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On Jan 31st, without warning, Israeli forces attacked two young Palestinian athletes on their return home from football training in al-Ram in the central West Bank. They shot them repeatedly in the feet, unleashed attack dogs that mauled their arms and legs and dragged them hundreds of feet on the ground, beat them and broke their knees (video).  The youths, cousins Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17, will never play competitive sports again.

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Palestinian footballer Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, after attack by Israeli forces Jan.31, 2014 (photo: Ma’an News)

Dave Zirin, Sports Editor for The Nation, writes a damning article After Latest Incident, Israel’s Future in FIFA Is Uncertain, detailing the event and calling attention to the ongoing atrocities perpetrated against Palestinian athletes that have thus far escaped the attention they deserve.

Whether it was the particularly horrific nature of this attack against young Palestinian athletes as they neared a checkpoint– (“Ten bullets were put into Jawhar’s feet. Adam took one bullet in each foot”)– or the exposure afforded by The Nation article coming right after Amnesty International’s 87-page report (pdf) landmark report “‘Trigger-happy’ Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank”– but look what popped up at today’s State Dept Daily Press Briefing:

QUESTION: I know you had addressed the excessive use of force in the occupied territories by Israeli soldiers in your Human Rights Report.

MS. [Jen] PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: But there was a report that Israeli soldiers at checkpoints are targeting Palestinian soccer players, that they shoot them in the legs and so on. A number of them have been sent to hospitals. Do you have any comment on that or are you aware?

MS. PSAKI: I haven’t seen that. Obviously, we spoke to our concerns, again, in the same Human Rights Report about certain actions and behavior.

QUESTION: Right. Okay. (Inaudible) because FIFA – I think FIFA has warned Israel that it might —

MS. PSAKI: I will check that out. Thanks, everyone.

We do hope Psaki ‘checks it out’ and doubly hope reporters keep dogging her til something breaks this through to the mainstream.  Zirin asks, “Just imagine”:

This is only the latest instance of the targeting of Palestinian soccer players by the Israeli army and security forces. Death, injury or imprisonment has been a reality for several members of the Palestinian national team over the last five years. Just imagine if members of Spain’s top-flight World Cup team had been jailed, shot or killed by another country and imagine the international media outrage that would ensue. Imagine if prospective youth players for Brazil were shot in the feet by the military of another nation. But, tragically, these events along the checkpoints have received little attention on the sports page or beyond.

The vicious attack was condemned by Jibril al-Rajoub, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association: “Israeli brutality against them emphasizes the occupation’s insistence on destroying Palestinian sport.”

Al-Rajoub is demanding the expulsion of Israel from FIFA and the International Olympic Committee. As reported in Inside World Football and other sports related media outlets, this demand is not new. But it’s long overdue.

The Nation agrees. Zirin:

The shooting into the feet of Jawhar and Adam has taken a delicate situation and made it an impossible one. Sporting institutions like FIFA and the IOC are always wary about drawing lines in the sand when it comes to the conduct of member nations. But the deliberate targeting of players is seen, even in the corridors of power, as impossible to ignore. As long as Israel subjects Palestinian athletes to detention and violence, their seat at the table of international sports will be never be short of precarious.

At a regional meeting of Arab states set for March 14, Al-Rajoub plans to organize support for his demand to become a formal resolution when all the member nations of FIFA meet in Brazil this June. It’s about time. Maybe, like South Africa, it will be sports that breaks the will of Israeli apartheid. 

Meanwhile, doctors said it may take six months to evaluate if Jawhar or Halabiya will ever be able to walk again.

 

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  1. just
    just
    March 5, 2014, 7:41 pm

    Yeah, because shooting football players in the feet, breaking their knees is somehow demonstrative of how the IOF values life….

    The IOF and the Israeli government are monstrous and guilty, guilty, guilty of war crimes. Yet our House of Reps (HORs) just voted to make their country our very special strategic ally.

    The world looks on with horror.

    Expel Israel from FIFA forever. Shame them on the world stage. They are not fit to be on any playing field with humans.

    • just
      just
      March 5, 2014, 7:55 pm

      Oh, and expel/fire/ostracize Psaki and crew! They are an embarrassment and pose a risk to our national security with their IDIOCY and BS. We’d be better off with an empty podium.

      I have to say that I so admire your restraint, Annie.

      • annie
        annie
        March 5, 2014, 8:21 pm

        I have to say that I so admire your restraint, Annie.

        you can thank my editors for that! ;) in all seriousness, the facts speak for themselves in an article like this. i mean, shooting someone 10 times in the feet, what kind of rationale could be behind that, other than just sadistic stuff and the overall general message, stop playing sports or we’ll kill your athletes. after what they did to Mahmoud Sarsak, locked him up w/no charges and threw away the key. he had to starve himself to get out. they never had anything on him, nothing.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2013/06/european-championship-tournament.html

        “it wasn’t until 2009 that Sarsak was offered a professional contract with a team in the West Bank. Finally he managed to secure the hard-to-come-by permit required by Palestinians to leave Gaza.”

        oh no, they put a stop to that. they put a stop to him playing professionally ..forever. and our state department did what? nothing!

      • ziusudra
        ziusudra
        March 6, 2014, 3:19 am

        Greetings Annie,
        Thanking you for your Input, i’m sure all of us & maybe world jewry feel,
        there, but for the grace of God, go i.
        ziusudra
        PS I can only stare in silence having a hopeless feeling of empathy for such crimes against humanity.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        Stephen Shenfield
        March 6, 2014, 6:17 am

        Psaki is just following standard internal regulations. These regulations define “checking out” allegations against the IDF as making a call to the IDF’s PR people (any other channels of inquiry being strictly forbidden), who in turn say that “we will check it out and get back to you.” Following their own internal regulations, they then do exactly nothing. These regulations are designed by operations specialists with a view to maximizing efficiency by saving staff time and energy for higher priority tasks.

