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Is Palestine Solidarity Campaign {PSC} a Zionist Tool ?

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This is the constitution of the corrupt West Midl;and Liberal Zionist element in West Midland  Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC) the group has a bogus definition of Anti-Semitism they conceder the calling of IsraHell a Zio-Nazi state is hate speech-not free speech.

Sickening and abhorrent PSC are liars and they insist that everyone else believe their lies or face social ostracism.

” And we gave (Clear) warning to the children of Israel in the Book, that twice would they do mischief on the land and be elated with mighty arrogance ( And twice would they be punished) !

” Al-Isra: 17:4)

THE QUESTION HER IS WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE WEST MIDLAND PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN ( PSC ) AND THE WEST MIDLAND  ISRAHELI INFORMATION CENTRE ?

WEST MIDLANDS PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN BRANCH CONSTITUTION (PSC)

1] Name:

1.1 The name of the Organisation referred to in this constitution shall be West Midlands
Palestine Solidarity Campaign Branch, hereinafter referred to as ‘the branch’.

1.2 The Palestine Solidarity Campaign reserves exclusive rights over the name ‘Palestine
Solidarity Campaign’ and the logo of Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) and may
withdraw the right of use from a branch. ???

2] Objectives:

2.1 The objectives of the branch shall be in accordance with those of the PSC mission

statement and objectives.

In addition there shall be the following:

Ÿ  Recruit members for the PSC and the local branch.

Ÿ  Organise local meetings and events to promote the objectives of PSC.

Ÿ  Raise awareness and disseminate information on Palestinian issues at the local level.

Ÿ  Fundraise to ensure financial viability of the Branch.

Ÿ  Contribute generally to the building of PSC and the raising of funds to assist the work of PSC.

2.2 The Branch is committed to an equal opportunities policy which will be pursued without
regard to age, colour, disability, ethnic origin, gender, religious faith, sexual orientation a
and political affiliation.

* (Equal opportunities is big lie Same Sh*t new Dawn the group controlled by Zionist puppets ) Shoah

2.3  The Branch shall remain independent of any political party or religious organisation.

* Is that include Respect and the IsraeHli Information Centre in Birmingham ?  Chris Khamis will answer that.

3] Membership:

3.1  Membership of the branch shall be open to anyone who agrees with the objectives of the
PSC and have been accepted by the branch, hereinafter referred to as ordinary
members.

* Did You believe in free discussion off-curs not.Your objectives is two state one 89% for the Zionist 11% for the Palestinian’s and you say you Campaign for the Palestinian’s ? Your Shameful relationship with Zionist Worker  Union The Histadrut.

3.2 The Branch Committee shall determine the membership subscription of the branch f
following a consultation with ordinary members of the Branch.

3.3  Branch members will be encouraged by the Branch committee to join PSC.

* God why someone will join such a Group with Zionist element’s ?

4] Branch Officers and Committee:

4.1 Administration shall be vested in a Branch Committee elected at the Branch AGM
comprising:

* Elected  your puppets ?

Chair { of the puppets}

Vice-Chair { Vice -for the puppet}

Treasurer { Leader of the Thieves}

Branch Secretary { The Propaganda Minister }

8 Committee Members { The puppets and the Thives}

The Committee may co-opt up to 5 additional members.

* Moore Thives if needed}

Committee members must be current members of PSC nationally. Members of the Committee may stand for re-election.

4.2 No member should normally hold more than one post on the Branch Committee.

4.3  The quorum for Branch committee meetings shall be 4.

* Hi Martin QUORUM corrupt Branch!

4.4 The Branch Committee may, by a two thirds majority, pass a motion of no confidence in
any officer of the branch. The decision will be referred to the (national) PSC Co-ordinating
Committee (CC) who shall receive a report from the branch and determine how the matter
shall be dealt with.

4.5 Branch committees shall nominate representatives to the CC.

4.6 Branch Committees shall forward to the CC a written report of its activities once a year.

5] Branch Meetings, Annual General Meetings and Emergency General Meetings

5.1 A Branch Committee Meeting may be attended by any ordinary members, who shall hold
observer status.

5.2 The Chair shall have a casting vote in the event of any tied votes.

5.3 The minutes of all Branch Committee meetings shall be kept by the Secretary and  will be
made available to any branch members on request.

