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Israel — 63 years of crime
The deliberate injury of the limbs of 23 boys by high velocity weapons has been logged and described by Defence for Children International since March 2010.
These barbarous acts contravene international and national law but there are no judicial responses.
Political leaders have failed to act yet the shooting to wound and kill Palestinians is relentless.
The Geneva Conventions Act 1957 — which is of central importance in holding war criminals to account — is non-existent with regard to Israel.
US Israel Genocide
Deaths of Palestine people aided and abetted by Europe
Amr Qawasme aged 65 was killed in his bed in a raid on 7 January 2011
The US paid Israel soldier who shot and killed the Palestinian in his home in Hebron Palestine will not be discharged.
It was a mistake those who are running the genocide program say!
Kewe
The boy they killed was just a village boy, and the children who witnessed this killing were just children.
 
Stranger than Fiction...
Dana Shalash — Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Living the New Year’s Raid on Ramallah
I never thought I would be so happy to come back home.   I am still disoriented and traumatized, and though I had taken pain killers, and coffee after coffee, I just can't bring myself to sleep.
Early this morning while walking in Ramallah, I took a road that brought awful memories into my head.   Last year, I witnessed one of the Israeli forces' raids in Ramallah.   Though it was from a distance, it was a chilling experience to be totally surrounded by bullets and blood.
I have just come back from Ramallah where together with my sister I was locked inside a building at Al Manara, Ramallah's city center, for four hours.   While we were shopping this afternoon, people started running, stores began closing up, and the Palestinian policemen fled from Al Manara.   Everyone was pointing somewhere upwards and there were two Israeli helicopters flying in Ramallah's skies.
I cannot recall how I ended up in this building, but that was not the most rational choice I have made in my life since it is in the heart of Al Manara.   We have been living in an area of armed conflict before I was even born, with its bullets, sound and/or gas bombs, in addition to helicopters, but today it felt like a factual battlefield except that the battle was waged by a powerful side against civilians.
Shots, gas, noises of the Israeli jeeps, bulldozers, two helicopters, nonstop bullets everywhere, screams and cries, inhaling gas, constant fear, not knowing what's going outside, and not being able to have a peek outside lest catching a bullet is rather insane.
At some point, I felt that this was it.   And I will never get back home.   I could not stand the raining bullets and bombs; I could hardly tolerate the numbness in my ears.   The noise was getting much and much louder and closer while the locked building was getting darker.   I sat on the stairs and had my head against the wall.
I was totally petrified not for my life, but for feeling what the other Palestinians have been through.   Those who have been attacked on daily basis in Gaza, and the kids whose only crime is being Palestinians have to live that without knowing what the next seconds hold.   I, on the other hand, was reassured by the young men who were locked in the same building.   They may have noticed my watery eyes, and said, "It's alright, sister, this happens all the time.   Now they will leave."
Half an hour later, the shooting and noises of military vehicles was getting more intense, and I could have sworn that one of the bombs was thrown inside the building.   The ten guys who were by the window jumped away, and I almost fell, so I found myself hugging some guy.
Eventually, everyone was let out after hours.   It was getting dark.   People were surrounding me from everywhere, kids were screaming, cars were crushed, streets filled with rocks, broken glass, and smoke, and hundreds of young men were carrying either dead or injured people.   The noises of shooting and bullets faded while the noise of ambulances dominated.
I would never wish this to happen to anyone because it is much worse than death.   I am still unable to put things together at the moment, but I am so glad that I got back home.   The only irony is that once I got here, Al Jazeera was covering the Olmert-Mubarak press conference.   While they were sucking up, we were under attack.
They were discussing peace (I guess), and they made sure it is being perfectly applied this afternoon in Ramallah.
Murder on Rucarb Street
Ramallah.
August 29,  Pre-dawn.
It is only now that the gun-fire saluting the killed young man has become sporadic and no longer constant, and that the verses of the Koran, chanted in farewell to him, has ceased.
But the streets are full; and full too are the hearts of all who had to witness an attack that should only have been imaginable in the darkest back alleys of some underworld city.
At 9 pm, the 28th, undercover Israeli Special Forces walked down the main street of Ramallah.   They wore civilian clothes and Palestinian police-caps.   They carried M-16s as all the police force does.   No one looked at them twice.   They walked straight past us where we stood at Al-Minara discussing work with a third colleague.
They walked straight passed the Palestinian Police Force as well who is always stationed there.
They continued walking straight down Rucarb Street until they were opposite the famous Rucarb Ice-cream shop where families gather every evening in the summertime.
Then they opened fire.
      Eliza Ernshire, West Bank.
      www.counterpunch.org    August 30, 2006      
 
Friday, 5 July, 2002
Jenin deaths video implicates army
Jenin tape being view by BBC's Orla Guerin.

