What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith
The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith
Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh
Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason
Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien
Spirit of Contradiction >>
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Alison O’Connor and professional deceit
Educating Marian Finucane Anthony
Denis O’Brien: Are the sharks closing in? Anthony
Kathy Sheridan: Afraid to speak truth to power? Anthony
Una Mullally: The youth of Ireland are on the march Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Another View of the EU (European Union) Tue Dec 11, 2018 00:35 | The Saker
by Jimmie Moglia for The Saker Blog The MacDonaldization of words forces many to lay that reason asleep which disturbs their gayety. Among recent new entries is ?Brexit?, a word
U.S. Officially Accuses Assad, Russia Of Staging Chemical Attack In Aleppo Mon Dec 10, 2018 17:06 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? Dec. 10, 2018: U.S. Officially Accuses Assad, Russia Of Staging Chemical Attack In Aleppo On December 7, the US State Department finally released an official statement
We Must Remind the West That Russia Defeated ISIS, by Ruslan Ostashko Mon Dec 10, 2018 00:25 | Scott
Translated and captioned by Leo. Make sure to press CC for English captions. A year ago, on December 6, 2017, the defeat of the terrorist group banned
Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/12/09 ? Open Thread Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:30 | Herb Swanson
2018/12/09 12:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of
FSB holds briefing on Kerch Strait crisis Sat Dec 08, 2018 22:28 | Scott
FSB holds briefing on Kerch Strait crisis A briefing on Kerch Strait crisis held by the First Deputy Head of the Coast Guard Department of the FSB Border Service Aleksey
The Saker >>
A Blog About Human Rights
Human Rights Body In Africa Must Set A Better Example Wed Nov 14, 2018 16:13 | Human Rights
112 Pro-Biafra Imo Women Arrested Sat Aug 25, 2018 16:30 | Human Rights
Traveller Community in Galway Fri Aug 03, 2018 16:28 | Human Rights
US Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council Thu Jul 19, 2018 16:32 | Human Rights
Maldives Remain UK Priority Thu Jul 19, 2018 16:31 | Human Rights
Human Rights in Ireland >>
Silvia Cattori : Tom Hurndall assassination by Israeli soldier
Tom Hurndall passed away on January 13 2004. He was barely 22 years old. In fact, Tom had already ceased to live the life of an enterprising and passionate young man since April 11 2003 when an Israeli soldier aimed and shot him in the head
If we can take inspiration from his sacrifice,
Tom Hurndall won't have died in vain
Translated from French by Dean Thom
Tom Hurndall passed away on January 13 2004. He was barely 22 years old. In fact, Tom had already ceased to live the life of an enterprising and passionate young man since April 11 2003 when an Israeli soldier aimed and shot him in the head, with the sole objective of killing him, otherwise he would have aimed for his lower body.
His assassination took place at Jebna, a poverty-stricken area of the Rafah refugees camp - the place where the most suffering in Palestine occurs - when all he wanted to do, along with his ISM colleagues, was protect the children from the abuse of the Israeli army.
Tom was a simple man. A photographer who wanted to bring the attention of the world upon this apocalyptic universe where Israeli madness had condemned so many. That is why we want to remember Tom. How he selflessly put his life aside to help the victims of the violence that the world chooses to ignore.
When I arrived in the ISM offices on April 12 2003, there were about 15 exhausted internationals all huddled up. No-one dared break the silence. An oppressive silence. Tom's bleeding body - which his colleagues had baptised "Thomas" since his arrival in Rafah, so as not to confuse him with the other Tom, also British - was the focus of attention.
The events of the previous evening had traumatised everyone. Tom was lying on a hospital bed now. He was still breathing, but deep down everyone knew that their colleague would not wake up again. That was hard to accept. The war, the violence, poignant situations where games were played with people's lives, had marked their young faces since their arrival in Rafah.
How can you contain this powerful anger that eats away at you? It takes time to sit back in order to digest this barbarism in its purist form that is so incomprehensible.
Everyone would remember these difficult times shared with Tom, where crazy soldiers came from Israel, shooting at Palestinian children and teenagers, for no other reason than to amuse themselves, to take out a Palestinian. Everyone knew that life had no place here in Jebna. But each of them had more or less decided in his heart of hearts that he would not leave. It would be impossible to leave these persecuted people alone. Everyone knew above all that it was essential for Israel who wanted to steal more land than it had already done, to "clean" Jebna, whatever the cost.
When he had to answer the questions of the media, to wash his hands of responsibilty, the military Commander would lie. He basically said Tom was armed, that he fired at the military and ended up being shot in the exchange of fire that followed.
Gentle Tom. It took six months of struggling from Tom's family to get a public enquiry into his death opened. This admirable family is still fighting today for the defence of the Palestinian people that they have discovered as a result of Tom's death, are being dehumanised. "We cannot stay silent and allow such people as Tom et Rachel, Brian Avery, Ian Hook and James Miller to become such tragic victims. If we do not stand up and make the Israeli government aware of its actions, there will be no end to these terrible losses in Palestine", Tom's sister affirmed with indignation.
Why, in 2003, was the decision taken by the Chief of the Israeli miltary to shoot internationals?
We have to put ourselves in the minds of the Israeli military to be able to answer this. They lead a war of destabilisation and mass destruction against the Palestinians. A war accompanied by massacres that are hidden from the rest of the world. The internationals who find themselves in these areas that Israel has targetted for its murderous operations, hinder the army, and are considered as potential enemies to Israel.
Tom the photographer - like the cameraman Miller - wanted to witness these strange operations which drive the soldiers - amongst other things - to kill a certain number of children each day, in order to force their panic-filled parents, having already destroyed their houses, to flee. Israel was the first to be surprised by the endurance of the habitants of Jebna who insisted on remaining on their own patch of land despite the months of continued bombardments and arbitrary executions.
Tom wasn't killed by coincidence. He denounced the barbarism of the batallions of soldiers sent to Rafah with assault tanks and F16s to lead an insane war against children who resisted with rocks, and who were regularly killed by shells. Tom was one of those people who understood that in the logic of military strategy, a Palestinian child is a time bomb. And that to kill one, to kill dozens each month, is just part of the system. And that was unacceptable for him.
Tom was killed because he got in the way of the Israeli military carrying out their crimes. These internationals who see Palestinians as human beings, are considered by Israel, as enemies of the war, as people to be fought.
Israel wanted to make them flee in terror. The opposite happened.
That's why, unable to kill them all, Israel the jailer who holds Palestine under lock and key, has multiplied its restrictions in order to filter them and prevent them from entering Palestine. These restrictions destined to isolate the Palestinians, are particularly worrying.
The world has never been aware of the seriousness of the criminal actions taken by Israel to torture the Palestinians and to provoke, through small massacres, their "voluntary" or forced departure. And the leaders of this world have never been so lazy, so deaf or so blind. Jenin, Balata, Naplouse, Rafah, and Tulkarem are tortured towns where to kill is easy, where the soldiers have no conscience and show themselves to be brutal.
They soulessly and involuntarily execute orders which have something to do with this "ethnic cleaning", this "transfer", that started in 1948, that Sharon is obsessed with achieving.
And we, who are lucky enough to live in security, do not have the right to keep this privilege for ourselves.
email@example.com January 14 2004