‘We Create Life from Death’–Ahed Tamimi (from 2016 interview)

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In the video above (hat tip Greg Bacon) we see an interview conducted with Ahed Tamimi in 2016 by Abby Martin. At one point, Martin asks Tamimi about a necklace she is wearing around her neck. The girl replies that the pendant consists of bullets that were taken from an uncle who was martyred–apparently a reference to Rushdi Tamimi, who was shot in the back by Israeli forces in 2012 and who died the following morning.

“These are bullets which the soldiers shoot at us,” Ahed tells Martin. “We collect them after they leave the village. These came from my uncle who was martyred, my cousin gave them to me.”

“We make beautiful things out of them, like jewelry,” she adds. “We create life from death.”

Probably not surprisingly, Martin–accurately, I might add–describes Ahed Tamimi as “a new icon of resistance.”

Recently RT published a report saying that Israel, in an effort to fight the BDS movement, has launched a new project known as “Kella Shlomo”–a secretive organization which will carry out “engagement in the online space” supposedly to  counteract the “delegitimization campaign” the Israelis are so haunted and preoccupied by.

I might have more to say about the new project in days to come, but for now I’ll simply say I don’t think it’s going to do them much good. The world is turning against the Israelis. Evidence of this is manifest in the global opposition to Trump’s embassy move, and I predict that Ahed Tamimi–and this interview with her in particular–are going to go a long way toward making Israel into even moreof a pariah than it already is.


The above is a photo of a memorial held for Rushdie Tamimi following his death in 2012 in which young Ahed can be seen holding up a picture of her uncle. The girl now “creates life from death” by wearing a necklace made of the bullets that were dug from his body.

To read an account of Rushdie Tamimi’s death click here.

Israel is a pariah state and becoming more so by the day.

If the Palestinians go on creating life out of death, eventually death will be defeated.

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This is Resistance – Meet Ahed Tamimi

January 11, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

Abby Martin met this resilient Palestinian family of freedom fighters.

 

What It’s Like to have Your Home Tear Gassed

What It’s Like to have Your Home Tear Gassed

(See additional updates below article)

This video apparently shows an Israeli tear gas attack on the Tamimi home in Nabi Saleh that took place back in 2010. The video was uploaded in 2013. The following is from the video description (note the “update” tacked on at the end):

29/1/10: While preparing to interview the Tamimi family in their home during the Nabi Saleh’s weekly protest, a teargas grenade came flying through the window, breaking the glass, and landing in the middle of the living room.

The IDF then sprayed Skunk water on the outside of the house, including the exits, and we were all trapped inside. There were about a dozen small children in the home at the time.

We all choked on the tear gas, the children were terrified and in shock, the parents couldn’t do anything to protect their kids.

Eventually, a Palestinian ambulance arrived and put a ladder up to the second-storey window – at which point the terrified kids had to climb out.

It was not the first time the IDF had shot tear gas into the Tamimi home – they were known organizers of the weekly protests against the Israeli settlers who were illegally annexing Nabi Saleh village land.

Dec. 2017 Update: Since then, Ahed Tamimi, a relative, has made international headlines for fighting back against Israeli soldiers invading her village, Nabi Saleh. A day after a video of Ahed slapping a soldier after her cousin was shot in the face by the army went viral, Ahed was arrested by the Israeli army. It’s not known how long she will be in jail. She is 16 years old.

This apparently is the sort of thing the young Ahed Tamimi grew up with. A little bit about the history of the Tamimi family is included in a post published today at Truthout:

In 2011, Ahed Tamimi was 10-years-old when Israeli soldiers arrested her father and charged him with the crime of organizing weekly demonstrations in their village to oppose the theft of its land for the benefit of a neighboring Israeli settlement. It would be 13 months before he was released and she would see her father again.

That same year, Israeli soldiers shot Mustafa Tamimi, Ahed’s 28-year-old cousin, in the face with a high velocity tear gas canister. Half of Mustafa’s face was destroyed. He passed away the next morning at the hospital.

The following year, when Ahed was 11 years old, Israeli soldiers shot her uncle, Rushdi Tamimi, in his lower back with live ammunition. The bullet lodged in his stomach and he died the next morning in the hospital.

