Australia expels Israeli diplomat

Australia has ordered the explusion of an Isreali diplomat over the use of fake passports in the assassination of a senior Hamas commander in Dubai in January.

Australian investigators say Israel was responsible for forging four Australian passports that were used in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel.

“These investigations and advice have left the government in no doubt that Israel was responsible for the abuse and counterfeiting of these passports,” Stephen Smith, the Australian foreign minister, told Australia’s parliament on Monday.

Smitth said that the operation to kill Al-Mabhouh was not the first time Israel had forged Australian travel documents. He did not elaborate on previous incidents.

Australian investigators concluded the fake passports were the work of Mossad, Israel’s state intelligence agency.

“No government can tolerate the abuse of its passports, especially by a foreign government,” the foreign minister said.

“This represents a clear affront to the security of our passport system.”

Australia and Isreal had been close allies prior to the incident.

Furore

The scandal over the use of fake passports erupted after the January 20 murder of the Hamas commander.

Police in Dubai identified dozens of people involved in the assassination, who entered the country using fraudulent British, Irish, French, German and Australian passports.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Dubai police are also seeking the arrest of another British man in connection with the assassination.

Interpol is understood to have issued an arrest warrant for Christopher Lockwood, a 62 year old British national, following a request from the Dubai police.

Britian expelled an Israeli diplomat in March after also concluding that Isreal was responsible for forging 12 British passports to facilitate the killing.

In February, Avigdor Lieberman, the Isreali foreign minister, said there was no evidence to link his country to the assassination.

Ref: Al Jazeera

ANALYS: The Dubai Hit

THE TWO classic intelligence disasters occurred during World War II. In both, the intelligence agencies either provided their political bosses with faulty assessments, or the leaders ignored their accurate assessments. As far as the results are concerned, both amount to the same.

Comrade Stalin was totally surprised by the German invasion of the Soviet Union, even though the Germans needed months to assemble their huge invasion force. President Roosevelt was totally surprised by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, even though the bulk of the Japanese Navy took part in it. The failures were so fantastic, that spy aficionados had to resort to conspiracy theories to explain them. One such theory says that Stalin deliberately ignored the warnings because he intended to surprise Hitler with an attack of his own. Another theory asserts that Roosevelt practically “invited” the Japanese to attack because he was in need of a pretext to push the US into an unpopular war.

But since then, failures continued to follow each other. All Western spy agencies were totally surprised by the Khomeini revolution in Iran, the results of which are still hitting the headlines today. All of them were totally surprised by the collapse of the Soviet Union, one of the defining events of the 20th century.  They were totally surprised by the fall of the Berlin wall. And all of them provided wrong information about Saddam Hussein’s imaginary nuclear bomb, which served as a pretext for the American invasion of Iraq.

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AH, OUR people say, that’s what’s happening among the Goyim. Not here. Our intelligence community is like no other. The Jewish brain has invented the Mossad, which knows everything and is capable of everything. (Mossad – “institute” – is short for the “Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations”.)

Really? At the outbreak of the 1948 war, all the chiefs of our intelligence community unanimously advised David Ben-Gurion that the armies of the Arab states would not intervene. (Fortunately, Ben-Gurion rejected their assessment.) In May 1967, our entire intelligence community was totally surprised by the concentration of the Egyptian army in Sinai, the step that led to the Six-Day war. (Our intelligence chiefs were convinced that the bulk of the Egyptian army was busy in Yemen, where a civil war was raging.) The Egyptian-Syrian attack on Yom Kippur, 1973, completely surprised our intelligence services, even though heaps of advance warnings were available.

The intelligence agencies were totally surprised by the first intifada, and then again by the second. They were totally surprised by the Khomeini revolution, even though (or because) they were deeply imbedded in the Shah’s regime. They were totally surprised by the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections.

The list is long and inglorious. But in one field, so they say, our Mossad performs like no other: assassinations. (Sorry, “eliminations”.)

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STEVEN SPIELBERG’S movie “Munich” describes the assassination (“elimination”) of PLO officials after the massacre of the athletes at the Olympic Games. As a masterpiece of kitsch it can be compared only to the movie “Exodus”, based on Leon Uris’ kitschy book.

After the massacre (the main responsibility for which falls on the incompetent and irresponsible Bavarian police), the Mossad, on the orders of Golda Meir, killed seven PLO officials, much to the joy of the revenge-thirsty Israeli public. Almost all the victims were PLO diplomats, the civilian representatives of the organization in European capitals, who had no direct connection with violent operations. Their activities were public, they worked in regular offices and lived with their families in residential buildings. They were static targets – like the ducks in a shooting gallery.

In one of the actions – which resembled the latest affair – a Moroccan waiter was assassinated by mistake in the Norwegian town of Lillehammer. The Mossad mistook him for Ali Hassan Salameh, a senior Fatah officer who served as contact with the CIA. The Mossad agents, including a glamorous blonde (there is always a glamorous blonde) were identified, arrested and sentenced to long prison terms (but released very soon). The real Salameh was “eliminated” later on.

In 1988, five years before the Oslo agreement, Abu Jihad (Khalil al-Wazir), the No. 2 in Fatah, was assassinated in Tunis before the eyes of his wife and children. Had he not been killed, he would probably be serving today as the President of the Palestinian Authority instead of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas). He would have enjoyed the same kind of standing among his people as did Yasser Arafat – who was, most likely, killed by a poison that leaves no traces.

The fiasco that most resembles the latest action was the Mossad’s attempt on the life of Khalid Mishal, a senior Hamas leader, on orders of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The Mossad agents ambushed him on a main street of Amman and sprayed a nerve toxin in his ear – that was about to kill him without leaving traces. They were caught on the spot. King Hussein, the Israeli government’s main ally in the Arab world, was livid and delivered a furious ultimatum: either Israel would immediately provide the antidote to the poison and save Mishal’s life, or the Mossad agents would be hanged. Netanyahu, as usual, caved in, Mishal was saved and the Israeli government, as a bonus, released Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the main Hamas leader, from prison. He was “eliminated” by a hellfire missile later on.

