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American; Muslim; A.B., M.A. in political science; former ISM volunteer in the West Bank


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  • Anti-WASP tropes in the 'NYT'
    • The East Coast upper-class accent (which is NOT extinct) has other characteristics, not just a clenched jaw. Some of the vowels are different too. I used to pick up some semblance of it temporarily (and largely unconsciously) when I was a scholarship student at a Seven Sisters college - my mother, who exaggerated a lot, used to say that when I called her from there she couldn't understand a word I said. I'm sure my imitation wasn't good enough for me to pass as upper class - it's not an easy accent to copy.
      There's a pretty good example of it in the 1958 film Auntie Mame - the character Gloria Upson, Patrick's girlfriend, played by Joanna Barnes, who in real life went to Milton Academy and Smith College.

    • Nope, not the Massachusetts Cabots. They came from Jersey, one of the Channel Islands off Normandy, to Salem -- rather late, in 1700, not 1620, something they're occasionally needled about.

  • Saudi king urges int'l action on Al-Aqsa as 20 Likud Youth visit Noble Sanctuary
    • Even if you read or watch nothing else in this compilation, watch this under 'Gaza':

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      VIDEO: Living under Israel’s missiles
      The Nation 18 Sept by Dan Cohen and Rebecca Pierce — Four boys of the Bakr family were killed by a missile strike during last year’s incursion. Their surviving family members are still scarred from the attack. More than anyone, children bear the brunt of regular Israeli military assaults on the Gaza Strip . . . After the final cease-fire that ended Israel’s Operation Protective Edge on August 26 of last year, UNICEF estimated that at least 425,000 Palestinian children in the besieged Gaza Strip require “immediate psychosocial and child protection support.” “Data from our community centers shows that about 50 percent of children referred to us have developed post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Dr. Yasser Abujamei, the executive director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme [Very affecting interview with the Bakr family, who lost four children to a missile attack on the beach — including some of the surviving children, who are clearly traumatized still, esp. Muntasir, who has tried to commit suicide more than once, and who becomes unconscious when he thinks about what happened – there is no treatment for him in Gaza.]

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  • Israeli soldiers raid Al Aqsa courtyard, attack worshipers
    • Well it's FUN, anyway! I could say a lot more, since I think they're throwing the baby out with the bathwater, but this is not the place to discuss DNA.

    • To 'straightline': What does it mean to be 45% or 66% or whatever 'Irish'? That depends. says "We create estimates for your genetic ethnicity by comparing your DNA to the DNA of other people who are native to a region. The AncestryDNA reference panel (version 2.0) contains 3,000 DNA samples from people in 26 global regions. We build the reference panel from a larger reference collection of 4,245 DNA samples collected from people whose genealogy suggests they are native to one region. Many of these samples were originally collected by the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation ( (link to ). Each panel member’s genealogy is documented so we can be confident that their family is representative of people with a long history (hundreds of years) in that region. Ethnicity estimate White Paper: link to (click on Photos on that page and then the FAQ at the bottom for much more information)

      Before I had Ancestry analyze my DNA, I thought I was 30% Irish (one entirely Irish grandmother, and some other Irish ancestors along the way, according to my extensive genealogical research). But they came up with 45% because I apparently inherited more from my Irish ancestors than from my English and Scottish and North African/Iberian (!) ones. You don't inherit evenly from all your ancestors - some contribute nothing to you, others more than their 'share'.

      We are way off topic here! Sorry.

    • Fortunately the Irish people are a bit ahead of their gov't. I was pleased to note these pro-Palestinian murals in Belfast when I was there in 2006, one of them actually including both the Arabic and Irish (Gaeilge) languages:

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      In the Republic, I was told 'God bless you' when people learned I had been to Palestine.

    • a blah chick, let's face it, Muslims and Arabs are helpless in the face of Israel 's backing by the 'world's only superpower'. Even if Israel does the worst to the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, nothing will happen except a lot of mourning - and probably an increase in attacks on the West, esp. the US, by the likes of the so-called IS. And then the West will wonder why it's a target

    • Yes, amigo, certain Western news agencies already seem certain of the cause of the accident, while both Haaretz and Ynet say the cause is still being investigated:
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      Of course when settlers throw stones at Palestinian vehicles (which happens often) and the occupants are injured we don't hear about it

      As for the Aqsa article, I realize that the Irish Times was just using Reuters, but it always particularly upsets me when the Irish media or government take the Israeli side, considering Ireland's long history of conquest and occupation by the English. (Full disclosure: Ancestry says I'm 45% Irish acc. to my DNA.)

  • Haaretz's Or Kashti on the rightwing religious takeover of the Ministry of Education
    • Now try this, also by Or Kashti, Haaretz 8 Sept:
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      Know Your Enemy: How Arabic is taught in Israel's Jewish high schools

      The teaching of the language has been coopted by the army's intelligence corps, leading to teachers who don't speak Arabic and students who study it only in the hope of foiling terrorists

      “Students studying Arabic ... We need your help in foiling a terror attack about which we have received numerous alerts.” This is how a lesson taught by soldiers to junior high school students begins. The goal of the activity — which is part of larger joint program of the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Corps and Israel's Education Ministry — is motivate students to “learn and understand the importance of the Arabic language.”

      The method chosen to convince students to study Arabic is a series of threats and fear-mongering. The imaginary terror attack is meant to take place in the students' own school, apparently in order to make the experience even more powerful.

      “For years the educational system has focused on training ‘intelligence fodder’ for the IDF,” says Prof. Reuven Snir, Dean of Humanities at the University of Haifa and a professor of Arabic language and literature.

      This lesson plan, from August 2012, was written by instructors a unit called TELEM — a Hebrew acronym for “fostering Arabic and Middle Eastern studies,” — which is part of the IDF’s elite 8200 intelligence unit, and operates in schools. The lesson plans say it is intended for eighth and ninth grade students, but elsewhere it states it may also be used for seventh grade. During the lesson the students must complete four tasks: The first is discovering the location of the terror attack through a crossword puzzle. The second is obtaining information on the terrorist ("who has a mustache, black hair and is serious looking"). Their third task is to decipher a conversation in Arabic about the transfer of weapons; and finally the fourth is uncovering the timing of the attack.

      If the students succeed in translating the sentence in Arabic, then “it is possible to say that because they knew Arabic they saved a great number of students in their school,” suggests the lesson plan, which ends with these words: “The Arabic language is essential for existence and coexistence in the State of Israel.”
      It is hard to see how any Jewish Israeli kid could get through the educational system without being turned into a racist.

  • Soldiers arrest 8 Palestinian shepherds in occupation, and settler kills 8 sheep
  • Israeli begins construction of Jewish-only town on ruins of demolished Bedouin village
    • Bornajoo, this compilation was exceptionally long because I didn't do one on Friday - usually I do them three times a week. But this week I was sick - bad reaction to a vaccination - so I wasn't up to doing a newslist on Friday. Then I had to cover Wed thru Sun in one list! Sorry about that. Wonder if anyone managed to read all the way through it!

