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URUK Net 9 July, 2009

Last updated: Friday, July 10, 2009 9:13

Brutalizing Palestinian children: Members of Israeli Security Forces admit that soldiers routinely commit brutality against Palestinians, including children
Jonathan Cook
The rights of Palestinian children are routinely violated by Israel’s Security Forces, according to a new report that says beatings and torture are common. In addition, hundreds of Palestinian minors are prosecuted by Israel each year without a proper trial and are denied family visits. The findings by Defence for Children International (DCI) come in the wake of revelations from Israeli soldiers and senior commanders that it is ‘normal procedure’ in the West Bank to terrorize Palestinian civilians, including children…

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US military damaged ancient Babylon site
Associated Press
Researchers working for the United Nations cultural agency say the US military in Iraq inflicted considerable damage on one of the world’s most important archaeological sites at Babylon. UNESCO has vowed to make Babylon a World Heritage site to prevent similar vandalism in future wars. Its ruins, 90 kilometres south of Baghdad, are considered one of the world’s Seven Wonders, and are more than 4000 years old. Soon after the US-led invasion in 2003, the site became military “Camp Alpha”…

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Destroying Gaza
Sara Roy, The Electronic Intifada
The recent meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu generated speculation over the future relationship between America and Israel, and a potentially changed US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Analysts on the right and left are commenting on a new, tougher American policy characterized by strengthened US demands on Israel. However, beneath the diplomatic choreography lies an agonizing reality that received only brief comment from Obama and silence from Netanyahu: the ongoing devastation of the people of Gaza. Gaza is an example of a society that has been deliberately reduced to a state of abject destitution, its once productive population transformed into one of aid-dependent paupers…

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Keep the Change: Obama Backs Bush’s Political Prisoner Operation
Chris Floyd
We all know about the vaunted — not to mention shameless — “continuity” between the Bush and Obama administrations in foreign policy and “national security,” with Bush’s generals, and even Bush’s Pentagon honcho, still running — and expanding — the Terror War under Barack Obama’s orders, while he also wages legal war in the courts to uphold Bush’s authoritarian perversions of the Constitution, and defend the war criminals in Bush’s gulag — some of whom Obama has elevated to even greater heights of power…

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Video: Iran protests flare on anniversary of 1999 riots
Ian Black and Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian
Iranian riot police used teargas on protesters, fired guns into the air and bundled several people into police buses today as thousands of Mousavi supporters defied a warning from the authorities that any new protests would be “smashed”. Witnesses told the Guardian and other news organisations that security forces moved quickly to disperse the latest rally, which was called to mark the 10th anniversary of student riots that until the recent street demonstrations had been the worst unrest since the 1979 revolution…

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Israel’s wall still deepening the divide
Five years ago the international court of justice ruled that Israel’s separation wall should be demolished. But it is still growing
Ben White
Five years ago today, the international court of justice in The Hague published its advisory opinion on Israel’s separation wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). The keenly awaited verdict, requested by the UN’s general assembly, was clear: Israel’s wall is illegal, it must be removed and adequate compensation paid. The wall’s illegality, and Israel’s obligation to dismantle the structure and pay damages for the consequences of the wall thus far, were all agreed by the judges by a margin of 14-1…

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Jewish Defense League attacks Arab-owned store in France
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC News
Four French Jews, members of the Jewish Defense League, attacked and vandalized a book store in France owned by a pro-Palestinian Arab couple. The four Jewish Defense League (JDL) members, age 16 – 26, were arrested after allegedly breaking into the store on Saturday wearing masks, smashing computers with clubs and setting fire to the books and merchandise…

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The two-state solution, Israeli-style
Charity, checkpoints and client rulers
By Jonathan Cook in Ramallah
…While Israel has been buying yet more time with Washington in bickering over a paltry settlement freeze, it has been forging ahead with the process of creating two Palestinian territories, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, that, despite supposedly emerging from occupation, are in reality sinking ever deeper into chronic dependency on Israeli goodwill. This is creating a culture of absolute Israeli control and absolute Palestinian dependency, enforced by proxy Palestinian rulers acting as mini-dictatorships…

