The Guardian Rejects Racist Zionist Dershowitz Ad on ‘Human Shields’ In Gaza


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The British Guardian newspaper rejected an ad written by Racist Zionist Alan Dershowitz, reported over the weekend.

The ad, titled “The Empty Spaces in Gaza,” counters the claims that Gaza is “one of the most densely populated areas in the world,” and is based on a an article of the same name that Dershowitz wrote earlier this month for the Gatestone Institute.

“The fact that these sparsely populated areas exist in the Gaza Strip raises several important moral questions,” Dershowitz wrote: “Why don’t the media show the relatively open areas of the Gaza Strip? … Why doesn’t Hamas use sparsely populated areas from which to launch its rockets and build its tunnels?” and “Why does the United Nations try to shelter Palestinian civilians right in the middle of the areas from which Hamas is firing?” The article ends with a call to the international community to enforce international law against Hamas and put a stop to the use of civilians as human shields.

After the ad was rejected, Dershowitz was quoted by as saying that “The Guardian, which holds itself out to be a purveyor of diverse truth, clearly reflects a bias against Israel on its editorial pages, as well as in its presentation of the news. Now that bias has spread to the advertising pages.”

A spokesman for the newspaper told that “The Guardian reserves the right to reject any advertisement.”

Last week, The Guardian agreed to run an advertisement accusing Hamas of “child sacrifice” as another British newspaper, The Times, came under fire for refusing to print it.

The ad, written by Nobel prize-winning author Elie Wiesel, calls on U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to condemn Hamas’ “use of children as human shields.”

On Saturday, British newspaper The Jewish Chronicle apologized for running an advertisement for a charity raising funds for the crisis in Gaza.

The weekly paper said running the ad for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Gaza Crisis Appeal was “meant as a purely humanitarian gesture.”

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US, UK seek to protect Zio-Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia from ISIL


The US and the UK are seeking to suppress the advance of ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Iraq out of fear that the group might pose a threat to Saudi Arabia, a political commentator tells Press TV.

“The point is they [the US and Britain] created this monster [the ISIL], and they now fear that this monster will now turn on Saudi Arabia in particular, and they are friends with Saudi Arabia and so they are now trying to control it,” Rodney Shakespeare said in an interview with Press TV.

He further said that Washington and London are not prepared to head straight to the source of support for the ISIL acts of terrorism in the region, which is Saudi Arabia.

The terror group in the first place has been created by the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia “aided by their sidekicks in Turkey and [British] Prime Minister David Cameron,” Shakespeare noted, adding that the main purpose of the ISIL “is to smash up any Middle East state which exhibits any sort of opposition to the expansion of Israel.”

He also warned that “Zionism… has created something [ISIL] which looks like capable of overthrowing eventually Saudi Arabia and will probably end up attacking Israel.”

In a recent article published in The Sunday Telegraph, the British premier warned that if the ISIL Takfiri militants grow stronger, the group would project a threat to the UK and the rest of Europe.

However, Britain has openly supported the militancy in Syria to help topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad. According to reports, an estimated 500 Britons have traveled to Syria to fight along the foreign-backed militants there.

Some British militants are also believed to have crossed into Iraq, where violence escalated two months ago after militants from the ISIL took control of large swathes of the country.

Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama also authorized the use of airstrikes to prevent the advance of ISIL terrorists in Iraq and to protect US personnel and interests inside the country.

The decision came after Washington’s inaction regarding the massacres in Iraq and Syria. The US along with its Western and regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and, Turkey — is reportedly supporting militants operating inside Syria.

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US corporations boycott Glasgow over Gaza support

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators listen to speeches holding placards and waving Palestinian flags at a mass rally in support of the embattled Gaza Strip in London on August 9, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators listen to speeches holding placards and waving Palestinian flags at a mass rally in support of the embattled Gaza Strip in London on August 9, 2014. (AFP Photo / Leon Neal)

Hundreds of US businesspeople have scrapped plans to visit Glasgow, following the Scottish city’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag following Israeli military operations in Gaza.

