Palestinian minister dies after Israeli army assault during olive tree planting ceremony in West Bank village

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Palestinian minister Zaid Abu Ein died this morning after a confrontation with the Israeli army in the West Bank village of Turmusaya outside of Ramallah. Abu Ein, the Palestinian government’s deputy minister for prisoner affairs, was participating in a symbolic walk and olive tree planting ceremony in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, in coordination with Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization.

According to a witness, Abu Ein’s death occurred after the march to Turmusaya’s agricultural land was underway. As the Israeli and Palestinian observers of the rights day holiday walked into the orchards, about 50 soldiers some 300 meters away began firing tear gas and sound grenades, said Yesh Din’s spokesperson Reut Mor, who saw Abu Ein collapse.

Reporting on the Ground

“No stone was thrown, no violence at all and before we even reached them [the Israeli army] they started shooting gas and stun grenades,” said Mor, explaining the event was not a protest, but work-day as Yesh Din had submitted a petition for Israel’s high court to return a portion of the Palestinian village’s land confiscated for the nearby illegal outpost of Adei Ad. They intended to farm land some 300 meters from the outpost. “The head of the municipality thought because it’s International human rights day though that it would be very appropriate to do a press conference and a quiet walk,” continued Mor.

After initial round of dispersants were fired by the army, soldiers approached Abu Ein and a group of Palestinians. At that point a soldier struck Abu Ein in the chest with the back end of his weapon, according to statements Yesh Din collected, Mor related. She did not see Abu Ein until he was lying on the ground. “What I saw is him collapsing.”

“He was going in and out of consciousness,” said Mor adding, “I gave him water.”

“Everyone, more than our team is in a complete state of shock. You know it was a march for international human rights day to plant olives. Nobody dreamed this day would have this kind of ending,” said Mor, adding “we shook his hand before the march he said he was very happy to meet Yesh Din [the Israeli organization].”

Yesh Din has also filed a petition for the Israeli army to investigate criminal wrong doing into the death of Abu Ein.

“We received him at 11:15am. He came dead and we didn’t know the cause of death,” said Dr. Samir Samiba, department head of Ramallah’s hospital’s emergency room, where Abu Ein was taken after his injury. Dr. Samiba noted there were no apparent signs that blunt trauma was the cause of death. The minister’s remains were then transferred for an autopsy to the Abu Dis Institute for Forensic Medicine near Jerusalem.

“The Israel government bears full responsibility for the killing of Minster Abu Ein and the systematic crimes committed against the Palestinian people,” said Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat this afternoon. “This new assassination will have severe consequences. The Palestinian leadership is currently weighing its response.”

Leaders in the Palestinian Authority will meet this evening to discuss possible actions against Israel over the killing of the minister. The Palestinian government has announced all official events will be cancelled for the next three days as a mourning gesture. The minister’s killing comes as Israeli-Palestinian relations have hit a sour point following the collapse of direct negotiations sponsored by John Kerry last spring, the summer war in Gaza, and clashes and violence around Jerusalem in the fall.

Update on official responses:

“The event in which Ziad Abu Ein died is under investigation by the IDF. We express sorrow over his death,” said the Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in a statement. “Security stability is important to both sides and we will continue coordination with the PA.”

“Today we were very upset with the martyrdom of one of our hero, one of our men, one of the freedom fighters in a peaceful protest,” said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this evening, speaking before a meeting of the PLO Executive committee and the Fatah Central Committee. “What happened today is a crime in all meanings and we can’t be silent about it. This leadership is holding a meeting at the moment so we can decide what we want, and frankly, all the options are open for discussion and implementation. And we have no other alternatives.” A statement from the president on the Palestinian Authority’s course of action is expected later tonight.

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  1. OlegR
    December 10, 2014, 11:10 am
    • amigo
      December 10, 2014, 12:18 pm

      “A murderer of two Israeli teens in 1979 (16 and 14 years old) died of heart attack today, during a demonstration what a pity” Oleg R

      A murderer of thousands of Palestinian died today , Jan 11th 2014, after being in a coma for 8 years.

      Only pity is , he did not have to pay the price for his crimes.Maybe he is paying for them wherever he is.

      • lonely rico
        December 10, 2014, 8:07 pm

        amigo
        Only pity is ,he did not have to pay the price for his crimes.
        Maybe he is paying for them wherever he is.

        Maybe paid a price, despair, the diapered sunset of his appalling and hateful life.
        William Cook writes forcefully (The Chronicles of Nefaria) of the encounter of this human wreck with a young woman of humanity.

    • amigo
      December 10, 2014, 12:34 pm

      “A murderer of two Israeli teens in 1979 ” Oleg-less R

      Indeed , another product of Israel,s infamous kangaroo courts.

      Go back to sleep oleg.Israel has enough fools tearing it apart.

      Drip, drip , drip.

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 12:37 pm

        thanks, amigo. You saved me the troll trouble and said it well.

      • amigo
        December 10, 2014, 1:39 pm

        “thanks, amigo. You saved me the troll trouble and said it well.”just

        I caught a bunch of jackdaws tying to annex my cabbage patch to day.I am in no humour for another squawking thief.

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 1:45 pm

        amigo~ that is one of the very best comments I have read in a long, long time!

        Unforgettable.

      • asherpat
        December 11, 2014, 1:31 am

        “Israel,s infamous kangaroo courts”. Amigo, have you read the case documents in which Abu Ein was convicted or you are just talking out of pathos? Have you read ANY court verdicts from Israel on relevant cases? If yes, surely, it will be easy for you to give a supported example of the courts’ “kangaroo-ness”! Pls, indulge us, Amigo.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 11, 2014, 9:50 am

        they torture for info and confessions. don’t they have a 99% conviction rate w/the kids? a fool would take their judgements seriously.

    • eljay
      December 10, 2014, 12:44 pm

      >> OlegReee: A murderer of two Israeli teens in 1979 …

      … was held accountable for the crime he committed. If it is proven that a crime has been committed against him by Israel’s Occupation and Oppression Forces, will anyone be held to account?

    • David44
      December 10, 2014, 12:46 pm

      “Ziad Abu Ain is perhaps the most famous detainee in Israel, having been extradited there from the US in 1981 after a long and controversial court battle. He was convicted of planting a bomb in the Galilee town of Tiberias at Tel Aviv court in 1982 and sentenced to life imprisonment. The evidence against him consisted mainly of confessions from two other detainees, both of whom later retracted their statements saying they were extracted under torture. Abu Ain has consistently denied any involvement in the bombing. ”

      James Dorsey, Journal of Palestine Studies 13.2 (1984), p.184.

      My question for you: why are you so sure that Abu Ain was guilty of those murders? He denied it himself: the supposed evidence against him was retracted by his accusers, and that Israel used torture in the 1980s (and later) is well documented. Certainly his trial did not meet the accepted standards of reliability or justice in civilized societies.

      • justicewillprevail
        December 10, 2014, 5:18 pm

        The tin soldier and his compadres couldn’t care less about the truth, especially as it sounds like he was framed, like so many others. He’s Palestinian, that makes him both guilty and expendable in their eyes.

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 6:29 pm

        thanks for that.

      • Mayhem
        December 10, 2014, 7:15 pm

        Certainly his trial did not meet the accepted standards of reliability or justice in civilized societies.

        And the Palestinians set the standard?
        http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/08/22/hamas-led-gunmen-execute-18-collaborator?videoId=340744514
        Is this what we would get from implementing a Palestinian state? I fear yes. While Israel is repeatedly vilified there is an unattended lack of awareness of the human rights violations committed by the Palestinian government authorities.
        Refer ‘Hidden Injustices -A Review of PA & Hamas Human Rights Violations in the West Bank and Gaza’ at http://jij.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Hidden-Injustices.-Human-Rights-in-the-PA-7.4.13.pdf

      • Mooser
        December 11, 2014, 3:30 pm

        “And the Palestinians set the standard?”

        Nope, couldn’t possibly, they’re under occupation.

      • talknic
        December 12, 2014, 9:31 pm

        @ Mayhem “And the Palestinians set the standard?
        http://www.reuters.com/video/2014/08/22/hamas-led-gunmen-execute-18-collaborator?videoId=340744514

        Executing collaborators is the best you can do? The Żydowska Organizacja Bojowa, Armia Krajowa, Lehi, sentenced collaborators to death and carried out assassinations long before we were granted gratis the territory for a Jewish state. Long before Hamas was formed as a response to 90 yrs of Zionist colonization and some 39 years of Israeli occupation of territories “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”

        “Is this what we would get from implementing a Palestinian state? “

        No. That’s what happens to collaborators under occupation. All you’ve proven is how pathetic Israel’s apologists can be. In that respect BRAVO!!

        You’d have given German collaborators awards rather than the fate they deserved?

        “I fear yes”

        You deserve every sweating moment of the fear you live in

        “While Israel is repeatedly vilified”

        “Israel” is “the Occupying Power” according to the UN Charter and to the International Law the Jewish state obliged itself to uphold. Israel continues to be in breach of Laws, a UN Charter and conventions adopted in large part because of the treatment of our Jewish fellows under the &*#@% Nazis! Breaches you support !

        “there is an unattended lack of awareness of the human rights violations committed by the Palestinian government authorities.”

        Uh huh … https://www.google.com.au/search?q=PA%20hamas%20violations%20against%20Palestinians%20-unwatch%20-Israel

    • a blah chick
      December 10, 2014, 2:25 pm

      And yet Naftali Bennett, an admitted killer of Palestinians, still lives.

    • talknic
      December 10, 2014, 6:23 pm

      @ OlegR

      Uh huh. Like some folk who went on to become leaders of the Jewish state. In positions of power, they continued to illegally acquire other folk’s property in complete contradiction to Judaism’s most basic tenets, continued by consecutive Israeli governments until the present day http://pages.citebite.com/i3x9c8m5l2yat

      • Mayhem
        December 11, 2014, 7:23 am

        Following a joint autopsy, the Palestinian doctor concluded that he died as a result of a blow to his body, not of natural causes. The Israeli doctor said the 55-year-old’s death was caused by the blockage of a coronary artery.

        There you have it, one doctor gives an explanation for cause of death, while the other gives an interpretation that does not explain the death, but satisfies the pro-Palestinian propagandists and contributes to the inflaming of tensions.
        Watching this video you see how one of the Palestinians strikes at the soldiers with his flag pole 
        http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/10/palestinian-minister-dies-israel-soldiers-video-report The Israeli soldiers naturally respond to a clear act of assault.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 11, 2014, 9:45 am

        that little old man w/his flag pole was awesome!

      • eljay
        December 11, 2014, 10:00 am

        >> Mayhemeee: … Israeli soldiers naturally respond to a clear act of assault.

        Yeah, it’s a good thing Israeli soldiers have been occupying territory outside of Israel’s / Partition borders for over 60 years, ready to respond to clear acts of assault against them.

