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Embroidered Chronicles: A Tapestry of Palestinian Heritage

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Background

Embroidery or tatreez  in Arabic is an ancient technique of beauty and complexity and one of the most important cultural materials of Palestine. Historically, each area of Palestine was known for different motifs, techniques and textiles.Embroidery constituted a visual language among rural women, and their clothing reflected their origins and identity.

Tatreez, an ancient art, threads the heart,

Palestinian stories in each stitch, a vibrant start.

Material Power, a century’s woven chart,

From village looms to a modern stringed art.

The ’70s, a politicized string, shadows cast,

Seventy-five years, resilience holds fast.

In the UK’s display, historical strings amassed,

Embroidery’s narrative, a timeless broadcast.

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Spying, hacking and intimidation: Israel’s nine-year ‘war’ on the ICC exposed

Exclusive: Investigation reveals how intelligence agencies tried to derail war crimes prosecution, with Netanyahu ‘obsessed’ with intercepts

Harry DaviesBethan McKernan and Yuval Abraham in Jerusalem and Meron Rapoportin Tel AvivTue 28 May 2024 13.00 BSTShare

When the chief prosecutor of the international criminal court (ICC) announced he was seeking arrest warrantsagainst Israeli and Hamas leaders, he issued a cryptic warning: “I insist that all attempts to impede, intimidate or improperly influence the officials of this court must cease immediately.”

Karim Khan did not provide specific details of attempts to interfere in the ICC’s work, but he noted a clause in the court’s foundational treaty that made any such interference a criminal offence. If the conduct continued, he added, “my office will not hesitate to act”.

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Palestinians Deserve Freedom, Justice & Peace

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Israel confesses to intentionally killing children to pressure resistance

May 13, 2023 at 1:01 pm

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Children mourn during the funeral of Iyad al-Hassani, one of the leaders of ‘Jerusalem Brigades’, who died as a result of Israeli attack on Gaza Strip, in Gaza City, Gaza on May 13, 2023 [Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency]

Children mourn during the funeral of Iyad al-Hassani, one of the leaders of 'Jerusalem Brigades', who died as a result of Israeli attack on Gaza Strip, in Gaza City, Gaza on May 13, 2023 [Ashraf Amra - Anadolu Agency]

While the Israeli occupation boasts about targeting military leaders of the Palestinian resistance, the photos and field reports in the Gaza Strip reveal that the assassinations also caused the deaths of dozens of Palestinian civilians, including women and children.

Yossi Klein, a writer for Israel’s Haaretz newspaper, wrote: “There’s nothing like killing children for bringing together hearts and minds. For the past 18 weeks, Israelis have been fighting each other, unable to find anything to bring us closer together. Then came the killing of the children in the Gaza Strip and proved that we’re brothers, after all.”

Klein added in an article translated by Arabi21: “Barriers fell, and ill will was forgotten. Yair Lapid placed a consoling arm on Benjamin Netanyahu’s shoulder, while Benny Gantz leaned his head against May Golan, and it was surprising that the entire Knesset didn’t stand up and spontaneously break out to sing ‘Hatikva’. It must be admitted, killing children is the most heinous of crimes. There is no crime more contemptible; in that lies its despicableness and its power. It acts as a deterrent, it’s effective, and streams fresh, new blood to flow into our arteries.”

Klein noted: “If anyone had any doubt that the air force is strong and threatening, the childrens’ killing went and proved that it’s too early to say any eulogies for it. It’s strong, it’s terrifying and it’s confronting an army of about 30,000 soldiers who lack the means for aerial combat,” pointing out that: “The killing of children and the bombing of civilians are of greater deterrence and effectiveness than any ‘target bank’, the infamous ‘collapsing’ of buildings, or any attempt to ‘eradicate the foundations of terrorism once and for all.’”

