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Ahmed Abu Hashem and daughter (photo: Palestine Solidarity Project)

The activist community in the little West Bank village of Beit Ommar has been targeted again by Israeli forces. Fifteen military jeeps descended on the town in the middle of the night and burst into the room of a new mother hours after she’d given birth to her first child.

Ahmed Abu Hashem, activist member of the Beit Ommar Popular Committee, and his son Mohammed were beaten, arrested and hauled off during the 2 am raid.

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Defense for Children International report cover

Readers may recall that the children of Beit Ommar have been hit particularly hard by the occupation, and some were the focus of the Defense for Children International report. I am told that the boy on the report’s cover (left) is one of Abu Hashem’s children; his brother Mohammed Abu Hashem was arrested yet again yesterday. Mohammed (pictured below) was featured in our earlier report, having just been released from jail.

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Mohammed Abu Hashem

At the time The Palestine Solidarity Project (PSP) informed us that soldiers demanded to know why Abu Hashem’s family participated in the local protests and demanded names of other activists.

Abu Hashem’s daughter-in-law Yasmin Abu Maria had just given birth to Abu Hashem’s grandchild. And soldiers burst into the room of a baby girl on the first night of her life, not even a day old. Is this what it means to be Palestinian? Not one sacred day of life with her child without interruption from soldiers with guns drawn? And the humiliation of a man not being able to protect his family.

And why? Because this family has exercised its universal right to speak out against the government that rules their lives.

Press release:

At approximately 2am in Palestine, 15 Jeeps of Israeli forces invaded Beit Ommar, seeking to arrest the son of Ahmed Abu Hashem, an active member of the Beit Ommar Popular Committee and PSP. Just yesterday, at approximately 1pm Palestine time, Ahmed’s daughter-in-law and niece of PSP Co-founder, Yasmin Abu Maria, gave birth to a baby girl. When the Israeli military forced their way into Ahmed’s home, they entered to room of the newly-recuperating mother and her young daughter with weapons drawn, terrifying the young family. When Ahmed tried to intervene to protect his daughter-in-law and new granddaughter he was attacked and violently beaten by Israeli forces. Ahmed and his son Mohammed were arrested and taken away.
PSP will update as more information becomes available.
Mohammed has been arrested several times in his young life, and was a focus of a previous Defense of Children International-Palestine report.
Ahmed’s home has been a continuous target of Israeli aggression, and Ahmed himself has often been targeted because of his commitment to the popular resistance and talent for documenting IOF aggression.

Last years Campaign for the Release of Ahmed Abu Hashem and His Sons provides the context for the threat the people of Beit Ommar endure on a daily basis. Their cherished land is coveted:

Ahmed is the father of eight children, and is the only source of income for his family. Ahmed has a piece of land, about 3 dunams (3000 square meters), adjacent to Karmei Tsur settlement. The settlement is illegal according to international law under the 4th Geneva Convention. The Palestinian land near the settlement has been planted, uprooted and cut by settlers, and replanted again many times. It is a constant effort for Palestinians to keep their own land. Ahmed, who was arrested while trying to defend his land, has been arrested several times in the last few years. He has spent about four and a half years total in Israeli jails. His sons have also been arrested several times since they were children. Yousef (19 years old) was released on April 4th, 2012, after spending about six months in jail. Emad (22 years old), who is married with two infant children, was arrested on April 17th and is still in detention, along with their 15 year-old brother Muhammad, who was taken during a night raid on April 23rd.

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Ahmed Abu Hashem threaten by soldiers for documenting Occupation
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  1. Blank State
    Blank State
    July 8, 2013, 4:53 pm

    For a state that is so worried about anti-semitism, one wonders why they work so hard at instilling it into the mindsets of arab youth.

    • Taxi
      Taxi
      July 9, 2013, 2:14 am

      It’s not “anti-semitism” if you’re resisting a brutal occupier who happens to be jewish. It’s “anti-semitism” if you hate on jews for no good reason. Big difference.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 10, 2013, 12:20 am

        “It’s not “anti-semitism” if you’re resisting a brutal occupier who happens to be jewish.”

