America and israel Threaten World Peace

America and Israel Threaten World Peace

by Stephen Lendman

Multiple global flashpoints should terrify everyone. They’re hugely dangerous along Russia’s border with Eastern European countries, in the South China Sea, in Ukraine, in Syria, Iraq, and other US war theaters, and possible Israeli war on Lebanon and/or Gaza.
America and Israel perpetuate endless wars, related violence, chaos and repression. Peace and stability defeat their rogue agendas.
Days earlier, Israel activated around 2,000 reserve soldiers. Along with regular IDF troops, they’ve been involved in military exercises since Sunday, simulating war on Gaza.
Is another one planned? IDF chief of staff General Gadi Eisenkot said the drill was called to “assess the preparedness” for war.
If launched, “we will know how to surprise in every way to prevent enemy achievements” and accomplish objectives as quickly as possible, he said.
Israel prepared contingency plans to evacuate around 250,000 civilians from communities bordering Lebanon and Gaza.
The IDF repeatedly targets the Strip by terror-bombing and cross-border incursions, other pre-dawn incidents on Wednesday.
Drones and ground forces targeted Rafah in southern Gaza, killing one Palestinian youth, injuring two others – on the phony pretext of preventing the planting of an explosive device near Israel’s border.
Israeli forces indiscriminately fired on Palestinian farmers in their fields, threatening no one. No injuries were reported.
Since January, multiple airstrikes and cross-border shelling killed four Palestinians, injuring over a dozen others.
Last month, the Mezan Center for Human Rights warned about possible large-scale Israeli aggression on Gaza for the fourth time since December 2008.
It called on the international community to “act promptly against Israel’s military escalation, to fulfill their obligations to protect civilians, and ensure respect for the rules of international law.”
It stressed “acting before a full-scale military bombardment is launched,” saying it’s “crucial to ensur(e) the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.”
They’re defenseless and vulnerable to mass casualties again if Israel launches aggression.
Hamas seeks no military confrontation with Israel, its senior official Khalil al-Hayya stressed, adding “we are a bereaved and oppressed people who resist occupation” – their right under international law.
During the latest UN Commission on Human Rights and Human Rights Council session in Geneva, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestine Michael Lync called Israel’s occupation “the most malignant” anywhere in the world.
Oppressing millions of people violates core international law principles, he stressed. Intensified crackdowns on human rights activists are intolerable. Gaza’s blockade is flagrantly illegal.
US and Israeli diplomats boycotted the session. Both countries want high crimes committed against Palestinians suppressed.
Rogue states operate this way. America conspires with Israel to permit lawless apartheid viciousness to persist unaccountably

The Strangest Fruit of All

Millennials today have lived their entire lives in a culture
in which deprecatory remarks about whites are viewed as trendy and acceptable…

By Richard Edmondson

Whether the film “Stranger Fruit” was intended to inflame racial tensions in America, it likely will have that effect. The film rehashes events surrounding the 2014 shooting of African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, purportedly shedding new light on the case by means of previously unreleased video footage.

Made by Jewish filmmaker Jason Pollock, the film debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival on March 11 and has been referred to as an “explosive documentary.” Pollock apparently took the title from the song, “Strange Fruit,” recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939, whose lyrics deal with the lynching of blacks in the southern United States during the post-reconstruction era. A stanza from the song goes:

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pollock’s choice of the title for his film is not exactly a subtle literary allusion. The song was named “song of the century” by Time Magazine in 1999.

In the film, Pollock alleges that Brown did not rob the Ferguson convenience store he was said to have robbed, basing his claim on security video taken inside the store but which previously had been unreleased to the public. Pollock claims in the film that the footage proves Brown did not carry out a robbery of the store but that he had merely returned to pick up merchandise he had previously paid for–it is a claim that has been refuted by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch and by Jay Kanzler, an attorney representing the owner of the market, both of whom have accused the filmmaker of selectively editing the footage.

You can go here to see a two and a half minute segment from the film that contains the security video and Pollock’s narrative on what it purportedly shows…and you can go here to see the response by Kanzler, whose presentation includes footage that Pollock edited out of the video. I suggest you review both and make up your own mind about who is telling the truth.

You can also go here and see a video of Pollock exploding in anger during an interview on Fox News.

“He [Brown] didn’t rob the store, and anyone who sees the exchange that takes place with a conscience, a heart, two minds and is not a bigot, pretty much understands what happened,” he tells the Fox interviewer.  “Unfortunately, there’s so many people in America with so much bias inside of them, that they just want to think that Michael Brown is a bad guy.”

The presumptive implication is that the police officer in Ferguson killed Brown for no other reason than because of his skin color.

Additionally, Pollock told CNN that, “I obtained this video by deciding to move to Ferguson, work with the family, and do real investigative journalism for the last two years. And that’s how the truth comes out.”

Of course if Pollock had wanted to make a film about people being killed solely because of their ethnicity, he could go to Israel, where he would find a much greater abundance of material for an investigative journalist to work with than he would ever find in America. Does it not bother Pollock that our own government, the US government, gives the Jewish state billions of dollars a year to maintain an illegal occupation? And that in turn Israel routinely kills civilians in the course of maintaining this occupation?

Imagine how many family members of Palestinians shot in cold blood by Israeli forces Pollock could get interviews with were he to move to Israel and “do real investigative journalism” for two years, and imagine the quality documentary this enterprising social justice advocate could produce as a result were he to undertake such an effort!

