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We demand that International Criminal Court charges Benjamin Netanyahu & Israel for War Crimes against Humanity

We demand that International Criminal Court charges Benjamin Netanyahu & Israel for War Crimes against Humanity | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
We the citizens of the world demand that Benjamin Netanyahu as person and Israel as the apartheid state is put on trial along with all the evidences that prove it to be a country responsible for terrible war crimes against humanity and people of Palestine in general.

Why should Israel be put on trial?

1. At the time of writing this, Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for killing over 1000 civilians. Many of those are children, women and people with absolutely no affiliation with any group of any sort. They have been wiped off the map as if they were totally insignifican ...
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U.N. rights investigator accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing'

U.N. rights investigator accuses Israel of 'ethnic cleansing' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A U.N. human rights investigator accusedIsrael on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate.

He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks and accelerating Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem which Palestinians say is dimming their hope of establishing a viable state on contiguous territory....

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‘Children in cages’: Human rights group accuses Israel of torture

‘Children in cages’: Human rights group accuses Israel of torture | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

An Israeli human rights organization has accused the country of torturing Palestinian minors, with reported cases of public caging as well as threats and acts of sexual violence.

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) condemned Israel’s failure to protect Palestinian minors from the alleged torture. The group demanded authorities introduce specific provisions for the protection of all children against torture in Israeli domestic law.....

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مترجم - السبب الحقيقي وراء العدوان الاسرائيلي على سورية| America's BOGUS justifications for war!

اتحاد القنوات السورية على اليوتيوب شبكة منقول الإخبارية,شبكة اخبار طرطوس,شبكة شام المؤيدة,الصفحة الداعمة للسيد الرئيس بشار الأسد,شبكة أخبار حمص,حلب نيوز،من أ...
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Torture rising in Gaza and West Bank prisons

Published on Jul 6, 2013

Cases of torture the West Bank and Gaza prisons have increased by a third in a year, according to a human rights group. The Independent Commission for Human Rights says both the Israeli army and Palestinian security forces are responsible. The group blames - in part - the enduring tensions between rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah. Al Jazeera's Sue Turton reports from Hebron.

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Daily Reminder | We fight Zionism - Not Judaism. For who does not understand the difference →

Daily Reminder | We fight Zionism - Not Judaism. For who does not understand the difference → | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A COLLECTION OF LINKS RESOURCES Anti-Zionism is not Anti-Semitism http://occupiedpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/anti-zionism-is-not-anti-semitism A 130 Year Record of Religious Jewish Oppositio...
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Palestinians call for probe of Israeli prisons

Palestinians call for probe of Israeli prisons | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians on Sunday called for an international investigation of Israel's treatment of detained Palestinians, after a 30-year-old Palestinian died in custody and a hunger strike by four other inmates sparked a week of West Bank protests.

The death of Arafat Jaradat on Saturday raised new questions about Israel's Shin Bet security service, which has been accused by rights groups of mistreating Palestinians during interrogation.

Palestinian officials and the detainee's family alleged Jaradat was mistreated by the Shin Bet, saying he was healthy at the time of his arrest last week....

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Israel detains women over prayer shawls

Israel detains women over prayer shawls | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Rosenfeld said the women had acted "against regulations set by the High Court", citing a decision of a decade ago upholding Orthodox rules at the site to avoid tension between worshippers.

The incident highlighted the divisions between the more liberal branches of Judaism and politically powerful Orthodox groups that traditionally limit the role of women in prayer.

Susan Silverman, who immigrated to Israel from Boston, said police escorted the group to a station after they refused to remove prayer shawls.

She said in a telephone interview from the police station where the group was held that they had been among more
than 100 women attending the hour-long prayer session.

"They [police] said 'take off your prayer shawls', and we said 'no'," Silverman said. Once the prayers were over they were escorted away, Silverman said. 

Silverman also said the Orthodox tradition barring women from wearing prayer shawls amounted to "spitting on Sinai", naming the site where the Bible says God handed the ancient Israelite leader Moses the 10 Commandments.

"All Jews are in a covenant with God," regardless of their gender, she said.

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Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague

Why Palestine Should Take Israel to Court in The Hague | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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The Palestinians’ first attempt to join the I.C.C. was thwarted last April when the court’s chief prosecutor at the time, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, declined the request on the grounds that Palestine was not a state. That ambiguity has since diminished with the United Nations’ conferral of nonmember state status on Palestine in November. Israel’s frantic opposition to the elevation of Palestine’s status at the United Nations was motivated precisely by the fear that it would soon lead to I.C.C. jurisdiction over Palestinian claims of war crimes.

