Thursday, July 02, 2009

Israel defends itself against children's toys by arresting a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

The bravery of the Israeli armed forces reached new heights this week as a boat delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza - including medical supplies and children's toys - was captured and its passengers and crew - among them former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and 1977 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mairead Maguire - were arrested. They are still being detained in Israel.

The International Committee of the Red Cross earlier this week described the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza as people "trapped in despair" as a result of Israel's blockade. Obviously its vital for Israel's self-defence that Gazans don't get medical aid and their kids don't have toys.

More on the Free Gaza boat here.

Elsewhere, Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director of Human Rights Watch, has an excellent op-ed in the LA Times in which she cuts through some of the crap regarding the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" and locates the bottom line:

"The debate over Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories is often framed in terms of whether they should be “frozen” or allowed to grow “naturally.” But that is akin to asking whether a thief should be allowed merely to keep his ill-gotten gains or steal some more. It misses the most fundamental point: Under international law, all settlements on occupied territory are unlawful. And there is only one remedy: Israel should dismantle them, relocate the settlers within its recognized 1967 borders and compensate Palestinians for the losses the settlements have caused."

Read the whole article here.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Baileys said...

thank you for posting this david :-)

M.

Friday, July 03, 2009 3:09:00 AM  
Blogger joe90 kane said...

A great title to your blog article DD.

With referencer to balloons, I thought the DD might appreciate this email from the Israeli Embassy in Dublin to a member of a messege board I am a member of -
Idiotic response from Israeli Embassy in Dublin FW: Piracy by Israel
JustPeaceUK
Yahoo Messege Board
01 July 2009

all the best

ps
Just to let you know,
the blog owner of The Heathlander is also member of JPUK, which you might have noticed from the thread above - I believe they are a fellow contributor of your good self on the Media Lens Messege Board

Sunday, July 05, 2009 7:26:00 PM  

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