CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

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I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
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http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at david.chirot@gmail.com
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
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Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


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Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

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flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
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Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'



Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'


The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.


The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

ei: EI investigation: The US media and the attack on Gaza

ei: EI investigation: The US media and the attack on Gaza

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Obama & Palestine-essay from last March:--ei: The senator, his pastor and the Israel lobby

ei: The senator, his pastor and the Israel lobby

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Gaza Update: New Deal Includes US Troops (and More White Phosphorous?

Gaza Update: New Deal Includes US Troops (and More White Phosphorous?)

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Israel's cabinet is discussing a pause in their attack on Gaza - apparently, they feel decimating Gaza during Obama's Inauguration would be embarrassing. This decision is being described as a "unilateral cease-fire" which means they refuse to negotiate any cease-fire agreement with Hamas – but they sure have been negotiating with Condi Rice. Now it looks like Condi and Livni have made a deal.

Some of the clauses in the memorandum, that will bind the incoming US administration as well, include measures against Iran, Hamas's main backer as regards funding and armament.

During an interview to Channel 10 shortly after concluding her meeting with Rice, Livni hinted that some US forces, as well as NATO and other regional countries, will work directly with Israel "in land and at sea" to combat weapons smuggling.

Ha'aretz has a copy of the agreement – you can read it here and:

It also commits Washington to use relevant components of the U.S. military to assist Mideast governments in preventing weapons and explosives flows to Gaza that originate in or transit their territories.

I wonder if those troops are going stop the shipments of "weapons and explosives" we are in the midst of shipping to Israel for use there?

Amnesty International says the UN Security Council must act now and impose an immediate, comprehensive arms embargo on all parties to the conflict in Gaza to prevent any further flow of arms to the warring parties.

"We know that the Wehr Elbe, a German-owned cargo ship, left the USA on 20 December 2008 with a large consignment – 989 containers - of high explosives and other munitions," said Malcolm Smart. "Hired and now legally controlled by the US Military Sealift Command, it is destined for the Israeli port of Ashdod and was due to transit via Greece, though its latest reported position indicates that the shipment's route may have changed."

Tenders for two other arms shipments totalling 325 containers of US munitions were approved by the Pentagon on 31 December, four days after the start of Israel's current attacks on targets in Gaza. These two consignments were due to be shipped to Ashdod, Israel, from Astakos in Greece, but that particular tender has now been cancelled, according to information provided to Amnesty International by the US Military Sealift Command. Tender documents show that these shipments contain white phosphorous, known for its potential to cause severe burns and an indiscriminate weapon when used as an airburst in densely-populated civilian areas as now alleged in Gaza. The US Department of Defence says it is now looking at other means to deliver the munitions to a US stockpile in Israel. A US-Israel agreement has allowed US munitions stockpiled in Israel to be transferred to the Israeli Defence Force in "an emergency."

You might note that Hamas is not a party to any of this, even though Hamas has made it quite clear that they are willing to agree to a cease-fire under reasonable terms.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's preference was to conclude a ceasefire "over Hamas's head" regardless of the terror group's position, working with Egypt and the US, the station reported.

So let's see:

Israel breaks the existing cease-fire on November 4, and then launches an extraordinarily vicious invasion of Gaza killing over 1,150 people, including over 400 children, leaving over 5,000 wounded, destroying all civic buildings, including schools, health clinics, UN facilities, and countless houses, kills medics and journalists, and drops uncounted cluster bombs and white phosphorous over the densely populated Gaza Strip. . .

and in return, Israel gets US troops and ships full of more white phosphorous.

Of course, this deal-making is not causing Israel to ease-up on the massacre:

Another UN school was hit by Israeli bombs overnight in Beit Lahiya– killing a woman and child and wounding 25.

Sameh Habeeb reports:

4-Child Esa Ermilat, 14, killed and 6 children wounded in Rafah due to an Isaeli artillery shells.
5-Four Palestinian children wounded in Dair Al Balah City.
6-A child killed in artillery shelling near Jablaia town, northern Gaza Strip.
7-Bombs destroyed al Qouqa' mosque eastern Gaza City.
14-Massive devastation in Tal Al hawa area western southern Gaza City. Hospitals, offices and charities beside houses destroyed yesterday.
15-Israeli tanks opened its heavy gunmachine fire into the houses ofpeople eastern Gaza City.
17-A mother from al Batran family and five from her children killed, several wounded in Israeli strike central Gaza Strip.
18-Fire still ongoing in the UN stores in Gaza.
26-Medical sources: Around 25 Palestinian bodies were found dead in Tal al Hawa by Israeli fire yesterday.

Israeli audiences heard one father's pain when a Gazan doctor who had practiced in Israel before the blockade, and who has given interviews to an Israeli TV station on local conditions during the Israeli attack, called in to the station begging for an ambulance after his own house was hit and his three daughters were killed. You can see the broadcast call here.

Dr. Izz el-Deen Aboul Aish is heard asking:

"My girls were sitting at home planning their futures, talking, then suddenly they are being shelled," he said in a voice shaking with emotion. "I want to know why they were killed, who gave the order?"


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Videos , More Articles: Gazan Doctor's children killed while he is speaking on Israeli TV





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Gazan Doctor's children killed while he is speaking to Israeli TV

Posted: 16 Jan 2009 03:20 PM CST

A friend of mine sent something unusual, a link to a blog post talking about a Gazan doctor who normally works near Tel Aviv, who often reports to Channel 10. During one of his reports, the ultimate tragedy strikes. SEE it here (thank you Oskar) and there are subtitles to understand the words spoken. Click on the far right bottom icon where there is a small menu with an arrow pointing up which provides English subtitles.

from Open Salon http://open.salon.com/content.php?cid=84825

Dr. Loses Kids to IDF Bomb During Interview to Israeli TV

Israeli public opinion, while still fo the opinion that this operation was a good idea, is moving decidedly to the "OK, we're done here" view, as my good friend and mentor Shai Golden put it in Haaretz's "This Week" supplemnent's main hed today.But as any student of history knows, there sometimes passes an awful long period (at least subjectively) between the realization that an armed conflict has run its course, and when the (now admittedly needless) slaughter of people actually stops.

