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Saturday, October 03, 2009

OK for Israel Not OK for others, Robert Fisk, Army and suspects, Lockerbie

Barack Obama, the US president, has agreed to abide by a 40-year policy of allowing Israel to keep nuclear weapons without opening them to international inspection, according to a US newspaper. In a report on Saturday, The Washington Times quoted three unnamed sources as saying Obama had confirmed to Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, that he would maintain the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. OK for Israel Not OK for others

Pakistan soldiers 'beat Taliban suspects' - Pakistan's army orders an investigation into a video apparently showing soldiers beating Taliban suspects.

Lockerbie bomber issues more 'evidence of innocence' - The Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing today published more documents he claims prove his innocence.

Not a hope, of course. Israeli investigations of the Gaza war, its government officials announced, were "a thousand times" fairer than the Goldstone investigation – a preposterous claim, given Israel's constant inability to conduct fair inquiries of its own – and that his mission "gave legitimacy to the Hamas terrorist organisation". The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem found that 1,387 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza war, more than 770 of them civilians. Thirteen Israelis were killed, four by their own troops, three of the others Israeli Arabs. Goldstone bitterly condemned Hamas for firing at civilians – from civilians areas of Gaza – but Chapter 11 of his report, for example, found that Israel shelled a house in which Palestinian civilians had been forced to gather, intentionally bombed a hospital with white phosphorous shells, shot civilians who were waving white flags and refused to allow wounded to be evacuated. Robert Fisk’s World: Israel should pay attention to criticism from its own people


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