By A. T. Williams
On 15 September 2003 Baha Mousa, a inn receptionist, used to be killed via British military troops in Iraq. He have been arrested the day gone by in Basra and was once taken to an army base for wondering. For forty-eight hours he and 9 different blameless civilians had their heads encased in sandbags and their wrists sure via plastic handcuffs and have been kicked and punched with sustained cruelty.
A succession of guards and informal military viewers took excitement in beating the Iraqis, humiliating them, forcing them into rigidity positions in temperatures as much as 50 levels Centigrade, and looking at them endure within the soiled concrete development the place they have been held. different infantrymen, officials, medics, the padre, didn't participate in the violence yet they observed what used to be occurring and did not anything to forestall it. a few knew it was once mistaken. a few weren't definite. a few have been too scared to interfere. yet none acknowledged whatever or adequate until eventually it used to be a ways too overdue and Baha Mousa were crushed to death.
This publication tells the interior tale of those crimes and their aftermath. It examines the institutional brutality, the bureaucratic apathy, the incorrect army police inquiry and the farcical court docket martial that tried to carry humans criminally in charge. although a whole public inquiry said its findings into the crimes in September 2011, its mandate constrained what it may well say. the total tale, advised with the facility of a true-crime divulge or court-room drama, indicates how this was once no longer easily a few few undesirable males or 'rotten apples'. It shines a gentle on all these keen on the crime and its research, from the bottom squaddie to the elite of the military and politicians in cupboard. What it unearths is devastating.
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Five thousand years ago, a succession of population groups migrated north from the Arabian peninsula into areas of the Middle East. These people are labelled together as Semites because their languages were all related and presumed to be derived from a common tongue. These groups were organized into tribes and founded civilizations in territories that stretched in a broad band across the modern states of Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Syria and Egypt. The group that populated the area of Palestine became known as Canaanites.
Another group of Semites left the Arabian peninsula, arrived in Egypt and then, two thousand years after the Canaanites, travelled to Palestine, where they became known as Hebrews (from the word ‘habiru’ meaning ‘nomad’). Here they started out by adopting many of the characteristics of the Canaanites, including their culture, traditions and dialects and their polytheistic religion. But at some point the Hebrews adopted monotheism, an idea they had come across in Egypt, and the precursor of the Jewish religion was born.
4 In the 1730s and 1740s Daher extended his influence over a vast region, through tribal alliances and skilful negotiation. By forging a bond with the unruly Beni Saqr tribe, he took over the sizeable town of Tiberias, his first power base. Before long Daher invited Jewish families from Damascus to come and settle in the town, including bankers and merchants whose contacts helped develop the area. More Jews moved into Daher’s territories as word spread of the stability and lack of crime. Soon Jews arrived from more distant parts of the Ottoman Empire, including Smyrna, Aleppo and Cyprus.