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


All Israelis are saying is: Give peace a chance

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

A Palestinian mother and her two babies lay together in the drawer of the morgue fridge as workers prepare the bodies for burial in the Beit Hanun hospital following an Israeli military operation in which Israeli tanks fired on homes in the northern Gaza Strip. The world reacted with horrified shock to an Israeli army attack on Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip that killed 18 civilians, eight of them children. Foto:Mahmud Hams/AFP ‘I cannot see a day when we


Hezbollah to Israeli gays: We are with you. Allah Akhbar

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

By Harvey Morris in Jerusalem Thousands of police officers are due to deploy in Jerusalem on Friday to protect a Gay Pride parade after a week of riots and protests by the city’s ultra-Orthodox community failed to persuade the authorities to cancel the event. Organisers have agreed to change the route of the parade to avoid the centre of the city. However, the concession did not sway opponents of the march who, for a sixth night running, blocked streets in


ADL deplores the New Anti-Semitism

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

By Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents, Haaretz Service and News Agencies Israel Defense Forces soldiers killed 28 Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Wednesday. More than half of the fatalities were civilians killed by an errant IDF shell on the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun. Twenty-one Qassam rockets were fired toward Israel on Wednesday, Army Radio reported, after IDF artillery shells struck a residential area in Beit Hanun in the early hours of the


Times to run special 10,467-part series on "Remembering the Holocaust"

On Thursday, November 9th, 2006 in News.

Rory McCarthy in Beit Hanoun and Conal Urquhart in Nablus At least 19 Palestinians were killed and 40 wounded when five Israeli shells hit a row of houses in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun this morning. The dead and injured – including nine children, four women and six men – were sleeping when the first shell hit at around 6am local time. Many of the victims were taken to hospital in their pyjamas. Family members mourn their dead



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