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Weekly Report on Israel’s terrorism against the State of Palestine

April 12, 2013

PCHR Weekly Report: 11 civilians wounded, 59 abducted; 350 trees cut by Israeli troops this week

 Friday April 12, 2013 01:06 by PCHR-Gaza  http://imemc.org/article/65319

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 04- 10 April 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protesters, wounding 11.

Young protester abducted by Israeli undercover unit during protest in Al-Eesawiya village (PCHR photo)
Young protester abducted by Israeli undercover unit during protest in Al-Eesawiya village (PCHR photo)

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces continued to open fire at Palestinian fishing boats, restricting the permitted fishing area to 3 nautical miles instead of the 6 nautical mile limit that was agreed in the ceasefire agreement reached between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in November 2012.

A photographer for the Popular Resistance Movement against the Annexation Wall and Settlements in al-Nabi Saleh village sustained burns to his face. 10 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and 1 woman, were abducted during protests in support of prisoners in the Israeli jails.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

Israeli forces conducted 78 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 55 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were abducted during those incursions. Among the abducted was the former prisoner, Tha’er Halahla.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 11 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, in the West Bank. They were all wounded during peaceful protests organised by Palestinian civilians against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities and in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. 4 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children, were abducted at checkpoints.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence continued to open fire. On 06 April 2013, Israeli forces stationed along the border fence, east of Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, opened fire at houses and agricultural lands in al-Qarara village and around al-Sreij gate. No casualties were reported.

Israeli forces continued to chase fishermen at sea. On 08 April 2013, Israeli gunboats stationed off the coast of al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing 2 nautical miles offshore. As a result, the fishermen returned to shore, fearing that they would be wounded or abducted. Neither casualties nor material damage were reported. A similar incident occurred on 10 April 2013.

It should be noted that, on Thursday, 21 March 2013, Israeli forces announced that the nautical mile limit would be reduced from 6 to 3 nautical miles. Israeli forces had permitted fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles offshore following the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in November 2012.

Israeli forces continued to open fire in the border area in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces opened fire at houses and agricultural lands in al-Qarara village, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. During the reporting period, Israeli forces completely closed the commercial border crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel. They closed Karm Abu Salem crossing for 4 consecutive days because of Jewish holidays. This closure negatively affected the entry of goods, construction materials and medical consignments in the Gaza Strip. It also had a negative impact on the living conditions of Palestinian civilians.

Israeli forces also imposed comprehensive security restrictions due to the Jewish holiday of Passover. As a result, thousands of Palestinian workers were denied access to their work in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem. Moreover, Palestinian traders were denied access to Israel and/or travel via the border crossings between the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Israeli settlement activities:

Israeli forces have continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

On Saturday, 06 April 2013, a unit of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by three military vehicles, raided agricultural lands surrounding the Um Akhwas area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. The soldiers were deployed in the area and prohibited Palestinian farmers and shepherds from working on the land, declaring that the land had been confiscated. The soldiers ordered the farmers and shepherds to leave the area and declared it a closed military zone. When the farmers and shepherds refused to leave their lands, the Israeli soldiers assaulted them, beat them severely and attempted to arrest some of them, but international peace activists intervened and stopped them.

On Sunday, 07 April 2013, a group of settlers from “Tekoa” settlement, established southwest of Taqou’ village, southeast of Bethlehem, raided the afore-mentioned village. The settlers wrote “Paying the Price” and drew the Star of David on Bilal Bin Rabah mosque and Salah al-Din al-Ayouby mosque in al-‘Amour neighbourhood, in the south of the village. In his testimony to a PCHR fieldworker, Mohammed al-Badan, Head of the Youth Council in the village, said that the settlers damaged the car tyres of vehicles.

On Tuesday, 09 April 2013, a group of settlers, from “Ramat Yishai” settlement outpost, established on land belonging to Palestinian civilians in Tal al-Remyda area, central Hebron, confiscated a tract of land belonging to a 48-year old man, extended an agricultural irrigation system and supplied it with water through the afore-mentioned settlement outpost, and planted it with vegetable seeds.

On Tuesday, 09 April 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by a vehicle of the Planning and Building Department in the Israeli Civil Administration, raided al-Dirat area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They presented a 42-year old man with a notice ordering him to halt construction work on a tin structure, built on a 100 square metre area, which was being used as a barn for cattle, under the pretext that it had been built without first obtaining a permit from the Israeli authorities.

On Tuesday, 09 April 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a truck, raided the Emdimna area, located between al-Thaherya and al-Ramadeen villages, south of Hebron. Israeli soldiers were deployed in the farmlands and cut down 100 olive trees and 250 almond trees, which were 5 years old, with saws, confiscated them and loaded them into the truck.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli forces, accompanied by a number of military vehicles, a bulldozer, and a vehicle of the Planning and Building Department in the Israeli Civil Administration, raided al-Dirat area, east of Yatta, south of Hebron. They bulldozed a 70-cubic-metre water well, belonging to a 45-year old man, claiming that he had not obtained a permit.

On Wednesday morning, 10 April 2013, Israeli forces, accompanied by an officer of the Israeli Civil Administration, raided the Um Hadida area, east of Nahalin village, southwest of Bethlehem, and placed notices on the lands of two Palestinian civilians, aged 60 and 71. The notices ordered them to evacuate their 3 dunums of land.

Also on Wednesday, Israeli forces, accompanied by a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration, raided the Kherbat Qalqas area, south of Hebron. The Civil Administration officer presented a 48-year old man with a demolition notice for his family residence, under the pretext that it had been built without a permit. The 2-storey house was built established on an area of 200 square metres and shelters his family of 11 people.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

In the West Bank, in an example of the systematic use of excessive force against peaceful protests organised by Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded Belal Abdul Salam Hassan al-Tamimi, 47, when they sprayed pepper spray in his face. It should be noted that al-Tamimi is a photographer for the Popular Resistance Movement against the Annexation Wall and Settlements in al-Nabi Saleh village. Many more civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

Palestinian civilians organised many peaceful protests in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, especially those on hunger strike. Israeli forces used excessive force against the protesters; as a result, 10 civilians, including 3 children and 1 woman, were wounded. In addition, many civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

On 04 April 2013, an 18-year-old man was wounded by a bullet to the right cheek during a peaceful protest near the annexation wall in the southern part of Beit Luqia village, southwest of Ramallah. In addition, 2 children were wounded in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, during a similar protest in the Um Rokba area at the southwestern entrance of the village.

On 05 April 2013, a 16-year-old boy was wounded by a plastic-coated bullet to the back of the head during a protest organised at the southern entrance of al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah. In addition, 1 child was wounded in al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem, during a similar protest in the Um Rokba area at the southwestern entrance of the village.

At approximately 12:00 on Friday, 05 April 2013, dozens of Palestinian civilians, activists with the Popular Committees against Settlement Activity and the Hebron Defence Committee, and international human rights activists gathered in al-Haraiek area, southeast of Hebron, for a peaceful demonstration calling for the route linking Hebron to its southern villages to be reopened; it has been closed for the past 12 years. These villages are al-Rayhia, al-Thaheria, Doura, and al-Fawar Refugee Camp. Upon arrival at the steel gate which blocks the road leading to Bypass Road 60, Israeli forces surrounded the area and declared it a closed military zone, ordering the demonstrators to leave immediately. The soldiers fired tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the demonstration. A number of protesters fainted as a result of tear gas inhalation.

Friday protests were also held in the towns of Bil’in, Naileen, Nabi Saleh (where a 45-year old photographer sustained burns in the face after being sprayed with pepper spray), Al Masara and Kafr Kaddoum.

On 06 April 2013, a 45-year-old woman was wounded by a plastic-coated bullet to the back while she was standing in front of her house in the Um Rokba area at the southwestern entrance of al-Khader village, south of Bethlehem.

