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Update: Al Jazeera reports the Palestinian person killed by the Israeli settler yesterday (video below) was teenager Fadel al-Kawasmeh, 18. Also, violent settlers went on a rampage last night attacking Palestinian homes:

18-year-old Fadel al-Kawasmeh was killed by a settler on Saturday afternoon. Palestinians dispute the accusation that the teen had tried to stab the settler.

“The situation is very tense after Kawasmeh was assassinated by the settler,” Amro said. “Hundreds of settlers attacked Palestinian homes near the Kiryat Arba settlement overnight. People defended their homes with rocks and molotov cocktails.

“People are very scared here. Parents aren’t sending their kids to school and a lot of people aren’t going to work,” he added. “The settlers are even more violent than the soldiers.”

Original:

An Israeli civilian shot and killed a Palestinian teen in Hebron today. The killer claimed the Palestinian intended to harm him. The aftermath of the murder was released on video by Youth Against Settlements. The killer, all in white, shows no sign of being attacked.

This video is disturbing. Questions have been raised over an exchange between two of the soldiers who appear to be passing something from one to another at 13 seconds in the video.

What’s he passing to the soldier?

Screenshots:

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The soldier appears to lean over a body (corpse) lying on the ground:

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Dead men tell no tales. They can’t tell the truth, provide testimony or speak for themselves. Are we watching a set up?

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  1. diasp0ra
    October 17, 2015, 5:09 pm

    Thank you Annie, your efforts and those here at MW continues to give me hope.
    This coverage is all truly appreciated.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 17, 2015, 5:33 pm

      some days i just want to cry and scream. what can i say. thanks for your kind words.

      • Bornajoo
        October 17, 2015, 7:32 pm

        “some days i just want to cry and scream.”

        I know that feeling. I’m also extremely angry and full of rage

        The picture of that illegal, evil, disgusting settler with his gun actually makes me physically sick. Everything about that sick and sadistic society makes me sick.

        But what makes me sick more than all of that is the fact that nobody is stepping in to help and protect these vulnerable people from their brutal, evil, rotten, supremacist occupiers. That’s the worst part.

      • Mooser
        October 17, 2015, 7:38 pm

        “I know that feeling. I’m also extremely angry and full of rage”

        It’s been awful. On the other hand, you’re back, and that’s good to know.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 17, 2015, 7:52 pm

        i know, nobody is stepping in to help. it can’t always remain like that though. not forever.

      • Bornajoo
        October 17, 2015, 8:04 pm

        Richard Silverstein wrote this the other day at the end of an excellent article:

        “It almost breaks my heart to say that the only development that can get the world to act is organized mass murder like Srebrenica or Rwanda. But do we really have to wait for an act of mass killing so severe that the world can no longer avert its gaze?”
        http://www.mintpressnews.com/third-intifada-or-zionist-jihad-israel-escalates-tensions-with-execution-style-force/210391/

        I’m inclined to agree with him

      • Annie Robbins
        October 17, 2015, 8:34 pm

        gaza was mass killing

      • Michael Lesher
        October 17, 2015, 9:21 pm

        I too know the feeling of helpless outrage. But thanks for your work, and know you’re not alone.

        I agree that what we can see in this video isn’t conclusive. But it’s certainly enough to raise serious questions, particularly given recent fabricated claims by the IDF that other victims were armed with knives. I hope we can press these questions home. Has the IDF claimed to have found a knife at the scene? If so, can they explain how the boy got through a checkpoint with it?

        Meanwhile, who is this settler? What’s his history? Does he always carry pistols to synagogue on the Sabbath? How many shots were fired at the youth, and at what range? If at close range, where are the marks from the knife? If not, was the killer in danger? From what angle did bullets enter the victim’s body?

        I know the atrocities go on day after day. But sometimes one powerful story can help to expose the truth to a larger public.

        Meanwhile, I mourn the dead, and — again — I’m grateful for your reporting.

      • Citizen
        October 17, 2015, 10:24 pm

        @ Annie, get a load of these words: An apology to my killer in the event of my death in the current wave of violence – Opinion http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.680876

      • Annie Robbins
        October 18, 2015, 2:09 am

        thanks citizen. and wow.

      • echinococcus
        October 18, 2015, 1:33 am

        And it wasn’t only Gaza or only once.
        No, it sure looks as if they’ll have to try for higher levels of genocide

      • Mooser
        October 18, 2015, 12:16 pm

        Does he always carry pistols to synagogue on the Sabbath?"

        Well, they haven’t been as accurate lately, and he wanted the Rabbi to have a look at them, see what he could do.

      • thedirtydemocrat
        October 19, 2015, 3:42 pm

        Annie, I am with you there. Sometimes I have to not read these atrocities because I know my head aches will be worse.

        Today is one of those days, but I have to respond and forward to all my friends and those people I know that have a little power.

        I think if we all could get together and start more “TWITTER STORMS” and emails from all over the country and world for that matter may get some action more than a simple “We will look into it.” and shove it aside.

    • truthurts
      October 18, 2015, 2:35 am

      New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visits victims of recent attacks in Jerusalem amid tensions and expresses solidarity with the people of Jerusalem

  2. talknic
    October 17, 2015, 5:18 pm

    The suspicion is nonsense

    A) unlike a surveillance camera, it’s quite unsteady

    B) @ 00:08 you can see the soldier nearest the body talking on a phone. It’s in his left hand. @ 00:10 he hands it to the other soldier. It’s traveling AWAY from the body

    Never the less, WTF is an armed and illegal Israel civilian doing in non-Israeli territory? Why wasn’t he wearing the required clearly distinguishable military emblem? Why wasn’t he arrested, taken back to Israel and charged?

    • Annie Robbins
      October 17, 2015, 5:45 pm

      talknic, after what happened to Hadeel (the planted knife) along with the understanding all of these deaths and shooting of suspects were seeing and that there won’t be any investigations for the murder of palestinians, i treat every killing as suspicious. the police and military have shown to lie with impunity for years and cannot be trusted. so i don’t think it’s nonsense to be suspicious. i think it’s prudent.

      and yes it could be a phone.

      • talknic
        October 17, 2015, 6:19 pm

        I agree. Suspicion of anything Israel says or does in respect to the I/P issue is well deserved at every level. Their record of bullsh*t speaks for itself.

        However, this suspicion is a nonsense that Hasbaristas will grasp with glee, likely claiming it somehow proves all accusations against Israel are false.

        BTW “could be” shmould be. It IS a phone!

      • Jackdaw
        October 18, 2015, 2:50 am

        What’s the difference between planting a knife, and planting a false story like this?

        You become what you hate.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 18, 2015, 1:07 pm

        false story? what’s false?

        An Israeli civilian shot and killed a Palestinian man in Hebron today.

        true or false?

        The killer claimed the Palestinian intended to harm him.

        true or false?

        The aftermath of the murder was released on video by Youth Against Settlements.

        true or false?

