Amnesty: Killing of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun was ‘extrajudicial execution’

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Leading human rights organization Amnesty International says the killing of the 18-year-old Palestinian Hadeel al-Hashlamoun on September 22 by an Israeli soldier was an “extrajudicial execution.”

A video of al-Hashlamoun lying on the ground dying has circulated widely on the internet.

Amnesty, which is headquarted in London, interviewed two eyewitnesses who saw Israeli occupation forces shoot the young student in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. Based on the evidence, Amnesty concluded that al-Hashlamoun “at no time posed a sufficient threat to the soldiers to make their use of deliberate lethal force permissible.”

“This killing is the latest in a long line of unlawful killings carried out by the Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank with near total impunity,” Amnesty said.

Account of the incident

Two Israeli soldiers stopped the young woman at a checkpoint in Hebron at around 7:40 AM on September 22. Amnesty’s eyewitnesses did not consult with each other, in order to assure accuracy of their accounts. The witnesses told Amnesty al-Hashlamoun was asked to open her bag for a search. She showed them the inside of her bag, but the soldiers began to yell at her, and she froze in fear. They were shouting in Hebrew, which the young woman did not understand.

Witness Fawaz Abu Aisheh, who speaks Hebrew, said he tried to help the young woman, who was trying to leave the checkpoint. He offered to translate for her, but four Israeli soldiers arrived and pushed him away. At this point, a soldier shot al-Hashlamoun in the leg. The young woman fell to the ground. One witness says he saw her drop a knife with a brown handle, but another said he did not see a knife.

The Israeli soldier then walked closer to al-Hashlamoun and shot at her chest four or five more times, while she was lying motionless on the ground. Other soldiers yelled at him to stop, yet he kept on shooting.

The Israeli military claims that al-Hashlamoun walked toward the occupation forces with a knife, but witnesses said the young woman had her hands inside her niqab, her full veil, the entire time, and never tried to move toward any of the soldiers. Israel also released a photo of a knife with a blue and yellow handle on the ground at the scene. The two eyewitnesses interviewed by Amnesty and photographs of the incident contradict these official claims.

As for the allegation that al-Hashlamoun had a knife, Amnesty remarks:

Even if al-Hashlamoun did have a knife, Israeli soldiers, who are protected with body armour and heavily equipped with advanced weapons, could have controlled the situation and arrested her without threatening her life. Open fire regulations of the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank allow soldiers to open fire only when their lives are in imminent danger, and Amnesty International concludes that this was not the case in the shooting of al-Hashlamoun, as she was standing still and separated from the soldiers by a metal barrier. There was no attempt to arrest al-Hashlamoun, according to the eyewitnesses, or to use non-lethal alternatives.

To then shoot al-Hashlamoun again multiple times as she lay wounded on the ground indicates that her killing was an extrajudicial execution. Unlawful and deliberate killings carried out by order of government or military officials, or with their complicity or acquiescence, amount to extrajudicial executions, which are prohibited at all times and constitute crimes under international law. An extrajudicial execution would also constitute a wilful killing, which is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which applies to Israel’s long-standing military occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and a war crime.

An eyewitness who stayed in the area around al-Hashlamoun for 15-20 minutes after the shooting, before being forced to leave by Israeli soldiers, said no medical help was given to the young woman, who lay bleeding to death. Local media reported that Israeli forces prevented Palestinian medics from helping al-Hashlamoun, and did not put her into an ambulance for 30-40 minutes after they shot her.

“In order to comply with their obligations under the right to life, Israeli forces had a duty to provide al- Hashlamoun with medical assistance at the earliest possible moment, which they clearly did not meet,” Amnesty said.

Violations of international law

In Hebron, Israeli settlements are located in the center of the city. The young woman was killed near these settlements, which Amnesty makes clear “are illegal under international law.”

“Palestinian residents of Hebron have had their freedom of movement and their economic rights severely curtailed by” the closures imposed on parts of the city by Israeli occupation forces, Amnesty explains. “In addition, Palestinians are often subject to arbitrary detention and humiliating treatment by Israeli security forces stationed in the city, and are often subject to settler violence, which the Israeli authorities fail to investigate effectively.”

The Israeli military says it is investigation the killing, but Amnesty writes:

such internal investigations have consistently failed to identify those responsible for previous unlawful killings or to hold anyone accountable. International law requires states to ensure prompt, independent, impartial and effective investigations into suspected extrajudicial executions. Amnesty International is calling on the Israeli authorities to carry out such an investigation into the incident, promptly disclose the findings and ensure that anyone responsible for a human rights violation is brought to justice and that the victim’s family receives full reparation. Failure to effectively investigate a suspected unlawful killing in itself constitutes a violation of the right to life.

The human rights organization indicates that it has “consistently criticized the Israeli authorities for their failure to bring to justice military or police personnel, who operate with impunity.” Amnesty drew attention to its 2014 report Trigger Happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank.

Amnesty also notes that more than 25 Palestinians, including at least three children, have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank in 2015. In 2014, dozens more in the West Bank were killed by Israeli soldiers. “In many cases, it appears that the killings were unlawful, and some may have been either wilful killings or extrajudicial executions,” the human rights organization states.

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  1. a blah chick
    September 25, 2015, 4:40 pm

    “The Israeli military says it is (investigating)…..”

    Good God, why?! They already told us what happened! Our niqab-clad assassin woke up that morning, broke up with her boyfriend and began muttering dark threats against Israel and the Jewish people and, after acquiring a knife, was overheard by ever vigilant undercover agents who, rather than arrest this fiend before innocents are slaughtered in the streets, decide to let the whole thing “play out,” in order to protect “sources” and to provide our kippa wearing hero the chance to go Rambo and let the untermensch know who’s boss.

    Cheaper than Justice.

    • John O
      September 25, 2015, 5:03 pm

      +10

    • RoHa
      September 26, 2015, 12:04 am

      A small problem with that story. We usually think that the sort of girls who wear niqabs tend not to have boyfriends. But perhaps the stress of breaking up with her boyfriend turned her instantly into a swarthy, niqab-wearing, wild-eyed, Jew-hating, Islamist fanatic.

    • MHughes976
      September 26, 2015, 7:56 am

      You do mention her dark threats against the Jewish people, abc, but do you sufficiently emphasise that this is a case of anti-Semitism doing its dreaded work? We see the deepest characteristics of this horror in the young woman: indifference to reality, immersion in prejudice, hostility and cowardice. No doubt her cowardice is exceeded only by that of her menfolk who certainly put her up to it, all the while cringing in a hovel somewhere. What an informative contrast with the other side – did she fondly imagine that she could rattle settlers, unsettle them even?
      Horror, but also sadness that someone could go so far in refusing to recognise the humanity of the Other.

    • Paldi5
      September 29, 2015, 9:51 am

      They are investigating to determine if the knife was yellow and blue, or brown.

    • Accentitude
      September 30, 2015, 6:51 am

      The analogy is even better when you consider that Rambo was helping Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Rambo 3.

  2. Froggy
    September 25, 2015, 5:52 pm

    These IDF are a bunch of Kuni-Lemels. The IDF isn’t an army but a gang of militarised cowards who specialise in shooting teenage girls and the disabled in their wheelchairs, the elderly, and bullying boys with casted arms. They seek out the weakest civilians, people who can’t fight back, to bully and murder.

    Only a twisted and degraded people would be proud of the IDF.

    • ejran
      September 27, 2015, 3:11 am

      “They seek out the weakest civilians, people who can’t fight back, to bully and murder.”

      Exactly.

      And they call them “defense” forces.

  3. Curatica
    September 25, 2015, 8:09 pm

    Why “extrajudicial”? This girl had not committed any crime. This was murder in broad daylight of an innocent human being whose only fault was that she existed.

    • Marnie
      September 26, 2015, 1:15 am

      Exactly. This is cold-blooded murder. Why can’t we call things by their true name?

      • piotr
        September 26, 2015, 7:41 pm

        This is a legal term, it is basically “murder under a color of authority”. The difference between an ordinary murder and an extrajudicial execution is that it is performed by security forces or military.

  4. JennieS
    September 25, 2015, 10:05 pm

    I see Amnesty International is using it’s usual weasel words to describe the killing of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun – “extra-judicial execution and unlawful killing’ – instead of calling it what it is – cold-blooded murder.

    The case also highlights a problem for which the Palestinian authorities are responsible. Hadeel did not understand Hebrew. In all of occupied Palestine, inside or out of the green line, all Palestinian children should be, and should have been, taught to speak and read Hebrew for their own protection.

    • just
      September 25, 2015, 11:39 pm

      “The case also highlights a problem for which the Palestinian authorities are responsible. Hadeel did not understand Hebrew. In all of occupied Palestine, inside or out of the green line, all Palestinian children should be, and should have been, taught to speak and read Hebrew for their own protection.”

      It’s not completely safe for all Palestinians to speak Hebrew. Remember this, JennieS?