The boys' father showed the tape to the BBC's Orla Guerin.
Jenin tape being view by BBC's Orla Guerin
The boys' father showed the tape to the BBC's Orla Guerin
The BBC has obtained video footage which appears to show an incident in the West Bank city of Jenin two weeks ago in which two Palestinian children were killed by Israeli tank fire.
The Israeli army has apologised for causing the deaths of six-year-old Ahmad Abu Aziz and his 13-year-old brother Jamil, but said the tank crew opened fire to deter Palestinians breaking a curfew and approaching them.
However, the footage shows a tank firing the first of two shells, at close range, at a group of civilians who are running away.
The dead boys' father, Youssef Abu Aziz, told the BBC that they had gone outside to buy chocolate, thinking the Israeli curfew imposed on their city had been lifted.
The film of their last moments begins with the two boys and a number of other civilians running towards the camera along an otherwise deserted street in Jenin.
Filmed from high building some distance away the footage is shaky, but clearly shows the sequence of events.
Ahmad asked me for money because he wanted to buy a chocolate bar. I loved him and his brother so much
Dead boys' father
Youssef Abu Aziz.

Father Youssef says he thought the curfew had been lifted.
Father Youssef says he thought the curfew had been lifted
A white car speeds along the road, horn blaring, the driver — Dr Samer al-Ahmad — apparently warning the people to run for their lives.
Now recovering from his wounds, Dr al-Ahmad told the BBC that, moments earlier, an Israeli officer had said to him that it was allowed for him to be on the streets.
But then he said the tank crew opened fire on him with a machine-gun "without warning... I was hit but I drove on".
Soon afterwards in the film, the Israeli tank appears at the end of the street.
It stops for a few seconds before firing in the direction of the retreating Palestinians, the blast engulfing it in a ball of flame and smoke.
Questions to answer
"I thought there was no danger," says Mr Abu Aziz.
The troops entered Jenin and imposed a curfew as part of a massive security operation Israel said was designed stamp out the militant cells which have launched dozens of suicide attacks in the past two years.
Martyrdom poster for Ahmad and Jamil Abu Aziz.

The boys are now considered martyrs by Palestinians.
Martyrdom poster for Ahmad and Jamil Abu Aziz The boys are now considered martyrs by Palestinians
Twenty-three suicide bombers have come from Jenin alone, earning it the reputation in Israel as the "capital of terrorism".
The Israeli army says its still investigating what happened that day.
BBC correspondent Orla Guerin, who viewed at first had the Abu Aziz tape, says the army has many questions to answer, including:
  • If the soldiers wanted to clear the street why didn't they fire warning shots?
  • Why were tank shells used in a crowded civilian area?
  • "Ahmad asked me for money because he wanted to buy a chocolate bar. I loved him and his brother so much. Ahmad was buried with the chocolate in his hand."
    Our correspondent says Israel has a poor record in prosecuting its own soldiers when faced with evidence like that seen in the tape.
    When the Israeli army was asked to comment on the footage, it refused.
    Top: The two boys and others run on the street; Dr al-Ahmad's car approaches.

