Brutal eviction of Palestinian family in Jaffa caught on tape

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Jaffa family to sue for excessive force in house eviction
JPost 6 Oct — An Israeli-Arab family from Jaffa said Thursday they plan to file a lawsuit against the police, after officers used what appears to be excessive force to evict them from a south Tel Aviv house they were squatting in on Tuesday. In an amateur video taken at the scene, a group of YASSAM riot police can be seen wrestling with Sameer Kassem, 34, as he holds his four-year-old daughter in his hands: The video shows police kicking and punching Kassem while he lies on the ground, and one officer puts his sister, a Muslim woman wearing a veil, in a headlock and throws her to the ground. No social workers or female police are present at the scene, even though it constituted the eviction of a family with young children … Sameer said he and his family have been homeless since May when his mother, who used to help him with his expenses, died and he could no longer pay rent. He said that he, his wife, and their five children moved to the vacant house on Salameh Street about two weeks ago after someone set their tent at the Shtayim park on fire.

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Land theft / Ethnic cleansing / Apartheid / Exile / Restriction of movement

Al Araqeeb village destroyed for the 30th time
IMEMC 6 Oct — Dozens of Israeli policemen and members of the so-called “Israel Land Authority” demolished and removed all tents and structures in Al Araqeeb village in the Negev., the thirtieth such attack against the village. Residents of all Arab villages in the area declared a strike and massive demonstration on Thursday morning at 11 at a protest tent set up to counter an Israeli plan to expropriate nearly 860,000 dunums (212,510.6 acres) of Arab lands and displace nearly 30,000 Arabs living in the “unrecognized” villages in the Negev.

General strike paralyzes Arab towns in Negev
NEGEV (PIC) 6 Oct — A general strike was observed in all Arab towns and villages in the Negev/Naqab region to protest Israeli plans to raze entire villages and displace some 30,000 Palestinians. The strike, called for by the higher Arab committee, included closing schools and a massive rally. Locals noted that the Rahet village, the biggest in the region, was the biggest observing community as the municipality and other institutions closed down. They noted that all elected municipal councils in the Arab Negev towns went on strike while the appointed council of Arara forced its staffers to go to work.
Link to Palestinian Information Center

The plight of the Negev’s Bedouin / Talab el-Sana
Guardian 5 Oct — The oldest inhabitants of the Negev may be forced to relocate under Israel’s new land ownership plan — In my travels I have seen how far awareness of the Palestinian issue has spread — in contrast to the misery of my constituents, the Bedouin of the Negev. Just last month the Israeli cabinet approved a plan to relocate up to 30,000 Bedouin from unrecognised villages in the Negev. On Thursday a national strike is planned in Israeli Arab areas in protest at this move.The Bedouin are the indigenous owner-occupiers of the Negev — they have been there for thousands of years.

Israel bulldozes structures in West Bank villages
NABLUS (Ma‘an) 6 Oct – Israeli army bulldozers on Thursday demolished structures in several West Bank villages. In al-Farisiyah and al-Malih villages near Tubas, Israeli forces destroyed animal shelters and tent homes without any warning, village council head Aref Daragmeh told Ma‘an. In Beit Kahel, near Hebron, local youth threw stones at Israeli troops demolishing structures in the village. Soldiers fired tear gas and stun grenades at the crowd …A spokesperson for the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major Guy Inbar, told Reuters that the army was demolishing a water pool that was built without permits. A demolition order was handed to the facility’s owner, he added. The Diakonia resource center for international humanitarian law says Israel’s demolition of water cisterns in the West Bank has directly affected the lives of 13,602 Palestinians since 2009.

IOA serves summons to Jerusalemite MP Totah
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PIC) 6 Oct — The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) served a summons to Jerusalemite MP Mohammed Totah via his brother Mutasem on Wednesday. The Safa news agency quoted Mutasem as saying that Israeli policemen questioned him for two hours on Wednesday then released him after handing him a summons addressed to his brother Mohammed for interrogation on Thursday. Mutasem expressed surprise at the summons as his brother has been seeking refuge at the Red Cross headquarters in occupied Jerusalem for the past 15 months fearing deportation from his hometown at the hands of the IOA. He said that the Israeli police were waiting for the opportune moment to storm the Red Cross and take away Mohammed along with former Jerusalem minister Khaled Abu Arafa as what happened ten days ago with MP Ahmed Attoun.
Link to Palestine Information Center

Israel imposes closure for Jewish holiday
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 6 Oct — Israeli authorities have decided to impose a closure on the West Bank starting Friday afternoon until Saturday evening for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, officials said Thursday. Head of Islamic Affairs, Zaid al-J’abari, stated that the Israeli authorities notified the Islamic affairs officials about the decision to close the mosque. He added that the army usually closes the Ibrahimi Mosque ten days a year in accordance with decisions of the Israeli commission “Shamgar” formed after the massacre [of Palestinians by an American-Israeli settler] that took place in the mosque in 1994.

Israeli occupation continues to prevent students from entering Al Aqsa mosque
MEMO 6 Oct — The policies of the Israeli occupation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank continue to prevent students from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque. Police officers stationed at the gates and inside the mosque itself stop any Palestinian under the age of fifty from entering the Noble Sanctuary; students attempting to attend science workshops in the sanctuary have been targeted particularly. The workshops were to be supervised by Al-Aqsa Building Foundation.

Israeli authorities to close Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron October 8
IMEMC 6 Oct — On Thursday morning, Israeli authorities decided to close the Ibrahimi Mosque, in the West Bank city of Hebron, to Muslims on October 8, because of the settlers’ celebration of the Jewish Yom Kippur.


Official: Settlers uproot olive trees in Nablus village
NABLUS (Ma‘an) 6 Oct — Israeli settlers uprooted 200 olive trees in Qusra village near Nablus overnight Wednesday, a Palestinian Authority official said. A number of settlers destroyed trees in the south of the village at midnight, days before the olive harvest is due to begin, the Fatah official monitoring settlement activity in the northern West Bank Ghassan Doughlas told Ma‘an … The Nablus area has witnessed a surge in settler attacks over the last month, including village raids, attacks on property and the vandalism of two mosques.

Dozens of settlers surround IDF patrol in West Bank and assault soldiers
Haaretz 6 Oct — Dozens of Jewish settlers surrounded an IDF patrol vehicle on Wednesday evening near the Shilo settlement, setting up roadblocks and physically assaulting IDF soldiers. The incident began after rumors circulated that the Gal Yosef illegal outpost is about to be evacuated … A senior IDF commander said that “the army sees this incident as crossing a red line, and the settlers who were involved in violence against the soldiers will be arrested soon by the police.” Officers serving in the West Bank have reported recently that tensions between security forces and settlers are on the rise. According to one senior office, “the security forces spend more time dealing with incidents involving Israeli citizens than confronting Palestinian terrorism.”

