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No, Israel Does Not Have the Right to Self-Defense

air-strikeby Noura Erakat

On the fourth day of Israel's most recent onslaught against Gaza's Palestinian population, President Barack Obama declared, “No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.” In an echo of Israeli officials, he sought to frame  Israel's aerial missile strikes against the 360-square kilometer Strip as the just use of armed force against a foreign country. Israel's ability to frame its assault against territory it occupies as a right of self-defense turns international law on its head.

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Justice and Peace as Defined by the Jewish State

Israeli United Nations Ambassador Ron Prosor speaks at a meeting of the General Assembly“As for the rights of Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today, no decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel." -Ron Prosor, United Nations Ambassador from Israel, November 29, 2012

In today’s world a tragic hero is a representative figure who stands before us as one speaking for his people, an Ambassador if you will, addressing the citizens of the world at the United Nations, enunciating the beliefs and demands of his nation as they must confront an event of great magnitude that appears to represent a reversal of their fortunes.

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Israeli Settlement Construction Fallout

Israeli SettlementNetanyahu's E1 Ma'aleh Adumin settlement construction announcement drew considerable flack. What it means remains to be seen. Palestinian rights have been spurned for decades. Expect little change now.

At issue is separating the West Bank from Jerusalem, Judaizing the entire city, surrounding Palestinian urban areas with encroaching Israeli settlements, and allegedly preventing a two-state solution no longer possible with or without E1 development.

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The Terrorist Patsies from Sauerland, Germany

germanyby Elias Davidsson

On September 4, 2007, a contingent of approximately 300 special police forces raided a house in a small village in Germany’s Sauerland region and arrested three young men, suspected by the authorities of planning a terrorist attack.1 Those arrested were Fritz Gelowicz 2 and Daniel Schneider 3, reported to have converted to Islam before reaching the age of 20 years, as well as Adem Yilmaz, a German Muslim of Turkish origin. A fourth alleged accomplice, Attila Selek, of German-Turkish origin,4 was arrested in Konya (Turkey) in November 2007. 5 Selek’s arrest was timed to occur after a journalist of the German weekly Der Spiegel finished interviewing him in a shopping center.

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Iraqi Children Genocide

Iraqi ChildrenDuring the summer of 1991 I was contacted on behalf of several Mothers in Iraq whose children were dying at astounding rates because of the genocidal economic sanctions that had been imposed upon them by the Security Council in August of 1990 at the behest of the Bush Senior administration. They requested that I do something in order to save these innocent children from perishing in agony in front of their mothers’ very own eyes.

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