 

So, Israel's channel 10 is interviewing its regular "good Palestinian", Dr. Az A-Din  Abu al-Ayash, an OB-GYN who actually works at Israel's Tel HaShomer hospital outside Tel Aviv. (In other words, he's an OB_GYN able to practice his love with women across the country). 

So Channel 10's Shlomi Eldar is interviewing the good doctor by phone, live on TV, when suddenly there's a boom and the doctor begins to scream "Oh god, they killed my daughters".

 Oops! One of our tanks missed its actual target and took out the good Dr's house, killing two of his daughters and injuring a third (who, because Dali had nothing on reality, was airlifted to the same hospital where her dad works).

This, by the way, happened after the doctor complained earlier in the week that a tank with its barrel pointed directly at the his window was making him nervous. So Ronni Daniel, the (traitor to journalism, embedded IDF spokesman)  military reporter for Channel 2, reportedly spoke to the commander in question and got him to point that thing someplace else. Only temporarily, as it turns out.  

I wish I was making this up. 

More later. 

My friend sent me the link to the actual show:

Here it is, in Hebrew, between two annoying commercials.

You hear him crying live on the show on the phone, and the smirk of the interviewer, explaining what happened to the viewers and asking him how he feels - is disgusting.

 

So, see this video (listen to it, especially). It is pretty shocking.  Here is another report on it (from the link)

Tel Aviv - A Palestinian doctor from Gaza who was a regular guest on Israeli television Friday called a reporter who had interviewed him many times, screaming frantically that his house had just been bombed by the military.

'My girls, oh god, they've killed my girls,' cried Ezz al-Din Abu al-Aish, the doctor, as the Israeli reporter held his mobile phone to the microphone during a live broadcast.

Abu al-Aish's home in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, had just been hit by a shell, fired by Israeli soldiers.

The doctor works as a gynecologist at both hospitals in Gaza as well as the Tel Hashomer medical center in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, making him an ideal guest for the television.

'I hope anyone who can hear us, the military, the red cross, can get there,' the emotional reporter, Shlomi Eldar said, announcing the exact location of the doctor's home, hoping help would arrive quickly.

Eldar then went off-camera to call his numerous contacts in Israel and try and get the family assistance.

Medical teams have reported extreme limitations on their movement during the ongoing Israeli military campaign.

Three girls of the doctor's eight children died in the attack, two others were injured as was he, and they were taken to hospitals in Israel.

The doctor had become a mainstay on Channel 10, giving daily updates to Eldar and other reporters on the unfolding Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, and adding his own moderate political message.

Archive footage from last week, broadcast again after the bombing, showed the doctor condemning both the Israeli military's hard-handed actions in Gaza, as well as Palestinian rocket fire at southern Israel.

The Israeli military told the channel that the shell that hit the house was in response to rockets fired from the home.

'They fired hugs and love and peace, nothing else was fired,' the doctor said about his deceased daughters in later phone interview with the channel.

'Why did they kill them, they were just girls?' Abu al-Aish repeated over and over again to the reporters, on the prime-time Friday night broadcast, considered the most important news show of the week.

The doctor's brother was also killed as were two nephews in the bombing. His wife had died of cancer three years ago.

One of the surviving girls brought to the Israeli hospital was in critical condition.

In the environment of the three-week old campaign in Gaza, the channel itself deemed such intense reporting of the Palestinian story 'rare.'

Channel 10 continued to follow the case throughout the entire broadcast and took credit for getting Abu al-Aish and the girls out through the northern Erez Crossing into Israel, where other ambulances waited and brought them to hospitals.

 

from Reuters:

JERUSALEM - Israeli television broadcast desperate cries for help from a Palestinian doctor on Friday after his children were killed in an Israeli attack in the Gaza Strip and troops later helped surviving members of the family.

 

The telephone calls created extraordinary scenes during evening news broadcasts as the doctor, a Hebrew-speaking physician who spoke regularly on Israeli television, said three of his children were killed in a tank strike and others were wounded.

 

"My girls were sitting at home planning their futures, talking, then suddenly they are being shelled," he said in a voice shaking with emotion. "I want to know why they were killed, who gave the order?"

 

Izz el-Deen Aboul Aish is a gynaecologist who worked in one of Israel's main hospitals before Gazans were effectively sealed off behind an Israeli-led blockade on the Hamas-controlled enclave. He often gave interviews to Channel 10 television.

 

With Israeli journalists unable to report from the Gaza Strip independently, Aboul Aish acted as a Hebrew-speaking witness who told of the Palestinian civilians' suffering under fire during Israel's three-week-old offensive there.

 

The deaths of more than 1,150 Palestinians, some 700 of them civilians by one independent count, have left the Israeli public largely unmoved. An overwhelming majority backs a war to end Hamas rocket fire that, before the offensive, had killed 18 people and disrupted life in southern towns over recent years.

 

Channel 10 correspondent Shlomi Eldar, who said he had planned a live on-air interview with Aboul Aish on Friday evening, produced a mobile phone in the studio, letting viewers here the voice of Aboul Aish: "My God, my girls, Shlomi," he said. "Can't anybody get to us, please?"

 

Eldar told his audience: "They have killed his family".

 

He said three of Aboul Aish's children were killed and two were seriously wounded. Building up the sense of drama, cameras followed him as left the studio, saying he would try to help arrange for their transfer for treatment, and safety, in Israel.

 

Surviving members of the family were later shown being transferred to Israeli ambulances and taken out of Gaza. Aid agencies have complained that Israel has not done enough to help Gaza's hospitals and allow the transfer of some wounded people.

 

Aboul Aish's brother was also wounded and Eldar said two of his brother's children had also been killed in the incident.

 

The Israeli army said troops fired on Aboul Aish's house because a sniper had fired on soldiers from the building.

 

Aboul Aish responded: "All that was ever fired out of our house was love, hugs and acts of peace, nothing else, ever."

(thanks Daniel!)

