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Egypt launches bid to end assault on Gaza
Monday, 14 July 2014
Egypt launched on Monday an initiative to end the violence in neighboring Gaza, calling for a temporary truce between the Israeli military and Palestinians to begin early Tuesday.
Israel’s security cabinet said it would meet early to the discuss the proposal, the most serious attempt yet by international mediators to end the conflict that erupted last week, but a Hamas official said there was no deal.
According to a statement from Egypt’s Foreign Ministry, the three-step plan would commence with a temporary cease-fire to go into effect within 12 hours of “unconditional acceptance” by the two sides.
That would be followed by the opening of Gaza’s border crossings and talks in Cairo between the sides within two days, according to the statement.
A foreign ministry spokesman told state television that Egypt would seek Arab backing for the initiative at an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League on Monday night.
Hamas, however, said it would not commit to a cease-fire without a full agreement.
“A ceasefire without reaching an agreement is rejected. In times of war, you don’t cease fire and then negotiate,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum told AFP after Egypt proposed the truce which was set at 0600 GMT.
In a speech broadcast earlier on Al-Jazeera, Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader in Gaza, confirmed that there was “diplomatic movement.” He said Hamas was seeking not only an end to the fighting, but also an easing of a blockade that has crippled life in Gaza.
“The problem is not going back to the agreement on calm because we want this aggression to stop,” he said.
“The problem is the reality of Gaza, the siege, the starving, the bombing … The siege must stop and Gaza people need to live in dignity.”
An Israeli official said Egypt’s proposal for a cease-fire would be discussed early Tuesday.
“The security cabinet will meet early tomorrow to study seriously the Egyptian proposals,” the official told AFP, on condition of anonymity.
Earlier Monday, Palestinian militants resumed rocket attacks on Tel Aviv after a 24-hour lull in strikes on the Israeli commercial capital, and Israel kept up its air and naval bombardments of the Gaza Strip.
The military said it had shot down a drone from Gaza, the first reported deployment of an unmanned aircraft by Palestinian militants and a possible step up in the sophistication of their arsenal, although it was not clear whether it was armed.
Their rocket attacks have been regularly intercepted but more than half a dozen Israelis have been wounded since the start of the week-old offensive. Gaza health officials say Israeli air strikes have killed 170 Palestinians, most of them civilians.
Talking after an extraordinary meeting of the Arab League in Cairo, the organization’s chief Nabil AlAraby slammed Israel, accusing the Jewish state of committing “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity.”
“Israel enjoys political immunity, it commits crimes without being charged for it,” he said in Cairo.
Local media said U.S. Secretary John Kerry was due in Cairo on Tuesday for talks on the Gaza situation. There was no immediate U.S. confirmation of the report.
The European Union said it was in touch with “all parties in the region” to press for an immediate halt to the hostilities, the worst flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence for almost two years.
The violence was prompted by the murder of three Israeli teenagers and revenge killing of a Palestinian youth. Israeli officials said on Monday three people arrested over the Palestinian’s death had confessed to burning him alive.
(With AP, AFP and Reuters)
Holy Land conflict approaching genocidal threshold
Violent protests sparked by the abduction and killing of Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khudair in East Jerusalem spread to Arab villages in Israel on July 5. Palestinians overwhelmingly believe he was abducted and killed by far-right Jews as a “price tag” reprisal for the slaying of the three Israeli youths, and Palestinian Attorney General Mohammed al-A’wewy said preliminary results from the autopsy (carried out by Israeli doctors) indicated he had been burned alive. Israeli authorities have remained silent on the investigation, still refusing to recognize it as a hate crime, although six Jewish suspects were arrested July 6. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said: “These debased murderers don’t represent the Jewish people or its values, and they must be treated as terrorists.” At Khudair’s funeral on Friday July 4, Palestinians chanted “Intifada! Intifada!” Stones thrown at Israeli police were met with tear-gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. At least one Palestinian was reported hurt in confrontations in Nablus. Palestinian officials said they would try to prevent a new intifada, but angry protests erupted even in usually calm Arab areas of Israel, with youth throwing stones and firebombs at passing cars. Dozens have been arrested in the clashes.
Official Israeli condemnations of the murder of Khudair appear superficial and hypocritical. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the slaying “loathsome”—days after he pronounced upon the death of the three Israeli youths: “May God avenge their blood.”
