April 23, 2014
EI: Young Palestinian dad died from Israeli torture, forensic expert says

A mourning relative clutches a portrait of Arafat Jaradat in the West Bank village of Sair, 25 February 2013.

(Mamoun Wazwaz / APA images)

An internationally renowned expert on torture says that evidence confirms that a young Palestinian died of injuries he sustained in Israeli custody due to torture.

Arafat Jaradat, a 33-year-old father of two, died on 23 February 2013 in Israel’s Megiddo Prison where he was being interrogated by the Shin Bet secret police.

As Haaretz reported, Jaradat was arrested on the night of 18 February 2013 on suspicion that he had thrown stones and a Molotov cocktail at Israeli occupation forces: “It was a bit after midnight and everyone in the house – he himself, his wife Dalal, his four-year-old daughter Yaara and two-year-old son Mohammed – was sleeping, as was his brother Mohammed, who lives in the same building. The soldiers, ten or 12 of them, burst into the home and behaved with rare courtesy. They asked for identity cards and when Arafat gave them his, they told him to say goodbye to his family and come with them for detention. His small children, Yaara and Mohammed, clung to his legs but the soldiers promised them their father would be home soon.”

He never did come home.

Autopsy: torture

Israel claimed Jaradat died of “natural” causes, but human rights groups and family members said the horrific injuries on his body indicated he had been severely beaten, a finding supported by the autopsy carried out by Dr. Saber al-Aloul, a forensic medicine specialist and director of the Palestinian Medico-Legal Institute, along with two Israeli pathologists.

Al-Aloul’s autopsy report concluded that Jaradat died due to “nervous shock as a result of extreme pain from the intensity of the injuries … which resulted from multiple direct and extensive acts of torture.”

Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups jointly condemned Jaradat’s death and urged an international investigation.

“Blunt trauma”

Now, in an 8 April joint statement, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and Al-Haq have released the findings of Dr. Sebnem Korur Fincanci, a forensic medicine specialist with three decades of experience.

The human rights groups say:

Dr. Korur Fincanci, relying on the autopsy data and analysis provided by the Israeli forensic authorities and pointing to the various bruises visible in the pictures taken of the corpse by the Palestinian police prior to burial, concludes that the autopsy findings actually “are indicative for blunt trauma with a long and thick object” and are not consistent with resuscitation efforts. The immediate cause of death is lung edema leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome, both of which “are highly consistent with timing of previous injuries that should be within 1-3 days prior to his death.” Dr. Korur Fincanci’s findings dispute Israel’s official expert opinion, which stated the cause of death as “natural.” The Palestinian forensic expert concluded that Mr. Jaradat’s death is attributable to torture.

Korur Fincanci contributed to the drafting of the “Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” – generally known as the Istanbul Protocol – which, the statement notes, “is an official and internationally authoritative United Nations document.”

She has been called on in numerous cases such as the exhumation of mass graves in Bosnia, as well as to investigate alleged cases of torture in Bahrain. Korur Fincanci has also been at the forefront of training others in forensic medicine.

Korur Fincanci was in Israel to give expert testimony in court hearings on Jaradat’s killing that are being held in secret due to officially imposed censorship banning the media from reporting on them.

Megiddo Prison: model for America?

As previously reported by The Electronic Intifada, Megiddo Prison, where Jaradat was killed, is an interrogation facility equipped by the British-Danish multinational prisoner profiteering firm G4S.

As I note in my book The Battle for Justice in Palestine, Megiddo Prison is also where Israel takes delegations of US law enforcement officials to showcase its supposed “security” expertise.

In October 2012, for instance, the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange took senior police officials from the New York, Los Angeles and Houston police departments on a junket which included visits to various Israeli occupation installations and forces including specifically Megiddo Prison.

Commander Richard Webb of the Los Angeles Police Department, one of the participants, claimed: “My experiences in meeting with the various [Israeli] experts and leaders confirm they not only are experts, they are pragmatic and collaborative. Equally as important they do their duties while vigilantly protecting human rights. I will take many lessons I learned back to Los Angeles.”

The abuse and torture of Palestinians in Israeli detention, including of children and of women, is a pervasive practice, according to human rights organizations.

April 22, 2014
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Thousands of people in South Sudan have been killed in violence and more than one million people have been forced to leave their homes since December when pro-Kiir troops and those loyal to Machar began to fight along ethnic lines.

The UN’s mission in South Sudan said on Monday hundreds of civilians were killed or wounded after rebel forces took control of the capital of the oil-producing Unity state last week.

Toby Lanzer, the UN’s top humanitarian official in South Sudan, said in Twitter posts late on Sunday that there were shocking scenes of atrocities, with “bodies of people executed” lying in Bentiu’s streets.

Lanzer told Al Jazeera on Monday that people “associated with the opposition” had used an FM radio station to broadcast hate speech in the town.

"With hate speech and violence continuing as they are, we’re going to have an even greater catastrophe on our hands at the end of this year," Lanzer said.
“I think the saddest testament to the current situation is that we have had members of all communities, even those accused of perpetrating these crimes, fleeing to the UN base,” he said.

