Is Monsanto’s new genetically engineered soy a health food?

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Monsanto just announced a deal with DSM Nutritional Products to sell a new type of genetically engineered (GE) soybean: one with supposed nutritional benefits. The majority of Monsanto’s GE crops are engineered to resist Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, or to produce their own pesticide, Bt. Once farmers harvest them, they are mixed together with non-GE crops and sold to consumers without labels. This new soybean, called the SDA Omega-3 soybean, will be different.

The SDA Omega-3 soybean will be grown, harvested, and processed separately from “commodity” soybeans. Farmers call these “Identity Preserved” soybeans, because everyone from the farmer to the ultimate consumer will know that they came from Monsanto’s new seeds.

This soybean is a first for Monsanto. Its previous genetically engineered seeds all provide supposed benefits only for farmers. For example, cotton that produces its own pesticide or soybeans that do not die if they are sprayed with Monsanto’s herbicide. Consumers never know if or when they eat these other genetically engineered foods, because they are not labeled.

But the new SDA Omega-3 soybean claims to provide health benefits to consumers. And if you eat it, you will know . . . because they’ll likely want to charge you extra for it.

Monsanto’s New Strange Bedfellow

To process and sell the new SDA omega-3 soybean, Monsanto just announced a deal with DSM Nutritionals, a corporation you’ve likely never heard of. Odds are, however, that you’ve eaten some of their products. They make a trove of hidden ingredients found in processed foods, from vitamins to artificial flavoring. They even make resins used to line the cans food comes in, ink used on food packaging, and the feed additive given to farmed salmon to make their flesh look pink.

This is not DSM’s first foray into omega-3 land either. Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of polyunsaturated fat that humans need to survive. We use them in our brains, our eyes, and our cell membranes. When we eat too few omega-3s — and too much of another type of fat called omega-6s — we face devastating health consequences, like heart disease. So, like many food processors, DSM has lined up to deliver omega-3s to us in supplement capsules, processed foods, and even infant formula.

Nowadays, omega-3s are marketed as a food additive or nutritional supplement. You can take fish oil capsules or flax seed oil to supplement omega-3 in your diet, or you can try some of DSM’s products, like life’sDHA. As the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has reported, Life’sDHA has sparked controversy — particularly due to its inclusion in certified organic infant formula — because it is produced from algae with genetic mutations induced by radiation and/or harsh chemicals, and it is extracted from the algae using a toxic solvent.

The Hidden Truth About Omega-3s

Despite the marketing of omega-3s as supplements or food additives (i.e. eggs, butter, oil, and even chocolate peanut butter bars “with omega-3s!”), they are simply a nutrient that most animals on this planet, humans included, consume in the course of their normal diets.

Our problem — and the reason why so many products in the supermarkets advertise omega-3s — is that we’ve flooded our diets with omega-6s. Inside our bodies, these two types of fats “compete” for the same enzymes. We need about a 4:1 ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s, or four times as many omega-6s as omega-3s. But the ratio of these fats in the average American diet is closer to 10:1, or worse.

In general, omega-6s are found in seeds and seed oils, whereas omega-3s are found in fish and green plants. Also, omega-6s are more shelf-stable, whereas omega-3s are rather perishable. In our nation of processed foods with nearly infinite shelf lives, omega-6s rule the day.

Monsanto: We’ll Sell You The Problem and Sell You The Solution

To eat these two types of fats in the right ratio, we can either eat more omega-3s or eat fewer omega-6s. Companies like DSM and Monsanto want us to do the former — so we buy their high omega-3 products (and pay top dollar for them, too!). But scientists recommend going by the other route, reducing our omega-6 consumption. One healthy way to do this is by using monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil.

Author Susan Allport, who wrote The Queen of Fats: Why Omega-3s Were Removed From the Western Diet and What We Can Do To Replace Them, agrees. “The best way to up the omega-3s in one’s tissues is simply to reduce one’s intake of omega-6s,” she says.

“Monsanto will try to persuade us that we can get around this elephant in the room (the large amount of omega-6s in the food supply) with their new soybean but it certainly won’t be any more effective than the advice to eat more fish has been.”

