Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Breaking news: Israel used disproportionate force during war on Gaza says UN report


Israel used disproportionate force during Gaza war, UN report finds. More as it comes in. Unfortunately the UN's perverse notion of 'balance' has also led Goldstone to conclude that Palestinians fighting back with a fraction of the firepower of Israel also committed war crimes by firing unguided rockets at civilian areas. But that means that every western power that has been engaged in modern warfare is also guilty of committing war crimes.

Leaving this nonsense aside, the 600-page reports central finding against Israel is going to make it harder for the Israelis to keep trumpeting the humanitarian virtues of the 'most moral army in the world' as they like to refer to the murderers on land, sea and air that are the misnamed Israel Defence Forces.

Latest from AP:
The United Nations says the investigation led by former South African judge Richard Goldstone (pictured above) concluded that "Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity," during its Dec. 27-Jan. 18 military operations in the Palestinian territories.

The global body said the report released Tuesday "concludes there is also evidence that Palestinian armed groups committed war crimes, as well as possibly crimes against humanity," by firing rockets into southern Israel.

Israel refused to cooperate with the investigation, saying the U.N. Human Rights Council that ordered it was biased against the Jewish state.

Shoe thrower against western imperialism al-Zaidi released after being tortured

Muntazer continues to live in fear of his life after his release by the Iraqi puppet government. He is now a national and international hero. Among the many well-wishers and gift-givers, Chavez has offered him $100,000. May George Bush (both of them) rot in hell. Link to video here
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush has marked his release from jail by angrily defending his action and claiming he was tortured after his arrest.

Muntazer al-Zaidi's supporters and family gave him a rapturous welcome, sacrificing six sheep to mark his release and hanging laurels of flowers around his neck.

Wearing an Iraqi flag, Zaidi gave a detailed account of being tortured after his arrest, and vowed to reveal the names of senior officials in the Iraqi government and army who he said had been involved in his mistreatment.
Iraqi shoe-thrower released in Baghdad Link to this audio

Appearing with a missing front tooth, he told of beatings, whippings and electric shocks after his arrest. He said he now feared for his life, and believed US intelligence agents would chase after him.

more at the Guardian