‘Honest mistakes’: How the US and Israel justify the targeting and killing of civilians

16 November 2021 — Jonathan Cook

The states that claim they kill innocents ‘by accident’ or ‘unintentionally’, or because ‘the terrorists shield behind them’, are also the ones that keep killing innocents

Middle East Eye – 16 November 2021

An “honest mistake” is buying your partner the wrong perfume or copying someone into an email chain by accident. It is not firing a drone missile at a car, killing 10 civilians – and doing so when a small child was clearly visible moments earlier.

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What a travesty! Iron Dome Subsidy

25 September 2021 — Global Justice in the 21st Century

by Richard Falk

For the United States to pay the bill for replenishing missiles in the Israel’s Iron Dome defense system used during the Gaza attack in May is a travesty of law and justice. And for such an initiative to gain support for such a measure by a vote of 420-9 in an otherwise hopelessly divided U.S. House of Representatives should be an embarrassment rather than the occasion for restoring this questionable Special Relationship no matter how adverse its unconditional maintenance is for the wellbeing of the people of the Middle East and the strategic rationality of American foreign policy.
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Israel’s night raids on Palestinian families aren’t over, whatever the courts say

23 June 2021 — Jonathan Cook

Masked soldiers will still terrorise Palestinian children in the middle of the night, but new military jargon will hide the true purpose

Middle East Eye – 23 June 2021

The videos are all over YouTube. Masked Israeli soldiers storm a Palestinian family’s home in the middle of the night. Parents, dressed in nightwear, are suddenly surrounded by heavily armed men in balaclavas.

Young children are forced awake. With a mix of bleary-eyed confusion and fear, they are made to answer questions posed to them in broken Arabic by these faceless, armed strangers. They are lined up in one room while the soldiers take photographs of them holding their identity cards. And then, just as suddenly as they arrived, the masked men disappear into the night.

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Gaza/Palestine News Links 16-17 May 2021

17 May 2021 • 21:30 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

Israeli strikes on Gaza hit Red Crescent building, killing 2, aid group says
https://www.rt.com/news/524076-israel-hamas-gaza-strikes/

How the United States Helps To Kill Palestinians

How the United States Helps To Kill Palestinians

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Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow

14 May, 2021 —  RT.com

by Eva Bartlett


The destruction of two important Gaza buildings housing 20 media outlets was both shocking and predictable. History shows that if the media aren’t around to document Israel’s war crimes, it’s a lot easier for it to commit them.

On Tuesday, Israel bombed the 10-storey Al-Jawhara Tower, causing it to collapse. Before doing so, it had ‘benevolently’ warned that the airstrikes were coming. The following day, it bombed the 14-storey Al-Shorouk Tower, also giving warning it was going to do so.

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This time it’s different

14 May 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Ahmed Abu Artema

A streak of light from a rocket blazes through a dark skyResistance movements in Gaza are responding to a wave of popular anger over Israeli provocations in Jerusalem and at al-Aqsa. – Bashar Taleb APA images

As I write, the building I live in here in Gaza is shaking continuously. Above us, Israeli F-16 warplanes pummel us with a seemingly endless barrage of bombs.

I am writing amid a rapid flow of developing events, so it is certain that by the time this is published, many things may have changed, but I am trying to highlight the general features of this current round of escalation in Palestine.

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Cold War On Trial: Truth Commission Details Horrible Crimes Akin to Native American Genocide and Slavery

8 April 2021 — Covert Action

By Jeremy Kuzmarov

[Source: themontrealreview.com]

With a new Cold War heating up between the U.S. and Russia and China, Witness for Peace Southwest, Addicted to War and CodePink organized a Truth Commission on the original Cold War on March 21st, which brought together the testimony of historians, activists and others who lived through the period.

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Britain’s role in the death & injury of Yemeni civilians

14 December 2020 — Airstrikes (formerly Drone Warfare)

Above: typical of the destruction wrought by coalition air strikes

July – December 2020

After taking the UK government to court over its arms sales to the Saudis, the latest CAAT newsletter (Issue 258 Winter 2020) recalls that in July 2020 the Government said that it had made the required assessment as to “whether the Saudi-led coalition had committed violations of IHL in the past, during the Yemen conflict” and its conclusion is that these are ‘isolated incidents’.

