Wednesday, 7 July 2010

US breaks nuke treaty by signing deal to guarantee supply of technology to Israel

If anyone had any doubts about the duplicitous and hypocritical nature of US and western policy regarding the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, news from Israel's Army Radio should help clear things up. According to the radio station a secret document has been drawn up between the US and Israel guaranteeing the transfer of nuclear material and technology to Israel from the US. Obama and Netanyahu are meeting in Washington today where they will no doubt refine their plans too bring nuclear winter to Iran.
Israel's Army Radio reported on Wednesday that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries.

According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. more

Settlers grab 42% of land on Palestine's occupied West Bank

B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occcupied Territories, has produced a report highlighting the fact that 42% of the land on the occupied West Bank is now controlled by settlers. The report, By Hook and By Crook: Israel’s Settlement Policy in the West Bank, is available in PDF format here. The UK's Independent newspaper ran a front page splash this morning featuring the report.
Some half a million Israelis are now living over the Green Line: more than 300,000 in 121 settlements and about one hundred outposts, which control 42 percent of the land area of the West Bank, and the rest in twelve neighborhoods that Israel established on land it annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality. The report analyzes the means employed by Israel to gain control of land for building the settlements. In preparing the report, B'Tselem relied on official state data and documents, among them Attorney Talia Sasson’s report on the outposts, the database produced by Brigadier General Baruch Spiegel, reports of the state comptroller, and maps of the Civil Administration.

Report - White phosphorus destroying agricultural land as well as lives

A report from MEMO - Middle East Monitor, flags up the impact of the 3,500 white phosphorus shells that Israel dropped on Gaza. The effects on civilians are known but its long-term impact on agricultural land has not been documented. Gazans now report that trees are wilting, leaves turning yellow and land falling barren where the shells landed.
...However, the effects of white phosphorous have been found to extend to agricultural land and produce. In regions in the East of the Gaza Strip, such as the vicinity of Mount Rais, trees growing in land hit by phosphorous shells have become noticeably yellow in color. Gaza's ministry of agriculture confirmed that after the end of the military operation, it endeavored to prevent farmers growing crops or grazing animals on agricultural that had been shelled. Similarly, it warned against using water from shelled wells. These actions emphasize the belief that Israel used shells containing toxic, carcinogenic and radioactive material which directly affect the environment and render areas hit by such shells, dangerous to human health and to animals.

Many agricultural areas used for cultivating herbs and plants that were hit by Israeli weapons are now barren, or the trees have dried up a lot. On land that was hit by more than one shell, the situation is worse. However, a few months after the war, other effects of these banned weapons started to become evident. New plants and emerging plant shoots began showing genetic mutations such as physical distortions and yellowing. Many farmers also complain of the stunted growth of their agricultural crops, tress erosion and falling branches. Produce has become small and the yield from harvests is low while the situation continues to worsen. more

Daughter of Mossad CO refuses to enlist in Israeli army

Omer Goldman, has had to confront the values of her own family. She is the daughter of the former deputy head of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service and who is still considered one of the most powerful men in the Israeli security system. Omer, without her fathers permission visited a Palestinian town in the West Bank and at a check-point, alongside Palestinians, her supposed enemies, was fired upon by Israeli soldiers. (Thanks Nasser)

New book release: Midnight on the Mavi Marmara - on how pro-Palestine activists became game changers

Available exclusively at WWW.ORBOOKS.COM


The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israeli/Palestine Conflict
Moustafa Bayoumi, Editor

"We have been attacked while in international waters. That means the Israelis have behaved like pirates ... The moment they start to steer this ship towards Israel, we have also been kidnapped. The whole action is illegal."—Henning Mankell, aboard the Gaza Freedom Flotilla

Eastern Mediterranean, Monday, May 31st, 2010, 4.30am: Israeli commandos, boarding from sea and air, attack the six boats of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla as it sails through international waters bringing humanitarian relief to the beleaguered Palestinians of Gaza. Within minutes, nine peace activists are dead, shot by the Israelis. Scores of others are injured. The 700 people on board the ships are arrested before being transported to detention centers in Israel and then deported. Within hours, outrage at Israel's action echoes around the world. Spontaneous demonstrations in Europe, the United States, Turkey, and Gaza itself denounce the attack. Turkey's prime minister describes it as a "bloody massacre" and "state terrorism." Lebanon's prime minister calls it "a dangerous and crazy step that will exacerbate tensions in the region." In these pages, a range of activists, journalists, and analysts piece together the events that occurred that June night, unpicking their meanings for Israel's illegal, three-year-long blockade of Gaza and the decades-long Israel/Palestine conflict more generally. Mixing together first-hand testimony, documentary record, and illustration, with hard-headed analysis and historical overview, Midnight on the Mavi Marmara reveals why the attack on Gaza Freedom Flotilla may just turn out to be Israel's Selma, Alabama: the beginning of the end for an apartheid Palestine.

Contributors include: Omar Barghouti, Max Blumenthal, Juan Cole, Sara Roy, Norman Finkelstein, Glenn Greenwald, Rashid Khalidi, Alia Malek , Lubna Masarwa and Raja Shehadeh.

Film courtesy of Cultures of Resistance

IDF destroys more Gaza farm land in raid near Beit Hanun

As part of its ongoing campaign of maintaining a defacto no-go area for Palestinian farmers along the border, the IDF today raided near Beit Hanun in northern Gaza wusing bulldozers and tanks. Witnesses report the tanks produced thick smoke and agricultural land was destroyed - which seems the only point of these excursions. No casualties have been reported.