  • Israel begins using drones to monitor West Bank protests
    • Thanks, everybody. I admit that there are times when I look at the current news and think, 'I really don't want to compile the Palestine newslist tonight'. And then I remind myself that I don't have to live it, only report it, and someone has to!

  • Rightwing Israeli violence on the rise as leader calls for arson attacks on churches
    • An interesting article on this subject:

      True Judaism Will Kill Us if We Don’t Reject It in Time

      This religion did not survive by remaining true to its roots. It deliberately lost its authenticity and assimilated and adapted and evolved.

      Anshel Pfeffer Aug 06, 2015 11:00 PM Haaretz

      . . . It took nearly 2,000 years of exile and fear of the nations but finally, a generation of true Jews is once again rising. Don’t listen to the cowardly words of media-friendly rabbis, false prophets who haven’t got the guts to say that they wish the 22nd verse of the 18th chapter of Va’yikra (Leviticus) had never been written. Well, they’re not about to excise it and other unpalatable verses from their Torah scrolls, so they may as well own it. Yes, a man lying down with another man as if with a woman is an abomination. It says so in the book of life. Don’t try to pretend it’s not written there and fob us off with nice cuddly quotes of pleasantness and peace. Ours is not a religion of peace and our God demands vengeance and ethnic cleansing.

      Lehava founder Bentzi Gopstein has every bit as much scripture to rely on as they do, when he says that we should be going out to destroy every church in the Holy Land. Or have they conveniently forgot Maimonides’ ninth principle of faith, that this Torah shall never be replaced? Of course, nice rabbis love quoting Maimonides, but just the more cosmopolitan bits, not those about the Messiah and wars and destroying all the houses of alien worship.

      Face it, those bearded youths from the hilltops are more truly Jewish than you or I will ever be. Theirs is a true Torat Eretz Yisrael, unadulterated by goyishe crap. And who loves Jerusalem more than Schlissel? A man who was willing to go to prison in his quest to cleanse our city and upon release, accepted upon himself an inevitable second sentence to continue his mission? I like to present myself as the ultimate Jerusalemite but I can barely be bothered to pick up that cigarette butt . . .

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    • Read the whole thing here, Kris.

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      The mutant-alien Jewish terrorists who have nothing to do with the Israeli right

  • 'Not a rare incident': Israel settlers have attempted to firebomb Palestinian homes at least 15 times since 2008
    • Just: "Israel opens pub on Israeli cemetery lands in Jerusalem" (I think there might be a typo in the title of that piece, btw) There sure is LOL. I have done that before -- started typing a word beginning with Is -- as in Israeli or Islamic -- and continued with the rest of the word, getting the wrong one! Esp. happens in the middle of the night!

      As for the article about the Christian French tourist, it's the same event described by Silwanic in the preceding article as being done by a settler.
      It wouldn't be the first time a Christian had done something against the Haram al-Sharif - and the act described below is also often described in Muslim sources as having been done by a Jew. From Wikipedia:
      "On 21 August 1969, a fire was started by a visitor from Australia named Denis Michael Rohan. Rohan was a member of an evangelical Christian sect known as the Worldwide Church of God.] He hoped that by burning down al-Aqsa Mosque he would hasten the Second Coming of Jesus, making way for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount. "
      He succeeded in destroying the minbar (pulpit) added to the mosque by Saladin in 1187.

      Deliver me from religious fanatics of all stripes.

  • Palestinian toddler killed in settler price-tag attack
    • The Guardian 13:47 British Summer Time
      Talk is cheap on 'price tag' violence by Harriet Sherwood

      The killing of a Palestinian infant in a suspected arson attack by extremist Jewish settlers in the West Bank has been swiftly condemned as an act of terror by both Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

      This horrific act is not an isolated event, but part of a widespread campaign by extremist settlers against Palestinians and their property, and it will be instructive to compare the treatment of the perpetrators – if and when they are identified – with Palestinian youths accused of stone-throwing.

      Within hours of the attack, the Palestine Liberation Organisation released data showing a total of 369 attacks it says were committed by Israeli settlers from the beginning of 2015 up to July 27 – an average of more than 12 attacks each week. They include harassment and intimidation, the destruction and theft of olive trees, the poisoning of wells, stone-throwing, firing with live ammunition at people and property, assaults, verbal abuse, vandalism and the spraying of graffiti on property.

      B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group which monitors settler activity, said that in the past three years, nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank had been set alight, and a Palestinian family had been severely burned when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian taxi. “In recent years, Israeli civilians set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques, businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of the these cases were never solved, and in many of them the Israeli police did not even bother to take elementary investigative actions,” B’Tselem said in a statement

      Most settler attacks are relatively small-scale, but together they present a picture of life for Palestinian villages in Area C, the 60% of the West Bank under full Israeli control and home to more than 200 settlements – all of which are illegal under international law. Throw in restrictions on movement for Palestinians and the continual and invasive presence of the Israeli military – and the grinding, oppressive reality of life under almost half a century of occupation becomes a little clearer. . . .

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  • Israeli forces kill third Palestinian in less than a week
    • Palestinian baby dies in 'price tag' arson attack

      Two houses set ablaze in West Bank; parents and four-year-old hospitalized; 'price tag' graffiti found; IDF searching for perpetrator; thousands of troops deployed for fear of riots as Hamas plans 'Day of Rage'; PM condemns 'clear terrorist attack'; Abbas: We will take this war crime to the international courts.
      A fire in the West Bank suspected to have been set by Jewish extremists [terrorists - call them what they are!] killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child and critically wounded a four-year-old brother and both parents on Friday, Israeli security officials said.
      The walls outside the houses were sprayed with "Long live Messiah the king" and "Revenge ". The parents and brother were evacuated to the hospital in critical condition, with burns covering up to 70 to 90 percent of their bodies. Infant Ali Dawabsheh's funeral took place in the early afternoon, and drew a crowd estimated to be 2,000 strong.....

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  • Israeli military invades Susiya to make 'offer' for village to relocate
    • Yes, even a stated period of house arrest isn't final; this is part of the Israeli strategy of making Palestinians know that nothing is under their control and their lives can be disrupted at any time by the army, the police, or the military courts.

      "For his part, the lawyer at Wadi Hilwe information center stated that the public prosectutor gave indictments against Murad Alqam, SAleh Ishtayeh, Omar Yaseen, Omar AlTawil, Saif Altawil and Farid Altawil to the District Court that included throwing rocks at settler vehicles in Bait Hanina noting that they were arrested for several days and were recently released, indictments were given and the period of the house arrest imposed on them was extended."

    • ckg, Six of them including Omar were released July 5 according to Silwanic, the best source for Jerusalem arrests.

