We Can’t Forgive Israel for Downing the IL-20 and Killing Russians, by Ruslan Ostashko

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September 20, 2018

Translated by Scott Humor and captioned by Leo.

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The reckless audacity of Israel’s behavior in the Middle East, sooner or later had to lead to tragic consequences. And they finally came: from the provocation of Israel’s Air Force, a Syrian missile hit our Il-20 recon aircraft, killing fifteen Russians.

Do you remember the story with Gilad Shalit? He was a corporal of the Israel Defense Forces who on 25 June 2006, was captured by Hamas. To save their own soldier, the IDF started a military operation called “Summer Rains.” After the operation and other efforts did not succeed, after 5 years and 4 months, Israel exchanged Shalit for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners.

So this is to the question of how the state of Israel values lives of its soldiers. Now let’s return to the current events and the words of the Minster of Defense Sergei Shoigu about the actions of Israel, that caused deaths of fifteen our military servicemen.

“The blame for the downing of the Russian plane and the deaths of its crew members lies completely on the Israeli side,” Minister Shoigu said.

“The command center of the Russian troops were only informed with 1 minute left before the airstrikes by the Israeli F-16s began,” he mentioned.

“The actions of the Israeli military were not in keeping with the spirit of the Russian-Israeli partnership, so we reserve the right to respond.” – Minister Shoigu emphasized.

A question arises, if Israel has repeatedly been warned about the danger of such actions, and we have air defense systems in Syria, then why the hell did they not open fire on those who are a threat to Russian aircraft?

No, I understand international relations, a special partnership, and so on, but what kind of partnership is this, in which one side does what it wants, and then puts the other under attack? Do we need such a partnership?

I think you read how the head of Russia reacted to the incident.

“Regarding the response, they will be primarily aimed at additional security for our servicemen and our facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic, which will be such steps that everyone will notice,” Putin said.

It is very sad that our country does not undertake “steps that are noticed by everyone” before any tragedy occurred, but after the fact. Yes, Turkey didn’t just pay with sanctions on its tomatoes for shooting down our fighter jet, Turkey experienced economic pain and decided to be our partner. But, Israel has already been in our corner. At least we used to think that Israel is in our corner. Netanyahu attended the Victory Day parade in Moscow. May 9th in Israel is considered a holiday, and so forth. And now what? Are we going to forgive Israel, who fights for the life of every IDF soldier, for the loss of our fifteen compatriots?

I consider that it would be a demonstration of a weakness. And the weak are attacked. I think that we should take down any of Israel’s military jet, that threatens us even with 1% of probability of the attack. After the first their fighter jet is shot down, we will be faced with their screaming and barking, but what will Tel Aviv do? Declare war on Moscow? It’s ridiculous.

Tel-Aviv either will be trying again and again, or may continue attacks until our next downed plane, or it will give up their attacks immediately. Meaning they won’t be able to set us up again. You cannot let down the lives of Russians to anyone, especially – to such cleverly “partners”. When our people die in terrorists’ attacks, we strike them non-stop until they are destroyed. Enough fidgeting with the Israelis. Otherwise, a similar thing will 100% happen again.

Every Israeli fighter jet approaching dangerously close to our aircraft and bases in this region must be destroyed. The Israelis themselves act exactly this way. And they should inherit that.

P.S. An interview with the distinguished military pilot of Russia, Vladimir Popov, explains how the Israeli F-16 had been hiding literally under the wing of the Russia aircraft.

The Usual Tricks! Israeli Pilots Baited Syrian Missile By Hiding Under Wing of Russian Aircraft

Brotherhood Complicity in Israeli aggression on Gaza regime to impose new security arrangements


“Today we declare victory against the blockade through this historic visit,” he said. “We say thank you, Emir, thank you Qatar for this noble Arab stance … Hail to the blood of martyrs which brought us to this moment.”


This aggression came a few days after the declaration of the alliancebetween the “Hamas” Brotherhood and Qatar, the U.S. and Israeli front base in the region, which was crowned on “Nationial Day” by Qatari Emir  LANDMARK, and HISTORICAL visit to Gaza, who fled Gaza after his security found a gun in the Haniya’s headquarters.

 

It also came after Mursi, instead of easing the siege on Gaza, tightened his criminal siege by closure of the official crossings, and destroyed tunnels used to smuggle arms besides food and medicine in collaboration with USA experts equipped with devices able to detect tunnels fro above the ground.

Moreover, while following the events in Gaza, I noted that Israel tried to assasinate Dr. Mahmoud Al-zahar, who recently met Nasrallah and visited Tehran.

The Israeli military continued its aggression on the Gaza strip besieged by the Zionist Entity and Egyptian Brotherhood. Two days ago, the later brokered a cease-fire that stopped firing of rockets at Israeli cities and towns, as admitted by Hamas leaders yesterday.

In a press statement to Al-Jazeera, Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman blamed “Israel” for not abiding the understandings that have been reached through Egyptian mediation.

“The occupation has opened the gates of hell on itself,” said a statement from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which vowed its militants would “continue the path of resistance.”

The air, land and sea aggression has led to the martyrdom of nine citizens so far, injuring more than seventy, mostly civilians, including the military commander Ahmed Al-Jaabari, who was martyred by a missile from the drone.

The Israeli military sources said “that Jaabari’s assassination will not be the last, and other leaders are on the list of assassinations.”
 
Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence service has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it had killed Jaabari because of his decade-long anti-Israel activities.

Martyre Ahmed Jabari (third from left) before handing over Shalit to the Egyptian side. According to Zionist TV: Jabari was planning for capturing Israeli soldiers

Israel gave al-Jaabari the title “Chief of Staff of the Hamas movement,” and says that it is him who planed and supervised the implementation of capturing Gilad Shalit,al-Jaabari has appeared Jabari days delivery Shalit to the Egyptian side. 
In a later development Israeli television reported that the resistance in Gaza was able to hit Israeli warship with a Korneet” anti-tankmissile which led to the killing of an Israeli soldier and wounding three others.

Feeling cornered by the Israeli strike, and Hamas calling the Egyptians to take the street, Egypt Brotherhood, FJP, demanded Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi Mubarak to reconsider the Egyptian-Israeli relations, and to review all ties with Israel, adding that the Israeli attacks require “swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres.” So, the American Brother’s regime announced the withdrawal of its Ambassador from and called for an urgent meeting of the Security Council.

“The Israelis must understand that we do not accept this aggression, which could lead to instability in the region,”  Mursi said in televised remarks. “Shortly before dawn, I called President Obama and we discussed the need to put an end to this aggression and to ensure it does not happen again,” he said.

“We discussed ways to promote calm and to stop these acts… and to achieve peace and security.”

“I explained Egypt’s role, Egypt’s position, that we have relations with the United States and the world, but at the same time we totally reject this aggression.”

This move was interpreted by observers as a familiar “Dirty Media Game”, to cover brotherhood’s secret plans to impose new security arrangements on Gaza to stop the flow of Iranians and Hezbollah arms to the Non-Hamas resistance factions in Gaza, such as Islamic Jihad and PFLP and others, given that these factions are the resistance in Gaza, after the involvement Hamas Merchants of Venice (GUN), in the American /Arab /Brotherhood alliance.

Note that on ground Hamas has become Hamasan (Two), that Hamas in Gaza is at odds with its external wing represented by Mishaal and Abu Marzouk, and insisting on resistance priority over anything else as expressed by Hamas leaders visiting Iran and Hezbollah without the consent of Mishaal, The ungrateful “son” of Hamas and his group.

The “quality” of arms that appeared yesterday’s evening in the Gaza Strip in the hands of non-Hamas resistance brings to mind the Israeli media claims that Iran and Hezbollah stopped arming “Hamas” since Khalid Mishaal hired his gun for the destruction of resistance.

 According to a latest reports the Resistance Factions in Gaza were able to target the southern suburbs of Tel Aviv for the first time from Gaza by three long-range missiles, which prompted a hysterical Israelis response to the Gaza Strip. It is reported that explosions were heard in different parts of the Gaza Strip.

As usual, the Majic turns against the Magicians, both the Zionists and the International brotherhood’s magicians. The gate to hell is oppened, a Fajr 5 missele just hit TEL AVIV, leaving parts of it without electricity, 4 settlers are killed, 28 injured. Resistance misselss are not blind. Thanks to Ayyoub.

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Israel Attacks Gaza, Kills Hamas Leader


 

Palestinians carry the body of Ahmed Al-Jabari, Hamas’s military mastermind, during his funeral in Gaza City, Nov. 15, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Ali Hassan)

By:Helmi Moussa. Translated from As-Safir (Lebanon)
 

Israel launched a shock and awe war against the Gaza Strip. As soon as it had succeeded in killing Ahmed al-Jabari in Gaza City, it immediately launched air raids on several Hamas and Islamic Jihad installations in the southern and northern parts of the Gaza Strip.

The initial strikes suggest that Israel is settling old scores with those who have humiliated it by capturing Gilad Shalit and holding him for years. On the other hand, the strikes were contrary to the belief that prevailed in the last two days, which held that Israel is hesitating about attacking Gaza for fear of falling into a trap.

Israel’s new aggression on Gaza had until yesterday evening caused the martyrdom of 10 Palestinians and the wounding of 60. Israel conducted air raids targeting a leading figure in the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades Ahmed al-Jabari, who was martyred. The assassination was followed by continuous airstrikes and artillery shelling on targets across the strip. Jabari’s assassination came in the wake of Israeli media reports saying that Israel is about to resume assassinating the leaders of the Palestinian resistance in Gaza. Jabari is Hamas’s highest-ranking official to be assassinated since the last Israeli war on Gaza in 2008-2009.

It should be noted that Jabari was on Israel’s wanted list. Israel says he was responsible for several military operations, including the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006. Shalit was released five years later as part of a large prisoner exchange deal.