The visitors represented major US corporations such as Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil and Coca-Cola, and were due to visit the Glasgow as a reward for investing millions into its economy.

The delegation of 600 CEOs and business leaders was organized by the vice president of a leading Fortune 500 company, Richard Cassini.

However, following Glasgow City Council’s decision to fly the flag over its city chambers as a sign of solidarity with Gaza, Cassini wrote to Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Sadie Docherty, canceling the planned event.

“We were scheduling six days in Glasgow, three for business and three for leisure time,” Cassin wrote. “Having read your statement endorsing Hamas and its leadership due to the number of Muslims in your city, I have decided to cancel all plans for our trip. We are a Fortune 500 Company, so costs were really not a serious consideration, location was,” he said.

“Hopefully, the Muslim population that you so sincerely endorse will have the spending power of the very people you have chased away so well.”

While Glasgow City Council has acknowledged receiving the email, they have not responded “because of the volume” of emails relating to the council’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag.

“The council has received more than 1,500 emails/calls/online forms, etc, about the flag and is responding to each” of tem, a council spokeswoman said.

The council sparked controversy when it decided to raise the Palestinian flag in the wake of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Gaza, which began in July.

In a letter to the Mayor of Bethlehem, Israel, Docherty offered her “heartfelt sympathy” to the people of Gaza.

“Glasgow is home to many friends of Palestine and this is a deeply distressing time for them. They represent a variety of ethnicities, political persuasions, faiths and none. However, they are united by a common desire to support the Palestinian people,” she said.

The council’s decision was met with criticism from a number of Jewish representative groups, including the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, who referred to the act as “the worst kind of gesture politics”.

It “does nothing to alleviate the suffering on either side of the conflict,” they added.

Cassini insisted his decision to abandon the business leaders’ trip to Glasgow would not be reversed.

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Freedom to live ordinary lives

David Cameron and the Israeli flag

as per the 2005 promises. That’s all the Gazans want

By Stuart Littlewood

I have just received a very disappointing reply from my true-blue Tory MP to pleas for real government action over the slaughter in Gaza

A similarly worthless response has been received in other parts of the country, so I conclude that the ex-Etonian didn’t pen the twaddle himelf. More likely it was the work, as usual, of a Foreign Office scribbler trained by Mark Regev’s hasbara unit in Tel Aviv.

“Israel has a right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks.” it said. But no such right can be claimed when Israel is the illegal occupier inflicting collective punishment on its victim – a war crime, as everyone knows. Civilian casualties indicate it is actually Israel’s bombardment that’s indiscriminate, even with state-of-the-art weaponry.

And, as my MP must be aware, Hamas is entitled to put up armed resistance against an invader with any weapons at its disposal.

Broken promises and Tory delusions

He talks about “creating the space for wider discussions on how to resolve the underlying issues”. He and his mates in the British government show no sign of actually understanding what those issues are and have consistently failed to address them, despite their eye-wateringly expensive education. They could go back to Herzl and the Zionist Congress of 1897. They could go back to 1917 and Balfour. They could go back to 1947 and the absurd UN Partition Plan. They could go back to 1948, the Dalet Plan and Jewish terror operations that ethnically cleansed the Palestinian territories. They could go back to 2002 and the illegal Separation Wall that annexes further swathes of prime Palestinian land and resources.

Actually they only have to retrace their steps a short distance to 2005 for a pretty clear view of the underlying causes. I set these out in another article a week or so ago. But they bear repeating for the benefit of the dull-witted loafers who crowd the corridors of power in London and Washington.

When Israel “disengaged” from Gaza in September 2005 (i.e. pulled out its ground troops and squatters while continuing to occupy Palestinian airspace, coastal waters and crossings to the outside world) it signed an Agreement on Movement intended to maintain and develop Gaza’s economy and set the scene for a viable Palestinian state. The agreement, drawn up by the US and sponsored by the Quartet, was launched by Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, and Javier Solana, the European Union high representative, in Jerusalem on 15 November 2005.