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DURING THE last weeks, a deluge of words has been poured on the assassination in Dubai of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, another senior Hamas officer.

Israelis agreed from the first moment that this was a job of the Mossad. What capabilities! What talent! How did they know, long in advance, when the man would go to Dubai, what flight he would take, in what hotel he would stay! What precise planning!

The “military correspondents” and “Arab affairs correspondents” on screen were radiant. Their faces said: oh, oh, oh, if the material were not embargoed…If I could only tell you what I know…I can tell you only that the Mossad has proved again that its long arm can reach anywhere! Live in fear, oh enemies of Israel!

When the problems started to become apparent, and the photos of the assassins appeared on TV all over the world, the enthusiasm cooled, but only slightly. An old and proven Israeli method was brought into play: to take some marginal detail and discuss it passionately, ignoring the main issue. Concentrate on one particular tree and divert attention from the forest.

Really, why did the agents use the names of actual people who live in Israel and have dual nationality? Why, of all possible passports, did they use those of friendly countries? How could they be sure that the owners of these passports would not travel abroad at the critical time?

Moreover, were they not aware that Dubai was full of cameras that record every movement? Did they not foresee that the local police would produce films of the assassination in almost all its details?

But this did not arouse too much excitement in Israel. Everybody understood that the British and the Irish were obliged, pro forma, to protest, but that this was nothing but going through the motions. Behind the scenes, there are intimate connections between the Mossad and the other intelligence agencies. After some weeks, everything will be forgotten. That’s how it worked in Norway after Lillehammer, that’s how it worked in Jordan after the Mishal affair. They will protest, rebuke, and that’s that. So what is the problem?

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THE PROBLEM is that the Mossad in Israel acts like an independent fiefdom that ignores the vital long-term political and strategic interests of Israel, enjoying the automatic backing of an irresponsible prime minister. It is, as the English expression goes, a “loose cannon” – the cannon of a ship of yore which has broken free of its mountings and is rolling around the deck, crushing to death any unfortunate sailor who happens to get in its way.

From the strategic point of view, the Dubai operation causes heavy damage to the government’s policy, which defines Iran’s putative nuclear bomb as an existential threat to Israel. The campaign against Iran helps it to divert the world’s attention from the ongoing occupation and settlement, and induces the US, Europe and other countries to dance to its tune.

Barack Obama is in the process of trying to set up a world-wide coalition for imposing “debilitating sanctions” on Iran. The Israeli government serves him – willingly – as a growling dog. He tells the Iranians: The Israelis are crazy. They may attack you at any moment. I am restraining them with great difficulty. But if you don’t do what I tell you, I shall let go of the leash and may Allah have mercy on your soul!

Dubai, a Gulf country facing Iran, is an important component of this coalition. It is an ally of Israel, much like Egypt and Jordan. And here comes the same Israeli government and embarrasses it, humiliates it, arousing among the Arab masses the suspicion that Dubai is collaborating with the Mossad.

In the past we have embarrassed Norway, then we infuriated Jordan, now we humiliate Dubai. Is that wise?  Ask Meir Dagan, who Netanyahu has just granted an almost unprecedented eighth year in office as chief of the Mossad.

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PERHAPS THE impact of the operation on Israel standing in the world is even more significant.

Once upon a time it was possible to belittle this aspect. Let the Goyim say what they want. But since the Molten Lead operation, Israel has become more conscious of its far-reaching implications. The verdict of Judge Goldstone, the echoes of the antics of Avigdor Lieberman, the growing world-wide campaign for boycotting Israel – all these tend to suggest that Thomas Jefferson was not talking through his hat when he said that no nation can afford to ignore the opinion of mankind.

The Dubai affair is reinforcing the image of Israel as a bully state, a rogue nation that treats world public opinion with contempt, a country that conducts gang warfare, that sends mafia-like death squads abroad, a pariah nation to be avoided by right-minded people.

Was this worthwhile?

REF: Counterpunch

Uri Avnery is an Israeli writer and peace activist with Gush Shalom. He is a contributor to CounterPunch’s book The Politics of Anti-Semitism.

Keeping Track of the US Empire’s Crimes

If you catch the CIA with its hand in the cookie jar and the Agency admits the obvious — what your eyes can plainly see — that its hand is indeed in the cookie jar, it means one of two things:

a) the CIA’s hand is in several other cookie jars at the same time which you don’t know about and they hope that by confessing to the one instance they can keep the others covered up; or

b) its hand is not really in the cookie jar — it’s an illusion to throw you off the right scent — but they want you to believe it.

There have been numerous news stories in recent months about secret CIA programs, hidden from Congress, inspired by former vice-president Dick Cheney, in operation since the September 11 terrorist attacks, involving assassination of al Qaeda operatives or other non-believers-in-the-Empire abroad without the knowledge of their governments. The Agency admits to some sort of program having existed, but insists that it was canceled; and if it was an assassination program it was canceled before anyone was actually assassinated. Another report has the US military, not the CIA, putting the plan — or was it a different plan? — into operation, carrying out several assassinations including one in Kenya that proved to be a severe embarrassment and helped lead to the quashing of the program. (The Guardian, July 13, 2009.)

All of this can be confusing to those following the news. And rather irrelevant. We already know that the United States has been assassinating non-believers, or suspected non-believers, with regularity, and impunity, in recent years, using unmanned planes (drones) firing missiles, in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia, if not elsewhere. (Even more victims have been produced from amongst those who happened to be in the same house, car, wedding party, or funeral as the non-believer.) These murders apparently don’t qualify as “assassinations”, for somehow killing “terrorists” from 2000 feet is morally and legally superior to doing so from two feet away.

But whatever the real story is behind the current rash of speculation, we should not fall into the media’s practice of at times intimating that multiple or routine CIA assassination attempts would be something shocking or at least very unusual.

