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Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei to report on Gaza health crisis

Written by Tree of Life Conference   
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:04

Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei to report on Gaza health crisis
at Tree of Life Conference: Eyes On Gaza
Saturday, October 17 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Portland
Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei, psychiatrist, is director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program, which provides crisis intervention and rehabilitation services to families in Gaza traumatized by years of military bombardment and siege.  Virtually everyone in Gaza – children and adults alike - suffers from continuous traumatic stress disorder.   The GCMHP was established in 1990 to meet the mental health needs of people exposed on a daily basis to malnutrition, destruction of homes and livelihoods, injury, and loss of family members.
Dr. Abu Jamei lost many family members in the 2014 assault on Gaza when an Israeli air strike leveled his home. “There was no place for parents and children to hide,” he says. “You never knew where the bombs were going to fall.” Yet he chooses to stay and help the people of Gaza, saying, “In Gaza, you just have to start by doing something. Select anything that will do good, and that is the right thing to do.”
EYES ON GAZA is a three-day series of presentations, films and workshops designed to educate and organize participants to work for a just peace in Israel/Palestine. Tickets and schedule of events are at http://gazaconference.brownpapertickets.com .
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Please Sign: A U.S. petition to arrest Netanyahu

Written by AUPHR   
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:42

Please consider signing...and sharing:

A U.S. petition to arrest Netanyahu is circulating – ahead of his scheduled UN General Assembly address in New York later this month. It aims for 100,000 signatures or more before his arrival – sending a message saying his genocidal crimes can’t be ignored.
A petition in the U.K. to arrest him got over 110,000 signatures so far. His longstanding record of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity demands accountability.
If you are a U.S. citizen, Sign the U.S. petition. Take a stand for justice. Let We the People mean something.

Petition:   https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/netanyahu-hold-talks-new-york-month-under-international-law-he-should-be-arrested-war-crimes

Netanyahu is to hold talks in New york this month. Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes.
Benjamin Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes when he arrives in New york

Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks in New york this September. Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the U.S for the massacre of over 2000 civilians in 2014

Published Date:
 Sep 08, 2015


The Nuclear Deal with Iran: Towards a Resolution and Continued Education

Written by Gilbert Schramm   
Friday, 04 September 2015 08:54

At present, no issue facing this country is more important than approving President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The moment for this peaceful, diplomatic breakthrough must not be allowed to pass. Though the Iran Nuclear deal now seems to have enough votes to sustain a veto, we must not relax our efforts to support the deal. People do change their minds, and merely surviving a veto is a very low bar for a deal of such importance.

It is important to continue to rally support for the deal for other reasons. Rarely has a political issue been surrounded by more falsehood, deception, and hyperbole. Among the people who argue that we should reject Obama’s deal and bomb Iran immediately are Dick Cheney, John Bolton, Bill Kristol and Benjamin Netanyahu—the same cast that gave us the debacle of the Iraq war. They were dead wrong then and they are using the same bad arguments now. We must continue to educate people about how misguided and bigoted these hawkish opponents to the deal really are.

Wide opposition to the treaty also reveals how misinformed the American public and many of their elected representatives are. The difference in quality between the arguments of the backers and the opponents of the deal provides a good basic roadmap to sorting out the truth of this issue.

Read more: The Nuclear Deal with Iran: Towards a Resolution and Continued Education

Benjamin Netanyahu Threatens Shoot-To-Kill Crackdown on Stone-Throwers

Written by Jeffrey Heller   
Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:47

Israel is considering giving its security forces a freer hand to shoot at young Palestinian stone-throwers, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Wednesday.

Under standing orders, Israeli soldiers facing violent Palestinian protests can open fire with live bullets only in life-threatening situations. That effectively bans firing at Palestinians who flee after hurling a rock or petrol bomb.

But after meeting with several cabinet ministers and security chiefs to discuss an increase in stone-throwing in Jerusalem and on a highway in the occupied West Bank, Netanyahu suggested the rules could be hardened.

“Since the justice system finds it difficult to deal with minors who throw rocks, changes to orders on opening fire towards stone- and petrol bomb-throwers will be examined,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement.

Netanyahu was quoted as saying at the session that his government’s policy was one of “zero tolerance towards stone-throwing and zero tolerance towards terror.”

Wasel Abu Youssef, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, criticized the potential new policy.

“This rightist Israeli fanatic government is pursuing its criminal policy to kill Palestinians. The new regulations would mean more escalation, killings and crimes against our people” he told Reuters.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have been frozen since 2014 and while violence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has not approached the levels of past Palestinian uprisings, there has been a surge of Palestinian stone-throwing, long a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation.

While tougher action against Palestinian stone-throwers would likely draw international concern, Netanyahu’s government and the military have been facing calls from Israeli settler leaders in the West Bank for a security crackdown.

Those demands mounted after a video last week that showed a masked Israeli soldier being hit and bitten by relatives of a Palestinian boy - a suspected rock-thrower whom he had placed in a headlock. On Israeli social media, many asked why the infantryman had not fought back or even used his assault rifle.

In July, Israel’s parliament imposed tougher penalties of up to 20 years in prison for people throwing rocks at vehicles, after a wave of Palestinian protests in occupied East Jerusalem.

But no such punishments have been reported since the new legislation was approved, and the measure does not apply to the occupied West Bank, where Israeli military law is in effect and stone-throwing.

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem lists 12 Palestinian minors who were shot and killed by Israeli forces during protests and clashes in the West Bank in 2014. In at least four of those incidents, Israel said the youngsters had been throwing rocks or petrol bombs, according to B’Tselem.

Since 2011, three Israelis, including a baby and a girl, have been killed in the West Bank after rocks were thrown at vehicles they were traveling in.

Read more: http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/320288/benjamin-netanyahu-threatens-shoot-to-kill-crackdown-on-stone-throwers/#ixzz3kh991R28


Oregon's Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley Announces Support For Iran Nuclear Deal

Written by AP   
Sunday, 30 August 2015 09:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon’s Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Sunday became the 31st senator to announce support for the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum builds behind the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran.

Merkley’s backing puts supporters within reach of the 34 votes required to uphold a presidential veto of a congressional resolution disapproving the agreement, which curbs Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief.
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