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URUK Net 1 March, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 9:17

Position Paper – Israeli Military Attacks on the Civilian Police Force and Government Buildings and Institutions of Hamas in Gaza
By Fatmeh El-‘Ajou – Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
This paper will examine the legality of the recent Israeli military attack on members of the civilian police force and the bombing of government buildings and Hamas institutions in Gaza carried out within the framework of “Operation Cast Lead”, launched by Israel on 27 December 2008…The first part of this paper will present the principles of international humanitarian law (IHL) that apply to military operations; the second part will analyze the legal questions that arise from these military attacks…

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The Iraqi Resistance Responds to President Obama
Rafidan, Official English Transcript Release No: 57 – Alabasrah.net
In Respect to the remarks of President Barak Hussain Obama, The president of the United States of America. The Political Committee of a number of factions in the Iraqi Resistance, mainly the factions present in our front, respond with our point of view on the contents of his speech. Over the last four months, as the battle of our people continues to free Iraq of all foreign occupation. We have been studying the movements on the ground as well as analyzing the intelligence in order to assess the next strategy that the US administration will take under the leadership of the new presidency. We had formulated our own plan of action based on the above mentioned, but have chosen to give the new president enough time to gather his thoughts and have a suitable amount of reports & briefings that would give him also a good picture of the daily developments on the ground…

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The Israel lobby's power comes from the US ruling class
John Spritzler
Among those who, like myself, oppose Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, there is an important debate about a fundamental question. The debate is about how to explain the fact that the American government supports Israel virtually unconditionally with more economic, military and diplomatic aid than it gives to any other country. One commonly believed explanation is that the “Israel Lobby”—consisting of organizations like AIPAC and a host of other pro-Israel Jewish organizations in the United States—has hijacked U.S. foreign policy by using its wealth and control of the mass media to buy or intimidate Congressmen. According to this view, the American government’s pro-Israel foreign policy is harmful to the interests of the non-Jewish American corporate upper class, and were it not for the power of the Israel Lobby American foreign policy, reflecting as it does the interests of the American upper class, would not be as pro-Israel as it is today. I call this the “The Lobby Makes Them Do It” view. I think it is just plain factually wrong. The alternative view that I hold is that the Israel Lobby’s power comes from the (mostly non-Jewish) American ruling class…The American corporate upper class, the American ruling class, is pro-Israel because they (or at least their sophisticated advisors, like Henry Kissinger, Condoleeza Rice, General James Jones, etc.) know that Israeli ethnic cleansing of Palestinians performs a strategically crucial service for the American ruli! ng class …

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Obama’s Rhetoric: Damning Evidence on Guantanamo, Rendition, Torture
Sarah Meyer, Index Research
Barack Obama illustrates his wish to give our world hope through change by standing on the Abraham Lincoln Memorial steps. Barack Obama, we are told, is an “intelligent” man; an “honest” man; an honourable man. He is also a good politician. Good politicians know how to use words to achieve their purposes. Obama is using his rhetorical skills to mask the reality of his policies on the Devil’s Trident of Guantanamo, Rendition and Torture. Obama cannot have his noble “transparency” (a favorite word of war criminal Tony Blair) and simultaneously continue with the post 9/11 Bush policies. It is not possible to have prisons, Rendition and Torture as well as the Geneva Conventions…

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REVEALED: ‘There was no Cabinet debate in run-up to war,’ says Short as Government refuses to release minutes
Simon Walters
The Government is refusing to release minutes of Cabinet meetings before the Iraq War because they would reveal there was no discussion on the issue. Details surrounding two crucial meetings on the eve of the conflict were laid bare for the first time yesterday when former Cabinet Minister Clare Short, who was present at both, gave a full account of what happened. She told The Mail on Sunday the main reason for the ‘scandalous’ decision not to publish the minutes was not to protect confidential discussions about the war, but to cover up the fact there was no such discussion…

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Afghan War Should Last Until 2025: Ex-Commander
Nathan Hodge
The Iraq war may be winding down. But the battle for Afghanistan could continue until 2025. That’s the view, at least, of Lt. Gen. (Ret.) David Barno, the former head of coalition forces in Afghanistan. In testimony yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Barno outlined a strategy that anticipates keeping U.S. troops there for another 16 years…