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      "Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) —

      The Magistrate judge decided on Sunday release six Jerusalemite children from Beit Hanina with a 1000-NIS bail, house-arrest for 7 days and a third-party bail of 5 thousand NIS for each.
      Wadi Hilweh Information Center’s lawyer explained that the Magistrate judge released Omar Tawil, Omar Yassin, Murad Alqam, Saleh Shtayyeh, Seif Tawil and Zeid Tawil with the above mentioned conditions.
      The lawyer added that the District judge extended the arrest of Mohammad Mughrabi until next Thursday.
      In a related matter, Al-Dameer organization lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud said that the Magistrate judge extended the arrest of Hasan Masri until Monday; note that he was arrested on Saturday night after settlers threw stones at his vehicle in Jerusalem.
      The judge also extended the arrest of Ahmad Abu Gharbyeh until 9/7/2015."

      Silwanic has nearly constant articles about arrests/extensions of detention/releases involving Jerusalemites, esp. children. I'm afraid I don't keep up with all of them. I see that I didn't even have the original June 23 article. Go to and put 'Omar Yassin' in the search box, so you can see the whole story (5 articles) involving Omar and the others from Beit Hanina.

      I'm not sure how many of such Silwanic articles I should put in - some readers have said there's too much about arrests in general.

  • 11 Palestinians injured in protesting settlement linked to killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir
    • Yes, this article is under GAZA in today's list. Apparently the series it's part of is not behind Haaretz's paywall as so many of their best articles are. Those that are behind the paywall have 'premium' as part of their addresses. When I link to those articles I do so in the hope that many readers can access all of Haaretz, but I try to include the salient points for those who can't.

      There sure doesn't seem to be much good news coming out of Gaza, but one good thing is that more and more of the news from there seems to be showing up on the wire services, so that even Americans get some of it in their newspapers. If they read newspapers, which are now costly (more than $700 a year to subscribe to my regional newspaper, for example). Now if there were only more news, and more truthful news, about Gaza on American TV, which is where most people seem to get their news in short bits.

  • Palestinian teen killed on way to pray in Jerusalem
    • Yes, the martyr poster is correct of course, it must be Muhammad SAMI al-Kasbah, since the middle name is customarily the father's first name, and his brother Yasir is listed in many casualty lists from Jan 2002 as Samer Sami al-Kasbah (or al-Qasbah, according to B'Tselem, though the first letter is a K, not a Q).

  • Israeli court sentences Palestinian man to 13 months in prison for Facebook post
  • Hamas military wing claims responsibility for killing Israeli in the West Bank
    • Mofaz may not have been given immunity in the UK, but Livni has been:

      Israeli minister Tzipi Livni given diplomatic immunity for UK visit
      UK government awards 'special mission' status to head-off would-be arrest warrant sought for alleged war crimes in Gaza

      The Guardian 13 May
      The British government has granted temporary diplomatic immunity to a prominent Israeli politician ahead of a visit to the UK this week to protect her against arrest and potential prosecution for alleged breaches of international law, including war crimes.

      The Foreign Office confirmed "special mission" status – effectively, diplomatic immunity – has been granted to Tzipi Livni, Israel's justice minister and lead negotiator in recent peace talks, who will meet Foreign Office ministers in London.

      "Since the visit meets all the essential elements for a special mission, and for avoidance of any doubt on the matter, the FCO has confirmed consent to the visit as a special mission," the FCO said.

      The move comes amid efforts to secure a warrant for Livni's arrest by London lawyers Hickman and Rose, acting on behalf of a relative of a Palestinian killed in the bombing of a police compound on the first day of Israel's military assault on Gaza, which began in December 2008.

      Working with the Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the law firm requested the CPS to advise police to arrest Livni for suspected war crimes, and to liaise with the attorney general to approve criminal charges.

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    • From Ynet:

      West Bank terror attack investigation inconclusive

      The day after a deadly terrorist attack near the settlement of Dolev in the West Bank, which claimed the life of Danny Gonen, IDF forces have finished their searches in nearby Palestinian villages with no conclusive findings. The center of the operations was focused on scanning the area, and questioning locals from the villages of Kinya and Dayr Ibzi, which are adjacent to the site of the attack. The Army has reopened the access roads leading to the villages. The focus of the investigation will now shift to the intelligence realm, and will be led by Shin Bet investigators.
      (. . .)
      The defense establishment is not expected to take punitive action against the Palestinian population, due to the free movement in the area, and easing of restrictions for Ramadan, which are meant to continue.
      (. . .)
      An investigation of the scene led the IDF to believe the attacker acted as a 'lone wolf', without the support or instruction of one of the terror organizations. This was contrasted however by a statement from a cell claiming to be related to Hamas' military wing, which took responsibility for the attack. The name of the cell is "The Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Isa cell", the names of the two men responsible for kidnapping the 3 teens in Gush Etzion last year.
      (. . .)
      Three weeks ago, the same cell claimed responsibility for throwing an explosive device at a group of soldiers near the village of Silwad, near Ramallah. The group's statement stated that the attack yesterday was part of a wave of attacks in response to 'Israel's crimes', and in reaction to the killing of Palestinians, the most recent of which was Ezzedine Ghora from the Jenin refugee camp (a Hamas member).
      The official Hamas response "praised" the attack, however did not claim responsibility: "We and all our people respect the pure hands which focus on resistance, and aim the rounds towards the occupation, despite all the challenges in the West Bank. Israel's crimes won't go without reaction from the resistance."

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  • Video: Israeli soldiers violently attack unarmed Palestinian man
  • Dutch government issues travel warning about 'violent Jewish colonists'
    • Amigo, I knew that was what you were referring to. I was just kidding!

      (I had to prove I wasn't a bot before posting. Never happened before here. New problem with bots not all of us know about?)

    • Amigo - Good news? Where? LOL Every now and then there is some. Best news of the last two days is that the IDF didn't kill anyone! Wish I could report that they didn't injure anyone either.

      You're welcome, everybody who has thanked me for the newslist.

  • Gush Shalom: Abolish 'Jerusalem Day' - the settler holiday
  • Seven-year-old boy is arrested in East Jerusalem, interrogated for hours, released at 3 AM
    • Apparently the Israelis think they can demolish buildings at will not only in Palestine, but in other countries as well:
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      Israeli developer in trouble for demolishing historic pub in London

      An Israeli property develop[er] will be ordered to reconstruct an historic London building that it demolished without permission, according to the London Evening Standard and other media ...
      Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster council, said he was “absolutely horrified” at the “scandalous” destruction ...
      The Carlton Tavern was the only building in its street not destroyed during the blitz in World War II and was considered an important historical building.
      Patsy Lord, the landlady, said she had been told by the owners on Easter Monday to close for an "inventory." When she came back two days later, she found that the 94-year-old building had been reduced to rubble.
      The council has arranged for the pub to be listed as a non-designated heritage asset, a status which should prevent it being pulled down in future.
      In January, the council threw out a planning application to replace the redbrick pub with flats.
      CLTX, a relatively unknown company with only one listed director – Tel Aviv lawyer Ori Calif – is said to be appealing the decision to refuse consent.

    • Hi Kris - actually I can't post or change photos myself - whoever posted my newslist (Adam? Phil?) would have to do it. I'm also not sure what you have to avoid in terms of violating copyrights of photos...

