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Gaza's orphans have no choice. THEY make the best of a Life created by Israeli atrocities. They suffer nightmares, bed wetting, psychological trauma, depression, ADHD. Their guardians and teachers grew up in the same situation, they suffer the same effects. It is an endless psychological attack on the 1.7 million inhabitants Spoken language of a prison camp called Gaza. We take note of the fatalities but sometimes we forget the mental and emotional fall out from living under blockade and being under constant threat of attack from land, air or sea. Al-amal Institute for Orphans - Gaza

Gaza's orphans have no choice. THEY make the best of a Life created by Israeli atrocities. They suffer nightmares, bed wetting, psychological trauma, depression, ADHD. Their guardians and teachers grew up in the same situation, they suffer the same effects. It is an endless psychological attack on the 1.7 million inhabitants Spoken language of prison camp called Gaza. We take note of the fatalities but sometimes we forget the mental and emotional fall out from living under blockade and being under constant threat of attack from land, air or sea. 
Al-amal Institute for Orphans - Gaza

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"Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability"

 Arundhati Roy

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No photo I have seen better sums up the reality of Apartheid in the Occupied Territories than this one…!!

No photo I have seen better sums up the reality of Apartheid in the Occupied Territories than this one…!!

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Apartheid exists, Apartheid is not a myth … it is real, it is cruel, it is inhumane, it is wrong … it is up to us to bring it to an end. Are you for it or against it??? Its that simple. The Wall Will Fall. There is no other option…!!

Apartheid exists, Apartheid is not a myth … it is real, it is cruel, it is inhumane, it is wrong … it is up to us to bring it to an end. Are you for it or against it??? Its that simple. 
The Wall Will Fall. There is no other option…!!

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66 years after the Nakba and the expulsion of the majority of Palestine’s inhabitants, the various governmental agencies continue to lay out plots to uproot the Arab residents from their land and homes in the Negev, the Triangle, the Galilee and the mixed cities. 
Haja Um Ahmed, Salwa Zeidan, lives with her family for fifty years at their home in “Alborg” neighborhood - near the eastern gate of Old Acre. In these days “The Acre Development Authority” is trying to evict the family as part of a range of programs and measures to “Judaize” the old city of Acre … We have not forgotten how in 2008 city council members in Acre spoke openly and brazenly about the need to maintain a Jewish majority.

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How hypocritical the US and Israel to claim that the conciliation between Fatah and Hamas and finally reaching unity between the biggest Palestinian parties is against peace. At the same time, whenever Abaas is willing to sign a peace treaty with Israel they cancel and suddenly remember that he does not have Hamas’s support!!!! It tells us that Israel does not want real peace, they are just buying time to build more settlements, occupy more land and force people to leave…!!

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Al Ray - 12 Palestinian citizens have been injured on Wednesday evening in an Israeli drone’s targeting of a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya, Al Ray correspondent reported. 
Shortly later the health ministry spokesman, Dr Ashraf al-Qidra, confired that the number of the wounded rose to 12. 
The drone missile was aimed at the biker, but he survived, and other passers-by, including two children, were wounded, the correspondent said. 
Most of the wounded were taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital in the north and one to Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City due to his serious injury

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Israel Border Police detain 6-year-old child in Hebron

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Tiberias Palestine in 1940

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Israel is the spoiled child of the American empire who has stolen the father’s keys and refuses to heed any advice to put the car back in the family garage.

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Remember your FREEDOM is NOT a privilege but a HUMAN RIGHT..! 

Remember your FREEDOM is NOT a privilege but a HUMAN RIGHT..! 

