Thursday, July 10, 2014

18 kids killed in Gaza

Under international humanitarian law, Israel must protect civilians under occupation and civilians during armed conflict. 

Yet, 8 children have been killed so far in Israeli assault on Gaza, names and ages here

The Gaza Strip - Israel's obligations under international law

Some of Israel's obligations under international law

The laws of occupation, incorporated in the Hague Convention (1907) and in the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949), impose general responsibility on the occupying state (Israel) for the safety and welfare of civilians living in the occupied territory (the Gazans).

Israel must protect the wounded, sick, children under age fifteen, and pregnant women, enable the free passage of medicines and essential foodstuffs, enable medical teams to provide assistance, and refrain from imposing collective punishment during an armed conflict. Given that Israel contends that an armed conflict exists between it and the Palestinian organizations fighting against it, which has continued even after the disengagement, such provisions from international humanitarian law apply.

Source: B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Il blog di Oliva
il blog di Rosa Schiano, 30 anni, fotoreporter e attivista dell’International solidarity movement. Rosa ha preso il posto di Vittorio Arrigoni. è Lei che oggì documenta la violenza nei Territori Occupati.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Israel’s Shortsighted Assassination by Mr. Baskin (16.11.12)

A New York Times article by Gershon Baskin, a co-chairman of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information, a columnist for The Jerusalem Post and the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel for the release of Gilad Shalit.

Gershon Baskin was helping negotiation of an extended cease fire between Israel and Hamas, when Mr Jabari was killed.

" On the morning that he was killed, Mr. Jabari received a draft proposal for an extended cease-fire with Israel, including mechanisms that would verify intentions and ensure compliance. This draft was agreed upon by me and Hamas’s deputy foreign minister, Mr. Hamad, when we met last week in Egypt.
Mr. Jabari is dead — and with him died the possibility of a long-term cease-fire. Israel may have also compromised the ability of Egyptian intelligence officials to mediate a short-term cease-fire and placed Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt at risk.

This was not inevitable, and cooler heads could have prevailed. Mr. Jabari’s assassination removes one of the more practical actors on the Hamas side. "

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Quella prigione a cielo aperto chiamata Gaza

Le speranze nate con il ritiro israeliano nel 2005 sono state rapidamente uccise. Un anno fa, durante l’operazione “piombo fuso”, l’esercito israeliano ha ucciso 1.419 palestinesi, principalmente civili, e ne ha feriti 5.300. Con i confini sigillati non c’era scampo per gli abitanti della Striscia. Dopo l’attacco i confini sono rimasti chiusi. L’assedio continua.

Who was Ahmed Jabari?

From Haaretz (14.11.12)

Ahmed Jabari was a subcontractor, in charge of maintaining Israel's security in Gaza. This title will no doubt sound absurd to anyone who in the past several hours has heard Jabari described as "an arch-terrorist," "the terror chief of staff" or "our Bin Laden."

But that was the reality for the past five and a half years. Israel demanded of Hamas that it observe the truce in the south and enforce it on the multiplicity of armed organizations in the Gaza Strip. The man responsible for carrying out this policy was Ahmed Jabari.

In return for enforcing the quiet, which was never perfect, Israel funded the Hamas regime through the flow of shekels in armored trucks to banks in Gaza, and continued to supply infrastructure and medical services to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. Jabari was also Israel's partner in the negotiations for the release of Gilad Shalit; it was he who ensured the captive soldier's welfare and safety, and it was he who saw to Shalit's return home last fall.

Now Israel is saying that its subcontractor did not do his part and did not maintain the promised quiet on the southern border. The repeated complaint against him was that Hamas did not succeed in controlling the other organizations, even though it is not interested in escalation. After Jabari was warned openly (Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff reported here at the beginning of this week that the assassination of top Hamas people would be renewed), he was executed on Wednesday in a public assassination action, for which Israel hastened to take responsibility. The message was simple and clear: You failed - you're dead. Or, as Defense Minister Ehud Barak likes to say, "In the Middle East there is no second chance for the weak."