Rice said the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza returned control of that territory to the Palestinian people and the EU would play an important role in implementing the scheme. “This agreement is intended to give the Palestinian people freedom to move, to trade, to live ordinary lives. The agreement covers six topics:

First, for the first time since 1967, Palestinians will gain control over entry and exit from their territory. This will be through an international crossing at Rafah, whose target opening date is 25 November.

Second, Israel and the Palestinians will upgrade and expand other crossings for people and cargo between Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. This is especially important now because Israel has committed itself to allow the urgent export of this season’s agricultural produce from Gaza.

Third, Palestinians will be able to move between Gaza and the West Bank; specifically, bus convoys are to begin about a month from now and truck convoys are to start a month after that.

Fourth, the parties will reduce obstacles to movement within the West Bank. It has been agreed that by the end of the year the United States and Israel will complete work to lift these obstacles and develop a plan to reduce them.

Fifth, construction of a Palestinian seaport can begin. The Rafah model will provide a basis for planned operations.

Sixth, the parties agree on the importance of the airport. Israel recognizes that the Palestinian Authority will want to resume construction on the airport. I am encouraging Israel to consider allowing construction to resume as this agreement is successfully implemented…

Israel failed to honour any of these promises.

Then, in 2012, Operation Pillar of Cloud ended with an agreement in which Israel promised to cease military incursions into Gaza by land, sea and air, cease the targeting of individuals, and “open the crossings and facilitate the movement of people and transfer of goods, and refrain from restricting residents’ free movement and targeting residents in border areas”. Israel fulfilled none of these obligations.

Same old, same old waste of time

Government MPs keep saying – and mine said it again in his letter – that a negotiated two-state solution is the only way to resolve the conflict and “no other option exists”.

Surely it is time to stop spinning this tired old lie. British governments have pursued a “negotiated” two-state solution for decades and never come close to delivering it. It is a discredited policy.

We hear precious little of justice, of Palestinian rights or Palestinian security, of implementing UN resolutions, of conforming with international law, of ending the occupation.

The letter ends by saying: “I can assure you the UK will work with all parties to make progress towards this goal.”

Well, we have seen the shoddy work his government does, shackled to the US-Israeli agenda for endlessly delaying action so that the occupation may become permanent.

We hear precious little of justice, of Palestinian rights or Palestinian security, of implementing UN resolutions, of conforming with international law, of ending the occupation. This craven government couldn’t even bring itself to support a UN inquiry into war crimes committed in Gaza. No progress towards peace has been achieved. Nor will it ever be with leaders like David Cameron whose undying loyalty is pledged to Israel.

Instead of covering the same old ground and uttering the same old mantra time and time again, trying to make the situation appear insurmountable, all the government and its international partners need to do is implement the 2005 agreement – and use sanctions if necessary to make it stick.

Britain’s Conservatives are gung-ho with sanctions, often leading the charge – against Iraq, Iran, Burma, Libya, Syria, Russia, even Palestine (via the EU, remember?). The UK loudly condemns Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and has been at the forefront of EU measures to impose sanctions, including asset freezes, export restrictions and an arms embargo. But when the vilest terror regime of all illegally annexes Palestinian territory the UK rewards it and won’t hear of sanctions.

Just as I was signing off, an unsolicited email from the foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, arrived in my inbox. On the Gaza situation it says:

The current negotiations are not easy. But there is no other viable option than a comprehensive negotiated solution that will allow both Israeli and Palestinian people to live in peace and security.

Ultimately, we must see a return to talks on a negotiated two-state solution, which remains the only way to resolve the conflict and end the human suffering it causes once and for all.

See what I mean? Same old, same old waste of time. What is the point of negotiating new terms when the old ones have been ignored?