  2. Cliff
    Cliff
    March 5, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Fuck Israel.

    Fucking scumbags.

  3. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    March 5, 2014, 8:37 pm

    I think this incident — this series of incidents apparently — makes it plain that BDS must attack all Israeli sport. I assume that a sufficiently adverse action taken by FIFA against Israel would in effect knock Israel out of the soccer (futbol) track of world sport and that would be a beginning. It would not be enough.

    Wanton cruelty of this sort must be severely punished. And it must be assumed to come either on “orders” from the top or subject to a conscious decision by the top military leaders to overlook it and to refrain from issuing “orders” not to do it and/or punishing those who do it.

    All told, this bestial brutality comes from the top and it is the not-so-kindly folks at the top of Israel’s military who should most impressively be held to account. And, who knows, perhaps this cruelty is a war-crime. Torture?

    CAVEAT: there is nothing too much new about this. Rabin, I believe, whatever his thoughts on peace, oversaw a program of deliberate breaking of the bones of captured Palestinians. And most Israeli occupation commanders oversaw a lot of (as the orders are said to have specified) “shooting at the feet” of Palestinians (including children) where the bullets, once shot at the feet, miraculously turned upward and struck bodies and heads.

  4. piotr
    piotr
    March 5, 2014, 8:47 pm

    Perhaps one should also cite the Israeli version which is sufficiently plausible for the State Department to put it in “we will check” file rather then “we deplore”.

    The lawyer told Haaretz that the two suspects told him they bought cigarettes at a nearby store and were shot as soon as they lit a match. Immediately after, they were attacked by dogs. They claim the Border Police troops beat them, then dragged them to the base – 300 meters from where they were attacked. They claim they were beaten inside the base as well.

    In response to inquiries, a Border Police spokesman said, “During operational activity, a group of individuals was seen just seconds before throwing bombs at security forces. When they saw the Border Policemen, the group attempted to run away and tried again to throw bombs at the policemen. The policemen initiated the protocol for opening fire in order to neutralize the threat. The suspects were apprehended, and a bomb was found on them, which has been deactivated.”

    The response included a picture of the bomb, but did not include any answers to the claim that the suspects were beaten.

    To my recollection, members of Border Police are particularly enthusiastic, compared with other units of IDF, so once they “initiated the protocol” it was really hard to stop. The succession of events is a bit curious, first the suspects were observed about to throw bombs, then they were thoroughly disabled, then a bomb (singular by that time) was found — how was it observed earlier? — and duly photographed. According you the youngsters, they had nothing more lethal then a cigarette lighter.

    It reminds me a story by Jorge Louis Borghes about a place were ideas are actually alive, so a search for an object fervently believed to exists always produces a material result — sometimes more than once, resulting in slightly different copies.

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      March 5, 2014, 9:27 pm

      Thanks piotr. The Israelis ALWAYS “Borghes” (as verb) these acts.

      The comments at The Nation were half normal indignation and half “lies, Lies, LIES” from the hasbara crowd. In my experience, such that it is, the amount of “lies…” comments is highly correlated with the despicability of the act. The more the assertion of “lies,” the more despicable the act must be.

    • Bumblebye
      Bumblebye
      March 6, 2014, 10:10 am

      If there was even ONE word of truth in the lies the “Border” Police spox told, then both boys would be being treated (if at all) in an Israeli prison hospital and could expect not to see the light of day for many years after yet another ridiculous military show “trial”.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        March 6, 2014, 10:22 am

        In fact, if this issue comes up at the State Dept briefing again, the non-imprisonment by Israel should be raised when Psaki quotes the Israeli claims of a bomb. Surely no one is dumb enough to believe that pathetic cover their asses story!

  5. ritzl
    ritzl
    March 5, 2014, 8:53 pm

    Great article. Thanks Annie.

    To underscore this pattern of wanton evil, Mahmoud Sarsak, the Palestine NT goalie at the time was arrested and jailed (sorry, indefinitely administratively detained), and had to end his career with a hunger strike to get attention, let alone release, let alone justice. His crime, traveling to the WB for NT practice. http://samidoun.ca/2012/04/palestine-football-star-seriously-ill-from-four-week-hunger-strike/

    Zirin again (2012): http://www.thenation.com/blog/167827/what-if-kobe-bryant-were-imprisoned-palestinian-soccer-player

    This is unignorable behavior to normal people, especially when contrasted with the “pure sport” idyll of FIFA and the IOC. It’s also a [violent lack of] morality that the tens of millions of young, US soccer/football players (billions globally) might just “what if” themselves into (“What if MY dreams were crushed like this?”).

    Zirin (2014) says that FIFA is on the spot with this purely malevolent Israeli behavior. I hope they do right. May the increasingly legitimate and strengthening BDS movement give them cover if not strength to act morally and according to their own rules.

    The movement down the South Africa isolation path is quickening.

    Thanks again, Annie.

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      March 5, 2014, 9:11 pm

      @Annie- I see you already brought up Sarsak. Please forgive my redundancy. This situation has legs, absolutely npi.

      • annie
        annie
        March 6, 2014, 12:13 am

        yes, i linked to him several times in the post. how could anyone forget that tragedy. and it was only under pressure of israel loosing the opportunity to hold the under age championship in the country they let him go. it’s so disgusting.

