Posts Tagged ‘Humanitäre Hilfe’

USA: “Im Namen des Volkes…”

Dienstag, Mai 8th, 2012

“Dhafir Resentenced

Dr. Rafil Dhafir, the Iraqi-born New York cancer doctor whose charity to his native land through more than a decade of economic sanctions was perversely portrayed as terrorism and viciously prosecuted into a 22-year prison sentence, has been resentenced to the same extreme punishment. For health reasons, Dhafir elected not to travel from prison in Indiana to attend the February 3 hearing in Syracuse (postponed from January 5).

U.S. District Judge Norman Mordue heard defense attorney Peter Goldberger argue for a new sentence closer to the nine years Dhafir has already served since his highly publicized arrest just three weeks before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Rejecting Goldberger’s legal argument for a shorter term, Mordue also disregarded 75 letters asking for clemency. These included testimonials from former patients and their families, as well as Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire and United Nations diplomats Denis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck, who both resigned after long, distinguished careers because they were unwilling to implement what they both considered a genocidal policy of sanctions against Iraq.

Dhafir’s total lack of repentance weighed heaviest for the judge, who told a courtroom overflowing with dozens of Dhafir’s supporters that “Acceptance of responsibility is the first step towards rehabilitation.”

In late December, just before resentencing was postponed, Dhafir was abruptly pulled from the highly restrictive Communications Management Unit at Terre Haute federal prison and placed into the general population there. It is hoped that he may now have contact visits with his family. Dhafir is interested to teach GED classes, but has no place to write but his bunk, delaying his correspondence. He was told he had been approved for hernia surgery but it has not been scheduled yet.

Katherine Hughes, coordinator of Dr. Dhafir Support Committee, recently summarized the injustice of his prosecution and the trial she sat through in a recommended essay at truth-out.org, “Anatomy of a ‘Terrorism’ Prosecution: Dr. Rafil Dhafir and the Help the Needy Muslim Charity Case.”

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors were told they’d taken too long prosecuting Seattle Dr. Bert Sacks. Sacks had been fined in 2002 for violating the same sanctions while on a 1998 humanitarian mission to Iraq. He refused the fine, sued the government and lost, and the Obama administration eventually sued to collect. Too late, said a judge, and he tossed the case out.

For more information, visit dhafirtrial.net.”

 

(Quelle: The Nuclear Resister.)

Anmerkung

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Palästina/Gaza: Nobelpreisträgerinnen appellieren an Ban Ki-Moon

Freitag, Juni 17th, 2011

“Laureates To Ban Ki-Moon: Safe Passage For Gaza Flotilla

 

 

Four women Nobel Peace Laureates have sent an open letter calling on United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to support the safe passage of the Freedom Flotilla II. The flotilla will be bringing much-needed humanitarian supplies to the people of Gaza in late June.

Mairead Maguire, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, and Rigoberta Menchú Tum have asked the Secretary General to “support the people of Gaza with two key actions.  First, by appointing a representative to inspect and seal the cargo of the boats of the Freedom Flotilla II—thus assuring the Israeli government that the boats are carrying humanitarian supplies…” and to “call on all governments to support the safe passage of the Freedom Flotilla II.”

Download the open letter here or read the full text below.

Ki-moon has failed to make efforts to dissuade UN member governments from stopping delivery of this humanitarian aid to Gaza. These legitimate humanitarian initiatives have been undertaken by civil society in an effort to help ease the suffering of the people of Gaza as they face humanitarian crises of devastating scale. The Laureates are urging the Secretary General to use his authority to encourage international support for these initiatives, and to ask Israel not to use force against the flotilla.


June 10, 2011

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations
New York, NY 10017 USA

RE: Inspection and sealing of Freedom Flotilla II cargo

Dear Mr. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,

We are writing to urge you to use your good offices in support of the humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza.

