Three settlers stabbed to death and three Palestinians shot dead in turmoil over security measures at al-Aqsa mosque compound (Updated)

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Update (July 23)

A Palestinian identified as Omar al-Abed, 20, was shot and arrested during a lethal stabbing attack the teen carried out in the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish Friday night, according to local media.

Israeli sources said al-Abed killed three settlers. Haaretz said that the victims were a father and two of his children, attacked as they had Sabbath meal. al-Abed was reported to have written on Facebook, “I’m 20, I have many dreams, but there is no life after what is seen in Al-Aqsa.”

Halamish is a Jewish settlement that has taken lands and the spring belonging to the village of Nabi Saleh, a village whose resistance to occupation, featuring weekly demonstrations and stone-throwers, has had global resonance.

We originally reported that Omar al-Abed had been shot dead, but later reports said the youth was shot but not killed.

Original Post:

Three Palestinian youth were killed during demonstrations in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, as clashes erupted across the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in protest against new security measures installed by Israeli authorities at the al-Aqsa mosque after a deadly shooting earlier this week.

The first Palestinian killed, identified as 18-year-old Mohammed Mahmoud Sharaf, was reportedly shot dead by an Israeli settler, according to local media. Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Mondoweiss that he could not confirm the events that lead to the teenager’s death, but did confirm that the 18-year-old was immediately taken for burial in his hometown in East Jerusalem moments after he was killed.

“We are investigating the reports, but have not been able to confirm exactly what happened,” Rosenfeld said.

The second Palestinian, identified as 20-year-old Mohammed Abu Ghanam, was killed by Israeli forces near the Old City of Jerusalem during ongoing clashes in the city. He was evacuated to a local hospital where a spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent told Mondoweiss he was undergoing operations, however it was later confirmed that the youth had succumbed to his wounds.

Video of the family lifting the 20-year-old’s remains over a stone wall surrounding the hospital quickly surfaced on social media. Because of the presence of Israeli forces investigating those injured during clashes at the hospital, the family of Abu Ghanam feared Israeli forces would confiscate the slain Palestinian’s remains, so they decided to smuggle the body out of the hospital. The video footage shows family members heaving the recently killed youth’s body over the wall in order to begin a funeral procession to his hometown’s martyrs’ cemetery.

A third Palestinian was killed during clashes in Abu Dis, a town of Jerusalem that was divided from the city by Israel’s separation wall. The teen was identified as 17-year-old Mohammed Mahmoud Khalaf.

Protesters run from tear gas in Bethlehem (Photo: Sheren Khalel)

A spokesperson with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, Erab al-Fuqaha, told Mondoweiss that at least 131 Palestinians had been injured just in occupied East Jerusalem as of 3:30 p.m. local time on Friday. At the same time Al-Quds News Agency reported that 11 Palestinians were injured in Ramallah, 31 in Bethlehem, four in Qalqiliya, six in Hebron and seven in Tulkarem, however those numbers are expected to rise significantly as clashes continue into the evening.

According to Rosenfeld, at least 10 Palestinians were detained in occupied East Jerusalem.

Clashes were also reported in Tuqu village, where a Palestinian was shot and killed during clashes the night before, in Akka, a northern coastal town on the Mediterranean sea, as well as the Gaza Strip among many other areas.

Activists in the West Bank unable to get permits to enter Jerusalem created a model of al-Aqsa mosque to display at the street prayer. One worshipper holds a sign declaring Jerusalem a Palestinian city. (Photo/Sheren Khalel)

Israeli intelligence service: New measures unnecessary

The security measures Palestinians are protesting were imposed after three Palestinian gunmen were shot dead the previous Friday while carrying out an attack against Israeli police. The attackers shot and killed two Israeli police officers before they were shot dead by Israeli forces. The incident took place in and around the al-Aqsa mosque compound. The attack happened hours after Israeli forces shot dead an 18-year-old during a pre-dawn in Dheisha refugee camp.

In response to the attack, Israeli authorities closed the al-Aqsa mosque and the compound, a green space surrounding the mosque, for the first time since 1967. The area was reopened on Sunday, with turnstiles, metal detectors and cameras installed at all the entrances leading to the mosque compound.