I took the trouble to visit Pollock’s Facebook page. In addition to numerous posts promoting his new film, you can also find posts about white people. “Dear white people, it’s time to wake up,” he says in one:

He also apparently thinks there are too many white people working as interns in Washington…

And apparently he opposes any restrictions on immigration–to America…

The filmmaker also has concerns about Russian hacking…

…but nowhere on his Facebook page could I find any mention of Israel, and I scrolled the timeline back for nearly a year.

I have asked this question before, but I will ask it again here: why do so many US Jews stridently condemn racism in America but have nothing to say about it in Israel? Racism does exist in America, but America does not define itself narrowly and specifically as a state for people of this or that religion or ethnicity. The same cannot be said of Israel.

And how does Israel’s defining of itself as a “Jewish state” translate into daily life? What is the net effect of its policies for those who must live under its occupation? If you go here you can read the precise legal definition of genocide as defined in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted by the UN in 1948. What you will notice is that much of it describes, almost to a T, what Israel is doing today to the Palestinians. But yet US Jews like Pollock apparently have nothing to say about it.

As I said above, racism does exist in America…and a significant portion of it is directed against white people. That’s because racism against white people is seldom if ever condemned or called what it is. Imagine if someone were to say in condescending tones: “Dear black people, it’s time to wake up,” or “Dear Jews, it’s time to wake up.” That person would immediately be accused of racism or anti-Semitism. And if they were white, they would be accused of “white supremacism” as well. But Pollock obviously had no fear of posting such words about white people on his Facebook page–and for good reason. In the culture which currently exists in America, it is acceptable to denigrate white people.

Look at the millennial protesters at this anti-Trump protest in Portland, some of them yelling out the racial epithet “white trash.” These are people of course who would never dream of shouting derogatory remarks about any other race or ethnic group.

The irony, of course, is that some of the people shouting “white trash” are white themselves. But here again, it’s not terribly surprising. Millennials today have lived their entire lives in a culture in which deprecatory remarks about whites are viewed as trendy and acceptable.

By contrast, every single person in America is well aware of the fact that making racist slurs against nonwhites or voicing anti-Semitic remarks about Jews can get you fired from your job. We even have seen university professors fired or denied tenure for nothing more than criticizing Israel.

The period we are going through now is in many ways unprecedented. We live in a time in which hurling any kind of baseless accusation against Russia is wholly permissible, encouraged even, but in which we have to cautiously watch what we say about Israel. The truth of the matter, however, is that Israel exerts far more influence over US elections than Russian “hackers” ever dreamed of. Consider that, and then factor in two other elements to the equation as well: efforts to inflame racial tensions in America and efforts to provoke a war with Russia. The picture that emerges is not pretty.

So what chance do Americans today have of regaining our independence from the Jewish lobby which controls our government? It’s hard to give definitive odds on that, but one thing is for sure: Israel, out of all nations on this beset and torn-apart earth, is one strange fruit.

And the Jews who lash out angrily at others for alleged racism–while at the same time supporting their own apartheid Jewish state–are perhaps the strangest fruit of all.

Supporting Palestinian Intifada Tops Closing Statement of Iran Conference

February 22, 2017

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The closing statement of the sixth International conference “To support the Palestinian Intifada” held in Tehran highlighted on Tuesday the importance of the Palestinian cause, calling on supporting it and avoiding marginalizing it amid the regional crises.

The statement also hailed the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements, stressing their role in confronting the Zionist entity.

It also called on the international organizations to denounce and deter the Israeli aggressions, warning some Arab and Muslim countries against normalizing ties with the Zionist entity.

The statement added that the US administration intention to move the Zionist entity capital into Al-Quds must draw a response from the Arab and Muslim states by closing their embassies in the United States.

Finally, the statement highly appreciated the Iranian people sacrifices for the sake of the Palestinian cause.

The Iranian capital, Tehran, hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday an international forum in support of the Palestinian cause, with hundreds of foreign guests, including senior Palestinian leaders and officials of Muslim nations, in attendance.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Netanyahu cheated US taxpayers under four different IDs when he was studying in United States

Pastor Baldwin: Why I hate Netanyahu

bomb3[1]When American horror books author Stephen King wrote: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us” – being a Christian Zionist, I’m sure he was not talking about Benjamin Netanyahu.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been fooling Americans before joining politics. He cheated US taxpayers under four different IDs when he was studying in United States. He inherited this and many other immoral characteristics from his father Benzion Netanyahu (d. 2012) – a Jew terrorist.

The Israeli weekly Ha’ir reports that four requests for credit approval appear in the US social security file number 020-36-4537. Under each request one finds a different name: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benjamin Nitai, John Jay Sullivan and John Jay Sullivan Jr. – one man, four names (here).

Charles (Chuck) Baldwin, 64, American pastor, politician, radio host, and blogger posted an article on February 9, entitled, Is Netanyahu Finished?. In the article the good pastor claims that people around world are finding out that Netanyahu is a serial liar – he lied about Muslim threat to the US, and Syria, Iran, and Iraq are threat to American interests in the region. currently, he is being investigated at home for corruption.

The removal of Netanyahu from office would be a very good thing for the entire world. The problem is the State of Israel is controlled by about 20 mega-rich Zionist families. To think that these power-brokers would replace Bibi with a truly honest man is as likely as the sun rising in the west tomorrow morning,” pastor said.