    • You are right, just, and I read that Haaretz article too. Don't know why I didn't put it in - either I forgot, or my mind just shied away from the idea of asking a kid if he wanted to die. Sometimes the actions of the IOF are just too hard to take in.

      Interesting that Haaretz gives the ages of the four kids as 13, 15, 12 and 6.

  • Night of horror at Ben Gurion airport for two French music students
    • I think Elisabeth is referring to the shocking treatment in 2008 of Palestinian-American comedian Maysoon Zayid, who has cerebral palsy.

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      "Watch in horror as Maysoon Zayid, an American woman of Palestinian descent was deprived of her medication and sanitary napkins and was left to bleed in the airport terminal !!!!!!"

      Video clip taken from: "The Easiest Targets" ( Five women – Palestinian, American, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish – tell stories of humiliation and harassment by Israeli border guards and airport security officials.)

  • Palestinian youth loses eye after being shot by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem
    • Some of you may have noticed that my compilation of news wasn't posted here on Saturday morning the 18th (the newslists are usually compiled Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday nights and posted the next morning). Sorry about that; it was unavoidable. I tried to make up for it by including news from Wednesday morning through Sunday night in this post. I may well have missed some important articles from that time period; if you spot any that should be included, please post them in the comments. I know how good at finding stories many Mondoweiss readers are. Thank you! News from Monday morning on will be included in the next newslist.

  • Before prayers finished Friday, Israeli military began firing teargas canisters and rubber-coated bullets
  • 2200 Palestinian homes approved in East Jerusalem-- even as others are bulldozed
    • You are quite right, amigo, of course. But many people will not realize that this is just to impress people not in the know. So the plan WILL fool much of the world - the West, anyway.

  • 30 Palestinian children have been shot with live ammunition in protests last 3 months
    • Replying to just's comment, Rob Roy, what do you think?

    • We have to remember that the Israeli govt actually pays college students and others to pollute Palestinian news sites.

    • Yes just, I think that there has been a pretty successful effort by hasbarists to take over the Ma`an comments, as well as the comments sections of other Palestinian news sites. I just don't read them anymore. I used to write refutations, but decided it was futile. The sites should screen the comments for these trolls, in my opinion - after all, some people who don't know what really goes on in Palestine might believe what they say.

    • You'll have to take up the matter of the photo with the person that chose it, ckg. I don't choose the lead story or the headline or the photo. I don't know who chose it - Alex or Adam or Phil - but I don't think whoever it was thought that the photo had to be from right now. After all, the IDF has been shooting children and other Palestinians for decades!

  • Israeli forces injure and arrest Palestinians from Hebron area
    • By the way, all, I don't post my own newslists. Phil, Adam, and Alex are the ones who do. They also choose the lead story (sometimes the one I chose, sometimes not) and write the headline. AND they decide on any lead photo. I agree that the photo chosen for the list before this was great, but I can't take credit - that was Alex, I think.

  • Purim in the holy land: Jewish teens attack two Palestinians
    • Breaking Borders sounds very interesting, just, thanks! I missed last night's episode though, not having read your comment soon enough....

    • Thanks very much, everyone. Maybe it is the elections that are causing things to heat up a bit (they've been worse, though, during the intifadas). Emotions are high, and various Israeli groups seem to be competing as to who can make the Palestinians most miserable. Do they think that being 'tough' is going to get their candidates elected? I wish I didn't have the feeling that no matter how the elections turn out, the situation is not going to improve.
      This newslist only goes through Saturday morning - I'm afraid there's going to be another one before the elections. Let's hope it's not full of more crimes.

  • Ten year old Palestinian boy attacked by settlers and abducted by Israeli soldiers while playing in the snow in Hebron
    • I am so glad you liked it, just. I knew you would!

    • Here is the English translation as given in the video of the Arabic lyrics to “Shwait Haky (شوية حكي )” “A Few Words To Say”
      Sung by Miral Ayyad

      (bintbiba, can you improve the translation? I know we'll never get the full meaning and emotion of the Arabic, but perhaps you could do better?)

      I have a few words to say
      If you are thinking of waking up
      Oh world if you hear us
      You will understand and support us
      You will make sure that in my country
      The flower still has a meaning
      Oh world why do you think
      That we love to bomb
      Look inside the smallest heart in my country
      You will find a shining light
      Oh world we have piano
      And a boy is playing his melody
      And the Dabke dancers show the suffering
      Written with their dancing feet on the stage
      Oh world it is not your right
      To spread your love to the injustice
      You will make sure that in my country
      The flower still has a meaning
      On a braid of a West Banker girl
      A pigeon builds its nest and sends
      To a pigeon in Gaza
      A wheat if the world felt greedy
      Tomorrow you will read in our eyes
      The pain that Virgin Mary feels
      And the hope that comes from Jesus Christ
      And prophet Muhammad from the Dome of the Rock
      Oh world what can I say
      Is there a word from my heart that interests you
      The sea here speaks Arabic
      And can speak your language if you like
      The sea in Gaza was never
      Holding a sword and standing against you
      You will be sure that in my country
      The flower still has a meaning

    • The song is especially for you, just!

  • Three Muslim-Americans murdered in North Carolina by gunman (Updated)
    • There has been a lot of mainstream media coverage of this tragedy. Perhaps they were a little late getting started, but they've made up for it. Very good interviews with family, etc. Every TV news organization has covered it (don't know about Fox - I don't look at that).
      However, they do seem to be trying to worm out of the 'hate crime' idea by focusing on the parking dispute. Not sure why this is - are they afraid this crime will reveal the depth of American hostility to Muslims, and so embolden ISIS etc. to carry out attacks? Or do they really believe that Islamophobia is not as prevalent as 'anti-Semitism', which they often exaggerate?

  • Druze IDF soldier attacked by Israeli Jews for speaking Arabic
    • I take your point, Walid, but it seems to me that they are between a rock and a hard place. It's part of the culture they grew up in to join the IDF, and one can't say that all Palestinians welcome them with open arms - they're not Jews, not Christians, not Muslims, and they now at least have the reputation of being on the Israeli side. They certainly have as much right to Arabic as any other indigenous people in the area, but their unusual religion and culture makes them vulnerable. I wonder if their attackers even knew they were Druze, loyal to Israel - or cared. All that mattered to them was that they weren't Jews - all 'Arabs' are suspect.

      Haaretz had an interesting article on the Druze the other day -
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      "Study confirms: Druze gene pool remained unchanged since 11th century
      By Ido Efrati | Feb. 6, 2015
      Study, which included 40 families from the Galilee and Golan Heights, finds Druze genome has not been subjected to genetic influence by other ethnic groups ... The research accords with the community’s beliefs regarding its origins. Druze traditionally believe that the sect was founded in the 11th century as a religious movement during the rule of the sixth Fatimid Caliph in Egypt. There are currently around 1 million Druze in the world, most of whom live in Syria and Lebanon, with the others living in Jordan and Israel. Traditionally, they marry only within their own community.... "

      (Though note that Amal Alamuddin Clooney is the daughter of a Sunni Muslim and a Druze, so intermarriage does happen now. See the film The Syrian Bride, where one Druze man has a Russian wife.)

