Update: Israeli soldiers manhandle European diplomats seeking to aid demolished Palestinian village

French diplomatUpdate: Reuters is reporting that Israeli soldiers manhandled a French diplomat in the standoff at a Bedouin village in the Jordan Valley. She is shown in the photo above– I believe that to be Marion Castaing.

Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats on Friday and seized a truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week.

A Reuters reporter saw soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank , and yank a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents.

“They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity,” French diplomat Marion Castaing said.

“This is how international law is being respected here,” she said, covered with dust.

The Israeli army and police declined to comment.

Locals said Khirbet Al-Makhul was home to about 120 people. The army demolished their ramshackle houses, stables and a kindergarten on Monday after Israel ‘s high court ruled that they did not have proper building permits….

“It’s shocking and outrageous. We will report these actions to our governments,” said one EU diplomat, who declined to be named because he did not have authorisation to talk to the media.

“(Our presence here) is a clear matter of international humanitarian law. By the Geneva Convention, an occupying power needs to see to the needs of people under occupation. These people aren’t being protected,” he said.

Original report on our site:

On Monday, Israel demolished a Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley, Mak-hul.Today there is breaking news that a French diplomat has placed herself in the way of Israeli forces trying to prevent the delivery of tents to the villagers. The report, from a reliable source:

As many of you know, a diplomatic convoy accompanied a delivery of tents to Mak hul today for the people who lost their homes in the demolition of the community on  Monday.

 

The Israel Civil Administration has moved to confiscate the truck with the tents. A French diplomat is sitting in the truck to prevent confiscation.

 

Reuters TV and main correspondent is there from the morning and is capturing it all.

 

 

We have confirmation from the French Consulate… [of this information, now going out on twitter:]

 

French diplomat sitting in truck full of humanitarian aid in demolished # Palestine village Makhul to prevent confiscation from Israeli soldiers

 

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  1. pabelmont says:

    The EU nations continue to support Palestinians and “Palestine” in various small ways, and I am grateful, but they do not get down to the “nut” of the problem — ending the occupation (or at least removing the settlers). For this there must be real, massive, and sustained international pressure, the so far missing “S” in “BDS”. IOt might be gradually applied, but the promise of “real, massive, and sustained” is necessary if Israel is to “see the light”, realize “the jig is up” (as to settlement and as to pre-peace Israeli life on the territories occupied in 1967). See my article on the subject”.

    • Shmuel says:

      You’re absolutely right, pabelmont, that nothing will change without significant pressure on Israel. In some ways, insignificant pressure, such as the recent European Commission Notice, is worse than no pressure at all — another kind of “Do not tutch” sign.

      • Walid says:

        Shmuel, Mustafa Barghouti is currently circulating a petition in Gaza and the WB to put an immediate stop to the negotiations charade. He believes that a million Palestinians will be signing it and from that he will be asking Palestinians to boycott all goods being imported from Israel proper and the settlements. Barghouti is saying that since the Palestinians constitute Israel’s biggest export client, the way to really hurt it is by boycotting its products. There was such a movement 2 or 3 years back but it limited to goods from the settlements and Israel had threatened reprisals against boycotters.

        • mondonut says:

          Walid says: Shmuel, Mustafa Barghouti is currently circulating a petition in Gaza and the WB to put an immediate stop to the negotiations charade.
          ===============================================
          Further demonstrating the incoherence of the Palestinian body politic, so go ahead and put it on display for the world to see.

        • Shmuel says:

          Palestinians constitute Israel’s biggest export client

          That can’t be right. The EU accounts for 26% of Israeli exports, and the US for even more than that. Even if Barghouti was only referring to consumer goods, it sounds very unlikely.

          Besides, Israel has the Palestinian economy in a stranglehold, controlling local production, distribution (even within the OPT), energy, imports and tax revenues. High levels of unemployment and poverty also ensure that many Palestinians just buy whatever’s cheapest (although they might be happy to sign a petition). Should the initiative ever take off, I have little doubt that Israel could crush it in a second, and the only ones who would suffer would be Palestinians.

        • seafoid says:

          Shmuel
          The EU is 27 countries so perhaps individual countries rather than the bloc are compared.

        • Shmuel says:

          The EU is 27 countries so perhaps individual countries rather than the bloc are compared.

          28, but who’s counting ;-)

        • Walid says:

          Shmuel, I was thinking about food only. Max in the interview with Phil said that the Palestinians constitute Israel’s second biggest export market.

          I agree the chances of success of a total boycott are slim because it’s as Max said in the interview, most of their food comes from Israeli plantations and they can’t keep up a boycott of food very long, especially that Israel controls all of the Palestinians’ imports which include fuel for transportation and for generating electricity. Even the inflow of medicine is controlled by Israel so is all assistance from foreign welfare groups. But even if chances of succes are slim, what else can the Palestinians do?

        • Shmuel says:

          Shmuel, I was thinking about food only. Max in the interview with Phil said that the Palestinians constitute Israel’s second biggest export market.

          As Max also points out, it’s classic colonialism. The Palestinians are really screwed (for a change). I think the Palestinian-led initiative for international BDS is the only way to go, alongside raising Palestinian awareness. I’m not sure what Mustafa Barghouti has in mind, but I would guess his initiative falls into the latter category. After all, if he wanted to call a boycott, why didn’t he just call a boycott. Why the petition?

        • Walid says:

          Shmuel, the purpose of the petition is to put a stop to the negotiations underway because the Palestinians are being kept in the dark by their leaders and they don’t trust them. We’ll surely hear more from him as his petition movement gathers speed. He wants his boycott to be in addition to Omar Barghouti’s BDS efforts. What Mustafa Barghouti is preaching is that negotiations should stop and the Palestinians should forge ahead with the UN membership as well as file claims with the ICC. He’s pissed-off that the PA has consented to a freeze on the UN and ICC for 9 months without getting anything in return from Israel other than a few prisoner releases and the killings of a few Palestinians and continued raids into Palestinian homes.

        • Hostage says:

          Further demonstrating the incoherence of the Palestinian body politic, so go ahead and put it on display for the world to see.

          I don’t think so. Abbas stated back-up plan is to take the matter back to the UN, ICJ, and ICC if the negotiations fail. Abbas had already promised to conduct a public referendum that would allow any results of this negotiated track to be abandoned by popular demand. A few weeks ago the official spokesmen for Abbas and the PLO Executive said that Israel had violated the bases for conducting the talks in the first place as outlined in a memorandum of understanding supplied by Kerry himself.