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International Law and the War Crimes--sources

The Many Sources Governing Warfare


Published: January 16, 2009
International law governing warfare is based on the four Geneva conventions, which were revised and expanded after World War II. The fourth convention governs the protection of civilians. The conventions were updated by two protocols in 1977, in large part to deal with African guerrilla movements, to govern the protection of victims in international and non-international armed conflicts.
Israel has not ratified the protocols, but says it has adopted the main points into its own code of conduct.
While countries and militaries conduct internal investigations, and occasionally courts-martial, it is unclear in what forum any international war crimes trial would take place; neither the United States nor Israel, for example, has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.
The texts of all the Geneva Conventions and the Protocols can be found on the Web site of the International Committee for the Red Cross.
* First Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field (first adopted in 1864, last revision in 1949).
* Second Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea (first adopted in 1906).
* Third Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (first adopted in 1929, last revision in 1949).
* Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (first adopted in 1949, based on parts of the 1907 Hague Convention IV).
Protocols
* Protocol I (1977): Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts. As of 12 January 2007, it had been ratified by 167 countries.
* Protocol II (1977): Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts. As of 12 January 2007, it had been ratified by 163 countries.
To read the ethical doctrine of the Israel Defense Forces:
http://dover.idf.il/IDF/English/about/doctrine/ethics.htmFor Israel's ethical doctrine on fighting terrorism, see:
Asa Kasher, "The Military Ethics of Fighting Terror: An Israeli Perspective" (with A. Yadlin); "Journal of Military Ethics" 4:1 (2005), 3-32, and Responses, in the same edition, pp 71-76.
For a legal brief by Al-Haq, a Palestinian human-rights group, on the war in Gaza, see:
http://www.alhaq.org/pdfs/Legal_Brief_Gaza_Cast_Lead_Jan.pdf.Two good collections in paperback are:
"Documents on the Laws of War," edited by Adam Roberts and Richard Guelff, Oxford University Press, and "The Handbook of Humanitarian Law in Armed Conflicts," edited by Dieter Fleck, also Oxford University Press.


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from ICH: Gaza News from around the World

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Israel Bombs Main UN HQ / Compound With White 'White Phosphorus' Shells:
 
By Sheera Frenkel, Jerusalem, and Philippe Naughton - Video and Text
 
The main UN compound in Gaza was left in flames today after being struck by Israeli artillery fire, and a spokesman said that the building had been hit by shells containing the incendiary agent white phosphorus.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21776.htm
 
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700 Palestinian Refugees Forced To Flee
 
Outrage as Israel bombs UN
 
By Kim Sengupta in Jerusalem
 
The Al-Quds hospital was also hit by shellfire. A tower housing the Reuters agency and other media outlets was also hit. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the damage caused to the Al Quds hospital is "completely and utterly unacceptable based on every known standard of international humanitarian law".
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21777.htm
 
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Patients Forced From Beds As Israel Attacks Hospital
 
By AFP
 
In scenes of utter panic, patients who had been wounded in the ongoing war in the territory could be seen trying to struggle from their beds, an AFP photographer at the scene said.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21778.htm
 
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Israel, US Foil UN Condemnation
 
By Yitzhak Benhorin
 
Diplomats work together to prevent Security Council statement slamming Jewish state for UNRWA building strike.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21779.htm
 
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Enough!
 
Someone Must Stop Israel's Rampant Madness in Gaza
 
By Gideon Levy
 
The streets of Gaza Thursday looked like killing fields in the midst of the "third stage" and worse. Israel is arrogantly ignoring the Security Council's resolution calling for a cease-fire and is shelling the UN compound in Gaza, as if to show its real feeling toward that institution.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21782.htm
 
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"We Are The Authors Of This Tragedy"
 
By George Galloway - Video
 
 George Galloway's powerful speech in the House of Commons debate on Gaza, Thu 15 Jan 2009 (5.30pm), highlighting the hypocrisy and brazen double-standards of Western foreign policy towards Israel policies, including assassinations and other war crimes.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21780.htm
 
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Jewish British Lawmaker Likens Israel to Nazis
 
Video and Text
 
SIR Gerald Kaufman, yesterday compared the actions of Israeli troops in Gaza to the Nazis who forced his family to flee Poland. Kaufman, a member of the Jewish Labour movement linked to Prime Minister Gordon Brown's ruling party, also called for an arms embargo against Israel.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21781.htm
 
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More than 1,150 killed as Israeli tank shelling claims 11 more lives in Gaza City:
 
Hassanein said that altogether there are 22 Palestinians killed on Friday night, adding that the death toll since the beginning of Israeli massive attack in Gaza has exceeded 1,150.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-01/17/content_10671882.htm
 
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Palestinians find 23 bodies in Gaza City building.
 
Palestinian sources said a 14-year-old was killed and several other people were wounded during an IAF attack on the Shabura refugee camp in southern Gaza. Three militants were also killed in IAF attacks, medics said.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1056143.html
 
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Palestinian doctor who gave war dispatches to Israeli TV reports 3 daughters' deaths:
 
The Palestinian doctor provided Israeli TV viewers with regular updates on Gaza fighting's human toll. But Friday's report was different - with sobs he told how his three daughters and a niece were killed by an Israeli shell.
http://tinyurl.com/9qrje9
 
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Fatal shooting at West Bank protest:
 
A Palestinian has been shot dead and several others wounded after Israeli security forces opened fire during a protest in the West Bank against Israel's attack on Gaza.
http://tinyurl.com/939e4y
 
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Amira Hass: Is Israel using illegal weapons in its offensive on Gaza?:
 
Clouds of choking smoke, explosions like a fireworks display, bombs bursting into all-consuming flames that cannot be extinguished with water, mushroom clouds of pinkish-red smoke, suffocating gas, harsh burns on the skin, extraordinary maimed live and dead bodies.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1055927.html
 
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Israel retreats to Gaza outskirts:
 
Israeli ground troops have been forced to retreat to the outskirts of Gaza City after facing strong resistance from the Palestinian resistance fighters.
http://www.presstv.com/detail.aspx?id=82553&sectionid=351020202
 
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Hamas chief: We will not surrender to Israeli conditions:
 
The Hamas political chief rejected Israel's conditions for a Gaza cease-fire and demanded an immediate opening of the besieged territory's borders, taking a tough line Friday as he asked a summit of Arab countries to back him by cutting off any ties with Israel.
http://tinyurl.com/8szdzj
 
