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UN RESOLUTIONS VIOLATED BY ISRAEL FROM 1939-2011

1955-1992:

# * Resolution 106: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for Gaza raid”.

# * Resolution 111: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people”.

# * Resolution 127: ” . . . ‘recommends’ Israel suspends it’s ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem”.

# * Resolution 162: ” . . . ‘urges’ Israel to comply with UN decisions”.

# * Resolution 171: ” . . . determines flagrant violations’ by Israel in its attack on Syria”.

# * Resolution 228: ” . . . ‘censures’ Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control”.

# * Resolution 237: ” . . . ‘urges’ Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees”.

# * Resolution 248: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan”.

# * Resolution 250: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem”.

# * Resolution 251: ” . . . ‘deeply deplores’ Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250″.

# * Resolution 252: ” . . . ‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital”.

# * Resolution 256: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israeli raids on Jordan as ‘flagrant violation”.

# * Resolution 259: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation”.

# * Resolution 262: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for attack on Beirut airport”.

# * Resolution 265: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan”.

# * Resolution 267: ” . . . ‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem”.

# *Resolution 270: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 271: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem”.

# * Resolution 279: ” . . . ‘demands’ withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 280: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 285: ” . . . ‘demands’ immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 298: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem”.

# * Resolution 313: ” . . . ‘demands’ that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 316: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 317: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 332: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel’s repeated attacks against Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 337: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty”.

# * Resolution 347: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israeli attacks on Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 425: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 427: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon.

# * Resolution 444: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces”.

# * Resolution 446: ” . . . ‘determines’ that Israeli settlements are a ‘serious

# obstruction’ to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”.

# * Resolution 450: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to stop attacking Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 452: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories”.

# * Resolution 465: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s settlements and asks all member

# states not to assist Israel’s settlements program”.

# * Resolution 467: ” . . . ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 468: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of

# two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return”.

# * Resolution 469: ” . . . ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s failure to observe the

# council’s order not to deport Palestinians”.

# * Resolution 471: ” . . . ‘expresses deep concern’ at Israel’s failure to abide

# by the Fourth Geneva Convention”.

# * Resolution 476: ” . . . ‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claim to Jerusalem are ‘null and void'”.

# * Resolution 478: ” . . . ‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its

# claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law'”.

# * Resolution 484: ” . . . ‘declares it imperative’ that Israel re-admit two deported

# Palestinian mayors”.

# * Resolution 487: ” . . . ‘strongly condemns’ Israel for its attack on Iraq’s

# nuclear facility”.

# * Resolution 497: ” . . . ‘decides’ that Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan

# Heights is ‘null and void’ and demands that Israel rescinds its decision forthwith”.

# * Resolution 498: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to withdraw from Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 501: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops”.

# * Resolution 509: ” . . . ‘demands’ that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 515: ” . . . ‘demands’ that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and

# allow food supplies to be brought in”.

# * Resolution 517: ” . . . ‘censures’ Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions

# and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 518: ” . . . ‘demands’ that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon”.

# * Resolution 520: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel’s attack into West Beirut”.

# * Resolution 573: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel ‘vigorously’ for bombing Tunisia

# in attack on PLO headquarters.

# * Resolution 587: ” . . . ‘takes note’ of previous calls on Israel to withdraw

# its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw”.

# * Resolution 592: ” . . . ‘strongly deplores’ the killing of Palestinian students

# at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops”.

# * Resolution 605: ” . . . ‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s policies and practices

# denying the human rights of Palestinians.

# * Resolution 607: ” . . . ‘calls’ on Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly

# requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention.

# * Resolution 608: ” . . . ‘deeply regrets’ that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians”.

# * Resolution 636: ” . . . ‘deeply regrets’ Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians.

# * Resolution 641: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinians.

# * Resolution 672: ” . . . ‘condemns’ Israel for violence against Palestinians

# at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount.

# * Resolution 673: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United

# Nations.

# * Resolution 681: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s resumption of the deportation of

# Palestinians.

# * Resolution 694: ” . . . ‘deplores’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians and

# calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return.

# * Resolution 726: ” . . . ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians.

# * Resolution 799: “. . . ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of 413 Palestinians

# and calls for there immediate return

 