        If the brutal occupiers were simply billed as Israeli, we could seriously say that they are not instilling anti-Semitism. However, they not only make a big deal about being Jewish themselves, they also claim to be acting as part of all Jews world-wide. Furthermore, they certainly seem to receive the support of the majority of Jews. Thus, they are instilling a well-justified hatred of Israeli Jews, and an understandable if not-so-well-justified hatred of Jews in general. Only if we insist on including “for no good reason” can we deny this is anti-Semitism.

        (And what is the difference between “hating Jews” and “hating on Jews”?)

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        July 10, 2013, 11:55 am

        Same difference, RoHa.

        Hating on/loving on = South Cal coastal vernacular.

      • Blank State
        Blank State
        July 10, 2013, 6:22 pm

        “It’s not “anti-semitism” if you’re resisting a brutal occupier who happens to be jewish. It’s “anti-semitism” if you hate on jews for no good reason. Big difference”

        I think thats a pie in the sky opinion that defies common sense. Basic human nature would turn to prejudice when constantly attacked, abused, or oppressed by any given religious, racial, or ethnic segment of humanity. Make no mistake, Israel’s actions instill hatred against Jews in Palestinian youth. To posit otherwise is naive and unrealistic.

      • annie
        annie
        July 10, 2013, 7:54 pm

        i don’t think it’s wise to speculate on allegations of hatred in others. if you want to speak of your own hatred do so, but making generalizations about others alleged hatred, i don’t agree with you. i know some palestinian youth who are not full of hatred. plus, bestowing on a people the power to instill hatred in others hearts, it’s a heady thing to say. besides, hasbrats frequently ascribe hatred to others, their adversaries, do you really want to go there? do you agree with their assessment? why promote an idea like that, hatred weakens the soul. palestinians have sumud. and they re not stupid.

        and i do not believe the people of Beit Ommar are anti semitic. perhaps you are not aware one of the co founders of Beit Ommar’s PSP is Jewish. she’s a tireless activist for palestine. young and very charismatic. the people of Beit Ommar are not stupid. she is part of their family and a young mother. her father is a rabbi.

        http://cifwatch.com/tag/bekah-wolf/

        One of the residents of Beit Ummar is Rebekah (Bekah) Wolf, who arrived in the Middle East in 2003 as a volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, later getting herself deported in 2005. In 2006 she co-founded the Palestine Solidarity Project (based in Beit Ummar) together with Mousa Abu Maria, whom she later married.

        she is also my contact for this story.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 10, 2013, 9:12 pm

        “i don’t think it’s wise to speculate on allegations of hatred in others. … i know some palestinian youth who are not full of hatred.”

        I don’t think any of us said that Palestinians are full of hatred, only that the Israelis are working hard at instilling it.

        “bestowing on a people the power to instill hatred in others hearts, it’s a heady thing to say”

        Surely you are not denying that it is possible for you to make people hate you, are you?

      • Blank State
        Blank State
        July 10, 2013, 10:37 pm

        Annie, I think you are way off base on this one. You are positing from your heart, and not from logic or human history. One only need examine the wars throughout history to realize that prejudicial hatred has been the propelling force that keeps the soldiers engaged. Often, the hatred is nurtured by those that profit by the hostility.

        Ponder, if you will, the societal sentiment that allowed the Japanese interment camps. The various slurs that arise out of conflict; skinnies (somalia), nips (world war two), gooks(Viet Nam), ragheads(GWOT)……need I go on? I am quite certain, although not directly aware, that there is undoubtedly such slurs developed by many Palestinians to describe thier Jewish adversaries. And can you really dismiss the rabid prejudices that many in the Israeli settler communities express against thier Palestinian neighbors? Your optimistic reading of human nature is certainly sweet, but is in direct conflict with history and human nature. How I wish you were correct. But to ascribe prejudice to one side of this conflict, while giving the other side the benefit of the doubt, is a stance that belies common sense. Or perhaps you hold the opinion that there is not widespread prejudice against Muslims within Israeli Jewish society? That this conflict is simply fueled by the Zionist Israelis quest to expand thier territory, and the Palestinians are simply resisting that expansion, neither side propelled by prejudicial malice? You really believe that?

