For first time, US State Department defines settler violence as terrorism
Haaretz 18 Aug — In annual report on terrorism in foreign countries, U.S. government report defines so-called ‘price-tag’ attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank as acts of terror … During 2011, the report says, ten mosques in the West Bank and in Jerusalem were set on fire – a dramatic increase compared to past years, following “six such incidents in 2010 and one in 2009.” The report also states that Israeli authorities believe that the attacks were “perpetrated by settlers.” Under the title “2011 Terrorist Incidents,” the report describes the main terrorist attacks carried out in the West Bank in the Gaza Strip in that year. Alongside rocket attacks from Gaza, the report mentions seven incidents, three of which were considered “price-tag” attacks – the spraying of hate graffiti on Muslim graves at the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem, the burning of a Jerusalem mosque and the vandalizing of a mosque in the West Bank village of Burqa.
Palestinians hold vigil for victims of taxi attack
JPost 19 Aug — The Jayada family was on the way to the supermarket to shop for the holiday meal when their car was attacked and burst into flames … The car went up in flames and then flipped over. Two of the victims remain in intensive care, including Ayman Jayada, who is in a coma, Jamila, who is in serious condition, and Hassan, who is communicative but drowsy from the drugs used to ease the pain of the burns over most of his body.Another brother, Haitham, shuttling between his family members in different wards trailed by two dozen worried relatives, described the shock when they received the phone call. The brothers, from a family of 10 children in Nahalin, speak Hebrew well and have never been jailed or had run-ins with Israeli authorities, according to Haitham Jayada, 30. “It was the most shocking thing I’ve ever seen. I walked into Ayman’s room and walked out again because I didn’t realize it was him. You can’t recognize him because his face is burned away. We haven’t even let his four kids in to see him, because no child should see his father like that,” he said. Half of the village of Nahalin is here at the hospital, he said. There is no ‘Id al-Fitr in Nahalin this year because they are all here, keeping a vigil by their family members’ sides … “This isn’t the first time — the settlers nearby have thrown Molotov cocktails at us before, and rocks as well,” he said.
PM to Abbas: Israel will catch firebomb assailants
[graphic photos] Ynet 18 Aug — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday and offered his greetings for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Netanyahu promised that Israel will spare no effort in bringing those behind the firebomb assault against Palestinians to justice. Police has yet to trace suspects in the incident that saw six Palestinians injured including one in serious condition. Four of the victims are members of the same family. Jamila Riada, one of the victims, told Ynet she had seen the suspect, who is thought to be a settler. “I saw him before he threw the Molotov cocktail, but I didn’t expect it would hit us. Suddenly we saw fire inside the car,” she recounted. Jamila, 30, sustained injuries to her face and both hands. Her husband Ayman is in a coma and considered to be in serious condition. The couple’s 3-year-old daughter was released from hospital, and their son, who was also hurt, is said to be feeling well.
In suspected Jerusalem lynch, dozens of Jewish youth attack 3 Palestinians
Haaretz 17 Aug — One of the Palestinians was seriously wounded and hospitalized in intensive care; eyewitness: Today I saw a lynch with my own eyes — Dozens of Jewish youths attacked three young Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Zion Square early on Friday morning, in what one witness described as “a lynch” on Facebook. One of the Palestinians was seriously wounded and hospitalized in intensive care in Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem. Acting Jerusalem police chief General Menachem Yitzhaki has set up a special team to investigate the incident and detain the suspects. The three were allegedly attacked by youths shouting “Death to the Arabs” at them, as well as other racial slurs. One of them fell on the floor, and his attackers continued to beat him until he lost consciousness. They subsequently fled from the scene. Within a short period of time rescue volunteers and Magen David Adom rescue services arrived on the scene and found the victim with no pulse and not breathing. After a lengthy resuscitation attempt, he was transferred to the hospital…
Writing on her Facebook page, one eye witness described the attack as a lynch: …”But today I saw a lynch with my own eyes, in Zion Square, the center of the city of Jerusalem ….. and shouts of ‘A Jew is a soul and Arab is a son of a –,’ were shouted loudly and dozens (!!) of youths ran and gathered and started to really beat to death three Arab youths who were walking quietly in the Ben Yehuda street,” the witness wrote.
Israeli police arrest suspects in Jerusalem attack
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 19 Aug — Israeli police have arrested a total of five suspects in connection with an attack in Jerusalem early Friday that left a Palestinian citizen of Israel seriously injured, an Israeli police spokesman said Sunday. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma‘an that a special investigation team is looking into the incident and trying to work out the exact nature of the attack. Five suspects, including one female, aged between 13-19 have been arrested in connection with the assault, which took place in the early hours of Friday in West Jerusalem’s Zion Square. Three of the suspects were arrested on Sunday, and the others on Saturday, including a 19-year-old man. Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper, reported that the attack was allegedly perpetrated by dozens of Jewish teens, whom eyewitnesses say were wandering around the area “searching” for Arabs to beat up.
Jerusalem lynch suspect: I was detained for no reason
Ynet 19 Aug — Jewish teen suspected of aggravated assault denies involvement in Thursday lynch on Arab man. Police arrest four additional suspects — ”In the middle of Shabbat they came and detained me for no reason,” said the 19-year-old suspected of aggravated assault during a brawl in Jerusalem, in which a 17-year-old Arab man was seriously injured. On Sunday, police arrested four additional teens on suspicion of involvement in the assault. The suspects, three boys, ages 13, 15 and 17, and a 15-year-old girl were taken in for questioning and will be brought in front of a judge for a remand hearing on Monday. The mother of the child, who lives in near Jerusalem, said her son is “a good boy and a little naughty.” The mother noted that her 13-year-old son “doesn’t hate Arabs at all. When he came home he told me about the incident and he was really terrified. He said that the boy who was injured also has a mother who is crying for him.” On Sunday, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court extended the remand of the 19-year-old suspect, a Jewish man living in Jerusalem, by four days. The suspect, on his part, denied any involvement in the attack: “I was in the area, but while the incident was taking place I was elsewhere. I have no idea why they arrested me.”