The Israeli bombing raids also killed nine Palestinians and injured more than 60. According to medical sources, among the nine martyrs were three resistance fighters and two children.
Some think that the reason why Israel targeted Jabari and others in Khan Younis and Rafah in the initial strikes was to send a message saying: Israel is ready to escalate, even to the point of war.

As they did at the start of the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Israeli media referred to the subsequent strikes as “preemptive strikes” on caches of long-range missiles. Apparently, Israel wants to send a message that the Palestinians will not be able to establish a status quo of mutual deterrence.
Haaretz’s military analyst said that the mere fact that the operation was given a name (Pillar of Defense) indicates that the Israeli escalation is not a limited operation, and that this is just the beginning.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak were doing what could be only described as a major propaganda campaign. They signaled that they wanted calm and that Israel will cease fire if the attacks from Gaza stop. After the Palestinian factions announced a truce, Netanyahu and Barak arrived at the headquarters of the northern front in Safed. This gave the impression that their attention was on the Golan Heights and Lebanon, not Gaza. Then suddenly, Israel started hitting Gaza. Netanyahu and Barak want to promote the idea that Jabari is Israel’s Osama bin Laden.

When the Palestinians reacted by firing rockets, the air and sea became filled with Israeli planes, vessels and gunboats, which started intensively shelling several areas in a clear show of force. Israel wants to intimidate its enemies to restore its deterrent capability, which it had lost in the last few months. That was the objective of the news conference by Netanyahu and Barak.

Israeli media said that the targeting of Jabari was a joint operation by the General Security Service (Shabak) and the Israeli army. Israeli media said that the assassination was the starting signal for a series of air raids across the Gaza Strip to destroy caches of long-range missiles.

Israeli media noted that the operation’s leader, Chief of Staff Gen. Benny Gantz, has called it “Pillar of Defense.” Israeli military leaders were quoted as saying that other senior Palestinian resistance leaders in Gaza are on the target list. The head of the Shin Bet, Yoram Cohen, is overseeing the intelligence side of the operation.

The security cabinet is scheduled to meet this morning to determine the next steps following the expected Palestinian response.

A spokesman for the Israeli army said that Israeli citizens should follow the instructions of the Home Front Command, pointing out that the situation “may last for days.” He said that the Israeli army is “ready for confrontation” and that “a ground operation is on the agenda.” Military circles reported that several Israeli army brigades have gathered around the Gaza Strip in preparation for a ground invasion. But such a move is not likely despite the military’s demands. One of the lessons learned from the Second Lebanon War and the Cast Lead operation in Gaza was that a ground invasion should be done quickly to shorten the duration of the war. And since the Israeli general elections are near, nobody in Israel wants the war to drag on.

The Israeli spokesman said that the initial airstrikes destroyed about 20 underground sites designed for launching medium-range missiles by Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The preoccupation now is about the Iranian Fajr rockets, which have a range of 75 kilometers and can thus reach Tel Aviv. The spokesman acknowledged that Israel does not yet know if it succeeded in eliminating that threat.
The Palestinian resistance pledged to respond to the Israeli aggression. The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, said in a statement, “The occupation has opened on itself the gates of hell,” and Islamic Jihad warned that “Israel has declared war on the Gaza Strip and will be held responsible for this escalation and its implications.”

Hamas declared a state of emergency in Gaza and evacuated all of its security centers. Islam Shahwan, the spokesman for the deposed government’s interior ministry, said, “We are working under fire to protect our people and support the resistance. … We have a full contingency plan, which we are applying.”

The Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip launched dozens of rockets toward Israeli towns bordering the Gaza Strip. The rockets, which were launched from throughout the Gaza Strip, caused a tremendous sound.

Illustrating the seriousness of the situation in Gaza, the Israeli shekel fell by more than 1% against the dollar, to its lowest level in two months. Normally, the Israeli market ignores Israeli-Palestinian violence. But traders said that investors fear that the Hamas rockets will have a greater range than before and will thus cause heavy damages in south Israel.

Media reports said that the Palestinian resistance targeted the towns of Beersheba, Ashkelon and Ashdod. There were also reports about the launching of two locally-made missiles toward Tel Aviv.
In Washington, a Pentagon spokesman said that the United States is “closely watching” the situation in the Gaza Strip. He added, “We support our Israeli partner’s right of self-defense against terrorism.”
Israeli President Shimon Peres briefed his US counterpart Barack Obama on the aggression against Gaza, especially the assassination of Jabari.

In Gaza, many are wondering the Egyptian reaction will be, especially after the rumor that Egypt warned Israel of the consequences of its aggression on Gaza and that it may lead to the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.

Some Palestinian circles think that Egypt must respond, especially after the Palestinian factions cooperated with Egyptian mediation efforts and declared a truce.

In the first Egyptian reaction to the aggression, presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said that President Mohammad Morsi summoned the Israeli ambassador in Cairo. After Egypt withdrew its ambassador in Tel Aviv, there was information that the Israeli ambassador left Egypt along with the embassy’s staff. But Reuters quoted an Israeli diplomatic source saying that the Israeli ambassador in Cairo has not been recalled yet and that the embassy is functioning normally.

A state of emergency was declared in several Israeli departments and ministries.

Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmed Ben Helli said that the Arab League will hold an emergency meeting at the foreign ministers’ level to discuss the developments in the Gaza Strip.

Commenting on the Israeli aggression on Gaza, Hezbollah demanded that the Arab League, the main Arab states, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation “take responsibility for stopping the siege, the shelling, the killing, the destruction and the genocide against Gaza and its people.” Hezbollah condemned “the American position supporting the aggression.” Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah is expected to address the developments in Gaza during his Ashura speech today.

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Palestine’s Prisoners Day: In the Footsteps of Khader Adnan

Palestinian children take part in a rally in front of the Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City marking Palestinian Prisoners Day 17 April 2012. (Photo: REUTERS – Suhaib Salem)
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Khader Adnan was expected to return to his village of Arrabeh today after waging a 67-day hunger strike that led to Israel agreeing to release him on 17 April, by chance coinciding with the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day. However, at the time of publishing, Khader had still not been released and the Israeli Prison Service had not communicated with either his lawyer or family on his status.

When Khader Adnan is finally allowed to return to his home village of Arrabeh, just outside of Jenin, he will return to a resurged prisoners’ movement that he very well may have sparked.

Palestinian prisoners are reinstating their integral role in the national struggle, notably without the help – or interference – of political parties and leaders. Adnan’s solitary bravery and commitment restored a sense of agency and power to prisoners.

Without directives from political organizations, individual prisoners have been steadily enlisting in a battle against the policy of administrative detention by refusing their meals. The final outcome of this movement is still unknown, but its recession does not appear imminent. On the contrary, the prisoners’ movement is gaining momentum as today hundreds more launched an open-ended hunger strike.

Following the precedent of Khader, female prisoner Hana Shalabi began a hunger strike immediately upon her re-arrest on 16 February. She spent 43 days fasting before reaching an agreement with Israel that saw her exiled to Gaza for three years. After her there were more. Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh have fasted for 49 days, Omar abu Shalal for 45 days, and Hassan al-Safadi for 43.

 

In recognition of Khader’s impact on the strength of the prisoners’ movement, the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners Affairs held its annual Prisoners Day commemoration in Arrabeh yesterday evening.
While driving to the ceremony, Abdel Aal, the General Director of the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, received a phone call from a prisoner in Ofer jail, Muhammed Dawood Abu Ajaj. Abu Ajaj has been held in administrative detention for the last 20 months and had received notice that his incarceration was extended another four months.

He called Abdel Aal to announce that he too will go on hunger strike.

So, as of yesterday there were at least 11 prisoners fasting in protest of administrative detention, which allows Israel to hold prisoners indefinitely without charge.

In a significant development today, coinciding with Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, over 1,200 prisoners – of the 4,610 currently held – began an open-ended hunger strike, thus broadening the struggle from administrative detention to a more general demand for rights that are denied to Palestinians in Israeli jails.

While the repercussions of Khader’s example are undeniable, some have argued that the seeds of this fertile movement may have been planted before last December’s arrest of Khader.

On 27 September 2011, prisoners affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine began a hunger strike to protest what was called the “Shalit laws.”

“These were not laws, but punitive measures that had been inflicted on Palestinians prisoners in retribution for Hamas holding Gilad Shalit,” a representative from Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner rights group, explains.

Small solidarity tents were quickly erected in West Bank cities. By October 6 Addameer approximated that about 400 prisoners had joined the strike.

But just as the strike was finding its stride, Israel announced the punitive measures would be reversed.
“The prison authorities told the strikers that soon there would be an ‘event’ that would change everything,” said Addameer.

The “event” was the prisoner exchange deal Hamas brokered with Israel wherein 1,027 Palestinians would be released in exchange for Gilad Shalit, the sole Israeli held by Palestinians.
 

Shalit was released, the prisoners ended their hunger strike, but the punitive measures did not end.
“Following the deal, the measures were altered but not reversed,” says Addameer. “The deal significantly overshadowed the hunger strike that was started in September.”

The large-scale strike that was launched today is a continuation of what prisoners began in September. But this time the strike will not be characterized by any one political faction.

In order to emphasize the unified nature of the strike, the prisoners are forming a committee with representatives from Hamas, Fatah, PFLP, and Islamic Jihad.

This committee will be responsible with setting and communicating their demands with the Israeli Prison Service (IPS).

The strike seeks to fully reverse all punitive measures that were taken in connection with Shalit, including arbitrarily denying or humiliating visitors to prisoners and humiliating and abusing prisoners during transfers.

Prisoners are also seeking an end to solitary confinement and the prohibition against residents of the Gaza Strip from visiting family members in prison. There are currently 456 Gazan prisoners who have been denied family visits since 2007.

