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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Israel plans to construct 500 new settlement units on occupied lands.

An Israeli settlement in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) is seen on August 11, 2011.

The Israel regime says it plans to construct hundreds of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank despite international opposition.

An Israeli committee is set to give the go-ahead for the constructions in the settlement of Shilo, near the northern Palestinian city of Nablus. The committee "will meet today to approve [the] construction of 500 units," civil administration spokesman Guy Inbar said on Wednesday. It will also legalize more than 200 units built earlier without an Israeli permit, some in a nearby settler outpost of Shvut Rachel, “for humanitarian reasons,” Inbar claimed.

Israel continues its settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories despite condemnation from the international community. The settlements are considered illegal under international law and the international community has never recognized the legality of the move. Thousands of Israelis have been living in a dozen settlement neighborhoods since Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in 1967.

Meanwhile, Israel has intensified the demolition of Palestinian homes in the West Bank. A new report released by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' (OCHA) said that the number of Palestinian homes ruined by Israel in the West Bank dramatically increased in 2011. According to the report, more than 1,100 Palestinians, including children and women, in the West Bank were displaced last year, marking an 80-percent increase from 2010, due to the demolition of their homes by Israelis. 

The report echoes a recent statement released by over 20 groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam International at the end of 2011.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

US in Violation of Geneva in Afghanistan.

Mass Child Freezing Deaths, Proof of Mass Starvation : By Ralph Lopez

February 20, 2012 "War Is A Crime" -- A little known aspect of World War II history is that immediately after the end of major hostilities, as Europe lay in ruins, millions of Germans in Ally-occupied Germany and people in other Axis nations descended into a spiral of humanitarian crisis, and faced the specter of mass starvation as Allies bickered over the spoils of war. After a particularly harsh winter in 1946 - 1947, Assistant Secretary of State William Clayton reported to Washington that "millions of people are slowly starving." With the infrastructure ruined, and with a shortage of coal, many Germans froze to death.

Finally President Harry Truman was persuaded by General George Marshall to implement the Marshall Plan, by which million of tons in assistance was delivered to populations by the Allies. Marshall warned that "The patient is sinking while the doctors deliberate." Truman understood that there would be no more fertile ground for left-leaning ideologies to take hold than in populations which were cold, hungry, and hopeless. In 1949, at the Fourth Geneva Convention, the responsibilities of an "occupying power" were recognized as a part of international law, to remain in effect as long as the occupier was the true and final authority in the client country, regardless of the nominal existence of a new, indigenous national government.

Article 55 of the Geneva Conventions states:

"To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate...."

Article 59:

"If the whole or part of the population of an occupied territory is inadequately supplied, the Occupying Power shall agree to relief schemes on behalf of the said population, and shall facilitate them by all the means at its disposal. Such schemes, which may be undertaken either by States or by impartial humanitarian organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, shall consist, in particular, of the provision of consignments of foodstuffs, medical supplies and clothing."

And Article 60 insured that even if civilian relief efforts are underway:

"Relief consignments shall in no way relieve the Occupying Power of any of its responsibilities under Articles 55, 56 and 59."