I’ve compiled a list of CIA assassination attempts, successful and unsuccessful, against prominent foreign political figures, from 1949 through 2003, which, depending on how you count it, can run into the hundreds (targeting Fidel Castro alone totals 634 according to Cuban intelligence)2; the list can be updated by adding the allegedly al Qaeda leaders among the drone attack victims of recent years. Assassination and torture are the two things governments are most loath to admit to, and try their best to cover up. It’s thus rare to find a government document or recorded statement mentioning a particular plan to assassinate someone. There is, however, an abundance of compelling circumstantial evidence to work with. The following list does not include several assassinations in various parts of the world carried out by anti-Castro Cubans employed by the CIA and headquartered in the United States.

1949 – Kim Koo, Korean opposition leader

1950s – CIA/Neo-Nazi hit list of more than 200 political figures in West Germany
to be “put out of the way” in the event of a Soviet invasion

1950s – Chou En-lai, Prime minister of China, several attempts on his life

1950s, 1962 – Sukarno, President of Indonesia

1951 – Kim Il Sung, Premier of North Korea

1953 – Mohammed Mossadegh, Prime Minister of Iran

1950s (mid) – Claro M. Recto, Philippines opposition leader

1955 – Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India

1957 – Gamal Abdul Nasser, President of Egypt

1959, 1963, 1969 – Norodom Sihanouk, leader of Cambodia

1960 – Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem, leader of Iraq

1950s-70s – José Figueres, President of Costa Rica, two attempts on his life

1961 – Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, leader of Haiti

1961 – Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the Congo (Zaire)

1961 – Gen. Rafael Trujillo, leader of Dominican Republic

1963 – Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam

1960s-70s – Fidel Castro, President of Cuba, many attempts on his life

1960s – Raúl Castro, high official in government of Cuba

1965 – Francisco Caamaño, Dominican Republic opposition leader

1965-6 – Charles de Gaulle, President of France

1967 – Che Guevara, Cuban leader

1970 – Salvador Allende, President of Chile

1970 – Gen. Rene Schneider, Commander-in-Chief of Army, Chile

1970s, 1981 – General Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama

1972 – General Manuel Noriega, Chief of Panama Intelligence

1975 – Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire

1976 – Michael Manley, Prime Minister of Jamaica

1980-1986 – Muammar Qaddafi, leader of Libya, several plots and attempts upon his life

1982 – Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of Iran

1983 – Gen. Ahmed Dlimi, Moroccan Army commander

1983 – Miguel d’Escoto, Foreign Minister of Nicaragua

1984 – The nine comandantes of the Sandinista National Directorate

1985 – Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Lebanese Shiite leader (80 people killed in the attempt)

1991 – Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq

1993 – Mohamed Farah Aideed, prominent clan leader of Somalia

1998, 2001-2 – Osama bin Laden, leading Islamic militant

1999 – Slobodan Milosevic, President of Yugoslavia

2002 – Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Afghan Islamic leader and warlord

2003 – Saddam Hussein and his two sons

For those of you who collect lists about splendid US foreign policy post-World War II, here are a few more that, lacking anything better to do, I’ve put together: Attempts to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which had been democratically-elected. (* = successful ouster of a government.)

Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *
Laos 1958-60 *
Ecuador 1960-63 *
Congo 1960 *
France 1965
Brazil 1962-64 *
Dominican Republic 1963 *
Cuba 1959 to present
Bolivia 1964 *
Indonesia 1965 *
Ghana 1966 *
Chile 1964-73 *
Greece 1967 *
Costa Rica 1970-71
Bolivia 1971 *
Australia 1973-75 *
Angola 1975, 1980s
Zaire 1975
Portugal 1974-76 *
Jamaica 1976-80 *
Seychelles 1979-81
Chad 1981-82 *
Grenada 1983 *
South Yemen 1982-84
Suriname 1982-84
Fiji 1987 *
Libya 1980s
Nicaragua 1981-90 *
Panama 1989 *
Bulgaria 1990 *
Albania 1991 *
Iraq 1991
Afghanistan 1980s *
Somalia 1993
Yugoslavia 1999
Ecuador 2000 *
Afghanistan 2001 *
Venezuela 2002 *
Iraq 2003 *

After his June 4 Cairo speech, President Obama was much praised for mentioning the 1953 CIA overthrow of Iranian prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh. But in his talk in Ghana on July 11 he failed to mention the CIA coup that ousted Ghanian president Kwame Nkrumah in 1966, referring to him only as a “giant” among African leaders. The Mossadegh coup is one of the most well-known CIA covert actions. Obama could not easily get away without mentioning it in a talk in the Middle East looking to mend fences. But the Nkrumah ouster is one of the least known; indeed, not a single print or broadcast news report in the American mainstream media saw fit to mention it at the time of the president’s talk. Like it never happened.

And the next time you hear that Africa can’t produce good leaders, people who are committed to the welfare of the masses of their people, think of Nkrumah and his fate. And think of Patrice Lumumba, overthrown in the Congo 1960-61 with the help of the United States; Agostinho Neto of Angola, against whom Washington waged war in the 1970s, making it impossible for him to institute progressive changes; Samora Machel of Mozambique against whom the CIA supported a counter-revolution in the 1970s-80s period; and Nelson Mandela of South Africa (now married to Machel’s widow), who spent 28 years in prison thanks to the CIA.

Ref: Counterpunch

William Blum is the author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II, Rogue State: a guide to the World’s Only Super Power. and West-Bloc Dissident: a Cold War Political Memoir.

He can be reached at: BBlum6@aol.com

The Jew who Dealt with Nazis – Killing Kasztner + The transfer aggrement

After 50 years, will the Jew accused of collaborating with the Nazis during the Holocaust be exonerated?

How much should you negotiate with the enemy? In Israel, the debate over that question evoked fury to the point of assassination. Such was the case of Kasztner.

Dr Israel (Rezso) Kasztner, a Hungarian Jew who tried to rescue the last million Jews of Europe by negotiating face to face with Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, was gunned down by another Jew who never set foot in Nazi Europe.