 

 

 

 

Syria’s Golan Heights

 

242 (1967) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/7D35E1F729DF491C85256EE700686136338 (1973) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/7FB7C26FCBE80A31852560C50065F878497 (1981) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/73D6B4C70D1A92B7852560DF0064F101

Jordan’s West Bank

237 (1967) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/E02B4F9D23B2EFF3852560C3005CB95A2253 (1967) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/A39A906C89D3E98685256C29006D40142254 (1967) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/3E28F2C76EBEA214852560DF00575C0E252 (1968) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/46F2803D78A0488E852560C3006023A8267 (1969) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/5932ECF53FF36A04852560C300656122271 (1969) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/35941B603B4459B8852560C50061DC5E298 (1971) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/441329A958089EAA852560C4004EE74D446 (1979) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/BA123CDED3EA84A5852560E50077C2DC452 (1979) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/0B7116ABB4B7E3E9852560E5007688A0465 (1980) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/5AA254A1C8F8B1CB852560E50075D7D5

note that this is only a subset of UN Resolutions which Israel remains in violation of to this day; e.g. those regarding Gaza and Lebanon

Syria’s Golan Heights

242 (1967) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/7D35E1F729DF491C85256EE700686136
338 (1973) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/7FB7C26FCBE80A31852560C50065F878
497 (1981) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/73D6B4C70D1A92B7852560DF0064F101

Jordan’s West Bank

237 (1967) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/E02B4F9D23B2EFF3852560C3005CB95A
2253 (1967) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/A39A906C89D3E98685256C29006D4014
2254 (1967) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/3E28F2C76EBEA214852560DF00575C0E
252 (1968) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/46F2803D78A0488E852560C3006023A8
267 (1969) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/5932ECF53FF36A04852560C300656122
271 (1969) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/35941B603B4459B8852560C50061DC5E
298 (1971) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/441329A958089EAA852560C4004EE74D
446 (1979) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/BA123CDED3EA84A5852560E50077C2DC
452 (1979) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/0B7116ABB4B7E3E9852560E5007688A0
465 (1980) http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/5AA254A1C8F8B1CB852560E50075D7D5

note that this is only a subset of UN Resolutions which Israel remains in violation of to this day; e.g. those regarding Gaza and Lebanon

(24 juni 2011 / Facebook / 21.08.2012)

Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian Home, Attempt to Torch It

Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian Home, Attempt to Torch It

Armed settlers in the West Bank

 IMEMC – A number of armed extremist Israeli settlers attacked, on Tuesday at dawn, a Palestinian home in Far’ata village, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and tried to torch it.

Palestinian official in charge of the Settlements file in the northern part of the West Bank, Ghassan Douglas, reported that several settlers poured flammable liquid at the main entrance of the home and ignited it.

The family noticed the fire fast and managed to extinguish it before it spread to the rest of the property. The home belongs to resident Farid Odah Tawil. Douglas added that the attack was carried out by at least 12 settlers of the Havat Gilad illegal settlement.

On Monday, the Israeli Police apprehended seven Israeli youths suspected of involvement in the lynch attack, carried out Friday, against three Palestinian youths in Jerusalem, leading to serious injuries.
One of the attacked youths, identified as Jamal Julani, 17, is currently in a serious condition at the Hadassah Israeli hospital in Jerusalem.

Israeli Police spokeswoman, Luba Samri, said that the Police apprehended four males and two females, all under the age of 18, and one 19-year old male. The detained youths are currently under interrogation.

One of the detained youth said he is not sorry for what he and his friends did, and that he does not care if Julani dies. The Police believe that 40 Israeli youths participated in the lynch mob attack.

On Thursday, settlers hurled a firebomb at a Palestinian Taxi causing severe injuries to Ayman Mohammad Ghayatha, 36, his wife Jamila Abdul-Hai, 28, their children; Mohammad, 5, and Eman, 4, and Hasan Mohammad Hasan Ghayatha, 26. The Taxi driver, Bassam Mohammad Ghayatha, 55, was also injured.