On 07 April 2013, a 17-year-old boy was hit by a tear gas canister to the head during a peaceful protest in the Um Rokba area, south of Bethlehem. On the same day, an 11-year-old boy was wounded by a bullet to the right side of his face during a protest organised at the northern entrance of Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

On 09 April 2013, an 18-year-old boy was wounded by a bullet to the right leg, while an 11-year-old boy was wounded by a bullet to the left side of his head during a protest organised at the northern entrance of Ayda refugee camp, north of Bethlehem.

Recommendations to the international community:

Due to the number and severity of Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians this week, the PCHR made several recommendations to the international community. Among these was a recommendation that the United Nations provide international protection to Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially the Gaza Strip.

In addition, the PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to compel Israel, as a High Contracting Party to the Conventions, to apply the Conventions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

For the full text of the report, click on the link below:

http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9411:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-04-10-april-2013&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183

 

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‘This hospital is like jail in fascist Germany during Holocaust’

April 8, 2013

Palestinian prisoner:

Riots over the death of a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail rampaged across the West Bank and Gaza this week. One of the detainees RT managed to reach said 25 of his fellow inmates had cancer and were being denied treatment.

The prisoner, whose anonymity is preserved for security reasons, believes medical assistance in the Israeli jails is withheld on purpose, “to break the will of the detainees.” Speaking to RT, he described the negligence sick Palestinian detainees are faced with.

We suffer from an incredibly low standard of medical assistance. Among those detained here, there are at least 25 people who suffer from cancer – and they’re not getting the treatment they need. They are only given painkillers,” he said, adding that the prison hospital is “like a jail, like the ones in fascist Germany during the Holocaust. It only has a small infirmary, if you get placed there for 15 hours – you leave with sick kidneys or liver, or any other kind of disease.”

Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a Palestinian inmate of an Israeli prison, whose death on Tuesday provoked a wave of clashes across West Bank and Gaza, had reportedly been refused release for treatment. According to Abu Hamdiyeh’s family, he had complained about his health since the summer of last year. But it was only in March, when he was already terminally ill, that prison authorities allowed him to be treated in hospital, where he died a week later.

Hamdiyeh’s funeral attracted thousands of mourners. The raging and rioting crowd blamed Israel for the 63-year-old prisoner’s death.

The accusations were dismissed at the highest level.

The Palestinian detainees imprisoned in Israel receive excellent medical attention and are visited by the Red Cross, whereas inmates in PA prisons receive nothing,” Ofir Gendelman, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said, accusing the Palestinian Authority of exploiting the prisoner’s death in order to escalate tensions in the West Bank, according to Haaretz.

The sisters of Arafat Jaradat (picture), a Palestinian inmate who died in an Israeli prison, mourn their brother's death. (AFP Photo / Hazem Bader)
The sisters of Arafat Jaradat (picture), a Palestinian inmate who died in an Israeli prison, mourn their brother’s death. (AFP Photo / Hazem Bader)

Hamdiyeh’s death is the second of a Palestinian in an Israeli jail this year – 30-year-old Arafat Jaradat died of a heart attack in February. Palestinian authorities claimed the he died after being tortured, citing autopsy findings revealed numerous injuries. Jaradat’s funeral also drew thousands of Palestinian demonstrators, who clashed with Israeli police.

The death of Abu Hamdiyeh had much stronger repercussions, showing increasing frustration of the Palestinians. Gaza broke the fragile four-month-long ceasefire, firing rockets into southern Israel, and eliciting an airstrike from Tel Aviv.

There is a state of wide-spread anger and indignation over what many people consider a premeditated murder by the Israelis. Palestinians think that the death of Maysara Hamdiyeh was a direct result of Israeli criminal negligence as well as moral callousness,” Khalid Amayreh, a Palestinian journalist, told RT.

More than 4,000 Palestinian inmates went on a hunger strike to show their anger at Hamdiyeh’s death. They want to draw the world’s attention to their plight.

We are demanding that the international community use the [UN] Security Council to free the sick detainees. We are talking of those who are mortally ill. I was just released from a hospital where I saw a young man suffering from kidney stones, who was only getting pain killers instead of treatment. There are people among us who have spent 35 years behind bars. We are demanding an International committee that would visit these prisons and prison hospitals. All of them,” the Palestinian prisoner told RT.

A stronger response from the international community to the situation with the Palestinian prisoners is something a Montreal based Center for Research on Globalization is calling for in its report issued April 6.

Israel is arguably exempt from strong condemnation over its treatment of the Palestinian people as a result of certain international human rights organizations’ ability to ignore Israeli violations against the Palestinians,” the report says.

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Prosecute groups that support Israeli crimes

April 6, 2013

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Prosecute hasbara

Jewish hasbara bodies aiding and abetting Israeli crimes must face the full force of the law

By Nureddin Sabir
Editor, Redress Information & Analysis

The world of Jewish politics is so back to front and upside down that, when it comes to Israel, bad is good and wrong is right.

That is the sad fact of which we need to remind Israel flag wavers, such as failed US politician Katrina Lantos Swett, who from time to time rear their heads to bleat “anti-Semitism” and decry the “deligitimization of Israel”, which they blame for allegedly rising anti-Jewish sentiment.

On 5 April the Times of Israel reported that a Jewish organization in Melbourne, Australia, could face expulsion from the country’s Jewish umbrella body for launching a campaign that calls for the boycott of products from West Bank settlements.

These settlements – colonies and squatter camps, in fact – are illegal under international law and, with their rapid expansion under successive Israeli governments, both of the left and the right, are terminally undermining any prospect of a two-state solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Boycott settlements call

The Australian campaign “Don’t Buy from the Settlements” was launched on 26 March by the Melbourne-based Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) with the aim of encouraging Australian Jews to avoid buying products made in Jewish colonies and squatter camps located in the Palestinian territories occupied after the 1967 war.

In a media release published on its website, the AJDS said:

Israeli settlements are seen around the world as a major obstacle to creating peace between Israelis and Palestinians. One way to take a stand against the harm they create is not to buy the products they produce. This sends a clear message that we will not be complicit in the settlement programme.

According to Jordy Silverstein, an executive member of the AJDS:

Not buying products from settlements will not work on its own, but it is one small step that we can take. When we add in the possibility of sharing knowledge about what the settlements mean and what they do … we can work alongside Palestinians, Israelis and people throughout the diasporas to create an exciting, liberating future.

However, this principled stance of the AJDS quickly prompted Australia’s Israel hasbara (propaganda) groups to gang up against it. For them, anything short of total, unconditional support for Israel, its illegal occupation and colonization of Arab territories, its war crimes and its crimes against humanity is tantamount to treason.

Orgy of Jewish solidarity with Israel

So, first came the umbrella Jewish organization, the Zionist Federation of Australia, which described the call for boycott as “immoral” and “repugnant”.

Then came the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, which consists of more than 50 Jewish organizations in the state. Its president, Nina Bassat, touted the idea of expelling the AJDS for having the audacity to call for action against Israeli criminality.

Bassat was joined in this orgy of Jewish tribal solidarity with the racist Israeli state by Peter Wertheim, of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, who also called for the AJDS to be expelled from Australia’s Jewish umbrella body.

“The AJDS campaign is repugnant to the strong anti-BDS policies of every Jewish communal roof body in Australia,” he bleated, referring to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, “and to the ECAJ [Executive Council of Australian Jewry] platform of support for Israel and its legitimacy as the state of the Jewish people”.

“Anti-Semitism” and support for Israel

If there is indeed a rise in anti-Jewish sentiment anywhere in the world, then to find the cause look no further than the above-mentioned types of frenzied Jewish defence of Israeli crimes.

There is a strong case for nurturing a worldwide culture at grassroots level that promotes international legality and opposes crimes committed or sponsored by states. As a first step towards this, it is necessary to bring to account groups and individuals that support criminal actions committed or sponsored by states.

Just as in most civilized countries there are laws against aiding, abetting and glorifying terrorism, and against crimes such as rape and drugs trafficking, so there should also be laws that proscribe supporting or glorifying state crimes.