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        July 10, 2013, 10:45 pm

        Blank,

        Even if some Palestinian youths hate jews, it’s for an understandable reason in their case: having been under the brutal israeli jewish boot ever since they were born. Therefore it is NOT mindless hatred. Therefore it is NOT antisemitic.

      • annie
        annie
        July 11, 2013, 2:19 am

        I don’t think any of us said that Palestinians are full of hatred

        this is what i heard: Make no mistake, Israel’s actions instill hatred against Jews in Palestinian youth.

        i can only speak from personal experience, but i don’t know if anyone has the power to instill hatred into my heart. while i think it is inevitable some people do hate. but i do not think israel has the power to instill hatred in people although their propaganda certainly makes use of accusing their adversaries of hatred.

        it’s not my place to say palestinians cannot distinguish between their oppressors and all jews. anti semitism is hatred of jews, because they are jews. listen to what taxi is saying.”It’s not “anti-semitism” if you’re resisting a brutal occupier who happens to be jewish.”

        Surely you are not denying that it is possible for you to make people hate you, are you?

        like i said, i am not aware of anyone having that kind of power over my own heart, no, i cannot make anyone hate me. and no one can make me hate.

        hatred corrodes the soul. why would i release my soul to my adversary?

        i don’t think i am off base at all. that’s all i have to say.

      • Blank State
        Blank State
        July 11, 2013, 4:35 pm

        “hatred corrodes the soul”

        Of course it does. Why do you think an Israeli military commander can order the disbursement of millions of cluster bomblets against an urban community of non-combatants, or a Muslim fanatic can detonate a bomb in a marketplace full of women and children? Recognizing the effect hatred has on one’s very essence does not preclude hatred from being an actual component of human nature. I suspect you’ve led a very safe and sheltered life, Annie, where your loved one’s have not been starved, butchered, murdered or oppressed by an ethnic, racial, or religious segment of the global community.

      • American
        American
        July 11, 2013, 8:12 pm

        @ Blank

        “That this conflict is simply fueled by the Zionist Israelis quest to expand thier territory, and the Palestinians are simply resisting that expansion, neither side propelled by prejudicial malice? You really believe that?”

        In the case of Isr-I/P the Palestines are propelled by keeping or getting their land and homes back..not so much by pre exsting hatred of Jews.
        You can hate someone or something without necessary wanting to actually ‘destroy’ or kill them….it can be expressed or acted on other ways, you can shun them, be disgusted by them etc. etc….hate has degrees.
        OTOH….the Israelis do ‘hate with malice’ the Palestines to the nth degree if you go by they’ve ‘actually done’ to them.
        IMO if you want to say they both hate the other I would find the Palestine’s hatred “justifed’. ..but not the Israelis, they brought the hate on themselves from day one by their own actions….and would be just as hated for what they’ve done whether Jews or not.

    • American
      American
      July 11, 2013, 12:41 am

      Blank State says:
      July 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      For a state that is so worried about anti-semitism, one wonders why they work so hard at instilling it into the mindsets of arab youth.>>>>

      That’s just it…they aren’t really worried about anti semitism. They really think they have an eternal get out of jail card because of the holocaust.
      All the screeching and stomping around the world they do about anti semitism?…it’s not really about that, it’s about exercising control- cowing populations and governments with the anti semitism fright in order to extract concessions on other things and have officials and govs turn a blind eye to some of their unsavory doings, that if it were anyone but the holocaust crowd doing it they wouldn’t get away with it.

      “If they were actually afraid of anti semtism they would never have done what they’ve done and continue doing it.”

      The anti semitism thing is part of the con.

