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Cartoon by cartoonist Carlos Latuff

Cartoon by cartoonist Carlos Latuff

Israel is always claiming that they only target “terrorists” in order to “defend” themselves when in reality they are willing to kill anyone. It’s like a game for them. A disgusting and inhumane act that the world continues to ignore.


Paralyzed By Israeli Missile, Child Faces Israeli Legal System

Maria AamenBokra.net

Maria AamenBokra.net

IMEMC – The Israeli Supreme Court delayed, Thursday, deliberation in an appeal filed on behalf of a Palestinian child from Gaza who was paralyzed by an Israeli missile that also killed several family members in Gaza.

Maria Aamen is now 11, but when she was only three years old, an Israeli missile struck a civilian vehicle in Gaza leading to the death of her mother, grandmother and her 7-year old brother.

Maria did not die in the attack but was seriously injured when the explosion threw her body out of the car causing Quadriplegia; seven Palestinians were injured in the attack.

Maria now lives in Um Al-Fahem, north of the country, receiving medical attention at a specialized Israeli medical center.

Following her serious injury, the Israeli Supreme Court made a rare decision in favor of Maria allowing her to receive the needed medical treatment.

But the Israeli Defense Ministry did not want to pay the expenses for Maria’s treatment, and in 2007, Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, decided to stop the funding for her treatment.

Since then, the family of Maria has been in legal battles with Israel, trying to ensure continued treatment in Israeli medical centers.

Defense Attorney, Adi Lustigman, stated that the Supreme Court decided to delay the deliberations until next week in order to study Maria’s medical file.

Lustigman presented the court with a detailed medical report outlining the health condition of the child, and informing the court that Maria constantly needs respirators, thorough medical attention, and is always dependent on her power chair.

Maria told the Bokra News Agency that she wants her “old life back”, and that she wants to be like other children, without her power chair, and without all of those machines.

“I want to live like other children do, I want to live without a power chair, without respirators”, she said, “As a child, I was robbed of my basic rights to live in peace, the Israeli missile killed my dear mother, my brother, my grandmother, and my uncle, and left me in this condition”.

“Today am fighting for my life in this court, trying to convince Israel to continue to pay for my much needed medical expenses”, Maria added, “Am still alive because of the extensive medical attention am receiving here, and my respirator, am moving around on my power chair, I can’t move any part of my body, I can only move my head”.

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Israel removes new Palestinian protest camp

Army removes encampment in the occupied West Bank saying the tents and building were on land owned by Israel.

Israeli border police arrested Palestinian protesters at the Bab al-Shams 'outpost' east of Jerusalem last week [AFP]

Israeli border police arrested Palestinian protesters at the Bab al-Shams ‘outpost’ east of Jerusalem last week [AFP]

The Israeli army has removed a Palestinian protest encampment of four tents and a building under construction near a village in the occupied West Bank, military sources said.

In addition to demolishing the structures near Beit Iksa, on the northwestern outskirts of Jerusalem, early on Monday “20 Palestinians at the site were evicted without incident,” the sources said.

On Sunday night, the army issued “invasion removal orders” to the encampment, saying three of the tents and the building were on land owned by Israel, and the fourth tent was on the route of a planned separation barrier.

Activists on Friday set up the encampment to protest against Israel’s intention to confiscate at least 124 acres of land near the village, naming the camp Bab al-Karama, Arabic for Gate of Dignity.

Bab al-Karama was inspired by a separate Palestinian protest camp of 24 tents set up on a disputed piece of land on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem that was dismantled by police last week.

Activists had established that camp, which they dubbed Bab al-Shams, or Gate of the Sun in Arabic, in a bid to draw attention to Israeli plans to build in the area, known as E1.

Source: Agencies


Witness: Israeli soldier killed woman ‘in cold blood’

Suad Jaara was shot in the hand by an Israeli soldier who killed her friend Lubna al-Hanash near Hebron on Jan. 23.MaanImages

Suad Jaara was shot in the hand by an Israeli soldier who killed her friend Lubna al-Hanash near Hebron on Jan. 23.MaanImages

Ma’an News – “I saw an Israeli soldier on the main road firing gunshots haphazardly, so I put my left hand on Lubna’s back, and grabbed her to try and run backward. A gunshot hit my hand, and I shouted as I ran.