Bottom: Israeli tank appears, and opens fire width=
    Top: The two boys and others run on the street; Dr al-Ahmad's car approaches
    Bottom: Israeli tank appears, and opens fire
    Stranger than Fiction...
    Dana Shalash — Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
    Thursday, December 14, 2006
    A Way Out
    She had to pause me.   After a sort of nervous beginning, it was hard to make me stop speaking on and on about this issue.   It is really hilarious that she asked me this particular question in the Oral Test — only few days ago I was tackling this matter with a friend.   “Why do you think people, from your country, immigrate abroad?”   The interviewer from the British Council asked me.
    I calmed down.   I knew that I can discuss this topic for one reason and one reason only.   For the last three weeks I have been hearing nothing but young and desperate students and graduates wanting out as soon as possible.
    The first thing that crossed my confused head as I heard the question was Abdul Qader; a smart colleague from the university.   With a scratched nose and pale face, he showed up at my door just a week ago.   Instead of welcoming him, I insensitively asked who scratched his nose, it was still bleeding.   ‘Life,’ he answered.
    The hardships of the real life after graduation and the endless responsibilities thrust upon our shoulders are haunting us, he tried to explain.
    I got really overwhelmed by his fragmented thoughts, and worst of all his incohesive phrases and sarcastic tone.   I knew the old talkative and active student with aspiring political and journalistic ambitions and passions; the guy who kept the sociology class argumentative and alive; the person in whom we saw a prospect leadership.
    I need to leave the country, he told me desperately.   I need to get to the States, I have to make some money and have a real life.   “Here, I am burying myself alive.”
    Still trying to digest his new aspirations for the future, I enquired more and more about his former plans of pursuing a Master program in the International Studies here at Birzeit University.   But then I heard the typical answer:    “No Money, No Jobs, No life!”   I saw this answer coming, but for some reason I fancied a different reason.
    Eyad is another intelligent person to whom life did not smile.   After two years, I finally saw him again.   With a black hat on his thick curly hair and covering his tiny face, he came for a visit to rejuvenate his feelings of worthiness at the university.
    “You are lucky to have found a job,” then looked around and added “my honor grades add more salt on my wounds,” he explained while nodding his head back and forth.   Eyad, just another Palestinian youth who graduated from Birzeit — although a nationally renowned university, has been striving really hard for a job for years.
    Now that nothing is working out with him the way he more or less wants, he is seriously considering the one and only alternative that young Palestinians have; the American Dream.
    Apart from the sexist impressions, it even gets funnier that not only young males, but also females have now set their agendas towards the Western Dream of getting a decent job and education.   I may have encountered six female cases in the last months aspiring for a better alternative, especially in the States.
    Husein and Suhaib, former colleagues in the English Department, have set their future financial hopes on Dubai.   They are leaving in the coming weeks.   Everyone is leaving.   Money, education, and the inseparable political situations are pushing those who could benefit their community out.   It is such a pity, but I am in no position to judge nor to blame them.
    Abdel Qader told me that almost forty young men from his village have wedded Palestinian females with American passports so they can immigrate easily.   This, unfortunately, is one of the common trends not only in his village but almost all the Palestinian territories.
    “Yet, I have a family to take care of first.   That’s why I haven’t fought for one of those American-citizenship-holders,” he sarcastically said.
    In such cases, I usually recall what one of my teachers once said.   He actually asked the class if we Palestinians were actually giving ‘the other’ the reasons to succeed in their agenda.   He, yet, chose another specific term for the ‘other.’   In this case however, I cannot specify it, not when those who can make a difference in their community may be giving in.
    They opened fire after they failed to catch two 'wanted' men who were also in Rucarb Street along with half the population of Ramallah.
    The two men wouldn't come when called and so the undercover Israeli Officers opened fire.
    It is not easy to explain the horror of seeing the cold-blooded murder of the young man who had turned to escape on realizing the situation.
    It is not easy to explain the horror of hearing the name of the killed youth spreading from mouth to mouth until the whole of Ramallah knows that the young man killed was A. from the village of Deir Ghassan.
    Nor is it easy to explain the horror of rushing with everybody else who knows an A. from that village or a nearby one to the hospital.
    The relief if the body pulled from the fridge is not your A.
    The anguish if it is.
    Grown men falling on the ground to beat at the dirt and cry.
    The parents of the killed man stumbled into the hospital at midnight.
    The father could not even see his son because he was temporarily blinded by the shock and the screams of the mother could be heard from the street.
    Friday, 3 October, 2003
    Israeli charged over child deaths
    By Orla Guerin
    BBC correspondent in Jerusalem
    Young rioter runs past Israeli tank in Jenin this week.

