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


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  • Nationwide 'rally against Sharia law' reflects violent surge of Islamophobia since Trump election
    • Sadly, 'food deserts' are not a myth. The poor, mostly Latino city near me has no grocery stores of its own (just 'convenience' stores) and people must take buses to other towns to get affordable and decent food. Many poor neighborhoods have this problem. In this city the bus system makes things even more difficult for people by not allowing them to take more than 2 bags on a bus!
      My own largely affluent town was a food desert for over a year when one grocery chain took over a strip mall from another chain and then spent many months redoing the store. The only other place to buy food in town for that year was an expensive 'health food' store. People in town without cars (many elderly) had to take a 2 1/2 hour bus trip (the bus only ran every 80 minutes) to a store in another town. More than just an inconvenience for many people.

  • Palestinian Authority to hold questionable 'supplementary' elections in Gaza
  • Leonard Cohen song is anthem of Jewish exclusivists
    • I have avoided reading this for some time. And now that I have read it, I am going to forget it. I am nuts about Leonard Cohen's music, and Hallelujah is my favorite song in the word. I miss him and all the music he could have written if he'd lived longer. So is this denial? Who cares, that's the way it is.

  • Netanyahu gov't mulls bill to ban Israeli rights groups from bringing legal cases on behalf of Palestinians
  • Soldiers smash stone memorial to Palestinian girl, 17, shot in Hebron after alleged stabbing
    • And yet see this Al Jazeera article from April 10 (included in my April 11 newslist):

      Facebook vs Palestine: Implicit support for oppression

      "Facebook's censorship and information sharing policies reveal a persistent pro-Israeli bias."

    • amigo, the MSM in Ireland must be out of touch with the people. When I visited the Republic and also Northern Ireland in 2006, I noticed a lot of support for the Palestinians. More than once someone said 'God bless you for going to Palestine' when they learned that I had been there. I also noticed the remarkable pro--Palestinian murals in Belfast which combined Irish Gaelic and Arabic. Full disclosure: I am an American, but my descent is 45% Irish according to DNA. I am proud of the Irish people who have stood up for Palestine, and am happy to hear that my reports may help to recruit more supporters!

    • Thank you amigo and gamal. It is the least I can do when so many others are giving their lives to the cause.
      I am sick at heart seeing what has happened and is still happening to people in the Middle East. I can't even express my feelings about Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan in particular - nor about my country's leading role in so much of the suffering in the area.
      May God help them all.

  • Palestinian held in killing of Israeli soldier had seen two best friends killed in occupation
  • Palestinian-American teacher brutally attacked by Jewish Defense League outside AIPAC conference
    • "Ex-JDL Activist Found Guilty in Bombing Death
      October 15, 1993|ERIC MALNIC | LA TIMES STAFF WRITER

      A former Jewish Defense League activist extradited from Israel in July was convicted here Thursday of complicity in the 1980 bomb death of a secretary at a Manhattan Beach computer company.

      A federal jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding Robert Manning, 41, guilty of mailing the explosive device that killed 32-year-old Patricia Wilkerson.

      Manning's wife, Rochelle, 53, who is fighting extradition from Israel, and Westside real estate broker William Ross, 57, who is a fugitive, still face charges in connection with Wilkerson's death.

      Robert Manning has also been named by federal officials as the prime suspect in the 1985 bombing death in Santa Ana of Alex Odeh, head of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee's western office, although Manning has not been charged in the case."

      NOTE that no one has ever been arrested for Alex Odeh's murder.

  • I am a proud Palestinian woman and a humanitarian. I am also the mother of the youngest Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail.
    • I am so sorry. This is pure evil. I know it's not much help, but you have many people caring about your family and especially your little boy. I will do what little I can to spread the word.

  • Video: Due to power shortages in Gaza, Palestinian barber styles hair with fire
    • Thanks Annie for highlighting this! There are two stories in this newslist right after the Gaza section, with more Yacoub Shaheen videos. One of the videos has him singing in Syriac - he's an Assyrian Christian. The man who came in second is a 1948 Palestinian from Majd al-Krum in the Galilee, now living in the US. Quite a night for Bethlehem and Majd al-Krum and all Palestinians!

  • Trump administration has no comment on Israeli settlement boom
    • I didn't mean to make you feel guilty, oldgeezer! I was already feeling guilty myself for not keeping to an exact schedule (say Tues Fri Sun) lately, which would obviously make my newslists easier to find.
      Many thanks to you and Annie and amigo!

    • Thank you very much, everyone!

      'Oldgeezer', I was taken aback by your calling my summaries 'weekly'! They are supposed to come out three times a week, but I have to admit that several times lately I have only managed to do them twice a week, because of a bad personal health scare (now, I hope, over) that required me to go to doctors some 11 times, in my town and at hospitals in cities nearby. I remind myself that if I lived in Gaza I would have been lucky to get to a doctor at all!

      Will try to get back to three times a week from here on out. The news does tend to get away from me if there's too much of a gap between newslists, and I know I disappoint people if the newslist does not appear.