        • Walid says:

          Hostage, Abbas’ term in office including the automatic 1 year extension have expired 2 or 3 years ago; under what authority is he now negotiating on behalf of Palestinians?

        • Shingo says:

          Further demonstrating the incoherence of the Palestinian body politic, so go ahead and put it on display for the world to see.

          The incoherence belongs to Israel’s policy of claiming to support a Palestinian state, and insisting on negotiating it while they gobble it up.

          It would be incoherent for the Palestinians to sit back and act as enablers by indefinitely prolonging referring Israel to the ICC.

        • Hostage says:

          Hostage, Abbas’ term in office including the automatic 1 year extension have expired 2 or 3 years ago; under what authority is he now negotiating on behalf of Palestinians?

          Abbas was re-elected as Chairman of the PLO Executive. I’ve explained that many times here in the past. that makes him the President of the State of Palestine, not the President of the PA.

          The PA was only an interim creature of the Oslo Accords between the PLO and the State of Israel. It was created to serve as a municipal government that would only take care of a limited number of domestic chores in a small portion of the territory of Palestine. It is the PLO which is the Palestinian national entity that has been serving as the provisional government of the State of Palestine under the terms of the 1988 Algiers Declaration and conducting all of the foreign relations on behalf of the PA under the terms of the now lapsed Oslo Accords. The Executive and Central Committees of the PLO have the power to establish governments and to remove them for lack of confidence.

          If you read the Declaration of the formation of the provisional Government of the State of Palestine, 15 November 1988, you’ll see that it specifically stipulated that the PLO Executive Committee and Central Committees would establish the governments and that no proposed government could take office without the adoption of a PLO motion of confidence. link to unispal.un.org

          The 2003 Basic Law and 2005 amendments that you referred to explicitly stated that it had not altered the role of the PLO. It was only promulgated as an interim measure by the Central Committee of the PLO and signed by the Chairman of the PLO. link to palestinianbasiclaw.org

          So let me ask you, what keeps the PLO from absorbing or abolishing the PA, like it did last January when Abbas issued the decree redesignating it as the Government of the State of Palestine?

        • Walid says:

          You’re correctly making it sound like it’s just another Mid-East dictatorship, whether it calls itself the PA or the PLO. Mahmood Abbas that is referrered to as President or Chairman of either the State of Palestine or the PLO was elected by the people in December 2005 for a 5-year term that included a 1-year extension. Since that term expired in 2011, under what authority is Abbas and his group currently negotiating with Israel?

          Can’t help thinking that the move by Abbas last year served no other good purpose but to cover up or facilitate something or other by Israel

        • Hostage says:

          You’re correctly making it sound like it’s just another Mid-East dictatorship

          Well I don’t support the idea, you just asked me to explain its basis. BTW, unelected or self-appointed armed revolutionary councils are hardly limited to the current era or the Middle East. Our own Continental Congress exceeded its legal mandate from a handful of property-owning voters when it declared independence and used forced re-enlistments, drum head court martials, and firing squads to maintain its own armed forces. There was no legal basis for any of that in its original charter.

        • bintbiba says:

          I wish we ‘diasporados’ could sign on as well!
          Negotiations…..what a farce, who do they think they’re kidding.

        • bintbiba says:

          Negotiations…..what a pathetic,pointless,corrupt farce.

    • Citizen says:

      Israel has the obligation as occupying power to take care of the basic needs of those it occupies, but Israel does not pay for its occupation; the US/EU pay for it. And the illegal settlements keep expanding. US veto protects against making Israel accountable, and gives Israel $8.5 M per day, plus interest, as well other freebies like Iron Dome & underwriting Israel’s debt. There’s a major incentive for Israel to just keep on doing what it’s doing.

    • pmb1414 says:

      Sanctions must come from Europe, Asia and other parts of the world. The United States is so hopelessly devoted to Israel that the clueless American taxpayer will gladly suffer the increase in support to make up the difference. Telling Americans the truth about the Israeli occupation and ongoing ethnic cleansing is like telling a five year old there is no Santa Claus- most refuse to even discuss it. The Israel lobby has won- the American media and the US Congress dare not cross it.

  2. seafoid says:

    How did Judaism end up entangled in this neo-Cossack episode? A great mystery. Maybe G-d is testing His people again.

  3. seafoid says:

    Abuse happens when there is nobody to protect the victim. Abusers hate to be confronted by people who are on the same level as them and know what they are doing is abusive and intolerable.

    Zionism is like systematic prison rape of the Palestinian people. There is nobody to protect them.
    And then a diplomat comes along.

    • Walid says:

      “Zionism is like systematic prison rape of the Palestinian people”

      Sounds like it’s on the same railroad track as was the Jonestown cult but on a much bigger scale. Will its end be the same?

  4. American says:

    Need more people doing this…doing somethng on the ground in their face.
    Need important publc figures, movie stars, politicans, world renown figures, to put themselves rght out there in the way of Isrhell and dare them to go thru them in full view of the world.

  5. seafoid says:

    “By the Geneva Convention, an occupying power needs to see to the needs of people under occupation. These people aren’t being protected,” he said”

    When TSHTF of course Israel will be screaming for international law . But Zionism is on a roll and human rights are for leftists and nothing to do with chosen people.
    Imagine somehow getting in touch with the Hungarian Jews who died at Auschwitz and relating the Jewish future to them.

    • miriam6 says:

      Seafoid@;

      Imagine somehow getting in touch with the Hungarian Jews who died at Auschwitz and relating the Jewish future to them.

      Yuck.

      Way to go seafoid, yet again.

      When you are not busy exploiting Ariel Castro’s victims ( victims of one man’s pathology , NOT a political conflict ) to make a cheap point empty of any true morality and intelligent thoughtfulness, you instead return to the morbid exploitation of the dead Jews of Europe.

      You evidently choose to invoke , as the most leading example to hand , that of the Hungarian Jews specifically in order to score a cheap anti – Zionist point.

      And yet again you have chosen to tastelessly exploit the now silenced dead whose views on the subject of Israel and the Jewish future cannot be known, simply in an attempt to gain the higher moral ground.

      How cheap of you.

      In the first place you are assuming that those Jews were all to a fault ardent anti -Zionists just like you.

      What gives you the right to presume to know anything at all about those people and the right to use the dead in such a fashion?

