Daily Archives: February 2, 2009

MORE &MORE Massacres in Lebanon (QANA)


Qana is known internationally for two separate incidents in which the israeli defence forces caused civilian deaths during military operations in Lebanon

  • 1996 shelling of Qana: On 18 april 1996, amid heavy fighting between the Israel Defense Forces and Hezbollah fighters during Operation grapes of wrath , a Fijian UNIFIL compound in the village was shelled by Israeli artillery, killing 106 civilians and injuring around 116 others who had taken refuge there to escape the fighting. Four UNIFIL soldiers were also seriously injured.

  • 2006 Qana airstrike: On 30 july 2006, during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, Israeli airstrikes hit an apartment building. The Lebanese red cross originally stated that at least 56 people were killed, 32 of whom were children. Human Rights Watch later announced that at least 22 people escaped the basement, and 28 are confirmed dead, of which 16 were children, with 13 more still missing

After both attacks the residents of Qana built memorials to commemorate the deaths. In subsequent years, Qana has seen more visitors to the memorials than it has to its biblical ruins.

The International Criminal Court is exploring ways to charge Israel Defense Forces officers over alleged war crimes

Israel state prosecutor to meet officials at center of Spanish war crimes probe
State Prosecutor Moshe Lador was to Monday summon the seven senior Israeli defense officials who were named as defendants in a war crimes trial that will be heard by a Spanish court.
Judge Fernando Andreu launched an investigation last week into seven current or former Israeli officials over a 2002 bombing in Gaza that killed a top Hamas militant, Salah Shehadeh, and 14 other people, including nine children.
The judge acted under a doctrine that allows prosecution in Spain, and other European countries, to reach far beyond national borders in cases of torture or war crimes. The universal jurisdiction ruling sparked outrage in Israel and elsewhere.
Lador will meet Monday with minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer and Avi Dichter; the two former army chiefs of staff, Dan Halutz and Moshe Ya’alon; the former GOC Southern Command Doron Almog; the former head of the National Security Council, Giora Eiland; and Mike Herzog, Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s liaison to the army.
The International Criminal Court is exploring ways to charge Israel Defense Forces officers over alleged war crimes committed in Gaza, The Times reported on Monday.
The alleged crimes included the use of white phosphorus in densely populated civilian areas, the British daily said.
According to The Times, when Palestinian groups initially petitioned the ICC, its prosecutor said that it was unable to take the case because it had no jurisdiction over Israel, a nonsignatory to the court.
Now, however, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC prosecutor, reportedly told The Times that he is examining the case for Palestinian jurisdiction over the alleged crimes.
The Times reported that part of the Palestinian argument rests on Israel’s insistence that it has no responsibility for Gaza under international law since it withdrew from the coastal territory in 2005.
“They are quoting jurisprudence,” Moreno-Ocampo was quoted as saying. “It’s very complicated. It’s a different kind of analysis I am doing. It may take a long time but I will make a decision according to law.”
But Moreno-Ocampo also reportedly said that his examination of the case did not necessarily reflect a belief that war crimes had been committed in Gaza. Determining jurisdiction was a first step, he was quoted as saying, and only after it had been decided could he launch an investigation.
The IDF is itself currently investigating whether a reserve paratroops brigade made improper use of phosphorus shells during the 22-day offensive against Hamas in Gaza.
The brigade fired about 20 such shells in a built-up area of northern Gaza.
Aside from this one case, the shells were used very sparingly and, in the army’s view, in compliance with international law.
Last week, the Cabinet declared that it would grant aid and support to IDF officers in cases where they face suits for alleged war crimes in Gaza.

Gaza: The Case for Middle East Peace – World Economic Forum – Davos

Gaza: The Case for Middle East Peace
The uncertainty and complexity surrounding the crisis in Gaza have captured the attention of the world.

What needs to be done to prevent the Middle East peace process from slipping away yet again?

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey
Amre Moussa, Secretary-General, League of Arab States, Cairo
Shimon Peres, President of Israel

Chaired by
David Ignatius, Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post, USA

اتهام وزارة التربية والتعليم بـ "التحايل والفساد".. 13 مستشارًا محالاً للمعاش يتقاضون 220 ألف جنيه شهريًا

اتهام وزارة التربية والتعليم بـ “التحايل والفساد”..

13 مستشارًا محالاً للمعاش يتقاضون 220 ألف جنيه شهريًا

كتب صلاح الدين أحمد (المصريون):

: بتاريخ 31 – 1 – 2009

حذر بيان برلماني عاجل من استمرار الفساد داخل وزارة التربية والتعليم وإهدار المال العام بشكل أثر بالسلب على جودة العملية التعليمية والتنمية البشرية، ومن أهم أشكاله التمديد للقيادات والعاملين بعد سن الستين وحرمان الشباب من حقهم في الترقيات والحصول على درجاتهم.
وقال النائب الدكتور فريد إسماعيل في بيانه الموجه إلى الدكتور أحمد نظيف رئيس مجلس الوزراء والدكتور يسري الجمل وزير التربية والتعليم، إن هناك عمليات تحايل ونصب تتم من خلال تعيين المستشارين الذين أحيلوا إلى المعاش في كثير من مرافق الوزارة، مقابل مبالغ طائلة.
ودلل على ذلك بما حدث في المعاهد القومية التي تعاقدت مع 13 مستشارا بالمعاش بمرتبات تزيد على مجموع مرتبات الموظفين بـ40 ألف جنيه حيث تصل مرتبات هؤلاء المستشارين إلى 220 ألف جنيه.
تساءل النائب: كيف تهدر الملايين من الجنيهات داخل تلك الوزارة وتخريب العملية التعليمية وحرمان المصريين من نيل حقهم الدستورية في التعليم والتنمية بعد إهدار تلك الملايين من الجنيهات التي تأخذ بغير وجه حق، في الوقت الذي تعانى فيه الوزارة من عجز المدرسين وفى المدارس، وكذلك في العمالة التي تقوم بحراسة المدارس وتنظيفها، ووجود طوابير من خريجي كلية التربية لا يجدون عملا.
وأكد أنه في ظل استمرار إهدار المال العام يوجد عجز مالي في ميزانيات 22 مدرسة من أصل 39 التابعة للمعاهد القومية، واعتبر تعيين المستشارين يأتي في صورة مجاملات صارخة ومفضوحة، حيث أنهم من المقربين لكبار المسئولين بالوزارة.
وقال إن هذا الأمر ينطبق أيضا على المدارس الفنية التي لا تجد رادعا أو رقيبا، وطالب بضرورة تحويل هذه المخالفات المالية الخطيرة وصور المجاملات إلى الجهاز المركزية للمحاسبات وتحويل المسئولية إلى النيابة العامة.