Ahed was 13 when Israeli soldiers shot her mother, Nariman Tamimi, in the leg with a 22-caliber bullet. Ahed stood by, crying in the arms of her father, as her mother was placed in the back of an ambulance. Her mother had to rely on crutches for a number of years until she regained use of her legs.

None of this history, however, is mentioned in a commentary published January 5 by the supposedly liberal Haaretz. Instead, the writer of that piece, one Petra Marquardt-Bigman, accuses the Tamimi family of “fanatacism” as well as “Jew-hatred and enthusiastic support for terrorism.” A subheading above the article even reads, somewhat disturbingly:

Promote the blood libel? Check. Glorify terrorism? Check. Celebrate Israeli deaths? Check. Ahed Tamimi and her family aren’t fighting for peace, and they’re not just fighting the occupation: They’re fighting to destroy Israel, and their fight is seasoned with Jew-hatred

The Tamimis, including 16-year-old Ahed, are being accused of “blood libel” now–and outside of the one brief reference to the occupation contained in the subhead, Marquardt-Bigman makes no mention whatsoever of Israel’s 50-year-old occupation of Nabi Saleh and the rest of the West Bank until the very last paragraph of her commentary–where she writes:

Even if the Tamimis were only fighting Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, their fanaticism wouldn’t bode well for any peace agreement. But the Tamimis never wanted a peace agreement. They have always wanted the elimination of the world’s only Jewish state.

Two days ago the Israeli Knesset gave preliminary approval to a bill that would make it easier for military courts to hand down the death penalty for “terrorists.” Currently death sentences are allowed only in cases in which it is the unanimous decision of all three judges. The new law, which has the support of Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials, would loosen that restriction to allow for death penalty sentencing if only two out of three judges favor of it. From the Jerusalem Post:

During the debate in the Knesset, opposition lawmakers asked more than once if the law applies to Jewish terrorists, and both Ilatov and Netanyahu answered yes. The bill does not include any language relating to religion or ethnicity.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) said the only “extreme situation” the bill is responding to is Liberman’s political threats.

“This is only about political considerations. The ministers need to ask: How will this help Israeli security? Will it deter? What will it do to our Jewish brothers in Arab countries? Analyze the psychology of those who commit acts of terrorism,” Herzog said.

It’s rather ominous that suddenly, in the midst of all the controversy raging around Ahed’s arrest, Knesset members would choose this time to pass a first draft of a new death penalty law.

Perhaps the timing is only coincidental. I hope there aren’t Israeli officials seriously planning to seek the death penalty (surely not! reasonable people would think) for Ahed Tamimi. I suspect, however, there are those in the state of Israel who would rejoice, at least secretly if not openly, were such a sentence handed down. The question is how free of a rein will such emotions be given as this case progresses.

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Update 1:

Tamimi family member was Israel’s first victim of 2018:

Update 2:

Israeli Court Releases Nour Tamimi on Bail

Update 3:

Israeli Forces Violently Suppress Funeral of Mussab Firas al-Tamimi

Update 4:

Israel Plans Massive Expansion of West Bank Colonial Settlements: 3,829 New Units

Update 5:

Mohammed Tamimi, the cousin shot in the face just prior to the slap, goes public for first time:

Half a head.

The left side of his face is twisted, swollen, fragmented, scarred; there’s congealed blood by his nose, stitches in his face; one eye is shut, a seam line stretches across his whole scalp. A boy’s face turned scar-face. Some of his skull bones were removed in surgery and won’t be returned to their place for another six months.

See more here

Ahed Tamimi Indicted on 12 Counts by Israeli Court; Father says, ‘I’m very worried about my daughter’

“I am very worried about my daughter. Her fate is now in the hands of people who don’t even see Palestinians as full human beings.”

Those are the words of Bassem Tamimi, father of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, who at a hearing today was formally indicted on 12 counts by an Israeli military court.

According to a report by Aljazeera, the charges against Ahed include assaulting an Israeli soldier, interfering with a soldier’s duties, and two past instances of stone-throwing.

Ahed’s mother, Nariman, and her cousin, Nour, have now also been formally indicted. Nariman stands accused of “incitement” for uploading the video of the slap to social media, while Nour–at a hearing held in the same court yesterday–was indicted on charges of aggravated assault of a soldier and “disturbing soldiers conducting their duties,” according to a Press TV report here. All three remain in Israeli custody.