  6. Sycamores
    Sycamores
    March 5, 2014, 8:56 pm

    Medical reports said that Jawhar was shot with 11 bullets, seven in his left foot, three in his right, and one in his left hand. Halabiya was shot once in each foot.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=673479

    the discrepancies in Haaretz are atrocious http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.572103

    they couldn’t even get the names right

    Adam Jamous, 17, and Jawahar Halbiyeh, 19, are residents of Abu Dis, a town east of Jerusalem.

    no mention where or the number of times they were shot

    Two Palestinians have been hospitalized in Jerusalem since Friday after they were shot and arrested

    no mention that they were walking home from a training session in the Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in al-Ram in the central West Bank .

    the border police claim they were about to throw a bomb, a claim that they both deny.

    shot in the feet a 11 times to stop a bomb? yeah right if they were about to throw a bomb they would have been shot dead.

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      March 6, 2014, 8:48 am

      the discrepancies in Haaretz are atrocious

      they couldn’t even get the names right

      Adam Jamous, 17, and Jawahar Halbiyeh, 19, are residents of Abu Dis, a town east of Jerusalem.

      is that intentional? unlike typical Euro names, most search engines don’t seem capable of efficiently sorting out versions of/identifying minor errors in spellings of latinized arab names.

      • Sycamores
        Sycamores
        March 6, 2014, 5:06 pm

        hi Marc b

        not necessary intentional but very sloppy reporting.

        Jawhar Nasser Jawhar, 19, and Adam Abd al-Raouf Halabiya, 17

        Jawahar Halbiyeh, and 19 Adam Jamous, 17

        surnames don’t match first names (if Jamous is a Latinized name for Jawher), it’s a bit more then latinized Arabic names.

        fair point about search engines but this is Haaretz a paper from the Middle East, albeit it is israel.

        besides haaretz has plenty of contributor writers with Arab names.

    • Mayhem
      Mayhem
      March 6, 2014, 9:03 am

      You get a report from Haaretz by Amira Hass who is one of your most dedicated anti-Israel pro-Palestinian journalists and you dunderheads still don’t like it.
      When Peter kept on crying wolf eventually they woke up to what he was doing.
      One of the comments to The Nation article sums us what Israel and Jews are dealing with:
      Keyser Soze said, “Nice try hasbara shill. Always trying to distract from the topic at hand. Why do Israeli Jews keep shooting innocent people?”
      to which Richard responded:
      To make matzoh with their blood of course.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        March 6, 2014, 7:08 pm

        Mayhem, it’s blatantly obvious that the “Border” (deep in the West Bank?! – c’mon!) Police spox was spouting 100% lies. If not, both those boys would have been taken straight to prison despite their injuries (to suffer whatever medical care the Israeli prison system would offer) and would have been charged with having said “bomb”.

      • talknic
        talknic
        March 6, 2014, 7:29 pm

        Mayhem
        “When Peter kept on crying wolf eventually they woke up to what he was doing”

        Indeed. Israel has been doing it for 65 years

        “Keyser Soze said, “Nice try hasbara shill. Always trying to distract from the topic at hand. Why do Israeli Jews keep shooting innocent people?”
        to which Richard responded:
        To make matzoh with their blood of course.”

        Odd … https://www.google.com.au/search?q=%22To%20make%20matzoh%20with%20their%20blood%20of%20course%22 is that why you didn’t include quotes? Just making it up as you go

    • gamal
      gamal
      March 6, 2014, 9:49 pm

      “Medical reports said that Jawhar was shot with 11 bullets, seven in his left foot, three in his right, and one in his left hand. Halabiya was shot once in each foot.”
      So they were aiming for their heads?

  7. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    March 5, 2014, 9:16 pm

    “first the suspects were observed about to throw bombs, then they were thoroughly disabled, then a bomb (singular by that time) was found — how was it observed earlier? ”

    This story is only slightly less ludicrous than they told about the guy who came at them with a syringe.

    • Stephen Shenfield
      Stephen Shenfield
      March 6, 2014, 6:36 pm

      These were “quark bombs.” The design is diabolically ingenious. When at risk of detection the carrier transmits an inconspicuous signal (for instance, by moving his tongue in a certain way) and this triggers a process of fusion and shrinkage, ending with the bombs seeming to disappear altogether. In this case, fortunately or unfortunately, the process did not have time to reach completion. Of course, the bombs really still exist, only they turn into a form of matter that is invisible and intangible to the human senses. A fuller explanation would require me to delve deeply into the physics of subatomic particles.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        Stephen Shenfield
        March 6, 2014, 6:41 pm

        I thought I was joking, but it turns out that there really is such a thing as a quark bomb, at least at the conceptual level. Not the kind of bomb I was thinking of, however. That would have to be given another name. Ask the IDF.

      • piotr
        piotr
        March 7, 2014, 5:57 pm

        Don’t joke like that, otherwise they will forbid to bring cottage cheese on-board planes (quark in German). Actually, throwing a quark container into someone face can be quite hilarious, and the victim, blinded and humiliated, so it can be a practical option. And one can make it at home from legal ingredients.

  8. ritzl
    ritzl
    March 5, 2014, 9:52 pm

    USSF should invite Palestine over for a friendly. Maybe that’s an effective, though not ’til now obvious, point of advocacy.

    Email USSF. Suggest a friendly. Describe the Palestinian circumstances. Ask for it.

    http://www.ussoccer.com/about/federation-services/resource-center/contact-us/contact-us.aspx

    • ritzl
      ritzl
      March 5, 2014, 10:21 pm

      My email:

      Hi, I am a long-time player and now referee with USC. I would like to bring to your attention a situation.

      Israel seems to be systematically targeting Palestinian NT players for career-ending injuries, coaches, and officials and causing them career-ending harm. To me, this is unacceptable behavior, and completely outside the bounds of universal competition.

      http://www.thenation.com/blog/178642/after-latest-incident-israels-future-fifa-uncertain#

      As someone who has played at or close to a national level (’80s, First Division in Cleveland and Houston), I ask that you invite the Palestinian National Team to the US for a tour.