        That they should remain within the borders of their state and avoid clear acts of assault by non-Israelis is simply not an option!

      • talknic
        December 11, 2014, 10:12 am

        @ Mayhem
        “the Palestinian doctor concluded that he died as a result of a blow to his body, not of natural causes. The Israeli doctor said the 55-year-old’s death was caused by the blockage of a coronary artery”

        A blockage to a coronary artery can be caused thru a blow to the body which forms a blood clot … But hey, don’t believe me … http://www.hematology.org/Patients/Clots/

    • Daniel Rich
      December 10, 2014, 6:46 pm

      @ OlegR,

      Here’s a lesson in how to murder people and walk away scot-free. Israeli style.

      FYI: death is a multi-lane highway, not a ‘Jews’ only, one-way street to nowhere.

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 10, 2014, 9:27 pm

      RE: “A murderer of two Israeli teens in 1979 (16 and 14 years old) died of heart attack today, during a demonstration what a pity…” ~ OlegR

      SEE: “‘You are fighting a religious war against gentiles’: What rabbis told Israeli soldiers in Gaza war”, By Mail Foreign Service, The Daily Mail, 3/20/09

      Rabbis in the Israeli army told battlefield troops in January’s Gaza offensive that they were fighting a ‘religious war’ against gentiles, it has been revealed.
      An army commander wrote of the shocking command in an Israeli newspaper today – one day after it emerged that Israeli soldiers were told they could kill innocent civilians during the war.

      ‘Their message was very clear: we are the Jewish people, we came to this land by a miracle, God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land,’ the commander said.
      The account by Ram, a pseudonym to shield the soldier’s identity, was published by the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper in the second day of revelations that have rocked the Israeli military.
      They were leaked from a February 13 meeting of armed forces members to share their Gaza experiences.

      Some veterans, alumni of an Israel Defence Force (IDF) military academy, told of the killing of civilians and their impression that deep contempt for Palestinians pervaded the ranks of the Israeli forces.
      The institution’s director, Danny Zamir, confirmed that Thursday’s published accounts were authentic.
      In longer excerpts in its Friday ‘Week’s End’ edition, the daily quoted ‘Ram’ as saying his impression of the 22-day operation was ‘the feeling of an almost religious mission’. . .
      . . . the rabbinate’s message imparted to many soldiers the sense that “this operation was a religious war”.

      A squad commander from Ram’s Givat Brigade, named as Aviv, recounted his misgivings about orders to break down doors with armoured vehicles and shoot anyone inside, floor by floor. In the event, the order was amended to include ‘operating megaphones’ so advancing troops could tell people they had five minutes to get out or be killed.
      Aviv said ‘there was a very annoying moment’ when he briefed his men and one challenged that order, saying: ‘Yeah? Anyone who is in there is a terrorist, that’s a known fact. . .
      ‘And then his buddies join in: “We need to murder any person who’s in there, yeah, any person who’s in Gaza is a terrorist’ and all the other things that they stuff our heads with, in the media,’ Aviv said. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1163508/You-fighting-religious-war-gentiles-What-rabbis-told-Israeli-soldiers-Gaza-war.html

      • JLewisDickerson
        December 10, 2014, 9:31 pm

        P.S. ALSO SEE: “IDF rabbinate publication during Gaza war: We will show no mercy on the cruel”, By Amos Harel, Haaretz, 1/26/09

        [EXCERPTS] During the fighting in the Gaza Strip, the religious media – and on two occasions, the Israel Defense Forces weekly journal Bamahane – were full of praise for the army rabbinate. The substantial role of religious officers and soldiers in the front-line units of the IDF was, for the first time, supported also by the significant presence of rabbis there.
        The chief army rabbi, Brigadier General Avichai Rontzki, joined the troops in the field on a number of occasions, as did rabbis under his command.
        Officers and soldiers reported that they felt “spiritually elevated” and “morally empowered” by conversations with rabbis who gave them encouragement before the confrontation with the Palestinians.
        But what exactly was the content of these conversations and of the plethora of written material disseminated by the IDF rabbinate during the war? A reservist battalion rabbi told the religious newspaper B’Sheva last week that Rontzki explained to his staff that their role was not “to distribute wine and challah for Shabbat to the troops,” but “to fill them with yiddishkeit and a fighting spirit.”
        An overview of some of the army rabbinate’s publications made available during the fighting reflects the tone of nationalist propaganda that steps blatantly into politics, sounds racist and can be interpreted as a call to challenge international law when it comes to dealing with enemy civilians.
        Haaretz has received some of the publications through Breaking the Silence, a group of former soldiers who collect evidence of unacceptable behavior in the army vis-a-vis Palestinians. Other material was provided by officers and men who received it during Operation Cast Lead. Following are quotations from this material:

        [There is] a biblical ban on surrendering a single millimeter of it [the Land of Israel] to gentiles, though all sorts of impure distortions and foolishness of autonomy, enclaves and other national weaknesses. We will not abandon it to the hands of another nation, not a finger, not a nail of it.” This is an excerpt from a publication entitled “Daily Torah studies for the soldier and the commander in Operation Cast Lead,” issued by the IDF rabbinate. The text is from “Books of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner,” who heads the Ateret Cohanim yeshiva in the Muslim quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem.
        The following questions are posed in one publication: “Is it possible to compare today’s Palestinians to the Philistines of the past? And if so, is it possible to apply lessons today from the military tactics of Samson and David?” Rabbi Aviner is again quoted as saying: “A comparison is possible because the Philistines of the past were not natives and had invaded from a foreign land … They invaded the Land of Israel, a land that did not belong to them and claimed political ownership over our country … Today the problem is the same. The Palestinians claim they deserve a state here, when in reality there was never a Palestinian or Arab state within the borders of our country. Moreover, most of them are new and came here close to the time of the War of Independence.”
        The IDF rabbinate, also quoting Rabbi Aviner, describes the appropriate code of conduct in the field: “When you show mercy to a cruel enemy, you are being cruel to pure and honest soldiers. This is terribly immoral. These are not games at the amusement park where sportsmanship teaches one to make concessions. This is a war on murderers. ‘A la guerre comme a la guerre.'”

        . . . In addition to the official publications, extreme right-wing groups managed to bring pamphlets with racist messages into IDF bases. One such flyer is attributed to “the pupils of Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg” – the former rabbi at Joseph’s Tomb and author of the article “Baruch the Man,” which praises Baruch Goldstein, who massacred unarmed Palestinians in Hebron. It calls on “soldiers of Israel to spare your lives and the lives of your friends and not to show concern for a population that surrounds us and harms us. We call on you … to function according to the law ‘kill the one who comes to kill you.’ As for the population, it is not innocent … We call on you to ignore any strange doctrines and orders that confuse the logical way of fighting the enemy.” . . .

        ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/idf-rabbinate-publication-during-gaza-war-we-will-show-no-mercy-on-the-cruel-1.268849

      • bilal a
        December 10, 2014, 9:34 pm

        Gentiles are a demographic threat, Bienart in Haaretz:

        As a force in American journalism, we certainly have. Jews edit The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Vox, Buzzfeed, Politico, and the opinion pages of The New York Times and Washington Post.

        But it’s unlikely to last. Although the ouster of Wieseltier and editor Frank Foer had nothing to do with their being Jewish, the likely end of TNR’s Jewish sensibility may portend the declining influence of Jewish culture in American intellectual life. One driver of that decline will be assimilation. With the intermarriage rate among non-Orthodox Jews now above 70 percent, Jewish identity in the United States is becoming less and less distinct
        http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.630953#.VIhv5GienjA.twitter

      • Mooser
        December 11, 2014, 3:42 pm

        “With the intermarriage rate among non-Orthodox Jews now above 70 percent”

        No! Seventy percent? 70%? Am I in a Jewish majority? Very strange feeling. For the first time in a quarter-century, I’ve got to ask myself: ‘Can this marriage be savored?’

    • JLewisDickerson
      December 10, 2014, 10:45 pm

      RE: “A murderer of two Israeli teens in 1979 (16 and 14 years old) died of heart attack today, during a demonstration what a pity… “ ~ OlegR

      SEE: “Religious Extremism and Holy War: Jews as Well as Muslims Must Put House in Order”, By Allan C. Brownfeld, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, March 2002, page 85

      [EXCERPT] . . . Within Judaism, as well, we have seen religious fundamentalism and extremism which has led, among other things, to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin because of his efforts to move toward peace with the Palestinians.

      Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir, brought the largely unknown and unreported world of Israel’s religious extremists under public scrutiny. “These are true believers,” said Ehud Sprinzik, a professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a leading Israeli expert on the radical right. “They believe it was God, not so much the Israeli army, but the hand of God that gave them back these lands in 1967. It was God sending a message that he was ready to redeem them. They have built a world of Torah, with Yeshivas, schools, a religious lifestyle. Now this is committing a huge religious sin, a sin against God….”

      Acts of violence by religious zealots in Israel have been increasing. In September 1995, Jewish settlers stormed a Palestinian girls’ school in Hebron, beat its headmistress and injured at least four pupils who took part in a street protest. A municipal spokesman said, “The school is about 20 yards from a Jewish settlement. Some settlers attacked the school and tried to get rid of the Palestinian flag on it. They attacked the headmistress, and even the little girls there, with bottles and pipes.”

      “Holy war has been revived in Israel as a divine obligation to reclaim the whole of the Land of Israel.”

      In another incident, five armed men in Israeli army uniforms, some of them masked, terrorized Halhoul, an Arab village on the West Bank, forcing their way into private houses and interrogating the Palestinians they met. They shot one young man to death as his father watched, bound at the hands and helpless to intercede. Responsibility for the killing was claimed by Eyal, a spinoff of the late Meir Kahane’s Kach movement—the same group implicated in the Rabin assassination.

      Among the most traumatic acts of violence was the February 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinians at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Baruch Goldstein, an American-born physician and ultra-right-wing Israeli settler, gunned them down as they worshiped.

      Goldstein, a militant Zionist from New York, had been a member of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), founded by the late Meir Kahane, who urged his followers to emigrate to Israel and called for the removal of all Arabs from the West Bank. After the violent mass murder at Hebron, Goldstein was viewed as a hero by many of the Israeli settlers. At his funeral, Rabbi Yaacov Perrin declared that “one million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail.” Samuel Hacohen, a teacher in a Jerusalem college, said: “Baruch Goldstein was the greatest Jew alive, not in one way, but in every way…There are no innocent Arabs here…He was no crazy…Killing isn’t nice, sometimes it is necessary.”

      In the eyes of Jewish religious fundamentalists, Yitzhak Rabin committed the ultimate act of betrayal when he signed an agreement in the peace process ceding much of the West Bank of the Jordan River—what the Bible calls the lands of Judea and Samaria—to the Palestinians, and thus also ceding any imminent prospect of creating Greater Israel. His assassin, Yigal Amir, told authorities God had ordered him to kill Rabin.