Israeli tanks still patrol Jenin today.
    Young rioter runs past Israeli tank in Jenin this week
    Israeli tanks still patrol Jenin today
    An Israeli army officer has been charged over causing the death of four Palestinians, three of them children.
    He is accused of ordering tank units to fire shells and machine guns to enforce a curfew in the West Bank town of Jenin.
    It was in June of last year that the killings took place.
    Israeli forces in Jenin started shooting and shelling to get civilians off the streets.
    According to the indictment against the army officer, a total of 10 tank shells were fired.
    Two of the dead were young brothers whose case was highlighted by the BBC.
    'Trigger-happy'
    We obtained and broadcast amateur video footage of the last moments of their lives.
    Ahmad was buried with the chocolate in his hand
    Youssef Abu Aziz father of two of the dead
    Tragedy caught on camera
    It shows the brothers, aged six and 13, running for home.
    A tank closed in behind fires a shell, even though the boys were clearly visible just a few metres ahead.
    Their father told us they thought the curfew had been lifted and had gone out to buy chocolate.
    As well as the two brothers, Israeli fire killed a girl of six and a man of 53 in Jenin that day.
    Since the beginning of Palestinian uprising three years ago, only nine soldiers have gone on trial for killing Palestinians.
    All of those trials are ongoing.
    Israeli human rights workers claim that all too often trigger-happy Israeli troops are not held to account for killing or seriously injuring Palestinian civilians.
    Stranger than Fiction...
    Dana Shalash — Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
    Tuesday, December 12, 2006
    Shattered Identity
    I have just found out that I studied in Jordan.   I swear I did not know that.   Well, that is not the only discovery about myself in fact.   Recently I have been learning new things about me as a Palestinian individual, all by coincidence.   For instance, few minutes ago I learnt that I took my BA degree from Jordan.   No, I am not losing my mind.   Or maybe I am.
    It is funny how when we Palestinians are striving to prove and maintain our Palestinian identity, others still perceive us as aliens.   It is as if the concept of ‘Palestine’ only exists in our heads.   Well, that was actually a comment by an American-Jew comedian years ago.   I can never forget that show.
    It made me feel as an invisible entity although I was still in elementary school.   But since then, lots of struggles to try to make our voices heard have been materialized.   Nevertheless, our attempts to make the world recognize us as Palestinians seem to be all in vain.
    Two weeks ago, a colleague from work asked me for some help with a visa application.   The place of origin was filled with the word “Jordan” knowing that he is purely Palestinian, and have never left Palestine.   Apparently he noticed my astonished facial expressions, but before I uttered anything, he said “all the travel agencies consider us Jordanians.”   I did not spend much time thinking it through nor arguing it.   I just chose to put it aside, at least until now!
    Yes, back to my anonymous nationality.   For the past month or so, I have been filling some schools’ applications.   Most of them are for American institutions.   It gets easier by time to repeat what you first have had trouble in articulating and then jotting down.
    All follow the same pattern, yet not when it comes to the nationality part.   Of course, there is never “Palestine” provided as an option.   It so crushes one’s feelings to find out that you are not really what you believe you are.   It is like being hallucinating while the whole world mocks you.
    For some schools, for instance, I have to fill ‘Israel,’ for others ‘the Palestinian Authority,’ or ‘the Palestinian Territory.’   Note that it is singular; territory rather than territories.
    Anyhow, we have got used to those variations.   And finding that the notion ‘Palestinian’ whether authority, territory, or any other affix is provided lightens us up.
    It still somehow reveals part of our identity, as long as it is declared.   It entails that we are visible, and we Palestinians are accepted and respected as well.   It brings back the feeling of being an internationally acknowledged national.
    But what really hits me the most is this last joke; we are Jordanians.   Obviously, according to this last application in hand, Birzeit University (my school) is in Jordan, and my BA degree is awarded, for that matter, from Jordan.   For someone who has never been outside the West Bank, it makes me really wonder how did I get my degree from abroad?
    Nameless and identitiless have once sounded surreal to me when I was drowning in the world literature and novels.   One never thinks that they may be actually applicable to human beings.
    It is like the classic English literature during Queen Elizabeth reign when women were nameless, or the African-American literature where human beings are alienated.   I heard that history repeats itself, but didn’t realize that literature will be humanized.
    Young men were also in shock, wandering around and wondering why they had not even had a chance to fight back.
    There was an overwhelming feeling of powerlessness.
    Palestine has been so reduced and so humiliated that it is now a country where the Occupying force can walk into a main city on nightfall, can walk down the main street of that city and kill a man and then walk away again as if that is a damn right of theirs and no one is going to blink an eye at it.
    It is not their damn right to come and terrorize the people of a city night after night after night on some hyped up 'security' reason!
    This is no human being's right.
    I have been accused of not understanding how people are feeling on the other side of the Wall.
    People have written to me 'You don't know what it is like to be driving behind a bus when it explodes' and I say this is true.
    But I do know what it is like to see fifteen thugs walk down a main street of a city at nightfall and murder in cold-blood outside a family restaurant and then walk away again.
     
