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URUK Net 15 February, 2009

Last updated: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 10:11

“The Lancet” reveals horrendous Israeli war crimes
Dr Gideon Polya
The horrendous mortality and morbidity statistics revealed by the paper “The Wounds of Gaza”, just published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet are truly shocking – 1,350 killed (60% children) and 5,450 severely wounded (40% children) in reprisals for zero (0) Israeli deaths from Gaza rockets in the preceding year. This demands International Criminal Court and intra-national prosecutions (e.g. in major Israeli military R & R destination countries Australia, the US, the UK and India) and Sanctions and Boycotts against Apartheid Israel by all decent Australians and indeed all decent people around the world…

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VIDEO: Gaza civilians left with extensive burns
AlJazeeraEnglish
As well as the 1300 Palestinians who were killed in the war, thousands more suffered serious injuries. Many of them were left with extensive burns, with Israel accused of using highly inflammable white phosphorus in civilian areas. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel Hamid reports from the burns unit in Gaza’s Shifa hospital…

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Video: Reflections of War
AlJazeeraEnglish
On December 27, 2008, Israel’s already crippling siege on the neighbouring Gaza Strip escalated into a brutal war. Al Jazeera was the only global news network reporting from both inside Gaza and Israel for the entirity of the conflict. Throughout Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros brought news of the human tragedy unfolding to living rooms throughout the English speaking world. They found themselves as vulnerable as the civilians of Gaza and now they give their full accounts of what it was really like to report that war. ..

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History Taboo in Iraq Schools
By Afif Sarhan, IOL Correspondent
Jamil Haydan gets confused whenever he goes through the history of Iraq in the school books. “I feel like there is a gap in the history, specially recent events,” the 14-year-old student at a Baghdad school told IslamOnline.net. “We are treated as if we are unable to know what happens in Iraq, but we are.” The history of the Arab country since the 2003 US-led invasion is completely absent from school textbooks. American troops, George W. Bush and the sectarian violence that plagued the country for years after the invasion are non-existent whether in books or even class discussions. Former president Saddam Hussein, who was ousted by the US and later executed by the Iraqi government, and his longtime ruling Baath party are taboos…

The government admits that banning certain chapters of Iraq’s recent history from textbooks is deliberate.

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Israeli forces seize 13-year-old boy near Qalqilia
Ma’an news
The Israeli military seized a 13-year-old boy, Tha’er Bayan Itbib, from the village of Izbat At-Tabib near the West Bank city of Qalqilia on Sunday, his family reported. Bayan, Tha’er’s father, told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers detained his son while he was walking to a store on the main street in the village. The reason for the detention is not known. The youth is being held at an unknown location…

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In Gaza town, a bitter aftermath
By Ashraf Khalil, LATimes
She was the strongest among them, the natural leader. So when the shelling stopped and the Israeli soldiers announced through loudspeakers that all residents should come out of their homes and head for the center of town, neighbors turned to Rawhiya Najar for guidance. Emptying the cupboards of sheets and tablecloths — anything white — she led a procession of 20 women and children into the streets holding a white flag in each hand, residents say. The group had made it perhaps 200 yards when a soldier stepped out from a door down the street and shot Najar in the head, multiple witnesses say. Her body lay in the street for 12 hours, villagers and doctors say. Weeks after Israel declared a unilateral end to its offensive in the Gaza Strip, the aftermath still burns in Khozaa, a farm town of 11,000 in the south of the territory…Chunks of white phosphorus still lie scattered throughout neighborhoods, buried in dirt and sand; when excavated, they immediately ignite and spew noxious smoke that smells vaguely of garlic.