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Israel may halt attack on Gaza:
 
Israel's security cabinet is expected to decide to halt the war on Gaza at a meeting on Saturday, Israeli sources have said. The move would be seen as being preferable to entering an Egyptian-brokered formal ceasefire with Hamas, unnamed sources told the AFP and Reuters news agencies.
http://tinyurl.com/99vgsb
 
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UN General Assembly demands full respect for Security Council resolution on Gaza:
 
Before the vote, the Palestinian permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, said: "I appeal to everyone in this room what we want is not to compete with each other, just to show how faithful you are to the Palestinians."
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-01/17/content_10672704.htm
 
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Israel 'breaking law' with Gaza war:
 
The president of the United Nations General Assembly has accused Israel of violating international law with its war on Gaza in which almost 1,100 Palestinians have been killed, nearly half of them civilians.
http://tinyurl.com/8vyz4a
 
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Ahmadinejad demands trial of Israeli leaders:
 
In a Friday address to an emergency Arab summit on the Gaza war, President Ahmadinejad said Israeli leaders are responsible for the death and injury of thousands of Palestinians, including women and children.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=82576&sectionid=351020101
 
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Canada votes alone for Israel:
 
Canada stood alone before a United Nations human rights council yesterday, the only one among 47 nations to oppose a motion condemning the Israeli military offensive in Gaza.
http://www.thestar.com/article/569872
 
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Turkish PM Erdogan: Bar Israel from UN over Gaza offensive:
 
Turkey's prime minister on Friday said Israel should be barred from the United Nations while it ignores the international body's calls to stop fighting in Gaza.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1056158.html
 
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Israeli Attacks on Gaza Escape Global Media Scrutiny:
 
Israel's relentless air attacks on a besieged Gaza, which have killed over 1,000 Palestinians and destroyed hundreds of homes, continue to take place away from the gaze of the international news media.
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=45429
 
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Rice, Livni sign agreement on Gaza arms:
 
"These are specific steps to end the flow of weapons along the supply routes by working with NATO and regional states and by enhancing the effectiveness of measures against Iran, the main supplier of these weapons," AFP quoted her as saying.
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=82579&sectionid=351020202
 
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Text of U.S.-Israel agreement to end Gaza arms smuggling:
 
Recalling the steadfast commitment of the United States to Israel's security, including secure, defensible borders, and to preserve and strengthen Israel's capability to deter and defend itself, by itself, against any threat or possible combination of threats;
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1056175.html
 
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EU Parliament deplores "collective punishment" in Gaza:
 
"The embargo on the Gaza Strip represents collective punishment in contravention of international humanitarian law," the euro deputies agreed in a parliamentary resolution adopted with no dissenting hands.
http://www.tehrantimes.com/Index_view.asp?code=187010
 
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Syria: 'Cut all ties with Israel':
 
Addressing leaders at Friday's emergency Arab summit in Doha, the Qatari capital, al-Assad declared that the Arab initiative for peace with Israel was now "dead".
http://tinyurl.com/7x6k7x
 
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Qatar suspends contacts with Israel's attack on the people of Gaza:
 
Mauritania said earlier Friday it too was suspending contacts with Israel after Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal called on Arab states at a summit in the Qatari capital Doha to sever any ties with the Jewish state.
http://www.kansascity.com/451/story/984527.html
 
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China FM urges withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza:
 
"The current situation is totally unacceptable," he said.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gzad3Ffw-z-vF6YCDsZUjWnI741w
 
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UK: 3rd National Demonstration For Gaza: Saturday 24 January :
 
Israel Out Of Gaza Now: Lift The Blockade - Assemble BBC Broadcasting House Portland Place, London, W1A 1AA (Nearest Tube Oxford Circus) March To Trafalgar Square
http://globaldayofaction.org/stopwar/index.php
 
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Ahmadinejad and Meshal make surprise appearance at Gaza summit in Qatar:
 
U.S. allies Egypt and Saudi Arabia are boycotting the Doha summit.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1056160.html
 
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Obama: Syria, Iran must be involved in talks:
 
Five days before being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, President-elect Barack Obama told CBS that he intends to act "from Day One" to stop the violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
http://tinyurl.com/8cf2jg
 


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Chirot: --Palestinian and American Indian perspectives on their dehumanization




From: davidbchirot@hotmail.com
To: poetics@listserv.buffalo.edu
Subject: Democracy Now! --Palestinian and American Indian perspectives on their dehumanization
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2009 07:53:25 -0600




watch/listen go to:
http://www.democrac ynow.org/ 2009/1/16/ bloody_israeli_ assault_on_ gaza_enters




watch/listen go to:

http://www.democrac ynow.org/ 2009/1/16/ bloody_israeli_ assault_on_ gaza_enters

Many books, articles, writings by myself , have noted similarities in the actions, rhetoric and over all goals
which have been used against the American Indians and the Palestinians.  If one is familiar with even a bit of the dehumanizing
terms, names, lies, and justifications for things beyond unjust used regarding one of these peoples, then one will readily recognize it  when turning to the other.

Today/night on Democracy Now! Three guests address what it is like on the silenced side of the Wall, the side of dehumanized existence.

President Clinton was known for his "friends of Bill," and perhaps President Obama has already added a new wrinkle, with the "former friends of Barack."

Khalid Rashidi is one of these "former friends" who was left out in the old while undergoing massive attacks fro Gov Palin, Sen McClain and the Fox Bellowers of Rightwing Righteousness.  In the interview with Amy Goodman he speaks eloquently of the current events in Gaza and the role of the US there, via massive (many illegal under American Law) shipments of weapons, gigantic infusions of cash (8,000,000$ a day) and the full support of the US's politicians and media, despite a rising tide of protest among the American Jewish Community along with a great many other organizations.

Dr. Rashidi also points out the difficulty in the USA of presenting information regarding Gaza and Palestinian questions historically in the US media.  As an example he points to the day's NY Times article on the bombing of UN headquarters in Gaza, which was packed with al the recently arrived deliveries of food and fuel for people who have been steadily starving over the course of the last two years, until almost complete starvation levels are being reached in the last months.  Dr Rashidi points out the Times article takes up ten paragraphs given the justifications for this bombing, with the newspaper basically working as a conduit through which the IDF funnels its versions of events, despite their complete contradiction to the reports from International aid workers at the scene.
          

