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Richard Falk: My Expulsion from Israel

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 28, 2009

To avoid an incident at the airport, Israel could have either refused to grant visas or communicated to the UN that I would not be allowed to enter, but neither step was taken. It seemed that Israel wanted to teach me, and more significantly, the UN a lesson: there will be no cooperation with those who make strong criticisms of Israel’s occupation policy.

After being denied entry, I was put in a holding room with about 20 others experiencing entry problems. At this point, I was treated not as a UN representative, but as some sort of security threat, subjected to an inch-by-inch body search and the most meticulous luggage inspection I have ever witnessed.”

For full article, visit http://www.palestine-pmc.com/details.asp?cat=4&id=3930

Evidence piles up against ‘moral’ Israel

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

Tel Aviv says its unmanned aerial vehicles are able to distinguish fighters from civilians. More than 48 Palestinian civilians, the daily reveals, were killed in Israeli drone attacks in Gaza.

In one of the most heartbreaking cases, a Palestinian family of six was killed in Gaza City while sitting around and having tea in their courtyard.

Signs bearing the names of three classmates who where killed when the Israeli army shelled Jebaliya in the past weeks where on display in the classroom.

Signs bearing the names of three classmates who where killed when the Israeli army shelled Jebaliya in the past weeks where on display in the classroom.

Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=89494&sectionid=351020202

US Accuses UN of Gaza Bias

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 25, 2009

The United States has reacted angrily to a UN report accusing Israel of committing war crimes in its recent 23-day war on the besieged Gaza, including the use of children as human shields.

“We’ve expressed our concern many times about the special rapporteur’s views on dealing with that question, and we’ve found the rapporteur’s views to be anything but fair,” State Department Spokesman Robert Wood said in a press briefing on Monday, March 23.

Source: http://www.palestinechronicle.com/news.php?id=6be08e986a4d0e7bac53f162925eab9b&mode=details#6be08e986a4d0e7bac53f162925eab9b

UN criticises Israelis over Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 23, 2009
Mr Falk throws doubt on the legality of Israel's mission in Gaza

Mr Falk throws doubt on the legality of Israel's mission in Gaza

“Because Mr Falk was unable to enter the Palestinian territories, his latest report focuses on the legality of Israel’s January operation in Gaza in general, rather than in specific cases or claims that disproportionate force was used.

Mr Falk said in order to determine if the war was legal, it was necessary to assess whether Israeli forces could differentiate between civilian and military targets in Gaza.

“If it is not possible to do so, then launching the attacks is inherently unlawful, and would seem to constitute a war crime of the greatest magnitude under international law,” Mr Falk’s report says.

He also points to the fact that Gaza’s borders were closed, so civilians were unable to flee the fighting.

Mr Falk, who will present his findings at a news conference at 17:15 GMT, is calling for an independent inquiry to examine possible war crimes committed by both Israel and Hamas.”

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7958452.stm

UN: Gaza assault was ‘inhumane’

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 22, 2009

“The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories has said Israel’s military offensive on Gaza would seem to constitute a war crime of the greatest magnitude under international law’.

Richard Falk called the 22-day bombardment a ‘massive assault on a densely populated urbanised setting’, with the civilian population subjected to ‘an inhumane form of warfare that kills, maims and inflicts mental harm’. ”

Source: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/03/200932035423101519.html

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