  • Israeli forces detain 10-year old boy and assault his family members in East Jerusalem
    • Thanks everyone for your kind words. I do read the comments, although I don't usually reply! I don't really choose to record these outrages, I just can't keep from doing it. Someone has to.

  • Why do Muslims object to depictions of their prophet?
    • As a Muslim, let me add my two cents.

      No one here seems to understand that Muslims love and revere their Prophet, and are very hurt by 'cartoons' showing him with a bomb in his turban, or naked, or whatever. Such depictions seem to me to be deliberately hurtful, since no one in his right mind (or who knew anything about the Qur'an and standard Islamic teachings), could reasonably blame the Prophet for outrages committed by 21st-century 'followers', no matter what the Prophet had been like centuries ago - and he wasn't the way he is usually depicted in the West. It would be more to the point to attack the people who are now committing terrorism, for example Boko Haram. There is no way that Prophet Muhammad would condone the current killings of innocent people, or Muslims committing suicide in order to accomplish this - suicide is explicitly forbidden in the Qur'an. There is a hadith which says that the Prophet had a vision of his Ummah (community) in the future, and cried - he must have seen some of the things that are happening now.

      Muslims know their Prophet to have been a fair, just, and merciful man. There are endless ahadith or narratives about him showing this. For example, the pagans of Mecca tried for years to wipe out not only Muhammad but all of his followers; yet when he finally conquered Mecca he did not respond in kind, but forgave all, including the woman who had actually eaten part of his beloved uncle's liver on the battlefield (it was a rough era). This is in contrast to the Crusaders later killing Muslims and Jews wholesale when they took Jerusalem, where they are described by one of their own as spilling blood 'up to their knees' . Another example: when he was still living in Mecca during the early days of Islam, one woman made a point of dumping garbage on his person every day; he never retaliated. One day when she didn't come, he surmised that she was sick, and went to her house to see if he could be of assistance. He cared about animals, too; one woman who had committed many sins was told that she would not go to hell because she had given water to a thirsty dog. Some of his followers who had taken baby birds from their nest, with their frantic mother following them overhead, were commanded to return the babies to the nest. I could go on and on, but my point is that the strange distortion of Muhammad known to the West, invented largely because medieval Christian leaders were afraid that their own people would convert if they knew what the Prophet and Islam were really like, is quite incredible to Muslims. Not only incredible, but very upsetting to Muslims -- by whom the Prophet is greatly loved.

      I recommend that people read Karen Armstrong's 'Muhammad', as a Western introduction to the real man, and then perhaps go on to Muslim books about him. People might also try the quotes and stories about the Prophet listed in link to .

  • Settler opens fire at Palestinian market in East Jerusalem; Israeli soldiers arrive to protect settler, arrest Palestinian
    • Surprise! Today they did arrest another settler for a different shooting. Will be interested to see if they do anything to him:

      Settler arrested on suspicion of shooting Hebron teen

      HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli police on Monday arrested a settler suspected of shooting and injuring a Palestinian teenager in Hebron on Saturday, police said.

      A "public security officer" was arrested on suspicion of shooting Ibrahim Issa Suleiman al-Tubasi, 15, while he was working his family's land south of Hebron.

      The unidentified settler is from Beit Hagai, in the south Hebron hills, and will appear in court later on Monday.

      link to

  • Child living in remains of home destroyed by Israel dies from freezing weather in Gaza
    • Man and 3rd infant perish in Gaza due to freezing weather
      10/01/2015, 17:17

      GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Two Palestinian babies and a young man were found dead in Gaza on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in winter storm Huda to four after Palestinians in the tiny coastal enclave endured their coldest night of the storm yet.

      On Saturday afternoon, a two-month-old baby girl was found dead in a shelter for the displaced in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

      A relative of the baby told Ma'an that two-month-old Salma Zeidan al-Masri was found dead in the Rashad al-Shawwa shelter in Beit Hanoun. The relative said the child had turned blue from the cold by the time she was found.

      A young fisherman was also found dead in Gaza on Saturday, having perished due to the extreme cold.

      Nizar Ayyash, head of the Gaza Fishermen's Union, told Ma'an that Ahmad Sufian al-Lahham, 22, died while working on the shore west of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

      The deaths on Saturday afternoon came after a newborn was found dead earlier in the day. One-month-old baby Adil Maher al-Lahham succumbed to severe cold in his home in western Khan Younis.

      Two-month-old infant Rahaf Abu Assi, meanwhile, died of severe cold on Friday in Rafah due to lung problems caused by the cold.

      Her family was living in a home that was partially destroyed by Israel during bombardment over the summer.

  • 145 Gaza families lost three or more members during Israeli onslaught
    • Thanks, everyone!

      In this particular compilation there are some rather nice stories near the end - about the Palestine national football team, the Hand in Hand bilingual school, the circus, and the Chilean mother of Bedouin soldiers who believes in coexistence. Maybe I should put such article nearer the beginning, since so many people don't make it all the way through to the end!

    • It's hard to tell if there aren't many people reading these compilations, or if they're reading them but just not commenting. The latter, I think.
      I have long noted that not too many Zionists comment here, probably because there isn't much they can say in the face of so much documentation of the crimes of the Israel govt, the army, and the settlers.

  • 17-year-old killed at checkpoint is 50th Palestinian killed in West Bank this year
    • Just since I submitted this list about 8 hours ago, more ugly things have happened in the West Bank, I see. Just on Ma`an ( link to ) we can see these:

      Israeli settlers set Palestinian home on fire while family sleeps
      Palestinian man crushed to death inside overcrowded Israeli checkpoint
      Jewish settler runs over Palestinian child walking to school in Tuqu`
      Palestinian woman injured in East Jerusalem after bus stoned

      It seems things are only getting worse.

  • 7-year-old is latest victim of hit-and-run attack by settler driver
    • Late addition from Ma`an:
      Palestinian youth shot dead by Israeli forces south of Nablus

      NABLUS (Ma'an) 29 Dec -- A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces at the Tappuah checkpoint south of Nablus in the northern West Bank on Monday.

      Local Palestinian sources told Ma'an that Israeli troops opened fire at two young Palestinian men in the Jabal Sbeih area within Beita village, near the Tappuah checkpoint, which is also known to Palestinians as Zaatara.

      The youth who was killed in the incident was identified by Nablus TV as Imam Jamil Dweikat, a resident of Beita. His age was not yet clear, however.

      The other victim was identified as Nael Thiab, 19, and he was reportedly evacuated to a hospital in Nablus with moderate to serious gunshot wounds following the incident.

      Palestinian security sources confirmed that the Israeli liaison department officially notified the Palestinian Authority that Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian man and that his body is still with the Israeli army.