5.4 A Branch Meeting must be advertised 28 days in advance.

5.5  An Annual General Meeting shall be called each year after the AGM of the PSC, not later
than six months after the end of the financial year, and shall constitute the Governing
Body of the branch, and may alter or reverse any decision by the branch Committee at the

branch AGM.

5.6  The AGM shall:

Ÿ  Receive a report from the Committee on activities for the past year;

Ÿ  Receive the Annual Accounts of the branch;

Ÿ  Elect a Branch Committee for the ensuing year.

Ÿ  Discuss the implementation of PSC AGM decisions

Ÿ  Discuss local campaigning priorities for the next twelve months

5.7  An AGM must be advertised 28 days in advance. Motions must be submitted 14 days
before the AGM and must be circulated to ordinary members.

5.8 An Emergency General Meeting shall be convened either:

Ÿ  by a special resolution of the Branch Committee;

Ÿ  by a request in writing by thirty three percent of the ordinary membership of the branch.

5.9  If either of these conditions are fulfilled a meeting shall be convened within 14 days.

6] Finance:

6.1 Any debts incurred shall be the sole responsibility of the Branch Officers of the

Branch Committee at the time the debts are incurred.

6.2 The Treasurer shall keep accounts of the financial transactions of the branch which
shall be available to members of the Branch.

6.3  The Branch Committee shall compile annual accounts for presentation to the AGM.

7] Affiliation:

7.1 The Branch shall affiliate to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and shall at all times take
account of such guidelines and amendments to the Branch Code of Practice as shall from
time to time be approved by the PSC Co-ordinating Committee.

7.2 If a Branch is deemed to have grossly infringed the Branch constitution, Code of Practice
or brought the PSC into disrepute, the Co-ordinating Committee can disaffiliate the
Branch.

7.3 An affiliation shall not be made to any body not connected with the Palestine Solidarity
Campaign without agreement having been obtained from the PSC Co-ordinating
Committee. The branch shall pay an annual affiliation fee to the PSC as set by the AGM.

8] Amendments:

8.1 This Constitution may be added to or amended by a two thirds majority of those present
and voting in favour of the proposed amendment at the AGM.

9] Interpretations:

9.1 All questions of interpretation of this branch constitution shall be referred to the PSC
Co-ordinating Committee.

10] Revocation:

10.1      All previous PSC branch constitutions are hereby expressly revoked.

[ As amended at WMPSC AGM 9 July 2007, then at AGM 5 July 2010 ]

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Obama’s war in Afghanistan simply becoming more privatised

Posted: 29 Jun 2011

It’s occupation by another name. Pratap Chatterjee explains:

The number of contractors in Afghanistan is likely to increase significantly in the next year as the Obama administration pulls back some of the extra 68,000 troops that it has dispatched there since January 2009.

Typically, the U.S. pays one contractor to support every soldier that has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. The ratio of contractors to troops increases dramatically during a military surge as well as during a drawdown, and often stays higher than troop levels when military numbers are low, i.e. down to 30,000-50,000.

The reason is simple — the military needs extra workers to build new bases as well as to shut them down. Just like a hotel or restaurant, a military base also needs a minimum number of people to do the basics like janitorial or food service work. And as troops withdraw, U.S. diplomats are likely to hire extra security contractors as they are doing now in Iraq.

Using a range of 1.3 to 1.4 (based on what Afghanistan needed before the surge and Iraq needed after the drawdown), I would project that if the Obama administration draws down to 68,000 troops in Afghanistan by September 2012, they will need 88,400 contractors at the very least, but potentially as many as 95,880.

Fighting for rights, from indigenous Australians to Palestinians

Posted: 28 Jun 2011

As the Gaza Flotilla 2 is soon to sail – despite attempts to sabotage the boats and other delays – what makes the attempt so moving are the personal stories of people who speak up for Palestine, despite the (almost) comical moves to smear them. Amira Hass profiles two Australians, both of whom I know and admire:

This is not the first time that Sylvia Hale, 69, has been asked why she is so active for the Palestinian cause. What about the discrimination against the Aborigines in her own country, Australia, for example?

