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  • Israeli cabinet approves legislation defining nation-state of Jewish people | World news | The Guardian

    Israeli cabinet approves legislation defining nation-state of Jewish people

    Opponents say proposed law would reserve ‘national rights’ for Jews and not for minorities that make up 20% of population

    Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem
    The Guardian, Sunday 23 November 2014 19.08 GMT

    Binyamin Netanyahu The Israeli PM, Binyamin Netanyahu, argues the law is needed because the notion of Israel as a Jewish homeland was being challenged. Photograph: Barcroft Media

    A controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people has been approved by cabinet despite warnings that the move risks undermining the country’s democratic character.

    Opponents, including some cabinet ministers, said the new legislation defined reserved “national rights” for Jews only and not for its minorities, and rights groups condemned it as racist.

    #israël #racisme #xénophobie #état_juif

  • #Gaza crisis: a closer look at Israeli strikes on #UNRWA schools | World | The Guardian

    Maghazi Prep School A & B
    Date: 21 July 2014

    Dead: 0 reported casualties

    Wounded: 1 child

    Sheltering: Approximately 1,000 internally displaced people prior to the first attack

    What happened: At approximately 4.55pm, the school was struck by explosive ordnance “believed to have been fired by Israeli forces.” – UNRWA statement

    Comment: “UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the shelling of one of its schools in the central area of Gaza.” – UNRWA statement

    IDF comment: “We are carefully reviewing all of these incidents.”

    Maghazi Prep School A & B
    Date: 22 July 2014

    Dead: 0

    Wounded: 0

    Sheltering: Approximately 1,000 internally displaced people prior to the first attack

    What happened: At about 10.30am, as UNRWA officials at the school investigated the 21 July incident, “there was further shelling of the school, seriously endangering the lives of UN humanitarian workers and displaced civilians.” – UNRWA statement

    Comment: “This is a serious violation of United Nations’ premises that could have had far-reaching human consequences.” – Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner-general of UNRWA

    IDF comment: “We are carefully reviewing all of these incidents.”

    Deir al-Balah Preparatory Girls School C
    Date: 23 July 2014

    Dead: 0

    Wounded: 5

    Sheltering: Approximately 1,500 internally displaced people

    What happened: the school was reportedly struck at 7.45am

    Comment: “This is the second time in three days that an UNRWA school has taken a direct hit from Israeli shelling and we again condemn this in the strongest possible terms.” – UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness

    IDF comment: “We are carefully reviewing all of these incidents.”

    Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-ed School A & D
    Date: 24 July 2014

    Dead: 15*

    Wounded: 200, mostly women and children

    Sheltering: Approximately 1,500 internally displaced people

    What happened: According to survivors, at about 2.50pm, as the playground was crowded with families waiting to be ferried to safety, one shell landed in the schoolyard, followed by several more rounds that hit the upper storeys of the building.

    Comment: “Today’s attack underscores the imperative for the killing to stop and to stop now.” – UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon

    IDF comment: The Israeli military first claimed, in a text sent to journalists, that the school could have been hit by Hamas missiles that fell short, reported the Guardian’s Peter Beaumont.

    IDF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner later said in an email to the Guardian: “In the matter of the Beit Hanoun school, the IDF encountered heavy fire in vicinity of the school, including anti-tank missile. We later determined that an errant mortar did indeed land in the empty courtyard of the school, backing this up with video evidence.”

    Additional: The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont reported from the scene: “There was no visible evidence of debris from broken Palestinian rockets in the school. The injuries and the number of fatalities were consistent with a powerful explosion that sent shrapnel tearing through the air, in some cases causing traumatic amputations. The surrounding neighbourhood bore evidence of multiple Israeli attacks, including smoke from numerous artillery rounds and air strikes. One building was entirely engulfed by flames.”

    We chose to use the number from the Guardian report, as the numbers of reported dead varied between 11 and 15.

    Zaitoun Preparatory Girls School B
    Date: 29 July 2014

    Dead: 0

    Wounded: 8

    Sheltering: Approximately 2,200 internally displaced people

    What happened: the school was reportedly struck

    IDF comment: “We are carefully reviewing all of these incidents.”

    Jabaliya Elementary Girls School A & B
    Date: 30 July 2014

    Dead: 21**

    Wounded: more than 100, including women and children

    Sheltering: Approximately 3,200 internally displaced people

    What happened: School in Jabaliya refugee camp was hit by five shells during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza.