“I thought Lubna was running behind me until I reached the security guards of Al-Arrub College who took me to a clinic in the camp before an ambulance arrived and took me to hospital.”

This, says Suad Jaara, 28, is what she witnessed Wednesday afternoon when Israeli officers near al-Arrub refugee camp shot her and her friend Lubna al-Hanash. Lubna, 22, died hours later.

Speaking to Ma’an, Jaara said Thursday that she and Lubna were walking on the campus of Al-Arrub College about 100 meters from the main road when they came under fire.

“An Israeli soldier was shooting from his rifle while a white car was parked on the roadside. There was nobody in the area except Lubna and I. He was a criminal … yes, a criminal who opened fired at us in cold blood killing Lubna and injuring me.”

Jaara’s testimony contradicts claims by the Israeli army’s chief of central command on Channel 10 Wednesday evening that the woman was trying to hurl a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli vehicle.

An army spokeswoman also told Ma’an on Wednesday that “soldiers were attacked by Palestinians who hurled multiple firebombs at them while they were traveling near al-Arrub. Soldiers returned fire and the circumstances of the incident are currently being reviewed.”

But Jaara says she and her late friend were the only ones in the area, walking around and enjoying the scenery.

“Lubna arrived two days ago to visit her sister, who is married to my brother. She had heard about Al-Arrub College and she wanted to visit it. I accompanied her to campus and she admired the area because it’s in a charming natural landscape. When we decided to leave campus, a criminal fired at us and Lubna died a martyr.”

Jaara is an employee at the Ministry of Prisoners Affairs. Her brother Jihad was a gunman in Fatah’s al-Aqsa Brigades in the Bethlehem area. He was deported to Ireland after the Nativity Church siege in 2002.

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16 year old from Bethlehem dies from gunshot wounds

16 year old Saleh Amareen, a resident of Bethlehem, died Wednesday of wounds sustained over the weekend when hit by an Israeli army bullet.

The teenager was critically injured after being hit by a bullet in the head during confrontations with Israeli soldiers near Aida refugee camp on the northern outskirts of the city.

He was taken to hospital in Bethlehem before he was transferred to hospital in Israel due to his critical condition.

Before being pronounced dead the young boy was in a coma and living on life support.

I guarantee you won’t hear about this on mainstream media.
I refuse to stay silent about injustice.
I am the voice for the voiceless.


Israeli forces shoot and kill woman near Hebron

Israeli forces have shot and killed a woman today near Hebron and injured another.

It has been reported that Israeli soldiers traveling in a civilian car opened fire at a group of people at the entrance to al-Arrub refugee camp south of Bethlehem.

Medics stated that Lubna Munir Hanash, 22, was shot in the head and died from her injuries while Suad Yusuf Jaara was shot in the hand and transported to Ahli hospital in Hebron.

According to Al-Quds newspaper Hanash was a fourth-year political science student at Al-Quds University and had been visiting her sister in Arroub camp.

Locals say that there were no clashes in the area at the time and that after the shooting Israeli soldiers prevented an ambulance from arriving at the scene for around 10 minutes.

I guarantee you won’t hear about this on mainstream media.
I refuse to stay silent about injustice.
I am the voice for the voiceless.

The mother of 22-year-old Palestinian Lubna Hanash mourns over her daughter's body at their family home in the the West Bank town of Bethlehem today.

The mother of 22-year-old Palestinian Lubna Hanash mourns over her daughter’s body.


Israeli teachers paid for military recruitment

Israeli army recruitsAFP Photo / Jack Guez

Israeli army recruitsAFP Photo / Jack Guez

RT – Israel is encouraging and financing a new form of patriotism by offering bonuses to high school teachers who succeed in motivating students to do their army service. The move has sparked a wave of criticism of the Ministry of Education.

