Report: 72 Palestinians killed by Israel in October

Image of 17-year-old Bayan al-Esseili, killed in Hebron after allegedly attacking an Israeli Border Police officer on October 17th

Image of 17-year-old Bayan al-Esseili, killed in Hebron after allegedly attacking an Israeli Border Police officer on October 17th

As many as 72 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army across the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and within Israel since the outbreak of the Jerusalem Intifada on 1 October, the Ahrar Centre for Prisoners and Human Rights said.

The centre released its report in a press conference on Sunday which revealed that 24 per cent of those killed, 17 people, were children or minors while a further five were women. Continue reading

Another predatory design in Nepal: Israeli “Aid” and the Fraudulent Claim of Humanitarian Credibility

Israel criticized for touting Nepal rescue while Gaza is still in ruins

by Ali Abunimah on Mon, 04/27/2015

Carrying the flag: A photo published by the Israeli army shows its personnel preparing to deploy to Nepal (via Twitter).

The director of Human Rights Watch has criticized Israel for touting its emergency aid efforts for earthquake-devastated Nepal while it continues to block reconstruction in Gaza.

“Easier to address a far away humanitarian disaster than the nearby one of Israel’s making in Gaza,” Kenneth Roth tweeted in reference to Israel’s announcement that it was flying 260 Israeli army medical and military personnel to Kathmandu.

“End the blockade!” Roth demanded. Earlier this month, 46 international aid agencies urged sanctions on Israel if it did not end the tight siege on Gaza that has prevented the rebuilding of a single home in the eight months since Israel’s devastating assault last summer.

“The blockade constitutes collective punishment; it is imposed in violation of [international humanitarian law] and, according to the UN, may entail the commission of war crimes,” the report, signed by Oxfam and Save the Children, among others, states.

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Israel: Dissent Among the Enforcers of Ethnic Genocide, but Not Enough

By Yael Even Or
July 23, 2014
Washington Post
To us, the current military operation and the way militarization affects Israeli society are inseparable. In Israel, war is not merely politics by other means — it replaces politics. Israel is no longer able to think about a solution to a political conflict except in terms of physical might; no wonder it is prone to never-ending cycles of mortal violence. And when the cannons fire, no criticism may be heard.

Israeli cannons fire toward Gaza this week., (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images),

Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel has sent troops to Gaza again and reserves are being summoned to service, dozens are refusing to take part.

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