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Palestinian/Israeli update 10/22\2015.. Sliding toward ultra-nationalist, racist, religious society

Thursday, October 22, 2015 13:14
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At least 2 Palestinian killed in fresh Israeli attacks

Rights groups: Israeli troops using excessive force against Palestinian kids

Israel killed boys as they sought soldier’s help, group says

Two children shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Tuesday night had been asking a soldier for help, a Palestinian human rights group says.

Israel claimed that 15-year-old Bashar Jamil al-Jabari and his 17-year-old cousin Husam Ismail Jamil al-Jabari had tried to stab soldiers at a checkpoint in the city.

But according to an investigation by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the two boys had been observing a protest by Israeli settlers near the city’s Ibrahimi mosque at around 9:30pm.

“While watching the demonstration, the two children stood beside an Israeli soldier, who was around the corner of [the] al-Rajabi building that the Israeli settlers are attempting to seize control over. The soldier was leaning against the wall and normally talking to the two children,” PCHR states.

The children later asked the soldier to let them pass through a metal gate so they could go back home.

“When the two children heading towards the gate were only two meters away from the soldier, other Israeli soldiers fortified in a military watchtower in the area opened fire at the children and killed them immediately,” PCHR says.

The human rights group says Israel has not returned the children’s bodies to their families.

Israel does not carry out credible investigations into the killings of Palestinians, including children, and its soldiers and settlers enjoy what amounts to blanket and systematic impunity for such crimes.

Last month Israeli forces fatally shot 18-year-old Hadil Salah Hashlamoun at a checkpoint in Hebron, and then claimed she’d lunged at soldiers with a knife. But photographs and eyewitnesses disproved the claim and showed she posed no threat.

Death after inhaling tear gas

The boys are among more than 50 Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since the start of October as Israel continues a crackdown it says is a response to attacks on its occupation forces, settlers and civilians that have left 10 Israelis dead.

Israeli forces have killed 10 Palestinian children in separate incidents across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip over the past three weeks, according to Defence for Children International-Palestine.

Palestinian medical services have treated thousands of injuries, including hundreds from live ammunition.

The violence continued on Wednesday.

Hashem al-Azzeh, 54, died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces during confrontations with Palestinian youths in Hebron.

Israeli forces shot and injured another Palestinian who Israel said rammed his car into a group of soldiers, injuring five of them, near the West Bank settlement of Gush Etzion.

“Mistaken for a terrorist”

In Jerusalem, Israeli forces shot dead a man they said tried to grab one of their weapons.

Israeli authorities later admitted he was an Israeli Jewish man and not, as initially assumed, a Palestinian.

“When I was asked to deal with the body, I realized that he was a Jew, and that he was mistaken for a terrorist,” Israeli medic Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said.

The killing underscores how trigger-happy Israeli forces are.

Human rights groups have condemned Israel’s policy of extrajudicial executions – the summary killing of any Palestinian merely suspected of intending to carry out an attack.

Israel says its soldiers shot dead another Palestinian after he allegedly stabbed a soldier in the neck, injuring her seriously, near a settlement north of Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority sources told Ma’an News Agency that the man was Mutaz Atallah Qassem, 22, from the town of al-Eizariya near Jerusalem.

Also on Wednesday, Israel occupation forces shot and lightly injured Istabraq Ahmad Nour near the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, Ma’an reported.

Israel claimed that the 15-year-old had a knife and that she was planning to sneak in and attack settlers.

Yitzhar, built on land stolen from surrounding Palestinian villages, is a stronghold for settlers who frequently carry out attacks on local residents and their property.

The colony is the home of Yitzhak Shapira, the extremist rabbi who wrote a book justifiying the killing of Palestinian children.

A Palestinian boy suffered wounds and bruises after he was attacked by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday evening, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Saqir Mahmoud Hirzallah, 14, was harvesting olives with friends on his family’s land in Yabad village when a group of Israelis from the settlement of Mevo Dotan attacked him.

Another Palestinian shot dead by Israelis in occupied West Bank

Clashes rock Hebron as unrest continues to spiral

Israel’s March of Madness. Towards an Ultra-nationalist, Racist, Religious Society.

Israeli democracy is sliding downwards. Sliding slowly, comfortably, but unmistakably.

Sliding where? Everybody knows that: towards an ultra-nationalist, racist, religious society.

Who is leading the ride?

Why, the government, of course, that group of noisy nobodies which came to power at the last elections, led by Binyamin Netanyahu.

Not really. Take all these big-mouthed little demagogues, the ministers of this or that (I can’t quite remember who is supposed to be minister for what) and shut them up somewhere, and nothing will change. In 10 years from now, nobody will remember the name of any of them.

… there is only one group in the country that is strong enough, cohesive enough, determined enough to take over the state: the settlers.

If the government does not lead, who does? Perhaps the right-wing mob? Those people we see on TV, with faces contorted by hatred, shouting “Death to the Arabs!” at soccer matches until they are hoarse, or demonstrating after each violent incident in the mixed Jewish-Arab towns “All Arabs are Terrorists! Kill them all!”

