Thursday, 31 July 2014

'LATIN' AMERICAN BRIC-ALLIED COUNTRIES TAKE THE LEAD IN PROTESTING GAZA MASSACRE


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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has branded what is happening in Gaza a "massacre". She argued that the offensive was "disproportionate", calling for an immediate ceasefire:

"What's happening in Gaza is dangerous. I don't think it's a genocide, but I think it's a massacre.
It's a humanitarian issue. This can't be done in such a small strip (of territory), with people who are in a situation of great insecurity, very threatened, with many women and children.

We know that in a war like this, the ones who pay are the civilians."


Gaza Crisis: El Salvador Joins Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru to Recall Israel Envoy

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El Salvador has joined four Latin American countries in recalling its Israel ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest at the military's ground and air offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Peru have all recalled their diplomatic representatives to Israel.

The Chilean foreign ministry in Santiago said its ambassador was being brought back to the country because of "the escalation of Israeli military operations in Gaza".

"Chile notes with great concern and dismay that such military operations, which at this stage of development are subject to a collective punishment against the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza, do not respect fundamental rules of international humanitarian law."

Spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Yigal Palmor, said that the recalling of diplomatic missions only served to encourage Hamas militants in their attacks on the Israeli state.

"Israel expresses its deep disappointment with the hasty decision of the governments of El Salvador, Peru and Chile to recall their ambassadors for consultations," said Palmor.

"This step constitutes encouragement for Hamas, a group recognised as a terror organisation by many countries around the world."

Palmor said the protests of the Latin American countries were handing "terrorists a prize".

"Israel expects countries that oppose terrorism to act responsibly and not to hand terrorists a prize," he said.

"So far, every time Israel accepted plans for establishing a ceasefire and restoring calm, it was countered by Hamas's sustained rocket fire.

"El Salvador, Chile and Peru would have been much better advised to promote the international move intended to assist Israel in its efforts to defend innocent civilians and reinstate a durable ceasefire with the demilitarisation of Gaza."

Brazil had earlier denounced the "disproportionate use of force by Israel" before recalling the Ambassador of Brazil in Tel Aviv to Brasilia.

The United Nations Human Rights Council, consisting of 46 members, also voted unanimously to investigate potential Israeli 'war crimes' in the territory. The only member to vote against the resolution was the United States while many European Union nations abstained. 

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Anonymous said...


Monday, August 04, 2014
Israeli Extermination in Gaza
By Ali Jarbawi
Birzeit University • Palestine


Over the years, Israel has used all forms of pressure to prevent the Palestinians from achieving their national rights and gaining independence. It hasn’t been enough for Israelis to believe their own claims about Palestinians; they have sought incessantly to impose this narrative on the world and to have it adopted by their Western allies.

Unsurprisingly, all of this has led to complete shamelessness in mainstream Israeli rhetoric about Palestinians. After all, if one is not held accountable, then one has the freedom to think — and do — what one wants. With no internal or external checks, one can act with impunity.

The Israeli left is a relic, all but extinct, and the extremist right is entrenched in the Israeli political establishment. Attacking the Palestinians has become officially sanctioned policy, embedded in Israeli public consciousness and politely ignored in Western political circles.

There is now an extremist, racist ideological current in Israel that not only justifies the recent onslaught on the Gaza Strip, but actually encourages the use of enormous and disproportionate violence against civilians, which has led to the extermination of entire families.

Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Knesset, recently called on the Israeli army to attack and occupy Gaza, paying no heed to anything but the safety of Israeli soldiers. He then demanded that Gaza be annexed to Israel, and asked the army to use all means at its disposal to “conquer” Gaza, by which he meant that obedient Palestinians would be allowed to stay, while the rest — the majority — should be exiled to the Sinai Peninsula. This cannot be understood as anything less than a call for ethnic cleansing.


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Monday, August 04, 2014
Israeli Extermination in Gaza
By Ali Jarbawi
Birzeit University • Palestine


After 47 years of occupation, two decades of stalled peace talks and almost eight years of a strangulating siege of the Gaza Strip, the international community must demand that Israel clearly state what it intends to do with its occupation of the Palestinian people. Since the Palestinians are not the occupiers, but rather those living under occupation, this question cannot be asked of them.

If Israel wants to continue its occupation and hinder Palestinians’ path to freedom and independence, then it should be aware that the Palestinian people will continue to resist with all the means at their disposal. If Israel intends to end the occupation, then it will find that the Palestinians are more than ready for an agreement.

What the Palestinians are enduring today in Gaza should be a clarion call for the entire world to end the bloodshed. But it will take more than a cease-fire. It will take peace. And peace cannot happen without an end to the occupation.

This article was translated from the Arabic by Ghenwa Hayek. Emphasis and links supplied.
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