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Via Guardian Online: Israel using flechette shells in Gaza
B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organisation, 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”.
Odilon Redon David and Goliath (1875)
Max Blumenthal’s Goliath finds fascism in Israel, but overlooks the mask it’s hiding behind
There is a well-known genre in the art and literature of Israel-Palestine known as “Shoot and Cry” — a phrase which has expanded to describe a dimension of the Israeli psyche as well. Used by liberal apologists to describe the heavy heart with which Israeli soldiers take their task of managing an occupation over a large civilian population, and derisively by their critics, “Shoot and Cry” has become so established in the Israeli milieu that it is difficult to find a popular history of the conflict that doesn’t belong in this genre. The handful of books that don’t fit the mold are generally of a more openly terrifying bent: the ones who shoot and don’t cry.
In this sea of mediocre texts and thinly veiled hasbara [propaganda] vehicles for the Israeli state, Max Blumenthal’s Goliath is hardly recognizable. The latest fodder for debate on Israel-Palestine, Goliath is something of a phenomenon among its top-selling counterparts on the subject: an anti-Zionist (or non-Zionist?) book written in easily accessible language with a focus not on the extremists, but on mainstream Israeli society.
The current hostilities with Gaza were a pretext to test the new anti missile system, Iron Shield. It also gave the current Israeli government the opportunity to kill some Hamas dignitaries. The IDF use these kind of hostilities as a laboratory. Testing future war scenarios, in particular retaliation by Iran after the IDF launches it’s attack against same.
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ISRAEL: Supreme Court orders demolition of West Bank settlement
via: L.A. Times
For the first time, Israel’s Supreme Court has formally ordered the dismantling of an illegal West Bank settlement, brushing aside requests from the government for more time in order to organize the evacuation and construct alternative housing.
The government had already conceded that the Migron outpost, just north of Jerusalem and home to about 250 settlers, was illegally built in 1999 on top of private Palestinian land.
But since 2006, when the advocacy group Peace Now first filed a lawsuit against the settlement, the government has sought delays and broken deadlines to evacuate the settlers.
In frustration, the justices decided Tuesday that the settlement should be demolished by March 2012. If it happens, it would be the first evacuation of an entire settlement since 2005, when Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip.
But other court orders, including one to evacuate an illegally built, Jewish-occupied apartment building in an Arab-dominated Jerusalem neighborhood, have not been enforced.
The decision is likely to turn up the heat on Israel’s Supreme Court, which is frequently put in the position of enforcing controversial or unpopular policies that Israel’s lawmakers and officials prefer to avoid.
“Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.”