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Cold blooded execution of US citizen by Israeli military captured on video

This video, smuggled out of Israel, purports to show the execution of the US citizen aboard the Gaza flotilla by Israeli Defense Forces. Whether this is the US citizen or not, the execution of this civilian by Israeli military is chilling and it shows exactly why all camera film was confiscated besides the IDF controlled footage.

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US government agency bows down to me (and numerous others) and issues Mohammed Omer a visa.

I am thrilled to see that sending email to a US government agency can get our government to bow down to popular pressure to stop their evil ways… at least temporarily.

Mohammed Omer is a young and gifted reporter from Gaza who is known as one who gives a “voice to the voiceless,” documenting life in Gaza in work critical of anyone who does wrong, including Israel and Hamas.  He won the prestigious Martha Gelhorn award for reporting a while back and was beaten severely as he returned to Gaza, by Israeli security forces, who tried to steal his award money! He is now scheduled to come to the USA on a speaking tour and was denied a visa from the US Consulate in Amsterdam, seemingly changing the speaking tour into a skype tour.

I and a host of others wrote the Consulate, imploring them to issue a visa to this good man. I received this reply on 3/26:

The U.S. Consulate General in Amsterdam informed Mr. Al Moghayer on Thursday, March 25, 2010, that his visa was ready for issuance.

I wrote back asking who the heck they were talking about and was just informed today that he apparently has a writing name and that his real name is Al Moghayer. 

Doubtless AIPAC and other Israeli lobbyists were behind the denial in the first place. I am glad to have been part of a different kind of lobby in the pressure laid on our government to actually serve it’s people and not the secret combinations that currently exist… at least for a moment in time.

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/march282010/mohammed-omer.php

Israel murders again, this time a 16 year old boy.

Did anyone read about this in the news?  Was it popping out of the front page like the recent missile attack from Gaza by a group very few Palestinians support? Why do you have to hear it from me first? Ask your local newspaper editor about that.

This afternoon the Israeli military killed 16-year old Mohammad Qadus from Iraq Burin, a village south of Nablus, with a live round on his heart. A second youth, Asaud Qadus, 19 years old, was critically injured after being shot in the head. Mohammad was trying to carry Asaud to safety when he was hit.

Today, just as every Saturday in the last few weeks, settlers from the settlement of Bracha attacked the village of Iraq Burin. The community of around 600 people has lost over 100 dunum to the settlers who claim more land.

Eyewitnesses report that today the number of settlers and Israeli military was unusually high. At around noon, settlers and soldiers invaded the village.

People stepped out of their homes to defend their village and a struggle ensued. The military took up positions with several jeeps at strategic points and chased the youth in the streets of Iraq Burin.

They shot tear gas, sound grenades and life ammunition randomly at homes and people. Asaud Qadus was shot by live ammunition in the head. Young Mohammad ran to carry the injured youth to safety but was himself targeted in the heart by live ammunition.

Medics and ambulances were prevented from entering the small community. Only after a long time both youth were allowed to be carried out of the village and to a hospital in private cars. Mohammad was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital in Nablus while Asaud is still in critical condition.

Two people were arrested but no further details are known about them yet.

Shoot-to-kill policy

Mohammad was the latest victim shot while protesting since Bassem Abu Rahmah, 31, was killed by a high velocity tear gas canister in Bi’lin last April. His death comes only two weeks after Ehab Barghouti, a 14-year-old boy from Nabi Saleh village near Ramallah was shot in the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet by the Israeli military on 5 March 2010. He is still in critical condition.

Killing children with live ammunition is not an accident, It is a crime. Of the 16 people killed by the Israeli military in connection with anti-Wall protests since 2002, half were under the age of 18.

The pattern of killings related to anti-Wall protests shows that the occupation forces engage in killings cycles: during a wave of killings in 2004/2005 8 were killed, then again between July 2008/ April 2009 6 were killed. This is very likely just the start of yet another wave of killings.

This systematic criminal policy against our people is a war crime and supports the settlers in stealing Palestinian land. Israel will continue with its shoot-to-kill policy against our children and youth until the international community starts to hold it accountable for its crimes.

http://www.facebook.com/l/a0b53;stopthewall.org/latestnews/2206.shtml

Israel’s political prisoner becomes an adminstrative detainee.