In our view, you can support the people of Gaza with two key actions. First, by appointing a representative to inspect and seal the cargo of the boats of the Freedom Flotilla II—thus assuring the Israeli government that the boats are carrying humanitarian supplies such as toys, medical supplies, cement and educational materials. Equally important, we strongly urge you to use your authority to call on all governments to support the safe passage of the Freedom Flotilla II. We are disappointed to learn of your recent efforts to persuade member governments from stopping the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza on the Freedom Flotilla II. We urge you to reconsider and instead encourage member states to lend support and ask Israel not to use force against legitimate humanitarian initiatives undertaken by civil society to help ease the suffering of the people of Gaza who are facing a humanitarian crisis of devastating scale.

The Freedom Flotilla II, organized by 14 national groups and international coalitions and carrying approximately 1500 ‘freedom riders,’ is set to sail to Gaza this month. Sailing in the spirit of promoting human rights, prosperity, and social responsibility, the aim of the Flotilla is to alleviate the humanitarian crisis faced by the citizens of Gaza.

The blockade in Gaza is clearly having a harmful impact on the people of Gaza, and indeed UNDP and other agencies report high levels of malnutrition and other disturbing health problems. According to a report by the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization, the level of “abject poverty” among the Palestinians of Gaza has tripled since the imposition of the blockade, with 61 % of households not having enough food. The blockade has crippled the Gaza economy and destroyed Palestinians’ livelihoods and homes.

We believe our requests to you are in keeping with UN Security Council Resolution 1860 of January 2009 as well as the 2010 UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on the attack on Freedom Flotilla I, which are calling for a lift of the blockade to allow humanitarian assistance. We urge you to do all you can to support this nonviolent international humanitarian effort, to provide UN representatives to inspect and seal the cargo, and to appeal to all governments to allow safe passage of the Freedom Flotilla II.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. We look forward to your positive response.

Sincerely,
Mairead Maguire (1976)
Rigoberta Menchu Tum (1992)
Jody Williams (1997)
Shirin Ebadi (2003) “


What you can do:

    Stay informed about what is happening with the flotilla through organizations like Free Gaza, Gaza Freedom March and the Canadian Boat to Gaza.

    ● Follow Free Gaza Movement and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation on Facebook.

    ● Follow Free Gaza Movement and Gaza Freedom March on Twitter.

    ● Spread the word through Facebook, Twitter, blogs and/or word of mouth.

    Ask the United Nations to work with the international community to assemble support for the flotilla and stop any actions designed to interfere with its safe passage. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon can be reached at sg@un.org.

 

(Quelle: Nobel Women’s Initiative.)

Israel: Feuer frei auf Gaza-Hilfsschiff

Montag, Mai 16th, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Israel Attacks Humanitarian Ship to Gaza in International Waters

by Michel Chossudovsky

Montreal, 12.30 AM EST,

Global Research has been in contact with the Spirit of Rachel Corrie, a Malaysian ship carrying a humanitarian aid cargo to Gaza, which has been attacked in international waters by Israel.

The vessel left the Port of Piraeus, Greece on Wednesday, May 11 carrying 7.5 kilometers of UPVC (plastic) sewage pipes to help restore the devastated sewerage system in Gaza. The humanitarian initiative is sponsored by Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) and participating in this mission includes anti-war activists and journalists, consisting of 7 Malaysians, 2 Irish, 2 Indians and 1 Canadian. 

The Spirit of Rachel Corrie is an initiative of  The Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) chaired by Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamed. The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) (Global Research) is also participating in this mission.

At 10.54 pm Eastern Time (EDT), the Spirit of Rachel Corrie was intercepted by an Israeli ship and a Egyptian ship in international waters.

10:54pm EDT, Gaza 5:54am: We have been intercepted by Israeli ship and Egyptian ship. We are disobeying the orders and sailing ahead to Gaza.

10:57pm EDT, Gaza 5:57am: One Israeli warship coming to us very fast! We are in international waters, therefore they have no right to attack us. We are still sailing ahead.

10:59pm EDT, Gaza 5:59am: They are opening fire across our ship! We are still sailing ahead.

11:09pm EDT, Gaza 6:09am: They are shooting all over the place. We can’t continue …

11:35pm EDT, Gaza 6:35am: They circled our ship twice and fired across our ship. Machine guns. No one was injured. One of the fishing nets caught the propeller, so we can’t move now.

