Sick in the head: ‘That will teach them’: israeli soldiers gloat & cheer as they shoot Palestinian protesters

‘That will teach them’: Israeli soldiers gloat & cheer as they shoot Palestinian protesters


Disturbing footage from the West Bank published by an Israeli human rights group shows IDF soldiers discussing how to improve land shots on unarmed Palestinian protesters and cheering as they hit them with rubber bullets.

The video shows three Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers standing on a road that leads to a Palestinian settlement and firing at a group of Palestinians, who gathered meters away. The soldiers are also seen routinely discussing the best ways to fire at people

“It is far, still too far. Wait for them to come nearer,” one soldier is heard telling the other when preparing to fire a shot. They also discourage each other from shooting from a longer distance, as it would apparently scare the protesters off.

“We need one good hit and that is it. That will teach them not to throw stones,” one soldier says at some point. The same soldier is heard saying in the video that the stones, which were apparently being thrown by the Palestinians, did not even reach the soldiers’ position. The men are also shown to be reacting with excitement after one of them apparently hits a protester with a rubber bullet.

Disturbingly, one of the soldiers then remarks: “One live bullet and the whole thing will be over,” to which the other one replies that they “do not need live fire.” The former then complains that one cannot effectively shoot a person with a rubber bullet.

According to the description of the video, which was published on YouTube by the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’Tselem), the incident took place in the Palestinian village of Madama, located to the south-east of the city of Nablus, in the West Bank on April 13.

The Israeli military placed a roadblock at the eastern entrance to the village. When the Palestinians attempted to remove the roadblock in a protest move, a total of 11 Israeli soldiers arrived. At some point, the Palestinians started hurling stones at the soldiers. It is, however, unclear if the soldiers started firing in response to the protesters’ actions or before the Palestinians began throwing stones.

A total of seven Palestinians were injured in the incident. Two of them were taken to a hospital in Nablus for medical treatment, while others were treated on the spot.

The video was published just days after a retired Israeli general defended the IDF practice of opening live fire on unarmed protesters in Gaza in a controversial interview. Zvika Fogel, the former chief of staff of IDF’s Southern Command, which controls the 65 kilometer (40 mile) border with Gaza, said that anyone who gets close to the border fence between Israel and Gaza automatically poses a potential security threat, and could thus be considered a legitimate target, even if it is a child.

Fogel also dismissed any criticism by calling the lives of the Palestinians, who, during the protests, were allegedly killed by accident, an unfortunate “price that we have to pay to preserve the safety and quality of life of the residents of the State of Israel.”

Earlier, a 15-year-old Gaza boy, Mohammed Ayoub, was killed by the IDF during protests in Gaza. A local cameraman, who captured the shot, Abdul Hakim Abu Riyash, told RT that the teenager was nowhere near the fence and was not carrying any sort of weapon.

Israel’s controversial practices have long provoked criticism from international organizations and human rights groups. In early April, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Israel to ensure that security forces do not use excessive force against Palestinian protesters. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International slammed what they called “calculated” killings and the use of deadly force against unarmed protesters, including children.


Portman and Corbyn

April 22, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon


By Gilad Atzmon

Last Thursday, The Genesis Prize announced it was cancelling its so-called “Jewish Nobel” prize ceremony in Israel in June because its 2018 recipient, Natalie Portman, said she would not take part in light of “recent events.”

The Jewish foundation said that Portman’s representative notified it that “recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel” and that “she cannot in good conscience move forward with the ceremony.”

According to the Forward Portman didn’t reject the prize itself, but said she could not “in good conscience” share a stage with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

So again, the Israelis are upset. Gilad Erdan, Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Minister of Information wrote to Portman to tell her that she had been hoodwinked by Hamas propaganda and invited the Jerusalem-born Hollywood star to come and see the truth.