The initiative by the Ministry of Education that circulated in schools last year outlined the new policy of granting end of year bonuses to full-time teachers in Israel’s schools based on “achievements in learning”, ”social achievements”, and“achievements in values”.

The top 40 per cent of schools with a “high rate of enlistment for military, national or civil service” will receive funds to award their teachers with bonuses, according to the circular obtained by the Christian Science Monitor.

Those ranked among top ten percent will receive funds to grant bonuses in the amount of $2,160, while an equivalent of $1,620 will be paid for the next 10 per cent.

Critics of the move by the ministry say the militarization of the education system infringes on the future generation’s ability to participate in Middle East peace-making. Supporters say recuitment must remain high to ensure the security of the nation, citing army complaints that the percentage of young people taking up military service has dropped in recent years.

Those who oppose the pay scheme say that military propaganda comes at the cost of student education.

“Educating to prepare for the army and to encourage enlistment comes at the expense of regular education, which is meant to educate for democracy and citizenship,” Sharaf Hassan, educational director for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel told the Monitor.

Such an approach can also result in xenophobia, argues the former education minister Yossi Sarid.

“The ministry of education is taking Israel in a more militaristic, more nationalistic, more xenophobic, and more chauvinistic direction. It’s not education, it’s a sort of indoctrination,” Sarid said.

The education ministry claims that the bonus program is “designed to develop excellence among teachers and pupils.”

To survive, surrounded by enemies and threats, says a spokesman for former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Raanan Gissin, “everyone has to take part in defense and that means three years of military service.”

Source: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org


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Israeli Soldiers Arresting Mother and Her 18-Month Old Baby

Reema and her 18 months old baby girl, Quamar were arrested earlier today at Umm Al Arayes, South Hebron hills, upon Reema’s arrival to cultivate her family’s land. As of now, Mother and daughter are still held at the Hebron Police Station and apparently, the station’s policemen insists on them having to spend the night in custody.


Israeli army ‘provoked Palestinian teenager and then shot him’

A Palestinian schoolboy killed by Israeli gunfire near the West Bank separation barrier had been reacting to insults shouted by soldiers with loudhailers before he was shot, eyewitnesses have said.

Sidiqya Khalaf Awad holds a portrait of her 16-year-old son Samir

Sidiqya Khalaf Awad holds a portrait of her 16-year-old son Samir

The claim contradicts an account given by the Israeli army, which says 16-year-old Samir Awad was shot after cutting through a section of the security fence as he tried “infiltrate into Israel”.

The teenager died on Tuesday after being shot three times. He was hit from behind as he was running away from Israeli troops in the village of Boudrous, according to his family. Doctors at Ramallah Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said he had suffered gunshot wounds to his neck, leg and torso.

An Israeli Defence Forces spokesman said the shooting happened after soldiers initiated “standard rules of engagement”, which include live fire, to respond to such incidents.

That was challenged on Wednesday by Samir Awad’s family, teachers and school friends, who said he had approached the fence only after being incited by Israeli troops, who had used loudspeakers to provoke pupils at Boudrous Secondary School, which sits 200 yards away, into a confrontation.

“They were shouting, ‘Come dogs, Come to the wall,” 10-year-old Khaled Shaheen told The Daily Telegraph. “They were also calling us sons-of-bitches and saying your mothers are dogs and adulteresses. They were shouting on the loudspeakers before Samir left his class.

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“When he came out of class, he and four friends told us younger children to stay inside the schoolyard while they approached the soldiers at the fence.”

His description was confirmed by several older pupils at the school, who said the soldiers uttered other obscenities they were reluctant to repeat.

An Arab language teacher, Nader Shalash, 37, said shouted insults from the army patrols were a daily occurrence.

“They went to say to the pupils, ‘We are here. Come and get a bit of trouble’,” said Mr Shalash, who described the teenager as intelligent and a

good student. “Some of the soldiers are Druze and some are Jewish. They also play loud music. We built a wall and fence around the school and also erected three gates which we keep locked during school hours because we don’t want any provocations. However, they happen.”