11:37pm EDT, Gaza 6:37am: The Israeli ship was coming from one end and the Egyptian ship was coming from another end. Firing. We are just stalled now. Everybody is okay. No one is injured.

In a subsequent communication from the boat, it would appear that Israel sought the active collaboration of Egypt in the interception of the humanitarian mission to Gaza, involving prior coordination between the Israelis and the Egyptian navy.

We will be informing our readers as events unfold.

UPDATE

AFP REPORT

The first press reports state that

Israeli naval forces fired warning shots at a Malaysian ship carrying aid to Gaza as it approached the shore, forcing it to withdraw to Egyptian waters, the vessel’s Malaysian organiser told AFP.”

“The MV Finch, carrying sewage pipes to Gaza, had warning shots fired at it by Israeli forces in the Palestinian security zone this morning at 0654 Jordan time (0354 GMT),” said Shamsul Azhar from the Perdana Global Peace Foundation.

Israeli naval forces fired warning shots at a Malaysian ship carrying aid to Gaza as it approached the shore, forcing it to withdraw to Egyptian waters, the vessel’s Malaysian organiser told AFP.

“The MV Finch, carrying sewage pipes to Gaza, had warning shots fired at it by Israeli forces in the Palestinian security zone this morning at 0654 Jordan time (0354 GMT),” said Shamsul Azhar from the Perdana Global Peace Foundation.

“Currently the ship has been forced to anchor in Egyptian waters, 30 nautical miles from Gaza,” he told AFP.” [emphasis added]

The information we have received from the ship is that (1) these were not “warning shots” as conveyed in the press reports.

The ship was (2) in international waters when it was attacked by Israel in violation of international law.

 

(Quelle: Global Research.)

Siehe auch:

Israel fires warning shots at aid ship to Gaza as Palestinian factions meet in Cairo

Noam Chomsky: USA wollen keine wirkliche Demokratie

Freitag, Mai 13th, 2011

Noam Chomsky: “The U.S. and Its Allies Will Do Anything to Prevent Democracy in the Arab World”

AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to the 25th anniversary of FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the media watch group in New York, which just celebrated the 25 years of the reports they’ve come out, documenting media bias and censorship, and scrutinized media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.

One of those who addressed the hundreds of people who gathered to celebrate FAIR was the world-renowned political dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky. This is some of what he had to say.

 
 

NOAM CHOMSKY: The U.S. and its allies will do anything they can to prevent authentic democracy in the Arab world. The reason is very simple. Across the region, an overwhelming majority of the population regards the United States as the main threat to their interests. In fact, opposition to U.S. policy is so high that a considerable majority think the region would be more secure if Iran had nuclear weapons. In Egypt, the most important country, that’s 80 percent. Similar figures elsewhere. There are some in the region who regard Iran as a threat—about 10 percent. Well, plainly, the U.S. and its allies are not going to want governments which are responsive to the will of the people. If that happens, not only will the U.S. not control the region, but it will be thrown out. So that’s obviously an intolerable result.

In the case of WikiLeaks, there was an interesting aside on this. The revelations from WikiLeaks that got the most publicity—headlines, euphoric commentary and so on—were that the Arabs support U.S. policy on Iran. They were quoting comments of Arab dictators. Yes, they claim to support U.S. policy on Iran. There was no mention of the Arab—of the Arab population, because it doesn’t matter. If the dictators support us, and the population is under control, then what’s the problem? This is like imperialism. What’s the problem if it works? As long as they can control their populations, fine. They can have campaigns of hatred; our friendly dictators will keep them under control. That’s the reaction not just of the diplomatic service in the State Department or of the media who reported this, but also of the general intellectual community. There is no comment on this. In fact, coverage of these polls is precisely zero in the United States, literally. There’s a few comments in England, but very little. It just doesn’t matter what the population thinks, as long as they’re under control.

