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URUK Net 27 January, 2009

Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:17

Video: Gaza 2009: We Will Never Forget
TheParadigmShift
Montage documenting the genocide commited by Isreal in “Operation Cast Lead”.

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Video: Gaza Children
Haitham Sabbah
Mark this, Israel! Millions of our children in Gaza, West Bank, all of occupied Palestine and all over the world, will NOT FORGET and will NOT FORGIVE. When your day comes, remember that you were warned. And remember, some Palestinians are dead, some are living, but most are not yet born…

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Burning Books about Human Rights Due to Israeli Crimes
Kawther Salam
Have you ever studied in a tent during the cold winter? Have you ever studied in a tent over the rubble of your school? Have you ever lost your books in the demolition of your house and school? Have p02you ever burnt the books about “human right” as a protest against the continuous violations of your rights? Have you ever seen your mother, father, or both of them, burning before your eyes? Have you ever hanged among the dead parents and the lovely family in the corner of the rubble of your house? Have you ever smelled the burning bodies of your loved ones, family, friends other human beings? Have you ever seen or smelled, or worse, been burnt, by phosphor bombs?…

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Gates: Missiles Strikes in Pakistan Will Continue
Jason Ditz
US drones loomed large in the skies over North Waziristan today, flying over villages and sewing panic in a region which has seen scores of residents killed in attacks by those drones over the past few months. On Friday similar drones killed 22 people, including several children. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told the Senate today that it is the Obama Administration’s intention to continue the attacks, in spite of the repeatedly objection of the Pakistani government…

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Palestinian economy: Foundation of a state or common burden?
Sami Halabi, The Electronic Intifada
The consequences of Israel’s recent war on Gaza are evident to anyone with a television or Internet access. Recurrent images of civilians dying or injured in Gaza’s hospitals, smoke bellowing from distant buildings on the horizon and diplomats the world over shuttling from one photo-op to another will, in all likelihood, be duly recorded as merely another chapter of Palestinian suffering at the hands of the Israeli occupation. Those of us who live outside of Palestine can only imagine the horrors that have befallen the Palestinians in Gaza over the last few weeks. However, when the dust settles, the Palestinian people will have to deal with getting back to whatever sense of normalcy they can muster in the face of the whimsical dictates of their occupiers. Perhaps the most nuanced aspect of Palestinian suffering that goes more or less unnoticed is the abominable state of the Palestinian economy. The systemic and perpetual economic hindrances imposed upon the Palestinian economy by the Israeli occupation are viewed by most experts to be the primary impediment to allowing the Palestinian economy to reach its full potential…

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Video: US air raid fuels Afghan anger
AlJazeeraEnglish
Afghan civilians have rallied against America amid reports that civilians were killed in a US air raid over the weekend. The US military says 15 fighters were killed in Laghman province, but the provincial governor says at least 10 civilians were among the dead…

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UN official: Enough evidence to prosecute Rumsfeld for war crimes
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster
Monday, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak told CNN’s Rick Sanchez that the US has an “obligation” to investigate whether Bush administration officials ordered torture, adding that he believes that there is already enough evidence to prosecute former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. “We have clear evidence,” he said. “In our report that we sent to the United Nations, we made it clear that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld clearly authorized torture methods and he was told at that time by Alberto Mora, the legal council of the Navy, ‘Mr. Secretary, what you are actual ordering here amounts to torture.’…

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Two Afghan Nato soldiers killed
BBC
Two Nato soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, military officials say. They have so far not given details of nationalities or circumstances of the deaths. The UK’s Ministry of Defence said the pair were not British. The south of Afghanistan is the centre of the Taleban-led insurgency. Separately, Nato-led forces said they had flown thousands of extra troops to the east of the country as part of what they called a new military focus…

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Hamas blames Israel for post truce violence
Saed Bannoura – IMEM
Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, said that Israel is to be held responsible for the post-truce violence as the Israeli army killed several Palestinians after the truce was declared. On Tuesday, one Palestinian and one soldier were killed in renewed violence. Mosheer Al Masry of Hamas said that “the Zionists are responsible for the violence”, and added that the movement would retaliate to the Israeli offensives..

