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New Economic Pogrom: Israeli squatters uproot 5000 olive tree saplings In Palestinian West Bank

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Pretty obvious that Israel is not in fact interested in peace or in giving any recognition or rights to Palestinians. At Informed Comment:

Jewish settlers have uprooted more than 5,000 olive tree saplings in agricultural lands east of the town of Turmusayya in the central West Bank north of Ramallah, locals said Thursday.

One of the owners of the lands targeted, Awad Abu Samra, told Ma’an that in the last week settlers have repeatedly raided the area to attack the olive tree saplings.

The attacks are reportedly carried out in order to ensure that Palestinian farmers are unable to plant in the area and thus force them to leave the land, leaving it open to confiscation by settlers.

He estimated that the assailants had managed to uproot around 5,000 olive tree saplings out of a total of 8,000 that had been planted since mid-December in the area, known as al-Zahrat.

The saplings had been planted in honor of slain Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein, who died after being beaten by an Israeli soldier during a march to help plant trees and protest land confiscation in the area on Dec. 10.

Abu Samra said that the settlers who carried out the attacks most likely came from the nearby settlement of Adei Ad, an outpost of the Jewish-only settlement of Shilo located nearby. That settlement was built on lands confiscated from local Palestinians.

Abu Samra said that each day settlers carried out the raids in which they uprooted hundreds of saplings under Israeli army protection, and that they had uprooted the saplings and broken their roots so as to prevent them from being replanted. . .

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I think Israel should have to face charges in the International Criminal Court. The human rights violations continue to mount up.

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2 January 2015 at 5:47 pm

Posted in Mideast Conflict

What would Happen if the Int’l Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

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Juan Cole asks a very interesting question at Informed Comment:

If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002. Article 7 forbids “Crimes against Humanity,” which are systematically repeated war crimes. Among these offenses is murder, forcible deportation or transfer of members of a group, torture, persecution of Palestinians (an “identifiable group”) and “the crime of Apartheid.”

The Israeli government murdered Palestinian political leaders (not just guerrillas) and have routinely illegally expelled Palestinians from the West Bank or from parts of the West Bank illegally incorporated into Israel. They deploy torture against imprisoned Palestinians. Their policies on the West Bank, of building squatter settlements on Palestinian land from which Palestinians are excluded, is only one example of Apartheid policies. Getting a conviction on Article VII should be child’s play for the prosecutor. And there are other articles which Israel is guilty of contravening.

If Israeli government officials or leaders of the squatters in the Palestinian West Bank were convicted by the ICC, would there be any hope of enforcement? Israeli firms doing business in the West Bank would be exposed to billions of dollars of legal actions in European courts and would be unable to sell their goods in Europe, if they were declared fruits of crimes against humanity and apartheid. If the legal actions were brought by Palestine, Israel would be ordered to pay it massive reparations. . .

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2 January 2015 at 1:02 pm

Turn a cheap ($1 or so) smartphone into an MP3 player

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Very cool idea.

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2 January 2015 at 10:49 am

The Shavecraft #102 head on the Parker 26C handle

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SOTD 2 Jan 2015

I’ve been recommending the Parker 26C as a beginner razor, and since I routinely recommend a slant for a second razor, it occurred to me that the Shavecraft #102 slant is a bargain at $48 for the head alone compared to $45 for a Merkur 37C. (In my experience, the #102 is a superior slant, but keep in mind YMMV.) But, of course, the #102 slant head does require a handle.

But if the first purchase was a Parker 26C, perhaps that handle could serve for the #102 as well. (Some handles—e.g., the handle of the Edwin Jagger DE86bl (faux-ebony handle)—are too light for the weight of the #102 head.) So I decided to try it, as shown: Parker 26C handle, #102 head

The prep was a pleasure with my Mr Pomp brush and Tcheon Fung Sing, and artisanal Italian shaving soap. Very nice lather indeed.

The handle and the head were pretty well balanced, and I certainly had no difficulty shaving. While I prefer the weight and feel of a stainless bulldog handle with the #102 head, the Parker 26C handle did in fact work fine.

Three passes to a perfect finish, and a good splash of Woods aftershave. I had forgotten how much I like that one.

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2 January 2015 at 9:37 am

Posted in Shaving

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