    • Me?? No way, 'just', but thanks! It's the Palestinians who are amazing for somehow surviving all this and not going insane.... I just hope my listing of what is happening in Palestine helps get more people to join the cause.

      Also amazing are the Syrians, who have been and still are experiencing more disasters, through no fault of their own, than anyone should ever have to. I am full of rage today at Trump's targeting of them (along with many other Arabs) when they have already endured so much. Actually can't say how angry I am about this.

  • Gaza fishermen see 'worst times ever' as Israeli Navy kills one and injures three others
  • Waqf: 14,806 Israeli settler incursions on Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in 2016
    • just, I missed you! At the times when I think this effort is pointless, you cheer me up (and on).

      It is nice to see someone comment on articles way down the list - shows you somehow got that far!

      Happy New Year to you, and to Kay24 also. May the Situation improve, unlikely as that seems.

  • Israelis 'neutralize' 48-year-old at Qalandiya checkpoint-- 240th Palestinian to be killed in wave of unrest
    • Astonishing photos of wildfires in Israel:,7340,L-4883634,00.html

      Fires continue to rage into the night
      For the third consecutive day, fire crews work around the clock to contain and extinguish a series of massive brush fires that broke out earlier this week; state of emergency declared in Haifa, with 13 neighborhoods being evacuated and all firefighting aircraft being scrambled to control the blaze that has forced the evacuation of thousands.

  • Trump praises Israeli policy of ethnic profiling following bombing in Manhattan
    • Why Trump's Call for Israeli-style Racial Profiling Is a Terrible Idea, According to an Israeli Expert

      Blanket profiling of any racial group is counterproductive and a waste of resources, says former security head at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

      ...Where Trump gets everything wrong, Schiff says, is that in Israel profiling is not done on the basis of blanket racial distinctions. In fact, Israel’s history is proof that profiling suspected terrorists on a racial, ethnic or religious basis is ineffective. The current Israeli profiling system, for instance, was developed in the aftermath of the attack on what was then called Lod Airport in 1972, when three Japanese militants opened fire in the airport lobby and killed 24 people.

      Attacks by non-Arab, non-Muslim terrorists have been rampant throughout Israel’s history with air travel security, from the German terrorists who aided Palestinian terrorists in the kidnapping of an Air France flight Tel Aviv to Entebbe in 1976, to “Hugo Muller,” the Dutch passport holder who brought a bomb into Ben-Gurion Airport that same year. And of course, there was Anne-Marie Murphy, the pregnant Irish chambermaid who in 1986 almost boarded an El Al flight with a suitcase bomb that was placed in her bags, unbeknownst to her.

      For this reason, the Israeli system of profiling places a great deal of effort on behaviors that are deemed suspicious. Israeli security officials are reluctant to explain what those behavioral signs are, what exactly triggers security officials, and how much of the people that trigger security personnel just happen to be Muslims. But according to Schiff, Israeli profiling focuses on a large number of triggers, from suspicious appearance, to shifty demeanor, to a backstory that just doesn’t sound right....

  • 'Their sorry will not bring back Mustafa': Israeli govt tells grieving Palestinian family son was 'killed by mistake'
    • Court Rejects Police Attempt to Blame Cop Killing of Palestinian on Victim's Cousin

      Ali Nimr to remain in custody after police claim his driving forced them to shoot him cousin dead, but only due to his past traffic violations.

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    • The Israelis didn't stay sorry for long. Now they've blamed Mustafa's death on his brother-in-law Ali, who was driving:

      "BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Just a day after Israeli intelligence summoned the parents of Mustafa Nimir, who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday during a military raid on the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, to tell them that the 27-year-old was “killed by mistake,” an Israeli police spokesperson Wednesday announced that Mustafa’s brother-in-law 25-year-old Ali Tayser Nimir, who was shot during the incident, is suspected by Israeli police of causing Mustafa’s death.

      Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that Ali, who was driving the vehicle at the time and was detained by Israeli forces after being injured during the incident, was now being accused by Israeli police of “causing the death of the young man (Mustafa)” by driving negligently which prompted Israeli forces to open fire on the vehicle.

      She added in the statement that the police and prosecution are accusing Ali of causing Mustafa’s death due to “negligence, driving without a driver's license, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and endangering the life of a human,” adding that the police are set to request that the Jerusalem magistrate court extend the remand of Ali again on Thursday.

  • Israeli military clears Israeli military of war crimes in Gaza
    • The State of Palestine PLO Negotiations Affairs Department produces very detailed daily reports of Israeli activities in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. Sample for 23 August:


      Flying Checkpoints

      1. At 09:00, Israeli forces set up a checkpoint in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar area
      located along the main road connecting Jerusalem and Jericho and then detained a resident.
      2. At 19:30, Israeli forces set up a checkpoint as they raided Al-Issawiya village then searched residents and vehicles.

      At 19:30, Israeli forces raided Al-Issawiya village and set up a checkpoint.