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Media Disinformation: “Saudis give nod to Israeli raid on Iran”
by F. William Engdahl
…This time it seems that the same Bolton and Rupert Murdoch’s Times of London are again in bed together, this time in an effort to drive a wedge of distrust across the Muslim oil-producing world by planting disinformation about an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Israeli military intelligence that never existed. Cui Bono? By planting a false story that Saudi Arabia’s worst opponent, Israel, is now its closest friend, allied with the Netanyahu government against Iran, the false story spreads and sows distrust that functions along the classic lines of Roman military strategy: divide and conquer…

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Stability in Iran of vital importance for security of Pakistan: Shah Mehmood Qureshi
Online – International News Network
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has called for making Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran trilateral platform more effective for the lasting peace in the region hoping trilateral form will help address all the issues facing the region. “We will have to make Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran trilateral forum more effective to achieve lasting peace in the region. This forum can help sort out all the problems facing the region. A pragmatic strategy is needed in this respect. A consensus framework can play pivotal role in this connection”, he said this during his meeting with Iranian deputy foreign minister here in foreign office Thursday…

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Palestinian refugee dies at the Iraqi-Syrian border
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
A Palestinian refugee died on Thursday at the Al Waleed camp, on the Iraqi-Syrian border after a sharp decline in her health condition, while stranded along with nearly hundreds refugee on the border. The woman was identified as Suad Abdul-Qader Al Hallaq. The Palestinian refugees who fled Iraq after the war remain stranded in several make-shift refugee camp. The Palestinian Union for Palestinian Refugees called on the international community to act and save the lives of the refugees at the Al Waleed refugee camp…

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Jerusalem archbishop: ‘Wall has turned our lives into Hell’
Ma’an News
The Roman Orthodox Church’s Jerusalem archbishop on Thursday said the Israeli separation wall should be removed immediately. “The wall must be removed in the same way as it was built – quickly, and should be demolished even faster,” Bishop Atallah Hanna said at a mass on Thursday. Speaking to congregants at the Jerusalem Old City’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Hanna added that “the wall demonstrates Palestinian suffering and defines their lives, which have turned into Hell.”..

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2 NATO soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan
Associated Press
NATO says a roadside blast in southern Afghanistan has killed two of its soldiers. The military alliance gave no further details about Wednesday’s attack or the nationalities of the victims. NATO forces in the south include U.S. Marines engaged in a major anti-Taliban offensive in Helmand province. Troops from Britain, Canada and other nations also fight under the alliance’s command in the volatile region…

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The journey to Gaza begins
‘After five days in Cairo, we are ready to set off with vehicles and medical supplies’
Michael Prysner
Iraq war veteran and ANSWER Coalition representative Michael Prysner reports on the Viva Palestina delegation’s journey to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza and deliver humanitarian supplies. We filled New York’s JFK airport on July 4 with Palestinian flags and kaffiyehs, chanting “Viva, Viva Palestina!” as hundreds of international travelers watched us unload a truck full of wheelchairs, walkers and medical aid. This powerful image was a visual reminder of the hundreds of people in Gaza who have endured amputations and crippling injuries from U.S. munitions fired by Israel during the recent December-January massacre. The cruel Israeli blockade prevents even wheelchairs from entering Gaza.