      The intolerance of Israel’s religious fundamentalists has been growing for many years. Both the Israeli government and leaders in the American Jewish community have repeatedly downplayed the dangers of such movements. Recalling an earlier visit to Israel, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote: “Back in 1980, Rabbi Moshe Levinger, a major force in the Israeli settlements movement, led me through the market at Hebron, wading through Arabs with a contempt and disdain that I found both repulsive and downright scary. Levinger acted as if God has ensured his safety. I, however, had not gotten such a message. Levinger is an important figure for a number of reasons. In the first place, the settlement he and his wife, Miriam, established in Hebron was clearly illegal. The government moved to protect it anyway, and, ultimately, provided it with utilities. Second, Levinger was later convicted of killing an unarmed Arab in a burst of anger—and served no more than 10 weeks in jail. In other words, Levinger has been the personification of the Israeli government’s refusal to come to grips with extremists. Some politicians admire them; others merely want their votes.”

      Amos Oz, Israel’s most celebrated writer, refers to his country’s extremists as “Hezbollah in a skullcap.” He says that Rabin’s death made him realize that “the real battle in the Middle East is no longer between Arabs and Jews but between fanatics of both faiths and the rest of the people in the Middle East who want to find some reasonable compromise.” He states that, “Compromise is synonymous with life itself” and that “the opposite of compromise is not integrity but suicide and death.”

      Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Israeli journalist Yossi Melman notes that, “Dr. Baruch Goldstein was no exception…He was preceded by Elliot Goodman and Craig Latner. In April 1982, Goodman, of Tenafly, New Jersey, stormed into the El Omar mosque on Temple Mount in Jerusalem and fired into a Palestinian crowd. Miraculously, ”˜only’ two worshippers were killed and 11 wounded…Two years later, Latner and three colleagues, all from Jewish neighborhoods in New York, opened fire on a bus carrying Palestinian workers near the same city. Five were injured….Successive Israeli governments…regarded these incidents as isolated, refusing to admit they were products of a larger psychological environment—the Jewish settlers’ movement that had nourished Palestinian hatred. The Israeli government is now paying the price of this accommodating attitude toward Jewish extremism.” . . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.wrmea.org/2002-march/religious-extremism-and-holy-war-jews-as-well-as-muslims-must-put-house-in-order.html

      • Walid
        December 11, 2014, 1:57 am

        “Amos Oz, Israel’s most celebrated writer, refers to his country’s extremists as “Hezbollah in a skullcap. ”

        JLD, off on a tangent, this most celebrated writer that doesn’t hav a clue what Hizbullah is about masquerading as a “compromiser” was in fact a warmonger favourable to the 2006 war on Lebanon and the 2009 war on Gaza. In 2010, Assad Abu Khalil had a long piece on him in al-Akhbar after Lebanon crossed over to the wild side by publishing this Israeli’s autobiography in Arabic in Beirut:

        “Amos Oz: Arab Liberal Love for Israel.
        They want to make of Amos Oz a friend of the Arabs, by force. They want to crown him a king of peace. Those who included a secret clause about normalization with Israel in the Thomas Friedman-Abdullah initiative, they rush to try and vainly influence the political culture of the Arab world. Al-Saud liberal princes enthusiastically promote Amos Oz and his counterparts. They believe him to be a symbol of the “Israeli peace” camp. They try to convince the Arab people of the rightness of Zionism in their midst. That is their desire.

        Amos Oz is a lie. And this lie is a part of a bigger lie about the “Israeli peace camp”. The lie was invented by Arafat’s team (led by Mahmoud Abbas at the time) in the seventies to justify the scrambling behind the freak of a Palestinian mini-nation, surrender to the enemy and to toss the arms very far away. Israeli commentator Gideon Levy exposed them recently in “Haaretz” when he said: “The Israeli peace camp didn’t die. It was never born in the first place”. There is no Israeli peace camp. All of this was a fabricated propaganda by normalization Arabs to convince the Arab people that they need to stop the resistance. And Amos Oz is dear to the heart of Western liberals. They honour him sometimes too much for his own liking. He roams and moans in front of an audience that observes the movement of his eyelids. He mentions the Holocaust in a sentence and the Palestinian “terrorism” in the next one.

        I saw Amos Oz in 1992 in America. I was at the beginning of my teaching career at “Colorado College”. Oz was invited to deliver a public lecture. They came from all over the state to see him. Liberals flocked in the hundreds. I sat in an unobtrusive back seat and I could hear their moaning, and I felt the pain: I could almost hear the audience reach their climax. How grave my exile felt on that long day. I remember that only one British student understood my suffering. She sat next to me and said sympathetically even before Oz started talking: “What’s wrong? I read the expressions of your face”. I said: “If Mahmoud Darwish came to this university, none of these people would show up”. She said: “Don’t be unfair to me”. I was unfair to that student. Then Oz proceeded with a speech that he never tires of repeating in his articles and lectures. I grew more annoyed. I felt suffocated. I remember I kept reciting to myself what poems I memorized about Palestine: even that annoying poem of “Al-Akhtal As-Sagheer” (“The desert came alive complaining its nakedness, then we engulfed it with roar and smoke”, while the Arab armies were reluctant to fight, or were shooting at each other). Amos Oz captured the neediness of the audience. I almost burst. He bragged that he was never non-violent, and that he was proud of his fighting in the army of the enemy in the different wars. And then he invoked the Holocaust (as the Zionists always do and as does Ahmadinejad) in his speech, and he spoke of the signs of the collapse of the Nazi society, and how it started with the abuse of the language. They applauded him long in a standing ovation.
        Then came my turn, or rather, I stole a turn. I stood up and faced the audience, not him (in my unequivocal commitment to boycotting the enemy), without an invitation from anyone, except from Iyad Noureddine Al-Moudawwar, my martyr and my comrade. I said:…

        … Since the nineties, the Al-Saud media have been adopting the logic of surrender to Israel through the exaggeration of the size (although I do not acknowledge its existence) of the so-called peace camp. “Al-Hayat” newspaper and others published praises for Shimon Peres, and the victory of the Labor in the elections became a realization of the promise and an achievement of victory. Ibrahim Al-Arees (who a year ago considered that the “Initiative” between King Abdullah for interfaith dialogue and between Shimon Peres is the greatest initiative in the history of mankind) called on “Al-Jazeera” and Arab media in general to host Amos Oz, because of his positive positions (in his opinion). The release of the book ”A Tale of Love and Darkness” was an opportunity to unleash a Saudi media campaign to urge Arabs to fall in deep love and affection with Amos Oz and other Zionists (Saudi and Hariri media started talking about pressure on Netanyahu from the “right” in his government, and that the Likud has become a middle or left in the Arab media criteria, which deals with «Kadima» as if it belongs to the far left). “The New York Times” published a long article on the Arabic version of the book, and included quotes of Abdo Wazen and bleak comments from Oz, in which he called the Arabs to accept Israel as a “refugee camp”, just like the Palestinian camps. This idiotic analogy wants us to believe that a state which has received more than one hundred billion dollars in American aid since the sixties only, which has a huge arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, which bombed during its history Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, which invaded the Arab countries surrounding Palestine, is comparable to the camp of Sabra and Shatila. Amos Oz preached to the Arabs, and they listened diligently…

        … These Arab liberals (the code name for the horns of Al-Saud, Al Al-Hariri and Al-Nahyan), what do they want? Their shamelessness has no limits. They want the Palestinian people to deduct about 78% of the precious land of Palestine for the Zionist movement, and then demand that people bow to the boots of the occupation army. And then they ask them to read the writings of the Zionists of the usurping entity. Ah, how the words of the “wooden language” sound like music to my ears, and how ecstatic they make me feel! Then, we ask Abdo Wazen and others, why do they stress the need of the Palestinian people to read Israeli writings? Why not ask Arabs to read African or Latin literature, for example? Political objective is obvious from their words that are drowned in the ink of normalization of the initiative of King Abdullah to bow to Israel. Elias Khoury believes that translating Hebrew literature into Arabic is a “necessity” and that “in order to connect at a deep human level”! An urgent need? Why? …”

        Full article:

        http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2010/03/translation-of-my-article-on-amos-oz.html

      • Annie Robbins
        December 11, 2014, 3:24 am

        awesome ;)

      • just
        December 11, 2014, 4:22 am

        What a great and true article, Walid. Many thanks for sharing that today.

        Bookmarked, to share.

      • Walid
        December 11, 2014, 5:36 am

        Just, the thanks are due to the writer of this important article, Asaad Abu-Khalil, a born Shia from a prominent political family in Lebanon’s deep south ( I think he claimed somewhere to have dropped religion). He is interviewed often on major Arabic and Western media as a savy political scientist.

      • just
        December 11, 2014, 7:50 am

        Thank you, Walid.

      • CigarGod
        December 11, 2014, 9:57 am

        Geez…”it was a miracle that brought us here”?
        What is that iatola saying? The holocaust was a miracle? Getting on a boat and displacing an indigenous people was a miracle? History repeats its self…like it does for other funny hat wearing holy men who keep their noses buried in ancient violence praising books.

    • arobertsccl
      December 11, 2014, 1:08 pm

      These charges were not proven. The key witness under IDF interrogatiion, said he only mentioned Zein because
      He was in the US and wd be safe. Many of us still remember this case very well.

  2. just
    December 10, 2014, 11:30 am

    I can’t believe that the IOF attacked these peaceful people. I am grateful it was captured on video. That bearded, unhelmeted IOF monster had his hand around his throat~ I can only believe that’s why it was so raspy and ragged as he spoke to the cameras……. perhaps he used his helmet to beat him.

    -and-
    “RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday shot and injured a Palestinian teenager in the head during clashes at the entrance of al-Jalazun refugee camp near Ramallah, medics said.

    Raouf Hussein Snubar, 14, was hit in the head with a live bullet, causing fractures to his skull, medical sources told Ma’an.

    They said he was in serious but stable condition.

    Several other Palestinians were injured with live fire and rubber-coated bullets, and others suffered from tear gas inhalation.

    Clashes erupted following a march that was organized in the camp in protest of the death of Palestinian Authority official Ziad Abu Ein.”

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=746302

    Photo of teen:

    https://twitter.com/AlaTurk48/status/542684911690584064

    • amigo
      December 10, 2014, 12:21 pm

      just, the monsters are coming apart at their very seams.This how cornered rats behave.

      Apologies to ordinary rats.At least they only steal other peoples leftovers.

    • JWalters
      December 10, 2014, 6:01 pm

      The mafia will investigate itself.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 12, 2014, 12:31 am

      omg 14 years old. it just never ends!!!

  3. amigo
    December 10, 2014, 11:42 am

    I am dumbfounded.

