A veteran British Jewish lawmaker, Sir Gerald Kaufman, has compared the Israeli offensive in Gaza to the Nazis who forced his family to flee from Poland.
Kaufman, who was brought up as an orthodox Jew and Zionist, said: "My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town a German soldier shot her dead in her bed.
"My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.
"The present Israeli government ruthlessly and cynically exploits the continuing guilt from gentiles over the slaughter of Jews in the Holocaust as justification for their murder of Palestinians."
He said the claim that many of the Palestinian victims were militants "was the reply of the Nazi" and added: "I suppose the Jews fighting for their lives in the Warsaw ghetto could have been dismissed as militants."
My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza
He accused the Israeli government of seeking "conquest" and added: "They are not simply war criminals, they are fools."
Kaufman called for a total arms ban on Israel.
“It is time for our government to make clear to the Israeli government that its conduct and policies are unacceptable and to impose a total arms ban on Israel.”
He also branded the Israeli PM, the foreign minister and defense minister as war criminals.
“Is it not an incontrovertible fact that Olmert, Livni and Barak are mass murderers and war criminals?”
In a BBC interview Kaufman said about the rising Palestinian death toll: "Four Jews against 1,000 Palestinians - that is Nazism."
Kaufman, 64, called Israel's actions "not only barbaric but also stupid" because, he said, terrorism could not be defeated by force of arms.
"It failed in Lebanon and it will fail here," he said.
Date: September 23, 2008
Time: 12:00 noon
Speaker(s): Brigitte Gabriel, author
Host(s): John Edward Hilboldt, Director, Lectures and Seminars, The Heritage Foundation
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
With her new book, They Must Be Stopped, Brigitte Gabriel further details the hard truths about radical Islam, detailing not only the mortal extremes to which Islamofascists are willing to go in their quest for cultural domination, but also the fundamental steps to meet and defeat their challenge. Continuing to raise awareness of activist, fanatical movements, she examines the routes of the terrorist threat and posits the critical need to move beyond political correctness to see the true dangers posed by the spread of this radicalism. Gabriel has devoted her life to addressing this threat and draws on her life-long, firsthand knowledge of the mindset of those who seek not only to subdue our nation but also Western Civilization.
Gabriel is the author of the New York Times bestseller Because They Hate. She travels widely to speak on topics related to the Middle East and has addressed audiences at the FBI, the United States Special Operations Command, members of the United States Congress, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, members of the British Parliament’s House of Commons, the Prime Minister of Australia, and the Joint Forces Staff College among others. Her nonprofit organization ACT! for America, with over 200 chapters worldwide, is dedicated to educating Americans about the threat of radical Islam to world peace and national security.
1. Why are you saying this? Always begin by questioning the motives of those who draw attention to unfortunate incidents such as the shelling of schools, the blocking of ambulances, the placing of bombs in restaurants, the firing of rockets into towns etc. They are anti-Semites, anti-Irish, anti-Islam – whatever. Even when you know the charge to be untrue, make them deny it.
If confronted with an obviously independent, respected and neutral organisation – the Red Cross, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, a UN agency – react more in sorrow than anger. Accept that they are acting for the best motives, but regret that they have been cynically manipulated by evil forces. This gives you a double whammy – the implication that your critics are stupid and another cynical abuse to chalk up against your enemies.
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4. We gave a warning. We left a coded message saying that the bombs were about to go off. We dropped leaflets from the sky telling civilians to evacuate the area. Maybe the warning was a little imprecise or a little late. Maybe, when they evacuated one side of the town, we exploded car bombs in the area they ran into. Maybe, when they sought refuge in schools flying the UN flag, we shelled those buildings too. But we gave a warning.( Read more... )
Inside al-Arish hospital, a modern slab of stone and glass in the heart of northern Sinai's dusty administrative capital, doctors huddle in an office staring in silence at the latest scenes from Gaza flashing up on al-Jazeera TV.
Ahmed Ellabban, professor of surgery at Suez Canal University, shakes his head as he surveys the scene. "There are 4,000 injured people just 50km from here," he says quietly. "We're sitting in a very well-equipped hospital with more than 100 doctors on call, ready to deal with more than 400 emergency cases through the week. But they are not coming. We don't know why. We just wait."
Oscillating between silence and mayhem, al-Arish hospital – the receiving point for all wounded Palestinians who make it across the Egyptian border – is a surreal backdrop to Gaza's growing humanitarian crisis. With the number of patients making it through the contentious Rafah crossing each day rarely reaching double figures, the region's most advanced medical centre sits frozen in tense expectation most of the time, its tiled corridors empty save for the odd cleaner or local official doing the rounds. On some days, nobody arrives at all.
But each time a Palestinian ambulance does make it across the thin patch of sand and barbed wire marking no man's land between Gaza and Egypt, the hospital erupts into activity as staff prepare to receive their new case. They know it is unlikely to be a simple one. "Which body part haven't I seen missing?" says one paramedic when asked what type of shrapnel injuries he had witnessed in victims being transported to al-Arish. According to hospital records, one in six of those victims have been children.
Perched on a rickety stool outside the ER, her face illuminated by flickering blue ambulance beacons, Nawal Wasa prays for her teenage daughter's life as doctors fight to save her inside. "She's only 16 years old," Nawal says fiercely. "She wanted to finish high school and go to university. That's all she ever wanted."( Read more... )
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(Long silence and then she grins.)
Is a smile your answer to that?
Torture? Would I say that what happened there was torture? Hm? To the Iraqis? Definitely, being naked. That wasn't only torture it was humiliating. Then having me, a female, point at them, that was double humiliating. I wouldn't say that when we had them running up and down the tier, crawling and just wearing themselves out, that that was torture. It was just to get their mind-set prepped for interrogation. To get them exhausted.
И так все интервью. Они пытаются выяснить, знакомо ли ей понятие совести, она отвечает, что никто же не говорил, что нельзя так делать, напротив, было прикольно и все хвалили.
...атаковали на прошлой неделе его дом, срезали дверь бензопилой и арестовали Стивена и его сестру, якобы в связи с нападением на оккупационные силы в соседней местности.
Сестра Стивена рассказывает, что очень испугалась и подумала, что это лоялисты пришли их убивать. "Они забрали меня в Антрим и бросили в сырую холодную камеру. Я не знала, почему меня арестовали, и чувствовала себя очень одинокой, но вдруг услышала песню. Кто станет петь в этой проклятой дыре, подумала я. Я приникла ухом к стене и поняла, что это была революционная песня".
During the days I was under arrest, they did more than 50 sessions withthe bag per day. I did upwards of 10,000 stand-ups. They did the bath torture to me twice. They did the torture with the water hose many times. The simulation of electric shocks was done twice. Countless blows, with and without the truncheon.
Since I was refusing to eat, at one point they forced a sobado spongecake into my mouth. They poured cocoa on the floor and made me lick it.
Interrogation was permanent and the shouting constant. They said they would go against my father. They said my mother had died of a heart attack. They said my brother and his wife were under arrest. They also said they had raped my nephew – the son of my brother and his wife - with a stick.
Igor Portu is in intensive care with broken ribs, bruises all over his body and a perforated lung and Mattin Sarasola has been seen in similar circumstances while still in the hands of Spanish police.