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Jerusalem Israel began building more than twice as many West Bank settlement homes in 2013 than it did the previous year, Israels central bureau of statistics said Monday, just hours before its prime minster was to face President Obama in Washington for what was expected to be a tense meeting.
In Gaza, meanwhile, Israel launched an airstrike that killed a Palestinian militant, officials and his family said.
The two leaders have been at odds over Israels settlement policies on war-won land, and the announcement looked to complicate matters weeks before an initial April target date for reaching the outline of an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.
In its annual roundup of the Israeli housing market, the bureau said work began on 2,534 new housing units in the settlements in 2013, compared to 1,133 in 2012. Nationally, Israel had a 3.4 percent increase in housing starts over the same period.
The Palestinians seek the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip territories captured by Israel in 1967 for an independent state. The Palestinians consider settlements build beyond the pre-1967 lines to be illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to recognize these lines as a starting point, saying final borders should be agreed in negotiations.
Palestinian official Nabil Shaath condemned the construction, saying the settlement activities have made negotiations worthless. He said the surge had angered Palestinians and called for a complete cessation of settlement construction.
More than 550,000 Israelis now live in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005. The Palestinians, along with the international community, consider settlements illegal or illegitimate. European and American leaders have warned Israel recently that settlements are causing increased isolation for Israel.
In a published interview, Obama said he would personally appeal for Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians.
I believe that (Netanyahu) is strong enough that if he decided this was the right thing to do for Israel, that he could do it, Obama said in an interview with Bloomberg View. If he does not believe that a peace deal with the Palestinians is the right thing to do for Israel, then he needs to articulate an alternative approach. And as I said before, its hard to come up with one thats plausible.
After two decades of intermittent negotiations, including nearly five years of deadlock following Netanyahus return to power in 2009, the United States relaunched peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians last July. The sides agreed to a nine-month target for forging a final peace deal.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday officially endorsed the upcoming 10th Israeli Apartheid Week, which is held annually to raise awareness about Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people.
“The ANC is unequivocal in its support for the Palestinian people in their struggle for self-determination, and unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel,” the ruling party said in a statement, a copy of which was mailed to Anadolu Agency.
The ANC, which championed the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, said participating in this year’s Apartheid Week was part of its commitment to the international anti-apartheid movement.
“Today we humbly continue the internationalism of our movement in lending our solidarity to the people of Cuba, Western Sahara, Swaziland, Palestine and other struggling people,” said the statement.
Mthunzi Mbuli, deputy convener of the IAW in South Africa, welcomed the ruling party’s endorsement.
“The oldest liberation movement on the African continent has endorsed this campaign. [This] is an indication of IAW’s importance,” he said in a press release.
Kwara Kekana, the national spokesperson of the Israeli Apartheid Week in South Africa, said more than 75 South African organizations have backed the pro-Palestinian campaign, which will take place on March 10-16.
IAW is an international series of events organized annually to raise awareness of Israel’s aggressions against the Palestinian people.
Launched 10 years ago by Palestinian activists in Canada, the IAW activities are now held in 150 cities around the world, including more than 25 cities and towns in South Africa.
Amnesty Says Some Israeli West Bank Killings May Be War Crimes
Amnesty International reports Israeli soldiers act with virtual immunity and reckless violence in the occupied West Bank, killing dozens of PalestiniansFull …
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Russian President Vladimir Putins brazen takeover of Crimea has caused an uproar among the international community, but Ukrainians shouldnt expect military assistance unless their leaders pull a wild card and join NATO, according to experts.
My understanding is that military assistance is reserved for if a member of the NATO alliance is attacked. Ukraine was a candidate for NATO, and that option is theoretically still there, said Serhii Plokhii, a professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University. Under the current arrangement it doesnt appear that there will be any interference from America or other NATO countries.
Members of NATO, an alliance of 28 countries including the United States, have an obligation to defend each other in military spats. Ukraine, which doesnt have full-member status, can only plead for assistance, but the U.S. and European neighbors have no obligation to step in with troops.
If Russia attempts to trudge forward and occupy other parts of Ukraine, it may be enough for the divided country to request membership and, in turn, military protection, according to one expert.
The current government hasnt announced any current plans to join NATO. However, if Russia continues to invade and intends to occupy other parts of the Ukraine, it makes it more likely that the rest of the country specifically the central government would actually ask for NATOs protection, said Oxana Shevel, a political science professor at Tufts who grew up in Ukraine.
Ukraine was on the road to potential affiliation with NATO until its now ousted President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of strengthening the countrys ties with Moscow.
NATO members have excoriated Putin for his quick takeover of Crimea. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of NATO, has taken to Twitter to air his frustration.
(There is an) urgent need for de-escalation in Crimea. NATO allies continue to coordinate closely, he wrote, adding in his next tweet that Russia must respect Ukraines sovereignty, territorial integrity (and) borders, including … movement of Russian forces in Ukraine.