In a sense this media control creates another Wall behind which the Palestinians are hidden and cut of from the world, while Americans receive only a propagandistic and dehumanized view of Palestinians and their slaughter. If one goes through the history of reporting on American Indians, even to this day, the dehumanization is strongly present. 

The consequences of the dehumanization of persons are only all too well known, all over the world.

Dr Suleiman Baraka is interviewed also, a Palestinian Astrophysicist at Virginia Tech who tells of learning over the phone his mother and son have been critically injured when a one ton bomb was dropped on their house. This is one of the most moving interviews I have ever seen on War, all wars, and its effects on an entire extended family as it steadily loses its members.


With the pardon of Marc Rich back in the news due to the questioning of the nominee for Attorney general  Mr. Eric Holder, Amy Goodwin interviews the writer Louise Erdrich for a perspective from one American Indian's view (though is shared by all) of Clinton's pardoning a mega scumbag and fugitive from justice like Rich, while denying any clemency to Leonard Peltier, imprisoned now 35 years due to a rigged trial, for shooting FBI agents during an encounter with the AIM (American Indian Movement--for a number of years classified as a "terrorist" organization by the US Govt.)

Also two reports on a Palestinian Doctor who papers frequently on Israeli TV, learning of the deaths of his children form an Israeli bombing

 




January 16, 2009

Bloody Israeli Assault on Gaza Enters Fourth Week, Palestinian Death Toll Tops 1,100

Guest:
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. His forthcoming book is Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Hegemony in the Middle East. He joins us in the firehouse studio.

It's Day 21 of Israel's assault on Gaza. Israeli warplanes attacked forty targets across Gaza overnight, as Israeli troops backed by tanks have pushed deep into the heart of Gaza City. Since Israel started its bombardment of Gaza, over 1,100 Palestinians have been killed and more than 5,200 wounded. At least 700 civilians are among the dead, including more than 350 children. We speak with Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi. [includes rush transcript]
Guest:
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University. His forthcoming book is Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Hegemony in the Middle East. He joins us in the firehouse studio.





Palestinian Astrophysicist in US Recounts How His 11-Year-Old Son Died When Israeli Warplanes Bombed His Family's House


As the Palestinian death toll in Israel's assault on Gaza climbs above 1,100, we take a look behind the statistics. Suleiman Baraka is a Palestinian astrophysicist working at Virgnia Tech with NASA. His eleven-year- old son Ibrahim was killed in an Israeli air strike on his house. His wife and three other children are now homeless in Gaza, along with seventeen members of his family. In his first broadcast interview in the US, Suleiman Baraka tells his story. We also speak with Suleiman's brother, Sayed, who arrived at the house seconds after it was bombed. [includes rush transcript]



http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/features/article_1453957.php/Tragic_Palestinian_war_drama_unfolds_on_Israeli_tv__News_Feature__
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Tragic Palestinian war drama unfolds on Israeli tv (News Feature)

Middle East Features

By Shabtai Gold Jan 16, 2009, 18:55 GMT

Tel Aviv - A Palestinian doctor from Gaza who was a regular guest on Israeli television Friday called a reporter who had interviewed him many times, screaming frantically that his house had just been bombed by the military.
'My girls, oh god, they've killed my girls,' cried Ezz al-Din Abu al-Aish, the doctor, as the Israeli reporter held his mobile phone to the microphone during a live broadcast.
Abu al-Aish's home in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, had just been hit by a shell, fired by Israeli soldiers.
The doctor works as a gynecologist at both hospitals in Gaza as well as the Tel Hashomer medical center in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, making him an ideal guest for the television.
'I hope anyone who can hear us, the military, the red cross, can get there,' the emotional reporter, Shlomi Eldar said, announcing the exact location of the doctor's home, hoping help would arrive quickly.
Eldar then went off-camera to call his numerous contacts in Israel and try and get the family assistance.
Medical teams have reported extreme limitations on their movement during the ongoing Israeli military campaign.
Three girls of the doctor's eight children died in the attack, two others were injured as was he, and they were taken to hospitals in Israel.
The doctor had become a mainstay on Channel 10, giving daily updates to Eldar and other reporters on the unfolding Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, and adding his own moderate political message.
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Lei Liang: Chinese artist at Florence Biennial 09 and Liverpool Biennial 08




Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 19:28:34 +0800
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Subject: Lei Liang: Chinese artist at Florence Biennial 09 and Liverpool Biennial 08

Lei Liang: Chinese artist at
Florence Biennial 2009 and Liverpool Biennial 2008
Chinese Contemporary "Localizationist Art" Painter reflecting typical Chinese concept based on European techniques.


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Uri Avnery: The Boss Has Gone Mad



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The Boss Has Gone Mad

Uri Avnery
17/01/09
<http://www.nytimes. com/pages/ opinion/index. html>

169 YEARS before the Gaza War, Heinrich Heine wrote a
premonitory poem of 12 lines, under the title "To
Edom". The German-Jewish poet was talking about
Germany, or perhaps all the nations of Christian
Europe. This is what he wrote (in my rough
translation) :

  For a thousand years and more
  We have had an understanding
  You allow me to breathe
  I accept your crazy raging

  Sometimes, when the days get darker
  Strange moods come upon you
  Till you decorate your claws
  With the lifeblood from my veins

  Now our friendship is firmer
  Getting stronger by the day
  Since the raging started in me
  Daily more and more like you.

Zionism, which arose some 50 years after this was
written, is fully realizing this prophesy. We Israelis
have become a nation like all nations, and the memory
of the Holocaust causes us, from time to time, to
behave like the worst of them. Only a few of us know
this poem, but Israel as a whole lives it out.

In this war, politicians and generals have repeatedly
quoted the words: "The boss has gone mad!" originally
shouted by vegetable vendors in the market, in the
sense of "The boss has gone crazy and is selling the
tomatoes at a loss!" But in the course of time the jest
has turned into a deadly doctrine that often appears in
Israeli public discourse: in order to deter our
enemies, we must behave like madmen, go on the rampage,
kill and destroy mercilessly.