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U.S. War in Afghanistan Haunted by Bush war Crimes
Prof. Michael Haas
While additional American troops are being deployed to Afghanistan, George W. Bush’s misdeeds continue to handicap combat effectiveness there. Past disrespect to the country must be reversed by an immediate apology to the Afghan people and new orders to field commanders to follow the Geneva Conventions on the battlefield. The U.S. war in Afghanistan began in 2001 as a war of aggression similar to the attack on Iraq. Prior to the start of that war on Oct. 7, 2001, the Taliban government in Kabul offered to hand over Osama Bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, if the U.S. provided proof he was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Bush deemed Kabul’s response insufficient and he attacked without adequately seeking an alternative or peaceful way to resolve differences…and the UN was not given a proper role. This attack violated Article 2 of the UN Charter that states “All members shall refrain…from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity…of any state…” Neither Afghanistan nor Iraq attacked the United States, so neither war was based on self-defense. Preemptive war is not an accepted form of self-defense under international law…

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10 Ways to Kill Fatah
Uri Avnery
…In September 1993, after a long and bloody fight, Yitzhak Rabin signed an agreement with Yasser Arafat and recognized the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian people. The logical continuation would have been for Israel to help in establishing a Palestinian state next to Israel and to do everything to strengthen Arafat and the Palestinian Authority created by the agreement. But, oddly enough, successive Israeli governments have done exactly the opposite…When Sharon was elected Prime Minister at the beginning of 2001, he was determined to destroy Arafat and Fatah. He blockaded Arafat in the Ramallah Mukataa and demolished the Fatah infrastructure throughout the occupied territories. When Arafat was murdered (one can guess by whom) Mahmoud Abbas was elected to fill his place…

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Jayyus, a village trapped
Mel Frykberg
“They started smashing down doors at 2am last Wednesday before moving through homes and destroying property,” says the mayor of Jayyus, Muhammed Taher Shamasni. “Residents were assaulted, money was stolen, computers confiscated, over 60 young men arrested and the village placed under curfew. The Israeli soldiers came into my home and threw the contents of cupboards and closets on to the floor,” Shamasni told IPS. Jayyus, an agricultural community of 3,500 inhabitants, located in the Qalqiliya district of the northern Palestinian West Bank, was invaded by Israeli soldiers using police dogs and backed by military helicopters…

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Israel PM’s family link to Hamas peace bid
Olmert rejected Palestinian attempts to set up talks through go-between before Gaza invasion
Peter Beaumont, Guardian
Hamas, the militant Palestinian organisation, attempted to conduct secret talks with the Israeli leadership in the protracted run-up to the recent war in Gaza – with messages being passed from the group at one stage through a member of prime minister Ehud Olmert’s family. Confirmation of attempts to establish a direct line of communication between Hamas and Israel – and the willingness of senior figures in Hamas to contemplate direct negotiations – fundamentally alters the narrative of the build-up to the war in Gaza which claimed more than 1,300 Palestinian lives and led to about a dozen Israeli deaths. Most remarkable is the story of the involvement of a member of the prime minister’s family in the passing of messages to Olmert about the case of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit…

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Sen. Whitehouse Prepares the Nation for Torture Horrors
buhdydharma, Daily Kos
Senator Whitehouse is on both the Intelligence Committee and the Judiciary Committee. Thus he perhaps more than anyone else has access to ALL of the available information on the Bush Torture Network. Including the remaining pictures and videotapes from Abu Ghraib that were concealed from the public view. Pictures and videotapes that even Rumsfeld was shocked by, even though, as has become apparent since, he authorized them…or at least the programs that led to them.. Before he was implicated he had this to say…

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Iraqi refugees returning to danger zone to escape poverty in Utah
“We’re human beings there. … Here we are mice.”
Julia Lyon, The Salt Lake Tribune
Six months ago, Tarek Darwish and his family arrived in Utah as refugees craving a new and better life. Last week, his family wept and kissed his hand in farewell as the former lawyer, disillusioned, left to return to Iraq. Life in Utah has been a list of disappointments. His family of seven lives in a two-bedroom apartment. None of the adults have jobs. His wife needs glasses and dental work but has been told Utah’s Medicaid won’t cover them. He feels betrayed by the United Nations’ promises and the scant help offered by the American resettlement system. He hopes his family will follow when school is out…