Desecration / Destruction of religious buildings, holy places

Suspect arrested in Tuba Zangaria mosque arson
Ynet 6 Oct — Cleared for publication: The police have arrested an 18-year-old Jewish youth in connection with Monday’sTuba Zangaria mosque arson … The case is still under a gag order, but according to details made available on Thursday, the youth was arrested several hours after allegedly committing the crime … The suspect was originally remanded for four days. On Thursday, the Kfar Saba Magistrate’s Court granted the police’s motion and remanded him for an additional five days. The suspect’s attorney, Adi Keidar, told Ynet that his client denies the allegations against him … The police have asked the court to hold all hearings in the case behind closed doors, arguing that open-court hearings may prove detrimental to national security.,7340,L-4132284,00.html

Israeli police arrest Bedouins protesting mosque arson
JERUSALEM (AFP) 6 Oct — Israeli police arrested seven more people suspected of joining rock-throwing protests in a Bedouin village in northern Israel following an arson attack on a mosque there, a spokesman said Thursday. “We arrested another seven people suspected of taking part in the demonstrations, which raises to 25 the total number of people being investigated over the incidents,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. Angry Bedouin youths have been demonstrating throughout the week since a mosque in Tuba Zangariya village was torched by vandals early on Monday

Ultra-Orthodox paper condemns ‘insane’ act of mosque arson in northern Israel
Haaretz 6 Oct — The ultra-Orthodox newspaper Yated Ne’eman Wednesday condemned the arsonists who torched the mosque in the village of Tuba-Zangariya and said the “din rodef” law applied to them, meaning it is permitted to kill them to prevent them from endangering others. “Jews don’t burn mosques, period,” the newspaper’s editorial said. “…no shadow of justification can be found for harming a Muslim mosque. This is an insane, dangerous act.”

Settlers’ mosque-burning campaign expands into Israel
JERUSALEM (Reuters) 6 Oct — They strike in the dead of night, setting fire to mosques and daubing their walls with “Price Tag” graffiti, the defiant slogan of Israeli settlers waging a vigilante campaign branded as “un-Jewish” by President Shimon Peres. The “price-taggers” have vowed to avenge any move by Israeli authorities to uproot settlement outposts built in the occupied West Bank without Israeli government permission.

Israel orders sections of Jaffa mosque demolished
IMEMC 6 Oct — The Israeli Authorities in Jaffa are demanding the removal of sections of Al Bahar Mosque, in Jaffa, under the claim that these sections were built without construction permits, the Wattan TV reported. The Authorities placed the demolish order on the main gate of the mosque; the order is demanding the destruction of two gates and a staircase within 24 hours … The staircase and the two gates mentioned in the order lead to restrooms used by female worshipers.

Hundreds of settlers storm Nabi Yusuf shrine
NABLUS (PIC) 6 Oct — Hundreds of Jewish settlers stormed the Nabi Yusuf shrine [Joseph’s Tomb] east of Nablus city at dawn Thursday under Israeli army protection. Eyewitnesses said that PA security forces withdrew from the area shortly before arrival of the heavily escorted settlers who offered religious rituals. They noted that the Israeli occupation forces entered the shrine area amidst intensive firing to pave the way for the arrival of the settlers. The witnesses said that the IOF soldiers threw gas canisters and sonic bombs at the citizens, who protested the visit, and some of those fell inside Palestinian homes, adding that tens of the civilians were treated for breathing difficulty.
Link to Palestinian Information Center

Vandals graffiti swastikas on walls of Joseph’s Tomb in West Bank
Haaretz 6 Oct — Head of Samaria regional council severely condemns the desecration of the Jewish holy site, saying ‘only barbarians would be able to commit such terrible acts.’ The Israel Defense Forces discovered spray-painted swastikas on one of the walls of the Joseph’s Tomb [Nabi Yusuf shrine] compound in the West Bank early on Thursday morning …”People who can pathologically desecrate such a holy site are not worthy of being called human beings,” Mesika said.’


Jerusalem light rail security guards use pepper spray in Palestinian passengers
Haaretz 6 Oct — Incident takes place amid growing number of reports concerning confrontations between Jewish, Palestinian passengers on the city’s newly launched tram system … The incident occurred after Palestinian youths refused to heed the request of a light train conductor, who had asked them to take their feet off the seats of the train.

Israel Defense Forces: Rock-throwing in West Bank reaches new high
Haaretz 6 Oct — September was the most violent month in the last year and a half in terms of rock throwing in the West Bank, Israel Defense Forces figures reveal. There were 498 incidents of rocks being thrown last month – 33 percent more than the monthly average over the past year. This was the highest monthly total since Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in early 2009 … Despite the detailed numbers provided by the IDF on stone-throwing incidents, police have no data on the number of injuries caused by it. Recently, the B’Tselem human rights group asked the police for information on such injuries, applying under the freedom of information law. In response, the police wrote: “There is no computerized system with the data. The analysis requires an examination of hundreds of documents in every file.”

Prisoners’ strike

Detainees’ strike increasing, may develop as ‘Irish strike’
IMEMC 6 Oct — All Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails will join in the open-ended hunger strike on October 11, in response to the humiliating and degrading polices imposed upon them, the Palestine News Agency reported Thursday morning. An official in charge of a human rights organization, Helmi al-A’araj, reported that Palestinian detainees will strike in solidarity with those detainees in Israeli jails who are already striking, and it may develop to be like the Irish strike in which the detainees’ strike included water and salt, in the face of Israeli Prison Administration (IPA) attempts to break their strike. [let’s hope they don’t end up like the Irish hunger strikers whom Thatcher let die]

Doyen of Palestinian prisoners says strike will continue until ‘demands or martyrdom’ are achieved
MEMO 6 Oct — As Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails approach the second week of their hunger strike, the doyen of the detainees has said that they will continue with the strike “until we achieve our demands or martyrdom”. Nael Barghouti, 54, said that the prisoners are insisting on their “rights, not favours”, from the Zionist authorities. He is the world’s longest-serving political prisoner, having been sentenced in April 1978.

Ramallah Municipality announces hunger strike in solidarity with prisoners
IMEMC 6 Oct — Staff of the Ramallah municipality undertook a hunger strike on Thursday in solidarity with the striking prisoners and detainees held in the prisons of the occupation, the Ma’an News Agency reported. , A statement from Ramallah municipality announced this action, and the Municipality Council of Ramallah cut short its meeting on Thursday to visit the hunger strikers at the Red Cross in Ramallah. In Gaza, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad organized marches on Wednesday to support the prisoners, who have been on a hunger strike for nine days.

Israeli forces suppress sit-in near Ofer prison
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an)  6 Oct — Israeli forces fired tear gas toward demonstrators Wednesday in front of the Ofer prison at a rally organized in support of the Palestinian detainees’ hunger strike.

Detention / Court decisions / Lawsuits

Israel arrests more than 750,000 Palestinians since 1967
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 6 Oct — Since occupying the Palestinian Territory in 1967, Israel has detained about 750,000 Palestinian citizens, including 12,000 women and tens of thousands of children, said a Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics press release. PCBS said that prisons, detention camps and interrogation centers have been established in almost all parts of Palestine; one or all members of almost every Palestinian family have been detained, often multiple times. The release said Israel also holds tens of bodies of male and female Palestinians killed during the second Intifada as well as hundreds of corpses of others killed in previous years.

High Court: Not enough Arabs, women in top government posts
JPost 6 Oct — The High Court of Justice on Wednesday ordered the state to report within 60 days on plans for fair representation of women and Arab Israelis on the Israel Land Council. Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, who presided over the hearing together with Justices Eliezer Rivlin and Miriam Naor, said that Arabs and women are underrepresented in senior government posts.

2 Palestinians arrested for Palmer murder
Ynet 6 Oct — Halhul residents confess to throwing stone which caused deaths of Asher Palmer, infant son Yonatan near Kiryat Arba last month. Three other Palestinians arrested on suspicion they stole victim’s gun after attack … A gag order has been placed in the identities of the detainees and the details of the investigation. During their interrogation, the suspects admitted to throwing the stone which caused the deaths of Asher and Yonatan. The stone was hurled from a driving [moving] car.,7340,L-4132454,00.html

6 Palestinians detained in Hebron area
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 6 Oct — Israeli forces detained on Thursday 6 Palestinians from Beit Ummar and Hebron, witnesses said. Three Israeli military jeeps with a car carrying Israeli intelligence officials stopped three Palestinians in the center of Hebron and detained them. They were not identified. In Beit Ummar, three detainees were identified as Allam Awad, 17, Sabri Awad, 15, and Malek Sleibi, 16, according to Muhammad Awwad, the spokesman of the local popular committee.