      • Blank State
        Blank State
        July 11, 2013, 4:51 pm

        “The anti semitism thing is part of the con”

        Carroll, as you well know from your years of reading my opinions, here and at TWN, I am well aware of the accusation of “anti-semitism” being used to divert and justify the policies and actions of the so-called “Jewish State”. But the actual con-job, and the existence of policies and actions that DO foster anti-semitism, are two separate topics of discussion. Surely you don’t believe that actual anti-semitism is non-existent? To deny the existence of actual anti-semitism within the Muslim community is as ludricous as denying prejudice against Muslims within the Jewish community. That is not to say that Annie is correct in accusing me of lumping ALL Palestinians, or ALL Jews, of harboring such prejudice. But surely you must recognize that the actions of one ethnic or religious group of people against the welfare of another ethnic or religious group of people will result in prejudicial hatred. It is a self-perpetuating dynamic that is as real to human nature as oxygen is to earth’s atmosphere. Both Muslims and Jews need to realize that actions presented as a collective will result in prejudice against that collective by those oppressed by the actions or policies.

      • American
        American
        July 11, 2013, 7:40 pm

        @ Blank State

        ”But the actual con-job, and the existence of policies and actions that DO foster anti-semitism, are two separate topics of discussion. Surely you don’t believe that actual anti-semitism is non-existent?

        yes I recongize all that. But I wasnt addressing the whole ball of wax just the zio game.

        But the …..” actual con-job, and the existence of policies and actions that DO foster anti-semitism,”’…arent really separate. They work together like a horse and buggy. Or maybe I should describe it as being given a zio ‘policy pill that has terrible side effects that makes you sick and then you are given a zio ‘anti semite fright pill to counteract your bad reaction to the zio policy pill.

      • annie
        annie
        July 13, 2013, 1:01 am

        blank, i said earlier “that’s all i have to say ” but something you’ve said here indicates to me you are missing my point. when you said .. i was accusing you of “lumping ALL Palestinians, or ALL Jews, of harboring ..prejudice”, first of all it was not an accusation. it was a conclusion one could surmise from your words. words have meaning, therefore when you say ” Israel’s actions instill hatred against Jews in Palestinian youth. ” one could reasonably conclude that therefore palestinian youth have had hatred instilled in them. i personally think holding hate weakens the being (the holder of hate), weakens the warrior.

        so, who are we to assume who does or does not hate? that’s why i said earlier (7:54) i didn’t think it was wise to speculate on allegations of hatred in others. and if you wanted to speak of your own hatred..to do so. but you are not speaking of your own hate (indeed, i do not know if you do hate). why is that? why not speak from your own experience? do you consider yourself anti semitic after years of observing (or experiencing if that is the case) the oppression of palestinians? has hate been instilled in you? if not, why not? do others instill hate in you?

        word matter. and yes inevitably there will be prejudice people in every walk of life. but the situation here, for palestinians, is not born of racism, it is born of oppression. when you frame the conflict in terms of ethnic hatred, you’re treading on territory that is very personal. i think it’s very clear israelis are programed towards a hatred of arabs and muslims, continually. this is not a secret. http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/week-s-end/look-an-arab-speaking-hebrew.premium-1.535391

        but to speculate the anger born within palestinians after years of occupation is born of a hatred of jews as opposed to a valid resistance not based on race… that is not something i believe. but it is very much something the israel supporters continually try to convince us of. all the time. the effort from israel’s supporters to convince us the root of this conflict is arab or/and palestinians hatred of jews is rabid here (and often doesn’t pass moderation).

        so, once you accept that and then try to tweak the framing to say..well, it is justified isn’t it? they’ve won the war, then the debate becomes whether their alleged hatred is justified. this is not about acknowledging both ethnicities just hate eachother and then pointing the finger and saying whose fault is that. that is not what is going on here imho.