        The killer, all in white, shows no sign of being attacked.

        true or false?

        This video is disturbing.

        true or false?

        Questions have been raised over an exchange between two of the soldiers who appear to be passing something from one to another at 13 seconds in the video.

        true or false?

        btw, i don’t hate you jack.

      • Jackdaw
        October 18, 2015, 1:16 pm

        @Annie

        True or false, the headline in your article is about an IDF soldier planting a knife?

        I don’t know what happened with the ‘man in white’, but I know that even a video won’t stop you, Bumble, et al, from hallucinating a dropped knife.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 18, 2015, 2:08 pm

        either phil or adam write the headlines on mondoweiss, mine too – including this one. had the headline stated ‘Video shows Israeli soldier placing object next to Palestinian killed in Hebron’ you might have a point. but it doesn’t.

        also, another thing i didn’t say in the article is that the israeli authorities — including gov officials, military officials and police officials — lie with impunity all the time. plant weapons and claim palestinians were attacking, they cover up murder, torturing confessions, fail to investigate, demand confessions in hebrew, all of this stuff. if that were not the case there’d be no reason to continually question their narratives. remember the nakba day killings? oren went on msm news shows and claimed the palestinians faked it, there was no body, maybe they didn’t die and it was pallywood. they’ll say literally anything to get away with murder.

        there’s no evidence the teen killed was about to harm anyone. a settler gunned down a teenager and then claimed he was about to be attacked.

      • Mooser
        October 18, 2015, 4:43 pm

        “What’s the difference between planting a knife, and planting a false story like this?
        You become what you hate.”

        Gosh darn, he’s on to us! Annie, call off the arson attacks, and we’ll try and take over that apartment building next week.

    • Jackdaw
      October 18, 2015, 12:06 am

      Cell phone handed off to a soldier, who puts it in his pocket and doesn’t even return to the body.

      Annie. Shame on you. You should take this article down now, before your libel gets to travel around the world some more.

      • talknic
        October 18, 2015, 5:37 am

        @ Jackdaw

        You gonna get your bullsh*t taken down too? 67 years of it https://talknic.wordpress.com/myths-mis-conceptions-propaganda/

      • Jackdaw
        October 18, 2015, 7:02 am

        @talknic

        “67 years of it ”

        The Jews in Israel are not heading for the exits.
        They didn’t cut and run in the twenties, they didn’t cut and run when Hitler’s Afrika Corps was on their doorstep.

        They’re not running away, so deal with it!

      • John O
        October 18, 2015, 1:17 pm

        @Jackass

        “The Jews in Israel are not heading for the exits. … they didn’t cut and run when Hitler’s Afrika Corps was on their doorstep.”

        Indeed not. The had British, Australian, and soldiers from many other nations who halted the Afrika Korps in its tracks. They showed their gratitude at the King David Hotel.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        October 18, 2015, 1:54 pm

        But they DID cut and run when faced with the ‘rag tag army’ of Hizballah.

        Ran away. Literally ran away. Not once but twice.

        Deal with it.

      • Mooser
        October 18, 2015, 2:31 pm

        “The Jews in Israel are not heading for the exits.”

        Nor the bedroom, either. Oh well, I guess that’s just a bigger share for all remaining Zionists! Maybe you can make an arrangement with some other religion outside Israel to keep your remittances coming.

        And I’m pretty sure the numbers show they are leaving. I know, as the seculars leave the religious just get more and more powerful. So why worry?

      • talknic
        October 18, 2015, 5:09 pm

        @ Jackdaw demonstates evaZion tactic 101

        “The Jews in Israel are not heading for the exits”

        Irrelevant to my question

        “They didn’t cut and run in the twenties, they didn’t cut and run when Hitler’s Afrika Corps was on their doorstep”

        Irrelevant to my question

        “They’re not running away, so deal with it!”

        Irrelevant to my question

      • RoHa
        October 18, 2015, 6:44 pm

        Plus a slice of the Royal Navy and the RAF. And El Alamein isn’t quite the doorstep of Palestine.
        Hitler’s forces got a lot closer to Britain. And bombed it.

      • Jackdaw
        October 19, 2015, 2:20 am

        The Italian Air Force bombed Tel Aviv and killed over 120 Jews.

        http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/This-Week-in-History-Italy-bombs-Tel-Aviv

      • John O
        October 19, 2015, 11:15 am

        @Jackdaw

        “The Italian Air Force bombed Tel Aviv and killed over 120 Jews.”

        Why do you say “over 120 Jews”? The JP article talks only of 137 deaths in total, gives no breakdown of Jews and non-Jews, and even states: “One stray bomb killed seven people including five children in an Arab town northeast of Tel Aviv.”

      • Mooser
        October 19, 2015, 11:52 am

        “The Italian Air Force bombed Tel Aviv and killed over 120 Jews.”

        That’s it, I’ll never eat spaghetti again! And from now on we buy only Palestinian olive oil, not Mussolini’s!

      • tree
        October 19, 2015, 2:12 pm

        The Italian Air Force bombed Tel Aviv and killed over 120 Jews.

        More about the bombing:

        Starting in July 1940, the Italian bombings in the British Mandate of Palestine were primarily centered on Tel Aviv and Haifa. However, many other coastal towns such as Acre and Jaffa also suffered.[1][2]

        The last Italian bombing on the territories of the British Mandate of Palestine occurred in June 1941. Haifa and Tel Aviv where hit, but with few damages and casualties.

        Bombing of Haifa

        Haifa was hit many times by the Italians, because of the port and refinery, starting in June 1940.

        The 29 July 1940 issue of Time reported a bombing at Haifa by SM82 bombers during the previous week, with a dozen casualties.

        According to Time Magazine, the Italians claimed a huge success which the British did not deny.

        Where the British oil pipeline from Mosul reaches tidewater, “Ten big Italian bombers, flying at great altitude from the Dodecanese Islands, giving the British bases at Cyprus a wide berth, dumped 50 bombs on the Haifa oil terminal and refinery.”

        The bombing started fires which burned for many days afterward, and the refinery’s production was blocked for nearly one month.
        British fighters from a base on Mt. Carmel were too late to overtake the Italians returning to their base in Italian Dodecanese.[3]

        Bombing of Tel Aviv

        On 9 September 1940, a bombing raid on Tel Aviv caused 137 deaths.[4] There was another raid on Tel Aviv on 12 June 1941 with 13 deaths, done by the Italians[5] or by the French, based in Syria.[6]

        Historian Alberto Rosselli [7] pinpointed that the bombing of Tel Aviv that caused 137 death was because the Italian bombers were on their way to the strategic port and refineries of Haifa, but were intercepted by British aircraft. Forced to go back, the Italians received orders to drop their bombs on the port of Tel Aviv, but in attempting to avoid the attacking British planes they dropped the bombs by mistake on a civilian area near the port.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_bombing_of_Mandatory_Palestine_in_World_War_II

        Its quite telling that Jackdaw only mentions the deaths of Jews, as if they are the only civilians that matter, and as if the Italian bombs (and bombers) purposely dropped them on Jews and no one else.