However, Monsanto does not want us to stop eating unhealthy levels of omega-6s, because their patented genes are in most of the soybeans grown in the U.S. And soybean oil is our number one source of omega-6s. (Soybean oil is often sold labeled simply as “vegetable oil.”)

So instead of cutting into their sales by switching to a healthier fat, they’d prefer to keep making you unhealthy with soybean oil. But they are willing to offer you this “band aid” fix of a high omega-3 soybean that they anticipate will be grown on less than five percent of the nation’s soybean acres. Oh, and you’ll probably have to pay extra to get it, too.

Where To Find Monsanto/DSM’s New Soybean

You won’t find the new omega-3 soybean at your supermarket yet, but it’s on its way. The government approved it for commercial sales last June. Monsanto anticipates that it will be used in products like margarine, mayonnaise, shortening, salad dressings, and ready-to-eat foods.

To create it, Monsanto inserted genes from a primrose and a red bread mold into the DNA of a soybean. The new genes convert some of the fat in the soybean’s oil into an omega-3 called SDA that is unusual to find in plants. Most plants that contain SDA are not common foods. However, if you’d like to eat a non-genetically engineered superfood that is rich in omega-3s, including SDA, you can eat hemp seed.

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Maryland witnesses report seeing large, bright meteor

If you saw a bright light blazing across the sky early Saturday and thought you might be going crazy, you’re not, and you’re not alone. Dozens of witnesses across the state and the region reported seeing what astronomers are calling a fragmenting meteoric fireball. Witnesses saw the fireball as early as 12:18 a.m. and as late as 1 a.m., with the majority of the area sightings coming at about 12:30 a.m. Some of the witnesses also reported hearing delayed booms.

The fireball – a term used to describe an unusually bright meteor – is believed to have entered the atmosphere near Washington and traveled northwest before terminating in central Pennsylvania, according to the American Meteor Society.

The society received reports of sightings by 13 Marylanders among the 60 witnesses, who saw the meteor in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio.

Four reports were submitted by residents of Frederick County, one each from Frederick, Thurmont, Brunswick and Walkersville. Two sightings were also reported in Westminster.

“It was the brightest traveling object I have ever seen,” the Walkersville witness wrote.

“It was neon bright,” reported the witness in Brunswick.

Woodsboro resident Ryan Ritchie said he and a passenger saw the fireball at 12:33 a.m. while he was driving south on U.S. 15 near Emmitsburg.

In an email to The Frederick News-Post, Ritchie described the meteor as very bright and appearing to be about one quarter of the size of the moon. He said he saw a flash that he initially thought was lightning.

“I said ‘I didn’t know it was suppose to rain,'” Ritchie wrote. “I then looked up at 70 degrees south as I was driving and saw a meteor shining through the clouds then go through an opening in the clouds then back behind the clouds again. There was about 3 seconds between flash and me seeing the meteor.”

Ritchie said he called his mother, who was driving in Frederick, to see if she had seen the same thing. She said she had seen the fireball as well, he said.

In 2012, 2,126 fireballs were reported to the American Meteor Society, which claims there could be as many as 500,000 in a given year, most of which go unnoticed because they are either over the ocean or occur during the day.

Saturday’s fireball came 45 minutes after one reported in Colorado. It is unclear whether the two events are related, according to the society’s website.

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A new ‘smart rifle’ decides when to shoot and rarely misses

TrackingPoint rifle

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A new rifle goes on sale on Wednesday, and it’s not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate. A startup gun company in Texas developed the rifle, which is so effective that some in the shooting community say it should not be sold to the public.

It’s called the TrackingPoint rifle. On a firing range just outside Austin in the city of Liberty Hill, a novice shooter holds one and takes aim at a target 500 yards away. Normally it takes years of practice to hit something at that distance. But this shooter nails it on the first try.

