Archive for August, 2014

Yemeni-led political process only peaceful exit to crisis

Press Release – UN News

The United Nations envoy to Yemen today expressed concern over the high level of unrest in the country which he says is probably the most serious since the beginning of the political transition in 2011. Read more »

UN chief welcomes Egyptian-brokered ceasefire for Gaza

Press Release – UN News

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed todays announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, and said he hopes this will lead to a political process aimed at achieving a durable peace. Read more »

UNICEF deploys largest aid operation ever in a single month

Press Release – UN News

Amid multiple crises UN childrens agency deploys largest aid operation ever in a single month Read more »

UN: Seeks access to Israel, occupied Palestinian

Press Release – UN News

An independent United Nations expert has requested access to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to gather first-hand information on the impact of current hostilities on the human rights situation. Read more »

UN: Seeks access to Israel, occupied Palestinian

Press Release – UN News

An independent United Nations expert has requested access to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory to gather first-hand information on the impact of current hostilities on the human rights situation. Read more »

Gaza Celebrates!!!!

Gazans took to the streets tonight to celebrate their victory in achieving the end of hostilities and the lifting of the illegal seven-year siege. Whatever tomorrow may bring, tonight was a time to rejoice!

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New UN Special Rapporteur requests access to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

PRESS RELEASE
United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

GENEVA (26 August 2014) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, has formally requested the Israeli Government to allow him access to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory – to gather first-hand information on the impact of current hostilities on the human rights situation.

“As a newly appointed Special Rapporteur, it is my priority to see with my own eyes the situation on the ground, to listen and to speak face-to-face with victims and witnesses, and to discuss issues of concern with officials on both sides,” said the independent expert tasked by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

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Ban & Netanyahu Discuss Need for Lasting Ceasefire in Gaza

Press Release – UN News

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks on the telephone [file photo]. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Read more »

Israeli teenagers: Racist and proud of it

Article – Ha’aretz

Israeli teenagers: Racist and proud of it Ethnic hatred has become a basic element in the everyday life of Israeli youth, a forthcoming book finds. By Or Kashti 26 August 2014 Read more »

Jewish survivors condemn massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

Article – Tikkun

Editor’s Note: The ad below appeared in the New York Times. While I do not agree that the appropriate response to Israel’s actions in Gaza is a blanket boycott of Israel (though I do support boycotting firms providing support for Israel’s Occupation … Read more »

The Keys to the Gaza Strip

Article – Shmuel Even

The blockade of the Gaza Strip, labeled by the Palestinians as a siege, is ostensibly one of the fundamental reasons behind Hamas barrage of rockets that led to Operation Protective Edge. Yet while the Palestinians claim that Israels … Read more »

Palestinian MOH-Gaza Update as at 1900 hrs 25/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Monday August 25, 2014.

Total number of victims:13,196 (2,130 Martyrs; 11,066 Injured)
Distributed As
Deaths: 2,130 – 577 children, 263 women, 102 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 11,066 – 3,374 children, 2,088 women, 410 persons over 60 years

Fatima was at her front door when a drone struck, killing her niece and grand-daughter, and injuring her two sons and a grandson. She has shrapnel embedded in her head, face, neck and all over her body.

Fatima was at her front door when a drone struck, killing her niece and grand-daughter, and injuring her two sons and a grandson. She has shrapnel embedded in her head, face, neck and all over her body.

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The difference between children

By Gideon Levy
Source: Haaretz
August 24, 2014

 Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground Photo by AFP

Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground Photo by AFP

It is human that the killing of an Israeli boy, a child of ours, would arouse greater identification than the death of some other child. What is incomprehensible is the Israeli response to the killing of their children.

After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. Read more »

On the 48th Day of Israeli Offensive on Gaza:

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

9 Palestinian Civilians, 5 of Whom Are Members of One Family, Including 2 Children and 2 Women, Killed and 99 Others, Including 30 Children and 19 Women, Wounded; 5 Houses Destroyed Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive: Read more »

Offensive on Gaza for 47th Consecutive Day

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

20 Palestinians, 16 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 6 Children, Killed and 49 Others, Including 11 Children and 7 Women Wounded; Read more »

PCHR Calls for Stopping Extra-Judicial Executions in Gaza

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is following up with concern reports of extra-judicial executions carried out in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli offensive, which has been ongoing for 47 days. These executions have targeted persons suspected … Read more »

Israeli Forces Continue Their Offensive on the Gaza Strip

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

Israeli Forces Continue Their Offensive on the Gaza Strip And Commit More Crimes Against Palestinian Civilians And Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Opt) Read more »

Israeli Forces Continue Their Offensive on Gaza

Press Release – Palestinian Centre For Human Rights

30 Palestinians, 22 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 10 Children and 3 Women, Killed and 110 Others, Including 36 Children and 22 Women Wounded; Read more »

One Member Unavailable to Serve on Gaza Commission

Press Release – UN News

In a statement released today, the President of the Human Rights Council, Baudelaire Ndog Ella said he regrets that the Commission, which is now operational, will not benefit from Amal Alamuddin’s expertise in the field. Read more »

Bomber Bernie Can’t Take the Heat

Article – Jay Moore

It seems Bernie Sanders wants to become President and one of the titular Masters of the Universe. But how is the man going to deal with an international crisis with the fate of the world at stake when he cant even deal with a little righteous … Read more »

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