Well, from these observations, you can conclude pretty quickly, pretty easily, what policies are going to be. You can almost spell them out. So in the case of an oil-rich country with a reliable, obedient dictator, they’re given free rein. Saudi Arabia is the most important. There were—it’s the most repressive, extremist, strongest center of Islamic fundamentalism, missionaries who spread ultra-radical Islamism from jihadis and so on. But they’re obedient, they’re reliable, so they can do what they like. There was a planned protest in Saudi Arabia. The police presence was so overwhelming and intimidating that literally nobody even was willing to show up in the streets of Riyadh. But that was fine. The same in Kuwait. There was a small demonstration, very quickly crushed, no comment.

Actually, the most interesting case in many respects is Bahrain. Bahrain is quite important for two reasons. One reason, which has been reported, is that it’s the home port of the U.S. Fifth Fleet, major military force in the region. Another more fundamental reason is that Bahrain is about 70 percent Shiite, and it’s right across the causeway from eastern Saudi Arabia, which also is majority Shiite and happens to be where most of Saudi oil is. Saudi Arabia, of course, is the main energy resource, has been since the ’40s. By curious accident of history and geography, the world’s major energy resources are located pretty much in Shiite regions. They’re a minority in the Middle East, but they happen to be where the oil is, right around the northern part of the Gulf. That’s eastern Saudi Arabia, southern Iraq and southwestern Iran. And there’s been a concern among planners for a long time that there might be a move towards some sort of tacit alliance in these Shiite regions moving towards independence and controlling the bulk of the world’s oil. That’s obviously intolerable.

So, going back to Bahrain, there was an uprising, tent city in the central square, like Tahrir Square. The Saudi-led military forces invaded Bahrain, giving the security forces there the opportunity to crush it violently, destroyed the tent city, even destroyed the Pearl, which is the symbol of Bahrain; invaded the major hospital complex, threw out the patients and the doctors; been regularly, every day, arresting human rights activists, torturing them, occasionally a sort of a pat on the wrist, but nothing much. That’s very much the Carothers principle. If actions correspond to our strategic and economic objectives, that’s OK. We can have elegant rhetoric, but what matters is facts.

Well, that’s the oil-rich obedient dictators. What about Egypt, most important country, but not a center of—major center of oil production? Well, in Egypt and Tunisia and other countries of that category, there is a game plan, which is employed routinely, so commonly it takes virtual genius not to perceive it. But when you have a favored dictator—for those of you who might think of going into the diplomatic service, you might as well learn it—when there’s a favored dictator and he’s getting into trouble, support him as long as possible, full support as long as possible. When it becomes impossible to support him—like, say, maybe the army turns against him, business class turns against him—then send him off somewhere, issue ringing declarations about your love of democracy, and then try to restore the old regime, maybe with new names. And that’s done over and over again. It doesn’t always work, but it’s always tried—Somoza, Nicaragua; Shah in Iran; Marcos in the Philippines; Duvalier in Haiti; Chun in South Korea; Mobutu in the Congo; Ceausescu is one of Western favorites in Romania; Suharto in Indonesia. It’s completely routine. And that’s exactly what’s going on in Egypt and Tunisia. OK, we support them right to the end—Mubarak in Egypt, right to the end, keep supporting him. Doesn’t work any longer, send him off to Sharm el-Sheikh, pull out the rhetoric, try to restore the old regime. That’s, in fact, what the conflict is about right now. As Amy said, we don’t know where it’s going to turn now, but that’s what’s going on.

Well, there’s another category. The other category is an oil-rich dictator who’s not reliable, who’s a loose cannon. That’s Libya. And there, there’s a different policy: try to get a more reliable dictator. And that’s exactly what’s happening. Of course, describe it as a humanitarian intervention. That’s another near historical universal. You check history, virtually every resort to force, by whoever it is, is accompanied by the most noble rhetoric. It’s all completely humanitarian. That includes Hitler taking over Czechoslovakia, the Japanese fascists rampaging in northeast China. In fact, it’s Mussolini in Ethiopia. There’s hardly any exceptions. So you produce that, and the media and commentators present—pretend they don’t notice that it has no—carries no information, because it’s reflexive.