Israeli court: Journalist has right to withhold tape from police
Haaretz 6 Oct — The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday ruled that a journalist need not give police a video he made during a confrontation in the territories, even though police claimed there is crucial evidence on the tape that it needs in its investigation.

War criminals

UK blocks arrest warrant for Israel’s Livni
LONDON (Reuters) 6 Oct — Britain’s Director of Public Prosecutions has blocked an attempt to seek the arrest of Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni for alleged war crimes during a visit to Britain, officials said on Thursday. An unidentified person applied to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, on Tuesday for permission to apply to a court for an arrest warrant against Livni for alleged war crimes linked to Israel’s offensive against Gaza in 2008, the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement … She arrived weeks after Britain approved changes to a war crimes law that had led some Israeli politicians and officials to stay away from the country and clouded relations between the two countries.

New legislation fails to give Tzipi Livni protection from arrest / Frank Barat
MEMO 6 Oct — Today, 6 October 2011, former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni visited the United Kingdom. In advance of Ms. Livni’s current visit, a Palestinian civilian war crimes victim, represented by lawyers from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and Hickman & Rose Solicitors, invited the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to authorise the arrest of Ms Livni to enable an urgent decision to be made by the Attorney General to charge her for war crimes. Alternatively, the victim requested the DPP’s permission to apply to a judge for an arrest warrant for Ms. Livni.  At lunchtime today, the DPP made a statement that he has been blocked from any arrest decision or giving his consent to an application for the issue of an arrest warrant – BUT NOT on the basis of a lack of evidence. The only reason given by the DPP is the retrospective grant of diplomatic immunity to Ms Livni by the British Foreign Secretary on the basis of a ‘Special Mission’ (which is not accepted by the victim).


Does Israel’s security service deem lesbian tourists a threat to national security? / Yossi Melman
Haaretz blog 6 Oct — Two women undergo humiliating security check after refusing to respond to airport authority’s inquiry into whether they were romantically involved … The two had arrived four days earlier for a family visit and to tour Israel. It appears there is no limit to the humiliation inflicted on foreigners, and which is reported in the media from time to time.

Israel interior ministry plans deportation of at least 150 families of foreign workers
Haaretz 6 Oct — The Interior Ministry’s Population and Immigration Authority is drafting a plan to deport 150 families of unauthorized foreign workers, apparently within a few months. An additional 240 families would be granted residency under the plan, while a third group of around 220 families who did not strictly meet residency requirements set by the cabinet would be permitted to appeal to an exceptions committee.


UNRWA launches education reform strategy
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 6 Oct — The UN agency for Palestinian refugees on Wednesday launched its education reform strategy at their Amman headquarters. Palestinian refugee students at the 700 schools run by UNRWA in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria will get a better education as a result of the strategy, a press statement said. The reforms include teacher development, curriculum and student assessment, inclusive education, and technical and vocational training, it added. Education, including free schooling for half a million refugee children, costs more than half of the agency’s budget, UNRWA says.


UNRWA workers union suspends strike
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 6 Oct — UNRWA’s workers union has decided to suspend its strike until Monday, union chief Suheil Al-Hindi said Wednesday as officials met to end the standoff. Al-Hindi warned of more action if the union’s demands are not met.

In Pictures — UNRWA teachers stage general strike
MEMO 5 Oct — UNWRA staff have organised a general strike; they have halted studies, closed all schools and gathered thousands of teachers outside the main headquarters in Gaza City in a teacher’s demonstration. The demonstrators sent a letter to the commissioner of agency headquarters which warns against UNWRA actions that violate the dignity of its staff.

Haneyya: Gov’t will not be idle as UNRWA ignores staff demands
GAZA (PIC) 6 Oct — Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya said the government in Gaza would not stand by and watch as the UN Relief Works Agency ignores the demands of its staff. “We are following developments and the dispute between UNRWA and the staff union, and we have discussed it and tasked ministers with following officials in the relief agency,” Haneyya said during the opening ceremony of the international book fair in Gaza on Wednesday evening.
Link to Palestinian Information Center

Gaza Strip: Ad hoc specialised surgeries
Médecins Sans Frontières 6 Oct — The number of people in the Gaza Strip suffering the after-effects of serious injuries has increased in recent years. However, with the embargo currently in effect, it is very difficult to obtain access to appropriate, specialised care. In July 2010, MSF signed an agreement with the Gaza health authorities and opened a reconstructive surgery programme. In September 2011, 24 patients received treatment through an ad hoc hand surgery mission.Following the Israeli military’s December 2008 “Cast Lead” offensive, and with a growing number of domestic accidents, many Gaza residents suffer from disabling wounds that require reconstructive surgery, also known as non-emergency or revision surgery, after their initial medical-surgical treatment. Highly specialised surgery is required for very complicated cases.

Ex-Netherlands premier: Health care is extremely terrible in Gaza
Former Netherlands Prime Minister, Ndris Van Otja [Dries van Agt], said that the health sector is extremely miserable in the Gaza Strip, stressing the need to end Gazans’ suffering, the Palestinian Maan News Agency reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Miles of Smiles convoy 6 arrives in Gaza
GAZA (PIC) 6 Oct — The international aid convoy Miles of Smiles 6 arrived in Gaza to a popular welcome ceremony at a late hour on Wednesday night via the Rafah border terminal with Egypt. Security sources at the terminal said that 41 members of the convoy managed to enter the Strip after coordination with the Egyptian side and that the others would soon follow. They pointed out that the convoy carries with it tons of badly needed medical necessities including types of medicines that went out of stock in Gaza in addition to ambulance vehicles.
Link to Palestinian Information Center

Political / Diplomatic / International news

Abbas urges Europe: Support the Palestinian spring
STRASBOURG, France (Ma‘an) 6 Oct — President Mahmoud Abbas told the Council of Europe on Thursday that security is created through peace, and not force. Addressing the council’s parliamentary assembly in Strasbourg, Abbas appealed to Europe to support Palestine’s bid for full UN membership, which is under review by a Security Council standing committee. “Today we are at the heart of the Arab spring: we say that the hour of the Palestinian spring has struck,” he told European parliamentarians.

Clinton: UNESCO should think again before granting Palestinian membership
AP/Reuters/Haaretz 6 Oct — U.S. Secretary of State Clinton warns UN cultural agency that approving Palestinian membership will lead U.S to cut funding to the group … “I … would urge the governing body of UNESCO to think again before proceeding with that vote because the decision about status must be made in the United nations and not in auxiliary groups that are subsidiary to the United Nations,” Clinton told a news conference in the Dominican Republic, where she is on an official visit … Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded to the news Wednesday saying that the Palestinian request for membership to UNESCO is a “rejection of the path of negotiations, as well as of the Quartet plan to continue with the political process.”

Egypt to mobilize support for Palestine’s membership in UNESCO
CAIRO (WAFA) 6 Oct — Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Moataz Khurshid promised on Thursday to work by all means to mobilize support to guarantee Palestine’s full membership in UNESCO

PA: FIDIC approves Palestine membership
RAMALLAH (Ma‘an) 6 Oct — The International Federation of Consulting Engineers on Wednesday accepted Palestine as a full member, an official told the Palestinian Authority news agency in Ramallah. The FIDIC executive board “decided in the meeting held today in Davos, Switzerland to accept Palestine’s membership,” said Marwan Abdelhamid, advisor to president for development and reconstruction. Palestine is the third Arab country to join FIDIC, after Jordan and Lebanon, he said.