"We had 5,000 civilians a week ago in our base, now we have 22,000 people. We have just one litre of portable water per person for today.

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/04/s-sudan-rebel-leader-rejects-massacre-claims-201442123304826564.html

South Sudan… The next Rwanda?

April 19, 2014
madlovaforlife:

A Palestinian Resistance fighter in Ramallah during an Israeli incursion, 2002. 

madlovaforlife:

A Palestinian Resistance fighter in Ramallah during an Israeli incursion, 2002. 

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April 18, 2014

geeksquadgangbang:

Sarah Silverman is visited by Jesus Christ to discuss reproductive rights

also http://ladypartsjustice.com/

please leave these source/information links intact.

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April 15, 2014
Italian “expo” will showcase Israeli propaganda

Ah yes… the propaganda of genocidal occupiers

March 31, 2014
Venezuela: Amnesty lets down human rights defenders | Green Left Weekly

amodernmanifesto:

In a recent article, Amnesty International accused the Venezuelan government of a “witch hunt” when a right-wing opposition mayor Daniel Ceballos was arrested.

However, Amnesty has yet to use such strong language against the five weeks of human rights violations people in Venezuela have suffered at the hands of violent opposition sectors. The “witch hunt” term demonises the people’s right to bring such criminals to justice.

In its March 20 statement, “Venezuela: Arrest of local mayor signals potential ‘witch hunt’”, Amnesty says Ceballos, mayor of San Cristobal, capital of Tachira state on the Colombian border, was arrested for his “alleged involvement in anti-government protests … authorities in Venezuela seem to be setting the scene for a witch hunt against opposition leaders”.

It is important to counter the horrendous distortions contained in this article, because the private media will quote its positions as fact. Articles like this embolden the criminals and coup participants who are among opposition leaders. It also makes it harder for those of us who have suffered from opposition violence to demand arrests, and authorities to carry them out.

March 23, 2014
Britain: Thousands demand 'people's budget', protest fresh austerity | Green Left Weekly

amodernmanifesto:

Thousands of people protested against British Conservative Chancellor George Osborne’s budget on March 19, the Morning Star said the next day. The protests were part of a national day of action called by the People’s Assembly.

Across Britain, there were marches, rallies and festivals demanding a people’s budget for Britain.

Before the protests, People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn said Osboure, “will be announcing another round of cuts and privatisation, demonstrating that despite the so-called recovery, the government remains committed to dismantling the welfare state and all gains working people have fought for”.

Among other measures, the People’s Assembly has called for the guarantee of a living wage, rent controls, the creation of green jobs, more affordable housing and taxes on empty properties and bankers’ bonuses.

It has also called for the government to consider cuts to the 100 billion pound Trident nuclear missile replacement program.

Fairbairn said the success of a petition for a people’s budget, with 2000 signatures on its first day, showed the strength of opposition to the austerity of the Conservative-Liberal Democratic coalition government.

Poverty levels have soared since the coalition came to power, with ballooning food, rent and energy costs and frozen salaries crushing households.

“This is the year that we have the opportunity to give the knockout blow to this weak government,” Fairbairn said. “After today we all need to make sure the People’s Assembly national demonstration on June 21 is massive.”

March 23, 2014

marxvx:

Police and protesters clashed in Madrid on Saturday during widespread demonstrations against austerity measures by the Spanish government. The anarchosyndicalist Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT-AIT) was active in the orchestrating Saturday’s actions.

[source: cnt]

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March 20, 2014
ppaction:

Abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is rare, and often happens under tragic circumstances where women need every medical option available to them. When politicians push 20-week bans like they’re doing right now in West Virginia, they’re distorting that reality for the sake of their political and ideological agendas.
This week, a new poll shows that the majority of West Virginia voters agree: Legislators don’t belong in women’s personal health decisions, and extreme bills like this aren’t the right priority. 

ppaction:

Abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is rare, and often happens under tragic circumstances where women need every medical option available to them. When politicians push 20-week bans like they’re doing right now in West Virginia, they’re distorting that reality for the sake of their political and ideological agendas.

This week, a new poll shows that the majority of West Virginia voters agree: Legislators don’t belong in women’s personal health decisions, and extreme bills like this aren’t the right priority. 

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March 17, 2014
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Israel is employing “punitive measures” against six Palestinian prisoners who are on hunger strike, according to a statement published by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), a Geneva-based human rights network.

Four of the men are being held in administrative detention, a draconian practice that allows the Israeli occupation authorities to detain Palestinians without charges on “secret evidence.” Akram Fasisi, Waheed Abu Maria and Muammar Banat have been on hunger strike since 9 January and Ameer Shammas started on 11 January.

According to Israeli Military Order 1651, Palestinians can be detained in administrative detention for up to six months without charges. In practice, however, military courts regularly rubber-stamp requests to renew the orders, effectively enabling Israel to detain Palestinians indefinitely without ever charging them.

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Patrick Strickland for EI

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