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URUK Net 23 January, 2009

Last updated: Saturday, January 31, 2009 10:44

Starve Them; Shoot Them; then Give Them Cancer
An Inquiry into Israel’s use of DIME weaponry in of the Gaza Strip
James Brooks, Vermonters for a Just Peace
At the end of 2006, James Brooks from Vermonters for a Just Peace published a three part expose into Israel’s suspected use of a previously unseen weapon, DIME Bombs, on the civilian population of the Gaza Strip. Suspicions have arisen once more as Doctors continue to report the ‘strange and incurable wounds’ they are encountering following the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip…

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Gaza phosphorus casualties relive Israel’s three-week war
Special Report: Tim Butcher in Gaza City argues why the true story about Israel’s use of phosphorus shells may never emerge.
Tim Butcher,Telegraph
John Stuart Mill described war as an ugly thing and it does not come much uglier than the digital photograph Mahmoud Abu Halima has on his mobile phone. It was taken this week and shows the body of his 15-month-old sister, Shahed, burned by white phosphorus, bloated through decomposition and without any feet or legs. Mr Halima explained what happened to the lower limbs. “There were about 12 bodies from the village that had to be left out in the open when the Israeli soldiers came. By the time we got back she had been partially eaten by wild dogs,” he said…

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Why the Gaza disaster is not 3 weeks old and has not stopped along with the bombs
Palestine Monitor
Following the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza that started late December 2008, the eyes of the world have been opened to the reality of the daily lives of the people of Gaza; or the reality that the media has agreed to disclose. People’s knowledge on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict varies and fluctuates regarding the political tendencies of the individual, the geographical location of where they and the type of media exposure they receive. Though the media throughout the world eventually picked up the story of the ongoing slaughter of Gaza and the cost to Palestinian women, children and infrastructure, there was important background and context information that was hardly mentioned during the climax of a war…

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A Cowardly massacre crime committed by U.S. occupation forces in Albu Seif village – Mosul
By the Iraqi League Correspondent in Mosul, Iraq
The U.S. occupation forces have committed horrific massacre that killed five brothers were they shot dead, including two children, one 8-year-old and 14 years. All five bodies have become distorted and not clearly defined because of the large releases of gun bullets. This crime had taken place after the five brothers, Omar, Mahmood, Mohamed, Khalid and Ahmed, were taken to the roof of their house and been executed there.. It’s believed that all the innocent five brothers were civilians and had no links to any political or resistance group. They were working in a very simple working class of different civilians working sectors like construction workers “builders” and vegetable sellers, to feed their family…

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UN investigator Richard Falk says evidence shows Israelis committed war crimes in Gaza
Ma’an news
There is evidence that Israel committed war crimes during its three-week onslaught in the Gaza Strip, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, Richard Falk said on Thursday. Falk said that the psychological trauma of the civilian population that endured the Israeli assault means that all of Gaza’s 1.5 million residents could be considered casualties. Israelis who are “treated for shock” following Palestinian attacks are counted as injured…

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The self-defence defence
Rachel Shabi
Wartime in Israel is effectively a totalitarian blackout: objectors are denounced as traitors and suppressed or sidelined, while the media almost entirely ignores the consequences of Israeli military actions. This is partly down to self-censorship and partly down to the codes of a military censor. But now that Israelis can ask themselves all those difficult questions that were zealously avoided during the past three weeks, will they?…

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Video: Mosques not spared in Gaza war – 23 Jan 09
AlJazeeraEnglish
Gazans have started the massive task of rebuilding, after Israel’s three-week war on the strip. Even its 24 mosques weren’t spared. But for the first time since the offensive ended, Muslims will be able to hold Friday prayers…