While the Israeli security cabinet met on Thursday afternoon and again later that night to discuss the new security measures, the government decided against taking down the new measures at the mosque, against the recommendations of Israel’s intelligence service, the Shin Bet, and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, which oversees the occupied West Bank.

The security measures are at the heart of what sparked clashes across the region. Friday was the fifth and most intense day of clashes since the measures were were imposed.

Palestinians have widely refused to go through the metal detectors at the gates, saying they will not allow the Israeli security establishment to monitor their most important place of worship in such a way, and vowing to boycott prayers at the al-Aqsa until the metal detectors are taken down.

Instead thousands of Jerusalemites have gathered daily to pray in the streets surrounding the Old City — a measure supported by the Fatah, the ruling party in the occupied West Bank, Hamas, the ruling party in Gaza, as well as the Islamic Waqf, the Islamic endowment administering Al-Aqsa. The Waqf on Tuesday called for all mosques in Jerusalem to be closed, and for worshipers to instead pray in the streets surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City.

Palestinians vow that protests will be ongoing until the security measures are dismantled. By nightfall on Friday, thousands of Palestinians were still holding prayers in the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City, as seen in videos across social media.

About Sheren Khalel

Sheren Khalel is a freelance multimedia journalist who works out of Israel, Palestine and Jordan. She focuses on human rights, women's issues and the Palestine/Israel conflict. Khalel formerly worked for Ma'an News Agency in Bethlehem, and is currently based in Ramallah and Jerusalem. You can follow her on Twitter at @Sherenk.

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  1. Mayhem
    July 21, 2017, 7:19 pm

    Decisions are made by consulting the relevant organisations. The decision to keep the metal detectors in place may have been against the recommendations of the Shin Bet but, the point completely glossed over by the author here, is that the Israeli cabinet authorized the police to make any decisions necessary to ensure free access to the holy site, while maintaining public order and security. The cabinet essentially adopted the police stance, which sided with keeping the metal detectors in place.
    The intractable position of the Palestinians led by their Jew-hating religious leaders is typical. A Palestinian Muslim just can’t stand being told by Jews how to behave – that’s the Koranic principle.
    Even the Saudi king expressed no reservations about Israel’s decision to upgrade security by installing metal detectors at the entrances to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount in the wake of the terror attack last Friday that left two Israeli policemen dead and others wounded. But in this display of bloody-minded obstinacy by the Palestinians all common sense gets swept aside.

    • Misterioso
      July 22, 2017, 11:08 am

      @Mayhem

      Bullcrap!!

      Reality:

      As a belligerently/illegally/brutally occupied people, Palestinians (the indigenous inhabitants of the lands between the River and the Sea) have every legal and moral right to resist.

      Security Council Resolution 446 (22 March 1979) “[Affirms] once more that the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 is applicable to the Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] by Israel since 1967, including Jerusalem,
      “1. Determines that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories OCCUPIED [my emphasis] since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East;..”

      Israel’s 1980 annexation of East Jerusalem was unanimously rejected by the UN Security Council in Resolution 476 (June 30, 1980): “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the OCCUPYING [my emphasis] Power, which purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal validity AND CONSTITUTE A FLAGRANT VIOLATION OF THE FOURTH GENEVA CONVENTION [my emphasis.]”

      In accordance with the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, ratified by Israel, and further underscoring the illegality of the settlements, Part 2, Article 8, section B, paragraph viii of the Rome Statute of the International Court (1998) defines “the transfer directly or indirectly by the Occupying power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it OCCUPIES [my emphasis]” as a War Crime, indictable by the International Criminal Court.

      UN Security Council Resolution 2334, December 23, 2016: “Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and reaffirming, inter alia, the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by force,

      “Reaffirming the obligation of Israel, the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by its legal obligations and responsibilities under the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, and recalling the advisory opinion rendered on 9 July 2004 by the International Court of Justice,

      “Condemning all measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, including, inter alia, the construction and expansion of settlements, transfer of Israeli settlers, confiscation of land, demolition of homes and displacement of Palestinian civilians, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions,….”

