Monday, October 19, 2009

Pictures Contd.

Some new pictures of the same old story...

These are pictures from someone living in Gaza.

On January 17, 2009 the Israeli army fired white phosphorous on a UN school.

White phosphorus is a white wax that is transparent and smells like garlic. It reacts with oxygen very quickly to produce fire and thick white smoke. It reacts with the moisture component of phosphorus and burns the skin and meat, leaving only the bone.

Here's a time line of what happened:

January 5 The Times reports that telltale smoke has appeared from areas of shelling. Israel denies using phosphorus

January 8 The Times reports photographic evidence showing stockpiles of white phosphorus (WP) shells. Israel Defence Forces spokesman says: “This is what we call a quiet shell – it has no explosives and no white phosphorus”

January 12 The Times reports that more than 50 phosphorus burns victims are taken into Nasser Hospital. An Israeli military spokesman “categorically” denies the use of white phosphorus

January 15 Remnants of white phosphorus shells are found in western Gaza. The IDF refuses to comment on specific weaponry but insists ammunition is “within the scope of international law”

January 16 The United Nations Relief and Works Agency headquarters are hit with phosphorus munitions. The Israeli military continues to deny its use

January 21
Avital Leibovich, Israel’s military spokeswoman, admits white phosphorus munitions were employed in a manner “according to international law”

January 23
Israel says it is launching an investigation into white phosphorus munitions, which hit a UN school on January 17. “Some practices could be illegal but we are going into that. The IDF is holding an investigation concerning one specific unit and one incident” Source: Times database
FULL article

Friday, October 9, 2009

Activists Arrested for Twitter Coverage of G-20

From the newswire: READ MORE HERE On September 24th, San Francisco-based shut down an account that was monitoring the movement of police and military through the city of Pittsburgh during protests against the G-20 summit on September 24th and 25th. The Pennsylvania State Police also arrested Elliot Madison and Michael Wallschlaeger and accused them of "criminal use of communication facility" and other charges. The arrests took place before most of the protests had started and when the only thing protesters were accused of was illegal assembly. On October 1st, the FBI raided Elliot's home in Queens. Among the things confiscated by the FBI were "anarchist books and pictures of Marx and Lenin."

Here are the EFF Legal Documents

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Scalia on the Legal Profession

Scalia says we're devoting too many of our brilliant minds to lawyering.

He asks, "Why [aren't they] out there inventing the automobile or, you know, doing something productive for our society?"

Unfortunately, I think a couple guys named Gottlieb and Daimler have credit for inventing the automobile, but I can see what he's getting at.

What do you the rest of you guys (I'm pretending that people are reading this) think?!

Here's the full article on the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog. Have a look.

Ok, back to the memo.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The US convinced Palestianians to shelf the Goldstone Report.

Here's an article by M.J Rosenberg at TPM explaining how Israel persuaded the US to get the Palestinians to shelf the Goldstone Report. Hint: You won't see this in the news any time soon!

Key information of the article:

<<Nonetheless, the next step was for the United Nations Humans Rights Council - which had commissioned the Goldstone report - to consider its findings and then refer it to the UN Security Council.

But that is not going to happen. According to media reports in Israel and here, Israel persuaded the United States to get the UNHRC to defer consideration of the report. But then came the crazy part: the United States pressured the Palestinian Authority to itself request deferral.

The Palestinians yielded to the pressure and, for now, the Goldstone report is deep sixed. After all, if the Palestinians don't want alleged war crimes against Palestinians to be investigated, why would anyone else?>>

Seriously?!?! In the face of glaring evidence of war crimes, we've succumbed to Israeli pressures and politely told our friends in Palestine to forget about it for a while?!

I'd write all night about this if we (1L's) didn't have a memo due Friday, but in the meantime, you can find me in the Reading Room. I'll be the one with steam coming out of his ears trying to finish his work while resisting the urge to blog more about our (and Israel's) blatant disregard for Palestinian Human Rights.