Israeli leaders are unnerved for good reason. The I.C.C. could prosecute major international crimes committed on Palestinian soil anytime after the court’s founding on July 1, 2002.

Since the outbreak of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000, the Israel Defense Forces, guided by its military lawyers, have attempted to remake the laws of war by consciously violating them and then creating new legal concepts to provide juridical cover for their misdeeds. For example, in 2002, an Israeli F-16 dropped a one-ton bomb on an apartment building in a densely populated Gaza neighborhood, killing a Hamas military leader, Salah Shehadeh, and 14 others, including his wife and seven children under the age of 15. In 2009, Israeli artillery killed more than 20 members of the Samouni family, who had sought shelter in a structure in the Zeitoun district of Gaza City at the bidding of Israeli soldiers. Last year, Israeli missiles killed two Palestinian cameramen working for Al Aksa television. Each of these acts, and many more, could lead to I.C.C. investigations....

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Palestine threatens Israel with ICC if further settlements built — RT

Palestine threatens Israel with ICC if further settlements built — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Palestine declared Wednesday that they will be left with ‘no choice’ but to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the Jewish state proceeds with plans to build settlements in occupied areas of East Jerusalem.
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Israel orders Palestinians out of 'tent city'

Israel orders Palestinians out of 'tent city' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Israeli Civil Administration has given Palestinian activists an ultimatum to quit a protest camp in part of the occupied West Bank where Israel has vowed to build new settler homes.

As Palestinian politicians and others visited the site on Saturday in a show of support,....

More than 200 activists erected the 20-tent "outpost" on Friday in the sensitive West Bank corridor east of Jerusalem where Palestinians say Israeli settlement construction would make the creation of a viable Palestinian state highly problematic.

The protesters modelled their action on the wildcat outposts set up by Israeli settler activists on Palestinian land in a bid to force the government's hand into authorising settlement activity.

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"We have no intention of leaving of our own accord," she said, adding that the Israeli authorities had declared the area a "closed military zone" and demanded that the activists leave, but had made no demand for the tents to be taken down.

'Highly creative' action

The Israeli military administration had issued previous expulsion orders against the activists but late on Friday they successfully petitioned the Israeli supreme court for the orders to be frozen.

Late on Saturday morning, Israeli security forces were deployed near the camp and a police helicopter hovered overhead.

"The supreme court gave them six days as of yesterday," said Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson, reporting from the outpost.

"However, people say they're going to stay until the military forcibly moves them out," our correspondent said. "That could happen in the next few hours or over the next few days."

More than 50 more activists managed to reach the camp from the West Bank city of Ramallah to join the activists and others were trying to do so from the city of Hebron, organisers said on Twitter.

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Israel to ease Gaza ban on construction material

Israel to ease Gaza ban on construction material | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israel is to begin allowing materials for private construction into Gaza, easing its blockade under the terms of a truce deal, Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Wednesday
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Israel authorises settler homes

Israel authorises settler homes | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Israel is to build 3,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, a day after the UN upgraded the Palestinians' status.
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Erekat: International community must stop Israeli aggression 'before it is too late'

Erekat: International community must stop Israeli aggression 'before it is too late' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The international community must act quickly and immediately to stop "the current round of Israeli collective punishment and terror attacks against the people of Palestine", Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement today.

"We call upon the international community not to turn a blind eye to Israel's exploitation of the incident involving the killing of three Israelis, and to immediately act in order to prevent the consequences that this new Israeli wave of aggression will bring for regional peace and security," Erekat said.

He warned the international community to act quickly "before it is too late".

"Israel's military bombardment of Gaza, the killings, injuries and the statements by Israeli ministers advocating for revenge through aggression and further illegal settlement building are fuelling a very dangerous situation," Erekat warned.

The senior official went on to describe how Israeli forces and "armed settlers have terrorised thousands of Palestinians", including Mohammad Abu Khdeir, calling for a UN investigation into his murder saying: "Criminals should be prosecuted".

He blamed the escalation of violence and the revenge attacks by settlers on "years of impunity granted by the State of Israel to its soldiers and settlers in their daily crimes against the Palestinian people".