      “1. Reaffirms that the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-State solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace;

      “2. Reiterates its demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and that it fully respect all of its legal obligations in this regard;

      “3. Underlines that it will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations;..”

      There is no special provision in international law that enables Israel to violate it with impunity.

      • MHughes976
        July 22, 2017, 1:01 pm

        Are you saying, Mist, that belligerent occupation incurs a right of armed resistance in all circumstances, or that this is not a genuine occupation but something so much worse that it may be opposed by all means?

      • Misterioso
        July 22, 2017, 3:41 pm

        @McHuges976

        To be brief: Not only is Israel’s occupation belligerent, i.e., opposed by the occupied, it is also flagrantly illegal, e.g., as made clear in the quotations I provided, in gross violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which is binding on all UN members and has been ratified by Israel.

        Needless to say, the occupation has been thoroughly documented as brutal.

        Yes, as did the French during WWII, Palestinians have the right to resist by all means. I remind you that the occupation has been in effect for 50 years.

      • Mayhem
        July 22, 2017, 7:24 pm

        @Misterioso, don’t give me all this irrelevant stuff about the recent manifestations of this intractable conflict. You are masking the basic fact that the Muslims can’t accept the Jews having a sovereign presence in their midst and they have used religious incitement against Jews going way back.
        For example the Hebron massacre in 1929 led to the death of nearly 70 Jews. It was led by Arabs incited to violence by vicious rumors that Jews were planning to seize control of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The event also left scores seriously wounded or maimed. Jewish homes were pillaged and synagogues were ransacked.

      • echinococcus
        July 22, 2017, 10:09 pm

        Look at Mayhem mayhemming: the illegal invasion and occupation Misterioso just told us about was just the same one since 1897 at the latest. And of course Palestinians (including Muslims, Christians, Jews and atheists) will not tolerate Zionist (including Jewish) ” can’t accept the Jews [=Zionist invaders in Mayhem’s special tongue] having a sovereign presence in their midst” and of course will exercise their basic right to fight with all means at disposal –key word “all”.
        Also, as history has abundantly demonstrated, the Zionists were effectively planning and preparing to take control of the Mesjid el-Aqsa. Duh.

      • Talkback
        July 23, 2017, 5:37 am

        Misterioso: “Yes, as did the French during WWII, Palestinians have the right to resist by all means. I remind you that the occupation has been in effect for 50 years. ”

        As there is no right to keep a whole people occupied and therefore violate their right to self determination for half a century there is no right to murder civilians.

      • echinococcus
        July 23, 2017, 10:08 am

        As there is no right to keep a whole people occupied and therefore violate their right to self determination for half a century there is no right to murder civilians.

        There is a precise reason why civilians colonizing invaded land have no protected status under the Geneva convention: it’s because all responsibility for their safety belongs to the invader. Only the invader has the power to enforce the ban on colonization and every colonizer counts as a human shield.
        Also, the status of civilian is not reserved to an armed uniform-wearer in active duty.

        Without these notes (my apologies), the right to resist would be meaningless.

        Additionally, there seems to be a generally respected right to murder civilians and then call them “militants”, “combatants”, or failing plausibility call them “collateral damage”. More than one side can play that game.

      • Jon66
        July 23, 2017, 12:08 pm

        Echi,
        “Also, the status of civilian is not reserved to an armed uniform-wearer in active duty.”
        Not only is it not reserved to that. I didn’t not know anyone who would define an armed, uniformed, active duty military as a “civilian” under any circumstances. Perhaps you can provide some references.

      • echinococcus
        July 23, 2017, 12:47 pm

        Sure, Sixty-six. Insert a “non” where appropriate.