      “Why did Israel target and kill Hebrew speakers in Gaza?

      … At a talk of his in London last week that I attended, and at his testimony to the Russell Tribunal on Palestine recently, Blumenthal recounted some of the stories Palestinian eyewitnesses had told him. You can watch a video of his talk at the Russell Tribunal here, or read the transcript of his prepared remarks here.

      According to several different eyewitnesses he spoke to, offering corroborating accounts of different incidents, it seems that Israeli soldiers were executing a new practice during this latest Gaza war. As Max puts it: “wanton targeting of Palestinian civilians who spoke Hebrew”.

      One example: “In Khuza’a just east of Khan Younis, multiple witnesses described soldiers gathering locals in the centre of town as they occupied the area on July 23, then asking if anyone spoke Hebrew. When a 54-year-old man stepped forward to answer in the affirmative, they shot him in the heart.”

      While Arabic is Palestinians’ first language, many Palestinians speak at least some Hebrew, especially those who regularly come into contact with Israelis. In Gaza, sealed off from the world for so long, there are far less Hebrew speakers than in the West Bank, and certainly far less than in Jerusalem. But some of the older generation, who still had permits to travel into Israel for work, do speak the language. And many Palestinian prisoners learn the language while in jail.

      This targeting is a new phenomenon, to my knowledge. I have never heard of it happening in any sort of systematic way before. Dena Shunra, an Israel expert I asked about this concurred on that.

      Why would Israeli soldiers do this? Surely they would find Hebrew-to-Arabic translation useful in issuing orders to Palestinians in their custody.

      These are preliminary reports coming out of Gaza that warrant further examination and analysis. But we can start to surmise some possible explanations.

      It could have been a wanton act of control, something to keep people in line and afraid. If there were no way for Palestinians to know what the soldiers were planning, they would have been able to keep them guessing for longer.

      The idea that occurred to me, however, is one with longer-reaching implications. Over the last few years, with more and more boycott initiatives targeting the state of Israel, and more and more legal cases for war crimes and other acts of oppression against the Palestinians being carried forward in international venues, Israel has become more conscious of its international image.

      Such cases almost always draw on Palestinian eyewitness testimonies. That is why the Russell Tribunal, for example, invited Palestinians to testify at its various hearings. Israel has been known to block Palestinian activists from travelling abroad for just such activism, or for punishing them afterwards.

      Could it be that Israel was killing Hebrew speakers in Gaza to stop more detailed understanding of Israeli soldiers’ war crimes in the Strip?

      For now, we simply don’t know, but with the emergence of further testimonies over time, the picture may become clearer.”

      link to middleeastmonitor.com

      • Marnie
        September 26, 2015, 1:26 am

        “Could it be that Israel was killing Hebrew speakers in Gaza to stop more detailed understanding of Israeli soldiers’ war crimes in the Strip?”

        A person who can fluently speak the language of their enemy is of great benefit to their people and a very dangerous person to their enemy.

        I hope the man who attempted to serve as a translator for Ms. al-Hashlamoun before being made to leave is safe. I think the soldiers made him leave because they wanted to kill this woman and give her no opportunity to understand the situation. Straight out murder. Fucking thugs.

    • echinococcus
      September 26, 2015, 4:01 am

      Protection? If they get a couple doctorates in Mishnaic and Biblical Hebrew and top it off by talking to the birds like Solomon, it still won’t make any difference at all. Even though Zionists are anatomically human, the “Israel” Herrenvolk who do not intend to eliminate the owners of their land seem to be just under 5% of the population. So, Palestinians who do understand and obey orders are murdered just as those who don’t. It’s not a question of communication but of making room.

    • zaid
      September 26, 2015, 10:37 am

      “The case also highlights a problem for which the Palestinian authorities are responsible. Hadeel did not understand Hebrew. In all of occupied Palestine, inside or out of the green line, all Palestinian children should be, and should have been, taught to speak and read Hebrew for their own protection.”

      what the hell is this!!!

      • DavidDaoud
        September 26, 2015, 10:48 am

        Exactly, Zaid! What the hell is this?!
        Who is JennieS to tell the P.A. what to teach children, when they can’t even defend their own people?

      • Froggy
        September 26, 2015, 4:18 pm

        +10

      • echinococcus
        September 26, 2015, 5:52 pm

        And remind me, since when was the PA intended to protect the Palestinian population?

    • Donald
      September 26, 2015, 2:27 pm

      It’s not weasel words–“extrajudicial execution” is the phrase AI commonly uses when a government murders someone in cold blood.

      • Mayhem
        September 26, 2015, 9:05 pm

        Note the quotation marks around the phrase “extrajudicial execution” put there because it actually was not so according to international law. Indeed weasel words from an organisation that has a biased political agenda.
        Another potential terrorist attack successfully thwarted. IDF not going to kill someone for no reason at all knowing what flack they might expect from the Pallywag brigade.

      • Froggy
        September 27, 2015, 12:44 am

        Mayhem : Why not ?

        Jewish terrorists thought nothing of blowing up the King David Hotel where of the 91 people killed, most were innocent hotel staff or office workers, like clerks and typists, along with hotel guests, 17 of whom were Jews.

        Neither did the zionist terrorists care what anyone thought when they assassinated Lord Moyne and Count Folke Bernadotte, the UN Mediator for Palestine who, as it happened, had negotiated the release of about 31,000 prisoners from German concentration camps including 11,000 Jews from Nazi concentration camps, and transported them to hospitals in Sweden.

        For decades Israelis haven’t cared what anyone thought of the atrocities they have committed, so why would they care what anyone has to say about their murdering one young woman. After all, her murder is just one more savage act in a long continuing history of savage acts.

        Going back a paragraph, I have often wondered whether the Jews had the decency to honour Count Bernadotte in the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ at Yad Vashem. After all, he rescued thousands of Jews. I’m guessing not.

        link to mondoweiss.net

        So much for gratitude. A ‘Light Unto the Nations’ you clowns are not.

      • John O
        September 27, 2015, 3:08 am

        @Mayhem

        Quotation marks actually there because (how can I put this succinctly?) that’s how to punctuate a quotation.

      • John O
        September 27, 2015, 7:43 am

        @Mayhem

        Why did you use the word “potential”? If, as has been claimed, she was carrying a knife, then it was an actual attack. Could it be that, deep down, you know she was innocent?

      • eljay
        September 27, 2015, 9:01 am

        || Mayhem: … IDF not going to kill someone for no reason at all knowing what flack they might expect from the Pallywag brigade. ||

        Suddenly Israel gives a f*ck about what the “Pallywag brigade” (I’m surprised that term made it through moderation) has to say? Bullshit. The IDF has been executing Palestinians and committing (war) crimes with impunity for almost 70 years, and it shows no sign of changing its ways.

        Keep up that kind of sissy talk and HQ just might tell you to turn in your Captain Israel card… :-(

      • Mayhem
        September 28, 2015, 10:40 pm

        @Froggy, Jewish terrorists (the Irgun) indeed blew up the King David Hotel but issued telephone warnings beforehand, including one to the hotel’s own switchboard, which the staff there decided to ignore. The bombing was strategic and unlike Palestinian terrorist attacks and suicide bombers was not intended to harm innocent civilians.
        Your insinuation that ‘Zionists’ cause harm for harm’s sake is baseless and intended to push your agenda – you wilfully ignore facts that make lies of your claims and assertions.
        The Jewish National Fund in Israel planted the Bernadotte Forest dedicated to his memory. A ceremony in Tel Aviv in May 1995, attended by the Swedish deputy prime minister, Israeli Foreign Minister and Labor Party member Shimon Peres issued a “condemnation of terror, thanks for the rescue of the Jews and regret that Bernadotte was murdered in a terrorist way,” adding that “We hope this ceremony will help in healing the wound.”
        Who gets into the heads of Palestinians who want to cause harm to Jews? Why are you dead silent about the incitement from the Palestinian leadership which clearly leads to repeated, senseless violence?
        Abbas met with a Palestinian Arab terrorist group that hurls rocks and boulders at Jews praying on the Temple Mount that are euphemistically called “activists for the defence of the Noble Sanctuary.” On official PA television, on September 16, 2015, PA exhorted this violent terrorist group as follows:
        “We bless you, we bless the Murabitin [those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic], we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah. The Al-Aqsa [Mosque on the Temple Mount] is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”
        Abbas’s outrageous “defile with their filthy feet” calumny and incitement to rock throwing and other bloody violence is reminiscent of Nazi propagandists who called persons of the Jewish faith “dirty Jews,” condemned moral Christians, and called for attacks upon and the extermination of innocent Jews and others.
        It is incitement like this that causes most harm. Arab rock-throwing attacks on innocent Jews have become an epidemic. Palestinian-Arab terrorists murdered an innocent Israeli man Alexander Levlovitz and injured his two daughters by hurling rocks at their car, causing him to lose control of his car and drive into a pole. Many others have been wounded in rock-throwing attacks. Doesn’t this bother you?