Outside the prison walls, the national unity that prisoners are fostering is still limited to political rhetoric. With both Fatah and Hamas being accused of trying to manipulate the hunger strike for political gains, this enduring political rivalry threatens fissures within the prisoners’ movement as well. However, prisoners, no matter their party affiliation, are united by a common experience inside Israeli jails that may allow the movement to surmount looming divisions. 

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Noam Shalit: ‘Hamas has the right to capture Israeli soldiers’

Israeli Zionist hawks and their supporters around the world are very upset with the comments made by father of Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was captured five years ago by Palestinian freedom-fighters during a raid on a Jewish Army outpost. Shalit was released in a prisoner swap in October 2011.

Noam Shalit who is hoping to contest next Knesset elections for Opposition Labour Party is reported by British daily The Guardian (March 15, 2012) as saying “I will kidnap Israeli soldiers if I were a Palestinian“. Noam’s rant, though not based on facts – has provoked outrage among Israeli warmonger Zionist Jews and their partners-in-crimes in the US, Britain and France. The fact is, Jewish soldier Gilad Shalit was captured in a fight and was treated as ‘PoW’ by Hamas’ military wing.
Noam Shalit supported his statement by saying that in the past, Jewish terrorist groups Haganah and Irgun applied similar techniques against British soldiers in Palestine. “We also kidnapped British soldiers when we were fighting for our freedom“. Freedom from who, one wonders!

Gilad Shalit himself had irked the Israelis when in an interview before returning to Israel – he admitted that “he was treated well by his captors and hoped that his release will bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians“.

The Zionazi Jewish leaders are very allergic to historical facts. Not long ago, the current Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak had told daily Ha’aretz’s columnist, Gideon Levy: “If I were a Palestinian, I would have joined a (Resistance) terrorist organization“.

Speaking to a television interviewer from his family kitchen, Noam Shalit blasted Israeli government for not applying military or diplomatic muscles for the release of his son during his long captivity. He also said, as a Knesset member, he would be prepared to negotiate peace with Hamas – something the Zionist regime and its poodles in the US, UK, Germany, France, Australia and Canada refuse to do.
I am in favour of speaking to anyone who wants to talk to us,” he said. When asked whether he would negotiate with a Hamas government headed by his son’s kidnapper, he maintained: “If they change their ways and are willing to recognize Israelas a Jewish state, yes, I would shake his hand”.
Only when the Israeli pigs fly, Noam.

They want us to recognize the Israeli occupation and cease resistance but, as the representative of the Palestinian people and in the name of all the world’s freedom seekers, I am announcing from Azadi Square in Tehran that we will never recognize Israel. The resistance will continue until all Palestinian land, including al-Quds (Jerusalem), has been liberated and all the refugees have returned,” Ismail Haniyeh, democratically elected prime minister of Palestinian Territories, February 11, 2012.

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Israel Re-arrests Shalit-deal Palestinians, Hunger Strikes Start

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Hana ShalabiOver the past few weeks, the Zionist occupation regime has re-arrested five Palestinian prisoners that were freed from ‘Israeli’ jails in October and December last year under the so-called Swap Deal.

The deal was mediated by Egypt to free 1,027 Palestinian inmates in exchange for Hamas-captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Female Palestinian prisoner Hana al-Shalabi is one of the re-arrested detainees. She has reportedly gone on a hunger strike since her arrest, 12 days ago.

Jaber Weshah, the deputy director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, said on Sunday the Israeli move is a “violation of the norms of the exchange and I think this should be highlighted internationally and Israel should abide by the agreement.”
Palestinian in Israeli prisonAccording to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, before the release of the 1,027 prisoners, about 6,000 Palestinian detainees were held in Israeli prisons.

Islam Abdo, a Hamas official, called on Egypt to “oblige Israel to respect the agreement and release the prisoners and also improve the detention conditions of the other Palestinian prisoners.”

Hana Shalbi, 30, said she was subjected to an embarrassing body search by a male Israeli soldier upon being detained and was assaulted when she resisted.

Shalbi stated that prison authorities have put her in periodic solitary confinement as punishment for her hunger strike.

Swap deal 2011This is the second high-profile hunger strike by an arrested Palestinian in recent months. Khader Adman, a senior official in the Islamic Jihad, ended a 67-day fast last week after the Zionist occupation authorities agreed to release him from administrative detention on April 17.
Administrative detention involves imprisonment without trial for up to six months, and it can be extended if the courts approve.

Shalbi is a resident of the West Bank village of Burkin near Jenin. She previously served 25 months under administrative detention; her detentions was repeatedly renewed.

Other administrative detainees have announced their intention to refuse to appear in ‘Israeli’ military courts starting on March 1. They say the courts extend administrative detention even when lacking evidence of any involvement in terrorism by the suspects.

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Hamas at 24: Politics of Resistance in Changing Middle East

مهرجان انطلاقة حماس

Tens of thousands celebrate the 24rd anniversary of the Islamic movement Hamas in Gaza City 

By Ramzy Baroud

Ever since Hamas emerged victorious in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, myriad public opinion polls revealed that its popularity in the Occupied Territories was on a steady decline.
However, there are actually few indications that Hamas as a popular movement will be departing the Palestinian political landscape anytime soon.

Ongoing talks in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah officials, sometimes involving the Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas himself, indicate that Hamas’ imprint is likely to be felt in political institutions like the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in the near future. 

In the few weeks following the latest round of unity talks between Abbas and Hamas’ leader, Khalid Mesha’al, in Cairo, Hamas has outdone itself in commemorating its anniversary. The Gaza rally on December 14 was a stage for Hamas leaders to recount the achievements of their movement over the course of 24 years, including the number of rockets fired at Israel since 2000 (the year the Second Uprising began) in retaliation for the numerous Israeli attacks and incursions. Such recounting was meant to assert that the armed wing of Hamas — a small force armed with homemade rockets and smuggled light weapons — was a strong contender to the Israeli army.

But what Hamas truly represented to the estimated 350,000 Gazans at the rally was not any illusion that the movement could single-handedly defeat the Israeli army. What Hamas has offered since its inception in December 1987 is the idea that resistance is actually still an option.

مهرجان انطلاقة حماس

“We affirm that armed resistance is our strategic option and the only way to liberate our land, from the sea to the river,” said Esmail Haniyeh, Hamas’ Prime Minister. “God willing, Hamas will lead the people … to the uprising until we liberate Palestine, all of Palestine.” Haniyeh also asserted that Hamas “will not recognize Israel” (AP, December 14).

The mere listing of these objectives is meant to delineate that the movement’s program remains true to the original goals it declared 24 years ago. Since then, Hamas has morphed in both popularity and political import. It has proven itself to be resourceful and resilient against all sorts of pressures, including the Israeli assassinations of several top tiers of its founders and political and military leaders.

 

The recent prisoner swap, which saw the freedom of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one Israeli soldier, is a testimony to Hamas’ ability to claim hard-earned achievements in the most difficult of circumstances.

However, the movement, which managed to survive successive Israeli wars and an economic siege, is facing one of its greatest challenges yet: unity talks with Fatah, which has always dominated the PLO. It is a great challenge because the Fatah leadership has yet to truly depart from an old political mindset keen on repeating political mistakes predicated on political exclusivity and domination over other PLO factions, favoritism, and the ability to co-exist with the Israeli occupation.

Hamas is, of course, guilty of some of Fatah’s mistakes. However, it also managed to successfully present itself as the bulwark of mouqawama (resistance) in the imagination of a large segment of the Palestinian population.

Since 2006, Hamas has also been attempting to learn the tricks of international politics, while maintaining its emphasis of armed resistance. Hamas’ political outreach has been neither a resounding success, nor a total failure.

Meanwhile, Israel’s attempt to destroy Hamas in its Cast Lead war of 2008-09 was an astounding military disaster. Military power obviously has its limits, and eradicating popular movements using illegal white phosphorous against civilians is just a bad idea (not to mention a war crime by any serious reading of international law).

Israel is unlikely to learn from its grievous military adventures, but Hamas continues to learn from adversity. It is finding ways to circumvent the Israeli siege, and to channel money from various Arab countries to rebuild Gaza.

But how long can Hamas remain committed to armed resistance, maintain an unofficial ceasefire with Israel, respond to Israeli incursions and airstrikes, carry on with unity talks and reconciliation with Fatah, rebuild Gaza under siege and break out from its political seclusion, while also remaining committed to its old charter?

There are ample readings of Hamas’ position in the currently changing political landscape of the Middle East. Some commentators argue that the movement is suffering a political crisis due to the uprising and civil war under way in Syria. Others have predicted Hamas’ regional ascendency based on the current political reshuffling in Egypt and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Either way, Hamas will most likely find ways to adjust and survive — if not thrive — under any possible scenario. The challenge, however, is maintaining a balance that would allow Hamas’ incorporation into the PLO – which could facilitate the end of its political isolation and permit its leaders to appeal to millions of Palestinians as the vanguard of Palestinian resistance.

 

The difficulties in maintaining both positions are already becoming clear. Mesha’al told AFP recently that “every people has the right to fight against occupation in every way, with weapons or otherwise. But at the moment, we want to cooperate with the popular resistance … We believe in armed resistance but popular resistance is a program which is common to all the factions” (Time online, November 27). This logic alone is a considerable shift from Hamas’ old resistance manual, and is not exactly consistent with Haniyeh’s recent speech in Gaza.

Will Hamas manage to keep one foot in the Abbas camp, and another in its old resistance-based political program? Even for a robust and resourceful movement like Hamas, such a conundrum may prove too difficult to solve.

