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The Abu Aisha family's demolished house in Hebron. (Photo: Allison Deger)

The Abu Aisha family’s demolished house in Hebron. (Photo: Allison Deger)

“There are not many Arabs driving with yellow plates,” said Mier Sh’aribi, 18, detailing his methods for flagging Israeli cars at the Gush Etzion intersection where three youths were abducted 19 days prior. Sh’aribi, an Israeli settler who lives in East Jerusalem, was hitching a ride to the funeral for the teens whose remains were found Monday evening in a field not 15 minutes from where he stood. In the two days since, the West Bank couldn’t be more chaotic: Israel has struck 34 targets in Gaza and reinstated the practice of punitive home demolitions, which had been abandoned after the second Intifada. But none of this mattered to Sh’aribi who said the kidnapping was not going to change his way of life. He will continue to attend religious school in Hebron. “Things happen, things happen here, things happen in houses, things happen everywhere,” he said.

Sh’aribi’s sentiments were echoed in the adjacent settlement of Beit Ayn, renowned as home to members of the Jewish Underground who were arrested while planting a bomb in a Palestinian girl’s school a decade ago. “This country has no more balls anymore and they are not killing enough Arabs,” said Reuven Efraimou, 17, while relaxing on a rock outside of the shabby settlement’s stone synagogue. Despite his age, he’s pelted Palestinians with stones admitting he “threw rocks at their heads” motivated by retaliation for the death of one of his friend four years ago. The army he said, “used to be on our side,” but now Efraimou thinks they only “protect Arabs.” He longed for a time when “not a single Arab would walk with their heads” held high knowing better than to “dare to look a Jew in the eye.”

Israelis hitchhiking at the spot where the three youths were abducted in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, on the day of the teens's memorial. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Israelis hitchhiking at the spot where the three youths were abducted in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, on the day of the teens’s memorial. (Photo: Allison Deger)

The return of punitive home demolitions

Hours before the bodies of the abducted Israeli teens were unearthed on Monday and hundreds of soldiers set explosives to demolish units in homes belonging to men wanted in connection to the kidnapping, Baruch Mizrachi’s widow and children were in court. Israeli’s High Court was set to debate the return of an Intifada-era practice of punishing the family of those who kill, or are suspected of killing, Israelis. In this case, the accused, Ziad Awaad, has not yet been convicted for what has been called the “Passover Killing” near Hebron last spring, but that afternoon state attorneys presented to a three-judge panel a plan to use explosives to demolish the second story of his family home for carrying out the murder.

“What did I do, I live in Modiin,” said Hadas Mizrachi after the hearing, explaining her family was targeted while driving in the West Bank, “my children they will see it all of their lives. He ruined us.” Mizrachi’s death was a gruesome scene that left Hadas with two bullets in her back as she sped off under gunfire with her children in the car as her husband bled to death. The Mizrachi’s are not settlers and live inside of Israel’s 1967 borders and were hoping the court would rule to reinstate punitive home demolitions. “If a terrorist will see that Israeli is ruining houses down, they will think again, it will scare them,” said Hadas.

There is no gray area on the legality of punitive home demolitions. Razing the family home of a person suspected or convicted of a crime against the state is collective punishment. It condemns the relatives of alleged criminals to homelessness, which from Israel’s standpoint is an ultimate deterrent.

Court concluded Monday around 3:00 pm with the jurists stating that they would not make a decision on the return of punitive home demolitions for at least 12 hours. Yet before the court could rule, the Israeli army set combustibles on timers and exploded two second floor units in the homes of the Palestinian men wanted in connection to the kidnappings of the Israeli teens. Both Marwan Qawasmeh and Amar Abu Aisha went missing a day after the kidnappings took place. The army has yet to explain what is their role in the abduction.

Damage from the explosives used to demolish the Qawasmeh family home, in Hebron. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Damage from the explosives used to demolish the Qawasmeh family home, in Hebron. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Collective punishment in Hebron

According to the Qawasmeh and Abu Aisha families, Israel soldiers had been in and out of their homes all week. All of the men in the Qawasmeh family had already been arrested over the past two weeks, leaving only the women and children from the family present when their homes were destroyed.

The demolitions took place early Tuesday morning at 12:00 am. But before that the Israeli army moved the remaining members of the Qawasmeh and Abu Aisha families to a neighbor’s house and ransacked their homes.

“They said they were not going to explode the house,” said Husni Qawasmeh, 38, a designer in Hebron who is married to the sister of one of the wanted men. Husni spent yesterday touring journalists through the damage. Oddly, the army detonated explosives in the unit inhabited by the wanted man’s brother, but not in the wanted man’s unit. In fact, everything in every unit in both buildings were damaged as if a tornado had blown through just two houses in Hebron and left the rest of the city seemingly untouched.

