Israeli Nuclear & other Arms compared to Iran’s.

Israeli Nuclear & other Arms compared to Iran’s.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came to the US on Monday to lobby Washington against a diplomatic resolution of the conflict over Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program. Netanyahu insisted that Iran’s “military nuclear” program be completely dismantled, even though the UN inspectors continue to certify that no Iranian uranium has been diverted to military purposes. That is, there is no proof that Iran has a “military nuclear” program, and Iran has consistently denied that it is trying to get an atomic bomb. Netanyahu also insisted that the Draconian sanctions on Iran, which are hurting ordinary Iranians’ ability to afford expensive imported medicine be kept in place. Netanyahu’s Iron Wall appears actually to be an iron wall for other people’s children living decent lives.

The irony, which no one wants to talk about, is that Israel has several hundred nuclear warheads, whereas Iran has none. Israel refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or be inspected, whereas Iran has signed and is regularly inspected. Frighteningly, Secretary of State John Kerry recently demanded that Iran’s Fordow facility be opened to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. But Fordow has been regularly inspected! If a worldly US official of such long experience in foreign affairs can make such a serious error because he has swallowed too much propaganda, what hope do we in the alternative media have at correcting the record? US media and even President Obama have now routinely begun referring to Iran’s alleged “announced” desire for a nuclear warhead, something that Iranian authorities have repeatedly denied they want. They say they want what Japan and South Korea have, the ability to fuel nuclear power plants to make electricity. Iran has been demonized in the US. But Israel has repeatedly invaded neighbors and usurped their territory or attempted to. Iran hasn’t invaded another country since at least the 1850s. Despite Iraq’s invasion of Iran in 1980, Iran has occupied no Iraqi territory nor made any territorial demands. Compare that to Israel’s illegal occupation of Arab territory in 1956 and 1967.

So that the Israel Lobbies and the US Congress have imposed a financial blockade on Iran’s petroleum sales and have so damaged the value of the Iranian currency that the lives of ordinary civilians are being harmed, is viewed by most of the global South as a travesty.

Just to put things in perspective, here is a reprint of a post from last year with pertinent statistics:

… It is worthwhile revisiting the issue of how weak and how much of a nothing the Iranian military is compared to powerhouse Israel. Statistics mostly 2011 from Global Firepower. Note that some comparisons are invidious, as with Israeli reservists, who are quite professional and Iranian reservists, who typically are not. Or, comparing Israeli fighter jets and other aircraft to old broken down Iranian ones is silly. If Israel’s and Iran’s air forces were close enough to tangle (they are not), Iran’s wouldn’t last a day.

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Israeli forces kill Palestinian boy for approaching their fence of hate…

Israeli military has confirmed that the regime forces opened fire on two unarmed Palestinians, killing one and injuring another north of the Gaza Strip.

The military said on Tuesday that two Palestinians were shot in Beit Hanoun on Monday after approaching the security fence separating Israel from the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military had earlier said that the Palestinians were carrying weapons.

Hospital officials in the coastal enclave also confirmed that a Plaestinian was shot dead.

The Israeli forces frequently attack the Gaza Strip, saying the actions are being conducted for defensive purposes.

However, disproportionate force is always used, in violation of international law, and civilians are often killed or injured.

Gaza has been blockaded since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education.

(Source / 01.10.2013)

Egyptian army kidnaps Palestinians, forces them to make false confessions

Informed Egyptian and Palestinian security sources warned that the Egyptian security and military apparatuses kidnapped and blackmailed some young men who hold dual Palestinian-Egyptian citizenship in the Sinai and Gaza lately in order to prove their claims about the involvement of the Hamas Movement in Egypt’s internal events.

According to Quds Press, the sources affirmed on condition of anonymity that these arrests were part of a plot aimed at deepening the rift between the Egyptian and Palestinian peoples and creating grounds for tightening the blockade on Gaza.

The sources explained that the Egyptian security and military forces kidnapped two young men from Ashaer family identified as Ahmed, a 15-year-old resident of the Egyptian Rafah area, and Hisham, a 16-year-old resident of the Palestinian Rafah area, in addition to two others from inside the Gaza Strip.

They said that those young detainees were forced to put on Al-Qassam Brigades’ uniform, carry RPGs and grenades, and make confessions about being sent by Al-Qassam to carry out subversive operations in the Sinai.

The sources added that the young men were promised to get released after videotaping their confessions, but later they were taken prisoners and transferred to Abu Zaabal jail.

The sources asserted that the families of those detainees decided to talk to the media about the kidnapping of their sons and the extortion they were exposed to by Egyptian security and military personnel.

