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14 November, 2009

Last updated: Thursday, November 19, 2009 11:00

No Voice.
Layla Anwar, An Arab Woman Blues
November 14, 2009 – …Why do I have the feeling that am alone witnessing all of this, where are the others? why is their voice so mute, why have they gone deaf and blind ? What are they doing in their corner, observing from afar ? This is not a film, this is not an action film, not a video game, this is our lives…or what is left of them. Why are they no tens of articles a day on Iraq’s suffering – on its children, its prisoners, its women, its men, its walls…why are they no tens of articles daily on the continuous rape of Iraq, on the stealing of its water, its oil, its land by Iran. Why aren’t they tens of articles daily on the abominable state of a country in total shambles…

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Help Deformed Children in Fallujah
Iraq Solidarity UK
November, 2009 – …We request from the United Nations General Assembly the following: 1. To acknowledge that there is a serious problem regarding the unprecedented number of birth defects and cancer cases in Iraq specifically in Fallujah, Basra, Baghdad and Al – Najaf. 2. To set up an independent committee to conduct a full investigation into the problem of the increased number of birth defects and cancers in Iraq. 3. To implement the cleaning up of toxic materials used by the occupying forces including Depleted Uranium, and White Phosphorus. 4. To prevent children and adults entering contaminated areas to minimize exposure to these hazards. 5. To investigate whether war crimes, or crimes against humanity, have been committed, and thereby uphold the United Nations Charter, The Geneva and Hague Conventions, and The Rome Statute of The International Criminal Court…

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Deformed babies in Fallujah
Iraq LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS
Various undersigned
November 14, 2009 – Young women in Fallujah in Iraq are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies born grotesquely deformed, with no heads, two heads, a single eye in their foreheads, scaly bodies or missing limbs. In addition, young children in Fallujah are now experiencing hideous cancers and leukaemias. These deformities are now well documented, for example in television documentaries on SKY UK on September 1 2009, and on SKY UK June 2008. Our direct contact with doctors in Fallujah report that: In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed. This can be compared with data from the month of August in 2002 where there were 530 new born babies of whom six were dead within the first seven days and only one birth defect was reported…

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IDF Chief Rabbi: Troops who show mercy to enemy will be ‘damned’
By Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz Correspondent
November 14, 2009 – The Israel Defense Forces’ chief rabbi told students in a pre-army yeshiva program last week that soldiers who “show mercy” toward the enemy in wartime will be “damned.” Brig. Gen. Avichai Rontzki also told the yeshiva students that religious individuals made better combat troops. Speaking Thursday at the Hesder yeshiva in the West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron , Rontzki referred to Maimonides’ discourse on the laws of war. That text quotes a passage from the Book of Jeremiah stating: “Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord with a slack hand, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.”…

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New estimate for Afghan war: $1 million per soldier
Joe Byrne
November 14, 2009 – Senior administration officials reported to the New York Times today that budget projections for the war in Afghanistan will cost U.S. taxpayers at least $1 million per soldier, per year. The plan to add 40,000 American troops and greatly expand Afghan security forces, supported by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, is estimated to cost between $40 billion to $54 billion annually. “Even if fewer troops are sent, or their mission is modified, the rough formula used by the White House…appears almost constant,” according to the NYT…

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U.S. soldiers’ morale down in Afghanistan
By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post Staff Writer
November 14, 2009 – Morale has fallen sharply among U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, with repeated combat deployments taking a toll on their psychological health and marriages, according to an Army mental health survey released Friday. The percentage of soldiers who rated their unit’s morale as high or very high fell from 10.2 percent in 2007 to 5.7 percent in 2009, according to the survey. Individual morale rates remained steady, with about 16 percent saying their morale was high or very high…

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Britain keeps Iraq abuse inquiry behind closed doors
Philip Williams
November 14, 2009 – The British government is resisting calls for a full public inquiry into fresh allegations British troops abused Iraqi civilians in more than 30 cases. Lawyers for the Iraqis say the allegations are consistent with endemic abuse during Britain’s six-year deployment in Basra. Newspaper reports say 33 cases have recently emerged, including the alleged rape of a 16-year-old boy and the sexual abuse of other detainees, beatings and assault with an electric baton…