– Ramzy Baroud – www.ramzybaroud.net – is an internationally-syndicated columnist and the editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story. (This article was originally published in Gulf News – gulfnews.com)

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Second Phase of Swap Deal Completed: 550 Palestinian Prisoners Freed

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550 Palestinian prisoners were freed on Sunday, in the second stage of a deal between the Zionist entity and the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.

The majority of the freed prisoners returned to the West Bank, ruled by Fatah movement. The second stage of the deal included 41 prisoners returned to Gaza, two to east al-Quds (Jerusalem) two to Jordan and the remainder to the occupied West Bank.

Sunday’s release completes the Egyptian-brokered deal to exchange a total of 1,027 prisoners for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was captured by Hamas fighters in June 2006. Shalit returned home on October 18 when Israel freed the first batch of 477 prisoners.

Unlike the first stage, the second stage did not include anyone “with blood on their hands”. The October operation included hundreds of prisoners serving life for killing Zionists.


GREAT ACHIEVEMENT

For his part, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the movement welcomed the release of all prisoners, regardless of their political affiliation.

“We are proud of this great achievement,” he said.
He said Hamas leaders would welcome all returning prisoners, and offer them assistance with housing, employment and finding a spouse.



CLASHES BEFORE THE RELEASE

Hours before the release got underway, hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint. They were among the crowd gathered at Beitunia, southwest of Ramallah, anxiously awaiting their relatives who were being freed.
Tempers ran high and when youths began pushing the nearby security fence and throwing rocks, soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades, witnesses said.

Source: Agencies

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Zionist’s Gestures to Abbas to Compensate for Hamas Swap Deal

Because “The people want a new Shalit,” and to  The “plucked chicken” soaring into the sky. Zionists promised the puppet to free more prisoners. Good news for Mazin Mazin Qumsiyeh, who wants the puppet to act quickly and decisively to really promote popular unarmed resistance throughout Palestine.”
In case Israel fulfilled its Promise, I would say again: Thank you, hamas

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Gestures to Abbas to Compensate for Hamas Swap Deal

Local Editor
Israel is considering making a series of gestures to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, such as releasing more Palestinian prisoners, in order to reduce the damage caused to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas’s successful operation that caused the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners.

This initiative that was proposed by the Israel Defense Forces’ General Staff, was opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s advisers who considered that “PA President Mahmoud Abbas should be punished for his unilateral bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state,” Haaretz reported.

The Israeli daily quoted one of the advisors as saying: “We don’t want the Palestinian Authority to collapse… but if it happens, it won’t be the end of the world.”

“Next month, the IDF will give the government a list of the gestures it recommends, including releasing additional Palestinian prisoners and perhaps transferring additional parts of the West Bank to Palestinian security control. The army considers this necessary to help Abbas regain the upper hand in his ongoing battle with Hamas for control of the territories, since Israel’s intelligence agencies all concur that the Shalit deal, in which Hamas obtained the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for one kidnapped soldier, bolstered the Islamic organization at the PA’s expense,” Haaretz clarified.

It further quoted one Israeli official as saying that “Abbas thinks the deal was deliberately intended to strengthen Hamas and weaken him, in order to punish him for his UN bid.”

The second stage of the swap deal between Hamas and the Zionist entity will lead to the release of 550 more prisoners. According to Haaretz, most of them will be Fatah members, while the Israeli army is studying releasing more than 550 as “a gesture to Abbas in honor of Al-Adha holiday.”
IDF’s proposal also included putting areas in the West Bank under the Palestinians’ control.

“Another proposal is to transfer part of what is known as Area B – areas of the West Bank that, according to the Oslo Accords, are under Palestinian civilian control but Israeli security control – to Area A, which is under full Palestinian control,” Haaretz reported.

Source: Israeli Media

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Israel’s Gilad Shalit got off lightly

Considering a Palestinian kid throwing stones gets imprisonment and mashed testicles!

By Stuart Littlewood

24 October 2011

Stuart Littlewood views the hypocrisy of Western civic leaders who are falling over one another honouring Gilad Shalit for “sitting behind his armour plate picking out soft targets among the women and children packed into the Gaza Strip” while ignoring the vilest crimes committed by Israel against civilians, including children.

While the whole world, it seemed, was in ecstasy over the freeing of Gilad Shalit, I was amazed to discover that the Israeli tank-gunner had been made an honorary citizen of Rome, Paris, Baltimore, Miami, Pittsburgh and New Orleans.

Knowing what we know, that’s pretty sick stuff.

Europe’s and America’s hypocrites

Rome’s mayor, Gianni Alemanno, said that honouring Shalit in this way was “a gesture of high symbolic value, with which Rome chooses to salute the values of life, of solidarity and of respect for the human rights.” He added: “You cannot win using violence, kidnapping and ransom.”

Has he told that to the Israeli government?

And how on earth does Shalit embody the values of life and respect for human rights?

Has Mayor Alemanno any idea of the death and destruction a 105mm or 120mm tank round can inflict? Tank gunner Shalit was deployed on the Gaza border to implement Israel’s criminal policy and to terrorize the Gazan population into submission. Those tanks make frequent incursions into Gaza to shell civilian targets. When Shalit was captured in June 2006 the Israelis were already tightening their illegal blockade on Gaza.

“Shalit … was implicated in an appalling crime against humanity and he paid the price – not to the proper authority, the International Criminal Court … but to the victims of Israel’s military aggression.”

 Shalit, like his comrades, was implicated in an appalling crime against humanity and he paid the price – not to the proper authority, the International Criminal Court, which should have nailed his superiors long before now, but to the victims of Israel’s military aggression.
Paris City Council and its mayor voted unanimously to honour Shalit. And President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote to the tank-gunner: “It is time that those responsible for your detention make a decision and end your intolerable and outrageous imprisonment.”

Weren’t any of these civic dignitaries the slightest bit concerned about the thousands Palestinian prisoners rotting in Israeli jails, many without charge and many having been in captivity far longer than Shalit.

 Nael Barghouthi, a Palestinian, had been imprisoned by Israel for 33 years and was probably the longest serving political prisoner ever. His incarceration began on 4 April 1978. Wouldn’t the City Council of Paris like to make him an honorary citizen? What about the good councillors of Baltimore, Miami, Pittsburgh and New Orleans? Aren’t they fair-minded enough to honour Barghouti?

I doubt it, for the simple reason Barghouti was (shock-horror!) a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, forerunner of Hamas. And Hamas (shock-horror!) is listed as a terror organization. Obnoxious as Hamas is, isn’t the terror organization Shalit belongs to, the Israeli army of illegal occupation, far worse?

Hamas is branded a terrorist group only because it suits the purpose of a gang of Zionist psychopaths in the White House and in Whitehall. The definition of terrorism is set out in Executive Order 13224, Section 3, signed on 23 September 2001 by George W Bush. It’s an activity that:

(i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and
(ii) appears to be intended

(a) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(b) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(c) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping, or hostage-taking.

You have to laugh. The dummies are describing exactly what they themselves do.

Israel – world-class pioneer of terrorism

Another laugh is a “roll-call” of who introduced terrorism to the Middle East – Israel! Nevertheless these are the claims. Can anyone refute them? (Also, take a look at this video – ” Who were the first terrorists in the Middle East?

  • Bombs in cafes: first used by Zionists in Palestine on 17 March 1937 in Jaffa (actually grenades)
  • Bombs on buses: first used by Zionists in Palestine Aug. 20-September 1937
  • Drive-by shootings with automatic weapons: IZL and LHI in 1937-38 and 1947-48 (Benny Morris, Righteous Victims, page 681)
  • Bombs in market places: first used by Zionists on 6 July 1938 in Haifa. (delayed-action, electrically detonated)
  • Bombing of a passenger ship: first used by the Zionists in Haifa on 25 November 1940, killing over 200 of their own fellows
  • Bombing of hotels: first used by Zionists on 22 July 1946 against the British administration in the St David Hotel, Jerusalem (Menachem Begin went on to become prime minister of Israel).
  • Suitcase bombing: first used by Zionists on 1 October 1946 against the British embassy in Rome
  • Mining of ambulances: first used by Zionists on 31 October 1946 in Petah Tikvah
  • Car-bomb: first used by Zionists against the British near Jaffa, 5 December 1946
  • Letter bombs: first used by Zionists in June 1947 against members of the British government, 20 of them
  • Parcel Bomb: first used by Zionists against the British in London, 3 September 1947
  • Reprisal murder of hostages: first used by Zionists against the British in Netanya area on 29 July 1947
  • Truck-bombs: first used by Zionists on 4 January 1948 in the centre of Jaffa, killing 26
  • Aircraft hijacking: world-first by Israeli jets in December 1954 on a Syrian civilian airliner (random seizure of hostages to recover five spies) – 14 years before any Palestinian.

You reap what you sow.

The only form of violent terrorism not introduced into Palestine by the Zionists was suicide bombing, the desperate last resort of people fighting illegal occupation of their homeland.

Mashing testicles for stone-throwing

Those who confuse freedom-fighters with terrorists are given valuable advice in this extract from Mhara Costello’s splendidly powerful poem:

Show me the man who will not fight, to save his child, his home, his right!
You can call him what you like, you’re not in his sorry plight
Cowards stay and martyrs go, I know not where, but this I know
Speak your truth and stand your ground, fight your corner
When all around point the finger, purse the lips, pin the label “terrorist”!

Palestinian child stoning Israeli tank
Standing his ground against evil invaders like Shalit – if caught this youngster can expect imprisonment and mashed testicles
Photo: Musa Al-Shaer

So here’s a question for the great and the good in Rome, Paris, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and so forth: Don’t you think the lad in the photo standing his ground and throwing stones at the advancing invader shows a lot more guts than the Israeli tank gunner sitting behind his armour plate picking out soft targets among the women and children packed into the Gaza Strip?

Wouldn’t they like to honour that youngster instead?