My MP says Britain is working with international partners to achieve an end to Israeli operations against Gaza. Does this mean an end to all harmful operations – the blockade, the continual overflying, the interference with fishing and other shipping and the constant invasion of Palestinian territorial waters? Will this international effort restore to Palestinians their seaport and airport, as per the 2005 promises?

While they’re about it, how about an end to operations against the West Bank too? No rockets coming from there.

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UK justice secretary admits prison problems


The UK’s Justice Secretary Chris Grayling admits that prisons in England and Wales face a number of problems. (File photo)

The UK’s Justice Secretary Chris Grayling admits that prisons in England and Wales face a number of problems. (File photo).

British Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has admitted that prisons in England and Wales face a number of problems, including rises in violence and suicides as well as staff shortages.

Grayling acknowledged that there are rising cases of assaults by prisoners and of inmates killing themselves and that, in certain prisons, there were shortages of staff.

The justice minister, however, refused to say that there is a crisis, saying the government was adapting measures to tackle the problems.

According to official figures from the Ministry of Justice, the number of registered assaults by inmates in England and Wales increased from 14,083 in 2012-2013 to 15,033 in 2013-2014. In addition, the latest statistics have revealed a record number of “serious” assaults, including attacks on prison staff.

This is while the number of prison officers in England and Wales has been slashed by 30 percent over the past three years, from 27,650 members in September 2010 to 19,325 in the same month in 2013.

A separate report has recently revealed that in the year to March, 88 prisoners killed themselves in English and Welsh jails, up from 52 in the previous year. In addition, the report found that, since January, 44 inmates took their lives, while another 23,478 have harmed themselves.

The development comes as Grayling has come under increasing criticism over his handling of the country’s prison system.

Prison governors have earlier warned that British jails are struggling with a record prison population of more than 85,000, while the government has imposed budget cuts of almost 25 percent over the past three years.

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Wake Up: UK watchdog accuses DWP of hiding failings


British Work and Pension Secretary Iain Duncan Smith (shown) launched the universal credit scheme in 2011.

The UK’s spending watchdog has accused ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of hiding the failures of the government’s troubled universal credit scheme.

The parliamentary watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee, said in a report published by The Guardian on Monday that the DWP ministers tried to hide the failings by imposing a new rating termed “reset” on the three-year old project.

The watchdog said it was concerned that the Major Projects Authority specifically awarded the reset term to the troubled credit scheme in a bid to prevent scrutiny, as the new rating has not been applied to another scheme.

“We are particularly concerned that the decision to award a ‘reset’ rating to the universal credit project was an attempt to keep information secret and prevent scrutiny,” said the committee.

According to the report, the new reset rating meant that the credit scheme was not rated by the Major Projects Authority in this year’s annual report and there will not be assessment of the project’s progress until May 2015.

“This is a long time to wait for an update on a project as important as universal credit,” said the committee.

Margaret Hodge, the chair of the committee, said the problems within the scheme could have been disclosed if the MPA had published information regarding the project.

The credit scheme has been criticized by successive watchdogs for failing to report problems the DWP has experienced with the technology, such as administrative errors and computer glitches, which caused a number of claimants’ payments to go missing.

The 2.4-billion pound scheme was launched in 2011 by Work and Pension Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and involves merging six different benefits, with the claimant receiving a single monthly household payment.

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Palestinians share tear gas advice with Ferguson protesters

As authorities crack down on protests, Palestinians stand with teargassed Missouri residents.
A man watches as police walk through a cloud of smoke during a clash with protesters August 13, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Ferguson, a suburb of the US city of St. Louis, has erupted in protest over the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. After local police cracked down on protesters, some on social media noted displays of solidarity from across the globe.
People in Gaza are tweeting information on how to handle tear gas to the citizens of Ferguson.
  1. Local authorities in Ferguson have begun responding to nightly protests with tear gas and rubber bullets. Palestinians on Twitter could relate, and shared words and images of support with the US protesters.
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The oppressed stands with the oppressed. stands with .
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We stand with people of Solidarity from

