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Palestinian human rights defender, dad, photo-journalist, blogger, humanitarian aid worker.

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  • Oren says Pollard 'sacrificed himself for the Jewish people'
    • Oren who represented the Israeli government said that Pollard sacrificed himself for the Jewish people and that he's a hero. That's interesting. This is the same Israeli government that refused to allow him to enter the Israeli embassy. Oh but then they later gave him an honorary Israeli citizenship so I guess all is well between them, huh? Let's not kid ourselves. Pollard is no hero. He was a drug addict and a drunkard who sacrificed himself for the almighty Dollar hoping that he could get away free on account of his Jewish identity. That didn't work but if Oren thinks of him as a hero, what does he think of Yossi Yagur, Irit Erb and Aviem Sella?

  • Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won't lead to doom
    • "Yadlin also reprised his plan for an Israeli withdrawal from 85 percent of the West Bank.....He said Israel should withdraw to the separation barrier that cuts into the West Bank, retain large settlement blocs and continue to occupy the Jordan Valley."
      Well, Palestinians currently control 23% of the West Bank. That means that 77% has already been annexed by Israel and I doubt that Israel would return any of that land back to the Palestinians. So maybe Yadlin really means that Israel would withdraw from 85% of the remaining 23% but that means that the Palestinians living in areas completely surrounded by the Wall and are totally segregated from the rest of the West Bank would be on the inside of Israel's new borders. In which case, they can either be given Israeli citizenship...or rather "residency"....or they could live unrecognized and stateless in between both areas. Either way, its a whole new can of worms that Israel will open for itself.

  • Reports: Abbas faults Israel for 'procrastinating,' says Palestine will move to join int'l organizations
    • This is what should have been done from the start. We shouldn't have to ask for our rights. We should demand them. Israel might be in a position of power through force but it is not and never was in a position to dictate the rights of the Palestinian people under any circumstances. It cannot tell us who we are, what we are entitled to or where we should define our existence. We are Palestinians and Palestine is our country whether Israel recognizes it or not and there are no other alternatives to that.

  • Pollard was in it for money, and sold so many dox Cap Weinberger wanted the death penalty
    • I'm glad that the Pollard deal is DOA, as it should be. Pollard is a scumbag through and through and the fact that if he were released he would have received a hero's welcome in Israel is further proof of Israel's urinating on American support it so widely receives. I'm sure Moshe Ya'alon would have been all too happy to drop trou. It must be salt to their wound to know that the PLO effectively killed the chances of Pollard standing as a free man in Israel next week. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Mahmoud Abbas vs Mohammed Dahlan: The showdown begins
    • Dahlan is a gangster. He is essentially a leader of his own mafia. He is brutish and self serving. He doesn't care about the Palestinian people as much as he cares about lining his pockets with cash. This is not o excuse Abbas of course. I think he is highly ineffective as the un-elected Palestinian leader. To hell with them both. I long for the days when great men like George Habash led the Palestinians. However it doesn't look good for us anyway you look at it. If you remove Abbas and Dahlan's names from the list of leaders. Who could step up and lead the Palestinians to a just solution? No one. The rest of their posse are the same old men who keep rotating positions and are as equally corrupt. Israel and the United States did a fine job of molding these men to serve their interests instead of the interests of the Palestinian people and that's exactly why this gang of thugs are still running the show. Of course we also know that friends of the U.S. or Israel are only friends when they useful to the U.S. or Israel. Look at Saddam Hussein, Gaddaffi, Bin Laden, Arafat, the list goes on and on....Once friends, later became enemies...and all are now dead.

  • Christie steps in deep doo-doo, promptly apologizes to Adelson. Whew!
    • The problem with your statement, and you said it yourself, is that what you call "Piano" Zionists foresee "some kind of peace and certain rights for non-Jews." When you allow one group to have "certain" rights but not all the rights that they are due, that is still a very big problem. Non-Jews...and let's be honest here, you're talking about Arabs, more specifically Palestinians....and Jews should be completely and totally equal. Israel is not in a position to define what rights a person should or should not have. Frankly, it is not Israel's place and it does not have the power nor the authority to prevent the full realization of all inalienable rights due to the Palestinian population or to any other group of people. Faux Liberal or Progressive Zionists can pretend as much as they want, that they are more in tune with human rights and peace building and conflict resolution but the reality remains that they are part of a bigger ideology that is racist and evil.

    • Where are the cajones on these politicians? That they say one word get all nervous about being on the receiving end of a talking to from Morton Klein or Adelson? Maybe next time Christie will be told to park his porky rear on Adelson's lap for a proper spanking. How dare he say "occupied"? That's reserved for restrooms only. Israel and Palestine are merely in a "dispute." The kind two drunk friends at the bar get into when arguing over which team is going to make it to the NBA Finals. No big deal you guys. No big deal at all.

  • OSU group questions campus presentation of an Israeli soldier as a 'feminist role model'
    • You bring up a good point. Israel also uses the same tactics by exploiting the LGBT community in order to show how progressive and westernized it is in comparison to it MENA neighbors. The Israeli government's PR machine is always ready to brag that it is the only country in the MENA region that hosts a Gay Pride Parade which marches through the heart of the old Jerusalem every year. While that may be true, it conveniently forgets that hate crimes and discrimination against the LGBT community in Israel is still a pretty big problem. It also don't get a free pass for being progressive and liberal when its government is made up of rightist pro-settler government that is ready and willing to trample on the rights of all who are not in line with it, Arabs and Jews alike.

  • Over half of all Israeli land sales in 2014 have been in the occupied territories
    • Yes it happens. It sells land to developers who build housing on that lend and rent, lease or sell the properties to settlers. Other times it allows developers to bid on contracts to building housing units. Keep in mind that this has all been going on in parallel to the so-called framework talks. So we all know how serious Israel is about formulating a concrete peace plan. What amazes me is that it is demanding an extension to the talks. For what, I have no idea.

  • US desperate to keep futile peace process going a little longer
    • Here's the deal:
      The entire time that these talks have been going on, the Israelis have been murdering Palestinians. Most of the prisoners that were released in rounds during the talks have been re-arrested. Settlement housing tenders are at an all-time high, land confiscation is still a daily occurrence, and racist price-tage attacks in WB & EJ are a dime a dozen often under the watchful eye of IDF. On top of that, the entire time that the talks have been going on, the Israelis have been saying that they don't have a partner for peace, yet despite all of this, security coordination between the PA and Israel is still at its optimum level. Israel has not once presented a map of the disputed region in these talks or any talks before it and has provided no indication whatsoever of their willingness to draw final borders for their undefined gelatinous blob of a nation. They have constantly demanded that Palestinians recognize Israel as "Jewish state" in order for the talks to continue despite constantly demanding "no preconditions." By the way, the PLO and the PA have already recognized the legitimacy of the Israeli state on several....well-documented....occasions while Israel still stands by the belief that there is no occupation, there never was/is a Palestine (ask the Jews of 1930s to produce a map for these revisionist Zionists), and that the oPt is Judea and Samaria, part of Eretz Israel.

      The talks have been doomed from the start because the United States does not have the capacity on any level whatsoever to be an unbiased mediator between the two sides. Certainly not when it's providing one side with billions of dollars per year and particularly in which some of those billions are used to buy the drones, warplanes, Iron Dome systems, hellfire, cluster, and white phosphorous munitions and other tools of death used against the Palestinians and while it is invested in the settlement enterprise...and lets not forget M72 Law rockets fired into the face of unarmed protestors in Birzeit. On top of that, Israel has fiddled its thumbs and stuck its nose in the air during the entire length of the talks and has not proposed anything at all. Now when the final bell is about to ring, they're complaining that more time is needed. Like a student who slacked off all semester and is suddenly faced with the threat of a final exam that may prevent his graduation. Of course more time is needed. More time is needed to enable Israel to kill more Palestinians and to expand deeper into the West Bank (they still want the E1 Corridor and the Jordan Valley and all air, land, and sea borders under their control, and long term military and police presence in Palestine...for "security" or course. This has already been determined before they came to the table) and to develop more facts on the ground that make a 2 state solution thoroughly impossible. Meanwhile, this "no partner for peace", Abbas is proposing that the Arab League continues to keep the Saudi Peace Initiative on the table. The same one that calls for complete normalization with 22 countries in exchange for the end to the occupation. The same one that has been sitting on Bibi's desk for several years, completely ignored by the Israeli government.

      There is no reason whatsoever for the PLO to continue talking with Israel and its financier, the United States. Even before the talks began, Israel and the United States dictated the results. They have proven time and time again that they are biased and that they are not interested in resolving the conflict but they two nations in a world of 196 nations. The ONLY solution is for the PLO to treat Bibi and Obama a vow of silence and take this issue to the UN whether they throw a hissy fit or not. If Abbas had any kind of balls, that's what he would do.

  • Is the U.S. quietly imposing travel sanctions on Israeli officials?
    • Well in the cases in which visas are not declined, I think it's only fair to give them visas that limit their travels or maybe I'm still just bitter from my "Judea and Samaria" visa and the "VIP treatment" I get everytime I come through the Allenby bridge or Ben Gurion. Still it would bring joy to my heart to issue Israeli travelers visas that bar them from using JFK airport for example or prevent them from entering the New York or Los Angeles metropolitan areas. Or maybe they should only be able to enter the United States through Mexico by Mule or through a connecting flight from Antarctica. And lets not forget full body cavity searches, detainment, and stupid interviews..."what did you have for breakfast 9 Thursdays ago and who were you with and how do you know that person and what is his father's favorite TV show?"