      • Kris
        September 29, 2015, 12:32 am

        Mayhem, about the King David Hotel:

        The bombers claim that warnings were given but terrorist warnings are worthless and hoaxes were common occurrences. Terrorists often want a building to be evacuated so that people are killed by another bomb planted outside. Many were killed in Julian’s Way which is where even more people would have been in an evacuation and so making the death toll much higher. link to britishforcesinpalestine.org

        And BTW, aren’t you even slightly ashamed to be getting on your high horse about incitement, given that it was incitement from Israeli political and religious leaders which has led to so many evil acts of terrorism, such as the burning up of the Dawabsha baby and his family as they slept?

        It was deliberate incitement by Sharon and his goon force that set off the second intifada, and now Israel is trying to incite a third intifada, in order to be able to massacre more Palestinians.

      • talknic
        September 29, 2015, 12:41 am

        @ Mayhem “Jewish terrorists (the Irgun) indeed blew up the King David Hotel but issued telephone warnings beforehand….. “

        Doesn’t compute. No one came out. So they blew it up …

        “The Jewish National Fund in Israel planted the Bernadotte Forest dedicated to his memory. “

        Wonderful. That was in 1952 right? Exactly where? In Israel? Or in territories “outside the State of Israel” … “in Palestine”

      • talknic
        September 29, 2015, 12:55 am

        @ Mayhem

        “We bless you, we bless the Murabitin [those carrying out Ribat, religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic], we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled …”

        A PMW ‘translation’. PMW is an Israeli apologist propaganda outfit

        … innocent Israeli man Alexander Levlovitz ..”

        Innocent? He was in breach of International Law. In occupied territories. IOW he was either an idiot or naively duped by the Israeli Government

        “…and injured his two daughters by hurling rocks at their car, causing him to lose control of his car and drive into a pole. Many others have been wounded in rock-throwing attacks. Doesn’t this bother you?”

        Indeed it does bother me. It also bothers me that you’re still yapping up the wrong tree.

        Go whine and bitch to the Zionist Federation who decided to colonize Palestine in 1897 and the Israeli Government for actively encouraging and assisting Israelis to break GC IV, a convention adopted to protect ALL civilians, including those of the Occupying Power, from becoming embroiled in the violence expected when you occupy another people.

        What kind of a f&*ked up organization and f&*ked Government encourages civilians to endanger themselves?

      • bryan
        September 29, 2015, 1:08 am

        @Mayhem ” The bombing was strategic and unlike Palestinian terrorist attacks and suicide bombers was not intended to harm innocent civilians.” Just just just possibly there may be an iota of truth in the first part of the statement, but you have absolutely no creditability on the second part. Irgun bombers targeted cafes, buses, railway stations, hospitals, cinemas, post offices and especially market places – all the places where Arab civilians would congregate and where their assassins would be less like to be confronted by security forces. Why did they do it? Purely in order to terrorize the local population, to harm civilians and to make the country ungovernable. link to en.wikipedia.org

      • Mayhem
        September 29, 2015, 6:42 pm

        @bryan, your remarks have no validity in the current context where Palestinian incitement is aimed at violently disrupting an existing accord between the two sides and hindering any advancement in negotiations and reconciliation. The Irgun attacks you mention occurred during war-time.
        @talknic, where’s your alternative translation to Abbas’ rabid remarks? You wilfully condemn the bearers of bad news (the truth) about the inherent corruption and racist behaviour of the Palestinian leadership.
        Whilst Israel attempts to rein in its extremists, the Palestinian leadership incites its people to violence. The current spate of violence to do with the Temple Mount is spurred on by idiotic fear-mongering and scare tactics employed by Muslim leaders who spread crazy stories (especially at the time of the Jewish high holidays when plenty of Jews have been around) that the Jews are threatening to destroy Al-Aqsa.
        And not even a whimper amongst the MW proletariat about the blatant anti-semitism in Abbas’ remarks. Blind, one-sided commentary only proves that its exponents deliberately skirt around the truth with an agenda bloated with bias and dishonesty.

      • Froggy
        September 29, 2015, 8:32 pm

        Mayhem : “Blind, one-sided commentary only proves that its exponents deliberately skirt around the truth with an agenda bloated with bias and dishonesty.”

        You are projecting.

      • Kris
        September 29, 2015, 7:42 pm

        @Mayhem @ 6:42: “the blatant anti-semitism in Abbas’ remarks…”

        Could you be specific? Which remarks, and in what way were they “antisemitic”? Thanks.

      • just
        September 29, 2015, 7:57 pm

        Mayhem, you probably need to revisit your dear leader’s comments. You can also visit your Knesset supremacists’ comments, too.

        But for real excitement and stirrings of what makes Zionists like you tick, read this:

        “Video: Temple movement rabbi proselytizes for genocide”

        link to electronicintifada.net

      • Kris
        September 29, 2015, 11:40 pm

        @Mayhem @10:40:

        The Al-Aqsa [Mosque on the Temple Mount] is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.” Abbas’s outrageous “defile with their filthy feet” calumny and incitement to rock throwing and other bloody violence is reminiscent of Nazi propagandists who called persons of the Jewish faith “dirty Jews,” condemned moral Christians, and called for attacks upon and the extermination of innocent Jews and others.

        Did you know that Muslims expect people to take off their shoes before entering mosques? And to be quiet and respectful. link to bbc.com Wearing shoes into the mosque would be very offensive. Just guessing that the Jewish Al-Aqsa mosque-crashers keep their shoes on. And are arrogant and aggressive.

        I’m guessing that people who are being oppressed and ethnically cleansed quickly come to hate their tormentors, not because they are Germans, say, but because of what they are doing. And so might be upset when they violate their places of worship.

        Abbas would be angry at anyone who behaved the way Israeli Jews are behaving, and would feel that their “filthy feet” defiled Muslim holy spaces, too. Most things really aren’t about “antisemitism.”

      • just
        September 30, 2015, 12:01 am

        Thanks for that, Kris.

        (Perhaps Mayhem prefers his Zio- bubble and carefully nurtured faux- paranoia to the facts.)

      • Kris
        September 30, 2015, 12:06 am

        Thanks, just. And look at this: link to juancole.com

        How did I just know that Israeli Jews would defile the mosque with their filthy (i.e., have been worn outside, maybe even stepping in dog poop) shoes?

        (Please note, Mayhem, shoes or feet can be considered “filthy” independently of whether they are Jewish.)

      • just
        September 30, 2015, 12:24 am

        “How did I just know that Israeli Jews would defile the mosque with their filthy (i.e., have been worn outside, maybe even stepping in dog poop) shoes?”

        Because if the shoe fits…

        “(Please note, Mayhem, shoes or feet can be considered “filthy” independently of whether they are Jewish.)”

        Exactly. It’s disrespectful and “filthy”.

        Thanks again, Kris.

      • talknic
        September 30, 2015, 1:08 am

        @ Mayhem “. The Irgun attacks you mention occurred during war-time”

        What war?

        “@talknic, where’s your alternative translation to Abbas’ rabid remarks?”

        You’re making the assertion, it’s up to you to corroborate PMW’s validity

        ” You wilfully condemn the bearers of bad news (the truth) about the inherent corruption and racist behaviour of the Palestinian leadership”

        A) PMW, Memri et al purposefully distort. Manufacturing propaganda for useful idiots

        B) Neither Jews or Israelis are a race and there’s no requirement to take shoes off to enter a Jewish place of worship

        C) Evidence of this alleged corruption please….

        “Whilst Israel attempts to rein in its extremists”

        By actively encouraging them to illegally settle in non-Israeli territories. Interesting theories you have

        “the Palestinian leadership incites its people to violence”

        The occupied have a right to violently resist their occupier

        “The current spate of violence to do with the Temple Mount is spurred on by idiotic fear-mongering and scare tactics employed by Muslim leaders who spread crazy stories (especially at the time of the Jewish high holidays when plenty of Jews have been around) that the Jews are threatening to destroy Al-Aqsa”

        There are Jews who ARE threatening to destroy Al-Aqsa!

        “And not even a whimper amongst the MW proletariat about the blatant anti-semitism in Abbas’ remarks”

        Dirty feet/shoes/sandals are not semitic

        ” Blind, one-sided commentary only proves that its exponents deliberately skirt around the truth with an agenda bloated with bias and dishonesty”

        No need to describe your shtick, we’re well aware of how you and your kind operate

      • Annie Robbins
        September 30, 2015, 1:18 am

        The bombing was strategic and unlike Palestinian terrorist attacks and suicide bombers was not intended to harm innocent civilians.

        shorter mayhem:

        our goals are strategic, we merely want your land therefor we did not harm for harm’s sake by blowing up your home and killing your wife and babies cuz our intent was merely dominion over your land, not intended to harm innocent civilians just because we were aware there were innocent civilians in your home when our bomb we set went off knowing it would kill everything in the vicinity, we did not cause harm for harm’s sake. plus, we made a phone call and told whoever answered the phone a bomb would go off. our intent is merely to capture your land –strategically and by any means. therefore all suggestion of our complicity in your families death is circumstantial because our massacre had strategic purpose. therefore your insinuation that ‘Zionists’ cause harm for harm’s sake is baseless and intended to push your agenda . you willfully ignore our strategic goals that make lies of your claims and assertions.

        sure dude. zzzzzzz

      • echinococcus
        September 30, 2015, 2:16 am

        Annie,

        Genius. You speak Modern Israelian more fluently than the natives.