If neo-Nazis and Nazi holocaust deniers can be prosecuted in Germany, France and elsewhere in Europe, so should organizations that support Israeli crimes also be prosecuted, whether in Australia or anywhere else, for aiding, abetting and/or glorifying Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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

April 5, 2013

PCHR Weekly Report: 2 civilians killed, 6 wounded, 41 abducted by Israeli troops this week

author Friday April 05, 2013 02:52author by PCHR Gaza  

In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 28 Mar. to 03 Apr. 2013, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded a third one in Anabta village, east of Tulkarem. Two youth were wounded during an incursion into Hebron.

Israeli police abduct international Land Day protester
Israeli police abduct international Land Day protester
In addition, Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against peaceful protests in the West Bank. An Irish journalist was wounded in al-Nabi Saleh protest while a Palestinian civilian was wounded in Kofur Qaddoum protest. A Palestinian boy was wounded during a peaceful protest in the center of Hebron, in protest of the death of the Palestinian prisoner Abu Hamdiya.

Israeli attacks in the West Bank:

In the West Bank, in an excessive use of lethal force, the Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians and wounded a third one in Anabta village, east of Tulkarem. This happened when the Israeli forces stationed at Annab checkpoint, east of the said village, opened fire at a group of boys protesting in the vicinity of the checkpoint.

On 29 March 2013, an 18-year-old boy was wounded by a bullet to the right leg and another 13-year-old child was wounded by a bullet to the right side of his head when an Israeli infantry unit moved into the center of Hebron.

During the last week, Israeli forces conducted 65 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. 30 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were abducted.

The Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. 5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were abducted at checkpoints.

During peaceful protests organized in the West Bank, the Israeli forces abducted 6 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children and Abdul Hafiz al-Hashlamoun, a photojournalist at the European agency. However, they were all released later.

Israeli has continued its efforts to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem. A Jerusalemite was obliged to demolish a room attached to his house.

Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip:

In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces continued to fire at the Palestinian fishing boats in order to minimize the allowed fishing area to 3 nautical miles instead of 6 nautical miles. Moreover, the Gaza Strip witnessed 2 airstrikes on an agricultural facility and an open land.

PCHR’s fieldworkers documented 2 shooting incidents on 28 and 30 March 2013 on Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing 3 nautical miles off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the north of the Gaza Strip. As a result of the attacks, the fishermen were forced to flee back to the shore fearing of being wounded or abducted. However, neither casualties nor material damage were reported.

It should be noted that on Thursday, 21 March 2013, the Israeli forces declared minimizing the allowed fishing area from 6 to 3 nautical miles, as the Israeli forces allowed fishermen to sail up to 6 nautical miles following the cease-fire agreement between Hamas and Israel in November 2012.

Additionally, 2 airstrikes were launched on Gaza City and the north of the Gaza Strip targeting an open land, a green house and a water well. No casualties were reported, but the residents of the 2 areas were frightened as a result.

Israel has continued to impose a total closure and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world. During the reporting period, the border crossings between the Gaza Strip and Israel were completely closed for 4 days.

Israeli settlement activities:

The Israeli forces have continued settlement activities in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

On Thursday, 28 March 2013, a group of settlers, under the protection of the Israeli forces and military vehicles, raided the lands of Palestinian civilians from Silat al-Thaher village, southern of Jenin, where the evacuated “Homesh” settlement was established. According to local sources, dozens of settlers arrived at the scene in a number of buses, accompanied by large units of the Israeli forces, where they practiced some Talmudic rituals before withdrawing from the scene; no other incidents were reported.

On Friday, 29 March 2013, dozens of settlers coming from “Daniel” settlement outpost established southern of al-Khader village, southern of Bethlehem, uprooted 200 olive seedlings from al-Mustafy area, adjacent to the settlement outpost. The attacked land is the property of a 65 year old man.

On Sunday, 31 March 2013, approximately 230 settlers, some of them armed, from “Efrat” and “Gush Etzion” settlements, southern of Bethlehem, raided Solomon pools area, western of Artas village, southwestern of the city. The settlers performed some Talmudic rituals in the area, under the protection of Israeli forces. Before withdrawing, the settlers threatened that they will come back to the area on daily basis.

On Sunday, a group of settlers from “Yitzhar” settlement, established on Palestinian civilians’ lands southern of Nablus, threw stones at school buses boarding students from Ramon School for Girls while on their way back to the village, northeastern of Qalqilya, from a fieldtrip to the city. As a result, an 11-year-old girl sustained cuts in the right side of her face after a stone hit her in the face. Also, many others sustained scratches because of the scattered glass.
On Monday, 01 April 2013, a group of settlers from “Ovijal” settlement , established on Palestinian lands eastern of Yatta, southern of Hebron, attacked Palestinian farmers and shepherds in Um al-‘Arayes area, eastern of the city. As a result, a 45-year old farmer sustained minor bruises after he fell while the settlers were chasing the farmers.

Also on Monday, a group of settlers from “Mitzpe Yair” and “Ovijal” settlements, established on Palestinian lands in Be’r al-Ad area, eastern of Yatta, attacked shepherds of al-Nawa’ja family and beat them. The Israeli forces intervened when the shepherds attempted to defend themselves and abducted a 55-year old shepherd) and transported him to an unknown destination.

On Tuesday, 02 April 2013, dozens of settlers from “Havat Maon” settlement, established on Palestinian lands eastern of Yatta, attacked Palestinian farmers while in their farms, eastern of al-Twana village and addressed them with profane language and anti-Islam slogans. The settlers expelled the farmers and shepherds from the area, under the protection of the Israeli forces.

Also on Tuesday, a number of settlers from “Maon” settlement, established on Palestinian lands southern of Yatta, raided the farmlands in al-Hamra area, eastern of Yatta and burned a number of olive trees belonging to a 45-year old farmer.

Israeli attacks on non-violent demonstrations:

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces continued to systematically use excessive force against peaceful protests organized by Palestinians and Israeli and international activists against the construction of the annexation wall and settlement activities in the West Bank. As a result, Tommy, 70, an Irish journalist, was wounded by a bullet to the right hand in al-Nabi Saleh protest, northeast of Ramallah. Besides, a protestor was hit by a gas canister to the pelvis in Kofur Qaddoum protest, northeast of Qalqilia. Dozens of protesters also suffered from tear gas inhalation and other sustained bruises.

In the same context, the Palestinian civilians organized many peaceful protests in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli jails, especially those on hunger strike. Other protests were organized to mark the 37 anniversary of the Land Day. Further, many protest were organized following the death of the Palestinian prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiya, who suffered from cancer, at Soroka hospital in Beersheba in Israel. The Israeli forces used excessive force, as a result, a 20-year-old young man was wounded by a bullet to the right leg. Besides, many civilians suffered from tear gas inhalation and others sustained bruises.

On Wednesday April 3rd, Israeli forces attacked residents of Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron, during the funeral procession of a person to a nearby cemetery near the bypass road (60). The Israeli forces fired sound bombs and gas canisters, due to which, many persons suffered from tear gas inhalation. Following the funeral, a number of boys gathered and threw stones and empty bottles at the Israeli forces stationed at the entrance of the village. The Israeli forces in response fired rubber-coated metal bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters. As a result, some gas canisters fell into a house and a store.

Recommendations to the international community:

Due to the number and severity of attacks this week, the PCHR made several recommendations to the international community. Among these were a recommendation that the international community and the United Nations use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination, through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.

The PCHR calls upon the United Nations to provide international protection to Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and to ensure the non-recurrence of aggression against the Occupied Palestinian Territories, especially the Gaza Strip.

For the full text of the report, click on the link

 

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Jewish terror state soldiers answered his screams with laughter and then shot more bullets

April 5, 2013

Jewish terror state soldiers answered his screams with laughter and then shot more bullets

“When my Dad, Mom, and Ibrahim were injured, I stood there, unable to do anything, though I am the oldest of my siblings. I cannot forget what happened and I feel so much pain whenever I remember that I did not try to help. The idea that my help might have done something, in some way or another, to rescue my brother never leaves my mind, and it causes my stomach to ache. Maybe if I had tried to pull Ibrahim away from the Israeli crossfire, he would still be alive.”

