The Israeli political leadership has dramatically illustrated its commitment in the past few days, warning that they will â€śgo crazyâ€ť if Palestinian rights are given even limited recognition by the U.N.
In this latest report for the year 2012, Richard Falk has concentrated on two subjects :Israelâ€™s treatment of Palestinian prisoners which, he concludes, is so bad as to warrant investigation by the International Court of Justice. Falk also documents the assistance given to Israelâ€™s expansion of colonies on the Palestinian West Bank by a number of multinational corporations, including Motorola, Hewlett-Packard and Caterpillar Inc. This assistance may be profitable, but it is also manifestly illegal.
Some of the media mention that Hakim Al-Zamili, one of the leaders of the Al-Mahdi Militia, was responsible for the kidnapping that took the lives of more than 150 Iraqis, some of them Iraqâ€™s best academics. Al-Zamili is a prominent member of the Iraqi Parliament, representative of the Al-Sadr Party. Many Iraqis know it, but the government and parliament representatives keep silent and never mention the name of the murderers of the academics in November 2006.