After 50 years, his assassin Ze’ev Eckstein breaks his silence on the fateful night he shot and killed Kasztner.

Some people considered Kasztner a hero for his eventual rescue of almost 1,700 Jews on a train to safety in Switzerland. Yet this extraordinary act was later cast as an one of betrayal. After Kasztner moved to Israel, he fought a vicious libel battle in a trial that portrayed him as ‘the man who sold his soul to the devil’, leading to his assassination in Tel Aviv in 1957.

This documentary re-opens the history books on Kasztner’s life and the events surrounding this controversial figure. It follows Kasztner’s family and survivors, plagued by a legacy they are determined to change. Ze’ev Eckstein reveals, step-by-step, his transformation into an assassin – the events and passions that turned a young man into an agent of politics and revenge.

Intensely emotional for those still living it, part real-time investigation and part historical journey, filmmaker Gaylen Ross unearths the Kasztner story and its ramifications for his family and his country, exploring the very nature of history itself – who writes it, how it is remembered and what is at stake for the present and the future.

Ref: BBC

On the night of March 3, 1957 Rudolph (Rezsö) Kasztner became the first Jewish victim of a Jewish political assassination in the State of Israel.

He was murdered for what some would consider “playing God,” determining which Hungarian Jews to save from extermination during the Holocaust. Like Oskar Schindler, Kasztner negotiated with the Nazis to save lives. Unlike Schindler, however, Kasztner’s actions and motives were questioned by Hungarian Holocaust survivors whose families were not included in the select group of Jews to be saved.

In 1955, Malkiel Grunwald, a 70-year-old Israeli journalist, attacked Kasztner’s character in a self- published newsletter. The libelous pamphlet led to a lawsuit against Grunwald which then exploded into a public debate about what should have been the appropriate actions taken by Jews in the Holocaust. Fifty years later, the moral dilemma remains: Was the saving of a selected number of Jews an act of righteousness or an act of collaboration?

There is no question, however, that to act in the face of that dilemma took the courage of a hero.

kasztnermemorial.com

Tracking Kasztner’s Train

Why are thousands of non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust memorialized in Yad Vashem, while the one Jew who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews is virtually forgotten?

This is the moral injustice that Anna Porter, prominent Canadian publisher and author — Hungarian born and not Jewish — tries to rectify in her impressive biography of Reszo Kasztner, “Kasztner’s Train.” Although he saved 1,684 Jews, Kasztner remains a controversial figure. His frantic efforts to negotiate a “trucks for Jews, goods for blood” deal with Adolf Eichmann, master bureaucrat of the Holocaust, ultimately earned him vilification as a Nazi collaborator after the war. Ironically, while Eichmann or any of the other SS officers Kasztner was forced to confront daily could easily have shot Kasztner, a fellow Jew on a quiet street in Tel Aviv fatally gunned him down in 1957.

Ref: Jewish daily

The Transfer Agreement is Edwin Black’s compelling, award-winning story of a negotiated arrangement in 1933 between Zionist organizations and the Nazis to transfer some 50,000 Jews, and $100 million of their assets, to Jewish Palestine in exchange for stopping the worldwide Jewish-led boycott threatening to topple the Hitler regime in its first year.


The transfer aggrement

PERSPECTIVE: ISRAELI DESRUCTION of GAZA

Citizen Dies as a Result of Electricity Shock in Tunnel in Rafah
21-5-2009

General Comment No. 20 Non-Discrimination in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (art. 2, para. 2) adopted by the committee on 25th may 2009
25-5-2009

UN Committee Against Torture Found ‘Numerous, Ongoing and Consistent Allegations’ of Torture and Ill-treatment by Israeli Interrogators
20-5-2009

Palestinian and Israeli Human Rights Organisations Release Joint Fact Sheet Calling for an End to International Donor Complicity in Israeli Violations of International Law
7-5-2009

So Close Yet Unattainable: Lack of Access to Healthcare outside Gaza, April 26, 2009
26-4-2009

Hiding Behind Civilian: April 2009 Update Report
Al Mezan report onThe Use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields by the Israeli Occupation Forces
9-4-2009

Letter from Palestinian human rights organisations to the Palestinian political parties and factions involved in the Cairo diplomatic talks
24-3-2009

Two People Killed by IOF Close to the Borderlne in Rafah
22-5-2009

Citizen Killed as Tunnel Collapses in Rafah Close to the Borderline with Egypt
23-5-2009

IOF Airplanes Drop Warning Leaflets to the Residents of the Gaza Strip Borderline Areas
25-5-2009

The IOF Detains Four Fishers in the Open Sea to the North of Beit Lahia Town
27-5-2009

Two Injured in Military Training Site in Rafah
27-5-2009

Child Dies as a Result of Weapons Misuse
29-5-2009

Internal Security Detain Secretary of Fateh Youth Organization in Gaza City
26-5-2009

IOF Gunboats Detain Fishers at Rafah Beach
26-5-2009

Military Court in Gaza Sentences Three Accused Persons to Death, Al Mezan Calls for Abolition of Death Penalty
25-5-2009

Al Mezan Delivers Specialized Course for Gaza Lawyers on ‘International Humanitarian Law, Litigation Procedures and Prosecuting War Crimes’
24-5-2009

Ninety Women Prevented from Travelling to West Bank, Al Mezan Condemns Violations of Right to Freedom of Movement and Political Participation
21-5-2009

IOF Injures Farmer in eastern Beit Hanoun
20-5-2009

IOF Shells Borderline with Egypt, Injuring Three Inside Tunnel
20-5-2009

Mysterious Explosion Kills Child in Khan Younis Camp
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IOF Gunboats Shell Rafah Beach, Detain Two Fishers
20-5-2009

IOF Targets Group of People Southeast Gaza City
19-5-2009

IOF Hits Metal Workshop in At-Tuffah Neighborhood in Gaza City
20-5-2009

IOF Gunboats Shell Beit Lahia Beach
17-5-2009

Al Mezan Holds Workshop Entitled, ‘Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights Issues,’ at its Jabalia Refugee Camp Office
7-5-2009