Blair urges Congress to release blocked aid to Palestinians
LONDON (WAFA) 6 Oct — Quartet Special Envoy to Peace, Tony Blair, Tuesday urged the US Congress to release $200 million in funds for Palestinian state building that it has currently placed on hold until the Palestinian application for membership in the United Nations is resolved, said Blair’s office. Blair, in an interview with the BBC Radio 4, said he was working to persuade lawmakers against the cut in funding on the basis that “even if you are completely opposed to the Palestinian bid in the United Nations, this is not the right way to respond to it, because it harms the Palestinian people and the very things we have most strongly supported over the last few years.”

South Korea threatens to cancel all defense deals with Israel
Haaretz 6 Oct — The purchase of the Israel Air Force’s new training plane is causing serious diplomatic tension between Israel and South Korea: Fearing that Israel has already decided on a rival plane made in Italy, the Koreans are now threatening in return to cancel all their deals for purchasing Israeli defense systems.

Other news

Israel culture ministry offers prize for Zionist-oriented art
Haaretz 6 Oct — NIS 50,000 prize intended to ‘reflect Zionist values and history,’ following a storm over boycotting the cultural center in the West Bank settlement of Ariel — A codex for a new prize to be awarded for “Zionist-oriented” art was issued Wednesday, to ensure only those whose work fulfills the correct political criteria may qualify for it.

Yom Kippur drill: ISF simulates war call-up
Ynet 6 Oct — The IDF is taking no chances on the eve of Yom Kippur. In an unusual and rare step, The IDF’s General Staff alerted two reserve divisions as part of an emergency drill in army bases in central and northern Israel. The purpose of the exercise was to test the soldiers’ level of response and readiness for war.,7340,L-4132399,00.html

Analysis / Opinion

Analysis: Prisoners take center stage / Daoud Kuttab
Ma‘an 6 Oct — Sumud Ahmad Saadat is the daughter of the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, kidnapped from the Palestinian Authority’s prison in Jericho by military force. Saadat is locked up in a jail inside Israel proper, in contravention of the Geneva Conventions, which forbid occupiers to transfer prisoners into the country of occupation. He has been held in solitary confinement for most of the past five years. Sumud, in her early 20s now, has not seen her father in five years. Attempts to obtain this basic human right through the International Committee of the Red Cross have failed. Neither did an attempt to get redress from the Israeli courts have any result.

You and I and the next Yom Kippur war / Gideon Levy
Haaretz 6 Oct — Not even the trauma of the Yom Kippur War, the mother of all traumas, led to a genuine strategic change for Israel. The generals and pundits will promise that the IDF learned its lessons, but Israel didn’t learn anything.

Is Israel its own worst enemy? / Nicholas D. Kristof
NYTimes 5 Oct — For decades, Palestinian leaders sometimes seemed to be their own people’s worst enemies … These days, the world has been turned upside down. Now it is Israel that is endangered most by its leaders and maximalist stance. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is isolating his country, and, to be blunt, his hard line on settlements seems like a national suicide policy. Nothing is more corrosive than Israel’s growth of settlements because they erode hope of a peace agreement in the future.

Revealed: UK government plotted with Israel lobby to ban Salah / Asa Winstanley
EI 6 Oct — As Palestinian leader Sheikh Raed Salah’s appeal against deportation concluded in a Birmingham court this week, new details of the UK government’s deep links to the Israel lobby have emerged.

Anatot: Yisrael Hayom smears Palestinian farmer, calling him convicted rapist / Richard Silverstein
Tikun Olam 6 Oct — The story of the Anatot pogrom took on a new and even more bizarre twist when Yisrael HaYom, Sheldon Adelson’s vanity newspaper created to boost the political power of Bibi Netanyahu and the Israeli far-right, published a patently false report [Hebrew] (page 13) claiming that Yassine Abed Abu Salah Al-Refai, the Palestinian farmer whose cause originally brought peace activists to Anatot to defend his right to farm his land, was a three-time convicted rapist who’d spent 18 years in Israeli jails … The only problems according to Israeli blogger, Esti Segel [Hebrew]?  First, the story claimed Yassine was originally from Gaza and gained Israeli citizenship through collaboration with the Shin Bet (an almost certain death sentence in Palestinian circles — you see where this is going).  The article also claims he’s married to a Jewish woman.  Actually, he’s a native of the village of Anata where his grandfather was mukthar and founded the village of Anata.  He holds Israeli citizenship by virtue of the fact that half the village is included in the municipal district of Jerusalem (East Jerusalem was annexed shortly after the 1967 War).  He has a legal deed to his land from the Ottoman authorities and which Israeli courts and even the settlers of Anatot concede is valid… (listserv) (archive)

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  1. joer
    October 6, 2011, 9:51 pm

    Virtually every Palestinian family had a scene like this-being forced out of their home. It’s not very easy to watch-but it cannot be denied forever. The Palestinians did not miraculously all get up and leave even though the Jews begged them to stay-I haven’t heard that particular version of the founding of Israel lately, although it was popular when I was growing up. The Palestinians were a peaceful people who weren’t bothering anyone-there was no Palestinian Empire or even a Palestinian army to defend them from this type of thing.

    • eee
      October 7, 2011, 12:13 am

      Of course the Palestinians had an army. They used force to fight the British and then the Jews.

      Have you heard of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam? Look him up. He is a great example of a peaceful Palestinian. Why, he was greater than Gandhi.

      • joer
        October 7, 2011, 2:22 am

        I meant that Palestine never invaded any other countries or was aggressive toward other countries. Anyway, small, hastily organized groups of men desperately trying to defend their homes and neighborhoods tend to highlight the fact that Palestine had no national defense.

      • talknic
        October 7, 2011, 3:14 am

        Uh? The Palestinians? Wiki names one Palestinian as having what was called a private army.

        I guess Hasbara 101 requires exaggeration 101

        Meanwhile Irgun, Hagana et al were peaceful fun loving groups I guess.

      • Cliff
        October 7, 2011, 3:50 am

        Israel deported Mubarak Awad in the 1980s because he advocated non-violent resistance modeled after Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi.

        MLK’s wife vouched for Mr. Award.

        eee, you are a pathetic racist and liar. The fact that you CONSTANTLY cite Wikipedia (editorial bias, hence it’s links mean nothing unless put in context) is telling of that.

        Wikipedia should only be used for superficial details. It should never be used for analysis or context.

        Then again, for a troll like eee, it’s on his level.

      • Amar
        October 7, 2011, 4:19 am

        Wikipedia is a great source of info on any topic that does not cover contentious issues or has parties who have a great stake in ensuring the info is more reflective of their POV and can be editable to conform to it when it doesnt.

        And Zionists are extremely active on Wikipedia and have even sought to infiltrate its editorial staff but were busted when some internal memos of CAMERA were leaked. That was a few years ago, but I am sure they are still hell-bent on trying to do so only in a more careful manner.

      • Shingo
        October 7, 2011, 10:14 am

        Of course the Palestinians had an army.


        You’re a monumental idiot some times. The Arab Revolt led to the Brituishsmachine the Palestinian leadership, exiling them and disarming the Palestinians. The Palestinians had NO army from 1937 onwards.

        Husayni was exile from Palestine in 1937 and never returned, so he clearly never had a”personal” army. So Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni had 128 men. Big deal. the Irgun, Palmach and Stern gangs had well over 10,000 between them. The Haganah was 30,000 strong.

        So you seriosuly believe you have a point?

