Le case farmaceutiche israeliane testano farmaci sui prigionieri palestinesi.

La professoressa israeliana Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian ha rivelato ieri che le autorità di occupazione israeliane rilasciano permessi a grandi aziende farmaceutiche per effettuare test su prigionieri palestinesi e arabi, ha riferito Felesteen.ps.

continua Le case farmaceutiche israeliane testano farmaci sui prigionieri palestinesi. — Notizie dal Mondo

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Pope Francis criticizes Western interference in Middle East, Africa

Pope Francis has criticized Western powers for attempting to export democracy to countries in the Middle East and Africa without paying attention to local political cultures. The pontiff was speaking to the French Catholic newspaper, La Croix.

Faced with current Islamist terrorism, we should question the way a model of democracy that was too Western was exported to countries where there was a strong power, as in Iraq, or Libya, where there was a tribal structure,” the pontiff .

We cannot advance without taking these cultures into account. As a Libyan said some time ago: ‘We used to have one Gaddafi, now we have 50 of them!’” he added, pointing to how Western interference influenced the states he mentioned.

Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed back in 2011, during an uprising that resulted in the Libyan Civil War, with NATO’s military intervention bringing about the government’s downfall.

he pontiff has often discussed Western policies, or “cultural colonialism” as he put it, criticizing these policies for attempting to impose Western values in exchange for financial aid.

As to the roots of these Western policies, the pontiff claims they barely stem from Christian values, as Europe has always been multicultural – and therefore multi-religious.

We must talk about the roots in plural because there are so many of them. When I hear about the Christian roots of Europe, I sometimes fear the tone, which can be triumphalist or vengeful. This then becomes colonialism.

Europe, yes, has Christian roots, but in a spirit of service and washing of feet. The duty of Christianity for Europe is the service. And not colonization.

Speaking of the increasing number of migrants from Middle Eastern countries flooding Europe, Pope Francis said EU countries should treat immigrants better, touting the election of the new Muslim mayor of London as a successful step to take immigrants out of their cultural and social “ghetto.”

Sorgente: Pope Francis criticizes Western interference in Middle East, Africa — RT News

Switzerland Partly Lifts Ban on Middle East Arms Exports

The Swiss Federal Council has partially lifted a ban on arms exports to Middle Eastern countries in place since last year, local media reported Wednesday.

In March 2015, the Swiss government suspended arms supply deals with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in response to violence escalation in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition had begun conducting air strikes against Houthi rebels.

Sorgente: Switzerland Partly Lifts Ban on Middle East Arms Exports

Iran censures US for blocking Middle East nuclear-weapons-free zone conference

The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has censured the United States for postponing an international conference on the proposal to declare the Middle East a nuclear-weapons-free zone, Press TV reports.

On Friday, Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh accused the US and Israel of creating an impasse over the conference, which was supposed to be held in Helsinki in mid-December 2012.

“The unilateral decision by the United States for the postponement of this important conference is a serious setback to the NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), and disregard for a unanimous decision, which was made [at the] NPT [review conference] in 2010 in New York,” Soltanieh said.

On November 23, 2012, Victoria Nuland, who was the spokeswoman of the US State Department at the time, said in an apparent allusion to Israel that Washington “would not support a conference, in which any regional state would be subject to pressure or isolation.”

“The United States regrets to announce that the conference cannot be convened because of present conditions in the Middle East and the fact that states in the region have not reached agreement on acceptable conditions for a conference,” Nuland added.

Since 1958, when Israel began building its Dimona plutonium- and uranium-processing facility in the Negev desert, it has secretly manufactured numerous nuclear warheads, making it the only player in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons.

Former US President Jimmy Carter has attested to the existence of the Israeli nuclear arsenal, which he says consists of 200 to 300 warheads.

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thanks to: PressTV

My Neighbourhood

Synopsis

Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading a campaign of court-sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area.

Shortly after their displacement, Mohammed’s family and other residents begin peacefully protesting against the evictions, determined not to lose their homes for good. In a surprising turn, they are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters who are horrified to see what is being done in their name. Among them is Jewish West Jerusalem resident Zvi Benninga and his sister Sara, who develop a strong relationship with Mohammed and his family as they take on a leading role in organizing the protests.

Through their personal stories, My Neighbourhood goes beyond the sensational headlines that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem and captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for a shared future in the city.

My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed as he comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension and remarkable cooperation in his backyard. Highlighting Mohammed’s own reactions to the highly volatile situation, reflections from family members and other evicted residents, accounts of Israeli protesters and interviews with Israeli settlers, the film chronicles the resolve of a neighbourhood and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places.

My Neighbourhood is directed and produced by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who documented Mohammed’s story over two years, and acclaimed filmmaker Julia Bacha. It is the latest production by Just Vision, an award-winning team of Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American filmmakers, journalists and human rights advocates dedicated to telling the stories of Israelis and Palestinians working nonviolently to achieve security, freedom and peace in the region.

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Amira Hass: The anti-Semitism that goes unreported

18 July 2012
By Amira Hass, Haaretz – 18 July 2012
Tens of thousands of people live in the shadow of terror

Here’s a statistic that you won’t see in research on anti-Semitism, no matter how meticulous the study is. In the first six months of the year, 154 anti-Semitic assaults have been recorded, 45 of them around one village alone. Some fear that last year’s record high of 411 attacks – significantly more than the 312 attacks in 2010 and 168 in 2009 – could be broken this year.

Fifty-eight incidents were recorded in June alone, including stone-throwing targeting farmers and shepherds, shattered windows, arson, damaged water pipes and water-storage facilities, uprooted fruit trees and one damaged house of worship. The assailants are sometimes masked, sometimes not; sometimes they attack surreptitiously, sometimes in the light of day.