Medical sources said that the wounded family suffered fourth degree burns, the worst degree of burns as the flesh is burnt to the bone, and that their condition is deteriorating.

The latest assaults are a serious escalation to ongoing attacks carried out by extremist settlers against the Palestinians, their homes and property, and against their lands.

(www.councilforthenationalinterest.org / 21.08.2012)

Palestinian attacked by Israelis at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital

Jamal al-Maqdisi is at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital after being beaten at the hands of Jews on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli police Luba Simari “broke out brawl in the center of Jerusalem after midnight on Thursday / Friday between young Jews and young Arabs on the background is not clear so far, what led to the injury Arab youth in the 18-year-old injured very serious result of being hit in the chest “. She stressed that the Israeli police started an investigation to arrest the suspects.
And the transfer of the young beauty Subhi Joulani to a hospital, “Hadassah Ein Karem”, where you enter your recovery room. His mother said Nariman, crying, “Jamal was hit in the chest struck his heart. Doctors told us, that his difficult. ”
Said Abdul Hadi Mhlos (17 years), a beauty Friends “We went shopping and we walked in Jaffa Street and the beauty I and other friends. A group of perhaps two fifths of young Jews who were singing. ” “I heard someone say the Arabs, and received a slap on the back of my neck. I looked and found six people attacking Ali, fled and Ahtmit in place. Asked the shop owners to go out, but I stayed until they left. ” “I did not quarrel with them, and did not talk to them. I registered cameras light rail is what happened, they can see what happened with cameras. ” Said Sam Attia (17 years) “I was walking behind them and talking by cell phone, when I saw young people are fleeing. Escaped and saw the beauty of each of us in turn flee in the direction that the police arrived. I found beauty lying on the ground, while the young men fled the Jews. ”
The Root newspaper “Haaretz” what happened on its website, saying that “dozens of young Jews may be carried out an attack against three Palestinian youths from Jerusalem by a certificate, which led to the injury of them seriously injured and was evacuated to the hospital.”
She added that “the testimony received by the newspaper with certificates on Facebook shows that dozens of young Jews gathered around the young Arabs and beat them and they were shouting death to the Arabs, and one of them when he signed a land continued kicking him until he lost consciousness.”
She “turned his eyes and when they thought he was dead, so they Asthjnoa when some volunteers Jews of trying to provide first aid to him.” It quoted a team medic “All indicators in place to indicate the implementation process aggression against the Palestinians and clear the three.” The newspaper pointed out, “when he arrived ambulance team was injured without pulse and unconscious the same, then they revive the operations in place.”
As stated mouthpiece police Arab media Luba Simari – a continuation of the investigations in the case of the attack were arrested 2 girls Mchtbhettin, Qasrtin Jewish, to reach the proceeds of suspects detained, pending their involvement in this case, to seven suspects (4 minors 0.2 Minors 0.1 any suspicion adult, ) This is referred to that, according to the investigations police inferred that this group of suspects arrested were involved central fact of assault and so that the boy suspected detainee, a minor of them, aged 15 years, who had had to pay for the punch of a young Arab in the chest, wounding Last cardiac arrest and was taken for treatment at Hadassah Ein Karem and so described his time Balbalgh, as inferred from the investigations that the background of this incident, come back and it seems, to a Jewish girl (one Almstbhatt detention centers), which has ties of friendship with the suspects had claimed in front of them then that he had been sexually assaulted in the past by young Arabs what was the suspects, but to go to the city center in search of her revenge of young Arabs whatever and there have been fabricating fracas, which included assault on a young Arab as he was accompanied by some of his friends and others from As members of his family and will be implemented in more arrests of suspects and later investigations in all the circumstances of the merits of this case are still ongoing in Police Brigade Jerusalem.