    • Albert Westpy
      July 22, 2017, 12:01 pm

      Not being either Muslim, Jewish, or a zionist I find it interesting that most zionist keep resorting to the “Jew-hating” card which is done with every opportunity rather than using logic. I can only imagine zionist doing this to try and gain sympathy because of what was done to the Jews in Europe during World War 2.
      The first thing that must be recognized is that all Jews are not zionist and all zionist are not Jews.
      Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived in that area with major problems until the zionist came in great numbers from Europe and began to colonize Palestine. What people would just turn over the keys to their country without a fight ? I, for one, never would.
      So when you talk about “Jew-hating” people you must first ask yourself “Are they hating Jews or are they hating zionist. Then if you truly would like to expand your knowledge ask yourself why ? Is it my religion or my actions that they hate, and if so, what can I do to change that ?
      Should you do this you may discover why so many countries in the world dislike the entity you call israel.

      • Misterioso
        July 22, 2017, 1:22 pm

        @Albert Westpy

        I’m sure you meant to write “Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived in that area WITHOUT major problems until the zionists came in great numbers from Europe and began to colonize Palestine.”

      • Citizen
        July 23, 2017, 10:49 am

        Yes he means without major problems, not with–a typo

    • Talkback
      July 22, 2017, 12:25 pm

      Mayhem: “The intractable position of the Palestinians led by their Jew-hating religious leaders is typical. A Palestinian Muslim just can’t stand being told by Jews how to behave – that’s the Koranic principle.”

      Yep, it’s absolutely antisemitic not to do what Jews tell you to do allthough Nonjews according to Nonjew hating leaders and based on their Judaic principles only exist to serve Jews , rigjht?

      • MHughes976
        July 22, 2017, 1:09 pm

        I don’t see that it needs any special religious indoctrination to resent every new extension of the process by which you and those of your nationality are regularly humiliated at checkpoints by wrongdoers who assume the role of moral instructors, telling you what to. I must admit that I might get quite annoyed, even driven to wild rage, if I couldn’t visit a cathedral without being searched by Muslim police who offer moral lectures.

    • gamal
      July 22, 2017, 1:20 pm

      “display of bloody-minded obstinacy by the Palestinian”

      well yes but Ratsa a nuh gangsta and you ..you represent the slave master ( we got some great youth)

      https://youtu.be/BtVu0gfP9tc

      • Misterioso
        July 22, 2017, 3:47 pm

        McHughes976

        “I must admit that I might get quite annoyed, even driven to wild rage, if I couldn’t visit a cathedral without being searched by Muslim police who offer moral lectures.”

        Well said!!!

      • MHughes976
        July 22, 2017, 5:59 pm

        I’m M, Mist, (Martin) but not Mc, not being very Scottish. I’m prolly descended from Welsh and English fifth century race warriors. That was a bad time.

      • RoHa
        July 22, 2017, 8:22 pm

        Even if the lectures are about W. D. Ross?

    • Talkback
      July 23, 2017, 4:02 am

      Mayhem: “You are masking the basic fact that the Muslims can’t accept the Jews having a sovereign presence in their midst …”

      You are masking the basic fact that Zionist Jews couldn’ accept a Muslim souvereign presence in Palestine.

      Mayhem: “… and they have used religious incitement against Jews going way back.”

      After the Zionist Jewish incitement to take over Palestine or before?

      • Mooser
        July 24, 2017, 2:45 pm

        “You are masking the basic fact that the Muslims can’t accept the Jews having a sovereign presence in their midst …”

        Duh! Once Jews have a “sovereign presence” they are hardly “in their midst” in relation to the Muslims, are they?

    • DavidDaoud
      July 23, 2017, 12:39 pm

      I beg your pardon, Mayhem.
      The Saudi king, and the royal family are detested by most of their citizenry, and many Muslims world wide. What they think of Israel’s activities is not surprising as they actively cooperate with the criminal activities of the illegitimate state of Israhell. Most Muslims in fact support justice for Palestinians.
      Israel made a huge mistake by installing all that security infrastructure and will pay the price for it.

      • m1945
        July 24, 2017, 12:12 pm

        DavidDaoud

        Why are people so angry about metal detectors & video cameras?

      • YoniFalic
        July 24, 2017, 12:35 pm

        If Waqf put the metal detectors and video cameras in, I doubt Palestinians would complain, but the Israeli government asserted authority to install them without consultation. It is obviously a first step to a takeover.

        For those who read Hebrew.

        מה כל כך מפריע להם בגלאי המתכות?

