NEWS ABOUT GAZA AND israhell .
“”” Amnesty International, the human rights group, has called for a global arms embargo on Israel over its conduct during the war on Gaza.
The group on Monday called for the UN Security Council to impose the embargo until mechanisms were in place to ensure that military equipment supplied by other countries, particularly the US, was not used to violate international law.
“Israeli forces used white phosphorus and other weapons supplied by the USA to carry out serious violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes,” Donatella Rovera, who led the Amnesty’s investigation in Gaza, said.
“Their attacks resulted in the death of hundreds of children and other civilians, and massive destruction of homes and infrastructure.”
Israel has rejected the findings of the AI report and criticised its methodology.
It said the report “presents a biased version of the events and does not adhere to professional criteria and objectivity”.
“Armaments employed by the IDF [the Israel army] comply both with international law and with its usage by Western armies,” a foreign ministry statement said on Monday.
Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, reporting from Jerusalem, said Amnesty had been criticised by Israel for not taking into account the full extent of Palestinian rockets and mortars – around 10,000 – fired over the last eight years into southern Israel. “”” [source]
“”” More than 1,500 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem could be made homeless after Israel told them their homes are illegal and are to be demolished.
“The owners of 80 houses in the al-Bustan neighbourhood have received eviction notices saying that the structures will be destroyed because they are illegal,” Hatem Abdel Kader, an official responsible for Jerusalem affairs in the Palestinian government, said.
Kader said that several of the houses served with demolition orders had been built before the 1967 war, when Israel captured east Jerusalem from Jordan, but that numerous extensions have been built since.
“The [Jerusalem] municipality used this as a pretext to issue the demolition orders despite appeals by the residents,” he said.
No comment was immediately available from the city authorities.
Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital and has annexed the Arab east of the city, but under international law east Jerusalem is considered to be occupied and has not been recognised by world powers as the Israeli capital.
According to B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights organisation, Israeli authorities have demolished about 350 houses in east Jerusalem since 2004, saying that they were built without permits. “”” [source]