“It is not surprising that you have seen the media reports which have distorted the truth and portrayed the recent riots on the Israel-Gaza border as peaceful demonstrations, and Israel’s response as disproportionate. It is in fact precisely this narrative which Hamas hoped to portray when it organised the riots. Unfortunately it appears that this Hamas-designed narrative has impacted your decision.”

Is Erdan, as it seems, admitting that Hamas has defeated him and his Hasbara ministry in the propaganda war?  I would like to correct Erdan, ’riots’ isn’t really the appropriate description of a mass protest by those incarcerated in the biggest open air prison known to man. Outside the Jewish ghetto it is seen as a ‘Liberation struggle.’

Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev lambasted Portman, saying she had “fallen into the hands” of the BDS campaign that aims to isolate the Jewish state.

Likud MK Oren Hazan demanded that Israel cancel Portman’s Israeli citizenship, and labelled her

“an Israeli Jewess who on the one hand makes cynical use of her origins in order to advance her career and who, on the other hand, prides herself on having avoided being drafted into the IDF.”

The take home message is simple and devastating. Tolerance and pluralism don’t seem to be the prime characteristics of Jewish politics. What we see instead is the expectation that the entire tribe adhere to a single ideology. It seems that Israel’s leading party does not accept that Portman is openly upset by the images of Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinian protesters as if they were sitting ducks.

Sadly, this form of authoritarian behaviour is not limited to Israel. Here in Britain the Jewish ‘so-called’ representative bodies exercise the same tyrannical tendencies.

Recently  we watched an  organised Jewish campaign against Labour leader  and life long anti racist, Jeremy Corbyn.  When Corbyn celebrated the Passover dinner with Jewdas, a radical progressive Jewish group, other British Jewish organisations reacted with the same intolerance.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio, Jonathan Arkush, the President of the BOD, a body that claims to ‘represent British Jews’  said: “What Jeremy Corbyn did last night was the very thing which we wrote to him about last week…stop giving credence to ultra-fringe groups that say anti-Semitic things, who are far from representative.” One would expect the BOD that claims to ‘represent Jews’ to represent all Jews including the so-called Jewish fringe.

The Jewish Labour Movement said Mr Corbyn’s attendance at the Jewdas Seder “topped off the worst week on record of awful relations between the Labour party and the Jewish community.” Apparently the Jewish Labour Movement also do not approve of the Jewish Fringe. Campaign Against anti-Semitism called Mr Corbyn’s meeting with Jewdas a “two-fingered salute against mainstream British Jewry”. I would remind the Campaign Against Antisemitsm that what is seen by some as a ‘two fingered salute’ is seen by others as a ‘V’ for victory.

I thank Natalie Portman, Jonathan Arkush, Gilad Erdan, the Jewish Labour Movement, Campaign Against Antisemitism and of course Jeremy Corbyn.  Together they provide a window into authoritarian tribalism. In fact it would be impossible to fully grasp the tragic continuum known as Jewish history without prospecting the Jewish present as it fully unveils itself.

If they want to burn it, you want to read it!

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UN’s Mideast Envoy Nickolay Mladenov Blasts israel Over Gaza Deaths: ‘Stop Shooting at Children



Jerusalem (CNN)UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov expressed anger over the killing of a teenage boy in Gaza on Friday during protests along the Israel-Gaza border.