Israeli air-strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip meanwhile continued, ostensibly in response to mortar and rocket fire on southern Israel. Two Palestinian police were hurt in a July 5 air-strike, Gaza hospital officials said. The following day, nine presumed Hamas militants were killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza, sparking angry protests in the strip. Israel has mobilized ground forces along the Gaza border, in an implicit threat to invade if rocket fire from the strip continues. Egypt is attempting to mediate a truce. (Al Jazeera, July 7; Times of Israel, July 6; Reuters, July 5)
A Palestinian-American teen who was badly beaten by Israeli police officers in East Jerusalem on July 3 is set to stand trial on charges of assaulting the police. Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, was beaten in the Shufat neighborhood by undercover officers in the yard of his uncle’s home. He was reportedly denied treatment for several hours at a police station before being transferred to a hospital. Police say the youth was among rioters who were apprehended and resisted arrest, but his family counters that he was attacked by police without warning or reason. (JP, July 7; CNN, July 6; Maan, July 5; CNN, July 1) Tarek Abu Khdeir is actually a cousin of the slain Mohammed Abu Khudair (despite media inconsistencies in the rendering of their surnames). He earned a summer vacation to visit relatives in the Holy Land by scoring straight A’s in tenth grade at his home in Tampa, Fla. (The Forward, July 5)
What Jewish Press calls “Arab terrorists” (meaning Palestinian protesters) hurled “pipe bombs” at the Jerusalem Light Rail line on July 2 morning. One of the bombs exploded, causing no injuries. A second did not detonate and was deactivated by Israeli police. Three Light Rail stations were also vandalized, with windows smashed and security cameras destroyed. Authorities subsequently announced that the Light Rail line will operate only between the Mount Herzl and the Givat Tachmoshet stops. The Beit Hanina and Shuafat stops (mostly Arab neighborhoods) are to be skipped until further notice.
The Jerusalem Light Rail line, built by French multinationals Veolia and Alstom, links illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory with Israel. (BDS Movement) MondoWeiss makes note of a July 3 Facebook account from East Jerusalem resident Nijmeh Ali of a mob of Jewish protesters banging on the windows of the train car she was in on the line, chanting “Death to the Arabs!” Graffiti with the slogan was also left on a pillar supporting the elevated line.
MondoWeiss also posted video footage of Jewish mobs roaming the streets of Jerusalem, chanting “Death to Arabs!”—and stopping cars to check the ethnicity of their occupants.
We can assume the readers of the Jewish Press did not hear about Nijmeh Ali’s experience. And readers of MondoWeiss are being regaled by similar such accounts, while getting the stories about Palestinian attacks on Israelis (if at all) only from the reviled “mainstream media.” A part of the pathology (as we have noted) is that for those on either side of the conflict, the outrage only goes one way. Israelis and their supporters live in a propaganda environment in which every Palestinian attack on Jews is highlighted in sensationalist terms, while the big majority of Jewish attacks on Palestinians are simply invisible. For Palestinians and their supporters, of course, the reverse is true.
And hence the Holy Land approaches a genocidal threshold.
Verified living supercentenarians
Below is a list of living supercentenarians verified by an appropriate independent authority (all cases are verified by the GRG). There are currently 70 such individuals, of whom 65 are female and 5 are male.
|Rank||Name||Sex||Birth date||Age as of 4 March 2014||Place of residence|
|1||Misao Okawa||F||5 March 1898||115 years, 364 days||Japan|
|2||Jeralean Talley||F||23 May 1899||114 years, 285 days||United States|
|3||Susannah Mushatt Jones||F||6 July 1899||114 years, 241 days||United States|
|4||Bernice Madigan||F||24 July 1899||114 years, 223 days||United States|
|5||Emma Morano-Martinuzzi||F||29 November 1899||114 years, 95 days||Italy|
|6||Anna Henderson||F||5 March 1900||113 years, 364 days||United States|
|7||Antonia Gerena Rivera||F||19 May 1900||113 years, 289 days||United States[a]|
|8||Ethel Lang||F||27 May 1900||113 years, 281 days||United Kingdom|