Is Baldwin anti-Israel? Nope. He believes that Israel has enough military power to wipe out any country in the Middle East, and it doesn’t need Washington’s permission to do that. However, Baldwin believes that Israeli interests are not necessarily American interests, therefore, American should stop pampering the Zionist regime. How Baldwin knows about Israel’s military strength? It could be judged by his knowledge of the Middle East from the following statement:

America continues to furnish Israel’s enemies with three times more aid and assistance than it does Israel. Three times. Is that being a blessing to Israel? America gives unflinching and magnanimous support to militant Muslim governments such as Saudi Arabia. There is no nation in the Middle East that has harbored, trained, supplied, and supported more terrorists than Saudi Arabia. Is that being a blessing to Israel? In addition, every time an American President wants to meddle in Middle Eastern affairs, he insists that Israel give up land for peace,” wrote Baldwin on his blog on January 15, 2008 while endorsing Congressman Ron Paul.

Professor Melvin A. Goodman, former CIA analyst and author claimed in July 2013 that Israel receives 46% of total annual USAID.

On February 15, 2017, American Jewish journalist, author, academic, and contributing editor at The Atlantic, and The Daily Jewish Forward, professor Peter Alexander Beinart penned an article, entitled, “How Benjamin Netanyahu Played Us On The Iran Deal – And We Let him“.

The political barriers that Netanyahu faced two years ago are gone. He and Trump are now free to renounce the Iran nuclear deal, and thus, by Netanyahu’s logic, prevent a second Shoah. Or, failing that, Netanyahu could take matters into his own hands and bomb Iran’s nuclear sites himself, secure in the knowledge that Trump is less likely than Obama to object,” Beinart said.

Netanyahu may kiss Trump for ‘tearing Iran nuclear agreement’, but that wouldn’t effect Iran because it signed the agreement with UN’s five permanent members and Germany – not just United States. Russia, China, Germany, and France would refuse to follow Trump’s decision because they all need Iranian oil money ($410 billion/year). Even Pentagon’s to gun Gen. James Mattis supports the agreement.

Netanyahu, for all his thunderous emotion, wasn’t being honest when he railed against the nuclear agreement. He wasn’t actually worried that the deal paves Iran’s path to the bomb. His real concern was that it would improve relations between Washington and Tehran, thus empowering Israel’s greatest regional foe, and reducing America’s dependence on Israel. Now that the chances of a US-Iranian détente have diminished (thanks to the Zionist shill in the White House), so have Netanyahu’s fears about the nuclear deal. In speaking to Americans, Netanyahu emphasized the nuclear issue because it allowed him to invoke the specter of the Holocaust, which is what he’s been doing his entire career,” Beinart said.

Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestine

Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

(02 -08 February 2016)

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  • 5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Israeli warplanes carried out 4 airstrikes against civilian objects and sites related to the Palestinian armed groups.
  • A poultry farm was destroyed, resulting in the death of 5,000 birds and partial damages to another farm.
  • Three training sites were destroyed.
  • Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea.
  • Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.
  • A watchtower belonging to Palestinian armed groups sustained damages, east of al-Maghazi.
  • Israeli forces conducted 79 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and one limited incursion in the northern Gaza Strip.
  • 59 civilians, including 2 women, were arrested in the West Bank.
  • 22 of them were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.
  • Israeli forces continued their efforts to create Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Two houses were destroyed in Beit Haninah neighbourhood, north of Jerusalem.
  • Settlement activities continued in the West Bank.
  • Two residential tents, 3 livestock barns in addition to 3 attached structures were destroyed in the Northern Jordan Valley.
  • Settlers uprooted 700 olive almond trees from the lands of Barqah village, northwest of Nablus.
  • Israeli forces turned the West Bank into cantons and continued to impose the illegal closure on the Gaza Strip for the 10th
  • Dozens of temporary checkpoints were established in the West Bank and others were re-established to obstruct the movement of Palestinian civilians.
  • 8 Palestinian civilians were arrested at military checkpoints.

 

 

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (02 – 08 February 2017).

 

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.  In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces carried out airstrikes against civilian objects, training sites and watcher towers belonging to the PAletinian armed groups. Israeli forces also continued to chase Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea and open fire at farmers in the border areas.

 

In the West Bank, on 02 February 2017, 3 children were wounded when Israeli forces moved into al-Masaken al-Sha’biyah neighbourhood, northeast of Nablus, to carry out an arret campaign.  A number of Palestinian youngsters and children’s gathered to throw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli vehicles.  In response, the Israeli soldiers fired live and metal bullets at them, wounding the three children.

 

On 03 February 2017, an 18-year-old youngster was wounded when the Israeli forces opened fire at a number of children and youngsters protesting against Israeli forces’ establishing a checkpoint, east of Beit Foriq village, east of Nablus.

 

In the Gaza Strip, in the context of opening fire at peaceful protests, on 03 February 2017, Israeli forces wounded a Palestinian child with a bullet to the abdomen when they opened fire at dozens of youngsters and children gathered to throw stones at the Israeli soldiers near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.

 

In the context of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, on 02 February 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed off the north-western Gaza Strip Shore heavily opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats and chased them.  The shooting recurred at the Palestinian fishing boats in the aforementioned area on 03,04,05,06 and 07 February 2017.

 

On 03 February 2017, Israeli gunboats stationed off the sea, west of al-Soudaniyah, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip heavily opened fire at Palestinian boats and chased them.  The shooting recurred in the same area on 04 and 08 February 2017.

 

On the same day, the Israeli gunboats opened fire at the Palestinian fishing boats stationed off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip.  The shooting recurred in the abovementioned area on 04 February 2017.