      • bryan
        September 30, 2015, 7:12 am

        “@mayhem – “bryan, your remarks have no validity in the current context where Palestinian incitement is aimed at violently disrupting an existing accord between the two sides and hindering any advancement in negotiations and reconciliation. The Irgun attacks you mention occurred during war-time.”

        I merely pointed out to you that Jewish attacks on civilians have historically been very similar to Palestinian attacks on civilians (though of course one has been conducted in support of the colonial occupation of an alien land, and the other in resistance to that colonization). now you come up with a whole series of non-sequiturs, irrelevancies and falsehoods.

        (1) “Palestinian incitement” – (a) is not killing civilians; (b) is not a national trait – some Palestinians have been hostile (or even violent) towards Israel when other Palestinians have been participating in shared security operations with Israel. Even Hamas (for long periods before truces were undermined by Israeli aggression) has successfully policed more militant groups like Islamic Jihad; (c) incitement against Palestinians by Israeli groups closely linked with the government and military is just as serious a problem.

        (2) “the current context” is irrelevant (a) I specifically cited (as an example) the Irgun atrocities of more than sixty years ago; (b) I assume you were referring to the wave of suicide bombings which ended years ago; (c) even if you were referring to more recent and sporadic rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza, these are largely ineffective, are as far as technology permits directed at military targets (esp. cross-border tunnels and mortars) and are relatively insignificant in terms of civilian deaths compared to Israeli attacks.

        (3) “aimed at violently disrupting an existing accord between the two sides” I assume you must be referring to the Oslo Accords, which are effectively as dead as a dead parrot, largely because Israel undermined their implementation and then reneged on them. The violence comes not to disrupt accord but because of continued occupation, repression, settlement-building and rejection of peace by Israel.

        (4) “hindering any advancement in negotiations and reconciliation” Wikileaks and even public remarks from Kerry and Obama indicate that Israel has been the obstacle in the recent peace process.

        (5) “The Irgun attacks you mention occurred during war-time.” The list I cited, which you did not dispute, consisted entirely of peacetime attacks (between March 1937 and April 1948, with two minor exceptions, not involving civilians, both in September 1944, when police stations were attacked, with unknown casualties and when a leading police officer was assassinated. There are very good reasons why Irgun almost entirely suspended their activities during World War II (a) the British were fighting the Nazi enemy of the Jewish people; (b) continued attacks on the British during the war were perceived by moderate Zionists (if there is such an animal) as treacherous, and very damaging from a PR perspective (especially regarding American support) and hence Ben Gurion instituted the Hunting Season to temporarily crack down on Jewish terrorism (link to en.wikipedia.org); (c) there was very good reason to believe that Britain might be seriously weakened (if not annihilated) in the war with Germany and that waiting for an advantageous post-war settlement made sense.

        So, Mayhem, not a single word you utter makes a jot of sense. Do you (a) make it up as you go along (b) uncritically and unthinkingly quote from some hasbara manual (c) have any familiarity at all with Middle Eastern history and politics. My bet is (a) because you can usually get away with just blagging unsubstantiated twaddle. I don’t think it can be (b) because hasbarists can be outrageous but are not that stupid. (c) may be true but is no excuse: remember Google can be your friend, provided you are prepared to seek for the truth and consider honest and credible sources.

      • eljay
        September 30, 2015, 8:01 am

        || Mayhem: … not even a whimper amongst the MW proletariat about the blatant anti-semitism in Abbas’ remarks. … ||

        From PalWatch.org (are they the official anti-“Pallywag brigade“?):

        PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “ … The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”

        Assuming that by “filthy” he means “Jewish” (and not “thieving” or “oppressors'” or “colonialist” or some other adjective that describes the feet of hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists), I condemn his remarks.

        But how, exactly, do his remarks justify:
        – Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State”;
        – any of Israel’s almost 70 years’ worth of past and on-going (war) crimes (incl. theft, occupation, colonization, oppression, torture and murder); and
        – Israel’s refusal to honour its obligations under international law (incl. RoR of Israeli refugees)?

        (Where are your whimpers of condemnation? Oh, that’s right: They’re drowned out by your roars of approval.)

    • piotr
      September 26, 2015, 7:44 pm

      Is is possible that Hadeel did understand, but she literally freaked out. Take a random shy girl, surround with several men brandishing huge guns and start to shout.

  5. mcohen.
    September 25, 2015, 11:25 pm

    Jennies

    That is exactly my point…all Palestinians on the west bank should be able to understand basic Hebrew,especially those passing through checkpoints…..that’s what the witness said…
    She could not understand the word stop in Hebrew.

    • zaid
      September 26, 2015, 10:35 am

      what a ridiculous comment.

      why didn’t the soldier knew that she didn’t understand Hebrew like the witness did??
      why don’t the soldier understand Arabic??
      why didn’t the occupier learn the language of the nation he is occupying??
      why do Israel occupy them anyway after 70 years??
      why do Israel build settlements in the west bank??
      why are you repeating your stupid comments??

      • just
        September 26, 2015, 10:52 am

        +10, zaid!

      • just
        September 26, 2015, 11:42 am

        Amira Hass:

        “East Jerusalem Residents Feel They Have Nothing Left to Lose

        Even when they don’t agree with stone throwing, Palestinians in East Jerusalem say their existence is constantly under threat.

        Rami received Israeli citizenship two years ago. He is a student in his mid-20s, born and living in East Jerusalem. Repulsed by the stone throwing, he has undergone a conscious and self-chosen “Israelization” since high school.

        Rami (not his real name) reached the conclusion that he wouldn’t get ahead in life without learning Hebrew, becoming familiar with Israeli culture and even befriending Jews, and pursuing studies and work opportunities through Israeli institutions. He submitted two citizenship applications to the Interior Ministry, which rejected him both times. Only after paying a lawyer a decent sum of money that put him in debt was he granted citizenship.

        It is not Israeli patriotism that motivated Rami to become a citizen. Like most Jerusalem Palestinians who have managed to receive Israeli citizenship or have pursued it, he did it to be able to study and stay abroad without fear of not being permitted to return to his city and home. “Our existence in Jerusalem is constantly threatened,” says Rami, who calls himself a Jerusalem Arab rather than Palestinian.

        Variations of this theme arise in every conversation with East Jerusalem residents, especially during the current, publicized confrontations between police and youths. Morning, noon and night, every Palestinian in Jerusalem lives and breathes the Israeli desire, which they perceive in the state’s policies, for them all to abandon the city and move abroad or to Ramallah. As residents but not citizens, they are subject to Israeli entry laws – as if they had asked to move there and not been annexed. Extended residence outside the city – for studies, work or living in the West Bank – puts them at risk of losing their Jerusalem residency status and expulsion, with the High Court’s approval.

        The continuous Israeli threat to their existence in the city is an Archimedean point for understanding the situation in East Jerusalem, even though there are those – like psychologist Rana Nashashibi, Dr. Muhammad Jadallah and Nasser Kos of the Palestinian Prisoners’ club – who say that anyone who wanted to and could leave has already done so. That’s it. The 303,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem (75 percent of them under the poverty line) won’t leave, despite all the pressure and oppression.

        In many respects, Muhammad (he asked us not to disclose his full name) is the opposite of Rami, though they are of the same age. He did throw stones, got wounded, was caught, arrested and banned from al-Aqsa for one year. His home is some 50 meters from one of the gates to Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount). In contrast to Rami, Muhammad doubts the Jewish connection to the place. …

        … “East Jerusalem closes at five. If we want to go out a little, it’s impossible in the western part of the city. It isn’t safe to be there after eight or nine at night. Right-wingers hunt and chase anyone they identify as an Arab, and during the day any Border policeman can detain you and humiliate you,” says Muhammad. “So we go to Ramallah and Bethlehem.”…

        …Nasser Kos recalls a 12-year-old boy who returned from school to find his home demolished. “He cried ‘revenge’ so the whole world would hear him and then he went to throw a firebomb,” Kos says. “Today he is 18 and still in jail.” Even someone who does not agree with his deed understands him. Even Rami understands the stone-throwers.

        Kos says he became active in Fatah 30 years ago so his children would live better. He never imagined their lives would have no personal or political horizon for improvement and change.

        “The child sees his mother beaten, the old man on the way to Al-Aqsa struck by a policeman,” says Kos. “He can’t bear it. He vents his anger.” So, children and youths who throw stones come to represent the general population.