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'UNLAWFUL COMBATANTS': EXCUSE FOR INDEFINITE DETENTION WITHOUT CHARGEThe right to liberty is one of the pillars of human rights . International law-most significantly, the Geneva Conventions and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - state unequivocally that imprisonment without opportunity for appeal is a breach of the fundamental principles of justice. However, the Israeli occupation has detained Palestinians without charge or trial for years, and attempted to legitimise the practice with the adoption of the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law in 2002.Because the law allows detainees to be held as long as actions labeled as “hostilities against Israel” continue, the government can imprison individuals for an unlimited period of time without trial, since the occupation of Palestinian territories the Israeli government shows no sign of being willing to negotiate a mutually acceptable end. In fact, although Israel ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it stipulated simultaneously that, from the time of its founding in 1948, it has been in a state of emergency that justifies exceptions.Israel’s Unlawful Combatants Law was conceived to enable the state to circumvent a ruling of its Supreme Court in 2000, which ruled illegal the detention of Lebanese men held hostage for more than a decade. Just prior to Israel’s 2008/09 offensive on Gaza, more than 900 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were detained in Israeli prisons, serving sentences for “security” offences and deprived of family visits. During and after the attack, 14 Gazans were detained in Israeli prisons under the Unlawful Combatants Law, with an additional four held even after completing jail sentences.Numerous cases highlight Israel’s use of the law to detain Palestinian citizens who - contrary to Israeli charges of “terrorist affiliations” - have merely been helped by Hamas-sponsored social programs.However, the international community bears responsibility along with the government of Israel. Un-der international law, when a state is unwilling to protect human rights, the global community is charged with preventing continuing violations. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states that each signatory is legally obligated to protect the rights of “everyone” using “international assistance and cooperation.” The international community is therefore responsible not only for holding human rights violators accountable, but also for ensuring that violations do not continue.Israeli legal defence:Three specific laws allow Israel to hold Palestinians indefinitely without trial: the Order Regarding Ad-ministrative Detention, which is part of the military legislation governing the West Bank, the Emergency Powers (Detentions) Law, which applies in Israel and the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law .Israel relied upon the first two laws for many years. The Unlawful Combatants Law was adopted in 2002 - initially to allow the government to imprison Lebanese nationals for use as “bargaining chips” during negotiations for the release of Israeli prisoners of war.Today, however, Israel uses the statute to detain Palestinians.The law in practice :The law allows the chief of staff of the Israeli military to detain any foreign national believed to be “taking part in hostile activity against Israel, directly or indirectly” or “belonging to a force engaged in hostile activity against the State of Israel.” All detainees held under the law are automatically assumed to be a security threat and can be held without charge or trial as long as the hostilities against Israel continue. In other words, the law licenses the military to hold individuals arbitrarily and indefinitely, on the basis of assumption rather than proven guilt. As the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights observed in a 2009 report, “nurses working in a Hamas-funded medical clinic are thus often treated as unlawful combatants and are detained in the same way as a militant engaging in violent attacks. By treating these individuals equally, the law eliminates the distinction between unlawful combatants and civilians. “
‘Unlawful Combatants’Excuse for Indefinite Detention without Charge

'UNLAWFUL COMBATANTS': EXCUSE FOR INDEFINITE DETENTION WITHOUT CHARGE

The right to liberty is one of the pillars of human rights . International law-most significantly, the Geneva Conventions and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - state unequivocally that imprisonment without opportunity for appeal is a breach of the fundamental principles of justice. However, the Israeli occupation has detained Palestinians without charge or trial for years, and attempted to legitimise the practice with the adoption of the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law in 2002.
Because the law allows detainees to be held as long as actions labeled as “hostilities against Israel” continue, the government can imprison individuals for an unlimited period of time without trial, since the occupation of Palestinian territories the Israeli government shows no sign of being willing to negotiate a mutually acceptable end. In fact, although Israel ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it stipulated simultaneously that, from the time of its founding in 1948, it has been in a state of emergency that justifies exceptions.

Israel’s Unlawful Combatants Law was conceived to enable the state to circumvent a ruling of its Supreme Court in 2000, which ruled illegal the detention of Lebanese men held hostage for more than a decade. Just prior to Israel’s 2008/09 offensive on Gaza, more than 900 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were detained in Israeli prisons, serving sentences for “security” offences and deprived of family visits. During and after the attack, 14 Gazans were detained in Israeli prisons under the Unlawful Combatants Law, with an additional four held even after completing jail sentences.
Numerous cases highlight Israel’s use of the law to detain Palestinian citizens who - contrary to Israeli charges of “terrorist affiliations” - have merely been helped by Hamas-sponsored social programs.

However, the international community bears responsibility along with the government of Israel. Un-der international law, when a state is unwilling to protect human rights, the global community is charged with preventing continuing violations. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states that each signatory is legally obligated to protect the rights of “everyone” using “international assistance and cooperation.” The international community is therefore responsible not only for holding human rights violators accountable, but also for ensuring that violations do not continue.

Israeli legal defence:
Three specific laws allow Israel to hold Palestinians indefinitely without trial: the Order Regarding Ad-ministrative Detention, which is part of the military legislation governing the West Bank, the Emergency Powers (Detentions) Law, which applies in Israel and the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law .
Israel relied upon the first two laws for many years. The Unlawful Combatants Law was adopted in 2002 - initially to allow the government to imprison Lebanese nationals for use as “bargaining chips” during negotiations for the release of Israeli prisoners of war.Today, however, Israel uses the statute to detain Palestinians.

The law in practice :
The law allows the chief of staff of the Israeli military to detain any foreign national believed to be “taking part in hostile activity against Israel, directly or indirectly” or “belonging to a force engaged in hostile activity against the State of Israel.” All detainees held under the law are automatically assumed to be a security threat and can be held without charge or trial as long as the hostilities against Israel continue. In other words, the law licenses the military to hold individuals arbitrarily and indefinitely, on the basis of assumption rather than proven guilt. As the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights observed in a 2009 report, “nurses working in a Hamas-funded medical clinic are thus often treated as unlawful combatants and are detained in the same way as a militant engaging in violent attacks. By treating these individuals equally, the law eliminates the distinction between unlawful combatants and civilians. “

‘Unlawful Combatants’Excuse for Indefinite Detention without Charge

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Chris Hedges condemns Israeli Gaza Massacre