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Refugees to prime minister: End military siege of our camp
Open letter, Residents of Nahr al-Bared refugee camp
While Lebanese officials were publicly denouncing Israel’s war on the Palestinians of Gaza, the Lebanese cabinet was busy making sure the Palestinians of Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon never recover from the war waged on their community more than a year ago. For more than three months, the Lebanese army fought the Fatah al-Islam group that had infiltrated the camp. On 16 January 2009, the cabinet approved a decision to build a naval base in the area. The decision was met with stern opposition by the people of Nahr al-Bared who wrote a letter of protest addressed to Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his ministers. The letter was published in two major Lebanese newspapers, As-Safir and Al-Akhbar, but has triggered little follow-up reaction in the press so far…

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An assault on the peace process
Israel devastated the Strip’s production capacity as well as destroying homes
Donald Macintyre, Independent
Israeli forces used aerial bombing, tank shelling and armoured bulldozers to eliminate the productive capacity of some of Gaza’s most important manufacturing plants during their 22 days of military action in the Gaza Strip. The attacks – like those which destroyed at least 4,000 homes, left some residential areas resembling an earthquake zone and more than 50,000 people in temporary shelters at their peak – destroyed or severely damaged 219 factories, Palestinian industrialists say. Leaders of Gaza’s business community – who have long stayed aloof from the different Palestinian political factions – say that much of the 3 per cent of industry still operating after the 18-month shutdown caused by Israel’s economic siege has now been destroyed…

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Britain must release Iraq war files
AlJazeera.net
The British government has been ordered to release the minutes of crucial ministerial meetings from 2003 at which the United States-led invasion of Iraq was discussed. The information tribunal, which hears appeals under Britain’s data protection act, backed a decision to disclose minutes of cabinet meetings from March 13 and 17, where ministers held talks about whether the decision to go to war was allowed under international law…

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Israeli troops killed Gaza children carrying white flag, witnesses say
Dion Nissenbaum | McClatchy Newspapers
…”The evidence we’ve gathered in two of the cases so far is exceedingly strong,” said Fred Abrahams, a senior researcher with Human Rights Watch working in the Gaza Strip. “All the research so far suggests they shot civilians that were leaving their homes with white flags.” Along with the white flag incidents, Human Rights Watch is calling for an international investigation into widespread charges that Israel prevented medical teams from helping wounded Palestinians trapped in their homes and needlessly demolished hundreds of houses, including dozens in Ezbt Abed Rabbo…

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Violence flares in Iraq ahead of elections
Monsters and Critics
A string of politically-targeted attacks took place on Tuesday across Iraq, as the country gears up for provincial council elections on January 31. Unknown militants set fire to a school that was set to be a polling station in the town of Falluja, about 50 kilometres west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source said. The school was completely destroyed, the source told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, adding that security around polling stations would be tightened across the country…

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The realities of torture in Iraq: Part 2
Detention Centre in Tikrit
Exclusive report by Dar Babel publishers, via BRussells Tribunal
A mother (A.M) gives us her testimony of what happened to her son. “They took my son hostage because of my husband. They also took my neighbours son to get information from him about the neighbourhood and around the town of Baiji. My son (M) was tortured, he was released the next day, he was wrapped in a blanket but underneath he was naked. However, he was tortured so badly that I had to take him to hospital. His kidney stopped working, we now run from hospital to hospital to treat his condition. A young man in his twenties with this serious disabling condition, but I thank God he is alive…

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Watch the Devastated Al- Attatra Village – Israeli Warcrime of Historical Dimentions – Gaza January 2009
Hiyam Noir
In the vacuum between the US transition of government,the Israelis breached the Egyptian brokered ceasefire with Hamas government in Gaza.Then as planned, the Israeli military unleashed a relentless campaign of air strikes all across Gaza Strip and in January 4,Israeli ground troops invaded Gaza from the northern border.After three weeks of massive slaughter,and a new ceasefire reached with the Hamas government in Gaza Strip,the Israeli military left the city Beit Lahia and the neighboring Al- Attara village in shambles 9 days ago. Al-Attara is erased from the ground,destroyed by air strikes and massive artillery shelling.Most of the buildings are in ruins, peoples possessions are shattered throughout the landscape, a scenery of bloodshed.Under the debris rescue workers still find parts of rotting corpses.Under all the rubble of destroyed buildings 105 Martyrs were found,including members of the courageous Palestinian resistance, seven of them were bleeding to death, because the Israeli military prevented ambulances and rescue teams to enter the closed area…