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January 23, 2009: 1 US Soldier, 11 Iraqis Killed; 3 Iraqis Wounded
Margaret Griffis, Antiwar.com
At least 11 people were killed and three were wounded in the latest attacks. A U.S. soldier also died, in a vehicle accident south of Baghdad yesterday. Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker warned that a hasty withdrawal of U.S. forces could unravel hard-earned security gains as top military officials met with U.S. President Obama to discuss a drawdown. Eight people where killed when gunmen stormed their home near Balad Ruz in Maamil. Two others were kidnapped. In one report, five women and a 12-year-old girl were among the dead. The motive for the killing might have been sectarian as the victims belonged to a Sunni family and were living in a Shi’ite neighborhood…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 03/2009 (15- 21 January 2009)
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
In the early morning of Sunday, 18 January 2009, Israel declared a ceasefire, while decided to keep its military presence in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) redeployed outside Palestinian communities towards border areas, but continued threats to resume the offensive of Palestinian resistance groups attacked Israeli communities with home-made rockets. PCHR field workers who visited several areas throughout the Gaza Strip, especially Gaza City, the north and the Egyptian border reported as these areas looked as they were struck by a heavy earthquake. Since the morning, medical and civil defense crews have continued to pick up decayed corpses from areas that had been invaded by IOF. IOF military vehicles that had redeployed outside residential areas have continued to fire at Palestinian civilians, especially those who live in border areas…

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President Obama ‘orders Pakistan drone attacks’
Tim Reid, Times
Missiles fired from suspected US drones killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan today, the first such strikes since Barack Obama became president and a clear sign that the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush has not changed. Security officials said the strikes, which saw up to five missiles slam into houses in separate villages, killed seven “foreigners” – a term that usually means al-Qaeda – but locals also said that three children lost their lives…

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Children of Gaza: stories of those who died and the trauma for those who survived
Rory McCarthy, The Guardian
Amira Qirm lay on a hospital bed today with her right leg in plaster, and held together by a line of steel pins dug deep into her skin. For several days after her operation Amira, 15, was unable to speak, and even now talks only in a low whisper. In her past are bitter memories: watching her father die in the street outside their home, then hearing another shell land and kill her brother Ala’a, 14, and her sister Ismat, 16, and then the three days that she spent alone, injured and semi-conscious, trying to stay alive in a neighbour’s abandoned house before she could be rescued last Sunday…

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Video: Israel’s Gaza murder weapons shipped via UK
Redress Newsblog
Were some of the weapons used in Gaza shipped to Israel from the Lakenheath US Air force base? We know that was the case with the cluster bombs used in Lebanon in 2006 and it’s something the British government has no control over.-..

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Captive Nation
How Gaza became a Palestinian prison
Avi Shlaim
The only way to make sense of Israel’s senseless war in Gaza is through historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians. British officials bitterly resented American partisanship on behalf of the infant state. On June 2, 1948, Sir John Troutbeck wrote to Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin that the Americans were responsible for the creation of a gangster state headed by “an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders.” I used to think that this judgment was too harsh, but Israel’s assault on Gaza and the Bush administration’s complicity have reopened the question…

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“I Will Never Walk Again”
By Ola Attallah, IOL Correspondent
Guns might have gone silent, bodies buried, rubbles lifted, but Israel’s 22-day onslaught is leaving many Gazans with life-long scars, both physical and psychological. “I will never walk again,” Ruba Hamid, 8, said from her bed in Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City. Her tears rolled down her cheeks as she watched on TV the many young children whose legs have been blown out in Israeli bombing. “I will never play again,” Ruba said before she stopped talking abruptly as her voice chocked with deep emotion. Ruba’s legs were amputated after being shattered by Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip. According to medics, thousands of Gazans, many of them children, had their bodies shredded and their limbs amputated due to the severe damage caused by Israeli shells and shrapnel…

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Weapons are smuggled into Gaza from Israel, says Egyptian human rights official
Abdel-Rahman Hussein
Egypt has proof that the majority of weapons that are smuggled into the Gaza Strip come from Israel, said the general secretary of Egypt’s National Council for Human Rights Mukhlis Qutb. In an interview with the state owned Al-Ahram newspaper, Qutb said Egypt has the necessary documentation and confessions proving that weapons are smuggled into Gaza by people possessing Israeli citizenship. He also alleged that some members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are involved in the smuggling and selling of Israeli weapons to the Strip. Qutb added that the deals and payment for the weapons are struck inside Israel…