Hale, a former Green Party parliamentarian who is still active in the party, immediately responded: “Undoubtedly, Australia has a very racist history. Aborigines were give the right to vote only in 1967. But whoever asks us ‘what about the Aborigines,’ are not the ones who are interested in their rights, and not the ones fighting for those rights. They are using this as a diversionary tactic for evading the debate over Israel’s policy, or to delegitimize criticism of Israel.”

And yes, for anyone who is interested: She was and remains involved in other struggles. She has rallied against the initiative to limit the rights of the Aborigines, fought the discriminatory attitude toward refugees in Australia and opposed the policy of stopping boat refugees.

Prior to entering parliament, she hid two refugees in her home so that they would not be arrested.

This week Hale and three of her compatriots will climb on board the Tahrir, the Canadian ship that is participating in the flotilla to the Gaza Strip. She and her Australian colleagues traveled the greatest distance of all the participants. Their flight lasted 48 hours, including the stops in various airports.

Hale and her friend, Vivienne Porzsolt, also 69, give the impression of being typical Western tourists, middle class, middle aged, staying at the hotel where the passengers of the Tahrir have gathered.

But Porzsolt’s involvement also stems directly from being Jewish, she says. “My activism against the Israeli occupation is linked to my Jewish-secular background, the values of equality and morality in the home of my parents [who were] natives of Prague who managed to escape from it immediately following the Nazi occupation in March, 1939. During the 1990s the Jewish element in my life became stronger and I became more interested in the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Because Israel considers itself the country that represents all the Jews of the world, my participation in this voyage is my way of declaring that Israel is not acting on my behalf.”

Wikileaks suffers privatised censorship

Posted: 28 Jun 2011

 

 

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What war does to the reporter’s soul

Posted: 29 Jun 2011

Janine di Giovanni is one of Europe’s leading war correspondents. Last night I read this moving extract from her memoir. Beautifully written, it examines the relationship between her and her partner Bruno and their child, Luca and how reporting in various horror zones eventually entered their hearts and minds and wouldn’t go away. War can be like a drug for some in the media. You’ll rarely hear the people living under the bullets and bombs thinking similarly:

I had been tested for post-traumatic stress disorder a few years previously by a Canadian psychiatrist writing a book about war reporters. He said I did not have it. Aside from one brutal flashback after the murder of two of my colleagues in Sierra Leone by rebel forces I thought I had managed, somehow, to escape a syndrome with which so many had been afflicted. At one point, a psychiatrist in Sarajevo told me that nearly the entire population of the besieged city probably suffered from it.

I never had nightmares in the years of moving from war to war – perhaps some inner survival mode would not allow me to be introspective enough – but they started now: vivid dreams of burning houses, of people without limbs, of children trapped inside shelters. I thought endlessly of the days in Chechnya when I listened to the helicopter gunships and put my hands over my ears, sure I would go mad from the sound of the bombs. Or the time that I rode on the back of a motorcycle in East Timor and smelled the burning of the houses, saw the terror in people’s faces.

While I was actually there, I felt nothing. I never talked about what happened in those places, but I wrote about them. I disagreed that reporters suffered from trauma; after all, I argued, we were the ones who got out. It was the people we left behind that suffered, that died. I did not suffer the syndromes, I did not have the shakes. I did not have psychotic tendencies. I was not an alcoholic or drug addict who needed to blot out memories. I was, I thought, perfectly fine and functioning.

Much later I met another trauma specialist in a cafe in London, who told me that PTSD can also appear later, long after the events. He asked me to describe all I had seen, in detail, but nothing was as painful as Luca’s birth: the helplessness, my inability to protect him, and the sense that anything could and would happen. He listened carefully and recorded my words, which he later sent to me in transcript form. “There are people who live in extremes,” he said, “and you are one of them. You cannot think that will not affect you in some way. It has. It always will.”

