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URUK Net 14 January, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Friday, January 16, 2009 8:03

“Dizzy With Success”: Running Out of Graves in Gaza
Chris Floyd
While Barack Obama was dining with rightwing agitators and Hillary Clinton was glowering with menace toward “non-state actors” (her curious — not to mention ignorant — term for the democratically elected government of Palestine), the killing in Gaza kept grinding on. So many have died in such a short space of time that “there is not tomb and continent enough for the slain”: the Palestinians are running out of graves… An embarrassing incident, to be sure, but of course it didn’t stop both houses of the U.S. Congress from declaring their nearly unanimous and totally uncritical support for the massive Israeli military incursion into densely packed cities and refugee camps in Gaza. Nor will the latest reported atrocity — the cold-blooded murder of Palestinians waving a white flag — cause even the slightest ripple of concern among the American political elite, now busy picking out their glad rags for the upcoming inauguration blowout… The vast atrocity wrought on the people of Fallujah has already been forgotten. Along with its twin emblem of war’s evil — the tortured prisoners of Abu Ghraib — it has been superseded by the mythical success of the “surge”: the campaign of escalation and bribery that ensconced admitted al Qaeda terrorists as American-paid warlords in Sunni enclaves while tightening the grip of Shiite sectarian gangs on the national government. The American-installed ethnic cleansers in Baghdad have been loud in their denunciation of the Israeli attack on Gaza ! — prote sts that Palestinian refugees in Iraq find particularly galling, as McClatchy reports…

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Shoot Then Ask, Israeli Soldiers Told
IslamOnline.net & Newspapers
Israeli occupation forces returning for a break from the fighting in the Gaza Strip are revealing ruthless tactics they are being ordered to follow. “We are treating everything as hostile right now,” Alon, an army lieutenant, told the Times on Wednesday, 14 January. When his unit ventures into any alleyway in the densely-populated Jabalya refugee camp in northern Gaza, they opened fire without hesitation. “We were told not to take chances — to shoot rather than ask questions,” says Alon, citing his orders…

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Gaza: Residents waving white flags ‘shot dead as they flee their homes’
Belfast Telegraph
Israeli forces said they had pushed deeper into Gaza City amid heavy fighting, with some units within a mile of the densely populated urban centre. Terrified residents were said to be fleeing from many homes which had been set alight. At least three Palestinians in Gaza were shot dead yesterday after Israeli soldiers fired on a group of residents leaving their homes on orders from the military and waving white flags, according to testimony taken by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem…

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Warning of a Clear and Present Danger to the Lives and Well-Being of Tens of Thousands of Civilians in the Gaza Strip
Written by Israeli Human Rights NGOs
Dear Friends, A press conference was held in Jerusalem today in which Israeli human rights NGOs (including PCATI) read its statement to the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, warning of the clear humanitarian danger looming in Gaza and pointed out the severe nature of Israeli action in the course of its war in Gaza which blatantly violates the human and humanitarian rights of civilians in Gaza. Stating “ This kind of fighting constitutes a blatant violation of the laws of warfare and raises the suspicion, which we ask be investigated, of the commission of war crimes.” …

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Palestinian Government Open Letter to Chavez
Dr. Ahmed Yousef, Deputy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
… We, the people of Palestine, commend your courage to speak and act upon your conscience regardless of your detractors’ criticism or cowardice. Mr. President, we have watched death rain upon our families and children in Gaza for weeks; and yet we stand proud and ready for any outcome. We are a resilient people who wish for peace but will fight rather than bow to injustice. We live and die by the codes of our forefathers – codes of honor, integrity, truth and bravery…

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In Bombed Gaza, Doctors Become Patients
Ola Attallah, IOL Correspondent
When the phone rang once again, it was Dr. Hassan Al-Attal’s turn to go save the lives of another Gazan family. But in just minutes, it was Attal who pleaded for help after being showered with Israeli bullets. “We were heading to help three bleeding children whose house was hit by an Israeli shell,” Attal, an emergency doctor in Gaza City, told IslamOnline.net. “But once we arrived to the house, our ambulance came under a hail of fire,” he recalled…

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza
More than 300 children killed, 1 500 wounded in Gaza attacks
UNICEF
Over 300 children have been killed and more than 1,500 wounded, since the beginning of the Gaza crisis on 27 December, 2008. Each day more children are being hurt, their small bodies wounded, their young lives shattered. These are not just cold figures. They talk of children’s lives interrupted. No human being can watch this without being moved. No parent can witness this and not see their own child. This is tragic. This is unacceptable…