Family and friends say Samir was running away from the security barrier after soldiers fired tear gas. As he tried to head towards the school, he was intercepted by two other soldiers who had been hiding in a trench dug by the Jordanian army during the 1967 Six-Day War.

While his friends managed to get away, Samir’s escape route was cut off, forcing him to run back towards the barrier. It was at that point he was shot, witnesses say.

The incident happened shortly before 10am on Tuesday just after the teenager had finished a midterm science exam.

The Israeli human rights group, B’tselem, say the Israeli soldiers called for an ambulance but apparently did not administer treatment. They left the scene when villagers, including Samir’s brother, Jibril, arrived and carried him away.

Last night the IDF said it could not comment on the allegations of incitement as an investigation was underway into the shooting which is beign carried out by the military police.

On Wednesday, as the Awad family observed three days of mourning, The Daily Telegraph witnessed further confrontations in the area between the school and the security barrier. Israeli soldiers fired rounds of tear gas after several Palestinian youths approached the barrier, which consists entirely of fencing in the region around Boudrous.

The village achieved fame after being the first West Bank village to organise regular protests against the barrier, eventually succeeding in getting its route changed. The Awad family say they lost five acres of land to the barrier’s construction and that four of Samir’s brothers have been wounded in clashes with Israeli soldiers.

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Army Demolishes Bab Al-Shams

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IMEMC – Late on Wednesday at night, Israeli soldiers, accompanied by military bulldozers, attacked and demolished the Bab Al-Shams Palestinian village established by nonviolent activists on Palestinian lands Israel considers as “E1” area, and wants to build Jewish settlements on it.

The soldiers removed the tents after sealing the area and declaring it a closed military zone.

Palestinian nonviolent activist, Ali Obeidat, told the Maan News Agency, that a large number of soldiers were deployed in the area, Wednesday, and sealed it and declaring it a closed military zone.

Obeidat said that the soldiers placed cement blocks on main roads, and by evening hours Wednesday, several military bulldozers were on the scene.

Activist Mahmoud Zawahra stated that the Palestinians will rebuild Bab Al-Shams, and added that “Israel will soon be surprised to see each removed tent reinstalled”, and stated that the Palestinians are practicing their legitimate right in their own land.

The army demolished the village after the Israeli High Court removed an injunction that prevented the army from demolishing and removing the tents installed by the Palestinians, and issue that granted the army a green light to act against the village and remove it instead of just removing the activists.

On Sunday at dawn, January 13, thousands of Israeli soldiers and policemen attacked the Bab Al-Shams Palestinian village, and forcibly removed dozens of activists loading them onto buses; several injuries were reported. The detained activists were released later on.

Two days ago, Palestinian medical sources reported that at least 11 nonviolent peace activists, and 7 reporters, have been injured when Israeli soldiers attacked a group of activists trying to reach the Bab Al-Shams, several activists have been kidnapped.

Bab Al-Shams was established in response to the illegitimate Israeli decision to build thousands of units for Jewish settlers in the “E1” area in occupied East Jerusalem, by illegally confiscating thousands of Dunams of Palestinian lands.

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Israel police block Palestinians from reoccupying protest camp

Palestinians gather near Bab al-Shams. AFP

Palestinians gather near Bab al-Shams. AFP

Reuters – E1, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli police, using stun grenades, blocked about 50 Palestinian activists who tried on Tuesday to reoccupy tents they pitched last week on a patch of West Bank land which Israel wants for Jewish settlements.

Israel has drawn strong international criticism over plans to build settler homes in the area, known as “E1”, which connects the two parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank outside Arab suburbs of East Jerusalem.

On Sunday, hundreds of police officers evicted the protesters, who had claimed the area in the name of a future Palestinian state. The large, steel-framed tents remained standing at the site pending the outcome of Israeli Supreme Court hearings on Israel’s intention to remove them.

Protesters who tried to return to the tents on Tuesday were confronted by police officers who told them the site had been designated off-limits by the army.

One activist wore a white bridal gown and their cars were decked out in bright ribbons, making the protest look like a traditional Palestinian wedding.

