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**BREAKING** Israeli warplanes have attacked Gaza in the past hour. At least 7 air strikes were reported across the Gaza, rocking the besiged strip, and causing wide spread panic. 8 people have been injured so far, many houses sustained damade, and fire is reported blazing in many shops…[via Gaza TV News]

afghanipoppy:

SOURCE, I’ll link to the AJE when it comes up

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dominickbrady:

This link goes live with transcripts and audio at around 7pm EST. This is the kind of information I think will tell us more about how the situation in Egypt will go in the short run. If Israel is able to convince to the U.S. (if we aren’t already in some capacity) to support Mubarak? Well…

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trastorn:

thestaticsilence:

The prison built, the key thrown in the sea (by AnomalousNYC)
 
The procession needs a witness. Please help tell this story, or at least help me tell this story.
And yes, that is really a street full of blood.
“Innocent Palestinian people are being treated like animals, with the presumption that they are guilty of some crime. … The additional restraints imposed on the new government are a planned and deliberate catastrophe for the citizens of the occupied territories, in hopes that Hamas will yield to the economic pressure.” —former US President Jimmy Carter, May 2006

This is how Israel protects itself…

trastorn:

thestaticsilence:

The prison built, the key thrown in the sea (by AnomalousNYC)

The procession needs a witness. Please help tell this story, or at least help me tell this story.

And yes, that is really a street full of blood.

“Innocent Palestinian people are being treated like animals, with the presumption that they are guilty of some crime. … The additional restraints imposed on the new government are a planned and deliberate catastrophe for the citizens of the occupied territories, in hopes that Hamas will yield to the economic pressure.” —former US President Jimmy Carter, May 2006

This is how Israel protects itself…

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VIVA PALESTINA CONVOY BREAKS SIEGE AND ENTERS GAZA TO JUBILANT CROWDS

afghanipoppy:

The Viva Palestina convoy of almost 150 vehicles, 370 people from 30 different countries and $5 million of aid has entered Gaza.
 
Amidst scenes of jubilation from thousands of Palestinians there to greet the convoy, Kevin Ovenden, the convoy director, expressed his joy at being in Gaza once again. “We have driven more than 3,000 miles to bring this essential aid and to break this illegal siege of Gaza. We have been joined by supporters from Morocco and Algeria and from the Gulf States and Jordan, to make this the biggest convoy ever to break the siege of Gaza. We are absolutely overjoyed to be here and to bring with us the soil from the graves of those who were massacred on the Mavi Marmara which will be used to plant trees as a memorial to their sacrifice.”
 
The convoy set out four weeks and five days ago from London. It travelled through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Syria. Everywhere the reception was fantastic and the generosity of well-wishers unsurpassed. Towards the end there was a frustrating delay in Syria whilst negotiations at the highest levels were conducted with the Egyptian authorities. In the end it was all worth it as the Egyptian authorities decided to allow passage of the whole convoy, sadly excluding just 17 members of the convoy including George Galloway.
 
The convoy will be handed over in its entirety to the relevant bodies tomorrow and the members of the convoy then expect to leave Gaza and return home in the next 48 hours after celebrations and formal thanks are given.


see also:  
http://azura4gaza.blogspot.comhttp://azratogaza.blogspot.com/
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/147632.html
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/10/2010102116204296870.html
http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/news/viva-palestina-5-arrives-arish-after-lengthy-delay

Alhamdulillah.

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desertxxrose:

Some highlights from the article:

The unidentified former soldier was shielded behind a wood-and-plastic partition, and his testimony about the events leading up to Corrie’s death were relayed into the courtroom over a microphone.

“I wish I could see the whole human being,” Cindy Corrie said before the testimony began, her voice shaking.

Three witnesses were to testify on Thursday, but Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros, reporting from Haifa, said that only one gave testimony as “at the last moment the judge said he didn’t have time for three witnesses”.

She also said that the driver “couldn’t even remember the time of day that Rachel was killed,” which was very difficult for Corrie’s parents to hear.

“I haven’t heard one moment of remorse, and to me, that’s one of the saddest things,” said Cindy Corrie during a break in the proceedings.

The Corries are suing the government for the symbolic amount of $1, saying that Corrie’s “unlawful killing” denied her her “basic human rights”.

They have also accused the government of “gross negligence”.

Corrie was protesting against Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in the town of Rafah, close to the border with Egypt, when she was killed.

There aren’t any words to describe how much this story has left me. I’ve been keeping up with it ever since it made headlines on Al Jazeera. I haven’t even seen it make any headlines on any American-based news network. My heart sinks to my stomach. I pray that justice will be served because this is heartbreaking. I cannot wait until I finish my studies to stand next to my Palestinian brothers and sisters that have dealt with injustice and neglect for 40 years too long.