|9||Nabi Tajima||F||4 August 1900||113 years, 212 days||Japan|
|10||Blanche Cobb||F||8 September 1900||113 years, 177 days||United States|
|11||Anna Stoehr||F||15 October 1900||113 years, 140 days||United States|
|12||Goldie Steinberg||F||30 October 1900||113 years, 125 days||United States[b]|
|13||Merle Barwis||F||23 December 1900||113 years, 71 days||Canada[c]|
|14||Ora Holland||F||24 December 1900||113 years, 70 days||United States|
|15||Opal Thompson||F||13 January 1901||113 years, 50 days||United States|
|16||Kiyoko Ishiguro||F||4 March 1901||113 years, 0 days||Japan|
|17||Dominga Velasco||F||12 May 1901||112 years, 296 days||United States[d]|
|18||Edna Bowman||F||3 June 1901||112 years, 274 days||United States|
|19||Olympe Amaury||F||19 June 1901||112 years, 258 days||France|
|20||Ruby Clawson||F||15 July 1901||112 years, 232 days||United States|
|21||Hanae Kimura||F||8 August 1901||112 years, 208 days||Japan|
|22||Rosa Bandini-Alberghi||F||11 September 1901||112 years, 174 days||Italy|
|Adéa Pellerin-Cormier||F||11 September 1901||112 years, 174 days||Canada|
|24||Toshie Yorimitsu||F||30 September 1901||112 years, 155 days||Japan|
|25||Eudoxie Baboul||F||1 October 1901||112 years, 154 days||France|
|26||Matsuyo Kageyama||F||10 October 1901||112 years, 145 days||Japan|
|27||Emma Otis||F||22 October 1901||112 years, 133 days||United States|
|28||Tou Tajiri||F||23 October 1901||112 years, 132 days||Japan|
|29||Esther Ecklund||F||28 October 1901||112 years, 127 days||United States[e]|
|30||Ana Vela-Rubio||F||29 October 1901||112 years, 126 days||Spain|
|Hana Shindo||F||29 October 1901||112 years, 126 days||Japan|
|32||Jane Gray||F||1 December 1901||112 years, 93 days||Australia[f]|
|33||Gertrud Henze||F||8 December 1901||112 years, 86 days||Germany|
|34||María Concha Pérez-Cidad||F||9 December 1901||112 years, 85 days||Spain|
|35||Bertha Harris||F||3 January 1902||112 years, 60 days||United States|
|36||Mitsue Toyoda||F||15 February 1902||112 years, 17 days||Japan|
|37||Kathleen Snavely||F||16 February 1902||112 years, 16 days||United States[g]|
|38||Vi Robbins||F||28 February 1902||112 years, 4 days||Australia|
|39||Sugino Tamai||F||9 March 1902||111 years, 360 days||Japan|
|40||Kitsuyo Yamamoto||F||12 March 1902||111 years, 357 days||Japan|
|41||Marguerite Conrad||F||15 March 1902||111 years, 354 days||France|
|42||Marie-Josephine Gaudette||F||25 March 1902||111 years, 344 days||Italy[h]|
|43||Yukie Hino||F||17 April 1902||111 years, 321 days||Japan|
|44||Arturo Licata||M||2 May 1902||111 years, 306 days||Italy|
|45||Fanny Godin||F||27 May 1902||111 years, 281 days||Belgium|
|46||Giuseppina Projetto||F||30 May 1902||111 years, 278 days||Italy|
|47||Sotomi Hara||F||7 June 1902||111 years, 270 days||Japan|
|48||Tsuya Miura||F||24 July 1902||111 years, 223 days||Japan|
|49||Yoneno Kouno||F||7 August 1902||111 years, 209 days||Japan|
|50||Rosa Pesce||F||12 September 1902||111 years, 173 days||Italy|
|51||Kiyo Oshiro||F||15 September 1902||111 years, 170 days||Japan|
|52||Helen Wheat||F||16 September 1902||111 years, 169 days||United States|
|53||Masa Iseri||F||19 September 1902||111 years, 166 days||Japan|
|54||Dorothy Peel||F||28 September 1902||111 years, 157 days||United Kingdom|
|55||Take Matsui||F||1 October 1902||111 years, 154 days||Japan|
|Masayo Ito||F||1 October 1902||111 years, 154 days||Japan|
|57||Florence Pittaway||F||15 October 1902||111 years, 140 days||United Kingdom|
|Sute Sato||F||15 October 1902||111 years, 140 days||Japan|
|59||Egbertje Leutscher-de Vries||F||22 October 1902||111 years, 133 days||Netherlands|
|60||Adelaida González-Alonso||F||23 October 1902||111 years, 132 days||Spain|
|61||Ida Schlesinger||F||7 November 1902||111 years, 117 days||United States|
|62||Myrtle Clifton||F||19 November 1902||111 years, 105 days||United States|
|63||Matsu Adachi||F||1 January 1903||111 years, 62 days||Japan|
|64||Gladys Hooper||F||18 January 1903||111 years, 45 days||United Kingdom|
|65||Alexander Imich||M||4 February 1903||111 years, 28 days||United States[i]|
|66||Sakari Momoi||M||5 February 1903||111 years, 27 days||Japan|
|67||Helen Lettinga||F||6 February 1903||111 years, 26 days||United States|
|68||Yasutaro Koide||M||13 March 1903||110 years, 356 days||Japan|
|69||Ethan Shelton||M||10 July 1903||110 years, 237 days||United States|
|70||Aleksandra Dranka||F||3 October 1903||110 years, 152 days||Poland[j]|
a^ Gerena was born in Puerto Rico.
