Russell Tribunal on Palestine accuses Israel of War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and Incitement to Genocide

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The Jury of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine The Jury of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

A few weeks ago, members of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, outraged by Israel’s terrible assault on Gaza and its population, decided to start working on an extraordinary session of the Tribunal that will look into Israel’s Crimes (including War Crimes, Crimes against Humanity and the Crime of Genocide) during the then-still ongoing “Operation Protective Edge” as well as third States complicity.

The jury gave its findings on 25th September in the morning during an international press conference at the International Press Center (IPC, Brussels). In the afternoon, the Jury was received at the European parliament and will address a message to the UN General Assembly for its reopening.

Background: “May this tribunal prevent the crime of silence” wrote Bertrand Russell, Nobel Prize of Literature, philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social critic and political activist in 1966. He launched the International War Crimes…

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Israeli ‘intentionally’ runs over Palestinian child in Jerusalem | Maan News Agency

An Israeli individual on Thursday “intentionally” ran over a Palestinian child while he was outside near his house in the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, a local watchdog said.

The Wadi Hilweh information Center said that Adam al-Rishq, 10, was chased, cornered, and run over by a car driven by “settlers,” in what they said was an “intentional” attack on the boy.

Al-Rishq suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Haddasah hospital as a result of the attack.

Silwan is a site of frequent tensions between Palestinians and local Israeli settlers, who have taken over individual houses in the East Jerusalem neighborhood just south of the Old City.

Israeli authorities have rarely prevented the home takeovers, and the “City of David” Jewish archaeological theme park — which houses a number of settlers — has been expanded into nearby homes, whose residents ahve been displaced as a result.

East Jerusalem has been under Israeli military occupation since 1967, and today around 300,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements constructed between existing Palestinian neighborhoods.

via Israeli ‘intentionally’ runs over Palestinian child in Jerusalem | Maan News Agency.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Mom’s Hands

When I was born you held me in your hands.

When I couldn’t sleep you gave me your hands and sang Lalayi for me.

When I got dirty you washed me with your hands.

When I wanted to stand you put my hands in your hands and lifted.

When I fell down your hands picked me up.

You cleaned my clothes, brushed my hair, and gave me food, all with your hands.

When I grew bigger you walked me to school, hand-in-hand.

Do you remember how I cried because I didn’t want to go?

You dried my tears with your hands.

My daughter, you have to go to school.

I am illiterate. I have to work at home. But you must go.

You told me to become a doctor, an engineer, a teacher.

You prepared my books, polished my shoes.

You shook my teacher’s hand and told her to take care of me.

Every step of my life, always, your loving hands are in my thoughts.

When I was young I saw society’s view of women and was discouraged.

You touched my hands.

My daughter, I am always with you.

Don’t be afraid. Go ahead.

You taught me that conditions will never be as I wish, but I can turn them in my favor.

Now your hands are old and wrinkled because of me.

You worked hard with your hands so that I can be at peace.

Mom, you are the reason for my success, the reason for my happiness.

You are the source of my good fortune.

These kind and helping hands of yours

Mom, I am thanking you.

And kissing, your hands.

By Arifa H.

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Mom’s Hands.

NYT’s David Brooks, WaPo’s Michael Gerson to Speak at Top Antigay Funding Confab | TWO Care

Recently, government-encouraged outbreaks of mob violence against LGBT persons in countries from Uganda to Russia, and draconian new anti-gay legislation in those countries too, have gained growing media notice – some of which has focused on the role American evangelicals have played in inciting such hatred.

But the American culprits are not being funded from the margins. Tens of millions (possibly evens hundreds of millions) of dollars for that project is coming from the foundations whose representatives assemble yearly at an event known as The Gathering, where multimillionaire and billionaire evangelical funders of the culture wars from the families DeVos, Coors, Prince, Maclellan, Friess, Ahmanson, and others, and heads of the mammoth National Christian Foundation – gather, dine, and strategize.

This Thursday September 25th, at the luxury Ritz Carlton hotel in Orlando, Florida, an evening series of briefings will kick off the premier funding event of the evangelical right in America, a four-day annual conference known as The Gathering. Scheduled to speak at the conference are David Brooks of the New York Times (also a National Public Radio commentator) and Michael Gerson of the Washington Post.

via NYT’s David Brooks, WaPo’s Michael Gerson to Speak at Top Antigay Funding Confab | TWO Care.

Random Punishment – Just Because They Can! Israel closes Jenin checkpoint for Jewish holiday | Maan News Agency

Random Punishment – Just Because They Can!

Israel closed the al-Jalama checkpoint on Thursday for the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana, the governor of Jenin said.

Ibrahim Ramadan told Ma’an that the closure starts Thursday and the checkpoint will be closed both ways for two days.

Ramadan said officials are trying to overturn the decision, which will affect Palestinian workers who use the checkpoint to enter Israel.

via Israel closes Jenin checkpoint for Jewish holiday | Maan News Agency.

Cats of Aleppo

Alaa, an ambulance driver, feeds cats in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo. Alaa buys about $4 of meat everyday to feed about 150 abandoned cats in Masaken Hanano, a neigbourhood in Aleppo that has been deserted because of shelling from forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad. Alaa said that he has been feeding and taking care of the cats for over 2 months.

via Cats of Aleppo.

I support union but this is totally irresponsible! LAS VEGAS: Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip | Health & Science |

U.S. hospitals aren’t ready for an Ebola outbreak, according to nurses who staged a “die-in” Wednesday outside a Las Vegas Strip resort where they were holding a union convention.

Many protesters in the crowd of about 1,000 who attended the Planet Nurse convention wore bright red T-shirts and suits resembling hazardous-materials gear as they streamed through the Planet Hollywood casino floor before crossing Las Vegas Boulevard to the Bellagio resort.

via LAS VEGAS: Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip | Health & Science |