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Harmful rhetoric can break the momentum of boycott efforts in Israel | The National

Harmful rhetoric can break the momentum of boycott efforts in Israel | The National | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"...The European and other successful boycotts are aimed squarely at the occupation and are pushed by those who are determined to achieve a two-state solution. They are absolutely consistent with international law, and based on the fact that settlement activity by an occupying power is absolutely prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49, Paragraph 6, because it is a major human rights violation. ...."


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From Italy to Palestine: Vittorio Arrigoni writes from Gaza...

From Italy to Palestine: Vittorio Arrigoni writes from Gaza... | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...In a post on January 8, also published in  Il Manifesto , Vittorio writes :

"Take some kittens, some soft little kittens, and put them in a box," says Jamal, a surgeon at Al Shifa Hospital, the largest in Gaza, while a nurse places a couple of cardboard boxes right in front of us, covered with stains Blood. "Close the box and, and with all your weight and might jump on it until you hear the bones break and the last meow is strangled." While the boxes look dumbfounded, the doctor continues, "Now try to imagine what would happen immediately after such a scenario was made public: the justified outrage of the world, complaints by the animal protection organization ... "The doctor continues his story, and I can not take my eyes for a minute of those boxes placed at my feet. "Israel has imprisoned thousands of civilians in a school as if in a box, dozens of children, and then crushed with all the worst of his bombs. And what were the reactions of the world? Almost nothing. It would have been better to be born animals rather than Palestinians, we would have been better protected. " 

At this point, the doctor bends over one of the boxes, and opens it in front of me. Inside is mutilated limbs, arms and legs from the knee down or femurs whole of the wounded amputees who have come from  A Fakhura School [UN Fakura School] in Jabalia, more than 50 victims so far. Pretending he had an urgent phone call Jamal said goodbye, in fact, I went to the bathroom, I bent and vomited.

Just before that I was engaged in a discussion with Dr. Abdel, an ophthalmologist, on rumors, reports uncontrolled for days had been moving up and down the Strip, according to which the Israeli military has been using a rain of unconventional weapons, forbidden by the Geneva Convention . Cluster bombs and white phosphorous bombs. Exactly what the IDF [ IDF ] used in the last war in Lebanon, and what the U.S. Air Force used in Fallujah, in breach of international law. Opposite the Al Awda Hospital witnessed and filmed the use of white phosphorus bombs, about five feet from where we were, right away to make sure that under the Israeli Apaches were civilians, but too close to us.

The Geneva Treaty of 1980 stipulates that white phosphorus should not be used directly as a weapon of war in civilian areas, only as a smoke screen or illuminate. There is no doubt that using this weapon in Gaza, a strip of land that has the highest population density in the world, is already a crime. Dr. Abdel told me Shifa hospital had no medical military competition to see if some of the wounds that had examined the bodies were actually produced by white phosphorus shells. But according to him, in twenty years of work, he had never seen death cases as those borrowed from the hospital in recent times. He described head injuries, bone fractures vomer, mandible, lacrimal bone, nasal bone and palatal bone that indicate the impact of immense strength in the face of the victims. He said he was completely inexplicable was the complete absence of eyeballs, which in the case of trauma of this magnitude should be kept in place, or at least traces of them, within the skull. However, Palestinian hospitals eyeless bodies are coming, as if someone had surgically removed before delivery to the coroner......

Spencer Haskins's insight:

Where is the 'outrage from America?!  I guess radical human rights abuses are okay and acceptable as long as you are an American ally...hypocrisy!

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Protests in the Negev, the West Bank, and Gaza against the Begin-Prawer plan - International Middle East Media Center

Protests in the Negev, the West Bank, and Gaza against the Begin-Prawer plan - International Middle East Media Center | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Protestors took to the streets in Be’er Sheva, Bethlehem, and Gaza City calling for the Israeli government to scrap the Begin-Prawer plan that would forcibly displace between 30,000-70,000 Negev Bedouins.
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How Israel helps eavesdrop on US citizens

How Israel helps eavesdrop on US citizens | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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After the 11 September 2001 attacks, the United States government launched a massive program to spy on millions of its own citizens.
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Lift the restrictions on the Gaza fishing range | B'Tselem

Lift the restrictions on the Gaza fishing range | B'Tselem | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Following Operation Pillar of Defense, Israeli expanded the range from three to six miles, which somewhat improved the situation. The decision to once again reduce the fishing range in response to missile fire by armed groups constitutes collective punishment imposed on fishermen for the actions of others. Article 33 in the Fourth Geneva Convention forbids collective punishment and states that a person must not be punished for an act that he or she did not commit. It is Israel's duty to protect its borders and its citizens and to act to neutralize a threat when it arises, but this cannot justify the harsh damage to fishermen who have done nothing wrong.