I said in an earlier article that 8,000 Palestinians were still in Israeli jails. But the figure differs in every report I see. The Voice of Palestine says its 5,300, including 22 lawmakers and nine women. Twenty-two have spent more than 25 years behind bars, which puts Shalit’s piddling five years into sharper context.

Want to hear something that’s even more disgusting? According to figures released by the Israeli Prison Service and Defence of Children International-Palestine, at the end of September 2011 there were 164 Palestinian children (aged 12 to 17 years) detained by Israel, including 35 between the ages of 12 and 15 years.

Probably for throwing stones at their tanks.

By all accounts Shalit was returned in good condition. He can thank his lucky stars he wasn’t treated like the Israelis treated 15 years-old Benan Oudeh, whose testicles had to be amputated after he’d been badly tortured on suspicion of throwing stones at Israeli troops occupying his West Bank home town of Qalqilya in 1989. There are countless reports of how Israelis enjoy inflicting physical abuse such as sleep deprivation and suspending prisoners – even children – for long periods in agonizing positions; and countless complaints from victims who say they were severely beaten and deprived of food, water and medical treatment or access to bathrooms.

If the sentence for throwing stones at invading troops is imprisonment and mashed testicles, what should you get for firing tank shells at innocent civilians?
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Eye on The Enemy: Shalit Deal Verifies Hassan Nasrallah’s “Spider web” Theory

Shalit Deal Verifies Hassan Nasrallah’s “Spider web” Theory

Ron Ben-Yishai – Yedioth Ahronot

The deal that brought Gilad Shalit back home was internally and politically unavoidable and it is probably also reasonable in relation to the security risks it holds.

Nonetheless, in its essence and strategic meaning it was a capitulation. The capitulation of “Israel” to the extortion of a radical Islamic terrorist organization, which exposed the weak spot of the “Israeli” society, and struck with cruelty and firmness until it got all what it had asked for.


But “Israel” isn’t only capitulated. It also celebrated a humiliating festival the “IDF” gave a hand to organize.


Capitulation is not a bad word. Sometimes, it cannot be avoided in a drawn out war against a determined, fanatically-driven enemy. It is a humiliating act, yet it can be tolerated so long as it does not create an irreversible situation.


That is, as long as this act does not endanger our physical existence as a nation and as a people, and enables us to preserve our strength in preparation of the next round where there is a good chance to be victorious.


The Shalit deal is a capitulation of this kind, the tolerated kind, for the “IDF” and the Shin Bet have the tools to successfully deal with security ramifications, and because it helps us to preserve our strength. To be more exact – it boosts up the motivation of “IDF” soldiers and “Israeli” citizens as a whole, to fight and face the threats, while recognizing that mutual camaraderie is a meaningful expression in the “Israeli” society.


Mutual camaraderie, to who have forgotten, is not just a perception that a state and its citizens would do everything they can to free someone who is abducted. That is only one side of the story. The other side is that Shalit deal strengthened our internal recognition that in “Israel” every citizen counts. That’s why, both the state and citizens should carry this burden, and we’ll sacrifice our soul and body for their sake.


But this is the truth, it’s important to our future and so as it may be to our national might; it is only one part of the whole picture. A realistic estimate of what is expected must take into account the impact and outcomes of the deal on the other side. Not only on Hamas, but on all of “Israel’s” enemies, starting from Iran and Hizbullah to the most extreme Arab “Israelis”.


“Israel’s” Enemies: Kidnappings Come Off


Judging the reactions to the deal, it can be determined that it proved to our enemies that “Israeli” society knows how to endure losses, up to a point, but it cannot stand up to emotional and psychological dilemmas.


Not only abductions – any use of violence that “Israel” does not have a good military response for, causes weakness and hysteria in the “Israeli” society, thus it’s an effective procedure that will lead to tactical capitulation and perhaps even strategic one to the Jews and their state.


In fact, the Shalit deal provided a renewed Hassan Nasrallah’s “spider web” theory.


In his opinion, the “Israeli” society symbolizes a spider web, which is easy to disentangle through imposing emotional damage, while taking advantage of the
humanitarian values of Western society that force “Israel” to restrain its response – without directly confronting the IDF’s superior military power.


As far as he concerned, the “IDF’s” withdrawal from southern Lebanon is proof of this theory, and Hamas reached the same conclusions after the “Israeli” withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.


According to this theory, kidnappings almost come off, and should be continued, whether it was bodies of “Israelis” or living “Israelis”. This is proved by Hizbullah’s only achievement in the Second Lebanon War, which was the release of hundreds of prisoners – including the odious murderer Samir Kuntar -in return of two bodies.


Such deals, including the Tennenbaum one, verified for the masses in the Arab world that Islamists, whether Sunnis or Shiites, are genuine when they claim that “”Israel” only understands force”.


As such, it is obvious that the Shalit deal strengthens Hamas and the armed struggle it believes in, whereas it weakens Abou Mazen, who supports the non-violent struggle that aims to make “Israel” surrender through international pressure.


Hamas’ success forces Abo Mazen to bolster the reconciliation with Hamas. But even if the Hamas leadership in Gaza will lean towards some sort of arrangement with “Israel”, as some experts claim, the released prisoners will not allow it to moderate its stance, at least not soon.


Many of them enjoy great prestige and influence over the movement’s political leadership and its armed wing, and would do anything to outwit an arrangement with “Israel”. The Shalit deal, therefore, makes an “Israeli”-Palestinian agreement doubtful in the near future.


Nevertheless, there are some positive aspects to the deal from “Israel’s” viewpoint. The deal very much improved the relationship with Egypt. The success of the Egyptian mediation made it clear to the Supreme Military Council that the relationship with “Israel” is valuable and significant.


The agreement set by Egypt also allowed its military leadership to prove to the Egyptian and Arab masses that Cairo is capable of looking out for the Arab-Palestinian interest, and put “Israel” down if necessary.


The deal also enabled Egypt to prove to the US, Europe, and to moderate Arab states, that it is the curbing factor that knows how to defuse regional mines. All of this rebuilds and boosts Egypt’s prestige as a leader in the region, which also supports Egypt’s demand from the US and Arab leaders to provide it with needed economic and financial aid, necessary as oxygen is to breathe.


However, the deal also brought Egypt and Hamas closer. It is logic to assume that this firm bond would limit “Israel” actions against Hamas in the future.


Another positive aspect related to the deal’s conditions. The exile of scores of major vandals to Gaza or foreign countries not only minimizes the security threat they pose, it is also heavy punishment for the deportees.


Disconnecting from their families and their environment causes the released detainee psychological hardships, which not many can overcome. This Experience proves that many view exile as a kind of social isolation, which saddens and afflicts them for an extended period of time.


Another positive point associated to the government, or Netanyahu to be exact. Anyone who claimed that the “Israeli” prime minister is unable to be pragmatic and make painful concessions must admit he was wrong. Pay attention, Abo Mazen, the American administration and European leaders.


The red lines

It is now a must that “Israel” learns its lessons from the Shalit case. It can be assumed that the next kidnapping is already on its way and therefore these lessons must be carried out rapidly.


The main lesson is that “Israel”, in case of abduction, must immediately take action on three levels: first, establish a special intelligence task force which only mission is to deal with all the aspects of freeing the kidnapped citizen, starting with gathering intelligence info on his whereabouts, then develop operational options to free him, to support and consultations of negotiations.

This task force must immediately be operated by “IDF”, Shin Bet and Mossad personnel. For instance, if an “Israeli” is kidnapped overseas, the Mossad would be in control, while the “IDF” and Shin Bet would take the lead in other instances.

The second lesson is that the “IDF”, with the help of the intelligence systems, must carry out operations that would pressure the kidnappers. If the “IDF”, immediately after Shalit’s kidnapping, had entered Gaza and divided it up into three parts while announcing that the condition for leaving would be to free the kidnapped soldier – perhaps the negotiations with Hamas would have been easier and faster.


Instead, the “IDF” entered the Strip and carried out a series of useless operations, which eventually did not create any effect.


A targeted assassinations campaign would probably have resulted in a more desired outcome had it been properly planned, otherwise they wouldn’t have feared rocket barrages. These operations would not only help secure the kidnapped person’s release, it would also increase the prevention ahead of future abductions.


In addition to this, “Israel” must specify in advance its “red lines”, which the government won’t cross unless legislated. It needs to be stressed that these red lines must be realistic and take into account the precedents set in previous deals as well as “Israeli” society’s sensitivity to the lives of its people.


But they must be established after prolonged, meaningful public discussion, and full knowledge of the other side – any potential kidnappers and their controllers.

The fourth lesson is that “Israel” must stand behind its statements and threats. If the prime minister said after Shalit was released that the delinquents who return to their previous activity would be abolished, he, and those who follow him in office, must apply what they say.

If “Israel” takes decisive and practical steps to implement these lessons and proves it to the families of those who were kidnapped, the extensive media festivals that prolonged Shalit’s captivity and upped his price could be avoided in the future.


They would also make the disgraceful capitulation festival that we witnessed, extraneous, with the help of the PM’s bureau and the “IDF” wonders.


A capitulation deal should be accepted with restraint as one accepts a bitter outcome that is unavoidable. Only here (“Israel’s”) humiliation turns into a celebration, without considering how such a celebration is perceived on the other side and the damage it may cause.

Source: Hebrew newspapers, Translated by moqawama.org

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Prisoners Swap Deal in Israeli Eyes: Accord Strengthens Hamas

Local Editor

Israeli officials admitted on Sunday that the prisoners swap deal, secured between the Zionist entity and Hamas, was in favor of Hamas, voicing the “need” to set new rules for next deals.
Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said the deal had shifted the balance of power towards Hamas.

“The whole world understands that extremist Hamas has been strengthened”, she told public radio.