The birth awakened fears that had been buried. It started when I hoarded water in our kitchen: plastic packs of more than 50 bottles, which I calculated would last us 20 days. Every time I went to Monoprix to buy food, I bought more and had it delivered. I hoarded tinned food, rice, pasta – food that I remembered stored well in Sarajevo during the siege – and things that might be hard to get – medicine, vast supplies of Ciprofloxacin and codeine – which I got my confused doctor to give me prescriptions for. I hoarded bandages, gauzes, even the field dressings that I had saved from Chechnya which were meant to be pressed against bullet holes to staunch the blood, and I read first aid guides of how to remove bullets and shrapnel, set broken bones and survive chemical attacks. Bruno would watch, concerned but non-judgmental.

“We’re in Paris,” he would say, “not Grozny. Not Abidjan. We’re safe.”

“But how do you know? That’s what people said about Yugoslavia. One day they went to the cash machines and there was no money.”

As Glenn Beck leaves Murdoch’s bosom, this is what we’ll miss

Posted: 29 Jun 2011

Watching a new Palestinian tactic unfold

Posted: 29 Jun 2011

Rami Khouri writes in Lebanon’s Daily Star:

While the Arab world is experiencing a historic series of citizen revolts against nondemocratic governments, something equally significant is happening among Palestinians in their struggle with Israel and Zionism. Very slowly, almost imperceptibly, Palestinians seem to be making a strategic shift in their mode of confrontation with Israel, from occasional military attacks toward a more nonviolent and political confrontation.

This development seems to be driven by two factors: that various kinds of armed struggle against Israel, by Palestinians or Arab armies, have had little or no impact on changing Israeli policies; and, that nonviolent political protests are more in keeping with the spirit of the moment in the Arab world, where unarmed civilians openly confront their oppressors and in most cases seem to be making headway.

The signs of Palestinian political struggle, as opposed to militarism, are most visible in four dimensions or incidents these days. The first were the two days in May and June when symbolic numbers of Palestinian refugees marched to the borders of Israel to proclaim their right to return to their homes. Israeli as usual replied with gunfire, killing over a dozen Palestinians. The scene at the Qalandia checkpoint in the West Bank north of Jerusalem was especially poignant, as Palestinian young men used slingshots – that great Hebrew Bible symbol – to pester the Israeli soldiers in full battle gear on the rooftops raining tear gas down on them. I suspect this is not the last time we will see unarmed Palestinian civilians march en masse in affirmation of their rights, whether in Israel, in Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands, or around the world.

The second is the flotilla of ships that is expected to set sail this week from nearby Mediterranean ports to break the Israeli siege of Gaza, even though the siege has been eased somewhat in recent months, especially since the new Egyptian government opened the Rafah crossing to a nearly normal flow of trade. The flotilla follows half a dozen others that have made the journey in the last three years with the same purpose: to challenge the Israeli sea blockade and affirm the rights of Palestinians to have normal contacts with the rest of the world.

The third sign is the Palestinian insistence on asking the U.N. General Assembly to vote this September on recognizing a Palestinian state within the borders of the lands occupied by Israel in 1967 (West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem). This move has incensed the Israeli government and its many proxies in the U.S., where a vehement campaign is underway to stop the United Nations vote from taking place.

The intensity of the Israeli and American opposition to the vote strategy is hysterical to the point of irrationality, given that a U.N. General Assembly vote in itself has very little practical value or impact in political or legal terms. Yet the Israeli response is telling of a deeper fear. What frightens the Israelis is the determination of Palestinians to use all available political means to carry on the struggle against Zionism and Israel, until Palestinian rights are achieved and Israelis and Palestinians can live in adjacent states with fully equal rights. Israel has never developed a strategy for countering a serious Arab political offensive against it, and it shows.

The fourth sign is the continued development of the global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it complies with its obligations under international law and conventions. Palestinian civil society launched BDS in 2005 as a strategy that allows people of conscience around the world to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.

