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URUK Net 21 January, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Friday, January 23, 2009 8:18

Video: “I am Palestine”
Palestinian, My name is Palestinian
I’ve carved my name in all of the arenas
The letters of my name follow me, live with me and nourish me
It bursts fire into my soul and is pumped into my veins
…Salahudin, from the deep depth of my soul calls me
And all of my ‘Urooba (Arabism) for revenge and liberation calls to me…

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Gaza, Greece, and the Meaning of Solidarity
Noah Cohen
As news came out recently that the United States would be sending a new shipment of bombs to “Israel” from the Greek port of Astakos at some point between the middle and end of January, Palestinians sent out an urgent call to organizers in Greece to stop the shipment. Within a day, several organizations and individuals in Greece responded to the call. Perhaps most significant in the current context was that of the Greek Anti-authoritarian Movement, centrally involved in weeks of rebellion against the repressive forces of their own government: “The Anti-authoritarian Movement calls for a Pan-hellenic gathering on Thursday, Jan. 15th at Astakos at 1:00 p.m. to block the departure of boats with American weapons which are destined for Israel…

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Israel admits troops may have used phosphorus shells in Gaza
Amnesty warns Israel could be guilty of war crimes
Peter Beaumont, Guardian
Israel has admitted – after mounting pressure – that its troops may have used white phosphorus shells in contravention of international law, during its three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip. One of the places most seriously affected by the use of white phosphorus was the main UN compound in Gaza City, which was hit by three shells on 15 January. The same munition was used in a strike on the al-Quds hospital in Gaza City the same day…

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Livni nearly cancelled Belgium trip over lawsuit concerns
Ma’an news
Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni nearly cancelled a planned trip to Belgium over concerns that the Israeli leader could face legal actions for war crimes. The website of the Israeli newspaper Yediot reported that Livni put her trip on hold on hearing a report that she could face war crimes charges. Israel’s Ambassador to Brussels Tamar Samash, European Union Ambassador Ran Curiel and the Israeli Justice Ministry immediately began looking into the report…

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Egypt Bent at the Border
By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani
Tens of thousands of houses inside the Gaza Strip were destroyed by air strikes and artillery during Israel’s recently concluded military campaign. Areas along Egypt’s border with the hapless enclave, meanwhile, have not been immune from the devastation. “Dozens of homes on the Egyptian side of the border were badly damaged as a result of nearby Israeli air strikes,” Hatem Al-Bulk, journalist and political activist, told IPS. “Most people living within two kilometres of the frontier have left for safer locations.”…

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Up to 200 still missing under Gaza’s rubble
Erin Cunningham, The Electronic Intifada,
A pillow, a belt, a child’s school bag and pages of a torn copy of the Quran lie in the wreckage of the al-Daa family home in al-Zeitoun, a neighborhood of Gaza City. Twenty-four members of the family were killed when an F-16 fighter jet dropped a bomb on their house. Nine bodies still lie under what is now just a massive pancake of concrete, metal wires and death. “There were no Hamas fighters here,” said Zohair al-Raay, a neighbor of the al-Daa family. “Where are the weapons? Where are the missiles? The al-Daa family had nothing to do with that.” Eyad al-Daa, father of 32, was found clutching three small children in the stairwell…

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Displaced Gazans seek shelter from the cold
IRIN News
One of the chief concerns for displaced Gazans and aid agencies is to find adequate shelter in temperatures that can drop to less than 7-8 degrees Centigrade at night. Thousands are still holed up in UNRWA shelters or schools. Some are able to return to their homes; others are erecting tents where their destroyed homes used to stand, according to local news agencies. According to a field update by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – based on reports from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza – houses, infrastructure, roads, greenhouses, cemeteries, mosques and schools in the Al- Zaitoun, Tufah, Sha’af, Jabalia, Tal al-Hawwa, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia areas of northern Gaza have been destroyed…

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In Afghan South, Taliban Fill NATO’s Big Gaps
DEXTER FILKINS, NYTimes
The Taliban are everywhere the soldiers are not, the saying goes in the southern part of the country. And that is a lot of places. For starters, there is the 550 miles of border with Pakistan, where the Taliban’s busiest infiltration routes lie. “We’re not there,” said Brig. Gen. John W. Nicholson, the deputy commander of NATO forces in southern Afghanistan. “The borders are wide open.” …

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Israel accused of executing parents in front of children in Gaza
Murray Wardrop, Telegraph
One nine-year-old boy said his father had been shot dead in front of him despite surrendering to Israeli soldiers with his hands in the air. Another youngster described witnessing the deaths of his mother, three brothers and uncle after the house they were in was shelled. He said his mother and one of his siblings had been killed instantly, while the others bled to death over a period of days. A psychiatrist treating children in the village of Zeitoun on the outskirts of Gaza City, where the alleged incidents took place, described the deaths as a “massacre”. Rawya Borno, a Jordanian doctor, said civilians, including children, were rounded up and killed by Israeli troops…

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January 21, 2009 : 33 Iraqis Killed, 17 Wounded
Margaret Griffis, Antiwar.com
The discovery of buried bodies in Diyala province inflated the number of reported deaths in Iraq. At least 33 Iraqis were killed, including those found in the graves, and 17 more were wounded. No Coalition deaths were reported, but the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq is a hot topic today due to a new president taking the reins in Washington. Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama promised U.S. troops will responsibly leave Iraq and is today meeting with military and security officials to devise a plan for a swift drawdown…

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