 


PCHR – As Palestinian Child Day is celebrated on 5 April, Omsiyat Kamal ‘Awaja (15) is one of many Palestinian children for whom the day, like every other, will be marked by unbearable loss and suffering. It is impossible to count the number of children in the Gaza Strip who have been directly affected by loss.
 

Since the outbreak of al-Aqsa Intifada on 28 September 2000, PCHR has documented the killing of 958 Palestinian children and injury of 6,355 others in the Gaza Strip. 313 children were killed during ‘Operation Cast Lead’ (2008-9), and a further 35 children were killed during ‘Operation Pillar of Defence’ in November 2012. PCHR has also documented the tragic consequences on thousands of children of the destruction of their homes, denying them the right to shelter.

A small, mud house with a small yard in the front, piles of pots and kitchen utensils scattered here and there, a number of books leaning against the wall of the house, which barely shelters its residents. That is what the house in which Omsiyat currently lives looks like. The house was built by UNRWA as a temporary alternative for the ‘Awaja family home, which was destroyed by Israeli forces in 2009 during ‘Operation Cast Lead’.
 
“Before moving to the house that you are seeing now, we lived in a tent for around two years. During that time, we realised exactly what it feels like to be a displaced person with no home. We did not get used to living in a tent. It took us a long time to adjust, as we used to live in a big house with most of the things we needed.”
 
On 4 January 2009, Israeli forces destroyed the ‘Awaja building in Beit Lahia without any prior warning. The residents fled to a neighbouring tract of land when Israeli bulldozers began to destroy their home. After the house had been destroyed, the children’s mother, Wafaa’ (36), went back to collect what could be salvaged from under the rubble. She was accompanied by three of her children, Diaa, Sobhi, and Ibrahim, each of whom was younger than 13 years of age.
 
Omsiyat recalls: “My brother, Ibrahim, was the first to be injured, sustaining injuries in his waist. Mom screamed out, so Dad went to check on her, and picked up my brother. They left the house, or what remained of it, and Dad was screaming, ‘My son is injured. We need an ambulance.’ The Israeli soldiers were still in the area. They answered his screams with laughter and then shot more bullets, so that Dad was injured, as well as my mother. My father was left lying on the street and Ibrahim was lying next to him. My mother crawled until she reached my siblings and me where we were hiding behind a wall. We saw the Israeli soldiers approaching and shooting at Ibrahim, and Dad told us later that he had died.”

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More than four years later, Omsiyat is still torn apart by regret.

Though very young, she feels guilty about the death of her brother because she failed to help him.
“When my Dad, Mom, and Ibrahim were injured, I stood there, unable to do anything, though I am the oldest of my siblings. I cannot forget what happened and I feel so much pain whenever I remember that I did not try to help. The idea that my help might have done something, in some way or another, to rescue my brother never leaves my mind, and it causes my stomach to ache. Maybe if I had tried to pull Ibrahim away from the Israeli crossfire, he would still be alive.”

Omsiyat was severely affected by the suffering that she and her family went through. Her father, Kamal (51), says, “Omsiyat suffered so much after the death of her brother and the destruction of our house. It took us a long time to settle into our new life in the tent, and then in the mud house, as neither could compare to the house we used to live in and what I used to provide for my children. My child was executed, my house was destroyed, and I turned from being a father who provided the best he could for his family to a father who is incapable even of providing a suitable house for his family. Days pass by meaninglessly. This how we all feel. Even psychotherapy sessions could not help us to get over this. My wife, children, and I share an indescribable feeling of oppression.”
 
Omsiyat describes how her father, Kamal (51), tried his best to create a nice environment for his children to live in: “Dad installed an internet line in the tent and bought us a computer. He also replaced most of the electronic devices we used to have in our house, but unfortunately he could not build a new house because he did not have enough money. UNRWA built us this temporary house and told my Dad recently that they are planning to demolish it to build a new permanent house. We are preparing to go back to living in a tent.”
 
The family will live in a tent again until UNRWA finishes building the permanent house. “Although I know from experience how harsh it is to live in tents, the idea of going back to the tent does not worry me. In comparison to what we have been through, tents seem luxurious.”
 
Omsiyat used to love drawing landscapes, but today she only draws scenes of death and destruction. “I can see no beauty around me and I am no good at drawing anything but warplanes, tanks, and funerals. I used to love drawing landscapes. All I drew in my paintings were flowers, butterflies, and trees. Now, when I intend to draw a flower, I automatically draw a tank, a tent, or a destroyed house.”
Omsiyat’s story is included in a report that PCHR has recently published, ‘The Best is Yet to Come’, along with the accounts of 14 more children in the Gaza Strip who have experienced bereavement, injury, the injury of a loved one, the destruction of a home, or long-term separation from a father who is in prison. The report was funded by UNICEF.
 
Palestinian children are a particularly vulnerable group and are among those most affected by Israeli forces’ violations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which have been ongoing since 1967. International humanitarian law (IHL) grants children two forms of protection: first, the general protection granted to them as non-combatant individuals; second, special protection as they are considered to be a particularly vulnerable group in times of war and armed conflict.
 
Under the principle of distinction, parties to a conflict must, at all times, distinguish between civilians and combatants, and civilian objects and military targets. Violations of this principle constitute war crimes, as defined in, inter alia, Articles 8(2)(b)(i), and (ii) of the Statute of the International Criminal Court. Depending on the scale of such attacks, and whether they form part of a plan or policy, such attacks may also constitute the crime of wilful killing and be a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions.
 
In addition, IHL requires that any attack must be proportionate. An attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated. Furthermore, under the principle of precaution, customary IHL requires that all feasible precautions must be taken to avoid, or at least to minimise, incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians and damage to civilian objects.
 

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Over 200 Palestinians have died in Israeli gulags

April 4, 2013

The Plague of Occupation Prisons

A Palestinian demonstrator prepare rocks to be thrown during clashes with the Israeli army in Hebron 3 April 2013. Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza were observing a general strike, with prisoners refusing food to mourn the death of a fellow inmate in an Israeli jail. (Photo: AFP – Marco Longari)
 
Published Wednesday, April 3, 2013
 
Over 200 Palestinians have died in Israeli prisons, two of whom died in the past two months. Included in this number are Palestinians with serious illnesses who, if treated, can survive. Yet Israel only offers medical assistance in the form of painkillers, leaving Palestinians like Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh with no possibility of recovery.
 
Ramallah – The world remained largely silent as Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, a Palestinian held in an Israeli prisoner, died slowly in his shackles.
 
While in prison, Abu Hamdiyeh was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, but only after it was too late. Neglected by the Israel Prison Service (IPS), his cancer had already metastasized and spread to his spinal cord. At the prison infirmary, but received nothing more than over-the-counter pain killers.
Abu Hamdiyeh finally succumbed to his illness at Saroka Hospital in Bir al-Saba. He was 11 years into his 99-year sentence, a term he received in 2002 for taking part in the Second Intifada.
After Arafat Jaradat, who was tortured to death in Israeli custody, Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh is the second son of the city of Hebron to die in occupation prisons in less than two months.
 
As soon as the residents of the city received news of Abu Hamdiyeh’s death, clashes erupted between Palestinian students returning from school and occupation soldiers in Bab al-Zawiya. The clashes spread to the Ofer checkpoint near Ramallah, and to the Masaken area of Nablus.
 
The protests also spread to Israeli jails, where guards used batons and teargas to put them down, resulting in injuries on both sides.
 
Issa Qaraqe, Palestinian Authority minister for prisoners’ affairs, announced that Palestinian prisoners would go on a hunger strike to protest Abu Hamdiyeh’s death, which he described as “premeditated murder.” Qaraqe also pointed out that Abu Hamdiyeh’s body would undergo an autopsy at Abu Dis Hospital, with the participation of foreign doctors.
 