(www.demotix.com / 21.08.2012)

Jewish Settler Attacks on Palestinians Named ‘Terrorist Incidents’ for First Time by US


A recent US State Department terrorism report listed violence by Jewish settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank as “terrorist incidents,” for the first time, following a recent upsurge in such attacks.

Palestinian Taxi burnt as a result of settler attack by fire bomb Thursday near Hebron (Photo: Israeli Police. Source: Haaretz)
“Attacks by extremist Israeli settlers against Palestinian residents, property and places of worship in the West Bank continued,” said the Country Reports on Terrorism 2011.

According to the UN, violent attacks by settlers on Palestinians and their property, mosques and farmland has increased by almost 150% since 2009.

On Friday, the US state department condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the firebombing of a Palestinian taxi near Bethlehem that injured six people.

Israeli officials have also begun increasingly condemning settler attacks in bid to curb an escalation of Palestinian Israeli violence. Referring to several attacks on Palestinians over the weekend, Moshe Ya’alone, Israeli minister for strategic affairs, stated, “The hate crimes committed over the weekend against Arabs in [the West Bank] and Jerusalem are intolerable, outrageous and must be firmly dealt with. These are terrorist attacks. They run contrary to Jewish morality and values, and constitute first and foremost an educational and moral failure.”

According to the UN office for humanitarian affairs, three Palestinians were killed and 183 injured by settlers in 2011 alone. 10,000 trees were damaged or destroyed. More than 90% of complaints filed with Israeli police were closed without charges.

However, rights groups in the region are uncertain as to whether the change in language from Israeli and US officials will actually curb settler violence in the West Bank. “One of the key factors in the growth of settler violence is the lack of effective law enforcement,” said Sarit Michaeli of human rights group B’Tselem. “The Israelis have been calling settler violence ‘terrorism’ for a while now, but that in itself is not a guarantee that they will fulfill their obligations to protect Palestinians.”

(lisaleaks.com / 21.08.2012)

Three Palestinian youth hospitalized after attack by Israeli lynch mob

In Jerusalem Friday, a mob of Israelis chanting ‘Death to Arabs’ attacked three young Palestinians, nearly killing one and severely wounding the other two.

Racist graffiti on Israeli school (image by uprootedpalestinians blog)
Racist graffiti on Israeli school (image by uprootedpalestinians blog)

The attack took place in Zion Square, where three as-yet unidentified Palestinian youth were walking when the mob began beating them, chanting ethnic slurs including “A Jew is a soul and an Arab is a son of a b–”

One eyewitness reported on her Facebook page, “today I saw a lynch with my own eyes, in Zion Square, the center of the city of Jerusalem ….. and shouts of ‘A Jew is a soul and Arab is a son of a –,’ were shouted loudly and dozens (!!) of youths ran and gathered and started to really beat to death three Arab youths who were walking quietly in the Ben Yehuda street.”

According to the International Business Times, a paramedic with the Magen David Adom ambulance service named Amir Edri told reporters, “When we arrived at the scene we saw a 20-year-old man lying on the floor. He was unconscious and paramedics began performing CPR.” They could not raise a pulse, and while they were trying to revive the youth, were themselves attacked by the crowd, who accused them of attempting to “revive an Arab”.

The incident comes on the heels of a firebombing of a Palestinian taxi in Bethlehem by Israeli settlers Thursday, and a stoning attack on a Palestinian bus by Israeli settlers earlier this week.

Israeli politicians from various right-wing parties, including members of the Netanyahu administration, have issued sweeping anti-Arab statements in recent months, which some analysts have termed incitement. Israeli Knesset member Ben Ari recently held a media event in which he ripped a Bible apart and called it ‘trash’, at the same time that he is leading a legislative battle to imprison and deport African refugees in Israel.

At the same time, the Israeli government declined to press charges against Israeli Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira who published a book in 2009 calling for the killing of gentiles, particularly Arabs. In the book, which quotes Talmudic law and attempts to define itself as an authority on Jewish law, Rabbi Shapira wrote, “One must consider killing even babies, because of the future danger that will be caused if they are allowed to grow up to be as wicked as their parents.”