  • 'Nobody knew where I was, nobody… I was simply disappeared': An Italian tourist's Ben Gurion nightmare
    • Crossing via Jordan is hardly easier unless the person crossing is Israeli or a friendly foreign national and even then its only a barely less infuriating. The Sheikh Hussein bridge further north on the border which crosses from Jordan directly into Israel is hands-off for most Arabs but even there, you can expect the great service Israel is known for. The Allenby bridge, further south, which crosses into West Bank Jordan Valley....after passing through Jordanian checkpoint, two Israeli checkpoints and faux Palestinian checkpoint is notoriously bad. That's the one we're allowed to use: link to theguardian.com

      I got the VIP treatment there too.....by Israelis....AND...Jordanians. If you thought the Shin Bet were bad, try the Jordanian intelligence. They give the Shin Bet a run for their money.

  • Penn Hillel pushes Birthright-like trip for non-Jewish students
    • This guy is full of deceptive language:

      "Thus I am hoping to bring 20 non-Jewish students on an intensive 7-day exploration of Israel’s political, business, security, and religious circles."

      " ....it is important to expose them to a more nuanced view of the region..."

      "This trip will occupy a unique niche. It will focus on instilling an intellectual connection to the region..."

  • How 'trigger-happy' soldiers killed an unarmed man walking to work
    • Hardly. The PA Thugs learned all of their tactics through training conducted by American and Israeli police and military following the agreement signed at Oslo. They are also armed and funded by the American government and have direct security channels and cooperation with the Israeli intelligence and security agencies. They are by all means an Israeli Proxy. All day long PA paramilitary police are stationed on random street corners in Area A cities but mysteriously disappear minutes before the IDF rolls through town like they did in Birzeit to arrest (kill) an activist. Why is that? If the IDF or the Shin Bet says Jump, the PA officers will always say how high.

    • "They nearly shut down the direct negotiations with Israeli officials and spurred two demonstrations in Ramallah against the Palestinian Authority. Protesters were beaten at random, and injured were arrested in hospital beds."

      From my experience the PA thugs are as bad as, if not worse, than the IDF. To hell with the whole lot of 'em.

  • The killing of Muataz Washaha
    • I attended Muataz' funeral in Birzeit and I am also a member of the PFLP, among which most youth in this country are; its not strange or as evil as Israel makes it out seem. It's no strange than a young American joining a progressive liberal party in the U.S. The PFLP is more in touch with the reality on the ground than Fatah which makes up the majority of the WB government and prioritizes its cooperation with Israel and the United States over its obligations to the Palestinian population in the oPT and Diaspora.

      Have you seen Muataz' house? The Israeli government sent a counter-terrorism unit which shelled his house with a M72 LAW Missile fired from a rocket launcher. It hit him in the face. You can imagine (but I don't blame you if you choose not to) what was left of the poor guy. He was not a terrorist. His biggest crime was organizing protests and waving PFLP and Palestinian national flags and because of those actions, he was summoned by the Shin Bet for interrogation but ignored their summons. His failure to show up resulted in his murder.

      Ironically (or maybe not so) around the same time that this kid was murdered Amnesty International published a report indicating that IDF actions in the West Bank and Gaza could constitute "War Crimes." Muataz' death is a clear indication that he was the victim of a blatant war crime. However, I'm sure that another Israeli internal investigation will clear the IDF and enable them to kill someone else. Oops, they already did: a mentally challenged woman inside the Gaza Border. She won't be the last though.

  • Do Americans want to know that Israel is waging war on Africans?
    • No Amigo, they'll only lock up the non-Jewish portion of the world and still claim to be a non-racist, progressive western democracy.

  • 'Can you tell who is an Arab?' appeal is tax-deductible
    • I'm responding to your asinine argument. I'm not new here. I've been away on account of that aforementioned "vip treatment." By the way, "Arab" or not, there is absolutely nothing about you that is "like me." For one, I actually have morals and really do support Human Rights. You are an "Uncle Tom." Go look that up.

    • Here's a bit of education for you:

      To integrate into Palestine (or any country in the entire world for that matter....except Israel of course), you integrate through legal channels as in applying for citizenship. You can't integrate into Palestine by breaking international laws, confiscating land that isn't yours (and never was), squatting on it, then building a whole new Jews only city while shooting and murdering your neighbors who were already there before you and then when (and if) peace is finally declared and your Jews-city is no longer within the confines of "occupied" land but rather IN the sovereign state of Palestine, tell me "welp, we're already here so I guess we HAVE to stay and the Palestinians just need to deal with it." That is not how you integrate. Get out of the settlements, bulldoze them all, then go apply to the PA Ministry of Interior for a visitor's visa. Then we'll talk. By the way, the Palestinians already have stated (on several occasions) that Israelis and Jews can live in the state of Palestine as long as they do it LEGALLY and do not infringe on the rights of the Palestinian population nor break any Palestinian laws. Call me crazy, but that's not too much to ask.

    • Indeed. They forgot that Israel supported, funded and provided arms to the Apartheid Regime in South Africa, that while everyone was mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela an international humanitarian, the Israelis were reminiscing about how he supposedly "supported terrorism" by befriending the late Yaser Arafat, and many in the Knesset were quick to point out that he was a so-called "terrorist", and how we was a "benign zealot" (according to Ehud Barak). They failed to recognize that Jews have a long documented history of being slave traders particularly in the Carribbean and Central/South America, and that right this very second in Israel, the government is violating the human rights of Africans by illegally detaining them, and removing them from the country in the thousands. People in Tel Aviv, Yafa, Haifa, and Jerusalem are openly committing racist acts against Black Africans with the government's full support and complete impunity. They make living conditions in black slums in Israel so horrible in the hopes that they'll just leave Israel on their own. Their communities are completely neglected by government services afforded to white Israelis, full of crime, drugs, etc. Many of them are discriminated against because of their color and can't get work, education, or places to live because white Israelis refuse to rent to them, or employ them, etc.

    • Lol, so you really aren't from this region or if you are, you're extremely sheltered. Why do you assume that the Arabs who participate in the discussions on this website must be Muslims? Don't you accept that Palestine/Israel is the birthplace to the 3 primary monotheistic religions? Christianity, Islam and Judaism? By the way, I'm not. You can ask Walid if he is though. And before you get all chesty puffy about how Christians are being persecuted...rest assured, the only persecution going on is by the Israeli government who claims that building a wall and annexing the Cremisan Monastery in Bethlehem is for "security" reasons but we all know its to expand Jerusalem Municipality, accommodate settlers and steal fertile farming lands which Priests rely on to make wine in order to cover their living expenses but who cares, right?

      As for your comment about German Lefty's question, different strokes for different folks. Its not nearly the epidemic that you make it out to be.
      Here's a shocker: sometimes when Arabs are living among Jews in Israel...they might actually try to integrate with them and in doing so maybe, just maybe they might develop friendships and/or relationships with other Israelis Arabs or Jews alike. *Gasp* Did I just blow your mind wide open? Oh you already knew that. What was it that you call that. Ah yes, the "demographic threat." That's why we gotta those damn dirty ay-rabs away from our women, rabble rabble rabble!

      Finally, I'm still waiting for you to educate me on what's going on in Palestine. My patience is running thin. I might accuse you of throwing stones. You can get familiar with my Shin Bet buddies at the Russian Compound. They gave me the VIP treatment last time I was there but, you know, I'll put in a good word for you. Maybe they'll give you a cup of water that doesn't have pee in it.

    • Wow, that's amazing. A Zionist stooge who is not a Palestinian is going to give me an education about "what is going on in Palestine" even though I am a Palestinian in Palestine and have been living on the receiving end of this conflict since the day I was born. By all means, go ahead. Enlighten me.

    • Well the Bibz spent a major chunk of his childhood in the Philly suburbs where he graduated high school and college...and he might still be a legal U.S. citizen, you know with that special relationship that lets them have dual citizenships and all but I could be wrong, and Lieberman is your typical Soviet-era thug...served in the red army, spent several years locked up in a Siberian Gulag. Neither of them are indigenous to this region.

    • "...hence you all talk about the poster and the language but not about the women (see the new comment of Accentitude)."

      Clearly, you completely failed to comprehend anything of what I wrote.

    • I present you with this article:
      link to timesofisrael.com

      Netanyahu's son is dating a Norwegian non-Jewish girl and apparently it's enough of an outrage that its become a national story over here. Maybe L&L should worry about locking up its boys too?

    • I have the unfortunate luxury of being a Palestinian-American, living in two distinct worlds yet not being able to fully integrate into either one. Because of that I saw this story from two different perspectives. The first as a Palestinian living in the West Bank:

      According to L&L's website there are "thousands of Israeli girls missing." Now pardon me, but in a situation where there are "thousands" of girls missing and in which the blame is being put on Arabs (as this organization seems to insinuate that they're being caged up and repeatedly raped in dingy dirty Arab villages), don't you think that the Israeli government would respond with the fury of a Cast Lead type offensive, particularly in a conflict where zero Israeli casualties are responded to with hundreds of Palestinian casualties? This reeks of nothing more than a fear campaign with no concrete tangible evidence for the claims it seems to be making. Have you checked out the "endorsements" page on their website? The "Knesset Report" looks like a rough draft cut n'paste and hardly qualifies as an official state report. And should we forget that Israel is among one of the top countries in the world in terms of organ traffiking and sex slaves? The country has huge problems with Russian mafia setting up shop in Israel and working the black market trade route between Eastern Europe and Israel. There's no evidence whatsoever to believe that Arab men are kidnapping Israeli girls in the "thousands" and holding them captive in "Arab villages." No Arab, man or women, could take ten steps inside or outside of the Green line without getting the eagle eye from someone in the Israeli authority, much less kidnap and transport an Israeli girl. Lest we forget that the country is riddled with arabs-only checkpoints, the separation wall, border guards, military police, IDF, Shin Bet and Mossad mingling as Arabs inside Palestinians villages, cities and refugee camps. What these idiots propose is damn near impossible.