Israeli forces killed Mohammed Ayyoub, 15, near Jabaliya in northern Gaza during demonstrations there, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
“It is OUTRAGEOUS to shoot at children! How does the killing of a child in Gaza today help peace?” Mladenov said on Twitter. “It doesn’t! It fuels anger and breeds more killing. Children must be protected from violence, not exposed to it, not killed! This tragic incident must be investigated,” Mladenov tweeted.
Ayyoub was among four Palestinians killed on Friday. Ahmad Abu Aqel, 25, and Ahmad al-Athamneh, 24, were shot and killed near Jabaliya. Saad Abd al-Majid Abd Aal, 29, was killed east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza.
In addition, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reports treating 729 people with injuries, of which, it says, 156 were the result of live ammunition fire.
In the statement, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said protesters had burned tires and flown kites — with what the statement described as burning items attached — over the border.
This is the fourth straight Friday that Palestinians have participated in the “March of Return” along the border fence with Israel.
They are calling for an end to Israel’s blockade of the territory and say they want to highlight their right to return to lands where their families once lived, in what is now Israel.
Since the protests began, thousands of Palestinians have been injured and 39 have been killed, according to a CNN count, based on figures from the Palestinian Health Ministry.
No Israelis have been killed or injured.
Israel says Hamas is playing a leading role in the protests. Early Friday, the IDF dropped leaflets over parts of Gaza, in which it accused the militant group of exploiting the protests to pursue its own interests.
The Israeli military has accused some demonstrators of trying to cut through the fence and enter Israel, and has warned that anyone who tries to do so will be shot.
In its statement, the IDF reiterated the military’s position that troops respond with riot dispersal means and fire in accordance with the rules of engagement.
Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, said earlier this month that the Israeli military’s responses were “unlawful violations of international law and international humanitarian law.”
The UN Security Council has repeatedly failed to pass a draft statement condemning the violence

New York Times Lies That #Hamas Has Been Firing Rockets at israel



New York Times Lies That Hamas Has Been Firing Rockets at Israel

The New York Times claims that, until the demonstrations began in Gaza last month, Hamas had been firing “a fairly steady tempo” of rockets at Israel. In fact, it had been firing none.

On March 30, fourteen peaceful demonstrators were killed and hundreds wounded when Israeli soldiers fired across the border fence at unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.

The day of the crime, New York Times reported that, although the protests were “billed as the start of a peaceful, six-week sit-in”, Palestinian protesters had “quickly turned violent”. The Times added, “But as some began hurling stones, tossing Molotov cocktails and rolling burning tires at the fence, the Israelis responded with tear gas and gunfire.”

Three days later, the editorial board of the Times acknowledged that the claim that Palestinians were “hurling stones, tossing Molotov cocktails and rolling burning tires at the fence” was the “Israeli version of events”.

In other words, the Times tacitly acknowledged that it had presented the Israeli propaganda version — in which the violence was instigated by the Palestinians — as though truthful.

By contrast, as Human Rights Watch noted, “the Israeli government presented no evidence that rock-throwing and other violence by some demonstrators seriously threatened Israeli soldiers across the border fence.”

Rather, “The high number of deaths and injuries was the foreseeable consequence of granting soldiers leeway to use lethal force outside of life-threatening situations in violation of international norms, coupled with the longstanding culture of impunity within the Israeli army for serious abuses.”

The Times hasn’t been faring any better with its reporting on Gaza since. In fact, it gets worse.

In an article published as “News Analysis” on April 15, David M. Halbfinger wrote in the Times about Hamas’s attitude toward such non-violent resistance. Under the headline “Hamas Sees Gaza Protests as Peaceful — and as a ‘Deadly Weapon’“, he characterizes Hamas as presenting a mixed message, supporting peaceful protests while routinely engaging in violence. He writes:

To its rockets Israel had responded with the Iron Dome antimissile system. To its tunnels Israel was answering with a $2 billion reinforced-concrete wall buried deep underground. And on Sunday, Israel said it had uncovered and destroyed the longest operational tunnel yet from Gaza.

It was no surprise, then, that after a grass-roots idea for a peaceful, long-lasting protest along the Gaza fence started gaining widespread support, Hamas brought a halt to what had been a fairly steady tempo of rocket launches into Israel and threw its considerable organizational might behind the demonstrations.

That is a lie.

Hamas had not been routinely launching rockets into Israel until the protests began.

Hamas had not been firing rockets into Israel at all.