B'Tselem calls on the military to rescind its latest decision and the restrictions imposed on fishermen in the Gaza Strip in the past years, and to permit fishing in the 20 miles range, as was set under the Oslo Agreements....

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EU concerned with long-term hunger strikes in Israeli jails | Palestine | World Bulletin

EU concerned with long-term hunger strikes in Israeli jails | Palestine | World Bulletin | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to improve conditions for Palestinians in its jails, and a Palestinian minister said there would be rallies next week to support hunger striking prisoners.

Nearly 5,000 Palestinians are held in Israeli jails.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement that she is following with concern the deteriorating health of four Palestinian inmates who are staging long-term hunger strikes in protest of their detention.

"The EU calls on the government of Israel to allow for the immediate restoration of their family visiting rights and calls for the full respect of international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian detainees and prisoners," she said.

But, a spokeswoman for Israel's Prisons Service said the four prisoners were in "good condition".

Issa Qaraqea, minister for prisoner affairs in the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, said public demonstrations to show solidarity with the group would be held all next week.

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Israel, Hamas both committed violations during Gaza assault:

Israel, Hamas both committed violations during Gaza assault: | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Israeli forces have maintained a 500-metre-long 'no-go' zone from the border with Gaza, HRW went on to note, opening fire on any Gazan who attempted to cross the area.

During the November assault, Israeli forces launched a series of destructive attacks against buildings and media centres across the besieged coastal enclave, including the office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya.

The report also accused Israel of confiscating Palestinian fishing boats that ventured more than three nautical miles from the Gaza coastline, preventing access to 85 percent of Gaza's internationally-recognised maritime territory.

On the other hand, HRW stated that Hamas, along with other Palestinian armed groups, had launched more than 1,800 rockets towards Israeli sites during the conflict. Six Israelis died as a result of rockets fired by Hamas fighters into Israel....

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Israel boycotts UN rights council

Israel boycotts UN rights council | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
In an unprecedented step, Israel boycotts its regular review by the UN Human Rights Council, prompting concern that its work could be undermined.
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Turkish delegation to document Israel's crimes in Gaza | Diplomacy | World Bulletin

Turkish delegation to document Israel's crimes in Gaza | Diplomacy | World Bulletin | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

A Turkish legal delegation, comprised of lawyers from the International Lawyers' Association, has travelled to Gaza in order to collect evidence on Israeli crimes in besieged Gaza.

The delegation of 10 lawyers, including 7 Turks, 2 Egyptians and 1 Saudi Arabian, will hold talks and make observations in Gaza for two days.

Secretary General of the International Lawyers' Association, Necati Ceylan, is the head of the delegation.

Speaking to the Anadolu Agency (AA), the Dean of the Law Faculty at the Yeni Yuzyil University and a member of the AA Executive Board, Prof. Dr. Refik Korkusuz said Monday that the legal delegation arrived in Gaza to document Israel's crimes and violations.

"If sufficient and convincing evidence is found, we will begin legal procedures against those who have committed the crimes. We will prepare a detailed report on Gaza and submit it to relevant Turkish officials," Korkusuz also said.

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Palestinian official: Israel promises to further ease Gaza blockade if Hamas truce holds

Palestinian official: Israel promises to further ease Gaza blockade if Hamas truce holds | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Statement comes after Israel allows a shipment of gravel for private construction into Gaza for the first time since Hamas seized control in 2007.
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Israel violated laws of war targeting media, civilians in Gaza - HRW — RT

Israel violated laws of war targeting media, civilians in Gaza - HRW — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Israeli army attacks on journalists and media centers in Gaza during last month’s military operation violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch has said.

Two Palestinian cameramen were killed and at least 10 media personnel were wounded during the conflict. Four media facilities and four private companies were also damaged, and a two-year-old boy who lived across the street from one of the buildings was killed by the IDF attacks, the organization said.

After examining the targeted sites and interviewing witnesses, HRW concluded that there were no signs that any of the journalists and media sites hit were valid targets. ....

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Pamela Hills's curator insight, July 18, 2014 8:49 AM

 They are doing it again ! WHEN WILL THEY BE HELD FOR WAR CRIMES ? <3