The writer conveyed: “Killing children is designed to cause pain, to strike the most sensitive place of all. It isn’t designed to stop terrorism; it’s designed to deter the terrorists and make us happy. When Itamar Ben-Gvir talks about ‘a painful blow,’ I imagine that he’s referring precisely to that. In fact, he should change his election slogan – not ‘50 dead terrorists for every missile,’ but rather ‘50 dead children for every missile,’” noting that killing Palestinian children is an effective step engraved in the memory of Israeli public opinion.

Klein stressed: “The pictures of eight-year-old Ali Izzeldeen and his 12-year-old sister, Miar, are impossible to forget. They look too similar to our own children – after all, everyone knows a child of a similar age – and the thought that we killed them should give us no rest. These thoughts will always continue to haunt us because these pictures are not the result of just a minor misstep. It’s not like a pilot arrives, boards a plane, kills whatever number of nameless, faceless human beings and returns for lunch. Here, with the dead children from Gaza, these are pictures that will haunt him all his life and appear in his nightmares. I’m sure that in the pilots’ training course they prepare cadets for such a situation – a case in which their personal conscience stands in contradiction with their professional duty.”

These Israeli confessions may find their way to publication in time. It holds the occupation army responsible for committing violent massacres against Palestinian civilians, especially children, under the pretext of deterring the Palestinian resistance, which has proven, in all operations, its moral superiority over the occupation when it avoided targeting women and children. Unlike the Israelis – by their own admission.

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Why we support the ICC prosecutions for crimes in Israel and Gaza

From Lord Justice Fulford, Judge Theodor Meron CMG, Amal Clooney, Danny Friedman KC, Baroness Helena Kennedy LT KC, Elizabeth Wilmshurst CMG KC

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Smoke rises in Jabalia, northern Gaza, after an Israeli airstrike last week © ATEF SAFADI/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock


The attacks by Hamas in Israel on October 7 and the military response by Israeli forces in Gaza have tested the system of international law to its limits. This is why, as international lawyers, we felt compelled to assist when the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, asked us to advise whether there was sufficient evidence to lay charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Today, the prosecutor has taken a historic step to ensure justice for the victims in Israel and Palestine by issuing applications for five arrest warrants alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity by senior Hamas and Israeli leaders. These include applications for a warrant of arrest against the political and military commanders of Hamas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

For months, we have engaged in an extensive process of review and analysis. We have carefully examined each of the applications for arrest warrants, as well as underlying material produced by the prosecution team in support of the applications. This has included witness statements, expert evidence, official communications, videos and photographs. In our legal report published today, we unanimously agree that the prosecutor’s work was rigorous, fair and grounded in the law and the facts. And we unanimously agree that there are reasonable grounds to believe that the suspects he identifies have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the ICC.

It is not unusual for the prosecutor to invite external experts to participate in an evidence-review, under appropriate confidentiality arrangements, during the course of an investigation or trial. And this is not the first time an international prosecutor has formed a Panel of Experts to advise on potential charges related to a conflict. But this conflict is perhaps unprecedented in the extent to which it has given rise to misunderstandings about the ICC’s role and jurisdiction, a particularly fractured discourse and, in some contexts, even antisemitism and Islamophobia. 

It is against this backdrop that, as lawyers specialised in international law hailing from diverse personal backgrounds, we felt we had a duty to accept the invitation to provide an impartial and independent legal opinion based on evidence.

We were selected because of our expertise in public international law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, and, in the case of two of us, experience as former judges of international criminal tribunals. Our common goal is advancing accountability and we have reached our conclusions based on an assessment of the warrant applications against an objective legal standard. We have reached these conclusions unanimously. And we believe it is important to publish them given the extent to which discourse has been politicised, disinformation has been rife and international media has been denied access to the front lines.

The Panel unanimously agrees with the prosecutor’s conclusion that there are reasonable grounds to believe that three of Hamas’s most senior leaders — Yahya Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh — have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity for the killing of hundreds of civilians, the taking of at least 245 hostages and acts of sexual violence committed against Israeli hostages.

