Moment by moment stories from Occupied Palestine

         Go down, Moses against Pharaoh Netanyahu…See here.

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         Here are some stories of the “Jews” of Occupied Palestine, being subjected to “” treatment by the armed forces of the “Europeans”  from 972blog (Israeli journalists who oppose the Occupation) and Maan News.

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       One of the stories, focused on Israel army’s shooting to kill with tear gas canisters (made by Consolidated, Inc.,  USA) is of Nabi Saleh where I spent some time, as part of a delegation from the Dorothy Cotton Institute with the  Tamimi family – the citizens are all called Tamimi – engaging in nonviolent protest against the Wall and constantly subjected to violence including murder by Israeli troops.  Rushdi Tamimi had been killed 2 weeks before our delegation came;  Mustafa Tamimi 2 weeks after.

       We sat on Bassem Tamimi’s rooftop while young Israeli soldiers shot at and chased young demonstrators.  See here.

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       One story features Israeli anti-racist activists guarding a Palestinian home in Jerusalem of the same family for 62 years from government/settler destruction.  There is an anti-racist movement in Israel – part of a serious democracy which defends the interests of all, not a war-making, racist regime – and it needs to grow.

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     The seizing in the early morning of two Palestinian children and their detention by the IDF contrasts sharply with the treatment, if arrested, of Jewish children (they would immediately get habeas corpus, not trauma, torture and a week or two weeks detention).  See the video below and here.

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          For the poem Connection, see here

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When an Arab kid is arrested in the heart of Tel Aviv 
+972blog 29 Mar by Mei-Tal Nadler — The ugly Israeli is not the one who is filmed yelling at stewardesses or hotel receptionists. It is the one who lives in denial of an entire system that oppresses another people. The one who eats his ice cream as a Palestinian child is arrested right in front of him — A few weeks ago, just days before Israelis headed to the polls, an Arab teenager was arrested on Tel Aviv’s famed Rothschild Boulevard at around 6 p.m. I have no idea who he is, what he did before he was arrested, where he came from or where he is now. Perhaps he stole something, or perhaps he planned to steal or cause harm. He looked no older than 13, maybe 14. A teenager. In this story, I am the local, a passerby who is walking her dog when she sees a strange sight: a young boy handcuffed to a policeman in civilian clothing, with a policewoman walking next to them. “Why are you trying to escape, huh? You thought we wouldn’t catch you?” asks the policewoman. He looks frightened. I ask him how old is he, but he remains silent. I asked if the officers explained his rights to him, if anyone knows he has been arrested. “He’s a shabakhnik. [A Hebrew term for Palestinians who enter Israel illegally without a permit.] You want a shabakhnik on your street?” asks the policewoman. He is just a teenager, and to tell the truth, I don’t really care whether he is on my street. 
http://972mag.com/when-an-arab-kid-is-arrested-in-the-heart-of-tel-aviv/105037/