“The protesters continued to make their way up. Police pushed the protesters back down the hill,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. “Two stun grenades were used to disperse the protesters and prevent attempts to climb back up.”

Twenty Palestinians were detained for questioning, he said.

For years Israel froze building in E1, which houses only a police headquarters, after coming under pressure from former U.S. President George W. Bush to keep the plans on hold.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans late last year to expand settlements after the Palestinians won de-facto statehood recognition at the United Nations General Assembly in November.

Many countries view Jewish settlement building in areas captured by Israel in a 1967 war as illegal and echo Palestinians concern such construction could deny them a viable and contiguous state.

E1 covers some 4.6 sq miles (12 sq km) and is seen as particularly important because it not only juts into the narrow “waist” of the West Bank, but also backs onto East Jerusalem, where Palestinians want to establish their capital.

About 500,000 Israelis and 2.5 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians broke down in 2010 over the issue of Israel’s continued settlement building.

Source: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org


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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Cartoon created by Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff in 2010.


Several Farmers Injured After Being Attacked By Settlers Near Bethlehem

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IMEMC – The Radio Bethlehem 2000 reported, Tuesday, that several Palestinian farmers, from Tequa’ village, east of Bethlehem, were injured after being attacked by a group of extremist settlers as they were heading to their lands.

Head of the Tequa’ Village Council , Taiseer Abu Mfarrih, stated that several members of the As-Sabah family were violently attacked and beaten by extremist settlers as they entered their own lands, close to the Nokadim illegal settlement, built on privately-owned lands that belong to the villagers.

Abu Mfarrih added that the settlers placed a mobile home and a barn for their sheep, in the land of As-Sabah family.

The residents saw the settlers in their lands and asked them to leave, but the settlers refused and attacked them.

Abu Mfarrih further stated that Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene, and fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at several farmers in the area leading to more injuries.

Source: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org


IDF troops kill Palestinian attempting to cross West Bank security barrier

Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas at Palestinians on January 11, 2013, in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus.Photo by AFP

Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas at Palestinians on January 11, 2013, in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus.Photo by AFP

Odai al Darawish, 21, was trying to cross into Israel to find work, his family said.

Haaretz – Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian who was trying to cross a security barrier to enter Israel from the occupied West Bank on Saturday.

Odai al Darawish, 21, was trying to cross into Israel to find work, his family said. He was taken to a hospital in Israel where he was pronounced dead, they said.

An Israeli military spokesman said soldiers had opened fire when they saw a man trying to cross the barrier in an area south of the West Bank city of Hebron.

“The soldiers followed the rules of engagement and fired towards his legs,” the spokesman said.

Hospital officials were not available for comment. Israel says the security barrier – a network of fences interspersed with concrete walls and projected to be 720 km (450 miles) long when complete – has prevented Palestinian suicide bombers entering Israel from the West Bank.

Palestinians say it is a way to grab land because it encroaches onto occupied territory, and the International Court of Justice has ruled it illegal.

Source: http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org


Israeli Soldiers Attack, Evict, Bab Al-Shams, Arrest Dozens

Still From Palestine TV Live Stream

Still From Palestine TV Live Stream

IMEMC – Thousands of Israeli soldiers and policemen attacked, on Saturday at dawn, the Bab Al-Shams Palestinian village, installed east of in occupied East Jerusalem, and forcibly removed dozens of activists loading them into buses.

The soldiers dragged several activists into the ground, attacked reporters and journalist and declared the area as a closed military zone, several injuries were reported.

The Israeli decision to evacuate the village came, on Saturday, through a direct order issued by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his right-wing fundamentalist cabinet.

Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that by midnight Saturday, the order was signed by Osnat Mandel, head of the Israeli High Court division of the Justice Ministry, under the claimed that “the people and the tends must be removed due to security considerations”.

The Israeli Police said that the eviction order, issued by the court, prohibits the army from removing the tens, but orders the removal of the people staying there.