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Stripping Palestinians of their right to self-defence
STUART LITTLEWOOD
A pre-meditated and carefully planned slaughter binge resulting in 1330 dead, 5450 wounded and the whole place reduced to rubble. And what did the European Union’s 27 foreign ministers just do? They sat down to dinner in Brussels with the Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni. This must have come as a slap in the face for the millions of justice-loving EU citizens who were expecting to see Ms Livni arrested for crimes against humanity the minute she set foot outside Israel. All is forgiven. Normal poodle service is resumed…

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The Final Solution is a No-State Solution
William Bowles
…The parallels with the Nazi state are so obvious yet not alluded to at all in the current tragedy of the Palestinian people, but Eretz (Greater) Israel flows from the same source, the imperial urge to expand and subdue, to exterminate all that is non ‘Jewish’ in the land that is Palestine. And it doesn’t require much digging around in the history books to find that the Zionist founders of Israel drew much of their ‘inspiration’ from Nazi ideology in the 1930s…

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Silent as the Tomb: Another American-Backed Slaughter Ignored
Chris Floyd
Before taking office, Barack Obama was chided — in certain quarters, at least — for his long silence on the slaughter in Gaza. Of course, as we noted here the other day, the main reason he stayed mum on the subject before his inauguration was that he was in complete accord with George W. Bush’s stance on the American-backed massacre of civilians. However, there is another horrific, American-backed slaughter that Obama has been silent about for even longer — throughout his entire presidential campaign, in fact, and continuing into his presidency. We speak, of course, of the ghastly Terror War “regime change” operation in Somalia, where American bombs, American weapons, American training, American money — and American death squads — aided the military forces of the Ethiopian dictatorship in its brutal invasion and murderous occupation of the long-shattered land…

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Stratfor: Iran, NATO: Afghanistan and the Potential for Cooperation
Stratfor
NATO’s secretary-general has called on the United States and NATO to work directly with Iran over Afghanistan. His remarks come against a backdrop of similar calls by the U.S. military and political leadership to involve Iran in deciding Afghanistan’s future. Though this would not be the first time the United States has reached out to the Iranians on Afghanistan, the strategic interests of all parties involved point to greater cooperation between Iran and the West moving forward this time…

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Abed Rabbo area: one family’s story
In Gaza
There are many stories. Each account, each murdered individual, each wounded person, each burned-out and broken house, each shattered window trashed kitchen strewn item of clothing bedroom turned upside down bullet and shelling hole in walls offensive Israeli army graffiti…is important. I start to tell the stories of Ezbet Abbed Rabbo, eastern Jabaliya, where homes off the main north south road, Salah el Din, were penetrated by bullets, bombs and/or soldiers. If they weren’t destroyed, they were occupied or shot-up. Or occupied and then destroyed. The army was creative in their destruction, in their defacing of property, in their insults. Creative in the ways they could shit in rooms and save their shit for cupboards and unexpected places. Actually, their creativity wasn’t so broad. The rest was routine: ransack the house from top to bottom. Turn over or break every clothing cupboard, kitchen shelf, television, computer, window pane, water tank…

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The Nakba, Gaza and American Responsibility
Frank Scott
The continuing Nakba in Palestine has taken a more bloody and savage turn with the devastating attacks on Gaza . Corporate capital and religious tribalism maintain control of popular consciousness here , with many still believing that Hamas is assaulting holocaust survivors huddled in bunkers and praying for help. A recent headline cited Israel’s “dilemma” in the Gaza strip, which is like saying Germany had a “dilemma” in the Warsaw ghetto. Of course, Germany and Israel had the same problem: how to control, exile or wipe out a population they considered subhuman and in the way of their psychotic superiority cult . But only one of these historic episodes looms large as the victimization of innocents by a murderous antagonist. The other is somehow the reverse, contrary to facts on the ground, in the air, but not in the thoughts of people so tightly controlled they might believe a rapist had a “dilemma” with his victim, if that’s what they were told by their mind managers…

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NATIONAL UNITY TO ISOLATE THE TRAITORS
Commentary by Khalid Amayreh
The meeting in Cairo on Monday 26 January, between a Hamas representative and Fatah leader Azzam al Ahmed is a glimmer of hope for millions of Palestinians and their allies who are hoping and praying for a speedy end of the enduring rift between the two biggest political camps in the Palestinian arena. Though symbolic and procedural in nature, the meeting shows that the problems between the two sides can be overcome if both sides display good-will..