        The real issue should be clear to practically anyone. Netanyahu knows exactly what he is doing.

      • eljay
        July 24, 2017, 1:26 pm

        || m1945: … Why are people so angry about metal detectors & video cameras? ||

        You’re right – they’re just a distraction from Israel’s decades-long and on-going campaign of aggression, oppression, occupation, colonization and sundry (war) crimes. Thanks for getting things back on track.

    • talknic
      July 23, 2017, 10:39 pm

      @ Mayhem

      Jerusalem isn’t in Israel, nor is it Israeli. corpus separatum was never instituted. Jerusalem was never officially separated from Palestine

    • eljay
      July 24, 2017, 1:17 pm

      || Mayhem: … A Palestinian Muslim just can’t stand being told by Jews how to behave – that’s the Koranic principle. … ||

      And when Jews can’t stand being told by non-Jews how to behave, I guess that’s the Torahnic principle. Interesting.

      • Mooser
        July 24, 2017, 2:46 pm

        ” Interesting.”

        Torah, Torah, Torah!

  2. JosephA
    July 21, 2017, 9:22 pm

    Praying in the streets. Maybe the fascist government in the modern state of Israel will also pass a law prohibiting this?

  3. Kay24
    July 22, 2017, 7:12 am

    Could it be a prelude to yet another “mowing the lawn” by the zionists, now that the entire world is focused on the daily revelations of the Trump regime, including family members, being caught with their hands in the Russian cookie jar?

    • echinococcus
      July 22, 2017, 1:41 pm

      Kay,

      Your relentless propaganda for war and mayhem, steady refusal to answer demands for evidence, your deviation of the site’s purposes exclusively for unrelated propaganda and your use of blatant lies are nauseating.

      Your posts are among the most effective in turning off any Dims left around.

      • Kaisa of Finland
        July 22, 2017, 4:31 pm

        Echi:

        Just out of neutral interest, what do you think about this article? Bill Browder has just given somehow similar interview to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. I would just be interested in hearing your point of view..

        http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bill-browder-donald-trump-jr-russian-lawyer-meeting/

      • Kaisa of Finland
        July 22, 2017, 4:58 pm

        Echi:

        Just to add, I do not know anything about him. Just came across that article in DN.

      • MHughes976
        July 22, 2017, 5:52 pm

        I’ve read Kay’s remarks back to May and I don’t see much warmongering. I think – Kay might use stronger language – that we should at least be wary of Putin.

      • Mooser
        July 22, 2017, 7:53 pm

        “Echin”, are you sure you know what the term “warmongering” means and how it’s used?

      • echinococcus
        July 22, 2017, 8:29 pm

        Sure I know, Mooser. The word fits exactly the McCarthyist campaign led by the CIAFBINSA and all the alphabet with the neocons at the wheel, powered by the entire Democrat party, enthusiastically joined by the “respectable Republicans, and manned by the gullible, calling to the arms by attacking 24/7 some Russian plot for which there is no probable cause, insisting on provoking war with Russia, exacerbating the war WE started in Syria and neighboring countries on behalf of the Zionists.

      • echinococcus
        July 22, 2017, 8:40 pm

        Kaisa:

        “Similar interview”, similar to what?

        And thanks for the article, but it provides no information of any interest and I have no opinion at all on the subject of personal corruption of Russian plutocrats or American embezzlers or their protection racket. All I am interested in is the push these last 10 years to totally enslave the Europeans, besiege Russia, destroy all countries targeted by the Zionists and provoke a major war with Russia.

      • Kaisa of Finland
        July 22, 2017, 10:31 pm

        Echi:

        I just meant that the interview in DN had somehow similar contents. And I can assure you I do not want anything else but peace, (Just now we have Russia’s nuclear submarine sailing here in the Baltic Sea and I really hope no accident will happen, the Baltic Sea has already suffered so much because of people in these past decades..), but I would be interested in hearing what makes so many people here sure, that Putin has no “ulterior motives” with his dealings with Mr Trump. (Ofcourse I hope he doesn’t have, but for somereason I find it hard to believe. And that’s not because of some outside propaganda, but the way he has stregthtened his power in these past years, limited the freedom of their press and made laws to make some people’s life more difficult in Russia. It gives me the same signal as Erdogan in Turkey, that you never know what he will do next.)