  1. fter images of Ferguson police using tear gas were disseminated on Twitter, Palestinians Rajai abuKhalil and Mariam Barghouti drew on their own experiences to express support with protesters in Missouri.
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Made in USA teargas canister was shot at us a few days ago in by Israel, now they are used in .
  1. The two went on to share their advice on dealing with tear gas.
Solidarity with . Remember to not touch your face when teargassed or put water on it. Instead use milk or coke!
Always make sure to run against the wind /to keep calm when you’re teargassed, the pain will pass, don’t rub your eyes! Solidarity
It feels so weird using my experience from and Israeli oppression to give advice to . Much love and solidarity.
The fact Gaza tweeting to the people in Ferguson how to stop tear gas and Ferguson crowd chanting “Free Gaza” is amazing

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Embedded deception in the BBC’s coverage of I$raHell onslaught

A pro-Palestine demonstration at BBC Broadcasting House, London, 14 July 2014. (Photo via StoptheWar.Org.UK)

A pro-Palestine demonstration at BBC Broadcasting House, London, 14 July 2014. (Photo via StoptheWar.Org.UK)

In the Middle East, people used to say “the BBC says” to adduce truth to their claims. Those days are now gone. For the majority of people in the Middle East, the BBC is now seen as parroting the official Israeli narrative in their conflict with the Palestinians.

The BBC’s reporting style, the structure of the story, terminological choice and contextual omissions are the main elements of deception in its coverage of the relentless Israeli onslaught on the Palestinians.

Dissatisfaction with the BBC’s reporting resurfaces whenever Israel wages a war on the Palestinians, Gaza in particular. Discontented people allude to the BBC’s “one-sided” coverage in favor of Israel. The BBC asserts that this discontent is unjustified because it has ‘reported on these issues [present attack on Gaza] in a fair and impartial manner’.

As a response to its critics, the BBC listed the following: “BBC News has reported extensively on Israel’s recent military actions in Gaza” (not attack, emphasis added), “detailed the series of airstrikes on Gaza”, reported on “civilian deaths and casualties”, “reported on the context of the conflict in light of Israel’s continuing blockade”, and “detailed the considerable differences between Hamas and Israel’s respective military capabilities”. It includes hyperlinks to specific articles: 1, 2 and3.

The above list is true. Neither the quantity nor the content of the reported material is in question here. Rather, it is the style with which the BBC reports on Israel-Palestine. This style strikes a chord with Israel’s ready-made public relations dictionary.

The most striking feature of the BBC’s style is the authority with which it near always depicts the Palestinians as the instigators of violence to which Israel reacts in self-defense. Indeed that is how Israeli spokespersons package the events for public consumption, an unsurprising colonial representation. However, it is eerie to find the BBC conducting itself in the same fashion, while claiming impartiality.

It is extremely unusual for the story to begin with notes on Palestinian suffering. Even then, the BBC hardly considers Palestinian suffering as a cause for violence and self-defense, let alone as resistance to Israeli settler-colonialism. Instead, Palestinian violence is always characterized as illegitimate, because unlike the Israelis they should only negotiate and never use arms. Implicitly this creates the impression that Israel is always defending itself, and the Palestinians attacking.

On 15 May, Israeli snipers callously killed  two Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank town of Beitunia, 17-year Nadim Nuwara and 16-year Muhammad Abu al-Thahir, while they were commemorating al-Nakba (the catastrophe) Day. This incident did not make the BBC until several days later (20 May) and only after the footage spread over social and other media sources. Even then it was mentioned only in passing and with great reluctance, the viral nature of the story forcing the BBC to accept what it otherwise would not consider newsworthy.

Thus for the BBC the story about the recent Gaza conflict begins on 12 June 2014 when three Israeli teenagers were murdered near Hebron in Area C, which is under Israeli full control. Their names are not mentioned only because I assume that the amount of times they were mentioned in the media made them much more memorable than the hundreds of Palestinian kids killed in the last month, whose names are not allowed to be mentioned on Israeli radio and whose biographies do not receive front page coverage in the West. All are tragedies.