    Stranger than Fiction...
    Dana Shalash — Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
    Sunday, November 05, 2006
    Autumn Clouds All through the Year
    Early we arrived at Atara Checkpoint, waited in a row for half an hour, and then headed to Birzeit University.   Quite a déjà vu! Right before the entrance of BZU campus, tires were on fire, and grey clouds of smoke covered the premature winter’s clouds.
    Once we got on campus, a loud recitation of Koran was the only echoing resonance to be heard.   We just knew that today’s classes and tests would be suspended, and we immediately related it with Beit Hanoun inhumane massacre.
    Striking has become a ‘normal’ phenomenon here in the Palestinian territories; every once in a while we are obviously striking.   Schools, colleges, universities, and stores are getting shut more than open, and streets become suddenly deserted.
    There has always to be a reason though.   Once, it might be the murder of some Palestinian activist, the genocide of Palestinian victims, the incursion of the Israeli forces in some Palestinian city, the arresting operations of Palestinian figures, on top of that, we are still facing the Palestinian-Palestinian general strike exercised by thousands of PA employees who have not received a salary for the last seven months.
    All in all, we are a people of ongoing mourning! Hence, we can’t help but strike!
    They call it the “Autumn Clouds” operation, and it has been four days now.   Tens of civilians’ have been slain, most of whom are women.   During a peaceful demonstration in which they participated, dozens of women paid the price.   It was all through the news.
    A woman’s brain was completely blown — and not only the body.   A peaceful brain has been torn into pieces.   Unknown bodies were scattered here and there by the Israeli warplanes.
    When the region was finally recovering from the Northern Rain phase, the Southern Clouds operation is ‘gradually’ materialized.   One has now to worry about what may be hidden for both Spring and Summer!
    Women are all in black.   The horrific scenes are still haunting me.   How could a sane person commit such a dreadful crime against humanity?   The pathetic part is that at this instant I am literally chained to my desk.   I can hardly do anything after watching the horrible burst human skulls; I am merely checking the latest news on Gaza.
    I came across Ma’an, and it is actually funny that the story is concluded by “The Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, especially in the areas of Beit Hanoun and Jabalia, continues.”
    For a moment, I subconsciously thought I was watching a scary movie, but cannot determine which part it is especially there is more to come, or need I say to ‘continue.’
    In his response to this “operation,” a high ranking Israeli officer said "we want to show them [Gazans] the kind of price they are going to pay… [W]e want to deliver a message to the Palestinians that there is no where that the Israeli troops can't reach."
    The Israeli government is very ‘practical.’   Their messages are implemented in action.   Unlike our Arab brothers, so said the driver of the taxi we took this afternoon.   The driver is a dreamy person.   He nodded his head when the breaking news interrupted the music to which he was listening.
    He made some noises of disapproval whenever a new number is added to the total death toll in Gaza.   “Women!     They are attacking women now!” he yelled.   He believes, apparently, that one day someone will have sympathy with Palestinians.   Yet, all what I recognized was reproachful tones.
    I could not tell the exact words.   The music was loud.   A variety of Gulf and Egyptian music was playing in between the breaking news.
    Numbers!   The Palestinians are merely numbers.   They are made nameless, identity-less, and skull-less.   Does anyone in the world care about the Palestinian plight?
    That was a rhetorical question.   When the world is either biased or silent, the Israeli army will keep delivering shell-messages, literally, to our brains.
    I call that the worst kind of terror.
    The boy they killed was just a village boy, and the children who witnessed this killing were just children.
    As in all parts of the world, children who had begged their parents for an ice-cream before going to bed.
    Now they must live with this violation of their sensitivity forever.
    And the thugs could just walk away!
    They did not even need jeeps to perform their action of terror.
    These men were not desperate.
    Not one of them would tie an explosive belt around his waist.
    What I am most afraid of is that they enjoy what they do.
    To them and to too many others, the lives of Palestinians are, at most, only countable.
    There was a three-second coverage of this news item on BBC.
    'Three militants killed in the West Bank.
    One in Ramallah and two in Nablus; all were from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.'
    One second for each man killed.
    I won't begin a discussion on why, by naming the Martyrs Brigade, the West is somehow justifying the deaths.
    Because the purpose of this article is only to register horror at the night time terror.
    Terror that came in so particularly a disgusting way to the streets of Ramallah four hours ago.
    And also to say that now the city is angry.
    The young men who have been gathering for hours in groups on street corners are angry.
    Some have been crying, and all have been voicing their disbelief at how on earth Israel can continue to get away with their inhuman actions.
    Not only nightly midnight raids and arrests but also this gangster plot that has left the main street of their city stained with blood again.
     