Internet turning into tool of national security state

Posted: 29 Jun 2011

We see evidence for this everywhere, in both democracies and repressive nations alike. But how many of us in Western states recognise that tools like Facebook can be utilised for both “good” (connecting friends and family) and bad (surveillance)?

Freelance journalist Inga Ting interviewed me for this piece in Crikey yesterday:

Yet the problem may not simply be historical myopia; it may be cultural. In Western liberal democracies where citizens are continually told they are free, citizens are simply not as wary of their governments — or each other — as they perhaps should be.

“The bottom line of this is that if we can use certain tools to communicate, bring people together, identify people, make friends, etc, exactly the same things can be done by the other side,” said freelance journalist and author Antony Loewenstein, who has conducted extensive research on the internet in repressive regimes.

“Sort of a self-evident thing to say, but a lot of people simply don’t think of it like that. In repressive states they do because they know how it works… The regime in Iran, for example, has literally armies of Iranian cyber-warriors who go around identifying dissidents or trying to destroy dissident websites… China is of course the most extreme example. No one knows an exact figure but at least 150,000 people every day surf the internet looking for suspect comments, websites.

“So the amount of thoughtless information that people put on Facebook simply doesn’t happen in a repressive state… It literally is a matter of life and death.”

David Vaile, executive director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of NSW, hopes the aftermath of this event will serve as a clear warning to social media users.

“In real life it’s recognised that we don’t want to live in a police state … [yet] people are putting up on Facebook evidence that they [the police] would have had to get a warrant for before,” Vaile said.

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IsraHell guilty of “archeological crime” in Jerusalem

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I’m writing to share an alarming development regarding the Mamilla
Cemetery in Jerusalem.  This past weekend, only weeks after a Jerusalem
Municipal planning committee granted final permission for construction of
the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s so-called “Museum of Tolerance” atop the
oldest Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem, Israeli bulldozers entered the part
of the ancient Mamilla Cemetery that remained intact to destroy and
dispose of nearly 100 grave markers, both ancient and renovated.

The bulldozers worked under the cover of night (from 11pm to 1am on June
25-26, 2011), and retreated hastily when their operators realized that
they were being filmed by local media and activists, as can be seen in the
coverage broadcast by Al-Arabiya and Al-Jazeera,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxDqH3rrMPo&feature=player_embedded;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNdw2tQK0Cg&feature=player_embedded

Even before this weekend’s developments, preparatory construction for this
Museum had already resulted in the destruction and disinterment of
thousands of Muslim graves and human remains. Gideon Suleimani, the chief
archaeologist appointed by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) to
excavate the site, concluded after a review of the site that construction
should not continue and that the IAA’s conduct on the site, which contains
“tens of thousands of skeletons,” constituted an “archeological crime.”

Can you help get the word out to archeologists and anthropologists and see
if any network or group would be willing to organize against this- either
through a statement, an open letter, or any other ideas that might emerge?
I think it would be very powerful to have that sector of academics and
professionals speak out on this. If you know of any groups that are
concerned about cemetery desecrations please send this email to them. 

CCR has been involved in an effort by 60 individual descendants from 15 of
Jerusalem’s oldest Muslim families; we worked with a group of advocates to
submit a Petition in February 2010 to United Nations bodies urging them to
help stop the building of the Museum atop the cemetery.  You can find more
information about this effort, as well as a 2-page factsheet for
distribution, here: http://www.ccrjustice.org/ourcases/current-cases/mamilla.

The U.N. Human Rights Council in 2010 and 2011 passed two resolutions expressing “its
grave concern at the excavation of ancient tombs and removal of hundreds
of human remains from part of the historic Ma’man Allah (Mamilla) Cemetery
in the holy city of Jerusalem in order to construct a museum of
tolerance.”

The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
has asked Israel what measures it was implementing to respect and protect
cultural heritage and cultural property as well as freedom of religion or
belief with regards to Mamilla Cemetery, and UNESCO has also raised the
issue of Mamilla Cemetery with Israel. Unfortunately, most recently,
UNESCO has responded to Petitioners that the Mamilla Cemetery is outside
of their mandate, despite the fact that in the past they have urged the
protection of Palestinian cultural heritage throughout the Holy City of
Jerusalem, including the Mamilla Cemetery. 

