UN Special Rapporteur calls for Israeli sanctions

....unless it lifts the Gaza blockade.

This report was dated December 31, 2009, the anniversary of the Gaza massacre, amidst the efforts of 1,300 or so Gaza Freedom Marchers from 42 countries who protested in Cairo to gain entry into Gaza, and Egypt's harassment of 400 or so internationals comprising the Viva Palestina aid convoy en route to the same place.

Two weeks earlier, Israel detained Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur, at Ben-Gurion airport then deported him. Why? Just a week earlier, Falk issued a scathing report on the approaching famine in Gaza and the world's silence.

Adam Horowitz reported for Monoweiss:

From the UN News Centre:

The United Nations independent expert on Palestinian rights has again called for a threat of economic sanctions against Israel to force it to lift its blockade of Gaza, which is preventing the return to a normal life for 1.5 million residents after the devastating Israeli offensive a year ago.
“Obviously Israel does not respond to language of diplomacy, which has encouraged the lifting of the blockade and so what I am suggesting is that it has to be reinforced by a threat of adverse economic consequences for Israel,” Richard Falk, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, told UN Radio.

The article also notes:

In a new policy brief, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), entrusted with promoting the integration of developing countries into the world economy, reported that more than 80 per cent of Gaza’s population are now impoverished; 43 per cent unemployed; and 75 per cent lack food security. “In view of the eroded productive base, poverty is likely to widen and deepen unless reconstruction begins in earnest and without further delay,” it warned.

http://mondoweiss.net/2009/12/un-special-rapporteur-calls-for-israeli-sanctions-unless-they-lift-the-gaza-blockade.html

Given Israel's response to this humanitarian cry from Falk, it is obvious that Israel's concern for Palestinians has reached a new low. And the world silence referred to is no doubt loudest from the US, who is funding it all. By contrast, the EU, governments and people alike, are becoming more intolerant Israel-US-Egypt's inhuman starvation of Gaza's people.

We saw a similar catastrophe in Iraq during the Clinton administration when the silly notion that Saddam could be overthrown if sanctions were imposed, instead led to the death of nearly a million people of starvation, especially infants and children.

Tags: Israel, Palestine, Gaza, Richard Falk, Free Gaza March, Viva Palestina (all tags)

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A new development from the EU and Arab League after Falk's report.

Fifty parliamentarians from across Europe are on their way to the Gaza Strip to assess conditions in the Palestinian enclave following the Israeli offensive a year ago, sources say.

The delegation, organised by the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG), is due to arrive in Egypt on Thursday, from where they will cross into Gaza.

The delegation, headed by Sir Gerald Kaufman, a veteran British MP, is the biggest in years to visit Gaza.

The parliamentarians represent 12 European countries and include Lord Ahmed, Jeremy Corbyn, Baroness Tonge and Clare Short, a former UK international development secretary. 

The delegation will meet Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League, as well as other Egyptian officials, to discuss the humanitarian condition in Gaza, in light of the continued siege imposed by Israel.

That military assault left hundreds dead and damaged millions of dollars worth of infrastructure.

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/01/20101147594774661.html

by MainStreet 2010-01-15 12:26PM | 0 recs
Falk believes in 9/11 conspiracy theories

he has no business doing anything except being in a mental hospital.

by Lakrosse 2010-01-16 12:38AM | 1 recs
RE: Falk believes in 9/11 conspiracy theories

It was a big mistake on the part of the UN not first consulting with Dr. Lakrosse. But then again the UN has never been in on the conspiracy of silence about Israel's colonization of Palestinian lands or their inhumane siege of Gaza. Maybe Falk is just imagining that all of this is happening. Gaza is a hallucination. Very sick man.

by MainStreet 2010-01-16 06:45AM | 0 recs
ummm... he believes in 9/11 conspiracy theories

where is your response to this crazy fuckwit?

by Lakrosse 2010-01-16 08:23AM | 0 recs
RE: As to who is the sick person here may be arguable.

Ya can't find anything about this UN report in the American press. Cowards, all of them.

"The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Gaza Strip has called for military and economic sanctions against Israel. "The UN has not been willing [yet] to give what's needed to exert significant pressure on Israel to lift the blockade that under any circumstances is unlawful," Richard Falk told Press TV on Thursday. "The only thing that could be more effective would be a move toward economic sanctions that would include military assistance" to Israel, the UN diplomat underlined.


The UN independent expert on Palestinian rights has also criticized the international community for its failure to end the Israeli blockade against the Gaza Strip He called for "some more effective international approach" to lift the three year blockade that "shocks the conscience of humanity". He added that the plight of the Palestinians under the Israeli siege should prompt the international community to give the besieged population "some kind of protection." Gaza has been under a tight Israeli blockade since June 2007, when Hamas took control of the populated area."

by MainStreet 2010-01-16 09:02AM | 0 recs
RE: As to who is the sick person here may be arguable.

Ya can't find anything about this UN report in the American press. Cowards, all of them.

"The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Gaza Strip has called for military and economic sanctions against Israel. "The UN has not been willing [yet] to give what's needed to exert significant pressure on Israel to lift the blockade that under any circumstances is unlawful," Richard Falk told Press TV on Thursday. "The only thing that could be more effective would be a move toward economic sanctions that would include military assistance" to Israel, the UN diplomat underlined.


The UN independent expert on Palestinian rights has also criticized the international community for its failure to end the Israeli blockade against the Gaza Strip He called for "some more effective international approach" to lift the three year blockade that "shocks the conscience of humanity". He added that the plight of the Palestinians under the Israeli siege should prompt the international community to give the besieged population "some kind of protection." Gaza has been under a tight Israeli blockade since June 2007, when Hamas took control of the populated area."

by MainStreet 2010-01-16 09:02AM | 0 recs
RE: Is this group also a bunch of sick fucks?

"The parliamentarians represent 12 European countries and include Lord Ahmed, Jeremy Corbyn, Baroness Tonge and Clare Short, a former UK international development secretary. 

The delegation will meet Amr Moussa, the secretary-general of the Arab League, as well as other Egyptian officials, to discuss the humanitarian condition in Gaza, in light of the continued siege imposed by Israel."

I would guess that the EU represenatives have gone nuts.

Where did you say you got your degree?

 

by MainStreet 2010-01-16 09:08AM | 0 recs
US editor at Palestinian agency fights Israel entry ban
Malsin is awaiting the court ruling on his expulsion

A US citizen working as an editor for a the Palestinian news agency Maan is appealing against Israel's refusal to allow him entry at Tel Aviv airport.

Jared Malsin, a Jewish-American, has been detained since he returned from a holiday in Prague on Tuesday evening, his colleagues said. Israeli security officials said security concerns had arisen when he was questioned, and the Interior Ministry had refused him entry.

The bullshit never ends.

"Israel cannot hide behind the pretext of security to sideline journalists who have done nothing more than maintain an editorial line that the authorities dislike," said Mohamed Abdel Dayem, the New York based organisation's co-ordinator for the Middle East and North Africa.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said that allegations that the decision was because of Mr Malsin's journalism were "simply absurd".

Maan news agency says it "scrupulously maintains its editorial independence and aims to promote access to information, freedom of expression, press freedom, and media pluralism in Palestine".

by MainStreet 2010-01-16 04:38PM | 0 recs

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