…israeli terrorists continue its illegal practices such as extra-juridical assassination. such as targeting women and children. but i think the coast is clear for israeli terrorists to invade: after all they are continuing to ban the media from entering and they just let the foreigners out. now conditions are ripe for its little concentration camp project. children, women, neighbors, an apartment building home to hundreds–these were all the people targeted by israeli terrorism’s latest assassination, with the aid of american weapons. al jazeera’s ayman mohyeldin shows us the consequences of what this terrorism looks like:
what do you think the response to this sort of israeli terrorism will be globally? more anger? revenge? al mezan center for human rights explains the carnage by naming just some of the murdered by israeli terrorism on the strike assassinating nizzar rayyan.
The most significant attacks by IOF today was an air raid that targeted the houses of Abu al-Jabin family and Nizzar Rayyan, who is a leader in the Hamas movement. At approximately 2:40pm today, Israeli aircrafts fired five heavy missiles at the two houses, which are located in the middle of Jabaliya refugee camp — one of the most densely-populated places in the world — killing at least eight people, including 49-year-old Rayyan, his wife Nawal Rayyan, his six-year-old son Abdul-Rahman Rayyan, and another woman related to him, 49-year-old Sabah Abdul-Rahman Rayyan. Ten houses were destroyed completely and dozens others were damaged. The number of casualties in this attack is expected to rise.
you notice that many children were among the victims, those children as posted in the photograph below. you notice, too, that these are refugees bearing the brunt of this terrorist onslaught. what this means is that they have been forced from their homes sixty-one years ago, forced to flee, families massacred then and ever since. all the while they wait for the right of return under un resolution 194. but i don’t see this happening any time soon given the current abysmal state of affairs. israeli terrorists seem to be too attached to death and destruction. and there is the ongoing massacre, the ongoing silence, which is particularly reprehensible, as omar barghouti shows us, is the un’s complicity in all of this–
Now, senior UN officials, excluding the particularly courageous and principled UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, Richard Falk, and a few others, are only focusing on “women and children” victims of the massacre, implying, even if unintentionally, that all Palestinian men in Gaza are fair game for the Israeli killing machine. The tens of Palestinian civilian policemen that were butchered in the opening hours of the massive Israeli attack by dozens of fighter jets were, thus, conveniently dismissed by such irresponsible UN figures of casualties as Hamas “fighters,” more or less, that may be targeted with impunity. This is not to mention the scores of male teachers, doctors, workers, farmers and unemployed who were killed by Israel’s indiscriminate bombing in their workplaces, public offices, homes or streets and were not accounted for as civilian victims of Israel’s belligerent murder spree.
Above everything else, this UN discourse not only reduces close to half a million Palestinian men in that wretched, tormented and occupied coastal strip to “militants,” radical “fighters,” or whatever other nouns in currency nowadays in the astoundingly, but characteristically, biased western media coverage of the Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza, as some international law experts have described them; it also treats them as already condemned criminals that deserve the capital punishment Israel has meted out on them. I am not an expert on the history of the UN, but I suspect this sets a new low, a precedent in dehumanizing an entire adult male population in a region of “conflict,” thereby justifying their fatal targeting or, at least, silently condoning it. But this should surprise no one as the same UN leaders have for 18 months watched in eerie silence or even indirectly justified, one way or another, Israel’s siege of Gaza which was described by Falk as a “prelude to genocide” and compared by him to Nazi crimes.
If one wants to be truly magnanimous and give those UN officials the benefit of the doubt — not something I would recommend at all, given the scale of the massacre and their verifiable complicity — one has to assume that they are quite confused as to how best to categorize the thousands of Palestinian victims of Israel’s war on Gaza, whether those injured or killed. A casual overview of Israeli army press statements and human rights organizations’ reports, however, will immediately dismiss the possibility that the UN figure of 25 percent was the product of clinical incompetence or technical ineptness, widely recognized trademarks of the organization….
Imagine if the Palestinian resistance, in exercising its otherwise perfectly legitimate, UN-sanctioned right to fight Israel’s occupation and apartheid, were to regard all institutions “affiliated” with the Israeli government as legitimate targets, justifying the bombing of universities, hospitals, civilian ministries, publicly-run synagogues, neighborhoods where government or army officials live or work, and other civilian “targets,” killing in five days only 1,600 Israelis and wounding 8,000 (four times the current toll in Gaza, given that Israel’s population is four times as large). What would the UN do? Would UN officials only count Israeli women and children victims? Would they call on both parties to “exercise restraint” or to end “the violence”? Morally, and even legally, this is not even a fair reversal of roles, for Israel, no matter what, remains the occupier and settler-colonial oppressor, while the indigenous Palestinians remain the colonized and oppressed.
The truth is the UN leadership, in the unipolar world that we are still living in and is perhaps on its way to be transformed to more multipolar space, has effectively turned into a rubber stamp bureau for US dictates. Ban Ki-moon will go down in history as the most subservient and morally unqualified Secretary-General to ever lead the international organization. The only question remaining is whether one day he and his senior staff will stand trial for being accomplices in Israel’s war crimes, together with leaders of the US, the EU and many Arab regimes. In a more just world, governed by the rule of law, not the US-dominated rule of the jungle, they should.
you should click on the link above and read the rest of omar’s article as he makes some important arguments in it. meanwhile fracis boyle is calling for the same un body to establish a war crimes tribunal to try israeli terrorists; at this point it seems like wishful thinking given that they refuse to even stop the killing let alone try the murderers:
The United Nations General Assembly must immediately establish an International Criminal Tribunal for Israel (ICTI) as a “subsidiary organ” under U.N. Charter Article 22. The ICTI would be organized along the lines of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was established by the Security Council.