    Murder on Rucarb Street
    In the past two weeks Israeli forces have come to Ramallah every single night.
    There is now a vigil in the dark hours of these nights; from 2am till 5am half the city is awake watching and wondering where Israel's eyes are turned and what neighborhood they are targeting.
    In the past week Israel has made daily incursions into Nablus and has destroyed houses and killed 16-year old boys in broad daylight, and has raided the city every night.
    For the past month the whole village district of Ramallah and Nablus have been enduring invasions and raids, house-searches and arrests.
    While Olmert is taking a few blows about his conduct of the war in Lebanon, the Palestinians are having to endure being his 'dog-under-the-table'.
    How on earth is he and Israel getting away with it?
          Eliza Ernshire, Ramallah, West Bank.
          www.counterpunch.org    August 30, 2006   
     
    People and The Land airdrops viewers into the universe of an occupied people, unreeling images of a new form of apartheid based on ethnicity.
    Challenging U.S. foreign policy and the conventions of the documentary form itself, People and The Land examines the concrete realities of Israel's conduct in the West Bank and Gaza.
    The level of U.S. support for that conduct through foreign aid, and the human cost of that aid in Palestine and the U.S.
    YouTube also has it in 6 parts — part 6 deals with US involvement and payment to Israel
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    How Palestine became “Israel’s Land”
    Sonja Karkar, Women for Palestine
    They were there when the Israelites invaded the land, occupied it, and held it intermittently as wave after wave of other conquerors came and went
    For Palestinians, theirs is not the land of conquest, but the land of their roots going back to time immemorial.
    Such a lineage does not rely on a biblical promise like the Jewish claim that God promised the land to Abraham and his descendants, and is therefore, the historical site of the Jewish kingdom of Israel.
    It belongs to the people of Palestine by the simple fact of their continuous residence repeated through birth and possession going back to the earliest Canaanites and even those people living there before recorded history.
    They were there when the Israelites invaded the land, occupied it, and held it intermittently as wave after wave of other conquerors came and went, and they were still there when the Romans put an end to Jewish Palestine by destroying Jerusalem in 135AD.
    If a religious basis is sought, then the Palestinians can lay claim to being the descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael who is regarded the forefather of the Arabs.
    But actually, Palestinian rights are enshrined in the universally accepted principle that land belongs to its indigenous inhabitants.
    Thus, the modern day struggle for this land by European Jewish immigrants who have no connection with Palestine other than through their religion is a colonial enterprise that seeks sovereignty for an "external Jewish population" to the exclusion of the indigenous Palestinians who, regardless of faith — Jewish, Christian or Muslim — have lived together for centuries.
    State of Israel created in violation of very resolution which Israelis now look to as giving them sovereignty
    Although eager to accept the UN Partition Plan of 1947 which recommended that 56% of the land be set aside for a Jewish State, 42% for an Arab state and 2% for an internationalised Jerusalem and its surrounds, the world has not said a word about the land that was seized by Zionist terrorists before the State of Israel was proclaimed on 14 May 1948.
    Through a series of shocking massacres, the territory assigned to the Jews suddenly became 77% resulting in more than 750,000 Palestinians being forcibly expelled and dispossessed of their homes, personal property and their homeland.
    The Jewish State then came into being without waiting for the United Nations Commission — prescribed in the Partition resolution — to hand authority progressively over to the Jewish and Arab leaders for their respective states.
    And after the 1948 war, Israel declared Jerusalem its capital in contravention of its internationally-recognised status of corpus separatum – a status that is still recognised.
    Effectively, the new state of Israel was not only created in violation of, it continued to violate, the very resolution which Israelis now look to as giving them sovereignty.
    The Arab state imposed by the UN Partition Plan without consultation and in contradiction to the UN charter — which should have upheld the majority indigenous Palestinians’ right to self-determination — has since been deliberately and methodically whittled away by Israel, leaving nothing but isolated non-contiguous parcels of land to some 4 million Palestinians.
    Land Day
    Around 170,000 Palestinians remained in what became Israel, the largest number of whom resided in the Galilee area, originally a designated part of the Arab state under the Partition Plan.
    These Palestinians also became the victims of Israel’s land grab policy.
    Over 438,000 acres, which was more than the total Jewish land holdings at the time, were confiscated and a further 400,000 acres were marked for confiscation.
    After Israel won the 1967 war, the total territory of Palestine came under Israel’s rule.
    It annexed East Jerusalem, despite the Holy City’s internationally recognised status and began implementing its Jewish settlement program with a vengeance.
    The Palestinians in Israel were increasingly aware of their precarious position politically and declared a national strike, known as "Land Day" on 30 March 1976 against Israel’s continuing ruthless land expropriation.
    An affinity was quickly felt between Palestinians everywhere and "Land Day" was adopted as a sort of national Palestinian day which is commemorated by Palestinians and their supporters around the world each year.
    This awakening of national consciousness had an unequivocal political message: end the occupation and allow self-determination of the Palestinians in a sovereign state living in peace side by side with Israel.
    Thirty-one years later, the message is till resonating, but the Palestinians are further away from seeing a solution than ever before.
    Daily, Israel is taking a bit of land here and a bit of land there, to make all of Palestine "Israel’s Land".
    The problem then will be, what to do with 5 million Palestinians with no land?
    There are only a few possible, but criminal solutions — transfer, collective imprisonment, apartheid, and/or ethnic cleansing.
    Alternatively, Israel can disengage from the West Bank to the 1967 borders or agree on a single, democratic state for all.
    Without a just solution, the struggle for Palestine’s land will continue.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    The celebration of Jerusalem day, the US missiles that rained onto children in Gaza,
    and, a gathering of top articles over the past nine months
    April 2004

