What Zionism has wrought

The above video shows 5-year-old Khaled Jabari crying as the Israeli military takes his father away for stealing water. In fact, he was only trying to access water that had already been stolen by Kiryat Arba, a nearby Israeli settlement. Palestine Monitor reports:

Dr Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, commented the video, circulated yesterday on SKY TV and Al Jazeera, saying that “Palestinian children grow up under the Israeli occupation, surrounded by the Apartheid Wall, by oppression and destruction. Israel repudiates children’s rights and welfare and treats them like adults, clearly violating UN Declaration of Child’s Rights”.

After watching the footage, Hashem Abu Maria, of the Defence For Children International charity, said it was obvious the child thought his father would never return.

He said he was contacting child support agencies in the field to offer him psychological help to cope with the trauma."This child does not comprehend the concept of arrest – he does not know what it means, like the policeman or soldier understands it," he added. "I think that the child thinks that his father is leaving and not coming back – that he has lost him."

Israeli forces raided the town of Bakka after accusing Palestinian farmers of stealing water from the nearby Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba. They pulled out irrigation pipes supplying vines and vegetable fields before arresting several villagers, including the boy’s father. Angry Palestinian residents say they have documents to prove they are registered with the Palestinian Water Authority, and are paying for the water they use.

They say it is the second time in a month police have removed their irrigation pipes. "This land is the source of our income, and it is the cause of our struggle with the occupation since day one of the occupation," said Khaled’s grandfather Badran Jaber. "We live from it, we have no other job opportunity in light of unemployment reaching over 40% in the occupied territories."

The child’s grandmother, Im Ghassan, added: "What right do they have to do this? Where can we go? This is our land, our home and nation, this is ours. We live here, we were born here, and we want to die here. Let them do what they want, we cannot do any more."

(h/t Seham)

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  1. hayate says:

    Steal, then imprison those you’ve stolen from. Very zionist.

    The nazis did that, also, btw.

  2. Sand says:

    I just can’t watch this stuff — and to think I’m supposed to support and give money to democratic candidates that promote and advocate these actions [have have other words for it -- but I'm liable to throw something at the wall if I go on].

    Sick.

    • Citizen says:

      For diversion, why don’t you go look at Chelsea Clinton’s marriage ceremony album? BTW she recently got her MA in Health & hubby’s got a new job with a hedge fund.

      • Sand says:

        I go to the Daily Mail for diversion — unfortunately Chelsea made her way there as well.

      • potsherd says:

        All snuggled down in their $4million townhouse.

      • Why do these people even bother working or getting degrees? The pretense that they’re doing something useful? If so, why not become schoolteachers in the Bronx?

        At least the British royals enlist in the military and occasionally put themselves in harm’s way.

    • American says:

      About to say the same………just can’t trust myself to say anything sane about this type of thing……makes me want to yell just bomb the nazi sobs to hell and be rid of them….even when my mind knows the innocent Israelis don’t deserve to go up in smoke.

      Fortunately I realize I should never be the one to have a finger on the button………zero patience with bullies….too much of a personal tendency to meet force with totally overwhelming force…..their first act would be their last. Maybe my own failing in this way, like the zionist failing, is why I understand that the zionist can’t be changed or reasoned with, only destroyed.

    • RoHa says:

      I’ve already complained to Seham about publishing these sort of stories.

      Why can’t we have nice, happy stories about rabbits and squirrels and fluffy kittens?

      And if you can’t watch this, avoid anything about the effects of depleted uranium on Iraqi children, or Hellfire missiles on Afghan children or cluster bombs on Arab children.

  3. Les says:

    Someone should tell the woman that US Secretary of State Clinton does not mind that the woman dies there, but Clinton would prefer that she die quickly and without making any noise.

  4. Avi says:

    In asking the soldiers for an explanation for their arresting him, the father inquired in Hebrew, “What did I do? What did I do?”.

    The crying child, distraught, pleads with the soldiers in Arabic, “I want daddy. I want daddy. Daddy….”

    • radii says:

      to the poor father what dared askWhat did I do?

      you exist

      you’re not a jew

      you take up space where we want to put more jews

      you will be a useful example of our terror

  5. Citizen says:

    What did Daddy do? Why he thought it was wrong that Israel should steal 85% of all the water available in those underground pipes. See the article on this today on this blog.

  6. Seham says:

    This was incredibly painful and difficult to watch.

  7. Heart wrenching, difficult to watch..The father was taken away and seeing it happening you’d assume he had committed an awful crime. Killed twenty at least..But no! He “stole” water which belongs to him in the first place and which was stolen from his people..Orwellian? The least one can say. Nazis is closer to home..

  8. aparisian says:

    Disgusting at bad level! that makes me so angry and disgust but injustice will come to an end one day!

  9. Rowan says:

    The hasbara dept of the Magav (the border police) is on the case:

    Israeli Police Claim Video of Crying Palestinian Boy Was Staged
    Robert Mackey, NYT Lede Blog, Aug 5 2010

    Israel’s border police force insisted in a statement on Thursday that video of a 5-year-old Palestinian boy reacting with dismay to the arrest of his father this week in the West Bank, which has been broadcast internationally, was staged. The video was shot near Hebron on Monday as the boy, Khaled Jaber, watched Israeli officers detain his father for illegally tapping into water pipes meant to serve Israeli settlers and soldiers to irrigate his family’s crops. While the Jaber family told Haaretz that the boy’s grief was spontaneous, the border police said, “the family chose to make cynical use of a 5-year-old boy” who had been “well instructed and directed.” The official statement added:

    Instead of the family acting responsibly toward a child and removing him from the situation, they chose to make cheap anti-Israel propaganda, whose sole purpose is to present us in a negative light around the world. As is seen in the pictures, and in order to remove any doubt, the authorities on site acted lawfully against the unacceptable phenomenon of water theft.

    Some Israelis and their supporters have suggested for years that video that might attract sympathy for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation is routinely staged and dismissed such scenes as “Pallywood” productions. The police said the arrests were made “for disturbing the peace and attacking police” officers during “enforcement activities against water thieves in the southern Hebron Hills.”