Read this entry from Facebook on Mohammed Othman, how he is a politcal prisoner of Israel because of his peaceful efforts to encourage divestment, sanctions and boycott against Israel to pressure it to ease oppression of Gaza.  Before I paste in what was written about him, I’d like to point out that yes, I know there are political prisoners in Iran and in other parts of the world.  Why don’t I write about them and give them equal face time instead of being a “one trick pony?”  The reason I harp on Israel and the US is because, our media does not do it’s job in reporting on this sort of thing.  Anyone heard of Mohammed Othman from the US press?  Anyone heard of political prisoners in Iran from the US press?  Need I say any more?

I also write of Israel’s political prisoners rather than Iran’s political prisoners because, the US supports Israel massively with economic, military and moral support.  We do this while ignoring Israel’s massive human rights violations and murders.  Now for the news on Othman:

[Ramallah, 24 November 2009] On 23 November 2009, after 61 days 
of detention for the purpose of interrogation by Israeli Security 
Agency officers, human rights defender Mohammad Othman received 
his first administrative detention order. The administrative 
detention order is set for a three month period, during which 
time Mohammad will be held without charge or trial. The judicial 
review of the order is scheduled to take place on 25 November 
at the Military Court of Administrative Detainees in Ofer 
Military Base, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

IMG_0119 (2)The administrative detention order against 
Mohammad comes just one day after a hearing on 22 November 
2009 at the Military Court of Appeals ended Mohammad’s 
interrogation period. In the Appeals Court hearing, the 
judge decided to release Mohammad because no measurable 
progress had been made during the two months he had been 
held in interrogation, no external evidence had been 
brought to the attention of the court and the military 
prosecution had been unable to formulate substantiated 
allegations or charges against him. The Appeals Court 
judge thus accepted Addameer’s appeal against the seventh 
extension of Mohammad’s detention, which had taken place 
five days earlier. At the same time, the judge ordered 
Mohammad’s release on 10,000 NIS bail (about $2,500 USD) 
and with the conditions that he not travel outside the 
occupied Palestinian territory, and that he regularly 
reports to the Israeli police. However, the military 
judge also gave the military prosecutor 24 hours to issue 
an administrative detention order against Mohammad, and 
remanded Mohammad to detention during this period. At 
6:30 p.m. on 23 November 2009, Addameer confirmed with 
the Israeli Security Agency that an administrative 
detention order had been issued against Mohammad, and 
that he would not be released.

Mohammad Othman, a long-time human rights defender and 
activist with the “Grassroots Stop the Wall Campaign”, 
was arrested at the Allenby Bridge Crossing between 
Jordan and the West Bank. On the day of his arrest, 
22 September 2009, Mohammad was on his way back to 
Ramallah from an advocacy tour in Norway where he 
had been engaged in a number of speaking events.

Addameer is alarmed by reports from Mohammad that 
he was repeatedly threatened with administrative 
detention during his two-month long interrogation 
period. Addameer believes that with these repeated 
threats, the Israeli interrogation police aimed to 
coerce Mohammad into giving a false confession to 
crimes he did not commit. Most recently, on 19 
November, after Mohammad was transferred back to 
Kishon detention center from Ohalei Keidar prison 
in Beersheba where he had been held in a so-called 
“collaborators’ cell”, he was told by one of the 
Israeli interrogators that his detention would not 
be extended again and that he would be placed under 
administrative detention if he failed to confess. 
Addameer therefore contends that Mohammad’s arrest 
and administrative detention are completely arbitrary 
and are a prime example of Israel’s use of 
administrative detention as a substitute for 
prosecution, rather than as a preventative measure 
allowed by international humanitarian law for “imperative 
reasons of security” or “if the security of the Detaining 
Power makes it absolutely necessary” (Fourth Geneva 
Convention, Articles 42 and 78).

Further, Addameer reiterates the position that 
Mohammad’s arrest constitutes a violation of a 
number of international human rights instruments, 
in particular the International Covenant on Civil 
and Political Rights and the UN Declaration on Human 
Rights Defenders. Considering that, sixty days after 
Mohammad’s arrest Israeli authorities have been unable 
to cite any legitimate suspicions or allegations to 
justify his detention, and that the Court of Appeals 
judge directed that Mohammad should be released, 
Addameer believes that Mohammad is being detained 
administratively as a punishment for his human 
rights activism. In addition, there is reason to 
believe that the Israeli military authorities use 
Mohammad’s continuous detention as an example to 
deter other activists, including those active against 
the occupation and the Annexation Wall in particular, 
from continuing their human rights work.