Ahed was arrested on December 19 after slapping an Israeli soldier. She has been held in detention ever since.

The girl’s lawyer is Gaby Lasky, an Israeli human rights attorney, who can be seen briefly in a video accompanying the Press TV report linked above and who is also quoted in an RT report.

“I am sure they want to keep her as long as possible because they don’t want the voice of resistance outside prison,” Lasky said.

Bassem, according to yet another report, here, “called Monday’s indictment a ‘political trial’ saying Israel dug up old incidents as well as the one filmed in order to justify her arrest.’”

Tamimi family photo: Bassem, Nariman, and a younger Ahed

But by far the most stirring and profound words from the worried father are contained in a commentary he wrote and which was published yesterday at Haaretz. The piece is entitled, “My Daughter, These are Tears of Struggle.” Here is a brief excerpt:

My daughter is just 16 years old. In another world, in your world, her life would look completely different. In our world, Ahed is a representative of a new generation of our people, of young freedom fighters. This generation has to wage its struggle on two fronts. On the one hand, they have the duty, of course, to keep on challenging and fighting the Israeli colonialism into which they were born, until the day it collapses. On the other hand, they have to boldly face the political stagnation and degeneration that has spread among us. They have to become the living artery that will revive our revolution and bring it back from the death entailed in a growing culture of passivity that has arisen from decades of political inactivity.

Ahed is one of many young women who in the coming years will lead the resistance to Israeli rule. She is not interested in the spotlight currently being aimed at her due to her arrest, but in genuine change. She is not the product of one of the old parties or movements, and in her actions she is sending a message: In order to survive, we must candidly face our weaknesses and vanquish our fears.

A bit later in the same article, Bassem goes on to address his remarks to Ahed directly:

Ahed, no parent in the world yearns to see his daughter spending her days in a detention cell. However, Ahed, no one could be prouder than I am of you. You and your generation are courageous enough, at last, to win. Your actions and courage fill me with awe and bring tears to my eyes. But in accordance with your request, these are not tears of sadness or regret, but rather tears of struggle.

In 2015, the Israeli Knessett adopted a law prescribing a prison sentence of up to 20 years for throwing stones. The fact that Ahed has been charged with two counts of stone throwing would suggest that Israeli prosecutors are planning to seek a lengthy prison sentence for the young girl.

Ahed Tamimi Becomes Global Cause Célèbre; Israelis Beginning to Panic

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“Free Ahed Tamimi” poster. Photo by @ProtestStencil

Despite rather obvious attempts by Zionist media to deliberately downplay the story of her arrest, Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi is rapidly becoming an international cause célèbre. She has made news in Pakistan, India, and Singapore, and her face can now be seen on billboards at bus stops and train stations in London.

All of this of course is being watched by Israelis in exasperation and perhaps with something akin to panic now setting in. Take the comments of Michael Oren for instance, former Israeli ambassador to the US. In what sounds like a desperate attempt at staving off a public relations disaster, Oren claims the Tamimis “may not be a real family,” and then goes on to imply that Ahed is not actually the daughter of her mother and father, Bassem and Nariman Tamimi, but a paid actor.

“The Tamimi family–which may not be a real family–dresses up kids in American clothes and pays them to provoke (Israeli) troops on camera,” Oren purported on Twitter.

“This cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse. Human rights organizations must investigate!” he added.

The Tamimi family—which may not be a real family—dresses up kids in American clothes and pays them to provoke IDF troops on camera. This cynical and cruel use of children constitutes abuse. Human rights organizations must investigate!
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תקיפת החיילים בידי הפלסטיניות: גם פרובוקציה ראויה למעצר

בת למשפחת תמימי מנבי סלאח הגיעה שוב במטרה לסחוט פרובקציה מלוחמי צה”ל. חרף הידיעה כי מדובר במלכודת תקשורתית נשמעת בציבור…

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Oren’s claim sounds very much to me like the fevered imagination of someone who is in full panic mode.

And of course you have to wonder how many other Israeli officials are similarly distraught at present.

For the benefit of anyone who may have been sleepwalking for the past ten days, Ahed Tamimi is the Palestinian girl who was arrested on December 19 after slapping an Israeli soldier. Her mother and her cousin are also in custody.