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B’tselem: 37% Increase in Colonies Population in 6 Years
WAFA
“Since Israel accepted the Road Map, which mandated a freeze of all settlement activity, the settler population in the West Bank has swelled from 211,400 to over 289,600 – an increase of 37% in six years,” B’tselem reported. In a report issued, Wednesday, B’tselemsa said the Israeli government has used the idea of ‘natural growth’ as a fig leaf to cover large-scale expansion of Jewish colonies. B’tselem added that the population of Israel increased at a rate of 1.8%. Among the Jewish population the growth rate is 1.6%. In that same year, the colonies increased by 5.6%. Of that figure, a full 40% is directly attributable to immigration, from Israel and abroad…

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Statement of Former Political Prisoners of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Various undersigned
…In Tehran, for instance, the number of detainees is so large that the officials are holding prisoners in places such as the Ministry of State building’s basement and vacant camps in the city suburbs. Many families are kept in the dark with regard to the whereabouts or the conditions of their loved ones. According to the testimony of some of those who were arrested, tortured and released, this recent wave of arrests and disappearances is overseen by the Ministry of Intelligence, and in Tehran through their base in Evin prison, the infamous Section 209. Their stories tell of subjection to both physical and psychological torture, forcing them to incriminate themselves and others by confessing to prefabricated charges. Coincidentally, tortured-confessions begin to appear on state media..

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Worst violence since US pullback hits Iraq
CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press Writer
Bombs killed nearly 60 people in Iraq on Thursday in the worst violence since U.S. combat troops withdrew from urban areas last week, and American forces released five Iranian officials suspected of aiding Shiite insurgents… The most lethal attack Thursday was in the northern city of Tal Afar, where women sat in the street amid torn and bloodied bodies in the aftermath of suicide bombings, wailing and beating their chests in grief. Several men crouched and wept into their hands. Others rushed the wounded to ambulances; some used a bed sheet as a makeshift stretcher…

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HEYET Denounce Crime of Puppet Forces
Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI/HEYET)
The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (HEYET) strongly denounced the heinous crime of puppet government police forces killing four innocent people in a marriage ceremony in Diyala Province. At the press release HEYET said: “This heinous crime committed in a marriage ceremony comes in elimination campaign especially of the residents of Diyala Province in service for political project to the occupation.”..

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Study: Tel Aviv University part and parcel of the Israeli occupation
Report, SOAS Palestine Societ
As part of Tel Aviv’s centenary celebration, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London hosted a Tel Aviv University Special Lecture Series from January to March 2009. Taking place in the midst of Israel’s war on Gaza — which had already mobilized SOAS students to organize a number of activities in solidarity with Gaza, including the first student occupation in the UK — students and a number of lecturers expressed their opposition to the lecture series. The student union overwhelmingly passed a motion criticizing the lecture series’ attempt to whitewash Tel Aviv’s colonial past and present and called for the end of SOAS’s collaboration with Tel Aviv University (TAU) in hosting the series on the grounds of its role in giving key legal, technological and strategic support for maintaining and expanding Israel’s colonial occupation. The School’s Director, Professor Paul Webley, opposed the cancellation and defended the continuation of the lecture series by invoking a prerogative of freedom of speech and citing the pedagogic value of diversities of opinion. Conspicuously absent in the Director’s defense was any engagement with the nature and scope of TAU’s research portfolio…

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Two days of US drone attacks kill nearly 80 in Pakistan
By Barry Grey
The United States fired multiple missiles from pilotless drones on Wednesday in two separate attacks on insurgents in Pakistan’s South Waziristan district, killing up to 60 people. The attacks followed a US missile strike in South Waziristan on Tuesday that reportedly killed 16 people. The missile strikes mark a further escalation of US drone attacks, bringing the total since last August to 45. The stepped-up US military violence in Pakistan coincides with an ongoing offensive by the Pakistani military in the Swat Valley and preparations to launch an offensive in South Waziristan, a mountainous region in the northwest of the country bordering Afghanistan…

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US frees five Iranians held in Iraq
Aljaeera.net
Five Iranian officials have been released two years after being detained by the US military, Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad has said. Hassan Kazemi Qomi told Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency that the men had been handed over to the Iraqi authorities on Thursday and would soon be taken to the Iranian embassy…

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