    “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children. I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms.” – UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon

    “The shelling of a UN facility, that is housing innocent civilians who are fleeing violence, is totally unacceptable and totally indefensible.” – White House spokesman Josh Earnest

    “The world stands disgraced” – Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner-general of UNRWA

    IDF Comment: “Regarding the UNRWA facility in Jabaliya, we have determined that an exchange of fire, including mortar fire, did indeed take place in the vicinity of the school.”


    “All available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause – Ban Ki-moon

    Damage “likely to have come from heavy artillery not designed for precision use … [the IDF] provided no evidence of [militant] activity and no explanation for the strike beyond saying that Palestinian militants were firing about 200 yards away.” – New York Times investigation.

    This New York Times investigation published several days after the strike occurred found the number of dead to be greater than that previously reported. We elected to use this number.

    Rafah Boys Preparatory School A
    Date: 3 August 2014

    Dead: 11, “five were children between 3 and 15 years old”

    Wounded: 27

    Sheltering almost 3,000 internally displaced people

    What happened: A projectile struck the ground 8-10 metres from open school gates at about 10.50am. Witnesses at the scene less than an hour after the explosion claimed it had been fired from one of the many unmanned Israeli drones. UN officials in Gaza described a “shelling incident” or an air strike.


    “The attack is yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law, which clearly requires protection by both parties of Palestinian civilians, UN staff and UN premises, among other civilian facilities. United Nations shelters must be safe zones not combat zones. The Israel Defence Forces have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites. This attack, along with other breaches of international law, must be swiftly investigated and those responsible held accountable. It is a moral outrage and a criminal act.” – UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon

    IDF comment: “In the Rafah School incident, the IDF targeted three Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants on a motorbike outside of the school. The targeted strike did indeed neutralise the militants on the targeted motorbike.”

    #Israël #Israel #Crimes #victimes_civiles

  • Four Young Boys Killed Playing on Gaza Beach

    The first explosion left a small shack burning on the jetty. Several boys could be seen fleeing along the beach. About 30 seconds later came the second blast, and when the dust cleared, three figures lay motionless on the sand. One had most of a leg blown off, his body charred; a few yards away lay a smaller one with curly hair.


    Alon Ben-David, a senior military affairs journalist with extensive Israeli military sources, said information he had seen indicated that the military had identified the beach shack as belonging to Hamas and fired at it.

    Mr. Ben-David speculated that the second blast had been aimed at the children running away, who might have been mistaken for militants. But he added that given the military’s technologically advanced surveillance equipment, “it is a little hard for me to understand this, because the images show that the figures are children .”

    #assassins_et_fiers_de_l'être #assassins_adulés #impunité #Israël #enfants

    • Witness to a shelling : first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port
      There is a deafening explosion, then a second. Four children are dead. Four survivors reach the safety of our hotel

      Peter Beaumont in Gaza
      The Guardian, Wednesday 16 July 2014

      (...) It was there that the second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. As it exploded, journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children.”

      In the space of 40 seconds, four boys who had been playing hide and seek among the fishermen’s shacks built on the wall were dead. They were aged between seven and 11; two were named Mohammad, one Zakaria and the youngest Ahed. All were members of the extended Bakr family.

      Three others who were injured made it to the hotel: Hamad Bakr, aged 13, with shrapnel in his chest; his cousin Motasem, 11, injured in his head and legs, and Mohammad Abu Watfah, 21, who was hit by shrapnel in his stomach. (...)

      à comparer avec le témoignage d’un autre journaliste :

      Des missiles israéliens tuent quatre enfants à Gaza
      Par Ludovic Piedtenu, Olivier Bénis | 16 Juillet 2014

      Ils sont tombés sur une plage près d’un hôtel où résident des journalistes, tuant quatre enfants qui jouaient dans une cabane. De son côté, le Hamas a refusé officiellement le cessez-le-feu proposé par l’Égypte.

      C’est un bombardement qui risque de porter un nouveau coup important à l’image de l’opération de l’armée israélienne : plusieurs missiles ont frappé une plage à quelques mètres de l’hôtel où se trouve la presse internationale. Et le bilan est lourd : quatre enfants tués, selon nos reporters sur place.

      Les tirs ont frappé une cabane située sur une plage de Gaza. Un groupe d’enfants était en train d’y jouer. Quelques-uns ont réussi à s’enfuir après l’explosion du premier missile, d’autres sont morts presque immédiatement après le bombardement.

  • What effect has the internet had on journalism?

    For Peter Beaumont, this newspaper’s foreign affairs editor, the revolution in Egypt revealed more than the power of the people in triumphing over repressive regimes; on a personal level, he discovered something new about his working practices.

    #journalisme #Internet #Egypte