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URUK Net 12 November, 2009 Part 2

Last updated: Sunday, November 15, 2009 7:54

Testimony: Israeli Security Agency exploits illness of Gazan to try and force him to become a collaborator
B’Tselem
November 12, 2009 – In the summer of 2007, Israel instated a new procedure regarding residents of the Gaza Strip wishing to exit Gaza in order to receive medical treatment. According to the procedure, authorization some of these requests are authorized only if the resident first undergoes a questioning by the Israeli Security Agency (ISA). In a response by the Prime Minister’s Office to a letter from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) on 22 May 2008, the purpose of the questioning was described as “evaluating the degree of danger posed by the applicant”. However, testimonies given to human rights organizations in Israel indicate otherwise. The organizations have documented cases in which the ISA has exploited the questionings to exert inappropriate pressure on ill persons, with the aim of forcing them to collaborate with the Agency and give information to agents, as a prerequisite for receiving a permit to exit Gaza for medical treatment. As the questionings take place in Erez Checkpoint, the ISA has even used them, in some cases, as a means to arrest persons and take them to interrogation within Israel .

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Peres: Investigate Goldstone, not Israel
Ma’an News
November 12, 2009 – Richard Golstone, the celebrated war crimes prosecutor who lead UN inquiries on Rwanda, Yugoslavia and Gaza, is obsessed with Israel and cares little for justice, according to Israeli President Shimon Peres. “Goldstone is a small man, devoid of any sense of justice, a technocrat with no real understanding of jurisprudence,” Peres was quoted as telling Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday. The Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday that Peres termed Goldstone’s UN-backed fact-finding inquiry on alleged war crimes committed in Gaza was “a one-sided mission to hurt Israel… If anyone should be investigated, it should be him.”..

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Gaza: waiting for justice
Eva Bartlett
November 12, 2009 – Fourteen people cram into two connected tents covered with plastic sheeting to combat the winter rains. Although November and the beginning of cooler days, the heat inside the tents is choking. In time, the opposite will be true: the tent’s thin walls and floors without mattresses will render it unbearably cold in the coming cold months. Until the Israeli massacre of Gaza last winter, Arafia al Attar and her husband Saleh Abu Leila lived in a two-storey home in Gaza’s northwestern Attatra region. A farming family originally from Gaza, they have now joined the 1948 and 1967 Palestine refugees, themselves becoming refugees in their own Strip. Over 21,000 houses were or seriously damaged during the 23 days of Israeli attacks. UN reports say the homes completely destroyed number over 3,500, and those greatly damage barely stand at 2,800…

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Video: Israeli Confessions
neverbeforecampaign
November 12, 2009 – If one wants to know why and how the conflict started in Palestine more than 60 years ago, the “confessions” of Israeli and Zionist leaders should make it very clear. 700,000 Palestinians (more than half of the Palestinian population at the time) were expelled in 1948. More than 600 towns and villages were ethnically cleansed…

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PCHR Condemns Raid on Ramattan News Agency in Gaza, and Expresses Deep Concerns over Measures Taken by the Gaza Government to Prevent Commemoration of Late President Yasser Arafat’s Death
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
November 12, 2009 – On Tuesday, 10 November 2009, Palestinian security services stormed the offices of Ramattan News Agency in Gaza and banned a press conference organized by the National Action Commission. The press conference had been organized to publicize the cancellation of an event commemorating President Arafat’s anniversary. The Gaza government claimed that the event was unlicensed. This measure was taken in the context of a series of measures taken by the Gaza Government to prevent the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the death of late President Yasser Arafat on 11 November. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses deep concerns over such measures, and stresses that the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to peaceful assembly are basic human rights that are ensured by the Palestinian Basic Law and international human rights instruments…

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Weekly Report: On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory No. 44/2009 (05-11 Nov. 2009)
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
November 12, 2009 – Israeli violations of international law and humanitarian law in the OPT continued during the reporting period (05 – 11 November 2009): Shooting: During the reporting period, 6 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli forces in the West Bank. During the reporting period, 5 Palestinian civilians were wounded when Israeli forces used force to disperse peaceful demonstrations organized by Palestinian civilians to protest the construction of the Annexation Wall in the West Bank. On 07 November 2009, a Palestinian civilian was seriously wounded in Hebron, when Israeli troops intentionally fired at his car. During the reporting period, Israeli troops violently beat two journalists and fired a tear gas canister at a car belonging to a third one, while they were covering clashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli settlers in Iraq Bourin village near Nablus. ..

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Video: US army uses video games as part of recruitment drive
AljazeeraEnglish
November 12, 2009 – As its troops continue to face lengthy and mutiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States is looking at new ways to attract potential army recruits. The US military says the economic downturn and rising unemployment are sending more and more young people into their recruiting offices. As Monica Villamizar found out, a lot of those conversations happen at the army’s newest, multimillion dollar recruiting venue in Philadelphia – the military’s version of a video arcade…

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Video: Somaliland shelters war-displaced
Aljazeera.net
November 12, 2009 – Thousands of people displaced by fighting in Somalia are ending up in the relatively peaceful neighbouring territory, Somaliland. Once part of Somalia, it is now a self-declared republic in the troubled Horn of Africa region, and has been seeking international recognition of its independence since 1991. Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow, in Burao, the main city of Togdheer province, says the complicated nature of local politics is blocking relief efforts…

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U.S. aid worker held over Afghan boy’s shooting
Reuters
November 12, 2009 – An American aid worker in northern Afghanistan is being held by Afghan authorities over the fatal shooting of an Afghan teenager at his home, a provincial police chief said on Wednesday. Mohammad Bilal Niram, chief of police in the northern Sar-i-pul province, said the aid worker had killed his landlord’s 16-year-old son with three gunshots, possibly suspecting a burglary when the boy tried to enter his home. “He is in Afghan government custody for investigation. He has not been charged,” Niram said…

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Brainwashing children: Basij militia to be established in 6,000 elementary schools
homylafayette
November 12, 2009 – A senior Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) official has announced that the Basij militia will soon be established in Iranian elementary schools for the first time since the Islamic revolution. The extensive plan calls for the introduction of the Basij into 6,000 elementary schools across the country, according to IRGC General Mohammad Saleh Jokar, head of the Schoolchildren and Teachers’ Basij Organization. ‘We want to expand the Basij’s activities at the primary-school level because students are more influenceable at a young age than at other times in their lives,’ Jokar told Mehr News in an interview published on Monday. ‘We intend to promote and instill a revolutionary and Basiji thought process among elementary school students.’…

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Video: Mohammed Omer on Israel’s Separation Wall and Death
liamh2
November 12, 2009 – On Nov. 5, 2009, at the Palestine Center in Washington, D.C., an award-winning journalist, Mohammed Omer, presented a video that he had taken in January, 2005, at Rafah, Gaza Strip, near the Egyptian border. Mr. Omer, now 25 years of age, was born and raised in the Rafah refugee camp. His video dealt with some Palestian children attempting to post Palestinian flags on a huge Separation Wall, controlled by a security tower, operated by Israeli soldiers. A number of the children were killed by Israeli gunfire coming from the tower…

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