Livni added that “Israel is losing its military deterrence,” and that the next phase of the prisoner exchange, in which another 550 Palestinian prisoners are to be released, must be “coordinated with Abbas, rather than with Hamas.”

For his part, Israeli “Defense” Minister Ehud Barak said that Israel needed new rules for prisoners swap deals.

“I’m happy about the deal on the exchange for Gilad Shalit, but we must set new rules,” Barak told Israeli daily newspaper Israel Hayom.

Barak said it was important for Israel to draft rules that were in keeping with the policy adopted by other Western nations.
“A profound change is need… The new rules must take into account our national interests, and be closer to those adopted by various Western nations like that United States, Britain and Australia,” Barak said.

Hamas security men keep watch as a bus c

These declarations came just few days after the Zionist entity and Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, secured a deal in which the captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was released in exchange for Hundreds of Palestinian detainees.

Source: Israeli Media

“The people want a new Shalit,”

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The value of our "Terrorists"

FAD

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He looks like Dracula´s younger brother
who has just had a fresh hair-cut
(and his front-teeth removed)

One Israeli soldier is worth 1027 Terrorists.”
Which means that either the negative values of this one soldier
or the positive values…are equal to the values of all those 1027 Terrorists.

On the other hand ,or on the other side, of that equation,
our terrorists are:
one thousand times less criminal, than an average-Israeli-soldier,
or one thousand times less guilty
or one thousand times less harmful

Each equation has two sides
each comparison has two sides
each exchange must have also two (equal) sides

Indeed ,
to defend an oppressor is one thousand times worse than to defend the oppressed.

Do not think that for once, that the Israelis do not know how to count (after-all the Israelis are originaly Jews !!!!)

Sherlock Hommos
equationalist

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Spare a thought for the 8,000 Palestinian prisoners

Spare a thought for the 8,000 Palestinian prisoners


By Stuart Littlewood
20 October 2011

Stuart Littlewood highlights the hypocrisy of Britain’s Israeli stooges, foremost Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Select Committe Chairman James Arbuthnot who, while rejoicing over the release of Israeli prisoner Gilad Shalit, are happy to ignore the fate of 8,000 Palestinian prisoners languishing in Israeli prisons and Israel’s utter disregard for international humanitarian conventions.

I was once a national serviceman, drafted into the military by a barmy government. So I can’t deny that I’m pleased for Gilad Shalit and his parents. No teenage soldier, especially a conscript, should spend five years in anyone’s prison even if soldiering for the world’s vilest regime.

On the other hand, why is there such a torrent of sympathy for Shalit when the much-hyped thousand-for-one prisoner swop leaves 8,000 Palestinians still rotting in Israeli jails, some of them having languished in captivity far longer than our Israeli hero?

Life in Israel’s prisons

And for those 8,000 it’s no picnic. A United Nations Human Rights Council report (A/HRC/WG.6/3/ISR/3) of December 2008 highlighted some unpalatable truths about life in Israel’s prisons:

  • Use of coercive techniques to extract confessions
  • Use of confessional evidence obtained illegally to convict
  • Lack of effective mechanisms for investigating complaints of torture
  • Arrests and detentions are based on secret evidence to which neither the detainees nor their counsels have access
  • Neither the prisoner nor his/her lawyer has the right to see the evidence against them
  • Repeated extension of initial detention without evidence to justify it
  • Large numbers detained without charges or any trial procedures
  • “Administrative’”detention is grounded on “security reasons” and hearings are not open to the public.
  • “Administrative” detention is regularly used against Palestinian children
  • Seriously bad prison conditions including overcrowding, family visits denied, arbitrary transfers, torture and ill-treatment by Israeli security, soldiers and prison guards, deteriorating health conditions and increasing deaths in custody.
“The UN has laid bare the evil of Israel’s “snatch squads” that prey on innocent Palestinian men, women, children and students, and the regime’s cynical disregard for their wellbeing while in its clutches.”

Even when it’s a civil matter Palestinians are dealt with by Israeli military courts, which treat Palestinian children as adults as soon as they reach 16 – a flagrant violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These courts ignore international laws and conventions, so there’s simply no legal protection for individuals under Israeli military occupation.

As detention is often based on secret information, which neither the detainee nor his lawyer is allowed to see, it is impossible to mount a proper defence. And the security service always finds a bogus excuse to keep detainees locked up “in the greater interest of the security of Israel”. Although detainees have the right to review and appeal, they are unable to challenge the evidence and check facts because all information presented to the court is classified.

The UN has laid bare the evil of Israel’s “snatch squads” that prey on innocent Palestinian men, women, children and students, and the regime’s cynical disregard for their wellbeing while in its clutches.

It’s obvious that Israel still hasn’t emerged from the swamp, and probably never will.

Hypocrisy of Britain’s Zionist stooges laid bare

Commenting on the release of Sergeant Gilad Shalit, British Prime Minister David Cameron said:

I know that people across Britain will share in the joy and relief felt by Gilad Shalit and his family today. I can only imagine the heartache of the last five years, and I am full of admiration for the courage and fortitude which Sergeant Shalit and his family have shown through his long cruel and unjustified captivity. I congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu and everyone involved for bringing him home safely, and hope this prisoner exchange will bring peace a step closer.

Britain will continue to stand by Israel in defeating terrorism. We remain strongly committed to the cause of peace in the Middle East – with Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side in security. We will continue to work for direct negotiations to achieve that end.

Note that Cameron says nothing about the long, cruel and unjustified captivity of the thousands of Palestinians. And he badly needs re-educating on the subject of terrorism.

The parliamentary chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel, James Arbuthnot MP, said:

I congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu. Like every good prime minister he listened to what the people wanted and he made the tough decisions. He did the right thing. We must, however, not confuse this victory for humanity as a victory for Hamas. As Israel and the Palestinians continue to work towards peace and two states for two peoples it remains as clear as ever that Hamas cannot play a part in this process with their ideology intact. The UK must continue to ensure that the Quartet Principles are upheld and re-enforced.

No problems with Zionist ideology then, Sir James?

It hasn’t yet dawned on Arbuthnot that no self-respecting Palestinian wants any part of the discredited “process” he eagerly recommends. Besides being a devoted Israel flag-waver, he is, worryingly, chairman of our Defence Select Committee and, laughably, a member of the posh-sounding “Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation”, where one presumes he pleads Israel’s case for not signing.

The remarks of both men, rejoicing for Shalit while showing no concern whatever for the thousands still languishing in Israel’s jails, demonstrate a lack of humanity that’s quite obscene.

“How many innocent Palestinians did Shalit shred and how many homes did he blast? How much infrastructure (paid for by British taxpayers’ aid money) did he blow to smithereens?”

Apparently, 60 MPs and other parliamentarians, including Arbuthnot of course, were sufficiently befuddled to sign the following Conservative Friends of Israel petition:

Free Gilad Shalit petition
We the undersigned call for the immediate release of Corporal Gilad Shalit. On 25 June 2006, Shalit was abducted by Hamas militants in a premeditated cross-border terrorist attack inside Israel. Captured at the age of 19, the young solider has been held in isolation ever since and is neither permitted to send or receive messages from his family.

Shalit’s detention is a serious violation of international humanitarian laws governing the treatment of prisoners of war, as enshrined by the Third Geneva Convention. Throughout his captivity Shalit has been denied the most basic of rights. This cruel and inhumane treatment is a blatant and direct contravention of the Third Geneva Convention.
We insist that Hamas immediately release Gilad Shalit, and before it does so, afford him the right of communication with his family and unfettered access for the International Committee of the Red Cross to ensure his well-being.

I doubt if this made the Hamas resistance sit up and take notice. Many of their leaders, including Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud al-Zahar, have seen the inside of Israeli prisons and all their lives have been on the receiving end of non-stop mega-violations of international humanitarian law, as indeed has the entire Palestinian population.

Shalit, we’re told, was a tank gunner deployed on the Gaza border, a teenager playing with big boys’ lethal toys. Those tanks make frequent incursions into Gaza to shell civilian targets. How many innocent Palestinians did Shalit shred and how many homes did he blast? How much infrastructure (paid for by British taxpayers’ aid money) did he blow to smithereens?

How many notches on his big gun barrel? Or did he keep a bung in it?

Like the rest of Israel’s army of illegal occupation, his job was to terrorize the Palestinians in pursuit of the Zionist regime’s land-grabbing master plan.

Hard-core depravity

Last night I watched a TV interview in which the Israeli government’s propaganda chief, Mark Regev, called the Palestinian prisoners “hard-core killers”. Tell you what, Mr Regev, killing doesn’t come more hard-core than tanks, helicopter gunships, F-16s, armed drones and warships taking pot-shots at tightly packed civilians in the most crowded strip of land on earth. Or Israel’s vicious blitzkrieg called Operation Cast Lead. Or the murderous assault on the Mavi Marmara bringing desperately needed humanitarian aid to illegally blockaded Gaza.

The kill-rate is disgustingly hard-core – Israelis slaughtering Palestinians at the rate of 11 to 1 (over 14 to 1 when it comes to children) – according to B’Tselem’s statistics since the start of the second Intifada in 2000.

And it’s not just the dead. Israel’s Cast Lead Operation against the Gazans is reported to have left some 5,450 injured and maimed. It also destroyed or damaged 58,000 homes, 280 schools, 1,500 factories and water and sewage installations. And it used prohibited weapons like depleted uranium and white phosphorus shells. That’s hard-core depravity, Mr Regev.