 

On 05 February 2017, the Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Younis shore in the southern Gaza Strip heavily opened fire in the vicinity of Palestinian fishing boats within the limited fishing area.

 

In the context of targeting border areas, on 05 February 2017, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at the agricultural lands in al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City.

 

On 06 February 2017, Israeli forces fired two artillery shells at a training side belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported, but the site sustained serve damages.  The Israeli force also heavily opened fire at the border area, east of al-Bura area in the northern Gaza Strip as well.  On the same day, Israeli forces opened fire at the agricultural lands, east of Kuza’ah, al-Fukhari and al-Qararah in the southern Gaza Strip.  Israeli forces later fired flare bombs, east of Khan Younis, amidst sporadic shooting, which recurred in the same area on 07 and 08 February 2017.

 

On the same day, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired artillery shells at vacant lands, east of al-Shuja’iyah, and a military site belonging to al-Qassam brigades in Jabal al-Rayess area, east of al-Tufah neighbourhood, east of Gaza City.

 

On the same day, the Israeli forces fired artillery shells at a site belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip.  As a result, the site sustained material damages.  On the same day, the Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at a land in the vicinity of the Landfill, east of Deir al-Balah.  They then opened fire at the lands and houses in the area, causing severe damages to a house.  The shooting recurred in the area on 08 February 2017.

 

In the context of airstrikes, on 06 February 2017, Israeli warplanes carried out 2 airstrikes targeting with 4 missiles a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades on Salah al-Deen Street, east of Jabalia, and another one apposite to the Equestrian Club, southwest of Beit Lahia.

 

On the same day, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at a poultry farm on al-Karamah Street, east of al-Shujaiyah.  As a result, it was completely destroyed and all the poultry died in addition to damages in an adjacent poultry farm.

 

On 07 February 2017, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades, northwest of al-Sifa area, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.  No casualties were reported, but the site sustained severe damages.

 

Incursions:

 

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 79 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank while 10 others were carried out in East Jerusalem and its suburbs. During these incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 59 Palestinian civilians, including 2 women. Twenty-two of them, including a woman, were arrested in occupied Jerusalem.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces carried out a limited incursion into the northern side of the Agricultural School, north of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, and levelled lands.

 

Efforts to create Jewish majority

 

In the context of house demolitions and notices, On 07 February 2017, the Israeli Municipality destroyed a residential building in Beit Hanina neighbourhood, north of the city, under the pretext of building without a license.  The 4-storey building belongs to ‘Adel Abu Sneinah and Zakaria ‘Anati.

 

On 08 February 2017, the Israeli municipality destroyed an under-construction building in Beit Hanina neighbourhood as well belonging to Ayman Abu Rmeilah upon an order by the Israeli municipality to stop the construction works.

 

Settlement activities and Israeli settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property:

 

On 06 February 2017, Israeli forces moved into Berdala village, east of Tubas in the Northern Valley and confiscated 3 diggers and a civilian car.  Those vehicles were reclaiming agricultural lands in the area to serve dozens of farmers and land owners.

 

Om 07 February 2017, Israeli forces uprooted 4 tents; two of which were residential and sheltered 7 persons, including 5 children, while the other 2 were used for grazing sheep.  They also destroyed a Tabun oven “clay oven”, kitchen and bathroom in Kherbet al-Ras al-Ahmar in the Northern Jordan Valley belonging to ‘Ezzat Bani ‘Odah.  On the same day, Israeli forces levelled a livestock barn belonging to Bassam ‘Ali Redwan Foqaha in Kardalah village in the Northern Jordan Valley.

in the same context, on 06 February 2017, Khaled Hussein Mohammed Salah from Barqah village, northwest of Nablus, was surprised that Israeli settlers uprooted 150 olive trees and 550 almond trees from his land and a nearby land belonging to Mahmoud ‘Abdel ‘Aziz Daghlas and Basem Mohammed Baker Daghlas in al-Qbeyat area, northeast of the aforementioned village, which is 300 meters away from the fence of evacuated “Homash” settlement.

 

Restrictions on movement:

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure of the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

The illegal closure of the Gaza Strip, which has been steadily tightened since June 2007 has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.  The Israeli authorities impose measures to undermine the freedom of trade, including the basic needs for the Gaza Strip population and the agricultural and industrial products to be exported. For 9 consecutive years, Israel has tightened the land and naval closure to isolate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and other countries around the world. This resulted in grave violations of the economic, social and cultural rights and a deterioration of living conditions for 2 million people.  The Israeli authorities have established Karm Abu Salem (Kerem Shaloum) as the sole crossing for imports and exports in order to exercise its control over the Gaza Strip’s economy.  They also aim at imposing a complete ban on the Gaza Strip’s exports. The Israeli closure raised the rate of poverty to 65%. Moreover, the rate of unemployment increased up to 47% and youth constitutes 65% of the unemployed persons.  Moreover, 80% of the Gaza Strip population depends on international aid to secure their minimum daily needs. These rates indicate the unprecedented economic deterioration in the Gaza Strip.

 

In the West Bank, Israeli forces continued to suffocate the Palestinian cities and village by imposing military checkpoints around and/or between them. This created “cantons” isolated from each other that hinders the movement of civilians. Moreover, the Palestinian civilians suffering aggravated because of the annexation wall and checkpoints erected on daily basis to catch Palestinians.