        “We all feel we have reached the end of our ability to suffer the methodical official attacks against us in Jerusalem,” says Nashashibi. “Israel has succeeded in turning the difficulties of life into a daily matter for every Jerusalem resident. Every conversation begins with ‘you heard the shooting, I was choking from gas, I couldn’t reach the Old City, I got a traffic fine over nothing, a city clerk spoke to me rudely, the child dropped out because the level is low and there’s no money for a private school, the city isn’t fixing the sewage.’”

        She is convinced that “if we weren’t all so deeply frustrated, we would all go into the street.” Adults have practical considerations that prevent them from expressing their constant rage, or as Nashashibi puts it: “The children and youths aren’t restrained by the conclusions and fear of the adults that there is no benefit, that everything was already tried and nothing has changed.”
        Will Israel’s new policy of suppressing demonstrations and harsher punishments have an impact?

        “Death does not deter,” says Kos. “I am talking to you and I am dead. I die while living. We die every day. So we have nothing to lose. Therefore, the youths are prepared to die.””

        read more: link to haaretz.com

        Filthy and criminal Occupiers and Occupation, endorsed by the US and far too many in power who have way too much $$$ and weapons to give to the pariah state.

      • Froggy
        September 26, 2015, 4:26 pm

        Informative, Just. Thank you.

      • tree
        September 26, 2015, 5:56 pm

        Little known historical fact: The Soweto Uprising in 1976 South Africa started as a protest by high school students against a new decree by the government that Afrikaans must be the language of instruction in all black high schools. Another fact from the uprising- the students threw stones at police in response to tear gas. What is most remembered is that the South African police then shot over a hundred of the 20,000 some students who protested.

        I think many people agree the oppressed had a right to protest having to use the language of the oppressor, and they had a right to throw stones without being shot and killed. Too bad the usual apologists for Israel don’t apply the same reasoning to Palestinians that they are willing to apply to black South Africans.

      • RoHa
        September 26, 2015, 7:55 pm

        “a city clerk spoke to me rudely, the child dropped out because the level is low and there’s no money for a private school, the city isn’t fixing the sewage.’”

        You don’t have to be a Palestinian to make those sort of complaints, but for most of the rest of us they are not made in the context of shootings and house destructions.

    • DavidDaoud
      September 26, 2015, 10:54 am

      mCohen,
      Every Israeli soldier knows the word “stop” in the Arabic language.
      It’s probably the Arabic word they use most often in their “work”.

      The 18-year-old young woman didn’t understand Hebrew, and I’m sure that was immediately apparent to the soldiers. The fact that they were screaming at her in Hebrew caused her to freeze up.
      Cohen, do you feel any empathy for her at all? Can you possibly put yourself in her place and feel her fear and intimidation?

      • MHughes976
        September 26, 2015, 11:38 am

        I don’t think that there is a moral obligation on the oppressed to learn the language of the oppressor.

      • Sibiriak
        September 26, 2015, 12:01 pm

        MHughes976: I don’t think that there is a moral obligation on the oppressed to learn the language of the oppressor .
        ——————————————

        No–and to suggest so could be seen as offensive.

        Then again, there might in some circumstances be a prudential obligation to learn an oppressor’s language, and perhaps some ethical obligation to exercise prudence.

    • Froggy
      September 26, 2015, 3:18 pm

      Mcohen : You have it backwards. Soldiers and apparatchiks who deal with conquered people are expected to speak their language well enough to give basic orders and understand basic comments from the untermenschen.

      I mean… didn’t you ever see any war movies?

      • echinococcus
        September 26, 2015, 7:48 pm

        Yes Froggy, but those in war movies are Europeans and such –not real he-men like the superhuman Zionists.

      • Froggy
        September 26, 2015, 10:44 pm

        Because it takes super-masculine men to shoot college girls, disabled teenagers, and to subdue kids with one arm in a cast.

        Now here’s a real man :

        link to haaretz.com

      • echinococcus
        September 26, 2015, 11:38 pm

        That one is the extra-fine quality. “Que vouliez-vous qu’il fît contre quatre ?”
        Must say I prefer idiots like that one, who at least is intimidated somewhat by a camera, to those who kill you like bugs.

      • Froggy
        September 27, 2015, 1:34 pm

        Echinococcus : “Must say I prefer idiots like that one, who at least is intimidated somewhat by a camera, to those who kill you like bugs.Must say I prefer idiots like that one, who at least is intimidated somewhat by a camera, to those who kill you like bugs.”

        Truez heb sikour a ra nebeud à vad. — Breton proverb

      • echinococcus
        September 27, 2015, 6:29 pm

        Imagine being only a couple Google clicks away from understanding even that

      • Froggy
        September 27, 2015, 9:39 pm

        Yes, but one has to move their fat arse over to the computer, to type in a Google search, and the NMR can’t be bothered.

      • echinococcus
        September 27, 2015, 11:24 pm

        Froggy,
        It’s not that fat.

      • Froggy
        September 28, 2015, 8:45 am

        -LOL-

        Then you’re not a real Mericun.

      • YoniFalic
        September 28, 2015, 9:22 am

        Usually the soldiers at Nabi Saleh are just as bad as those at el-Khalil (Hebron).

        I give the Nabi Saleh soldier credit for not acting like the sadistic Hebron murderers.

        Maybe he thought to himself, “Should I really be shooting women and children?” — something that the psychopathic Miri Regev apparently would have preferred.

        Perhaps he will wake up as I did and leave the sick perverted State of Israel.

        link to haaretz.com

    • Accentitude
      September 29, 2015, 3:27 am

      Mcohen, you are occupying MY land. You are in MY country. If you want to police MY people, you should speak MY language. I am not the foreigner in the foreign land. YOU are.

      • Froggy
        September 29, 2015, 11:44 am

        Accentitude : “Mcohen, you are occupying MY land. You are in MY country. If you want to police MY people, you should speak MY language. I am not the foreigner in the foreign land. YOU are.”

        That seems to be a concept that is impossible for zionistas to understand.

  6. Joseph R. Davis
    September 26, 2015, 9:00 am

    Ah, yes. The Heroic Hebrew Hammers of the IDF. Soldiers who fight so well against old men, women and children. A little murder here, a little murder there. It keeps these elite fighters on their toes.

    • Joseph R. Davis
      September 26, 2015, 10:11 am

      Perhaps someone can tell me why THIS post:

      These IDF are a bunch of Kuni-Lemels. The IDF isn’t an army but a gang of militarised cowards who specialise in shooting teenage girls and the disabled in their wheelchairs, the elderly, and bullying boys with casted arms. They seek out the weakest civilians, people who can’t fight back, to bully and murder.

      Differs from MY post:

      Ah, yes. The Heroic Hebrew Hammers of the IDF. Soldiers who fight so well against old men, women and children. A little murder here, a little murder there. It keeps these elite fighters on their toes.

      Yet…MY post is awaiting “moderation.”

      • tree
        September 26, 2015, 5:33 pm

        JRD

        One thing you will notice if you post here regularly is that the clearing of comments is rather haphazard. The place is understaffed for moderators and they aren’t always available so there may be a backlog. Then, when someone is available and comments do get cleared, they don’t always get cleared in the order in which they are posted.Sometimes new comments get cleared before older comments or comments on a more active thread are cleared faster than those on other threads. And a few longtime posters have their comments cleared in a more streamlined system. I’d suggest not taking it personally. It isn’t intended that way, its just a part of the vagaries of a small volunteer moderation system.

      • chocopie
        September 28, 2015, 11:55 am

        If you’re not one of the regular commenters, it can be very random. It’s not intentional. I’ve had a few comments that actually took a couple days to show up. I think they get jumbled up in the backlog. Just keep donating to the site so they can pay for more efficient comment moderating. It has gotten better over time.

  7. DavidDaoud
    September 26, 2015, 9:31 am

    What ought to be mentioned and which I saw in a youtube video is that, after she was repeatedly shot and dragged by her feet, soldiers pushed back her niqab, revealing her young face. I wonder if any one of them felt any remorse after seeing her face.

    • chocopie
      September 28, 2015, 11:51 am

      I don’t understand this comment. Is it somehow a worse crime to shoot a 19-year-old? If she were 40 it wouldn’t be quite as bad?

    • Accentitude
      September 30, 2015, 1:20 am

      “I wonder if any one of them felt any remorse after seeing her face.”

      Why would they feel remorse? You are applying Islamic beliefs to Non-Muslims. It might be sin to you but it is not a sin to others.

  8. a blah chick
    September 26, 2015, 10:57 am

    Words fail me. From Twitter.

    Patrick O Strickland [email protected]_Strickland_ 17h17 hours ago Doha, Qatar
    Nationalist Israeli FB page posts nude image of Hadeel Hashlamoun, 19, killed in Hebron. Caption mocks her leg hair.

