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In the News (Fri 26 Apr 19)

  
  Julie Hilden: A Constitutional Right to be a Human Shield
More recently, during the Iraq War, she was a "human shield." In Iraq, she was part of a large group of protesters--only about 20 of whom, she says, were Americans--who spread out across the country to protest the war.
Being a "human shield" is a form of nonviolent political protest, in the tradition of sit-ins, and non-violent resistance generally.
Nevertheless, because the human shield's adversary is the military, and under U.S. law, the military almost always wins, the outcome of this First Amendment argument is a foregone conclusion: It's a loser.
www.counterpunch.org /hilden08232003.html   (1952 words)

  
  The Human Shield Movement, printer friendly
At its peak the total of shield volunteers in Baghdad numbered about 500, but the realization that the thousands needed to have a chance of stopping a blitz on Baghdad had not materialized, combined with the failure of the United Nations to forestall war, meant that bombing was imminent.
The speed and ferocity with which the human shields were condemned by the governments of Britain and the U.S. and by the right-wing media is another indicator of the impact of the movement.
Human shields are not a new concept, but the scale and impact of the recent movement was unprecedented.
zmagsite.zmag.org /Nov2003/simanowitzpr1103.html   (1481 words)

  
  Human shield   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Human shield is a military term describing the use of civilians to deter an enemy from attacking certain targets - in particular military targets.
It may also be used to describe the use of civilians to literally shield soldiers during attacks, by forcing the civilians to march in front of the soldiers during human wave attacks.
In the Palestinian territories, members of the International Solidarity Movement engage in various human shield activities, such as trying to physically block the destruction of Palestinian homes by Israeli bulldozers, or accompanying Palestinian children on their way to school.
www.fastload.org /hu/Human_shield.html   (241 words)

  
  Human Shield
Martin Shield, 43, born in Seattle, Washington, is an Episcopalian and pacifist.
Shield lost three toes in Tiananmen Square, the rest of the foot in Kosovo, and last week in Iraq, his entire leg and the toenails of the remaining foot.
Shield is a tall man, well over six feet, but weighs less than ninety pounds due to the loss of so many body parts.
jaronbs.com /shield.htm   (399 words)

  
 Human Shield
Shield has repeatedly placed himself in harms way to bring injustices to the attention of the world.
Shield lost three toes in Tiananmen Square, the rest of the foot in Kosovo, and last week in Iraq, his entire leg and the toenails of the remaining foot.
Shield is a tall man, well over six feet, but weighs less than ninety pounds due to the loss of so many body parts.
www.jaronbs.com /shield.htm   (399 words)

  
 HUMAN SHIELD ACTION LATEST NEWS - THE PERSONAL STORIES FROM THE VOLUNTEERS   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The death of human rights activist Rachel Corrie, crushed to death while trying to stop an IDF bulldozer, was reason for Billie Moskona-Lerman to go to the Rafah Refugee Camp and to spend 24 hours at the most miserable place in the Gaza Strip.
While the analysis of whether the human shields actually achieved anything is only just beginning, some who are heading home to the United States are preparing to receive a hostile reception.
I, like many of my fellow human shields from Britain, are committed to staying here throughout the military campaign, to support the Iraqi people, and if we survive, to help act as witnesses of this aggression.
www.humanshieldaction.org /STORIES.html   (1087 words)

  
 BioElectric Shield Research
Since 1990 to the present, twelve studies have demonstrated that the BioElectric Shield cancels the weakening effects of both electromagnetic radiation and stress, strengthens the body, and promote peak health.
The Bioelectric Shield mediated the stress generated by enhancing muscle strength bringing it back to, or higher than baseline, pre-exposure emg strength levels.
In 1997, the Shield was tested using a device called the Compufet, which produces a computerized reading of muscle activity and strength.
www.healing-systems.com /shield_research.htm   (0 words)