 

Details

 

  1. Incursions into Palestinian Areas, and Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip

 

Thursday, 02 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Tubas. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Saher Anis Abu Mohsen (18), a high school student, and Samer Samih Yusuf al-Taj Sawaftah (34). They also confiscated 2 laptops.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Baraqa village, northwest of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Karam ‘Adnan Ahmed Salah (23), a student in the Palestine Technical University “Khadouri” in Tulkarm.

 

  • At approximately 07:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces accompanied with several military jeeps moved into al-Masaken al-Sha’biya neighborhood, northeast of Nablus. They patrolled in the neighborhood’s streets and then stopped a car travelled by Ra’ed al-Baghdudi from Balata refugee camp, east of the city. They searched the car and then arrested Ra’ed. A number of children gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers, who immediately fired live and rubber-coated metal bullets and sound bombs at them in response. As a result, 3 children sustained wounds and were transferred to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus to receive medical treatment. Their wounds were classified as moderate (PCHR keeps the names of the injured children).

 

  • Around the same time, an Israeli undercover unit dressed like Palestinian civilians in a civilian car with an Israeli registration plate sneaked into Birzeit village, north of Ramallah. They stopped at the western entrance to Birzeit University. While Basel Hasan ‘Othman Falian (21), from Barham village, and Tawfiq Abu ‘Arqoup (22) from Birzeit village, were leaving the university, the undercover unit arrested them, fired few live bullets in the air and then withdrew taking them to an unknown destination. It should be noted that Basil is a secretary at the Students Council in the university and Tawfiq is a coordinator at the Islamic Bloc (the students wing of Hamas Movement in the university).

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (7) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Ourta village, southeast of Nablus; Salfit,  Beit Ummer, Beit Oula villages and Kherbet Shoukh al-‘Aroub in Hebron; Kafer Malek village, northeast of Ramallah.

 

Friday, 03 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Shuwaikah village, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a number of houses and then arrested Abdullah Mustafa Abdullah al-Badawi (47).

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces established a checkpoint at the industrial area, east of Beit Furiq village, east of Nablus. The soldiers checked civilians’ ID cards and searched their cars. After that, a group of young men gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli soldiers, who fired live bullets at them. As a result, an 18-year-old child sustained a live bullet wound to the right thigh. The child was transferred to Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus. Medical sources classified his condition as stable (PCHR keeps the names of the wounded child).

 

  • At approximately 18:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 20:20, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip. They fired flare bombs at the boats, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (6) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: ‘Azzoun village, east of Qalqiliyah; ‘Asalah village, south of the city; al-Tabaqah  and Beit Ummer villages in Hebron; Shaqbah village, west of Ramallah and Kafer Malek village, east of the city .

 

Saturday, 04 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boat sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 4 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:45, Israeli forces moved into Qalqiliyah. They raided and searched a car spare parts shop belonging to Kamal Bayan al-Habbash. They later withdrew, but neither raids nor arrest were reported.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli gunboats opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip. They also fired flare bombs at the boats, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 22:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boat sailing within 5 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (13) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Rommanah village, west of Jenin; Sebastiyah village, northwest of Nablus; al-Mazra’ah al-Sharqiyah villages, Shaqbah, Deir Nethaam and Badras in Ramallah and al-Birah; Hares village, north of Salfit; Qarawet Bani Hassan village, northwest of the city; al-Thaheriyah, Ethna al-Mawreq and Karmah villages and al-‘Aroub refugee camp in Hebron.

 

Sunday, 05 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Anas Abdul Fattah (20), a student in Najah National University, from his house in al-Hesbah Street.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Balatah refugee camp, east of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Ahmed Yusuf ‘Ali Nemer Khalil (37).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into ‘Asker’ refugee camp, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested Mohammed Jamal Marshoud (23).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Hebron and stationed in Abu Katila neighbourhood and Abu al-Da’ajan Valley. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Naji Hamdi Abu Khalaf (34) and Jabril shaher al-Atrash (24) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 07:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 08:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands adjacent to Sofa military site in al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:30, Israeli gunboats stationed off Khan Yunis shore in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within the fishing limits. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (9) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Shaqbah and Kharbatha al-Mesbah villages, west of Ramallah; Dura, Halhoul, al-Berkah area and Tarqumiya village in Hebron; ‘Azzoun, Kafer Thuluth and al-Nabi Elyas villages, east of Qalqiliyah .

 

Monday, 06 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into Surif village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Omer Mahmoud Ghunaimat (25), Mohammed Ahmed Ghunaimat (30) and Mohammed Anwar Faroukh (24)

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Ethna village, west of Hebron, and stationed in ‘Aziz Valley area. They raided and searched several houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Mo’ayad, Hamad Ibrahim Abu As’ad and Khader Mohammed Tamizah (29)

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military jeeps moved into Hebron and stationed in al-Salam Street in the central city. They raided and searched the Infinity Advertising Company after they broke the main door. When Mo’taz al-Jo’bah, the owner of the company, arrived, the soldiers handed him a summons to refer to the Israeli Intelligence Service in “Gush Etzion” settlement complex, south of Bethlehem.

