Thanksgiving dinner ... 'Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

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‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff


Support demos continue ... 'Copyleft' by Carlos Latuff

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

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

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.


Both ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

Ferguson is Palestine Palestine is Ferguson

Ferguson is Palestine
Palestine is Ferguson


Just another Black man in Ferguson

Just another Black man in Ferguson


Foxman upset with the Ferguson/Palestine comparison ….

American football player compares Ferguson to Palestine

ADL criticizes Reggie Bush for social media post that asked ‘What happened to humanity?’


See Ynet Report HERE

The post that offended the ADL
The post that offended the ADL


All images ‘Copyleft’ by Carlos Latuff

Jay Nixon

Jay Nixon




















How appropriate it was that on Israel TV last night a movie was aired, Sex, Lies and Videotape … nothing to do with this post aside from the name itself.

But as it stands, a videotape was the main evidence used yesterday to indicted an Israeli Border Policeman of manslaughter in a Jerusalem Court.

A sophisticated and compelling analysis of video and other evidence has pinpointed the Israeli occupation soldier who shot and killed seventeen-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara six months ago.

Full report from the J Post

Border policeman indicted for manslaughter of Palestinian teen

The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an indictment with the Jerusalem District Court against a Border Police officer for manslaughter in the highly controversial and videotaped killing of a Palestinian minor in Beitunya in May.

The indictment revolved around the fatal shooting of Nadim Nuwara, 17, on Nakba Day, when Palestinians mourn the establishment of the State of Israel. Nuwara was killed when scores of Palestinians attacked soldiers with stones at a protest near the Ofer Prison, located between Ramallah and the Givat Ze’ev settlement.

The manslaughter charge is one of the most serious in recent memory against a soldier or border policeman for the killing of a Palestinian while acting in the line of duty, and could lead to serious jail time.

Typically, incidents of killing Palestinians end with no charge, justified by self-defense, or at most result in disciplinary actions for violating rules of engagement or a negligent homicide charge with little or no jail time.

In a Wednesday pretrial hearing, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court had already permitted publication of several key details of the investigation against the border policeman, though his name was still under gag order even after the filing of the indictment.

The indictment said that the policeman had received permission to fire rubber bullets to disperse confrontational crowds throwing rocks.

The policeman had two magazines, one with rubber bullets and one with live ammunition, the rubber bullet magazine being clearly demarcated by its red color, according to the indictment.

At some point during the altercation, the policeman switched some live bullets into his rubber bullet magazine to be able to fire live ammunition and to hide his violation of the rules of engagement from the other soldiers, the indictment alleged.

Some of the other details included that the blood of one Palestinian minor was found on a live-fire bullet retrieved from the deceased minor’s body and that expert reports have connected the bullet with the border policeman’s gun.

Other pieces of evidence appeared to include wiretapping of the policeman’s communications and some other persons involved in the incident.

Despite the evidence, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court expressed doubt about finding sufficient evidence for specific intent to kill and a murder charge, implying that a manslaughter charge would have a strong and much better chance of being accepted – a recommendation the state ultimately accepted.

The policeman was not indicted for the killing of a separate Palestinian that day.

The policeman had appeared in court on November 12, a day after he was arrested in connection to the killing of Nuwara. It had already been surmised that the charge would revolve around whether the officer used live ammunition and not rubber bullets in violation of the rules of engagement for using deadly force.

Palestinians and Israeli left-wing activists said that Nuwara and an additional teenager killed on that day, Muhammad Abu Daher, were shot with live ammunition, which soldiers are supposed to use only when their lives are in danger.

Palestinians said in June that an autopsy concluded that Nuwara had been killed by live fire. Palestinian, US and Danish pathologists were reportedly present at the autopsy in the Palestinian Institute of Forensic Medicine in the West Bank town of Abu Dis.

Video from security cameras on Palestinian properties close to the scene of the May protest showed the two teenagers falling to the ground in separate incidents.

At the time, right-wing activists claimed the scene was staged and deemed it “Pallywood.”

Palestinians have claimed that the footage proves that the teenagers were shot despite posing no immediate threat to Israeli forces.

The IDF denied the allegation and insisted that only rubber bullets were used. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon had suggested the surveillance video might have been doctored, an allegation the human-rights groups that distributed the material have denied.

At the time, an IDF source said 150 Palestinians who had gathered to mark Nakba Day threw firebombs and rocks at soldiers and border policemen and rolled burning tires at them.

“The rioting was very serious,” an army source said after the incident. “This was a very aggressive attack on security personnel.

We are examining the incident.”


And from Ma’an News Agency


A sophisticated and compelling analysis of video and other evidence has pinpointed the Israeli occupation soldier who shot and killed seventeen-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara six months ago.

Video analysis pinpoints Israeli killer of Palestinian teen


Let’s wait and see what the sentence will be …. if any at all.

Meanwhile the murderer’s attorney claimed …

At a remand hearing in a Jerusalem court on Wednesday, Benny Katz, the suspect’s attorney, told reporters his client says he fired only rubber bullets during the protest and denies using live ammunition.


Israel Police Officer Arrested in

Videotaped Killing of Palestinian Teen

Probe Trashes Rubber Bullet Claim in Nakba Day Clash

By Reuters

Israeli police have arrested a paramilitary border policeman over the fatal shooting of a Palestinian teenager in the occupied West Bank in May, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Nadim Nuwara, 17, and Muhammad Abu Thahr, 16, were killed during a May 15 demonstration in which Palestinians hurled stones at Israeli forces. Video from security cameras suggested they were shot despite posing no immediate threat to the troops.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the policeman was arrested in connection with Nuwara’s death, but not Abu Thahr’s, because an autopsy was only carried out on Nuwara’s body.

All other details of the investigation were under a gag order, he said.

At a remand hearing in a Jerusalem court on Wednesday, Benny Katz, the suspect’s attorney, told reporters his client says he fired only rubber bullets during the protest and denies using live ammunition.

At the time, Palestinian medics said the boys were killed by live bullets. The Israeli military said its forces fired only rubber bullets that day and that border policemen, who are also armed with assault rifles and carry out security duties in the West Bank, were present at the scene as well.

Violence between Israelis and Palestinians has spiraled in the last few weeks, raising fears of a new uprising. Peace talks collapsed in April and Israeli forces and Palestinian militants fought a 50-day war in July and August.

In June, the Palestinian attorney-general said an autopsy, requested by Nuwara’s family, showed the youth was killed by live fire. U.S., Danish and Israeli pathologists were also present at the autopsy.

Footage from security cameras on Palestinian properties near the demonstration showed each of the youths, about an hour apart according to the time stamp, walking at some distance from the protest and then falling to the ground, apparently shot.

“Hopefully God willing there will be justice in the case of my son,” said Siam Nuwara, the boy’s father. “I believe there is law in Israel, but the question is whether they will apply it for a Palestinian the same way they would for an Israeli.”

The protest took place outside Israel’s Ofer Prison near the Palestinian town of Beitunia.

In an incident in Beitunia on Wednesday, Israeli troops shot and seriously wounded Ahmed Hassouneh, a 25-year-old Palestinian, during an arrest raid, medics said. Israeli authorities had no immediate comment.


As the ziopress reported this …. (in two paragraphs)

An obvious attempt by them not to discourage murders in the future by Israeli police


Officer Suspected of Shooting Arab Rioter Arraigned

The Border Guard officer who allegedly shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian Arab rioter on Nakba (Catastrophe) Day was arraigned on Wednesday.

The officer will remain behind bars for the next six days.


And from the Palestinian Press

Israeli policeman arrested in

connection with Nakba day


A Palestinian protester carries a wounded comrade during clashes with Israeli forces on May 15, 2014 (MaanImages)

A Palestinian protester carries a wounded comrade during clashes
with Israeli forces on May 15, 2014 (MaanImages)


An Israeli border policeman has been arrested in connection with the fatal May 15 shootings of two Palestinian teenagers, an Israeli police spokesman told Ma’an Wednesday.

Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an via telephone that no other information was available regarding the arrest except that it was related to the Nakba day killings of 15-year-old Muhammad Abu al-Thahir and 17-year-old Nadim Nuwarah in Beituniya.

Additionally, the Israeli news site Ynet reported that an Israeli investigation had revealed that live fire was used while Israeli forces were dispersing the protests. Israeli forces had initially insisted that live fire was not used, but Palestinian medical sources told media at the time that the wounds that killed the two teens were from live bullets.

Israeli forces shot and killed the teens during a protest rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba, and Palestinians across the occupied territories and elsewhere were also commemorating the “catastrophe,” when more than 760,000 Palestinians — estimated today to number more than 5 million with their descendants — fled or were driven from their homes in 1948.

The killings were caught on camera, as CCTV footage showed that the two teens were not participating in clashes when they were shot dead, and posed no threat to Israeli forces.

Amnesty International condemned the killings, saying the Israeli army has “repeatedly resorted to extreme violence to respond to Palestinian protests against Israel’s occupation, discriminatory policies, confiscation of land, and construction of unlawful settlements.”

Rifat Kassis, executive director of Defense for Children International — Palestine, said at the time that “the images captured on video show unlawful killings where neither child presented a direct and immediate threat to life at the time of their shooting.”

“These acts by Israeli soldiers may amount to war crimes, and the Israeli authorities must conduct serious, impartial, and thorough investigations to hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes,” Kassis said.

The US State Department had also urged Israel to conduct a “prompt and transparent investigation.”


“A land without a people for a people without a land” is a widely cited phrase associated with zionism to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the 19th and 20th centuries

Slowly but surely the first part of that phrase is becoming a reality ….


Compliments of the US Taxpayer

Compliments of the US Taxpayer

*Note: This video shows disturbing footage of Israeli police shooting and killing a Palestinian youth.


Video captures execution of Palestinian citizen by Israeli police



"Do we actually have to say this?"*

Thousands marched in Staten Island today. They were protesting police brutality and abuse. They were demanding justice for the victims of that abuse. Eric Garner was placed in an illegal choke hold by a NYPD office several weeks ago. His crime? Selling illegal cigarettes. Despite his protestations and his repeated plea of “I can’t breathe,” despite the fact that he was already subdued, despite the fact that he was surround by cops, the officer continued to choke Mr. Garner. The result? Eric Garner died on the sidewalk, a victim, like so many others, of out-of-control police brutality. These police crimes are then followed by a disturbing lack of transparency and a failure of the justice system to indict, try and convict. Victims are invariably people of color.
The time has come for civilian control of the police forces and an end to the militarization of police departments around the country. The sight of tanks and long rifles being aimed at American citizens in American towns like Ferguson, Missouri by a police department in camouflage and armed with military weapons should frighten and anger everybody.

The thousands marching in Staten Island today were saying “Enough!” and demanding that democratic control of police become a reality.


Photos and commentary © By Matt Weinstein


""I can't breathe.""


"Complaints about police abuse."




"In front of the site of Eric Garner's murder by police."


"The group, Picture The Homeless."


"Javier and Danny."


This video tells the story of a German victim of holocaust who has spent most of her life trying to stop the genocide committed by Israel against the Palestinian people in the last 6 decades.




Holocaust survivor arrested in Missouri protests


Hedy Epstein, also a fierce critic of Israel: This is how I’m entering my 10th decade of life!


Hedy Epstein

Hedy Epstein Photo: REUTERS
New York- Hedy Epstein, 90, and eight others were arrested for “failing to disperse” during protests taking place in downtown St. Louis on Monday.They were arrested for “failure to disperse” when they marched on, and held a small rally in front of a building where the office of Gov. Jay Nixon and many of his staff are located.

The protesters had demanded to speak to the governor or his representative about the conflict in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, by a police officer, and the governor’s decision to call in the National Guard to deal with the subsequent protests and looting.

Police and security would not let them in the building. When the nine protesters refused to leave, they were arrested, taken to the police station, booked, and then released.

“We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re 90,” Epstein said when she was arrested.

She was ordered to appear in court on October 21, she told The Jerusalem Post.

“This is how I’m entering my 10th decade of life!” Epstein, who turned 90 last week, joked.

The German-born Epstein is known for her fervent activism and speaking out about national and international events.

She lives in Missouri and in 2001 started the St. Louis chapter of Women in Black, an antiwar movement organization that was founded in Jerusalem in 1988, during the second intifada, but has spread to other countries and to causes other than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Epstein has been a vocal advocate for the Free Gaza Movement.

According to her website, she has participated in several demonstrations “in opposition to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, the 25-foot-high cement wall, and the demolition of Palestinian homes and olive orchards.” Epstein joined the failed Gaza Freedom March in 2010, trying to take a bus from Cairo to the Gaza Strip.

Epstein has won various accolades for her activism over the past decade, notably the 2005 Imagine Life Education through Media Award and the 2008 American Friends Service Committee’s Inspiration for Hope Award.

Born in born in Freiburg, in southwestern Germany, and raised in nearby Kippenheim, Epstein was eight years old when Adolf Hitler was sworn in as chancellor. In 1939, she was sent to England as part of the Kindertransport, which eventually moved 10,000 mostly Jewish children to safety. Her parents both died in concentration camps. After the war, she went back to Germany to work for the American government, including for the Nuremberg Doctors Trial, and finally immigrated to America in 1948.

Epstein told the Post that her parents were anti-Zionists, although she never had a chance to ask why they did not support a Jewish state.

“As young child, I didn’t really understand what that [anti-Zionism] is, and my parents were looking to go anywhere they could, but weren’t willing to go to Palestine,” Epstein said. “They did not wish to live in a country that was run by Jews and for Jews only.”

After arriving in the US in May 1948, the same month Israel was founded, she noted, Epstein said she remained fairly insulated from Israeli issues until 1982, when she heard about the massacres in the Sabra neighborhood and the adjacent Shatilla refugee camp in Beirut. She went to the West Bank for the first time in 2003, for several months, and said that she was stopped at Ben-Gurion Airport in January 2004 when she was trying to leave the country.

“I was accused of being a security threat and a terrorist,” Epstein recounted. “And I was stripped searched and internally searched.”


From The New York Times: Another report of a man that ‘lives the mantra’ …

Resisting Nazis, He Saw Need for Israel. Now He Is Its Critic.



“No more pigs in our community!” …  A quote from the Black Panthers



Stand with the people of Ferguson






Hedy Epstein, 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor, Arrested During Michael Brown Protest


A federal Homeland Security officer fired his weapon in the direction of counter demonstrators at a rally in support of Israel held in Los Angeles.

Police 6

Israel trains US policeSlowly, every police department in the United States, at the behest of the Department of Homeland Security, is being trained by Israeli groups.


                                               And the results …


Shots Fired by Federal Officer at Los Angeles Pro-Palestnian Protesters

Homeland Security Fires on Anti-Israel Demonstrators



A federal Homeland Security officer fired his weapon in the direction of counter demonstrators at a rally in support of Israel held in Los Angeles.

Some 1,200 people attended the rally Sunday afternoon in front of the Federal Building in West Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times.

During the rally, at least three men waving Palestinian flags and carrying wooden sticks arrived at the rally and allegedly hit some of the protesters, according to the Jewish Journal.

The men, who told the newspaper that they were Palestinians living in Anaheim, returned to their truck and drove off after the melee was broken up.

As they left, a Department of Homeland Security officer fired his gun in the direction of the truck, Brian Thomas of the LAPD West Los Angeles Patrol Division, told the Jewish Journal. The men reportedly were stopped and handcuffed, after they left the scene of the demonstration.

Speakers at the pro-Israel demonstration included Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Roz Rothstein co-founder and CEO of StandWithUs; Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer; and Israeli actress and activist Noa Tishby.

A counter demonstration of about 200 Palestinian supporters was held across the street from the pro-Israel demonstration.

Several streets in the area of the demonstration were blocked off into Sunday evening, according to CBSLA.


It wasn’t bad enough that Israeli terrorists brutally burnt to death a Palestinian teenager … Israeli soldiers beat his visiting American cousin shortly before the funeral.


Tariq Khdeir was born in the U.S. and is an American citizen.

He is the cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, the East Jerusalem boy who was bundled into a car and later murdered.


Video shows troops beating Tariq Khdeir as he lies prone on the ground.


American Cousin of ‘Revenge’ Victim Beaten by Israeli Soldiers

Tampa Teenager Jailed — Police Claim He Resisted



The American cousin of suspected Palestinian revenge attack victim was beaten and imprisoned by Israeli troops during protests before the funeral of the Jerusalem teen, Arab-American activists charged.

Tariq Khdeir, 15, who is a tenth-grader in Tampa, Fla., suffered serious injuries in the July 3 beating and is being held under police guard at a hospital, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a prominent advocacy group.

Activists demanded American officials intervene with Israel to win his release — and take action against the soldiers involved.

“It is the duty of American officials to intervene and secure the release of an American citizen who was so viciously attacked and denied medical treatment,” said CAIR-Florida Chief Executive Director Hassan Shibly in a press release.

His parents, Suha and Salah Khdeir, said their son was detained but had been treated at an Israeli hospital.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said that Tariq Khdeir had resisted arrest and attacked officers, the Associated Press reported. He was detained with a slingshot in his possession used to hurl stones at police, Samri claimed.

Tariq Khdeir’s father, Salah, said he witnessed his son’s arrest and insisted the boy was not involved in the violence, the Associated Press reported.

Khdeir is a high school sophomore in Tampa, who was visiting his Palestinian relatives in Shuafat, Jerusalem, for the first time in over a decade when he was beaten and detained, Haaretz reported

The incident took place outside the home of his murdered cousin. He is being held under police guard at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

He is due to be brought before a judge in Jerusalem on Sunday, Ma’an news agency reported.

Relatives of the Florida boy have identified him as being the boy depicted in a video that show Israeli soldiers holding down and beating someone.

Israeli newspapers have reported widespread allegations of brutality and misconduct by soldiers in recent days as clashes escalate.

Tariq Khdeir was born in the U.S. and is an American citizen.

He is the cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, the East Jerusalem boy who was bundled into a car and later murdered.

Palestinians believe that the slain teen was killed by right-wing Jews incensed over the earlier killings of three kidnapped Jewish teenagers. Authorities insist they do not yet know the motive, although sources say they suspect it was a revenge slay by Jewish extremists.

A State Department spokesperson demanded a speedy probe into the case and said a consular official visited the teen in an Israeli jail Saturday.


A second Report from


Beaten Florida Cousin Called ‘Fun-Loving’ All-American Teen

Tariq Khdeir Earned Trip to Jerusalem With Straight A’s


By Dave Goldiner

The cousin of a Palestinian revenge attack victim who was beaten by Israeli troops is a fun-loving all-American high school student from Tampa, Fla., relatives said.

Tariq Khdeir, 15, earned a summer vacation to visit relatives in the Holy Land by scoring straight A’s in tenth grade — and was occupied with the soccer World Cup until his cousin was killed in a suspected revenge attack by Jewish extremists in Jerusalem.

Aunt Sana Khdeir said the family was stunned to see the boy beaten senseless by Israeli troops in widely circulated videos on social media.

“I’m all cried out of tears,” said Khdeir, 22, a student at South Florida University. “We haven’t slept since this happened.”

Tariq Khdeir, who played on his high school soccer team and joined the fishing club, had been with his cousin, Mohammed Khdeir, 16, just an hour before the Palestinian was bundled into a car and burnt alive.

Relatives say the Florida cousin was demonstrating with other relatives outside the family’s East Jerusalem home when Israeli soldiers charged at them and attacked the teen.

“He’s not used to this, not used to it all,” the aunt said. “The kids started running and he was caught.”

Videos show troops beating Tariq Khdeir as he lies prone on the ground.

The aunt said there is no doubt that the videos depict her nephew, who was wearing an Ekko shirt.

“We’re 100% sure it is him,” she said.

The boy suffered a broken jaw and nose in the beating and has been taken from a hospital to an Israeli jail, where he is being held pending a court date, she said.



“He’s a good boy, he’s good in school, he loves soccer, loves music,” Salahedeen Khdeir, the boy’s father, told Palestinian journalists. “This is the first time he went to sleep far away from his home. And where does he end up? In a jail next to the people who hit him almost to death.”

Israeli authorities say Tariq Khdeir resisted arrest and was armed with a slingshot.

U.S. authorities demanded a speedy probe into the case and said a consular official visited the boy in jail Saturday.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, who represents the Tampa district where the Khdeirs live, did not return a call for comment.

“We are so angry and frustrated,” said Sana Khdeir, 22. “Bloodshed on either side is wrong, whether Israeli or Palestinian.”

The family was already crushed by the news that Mohammed Khdeir was killed in a slaying that Palestinians believe was a revenge attack by Jewish extremists after the killings of three kidnapped Jewish students. The beating of his younger cousin only deepened their despair.

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going for 65 years,” Sana Khdeir. “I want peace, we all want peace. But we’re never going to come to peace when all we get is more occupation and bloodshed.”


The US is ‘profoundly troubled’ by the incident …… let’s wait and see what they do about it …


US ‘profoundly troubled’ by reports of police beating of US-Arab youth

Psaki: US ‘calling for speedy, transparent and credible investigation’, into alleged police beating of Tariq Khdeir.

Full Report HERE



Captions say …. A good Arab is a dead Arab … kahane lives!



Two videos have emerged showing Israeli police brutally beating a Palestinian youth in the Shuafat neighborhood of eastern occupied Jerusalem.



The second video posted on Facebook by Quds News Network shows the same incident. It appears to have been shot with a mobile phone from an adjacent building.


Many injured

Red Crescent medics said 170 Palestinians were injured since Monday, including three with live bullets, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Dozens were injured by rubber bullets, including six journalists, and three people suffered fractures after being assaulted by Israeli police officers, Ma’an News Agency added.

The brutal beating caught on video is reminiscent of an indelible image of a similar attack on a young Palestinian during the first intifada in the late 1980s.





So do we!
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In Israel, Jewish holidays mean total closure of the Occupied Territories. Total closure means that any Palestinian found roaming on Israeli streets is stopped by the Israeli Border Police and asked to show their Identity Card, God help them if they do not have one showing they are an Israeli citizen. If that is not the case, they become a part of a fast growing statistic;
Palestinian man with Israeli ID card (Identifying him as an Arab)
ID Card from the Occupied Territories
(Lets not forget that Israelis complained to the world that Jews in the Soviet Union were forced to carry ID Cards identifying themselves as Jews …. but it’s OK to do the same thing to Palestinians living in Israel)

Palestinian Prisoners

At any one time, Israel holds in excess of 9000 Palestinian prisoners. In fact, 700,000 Palestinians have been imprisoned by Israel since 1967. Prisoners include children, women, and Palestinian government officials.

Thousands of Palestinians are arrested for no apparent reason, and held without charges, or a trial for years at a time. This is called administrative detention, and is a clear violation of international law. Israel arrests Palestinians, even children, for reasons such as walking on settler only roads within occupied territory. Many Palestinians are arrested simply to keep Israeli jails full, as Palestinian prisoners have been used in negotiations in the past. Hence, for Israel, Palestinian prisoners are nothing more than commodities to be traded later on.

Many prisoners have no visitation rights, as such, they are separated from their families for years at a time. This is even true for child prisoners. The families of the prisoners are hardly ever informed about the reason for the arrest, and often don’t see their relative from the moment of arrest, where Israeli soldiers often state “we just want to speak with them for a minute”, only to disappear for years.

Vast numbers of Palestinian children are held in Israeli prisoners. These children can be as young as 12. Israel, in violation of international law, regards anyone above 16 as an adult, and furthermore, any Palestinian above the age of 14 can be tried as an adult, and held in the same prison as adults.


According to various studies, anywhere between 85% and 98% of Palestinian prisoners are tortured in Israeli prisons. The process of arresting a Palestinian is often degrading and violent, including bashing, insulting, and stripping detainees.

In prisons, these prisoners are subject to violent interrogations, and are often forced to confess in order for the torture to cease. When incarcerated, the prisoners are tortured in a variety of measures, including; sleep deprivation, beatings, forcing prisoners to be seated in painful positions, choking. The conditions are also appalling, with prisoners forced to endure extreme heat and extreme cold. Prisoners are also humiliated and mocked by Israeli guards.



These are facts! What is also a fact is that no one outside of Israel says a word about these injustices. THAT TOO is a crime! COMPLICITY KILLS!







Police violence against Jerusalem’s Palestinian citizens increases

The Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories said on Thursday that Israeli police violence against Jerusalem’s Palestinian citizens is increasing. B’Tselem confirmed that it has documented dozens of incidents in which police officers used excessive violence.

Commenting on the assault on Talal al-Sayyad by Israeli police using electric-stun guns, B’Tselem said that such attacks are classified as increasing and deliberate violence by the Israeli police. “Israeli police spray huge amounts of pepper gas at the faces and eyes of Jerusalem citizens and they also use stun guns which are only supposed to be used against dangerous persons,” added the human rights group in a written statement.

B’Tselem has documented many attacks and filed complaints with the authorities but has faced “official Israeli inaction regarding investigations against police officers”.

Talal al-Sayyad was attacked by Israeli police using stun guns, which caused a neurological spasm, when he tried to protect some children from attack by officers using the same weapon in a park in west Jerusalem.



Related report on the growing violence against Palestinians …


Double Take / A night on the town

After the beating of Arab youth in Zion Square this month, a nighttime stroll in downtown Jerusalem reveals the tension simmering under the lively pub scene in the city center.

By Joel Greenberg
Youth in Jerusalem’s Zion Square at night, where a vibrant bar scene and rising racial tensions have led to recent violent confrontations.  Photo by Emil Salman

The security men in khaki vests had the Arab youth pinned to the sidewalk, twisting one of his arms behind him as he screamed that he was in pain.

It was a late summer night on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road, nearly a week after the pummeling of a young Arab by a group of Jewish teenagers a few blocks away in Zion Square, an attack police called an attempted lynch.

This time it was the security guards assigned to Jerusalem’s light rail system who were holding an Arab down, saying that he had resisted a security check before boarding the train. The youth, who was held on the pavement for more than half an hour as Israelis and tourists strolled wordlessly by, said from his lock-hold that when he objected to a search, he was wrestled to the ground though he had offered no physical resistance.

An Arab man from the Old City was outraged by the sight of the youth being held so long on the sidewalk, in full view off passing pedestrians.

“Is this how you treat a human being in front of everybody like that?” he thundered at the security men. “What kind of democracy is this?”  A Jewish onlooker said the security men were doing the right thing, telling me “they would do the same to you if you refused to be checked.”

Eventually, police officers showed up, handcuffed the young man, and took him away. The onlookers dispersed, and the street slipped back into its normal rhythm – a last blast of summer downtown, with people jamming cafes, restaurants and pubs late into the night. 

Under the throbbing nightlife, however, a menacing current has erupted in episodes of violence, sometimes fueled by alcohol and often stoked by the festering conflict with the Palestinians.

In the noisy alley outside Zolly’s pub, where he works, Ahmad Kamal, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, said that a day earlier he had been cursed and beaten by a group of Jewish youths who assaulted him on his way home from work in the wee hours of the morning. Complaints about such attacks to the police, he said, were usually not followed up.

Yasser Julani, who works at a neighboring restaurant, showed a scar on his neck he said was caused when he was cut by a bottle fragment in an assault by Jewish youths. “There’s racism between Jews and Arabs because of the situation,” he said. “But the Jews I work with are like brothers.” On the night of the beating in Zion Square, he recalled, the mob, which chanted “Death to Arabs,” was driven away from the area of his restaurant by both Arab and Jewish workers.

Ahmad Shweiki from Silwan, who was walking back from a night downtown with a friend, said he wasn’t afraid to go out, but sometimes carried a personal tear-gas canister in case of trouble. 

Yossi Milman, a young Israeli who said he was a regular in the bar zone near Zion Square, said the violence was often provoked by what he described as indecent passes by Arab youths at Israeli girls. “They see things here they don’t see in their villages, and they have a hard time controlling themselves,” he said. “They harass girls, touching them, and people come to help.”

A similar motive was cited in the recent beating in Zion Square, which police said followed a complaint by a Jewish girl that she had been harassed by an Arab.

But the violence is not only between Arabs and Jews. Several weeks ago, a young Israeli was badly beaten by other Israelis when he came to the aid of his brother, who was jumped by a group after he objected to their attempt to board a taxi ahead of him.

The tensions have not deterred Palestinians from East Jerusalem and those with permits from the West Bank from visiting the downtown area in the western part of the city. A few blocks away from the incident near the light rail station, Ismail Abu Ajra from Bethlehem sat on a bench with friends after an evening out and some shopping downtown.  They were enjoying a rare visit thanks to Israeli entry permits issued in large numbers this year for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “It’s more alive here,” he said. 

Down the street, at Zion Square, a group strummed electric guitars. They were black-garbed ultra-Orthodox Jews, newly religious men who had clearly played much rock-and-roll in a previous life. One bearded player with sunglasses and sidecurls picked a tune, a cigarette wedged between his fingers sliding across the frets. The song was the Pink Floyd hit: “Wish you were here.”

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Study: NYPD Abused Basic Human Rights at Occupy Protests

US police show epidemic suppression of protests

– Common Dreams staff

The NYPD ‘consistently violated basic rights’ during the Occupy Wall Street protests and showed a ‘shocking level of impunity’, when dealing with protesters, according to a new study (pdf), published on Wednesday.

Protesters screamed in pain after police cornered them and sprayed them with pepper spray at an Occupy Wall Street Protest (Photo/Jefferson Siegel)


The report, by the Global Justice Clinic at New York University’s School of Law and the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School, conducted over an eight month period,examined hours of video footage, documents, press reports, and conducted extensive interviews with protestors and witnesses from the Occupy protests and encampments. The findings paint a disturbing portrait: authorities across the US will now suppress protest at all cost, even if protests are lawful, peaceful, and of no threat to the general public.

The study details the increasingly common practices of “excessive police use of force against protesters, bystanders, journalists, and legal observers; constant obstructions of media freedoms, including arrests of journalists; unjustified and sometimes violent closure of public space, dispersal of peaceful assemblies, and corralling and trapping protesters en masse,” the report states.

“Pervasive surveillance of peaceful political activity, arbitrary and selective rule enforcement, and restrictions on independent protest monitoring also raise serious concerns. The government has also failed to make transparent critical policies concerning law enforcement activities.”

The report is the first section of a several part series covering police response to Occupy protests in cities around the US, revealing a national epidemic abusive of power.

Sarah Knuckey, at NYU School of Law, told the Guardian: “All the case studies we collected show the police are violating basic rights consistently, and the level of impunity is shocking”.

“Many interviewees cried while speaking about their interaction with the police – they still carried a sense of trauma.”

The report lists a total of 130 incidents of excessive or unwarranted force by New York police.