      Now here comes the American perspective; I'm a little young to remember the days of segregation and white racism as against Black Americans but I'm not young enough to be naive about how it is starkly similar to what Palestinians are going through today. Reading about this organization and perusing through its website reminded me ALOT of 1960s America when white Americans would produce fear campaigns to ensure that their children are not associating with Black youth.

  • Student who exposed 'leftist' teacher is honored at Knesset, while teacher gets violent threats
    • Seems that Gila Dog is taking a page out of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer by trying to white wash history ;)

    • Israel is not and never will be the "Jewish state" because not every Jew is an Israeli and not every Israeli is a Jew. There are millions of Jews around the world and not even a fraction of them consider Israel as their homeland. Furthermore, calling it the "Jewish State" goes against its own vision of being the so-called "only western democracy in the Middle East" by drawing nationalism along religious lines. As Lincoln once said, a democracy is a "government of the people, by the people and for the people"; a country governed by its people. Clearly such is not the case when non-Jewish citizens of Israel are considered a cancerous sore and are denied their social equality. By carelessly using the term "The Jewish State" one is promoting continued racism and repression against non-Jewish citizens of Israel by implying that Israel is a state for Jews only. Again, this goes against the very definition of a Democracy. Such statements have the danger of inflaming racially motivated violence against non-Jews in a military state where Children are already indoctrinated from birth to hate anyone who isn't Jewish, as evident by the ridiculous claims of Sapir Sabah against her teacher.

    • A great eye opening article by Mr. Glunts....until he decided to use racist terminology such as "the Jewish State" which only serves to further push Israel into right wing ultra nationalism at the expense of non-Jews.

  • AP asks State: Why shouldn't folks boycott Israel when your own settlements policy is ineffective?
  • Palestinians launch campaign against Israeli annexation of Jordan Valley by reviving village of Ein Hijleh
    • I'm planning on going there this week to meet with the protestors now that a movement restriction placed upon me has expired (long story). It would be interesting to see the Israeli reaction to this, since they consider that this monastery and its lands are in "Area C" (which is 99% of the Jordan Valley anyway). I'm sure they could spin in one or more of several ways. Having been here for many years, and having lived under the conflict, Israel's responses are often predictable:

      1. They could send in border police and IDF to rip apart the protest camp, arrest several "leaders" or "prominent figures." (their terminology), placing them under renewable administrative detention.
      2. Their PR machine could supplement their military action against the protestors by saying that its an "illegal riot" (again their terminology) and that Muslims are desecrating Christian historical sites. Then they could transition into some hasbara about how Israel is the only safe haven for Christians in the entire MENA region (its not).
      3. They could bust in, guns blazing with live ammunition, tear gas and "rubber bullets" (ever been hit by these things? They're not very rubbery) claiming that they used standard "riot dispersal methods" (their terminology) against "rioters" who hurled rocks and molotovs at them.
      4. They could just ignore it and let the protestors garner attention in national and international news. <---highly unlikely.

      It would be interesting to see if the Greek Orthodox Patriarch makes any sort of a statement. After all it is on their land (most of which has been illegally confiscated by Israel). Of course I wouldn't hold my breathe because both the Latin and Greek Patriarchs have a muddled history in this area. Sometimes siding with Palestinians, other times selling and leasing lands to the Israeli govt and siding with the displacement of Palestinians.

  • Scarlett Johansson watch: SodaStream stock plunges
    • Its so easy and only takes 5-10 minutes...plus it helps you sleep better knowing your not buying a product that was stolen from Arabs, declared to be an Israeli food, and created in settlements that continue the cycle of violence and the prolonging of the racist occupation of the indigenous Palestinian population.

      Chick peas go in a blender, add lemon juice, salt, olive oil and some garlic (optional), grind it up, add some tahini (ground sesame paste), mix it up again. Too thick? Add some water. Too watery? Add some tahini. Too sour? Add some salt, garlic or paprika (my favorite choice). Too pastey? Add some olive oil. Put it in a dish, garnish with mint leaves, oregano, or thyme. BAM. You're done.

  • Russell Simmons tweets condolences for Ariel Sharon but then takes it back after remembering who he was
    • Peres certainly wasn't any better. Imagine someone saying, "Rest in Peace my buddy, Hitler. I'll never forget the work we did together" and then imagine the outrage that would ensue. Of course, it's perfectly OK for people to say such things about genocidal madmen when they're Israeli. No big deal, right?

  • Barbara Boxer's visa bill for Israel comes under concerted attack
    • I completely agree with this statement: “This is the only place in the world where I feel that it means nothing to be an American. It means absolutely nothing. If there was any other place that dealt with American citizens in this kind of way, there would be this whole giant uproar, right? But because it’s here, I guess, it doesn’t really matter.”
      When I first got here, I thought I wouldn't given such a hard time at checkpoints, in dealing with military, police, security, etc...until I remembered that I'm a PALESTINIAN American which gives said occupiers more reason to show their superiority over my kind. In the United States, our government talks about how Israel is the only country in the Middle East that "shares our values" and supports freedom and democracy and civil and human rights....and over here, the reality is that they treat us like the worst sort of shit imaginable. They don't care that the American government is propping up their country. They're not grateful at all and in fact, they expect it. They actually enjoy treating Americans like garbage. They go out of their way to do it when they know that you're an American. Most of the Israelis I've talked to actually mock the fact that we're so stupid to continue supporting them despite all the mud they've dragged us through.

    • Actually there is a formal defined Palestine. It was adopted by a majority of the planet earth not too long ago in November 2012 and prior to that it, the PLO and the majority of the political factions under it have recognized the existence and legitimacy of the state of Israel. Unfortunately its Israel that refuses to recognize the existence of Palestine, going so far as to harass Google, and to even refer to the land of Palestine as the obsolete and irrelevant name of "Judea and Samaria." The Arab League constituting over 22 MENA countries has presented a formal peace plan that normalizes relations with Israel in exchange for an end to the occupation and the recognition of the state of Palestine. Its been sitting on the Israeli PM's desk for several years. Yet the Israelis refuse to even recognize that it exists. During the last round of talks, the Palestinians presented their maps to negotiate the borders of the Palestinian state. Israel presented absolutely nothing and continues to do so. So while you talk about the "River to the Sea" maybe you should consider that this has been Israel's ultimate goal since day one. To erase the Palestinians and resurrect so-called Eretz Israel (which ironically never existed in the first place).

  • Christians denounce Israel's manhandling of worshipers at Holy Sepulcher on Easter weekend; Israel apologizes to Egypt
    • I was covering this even "Sabt al Nour" or the day of the Holy fire that is referred to in the article. It was strange seeing Israeli military and civilian police with their automatic rifles walking around inside the church showing complete disregard for the sanctity of this holy site. It was a really disturbing scene.

  • Israeli airport sorts passengers with 'Jewish stickers' and 'Arab stickers'
    • I assume that you think all Palestinians are Muslim, right? That's why they should wear yellow crescents as Jews in Nazi Germany wore yellow stars of David? Well, sorry to deflate that fantasy but there Christians living here too and they shouldn't have to wear Crescents to be identified as Palestinians.

  • Israeli attorney general affirms policy of e-mail searches of foreign travelers
    • @IL1948 - What constitutes Dipshittyness? His reporting what is really happening or you not being happy with how it differentiates from the desperate PR campaign that attempts to paint Israel as a democratic, open and welcome society and makes your racist ethnocentric apartheid state look bad.

    • What does Saudi Arabia have to do with this article? Nothing.
      By the way, how was it proving you're ignorant? You mean to tell me that in all of Saudi Arabia there isn't one single tourist? B.S. My sister-in-law and her family are there right this very second. Oh and before you turn this into a religious issue...no, they're not Muslims.

    • Your comment is a little confusing. So if they're pretending not to be...open...does that mean that they are open but don't talk about it? Is that like a cute girl playing hard to get?

    • They can also easily activate a keylogger before they hand you the keyboard to log in for them. Then after you've either passed through and officially begun your vacation or are in mid-flight on your back to wherever you came from, they can add your email account and password to a database to be used, logged in, etc...whenever they want. Be smart folks, after you talk to these guys...change your passwords as soon as you can. It would be extremely naive to think that the Israelis...particularly Shin Bet and Mossad who have a long documented history of fraud, identity theft, etc...wouldn't take advantage of such an opportunity.

    • Yes, but its hardly the "only democracy in the Middle East." It is the only Apartheid in the Middle East, I'll give you that.

    • I've been taking some precautions to avoid any unpleasant situations that could stem from some of these so-called "legal" searches. First up is to create an easy to remember disposable email account which you should fill with crappy newsletter subscriptions, spam, dumb [non-political] memes, and those lame chain emails full of jokes and cute picture of puppies. Shin Bet would have a fun time going through that. The trick is to know several months ahead of time, preferably a year, when you will be traveling into Isrsael so that it could "naturally" fill up with said crap mail. b/c if the account is new and all the emails have the same date then that's a dead giveaway that its deterrent. Even if you're not traveling anytime soon, it's good to have one and regularly fill it with useless stuff...makes it more fun for security to read through for sure. Name it something dumb like FuzzyBunnySlippersofd00m or [email protected]....You get the idea.

