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Ecuador Recognizes an Independent Palestine

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Posted on Dec 26, 2010
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President Rafael Correa is the fourth Latin American leader to formally recognize Palestine as an independent state.

Joining with a number of his Latin American neighbors, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has formally recognized “the Palestine state as free and independent within its borders ... .” —JCL

CNN:

Ecuador is the latest country to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

The government said on Friday that President Rafael Correa recognized “the Palestine State as free and independent within its borders since 1967.”

Others countries—such as Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay—recently made the same move. These diplomatic initiatives come after the breakdown of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Palestinians have been seeking international recognition of an independent state, a strategy to achieve statehood outside the framework of talks with Israel.

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By PatrickHenry, December 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm Link to this comment

nefesh,

Israel has been santioned by the U.N. more times than any other country.

It is also in violation of the Balfour declaration that “it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine”.

Your whining about Kunar is amusing since Israel has committed far more agregious and indiscrimminate killing.

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By Robert, December 28, 2010 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

December 27, 2010

Israeli Soldiers Break the Silence

“The Darkness to Expel!”

By URI AVNERY


“It is easy to despair before the filthy wave of racism that is engulfing us.

The remedy for this despair: the growing number of young people, sons and daughters of the new Israeli generation, who are joining the fight against racism and occupation.

This week, several hundred of them gathered in a hall in Tel Aviv (belonging, ironically, to the Zionist Federation of America) to launch a book published by the group “Breaking the Silence”.

In the hall there were some veterans of the peace camp, but the great majority of those present were youngsters in their twenties, male and female, who have completed their military service.

The Occupation of the Territories” is a book of 344 pages, consisting of almost 200 testimonies by soldiers about the daily and nightly life of the occupation. The soldiers supplied the eyewitness accounts, and the organization, which is composed of ex-soldiers, verified, compared and sifted them. In the end, 183 of some 700 testimonies were selected for publication. 

Not even one of these testimonies was denied by the army spokesman, who generally hastens to contradict honest accounts of what is happening in the occupied territories. Since the editors of the book have themselves served as soldiers in these places, it was easy for them to distinguish between truth and falsehood.

The book makes very depressing reading, and not because it details gruesome atrocities. On the contrary, the editors made it a point not to include incidents of exceptional brutality committed by sadists, which can be found in every army unit in Israel and throughout the world. Rather, they wanted to throw light on the grey routine of the occupation.

There are accounts of nocturnal incursions into quiet Palestinian villages as exercisesbreaking into random houses where there were no “suspects”, terrorizing children, women and men, creating mayhem in the village – all this to “train” the soldiers. There are stories about the humiliation of passers-by at the checkpoints (“Clean up the checkpoint and you will get your keys back!”), casual harassment (“He started to complain, so I hit him in the face with the butt of my weapon!”). Every testimony is meticulously documented:  time, place, unit.

At the launch of the book, some of the testimonies were shown on film, with the witnesses daring to show their faces and identify themselves by their full name. These were no exceptional people, no fanatics or bleeding hearts. No weepers of the “we shoot and we weep” school. Just ordinary young people, who had time to come to grips with their personal experiences.”

“The titles of the testimonies speak for themselves: “To produce sleeplessness in the village”, “We used to send neighbors to disarm explosive charges”, “The battalion commander ordered us to shoot anyone trying to remove the bodies”, “The commander of the navy commandos put the muzzle of the rifle into the man’s mouth”, “They told us to shoot at anybody moving in the street”, “You can do whatever you feel like, nobody is going to question it”, “You shoot at the TV set for fun”, “I did not know that there were roads for Jews only”, “A kind of total arbitrariness”, “The [Hebron settler] boys beat up the old woman”, “Arrest the settlers? The army cannot do that”. And so on. Just routine.

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http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery12272010.html

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By nefesh, December 28, 2010 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

By FRTothus, December 27 at 6:11 pm

I’m certain Rafael Correa has already been targeted by our barbaric CIA/Military mercenary forces, in conjunction with their brothers-in-arms, the Moussad.

Certainly you are certain. And certainly you have no idea what you are talking about. Correa made this foolish and nonsensical announcement because it’s elementary scape-goat politics, nothing more and nothing less.

By the way, it’s spelled M O S S A D, not M O U S S A D, and they will hit baby-killer Samir “The Kunt” Kuntar before they ever even look at Correa; they haven’t touched Kuntar, and believe me, there is nobody more deserving of a retribution hit than that degenerate.

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By nefesh, December 28, 2010 at 9:05 am Link to this comment

By PatrickHenry, December 26 at 8:48 pm

Good for them, I hope this is one the first of a worldwide effort to recognize Palestine and bring this issue before the United Nations.

The “issue” has been in front of the UN continuously since 1948, when the UN approved the partition into two states, which, you know, the Arabs - of Palestine and all the surrounding neighboring Arab states - formally rejected, and then started the war to crush the Jews.

~heavy sigh~ @ such willful ignorance…..........

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By FRTothus, December 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment

Shameful to US and Western boasts of freedom and human rights that Ecuador and Latin America should show the world what support of liberty and a principled stand looks like, but then expecting honor from the West is foolish, and as the victims of US hypocrisy.  Will the targeting of Ecuador by the US and Israel for further embarrassing and isolating apartheid regimes be increased?  I’m certain Rafael Correa has already been targeted by our barbaric CIA/Military mercenary forces, in conjunction with their brothers-in-arms, the Moussad. Perhaps he will be called the next Hitler, or accused of ties to the (US-CIA) drug trade, or of supporting (imaginary) “terrorists”, or of some (alleged) sexual perversion, like countless other targeted official “enemies” of the orthodox, tyrannical State, the subject of various US-financed harassment, sabotage, and assignation campaigns to eliminate dissent from and opposition to US corporate hegemony and the globalization of elite minority top-down rapacious rule world-wide and the impoverishment and third-world-ization of the majority.

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By PatrickHenry, December 26, 2010 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment

Good for them, I hope this is one the first of a worldwide effort to recognize Palestine and bring this issue before the United Nations.

I also hope they send boats to run the illegal blockade.

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