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Another U.S.-Sponsored Catastrophe
The Nightmare in Somalia
LEN WENGRAF
U.S.-BACKED Ethiopian troops withdrew from their remaining positions in Somalia at the end of January, bringing an end to a two-year occupation carried out in the guise of the “war on terror.” The Ethiopian Army invaded Somalia in December 2006, overthrowing the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) government and installing the Transitional Federal Government (TFG). Two years later, approximately 10,000 people have lost their lives, and 1.1 million Somalis were turned into refugees, the victims of Ethiopian occupiers and an ongoing civil war. From the beginning, the TFG, though backed by the U.S., was weak, maintaining control in only a small area of the capital of Mogadishu, and some regions of western Somalia. Several thousand African Union troops—including U.S.-trained Ugandan forces—ostensibly bolster the TFG, to little effect. The U.S. also intervened directly in Somalia with sporadic air strikes…

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West Bank settlement gets green light for major expansion
By Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondent
Some 1,700 dunams of land in the northern part of Efrat were declared state land last week, paving the way for the West Bank settlement to start the process of seeking government approval to build there. The Civil Administration issued the declaration after rejecting eight appeals by Palestinians against the move. A ninth appeal was accepted, and the land covered by this appeal was consequently removed from Efrat’s jurisdiction…

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Video: Israeli military terrorizes civilians in Jayyous
International Solidarity Movement
The Israeli military has been escalating military operations in Jayyous throughout the last weeks, in an attempt to break any kind of resistance, be it against the further confiscating of village land and freedom of movement or be it a family resisting their houses being turned into military outposts. Israeli military vandalizes houses, terrorizes family, shoot one with live ammunition and severely injures several people in Jayyous village…

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Lawsuit Sheds More Light on Terror War Abuses
William Fisher
Three human rights groups have released documents that they say reveal close cooperation between the U.S. Defence Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in rendering terrorism suspects to secret prisons, creating ‘ghost prisoners’ by concealing their identities from the Red Cross, and delaying their release to counter negative publicity about their treatment at Guántanamo Bay. Close to a thousand pages of documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and New York University’s Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ). The suit, dating from 2004, seeks the disclosure of government documents relating to secret detention, extraordinary rendition, and torture…

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Report: Marwan Barghouthi to be released ‘within days’
Ma’an news
Israel is inching closer to the release of jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouthi, who is sentenced to five life terms for his activities with the Al-Aqsa Brigades, Fatah’s armed wing, during the second Intifada.Khader Shuqeirat, one of Barghuthi’s lawyers, told Israel’s Channel Ten that “It is a matter of days until Marawan will be free.” “No prisoner swap will be held without Marawan,” said Shuqeirat, “Marawan will be with his family, wife and children within days.”..

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Inquiry on Graft in Iraq Focuses on American Officers
By JAMES GLANZ, C.J. CHIVERS and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, NYTimes
Federal authorities examining the early, chaotic days of the $125 billion American-led effort to rebuild Iraq have significantly broadened their inquiry to include senior American military officers who oversaw the program, according to interviews with senior government officials and court documents. Court records show that last month investigators subpoenaed the personal bank records of Col. Anthony B. Bell, who is now retired from the Army but who was in charge of reconstruction contracting in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 when the small operation grew into a frenzied attempt to remake the country’s broken infrastructure. In addition, investigators are examining the activities of Lt. Col. Ronald W. Hirtle of the Air Force, who was a senior contracting officer in Baghdad in 2004, according to two federal officials involved in the inquiry…

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Aftermath: Gaza’s forgotten elderly
PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
At the nursing home of Al Wafaa Hospital in the northeastern Gaza Strip, frail women lie curled in their beds, most of them bedridden. In Gaza’s close-knit society, nursing homes are not very common, as most people prefer to care for their elderly family members at home. The patients at Al Wafaa have nowhere else to go. While many reports have been released on the effect of the conflict on children, other vulnerable groups such as the elderly and disabled are often disregarded. Seventy five year old Rahma Mourad is one of the hospital’s permanent residents. Her face lights up as she remembers her early years in Damascus, where she came from a privileged background and her first language was French. Now, with her children in Syria and no family nearby to visit her, all she has are her memories. “I used to be so beautiful”, she says. “I came from a life of culture. Now look at me – I don’t even have teeth.” Over 4,300 people were physically injured during Israel’s 22 day offensive on the Gaza Strip, many of whom sustained horrific injuries. But the wounds of psychological trauma, caused by shelling and bombardment, will also take time to heal…

