Norman Finkelstein on GAZA, LOBO loans and the last PMQ’s (E234)
Afshin Rattansi goes underground Norman Finkelstein on GAZA, LOBO loans and the last PMQ’s on Amnesty International, LOBO loans and the Prime Minister’s question time. We talk to legendary Middle East expert Norman Finkelstein about Israeli opposition to the Iran Deal and Amnesty International whitewashing the Israeli carnage in Gaza. Joel Benjamin from Debt Resistance UK gives the lowdown on gambling in the city of London and whether your local authority is one of the two hundred losing billion pound bets using your council tax? Finally, David Cameron’s policy of winning hearts and minds with drones.
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Statement from Amnesty International in response to criticism by Norman Finkelstein:
Amnesty International is an impartial and independent organization that documents human rights violations wherever and whenever we find them. All of our reports on the 2014 Gaza conflict highlight the vast scale of death, destruction and injury in the Gaza Strip and mention the disparity in numbers of civilians killed on either side.The 'laws of war’ apply to all parties in an armed conflict and during a conflict Amnesty International assesses whether all parties are observing their obligations under international humanitarian law. Violations by one side can never justify violations by their opponents.Although Amnesty International’s last two reports on the 2014 Gaza conflict have focused on violations by Palestinian armed groups we also issued three reports documenting Israeli violations during the conflict. Last week we released The Gaza Platform, a new digital tool designed to help expose patterns of Israeli violations during the Gaza conflict. Later this month we are planning to release another report on Israeli violations committed in Rafah between 1-4 August 2014.