Israel police: Hundreds watched attempt to lynch Palestinians in Jerusalem, did not interfere
Haaretz 20 Aug — After initially treating the event as a brawl, police on Sunday for the first time referred to the attack on Palestinian youths by dozens of Jewish teens in Jerusalem early last Friday as a “lynching.” A police representative told the Magistrate’s Court that hundreds of people watched the event without helping the victims. Witnesses say the attack lasted a short while before police arrived and the attackers fled.
Four minors between the ages of 13-15, including one girl, were arrested on Sunday in connection with the attack at Zion Square, in which one victim was seriously injured and three others were slightly hurt. Earlier, the court extended by four days the detention of the 19-year-old man arrested Friday. Police believe there will be further arrests.
Sergeant First Class Shmuel Shenhav defined the attack as a lynch, and said: “The victim lost his consciousness and was thought to be dead until a Magen David Adom [emergency paramedic] crew arrived and resuscitated him. He was anesthetized and on a respirator in the hospital for days. This was an extremely severe crime. Only a miracle saved him from death.”
A 13-year-old suspect brought into court yesterday did not deny he was present at the scene, but said he wasn’t involved in the beating. His mother, L., told Haaretz: “They came at noon while he was sleeping. The investigators woke him up and took him to the police car. How can they do such a thing to a young kid?”…
Meanwhile, victim Jamal Julani remains in serious condition, according to the authorities. Julani, 17, from Jerusalem’s Ras al-Amud neighborhood, was admitted to the intensive care unit at Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem in critical condition. His mother told Haaretz that he had regained consciousness but is very confused, did not remember the assault and did not understand why he was in the hospital.
Jewish man suspected of pelting stones at Palestinian cars
Ynet 18 Aug — An Israeli man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of throwing stones at Palestinian vehicles near the Alon Shvut settlement in the Gush Etzion region. A Palestinian driver whose car was hit reported the incident to the security forces, and provided a description of the alleged culprit, who was arrested soon after. The police are looking into the possibility that the suspect is linked to the assailants who threw a Molotov cocktail at a Palestinian taxi last week, injuring six. The suspect initially refused to cooperate with the authorities. One of the Palestinian passengers injured during the incident last week is still hospitalized in serious condition.
Soldiers violently attack weekly demonstration at Kafr Qaddum
ISM 18 Aug — On Friday, August 17, five were injured and eight arrested at Kafr Qaddum. Soldiers fired tear-gas canisters, rubber-coated steel bullets, and beat protesters with wooden sticks. This week was a first, as the village was surrounded and invaded by over 100 Israeli occupation forces leading to several broken arms, the arrests of participants, including six journalists, and the asphyxiation of a 60 year-old bystander … After 15 minutes the IOF descended on the village from the North, firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. Soldiers also began climbing up the valley from the South as well, followed by several jeeps and the bulldozer from the East. “Protesters fled into the village to seek safety, as they faced tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets shot from distances of less than 10 meters,” solidarity activist Alma Reventos recounts. Shtayi said witnesses reported seeing soldiers firing live ammunition in the air as they entered the village in search of protesters … The IOF also arrested six Palestinian journalists for reporting on the demonstration; Jaafar Shtayi (Associated Free Press), Nidal Shtayi (Chinese Press), Faris Faris (Palestine Today), Bakir Abd al-Haq (TV Nablus), Odai Qudoomi (B’tselem), and Noah Qudoomi (Alfajir Tulkarem). Among the six journalists arrested, two were beaten, with Jaafar Shtayi suffering a broken arm. The journalists were released several hours later under the condition that they face imprisonment if they attempt to document the demonstrations in Kafr Qaddum again.
The judge of the Israeli Magistrates’ Court rules to release under conditions the 14 years old Abd al Rahim Ez al Deen Barbar….
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) 18 Aug — Boy arrested, held overnight and forced to confess to throwing stones — A local Palestinian boy has been released on bail by the Israeli Magistrates Court after being detained at Maskubiye Police Station under accusation of throwing stones. Abed al-Rahim ez al Deen Barbar, aged 14, was arrested on 14 August in Silwan by Israeli authorities and forced to confess to a charges of throwing stones at a military jeep. He was released on a 10-day house arrest sentence, conditional on payment of a 500 NIS fine and signing for a further 5,000 should he break his conditions.
Barbar was taken on his way from his home in Ras al-Amoud to Jerusalem’s Old City to buy new clothes, said his mother to Silwanic. She found out later from a neighbor that her son was arrested and had been taken to Salah al-Din Police Station. On arrival, she said, they were told that he had been transferred to Maskubiye in West Jerusalem.
IOF soldiers detain Palestinian youth at Karame crossing
JENIN (PIC) 18 Aug — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) manning the Karame crossing between Jordan and the West Bank detained on Friday a Palestinian young man from Brukin village, southwest of Jenin. Local sources said that the soldiers arrested 22-year-old Ahmed Nasser Khadur on his return from Jordan via the Karame crossing. They said that Khadur was taken to the intelligence room at the crossing for questioning before telling him that he was under arrest.
Land, property, resources theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing
IOF refuses to return confiscated tractors, water tanks
JORDAN VALLEY (PIC) 17 Aug — The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have refused to return two tractors and twelve water tanks confiscated from Palestinian citizens in the Jordan Valley … The municipal council of Wadi Al-Malih and Bedouin tribes said in a statement on Thursday that all efforts by human right groups in this direction were in vain. It said that the water tanks have been confiscated over a month ago while the tractors were seized almost three weeks ago. The council said that all IOF pretexts for appropriating the tractors and tanks were trivial, charging that the IOF was constantly pressuring the Bedouins in this area to force them to abandon their land to make way for the construction of new Jewish settlements.
Olive grove destroyed in south Hebron
HEBRON (Ma‘an) 17 Aug — Israeli settlers destroyed 30 olive trees in a Palestinian grove in the south Hebron hills on Thursday, a local official said. The trees in al-Hamra valley, neighboring the Havat Maon settler outpost, are owned by the al-Rabee family, popular committee coordinator Rateb al-Jabour said.
Jewish settlers expand settlement outposts in Al-Khalil
AL-KHALIL, (PIC) 19 Aug — Jewish settlers in two unauthorized settlement outposts established east of Yatta town in Al-Khalil province have started to expand their settlement outposts, local sources said. They said that settlers installed nine caravans in those settlements at a late night hour on Friday, noting that an Israeli court had ordered the dismantling of those two outposts and returning the land to their rightful (Palestinian) owners.
Restriction of movement
IDF fabricates security risk to thwart victory for Gazan travel rights
972mag 18 Aug by Yossi Gurvitz — The NGO Gisha had reason to believe, some ten days ago, that it won a small victory: The High Court of Justice, which couldn’t stomach the tricks of the security apparatus any longer, ordered it to explain why it rejects requests by four female students from Gaza to move to the West Bank to study there (we covered the case of a fifth student here)… But the triumphant feeling among Gisha workers (due notice: I sometimes provide Gisha with translation services on a freelance basis) quickly evaporated. Several days ago, Major General Eitan Dangot, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, gave the court his reply (it can be seen here, in a Hebrew pdf). In article 61 of the document, Dangot claims there is a security-related reason to prevent two of the petitioners (one and two) from entering the West Bank. Dangot claims that, regarding Petitioner 1, there exists “security intelligence” that she is “in contact with terror activists, including family members of the first degree”; as to Petitioner 2, he claims there is intelligence about “her activity in a terrorist organization, and her contact with terror activists, some of whom are family members of the first degree.” …
Several comments are warranted. For starters, this is the first time the IDF claims there is any security reason to prevent the petitioners from leaving. As Gisha noted in its reply (Hebrew document – see articles 17-25), the state was asked twice in court whether there are any security reasons to prevent them from leaving, and replied in the negative. So the state now must decide whether it was neglectful when it replied negatively, or whether it is lying now. Four women get up in the morning one day, and find out the IDF has decided they are a security risk.
Israel re-opens access to northern Jordan Valley checkpoint
NABLUS (Ma‘an) 17 Aug — Israeli authorities have re-opened access to a military checkpoint in the northern West Bank, allowing Palestinians to travel along a road that had been all but inaccessible for a decade, a local official said Friday. Al-Hamra checkpoint links Jericho and the Jordan Valley with cities in the northern West Bank, and the military installation limited travel along the thoroughfare. Israeli liaison officials notified their Palestinian counterparts that the checkpoint is now open for traffic in both directions, a spokesman for the Nablus governorate said in a press statement. The spokesman noted a number of fatal shootings by Israeli forces at the checkpoint in the past year.
Gaza and Sinai
Photos: Happy Eid, from Gaza with love
Mondoweiss 19 Aug by Rawan Yaghi — In Gaza, people celebrate. Yes, Gaza celebrates. Piles of all kinds of candy are spread everywhere on sidewalks in markets. Different kinds of fresh fruit, toys, snacks, Eid cookies. In Gaza, like so many other places in the world, kids are eager to wear their new clothes at the very early hours of the first day of Eid. They wake up early in the morning of Eid to get dressed and to pray along with the rest of the neighborhood, after spending the last week preparing with their Moms, going through shopping lists, and going with them to the market to buy their precious outfits, cleaning the house and caring for little spots while cleaning the staircase, helping bake the incredibly irresistible cookies.
Poverty forces Gaza children to work on Eid
Gaza (Gulf News) 18 Aug — Nearly 50,000 children working in the Gaza Strip — Instead of getting candies for Eid like other children, 12-year-old Ahmad Hussain sells them to people to give to their own children in Al Saha square, one of the biggest markets in the Gaza Strip. Hussain stands in the same spot every day from dawn to dusk, selling his treats. “Neither I nor my brothers bought clothes or stuff [for Eid] since there is no time or money for joy or happiness in our house. We can barely provide [for our] necessities,” Hussain told Gulf News. Across the Muslim world, it is a tradition to buy new clothes and toys for children before Eid Al-Fitr. Candies and other sweets are also given as gifts. But in Gaza, many children are finding themselves compelled to work longer hours to capitalise on the opportunity to make extra money on Eid.
IOF raids eastern Rafah, clashes with resistance in Shijaia
GAZA (PIC) 17 Aug — Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided areas east of Rafah to the southernmost area of the Gaza Strip on Friday for the second time in less than 24 hours. Local sources told PIC reporter that eight Israeli military vehicles raided the Shoka area eastern Rafah. The sources said that the invading forces opened indiscriminate fire at nearby residential areas.
Meanwhile, Palestinian resistance fighters engaged an Israeli special unit that tried to sneak into the vicinity of the industrial area east of Shijaia neighborhood eastern Gaza City late last night.
Report: Egypt airports to refuse access for Palestinians
CAIRO (Ma‘an) 18 Aug — Palestinians flying to Egypt over the Eid al-Fitr holiday will not be allowed to enter the country, al-Ahram news site reported Saturday. Airport authorities informed airlines that Palestinians will not be allowed to enter Egypt because the Rafah crossing is closed until Wednesday, the Egyptian news site said. Egypt opened the border crossing on Tuesday for three days but have now closed it for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Head of the customs authority at Cairo airport Magdi el-Seman said that Palestinians wanting to return to Gaza will have to wait until Wednesday, when the border is scheduled to be reopened.
Egypt closes Rafah crossing for five days in Eid al-Fitr
PNN — On Friday 17th August, Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported that the Rafah crossing will be closed starting from today for five days during the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which comes after the holy month of Ramadan. An Egyptian official source at the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt announced that it will be reopened on Wednesday morning, and that humanitarian cases and pilgrims who are coming back from Saudi Arabia will still be able to cross while the border is closed to others. The Rafah crossing is usually closed on Friday of each week, and in holidays.
Major General Nader al-A’sar, of Egypt’s intelligence agency, also said recently that the crossing will return to normal after Eid al-Fitr. This will allow for the same amount of fuel to be brought into Gaza as before the attack at an Egyptian security checkpoint and Karam Abu Salim Crossing on the 5th August.
Kerem Shalom crossing to close over holiday
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 17 Aug — Israel has closed the Kerem Shalom crossing until Tuesday for Eid al-Fitr, a Palestinian official said Friday. Border official Raed Fattouh told Ma‘an that Israel usually closes the crossing on Fridays and Saturdays.
Haneyya: We are ready for security cooperation with Egypt
GAZA (PIC) 19 Aug — Palestinian premier in Gaza Ismail Haneyya has emphasized preparedness to forge closer security cooperation with Egypt in order to protect joint security. Haneyya, during a sermon on the occasion of Eidul Fitr on Sunday, renewed condemnation of the attack on Egyptian soldiers in Sinai … He stressed that Gaza would never pose a threat to Egypt or its people, and re-asserted that the Palestinian people would never think of relinquishing their land and opt to settle in Sinai. Haneyya asked the Egyptian leadership not to heed attempts to drive a wedge between the Palestinians and the Egyptian people.
Hamas forces ‘detain Salafi leader’ in Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 17 Aug — Hamas security forces have arrested a senior Salafi sheikh who was injured in June in an Israeli airstrike, a Salafi leader said Friday. Sheikh Abu Suhaib Rashwan was detained Wednesday as he left a hospital, where he was recovering from wounds sustained on June 20 in Israeli shelling on the southern Gaza Strip, Abu Abdullah al-Muhajir said in a statement. Al-Mujajir said Hamas forces had cracked down on Salafis in Gaza since an attack in Egypt’s Sinai in which 16 Egyptian officers were killed on Aug. 5. Several Salafis have been summoned for interrogation since the incident, he said. “We are not responsible for the Sinai attack,” he said, adding that jihadi Salafis in Gaza aimed “to fight Israel.” Salafi Jihadi, the biggest jihadist group in Sinai, has also denied involvement in the incident.
Egypt releases 18 Palestinians for Eid al-Fitr
EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma‘an) 18 Aug — Egyptian authorities released 18 Palestinians from prison on Saturday as a gesture for the Eid al-Fitr holiday, a security source said. The released detainees had all entered Egypt illegally and were arrested at security checkpoints in the Sinai. The group, including two women, will return to the Gaza Strip.
A Gaza border slams shut, and with it, chances for a pilgrimage to Mecca
GAZA CITY (NYTimes) 17 Aug by Fares Akram — Every Ramadan for the past two decades, Mouin Mushtaha has made the pilgrimage to Mecca during the last 10 days of the Muslim holy month. This year, as Ramadan ticked away, he sat gloomily at the office of his tourism agency here, watching the festivities on television. For Mr. Mushtaha, it was not just a lost spiritual experience, but a missed business opportunity: the Ramadan pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia is a major annual source of profit. But Gazans were unable to go to Mecca this season because exits through the Rafah crossing to Egypt were extremely restricted after an Aug. 5 attack nearby that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. “I, my wife and our 500 clients were supposed to be there now,” said Mr. Mushtaha, 64, pointing at the television in the air-conditioned office of his agency, the Mushtaha Company for Tourism and Travel … Egyptian officials closed Rafah completely for a week after the attack, amid concern that the perpetrators, believed to be from the Sinai Desert, had support from Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Though the crossing was reopened several days before this weekend’s conclusion of Ramadan, exits were limited to those with passports or residences in Arab or European countries, or Gazans with humanitarian needs..
Palestinians take to the streets in the annual Jerusalem Day march
MEMO 17 Aug — EXCLUSIVE PICTURES — Thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have joined the Jerusalem Day march which Palestinians and Muslims in some Islamic states, commemorate on the last Friday of Ramadan annually. Palestinians raised their national flag and renewed their pledge to their land, and to liberating Jerusalem and the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque. They called on the Arab and Islamic world to stand in the way of the Israeli occupation which continues to violate the sanctity of al-Aqsa Mosque from both above and beneath the ground; illegally seize Palestinian property in Jerusalem; and gain control of Palestinian land through the establishment of illegal settlements.
Video: Pottery businesses dwindling in Gaza City’s old quarter
BBC News 13 Aug (1:14 minutes) — Pottery workshops in Gaza City’s old quarter are slowly dying out due to the increased availability of cheap plastic pots and the impact of Israel’s ban on exports from the Gaza Strip, which was imposed after the militant group Hamas seized control of the coastal territory in 2007. In order to preserve the business families are handing the skills of the craft down from one generation to another. Murad Shishani reports
Army: Rocket lands in south Israel, no injuries
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 19 Aug — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel overnight Saturday, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. The missile landed in the Eshkol region without causing injuries or damage, she said.
Hamas brigades: Fighter killed in accidental explosion in Gaza
GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 17 Aug — The military wing of the Hamas movement said Friday that one of its members had been killed a day earlier in the Gaza Strip after an explosive device mistakenly detonated. The Al-Qassam Brigades said Majed Zaki Al-Kahlout, 40, from Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, had died on Thursday. The accident took place in Jabalia, the brigades said. [one commenter said: “Majed Khalout was killed when the bomb exploded as he was patrolling the site where it was stored, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement.”]
Report: ‘4550 Palestinians, including 220 children, imprisoned by Israel’
IMEMC 18 Aug — Talking to the Ma‘an News Agency, Farawna stated that the army conducts invasions and arrests on a daily basis, and added that soldiers usually kidnap around 10 Palestinians a day. Farawna said that 220 children are currently imprisoned by Israel and facing ongoing violations, in addition to being subject to harsh treatment and torture during interrogation, similar to what adult detainees face during interrogation.
250 Palestinians are currently imprisoned under administrative detention orders, without charges or trial. Six Palestinian women are also held by Israel, including Lina Al-Jarbouni, from the 1948 territories; Al-Jarbouni was taken prisoner more than 10 years ago. Israel is also holding captive 17 democratically elected legislators and three former ministers.
Farawna said that there is a noticeable decrease in the number of detainees held under the illegal Administrative Detention orders, and attributed the issue to the repeated hunger strikes held by the detainees to protest the ongoing violations against them, and the Administrative Detention policy.