 

  • At approximately 01:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Qamrah Valley area, east of Dura, southwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Bassam Hamad al-Zeer (55). They locked the family members in one room and used a police dog to search the house after destroying the house contents. The soldiers then questioned Bassam about getting money and weapon from illegal bodies. The search continued for an hour and a half, but the soldiers did not fiund any weapons. The Israeli forces later withdrew, but no arrests were reported.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into the Old and New ‘Asker old refugee camps, northeast of Nablus. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Basem Mohammed al-Afghani (34) from the old ‘Asker refugee camp and Mohammed ‘Alaa’ Bashkar (22) from New ‘Askar refugee camp.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Traqumiya village, northwest of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Ahmed Khalil Ja’afrah (25) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:30, Israeli forces moved into al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to ‘Othman ‘Orabi Nakhlah (35) and Jehad Mohammed ‘Ali Faqih (24) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 06:30, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian agricultural lands, east of Khuza’ah, al-Fukhari and al-Qararah villages, east of the city. The shooting continued for 2 hours, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 09:50, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired two artillery shells at a site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas Movement). The site is located to the north of al-Ghoul land, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, and about 250 meters away from the abovementioned border fence. As a result, the site sustained material damages, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 13:00, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a Palestinian training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas Movement) adjacent to the Equestrian Club, southwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. Fisherman Mohammed Mohammed Mousa Sa’adallah (67), from Jabalia, was at that time inside his fishing room adjacent to the targeted site from the southern side, so he sustained bruises throughout his body due to the scattering sand and mud. The explosion also rocked large areas of the northern Gaza Strip, causing fear among children and women.

 

  • At approximately 13:55, Israeli warplanes fired 2 missiles at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas Movement) on Salah Eden Street, east of Jablia in the northern Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained damages, and the explosion rocked large areas of the northern Gaza Strip, causing fear among women and children, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:00, Israeli forces stationed in the military watchtowers along the eastern borders of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area, east of al-Burah area. As a result, farmers, bird hunters and shepherds were terrified and so left the area for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 14:20, Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a training site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas Movement), northwest of al-Sifa area, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip. The site is about 250 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. As a result, the site sustained severe damages, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 15:45, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at a watchtower belonging to the Palestinian armed groups, east of al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, the site sustained material damages, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 16:00, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at a land in the vicinity of the Landfill, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, causing severe damages in the land. After that, the Israeli soldiers stationed along the border fence between the Gaza strip and Israel opened fire at Palestinian lands and houses in the area. As a result, a house belonging to Ahmed Mohammed Abu Moghsib (33) was partially damaged, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 18:45, Israeli forces fired a missile at a poultry farm belonging to Khalid Ismael Ibrahim al-Hayyah (51) from al-Shuja’iyah neighbourhood, east of Gaza. The 400-square-meter farm of 4000 chicken is located on al-Karamah Street, east of the abovementioned neighbourhood. As a result, the farm was totally destroyed and the chicken died in addition to material damages in another adjacent 250-square-meter poultry farm belonging to the abovementioned civilian. Asa result, 1000 chicken died, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 19:20, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired 8 artillery shells towards an empty land, east of al-Shuja’iyah neighbourhood, east of Gaza, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired 4 artillery shells towards an empty land, east of al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, east of Gaza, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 19:30, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired 2 artillery shells towards a military site belonging to al-Qassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas Movement) in al-Rayes Mount area, east of al-Tuffah neighbourhood, east of al-Gaza. The shelling caused material damages in the site, but no casualties were reported.
  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired flare bombs in the east of al-Buraij and al-Maghazi in the central Gaza Strip while Israeli military jeeps redeployed along the abovementioned border fence.

 

  • At approximately 21:50, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, fired several flare bombs in the sky of al-Farahin area, east of ‘Abasan al-Kabirah, east of al-Qararah, amidst sporadic shooting, but no casualties were reported.

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (10) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: al-Burj, al-Thaheriyah and Beit Ummer villages in Hebron; Deir Istiya, Mashah, Eskaka and Marada villages in Salfit; Kafer Thuluth village, east of Qalqiliyah; Shaqbah and Deir Bzai’i villages, west of Ramallah.

 

Tuesday, 07 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 01:00, Israeli forces moved into al-‘Aroub refugee camp, north of Hebron. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Habib Rushdi (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:00, Israeli forces moved into Qabatiyah village, southeast of Jenin. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested 3 civilians namely Loai ‘Aref Zakarnah (190 Amin Mohammed Tawfiq Zakarnah (24) and Ezz Eden Mohammed ‘Alawnah (23).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Tulkarm and its camp. They raided and searched a number of houses after which they arrested Ahmed Abdullah Abu Salam (41) and his wife ‘Abeer Khalid Ahmed (37).

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Sa’ir village, east of Hebron, and stationed in al-‘Aroud area. They raided and searched a house belonging to Eslam Mohammed Shalaldah (23) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 02:30, Israeli forces moved into Kuber village, northwest of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Asil Walid al-Barghuthi (22) and Mohammed Ahmed Thiyab Rayan (21) and then arrested them.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Kafer Ne’mah village, west of Ramallah. They raided and searched a house belonging to Mohammed Nabil Abdu (19) and then arrested him.

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Jabaa’ village, south of Jenin. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested former prisoner Nazih Sa’ed Abu ‘Aoun (56).

 

  • At approximately 06:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, northwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • Around the same time, Israeli forces moved into Selwad village, northeast of Ramallah. They raided and searched 2 houses belonging to Bilal Abdul Rahim Mahmoud Hamed (19) and Jaber Mohammed Mahmoud Hamed (18) and then arrested them.