      1. At 17:30, Israeli forces detained Ashraf Issam Al-Abbassi in Ras Al-Ammoud neighborhood in Jerusalem city.
      2. At 23:30, Israeli forces detained Safwan Jamal Amour in Al-Thuri neighborhood in Jerusalem city.
      3. Israeli forces positioned at a checkpoint in Al-Khan Al-Ahmar area
      located along the main road connecting Jerusalem and Jericho detained Abdallah Al-Batroukh {A resident of Al-Eizariya town}.

      Fire Attacks

      At 00:10, Israeli forces positioned near the entrance of Hizma village fired stun and tear gas grenades towards several residents for alleged stoning.
      Obstruction of Places of Worship

      At 09:00, a group of Israeli settlers under the protection of Israeli Military and Police forces stormed Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the old city of Jerusalem and provoked worshipers.


      Lesley Bravery of the New Zealand Palestinian Human Rights Campaign produces reports based on these NAG reports and disseminates them via email. You can find these reports here:
      These reports are completely separate from mine.

  • A French, a Palestinian, and a black woman all wade into a pool
    • Incidentally, Krauss, the following statement is not true: "It’s about creating taboos around women’s bodies – and has Nida ever considered that it is ONLY women and never men?"

      There is in fact an Islamic dress code for Muslim men, though granted it is not as difficult as that for women: Muslim men may not go uncovered between the waist and the knees. If they wear Western swimsuits they are breaking this rule. There are other requirements: Muslim men may not wear gold, for example. Men have been arrested in the Gulf states for breaking one of these rules.

  • Settler on motorcycle kills 85-year-old Palestinian shepherd and his donkey
    • Thanks everyone, always hope that the information will help somehow to counter the lies we see in the MSM

    • Amazing, gamal, hope I never post anything that's false. Never intend to, but probably do sometimes.

    • ToivoS said: - This story has a “newsworthy” hook. Gee, how often is it that some fanatic settler kills an 85 year old herder and his donkey? -

      Well now let's see. There's the little boy whose horse was deliberately killed in front of him, the 90-year-old man who was attacked by a police dog when he was asleep upstairs in bed at night, the many sheep killed by poison or with knives with their young shepherds nearby, the Ghaliya girl whose family was torn apart in front of her on a Gaza beach by a shell fired from a warship, the three kids who were bounced off a settler car which immediately fled the scene.... Oh there are a lot of things like this - I've succeeded in forgetting most of them. I think.

      Adam (or Phil) doesn't always choose a story with a 'hook' to lead off my list with. And even if he does, some people will read only that story and ignore the rest of the stories, and not comment on any of them. But that's OK - the other places (Shadi's blog, the listserv, various egroups) where this list appears don't normally attract any comments. I just want people to be aware that these things are constantly happening. Even if they don't want to know, the repetition of the horrors will get to most of them eventually.

    • Citizen, I don't know about my sanity, but it IS getting harder and harder to do the list because there is hardly a ray of light anywhere. Sometimes I look back at the lists from 2003 to remind myself that the situation has always been bad, sometimes even worse.

      Israel has done a wonderful job of conning not only most of the US population but especially our politicians -- or maybe some of the latter know exactly what's going on but love money and power more....

      One thing (out of many) that really bothers me is the thought that if change finally does come, and even if there is a withdrawal from the West Bank (unlikely), that area has been ruined forever by all the settlements and Jews-only roads and destruction of the environment. There can never be a return to the way it was. Reading "Palestinian Walks" by Raja Shehadeh fills one with despair.

      What must it be like to be Palestinian and know that no matter what you do, things will just get worse? Non-violence, 'cooperation' with Israeli security, peace talks -- nothing works any better than violence, and the latter just makes the situation get worse faster, though unlike the others it does make the world pay attention. It must make some people feel better though that they've got some licks in.

  • Oscar-nominated filmmaker detained by Israeli forces during demonstration in occupation
  • Jordan slams door on Gazans
    • Looks like a good candidate for Seham's former Today in Palestine category 'Arab collaborators' (or something like that, can't remember the exact name).

  • Israeli army blows up three Palestinian wells in occupied Hebron
    • Gamal, I would love to watch/listen to the taraweeh video you linked to. However, when the video starts all I get is the first two syllables and then it goes silent! This is very odd - don't have that problem with the other videos on that YouTube page.....

  • Palestinian teen is killed after allegedly killing 13-year-old Jewish girl in settlement
    • I hate to tell you all this AGAIN, but I don't write the headlines for the Palestine newslist. Ever. Nor do I choose which story to lead with. Take your complaints up with Phil or Adam or whoever posted the newslist!

  • Israel destroys Bedouin village al-Araqib for the 99th time
  • Palestinians forced to delay the start of Ramadan as Israel celebrates 49 years of ruling Jerusalem
    • Outraged by the idea of Muslims having to delay the starting celebrations for Ramadan. Can you imagine Christians being made to delay Christmas Eve celebrations, carol services, etc.?