    This was just reported on Irish radio and TV.The radio group will report this every 10 minutes as it is a News only station.The TV station will report at 6pm //9pm and 11pm.That represents a fairly large audience.

    Also , the Irish Gov , (Dail) is holding a members vote on recognising Palestine as a State this evening.I will report the outcome later.The vote is purely symbolic but it sends a message to our leaders to get their fingers out and do the right thing by Palestine.Sinn Fein sponsored the debate and motion.If it passes then both houses (The Senate has already given the thumbs up) will have given their blessing.

    • amigo
      December 10, 2014, 12:06 pm

      Update and correction.

      Ireland recognises Palestine dec 9th.I am not sure if this will change our gov,s foreign policy on this as up until now they have refused to recognise Palestine.The report says that all parties supported the motion.

      More later.

      Meantime Israel has condemned this action as being “unhelpful”.Geez , I wonder what exactly would be.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 12:09 pm

        thanks for the update amigo. dec 9th is also the anniversary of the 1st intidafa

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 12:17 pm

        Here’s an article that may be of interest, amigo.

        “Ireland’s Gerry Adams comes out for partition (of Palestine)”

        http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/irelands-gerry-adams-comes-out-partition-palestine

      • amigo
        December 10, 2014, 12:26 pm

        Thnks just , I has seen it.

        I suppose we will now hear from the usual crowd about Sinn Fein terrorists sponsoring the terrorist Sate of Palestine.No mention of Irgun /Hagannah /Stern or lehi expected.

        Long live Palestine .

        End Zionism , NOW.

      • Jackdaw
        December 10, 2014, 12:35 pm

        Unite Ireland, divide Palestine. Got it.

        Thanks Gerry!

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 12:50 pm

        Unite Ireland

        is that a new movement or something? i thought ireland became formally (divided after much ado!) and it was considered an achievement. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland#Partition

        The Assembly and power-sharing Executive were suspended several times but were restored again in 2007. In that year the British government officially ended its military support of the police in Northern Ireland (Operation Banner) and began withdrawing troops. On 27 June 2012, Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister and former IRA commander, Martin McGuinness, shook hands with Queen Elizabeth II in Belfast, symbolising reconciliation between the two sides.
        Politics

        Main article: Politics of Ireland

        Politically, the island is divided between Ireland (a sovereign state also called the Republic of Ireland) and Northern Ireland (a constituent country of the United Kingdom). They share an open border and both are part of the Common Travel Area.
        Both Ireland and the United Kingdom are members of the European Union, and as a consequence there is free movement of people, goods, services and capital across the border.

        iow recognizing palestine would be consistent with ireland’s current political formation and not recognizing it might seem to some as a hypocritical stance.

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 12:37 pm

        Yep.

      • Mooser
        December 10, 2014, 2:21 pm

        “Unite Ireland, divide Palestine. Got it.”

        Certainly, one can see why any talk of dividing Palestine makes “Jackdaw” upset!
        Oh yes, if there’s anything Jackdaw is against, it is the division of Palestine.

      • seafoid
        December 10, 2014, 5:14 pm

        http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1210/666037-palestine-motion/

        The Dáil has agreed a motion officially recognising the State of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

        The Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland Ahmad Abdelrazek was in the Dáil tonight to watch the debate.

        The Sinn Féin Private Members motion, debated last night and tonight, was not contested by the Government.
        TDs from all political parties as well as Independents welcomed the motion.
        However, former minister for justice Alan Shatter (who is a Zionist) criticised the wording of the statement and claimed that it should have better reflected the nuances of the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

        Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald welcomed the Government’s non-partisan position in accepting her party’s motion.

        She said tonight’s decision sends a strong message of solidarity to the Palestinian people.

        Ms McDonald welcomed the way Ireland is now joining 135 other countries and eight other EU countries in recognising Palestine as a state.

        She said it would have been wrong for Ireland to wait on the EU to arrive at a collective decision on the issue.

      • Daniel Rich
        December 10, 2014, 6:51 pm

        @ Mooser,

        Q: Oh yes, if there’s anything Jackdaw is against, it is the division of Palestine.

        R: Apologies for having to correct your typo Palestine Palestein. So, there you have it.

  4. unverified__5ilf90kd
    December 10, 2014, 12:25 pm

    This is “I can’t breathe” for the Israeli police. More of the same. The world will see this picture and remember it. The poor Palestinians have been suffering for so long but the Americans are now realizing that they suffer from the same disease and it needs treatment. Similarly, Israel will be prepared for treatment. About time. American is waking up with regard to Israeli excesses and criminality. The demise of the Zionist TNR is a precursor for the timely suppression of mendacious Zionist influence in the US media that has keep us ill-informed about the Israeli abuse of the Palestinians and the outrageous theft of their country and resources by the Zionists. This incident depicted so accurately by the hand of an Israeli official at the throat on an innocent Palestinian will be a metaphor for the education of the US citizens about Israeli genocide of the Palestinians. Superb timing!

  5. Jackdaw
    December 10, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Eyewitness photo journalist said soldiers did not strike Abu Ein.

    https://twitter.com/AnshelPfeffer/status/542642974710956032

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      December 10, 2014, 12:59 pm

      Well, if a ‘reliable Israeli journalist’ quoted by Anshel Pfeiffer said something, it MUST be true.

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 1:05 pm

        lol!

      • asherpat
        December 12, 2014, 9:15 am

        And with the dozens of cameras present, none has captured the moment of the “strike”?

    • just
      December 10, 2014, 1:02 pm

      Chaim Levinson and others say differently, just so you know.

      and

      “Defense Minister Ya’alon says Israel ‘regrets’ death of Ziad Abu Ein at West Bank protest; IDF preparing for clashes across West Bank.

      The EU called on Wednesday for “an immediate, independent investigation” into the death of Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein earlier in the day at a West Bank protest. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that “reports of excessive use of force by Israeli Security Forces are extremely worrying.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.631020

    • Annie Robbins
      December 10, 2014, 1:03 pm

      jack do you have the link or source of the reporter saying he was standing next to him and he was not struck? i’d like to read it. your tweet doesn’t go to a link and it’s not from the reporter himself. thanks.

    • just
      December 10, 2014, 1:04 pm

      Here Jack:

      • Annie Robbins
        December 11, 2014, 10:39 am

        thanks just. i was wondering about the allegations of @RoySharon10

    • seafoid
      December 10, 2014, 1:09 pm

      As Phil’s mother often says, Jews wouldn’t do that.

    • amigo
      December 10, 2014, 1:17 pm

      “Eyewitness photo journalist said soldiers did not strike Abu Ein. “jack-duh.

      Does he/she have a photo of the IDF not beating him???.

      • asherpat
        December 12, 2014, 4:01 pm

        @Amigo, yours is no doubt the most hilarious post on Mondoweiss! Ever!

    • justicewillprevail
      December 10, 2014, 1:54 pm

      What made me laugh about that tweet was the description of the supposed Israeli journalist as ‘reliable’, thus implying they were unusual in that respect, and prefacing the completely unevidenced claim that way somehow makes it true. Farcical piece of PR for the credulous. We have heard it all before a thousand or more times – every time a Palestinian is killed the same claims are immediately made by unsourced ‘witnesses’. The rapid rebuttal IDF unit is obviously not an attractive job, and is staffed by low-grade unimaginative fakers.

    • a blah chick
      December 10, 2014, 2:30 pm

      He’s definitely attacking that border policeman with his neck.

    • Shingo
      December 10, 2014, 3:12 pm

      Yeah right JackJaw.

      He died of natural causes.

  6. Jackdaw
    December 10, 2014, 12:48 pm

    Eyewitness journalist reports, “I was standing there the whole protest,” Sharon told BuzzFeed News. “There were about 50 Palestinians and 20 foreign nationals taking part. The Israeli army let them go until a certain point, and then would not let them pass.”

    Sharon said that several rounds of tear gas were fired at the crowd.

    About 10 minutes later, after the tear gas, some people were standing near the IDF soldiers and were pushed back. They weren’t overly violent that I could see, they were pushing them back,” said Sharon. “Abu Ein was there among them, he was on the front line getting pushed back. Suddenly he was sitting on a rock, holding his chest.”

    Sharon said that early reports that Abu Ein had been hit by a helmet or a tear gas canister were incorrect.

    “I never saw that happen. There were lots of cameras there. They were pushing people back but I didn’t see anyone get hit by a helmet or with the canister,” said Sharon.

    The Israeli journalist also tweeted: “If I’m not blind, then there was no rifle-butt strike, certainly not a significant or intentional one. I was standing next to him.”

    Mendacity has many followers. #Mendacity.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 10, 2014, 1:10 pm

      Abu Ein was there among them, he was on the front line getting pushed back…The Israeli journalist also tweeted: “If I’m not blind, then there was no rifle-butt strike, certainly not a significant or intentional one. I was standing next to him.”

      so the journalist was standing next to abu ein on the front lines getting pushed back by the soldiers too? he was part of the marchers getting the tear gas and stuff.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        December 10, 2014, 1:32 pm

        I was wondering the same thing, Annie.

        Plus, how can he definitively say something did not happen, simply because he did not see it, or claims not to have seen it? This was a chaotic, fast moving event with about a hundred people present, by the journalist’s own account. So unless he had his eyes fixed on Abu Ein the whole time – and why would he? – there’s no way he can know for sure that he was not hit by a soldier.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 10, 2014, 2:00 pm

        plus, what does he mean by i was next to him? when i envision “next to him” my mind (or the reader) may think one of 2 people, one on the right or one on the left. but being truthful (or not intentionally being deceptive) one could make that claim they were “next to him” along with a surrounding group of twenty other people. so i’m not even really certain where this person was. but if he was in fact right next to him then he too would have been in the process of being shoved back. and is his (alleged) witness supposed to mean no soldiers had there weapon in hand as they were shoving back the crowd? a person claiming they did not see someone else get shoved in the chest under these circumstances could easily mean they just didn’t see it. as opposed to having that person specifically observing this one person in particular during the entire course of events. because there could have been a time lapse between the victim being hit or shoved and his collapsed. it also could have been a combined reaction to being shoved in the chest and inhaling the tear gas.

        if the demonstration was peaceful, which it appears to have been, and the people had a right to be there (an accompanying court order to enter and work on their own land) then why was tear gas used? why were they being pushed back at all or by any means? why weren’t the occupation forces there to protect the right of the people to be on their land and protect them from potentially violent settlers? if it was a heart attack the question we should be asking is would he have had a heart attack had he not been there. that we can never know, but it seems like a long short not to assume the events of the day and the actions by the occupation forces to suppress the peaceful demonstration lead to his death.

        regardless it seems predestined and obvious the military will not find the military culpable so an investigation is worthless. the outcome of these investigations is predetermined.

        clearly he could have been run over by a bulldozer in front of many witnesses and still the military would not be held responsible. sure, there have been a few aberrations of the norm these last several decades, but so what? generally any form of punishment is so insignificant as to be considered moot.