      • Mooser
        October 7, 2011, 1:08 pm

        “The Arab Revolt led to the Brituishsmachine the Palestinian leadership, exiling them and disarming the Palestinians.”

        Gee, wasn’t there an excellent article on this very subject at (of all places) Mondoweiss? And pretty recently.
        Of course, the article was written by somebody who’s name ahd an “al” in it, so we can’t expect “eee” to read it, or believe it if he did.

      • Mooser
        October 7, 2011, 1:10 pm

        I wonder when some smart anti-Zionist group will hire “eee” and pay him a large salary just to be himself? Be the best move they ever made!

      • eee
        October 7, 2011, 2:24 pm


        Abd al-Qadir had at least 1000 men and was quite effective in closing access to Jerusalem by Jews. Of course the Palestinians had an army after 1937. Do you know any history?

        Trying to say that tens of thousands of armed Palestinians is not an army is just ridiculous.

      • Chaos4700
        October 7, 2011, 2:54 pm

        “Tens of thousands?” And anyway, it wasn’t an army, it was a militia… of natives… defending themselves against an incursion by European colonists.

      • eee
        October 7, 2011, 3:35 pm

        Yeah, read the article, there were other Palestinian forces also. Tens of thousands of people is not a militia, it is an army.

      • Chaos4700
        October 7, 2011, 3:57 pm

        So if every Jew is a member of the Jewish nation by your reckoning, and every member of the Jewish nation is subject to rules of compulsory service in the IDF… doesn’t that mean, under your belief system eee, that every Jew on the face of the Earth belongs to the “Jewish” army?

      • eee
        October 7, 2011, 4:40 pm


        You cannot force anyone to be part of a nation. If a Jew does not want to be part of the Jewish nation, for example Tony Judt’s kids, nobody could or should force to be. They do not want to attach their future to that of the Jewish people, no problem.

        In the same way you cannot tell millions of Jews that have self determined themselves as a nation that they are not part of the Jewish nation.

        As for compulsory service, it applies only to Jews that are Israeli citizens. So it does not apply to all Jews.

      • Chaos4700
        October 7, 2011, 6:52 pm

        Then how come you think you have the right not only to tell millions of Palestinians that they don’t have the right to self-determination, they don’t even have the right to the PROPERTY they own?

        American Jews, more of them, are seeing what you are about, eee. Expect your “Jewish nation” to contract as the next generation matures.

      • Real Jew
        October 7, 2011, 7:11 pm

        Citing wiki?? Seriously?? I guess eee missed the report on how C.A.M.E.R.A a pro israel zionists org that was caught by no other then Max Blumenthal encouraging and training their staff to edit wiki entries to promote pro israel views aka propaganda. There is evidence of this including a memo sent by the heads of camera with detailed instructions on how to accomplish this.

      • Real Jew
        October 7, 2011, 7:12 pm

        Actually it might have been Ali Abunimah from Electronic Intifada who discovered this disgraceful attempt by the pro israel camp to censor the truth…again

      • Real Jew
        October 8, 2011, 10:38 am

        What are u talking about mooser?…they already have, why do u think he’s on mondo so often

      • Robert Werdine
        October 9, 2011, 2:26 pm

        “The Palestinians had NO army from 1937 onwards. Husayni was exile from Palestine in 1937 and never returned, so he clearly never had a”personal” army. So Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni had 128 men. Big deal. the Irgun, Palmach and Stern gangs had well over 10,000 between them. The Haganah was 30,000 strong.”

        This, at best a dubious half-truth, by a commenter from whom much untruth and silliness has flowed, is also a factual and historical absurdity.

        As I have pointed out innumerable times to the above author, while it is certainly true that the Arab revolt (1936-1939) had fractured the then-Palestinian leadership, in June of 1946, the foreign ministers of the Arab league created the Arab High Executive (AHE) with Haj Amin al-Husseini as chairman and Jamal Husseini as vice-chairman. With the Mufti’s return to Cairo, the nine member AHE was renamed the AHC (Arab High Committee), and the Mufti influenced Palestinian affairs from there. The AHC was the recognized leadership, such as it was, of Arab Palestine, even if other Arab leaders overrode and marginalized him when it suited them, which was often. The Husseini’s anti-opposition terrorism against the Nashashibis and others in the previous years had largely eliminated rivals for their power by this time. The Mufti had agents and supporters all over Palestine that were directly answerable to him and his brother. For the British Mandatory government, the Mufti and his brother were the ones with whom Prime Minister Atlee, Foreign Secretary Bevin, and Cunningham dealt.

        The Palestinian people, then as today, have always had the singular misfortune to be one of the worst led people in history. Their leaders sided with the Germans in World War one, with Hitler in World War two, with the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and Sadamm Hussein in the Gulf War.

        Not unlike Lebanon in some ways in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the problem for the Palestinians in the late 1940’s was not that they had no leadership, but that they had too much of it. Syrians, Jordanians, Iraqis, and Egyptians all had their own designs on the area, clashed often with the Mufti as well as with one another, and all attempted to emphasize and parlay their own influence there. Everyone wanted to be top dog in Palestine. The conflicting strategies, loyalties, and agendas would ultimately doom the Arab war effort. But all were united in viewing the crusade for Palestine as a matter of principle and honor, and they honestly and honorably believed in their cause.

        However, while acknowledging the absurdity of the notion that there was no Palestinian army, it must also be said that the wikipedia article likely exaggerates the number of Arabs bearing arms inside Palestine in the December 1947-May 15, 1948. It was certainly not in the few tens of thousands. In fact, it is highly unlikely that the total number in this period ever got over 10,000 at any time before the pan-Arab invasion of May 15, 1948, and probably not even that.

        One of the problems that historians have always had in assessing the relative strengths of the Arab forces during this period is that their numbers kept fluctuating, with sections of the militias doing duty, then going home, returning and then going home again ad infinitum. Also, the constant influx of foreign fighters from the neighboring states also made tracking their numbers something of a loose guessing game, though the Haganah got their facts right more often than not.

        Part of the problem also stemmed from the fact that the numerous Palestinian militias lacked a central organizing authority. Scattered all around Palestine, they were mostly local (and tribal) in character and formation, being any where from squad, platoon to company level size, armed with pistols, rifles and small stocks of ammo. There was little co-ordination between the militias, though neighboring villages would often assist each other.

        Outside of the local militias, the main Arab/Palestinian fighting forces consisted of the Arab Liberation Army (ALA) commanded by Fawzi al-Qawuqji, and the most prominent Palestinian militias commanded by Abd al-Qader Husayni of the Jerusalem front, and Hasan Salame of the Lydda front.

        The ALA at its height probably never numbered more than 5000 troops, the Jerusalem front of Husayni numbered about 700-2000–the number fluctuated, and Salame’s Lydda front about 800-1000. The rest of the armed forces in Palestine consisted of hundreds of other Arabs, Druze, Bosniaks, and members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

        The Palestinian war effort was plagued from the beginning by disorganization, lack of equipment and resources, lack of cohesion and effective command, divided allegiances, and intense political and military inter-Arab rivalries. As Benny Morris wrote, “There were simply too many diverse Arab units and too many bodies pulling the strings from the outside.”