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The Battle of Okinawa 2009: Obama vs Hatoyama
The making of an unequal, unconstitutional, illegal, colonial and deceitful US-Japan agreement.
Gavan McCormack
November 14, 2009 – Elections at the end of August gave Japan a new government, headed by Hatoyama Yukio. In electing him and his Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the Japanese people, like the American people less than a year earlier, were opting for change – a new relationship with both Asia and the US, including a much more equal one with the latter. Remarkably, however, what followed on the part of the Obama administration has been a campaign of unrelenting pressure to block any such change. The Obama administration has targeted in particular the Hatoyama desire to re-negotiate the relationship with the United States so as to make it equal instead of dependent…

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UK probes new Iraq abuse claims (Video)
Aljazeera.net
November 14, 2009 – Britain’s defence ministry says it is investigating new allegations of abuse involving its soldiers in Iraq. Iraqi civilians detained by British troops during the war have lodged at least 33 new allegations of rape and abuse against the troops, the defence ministry said on Saturday. One abuse claim involves a 16-year-old boy who said he was raped by two British soldiers while in custody in 2003… Mazin Younis, an Iraqi human rights campaigner, said some of the complaints were made after the departure of the majority of British forces from Iraq earlier this year. “If you look at the horrible things that have happened to those detainees, you can imagine why those people are so scared,” he told Al Jazeera.”They have been waiting for a year or two years … for their release and the last thing they want is the British soldiers to come back and arrest them again. “And some of them are telling us even now that they’re hesitant to come forward because they have no guarantee that their names will not be passed to the Iraq side or to the Americans who have taken over Basra and they’ll be re-arrested.”..

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Gates Invokes New Authority to Block Release of Detainee Abuse Photos
Jason Leopold
November 14, 2009 – Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has blocked the release of photographs depicting US soldiers abusing detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, invoking new powers just granted to him by Congress that allows him to circumvent the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and keep the images under wraps on national security grounds. In a brief filed with the US Supreme Court late Friday, Department of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson, and Solicitor General Elena Kagan, said Gates “personally exercised his certification authority” on Friday to withhold the photos and “determined that public disclosure of these photographs would endanger citizens of the United States, members of the United States Armed Forces, or employees of the United States Government deployed outside the United States.”…

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Iran’s Grand Design for Iraq
By Amir Taheri
14 November 2009 – The mausoleum of Hussein Ibn Ali, the third Imam of Shiism, in Karbala will soon have a new gate. It took dozens of Iranian artisans several years to make the gate that, according to experts, is a masterpiece of Persian handicraft. At first glance, there is nothing remarkable in that news item carried by Iranian media last week. After all, the mausoleum, like other Shiite places of pilgrimage in Iraq, was built by Iranians and maintained by their donations for centuries. What is remarkable is that the Iran’s state-owned media have chosen to present the report in the section devoted to “domestic news.” The official news agency, IRNA, carried the item in its section of “news from the provinces.” Karbala, however, is located in Iraq, a country that, although a neighbor of Iran, has been an independent state for almost 90 years…

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The Plea of Helplessness, the Refusal of Responsibility, and Today’s Progressives
Arthur Silber
November 14, 2009 – … What today’s progressives do is exactly what many conservatives did during the Bush years. Today, we must stay in Iraq and Afghanistan, for our enemies will not permit us to do otherwise. We must bail out Wall Street, for if we don’t, our entire economy will collapse. We must provide the insurance companies a gigantic guaranteed market, a market delivered to the insurers by the threat of government force, for this is the only way we can take this necessary “first step.” The Democrats and progressives repeatedly claim that they have no choice about any of it…

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NATO-led troops kill Afghan woman
AFP
November 14, 2009 — NATO-led troops mistakenly killed a female civilian during an operation against militants in eastern Afghanistan, the force said Saturday. The woman died during a raid against suspected militants by Afghan and international troops Friday in Zabul province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement…

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Female Army medic faces Iraq sex assault allegations as MoD probes 33 new claims of torture by British troops
By Christopher Leake
November 14, 2009 – A female Army medic faces investigation following allegations that she sexually assaulted a prisoner while he was detained at a British military base in Iraq. The nurse is the first British female soldier to face abuse claims by Iraqi detainees. The claims are among 33 new allegations of torture, male rape and physical mistreatment being probed by the Ministry of Defence…

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Delusional Self Defense, Delusional Congressional Vote
By Noura Erakat and James Marc Leas
November 14, 2009 – …Thus, neither the facts nor the law support an Israeli self-defense claim. Rather than condemn Israel’s act of aggression and its ongoing occupation and blockade of the Gaza Strip, Congress added its name to a pungent piece of manipulative delusion: that Israel’s onslaught of Gaza constituted an act of self-defense. The House is now on record disavowing international law and international accountability mechanisms. People around the world will be persuaded that protests, boycotts, and divestment campaigns are all the more necessary, and they will look to places outside the US political establishment for justice…