Not in the days prior. Not in the weeks prior. Not in the months prior. Not even in the years prior.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), 25 rockets fired from Gaza struck Israel in 2015, and 15 rockets in 2016. The IDF itself identified none of those rockets as having been fired by Hamas.

In 2017, according to the IDF, 35 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from Gaza. Most of them, about 30, had been fired in the very last month of the year, after US President Donald Trump on December 6 said Jerusalem was Israel’s capital (even though East Jerusalem is under international law “occupied Palestinian territory”, and for the US to move its embassy there would be illegal). About half of them landed inside Gaza.

The IDF also acknowledged that these rockets were not being fired by Hamas. Rather, as the Israeli daily Haaretz reported, the IDF attributed the attacks to “the desire by Islamic Jihad and other Salafi organizations to thwart the planned reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas”, as well as Islamic Jihad’s “desire to avenge Israels destruction of a cross-border attack tunnel in October that killed 12 of the organizations operatives.”

See, Hamas has actually long been trying to suppress the very rocket attacks the New York Times would have you believe it was responsible for routinely until the Gaza protests. Hamas and the Salafi groups firing these rockets are actually at odds with each other. Of course, Israel holds Hamas responsible for any rocket attacks — even though it knows that Hamas isn’t the one doing it. This has been the situation for quite a long time. Every serious observer knows this. Halbfinger is the Times‘ Jerusalem Bureau Chief. He cannot not know this.

Data for this year isn’t so easily obtained. But according to the list compiled at Wikipedia, there were six rockets fired in January and five or more in February. According to the list compiled by the Jewish Virtual Library, there were four rockets in January and one in February.

Pointing out the low number of rocket attacks is not to trivialize their seriousness. Indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israeli civilian population centers are a war crime. The point is that the Times‘ claim that there had been “a fairly steady tempo” of rocket attacks until the Gaza protests started last month is at best misleading. And the Times‘ insinuation that rockets that have been fired were fired by Hamas is also maliciously false.

Compare the Times‘ claim with the acknowledgment from Michael Kaplow writing last week in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle that “Hamas has not fired a rocket in 14 months”.

I would challenge Kaplow even to support his implication that Hamas fourteen months ago was responsible for firing rockets at Israel; but regardless, it puts the lie to the Times claim that Hamas had been steadily raining down rockets on Israel until the demonstrations began last month.

The falseness of the Times‘ claim also goes to the broader propaganda purpose of the article. What the Times won’t tell you is that, actually, it is Israel that has routinely violated its ceasefire agreements with Hamas — including the ceasefires in place prior to its major operations “Cast Lead” (2008-2009), “Pillar of Defense” (2012), and “Protective Edge” (2014).

Hamas has also since 2005 expressed its acceptance of a Palestinian state alongside Israel within the 1949 armistice lines (a.k.a. the 1967 lines or “Green Line”).

And there is a great deal more about Hamas, and the Israel-Palestine conflict in general, that the Times does not disclose to its readers. This kind of information isn’t reported — and lies like the above are reported — because the media fulfill the self-designated purpose of manufacturing consent for the US policy of supporting Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians.

For more information about the reality of the situation as compared with how the New York Times and other mainstream media sources characterize it, read my book Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian ConflictIf you want to learn what to expect inside its pages, you can read the entire first chapter, “The Rise of Hamas in Gaza”, for free.

This article was originally published at on April 19, 2018.

Apartheid is the REAL anti-Semitism

Palestinians file complaint to UN over Israel violation of anti-racism convention

MEMO | April 23, 2018

Palestinians have filed a complaint to the UN against Israel for numerous violations including breaches of its obligations under international anti-racism treaty.

The move, which is likely to trigger a lengthy and high-profile investigation by world bodies monitoring racism and discrimination, was handed to the UN by the Palestinian ambassador to the international organisation, Ibrahim Khraishi, to the body that monitors the implementation of the UN convention against racism.