  • Hebron victim is buried 2 months after Israeli medic killed him, but medic's lawyers wants him disinterred
    • Leanne and the Trolls updated - excerpts

      Since yesterday, a number of developments have happened. Mostly good. The best one being that Leanne Mohamad’s speech has gone viral and is being shared all over the world.

      The Speakers Trust has released a statement where they imply that Leanne Mohamad’s speech was not removed because of pressure from trolls but to protect her safety and because they cannot keep up moderating comments as a small charity. They affirm that she is still a regional winner and was never disqualified. They have also indicated that the videos of Leanne Mohamad will be restored...

      David Collier, another professional UK hasbarist also joins the fray, this time retweeted by anti-Palestinian bigot Melanie Philips who equates pro-Palestinian activism as an attack on UK Jews...
      Collier is so vile that he calls Mohamad “weaponised” as though a teenager who speaks on something that is important to her is a weapon. This is disgusting hate speech against a minor. Collier “feels sorry” that Leanne Mohamad wasn’t outright silenced and has gotten global attention for describing the ethnic cleansing of her people....

    • Thanks, Annie, for this link! I heard about this just after I'd sent out my newslist. But I knew someone would remedy this deficiency!

      See Leanne on Twitter: @LeanneMohamad. She says at one point "Why it is called a 'Speak Out Challenge' when I am then silenced" - and she has received a great many hate tweets - as well as lots of encouragement. Perhaps Mondoweiss readers could send her more encouragement?

  • Holocaust survivor and activist for justice Hedy Epstein dies at 91
    • Why was she separated from her grandchildren, Annie?

      The people that made me angry were the ones who insisted she wasn't a REAL Holocaust survivor, since she took the Kindertransport to England and so didn't die in Germany like the rest of her family...

  • Settlers raid Palestinian home and beat a woman and pepper-spray her daughter
    • Thank you gamal. I guess comments can be pointless since they don't change anything, but quite often people add in comments articles we all should see.
      And of course I like to know that someone has actually read the newslist! I know it's hard to get through.

  • Human Rights group: Gaza power crisis has led to death of 29 Palestinians, mostly children, since 2010
    • I read the Beaumont article in the Guardian, just, but decided not to include it in Wednesday's newslist. I am thoroughly sick of people blaming the victims of Israeli murders. It is always possible that there are personal or psychological explanations for some 'attacks' (if they are attacks) by Palestinians, but I doubt that this is often the case. At any rate, I am not going to help publicize such 'explanations'.

  • Settlers break camera of Palestinian who documented notorious killing in Hebron
    • You're welcome, just! It is getting harder to find lighthearted stories.

      We can't blame these settler children for behaving as badly as their parents - but where will it end? I remember passing some settler women at a checkpoint in the West Bank and the contemptuous looks they gave us ISMers -- I don't think I'd ever been looked at quite like that before. Was it because we were presumably pro-Palestinian? Because we were not dressed as Orthodox Jews (although some in our group were in fact Jewish)? I don't know. Their minds are certainly screwed up.

  • The banality of evil as captured in a selfie
    • Thank you Refaat. Don't know how you endured that - humiliation is often worse than injury and is inexcusable at any time. I have not forgotten or forgiven instances of humiliation that happened to me decades ago, and most were not as bad as what happened to you since there was usually less of an audience.
      I wonder if the Israelis have any idea how much hatred they engender with this behavior? Apparently not, since they continue to blame 'incitement' for any Palestinian resistance.

  • A 50-year-old Palestinian is killed in alleged attack, while two 12-year-olds are arrested
    • Haaretz 17 Apr by Nir Hasson

      Relative of murdered Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir beaten up in Jerusalem

      A 63-year-old Palestinian was attacked Thursday night in Jerusalem by unknown assailants. As of Saturday evening, the police have yet to launch an investigation.

      The man, Zoheir Abu Khdeir, a resident of East Jerusalem’s Shoafat neighborhood who works at an Egged bus parking lot, was beaten severely by at least two men. According to relatives, Abu Khdeir described the attackers as Jewish.

      Abu Khdeir is a cousin of Hussein Abu Khdeir, the father of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the teen who was abducted and murdered by three Jewish assailants in revenge for the murder of three Jewish teens in 2014.

      Zoheir Abu Khdeir was diagnosed with a broken nose, a severe cut to the face and bruises to his eyes and head. He had to receive 12 stitches and was hospitalized overnight.

      According to his family, he is in a dazed state and has trouble describing what happened. His eyes are almost shut by the bruises, the family said.

      About an hour after the assault, a family member called the police but was told Abu Khdeir would have to come to the station and file a complaint. His relatives said they told the police emergency line that they had photos of the car Abu Khdeir’s friends said was connected to the assailants. But the police did not launch an investigation.

      On Friday, Abu Khdeir’s son went to the police station in Neveh Ya’akov in north Jerusalem, not far from Shoafat. Still, the police refused to take his complaint and said Abu Khdeir would have to come to the police station himself. According to the family, the doctors who treated Abu Khdeir filed a police report.

