Stories from Gaza

Said Al-Raee and Wafa Kafarna work for NRC in Gaza. Photo: NRC

Several of Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) Palestinian employees in Gaza are affected by the war. Some have become displaced themselves. Read the Said and Wafa’s stories here. Said Al-Raee, NRC Monitoring and Evaluation Officer: I have been working for humanitarian organizations in different countries … [Read more...]

Racist Societies: Israel and the U.S.

Palestinians hug each other after seeing their homes destroyed, during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The Pain of Marginalization By Robert Fantina One wonders how the racism that is so much a part of U.S. and Israeli society towards the Palestinians can have such strength. Racism against African-Americans in both countries is strong (witness the frequent shootings of black youths by whites in the … [Read more...]

The spirit of humanity shines bright in Palestine

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By James W. Rawley, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Today marks World Humanitarian Day, an annual occasion dedicated by the United Nations General Assembly to raising public awareness of the millions of people who risk their lives in order to provide food, water and other assistance to people in … [Read more...]

GAZA CRISIS ATLAS – August 2014

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UPDATE: OCHA has updated the Gaza Crisis Atlas and the new version is available here [PDF] The updated version includes a breakdown of type of damage to buildings, as determined by UNOSAT, against Gaza maps at the governorate and neighbourhood level. UNOSAT has categorized the damage according to … [Read more...]

Human Rights in Our Name

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take part in a protest against Israel's military action in Gaza, in Marseille July 19, 2014. (Reuters Photo)

Cameron talks of increased humanitarian efforts to help the Gaza citizens whilst supplying the arms along with America that kills and maims them. Under international law all parties involved in a conflict, must whether state or non state armed actors, respect international humanitarian law. The aim of … [Read more...]

Investigating Gaza War Crimes

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by Stephen Lendman On August 11, Human Rights Council (HRC) President Baudelaire Ndong Ella announced the formation of an "independent, international commission of inquiry" into war crimes committed during Israel's Operation Protective Edge. International human rights law expert Professor William … [Read more...]

It’s either Israel or the occupation

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Occupation of the Palestinians has become, among other things, like therapy for the trauma of Europe. By Oudeh Basharat - Sabbah Report § For the occupation’s 47th birthday, which unfortunately came last week, there is no song more appropriate than Farid al-Atrash’s sad tune: “My birthday is upon … [Read more...]

Terrorizing Palestinian Children

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Since 2,000, over 9,000 Palestinian children under age 18 were detained, brutally interrogated and prosecuted in Israeli military courts. By Stephen Lendman - Sabbah Report § It's longstanding Israeli practice. They're treated like adults. Each year, about 700 are lawlessly arrested. They're … [Read more...]

UN Report Denounces US Human Rights Record

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By Stephen Lendman - Sabbah Report § It's deplorable. It's longstanding. It's by far the world's worst. It's a pariah state for good reason. Claims otherwise ring hollow. Ongoing genocidal crimes of war and against humanity continue. Homeland victims are targeted. So is humanity globally. America is … [Read more...]

Hardened Racism in Israel

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By Stephen Lendman - Sabbah Report § Israeli racism already is institutionalized. On February 24, it got meaner. Fascist Knesset members approved legislation distinguishing between Muslim and Christian Arab citizens. At issue is separate and less equal than before. It's divide and conquer policy. … [Read more...]

This Road is for Jews Only. Yes, There is Apartheid in Israel

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By Shulamit Aloni* - Sabbah Report Jewish self-righteousness is taken for granted among ourselves to such an extent that we fail to see what’s right in front of our eyes. It’s simply inconceivable that the ultimate victims, the Jews, can carry out evil deeds. Nevertheless, the state of Israel practises its … [Read more...]

To Palestine, with Love

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By Yasir M. Tineh - beyondcompromise.com Photographers and star-crossed lovers from around the world have gotten together to produce a video for Palestinian lovers this Valentine’s Day. The video targets Israel’s Citizenship Law, which prohibits Palestinian spouses (read: West Bank and Gaza) of Israeli … [Read more...]

How the West lost respect for international law

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An obsessive's documenting of Israeli war crimes in Lebanon can show us how the West lost respect for international law One Norwegian officer left Lebanon with a typed report on torture taped to his chest Odd Karsten Tveit was always a very obsessional chap. Every story he covered, he always wanted … [Read more...]

Richard Falk: Escaping The Abusive State: After Snowden

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By Richard Falk The more contact one has with the modern state, even in those societies that have long constitutional traditions entrenching civil liberties, the more grounds there are for deep and growing concern. I suppose that the most dramatic exhibition of the dangers being posed as 2014 approaches, … [Read more...]

Back To School: Palestine Refugee Children

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Amidst the protracted crisis in Syria, it's easy to get lost in the death toll and the shifting factions. Today we hope to expand the focus to those displaced by the conflict, especially the children. Among the continuing flurry of global media coverage on the crisis in Syria, the situation of the … [Read more...]

Testimonies Prove Israel Tortures Palestinian Children

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On August 22, B'Tselem headlined "Abuse and torture in interrogations of dozens of Palestinian minors in the Israel Police Etzion Facility." More on that below. Previous articles discussed torturing, abusing, and otherwise mistreating Palestinian children young as 10. Sometimes younger. In July, Israel … [Read more...]

“I hope I will be buried in my home, Isdod”

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Mohammed Tuman (85) was 19 years old when, on 20th December 1948, he and his family were forced to flee their home in Isdod, now known as Ashdod. Victims of the Nakba (meaning ‘catastrophe’), they fled along with their entire village of around 8,500 people. For some time before, inhabitants of other villages … [Read more...]

Clive Hambidge: The American Manifest Destiny

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Killing from afar Americans and their European poodles coiffeured red white and blue in American power salons are unlawfully targeting, and killing from afar, suspected militants  innocent bystanders, and helpers, labelled "collateral damage," whilst avoiding more politically toxic body bags containing  … [Read more...]

Richard Falk: Zero Dark Thirty & American Exceptionalism

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ZD30 is the film narrative that tells the dramatic story of the special forces operation that on May 2, 2011 located and killed Osama Bin Laden in a compound on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, which is not far from Islamabad. It is directed by the prominent director, Kathryn Bigelow, who … [Read more...]