Resources updated between Monday, September 22, 2014 and Sunday, September 28, 2014
September 28, 2014
"A female human rights lawyer in the northern city of Mosul was executed by firing squad at the orders of Islamic State extremists, activists said Thursday, sparking international outrage. But she was not the first to suffer such a fate in a city where the militants' rule is increasingly oppressive - especially for women. Samira al-Nuaimy, known locally for her pro bono legal and humanitarian work, was executed last week, according to rights activists and residents. The United Nations said that she was killed in a public square and that her body showed signs of torture when it was returned to her family. Since seizing control of the Iraqi city in June, the Islamic State has expelled religious minorities and steadily stepped up its oppression of those who remain. New rules ban women from working in jobs other than health care and education, where they are deemed necessary to treat and teach other females. A regulation requiring all women to fully veil their faces was initially unenforced. But now, breaking that rule can trigger heavy penalties, including beatings. Women such as Nuaimy, who refuse to submit to the militants, risk losing their lives. 'Samira was not the first,' said Suha Oda, a 29-year-old social activist from Mosul who has moved to the Kurdish-administered area nearby but monitors human rights issues in the city. Four women have suffered a similar fate over the past month, she said, including three doctors who were executed last week. Iraqi media reports said the women had been killed because they refused to treat a wounded Islamic State fighter."
"Somali al Shabaab militants stoned a woman to death in the southern town of Barawe on Friday after a court they had set up declared her guilty of adultery, the militants and witnesses said. The group, which pledges loyalty to al-Qaida, has waged an armed campaign to impose its strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. Forced out of many areas of the east African country by African Union forces and the Somali army, al Shabaab is keen to show it has authority over areas it still controls. Hundreds gathered to watch the killing of Safia Ahmed Jimale in an open field. The 33-year old mother was buried up to her shoulders and pelted with stones by masked al Shabaab fighters and local men. Some in the audience vomited, said resident Ahmed Abdullahi, who was in the crowd. The killing was witnessed by the al Shabaab governor for the region. Her body was then dug out of the ground and carried away for funeral prayers, Abdullahi said.'
September 24, 2014
September 23, 2014
"Le terrorisme sioniste" - The Zionist Terrorism - was a theme of an event held at the UN in Geneva on September 22, 2014. A slide bearing this title was part of a presentation given by Ayssar Midani (pictured right), at "an informal meeting held in parallel to the session" of the UN Human Rights Council. The meeting, entitled "State terrorism: The case of Gaza," was organized by the UN-accredited NGO "The Union of Arab Jurists". Though the UN bulletin announcing the event carries a standard disclaimer for what may or may not be said, the application to hold the meeting in the first place must have been vetted and approved by UN staff. In addition, the UN itself, advertises the event widely to government and non-governmental organizations.
And just who is this Ayssar Midani who was handed a UN microphone alongside the "Human Rights" Council? A Syrian apologist for mass murderer President Bashar al-Assad. On August 27, 2013 she gave an interview on the "Syrian Chemical Weapons Hoax" in which she claimed that the Syrian government "will never ever use chemical weapons in Syria" and, furthermore, the uprising against Assad was an American and Israeli plot.
A banner encouraging the pursuit of Israeli "war criminals" was displayed at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on September 22, 2014. The occasion was "an informal meeting held in parallel to the session" of the UN Human Rights Council. The meeting was entitled "Human rights violations in the Gaza strip during the Israeli military operation 'Protective edge' and measures to pursue war criminals." It was organized by the so-called "national human rights institution," the Palestine Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR). Though the UN bulletin announcing the event carries a standard disclaimer for what may or may not be said, the application to hold the meeting in the first place must have been vetted and approved by UN staff. In addition, the UN itself advertises the event widely to government and non-governmental organizations.
On just one day, the UN in Geneva housed three events to paint Israel as a demonic child-killing terrorist entity. The three "informal meetings held in parallel to the session" of the UN Human Rights Council took place on September 22, 2014. They were all timed to maximize the participation of governmental and non-governmental representatives. Permission for all such events must be given by the UN secretariat, and the events are broadly advertised by the UN itself. Though the UN bulletin announcing the events carries a standard disclaimer for what may or may not be said, the application to hold the meeting in the first place must have been vetted and approved by UN staff.
The events featured speakers alleging Israel was guilty of crimes against humanity, "extermination" of Palestinians and was a terrorist entity that had no right of self-defense, period.
The first side-event, entitled "Palestine: Justice at the ICC to hold Israel to account," was organized by the UN-accredited NGO called "Resource for Palestinian residency and refugee rights" (BADIL). The speakers accused Israel of deliberately "targeting" civilians and hospitals, and referred to the terrorist organization Hamas as a "political party" which "engage[d] in civilian governance."
For example, here's Rania Madi, Legal Advocacy Consultant of BADIL speaking on UN premises at a UN-sanctioned and UN-advertised event:
The UN Human Rights Council has a permanent agenda of ten items, one reserved for condemning Israel alone, and another for considering (if they feel like it) some of the other 192 UN members.
On September 22, 2014, the permanent anti-Israel item - "Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories" - was front and center, once again.
Although UN staff is fond of blaming states for all the UN's ills, the day served as a reminder of the major role played by UN officials themselves in the demonization of Israel.
Just a sampling of what passed for "human rights" at the UN, included likening Israelis to Nazis and accusing the Jewish state of "extermination," "genocide," "ethnic cleansing," and "crimes against humanity." For instance:
September 22, 2014
The findings to date
1. This information bulletin is the fifth in a series of publications of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC), as part of a project examining the names of the Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge. The project's goal is to determine which of the fatalities are terrorist operatives and which are non-involved citizens, and to examine the ratio between them. The findings of our investigation so far (based on approximately 40% of the names of the dead) suggest that terrorist operatives constitute about 49% of the fatalities who have been identified, while non-involved civilians constitute approximately 51%. This ratio may change as we continue our examination.
2. The number of names of those killed, examined by the ITIC to date, is around 750, i.e., about 35% of the number of Palestinians killed to date (a total of 2157, according to a report by the Palestinian Ministry of Health issued on September 14, 2014). The examinations carried out by the ITIC are based on the names of the dead that appear on the Palestinian Health Ministry's lists, despite the reliability problems and deficiencies found in them. From the lists examined we have removed duplicate names and added the names of terrorist operatives, who do not appear on them (both for technical reasons and as a result Hamas's policy of concealment and deception). Therefore, the number of fatalities examined by the ITIC to date is 842 (i.e., approximately 39% of the total number of fatalities).
3. Weighting the findings of the current examination and the findings of the four previous examinations (detailed in the ITIC's previous documents) indicates the following distribution of the 842 fatalities: