Reading the Tea Leaves In The White House | 12 Feb. 2021 |
The Trump years weren't hindered by influence of International Law and treaties. In the end, a new business accord was agreed between Israel and their new Arab partners in the Abraham Accords. The fate of Palestinians was sealed.
If President Biden and his administration were to be seen as liberal or progressive on ME and foreign policy, forget it. The White House is bound by a united bi-partisan majority in Congress ... a harsh reality. Netanyahu won't get any presents from Joe Biden as the former had used the Republican Party to his personal advantage to stay in power.
As the JCPOA was a failure in the eyes of Israel and a few Arab partner states, the Biden administration with Antony Blinken made a policy decision to PREPARE FOR WAR. Afghanistan was lost after a campaign of 20 years, Iraq, Libya and Syria became quagmires and unfavourable to the West and specifically America. Europe and NATO allies were to be bullied into compliance through threats of economic and trade sanctions. All eyes on an easy prey through Ukraine ... for the Middle east Biden-Blinken were content with the status quo prepared by Trump-Pompeo-Kushner. Another faulty miscalculation when shit hits the fan.
Dear President Biden, you need to act on Palestine | 19 June 2021 |
Israeli police detain a Palestinian protester amid ongoing tension ahead of an upcoming court hearing on the forced displacement of Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem May 5, 2021 [Reuters/Ammar Awad]
Over 680 global sector leaders call on President Biden to honor his commitments and protect Palestinian human rights.
- Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland
- Jan Egeland, Secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council
- Kumi Naidoo, Former Secretary-General of Amnesty International and former Executive Director of Greenpeace
We, the undersigned global coalition of leaders - from civil society to business, the arts and faith communities, politics and Nobel laureates - call for the US leadership to take action to help bring an end to Israel's institutionalised domination and oppression of the Palestinian people and protect their fundamental human rights. A sustainable and just peace - for all people - will remain elusive if US policy holds on to a political status quo devoid of justice and accountability.
Your administration has committed to a foreign policy "centered on the defense of democracy and the protection of human rights". More recently, you stated, "I believe the Palestinians and Israelis equally deserve to live safely and securely, and enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy.". For Palestinians, the space between these statements and their daily lives could not be wider.
Even after a formal ceasefire, Israeli police and settler violence against Palestinians continues. The forced dispossession of Palestinians across the occupied West Bank, including families living in the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, and aggressive actions by Israeli forces against peaceful protesters and worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, are the latest evidence of a separate and unequal governing system. These policies unravel the social fabric of communities and undermine any progress towards a democratic, just and peaceful future. The logic driving them has led to the recent displacement of 72,000 Palestinians in Gaza who must also survive the ongoing humanitarian crisis caused by a 14-year blockade.
Moving forward, the United States must address the root causes of the violence which successive administrations have neglected. Your administration must apply concerted diplomatic pressure to help end the ever-expanding discrimination and systemic oppression and ensure accountability for Israeli authorities that violate Palestinian rights.
Only a consistent application of a rights-centred foreign policy can signal to Israel's leaders that violations of international law will no longer go unaccounted for. Mr President, now is the time to set a new benchmark in American foreign policy that leads with justice and paves the way towards lasting peace.
From EuroTrib archive: key phrase | Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan districts E Jerusalem |
UN secretary general says 152 UN employees killed in Gaza
The escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has claimed the lives of 152 UN employees, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.
"I am deeply troubled by the clear violation of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing," he said. "Since October 7, 152 UN staff members have been killed in Gaza - the largest single loss of life in the history of our organization."
"Still, aid workers, under enormous pressure and with no safety guarantees, are doing their best to deliver inside Gaza," Guterres said.
The situation in the Middle East sharply escalated following an incursion of Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip into Israel on October 7. Hamas has cast the attack as a response to Israeli actions against the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Israel has declared a complete siege of the Gaza Strip and started a military operation there. Israel also strikes parts of Lebanon and Syria in retaliation for bombardments originating from these countries. Clashes are also taking place in the West Bank.
Save The Children Condemns Killing Of Staff Member And Family In Israeli Airstrike In Gaza | 13 Dec. 2023 |
LONDON/GENEVA, 12 December 2023 - It is with profound sadness we confirm that a staff member of Save the Children and his family have been killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza.
Sameh Ewaida, 39, had been with Save the Children since 2019. He was the proud father of four children - Mohammad (12), Heba (11), Zeina (3), and Zein (2). All of his children, his wife Fatima, and many other members of his extended family of 28 are also believed to have been killed following an Israeli airstrike on Sunday 10 December or Monday 11 December.
Sameh, a member of the administrative team, will be remembered by his colleagues for spreading such joy and kindness, dancing at staff workshops, and always stepping in to make breakfast and coffee for everyone.
Decades of oppression and crimes against humanity went unpunished ...
No headlines in the Dutch media today, nor in the Sunday talk shows. Over two hurs live broadcast from Amsterdam on the Holocaust Memorial Day ... many new investments have been accomplished to give the insight in horrible crimes of Nazi Germany, especially genocide of civilians. On the iCJ ruling and Gaza massacre nearly full silence as the Dutch fully support the horror war and policy of Bibi Netanyahu. Mark Rutte is quite willing to scratch his back if asked. On single item in the news:
Rutte concerned about open anti-Semitism: 'As if Never Again Auschwitz' an empty phrase is
Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Sunday criticized the events in Israel on October 7 in his speech at the National Holocaust Remembrance Day. Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema also spoke during the commemoration.
"We cannot ignore October 7 during this Holocaust commemoration, 79 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. The day on which the Jewish world community was confronted with a deliberate and orchestrated massacre for the umpteenth time in history. With hostage taking, rape and mutilation as the filthiest weapons to sow fear and terror. And shortly afterwards there was a wave of anti-Jewish reactions that led to schools and synagogues having to be secured, also in our country."
See my previous diary ...
Rutte Ordered MFA to Hide Israeli War Crimes
The Netherlands has halted any future funding of UNRWA, the UN aid organisation for Palestine refugees. Foreign trade and development minister Geoffrey van Leeuwen made this decision after UNRWA announced an investigation into allegations that some of its staff members were involved in the 7 October terrorist attacks on Israel.
Western allies join Israel in 'collective punishment' against Palestinian refugees
UNRWA fund cuts by the West 'collective punishment' against Palestinians
The UN chief joins head of UNRWA calling on Western donor countries for `continuity' in Gaza agency operations.
The decision to suspend aid to the UN Palestinian refugee agency by several Western countries is a "collective punishment", the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has said, as the UN chief Antonio Guterres joined him in urging donor nations to maintain much-needed Gaza aid.
UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini said he was shocked such decisions were taken as "famine looms" in Gaza, which has been devastated by nearly four months of relentless Israeli bombardment that has killed more than 26,000 people.
he agency, with its 13,000 employees in Gaza, is the main organisation aiding Gaza's population amid the humanitarian disaster. More than two million of the besieged enclave's 2.3 million people depend on the UNRWA for "sheer survival", including food and shelter, Lazzarini said, warning this lifeline can "collapse any time now".
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also joined Lazzarini's call on Sunday, pleading for donor states to continue supporting the UN agency that runs aid operations in Gaza. "The dire needs of the desperate populations they serve must be met."
Chris Gunness, a former UNRWA spokesman, says there is a "coordinated political attack" on the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees.