ARMED TO KILL WITH ‘NON-LETHAL’ WEAPONS

While Palestinian protesters are generally armed with rocks and a few sporadic Molotov cocktails, Israeli forces are armed with some of the world’s leading crowd control weapons.

Live bullets larger than .22 caliber are the only ammunitions used during clashes that are considered lethal by Israeli standards, but the classifications of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge rounds and .22 caliber live bullets as non-lethal, is, according to medical professionals, misleading.

Palestinians try to avoid tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes which erupted after the funeral of Palestinian Mustafa Tamimi in the West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. Tamimi, 28, was hurling rocks at an Israeli military vehicle on Friday in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh when a soldier inside opened the rear door and fired a tear gas canister at him from just a few yards away, witnesses said. He was taken to an Israeli hospital, where he died of his injuries on Saturday. Photo by Issam Rimawi

Sponge rounds, rubber bullets, and tear gas — how Israel’s non-lethal munitions can kill

It was the middle of a cold October night in 2015 when an Israeli army jeep came driving through Aida refugee camp blaring a message through its loudspeaker.

“People of Aida refugee camp, we are the occupation forces,” the message began in Arabic. “If you throw stones, we will hit you with gas until you all die. The children, the youth, the old people – you will all die. We won’t leave any of you alive … Go home or we will gas you until you die. Your families, your children, everyone – we will kill you.”

The Israeli government condemned the message as the act of a single soldier, but Palestinians in Aida, knowing the lethal potential of tear gas, took the threat seriously.

The next day an eight-month-old baby was killed by tear gas inhalation during clashes in a neighboring village.

While Palestinian protesters are generally armed with rocks and a few sporadic Molotov cocktails, Israeli forces are armed with some of the world’s leading crowd control weapons.

Live bullets larger than .22 caliber are the only ammunitions used during clashes that are considered lethal by Israeli standards, but the classifications of tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge rounds and .22 caliber live bullets as non-lethal, is, according to medical professionals, misleading.

Mondoweiss spoke with Doctor Nasser al-Jaberi, the Director of the Emergency Room Department at the West Bank’s Arab Society Hospital, to get a better idea of what these weapons are capable of.

“[They] can absolutely kill,” al-Jaberi said. “Rocks are no real threat against an armed military. When you ask if a rock could injure or kill a soldier wearing a helmet, a bullet proof vest, and army-grade clothing, it is hard to imagine, but a protester dying of tear gas inhalation is very common.”

al-Jaberi told Mondoweiss that in certain circumstances nearly every non-lethal weapon used by Israel can, and at some point has, killed.

We asked al-Jaberi to break it down for us, munition-by-munition.

Sponge rounds

Sponge rounds, also called sponge grenades or sponge-tipped bullets, are used often by Israeli forces when clashes are happening near Israeli Jewish communities, or when the wind is too strong for tear gas to work well.

At clashes it is easy to tell when Israeli forces are using the rounds.

Youth in the streets are more careful about coming out in the open. They hide behind concrete blocks on the side of the road. In the middle of street wooden boards and other barriers are perched up on light poles and metal dumpsters are pushed out into the road, with youth popping up from behind them just long enough to pop off a rock from their slingshots.

The barriers just get in the way if there is a lot of tear gas being fired and are not sufficient to stop live bullets.

Sponge rounds are designed to be shot over a long distance (the required distance changes depending on the precise version of the ammunition), and only at the lower extremities. When used from a proper distance the harmless-looking rounds cause massive black and blue bruises — when shot at a close distance they can easily stop a heart or crack a skull.

Two types of sponge rounds are used by Israeli forces. The blue-tipped rounds are made up of an aluminum base, plastic base and dense sponge. They can cause serious damage on their own, but in 2015 a new black-tipped sponge round was introduced. The black-tipped rounds are heavier, with more dangerous tips created from synthetic rubber.

“If shot at a very close distance, either sponge round can cause fractures to the skull, which could lead to death,” al-Jaberi said. “They can also be deadly if shot at the chest, eye or neck in some cases. They are certainly less deadly than rubber-coated bullets or tear gas, but that does not mean they cannot cause death or serious injury.”

Sixteen-year-old Muhammad Abdelmajid Sunukrut was shot in the head from around 30 feet away with a sponge round in August 2014. After struggling for a week in the hospital Sunukrut succumbed to his wounds. In July 2016, 10-year-old Muhyee al-Din Tabakhi was hit in the chest with a sponge round, causing internal bleeding that led to the child’s death.

Still, the rounds are considered non-lethal.

Rubber-coated steel bullets

Rubber-coated steel bullets are another form of what is, according to al-Jaberi, wrongly considered a non-lethal method of crowd control used by Israeli forces during clashes.

In Arabic sponge rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets go by the same name: “matahta.” While the word and the defense against them (makeshift barriers in the streets) are the same, youth take rubber-coated steel bullets much more seriously when being used in the field by Israeli forces.

“A rubber-coated bullet is actually just a metallic bullet covered in a small layer of plastic or rubber, so it is still a bullet,” al-Jaberi said. “We have seen many skull fractures here at the ER from these so-called rubber bullets, and a skull fracture can cause internal bleeding, as well as contusions to the brain. If it is from a close distance in the head, eye, neck or chest these ammunitions have every likelihood of being deadly.”

Al-Jaberi explained that while a real bullet is more likely to make a clean entry and exit, the nature of a rubber-bullet means the entry point is much more likely to be torn open jaggedly, and if shot at a close distance, the bullet more likely to embed itself into the body.

These days Mohammed al-Azza, an award-winning Palestinian photojournalist from the occupied West Bank, never ventures to cover clashes without a bulletproof vest and helmet. In 2013 doctors told the young journalist he could have died if the rubber-coated steel bullet shot at his face while covering clashes had hit him just a centimeter closer to his eye.

He was shot from the second floor balcony, by soldiers positioned on the street just in front of him — much too close to be within protocol of any use of the munition.

The bullet fractured his upper cheek bone. It had to be surgically removed and the journalist has had to undergo multiple other surgeries to reconstruct his face and eye socket. Today there is only a small scar left on his upper cheekbone, but a quarter of his facial skeleton is made up of metal and plastic.

A myriad of other cases documented by rights groups illustrate just how dangerous the ammunition can be, including the 2016 incident in which 12-year-old Mohiyeh al-Tabakhi was shot and killed by Israeli forces after a rubber-coated steel bullet hit the child in the chest, causing him to go into cardiac arrest and die.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem has documented dozens of other Palestinians killed by rubber-coated steel bullets. According to B’Tselem, the Israeli State Attorney’s Office has stated these deaths are “unavoidable mistakes.”

Countless others, like 10-year-old Yahiya al-Amudi, have been shot in the eyes by the ammunition, leaving them partially blinded.

.22 Caliber Bullets

There is no question that a .22 caliber bullet, also known as a tu-tu bullet, is considered live fire — it is — but Israeli forces still consider the ammunition a “non-lethal” crowd control method.

The small bullets are less powerful than larger cartridges, but they carry a deadly punch, just like any other bullet, particularly when the .22 calibers are hollow-tip bullets, also known as expanding, dum-dum, exploding or fragmented bullets.

According to al-Jaberi, the majority of the bullet wounds he treats are from these types of expanding bullets — the use of which is considered a war crime under international law.

“Most of the bullet wounds we treat here contain fragmented bullets. When they enter the skin they explode into many fragments. If this reaches the bones we call it comminuted fractures,” he said, explaining that these kind of fractures mean the bone was hit at high velocity and fractured into more than two pieces. “We have had some of these cases where the bullet fragments sliced arteries and that is a very serious injury that could definitely kill in certain circumstances.”

In 1981 John Hinckley Jr. shot then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan with a .22 caliber loaded with expanding bullets. While Reagan spent two weeks in the hospital recovering, the former president’s White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head and suffered permanent brain damage that left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Israeli authorities deny the use of expanding bullets in their arsenal.

After the first year of the Second Palestinian Intifada, the head of the security department in the Operations Directorate of the Israeli military announced that the .22 bullet was too deadly to use as a form of crowd control and discontinued its use between the years of 2001 and 2008, according to B’Tselem.

The .22’s were eventually brought back into use, and by 2015 B’Tselem found that there was “a steady erosion in the restrictions on firing… leading to ever greater use of this weapon,” which it said was “misleadingly portrayed as a non-lethal measure.”

“The indisputable facts are that we are dealing with a lethal weapon, which the Israeli authorities falsely present as a reasonable tool to employ in dealing with demonstrations,” the report added.

In the first ten months of 2015, four Palestinians were shot and killed by .22 calibers, including 13-year-old Abdelrahman Obeidallah, who was shot with a .22 caliber bullet straight to the heart right after school let out.

Israeli forces said the shooter had not breached protocol in using the .22 as a non-lethal munition at the time of the 13-year-old’s death. According to Israeli officials, the soldier was shooting for the legs of another youth, when the bullet ricocheted up and hit Abdelrahman, showing that even when used according to Israel’s protocol, the bullets can be deadly.

Tear gas

More than 1,000 Palestinians were injured during the two weeks of daily clashes that followed the al-Aqsa mosque crisis last month, according to the Red Crescent. Most of those injuries were caused by severe tear gas inhalation.

Tear gas is actually not a gas at all, it is a powder mixed with a liquid substance that when released as an arsenal, resembles gaseous clouds. It also affects much more than just the eyes and tear ducts. Tear gas works by irritating mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and lungs. Touching your face, eyes, or trying to use water to wash it off only intensifies the symptoms.

The fact that it is a solid means the “gas” eventually settles on surfaces around the area it was administered. In the occupied West Bank, some areas are tear gassed nearly daily, meaning surfaces like balconies and window ledges, for instance can become caked in the substance. If someone unknowingly touches a railing, then wipes their face or other sensitive areas of the skin, the concentrated powder causes chemical burns.

“I have had many patients come in with serious respiratory distress from tear gas,” al-Jaberi said. “In particular circumstances tear gas can easily kill someone — for example if someone has a pre-existing condition, or if the patient is a small child, a very old person, and even in some cases, healthy people.”

Earlier this year 18-month-old Abdelrahman Barghouti died from asphyxiation after tear gas was shot by Israeli forces into the child’s family home.

Al-Jaberi’s most recent serious patient suffering from tear gas exposure had to be hospitalized for a week before being released because of respiratory damage triggered by the gas.

Even among healthy individuals, concentrated exposure to tear gas causes sharp pain in the chest and the sensation of suffocation.

Palestinian doctors, medics and nurses, as well as the general populace, know very well how to deal with the immediate effects of tear gas exposure, but al-Jaberi is concerned with the unknown effects it could trigger over time.

“I can’t give any specific evidence on the long term effects of the gas until there are serious research studies done about it,” he said. “Unfortunately there have not been many studies on the case, but we should be monitoring the people who are exposed to this gas on a daily basis, like those who live in the refugee camps, because I think it is logical to say that these people would have a much higher likelihood of having serious respiratory problems when compared to people not frequently exposed to the gas. We can feel certain there are side effects, but without studies it is hard to say for sure.”

Tear gas canisters

In addition to the gas itself, the canisters used to administer tear gas are shot at high velocity and can do serious damage if the canister hits vulnerable parts of the body.

“I’ve had many patients injured from the canisters. One of my patients was hit in the head with a gas canister at short range and it caused a fracture to the skull and damage to the bone around the eye,” al-Jaberi said.

The cases of tear gas killing, both from the gas itself and direct contact from the canisters, is well documented.

While Israeli military regulations prohibit firing tear gas directly at people, B’Tselem has extensively documented cases of the practice.

In March 2009 U.S. citizen Tristan Anderson was shot in the head with a tear gas canister and to this day suffers from severe brain damage. A month later, Bassem Abu-Rahmah, from the village of Bil’in, was hit in the chest by a tear gas canister and killed. Bassem’s death was made famous after his killing was featured in the Oscar-nominated film Five Broken Cameras.

The death of Bassem, a beloved and well-known Palestinian activist, was covered by media internationally, but it did not help to mitigate Israel’s use of tear gas against Palestinian protesters.

Two years after Bassem was killed, his sister died due to respiratory failure caused by tear gas inhalation. Eleven months after that Mustafa Tamimi was killed after being hit with a tear gas canister during clashes in Nabi Saleh.

Israeli forces closed both Abu-Rahmah’s and Tamimi’s case files without indictment. B’Tselem condemned the decision, stating that it gave “Israeli soldiers and officers the unequivocal message that, should they kill unarmed civilians, they will not be held accountable.”

“Given this state of affairs, it is hardly surprising that soldiers and Border Police officers continue to shoot tear-gas canisters directly at Palestinians, endangering their lives. Under such circumstances, it is only a matter of time before yet another unarmed Palestinian civilian is killed in this way,” the group said in a 2013 report.

Four years later, injuries and deaths caused by direct contact with tear gas canisters are still common occurrences.

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REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN ANGEL, RACHEL CORRIE

March 16th marked the anniversary of the Israeli killing of Rachel Corrie in Rafah, southern Gaza strip, 14 years ago.

14 years ago today, Israeli bulldozers killed ISM activist Rachel Corrie in Gaza

On March 16, 2003, Rachel was killed by an Israel Occupation Force (IOF) armored bulldozer in Rafah during the second Palestinian intifada.

Rachel had come to Gaza to try and establish a sister city project between her hometown Olympia, Washington and Rafah, Gaza. She was a peace activist connected to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who tried to prevent the demolition of Palestinian houses which were being carried out by the Israeli army.

After a three hour long confrontation between ISM activists and the Israeli army’s demolition forces, she was killed, less than two months after arriving in Gaza.

Israel claims that the driver of the bulldozer could not see Rachel because of the limited field of view from within the bulldozer. Humans rights groups claim that the driver had seen her and deliberately continued driving, disregarding her fellow activists who were shouting and waving their arms, which resulted in Rachel’s death.

The Israeli army’s investigation of the incident concluded that the death was an accident because the driver of the bulldozer had limited visibility and therefore couldn’t see Rachel. Amnesty International and other human rights organizations criticized the military investigation, claiming that it was not transparent, credible or thorough enough.

In 2006 Bradley Burston, Haaretz columnist said “We should have saved Rachel Corrie’s life that day… Right now, somewhere in the West Bank, there’s an eight-year-old whose life could be saved next week, if we’ve managed to learn the lesson are resourceful enough to know how to apply it.”

In 2005 a one-woman drama called ”My Name Is Rachel Corrie” ran at London’s Royal Court Theater, and received a warm reception. In April 2015, the drama was staged Off Broadway in the East Village in New York.

Two years ago a symbolic gravestone with her name was installed in Tehran cemetary in Iran, alongside twelve other symbolic gravestones.