The purpose of the ICTI would be to investigate and prosecute Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine–just as the ICTY did for the victims of international crimes committed by Serbia and the Milosevic Regime throughout the Balkans.
The establishment of ICTI would provide some small degree of justice to the victims of Israeli war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Peoples of Lebanon and Palestine–just as the ICTY has done in the Balkans. Furthermore, the establishment of ICTI by the U.N. General Assembly would serve as a deterrent effect upon Israeli leaders such as Prime Minister Olmert, Foreign Minister Livni, Defense Minister Barak , Chief of Staff Ashkenazi and Israel’s other top generals that they will be prosecuted for their further infliction of international crimes upon the Lebanese and the Palestinians.
Without such a deterrent, Israel might be emboldened to attack Syria with the full support of the Likhudnik Bush Jr. Neoconservatives, who have always viewed Syria as “low-hanging fruit” ready to be taken out by means of their joint aggression. If Israel attacks Syria as it did when it invaded Lebanon in 1982, Iran has vowed to come to Syria’s defense.
And of course Israel and the Bush Jr administration very much want a pretext to attack Iran. This scenario could readily degenerate into World War III.
For the U.N. General Assembly to establish ICTI could stop the further development of this momentum towards a regional if not global catastrophe.
if you still don’t understand the gravity of the crimes, the severity of the crimes (and by extension if you still haven’t done f(*$&%^ anything) you should read fida qishta’s piece in electronic intifada; here she interviews a woman who describes precisely what it looks like when the israeli terrorists target children:
Umm Mohammed said: “They say that they don’t attack civilians, but they attack children. Why do they do that? They care so much about Palestinian rockets hitting them. Don’t they realize how much their air strikes hurt us?
“We fold our arms and they attack us. Then they say to the world that Arabs attack them. Do you see? Did we hit them? Israel is a liar. Israel is a liar. They do anything and they don’t listen to the international community. … There’s no medicine. No drinks, no water, no gas. We are suffering from hunger. They attack us. What does Israel want? Can it be worse than this? I don’t think so. Would they accept this for themselves?
“Look at the children. What are they guilty of? They were sleeping at 7:00am. All night they didn’t sleep. This child was traumatized during the attack. Do they have rockets to attack with?
“They [Israeli forces] attack everywhere. They became crazy. The Gaza Strip is just going to die … it’s going to die. We were sleeping. We were just asleep. Suddenly we heard a bomb. We woke up and we didn’t know where to go. We couldn’t see through the dust. The dust filled the house. We didn’t know where to go. We called to each other. We thought our house had been hit, not the street. What can I say? You saw it with your own eyes. What is our guilt? What are we going to say? Are we terrorists? I don’t carry a gun, neither does my girl.”
Also on 28 December an Israeli F-16 attacked a mosque in Jabaliya. That increased the number of mosques attacked to five, and today they attacked one more in Gaza City. When they attacked the mosque in Jabaliya, one of the houses nearby was totally destroyed. But the house is not the issue. The issue is the family who lives there: five sisters were killed and their mother seriously injured. The first question the surviving daughter asked was, are my dad and mom okay? She was between the two dead bodies of her sisters. How will she forget that? No treatment in the world can erase that image from her mind.
what are you going to do about it? do f(*$%(# something before this becomes an even bigger bloodbath with the mix of ground troops. i beg of you. do something NOW. and for those of you who doubt the effectiveness of boycott–check out the latest company to join in. i suspect it is not a coincidence that they severed relations with israeli terrorist companies this week:
“We received an email from the British company informing us that it is severing all ties with us and any other Israeli company following Israel’s strike in Gaza,” said CEO Raanan Cohen
“We weren’t expecting this from them and there was no prior warning. I don’t intend to appeal to them or answer the letter.”
meanwhile we wait. we wait here in the west bank under curfew. but that will not stop us from taking to the streets later today:
من نابلس إلى غزة كرامة وعزة
تضامنا مع أهلنا في قطاع غزة الصامد
ندعو جماهير شعبنا في محافظة نابلس – جبل النار
للمشاركة في المظاهرة الجماهيرية الحاشدة يوم الجمعة 2-1-2009
بعد صلاة الجمعة – الظهر
على دوار الشهداء
لنرفع صوتنا عاليا ضد المجازر والجرائم الصهيونية البشعة بحق شعبنا في قطاع غزة المحاصر
الرجاء تعميم هذه الدعوة على كل الأخوات والأخوة وعلى جميع المتضامنين الدوليين في محافظة نابلس
لجنة التنسيق الفصائلي وكافة المؤسسات والفعاليات الوطنية في محافظة نابلس
Solidarity Demonstration with our people in the Gaza Strip
Friday 2-1-2009 (after prayer) (Noon)
Nablus City Center
Let us raise our voices against the horrific massacres committed
by the Apartheid State of Israel against our people in the Gaza Strip