  
 Israeli Border Police Held Boy, 13, as Human Shield
The Supreme Court barred the use of Palestinians as human shields in 2002 after an incident in which soldiers forced the neighbor of a suspected militant to knock on his door and deliver their ultimatum to surrender.
He said it was more common for soldiers to use Palestinians as human shields in military operations, but that civilians had also been used to block stone throwing.
A left-wing Israeli rabbi who said he too was detained as a human shield when he tried to intervene to free Muhammed Badwan last week said he planned to press charges.
www.ifamericansknew.org /cur_sit/child-shield.html   (495 words)

  
 Israeli Border Police Held Boy, 13, as Human Shield
The Supreme Court barred the use of Palestinians as human shields in 2002 after an incident in which soldiers forced the neighbor of a suspected militant to knock on his door and deliver their ultimatum to surrender.
He said it was more common for soldiers to use Palestinians as human shields in military operations, but that civilians had also been used to block stone throwing.
A left-wing Israeli rabbi who said he too was detained as a human shield when he tried to intervene to free Muhammed Badwan last week said he planned to press charges.
ifamericansknew.org /cur_sit/child-shield.html   (495 words)

  
 The human shield movement's attempt to prevent war in Iraq Contemporary Review - Find Articles
One such protest, the human shield movement, caught the attention of the world and, although limited in effectiveness, its impact might yet prove significant.
On board were over fifty 'human shields'; the first of many hundreds of Western anti-war activists to travel to Iraq.
As the buses crossed Europe picking up more shields en route, efforts were made to capitalise on the publicity and ensure that the human shield project was broadened.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2242/is_1649_282/ai_104136696   (854 words)

  
 The human shield movement's attempt to prevent war in Iraq Contemporary Review - Find Articles
One such protest, the human shield movement, caught the attention of the world and, although limited in effectiveness, its impact might yet prove significant.
On board were over fifty 'human shields'; the first of many hundreds of Western anti-war activists to travel to Iraq.
As the buses crossed Europe picking up more shields en route, efforts were made to capitalise on the publicity and ensure that the human shield project was broadened.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2242/is_1649_282/ai_104136696   (854 words)

  
 FrontPage magazine.com :: "Human Shields" for Saddam by Anne Kingston   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As one would reasonably expect, Grace Trevett's children are heartsick about their mother's intention to travel to Baghdad to become a "human shield." The 45-year-old mother of four is part of the latest convoy of British anti-war protestors on its way to Iraq.
The shields, of course, will argue otherwise -- that their solidarity is with Iraqi civilians, a group that has been battered by decades of war and international sanctions and which deserves no further anguish.
The Western familiarity with human shield protest derives from tame and successful examples of activists using the technique to protest cruelty to animals or logging, whereas the Arab experience is that the human shield is an utterly expendable construct.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=5717   (801 words)

  
 Newsvine - Israel to Probe Human Shield Allegations
The Israeli army said Friday that it was looking into new allegations that troops used Palestinians as human shields during an operation in the West Bank city of Nablus.
The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem charged that while conducting a major operation against Palestinian gunmen in the city last week, troops took two minors — a 15-year-old boy and an 11-year old girl — along while they searched houses for militants and weapons, forcing them to enter the houses first.
The first indication that troops used Palestinians as human shields in the Nablus operation came when an AP Television News camera captured what appeared to be such a scene on Feb. 25.
www.newsvine.com /_news/2007/03/09/605861-israel-to-probe-human-shield-allegations   (462 words)

  
 B'Tselem - Press Releases - 14 Nov. 02: New B'Tselem Report -"Human Shield"
In its new report, B'Tselem exposes a list of incidents in which the IDF violated a High Court of Justice injunction by using Palestinians as human shields (as part of the "neighbor procedure").
On 18 August 2002, following a petition filed by human rights organizations, the High Court issued a temporary injunction prohibiting IDF forces from using the "neighbor procedure." The injunction remains in force.
The motion, filed by Adalah asks the High Court to levy fines against the respondents, as an injunction issued by the Court on 18 August 2002, prohibits the army from continuing to use this practice.
www.btselem.org /English/Press_Releases/20021114.asp   (0 words)