      • eljay
        October 19, 2015, 2:23 pm

        || tree: … Its quite telling that Jackdaw only mentions the deaths of Jews, as if they are the only civilians that matter … ||

        Jackdaw is a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist. Non-Jews certainly don’t matter to him, and I doubt that non-Zionist Jews matter to him except as numbers.

      • CigarGod
        October 19, 2015, 10:47 pm

        I think Jackdaw is a very damaged human being. Don’t know what caused it, but I assume he was terribly victimized…and the only other human he feels superior to, is an already beat and neglected Palestinian civilization.

      • Sibiriak
        October 19, 2015, 2:39 pm

        tree: Its quite telling that Jackdaw only mentions the deaths of Jews, as if they are the only civilians that matter, and as if the Italian bombs (and bombers) purposely dropped them on Jews and no one else.

        —————-

        Quite telling indeed. Excellent post.

      • talknic
        October 19, 2015, 7:21 pm

        Jackdaw “The Jews in Israel are not heading for the exits”

        Great! Israel is the Jewish state ! If only Israel and Israelis would stay within their actual sovereign territory for once instead of illegally acquiring non-Israeli territories as they have been for the past 67 years

        “They’re not running away, so deal with it!”

        It’s the failure of you and your kind to deal with it that is the problem. I’ve never asked them to run away, merely to get the f*ck out of non-Israeli territories, stop thieving, stop lying stop coveting other folks property, try to live up to the basic tenets of Judaism in the Jewish state

      • RoHa
        October 19, 2015, 7:43 pm

        “The Italian Air Force bombed Tel Aviv and killed over 120 Jews.”

        Wow! That really puts Stalingrad, Leningrad and Manila into perspective, doesn’t it?

      • RoHa
        October 19, 2015, 7:49 pm

        “Jackdaw only mentions the deaths of Jews, as if they are the only civilians that matter,”

        They are the only one who matter to Jackdaw.

        “and as if the Italian bombs (and bombers) purposely dropped them on Jews and no one else. ”

        The Italians had bomb sights that could pick out a kippah from 20,000 feet.

      • Mooser
        October 20, 2015, 10:45 am

        “The Italians had bomb sights that could pick out a kippah from 20,000 feet”

        Wouldn’t:
        “The Italians had bomb sights that could tell a kippah from a cannoli at 20,000 ft.”

        been better? Remember, combine alliteration, and malapropism for best results.

        Of course, considering the discussion we had the other day, malapriapism might be relevant, too.

      • Mooser
        October 20, 2015, 11:28 am

        “I think Jackdaw is a very damaged human being.”

        Oh, please. Everybody is a macher on the end of an Internet connection. I give Jackdaw credit for being a regular person. When he gets the crap scared out of him by real danger, he’ll scurry back to the US. He’s not ready to go all Masadadammerung, but he’s always ready to be brave at the end of a wire.

        He’ll scurry when the time comes. Ask yourself “Have I ever met a person with courage who talks like him?” It’s a pretty good sign. He is, it just occurred to me, valuable, being a classic schlemiel, and available to help define a rather subtle appellation.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 20, 2015, 11:52 am

        does Masadadammerung mean masada twilight? i googled it and all the references popping up are yours! is it from the mooser dictionary of new words?

      • Mooser
        October 20, 2015, 12:18 pm

        ” i googled it and all the references popping up are yours! “

        Then Google “Ziocaine” (don’t get redirected to “cocaine”) instead. Plenty of people use that.
        I never really expected “Masadadammerung” to catch on, but I like it. Has the proper Wagnerian overtones.

        ” i googled it and all the references popping up are yours! “

        Mein Gott I’m a “Jew hobbyist”!

      • Jackdaw
        October 20, 2015, 1:26 pm

        @JohnO

        “Why do you say “over 120 Jews”? ”

        Because 107 of the victims were buried in one Jewish cemetery?

        http://www.isracast.com/article.aspx?ID=470&t=Why-Italian-Planes-Bombed-Tel-Aviv?

      • talknic
        October 20, 2015, 8:33 pm

        @ Jackdaw demonstrates the deceit practiced by apologists for Zionist colonization

        /// @JohnO

        “Why do you say “over 120 Jews”? ”///

        // Because 107 of the victims were buried in one Jewish cemetery?

        http://www.isracast.com/article.aspx?ID=470&t=Why-Italian-Planes-Bombed-Tel-Aviv //

        A mass funeral was held for the 107 men and women who had died in the bombardment. http://www.isracast.com/article.aspx?ID=470&t=Why-Italian-Planes-Bombed-Tel-Aviv

        So why did you say “over 120 Jews”? ”

      • Jackdaw
        October 21, 2015, 12:35 am

        @talknic

        “So why did you say “over 120 Jews”? ”

        Because 107 Jews were buried immediately and others would subsequently die in hospital of their wounds?

        Talk. What’s your problem?

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 18, 2015, 6:42 am

      I agree, talknic. I don’t think this was a knife, or at the very least, the video is nowhere near conclusive enough to make the claim. And as you say, the hasbarists will jump on this as evidence that pro-Palestinians are liars and fantasists. They’ll no doubt manage to shoehorn some ‘anti-semitism’ accusations too, because that’s just what they do.

      But I also agree that the wider point is: what on earth was an Israeli doing strolling around occupied territory, armed and dangerous? And why wasn’t the first instinct of the ‘police’ not to seek help for the wounded civilian, and to arrest the man who had fatally wounded him?

      This, I think, is what we need to be focussing on.

      • Sibiriak
        October 18, 2015, 8:13 am

        Maximus Decimus Meridius: what on earth was an Israeli doing strolling around occupied territory, armed and dangerous?
        ——————

        The Israeli government considers the West Bank to be part of “Eretz Israel”, not “occupied territory”, and they believe Jews have the inalienable right to reside anywhere within Eretz Israel. “Armed and dangerous” = self-defense.

      • MHughes976
        October 18, 2015, 11:47 am

        I agree with Sibiriak about the Zionist claim to Eretz Israel. Another way of putting it is that any 2 state proposition would logically stick in the throat of anyone committed to Zionism.

  3. eljay
    October 17, 2015, 6:28 pm

    Interesting:
    – At around the 5- to 8-second mark, there is very clearly nothing on the ground between the soldier’s feet and the body. At that point, the soldier is briefly seen talking on a phone/radio.
    – At the 13- to 14-second mark, the soldier is handed something, which he appears immediately to drop next to the body.
    – Three soldiers then huddle around the body and, when they disperse, there is now very clearly an object on the ground right next to the body.

    Coincidence? Magic? Divine intervention? Zio-supremacism?

    • CigarGod
      October 18, 2015, 11:12 am

      Of course it’s magic.
      Everyone is watching the object/phone.
      You are the only one that saw “the drop.”
      I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys get training in dropping…and course credit.