      • oldgeezer
        December 10, 2014, 2:09 pm

        No we can never know for sure if he would have had a heart attack or not. I’m not convinced knowing matters. If I rob a convenience store and the clerk on duty dies from fright/heart attack then I am still liable for that death. A court doesn’t need proof it happened because of my actions.

        While we aren’t dealing with criminal law per se the basic question is were the troops acting appropriately. Note I did not say legally… No doubt the laws are stacked in favour of the iof.

      • NickJOCW
        December 11, 2014, 4:55 am

        Any passage from one event to another must necessarily pass through all the intervening moments. If the soldiers had not sought to prevent Palestinians peacefully planting olive trees on Palestinian land the Palestinian minister would be alive today.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 12, 2014, 12:40 am

      well jack, sounds like your source is either a liar or very unobservant/unreliable witness.

      They weren’t overly violent that I could see…. he was on the front line getting pushed back. Suddenly he was sitting on a rock, holding his chest.”

      • Bumblebye
        December 12, 2014, 8:54 am

        A bunch of young uniformed Israeli thugs, who have been taught (from the cradle) to see any and all Palestinians as untermensch, vermin, are violently preventing people from reaching and farming their own land. It matters not that Mr Abu Ein is a Parliamentarian – what possible significance could that have to a supremacist? He is throttled by a thug who is using his throat to violently shove him backwards. Mixed with the ‘tear gas’ that is in the air and a blow to the sternum from a rifle butt (a strike to the sternum can cause a heart attack, health does not have to be otherwise compromised) and Mr Abu Ein dies *as a direct result of the attack by Israel’s uniformed thugs*. Not any other reason.

  7. snowdrift
    December 10, 2014, 1:39 pm

    If even the Quislings aren’t safe, what is the world coming to? I’m sure Mahmoud Abbas will respond promptly and decisively, as he always does.

    This might be an edifying event for the people who demand “Palestinian Gandhis”. And once again, Israelis are too brutal for their own good: the media consistently ignores Palestinian non-violent demonstrations, and as long as that’s the case, they’re not a threat. But the death of a PA minister is certain to be reported by even the most complacent media. So you get a two-for-one: coverage of the protest, and a stunning example of the casual brutality of the occupation.

  8. amigo
    December 10, 2014, 1:46 pm

    The only question here is, What the hell is the IDF doing in Palestine in the first place.IT is not the Jewish State.What/where ever that is.(borders please jackdaw and Oleg.

  9. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    December 10, 2014, 1:53 pm

    As always in such situations, it’s instructive to imagine a role reversal.

    Just think for a moment about what would happen if an Israeli minister was killed in a ‘clash’ with armed Palestinians. Hundreds of people would be arrested within hours, homes ransacked, and several killed. The West Bank would be under – even greater – lockdown. Obama, Cameron, Hollande et al would loudly and unambiguously condemn the ‘barbaric attack against the Middle East’s only democracy’. The Guardian would have a minute by minute live blog with comments allowed, instead of the oh-so-cautiously worded piece they dare to publish on this. CNN, the BBC, Sky News etc would have rolling updates with prominent coverage. And so on and so forth.

    But when the dead man is a mere Palestinian, and the alleged killers are the Israeli occupying forces, all we can hear is the sound of crickets. Reminds me of the silence when a Palestinian-Jordanian judge was murdered by Israel a few months back. Again, just imagine the reaction if an Israeli judge were killed by Palestinians. We’d never hear the end of it.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 10, 2014, 2:25 pm

      and of course it would be referred to as a terrorist attack.

    • seafoid
      December 10, 2014, 4:16 pm

      JEW KILLING is a crime against God. Especially in Erez Israel.
      Jews didn’t go to Israel to be killed in political violence FFS.

      Palestinians, by contrast, are vermin.

    • OlegR
      December 11, 2014, 5:27 am

      Israeli minister Rehavam Zeevi was killed by armed during the second Intifada Palestinians he was assassinated and shot to death.
      Quite different from a guy having a heart attack during a demonstration.

      • gamal
        December 11, 2014, 1:36 pm

        which was a response to the murder of Abu Ali Mustapha, as if you didn’t know. Ze’evi was an enthusiastic supporter of assassination, what are you complaining about.

        “Mustafa was killed by two rockets fired from two Israeli Apache helicopters through his two office windows, as he sat at his desk in his office in Ramallah, in a targeted killing on 27 August 2001.[2][3][4] Over 50,000 mourners attended his funeral. He was married with three daughters and two sons. The PFLP subsequently renamed their armed wing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. He was succeeded as Secretary General by Ahmad Saadat.

        Israeli tourist minister Rehavam Ze’evi was allegedly assassinated by the PFLP in revenge for his killing. Ze’evi was a strong supporter of Israel carrying out targeted killing of Palestinian militants.”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Ali_Mustafa

      • Annie Robbins
        December 12, 2014, 12:43 am

        thank you gamal. there is so much i do not know.

  10. seafoid
    December 10, 2014, 4:01 pm

    Systematic killings and systematic lying about the killings. Abu Khdeir was murdered by his family because he was gay. 500 kids killed but the schools they died in were used to launch rockets. Minister had a heart attack.

    and the Lord said

    I will give you a land of milk and honey . But you’ll have to kill and kill to hang on to it and lie about the killing. And that’ll be fairly pointless cos you’ll forget about me.
    And they shot him

    • just
      December 10, 2014, 4:08 pm

      +10

    • Mooser
      December 11, 2014, 3:52 pm

      This is the land of Milk and Honey
      This is the land of sun and song and
      This is the world of good and plenty
      Humble and proud and young and strong and
      This is the place where the hopes of the homeless
      and the dreams of the lost combine
      This is the land that heaven blessed and
      This lovely land is mine

      What if the earth is dry and barren
      What if the morning sun is mean to us for
      This is a state of mind we live in
      We want it green and so it’s green to us for
      When you have wonderful plans for tomorrow
      Somehow even today looks fine so
      What if it’s rock and dust and sand,
      For this lovely land is mine
      This lovely land is mine.
      This lovely land is mine.
      This lovely land is mine.
      This lovely land is mine! “

      (Jerry Herman, “Milk and Honey” 1961

      Okay, somebody give “JonS” a tissue.

      • Mooser
        December 11, 2014, 4:04 pm

        Sorry, I was going to truncate the heck out of that.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 12, 2014, 12:48 am

      Systematic killings and systematic lying about the killings. Abu Khdeir was murdered by his family because he was gay. 500 kids killed but the schools they died in were used to launch rockets. Minister had a heart attack.

      so many more, remember the nakba day killings, oren said they faked it and there were no bodies. remember Autopsy reveals Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/02/autopsy-revealed-torture#sthash.muHFZx4y.dpuf
      but israel said it was a heart attack.

      At a news conference in Ramallah, Issa Qaraqe said an autopsy conducted in Israel in the presence of Palestinian officials revealed that 30-year-old Jaradat had six broken bones in his neck, spine, arms and legs.

      “The information we have received so far is shocking and painful. The evidence corroborates our suspicion that Mr. Jaradat died as a result of torture, especially since the autopsy clearly proved that the victim’s heart was healthy, which disproves the initial alleged account presented by occupation authorities that he died of a heart attack,” Qaraqe said……

      The minister said Jaradat had sustained injuries and severe bruising in the upper right back area and severe bruises of sharp circular shape in the right chest area….. evidence of severe torture and on the muscle of the upper left shoulder, parallel to the spine in the lower neck area, and evidence of severe torture under the skin and inside the muscle of the right side of the chest. His second and third ribs in the right side of the chest were broken, Qaraqe said, and he also had injuries in the middle of the muscle in the right hand…Palestinian Prisoners Society president Qaddura Fares added that the autopsy revealed seven injuries to the inside of Jaradat’s lower lip, bruises on his face and blood on his nose…… heart was in good condition and there were no signs of bruising or stroke, the minister added.

      …..

      “Jaradat died due to torture and not a stroke or heart attack,” he said, adding that those responsible must be sued either through Interpol or the International Criminal Court.

      they lie with impunity.

      • seafoid
        December 12, 2014, 7:39 pm

        Good stuff Annie.
        I have retained it mostly as “don’t trust anything they say” but there are so many data points.
        Such a miserable ideology.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 12, 2014, 7:52 pm

        exactly seafoid.

  11. asherpat
    December 10, 2014, 5:09 pm

    “Mor…did not see Abu Ein until he was lying on the ground. “What I saw is him collapsing.”

    The above is impossible. If she did not see him until he was lying on the ground, how did she see him “collapsing”?

    • Annie Robbins
      December 10, 2014, 5:45 pm

      that’s something allison would have to answer. she said earlier in the article

      According to a witness, Abu Ein’s death occurred after the march to Turmusaya’s agricultural land was underway. As the Israeli and Palestinian observers of the rights day holiday walked into the orchards, about 50 soldiers some 300 meters away began firing tear gas and sound grenades, said Yesh Din’s spokesperson Reut Mor, who saw Abu Ein collapse.

      later, although allison characterized what mor saw differently (as being on the ground) she quoted Mor:

      After initial round of dispersants were fired by the army, soldiers approached Abu Ein and a group of Palestinians. At that point a soldier struck Abu Ein in the chest with the back end of his weapon, according to statements Yesh Din collected, Mor related. She did not see Abu Ein until he was lying on the ground. “What I saw is him collapsing.”

  12. asherpat
    December 10, 2014, 5:12 pm

    “soldiers approached Abu Ein and a group of Palestinians. At that point a soldier struck Abu Ein in the chest with the back end of his weapon, according to statements Yesh Din”

    On the main photo the Israeli police Jeep is clearly immediately behind the policemen, their backs are pushed to the vehicle. So unless the policemen were “approaching” Abu Ein and the Palestinians walking in reverse, I cant see how the statement above makes sense.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 10, 2014, 5:33 pm

      , I cant see how the statement above makes sense.

      some people are conceptually challenged asherpat. no worries. i can explain one plausible explanation for you. it’s possible for some of the occupation forces to make an “approach” by transporting themselves in the vehicle and getting out of the vehicle to block the path of the marchers.

      also, i thought i would note that none of the occupation forces in the photo have their “backs… pushed to the vehicle.” nor is there evidence in the photo a palestinian can be seen “pushing” an occupation soldier. what the photo does show is a soldier lunging forward clenching the throat of a man.

      • asherpat
        December 11, 2014, 1:41 am

        Annie, indeed, some people are conceptually challenged. For someone challenged like me, pls can you provide a plausible scenario on how did the “occupation forces” made their way to the position in the photo after “transporting themselves in the vehicle and getting out of the vehicle to block the path of the marchers”? Conceptually challenged as I am, due to the fact that there is less than a meter of space between the Jeep and Abu Ein, I can only see the soldiers “approaching” Abu Ein in a crab-like fashion. Or perhaps, they jumped from the Jeeps’ roof? Which is it, Annie. Please explain. We have to be precise with these things for the “conceptually challenged”, you know.

