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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Senate report on CIA torture program



An exhaustive report by the Senate Intelligence Committee found the CIA tortured suspected terrorists in a brutal and mismanaged program that produced little valuable intelligence. This is the 525-page summary released by the committee. The full report is more than 6,000 pages and remains classified.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians: Fighting in Khuza’a Shows Grave Dangers to Families Seeking Safety

(Gaza) – Israeli forces in the southern Gaza town of Khuza’a fired on and killed civilians in apparent violation of the laws of war in several incidents between July 23 and 25, 2014. Deliberate attacks on civilians who are not participating in the fighting are war crimes.

Seven Palestinians who had fled Khuza’a described to Human Rights Watch the grave dangers that civilians have faced in trying to flee the town, near the Israeli border, to seek safety in Khan Younis. These included repeated shelling that struck apparent civilian structures, lack of access to necessary medical care, and the threat of attack from Israeli forces as they tried to leave the area.

“When will there be justice for the civilians in Khuza’a, who suffered shelling for days, then faced deadly attacks by Israeli soldiers after being ordered to leave the town?” asked Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director.

Khuza’a, which has a population of about 10,000, was the scene of fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups during an Israeli ground offensive in the area on July 23, Israeli news media reported. Israeli forces provided general warnings to Khuza’a residents to leave the area prior to July 21. While the laws of war encourage “advance, effective warnings” of attacks, the failure of civilians to abide by warnings does not make them lawful targets of attack – for obvious reasons, since many people do not flee because of infirmity, fear, lack of a place to go, or any number of other reasons. The remaining presence of such civilians despite a warning to flee cannot be ignored when attacks are carried out, as Israeli forces have done previously.

Friday, August 1, 2014

An Israeli newspaper publishes then removes article that condone genocide

An Israeli newspaper appeared to attempt to avert a backlash on Friday evening, when it removed a post entitled "When Genocide is Permissible" from its website less than a minute after it was uploaded.

The post, made live on The Times of Israel website at 5:36pm, was written by Yochanan Gordon regarding Israel’s current offensive in Gaza.

More than 1,400 Palestinians have died in the almost month-long war, and nearly 7,000 wounded. Israel says that alongside the deaths of 63 of its soldiers, two civilians and a Thai national have died and more than 400 have been injured.

The full article is reproduced here, for full context.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

المفوض العام لـ«الأونروا» يبكي هول مجزرة المدرسة



جهش المفوض العام لوكالة غوث وتشغيل اللاجئين الفلسطينيين (الاونروا) بيير كرينبول بالبكاء، خلال مقابلة مع قناة «الجزيرة» أمس، من هول المجزرة التي ارتكبتها قوات الاحتلال في مدرسة تابعة للوكالة. وقصف العدو مدرسة تابعة لـ«الاونروا» في مخيم جباليا للاجئين في شمال قطاع غزة، مما أدى إلى استشهاد حوالي 16 فلسطينيا، وإصابة العشرات.
وكان كرينبول قال، في بيان، «أدين وبأشد العبارات الممكنة هذا الانتهاك الخطير للقانون الدولي من قبل القوات الإسرائيلية»، مشيرا إلى أنه تم إخطار الجيش الإسرائيلي بموقع هذه المدرسة 17 مرة.
وأضاف كرينبول «هذه هي المرة السادسة التي تتعرض فيها واحدة من مدارسنا لضربة مباشرة، وان موظفينا والذين يقودون العمل الإنساني الدولي يقتلون». وتابع ان «عشرات الآلاف سيكونون قريبا في شوارع غزة، من دون طعام ولا ماء ولا مأوى في حال استمر هذا الاعتداء».
وقال «يشير تقييمنا الأولي إلى أن المدفعية الإسرائيلية هي التي ضربت مدرستنا التي تؤوي 3300 نازح جاءوا يطلبون الأمن والأمان. وتقييمنا يشير إلى انه كان هناك على الأقل ثلاث ضربات أصابت المدرسة». («الجزيرة»، ا ف ب)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ايران:مصر تتباطأ في السماح بمرور مساعدات لغزة

انتقدت إيران مصر يوم الاربعاء بسبب التأخير في اصدار تصاريح لتوصيل المساعدات إلى غزة وإجلاء المصابين من النساء والاطفال من المنطقة لتلقي العلاج.

ولكي تستطيع إيران توصيل المساعدات يتعين عليها نقل شحناتها جوا إلى مصر ثم إرسالها برا عبر معبر رفح إلى غزة. وسيكون الخيار الوحيد الاخر من خلال إسرائيل وهو سيناريو غير مرجح بالنسبة لإيران.

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