By devoting lavish coverage to these teens, the BBC contributed significantly to Israeli public relations and its media campaign casting their deaths as a national tragedy, which Israel then used to justify a severe crackdown on the Palestinians, first in the West Bank and then Gaza.

The BBC embraced the cynical and deceitful Israeli narrative of what had happened to the three young people. According to the German ZDF TV investigation, the Israeli government already knew that they were murdered straightaway, yet decided to capitalize on the tragic incident politically by inflicting violence on the Palestinians, first in Hebron, Jerusalem and then Gaza. Even though those murders were portrayed as an act planned by Hamas’ political leaders in Gaza, it is now widely acknowledged that this was a false misrepresentation used to build a pretext for war.

Further, the BBC grants Israeli spokespersons frequent opportunities and airtime to speak, while the Palestinians are denied the same opportunities. The BBC therefore cannot be impartial while simultaneously contributing to and propagating Israel’s hostile campaign.

The Israel-Palestine relationship is a typically colonial one, best epitomized by the appalling incidents of murder of three settler-teenagers and the Palestinian teenager who was burned alive, Muhammad Abu Khdeir. The Zionists who burned Abu Khdeir were guaranteed a trial. Conversely, the entire Palestinian population has been assumed guilty and subjected to collective punishment” for the deaths of the teenagers, before the investigation was even over.

Israel uses teenagers at the forefront of its colonialism and occupation

Although the murder of the Israeli teenagers is tragic and unjustifiable, the motive of the murder is still unknown.

The BBC failed to mention that one of these teenagers is a settler and all three studied at a West Bank yeshiva. We should insist on this true categorization–“settler”–in order to understand the context in which the incident took place and to understand who is the victim and who is the victimizer. International law is clear: all Israeli settlers and settlements are illegal. They also constitute war crimes according to Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Article 8, 2, b, viii). International law endorses the right of the colonized to fight those who deny them freedom by any means”, including violence. Israel is thus using children to break international law and continue its conflict with the Palestine.

It is both amoral and illegal of Israel to use teenagers at the forefront of its colonialism and occupation. Israel uses its civilians and military instrumentally to further a Zionist ideology. Zionism is a settler-colonial movement that has been working towards the replacement of the native Palestinian population with Jewish settlers in order to establish a Jewish state over the entirety of Palestine.

In 1948, Israel was established on 78 per cent of Palestinian land. Zionist forces expelled half of the Palestinian population then (700,000–900,000), expropriated their land and destroyed their villages or repopulated them by Israelis. For the Palestinians this was al-Nakba. Since the 1970s Israel has been settling its civilian population in the remaining land of Palestine —the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Now more than half a million settlers live in the Jewish-only settlements built on confiscated Palestinian land in a gross violation of international law.

Given this reality, the terms “occupation” and “occupied Palestinian territories” are a misleading cover for Israel’s settler-colonial policies. The BBC glosses over this context and uses the phrase “the Occupied West Bank” as an apolitical territorial designation (a name) without any meaningful bearing on the news content.

The latest Israeli hostility has escalated into a full-fledged attack on the Palestinians in Gaza, but yet again the BBC misrepresents the underlying conditions of the conflict. The BBC’s measured discourse articulates the conflict as one between Hamas and Israel, while the Palestinians in Gaza are caught in the middle. The Palestinians and Hamas in particular are always depicted as the cause and instigators of violence to which Israel “retaliates”, “responds” and “reacts” to in “self-defense.”

Two omissions should be emphasized: nothing is said about either the geographical boundaries of Israel’s right to self-defense or about the Palestinians’ right to self-defense against incessant aggression.

What is silenced in the story is far more far more important than what is said. Contextual omission and misrepresentation deceptively represent Israel as acting in self-defense. Describing the Israeli attacks as a form of self-defense is a distortion, which appears coherent only when the context is expunged.