        Anyway, I always want to hear many viewpoints and that is why I asked.

      • RoHa
        July 22, 2017, 11:43 pm

        MHughes, of course we should be wary of Putin. He is the elected leader (= psychopath) of a very large and powerful nation. But we should not succumb the hysteria that is being peddled by the psychopaths of the USA or of such tin-pot countries as Estonia.

      • echinococcus
        July 23, 2017, 9:42 am

        Thanks, Kaisa. I just wish the requests to keep these disputes to other venues were taken up instead of continuing here, though.

        At any rate, as long as we are in this forum, I don’t give a rat’s ass for any of that “ulterior motive” stuff. Of course everyone has “ulterior motives”. Point is, the only aggressor is the US and there is only the War Party in US politics, hellbent on provoking war at any cost, besieging Russia and trashing international law. If you want to live a peaceful life, you start by stopping the aggression. Like kicking out the US and NATO. If you are the US, you keep all your uniformed murderers within your own borders, and you stop open propaganda for a neocon putsch (in the direct interest of Zionists) under cover of supporting Palestinian resistance.
        Enough of this here, anyway.

    • Kay24
      July 23, 2017, 7:39 am

      Ech. the rules here are that I do not have to explain, or respond to, any of your comments, therefore I have the choice to respond, or not to respond, to any commenter that I deem irrelevant, and that I do not agree with, or find unable to differentiate between a nation that is constantly killing civilians, and a commenter criticizing it. You have the wonderful choice to not respond to my comments, if you do not like what I have said.

      Thanks Moose and McHughes, you said it well. :))

      • Citizen
        July 23, 2017, 11:01 am

        I have always found Kay’s comments objective and directed at basic points of issues she has addressed here on MW

      • echinococcus
        July 23, 2017, 12:57 pm

        Certainly, Citizen.
        That includes a cookie jar, significance undefined, hands caught in it, and all of that unrelated to anything going on around us, or to the continual return of the same theme here.

      • Mooser
        July 23, 2017, 2:14 pm

        “Thanks Moose and McHughes, you said it well. :))”

        Why thanks, but when it comes to “warmongering” I think “echin” does very well for himself.

  4. lonely rico
    July 22, 2017, 10:29 am

    Off topic.

    Elor Azaria was temporarily released to full house arrest on Thursday, the first time he left army custody since his arrest on March 24, 2016.

    http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebron-shooter-temporarily-released-to-house-arrest-for-1st-time-500207

    A humanitarian gesture.
    Elor (“Kill them all”) Azaria had been separated from his mother for 118 days!
    He had suffered enough.
    Israeli “justice” is not without compassion, (for Israeli Jews).

  5. Citizen
    July 23, 2017, 11:04 am

    Given the US campaign finance system, where cash is free speech, it would be nice if the Palestinians, including Palestinian Americans, had just one person as wealthy as Sheldon Adelson or Haim Saban, to fight for basic human values, including those denied the Palestinian people by the nuclear state of Israel. American Palestinians having their own foreign agent like #AIPAC would be too much to ask, eh?

  6. Ossinev
    July 23, 2017, 11:09 am

    @lonely rico
    “Elor (“Kill them all”) Azaria had been separated from his mother for 118 days!
    He had suffered enough”

    Bless. It must be such a relief after all that powdered milk.

  7. Talkback
    July 23, 2017, 5:11 pm

    ecchi: “There is a precise reason why civilians colonizing invaded land have no protected status under the Geneva convention: it’s because all responsibility for their safety belongs to the invader. ”

    The simple reason why they are not protected by GC is that they are not nationals of the occupied. But not being protected under the GC doesn’t mean that one is not protected at all by any right. I’m pretty sure that Palestinian law (the law of the occupied) prohibits murdering civilians or in international terms individuals who don’t take part in hostilies (shooting, etc.).

    ecchi: “Also, the status of civilian is not reserved to an armed uniform-wearer in active duty.”

    I honestly don’t understand what you are saying.

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