There is a street named after Rachel Corrie in Ramallah, West Bank.

 

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Italian activist Nicola Arboscelli stands in front of graffiti memorializing American peace activist Rachel Corrie who was killed 14 years ago today, on March 16, 2003, Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Abid Katib/ Getty Images)

 

ISRAELI JUDICIAL SYSTEM ~~ JOKE OR JUSTICE?

An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced Elor Azaria to 18 months in prison, one-year probation and a demotion of his military rank, a month after the Israeli soldier was found guilty of manslaughter.

Azaria shot and killed Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif in March after al-Sharif had already been shot and injured following an alleged attempted stabbing attack in Hebron.

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Elor Azaria verdict, or, how Israel court system whitewash war crimes

Elor Azaria verdict, or, how Israel court system whitewash war crimes

Palestinian who filmed shooting says Azaria sentence ‘is a joke, not justice’

An Israeli court on Tuesday sentenced Elor Azaria to 18 months in prison, one-year probation and a demotion of his military rank, a month after the Israeli soldier was found guilty of manslaughter.

Azaria shot and killed Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif in March after al-Sharif had already been shot and injured following an alleged attempted stabbing attack in Hebron.

Following the court’s sentencing, Azaria’s defense vowed to appeal the ruling, while several high-ranking Israeli politicians called for a pardon in his case.

The main evidence in the case was footage caught on camera by Imad Abu Shamsiya, a Palestinian resident of Hebron who had been provided a camera by Human Rights Defenders specifically to document instances such as the shooting and other human rights violations in Hebron.

Abu Shamsiya told Mondoweiss he is grateful he was around to film the incident, because without the camera footage he feels certain Azaria would never have been taken to court, let alone serve time in prison.

“If there was no one filming that day then this crime, just like other crimes like it that happen against Palestinians on a daily basis, would go unnoticed,” Abu Shamsiya said. “I am so grateful for the camera, and so grateful I was in the right place at the right time.”

While Shamsiya is happy the world got to see what happened on that day in March, he does not feel like justice was served.

“There is no justice for the family,” Abu Shamsiya said. “They lost a member of their family in a very brutal way, this 18-month sentence is not justice for the family, for the Palestinian people or our nation — no one got justice from this.”

Sahar Francis, the director of Addameer, a Palestinian prisoners’ rights NGO, criticized the sentencing, telling Mondoweiss that an 18-month sentence for an “extrajudicial execution” of a Palestinian “brings to light the policy of impunity and lack of accountability in a system of protracted Israeli military occupation.”

“The period of sentencing is similar to sentencing routinely given to Palestinians for ‘membership in an illegal organization’ – with all Palestinian political parties deemed illegal through various military orders,” Francis said. “The message this sends to other soldiers and police officers who extrajudicially execute Palestinians is that their actions will not be seriously accounted for and that impunity will persist.”

Meanwhile, the Israeli right has lauded Azaria as a hero who killed a Palestinian terrorist, attacking the Israeli military and the Israeli justice system for allowing the case to go forward, while calling for Azaria’s pardon.According to Israeli daily Haaretz, judges said Azaria acted with the intent to kill, outside of Israeli military protocol, which requires a threat to life before live fire can be used. The judge also said the severity of the shooting and backlash it caused to the Israeli military was mitigated since the shooting happened during an active combat situation.

After Azaria was found guilty of manslaughter January, Ido Zelkovitz, head of the Middle East studies department at Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel and senior researcher at the University of Haifa told Mondoweiss that both sides of the Israeli political spectrum agreed on one thing — Azaria shot a terrorists in their eyes — which in the end, he said would indeed lead to a pardon after Azaria serves a small part of his sentence.

“Even if he was unarmed and he couldn’t put anyone in danger, the common idea among all the Israeli camps is that Azaria shot a terrorist and there is no debate about that question — it is a mutual understanding. That is why in the future the pardon will be accepted,” Zelkovitz said.

Abu Shamsiya agreed, telling Mondoweiss that he would be shocked if Azaria was actually made to serve his full sentence.

“Of course he won’t be made to serve his full sentence — the sentence is a joke, not justice, it’s 18 months in prison for murder,” Abu Shamsiya said. “Not only do I doubt he will even serve a full prison sentence, I doubt he will be put on any kind of probation or be demoted in the military.”

“This case shows us the injustice of the Israeli government,” he added. “This was just a show for the world to see because this execution was filmed, so the government felt it had to do something.”

IF THE CANCER DOESN’T KILL YOU ZIONISM WILL

A Palestinian man was on his way to a chemotherapy session when he was shot by Israeli soldiers last November, his family told an Israeli journalist this week.

Muhammad Amer Jallad (via Quds)

Muhammad Amer Jallad (via Quds)

Palestinian was on way to chemotherapy when shot by soldiers

Muhammad Amar Jallad was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his family told Haaretz reporter Gideon Levy. Jallad was reported to have died in an Israeli hospital where he was being treated for his injuries last week.

The Israeli army claimed that Jallad was attempting to attack soldiers with a screwdriver when he was shot in the northern West Bank village of Huwwara on 9 November.

A witness told the Ma’an News Agency that he saw Jallad “attempting to cross the road in Huwwara before being shot at by an Israeli soldier who then took out a knife and threw it next to the youth.”

Shot while running across road

Jallad’s father told Haaretz that his son had set out from their home in Tulkarem that morning for the nearby city of Nablus, where he was being treated at the An-Najah National University Hospital.

When Jallad realized he had mistakenly boarded a shared taxi heading to Ramallah, rather than Nablus, Levy reported, “The driver suggested that he get off at Huwwara junction, next to the checkpoint of that name, where he would be able to pick up the taxi to Nablus.”

Jallad exited the vehicle and began to cross the road.

“He did so on the run,” according to Levy. “On the other side was an [Israeli army] jeep and a few soldiers, who were guarding the busy junction. The soldiers apparently thought that he was out to attack them.”

Jallad was shot with one bullet to the stomach as he reached the middle of the road, Haaretz recounted. A Palestinian ambulance crew happened to drive by and attempted to evacuate Jallad, but Israeli forces prevented them from doing so.

He was eventually evacuated in an Israeli ambulance and taken to a hospital.

During the months of hospitalization before his death, Jallad was put under the custody of an Israeli military court. His family were kept in the dark about his condition and were prevented from seeing him.

Jallad’s father was denied a permit to enter Israel and though his mother was issued a permit on four occasions, only once was she allowed to enter her son’s hospital room.

The family looked up one of his doctors online and called him last Friday. It was only then that Jallad’s family learned that he had died, they told Haaretz. They still have not been informed of the date and cause of his death.

Israel transferred Jallad’s body to his family on 17 February. The Ma’an News Agency reported that his body will be examined in the presence of Palestinian legal officials before being buried on Saturday.

Israel has withheld the remains of dozens of Palestinians slain during alleged and actual attacks since late 2015.

Earlier this month, Israel transferred the body of Muhammad Zeidan, a 16-year-old who was shot and killed by a private security guard at a Jerusalem-area checkpoint in late November.

Medical neglect of child prisoner

The health of a Palestinian child with leukemia who is being held in an Israeli military detention center has “seriously deteriorated,” a lawyer with the Palestinian Authority committee on prisoners’ affairs stated this week.

Ahmad al-Khadour, 15, has “suffered from a stroke, feet problems, intense dizziness, and muscle contractions in his fingers,” Luay Ukka told media.

The boy has been detained since 2 January, when he was assaulted by Israeli forces who beat him with the butts of their rifles, Ukka said.

The Jerusalem Committee for the Families of Prisoners also reported that the Israel Prison Service had transferred Azmi al-Daqaq, 28, to a hospital after his health deteriorated.

Al-Daqaq is being held without charge or trial under military detention order after he was detained on 20 January “over an alleged stabbing attempt,” the Ma’an News Agency reported.

Palestinians have frequently accused Israel of medical neglect of prisoners. Last September, a prisoner died from a heart condition after reportedly receiving inadequate treatment in prison.

In December, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies released a report claiming that 32 Palestinian prisoners are not receiving adequate medical care for their different conditions.

Some 6,500 Palestinians were imprisoned by Israel as of January.

Teen posed no danger when killed

The Israeli rights group B’Tselem stated this month that a Palestinian teenager who was shot by Israeli forces last December posed no danger to soldiers when he was killed.

Ahmad al-Kharroubi, 19, was slain in the Jerusalem-area town of Kufr Aqab when soldiers raided in the middle of the night to seal the home of a Palestinian killed during a shooting attack.

Ahmad al-Kharroubi (via B’Tselem)

Ahmad al-Kharroubi (via B’Tselem)

Al-Kharroubi was hiding behind a low wall and “apparently attempted to throw stones at Border Police officers and soldiers” at a roadblock some 80 to 100 meters away from him when he was hit with a live bullet, according to B’Tselem.

Al-Kharroubi, who was shot in the neck, was evacuated to a hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.

B’Tselem stated that “no incendiary device” was thrown at soldiers from the area where al-Kharroubi was positioned. Given the distance the unarmed youths were from the soldiers, “they could not pose any danger,” the group added.

B’Tselem also stated that the punitive sealing of the home was an illegal act of collective punishment that “that led to the pointless death of this young man.”

#InPalestine ~~ DEATH IN NUMBERS (AND NAMES)

These are the results of the Israeli/Palestinian ‘Peace’ Process …. a record year of deaths on both sides

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Death In Numbers: A year of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel

By: Chloe Benoist

In October 2015 began what has been in turn called a wave of unrest, a Palestinian upheaval, or even the “Jerusalem Intifada.” Whatever the name, the past year has seen an intensification of deadly violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

Over the course of the year, Ma’an has collected data regarding every person who has died as part of this latest chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In total, Ma’an has recorded the death of 274 individuals from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. Of these dead, 235 were Palestinians (85.8 percent of deaths), 34 were Israeli (12.4 percent), and five (1.8 percent) were foreign nationals — two Americans, one Eritrean, one Sudanese, and one Jordanian.

The first six months — from October 2015 to March 2016 — saw the vast majority of deaths, followingclashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem ahead of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. With 234 people dying in these first six months, the rate of casualties has since drastically slowed down, although a spate of killings in September have led to fears that violence could once again surge.

Looking at Palestinian casualties

After a year, a clearer picture has emerged of the Palestinians who have died in that time span. Of these 235 Palestinians, 231 were killed by Israelis, two by other Palestinians during attacks against Israelis, and two others killed themselves while carrying out or attempting to carry out attacks.

Drawing from statistics, a general portrait emerges of the average Palestinian to have died during this time: a young man in his late teens or early twenties from the West Bank district of Hebron, killed by Israeli security forces.

According to Ma’an’s records, the average age of slain Palestinians was 23. However, the most frequent age of death was 19 years old, with 22 Palestinian youth of that age losing their lives in the past year.

Minors comprised a quarter of the victims of Israeli violence, with 60 slain Palestinians under the age of 18, the youngest being an eight-month old baby killed by excessive tear gas inhalation during clashes. In total, 11 Palestinian children under the age of 14 were killed, and another 49 between the ages of 15 and 17.

Another 118 Palestinians between the ages of 18 and 24 were killed, making a total of 178 Palestinian casualties in the past year to have been born around or after the signature of the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Three quarters of those who have been killed since October 2015 have never known anything other than Oslo — seemingly corroborating links made between the rise in violence and the frustrations regarding the agreement’s failure to establish a Palestinian state, amid a worsening situation in the occupied Palestinian territory marked by home demolitions, violent night raids, and staggering settlement expansion.

While a number of Palestinian women and girls were killed — 17 of whom while allegedly or actually carrying out attacks — during this time period, their numbers paled in comparison to Palestinian men and boys. Of the 235 Palestinians killed, 213 were male and 22 were female — just under one in 10 of the casualties.

Geographically speaking, the majority of Palestinian deaths — 161 to be exact — took place in the West Bank, while 36 occurred in the city of Jerusalem, 29 in the besieged Gaza Strip, and nine in Israel.

Meanwhile, 182 were originally from the West Bank, 20 were residents of occupied East Jerusalem, 29 were from Gaza, and three were Palestinian citizens of Israel. Residents of the Hebron district, amounting to 73 of the dead, constituted 31 percent of the slain Palestinians, confirming the southern West Bank district’s status as the epicenter of the wave of unrest.

Trying to quantify the circumstances in which Palestinians have died, meanwhile, has proved to be a tricky question. While a majority of cases were straightforward, with video footage or eyewitnesses able to corroborate the facts, in many instances, the official Israeli version of events when Palestinians were killed at the hands of Israeli security forces or settlers was strongly contested. In a number of cases, eyewitnesses maintained that the slain Palestinians did not constitute a threat at the time of their death, or that Israeli forces planted knives or otherwise manipulated the scene of the crime.

Due to the difficulty of ascertaining the exact circumstances of each case, Ma’an has classified attacks as “alleged” in instances when the official Israeli version of events recorded no injuries to Israelis and there were either no outside witnesses, or those witnesses contested the Israeli version of events.

Meanwhile, situations in which there were no records of outside witnesses, but where there were reports of Israeli injuries, were classified as actual attacks. This imperfect system of classification is a reflection of the murkiness which continues to permeate the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on a daily basis.

Given these caveats, Ma’an’s records show the following:- 69 Palestinians killed while committing or attempting to commit stabbing attacks- 48 Palestinians killed while allegedly attempting to commit stabbing attack- 62 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during clashes, police and/or army raids- 13 Palestinians killed while committing vehicular attacks- 8 Palestinians killed while allegedly committing vehicular attacks- 8 Palestinians killed while committing shooting attacks- 4 Palestinians killed while allegedly committing or attempting to commit shooting attacks- 5 Palestinians killed while committing simultaneous shooting and stabbing attacks- 3 Palestinians killed while committing simultaneous shooting and vehicular attacks- 1 Palestinian killed while committing simultaneous stabbing and vehicular attack- 2 Palestinians killed while committing attacks with incendiary or explosive devices- 2 Palestinians killed while allegedly committing attacks with incendiary or explosive devices- 5 Palestinians killed by airstrikes and shelling- 5 Palestinians killed while bystanders of violence.

Looking at Israeli casualties

Meanwhile, the demographic profile of Israeli victims of violence painted a different picture.

While for Israeli casualties the average age was 37, with the youngest victim being 13-year-old Hallel Ariel, the only Israeli minor killed in the wave of unrest. The most frequent ages were 19 and 21 — an unsurprising fact given that a very large proportion of Palestinian attacks targeted soldiers, who typically begin their military service at 18 years old.

However, soldiers and police officers accounted for only seven of the dead, which could be explained by the high levels of armor and protective gear worn while on duty, which most likely prevented deadly injuries from occurring in a number of attacks.