Ameen.

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palestina:

American peace activist Rachel Corrie being interviewed in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza Strip a few days before she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer. [Photograph: Getty Images] 
 
Rachel Corrie case: Israeli soldier to testify anonymously

will we ever see justice for Rachel Corrie and her family? not as long as Israel is the one dealing out justice.

palestina:

American peace activist Rachel Corrie being interviewed in the Rafah refugee camp in Gaza Strip a few days before she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer. [Photograph: Getty Images] 

Rachel Corrie case: Israeli soldier to testify anonymously

will we ever see justice for Rachel Corrie and her family? not as long as Israel is the one dealing out justice.

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quelowat:

An Israeli motorist runs down a  masked Palestinian youth who was standing among a group of youngsters  throwing stones at Israeli cars on October 8, 2010 in the mostly Arab  east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.  ILIA YEFIMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images

it’s pictures like this that make me never want to be a photographer. i could never be a complicit observer of something like this (i mean i don’t know what happened after he/she took this photo, whether they helped those kids and so on, but still). all i know is i couldn’t focus through a viewfinder in moments like these, i’d smash in that guy’s windows and his face.

quelowat:

An Israeli motorist runs down a masked Palestinian youth who was standing among a group of youngsters throwing stones at Israeli cars on October 8, 2010 in the mostly Arab east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. ILIA YEFIMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images

it’s pictures like this that make me never want to be a photographer. i could never be a complicit observer of something like this (i mean i don’t know what happened after he/she took this photo, whether they helped those kids and so on, but still). all i know is i couldn’t focus through a viewfinder in moments like these, i’d smash in that guy’s windows and his face.

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almas88:

afghanipoppy:

This is a replica of Al Aqsa Mosque (originally in Palestine) being made in Lebanon, a few hundred meters from the Israeli border, in honor of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s upcoming visit. Wait it gets better:

Bulldozers and cranes have been working for months on the site, which will also include a boardwalk and a lookout point from which Ahmadinejad plans to throw a symbolic stone at Israel. The president will also inaugurate the mosque. 


whaaaaaaaaaaat?

wow. wait, what?

almas88:

afghanipoppy:

This is a replica of Al Aqsa Mosque (originally in Palestine) being made in Lebanon, a few hundred meters from the Israeli border, in honor of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s upcoming visit. Wait it gets better:

Bulldozers and cranes have been working for months on the site, which will also include a boardwalk and a lookout point from which Ahmadinejad plans to throw a symbolic stone at Israel. The president will also inaugurate the mosque.

whaaaaaaaaaaat?

wow. wait, what?

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afghanipoppy:

Last week, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released a comprehensive report detailing its findings regarding the May, 2010, Israeli attack on the six-ship flotilla attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Israel-blockaded Gaza.  The report has been largely ignored in the American media despite the fact (or, more accurately:  because) it found that much of the Israeli force used “was unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive and inappropriate and resulted in the wholly avoidable killing and maiming of a large number of civilian passengers”; that “at least six of the killings can be characterized as extra-legal, arbitrary and summary executions”; and that Israel violated numerous international human rights conventions, including the Fourth Geneva Conventions (see p. 38, para. 172). 

Even more striking in terms of U.S. media and government silence on this report is the fact that one of the victims of the worst Israeli violations was a 19-year-old American citizen.  As Gareth Porter documents in an excellent article at The Huffington Post, the report “shows conclusively, for the first time, that US citizen Furkan Dogan and five Turkish citizens were murdered execution-style by Israeli commandos.”  In particular:

The report reveals that Dogan, the 19-year-old US citizen of Turkish descent, was filming with a small video camera on the top deck of the Mavi Marmara when he was shot twice in the head, once in the back and in the left leg and foot and that he was shot in the face at point blank range while lying on the ground.

The report says Dogan had apparently been “lying on the deck in a conscious or semi-conscious, state for some time” before being shot in his face.

The forensic evidence that establishes that fact is “tattooing around the wound in his face,” indicating that the shot was “delivered at point blank range.” The report describes the forensic evidence as showing that “the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being received while he was lying on the ground on his back.”

Needless to say, the Israeli Government — as it virtually always does when confronted with well-documented, official findings of its severe human rights violations — attacked the source, accusing the report of being ”biased and distorted.”  The U.N. investigators interviewed 112 witnesses and consulted with numerous forensic and medical experts, while Israel refused to speak with its investigators (though Israeli officials are cooperating with a separate group investigating the attack).  There’s no reason to take the findings of this report as Gospel:   like everything, it’s subject to reasonable dispute, but it’s clearly well-documented, consistent with documentary evidence and overwhelming witness tesitmony, and is entitled to be taken seriously.