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Hamas leader: Shalit could have been killed during war
Ma’an news
Hamas leader in exile Mousa Abu Marzouq denied rumors of internal disagreement within the party following reports that said Khalid Mash’al refused to host Mahmoud Zahhar in Damascus. Zahhar, a co-founder of the party and senior leader in the Gaza Strip, appears in “more than 15 photos beside [Mash’al],” Abu Marzouk insisted, “and our current delegation comprises leaders from inside and from exile,” he added. Regarding recent reports over the imminent release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Abu Marzouq told the London-based Al-Hayat daily newspaper, “I don’t have enough information, but Shalit could have been one of the kids killed during the war.”..

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Recycled rubbish on Iraq
Missing links
Here are some gems from this morning’s piece by Tom Ricks in the WaPo, followed by some translations into plain English and an Executive Summary of what he is really saying. He says if the US forces withdraw: (1) “The Iraqi tendency toward violent solutions will increase” (2) “Many of those closest to the situation in Iraq expect a full-blown civil war to break out there in the coming years” (3) “Others were concerned that Iraq was drifting toward a military takeover”…

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Zionist Danish TV station opens propaganda office in Kabul
By Carsten Kofoed, Free Afghanistan Blog of Denmark
TV2, one of two nationwide TV stations in Denmark, has recently opened a so-called “correspondent office” in the Afghan capital of Kabul. According to the strongly Zionist TV station with very close ties to the governing Liberal Party, the objective of the office is to describe the life of the Afghans in a better way than done hitherto. But looking back on TV2’s “coverage” of the war in Iraq for instance, it is very hard to expect that the TV station, which together with the infamous Jyllands-Posten (the newspaper that published the blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in September 2005) have been running a veritable smear campaign against Islam and Muslims since September 11, 2001, will bring the sufferings of the Afghans into the Danish living rooms, nor the just cause of the Afghan resistance…

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Hamas says Cairo holds the agreed truce
Rami Almeghari – IMEMC
The ruling Hamas party in Gaza said Sunday that the truce provisions to which the party agreed are known for the Egyptian mediators and that a final agreement was delayed due to the Israeli disagreement. Hamas’s declaration came after Israel conditioned its agreement to the truce with Hamas releasing the captured Israeli soldier, Gil’ad Shalit and that any ceasefire should not by restricted by any time frame. Ismail Redwan , a spokesman of Hamas in Gaza, said that his party long with other Gaza-based parties refused to accept any new offers for a possible truce with Israel, confirming that the Shalit case is a separate issue and has nothing to do with the ceasefire…

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Video: The Free Gaza Movement, February 2009
FREE GAZA MOVEMENT
The Free Gaza Movement is a human rights group that in August 2008 sent the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years. We want to break the siege of Gaza. We want to raise international awareness about the prison-like closure of the Gaza Strip and pressure the international community to review its sanctions policy and end its support for continued Israeli occupation.

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ANTI ZIONISM COST A JEW HER JOB
Desertpeace
…I am a Jew. I was a participant in the Rally for the Right of Return to Palestine. It was the right thing to do. I’ve heard about the European holocaust against the Jews since I was a small child. I’ve visited the memorials in Washington , DC and Jerusalem dedicated to Jewish lives lost and I’ve cried at the recognition to what level of atrocity mankind is capable of sinking…”Never again” as a motto, rings hollow when it means “never again to us alone.”…

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February 15, 2009: 2 US Soldiers, 25 Iraqis Killed; 35 Iraqis Wounded
Margaret Griffis, Antiwar.com
At least seven Iraqis were killed and 35 more were wounded in the latest round of violence. Another 18 victims were found in new mass graves. Two U.S. soldiers were killed as well. Meanwhile, the Iraqi election commission concluded that some fraud took place in last month’s elections, but not enough to hold new ones. Also, pilgrims are still piling in to Karbala in the final hours of Arbaeen observances. A U.S. soldier was killed in a roadside bomb blast today in southern Iraq, while a U.S. soldier died in a non-combat incident yesterday…

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