Another Israeli who seems to have gone off the deep end over the affair is Ben Caspit, author and prominent journalist for the daily Ma’ariv.

“In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras,” Caspit wrote.

Though the writer didn’t specify what “price” he had in mind, the statement sounds threatening to say the least, and perhaps more than a tad bit maniacal. Caspit’s article originally appeared in Hebrew, here, but the gist of his comments have been translated into English, here.

Another engaged in teeth gnashing (though perhaps not to the extent of Caspit) is the Jewish Chronicle which just today published an article decrying the “Controversy over campaign to make teenager who slapped Israeli soldier a heroine.”

Of course there is nothing “controversial” at all about Ahed’s status as global heroine–other than in the minds of Zionists. For the rest of humanity, a defenseless teenage girl with the temerity to slap a soldier in combat gear is probably inevitably going to win praise and acclaim–especially when the soldier represents a brutal occupation that has disgusted the world while dragging on for decades. Nevertheless, Ben Weich, the writer of the article, puts the words “peace activist” in quotes in his lead-paragraph reference to Ahed.

There may be other reasons for panic as well. A group of 63 Israeli students from high schools across the country have signed a letter saying they will defy mandatory military service despite the risk of jail.

“The army implements the policy of a racist government that violates basic human rights, which applies one law to Israelis and another to the Palestinians in the same area,” the letter states.

The students cite the “occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people,” and say they want to “change the entire system.” Whether the Ahed’s arrest and detention was a factor in their decision to come forth with such a letter at this time is not clear, but the missive is addressed to: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and military Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot.

Of the recipients named, Bennett and Lieberman have each issued particularly venomous statements regarding the slap heard round the world. Lieberman has vowed that “not only the girl but also her parents and those around them will not escape from what they deserve,” while Bennet has called for Ahed to be locked up for the rest of her life.

And to top it all off, yesterday an Israeli court extended Ahed’s detention once again–for the third time since she was arrested. In following such a course, the Israelis are doing nothing but making things worse on themselves, but apparently they are too blind to realize this.

Finally, in a post on December 21, I coined the term “the slap heard round the world.” Apparently others are now picking up on it. Here is a cartoon that appeared at Mondoweiss a bit earlier today.

Below are a few articles I’ve gathered to help keep readers updated on the case.


Activists Bring London Commuters Face-to-Face with Ahead Tamimi

By Natasha Roth

Commuters across London came face-to-face with the occupation on Thursday, after local activist groups put up posters at bus stops around the city calling for the release of Ahed Tamimi. The project — conceived and executed by London Palestine Action and Protest Stencil — hit London’s streets nine days after Israeli soldiers took Ahed, 16, from her Nabi Saleh home in the middle of the night, and is the latest in a series of global protests against the arrest.

“Following Ahed’s arrest, we wanted to publicly show solidarity again — with Ahed, with the Tamimi family, with Nabi Saleh,” Leila White of London Palestine Action told +972 Magazine. “Many of those involved in London Palestine Action have been to Nabi Saleh, and have joined protests there, have marched behind Ahed and her family.”

Continued here

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Icon of Resistance: Palestinian Teenager Ahed Tamimi Who Slapped Israeli Soldier to Face Charges

A 16-year-old Palestinian girl, who has been hailed as a national hero will face charges of assault in an Israeli military court, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Ahed Tamimi was held until Monday along with her mother Nariman, 43, a military spokeswoman said. It was later announced that she will be charged for “insulting a soldier” and “aggravated assault.”

Her cousin Nour, 21, is to be released on Sunday if no new evidence is presented by then.

Continued here

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Ahead Tamimi’s Father: Israeli Occupation Won’t Break Us

Bassem Tamimi, father of jailed 16-year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, says the arrest of Ahed along with her mother and cousin won’t break the family’s determination to resist Israeli occupation.

Interview with Bassem Tamimi | 29 Dec 2017

Transcript:

AARON MATÉ: It’s the Real News. I’m Aaron Maté. Last week, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi was arrested by Israeli forces at her home in the occupied West Bank, joining hundreds of Palestinian children arrested by Israeli forces each year. Ahed was seized just days after a video went viral of her confronting an Israeli soldier. Just minutes earlier, Israeli forces had shot Ahed’s 14-year-old cousin at close range in the face, leaving him in a coma. On Monday, an Israeli court ordered Ahed, her cousin and her mother, who was arrested when she came to visit Ahed to remain behind bars for at least four more days.