In this war, this has become political and military
dogma: only if we kill "them" disproportionately,
killing a thousand of "them" for ten of "ours", will
they understand that it's not worth it to mess with us.
It will be "seared into their consciousness" (a
favorite Israeli phrase these days). After this, they
will think twice before launching another Qassam rocket
against us, even in response to what we do, whatever
that may be.

It is impossible to understand the viciousness of this
war without taking into account the historical
background: the feeling of victimhood after all that
has been done to the Jews throughout the ages, and the
conviction that after the Holocaust, we have the right
to do anything, absolutely anything, to defend
ourselves, without any inhibitions due to law or
morality.

WHEN THE killing and destruction in Gaza were at their
height, something happened in faraway America that was
not connected with the war, but was very much connected
with it. The Israeli film "Waltz with Bashir" was
awarded a prestigious prize. The media reported it with
much joy and pride, but somehow carefully managed not
to mention the subject of the film. That by itself was
an interesting phenomenon: saluting the success of a
film while ignoring its contents.

The subject of this outstanding film is one of the
darkest chapters in our history: the Sabra and Shatila
massacre. In the course of Lebanon War I, a Christian
Lebanese militia carried out, under the auspices of the
Israeli army, a heinous massacre of hundreds of
helpless Palestinian refugees who were trapped in their
camp, men, women, children and old people. The film
describes this atrocity with meticulous accuracy,
including our part in it.

All this was not even mentioned in the news about the
award. At the festive ceremony, the director of the
film did not avail himself of the opportunity to
protest against the events in Gaza. It is hard to say
how many women and children were killed while this
ceremony was going on - but it is clear that the
massacre in Gaza is much worse than that 1982 event,
which moved 400 thousand Israelis to leave their homes
and hold a spontaneous mass protest in Tel-Aviv. This
time, only 10 thousand stood up to be counted.

The official Israeli Board of Inquiry that investigated
the Sabra massacre found that the Israeli government
bore "indirect responsibility" for the atrocity.
Several senior officials and officers were suspended.
One of them was the division commander, Amos Yaron. Not
one of the other accused, from the Minister of Defense,
Ariel Sharon, to the Chief of Staff, Rafael Eitan,
spoke a word of regret, but Yaron did express remorse
in a speech to his officers, and admitted: "Our
sensitivities have been blunted".

BLUNTED SENSITIVITIES are very evident in the Gaza War.

Lebanon War I lasted for 18 years and more than 500 of
our soldiers died. The planners of Lebanon War II
decided to avoid such a long war and such heavy Israeli
casualties. They invented the "mad boss" principle:
demolishing whole neighborhoods, devastating areas,
destroying infrastructures. In 33 days of war, some
1000 Lebanese, almost all of them civilians, were
killed - a record already broken in this war by the
17th day. Yet in that war our army suffered casualties
on the ground, and public opinion, which in the
beginning supported the war with the same enthusiasm as
this time, changed rapidly.

The smoke from Lebanon War II is hanging over the Gaza
war. Everybody in Israel swore to learn its lessons.
And the main lesson was: not to risk the life of even
one single soldier. A war without casualties (on our
side). The method: to use the overwhelming firepower of
our army to pulverize everything standing in its way
and to kill everybody moving in the area. To kill not
only the fighters on the other side, but every human
being who might possibly turn out to harbor hostile
intentions, even if they are obviously an ambulance
attendant, a driver in a food convoy or a doctor saving
lives. To destroy every building from which our troops
could conceivably be shot at - even a school full of
refugees, the sick and the wounded. To bomb and shell
whole neighborhoods, buildings, mosques, schools, UN
food convoys, even ruins under which the injured are
buried.

The media devoted several hours to the fall of a Qassam
missile on a home in Ashkelon, in which three residents
suffered from shock, and did not waste many words on
the forty women and children killed in a UN school,
from which "we were shot at" - an assertion that was
quickly exposed as a blatant lie.

The firepower was also used to sow terror - shelling
everything from a hospital to a vast UN food depot,
from a press vantage point to the mosques. The standard
pretext: "we were shot at from there".

This would have been impossible, had not the whole
country been infected with blunted sensitivities.
People are no longer shocked by the sight of a
mutilated baby, nor by children left for days with the
corpse of their mother, because the army did not let
them leave their ruined home. It seems that almost
nobody cares anymore: not the soldiers, not the pilots,
not the media people, not the politicians, not the
generals. A moral insanity, whose primary exponent is
Ehud Barak. Though even he may be upstaged by Tzipi
Livni, who smiled while talking about the ghastly
events.

Even Heinrich Heine could not have imagined that.

THE LAST DAYS were dominated by the "Obama effect".

We are on board an airplane, and suddenly a huge black
mountain appears out of the clouds. In the cockpit,
panic breaks out: How to avoid a collision?

The planners of the war chose the timing with care:
during the holidays, when everybody was on vacation,
and while President Bush was still around. But they
somehow forgot to take into consideration a fateful
date: next Tuesday Barack Obama will enter the White
House.

This date is now casting a huge shadow on events. The
Israeli Barak understands that if the American Barack
gets angry, that would mean disaster. Conclusion: the
horrors of Gaza must stop before the inauguration. This
week that determined all political and military
decisions. Not "the number of rockets", not "victory",
not "breaking Hamas".

WHEN THERE is a ceasefire, the first question will be:
Who won?

In Israel, all the talk is about the "picture of
victory" - not victory itself, but the "picture". That
is essential, in order to convince the Israeli public
that the whole business has been worthwhile. At this
moment, all the thousands of media people, to the very
last one, have been mobilized to paint such a
"picture". The other side, of course, will paint a
different one.

The Israeli leaders will boast of two "achievements" :
the end of the rockets and the sealing of the Gaza-
Egypt border (the co-called "Philadelphi route".
Dubious achievements: the launching of the Qassams
could have been prevented without a murderous war, if
our government had been ready to negotiate with Hamas
after they won the Palestinian elections. The tunnels
under the Egyptian border would not have been dug in
the first place, if our government had not imposed the
deadly blockade on the Strip.

But the main achievement of the war planners lies in
the very barbarity of their plan: the atrocities will
have, in their view, a deterrent effect that will hold
for a long time.

