by Julie Webb-Pullman
Source: Gaza SCOOP
Israel’s chickens are coming home to roost, along with those of the UN and the international community. How can anyone be surprised?
You cannot subject a people to 50 years of illegal occupation and expect no response. To illegal demolition of their houses, arbitrary detention, torture and inhumane prison conditions and expect no response. You cannot subject a people to ongoing theft of their land for the construction of illegal settlements, to living behind an illegal apartheid wall and expect no response. You cannot subject a people to an illegal siege and expect no response.
The international community has sat on its hands while the Israeli rogue state rode roughshod over the few rights left to Palestinians, with total impunity.
The UN has not enforced international law even ONCE in response to at least 80 breaches of UN Security Council Resolutions. The US has vetoed many more.
Endless negotiations with dishonest brokers have yielded less than nothing for Palestinians – less land, less water, less natural resources, less houses, less jobs, less opportunities, less travel. It is nothing less than scandalous that this has all taken place under the watch of the Useless Nations. (more…)
Ministry of Health Gaza
August 06, 2014
The Ministry of Health Gaza insists that any ceasefire agreement must guarantee the human rights of our people, most importantly, the right to health.
We therefore stress that any agreement arising out of the talks in Cairo must be based on international law, not self-interest.
We emphasise that international law is something that is applied without fear or favour, not negotiated.(more…)
At least ten ambulances and several carloads of dead and injured children poured into Shifa Hospital thisafternoon after an Israeli strike on a park in Shaati Refugee Camp in Gaza City. There are ten confirmed dead at this time, and 40 injured. The death toll is expected to rise.
This barbaric and deliberate attack on children in a public park on one of the two main Muslim religious holidays seals the Israeli reputation as the most perverse war criminal of all time.
One bomb struck a children’s ferris wheel, and the other a TukTuk taking children on rides.
Many considered the calculated murder of the four children playing football on the beach to be an atrocity and a clear war crime – but the international community remained passive.
Another ten innocent children have now lost their lives, playing in the park.
How many more will it take before the world says “Enough!”
How many more before the UN enforces international law without fear or favour, and demands the rogue state of Israel comply with international law?
When will the UN impose sanctions, and an arms embargo, to prevent the Israeli enabler the United States from furnishing it with the tools of destruction? From financing the pathological Zionist expansionist project?
When will the UN expel this rogue state from amongst its ranks – this rogue state that claims all the benefits of UN membership but scorns each and every resposibility incumbent upon it to behave with even the barest modicum of civilised bahaviour or humanity?
To remain silent now is to be complicit in these war crimes.
by Julie Webb-Pullman
Source: Middle East Monitor
The cynical ‘ceasefire’ chorus being sung by Israel and Egypt is merely yet another movement in the well-orchestrated Israeli-Egyptian three-penny opera.
The way in which the ‘negotiations’ were carried out was more farce than finale – Egypt wrote the libretto for the Israeli impresario, leaving the Palestinians in the wings.
The terms themselves are a three-act charade. The Israeli-Egyptian duet omits a core Hamas demand – any mention of the release of more than 50 Palestinian prisoners released in the 2011 Shalit swap who were re-detained during the recent West Bank ‘search’ for three missing Israeli settlers.
Nor does it commit to either re-open the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt, or to lift the crippling – and illegal – Israeli siege of Gaza, merely saying that “crossings shall be opened and the movement of persons and goods through (them) shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.” Both of these are core demands of the entire Palestinian resistance – Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP and everyone in between.
Any ceasefire that does not change the fundamental paradigm, a hermetically-sealed Gaza and a ‘normal Israel,’ will garner only encore after encore, as every previous performance has done. Read more HERE
by Julie Webb-Pullman
The horror, the horror.
Inescapable, enveloping infinite horror.
Arriving at Shifa hospital on Saturday I had to stand aside as a car drove through and stopped. A man approached it with the bright white body of a freshly-swaddled child, ready for burial.
I walked behind the car, straight into a group of men carrying a stretcher with what appeared to be a covered body. As they hurried past a bloodied limb fell onto the ground in front of me.
Young men sat against the building, their heads on their knees, sobbing.
This is Gaza.
On Sunday morning it was not just one car, but seven or eight lined up, waiting for their grisly cargo of crushed or blasted bodies and grief.
So many children, so many women, so many grandmothers and grandfathers chopped, minced, sliced, diced by the Israeli butchers and their US enablers.
So many homes reduced to rubble, not by some natural disaster but by the very unnatural, incredibly perverse and completely depraved man-made disaster called the state of Israel. (more…)
The International Campaign for Releasing the Abducted MPs denounces the third renewal of the administrative detention of Palestinian Legislative Council member Muhammad Jamal El Natsha.
El Natsha, a 55 year old from Hebron city, had already spent over 17 years in Israeli prisons before his re-abduction on 27 March 2013, and suffers from ill-health, including chronic chest and kidney problems.
The Campaign considers that the policy of renewing administrative detention against MPs breaches both humanitarian and legal norms.
The Campaign points out that nine MPs belonging to the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc are currently subjected to this policy. Three of them, Jaber El Foqahaa, Muhammad El Ramahi, and Yaser Mansour have also had their administrative detention renewed.
Renewal of the administrative detention of MPs is a flagrant violation of the basic rules of democracy and international law.
The International Campaign holds the Israeli authorities accountable for the life of El Natsha, given his deteriorating health, and calls for urgent steps to be taken by all international legal, parliamentary and political institutions to immediately end this policy, and ensure his immediate release.
The International Campaign For Freeing PLC Members