And then—but in this case, they could also add something else, which has been repeated over and over again, namely, the U.S. and its allies were intervening in response to a request by the Arab League. And, of course, we have to recognize the importance of that. Incidentally, the response from the Arab League was tepid and was pretty soon rescinded, because they didn’t like what we were doing. But put that aside. At the very same time, the Arab League produced—issued another request. Here’s a headline from a newspaper: “Arab League Calls for Gaza No-Fly Zone.” Actually, I’m quoting from the London Financial Times. That wasn’t reported in the United States. Well, to be precise, it was reported in the Washington Times, but basically blocked in the U.S., like the polls, like the polls of Arab public opinion, not the right kind of news. So, “Arab League Calls for Gaza No-Fly Zone,” that’s inconsistent with U.S. policy, so that, we don’t have to honor and observe, and that disappeared.

Now, there are some polls that are reported. So here’s one from the New York Times a couple days ago. I’ll quote it. It said, “The poll found that a majority of Egyptians want to annul the 1979 peace treaty with Israel that has been a cornerstone of Egyptian foreign policy and the region’s stability.” Actually, that’s not quite accurate. It’s been a cornerstone of the region’s instability, and that’s exactly why the Egyptian population wants to abandon it. The agreement essentially eliminated Egypt from the Israel-Arab conflict. That means eliminated the only deterrent to Israeli military action. And it freed up Israel to expand its operations—illegal operations—in the Occupied Territories and to attack its northern neighbor, to attack Lebanon. Shortly after, Israel attacked Lebanon, killed 20,000 people, destroyed southern Lebanon, tried to impose a client regime, didn’t quite make it. And that was understood. So the immediate reaction to the peace treaty in Israel was that there are things about it we don’t like—we’re going to have to abandon our settlements in the Sinai, in the Egyptian Sinai. But it has a good side, too, because now the only deterrent is gone; we can use force and violence to achieve our other goals. And that’s exactly what happened. And that’s exactly why the Egyptian population is opposed to it. They understand that, as does everyone in the region.

On the other hand, the Times wasn’t lying when they said that it led to the region’s stability. And the reason is because of the meaning of the word “stability” as a technical meaning. Stability is—it’s kind of like democracy. Stability means conformity to our interests. So, for example, when Iran tries to expand its influence in Afghanistan and Iraq, neighboring countries, that’s called “destabilizing.” It’s part of the threat of Iran. It’s destabilizing the region. On the other hand, when the U.S. invades those countries, occupies them, half destroys them, that’s to achieve stability. And that is very common, even to the point where it’s possible to write—former editor of Foreign Affairs—that when the U.S. overthrew the democratic government in Chile and instituted a vicious dictatorship, that was because the U.S. had to destabilize Chile to achieve stability. That’s in one sentence, and nobody noticed it, because that’s correct, if you understand the meaning of the word “stability.” Yeah, you overthrow a parliamentary government, you install a dictatorship, you invade a country and kill 20,000 people, you invade Iraq and kill hundreds of thousands of people—that’s all bringing about stability. Instability is when anyone gets in the way.

 
 

AMY GOODMAN: World-renowned political dissident and linguist, Noam Chomsky, speaking at the 25th anniversary of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

 

(Quelle: Democracy Now!)

Indonesien: Katastrophen-Opfer brauchen Hilfe

Donnerstag, Oktober 28th, 2010

Merapi ist ausgebrochen!

Der Wächter des Vulkans hat es kommen sehen. Der Merapi war bereits seit einem Monat aktiv. Normalerweise vergehen jedoch mindestens fünf Monate zwischen den ersten Anzeichen und dem vollständigen Ausbruch. Diesmal war es anders. Die Taktung der aufeinander folgenden Eruptionen war ungewöhnlich schnell. Darüber waren sich alle einig, als sie sich wenige Tage vor dem Ausbruch noch zum monatlichen Gesundheitscheck trafen.

Die Zeichen wurden unmissverständlich, als die Bewohner des Vulkans Vögel und Affen aus den nahe liegenden Wäldern fliehen sahen. Für einige von ihnen und darunter auch der allseits beliebte Wächter des Vulkans Mbah Maridjan sowie acht alte Männer und Frauen, die von unserer Partnerorganisation Lessan unterstützt wurden, war es trotzdem zu spät. Binnen eines Monats hatte der Vulkan die Stufe des Ausbruchs erreicht. Sie starben im heißen Ascheregen.

