Tuesday, 2 June 2009

US 'pressure' on settlements is all talk so far

Certainly there's no denying the change of tone in Washington - but will the US really put any pressure on the Zionists to stop their continuing colonisation plans? And given that it is the US that bankrolls this state it can hardly be said that the US is not in a position to apply considerable pressure if it really wanted to.

Meanwhile Obama keeps telling the Palestinians - who keep getting killed by Israelis on a a weekly basis - that they must stop directing violence against Israel! WTF
News of Mitchell's planned visit emerged Tuesday a day after Obama told a U.S. radio network in an interview that the U.S. would be more blunt in raising objections to Israel's settlement policies in the Palestinian territories than previous administrations.

UK minister for the police state Jacqui Smith to resign

According to the Guardian, Jacqui Smith, the UK's interior minister (Home Secretary) and the witch-hunter-in-chief of the UK's Muslim population and supporter of torture, police killers and repressive laws, is about to resign.

Rejoice, rejoice - although she will obviously be replaced with an equally vile member of the misnamed Labour Party.

So what will poor old Jacqui do with herself? Have a lot of fun spending all that money she's leeched off us taxpayers as 'expenses' I suppose.

Barak tells UN Israel will not cooperate on war crimes investigation

Israel has made it official: to hell with the UN and the rest of the world. Israel won't cooperate with the UN inquiry into its war crimes. This from the Jerusalem Post -
During a visit to New York Monday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that Israel would not cooperate with the UN probe into allegations of war crimes during Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip.

The investigative team, headed by international prosecutor Richard Goldstone, entered Gaza via Egypt on Monday, without having secured Israeli cooperation. Israel has said it believes the investigation will not be objective.

"We don't approve of the mandate the committee was given to investigate war crimes," Barak told Ban. He added, however, that Goldstone "is valued by the world, and by us as well."

Racist settlers beat defenceless Palestinian workers

QALQILIA, (PIC)-- Four Palestinian workers were wounded, one of them seriously, when Jewish settlers intercepted their car in Qalqilia district and beat them up using knives and other sharp tools, local sources said on Monday.

The sources said that their car was ambushed by the settlers who forced all four workers to get out of the car and then beat them severely.

The injuries to Ali Al-Sadda, 44, were described as serious while those of the other three victims were moderate.

All four workers were heading from their hometown of Jayus, Qalqilia district, to their work places in 1948 occupied Palestine.

Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces on Monday rounded up 11 Palestinians from the districts of Ramallah, Bethlehem and Al-Khalil in their daily raids and arrest of citizens in the West Bank.

Nearly half of Gaza's water wells unoperational because of war and siege

GAZA, (PIC)-- The government committee for breaking the siege on Monday warned that a large number of water wells in the Gaza Strip stopped operating due to the Israeli siege that led to the absence of equipment and spare parts needed for the maintenance of pumps and generators.

In a press statement received by the PIC, head of the committee Hamdi Sha’at said that more than 800 water wells out of 2,000 in different parts of Gaza were rendered unoperational or destroyed during the last Israeli war.

Sha’at expressed concern about the negative impacts that might result from the stop of additional water wells on agricultural production and livestock in Gaza.

He appealed to the FAO to urgently intervene to pressure Israel to open Gaza crossings before equipment and spare parts needed to re-operate the wells.

In another context, the Palestinian health ministry reported Monday, in a statement received by the PIC, that the victims of the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza rose to 340 patients after the death of a 53-year-old citizen called Ahmed Al-Sayed who suffered from a chronic heart disease

The statement said that the patient was in urgent need for a surgery to repair coronary arteries of his heart, but the Israeli siege prevented him from traveling outside Gaza to get medical treatment abroad in addition to the absence of special medical appliances used to perform such surgeries in Gaza.