Al Mezan Warns against Exploiting Gazans Entitled to Benefits from Israeli National Insurance
7-5-2009

IOF Opens Fire Intensively Towards Different Areas in North Gaza
7-5-2009

IOF Opens Fire Towards Al-Shawka Village
7-5-2009

IOF Shells Borderline with Egypt
7-5-2009

UN Committee Against Torture to Review Israel on 5-6 May 2009
6-5-2009

IOF Penetrates in Eastern Jabalia Town
1-5-2009

IOF Injures Farmer in Eastern khan Younis
2-5-2009

Citizen Killed as a Result of Weapon Misuse in Gaza City
29-4-2009

IOF Shells Eastern Jabalia with Artillery, Injuring Woman
3-5-2009

IOF Detains Three Palestinians Close to the Separation Fence, East to Al-Maghazi Camp
3-5-2009

Agricultural Fields in Eastern Wadi Gaza Village Set on fire Due to IOF Shelling
4-5-2009

IOF Injures and Detains Child in Eastern Beit Hanoun
3-5-2009

Unknown Men Set Fire to Two Cars in Al-Moghazi Camp
1-5-2009

Adalah to AG: Open a Criminal Investigation into Israeli Soldiers’ Use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields during the Recent Military Offensive on Gaza
23-4-2009

Adalah to Bank of Israel: Stopping the Transfer of National Insurance Disability Payments to over 5,000 Palestinians in Gaza is a Violation of their Right to Property
23-4-2009

Statement by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territory
1-5-2009

Israeli Authorities Deny More than Five Thousand Palestinians their Right to Receive Insurance Allowances from the National Insurance Institute of Israel
27-4-2009

Citizen Injured as a Result of Weapon Misuse in Jabalia
27-4-2009

Al Mezan Issues a New Report on the Lack of Access to Healthcare outside Gaza
26-4-2009

Al Mezan Issues a report on ‘The Impact of the Israeli Offensive on the Right to Water in the Gaza Strip’
26-4-2009

The Impact of the Israeli Offensive on the Right to Water in the Gaza Strip, February 2009
26-4-2009

IOF Penetrates North Gaza
23-4-2009

Al Mezan Condemns the Mass Summoning of Fatah Movement Leaders in Gaza and Calls for an Investigation into Violations of the Law
23-4-2009

Al Mezan Secures Release of Palestinian Fishing Boat Seized by IOF
23-4-2009

Citizen Killed as Tunnel Collapses in Rafah
25-4-2009

Statement Regarding Israeli ‘Investigation’ into War Crimes in Gaza:
Investigation Violates the International Relevant Standards of Human Rights Law and Entrenches Impunity
23-4-2009

IOF Gunboats Open fire at Fishers at Rafah Beach
18-4-2009

Al Mezan Urges the Governments in Ramallah and Gaza to Resolve the ‘Medical Referrals’ Profile, Respect their Responsibilities and Protect the Lives of Patients in Need of Medical Access Immediately
15-4-2009

Palestinian Prisoners Day
Al Mezan Calls for Efforts to Expose Israeli Violations, Secure the Release of Prisoners and Defend their Human Rights
17-4-2009

We, the Undersigned Organizations, Condemn the Deterioration of the Rule of Law and Continued Internal Attacks in the Gaza Strip
1-2-2009

Woman Killed Under Ambiguous Circumstances in An Nusairat Refugee Camp
15-4-2009

IOF Shells Beit Lahia Beach and Hits Boat
13-4-2009

Director of Al Mezan Receives Swedish Diplomatic Delegation in Gaza
13-4-2009

Al Mezan Center Condemns Killing of Woman and Calls for Perpetrators to be Apprehended and Brought to Justice
13-4-2009

The Military Court Sentences Four Persons to Death in Gaza
Al Mezan Calls for the Abolition of the Death Penalty and Emphasizes that the Sentence Violates Fair Trial Standards
9-4-2009

New Al Mezan Report on the Use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields by the Israeli Occupation Forces
9-4-2009

Al Mezan Director and Human Rights Activists Meet Mr. Gerry Adams in Gaza
9-4-2009

Declaration of the Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organisations
6-4-2009

Al Mezan Center Releases a Report on Unlawful Combatants
9-4-2009

IOF Detains Ten Fishermen, Seizes Their Boats; Al Mezan Condemns IOF Violations against Palestinian Fishermen and Calls for Their Protection
7-4-2009

Unlawful Combatants
The Violation of Gazan Detainees’ Rights in Israeli Prisons
6-4-2009

Al Mezan Welcomes Decision of Prime Minister in Gaza to Approve Commission of Inquiry Recommendation to Dismiss and Bring to Justice Perpetrators of Law and Human Rights Violations
1-4-0

Al Mezan Organizes Training Workshop on International Humanitarian Law and Protection of Civilians in the OPT For Fieldworkers
1-4-2009

Al Mezan Condemns Israeli Campaign of Arbitrary Measures against Palestinian Detainees and Calls on International Community to Urgently Intervene
30-3-2009

Special IOF Unit Kidnaps Palestinian in Abasan Al Kabeera Village East of Khan Younis
30-3-2009

Two killed and Two Others Injured in IOF Shelling in Eastern Gaza
31-3-2009

Al Mezan Calls for Investigation into the Causes of Wastewater Basin Collapse near Bedouin Village and Calls on International Community to Intervene to Stop the Israeli Siege on Gaza
28-3-2009

Woman Dies of Her Injuries in Egyptian Hospital
29-3-2009

IOF Shoots Palestinian in Eastern Beit Hanoun
30-3-2009

Hiding Behind Civilians, New Al Mezan Report on: The Continued Use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields by the Israeli Occupation Forces
29-3-2009

Hiding Behind Civilians, Al Mezan report on The Continued Use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields by the Israeli Occupation Forces
17-6-2008