Meanwhile, 18 of the slain Israelis resided in illegal settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Settlers being less armed or armored than soldiers made them more vulnerable targets for attacks, while the restrictions on Palestinian movement outside of the occupied Palestinian territory have made Israelis living in these areas more accessible targets for Palestinians seeking to commit attacks against Israelis.

Some 24 Israelis were killed in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, while ten others were killed in Israel. Within Israel, the coastal city of Tel Aviv was by far the most targeted, with three separate attacks killing eight Israelis — as well as one Palestinian citizen of Israel.

Gender-wise, eight of the slain Israelis were female, making 23.5 percent of casualties, with only one of them being a member of security forces.

Regarding the circumstances of death, according to Ma’an records:

16 Israelis were killed in stabbing attacks- 12 Israelis were killed in shooting attacks-

2 Israelis were killed in confirmed or alleged vehicular attacks-

2 Israeli were killed in a simultaneous shooting and stabbing attack-

and 2 Israelis were killed by friendly fire.

While 32 Israelis were killed by Palestinians, two others were killed by Israeli forces who were trying to shoot at alleged Palestinian attackers.

While the pace of violence has significant slowed down since October 2015, the past month has seen a distinct uptick in casualties. The latest casualty, 28-year-old Naseem Abu Meizar, was killed by Israeli forces on Sept. 30, while seven Palestinians and one Jordanian were killed by Israelis in the span of five days.

Almost one year after United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a warning tying the violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel to the social and political impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinians, a resurgence of deadly violence remains a real possibility.

“We cannot ignore the sense of desperation that comes with the slow evaporation of hope,” Ban said at the time. “We must stop the endless, needless, and mindless cycle of suffering, and begin the hard work necessary to restore the belief that genuine progress towards peace is possible. A failure to do so will only embolden the advocates of violence and division.”

Please find above Ma’an’s charts compiling Palestinians killed by Israelis, Israelis killed by Palestinians, and other casualties of violence from Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016. A PDF version of the charts can be found here.

Palestinians killed by Israelis

# Date of attack Name Age Gender Place of death/injury leading to death Cause of death Circumstances Place of residence
1 October 3, 2015 Mohannad Shafiq Halabi 19 M East Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Surda, Ramallah district
2 October 3, 2015 Fadi Samir Mustafa Alloun 19 M West Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Issawiya, East Jerusalem
3 October 4, 2015 Huthayfa Othman Suleiman 18 M Tulkarem, Tulkarem district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Balaa, Tulkarem district
4 October 4, 2015 Abd al-Rahman Ubeidallah 13 M Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem district Shot by army Clashes Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem district
5 October 7, 2015 Amjad Hatem al-Jundi 20 M Kiryat Gat, Israel Shot by police Stabbing attack Yatta, Hebron district
6 October 8, 2015 Wissam Faraj 20 M Shufat refugee camp, Jerusalem district Shot by border police Clashes Shufat refugee camp, Jerusalem district
7 October 8, 2015 Thaer Abu Ghazaleh 19 M Tel Aviv, Israel Shot by army Stabbing attack Old City, East Jerusalem
8 October 8, 2015 Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Aoud 27 M Beit Ummar, Hebron district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Beit Ummar, Hebron district
9 October 9, 2015 Muhammad Fares Abdullah al-Jaabari 19 M Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
10 October 9, 2015 Shadi Hussam Dawla 20 M Al-Shujayya, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Al-Shujayya, Gaza
11 October 9, 2015 Ahmad al-Harbawi 20 M Al-Shujayya, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Al-Nuseirat refugee camp, Gaza
12 October 9, 2015 Abed al-Wahidi 20 M Al-Shujayya, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Al-Shujayya, Gaza
13 October 9, 2015 Muhammad al-Raqeb 15 M Khan Yunis, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Bani Suheila, Gaza
14 October 9, 2015 Ziad Nabil Sharaf 20 M Khan Yunis, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Khan Yunis, Gaza
15 October 9, 2015 Adnan Moussa Abu Elayyan 22 M Khan Yunis, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Bani Suheila, Gaza
16 October 9, 2015 Jihad Salim al-Ubeid 22 M Abasan al-Kabirah, Gaza Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Wadi al-Salqa, Gaza
17 October 10, 2015 Ishaq Badran 16 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by army Stabbing attack Kafr Aqab, East Jerusalem
18 October 10, 2015 Muhammad Saed Ali 19 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by army Stabbing attack Shufat refugee camp, Jerusalem district
19 October 10, 2015 Marwan Barbakh 13 M Abasan al-Kabirah, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Khan Yunis, Gaza
20 October 10, 2015 Khalil Othman 15 M Abasan al-Kabirah, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Khan Yunis, Gaza
21 October 10, 2015 Ahmad Salah 24 M Shufat refugee camp, Jerusalem district Shot by army Clashes Shufat refugee camp, Jerusalem district
22 October 11, 2015 Ahmad Sharaka 13 M Al-Bireh, Ramallah district Shot by army Clashes al-Jalazun refugee camp, Ramallah district
23 October 11, 2015 Nour Rasmi Hassan 25 F Gaza City, Gaza Home collapsed Airstrike Gaza City, Gaza
24 October 11, 2015 Rahaf Yahya Hassan 2 F Gaza City, Gaza Home collapsed Airstrike Gaza City, Gaza
25 October 11, 2015 Khalil Hassan Abu Ubeid 25 M Al-Bureij refugee camp, Gaza Hit by army tear gas grenade, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Khan Yunis, Gaza
26 October 12, 2015 Mustafa Adel al-Khatib 18 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Jabal al-Mukabbir, East Jerusalem
27 October 12, 2015 Hassan Khalid al-Manasra 15 M Pisgat Zeev settlement, East Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem
28 October 12, 2015 Mohammed Nazmi Elayyan Shamasma 23 M West Jerusalem Shot by police Attempted stabbing attack Qatanna, Jerusalem district
29 October 13, 2015 Bahaa Elayyan 22 M West Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing, shooting attack Jabal al-Mukabbir, East Jerusalem
30 October 13, 2015 Alaa Daoud Ali Abu Jamal 33 M West Jerusalem Shot by civilian Stabbing, shooting attack Jabal al-Mukabbir, East Jerusalem
31 October 13, 2015 Mutaz Ibrahim Zawahreh 27 M Bethlehem, Bethlehem district Shot by army Clashes Al-Duheisha refugee camp, Bethlehem district
32 October 14, 2015 Basil Bassam Ragheb Sidr 20 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by border police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
33 October 14, 2015 Ahmad Shaaban 23 M West Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Ras al-Amoud, East Jerusalem
34 October 16, 2015 Yahya Karira 20 M Gaza City, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Gaza City, Gaza
35 October 16, 2015 Eyad Khalil Awawdeh 26 M Halhul, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Al-Muwarraq, Hebron district
36 October 16, 2015 Ihab Jihad Hanani 19 M Beit Furik, Nablus district Shot by army Clashes Beit Furik, Nablus district
37 October 16, 2015 Yahiya Abd al-Qader Farhat 24 M Erez checkpoint, Gaza Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Al-Shati, Gaza
38 October 16, 2015 Mahmoud Hatim Hmeid 22 M Gaza City, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Gaza City, Gaza
39 October 16, 2015 Shawiq Jamal Jabr Ubeid 37 M Gaza Shot by army Clashes Jabaliya, Gaza
40 October 17, 2015 Fadil Muhammad Awad al-Qawasmi 18 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by settler Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
41 October 17, 2015 Tareq al-Natsheh 16 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by border police Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
42 October 17, 2015 Omar al-Faqih 23 M Qalandiya checkpoint, Ramallah district Shot by border police Stabbing attack Qatanna, Jerusalem district
43 October 17, 2015 Muataz Ahmad Hajis Uweisat 16 M Armon Hanatziv settlement, East Jerusalem Shot by border police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Jabal al-Mukabbir, East Jerusalem
44 October 17, 2015 Bayan Ayman Abd al-Hadi al-Esseili 17 F Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
45 October 18, 2015 Muhannad al-Aqabi 21 M Beersheba, Israel Shot by army Shooting attack Hura, Israel
46 October 20, 2015 Uday Hashim al-Masalma 24 M Beit Awwa, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Beit Awwa, Hebron district
47 October 20, 2015 Bashar Nidal al-Jabari 15 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
48 October 20, 2015 Hussam Ismail al-Jabari 17 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
49 October 20, 2015 Hamzeh Moussa al-Imla 25 M Gush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem district Shot by army Vehicular attack Beit Ula, Hebron district
50 October 20, 2015 Ahmad al-Sarhi 27 M near al-Bureij, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Deir al-Balah, Gaza
51 October 21, 2015 Mutaz Atallah Qassem 22 M near Adam settlement, Jerusalem district Shot by army Stabbing attack Al-Eizariya, Jerusalem district
52 October 21, 2015 Hashem al-Azzeh 54 M Hebron, Hebron district Excessive tear gas Clashes Hebron, Hebron district
53 October 22, 2015 Mahmoud Khalid Ghneimat 20 M Beit Shemesh, Israel Shot by police Stabbing attack Surif, Hebron district
54 October 24, 2015 Ahmad Muhammad Said Kamil 16 M Al-Jalama checkpoint, Jenin district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
55 October 25, 2015 Dania Irsheid 17 F Hebron, Hebron district Shot by border police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
56 October 26, 2015 Raed Saket Abdul-Rahim Jaradat 22 M Beit Einun junction, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
57 October 26, 2015 Saad Muhammad Youssef al-Atrash 19 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
58 October 26, 2015 Iyad Rawhi Jaradat 17 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Clashes Sair, Hebron district
59 October 27, 2015 Shabaan Abu Shkeidem 17 M Gush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
60 October 27, 2015 Shadi Nabil Abd al-Muti al-Qudsi 22 M Gush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
61 October 27, 2015 Hammam Said 23 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
62 October 28, 2015 Islam Rafiq Hammad Ibeido 23 M Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
63 October 29, 2015 Mahdi Mohammad Ramadan al-Muhtasib 23 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
64 October 29, 2015 Farouq Abd al-Qader Omar Sidr 19 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
65 October 30, 2015 Qassem Mahmoud Sabaneh 19 M Zaatara checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by border police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
66 October 30, 2015 Ramadan Mohammad Faisal Thawabta 8 months M Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem district Excessive tear gas Clashes Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem district
67 October 30, 2015 Ahmad Hamada Qneibi 24 M Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Kafr Aqab, East Jerusalem
68 October 31, 2015 Mahmoud Talal Mahmoud Nazzal 18 M Al-Jalama checkpoint, Jenin district Shot by security guard Alleged attempted stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
69 November 1, 2015 Fadi Hasan al-Faroukh 27 M Beit Einun, Hebron district Shot by border police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
70 November 2, 2015 Ahmed Awad Abu al-Rub 16 M Al-Jalameh, Jenin district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
71 November 4, 2015 Ibrahim Skafi 22 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Vehicular attack Tulkarem, Tulkarem district
72 November 5, 2015 Malik Talal al-Sharif 25 M Gush Etzion, Bethlehem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
73 November 6, 2015 Tharwat al-Sharawi 72 F Halhul, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged vehicular attack Hebron, Hebron district
74 November 6, 2015 Salameh Musa Abu Jame 23 M Khan Yunis, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Bani Suheila, Gaza
75 November 8, 2015 Sulaiman Aqel Muhammad Shahin 22 M Zaatara checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by army Vehicular attack Al-Bireh, Ramallah district
76 November 9, 2015 Rasha Muhammad Oweisi 24 F Eliyahu checkpoint near Alfei Menashe settlement, Qalqiliya district Shot by army Stabbing attack Qalqiliya, Qalqiliya district
77 November 10, 2015 Sadeq Ziad Gharbiyeh 16 M Al-Sawahrah al-Sharqiyah, Jerusalem district Shot by border police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Sanur, Jenin district
78 November 10, 2015 Muhammad Nimr 37 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by security guard Attempted stabbing attack Al-Issawiya, East Jerusalem
79 November 11, 2015 Ibrahim Abd al-Halim Yousif Dawood 16 M Al-Bireh, Ramallah district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Deir Ghassan, Ramallah district
80 November 11, 2015 Mahmoud Said Elayyan 20 M Ramallah, Ramallah district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Anata, Jerusalem district
81 November 12, 2015 Abdullah Azzam Shalaldah 28 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by undercover soldiers Army raid Sair, Hebron district
82 November 12, 2015 Issa al-Shalaldah 22 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Sair, Hebron district
83 November 13, 2015 Hassan Jihad al-Baw 23 M Halhul, Hebron district Shot by army Clashes Halhul, Hebron district
84 November 13, 2015 Lafi Yousif Mustafa Awad 22 M Budrus, Ramallah district Shot by army Clashes Budrus, Ramallah district
85 November 16, 2015 Laith Assad Manasra 21 M Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district Shot by army Clashes Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
86 November 16, 2015 Ahmad Abu al-Aish 28 M Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district Shot by army Clashes Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
87 November 17, 2015 Muhammad Munir Hassan Saleh 24 M Turmusayya, Ramallah district Shot by army Shooting attack Arura, Ramallah district
88 November 22, 2015 Issa Thawabta 34 M Gush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem district Shot by army Stabbing attack Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem district
89 November 22, 2015 Ashraqat Taha Ahmad Qatanani 16 F Huwwara, Nablus district Run over, shot by settler Alleged attempted stabbing attack Nablus, Nablus district
90 November 22, 2015 Shadi Khasib 32 M West Jerusalem Shot by settler Alleged attempted stabbing attack Al-Bireh, Ramallah district
91 November 23, 2015 Hadeel Wajih Awwad 14 F West Jerusalem Shot by security guard Stabbing attack Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
92 November 23, 2015 Ahmad Jamal Taha 16 M Route 443, Ramallah district Shot by army Stabbing attack Qutna, Ramallah district
93 November 23, 2015 Alaa Khalil Sabah Hashash 16 M Huwwara, Nablus district Shot by army Attempted stabbing attack Nablus, Nablus district
94 November 23, 2015 Samah Abd al-Mumen Ahmad 18 F Huwwara, Nablus district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Bystander in attempted stabbing attack Amuriyya, Nablus district
95 November 25, 2015 Muhammad Ismail Shubaki 19 M near al-Fawwar refugee camp, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Al-Arrub refugee camp, Hebron district
96 November 26, 2015 Yahya Yusri Taha 21 M Qatanna, Jerusalem district Shot by army Clashes Qatanna, Jerusalem district
97 November 26, 2015 Samer Hassan Mbadda Sarisi 51 M Zaatara checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Jenin, Jenin district
98 November 26, 2015 Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh 19 M Al-Arrub refugee camp, Hebron district Shot by army Clashes Al-Arrub refugee camp, Hebron district
99 November 27, 2015 Fadi Muhammad Mahmoud Khasib 25 M near Kfar Adumim settlement, Jerusalem district Shot by settler Vehicular attack Al-Bireh, Ramallah district
100 November 27, 2015 Omar Arafat Issa al-Zaaqiq 19 M Beit Ummar, Hebron district Shot by army Vehicular attack Beit Ummar, Hebron district
101 November 29, 2015 Baseem Abd al-Rahman Mustafa Salah 38 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Nablus, Nablus district
102 November 29, 2015 Ayman Samih al-Abbasi 17 M Silwan, East Jerusalem Shot by police Clashes Silwan, East Jerusalem
103 December 1, 2015 Mamoun al-Khatib 16 M Gush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Doha, Bethlehem district
104 December 1, 2015 Maram Ramiz Hassouna 19 F Enav checkpoint, Tulkarem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Rafidia, Nablus district
105 December 3, 2015 Mazin Hasan Ureiba 35 M Hizma checkpoint, Jerusalem district Shot by army Shooting attack Abu Dis, Jerusalem district
106 December 3, 2015 Izz al-Din Abdallah Muhammad Raddad 21 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Saida, Tulkarem district
107 December 4, 2015 Taher Faysal Fannoun 19 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
108 December 4, 2015 Mustafa Fadhil Fannoun 15 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
109 December 4, 2015 Anas Bassam Hammad 21 M near Ofar settlement, Ramallah district Shot by army Vehicular attack Silwad, Ramallah district
110 December 4, 2015 Abd al-Rahman Barghouthi 26 M Abud, Ramallah district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Abud, Ramallah district
111 December 6, 2015 Omar Skafi 21 M West Jerusalem Shot by police Vehicular and stabbing attack Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem
112 December 7, 2015 Ihab Fathi Miswadi 21 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by border police Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
113 December 8, 2015 Malik Akram Shahin 19 M Al-Duheisha refugee camp, Bethlehem district Shot by army Army raid Al-Duheisha refugee camp, Bethlehem district
114 December 9, 2015 Abd al-Rahman Miswadeh 21 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by security guard Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
115 December 11, 2015 Omar al-Hroub 55 M Halhul, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted vehicular attack Deir Samit, Hebron district
116 December 11, 2015 Uday Irsheid 24 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Clashes Hebron, Hebron district
117 December 11, 2015 Sami Shawqi Madhi 41 M Al-Bureij refugee camp, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Al-Bureij refugee camp, Gaza
118 December 14, 2015 Abd al-Muhsen Hassuneh 21 M West Jerusalem Shot by police Vehicular attack Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem
119 December 16, 2015 Ahmad Jahajha 20 M Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district Shot by army Alleged vehicular attack Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
120 December 16, 2015 Hikmat Hamdan 29 M Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district Shot by army Alleged vehicular attack Al-Bireh, Ramallah district
121 December 17, 2015 Abdullah Hussein Nasasra 15 M Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Beit Furik, Nablus district
122 December 18, 2015 Muhammad Abd al-Rahman Ayyad 21 M Silwad, Ramallah district Shot by army Vehicular attack Silwad, Ramallah district
123 December 18, 2015 Nashaat Asfour 34 M Sinjil, Ramallah district Shot by army Clashes Sinjil, Ramallah district
124 December 18, 2015 Mahmoud Muhammad Saed al-Agha 20 M Khan Yunis, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Khan Yunis, Gaza
125 December 23, 2015 Issa Assaf 21 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
126 December 23, 2015 Anan Abu Habsa 20 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
127 December 24, 2015 Wisam Abu Ghwaila 22 M near Geva Binyamin settlement, Ramallah district Shot by army Vehicular attack Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
128 December 24, 2015 Iyad Jamal Issa Ideis 25 M Ari checkpoint, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Yatta, Hebron district
129 December 24, 2015 Muhammad Zahran Abdul-Halim Zahran 22 M Ariel settlement, Salfit district Shot by security guard Stabbing attack Kafr al-Dik, Salfit district
130 December 24, 2015 Bilal Zayid 23 M Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district Shot by army Clashes Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
131 December 25, 2015 Hani Rafiq Wahdan 22 M Shujayya, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Shujayya, Gaza
132 December 25, 2015 Mahdia Mohammad Ibrahim Hammad 39 F Silwad, Ramallah district Shot by police Alleged vehicular attack Silwad, Ramallah district
133 December 25, 2015 Yousif Abu Sbeikha al-Buheiri 48 M Al-Maghazi refugee camp, Gaza Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Al-Maghazi refugee camp, Gaza
134 December 26, 2015 Maher al-Jabi 56 M Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by army Vehicular attack Nablus, Nablus district
135 December 26, 2015 Musab Mahmoud al-Ghazali 26 M West Jerusalem Shot by police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Silwan, East Jerusalem
136 December 27, 2015 Muhammad Rafiq Hussein Sabana 17 M Huwwara, Nablus district Shot by army Stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
137 December 27, 2015 Nour al-Deen Muhammad Abdul-Qadir Sabana 23 M Huwwara, Nablus district Shot by army Stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
138 December 31, 2015 Hassan Ali Hassan Bozor 22 M Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by army Vehicular attack Raba, Jenin district
139 January 5, 2016 Ahmad Younis Kawazba 17 M Gush Etzion settlement junction, Bethlehem district Shot by army Stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
140 January 7, 2016 Ahmad Salim Abd al-Majid Kawazba 21 M Gush Etzion settlement junction, Bethlehem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
141 January 7, 2016 Alaa Abed Muhammad Kawazba 17 M Gush Etzion settlement junction, Bethlehem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
142 January 7, 2016 Muhannad Ziyad Kawazba 20 M Gush Etzion settlement junction, Bethlehem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
143 January 7, 2016 Khalil Muhammad al-Shalaldah 16 M Beit Einun junction, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
144 January 8, 2016 Nashat Melhem 29 M Arara, Israel Shot by police Standoff following deadly shooting in Tel Aviv Arara, Israel
145 January 9, 2016 Ali Abu Maryam 26 M Al-Hamra checkpoint, Tubas district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Al-Judeida, Jenin district
146 January 9, 2016 Said Abu al-Wafa 38 M Al-Hamra checkpoint, Tubas district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Al-Zawiya, Jenin district
147 January 12, 2016 Srour Ahmad Abu Srour 21 M Beit Jala, Bethlehem district Shot by army Clashes Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem district
148 January 12, 2016 Muhammad Ahmad Khalil Kawazba 23 M Beit Einun junction, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
149 January 12, 2016 Adnan Hamid al-Mashni 17 M Beit Einun junction, Hebron district Shot by army Accomplice in alleged attempted stabbing attack Al-Shuyukh, Hebron district
150 January 13, 2016 Mousa Zaiter 23 M Beit Lahiya, Gaza Shot by army Alleged attempted explosive attack Jabaliya, Gaza
151 January 14, 2016 Muayyad Awni Jabbarin 20 M Beit Einun junction, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Sair, Hebron district
152 January 14, 2016 Haitham Mahmoud Abd al-Jalil 31 M Checkpoint near Asira al-Shamaliya, Nablus district Shot by army Alleged stabbing attack Asira al-Shamaliya, Nablus district
153 January 15, 2016 Muhammad Abu Zayed 19 M Al-Bureij refugee camp, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Al-Bureij refugee camp, Gaza
154 January 15, 2016 Muhammad Majdi Qaita 26 M Al-Bureij refugee camp, Gaza Shot by army Clashes Khan Yunis, Gaza
155 January 17, 2016 Wissam Marwan Qasrawa 21 M Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Misliya, Nablus district
156 January 23, 2016 Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid 13 F Almon settlement, Jerusalem district Shot by security guard Alleged attempted stabbing attack Anata, Jerusalem district
157 January 25, 2016 Hussein Muhammad Abu Ghush 17 M Beit Horon settlement, Ramallah district Shot by security guard Stabbing attack Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
158 January 25, 2016 Osama Youssef Allan 23 M Beit Horon settlement, Ramallah district Shot by security guard Stabbing attack Beit Ur al-Tahta, Ramallah district
159 January 31, 2016 Amjad Jaser Sukkari 34 M Checkpoint near Beit El settlement, Ramallah district Shot by army Shooting attack Nablus, Nablus district
160 February 1, 2016 Ahmad Hassan Tuba 19 M near Salit settlement, Tulkarem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Kafr Jammal, Tulkarem district
161 February 3, 2016 Ahmad Rajeh Ismail Zakarneh 19 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by border police Shooting, stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
162 February 3, 2016 Muhammad Ahmad Hilmi Kamil 19 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by border police Shooting, stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
163 February 3, 2016 Najeh Ibrahim Abu al-Rub 20 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by border police Shooting, stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
164 February 5, 2016 Haitham Ismail Muhammad al-Baw 14 M near Halhul, Hebron district Shot by army Allegedly attempting to throw Molotov cocktails Halhul, Hebron district
165 February 10, 2016 Omar Yousef Madi al-Jawabreh 16 M Al-Arrub refugee camp, Hebron district Shot by army Clashes Al-Arrub refugee camp, Hebron district
166 February 13, 2016 Kilzar Muhammad Abd al-Halim Azmi al-Uweiwi 18 F Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
167 February 14, 2016 Nihad Raed Muhammad Waqed 15 M near al-Araqa, Jenin district Shot by army Alleged shooting attack Al-Araqa, Jenin district
168 February 14, 2016 Fuad Marwan Khalid Waqed 15 M near al-Araqa, Jenin district Shot by army Alleged shooting attack Al-Araqa, Jenin district
169 February 14, 2016 Naim Ahmad Yousif Safi 17 M Mazmoria checkpoint, Bethlehem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Al-Ubeidiya, Bethlehem district
170 February 14, 2016 Mansour Yasser Abdul-Aziz Shawamrah 20 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Alleged shooting attack Al-Qubeiba, Jerusalem district
171 February 14, 2016 Omar Muhammad Amro 20 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Alleged shooting attack Al-Qubeiba, Jerusalem district
172 February 19, 2016 Muhammad Abu Khalaf 20 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Stabbing attack Kafr Aqab, East Jerusalem
173 February 19, 2016 Abed Raed Abdullah Hamad 20 M Silwad, Ramallah district Shot by army Vehicular attack Silwad, Ramallah district
174 February 19, 2016 Khaled Yousif Taqatqa 21 M Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem district Shot by army Clashes Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem district
175 February 20, 2016 Qusay Diab Abu al-Rub 15 M Beita checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
176 February 26, 2016 Mahmoud Muhammad Ali Shaalan 17 M Beit El checkpoint, Ramallah district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Deir Dibwan, Ramallah district
177 March 1, 2016 Iyad Omar Sajadiyya 22 M Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district Shot by army Clashes Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
178 March 1, 2016 Nahid Fawzi Muteir 24 M Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
179 March 2, 2016 Labib Khaldoon Anwar Azzam 17 M Eli settlement, Nablus district Shot by army Stabbing attack Qaryut, Nablus district
180 March 2, 2016 Muhammad Hisham Ali Zaghlawan 17 M Eli settlement, Nablus district Shot by army Stabbing attack Qaryut, Nablus district
181 March 4, 2016 Amani Husni Sabatin 34 F Gush Etzion settlement junction, Bethlehem district Shot by army Alleged vehicular attack Husan, Bethlehem district
182 March 8, 2016 Fadwa Ahmad Abu Teir 50 F Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by border police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Umm Tuba, Jerusalem district
183 March 8, 2016 Fouad Abu Rajab al-Tamimi 21 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by border police Shooting attack Issawiya, East Jerusalem
184 March 8, 2016 Bashar Masalha 22 M Jaffa, Israel Shot by police Stabbing attack Al-Hajja, Qalqiliya district
185 March 8, 2016 Abd al-Rahman Radad 17 M Petah Tikva, Israel Shot by police Stabbing attack Al-Zawiya, Salfit district
186 March 9, 2016 Abd al-Malak Saleh Abu Kharoub 19 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Shooting attack Kafr Aqab, East Jerusalem
187 March 9, 2016 Muhammad Jamal al-Kalouti 21 M Old City, East Jerusalem Shot by police Shooting attack Kafr Aqab, East Jerusalem
188 March 9, 2016 Ahmad Yousef Amer 16 M Al-Zawiya, Salfit district Shot by army Attempted stabbing attack Masha, Salfit district
189 March 12, 2016 Yasin Suleiman Abu Khusah 9 M Beit Lahiya, Gaza Army rockets on home Airstrike Beit Lahiya, Gaza
190 March 12, 2016 Israa Suleiman Abu Khusah 6 F Beit Lahiya, Gaza Army rockets on home Airstrike Beit Lahiya, Gaza
191 March 14, 2016 Qasem Farid Jaber 31 M near Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by army Shooting, vehicular attack Hebron, Hebron district
192 March 14, 2016 Ameer Fuad al-Junaidi 22 M near Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by army Shooting, vehicular attack Hebron, Hebron district
193 March 14, 2016 Yousef Mustafa Tarayra 18 M near Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by army Shooting, vehicular attack Bani Naim, Hebron district
194 March 17, 2016 Ali Jamal Muhammad Taqatqa 19 M near Ariel settlement, Salfit district Shot by army Stabbing attack Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem district
195 March 17, 2016 Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Kar Thawabta 20 M near Ariel settlement, Salfit district Shot by army Stabbing attack Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem district
196 March 18, 2016 Mahmud Ahmad Abu Fanunah 21 M Gush Etzion settlement junction, Bethlehem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
197 March 19, 2016 Abdullah Muhammad al-Ajlouni 18 M Abu Rish checkpoint near Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
198 March 24, 2016 Abd al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif 21 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
199 March 24, 2016 Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi 21 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
200 April 14, 2016 Ibrahim Baradiya 54 M Al-Arrub refugee camp, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Al-Arrub refugee camp, Hebron district
201 April 27, 2016 Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail 23 F Qalandiya checkpoint, Ramallah district Shot by security guard Alleged attempted stabbing attack Qatanna, Jerusalem district
202 April 27, 2016 Ibrahim Salih Hassan Taha 16 M Qalandiya checkpoint, Ramallah district Shot by security guard Alleged attempted stabbing attack Qatanna, Jerusalem district
203 May 3, 2016 Ahmed Riyad Abd al-Aziz Shehada 36 M near Dolev settlement, Ramallah district Shot by army Alleged vehicular attack Qalandiya refugee camp, Ramallah district
204 May 4, 2016 Arif Sharif Jaradat 22 M Sair, Hebron district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Clashes Sair, Hebron district
205 May 5, 2016 Jana Aytah al-Amur 59 F Khan Yunis, Gaza Army shelling Army offensive Khan Yunis, Gaza
206 May 23, 2016 Sawsan Ali Dawud Mansur 17 F Ras Biddu checkpoint, Jerusalem district Shot by police Alleged attempted stabbing attack Biddu, Jerusalem district
207 June 2, 2016 Ansar Hussam Harasha 25 F Innab checkpoint, Tulkarem district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Qaffin, Tulkarem district
208 June 21, 2016 Mahmoud Raafat Badran 15 M near Beit Ur al-Tahta, Ramallah district Shot by army Bystander in stone throwing Beit Ur al-Tahta, Ramallah district
209 June 24, 2016 Majd al-Khadour 18 F near Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by army Vehicular attack Bani Naim, Hebron district
210 June 30, 2016 Muhammad Nasser Tarayra 17 M Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by security guard Stabbing attack Bani Naim, Hebron district
211 June 30, 2016 Wael Abu Saleh 46 M Netanya, Israel Shot by civilian Stabbing attack Shweika, Tulkarem district
212 July 1, 2016 Sarah Tarayra 27 F Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Bani Naim, Hebron district
213 July 1, 2016 Muhammad Mustafa Habash 63 M Qalandiya checkpoint, Ramallah district Tear gas Clashes Asira al-Shamaliya, Nablus district
214 July 13, 2016 Anwar al-Salaymeh 22 M Al-Ram, Jerusalem district Shot by army Army raid Anata, Jerusalem district
215 July 18, 2016 Mustafa Baradiya 51 M near Al-Arrub refugee camp, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Beit Fajjar, Bethlehem district
216 July 19, 2016 Muhyee Sidqi al-Tibakhi 12 M Al-Ram, Jerusalem district Shot by army Clashes Al-Ram, Jerusalem district
217 July 29, 2016 Muhammad Faqih 29 M Surif, Hebron district Killed by army Army raid Dura, Hebron district
218 July 31, 2016 Rami Muhammad Zaim Awartani 31 M Huwwara checkpoint, Nablus district Shot by army Attempted stabbing attack Nablus, Nablus district
219 August 16, 2016 Muhammad Abu Hashhash 17 M al-Fawwar refugee camp, Hebron district Shot by army Clashes al-Fawwar refugee camp, Hebron district
220 August 24, 2016 Sari Muhammad Abu Ghurab 24 M near Ariel settlement, Salfit district Shot by army Stabbing attack Qabatiya, Jenin district
221 August 26, 2016 Iyad Zakariya Hamed 38 M near Silwad, Ramallah district Shot by army Bystander near military site Silwad, Ramallah district
222 September 5, 2016 Mustafa Nimr 27 M Shufat refugee camp, Jerusalem district Shot by border police Clashes Shufat refugee camp, Jerusalem district
223 September 9, 2016 Abd al-Rahman Ahmad al-Dabbagh 15 M near Bureij refugee camp, Gaza Allegedly shot by army Clashes Bureij refugee camp, Gaza
224 September 15, 2016 Muhammad Ahmad Abd al-Fattah al-Sarrahin 30 M Beit Ula, Hebron district Shot by army, later succumbed to injuries Army raid Beit Ula, Hebron district
225 September 16, 2016 Fares Moussa Muhammad Khaddour 18 M near Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged vehicular attack Bani Naim, Hebron district
226 September 16, 2016 Muhammad Thalji Kayid Thalji al-Rajabi 15 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
227 September 17, 2016 Hatim Abd al-Hafeeth Shaludi 25 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by army Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
228 September 19, 2016 Muhannad Jameel al-Rajabi 21 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by border police Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
229 September 19, 2016 Ameer Jamal al-Rajabi 17 M Hebron, Hebron district Shot by border police Stabbing attack Hebron, Hebron district
230 September 20, 2016 Issa Salim Mahmoud Tarayra 16 M Wadi al-Joz junction, Hebron district Shot by army Alleged attempted stabbing attack Bani Naim, Hebron district
231 September 30, 2016 Nasim Abu Meizar 28 M Qalandiya checkpoint, Ramallah district Shot by army  

 

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Kafr Aqab, Jerusalem

Israelis killed by Palestinians

# Date of attack Name Age Gender Place of death/injury leading to death Cause of death Soldier/police Place of residence
1 October 1, 2015 Naama Henkin 30 F near Beit Furik, Nablus district Drive-by shooting No Nerya settlement, Ramallah district
2 October 1, 2015 Eitam Henkin 31 M near Beit Furik, Nablus district Drive-by shooting No Nerya settlement, Ramallah district
3 October 3, 2015 Aharon Banita 21 M Old City, East Jerusalem Stabbing attack Yes Beitar Illit settlement, Bethlehem district
4 October 3, 2015 Nehemia Lavi 41 M Old City, East Jerusalem Stabbing attack No Old City, East Jerusalem
5 October 13, 2015 Richard Lakin 76 M Jabal al-Mukabbir, East Jerusalem Shooting and stabbing attack, later succumbed to injuries No West Jerusalem
6 October 13, 2015 Haim Haviv 78 M Jabal al-Mukabbir, East Jerusalem Stabbing attack No East Talpiot settlement, East Jerusalem
7 October 13, 2015 Alon Govberg 51 M Jabal al-Mukabbir, East Jerusalem Stabbing attack No East Talpiot settlement, East Jerusalem
8 October 13, 2015 Yeshayahu Krishevsky 59 M West Jerusalem Stabbing attack No West Jerusalem
9 October 18, 2015 Omri Levi 19 M Beersheba, Israel Shooting Yes Sdei Hemed, Israel
10 October 20, 2015 Avraham Hasno 54 M near al-Fawwar, Hebron district Run over by vehicle in apparent accident No Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district
11 November 4, 2015 Binyamin Yakobovitch 19 M near Halhul, Hebron district Run over by vehicle, later succumbed to injuries Yes Kiryat Ata, Israel
12 November 13, 2015 Yaakov Litman 40 M near Otniel settlement, Hebron district Shooting No Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district
13 November 13, 2015 Natanel Litman 18 M near Otniel settlement, Hebron district Shooting No Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district
14 November 19, 2015 Yaakov Don 48 M Gush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem district Shooting No Alon Shvut settlement, Bethlehem district
15 November 19, 2015 Aharon Yesayev 32 M Tel Aviv, Israel Stabbing attack No Holon, Israel
16 November 19, 2015 Reuven Aviram 51 M Tel Aviv, Israel Stabbing attack No Ramle, Israel
17 November 22, 2015 Hadar Buchris 21 F Gush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem district Stabbing attack No Safed, Israel
18 November 23, 2015 Ziv Mizrahi 18 M near Beit Ur al-Tahta, Ramallah district Stabbing attack Yes Givat Zeev settlement, Jerusalem district
19 December 7, 2015 Gennady Kaufman 41 M Hebron, Hebron district Stabbing attack, later succumbed to injuries No Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district
20 December 23, 2015 Reuven Birmajer 45 M Old City, East Jerusalem Stabbing attack No Kiryat Yearim, Israel
21 January 1, 2016 Shimon Ruimi 30 M Tel Aviv, Israel Shooting No Ofakim, Israel
22 January 1, 2016 Alon Bakal 26 M Tel Aviv, Israel Shooting No Karmiel, Israel
23 January 17, 2016 Dafna Meir 38 F Otniel settlement, Hebron district Stabbing attack No Otniel settlement, Hebron district
24 January 25, 2016 Shlomit Krigman 23 F Bet Horon settlement, Jerusalem district Stabbing attack, later succumbed to injuries No Shadmot Mehola settlement, Tubas district
25 February 3, 2016 Hadar Cohen 19 F Old City, East Jerusalem Shooting stabbing attack Yes Or Yehuda, Israel
26 February 18, 2016 Tuvia Yanai Wissman 21 M Shaare Benyamin settlement, Ramallah district Stabbing attack Yes Maale Mikhmas settlement, Jerusalem district
27 June 7, 2016 Eido Ben Aryeh 42 M Tel Aviv, Israel Shooting No Ramat Gan, Israel
28 June 7, 2016 Elana Nave 39 F Tel Aviv, Israel Shooting No Tel Aviv, Israel
29 June 7, 2016 Michael Fayge 58 M Tel Aviv, Israel Shooting No Midreshet Ben Gurion, Israel
30 June 7, 2016 Mila Mishayiv 33 F Tel Aviv, Israel Shooting No Rishon LeZion, Israel
31 June 30, 2016 Hallel Yafa Ariel 13 F Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district Stabbing attack No Kiryat Arba settlement, Hebron district
32 July 1, 2016 Michael Mark 48 M Route 60, Hebron district Shooting No Otniel settlement, Hebron district

Other casualties of violence

 

#Date of attackNameAgeGenderPlace of death/injury leading to deathCause of deathNationalityKilled byPlace of residence

1October 18, 2015Haftom Zarhum29MBeersheba, IsraelShot after wrongfully suspected in attackEritreanIsraeli security guardIsrael

2November 19, 2015Shadi Zuhdi Ratib Arafa24MGush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem districtShootingPalestinianPalestinian shooterHebron, Hebron district

3November 19, 2015Ezra Schwartz18MAlon Shvut settlement, Bethlehem districtShootingAmericanPalestinian shooterUnited States

4December 23, 2015Ofer Ben Ari46MOld City, East JerusalemFriendly fireIsraeliIsraeli border policeWest Jerusalem

5January 1, 2016Amin Shaaban42MTel Aviv, IsraelShootingPalestinian with Israeli citizenshipPalestinian with Israeli citizenshipLyd, Israel

6January 23, 2016Muhammad Nabil Halabiya17MEast JerusalemHolding pipe bomb which exploded prematurelyPalestinianSelfAbu Dis, East Jerusalem

7February7, 2016Kamil Hassan32MAshkelon, IsraelCommitted stabbing attack on Israeli soldierSudaneseIsraeli soldierIsrael

8February 24, 2016Eliav Gelman31MGush Etzion settlement, Bethlehem districtFriendly fireIsraeliIsraeli soldierKarmi Tzur settlement, Hebron district9March 8, 2016Taylor Force29MJaffa, IsraelStabbingAmericanPalestinian shooterUnited States

10April 18, 2016Abd al-Hamid Abu Srour19MJerusalemCarrying out bus explosion, later succumbed to injuriesPalestinianSelfAida refugee camp, Bethlehem district

11September 16, 2016Said al-Amr28MOld City, East JerusalemAlleged attempted stabbing attackJordanianIsraeli border policeJordan

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MY HILL IS COVERED WITH BLOOD ~~ MAN’S BEST FRIEND IS ISRAEL’S ENEMY

For Julian …. One of the few who cared …. here are his words

This is the result of fear, intolerance and  hatred of life… is easier kill and forget .. than to take care and keep .. a home for 5 souls that possibly no one will remember .. if somebody kills an innocent life .. what can we hope for? This was an act of our protectors, the police and agents. but They prefer a world with out compromise and a comfort zone .. and live there rather than go out and see that it’s our responsibility. They prefer to erase than give our time our life our love .. this way I think that it is better to empty this earth of human beings … especially this class of people .. peace to our baby’s!
What remains of a loving family / Photo by Julian

What remains of a loving family / Photo by Julian

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Victims of fear and hate

Victims of fear and hate

My community of French Hill is the greatest example in Israel of what can be. Israelis of every background, both religious and secular, Palestinians and new immigrants have lived here in harmony for years.

This week we observe the start of the new month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar. A time for reflection and forgiveness … but some things cannot be forgiven.

A few weeks ago a pregnant dog was abandoned on my street and wound up having her six puppies in the bushes on my hill. As all puppies, they were absolutely adorable. But no one wanted them. The Pound is full to capacity with dogs waiting for adoption, but this family was destined to live in the street. They were fed and cared for by neighbours  who cared … that is until this morning when ‘animal control’ came with guns and shot them all to death.

Can this be forgiven? How can people be so cruel to creatures of the same God that created them?

French Hill is in mourning today for this family. 

Special thanks to those who cared and tried to help.

 

 

LATUFF (AND 8,000 OTHERS) THREATENED BY THE ‘JEWISH BRIGADE’

Here is an email received by Carlos Latuff …. and 8,000 other BDS Activists

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“Dear boycotters” (in French), warned (in English): “We have are a very particular set of skills, skills We have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make us a nightmare for people like you.“Boycotters should understand, we will be scalping you one by one, group by group, organization by organization.”

Here’s a report of this Internet hate activity (Click on link)

“Jewish Brigade” email threatens BDS activists

Another report (Click on link)

French pro-Israel group threatens to ‘scalp’ thousands of BDS activists

And here’s what this hate can result in ….

 Friend of Palestinians, Syrian refugees murdered by a nazi Image by Latuff

Friend of Palestinians, Syrian refugees murdered by a nazi
Image by Latuff

Related report here  (Click on link)

Labour Friend of Palestine Jo Cox slain

Jo Cox, fifth from left, with other MPs who joined Labour Friends of Palestine’s in 2015. (Labour Friends of Palestine)

Jo Cox, fifth from left, with other MPs who joined Labour Friends of Palestine’s in 2015. (Labour Friends of Palestine)

#InIsrael ~~ WHERE MURDERERS GO FREE FOR THE FESTIVAL OF FREEDOM

Image by Carlos Latuff

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Notably, on the same day as the rally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged leniency for Azarya.

See the following ….

Hebron shooter Azaria released from detention for Passover

Hero's welcome for a murderer

Hero’s welcome for a murderer

 

Inside Tel Aviv’s “Death to the Arabs” rally

Dan Cohen and David Sheen FOR

Thousands converged on Tel Aviv’s city hall this week to register their support for an Israeli soldier who wasfilmed last month executing a Palestinian youth as he lay on the ground, wounded and immobile, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

From across the country, Israelis descended upon Rabin Square, Tel Aviv’s premier venue for large public protests, to express their indignation over the army’s charges of manslaughter against the soldier, 19-year-old Sergeant Elor Azarya.

The rally featured speeches by Azarya’s mother, father and sister and a number of musical performances by popular Israeli artists.

At another rally which we filmed in the soldier’s home town of Ramle, rally-goers voiced harsh criticism for those who do not support Azarya’s action and for those who helped expose his deed – especially the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.

They also expressed hostility for his victim, 21-year-old Palestinian Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, as well as for the Palestinian people in general.

Although he gave Azarya his full-throated endorsement, event organizer and former lawmaker for the hard-right Yisrael Beiteinu party Sharon Gal could scarcely contain the rage of some of the rally’s attendees and their anger boiled over into bursts of violence.

Although one of us was attacked by the crowd and removed from the area by police, the other still managed to film some of the event’s most poignant and frightening moments.

Notably, on the same day as the rally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged leniency for Azarya.

Israeli media reported on Friday that Azarya has been released from custody for the Jewish holiday of Passover, which began at sundown.

REMEMBERING JULIANO MER-KHAMIS ~~ A MURDER MOST FOUL

Juliano Mer-Khamis

Juliano Mer-Khamis

Juliano Mer-Khamis, the 54-year old founder of The Freedom Theater in Jenin, was murdered five years ago today by unknown assailants.

The murder remains unsolved to this day but his memory lives on as does his dream for a Free Palestine.

Presented here is a post I wrote at the time of his assassination …

A PART OF ALL OF US WAS MURDERED IN JENIN

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The mourning period for Juliano Mer-Khamis will end soon, but what he dedicated his life to and symbolised will never end. It matters not to me who actually pulled the trigger on the gun that killed Juliano. In reality, he was killed by the occupation that he so despised. An occupation that is responsible for the creation of monsters on both sides of the wall, monsters so full of hatred and venom that any one of them could be the guilty party. A part of all of us was murdered that afternoon in Jenin by that monster.
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Juliano was the embodiment of the anti occupation. He could not hate Jews because he was one. He could not hate Palestinians because he was one. He was genetically designed to love. But, obviously he was hated by some for being one or the other. It is sad that a man such as this did not live to see his dreams become a reality. Two nations sitting side by each in PEACE. It will happen dear Comrade…. this we promise you.
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Juliano and I shared a special bond, his parents were Communists as were mine, as are my son’s, as were his. This unique background establishes a very special relationship. This is a concept that can only be felt  by those who grew up in similar circumstances. I am not implying that we were a part of an exclusive fraternal order, but am saying that unless one actually wore the proverbial ‘red diaper’, one could not share the sentiments that I am speaking of. His death affected me personally as if a close member of my family died. In the terms I spoke of, in fact, Juliano was my brother.
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Juliano Mer-Khamis was mourned on both sides of the wall, in the two nations that he so proudly belonged to.  If you haven’t watched the following video, you must. You will get a good idea what a special man Juliano was, what a special woman his mother Arna was, and the love that both had for their people. You will see how evil the occupation is and how good those that oppose it are. It’s truly a special video about a special situation.
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Bella Ciao Dear Juliano ….. Shalom Chaver
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Also see THIS post from the archives

13 YEARS LATER ~~ RACHEL CORRIE’S DREAMS LIVE ON

The following video shows the greatness of this person…. both as a child and as an adult. An adult whose life was snuffed out by the most vicious beast in the world today, zionism…
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Rachel must never be forgotten and her murderers must never be forgiven!
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Her dreams will live on till ALL of humanity is free!
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THE MASSACRE ISRAEL WANTS US TO FORGET

We will never forget this or forgive

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Twenty two years ago this week terror struck out in Hebron. Thirty Palestinians at prayer were slaughtered by one Judeo nazi. There were no solidarity marches, there were no massive outcries in the Western Press, after all, the dead were only Palestinians. Instead there were graveside ceremonies glorifying the terrorist and his acts. Twenty one years later a compatriot of the terrorist was a candidate for the Knesset

ISRAEL MUST HANG ITS COLLECTIVE HEAD IN SHAME!

The following is by far the best account of the massacre itself. It was originally posted seven years ago…..

22 Years of Lessons after Al-Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre – A Memorial History for the 30 Palestinian Martyrs

The story:

The dawn of Friday 15 Ramadan 1414 a.h. / 25 February 1994 marked the first of three massacres perpetrated by Israeli settlers accompanied by the Israeli Army. There were more than 30 martyrs and 270 injured. The main massacre took place while the victims were performing al- Fajr (Dawn) Prayer at Al Ibrahimi mosque.


(Al-Ibrahimi Mosque – Al-Khalil, Occupied Palestine)

At 05:00 on February 25, around eight hundred Palestinian Muslims passed through the east gate of Al-Ibrahimi mosque to participate in al-Fajr prayer, the first of the five daily Islamic prayers. At that time of the holy month of Ramadan, there were many people who flocked the Ibrahimi Mosque to perform their prayers. The mosque was under Israeli Army guard.


That same day, a Jewish American Zionist physician decided to materialize the dream of the typical Zionist movement of annihilating the Arab existence in Palestine. Dr. Baruch Goldstein prepared for the move. It was during Ramadan when Dr. Goldstein decided to execute his old plan of vengeance.

Goldstein passed two army checkpoints at the dawn of February 25, 1994 from the northeastern gate of the mosque near privy. That privy could be the reason why Goldstein decided on that gate because he, probably, received his contemplation about Arabs from the Rabbis of Kach in Kiryat Arab where the Arabs were described as the demons of the privy. The privy of the mosque is important not only because it has two Israeli army checkpoints on its nearby mosque’s gate, but also because it is surrounded by Israeli army posts from the east and army patrols in the west. So Goldstein was acting from the deepest parts of the Zionistic ideology in liquidating the demons.

Goldstein was carrying his IMI Galil assault rifle, four magazines of ammunition, which held 35 bullets each and hand grenades. He thought about the best moment to execute the plan, maximize the number of casualties and secure the escape or rescue. The best moment, of course, was when the Muslim worshipers knelt on the floor with their backs towards Goldstein.

It was first a hand grenade that he threw among the worshipers causing casualties, confusion, and possibly an invitation to the Israeli soldiers in the halls and outside of the mosque to intervene for rescue. And in no time, the automatic massacre took place with the same kind of mercy that other Zionists like Goldstein shows all the time toward Arabs.

Standing in front of the only exit from the mosque and positioned to the rear of the Muslim worshipers, he opened fire with the weapon, killing 29 people and injuring more than 125. He was eventually overwhelmed by survivors, who beat him to death.

An eyewitness said that when Goldstein was executing the massacre and people attacked him, there was a soldier who attempted to come closer to the scene. But instead of “rescuing” Dr. Goldstein, the Israeli soldier shot his bullets in the air and then escaped from the inside eastern door of the northern hall to the previously known “women praying area.” In the opinion of the eyewitness, the soldier could have rescued Goldstein by killing 5 or 10 more Palestinians, but it appeared that his personal safety was above any blood value.

Al Ibrahimi massacre (a.k.a Hebron massacre) is not the last one. Muslims and Jews are and will remain candidates for victimization. But the cause will always be the same: “The Nazi style laws of the Zionists occupation in Palestine.”

Reports after the massacre were inevitably highly confused. In particular, there was uncertainty about whether Goldstein had acted alone; it was reported that eyewitnesses had seen “another man, dressed as a soldier, handing him ammunition.” The Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said that the attack was the work of up to 12 men, including Israeli troops. However, Israeli Army denied that and confirmed that Goldstein had acted alone without the assistance or connivance of the Israeli guards posted at the mosque.

News of the massacre immediately led to riots in Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic) and the rest of the occupied territories. Additional Palestinian Muslims were crushed to death in the panic to flee the mosque and in rioting that followed.

Now that was history, a bloody history that marked Feb 25 of every year with memorials of the Palestinian Martyrs massacred that day for nothing but being Palestinians. So, what are the lessons learned from this?

First we will look at the ideology behind this massacre (and all the Zionist massacres), then how it is treated among Zionists. And last but not least, how does the media look at Zionist (terrorists) and how do they handle such massacres compared to other terrorist acts and massacres.

Prof. Israel Shahak wrote – The Ideology Behind Hebron Massacre:

The sympathy which Baruch Goldstein enjoys among the Gush Emunim, whose influence is more pervasive than that of the Kahanists, can only be explained by a shared ideology. However, Gush Emunim leaders enjoy Rabin’s friendship and strong influence in wide circles of the Israeli and diaspora Jewish communities. Therefore it is their version of this ideology which is more important. Gush Emunim’s thinking assumes the imminence of the coming of the Messiah, when the Jews, aided by God, will triumph over the Gentiles. Consequently, all current political developments call be interpreted by those in the know as destined either to bring this end nearer or postpone it. Jewish sins, the worst of them being lack of faith in Gush Emunim ideology, can postpone but not alter the predestined course of Redemption. The two world wars, the Holocaust and other calamitous events of modern history serve as stock examples of such a curative punishment for Jewish sins. Such explanations can go into a lot of specific detail. The rabbi of Kiryat Arba, Dov Lior (who attended Goldstein’s funeral and praised him), blamed Israel’s relative failure in its 1982 invasion of Lebanon on the lack of faith manifested through signing a peace treaty with Egypt and “returning the inheritance of our ancestors [i.e Sinai] to strangers”.[…]

The fundamental tenet of Gush Emunim’s thinking is the assumption that the Jewish people are “peculiar”. Lustick discusses this tenet in terms of their denial of the classical Zionist claim that only by undergoing “a process of normalisation”, by emigrating to Palestine and forming a Jewish state there, can the Jews become like any other nation. But for them this “is the original delusion of the secular Zionists”, because they measured that “normality” by applying non-Jewish standards. According to Gush Emunim, “Jews are not and cannot be a normal people”, because “their eternal uniqueness” is “the result of the covenant God made with them at Mount Sinai”. Therefore, according to Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, one of their leaders, “while God requires other normal nations to abide by abstract codes of ‘justice and righteousness’, such laws do not apply to Jews”.

Harkabi quotes Rabbi Israel Ariel, who says that “a Jew who kills a non-Jew is exempt from human judgement, and has not violated the prohibition of murder”. The Gush Emunim rabbis have indeed reiterated that Jews who kill Arabs should be free from all punishment. Harkabi also quotes Rabbi Aviner, Rabbi Zvi Yehudah Kook and Rabbi Ariel, all three of whom say Arabs living in Palestine are thieves because since the land was once Jewish, all property to be found on that land “really” belongs to the Jews. In the original Hebrew version of his book Harkabi expresses his shock at finding this out. “I never imagined that Israelis would so interpret the concept of the historical right.”

Gush Emunim’s plans for governing non-Jews in Israel are also based on “theological” principles. According to Rabbi Aviner; “Is there a difference between punishing an Arab child and an Arab adult for disturbance of our peace? Punishments can be inflicted on Jewish boys below the age of 13 and Jewish girls below the age of 12…But this rule applies to Jews alone, not to Gentiles. Thus any Gentile, no matter how little, should be punished for any crime he commits.” From this dictum, it is only a short step to slaughtering Arab children.

Even Israel’s Supreme Court compared Kahane to the German Nazis. The prominent Orthodox dissident, Professor Yeshayahu Leibovitz, said that the mass murder in Hebron was a consequence of “Judeo-Nazism”. But Gush Emunim’s ideology is no less like that of the Nazis than Kahane’s.

Celebrating the Hebron massacre:

Why do we hate them?

When you see the Israelis and Zionists from different parties and sections of the Israeli society, including their army, as well from around the world, gathering annually at the grave of Baruch Goldstein to celebrate the anniversary of his massacre of Muslim worshipers in Al-Khalil (Hebron), how can you but “LOVE” them?

Here is a sample of the news stories from BBC –Graveside party celebrates Hebron massacre (21 March, 2000):

Militant Jews have gathered at the grave of Baruch Goldstein to celebrate the sixth anniversary of his massacre of Muslim worshippers in Hebron.

The celebrants dressed up as the gunman, wearing army uniforms, doctor’s coats and fake beards.

Goldstein, an immigrant from New York City, had been a physician in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Waving semi-automatic weapons in the air, the celebrants danced, sang and read prayers around his grave.

“We decided to make a big party on the day he was murdered by Arabs,” said Baruch Marzel, one of about 40 celebrants.

The tribute was a macabre twist on the Jewish festival of Purim, when it is a custom to dress in costume and celebrate.

Massacre in mosque

In 1994 on Purim, Goldstein stormed a mosque and fired on praying Muslims in the West Bank city’s Tomb of the Patriarchs – a shrine sacred to both Muslims and Jews.

Twenty-nine people died in the attack, and the angry crowd lynched Goldstein in retaliation.

Israeli extremists continue to pay homage at his grave in the nearby Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba, where a marble plaque reads: “To the holy Baruch Goldstein, who gave his life for the Jewish people, the Torah and the nation of Israel.”

About 10,000 people had visited the grave since the massacre, Mr Marzel said.

Note: the above news story is ten years old.

Not only that. The Israeli government allocated a special site for the grave, in the Tourist Park in Kiryat Arba settlement. Over the years, the grave has become a site of pilgrimage. Tens of thousand people from all over the world go to pray and honor this terrorist memory. The local religious council of Kiryat Arba settlement declared the grave site a cemetery. During the Feast of Purim, Goldstein friends celebrate the feast near his grave to honor him, in appreciation of what he did!

Last but not least, on the biased media side, Leon T. Hadar wrote:

Following the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and the arrest of several Muslims who were charged with the crime, the American media were flooded with news stories, analyses and commentaries that warned of the coming “Islamic threat.” “Investigative reporters” and “terrorism experts” alleged on television talk shows and op-ed pages that the accused perpetrators of the bombing were part of an “Islamic terrorism network” coordinated by Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, or other Middle Eastern bogeymen.
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Contrast those reactions with the media’s response to the massacre in Hebron. No analyst suggested that the event reflected the emergence of a global “Jewish threat. ” No terrorism expert was invited to discuss on “Nightline” or the “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” the rise of a “global Zionist terrorism” organization manipulated, say, by the Israeli Mossad. No scholar alleged that the massacre by a Jewish settler suggested that Western and Jewish values were somehow incompatible.

If one really had wanted to apply the journalistic methods that were used in the case of the World Trade Center bombing, it would not have been so difficult, after reviewing the biography of Rabbi Meir Kahane by Robert I. Friedman, to point to the strong ties between Baruch Goldstein and the other “fanatics” in the Jewish settlements and members of the Israeli political establishment, especially in the Likud party. One could even have reminded American readers that Kiryat Arba, where Goldstein resided, was actually the brainchild of a pre-1977 Labor government.

Any analysis of public statements and writings by some of the major political and spiritual leaders of the Jewish settlers, including the rabbis who head the movement, would reveal a fanatical hatred and racist attitudes toward non-Jews in general, and Arabs and Palestinians in particular.

Instead, most journalists and analysts adopted the official Israeli line and described the massacre as an “isolated” case of Jewish “extremism,” an act of a “lone gunman,” a “lunatic,” a “madman” who does not represent Israeli society or, for that matter, Jewish settlers in the occupied territories. Journalists, like the Israeli government, stressed that killing of innocent civilians violates the moral tenets of Judaism.

The above was originally posted by Haitam Sabbah eight years ago.

MONDAY’S TOON ~~ THANK YOU MR. SISSI!

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Egypt Killing of Mentally Ill Palestinian, With Blessings from Israel.

Egypt Killing of Mentally Ill Palestinian, With Blessings from Israel.