      Somehow , rather than presenting those murdered people as fully human with faults and failings of their own you opt turn them into paragons of virtue who, for example, would NEVER have supported Zionism.

      If you ever watched Claude Lanzmann’s documentary ‘Shoah’ you will have watched an interview with Filip Muller , a 20 year old Czech Jew who was a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz.

      Filip Muller described how he watched Czech Jews on the verge of being gassed not only singing the National Anthem of their native Czechoslovakia – but also singing the Hatikvah , an anthem you have previously expressed your condescending repulsion for.

      Suddenly, like a chorus, they all began to sing. The whole undressing room rang with the Czech national anthem, and the Hatikvah.

      link to auschwitz.dk

      I would say all in all Muller was in a far better position to witness the humanity of those Jewish victims of Nazi genocide than you.

      So why don’t you try to make your moralising arguments WITHOUT exploiting the dead about whom you know nothing other than that they were murdered.

      • Shingo says:

        In the first place you are assuming that those Jews were all to a fault ardent anti -Zionists just like you.

        So does the elected prime minister of Israel, who claims to speak for all Jews.

        What gives you the right to presume to know anything at all about those people and the right to use the dead in such a fashion?

        The same right that you ignorantly assumed about Ali Abunimah.

      • seafoid says:

        Miriam

        It’s not “the Hatikvah”

        Ha means “the” in Hebrew.
        But do carry on.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        “you instead return to the morbid exploitation of the dead Jews of Europe.”

        miriam, until you condemn the state of israel’s morbid exploitation of the dead Jews of Europe to cover all of their crimes against humanity in Palestine, you really have no room to talk.

  6. Walid says:

    ““By the Geneva Convention… ”

    Didn’t the Oslo short-circuit that provision? Arafat was not the saint he is made out to be.

  7. Obsidian says:

    ““They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity”.

    I thought that diplomatic immunity meant that diplomats were largely immune from most criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits.

    • Ellen says:

      Obsidian, what you think is wrong. A diplomat cannot be forced to the ground at gunpoint and manhandled by police in such a situation. Nor is a diplomat immune of criminal prosecution in all cases.

  8. Mike_Konrad says:

    Rightly, or wrongly, Israel sees this as existential. Giving any ground – to their their thinking – is acceding to their own demise.

    If you call for BDS, the first thing they will do is fire and layoff any Arab workers (in both pre-1967 Israel and Judea and Samaria) in order to give the jobs to those Jews hit hard by BDS.

    The first consequence will by laid-off Arabs.

    The second consequence will be a Gaza even more under starvation. The Egytpian, now under the rule of a Nasserist secular military, will do NOTHING to alleviate any problems in Gaza. A few hundred thousand dead Gazans would suit them just fine – less allies for the Muslim Brotherhood whom they are fighting right now.

    The Arab states do NOT give a damn about the Palestinians, except as a football to destroy Israel. It is the West, far more that the Saudis, more than the North Africans, more than Lebanon, or even Syria, which has been subsidizing UNRWA.

    The Palestinians do not have the stored up food nor meds to withstand an economic siege as their unemployment rates reachs 100%.

    As the sanctions progress, the Israelis will cut off totally any travel between Arab areas. TOTALLY! Not just merely make difficult – as they do today – but shut it down TOTALLY!

    If the sanctions still persist, settlers will range in with Hebrew equivalents of einsatzgruppen and start shooting.

    The Jews in Israel will NOT go down without a major fight. If nothing else, they will kill the Palestinians en masse before making any major concessions.

    Israel will not go down without a major transcontinental World War.

    All your fancy theories, and wonderful dreams, mean nothing against that fact.

    You are going to have to deal with that.

    They will fight down to the very last bunker.

    • Obsidian says:

      @Mike

      End your Jew obsession and get a life while you’ve still got the time.

      • Mike_Konrad says:

        I am not the one rooting on those trying to remove Jews from their ancient homeland.

        Who is the obsessive?!

        • miriam6 says:

          Mike_Konrad@:

          For Goodness sake’s Mike..

          Do take a chill pill Mike..( or whatever it is the young and hip folks say these days..)

          Who is the obsessive?!

          Mike, – Obsidian is the one who is actually Israeli..

          They will fight down to the very last bunker!?!!!?!

          You are the one saying that folks like him should fight to the very last drop of THEIR blood.

          In other words , – not YOUR blood.

          The BLOOD of someone ELSE!!

          On your behalf!

          Personally I think Obsidian is offering you some sound advice…

          Though your posts do make me giggle sometimes.. A lot on this occasion ..usually its stormin’ NormanF’s comments I giggle at..

    • So if they don’t co-operate with their own persecution and subjugation, you will just make it even worse and more blatant. And write neofascist bilge about how heroic you are, and how you are ‘forced’ to steal and kill in order to perpetuate a hoary old myth of racist entitlement. Sad, deplorable, pathetic and a quite disturbing exposure of the psychosis in zionism.

    • American says:

      “The Jews in Israel will NOT go down without a major fight. If nothing else, they will kill the Palestinians en masse before making any major concessions.You are going to have to deal with that. They will fight down to the very last bunker’’ ….Conan the Barbarian ..aka…Mike_Konrad

      In the words of our great wur leader, George the uncurious,…..’Bring It On’……..heheheheh.
      You so dumb.

      ♫…./suicide is painless, It brings on many changes ./♫…

    • seafoid says:

      Israelis are not going to fight to the last bunker if the bunker doesn’t have wifi.

      “They will kill the Palestinians en masse before making major concessions ”

      Sure they will. Most Israelis may be deluded but they are decent people.

      • Ecru says:

        @ seafoid

        Most Israelis may be deluded but they are decent people.

        I know this is stating the obvious but so were the German people. And they hadn’t had decades of “we’re in existential threat,” “the whole world hates us only because we’re Jews,” “aaaarrrghhh remember the holocaust!” paranoia rammed down their throats.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        “Most Israelis may be deluded but they are decent people. ”

        Most israelis vote for parties with policies specifically aimed at oppressing Palestinians and destroying their lives. Nothing “decent” in that.

    • just to be clear, you are saying that Mr Weiss’s mistake, is that he and many others have completely underestimated how vile Zionism really is?

    • Shingo says:

      They will fight down to the very last bunker.

      No they won’t. They talk a good game but in the end, these people are a bunch of cowards who couldn’t hack having their lifestyle taken away from them. They could do what you said to the Palestinians which in turn,would invite even harsher sanctions and further bloody Israel’s already tattered image.