Hunger striker Safadi’s head slammed against cell door by prison guards
AIC 16 Aug — Palestinian hunger strikers Hassan Safadi and Samer Al-Barq continue to be severely mistreated by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), in the forms of physical brutality and psychological torture. Addameer, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) express their utmost outrage at recent violent incidents that have left these already-weakened detainees on protracted hunger strikes with trauma and injury. Mr. Al-Barq is today on his 87th day of hunger strike, which he began only one week after his previous 30-day hunger strike ended; Mr. Safadi is today on his 57th day of hunger strike, which he also began shortly after the end of his previous 71-day hunger strike.
PA expected to release Zubeidi, 7 other prisoners
JERICHO (Ma‘an) 18 Aug — The Palestinian Authority is expected to release eight Palestinians held in a Jericho jail on Saturday evening, including prominent Jenin figure Zakaria Zubeidi. PA Interior Minister Said Abu Ali ordered the group of detainees released on bail until Wednesday pending their trials, informed sources told Ma‘an … Among the group is Zubeidi, known for his role in the second Intifada against Israeli occupation when he led the Fatah-linked al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. Zubeidi launched a hunger strike on Friday, appealing to President Mahmoud Abbas to release him and others seized during a recent security campaign in the West Bank. His brother Abdul Rahman Zubeidi told Ma‘an Zakaria had launched the strike because of the lack of due process in his case. He said Zakaria had been subjected to torture and abuse while in jail.
Palestinian refugees forced out of Iraq feared lost at sea en route to Australia
EI 15 Aug by Ali Abunimah — More than two dozen Palestinian refugees forced out of Iraq after the US invasion are feared lost at sea, including entire family groups with young children. They were among dozens of people aboard rickety boats that left Indonesia in late June bound for Australia but have been lost without trace for a month and a half. Australia has denied reports that it holds them in detention. The Palestinians were among hundreds who had made circuitous journeys over many years from Iraq to Jordan and then to Cyprus where their asylum applications were rejected and they faced harsh conditions. After reaching Cyprus, some set out for Malaysia, where it is possible under certain conditions for Palestinians to go without visas, and then onwards to Indonesia where people smugglers are paid to take them to Australia by boat … The Electronic Intifada spoke to Omar Shoeib, the brother of Amira Shaaban Shoeib, 32, who is among the missing along with her husband and four children. Omar said he had spoken to his sister on 28 June when she was in Indonesia, preparing to depart, and had heard nothing from her since then. Palestinian filmmaker and human rights advocate Osama Qashoo, who has spent time in Cyprus and knows many of the families personally, wrote about the plight of the refugees there and those missing at sea in a recent piece published by Ma‘an News Agency:
Activism / Solidarity / BDS
Call to action: Olive Harvest 2012
ISM 18 Aug — At a time of increasing settler violence in the West Bank, the International Solidarity Movement is issuing an urgent call for volunteers to participate in the 2012 Olive Harvest Campaign at the invitation of Palestinian communities. The olive tree is a national symbol for Palestinians. As thousands of olive trees have been bulldozed, uprooted and burned by Israeli settlers and the military – (over half a million olive and fruit trees have been destroyed since September 2000) – harvesting has become more than a source of livelihood; it has become a form of resistance. The olive harvest is an annual affirmation of Palestinians’ historical, spiritual, and economic connection to their land, and a rejection of Israeli efforts to seize it … Palestinian and ISM volunteers join Palestinian farming communities each year to harvest olives, in areas where Palestinians face settler and military violence when working their land. Your presence can make a big difference. It has been proven in the past to deter the number and severity of attacks and harassment. The presence of activists can reduce the risk of extreme violence from Israeli settlers and the Israeli army and supports Palestinians’ assertion of their right to earn their livelihoods and be present on their lands. International solidarity activists engage in non-violent intervention and documentation and this practical support enables many families to pick their olives. In addition, The Olive Harvest Campaign also provides a wonderful opportunity to spend time with Palestinian families in their olive groves and homes. The campaign will begin on the 8th of October and run until the 15th of November.
Ongoing campaigns — In addition to the olive harvest, there will also be other opportunities to participate in grass-roots, non-violent resistance in Palestine.
Israel attempts to foil a flight in solidarity with Palestinians
NAZARETH (PIC) 17 Aug — The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) is trying to disrupt and foil an attempt by a group of solidarity activists to fly into the occupied lands in support of the Palestinian people and in rejection of the IOA practices. The Israeli radio quoted on Thursday sources in the foreign ministry as saying that activists supporting the Palestinians abroad have been working on organizing a flight, which it described as provocative, designed to confuse the occupation authorities. It added that these activists are planning to enter Amman by air and then to head to Bethlehem through Allenby crossing. Director general of the foreign ministry Rafi Barak met yesterday the French ambassador, Christophe Bigot, and discussed with him the issue, the radio said, adding that the French envoy expressed his country’s opposition to such provocations, but proposed to allow the activists to enter Palestinian territories.
Planning for Gaza’s Ark underway
Civil Beat (Honolulu) 19 Aug — The Friends House in Manoa hosted a gathering of peace-and-justice advocates at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 1. Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army colonel and State Department officer who is a U.S. and international leader in the pursuit of peace and dignity for all human beings, addressed the group … Ms. Wright briefed the Friends House attendees about “Gaza’s Ark”: the current effort to continue to challenge Israel’s (with full official U.S. complicity) blockade of Gaza. Because “outside-in” approaches to end Israel’s state terrorism have been met with belligerence and life-taking violence by Israeli forces, a creative “inside-out” plan is taking shape. To wit, funds are being raised to purchase a seagoing vessel in Gaza; make it fully seaworthy using Gazan labor and materials; load the vessel with handcrafts and other goods made by men and women of Gaza; sail the vessel from Gaza into international waters (thus, “inside-out”); and deliver the goods, which will have been pre-ordered and pre-paid by humanitarian-minded citizens all over the world, to a port abiding by international law and commercial convention. At that point, final delivery of the goods to purchasers will be accomplished.