      • Kris
        October 18, 2015, 12:43 pm

        @CigarGod: “Of course it’s magic.”

        It’s the technique of misdirection, one of the magician’s basic tools.

        Psychologists and neuroscientists are studying techniques such as physical misdirection, psychological misdirection, and cognitive illusions that are used by professional magicians: http://www.nature.com/nrn/journal/v9/n11/full/nrn2473.html . No reason why the IDF, etc., wouldn’t be interested in learning from such research. From the article:

        Just as vision scientists study visual art and illusions to elucidate the workings of the visual system, so too can cognitive scientists study cognitive illusions to elucidate the underpinnings of cognition. Magic shows are a manifestation of accomplished magic performers’ deep intuition for and understanding of human attention and awareness.

        By studying magicians and their techniques, neuroscientists can learn powerful methods to manipulate attention and awareness in the laboratory. Such methods could be exploited to directly study the behavioural and neural basis of consciousness itself, for instance through the use of brain imaging and other neural recording techniques.

        Here’s how misdirection is done:

      • CigarGod
        October 18, 2015, 1:08 pm

        I’m with ya’ man.
        We are sooo being worked every minute of every day.
        Thanks for the links.

      • eljay
        October 18, 2015, 1:28 pm

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Zio-supremacists attribute the appearance of that object to the “Pallywag brigade” (Mayhem’s term).

        Most likely scenarios:
        – An invisible “Pallywag” entered the scene, planted the object and exited the scene.
        – Far more deviously (one must never underestimate the lengths to which the “brigade” will go!), the deceased “Pallywag” momentarily revived, extracted the object from within his clothing, dropped it next to his body and expired once again.

  4. Kay24
    October 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

    The bustards are getting away with murder. How many innocent civilians are killed and knives planted close by, to cover the crime? What do they do now, carry extra knives to help their criminals justify the murders? These are young kids, and their lives seem to not be of any value to these criminal murderers. I feel just like Annie, sometimes too. It is depressing that the US is compliant in all these crimes. Kerry wringing his hands and used like a puppet to mouth the Israeli narrative does not solve the problem. Perhaps threatening to stop aid to those parasites might be more practical. The moment there is a hint of their aid and weapons being stopped, the lobbies send in their armies to beg and plead Congress not to stop the moola. It also makes me wonder why these parasites need our tax money, after all they have billionaires and millionaires all around the world, are supposed to be one of the biggest weapons manufacturers, and haven’t we seen the bragging about how much advanced they are in technology, and that many companies around the word are working with them? So why are they sponging off the US?

    • Citizen
      October 17, 2015, 9:39 pm

      Because they can, no strings attached. Israelis hate Obama, but he’s contemplating doubling Israel’s annual direct aid right now. According to Israel, it is the the 4th largest weapons supplier in the world. 26% of US direct military aid goes to subsidize Israel’s weapons industry, which competes with USA’s.

      • Kay24
        October 18, 2015, 7:27 am

        True that. From Netanyahu to the man on the streets of Tel Aviv, they hate Obama. They have shown nothing but disdain for him, yet strange American policies make Obama keep sending more aid, and hand over more weapons and ammunition, to kill Palestinians. Are we occupied or what?

  5. Sulphurdunn
    October 17, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Whatever actually happened there, it is inconceivable to me that the shooter was not immediately disarmed and taken into custody, if no other reason than to ensure he didn’t accidentally shoot one of the soldiers. It is a policy not to disarm and arrest settlers who kill people?

    • tree
      October 18, 2015, 7:54 pm

      After Baruch Goldstein’s murderous rampage in 1994, it came out in testimony before the Orr Commission from the IDF soldiers in Hebron that they were given explicit orders when serving there that they were not to return fire or attempt to stop any Jewish settler there who was committing an act of violence against Palestinians. They were told to huddle down and protect themselves but otherwise not to interfere.

      The commander of paramilitary border police in Hebron, where the Feb. 25 massacre occurred, said standing orders prohibit security forces from firing upon Jews whatever the circumstance–whether to stop an attack on Palestinians, to prevent a crime or even to defend themselves.

      “If a Jewish settler fires his weapon . . . at locals (Palestinians) to the extent that he is shooting with intent (to do harm) and not just firing warning shots in the air, it is still forbidden to shoot at him,” Chief Supt. Meir Tayar testified.

      “You take cover and wait for the clip to finish or for the gun to jam,” Tayar continued, explaining what was required under the orders, “and then you stop him in some other way, but not by shooting.”

      Lt. Col. Yemini Canaan, the army’s operations officer for West Bank forces, testified later that the order was confirmed and enlarged immediately after Israeli settlers from Hebron and nearby Kiryat Arba rampaged through central Hebron in December, attacking Palestinian residents and shooting wildly in the densely populated city. “The order was not to fire in any event, in any circumstance, against the settlers,” Canaan said. “It was absolute.”

      In his testimony, Tayar said of the Hebron massacre, “Even if I had been there, I could not have done anything–there were special orders.”

      Tayar said the unwritten instructions, acknowledged Thursday by both paramilitary border forces and army officials, were issued by Meir Khalifi, the army battalion commander who testified earlier and never mentioned this point. Canaan said similar orders were given in all units operating on the West Bank.

      http://articles.latimes.com/1994-03-11/news/mn-32820_1_standing-orders

      The IDF soldiers’ sole job there is to protect the settlers, regardless of what violence those settlers perpetrate against Palestinians. They only protect Jewish settlers, and in some instances the settlers issue orders to various IDF soldiers, who are expected to respect those orders, if they don’t want to face repercussions. That’s why Hebron is considered the worse posting for the average IDF soldier.

      http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Soldiers_Testimonies_from_Hebron_2008_2010_Eng.pdf

  6. Bumblebye
    October 17, 2015, 7:27 pm

    At 0.13, the ground between the soldier’s feet and the victim’s body is clear, shown by annie’s screen grabs. Later, after half way thru, there is obviously something on the ground near the body – what is not identifiable as it appears only as an elongated smudge since the body is in shadow. Can you take a later screen grab, annie?
    I’ve watched it several times, both here and where I first saw it, there is definitely something
    appearing next to the body.

    • for-peace
      October 17, 2015, 10:27 pm

      Indeed. When I watched the video the first time around, it was very unclear what if anything is being passed on from the soldier that rushes on to the scene to the one standing next to the dying person on the ground and whether if the latter drops anything down, because the bodies are blocking the view. I watched it again after reading your comment Bumblebye and it looks like you have spotted the smoking gun. I hope this video becomes a viral hit on youtube with the benefit of your observation.