      The slain youth is the 50TH Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank in 2014, bringing the total Palestinian dead at Israeli hands so far this year to around 2,335, including those who died in Gaza as a result of Israel's summer offensive....

      link to

  • Two four-year-olds are targets of incidents in occupied West Bank
    • just, I failed to reply to some of your recent comments (saw them when it was too late) -- thanks as always for your blessings, and for the remarks about ISM volunteers. I feel almost as if I were sailing under false colors when I list myself as a former ISMer, because their work is so much more dangerous now than when I went to the West Bank. I went during the Second Intifada, and at that point the Wall wasn't built, the Skunk wasn't deployed, and the IDF had shot only one ISMer -- Kate Edwards, shot in the stomach in Beit Jala. About a month after I left, they shot Irish volunteer Caoimhe Butterly in the thigh when she was trying to get some kids out of the line of fire in Jenin. That was the same day they killed UNRWA project manager Iain Hook, also in Jenin. After that all restraint seemed to be lifted - we all know about Rachel Corrie, Tom Hurndall, Brian Avery, Tristan Anderson.... Our group was only shot at once, in Yasouf, by a settler, and no one was hurt -- though there were other incidents like one of us having a butcher knife held to her throat by a settler. Recently (28 Nov) Italian ISMer 'Patrick Corsi' was shot in the chest in Kafr Qaddum. Clearly I was lucky to go when I did. Would I have the courage to go now, if I could get in?

  • Whew! Likely DefSec nominee said U.S.-Israel relationship has never been stronger
    • Try this video (which has been posted on Mondo before):

      link to

      Uploaded on Apr 24, 2009

      "99yr old Palestinian man is recovering in hospital after being attacked by Israeli army dogs. The pensioner's ear and shoulder were bitten as he lay in bed when soldiers conducted a house search. Question is what danger does a bed ridden 99yr old man can POSSIBLY do to a well armed soldier"

  • UN commemorates Palestine's long journey
    • straightline -- The five countries that voted against the Arab-backed resolution criticizing Israel for refusing to join an international treaty against nuclear proliferation were Israel, the US, Canada, Palau, and Micronesia -- according to this 2 Dec AP story included in my newslist here yesterday:
      link to

  • Hate attacks in Jerusalem and Israel include one by settler girls
    • It does look like the whole place is going to hell in a handbasket. And who is the architect of this godawful mess? Netanyahu, apparently. One person who can't be worrying about his 'legacy', unless he's insane.

  • One week in Jerusalem and -- it's not complicated
    • Thank you very much for your reporting, John. It's good to have a fresh look at things some of us have become almost used to.

      You might want to look at the website and Facebook page of the famous Bil`in photographer Haitham al-Khatib -

      link to
      link to

      His first book Children of Bil`in will be available to buy from the website soon. The proceeds from the sale of this book in memory of his beloved son Karme Khatib (who sadly died from cancer 2 years ago) will go to cancer charities in Palestine. You will be too late to befriend him on Facebook since he's reached their limit of 5,000 friends, but you can Follow him. He's quite a guy, and his photos are amazing.

  • Netanyahu's 'battle for Jerusalem' can't end well for any of us
    • Note that 'Come to success' in the call to prayer means 'Come to salvation'.

    • Lovely, Kay24, thank you!

    • This powerful resistance song about Jerusalem, written by the Rahbani Brothers in Classical Arabic and sung by the Lebanese Christian singer Fairouz, shows the Muslim connection to Jerusalem without forgetting those of other religions. From the lyrics: 'Our eyes travel to you every day, moving about the hallways of the temples, embracing the old churches, wiping sadness from the mosques'

      Elizabeth Bell comments : 'Fairuz often performs songs relevant to the situation of Palestinians and Zahrat al-Mada`in (Flower among Cities) is no different. It surrounds the problem of Jerusalem, which typically represents loss to Palestinians. For example, the lyrics include lines such as “crying for those who have been displaced, for the children without homes, for those who resisted and fell at the gates.” This obviously refers to how Palestinians lost Jerusalem to Israel in the Six-Day War, along with many other cities. However, the song also includes lines such as “the child is in the cave with his mother Mary,” which refers to the importance of Jerusalem to Christians. ' (Although. to be sure, there is a whole chapter in the Qur'an about the Virgin Mary and her child Jesus/Issa), this particular line seems to be referring to the Christian story)

  • Videos: Jerusalem Skunk
  • Palestinian citizens of Israel protest across country following police killing of Kheir Hamdan
    • Thanks Just! But I'm just doing my job. So many people do so much more...

    • What happened to this paragraph I had just before the Ma'an one on the same incident? Does my newslist get edited now? Is it the photo that is the problem?

      Extremists burn Palestinian worker inside 'Israel'
      [with photo] WEST BANK (Days of Palestine) 8 Nov – Israeli extremists set fire on Saturday morning in Palestinian worker in Tamra City in ‘Israel’ causing him severe burns. Witnesses said that a group of Jews believed affiliated to Price Tag groups kidnapped the Palestinian worker, beat him, set him in fire and fled away. “When they saw us approaching them, they fled without giving us a chance to recognise any of them,” a Palestinian living in Tamra told Days of Palestine, but preferred to remain unknown for security reasons. The Palestinian worker was transferred to an Israeli hospital with severe burns all over his body. Israeli medical sources said his health condition is difficult but stable. Palestinian sources said that the man was identified as Mahmoud Kamel Qalalweh, 23, from the Palestinian West Bank city of Jenin. Family members expressed their “surprise” over hearing the news about their son because they believed that he has been always calm and has never been involved in resistance activities.
      link to

  • Homes of Palestinians accused of ramming pedestrians to be demolished
    • Just, the surprising thing about the resuscitation of the electrocuted Palestinian is that it was the Border Police that did it - they are generally considered by Palestinians and internationals to be worse than the army as far as their actions toward Palestinians are concerned. Maybe their EMTs or whatever they are are a different matter. Thanks for including the Ma'an story - I only had the Tazpit version - a commenter on that story remarked that this story would not be reported by international media - are we international media? I guess not. Another said 'stupid border guards next these arab filth will state that the border gaurds tried to kill him'. Same ol' same ol'.

  • On Balfour anniversary, Jerusalem boils
    • Just, thank you. I know some of the articles I include are two-three days old. Wish I could still do the compilation every day instead of three times a week! But that's not on right now. Anyway I do get most things into the list even if a bit late. The last three weeks or so were worse than usual, since I was out of the country Oct 4-11, and had minor surgery today after some time leading up to it with various doctors. Yes, I'm fine, don't worry about me! I'm just a little tired.

      Zionists usually avoid my compilations, can't imagine why.

  • Blockade continues: Gaza fishing boats are targeted with gunfire inside six-mile zone
    • LOL Just, I didn't mean you! And glad to hear from you, Shmuel!

      This particular newslist has a sad history - I was all set to send it out when I lost half of it. Reconstructed it as best I could, but I know the second version isn't just like the first! Don't know if it's better or worse. Impossible to cover everything, anyway. I can remember back in 2003 it was almost impossible to find 15 or so tories to put in the list each day - there wasn't much reporting on Palestine - now we have the opposite problem!