      In the summer of 2014, two days before Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s murder, Shoafat residents complained to the police that Jewish men had tried to abduct a 9-year-old boy in the neighborhood. The residents said the police did not take their complaint seriously enough, later enabling Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s abduction and murder.

      It later emerged that the three suspects in Abu Khdeir’s murder had tried to kidnap the 9-year-old boy two days earlier.

      “We don’t want it to be like it was with Mohammed, that the police did nothing,” Majed Abu Khdeir, the victim's brother, said on Thursday night. “What would happen if the opposite had happened, if a Jew had been beaten up? An arrest within minutes.”

      The Jerusalem police said they had no record of a complaint to the police hotline or the station.

      “The incident was not reported to the police,” they said. “The relevant officials have been informed, and if he indeed cannot come to the station, a policeman will go to him tomorrow to take his statement properly.”

      read more:

  • Rejected by Brazil, Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan given diplomatic post in US
  • Netanyahu defends Israeli military after soldier caught on tape executing Palestinian: 'Any challenge to the morality of the IDF is outrageous'
    • Citizen and just -- You have no idea how many nights I almost chicken out of doing the Today in Palestine newslist! I start the list by looking at a few favorite news sites, and too often what I see is so horrendous that I think, "No, I can't do this" -- and then I remember again that the Palestinians actually have to live this horror, and I can't not report it. Someone has to do it! And I am inspired by the many stories of heroism and patience on the part of the Palestinians.

  • UN envoy condemns execution in Hebron as 'gruesome, immoral and unjust'

      Israeli Soldier Suspected of Murder Has Been 'Abandoned on the Battlefield,' Family Says

      ". . . The Israeli army has opened an investigation into the shooting and Haaretz has learned that the soldier could be facing murder charges.

      The soldier told military police during questioning over the weekend that he fired at al-Sharif because he thought he might be carrying a bomb. However, the military is treating his version with skepticism. Had he believed that the assailant was armed with an explosive device, he would have been expected to clear the scene. Furthermore, the gunfire could have set the bomb off.

      In fact, the IDF's preliminary probe into the incident found that one of the commanders on the scene had searched the subdued assailants to make sure they were not carrying explosives. A military source says that the soldier was not instructed to deal with the attackers, and even if he had thought they were carrying bombs, there were three commanders in the area could have dispelled his concerns.

      In a press conference outside the soldier's house, his sister turned to IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot and the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, asking them not to rush to convict her brother. Her brother, she said, is an Israeli patriot, and she 'fears that he will not receive a just trial.' The soldier's sister said that they grew up in a mixed Jewish-Arab city, and that her brother has friends from all sectors of society.

      The soldier's Facebook page suggests otherwise. He is following the page of right-wing extremist Baruch Marzel, and after the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team won a match, he wrote in a Facebook post: 'Thank you Beitar for the victory over the Ishmaelites.' "

  • Israeli soldier filmed executing wounded Palestinian man
    • @hershel --

      "Not the least bit surprising that this incident is declared an “execution” without even mentioning the soldier’s justification: that the terrorist’s coat appeared to be covering an explosive vest and poor Ramzi was still twitching around. "

      Explosive vest? This tactic has long since been abandoned by the Palestinians. The last bombing involving a suicide belt/vest was the one at a shopping center in Dimona, Israel on 4 Feb 2008, more than eight years ago.

      Do try to keep up.

  • Illinois lists 11 companies banned from doing business with state due to BDS
    • Thanks ritzl. And thank YOU for your post, since I didn't realize that this law was equivalent to a bill of attainder!

  • Israeli soldier says it is his job to frighten 5-year-old Palestinians
  • Palestinian fugitive is killed inside Palestinian embassy in Bulgaria; family calls it 'assassination'
  • Israel demolishes only elementary school for Bedouin community in Jerusalem
  • African asylum seekers fear for safety with racism on the rise in Israeli society
    • Anyone remember this crime against an Eritrean baby two years ago?

      Eritrean Family Whose Baby Was Stabbed by Israeli Receives Asylum in European Country

      An Eritrean family whose baby was stabbed in Tel Aviv two years ago left Israel last week for a European country.

      The baby, Kako Yamena, was seriously wounded when an Israeli stabbed her in the head with a pair of scissors near Tel Aviv’s central bus station. Though she survived and is now about three and a half years old, she suffered serious motor disabilities and still needs therapy.

      The assailant, Michael Zaretzky, said God had told him to stab a black baby. He was ruled insane and therefore unfit to stand trial.

      Despite the circumstances of the attack, the state refused to recognize Yamena, who was born in Israel, as the victim of a hate crime. Then-Interior Minister Gilad Erdan did grant her legal residency in Israel on humanitarian grounds, but refused to award the same status to her family, which made her own status useless: Since her parents had no legal status, the National Insurance Institute wouldn’t finance her medical treatment.