      When Palestinians start starving, then there will be no turning back for world opinion.

    • RoHa says:

      “The Arab states do NOT give a damn about the Palestinians, except as a football to destroy Israel.”

      But why would the Arab states want to destroy Israel?

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        “But why would the Arab states want to destroy Israel”

        They don’t. It’s a lie to satisfy the zionists’ bigotry. Like the lies about the Jews used to support the Nazi state, this is a lie to support the zionist state.

      • Walid says:


        “The Arab states do NOT give a damn about the Palestinians, except as a football to destroy Israel.” (MK)

        But why would the Arab states want to destroy Israel?” (RoHa)

        I don’t see any Arab state trying to destroy Israel; au contraire, I see a few bending backwards to normalize relations with it.

    • RoHa says:

      “The Jews in Israel will NOT go down without a major fight. If nothing else, they will kill the Palestinians en masse before making any major concessions.”

      Unlike seafoid, I fear you may be right about that. But if that is the sort of people they are, then we have to find some way of destroying their society.

      • yrn says:

        Roha

        “if that is the sort of people they are, then we have to find some way of destroying their society.”

        Lets read some ideas.
        How can we destroy the Israeli Society ???

        • amigo says:

          “Lets read some ideas.
          How can we destroy the Israeli Society ???”yarn.

          No need to help destroy Israeli society.Zionism has hi jacked it and is doing a fine job of destroying with help from dingbats like you.

          Keep up the good work fella.

    • SQ Debris says:

      Con-rad”They will fight down to the very last bunker” ..?

      Bunker-shmunker. Is that why the lines of Israelis waiting to apply for passports at the Polish and German embassies are so long? Israeli society is, by and large, comfortable with their pre-60s State of Alabama routine. That can change in a heartbeat. The day Israeli society can no longer ignore the murderous oppression of the natives because of BDS, sanctions, the ICC, or ye old “wet work,” the departure lounge at Ben Gurion will be bursting at the seams.

    • eljay says:

      >> The Jews in Israel … will kill the Palestinians en masse before making any major concessions.

      This sentence summarizes quite nicely just how hateful, unjust and immoral are Zio-supremacists.

      • seafoid says:

        “The Jews in Israel … will kill the Palestinians en masse before making any major concessions.”

        And the Germans killed the Jews on Eastern Europe en masse before making the concession of East Prussia…

        But I don’t know how it all fits into the Bible narrative

  9. west let their citizens be humiliated by israel..just antoher day.

  10. seafoid says:

    I wonder what Dan Crowther makes of Israeli soldiers taking part in these missions which are all about dispossessing civilians.

    I’m reading “Generation Kill” by Evan Wright at the moment, about the Marines’ First Recon Battalion in Iraq.
    link to amazon.com

    They end up shooting an Iraqi Bedouin kid.

    “Gunny Wynn is harsher. “We’re American, he lectures the men. “we must be sure when we take a shot that we are threatened. You have got to see that these people are just like you. You’ve got to see past the huts, the camels, the different clothes they wear. They’re just people. The family here might lose a son. We shot their camels too. If you kill one camel, that could be a year’s income. We’re not here to destroy their way of life

    But those Israelis are there precisely to do that. I’m not here to defend the Iraq invasion. But it seems there is a massive difference between the US Marines and the elite Israeli units. What sort of military honor can the IDF have ? Over 1300 children killed since 2000. What sort of army kills children?

    link to pchrgaza.org

    “Taking into account the 2012 casualties, the number of people killed since 2000 by Israeli forces and Israeli settlers rose to 6,986, of which 5,314 were civilians, comprising 76% of the victims.

    Of the people killed, 3,544 were in the Gaza Strip and 1,770 in the West Bank. The civilian victims included 1,304 children (25%), of whom 958 were in the Gaza Strip and 346 in the West Bank.”

    • Obsidian says:

      “What sort of army kills children?”

      Uhh…Didn’t you just say that the US Marines shot a Bedouin kid?

    • I saw the HBO series “Generation Kill.” In the next to last episode, Marines 1/5 was mentioned (the episode when they were chilling in the motor pool).

      Here is my connection to Marines 1/5 –

      My friend’s son was with Marines 1/5 for the fall of Baghdad. When I asked him what his experience over there was, the first words out of his mouth were, “We killed people for no reason.” He went on to relate how their checkpoints would regularly open up on approaching vehicles that often were full of nothing but women and children because maybe they didn’t slow down enough or heed hand signals properly. He also had to render aid to these same occupants with wounded children screaming in anguish and terror next to their dead or dying mothers and aunts.

      He told of a six year old girl with the back of her skull blown off by a rifle round stumbling about unaware of anything but her dead mother on the ground. He said he learned first hand just how much we were all lied to about Iraq. His attitude was, “Support the troops, but not the mission” (this sentiment gets regularly mocked on right wing sites).

      Several of his friends I met at his homecoming never came back from their next tour of duty. I listened to my friend’s son talk openly and honestly about his combat experiences. He told me things that were traumatic just to hear them, let alone be there. I am glad he is a well-adjusted young man and seems to view his role there with a calm stoicism; but I’m sure he bears a psychic burden as well. You cannot be a thinking, feeling person and not be affected by those images.

      [UPDATE from when I first posted this - Adam has been diagnosed with PTSD, but his father says he gets ZERO help from the VA because he falls under the 60% designation]

      “I like shooting, and I love hunting. But I never did enjoy killing anybody. It’s my job. If I don’t get those bastards, then they’re gonna kill a lot of these kids we got dressed up like Marines. That’s just the way I see it.” – Marine Sniper Carlos Hathcock (May 20, 1942 – February 23, 1999)

      • NoMoreIsrael says:

        In the post-Vietnam era, it’s impossible for me to have any sympathy whatsoever for US GIs. They willingly signed on with a terror organization that massacred 3-5 million people in Indochina with napalm, torture, cancer-causing chemicals and high explosives. There can never be any excuse for participation in the US military and I’m tired of the same “shoot and cry” nonsense we hear from the IDF filth. They belong in prison. Period.

    • OlegR says:

      /What sort of army kills children?/

      United States Army,Russian army , Chinese army, any army kills children
      it’s the circumstances that might differ and the intent.

      • amigo says:

        “What sort of army kills children?/

        United States Army,Russian army , Chinese army, any army kills children
        it’s the circumstances that might differ and the intent.” O legless r

        You are so right about that.