Also, the so-called Israeli Civil Administration Office, run by the occupation in the West bank, claimed that the Palestinian tent village “was installed on state land”.

But four Bedouin families living in the area confirmed that they own the land, and even showed deeds proving ownership.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, who was also at the Palestinian village, stated that hundreds of Israeli soldiers invaded the village after surrounding it, and attacked the nonviolent activists camped there, and started kidnapping them.

The soldiers violently attacked the residents, including journalists, elderly and women, and dragged several resident onto the ground.

The soldiers repeatedly interrupted the work of local reporters, flashing their lights onto the camera, and pushing the reporters away, and dragged dozens of activists into buses that were brought by the army to the area.

On Saturday evening, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ordered the army “to remove the Palestinians and their supporters from the Palestinian outpost” that was installed on privately-owned Palestinian lands to send a message to Israel and the entire world that this land is the land of Palestine, and the Palestinian people have the right to inhabit it.

The army installed dozens of roadblocks around the area to prevent Palestinian traffic and surrounded the Bab Al-Shams where around 200 activists installed around 20 tents declaring the Bab Al-Shams Palestinian village, in the area were Israeli illegally declared it intends to build thousands of homes for Jewish settlers, east of occupied east Jerusalem.

The Israeli decision to build the illegal settlements in the occupied state of Palestine came after the Palestinians managed to obtain an observer state status at the UN – General Assembly.

The Israeli decision was met with international condemnation, but the settler-led government of Benjamin Netanyahu, approved the illegal settlement project.

The so-called E1 settlement project aims at linking the Maale Adumim illegal settlement, where 35000 reside, with occupied East Jerusalem, thus illegally confiscating Palestinian lands and blocking geographical continuity in the occupied West Bank.

This illegal Israeli project would divide the West Bank into two parts, and would completely isolate it from occupied East Jerusalem, an issue that would prevent the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.

Abdullah Abu Rahma, a Palestinian nonviolent activist from the West Bank village on Bil’in, who was also detained when the army attacked and evicted Bab Al-Shams, stated that this village is on private Palestinian land, and that the Palestinians are not invading anybody’s property, as they are establishing a village in the land of Palestine.

“We tied our hands, chained ourselves with each other to prevent the soldiers from removing us”, Abu Rahma said, “The Soldiers violently attacked us, beat us, and injured at least 10”

He added that there will be more nonviolent activities, and that the struggle for Bab Al-Shams, the nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Palestine will continue as the Palestinians are practicing their internationally-guaranteed right.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestine TV was live streaming from Bab Al-Shams, and the army repeatedly tried to interrupt the stream, pushing the reporters, and using large flashlight, pointing them against the camera to disrupt the images.

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Israeli Soldiers Attack Weekly Nonviolent Protesters In Hebron

Palestinian medical sources in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, reported that several residents suffered bruises and were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when soldiers attacked the weekly nonviolent protesters who were protesting against the Annexation Wall and Settlements in Beit Ummar town, north of the city.

Yousef Abu Maria, spokesperson of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, reported that the soldiers violently attacked the protesters, and fired dozens of gas bombs and concussion grenades.

The soldiers also attacked the protesters with batons and rifle-butts leading to several injuries. One local reporter was also wounded after being attacked and beaten by the soldiers.

On Friday, the Israeli army was deployed near the Karmie Tzur illegal settlement as the protestors marched towards the settlement demanding Israel to ends its illegal settlement contruction and expansions activites as well as end its violations against the residents.

During the nonviolent protests the Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protesters.

In Nabi Saleh village, near Ramallah, many were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when the army attacked the villagers and their international and Israeli supporters. Soldiers stopped the protest at the village entrance then invaded the village and fired tear gas at residents’ homes.

In the nearby villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin many residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when soldiers attacked the anti-wall protests there. The soldiers attacked the protests as soon as it reached the Israeli wall built on local villagers’ lands.

In the village of Kufur Qaddoum many villagers were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation when troops attacked the weekly anti wall and settlements protest there.

In Bethlehem, two residents were injured in the al Ma’sara village, on Friday, when Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti wall protest there. Soldiers forced people back into the village using rifle butts and batons to push people back, causing the two injuries.