 

  • At approximately 08:00, Israeli gunboats stationed in the military watchtowers along the eastern borders of Beit Hanoun village in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area east of al-Bourah area. As a result, farmers, bird hunters and shepherds were forced to leave the  area for fear of their lives, but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 21:00, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire towards Palestinian agricultural lands, east of Gaza Valley (Joher al-Deek), east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (4) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Hablah village, south of Qalqiliyah; Sebastiyah village, northwest of Nablus; Birzeit village, north of Ramallah and Traqumiya village, west of Hebron.

 

Wednesday, 08 February 2017

 

  • At approximately 03:00, Israeli forces moved into Thanabah Suburb, east of Tulkarm. They raided and searched several houses and then arrested Mohanned Sofian Zaki Mater (32).

 

  • At approximately 08:45, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire towards Palestinian agricultural lands near sofa military site in al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip but no casualties were reported.

 

  • At approximately 10:00, Israeli forces accompanied with 4 military jeeps moved about 100 meters into the north of al-Zera’ah School, north of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. They leveled lands that were previously leveled before.

 

  • At approximately 16:30, Israeli forces moved into Shuwaikah suburb, north of Tulkarm. They raided and searched a car workshop on the Western Street and then arrested Abdul Salam Mustafa Badawi (40) while he was in the workshop.

 

  • At approximately 22:00, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, west of al-Sudaniyah area, west of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats sailing within 3 nautical miles and chased them. They also fired flare bombs in the area. As a result, the fishermen were forced to flee for fear of their lives, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

  • At approximately 22:15, Israeli forces stationed in the military watchtowers along the eastern borders of Beit Hanoun village, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at the border area, east of al-Bourah area, but neither casualties nor material damages were reported.

 

Note: During the aforementioned day, Israeli forces conducted (3) incursions in the following areas and no arrests were reported: Nablus, Beit Ummer and Sa’ir villages in Hebron.

 

  • Use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrations protesting settlement activities and the construction of the annexation wall

 

West Bank:

 

  • Following the Friday prayer on Friday, 03 February 2017, dozens of Palestinian civilians and Israeli and international human rights defenders organized demonstrations in Bil’in and Nil’in villages, west of Ramallah and al-Nabi Saleh, northwest of the city, and Kafer Qadoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, protesting against the annexation wall and settlement activities. Israeli forces forcibly dispersed the protests, firing live and metal bullets, tear gas canisters and sound bombs. They also chased the protesters into olive fields and between houses.  As a result, many of the protesters suffered tear gas inhalation while others sustained bruises as Israeli soldiers beat them up.

 

Gaza Strip:

 

  • At approximately 15:00 on Friday, 03 February 2017, around 30 Palestinian young men made their way to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and gathered on Um Hasaniyah Hill, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. They threw stones at the Israeli soldiers stationed along the abovementioned border fence behind sand barriers. The soldiers fired lived bullets at them in response. As a result, ‘Ali Nabil ‘Ali Weshah (17) from al-Maghazi sustained a live bullet wound to the abdomen. An ambulance of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) transferred him to Shuhadaa’ al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah as his injury was classified as moderate.

 

  1. Continued closure of the oPt

 

Israel continued to impose a tight closure on the oPt, imposing severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.

 

Gaza Strip

 

Israeli forces continuously tighten the closure of the Gaza Strip and close all commercial crossings, making the Karm Abu Salem crossing the sole commercial crossing of the Gaza Strip, although it is not suitable for commercial purposes in terms of its operational capacity and distance from markets.

 

Israeli forces have continued to apply the policy, which is aimed to tighten the closure on all commercial crossings, by imposing total control over the flow of imports and exports.

 

Israeli forces have continued to impose a total ban on the delivery of raw materials to the Gaza Strip, except for very limited items and quantities. The limited quantities of raw materials allowed into Gaza do not meet the minimal needs of the civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

 

Israeli forces also continued to impose an almost total ban on the Gaza Strip exports, including agricultural and industrial products, except for light-weighted products such as flowers, strawberries, and spices. However, they lately allowed the exportation of some vegetables such as cucumber and tomatoes, furniture and fish.

 

Israel has continued to close the Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing for the majority of Palestinian citizens from the Gaza Strip. Israel only allows the movement of a limited number of groups, with many hours of waiting in the majority of cases. Israel has continued to adopt a policy aimed at reducing the number of Palestinian patients allowed to move via the Beit Hanoun crossing to receive medical treatment in hospitals in Israel or in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Israel also continued applying the policy of making certain civilian traveling via the crossing interviewed by the Israeli intelligence service to be questioned, blackmailed or arrested

Donald Trump vs. Jackie Walker

January 30, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

The Guardian reports today that the White House has defended its omission of Jews and antisemitism from a statement remembering the Holocaust by saying that Donald Trump’s administration “took into account all of those who suffered”.

In practice the conservative ‘reactionary’ president has succeeded where ultra progressive Jackie Walker failed.  Walker was suspended from the Labour party a few months ago for pointing out that the Holocaust Memorial Day was not wide-ranging enough to include other genocides.

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day last Friday, the White House ‘failed’ to mention Jews, Judaism or antisemitism. The presidential statement, instead, universally referred to the suffering of all innocent people, a fact that upset many American Jewish leaders such as Jonathan Greenblatt,  the head of the Anti-Defamation League and Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Centre.  Both Goldstein and Greenblatt believe that the Holocaust is a jews-only territory and the holocaust memorial must promote the primacy of Jewish suffering. 

