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6 hours ago, jakeem said:

Now it's hospitals. The Trump administration cut off all US funds to a network of hospitals that serve Palestinians in East Jerusalem as part of its effort to force the Palestinian leadership to negotiate with Israelis

So many of trump's political policies are inhumane-- like this one--

 but it is also fueled with trump's hatred and bigotry against Arab Muslims.

Cutting off this kind of humanitarian Aid to force a Nation Under Siege to go against their own best interest is  Un-American and certainly Not Christian.

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https://www.rt.com/news/438008-us-strikes-syria-white-phosphorus/

US jets strike Syrian town with banned white phosphorus bombs – Russian Defense Ministry

Two US jets have bombed a town in the Syrian Deir Ez-Zor province with white phosphorus munitions, causing massive fires, Russian military has said.

Two F-15 jets on Saturday bombed the town of Hajin with white phosphorus incendiary munitions, banned under the Geneva Convention, according to the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

“Following the strikes, large fires were observed in the area,”Lieutenant-General Vladimir Savchenko said Sunday. There’s still no information on casualties caused by the bombing run, he added.

The use of any incendiary munitions in populated civilian areas was banned by the 1980 Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The US signed the protocol back in 2009.

White phosphorus, however, is also used for smoke screens and signals, which are not banned under the Convention. The loophole allows several nations, including the US, to keep the white-phosphorus based weapons in their arsenal.

The chemical burns when it comes into contact with oxygen, producing high-temperature heat and white smoke. Exposure to burning phosphorus causes deep burns, which are very hard to heal, while its fumes are highly toxic.

 

Russia’s accusations against the US come as tensions between the two countries soar in the region. The Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly warned of a false-flag chemical attack being prepared by militant groups in Idlib, which it says will be used to justify a new US strike against the Syrian government. Moscow has also held massive naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria.

The US, in its turn, has also ramped up its military presence in the area, getting several ships equipped with cruise missiles closer to Syrian shores. President Donald Trump has meanwhile been “routinely” briefed by the Pentagon on the potential “military options” the US might take in case of chemical weapons attack.

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12 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

 

Great to see that someone else sees the fact that the current USA government is protecting terrorist that have actually attacked US citizens. 

Of course this doesn't mean one agrees with what Assad and Putin are doing in the region and this last stronghold for the Syrian repels and their anti-west "brothers".      It just means that the USA needs to work closer with Russia to take out as many terrorist as possible while trying to avert as many civilian deaths as possible.  

The bottom line is still that the Syrian rebellion needs to end and that mean the repels have to surrender and turn over their arms or be taken out.  i.e. the rebellion will end one way or the other.

 

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NY Democratic candidate for governor targeted by own party with anti-Semitism mailer

Ahead of New York’s Democratic primary, someone within the party has paid for a mailer accusing progressive gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism.

Approved and paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee, the mailer accuses Nixon of remaining “silent on the rise of anti-Semitism,” and supporting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), a worldwide movement to boycott Israeli goods. Nixon, it argues, “won’t stand strong for our Jewish communities.”

 

The mailer was delivered to 7,000 New York households, and cost around $11,300, according to journalist Zach Fink. It was sent out on Saturday, one day before the start of Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year.

Nixon accused rival Democrat and incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo of approving the mailer, and called it an “attack not only on my family, but on all New Yorkers.” The former ‘Sex and the City’ actress added that the grandparents of her two children with Danny Mozes escaped the Holocaust.

Cuomo denied any responsibility for the mailer’s contents, according to his campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith. New York State Democratic Party committee executive Geoff Berman did not admit responsibility but issued something of an apology, saying that the mailer was “inappropriate” and that it “will not happen again.” The person responsible will be “dealt with,” Berman said.

Nixon’s fellow New York progressive, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, demanded to know why the Democratic party was taking sides in a primary in the first place, and whether it would take any action to compensate Nixon before Thursday’s primary vote.

 

https://www.rt.com/usa/438122-cynthia-nixon-anti-semitism/

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https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/09/10/573741/Bolton-wants-to-sanction-ICC-judges-who-probe-US-war-crimes

Bolton threatens sanctions against ICC judges who probe US war crimes

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton has threatened sanctions against International Criminal Court (ICC) judges who plan to probe alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan, saying it constitutes an assault on US sovereignty.