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Israeli army used flechettes against Gaza civilians
Amnesty International
Apart from white phosphorus, the Israeli army used a variety of other weapons in densely populated civilian areas of Gaza in the three-week conflict that began on 27 December. Flechettes are 4cm long metal darts that are sharply pointed at the front, with four fins at the rear. Between 5,000 and 8,000 are packed into 120mm shells which are generally fired from tanks. The shells explode in the air and scatter the flechettes in a conical pattern over an area about 300m wide and 100m long…

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The BBC and the transformation of suffering into propaganda
Sarah Gillepsie
BBC director general Mark Thomson can not screen footage of Palestinian suffering in Gaza without compromising his cooperation’s impartiality. At the heart of his obfuscation lays a belief that Palestinian pain is not an objective reality. It is, at best, a subjective possibility, one loaded with the potential to burst into a subversive, destabilizing force. For activists and supporters who are frequently asked why they devote more energy to Palestine than Darfur or the Congo (the implication being of course that they are anti-Semites) Mark Thomson provides the most succinct answer. For Thomson has no problem whatsoever screening Disaster Emergency Committee films on behalf of Darfur and the Congo. The suffering endured by people in these regions is endorsed by the BBC as a universally acknowledged fact. Screening footage of the humanitarian disaster in Palestine though, sabotages Sky and the BBC’s obligation to be ‘balanced.’ If this was indeed a war, and not genocidal attack, then the BBC could counter their depictions of carnage in Gaza with images of the horrors endured in Sderot. But this is of course impossible…

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Naher al-Bared area to be used for building a naval base
Arab Monito
While attention in the Arab world was focussed on the tragedy of the Gaza Strip population and the political-diplomatic hassle that is enfolding in its aftermath, another Palestinian tragedy, the fate of those who lived in the Lebanese Nahr al-Bared refugee camp, went almost unnoticed. The Nahr al-Bared refugee camp had been destroyed by the Lebanese army in late spring 2007 and ever since its residents are living dispersed, mostly in temporary accommodations or make-shift shelters set up by UNRWA, waiting for the once 30-40.000 strong refugee to be rebuild, as promised. On 24 January the two Lebanese dailies Al-Safir and Al-Akhbar published an open letter from residents of the Nahr al-Bared camp to prime minister Fouad Siniora and his cabinet protesting against a decision taken by the cabinet on 16 January to use the area for building a naval base…

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French delegation confirms Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
A French delegation visited Gaza last week affirmed that Israel committed real war crimes in the Gaza Strip and called for the establishment of an international investigation committee in this regard and for the suspension of the European partnership agreement with Israel. The delegation which included MP Francis Wurz and mayor of Bagnolet city Marc Everbecq had visited Gaza on the 21st of this month. In a conference held Monday by the delegation members in Paris, MP Wurz said that what the delegation saw did not look like effects of confrontation between two warring parties, but it was a massacre claimed the lives of hundreds of unarmed civilians in conjunction with the destruction of residential neighborhoods and the displacement of thousands of residents…

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Tragedy stalks Gaza family
Julian Rake, Reuters
Standing on the ruins of his family home, 75-year-old Majdi al-Athamna waves an unexploded land mine in the direction of a camera crew. Alarmed, they urge him to put it down. “Don’t worry — if I die it would be no more than what has already been destroyed,” he shouts before finally relenting and climbing down from the rubble left after this month’s Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. The mine, he says, was one of many placed by Israeli soldiers to demolish the apartment building that once housed dozens of members of his extended family. “Fifty years I’ve been building this and it’s all gone in the blink of an eye,” he said in a quavering voice. The house had been the family’s refuge from an earlier calamity, when 18 relatives were killed two years ago by Israeli tank fire that destroyed another home…