        “UN: Palestinian children tortured, used as human shields by Israel
        New UN human rights agency report claims Israeli forces arbitrarily arrest Palestinian children in Gaza and West Bank, subject them to degrading treatment, exploit them to scope out potentially dangerous buildings and use them as shields to deter stone throwers.

        link to haaretz.com

        That truly heroic most moral Army created in the cradle known as the light unto the nations.

        Barf.

      • just says:

        “it’s the circumstances that might differ and the intent.”

        What do you mean–”circumstances” and “intent”?

        Killing is killing. When a military does it, it’s still killing.

        This image sent a shiver of shock all the way around the world and helped to end the Vietnam atrocity called war that the US visited upon countless millions.

        link to news.yahoo.com

        The world is witnessing the brutality of Israel– it is not hidden anymore.

        • OlegR says:

          The world witnessed a lot of things the world could not care less…

        • just says:

          You’re wrong.

        • Citizen says:

          @ OlegR
          Yeah, your philosophy is in good company: Hitler’s on record as saying what you say whenever he was faced with a comment suggesting the world might object to what he was contemplating doing next, e.g., “Who remembers what they did to the Armenians?”

        • Ecru says:

          @ OlegR

          The world witnessed a lot of things the world could not care less…

          Bet you wouldn’t be saying that if it was Jews being murdered, your endless bleatings would be heard from here to Tierra Del Fuego.

      • seafoid says:

        You spent too long in Chechnya, habibi

  11. How dare the French use weapons of mass disinfection (sunlight) on the Israelis!

    When the Samson Option is implemented, France will be one of the first up against the wall!

    [sigh]

  12. OlegR says:

    Diplomats has no business attending demonstrations other then observing ,certainly not joining in the action unless they want to be manhandled, arrested and deported …

    • Shingo says:

      Diplomats has no business attending demonstrations other then observing ,certainly not joining in the action unless they want to be manhandled, arrested and deported …

      Israel has no business in being in the occupied territories, certainly not crushing and abusing peaceful demonstrators, unless they want to be suicide attacks to take place in their own state.

    • just says:

      Are you out of your mind? Do you write the “rules”? The Israelis seem to have no sense or respect for international law or for people outside the tribe. Their biggest fear is for the world to actually see their blatant and violent aggression. What provoked the goons? What rules of engagement were they following?

      Too late– Israel is unmasked.

      • OlegR says:

        link to en.wikipedia.org

        In reality, most diplomats are representatives of nations with a tradition of professional civil service, and are expected to obey regulations governing their behavior and they suffer strict internal consequences (disciplinary action) if they flout local laws. In many nations a professional diplomat’s career may be compromised if they (or even members of their family) disobey the local authorities or cause serious embarrassment, and such cases are, at any rate, a violation of the spirit of the Vienna Conventions.

        The Vienna Convention is explicit that “without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, it is the duty of all persons enjoying such privileges and immunities to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State.” Nevertheless, on some occasions, diplomatic immunity leads to some unfortunate results; protected diplomats have violated laws (including those that would be violations at home as well) of the host country and that country has been essentially limited to informing the diplomat’s nation that the diplomat is no longer welcome (persona non grata). Diplomatic agents are not, however, exempt from the jurisdiction of their home state, and hence prosecution may be undertaken by the sending state; for minor violations of the law, the sending state may impose administrative procedures specific to the foreign service or diplomatic mission.

        Violation of the law by diplomats has included espionage, smuggling, child custody law violations, and even murder: In London in 1984, policewoman Yvonne Fletcher was killed on the street by a person shooting from inside the Libyan embassy. The incident caused a breakdown in diplomatic relations until Libya admitted “general responsibility” in 1999.[6]

        • Shingo says:

          The Vienna Convention is explicit that “without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, it is the duty of all persons enjoying such privileges and immunities to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State.”

          The receiving state is Palestine UN this case. The territory she was in has not been legally annexed by Israel.

          the host country and that country has been essentially limited to informing the diplomat’s nation that the diplomat is no longer welcome

          The host country is Palestine.

        • amigo says:

          So much effort and such little result.

          The above law does not apply to occupiers abusing people in their own territory.

          It occurred in Palestine.

          Get that clear in your noggin and you just might stop making a fool of yourself.

    • seafoid says:

      That is what the soviets said to Wallenberg. Hardly surprising to see it recycled into Hasbara.

  13. RoHa says:

    ‘“It’s shocking and outrageous. We will report these actions to our governments,” said one EU diplomat…”

    I don’t think this will make a lot of difference. Most Foreign Ministries in the world already know that an Israeli charm offensive leaves out the charm. But when the decision have to go to the highest levels, the politicians want the co-operation of the big banks for their schemes. They want the support of the media. They don’t want those photographs or the details of that land deal published. So they know they have to forget about little things like international law.

  14. just says:

    Disgusting.

    Israel, WAKE UP! The world is watching and is finally engaged.

  15. RE: “Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats on Friday”

    THE TYPE OF COMMENTS I WOULD EXPECT TO SEE FROM (MOSTLY YOUNG) RIGHT-WING ISRAELIS:
    • Way to go IDF! Good work!
    • Those soldiers deserve medals!
    • What were European diplomats doing on land given by G_d to the Jews? Send them back to Europe!

  16. Kate says:

    Video of incident (not in English, sorry):

    • K Renner says:

      Already you have one hypocrite whining in the comments for the video– Sidney Morais or whatever his name is.

    • Obsidian says:

      LOL!

      I see our ‘diplomat’ with her Prada bag and sunglasses, untouched, haul off and bitch slap the face of an IDF soldier.
      He doesn’t react.

      I demand an apology from the French government.

      • Shingo says:

        I see our ‘diplomat’ with her Prada bag and sunglasses, untouched, haul off and bitch slap the face of an IDF soldier.
        He doesn’t react.

        Most men who are less that psychotic would do the same.

        I demand an apology from the French government.

        Right after you apologize for physically assaulting her and for being on someone else’s land without being invited.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        “I see our ‘diplomat’ with her Prada bag and sunglasses, untouched, haul off and bitch slap the face of an IDF soldier.”

        Typical zio lie. She’d already been assaulted by your uniformed terrorist.