The authors of the report are using the research as a basis of written complaints made Thursday to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the NYPD, the state department of justice and the United Nations.

The report claims the NYPD has also violated international human rights law, stating:

“Full respect for assembly and expression rights is necessary for democratic participation, the exchange of ideas, and for securing positive social reform. The rights are guaranteed in
international law binding upon the United States. Yet U.S. authorities have engaged in persistent breaches of protest rights since the start of Occupy Wall Street.”


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 URGENT ACTION APPEAL: My friend is still in jail ! ! !
Submitted by Sam Bhahor
I could not make up the below update even if I were a world-class fiction writer.
You will recall my friend Walid Abu Rass who was taken in the middle of the night on November 22, 2011 when Israeli occupation soldiers arrived at his home at 1:30 A.M. His wife, Bayan, and two daughters, Mays, 13 years old, and Malak, 4 years old, were all frighteningly awakened with soldiers in their bedrooms as Walid was blindfolded and taken away. At the time, I wrote this:
Then, I shared with you all a letter that his daughter Mays wrote following an attempt to deliver him a blanket in prison.
After that, I gave an update and advised that his release date was to be July 22, 2012.
Then, Amnesty International highlighted Walid’s case in their latest report titled, Starved of justice: Palestinians detained without trial by Israel’   (pg 26).
Something else happened after my last update that I was not aware of until a few days ago. Two weeks ago, during a case Walid brought forward to request to be released, the Israeli military “judge” REDUCED his administrative detention sentence by a month, making his new date of release June 22, this past Friday. His wife was relieved, again, finally! His daughters were in their glories. Dad was coming home, again, finally!
Then, on Thur, June 21, Walid was orally informed that his administrative detention order was being EXTENDED for 3 more months! Today, 25/6 , he will be brought in front of an Israeli military “judge” to formally have his detention extended. 
Remember, an Administrative Detention Order means you are being held for no reason that you or your lawyer know of. This practice was one reason behind all the prisoner hunger strikes that partially ended by Israel stating they would not renew detention orders. So much for that!  
Walid is being held in Israel’s Ofer Military Detention Center , literally a 5 minute drive from his home, where his amazing wife and beautiful two daughter’s await him. He has now been out of his work for 7 months. His position was Finance and Administration Director at the Health Work Committees.
There is no reason for Walid to be imprisoned by Israel. His interrogators basically told him that much, saying he is there for “precautionary measures,” whatever that means.
For that to happen we ask every person of conscience who sees this message to act.
You can do any or all of the following to make your voice heard:
Reference his name, Walid (Hanatsheh) Abu Rass, and his ID # 9-9702819-6
1. Call/fax/email your nearest Israeli embassy/consulate. Here is a list to find one nearest you: Web Sites of Israeli Missions Abroad
2. Call/fax/email the following Israeli occupation officials:
    Brigadier General Avihai Mandelblit
    Military Judge Advocate General
    6 David Elazar Street
    Harkiya, Tel Aviv
    Fax: +972 3 608 0366; +972 3 569 4526
    Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrahi
    OC Central Command Nehemia Base, Central Command
    Neveh Yaacov, Jerusalam
    Fax: +972 2 530 5741
    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak
    Ehud Barak
    Ministry of Defense
    37 Kaplan Street, Hakirya
    Tel Aviv 61909, Israel
    Fax: +972 3 691 6940 / +972-3-696-2757
    Col. Eli Bar On
    Legal Advisor of Judea and Samaria PO Box 5
    Beth El 90631
    Fax: +972 2 9977326
3. Call/fax the Public Ombudsman at The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Unit (COGAT), the Israeli military unit responsible for implementing the Israeli occupation: Telephone: +972-3-697-7957,   Fax: +972-3-697-5177
4. Call/fax the jailer himself, Col. Ganish Menashe, Commander, Ofer Prison:
24-hour number: Telephone: +972-2-541-5610 or +972-2-541-5611, Fax: +972-8-919-3360
5. Call/fax/email your own country’s foreign affairs department (e.g. U.S. State Department, Palestine/Israel Desk) and put this issue on their radar.
6. Lastly, I have a personal appeal to Jews in Israel and around the world who are reading this. These kind of arbitrary detentions are being made in your name. This practice is merely breeding a generation of children who will hate more than they already do. Please act.
Walid’s wife, Bayan, was spot on when she told me at the start of this saga that “Administrative detention has a beginning, but doesn’t have an end.”
Does Walid have to go on a hunger strike and die before his girls can hug him again?

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