Bolton on Monday branded the ICC in The Hague "outright dangerous" in an attempt to pressure the  court which is planning to investigate the alleged US war crimes.

"The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court," Bolton told members of the conservative Federalist Society gathered at a Washington, DC, hotel.

He argued the court poses a threat to US sovereignty. 

"In theory, the ICC holds perpetrators of the most egregious atrocities accountable for their crimes, provides justice to the victims, and deters future abuses," Bolton said.

"In practice, however, the court has been ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright dangerous," he said.

The chief prosecutor of the ICC has called for a formal investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan following the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

"Following a meticulous preliminary examination of the situation, I have come to the conclusion that all legal criteria required to commence an investigation have been met", said Fatou Bensouda in a statement last year.

"There is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed," Bensouda added.

She said US forces and CIA agents might have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan under a system of approved torture techniques, which included simulated drowning.

Human Rights Watch has welcomed the possibility of holding perpetrators to account for what it called horrendous human rights abuses against Afghans.

The United States -- under Republican George W. Bush’s presidency -- and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban regime from power, but after more than one and a half decades, the foreign troops are still deployed to the country.

After becoming president in January 2009, President Barack Obama, a Democrat, vowed to end the Afghan war -- one of the longest conflicts in US history – but he failed to keep his promise.

Trump, who has spoken against the Afghan war, has dubbed the 2001 invasion and following occupation of Afghanistan as "Obama's war."

But Trump has also announced to deploy thousands of more troops to the war-torn country. Trump has said that his views have changed since entering the White House and that he would continue the military intervention “as long as we see determination and progress” in Afghanistan.

 

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https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/news-stories/story/afghanistan-kunduz-trauma-center-bombing

October 3, 2015

From 2:08 AM until 3:15 AM local time on October 3, 2015, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma hospital in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids at approximately 15 minute intervals. The main central hospital building, housing the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward, was repeatedly hit very precisely during each aerial raid, while surrounding buildings were left mostly untouched.

“The bombs hit and then we heard the plane circle round,” said Heman Nagarathnam, MSF head of programs in northern Afghanistan. “There was a pause, and then more bombs hit. This happened again and again. When I made it out from the office, the main hospital building was engulfed in flames. Those people that could had moved quickly to the building’s two bunkers to seek safety. But patients who were unable to escape burned to death as they lay in their beds.”

The bombing took place despite the fact that MSF had provided the GPS coordinates of the trauma hospital to Coalition and Afghan military and civilian officials as recently as Tuesday, September 29, to avoid that the hospital be hit. As is routine practice for MSF in conflict areas, MSF had communicated the exact location of the hospital to all parties to the conflict.

In the aftermath of the attack, the MSF team desperately tried to save the lives of wounded colleagues and patients, setting up a makeshift operating theater in an undamaged room. Some of the most critically injured patients were transferred to a hospital in Puli Khumri, a two hour drive away.

MSF issued the following statement from Christopher Stokes, MSF General Director:

"Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body. Relying only on an internal investigation by a party to the conflict would be wholly insufficient.

"Not a single member of our staff reported any fighting inside the MSF hospital compound prior to the U.S. airstrike on Saturday morning. The hospital was full of MSF staff, patients and their caretakers. It is 12 MSF staff members and 10 patients, including three children, who were killed in the attack.

"We reiterate that the main hospital building, where medical personnel were caring for patients, was repeatedly and very precisely hit during each aerial raid, while the rest of the compound was left mostly untouched.We condemn this attack, which constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law."

October 5, 2015

MSF Response to Pentagon Claim That Afghan Forces Called For Kunduz Airstrike:

"Today the US government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff. Their description of the attack keeps changing—from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government. The reality is the US dropped those bombs. The US hit a huge hospital full of wounded patients and MSF staff. The US military remains responsible for the targets it hits, even though it is part of a coalition. There can be no justification for this horrible attack. With such constant discrepancies in the US and Afghan accounts of what happened, the need for a full transparent independent investigation is ever more critical."

—Christopher Stokes, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières

 

October 7, 2015

"Today we announce that we are seeking an investigation into the Kunduz attack by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission.

"This Commission was established in the Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions and is the only permanent body set up specifically to investigate violations of international humanitarian law.