      In the end, its your word against theirs as to whether this is really your email or not. They can't fault you either way. They asked to see it and you've shown it. What more could they want?

      Second is...anything of importance that is on your laptop that needs to be accessed during your travels should be removed from your laptop and uploaded to a private online cloud-based storage account like Mediafire. Once you're on the other side, you can just download the files you want or open them up directly from your browser.

  • 'Fast Times in Palestine' offers a glimpse of what has been, what is, and what could be
  • 'Arabs, I hate Arabs!'--Independence Day and just another day in Jerusalem
    • I have often heard Palestinians here in Palestine and in diaspora refer to "Israeliyeh" (Israelis) if that's what you're talking about. Nearly all of the Palestinians I know are intelligent enough to know that there's a very clear distinction between "Yahud" (Jews) and "Israeliyeh" (Israelis). I hardly think that criticism of the latter is unjustified as it is they that are upholding this devastating occupation over our people whether it is through actively supporting the occupation via their service in the occupying forces, or simply electing officials into the Knesset who are promoting racism against the Palestinians through their policies.

      Your comment gives the impression that you may be sitting on a high horse, "walid", much like the drunkard mentioned in this article. Perhaps you'd like to come down from there and join us in the real world?

    • "I hate Arabs." That's a phrase which is quite telling, isn't it? If he said "I hate Palestinians" then I could see why he would say that considering that the Israelis and Palestinians are locked in conflict. However, he didn't say that. He said "I hate Arabs." We could say that he was inebriated and probably wasn't aware of the distinction between the two phrases but I believe that he knew exactly what he was saying because this is a phrase and feeling that is deeply woven throughout Israeli society. He knew exactly what he was saying.

      By saying "I hate Arabs" he confirmed that he not only hates Palestinians because they're the other party in this long drawn out conflict but he also hates Arab culture, Arab society, Arabic history whether it be political, cultural, religious,...the Arabic language, and basically the very fabric of Arab existence. In doing so, he also hates Egypt and Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, of course Palestine...whether the West Bank, Gaza, East Jerusalem or otherwise..., and most of North Africa, and the entire Arab Peninsula.

      However, what he forgot, or perhaps what he refuses, to recognize is that Israel is a little island in the middle of a whole group of Arab countries, full of Arabs which he "hates." If the Israelis want to cling to that little island and live in peace, then they need to change their racist superiority complex asap...or else one day, it'll reach a point of no return, where that island is going to be met by a tsunami and swallowed in to the Arab sea that surrounds it.

  • Illegal settler gets more than 4 times as much water as Palestinian neighbor -- and US signed off
    • They also have access to more electricity too. We're getting closer to the summer when water and electricity usage will go up...and that means that we're going to get cut off from water and electricity more often. I'm expecting no water 3-4 days a week and no electricity, a couple to several hours sporadically. Last Summer in the middle of dead heat, we had no water for 2 weeks straight. That was fun....

  • Palestinian-American boy, 14, locked up in Israeli military jail
    • The US Embassy and Consulate have a long documented history of not giving a damn when it comes to Arab citizens being violated by Israelis.

  • What we talk about when we talk about violent resistance--a funeral in Hebron and the 21-gun salute
    • Does anyone else find it ironic that a member of the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade is proudly carrying an Uzi...which is the definition of Israeli military aggression since the fist intifada?

      Btw, Abu Hamdiyeh was a member of the Mukhabarat (Preventive Security) which are Fatah affiliated. However there's a nice article over at Electronic Intifada in which Abu Hamdiyeh's son completely wipes the floor with Fatah, the PA and the PLO. See here --> link to electronicintifada.net

    • "shave the beards, drop the towels"
      Could you be anymore racist if you tried? If someone told you that Orthodox Jews should cut off those silly sideburns, wear pink instead of black, and eat Capt'n Crunch out of those cereal bowls instead of wearing them on their heads, you'd be the first to shout "anti-semitism" but since its Arabs we're talking about, I guess its perfectly OK to continue with the bearded "towelhead" stereotype in 2013?

  • Former Palestinian hunger striker Thaer Halahleh re-arrested by Israeli military forces
  • The Palestinian Authority's role in the occupied territories
    • They can and they can't. Palestine has a really strong grassroots non-profit sector that deals with human rights issues, including prisoner's rights. They're well connected with international bodies such as and including the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights who is also the secretariat of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT), and the Public Committee against Torture. These Palestinian organizations are very well networked with each other and are consistently raising the issues regarding the PA's compliance with the UN Convention against Torture as well as its Optional Protocol, and the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Its tough work to keep the PA compliant, transparent, and accountable. If it wasn't for these grassroots organizations, the PA security agencies would be getting away with much worse.

      However, its also a very tough battle because impunity goes all the way up to the highest levels of the PA government. Not everyone in the PA is corrupt, but most of them consider themselves to be members of an exclusive fraternity of sorts so they won't charge or prosecute each other. This can all change but it needs to start with a complete reform of the entire PA government. Its no easy task at all, but it has to be done.

      By the way, of all of the torture victims I have personally interviewed, the ones who have been tortured by both the Israeli authorities as well as the PA authorities, have said that psychologically speaking the torture perpetrated against them by the Palestinians has been more damaging to them. When a Palestinian is tortured by an Israeli, he accepts that the Israeli considers him an "enemy." However, when its done by another Palestinian, he feels betrayed and humiliated by his own people.

      You might also be interested to know that 60% of Palestinian law enforcement and security officers, were at one time imprisoned victims of torture in Israeli prisons. These guys have their own psychological traumas to deal with, most of them are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, exhibit violent behaviour such as domestic abuse, etc... Its well known that victims can become perpetrators if they don't receive appropriate treatment. So imagine putting one of these guys in a position of power as an interrogator.

      Its very tough, often exhausting, work dealing with these issues.

    • And today, Abbas has proven himself entirely useless and completely inept at addressing the real needs of the Palestinian people. On the front page of Haaretz' website today is this gem: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to suspend unilateral moves at UN to give U.S. mediation a chance. link to haaretz.com

      This of course means that he won't be going to the ICC either. The news if true, and in addition to his recent approval of the lopsided 2013 budget drafted by money mogul Salam Fayyad PM and default FinM, indicates that Abbas is in it for US and Israeli interests, NOT Palestinian interests. He's meeting with John Kerry this Sunday in Jordan and I'm sure that there will be pressure on him to make concessions in order to appease the Israelis.

    • As someone who works in an organization dealing specifically with torture victims in Palestine, I can confirm to you that the PA "Preventive Security" or the Mukhabarat...are the worst of the worst. Following Oslo, the security coordination involved Mossad and Shin Bet training these guys on interrogation and intelligence gathering methods. I have stacks and stacks of case files on men, women, and children of all ages being tortured by these psychos. Sometimes, spending 8 hours a day, 5 days a week reading these files and interviewing victims is enough to make you extremely paranoid. I've actually had nightmares after reading some of these accounts.

      While I can't say that they are "worse then the Israelis" they are definitely horrible and are on par with the Shin Bet. The sad thing is that the EU and the United States are funding these organizations. My organization gets no funding whatsoever from the United States donors. They won't even touch us b/c we deal with torture victims but they will pay the salaries of the Mukhabarat to keep kidnapping and torturing people.

    • Abbas is a PR Whore. The biggest chip on his shoulder is that he doesn't have the support that Yasser Arafat had. Those were some pretty big shoes to fill and he has never been able to do so.

    • Voting can also only be done when there are actually real elections taking place but as we've seen elections have been promised for the last 5-6 years and so far, there haven't been any elections. Abbas is still the president, Fayyad is still the PM and all the Palestinian Legislative Council which consists of Fatah, Hamas and several other organizations has been shut down for a number of years on Abbas' orders, making him the sole law-maker around here. Unfortunately Abbas is the top guy of the PA but he's also the current chairman of the PLO as he consistently invokes the memory of the late Arafat who had sweeping support of all the parties...unlike Abbas.... and with the way Fatah is strong arming everyone to follow its party, I don't think that's going to change anytime soon.

      The truth is that there are ALOT of people living here how hate the PA and see them merely as subcontractors of the Occupation, willfully doing Israel and America's bidding. But no one can do anything about it because the PA has effectively created a police state funded by the US and obedient to Israel, which crushes dissent against its own people, often in more brutal ways than the Israelis themselves.

      Eventually, and if there is a 3rd intifada, it needs to be on two fronts - the first against the PA and the second against the occupation.

      Have you ever asked yourself why there wasn't a "Arab Spring" in Palestine, yet? Perhaps the most appropriate place for such a revolution to occur? Its not that the people don't want to start a revolution to reform Palestine. Its that these old men that are out of touch with reality on the ground and whom are lining their pockets with US currency and secretly hanging out with Israeli officials are preventing the people at every turn.

      Before we can rid ourselves of the occupation, we need to rid ourselves of the Palestinian Authority, and then purge the PLO of all the corrupt morally bankrupt "statesmen" that are running it counter to its reason for existence as the Palestinian LIBERATION organization.

    • Segregated schools in Gaza are not newsworthy at all. Segregated schools have existed for a long time in Islamic society, and even Jewish and Christian societies too. The West Bank under the PA's "control" has segregated schools. Heck even UNRWA runs segregated schools in all of the refugee camps within and around Palestine. It's not new at all. Frankly, I'm surprised that Hamas didn't have segregated schools before.

