Israeli doctors demand Gaza war inquiry

From British daily The Morning Star:

THE Israeli branch of Physicians for Human Rights demanded an independent probe on Monday into the military‘s conduct during the Gaza onslaught.

Human Rights Watch report claims Israel committed war crimes in its use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells: here.

STATE-OWNED Israel Railways has fired around 40 Israeli Arabs after deciding that only army veterans should do their jobs: here.

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  1. ISRAEL: The ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas Party announced on Monday that it has reached a coalition deal with incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, bringing him a step closer to forming his government.

    Last week, Mr Netanyahu signed a deal with the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party and so far he has reached agreements with parties that hold 53 of parliament’s 120 seats.


  2. Barak chooses Netanyahu; American Jews – a strong Obama

    Here follow the March 24, 2009 press picks on Occupation Magazine. Today TOI-staff posted new articles. OM is updated each day of the week by different editors. For earlier articles use the powerfull search function & view the sections.

    Action alerts:

    Land Day in Silwan-East Jerusalem , Saturday 28-3 at 18:00 Demo against Silwan house demolitions NO TO TRANSFER / DEMOLITIONS / SETTLEMENTS contact 24/3/2009

    33rd Anniversary of Land Day Multaka-Mifgash, Beer Sheva: Land, Citizenship and Identity – an invitation to opening “Land and Border” exhibition of painter Tachrir El-Zbeidi with poetry reading & public discussion 24/3/2009

    Selected articles:

    Netanyahu made an offer Barak couldn`t refuse
    Mazal Mualem – Haaretz – In light of the achievements made in the social-economic part of the agreement, what is remarkable is the lack of vision and achievement in the diplomatic sphere, the key area traditionally promoted by the Labor party.

    American Jews supportive of assertive US peace efforts & open towards a unified Hamas-Fatah PA
    J Street poll – One in three believe their own connection to Israel will be diminished if Lieberman assumes a senior position in the Israeli cabinet.

    Israel bows to U.S. pressure, lifts food restrictions on Gaza
    Reuters – Haaretz – But Western diplomats not sure whether instructions from the outgoing prime minister would be followed and whether restrictions on deliveries of other harmless items, such as toilet paper, soap and toothpaste, would also be lifted.

    From Tehran to Tel Aviv
    Roger Cohen – New York Times – America’s Israel-can-do-no-wrong policy has been disastrous, not least for Israel’s long-term security.

    Deputy police chief, Meretz MK injured in rightists` march
    Sharon Roffe-Ofir – Ynet – Some 100 activists, headed by National Union MK Ben-Ari, arrive in northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm to `demand loyalty`. Residents, left-wing activists greet them with curses, shoes. Some 2,500 police officers deployed in area, using tear gas and shock grenades against protestors

    `IDF troops used 11-year-old boy as human shield in Gaza`
    AP – Haaretz – Jan. 15, IDF troops ordered the boy to walk in front of soldiers being fired on in the Gaza neighborhood of Tel al-Hawa and enter buildings before them, said the UN secretary-general`s envoy for protecting children in armed conflict. This is but one of the verified human rights atrocities included in the 43-page UN report published Monday.

    Time to believe Gaza war crimes allegations
    Amira Hass – Haaretz – Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi has difficulty believing the soldiers` testimonies that they intentionally harmed Palestinian civilians, because the Israel Defense Forces is a moral army, he said on Sunday. On the other hand, he believes the soldiers because they “have no reason to lie.” Then again, Ashkenazi is convinced that if what they said is true, these are isolated incidents.

    US parents visit wounded protester son in Israel
    Tovah Lazaroff and Yaakov Lappin – Jerusalem Post – Since July 2008, four people have been killed by security forces at anti-barrier demonstrations in Ni`lin: Ahmed Mousa, 10, Yousef Amira, 17, Ghateb Khawaja, 22, and Muhammad Khawaja, 20.

    Think of the future, not the past
    Ofra Yeshua-Lyth – Ma`ariv – There is one thing which history teaches and which Israel must come to terms with: It is just possible that those considered today`s ticking bombs might be tomorrow`s partners.

    Ir Amim – A Layman`s Guide to Home Demolitions in East Jerusalem

    Recommended articles of earlier days:

    Tony Karon: Worried about apartheid? Too late, Mr Olmert, it’s already here

    Akiva Eldar:Enough with the cosmetics

    Merav Michaeli, Haaretz:Better to die

    Uri Blau:Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques – IDF fashion 2009

    Gideon Levy:What shock, what consternation

    Uri Avnery:A judicial document

    Saed Bannoura : ARIJ study: “Settlements increased by 173% in 20 years”

    ETHAN BRONNER: More Allegations Surface in Israeli Accounts of Gaza War

    B`tselem: Israeli Human Rights Organizations Call on the Attorney General: “Stop whitewashing suspected crimes in Gaza`

    Daily headlines & action alerts in English and Hebrew

    Articles posted on earlier days to be found on top via the sections

    Also possibility of searching for articles back to 2004

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  3. U.S. shipped 989 munitions containers to Israel week before Gaza invasion

    Big News Friday 10th April, 2009

    In the dying days of the Bush administration, and a week before Israel launched an aerial bombing campaign, followed by a land invasion of the Gaza Strip, the U.S. military shipped 989 containers of munitions to Israel.

    Each container was 20-feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tonnes. The shipment reportedly reached Israel last month at Ashod, 40 kiometres north of Gaza. The huge arsenal of munitions will replenish those expended in the Gaza War.

    According to Amnesty International in the UK, the shipment included white phosphorous.

    The international organization says 300 of the containers had been unloaded at Ashod in March by a German cargo ship, Wehr Elb.

    “We are sure that the consignment contained arms and munitions.” We have a strong suspicion that it contained white phosphorous which has been used against civilians in Gaza,” Brian Wood, head of Arms Control Campaign at Amnesty International in London said late this week.

    “The cargo ship had been chartered and controlled by US Military Sealift Command. It left the USA for Israel on December 20, one week before the start of Israeli attacks on Gaza. The vessel was carrying 989 containers of munitions, each of them 20-feet long with a total estimated net weight of 14,000 tonnes,” he said.

    “The world community including the Palestinians should be able to know where the remaining 680 containers on board the Wehr Elbe have gone and why the US is not transparent about the final destination of the dangerous cargo.

    “A Pentagon spokesperson confirmed to Amnesty International that “the unloading of the entire US munitions shipment was successfully completed at Ashdod on March 22,” Wood pointed out.

    The spokesperson had said the shipment was destined for a US pre-positioned munitions stockpile in Israel, he said. Under a US-Israel agreement, munitions from this stockpile may be transferred for Israeli use if necessary.
    “There is a great risk that the new munitions may be used by the Israeli military to commit further violations of international law, like the ones committed during the war in Gaza,” Wood said.

    “Legally and morally, this US arms shipment should have been halted by the Obama administration given the extent of the evidence showing how military equipment and munitions of this kind were recently used by the Israeli forces for war crimes. Arms supplies in these circumstances are contrary to provisions in US law,” he said.

    An independent inquiry into possible abuses of international law by both sides in the Gaza conflict has been launched by the United Nations. The panel is being headed by Justice Richard J Goldstone of South Africa.

    “The victims of this brutal conflict have a right to justice and reparation. The perpetrators on both sides must be held accountable if there is to be an end to the cycles of violence and impunity that have persisted for so long. There must be no excuse for either Israel or the Palestinians not to fully cooperate with the inquiry,’ Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Programme Director Malcolm Smart said this week.


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