The rifle’s scope features a sophisticated . The shooter locks a laser on the target by pushing a small button by the trigger. It’s like a video game. But here’s where it’s different: You pull the trigger but the gun decides when to shoot. It fires only when the weapon has been pointed in exactly the right place, taking into account dozens of variables, including wind, shake and distance to the target.

The rifle has a built-in laser range finder, a ballistics computer and a Wi-Fi transmitter to stream live video and audio to a nearby iPad. Every shot is recorded so it can be replayed, or posted to YouTube or Facebook.

“Think of it like a smart rifle. You have a smart car; you got a smartphone; well, now we have a smart rifle,” says company President Jason Schauble. He says the TrackingPoint system was built for hunters and target shooters, especially a younger generation that embraces social media.

“They like to post videos; they like to be in constant communication with groups or networks,” Schauble says. “This kind of technology, in addition to making shooting more fun for them, also allows shooting to be something that they can share with others.”

A team of 70 people spent three years creating the technology. Schauble says there’s nothing else like it, even in the military. For civilians, TrackingPoint sells its high-end, long-range guns directly. With price tags of up to $22,000, they’re not cheap.

One hunter who doesn’t want one is Chris Wilbratte. He says the TrackingPoint system undermines what he calls hunting’s “fair chase.”

“It’s the traditional shooting fish in a barrel or the sitting duck. I mean, there’s no skill in it, right? It’s just you point, you let the weapon system do its thing and you pull the trigger and now you’ve killed a deer. There’s no skill,” Wilbratte says.

This new rifle is being released as the gun control debate continues to simmer in Washington.

Chris Frandsen, a West Point graduate who fought in Vietnam, doesn’t believe the TrackingPoint technology should be allowed in the civilian world. The gun makes it too easy for a criminal or a terrorist to shoot people from a distance without being detected, he says.

“Where we have mental health issues, where we have children that are disassociated from society early on, when we have terrorists who have political cards to play, we have to restrict weapons that make them more efficient in terrorizing the population,” Frandsen says.

Schauble says because the company sells directly – instead of going through gun dealers – it knows who its customers are and will vet them. And he says there’s a key feature that prevents anyone other than the registered owner from utilizing the gun’s capabilities.

“It has a password protection on the scope. When a user stores it, he can password protect the scope that takes the advanced functionality out. So the gun will still operate as a firearm itself, but you cannot do the tag/track/exact, the long range, the technology-driven precision-guided firearm piece without entering that pass code,” he says.

Schauble says demand has been “overwhelming.” TrackingPoint now has a waiting list. Others are interested, too: Rifle maker Remington Arms wants to use the technology in rifles it wants to sell for around $5,000.

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Polish study: No historical benefit in vaccines

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The evidence continues to mount. That vaccines are doing a great deal of harm is well beyond denying. Worse, though, the evidence that vaccines have had little or no effect on infectious diseases is clear, as documented in new graphs. The precautionary principle, which is enshrined in a UN directive, should have been implemented before vaccines were ever routinely injected.

Yesterday’s article, Vaccines Do Irreparable Harm: Study from Poland, documents the revealing information brought out by Polish scientists’ review of the scientific literature on vaccination’s adverse effects and immune system effects. Today, the rest of the study covering neurological symptoms following vaccination and a history of vaccines demonstrating little benefit is reviewed.

Post-Vaccine Neurological Complications

The authors focused primarily on the preservative thimerosal’s active ingredient, mercury, in their discussion of vaccine-induced neurological damages. They noted that the percentage of people who have allergic reactions to thimerosal has been calculated at a low of 13% in the Netherlands to a high of 21% in Austria. Allergic responses to mercury are often initially triggered by vaccine injections. It’s noted for toxicity to the heart, liver, kidneys, and nervous system, along with being a carcinogen.

Readers of Gaia Health are probably aware that much current research on vaccine adjuvants indicates that aluminum may be the greatest concern. The reduced mercury load in the United States’ vaccines did reduce the autism burden for a short time in the US. However, a great number of vaccines was added to the schedule shortly after, and many of them included aluminum as an adjuvant, thus increasing the autism burden.