In the 350 page document seen by the Guardian, which accuses Israel of establishing an apartheid regime, Palestinians say that Israel is implementing policies that have “the common aim of displacing and replacing the Palestinian people for the purpose of maintaining a colonial occupation”.

Palestinians list a number of Israeli violations in the occupied territories and accuse Israel of seeking to maintain “a Jewish demographic majority in the entirety of historic Palestine”.

“Not only is the purpose of the settlement regime discriminatory in itself, it is further maintained by a system of discriminatory measures, severely depriving Palestinians of their fundamental rights,” the report says.

The complaint sent to the UN is over violations of the 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Israel has ratified the convention and Palestinians, who were granted UN observer status in 2014, filed the complaint which is believed to be the first interstate complaint filed under the treaty.

The convention is monitored by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a body of 18 independent experts that is now tasked with assessing the complaint. Israel will now be required to submit written explanations within three months, including any remedies it has taken. The committee could then move to investigate the claims.

According to Ammar Hijazi, from the Palestinian ministry of foreign affairs, the complaint “does not reach the level of a court order.” Hijazi added that the finding that Israel had breached the treaty would oblige other signatories to the convention, which include the US, to “ensure that such practices are not continued”, reported the Guardian.

In their list of complaints Palestinians say that they are severely limited in their freedom of movement compared to Israeli settlers and are subject to “confiscation and seizure” of their land, including home demolitions.

In addition to the violations relating to the right to equal treatment under the law, Palestinians claim that Israel is in breach of article 3 of the convention, which prohibits racial segregation and apartheid. “It is clear that Israel’s acts are part of a widespread and oppressive regime that is institutionalised and systematic; that accords separate and unequal treatment to Palestinians,” the summary says, calling for the dismantling of all existing Israeli settlements.

Watch the World’s Youngest Reporter from Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine!

Local Editor

23-04-2018 | 12:15
Watch below a video for another young Palestinian heroine from the hometown of young detained teen Ahed Tamimi, Jana Jihad, who reports what is taking place as she confronts “Israeli” occupation soldiers, live in front of a camera:

Source: Al-Ahed

Sharp rise in attacks on Palestinians by Jewish extremists (terrorists) in West Bank

Sharp Rise in Attacks on Palestinians by Jewish Extremists in West Bank

Number of alleged West Bank hate crimes in 2018 has already exceeded the total number in 2017, with attacks centered around the Nablus area

Amos Harel

There has been a sharp increase in the number of attacks by Jewish extremists against Palestinians in the West Bank this year, according to data from the Shin Bet security service.

Attacks on Palestinians or their property has rocketed, primarily in the Nablus area, with the number of such incidents already exceeding the total number for all of 2017.

In one incident earlier this month, a mosque was set ablaze in the village of Aqraba – the first incident of its type in nearly three years.

Since the beginning of 2018, there have been 13 alleged hate crimes (or “price tag” revenge attacks) against Palestinians, involving the spray-painting of graffiti and the puncturing of vehicle tires, and two incidents that were deemed attempted terror attacks – including the arson incident.

In the previous 12 months, there were eight suspected hate crime attacks and five terror attacks directed at Palestinians.

Jewish terrorism against Palestinians reached its peak in the years 2014 and 2015: Three members of the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Duma, near Nablus, died after a firebomb was thrown at their home in July 2015. Two indictments were filed against young Israelis from the northern West Bank following the attack. And in a wave of arrests that followed, dozens of Jewish extremists were issued with restraining (or administrative) orders. Some were also detained under regular arrest warrants.

An investigation by the Shin Bet and Israel Police at the time unmasked those responsible for acts of arson against churches and mosques. It also led them to Meir Ettinger, whom the Shin Bet alleged was responsible for a plan to lead a Jewish “revolt.”