He later wrote that NATO allies are coordinating closely on what he called a grave situation in Ukraine. The North Atlantic Council, the principal political decision-making body within NATO, will meet today, he tweeted.
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Saturday, March 01, 2014
GAZA CITY Algeria’s legendary nationalist Djamila Bouhired will arrive in the Gaza Strip on March 8 to participate in celebrations of the International Women’s Day.
“Bouhired will arrive in Gaza next week, heading a delegation of 80 Arab and foreign activists to celebrate the International Women’s Day,” Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Ghazi Hamad told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.
It is not yet clear whether the delegation would cross into Gaza via Egypt’s Rafah crossing or the Erez terminal on border with Israel.
Bouhired is an outstanding Algerian resistance figure who was instrumental in resisting the French occupation of her country in the last century.
The Gaza Strip has been reeling under an eight-year Israeli blockade.
Foreign delegations visiting the strip to show solidarity with the besieged Palestinians have drastically dropped following the July 3 ouster of Egypt’s elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military, according to the Gaza Foreign Ministry.
Egyptian authorities have tightened their control over the border with Gaza, repeatedly closing the Rafah crossing, which represents Gaza’s only window to the outside world.
The Egyptian army has also launched a campaign aimed at destroying the network of tunnels linking Gaza to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, which in recent years had been used to bring vital commodities into the besieged coastal enclave, home to nearly 2 million Palestinians.
Hamas, an ideological offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group which propelled Morsi to power in the 2012 elections, has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.
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This week marks the tenth anniversary of the BDS sponsored Israel Apartheid Week, and makes its way onto over 200 campuses. The week features various protests against Israel and brings famous pro-BDS speakers across campuses. It offers seminars educating on the racist state of Israel and its apartheid practices, and preaches..of course the principles of the BDS movement; that Israel should get boycotted until it ends its occupation of Palestine.
Take note, as its important to see that this movement and the Israel Apartheid Week isnt meant to bring to light any promotion of peace with Israel and Palestinians, but instead seeks to solidify that the state of Israel should not exist at all, and that when they mean occupying, they are talking about the entire state. The most important thing to point out about this week is that in light of the movements success this past decade garnering attention worldwide, the international media fixates its attention to this week in lieu through supporting articles. They point out the shortcomings of the Israeli state and the injustices that the Palestinians face on a daily basis, including the Gaza Strip.
Although the movement likes to portray itself as incredibly successful through a video the BDS advocates put out this week, for example through the ASA achievement, it still fails to carry out its mission worldwide. There are many Pro-Israel groups who have strategized and countered this week by creating their own seminars and training advocates to educate the students population from an Israeli perspective. Not to mention that hundreds of schools have backed off their support for the ASA and their decision to academically boycott Israel.
Its amazing to what end BDS advocates will keep lying in order to achieve what they really want to bring about the end of the Israeli occupation by bringing down the Israeli state through international boycott. The BDS movement and Israel Apartheid Week only manages to do this by bringing out the extremes, for example antisemitic speakers and spreading false propaganda.
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Israel has killed dozens of Palestinian civilians in the West Bank over the past three years showing a “callous disregard for human life,” a report by Amnesty International says.
The report, released on Wednesday and entitled Trigger-happy: Israel’s Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank, documents the killing of 45 Palestinians and wounding of thousands “who did not appear to be posing a direct and immediate threat to life”.
It “shows a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces in the West Bank”.
The rights group accuses Israel of “war crimes and other serious violations of international law” against Palestinians.
Since occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza in 1967, “Israeli authorities have signally failed to carry out independent investigations that meet international standards into alleged crimes,” the London-based Amnesty said.
It said that in none of the cases it reviewed did the Palestinians appear to be posing any imminent threat to life.
“In some, there is evidence that they were victims of wilful killings, which would amount to war crimes,” the group said.
The report calls on Israel “to open independent, impartial, transparent and prompt investigations into all reports of Palestinian civilians killed or seriously injured by the actions of Israeli forces”.
It also urges the US, EU and the rest of the international community to “suspend all transfers of munitions, weapons and other equipment to Israel” to pressure it to change.
After a three-year hiatus, Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct peace talks last July, which the Palestinians hope will give them an independent state on territory seized by Israel in the 1967 war, including the West Bank.
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Despite the recent storms of criticism facing the International Criminal Court, particularly from the African Union, there are many good reasons for states to join the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC. Lebanon is not a member of the ICC, but it should seriously consider becoming one.
The ICC was created in Rome in 1998, on the experience of unimaginable atrocities that threatened the peace, security and well-being of the world. The ICCs goal is to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community: war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. It is designed by its drafters to contribute to the prevention of such crimes.
States that have joined the ICC carry the primary obligation to investigate and prosecute serious crimes committed on their territory. The ICC can take over this responsibility only as a complementary court of last resort, if such a state cannot or refuses to fulfill its duties.
Citizens of member states can thus be assured of accountability, according to the same single standard of law set by the Rome Statute, whether investigated and prosecuted by their national authorities or by the ICC.