Over the last 20 years, neurological conditions such as autism, ADHD, mental retardation, epilepsy have increased many times over across the world. The authors wrote:

[F]rom the 1990s new vaccines for infants containing thimerosal began to be used in America. In the DTP, Hib and Hep B vaccines, children received a dose of 62.5 ug of mercury, which is 125-fold more than the dose considered safe (0.1ug/kg/day). These reports were the reason that Scandinavian countries already prohibited the use of mercury in 1990

The deaths of 19 infants of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) shortly after vaccination with two hexavalent vaccines were described in a paper. Those authors suggested that, though it hadn’t been proven that vaccines had caused their deaths, “it is a signal that brings to attention the need to monitor the course of vaccination and its complications.”

Epidemiological research has shown a direct relationship between increasing doses of thimerosal and the rate of autism in the US from the late ’80s through the mid ’90s. They found a correlation between the number of measles-containing vaccines and autism prevalence during the ’80s. The same researchers also found odds ratios that were statistically significant, indicating that increasing doses of mercury from vaccines with thimerosal correlate to increasing rates of autism.

Several of Poland’s childhood vaccines contain mercury, including

  • Euvax: Hepatitis B, made by LG Life Sciences in Korea – 50μg/dose
  • DT: Diphtheria & Tetanus, made by Bio-med in Krakow, Poland – 50μg/dose
  • Td: made by Biomed, Krakow, Poland – 50μg/dose
  • DTP: Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis; made by Biomed, Krakow, Poland – 50μg/dose
  • D,d: Diphtheria, made by Biomed, Krakow, Poland – 50μg/dose
  • TT: Typhus, made by Biomed, Krakow, Poland – 50μg/dose

Note: Not included in the review is the fact that Poland’s vaccination schedule is mandatory. Notice that all but one of the vaccines listed above are made in Poland. It’s one way to assure profits for the home-grown pharmaceutical industry!

The authors discuss particular concern over the DTwP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, & whole cell Pertussis) vaccine. It is known to result in cytomegalovirus, which can result in severe neurological sequelae, including coma, hypotonia, seizures, and necrotizing encephalopathy. They state that replacing DTwP with DTaP (acellular) vaccine, and OPV (oral polio vaccine) with IPV (inactivated polio vaccine), can reduce the risk of fever after the first dose by 99%, the risk of inconsolable crying by 87%, and the risk of hypotonic-hyporesponsive episodes by 56%.

Other complications found with vaccines on the Polish schedule include;

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome after influenza, hepatitis, meningitis C, polio and HPV vaccines
  • Transverse myelitis after cholera, typhoid, and polio vaccines
  • Influenza, flaccid paralysis, meningitis, encephalitis, convulsions and facial palsy after oral polio vaccine
  • Rapid progression of retinopathy in premature infants after BCG vaccination

Vaccination History

In 1996, Poland introduced a monitoring system to record adverse effects of vaccinations. A study done by Zieliński of adverse effect reports from 1996-2000, stated:

[T[hey met astonishing examples of ignorance of the medical staff, including specialists, in their duty to report the AEFI [adverse effects following inoculation].

Unfortunately, there is no laboratory test to confirm a cause and effect association between an adverse effect and vaccination. While that makes it difficult, the authors of this review report:

[T]here are also no reports in the literature (except those listed above) of research work in immunology in the context of reactions following vaccination. It should also be noted that in more developed countries, there is little incentive for doing appropriate follow-up and laboratory tests on individuals who suffered serious adverse reactions following vaccinations.. The reason for such oversight is likely due to the fact that historically, vaccines have not been viewed as inherently toxic by the regulatory agencies.

So, the upshot is that there is precious little research into the adverse effects of vaccination. As the authors state:

The resulting lack of evidence of causality between vaccinations and serious adverse outcomes has thus been filled with an assumption that vaccines are safe.

However, even if adverse effects were minor or rare, it is still necessary to demonstrate that vaccinations are beneficial. If they are not, then no amount of risk in vaccination is acceptable.

