insisted that "without a clear understanding of terrorism, the problem cannot be tackled" and proposed a clear, simple definition: "Terrorism is the deliberate, systematic murder, maiming and menacing of the innocent to inspire fear in order to gain political ends." The discourse draws its normative, rhetorical power from a simple, central claim: what separates "us" from "the terrorists" is a fundamentally different, irreconcilable conception of the value of innocent, civilian life....
continua / continued  [ 16-sep-2014 23:46 ECT ]
Three Questions for Hamas
August 25, 2014 - There is no doubt that Hamas has exhibited extraordinary resilience under the most difficult of conditions that have bedeviled its period of political leadership in the Gaza Strip that started in 2007. It also seems clear as persuasively argued by Sandy Tolan in a valuable Common Dreams article [Tolan, "Blown Chances in Gaza: Israel & U.S. Miss Many Chances to Avoid War, Aug. 13, 2014] that Hamas pursued multiple initiatives starting in 2006 designed to achieve calm and quiet in its relations with Israel, and that these initiatives, including back channel reassurance about peaceful intentions, were rebuffed without even being acknowledged by either Israel or the United States. It also seems the case that Israel acted to provoke the three most sustained military onslaughts directed at Gaza since 2008, and in each has relied on disproportionate force, inflicted numerous civilian casualties, and acted in a manner defiant of international humanitarian law. ...
continua / continued  [ 16-sep-2014 00:11 ECT ]
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