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Palestinians taken from Gaza being held as “illegal combatants”
PNN
Head of Prisoners Affairs in the Palestinian Authority, Abdel Nasser Ferwana, reported Friday night that detainees from Gaza are being held in horrific conditions at Al Naqab. Forty-one Palestinians are being held in the Israeli desert prison in isolation. They are not allowed contact with anyone and are being held by the Israeli military as “illegal combatants.” There are approximately 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons, but they are not held under this Israeli law. Ferwana asked that the Israeli prisons department allow detainee representatives to visit them and provide for some of their basic needs, but the administration of Al Naqab rejected the request. The Palestinian Authority official said he was informed that “these Gazans are under the direct control of the army under the law if illegal combatants.”…

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Did Obama Set-up Mitchell to Fail in the Middle East?
By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
In naming George Mitchell as special envoy to the Middle East, President Obama unfortunately made statements indicating no departure from the failing policies of previous administrations. In particular Obama emphasized Israel’s right to “defend itself”, never once mentioned things like the occupation or International law, attacked Hamas (a duly elected movement that represents a significant portion of the Palestinian people), supported the strangulation of Gaza, demanded no resistance from an occupied people, and supported the Israeli occupiers in their violence that most recently killed over 400 children…

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Saudi patience is running out
Turki al-Faisal
In my decades as a public servant, I have strongly promoted the Arab-Israeli peace process. During recent months, I argued that the peace plan proposed by Saudi Arabia could be implemented under an Obama administration if the Israelis and Palestinians both accepted difficult compromises. I told my audiences this was worth the energies of the incoming administration for, as the late Indian diplomat Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit said: “The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.” But after Israel launched its bloody attack on Gaza, these pleas for optimism and co-operation now seem a distant memory. In the past weeks, not only have the Israeli Defence Forces murdered more than 1,000 Palestinians, but they have come close to killing the prospect of peace itself. Unless the new US administration takes forceful steps to prevent any further suffering and slaughter of Palestinians, the peace process, the US-Saudi relationship and the stability of the region are at risk…

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Video: Gaza in Ruins: A news special
AlJazeeraEnglish
The Gaza Strip is a land in ruins, devastated by 22 days of war. In this news special from Gaza, Al Jazeera focuses on the damage from the war – the human, physical and political damage suffered by people here, people already weakened by an 18-month siege at the hands of Israel…

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Seven children seized, jailed by Israeli military near Jenin
Ma’an news
Seven children have been seized from their homes in the village of Toura Al-Gharbiyah, near Jenin, the organization Defense for Children International (DCI) reports. The children are currently detained in Salim detention center in the north of the West Bank. Two of the children are only 12 years old; two are 13; another two are aged 15; and the seventh is 17…

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Zionist Propaganda Machine
James Zogby
…Deny, deny, deny. When events and reality break through, contradicting the established narrative, creating stories that run counter to the imposed storyline, the Israeli propaganda machine works overtime to deny, deny, deny (saying quite boldly, “Who do you believe, me or your lying eyes?”) and/or concoct a counter-narrative that shifts the blame (”We didn’t do it, they made us”). In this instance, that means asserting that the death of Palestinian civilians is always the fault of someone else, or that reporters or their opponents are staging the grief (as if to say, “Arabs don’t really grieve like we do”). The last refuge of a scoundrel: When all else fails, blame criticism on anti-Semitism. It stings, and may be overused, but it can silence or put critics on the defensive…

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NATO: the Imperial Pitbull
Prof. Edward S. Herman
One of the deceptive clichés of Western accounts of post World War II history is that NATO was constructed as a defensive arrangement to block the threat of a Soviet attack on Western Europe. This is false. It is true that Western propaganda played up the Soviet menace, but many key U.S. and Western European statesmen recognized that a Soviet invasion was not a real threat. The Soviet Union had been devastated, and while in possession of a large army it was exhausted and needed time for recuperation. The United States was riding high, the war had revitalized its economy, it suffered no war damage, and it had the atomic bomb in its arsenal, which it had displayed to the Soviet Union by killing a quarter of a million Japanese civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hitting the Soviet Union before it recovered or had atomic weapons was discussed in Washington, even if rejected in favor of “containment,” economic warfare, and other forms of destabilization. NSC 68, dated April 1950, while decrying the great Soviet menace, explicitly called for a program of destabilization aimed at regime change in that country, finally achieved in 1991…

