The various forms of extreme violence that occurred over eighteen hours this weekend– whether directed at Palestinians in the West Bank or African asylum seekers or Israeli Jews in a Pride Parade – are deeply rooted in a greater context of normalized racism
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Ma‘an reports: The parents and brother of the 18-month-old Palestinian killed in an arson attack on Friday remained in critical condition on Sunday, the Palestinian Authority Minister of Health said. There has been a slight improvement in four-year-old Ahmad al-Dawabsha, but Saad al-Dawabsha suffers from third-degree burns covering 80 percent of his body, while his wife Riham suffers third-degree burns across 90 percent of her body.
Liberal Zionists and other two state advocates have to convince us that an Israeli government that has proven ineffective to do anything to stop a pattern of terroristic activities by Jews far away from the settlements can project the physical force necessary to move hundreds of thousands of settlers back into Israel.
The World Union for Progressive Judaism, an international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, has issued a statement condemning the recent attacks on the Dawabshe family in the West Bank village of Duma and on the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade. However, from the statement it seems clear where the organization’s sympathies lie.
Riham Dawabshe, the mother of 18 month-old Ali Dawabshe who burned to death in a settler arson attack Friday in the West Bank hamlet of Duma, tried to save her baby while fleeing from her home, engulfed in flames. Gasoline bombs had crashed into the building shortly after 1:30am and quickly it filled with opaque smoke. Dawabshe, herself on fire, grabbed a blanket she thought cradled her son. She rushed outside. But the blanket was empty, a fact the mother only realized when in her front yard. Yet at that time the fire had grown, making reentry impossible.
Jen Marlowe reports from the Palestinian village of Duma, where Israeli settlers had poured flammable liquid into the window of the Dawabsheh home and then tossed molotov cocktails inside burning 18-month old Ali Dawabsheh to death. A neighbor tells Marlowe that as horrific as this incident was, violence from Israeli settlers is all too familiar for Palestinians: “We live this action every day. We want to live. We have children, the same as you. We have people who want to live, the same as you. We are humans, just like you are. For all those who can hear me: We want to live. We deserve to live…Enough is enough. Enough with war.”
The murder of Ali Dawabsha is deeply connected to Israel’s “War of Independence,” which declared Israel as a Jewish state after a systematic process of ethnic cleansing that included massacres, like Deir Yassin, and soon after the Kafr Kassim massacre of 1956, whose perpetrators were pardoned and freed after a year.
“Am I your friend to wish me a good day?” a soldier asks a Palestinian youth of 18 at Hebron checkpoint, then clubs him with a rifle, breaking his jaw. Naser Jaber had said, “Good day” to the soldier after being waved through
The great horrors that the State of Israel is involved in are not in the outbursts of rage by extremists. They’re committed routinely, in all spheres of life: in the occupation, on a normal day, in the siege, on a normal day, and ordinary citizens justify them, Anat Rimon-Or writes on Facebook
Israelis have set fire to nine Palestinian homes in the last three years, and no one has ever been charged. So why does the U.S. government have “faith in the system” when it comes to the murder last night of Ali Saed Dabwasha?
This Thursday was a day of terror in Israel. Almost immediately after an ultra-Orthodox fanatic Yishai Schlisser stabbed six people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, Jewish extremists perpetrated an arson attack in the village of Douma, near Nablus, killing a one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian toddler. Both crimes were explicitly condemned by the Israeli Prime-Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who even expressed his “shock and horror” at the events. Yet, both would not have been possible without the climate of hatred incited by Netanyahu’s own extreme right-wing government.
Israeli officials condemned the murder of a Palestinian child in a pricetag attack in the West Bank, but commenters on twitter point out that government support for a violent occupation where there is no accountability for settlers made the murder inevitable
A Palestinian toddler was killed in the central West Bank village of Duma in an overnight settler arson attack that targeted two homes. Eighteen-month old Ali Saad Dawabsha died in the gasoline fire-bombings, and his mother and brother were seriously injured. The wounded were transferred by helicopter to a Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for treatment. A funeral was held in Duma this morning for Dawabsha.
Susan Abulhawa, the renowned Palestinian American novelist and political commentator, was denied entry to Palestine at the Allenby Bridge yesterday. Her wrath is on full display: “Denied entry to my homeland by a bunch of fucking Zionist colonizers who didn’t think I was sufficiently deferential. Livid.”
Mairav Zonszein writes, “If it had been Palestinians who killed three Israelis, we would be having a very different conversation about a ‘worrying escalation’ or ‘wave of violence.’”
“What we saw was not just war,” Rafah resident Iyad Ghaboun said of Israel’s summer 2014 attack on Gaza. “It was like a meat machine making mincemeat from people without mercy.” Israel carried out war crimes and “possible crimes against humanity” in its attack on Rafah, Gaza from 1-4 August, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
George Khoury tells a harrowing story of being detained and deported from Israel’s Ben Gurion airport. Khoury, an American citizen, was attempting to visit his homeland for the first time in 21 years. Even though he was traveling with an American passport an airport security agent told him, “You belong with the Palestinian people. This is our Israel, this is for the Jews. No Palestinian should come to Israel.”
At the first anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, we are facing a crisis of memory; Israel’s massive ground, air and sea assault killed nearly 2200 Palestinians, including over 500 children, but it pales in the media discourse next to the portrayal of the Palestinians as the sole aggressors
Ahmad Gharabli photo of Jewish and Palestinian youths being taken away from Al Aqsa mosque shows starkly different treatment. The Palestinian is being manhandled by two soldiers, the Jewish boy is escorted by a soldier with a hand on his shoulder
Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa mosque compound Sunday morning firing stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Muslim worshipers as they cleared the way for right-wing Jews who were visiting the compound to mark a Jewish fast day, witnesses said.
“I need symbols,” Maj. General (ret’d) Gershon Hacohen says, in likening Israeli attack on three landmark Gaza residential towers a year ago to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001
Haaretz is reporting demolition plans for the Palestinian village of Susiya may be halted based on an internal Israeli Civil Administration (ICA) report the paper has obtained confirming the village of Susiya is sitting on Palestinian land privately owned by Susiya’s Jabor and Nawaja families.
Israeli forces shot and killed Falah Hammad Abu Maria, 53, during a night raid in occupied Hebron Thursday. The 17th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces this year, Abu Maria was trying to help his sons, Muhammad, 22, and Ahmad, 25, who also had gunshot wounds.
For Palestinian-Bedouins living in the south Hebron hills under the threat of demolition and expulsion, victories are rare. Yet residents from the tin and tarp village of Susiya are uncharacteristically optimistic that they will receive a reprieve from the impending demolition of their village that is scheduled to take place before August 3rd.
Shrouq El-Eila from the We Are Not Numbers project writes about Gaza musicians Ghada Shoman, 20, and her brother Mohammed, 16. “Now my voice and my brother’s guitar are our ‘weapons,’” Ghada says. “During the last offensive on Gaza (in the summer of 2014), the resistance was inspired by national songs of bravery and a vision of future freedom. And now, so are we.”