      Erdan’s successor, Silvan Shalom, also refused to grant her parents and older sister legal residency. The case was referred to the interministerial committee in charge of awarding residency for humanitarian reasons, but that panel never made a decision.

      Kako’s mother Yordanes, who was holding her when she was stabbed, was traumatized by the incident and now rarely leaves her house. Her father, Muli, was summoned to the open detention facility in Holot sometime after the stabbing, but managed to get the summons canceled.

      For the last two years, the family has lived mainly off donations from individual Israelis and help from human rights activists. Donations also paid for Kako’s expensive medical treatment, which cost thousands of shekels a month. A relative who is also in Israel moved in with the family in their tiny Tel Aviv apartment to help them on an ongoing basis.

      Recently, responding to an appeal by human rights activists who had despaired of getting the family proper treatment in Israel, a European country agreed to accept the Yamenas as a humanitarian case and grant them housing, medical and psychological treatment and social benefits. However, the country conditioned its assent on its name not being publicized, to avoid conflict with Israel.

      The country also refused to take in any members of the extended family, including the relative who moved in with the Yamenas. Thus the parents’ siblings and their children will remain in Israel.

      "On the one hand, the family is very excited. On the other, they understand they're going to a place where all their friends and community, including the Israelis that embraced them, won't be there," said Sigal Avivi, a human rights activist that has accompanied the family since the stabbing.

      "This is very upsetting for them. The girls grew up speaking Hebrew, and to them, Israel was home. The oldest daughter did not want to leave at all."

      Avivi added: "I am very happy for the family, but it's hard for me, because it was the State of Israel and Israeli society's obligation to help and support this family."

  • Hamas releases video of Gilad Shalit in captivity, and at the barbecue
    • I expected Hamas to treat Shalit well. Islam requires this.
      In his farewell address the Prophet reminded all who were present, “O men, you still have in your possession some prisoners of war. I advise you, therefore, to feed them and to clothe them in the same way and style as you feed and clothe yourselves … To give them pain or trouble can never be tolerated.” Muslims were expected to free the prisoners, if they could not meet these standards.

  • Remembering Dr. Adel Yahya: How a pioneer of Palestinian oral history taught me to listen
    • ‘Innaba in the al-Ramla district was occupied by Jewish troops (Yiftach and Eighth brigades) on July 10, 1948. All its people were ethnically cleansed. According to Palestine Remembered, "Partial destruction soon after occupation, and complete destruction in 1952. Now it is completely obliterated, and only house rubble left behind."

      See the village's page in Palestine Remembered for pictures, satellite photo, and a short video (in English) by Uri Zackhem, "Tracing All That Remains of ‘Innaba."

  • Another Palestinian woman is shot and killed at occupied checkpoint after alleged stabbing attempt
  • Notorious checkpoint in occupied West Bank claims two more Palestinian victims, 15 and 20
    • You're very welcome, just. Doing the list is pretty discouraging these days, hard to find any ray of light. Don't know how the Palestinians stand it. Keep hoping for a miracle!

  • To atone for mispronouncing Hamas, Carson hires Netanyahu adviser and announces Israel trip
    • OK, so now he'll pronounce it Khamas the way the Israelis do? That's not right either, it's the wrong 'h'. It's not the stress that matters, since Arabic is a vowel-length and consonant-length language, not a stress one. Go to translate., ask for 'Hamas' in English translated to Arabic, and then listen to the Arabic word: Hamaas. If it has any stress it's on the first syllable (so Carson wasn't that far off), though the first 'A' is short and the second one long (the vertical stroke). But the H-sound is quite different from the H in English. Then try 'Muhammad' and listen to the same H-like sound and the long 'mm': MuHammad.

      Arabic has three h-like sounds:

      haa', the one closest to the English h, as in hiya 'she';

      khaa', the one closest to the ch in Scottish 'loch', as in khaliifa 'caliph';

      and the most common one, Haa', which is not like anything in modern Hebrew or in European languages,
      as in Hamas, MuHammad, Haqq 'truth' Hubb 'love'.

      All clear?

  • Tortured Palestinian prisoner found in Israeli jail with 28 cigarette burns on hands, chest and back
    • By the way, the reason there wasn't a newslist from me between Dec 1 and now is that I lost my Internet connection - fried by a surge after power outage - and it took days for a Verizon tech to come out and replace the equipment with a new kind that he swore isn't susceptible to surges. Good thing since this area of my town has a ridiculous number of power outages, for some reason. I only have a desktop, no notebook or anything that I could have taken to a WiFi at a coffee shop - not that any shop would have put up with my taking 7-9 hours to do a newslist! Sorry that this list is not as thorough as usual - it would have been ridiculously long if it had been, with a week's news to do at once.

    • This torture thing surprises me not at all since back in 2002 I picked olives near Nablus with a guy, a PA policeman actually and cousin of the family I was staying with, who had round burns all over his arms and chest, acquired the same way. Kind of funny the PA is being so self-righteous about this though, they have been known to do similar things to their prisoners.

