Thursday, September 21, 2006

From Samer al-Batal in Beirut
Who wrote all of the following commentary

Two human-rights reports on Israeli conduct during the war:

Deliberate destruction or ‘collateral damage’? Israeli attacks on civilian infrastructure
By Amnesty International

Fatal strikes: Israel’s indiscriminate attacks against civilians in Lebanon (.pdf file)
By Human Rights Watch

British journalist Jonathan Cook, based in Nazareth, finds fault with HRW, with senior researcher Peter Boukaert in particular, claiming that the integrity of their reporting was compromised, presumably due to pressure by pro-Israeli organisations’ hostile posturing. In his remarks, Cook goes over points such as Israel effectively using its own citizens as human shields, something that wasn’t given much media attention, partly due to military censorship at the time.

Israeli myths
Jonathan Cook on media deception following the war. He also illustrates with recently unfolding examples the Israeli government’s unequal treatment of its own citizens.

Terrorists assassinate Swedish aristocrat*
In remembrance: grandson of His late Highness Oscar II of Sweden, Count Folke Bernadotte (more), a friend to Jewish victims of the Second World War, he was murdered 58 years ago at the hands of the Stern Gang.

Amongst those who gave the green light for this act was a former prime minister of Israel: Yitzhak Shamir.
On 16 September 1948, Swedish Count Folke Bernadotte, the United Nations Mediator for Palestine, submitted his progress report to the United Nations. It contained what he described as "seven basic premises" regarding the situation in Palestine. In the one headed "Right of Repatriation," he declared: "The right of innocent people, uprooted from their homes by the present terror and ravages of war, to return to their homes, should be affirmed and made effective, with assurance of adequate compensation for the property of those who may choose not to return.... [N]o settlement can be just and complete if recognition is not accorded to the right of the Arab refugee to return to the home from which he has been dislodged. It will be an offence against the principles of elemental justice if these innocent victims of the conflict were denied the right of return to their homes while Jewish immigrants flow into Palestine..."
Gode Gud, ge hans själ ro.

(Mia, what did he say? I’m guessing ‘Good God, may he rest in peace’. Amen.)

*His father’s marriage was not approved of by the king, and he lost his right of succession.

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