      Please. It’s a good and right thing to do. To do so would enhance our sport.

      FWIW

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        March 6, 2014, 11:14 am

        The Palestinian Football Association presented a paper to the FIFA Annual Congress last year – it’s quite short and readable – detailing the ways their sport is impacted by Israel:

        http://rcir.org.uk/?page_id=428

        “What this brief study observes are the methods relentlessly employed by the Israeli Occupation authorities that restrain the growth of football in particular, and sports in general, through a series of procedures, restrictions, and actions that we fall within 5 main categories”

        Well worth adding to any emails.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        March 6, 2014, 8:43 pm

        Thanks Bumblebye. I passed it on.

  9. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    March 5, 2014, 9:59 pm

    idf are […]. someone needs to kneecap a couple of those f’kers.

  10. bilal a
    bilal a
    March 5, 2014, 10:22 pm

    I believe it was Hitler who first targeted Jewish and Black athletes at the Munich Olympics , shooting them in the feet and maiming them for life by breaking their knees.

    Munich 1936
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1205572/Hitler-shook-hands-black-1936-Olympic-hero-Jesse-Owens.html

    “Or so the story goes..”

  11. CloakAndDagger
    CloakAndDagger
    March 5, 2014, 11:16 pm

    I only come here to read annie’s posts – and she never disappoints.

    I have been away for a while and things appear to have changed on this site – or it is just my memory. Although not this thread (yet), some of the other threads seem to be under a concerted barrage of attacks by Israel’s apologists, making the threads unreadable. Maybe it was always so, and I am more sensitive to it now as I have ceased to post here frequently. I feel the frustration of some of the posters who complain about thread pollution.

    Back to the topic at hand. Perhaps it is my having become jaded, but Israeli attacks on Palestinians doesn’t seem to evoke the same horror as before. It is as if I am staring at a continually unfolding drama of dehumanizing terror of an overwhelming force against defenseless (and undefended) masses of humanity. After a while, I lose my own humanity in witnessing this carnage, and the scene blurs in my vision and the pain becomes distant and disconnected from my psyche.

    From shooting athletes in the foot, to randomly shooting civilians dead, I fear that reading this blog may be doing irreversible damage to my mind and soul. I am grateful that I am still able to feel anger at our own government’s complicity in all of this by continuing to fawn over our “special friend” instead of bringing all of this to an abrupt halt, and in doing so, improving the lives of everyone in the world, most of all, that of the populace of the US, which is my primary concern, while sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians.

    Americans, with all our faults and our own guilty history, continue to believe in a sense of fairness and justice, and we believe that despite temporary deviations from the pursuit of those, we eventually always return to that set of values. It is unique that we have been complicit in withholding that same fairness and justice from the Palestinians for so long and even abetted in its perpetuation by the Israelis.

    I salute all the activists in this country who are trying to make a difference to this status quo, from the cries of BDS, to Code Pink’s dislocated shoulder. I have to believe that this will all have a positive outcome if only for the sake of my own sanity, if not for that of the nation.

    And above all, I thank you, annie, for all that you do each and every day in the pursuit of this goal.

    • annie
      annie
      March 6, 2014, 12:37 am

      thank you C&D, that means a lot to me. i know following the events can really get to me sometimes too. sometimes a close read of kate’s list seems completely overwhelming.

      and yes, the hasbrats on the comments are quite annoying (that is me being polite about it) and it’s getting worse. i miss many of the other posters who used to post here more regularly…..vs the hasbrats and their domination of the narrative/argh. sad.

      my dream MW comment section would be one where the apologists were not allowed. ha! fat chance of that ever happening. thanks for dropping by.

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba
        March 6, 2014, 8:59 am

        Thank you Cloak& Dagger…..Thank you annie.

      • CloakAndDagger
        CloakAndDagger
        March 6, 2014, 3:25 pm

        @annie

        thank you C&D, that means a lot to me.

        You know that I have always been your biggest fan and I draw inspiration from your courage, clear-thinking, and passionate devotion to what has become your defining role in this ongoing tragedy.

      • annie
        annie
        March 6, 2014, 7:15 pm

        wow… just blush/speechless.

      • just
        just
        March 6, 2014, 7:27 pm

        You deserve it, Annie! You are very special.

        (;})

      • annie
        annie
        March 8, 2014, 10:08 pm

        ohhh. just and bintbiba..too sweet. i swear tho, i’m going to make a fuss about this, mark my words. this definitely will not be the end of our coverage on this affair. fifa, here we come.

    • American
      American
      March 6, 2014, 10:52 am

      Back to the topic at hand. Perhaps it is my having become jaded, but Israeli attacks on Palestinians doesn’t seem to evoke the same horror as before. It is as if I am staring at a continually unfolding drama of dehumanizing terror of an overwhelming force against defenseless (and undefended) masses of humanity. After a while, I lose my own humanity in witnessing this carnage, ”..Cloak & Dagger

      Understand that C&D.
      I thought reading the accounts of Israeli brutality would desensitize me too after a while but it hasn’t, its only made me more angry…I have to deliberately avoid reading about them sometimes for that reason.

      • CloakAndDagger
        CloakAndDagger
        March 6, 2014, 3:13 pm

        @annie

        i know following the events can really get to me sometimes too. sometimes a close read of kate’s list seems completely overwhelming.

        @American

        I thought reading the accounts of Israeli brutality would desensitize me too after a while but it hasn’t, its only made me more angry…I have to deliberately avoid reading about them sometimes for that reason.