Al Mezan Calls for Release of All Detainees Held by Israel and Especially those Categorized as ‘Unlawful Combatants’ in Contravention of International Law and Human Rights Principles
26-3-2009

Al Mezan Center Condemns the Escalation of Israeli Violations against Palestinian Fishers and Calls on the International Community to Act, and Civil Society to Intensify its Solidarity Campaigns
25-3-2009

Al Mezan Condemns the Killing of a Woman and Calls for the Perpetrators to be Apprehended and Brought to Justice
25-3-2009

Al Mezan Director Participates in Human Rights Council Meeting and Continues his Tour to Strengthen International Efforts to Prosecute Israeli War Criminals
24-3-2009

IOF Detains Four Fishermen in Open Sea in Rafah
25-3-2009

IOF Gunboats Shoot Palestinian Fisherman at Gaza Beach
23-3-2009

Two Children Killed as Suspect Object Explodes in Eastern Gaza City
21-3-2009

Citizen Dies from Electrocution in Rafah
19-3-2009

Citizen Dies of His wounds in Rafah
22-3-2009

IOF Detains Two Fishermen in Open Sea North of Gaza
18-3-2009

IOF Opens Fire at Palestinian Fishermen in Open Sea North of Gaza
17-3-2009

Al Mezan Center Demands Inquiry into Death in Custody of Zayid Jaradat
19-3-2009

Re: Gross Human Rights Violations and War Crimes in the Gaza Strip – The UN Human Rights Council must urge the General Assembly to act under Resolution 377
30-12-2008

Obstruction of Access to Healthcare
Yet Another Child Casualty Due to Israel’s Closure Policies, 18 March 2009
18-3-2009

The Targeting of Medical Centers, Ambulance Teams and Civil Defense Teams during the Israeli Offensive “Operation Cast Lead” against the Gaza Strip
17-3-2009

The Targeting of Medical Centers, Ambulance Teams and Civil Defense Teams during the Israeli Offensive “Operation Cast Lead” against the Gaza Strip, 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009
17-3-2009

One Injured and Four Detained in IOF Incursion in Al Shawa Village
13-3-2009

New Al Mezan Report, Israeli Violations against the Freedom of Press and during Operation ‘Cast Lead’
10-3-2009

IOF Targets Police Jeep in As Sudania Area, Kills Four
10-3-2009

Explosive Device Detonated in Café in Central Al Maghazi Camp
5-3-2009

Two People Injured as a Result of Weapon Misuse
3-3-2009

Woman and Child Injured in IOF Shelling on Swedish Village in Rafah
7-3-2009

IOF Hits Borderline with Egypt Again
10-3-2009

IOF Warplanes Shell Borderline With Egypt
4-3-2009

On International Woman’s Day Al Mezan Center Congratulates Palestinian Women and Calls on Women around the World to Strengthen their Solidarity with the National Struggle of Palestinian Women
8-3-2009

Al Mezan Publishes a List of Palestinians Killed by the IOF during the Israeli ‘Cast Lead’ Operation in Gaza
7-3-2009

Israeli Occupation Forces Continue to Shell and Tighten Siege on Gaza Strip Al Mezan Center Calls on International Community to Take Immediate and Effective Action
5-3-2009

IOF Kills Two and Injures Two Others in AL Maghazi Camp in Middle the Gaza Strip
5-3-2009

Al Mezan Center Calls on International Community to Act to Stop Collective Punishment against Gaza’s Civilian Population and to Ease Reconstruction Efforts
20-2-2009

Charter of the United Nations
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Israeli artillery shelling renews in the Gaza Strip, injuring Hani Nasser
22-5-2006

22-5-2006

22-5-2006

22-5-2006

24-5-2006

One citizen killed and two injured in Great Abasan village in eastern Khan Younis
24-5-2006

armed persons opened fire injuring two persons in Al-Jala’a st. Gaza city
24-5-2006

Armed persons clashed with residents from Al Qanou family in Jabalia
24-5-2006

Director of Preventive Security was killed
24-5-2006

Armed clashes in Gaza City, injuring six citizens
25-5-2006

Implementing the decision by Minister of Interior, the Executive Force withdraws from streets
26-5-2006

Explosion of a local-made rocket in Beit Hanoun, injuring a Palestinian child
26-5-2006

Israeli artillery shelling in east-north of the Gaza Strip kills a Palestinian farmer
26-5-2006

Israeli artillery shelling in the north-east of the Gaza Strip, injuring Maher Abu Jarad
26-5-2006

Israeli artillery shelling in north-east of the Gaza Strip, injuring Kamal Al Kafarneh
26-5-2006

Explosion of an Israeli artillery missile, killing three Palestinians and injuring three others
26-5-2006

IOF reported the injuring of two Palestinians; the search by medical staff came to nothing
26-5-2006

Four injured in the town of Little Abasan by a stray bullet
27-5-2006

Injuring a child in Beni Sehela town
27-5-2006

Israeli gunships open fire at Palestinian sailing boats; no casualties reported
27-5-2006

Palestinian Police contribute to the release of a hostage and arrest kidnappers
27-5-2006

Armed clashes with the IOF in Jabalia kill one citizen
29-5-2006

28-5-2006

Armed persons kidnap and beat a citizen in Khan Younis
28-5-2006

A young Palestinian injured in a mysterious incident
28-5-2006

A girl in her twenties murdered in mysterious circumstances
28-5-2006

IOF resume artillery shelling to terrify civilians
29-5-2006

IOF kill 4 Palestinians and shelling injures a number of citizens including medical staff and journalists
30-5-2006

IOF intensify artillery shelling, killing a Palestinian child.
31-5-2006

IOF air shelling on the Gaza Strip; no casualties reported
31-5-2006

Al Mezan Center moved to its new office in Gaza City, Izz Ad Din Al Qassam Street , opposite to Ash Shifa Tower
1-6-2006