BACKGROUND ON ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION
Administrative detention is a procedure that allows 
the Israeli military to hold detainees indefinitely 
on secret evidence without charging them or allowing 
them to stand trial. In the occupied Palestinian West 
Bank, the Israeli army is authorized to issue 
administrative detention orders against Palestinian 
civilians on the basis of Military Order 1591. This 
order empowers military commanders to detain an 
individual for up to six months renewable periods if 
they have “reasonable grounds to presume that the 
security of the area or public security require the 
detention.” On or just before the expiry date, the 
detention order is frequently renewed. This process 
can be continued indefinitely.

There is no explicit limit to the maximum amount of 
time an individual may be administratively detained, 
leaving room for indefinite legal detention. The 
grounds on which someone can be detained under 
Military Order 1591 are also unclear, leaving it 
up to the military commanders to decide what 
constitutes “public security” and “security of the 
area”. Detainees subject to administrative detention 
orders are rarely informed of the reasons for their 
detention; neither are their lawyers. At the judicial 
review of a detention order, which is held in a closed 
hearing before a military judge, the judge can uphold, 
cancel or shorten the order. In most cases, however, 
administrative detention orders are confirmed for the 
same periods as those requested by the military 
commander. Although the detainee can appeal the 
decision at the judicial review, in practice, the 
vast majority of appeals are rejected.

For more information about administrative detention 
and Addameer’s Campaign to Stop Administrative 
Detention please visit our website: 
http://www.facebook.com/l/89755;www.addameer.info. 
For more information about Mohammad’s arrest, please 
refer to previous statements and updates on the case 
issued by Addameer and “Stop the Wall”, or directly contact:
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
Tel: +972 (0)2 296 0446 / (0)2 297 0136
Email: info@addameer.ps
Website: http://www.facebook.com/l/89755;www.addameer.info

 

Keep Israel’s nuclear weapons a secret and get everyone scared about Iran’s nuclear program.

Just pointing out a few things here.  Apparently, Obama has recently reaffirmed US unofficial policy of keeping Israel’s nuclear weapons status a secret and has vowed not to pressure Israel to signing on to the NPT:

President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections, three officials familiar with the understanding said.

The officials, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they were discussing private conversations, said Mr. Obama pledged to maintain the agreement when he first hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in May.

The agreement has apparently been super-secret since 1969:

There is no formal record of the agreement nor have Israeli nor American governments ever publicly acknowledged it. In 2007, however, the Nixon library declassified a July 19, 1969, memo from national security adviser Henry Kissinger that comes closest to articulating U.S. policy on the issue. That memo says, “While we might ideally like to halt actual Israeli possession, what we really want at a minimum may be just to keep Israeli possession from becoming an established international fact.”

Mr. Cohen has said the resulting policy was the equivalent of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

The Netanyahu government sought to reaffirm the understanding in part out of concern that Iran would seek Israeli disclosures of its nuclear program in negotiations with the United States and other world powers. Iran has frequently accused the U.S. of having a double standard by not objecting to Israel’s arsenal.

Mr. Cohen said the reaffirmation and the fact that Mr. Netanyahu sought and received a written record of the deal suggest that “it appears not only that there was no joint understanding of what had been agreed in September 1969 but it is also apparent that even the notes of the two leaders may no longer exist. It means that Netanyahu wanted to have something in writing that implies that understanding. It also affirms the view that the United States is in fact a partner in Israel’s policy of nuclear opacity.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/02/president-obama-has-reaffirmed-a-4-decade-old-secr/

Someone explain to me again why the US gives Israel such complete deference like this.  This type of news should astound the public.  However, it will not be picked up and aired out by the media and noone will notice it and everything will be back to the usual again.

At the same time, the US media is using the fake nuclear weapons expert, David Albright, to scare the US public about a nation that has absolutely no nuclear weapons:

David Albright, a former international weapons inspector and president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, said it would probably take Iran some time to conceal activities. But, “if you have a month, you have the time,” he said.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran-nukes3-2009oct03,0,755577.story

Notice how Albright is referred to as a former international weapons inspector.  Recall how this was thoroughly set straight by Scott Ritter not too long ago:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/print/20080626_the_nuclear_expert_who_never_was/

However, the combined efforts of the government and the willingness of the US media to print their propaganda has resulted in the manufacture of the consent of the people of the US for military action against Iran.  Check out this poll, question #26 from Fox News from 9/29-30 which shows that 61% of those polled think the US should use military action to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons:

http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/100109_POLL.pdf

Lame eh.

