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Jewish Voice For Peace: “We are alarmed at th…

Jewish Voice For Peace: “We are alarmed at the targeting of organizations and individuals that
support Palestinian rights in general… These attacks too often take the form of
cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate
anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israel’s policies and system of
occupation and apartheid.

We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian
and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump
administration, allying themselves with Israel’s far right government
while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white
supremacist groups and parties.”

politicalsci 2018-08-12 09:59:43

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politicalsci 2018-08-09 20:41:38

“Shortly before 10 p.m. on the night of May 14…

“Shortly before 10 p.m. on the night of May 14, more than a
dozen members of the Maswadah family, including nine children, lay
sleeping in tents in the shadow of a cliff in Yemen’s northern
governorate of Saada. The nomadic family had been eking out a living
raising sheep and doing farm work in the region most heavily targeted by
the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led bombing campaign that began in 2015.

Unbeknown to the Maswadahs, Royal Saudi Air Force drones had been
hovering for 45 minutes over their dwellings at the edge of the wide
plain walled by mountains. Saudi duty officers more than 550 miles away
watched the family’s tents on their screens, along with two “hot spots”
likely created by the body heat of people and animals inside.

What happened next in the Saudi war room is described in a U.S.
intelligence report seen by The Intercept. The minute-by-minute account
of a single airstrike provides a small yet detailed window into the
Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, showing how officers in charge of
daily air raids are ignoring their own procedures aimed at minimizing
civilian casualties. Specialists in international humanitarian law say
the incident described in the document shows “clear violations” of the
laws of war.

International law requires states to investigate war crimes by
their militaries and “fairly prosecute” those responsible, notes Human
Rights Watch’s Beckerle. Yet on July 10, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman
issued an unprecedented “noble royal order pardoning all military men …
of their respective military and disciplinary penalties” in the war in
Yemen.

“The Saudi King’s recent sweeping pardon for soldiers involved in
Yemen fundamentally and outrageously undercuts the already deeply flawed
coalition investigative mechanism,” Beckerle told The Intercept. “The
pardon is almost certain to embolden coalition officers still fighting
in Yemen, given the clear message it sends: Don’t worry — no
consequences.”

According to the London-based nonprofit charity Action on Armed
Violence, 72 percent of civilian deaths and injuries in Yemen from 2015
to 2017 were caused by air-launched weapons. In May, coalition
airstrikes were responsible for 73 percent of civilian casualties in
Yemen, with 26 percent caused by shelling from Houthi rebels – the
coalition’s enemy, according to AOAV, which advocates to reduce global
armed violence.

The events of May 14 continue to haunt the Maswadah family. The
children and other relatives have moved into caves, which they view as
safer than tents. “I can feel death now when I hear the sound of fighter
jets,” said Abdullah Maswadah, who, because of the move, is now a half
day’s travel from his work as a farm laborer. “The kids burst into tears
when they hear the sound [of planes].”

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