2012 – Some images

The Guardian has got some great images taken over the course of this year. From the aftermath of a tornado in Spain; Protests by Dairy Farmers in Belgium; Something you never equate with Gaza, people having a good time; Snipers in Syria; Horses running through bonfires in San Bartolomé de Pinares, Spain. More here

Aftermath of tornado Spain

Milk protests in BrusselsParkour in GazaSyrian snipersLas Luminarias de San Anton Festival

Operation Cast Lead: The Goldstone Report – A response

Reason 5,086,873, why Israel sucks hard, they have never wanted peace, they only want the big piece.

You knew it was coming didn’t you?

The Goldstone Report into the Israeli actions in Gaza in 2009 said that both sides committed acts that could be considered violations of international law.  Israel didn’t like that, but they be happy as pigs in shit now that the reports author has written an Opinion piece in the NY Times I believe, saying that we would have come to a final conclusion had he known then what he knows now.

What do the Samouni Family think of this?  Who gives a flying fuck? The extended Samouni family lost thirty members  at the hands of the Israeli military machine in an attack.  The Israeli account that it was an accident, has been accepted after all.

If what had happened to them happened to an Israeli family, lord knows what would happen.

More information.

Just gotta say, many a forum has passionate opinions and thoughts on the subject, and a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, some accuse others of being one thing or the other, but I must ask you, If your house and land was invaded, taken away from you, what would you do after let’s say a week or a month?  How would you feel?  Tell me, go on?

While I wait for an answer, I’ll tell ya what, after 60 years….

Why Israel has no place at the table of humanity

Reason 3,686,434,201
Israel authorities deny Palestinians legal access say the Public Committee Against Torture

Between 70% and 90% of the detainees in the years 2005 to 2007 were not allowed to meet a lawyer able to provide advice and assistance prior to signing a confession, say the organizations. The average time prisoners represented by the group were isolated from the outside world was 16.7 days. Irit Ballas, a lawyer and one of the report’s authors, said the situation has remained the same for the past three years. “The information we receive from our lawyers tells us that the incommunicado detention has not decreased,” he said.

Full story here

Contrasts 2

Beit Lahiya, Gaza: A Palestinian girl lies on a mattress at her family home, which was

damaged during Israel’s three-week offensive two years ago.

 

New York, USA: A dog wearing boots and a sweater walks through Times Square after a major snowstorm.

 

Contrasts. YouknowwhatImean?

Taken from The Guardian’s Photo Gallery

Flotilla Attack – Obama


The scene plays in our mind, Obama holding a press conference condemning Israel forthrightly for their murderous assault.
This article over at Alternet breaks it down as to  why it should happen.
I didn’t know Obama was a  lawyer, he’s got the smarts, he knows the legalities and illegalities of the situation.

Fellow Nobel Peace winners such as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and that Burmese woman that’s been under house arrest since she could walk, have all called for what is right and just, Obama?  I know your catching heat ‘cos the Rethuglicans are behaving as they do, and it’s not really justified ‘cos you ain’t that much diff’rent…..bro’.

To Gaza With Love

Two years ago a group of concerned citizens from around the world under the banner of the Free Gaza Movement, gathered at a secret location in Cyprus to embark on a journey via an old fishing boat to break the seige of Gaza, and let people there know that people on the outside to give a shit about them.  The chances of getting through an Israeli blockade were not really in their favour knowing how malicious the Israeli state behaves.  Fun-da-mental founder, Aki Nawaz documented the journey on camera, and the film, To Gaza With Love is now available via vimeo.

http://www.vimeo.com/9995669