The Israeli government initially began an investigation of the Rabbi, then abruptly closed the investigation without explanation earlier this year.

A similar ‘lynch mob’ type incident took place in March in Jerusalem’s Malha Mall. Despite the submission of cell-phone video footage to the Israeli police to help identify the assailants, no investigation was done and no arrests were ever made. Instead, according to journalist Ali Abunimah, “Israel’s hasbara [propaganda] machinery jumped into action, denying there was a pervasive problem with racism. The Jewish Agency’s online hasbara chief Avi Mayer even mounted a publicity stunt where he went to Malha Mall to distribute candy.”

Israeli officials did not give any statement about Friday’s attack, and no arrests have been made.

(www.imemc.org / 19.08.2012)

Bombing follows shooting at southern Russia mosque

Six injured in mosque shooting in Dagestan, Russia's Southern republic.

Six injured in mosque shooting in Dagestan, Russia’s Southern republic.

A bomb has reportedly exploded in a mosque in the town of Khasavyurt in Russia’s southern Republic of Dagestan, injuring several people. The blast reportedly came after two gunmen opened fire in the mosque, wounding eight.

The bomb detonated as police were trying to diffuse a separate explosive device. Authorities say there were two bombs altogether, and the second is currently being dismantled by minesweepers, a local interior ministry source told RIA Novosti reports.

There have been no reports of damage to the building, and it is unclear how many people were injured in the blast.

Police found what they suspected to be an explosive device at the mosque after two gunmen opened fire on worshippers.

“The criminals placed an explosive device that appeared to be a gas cylinder connected to wires in the mosque and sped off in a silver car,” a law enforcement source told Interfax news agency.

“At 20:55 Moscow time on Hamidov Street two armed, unknown men stormed a Shiite mosque after evening prayers and opened fire on the congregation,” the Head of the Investigative Committee of Dagestan said.

He said that six victims had been taken to the central city hospital in Khasvyurt, adding that two of them were in critical condition. However, a representative of the republic’s interior ministry later said the number of victims had risen to eight. The majority of the victims were young people, specifically those “born in 1986-1992.”

No motive for the attack has been established, and police are currently looking for the suspects.

A source within the interior ministry said police had been sent to major mosques throughout the republic, with the central mosque in the capital Makhachkala being placed under “heavy guard.” However, he admitted that it would be difficult to provide security at many of the smaller mosques dotting the republic.

Another interior ministry sources refuted these claims, saying mosques in the republic were not placed under increased police surveillance.

The attack comes during the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It follows a rash of attacks that have taken place over the last several months.

On Thursday, a bomb attack targeted a prosecutor in Makhachkala, though he was not harmed. In May, 14 people were killed and 87 injured after two powerful explosions rocked the capital. Earlier in March, at least five policemen were killed and two more injured after a female suicide bomber struck a police checkpoint.

Dagestan has seen a low-level Islamist insurgency for over a decade, with the majority of the attacks targeting officials and security forces.

(rt.com / 18.08.2012)

Jordan condemns attack on Palestinian taxi near Bethlehem

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Amman, August 18(Petra)– The Jordanian government on Saturday strongly condemned an attack by Jewish extremists on a Palestinian taxi near Bethlehem, injuring a number of Palestinians.

State Minister for Media Affairs and Communications and Government Spokesman, Samih Maaytah said that ”such acts escalate violence and promote extremism”.

He also expressed Jordan’s support of the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian people to face all forms of violence and extremism in the Palestinian territories.

(petra.gov.jo / 18.08.2012)

In suspected Jerusalem lynch, dozens of Jewish youths attack 3 Palestinians

One of the Palestinians was seriously wounded and hospitalized in intensive care; eyewitness: Today I saw a lynch with my own eyes.

Jerusalem's Zion Square.

Jerusalem’s Zion Square.

Dozens of Jewish youths attacked three young Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Zion Square early on Friday morning, in what one witness described as “a lynch” on Facebook.

One of the Palestinians was seriously wounded and hospitalized in intensive care in Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Acting Jerusalem police chief General Menachem Yitzhaki has set up a special team to investigate the incident and detain the suspects.