  
 Peace Activist Implores Pope to be 'Ultimate Human Shield'
While the Pope has already formally denounced the proposed war, calling it a defeat for humanity, as well as sent his top spokesperson to meet with Saddam Hussein, he now must take a historically unprecedented action of his own and travel to Baghdad.
The Pope's physical presence in Iraq will act as the ultimate human shield, during which time leaders of the word nation can commit themselves to identifying and implementing a peaceful solution to this war that the world's majority clearly does not support.
We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
www.commondreams.org /headlines03/0306-01.htm   (0 words)

  
 WorldNetDaily: Human shields caught in crossfire
Leo Warren, 44, from Feltwell, Norfolk, is one of seven British human shields believed to be still in Iraq.
He told the London Telegraph he was manipulated by Iraqi authorities, and when he tried to defy them, he and five other human shields were kicked out of the country.
Other human shields who have fled their posts remain resolute in their opposition to the war.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31710   (1021 words)

  
 ZNet |Israel/Palestine | HRW retracts statement about "human shields"
Human Rights Watch said that the IDF had properly respected its obligations under international humanitarian law in suspending the attack on the Barud home that would have caused substantial civilian harm.
Human Rights Watch, however, also reminded the IDF that even in the absence of deliberately orchestrated measures to maximize a civilian presence near its targets, any destruction of civilian property must be done strictly in compliance with international humanitarian law.
Human Rights Watch has also reported extensively on the coerced use of Palestinian civilians during military operations, and documented the use of Palestinian civilians as “human shields” and for military purposes during the Israeli military operations in Jenin in 2002.
www.zmag.org /content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=107&ItemID=11692   (1656 words)

  
 Israel: Stop Forcing Civilians to Assist Military Operations (Human Rights Watch, 16-3-2007)
Human Rights Watch said Israeli officials should immediately investigate the IDF’s recent operations in the Old City of Nablus, prosecute and sanction anyone responsible for deliberately endangering civilians by forcing them to assist military operations and ensure that military commanders communicate unequivocally any military orders against such practices.
Human Rights Watch and Israeli and Palestinian organizations documented numerous cases of Israeli forces using Palestinian civilians as human shields during the early years of the current intifada.
After seven human rights organizations petitioned Israel’s High Court of Justice on May 5, 2002, the state told that court that “the IDF has decided to issue immediately an unequivocal order to the forces in the field.
www.humanrightswatch.org /english/docs/2007/03/16/isrlpa15506.htm   (888 words)

  
 News | Telegraph
The first Western "human shields" will take up their places at strategic sites around Iraq today as dissent among them grows about the nature of the targets they are being asked to protect.
Fifteen volunteers from the first 200 shields are moving into a bunker at the South Baghdad Electricity Plant in an effort to deter attack by America and its allies.
One shield who has agreed to move into the bunker in the South Baghdad Electricity Plant is Godfrey Meynell, 68, a former high sheriff of Derbyshire and a veteran of the Colonial Office in Aden, south Yemen.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/02/23/wshield23.xml&sSheet=/news/2003/02/23/ixworld.html/news/2003/02/23/wshield23.xml   (767 words)

  
 Iraq `Human Shield' trying to avoid fine - Boston.com
The veteran activist was among dozens of "human shields" who poured into Iraq as the U.S.-led offensive loomed in early 2003, although she ended up leaving before the war.
The activist was among dozens of "human shields" who poured into Iraq as the U.S.-led offensive loomed in early 2003, but she left before the war began.
Fines up to $8,000 were also levied against three other human shields.
www.boston.com /news/nation/articles/2006/04/20/iraq_human_shield_trying_to_avoid_fine   (775 words)