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The day Gaza becomes uninhabitable

13 January 2020 — New Frame

By Anna Majavu

In 2012, the United Nations published research suggesting that by 2016, the main aquifer supplying water to about two million Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip would be “unusable” and that by 2020, the aquifer would have been damaged irreversibly. This would make Gaza uninhabitable by 2020.

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Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview

22 August 2017 — Global Research

December 28, 2019

First published on August 22, 2017, this authoritative report by Dr. Al- Azzawi addresses the war crimes committed by the US and its allies through the use of  depleted uranium (radioactive) ammunition, resulting in countless deaths attributable to the spread of leukemia among children, congenital malformations, breast cancer. etc. Dr. Al-Azzawi is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).

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Never Trust a Failing Empire

17 December 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

By Federico Pieraccini

The Washington Post, through documents released through the Freedom of Information Act, has published a long investigation into Afghanistan. Journalists have collected over 400 testimonies from American diplomats, NATO generals and other NATO personnel, that show that reports about Afghanistan were falsified to deceive the public about the real situation on the ground.

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Israel Is Killing Children Asleep In Their Homes. Humans. Not Numbers.

14 November, 2019 — Source: Common Dreams

by Abby Zimet, Further columnist

The Sawarka family’s dead. Photo by Fatima Shbair/MEE. On front, an Israeli drone-fired missile killed 7-year-old Amir Rafat Ayyad as he rode on a motorbike with his father Rafat Muhammad Ayyad, 54, and older brother Islam Rafat Ayyad, 24, as they were trying to get to al-Shifa Hospital

The reign of terror, which we help fund, goes on. In the last two days of airstrikes over the open-air prison that is Gaza, where two million beleaguered people, almost half of them children, are packed and trapped, Israel has killed at least 34 Palestinians and injured more than 111. Many of the victims were children. The dead included eight members of the Sawarka family – three adults, five kids – killed around midnight as they slept in their house.  The only survivor of the slaughter of the Sawarkas was a month-old girl named Marah; her mother, father, aunt and siblings were all buried in the rubble. A relative, Taleb Mesmeh, said that when people heard the explosions, “We never expected (they’d target) a civilian home that looked like any normal house.” The retrieved bodies “were torn into pieces, and there was blood everywhere,” he said. “This is Israel targeting children inside their homes.” Then he began picking some children’s school uniforms from the rubble. “This is Mariam’s school uniform,” he wailed. “She was still in first grade. What did she do to be killed?”

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Support The UN Resolution Against Unilateral Coercive Measures

3 November 2019 — Popular Resistance

By The People’s Mobe | Resist!

For decades the U.S. government and its European allies have been illegally using unilateral economic sanctions (“Unilateral Coercive Measures”) as a weapon of war and mass destruction to topple governments that do not submit to the U.S. and European states’ domination of their country. The main objective of these unilateral sanctions is to destroy those small countries’ economies and bring their people to their knees through mass starvation so they will be left with no choice but to revolt against their own government. Continue reading

Uninhabitable: Gaza faces the moment of truth

13 October 2019 — Jonathan Cook – Americans for Middle East Understanding

Israel has ignored warnings by the United Nations that Gaza is about to become uninhabitable, acting as if Palestinians there can be caged, starved and abused indefinitely. Now crises are unfolding on all fronts – social, economic, political and humanitarian – and Israel is running out of time to find solutions

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Rather Dangerous US Manoeuvres Around Iran By Viktor Mikhin

6 July 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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The US-Iranian front has recently seen lightning speed developments that keep spreading over an ever increasing number of regions, Presidents and Prime Ministers of many countries, as well as the leaders of various institutions, foundations and companies. International media provide various kinds of comment, articles, essays, hypotheses and forecasts that have literally flooded newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Everyman can hardly cope with this information overdose and finds it difficult to make anything out in the subtleties of the foreign policy the White House is carrying out at the moment where rules can hardly be found.

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During Protests in Commemoration of 71st Anniversary of Palestinian Nakbah: Israeli Forces Wound 144 Civilians

16 May 2019 — Internationalist 360°

On Wednesday, 15 May 2019, Israeli forces wounded 144 Palestinian civilians, including 49 children, 4 women, and 1 paramedic, in excessive use of force against the peaceful participants in the protests organized in commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakbah.

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