  9. Kay24
    September 26, 2015, 11:35 am

    It is obvious these IDF thugs are nothing but racist killers, who find it easy to pull the trigger when it is aimed at Arabs, or those dressed like one. No child or woman is safe from these killers. These tall tales of being threatened, and the justification for these senseless killings, never sound logical, and mostly borders on lies. Disgusting people over there.

  10. talknic
    September 26, 2015, 11:51 am

    The IDF story is bullsh*t!
    The notion that she continued to walk towards the IDF goons can be easily disproven.
    A) They claim she was shot in both legs but continued to walk towards them … super woman!!
    B) The initial part of the confrontation happened when she was thru the barricade on the IDF side
    link to i.guim.co.uk
    However, her body lies on the other/entry side of the barricade
    link to i.guim.co.uk
    They then inhumanely dragged her back under the barricade link to youtu.be
    She was shot on the opposite side of the barricade to the IDF. IOW she was walking away!

    Vests are armed so they go off when the trigger is RELEASED. If they thought she had a vest they’d have backed off. They didn’t back off.

    Only a f^&cking moron would should someone at close range if they thought had an explosive vest on.

    link to youtube.com

  11. Jasonius Maximus
    September 26, 2015, 12:20 pm

    I’m just waiting for the apologists to jump on the “Pallywood” band wagon and begin the victim blaming by claiming that the whole incident was actually “staged”…

    This poor misguided teen was clearly “acting her part” and playing to her audience (and the cameras) with the full intention to martyr herself just to make poor innocent old Israel and the IDF look bad in front of the world. And when they pull back her head veil they’ll claim that it was in fact the infamous “Shirley Temper” under the niqab the whole time!

  12. Ossinev
    September 26, 2015, 1:45 pm

    What I find most gruesome about this incident is the way in which one of these brainwashed IDF zombies drags the young girl along the ground like a slaughtered game animal. It reminded me of images of naked skeletal Jewish victims of the Nazis being dragged along the ground and thrown into pits during the Holocaust.

    • just
      September 26, 2015, 2:38 pm

      It certainly does add to the gruesome aspects of this crime, Ossinev.

      More gruesome is that it is SOP for the IOF, and it is supported by many Israelis and their supporters all over this planet. No regret, no remorse, no accountability~ ever. The most gruesome thing, of course, is that she is dead. Her body was riddled with bullets in her chest, her abdomen, and her legs and she was left to exsanguinate in agony by the bestial IOF and the bestial illegal squatters who nonchalantly watched her life pouring from her and did nothing to help. She was dragged through the dirt and only finally then endured surgeries (too late) and succumbed to those evildoers’ bullet wounds.

      (Question: Has anyone heard ANY leader in ‘the West’ condemn this latest state sanctioned execution?)

    • DavidDaoud
      September 26, 2015, 3:49 pm

      I saw another video, from a different perspective, which shows 2 soldiers dragging her from under a barrier, each holding an ankle.

  13. YoniFalic
    September 26, 2015, 2:27 pm

    “Evidence obtained by Amnesty International indicates that the killing of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun by Israeli forces in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, on 22 September 2015 was an extrajudicial execution.”

    Calling the murder of Hadeel by the designation “extrajudicial execution” is just an effort to avoid using the correct terminology.

    The murder was just another action in an ongoing policy of genocide. No one calls the murders of Jews by Orpos (Ordnungspolizisten) or SS at checkpoints, in the course of military action, or during police activities by the designation “extrajudicial execution” because obviously such murders were not. They were atrocities within the genocide being perpetrated.

    • piotr
      September 27, 2015, 8:38 am

      Some people complain about the designation “extrajudicial execution”. It is by no means a euphemism, it is a term for a type of crime that is hardly ever prosecuted because it is performed by the state, covertly or overtly. The more the act is sanctioned by the state, the more it falls under “extrajudicial execution” and less under simple “murder”. That just means that responsibility lies mostly with the state.

      Member of security forces, police, military are getting weapons and instruction how to use them in the case of danger, how to recognize the danger and how to use different types of force. And how to concoct evidence in a case things go wrong. So the responsibility lies chiefly with people in command position who organize, instruct, approve etc. In particular, I feel that there is a huge correlation between hysterical killings like Hadeel case and bouts of hysteria emanating from Knesset and the government.

      • YoniFalic
        September 27, 2015, 9:37 am

        I am not a specialist in international law, but I have the impression that the designation “extra-judicial execution” is a way to avoid looking at the case from the standpoint of The International Convention for the Prevention and Prosecution of the Crime of Genocide.

        Both AI and also HRW studiously avoid applying the most clearly operative International Law (signed and ratified both by the USA and also by Israel) to the conflict over Palestine.

        Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

        (a) Killing members of the group;
        (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
        (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
        (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
        (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

        Zionist literature since the 1880s and since proves intent.

        AI and HRW probably try to avoid invoking international antigenocide law because of the next two articles.

        Article III: The following acts shall be punishable:

        (a) Genocide;
        (b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
        (c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
        (d) Attempt to commit genocide;
        (e) Complicity in genocide.

        Article IV:

        Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in article III shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.

        The soldiers that murdered Hadil should be charged and tried under III.a,b,d,e. More investigation would be required for III.c.

        The entire Israeli Jewish educational system indoctrinates Jews both with the necessity and also with the rectitude of “deliberately inflicting on the [Palestinians] conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”. Since I have been in the USA, I have observed that the Jewish Lobby carries out similar indoctrination and thus should be charged and tried under III.b,c,e.

      • Annie Robbins
        September 27, 2015, 10:29 am

        I am not a specialist in international law

        well, you were off to a good start anyway. i agree w/piotr

        the responsibility lies chiefly with people in command position who organize, instruct, approve etc. In particular, I feel that there is a huge correlation between hysterical killings like Hadeel case and bouts of hysteria emanating from Knesset and the government.

      • YoniFalic
        September 27, 2015, 11:59 am

        Failing to identify the soldiers as perpetrators under Articles II & III of the International Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide is exactly analogous to failing to bring hate crime charges against the Chapel Hill shooter.

        The Israeli Jewish educational system indoctrinates Jews with the necessity and rectitude of killing (especially as the Book of Joshua is taught) or of destroying the Palestinians in the Land of Israel, whatever that may be.

        Having grown up with them, I know my relatives that came to Palestine from the 1880s-1930s believed they would have to kill or to destroy/drive out the Arabs in order to build the Jewish state — all of such actions come under international antigenocide law.

        To deny that the Jewish immigrants of the 30s and 40s committed the most well documented genocide (according to the International Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide) is simply prejudice.

        This genocidal mentality permeates Israeli Jewish society and explains the atrocities that the Jewish state has committed since it was created.

  14. Ossinev
    September 27, 2015, 7:52 am

    Just
    I am not aware of any comments from Western leaders or any specifically critical comments from Western MSM. I suspect that this may relate to the fact that this young girl was wearing a niqab which has a dehumanising effect for many people in Western society. The UK Daily Mail website has a picture of a young and smiling Nadeel wearing a burqa. Had this been the image from photos at the checkpoint it might just have prompted an expression of “concern” by a US State Department Official and certainly IMO would have resulted in a great deal of condemnation in the Western press. I think the fact that the Israeli authorities did not announce that there would be one of their usual world class leading “thorough investigations” may reflect the fact that they felt that they could just wing this one as there was no human face which could be associated with the atrocity.

    • just
      September 27, 2015, 10:33 am

      I think you’re spot- on, Ossinev. It’s an engineered and deliberate tragedy that we’re witnessing~ the dehumanization of billions of people.

      Even when the West expresses “concern”, they really don’t mean it, do they? It’s clear that the Israelis have been given a free pass to genocide Palestinians with impunity and rewarded with even more money, the UN veto, and terrible weapons to ‘field- test’ on the indigenous Palestinians in their own land.

      (Welcome to Mondoweiss, Ossinev)

    • Annie Robbins
      September 27, 2015, 10:44 am

      “reflect the fact that they felt that they could just wing this one as there was no human face which could be associated with the atrocity.”

      i agree. but i wouldn’t be surprised if Forensic Architecture studied this case and the condemnations dragged out for a long time. contrary to what commentor Yoni Falic just mentioned, that ” soldiers that murdered Hadil should be charged and tried under” international crimes of genocide, i think this crime can be added on to a whole list of others that point directly to the israeli government. and i do think cumulatively it amounts to genocide.

      • YoniFalic
        September 27, 2015, 12:26 pm

        Please look at Article IV.

        Article IV:

        Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in article III shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals.

        Individual people commit acts of genocide. States and state organizations are merely a means of instrumentality like a gun in the perpetration of murder.

        And BTW, even within the Israeli genocide-inciting primary and secondary school curriculum for Jews, a teacher could almost certainly nullify that message if he or she were willing to make the effort.

    • Froggy
      September 27, 2015, 1:49 pm

      This is the face of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun :

      link to tapnewswire.com

      • just
        September 27, 2015, 2:05 pm

        A beautiful Palestinian with what appears to be a diploma and posies. Her past, present, and future was eliminated by many armed Occupier thugs and many bullets. It was a gang killing, not unlike a gang rape. The Occupiers stole her most precious thing~ her life.