  • Three Palestinian 16-year-olds killed in one day
    • Take a look at the IMEMC casualty lists that come out every couple of days. They list Israeli casualties as well as Palestinian ones. You haven't scrolled down far enough. Of course the Israeli deaths are reported in the mainstream media, also.

      Names Of The 101 Palestinians [and 17 Israelis] Killed By Israeli Fire Since October 1st

      Names of known Israeli casualties during the same time period:

      1 & 2. 10/1 - Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, both aged around 30 years old, killed in drive-by shooting near Itamar settlement.
      3. 10/3 - Nahmia Lavi, 41 - Rabbi for Israeli military. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion's Gate when he tried to shoot the attacker but had his weapon taken.
      4. 10/3 - Aaron Bennet, 24. Killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack near Lion's Gate.
      5. 10/13 - Yeshayahu Kirshavski, 60, bus shooting in East Jerusalem
      6. 10/13 - Haviv Haim, 78, bus shooting in East Jerusalem
      7. 10/13 - Richard Lakin, 76, bus shooting in East Jerusalem (died of wounds several days after the attack)
      8. 10/18 - Omri Levy, 19, Israeli soldier with the Golani Brigade, had his weapon grabbed and turned against him by an Israeli resident.
      9. 11/13 - Rabbi Yaakov Litman, killed in shooting attack on car south of Hebron.
      10. 11/13 - Litman's son Netanel, 19, killed in shooting attack on car south of Hebron.
      11. 11/19 - Reuven Aviram, 51, killed in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
      12. 11/19 - Rabbi Aharon Yesayev, 32 killed in stabbing attack in Tel Aviv.
      13. 11/19 - Yaakov Don, 49, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
      14. 11/19 - Ezra Schwartz, 18, a U.S. national, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
      15. 11/19 - Shadi Arafa, 24, of Hebron, killed in shooting attack near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
      16. 11/23 Hadar Buchris, 21, killed in stabbing attack near Gush Etzion settlement
      17. 11/23 Ziv Mizrahi, 18, Soldier. Killed at gas station near illegal West Bank settlement.

      An additional 2 Israelis that were initially claimed to have been killed in attacks were actually killed in car accidents.

  • Prominent Israeli settler runs over 16-year-old girl, then shoots her dead
  • Israeli troops detain and interrogate 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem
    • Agreed, chick.

      chick, can you be a little more specific about what you mean when you mention grownups wielding assault rifles? You mean the settlers who resist the Israeli army in the rare case that it's demolishing an illegal outpost? Or Hezbollah in the wars Israel has fought (and lost) in Lebanon? Or Hamas in Gaza under the bombs from F-16s?

      As we know West Bank Palestinians are lucky if they can come up with a kitchen knife or a molotov cocktail. Funny how the settlers can be heavily armed but Palestinians are jailed for throwing rocks and any rare arms caches are confiscated and their owners arrested.

  • Video: Undercover Israeli soldiers kill one, arrest one inside Hebron hospital
  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian husband and wife -- 27 years apart
    • Fouad al-Sha`arawi, Tharwat's husband who was killed in 1988, is referred to as a 'terrorist' in Ynet:,7340,L-4721867,00.html

      "The perpetrator was 72-year-old Tharwat al-Sha'arawi, a resident of the Hebron area. According to Israel, her husband was a terrorist who died during the first intifada. "

      Of course we know that all Palestinians who die at the hands of Israel must be terrorists . . . .

      "ARRUB, Israeli-Occupied West Bank, Feb. 26 [1988] — Four Palestinians were killed today as widespread protests continued in the Israeli-occupied territories. . .
      After demonstrators clashed with the army at a mosque in Hebron's old city, a teacher, Fouad al-Sharawi, 47, was taken to a hospital where he died. The Palestine Press Service quoted doctors at the hospital as saying he had suffocated as a result of tear gas. "

  • Israeli forces have killed 65 Palestinians this month, including 14 children
    • Thank you, just! I wondered if anyone had missed my lists while I was in England, because Mondoweiss was doing such a good job of writing articles on the worst crimes that I figured most readers got the gist of events. Dorothy Naor has said in the past that I shouldn't feel guilty about taking my annual week's vacation, since when I came back it would be more of the same thing that was going on when I left. This year, though, it seems things got worse, and are likely to get worse yet.

    • And yet another Palestinian killed today, making the total at least 68:

      Palestinian dies in East Jerusalem as ambulance delayed by checkpoint

      JERUSALEM (Ma`an) 29 Oct -- A Palestinian man from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem died on Thursday after suffering a heart attack, with recently erected checkpoints in the area delaying ambulances services as they tried to reach the patient.

      A spokesperson for the Noran Charitable Organization, Muhammad Bashir, said the group received a call at 6:33 a.m. requesting an ambulance for 52-year-old Nadim Shqeirat after he lost consciousness.

      Red Crescent crews arrived at the scene in 11 minutes, with Bashir estimating that closures of the neighborhood with concrete blocks delayed the journey by at least 4 minutes.