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Palestinians breach wall near Tulkarem
Ma’an News
November 14, 2009 – At least six demonstrators were arrested in the northern West Bank after they breached a section of Israel’s wall on Saturday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said. The protesters said they intended to march to lands that were left isolated behind the wall in Deir Al-Ghusun, northeast of Tulkarem, and managed to break open one of the barrier’s gates before Israeli soldiers invaded the village. One demonstrator was lightly injured after being struck with a rubber-coated bullet in the leg, onlookers said…

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U.S. rejects Ahmadinejad call to choose between Israel and Iran
By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondent
November 14, 2009 – The United States on Friday rejected a call by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for it to choose between supporting Israel or Iran. “Israel is a very, very close friend of the U.S., and we don’t think we have to choose between Israel or any other country,” State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters. Ahmadinejad on Wednesday told a conference in Turkey that U.S. President Barack Obama should make a choice in order to fulfill his campaign promise of change. In his briefing on Friday, Kelly added: “We want to have productive, meaningful relations with all countries in the region.”…

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Britain’s Abu Ghraib
Islamonline
November 14, 2009 -… When the Iraqi civilian, who was arrested by British soldiers in April 2007 and taken to a military base, objected the order, the doors of hell opened at him. “A soldier started hitting me with a baton on my knees and used an electric baton on various parts of my body,” he added. Ghulaim recalls that his torture session was based on the photographs taken from the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. “They made us squeeze in pile-up, as in Abu Ghraib prison photos, while a soldier stood on top of us and started shouting and laughing,” he recalled in grief… Ghulaim recalls seeing soldiers sexually abusing a young Iraqi man, who was detained with them. “They picked further on a younger man who was good-looking,” he said. “They made him strip naked and started messing with his penis and taking photos.”…

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Hundreds of uninvestigated Iraqi abuse claims against troops, says lawyer
David Batty and Jenny Percival
November 14, 2009 – The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is investigating 33 cases of alleged abuse, including rape and torture, of Iraqi civilians by British soldiers. The lawyer representing the alleged victims, Phil Shiner, said there could be hundreds of uninvestigated claims of abuse… The Iraqi human rights campaigner Mazin Younis, who has been investigating allegations of abuse by British troops since 2004, said today: “It was quite shocking actually, that we started seeing a pattern very similar to Abu Ghraib where sex or sexual humiliation is used, like playing porn movies in the corridors while the prisoners are in their solitary cells, especially at prayer times…

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Britain’s Abu Ghraib: Did Britain collude with US in abuse of Iraqis?
By Robert Verkaik
November 14, 2009 – Claims that British soldiers recreated the torture conditions of Abu Ghraib to commit the sexual and physical abuse of Iraqi civilians are being investigated by the Ministry of Defence. The fresh allegations raise important questions about collusion between Britain and America over the ill-treatment of Iraqi prisoners during the insurgency. In one case, British soldiers are accused of piling bodies of Iraqi prisoners on top of each other and subjecting them to electric shocks, an echo of the abuse at the notorious US detention centre at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison. One claimants says he as raped by two British soldiers, and others say they were stripped naked, abused and photographed. For the first time, British female soldiers are accused of aiding in the sexual and physical abuse of detainees…

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Afghan Resistance Statement
The Aims of Mujahideen
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
As an Islamic liberation force, the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate represent aspirations of the Afghan masses who want to free themselves from the claws of colonialism. This is the only force, the people look to for realization of their noble aims…Pentagon has a psychological war department. This department is charged with spreading lies against Mujahideen. They spend millions of dollars to make it possible that the lies fabricated in Pentagon reach every ear in the world. They pay high sum of money to journalists who is ready to publish maligning stories against Mujahideen. According to a media report, a CIA cell in one of the neighboring countries of Afghanistan pay a journalist $1000 for a story against Mujahideen. They put on air dramas aimed at marring the image of Mujahideen. Ironically, the colonialists have taken this war from the battle fields to the fields of media, labor unions, business circles and scholar forums. So they should be confronted in all these fields. Those journalists who are committed to human dignity, liberation, and justice should form Mujahideen Support Groups and wage an unwavering and constant campaign against the black propaganda launched by the colonialists because in the final analysis, this is not the war of Taliban. This is the war of all freedom-loving and justice-loving people all over the world who want to live as free people without the sword of colonialism hanging over their heads in this 21st century…