    US missiles — US money — and Palestine
    March 2004

    A young Palestinian man hitting an Israeli teargas bomb with his shoes away from demonstrators.

    Israeli occupation soldiers killed two demonstrators and injured more than a hundred of them during anti-Wall demonstrations in the West Bank.
    February 2004

    A Palestinian elderly woman screaming in despair, complaining to God, as an Israeli occupation army bulldozer started to prepare her land for the construction of the separation wall in the village of Dair Qidees, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
    January 2004

    Israeli occupation soldiers guarding bulldozers demolishing Palestinian homes.

    A Palestinian man, perhaps who has lived in one of the homes, sits on the ground watching, his small daughters around him.
    December 2003

    Palestinian boys cry over the body of their father.

    8 Palestinians were killed and 40 were injured,in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

    Many homes were destroyed during a savage Israeli occupation raid on the refugee camp on Tuesday.
    November 2003

    A Palestinian family in Jenin, moments before the Israeli occupation forces blew up their home.
    October 2003

    Tom Hurndall, the peace activist who was shot by Israeli occupation forces while helping to shield some Palestinian children, is declared to be brain dead.

    Two Palestinian children were among about 100 Palestinian civilians injured in the Israeli air raids on Gaza Strip, which also resulted in killing 10 civilians.
    September 2003

    See the home blow up.

    Blowing up more Palestinian homes as a collective punishment is a daily Israeli practice (paid for by US money) to control Palestinians under occupation.
    The life and death of Kamala Sawalha

    A student leaves her house every night, leaving her two young children at home, spends the next several hours traveling by taxi and on foot to get to the university in the neighboring town — just 15 minutes away.

    Kamala wanted very badly to study — otherwise, it would be hard to understand the sacrifice she made for it.

    To get up before dawn every morning, to leave the babies with their grandmother, to spend hours on the road in the heat and cold, even when pregnant, in order to get to the campus on time; to risk being shot or subjected to endless humiliations around every turn, and then to travel the whole way back — in a taxi where possible and on foot where necessary....

    “Suddenly we were facing the soldiers,” he recounts.  The jeep was parked on the left side of the road and its right door was open.  Kamala let out a long scream.  It was the last sound she would ever make.

    At 11:30 A.M., they buried Kamala Sawalha in the town cemetery.
    Children trying to commit suicide
    Now the landscape itself has changed
    More Palestinian mothers are giving birth at home because they dare not risk ride to hospital.
    Punching an arab in the face.

    The father went through it and now the son is going through it and no one talks about it around the dinner table.

    Furer is certain that what happened to him is not at all unique. 

    Here he was — a creative, sensitive graduate of the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, who became an animal at the checkpoint, a violent sadist who beat up Palestinians because they didn’t show him the proper courtesy, who shot out tires of cars because their owners were playing the radio too loud, who abused a retarded teenage boy lying handcuffed on the floor of the Jeep, just because he had to take his anger out somehow.



     
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