South Africa: Jews, government clash over cancelled Israel visit
Haaretz 17 Aug — Delegation of mayors bows to pressure from BDS group, calls off planned trip; deputy foreign minister: ‘We discourage South Africans from visiting Israel.’ — This past week, South African-Israeli relations sank to one of their lowest points since the “new” South Africa began in 1994 … The latest conflict, which is more specifically between the South African Jewish community and the South African government, involves the cancellation, announced August 10, of a visit to Israel by mayors and other members of municipalities in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province … KZN premier, Zweli Mkhize, who arranged the cancellation, made no comment but his spokesman said that Mkhize knew about the invitations and that he had cancelled the trips. “During the days of Apartheid we had similar attempts by the regime to undermine the isolation of South Africa,” said Kasrils. “It is not surprising that the Israeli lobby is also attempting to ensnare the unwary into boycott-busting trips.”
AOHR calls for boycotting security company providing services to Israel
LONDON (PIC) 17 Aug — The Arab Organization for Human Rights in Britain revealed that DiagNose Company belonging to the American ICTS-EU company operates in occupied Palestinian territories to facilitate the establishment of settlements and to protect settlers. The AOHR said in a report that the company has been engaged in aiding racial discrimination and committing the offense of torture and collective punishment against Palestinians on the checkpoints which facilitate Israelis’ passage while disrupting Palestinians’ passage, using dogs for attacking or dogs for search…
Ahava: Tracking the trail of settlement products
972mag 19 Aug — This report investigates the business and trade of Ahava – Dead Sea Laboratories which is a private Israeli cosmetics corporation that operates from the occupied West Bank. Ahava Report: Who Profits
Artists alter Islamophobic ads on SF buses, MUNI adds disclaimers
EI 18 Aug by nora — Days after shockingly racist and Islamophobic ads started appearing on city buses in San Francisco — paid for by a notorious anti-Muslim group led by notorious racist Pamela Geller — anonymous artists wheatpasted over the ads with an image of a hand and a stamp with the words “HATE SPEECH.” Additionally, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) posted full-sized disclaimer placards on MUNI buses that carry the Islamophobic ads.
Political / Economic News
Palestinian government debt hurts private sector
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) 18 Aug — Palestinian drug importer Ghassan Mustaklem says he can’t afford to work with the West Bank’s Palestinian government anymore. He recently halted supplies to his biggest client, which now owes $12 million in unpaid bills, or more than half his annual turnover. The cutoff by Mustaklem and other suppliers has fueled a shortage of key drugs in Palestinian hospitals, making the health sector the latest victim of a deepening financial crisis for the Palestinian Authority. The cash crunch, mainly due to a sharp drop in foreign aid since 2011, is threatening to set off a chain reaction of business failures, layoffs and economic downturn that would undermine one of the West’s fundamental strategies toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Netanyahu using Iran to distract from Palestine issue, says Sha‘ath
PNN 17 Aug — Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is using Iran to distract both Israelis and the wider world from Palestine, Fatah’s commissioner for International Affairs Nabeel Sha‘ath said yesterday, Thursday 16th August. “We’re afraid that a so-called preventive attack on Iran might also destroy us. We are being dragged by the people of Israel to a slaughterhouse that is not of our choice,” Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post reports Sha‘ath as saying. Sha‘ath also compared Netanayahu’s insistence that Iran was developing nuclear weapons to use against Israel to US President George W Bush’s claims that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, in the run up to the US invasion of Iraq. Sha‘ath did express his concern about such weapons being used in the region, but dismissed the Iranian threat. “I am worried about any country developing weapons that may be used against my country or against my neighborhood,” Sha‘ath told The Jerusalem Post.He continued, “But honestly, I’m worried about your atomic bomb, and Dimona [nuclear reactor] sending nuclear dirt that kills my people. “Why should I be less concerned about an Israeli bomb? The Israeli bomb is a reality. The Iranian bomb is a potentiality.”
Palestinian statehood returns (ho-hum)
Jerusalem (Forward) 19 Aug by Ben Lynfield — Little Drama Expected as Abbas Goes Back to U.N. — A second bid by the Palestinian Authority to have the United Nations recognize Palestinian statehood appears to be a case of “once more, but with less feeling.” The P.A., which provoked a furor in Israel last September when it pushed unsuccessfully for recognition as a state by the Security Council, will go to the body’s General Assembly this time, on September 27. But unlike last time, it won’t be for full admission to the U.N. And it won’t necessarily be for a vote right now. In fact, according to many analysts, both Israeli and Palestinian, it won’t even be particularly because P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas thinks much will come of the whole initiative, which many expect will not be voted on until November. “Nothing else has worked, and Abu Mazen continues to search for a strategy,” Yossi Alpher, former director of Tel Aviv University’s Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, told the Forward, referring to Abbas by his popular moniker. “Making the U.N. application and postponing the vote till November may be a very good way for him to get through the coming months.”
Erekat: 57 countries at Mecca summit back bid
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 17 Aug — Fifty-seven countries attending a summit of Muslim leaders in Mecca on Thursday indicated they would support a Palestinian bid for membership in the UN, a PLO official said. Saeb Erekat, who attended the conference, said Friday that the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was “significant and important” for a plan to seek non-member status in the UN.
Abbas hails Bahraini normalization visit to to Aqsa Mosque
RAMALLAH (PIC) 18 Aug — Palestinian president and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas has hailed the visit to occupied Jerusalem and the Aqsa mosque by a Bahraini delegation. Abbas claimed that such visits boost the Palestinian people’s steadfastness and the Jerusalem inhabitants’ resoluteness. Abbas, who received the delegates in Ramallah on Friday night, called on Arabs and Muslims to ignore edicts that prohibit visits to Jerusalem and the Aqsa while under occupation.
DFLP adds caution to joint electoral list proposal
BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 17 Aug — The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine added a cautious voice to proposals to unite Palestinian Liberation Organization members on a joint electoral list in upcoming local elections. Running on a united list has not yet been formally raised by any of the Palestinian factions, Hisham Abu Ghoush, a DFLP politburo member, said on Friday. The DFLP has not approved joining a PLO list, but several issues are under discussion, he added. A Fatah leader said on Thursday that party members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization will run on a joint list in Nablus in the upcoming municipal poll.