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Man caught on film walking naked through Mediterranean sea and crossing into Egyptian territory where he is shot by security forces.

A WANTED POSTER YOU WON’T FIND IN YOUR POST OFFICE

This brilliant poster was created by Shaul Hanuka Help us realise justice by circulating it widely

This brilliant poster was created by Shaul Hanuka
Help us realise justice by circulating it widely

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In Memory of Hadeel al-Hashlamon, 18-yo Palestinian Student murdered by Israeli Troops in Hebron

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Image by Carlos Latuff

Image by Carlos Latuff

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Related report FROM

Palestinian teen shot in Hebron by Israeli forces dies from injuries

A Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in Hebron died from her injuries on Tuesday, Israeli medical sources said.

The teenager, identified as 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, was shot three times by Israeli soldiers after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, Israel’s army said.

A spokesperson for the Shaare Zedek Medical Center where she was taken for treatment said the teenager was “terribly injured, and underwent surgery upon her arrival.

“She later died from her injuries, the spokesperson confirmed.

No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, and the Israeli army did not release photographs of a knife, as they have done on several other recent occasions.

The army spokeswoman said that the attack had been “thwarted.”

A local activist group Youth Against Settlements later released what it said were photos of the incident, appearing to show Israeli soldiers aiming their weapons at the woman, as first she faced them and afterward turned away from them.

Another photo appeared to show the woman slumped on the street, after she was shot and wounded.

Video footage from Palestinian news agency PalMedia showed al-Hashlamon left bleeding on the pavement, reportedly for up to 30 minutes before she received treatment.

The footage shows the woman being dragged out of camera frame, while soldiers and heavily armed settlers look on.

Al-Hashlamon’s death marks at least 25 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, according to UN documentation, not including Palestinian deaths caused by Israeli settlers.

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CHILD MURDERS CONTINUE IN ISRAEL ~~ SILENCE CONTINUES IN WESTERN MEDIA

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Not for the first time, Western media have been extremely accommodating to Israeli propagandists. The crocodile tears of Israeli politicians over one child’s death are treated as if they are genuine. Yet European and American journalists have not stopped to ask why the same politicians failed to condemn the killing of other young Palestinians on the same day.

If those journalists did some serious analysis or research, they would realize that the killing of baby Ali was not an aberration. Palestinian children and teenagers are regularly killed by Israelis.

A photo of Laith al-Khalidi posted on his Facebook page in December 2014.

A photo of Laith al-Khalidi posted on his Facebook page in December 2014.

After baby’s murder, Israeli sniper kills another Palestinian child

Israel responded to the widespread revulsion over the murder of 18-month-old baby Ali Dawabsha by fatally shooting a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank.

Laith al-Khalidi was “killed in cold blood,” according to Fadel, his father.

Fifteen-year-old Laith was in the vicinity of the Atara military checkpoint near Ramallah when a sniper in an Israeli watchtower shot him in the back on Friday last week. Laith was accompanied by four friends at the time he was shot.

“Perhaps he went to express his outrage at the killing of Ali Dawabsha, but when soldiers shot him from the checkpoint tower, he wasn’t throwing any stones whatsoever,” said Fadel.

The details obtained by Fadel of the incident sharply contradict Israel’s spin.

Israel has exploited the fact that Palestinian youth were involved in confrontations with its soldiers in its attempts to “justify” the killing.

An unnamed military spokesperson claimed that Israeli soldiers had opened fire on Laith as a “response to immediate danger.” Those comments were reported by The New York Times, which called Laith “an assailant who had thrown a firebomb.”

However, evidence in many other cases has shown that such routine claims by the army should be treated with the utmost skepticism. Last month, video evidence showed that an Israeli colonel had shot dead Palestinian teenager Muhammad al-Kasbeh, in the back, as he ran away, debunking the army’s claims that occupation soldiers were in imminent danger from the youth. Video also caught Israeli soldiers shooting dead two Palestinian youths in cold blood in Beitunia in May 2014.

Just this year, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem says that it “has documented dozens of cases in the Ramallah area of the West Bank in which Palestinians were injured, some severely, by live ammunition fired by Israeli security forces.”

The group says that “the large number of persons injured and the types of injury, indicates that live ammunition was used against demonstrators even when security forces were not in mortal danger.”

The army’s depiction, moreover, does not tally with how Laith’s parents, who live in Jalazone refugee camp, remember him.

Ominous

As soon as they heard of baby Ali’s murder by Israeli settlers, Laith’s parents had an ominous feeling. Could something happen to their own children in the clashes with Israeli soldiers that would more than likely ensue?

It was not Laith, but his elder brother, Yazan, that they were really worried about.

Despite being two years his junior, Laith — who hoped to become a lawyer — was considered the more mature and reliable sibling. For that reason, their father asked Laith to make sure that Yazan stayed away from any clashes that day.

Laith had repeatedly urged his brother to stay safe.

“My son Laith wasn’t one of the kids who’d go to protests week in, week out and throw stones,” said Samar, his mother.

Even before Laith’s murder, the family had suffered heavily at the hands of the Israeli occupation. Fadel, now an assistant dean at Birzeit University, was involved in popular resistance during the first intifada. He was imprisoned for six years.

For three of those six years, he was held in administrative detention, under which Israel locks up Palestinians without charge or trial.

His mother, meanwhile, had been injured in her leg after Israel attacked a protest in 1994. The protest was held in response to that year’s massacre in Hebron, during which the US-born settler Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 worshippers at the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Although both his parents have been politically active, they were eager that no harm should come to their children. Their children were therefore discouraged from battling Israel’s forces of occupation.

“I wish they were different from us,” said Samar. She reacted with disbelief when she received a phone call at 5:30pm on Friday, telling her that Laith was injured.

“I initially asked, ‘Laith who?’” she said. “I couldn’t even contemplate the idea that they were referring to Laith, my son.”

Laith had told her that he had gone to Ramallah to play billiards.

“Hoping against hope”

After he was shot, Laith was taken to Ramallah’s hospital, where he underwent surgery that lasted six hours.

“We had hoped that he would somehow come through this alive,” said Fadel. “I was sitting next to the room where the surgery was taking place, hoping against hope that my son would survive. Around midnight doctors took him to intensive care and five minutes later he was gone.”

Samar is a nurse. As soon as she saw Laith, she could tell that his situation was critical.

“I cannot describe what I went through during those six hours,” she said.

There was a moment in their ordeal that Samar described as “ridiculous.” A doctor told Laith’s parents that if he survived the night, he would be transferred to Hadassah, an Israeli hospital in Jerusalem.

“How can those who kill our sons then go on to treat them?” Samar asked. “How can we agree to this? But I was ready to do anything to save my child’s life, even if that meant sending him to an Israeli hospital. I would have done anything.”

Mourners say farewell to Laith al-Khalidi during his funeral near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 1 August. The teenager died in hospital hours after being shot by Israeli occupation forces near the Atara military checkpoint on 31 July. (Shadi Hatem APA images)

Mourners say farewell to Laith al-Khalidi during his funeral near the West Bank city of Ramallah, 1 August. The teenager died in hospital hours after being shot by Israeli occupation forces near the Atara military checkpoint on 31 July. (Shadi Hatem APA images)

Yazan, Laith’s brother, had tried to persuade him that he should join Fatah. But Laith told him that his allegiance was to Palestine, not to any political party.

“Laith was everything to me,” said Yazan. “We did everything together, we shared the same room, used the same computer, played cards together, watched sports together. We fought, we laughed, we both liked Real Madrid. But Laith was better than me. If anyone had to die, it should have been me, not him.”

Crying, Yazan raised his voice to an almost piercing level. “Laith, why did you go away?” he asked.

Laith’s 7-year-old sister Lor will only stop crying when she is told that Laith would hate to see her so upset.

“They have taken our happiness”

After a moment’s calm, she broke down again when little things remind her of Laith — like the beautiful mirror and the toys he gave her on the first day of Eid.

“They [the Israelis] have snatched the smile from this girl’s face; they have taken our happiness away,” said Samar. “With Laith’s passing, I feel that a piece of me is gone.”

According to his father, Laith’s biggest dream was that the family could return to the village of Annaba. They were expelled from Annaba — located near Ramle, a city in present-day Israel — during the Nakba, the 1948ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

“Laith visited his village when he was a kid and since then he always asked me, ‘when will we return home?’” said Fadel.

It is instructive that Laith’s killing was only mentioned towards the end of the aforementioned report in The New York Times.

Another Palestinian teenager was also killed that day. Muhammad al-Masri was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in a watchtower on Israel’s boundary with Gaza.

Their deaths received just a fraction of the attention devoted to the condemnations issued by Israeli establishment figures following the murder of baby Ali.

Not for the first time, Western media have been extremely accommodating to Israeli propagandists. The crocodile tears of Israeli politicians over one child’s death are treated as if they are genuine. Yet European and American journalists have not stopped to ask why the same politicians failed to condemn the killing of other young Palestinians on the same day.

If those journalists did some serious analysis or research, they would realize that the killing of baby Ali was not an aberration. Palestinian children and teenagers are regularly killed by Israelis.

Occasionally, the killers are settlers, inculcated with the extremist ideology on which Israel was founded. More often, they are soldiers carrying out the orders of a racist state.

Budour Youssef Hassan is a Palestinian writer and law graduate based in occupied Jerusalem. Blog:budourhassan.wordpress.com. Twitter: @Budour48

Khalid Amayreh adds the following in THIS post

REMEMBERING MALCOLM X, OUR BROTHER AND TEACHER

If you aren't careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. Remembered by Carlos Latuff

If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
Remembered by Carlos Latuff

Malcolm X was assassinated 50 years ago this month (February 21st 1965). He would have been almost 90 years old. But he left us when his time was due. A fearless, courageous and sincere man who will never be forgotten by those who stand with the oppressed.

We will remember him today as we did yesterday as our beloved brother.

We remember him and appreciate the sacrifices he made not only for the African Americans but all people across the world. May God grant him mercy and the highest station in paradise. Amen.

Eulogized by Ossie Davis

Remembered by his friends and comrades…

Contents
Assassination of Malcolm X
Harlem resident
Sonia Sanchez
James Henrik Clarke
Ella Collins
Prince Faisal (not to be confused with THE King Faisal)
Ossie Davis
Amiri Baraka
Yvonne Little
Alex Haley
Sharon 10X
Maya Angelou
Denzel Washington
Nelson Mandela
Tariq Ramadan
Robert Haggins
Earl Grant
Yuri Kochiyama
Shirley Joshi
Malcolm X in Smethwick, Birmingham, UK (12/02/1965)
Ossie Davis
Malcolm X in Oxford Union (04/12/1964)
Malcolm X resting

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Malcolm X remembered as civil rights leaders grapple with new protest movement

SHOT LIKE A PALESTINIAN IN THE GOOD OLE USA

Judge, Jury and Executioner …. All in one

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Just like in Palestine

Police recently shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a mentally disturbed man, and it was all caught on video. While he had a rock in his hand rather than a gun, could the situation have been handled differently?

Video Reveals Police Gunning Down Man for Throwing Rocks

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A witness recorded three police officers chasing and gunning down a mentally disturbed man for throwing rocks at them on Tuesday. Although the Pasco Police Department claims the man struck two of the officers with rocks and withstood the effects of a Taser, an eyewitness and the video do not corroborate their account of the incident.

Around 5pm on Tuesday, Pasco police officers Adrian Alaniz, Ryan Flanagan, and Adam Wright responded to a 911 call concerning a man allegedly throwing rocks at cars and trucks. The officers approached Antonio Zambrano-Montes in the Fiesta Foods parking lot and ordered him to put down the rocks and surrender. According to a police statement, Zambrano-Montes threw rocks of various sizes at them pelting two of the officers with rocks. After a Taser failed to have any effect on him, the officers fired their service weapons to take down Zambrano-Montes.

But Pasco resident Benjamin Patrick, who witnessed the incident, asserts that he saw Zambrano-Montes struggling with an officer when two other officers drove up to help. Zambrano-Montes began yelling at the police when he picked up two rocks or dirt clods. Patrick recalled Zambrano-Montes throwing one at the cops but missing. Then an officer fired his Taser, but Patrick does not believe both darts connected with Zambrano-Montes.

As Zambrano-Montes pulled the ineffective dart from his arm, the officers fired five shots at him. According to Patrick, the officers hit Zambrano-Montes in the first volley of bullets. As Zambrano-Montes fled across the busy intersection, the officers chased after him. When he turned around to confront the officers, they fired at least eight more times shooting Zambrano-Montes to death.

“I could not believe they were shooting guns. There were cars and people everywhere,” Patrick recalled. “Yes, he was resisting. Yes, he was wrong. But it looked like there might be something wrong with him. And he wasn’t hurting anyone. He had a rock, not a gun. It seems it could have been handled differently.”

Another witness recorded the shooting on their cell phone. The video shows the officers firing five shots at Zambrano-Montes before chasing him across the street. As Zambrano-Montes turned around confronting the cops with his hand slightly raised, they gunned him down on the sidewalk.

“This is a very disturbing incident, and our hearts go out to the family of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Fleeing from police and not following an officer’s command should not be sufficient for a person to get shot,” said Kathleen Taylor, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington state. “Lethal force should be used only as an absolute last resort. Police need to understand how to de-escalate confrontations and use force only as necessary.”

Flanagan is a nine-year veteran of the department and traffic safety officer. Wright is an eight-year veteran and firearms instructor. Alaniz has been on the force for two years.

In 2009, Flanagan and another officer were accused of racial profiling and excessive force for restraining Pasco resident Maria Davila-Marquez and pressing her face against the heated hood of their patrol car. After suffering second-degree burns, Davila-Marquez filed a lawsuit against the city and won a $100,000 settlement. According to the lawsuit, Flanagan was never disciplined for his actions.

On January 16, 2014, officers responded to reports of a man striking cars with a broom. Confronted by law enforcement, Zambrano-Montes picked up a rocking chair and attempted to throw it at Officer Adam Brewster. After throwing a mailbox and a post at Brewster, Zambrano-Montes grabbed the officer’s belt attempting to retrieve the service pistol from his holster.

Officer Jeffrey Cobb shot Zambrano-Montes with a Taser and helped Brewster handcuff him. After being transported to the Lourdes Medical Center, Zambrano-Montes admitted that he had been on methamphetamines. He pleaded guilty last June.

After failing to appear in court two weeks ago, a bench warrant was issued for the arrest of Zambrano-Montes. He was released from police custody a day before he was killed.

AMERICAN MEDIA GUILTY OF MURDER BY COMPLICITY

Western, especially American, reactions to this week’s cold-blooded murder of three innocent Muslim college students in North Carolina have been grossly inadequate.
 