There were two violent attacks a day, in separate venues, on July 13, 14 and 15. The words “death” and “revenge” have been scrawled in various areas; a more original message promises that “We will yet slaughter.”

It’s no accident that the diligent anti-Semitism researchers have left out this data. That’s because they don’t see it as relevant, since the Semites who were attacked live in villages with names like Jalud, Mughayer and At-Tuwani, Yanun and Beitilu. The daily dose of terrorizing (otherwise known as terrorism ) that is inflicted on these Semites isn’t compiled into a neat statistical report, nor is it noticed by most of the Jewish population in Israel and around the world – even though the incidents resemble the stories told by our grandparents.

The day our grandparents feared was Sunday, the Christian Sabbath; the Semites, who are not of interest to the researchers monitoring anti-Semitism, fear Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. Our grandparents knew that the order-enforcement authorities wouldn’t intervene to help a Jewish family under attack; we know that the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Police, the Civil Administration, the Border Police and the courts all stand on the sidelines, closing their eyes, softballing investigations, ignoring evidence, downplaying the severity of the acts, protecting the attackers, and giving a boost to those progromtchiks.The hands behind these attacks belong to Israeli Jews who violate international law by living in the West Bank. But the aims and goals behind the attacks are the flesh and blood of the Israeli non-occupation. This systemic violence is part of the existing order. It complements and facilitates the violence of the regime, and what the representatives – the brigade commanders, the battalion commanders, the generals and the Civil Administration officers – are doing while “bearing the burden” of military service.

They are grabbing as much land as possible, using pretexts and tricks made kosher by the High Court of Justice; they are confining the natives to densely populated reservations. That is the essence of the tremendous success known as Area C: a deliberate thinning of the Palestinian population in about 62 percent of the West Bank, as preparation for formal annexation.

Day after day, tens of thousands of people live in the shadow of terror. Will there be an attack today on the homes at the edge of the village? Will we be able to get to the well, to the orchard, to the wheat field? Will our children get to school okay, or make it to their cousins’ house unharmed? How many olive trees were damaged overnight?

In exceptional cases, when there is luck to be had, a video camera operated by B’Tselem volunteers documents an incident and pierces the armor of willful ignorance donned by the citizens of the only democracy in the Middle East. When there is no camera, the matter is of negligible importance, because after all, you can’t believe the Palestinians. But this routine of escalating violence is very real, even if it is underreported.

For the human rights organization Al-Haq, the escalation is reminiscent of what happened in 1993-1994, when they warned that the increasing violence, combined with the authorities’ failure to take action, would lead to mass casualties. And then Dr. Baruch Goldstein of Kiryat Arba came along and gunned down 29 Muslim worshipers at the Ibrahim Mosque. The massacre set the stage for a consistent Israeli policy of emptying the Old City of Hebron of its Palestinian residents, with the assistance of Israeli Jewish pogromtchiks. Is there someone among the country’s decision-makers and decision-implementers who is hoping for a second round?

Some ancient maps of Palestine

Sacred, but Not Surveyed: Nineteenth-Century Surveys of Palestine

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Sacred, but Not Surveyed: Nineteenth-Century Surveys of Palestine
Author(s): Haim Goren
Source: Imago Mundi, Vol. 54 (2002), pp. 87-110
Published by: Imago Mundi, Ltd.

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A Hitherto Unknown Map of Palestine

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A Hitherto Unknown Map of Palestine
Author(s): Roberto Almagià
Source: Imago Mundi, Vol. 8 (1951), p. 34
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Nineteenth-Century Maps of Palestine: Dual-Purpose Historical Evidence

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Nineteenth-Century Maps of Palestine: Dual-Purpose Historical Evidence
Author(s): I. W. J. Hopkins
Source: Imago Mundi, Vol. 22 (1968), pp. 30-36
Published by: Imago Mundi, Ltd.

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Outlines of a Journey in Palestine in 1852

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Outlines of a Journey in Palestine in 1852
Author(s): E. Robinson and E. Smith
Source: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. 24 (1854), pp. 1-35
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Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3698103

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Recent Surveys in Sinai and Palestine

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Recent Surveys in Sinai and Palestine
Author(s): C. W. Wilson
Source: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. 43 (1873), pp. 206-240
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British Geographers)

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Extracts from a Journal of Travels in Palestine &c., in 1838; Undertaken for the Illustration of Biblical Geography

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Extracts from a Journal of Travels in Palestine &c., in 1838; Undertaken for the Illustration
of Biblical Geography
Author(s): Edward Robinson, Martin Dampies, E. Smith
Source: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. 9 (1839), pp. 295-310
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Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1797725

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Report of a Journey in Palestine

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Report of a Journey in Palestine
Author(s): Henry Poole
Source: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London, Vol. 26 (1856), pp. 55-70
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The Cadastral Mapping of Palestine, 1858-1928

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The Cadastral Mapping of Palestine, 1858-1928
Author(s): Dov Gavish and Ruth Kark
Source: The Geographical Journal, Vol. 159, No. 1 (Mar., 1993), pp. 70-80
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A Balance of Fear: Asymmetric Threats and Tit-for-Tat Strategies in Gaza

This article talk about the use of ultra-short-range rockets from the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militant factions as part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and as a tool of the internal Palestinian political rivalries.


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A Balance of Fear: Asymmetric Threats and Tit-for-Tat Strategies in Gaza
Author(s): Margret Johannsen
Source: Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Autumn 2011), pp. 45-56
Published by: University of California Press on behalf of the Institute for Palestine Studies