Description: The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a people’s tribunal in the spirit of the Tribunal on Vietnam that was set up by Bertrand Russell in the 1960s. This book contains a selection of the most vital evidence and testimonies presented at the London session. Examining the involvement of corporations in the illegal occupation of Palestinian land by Israel, the tribunal of 2010 generated widespread media coverage. The book identifies companies and corporations participating in such illegality and possibilities for legal action against them are discussed. Released to coincide with the South Africa session at the end of 2011, Corporate Complicity in Israel’s Occupation is a vital resource to lawyers, journalists, and activists hoping to take informed action against Israeli war crimes and occupation.
As we prepare for the South African session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, this book is an important, practical tool in the non-violent struggle against apartheid in the Holy Land. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate A compelling and urgent read for anyone concerned about corporate complicity in Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. — Omar Bargouti, co-founder of the Palestinian Civil Society BDS Movement It is vitally important to pursue the complicity of any corporations which aid or abet human rights violations in any country in the world. The Russell Tribunal is to be commended for calling to account those who share responsibility for the continuing devastation of Gaza. — Julie Christie, actress, activist and patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign This excellent book presents compelling evidence of corporate complicity in Israel’s violations of international law. — Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace laureate Like the landmark Russell Tribunal on Vietnam, this examination of the forces that maintain the epic injustice in Palestine is timely and critically necessary. — John Pilger The Russell Tribunal on Palestine’ brings together vital documentation for understanding how big business supports illegal Israeli practices. A very important book. — Ghada Karmi This Tribunal surely helps prevent the crime of silence in the pressing case of Palestine. — Tony Simpson, Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation This book is a searing indictment of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people. It is a weapon for those who are compelled by human decency to mobilise solidarity in order to overcome one of the greatest injustices of modern times. It speaks out against the crime of silence – one of Bertrand Russell’s immortal injunctions! — Ronnie Kasrils, writer, activist, former South African government minister This report from the Russell Tribunal is essential reading. Many of the corporations that trade with Israel have manifestos and Human Rights commitments that, they claim, inform their business decisions. The Tribunal tests these claims and finds them wanting. We hope the shareholders and customers of these companies, whether individuals or institutions, will look at the conclusions of the Tribunal and demand that integrity replaces unprincipled greed. — Ken Loach The apartheid wall means business and profit for many. The apartheid state is made up of tens of thousands of little corporate decisions that hold the structure in place. Every flower reaching our supermarkets from occupied territory, every nut and every bolt for each illegal settlement, every drill bit piercing the aquifer, plays its part. The Russell Tribunal unpicks the tangled but systematic corporate collusion that cements it all together. Walls have a history of tumblin’ down. — Paul Laverty, screenwriter
Description: Prohibiting torture will not end it. In Understanding Torture, John T. Parry explains that torture is already a normal part of the state coercive apparatus. Torture is about dominating the victim for a variety of purposes, including public order; control of racial, ethnic, and religious minorities; and— critically—domination for the sake of domination. Seen in this way, Abu Ghraib sits on a continuum with contemporary police violence in U.S. cities; violent repression of racial minorities throughout U.S. history; and the exercise of power in a variety of political, social, and interpersonal contacts. Creating a separate category for an intentionally narrow set of practices labeled and banned as torture, Parry argues, serves to normalize and legitimate the remaining practices that are “not torture.” Consequently, we must question the hope that law can play an important role in regulating state violence.
No one who reads this book can fail to understand the centrality of torture in modern law, politics, and governance.
Description: Palestinian prisoners charged with security-related offences are immediately taken as a threat to Israel’s security. They are seen as potential, if not actual, suicide bombers. This stereotype ignores the political nature of the Palestinian prisoners’ actions and their desire for liberty. By highlighting the various images of Palestinian prisoners in the Israel-Palestine conflict, Abeer Baker and Anat Matar chart their changing fortunes. Essays written by prisoners, ex-prisoners, Human rights defenders, lawyers and academic researchers analyze the political nature of imprisonment and Israeli attitudes towards Palestinian prisoners. These contributions deal with the prisoners’ status within Palestinian society, the conditions of their imprisonment and various legal procedures used by the Israeli military courts in order to criminalize and de-politicize them. Also addressed are Israel’s breaches of international treaties in its treatment of the Palestinian prisoners, practices of torture and solitary confinement, exchange deals and prospects for release. This is a unique intervention within Middle East studies that will inspire those working in human rights, international law and the peace process.
Description: While Israel continues to distort the truth and extend disinformation, this report provides information about the purpose and content of the flotilla that set out for humanitarian purposes, the Israeli attack it was subjected to, the way in which the attack took place and the losses that came as a direct result of the attack.
UN Report on Mavi Marmara: In the wake of the Gaza attacks that lasted between December 2008 and January 2009 Israeli officials stated they were not allowing humanitarian materials into Gaza. Based on this, the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation applied to Israeli authorities to let the foundation take humanitarian aid to Gaza by land and sea in January 2009. However, the authorities did not respond to the application although it was renewed several times in the same year. Upon deterioration of humanitarian situation in Gaza, the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, which has been active in Palestine for years, launched “Set out for Palestine” initiative in January 2010 to break the embargo and bring aid to the people of Gaza. The objective after the accomplishment of the land convoy that included hundreds of vehicles was to break the Gaza blockade from sea with an aid flotilla of nine ships.
Crimes Committed in Israeli Attack: The UN report stated that evidence clearly showed Israel had committed the crimes listed in article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The crimes stated in the Geneva Convention and that were perpetrated by Israel are as follows:
* Willful killing,
* Inhuman treatment,
* Willfully causing suffering to health,
* Causing serious injury.
The report also said Israel repeatedly violated its obligations under international human rights law as per the following articles:
* Right to life (article 6, ICCPR / International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights)
* Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (article 7, ICCPR; CAT/ Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment)
* Right to liberty and security of the person and freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention (article 9, ICCPR)
* right of detainees to be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person (article 10, ICCPR)
* Freedom of expression (article 19, ICCPR)
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