The three were allegedly attacked by youths shouting “Death to the Arabs” at them, as well as other racial slurs. One of them fell on the floor, and his attackers continued to beat him until he lost consciousness. They subsequently fled from the scene.

Within a short period of time rescue volunteers and Magen David Adom rescue services arrived on the scene and found the victim with no pulse and not breathing. After a lengthy resuscitation attempt, he was transferred to the hospital.

Writing on her Facebook page, one eye witness decribed the attack as a lynch: “It’s late at night, and I can’t sleep. My eyes are full of tears for a good few hours now and my stomach is turning inside out with the question of the loss of humanity, the image of God in mankind, a loss that I am not willing to accept.”

“But today I saw a lynch with my own eyes, in Zion Square, the center of the city of Jerusalem ….. and shouts of ‘A Jew is a soul and Arab is a son of a –,’ were shouted loudly and dozens (!!) of youths ran and gathered and started to really beat to death three Arab youths who were walking quietly in the Ben Yehuda street,” the witness wrote.

“When one of the Palestinian youths fell to the floor, the youths continued to hit him in the head, he lost consciousness, his eyes rolled, his angled head twitched, and then those who were kicking him fled and the rest gathered in a circle around, with some still shouting with hate in their eyes.”

“When two volunteers [from local charities] went into the circle, they tried to perform CPR and the mass of youths standing around started to say resentfully that we are resuscitating an Arab, and when they passed near us and saw that the rest of the volunteers were shocked, they asked why we were so in shock, he is an Arab. When we returned to the area after some time had passed, and the site was marked as a murder scene, and police were there with the cousin of the victim who tried to reenact what happened, two youths stood there who did not understand why we wanted to give a bottle of water to the cousin of the victim who was transferred to hospital in critical condition, he is an Arab, and they don’t need to walk around in the center of the city, and they deserve it, because this way they will finally be afraid,” she added.

“Children aged 15-18 are killing a child their own age with their own hands. Really with their own hands. Children who’s hearts were unmoved when they beat to death a boy their age who lay writhing on the floor,” she wrote.

(www.haaretz.com / 17.08.2012)

Israëlische berichten over aanval op Iran zijn bedoeld voor VS (analyse)

Met de nieuwe golf van mediaberichten over een mogelijke aanval op Iran wil de Israëlische regering de Verenigde Staten tot een harder standpunt dwingen. Dat geven twee recente interviews met Israëlische regeringsbronnen aan.

In een interview dat Ynet News woensdag had met een Israëlische regeringsbron, legt Israël voor het eerst een expliciet verband tussen de mogelijkheid van een unilaterale Israëlische aanval en de doelstelling om president Barack Obama’s publieke standpunt te verscherpen.

In het interview stelt de niet met naam genoemde hooggeplaatste persoon aan de regering-Obama een deal voor: als Obama zijn standpunt verhardt over het Iraanse nucleaire programma, dan zou Israël kunnen afzien van een eenzijdige aanval.

Obama onder druk

Volgens Ynet News-reporter Ben Yishai moet Obama afstappen van zijn eis dat er eerst bewijs moet zijn voor Irans intentie om uranium te verrijken met het oog op de productie van kernwapens. De Amerikaanse president moet op het Israëlische standpunt gaan staan dat Iran zelfs geen verrijkingscapaciteit mag hebben.

Als Obama zijn standpunt publiekelijk verhardt, dan zou dat als “een virtueel engagement om desnoods militair op treden” worden gezien, zegt de regeringsbron.

Het interview geeft aan dat premier Benjamin Netanyahu en defensieminister Ehud Barak aansturen op een Amerikaans standpunt dat Israël kan gebruiken om Obama onder druk te zetten om Iran aan te vallen als hij herkozen wordt.

Kans op Amerikaanse actie

Dat Israël de dreiging van een eenzijdige aanval gebruikt om de Amerikaanse houding te veranderen, wordt ook gesuggereerd door een interview dat de krant Haaretz op 10 augustus had met een eveneens hooggeplaatste bron. Volgens de beschrijving van de interviewer gaat het zo goed als zeker om defensieminister Barak.