Close to 10,000 individuals have signed a public petition supporting the
demands of the UN Petition, which include the reburial of disinterred
remains, the relocation of the Museum outside of the Cemetery, and the
preservation of the Cemetery as a religious and cultural heritage site
(see:

http://www.ccrjustice.org/get-involved/action/take-action%3A-protect-cultural-rights-and-religious-freedom).

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Residents to Start Building “Bil’in West” Following Barrier’s Rerouting

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Media Advisory

Residents to Start Building “Bil’in West” Following Barrier’s Rerouting
This Friday, as part of the weekly demonstration, residents of Bil’in will commence the construction of a new neighborhood of the village, ‘Bil’in West”, on lands returned to the village following the rerouting of Israel’s Separation Barrier.

What: Construction of new neighborhood on lands returned to Bil’in
Where: The mosque in Bil’in, West of Ramallah
When: Friday, July 1st at 12:30
Media Contact: Jonathan Pollak +972-54-632-7736

Six years after their struggle has begun and four years after the Israeli High Court has ordered the rerouting of the Wall on Bil’in’s lands, residents of the village will finally have free access to 600 dunams (150 acres) of land that were previously sequestered behind the Wall.

While continuing to fight for the remaining 1350 dunams (330 acres) that are effectively annexed to the settlement of Modi’in Illit, the Bil’in Popular Committee announced a new strategy of building community and public buildings on lands that were given back as a way to assert their possession of them.

The regained land is designated as Area C, over which Israel retains complete control of both security and administrative matters. Due to this fact, it is nearly impossible for Palestinians to receive building permits in area C. Palestinian structures built without permit in Area C are often demolished by Israeli authorities and are almost never retroactively whitewashed. In contrast, illegal and unpermitted settlement construction is often retroactively issued the required construction permits, as was the case in the Matityahu East neighborhood of the Modi’in Illit Settlement, which was built on Bil’in’s lands.

Background
On the morning of Tuesday, the 21st of June, army bulldozers began work to dismantle the Wall in Bil’in. As early as 2007, after two years of weekly protests in the village and following a petition filed by the residents, Israeli high court declared the path of the Barrier illegal. The court ruled that the route was not devised according to security standards, but rather for the purpose of settlement expansion. Despite the high court’s ruling four more years of struggle had to elapse for the army to begin dismantlement. During these years two people were killed in the course of the weekly protests and many others injured.

Yet even according to the new path, sanctioned by the high court, 435 acres of village land will remain on the “Israeli” side of the Barrier.

On September 4th, 2007, the high court ordered the state to come up with an alternative path for the existing Barrier in Bil’in within a reasonable period of time. Despite the ruling, many months elapsed and no new plan was offered. On the May 29th, 2008, the residents of Bil’in filed a petition to hold the state in contempt of the court due to this delay. In response to the petition, the state offered an alternative path. However, the plan failed to comply with the high court’s ruling as the proffered path left a large area designed for settlement expansion on the “Israeli” side of the Barrier. The only difference between the two paths being that the latter offered to award 40 acres of land back to the residents.

A second petition claiming the alternative path not in accordance with court ruling was then filed. On August 3rd, 2008, the court declared that the first alternative path indeed fails to adhere to the ruling. The court ordered the state to come up with another alternative path.

On September 16th, 2008, the state offered a second alternative path. This path also left a large area designed for settlement expansion on the “Israeli” side, offering to return a100 acres of village land to the residents. A lawyer for the residents asked that the state be held in contempt of the court for violating a court ruling for the second time.

On December 15th, 2008, the high court ruled that the second alternative path was not in accordance with the original court ruling.

In April 2009 the state offered a third alternative path which left most of the area destined for settlement expansion on the “Palestian” side of the Barrier, thereby returning to the village 150 acres of 490 acres annexed by the original path.

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NATO airstrike kills 8 Libyan civilians

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A NATO warplane has targeted a market in the Libyan town of Tawragha, leaving at least eight civilians dead and several others wounded.