(Source / 01.10.2013)

Israelis damage Palestinians vehicles, say police

A Palestinian man inspects price tag graffiti on the exterior wall of a mosque. (file photo)

A Palestinian man inspects price tag graffiti on the exterior wall of a mosque.
Israeli settlers have damaged five vehicles of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) overnight, a police spokeswoman says.

“Five vehicles were vandalized close to the Old City at the entrance to the Silwan neighborhood, and the slogan ‘price tag’ written on a wall nearby,” said spokeswoman Luba Samri on Tuesday.

Israeli extremists regularly carry out “Price tag” attacks, targeting Palestinian properties, cars, mosques and olive trees. The perpetrators are rarely caught by Israeli security forces.

On Monday, four Israelis were reportedly arrested for being involved in the smashing of tombstones in the Greek Orthodox cemetery.

Reports also said that two Israeli teens damaged eight Palestinian-owned cars on Sunday in the Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood in Al-Quds.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.

(Source / 01.10.2013)

Israel bans veteran campaigner for Palestinian prisoners from West Bank

Addameer’s Ramallah office after it was raided by Israeli forces overnight, 11 December 2012.

Though most Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are prevented from enteringJerusalem and present-day Israel, Abdullatif Ghaith has been effectively imprisoned in those territories.

Ghaith, a 71-year-old Palestinian resident of occupied East Jerusalem, was informed on 11 September that Israeli authorities had renewed a travel ban that forbids him from traveling to the rest of the West Bank.

“A military order from the head of Israeli forces in the West Bank said I constitute a threat to the safety of Israeli soldiers and security, therefore I’m forbidden from entering or being inside any of the areas they call ‘Judea and Samaria,’” he told The Electronic Intifada, referring to the term the Israeli government uses for the West Bank.

This latest travel ban is the fifth consecutive renewal — his first ban was issued on 9 October 2011. The order, according to Ghaith, “can be renewed over and over again.”

Ghaith is the chairperson of Addameer, a human rights organization that documents Israel’s arrests of Palestinians and abuses of Palestinian political prisoners . Back in 1992, he was also one of the organization’s founders.

The ban means that Ghaith is unable to work in Addammer’s main office in Ramallah.

Though banning Palestinians from the West Bank is rare, it is not unheard of. This measure is generally reserved for Palestinian residents of Jerusalem or Palestinian citizens of Israel who are freed in prisoner release deals or are influential political and community leaders.

“But I’m the only one I’ve ever heard of getting five bans in a row and for this long a period of time,” Ghaith said.

Ghaith is also forbidden by the Israeli defense ministry from traveling abroad.

“I see these measures as illegal under international law — and I think they’re not particularly against me but against the entire Palestinian community and our human rights in general,” he added.

Prison “a second home”

As an influential public figure and a longtime human rights defender, Ghaith said that he has been in Israeli prison ten times, and that it “became a second home for me and all Palestinians.”

Ghaith also argued that Addameer has been targeted because of the effectiveness of its work in mobilizing support for Palestinian prisoners.

Israel is regularly accused of targeting activists, students and potential leaders in order to preserve its ongoing occupation. Additionally, the Israeli Prison Service has come under fire from human rights groups in recent years for its routine cruelty.

On top of scrupulously documenting arrests and imprisonments, Addameer has played a primary role in raising global awareness for Palestinian political prisoners, particularly when they have gone on hunger strike.

Among those highly publicized prisoner campaigns were the hunger strikes of Khader AdnanHana al-Shalabi and Samer Issawi.

“In recent years, there has been a lot of activism surrounding the prisoners’ cause and Palestinian institutions have been important for popular activism,” said Ghaith. “As this is Addameer’s specialty, we have played a leading role.

“Israel is scared of the prisoner solidarity movement because it is a popular movement and takes place at the level of the street,” Ghaith remarked, adding that the movement is not confined to any political parties.

Ghaith said that this is demonstrated by the fact that “several organizations working with prisoner issues were shut down in the past because they were accused of working directly with specific political parties.”

Work “more difficult”

Ghaith explained that his work has become “much more difficult as a result of the ban. I’m not in the office, able to see the employees, or directly partake in our programs. We have to do phone calls on specific issues, but my work is very limited now. … I also cannot attend meetings and offer my opinion in the same way as before.”

Although there is no more than 20 kilometers between Addameer’s office in Ramallah and Ghaith’s home in the Shuafat area of East Jerusalem, the two are separated by Israel’s wall in the West Bank and a number of Israeli military checkpoints.