This is where historical records of infectious disease cases and deaths come in handy. Take, for example, these two graphs on the number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) and number of deaths from it:

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They are reports from Germany showing, on the left, the number of TB mortalities from 1956-1988, and on the right, the number of reported cases from 1949-1987. The BCG vaccine against TB was introduced in 1970. (The area in the rectangles represents the total number of vaccinations given during the decade from 1970-1980.) It matters not whether you take a quick look or a long one, it’s obvious that the TB vaccination had absolutely nothing to do with the reduction in either cases of TB or deaths from it.

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The graph above of pertussis (whooping cough) mortality rate from 1946-1987 in Germany, with the times that the original pertussis vaccine was introduced and the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine took its place. As can be seen, the death rate from pertussis stayed on approximately the same downward trajectory it had been on at the time of vaccine implementation.

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The graph above shows the pertussis mortality rate in Switzerland from 1910-1980. The shaded area (at the top right of the graph) shows the introductory date of the pertussis vaccine in 1944, and shows how that vaccine’s coverage increased to nearly 100% by 1980. However, it is not possible to see any change in the trajectory of reduced pertussis deaths.

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The next graph above, shown to the right, shows the number of diphtheria deaths in Germany from 1920-1987. Notice that the diphtheria vaccine was introduced in 1925, with an enormous increase in the rate of disease rate!

On looking at these graphs, how seriously can we take claims that vaccines have saved lives? We can’t see any improvement in either mortality or number of cases before and after vaccinations were initiated – and in the case of diphtheria, it certainly looks like vaccinating aggravated the rate of disease!

Conclusion

The review refers to a report in the 2002 Lancet that states:

[T]he weight of evidence collectively suggests that personal and environmental hygiene reduces the spread of infection …

… Thus results from this review demonstrate that there is a continued, measurable, positive effect of personal and community hygiene on infections.

Our review authors state that the same article in the Lancet also showed that mortality from infectious diseases in general had decreased to “nearly negligible levels long before introduction of universal vaccination practices.”

They point out that the vaccine schedule has increased dramatically since the time of these studies, and antigens are being injected again and again. They then state:

Doctors and researchers point to the worsening state of health of the child population since the 1960s, which coincided with increasingly introduced vaccinations. Allergic diseases, including asthma, autoimmune diseases, diabetes and many neurological dysfunctions – difficulty in learning, ADD (attention deficit disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), seizures, and autism – are chronic conditions, to which attention has been brought.

So, for no apparent benefit in reducing infectious diseases, vaccines are being mandated, in spite of the fact that evidence points strongly to the suggestion that vaccines are fueling the astronomically rising rates of chronic autoimmune and neurological disorders.

Of course, political realities do exist for these researchers. In spite of their powerful findings, they still don’t suggest that vaccines should be eliminated. They do, however, offer several suggestions around the idea of reducing their application. They conclude with:

It seems that it would be worthwhile to apply the precautionary principle – the ethical principle (from 1988) according to which if there is a probable, although poorly known, risk of adverse effects of new technology, it is better not to implement it rather than risk uncertain but potentially very harmful consequences.

So, we’re back to the precautionary principle, something that should have been applied decades ago. It’s difficult to imagine the massive amount of harm that’s been brought to generations of children, with each succeeding one suffering worse than the last. Will those in power ever listen to reason, or will they continue to be led around by their greed, leaving our children and future generations to suffer? Do they really believe that society can continue to function when most people are chronically ill?

About the author

Heidi Stevenson is Allopathy’s Gadfly. She’s an iatrogenic survivor whose prior career in computer science, research, and writing was lost as a result. She has turned her skills towards exposing the modern medical scam and the politics surrounding it, along with providing information about the effectiveness of much alternative medicine, without which she would not be here today acting as Allopathy’s Gadfly. Find her work on GaiaHealth.com

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FBI Questions, Then Murders Friend Of Boston Bombing Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev



(Kurt Nimmo)  Ibragim Todashev, said to be an acquaintance of deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed by the FBI on Tuesday after agents interrogated him on his political views.

The Chechen-born Muslim was shot by agents after midnight at an apartment complex in Orlando, Florida, about ten miles from Disney World.