Das Unglück nahm seinen Lauf als der Platz auf einem rettenden LKW nicht ausreichte und Maridjan, seine Vertrauten und einige Ältere, Kranke und Behinderte hoch am Berg zurück blieben. Maridjan und seine Vertrauten sahen es als ihre Pflicht an “beim Berg zu verweilen”. Sie wollten nichts unversucht lassen um den mächtigen Merapi zu besänftigen.

Der Verlust dieser für unsere Arbeit so inspirierenden Menschen hat uns Mitarbeiter von HelpAge sehr getroffen. Seit drei Jahren arbeiten wir eng mit Lessan zusammen und fördern das Projekt im Bereich “Altes Wissen sichert Zukunft” erfolgreich. Mbah Maridjan war eine wichtige Stütze für dieses Anliegen

Die Überlebenden werden nun in einem tiefer liegenden Flüchtlingslager versorgt. Ihr Dorf Kinahrejo gibt es jedoch nicht mehr: Kein Tier, kein Baum, kein Haus. Alles liegt unter einem Leichentuch aus weißer Asche begraben. Heimatlos geworden, wissen die Menschen nicht wie es weitergehen soll. Wann oder ob die Menschen überhaupt je wieder zurückkehren dürfen, will die indonesische Regierung entscheiden.

Zunächst einmal wird dringend Hilfe benötigt. Heute morgen hat uns der Hilferuf unserer Partner-Organisation erreicht. Es fehlt vor allem an Verbandsmaterial, Medikamenten, Decken, Kleidung und Nahrung. Damit wir schnell und unbürokratisch helfen können, brauchen wir Ihre Unterstützung.

Wir bitten um Ihre Spenden auf unser Konto bei der Sparkasse Osnabrück (BlZ 26550105) Konto: 55517 – Stichwort: Merapi

Ihr

Lutz Hethey

Geschäftsführung
HelpAge Deutschland e.V.
Alte Synagogenstr. 2
D-49078 Osnabrück
Vereinsregister Osnabrück Nr. VR-200007

 

(Quelle: HelpAge.)

Palästina: Jüdische Solidarität mit Gaza

Donnerstag, Oktober 14th, 2010

“Das Gesicht des humanen Judentums zeigen«

Das »Jüdische Schiff« ist mit Hilfsgütern nach Gaza unterwegs. Zur Fracht gehört auch ein Karton mit Mundharmonikas. Gespräch mit Reuven Moskovitz

Der 1928 in Rumänien geborene Israeli Reuven Moskovitz ist Überlebender der Judenvernichtung durch die deutschen Faschisten. Sophia Deeg führte das Interview vor dem Auslaufen.

Am Sonntag ist das »Jüdische Schiff« von Zypern aus mit Hilfsgütern nach Gaza aufgebrochen – einer der vielen Mitreisenden sind Sie. Warum haben Sie sich dazu entschlossen?

In Rumänien habe ich miterlebt, wie die einheimischen Faschisten damals mit den Nazis kollaborierten. Ich fand mich plötzlich in einem Getto wieder, ich habe buchstäblich meine Kindheit verloren. Schon früh wurde mir klar, daß ich mein Leben lang gegen Verfolgung, Unterdrückung und Diskriminierung kämpfen würde.

Ich war 19 Jahre alt, als ich 1947 nach Israel auswanderte, ich lebte als zionistisch-sozialistischer Pionier dann in Galiläa in einem Kibbutz. Sehr bald wurde ich aber mit systematischen ethnischen Säuberungen konfrontiert, mit Massakern, Enteignung und Vertreibung unserer palästinensischen Nachbarn.

Wie war Ihre Reaktion darauf?

Viele von uns Einwanderern waren erschüttert und schlossen sich der damaligen Friedensbewegung um Martin Buber an. Es ging uns um die gegenseitige Anerkennung und die Gleichberechtigung der palästinensischen und jüdischen Bewohner des Landes. (…)”

Weiterlesen…

 

(Quelle: Tageszeitung junge Welt.)