The Panel also unanimously agrees that the evidence presented by the prosecutor provides reasonable grounds to believe that Netanyahu and Israel’s minister of defence Yoav Gallant have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. This includes the war crime of intentionally using starvation of civilians as a method of warfare and the murder and persecution of Palestinians as crimes against humanity. Our reasons for reaching these conclusions are set out in our legal report. It is important to understand that the charges have nothing to do with the reasons for the conflict. The charges concern waging war in a manner that violates the long-established rules of international law that apply to armed groups and the armed forces in every state in the world. And, of course, the warrant applications announced today are just the first step.

We hope that the prosecutor will continue to conduct focused investigations including in relation to the extensive harm suffered by civilians as a result of the bombing campaign in Gaza and evidence of sexual violence committed against Israelis on October 7.  There is no doubt that the step taken today by the prosecutor is a milestone in the history of international criminal law.

There is no conflict that should be excluded from the reach of the law; no child’s life valued less than another’s. The law we apply is humanity’s law, not the law of any given side. It must protect all the victims of this conflict; and all civilians in conflicts to come. The judges of the ICC will ultimately determine which warrants, if any, should be issued. And as investigations continue, we hope that state authorities, witnesses and survivors will engage with the judicial process.

Ultimately, we hope that this process will contribute to increased protections for civilians and sustainable peace in a region that has already endured too much.

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The Unseen Wounds: The Psychological Toll of Constant Drone Presence in Gaza

FILE PHOTO: An Elbit Systems Ltd. Hermes 900 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is seen at the company’s drone factory in Rehovot, Israel, June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Orel Cohen

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In the besieged region of Gaza by Israeli occupation, where every day brings new challenges and hardships, there exists a silent but pervasive threat—one that hovers overhead, relentless and unnerving. This threat comes not from the ground, but from the sky in the form of Israeli drones, whose incessant presence has become a haunting reality for the people of Gaza.

For six long months, these drones, often referred to as “Zennana” by Gazans, have dominated the airspace, their unmistakable buzzing sound a constant reminder of the surveillance and potential danger lurking above. While the physical impact of drone strikes is well-documented, the psychological toll of their continuous presence, particularly on children, remains largely unexplored and under-addressed.

Imagine being a child in Gaza, where the sky, instead of offering a sense of freedom and wonder, serves as a constant source of anxiety and fear. From the moment they wake up to the moment they try to sleep, the ominous hum of the Israeli drones fills their ears, a stark reminder of the conflict that surrounds them. This unrelenting exposure to stress and trauma can have profound effects on their mental health and well-being, shaping their perceptions of the world and their place in it.

Studies have shown that exposure to chronic stress and trauma during childhood can have long-lasting effects, leading to increased rates of anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The constant presence of drones not only disrupts daily life but also erodes the sense of safety and security that every child deserves.

Moreover, the psychological impact extends beyond individual experiences to the collective psyche of the community. The pervasive sense of surveillance and vulnerability instills a pervasive feeling of powerlessness and helplessness, amplifying the trauma of living under illegal Israeli occupation and 16 year long siege.

Yet, amidst this despair, there remains a glimmer of hope—a recognition of the resilience and strength of the people of Gaza. Despite the challenges they face, they continue to find ways to cope and support one another, drawing on their sense of community and solidarity to navigate the tumultuous waters of war on Gaza.

As the world bears witness to the ongoing Israeli genocide  and suffering in Gaza, it is crucial not to overlook the invisible wounds that linger long after the American bombs have stopped falling. Addressing the psychological toll of drone warfare requires more than just ceasefire agreements; it demands a concerted effort to prioritize the mental health and well-being of the most vulnerable, especially the children who bear the brunt of israeli genocide  lasting scars.

In the face of adversity, let us stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza, acknowledging their pain and resilience, and working towards a future where the skies above are no longer filled with the ominous buzz of Israeli drones, but with the promise of peace and freedom for Palestinians.

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Rupert Murdoch’s War Against American Democracy

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This is exactly what’s happening in the White House.

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UN investigation found Israel responsible for starvation, indiscriminate killing of civilians, forcible transfer, torture and sexual violence in Gaza

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