Though Addameer’s offices used to be located in Jerusalem, they had to be moved to Ramallah “due to the fact that Jerusalem is isolated from the rest of Palestine and the heavy workload regarding West Bank prisoners,” Ghaith explained.

Ghaith’s ban from the West Bank has made even normal office tasks complicated. “For instance, I have to sign the paychecks of our employees. Since I cannot go to Ramallah, they have to send them with one of our employees, who brings them to my house at the end of every month.”

Most of Addameer’s staff members have identity documents issued by the Palestinian Authority. As a result, they have to apply for Israeli-issued permits to enter Jerusalem and present-day Israel.

“Despite the circumstances that prevent me from leaving Jerusalem or Israel, I won’t run out of thoughts or ideas, and this order will not keep me from working on the [prisoners’ issues],” Ghaith said.

His ban from the West Bank is just one of several instances that suggest Israel has systematically singled out Addameer in recent years.

“They want to scare”

Ayman Nasser, an Addameer spokesperson and human rights activist, has been imprisoned since Israeli soldiers raided his home on 15 October last year. He has faced a number of charges related to organizing to support prisoner solidarity and attending an annual Palestinian Prisoners’ Day event.

In December 2012, Israeli soldiers raided Addameer’s office in Ramallah, looting files, computer hard drives, personal laptops and money. “The break-in was proof that they want to scare Addameer and its staff, but … we will continue our work and duties,” said Ghaith.

“That was an attempt to find anything that would incriminate us as an institution,” he added. “But Addameer works within the boundaries of Israeli, Palestinian and international law, and our financial and administrative reports are transparent and clean.”

Furthermore, despite Israel’s legal obligation to facilitate access to prisoners, Addameer’s lawyers have regularly been banned from meeting with hunger-striking prisoners and those deemed by Israel to be “security” prisoners.

In other instances, a lawyer “goes to visit a prisoner and the Israeli Prison Service lie and say the prisoner isn’t available that day,” according to Ghaith.

Two weeks ago, Anas Barghouthi, a prominent lawyer and a former Addameer employee, was stopped at a checkpoint and arrested by Israeli soldiers as he traveled between the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem.

At the same time, Israel’s sweeping arrest campaigns reach every corner of Palestinian society across East Jerusalem and the broader occupied West Bank.

After a sniper shot and killed an Israeli soldier in the occupied city of Hebron recently, more than 5,000 soldiers were deployed to round up men 18 years or older for interrogation —more than 80 people were subsequently arrested, according to Addameer. Some Palestinian campaign groups were also arrested during that wave of repression.

Ghaith also noted that the Palestinian Authority has not offered “any support at all” to institutions under pressure from Israel.

As Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian political activists continues, Ghaith called for the world to respect the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.

“The boycott [movement] is one of many ways to support Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people. It can open doors towards new ways of support. It can also raise people’s awareness on how to have solidarity with Palestinian in ways that exceed the boycott itself,” Ghaith added.

“The more awareness about Palestinian rights increases, the better our chances for freedom.”

(Source / 01.10.2013)

Israel’s Secret Nuclear Biological and Chemical Weapons (NBC)

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For years, Syria and Egypt refused to abandon their chemical weapons facing a threatening neighbor, Israel, which develops very sophisticated ones, in addition to biological and nuclear weapons. However, while Syria has joined the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons , we are taking a look at Israeli activities.

The UN inspectors who monitor chemical weapons in Syria would have much to do if they were sent to monitor the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons (NBC) of Israel.

But according to the rules of “international law”, they cannot do so. Israel has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, nor the Convention Banning Biological Weapons , and has signed but not ratified the Convention Banning Chemical Weapons.

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The entrance of the Israel Institute for Biological Research,  Ness- Ziona . This structure is the cover for the research and manufacturing of Israeli chemical and biological weapons.

According to Jane’s Defense Weekly, Israel – the only nuclear power in the Middle East, has 100 to 300 nuclear warheads and their appropriate vectors ( ballistic and cruise missiles and fighter-bombers ). According to SIPRI estimates, Israel has produced 690-950 kg of plutonium, and continues to produce as much as necessary to make from 10 to 15 bombs of the Nagasaki type each year.

