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


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  • 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....

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  • '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.

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  • 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:
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      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: link to
      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
    • Haitham al-Khatib, the photojournalist, was also detained in Bil`in, but briefly. Why only briefly? Perhaps because he has a foreign Facebook following of thousands. Anyone wanting to see his FB posts (which include photos and videos) see here:
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  • 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....

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    • 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.”

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  • 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'
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      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
    • Latest news, about 7:15 pm Jerusalem time
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      Terror Attack Strikes Jaffa, Hour After Two Terror Attacks Hit Tel Aviv Suburb, Jerusalem

      One victim in Jaffa attack dies of wounds, ten others wounded | Shooting outside Jerusalem Old City leaves at least two wounded, minutes after man stabbed in Petah Tikva.

      Two Palestinian assailants killed.

  • 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?

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      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."

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  • 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
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      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:
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      "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 . . . .

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      "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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • Netanyahu approves mandatory prison for stone-throwers
    • Do you mean Ahmad Saleh Manasra, the boy lying bleeding on the street while surrounding Israelis call him names and tell him to die? In fact he didn't die, though his cousin Hassan Khaled Manasra did - if you watch the version of the video on Al-Arabiya you will see Ahmad stand up at the end. Many sites are cutting off the end of the video, making it appear that he died. Things are bad enough without people making them seem worse!
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  • 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.
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    • 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.

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