"We ask signatory States to activate the Commission to establish the truth and to reassert the protected status of hospitals in conflict.

"Though this body has existed since 1991, the Commission has not yet been used. It requires one of the 76 signatory States to sponsor an inquiry.Governments up to now have been too polite or afraid to set a precedent. The tool exists and it is time it is activated."

-Dr Joanne Liu, MSF International President

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https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/09/14/oslo-s14.html

Twenty-five years after Oslo, a deepening catastrophe for the Palestinians

Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin adopting the Oslo Accords at a meeting in Washington, with US President Bill Clinton hosting the affair.

The accords were supposed to initiate a “peace process” that would result in a negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, resolving such issues as the borders between Israel and a Palestinian state, the future of illegal Zionist settlements, the status of Jerusalem and the right of return of Palestinian refugees.

The deal was promoted as a path to the realization of the “right of the Palestinian people to self-determination,” supposedly to be achieved by means of a “two-state solution,” creating a Palestinian national entity in the lands occupied by Israel in 1967.

The anniversary was barely observed in either Israel or the occupied Palestinian territories. A small meeting at the American Colony Hotel in East Jerusalem addressed by Palestinian and Israeli officials who had backed the accord was broken up by a group of angry young Palestinian demonstrators.

Sections of the Israeli media published articles lamenting the “missed opportunities” of the so-called peace process, while even-handedly apportioning blame. In reality, Oslo served precisely the purpose for which it was intended, providing a cover for unrelenting Israeli aggression over the last quarter century.

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https://www.rt.com/news/438282-white-helmets-film-chemical-attacks/

White Helmets making films of ‘chemical attacks’ with orphans in Idlib – Russian military

The White Helmets have shot at least nine videos intended to serve as proof in accusations that the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapon attack using chlorine against civilians in Idlib, the Russian military claims.

A number of Middle Eastern TV channels and a regional affiliate of a US broadcaster “have shot nine videos, in Jisr al-Shughur city in Idlib province, of a staged chemical attack” that will be blamed on the Syrian government, the Russian Reconciliation Center In Syria said in a statement on Wednesday.

All videos show activists from the White Helmets group, which purportedly provides assistance to civilians, the statement claims.

The Russian military details that on September 11, the White Helmets and terrorists from Tahrir al-Sham (commonly known as Al-Qaeda in Syria) held a meeting following the filming process, in which they selected two out of nine videos for future transfer to the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The remaining videos are to be used for propaganda on social media networks due to the poor quality, the military claims.

At the same time, since September 9, the White Helmets have been staging rehearsals of an alleged chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Russian officials say in the same statement, claiming that the rehearsals feature up to 30 civilians, including a dozen children aged 8-12.

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http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/13cf816e-8e40-41c8-bb76-d453a3261d8b

Noam Chomsky says US should stay in Syria to protect the Kurds

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The US should stay in northern Syria to deter attacks against Syrian Kurds, well-known American linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky said in an interview with the Intercept last week.

“The other crucial question is the status of the Kurdish areas — Rojava. In my opinion, it makes sense for the United States to maintain a presence which would deter an attack on the Kurdish areas,” he said.

Chomsky noted that the Kurds have “succeeded in sustaining a functioning society with many decent elements” in Syria’s north.

“The idea that they should be subjected to an attack by their bitter enemies the Turks, or by the murderous Assad regime, I think is anything should be done to try to prevent that.”

Chomsky, described as the father of modern linguistics, is one of the most important thinkers of this century and shares some sympathy for the Kurds.

He backed a petition in 2016 condemning military operations in Kurdish cities and called for peace talks between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

 

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Nicholas KristofVerified account @NickKristof

 
 
 
 

The White House empowered Saudi crown prince MBS as he confronted Qatar,

as he kidnapped Lebanon's prime minister,

as he starved Yemenis, as he crushed dissent.

Will it continue to sell him weapons if it's confirmed that he murdered a brave journalist, Jamal Khashoggi?

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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2018/10/09/university-michigan-disciplines-professor-over-israel-letter-controversy/1580969002/

UM disciplines prof over Israel letter controversy

The University of Michigan is disciplining the professor who sparked a global controversy after he refused to recommend a student for study in Israel because of his support for Palestinians, according to a letter obtained by The Detroit News.