It also produces tritium, a radioactive gas with which neutron warheads are made, which cause minor radioactive contamination but higher lethality. According to various international reports, also quoted by the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, biological and chemical weapons are developed at the Institute for Biological Research, located in Ness- Ziona, near Tel Aviv. Officially, 160 scientists and 170 technicians are part of the staff, who for five decades have performed research in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, physics and other scientific disciplines. The Institute, along with the Dimona nuclear center , is “one of the most secretive institutions in Israel” under direct jurisdiction of the Prime Minister. The greatest secrecy surrounds research on biological weapons, bacteria and viruses that spread among the enemy and can trigger epidemics. Among them, the bacteria of the bubonic plague (the ” Black Death ” of the Middle Ages ) and the Ebola virus, contagious and lethal, for which no therapy is available.

With biotechnology, one can produce new types of pathogens which the target population is not able to resist, not having the specific vaccine. There is also strong evidence of research to develop biological weapons that can destroy the human immune system. Officially the Israeli Institute conducts research on vaccines against bacteria and viruses, such as anthrax funded by the Pentagon, but it is obvious that they can develop new pathogens for war use.

The same expedient is used in the United States and in other countries to get around the conventions prohibiting biological and chemical weapons. In Israel the screed secret was partially torn by the inquiry that was conducted, with the help of scientists, by the Dutch journalist Karel Knip. It has also come out that toxic substances developed by the Institute have been used by the Mossad to assassinate Palestinian leaders. Medical evidence indicates that in Gaza and Lebanon, Israeli forces used weapons of a new design: they leave the body intact outside but, upon penetration, dévitalise tissues, carbonise liver and bones, and coagulate the blood. This is possible with nanotechnology, the science that casts microscopic structures by building them atom by atom.

Italy also participates in the development of these weapons, linked to Israel by a military cooperation agreement and being its number one European partner in research and development. In the last Finance Act, Italy provided an annual allocation of € 3 million for projects of Italian- Israeli joint research. Like the one indicated in the last notice of the Farnesina (Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), “new approaches to combat pathogens resistant to treatment.”

In this way, the Israel Institute for Biological Research could render pathogens even more resistant.

(Source / 01.10.2013)

Coordination meeting with the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling

 

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Received Foundation Retaj Palestinian women in the village of Asira a delegation from the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling, attended by 25 women from the village women with the opening of the meeting presented a definition of the institution of Retaj by the Foundation’s President and women present, The delegation also define audience the center and its objectives and listened to the needs of womenthere are, namely the rehabilitation of women in the service- aspects as well as to social and legal awareness was agreed between the status of women mentioned that the institution is a series of meetings awareness of the legal and social women within the institution Ritaj over the next year.

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Intifada Youth Coalition to break naval blockade on Gaza

 

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Gaza, ALRAY – Intifada Youth Coalition announced his intention to break the naval blockade, breaking the 6-nautical-mile limit imposed by the Israeli occupation on the fishermen of Gaza.

The coalition said in a statement Tuesday “it is discussing the move with several bodies to freely organize a demonstration to break the naval blockade and by passing the six nautical miles,”

The coalition also called on the Palestinians to rally next Friday after Friday prayers in a day if rage against Israel’s occupation measures.

The Coalition stressed that it would hold on Wednesday at 2:00 pm a sit-in in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza City to demand the international organization to mount pressure on the Israeli occupation in order to stop its on settlement on the Palestinian land.

 


The Brutal blockade of Gaza

 



Editorial- Arab News | June 15, 2011Gaza reels under five years of Israeli siege as the world community stands and stares 

It has been five years since Israel imposed its oppressive and inhuman blockade on the Gaza Strip. Without doubt it has been easily one of the toughest and most trying periods in the eventful history of the Palestinian people. The proud and fiercely independent people, however, have refused to give in to Israeli diktats or allow their fighting spirit to waver under the totally asphyxiating blockade of Gaza by land, air and sea.

However, the Palestinians have had a monumental price to pay for their defiance. The United Nations report on Gaza, issued to mark the five nightmarish years of Israeli siege on Tuesday, makes for disturbing reading and must come as a wake-up call to the world’s sleeping conscience. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has slammed Israel for the acute humanitarian crisis in Gaza, warning of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Nearly half of Gaza’s population is unemployed. Wages have fallen 34.5 percent since 2006 when Israel inflicted its “sanctions” on Gaza imprisoning its entire population for the sin of electing Hamas in Palestinian legislative elections. Most of Gaza’s population is not just desperately impoverished, it craves and has to fight for basics such as food, medicines to fuel.  Nothing can get in — or get out. Many put their lives on line to smuggle in these “valuables” using those tunnels under Gaza’s Rafah border with Egypt. Not surprisingly, the Palestinian refugees, the poorest of the poor who make up two-thirds of the Strip’s population, are the worst hit.

