More than 80,000 people in the UK until the moment have signed the petition calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu for war crimes against Palestinians during official visit to Britain in September.
The petition aims to reach 100,000 signatures within the deadline February 7, 2016.
After 10,000 signatures, the British government must respond to the petition, and after 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the parliament.
The online petition, uploaded on August 7 to the UK parliament’s official website, demands the apprehension of Netanyahu for the slaughter of thousands of Palestinians during the Israeli military’s 51-day military aggression against the Gaza Strip last year. The petition has garnered 60,454 signatures as of Sunday morning.
The petition reads:
“Under international law, [Netanyahu] should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the UK for the massacre of over 2,000 civilians in 2014.”
The Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs said in a statement said that the petition has “no real meaning,” adding, “Bilateral ties between Britain and Israel are closer than ever before.”
Israel unleashed its military onslaught on the Gaza Strip in early July 2014. The offensive ended on August 26, 2014, with a truce that went into effect following indirect negotiations between representatives from Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Israeli regime in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children, lost their lives in Israel’s war. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – also sustained injuries.
On Aug. 13, an estimated 10,000 protesters converged on Quito where they surrounded the Government Palace in the Plaza de Santo Domingo. The protest was peaceful until it was met with overwhelming police force after allegedly being infiltrated by supporters of President Correa. After being released from detention, Salvador Quishpe, speaking to reporters in a ripped shirt that was covered in black dust and dirt, commented that the police “Dragged me, they hit me, they humiliated me.” Just prior to the altercation, he was peacefully beating his drum at the head of the march.
Carlos Perez Guartambel was also beaten and detained by the police along with his partner, Manuela Picq, the French Brazilian journalist for Aljazeera and contributor to Intercontinental Cry. Carlos Perez told Intercontinental Cry, “I am still bruised over my left eye where the police kicked me in the head, hit me with their batons and punched me, and my partner also suffered aggressions and was forced out of the country.”
The beating that Manuela Picq received from the police was severe enough to send her to a hospital for medical treatment. While friends kept vigil in the waiting room, the police arrived to remove her from her hospital bed. At the time, her friends shouted, “They do not have an arrest warrant, this is a kidnap.”
It may be time to offer this forlorn candidate some free advice. Although if he really is the smarter Bush, he knows these things already:
1. He should never let himself say the words “anchor babies” ever again. He got in trouble for using that derogatory reference to the children of unauthorized immigrants in passing, in an interview, then dug himself a hole by defending his use of it. On Monday, he dug deeper. He tried to explain that he had been talking about “Asian people” who arrive on tourist visas through organized schemes to give birth to American babies on American soil.
Though the phenomenon is real, Mr. Bush was blasted by Asian-American groups for repeating the slur. And, astoundingly, he handed Mr. Trump the opportunity to send out tweets like this: “In a clumsy move to get out of his ‘anchor babies’ dilemma, where he signed that he would not use the term and now uses it, he blamed ASIANS.”
It was such an unnecessary battle to wade into — maternity tourism is not what Mr. Trump and his enablers on the restrictionist right are talking about. When they say “anchor babies,” they are talking about the browning of America, with its growing Latino population, and recasting it as a sinister plot by child-rearing Mexicans. They want to upend the 14thAmendment, and the country’s family-based immigration laws, to keep the population as white as can be. Maternity tourism by middle-class foreigners is a separate, much smaller issue; changing the Constitution to stop it, as one immigrant rights advocate once put it, is like killing a fly with an Uzi.
Jorge Ramos, an anchor for Univision news shows based in Miami, was interrupted by Mr. Trump after standing and asking one of the first questions at the news conference. “Excuse me, you weren’t called,” Mr. Trump told him. “Sit down. Sit down.”
Mr. Ramos asked Mr. Trump about his call to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country and build a wall the length of the Mexican border.
“You haven’t been called on, go back to Univision,” Mr. Trump said.
As security officers approached Mr. Ramos, a Mexican-American, he said: “I am a reporter. Don’t touch me. I have a right to ask the question.”
Mr. Trump was silent as Mr. Ramos, an Emmy-winning journalist who was on the cover of Time magazine’s World’s Most Influential People issue, was removed from the room. Several other journalists asked Mr. Trump why he refused to take questions from Mr. Ramos. The billionaire real estate investor, who is leading in Republican polls for the presidential nomination, said it was because he had asked a question without being called on.
After about 15 minutes, Mr. Ramos returned and he and Mr. Trump engaged in a long back-and-forth about Mr. Trump’s immigration proposals, frequently talking past each other.
Mr. Ramos said that building a border would be futile because 40 percent of undocumented immigrants arrive by plane. “I don’t believe it,” Mr. Trump said.
“How are you going to deport 11 million?” Mr. Ramos asked.
“Very humanely,” Mr. Trump said.
At one point, Mr. Trump pressed Mr. Ramos to tell him how much he was suing Univision for, after the network dropped coverage of Mr. Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of his remarks about Mexican immigrants. Mr. Trump answered his own question: $500 million.
Mr. Trump insisted he would win the Latino vote. Mr. Ramos cited a poll saying that 75 percent of Latinos hold an unfavorable opinion of him.
The family of a 31-year-old mentally ill man who was shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies has released a video of the incident. [ more › ]
Chris Berry, a police officer himself, called the Lakewood sheriff’s station to request a mental evaluation team, but was told deputies would have to respond first. When the deputies arrived, they tried to get John Berry out of the car, but he refused. Chris Berry said that the deputies soon became aggressive, Tasering his brother four times, hitting him with batons and using pepper spray.
Amid rising migrant figures, the UK has announced harsher measures aimed at curbing the trend. But some critics say the government is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Samira Shackle reports from London.
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush continued his attack on Planned Parenthood on Tuesday during a town hall in Colorado, saying the women’s health organization shouldn’t get “a penny” because “they’re not doing women’s health issues” and that they were involved in something “way different than that.”
I’ll go ahead and assume that the “way different” thing Bush thinks somehow doesn’t qualify as a “women’s health issue” is the 300,000 abortions Planned Parenthood provides each year — no matter that insignificant organizations like, oh I dunno, the World Health Organization define access to safe abortion as a human right and public health imperative. That still leaves him on the hook for explaining why the 400,000 Pap tests and 500,000 breast exams provided annually by the organization don’t count as health care. There are also 4.5 million people who got STD tests and treatments and 3.7 million who got contraception services at Planned Parenthood last year who might be surprised to find out this wasn’t health care they were receiving.