Al Yamamah: Another Government Capitulation To Big Business

I haven't written about the government's decision to drop a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) corruption investigation into a huge arms contract between BAE and Saudi Arabia yet because I've been too awe-struck for words. Of course, that the government is in bed with the military-industrial complex is no surprise, but to display such flagrant subservience to the arms industry so openly is truly staggering.

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Israel's High Court of Justice Rules On The Legality Of Targeted Killings

Israel's High Court of Justice todayruled that Israel's policy of `targeted killings' does not categorically violate international law and must instead be judged on a case-by-case basis. The ruling is set to serve as a precedent in international law.

The judges ruled (.doc) that Palestinians engaged in hostilities against Israel, including members of terrorist organisations, are not combatants but civilians and so are protected persons under the law. However, they noted that under international law civilians lose this protection when they take part in direct hostilities. According to Art. 51(3) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions,

"Civilians shall enjoy the protection afforded by this section, unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities".

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Arms Sales To Israel Must Stop

Amnesty International today published an open letter from Irene Khan, Amnesty's Secretary General, to EU Heads of State and governments asking them to immediately halt sales or transfers of arms to all parties in the Israel/Palestine conflict. Israel, naturally, reacted negatively to the proposal. Mark Regev, spokesman for Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that an arms embargo "would leave every man woman and child in this country to face a multitude of hostile challenges that there are here. It ignores the real threats faced by the Jewish state and gives comfort to those who say Israel should be wiped off the map."

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The Coalition Of Reflexive Support For Israel Strikes Again

The United States, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau. Once again they have proved their unshakable loyalty to the Israeli occupation by voting againstall of the six UN General Assembly resolutions regarding the "Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine".

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A Triumph Of Resistance

When Avigdor Lieberman yesterday argued that all Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders must "disappear, go to heaven, all of them" (i.e. be assassinated) most people would have dismissed it as just the latest crackpot statement from a man who could sensibly be described as Israel's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The dismissal would, however, have been premature. The Sunday Times today reports that Prime Minster Olmert has ordered his security chiefs to assassinate Hamas' political leadership. Even more shockingly, we learn that the impetus for move came from none other than Amir Peretz, who broke down into tears when his bodyguard was injured in a Qassam attack on Sderot last Wednesday.

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