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Continuing Bush policies in Israel and Afghanistan
Glenn Greenwald, Salon
By all accounts, the U.S. is suffering extreme economic woes. We continue to borrow trillions of dollars simply to prevent financial collapse. Our military resources are spread so thin that the establishment consensus view blames the failure of our seven-year (and counting) occupation of Afghanistan, at least in part, on the lack of necessary resources devoted to that occupation. And a significant (though not the only) reason why we are unable to extricate ourselves from the endless resource-draining and liberty-degrading involvement in Middle East conflicts is because our one-sided support for Israel ensures that we remain involved and makes ourselves the target of hatred around the world and, especially, in the Muslim world…

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The BBC’s pact with Israel
Money and ideology behind BBC’s decision not to broadcast Gaza humanitarian appeal
Redress
Many people have been shocked and bewildered by the BBC’s refusal to broadcast a national humanitarian appeal for Gaza on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), an umbrella organization for 13 humanitarian aid agencies. However, the decision by the BBC’s director-general, Mark Thompson, not to broadcast the appeal should have come as no surprise. In fact, media observers have been witnessing a steady tilt by the corporation towards Israel since the turn of the millennium. According to our sources, there are two fundamental reasons for this…

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The capitalist market and Obama’s stimulus plan
Jerry White
Even before the Obama administration’s economic stimulus package comes to a vote, the rapidity and scale of job losses in the US makes it clear that it will be woefully inadequate. On Monday alone, corporations including Caterpillar, Pfizer, Home Depot, SprintNextel and GM, announced 74,000 new job cuts. Even if the White House were to achieve its aim of creating or saving 3-4 million jobs over the next two years, it would not make up for job losses that could be twice as large by the end of 2010. The pace of job-cutting has sharply accelerated since the end of 2008—a year that saw 2.6 million jobs lost, the highest number since 1945…

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In Gaza, only the dead have seen the end of war
Vittorio Arrigoni, Guerrilla Radio Blog
For the living, no truce can make up for the daily battle for survival. They have no running water, gas, electrical power, and no bread and milk to feed their children. Thousands of people have lost their homes. Humanitarian aid seeps through the passes in drips and drabs, and you get the feeling that the benevolence of the killers’ accomplices is only temporary. Tomorrow, Ban Ki-Moon, the UN’s Secretary General will travel to Gaza, and we’re pretty sure that John Ging, Chief of the Palestinian Refugees’ Agency, will have many stories to tell him after Israel bombed two UN schools, assassinated 4 of their workers, bombed and destroyed the UNRWA centre in Gaza City (which reduced tons of medicine and food supplies destined for the civilian population to ashes). Gaza’s mountains of rubble continue to spit corpses back up to the surface…

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Bashing Venezuelan Democracy
Stephen Lendman
In November/December 2006, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting’s (FAIR) Steve Rendall explained that “Hugo Chavez never had a chance with the US press.” It’s been a constant since his December 1998 election, and hasn’t let up to this day, with language all too familiar: — a “would-be-dictator; — an autocratic demagogue; — a modern caudillo; — a divisive and demagogic leader…

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Israeli fire kills Gazan; soldier dead, three others injured in blast
Ma’an news
Israeli tank fire killed one Palestinian and injured a second after Palestinian fighters launched a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) at an Israeli tank patrolling the Gaza border in the south-central area of the Gaza Strip. Israeli sources said the RPG killed one soldier and injured three others. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni was quoted as saying Israel should respond quickly to the attack no matter who was responsible for launching the projectile…

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HONOUR THE BLESSED MEMORY OF RACHEL CORRIE; COME HELP REBUILD GAZA
Desertpeace
Can you think of a better way to honour the memory of Rachel Corrie? I’m not talking about writing a check… I’m talking about going to Gaza as a part of a team that will rebuild the hundreds of homes destroyed during the Israeli blitzkrieg. I’m talking about honouring the blessed memory of Rachel Corrie who was murdered on March 16, 2003 by the same monsters that destroyed those homes…

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