  • 'Do you know any Arabs in London?' Israeli airport authorities grill British photojournalist before kicking him out
    • Bravo. We've already covered this but you seem to still be using the 2012 edition of the Idiot's Guide to Supporting Israel. Page 35, paragraph 6: "When possible, deflect Israel's actions by pointing to the actions of a neighboring sovereign nation which by comparison will make Israel seem as the most upright, noble, peaceful and progressive nation in the milky way galaxy. When Israel is criticized for its human rights abuses, point to the fact that there are neighboring countries with far worse human rights violations. When Israel is criticized for its nuclear ambiguity, kindly refer to the fact that Iran has nuclear weapons and is threatening to wipe the Jews off the face of the Earth."

      By the way, in your humble expert opinion, does being a "pro-arab" mean being an "anti-israeli"?

    • That's because Israel is NOT a "democratic, progressive, and modern" country. It just pretends to be one...and fails miserably at it.

    • The Shin Bet are idiots. The only thing they're good at is beating the crap out of someone else's kids during "interrogation."

      Annndddd.....I'm using a tor browser and a whole bunch of daisy chained proxies to write this....

  • Obama gets it
    • I bet that they would. Despite what you might think, Palestinian youth have been the biggest driving force for democracy, peace-building, and human rights recognition in Palestine. They're also among the most socially conscious, politically active, well-educated Arabs in the Middle East.

    • This sentence from his speech is quite telling: "Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land." He could have just as well said that Palestinians have a right to build a state in their homeland, too. So why didn't he? He's a politician and as a politician, his words are always carefully chosen. He didn't say this unintentionally.

  • Geyer says 'many Americans' are displeased with special relationship
    • What act of war did Iraq instigate in order to become the frontline of the so-called "war on terror" following September 11th? None of the hijackers were Iraqis. No one in Iraq had anything to do with Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or the plane hijackings that resulted in the fall of the twin towers....and later on when George W. Bush tried to justify the war on Iraq with the threat of nuclear and biological weapons possessed by Saddam Hussein, we learned that it was all bullshit fabricated lies. So I'm curious, what did Iraq do to instigate the war on its country, the downfall of its government and the loss of millions of lives?

  • BDS activists protest the Jewish National Fund in Philadelphia
    • Good, you're using a product that supports Israeli settlements. Next, could you please lay down in front of a Caterpillar Bulldozer too? Thanks!

    • If you drive through the West Bank and Israel-proper (within the green line), you'll clearly see the results of the JNF's work: Forests and trees that are not indigenous to the land covering up hill-sides, mountains and other areas which were once the locations of pre-Israel Palestinian villages. Sometimes you can even see the ancient stones of some of the buildings still protruding from the ground. It's very disturbing.

  • What's the point of this trip?
    • Karl Vick: "Four years ago, delivering an address to the Muslim people in Cairo." Really, we're just going to call them the "Muslim people"? There are Muslim and Christian Egyptians in Cairo and the in the rest of Egypt. There are also secular Egyptians too....but gosh, why bring any sort of reality into it?

  • Day One of Obama in Israel/Palestine -- 'It's good to be back in the land of Israel,' Obama says in Hebrew
    • Wow, those pictures on the tarmac at Ben Gurion are great! I've never seen so many war criminals in one place! Hey, there's Peres the criminal who hides his past criminal behaviour by founding the so-called "Peres Peace Center" and hopes that no one is going to notice! He's also the most insignificant leader of the Israeli government. yay! Oh and there's good ol' Bibi...who's relationship with the President Obama is ironclad except when he's meddling in the US presidential elections, promising peace and 2 states to US leaders while arresting kids in Hebron and swearing that his new government will expand and build settlements in "Judea and Samaria" (where the hell is that??). Ah..and I'm glad to see that Mikey Oren could make it too! Mr. "Christian Arabs enjoy more freedoms in Israel than they do anywhere else in the world" and the newly elected Israeli Defense Minister...Moshe Dayan the wanted war criminal whose afraid to fly overseas because he might end up at the ICC...we in the West Bank and Gaza will get to know him reeeaallly good soon enough when he rolls up his sleeves and takes over Ehud Barak's duties at Civil Administration. Administrative Detentions all the way around! Yay!!

      Oh and who could forget the guest of honor, Barak Obama, who's used drones to kill half of the 3rd world populations of the world. He might be black but his hands are blood red! Wait, what did he get that Nobel Peace Prize for, again? Oh that's right....NOTHING.

  • How do you say, 'Let them eat cake' in Arabic?
  • Obama visit fails to impress Palestinians in Ramallah
    • He can't give a speech without a teleprompter. Someone should sneak in an eff that thing up for him. Put in a whole bunch of lines about Palestinian rights to self-determination, about Israel being an apartheid state, about supporting BDS and the ISM flotillas, about how USG is arming the IDF to shoot unarmed youth in the face with dum dum bullets. He'll either read it or stutter and look like a complete fool.

    • 63% of Bethlehem Governorate (what is commonly known in America as a "state") has been swallowed by Israeli settlements, outposts, "closed military zones", the Apartheid wall, and the ever-expanding Israeli Jerusalem Municipality under Pro-settler Mayor Nir Barkat. All of this of course funded by the USG's 3.1billion per year to the Israeli government and supported by vetoes against Palestinians in the United Nations. Call me crazy, but I think the people of Bethlehem have a legitimate gripe with Mr. fancypants Obama. They also might want to remind him that he's visiting the Church of the Nativity which is a UNESCO heritage site...you know, the same UNESCO that America withdrew funding from because it accepted Palestine as a member? And that this site is in the non-member observer state of Palestine which Obama voted against and whose legitimacy he does not recognize. They might also want to remind him that they only have 37% of their land because of the increased settlement activity supported by a USG veto against condemning settlements in the UN.

    • I don't think the Palestinian people have any power to accept or deny his entry into the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority, on the other hand pretends it has such power but will never deny the president an opportunity for a photo-op at the PA compound. They, the PA are nothing more than American and Israeli lap dogs, eager to do their master's bidding. Even when the they are directly slapped in the face by the American and Israeli leaders, like obedient little dogs they take the chastising and remain at their master's side. As Jumana mentioned in Allison's article, the Palestinian people are becoming far too detached from the interests of the so-called Palestinian Authority whom no longer represent the citizens. They have become the new sub-contractors of the occupation.

      Today, here in Ramallah there are expected protests, as well as on Thursday when he's expected to meet Abbas and his high-level goons at the Muqata'a (PA compound), and protests in Bethlehem on Friday when he's supposed to visit the Church of the Nativity. The PA mentioned that they won't stop the protests.....as long as the protestors have already applied for and received approval for their demonstration....which is almost impossible. But it does give the PA security forces an opportunity to display that they are in control when they whip out their batons. We'll see....

  • Illegal outpost 'security officer' caught on tape beating Palestinian tending herd as Israeli soldiers stand around
    • Well, most small video cameras and smartphones these days do shoot 720 or 1080p HD video, and that's fantastic because it makes videos like this crystal clear and less capable of being disputed. In Palestine, no matter where you are or what happens, you will always find someone ready and able to record a video on his or her smartphone and then thanks to social media they get passed around in an insanely short amount of time. User generated content is making the world a smaller place and its helping activists to expose the racist Israeli state for what it is...and personally, I'm glad!

  • Students at settler university are not invited to Obama's inspirational address
    • Judging by what the Birzeit students recently did to a UK diplomat, I'm not sure that they would be invited to his address. Regardless, they'd need tasreeh (visas) from the Israeli government to enter Jerusalem to attend the address and there is no way in hell the Israelis would let that happen. Besides, the youth in Palestine recently issued a call for protests against Obama when he visits Bethlehem and/or Ramallah, so I wouldn't expect a warm welcome from the Palestinians...and rightfully so, I think.

  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian youth activist Mahmoud al-Titi, 22, near Hebron
    • Ma'an is reporting that he's 25 years old and that apparently he was shot in the face with a "dum dum" bullet which expands upon entry and makes it nearly impossible to recover from.

      Of course they had the funeral yesterday and as expected the IDF was waiting to provoke the mourners with tear gas and "rubber bullets" (read: steel plastic-coated balls that hurt like hurts like a mutherfaaaaaa....brings back memories of excruciating concentrated pain). The IDF spokeswoman claimed as usual that the IDF was called in to disperse an "illegal riot." That's a really stupid thing to say. Have any of you ever heard of a LEGAL RIOT? Do people marching to a cemetery to bury a deceased relative of friend constitute a so-called "riot"? What B.S.

  • Denied entry by Israel, American teacher prepares to say goodbye to Palestinian students
    • mondowackjob, you might want to reconsider uttering that "the GA has no power to assign title to land" since it is because of the GA that your non-indigenous European relatives are there in the first place, after all it was the GA that passed resolution 181 in 1947 which facilitated the partition plan, and assigned "title to land" to the Israeli and the Palestinians. However, if you still see fit to say that the GA is meaningless, then that means that their decision to partition Palestine was meaningless too and holds no merit whatsoever....so we can all go back to calling the land "Greater Palestine" because the Israeli state is an illegitimate and illegal one . So which will it be?

  • A pogrom in Qusra
    • And then there's this crackpot investigative journalism over on Ynet which basically claims....Hey you guys, the settlers aren't doing anything wrong! They're the victims of slander by the Qusra villagers who are price tagging themselves! Right, I believe that for sure.