Qadura Fares, head of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Prisoners Club, called for prosecuting Israel in international courts, given the rising number and frequency of violations against Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.
For his part, Abu Hamdiyeh’s son Tariq told the official WAFA news agency that the occupation authorities have declined to give the family a medical report on his father’s condition during his illness and on his death.
 
Tariq went on to say, “Since my father was diagnosed with cancer last July, the occupation authorities didn’t provide him with treatment; they deliberately meant for the cancer to spread in his body.” The deceased prisoner’s son pointed out that there is a 90 percent chance for remission for esophageal cancer if discovered early.
 
In Israeli jails, there are around 1,300 Palestinian prisoners in ill health – about a quarter of the Palestinian prisoner population – according to the Palestinian Center for the Defense of Prisoners. Of those, 130 suffer from serious illnesses, such as cancer.
 
In truth, many prisoners go to prison in good health, only to emerge riddled with illnesses due to negligence, torture, and poor living conditions.
 
Often, Israel releases prisoners after their health dramatically deteriorates so they can die among their families – and allow Israel to deny responsibility. Such was the case of ex-Palestinian prisoner Ashraf Abu Darea, who was also from Hebron. Ashraf passed away a few weeks after his release.
With Abu Hamdiyeh, the occupation authorities ignored many appeals made by human rights groups and NGOs for his release.
 
The Israeli Response
 
Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, particularly those on hunger strike, has been low-key. Consider Samer al-Issawi who has been on hunger strike for over eight months. According to the physician from the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, Issawi’s condition is “near terminal.” Issawi is still holding out for support from the Palestinian street.
 
The office of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to respond to Palestinians who blamed Israel for the prisoner’s death. Netanyahu’s office said that Abu Hamdiyeh died from cancer, claiming that “the Palestinian detainees imprisoned in Israel receive excellent medical attention and are visited by the Red Cross, whereas inmates in Palestinian Authority prisons receive nothing.”
 
In turn, the IPS sought to contain the fallout from Abu Hamdiyeh’s death. The IPS claimed that when it became clear his condition was terminal, the IPS began a process to secure his release, but Abu Hamdiyeh died before the process could be concluded.
 
Yet these justifications could not obscure the panic that hit the occupation forces following Abu Hamdiyeh’s death. Israeli Army Radio reported that Israel put its troops in a state of high alert amid fears that the prisoner’s death may spark riots on the eve of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, which occurs in about two weeks.

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Children beaten and blindfolded by Israeli troops

April 3, 2013
In February, the number of Palestinian children between 12 and 15 years who were detained by Israel rose from 31 to 39. Almost 60 percent of the 236 Palestinian child detainees of all ages have been unlawfully transferred to prisons inside Israel. Children were arrested and detained during the recent protests in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.
These facts have been made public by Defence for Children International – Palestine Section (DCI-PS). The organization’s 2013 case summaries make for chilling reading.

Shoved to the ground

For example, Israeli soldiers used excessive force during the arrest of 15-year-old Jaber. In the middle of the night, dozens of soldiers raided the boy’s home when they came searching for him. Jaber’s mother witnessed how her son was dragged from his bed to the front yard of the family home in Beit Ur al-Tahta (near Ramallah),  DCI-PS reported on 28 March.
 
The soldiers shoved the boy to the ground, and kicked and punched him several times. Jaber trembled and cried when soldiers surrounded him with three dogs. The soldiers searched the home for several hours. All the time, Jaber was forced to stay outside in the cold without adequate clothing. After the soldiers had tied his hands behind his back and blindfolded him, he was taken away in a military jeep.

DCI-PS found that Jaber has been held at the Moskobiyyeh jail in West Jerusalem (also known as the Russian Compound). It is not the first time that Jaber was arrested. Last year, he already spent nine months in prison for throwing stones.

“Really scared”

On 5 March, nine-year-old Mo’men ran away from a demonstration in Hebron. Near his home, he ran into a group of Israeli soldiers. They grabbed him in the neck and by his left shoulder and took him to a room near Shuhada Street. “I was very scared of them especially when they grabbed me by my neck,” said Mo’men. “I was really scared and worried about what would happen to me.”
In the room, he was held with several teens. He was blindfolded and his hands were tied in front of him with two plastic cords. A military jeep took him to the police station in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, where he was forced to sit outside until 9.30 in the evening — all the time his hands were tied and he was blindfolded. He was brought back to Shuhada Street in a military jeep where he was turned over to the Palestinian Authority’s police. Soon after that, he was reunited with his father.
According to Israeli law, children under the age of twelve are not criminally liable and may not be arrested, interrogated as a suspect or brought to trial.

Punched and kicked

Seventeen-year-olds Ahmad and Moath were arrested by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration near Huwara checkpoint (south of Nablus) on 3 March. In their testimonies, they said that they were chased by four Israeli soldiers who punched and kicked and hit them with the stocks of their rifles. Their hands were tied behind their backs with a plastic cord and they were blindfolded. They were physically assaulted in the back of a military jeep on the way to Huwara interrogation and detention center. While blindfolded they heard soldiers using mobile phones to take photos of them, both alone and with soldiers next to them.
Soldiers punched and kicked them before they were again put in a military jeep, still blindfolded and with their hands tied. They were taken to Ariel police station where they were interrogated without the presence of an attorney or family member. They were not informed of their rights. They both provided confessions and signed statements in Arabic without being allowed to read the statement or understand the contents. The following day, they were unlawfully transferred to Megiddo prison inside Israel.

Forced to sign statements

On 25 February, 14-year-old Hassan was arrested by Israeli soldiers during clashes between youths and soldiers near Huwara checkpoint. Soldiers chased Hassan through a field and caught him because he had breathing problems from inhaling teargas. A soldier knocked him down from behind and hit him several times with a wooden stick on the legs.
Hassan testified that he was punched in the face and kicked in the stomach, then grabbed by the neck. His hands were tied tightly behind his back with a plastic cord, causing him pain. He was blindfolded and transferred to Ariel police station. In the interrogation room at the police station, he complained that his hands hurt; they were swollen and looked blue. The interrogator unbound his hands. Hassan denied he had thrown stones at the soldiers.
Hassan gave in after he was intimidated by the interrogator who promised to send him home if he confessed. “But if you don’t, I’ll lock you away for six months and forbid you to enter Israel.” Hassan had to sign a statement in Hebrew. On 28 February, he was released on a bail of 3,000 shekels (almost $650). However, the charges can be filed against him at any time within six months from his arrest.
On 25 February, 15-year-old Baha was arrested by three soldiers while he was on his way home from school. At Ariel police station, an interrogator forced Baha to sign papers written in Hebrew. Baha told DCI-PS that he had asked the interrogator “to explain what was written but he refused and shouted and made me sign the papers.” Baha testified that he did not confess, although the interrogator had pressurized him to admit he had thrown stones.

Beaten for complaining 

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Two teens, Hendi and Majd, complained about abusive behavior by Israeli interrogators. (DCI-Palestine Section)
Meanwhile, DCI-PS has submitted two complaints about the abusive behavior of interrogators at Ariel police station in February. Sixteen-year-old Majd testified that one interrogator hit his face with a stick during his second interrogation. Another interrogator violently shook him until he was dizzy. Hurt, scared and tired, Majd confessed to throwing stones after enduring two hours of ill-treatment. The other complaint concerned verbal abuse of a sexual nature against a 16-year-old boy.

Both teens were arrested in an early morning raid on 9 February. The soldiers tied their hands tightly behind their backs and blindfolded them. Majd said the soldiers transferred them to different detention facilities — including Ariel police station — a number of times. Soldiers beat them when they complained that the plastic ties were too tight.

According to DCI-PS, children who are arrested arrive blindfolded, with their hands tied and deprived of sleep at Israeli interrogation centers. They are denied the right to be accompanied by their parents and they have no access to a lawyer. They are seldom informed of their rights. The interrogations are in general mentally and physically coercive, often combining elements of intimidation, threats and physical violence. The interrogation techniques used are clearly aimed at obtaining a confession.
Instead of this abuse and ill-treatment, children should be entitled to have a parent present at all times during interrogation, have access to a lawyer of their choice prior to interrogation, and preferably throughout the interrogation process. Moreover, all interrogations of children should be recorded with audio-visual equipment.
The latest testimonies leave no doubt that Israel routinely violates the rights of the vulnerable. 