        The Husayni’s fought hard but failed to prevent the ALA from being commanded by one of the Mufti’s most bitter rivals, Fawzi al-Qawuqji, and complained (correctly) that the ALA would deprive Husayni’s forces of much needed arms and supplies, though the Mufti did manage to secure appointments of two of his protégés, Abd al-Qader al-Husayni, commander of the Jerusalem front, and Hasan Salame, commander of the Lydda front into the Jaysh al-Jihad al-Muqaddas (“Army of the Holy War”). The Husayni’s regarded the ALA (and its commander, Fawzi al-Qawuqji) as a rival to their own efforts, and the feeling was mutual: the Arab league had set up the ALA to counter the designs and influence of the Mufti. ‘Abdullah of Jordan set up his own force to thwart those of both the Mufti and the ALA, and Farouk of Egypt set himself against the Mufti, ‘Abdullah, and the ALA, saying: “The Arabs ought to get rid of all three of them: the Mufti, Abdullah, and Qawuqji.”

        What a warm, endearing portrait of inter-Arab unity and resolve!

        When attempting to discern the relative strengths at the outset of the conflict, viewing the total numbers of troops listed in an order of battle can be misleading. What matters is the number of soldiers that can be trained, armed, and put into the field. For example, the Haganah at the beginning of hostilities in December had about 35,000 men in uniform, but only 2000 were full time soldiers, with about 10,000 in reserve. By the end of December there were 7500 full time soldiers (2500 of which were Palmahniks).The Irgun was armed with 2000-4000 members, about one-tenth of whom were fully armed and active. The Stern/Lehi had about 500-800 men, of whom about 130 were armed and active. By April there were 24,000 Haganah, by mid-May at the time of the pan-Arab invasion there were 30,000, and by mid-July there were 64,000.

        At the end of November 1947, the Haganah had 10,662 rifles, 3830 pistols, 3662, 9mm Sten submachine guns, 775 .303 caliber Bren light machine guns, 157 Vickers medium machine guns, 16 anti-tank guns, 670 two-inch mortars, and 84 three-inch mortars. The Haganah had no tanks, no artillery, no anti-aircraft guns, no combat aircraft, about 11 civilian spotter planes, and a few makeshift armored cars (actually school buses and trucks with steel plating welded on to them). Ammunition was hardly plentiful: some fifty rounds per rifle, and six to seven hundred rounds per light and medium machine gun. The Irgun had about 200 rifles, 500 submachine guns, and 160 machineguns. The Stern/Lehi had about 130 submachine guns, 120 revolvers, and no rifles.

        The first Arab attacks in early December 1947 were sporadic, spontaneous, and lacking in coordination, but they grew in frequency, scale, intensity, and sophistication. The Arabs developed a shrewd, sensible strategy of tying up the settlements with attacks and attacking the vulnerable roadways between them. The Arab Liberation Army attack on Kfar Szold on January 10 was by some 900 armed fighters. The January 14 attack on the Etzion Bloc by Abd al-Qader al-Husayni consisted of 1,000 armed fighters, and showed a commendable tactical sophistication, with the main force of 400 hitting the bloc’s main settlement and diversionary attacks hitting the flanks of the surrounding areas. The January 20 attack on Yechiam was by 400 fighters armed not only with rifles, but with medium and light machine guns and mortars, and the ALA attack on Tirat-Zvi by some 300-500 troops was commenced with a heavy barrage of mortar and machine gun fire. The Haganah could count on their tactical superiority and the advantages inherent in the defense to fight back the assaults, but the Arabs had the operational and geographical advantage: they could attack anywhere, anytime, and the Yishuv could not bring their superior strength to bear on meeting every attack.

        Indeed, Palestinian militias and the ALA performed reasonably well against the Yishuv in the Nov.1947 to March 1948 period. In fact, despite their weaknesses, they were succeeding quite handsomely. Abd al-Qadir al Husayni was a very clever and cunning warrior. He had a healthy respect for the Yishuv, and knew that the war could never be won against them on terms of equality. Like the Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest in the American Civil War, he understood how to turn his enemy’s strength into weakness: attack his supplies and the roadways by which he receives them. And it worked: by tying the Haganah up with scattered attacks on all sides of the Yishuv communities at carefully placed intervals, and causing them to disperse their superior numbers in defense, Husayni was able to negate his enemy’s superior forces, strangle the Yishuv’s vulnerable supply lines with virtual impunity, and besiege Jerusalem. Quite a feat, that. Husayni was killed leading a charge in the battle for Qastal hill on April 8. He died as he had lived, heedless of his own life, and stupefied with bravery. His loss was a bitter blow to the Palestinians’ morale, for he was irreplaceable.

        With the death of Husayni, and once the Yishuv took to the offensive on April 6 with Operation Nachshon, the fragility, disorganization, and demoralization of the Palestinian armies became apparent, and Palestinian Arab society, always poorly led, fragile and already disintegrating from the violence and chaos enveloping Palestine since the partition vote, quickly collapsed under the strain of the war.

      • Shingo
        October 9, 2011, 7:09 pm

        This, at best a dubious half-truth, by a commenter from whom much untruth and silliness has flowed, is also a factual and historical absurdity.

        No, it is a historical fact.

        The British had already smashed the Palestinian Revolution, leaving only 2500 Palestinian fighters., along with 4000 volunteers. That meant that every Palestinian fighter and his crude weapons (old rifle) had to face 6 well trained Jewish soldiers armed to the teeth and backed up by an air force. Al-Husseini never set foot inside Palestine again and he had no influence in Palestine from that day forward.

        It’s important to remember that the Muslim Committee responsible for voting on the list of candidates in the run-off elections for the position of Mufti awarded the most votes to Jaralla, followed by Khalidi and Budayri. Since High Commissioner Herbert Samuel was only supposed to consider the top three candidates, Al-Hajj Amin Al-Husayni was shut-out. However, Samuel appointed Husayuni as Grand Mufti despite his election loss. See Philip Mattar, The Mufti of Jerusalem: Al-Hajj Amin al-Husayni and the Palestinian National Movement, Columbia University Press, 1988, page 25.

        The Arab Higher Committee (AHC) and the Mufti were not the formal or elected representatives of the people of Palestine after WWII. Avi Shlaim noted that when the Arab Higher Committee (AHC) was re-established in 1946 after a nine-year hiatus, it was not by the various Palestinian political parties themselves, as had been the case when it was founded in 1936, but by a decision of the Arab League of States. See page 1 of Avi Shlaim, The Rise and Fall of the All-Palestine Government in Gaza, Journal of Palestine Studies. 20: 37–53. (2001)

        In February of 1948 the Council of the Arab League decided not to recognize the AHC or the Mufti as the representatives of the Palestinian people. Thereafter, all of the Leagues’ affairs were handled through its own Palestine Council, not through the Mufti or the AHC. See Politics in Palestine: Arab factionalism and social disintegration, 1939-1948, By Issa Khalaf, University of New York Press, 1991, ISBN 0-7914-0708-X, page 290.

        So that should put your diatribe about the AHC and the Mufti to rest.

        Anyone with any knowledge of the conflict would be aware that there was clearly no Palestinian army either. There were a few thousand fighters and there was on average, one WWI era rifle to be shared among 6 fighters, with a handful of rounds between them.

        In fact, it is highly unlikely that the total number in this period ever got over 10,000 at any time before the pan-Arab invasion of May 15, 1948, and probably not even that.

        True, in fact, it is total number in this period ever got over 5,000.

        Part of the problem also stemmed from the fact that the numerous Palestinian militias lacked a central organizing authority.

        As is the case, when one has no leadership.

        Outside of the local militias, the main Arab/Palestinian fighting forces consisted of the Arab Liberation Army (ALA) commanded by Fawzi al-Qawuqji, and the most prominent Palestinian militias commanded by Abd al-Qader Husayni of the Jerusalem front, and Hasan Salame of the Lydda front.

        These were not a Palestinian army, so it is irrelevant anyway.

        The Palestinian war effort was plagued from the beginning by disorganization, lack of equipment and resources, lack of cohesion and effective command, divided allegiances, and intense political and military inter-Arab rivalries.