        I think it is partly the torrential onslaught of this kind of despicable events that further exacerbates this feeling because the cowering MSM refuses to cover it. But I also think that it is the roller-coaster of emotions when we read a few promising items in the news with the ever-optimistic hope that things are about to change and dawn is about to break, as with the recent defeats of AIPAC in the Syrian saga and the progress of BDS with ASA. It seems the fall from these towers of hope are even more painful when a few days later we are presented with events such as this one, and the world chooses to paper over it, rather than turn it into a rallying cry for freedom and justice.

        I don’t want to put a damper on your spirits, and activism sorely needs us to stay positive even in the darkest of nights, and we certainly don’t need the Israeli hasbrats to take courage from our despondency and redouble their efforts to break our will. Sometimes I wish I was a better man who could keep from becoming depressed by the reality of what surrounds me. But I am not Gunga Din, though annie is clearly well above the latter.

        Then I remind myself that Rome was not built (or burnt) in a day, and I am ready to face the next morn.

      • annie
        annie
        March 8, 2014, 10:39 pm

        c&d..it really is staying positive, and we are making progress. actually, a lot. just since the first of the year what with bds breaking thru to the mainstream. it really is big. of course with a situation like this it is still a heinous tragedy. these boys – and pardon my speaking freely but at my age i can call them boys, because that is what they are to me – so young- to lose something so precious – a dream – and then having to endure all that pain. but this is what transformation looks like, the individual sufferings of everyday people. and this is also what evil looks like.

        you know who i thought of immediately was victor jara. a folk singer, musician and they cut off his fingers and his tongue. killed him.

        so the boys are lucky to be alive because we are dealing with the same kind of sadism here. the same madness has infected segments of the zionist society. but i do believe we can find a way thru. i do believe where there is madness their is still always hope. (otherwise i would go insane which is what they want)

        anyway, malaka mohammed who wirtes for us and who was the person – a very young wise person – who – initiated the protest to free Samer Issawi. just read ‘Being pessimistic is not a solution’ http://mondoweiss.net/2013/12/being-pessimistic-solution.html

        this is a long long haul. and either you believe in the arch of justice or you do not. but i believe, i really do. you have to in order to go on every day year after year. if palestinians can do it under the conditions in which they live under (speaking of Issawi both his brother and sister have now been ‘detained’) then the least we can do is have one tenth, or one 100th of the sumud they have. that is what solidarity is. we can’t give up or give in. we have to preserver or we are, ultimately, worthless to the movement.

        bottom line, i believe.

        hope this song gives you strength because i listen to it all the time. thousands of times. lowkey with shadia mansour on backup..

        i believe

        and i may never have heard that song had norm finkelstein not introduced me to lowkey on their tour. and he (lowkey) subsequently gave me his cd. famous for the incredible ‘long live palestine’ (w/shadia of course):

        in solidarity, don’t ever give up or become weary. believe, because together we can make it happen.

      • CloakAndDagger
        CloakAndDagger
        March 9, 2014, 4:24 pm

        @annie

        Inspiring as always. Thank you.

  12. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    March 5, 2014, 11:32 pm

    Thanks for bringing this up, Annie. What a ff-ing mess.

    Where is the international outrage?

    Where the F is MSM?

    Hillary too busy seeing Hitler everywhere she looks?

    Stop any and all aid this Apartheid State receives right now. Boycott the bejesus out of this belligerent non-nation until there’s not one single shekel left in those bloodstained hands of malicious mercenaries who have the audacity to call themselves ‘moral.’

    Oh, hand me that barf-bag, will you? I’m going to be violently il-

  13. wayfarer
    wayfarer
    March 5, 2014, 11:53 pm

    Email sent.

  14. kalithea
    kalithea
    March 6, 2014, 12:07 am

    Thank you for pushing this issue forward.

    Israelis have proven repeatedly they’re vicious, vindictive racists on and off the soccer field. I read in one of those links you posted that Rajoub is going to present a Resolution with the support of several countries to have Israel kicked out of FIFA. Good! He’s presenting it at the FIFA Congress in June, the same Congress Assaf is supposed to sing at. I certainly hope that’s a good omen; it certainly feels like it! But Zionists will undoubtedly connive and pull all kinds of strings to stop the Resolution from going anywhere.

    The link to The Nation mentions the countries supporting the Resolution. I’m wondering why he doesn’t reach out to Chile to also back it. I’m sure there are many nations besides Arab nations that would back this Resolution in a heartbeat.

    There should be no place in sports for a country that persecutes athletes in this manner. It’s beyond outrageous. Notice how Obsidian, Hopmi, JeffB etc. are staying away from this thread.

    This is a crime against humanity within the greater Apartheid Regime of Israel. No country that engages in crimes against humanity should have a place in FIFA or the IOC.

    The U.S. enabling all this and giving Israel some kind of “special status” is supremely hypocritical, on the wrong side of history and has zero moral authority.

    • annie
      annie
      March 6, 2014, 12:24 am

      I read in one of those links you posted that Rajoub is going to present a Resolution with the support of several countries to have Israel kicked out of FIFA.

      yes, i mentioned it in the text too (see the 6th, 7th, as well as the penultimate paragraph, not including blockquotes).

      this is an opportunity to mobilize forces. we have til june, but Al Rajoub is going to begin organizing this on march 14th at a regional meeting of Arab states. hopefully, as you suggest, maybe other states (and players) will make a big enough stink about this israel will get kicked of international competitions.

    • JeffB
      JeffB
      March 6, 2014, 6:36 am

      @kalithea

      Notice how Obsidian, Hopmi, JeffB etc. are staying away from this thread.