The grandson of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, Ettinger was one of the ideologues who developed ideas that were embraced by a group of young Israelis, mostly identified with the so-called Hilltop Youth in the northern West Bank. At the time, the Shin Bet alleged that Ettinger intended to set up a state to be run in accordance with Jewish religious law, through a deliberate effort to worsen relations between Jews and Palestinians, and by undermining the country’s stability.

The number of attempts to attack Palestinians and damage property fell substantially following that wave of arrests and after the indictments in the Duma case and the arson cases. Another contributory factor was Ettinger being removed from the scene as a result of the nearly two years he spent in administrative detention.

Since Ettinger’s release, there have been no reports of his involvement, or that of his close associates, in any acts of violence. It is possible the leadership of those committing such acts has shifted to younger activists.

Israeli security officials have said past experience shows that a series of incidents involving vandalism of property quickly deteriorates into more serious cases of arson at houses of worship, and even attempts on individuals’ lives.

Israeli army officials are concerned that a continuation of the attacks on Palestinians would stir up the situation on the ground during a period that is already sensitive, given the planned move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and the Palestinians’ 70th Nakba Day in mid-May.

Those suspected of committing the most recent acts are mainly extremists from Samaria, including some juveniles.

Last week, there was an incident in which stones were thrown at a group of Israeli soldiers that came to evict youngsters from the illegal outpost of Rosh Yosef, near the settlement of Itamar. The soldiers fired into the air to disperse the youngsters.

Following the incident, notices were posted accusing the group’s commander by name of “firing at Jews.” Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot issued statements condemning the notices. The Israel Police also took the exceptional step of briefly arresting four individuals who were suspected of posting the notices, even though it is difficult to see how printing and posting the notices could constitute a crime.

The very fact the incident at the outpost took place, along with the distribution of the notices, is evidence of the current atmosphere on such outposts toward Israeli authorities. It appears it is also being influenced by two terror attacks in recent months in which settlers were murdered by Palestinians. In one of them, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a resident of the Havat Gilad outpost, was murdered in a drive-by shooting by a terror cell near the outpost. Several weeks later, Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal, a resident of Har Bracha, was stabbed to death in the northern West Bank.

As part of an effort to combat the renewed increase in violence by the Jewish extremists, the Shin Bet has recommended that the issuance of restraining orders and arrest warrants be resumed against the main suspects. Shin Bet officials have argued that the effectiveness of the orders has proven itself in the past in preventing acts of violence. It has also been argued that issuing the orders is done as a last resort, following verbal warnings to the suspects and members of their families.

A large percentage of those involved in such acts are juveniles, and judicial action against them is therefore taken in coordination with the educational system and social welfare authorities. A few of the recent attacks on Palestinian property have involved the spray-painting of graffiti critical of the restraining orders.

This year, 13 restraining orders have been issued along with 23 indictments in connection with violent acts by Jewish extremists.

Defense officials have gotten the impression that the recent string of incidents has again turned the settlement of Yitzhar, west of Nablus, into a refuge of sorts for violent extremists – some of whom have even hidden there despite having restraining orders to leave the area.

Many of the latest incidents originated with activists residing in Yitzhar. Among them was a violent attack on a shepherd and the slaughter of sheep from his flock. Stones were thrown at security forces who entered Yitzhar, with one policeman being injured when stones were thrown at him. An Arab bus driver who entered the settlement was assaulted and attacked with pepper spray, while olive trees belonging to residents of nearby Palestinian villages were destroyed.

The young extremists remain in the settlement without adult supervision, and some engage in reckless driving despite not possessing drivers’ licenses. Students from the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar have also allegedly been involved in some incidents. The president of the yeshiva, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh – who currently lives in Kfar Habad, near Ben-Gurion Airport – has for many years been one of the most influential figures in far-right circles.

“The far-right activists’ violent settlement and the recent serious events are evidence of the high potential for violence,” an Israeli security source told Haaretz. “There is concern that this trend will deteriorate into harming human life. If the activity in Samaria is not reined in, there is no doubt the deterioration will come from Yitzhar.”

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