      Police: Palestinians tried to fabricate 'price tag' attack
      Investigation into claims by residents of village of Kusra that settlers from Esh Kodesh outpost torched six vehicles last week proves them false

      link to ynetnews.com

      Keep in mind, these are the same super secret internal investigations by Israeli police that have been routinely conducted over several years and have found that virtually every single Israeli that has ever been convicted of a crime has been innocent.

  • Autopsy reveals Arafat Jaradat died of extreme torture in Israeli custody
    • Oh we are certainly waiting for the results of yet another Israeli internal investigation. I can see the future. Shall I tell you the results now or would you like to wait and be surprised?

    • Look, a really cool bug! Oh shit, Israel just squished it just like they squished Arafat Jaradat, and thousands of others before him. Please enlighten us with the facts, dear Dimadok. Clearly you were one of the Coroners investigating Jaradat's body.

    • We know they would never exploit the death of a Palestinian for political gain. How many years have your Zionist minions been exploiting the holocaust? I wonder what political gain did they get from that? There's at least 66 years worth of examples we can refer to.

    • I second what Avi said. It could be Shabak which is very widely practiced. Nothing makes an 18 year old Palestinian kid hobble around like a disabled 70 year old more than being put through shabak for 5 days straight. I'd like to see Netanyahu put through Shabak. Let's see how long he lasts. Maybe it'll wipe that crooked arrogant smirk off his face.

    • Actually current numbers from the PCHR put the number of torture deaths at 203, up from the previously claimed 71.

      Having said that, I kindly point you to the above facts because this case of torture and violence perpetrated by the Israelis is not an isolated incident....at all.
      As a life long human rights activist, and currently working with tortured Palestinians, I hear stories every day, albeit not usually resulting in death, directly told to me by the torture victims themselves...men, women, children, elderly, people with physical, psychological disabilities, people who are blind, people on medication, people in wheelchairs, amputees...Israel doesn't descriminate when it comes to who it beats the crap out of.

      I don't think that under any circumstances torture can be a "useful and necessary tool, whether its a ticking timebomb scenario or an IDF "gun" measuring contest. However, there is no doubt that Israel disagrees with my stance, as is evident by garbage "report" issued by Moshe Landau in 1987 following the torture deaths of 2 Palestinians. It was basically a DIY torture manual for the IDF...and by well documents actions and events since the beginning of the conflict.

      In fact, the Landau report and the 2 deaths of Palestinians occurred AFTER Israel had already signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT) on October 22, 1986.....just prior to the first intifada which began in December 1987 and continued to roughly 1993 or 1994, during a time when Israeli policies against Palestinians were very brutal; torture was very widely practiced against Palestinians and even the Israeli terrorist Yitzhak Rabin, the so-called Man of Peace insisted that the IDF adopt what he called the "Broken Bones Policy" a horrendous practice of beating and disabling Palestinian youth so that they could not participate in the uprising.

      Israel also ratified the UNCAT on October 3rd, 1991, 2 years prior to the end of the first intifada and 9 years prior to the second intifada when torture practices were by then well into steady implementation. Again, NOT an isolated incident. Nor is it some strange action by a group of rogue Israel officials. These are part of policies that are adopted, implemented and institutionalized by the Israeli government in order to continually repress and destroy the Palestinian civilization.

      If Israel was a true "democracy" as is claims, it wouldn't have a separate military judicial system of Palestinians and a civil judicial system for Jews/Israelis. It would be one judicial system. It would have provided Jaradat with a lawyer who would be present during any and all interrogations and questions. It would have also allowed him to know what charges he's being held on, and what evidence they have on him. They wouldn't have dragged him out of his house, beaten him for five days, broken most of his bones and then claimed...oops, he suffered a heart attack. I have little to no faith of any Israeli internal investigation because 99.9% of them find the Israel not-guilty. Gee, who couldn't see that coming? As far as whether he threw a rock or a molotov, that should be based on concrete evidence, witness testimonies, etc...and presented in an un-biased objective court of law.

    • It wouldn't be the first time. Lest we forget that Yitzhak Rabin was a rabid racist and promoter of the practices of violent torture against Palestinians back in the day. I implore anyone to look up the so-called "Broken Bones Policy" that Israel still implements to this day, as evident by the damage to Arafat Jaradat's body. Yitzhak Rabin invented it before he received the Nobel Peace Prize for murdering Arabs one year, and shaking hands with Yassir Arafat on the White House lawn the next.

      See here -> link to haaretz.com

    • 71 confirmed "torture deaths" since the 1967 war....that we are publicly aware of.

      but....that's nothing compared to 1,300 civilian murders in Cast Lead....4,000 civilian murders in Intifada part deux, and 103 civilian murders (UN numbers) in Pillar of Smoke.

      Up until 2011, the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs stated that 6,565 Palestinians were murdered (my term, not theirs. They use "killed" but lets be honest here, these are murders) by the Israelis since the outbreak of the 2nd Intifada and that over 30,600 were wounded. These numbers were corroborated by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. 1,355 of those deaths were children (242 between the ages of 0-8 years old, 220 between 9 & 12, 432 between 13-15, and 441 between 16-17 years old). Those last numbers were also confirmed by DCI Palestine.

      Since June 1967, the Israeli government has arrested over 700,000 Palestinians. These numbers have since gone up.

      Currently, though, there are around 4,500 in Israeli Prisons, not including those we are unaware of (of those 4,500, 4,000 were currently on hunger strike as of 2 days ago). According to the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture in Ramallah, over 80% of those prisoners have been tortured, either physically or psychologically.

      But I guess none of that means anything to Mr. Fredman. After all Israel is a perpetual "state of emergency" as it often claims of itself and that gives it the right to circumvent international laws in order to maintain its own "security." Arafat Jaradat was just one more person who was murdered in order to maintain that security, huh Fredman?

    • Clearly the best way to resuscitate a person, and get air into his lungs, is to get a 250lb Shin Bet Behemoth to stop on his ribs repeatedly.

  • The Israel Project-- and Chris Matthews-- say you can't make deals with Palestinians
    • I have friends in Btselem. I very much admire what they do but I also know that their access is limited in the West Bank an therefore they can't always collect first hand the data on which they rely. That's where organizations like Al Haq, Shams, TRC, PCHR, are a little more effective.

    • Isn't that always the case? Oh look, those crazy rabid A-rabs are kickstarting another Intifada! Hey Obama, are you checking this out? Do you really want to visit these primitive barbarians? What? Arafat Jaradat's autopsy revealed he had a broken neck, spine, arms and legs? Clearly those are the side effects of poor health resulting in cardiac arrest. Tooootallly normal.

    • I'd debate you on your nonsense but I'm a little busy modeling for IDF instagrams.

  • Documents reveal how US let Israel off the hook over 'execution' of American Furkan Dogan
    • It begs to be asked, how Dogan was an "immediate threat" to the lives of the Israeli Naval Commandos when he was 1) only carrying a video camera and 2) was shot not once, not twice, but at least 5 times from a direction behind him.

    • My sentiments exactly. Sadly, the United States has a history of turning a blind eye towards the actions of Israel, even if tax-paying U.S. citizens are the ones maliciously victimized by the Israelis. One of the most well-known examples is attack on the U.S.S Liberty when U.S. sailors were killed in what was basically Israeli state terrorism. To this day no one in Israel has ever been held accountable for that massacre. No one has ever been held accountable for Rachel Corrie's death, and no one will ever be held accountable for this kid, Dogan's death.

  • No Logo: Netanyahu prepares for Obama visit with p.r. contest
    • I'd create a logo but I don't really want Netanyahu's facebook page or anyone admin'ing it to scope me out. Having said that, I don't think "unbreakable alliance" is a good motto for the visit. How about "Pissing on Your Visit through Settlement Expansion"? I like that one better. Or how about "A Relationship as Ironclad as the Chains that Bind starving Palestinian Prisoners on the Verge of Death."

  • Why is Birthright organizing skateboarding and hip hopping-themed trips to Israel?
    • Actually Jews and Hip-Hop have always have had some kind of connection. Lest we forget that Rick Rubin, founder of Def Jam Records...and the man behind Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and others was a White Jew.

    • My suggestions:

      FURRIES Birthright Israel
      Cosplay Birthright Israel
      S&M Birthright Israel
      Submissives Birthright Israel
      Dominatrix' Birthright Israel
      Jedi Birthright Israel
      Dudes Who Like to Carve Twigs with Pocket Knives Birthright Israel
      Detained African Migrants Birthright Israel
      Fans of Dungeons & Dragons and other Lame-O Role Playing Games Birthright Israel
      Gravediggers Birthright Israel
      Zombie Crawl Birthright Israel
      Self-Hating Jews Birthright Israel
      Emo Birthright Israel
      Dubstep Birthright Israel
      Pornstars Birthright Israel
      Hobbits Birthright Israel
      R/C Car Hobbyists Birthright Israel
      Cross Dressing Fashionistas and Divas Birthright Israel
      Import Tuners Birthright Israel
      Retro Gamer Birthright Israel
      Collectors of Cool Looking Rocks Birthright Israel
      Parkour Birthright Israel
      BYOBirthright Israel
      Satanic Birthright Israel
      Socialist Birthright Israel
      All You Can Eat Birthright Israel
      B-Boys Birthright Israel
      Dance Crews Birthright Israel
      Pirates vs Ninjas Birthright Israel
      Angry Disgruntled Jewish Cabbies Birthright Israel
      Yo Mamma Jokers Birthright Israel
      Unicyclists Birthright Israel
      Clown Aficionados Birthright Israel
      Angry Birds Birthright Israel
      Phallic Birthright Israel
      Mildly Offensive Birthright Israel
      Funny Jewish Comics Birthright Israel
      Looking at Clouds and Saying They Look Like Other Things Birthright Israel
      Eaters of Strawberry Pop Tarts with Pink Frosting and Rainbow Sprinkles on Saturday Mornings while wearing a Heather Grey faux distressed 80s Retro Pac-Man T-Shirt and watching Tivoed episodes of Meeting the Kardashians in Albuquerque, New Mexico Birthright Israel

      Y'know...just incase they need some more help coaxing people who ordinarily don't care to come to Israel to come to Israel.