      Well since you asked. I don’t care about soccer at all, I haven’t done any research on it. But I simply don’t believe the report. Israel controls the transportation to these events. If they didn’t want Palestinian soccer teams to perform then they just don’t have them perform. There is no need to shoot players in the legs and feet. So the whole thing strikes me as implausible. OTOH it fits very well in the overhyped exaggerated claims of Israeli horrors on MW that when I actually do take the trouble to investigate generally turn out to have a context that the articles here don’t mention.

      No country that engages in crimes against humanity should have a place in FIFA or the IOC.

      Then kick them all out. Because all countries engaged in crimes against humanity at some point. If you mean a country that cheats as soccer shouldn’t be part of FIFA or IOC… If this report is true and multiple incidents which I doubt it would constitute cheating I certainly have no problem with Israel being suspended from FIFA for a decade for the violation. I don’t favor the idea of permanent expulsion for anything ever.

      IOC I’d be more hesitant about the whole idea is that countries put aside their grievances for a few weeks and agree to compete together in sports. Throwing away that is very much throwing away the idea that people can ever make peace or should ever make peace. Its abandoning the idea that all humans have enough in common that we should try and create structures of a super society. It tends towards an idea that ultimately people who don’t like one another should have a relationship of total enmity. Such an act is fundamentally an attack on the very idea diplomacy. Non-recognition which is a more serious policy with much worse consequences is another policy I think is bad for much the same reason.

      That being said if Israel is cheating in soccer then I’d have no problem with them being banned from the olympics across the board in 2016 and 2018 and also soccer in 2020.

      • annie
        annie
        March 6, 2014, 11:11 am

        IOC I’d be more hesitant about the whole idea is that countries put aside their grievances for a few weeks and agree to compete together in sports.

        it takes more than “a few weeks” to train. and i do think shooting your potential opponents in the feet is “cheating”.

        Israel controls the transportation…. If they didn’t want Palestinian soccer teams to perform then they just don’t have them perform.

        exactly, and they prevent them from playing. just like Jawhar and Halabiya will not play again.

        and that alone is reason to kick them out of the league. and it’s not limited to players, it’s coaches and access to opposing teams entering palestine, fans WHAT/WHOMEVER. nor is it limited to sports. people are sick of this.

        all countries engaged in crimes against humanity at some point.

        fifa doesn’t settle all scores of crimes against humanity, their purview is football. if all countries engage in shooting the feet of their athletic competitors then it becomes fifa’s business. just tell us who they are. just like it becomes the purview of the olympics when olympic athletes are targeted, maimed or killed because of their sport.

      • JeffB
        JeffB
        March 6, 2014, 11:30 am

        @Annie —

        In terms of Olympics it takes a few weeks to play through the tournament. The situation on the ground is not up to the IOC. The Olympics are meant to be a truce not a permanent state of affairs. I did agree that if it happened, it was cheating and even agreed to a sanction. Can’t take yes as an answer?

        As far as Palestine not being able to bring in opposing teams, that’s going too far there I wouldn’t agree with sanctions. I think that’s an argument for the fact that Palestine doesn’t exist. The Palestinian army does not and has never controlled their supposed territory. If FIFA wants to admit an imaginary country and then discovers that this country can’t either make it to or host games without Israel’s approval then that’s evidence that this country doesn’t exist. If FIFA admitted Massachusetts as a separate members it would be silly of FIFA to be shocked that USA immigration controlled who flies in and out of Massachusetts. That proper response would be to admit that Massachusetts is part of the USA and shouldn’t have independent access to FIFA.

        But there is no chance that’s going to happen. So now we are in the realm of yet another international body who instead of dealing with obvious clear reality wants to live in a world of total fantasy about imaginary states. And then get upset with Israel because their total fantasy bears no resemblance to the reality on the ground.

      • annie
        annie
        March 6, 2014, 7:25 pm

        I simply don’t believe the report…… I did agree that if it happened, it was cheating and even agreed to a sanction. Can’t take yes as an answer?

        zzzz mind-numbing discourse. nakba denial. the ongoing nakba that is. no point in engaging further.

      • adele
        adele
        March 6, 2014, 12:12 pm

        What if this happened to Israeli players JeffB? Would you still be doubtful of the story? Honestly, your reply was so pathetic, it had not one iota of logic or reason to it. You didn’t at all address the facts of this horrific incident because you can’t. You know and I know (and I know because I witnessed your beloved trigger-happy, “Kill Arabs” helmeted cowards harassing/threatening/beating/humiliating Palestinians) that Palestinians have no recourse against the sadistic Israeli soldiers. The war crimes tribunal will one day catch up with these war criminals.

        How do you account for 10 bullets in the feet?

        In the meantime, BDS, BDS, BDS.

      • adele
        adele
        March 6, 2014, 10:19 pm

        But this did happen and the evidence is clear that Israeli soldiers commit crimes against humanity.

  15. radii
    radii
    March 6, 2014, 12:25 am

    this incident perfectly sums up modern zionism’s racism, thuggery, viciousness, cruelty, domination, and a serial-war-criminal mentality – such a disgusting state deserves not one more dollar of U.S. taxpayer money and it is beyond tragic that the parasite that is israel has U.S. officials like Hillary Clinton and John Kerry slavishly praising it

    • Chu
      Chu
      March 6, 2014, 11:38 am

      very strange behavior from the political class. When they sing the praises of Israel and we hear what is really happening. It make s me think of the politburo in 1984. When people say Nancy Pelosi is a big liberal, yet she is at every parade for Israel in Cali, you become witness to how shallow the US political system is.

  16. kalithea
    kalithea
    March 6, 2014, 1:22 am

    Just one more thought: I wonder what Scarjo thinks about her Zionist comrades ruining the soccer careers of these young men by harming their bodies and destroying their spirit? Someone should put this question to her.