    • talknic
      December 11, 2014, 10:24 am

      @ asherpat “On the main photo the Israeli police Jeep is clearly immediately behind the policemen, their backs are pushed to the vehicle”

      Strange … the chap lunging forward grasping a Palestinian by the throat doesn’t have his back pushed to the vehicle

      BTW neither are any of the other policemen.

      • asherpat
        December 11, 2014, 11:39 am

        @talknic – the scene is clear, Abu Ein and other protesters attempted to go somewhere (they admitted it themselves, the aim of the protest was to plant trees as close as possible to a Jewish settlement). On their way, the protesters came-up to a police Jeep that was positioned there to prevent their passage. Whatever one believes about the legality of Jewish presence, etc, the version promoted by locals (ie Mondoweiss commenters) of an assault by Jews on Abu Ein cant be right, at least judging from THIS photo. The version promoted here is that the Jewish policemen “approached” Abu Ein. In order to “approach” Abu Ein with a Jeep behind them as it is in the photo, the Jeep must have travelled sideways. Can you explain it otherwise, Talknic?

      • Annie Robbins
        December 11, 2014, 2:34 pm

        they admitted it themselves, the aim of the protest was to plant trees as close as possible to a Jewish settlement

        admit it? it’s their land the settlers stole. it doesn’t matter if they plant on their border for heavens sakes. and where did they say they wanted to get ” as close as possible to a Jewish settlement” the illegal colony is adjoining their land. so who was it who got ” as close as possible” to their private land? you sound delusional. and as i explained before “an approach” by the occupation soldiers was not on foot by all the soldiers as evidenced by the presence of the jeep. the soldiers probably drove up to intercept them, got out of the jeep and stood there ad the walking soldiers followed in tow. you can’t say what “clearly happened” because you have no idea. first you say you can’t imagine how it could have happened and when it’s explained to you , you insist (w/no evidence) it couldn’t have happened. “the scene is clear” in your friggin imagination as you fabricate a scenario that fits your agenda.

        ” the Jeep must have travelled sideways. ” there’s this little thing called a steering wheel and it turns the car, not unlike how police set up road blocks with their vehicles and then stand on the side of them; car at a perpendicular angle to the road. seriously do you think we are conceptually challenged?????

      • asherpat
        December 11, 2014, 3:09 pm

        @Annie,

        we have a clear shot with the position of the parties (Abu Ein, the policemen) and hardware (the Jeep).

        You claim that Israelis attacked Abu Ein, because for you Israel is always guilty, and to prove your position you deduce that the policemen “approached” Abu Ein (otherwise, the narrative that Abu Ein was “murdered” while peacefully minding his protest doesn’t hold.

        On the other side, I don’t need to prove that Israel is always right (I can admit that it sometimes is wrong) and looking at the photo I deduce that it is not possible that the policemen “approached” Abu Ein unless the Jeep travelled sideways and that it is Abu Ein and the photo depicts a scene where the policemen are trying to block Abu Ein’s advance and then Abu Ein and other protesters that are pushing the policemen towards the Jeep, trying to get their intended planting site.

        One of us is “conceptually challenged” and has their logic blocked by ideology.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 12, 2014, 4:36 am

        asherpat, there’s more video now completely refuting your hypothesis. http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/palestinian-minister-planting#comment-729311

        and i suggest you read allison’s new report. http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/considers-coordination-palestinian

        i really can’t be bothered by anymore of your diversion/hasbara. too bs and old school crap.

      • talknic
        December 11, 2014, 5:55 pm

        @ asherpat “the scene is clear, Abu Ein and other protesters attempted to go somewhere (they admitted it themselves, the aim of the protest was to plant trees as close as possible to a Jewish settlement). “

        Very clear. You’ll say anything. You’ll even use Jews in your pathetic attempts to justify your support of Israel’s illegal acquisition of non-Israeli territories.

        1) The Israeli settlement is illegal under the binding International Laws, binding UN Charter and binding conventions reaffirmed and emphasized in numerous UNSC resolutions reminding Israel of its obligations and giving Israel numerous opportunities to adhere to the laws, the Charter and relevant conventions reaffirmed and emphasized in those UNSC resolutions. e.g UNSC res 476

        2) The planned Palestinian action was/is not illegal.

        3) Your use of the words “Jewish settlement” is also (a)cutely clear …

        Whether the settlement is “Jewish” or not, is entirely irrelevant to the Law, UN Charter and conventions. Furthermore, it is not “Jewish” to covet other folks property, in fact it is completely against the most basic tenets of Judaism.

        The settlement is inhabited by Israeli citizens. Under International Law the citizens of “Israel, the Occupying Power” (ibid), whatever their religion or ethnic background are prohibited from settling in Occupied Territory.

        “On their way, the protesters came-up to a police Jeep that was positioned there to prevent their passage. “

        Why prevent their passage? Their planned action was not illegal. The very fact that there is an Israeli settlement there is illegal!. The police should have been evicting Israeli citizens from non-Israeli territory under Israeli occupation.

        ” .. at least judging from THIS photo. The version promoted here is that the Jewish policemen “approached” Abu Ein. In order to “approach” Abu Ein with a Jeep behind them as it is in the photo, the Jeep must have travelled sideways. Can you explain it otherwise, Talknic?”

        You explained it yourself you stupid stupid person .. here are your words, verbatim, for all to see “a police Jeep that was positioned there to prevent their passage”

        The Israeli policeman grasping the victim by the throat IS NOT backed against any vehicle, nor are the other policemen in the photo

        BTW Your use again of “Jewish” to describe Israeli policemen, shows astute readers how you and your kind stoop to using “Jews” in your pathetic attempts to justify and excuse Israeli theft of non-Israeli territory.

        “Whatever one believes about the legality of Jewish presence, etc,..”

        Cute. The presence of Israeli citizens is illegal pal! Whether they’re Jewish or not!

      • Mooser
        December 15, 2014, 6:30 pm

        “the scene is clear, Abu Ein and other protesters attempted to go somewhere (they admitted it themselves,”

        They “attempted to go somewhere”? Is there no end to Palestinian perfidy? I mean, attempting to go somewhere, and on their own land, too! They admitted it themselves!

  13. Atlantaiconoclast
    December 10, 2014, 5:23 pm

    While I agree that this is an important development, I don’t understand why no one at Mondoweiss has covered Israel’s attack on Syria yesterday. Assad, as bad as he is, is at war with ISIS, and Israel strikes not the latter, but the former. Syria and Russia both stated that they have captured Syrian rebels with Israeli made equipment. Or is the notion that Israel is supporting ISIS a “conspiracy theory,” thus something we can’t discuss here? If you want Americans to turn against the Zionist project, you have to start being willing to let all of the ugly details about Israel come out.

  14. just
    December 10, 2014, 5:51 pm

    The thug choking Abu Ein in the above photo bears an eerie resemblance to Shaul Eisner~ the thug who assaulted the Danish activist with his rifle butt.

    http://borderlessnewsandviews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/soldier_hit.jpg

    • Abierno
      December 10, 2014, 8:07 pm

      The photo is iconic and can be expected to serve as a visual symbol for Israeli-Palestine relations. Some news sources indicate that those soldiers had been briefed on Abu Ein’s presence at this non violent demonstration, thus knowing exactly whom they were attacking.
      The message in this picture speaks loud and clear.

      • just
        December 10, 2014, 8:52 pm

        Agree.

        (December 10, 2014~ Israeli jackboot on the neck of a Palestinian Minister (Head of the Anti-wall and Settlement Commission)~ don’t speak, don’t plant an olive tree, die.

  15. RoHa
    December 10, 2014, 6:39 pm

    ““The event in which Ziad Abu Ein died is under investigation by the IDF. ”

    I’m sure the investigation will come to a fair and satifactory conclusion.

  16. just
    December 10, 2014, 10:04 pm

    a paragraph that makes me nod my head, and also shake my head back and forth in amazement:

    “It is hard to grasp why the United States continues to placate Netanyahu, the prime minister who has done everything he could to sabotage relations with it. It is even harder to grasp how Israel dares come out against the Palestinian initiative even as it does everything possible to leave the Palestinian Authority with no alternative. After all, Israel continues to build in the settlements, which is perhaps the most unilateral move imaginable.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.631096?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • just
      December 10, 2014, 10:08 pm

      PS~ I’m dizzy.

      • seafoid
        December 11, 2014, 6:26 am

        It’s a process of abuse. The abuser can’t stop now. The warning signs were all ignored and the brain changes can’t be reversed.
        Israel is going to get reality really hard. Judaism is not a capable parent either. Social services are going to have to intervene.

    • asherpat
      December 11, 2014, 5:48 am

      “Israel continues to build in the settlements, which is perhaps the most unilateral move imaginable.”

      Palestinians build settlements too, both in Judea and Samaria and within the 1948 Armistice lines, is it not “unilateral”?

      But this isn’t relevant at all, both ways, after all, there is a signed agreement – the so called “Oslo” agreement, signed by both sides – there is no preclusion in this agreement from Israel building “settlements” and from the Arabs building “settlements”. Why is it a problem rather tan an excuse by the Arab side, after it received everything from Oslo agreements and isn’t ready to negotiate the end of the conflict?

      • amigo
        December 11, 2014, 12:16 pm

        “Palestinians build settlements too, both in Judea and Samaria and within the 1948 Armistice lines, is it not “unilateral”asherpat.

        Don,t be so ridiculous.Palestinians are mot occupying their own land.

        Get your illegal squatter thieves , (does that include you)off Palestinian land and go back to wherever you came from.

      • talknic
        December 12, 2014, 7:41 am

        @ asherpat “Palestinians build settlements too, both in Judea and Samaria and within the 1948 Armistice lines …

        Palestinians are building in Palestinian territory. The illegal Israeli settlements are not in Israeli territory. You’re either too stupid, brainwashed or paid not to see the difference? Whatever, the more you write here the more idiotic you look

      • asherpat
        December 12, 2014, 4:10 pm

        @Talknic – “Palestinians are building in Palestinian territory. The illegal Israeli settlements are not in Israeli territory.” So, you are, by implication agree that if Israel withdraws to 1948 Armistice Lines, the conflict will be over and Arabs will have no more demands (including the so called “right of return”) to Israel. If yes, then it is indeed a reasonable position which is unbecoming someone who types rude such as the comment that I am replying-to. If you don’t agree, then your position is disingenuous, isn’t it?

        @Amigo: who exactly are my (or our) “illegal squatter thieves”, where is “wherever you came from” and what if we don’t want to go there?