‘Israel making threats over compensation for Jews’
Ynet 17 Aug — The Arab media was up in arms this week over a plan spearheaded by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon to hold a summit on the issue of Jewish refugees from Arab countries at the UN in September. The summit’s main purpose is to push forward the matter of property rights of Jewish refugees who were forced to flee Arab countries after the establishment of the state of Israel and to turn the Jewish refugee issue into a bargaining chip which would make it clear that if the Palestinians voice demands for refugee compensation – demands would also be made from the Israeli side.
Israel, US conduct joint naval exercises
Haaretz 19 Aug — The four-day exercise included use of live fire, and U.S. participants included guided-missile destroyers that would be used to help defend Israel against Iranian missiles.
Rabbis, MKs visit Turkey
Ynet 19 Aug — In spite of Foreign Ministry reservations, delegation led by deputy finance minister visits Ankara, Istanbul for meetings with interfaith groups, Turkish officials to discuss diplomatic standstill
[photos – click to enlarge. See also Wikipedia plan of building] PSP 17 Aug — Situated in the heart of the Palestinian old-city of Hebron, in the Hebron hills, is the colossal Ibrahimi Mosque, or ‘Sanctuary of Abraham’. Constructed by King Herod towards the end of the first century BC, the site is believed to hold the remains of the prophet Abraham, his wife Sarah, their son Isaac, grandson Jacob and their respective wives Rebecca and Leah. The mosque is considered one of the most holy sights in Palestine, second perhaps only to the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem, inaccessible to Palestinians. Having stood for over 2000 years, the building is one of the oldest in the world still in constant use today, and has survived numerous earthquakes in the region without need of restoration. The building includes minarets, domes, arches, doors, marble columns, side mosques, richly decorated cenotaphs covered with decorated tapestries, inscriptions. One special piece of fine work is the wooden Pulpit that was constructed in the year 1091.
NGOs shocked by High Court’s imposition of NIS 45,000 in court costs
Haaretz 17 Aug — Civil rights and social advocacy groups are reeling from the High Court of Justice’s decision Wednesday to impose NIS 45,000 [about US$11,000] in court expenses — a startlingly large sum — on petitioners in a healthcare case. The court imposed the fee on the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights and the Adva Center, which had petitioned unsuccessfully to prevent doctors from offering private treatment in the public hospital being built in Ashdod. The groups said that paying the court expenses will seriously damage their ability to function.
Israeli Racism / Discrimination
Arabs, the Israeli civil service needs you
Haaretz 17 Aug by Ali Haider — It’s incumbent upon the government to increase Arab representation in the civil service, and there are several ways they can do it … It recently became clear that the government will not meet its own target of having Israeli-Arabs comprise 10 percent of the civil service coming by the end of this year. Today, there are 4,982 Arabs working in Israel’s civil service, or only 7.8 percent of the total civil service employees … According to that report, last year there was only a 0.25 percent increase in the number of Arab applicants accepted into the Civil Service. Additionally, more than 85 percent of Arab civil servants are employed across just six government ministries and subsidiary bodies, where they provide services to the Arab public. In the rest of the ministries, the representation of Arabs ranges from marginal to nearly zero.
Israel kicks out migrants by changing their nationality and sending them to another country
Independent 18 Aug by Maeve McClenaghan — “It is a bad situation in South Sudan. If I go there I am sure something bad will happen to me” — Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel are being issued with documents changing their nationality, allowing them to be removed from the country or imprisoned. They have recently been issued with documents labelling them as South Sudanese – despite holding passports showing they were born in areas that remain in Sudan. Four migrants from the Republic of Sudan have already been flown from Israel to South Sudan, an entirely different country that was formed last year. However, the South Sudanese authorities refused to accept them at the border and they were sent back to Tel Aviv. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) estimate that at least 100 more Sudanese asylum seekers in Israel may have been issued with the wrong nationality in the past three months, and fear there may be more attempts to remove them … Confusion over nationalities has occurred before. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported how the government used a loophole to deport people from Eritrea to Ethiopia based on an Eritrean law granting citizenship to anyone whose mother or father was an Ethiopian citizen.
Israel’s immigration police detain African migrants despite pending visa appeals
Haaretz 19 Aug — The Immigration and Population Authority has arrested three migrants from South Sudan who are seriously ill and are waiting for their asylum applications to be considered on humanitarian grounds. The three – one of whom has AIDS, another has epilepsy and the third has chronic arthritis and liver dysfunction – were arrested three days ago. Two of the three have submitted official requests to stop their deportation, in keeping with the procedures of the Immigration and Population Authority. According to those procedures, steps are not to be taken to deport people whose applications are under review … The Physicians Without Borders NGO has asked the tribunal that oversees incarceration to release the three immediately and that deportation proceedings be halted.
Israel’s new shut-ins: migrants afraid to leave home
Haaretz 19 Aug — Illegal migrants in Tel Aviv rely on activist groups for food. Increasingly desperate, some are even asking welfare authorities to take care of their children … Most of the families in question are from South Sudan. The parents hardly go out into the streets, for fear they will be caught and deported … Another welfare worker notes these are families “that aren’t managing to see to food for the children. The families have no money because the parents cannot work and their savings, if any, are being used to pay rent. The parents are simply asking us to take the children under our care and send them to boarding facilities or somewhere else. They want their children to be safe, at least in the meantime.”
South Tel Aviv stories: Some children lead paperless lives
972mag 19 Aug by Mya Guarnieri — Angie Robles, a 52-year-old migrant worker from the Philippines, recently caught her 15-year-old grandson M. smoking. While it seems like a normal act of teenage rebellion — and a small one at that — Robles says it was a sign that her grandson has lost all hope. When Robles confronted M. about his smoking, she explained to him that she felt it was a step down the wrong path. His answer, according to Robles: “What future will I have with this situation, with the deportation?” … She emphasizes that she’s not worried about securing residency for herself but for her grandson. He has never visited the Philippines; he doesn’t speak Tagalog or any other of the local languages. With her sister and mother in Laguna, Robles would be happy to forego naturalization herself and return to the Philippines when M. is old enough to take care of himself. But first she wants to see that her grandson is “stable,” she says. Robles doesn’t understand why Israel, which calls itself a Western country, doesn’t give citizenship to those born on its soil as is the case in the United States.