WESH-TV in Orlando reports that Todashev was originally cooperative, but he was shot after attacking an FBI agent. “During the confrontation, the individual was killed and the agent sustained non-life threatening injuries,” the FBI told ABC News.

Khusn Taramiv, a friend of Todashev, said they were interrogated about the Boston bombing. “(The FBI) took me and my friend, (Ibragim Todashev). They were talking to us, both of us, right? And they said they need him for a little more, for a couple more hours, and I left, and they told me they’re going to bring him back. They never brought him back,” Taramiv told WESH-TV.

See Taramiv’s interview.

Todashev told his friend he felt he would be shot by the FBI. “He felt inside he was going to get shot,” Taramiv said. “I told him, ‘Everything is going to be fine, don’t worry about it.’ He said, ‘I have a really bad feeling.”

Todashev was a professional MMA fighter. In May, according to WESH-TV, he was arrested after an altercation over a parking space.




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Ahrar: Health condition of prisoner Adel Shaniur deteriorates

[ PIC 21/05/2013 – 09:39 PM ]

images_News_2013_05_21_adel-sanyour_300_0[1]NABLUS, (PIC)– Ahrar center for Prisoners’ Studies and Human Rights called on the international human rights organizations to work for the release of 64-year-old administrative detainee Haj Adel Shaniur, from al-Dhahiriya town near al-Khalil.

Haj Shaniur was arrested on November 21, 2012 and is held at Negev desert prison. He lost sight in his right eye and suffers from many illnesses.

Fuad Al-Khuffash, Ahrar center’s director, said that the Israeli authorities have renewed the administrative detention of “Abu Moath” for four months, without taking into account his deteriorating health condition.

The prisoner’s wife expressed in statements to Ahrar her deep concern about her husband’s health, in light of the policy of medical neglect inside the occupation jails.

Adel Shaniur served 12 years in the administrative detention, without charge or trial, under the pretext of secret files.



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Deterioration in hunger striker Abu Daoud’s health status

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images_News_2013_05_22_ayman-abu-daud_300_0[1]AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has transferred the prisoner Ayman Abu Daoud, 39 days on hunger strike, from Ramle prison hospital to Afula hospital due to his urgent need for intensive care, PPS lawyer Jawad Boulos confirmed.

Dozens of prisoners’ families organized on Tuesday a sit-in in solidarity with the striker Ayman Abu Daoud who declared his hunger strike protesting his re-arrest after being released in Wafa al-Ahrar deal in 2011.

The PPS called for a broad campaign in solidarity with Abu Daoud who was re-arrested on 12 March 2013 on trumped-up charges in order to re-impose the remainder of his previous sentence (29 years) leading him to declare an open hunger strike since 14 April 2013.

Ayman’s family appealed the international human rights organizations to intervene for the release of her son especially in light of his health deterioration.

The liberated captive Ayman Abu Daoud was released during Wafa al-Ahrar deal after being sentenced to 35 years and actually served 7.

Ayman Abou Daoud, re-arrested in 13 February 2013, represents hundreds of the freed captives who are victims of the Israeli violation to their release terms.





ON TORTURE

Report: Published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights | June 26, 2012

“On Torture” is an edited volume of essays by Palestinian, Israeli and international legal and medical experts and practitioners based on presentations that they gave during a workshop held in Jerusalem in April 2011 entitled, “Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons”.

The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture.

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MP Sherafi: The day of liberation is looming

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images_News_2013_05_22_palestine_300_0[1]GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian lawmaker Yousuf Al-Sherafi said the improvement of the Palestinian armed resistance and the changes taking place in the Arab world heralds the imminent demise of the Israeli occupation state.

During a private meeting held on the occasion of the 65th Nakba anniversary in northern Gaza, Sherafi stated that the Palestinian people’s right of return is inalienable and no one is entitled to waive it.

He also said that the option of resistance is the only way to enable the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, free the prisoners and liberate the whole Palestinian soil from the occupation.