Some of the injured are in critical condition, Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing a local news agency.

NATO carried out the airstrike on Tawragha, 300 km east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday amid reports that NATO warplanes were hovering over Tajura, another town 20 km east of Tripoli on the same day.

Libyan state television has reportedly aired videos of civilians killed or injured in NATO attacks since the Western military alliance began its air campaign in the crisis-hit North African nation.

This comes as a recent report by the Center for Research on Globalization says the bombs and missiles that the US-led alliance has dropped on several Libyan cities contain depleted uranium.

NATO launched a major air campaign against the forces of the Libyan regime in mid-March, saying the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 gave the bloc a mandate to “protect the Libyan population.”

However, the Western coalition airstrikes have claimed the lives of scores of Libyan civilians so far

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‘Gaza worse off than ever’

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by crescentandcross

Palestinian boys read the Holy Quran at an Islamic school in Gaza, June 28, 2011.

Palestinian and UN officials say the quality of life in the impoverished Gaza Strip has even further deteriorated since the Israeli regime claimed it was ‘easing’ its blockade of the coastal sliver.

Milina Shahin, who is with the Public Information Office at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza, says unemployment has climbed to 45.6 percent while the number of Palestinians earning just $1.6 per day has tripled over the past year, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, said that still very little gets through the blockade.

“The Israeli occupation was not honest when they announced that they would let into Gaza everything that Gaza needs, including the raw materials that are needed for construction,” Abu Zuhri added.

However, the coordinator of Tel Aviv’s operations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Major General Eitan Dangot, denied that Gazans lacked anything.

Dangot claimed there were more trucks with supplies crossing into the enclave.

The Israelis announced in 2010 that they were ‘significantly easing’ its blockade of the besieged coastal strip to allow in consumer goods, a decision that came after nine activists on a Turkish aid convoy were killed in an Israeli attack on a flotilla that tried to break years of Tel Aviv’s siege on Gaza.

In a recent development, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman branded the participants in the Freedom Flotilla II as “hardcore activists” that are “looking for blood,” and threatened that they would be confronted should they approach the coastal sliver.

“It is clear that those who are still participating in the (relief aid) flotilla are the hardcore terror activists,” Liberman claimed.

The Israeli regime laid an economic siege on Gaza in June 2007 after an elected Hamas government took control of the strip.

Some 1.5 million people in Gaza are being denied their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and the right to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

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Lebanon: UN ruling needs ‘evidence’

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Lebanon requests evidence supporting the recent indictment issued by a US-backed UN tribunal probing the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafiq Hariri.

On Thursday, Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said in a televised speech that “indictments, despite of their source, are not conclusive and that any accusations need solid evidence that cannot be doubted,” Reuters reported.

“Every individual accused is innocent until proven guilty,” he asserted.

The controversial Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which has been investigating Hariri’s death for the past four years under the auspices of Washington, submitted a sealed indictment and arrest warrants to the Lebanese Justice Ministry earlier on Thursday.

The pro-Western Future Television owned by the Future Movement of the victim’s son Sa’ad Hariri said that the indictment had named four members of the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah.

The ministry, however, is yet to make the contents public.

Rafiq Hariri was killed along with more than 20 others in a massive car bombing in the Lebanese capital, Beirut on February 14, 2005.

Reports issued long before the indictment’s submission implicated Hezbollah and Syria.

Hezbollah has strictly rejected any involvement in the incident and called the tribunal an “American-Israeli project.”

In an August 2010 public speech, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah presented evidence proving that Israel had been behind the assassination.

Nasrallah’s televised address featured video footage taken by Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as recorded confessions by Israeli fifth columnists, substantiating that Tel Aviv had masterminded the killing.

Damascus has likewise denied any role and released similar evidence exposing Tel Aviv’s fingerprint.

Previous to its issuance, analysts had warned that a potential verdict against Hezbollah or Syria was a means of sowing discord within the Lebanese ranks.

Sa’ad Hariri, though, has hailed the release of the indictment as a “historic moment.”

“After many years of patience, of struggle… today, we witness a historic moment in Lebanese politics, justice and security,” he has said.