Israeli solder with Arab-sounding name accuses El Al, an Israeli airline, of discrimination

A Jewish Israeli soldier is demanding an apology from El Al Airlines, claiming he was humiliated by security staff at the Brussels airport because he has an Arab-sounding name.

In November, Asaf Abudy was on his way to board a flight back to Israel from Belgium where he had been for 5 days representing Israel in a horseback-riding competition.

Once arriving at the airport Abudy says that the was separated from the other passengers and subsequently treated rudely and with no respect. He also upholds that some of the contents of his luggage went missing as well.

Avi Abudi, the Asaf Abudy’s father, told Haaretz that he believes his son, who is Jewish, was treated so badly because of his Arab-sounding name, specifically last name.

Asaf Abudy’s lawyer, Lior Har-Zvi, wrote to the airline following the incident stating that his client had very well made it clear to airline personnel that he was an Israeli Defense Force solder who was in the middle of his army service and that he was in Belgium representing Israel in a horseback-riding competition.

The letter read:

“Our client was taken by your company’s representative to an isolated area of the Brussels airport, and during the entire time he was held in the isolated area he was prevented from using the restroom, as if he was a dangerous detainee or someone accused of a serious crime.”

The soldier said he was held in an area with two other passengers who were speaking Arabic, and that he was later led onto the plane by security personnel shortly before takeoff.

It was later, when he arrived in Israel, that he noticed that some of his riding gear was missing from his luggage.

El Al responded that, although it regrets any distress caused to the passenger, it conducts security arrangements according to procedures set by the Israeli government.

It then added that any “special scrutiny” is based on professional criteria and is not meant to offend any particular passenger.

The airline also claimed that in Abudi’s case procedure required that he be subjected to additional security measures as part of routine security sampling.

Source: http://www.Haaretz.com


Around 1,000 Palestinians living in the northern plaines of the occupied West Bank begain leaving homes

Around 1,000 Palestinians living in Bedouin areas of Al-Maleh in the northern plaines of the occupied West Bank begain leaving their homes and tents after receiving military order from the Israeli army informing them that the soldiers will be conducting drills in on their land.

Aref Daraghma, head of the village council of the Al-Maleh area and the Bedouin tribes stated that around 1,000 residents started leaving their land in order ro avoid harm and clashed with the soldiers who intended to remvoce them by force if they did not leave on their own.

Daraghma added that the residents fear that the Israeli military training will cause destruction of their lands and property, and that the soldiers would even prevent them from returning to their lands and homes.

“They are in a tough situation right now”, Daraghma stated, “They had to evict their structures, their tents, and had to leave the area”.

He further stated that the grazing area, inhabited by the shepherds, includes Wadi Al-Maleh, Ein Al-Hilwa, Al-Faw Valley, Al-Meeta, Al-Borj, and other villages.

This is not the first time Israel has performed such military drills on the Palestinians’ land. Last summer they forced dozens of families to leave their homes in order to conduct such drills thus forcing the families to find shelter in other areas until the drills were concluded.

Thousands of Palestinians have been displaced and repeatedly removed from the area since Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. Israel also demolished dozens of entire villages inhabited by Bedouins and shepherds.


IS THIS FAIR?

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Here we see a young Palestinian boy throwing a rock at an Israeli tank.
Is this fair?
How is this a true fight?
The men behind the tank are cowards.
It is the boy who is strong and brave.


ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT PEACE

I have said it before and I will say it again, Israel does NOT want peace.
How does Israel expect peace when they are planning on displacing 1,000 Palestinians?
Better yet, how can anyone BELIEVE that Israel wants peace when they are planning on displacing 1,000 Palestinians?
They are forcing these people out of their homes and leaving them with no place to live in order to undergo military training.
It’s sort of like one big circle.
First, the Israelis kick the Palestinians out of their homes so the Israelis can use the area for military training.
Then, the Israelis will use their new skills in order to attack and kill Palestinians.
Quite ironic, isn’t it?