Israeli forces raided two houses in Bil’in at 1:30 a.m.

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The Israeli occupation forces stormed the village of Bil’in early this morning. The Israeli forces of army and police occupation stormed the village of Bil’in at 1:30 a.m., raiding the houses of Ali Ibrahim Bornat and Khames Abo Rahma. They searched the houses and tampered with their contents under the pretext of a search for foreigners. It also prevented the local press from documenting the event. The operation lasted for an hour.

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  1. Kathleen
    April 4, 2011, 8:55 am

    “It also prevented the local press from documenting the event. The operation lasted for an hour.”

    Always keep in mind that Israel kept the international press from documenting what took place in the Gaza. When Israeli soldiers hit the deck of the Mavi Marmara they not only confiscated all recording devices they killed a few of the individuals recording what was taking place.

  2. pabelmont
    April 4, 2011, 10:30 am

    Didn’t Kissinger once (1980’s ?) tell Israel that it could do anything it wanted if it but removed the media first? (Can’t find it, but did find this, similar: http://us-orders-media-silence-over-bahrain.)

  3. GuiltyFeat
    April 4, 2011, 11:16 am

    Or, if you can’t remove the media, just beat the crud out of them: link to cpj.org

    • mig
      April 4, 2011, 11:37 am

      Yup, just like that. Guilty, you are beginning to learn. Stick more here and maybe you’ll might find human inside of you one day. Not in close future but anyway….

    • Avi
      April 4, 2011, 12:19 pm

      GuiltyFeat April 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Or, if you can’t remove the media, just beat the crud out of them:

      In the thread about Mr. Khamis’ killing you chastised someone for her inappropriate comment given the context.

      Implied in your condemnation was that her comment defied the norms of common decency.

      So, the question that arises is this: Why is it that your outrages over violations of common decency are limited to that thread?

      Outside the Zionist community, the targeting of journalists by Israeli forces defies common decency. Off the top of my head I know of at least three who were intentionally targeted by the Israeli military, shot and killed. This does not include the attacks and restrictions placed on non-Jewish journalists inside Israel (Dan Rather crew had a Palestinian cameraman who was barred from entry, for example).

      So, why do you prefer being a hypocrite?

      • eljay
        April 4, 2011, 12:47 pm

        >> GF: Or, if you can’t remove the media, just beat the crud out of them …

        Funny how defence of Israel is often phrased as “it’s not as bad as the worst” rather than “it’s as good as or better than the best”.

        >> Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, issued a statement on Friday pledging that Hamas “would not interfere with any journalist whatsoever, be it in the form of physical assault, verbal abuse, or humiliation.” Hassan Abu Hashish, head of the Hamas government press office, also vowed that security summons and arrests of journalists would come to an end and that all detained journalists would be released.
        >> “The statement by Hamas’ press office is an implicit admission that it has repeatedly engaged in violence and intimidation against journalists,” said Abdel Dayem. “We call on Hamas to now carry out its pledge to end harassment of media and release all detained journalists immediately.”

        Hamas’ actions are reprehensible. Hamas must heed Abdel Dayem’s call, and those responsible for the transgression must be held accountable.

        So…what does the Hamas incident have to do with Israel’s actions?

  4. DICKERSON3870
    April 4, 2011, 11:30 am

    RE: “The Israeli occupation forces stormed the village of Bil’in early this morning.” – Hamde Abu Rahme

    FROM ALISTAIR COOK, 03/03/11:

    (excerpt)…It was Sharon who pioneered the philosophy of ‘maintained uncertainty’ that repeatedly extended and then limited the space in which Palestinians could operate by means of an unpredictable combination of changing and selectively enforced regulations, and the dissection of space by settlements, roads Palestinians were not allowed to use and continually shifting borders. All of this was intended to induce in the Palestinians a sense of permanent temporariness. Maintaining control of the Occupied Territories keeps open to Israel the option of displacing Palestinian citizens of Israel into the Territories by means of limited land swaps. It also ensures that Israel retains the ability to force future returning refugees to settle in their ‘homeland’, whereas a sovereign Palestinian state might decline to accept the refugees. It suits Israel to have a ‘state’ without borders so that it can keep negotiating about borders, and count on the resulting uncertainty to maintain acquiescence…

    SOURCE – link to lrb.co.uk

  5. Chaos4700
    April 4, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Israeli soldiers and intel officers also stormed Jenin shortly before Juliano Mer-Khamis was assassinated. Funny, that.

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