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SA academic study finds that Israel is practicing apartheid and colonialism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 16, 2009

The executive Summary of the report says that the three pillars of apartheid in South Africa are all practiced by Israel in the OPT. In South Africa, the first pillar was to demarcate the population of South Africa into racial groups, and to accord superior rights, privileges and services to the white racial group. The second pillar was to segregate the population into different geographic areas, which were allocated by law to different racial groups, and restrict passage by members of any group into the area allocated to other groups. And the third pillar was “a matrix of draconian ‘security’ laws and policies that were employed to suppress any opposition to the regime and to reinforce the system of racial domination, by providing for administrative detention, torture, censorship, banning, and assassination.”

The Report finds that Israeli practices in the OPT exhibit the same three ‘pillars’ of apartheid.

Source: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/Media_Release-378.phtml

For full report content, click here.

International Law Seldom Newsworthy in Gaza War

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on April 30, 2009

As of January 13, only two network evening news stories (NBC Nightly News, 1/8/09, 1/11/09) had even mentioned international law—a mere 3 percent of the total stories that NBC, ABC and CBS’s newscasts had broadcast on the Israeli military offensive since it began.

For full article, visit http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=3767

Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association: Torture of Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Prisons

Posted in Official Publications by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

Terror: This is usually done in the first stages of torture, by displaying the tools of torture to the prisoner, or threatening to use physical  torture. Throughout history, it has been documented that this is often enough to get a prisoner to confess. Palestinian child prisoner Wajdi Salem Najajra (17 years old), in a sworn affidavit, reported the following:

“The interrogator “Ibrahim” said to me that he had two ways to get me to confess, one was human and the other was barbaric, and he gave me the opportunity to choose one of them. When I denied the accusations he was making against me, he told me that it was time to start using the barbaric methods. He started beating me on my face and head. He then pulled me by my hair and started hitting me on my throat. After that, he picked up two electrical wires and rubbed them against each other to create a spark. He told me he would use the wires on me if I didn’t confess. He blindfolded me and cuffed my hands behind my back. Then a soldier lif ted up my shirt and Captain “Ibrahim” put the two wires on my nipples. I started shaking and screaming. Then he removed the wires and asked me if I rethought my answer. I told him that I had nothing to say. He then put the wires back onto my nipples, and I started shaking and screaming again.”

To download full report, click here.

American NLG Lawyers Release New Findings that Israel Violated International Law, US Domestic Law in Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

The Delegation also uncovered evidence of Israeli soldiers using Palestinians as human shields, acts that constitute war crimes, as well as evidence that the Israeli military targeted civilian infrastructure and grossly misused weapons. Further, Israel denied the wounded access to medical care and routinely fired on emergency medical teams attempting to reach those in need of help. Paramedics and doctors reported to the Delegation that many civilians could have been saved if the Israeli army allowed Palestinian medical services access to the wounded. “On one occasion, when Israeli forces did allow Palestinian medical services to enter an area after four days, soldiers prohibited their ambulances from approaching and paramedics were forced to pile the injured on donkey carts,” reported Reem Salahi, a California-based civil rights attorney. “Medical workers were then forced to pull the carts to their ambulances two kilometers away.”

For full press release, visit  http://www.nlg.org/news/index.php?entry=entry090402-082738

To download full report of the National Lawyers Guild Delegation to Gaza, click the link below:
Onslaught: Israel’s Attack on Gaza and the Rule of Law

Israel seizes, deports 208 Palestinian workers

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

The Secretary-General of Palestinian Workers’ Public Union, Shaher Sa’d, condemned the arrests of the workers as a violation of international law. He also accused Israeli police of beating Palestinians during arrest raids.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36751

Human Rights Watch | Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza

Posted in Official Publications, Operation Cast Lead, Publications by beyondtheborder on March 25, 2009

“This report documents Israel’s extensive use of white phosphorus munitions during its 22-day military operations in Gaza, from December 27, 2008 to January 18, 2009, named Operation Cast Lead.  Based on in-depth investigations in Gaza, the report concludes that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) repeatedly exploded white phosphorus munitions in the air over populated areas, killing and injuring civilians, and damaging civilian structures, including a school, a market, a humanitarian aid warehouse and a hospital.

White phosphorus munitions did not kill the most civilians in Gaza – many more died from missiles, bombs, heavy artillery, tank shells, and small arms fire – but their use in densely populated neighborhoods, including downtown Gaza City, violated international humanitarian law (the laws of war), which requires taking all feasible precautions to avoid civilian harm and prohibits indiscriminate attacks.

The unlawful use of white phosphorus was neither incidental nor accidental.  It was repeated over time and in different locations, with the IDF “air-bursting” the munition in populated areas up to the last days of its military operation.  Even if intended as an obscurant rather than as a weapon, the IDF’s repeated firing of air-burst white phosphorus shells from 155mm artillery into densely populated areas was indiscriminate and indicates the commission of war crimes.”

To download full report, click here.