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Israeli settlers’ unleashed pigs attack Palestinian near Nablus
Ma’an news
Dozens of pigs belonging to Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian young man from the village of An-Nasarieyah, north of the West Bank city of Nablus, on Sunday. Palestinian medical sources said that Ayman Ibrahim Hamdan, 25, was transferred to Rafidia Hospital in the city after being bitten by one of the pigs. Hamadan told Ma’an that dozens of pigs unleashed by the Israeli settlers of the illegal settlement of Al-Hamra adjacent to the village had attacked him while he was in his farm in the village…

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Arab League probes Israel for ‘war crimes’ committed in Gaza
By Amira Hass, Haaretz Correspondent
A committee of jurists hired by the Arab League completed a six-day tour of the Gaza Strip on Friday. The fact-finding mission was meant to investigate alleged war crimes as well as crimes against humanity perpetrated by Israel during its offensive against Hamas earlier this year. Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa appointed the committee which is expected to submit a detailed report on its findings and conclusions. This report will then serve as the basis for any future legal proceedings the league plans to initiate…

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February sees a sharp rise in Iraq violence with at least 258 people killed
Agence France Presse (AFP)
A total of 258 Iraqis were killed in violence in February, a sharp rise from the previous month that saw the lowest casualty figures since the 2003 US-led invasion, authorities said Sunday. Statistics compiled by the Defense, Interior and Health ministries showed that 211 civilians, 17 soldiers and 30 policemen lost their lives to violence across the country in February. The death toll was up 35 percent on January’s total of 191, which was the lowest figure since 2003. The latest casualty figures also showed that 456 civilians, 31 soldiers and 61 police were wounded in February…

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Professing Peace, Raining Death
What Israel Has Wrought: A Full Accounting
Gulamhusein A. Abba
Following worldwide outrage and condemnation of its recent savage military attack on Gaza, Israel has been speaking more of its desire for peace than of its right of defense. Speaking in Davos at the World Economic Forum, Israeli President Shimon Peres made an impassioned defense of Israel’s December-January invasion of Gaza. At times wagging his finger at Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had accused Israel of “killing babies” and more, Peres shouted – literally! – “Our aim is peace, not war, and when we win a war, we don’t consider it as a victory, for us victory is peace, not war.”…

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UN humanitarian envoy: Gaza borders must open
IRIN News
On his first visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Humanitarian Envoy, Abdul Aziz Arrukban, met with aid agency officials to discuss better ways of bringing in relief supplies and with Gaza residents to assess how much aid they were actually receiving. “The borders are still closed and goods and building materials still can’t enter,” said Arrukban, a Saudi national who reports directly to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes…

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US Discriminatory Immigration Policies Toward Haitians
Stephen Lendman
It’s a familiar story for Haitians – last in, first out for the hemisphere’s poorest, least wanted, and most abused people here and at home. Most recently it was highlighted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announcing the resumption of over 30,000 deportations to a nation reeling from poverty, repression, despair, the devastation from last summer’s storms, and occupation by UN paramilitary Blue Helmets – since 2004, illegally there for the first time ever to support and enforce a coup d’etat against a democratically elected president, at the behest of Washington…

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US missile strike kills eight in Pakistan
AFP
At least eight militants were killed Sunday in a suspected US missile strike which destroyed a Taliban hide-out in northwest Pakistan, security officials said. Top US military and defence officials refused to confirm or deny the attack, but said Washington was determined to counter militants operating along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan…

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Hamas slams Abbas’s demand for recognizing two-state solution
Palestinian Information Center
The Hamas Movement on Sunday strongly criticized ex-PA chief Mahmoud Abbas for demanding any future Palestinian government to recognize the two-state solution, considering it a dictate imposed by one party on other Palestinian parties. In a press release received by the PIC, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said that one Palestinian party cannot impose such dictate on the other parties that should reach a consensus on the program and shape of the government through the committee formed in this regard…

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PCHR Calls for Investigation into Gaza City Murder
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights calls upon the government in Gaza to initiate an immediate investigation into the murder of Hamza Mahmoud al-Shoubaki, age 40, who was abducted by unidentified gunmen on Thursday, 26 February and subsequently died. PCHR reiterates that this murder is part of the state of security chaos and violations of the rule of law plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)…

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