  
 Israeli in Human Shield Case Suspended - Examiner.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The terror-stricken 24-year-old Palestinian soon found himself forced onto the front lines of Israel's shadowy war against militants, a human shield as he led heavily armed soldiers from house to house.
The incident in Nablus on Wednesday, captured on video, is the latest sign that the army continues to use human shields in violation of international law and a landmark Israeli Supreme Court ruling in 2005 barring the practice.
Human rights groups say the use of civilians in military operations has dropped since the Supreme Court banned it, but the recent cases suggest the practice continues.
www.examiner.com /a-672136~Israeli_in_Human_Shield_Case_Suspended.html?cid=rss-World   (820 words)

  
 'Human shields' in tug-of-war | csmonitor.com
As war draws near, the human shields are wrestling with being manipulated by Iraqis and critics alike, who paint their presence as support for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
The reasons such volunteers came to Iraq are as many as those who now have the words "human shield" written on their Iraqi visas.
Still, many human shields are determined to stay in support of Iraqi civilians - even as they rely on the watchful hospitality of Iraq's government, which has in many cases provided food, housing, and transport.
www.csmonitor.com /2003/0317/p01s04-woiq.html   (1410 words)

  
 State: 'Human shield' refuses to pay $10,000 in fines for visiting Iraq
SARASOTA - A woman who went to Iraq to serve as a "human shield" in an attempt to stop the U.S. invasion is facing thousands of dollars in fines, which she is refusing to pay.
The Department of the Treasury said in a March letter to Faith Fippinger that her travel to Iraq violated U.S. sanctions prohibiting American citizens from engaging in virtually all transactions with that country.
Only about 20 of nearly 300 human shields were Americans, she said.
www.sptimes.com /2003/08/12/State/_Human_shield__refuse.shtml   (275 words)

  
 WireTap Magazine - Human Shield   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The idea to be a human shield, of traveling to Iraq to occupy power plants, food silos, schools and hospitals that were crucial to Iraqi civilian life and protecting them from U.S. bombs, appealed to McCormick's now broader definition of public service.
Some shields had a radical reversal of opinion based on their experiences in Iraq, and were especially disillusioned by the Iraqi regime's manipulative nature.
McCormick describes her experience as a shield as being "the birth of an activist," as she is now involving herself in the communal living movement.
www.wiretapmag.org /stories/16699   (1624 words)

  
 kyw.com - U.S. Forces Hit Iraqi Woman Used As 'Human Shield'   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In the capital, sectarian violence killed at least four Iraqis and wounded 23, police said, and a Sunni-Arab mosque was attacked by men armed with rocket-propelled grenades.
In the Taji area, coalition forces fought with insurgents, killing one and "wounding a female local national who was being used as human shield by the terrorist," the U.S. command said in a statement.
The female, whose name and age were not given, was hospitalized nearby in stable condition, the U.S. military said.
cbs3.com /national/topstories_story_335064204.html   (847 words)

  
 Al-Ahram Weekly | Region | Miriam as human shield   (Site not responding. Last check: )
One neighbour, Khaled Kamil, 39, has already provided testimony to the Israeli human rights group Btselem that he was taken as a human shield by soldiers that night and made to enter Sawalha's home, while the Islamic Jihad militant was hiding inside.
His is one of five recent examples of the military using Palestinians as human shields -- known in Israel as the "neighbour procedure" -- that have occurred in violation of a temporary ban on the practice issued by the Israeli courts in August.
If it admits that Palestinians were used as human shields in the latest cases, it is likely to mount a defence that these were isolated cases of low-ranking soldiers disregarding orders.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2002/614/re4.htm   (2223 words)

  
 Human Shield Mission to Iraq
Our mission is to demand a sane and peaceful resolution to the pending war in the Middle East and to act as human shields in defense of a thoroughly violated Iraqi population.
Tragic as this day surely was, when compared to other historical events such as the U.S. lead sanctions in Iraq that have killed at least 500,000 children, we must concede that humanity has adopted a massive double standard with regard to the value of human life.
We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
www.ccmep.org /2002_articles/Iraq/122102_human_shield_mission_to_iraq.htm   (1476 words)

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