        Again, this is the case when one has no leadership.

        What a warm, endearing portrait of inter-Arab unity and resolve!

        As is always the case when the votes of the electorate are ignored in favour of a puppet appointed by a colonial power, who’s agenda is to divide and conquer the population. People aid the same thing about black slaves and indigenous tribes, but it’s no surprise to hear such repugnant racism from a Zionism stooge.

        When attempting to discern the relative strengths at the outset of the conflict, viewing the total numbers of troops listed in an order of battle can be misleading. What matters is the number of soldiers that can be trained, armed, and put into the field.

        Which again proves that the Palestinians had no army. None were trained and very few were armed.

        For example, the Haganah at the beginning of hostilities in December had about 35,000 men in uniform, but only 2000 were full time soldiers, with about 10,000 in reserve.

        That ingores the 10,000 commando units (aka) the Irgun, Stern and Palmach.

        By the beginning of 1948, and despite the presence of the British, the Jewish Agency was in practice in military and administrative control of Palestine. The Haganah became an army of 35,000, plus 10,000 more in commando units (ie Palmach, Irgun and Stern Gangs).

        The Haganah had no tanks, no artillery, no anti-aircraft guns, no combat aircraft, about 11 civilian spotter planes, and a few makeshift armored cars (actually school buses and trucks with steel plating welded on to them).

        Rubbish. The Haganah had an air force and were armed to the teeth. When the British withdrew, the Zionist forces had the British bases and camps handed to them by the British. They even left their weapons, arms, tanks and vehicles and munition to the Zionist forces. This included 2,700 government buildings, 50 train stations, 3,000 km of paved roads, a number of sea ports, and 37 military camps filled with weapons and space parts.
        And ammunition was indeed plentiful. On Feb 2, 1948, a new report was aired stating that:

        “A direct challenge to the United Nations and it’s powers of war prevention comes from Palestine. The definition of legal and illegal forces becomes daily more obscure. Haganah, the force first legally raised for the defence of Jewish settlements, appear to function hang in glove with Irgun Svai Leumi, the outlawed terrorist army. Full scale training is under way in a score of camps throughout the country. There is no shortage of arms or ammunition.

        The first attacks by Zionist forces began long before December 1947, but became official policy the day after UNGAR181 was passed, with the expulsion of the Palestinians gong into full swing.

        I have already extensively debunked the rest of your diatribe Robert, so I see no point to waste my energy doing so again. Needless to say, there was no war until May 1948.

      • pjdude
        October 8, 2011, 5:19 pm

        no they had a miltia they had no formal army.

  2. mig
    October 7, 2011, 12:40 am

    Israel finally agrees that Palestinian minors are not legally adults

    Caabu has welcomed the announcement that Israel will class all Palestinians aged under-18 as minors, but urges further action to protect children from abuse.

    At present Israel’s military court system classifies Palestinians in the Occupied Territories as an adult from the age of 16, two years below international norms.

    However, following an extensive lobbying campaign by a number of human rights organisations, including Caabu, the Israeli military has announced it will treat 16 and 17 year olds as children.

    Caabu’s Parliamentary Officer, Graham Bambrough, cautiously welcomed the announcement, but said that the Israeli military must go further:

    “Caabu is pleased that the Israeli military has committed to bring to an end the gross injustice that sees Palestinian children aged 16 and 17 tried as adults, in contravention of international law. However, the entire military justice system remains stacked against the Palestinians brought before it, especially children. Trials are conducted in Hebrew, confessions that are later retracted remain common place and allegations of abuse are rife. Sadly it is still the case that many children will meet their lawyer for the first time in the court room.”

    “In particular, the Israeli military must commit to the video recording of all interrogations of children and to end the practices of cuffing minors with painful plastic tags for prolonged periods of time, as well as the degrading shackling of children in court.”

    Caabu has taken four parliamentary delegations to visit the military courts in the past ten months. Delegates have included Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP, former Minister for the Middle East Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP and former Director for Public Prosecutions Lord Ken MacDonald.

    The issue has been extensively debated in the House of Commons and House of Lords, and raised in detail with both the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli embassy in London.

    1. For further comment or information contact Graham Bambrough via [email protected] or 07734329182
    2. At present, whilst all Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are subject to military law, Israeli minors in settlements live under Israel’s civil code. Palestinian children are classified as adults from 16, while for Israeli children the age is 18. Palestinian children in the West Bank are tried in a military court, Israelis in a civilian one. An Israeli child has to see a judge within 24 hours of arrest; a Palestinian within eight days. An Israeli minor can be held on remand for 15 days, a Palestinian three months. In Israel there are severe limitations as to when a child can be handcuffed, but there are no such protections for Palestinians. What’s more a Palestinian child’s sentence is decided on the basis of their age at the time of sentencing, and not at the time when the alleged offence was committed.
    3. Israel arrests and prosecutes 700 children per year and since 2000 over 7,000 Palestinian minors have been prosecuted in military courts.
    4. Further information on the treatment of children in the military court system can be found in Caabu’s new report Britain and Palestine: A parliamentary focus –

    Prosecution of children 16-18 in Israeli military courts

    Extract from a report, Defence for Children International ± Palestine Section, Follow-up to the Concluding Observations (Israel), Twelve Months On
    Reporting period:1 August 2010 to 31 July 2011
    Submitted to UN Human Rights Committee, 1st August 2011
    Published by The Centre for Civil and Political Rights, Geneva

    3. Overview
    3.1 Each year approximately 700 Palestinian children from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted in Israeli military courts after being arrested, interrogated and detained by the army, police and security agents. It is estimated that since 2000 alone, around 7,500 Palestinian children have been detained and prosecuted in the system.

    3.2 Within this system, children are frequently arrested from the family home by heavily armed soldiers in the middle of the night. The children are then painfully tied and blindfolded before being placed in the back of a military vehicle and transferred to an interrogation and detention centre. It is rare for a child, or his/her parents to be told the reason for arrest, or where the child is being taken. The arrest and transfer process is frequently accompanied by both physical and verbal abuse.

    3.3 On arrival at the interrogation and detention centre, the child is questioned in the absence of a lawyer or family member, and there is no provision for the audio-visual recording of the interrogation as a means of independent oversight. Few children are informed of their right to silence. Children are frequently threatened and physically assaulted during interrogation often resulting in the provision of a coerced confession, or the signing of documents which the child is not given a chance to read or understand.

    3.4 Following interrogation, children are brought before a military court which has jurisdiction over children as young as 12 years old. Once a child turns 16, they are considered to be an adult. In the overwhelming majority of cases bail will be denied and an order for detention until the end of the legal process will be made.

    Most children ultimately plead guilty, whether the offence was committed or not, as this is the quickest way out of the system. In 2009, custodial sentences were imposed on children by the military courts in 83 percent of cases, in contrast to a custodial sentence rate of 6.5 percent in the Israeli civilian juvenile justice system.

    3.5 A juvenile military court was established in September 2009, following mounting criticism relating to the prosecution of children as young as 12 years in the same military courts used to prosecute adults. In practice, the juvenile military court convenes every Monday and Thursday, using the same facilities and court staff used by the adult military court. Children continue to be brought into court in groups of twos and threes, wearing leg chains around their ankles and dressed in the same brown prison uniforms worn by adults.

    Handcuffs are usually removed from the child on entering the court room, and replaced on exiting. On occasion, adults and children have been observed being brought into court together.

    At the time of writing, there appears to be few substantive differences between the adult and juvenile military courts, beyond a general attempt to separate children from adults.