Continued here

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Why is the State of Israel so Afraid of 16-Year-Old Ahed Tamimi?

By Ariel Gold, Taylor Morley

Sixteen-year-old Ahed Tamimi was back in court Thursday, with the judge ruling for the third time that her detention is extended, this time for another five days. Over the past week and a half, Ahed has been shuffled between numerous Israeli prisons and police stations. She has been held in cold isolation cells with cameras pointed at her 24 hours a day. Repeatedly, without a parent or lawyer present, they have attempted to interrogate her. The reasoning for the judge’s rulings to extend her detention is that she “poses a risk” to the military and the Israeli government’s case against her.

Israel is right that Ahed Tamimi poses a risk. But it isn’t a risk to one of the most heavily armed and advanced militaries in the world or to the legal case being built against her. The risk she poses is in her refusal to submit to the Israeli demand that Palestinians acquiesce to their own occupation. Israeli logic is that Palestinians should cooperate with their own oppression. They should move quietly through the checkpoints, open their bags, not look their occupiers in the eye and not challenge or protest the theft of their lands, resources and freedoms. Israeli logic is that if they don’t like it, they can leave. Actually, they would strongly prefer that Palestinians leave. The strategy is to make life so unbearable for Palestinians, that they leave willingly. This even has a name: “voluntary transfer.”

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Why is the West Praising Malala, but Ignoring Ahed?

By Shenila Khoja-Moolji

Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, was recently arrested in a night-time raid on her home. The Israeli authorities accuse her of “assaulting” an Israeli soldier and an officer. A day earlier she had confronted Israeli soldiers who had entered her family’s backyard. The incident happened shortly after a soldier shot her 14-year-old cousin in the head with a rubber bullet, and fired tear-gascanisters directly at their home, breaking windows.

Her mother and cousin were arrested later as well. All three remain in detention.

There has been a curious lack of support for Ahed from Western feminist groups, human rights advocates and state officials who otherwise present themselves as the purveyors of human rights and champions of girls’ empowerment.

Continued here

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[Additional editor’s note: photo at the top of this post was taken by Protest Stencil. You can visit their Twitter page here.  ]

Ahed Tamimi’s Twitter Account Deleted

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RT is reporting that the Twitter account of Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teen jailed for slapping an Israeli soldier, has been deleted. See report below

Twitter account of imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi deleted
Without explanation, the Twitter account belonging to imprisoned Palestinian teenage girl Ahed Tamimi was deleted. Tamimi was arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli military.

Till yesterday Ahed’s twitter account was online (@ahedAlTamimi), today @twitter decided to delete the account. And we decided to do Another account and work on , Please follow @AlTamimiAhed and spread the word. we will not give up on our .

Another account has been created, calling for Twitter to reinstate Tamimi’s original account.

While it is unclear if Twitter itself deleted the account, Manal Tamimi, a relative of Ahed, suggested Twitter did indeed ban the account.

I’m not sure about that & not think her father did, I expect that Twitter deleted it due to a campaign or a call by zionists to block it or delete it

The Palestinian teenager was arrested last week after a video of her slapping Israeli soldiers who were blocking the steps at her family’s house went viral. Israeli forces confiscated computer equipment from the Tamimi residence during the nighttime raid. It is possible that Israel accessed Ahed Tamimi’s account from those computers.

Tamimi’s cousin Nour was also arrested. Her mother Nariman Tamimi was detained as well, when she went to the police station where her daughter was being held.

The Tamimis are prominent anti-occupation activists who reside in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. They lead demonstrations every Friday to protest the confiscation of the village’s well for the nearby settlement of Halamish.

READ MORE: A tale of two girls: Ahed Tamimi and Bana al-Abed highlight media bias

An Israeli soldier shot Ahed Tamimi’s brother Mohammad, 14, in the head during a demonstration on December 22. He has been released from the hospital after undergoing surgery and a medically induced coma.

14yr-old Mohamed Tamimi, cousin of Ahed, is released from hospital after being shot by Israel 

 The Tamimis have long been targeted for their activism. In 2011, an Israeli soldier fired a tear gas canister from closer range at Mustafa Tamimi, killing him. Israel’s Military Advocate General cleared the soldier who fired the canister of any wrongdoing. The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said the ruling “conveys the indifference of the military law enforcement system to the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank.”

