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The war on Gaza: Documentation by the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group

Posted in Official Publications, Operation Cast Lead, Publications by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

In response to continuing rocket attacks into southern Israel, Israel waged the bloodiest war against Gaza since the 1967 war for more than 20 days on December 27, 2008. More than 1200 people were killed and thousands more wounded. Large parts of the infrastructure were destroyed, official buildings, agricultural lands, civilian houses, hospitals and mosques, while the population of Gaza had no where to escape. The attacks were supposed to stop rocket fire into Israel and to destroy Hamas, but the heaviest loss was faced by the civilians. This report is designed to give a summary of basic facts of what happened during the war.

To download report, click here.

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George Bisharat: Israel on Trial

Posted in Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Of 1,434 Palestinians killed in the Gaza invasion, 960 were civilians, including 121 women and 288 children, according to a United Nations special rapporteur, Richard Falk. Israeli military lawyers instructed army commanders that Palestinians who remained in a targeted building after having been warned to leave were “voluntary human shields,” and thus combatants. Israeli gunners “knocked on roofs” — that is, fired first at corners of buildings, before hitting more vulnerable points — to “warn” Palestinian residents to flee.

With nearly all exits from the densely populated Gaza Strip blocked by Israel, and chaos reigning within it, this was a particularly cruel flaunting of international law. Willful killings of civilians that are not required by military necessity are grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and are considered war crimes under the Nuremberg principles.

For full article, visit http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=14985

Prima Facie Evidence of War Crimes by Israel Information Clearing House

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 5, 2009

UN picks South African Jew to head Gaza war crimes inquiry

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

Goldstone will investigate conduct by both sides in Israel’s 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. According to a Palestinian rights group, 1,417 people including 926 civilians were killed in the fighting.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076259.html

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

He is also on the board of governors at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mr Goldstone said he was “shocked, as a Jew”, to be invited to head the mission.

“I’ve taken a deep interest in what happens in Israel. I’m associated with organisations that have worked in Israel.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7981538.stm

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

Spanish prosecution: Freeze war crimes probe against Israeli officials

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

Spanish prosecutors have asked a Madrid judge to suspend an investigation of seven Israeli officials over a 2002 bombing in Gaza that killed Hamas militant Salah Shehadeh and 14 others, including nine children.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076021.html

Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture: “Apartheid and Occupation under International Law” with John Dugard

Posted in Lectures, Videos by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

While international law tolerates military occupation, it does not approve it, specifically one that has continued for over 40 years as in the case of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory. Furthermore, during that time, Israel has introduced two other elements—colonialism and apartheid. Although there are many similarities between apartheid as it was applied in South Africa and Israel’s policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the systems are not identical. There are features of the Israeli regime in the occupied territory that were unknown to South Africans. This year’s Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor John Dugard.

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Source: http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/display/ContentDetails/i/5191/pid/3584

Arab League chief: Israel’s policies border on ‘madness’

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

“The deliberate targeting of civilians is just one example of how the Israeli military’s ideology is nearing madness,” Mussa said.

The Arab League’s secretary general further called for Israeli soldiers to be held accountable for what he said were war crimes committed during Israel’s 22-day offensive in the Gaza Strip in late December and January.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074977.html

IDF ends Gaza probe, says misconduct claims are ‘rumors’

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 30, 2009

The Israeli human rights groups B’Tselem, Yesh Din, Physicians for Human Rights and others issued a statement Monday saying “the speedy closing of the investigation immediately raises suspicions that [it] was merely the army’s attempt to wipe its hands of all blame for illegal activity…”

The groups said the allegations should be investigated by a non-partisan body.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1074981.html

Israel army punishes Gaza soldier

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 28, 2009

It appears to be the first officially confirmed case of disciplinary action over troops’ actions in the conflict.

The Israeli forces’ conduct has been heavily criticised.

A statement from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said there had been a warning of a suicide attacker in the area where the incident occurred.

The soldier was an infantryman from the Givati Brigades, and has been demoted and put on probation, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

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For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7967471.stm