        this is about millions of one ethnicity, via their political construct (zionism) imposing their supremacy and dominance over another for the purpose stealing/colonizing the land. palestinians want their rights, their home, and their land. to ascribe some kind of equal animosity as you have here:

        the actions of one ethnic or religious group of people against the welfare of another ethnic or religious group of people will result in prejudicial hatred. It is a self-perpetuating dynamic that is as real to human nature as oxygen is to earth’s atmosphere. >b>Both Muslims and Jews need to realize that actions presented as a collective will result in prejudice against that collective by those oppressed by the actions or policies.

        this is skewed and i will tell you why. yes, actions presented as a collective will result in prejudice. that is kind of a no brainer. and, for the vast majority of palestinians, the implication their emotions and/or reactions to oppression, or their resistance is born of …prejudice? it’s not. it’s born of denial of rights and oppression. because some people might become prejudice, because some people might hate, is rather beside the point and a distraction.

        whereas, the link above is a good example, i do believe israelis are brainwashed into, trained into prejudice to be able to oppress others as they do.

        there is no balance here, no back and forth between the motivations of the two sides. defining the animosity of this conflict (and that is not an accusation) or framing it in terms of racism or ethnic hatred creates a barrier, an opaqueness where transparency should reign.

        and why is it you can speak of the hatred israelis have instilled in palestinians while not speaking of the hatred they have instilled in you? why? why not speak of your own experience? you have been frank speculating i have “led a very safe and sheltered life, Annie, where your loved one’s have not been starved, butchered, murdered or oppressed by an ethnic, racial, or religious segment of the global community. ”

        so can one assume you have not led a very safe and sheltered life or your loved one’s have been starved, butchered, murdered or oppressed by an ethnic, racial, or religious segment of the global community?

        and itis your empathy for palestinians you can assume they’ve been instilled w/hatred? a hatred you have thus far fended off? if you want to speak of hatred blank, speak of your own. if you want to speak of prejudice speak of your own. but do not feign you don’t hate while ascribing it to others. please.

        and if you want to empathize with palestinians doing it by assuming they’ve had hate ‘instilled’in their hearts since childhood..well, no warrior worth his salt is motivated by hatred, you might as well just doom them with that kind of talk.

        scroll up and look at that photo. palestinians teach their children. and this conflict is not about their racism.

  2. BrianEsker
    BrianEsker
    July 8, 2013, 6:07 pm

    It would be a bit more honest and less of a distortion if the author included mention of why these kids were arrested.

    Throwing rocks and firebombs is the usual reason.

    • annie
      annie
      July 8, 2013, 6:21 pm

      you might find the embeds helpful brian. specifically click on the Defense for Children International link. It provides a lot of context actually.

      and here’s more: http://palestinesolidarityproject.org/2012/05/28/campaign-for-the-release-of-ahmed-abu-hashem-and-his-sons/

      The main goal of this campaign is the release of Ahmed Abu Hashem and his sons, as well as all Palestinian prisoners in general. About 300 people from Beit Ommar are currently in Israeli jails. There have been 84 arrests from Beit Ommar so far this year in 2012. 56 of those arrested are under 21, and 37 of them are under 18. Names, ages and dates of the arrests can be found below.

      January 2012
      1. Muhammad Jamal Alqam – 17 – Jan. 2, 2012
      2. Moath Jamal Alqam – 16 – Jan. 2
      3. Ibrahim Yousef Sabarna – 22 – Jan. 2
      4. Hamza Noaf Sabarna – 23 – Jan. 3
      5. Khadr Fathi Sabarna – 18 – Jan. 3
      6. Mohammad Shokat Alqam – 23 – Jan. 3
      7. Raid Mahmoud Sabarna – 28 – Jan. 8
      8. Yousef Mahmoud Al Alamy – 23 – Jan. 8
      9. Ahmad Yousef Sabarna – 23 – Jan. 9
      10. Safwat Sameer Ikhlayl – 22 – Jan. 11
      11. Hasan Shaheda Salaby – 20 – Jan. 11
      12. Muhammad Haitham Salaby – 21 – Jan. 11
      13. Firas Ibrahim Abu Maria – 20 – Jan. 21
      14. Mamdoh Basem Alamy – 18 – Jan. 18
      15. Yousef Ahmad Alamy – 17 – Jan. 20
      16. Azmy Muhammad Ikhlayl – 16 – Jan. 21
      17. Ameer Shokat Alqam – 16 – Jan. 21
      18. Nasr Fathi Ikhlayl – 22 – Jan. 29
      19. Montasr Fathi Ikhlayl – 18 – Jan. 29
      20. Muhammad Nasr Al Alamy – 22 – Jan. 29
      21. Hamza Muhammad Awad – 15 – Jan. 30
      22. Moath Jamal Alqam – 18 – Jan. 30
      23. Moayed Jowad Bahr – 18 – Jan. 30