      • talknic says:

        @Obsidian “I see our ‘diplomat’ with her Prada bag”

        Good eyesight there. At what time on the vid is the label of her bag visible? Maybe it’s just the typical Israeli propagandists imagination for bullsh*t

        “untouched”

        Just threw herself in the dirt did she? Oh you didn’t see her in the dirt …..I understand your need. And what did he say to her just before she stopped and turned? His mouth is doing something. Didn’t see that either?

        “He doesn’t react”

        He does actually, then appears to change his mind.

        “I demand an apology from the French government”

        Off you go … whine away

      • lyn117 says:

        “I see our ‘diplomat’ with her Prada bag and sunglasses, untouched, haul off and bitch slap the face of an IDF soldier.”

        In this video, the diplomat slaps the IDF soldier immediately after she was helped to stand up by her colleagues or friends, so it’s clear her slap comes after she was man-handled by the IDF soldiers. Your assertion that she was “untouched” was clearly a lie.

    • ritzl says:

      She (the woman in white/the French diplomat?) smacked the soldier (in retaliation)! @30″

      Love it. Does that make me a bad person?

      Thanks Kate.

      • OlegR says:

        /Love it. Does that make me a bad person?/

        Just a stupid one.
        The diplomat is shown assaulting an official of the host nation.
        This is at minimum a cause for deportation and disciplinary action against her.

        • just says:

          You’ve got it totally backwards. The IOF assaulted diplomats and humanitarians. At least your goons didn’t kill them as they have done so many times before.

          Such a “host”.

        • Hostage says:

          The diplomat is shown assaulting an official of the host nation.

          No the incident took place in the State of Palestine where the aid was being delivered to a Bedouin community in the Jordan Valley that had been illegally destroyed by occupation forces. So, in this case the UN Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations would treat France and Palestine as the sending and receiving states.

          This is at minimum a cause for deportation and disciplinary action against her.

          Not according to the terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Israel is a State Party by the way. She had already been assaulted on camera and forced to the ground. Do you suppose Israel wants to loose the functional benefits that diplomatic immunity provides to their own foreign ministry personnel and see this sort of thing happen to them?

        • Obsidian says:

          @Hostage

          When in the video is she assaulted. I missed it.

        • Obsidian says:

          Here’s yet another, longer video, which fails to show the diplomat being assaulted.

          link to 972mag.com

        • Cliff says:

          OlegR said:

          [...]disciplinary action

          The terrorists in the IDF have no authority but the threat of violence.

          You have no legitimacy – just a monopoly on violence. Any assault on the IDF and the political agency of Jewish colonialism is legitimate.

          Get out of Palestine you thief.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          The diplomat deserves a medal. the uniform pig terrorist deserved more than a push. (all of you do.)

          If the EU had guts, they’d recall their diplomats and break off relations with the apartheid state.

        • Shingo says:

          The diplomat is shown assaulting an official of the host nation.

          The host nation is Palestine and the official is involved in the process of carrying out crimes against human rights and the GC.

          This is at minimum a cause for deportation and disciplinary action against her.

          Actually , UNSC242 says those thugs have no right to be there, let alone claiming any authority to deport anyone.

        • amigo says:

          “This is at minimum a cause for deportation and disciplinary action against her.” Olegless r

          What right does Israel have to deport someone from a state outside it,s own territory.

          You are the stupid person,(term used lightly) here.

        • OlegR says:

          /Do you suppose Israel wants to loose the functional benefits that diplomatic immunity provides to their own foreign ministry personnel and see this sort of thing happen to them?/

          If Israeli diplomats were to participate in Occupy Wall street demonstrations
          i would expect them to be arrested and deported and then thrown out of the Israeli diplomatic service .

        • Shingo says:

          If Israeli diplomats were to participate in Occupy Wall street demonstrations i would expect them to be arrested and deported and then thrown out of the Israeli diplomatic service .

          The Occupy Wall street demonstrations took place inside the United States, not occupied territory.

          Hasbara fail!

        • Shingo says:

          Here’s yet another, longer video, which fails to show the diplomat being assaulted.

          So how did she get from slapping the IDF thug to being on her back on the ground?

        • talknic says:

          OlegR “If Israeli diplomats were to participate in Occupy Wall street …”

          Wall St is in the US. The occupied territories are not in Israel.

        • just says:

          talknic– I don’t think Oleg is capable of understanding the basic truth here, in spite of so many people attempting to get thru his brick wall. He must be one of the ones who claims all of Palestine as his/theirs…

          Israeli diplomats do far worse things here in the US than trying to deliver humanitarian aid to an Occupied people whose homes have been demolished. AIPAC is chock- full of “diplomats” trying to subvert our foreign policy and national security. Michael Oren has “protested” against our foreign policy in Syria………..if he’s not an Israeli diplomat, then I don’t know what he is……

        • Hostage says:

          If Israeli diplomats were to participate in Occupy Wall street demonstrations i would expect them to be arrested and deported and then thrown out of the Israeli diplomatic service .

          All I see are some diplomats sent to Palestine to deliver some humanitarian aid to the victims of flagrant military aggression. They in-turn are being assaulted by the armed forces of a belligerent occupying power.

          So why are you still trolling this thread with all these dickish and irrelevant comments?

          6. No trolling. Wikipedia defines trolling as “someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response.” That definition is good enough for us. We hope our comment section can feature an engaged and free flowing debate, but we are not interested in commenters whose only aim is to disrupt or sabotage the discussion.

        • Hostage says:

          If the EU had guts, they’d recall their diplomats and break off relations with the apartheid state.

          Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy, has already condemned the confiscation of the aid and the IDF’s actions.

        • ritzl says:

          @OlegR You may be right about the stupid part. Who am I to argue that point. But it sure seems like you Israelis really can’t handle it when free people of equal power fight back, even symbolically. Your, and your government’s, predictable, pathological outrage is noted.

          And what everyone said below about host nation.

        • Hostage says:

          @Hostage

          When in the video is she assaulted. I missed it.

          In the background between 0:13-0:14. There are IDF soldiers assaulting three people and dragging them away from the truck. The Reuters report also noted that the IDF used stun grenades against these people who hadn’t committed any offense. Do you know of any country that has ever allowed a stun grenade to be demonstrated on a jury? I know of at least one here in the USA that wouldn’t allow it and many police departments here have withdrawn them after complaints that their use amounts to criminal assault, link to reason.com

        • miriam6 says:

          Obdsidian@;

          At the bottom of the 972 article there is THIS important Correction

          Correction:

          This article originally questioned whether the border policeman’s weapon was pointed at Castaing in the above image. As can be seen in the image, the officer is simply holding the weapon at his side.