The assassination of Jabari will go down in history as another showy military action initiated by an outgoing government on the eve of an election.

This is what researcher Prof. Yagil Levy has called "fanning the conflict as an intra-state control strategy:" The external conflict helps a government strengthen its standing domestically because the public unites behind the army, and social and economic problems are edged off the national agenda.
This recipe is familiar from 1955, when David Ben-Gurion returned from his exile in Sde Boker and led the Israel Defense Forces to a retaliatory action in Gaza, and his party, Mapai, to victory in the election. (Barak recalled this period with nostalgia, when he spoke last week at a memorial for Moshe Dayan). Ever since, whenever the ruling party feels threatened at the ballot box, it puts its finger on the trigger. The examples are common knowledge: the launch of the Shavit 2 missile in the summer of 1961, in the midst of the Lavon affair; the bombing of the Iraqi reactor in 1981; Operation Grapes of Wrath in Lebanon in 1996, and Operation Cast Lead in Gaza on the eve of the 2009 election. In the two latter cases, the military action turned into a defeat in the election.

There is a disagreement among historians as to whether it is necessary to add the Yom Kippur War to the list. In that conflict, which broke out on the eve of the 1973 election, the Arabs fired first, but their decision to go to war was taken in the context of the increasingly extreme position of Prime Minister Golda Meir's government  which had refused Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace offer and declared an expansion of Israeli settlements in Sinai.

This, for example, is the opinion of researchers Prof. Motti Golani and Shoshana Ishoni-Barri.
The current operation, Pillar of Defense, belongs in the same category. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is interested in neutralizing every possible rival, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak is fighting for enough votes to return to the Knesset. A war against Hamas will wipe out the electoral aspirations of the ditherer, Ehud Olmert, whose disciples expected him to announce his candidacy this evening and it will kick off the agenda the "social and economic issue" that serves the Labor Party headed by MK Shelly Yacimovich.

When the cannons roar, we see only Netanyahu and Barak on the screen, and all the other politicians have to applaud them.

The political outcome of the operation will become clear on January 22. The strategic ramifications are more complex: Israel will have to find a new subcontractor to replace Ahmed Jabari as its border guard in the south, and it will also have to ensure that its action in Gaza does not cause the collapse of its peace treaty with Egypt under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Hamas movement's patron.

These are not easy challenges and the results of the operation will be judged by the extent to which they are met.

Sending Gaza back to the Middle Ages

IDF prepares for ground invasion...Interior Minister Eli Yishai says on Israel's operation in Gaza: "The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages. Only then will Israel be calm for forty years." 

(Haaretz, Nov 17 2012)

Monday, April 12, 2010

IDF order likely to target first Palestinians with Gaza addresses

A new military order aimed at preventing "infiltration" will come into force this week, Amira Haas warns in an article published in the Haaretz on April 11th 2010. According to the provisions, "a person is presumed to be an infiltrator if he is present in the area (the West Bank) without a document or permit which attest to his lawful presence in the area without reasonable justification." The first Palestinians likely to be targeted under the new rules will be those whose ID cards bear home addresses in the Gaza Strip - people born in Gaza and their West Bank-born children.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Gaza's fishermen look to farms, not the sea

Fish farming is being explored as a partial solution to restrictions on capture fisheries. Gaza's fishermen look to farms, not the sea, an article by Jon Donnison, was published on the BBC website on february 2nd 2010. Although a solution, fish farming also depends on the reopening of borders by Israel:
"We need to support and invest in the fish farming sector but if the Israeli blockade continues it will be difficult because fish farming relies on lots of technology in order to succeed and it is hard for the farmers to get the equipment they need because of that blockade."

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Security Council report : February 2010 forecast

From the Security Council Report (February 2010 forecast):

Israel/Palestine: A briefing on the Middle East is expected. No outcome is expected. However, members will be mindful that the Secretary-General is due to submit a report to the General Assembly on Israeli and Palestinian investigations into violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in Gaza, following the Goldstone Report.

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