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|Israel-Palestine: There Will Be No Peace, Without An End To This Terrorism|
Friday, December 31 @ 22:11:30 UTC
|By Stephen Gowans, What's Left |
December 24, 2004
On a visit to Jerusalem just before Christmas, British PM Tony Blair expressed optimism about reviving "peace talks" but warned, "There is not going to be any successful negotiation or peace without an end to terrorism."
Blair wasn't talking about Israel ending its terrorism. And he certainly wasn't talking about ending the war of terror Britain is pursuing as junior partner to the United States.
But he could have been.
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|Israel-Palestine: ICJ: Israel must stop building wall now|
Friday, July 09 @ 22:07:19 UTC
The World Court has ruled that Israel must immediately stop its construction of the West Bank barrier, saying it is tantamount to annexation and in violation of international humanitarian law.
The Hague-based court ruled on Friday that parts encroaching on Palestinian territory should be dismantled and Israel must pay compensation for damage caused by the West Bank wall.
"The wall … cannot be justified by military exigencies or by the requirements of national security or public order," said Judge Shi Jiuyong of China
"The construction of such a wall accordingly constitutes breaches by Israel of its obligations under the applicable international humanitarian law."
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) also rejected Israel's contention that it did not have jurisdiction to rule on the legality of the barrier Israel is building in the West Bank.
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|Israel-Palestine: A heretical thought for Middle East peace|
Sunday, October 05 @ 06:57:25 UTC
|By John V. Whitbeck, YellowTimes.org
With the latest American "peace plan" joining its predecessors in history's trash heap and with the United States astounding even those who expect the worst from it by vetoing a U.N. Security Council resolution urging Israel not to exile or assassinate Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, the time may be ripe for a radical reevaluation of the American role in the search for Middle East peace.
In June, the respected Pew Research Center released the latest of its global opinion surveys, which polled more than 15,000 people in 21 countries in the wake of the invasion and conquest of Iraq. A primary focus of press reports was the surge of anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world. In traditionally pro-American Jordan, 97% of those polled opposed America's "war on terror," while, in NATO-member Turkey, 83% expressed an unfavorable opinion of the United States. The selection of Osama bin Laden by the publics of five of the eight Muslim countries surveyed (Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan and Palestine) as one of the three political leaders they would most trust to "do the right thing" in world affairs did not go unnoticed.
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|Israel-Palestine: Imitations of fascism are not a form of flattery|
Sunday, August 31 @ 03:30:43 UTC
|By Raff Ellis, yellowtimes.org
As a student of history, I've often been "shocked and awed" by the obvious parallels between governments of ancient times and those of today. If, as an example, you study the actions of oppressive and militaristic states such as ancient Sparta you cannot help but see a striking resemblance to the actions of a modern-day state such as Israel, and recently, its imitator, the United States.
Some 2,600 years or so ago, the city-state Sparta conquered the people of Messenia and made them into a class of serfs, called helots. Because they were numerically outnumbered by as much as 10 to 1, the Spartans developed a code of behavior they believed would ensure their continued dominance over the helots. Male youths were conscripted at an early age and subjected to rigorous training that toughened them mentally and physically. These youths passed through many stages of preparation and instruction including indoctrination in hatred for the helots. The most accomplished were rewarded with a position in the murderous secret police. In this organization they were taught to identify and assassinate the most talented of the subjugated helots as a means of obviating the emergence of a class that would pose a threat to the Spartan state's supremacy.
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|War and Terror: Israel, Iraq and the US|
Monday, October 21 @ 10:59:16 UTC
| by Edward Said, Oct. 19, 2002|
Many parts of Lebanon were bombed heavily by Israeli warplanes on 4 June, 1982. Two days later the Israeli army entered Lebanon through the country's southern border. Menachem Begin was prime minister, Ariel Sharon his minister of defense. The immediate reason for the invasion was an attempted assassination in London of the Israeli ambassador, but then, as now, the blame was placed by Begin and Sharon on the "terrorist organisation" of the PLO, whose forces in South Lebanon had actually observed a cease-fire for about one full year before the invasion.
A few days later, on 13 June, Beirut was under Israeli military siege, even though, as the campaign began, Israeli government spokesmen had cited the Awali River, 35 kilometres north of the border, as their goal. Later, it was to emerge without equivocation that Sharon was trying to kill Yasser Arafat, by bombing everything around the defiant Palestinian leader.
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