by Chu Lan Huong The global condemna-tion of the Israeli com-mando raid to arrest a Gaza-bound flotilla laden with humanitarian aid in international waters earlier this week was to be expected. But why did the Israelis do it? Perhaps the Israel government and military planners thought the raid would nip in the bud growing awareness about the need to employ international action to help the people of Gaza. The immediate collapse of its ties with its once firm Muslim ally, Turkey, has proved the folly of such idea. Perhaps it was also thought that a successful raid would sap the morale of the people of Gaza and destroy the will of the Palestinians for independence? If so, that idea too has proved an error. Israel imposed its blockade of Gaza after Hamas won government in June 2007 and the sponsor of the shipment - The Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of international pro-Palestinian human rights orga-nisations dedicated to drawing the world's attention to the inhuman blockade have made, … [Read more...] about Israeli attack will create even more suffering
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's calls for Jews to move to Israel after attacks in Paris and Copenhagen may strike a chord with thousands of French Jews but will likely fall on deaf ears in Denmark. While French Jews are moving to Israel at an unprecedented rate, Danish Jews embrace their country. Denmark has a generous welfare system and a healthy economy, and Sunday's attack on a synagogue may do little to change the loyalties of Danish Jews. One guard died on Saturday when a gunman attacked a Copenhagen synagogue, which followed a shooting at a cafe hosting a conference on free speech. The incidents came less than a month after 17 people were killed in Paris when Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and later targeted a Jewish supermarket. The Jewish Agency said 12 Danish Jews migrated to Israel in 2014, compared with 17 the year before, despite worries about growing anti-Semitism. In contrast, more than 7,000 French Jews made Aliyah, or emigrated to … [Read more...] about No to Netanyahu: Jews’ loyalty to Denmark runs deep
The July-August war in Gaza drew international condemnation for a number of reasons, but one episode proved more deadly than any other: an Israeli air and artillery bombardment on Aug. 1 that killed 150 people in a matter of hours. Six weeks on from the war, with the toll of destruction still being counted, there is deepening unease about what took place that day, especially over whether too much force was used. Some legal experts say a war crime may have been committed. The events unfolded just as a three-day ceasefire was supposed to come into force. Hamas militants emerged from a tunnel inside Gaza and ambushed three Israeli soldiers, killing two of them and seizing the third. To rescue the soldier - dead or alive - and ensure Hamas could not use him as a hostage, the Israeli army invoked what is known as the "Hannibal directive", an order compelling units to do everything they can to recover an abducted comrade. What ensued was a furious assault on a confined area on the eastern … [Read more...] about Did Israel’s ‘Hannibal directive’ lead to a war crime in Gaza?