Amnesty International researchers’ found evidence of war crimes and serious violations of international law.
Hours before Israel announced a ceasefire, an Amnesty International fact finding mission gained access to Gaza. Their initial reports are disturbing: the team found first hand evidence of war crimes, serious violations of international law and possible crimes against humanity by all parties to the conflict.
AI researchers continue investigating attacks against southern Israel and are currently documenting the true scale of devastation wrought on civilians in Gaza. The stories they report are harrowing.
In the early afternoon of January 4th, three young paramedics walked through a field on a rescue mission to save a group of wounded men in a nearby orchard. A 12-year-old boy, standing by his house, assisted the operation by pointing to where the men could be found. An Israeli air strike on the area killed all four.
The bodies of the four victims could not be retrieved for two days. Ambulance crews who tried to approach the site came under fire from Israeli forces.
Our researchers later traveled to the scene of the strike with the two ambulance drivers who witnessed the attack. They met with the boy’s distraught mother and found the remains of the missile. The label of the missile read, “guided missile, surface attack” and cited the United States as the country of origin.
US Weapons Used in Attacks
Label on the remains of a US-made missile that killed three paramedics and a child. The U.S. has to support investigations about misuse of US weapons in attacks against civilians. Tell Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Susan Rice to support an independent investigation
This is just one of many similar stories.
Under the Geneva Conventions, medical personnel searching, collecting, transporting or treating the wounded must be protected and respected in all circumstances. Clearly, this was not the case on Jan. 4th.
Since we last emailed you, more than 87,000 of you have written Congress and former administration officials. These emails, along with the massive outpouring of letters from around the world from other Amnesty sections, are making an impact. Just this week:
the United Nations pledged $613 million in aid for Gaza
60 members of Congress signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary of Clinton calling for humanitarian support for Gaza
And hours ago, the US pledged $20 million in aid1-2
We have a small window of opportunity to build on this momentum: urge Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Susan Rice to push for a full-fledged independent investigation
urge Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Susan Rice to push for a full-fledged independent investigation
"Instant Tea" dallasvoice.com/instant-tea, the "Official blog of the Dallas Voice" a weekly paper which describes it's self correctly as the "Voice of the Dallas Gay and Lesbians" has with out remorse willfully and with malintent ignored the straight, gay, lesbian and Transgender people who have written "Instant Tea" and attemped to explain why the word "Tranny" is hurtful. To add injury to pain the blog "Instant Tea" like "Focus on the Family" both capitalize gleefully on this pain and suffering resulting in hate filled ephialtes being used to headline movie productions by segment producers for the DVTV (Dallas Voice TV).
Whether segment producer Israel Luna is producing a movie titled TICKED OFF TRANNIES WITH KNIFES for the Dallas Voice or not, is inconsequential. The damage by association is unavoidable and can not be reasoned or explained away.
I live my life as I must. I am a transgender woman. I do not meet all physical stereotypical expectations of our current society in presenting as a cisgender woman. I am a regional truck driver who lives in the deep south where 9 out of 10 radio stations are 24 hour religious broadcasts funded by the AFA, a mouthpiece for focus on the family. I spend many nights alone in a thin aluminum box, vulnerable, as I did last night, sleeping in my truck in a extremly filthy truck stop operated and patronized by people who for generations have been saturated daily by radio, print and hate inspired ministers.
When transgender and GLB people are beaten to an within an inch of their lives or murdered it is because the Dallas Voices Official Weblog "Instant Tea" and Donald E. Wildmon of the AFA have promoted Homophobia and Transphobia.
Justifying this behaviour, be it quoting hand picked misinterpreted bible quotes, monetary greed or simply a low self image momentarily sedated by INSTANT attention, are in reality just outlets for expressing hate.
Hate is like water. It flows easily to the lowest point.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation"s publication "Media Guide" is applicable to ST8 AND GLBT Media equally.
GLAAD Media Reference Guide, 7th Edition
Click link below for a free copy
GLAAD Media Reference Guide, 7th Edition
Click the link below for a free download in it's entirety
"fag," "faggot," "dyke," "homo," "sodomite," "queen," "she-male," "he-she," "it," "tranny" and similar epithets.
The criteria for using these derogatory terms should be the same as those applied to hate words for other groups: they should not be used except in a direct quote that reveals the bias of the person quoted. So that such words are not given credibility in the media, it is preferred that reporters say, "The person used a derogatory word for a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person."
I was blessed by a minister when I finally gave into a friend's insistence to come to a church one Sunday. I was curious, this Church with a very odd name seemed very important to my friends. The friend is ST8 and the minister is gay. My life was forever changed that day. The change does not happen over night but gradually day by day I am amazed by love. I now and forever will be a disciple of Christ. I do not allow hate to limit and set the parameters of my life.
I work for Love and and Love defines who I am.
Love and Hate are human emotions. It is a human ability to define each.
My place of worship "Agape MCC Ft Worth Texas" Agape is an ancient word, one of the first which was used to describe Christianity. It's translation is as it was and forever will be "No Greater Love".
Phone: (214) 754-8710
Fax: (214) 969-7271
Robert Moore, Publisher
Tammye Nash, Senior Editor
John Wright, News Editor
Ben Briscoe, Staff Writer
Transgender Woman of Faith
Friday January 30, 2009