          In the video I mostly see Palestinians being roughly manhandled by the soldiers and one elderly Palestinian man in a prone position on the ground being held in that position by one soldier.

          When the diplomat comes into the camera’s view she is already on the floor. There is no part of the footage that shows how that occurred.

        • miriam6 says:

          Again to my mind the most significant element in this story is that Palestinians are the ones being mishandled.

          Yet it is the alleged manhandling of the European diplomat that becomes almost the sole focus of Weiss’s article and the accompanying photo to the exclusion of the Palestinians themselves whose struggle it actually IS .

          Does that mean Weiss considers the alleged mishandling of a European diplomat to be more newsworthy , noteworthy and important than that of the Palestinians?

          The way Weiss presents the diplomat as being the main ‘victim’ is all about creating propaganda to facilitate further outside meddling by ISM type/ diplomats .
          It’s all about Weiss saying – ‘hey!’ this can only be resolved by intervention by outsiders.
          Weiss’s take on the story is all about him and others like him attempting to create a space for themselves in someone else’s struggle.

          Hence Weiss’s focus on the alleged travails of a European diploma with the issue of the alleged demolishing of Palestinian property in the background.
          No matter that intervention and an imposed intervention at that , particularly in the shape and form of the Oslo Accords , made matters far worse.

          Never mind that ISM types can, in the course of imagining they are ‘helping’ Palestinians , can actually end up putting those Palestinians in further danger.

          On one occasion she confesses to seeing a Palestinian family put in jeopardy through the meddling zeal of the “internationals.”

          “Yesterday,” she recounts, “I watched a father lead two tiny children holding his hand out into the sight of tanks and a sniper tower and bulldozers because he thought his house was going to be exploded. It was our mistake in translation that made him think this….To think that this man felt it was less of a risk to walk out in view of the tanks with his kids than to stay in his house….I felt like it was our translation problems that made him leave.”

          But she is not really remorseful over the ineptitude of interlopers such as herself. “I’m sure it was only a matter of time,” she comments, confident in predicting that the man’s house will be brought down sooner or later — so what difference if the ISM plays with his children’s lives in the middle of a war?

          link to powells.com

          When all is said and done, and especially because no-one can really know exactly what happened, again the Palestinians are the ones that matter.
          European diplomats and ISM types can CHOOSE to come and go and return to the security of their own worlds, but the Palestinians , by sharp contrast , are the ones permanently stuck in the whole situation.

        • Shingo says:

          Does that mean Weiss considers the alleged mishandling of a European diplomat to be more newsworthy , noteworthy and important than that of the Palestinians?

          Lame, lame, lame, lame!!

          Could you be any more dishonest and present a more pathetic argument? Since you starting trolling this blog, all you’ve done is defend Israel’s mishandling of Palestinians, so it rings hollow when you try to feign outrage that it’s not front an center is this one story.

          Phil stated this blog many years ago and in that time he has meticulously covered the abuse of Palestinians at the hands of Israel. This is but one of many thousands of articles.

          If Phill only considered the abuse of Europeans to be newsworthy, there would be only a handful of articles.

          The way Weiss presents the diplomat as being the main ‘victim’ is all about creating propaganda to facilitate further outside meddling by ISM type/ diplomats .

          So one minute you’re insisting that abide of Palestinians is the main issue, the next you are declaring that anyone outside of Palestine who tried to do anything about it is meddling.

          It’s all about Weiss saying – ‘hey!’ this can only be resolved by intervention by outsiders.

          Yes and he woudl be right. In cases of domestic violence, it is universally understood that they way to stop the husband bashing his wife is to step in and separate them as a first and necessary step, not send the wife home with the husband to resolve their differences.

          No matter that intervention and an imposed intervention at that , particularly in the shape and form of the Oslo Accords , made matters far worse.

          Wrong as usual Miriam. Oslo was not an imposed intervention. The Israelis forced that agreement on the Palestinians without outside involvement. Israel came up with Oslo as a way to circumvent UNSC242 and international law.

          On one occasion she confesses to seeing a Palestinian family put in jeopardy through the meddling zeal of the “internationals.”

          Abusive husbands do the same when social services on the police come knocking at the door in response to reports of a domestic disturbance. Your logic suggests it’s not the husband that is at fault, but the wife for winging for help and reporting it. which made him angry.

          And no Miriam, no one is meddling – they are the at the invitation of the Palestinians.

          As usual, you are blaming the rape victim not the rapist. You are a shameful piece of work.

        • - the sole focus of Weiss’s article
          - Does that mean Weiss considers
          - The way Weiss presents
          - It’s all about Weiss saying
          - Weiss’s take on the story
          - Hence Weiss’s focus
          - alleged manhandling
          - is all about creating propaganda
          - outside meddling by ISM type/ diplomats
          - to create a space for themselves in someone else’s struggle.
          - alleged travails
          - the alleged demolishing of Palestinian property
          - ISM types

          The incoherent rambling of miriam6.

          especially because no-one can really know exactly what happened

          In spite of overwhelming evidence of actual crimes (rubble of demolished village, people forcibly made homeless and expected to survive without shelter [or to move elsewhere], attempted deliveries of Red Cross emergency aid, victims’ accounts, journalists/diplomats/aid workers’ eye witness accounts, pictures, videos, etc), apologists for Israeli occupation always take the word of the criminals over that of the crimes’ many victims and eye witnesses.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “Never mind that ISM types can, in the course of imagining they are ‘helping’ Palestinians , can actually end up putting those Palestinians in further danger.”

          This isn’t an example of the ISM putting anyone in danger. As always, the danger is solely caused by the filth in IDF uniforms.

        • Cliff says:

          DISGUSTING trolling comment from the hasbrat Miriam666.

          The diplomat as well as ISM – are there FOR the Palestinians.

          ISM activists have suffered for their solidarity. Some have been MURDERED by your terrorist IDF.

          It’s absolutely revolting that a Zionist Jewish supremacist is lecturing people who put their LIVES in harms way in the racist, apartheid State of Israel.

          Racist Jewish supremacists and THIEVES like you, miriam6, are the problem.

          You abuse and murder the INDIGENOUS Palestinian Arabs whilst transplanting Jews from Brooklyn to colonize PALESTINIAN land.