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“The Jewish State”—What It Really Means and Why the Rest of the World Should be Terrified

March 28, 2013

“The Jewish State”—What It Really Means and Why the Rest of the World Should be Terrified at the mere mention of it

2012 Mark Glenn

http://theuglytruth.wordpress.com

…On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abraham, saying “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates”… Genesis, 15:18

God spoke unto us saying, ‘Go to the hill-country and all the places nigh thereunto… in the Arabah, the hill-country and in the Lowland… in the South and by the sea-shore, the land of the Canaanites, and Lebanon, as far as the great river, the river Euphrates…Go in therefore and possess the land which the Lord swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, unto them and to their seed after them… Deuteronomy 1:6–8

Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours, from the wilderness, and Lebanon, from the river Euphrates, even unto the hinder sea shall be your border…Deuteronomy 11:24

…From the wilderness, and this Lebanon, even unto the great river, the Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your border…Joshua 1:4

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It’s amazing, just how easily it rolls off the tongue, in heated or even casual conversation…

‘Well, GOD gave them that land, and if we do anything to get in God’s face, He’s gonna get in OURS, and when He does, it ain’t gonna be pretty…’

…As if things weren’t ugly enough already…

This little religious ditty is the ‘science’ that Jewish interests (and their intellectually-comatose Christian-Zionist lackeys) have used now for close to a century in rationalizing the irrational and in defending the indefensible.

Mass murder, despoilment, displacement, the dehumanization of millions of innocent people in the Middle East and the total meltdown of all order–political, economic, military, social, et al–everywhere else, but as far as Israel and her supporters are concerned, these are just irrelevant details distracting us from the ‘real truth’ of the matter, which is—

…what ‘God’ wants…

Anyone doubting this is the case need do no more than check in at the front desk of the Jewish mainstream media on any given day where, like some gypsy fortune teller looking into a magic Kristol ball, there is always some vizier claiming to have hacked into God’s hard drive reminding the world in some fashion ‘how bad the weather’s gonna get’ if the Jews don’t get ‘that land’.

In their narration, there he sits, ‘Yahweh’, the Jewish God…fair-skinned, blue-eyed, white-haired…tic, tic, ticking away like a time bomb, just waiting for the right moment, and then–

BOOM!!!

–goes ‘biblical’, and in the process dishes out a healthy dose of holy hell against an insubordinate non-Jewish world for having ignored His plans concerning a certain Middle East real estate venture.

Now, do the long-bearded, curly-locked, black-hat-wearing, barely-literate ‘scientists’ presenting such a thesis use any form of measurable, visible, empirical data in ‘proving’ such a theory? Do they dust for fingerprints, take a sampling of carpet fibers, put bloodhounds on the trail or in any way collect even the minutest shred of ‘evidence’ for such a thesis that the rational mind can grasp?

Perish such insolent and heretical thoughts. In this case rather, the dope-dealers trafficking in this pure, uncut Kristol Meth mythology known as Judaism simply open up their Old Testament scrolls (which they themselves wrote) and recite a laundry list of bad things that (they say) happened to all sorts of people (s) who ‘got in the way’ of them getting their grubby paws on ‘that land’, including the 31 villages of yesteryear that (again, they say) were ‘wiped off the map’ by the ‘world’s most moral army’ under the IDF generalship of biblical luminaries such as Abraham, Moses, Joshua et al.

Yes, in 2012, a time and place where (we thought) we’d put away the ‘prevailing wisdom’ of the Dark Ages…A place where rational thought and an at least semi-sane science have brought the blessings of modern medicine, rapid transit, deep sea and space exploration, the study of subatomic particles and about a million other things making today’s existence virtually indistinguishable from that of a mere century ago…

And yet THIS—self-worshipping, narcissistic, black magic Judaic mythology—is what’s used in explaining, supporting and justifying the religiously-inspired madness that’s led not only to the creation, support and suckling of the Jewish state, but as well to all the apocalyptic wars serving as the life support system for this sickly, stillborn, given-to-fits-of-madness l’enfant horrible known as ‘Israel’.

However, as bad as all this is already, the REAL problem (aside from the fact that a gang of well-funded, well-organized religious fundamentalist headcases has managed to reorganize world affairs to the detriment of everyone besides them) is that the present hurricane of biblically-inspired violence is only in its early stages, much to the unbeknownst of most players involved, minus of course the organized Jewish interests directing it all…

That’s right folks, as heated as things certainly are, nevertheless no one should be loosening their collars for a little relief just yet, because the fact of the matter is–things are just getting warmed up…

Yes, hard to imagine, since after all what we’re talking about here is 20 years of non-stop war between the Christian and Islamic worlds, beginning first with George H.W. Bush’s invasion/destruction of Iraq and then continuing through 3 subsequent presidential administrations…Trillions of dollars spent and several tens of millions of lives destroyed either by death, disease or ruination.

In such a scenario therefore it’s hard to imagine it getting much worse, until one begins to understand the goals and aims of those who engineered this ‘splendid little war’ and just how far they plan on taking it, a script that when boiled down to its irreducible minimum makes clear to all the fact that we ain’t seen nothing yet…

As the old saying goes concerning a fool and his money being ‘soon parted,’ truer words have never been spoken when it comes to the West and its all-too-willing role as both surrogate mother and midwife in birthing upon civilized society Rosemary’s Baby, heretofore known simply as the Jewish state. The misery index suffered by today’s great, great grandchildren of yesterday’s Romans in willfully forfeiting their national treasure—the gold, silver, and red—in fighting the various wars for the soon-to-be-declared Jewish Empire truly is a Greek tragedy of the non-Greek variety. In allowing should-be mental patients such as Perle, Wolfowitz, Feith, Abrams, Lieberman and Netanyahu (madmen whose minds have been pickled to the gills on the religious science fiction liquor known as Old Testamentism) to put her on a course of permanent war with the Islamic world, the West—by having laid down with the Zionist mad dog–has now woken up with the all-too-predictable maladies associated with having been bitten by its disease-carrying fleas.

And if America and her Western drag-alongs such as England, France et al think things are tough now in terms of economy, demographics and the domestic pressures these wars for Pax Judaica are bringing them, let them understand then that these are but the first birth pangs of what is sure to be a long and painful labor and delivery. After all, what we are talking about here is expanding Israel’s borders several hundred miles to the east and several hundred miles to the south and in the process killing and/or displacing as many as 300 million non-Jews in order to bring about this thing that has never before existed—

Eretz Israel…

Oh, did they forget to mention that in all the propagandizing they’ve done when discussing ‘poor little Israel’ and the Christian West’s responsibility in protecting the ‘apple of God’s eye’? Did they forget (fail) to mention that Israel’s real agenda here is not some eensy, weensy, teensy slice of land the size of Rhode Island but rather a behemoth 4 times the size of Texas?

Lest we forget–

…On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abraham, saying “To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates”… Genesis, 15:18

Can’t argue much with that, now can we? After, all, it comes right out of the very first of the Jewish ‘holy’ books and more or less sets the stage for the rest of the narrative. ‘God’ has spoken and has laid down the law.

And lest some (made understandably nervous by such ‘frank’ discussions about what ‘biblical’ Israel REALLY encompasses) attempt to deflect and derail such a discussion by saying the aforementioned passage from Genesis is but one small utterance taken out of context, consider then that it is repeated over,

and over,

and over,

and over,

AND OVER AGAIN

–throughout the ENTIRETY of the Jewish Old Testament.

Yes, that’s right folks, from the Nile to the Euphrates, just as ‘God’ promised/ordered…Roughly 1,000,000 square miles of land encompassing ALL of historic Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, parts of northern Saudi Arabia, eastern Egypt, eastern Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djbouti, part of Somalia and half of Uganda all the way to Lake Victoria.

