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On Gaza and Chutzpah

(Spyros Fragias-Sott.net)

By Gilad Atzmon
Sign of the Times

The UN probe into the Israeli massacre in high seas concluded yesterday that Israeli forces violated international law and showed ‘incredible violence’ when they raided a flotilla attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. The UN fact finding mission also argues that Israel’s naval blockade of the Palestinian territory was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there, and described the military raid on the flotilla as ‘brutal and disproportionate.’

According to the UN probe, there is “clear evidence to support prosecutions” against Israel for “willfull killing” and “torture”.

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Midnight on the Mavi Marmara

Published September 2010 by Haymarket Books

The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How it Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict
Edited by Moustafa Bayoumi

At 4:30 am on Monday, May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos, boarding from sea and air, attacked the six boats of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it sailed through international waters attempting to bring humanitarian relief to the beleaguered Palestinians of Gaza. Within minutes, nine peace activists were dead, shot by the Israelis. Scores of others were injured.

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Video parody: Internet killed Israeli PR

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Midnight Kid Snatch: Israeli Raids Target Children

By Nora Barrows-Friedman
Inter-Press Service

Since January, at least 33 children have been arrested, detained and interrogated by Israeli forces as home demolitions and settler takeovers continue apace. Muslem Odeh, 10, tells IPS that he was taken by Israeli forces on Mar. 11 at 3 am, after police broke into the family’s home in Silwan’s Bustan neighbourhood and pepper-sprayed his father who attempted to protect him.

SILWAN, EAST JERUSALEM, Mar 16, 2010 (IPS) – Three thousand heavily armed Israeli security service forces locked down large parts of the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday, as battalions of police fired rounds of tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian protesters in the occupied eastern part of the city. Nearly 40 Palestinians were wounded and treated at nearby hospitals, as 25 were arrested during intense clashes.

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Israeli repression wave targets activists

By The Real News Network

Israel’s recent wave of repression led to arrest of Jamal Juma’, coordinator of Stop the Wall Campaign.

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ISRAEL-US: Goldstone Rejects Netanyahu Remarks

white phosph“Without some form of truth-telling, there cannot be an enduring peace,” he said, citing his experiences in South Africa, as well as in the trials on Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.  “Truth-telling and acknowledgement to victims can be a very important assistance to peace,” he added.

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Wanted: Middle East statesmen

”]Can Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, make the transition from politicians to statesmen? [GALLO/GETTY]By Roi Ben-Yehuda 

As last week’s trilateral meeting in New York showed, forces outside the control of the offices of Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, have pulled these leaders back into the peace camp.

This brought to mind a quote by the Roman statesman Seneca who once wrote: “The fates lead him who will; him who won’t they drag.”

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