        Her face, along with too many others, will fill my memory place.

        Thanks, Froggy.

      • Froggy
        September 28, 2015, 7:43 am

        Just : Some faces stay with in one’s mind, and Hadeel’s face is one of them.

  15. Paldi5
    September 27, 2015, 10:24 am

    One witness says he saw her drop a knife with a brown handle. Another said he did not see a knife. The Israeli soldier then walked closer to al-Hashlamoun and shot at her chest four or five more times, while she was lying motionless on the ground. The Israeli military claims that al-Hashlamoun walked toward the occupation forces with a knife, but witnesses said the young woman had her hands inside her niqab, the entire time, and never tried to move toward any of the soldiers. Israel also released a photo of a knife with a blue and yellow handle on the ground at the scene.

    A blue and white knife… with a brown handle

    • YoniFalic
      September 27, 2015, 3:18 pm

      A blue and white (or yellow) knife with a brown handle makes me think of a sheathed letter opener knife. The sheath (usually made of wood) would be brown.

      • YoniFalic
        September 28, 2015, 2:08 pm

        Here is an example knife letter opener that one can purchase in Israel and probably in the occupied territories.

        link to ebay.com

        There is something called a nib or paper knife, which I have never seen and which is used by Arabic calligraphers to trim calligraphy pen nibs. Perhaps Hadeel is a calligrapher and was trying to show the soldiers that she had nothing but a nib knife.

  16. piotr
    September 27, 2015, 6:18 pm

    There was a little discussion why Hadeel did not understand Hebrew. Actually, there is no evidence that she did not:

    QUOTE
    He said a soldier had asked Ms. Hashlamoun to open her bag for inspection. “When she was opening at her bag, he began shouting: ‘Stop! Stop! Stop! Don’t move! Don’t move!’ ” the activist said. “She was trying to show him what was inside her bag, but the soldier shot her once, and then shot her again.”

    The activist said three or four other soldiers had raced to the scene and also fired.

    Another witness, Fawaz Abu Aisheh, 34, who appeared in the photographs taken by the activist, said Ms. Hashlamoun did not respond as soldiers screamed at her in Hebrew to step back. A soldier shot at her feet twice, but she did not move, he said.

    “She was like a nail, like she was in shock,” he said. “I was shouting, ‘She doesn’t understand Hebrew!’ ”

    Mr. Abu Aisheh said he had opened a small gate inside the checkpoint so that she could back away from the soldiers. She did so, creating more distance between her and the soldiers. END QUOTE

    You do not need to be a sheltered shy girl with comprehension difficulties to be utterly confused when men with huge guns surround you and start shouting contradictory commands, “Open the bag! Don’t move”. Actually, sensibly enough, she stopped moving. Abu Aisheh to defuse situation said that “She does not understand Hebrew”, which is more tactful then “quiet down and decide what you want her to do”. On the photographs, the eyes of a soldiers are almost popping out of his head, as if he was thinking “O my G.d! I will not get out of here alive, she is about to explode!”

    Actually, typically for IDF, it was extremely weird checkpoint. On a checkpoint they should be prepared to check things. There should be a large well visible table, a person to pat (a female person for patting females), etc. Each of us knows the airport procedure. In the photo, we see a strangely placed tiny table, a chair, and a bucket, they did not bring her to the checking area — there was none? After commanding Hadeel to open her case, the soldier probably realized that he made a blunder, and then his panic could not be stopped.

    It reminds me an incident when IDF shot dead a settler rabbi. For some reason, just before dawn they decided to suddenly make a checkpoint on a road. And they set it in such a way that they were hardly visible in the pre-morning twilight so slowly driving rabbi passed through. Then to stop him they did not use remotely controlled spiked tape or something like that but shot through his car. The next driver nearly hit the soldiers, as they were not visible, but luckily for him (a Palestinian), at this point soldiers were to baffled to shoot. Making and manning checkpoints is the most basic activity of IDF, and yet they are totally ill-equipped and ill-trained to do it. The top command dreams of grand battles with Iran.

    • Mooser
      September 27, 2015, 7:03 pm

      “Making and manning checkpoints is the most basic activity of IDF, and yet they are totally ill-equipped and ill-trained to do it.”

      That’s why they need a strict assignment of irresponsibility for the checkpoints, considering their legal basis.

    • talknic
      September 27, 2015, 8:37 pm

      “On the photographs, the eyes of a soldiers are almost popping out of his head, as if he was thinking “O my G.d! I will not get out of here alive, she is about to explode!”

      Yet the other soldier is signaling him to stop! link to i.guim.co.uk

      • piotr
        September 28, 2015, 8:28 am

        There is always a bad apple, a dirty mind not totally cleansed by brainwashing. Once there was a story in Ha’aretz, one of those “can you believe that!?”, about a reserve officer in West Bank who was instructing his troops how to be polite on checkpoints.

  17. just
    September 27, 2015, 8:56 pm

    “Fire at Sakhnin Dog Shelter Kills 2 Dogs, Wounds 13; Arson Suspected

    A fire broke out at a dog shelter in the Israeli-Arab city of Sakhnin on Sunday night, killing two dogs and wounding 13 others, in what the shelter’s operators say was a case of arson. 

    Fire services arrived at the scene and rescued three dogs trapped in their cages. The dogs were taken to receive medical care.

    Officials at the Let the Animals Live association, which operates the shelter, said they suspect the incident was a “horrific crime.” 

    “This isn’t the first time the dog shelter suffered from harassments, vandalism, breakings in and defacement,” an official at the association said. 

    Let the Animals Live’s CEO Yael Arkin urged the public to assist the shelter: “I call on everyone to come tomorrow to Kfar Ruth and take a dog – even temporarily – to enable us to make room and treat the dogs who went through a terrible trauma tonight.””  

    read more: link to haaretz.com

    I love animals a lot.

    It strikes me (again) that Israelis care more for stray dogs than they do living, breathing Palestinians and other “others”. Would they shoot a dog numerous times like they shot this young lady? Would they drag the dying dog through the dirt? Do they care as much about the fiendish terror that was visited by their own kind upon the innocent and helpless Dawabshe family as they do the unfortunate and helpless dogs at the Let the Animals Live shelter?

    Which made me think of Allison’s article here:

    “A Jew’s dead dog has more rights than a Bedouin in the Negev” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

    Which made me think of the many Israeli desecrations and deliberate and planned destruction of Palestinian cemeteries:

    “Israel’s destruction of Mamilla cemetery part of effort to remove Palestine from Jerusalem” – See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

    • Mooser
      September 28, 2015, 11:53 am

      “It strikes me (again) that Israelis care more for stray dogs than they do living, breathing Palestinians and other “others”.”

      Really?

      “This isn’t the first time the dog shelter suffered from harassments, vandalism, breakings in and defacement,” an official at the association said. ”

      Somebody in “Israel” doesn’t like doggies. They are, after all trefe, unclean animals.

      • Jackdaw
        September 28, 2015, 2:17 pm

        @Mooser

        Israeli Jews love dogs, Israeli Arabs do not.
        The shelter was located in an Arab town.

        Place on foot in front of the next and start walking forwards.

      • Annie Robbins
        September 28, 2015, 2:33 pm

        The shelter was located in an Arab town.

        duma is an arab town too.

      • Ellen
        September 28, 2015, 11:56 pm

        @jackdraw, let’s not be stupid. Traditional Arab culture (outside of the nomadic culture) is fearful of dogs. Just as orthodox and Jewish culture. Israeli’s who “love dogs” are Europeans who moved to Israel in the Colonial project.

        And as an aside, walk through any orthodox or traditional Jewish neighborhood in Europe or the US (as in Switzerland, which has a large Jewish Population, or lBrooklyn) with a dog and see what happens! You might just have some rocks thrown at you!

        But Dogs in Israel do, indeed, have more rights and legal protection than Palestinians

        You said it yourself. Israelis Love dogs. (but then again, only some do. )

        The sure do not love Palestinians and wish them dead or gone.

      • Jackdaw
        September 29, 2015, 2:29 am

        @Ellen

        “They sure do not love Palestinians and wish them dead or gone.”

        And Palestinians want the Jews alive and well, just not their pets?

      • talknic
        September 29, 2015, 12:37 pm

        @ Jackdaw “And Palestinians want the Jews alive and well, just not their pets?”

        The Palestinians want Israelis to end the occupation and get out of Palestine, go back to living in Israel instead of being in breach of the UN Charter and International Law. Very reasonable.

        In fact the Palestinians offered, at the UN in front of the world, to accept only 22% of their rightful territory for peace with Israel link to pages.citebite.com

        Israel replied by building more illegal settlements

      • YoniFalic
        September 29, 2015, 1:01 pm

        I have no doubt that I and other descendants of Eastern European Yiddish-speaking Jewish communities descend wholly from converts to Judaism and have no legitimate link whatsoever to the physical Palestine. We are violent invaders in Palestine. I have no problem whatsoever if Palestinians wish us ill when we live in Palestine and when we claim any or all of Palestine as Israel. For this reason, I left Israel and will only return (to visit) once it is integrated into a Palestinian state.