Israel is targeting the Palestinian people, in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, Israel and those in exile. The bombardment and blockade are targeting the 1.8 million people in Gaza, including children, whom Israel already considers potential terrorists”. It is worth mentioning that more than 70 per cent of the people in Gaza are refugees. Israel forced them to leave their homes in 1948, all of whom have theright to return and restitution according to international law.

The BBC’s policy plays its part in dehumanizing the Palestinians. Instead of judging Palestinian violence as a reaction to persistent and violent Israeli colonialism, the BBC frames Palestinian violence as irrational behavior.

The BBC’s reporting style demotes Palestinian suffering, clearly deeming it less worthy than Israeli suffering. Unless the BBC adopts a neutral style, its self-professed impartiality will continue to be dubious regardless of the amount of Palestinian-sympathetic reports it claims to produce.

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Shame on you West Midland Police: Disproportionate and very Heavy response ”VIDEO”

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Atos and G4S pay no corporation tax despite profiting from billions pounds worth of public sector contracts, as auditors warn of ‘crisis of confidence’ over private contractors


National Audit Office says there are ‘worrying examples of contractors not appearing to treat the public sector fairly’

Private contractors carrying out billions of pounds worth of Government work face a “crisis of confidence” from the public, the National Audit Office (NAO) said, as it emerged that two of them paid no corporation tax last year.

The public spending watchdog highlighted a number of investigation it has carried out into alleged abuses by contractors such as Atos, G4S, Serco and Capita, and said much more openness was needed if the taxpayer was to be convinced that they are getting a good deal.

Two reports published by the NAO today found that, between them, these four biggest suppliers hold contracts with the Government that are worth around £4.5 billion. The total value of all the work they carried out last year for the public sector was estimated to cost £6.6 billion.

Despite this, the report revealed that Atos and G4S paid no corporation tax at all in the UK in 2012, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Capita only paid £50-£56 million, while Serco paid £25 million in tax.

The NAO revealed that the profit margins made by four companies on their public sector work averaged around 5 per cent. While this is slightly lower than the typical margins to which a FTSE100 company might operate, they work on the basis of highly valuable, stable and often much longer-term contracts.

The amount made by the companies on any given deal also varied wildly. The public sector profit margins for Serco appeared to be between 0 per cent and 9 per cent, between 1 per cent and 10 per cent for Capita, and between 3 per cent and 22 per cent for Atos. G4S made an overall loss on some of its public sector contracts last year, giving an overall return ranging from -8 per cent to 16 per cent.

The watchdog warned that the Cabinet Office often lacked “commercial experience and expertise below senior levels”, and said that the information on its 40 strategic suppliers was “inconsistent and incomplete”.

Amyas Morse, the head of the NAO, said: “Contracting with private sector providers is a fast-growing and important part of delivering public services.

“But there is a crisis of confidence at present, caused by some worrying examples of contractors not appearing to treat the public sector fairly, and of departments themselves not being on top of things.

Margaret Hodge MP, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, said: “Departments have a duty to ensure that the taxpayer is not being ripped off and that people, not profit, remain at the heart of our public services.

“These reports together raise some big concerns: the quasi-monopolies that have sprung up in some parts of the public sector; the lack of transparency over profits, performance and tax paid; the inhibiting of whistleblowers; the length of contracts that taxpayers are being tied into, and the number of contracts that are not subject to proper competition.

“The recent fraud allegations surrounding the Ministry of Justice’s electronic tagging contracts with G4S and Serco are also a reminder of how important it is that government properly scrutinises and monitors its contracts with private providers.”

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “Hard-working taxpayers expect the best value for money and everyone deserves the best possible public services. Last year alone we saved taxpayers £3.8 billion from our commercial reforms, including renegotiating contracts with our largest suppliers, and we welcome the NAO’s recognition of our achievements.

“We know that the Civil Service lacks commercial capability and that contract management needs to be improved. Our reform programme seeks to address this but we must accelerate change to save taxpayers more, create better quality public services and promote growth.”

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