And here’s something else. Young Gilad Shalit was born and brought up on Palestinian territory which Israel was never entitled to. The UN allocated it to the Arabs in the 1947 Partition Plan and it was stolen and ethnically cleansed by hard-core Jewish/Israeli terror squads in 1947-48.
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Freed Detainees Pledge to Continue Resistance

Sixteen Palestinian prisoners arrived in Damascus on Wednesday after being released on Tuesday as part of a swap deal in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Fifteen men and one woman, Amna Muna, walked down the steps of an aircraft at Damascus airport to be welcomed by Hamas officials. Muna, an activist from the West Bank, was jailed for life for being responsible for killing an Israeli in 2001.

Muna said the joy of leaving prison was tempered by a future living in exile. “I lived seven years in prison and today is a happy day but not completely because we are away from our home and we left prisoners who are suffering from the detention. Sure it is my second home (Syria) but there is nothing such as the land you were born and grew up in,” Muna said.
Under the terms of the deal, around 40 of those who had been jailed for involvement in deadly attacks were being deported abroad. Turkey confirmed it would take in around 10, while others were destined for Syria and Qatar.

Hundreds of Palestinians crossed Israel’s borders on Tuesday as the thousand-for-one prisoner swap brought joy to families.

“The resistance is increasing and there are steps for the future. The resistance will continue until the victory, God willing,” said one of the released men, Nimer Darwaze, according to Maan news agency.
“We dedicate the best greetings to the martyrs who were the reason in capturing the soldier. We send our greetings to the negotiators who succeeded and earned a lot. This is a great accomplishment,” another former prisoner, Motassim Mawdidi said.

He said the conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails were harsh. “The prisoners are suffering from the worst conditions in the occupation’s prisons. The occupation creates every day new ways to torture and humiliate the prisoners. But, thank God, the prisoners are strong and they will not give up.”
After the 477 freed on Tuesday, a further 550 Palestinians will be released soon.

Source: Agencies

16 Liberated Palestinian Prisoners Arrive in Damascus

20111019-085935.jpgDAMASCUS, (SANA)- Sixteen liberated Palestinian prisoners arrived on Wednesday in Damascus International Airport, on board a Syrian airplane.
The liberated prisoners deported to Syria include one Palestinian girl who had spent seven years in the Israeli jails.

477 prisoners were freed on Tuesday as part of a swap deal between the Israeli occupation government and the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
The deal included the release of 1027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was held captive by Hamas in 2006. The other 550 will be released within two months.
Freed prisoner Nimr Ibrahim Drouzeh told SANA that the swap deal proves that the resistance will continue until achieving victory, adding that some of the freed prisoners were jailed for 30 years.
For his part, Rabee Salamah Za’al said that “I chose to come to Syria because it supports the resistance… When I’m in Syria, I feel my return to Palestine is near.”
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Freed prisoner Ahmad Hanini, said “I’m proud to be in Syria because Syria is the throbbing heart of Arabism… Syria and Palestine are one country.”
Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) Ahmed Jibril pointed out to the importance of this operation which proved the ability of the resistance to confront the Israeli occupation.
Jibril added that “The Israeli occupation understands only the concept of power and the negotiations with it never resulted in releasing any prisoner.”
He stressed the role of Syria in embracing the Palestinian resistance, highlighting that this operation wouldn’t have been accomplished without Syria.
Jamal Issa of Hamas Movement, said that Syria will embrace the prisoners because it is the basic supporter of the resistance, stressing that this swap deal proves that the Palestinian people support the resistance.
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Member of the PFLP Political Bureau, Anwar Raja, said that “The number of the prisoners who came to Syria stresses that Damascus is the strategic bastion of the resistance despite the intentional crises plotted against it to undermine its national and pan-Arab stances.”
Member of the PFLP Political Bureau, Maher al- Taher, described the swap deal as a huge accomplishment, hoping that all the prisoners will be released from the Israeli jails.
“We came to Damascus Airport to welcome the freed prisoners in their country Syria, which have always embraced the resistance.” He concluded.

Plane Carrying 11 Freed Palestinians Lands in Turkey
A Turkish plane carrying 11 Palestinian prisoners, released as part of a deal that freed Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit, landed at an Ankara airport Wednesday, a foreign ministry official said.

The plane landed at Esenboga airport in Ankara after bringing the 11 Palestinians, including one woman, from Cairo airport in Egypt, the official told AFP.

Television footage showed the freed inmates making victory signs as they were taken from the airport under tight security measures.
“We extend our deepest thanks t
o Turkey,” the Palestinian ambassador to Turkey, Nabil Marouf, was quoted as saying by the private NTV television.

It was not immediately clear where the 11 Palestinian prisoners would stay and for how long. The Palestinian envoy said that would be decided by the Turkish government.
Turkey had said it was ready to host some of the released Palestinian detainees along with Qatar, Syria and Egypt.

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"The people want a new Shalit,"

Our experience with the Israeli enemy says that if we want to regain our detainees or to know the fate of the missing, we must capture Israeli soldiers” said Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah in November, 2005.

This equation has proven efficiency through the past years, with all the freed Arab detainees in the Israeli jails have seen freedom through swap deals between the resistance movements and the Zionist entity.

Jubilation as Palestinian Detainees Return Home

Batoul Wehbe
With Resistance we win

In an unprecedented sign of victory to Palestinians and defeat to Israel, 1,027 Palestinian detainees will be freed 477 of which were freed today in the first tranche of an Egyptian-mediated deal that saw the Israeli captured soldier Gilad Shalit released.

This is the heaviest price Israel ever paid for one of its soldiers.

Throngs of excited Palestinians gathered in the West Bank and Gaza from early Tuesday, preparing to greet prisoners released. Dozens of Palestinian detainees’ families were chanting, cheering and waving welcoming their beloved detainees .

Shalit Hopes Palestinian Prisoners Return Home, Says Hamas Treated Him Well

Chants of “The people want a new Shalit,” could be heard as Hamas and Fatah supporters waved flags together as part of large scale celebrations.

No need for another Shalit, Netayahoo promised me to free more prisoners
Kudos Mr. Abbas‏, the “tragic hero”: The “plucked chicken” is soaring into the sky. Give him a chance  
Hundreds of Arab 48 Palestinians gathered at the entrance of Umm el-Fahm on Tuesday morning to celebrate the release of a resident of the town who were released as part of the deal.

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Crowds were waving green flags of the Hamas movement, which inked the landmark exchange deal with the Israeli occupation. The atmosphere was festive, with some chanting “national unity, national unity” and clapping their hands.

A female Palestinian prisoner is welcome

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Hamas has declared Tuesday a national holiday and erected a giant podium in Gaza City’s Al-Katiba Park, where the prisoners appeared after they cross into the Palestinian enclave from Egypt
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Hamas Movement proved for another time that negotiations with the Israeli enemy won’t bear fruit and that what was taken by force can only be regained by force.

Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and members of the de facto Hamas government in Gaza, leaders of other factions, relatives and tens of thousands of onlookers welcomeed the prisoners and PA President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech in this occasion.

Gilad Shalit returned to his family on Tuesday after five years of being held captive. “Gilad has returned home,” the Israeli army’s chief spokesman Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai told reporters after the soldier crossed into Palestinian occupied territories after first being handed to Egyptian officials by Hamas. He described Shalit’s state of health as “good and satisfactory.”

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Shalit: Back to Arms

Shalit’s homecoming was kept far from the media eye, with the first glimpse of him being several seconds of footage from Egyptian state TV, which showed him wearing black baseball cap and a loose grey shirt.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, has said that the prisoner swap marks a positive step towards “peace”. “The recent announcement of the exchange of prisoners is welcome, it is a positive movement for peace,” he said.

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"I was 1-day-old when my father was jailed"

18 October 2011

Emotional scenes as Palestinian prisoners reunited with their loved ones today.

A very confusing feeling passes through me after hearing about the exchange of 1,027 Palestinian detainees for the only Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was held captive by the Palestinian resistance fighters. I don’t know whether to feel happy or sad.

Gazing at the faces of the prisoners’ families in the solidarity tent in Gaza City, I see a look that I have never seen before: eyes glittering with hope. These people have attended every event in solidarity with our detainees, have never given up hope that their freedom is inevitable someday, and have stayed strong during their loved ones’ absence inside Israeli cells. Thinking about those women whose relatives are most likely to be released and seeing their big smiles makes me happy. But at the same time, thinking about the other 5,000 detainees who will steadfastly go on with their resistance in the prisons makes my heart break for them.

Hearts aching for those still in jail

When I arrived at the tent on 12 October, the wife of the prisoner Nafez Herz, who was sentenced to life-long imprisonment and has been jailed for 26 years, shook hands with me and said very excitedly that she had heard that her husband would be freed. Then she said, “But you can’t imagine how much my heart aches for those families whose prisoner will not be released in this exchange deal. All prisoners’ families have become like one big family. We meet weekly, if not daily in the Red Cross, we share our torments, and we understand each other’s suffering.” I grabbed her hands and pressed them while saying, “We will never forget them, and God willing, they will gain their freedom soon.”
While I was writing this article among the crowd of people at the Red Cross building, I suddenly heard people chanting and clapping and could see a woman jumping with joy. While on the phone, she said loudly, “My husband is going to be free!” Her husband is Abu Thaer Ghneem, who received a life sentence and spent 22 years in prison. As I watched people celebrating and singing for the freedom of the Palestinian detainees, I met his only son, Thaer. He was hugging his mother tight while giving prayers to God showing their thankfulness. I touched his shoulder, attempting to get his attention. “Congratulations! How do you feel?” I asked him. “I was only one day old when my father was arrested, and now I am 22-years-old. I’ve always known that I had a father in prison, but never had him around. Now my father is finally going to be set free and fill his place, which has been empty over the course of 22 years of my life.”

His answer was very touching and left me shocked and admiring. While he was talking to me, I sensed how he couldn’t find words to describe his happiness at his father’s freedom.
The celebration continues for an hour. Then I return to my former confusion, feeling drowned in a stream of thoughts. The families of the 1,027 detainees will celebrate the freedom of their relatives, but what about the fate of the rest of the prisoners?