    • Chu
      Chu
      March 6, 2014, 11:40 am

      blood is thicker than water with Zionists, and their wallets are much deeper.

  17. seafoid
    seafoid
    March 6, 2014, 1:28 am

    Dave Zirin is a really professional journalist. He puts most of the high profile MSM stenographers to shame.

    Israel has just gone on for too long. All that Hebrew brainwashing and they think they are untouchable.
    Shooting Untermenschen sports stars in the foot must have some kind of logic under Zionism but it’s very hard to explain to anyone else.

  18. bilal a
    bilal a
    March 6, 2014, 1:33 am

    Waiting for Bernie Sanders and Al Franken to present this on the Senate Floor.

  19. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    March 6, 2014, 2:57 am

    How about some English subtitles to the video? This is a story that could go a long way. Who shot these athletes in the foot and broke their knees? What do they have to say for themselves? What do Israeli officials have to say? Can we see them explain themselves? What does the Israeli public say? What do their consuls and rabbis and representatives hither and yon have to say? Get them on video! Get to the bottom of this. In detail. There are a lot of soccer fans in the world. This is gasoline on the fire of BDS, but the facts have to be gathered and presented thoroughly, so that the global public sees them clearly, not wondering what the Arabic means, wondering who filmed it. This is the time to make up for the death of Rachel Corrie, and a million other injustices. “Do justice, and walk humbly with G-d.” Now there’s a principle from Judaism that resonates around the world. “Let justice rain down like water, and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.”

    • annie
      annie
      March 6, 2014, 11:24 am

      i agree, i wish someone would provide a clip of them being interviewed with english subtitles. it would go viral.

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        March 6, 2014, 12:52 pm

        http://rcir.org.uk/?p=594

        “The television programme (link below) reports that Adam was first shot with three bullets and Johar tried to carry him: he was then shot in his own hand and then had another ten bullets to his legs. Then the dogs attacked them when they were on the ground before the soldiers got close to them. Adam reported that one of the soldiers hit him on the back of his head with his gun, which caused a gash in his head. This later had seven stitches, The soldier then jumped on Adam’s leg and broke his knee. They were taken in a military vehicle to the military camp where they were held for several hours. Here Johar’s knee was broken, after he told the soldiers that they were football players.”

        Not subtitles, but perhaps a little more info.

      • David Doppler
        David Doppler
        March 6, 2014, 4:52 pm

        Thanks, Bumblebye [and Annie!]. It’s a start. Assuming the facts reported so far are true, this can be a test of the taboos still in effect at many media organizations on digging too thoroughly into Israeli misbehavior, perhaps a catalyst for re-examining them.

        Anything short of full accountability in this case will be grossly disappointing.

  20. Boomer
    Boomer
    March 6, 2014, 6:09 am

    So disturbing, so distressing. (I must change my habits. Reading such reports early in the morning is a bad way to start the day; better to wait until later. Getting angry leads to heart attack and stroke, according to recent reports.)

    It is bad that that such things happen at all, worse (for Americans) that the U.S. enables them. But thank you for reporting it. Better that it is reported here, than not at all in the U.S.

  21. amigo
    amigo
    March 6, 2014, 6:47 am

    I will pass this onto the FAI (Football assoc of Ireland) so they may rethink any plans to play israel.

    • amigo
      amigo
      March 6, 2014, 6:51 am

      Where is mahane where are the other war crimes apologists?????.

      • puppies
        puppies
        March 6, 2014, 9:28 am

        Stop it. We don’t want or need them. They have more than enough outlets.

  22. quercus
    quercus
    March 6, 2014, 6:48 am

    I hope people will the call the State Department about this, and contact your representatives and senators.

  23. thankgodimatheist
    thankgodimatheist
    March 6, 2014, 7:01 am

    One doesn’t see hophmi around on posts like these. I wonder why.. If he can’t put a spin on this to his side’s advantage who could?

  24. quercus
    quercus
    March 6, 2014, 7:02 am

    Please also advise your representatives your oppose H.R. 938 to designate Israel as a major strategic partner of the United States.

  25. Balfour
    Balfour
    March 6, 2014, 7:08 am

    Banning Israeli soccer teams from international competition would be akin to the World Rugby Association banning Afrikanner South African rugby from international participation some 30 years ago. Few symbolic acts taken by a non-governmental organization are as powerful as a sports boycott against a repressive, political regime.

  26. amigo
    amigo
    March 6, 2014, 7:11 am

    I could not find this reported in Haaretz or JPost.

    Must be too anti “most moral army” to be dished up to Israel,s Jewish citizenry.

    Can you imagine the global uproar were these victims Jews.

    Zionist hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    • annie
      annie
      March 6, 2014, 11:32 am

      amigo, jpost reported Al-Rajoub demanding the expulsion of Israel from FIFA and the International Olympics Committee, devoid of context wrt this horrendous attack. we reported it here:

      http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/mohammed-banned-performing.html

      however, you can read the continued discussion in the comment section here http://mondoweiss.net/2014/02/mohammed-invitation-ceremony.html about the attack on the youths (scroll to susan A) . at the time, because of the timing of FIFA/assaf news related in the article i found the timing auspicious. but there was no msm connection and therefore it was an editorial choice not to connect the events. we did however include the link under ‘in other FIFA news’ in the first link.

  27. eljay
    eljay
    March 6, 2014, 8:02 am

    >> If he can’t put a spin on this to his side’s advantage who could?

    In his absence, let me provide the spin: “If you think what those Israeli soldiers did is bad, just imagine what would have happened to the players in Saudi Arabia or Mali!”