Armed clashes in Bani Sehela town, injuring five citizens
1-6-2006

3-6-2006

3-6-2006

3-6-2006

Palestinian child drowns in Khan Younis
2-6-2006

2-6-2006

3-6-2006

4-6-2006

3-6-2006

Preventive Security official killed in Gaza
1-6-2006

Abdel Hani Siyyam ,Hamas activist, is seriously injured
3-6-2006

Two Palestinians killed and five injured in Khan Younis
4-6-2006

Armed clashes in Gaza City kill two citizens and injure two others
4-6-2006

A citizen injured and abandoned in the yard of Nasser Hospital
4-6-2006

In-house explosion in Jabalia kills one Palestinian and injures two
5-6-2006

IOF kidnap two Palestinians from north Gaza
5-6-2006

IOF kill two Palestinians and injure four others
5-6-2006

Al Mezan condemns IOF assassination crimes
5-6-2006

Al Mezan condemns the escalation of the state of insecurity and calls upon the PNA to undertake its duties to halt it
6-6-2006

IOF kill three security men and injure four others
7-6-2006

IOF kill Abu Ataya, Leader of Popular Resistance Committees in Palestine and three of his fellows
9-6-2006

Unknown persons torch an ambulance owned by Al Aqsa Palestinian Society
9-6-2006

The State of insecurity intensifies despite the ongoing IOF offensive
9-6-2006

IIOF commit new massacre, killing and injuring around 46 Palestinians
9-6-2006

IOF kill Palestinian family, leaving behind a thirteen-year-old child
9-6-2006

IOF intensify offensive and resume terrifying operations
9-6-2006

The state of insecurity continues, armed group kill a citizen and injure other
9-6-2006

Armed group kill a preventive security official
10-6-2006

Armed clashes result in wounding two citizens
10-6-2006

Clashes result in 26 persons injured and damage to school building and two ambulances
12-6-2006

Armed clashes result in two Palestinians killed, two kidnapping and a number of citizens injured
12-6-2006

Kidnappings and breaking into a house and clinic in Khan Younis
12-6-2006

Gunfire at a march in Al Bureij Camp injures two citizens.
13-6-2006

Al Mezan condemns IOF augmenting assassination crimes and killing paramedics
13-6-2006

Armed persons torch the house of the Preventive Security Director in Khan Younis
14-6-2006

Armed clashes in Khan Younis result in wounding of Director of Preventive Security and another citizen and one killed
14-6-2006

Armed persons kill a citizen and kidnap another in Jabalia north Gaza
16-6-2006

IOF kill two Palestinians claiming they were planning to carry out attacks
16-6-2006

IOF intensify assassination crimes
16-6-2006

Three citizens injured following the explosion of a suspicious device in Deir Al Balah
18-6-2006

IOF kill three Palestinian children and injure 15 citizens including 8 children
20-6-2006

IOF kill two Palestinians and injure 14 including 4 children
21-6-2006

Two citizens injured in gunfire
21-6-2006

IOF continue terrifying Palestinian civilians
21-6-2006

Rafah crossing closed
21-6-2006

government employee beaten in Deir Al Balah
22-6-2006

IOF close Rafah crossing again, disregarding the suffering of Palestinians
23-6-2006

Mysterious explosion resulted in killing one citizen and injuring five others
27-6-2006

IOF shell a bridge south of Gaza City
27-6-2006

Israeli military operation launched in the Gaza Strip
27-6-2006

Al Mezan condemns terrifying civilians and calls upon the International Community to undertake its obligations regarding recent attacks in the OPT
27-6-2006

IOF destroy a bridge that links Gaza City with middle district
28-6-2006

IOF shell a bridge on Gaza coastline
28-6-2006

Mysterious explosion kills a Palestinian and a two-years-old child in Khan Younis
28-6-2006

29-6-2006

29-6-2006

29-6-2006

29-6-2006

29-6-2006

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29-6-2006

29-6-2006

29-6-2006

30-6-2006

30-6-2006

30-6-2006

30-6-2006

30-6-2006

30-6-2006

30-6-2006

IOF continue artillery shelling on north of the Gaza Strip, injuring two Palestinian children
30-6-2006

IOF carry out illusionary raids, terrifying civilians especially children and patients
30-6-2006

30-6-2006

1-7-2006

1-7-2006

1-7-2006

1-7-2006

IOF shell greenhouses, causing severe damages to adjacent houses in Rafah
1-7-2006

IOF launch strikes on Beit Lahia
1-7-2006

Israeli gunships fire Beit Lahia beach
1-7-2006

IOF intensify artillery shelling, injuring a child
1-7-2006

IOF penetrate 1 Km into east of Khan Younis
1-7-2006

IOF shell the executive force site, killing one
2-7-2006

IOF shell the Palestinian PM office
2-7-2006

IOF kill three Palestinians near Gaza International Airport
3-7-2006

2-7-2006

2-7-2006

2-7-2006

IOF shell houses with people inside
3-7-2006

3-7-2006

3-7-2006

3-7-2006

IOF shell a missile and kill a Palestinian
3-7-2006

IOF penetrate Beit Hanoun
4-7-2006

IOF penetrate Beit Lahia
4-7-2006

National security officer injured in clashes with Special Forces in north Beit Hanoun
4-7-2006

IOF locate troops in Beit Hanoun
4-7-2006

IOF kill Palestinian in East Beit Hanoun
3-7-2006

More IOF troops deployed in Beit Hanoun and enter the town
3-7-2006

4-7-2006

IOF open fire on technical personnel of the Electricity Company
5-7-2006

IOF penetrate Northern Gaza, occupying houses and using them for military surveillance points.
5-7-2006

6-7-2006

6-7-2006

6-7-2006

6-7-2006

6-7-2006

IOF kill two Palestinians and injure two others in Al Sudania area.
6-7-2006

IOF penetrate Al Atatra and Al Sultan Areas
6-7-2006

IOF kill one Palestinian in Anan area, northern Gaza City
6-7-2006

Al Mezan condemns the escalation of the IOF offensive on the Gaza Strip
6-7-2006

Two Al Mezan Staff members denied access to workplace
6-7-2006

17 Palestinians killed and 53 injured as a result of Israeli incursion into Gaza Strip.
6-7-2006

IOF bomb Al Amoudi area again, killing 3 and injuring 7. Twenty Palestinians killed so far
6-7-2006