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Gaza: The endless cycle of trauma
Sandy Tolan, Aljazeera
The Israeli bombs and rockets streaking through the skies of Gaza trace not only a path of death and terror for Palestinians in 2009, they also outline the smoke trails of traumas past, from the Nakba, or ‘catastrophe,’ in 1948 to the 1967 war; from the Lebanon invasions, to the 2002 assault on Jenin. All are echoes of today’s calamity of US-made missiles and mortars raining down on Gazans. Watching history repeat itself is, of course, most horrifying for the people through whose roofs the missiles are falling, whose children are dying. For the outsider, peering in from a safe perch, it is merely surreal. We look on as Israel replays the tape-loop of its brutal and tragic follies…

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Human rights in Iraq “extremely poor” –HRW
Aswat al-Iraq:
Human rights in Iraq remain “extremely poor” despite security gains in 2008, Human Rights Watch said in its annual report.”Security gains in 2008 did little to ease Iraq’s crisis of displacement, with about 2.8 million Iraqis displaced within the country and another 2 million abroad, mainly in Syria and Jordan,” read the report that was received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The government continues to rest on a narrow political and ethnic/sectarian base, though Tawafuq, a Sunni bloc, returned to its ranks in July after a year-long boycott…

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More Bin Laden Bull
Syd Walker
I hear on the chatterbox that ‘Osama Bin Laden’ is at it again, calling for global jihad and generally stirring things up. OBL: at it again. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry. The BBC ‘terrorism expert’ explained that the authenticity of this latest audio-tape is “not confirmed”. I’ll say. Can someone please tell the idiotic disinformation artists who put this stuff out that normal people stopped believing in it years ago. They are now talking only to their pyschotic fellow-fanatics (Zionists, that is – and even then, only the very silly ones). I don’t care if you’re in Hollywood, Tel Aviv or anywhere else on this potentially wonderful planet. Pack it in.—

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Video: Video: Israel bombs Gaza cemetery
AlJazeeraEnglish
Corpses from a Palestinian cemetery have been unearthed after Israeli jets bombed a graveyard in Gaza.bThe incident comes as the death toll from Israel’s war on the territory passes the 1,000 mark. Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports…

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Red Cross chief: Gazans’ wounds “shocking”
Ma’an news
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday that he had witnessed “shocking” scenes of women and children wounded in Gaza a day earlier, and that Israeli forces are denying medical teams access to portions of the territory. At a news conference in East Jerusalem ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger stressed that both the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters must comply with international law by differentiating between combatants and civilians…

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Resolution 1860: fig leaf to Arab failure
Hasan Abu Nimah, The Electronic Intifada
…Until it was rejected by Israel, which continued its barbaric attack with renewed savagery, it could have been argued that the only positive element in Resolution 1860 is its call for a ceasefire. But even that clause was worded in such noncommittal language that in it, Israel read more encouragement.
The US abstention from voting in favor of the resolution, without blocking it by veto — obviously because it was utterly harmless — offered Israel further encouragement to dismiss the action as irrelevant. (It emerged later that the surprise abstention by the US was a result of an eleventh hour phone call from Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to the White House urging rejection of the resolution even though the American delegation had approved the text. But the Arab ministers had to hail the resolution as a substantial victory despite the dangerous implications involved. The resolution failed to condemn an aggression which involved serious war crimes, as well as flagrant violations of international law and international conventions; it equated the victim with the aggressor and ignored the entire sequence of events leading up to Israel’s attack, which shows that Israel, not Hamas, violated the ceasefire. It also ignored Israel’s illegal aggression in the form of a lethal embargo on food, medicine, fuel and travel that amounted to collective punishment of Gazans…

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SPIRIT OF HUMANITY SETS SAIL FOR GAZA
Free Gaza Movement
At 10:30 this morning, under bright blue Mediterranean skies, the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY sailed from the port of Larnaca. Undeterred by Israeli threats of interception at sea, 21 passengers and crew waved to friends and press on shore, committed to our mission of delivering doctors, journalists, human rights observers and a shipment of medical supplies to assist the civilian population of Gaza during this emergency…

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Geopolitical Time Line: War, Natural Gas and Gaza’s Marine Zone
Fishermen’s Rights versus the Development of Natural Gas
David K. Schermerhorn
…Although the violations of law and basic human rights to the Gazan fishermen pale in comparison to the horrors that have unfolded they should not be forgot or forgiven. Based on the limited reports coming from Gaza due to Israeli restrictions on journalists it is possible that there are no fishing boats left or even a harbor. Perhaps justice will never be served on those who initiated and perpetuated these assaults. But let us never forget that the greed and self-interest embodied in these policies are those of a country that has lost its shame…

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