  • Abrams calls Hagel anti-Semitic for questioning legitimacy of the Israel lobby
  • Hagel vote set for today as opposition flounders
    • Geez, this guy is being nominated for Secretary of Defense and his pockets are being stuffed by Friends of Hamas? Gosh, I can't say I'm really that surprised. What did you expect as a nominee from a U.S. President who is an Anti-Semitic Muslim Kenyan supporter of terrorism with no U.S. Citizenship, who hates Israel and hangs out with other terrorist buddies back in Chicago?

  • Teen puts SodaStream's Superbowl Ad to shame
    • Ahh yes, the all natural dead sea products. An annoying youthful Israeli rep at our mall kept trying to put a sample into the hands of my wife with a heavily accented "Free gift for you! Free gift for you!" The girl finally (and cleverly) backed off when my petite yet scary (when annoyed) wife finally turned around and told her that "the best gift you can give me is to get the hell out of Palestine and to stop stealing and selling its natural resources in shitty malls!" God, I love my wife.

  • 'Most moral' army in the world is looking more and more like Bull Connor enforcing Jim Crow
    • Nevermind that its in Nablus which is completely outside of Israel proper (whatever that means. I still haven't seen the Israeli govt produce a map with real actual borderlines drawn on it)...in the West Bank...in Area A (Nablus city) and Area B (Burin)....under the jurisdiction....of the Palestinian National Authority....whom always seem to be absent when their citizens are getting the crap kicked out of them.

      All those soldiers on street corners holding AKs in downtown Nablus - I wonder do they even have clips in those guns or is it just for show?

  • Meet the Knesset's newest settler members
  • Brooklyn College stands behind BDS event as pressure from elected officials comes down hard
    • Who exactly is to blame for the growing anti-Israel sentiment? Is it Israel for murdering unarmed civilians or is it Lubna Munir Hanash or Muhammad al-Salaymeh for not dying quickly enough? One was murdered standing outside of her college. The other was murdered walking home with a birthday cake. Both were executed by the "most moral army in the world."

      The PA tried to resolve the conflict through diplomacy by going to the UN, The Arab League tried to resolve the conflict through diplomacy by proposing its peace plan to Israel for the 175,945,687th time...a plan which includes full economic and trade relations with nearly 22 countries if only it ends the occupation and gives the Palestinians their own country. What was Netanyahu's response? Slice the West Bank in half, kill more civilians, instigate a 3rd intifada and piss all over any chance of peace while claiming to be the victim and waving the holocaust card. Good deal, bro. If Israel is a pariah state, it can only blame itself. I don't have any sympathy.

    • Correct me if I am wrong but Meir Kahane and the JDL were officially recognized by the U.S. State Dept as a terrorist organization, no? How does a politician such as Mr. Dov Hikind get elected....much less have any sort of tax payer-funded political career when he is a supporter of Kahane and his terrorist minions?

      and how far removed from reality are these so-called politicians that they think that a bunch of college students discussing non-violent ways of holding Israel accountable for breaking international laws could lead to a "second holocaust?"

  • Obama in Tehran
    • Lol, I take offense to that remark, good sir. For I have a shiny grey suit just like that one, which I purchased from a fine gentleman's shop in Palestine in 2012 for 700 NIS.

  • Obama congratulates Netanyahu, but without enthusiasm
    • I'm sure Obama had to grind his teeth really hard when he said that he's "looking forward" to the USG working with the new Israeli government. Much how one looks forward to a full body cavity search at the Fedral Pen.

  • Israel admits giving contraceptive injections to Ethiopian immigrant women
    • [Nazi Germany] admits [Jewish] women were given birth control shots

      A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of [Jewish] origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.

      Oh the outrage when white people are victims but...since its poor destitute black people that Israel is purging itself of....the silence of the international community can be quite deafening.

  • Lupe Fiasco removed from inauguration event after criticizing Obama
    • Man! Don't be a player hater. He's done more in his 30 years of existence that you could probably do in a lifetime. He's a young smart savvy talented socially conscious rapper whose as un-gangsta rap as you could possibly imagine (he's completely against the misogyny of mainstream rap), he's a fashion designer, a music label rep, a sponsored skater, a grammy award winning artist sitting on top of the world, playing by his own rules... and yet, he's still philanthropic, supporting, endorsing, and contributing to many causes and charities around the world, never forgetting the small people.

      Yep, I can completely see how Lupe is a "know nothing" and a "pretentious, affected, emotionally and intellectually stunted manchild."

  • Palestinian Authority police use live fire inside of al-Amari refugee camp
  • Video: Israeli occupying forces arrest mother and her 18-month-old child near Hebron
    • This is what happens when the cameras are around. Now just try to imagine what happens when the cameras are not around.

  • In Budrus, grief stings
    • The second photo in this article troubles me. Not only for the reason that by looking at his portrait, its clear that the army murdered a little kid, but also because of the PFLP logo beside his portrait. I doubt whether Sameer Awad knew who or what the PFLP is, or what they stand for, and so I find it a little troubling that his funeral is being politicized by the PFLP. The whole situation reeks of IDF terrorism and perhaps from the Israeli side it was politically motivated (after all, isn't the occupation politically motivated?) but from the Palestinian side, the factions had nothing to do with it. He wasn't a shaheed, he wasn't a martyr, he wasn't a member of the resistance on a dangerous mission. He was just a kid, an unarmed civilian, that was singled out and murdered by the IDF. Instead of being used as a statistic for a political faction, all Palestinians should look at Sameer Awad as one of their own. We're all Palestinians. We're all brothers and sisters or Sameer Awad, and as long as this occupation continues, we are all Sameer Awad.

  • Watch: Israeli-American on Bennett's list for Knesset imagines blowing up Muslim holy site
    • 1. or creating the "most moral army in the world" out of ethnic cleansing terrorist militants.
      2. or playing hot potato with the reason for eradicating an entire family off the face of the earth in Gaza; a family who had nothing to do with conflict war, militant activity, terrorism, or otherwise.
      3. or hunting children for sport in Budrus as as they walk home from school
      4. or shooting farmers plowing their lands on tractors
      5. or firing tear gas canisters into the eyeballs of unarmed civilians
      6. or having your children write and sign messages with sharpies on missiles you intend to use to kill other children on the other side of the border
      7. or violating every single internationally recognized human rights law on the face of the earth
      8. or warmongering for the destruction of an independent sovereign nation for its nuclear program; a sovereign nation that has not aggressively attacked any of its neighbors when your own nation maintains nuclear ambiguity, refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, and has started no less than 10 wars in its relatively tiny 65 year existence.
      9. or has edited video to justify the murder of an unarmed teenager at a checkpoint on the day of his birthday, has gotten caught for it, and still denies it.
      10. or claims to support peaceful negotiations to develop 2 states for 2 peoples as a means to resolve the conflict, yet continues to annex land, expand settlements, support settler terrorism, and intends to murder the 2-state solution by building in the E-1 corridor.

      Yeah, I guess we can't all be as civilized as you are. After all, we're just barbaric Arab nomads living in the deserts....that your bourgeois society of European and Russian immigrants made bloom, huh?

  • State Dep't spox Nuland condemns Palestinians' village-- but it's not 'appropriate' to comment on Israeli expansion on Palestinian land
  • Trump says Netanyahu is 'terrific leader, great for Israel'
    • In Trump's sad little world, this could all be a ploy to stick it to the man or in his case THE MAN. Ol' Dronie McDrone himself, Obama. After all, he's one of the only idiots who still believes that Obama is an illegal Kenyan immigrant with rich white benefactors that propped him up in Washington, and since Obama and Netanyahu have a contentious relationship....Hell, let's support Netanyahu!

      Or perhaps Trump wants me to roll through the Jordan Valley in the not to distant future only to see the gleaming sickly presence of a Trump Casino and Resort on the Palestinian side of the Dead Sea. Being that he's an opportunistic d-bag, that's entirely possible.

  • Palestinian teenager killed by the Israeli military near Budrus
    • It's safe to say that the IDF were hunting children for sport. Why else would they converge near a school just as its letting out....and then shot this kid while his back was turned, not once, not twice, but three times? After the second bullet entered his neck and exited his face, it's safe to say he would've been dead. Why the need to go ahead and shoot him again through the back and out the ribs? I bet if these thugs could, they'd display his hide on a wall too or take pictures with their new trophy.

  • Rebranding the War on Terror for the age of Obama: 'Zero Dark Thirty' and the promotion of extra judicial killing
    • Thanks for the heads up on this movie. I've never heard of it. Since the so-called "War on Terror" began there have been tons of these dime-a-dozen films. It seems every week or so there's a new one out and every time....ohhhh nooo...watch out for the evil arab stereotypes that just want to shout...."Allah Akhbar kill whitey!"

      Was it filmed in Pakistan or some repressive-American ally like *cough* Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Bahrain?

      I'm sure it'll show up on an Egyptian movie channel in less than a month...where I always turn to catch up on current American movies without paying (thank you, non-existent copyright laws)...$14 for a movie ticket??? Hell, I've been out of the states for awhile but $14??? Last time my feet were planted on American soil, it cost $5.00 max.