Drop in migrant numbers means tent city no longer needed, document says
Haaretz 17 Aug — In June and July of 2011, 3,000 migrants entered Israel illegally,that number dropped to about 1,300 for the same two months of this year — Due to a steep drop in the number of African migrants illegally crossing the border from Egypt in recent months, there is now adequate space for them in existing detention facilities, without building a planned new tent city for them in the Negev.
Israeli police arrests women for wearing prayer shawls at Western Wall
Haaretz 19 Aug — Women of the Wall hold a special prayer service at the sacred site each month; Western Wall rabbi urges authorities to prevent this ‘repeated behavior.’ …The women were arrested for “behavior that endangers the public peace” and wearing prayer shawls. They have been forbidden to enter the Western Wall Plaza for the next 50 days, according to the organization. “The time has come to reclaim and liberate the Kotel from the grasp of a handful of Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) extremists who, with the cooperation of the Israeli authorities, exclude the majority of Israelis and Jews from the Western Wall,” said Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall chairwoman, in a statement … In 2003, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a government ban on women wearing tefillin or tallitot, or reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall.
Americans and the Israeli army
American IDF soldiers serve on campus
JPost 18 Aug — Three US-born IDF veterans return to US after army service. Each is involved in campus Israel advocacy efforts … [Elliot] Charles joined the IDF in 2008 after he turned 18 and served for two and a half years in a combat infantry unit in the Nahal Brigade … “I wanted to ensure that someday my children and grandchildren — if faced with another mass genocide of my people — will have a safe haven,” Charles said … Sam Besser spent almost two years in Israel as a soldier in the IDF, during the time that most of his friends were in college … Although he said he would have been involved in campus Israel affairs even if he had not served in the IDF, Besser is convinced that his experience has made him more knowledgeable and a more confident advocate. “Israel is my home,” he said. “I was born in America and I am proud to be an American, but I always phrase it that I am a Jewish American.”
Israel’s lone soldiers: come for the perks, stay for the war crimes
Mondoweiss 19 Aug by Nima Shirazi — In his 2011 book entitled Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, author J.M Berger (purportedly in his own words) “uncovers the secret history of American jihadists.” Berger, who refers to himself as a “specialist on homegrown extremism,” tells us that these traitorous terrorists are “Muslims [who] have traveled abroad to fight in wars because of their religious beliefs.” Please read that definition again. Ok, just one more time. Now read this from Tuesday’s New York Times: On Tuesday, with talk rampant about the possibility of an imminent Israeli attack on Iran, Mr. [Josh] Warhit became a citizen of Israel to enlist in its army. “Our parents were freaking out,” Mr. Warhit, now 22, recalled of that first trip [to Israel] during the war against Hezbollah. “It only made us more thirsty. I love the Jewish people. Love involves commitment. Right now we need people to commit….
NY state senator David Storobin’s office: Visitors to the Israeli/Syrian border are required to don a uniform and carry a gun
Mondoweiss 17 Aug — New York state senator David Storobin’s office responded today to criticism over the senator carrying a weapon and wearing an IDF uniform in the occupied Golan Heights, on the Syrian border. “…As Israelis know all too well, the Syrian border is a hostile area. Visitors there are required to don a uniform and carry a gun. Even members of the Knesset do so. There are snipers on the other side. If they see an unarmed person not in uniform, they may assume it’s a leader of some kind, and that person could be a target.” This claim from Storobin’s office seems to have no basis in fact. Israeli journalist Joseph Dana was just on the Syrian border and says: “This is all insane. I have no idea what area he is talking about in fact. I mean, I was just there. Five meters from the border and everything was very calm. Of course, the other side of the border was being shelled. There were Israeli Jews and Druze all around, watching what was happening over in Syria. This guy seems to be talking about a different place entirely.” [Jennie S comments: For an Israeli take on the “visitors are required to wear uniform & carry a gun” go to Noam Sheizaf’s article in 972: NY state senator’s unbelievable excuse for posing in IDF uniform
Analysis / Opinion
Yousef Munayyer asks Aaron David Miller how many Arabs are too many
Mondoweiss 17 Aug by Adam Horowitz — Writing in the Daily Beast, Yousef Munayyer responds to Aaron David Miller’s recent New York Times Op-Ed bemoaning the number of Palestinians in Israel: An ideology that seeks to build a society around a certain type of people defined by ethnicity or religion is inevitably going to feature racism, supremacy and oppression — especially when the vast majority of native inhabitants where such an ideology is implemented are unwelcomed. But this premise of too many Arabs, too many Palestinians, too many __________ (fill in the blank with people unlike you) is so common in the discourse on the Israeli/Palestinian question today that the racism inherent in it rarely ever questioned . . .
Tell us, how many Arabs are too many? How many human souls of an ethnicity inconvenient to your ideology are intolerable for you? Please put a number on it, I demand you do, so that we can better define the extent of your racism.
RTÉ –Through an Orientalist prism / Zoë Lawlor
19 Aug — Due to factors outside my control and to be discussed soon, I’ve been sitting at home, hugging my laptop for the last week. During that week I’ve had lots of time to listen to the radio, our [Irish] national broadcaster RTÉ radio one and in particular the Pat Kenny show, presented by Myles Dungan. On Thursday 16th August Palestinian Raja Shehadeh was interviewed about his book Occupation Diaries. From the outset Dungan frames the interview in terms of negativity, stating that Shehadeh has said he is “angry” and that anger is generally seen as a negative emotion. In the usual Irish journalistic obsession with discussing personal relationships between occupied and occupier, Dungan asks Shehadeh to describe his friendships with Israelis. Why does this constantly happen in such interviews? I don’t think it’s a genuine interest in how people relate to each other, I think it’s orientalism — we will tell your story, partly, but we want the Israeli narrative in there too…your own is not adequate… Dungan then describes how Shehadeh writes of the way he is viewed as a threat or a non-person by Israeli “border guards” and asks him: “Can you not see it from the point of view of, say for example, an Israeli border guard, some of their comrades perhaps have died as a result of terrorist activity?” This is an astonishing question to ask, especially in the context of zero empathy displayed by Dungan for either his interviewee or the people subjected to military occupation by said “border guards”.