b^ Steinberg was born in Kishinev, which was then a part of the Russian Empire; it is now located in Moldova.
c^ Barwis was born in the United States.
d^ Velasco was born in Mexico.
e^ Ecklund was born in Sweden.
f^ Gray was born in the United Kingdom.
g Snavely was born in Ireland.
h^ Gaudette was born in the United States.
i^ Imich was born in Częstochowa, which was then a part of the Russian Empire. It is now in Poland.
j^ Dranka was born in Harklowa, which was then part of Austria-Hungary; it is presently located in Poland.
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Kosher vs. Halal
In order for meat to be kosher, it must fit a number of requirements:
- It must be from a kosher animal (e.g., cow, as opposed to pig)
- It must have been in good health before it is slaughtered.
- It must be slaughtered at the neck with a very sharp knife.
- Some portions of the fat, and all blood must be removed.(The blood is drawn out by packing the fresh meat in salt, which is where kosher salt gets its name from.)
A blessing is generally said before the slaughter, but its absence would not, I think, render the meat non-kosher.
And a rabbi is generally supposed to be present to ensure that all the above have been strictly followed.
Western Slaughterhouses & Abattoirs
Stunning the animal before it is actually slaughtered is a common practice in many western countries. It is claimed to be more comforting and causing less pain to the animal.
Pre-slaughter stunning was originally introduced to protect abattoir personnel, rather than the animals themselves. The idea was to immobilize the animal to facilitate killing procedures. However, the principle of stunning has now evolved to encompass the idea that animals should be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered.
There are many methods used for stunning animals, just to mention a few:
The Captive Bolt Pistol
This stunning method is widely used for all farmed animals. There are two types of captive bolt pistol: penetrative and non-penetrative. Penetrative stunners drive a bolt into the skull and cause unconsciousness both through physical brain damage and the concussive blow to the skull. The bolt on a non-penetrative stunner is ‘mushroom-headed’ and impacts on the brain without entering the skull. Unconsciousness is caused by the concussive blow. After the animal is unconscious, it is slaughtered.
The bolt is described as ‘captive’ because it flies out of the barrel but remains attached to the pistol. The pistol is placed on the centre of the animal’s forehead and is either trigger-fired or fires automatically on contact with the animal’s head.
Pitching is carried out in the majority of cattle slaughterhouses. The practice involves inserting a wire or rod through the hole in the head made by the captive bolt. The rod is slid up and down to destroy the lower part of the brain and the spinal cord.
Electric head-only stunning (electric shock or current)
Electric head-only stunning with tongs is used to stun cattle, calves, sheep, goats, rabbits and ostriches. The operator places a pair of electric tongs on either side of the animal’s head and passes an electric current through the brain – supposedly causing a temporary loss of consciousness.
The electric waterbath is widely used to stun chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. Birds are shackled upside down on a moving conveyor which carries them to an electrified waterbath into which their heads are supposed to be immersed. The shackles contact a bar which is connected to earth. The strength of the electrical current has risen in recent years – with the aim of ensuring that birds suffer a cardiac arrest and die when they enter the waterbath.
An animal is stunned by exposing them to a mixture of carbon dioxide and air. This gas causes the animal to loose its consciousness, after which it is slaughtered.
Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” In terms of food, it means food that is permissible according to Islamic law. For a meat to be certified “halal,” it cannot be a forbidden cut (such as meat from hindquarters) or animal (such as pork.)
The slaughter of a halal animal is called “zabihah” and there are certain guidelines to follow:
- Allah’s (God’s) name must be pronounced during slaughter.
- The instrument must be very sharp to ensure humane slaughter. The animal must be slit at the throat.
- The animal must not be unconscious
- The animal must be hung upside down and allowed to bleed dry. Eating blood is not halal.
- These steps must be accomplished by a Muslim or the People of the Book (Christian or Jew.) Many observant Muslims find kosher meat acceptable.
- The animal must have been fed a natural diet that did not contain animal by-products.
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