Don’t forget the hunger strike

I have heard lots of information since last night concerning the names of the soon-to-be-released prisoners, but it was hard to find two sources sharing the same news, especially about Ahmad Saadat and Marwan Barghouti and whether they are involved in the exchange deal. I’ve always felt spiritually connected to them, especially Saadat, as he is my father’s friend. I can’t handle thinking that he may not be involved in this exchange deal. He has had enough merciless torment inside Israeli solitary confinement for over two and a half years.

Let’s not forget those who are still inside the Israeli occupation’s prisons and who have been on hunger strike, as this hunger strike wasn’t held for an exchange deal, but for the Israeli Prison Service to meet the prisoners’ demands. The people who joined the hunger strike in Gaza City has included those with loved ones in prison. We have to speak out loudly and tell the world that Israel must address our living martyrs’ demands. We will never stop singing for the freedom of Palestinian detainees until the Israeli prisons are emptied.

Shahd Abusalama is an artist, blogger and English literature student from the Gaza Strip. Her blog is called Palestine from My Eyes.

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What lessons do we learn from today´s prisoners exchange ??

Raja

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The Liberator !!!

What lessons do we learn from today´s prisoners swap ??

at least four lessons :

The first,
is that we should take another half a dozen Israeli soldiers as new-prisoners and later exchange them for the rest of our political-prisoners in Israel´s hands.
( no other method worked,so far)

The second,
Israel still insists that all those swapped prisoners
were all “terrorists” therefore , we ought to accuse
Israel in the International Criminal Court ,
for releasing terrorists back into the normal life,
(thus, the crime of “assisting to terrorism”.)

The third ,
Gilat Shalit´s mother is worth 1027 Palestinian-mothers.
Because humanity, also, has “double-standards” !!
(sometimes extreme-double-standards )

Fourth,
Israeli parents can now send again their children
to besiege us and to bomb us ,without hesitations ,
because Nathaniahu always brings them back home
(home to a home which is not theirs…..)
Raja Chemayel
on a happier day !!
 

NB :
Remember please that it is Syria that is behind Hamas !!
Not Jordan nor Egypt nor Qatar nor Saudia nor Kuwait

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The US media reports: Gilad Shalit swapped for 1000 non-people

By now, Gilad Shalit is back in Israel, while around 1000 Palestinian prisoners will eventually be released from Israeli jails, then scattered to various locations from Jerusalem to Egypt to Syria, where many will live in permanent exile. While some Israelis doubt the wisdom of the prisoner swap, there can be little doubt that the state of Israel has scored a public relations victory in the United States. American coverage of the prisoner exchange has focused almost exclusively on Shalit, his family, and Jewish Israeli society’s “bittersweet” reaction to the deal.

Reports on the exchange generally did not mention the identities of the Palestinian prisoners, and if they did, they tended to only name those who had committed violence against Israelis. It is of course newsworthy that perpetrators of lethal violence against Israeli civilians are being freed, and that many Israelis are outraged about it, but the American media made no effort to contextualize the conflict propelling the violence — the word “occupation” was not mentioned once in today’s reports on the exchange. Nor was there been any description of disproportionate Israeli violence against Palestinian civilians, including by Shalit’s tank unit, or Israel’s routine kidnapping of Palestinians without charges. In reporting the first major Israel-Palestine news event since the Mavi Marmara massacre in 2010, the American media produced an entirely Shalit-centric barrage of coverage that even the Israeli Foreign Ministry could not have matched.

Here is a wrap-up of breaking and recent reports:

The New York Times’ scandal plagued Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner attempted to channel the mood of Jewish Israeli society in an October 15 report on Shalit’s scheduled release. Bronner, whose own son served in the Israeli military, wrote, “When Israelis say they view the seized soldier, Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit, as their own son, they mean it.” Throughout Bronner’s article, he upheld the national campaign for Shalit’s release as an example of the higher value Israel places on human life, while dismissing those who think otherwise as “Palestinians and some critics of Israel.”

Today, Bronner relied on help from reporters Stephen Farrell and Fares Akram in Gaza to cover the prisoner exchange. The article mentioned the identities of exactly zero Palestinian prisoners, only describing the preparations for their return to Gaza. Similarly, the Washington Post’s coverage of the swap focused entirely on Shalit, with no mention of individual Palestinian prisoners.

CNN International’s Richard Allen Greene did not interview any Palestinians about the prisoner deal. Instead, he quoted leaders of Jewish American organizations and Israel’s ambassador to London, who claimed that “everyone [in Israel] has been touched by terrorism.” On Twitter, former CNN correspondent and current ABC “This Week” host Christiane Amampour referred to 400 of the Palestinian prisoners released in the deal as “hardcore Hamas activists.”

The Associated Press devoted a whole graf to a quote by the mother of Palestinian prisoner Abdel Latif Shkair, focusing on Shalit and his family throughout the rest of the article. Reuters did not detail the backgrounds of Palestinian prisoners in its report on the exchange, noting only that “many…going free were convicted in deadly attacks.” How many? Reuters did not say.

CBS News’s Mark Phillips named a few Palestinian prisoners, but only those who had been involved in deadly attacks on Israelis. Reporting from Tel Aviv, Philips stood next to a monument to the victims of a terror attack and declared, “Israeli cities have many — too many — monuments like the one marking a spot where 21 young people were killed by a terrorist bomb 10 years ago. The instigator of that attack is about to be set free… Some of the most hardened high-profile terrorists are not being released, and many of those who are will be sent into exile. But with a score of 1,027 to 1, the price of terror just went up.”

One prisoner left out of the swap was Ahmad Saadat, the PFLP leader abducted by Israeli forces and sentenced in a military court to thirty years in prison for belonging to an outlawed organization after the Israeli Attorney General decided the state had insufficient evidence to try Saadat in a civilian court. Saadat, who has spent the last two years in solitary confinement without family visits — punishment for his leadership of a prisoners’ rights movement — initiated a mass hunger strike of Palestinian prisoners to demand more humane conditions in Israeli jails. Yesterday, he was transfered to a hospital due to complications from twenty days without food.

For his part, Shalit reportedly told an Egyptian interviewer today, “Hamas treated me well.”

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Palestinian Resistance, Zionist Entity Prisoner Exchange

Ikhras

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October 18, 2011

Mideast Israel PalestiniansThe Zionist entity considers itself to have paid a “heavy price” by releasing over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians in exchange for a single terrorist soldier, a manifestation of the racist nature of Israeli society, but for every single Palestinian that remains held in Zionist prisons the Palestinians have a right to introduce the world to one thousand more Gilad Shalits.

In exchange for a single captured Israeli POW over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians will be released from Zionist occupation prisons. Although a single French man serving in the Israeli terrorist army in occupied Palestine has become a household name with a face, family and friends, Palestinian prisoners are rarely given a name or a face and their friends and family are never interviewed. The human story of Gilad Shalit and his family is well known, but the Palestinians remain anonymous by the thousands.

Most of the commentary surrounding the prisoner exchange revolves around political calculations and almost always focuses on who came out the bigger winner in this deal. Is it Israel or HAMAS? What does it mean for the “peace process”? And does it weaken or strengthen the PA? Clearly the winners are, first and foremost, the liberated Palestinians and their families. But this is also a victory for the Palestinian resistance. There will be many who point to the 1000 to 1 ratio and argue this shouldn’t’ be considered a success by the Palestinian side especially since over 5000 Palestinians will remain imprisoned in Zionist jails.

Such arguments are usually put forward by those that have opposed Palestinian resistance all along, and, for political and ideological considerations, are incapable of recognizing any of its accomplishments. The lopsided numbers are a reflection of the Palestinian reality: an unarmed, civilian population occupied by a garrison entity heavily armed by a global superpower and acting outside of any moral or legal restraints.

Aside from congratulating the Palestinian people, and their resistance forces on this milestone victory, we refuse to engage in any political evaluations of this prisoner exchange deal. Only the Palestinian resistance can make such decisions.

Soldiers from the Egyptian army escort a bus carrying Palestinian prisoners released from Israel, as part of a prisoners exchange deal, outside the Egyptian Rafah crossing

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 Palestinian prisoners, released by Israel in exchange for Israeli soldier Shalit, wave from buses as they make their way through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza
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Palestinians wait at the Beituniya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah for the release of prisoners from Israeli jails
Palestinians wait at Beituniya checkpoint near Ramallah

 A Palestinian prisoner gestures after arriving to the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip
Relatives of Palestinian prisoners celebrate as they prepare to receive them at Rafah Crossing in the southern Gaza Strip

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A released Palestinian prisoner holds a copy of the Koran as another flash the victory sign from a bus as they make their way through the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza

Palestinians wait at Beituniya checkpoint near Ramallah
The border gate closes as Palestinian prisoners enter Gaza via the Rafah crossing from Egypt

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Palestinian prisoners and Hamas leader Yehya Al-Senwar arrive at the Rafah crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip
A Palestinian prisoner gestures as he holds his son after arriving at the Rafah crossing

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This is a day to celebrate the return of over 1000 Palestinian fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, brothers and sisters to their families and loved ones. But as we celebrate the freedom of the brave Palestinian men and women we must also remember that thousands of Palestinians remain in Zionist prisons. The Zionist entity considers itself to have paid a “heavy price” by releasing over 1000 kidnapped Palestinians in exchange for a single terrorist soldier, a manifestation of the racist nature of Israeli society, but for every single Palestinian that remains held in Zionist prisons the Palestinians have a right to introduce the world to one thousand more Gilad Shalits.

Thank you, Mashaal
In case you missed it: Mazin Qumsiyeh: Kudos Mr. Abbas‏, and the “But there are still thousands of Palestinian political prisoners”.

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