  7. sawah
    October 17, 2015, 9:31 pm

    I do feel it is time for mass organization in this country to go to large news outlets and start a fire (okay, bring a garbage can..but make a big display of burning the news and hold signs)…. tell the truth etc

    It is time we do civil disobedience en mass…this news coverage is unbearable…along with the slaughter…..protest marches….not so much…news outlets don’t cover them….and they don’t tell the truth anyway…

    • RoHa
      October 17, 2015, 10:26 pm

      “…for mass organization in this country …”

      Which country?

      Israel? Palestine? (Where the story is about.)

      Or Australia, which is the country in which I see your words?

  8. Qualtrough
    October 17, 2015, 10:57 pm

    Putting any ‘planting’ issue aside, the manner in which the soldiers deal with the person holding a gun makes me wonder if he was indeed a civilian or rather some kind of undercover operative? SOP in just about any other country would be to immediately disarm anyone on the scene until the authorities sort out who is who and figure out what happened. Note how casually one soldier waves this ‘settler’s’ gun hand away as if it is just an irritating fly, not a hand holding a weapon that could kill him in an instant. Either they knew this guy was undercover, or just immediately assume anyone in settler garb was doing God’s work. Regarding the latter, I assume any Palestinians thinking of engaging in any tit-for-tat activities are taking notes about employing settler garb.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 18, 2015, 7:10 am

      I made similar points above. Regardless of whether or not a knife was planted – the video is inconclusive – we have a situation where one man shoots another man dead, and the police seem indifferent, if not outright supportive of the killer. In any other country, the shooter would be immediately disarmed and arrested, and help would urgently be sought for the victim.

      Not here, obviously.

      The idea that the ‘settler’ may have been undecover military is an interesting one. But really, it can all be explained by the simple fact that for the Israeli authorities, Israeli Jews are innocent by default, and Palestinian life is disposable. After all, the victim was ”only” a Palestinian and the shooter was a sacred Israeli Jew, so really, what’s the fuss? Nothing here to see. Move on.

    • italian ex-pat
      October 18, 2015, 9:26 pm

      @ Qualtrough

      I too was struck by the nonchalance of the soldiers in the video, allowing a civilian who had just shot a man to death to run among them still wielding the gun, in fact wildly gesticulating in the air with his finger on the trigger! Another thing, it looks to me as if the first couple of soldiers on the scene didn’t even bend to examine the body – just to, you know, check to see if the man might still be alive. Are they such experts that they can tell at a glance, or just don’t really care?

      Also, with all the talk and speculation about whether or not a knife was ‘planted’ – not only in this case but in the other recent killings, by the IDF, I have yet to hear that a knife was indeed found. Except of course in the case of the yellow and blue knife ‘found’ next to the girl Haleel, which the IDF was quick to photograph and display to the world. Why not show photos of the knives allegedly used by the other Palestinian attackers, since THAT is given as the reason for shooting them in the first place, the ‘threat they posed to the soldier’s life’.
      I mean, it’s really quite simple: either there was an attempted stabbing with a knife, or there wasn’t. Show us the proof. Or are we supposed to simply take their word for it? The 29-year old woman shot dead in a bus station was at quite a distance from the nearest person, and was holding a pair of sunglasses. Oops.
      And now it’s no longer just the IDF and the police doing the shooting, the settlers are joining the party. Bad enough when they destroyed orchards, shot farm animals and vandalized buildings, now it’s open season on the Palestinian people themselves. A precedent has been set: so easy, just claim self-defense, all nice and legal, nobody will investigate. Disgusting.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 18, 2015, 10:31 pm

        I mean, it’s really quite simple: either there was an attempted stabbing with a knife, or there wasn’t.

        not really. you can’t use US standards to determine guilt in israel. the allegation of ‘jewish fear’ is a justifiable reason to kill there. unless you’re jewish and kill a jew, then they open an investigation. the presentation of evidence and knives is for the so called ‘other’. the chances this settler would have to prove anything is zilch. all he has to do is claim the palestinian wanted to harm him to walk free after the execution. also, settlers are higher on the pecking order in israel and the territories than soldiers. settlers order soldiers around all the time and have massive gov reps in the knesset. the fanatics rule the roost in israel.

        so, in a normal world “either there was an attempted stabbing with a knife, or there wasn’t”. but in israel-land it really doesn’t matter as long as a settler says he/she felt threatened. and what a coincidence this guy happened to have 2 handguns on him. it’s just like the okay corral in the wild wild west bank.

      • Neil Schipper
        October 19, 2015, 3:57 am

        you can’t use US standards to determine guilt in israel.

        You almost said something deep.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 19, 2015, 7:51 am

        i have my ‘almost’ moments

      • italian ex-pat
        October 19, 2015, 8:29 pm

        Annie:

        Unfortunately, US standards are not much better. Haven’t you heard of the “Stand Your Ground” law, in effect in Florida and several other American states? Whereby, if you just perceive someone is threatening your life (perception subject to personal interpretation) you are legally justified in shooting first. As long as the presumed attacker is not white. Remember the Zimmerman case?

        Seems like we have a lot in common with Israel.

      • Annie Robbins
        October 19, 2015, 9:17 pm

        i agree italian, it’s not much better. but do they even have grand jury hearings or trials in israel? investigations? for example:

        In January 2014, retired Tampa police captain Curtis Reeves fatally shot a man named Chad Oulson in a dispute over texting in a Tampa movie theater. Oulson was texting his daughter’s daycare center during the previews, which Reeves requested he stop; when Oulson refused, an argument ensued, which ended with Oulson throwing popcorn in Reeves’ face, after which Reeves returned to his seat, collected his gun and shot Oulson once in the chest. Reeves alleges that Oulson threatened him physically and that when the popcorn was thrown, which he claimed he was unable to identify as harmless, he felt in sufficient danger that he believed using lethal force was justified. Oulson’s widow, who was present at the shooting, denies that Chad Oulson made any threats towards Reeves, but agreed that popcorn was thrown.[52] Reeves apparent intention to use Stand-your-ground as his defense for the killing fueled new controversy over the law, with opponents to the law claiming that Reeves could have simply moved seats or sought aid from theater staff if he felt threatened.[citation needed] The lead investigator in Reeves’ case claimed that the consensus among investigators was that the conditions for lethal force to be justified had not been met, whereas legal experts claimed that under the law, the source of the argument and the nature of the thrown object were irrelevant to a Stand-your-ground defense.[citation needed] Reeves was charged with second-degree murder, and a trial date has been set for 2016.

        even zimmerman had a jury trial.

  9. Qualtrough
    October 17, 2015, 11:11 pm

    Putting any ‘planting’ issue aside, the manner in which the soldiers treat the person holding a gun makes me wonder if he was indeed a civilian or rather some kind of undercover operative? SOP in just about any other country would be to immediately disarm anyone on the scene until the authorities sort out who is who and figure out what happened. Note how casually one soldier waves this ‘settler’s’ gun hand away as if it is just an irritable fly, and not a weapon that could kill him in an instant. Either they knew this guy was undercover, or just immediately assume anyone in settler garb was doing God’s work. Regarding the latter, I assume any Palestinians thinking of engaging in any tit-for-tat activity are taking notes about employing settler garb.