      • amigo
        December 13, 2014, 1:36 pm

        @Amigo: who exactly are my (or our) “illegal squatter thieves”, where is “wherever you came from” and what if we don’t want to go there?”asherpat

        they would be any Israeli citizen living outside Israel,s self declared borders of 1948.I believe Talknic described it quite simply for you.

        Whether or not you wish to leave Occupied Palestine and leave your stolen goods behind is of no importance.You will be given the necessary impetus to leave.Or you can stay in Palestine as a legal citizen and hopefully you will keep your greedy paws to yourself and learn to live as equal citizens as a well behaved and loyal Palestinian citizen without the supremacist mindset you and your illegal squatter friends now have.

        BTW -“there” is any where that is not Palestine.

      • asherpat
        December 13, 2014, 4:39 pm

        @Amigo, one last question. Given your comment about allowing us to live inside “self-declared 1948 borders”, do you therefore agree that if “we” retreat to the 1948 lines, you, Amigo, will hold any further claims of Arabs (especially, the so called “right of return”) cancelled and conflict end?

        Yes or no please.

      • talknic
        December 13, 2014, 8:42 pm

        @ asherpat /// @Talknic – “Palestinians are building in Palestinian territory. The illegal Israeli settlements are not in Israeli territory.”///

        ” So, you are, by implication agree that if Israel withdraws to 1948 Armistice Lines, the conflict will be over and Arabs will have no more demands (including the so called “right of return”) to Israel. “

        “by implication”how exactly? AMAZING stuff you and your fellows come out with. Is it a drug, brainwashing, stupidity, insanity or simply the only crap job you’re qualified by one or all of the aforementioned to hold?

        A) Israel’s borders were proclaimed by the Israeli Government and recognized as such within 11 minutesaccording to the official historical US record which has been shown you and you fellows many times. You cannot rationally deny it as a fact! And as;

        B) Israel has never legally acquired in agreement with the other parties to the conflict or by recognition of any of the International Comity of Nations, any further territory. You cannot show otherwise by any factual information such as an agreement, because no such agreement exists. Which makes;

        C) the 1948 borders the legal starting point for a resolution to the conflict, negotiated or not. So, while there is no negotiated resolution;

        D) Israel is required under International Law to withdraw from ALL non-Israeli territory and have “respect for and acknowledgement of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;” Israel has refused to withdraw from any of the territory it occupies that remained of Palestine 1948, so in the interim;

        D) hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been duped by successive Israeli Governments into believing they’re living in Israel, when in fact they are living in territories the Israeli Government admitted on the 22nd of May 1948 were “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”. Territory that has never been legally annexed to the State of Israel.

        The Palestinians have stated, in front of the world at the UN, that they are willing to forgo 78% of their rightful territories for peace with Israel. An offer which is incredibly generous by any standard.

        Israel chose instead to make more demands, the majority of which do not actually have any legal basis and to increase its illegal settlement activity in occupied territories thereby purposefully endangering Israeli citizens in breach of GC IV.

        All you have is denial, stupid accusations, fear mongering, bullsh*t and the US UNSC veto vote, which only allows the frog to stay in the pot, while Israel by its continued illegal actions keeps turning up the heat.

        As for folk with RoR to the area proclaimed as Israel, they’re ISRAELIS!. Folk who were not from the area proclaimed and recognized as Israel, have RoR to Palestine. There is no demographic threat.

      • talknic
        December 13, 2014, 8:59 pm

        @ asherpat “who exactly are my (or our) “illegal squatter thieves”, where is “wherever you came from” and what if we don’t want to go there?”

        A) UNSC res 476 is very clear. Ever read it?

        B) Wherever you came from would be Israel if you’re Israeli and; if you’re born of Israeli parents illegally in non-Israeli territories, under Israeli law you’d be Israeli, so the answer is the same … Israel

        C) Why would Israelis not want to live in Israel?

  17. Walid
    December 11, 2014, 5:24 am

    Saeb Erekat just announced that the Palestinian National Council has decided to follow a 6-step program that includes going to the UN, to the ICC. nd to stop all security cooperation with Israel. The only thing remaining to be decided is the timing sequence for the implementation of these measures such as deciding whether to go first to the UN and then to the ICC or to go to both simultaneously; the formal announcement and the sequence will be announced tomorrow everning.

    • seafoid
      December 11, 2014, 6:23 am

      The point where the neighbors sign the alcoholic into rehab. Because the Jewish family won’t.

      • Walid
        December 11, 2014, 6:42 am

        Seafoid, it’s highly doubtful that the Palestnians would actually take such drastic steps; I suspect this is more of Abbas’ usual posturing and threats. Suspending security cooperation and coordination is almost the flushing of Oslo down the drain and the end of Israel’s 44-year joy ride. Israel is being given 24 hours to come up with a plausible gimmick that would put the Palestinians back in the cage.

      • seafoid
        December 11, 2014, 7:14 am

        Walid

        This is not a classic abuse case where there are just 2 actors. the Palestinians know the world is watching.
        The NZZ am Sonntag, the Swiss newspaper, had a savage editorial on Netanyahu’s Jewish law at the weekend and ended it by saying that if it goes through Israel will officially be an apartheid state.
        Lots of Euro diplomats think the same.
        This is a really serious issue for Israel but they are doped out on YESHA they can’t see it.
        I would not be surprised to see some serious change after Christmas.

      • just
        December 11, 2014, 8:02 am

        It’s past time to do the right thing. 1S1P1V: sanction Israel, and please give Gaza heat, clean water, food, homes, and hope.

      • Walid
        December 11, 2014, 8:14 am

        Just, sad to have to remember that in the event that the Palestinians decide to cut off relations, Israel currently has control over just about all the electricity, the telecommunications and the water being supplied to the Palestinians in Gaza and on the WB. We were discussing a few days back Bennett’s threats and the ways an insane Israel could become super nasty.

      • just
        December 11, 2014, 8:19 am

        “I would not be surprised to see some serious change after Christmas”

        What a beautiful present to millions of patient and suffering Palestinians.

        On Boxing Day (or before~ tis Advent, after all. any day very soon is fine~ as long as there is peace and justice on the horizon!)

      • just
        December 11, 2014, 8:21 am

        Well, then the US is going to have to step up and become super nasty big bro’.

        Seriously.

      • seafoid
        December 11, 2014, 8:47 am

        http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/11/palestinian-minister-ziad-abu-ein-buried-ramallah

        “Among those who came to pay their respects was Khalid Itmazi, a senior Fatah official, who said the international community should hold Israel responsible for Abu Ein’s death.

        “The Palestinian people were asked by the Americans and the Europeans to make their cause a popular one and a peaceful one,” he said. “We did that but in exchange we have neither peace nor stability. After this we should liquidate the Palestinian Authority and put the occupation under Israeli authority.””

      • Walid
        December 11, 2014, 9:08 am

        Seafoid, all day long a parade of Palestinian notables from ALL parties were calling for ICC action and to suspend cooperation with Israel. I’m holding my breath till tomorrow evening to see what rabbit Abbas will pull out of the hat this time.

      • just
        December 11, 2014, 11:02 am

        Khalid Itmazi is correct: Israel needs to be held accountable for many thousands of deaths, starting with Abu Ein’s…the “international community” is fully complicit in this ongoing Nakba as well. The Palestinians have done everything that they were asked~ except to lay down and die. That will NEVER happen, thank God.

        Time to insert the UN blue hats. Israel cannot be trusted.

      • Walid
        December 11, 2014, 12:43 pm

        “Time to insert the UN blue hats. Israel cannot be trusted.”

        The ones that know it most are the blue hats themselves; over 150 have been deliberately targeted and killed by Israel since they started their patrols in 1978, with apologies every time of course. BTW, the blue hat-peacekeepers concept was a Canadian one that was instituted after the Suez war of 56 on Egypt by France, Britain and Israel, That year, Lester B Pearson, Canada’s PM that came out with the concept won the Nobel Peace Prize.

  18. mcohen.
    December 11, 2014, 5:30 am

    in the photo linked the border guard is blocking some guy in fact the Israeli guy is being pushed back by the neck

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinians-israeli-dispute-results-of-pa-officials-autopsy/

    in the photo above the article it is zaid who is being pushed by the same guy

    strange

    someone is lying

    but in any event one has to wonder what is going on here

    why is zaid aged 55 leading the charge…this is a young man,s game

    I can imagine yaalon netanyahu and gantz sitting around the table thinking what the hell has happened here….what was this guy with his health issues and age and status doing out there wrestling with border guards half his age

    politics makes for strange bedfellows

    • Annie Robbins
      December 11, 2014, 10:22 am

      what was this guy with his health issues and age and status doing out there wrestling with border guards half his age

      it was a peaceful march mcohen. they got permission from the court to plant on their own land. it was not a riot. i’m sure he had no intention to “wrestle” with anyone. and why do you call them “border guards”? because borders are every 100 feet in palestine?

    • just
      December 11, 2014, 10:49 am

      “someone is lying”

      hint: it starts with an “I”.

  19. Walid
    December 11, 2014, 8:34 am

    OT; for those ISIS watchers, this terrorist empire that now controls a territory that contains 9 million people has announced 3 new franchises in North Africa. Allegiance was pledged to it by Ansar al-Sharia in Derna (population 150,000) in east Libya, by Jound al-Khalifah in Algeria and Ansar Beit al-Maqdis in Egypt. With its oil producing wells and a happy client base in Europe that’s enjoying its ridiculously low bargain-basement oil prices, it can go on existing for decades.

  20. NickJOCW
    December 11, 2014, 8:57 am

    I begin to get, not just outraged and disgusted, but fearful. These people display the symptoms of religious intoxication, and there are many examples of how dangerous that can be. Monotheists are particularly prone to this kind of dementia because their belief structure has no flexibility, nothing between them and their deity. Polytheists, like the ancient peoples of Mesopotamia, the Greeks, Egyptians and so on can project much of life’s vicissitudes onto a variety of deities including Destiny and Fate, the one unalterable and the other unpredictable; this provides them a sort of safety valve. Islam has its prophets, and even Christianity mollified its monotheist austerity by introducing Saints and angels for the masses, and a Trinity for those of a more metaphysical bent. The fact that Israel is armed to the teeth with weapons capable of bringing life on Earth to an end is, it seems to me, in the same category as ISIL precisely because of its total absence of flexibility. There are stories that Israel is assisting ISIL fighters and providing hospitalisation for their wounded. Birds of a feather?

    • Walid
      December 11, 2014, 9:06 am

      “Birds of a feather?”

      Not at all, but they are riding the same bus for a small stretch of the way and helping each other in the process. That bus has other riders on it, some of them from Western countries and some from Arab ones. ISIS didn’t just grow spontaneously under a cabbage leaf, it was nurtured along. People are starting to wonder how is it that the official armed opposition in Syria after having just received $400 million in equipment from the US has suddely become equipment-poor, with no more Western supporters and has become an inconsequential force while Syria’s al-Nusra (ISIS) has flourished into a fully equipped and funded military force.

