Posts Tagged ‘international humanitarian law’

The Sri Lankan defense minister has threatened to hang a parliament member, recently resigned from the S.L.A.F., if he exposes the country’s war crimes against the Tamils. The suppression of the war crimes during the country’s quarter-century civil war and the government’s forging alliances have dangerous potential.

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Peter LaVelle’s “CrossTalk” at Russia Today has Professor Norman Finkelstein, Chris Guiness and Mitchell Barak on the panel (26:02):

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Kathy Kelly on the Obama Administration’s war crimes in Afghanistan and a ‘pacified’ America.

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Amnesty International documented 714 executions were committed in 2009 onto those formally sentenced to death. The report is clear that China’s secrecy forces them to exclude its numbers, but something else is missing.

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As the Gazan death toll passes 375 with over 1,600 wounded, Robert Fisk schools the masses on Palestine-Israel, the Middle East, its dictators, diplomacy, and the West’s role in Middle Eastern conflict.

al Jazzera English – “Inside Story: Assault on Gaza Continues” with Robert Fisk, former Egyptian UN Ambassador Hassan Issa – 29 Dec 08 (22:31):

Israel has stepped up its attacks on Gaza for the third consecutive day on Monday. The Israeli raids have killed around 320 Gazans and wounded more than 1,400 so far. UNRWA has said that there are about 51 civilians among Gaza’s casualties including 17 women and some children. Meanwhile, Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni said that “in a war… civilians sometimes pay the price” in a sign that Israel will continue its attack until “all goals are achieved.” On Monday: We’ll discuss the Arab and international reactions to the current Israeli assault on Gaza, and what is the possible role that the Arab countries and the international community can play to end the current assault.

Part One (10:46):

Part Two (11:45):

For more on the Gaza Attacks, see our YouTube playlist.



In an area where 16 hour blackouts are commonplace over the last 18 months as an Israeli political ploy, Gazans conduct mass funerals and even more are without electricity, medical supplies, and water due to Israel blockades on necessary UN aid and the destruction of trade routes. No food and gas are additions to the inhumane conditions in which the Gazans are forced to live.

In the midst of this horror created by the Israeli TerrorState, the TerrorState is working overtime to create Newspeak for the masses in their election season and prime minister candidate, Bibi Netanyahu, doesn’t want to be left out of his opponent, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s, free advertising:

‘There are those who are counting bodies and at the same time counting Knesset seats,” Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al) said. “Bodies for votes – this is done primarily by the Labor Party.”

Fortunately, there is still some dignity in the press. Haaretz, a globally renowned Israeli news source, is not holding back including the bombshell that Israel’s attacks are not reactions to Hamas ending their truce with Israel, but that these attacks were planned as Israel was forging the truce with Hamas as recently as six months ago in an article titled, “Disinformation, Secrecy and Lies: How the Gaza Offensive Came About”:

Long-term preparation, careful gathering of information, secret discussions, operational deception and the misleading of the public – all these stood behind the Israel Defense Forces “Cast Lead” operation against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, which began Saturday morning.

The disinformation effort, according to defense officials, took Hamas by surprise and served to significantly increase the number of its casualties in the strike.

Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas. According to the sources, Barak maintained that although the lull would allow Hamas to prepare for a showdown with Israel, the Israeli army needed time to prepare, as well.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s claim that Israel has “nothing against Gaza residents, but we are engaged in an all-out war against Hamas and its proxies” might need to be clarified to Gazans “living in a nightmare.”:

Majed Badra, 23, Gaza City, cartoonist and student at the Islamic University:

“Unfortunately the situation is very bad in Gaza city – the Israeli occupation is striking more and more organisations, more houses and the mosque, and my university was hit last night….

“We were not prepared for the war. They attack civilians and children and don’t care if we are armed or not….

“The world looks at unarmed Palestinian people as though they are a nation with an army, as though we are equal to the Israelis. They think we have real rockets that cause a lot of damage or have a big effect, but this is not true….

“Why does the Israeli army strike my university and mosques and houses? I don’t know the answer. You have to ask them.”

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Hamoudi, Tal el Hawa:

“Two of my neighbours were killed on their way back from school – sixteen-year-old Yasmeen and her sister, 15-year-old Haneen. They were innocent girls….

“In my household, where I live with my brothers, sisters and my sister’s eight-month-old baby, we have been sleeping far from the windows and living in darkness due to the lack of power.

“All I seek in these moments is for the truth to get out there. Let it be known that in the 21st century this is happening while the whole world is watching but remains silent.

“I wonder how cheap Palestinian blood is.”

For more, read “The Politics of the Gaza Massacre” by Justin Raimondo (29 Dec 08).

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported the death toll to have passed 350, twice that of most estimates from the Mumbai Attacks, in Gaza, an area with less than 14% of Mumbai’s population. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who’s called for an immediate end to Israeli violence has also mentioned the third rail of TerrorState Newspeak: international humanitarian law:

“The frightening nature of what is happening on the ground, in particular its effects on children, who are more than half the population, troubles me greatly,” he said. “I have continuously stressed the need for strict observance of international humanitarian law.”