By Ahmed Hadi, Al-Akhbar
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) displaced Gazan refugees again when it asked them to leave its schools serving as shelters in al-Maghazi refugee camp to a nearby camp after informing them that their lives were at risk.
A woman in her 40s told Al-Akhbar: “The UN staff told us that our lives are in danger and we have to leave right away. We were shell-shocked because we were in the street again and did not know where to go.”
Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon offers “condolences” to Israel…
Updated 9:11 pm: Nonstop Israeli jet, tank and naval attacks targeting homes and a hospital killed at least 53 people in Gaza Monday, bringing the death toll in a two-week-long assault on the besieged strip.
A group of demonstrators is calling for the resignation of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after a Staten Island man died in police custody last week.
The group, known as “New Yorkers Against Bratton,” held a small protest Monday outside City Hall. Protesters said Bratton needs to be fired after the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner last Thursday.
“Commissioners need to pay the political price. If that were to happen, if Commissioner Bratton were to resign, if Mayor de Blasio were to ask for his resignation, it would send a signal to all future commissioners that brutality is unacceptable, that their jobs are on the line,” New Yorkers Against Bratton Spokesperson Josmar Trujillo told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.
MANHATTAN, N.Y. — A small group of activists gathered near City Hall on Monday to call for the resignation of Police Commissioner William Bratton and a federal investigation into what they called the Police Department’s “culture of brutality.”
The rally featured calls for Bratton’s ouster, in the wake of the death of Eric Garner, a Port Richmond man who died while being arrested by plain-clothed NYPD officers on Thursday.
"He is a poison to communities of color in New York City," said Josmar Trujillo, one of the activists, said of the city’s top cop. "We need a New York City that has justice for everyone."
Sunday, July 20 - 5pm
204 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301
Rally/Speak Out: Come out and stand in solidarity with the Garner family, friends and community to continue to create a voice that is loud and precise that it could not be ignored.
On July 17, 2014 Eric Garner was approach by plain clothes officers from the 120th precinct. In the video that was taken by Ramzey you could see that Eric Garner was upset because he was targeted by these plain clothes officers before. He begs the officers to leave him alone and one of the officers waited for the opportunity to sneak behind Gardner and jumped up and place Garner in an illegal chokehold and Gardner slowly fell down to the grown while the officer still had the chokehold on him, then the same officer released Garner and put his knee on Gardner neck while he was screaming that he could not breath. Police continue to stay on top of Garner until he became motionless and died.
Eric Garner was murdered by Daniel Pantaleo, a plain clothes officer that put Gardner in an illegal chokehold.
Police Patrol Guide: 203-11 states, “Members of the NYC Police Department will NOT use chokeholds”.
Brothers/Sisters in that community are tired of the abuse and they are tired of the police brutality they are facing in a daily basis.
On Dec. 22, 1994 Anthony Baez was put in a chokehold by NYPD officer Francis Livoti from the 46 precinct and it ended with the death of Anthony Baez. Bill Bratton was the NYPD commissioner and when he was confronted by the Baez family in a town hall meeting, Bratton called the Baez family a bunch of fools.
July 17, 2014 Eric Garner is put in an illegal chokehold by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo from the 120 Precinct and it ended with the death of Eric Garner. Bill Bratton is the NYPD commissioner and he said that people should not jump to conclusion until all the facts are out.
Children in Gaza have been consistently targeted by Israeli forces. During Operation Cast Lead in 2008-9, Israeli airstrikes killed or fatally injured 350 children, according to Defence for Children International. During its eight-day onslaught on Gaza in November 2012, Israeli forces killed 33 children. Meanwhile, since the start of its latest aggression on Gaza dubbed “Operation Protective Edge,” 54 children have been killed by Israeli airstrikes and missiles so far.
In the same context, the Palestinian Ministry of Information in Ramallah has revealed that a total of 1,518 Palestinian children were killed by Israeli forces since the outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000 up until April 2013, an average of one Palestinian child killed every three days for the last 13 years.
By Roqayah Chamseddine, Al-Akhbar
The stock characters and sounds in Tyrant are the same as all other mainstream films and TV shows involving the Arabs – men with darkened beards, unnerving and penetrating rounds of ululation from veiled women and the muezzin’s call to prayer as a haunting backdrop. Then there are the elite Arabs who are flashy, play American music, and mingle with affluent white Americans. They do not adhere to religious dress codes, nor to religious moral codes, and they drink and fill themselves with the best liquor money can buy. Yet despite all this they cannot break away from the shackles of Arab society. No matter how Westernized the elite Arab woman is, with her casting away of the hijab and her captivating sexual presence, she remains a device, written into this script as being almost entirely silent but for whimpers and terse statements bolstering the fanaticism of male characters.
In Tyrant, and other similar television shows, the Arab man is a savage creature who rapes and pillages. He lovingly kisses his mother’s cheeks and hands but strikes his wife’s face and brings her crumbling to the floor beneath him. He gets drunk, dresses like the white man and speaks like the white man in bouts of broken English but is nothing more than an animal in a suit.
Detroit, Michigan: ‘Water is a human right!’ Protesters demand end to water shut-offs, July 18, 2014.
Photos by Kris Hamel
A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.
“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.
Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene. An angry crowd gathered, some recording with smartphones.
An NYPD spokesman would only say the man “was being placed in custody, went into cardiac arrest and died” at Richmond University Medical Center.
But Esaw Garner and other family members said it was a trumped up claim.
“They’re covering their asses, he was breaking up a fight. They harassed and harassed my husband until they killed him,” she said. Garner’s family said he didn’t have any cigarettes on him or in his car at the time of his death.