"The Mission did not find any evidence to support the allegations that hospital facilities were used by the Gaza authorities or by Palestinian armed groups to shield military activities or that ambulances were used to transport combatants or for other military purposes."

Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, section 36, Oct 2009.

http://unispal.un.org/unispal.nsf/2f86ce183126001f85256cef0073ccce/7762c5ef0b1dea24852576650053d1aa?OpenDocument

"Do you believe in Israel’s right to exist?"

Time and again this is raised by propagandists, spokespeople, and supporters of the Israeli government. If ‘yes’, everything else is allowed. If ‘no’….

So maybe the time has now come to seriously consider this one.

Firstly, let’s remember that Jews, Arabs and Christians lived as citizens of the state of Palestine for centuries (albeit under different types of imperialist rule, but let’s park that one). So we’re actually talking about the constitution, laws, and actions of the Israeli government and nothing else.

On that, I don’t believe that the government of an apartheid state with different laws for different citizens, brought about by acts of terrorism and the forced expulsion of a population who’d been there for generations, which holds nuclear weapons illegally, and which commit acts of war, piracy, kidnapping, torture, murder and other breaches of human rights on a regular basis should be allowed to continue in the way it does.

In the same way that the apartheid state of South Africa needed international condemnation and actions to finally force the creation of a  different and more democratic constitution (including the redefining of borders, such as the so-called ‘black homelands’).

‘Existence’ alone doesn’t justify the continuing atrocities and war crimes being committed by the powerful and oppressive apartheid state of Israel. 

"We are not numbers, we are human beings."

— Riyad Mansour, Palestinian ambassador to the UN, 22nd Jul ‘14.

Just in case the BBC forgets to report it before the day (or  on the day) (or after the day).

Just in case the BBC forgets to report it before the day (or  on the day) (or after the day).

"r>g"

Thomas Piketty, Capital In The 21st Century.

ie the return on capital (r) over time  has been consistently greater than the rate of growth of capitalist economies (g), so the wealthy gain a disproportionately higher share of economic output, in turn resulting in a continuing concentration of wealth and inequality. 

"I think it’s important that Jewish people who have a public profile speak out to say that this is not being done in our name. All the time we hear from Israeli spokespeople that they are angry with the people they have murdered for making them murder them. It is the psychology of the murderer, it is the psychology of the rapist, it is the psychology of the bully. That’s what Israel is in this situation."

Alexi Sayle, 2009.

http://stopwar.org.uk/news/israel-is-now-the-psychopathic-jimmy-savile-of-nation-states-says-alexei-sayle#.U8Yv3_ldXOf

"What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day” said Pooh."

— A.A Milne

Tags: Pooh Today

"The imprisonment of the Cuban Five has been a stain on the human rights record of the US for 15 years"

— Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUC

Something to share…
It appears that Stan O’Neil wants to be forgotten. Or at least a BBC blog article about his failures as chairman of Merrill Lynch. Using EU rules on search engines.
Robert Peston’s article about his earlier article:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28130581
The article Google has almost forgotten:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/thereporters/robertpeston/2007/10/merrills_mess.html

Something to share…

It appears that Stan O’Neil wants to be forgotten. Or at least a BBC blog article about his failures as chairman of Merrill Lynch. Using EU rules on search engines.

Robert Peston’s article about his earlier article:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-28130581

The article Google has almost forgotten:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/legacy/thereporters/robertpeston/2007/10/merrills_mess.html

"Joshu asked the teacher Nansen ‘Is Death an end or a beginning?’ Nansen thought for a moment, replied ‘How badly do you want to know?’"

— Curtis the Trappist, in ‘Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody’ by Michael Gerber