During his address, Mikati urged the country to “to stand in the way of those aiming to target our nation.”

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‘US, IsraHell root of intl. society problems’

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has lashed out at the United States and IsraHell as the root cause of problems plaguing the human community.

“The most problems humanity suffers from are the result of the expansionist and non-divine rule of the United States and its evil hanger-on, the Zionist regime [of IsraHell],” Ahmadinejad said at the opening ceremony of the 28th International Holy Qur’an Competition in Tehran on Wednesday, IRNA reported.

“The uncivilized Zionists, for the sake of their own passions, have crushed and are crushing all humans under their heavy wheels of their egotism, materialism and capitalism,” he added.

The Iranian president referred to the occupation of Palestinian territories by the IsraHell army and the deaths of over one million people in the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as further proof that Washington and its Middle East ally have sacrificed all human virtues to reach their colonial goals.

“Today, when there is a crime, corruption or dictator, wherever there is humiliation of humans — when we pursue we come across the Zionist regime or the US or their allies,” Ahmadinejad pointed out.

“They know no boundary for stuffing their bottomless pockets,” he added.

The Iranian top executive official described reliance on God and his messengers as the only way toward perfection and happiness and attributed all plights of humankind to detachment from divinity.

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Flotilla activist: IsraHell wanted Irish ship to sink at sea

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by crescentandcross

 

Owner of Irish ship Saorise presents photos of damaged propeller shaft, which he says was damaged in order sink ship after it had set sail for Gaza. ‘Israel only party likely to have carried out this potentially murderous act,’ he says

The coordinator of the Irish ship Saoirse, bound for Gaza in an international flotilla, told Ynet Thursday Israel had sabotaged the ship so that it would sink in mid-sail, not in order to prevent it from sailing.

“This was a potentially murderous act,” said Dr Fintan Lane, who also owns the vessel.

“If we had not spotted the damage as a result of a short trip in the bay, we would have gone to sea with a dangerously damaged propeller shaft,” he said.

“One of the most shocking aspects is the delayed nature of the sabotage. It wasn’t designed to stop the ship from leaving its berth; instead, it was intended that the fatal damage to the ship would occur while she was at sea and this could have resulted in the deaths of several of those on board.”

The sabotage claims against Israel Wednesday succeeded similar claims made by the operators of the Juliano vessel, a Greek flotilla ship which also requires repair.

Twenty activists that had intended to sail with the Saorise from Göcek port, in Turkey, will have to seek a new mode of transportation as the vessel cannot set off in its current state. Six have reportedly already done so.

Operators of the flotilla sent Ynet photos of the damaged propeller shaft, which they present as evidence of intent to damage the ship in a dangerous manner.

‘Damage similar to that done to Juliano ship in Greece’

Lane says passengers noticed some trouble Monday night, and that divers who went down to investigate discovered the damage and alerted an expert team.

He explained that divers had damaged the shaft in order to cause it to bend, which would eventually have led to a breach in the hull while the ship was navigating the high seas.

The damage was very similar to that caused to the Juliano in Greece, Lane said, adding that the damage was most certainly intentional and a product of human intervention.

“Israel is the only party likely to have carried out this reckless action and it is important that the Irish government and the executive in Northern Ireland insist that those who ordered this act of international terrorism be brought to justice. This was carried out in a Turkish town and shows no respect for Turkish sovereignty and international law,” said Lane.

He added that the damage would take weeks and around 15,000 euro to fix, effectively preventing the ship from taking part in the flotilla.

Lane, who was on board Challenger 1 in last year’s flotilla, said: “The Freedom Flotilla is a non-violent act of practical and humanitarian solidarity with the people of Gaza, yet Israel continues to use threats and violence to delay its sailing. They attacked us in international waters last year; now they are attacking us in Turkish and Greek ports. There is no line that Israel won’t cross.”

Lane and his associates, who have already secured passage on one of the other flotilla vessels, plan on holding a press conference in Dublin Thursday in order to present their findings and publicly accuse Israel of sabotage. They will also ask the Irish government to respond, he says.

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