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         School students use sewage channels to reach school
 RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 24 Mar — Palestinian students are being forced to cross through sewage channels to reach a high school in western Ramallah district after a settlement road cut off the only other means of access, residents told Ma‘an. Up to 200 students from the villages of al-Tira and Beit ‘Ur al-Fuqa now reach the school using a four kilometer route that runs along the separation wall, where armed settlers, as well as Israeli soldiers, almost daily interrupt their commute. The route passes through sewage channels and regularly takes students up to 40 minutes to reach their school, as the channels are filled with rainwater in the winter and snakes in the summer. Students told Ma‘an that Israeli soldiers regularly fire tear-gas canisters at them on their way back. The al-Tira Beit ‘Ur al-Fuqa high school is now enveloped by the Israeli separation wall on three sides at a point where the wall extends more than five kilometers inside the 1949 Armistice Line.  The wall separates the villages from the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit Horon as well as an Israeli military training camp. On the school’s fourth side, a road was opened exclusively for settlers going from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. The school principal, Samer Bader, said that when the sewage channels are filled with wastewater in the winter it is particularly difficult for children to reach the school and sometimes they are not able to make the passage at all. Bader also said that security conditions surrounding the school had prevented the administration from developing and maintaining the school properly, meaning that in the winter the students study in classrooms covered in mold…
http://www.maannews.com/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=760064
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         Under constant attacks, Palestinians, Israeli activists guard Palestinian property in Jerusalem 
[Palestine TV video embedded below the article] IMEMC 23 Mar by Saed Bannoura — Amidst repeated invasions, assaults and attacks by extremist Israeli colonialist settlers attempting to displace a Jerusalemite Palestinian family and occupy their building, Palestinian residents and Israeli peace activists have started guarding a Palestinian building inhabited by the family for more than 60 years … The activists are constantly in and around the property hoping to foil all Israeli attempts to remove the indigenous Palestinian family, and replace them with colonialist settlers … The property in question is owned by a Palestinian family, that rented it to a Jewish family, prior to the establishment of Israel in the Palestine in 1948, and in 1953 the Jewish family rented the home to Sob-Laban family. Under Israeli renters’ protection law, the Sob-Laban family that rented the property 62 years ago, is supposed to be protected and secured as they have been paying, not only their monthly rent, but also property taxes to the Jerusalem City Council  .
http://www.imemc.org/article/70984
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     Soldiers kidnap two children in Jerusalem
 IMEMC 23 Mar — Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Mondayat dawn, two Palestinian children in the al-‘Eesawiyya town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, and took them to an interrogation facility. Children and residents remanded for further interrogation. Head of the Jerusalem Detainees’ Committee, Amjad Abu ‘Asab, said the soldiers kidnapped Mohammad Abu Ramouz, 16, and Mohammad Sa‘ida, 16, after breaking into their homes, and violently searching them. The two were moved to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center, west of Jerusalem. They will have a hearing in the District Court later in the day to decide a remand request from the prosecution. In addition, lawyer of the Ad-Dameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association Mohammad Mahmoud, said that the District Court ordered, Sunday, two children identified as Mohammad Abdul-Razeq, 14, and Ghassan ‘Asssi, 14, under further interrogation. The two children were taken prisoner from the ath-Thoury neighborhood, in Silwan. Mahmoud added that a detained child, identified as Mohammad Suleiman, 15, from al-‘Eesawiyya, was released and placed under house arrest. Resident Wael Salayma, who was kidnapped Sunday, will have a court hearing on Tuesday, while Mousa al-‘Ajlouni, accused of stabbing two Israeli officers, will be sent to court by the end of the month. Many other detained Palestinians from Jerusalem, including Mohammad Abu Sbeitan, Yousef Abu Jom’a, Mahdi Sayyad and Attallah ‘Awad, have been ordered under further interrogation, while detainee Mohammad Hamad has a trial date scheduled for April 26.
http://www.imemc.org/article/70991
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        Videos: Israeli night raids on sleeping Palestinian children
  EI 24 Mar by Ali Abunimah — Israeli human rights group B’Tselem today released two harrowing videos of heavily armed Israeli soldiers raiding the bedrooms of Palestinian children in the middle of the night. The first video, above, is titled “Night search of Sameeh and Mai D’ana’s home, Hebron, 24 February 2015.” The video was shot during a night raid on ten homes in the occupied West Bank city. B’Tselem does not say who shot the video, but typically the videos it releases are made by Palestinians. After forcing the children – at least one as young as four – out of their beds, the video shows the soldiers in full combat gear, armed with rifles and hand grenades, photographing and interrogating them. The father asks the soldiers why they are invading his home in the middle of the night. “Because stones are thrown at us all day long,” one soldier replies. “What’s that to us?” the father asks. “I don’t have to explain my schedule,” the soldier shouts and orders the father to “go wake up your children.” We see the soldiers follow the father into the room and order the children – one of whom is visually impaired – out of bed. 
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-israeli-night-raids-sleeping-palestinian-children
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       WATCH: IDF fires tear gas canisters directly at protesters
 +972 Blog 24 Mar by Natasha Roth — Two Palestinian protesters have been killed from the practice in recent years despite it being illegal — In keeping with a recent upsurge in the illegal use of lethal force during weekly Friday demonstrations in Nabi Saleh, video footage emerged last week of an Israeli soldier firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters on March 13, 2015, filmed by local journalist Bilal Tamimi. Shooting tear gas canisters directly at humans can be deadly, due to the velocity at which the canisters are fired. Just over three years ago, Mustafa Tamimi was killed in the same spot after being hit in the face by a canister at close range. In 2009, Bassem Abu Rahmah was killed after being struck in the chest by a tear gas canister in Bil‘in. According to Israeli military guidelines, firing tear gas at a direct trajectory toward people– is irregular use of the weapon, and illegal. This joins the army’s increasing use of live fire in Nabi Saleh against unarmed protesters, also illegal except in situations of “mortal danger.” During the demonstration shown in the video, a Palestinian demonstrator was shot in the leg by a live bullet; the army released a statement saying that the use of live fire had been in response to a “violent riot of 200 Palestinians” and that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown. Both these claims are untrue; the demonstration was, however, a particularly violent one due to the actions of the Israeli army and Border Police. Several women and children demonstrators were beaten by soldiers, and three women were arrested: two residents of Nabi Saleh, Bushra Tamimi and Shireen al-Araj, and one Israeli activist, Tali Shapiro. Border Police also used stun grenades in an irregular fashion during the demonstration, throwing them directly at protesters rather than rolling them along the ground [Heb] – also visible in the video (the black canisters are stun grenades)….
http://972mag.com/watch-idf-fires-tear-gas-canisters-directly-at-protestors/104835/

(Bilal Tamimi has courageously long photographed IDF violence in Nabih Saleh).
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        If one wants to see who Pharaoh Netanyahu and his authoritarian coalition – and Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are, read over these stories…
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    America arms the Israeli government (every helicopter in Occupied Palestine is an Apache – ironically named, since ethnic cleansing by the US military is the same for indigenous people in the 19th century, Palestinians today…). Nonetheless, Obama, persistently disrespected by Netanyahu, is finally beginning to look…

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