    • gamal
      gamal
      March 7, 2014, 1:42 am

      “just imagine what would have happened to the players in Saudi Arabia or Mali!” exactly

      also kicking things is inherently violent and yet these are just peaceful ‘sportsmen’ and yet footballs and bombs are often round, remember the oracle and his UN cartoon, you know i think there is enough reason to doubt the Arab version, and there is that saying about shooting YOURSELF in the foot, this could be an example of that or on the other hand every shell lodged in Zionisms metatarsals.

  28. Chu
    Chu
    March 6, 2014, 9:56 am

    What a vicious cycle. Israel’s army is so completely depraved (the examples are endless), but then the Israelis defend their army with terms like ‘most moral’ and the Jewish diaspora defends Israel regardless.

    Beyond this structural pyramid, there is no more ‘real’ support though. America isn’t really Israel’s ally, more it’s just a larger corporate state power that is duped by the forces of the AIPAC, the Israeli Government, and the media circus.

    If people like Naftali Bennet are the mouthpiece for Israel’s new Hasbara, people will get the idea much quicker what Israel is really up to. I encourage more of these Zionists to show the world what they’re really about. When I see some one like him defending Israel on BBC, all I need to do is forward the links to others and say ‘ i told you so’.

  29. stevieb
    stevieb
    March 6, 2014, 10:31 am

    And just last year FIFA held the under -21 European Championships in Israel…unbelievable when you consider Yugoslavia was kicked out of the Euro Finals in Sweden in ’92 for the apparent actions of some of it’s leaders…FIFA, unfortunately, is likely held sway by the same forces that impede rational thought in all international organizations, or so it can seem…

  30. amigo
    amigo
    March 6, 2014, 11:04 am

    Just think, we are all antisemites because we do not support the actions of these criminal ID”effers”.

    Show your miserable face potato man.Condemn your beloved ID “effers” Imagine honoring an army of cruel murdering criminals.

    How twisted is that.

  31. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    March 6, 2014, 11:15 am

    Reminds me of the NYC shooting of Amadou Diallo by NYC police. Trigger-Happiness (such happiness!) is not purely an Israeli happiness.

    Giving people guns and telling them that their lives are in danger seems a sure-fire way to get them, on occasion, to fire too many times at someone they suspect of evil designs. In other words, giving people guns turns them into people with evil designs.

    • piotr
      piotr
      March 6, 2014, 11:55 am

      I think you exaggerate about guns. I recall my surprise when I was a wee lad and I opened a drawer of my father desk, and there was a pistol and a box of ammunition. He was an active duty military at the time, but as far as I could tell, later he did not keep his “personal weapon” at home. I do not recall any evil designs.

      Giving power and vilifying indoctrination is THE witch brew here. There was an incident in Arizona when a women reported that her depressed husband threatened suicide and went to a park with his gun. Police dispatched a SWAT team whose member shouted “get the bad guy” and promptly track down the husband and shot him dead.

      However, there are similarities and distinctions. American public is much less supportive of such police actions than Israeli, if you count reader comments, the percentages of supporters of “they deserved it” are 25% and 95%. The justice system in USA is not thoroughly rigged, and citizens and their families regularly get redress through civil cases (with criminal cases, not so regularly).

  32. NickJOCW
    NickJOCW
    March 6, 2014, 11:46 am

    As long as Israel subjects Palestinian athletes to detention and violence, their seat at the table of international sports will be never be short of precarious.

    This may be the straw for the camel’s back. I can’t believe there’s a single nation whose soccer authority would not join a vote to ban Israel. Moreover, since there is no meaningful distinction in this respect between one sport and another and I see no reason BDS should not, on the basis of this and other cumulative evidence, seek to have them banned from all sports, specifically the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. What they must not be allowed to do is lose this in bureaucratic obscurity, or by making scape-goats of those on the ground. The bleak Israeli ‘explanation’ for the outrage is itself evidence of functional complicity. What other nation wouldn’t set up a public inquiry?

    I read they have intercepted an Iranian vessel bearing arms to Gaza, and found myself thinking, I don’t believe that even if it’s true.

    • American
      American
      March 6, 2014, 12:19 pm

      ‘I read they have intercepted an Iranian vessel bearing arms to Gaza, and found myself thinking, I don’t believe that even if it’s true.’>>>

      They are also now claiming they intercepted one from Iran too .
      Isr trying to drum up something that would trigger more sanctions or attack on Iran.
      Isr is the one doing all the attacking, provoking—bombing inside Syria numerous times, bombing Hez locations on the border of Lebanon, bombing Gaza still.

    • annie
      annie
      March 9, 2014, 2:44 pm

      i find it very suspicious too. something else, when i first read about it it was just a little blurp somewhere, it had just happened. but the strange thing was it came right after the news an someone/county had intercepted israeli weapons cargo headed somewhere it wasn’t supposed to be. at the time i didn’t research it, and i can’t for the life of me find where i read it. i know i didn’t dream it and i remember thinking to myself, wouldn’t it be a trip if they created this false flag to draw attention away from them getting busted. but i have looked and looked and find nothing about this other event. and my memory completely fails me. i swear i can’t recall. weird. and since i did not research on it a can’t event confirm whether it was a reliable source or not. of course every time i try to google ‘israel weapons intercepted’ it this other story comes up!

      anyway, iran says israel is lying. it seems like an auspicious time for iran to be drawing negative attention to itself. i don’t believe it.

      here it is: Israeli Arms Dealer May Have Tried Selling Military Parts To Iran; Caught In Greece

      http://www.ibtimes.com/israeli-arms-dealer-may-have-tried-selling-military-parts-iran-caught-greece-1556211

      • Bumblebye
        Bumblebye
        March 9, 2014, 3:30 pm

        Oops, my booboo!

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