WOW…Talk about your ‘hidden clauses’ and ‘fine print’. What originally sounded like a deal ‘too good to pass up’ has instead turned out to be ‘an offer you can’t refuse’. Not just a pound of flesh in Shylockian shyster legalese, but indeed human suffering that is—even after utilizing all the mechanisms of modern math and science at our disposal—incalculable in its magnitude.

So, the long and short of it is that despite the very well-orchestrated propaganda campaign portraying the entire Zionist venture as some harmless ‘retirement investment’ where a handful of honest, unpretentious individuals want to buy up a few meager shares of this corporate stock known as the Middle East (and all its resources) with the butter & egg money they have stashed away over time, the truth of the matter is that this has been—FROM THE BEGINNING–a hostile takeover of the entire enterprise, where the 300 million other shareholders who have owned the class A stock in this piece of real estate for thousands of years have had their investment stolen from them at the point of a gun.

Do we understand a little better now why there is this thing known as ‘Arab terrorism?’ Do we now have a better grasp of ‘Islamic extremism?’ Simple cause and effect and a case of ‘What shall ye sow, also shall ye reap’.

And now, with the advent of the ‘war on terrorism’, what we are seeing is the final putsch for total control of the company. What’s more is that the organized Jewish interests responsible for bringing it all about are willing to see it done down to the last American, Brit, Frenchman, Italian, etc, etc, etc, for that famously Judaic principle summed up thus—

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth…

Why?  Because as these organized Jewish interests see it, the aforementioned Americans, Brits, Frenchmen, Italians, etc, etc, etc are the great, great grandchildren of the same Romans of yesteryear who violated that idea of Eretz Israel when the military legions under the generalship of Titus destroyed it all in 70 AD, and in exactly the fashion as Jesus Christ described, not ‘one stone being left upon another’.

So, since—as the Jews believe—that ‘the sins of the father’ fall upon the heads of the sons, likewise therefore, it is the job of the Europeans today to fund and rebuild this thing that their forefathers destroyed almost 2,000 years ago.

Absent all that however is the fact that she—Israel—can’t do it alone. Again, we are talking about 300 million + Arabs and their 1 billion + cousins scattered throughout the world in places such as North Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, and–last but certainly not least—

Iran…

Yes….Iran. Why, the Euphrates river comes almost right smack dab up to her western borders…Whaddya know?

Fairly easy to see then why Iran might turn out to be a fly in the ointment in all of this.

Iran, despite being neither Arab nor Sunni, nevertheless achieved what no other country in the region has—a real revolution and real independence. No foreign (western) assistance in the form of money or weaponry. Beholden to no one. Sovereign. Stabile. Strong.

And with such a country (Iran) like this in the region at a time when Israel must keep those living within the aforementioned 1,000,000 square miles of the soon-to-be-declared ‘Jewish state’ disoriented and confused so as to make possible the business of scrubbing the land clean of non-Jewish squatters, such a situation is clearly unacceptable, and for easy-to-understand reasons.

Why, Iran–Beholden to no one Iran…Sovereign Iran….Stabile Iran…Strong Iran–might wind up becoming a role model for those 300 million Arabs…She might start tutoring them on what they need to do in achieving what she did in 1979. Next thing you know, the Arabs, rather than being disoriented and ‘scurrying around like drugged cockroaches’ (as former Mossed capo Rafael Eitan once quipped) are getting their Ps and Qs together. They are organized. They are reading off the same page and functioning like a well-tuned political machine. As a result, they begin electing leaders who put Arab interests 1st, 2nd and 3rd…They then begin kicking Western influences out, at which point they begin courting other powers such as Russia or China, and next thing ya know—

BOOM!!!

The thousands-of-years-old dream of Eretz Israel vanishes before it even materializes as it did in 70 AD, revealing the entire codified-in-the-Torah Jewish narrative and its dreams of territorial conquest of the entire Middle East and acquisition of its natural resources as nothing more than the mere rantings of madmen hearing voices in their heads.

And it is due entirely to all this that organized Jewish interests make sure NEVER to discuss ‘Eretz Israel’ as it is described in the bible. This is why—through their control over the leadership of Western Christian churches–that the ‘fine print’ and ‘hidden clauses’ concerning the REAL Jewish state are NEVER discussed and instead, the narrative centers around ‘poor, defenseless LITTLE Israel’…Cute little Israel…Apple of God’s eye Israel…

The day that these same Christian societies come to understand that they have signed onto a 1,000-year war in destabilizing dozens of countries containing over a billion righteously-angry people, and at the same time start doing the math on what it has cost ALREADY, these same Christian societies will then tear up such a contract and lynch those responsible for consigning them and their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness towards the furtherance of these ‘hidden clauses’.

Clearly, as current events are proving to be the case on a daily basis, no other people in any time period of recorded history have been able to do so much damage so efficiently and with nothing more than a little ink, some papyrus and a dash of black magic they call ‘hasbara’. Waving this self-composed narrative in the face of the world like some eons-old lottery ticket acquired from that great Seven-Eleven in the sky, complete with winning numbers on it that never expire, it—the religious literature of the Jews—is now proving to be the most dangerous WMD ever employed against mortal, civilized man. With this document (and the magic incantations contained therein) each individual member of the cast becomes a shareholder in its destructive powers, similar to radioactive particles whose ingathering results in critical mass and the inevitable thermonuclear reaction.

While indeed it is in its early stages–this thermonuclear reaction known as the ingathering of Jewish power–let those with the ability to do so (principally the West where the preponderance of political, economic and military power resides) pull the plug on this Fukashima type disaster before it reaches the point of no return.

The alternative to such is that if (when) such a point of no return is reached, it would eerily resemble the fulfillment of dire warnings left by the One man remembered these last 2,000 years for His opposition to the radioactive nature of Jewish power, and who described this apocalyptic condition simply as one where ‘no flesh would survive’.

Mark Glenn

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian  
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this Blog!

Racism in jewish terror state’s universities “escalating out-of-control”

March 28, 2013


By Adam Whittock – March 26, 2013
 

 
On March 6, three Palestinian students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem were arrested after they demonstrated in support of Palestinian prisoners. 
 
They were arrested by Israeli police several minutes after the protest was over whilst chatting to fellow students on the street.
 
“We were protesting against Israel’s detainment of Palestinian prisoners and against police prosecution of Arab students,” said Majd Hamdan, one of the students who were arrested.
 
“At no point did the police say the protest was illegal…they did not tell us anything about the protest actually. But they still arrested us.”
 
The demonstration was also a partial response to the treatment of Khalil Gharra, also studying at Hebrew University, who was taken into police custody in the middle of the night on February 24 by four armed security personnel in civilian clothing. The men searched his room, traced his hard-drive, confiscated laptops and temporarily jailed him inside Jerusalem’s Russian Compound prison.
 
Majd was released the next day, after spending a night in Israeli prison, but Khalil Gharra went through a court hearing the morning after his arrest. According to +972 magazine, the pretext for his arrest was a Facebook status in which Gharra criticised Palestinians from his village who serve in the police. Despite confiscating his laptop, they found no evidence of this. They then agreed to release him if he paid NIS 5,000 ($1,500) of his own money. 
 
Despite refusing, he was sent home in the afternoon of the same day.  
 
Recently, discrimination against Palestinian students has gained much media attention, and reached a peak with the case of Imad Shaqqour.
We get accustomed to certain racist situations especially when it comes to political activities in college, but this incident is just outrageous, [as] we are being denied our native language
Shaqqour was denied advice from Haifa University’s Counselling Center because he spoke Arabic. The counsellor reportedly stated “I’m sorry, Arabic is not allowed in here, I hope this is fine with you, but this is how we do it here.”
 
“We get accustomed to certain racist situations especially when it comes to political activities in college, but this incident is just outrageous, [as] we are being denied our native language,” said Shaqqour in an interview with the Arabs48 website.
 