Hamas, on the other side, will assert that their
survival in the face of the mighty Israeli war machine,
a tiny David against a giant Goliath, is by itself a
huge victory. According to the classic military
definition, the winner in a battle is the army that
remains on the battlefield when it's over. Hamas
remains. The Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip still
stands, in spite of all the efforts to eliminate it.
That is a significant achievement.

Hamas will also point out that the Israeli army was not
eager to enter the Palestinian towns, in which their
fighters were entrenched. And indeed: the army told the
government that the conquest of Gaza city could cost
the lives of about 200 soldiers, and no politician was
ready for that on the eve of elections.

The very fact that a guerrilla force of a few thousand
lightly armed fighters held out for long weeks against
one of the world's mightiest armies with enormous
firepower, will look to millions of Palestinians and
other Arabs and Muslims, and not only to them, like an
unqualified victory.

In the end, an agreement will be concluded that will
include the obvious terms. No country can tolerate its
inhabitants being exposed to rocket fire from beyond
the border, and no population can tolerate a choking
blockade. Therefore (1) Hamas will have to give up the
launching of missiles, (2) Israel will have to open
wide the crossings between the Gaza Strip and the
outside world, and (3) the entry of arms into the Strip
will be stopped (as far as possible), as demanded by
Israel. All this could have happened without war, if
our government had not boycotted Hamas.

HOWEVER, THE worst results of this war are still
invisible and will make themselves felt only in years
to come: Israel has imprinted on world consciousness a
terrible image of itself. Billions of people have seen
us as a blood-dripping monster. They will never again
see Israel as a state that seeks justice, progress and
peace. The American Declaration of Independence speaks
with approval of "a decent respect to the opinions of
mankind". That is a wise principle.

Even worse is the impact on hundreds of millions of
Arabs around us: not only will they see the Hamas
fighters as the heroes of the Arab nation, but they
will also see their own regimes in their nakedness:
cringing, ignominious, corrupt and treacherous.

The Arab defeat in the 1948 war brought in its wake the
fall of almost all the existing Arab regimes and the
ascent of a new generation of nationalist leaders,
exemplified by Gamal Abd-al-Nasser. The 2009 war may
bring about the fall of the current crop of Arab
regimes and the ascent of a new generation of leaders -
Islamic fundamentalists who hate Israel and all the
West..

In coming years it will become apparent that this war
was sheer madness. The boss has indeed gone mad - in
the original sense of the word.

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Palestinian Astrophysicist in US Recounts How His 11-Year-Old Son Died When Israeli Warplanes Bombed His Family's House

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As the Palestinian death toll in Israel's assault on Gaza climbs above 1,100, we take a look behind the statistics. Suleiman Baraka is a Palestinian astrophysicist working at Virgnia Tech with NASA. His eleven-year- old son Ibrahim was killed in an Israeli air strike on his house. His wife and three other children are now homeless in Gaza, along with seventeen members of his family. In his first broadcast interview in the US, Suleiman Baraka tells his story. We also speak with Suleiman's brother, Sayed, who arrived at the house seconds after it was bombed. [includes rush transcript]

Guests:

Suleiman Baraka, Palestinian astrophysicist. He is a post-doctoral associate at Virginia Tech working at the National Institute of Aerospace for NASA. His house in Gaza was bombed on Dec. 29th, severely wounding his son and his mother. His son Ibrahim died of his injuries in Cairo on Jan. 5th.

Sayed Baraka, Suleiman's brother. He is in Gaza City.

Rush Transcript

This transcript is available free of charge. However, donations help us provide closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing on our TV broadcast. Thank you for your generous contribution.

AMY GOODMAN: As the Israeli assault on Gaza continues, the Palestinian death toll continues to mount. Over the last twenty-one days, more than 1,100 Palestinians have been killed, 5,200 wounded, at least 700 civilians among the dead, including more than 350 children. Today, we're going to find out about one of those kids.

Suleiman Baraka is a Palestinian astrophysicist. He works here in the United States at Virginia Tech with NASA. On December 29th, Israeli war planes bombed the house where his wife and four children were staying. His eleven-year- old son Ibrahim was killed. His wife and three other children are now homeless in Gaza, along with seventeen members of his family. Suleiman Baraka has never before told his story in the United States. He joins us now from Norfolk, Virginia.

Welcome to Democracy Now!

SULEIMAN BARAKA: Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN: It's very good to have you with us. And our condolences on the loss of your son. Suleiman Baraka, can you tell us what happened to Ibrahim?

SULEIMAN BARAKA: Yes. Thank you, first, for giving me this chance to talk to a American public. I was in my office. I received a call that there was a bombing in my area, and then, after a while, the bombing was my house, and then I lost communication with the family for ten hours. It was really very hard, at the emotional, psychological level, because I had known that there something happened, and I cannot follow up. Ten hours later, I knew that my son Ibrahim was critically injured and my mom was moderately injured when they bombed my house with a one-ton bomb and destroyed the house, injuring my son and my mom.

I lived a very, very hard time as a father who is far, who has lack of information. I don't see my son, who was—I am preparing for him, to bring him to the United States to live here, to value diversity, to go to school, to make new friends. I was, you know, preparing for them to bring him here. And then, once in a sudden, I understand that my son is in critical condition then.

The other day, I got the news that, because his condition was critical, he was moved to Egypt for medication. Then, automatically, I just went to Egypt to follow up my son. One day after I arrived, they said that the brain can come again and he can be awakened, because he was in deep coma. There was a shrapnel in his right hand, brain and leg and hand, and a cut in the back. I stand by him, and there is no need to describe what the feeling of a father who is looking as his child dying.

January 5th, midday, I received a call from the doctor that my child passed away. It was really very hard to break in and very sad moment. Also, the sadness is accumulated when I could not go back to Gaza for the funeral and the condolences of my son, because Gaza is closed. And it's only open for bringing into Egypt wounded and sending back dead in coffins. So, as a father, it was really a very hard difficulty.

And I'm still remembering the last message five days before he was—you know, before the accident. Because I am diabetic and he was worried about my health, and he told me that how I am feeling and I should take care of myself. He is my son, talking to me like my father. And he said, "I bought a new bicycle, and I am happy with it." So I still remember this message in my mind.