    • amigo
      October 18, 2015, 2:55 pm

      “Regarding the latter, I assume any Palestinians thinking of engaging in any tit-for-tat activity are taking notes about employing settler gar – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/israeli-placing-palestinian#comment-803579” Qaultrough

      Well , wouldn,t that put a spanner in the iof /squatter alliance.The Palestinians only need to carry out a few ops dressed as squatters and the iof won,t allow a squatter within 100 yards/With a bit if luck a few trigger happy iof heroes might plug a few of the real squatters .

  10. talknic
    October 18, 2015, 7:09 am

    BTW If the settler was armed and he was, and in Occupied Territories and he was, he is a belligerent, a valid military target.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      October 18, 2015, 12:15 pm

      A few weeks I made a post asking if Hostage – or anyone else – knew what is the exact status of ‘settlers’ under international law. It’s something which has always interested me. I know that the GC does not regard the citizens of the occupying power as ”protected persons”, but I’m not sure what exactly this means in practical terms.

      Are you saying that if any citizen of the occupying power carries weaponry in occupied territory, then he/she is no longer considered a ‘civilian’ but a legitimate target? Interesting.

      • Sibiriak
        October 18, 2015, 12:47 pm

        @Maximus Here’s a dense 70 page article you can download:

        The Status of Settlers Implanted by Illegal Regimes Under International Law

        http://www.researchgate.net/publication/228184256_Status_of_Settlers_Implanted_by_Illegal_Regimes_Under_International_Law

        I haven’t had a chance to read it, so I can’t say if it will you would find it useful.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        October 18, 2015, 1:58 pm

        Thanks. Not sure I’d be patient enough to read the whole thing, but it’s interesting that although the author is an Israeli, he somehow doesn’t consider the West Bank ‘settlers’ as sufficiently relevant to be discussed in his essay.

        Things that make you go hmmmmm……….

      • talknic
        October 18, 2015, 5:17 pm

        @ Sibiriak the 70 page article avoids Israel with typical Ziononsense

      • talknic
        October 18, 2015, 6:06 pm

        @ MDM ” I know that the GC does not regard the citizens of the occupying power as ”protected persons””

        It does if they and the Occupying Power comply with its conditions. It was adopted to protect ALL civilians including those of the Occupying Power by keeping them OUT of Occupied Territories, where they might become embroiled in the violence expected when one people occupy the territory of another

        In this instance
        1. Was the settler in the territory legally?

        No!
        May 22nd 1948 Israeli Government statement
        to questions addressed to the “Jewish authorities in Palestine” was transmitted by the acting representative of Israel at the United Nations;

        UNSC S/766 Question (a): Over which areas of Palestine do you actually exercise control at present over the entire area of the Jewish State as defined in the Resolution of the General Assembly of the 29th November, 1947?

        “In addition, the Provisional Government exercises control over the city of Jaffa; Northwestern Galilee, including Acre, Zib, Base, and the Jewish settlements up to the Lebanese frontier; a strip of territory alongside the road from Hilda to Jerusalem; almost all of new Jerusalem; and of the Jewish quarter within the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The above areas, outside the territory of the State of Israel, are under the control of the military authorities of the State of Israel, who are strictly adhering to international regulations in this regard. ” … … ” the Government of the State of Israel operates in parts of Palestine outside the territory of the State of Israel

        “international regulations”;

        Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague IV); October 18, 1907 Art. 42 SECTION III
        “Territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.”

        Furthermore
        2. Was the settler ‘.. commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;’ ? No!

        3. Did the settler ‘ .. have a fixed distinctive emblem recognizable at a distance’ ? No!

        Did the settler ‘.. conduct their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war’ ? No! ( See 1. & 2. & 3. )

        Laws of War … http://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/hague02.asp#art1

        CHAPTER I.–On the Qualifications of Belligerents
        Article 1

        The laws, rights, and duties of war apply not only to armies, but also to militia and volunteer corps, fulfilling the following conditions:

        To be commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;

        To have a fixed distinctive emblem recognizable at a distance;

        ….

        To conduct their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.

    • Sibiriak
      October 18, 2015, 10:45 pm

      talknic: @ Sibiriak the 70 page article avoids Israel with typical Ziononsense
      ————-

      As I said, I didn’t read it through. I did see in the table of contents that it did not deal with Israel, but I thought it might identify some of the principles of international law regarding the general status of illegal settlers (the people, not the settlements) in the cases it does deal with, which then might be applied to the Israeli case. The case of USSR-Russian settlers in Baltic countries interested me. When I have time, I’ll read it more closely.

      Do you know of any other studies dealing with the status of illegal settlers (people, not settlements) under international law?

    • MHughes976
      October 18, 2015, 4:11 pm

      I don’t read Ms. Rodoren regularly but I might think that some of the critique of her work here has stung her into writing something that does convey something of the humanity of the Palestinians. More of that in the mainstream or bloodstream of our ideas in the West would do no harm at all. No one who read this would be surprised at the lack of East Jerusalemite applications for Israeli citizenship.

  11. Kay24
    October 18, 2015, 7:40 am

    From the house of shameful Americans:

    Bill Blasio standing next to the Tel Aviv mayor:

    when Israel is under attack we are under attack.

    We are linked by blood and history

    (not exact words but more or less what he said)

    Not a single word about an occupation or illegal settlements.

    • light2014
      October 19, 2015, 10:55 pm

      IlIegal occupation and settlements . Though ISIS destroys museums and relics it itself is a living relic embodying the techniques used by the Arabs in the past to subdue the peoples of the MiddleEast, NorthAfrica and Central Asia . It should be of no surprise that the Palestinian reflex is to go for their familiar knives and not the negotiation table. Empires including the Islamic one are always built through wars.

      • Kay24
        October 20, 2015, 9:21 am

        You seem to be new here, but your deflection is very familiar. So what about the illegal settlements and the occupation? We are discussing the plight of the occupied Palestinians here, not ISIS nor Islamic empires. There is is absolutely no connection. So your comment sounds lame and out of point.