IOF bomb a car, killing 1 and injuring 3, which makes 22 killed and 56 wounded
6-7-2006

Medics found four Palestinians killed close to Al Amoudi crossroads
6-7-2006

IOF shell a missile on Al Atatera area in north Gaza Strip
6-7-2006

57 Palestinians killed, 121 injured, tens of houses destroyed and agricultural lands leveled as a result to IOF continued offensive on the Gaza Strip.
10-7-2006

Israeli High Court Gives IOF 48 Hours to Implement a ‘Humanitarian’ Solution for Palestinians Trapped at Egypt Border
10-7-2006

IOF Escalate the Disproportionate Use of Force against Palestinians, killing 5 civilians.
10-7-2006

Al Mezan condemns the escalating IOF offensive against Palestinian civilians and their property
18-7-2006

IOF continue to kill Palestinian civilians, and destroy civilian establishments
18-7-2006

Al Mezan condemns excessive destruction by IOF in Beit Hanoun
18-7-2006

Al Mezan condemns the ongoing IOF offensive on Al Maghazi Refugee Camp;11 Palestinians killed, 105 injured, including 26 children
23-7-2006

15 Palestinians killed and 58 injured in escalating IOF offensive in Gaza Strip.
26-7-2006

More Palestinians killed and others injured in IOF attacks in the Gaza Strip
26-7-2006

IOF wrongly destroy the house of Al Habibi in Tel Al Zaater
11-8-2006

IOF shell a house in Khan Younis
16-8-2006

Child killed and 4 others wounded as security unrest continues
16-8-2006

IOF tanks shell northern Gaza
16-8-2006

Al Mezan condemns IOF deliberate killing of Palestinian civilians and destruction of houses
16-8-2006

IOF close Karni Crossing
16-8-2006

Security unrest and internal violence continue in Khan Younis
18-8-2006

20-8-2006

IOF re-close Rafah Terminal
20-8-2006

IOF kill a Palestinian and injure two others
18-8-2006

Government employees throw stones at Bank of Jordan in Gaza City
19-8-2006

Protest organized by unemployed Palestinians in front of Palestinian
20-8-2006

Al Mezan condemns escalating IOF offensive against Palestinians; civilians killed, 14 injured, and 2 houses destroyed
22-8-2006

IOF penetrate eastern Khan Younis
22-8-2006

IOF kille three Palestinians
22-8-2006

IOF Penetrate Al Shija’iya neighborhood of Gaza City
22-8-2006

IOF penetrate Abbasan Al Kabira, killing one Palestinian civilian and
24-8-2006

IOF kill one Palestinian civilian and injure one other in Khan Younis
24-8-2006

IOF penetrate eastern Khan Younis
27-8-2006

IOF tanks shell north Gaza Strip
18-8-2006

IOF shell the border area in northern Gaza Strip
18-8-2006

21-8-2006

28-8-2006

28-8-2006

IOF attack journalists
27-8-2006

Security unrest continues in the Gaza Strip
28-8-2006

Three Palestinians killed by IOF in Al Shaja’ia Neighborhood
29-8-2006

IOF randomly open fire at Palestinian civilians
30-8-2006

Unknown persons open fir at a citizen and his wife in Jabalia Camp
30-8-2006

Urgent Letter to the EU on the Closure on Rafah Crossing
30-8-2006

Armed persons attack medical laboratory and kidnap a citizen in Khan Younis
31-8-2006

The IOF redeploy in eastern Al Shaja’ia neighborhood
31-8-2006

IOF continue their crimes in Beit Hanoun
2-9-2006

Three Palestinians wounded in IOF tank shelling
3-9-2006

1 Palestinian killed and 31 injured in Khan Younis as security unrest continues
3-9-2006

IOF jets shell a house in Jabalia
3-9-2006

IOF continue to target Palestinian civilians
3-9-2006

Position paper: Al Mezan emphasizes the legality of workers’ strike and calls upon PNA and workers to negotiate to solve the crisis
4-9-2006

Further explosions of suspected objects injure two more children in Deir Al Balah
4-9-2006

Ten students injured in the explosion of a locally made bomb
5-9-2006

Explosion of suspected object kills two children
5-9-2006

5-9-2006

3 Citizens including a child injured in family fight in An Nusairat Refugee camp
5-9-2006

The IOF kill a child in Wadi Gazza Village
5-9-2006

IOF extra-judicial assassination inflict 30 causalities in Rafah
5-9-2006

5-9-2006

5-9-2006

6-9-2006

IOF deploy in Um Al Wad area
9-9-2006

The IOF kill a child and injure another near Gaza International Airport
10-9-2006

IOF deploy in Khan Younis, and raze agricultural land
11-9-2006

11-9-2006

11-9-2006

IOF target a civilian car in Rafah
11-9-2006

IOF withdraw from Abasan Al Jadida
11-9-2006

IOF penetrate eastern Rafah
12-9-2006

IOF shell the house of the Manager of the Palestinian Minister of Interior Office
12-9-2006

IOF penetrate eastern Deir Al Balah
12-9-2006

12-9-2006

Failure attempt to kidnap Serbian Ophthalmologist
14-9-2006

IOF kill a Palestinian civilian near Sofa Crossing
14-9-2006

13-8-2006

15-9-2006

18-9-2006

18-9-2006

18-9-2006

18-9-2006

Under the motto ‘Gaza Still Occupied’, Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights launches its International Campaign
18-9-2006

Property dispute results in six injuries
18-9-2006

Dispute on ownership of plot of land kills two and injures five others
18-9-2006

19-9-2006

19-9-2006

19-9-2006

IOF destroy two houses in Rafah
20-9-2006

Two causalities in IOF shelling in Jabalia
20-9-2006

IOF penetrate Arez industrial area

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