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US stands alone in vote against UN inquiry into Gaza assault
July 26, 2014

The United States was the only country in the world that voted Wednesday against the United Nations investigating human rights violations in Gaza unleashed by Israel’s military assault.

Of the 47 members of the UN Human Rights Council, 29 nations voted to set up a commission to launch an international, independent inquiry, effectively passing the resolution. Seventeen countries abstained, including Germany, France, and the United Kingdom.

The inquiry will look at “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Gaza Strip in the context of military operations conducted since mid June,” according to a statement from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The council criticized Israeli military operations for perpetuating “widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

U.S. ambassador to the Council, Keith Harper, said he issued the “no” vote because the resolution is a “biased and political instrument” that “will not help” the “cessation of hostilities.”

But Josh Ruebner, policy director for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, toldCommon Dreams that the U.S. vote simply “shows the great extent to which the U.S. goes to protect Israel in international forums from any accountability for its actions, no matter how egregious.” Ruebner added that U.S. claims of imbalance are illegitimate, as the inquiry will investigate human rights violations perpetrated by Hamas as well as Israel.

Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at Institute for Policy Studies, told Common Dreams that the U.S. “no” vote is part of a larger pattern. “The U.S. is the reason why the United Nations is not able to play the role its charter requires, which is to stop the scourge of war,” said Bennis. “The U.S. vetoes and threatens to veto in the Security Council, and in arenas like the General Assembly or Human Rights Council where there is no veto, they threaten other countries.”

The UN resolution comes amid an ever-rising Palestinian death toll, with Gaza Health Ministry official Ashraf al-Qudra reporting Thursday that so far 784 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,000 wounded in Israel’s “Protective Edge” operation. Kyung-Wha Kang, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, estimates that 74 percent of the Palestinians killed are civilians and one-third are children. “One child has been killed each hour in Gaza over the past two days,” Kang said on Wednesday, according to the UN.

Israel launched air strikes on Palestinians seeking shelter in a UN school in Beit Hanoun in Gaza on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens. The attack marked at least the fourth time a UN facility in Gaza has been hit since July 8, according to theGuardian. Chris Gunness, spokesperson for the UN Relief and Works Agency, said on Twitter that "Precise co-ordinates of the UNRWA shelter in Beit Hanoun had been formally given to the Israeli army."

Thirty-two Israeli soldiers, two Israeli civilians, and a Thai worker in Israel have died.

Rubner expressed concern that the U.S. is likely to obstruct any attempt on the part of the Council to hold Israel accountable for war crimes: “What’s likely to happen is same thing with the Goldstone Report and the Human Rights Council inquiry into the attack on the aid flotilla: reports will document the fact that Israel has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, and the U.S. will use its veto power or threat thereof to prevent the international community from acting on recommendations for accountability.”


The US has also used its veto power in the Security Council more than 40 times to protect Israel. This is one of the biggest reasons why the United Nations has been an ineffective tool in stopping the genocide happening in Palestine.

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Israel Destroys Entire Gaza Neighborhood In An Hour

July 29th, 2014

An entire Gaza neighborhood is decimated within an hour by Israeli air strikes. The video is further proof that Israel has no regard for the life of innocent Palestinians.

Israel attacked Gaza’s only power plant on Tuesday, leaving the Palestinian territory’s 1.8 million residents with no electricity or running water and opened the possibility of an even graver humanitarian crisis.

After three weeks of violence between Israel and Gaza, more than 1,100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air and ground strikes. About 75 percent of Palestinian deaths have been civilians. Several thousand have been wounded and more than 100,000 displaced. Fifty-three Israeli soldiers have died, as well as three civilians.

Just look at the casualties. This is not a war, it is genocide.

Our daughters are prepared
to run where your sons
are taught to never go.
for men raised by women -Tapiwa Mugabe, (via tapiwamugabe)

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spotted: marceline the vampire queen, lead singer of Ooo’s favourite rock band, marceline & the scream queens, takes some time off from her tour to spend it with princess bubblegum of the candy kingdom  View high resolution

spotted: marceline the vampire queen, lead singer of Ooo’s favourite rock band, marceline & the scream queens, takes some time off from her tour to spend it with princess bubblegum of the candy kingdom 


ive been trying to push myself to do it, its the only reason i am, mostly because i always feel inadequate in all my music classes because everyone has this huge knowledge bank that i dont. YAY thats so exciting!

oh my goodness i love katharines mixes. do you have our 8tracks? i havent uploaded a mix there in at least 9 months but there should be tonnes since those ones? yeah!! ive been sitting on like 20 mixes since january, i havent had any time to finish any of them hehehe. they’re mostly all character mixes anyway so not relevant to mostly anyone but you might like to see them? like williams or something. i wanna smush ya i miss you so much honey bug!

YES i do have your 8tracks heeehehe i haven’t listened to everything on there yet but i have fav’d a couple, like your “accelerando” one and your “feels like an ocean being warmed by the sun”!! i love your mixes so much they always feel so personal, which i guess they are because you don’t really make them for the public, you make them for yourself and your characters and the people who know your characters. and i think that personal, homely, honest quality is so distinctive to you and katharine and so difficult to find elsewhere idk i am rambling a bit but basically you make me smile so ooooooo much and i am sending all my love to you and katharine <3333 


i’m gonna listen to it

its SO good like better than any of their other stuff, at least whole album wise. like ive got ‘flaws’ and ‘i had the blues…’ but to me this is just whole other level stuff like every song is so good and then as an album it just floors me!!!!!!!! ive been listening to it and kimbras new couple songs for the last few days and also this really cool jazz compliation album that i heard in adelaide and they’re all SO good wow but especially this album its my favourite thing right now feeeeeck im so excited about it


MUSIC!!! to be honest, i haven’t listened to much bombay bicycle club except for a few songs here and there so i’m excited to listen to this album now since you’re excited about it!! 

also re your tags you are so SWEET emma i love you too! i’ve been fine, thank uuuuu for asking. unlike you, i haven’t been listening to any new stuff lately—i’ve been going back and listening to stuff i forgot about, like the format’s “dog problems” and katharine’s old mixes (the tea & flowers one + the love me, love me one, both are gr9) and also a lot of los campesinos! ^_^ 

every day is a struggle to make myself keep reading swann’s way i am 80+ pages into my copy now so i should keep going but this book is so stupid but i just want to be able to say i finished reading swann’s way 

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