        Let’s talk about the peace efforts by the US. Israel turned down jet fighters to get to a peace table, and the entire world knows and condemns the fact that Israel prefers the status quo to peace. One reason being the greed for land, the disregard for international laws regarding illegal settlements. The US also had to bribe it with our tax money, to stop those disgusting illegal settlements which are a deterrent to peace talks:

        “In return for an Israeli freeze, the U.S. government would deliver 20 F-35 fighter jets to Israel, a deal worth $3 billion. Moreover, if an Israeli-Palestinian agreement is achieved, the U.S. would sign a comprehensive security agreement with Israel. The U.S. and Israel are to discuss the nature of the new security arrangements in the next few weeks.
        According to “The Cable” blog, White House Middle East adviser Dan Shapiro told a group of American Jewish leaders on Friday that U.S. was committed to fighting delegitimization of Israel, and listed recent efforts to advocate on behalf of Israel.
        Such efforts included: curbing actions by the United Nations on the Goldstone Report; blocking anti-Israel UN resolutions concerning the Gaza flotilla raid; defeating international resolutions aimed at exposing Israel’s nuclear program at the International Atomic Energy Agency; and strengthening pressure on Iran and Syria in regards to their nuclear and proliferation activities.
        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/u-s-offers-israel-warplanes-in-return-for-new-settlement-freeze-1.324496

        The US has to keep bribing, cajoling, and protecting the rogue nation that wants no peace, but keep the Palestinians under siege, so that their lands, water, and other resources can be stolen.

        https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/oxfam-oslo-20-factsheet.pdf

        Apologists are trying to sell the narrative that occupied people do not want peace, and want to live under miserable conditions, blockaded, and being killed in their homes. No one is buying that.

        Get real and do some homework.

      • CigarGod
        October 20, 2015, 9:56 am

        He can’t get real. He is a parrot. He is light years from real.

      • eljay
        October 20, 2015, 9:46 am

        || light2014: IlIegal occupation and settlements . Though ISIS destroys museums and relics it itself is a living relic embodying the techniques used by the Arabs in the past to subdue the peoples of the MiddleEast, NorthAfrica and Central Asia . … ||

        The actions of ISIS do not justify the actions of Israel – a living relic embodying the techniques used by colonialists in the past to subdue, ethnically cleanse or exterminate peoples around the world.

        Join me in condemning the unjust and immoral actions of both Israel and ISIS.

        || … It should be of no surprise that the Palestinian reflex is to go for their familiar knives and not the negotiation table. … ||

        The Palestinians go for knives while the Zio-supremacists go for their familiar arsenal of high-tech military weaponry and banned munitions.

        || … Empires including the Islamic one are always built through wars. ||

        The Thousand Year “Jewish State” of (Greater) Israel is no exception. And like all empires, it will fall.

      • diasp0ra
        October 20, 2015, 9:55 am

        @light2014

        The ISIS comparison sticky note is from 3 months ago, this month’s buzzword is incitement. Didn’t you get the memo?

        Please get yourself together, this propaganda machine isn’t going to oil itself.

      • Kay24
        October 20, 2015, 10:18 am

        CG and Diaspora, sounds like the kindergarteners recruited by Israel have been given their assignments. :))

      • CigarGod
        October 20, 2015, 10:25 am

        Like Rumsfeld said: “You go to war with what you’ve got.”
        Nice to know they are throwing child soldiers at us. History repeats itself…but sometimes in the form of the shoe being on the other foot.

      • Kay24
        October 20, 2015, 2:28 pm

        I am sure ligh2014 is happy with all our responses. :))

      • Annie Robbins
        October 20, 2015, 2:39 pm

        i have no idea how this comment even passed moderation.

        Palestinian reflex is to go for their familiar knives and not the negotiation table.

        there’s no point in negotiating with israel who has no intention of ever allowing a palestinian state. the whole farce of natanyahu saying he wanted negotiation, when 9 months of the latest farcical round they wouldn’t even approach submitting a proposal, like the time before and the time before that etc etc.

      • Mooser
        October 20, 2015, 4:26 pm

        “i have no idea how this comment even passed moderation.”

        It sure shows “light2014” up for the moral quasar he or she is.

  12. just
    October 18, 2015, 10:00 am

    Ramzy Baroud:

    “… Hence, it should also matter little to those same individuals whether or not Palestinian youth such as Isra’ Abed, 28, shot repeatedly on October 9 in Affula – and Fadi Samir, 19, killed by Israeli police a few days earlier, were, in fact, knife-wielding Palestinians who were in a state of self-defense and shot by the police.

    Even when video evidence emerges countering the official Israeli narrative and revealing, as in most other cases, that the murdered youth posed no threat, the official Israeli narrative will always be accepted as facts, by some. Isra’, Fadi, and all the rest are ‘terrorists’ who endangered the safety of Israeli citizens and, alas, had to be eliminated as a result.

    The same logic has been used throughout the last century, when the current so-called Israeli Defense Forces were still operating as armed militias and organized gangs in Palestine, before it was ethnically-cleansed to become Israel. Since then, this logic has applied in every possible context in which Israel has found itself, allegedly: compelled to use force against Palestinian and Arab ‘terrorists’, potential ‘terrorists’ along with their ‘terror infrastructure.’

    It is not at all about the type of weapons that Palestinians use, if any at all. Israeli violence largely pertains to Israel’s own perception of its self-tailored reality: that of Israel being a beleaguered country, whose very existence is under constant threat by Palestinians, whether they are resisting by use of arms, or children playing at the beach in Gaza.

    There has never been a deviation from the norm in the historiography of the official Israeli discourse which explains, justifies or celebrates the death of tens of thousands of Palestinians throughout the years: the Israelis are never at fault, and no context for Palestinian ‘violence’ is ever required.

    Much of our current discussion regarding the protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and as of late at the Gaza border is centred on Israeli priorities, not Palestinian rights, which is clearly prejudiced. Once more, Israel is speaking of ‘unrest’ and ‘attacks’ originating from the ‘territories’, as if the priority is guaranteeing the safety of the armed occupiers – soldiers and extremist settlers, alike.

    Rationally, it follows that the opposite state of ‘unrest’, that of ‘quiet’ and ‘lull’, are when millions of Palestinians agree to being subdued, humiliated, occupied, besieged and habitually killed or, in some cases, lynched by Israeli Jewish mobs or burned alive, while embracing their miserable fate and carrying on with life as usual.

    The return to ‘normalcy’ is thus achieved; obviously, at the high price of blood and violence, which Israel has a monopoly on, while its actions are rarely questioned, Palestinians can then assume the role of the perpetual victim, and their Israeli masters can continue manning military checkpoints, robbing land and building yet more illegal settlements in violation of international law.

    The question, now, ought not to be basic queries about whether some of the murdered Palestinians wielded knives or not, or truly posed a threat to the safety of the soldiers and armed settlers. Rather, it should be centred principally on the very violent act of military occupation and illegal settlements in Palestinian land in the first place.

    From this perspective then, wielding a knife is, in fact, an act of self-defence; arguing about the disproportionate, or otherwise, Israeli response to the Palestinian ‘violence’ is, altogether moot.

    Cornering oneself with technical definitions is dehumanizing to the collective Palestinian experience.

    “How many Palestinians would have to be killed to make a case for using the term ‘massacre’?” was my answer to those who questioned my use of the term.

    Similarly, how many would have to be killed, how many protests would have to be mobilised and for how long before the current ‘unrest’, ‘upheaval’ or ‘clashes’ between Palestinian protesters and the Israeli army become an ‘Intifada’?

    And why should it even be called a ‘Third Intifada’?

    Mazin Qumsiyeh describes what is happening in Palestine as the ‘14th Intifada’. He should know best, for he authored the outstanding book, Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.