Lebanons history is marked by internal conflict, foreign invasions and occupations, and political assassinations. Due to its strategic location, its multiconfessional society, and its demographics, Lebanon has been shaped, largely, by regional and international developments and interests. In the past half-year alone, a number of incidents marked Lebanons fragile security state, colored by regional events, with factions operating on Lebanese territory with little control by state authorities.
Unfortunately, the struggle for survival has resulted in Lebanons political elite paying little attention to the rule of law, including accountability for crimes. The comprehensive amnesty law passed in 1991, following Lebanons Civil War, is particularly telling in this regard.
Generally, probes launched after violent incidents often lack satisfying, tangible outcomes, such as the prosecution of alleged perpetrators in national courts.
The string of assassinations and attacks in 2004-05, spurred perhaps for the first time a momentum of interest in Lebanon, or at least in certain parts of society, for legal accountability. In this regard, the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and its endeavors, as a first terrorism tribunal, to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the Feb. 14, 2005, attack, in which 23 people, including former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, were killed, may be welcomed from the perspective of contributing to ending impunity in Lebanon.
At the same time, the STL presents by no means a comprehensive justice effort; it was not designed to be such, with its focused mandate and limited jurisdiction. Indeed, in terms of gravity, other incidents would deserve as much Lebanons and the worlds attention.
Concern over or criticism of this limited focus is best directed to Lebanons political decisionmakers (rather than the STL itself). More comprehensive discussions about accountability for crimes, and rule of law more generally, are necessary. The ICC should be an integral part of these discussions; joining would serve Lebanon perhaps more than any other country.
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Merrill Brink News Reviews and Opinion on Feb 19, 2014: Achieving Translation Success: Keys to Effective Translations …
New York, US (PRWEB) February 19, 2014
Electronics expos such as the International Consumer Electronics Show are a great venue for introducing new products and winning new customers around the world. When preparing to present and sell your electronics at these shows, however, its important to keep culture in mind. You should maximize every opportunity to show potential buyers that your products are designed to meet their unique needs. One often-overlooked way to build a stronger customer connection is to address the cultural and linguistic conventions of your target audience when translating your products technical documentationinstallation guides, operating manuals and user guides.
This is a powerful way to build customer loyaltyby helping your international customers spend time enjoying your products rather than struggling to understand the documentation. Keep the following aspects of translation in mind during your project:
Keep cultures effect on language in mind. Because technical documentation is based in scientific terminology, many assume that it can be translated to other languages without worrying about culture. However, languagetechnical or otherwiseis shaped by culture. To create more effective documentation and form meaningful connections with your international customers, partner with a language service provider that offers translation professionals who are intimately familiar with the target language and the culture in which it is spoken. For example, the word procedure has several equivalents in Farsi.1 In cases like this, choosing the wrong translation for the documentations context may make your brand seem foreign and cause customers to have to work harder to figure out what you are trying to say. Both of these results can alienate rather than bring you closer to your customers.
Translate all images and icons. Just as culture affects language, it can influence how the meanings of images are perceived by the target culture. For example, if you are using an American stop sign as an icon and translating your documentation into Japanese, you must change the icon to its Japanese equivalentan inverted red triangle.2 Be careful to evaluate the content of images and their format. For example, if your target language is read from right to left, such as Hebrew, any diagrams that show steps sequentially from left to right in the original documentation must be reversed as part of the conversion process. Consideration of such cultural and linguistic conventions will make your documentation more effective and show your customers that you understand their daily life.
Know how your product is going to be used. Language and images are not the only aspects of technical documentation to consider. It is also important to clearly understand how products similar to yours are used by consumers in the target country. For example, mobile phone use varies widely from country to countrySouth Korean consumers typically have personal phones and use them for everything from credit cards to TVs. Yet as recently as a few years ago, most households in India had a single mobile phone that was shared among family members.3,4 Similarly, in some collectivist cultures where sharing is encouraged, it is common to have one radio per household rather than one per resident.5 Noting these differences and incorporating them into your documentation can help to further distinguish your brand as one that meets and anticipates the needs of international customers.
Your language service provider should be well versed in these aspects of culture and language as a component of translating technical documentation. If they are, they can help you create documentation that will differentiate you from your competition in the eyes of international consumers.
References: 1 Hosseinimanesh, Ladan, Cultural Differences Between English and Persian in Technical Translation, International Journal of English Linguistics 2011;1(1):229235 2 Traffic Rules in Japan You Need to Know, Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau, Accessed January 13, 2014 3 Sang-Hun, Choe, In South Korea, All of Life is Mobile, The New York Times, May 24, 2009 4 Chavan, Apala Lahiri, A Dramatic Day in the Life of a Shared Indian Mobile Phone, Usability and Internationalization: HCI and Culture Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2007;4559:1926. 5 Chavan, Apala Lahiri, Smart Strategies for Creating Culture Friendly Products and Interfaces, Usability and Internationalization: HCI and Culture Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2007;4559:2732.
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