De geïnterviewde linkt de dreiging van de eenzijdige aanval aan de noodzaak om het VS-beleid te beïnvloeden. “Als Israël afstand doet van de mogelijkheid om op te treden en het duidelijk wordt dat het niet langer bij machte is om op te treden, dan vermindert de kans op een Amerikaanse actie.”

Hij verwijst ook naar een interne discussie binnen de Israëlische regering – mogelijk tussen Netanyahu en Barak zelf – over wat verwacht kan worden van Washington: “We kunnen dus geen jaar wachten om te kijken wie gelijk had: diegene die zei dat de kans op een Amerikaanse actie groot was of diegene die zei dat de kans op een Amerikaanse actie klein was.”

Geloofwaardig

De twee interviews laten zien dat Israël wanhopig probeert om Obama op dezelfde lijn te krijgen. Het suggereert dat de nieuwe golf van berichten in de Israëlische media over de mogelijkheid van een eenzijdige aanval niet zomaar geloofd kunnen worden.

Een centrale doelstelling van de recente mediaberichten – en van de ruimere campagne die Netanyahu en Barak eerder dit jaar begonnen zijn – is om het idee van een eenzijdige aanval door Israël geloofwaardig te maken.

Op 10 augustus bijvoorbeeld berichtte de Israëlische televisie dat er volgens Netanyahu en Barak een “relatief kleine kans” is dat een aanval op Iran “in een grote regionale oorlog zou uitmonden.” Volgens het bericht houdt de Israëlische regering rekening met vergeldingsacties van Hezbollah en Hamas maar zou Syrië niet reageren als Iran wordt aangevallen.

(www.mo.be / 17.08.2012)

Minister unfazed by criticism over Israel

Ebrahim Ebrahim  (File, GCIS)

Ebrahim Ebrahim

Pretoria – Israel should cease the displacement of Palestinians and its occupation of their territory, Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said on Friday.

Ebrahim said criticism on his discouraging of South Africans to travel to Israel was missing the point.

“We do not encourage people to go to Israel because we think the whole question of Palestine and Israel has to be looked in the context of what is taking place in Palestine,” he said.

Palestinians were increasingly suffering as a result of Israel’s occupation of their land and the matter had to be urgently resolved, said Ebrahim.

“Most of the criticism does not seem to address the main issue here. The main issue here is not whether you go to Israel or not. The issue is ‘are there any steps taken by these people to stop the increasing settlement’,” he said.

“There has to be a move to address the suffering of the Palestinian people. The daily humiliation of Palestinians is a cause for concern.”

Ebrahim said government was not discontinuing the travel of South Africans to Israel.

“It’s a Constitutional right of every South African to go wherever they want to. It is also a Constitutional right of every South African to have a passport,” he said.

Ebrahim was addressing reporters on the sidelines of the second meeting of the Vietnam-South Africa Partnership Forum held in Pretoria.

After engaging the Vietnamese delegation led by Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Le Luong Minh, Ebrahim said both countries had expressed deep concern over the ongoing illegal hunting and trafficking of wildlife products, particularly rhino horn.

“The two sides agreed to work closely together, through bilateral and multi-lateral mechanisms, to address concerns in this area to protect these endangered species,” he told reporters in Pretoria.

A memorandum of understanding in the fields of bio-diversity management and law enforcement had been agreed upon, said Ebrahim.

The agreement sought compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and other legislation.

The pact would now be tested in the legal processes of both countries before being signed.

Minh said his country was intensely concerned about the widespread poaching problem.

“We discussed and shared the concerns over the illegal hunting, trade, and trafficking of wildlife,” said Minh.

Media reports cited the “obsession” with rhino horn products in Vietnam as a serious threat to the world’s rhino population.

Rhino horn products are perceived to have curative powers for an assortment of ailments, from headaches to cancer.

(www.news24.com / 17.08.2012)