      • NickJOCW
        December 11, 2014, 10:27 am

        Fair enough, but where is the bus going? At what point do they all get off and go their own ways? And if they are inclined to cooperate, what threat or common purpose do they feel they face? Could they be motivated by anti-Americanism? Sooner of later Israel is going stay out all night having promised to be home by twelve.

      • Walid
        December 11, 2014, 12:00 pm

        NickJOCW, in time, ISIS will ask Israel to convert or else. That will be Israel’s rude awakening. The crazies of ISIS don’t have friends and don’t want any either. For now, Israel’s field hospital on the Golan and the tent city within Israel, probably for R&R, along with drone reconnaissance and training is what ISIS is now getting out Israel. What Israel is getting in return is an element that’s keeping the Arab states in a state of chaos.

  21. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    December 11, 2014, 10:57 am

    A question: Why the hell was an Israeli doctor permitted to do an autopsy? The dead man was not Israeli, and his death did not take place on Israeli territory. Do Palestinian doctors get invited to autopsies of Israelis in Israel? Of course not.

    So now even autopsies have to be ‘balanced’ to prevent any accusation of being ‘anti-Israel’. It’s as though the PA are saying that they are not trustworthy and that the result of any Palestinian autopsy has to be confirmed – or not – by the White Man.

    • Annie Robbins
      December 11, 2014, 11:11 am

      Why the hell was an Israeli doctor permitted to do an autopsy? ….It’s as though the PA are saying that they are not trustworthy

      hmm, not really. i don’t think the PA has a choice in the matter of determining to do their own autopsies. i think the state of israel is in control of all those decisions. the PA probably has to petition to be able to attend an autopsy. or something like that.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        December 11, 2014, 11:26 am

        Yeah, you’re probably right.

        Just shows the absurdity of the post Oslo notion that the PA ‘control’ the OPT. A Palestinian – and a PA minister no less – is dead, with the suspected involvement of the occupation forces. And yet the Palestinians still have to beg the Israelis to attend an autopsy. What a sick joke.

        BTW having said that I don’t take seriously the PA threats to end their Quisling style arrangement. It’s all bluster. They have too much invested – in every sense of the word – in maintaining their position as Israel’s West Bank lieutenants.

      • Annie Robbins
        December 11, 2014, 2:38 pm

        i have no idea why they are dragging their heels on the ICC/signing the rome statute. probably threats from all sides. they are cowards. amnesty international advised them today to do it, now.

        abbas would be dead if he had the kind of courage a leader has. this is why he’s been chosen, because he’s amiable. he keeps dragging this thing out, god knows why.

        re the autopsies and oslo. israel keeps all birth and death records, PA can design postage stamps maybe, but nothing significant. israel gets to decide everything in this military occupation.

      • NickJOCW
        December 11, 2014, 3:24 pm

        Annie, I think he’s biding his time. Consider how things have moved pro-Palestine/anti-Israel even in the last couple of months. Every day Abbas is closer to the target. He only has one peaceful trump to play and he is old. That pink cloud the other day about the US discussing sanctions against Israel, which was fiercely but not categorically denied, may well have been about European sanctions. I have a hunch Obama has been prodding Europeans to act independently for some time and Abbas is in the loop and biding his time until the moment is right. Any day now…

      • NickJOCW
        December 11, 2014, 3:45 pm

        It may not happen, but just imagine because of outrages such as this the situation evolved to the point the US could abstain in the Security Council vote. Worth waiting for.

  22. amigo
    December 11, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Al Jazeera is reporting here in Europe that the Palestinians will suspend security co-operation with Israel.More moves expected later.

    I will update when learn more.

  23. oldgeezer
    December 11, 2014, 3:03 pm

    @Mayhem

    “Watching this video you see how one of the Palestinians strikes at the soldiers with his flag pole
    link to theguardian.com Israeli soldiers naturally respond to a clear act of assault. ”

    If it wasn’t so pathetic and sad it would be funny.

    Yet another case where zionists supporting thugs and brutality want to start the clock at a point when it’s convenient.

    How typical that you don’t mention the Israeli thug pushing the old man to the ground.

    How barbaric and savage, how dehumanized by your own state, and education do you need to be in order to throw a frail old man to the ground like that?

  24. cogit8
    December 11, 2014, 4:09 pm

    The headline on this article should read:
    ISRAELI CHOKEHOLD CAUSES DEATH

    Maybe then, a google search of the same words might bring up something. Maybe not.

    At least NPR had the decency to tell the truth about this murder in broad daylight.

    Now the NYPD and LAPD have another ‘tool’ in their box for use against street protestors.

    • Rusty Pipes
      December 11, 2014, 8:02 pm

      NPR’s coverage on Morning Edition yesterday was appalling. Limited basically to the newscast headlines at the top of the hour: Palestinian minister killed in “clashes” with the IDF. You’d never know that it was a peaceful march to Palestinian owned land to plant olive trees that was met with tear gas or that not so much as a single rock was thrown. At this rate, NPR would describe Southern Civil Rights marchers as “clashing” with firehoses and dogs’ teeth.

      • CigarGod
        December 11, 2014, 8:09 pm

        Exactly correct. NPR is a total tool. I used to think the music programs were unbiased…then I figured that out.

  25. Bandolero
    December 11, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Call me a mooser,

    those who know me for longer commenting here know that I’ve have no pro-Israel bias whatsoever.

    But I watched many videos of that incident and I sincerely believe that Ziad Abu Ain died as a result of a heart attack which was hardly forseeable as a result of how the occupation forces behaved this time. It looks to me like Ziad Abu Ain died as a result of his anger about the Israeli injustice, once again proven in that situation, but much less as a result of direct Israeli violence in that situation.

    I support Palestine, because Palestine stands for justice and truth, and so I feel I have to say this, here. Shall truth be what truth is, whereever it falls.

    However, I can’t supress my feelings that I find it deeply ironic that in this incident Israel may feel what it is to get hammered by false accusations, as spreading false accusations is usually one of Israels preferred tactic to annihilate their opponents.

    • Rusty Pipes
      December 11, 2014, 9:17 pm

      This hardly a matter of just a 50+ man having a heart attack. The combination of inhaling tear gas (which killed a healthy 35-year old woman in Bi’lin) and being choked (which killed an African American in NYC on videotape) may have been enough to kill Ziad. If the border guard also hit him in the chest with a rifle butt (which they have been seen doing to protesters in the Jordan Valley), that may have contributed as well. The autopsy should be able to determine whether he sustained trauma in his chest.

    • Mooser
      December 12, 2014, 10:17 am

      in that situation, but much less as a result of direct Israeli violence in that situation.”

      Ummm, if I am not mistaken “that situation” was Palestinians going out to plant olive trees on their own land in territory outside of Israel, not in Israel”.
      They were not going out to confront soldiers.
      Unless you believe in the ‘Jewish right to the land’ or “acquired rights” by right of conquest, what were the armed Israeli troops doing there at all?
      They, the soldiers from Israel, are responsible for whatever happened that day.

      • Mooser
        December 12, 2014, 10:19 am

        Aren’t a couple of Israel people who died from heart attacks connected with the fright generated about Palestinian rockets counted as casualties?

      • eljay
        December 12, 2014, 10:21 am

        >> Mooser: Ummm, if I am not mistaken “that situation” was Palestinians going out to plant olive trees on their own land in territory outside of Israel, not in Israel”.

        In Israel, outside of Israel.
        Justice and equal rights for everyone in Palestine, virulent anti-Semitism.
        Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe.

      • eljay
        December 12, 2014, 10:23 am

        >> eljay: Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe.

        That’s how Zio-supremacists view it, anyway.

      • just
        December 12, 2014, 1:35 pm

        yes.

      • Bandolero
        December 13, 2014, 1:09 am

        Mooser

        Don’t get me wrong. I’m not off the opinion that Israeli occupation forces have any legitimacy, whether it is on 48 occupied Palestinian or land they grabed later. So, of course, I see the Zionist regime responsible for whatever happens due the actions of their occupation forces.

        However, even as I see it that way that Zionist occupation forces mustn’t have been there, I also allow me to distinguish between what I see as regularly committing the crime of murder by zionist forces, and this one, what looks to me more like a death from anger. Of course I see the Zionist forces responsible for the anger, but that’s a difference from just killing people directly like the Zionist forces often do it.

        Let me say it with a rough example: there is a difference between a criminal act where a burglar goes into a house of a stranger, pushs the owner around and the owner dies from anger, and where a burglar goes into a house of a stranger and he kills the owner by splitting his head. Usually the zionist forces behave like the latter, but in this case it seems to me they behaved like the former.

      • oldgeezer
        December 13, 2014, 1:41 am

        @Bandolero

        I get your distinction. “there is a difference between a criminal act where a burglar goes into a house of a stranger, pushs the owner around and the owner dies from anger, and where a burglar goes into a house of a stranger and he kills the owner by splitting his head”. Provided you mean one is intentional and one is accidental. I don’t feel bothered enough to present what I feel would be a better analogy.

        Regardless under law the burglar would be liable for the death.

        Israel is in the party in violation of the law. It is liable. It regularly abuses and kills civilians.

        Your distinction is irrelevant and has no bearing on what is happening in the OPT.

        Nice exercise in theoretical situations though. Sadly Palestinians die in the reality of life.

      • Bandolero
        December 13, 2014, 1:48 am

        Mooser

        Aren’t a couple of Israel people who died from heart attacks connected with the fright generated about Palestinian rockets counted as casualties?

        Yes, Zionists usually and routinely count Zionist people who died from heart attacks while running to shelter as casualties of hostilities or terror. I have always rejected this assuption of moral equivalence when Zionists argued so, and so I do here.

        However, you raise an important point, again. Zionists apply double standards. Whenever a Zionist dies due to a heart attack due to action nearby, the Zionist regime call him/her a victim murdered by the resistance. But when a Pakestian dies due to a heart attack due to action nearby, the Zionist regime calls it an accident. Such double standards are, of course, unacceptable.

      • Mooser
        December 15, 2014, 6:39 pm

        In any case, the actions of the Israeli sodiers was atrocious, grossly negligent, at the least.

  26. eGuard
    December 12, 2014, 5:54 am

    BBC report: Islamic Relief suspended its work in the occupied West Bank – where the allegations were focused on – and commissioned the audit. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30443693

    Israel accused them of funding Hamas and kicked the humanitary organization out of the West Bank (BBC did not write this, see the quote). Now that they are cleared, and UK government agrees, they are still not allowed in. UK govt: weasels for not supporting their NGO.

    In the end, BBC keeps the door open to such accusations/smears: Meanwhile, there is a wider concern among some ….

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