      Medics examined Shqeirat and determined that he had suffered a heart attack.

      “Medics started to resuscitate him with electric shocks (defibrillators) and they called the Israeli ambulance service (Magen David Adom) asking for an intensive care ambulance,” Bashir said.

      The Israeli medics refused to enter the neighborhood due to security reasons and waited by the Israeli Oz police station near Jabal al-Mukkabir.

      Shqeirat was eventually transferred to the Israeli ambulance, but was pronounced dead by paramedics on the way to the hospital.

      Earlier this month, Huda Muhammad Darwish, 65, reportedly died after she and her family were delayed from reaching the hospital due to long backups at an al-Issawiya checkpoint.

  • Video: Israeli mob attacks Eritrean, mistaking him for Bedouin assailant

      Why Israel's unwritten 'shoot to kill' police is so dangerous

      Haaretz Steven Klein

      . . . Until last year, security services somehow knew how to apprehend stabbers without killing them. In the last two decades knifings in public places were rare, so there were few occasions in which the security forces acted. But, in all seven documented cases between November 1993 and November 2014, the terrorist was apprehended ​rather than killed, according to one comprehensive survey.

      That trend continued in early 2015, when one knife-wielding terrorist was shot in the leg and apprehended, another was tackled by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and a third was wrestled to the ground by the soldier he had attacked.

      Since September, however, death has been the fate of most knife-wielding Palestinians. Our leaders have, in part, set the stage. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his “zero tolerance for terror” last month. Interior Minister Gilad Erdan declared that “every terrorist should know that he will not survive the attack he is about to commit.” Jerusalem police chief Moshe Edri said, “Anyone who stabs Jews or hurts innocent people is due to be killed.” Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid said, “You have to shoot to kill anyone who pulls out a knife or screwdriver.” And Nir Barkat called on Israeli civilians to carry their guns.

      No one at the top echelons is questioning this unwritten shoot to kill policy or the dangers of vigilantism.
      . . .

  • Israeli police evict Palestinian family from East Jerusalem home, give property to settlers for new settlement
    • Killed in a war that wasn't his - Ynet Danny Adeno Abebe

      Op-ed: Imagine the mother of the poor Eritrean, who underwent an exhausting journey to reach Israel and was shot and brutally assaulted by an angry mob after the Be'er Sheva shooting attack, receiving the news that her son has died in a bloody conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

      I don’t want to imagine that whoever shot, whoever angrily attacked the Eritrean refugee at the central bus station in Be'er Sheva, was looking at the color of his skin rather than at what he was holding in his hands - although the footage clearly shows that he was unarmed.

      I am trying not to think about the anxious mob which brutally beat him up till he started to bleed, for no reason actually. I don’t want to imagine what he was thinking during those moments.
      . . .
      We must remember that they came here to work, that they left behind families who are waiting for them and for the money they send home.

      This isn't their war. Like most of us, they live in fear of the Israeli reality. Almost every one of them suffered in some way before ending their travails and reaching a state of tranquility in Israel.

      Now imagine the mother of the Eritrean, who underwent an exhausting journey to reach Israel, receiving the news that her son has been killed in a bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine. How does one explain that to a mother who hardly knows where Israel is?

      The young Eritrean is clear evidence of foreignness. Killed in a war that wasn't his own. All alone. (Continued),7340,L-4713252,00.html

  • Latest Palestinian teens shot dead are 16, 17, and 18
    • I missed this one because the report came out in the press just after I'd put the list to bed:

      BETHLEHEM (Ma`an) 17 Oct -- A Palestinian teenager was shot dead Saturday by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after allegedly stabbing an Israeli border police officer in the third alleged attack of the day.

      Palestinian locals said that Israeli forces opened fire at the woman close to the the Wadi al-Ghrus area near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.

      She was identified as 17-year-old Bayan Ayman Abd al-Hadi al-Esseili.

      Her family told Ma`an they were informed by Israeli authorities that their daughter had been killed after she stabbed a soldier.

      A border police woman sustained light injuries to her hand, according to Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, who reported that a "female terrorist was shot at the scene."
      . . .
      Saturday's events bring the total number of Palestinians killed to 40 since the beginning of the month. Seven Israelis have been killed by Palestinians in the same period.

  • Netanyahu approves mandatory prison for stone-throwers
  • Israeli forces have killed 25 Palestinians since the beginning of October
    • Or they've killed 26 - no one seems to be counting `Ata an-Noury, who was run over by a settler on Saturday (fourth story down above).

  • 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':

      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.]

  • 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 ( ( ). 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: (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:

      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:,7340,L-4700429,00.html
      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:

      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 . . .

      read more:

    • Read the whole thing here, Kris.

      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. . . .

  • 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.....,7340,L-4686046,00.html

  • 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.

      "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.

    • 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.",7340,L-4670564,00.html

  • 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:

      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.
      "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 -

      "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 .

  • 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.

  • 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 ( ) 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....

  • 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):

      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
  • 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 -

      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.

  • 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)?

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