      • catalan
        September 29, 2015, 1:39 pm

        have no legitimate link whatsoever to the physical Palestine. – Yoni
        I have always wondered what constitutes a “legitimate” link between a human being and a territory. Do I have a link, legitimate or otherwise, to a small town in New Mexico surrounded by Indian reservations? Do the Native Americans from one Pueblo have a link to the land of another Pueblo? Do the illegal migrants who work in construction here have a “link”?
        Fundamentally, should a human being have a link in order to live somewhere? Are we taking about something metaphysical, legal, biological?
        I don’t know.

      • talknic
        September 29, 2015, 2:58 pm

        @ catalan

        “Fundamentally, should a human being have a link in order to live somewhere? Are we taking about something metaphysical, legal, biological?”

        Good question. Say, why do they call it the Law of “Return?

        “I don’t know.”

        Ask your grandparents… “My grandparents spoke Spanish at home. My grandmother still thinks of it as her native language, at 97. That’s 550 years after the expulsion” link to mondoweiss.net

      • Keith
        September 29, 2015, 5:33 pm

        CATALAN- “Fundamentally, should a human being have a link in order to live somewhere?

        Who cares? The important consideration is that your comments form a link to Mondoweiss. For better or worse, you are one of us. Same with any Native American who so desires.

        CATALAN- “Are we taking about something metaphysical, legal, biological?”

        Both physical and metaphysical. Physical when you make the comment and metaphysical when a previous comment appears from the depths of your commenter file to haunt you.

  18. Mooser
    September 28, 2015, 3:55 pm

    The shelter was located in an Arab town."

    Hey Jackdaw, what city are you posting from? What country is it in?

    • Jackdaw
      September 29, 2015, 2:36 am

      @Mooser

      I don’t live in a city. I live in a village. That village is in Israel.
      What city are you posting from?

      • talknic
        September 29, 2015, 12:26 pm

        @ Jackdaw ” I live in a village. That village is in Israel.”

        What village? You do realize Israel has never legally acquired any territory outside of its self proclaimed and Internationally recognized borders. link to trumanlibrary.org

      • Kris
        September 30, 2015, 12:25 am

        Jackdaw, maybe you can clear something up for us. Mayhem thinks it is “antisemitic” for Abbas to refer to the “filthy feet” of the Jewish Al Aksa mosque-crashers.

        Is it mandatory in Jerusalem to pick up your dog’s poop, and, if so, are dog owners compliant? And are there any dogs running loose whose poop might be left where people could step in it? Not that dog poop is the only nasty thing that people might get on their shoes, but it’s interesting to think of what people there might be stepping in.

      • Jackdaw
        September 30, 2015, 2:54 am

        @Kris

        “Not that dog poop is the only nasty thing that people might get on their shoes, but it’s interesting to think of what people there might be stepping ”

        Yes, Kris. Very interesting, but Mr. Abbas said the Jews had ‘filthy feet’, not filthy shoes.

        If truth be told, doogie doo desiccates very quickly here. A hot, steaming pile of excrement can be reduced to dust in just a few days.
        A stiff breeze, not to mention a middle eastern sandstorm, like the one we had two weeks ago, will stir and mix the dust all over the place.
        Into and around Al Aqsa. Into Mr. Abbas nostrils. Even into Mrs Netanyahu’s extra squeaky clean kitchen.

        Kris. You, Mooser and your fellow travelers need to stop obsessing and accept that, ‘shit happens’.

        Can you do that?

      • Mooser
        September 30, 2015, 11:23 am

        “Kris. You, Mooser and your fellow travelers need to stop obsessing and accept that, ‘shit happens’.”

        You are so right, “Jackdaw”! To hell with kashruth, to hell with ritual purity, (nudge-nudge, wink-wink), to hell with the baths. Who needs all that stuff?

      • Mooser
        September 30, 2015, 11:28 am

        “I don’t live in a city. I live in a village. That village is in Israel.”

        Greater Israel, or lesser Israel?

      • Froggy
        September 30, 2015, 1:03 pm

        Mooser :

        Which Side are You On?

        link to youtube.com

      • eljay
        September 30, 2015, 11:52 am

        || Jackdaw: … Kris. You, Mooser and your fellow travelers need to stop obsessing and accept that, ‘shit happens’. Can you do that? ||

        Shit sure does happen, doesn’t it? Like when someone says that Israelis have “filthy feet”. You might want to tell Mayhem to stop obsessing and accept it. After all, “names will never hurt me”, right?

    • Kris
      September 30, 2015, 1:16 pm

      Jackdaw, I am all about infection control, so I there is no way I will shrug off poop or other sources of disease. Shit does happen; it’s what we do about it that makes a difference.
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      You are fooling yourself if you imagine that poop becomes harmless when dried and mixed with the dust.

      You seem to agree that shoes, even Jewish ones, may be “filthy.” Now consider the idea that Abbas was not making a racial slur in referring to “filthy Jewish feet.” He was objecting to the violation of a Muslim mosque by nonbelievers. Muslims expect visitors to the mosques to remove their shoes, and to come in peace and reverence. It doesn’t matter whether non-Muslims think this should be necessary or not.

      Not everything is about “antisemitism.” Can you understand and accept that?

  19. Accentitude
    September 29, 2015, 3:19 am

    There’s a recurring problem in these stories that constantly sticks out like a sore thumb. Why the hell would you post Israeli soldiers in a checkpoint in an Arabic city if those soldiers can’t speak Arabic? Palestinians in the West Bank shouldn’t be expected to know the occupier’s language (Hebrew) but the soldiers whom are tasked with policing the Palestinian population should be able to speak the local language (Arabic).

    Put yourself in the position of a young girl being yelled in a language you can’t understand by soldiers aiming machine guns at you. That’s a really terrifying experience. How could she comply with what they’re telling her to do if she can’t understand what the hell they’re saying?

    Another problem is that besides being a highly nationalistic and racist society, particularly towards Arabs in general (I wonder how the Druze in the IDF and the Sudanes Arab migrants to Israel reconcile that) and specifically towards Palestinians, Israelis are also generally very Islamophobic and the sight of a girl completely shrouded in a black veil from her head to her feet might be considered threatening to them on account of their preconceived notions of bigotry towards Islam and Muslims. Most Israeli living deep within the 1948 territory whom are prejudice and hateful towards Muslims, have never actually met or spoken to Muslims.

    These are not circumstances that the Palestinians can change b/c they’re things that are thoroughly wrong with Israel and deeply rooted in Israeli culture, and very prominent in their beliefs and actions particularly in regard to the on-going occupation.

    Hadeel wasn’t a threat to the soldier because she was shrouded in a long black veil. She was a threat to the soldier because of the bigotry and stereotyping of Muslims perpetuated by a racist Israeli society. So even before she entered the checkpoint, he had already made up his mind about her fate. She was destined to die from the moment he saw her.

  20. Kay24
    September 30, 2015, 11:53 am

    Mahmoud Abbas giving strong speech at UNGA right now.

    • Kay24
      September 30, 2015, 12:21 pm

      Quite a strong speech, mentioning many of Israel’s crimes, including the Jewish terrorists who killed and burnt an entire family recently. It is a good speech, harshly condemning the Israelis for not adhering to UN regulations, and pleading for the UN to protect them. Amazing.

      • Kay24
        September 30, 2015, 12:24 pm

        Abbas has stated the Palestinians will not be the only party adhering to the Oslo Accords, and will be withdrawing from that treaty. Israel will now be responsible for all.

        It seems the Israeli delegates are not looking happy, in fact a bit agitated.

    • Kay24
      September 30, 2015, 12:31 pm

      Mahmud Abbas given a standing ovation at the UN…..the US delegation looks glum and definitely no applause. Shame on us. This man pleaded with the world for help and for the occupation, land grabs and violence to stop, and we side with the criminals responsible for these crimes.

      • talknic
        September 30, 2015, 3:36 pm

        Abbas at the UN link to webtv.un.org

      • just
        September 30, 2015, 7:25 pm

        Thanks very much for your ‘live blogging’, Kay24.

        I am sorry that I missed it.

      • Kay24
        September 30, 2015, 9:48 pm

        Just, you can always watch it afterwards. It is a worthwhile watch, and one of the strongest speeches with ultimatums, given by President Abbas. As usual no one seems to have taken it very seriously, not even the media. The Palestinians are fed up with the status quo, and no one can blame them. It is disappointing that the US keeps siding with those responsible for their suffering, and seem to give the impression it is punishing them for speaking about their suffering, when the US delegates did not look happy with Abbas, nor applaud his speech.

        I guess they are besides themselves waiting for the warmonger from Hell to make his speech.
        Then I am sure there will be enthusiastic applause from our delegation.

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