Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 08:25:26 PM EST
Israeli forces strip, abduct dozens of Palestinian men
Seven men were reportedly shot dead by Israeli troops for not complying with the soldiers' orders fast enough
Civilians make up 61% of Gaza deaths from airstrikes, Israeli study finds | The Guardian - 1 day old |
The aerial bombing campaign by Israel in Gaza is the most indiscriminate in terms of civilian casualties in recent years, a study published by an Israeli newspaper has found.
The analysis in Haaretz came as Israeli forces fought to consolidate their control of northern Gaza on Saturday, bombing the Shejaiya district of Gaza City, while also conducting airstrikes on Rafah, a town on the southern border with Egypt where the Israeli army has told people in Gaza to take shelter.
Haaretz published an analysis by Yagil Levy, a sociology professor at the Open University of Israel, which found that in three earlier campaigns in Gaza, in the period from 2012-22, the ratio of civilian deaths to the total of those killed in airstrikes hovered at about 40%. That ratio declined to 33% in a bombing campaign earlier this year, called Operation Shield and Arrow.
In the first three weeks of the current operation, Swords of Iron, the civilian proportion of total deaths rose to 61%, in what Levy described as "unprecedented killing". The ratio is significantly higher than the civilian toll in all the conflicts around the world during the 20th century, in which civilians accounted for about half the dead.
"The broad conclusion is that extensive killing of civilians not only contributes nothing to Israel's security, but that it also contains the foundations for further undermining it," Levy concluded. "The Gazans who will emerge from the ruins of their homes and the loss of their families will seek revenge that no security arrangements will be able to withstand."
The study confirms an investigation 10 days ago by two other Israeli news sites, +972 Magazine and Local Call, which found Israel was deliberately targeting residential blocks to cause mass civilian casualties in the hope people would turn on their Hamas rulers. The figures will make uneasy reading for the Biden administration, which is facing global criticism and isolation for vetoing a UN security council vote for a ceasefire on Friday.
U.S. 'losing a tremendous amount of credibility in the Arab world,' ex-Egyptian minister says | CNBC - 6 Dec. 2023 |
The current conflict in Gaza should provide a
wake-up call death blow to politicians in Washington, D.C, according to a former Egyptian foreign minister, who questioned the U.S.′ role in the region and the wider world.
The United States has been very vocal about the latest Israel-Hamas war, with President Joe Biden saying he will continue to support Israel's campaign against the Palestinian militant group.
It comes amid heavy international criticism of Israel's bombardment of the territory following the Oct. 7 terror attacks by Hamas, which were also widely condemned.
Former Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy told CNBC that the U.S. is "losing a tremendous amount of credibility in the Arab world."
Gaza Genocide Biden Confronted by America's Past
IDF soldiers film themselves abusing, humiliating West Bank Palestinians | TOI - 1 Nov. 2023 |
Army investigating footage of soldiers hitting and mistreating detainees, amid mounting tensions and rising settler violence
Dozens of pictures and videoclips have emerged over the past week showing IDF soldiers abusing and humiliating Palestinians apprehended in the West Bank, often while they are blindfolded and handcuffed.
In one of the most brutal videos, which has been blurred, IDF soldiers filmed themselves as they abused seven West Bank laborers who were caught as they attempted to enter Israel without a permit, in an area south of the South Hebron hills.
The footage shows the Palestinian men stripped naked or half-naked, blindfolded and handcuffed, and screaming in pain. One of them is being dragged on the ground.
A screenshot from the video shows a soldier stepping with his boot on the head of one of the Palestinians, while another is pointing a weapon at him.
In another scene of violence caught on camera, a soldier kicks a blindfolded Palestinian man in the stomach, then spits on him and insults him in Arabic.
In one instance, a religious Jewish reserve soldier hugs a blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian on the shoulders, and dances with him in circles while he plays religious music on his phone. He asks him, "Why don't you dance" as the blindfolded man loses his balance.
America War on Terror and Abuse Human Rights
U.N. Rights Monitor for Afghanistan Ousted Under U.S. Pressure | Posted by Dean Pajevic - Apr 25, 2005 |
"The camp looked like the Nazi camps that I saw in films ... Lying on the floor of the compound, all night I would hear the screams of others in the rooms above us, as they were tortured and interrogated." - A Libyan on his detention in Afghanistan, Democracy Now!
They do whatever they want, don't they. Their contempt for the U.N. has no bounds. Just days after Cherif Bassiouni -- a Chicago law professor and the U.N.'s human rights investigator in Afghanistan -- issued a critical report, the U.S. forced the U.N. to fire Bassiouni and to eliminate his position. From Amnesty International ....
United Nations developing R2P doctrine ... practicing what we preach.
Humanity and National Security: The Law of Mass Atrocity Response Operations | by Keith A. Petty U.S. Army JAG Corps - 2013 |
Implementing R2P doctrine by military force for (Kosovo) and regime change in Libya 🇱🇾 and Syria 🇸🇾 .