This mob can hold the same demonstrations tomorrow against somebody else: gays, judges, feminists, whoever. It is not consistent. It cannot build a new system.

No, there is only one group in the country that is strong enough, cohesive enough, determined enough to take over the state: the settlers.

World must tell Abbas to stop inciting terror: Netanyahu

Israeli PM Netanyahu meets German Chancellor Merkel in Berlin

Netanyahu Blames Holocaust on Palestinian Leader

Israeli PM under fire for linking Palestinians to Holocaust

UN chief “not optimistic” following talks with Israeli, Palestinian leaders

UN chief fails to condemn Israel’s killing of Palestinians in Occupied land

Ban Ki-moon’s Visit to Israel. UN Secretary General Supports Netanyahu War Crimes

He appeared on the same rostrum with Netanyahu, smiling, shaking hands, showing solidarity with his war on Palestine, murdering defenseless victims daily, terrorizing an entire population.

Ban showed support, instead of forthrightly denouncing his ruthlessness. He and Netanyahu met behind closed doors – plotting Israel’s next moves, pretending he cares about Palestinian lives and welfare.

His visit was an exercise in photo op deception, doing nothing to alleviate Palestinian suffering, save lives, and support their liberating struggle.

In nearly nine years as UN Secretary-General (since January 1, 2007), Ban never once did anything to help them, largely silent while Israel continues to brutalize them, collectively punishing them for not being Jewish, especially Gazans blockaded and isolated under lawless siege.

He disgraces the office he holds – complicit in high crimes against peace. Speaking alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin ahead of meeting with Netanyahu, he lied saying:

My visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians. I am here to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control.

It’s been out-of-control for decades. Millions of Palestinians suffer horrifically. Nothing in prospect suggests relief – because world leaders able to make a difference and Ban don’t give damn about their rights and welfare, only their own self-interest.

Ban is an imperial stooge, a mouthpiece for wealth and power, installed by Washington, serving its interests, supporting its wars of aggression, mindless of how many millions die and suffer grievously.

He thanked Netanyahu “for the warm welcome,” instead of demanding his arrest for high crimes against peace. His vacuous and insulting remarks including saying:

These are difficult times for Israelis and Palestinians. I…hope that we can work together to end the violence…

I want to offer, first of all, my sympathy for the loss and injury of innocent (Israeli, not Palestinian) victims. Allow me to express my condolences to you and the people of Israel for the killing of your citizens.

…I plan to meet with some of the families of the victims… I understand the fear and the anger felt by many Israelis in the current environment, as well as the duty that weighs on you, Mr. Prime Minister, to ensure that your citizens can enjoy safety and security.

The rest of his comments were all one-sided – ignoring Netanyahu’s well-planned, premeditated state-sponsored terrorism, outrageously praising Israel as “a democratic state,” a shocking disregard for reality, ignoring nearly 70 years of ruthlessly persecuting and brutalizing an entire population, then deplorably arguing against the right to resist, guaranteed under international law.

Palestinians are being murdered, wounded, tear-gassed, beaten, kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured daily by a brutal occupier Ban and Western leaders support.

Most alleged attacks on Jews are fabricated – the phony pretext Israel uses to terrorize an entire population with world community support.

Life in Israel for Jews is normal. In Palestine it’s nightmarish, families afraid to leave home, fearful they’ll be harassed, assaulted, arrested, tear-gassed, shot, maybe killed – by Israeli soldiers, police and/or settlers.

On Wednesday, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in less than 12 hours, including two children.

It blasted the international community’s “policy of silence over grave crimes and violations committed by Israeli forces…against” defenseless Palestinian civilians.

Ban’s silence and disgraceful visit encourages Israel to continue terrorizing them freely. Nothing is done to challenge its killing machine responsibly.

Young children murdered in cold blood arouse no sympathy. Jewish lives alone matter. Last Friday, Israel’s deputy UN envoy David Roet addressed an emergency Security Council session, saying:

Israel is facing an onslaught of terrorism. Men, women and children are being stabbed to death on the streets on a daily basis.

The world community accepts this rubbish and all other vicious Israeli Big Lies. Palestinian suffering goes unnoticed.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

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Hundreds of Jews and Arabs Rally Arm-in-Arm for Peace in Israel

Nearly 1000 Jewish and Arab residents joined seven mayors from different municipalities to form a human chain north of Israel, calling for coexistence and condemning violence.

They lined up along the road in the Wadi Ara region to call for calm, understanding, and cooperation in creating a shared society for all citizens.

Arabs and Jews want to live in security,” organizers wrote on Facebook. “We know that only with a just solution to the conflict will we be able to stop the killing and the hatred, to build a different reality. A reality of security.”

Givat Haviva, a non-profit group founded in 1949 by the Kibbutz Federation, organized the Friday afternoon event, and afterward, hosted dialogue and sharing circles under a big tent. You can see photos on their Facebook Page.


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