    • Lots of interesting stories in this compilation that have nothing to do with Gaza fishermen - wonder if anyone is reading them?

  • Does 'the thief of Jerusalem' deserve US aid? (Update)
  • Settlers in Jerusalem tear down family's Islamic banners, give them to a dog
    • The meanness of the settlers never fails to amaze me. Why would any sane person want to ruin a family's happy celebration? And the way the Palestinians manage to live their lives as happily and with as much dignity as possible with all this crap going on is inspiring.

  • West Bank settlers exporting dates labelled as 'Made in Palestine'
  • Life after a massacre: The story of Ahmed and Mahmoud
    • Pure evil, these bombings. Almost too painful to watch, and we can only guess how terrible it was to live through. And then the aftermath... the injuries, the maimings. Unspeakable. I am so sorry for all the people who suffered and are still suffering.

  • Entry Denied
    • I asked because it is fairly rare for this to happen to a Jew, unless they are known to have connections with the Palestine resistance or with a group that contests the Israeli version of the situation. I know I could never get back into the West Bank, and I had thought that if I were Jewish I might have a chance, but I guess not.

    • I assume their reason for denying her entry was her work with the Alternative Information Center (AIC)?

  • Israeli officer tosses Palestinian shepherds from their land so settlers don't have to hear Arabic
    • Reminds me of when I was in the West Bank -- Palestinians from the village we ISMers were staying in were not allowed to reach their olive grove by going in between a settlement and an outpost - not, apparently, because they were considered 'dangerous', but because 'it would upset the children to see Arabs'. What sick minds those settlers had.

  • Women dying in Egyptian and Israeli hospitals bring Gaza toll to 2154
    • Thank you, just, for all your kind words!

      Annie, just saw your comment. I wasn't really complaining about the formatting - I know it's a pain. My greatest fear is that the next update of WordPress will wreck the workaround I'm using now for the formatting! It was Shadi Fadda (originator of the Today in Palestine list) who pointed out to me, after the direct MS Word-to-WordPress copying suddenly ceased to work after an update and I was pulling my hair out, that sending the list via Gmail automatically HTML's it. That helps a lot, though it isn't sufficient to do only that to post the list with proper formatting.

    • I understand, Pixel. There are also people who can't decide what to comment on if there are 50 or so different articles included so they just don't comment.

      Personally I wish that there were some way to indicate that my posts are compilations - I'm not certain that everyone knows this. I can visualize readers (esp. new readers) looking at the headline, deciding that they're not interested in that particular topic, and so not opening the page - thus missing all the other articles on subjects they might well be interested in.

      This particular post has some messed-up formatting - whoever chose the headline and moved the relevant article to the top of the post apparently didn't know how to make the paragraphs come out exactly right. It isn't easy -- to get it right in the first place I have to gmail my post to myself, copy it into Word, fix various formatting problems, copy it back into gmail, send it to myself again and then copy it into Mondoweiss. And then preview it to find the things that still didn't come out right, and fix those! Takes forever. It used to be much easier, when you could just copy the Word file in, but this version of WordPress doesn't allow that.

  • 'It's 120 years that the world has opposed our construction, and we'll continue to do it': Naftali Bennett defends Israeli settlement expansion
    • Perhaps the US should branch out to other countries' ways of expressing disapproval, since it seems to have run out of words. When I worked in Australia I was fascinated by some of the ways that country uses. For example, 'This committee VIEWS WITH DISQUIET recent developments regarding admissions'.

  • Palestinians in E. Jerusalem are detained in greatest number, 770, since Second Intifada
  • Gov. Cuomo annexes Jerusalem to Israel -- and 'NYT' echoes him
    • Thank you ckg! I hadn't noticed the 'search tools' menu - stupid of me. When I tried it for this photo, starting at 2009, I got the same results you did. The Independent and Al-Quds seem to be using the photo when referring to the same incident - the shooting of Ahmed Farouk Aqraaan (or Ahmad Qarae'en as The Independent has it - Arabic is أحمد قراعين ) in Silwan. Odd that you can read the Independent article. When I try I get a few seconds to look at it and then it's dimmed and I get a message 'Start you full access today....'

    • OK just, here's how to do it. Let's assume you've already put a copy of the photo you're looking for in your own photo library (it appears you can also drag a copy of the photo from the site where you found it, but I haven't been doing that).

      Go to Click on Images up at the top. You will get a search box with a camera icon to the right. Click on the icon, and you will get a choice of uploading an image or dragging an image to the search box. If you choose the first option, browse your library to find the image and click on it. You will get a page with a guess as to the subject of the image, and a number of URLs for that subject (not photo). Go a little farther down the page and Google gives you 'visually similar' images - I haven't found this to be particularly useful
      Past this, there are the URLs of pages that include matching images. This is very useful. One page included for the tweeted image is a Silwanic page entitled 'Settler threatens resident with gun in Ras al-Amoud' from Tuesday, November 15, 2011. The photo is stamped with the Silwanic address, but this still doesn't prove this is where the photo originally came from, or that this is the original date. It seems likely that the Independent article with this photo is earlier - unfortunately I don't have an Independent subscription so I can't look at it (these newspaper subscriptions are killing me).
      link to

      So all we know for sure about this particular photo right now is that it is not from August 2014.

      I find this Google app very useful because many people post images from long ago and claim they're recent, or take images from Syria and claim they're Palestinian, etc. Often the people who post the images have no idea themselves what the provenance of the photos is - they may not intend to deceive. We need to be careful, though, since wrong ID's of photos can work against our credibility.

    • The photo tweeted by Rachel Michele Green can be found on this very interesting page, which has many such photos. No dates, though. One, that of a female settler trying to pull off a Palestinian woman's hijab, I recognize from a long time ago - 2002, perhaps.

      Jewish settlers - the armed vanguard of Judaism
      link to

      I see this particular photo tweeted by Green used on a page from The Independent from 2010, on a Silwanic page from 2011 - so it is at least that old.

      Many of the settlers look like some of the white 'supremacists' from the US -- amazing how un-supreme these types look. Losers and --- I won't use the word I was thinking.

      Does everyone know how to use Google Search to find particular photos?

  • Who broke the ceasefire? Obama blames Hamas against the evidence
    • Mohammed Zeyara (link to posted the following status update on Facebook Friday, right after the 'ceasefire' began:

      Yesterday at 08:16
      Ceasefire period started 16 minutes ago. Israel bombed “Al-Salam” area in Gaza 8 minutes ago. Israel already violated the ceasefire.

  • Will 'Protective Edge' galvanize the US mainstream, as 'Cast Lead' galvanized the left?
    • On a second and third inspection, I think this is the same double
      attack, and the same video, but without the censorship.

    • Haven't got a less sanitized version of the video of the latest attacks on Shuja'iyya just shown on CNN, but here is one of one of the previous attacks:

      link to

      فيديو جديد يوثق مجزرة الشجاعية +16 a new video for Massacre in Shujaiya

  • 'Children killed in their sleep': Israeli artillery fire hits UN school, killing at least 20
    • There's a whole book about this attempted assassination of Khaled Meshaal:
      Kill Khaled: The Failed Mossad Assassination of Khalid Mishal and the Rise of Hamas by Paul McGeough -- fascinating read. I'm amazed that CNN is covering this 1997 story.