    However, I would go even further and suggest that there have been many more intifadas, if one is to use definitions that are relevant to the popular discourse of the Palestinians themselves.

    Intifadas – shaking off – become such when Palestinian communities mobilise across Palestine, unifying beyond factional and political agendas and carry out a sustained campaign of protests, civil disobedience and other forms of grassroots resistance.

    They do so when they have reached a breaking point, the process of which is not declared through press releases or televised conferences, but is unspoken, yet everlasting.

    Some, although well-intentioned, argue that Palestinians are not yet ready for a third intifada, as if Palestinian uprisings are a calculated process, carried out after much deliberation and strategic haggling. Nothing can be further from the truth. …

    … This generation grew up oppressed, confined and subjugated, at complete odds with the misleading ‘peace process’ lexicon that has prolonged a strange paradox between fantasy and reality. They are protesting because they experience daily humiliation and have to endure the unrelenting violence of occupation.

    Moreover, they feel a total sense of betrayal by their leadership, which is corrupt and co-opted. So they rebel, and attempt to mobilize and sustain their rebellion for as long as they can, because they have no horizon of hope outside their own action.

    Let us not get bogged down by details, self-imposed definitions and numbers. This is a Palestinian Intifada, even if it ends today.

    What truly matters is how we respond to the pleas of this oppressed generation; will we continue to assign greater importance to the safety of the armed occupier than to the rights of a burdened and oppressed nation?”

    More @ http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43134.htm

  13. just
    October 18, 2015, 11:00 am

    Annie, thank you for covering this travesty and criminal execution.

    I was struck by this article in The Guardian. (Sorry if it has been covered here before, but I’ve been away a lot)

    “An Israeli Jew stabbed by a Jewish man who believed he was an Arab has criticised the recent violence from his hospital bed.

    Uri Rezken was stacking shelves in a Haifa suburb on Tuesday when he was stabbed in the back, the latest in a series of suspected vigilante attacks.

    “We are all human beings, we are all equal,” the supermarket worker told Israeli TV. “It does not matter if an Arab stabbed me or a Jew stabbed me, a religious, orthodox or secular person. I have no words to describe this hate crime.”

    Israeli police said the stabbing was intended to “avenge a recent wave of attacks on Jews”.

    Rezken said he was working with an Arab colleague when he was stabbed. “I felt four stabs and I heard someone say: ‘You deserve it, you deserve it. You are bastard Arabs.’ ”

    Rezen tried to protect himself with a shopping trolley. “I screamed at him: ‘I am a Jew, I am a Jew’ – he didn’t stop … he tried to stab me again so I fought him again with my trolley.”

    The 36-year-old attacker, who is known to police, was shot by a security guard as he tried to flee. He was granted anonymity by a magistrates’ court in Haifa since he may now become a target of a vigilante attack. The court also agreed to his lawyer’s request for a psychological examination to see if he was fit to stand trial. …”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/15/stabbed-israeli-mistaken-arab-lashes-out-escalating-violence?CMP=share_btn_tw

    A complete disconnect from equal treatment under the law… so this Israeli gets a psych exam, anonymity, and who knows what else, while Palestinians are summarily executed by the armed Israeli terrorists~ those in uniform or in tallit or in suits.

    The article ends with typical Netanyahu lies:

    “Netanyahu also told the US not to draw what he termed false equivalence between Israeli and Palestinian attackers, after the US State Department said Israel may have used excessive force in responding to the recent string of attacks.

    Netanyahu said: “We expect our friends not to draw false symmetry between Israeli citizens and those who knife them to death. There is no truth to the claim Israeli used excessive force. We have done what every country would have done.””

    Really, who can believe the mendacious spew from his mouth?

    “… false symmetry, false equivalence …”

    argh.

  14. Elliot
    October 18, 2015, 1:21 pm

    I have watched the video several times and looked at the pictures. I don’t see what Annie see. This is a blurred series of images. It would be helpful to have more specifics. Which soldier? Which side of the body?

  15. Annie Robbins
    October 18, 2015, 3:30 pm

    i added an update to the article.

    • just
      October 18, 2015, 3:51 pm

      “The settlers are even more violent than the soldiers.”

      Then you have Lehava and the various Rabbis and the Temple Mount gangsters as well as those in Netanyahu’s government and in the Knesset.

      This is Israel. Ho-hum. Sane voices (Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, Ayman Odeh, B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence) are drowned out by the 95% and ridiculed and/or judged as not Israeli enough.

      Thanks, Annie.

  16. gracie fr
    October 18, 2015, 3:50 pm

    Palestinian youth Fadel al-Qawasmeh walked in the area on Shuhada Street not segregated for the benefit of Israeli settlers. Passing settlers as an Arab, was enough of a ‘crime’ for the point-blank, execution style shooting the 18 year old endured, only to be packaged and stamped as another Arab ‘terrorist’ when officials at the scene determined the boy had a knife…..(?????)

    In the immediate aftermath of the killing, when Israeli forces should have been utilizing photo and video evidence from witnesses at the scene as well as eyewitness testimony, rather, they went on the attack. Palestinians in a home directly near the site of the killing had their home raided, terrifying the families inside and had their phones and computers confiscated only for settlers who were allowed to wander freely on the scene to be given glimpse of the evidence against them.

    And while a member of Youth Against Settlements who was filming was detained while his evidence was confiscated and evaluated, settlers were allowed to photograph the boy’s bleeding body who received no immediate first aid; a common obscenity between settlers and soldiers of humiliating Palestinians as they lay dying. Settlers served tea and snacks on the scene.

    http://palsolidarity.org/2015/10/in-al-khalil-hebron-the-situation-grows-gravely-worse/

  17. just
    October 18, 2015, 4:49 pm

    “Deadly attack hits bus station in southern Israel

    One Israeli soldier killed in Beersheba, police say, in attack that also left suspected Palestinian assailant killed.

    One Israeli soldier has died of his wounds and five policemen have been injured in an attack on a bus station in southern Israel, police said, describing the incident as a shooting and stabbing attack.

    Following the attack on Sunday evening, police opened fire on two people at the station in Beersheba, killing an alleged Palestinian attacker and injuring a man of Eritrean origin.

    It was not immediately clear whether both of those shot were involved in the attack. Israeli media reported that security forces mistook the Eritrean for an attacker and shot him.

    According to the police, the attacker stabbed a soldier and stole his weapon, opening fire on the crowds at the bus terminal. The soldier died at the hospital.

    The Israeli IBA network posted footage purportedly recorded by a surveillance camera of the attack.

    In other video circulated online, a man was seen being kicked by several people as he lied bleeding on the ground. The identity of the man remains unclear. [The graphic footage – which could be disturbing to some viewers – can be found here.] …”

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/israel-attack-beersheeba-151018173020191.html

    Anyone who doesn’t find the video “disturbing” is seriously disturbed themselves…

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