      February 2012
      1. Muhammad Basem Al Alamy – 23 – Feb. ???
      2. Nadeem Rasm Ikhlayl – 26 – Feb. 8
      3. Rafat Muhammad Al Alamy – 24 – Feb. 8
      4. Yousef Abdel Hamid Abu Maria – 38 – Feb. 11
      5. Saqr Sadeq Abu Maria – 42 – Feb. 11
      6. Ayesh Abdel Nasr Ikhlayl – 18 – Feb. 12
      7. Ahmad Mahmoud Za’aqiq – 15 – Feb. 12
      8. Ehab Muhammad Abu Fanoos – 15 – Feb. 12
      9. Muhammad Ahmad Abu Hashem – 15 – Feb. 21
      10. Muhab Sameer Abu Maria – 16 – Feb. 21
      11. Muhammad Jameel Abu Maria – 16 – Feb. 21

      March 2012
      1. Naseem Khadr Al Alamy – 32 – Mar. 1
      2. Hasan Saadi Al Alamy – 22 – Mar. 1
      3. Malek Saadi Al Alamy – 23 – Mar. 1
      4. Yousef Ibrahim Al Alamy – 36 – Mar. 1
      5. Malek Mahmoud Al Alamy – 20 – Mar. 1
      6. Abdel Aziz Al Hindi – 38 – Mar. 2
      7. Ayesh Khalid Awad – 16 – Mar. 5
      8. Mataz Khaled Awad – 18 – Mar. 5
      9. Basel Khaled Abu Maria – 16 – Mar. 5
      10. Ahmad Mahmoud Al Salaby – 16 – Mar. 7
      11. Bilal Mahmoud Awad – 16 – Mar. 7
      12. Muhammad Jawdat Ali – 14 – Mar. 7
      13. Zain Hashem Abu Maria – 15 – Mar. 12
      14. Sami Amer Abu Juda – 15 – Mar. 12
      15. Sa’id Emad Salaby – 16 – Mar. 12
      16. Omar Shokat Alqam – 16 – Mar. 12
      17. Ismail Issa Salaby – 24 – Mar. 23

      April 2012
      1. Hossein Ramzy Al Alamy – 14 – April 1
      2. Muhammad Ali Awad – 14 – April 2
      3. Yousef Muhammad Awad – 17 – Apr. 2
      4. Muhammad Mahmoud Awad – 20 – Apr. 2
      5. Muhannad Zuhair Al Alamy – 14 – Apr. 2
      6. Hamza Nasr Abu Maria – 17 – Apr. 11
      7. Emad Ahmad Abu Hashem – 22 – Apr. 16
      8. Muhammad Yasr Al Khatib – 18 – Apr. 16
      9. Jihad Yousef Alqam – 17 – Apr. 20
      10. Fady Muhammad Abu Fanoos – 16 – Apr. 20
      11. Qasem Ahmad Abu Maria – 16 – Apr. 20
      12. Ismail Ghalib Awad – 20 – Apr. 20
      13. Alaa Mousa Za’aqiq – 23 – Apr. 20
      14. Ahmad Abdel Jibar – 15 – Apr. 20
      15. Tariq Jamal Abu Maria – 17 – Apr. 23
      16. Badran Jalal Abu Ayesh – 16 – Apr. 23
      17. Nabeel Mahmoud Al Alamy – 21 – Apr. 24
      18. Muhammad Yousef Al Sabarna – 18 – Apr. 24