    3.6 Once detained a significant proportion of children are transferred to prisons and detention facilities inside Israel, in violation of Article 76 of the Fourth Geneva Convention which prohibits such transfers out of occupied territory. The practical significance of this is that many children receive infrequent or no family visits.

  3. seafoid
    October 7, 2011, 4:50 am

    Very hard to watch. The system in black and white. There is no place in Zionism for Palestinians. The family had nowhere else to go and the state had nothing to offer them except violence. No room for compromise. What would you do if you were one of the parents ?

    And there is the story of Sukkot. But who in Israel makes the connections between Jewish history and Zionist reality?

  4. Sherri Munnerlyn
    October 7, 2011, 9:54 am

    All you have to do is compare what happened to this Palestinian family and the recent Jewish protesters protesting housing costs and you clearly see demonstrated the racism, the prejudice, the disparate treatment of Arabs and Jews, which is ZIONISM. This is what ZIONISM is. I will never understand how any person can support this. I tell myself, people do not really know what is going on, but many do and they keep supporting ZIONISM. This is hard for me to deal with.This is why things happen like 9/11, like killings of families, I expect. Injustice cries out for a response to it, I think the right choice is nonviolence, confronting it in a nonviolent way, nonviolent resistance. But it is I expect the hardest choice, to stay true to, to commit one’s life to, like Ghandi did.That statement Bassem Tamimi, of Nabi Saleh, made to the court in his trial last Spring, he says it all there. He was supposed to go back to court in September, I read it was postponed. Has anyone heard any further developments? Last I heard, he was still imprisoned. And for what? For doing as Ghandi did, as Jesus of Nazareth did, walking in their footsteps, confronting injustice with nonviolent resistance, organizing weekly nonviolent demonstrations to protest the theft of the village spring and continuing thefts of village lands.

    • seafoid
      October 7, 2011, 10:42 am

      Zionism is some sort of mental condition at this stage. On the autism spectrum, I think. Maybe it is the Ziocaine that rots the brain but the inhumanity inherent in a system built around religion is nuts.

      • john h
        October 7, 2011, 3:07 pm

        “the inhumanity inherent in a system built around religion is nuts.”

        Nah, Zionism was built around the rejection of religion. Hertzl and most Zionists were atheists, and when Israel was founded the thought was that religion would die out.

        Most of Judaism actively opposed Zionism prior to the rise of Hitler. Then most rabbis changed their mind and came on board by doing various mental gymnastics and misusing their writings.

        In more recent decades Zionism has made good use of religion, especially the God gave us mantra, as was recently done by Netanyahu.

        The inherent inhumanity is part of the human condition, inevitable when the philosophy is the end justifies the means and might is right.

        Zionism is the epitome of selfishness and the exact opposite of true religion.

      • seafoid
        October 7, 2011, 5:27 pm

        “Nah, Zionism was built around the rejection of religion”

        Originally it was but the balance sheet came under pressure subsequently and they merged it with the religious and as “Max” used to say in the intro to Hart to Hart “when they met, it was murder” Literally.

      • Real Jew
        October 8, 2011, 10:48 am

        Right on the money John. Well said

      • john h
        October 7, 2011, 4:16 pm

        Yes Sherri, this is what Zionism is, plain for all with eyes to see.

        I so honor Bassem Tamimi, such a vivid contrast to everything Zionism stands for, a light that exposes its deep darkness. Last month I twice posted his statement here.

        His trial began on 25 September but no further word has yet been published on

        This man is the epitome of true religion, as were Ghandi and King.

      • annie
        October 8, 2011, 11:08 am

        john, his trial has been postponed.

        RAMALLAH: The Israeli military prosecution has canceled the hearing in the case of West Bank protest organizer, Bassem Tamimi, which was scheduled for Sunday.

        The military prosecution announced Thursday that the hearing in Bassem Tamimi’s trial scheduled for coming Sunday will be canceled due to the prosecutor’s inability to attend. Tamimi is imprisoned since late March this year, but no witnesses has yet been heard by the court.

        Tamimi’s wife, Nariman said, “My husband is rotting in their jail for nearly half a year because he dared organizing peaceful protest against the theft of our lands, but not one shred of evidence has yet been heard by the judge. But their vindictiveness won’t stop us — we will continue demanding our freedom and our rights”.

      • john h
        October 8, 2011, 4:40 pm

        Thanks annie, but what I wrote is the latest that seems to be available. The first session took place on 25 September, with a military commander making allegations.

      • annie
        October 8, 2011, 5:59 pm

        of course john, i just spaced out on the month! i saw the 8th and thought it was written today. oops.

  5. split
    October 7, 2011, 10:28 am

    Locked and transported in US donated Van ,…

  6. Mndwss
    October 7, 2011, 11:06 am

    Al Araqeeb village destroyed for the 30th time!

    And a video showing how homeless inferior people is treated.

    Albert Einstein was intelligent enough to emigrate when the Tea Party of that era took power.

    Maybe all the Palestinians should leave before it is to late?

    I hope they will not have to, but history has shown what can happen to minorities in right wing countries.

    And also maybe all the Muslims should leave the US, before the Tea Party-people start dressing in burkas and setting fire to churches to fuel the hatred?

    • Mndwss
      October 7, 2011, 12:54 pm

      Are you going to the party?
      Going to the Boston Tea Party?
      Going to the party?
      Going to the Boston Tea Party?
      Going to the party?
      Going to the Boston Tea Party?
      Going to the party?
      Going to the Boston Tea Party?

      Redcoats in the village and there’s fighting in the streets
      The Indians and the mountain men, well they are talking when they meet
      The king has said he’s gonna put a tax on tea
      And that’s the reason y’all Americans drink coffee

      “Redcoats in the village and there’s fighting in the streets”

      US army in the village and there’s fighting in the streets….

      Are you going to the party in Afganistan?

  7. Sherri Munnerlyn
    October 7, 2011, 12:05 pm

    I did find out Bassem Tamimi’s trial started back, I just read of testimony of an IDF official, speaking of Tamimi directing “forces” of children to attack the IDF with rocks. This soldier spoke of seeing Tamimi on a roof once in January yelling in Arabic, which the soldier admitted he had no understanding of. But he, the IDF official, was convinced Tamimi was ordering the “forces” of children to launch attacks with their arsenal of rocks. What a farce of a trial this is

  8. Chu
    October 7, 2011, 12:27 pm

    The more people watch videos like this, the more they will
    realize how rotten the occupiers are. Keep it up Israel. Let
    the growing crowds watch your actions.

  9. Saleema
    October 7, 2011, 12:28 pm

    That hurt.

    I once had a dream, I was lost and kept driving on a highway, when I finally stopped and asked for directions. It was the house of a Jew. He had little kids playing inside. And a Palestinian woman was cleaning his table.

    When I told of my dream to my mom she said that many Palestinians work as servants in Jewish homes. To be a servant in your former home to your oppressor–thinking about it had made my heart heavy at the time.

    This video had made me feel worse.

    • Chu
      October 7, 2011, 1:55 pm

      yeah, total nightmare scenario. Being the servant
      of the house you once lived in. I was just think of this
      yesterday, as it’s really a long-term hostage situation.
      Being occupied by trashy invaders who claim that God has given them this land, all the while they claim to be so far socially advanced, with their technology and medical improvements. It’s what makes support of Israel so disgusting at its very core.

    • split
      October 7, 2011, 5:00 pm

      “And a Palestinian woman was cleaning his table”
      That’s what they need them for. A locked up at night in a designated “swiss cheese” ghettos, impoverished by blockades a bunch of gastarbeiters (on call) with hungry kids (that disappears at night) for a borderline slave labour that the Jew would never touch.

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