Major American news networks, have, more or less, treated the monstrous crime as a passing banality. Critical questions that ought to be asked were never asked, which means the stage is set for the perpetration of the next act of murder targeting Muslims.

The media is also culprit  in the N. Carolina Triple murder

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
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Western, especially American, reactions to this week’s cold-blooded murder of three innocent Muslim college students in North Carolina have been grossly inadequate.

Major American news networks, have, more or less, treated the monstrous crime as a passing banality. Critical questions that ought to be asked were never asked, which means the stage is set for the perpetration of the next act of murder targeting Muslims.

True, the alleged murderer was detained by the police. However, the American media was also culprit in this crime and bears an important part of the blame for its occurrence.

The unrelenting Islamphobic discourse, that we keep hearing and watching in the U.S., does make the perpetration of such a crime inevitable. It would be dishonest to claim otherwise.

This is not a far-fetched analysis of an “isolated incident” as some pundits might be prompted to argue. In the final analysis, anti-Muslim racism in the United States has assumed phenomenal proportions due to the constant defamation of Islam and Muslims by a brashly hostile media.

Needless to say, this hate-mongering has caused many Americans to lump all Muslims in one basket. Thus, all Muslims, near and distant, are portrayed as carbon copies or at least potential carbon copies or prototypes of Osama Bin Laden or Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi.

But this portrayal is actually incorrect. The vast majority of Muslims, I would say 99.99% are normal and peaceful people who are, like most Americans, busy making a decent living, raising their kids, supporting their families, and trying to make ends meet.

I strongly believe that this fact is well known to most media editors who probably choose to ignore it for reasons having to do with cultural bigotry  against Muslims.

In other words, this is not an expression of ignorance of the truth but rather a malicious and reckless disregard of it. Yes, it is an expression of willful dishonesty by much of the American media. And that is a real problem.

Of course, we cannot lump all American media in one negative category. Newspapers such as the Christian Science Monitor can’t be considered a carbon copy of the New York post or the New Republic.

But, unfortunately, the level-headed press has been reduced to a faint voice in a deep valley in a jungle of gung-ho media outlets where the dearth of honesty is conspicuous.

None the less, being “ignorantly dishonest” is not an excuse. In the final analysis, maligning a religious or ethnic community will sooner or later lead to murder or mass murder. We don’t have to go back many decades to demonstrate the evil power of incitement, especially when the targeted audience is uninformed, misinformed or dis-informed.

The recent genocidal episodes in Mynamar and the Republic of Central Africa are hair-raising examples of what public incitement could do. The same thing can be said about Bosnia.

We also do know that the holocaust didn’t start with Auschwitz or other concentration camps. It rather started with Mein Kampf and other expressions of hatred for Jews.

Where is the outrage?

The murderous killing of three young,  innocent American Muslims is by no means an isolated incident or thunder on a clear day. It is rather the inevitable effect of an undeniable cause and the cause is the affronting anti-Islamic messages that we keep watching on Fox News and so-called “Christian” TV programs.

That is why responsibility for spilling the blood of the three innocent victims in North Carolina doesn’t solely lie with the direct killer, but also with a morally callous media that made the killing inevitable.

I am not auggesting that press freedom ought to be restricted. However, a free press must also be a responsible press.

But a responsible press can’t be truly responsible unless it is well-informed and well-aware of the facts. Otherwise, the press, whether knowingly or unknowingly, would succumb to the Steve Emerson syndrom  whereby citizens are spoon-fed half-truths, disinformation and pure lies by charlatans presented as “experts” on Islam.

As a Muslim and journalist who, by  the way, studied and lived long in the United States, I am appalled by the lack of western indignation at crimes against Muslims in general, whether in the West itself, or indeed, in Palestine and other places.

This is moral hypocrisy in broad daylight. It is outrageous and therefore unacceptable. We are all human beings, created by the same God. We should be equal. Our blood should be equal. Our lives should be equal.

The fact that we are not equal in reality is not the result of an ineluctable fate. It is rather the result of the prevalence of an evil minset  which keeps pushing our world to the abyss.

Will we wake up before it is too late?

REMEMBERING THOSE THAT ISRAEL WANTS YOU TO FORGET ABOUT

Take action for Palestinian children killed by Israel

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Defence for Children International–Palestine (DCI-Palestine) has put together a stunning online resource to tell their stories and to encourage people to take action to help call for justice.

Click HERE to see the presentation ….. it’s a must watch.

Less accountability than ever

On 23 November, Israeli prosecutors brought manslaughter charges against the Border Police officer allegedly responsible for shooting Nadim Nuwara.

“The defendant used the blanks magazine so that his live fire, as opposed to rubber-bullet fire, would not be observed,” DCI-Palestine quotes the indictment as saying.

Some Israelis have rallied around the suspect, who has not been officially named, hailing him as a hero and inciting more killings of Palestinians.

No arrests have been made in the killing of Muhammad Abu al-Thahir, however.

And the fact that anyone was charged in Nuwara’s death – albeit for a reduced charge of manslaughter instead of murder – is rare enough.

Since 2000, Israeli forces have killed more than 8,896 Palestinians, DCI-Palestine states. At least 1,895 have been children.

In 2014, Israeli occupation forces killed ten children with live ammunition in the West Bank, including Nuwara and al-Thahir.

Between 2000 and 2013, just 5.2 percent of all investigations resulted in indictments.

And over the past three years, the chances of indictments have become slimmer – down to just 1.4 percent.

Take action

When you reach the end of the timeline on the No More Forgotten Lives website, DCI-Palestine asks you to take part in its Thunderclap – a social media campaign that is easy to join using Twitter or Facebook to draw attention to the killings.

This is a beautifully assembled resource to tell a story no one should ever have to tell.

The goal is to bring a measure of accountability and justice for these two boys, and for all the children whose lives have been stolen by the brutality of Israel’s occupation.

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The above was prepared by Ali Abunima 

REMEMBERING ZIAD ABU EIN

Image by Gianluca Costantini

Image by Gianluca Costantini

Speaking shortly before his death, the minister told reporters why he was at the protest. “This is the army of the occupation and they are stopping Palestinians from acting on their rights. We came to our Palestinian land to plant trees and olive trees. They attacked us immediately without anyone throwing a stone or attacking them. This is a terrorist occupying army that stops Palestinians from enacting on their rights,” Abu Ein said.

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Ziad Abu Ein reportedly inhaled large amounts of tear gas and was assaulted by Israeli forces [AFP/Getty Images]

Ziad Abu Ein reportedly inhaled large amounts of tear gas and was assaulted by Israeli forces [AFP/Getty Images]

And from Carlos Latuff …

Israel celebrates International Human Rights Day killing Ziad Abu Ein

Both images 'Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

Both images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

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Mazin Qumsiyeh PhD added the following …

I was scheduled to meet with PA Minister Ziyad Abu Ein a few days later but he was killed yesterday by the Israeli colonization forces while he and over 100 Palestinians were trying to plant trees on private Palestinian land threatened by illegal Jewish colonies. One of his subordinates, another decent man who also belongs to Fatah told me I should meet with him because he is “different from other Palestinian Authority men”. He explained that Abu Ein is one of actions not speeches. My sister remembers him as a friend of her husband Hazem who was also a member of Fatah revolutionary council. I am ashamed to say that while I agreed to the meeting, privately I remained skeptical. Now that meeting will not happen unless it is in the afterlife. My Fatah friend and my sister were proven right about the decency of the man and Minister Ziyad joins tens of thousands who lost their lives while ACTING in the resistance to the colonial settler state of Israel. Others sitting comfortably in fancy PA offices will claim he is “the comrade” and will make speeches. I am certain Mr. Abu Ein would not want that, he would want to be honored by actions not words.

One can only hope that this tragic loss will not go in vain, that it would help awaken the decent people within Fatah so that they now remove the main block to our liberation: the Oslo accords and the security coordination that springs from it. My late friend Edward Said labeled these agreements as “the second Nakba”.  If change does not happen then the words of “leadership” that does not participate in demonstrations will remain as hollow as their words after the massacres in Gaza or after the assassination of Yasser Arafat. I have a dream that Mr. Mahmoud Abbas will wake up one morning and gather 500 of his staff and assistants (easy to do) and go to remove the illegal apartheid wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. I am sure he will be joined by thousands (me included) and that Israeli occupation forces will not be able to stop us.

It is not true to say that the PA is under different constraints or that they know things we don’t (including potential retaliation by the US/Israel). There must be freedom to discuss and reshape our future by ourselves without the attempts to silence the truth. At an environmental education conference, only one speaker tried to explain (correctly) that the Oslo accords gave a Palestinian cover to the Israeli theft of our natural resources like water and for the Israeli freedom to “develop” area C including industrial polluting settlements etc. This speaker was attacked mercilessly by some PA figures and by many subsequent speaker who had to distance themselves from him to carry favor with the PA. Privately though, many PA figures (including loyal Fatah members) are disturbed by the direction we are traveling. One even told me privately at the same meeting that we do not want to become known as the Vichy government of Palestine.

Some of those are clearly speaking out in private to Mr. Abbas because he occasionally complains of dissension within Fatah. There is clearly a struggle within the PA and we hope that the murder of minister Ziyad Abu Ein will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, that it will tip things towards those decent Fatah people who realize that salaries and cars are not a substitute for a free Palestine (let alone for a conscience). That way the blood of martyrs like Abu Ein will not go in vain. After all, freedom is not freely given and there must be sacrifices.

And for the rest of us mere mortals and not in any official positions: we must guard ourselves not to fall into the traps of enabling corruption or enabling lies to persist or (God forbid) following the subservient opportunists. The road we choose is important. Here are relevant quotes I like:

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw

“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” Dante

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”Margaret Mead

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy 

MY TEN YEAR OLD SON WANTS ANSWERS ABOUT FERGUSON

Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, murderer of Mike Brown acquitted  By Latuff

Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, murderer of Mike Brown acquitted
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My son wants me to reassure him, and tell him that of course Darren Wilson will go to jail. At 10 years old, he can feel deep in his bones how wrong it was for the police to kill Michael Brown. “There will be a trial, at least — right, Mom?” My son is asking me a simple question, and I know the answer.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — MY son wants an answer. He is 10 years old, and he wants me to tell him that he doesn’t need to worry. He is a black boy, rather sheltered, and knows little of the world beyond our safe, quiet neighborhood. His eyes are wide and holding my gaze, silently begging me to say: No, sweetheart, you have no need to worry. Most officers are nothing like Officer Wilson. They would not shoot you — or anyone — while you’re unarmed, running away or even toward them.

I am stammering.

For the past few years, I have traveled from coast to coast speaking to just about anyone who will listen about the horrors of our criminal injustice system. I have written and lectured extensively about the wars that have been declared on poor communities of color — the “war on crime” and the “war on drugs” — the militarization of our police forces, the school-to-prison pipeline, the millions stripped of basic civil and human rights, a penal system unprecedented in world history. Yet here I am, on Monday evening, before the announcement about the grand jury’s decision has been made, speechless.

Michelle Alexander CreditBen Garvin for The New York Times

My son wants me to reassure him, and tell him that of course Darren Wilson will go to jail. At 10 years old, he can feel deep in his bones how wrong it was for the police to kill Michael Brown. “There will be a trial, at least — right, Mom?” My son is asking me a simple question, and I know the answer.

As a civil rights lawyer, I know all too well that Officer Wilson will not be going to trial or to jail. The system is legally rigged so that poor people guilty of relatively minor crimes are regularly sentenced to decades behind bars while police officers who kill unarmed black men almost never get charged, much less serve time in prison.

I open my mouth to speak, look into my son’s eyes, and hear myself begin to lie: “Don’t worry, honey, you have nothing to worry about. Nothing like this could ever happen to you.” His face brightens as he tells me that he likes the police, and that he always waves at the cops in our neighborhood and they always wave back. His innocence is radiating from him now; he’s all lit up with relief and gladness that he lives in a world where he can take for granted that the police can be trusted to serve and protect him with a wave and a smile.

My face is flushing red. I am embarrassed that I have lied. And I am angry. I am angry that I have to tell my son that he has reason to worry. I am angry that I have to tell him that I already know Darren Wilson won’t be indicted, because police officers are almost never indicted when they kill unarmed black men. I must tell him now, before he hears it on the school bus or sees it in the news, that many people in Michael Brown’s town will be very angry too — so filled with pain, sadness and rage — that they may react by doing things they shouldn’t, like setting fires or breaking windows or starting fights.

I know I must explain this violence, but not condone it. I must help him see that adults often have trouble managing their pain just like he does. Doesn’t he sometimes lash out and yell at friends or family when he’s hurt or angry? When people have been hurt over and over, and rather than compassion or understanding you’re given lectures about how it’s really all your fault, and that no one needs to make amends, you can lose your mind. We can wind up harming people we care about with words or deeds, people who have done no harm to us.

I begin telling him the truth and his face contorts. The glowing innocence is wiped away as his eyes flash first with fear, then anger. “No!,” he erupts. “There has to be a trial! If you kill an unarmed man, don’t you at least have a trial?”

My son is telling me now that the people in Ferguson should fight back. A minute ago, he was reminiscing about waving to Officer Friendly. Now he wants to riot.

I tell him that sometimes I have those feelings too. But now I feel something greater. I am proud of the thousands of people of all colors who have taken to the streets in nonviolent protest, raising their voices with boldness and courage, capturing the attention and the imagination of the world. They’re building a radical movement for justice, one that would make the freedom fighters who came before them sing from the heavens with joy.

I tell my son, as well as my daughters, as we sit around the dinner table, stories of young activists organizing in Ferguson, some of them not much older than they are. I tell them about the hip-hop artist Tef Poe, who traveled with Michael Brown’s parents to Geneva to testify before a United Nations subcommittee about police militarization and violence. I tell them about activists like Phillip B. Agnew, Tory Russell, Brittany Ferrell and Alexis Templeton, who marched in the streets and endured tear gas while waving signs bearing three words: “Black Lives Matter.”

I’ve met some of these activists, I say. They believe, like you do, that we should be able to live in a world where we trust the police and where all people and all children, no matter what their color or where they came from, are treated with dignity, care, compassion and concern. These courageous young people know the tools of war, violence and revenge will never build a nation of justice. They told me they’re willing to risk their lives, if necessary, so that kids like you can live in a better world.

My son is stirring his mashed potatoes around on his plate. He looks up and says, “Right now, I’m just thinking I don’t want anything like this ever to happen again.”

I’m tempted to tell him that it will happen; in fact, it already has. Several unarmed black men have been shot by the police since Aug. 9, when Michael Brown was killed. But I don’t say another word. It’s much easier telling the truth about race and justice in America to strangers than to my son, who will soon be forced to live it.

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