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Secretary Gates signs order barring release of torture photos
By Stephen C. Webster
November 14, 2009 -Pursuant to new powers delegated to him by Congress, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has executed an order blocking the release of photos depicting the torture of detainees. In doing so, it becomes highly unlikely that the Supreme Court will further consider making the photos public, as a lower court had ordered. In a new supplemental brief [PDF link] filed with the high court, the administration’s attorneys argue that the new law Congress passed to allow Gates this authority effectively exempts the photos from the Freedom of Information Act, therefore invalidating an earlier lawsuit…

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U.S.: No need to rule on torture claim
ScotusBlog
November 14, 2009 – The Obama Administration on Friday evening urged the Supreme Court to turn aside a test case by four former Guantanamo Bay detainees, and do so without ruling on their claims of torture and religious discrimination by U.S. agents there. It is clear, Solicitor General Elena Kagan argued in the new filing, that the detainees had no legal basis for their claims at the time they were at Guantanamo — between early 2002 and March 2004. Thus, she contended, the officials sued are immune to the lawsuit…

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Accustomed to danger, Iraqi journalists now face legal attacks
By Jenan Hussein and Warren P. Strobel, McClatchy Newspapers
November 14, 2009 – Warid Badr Salim’s front-page satire in last Saturday’s edition of the newspaper al Mada compared Iraq’s parliament to wolves stalking sheep — the Iraqi people — and cheekily suggested that its members need the diplomatic passports they’ve awarded themselves just to leave Baghdad’s fortresslike Green Zone . Salim’s essay reflected the dismal regard that Iraqis have for their politicians, but the politicians were not amused. In the midst of parliament’s debate over Iraq’s pivotal January elections, a lawmaker held up the article and denounced it. More than 150 lawmakers signed up to sue the paper. Iraqi journalists, long used to physical attacks, are facing a new kind of threat from expensive legal actions and interference from the powerful political parties that dominate the government…

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Three Americans killed in Afghanistan
AFP
November 14, 2009 — Three Americans including two members of the NATO-led force in Afghanistan have been killed by homemade bombs, the military said Saturday. The other casualty was a civilian worker, it said without giving further detail. One of the soldiers died in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement. “In a separate incident an ISAF service member and a civilian contractor, both from the United States, died in an IED strike in eastern Afghanistan,” the statement said, without elaborating. Friday’s casualties bring to 470 the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan since the start of the year…

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Spotlight on Palestine
An Interview with Stuart Littlewood
by Angie Tibbs
November 14, 2009 – Stuart Littlewood is one of the most consistent and passionate writers on the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestine. His book, Radio Free Palestine, and his frequent articles, focus readers on the plight of the Palestinian people, on the occupiers who are responsible, and on the governments who support Israel’s slow-motion genocide and theft of an Indigenous people’s homeland, culture and history. I spoke with him recently.

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Palestinian People Will Not Live As Slaves Under Occupation
Palestinian National Initiative
November 14, 2009 – During a conference held at Wattan Media Center, MP Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, exposed the current political situation in the Palestinian territory. “What we see today” declared Dr Barghouti in the opening of his speech “is a deep and concerning political crisis whose origins reside in Israeli policies – international and humanitarian law violations and the ongoing occupation on Palestinian people and their land”…

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Ashkenazi threatens new Gaza war, IOF raids southern Gaza
Palestinian Information Center
November 14, 2009 — Gabi Ashkenazi, the Israeli chief of staff, has threatened to attack Gaza anew if the rockets fired from there did not stop while a unit of his forces raided southern Gaza on Friday night. Ashkensazi, speaking to secondary school students in Beersheba on Friday said, “Although the Hamas rulers in Gaza have of late been restraining themselves and others, we must not fool ourselves. If necessary, we will operate again in the Gaza Strip to stop the rocket fire.” He said that his forces would act again against those firing rockets even if they operated in populated areas.