To this day, I’m still amazed by how the American media and U.S. Government responded to this incident, given the fact that it was painfully obvious from the start that the Israelis’ conduct was the behavior of a guilty party.  The Israelis immediately seized all documentary evidence from the passengers showing what actually happened, blocked all media access to witnesses by detaining everyone on board (including journalists) for days, and then quickly released its own highly edited video — spliced to begin well into the middle of the Israeli attack — that was dutifully and unquestioningly shown over and over by the U.S. media to make it appear that the flotilla passengers were the first to become violent.  That was a lie from the start, and it was an obvious lie. 

In no other situation would a party to a conflict who steals all of the evidence, withholds it from the world, and then selectively releases its own blatantly distorted, edited version of a fraction of the evidence be trusted.  The opposite is true:  that party would immediately be assumed to be guilty precisely because of that very behavior of obfuscation; that behavior is the behavior of a guilty party.  But with Israel, the opposite happens (at least in the U.S.).  The IDF video was shown over and over to propagnadize Americans into believing that the passengers were the first to engage in aggression, even though the video — and the Israelis’ withholding of all the rest of the evidence — begged the glaringly obvious question:  what happened before the commandos descended onto the ship?  Based on smuggled video and forensic evidence, this new report documents what countless flotilla witnesses tried to tell the world once they were finally released:  ”live ammunition was used from the helicopter onto the top deck prior to the descent of the soldiers” (p. 26; para. 114 — emphasis added).

Last Wednesday night, I spoke at Brooklyn Law School on this event, and with me on the panel were Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi and Iranian-American lawyer Fatima Mohammadi, who was on the Mavi Marmara.  I’m trying very hard to obtain the video of that event because Mohammadi’s narration of what happened — all documented by smuggled video from passengers’ cell phones — leaves little doubt as to who the guilty aggressors were here.  I would really like as many people as possible to hear what she has to say and view the video evidence and make their own assessments as to her credibility and persuasiveness.  Suffice to say, there is no doubt that the Israelis used force against the passengers long before the commandos descended onto the ship — which is precisely why Israel prevented the world from seeing any evidence showing what happened before the events in the IDF video, and why the U.N. Report so conclusively found Israel at fault.  I’d be willing to venture that a tiny percentage of the American public, whose perceptions were shaped by American media coverage, have any clue that this is the case.

The fact that a 19-year-old American citizen was one of the dead — among those whom the report concluded was “summarily executed” by the Israelis — makes the U.S. Government’s silence here all the more appalling.  One of the prime duties of a government is to safeguard the welfare of its own citizens.  It’s inconceivable for most governments in the world to remain silent in the face of formal findings that a foreign nation “summarily executed” one of its own citizens.  One of the reasons Turkey was so emphatic in its condemnation of Israel was because the dead were Turkish citizens; that’s what governments do when a foreign nation kills its own citizens.  Yet not only does the U.S. Government sit silently, but its prior statements defending Israel were disgustingly cavalier.  Virtually the entire world — literally — vehemently condemned Israel for what it did here, yet the U.S. refused and continues to refuse to do so, notwithstanding these findings that one of its own citizens was essentially murdered.

Perhaps most illustrative of all is how inconceivable it is to imagine the U.S. Congress doing anything at all in the face of this report … . except passing a Resolution condemning the investigators themselves while defending Israeli actions, including the actions that resulted in the death of an American teenager.  Is there any doubt that such a Resolution would pass with overwhelming bipartisan support, approaching unanimity — as happens each and every time there is a controversy involving Israel?   Thus far, the U.S. media and Government are largely silent about this U.N. Report, but if they are prodded into responding, the response will almost certainly be to condemn the report itself while defending and justifying Israeli actions even in the face of overwhelming evidence as to what really happened here, which managed to emerge despite the Israelis’ very telling efforts to keep it suppressed.

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In not unrelated news, a new Gallup survey of numerous Middle Eastern and North African nations finds that public opinion of the U.S. and its political leadership has collapsed back to Bush-era levels.  That is consistent with prior polls in the Muslim world finding the same thing.  One of the central, stated goals of the Obama campaign and his presidency was improving how that part of the world perceives of the United States, on the ground that widespread anti-American sentiment is what fuels Terrorism and endangers Americans around the world.  That effort is clearly failing.

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uzairm:

Yesteday’s announcement by Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel will not extend its settlement freeze in lieu of ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians should come as no surprise to anyone. Israel has walked into these talks half-heartedly, eager to satisfy US demands that it do the needful to…

Uzair is spot on. this is a definite must-read.