Thursday, July 24, 2014

Guardian UK:
“Shawahar Matin Siraj was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2007 after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to plant bombs at a Manhattan subway station near the Republican National Convention in 2004. As is frequent in post-9/11 domestic counter-terrorism investigations, a new Human Rights Watch report documents, Siraj might never have gotten there but for the involvement of someone else: an older man at a mosque in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood who posed as a nuclear engineer and cancer patient with a deep knowledge of Islam. …

The older man would later testify that he and Siraj developed a father-son relationship, perhaps since he said he had cancer and Siraj's father was disabled. Siraj, he judged, was ‘impressionable.’

When word of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal broke the next year, Siraj received a barrage of images from the older man of US forces abusing Muslims. Then his friend recommended inflammatory websites for Siraj to view. He intimated to Siraj that he lamented ‘dying without a purpose’ as Siraj became ‘inflamed by emotions.’ ”

—>It takes the Guardian in the UK to reveal how Siraj was set up by the FBI (which paid the informer $100,000 for influencing the young Muslim to become a terrorist). The NYT didn’t cover this new report by Human Rights Watch.


Middle East Monitor:
“Ashy grey faces - Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out - oh - the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shoveling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas - the leftovers from death - all taken be prepared again, to be repeated all over. More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here - almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors - all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals. But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!

An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones, and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.

Mr. Obama - do you have a heart?”

—>These are the words of Dr. Mads Gilbert, Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine, University Hospital of North Norway. He is volunteering as a surgeon in Gaza, but his voice will never be heard in the US mainstream media, obsessed as it is with presenting the Israeli narrative. 


Guardian UK:
“The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray out thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza.

Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, suffered injuries to her chest, it said. PCHR provided a picture of flechettes taken by a fieldworker last week. …

B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization, describes a flechette shell as ‘an anti-personnel weapon that is generally fired from a tank. The shell explodes in the air and releases thousands of metal darts 37.5mm in length, which disperse in a conical arch 300 metres long and about 90 metres wide.’ 

The munitions are not prohibited under international humanitarian law, but according to B'Tselem, ‘other rules of humanitarian law render their use in the Gaza Strip illegal. One of the most fundamental principles is the obligation to distinguish between those who are involved and those who are not involved in the fighting, and to avoid to the extent possible injury to those who are not involved. Deriving from this principle is the prohibition of the use of an imprecise weapon which is likely to result in civilian injuries.’ "

->The NYT did not print this story. Why remind its readers that Israel is using high tech weapons to slaughter civilians?  

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