      CNN story: link to

      TIME story: link to
      Khaled Mashaal lay dying in a hospital bed as poison flowed through his bloodstream, slowly shutting down his respiratory system. With a machine pumping air into his lungs, he had, at best, a few days to live. An antidote could save the Hamas leader’s life. But the only person who could provide it was the very man who had tried to kill him: Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
      As the clock ticked down over four days in late September 1997, with Mashaal unconscious and steadily deteriorating, Netanyahu faced an excruciating choice. The Mossad agents who had sprayed poison into the Palestinian’s ear on a street in Amman, Jordan — in retribution for a series of suicide attacks within Israel — had been captured while fleeing. Jordan’s King Hussein vowed to put the Israelis on trial if Mashaal expired. The agents would likely face execution if convicted. Desperate to avert an international crisis that would derail his efforts to broker peace deals between Israel and its Arab enemies, President Bill Clinton intervened, insisting that Netanyahu, then serving the first of his two tenures as Israel’s prime minister, provide the antidote. The Israeli leader grudgingly complied, even traveling to Amman to issue a personal apology to the King. Mashaal was revived, his stature forever enhanced as “the living martyr.” Instead of killing one of Israel’s most despised enemies, Netanyahu had resurrected him.

  • 'Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever,' Rep. Hakeem Jeffries says at NY rally
  • 'Tomorrow there’s no school in Gaza, they don’t have any children left' -- Israeli chant
    • from Samah Sabawi:
      It is amazing how Palestinians in ‪#‎Gaza‬ were able to rise from the rubble for Eid in the few hours they had of quiet... mamoul was baked...soma2ya was cooked...prayers were performed...hospitals were visited...bereaved families were consoled....loved ones were buried...Instead of saying the standard Eid greeting 'Eid Sa'eed' which means happy Eid...they are saying 'Eid Shaheed' Eid of martyrs.

  • Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
    • Djinn says: [Pronouncing the Arabic 'h' in Hamas as 'kh'] Has absolutely nothing to do with ethnic origin and everything to do with making the Palestinians seem more “other” to western audiences.

      You mean like some Islamophobes quoting 'Allahu akbar' as 'Allahu akhbar' ? ('akhbar' means 'news', so this sounds pretty funny.)

      Perhaps the reason you give for this pronunciation is correct, Djinn - but I think there's a more innocent reason for the mispronunciation of the 'h' ح (which is the same 'h' as in Muhammad): neither modern Hebrew nor English has this 'h' - not many languages do - and it's hard for non-speakers of Arabic to pronounce. In fact, since both this 'h' and the much less common 'h' ه that sounds like the English one (ham, ahead, for example) are transliterated from Arabic writing as 'h', most non-speakers of Arabic probably don't realize there are two of them. A Hebrew speaker would most likely use the sound that is often written as ch in transliterated Hebrew (Chabad, for example - this is actually much closer to another Arabic sound that is transliterated as 'kh' خ). A speaker of English, lacking that Hebrew sound, would most likely use the only 'h' English has.

      Am I writing this to try to distract myself from the horror in Gaza? Yes. Is it working? No.

    • >You haven’t lived there , or read british colonial history, if you equate civilization with a British accent

      My first thought too - starting with the Irish, who had the great misfortune to live next to England, British colonialism was as racist and vicious as any other version, worse than many. Calling oneself 'civilized' is just a way to assert your superiority to anyone with less technology and/or a different culture.

  • The killing fields
  • Israeli police ransack Tariq Abu Khdeir family home and arrest relatives in apparent revenge raid
    • I used to think there was logic in Israel's actions, if I could only figure it out. I no longer think that. They're just crazy in a very vindictive, paranoid way. They'll do anything.

  • 'We are moving from Iron Dome to an iron fist': Israel launches ground invasion of Gaza
    • Anyone behaving like this in anticipation of battle has no idea what war is actually like. All they know in occupation. Israeli troops entering Gaza for a real fight will get quite a shock - like Israeli troops engaging Hezbollah a few years ago. They had their heads handed to them.

  • State Dep't says Israel has a right to defend itself, but can't say the same of Palestinians
    • That link goes to the usual message about its not being available in my country (the US). I suppose that's because there is now an Al Jazeera America. Since AJA is available on my cable network (don't know how many Americans can access it), I watch it a lot - and I was watching it earlier today when Prosor was on. His smile is the very definition of 'smarmy' - repulsive person. I turned off the sound myself when I couldn't stand any more of what he was saying, so I missed observing AJ turning it off themselves! Too bad.

  • Why is Mohammed Abu Khdeir's death different from all other Palestinian deaths?
    • Note that on my Today in Palestine list today I have an article about two more attempted kidnappings of young Palestinians - perhaps more, if the locals quoted in the second article are correct. How terrifying this must be for parents - they must hardly dare to let their boys out of their sight.

  • Contradicting Israeli officials, family of Tarek Abu Khdeir says he was attacked while in uncle's Jerusalem backyard
    • Business as usual, Israeli troops beating up three young Jerusalem men (16, 17, and 20) Saturday. Of course we won't see them on the front page of the New York Times since they aren't American.

      link to

      Israeli officers beat 3 East Jerusalem teens
      Published yesterday 22:46
      Abdul-Rahman Abu Dalou
      JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Three young Palestinian men from the Wadi al-Juz neighborhood of East Jerusalem say they were “brutally” beaten by Israeli troops who stormed a house in the neighborhood Saturday.

      Mahir Abu Dalou told Ma’an Monday that Israeli soldiers broke into a building belonging to his family late on Saturday evening. He added that his son Abdul-Rahman, 17, cousin Ammar Abu Dalou, 20, and their friend Majd Jamal Siyam, 16, were in the front yard of the building when the soldiers broke in.

      Israeli officesr then “brutally” assaulted the three with rifle butts and clubs. The officers, he added, threatened to “beat and shoot my brother and my wife.”

      Abu Dalou added that his son Abdul-Rahman was taken to hospital for stitches after he sustained cuts in his face. Ammar Abu Dalou, he added, sustained bruises all over his body, while Majd Siyam was stopped for an hour after he was beaten on his head.

      “The soldiers treated us savagely under the guise that young men who partook in the clashes in the neighborhood were hiding in our house,” added Abu Dalou.

    • Anyone who wants to see photos of Mohammed Abu Khdeir's burned body can just Google his name and then choose Images at the top of the page. There are a couple of post-mortem photos among the others. I advise you not to, though, esp. if you want to sleep tonight.

  • Family of Tarek Abu Khdeir calls for his immediate release after brutal beating and arbitrary arrest
    • "you are a treasure" Not really, just, but thanks! So many thousands of people trying to get justice for Palestine, and still we're just at the beginning, it seems.

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