      May 2012
      1. Hamza Shahda Sabarna – 18 – May 2
      2. Khaled Abdel Qadr Ikhlayl – 20 – May 2
      3. Hamza Muhammad Abu Maria – 18 – May 3
      4. Khalil Hamad Al Alamy – 15 – May 5
      5. Ramzy Nasr Al Alamy – 14 – May 5
      6. Yousef Ahmad Bahr – 21 – May 6
      7. Ahmad Khalil Abu Hashem – 45 – May 11
      8. Muhannad Mershad Awad – 12 – May 21
      9. Alaa Yousef Abu Maria – 14 – May 21
      10. Jowad Muhammad Za’aqiq – 15 – May 21
      11. Alaa Fahmy Za’aqiq – 32 – May 23
      12. Hamad Ahmad Abu Maria – 20 – May 23
      13. Muhammad Ali Sabarna – 22 – May 23
      14. Hossam Sabr Abu Maria – 16 – May 23
      15. Muhammad Wajeh Abu Maria – 19 – May 23

      …..Palestinians, especially young Palestinians, are putting themselves and their liberty on the line to defend their land and confront the occupation.

      Throwing rocks and firebombs is the usual reason.

      that is a fallacy, the reason they are targeted is settlers covet their land.

    • talknic
      talknic
      July 8, 2013, 9:12 pm

      BrianEsker “It would be a bit more honest and less of a distortion if the author included mention of why these kids were arrested”

      Uh huh… It would be more honest and less of a distortion if Israel withdrew from all non-Israeli territory, stopped illegally acquiring non-Israeli territory, ceased illegal annexation of non-Israeli territory, stopped deceiving Israeli Jews by purposefully encouraging them to purposefully break GC VI, thereby PURPOSEFULLY endangering their lives so it can then illogically claim ‘defense’

      It would be more honest and less of a distortion if Israel informed Israeli citizens of how it was recognized “..as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947” so they might understand why there are so many UNSC resolutions reminding Israel of its LEGAL obligations.

      IOW It would be more honest and less of a distortion if Israel stopped LYING to itself!!

      “Throwing rocks and firebombs is the usual reason”

      Not unusual for people who have been occupied for 4 or 5 generations. A whole life under occupation is very likely to breed contempt for the Occupying Power and it’s illegally armed illegal settlers (illegal belligerents) and their IDF protectors

      Were Israel to get out of non-Israeli territory for once, there’d be far less VALID targets to throw rocks and firebombs at.

      BTW Under occupation Jews resorted to terrorism http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/releases/2006/march/jewish.htm in far larger numbers than the Palestinians ever have. Some of these Jewish terrorists eventually became leaders of the “ZIONIST MOVEMENT”s Jewish state that has by illegally acquiring non-Israeli territory, for 65 yrs prevented Israel living in peace with its neighbours.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      July 8, 2013, 10:28 pm

      “It would be a bit more honest and less of a distortion if the author included mention of why these kids were arrested.”

      They were arrested for being non-Jews on land coveted by covetous Jews, animated by the racist ideology of zionism.

    • Blank State
      Blank State
      July 9, 2013, 12:00 am

      “It would be a bit more honest and less of a distortion if the author included mention of why these kids were arrested”

      I’m always astounded by comments such as this.

      First, what “firebombs”? Perhaps I’m just uninformed, but can Brian provide us with an account of any recent arrests of Palestinian youths for employing “firebombs”???

      And rocks???? Of course many stones are being thrown by Palestinian kids. What other avenue of venting do they have for the daily hardships, abuses, and prejudices that Israel imposes on them and thier families. Israel nurtures their hatred, earns it with policy and deed.