  • Netanyahu ordered eviction of Bab al-Shams
    • What a weak argument. E1 goes straight to Jordan.....so does Gaza if you stand at Rafah, face east and walk straight. Hell if you want, you can even stand in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and I'll point you in the right direction to get to the Jordanian border at Jericho. What's your point?

    • Agreed.

    • It depends on how you look at it, actually...but first please make the distinction between Jews and Israelis. After all, not every Jew is an Israeli and not every Israeli is a Jew...although sometimes that gets foggy with the way that the Israeli government behaves.

      Anyway, one can argue that there is indeed a rule of law for Israelis that protects their rights whereas there isn't one for Palestinians which gives the Israeli government free reign to do what they want with them as you've seen in the videos Allison posted above....or....that there is a rule of law for Palestinians too but that it's a completely separate set of laws working independently of Israeli laws for Israelis...which is also the reality. Keep in mind that detained Palestinians are subject to military laws where as Israelis are subject to civilian laws and that's also one of many reasons why you don't see detained and tortured Israelis but you do see detained and tortured Palestinians.

    • Since its been customary for the Israeli government to declare the removal of people on their own land outside of Israel's own borders, can other governments jump on board this new and lucrative idea? I propose the President of Kenya declare the removal of the residents of Tel Aviv or the Prime Minister of Japan to declare the removal of the people living in Las Vegas. If its sounds as ridiculous to you as it is to me, it might be because....well....it is ridiculous. Only in Israel can this crap happen.

  • Google and the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish people
    • Is that 72% already including home demolitions, forced removals, and denial of building permits as in the case of former Palestinian majority now Israeli Jewish majority villages in Jerusalem like Sheikh Jarrah?

    • There are definitely strong reasons why, to this date, the U.S. Embassy is in Tel Aviv and why the U.S. Consulate is in Jerusalem. Once upon a time way before the Israelis went on a land annexation spree, building up walls and declaring closed military zones across the West Bank making it virtually impossible for any and all WB'ers to enter Jerusalem, the U.S. Consulate was conveniently placed to provide services to both Israelis.....AND PALESTINIANS....who possessed U.S. citizenships, worked abroad, or for those who required student visas, etc....because it was centrally located in the West Bank and accessible from all directions. Now with the wall zig-zagging left and right through people's backyards, cross-cutting farmlands, imprisoning villagers, etc...most Palis can't even get to it....and its since been relocated further into the Jerusalem area.

      As far as where the Embassy sits, you can pretend all you want that Tel Aviv isn't your capital but in the eyes of the world....the embassies are markers for the location of your capital. Plain and simple. Of course I suppose you could piss off the Americans to the point where even their embassy will just be reduced to the title of "Representative Office of the United States of America" and could just as well be placed anywhere.

    • Why would you put your parliament, judiciary system and government in another country? That doesn't make any sense. Wouldn't it be logical to put them in the capital of your country within your own borders? Tel Aviv is perfectly within reach and it's already your capital. Put them over there.

  • Israeli army releases video of Dec. 12 killing of Palestinian youth at Hebron checkpoint
    • Glad you asked, dunkin' donut. Well, if you go down main street in downtown Al Khalil, eventually you'll come up to a checkpoint. Now, don't make eye contact, don't talk, don't breath, don't wink, blink, burp, spit, huff, puff, tap, snap, hiccup, cough, yawn, clear your throat or ahem. The border guards are stationed well outside their borders in a foreign country and have itchy trigger fingers and can't wait to kill non-jews. Now once you cross that checkpoint, you'll see the place on the right. Go in and tell 'em you want to buy a "famous cake". He'll know what you're talkin' about.....*wink wink*

    • I was thinking the exact same thing when I saw this. And if indeed this is the actual video (I have my doubts) doesn't it seem a little distasteful and amateur to post it on youtube? I can't decided what I'm going to watch...that Gangam style parody or....the Israeli army's official surveillance video of the murder of a teenage Palestinian in Al Khalil.

  • In 'Dissent' debate, Walzer hints that leftists who focus on Israel are anti-Semitic
    • Sorry but every time I hear the term "anti-semitic" especially in the context of criticism against Israel for it's actions against the Palestinians, I tune out. Semitism is not exclusively Jewish nor is it exclusively Israeli. Semites are the indigenous tribes of the Middle East/North Africa region...which includes Arabs....*gasp* You mean that Arabs are Semites? Yes, they sure are. Criticizing Israel's merciless slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza is not anti-semitism. The act of slaughtering Palestinians in Gaza is anti-semitism. Likewise, Obama's drone killing of Yemenis and Bahrainis is anti-semitism. Saying that Palestinians have no culture, no ethnicity, that they are a people made up of terrorists, that they use their kids as meat shields, that they teach their children to murder jews...etc....are all clear examples of anti-semitism. The Israeli Occupation of Palestine is anti-semitic. The killing of a teen in Al Khalil is anti-semitism...and the killing of another in Gaza whose only crime was holding a flag...a mere 2 days after an internationally-brokered ceasefire....is anti-semitism. Syrians, Lebanese, Jordanians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Most of the Arabian gulf states, Ethiopians, Sudanese, even parts of Turkey and Iran are Semitic.

  • Bowing to Israel lobby group, 'NYT' editors neuter reporters' assertion that Israel is nixing two-state solution
    • Apparently Mondonut answered my question. Cheers!

    • "It would also create a large block of Israeli settlements in the center of the West Bank; it would not divide the West Bank in two."

      That says it right there. These people are delusional to believe that placing a big piece of a foreign country "in the center of" what would constitute lands of another country would "not divide" said country in 2. Would Germany allow Russia to build settlements in Berlin? Would Italy allow Greece to build settlements in Milan? What idiots would think that this is totally normal?

  • 'Telegraph''s Christmas gift list includes seltzer-maker produced in Occupied Territories
    • So BDS has been going on for several years now and the only time the PM decided to officially endorse it is when Israel cut into the PA's wallets. I'm glad it had nothing to do with say...oh I don't know....holding Israel legally and financially responsible for its unilateral actions to prevent the Palestinian people from achieving freedom and independence..or how about...to send a clear message to Israeli companies that profit from the occupation, settlements, land confiscation, etc. Its nice to know where his priorities are.

      Actually I always believed that Palestinians can deal a severe blow to the Israelis in one major way...hitting them in their wallets. Make them feel the financial and economic burden of the occupation. Make their economy suffer for continuing the occupation. There are over 6million Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and over 2 million in Gaza. If they all decided to:

      1. Stop working in settlements
      2. Stop working for Israeli companies (in this case, any company that pays taxes to Israel)
      3. Stop buying Israeli products or products of companies that have economic trade with Israelis.
      3. Stop using Israeli currency
      4. Kick out all of the international donors and put the legal burden of the occupation back in the lap of the Israeli occupiers according to international law.

      Can you imagine the devastating effects if that happened even for just 3 months?

  • Video: Palestinian teen slain in Hebron only saw his older brother behind bars
    • Apparently he only tears up when he sees the effect of the killings and how it has devastated innocent civilian communities. When his R/C planes are bombing the crap out of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain, Yemen, Iraq, etc...he's at home in D.C. shooting hoops with his girls with not a care in the world, it might as well have never happened.

  • Lieberman's wild claim that Europe is ignoring another Holocaust masks effort to rob Palestinians of $423 million
    • Oslo has always been null and void. Settlements declared it dead long before lieberman decided that they'd withhold PA cash. The truth is that Israel has never stuck to the terms of Oslo on any account and yet the PLO are so stupid to think that they themselves should continue to do so...for the sake of diplomacy of course. Even at their own expense while Israel skips and prances its way to Eretz Israel.

  • Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli soldiers in Hebron
    • You've got my interest. In which "certain cases" do you "admit that actions by Israeli soldiers, settlers, etc., are wrong, full stop, no excuses."

      If you want to be sympathetic towards victims of Israeli violence, kindly provide us with examples of events that warrant your sympathies? Sabra and Shatilla? Deir Yassein? Cast Lead? Rabin's "Broken Bones Policy"? Israeli desecration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem? Mohammed al Durra? Targeted killings? Pillar of Smoke? Global Mossad assassinations? Mysterious death of Arafat? Burnings of mosques and churches? State-funded Rabbis advocating for ethnic cleansing? Home demolitions in AREA B?? Molotoving taxis with unarmed families inside? Live fire against unarmed protestors? Killing 9 Turks in international waters? Beating the shit out of Reuters journalists and killing others in Gaza? Please enlighten us.

    • "so it must be true"

      Hardly true at all. Just speculation. After all, it's not like the Israelis have never lied about anything. They still can't figure out why they massacred an entire family in Gaza!

    • According to link to facebook.com, the kid had celebrated his birthday in school with his classmates the day before and on the day he was killed, he was on his way to the bakery to buy his own birthday cake..which I assume is for his party at home. There's a photo of him (the same as the one in the photo above) and a photo of the female Israeli soldier that shot him. Sorry, its an Arabic page. You could probably Google translate it if you want.

      I'm not sure about whether or not he had a toy gun but if it's true, then that would've been a really stupid thing to have done and it only confirms my belief that toy guns should not exist at all. My kid will never own a toy gun, regardless of whether it looks authentic or whether its painted in some funky color and makes crazy sounds.

  • How many before?
    • Really Oleg? You couldn't have some respect and at least have tried to understand what was written above without throwing in, what I'm going to assume was, sarcasm or failed attempt at humor?

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