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Israeli human rights worker is shot by Israeli soldier in Nabi Saleh

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Sarit Michaeli
Sarit Michaeli, photo by Active Stills

Writes Ofer Neiman:

B’Tselem spokesperson, Sarit Michaeli, holds a rubber coated bullet, taken out of her leg, Shot by IOF in Nabi Saleh.

I’m told Michaeli is recovering well. Of course many Palestinians have been shot in Nabi Saleh during protests of the taking of the village’s land, and Rushdie Tamimi and Mustafa Tamimi were killed by Israeli soldiers. But Israelis and westerners typically get more attention. Like NYT reporter Ben Ehrenreich, briefly detained by soldiers. When some Palestinians are detained for years.

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  1. annie
    July 20, 2013, 2:54 pm

    As far as the Israeli military is concerned, B’Tselem is a danger to Israel’s security.

  2. OlegR
    July 20, 2013, 5:06 pm

    Play with fire you might get burned…

    • Cliff
      July 21, 2013, 5:42 am

      You mean, when you protest Jewish colonialism, Jewish colonists attack.

      • OlegR
        July 21, 2013, 6:19 am

        I mean that when you go demonstrating you should be aware that you might be putting your self in harms way.
        As surely this women did.
        Besides what’s with the indignation, are you suggesting that shooting
        an Israeli women journalist is on another moral plane then the shooting
        of the average Palestinian protester?

      • Bumblebye
        July 21, 2013, 7:09 am

        Cliff made a statement. It contains no indignation. YOU, however, are telling us that to protest illegal activities in occupied Palestine is the cause of harm to Ms Michaeli. You omit that she was completely unarmed, and that the harm came to her via her own ‘compatriots’ – IN someone else’s country.

      • OlegR
        July 21, 2013, 7:17 am

        I was referring the article not Cliffs statement.

    • eljay
      July 21, 2013, 7:53 am

      >> Play with fire you might get burned…

      Tough Jewish supremacists enjoy playing with the fire of Jewish terrorism, ethnic cleansing, colonialism, expansionism, oppression, torture and supremacism, and then they cry like little girls whenever one of their Palestinian victims throws a rock at them.

      They’re the school-yard bully who goes blubbering to the teacher about how mean everyone is, because the kid they’d been brutally harassing all year finally punched him in the nose and the other kids started laughing at him.

      What a pathetic joke…

  3. giladg
    July 21, 2013, 3:50 am

    The problem with B’Tsalem is that they are selective. They choose to select the few “moderate” Palestinians who are in the minority (those who have accepted that there can and should be an independent, secure Jewish State between the Jordan and the sea), and they project these so called moderates as representing the Palestinian people. When in reality these so called moderate are useless, impotent and have no real influence on how the future will play out. It’s the radicals who dictate events and B’Tsalem needs to carry on with what it does but also allow in the element of perspective and balance that has always been missing in action with this group. They would lose legitimacy if they did this, so we know with whom we are dealing. In the end they help neither the Palestinians nor the Israeli’s.
    On second thought, I am also not sure that the so called moderates are ready for a secure Jewish independent state. They won’t give you answer on this, if you dare to ask. Secure means the following: physical, heritage and historical security.

    • Cliff
      July 21, 2013, 5:47 am

      giladg said:

      […]in the element of perspective and balance[…]

      Your post is one vague generalization after another.

      Why don’t you prove that there is a systematic lack of ‘balance’. What does balance mean when B’Tselem puts a camera on Israeli soldiers and the settlers abusing Palestinians?

      B’Tselem is simply capturing the Occupation/colonization. The Occupation is intrinsically imbalanced.

      It is imbalanced because Israel is forcing it’s own population on land that is already (and has been for thousands of years) settled.

      This is a colonial conflict.

      The supposed lack of ‘moderates’ is irrelevant. No one would be ‘moderate’ if their land was being stolen from them or if they were ruled over by their enemies for decades.

      Why don’t you judge yourself by your own absurd and hateful standards?

      • giladg
        July 22, 2013, 8:52 am

        Journalist and so called peace seeking NGO’s, are able to work freely from within Israel. However, this allows them the focus mainly on one side, the site that allows them to operate without the real threat that their throats are not going to be cut. The same type of action cannot be done with Palestinian society. This is an example of imbalance. Israel allows some NGO’s to setup monitoring station in the middle of roadblocks.
        In conflict situations there will always be those who could and should perform to higher moral levels. The fact that you hardly hear about Palestinian abuses skews the overall picture against Israel.

    • ritzl
      July 21, 2013, 12:39 pm

      The moderates have completely changed the face of Palestinian resistance/summud. They just created enough space to give the EU the cover to lay down some initial sanctions on Israel.

      The fact that Israel routinely shoots them, dead or otherwise, gave the EU the motivation to lay down those sanctions.

      Cover and motivation for a newly energized global gyre of accountability for Israeli bad acts. Hardly the workings of a manipulative, moderate façade. People, other than Israelis would smell that a mile away. It IS, however, a broad, visceral transformation in the Palestinian approach to their occupation, oppression, et. al.

      P.S. It’s working.

      • tree
        July 21, 2013, 1:54 pm

        The moderates have completely changed the face of Palestinian resistance/summud.

        The moderates were always there. There has always been non-violent resistance to the occupation. What’s different now is the existence of the internet and the small handheld video camera. Reality is no longer filtered exclusively through a distorting Israeli government lens.

      • ritzl
        July 22, 2013, 2:48 am

        Strenuously(!) agree, tree. As giladg sought to “filter” the reality in his/her comment.

        I would just add the quibble though that the “moderates” have only recently come to dominate Palestinian political/resistance thought, at least within the last five years or so.

        I’m probably repeating myself, but not only does the “filter” not work anymore, it serves as an enhancer to the reality it seeks to keep hidden.


  4. Citizen
    July 21, 2013, 9:21 am

    RE: ” Secure means the following: physical, heritage and historical security.”
    You mean like the Palestinians have had under Israel’s control for so many scores of years?

    Why do you suggest the ball’s in the Palestinians’ court?

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