While it is unknown if Israeli authorities requested that Twitter suspend Tamimi’s account, the social media giant has collaborated with Israel before. In 2016, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked revealed that Twitter was removing content it deemed “harmful.”

RT reached out to Twitter for comment on the suspension of Ahed Tamimi’s account but had not received any response at the time of publication.

How Corporate Media Continue To Justify «Israel’s» Criminal Excesses

Cast Lead aggression on Gaza

Local Editor

28-12-2017 | 13:05

Palestine, now approaching its 70th anniversary of usurpation by the apartheid “Israeli” entity, has long been recognized as a laboratory for fine-tuning punitive “Israeli” policies and techniques.

According to a documentation done by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, the “ongoing colonization of Palestine and the accompanying atrocities” have enabled the entity to develop “great expertise in repression”, while “exporting these tools and methods on an industrial scale has become crucial to ‘Israeli’ economic political power”.

But Palestine has served as another kind of laboratory, one in which certain Western media figures and other upstanding characters work to perfect their talent for exonerating – and even encouraging – “Israeli” atrocities.

Since 27 December marks the ninth anniversary of the launch of the “Israeli” entity’s Operation Cast Lead – a 22-day affair that dispensed with some 1,400 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

A New York Time’s analysis by Thomas Friedman is a clear evidence of how corporate media tried to legitimize “Israeli” violence.

As Friedman saw it at the time, Cast Lead was simply “the latest version of the longest-running play in the modern Middle East.

Of course, seeing as “Israel” was, as usual, doing most of the “blowing up” – and that Palestinian civilians perished at a rate of approximately 400: 1 vis-a-vis their “Israeli” counterparts during Cast Lead.

Friedman went on to advocate for war crimes by recalling the entity’s alleged “education of Hezbollah” in its 2006 war on Lebanon and prescribing a similar educational approach to Hamas in Gaza.

In 2006, Friedman wrote, the “Israeli” entity’s strategy had been “to inflict substantial property damage and collateral casualties on Lebanon at large”, thereby “exact[ing] enough pain on [Lebanon’s] civilians… to restrain Hezbollah in the future” – an arrangement he said “was not pretty, but it was logical”.

Never mind those pesky international laws against collective punishment.

Other experts in the field of murderous logic include Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, who in 2006 proposed his own eloquent “continuum of civilianality” to effectively pardon the “Israeli” entity for regularly slaughtering civilians. He explained that members of “Hezbollah and Hamas … are difficult to distinguish from those civilians… Nor can women and children always be counted as civilians, as some organizations do.”

And while Dershowitz and other champions of indiscriminate (but oh-so-civilized) bloodshed complain perennially of a perceived anti-“Israel” bias in the media, the truth of the matter is that media defenses of the entity have become so institutionalized that the situation is almost boring to discuss.

Take Bret Stephens’s Wall Street Journal piece “The Truth About Gaza”, for example, in which he laments the entity’s formal “disengagement” from the Strip in 2005 and manages to define Operation Cast Lead as a “limited action”.

One wonders what unlimited action might entail.

A primary media technique for justifying the entity’s criminal excesses, of course, is to cast each act of “Israeli” brutality as a legitimate response to some or other Palestinian transgression – a right of retaliation that is categorically denied to Palestinians via willful manipulation of cause-and-effect relationships and other chronological sleights of hand.

At this point, it would seem that seven decades of ethnic cleansing, land theft and massacres by the “Israeli” entity might exempt the Palestinians from their permanent role of aggressors.

And yet the inversion of reality persists, aided by a mainstream media that when it can’t hide or justify the entity’s grave misdeeds simply dilutes them.

As the entity continues its periodic onslaughts on the Palestinian coastal enclave, the media rarely misses a beat.

In the face of such shameless journalistic complicity, meanwhile, there are mercifully still humans working to preserve their own humanity – and ours.

And as Friedman’s “longest-running play in the modern Middle East” continues to generate standing ovations for “Israeli”-induced carnage, here’s hoping the curtain will fall – and break the whole theatre in the process.

Source: MEE, Edited by website team

 

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