And last September, I was in Paris, and I was talking to French astrophysicists, the professors who are teaching in Paris universities, and I told them I built a new house, two-story house. I wanted to invite in a Jewish family to live with me, side-by-side, where my children play with their children. Now, they destroyed the house, and they killed my child. What is this?

JUAN GONZALEZ: Mr. Baraka, I just wanted to ask you, when your child was transferred from Gaza to Egypt, they did not allow any family members to come with him out of there? And what's happened to the rest of your family?

SULEIMAN BARAKA: No, yeah, no, my son—no, they allowed my brother, who was accompanying. Every wounded person is accompanied by one family member. So my brother was with him. Yes, my brother was with him, and my brother went back with him with the coordination with Red Cross Egypt and Israel.

JUAN GONZALEZ: And what about the rest of your family?

SULEIMAN BARAKA: OK. Within one week, they destroyed my house, my old house, with three-story buildings with other two brothers, and they destroyed the houses of four brothers. So a total of twenty nephews and nieces are without shelter and probably without food now. A total of eight houses had been totally destroyed.

And the old house I had—I was worried about my library, who I collected in twenty years. And yesterday, my daughter called me, and she was crying because we lost our telescope. The building that killed my son, I used to take my children on the roof and show them Venus and Jupiter and the sky, because typically, if you ask any Palestinian children, a child, "If you look at the sky, what you see?" he will say, "I will see Apache and F-16 jet fighters." So I wanted just to show them that there is something beautiful behind these stereotypes. I wanted to help not only my children, but the Palestinian children. And I did lots of public lectures on astronomy just to create a sort of hope and expanding the imagination of our children that there is something beautiful than this cocoon, what's called Gaza, which had been closed for two years. And after two years, it had been bombed in this crazy war that is unjustified and a very excessive use of force.

My house is not a military base. Ibrahim is eleven years old. He doesn't need F-16 jet fighters to kill him. My house roof was there for me and my children to use my telescope, not anti-aircraft missiles or rockets.

I have no language to express what I feel about this. Now, all our houses are destroyed. My family, I lost communication. I rarely have some, you know, with my family, because my daughter with my wife is at their grandpa's. The other members of my family, I have no communication with. It's really hard to break in, and I don't know—sometimes I feel speechless. I cannot say, as a father, and when I look at the photo of my son, I cannot convince myself that I will never see him again. I lost my son, but I didn't lose my inner peace. But how I can convince my son Daoud, who is five, who witnessed the bombardment of his house and the killing of his brother? Is that investment for hatred and violence and anti-violence?

I think Palestine and Gaza, especially, doesn't need initiatives, talks, demonstrations. Palestine needs interference and a password to end all of this: end occupation. End occupation. End occupation. You eliminate the action, then there will never be reaction. Whatever is whatever the language describing the situation, the problem is in the occupation. When the occupation is ended, and it—there is legitimacy. There is United Nations resolutions. There is everything. It's very easy. It needs a will, and it needs those people who are wisdom-guided, not power-guided. Civilization of power will not work forever. Power of civilization always bring in and bring about prosperity, peace, coexistence. It's enough of everything for everybody.

AMY GOODMAN: Suleiman Baraka, we are also joined from Gaza by your brother, by Sayed Baraka, who was, what, fifty yards away from Ibrahim when he was hit by the Israeli bomb. Can you describe what happened, Sayed Baraka?

SAYED BARAKA: Sure. I would like to thank you all for giving my brother Suleiman and me a chance to talk about our sad story. And if Suleiman hears me, let me say, Suleiman, we all love you. We all pray for you. You just need to have patience. Beside your home, your six brothers' homes and your mom's were completely destroyed. Sixty-four houses of your neighbors were destroyed. Seventy of your neighbors were injured. Sixty-four of them had bones broken. Please pray for them.

About what happened to my beloved Ibrahim—Ibrahim is not only your son, Suleiman. Remember when he was one hour old? I gave him the first kiss, and you thanked me that time. But when we buried him, I couldn't give him the last kiss, because all the town were saying bye to Ibrahim. They all went with us.

At that time, Monday the 29th, he went to help my mom, his grandma, to make the afternoon prayer just beside your new home. I was looking there, waiting for her, for my mom to finish her prayer and to come back to me with Ibrahim. Suddenly, I saw a very like white smoke going down at your home. Then, in a few—in just like no time, very loud noise disturbing everybody, with very dark smoke covered everything there. I went running. I was just beside your old home, maybe sixty meters or less than that. You know it. I saw my mom, her face covered down to the earth. I saw your son. He was covered by black smoke. I saw him like dead, because he couldn't move anything. He was like—he was like sleeping. I couldn't control myself. Then, some of the neighbors and the people around us, they came to help. I tried to carry my mom. I see, I hear, like I witnessed some kind of heat in her body, and I had the feeling that she is still alive. They left Ibrahim. And we brought—you know, as a Canadian citizenship, I can go with him there, but at the moment I arrived in the hospital with my mom. She was like crying. She was like dying. My brother was close [inaudible] Ibrahim. Then he left with him to Egypt.

AMY GOODMAN: I am so sorry to say that we're coming to the end of our show, but, Suleiman Baraka, you are asking for your family to come to the US?

SULEIMAN BARAKA: Yes, yes. I don't want to receive another bad news. It's enough. I had enough. Now, I will work—

AMY GOODMAN: Your children are how old, your surviving children?

SULEIMAN BARAKA: Mohammed is thirteen. Irwad is my daughter, is ten. Daoud is five.

AMY GOODMAN: Suleiman Baraka, I want to thank you for being with us, astrophysicist, speaking to us. He teaches at Virginia Tech, speaking to us from Norfolk. We have twenty seconds. I want to end with our guest here in New York, Professor Rashid Khalidi.

RASHID KHALIDI: I mean, what can one say when one hears that kind of thing? There are 1,100 stories like that. 1,100 people have been killed, most of them civilians, 300 of them children—350 of them children. One can't say anything. Nothing justifies the slaughter of children. Nothing. Nothing.

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AMY GOODMAN: We will leave it there.

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