Archive for June 20th, 2015

20/06/2015

Isratin or Palestrael?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

20 June 2015

Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery

THERE WAS this guy who had an earth-shaking invention: an airplane that flies on water.

No more gas. No more pollution. No more astronomical prices. Just fill it up with water, and it will fly to the end of the world.

“Wonderful!” people cried out. “Show us the plans!”

“Plans?” the man said. “I have had the great idea. I leave it to the engineers to work out the technical details.”

The inventors of the “One-State Solution” remind me of this genius. They have a wonderful idea. But there are a few questions left open.

FIRST QUESTION: how can it be achieved?

The obvious answer is: by war.

The Arab world will mobilize its armies. Israel will be conquered. The victors will impose their will.

This may be possible within a few generations. I rather doubt it. In a world of nuclear arms, wars may end with mutual annihilation.

Well, if not war, then “outside pressure”.

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20/06/2015

‘World Faces a ‘Staggering Crisis’ as Number of Refugees Hits Record Hig’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Don Murray*

Istanbul, Turkey (UNHCR)*  The world is facing a staggering crisis as the number of forcibly displaced people rises to record numbers 59.5 million at the end of 2014, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres on 18 June 2015 warned.

© Anadolu Agency/F.Yurdakul | Syrian woman holds two babies in her arms after fleeing crossing the Akcakale border gate in southern Turkey’s Sanliurfa province this week. | Source: UNHCR

“To those that think that it doesn’t matter because humanitarian organizations will be there and able to clean up the mess, I think it’s important to say that we are no longer able to clean up the mess,” he told reporters in Istanbul.*

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20/06/2015

‘Most of World’s Refugees – 86 per cent — Live in Developing Countries’

Human Wrongs Watch

“Most of the world’s refugees – 86 per cent — live in the developing world, compared to 70 per cent 10 years ago. Most of these countries have kept their doors open to people in search of safety, and have shown a generosity that is often well beyond their means,” says UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. 

Kosovar refugees fleeing their homeland on 01 March 1999 UN Photo/UNHCR/R LeMoyne

Kosovar refugees fleeing their homeland on 01 March 1999 | UN Photo/UNHCR/R LeMoyne

“I appeal to all Member States and our partners in civil society to do their utmost to support the nations and communities that have welcomed the forcibly displaced into their midst,” Ban said on occasion of World Refugee Day on 20 June 2015.

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20/06/2015

UN Creates an International Day against Sexual Violence in Conflict

Human Wrongs Watch

In an effort to boost the global fight against the horrors faced by women and girls in zones of conflict worldwide, the United Nations General Assembly on 19 June 2015 approved by consensus a new resolution to commemorate 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Victims of sexual violence at a shelter in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Marie Frechon (file)

“Rape and other forms of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict constitute grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” President of the 193-member Assembly, Sam Kutesa, declared as he greeted the resolution’s adoption. “Yet these depraved acts still occur and are used to terrorize and control civilian populations in conflict zones.”

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