An anguished UNWRA says it’s “hard to understand the logic” of deliberately impoverishing so many and condemning hundreds of thousands of potentially productive people to a life of destitution.  But then whoever said there was any logic or reason behind any of Israel’s actions? If Israel had ever been inspired by reason or common sense, we wouldn’t have this crisis created by the world’s longest occupation in the first place.

Ironically, the UN claims, the punitive Israeli blockade has failed to affect or weaken Hamas or made it any less popular. Indeed, the UN findings suggest the Hamas government in Gaza has been able to actually increase public employment by one fifth even as private sector jobs have vanished in the same period.

The question is, how long will this shameful state of affairs continue? How much more an already persecuted people have to suffer before the world community — if there’s such a things as the world community— decides to confront Israel and its powerful patrons?

What is the Palestinian crime? The audacity to choose who they want as their representatives and leaders? Isn’t this the very freedom that people in Western democracies routinely exercise? Why does it become a problem when the same right is exercised by the Palestinians and Arabs? Why are international champions of democracy and freedom, howling over the atrocities of Libyan and Syrian regimes, silent on Israeli crimes? It is precisely because of this hypocrisy and double standards that no one today takes Western lectures on democracy and freedom seriously.

(Source / 01.10.2013)

Opposition warns of ‘disaster’ in Damascus suburb

 

An opposition fighter runs in a street in Damascus' northern neighbourhood of Ashrafiyeh on September 22, 2013

An opposition fighter runs in a street in Damascus’ northern neighbourhood of Ashrafiyeh on September 22, 2013
Rebel fighters hold a position on a front line in the Damascus suburb of Yalda on September 18, 2013

Rebel fighters hold a position on a front line in the Damascus suburb of Yalda on September 18, 2013
A picture taken on September 17, 2013 in the Shebaa district of Damascus

A picture taken on September 17, 2013 in the Shebaa district of Damascus

AFP – Syria’s opposition warned on Tuesday of a “humanitarian disaster” in the Damascus suburb of Moadamiyet al-Sham, accusing the regime of a campaign to “starve and displace” its residents.

“Moadamiyet al-Sham is experiencing a humanitarian disaster,” said the National Coalition.

President Bashar al-Assad’s “regime is carrying out a systematic campaign to starve and displace Moadamiyet al-Sham and intensifying its destruction and demolition of residential buildings in the area,” it said in a statement.

It warned the fighting between regime troops and rebel forces had caused the deaths of dozens of civilians and forced many to flee.

The Coalition said the suburb southwest of the city had been under a regime siege for months creating food shortages that saw at least four children and three women starve to death.

Water supplies had been interrupted by bombardments, and schools closed down.

“The Coalition calls on the international community to assume its responsibilities towards the besieged areas of Syria by opening safe humanitarian corridors,” the statement said.

“The Coalition calls on international relief agencies to enter Moadamiyet al-Sham and deliver essential humanitarian aid to its residents and to evacuate hundreds of people who face death by starvation.”

Moadamiyet al-Sham is one of several Damascus suburbs where rebels seeking to overthrow the Assad regime have set up rear bases from which to attack the capital.

They regularly fire mortar rounds from the city’s outskirts into its centre, and regime forces have been trying for months to oust them from the area.

It was also one of the sites reportedly targeted in an August 21 sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people and sparked international concern.

The United States accused the regime of the attack, a charge it denied, and threatened military action in response.

Instead, Damascus agreed to a US-Russian deal under which it will turn over its chemical weapons arsenal for destruction.

(Source / 01.10.2013)

American journalist suggests US occupies Israel to demilitarize Mideast

An American journalist advises the US to occupy Israel that is armed with nuclear and chemical weapons to demilitarize the entire Middle East.

“If you really want to bring peace to the Middle East, we can’t address the issue of Israel being armed with chemical weapons and with nuclear weapons,” Veterans Today Editor Mike Harris told Press TV on Tuesday.

“We need to demilitarize the entire Middle East starting with Israel and I would suggest a US occupation of Israel like we did in Japan after World War II to disarm them forcibly if need be,” he added.

Harris also explained about the recent move by Syria to surrender its chemical weapons.

“The whole issue in Syria is not about chemical weapons. The rebels are being sponsored by outside forces namely Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, the US and France who are sponsoring the rebels,” he said.

“The main purpose behind destabilizing the Assad regime has been to hijack the concept of an oil pipeline from Iran and Syria to western Europe to break the oil monopoly,” the journalist said.

Harris noted that the situation in Syria is about “money and control of the supply of oil to the world.”

(Source / 01.10.2013)