The Arab Culture Association runs a youth empowerment program that reports and exposes incidents of university discrimination, and documents them in an ‘Academic Watch’ report. The most recent reports details over 60 cases in which Arab-Palestinian students have been actively discriminated against in the past year alone.
 
This indicates, of course, that each incident is not isolated. However media coverage has focused on direct assaults on Palestinian students and has given little attention to the day-to-day and long-standing racism in Israeli institutions.
 
Institutionalized racism: “I’m sorry, I just don’t like Arabs”
 
“Even if you speak Arabic too loudly or say something they don’t like, you will get a glaring look or somebody will mutter something towards you,” explains Basma, a student studying at Tel Aviv University.
 
Basma had recently organized a demonstration in support of Palestinian prisoners at the entrance to Tel Aviv University, which was met by a counter-demonstration of Israeli students and a bloc of police between the two sides. The event was entirely peaceful, with no arrests.
 
Despite the action, the climate of prejudice and alienation, especially towards use of the Arabic language, is generally shrugged off by many Arab students. This is simply because they cannot react to such entrenched forms of racism. 
 
Basma and Dr. Ran HaCohen, a professor at Tel Aviv University, discussed an interesting comparison between the treatment of Ethiopian-Jewish and Palestinian students.
 
They explain how the Dean of Students at the university offers student services, like advice on studies, help with dormitories and aids to career development with a special emphasis for prospective students from minority groups. Dr. HaCohen details how the Ethiopian-Jewish division is very helpful and empowering, with new students using it to form networks of assistance for each other.
However, Basma describes the Palestinian-Arab section of the Dean of Students as “an extension of the Deanship” and merely an institutional requirement that offers little help to Palestinian students.
In Haifa, the Dean was involved in the protests during the latest Gaza War. Palestinian student Maria Zahran was targeted by Israeli online counter-protestors, who shared her facebook profile and incited violence towards her in various messages. When she contacted the Dean to hold a Disciplinary Committee they offered little response and closed the case at the earliest opportunity.
 
Yet the Dean at Haifa, and at other Israeli universities, has repeatedly taken disciplinary action against Palestinian students without hesitation.
 
As if university-based discrimination is not enough, Palestinian students also have to adjust to a life in an environment away from Arab-majority populations. 
 
Haifa University gained a lot of media attention when it was found to be giving out its dormitories to students who had served in the military rather to those who deserved the places from a socio-economic basis. The dorms are relatively cheap, but as Palestinian citizens of Israel cannot serve in the military, they would be forced to look for the more expensive privately owned apartments.
Yet, and without de-valuating the above example, there is a wider struggle for Palestinian students searching for accommodation. Students at Tel Aviv University have to find accommodation in the city, rather than on the campus, as they enter their third year. 
 
As Basma explains, “In one occasion I call up a person letting out a flat, and she is interested until she asks my name. I call back a few days later, on my friend’s phone, and she says ‘oh right, yes you, oh I’m sorry I just don’t like Arabs.’ This is what we have to go through. It is escalating out-of-control.”
 
Militarisation and control on subject majors
 
Students on study leave whilst part of the armed forces regularly carry their weapons around campus. 
 
The militaristic nature of Israeli universities is plainly evident and has been analyzed by many. The Middle East Department of Tel Aviv University has become notorious among Palestinian students for its racist dictum, and for its effective grooming of future Shabak (Israel’s security agency) members. 
The preference given to students who have served in the Israeli military have severely affected the choices Palestinian students have to study at university.
Those who choose to attend university and are enticed towards studying science-based subjects as Israeli universities offer humanities courses that Palestinian students do not readily identify with.
The majority of university courses do not accept anybody younger than 21 years of age. Yet high school in Israel finishes when the pupil reaches 18. This system is designed around the use of conscription into the army for the three years in between high school and university. As Palestinian students are not allowed to serve in the military, they have three years in which they must find employment before joining university. 
 
The reality is most Palestinians students with aspirations for studying rarely follow through with their plans. The pressures of living in a comparatively low socio-economic environment compel most prospective students to continue their employment without study. 
 
What’s more, those who do choose to attend university are enticed towards studying science-based subjects as Israeli universities offer humanities courses that Palestinian students do not readily identify with.
 
Yet even in science-based subjects there are doors closing for Palestinians, as they compete with Israeli society. The military is heavily involved with medical academia, allowing conscripts to delay their service whilst studying medicine, and ensuring grants and scholarships are readily available to future soldiers, with the desire that they become army medics. 
 
Pharmacology is one of the increasingly rare subjects that allow high school graduates at age 18 to apply for study, and is not in competition with another strata of Israeli society whilst at the same time, it provides a good opportunity for employment afterwards.
 
For this reason, the pharmaceutical industry in Israel is dominated by Palestinian post-graduates. 
Yet there are rumours in the Jerusalem municipality that the age restriction on the study of pharmacology may be raised to 21 years of age quite soon.
 
“The message seems to be they would rather have a university without any Arabs at all,” says Mohammed Awadi, a Tel Aviv student leader.
 
The disturbing control over intellectual property by the Israeli state system is clearly visible through the eyes of Palestinians. 
 
With two conflicting moves, Israel is attempting to absorb and co-opt its Palestinian population into its ideological apparatus, whilst closing off the universities and thus opportunities for Palestinians, thereby removing any internal non-Jewish intellectual threat to the existence of the Zionist state.
 

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Jewish Terror State planning for confrontation with Egypt

March 27, 2013

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America is keen to maintain Israel's military edge in the region
America is keen to maintain Israel’s military edge in the region

Israel Today newspaper has prepared a special report on the Arab armies in the Middle East; its title is telling; “Long Arm in the Region” is a reference to the Israel Defence Forces. It is claimed that the IDF is planning for a confrontation with Egypt.

The report has been prepared by the paper’s military editor, Yoav Limor and opens with the failures of the IDF in the 2006 Lebanon war. Limor notes that there is a new unit within the IDF which studies the armies of the Arab states through Israel’s military intelligence agency, Aman. This agency supplies information on the power centres in the region’s armies and their plans, as well as how to exhaust their capabilities even before a direct confrontation. In the event of war with any Arab state, the new unit is ready to present a detailed plan of attack, cutting off enemy supply routes and rendering it unable to retaliate against Israeli attacks. The IDF is supposed to be able to paralyse any Arab army within two days of the outbreak of hostilities.

Apparently, claims Israel Today, the unit was tested with Operation Pillar of Cloud/Defence against the Gaza Strip in November 2012, which followed the assassination of senior Hamas member Ahmed Al-Jaabari. The newspaper pointed out that Israel has a missile defence system which can down any aircraft flying hundreds of meters beyond its borders, in addition to smart missiles that can hit Hezbollah’s missiles in south Lebanon.

The paper added that in the event of a war with Egypt the Syrians would not be able to use Scud missiles to attack Israel on a second front because the IDF could destroy them on the ground before they have been deployed. Israel’s development of advanced tanks such as the Merkava 5 makes it more than capable of deterring any direct assault across the border. The air arm of the IDF can, notes the newspaper, transport large numbers of combat troops over long distances in the shortest possible time. It stressed that part of Israel’s strategy is to destroy enemy troops and armour before they have left their bases.

Looking at the statistics of the Egyptian armed forces, Israel Today reports that the army has 600,000 men in service at any one time, with 1 million reservists, 3,980 combat tanks and 2,760 artillery pieces. Egypt has also recently taken delivery of 20 F-18 fighter aircraft. The backbone of the Egyptian air force is made up of 220 Falcon F-16 fighters based at 17 airfields out of a total of 86 air force bases around the country. In addition, it has 40 advanced Mirage 2000 jets, 32 F-4 Phantom IIs, Mirage 5, C130 Hercules and 10 early-warning and control aircraft. The government in Cairo is looking to buy replacements for its aging MIG-21s and F-4s. America is keen to maintain Israel’s military edge in the region, claims Israel Today. That is why Washington has rejected Egyptian requests for F-15 interceptor aircraft. Egypt is, therefore, turning to Russia to buy SU-35s and MIG-29s.

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