John Cheney-Lippold, a tenured American and digital studies associate professor, will not get a merit raise during the 2018-19 academic year and can't go on his upcoming sabbatical in January or another sabbatical for two years, according to the letter signed by Elizabeth Cole, the interim dean of UM’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts.

He could also face additional discipline, up to and including dismissal, if a similar incident occurs in the future, Cole wrote in the letter, dated Oct. 3.

"Your conduct has fallen far short of the University’s and College’s expectations for how LSA faculty interact with and treat students," according to Cole's letter, which The News obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. "This letter is a strong warning that your behavior in this circumstance was inappropriate and will not be tolerated." 

"In the future, a student's merit should be your primary guide for determining how and whether to provide a letter of recommendation. You are not to use student requests for recommendations as a platform to discuss your personal political beliefs."

UM's actions come one month after Cheney-Lippold declined to write a letter of recommendation for one of his students, Abigail Ingber, because she wanted to study for a semester in Tel Aviv. 

 

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Nice to see the University of Michigan taking such a stance.  Here in CA the State University Board is again discussing if they will pass a rule that suspends any student for various anti-Israel actions like joining a boycott or even encouraging one since such actions hurt the feeling of Jewish students and facility.   This is so un-American it makes me sick.

 Note that Dem Chuck Schumer tried to get Congress to pass such a law that would apply to all Americans.      

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On 10/11/2018 at 11:48 AM, jamesjazzguitar said:

Nice to see the University of Michigan taking such a stance.  Here in CA the State University Board is again discussing if they will pass a rule that suspends any student for various anti-Israel actions like joining a boycott or even encouraging one since such actions hurt the feeling of Jewish students and facility.   This is so un-American it makes me sick.

 Note that Dem Chuck Schumer tried to get Congress to pass such a law that would apply to all Americans.      

You know he was put on leave because he didn't want to send the students to Israel, right? The guy they're punishing supported the Palestinians. 

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https://www.rt.com/news/441130-israel-halts-fuel-delivery-gaza/

Israel halts fuel deliveries into Gaza amid deadly clashes with Palestinian protesters (VIDEO)

Israel has ordered that fuel deliveries into Gaza be halted, citing violence against Israeli soldiers and citizens by Palestinian protesters. It comes as six Palestinians were reportedly killed in clashes on Friday.

“Israel will not tolerate a situation in which fuel tankers are allowed to enter Gaza on the one hand, while terror and violence are used against IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens on the other,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's office said on Friday.

“In addition, Hamas continues to welcome any terrorist attack and encourages the Palestinians, residents of the West Bank, to carry out attacks against Israeli citizens. In light of all this, Defense Minister Lieberman decided to stop the flow of fuel to Gaza immediately.”

The announcement came after six Palestinians were reportedly killed in clashes with Israeli security forces along the Gaza border Friday afternoon, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. At least 50 protesters were injured by Israeli fire, Gaza media outlets reported.

According to the Israeli army, rioters breached the security fence and planted a bomb nearby, setting a section of the barrier alight. It said that several Gazans later embarked on the border and approached an IDF sniper's post before being shot dead.

In addition, 10 fires broke out in southern Israel which were started by incendiary balloons launched over the border from Gaza, according to The Times of Israel.

 

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-refugees/israel-says-palestinian-refugees-number-in-the-thousands-not-millions-idUSKCN1MM2JW

Israel says Palestinian refugees number in the thousands, not millions

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli government study shared with Washington argues that Palestinian refugees number in the thousands, not the millions designated by a U.N. aid agency whose funding has been slashed by the Trump administration, an Israeli official said on Friday.

The fate of Palestinians displaced by the 1948 war of Israel’s founding and their descendants has long clouded U.S.-sponsored peace efforts. Frustration over the issue is among factors fuelling often violent weekly protests at the Gaza border over the last half year, during which around 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces.

 

Palestinians demand a refugee right of return to lands now in Israel, which rejects this, insisting they settle where they are or in a future Palestinian state. Negotiations on founding that state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza stalled in 2014.

Demographics loom over the dispute. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees puts their number at some 5 million, a tally including descendants of the some 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in 1948.

Israel says only survivors among the original 1948 refugees should be considered refugees today - an idea fiercely opposed by the Palestinian leadership, which hews to the UNRWA numbers.

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