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Obama’s orders leave framework of torture, indefinite detention intact
Tom Eley
On Thursday, President Barack Obama issued executive orders mandating the closure of the Guantánamo Bay prison camp in a year’s time, requiring that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and military personnel follow the Army Field Manual’s prohibitions on torture, and closing secret CIA prisons overseas. While the media is portraying these orders as a repudiation of the detention and interrogation policies of the Bush administration, they actually change little. They essentially represent a public relations effort to refurbish the image of the United States abroad after years of torture and extralegal detentions and shield high-ranking American officials from potential criminal prosecution…

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PHR-Israel: “Large number of wounded Palestinians in danger of dying”
Saed Bannoura – IMEMC
Physicians of Human Right – Israel, reported on Friday that hundreds of Palestinians who were injured during the Israeli offensive in Gaza are in danger of dying as Gaza hospitals are overloaded with wounded Palestinians and lack basic supplies. The statement came after 12-Arab Physicians from Israel managed enter the Gaza Strip to treat wounded Palestinians. The doctors are slated to return to Israel by Sunday, Israeli online daily, Haaretz, reported…

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Slow resettlement for Palestinian-Iraqi refugees
IRIN News
The start of 2009 offers little hope to the residents of Al Tanf, a refugee camp on the Syrian-Iraqi border housing over 700 Palestinians who had fled persecution in Iraq. No country has given any concrete pledge to take any of the refugees for resettlement in 2009, leaving them to battle the cold desert weather this winter with more despair than ever. The refugees say that despite visits from foreign delegations, resettlements have been few and far between since the camp opened in May 2006. Jamal, 53, said residents are giving up hope. Originally from Haifa, he moved to Baghdad following Israel’s taking over of the city. He said that he and his family fled to Syria in February 2007 after being targeted by militia groups. “We just want to be resettled,” he said. “I don’t mind where. I just want to live the rest of my days in peace.” …

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Did Obama Set-up Mitchell to Fail in the Middle East?
By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
In naming George Mitchell as special envoy to the Middle East, President Obama unfortunately made statements indicating no departure from the failing policies of previous administrations. In particular Obama emphasized Israel’s right to “defend itself”, never once mentioned things like the occupation or International law, attacked Hamas (a duly elected movement that represents a significant portion of the Palestinian people), supported the strangulation of Gaza, demanded no resistance from an occupied people, and supported the Israeli occupiers in their violence that most recently killed over 400 children…

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Hamas heads to Cairo for indirect talks; Israel says no chance on crossing openings
Ma’an news
A delegation of senior Hamas leaders left the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon for Cairo where they will resume indirect negotiations with Israel over a ceasefire and a potential prisoner exchange. The delegation follows close on the heels of an Israeli delegation, which appears to have ruled out the total opening of Gaza crossings – one of the conditions for a long term ceasefire – “as long as Hamas is ruling Gaza or might benefit from easing the restrictions.”…

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The People of Gaza Have Spoken and Persevered
The Struggle of an Un-People
DINA JADALLAH-TASCHLER
Watching and reading the Western mainstream media coverage of the war in Gaza as well as the Palestinian question is frequently a source of never-ending frustration. One must continuously suppress one’s outrage at the deceptive and convoluted framing of what is essentially the struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and independence, but which has become transmogrified into an inherent and almost genetic Arab / Muslim irrational hatred and violence towards Jews / Israel…

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VIDEO: Afghan prison holds ex-’enemy combatants’
AlJazeeraEnglish
Guantanamo Bay is not the only prison where the US has alledgedly locked up suspected terrorists. Al Jazeera gained access to the POLICHARKI Prison in Afghanistan where the Bush adminstration sent some of the Guantanamo prisoners who were being held without trial. Our correspondent Teresa Bo met a man who spent five years behind bars.

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