For his part, ex-detainee Mu’aad Abu Sharkh said during the meeting that the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, despite the harsh incarceration conditions, are still adherent to the resistance option as a means to restore the usurped rights and reject all conciliatory approaches.

The ex-detainee also hailed the role of the Palestinian resistance in extracting the freedom of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners during previous swap deals.



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Still live in fairy-tale-land about Israel? Time to wake up: The Map of the “Greater Israel” even is hammered on the currency:

All facts at Storify continuously updated. Read what Israeli ‘leaders’ have said and done even before (peace) talks and how their actions contradict the reality and ugly facts which they try to hide from you:

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Al Mezan: Israeli denial of al-Dorra Killing is a new attempt to hide Israeli occupation forces’ crimes


Note from occpal:

Israel shooting children with live ammunition, whitewashing assassination of Al-Duraah goes unpunished and violence against minors is totally being silenced by media.

While 1519 children have been killed by Israel since Sep 2000

Their names and stories at: Remember The Children – Memorial


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images_News_2013_05_22_durra_300_0[1]GAZA, (PIC)– Al Mezan Center for Human Rights strongly denounced the Israeli authorities’ denial of its responsibility for the killing of the child Mohammed al-Durra during the second Palestinian uprising in 2000, saying that it is “a new Israeli attempt to exempt forces from responsibility for violations of International law.”

The Israeli government’s investigation committee, which was formed in September 2012 in order to conduct investigations into the killing of the Palestinian child, Mohammed al-Durra, stated that at the end of the film that captured the incident and was aired by the French television channel France 2, al-Durra was still alive.

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns “Israel’s policy of denial as an attempt to escape its responsibility for the death of Mohammed. The formation of the investigation committee came 12 years after the incident, heard no witnesses and reviewed no credible resources about the event.”

The French channel’s correspondent who filmed the incident where Jamal al-Durra and his young son were targeted and were trying to protect themselves from live fire.

The Israeli occupation forces continue to mislead public opinion regarding its actions in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), especially in the Gaza Strip, the center noted.

Al Mezan stressed that “Israel has thus far refused to cooperate with almost all of the UN investigative missions to the oPt.”

Israel has amended its laws to prevent Palestinians’ access to any form of justice or redress within the Israeli justice system. This development entrenches a serious state of impunity and denial of any remedies for Palestinians affected by Israel’s occupation of the oPt and acts as encouragement to the Israeli occupying forces to violate the rules of international law, the center added in its press release.

The center concluded by stressing that the international community’s failure to stand by its obligations has further encouraged Israel to continue with its crimes and policies of denial and impunity, with complete disregard to its obligation under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.


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Abu Marzook: It’s a shame Europeans care more about the Palestinians than the PA

Abu Marzook's statements were a response to a statement made by the EU delegations in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Wednesday

Abu Marzook’s statements were a response to a statement made by the EU delegations in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Wednesday

Deputy Chairman of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Moussa Abu Marzook, has expressed grief over the torture taking place in Palestinian Authority prisons and believes that the EU statement issued on Wednesday (5/22) is somewhat saddening as it indicates that Europeans seems to care more about the rights of Palestinians than Palestinians themselves.In a statement posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday (5/22), Abu Marzook said “I read a story I wish I hadn’t – “The EU expresses its concern over torture in PA prisons”. I say this for two reasons; firstly because of the torture itself, and secondly because the EU is more protective of Palestinian rights than the Palestinians themselves.”

Abu Marzook’s statements were a response to a statement made by the EU delegations in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Wednesday (5/22) in which they expressed their concern over the continuous reports of torture and maltreatment of prisoners at the hands of the PA security agencies in the occupied West Bank.

The statement urged the Palestinian Authority to meet its financial obligations to the “Independent Commission for Human Rights”.





ON TORTURE

Report: Published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights | June 26, 2012

“On Torture” is an edited volume of essays by Palestinian, Israeli and international legal and medical experts and practitioners based on presentations that they gave during a workshop held in Jerusalem in April 2011 entitled, “Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons”.

The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture.

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