Israel murders again.

I just had a post taken off of the Mormon Worker blog for the scent of “anti-semitism” creeping into the text of what I had written.  I was deploring the murder of Palestinian Arabs by Israeli Jews and noted that God knew the hearts of the Jews thousands of years ago when Isaiah wrote of them in the book of Isaiah 59:2-8.  Is it anti-semitic to say such a thing?  I am disgusted with the murders of any people and yet… the murders of Israelis against Palestinians occur on such a regular basis with no fanfare in the media, no mention whatsoever in the US press, no justice for the murdered and their loved ones, no punishment for the murderers, that it is particularly reprehensible to me these murders are.  An Israeli murder against a Palestinian gives me more pain and causes a deeper sadness in my heart than any other type of a murder.  Why does this have to be?  Why does the world ignore these murders?  For the next little while, this site will be one that, though dormant lately, will not ignore the deaths of Palestinians at the hands of Israeli murderers… dare I even say… Jewish murderers.

For example, this one just in today:

The Child was identified as Ghazi Maher Al Zaaanen, 13. He was shot in the head by Israeli troops stationed east of Beit Hanoun town.

He was moved to Al Shifa hospital where he was operated and remained in a critical condition for several hours before he was pronounced dead.

His body was moved to Beit Hanoun Hospital in preparation for his burial.

http://www.imemc.org/article/61586

Murder and torture and not done by the US! Stop the presses… oh forget it, it’s just Israel.

All people of conscience abhor the violence we see coming out of Iran, regardless of the electoral fraud issue.  It is easy to abhor it when it is splashed all over our newspaper front pages and making the headlines of the nightly news.  Iran is our enemy, part of the axis of evil, and thus it is easy for us to dig up their dirt and point our fingers.

However, there is a similar situation which has been occurring in the middle east for years and years (only it is much more brutal and damaging) and we are able to ignore it with great discipline.  Israel recently massacred 1400 people in Gaza and our nation, including our brave President Obama, was able to hold it’s tongue and keep the carnage off of the front pages.  The videos were not as visible.  There were exceptions, but in general, for all intents and purposes, the dead children were not seen except for in the alternative media. 

Israel has set up a regime of terror and torture and is so practiced at it that it occurs everyday.  One of the recent egregious incidents is the account of the Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Omer.  It has been over a year now that he returned from receiving the prestigious Martha Gelhorn award for journalism in England… only to be tortured by the Shin Bet at the border, and put into the hospital.  His ill-treatment was vehemently denied and lied about by the official Israeli lying apparatus.  However, his story continues to be told along with witness testimonies and medical records to back him up.  One year after the incident of his torture, he writes:

Since 2003, I’ve been the voice to the voiceless in the besieged Gaza Strip for a number of publications and news programs ranging from The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs to the BBC and, Morgenbladet in Norway as well as Democracy Now! These stories exposed a carefully-crafted fiction continuing control and exploitation of five-million people. Their impact, coupled with the reporting of others served to change public opinion in the United States and Europe concerning the dynamics of Israel and its occupation of Palestine .

After receiving the Martha Gellhorn prize I returned home through the Allenby Bridge Crossing in the Occupied West Bank between Jordan and Israel. It was here I was detained, interrogated, and tortured for several hours by Shin Bet and border officers. When it appeared I may be close to death an ambulance was called to transport me to a hospital. From that day my life has been a year of continued medical treatments, pain — and a search for justice.

One of the amazing recollections of his ordeal is this:

When Associated Press reporter Karin Laub called me on my cell phone for an interview after my ordeal, I detailed how I was stripped and held at gunpoint. Her reply? “Go on,” she stated. “This is normal about what we hear happening at Ben Gurion Airport . It’s nothing new.”

Nothing new.  Normal.  This is what happens all the time in the middle east and it doesn’t appear on the front pages or make the nightly news.  It doesn’t cause protest around the world.  It doesn’t get Obama up on his soap box, pontificating about human rights abuses and freedom.  (Of course, he’s too busy killing kids and the elderly at Pakistani funerals to be worrying about this sort of thing.)

Read the rest of Omer’s recollections here:

http://www.agenceglobal.com/Article.asp?Id=2042


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