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nightslantern.ca: Israel / Palestine // June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017
      Israel / Palestine: rudimentary and outrageous moral problems as well as human rights violations continue to undermine Israel's authority. In 2016 the appointment of Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim as chief rabbi of Israeli forces was challenged for his alleged approval by implication of the rape of non-Jewish women by Israeli soldiers. The given reason was improvement of morale. The 2002 source quotation for his implication permits sexual intercourse with gentile women to boost morale, in extremes. The statement is racist and sexist, but use of the word 'intercourse' doesn't provably extend to rape, and the rabbi subsequently denied any intention of condoning rape. The problem remains in the context of the questioning and the concept of "everybody knows what he means." Responding to a question which used the example of rape, the rabbi's statement did not forbid rape. According to Wikipedia he had also declared against the inclusion of women in the military except in extremes, had found women unreliable in court, referred to gays as "sick or deformed" (yet to be regarded with love), and thought Palestinians should be treated as animals. He was also against vigilantism. The appointment was confirmed. In another instance of innuendo, Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich is reported to have shared with a Zionist conference his three options for Palestinians: to leave, to remain as 2nd class citizens, to continue to resist and "the Israel Defense Forces will know what to do." This has been interpreted by some as an invitation to genocide. Also to be noted: Luis Moreno Ocampo formerly of the ICC has declared Israel guilty of a war crime for its expansion of settlements on the West Bank. Also to be noted: in January 2017 former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, cancelled a trip to Brussels and avoided possible arrest for war crimes committed under "Operation Cast Lead" (Israel's action against Gaza December 2008 to January 2009 when Livni was acting Prime Minister and foreign minister). Israel's military action killed 1700 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. Currently the Swiss Attorney General is considering charges against her be brought in Switzerland. Also to be noted: the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Negev region was bulldozed for the 113th time although it has been continually rebuilt since 2010 by the people who live there. About 80,000 Bedouins live in Negev communities, many without state services - ie. water (see previous). Night's Lantern carries an ongoing genocide warning for all Palestinians, Gazans and Bedouins.    Partial sources online: "New IDF Chief Rabbi Says Soldiers Can Rape Arab Women To Boost Morale," Matt Agorist, July 12, 2016, Mint Press News; "High Court freezes IDF chief rabbi nomination over rape comments," Marissa Newman, Nov. 21, 2016, The Times of Israel "Rabbi Eyal Karim sworn in as IDF chief rabbi," Jeremy Sharon, Dec. 1, 2016, Jerusalem Post; "Former ICC Official Says Israel Will Be Convicted of War Crimes," Middle East Monitor, May 31, 2017, Middle East Monitor; "War Crimes Suit Filed in Switzerland against Former Israeli Minister," Simon Bradley, May 31, 2017, SWI swissinfo.ch; "The Israeli Lawmaker Heralding Genocide Against Palestinians," Daniel Blatman, June 12, 2017, Haaretz; "Negev: Israel razes Palestinian village for 113th time," Patrick Strickland, May 18, 2017, Al Jazeera.

- J.B.Gerald, Gerald and Maas nightslantern.ca


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Aborigines in Australia longer than previously thought: study

Aborigines in Australia longer than previously thought: study: [sg.news] Australian Aborigines are believed to be custodians of the oldest continuous culture on the planet, but when they first arrived has been a contested issue. Previous estimates have ranged from 47,000 to 60,000 years ago.

A key site in the debate is Madjedbebe, a remote rock shelter in northern Australia's Kakadu region that is the oldest-known human occupation area in the country.

New evidence uncovered by a team of archaeologists and dating specialists during a dig there, including the oldest ground-edge stone axe technology in the world, has pushed back their presence even further.

The findings, published in the journal Nature this week, set a new minimum age for the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa and across south Asia.


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Indianz.Com > Rosebud Sioux man dies after being tased and struck by police officers

Indianz.Com > Rosebud Sioux man dies after being tased and struck by police officers: Officer Ryan McClarty hit Bearheels at least 15 times, the paper said. Bearheels also was dragged by his ponytail during the incident.

“In this incident, despite our extensive training, we failed,” police chief Todd Schmaderer said at a press conference last month, the paper reported. “The Omaha Police Department made a mistake on this occasion, and we’re doing whatever we need to to correct it.”

Schmaderer is recommending Payne and McClarty be fired. Charges are possible -- evidence is being presented to a grand jury in Douglas County in September, WOWT reported.


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Report: Hamburg 'anti-Qatar protesters' were paid | Germany News | Al Jazeera

Report: Hamburg 'anti-Qatar protesters' were paid | Germany News | Al Jazeera: About 140 protesters had gathered in front of the city's Christuskirche on July 8, holding signs that said "Qatar supports terrorism", according to the report on the ARD-faktenfinder website.

The protest occurred against the backdrop of the diplomatic crisis between Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on the other side.

Some Arab media outlets reported extensively on the demonstration, although it was only a small protest.

"Sky News Arabia reported the event live. Another Egyptian channel as well as Saudi and UAE media outlets picked up on the protest. The Egyptian newspaper Egypt Today said about 7,000 people demonstrated against Qatar," the ARD-faktenfinder report said.


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Indigenous participants in work-for-dole programme 27 times more likely to be penalised | GulfNews.com

Indigenous participants in work-for-dole programme 27 times more likely to be penalised | GulfNews.com: The ANU researcher, Lisa Fowkes, found that during the same period, the 760,000 participants in the Jobactive programme, which has a similar requirement for work-for-the-dole hours but does not operate in remote communities, received 237,333 penalties.

An additional analysis by Guardian Australia found that the CDP programme received 854 penalties per 100 participants, while Jobactive received 31 penalties per 100 participants, making CDP participants 27.5 times more likely to be fined.

Fowkes, who has analysed each quarterly release of data on the programme for the Australian National University’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, said that the number of fines against CDP participants in March 2017 was the highest since the programme begun, belying the federal government’s claims that it had achieved “transformative change”.


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