      Poor Israel, their tanks, troop carriers, and heavily armored soldiers are endangered by kids with rocks. Gosh, maybe if you steal more land, humiliate more pregnant women, deprive more villages of water, livestock, orchards and crops these nasty Palestinian hooligans will stop throwing stones. Might help too if you target a few more fishermen for target practice, you’re gettin’ kinda lax on that front.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        July 10, 2013, 12:24 am

        “Poor Israel, their tanks, troop carriers … are endangered by kids with rocks.”

        I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

        Think of the paintwork! Won’t somebody please think of all those nasty chips and scratches the stones can cause?

    • amigo
      amigo
      July 9, 2013, 4:53 am

      Mr Esker , you are morally bankrupt and unbalanced.But do please keep up your good work in defending the Zionist entity.Your posts make good recruitment material.

      Care to tell us how many of these illegal squatter Jewish thugs are in prison.I bet they were released same day.

      “Israeli settlers riot after West Bank terror attack, 6 arrested
      Following fatal stabbing of Israeli at the Tapuach Junction, settlers from Yitzhar set Palestinian’s fields on fire, throw stones at school bus; two Palestinian girls wounded.”

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/settlers-riot-after-west-bank-terror-attack-6-arrested.premium-1.518394

    • annie
      annie
      July 9, 2013, 6:36 pm

      it is occurring to me brian is willfully ignoring the hours and hours of documentation of soldiers abducting and arresting palestinians for doing nothing except being on their own land. here’s and example from last weekend. look brian, no rocks etc:

      http://972mag.com/watch-idf-arrests-palestinian-brothers-israeli-activists-while-grazing-herds/75312/

      maybe it’s just that dangerous sheep grazing. and guess what, their are no arrests of settlers for grazing their animals on palestinians land. ever.

  3. just
    just
    July 8, 2013, 8:31 pm

    What beautiful people are in the Abu Hashem family & depicted in those pictures.

    More demonic behavior by the IOF– punishment for daring to tell the truth and for protesting the theft of land, resources, destruction, and violence dealt by the IOF.

  4. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    July 8, 2013, 10:29 pm

    “More demonic behavior by the IOF”

    Yup. demonic behavior animated by a demonic ideology.

  5. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 9, 2013, 6:53 am

    Why do Palestinian kids throw stones at IOF forces, tanks, vehicles? All the responses to BrianEsker’s comment were accurate. Here’s more, including an explanation from some kids themselves: http://stopwar.org.uk/index.php/palestine-and-israel/1762-why-palestinian-children-throw-stones-at-israeli-tanks

    • Blank State
      Blank State
      July 9, 2013, 7:19 pm

      “All the responses to BrianEsker’s comment were accurate”

      Yet, typically, his dingleberry will hang there, unbuttressed by any debate he might offer in response to our rebuttals. This consistent lack of response is the hallmark of the feckless trolls that erect these thin and weakly mortared walls of denial…….always refusing to concede the obvious.

      Well, Brian, what pebble of inconsequence will you throw next? Personally, I find it far easier to respect the courage of a youth throwing stones at a tank than I do finding any respect for you and your literary projectiles of denial. Often I find myself pondering how easily and unabashedly some here, (in attempting to advocate for Israel and the zionists), expose themselves as completely and utterly devoid of character or integrity. If you have to lower yourself to such a degree in order to advocate for anything, can that thing be worthy of your advocacy??? I don’t get it.

      BTW, Brian..what “firebombs”??? You made the assertion, now back it up with some facts. Or perhaps you’d rather examine irrefutable proof of REAL firebombs being “thrown”. Its called “white phosphorous”, and it ain’t Palestinian kids that throw it.

  6. just
    just
    July 9, 2013, 5:41 pm

    I would love to see some stats on settlers arrested and jailed for crimes against Palestinians……or simple Jewish youth who commit acts of violence against Palestinians….. or IOF who brazenly attack, arrest and stand by Israelis, enabling them, while they commit heinous and barbaric attacks upon Palestinians and their resources.

    *crickets*

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