But for the rest of humanity, it seems, it has become clear that the Jewish State is at the root of a regional disaster. The rest of humanity is also becoming aware that it is the Jewish lobby and Zio-cons that are pushing for more and more global conflicts whether it is a war against Libya, Syria, Iran or Iraq. Those who follow my writings are aware of Israeli writer Sever Plocker, who admitted a few years ago on the Zionist outlet Ynet that “We (the Jews) mustn’t forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish.”  Plocker basically accepted that the Holodomor, the systematic starvation of Ukrainian peasants, was largely perpetrated  by a bunch of Jewish bolsheviks who were “Stalin’s willing executioners” (as Jewish historian Yuri Slezkine refers to them in his monumental The Jewish Century)

Jackie Walker was obviously spot on suggesting that the holocaust memorial day must address other people’s suffering. Walker is a Black woman, she would probably have liked to see the Holocaust memorial day commemorating the crimes of slavery.

Bizarrely enough, despite progressive Jackie Walker telling the truth,  she was expelled by her ‘progressive’ party yet it was the ‘reactionary’ Donald Trump who succeeded in making this day universal. This anomaly demands our attention, because it is far from being a coincidence. In the world in which we live, it is often the so-called ‘reactionaries’ who lead the push for universal thinking, while those who claim to be ‘progressives’ often subscribe to tribalism and the primacy of one people’s suffering.

israel “Kill Palestinians, they are fair game”

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When protesters are Jews, Israeli police talk with them, use no bullets, but when they are Palestinians, only bullets speak.

The Israeli writer exposes Israeli apartheid regime throughout revealing savage Israeli crimes against Palestinians and such crimes do not happen if the subject is an Israeli Jew.
When protesters are Jews, Israeli police talk with them, use no bullets, but when they are Palestinians, only bullets speak.

By Gideon Levy

The Israeli writer exposes Israeli apartheid regime throughout revealing savage Israeli crimes against Palestinians and such crimes do not happen if the subject is an Israeli Jew.


Palestinians and Israeli Arabs are fair game. They are fair game in the occupied territories and fair game in Israel. They are fair game because their blood is cheap. It is cheap in Umm al-Hiran and cheap at TulKarm checkpoint. It is cheap at construction sites and cheap at roadblocks.

When the people killed are Arabs, nobody cares. When a soldier is killed in an accident, it is front-page news. But when a Palestinian is killed while just waking up at home, nobody cares.

Not one of the people killed in the last few days would have been shot to death if he were not a Palestinian or a Bedouin. It is doubtful if any of them deserved to die. Was this wholesale killing designed to divert attention from another story, as has happened in Israel before and is customary in dark regimes? It is hard to tell. But it is easy to say with certainty: They are fair game.

They were fair game Wednesday in Al-Naqab. Behold, Zionism 2017 – destroying a community of Bedouin refugees in order to build a Jewish community in its place. That is the basic Zionist violence; nationalist and racist. Compare the case to the Amona outpost and you have perfect evidence of apartheid: negotiations and compensation for Jews, brutality for Arabs.

In no eviction of Jews would the police have fired that way. In Umm al-Hiran it is allowed. It is also allowed to wound Joint List leader Ayman Odeh [MP] because the police have been trained to think Arab Knesset members are traitors. That is what they heard from their public security minister, Gilad Erdan.

Yakub Abu al-Kiyan, a teacher, was shot to death in his car for allegedly ramming it into policemen on purpose. Immediately the authorities spread their lies about him. They said he was linked to the Islamic State and had four wives. (MK Ahmad Tibi says Abu al-Kiyan’s only wife has a PhD, while his brother is an inspector in the Education Ministry).

After that, how can anyone believe the police, who hastily claimed he deliberately ran over policemen? At least one witness, Kobi Snitz, told a website he saw the opposite.

First the police sprayed Abu al-Kiyan’s car with bullets, then he lost control. A video posted Wednesday also raises heavy suspicions about what happened. You get the impression the shooting preceded the ramming.

But so much over the past week preceded the events at Umm al-Hiran. In the Fara refugee camp, soldiers killed a man who had just woken up; 11 bullets from point-blank range in front of his mother; the soldiers say he tried to attack them. Mohammed al-Salahi was an only son who lived with his mother in a single room.

In the Palestinian town of Tuqu, the Border Police shot a 17-year-old, Qusai al-Amour, who had thrown stones – obvious revenge. They then dragged the dying youth on the ground like a sack of potatoes. His head was battered on the rocks as they did so, while the cameras filmed.

The next day, the cameras also documented the killing of Nadal Mahadawi, 44, at TulKarm checkpoint. The sight was horrific. He is seen standing quietly while the soldiers shoot for no apparent reason. When he tries to flee, in what appears to be a dash for his life, they kill him.

But no big deal, the “terrorist” was killed. That is how the media portrayed it. The dragging of the wounded youth at Tuqu and the execution at the checkpoint should shock anyone. Above all, they should shock all Israelis, because the perpetrators are their sons, their soldiers and their police. But the victims were Palestinians.

A straight line passes through Umm al-Hiran, Tuqu, Fara and Tul Karm – the line of dehumanisation guiding the soldiers and police. It begins with the incitement campaigns and ends with trigger-happy troops.

The roots are deep; they must be acknowledged. To most Israelis, all Arabs are the same and they are not human beings equal to us. They are not like us. They do not love their children or their lives the way we do. They were born to kill. There is no problem killing them. They are all enemies, suspicious objects, terrorists, murderers – their lives and deaths are cheap.

So kill them, because nothing bad will happen to you. Kill them, because it is the only way to treat them.

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