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Iran creates Internet crime unit
AFP
November 14, 2009 — The Iranian police have created a special unit to monitor Internet crime, particularly political offences, a senior police officer was quoted by the ILNA news agency as saying on Friday. “A special committee has been created to monitor the Internet … and it will act against attempted fraud, illegal advertising, insults and false statements,” an officer identified only as General Omidi said. “The police will also intervene in political matters on the Internet if there is an illegal act…

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And, now, who will accept responsibility for the failure?
By Khalid Amayreh
November 14, 2009 – Finally, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has admitted, belatedly, of course, that 18 years of talks and negotiations with Israel have availed to nothing. In an interview with the pro-Fatah news agency, Maan, on Wednesday, 11 November, the prominent PA negotiator Sa’eb Ureikat was quoted as saying that all negotiations with Israel since the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991 produced a zero result. “We have reached the decisive moment, we have to be frank with our people, we have failed to reach the two-state solution…

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Graves in Gaza: denied dignity
Eva Bartlett
November 14, 2009 – Long denied cement, a sparse few are able to improvise with over-expensive, tunnel-delivered Egyptian cement. The others simply bury under the sand. Most of these sand-graves in Jabaliya’s Faluja cemetary are from the Israeli massacre of Gaza nearly a year ago. The same inadequate graves can be found in cemetaries across Gaza. In the Gaza War cemetary, roughly 360 graves were damaged in the Israeli massacre, according to the cemetary groundsman, Ibrahim Jeradeh. He says the majority of the damage was from shelling in the areas around the cemetary, as it lies withine 2km of the eastern border between Gaza Palestine and Israel…

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Video: Palestinians denied access to water
AljazeeraEnglish
November 14, 2009 – Israel dubs Palestinian farmers trying in vain to irrigate their lands “water pirates”. Palestinian farmers in the West Bank, or “water pirates” as Israeli occupation forces prefer to call them, are siphoning off drinking water pipes in an effort to secure water to irrigate their farmland. Water is an increasingly disputed resource between Israel and the Palestinians. A World Bank report has accused Israel of using four times more water than Palestinians from the so-called Mountain Aquifer that bridges Israel and the territory and runs along the West Bank…

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After years of detention and torture
Ten Guantánamo prisoners to face US trial
By Patrick Martin
November 14, 2009 – US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that ten of the prisoners now held in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp would be transferred to US locations and placed on trial on terrorism charges. The purpose of these high-profile trials is to reinforce the claims by first Bush and now Obama that US military aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan is part of a “war on terror” triggered by the 9/11 attacks. Five prisoners will be brought to New York City and tried in federal court on charges of conspiracy and murder in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The other five will face individual military tribunals on a variety of charges…

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The U.S. Jew whose Iran views rile Israel intelligence officials
By Akiva Eldar, Haaretz Correspondent
November 14, 2009 – Hillary Mann Leverett and her partner and husband, Flynt Leverett, make the Iran desk staffers in the Israeli intelligence community see red. For the past two years the Leveretts, both of whom are former U.S. National Security Council and State Department officials, have preached relentlessly against using sanctions and threats against Iran. In late September, a harsh op-ed they wrote condemning the Obama administration appeared in The New York Times. In it they argued that the lofty talk of “openness” and the promise of “dialogue” with the Iranians are just empty rhetoric…

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British trade unions launch boycott campaign against Israeli products
Palestinian Information Center
November 14, 2009 – The British federation of trade unions announced the initiation of a campaign to boycott the Israeli products manufactured in settlements in the West Bank, which were built on occupied Palestinian lands in violation of the international law. British trade unionist Tony Woodley said that Israel must be pressured to stop violating the international law. For his part, Derek Simpson, the Joint secretary-general of the UK’s biggest private-sector trade union, Unite, stated that the “awakening” happened after the Israeli war on Gaza, which he described as the straw that broke the camel’s back, adding that the killing of more than 1,300 Palestinians necessitated such a move…

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Israel general says Hamas curbing Gaza rocket fire
Reuters
November 14, 2009 – Hamas has suspended its rocket launches against Israel since the Gaza Strip war and is similarly curbing other armed Palestinian factions in the territory, Israel’s military chief said on Friday. The rare Israeli recognition of Hamas restraint came as both sides pursue Egyptian- and German-mediated prisoner-swap talks…

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Gaza: Union of fuel companies warns of humanitarian crisis due to gas depletion
Palestinian Information Center
November 14, 2009 – The union of fuel companies in the Gaza Strip warned Saturday of an imminent humanitarian crisis after the depletion of cooking gas from fuel stations for the 25th consecutive day. Mahmoud Al-Shawwa, the head of the union, said that the gas stations in Gaza shut down after they sold out their stocks. Shawwa explained that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) stopped using recently Al-Shujaiya crossing to enter cooking gas and industrial diesel into Gaza and instead it allows in small quantities through Karam Abu Salem crossing which lacks infrastructure needed to supply Gaza with sufficient fuel shipments…

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