        • talknic says:

          miriam6

          “Yet it is the alleged manhandling of the European diplomat that becomes almost the sole focus of Weiss’s article and the accompanying photo to the exclusion of the Palestinians themselves whose struggle it actually IS”

          Oh your sudden care for the Palestinians is … well … quite transparent

          It’s a fine example of just how far the Zionist Colonial enterprise will go to maintain its ghastly illegal hold over non-Israeli territories and the territories’ people. Even diplomats are abused

          .“When all is said and done, and especially because no-one can really know exactly what happened”

          Nonsense. The diplomat picking herself up out of the dirt knows. Are you accusing her of being a liar?

        • Hostage says:

          “When all is said and done, and especially because no-one can really know exactly what happened”

          “They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity,” French diplomat Marion Castaing told Reuters.” link to sfgate.com

          So we know that the IDF occupation forces threw a stun grenade at aid workers and diplomats who weren’t violating any law and that they dragged this French diplomat out of the truck and along the ground where they dumped her. Here is a picture of that taken during that assault. Notice that she isn’t just laying on the ground in this picture: link to static2.businessinsider.com

  17. NickJOCW says:

    Google Marion Fesneau-Castaing and there are pages on it. It is extremely useful in a perverse way. Anything to provoke the EU to roll up some sleeves.

    Alon Liel, former Foreign Ministry director-general and ex-ambassador to South Africa wrote recently on the European Foreign Ministers meeting in Lithuania on September 6/7,

    They should recognize that the peace process in the Middle East will not lead to peace while the international community is content to be an observer. The lessons we draw from the past are obvious: the international community must now get into the negotiating room and take responsibility not only in the process but the substance and outcome of negotiations…

    Of course, the Americans are a key player in the peace process in the Middle East. It is John Kerry who has brought the parties together. But only Europe can preserve and promote the parameters on which any viable final resolution relies.

  18. HarryLaw says:

    You could not make this stuff up.. “Israeli officials had been looking to “send a message” to the European Union to express their displeasure at the EU guidelines banning the involvement of EU citizens in settlement operations run in contrary of international law. The message sent today is far beyond what was expected.
    Officials with Israel’s Foreign Ministry also said they are considering filing a formal complaint to the French government because one of the diplomats, a French woman who was thrown violently out of the truck by troops, behaved inappropriately in complaining about it” link to news.antiwar.com

  19. Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats on Friday and seized a truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week.

    IMAGINE if foreign soldiers manhandled Israeli diplomats and seized a truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Haitians whose homes were demolished by a natural disaster.

    Now IMAGINE that the homes were not demolished by an earthquake, but by foreign soldiers.

    Now back to reality — in a world beset by many natural disasters, Palestine is the world’s longest (65 years) Israeli-made UNNATURAL disaster.

  20. Sumud says:

    Fairfax press in Australia covered this in a refreshingly blunt way.

    Israel’s finest are present as a bunch of violent thugs who stole humanitarian aid. Article even includes multiple pictures of the destroyed village:

    Israeli forces manhandle EU diplomats, seize West Bank aid

    Israel’s reputation will continue to worsen around the globe. Journalists need only tell the truth about Israel’s behaviour, nothing more, nothing less.

  21. Kate says:

    The French diplomat was of course using her white privilege (not to mention her diplomatic immunity) to slap the soldier. Any Palestinian who did that would likely be shot.

    • American says:

      Could have been just plain outrage on her part.
      But if white privilege and diplomatic immunity was calculated into it then fine by me…use whatever you got against them.

  22. gingershot says:

    ‘EU demands Israel explain seizure of Palestinian aid’

    - looks like Senior EU authorities (including Ashton) are acting;

    Senior European Union officials demanded that Israel explain why its soldiers seized a truckload of humanitarian aid intended for Palestinians, saying they deplored the confiscation.

    Israeli soldiers attacked European diplomats on Friday and seized tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week.

    A Reuters reporter saw soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yank a French diplomat out of the truck before driving it away.

    “EU representatives have already contacted the Israeli authorities to demand an explanation and expressed their concern at the incident,” a statement issued by the spokesmen for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said on Saturday.

    link to english.al-akhbar.com

  23. NoMoreIsrael says:

    …haven’t read all the posts. I’m a little confused. Was Marion Castaing the woman mentioned who sat in the truck and tried to prevent Israelis from confiscating the humanitarian aid?

    The story is totally outrageous. I actually saw a brief Reuters story in the NY Times. When the page refreshed it was gone and it’s not anywhere on the Times World page either. I wrote to the pubic editor about this.

    (The story about the dead IDF soldier—needless to say—is still up, though the story of an entire community wiped off the earth, the denial of tents for the expelled and the manhandling of European diplomats is evidently not that newsworthy. My blood is boiling right now!)

  24. asherpat says:

    Why don’t you also reveal for the sake of truth that the French diplomat also lashed physically against an Israeli soldier, on film?

    Why don’t you reveal that it is not acceptable for a diplomat to interfere with a judicial process in a friendly nation.

    Actually, perhaps “this shitty little country” isn’t a friendly nation of France.

    • Shingo says:

      Why don’t you also reveal for the sake of truth that the French diplomat also lashed physically against an Israeli soldier, on film?

      So what? He attacked her first, and what’s more, he has no business being there. She does.

      Why don’t you reveal that it is not acceptable for a diplomat to interfere with a judicial process in a friendly nation.

      Why don’t you reveal that it is not acceptable for any IDF soldiers to be in the occupied territories? The IDF is not there to implement any judicial process, they are there to violate the Geneva Convention on human rights.

      The nation she was in is called Palestine, as she was invited to be there.

      Israel is fascist apartheid occupier who has no business being there.

    • Cliff says:

      Who cares if she took a swing at your IDF terrorist.

      She didn’t INSTIGATE/START the harassment.

      Your fellow terrorists did.

    • talknic says:

      asherpat “Why don’t you reveal that it is not acceptable for a diplomat to interfere with a judicial process in a friendly nation”

      It didn’t happen in Israel. The IDF were interfering in the LAWFUL provision of aid to people in non-Israeli territory

      • What ‘friendly’ nation? Since when has israel been friendly to anyone? It browbeats, spies on, intimidates and interferes in other countries business on a continual basis. Hardly the actions of a ‘friend’. If the boot was on the other foot, israel would be howling and screaming about the ‘disrespect’ to its officials, anti-semitic actions blah blah blah. The idf’s actions, as in this example, are those of thugs who believe they have impunity.