It seems his crowds are getting smaller and smaller

On Friday, November 10th, 2006 in News.

UCLA International Studies comment By Jennifer Mishory, Daily Bruin reporter, jmishory@media.ucla.edu In talk co-sponsored by CNES, the Harvard professor and author argues “obsessive” focus on Israel takes time and energy away from the protest of other more serious human rights violations perpetrated by other countries. I condemn Israel for its use of cluster bombs in the last days of the [Lebanese-Israeli war]. This article was first published in The Daily Bruin. The online Bruin article is accompanied by a Daily


B'Tselem: Was Beit Hanoun a War Crime?

On Friday, November 10th, 2006 in News.

Israeli artillery shells struck a residential neighborhood in Beit Hanun, Gaza Strip, early Wednesday morning, killing 18 civilians, including 7 minors, and wounding some 40 others. The Israeli military contended that the artillery fire was aimed at the place from which Qassam rockets were fired at Ashkelon yesterday, an area about half a kilometer from where the shells actually landed. The IDF said that human or technical error caused the shells to strike the houses. The Minister of Defense has


Israel declares war on Europe, Asia and Africa; U.S. urges restraint on all sides

On Friday, November 10th, 2006 in News.

Compiled by Daily Star staff Twelve Israeli jets violated Lebanese airspace on Thursday, a few hours after Paris summoned Israel’s ambassador in protest over Israeli warplanes diving on French UN peacekeepers in the South, the Lebanese Army said. The fighter-bombers entered Lebanon at 12:25 p.m. and flew high over the coastal town of Naqoura, headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) near the borders with Israel, an army statement said. They then flew over other Southern regions


The Fifth Freedom: "Freedom from us"

On Friday, November 10th, 2006 in News.

by Robert Fisk 11/09/06 “AAN” — — DEARBORN, MI – Journalists in the “West” should feel a burden of guilt for much that has happened in the Middle East because they have, with their gullibility, sold a fictitious version of events. Their constant references to a “fence” instead of a wall, to “settlements” or “neighborhoods” instead of colonies, their description of the West Bank as “disputed” rather than occupied, has bred a kind of slackness in reporting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


HRW on the Beit Hanoun Massacre

On Friday, November 10th, 2006 in News.

For Immediate Release (Jerusalem, November 10, 2006) – The Israel Defense Forces’ internal inquiry into its artillery shelling of Beit Hanoun, which killed 19 Palestinian civilians and left dozens injured in northern Gaza, failed to address the key questions of whether the attack was a violation of international law and who should be held accountable for the lethal fire, Human Rights Watch said today. The Israeli government should immediately conduct a comprehensive independent investigation to establish these issues. “The IDF’s


Malfunctioning weapon or Malfunctioning STATE?

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent Army investigating deadly Beit Hanoun shelling incident; ‘one possibility is that there was a malfunction in one of our targeting devices,’ Southern Command Chief Yoav Galant says Hanan Greenberg The IDF is investigating Wednesday’s north Gaza shelling incident that left 18 Palestinians dead. Southern Command Chief Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant told reporters that, “one possibility is that there was a malfunction in one of our targeting devices.” “So far our examination has revealed that the forces


"Israel is the only country in the Middle East to have abolished any kind of torture, in fact as well as in law" – Alan Dershowitz, The Case for Israel, p. 206.

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

By Nir Hasson, Haaretz Correspondent Twenty-four hours before the abduction of Corporal Gilad Shalit, Israel Defense Forces soldiers broke into the home of Mustafa Abu Ma’amar in Rafah. Special forces soldiers arrested him and his brother in their respective homes. A few weeks later, Abu Ma’amar told an attorney for the Public Committee Against Torture: “One or two days later (I discovered afterward that it was the same morning the soldier had been kidnapped), three interrogators came to where I


Criminal negligence

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

Prof. John Dugard, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, issued the following statement today: On 25 June 2006 Israel embarked on a military operation in Gaza that has resulted in over 300 deaths, including many civilians; over a thousand injuries; large-scale devastation of public facilities and private homes; the destruction of agricultural lands; the disruption of hospitals, clinics and schools; the denial of access to adequate electricity, water and food; and


The Felix Frankfurter Chair at Harvard Law School Lying? Pray tell me it ain't so

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

Editor’s note: Below is Gordon’s respone to Dershowitz’ latest in The Jerusalem Post Anti-Semitism? You Just Don’t Like What I Say! By NEVE GORDON Alan Dershowitz, Harvard’s Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, has decided to attack me personally, thinking that if he undermines my reputation he can save his own. Paradoxically, he manages to prove one thing in his recent diatribe in the Jerusalem Post: that he is a consistent man. As in his book The Case for Israel, here


New evidence of rising anti-Semitism

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

By Amiram Barkat, Haaretz Correspondent Tuesday’s U.S. elections brought the number of Jewish parliamentarians worldwide to an all-time high, according to the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians. Following Wednesday’s results, the number of Jews in the Senate rose from 11 to 13 and in the House of Representatives from 26 to 30. However, the United States is still only in third place worldwide for the number of Jewish legislators, after Israel and Britain. Britain, despite having a Jewish community 20



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