Husni said the army had already been in the house every two or three days, usually treating the family respectfully. The children were pacified with small chocolates and then separated from the drama and turmoil of watching their older male relatives arrested. But Monday evening, she said there was a turn. Two muzzled dogs burst through their house, as soldiers took knives from the kitchen and used them as implements of destruction. Every sofa was overturned and broken. The children’s bedrooms looked like heaps of colorful trash. No visible floor just smashed furniture, toys, and clothes. Even the walls were taken out with a hammer the army left behind.

Child's bedroom in wanted man Marwarn Qawasmeh's house, Hebron. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Child’s bedroom in relative of wanted man Marwarn Qawasmeh’s house, Hebron. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Similarly, in the Abu Aisha house where 20 live, everything that could be destroyed was destroyed. It’s hard to imagine that bare hands and small tools could be used to cause such damage, but considering hundreds of soldier were punching bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen walls for hours the decimation is understandable.

The actual demolished sections of both houses were second floor units. The explosives the military used knocked out walls and part of the top floor’s ceiling. It was like someone took charcoal and just rubbed out one section of an idyllic house.

Meanwhile in the rest of Palestinian Hebron, residents are still reeling from two and a half weeks of an additional 2,000 Israeli soldiers stationed in the rural areas by day with routine incursions at night. Without a base to accommodate the influx of troops, Israeli forces sheltered themselves inside Palestinian schools and homes. When I visited Hebron last week, a different branch of the Qawasmeh family said that around 40 soldiers commandeered their home—forcing the 21 people who lived there into one room while the Israeli conscripts took naps on their couches and in their beds. Other soldiers were seen sleeping outside under the shade of olive orchards.

Mourners walk to the joint funeral for the three abducted Israeli youth in Modiin, near Jerusalem. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Mourners walk to the joint funeral for the three abducted Israeli youth in Modiin, near Jerusalem. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Funeral for symbols of a nation

By nightfall on Tuesday it seemed the whole of Israel was traveling to Modiin outside of Jerusalem for a joint funeral for the three abducted teens. Eyal, Gilad and Naftali have quickly become symbols for their nation; their faces were even printed onto stickers that covered the labels of water bottles handed out to the grieving.

Because of the size of the overwhelming crowds, Israeli police made some 100,000 mourners park buses and cars an hour’s walk from the cemetery. No one seemed to mind though, and many trekked kilometers through the hills to reach the burial site. As with many state functions, modern Orthodox youths were bused in from their schools, although a few armed mourners turned up as well. Still the bulk of the attendees pulled from the mainstream of Israeli society.

The tone of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks took a harder turn than the softness he had carefully adhered to since the beginning of the abduction. He vowed “revenge.”

“No matter where they hide, we’ll reach them until the last one and we’ll take our revenge,” he said, continuing, “We’ve already demolished homes,” referencing the demolition of the Qawasmeh and Abu Aisha houses, where at that very moment two families were condemned to living in rubble for the crime of being a relative to someone.

Mourners watch as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the funeral for the three abducted Israeli youth. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Mourners watch as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the funeral for the three abducted Israeli youth. (Photo: Allison Deger)

“We’ll expand the battle as much as needed,” said the Prime Minister, underscoring again Hamas as the culprit, despite any public disclosure of evidence of Hamas’s involvement. “Hamas is responsible, Hamas is paying a price and Hamas will continue to pay a price,” he promised. After Netanyahu concluded his speech, murmurs of boos could be heard from youth disaffected by his unwillingness to unfold an even heavier hand upon the Palestinians.

Next, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon revealed that from the very first day of the massive operation in the West Bank, Israeli intelligence sources knew where to focus the manhunt: “The Shin Bet are invisible and unheard. First day after the kidnapping they reached the unit that carried out the attack, and therefore made it impossible for them to make any demands.”

Ya’alon’s remarks hit at what’s been rumored among Palestinian and Israeli journalists since the kidnappings: the IDF operation was not a rescue mission, but a broad assault on whatever was left of Hamas in the West Bank. Since the kidnapping Israeli forces arrested over 500, fired missiles on Gaza, killed 10 (with two dying from heart attacks during home raids), and deployed soldiers in every major Palestinian city including Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian state in waiting. The sheer geographical expansiveness of the military activities made the entire operation seem like a fishing expedition. As well, many of the overnight blitzes on Palestinian institutions concluded without any arrests. At Bir Zeit University outside Ramallah, scores of soldiers packed up Hamas flags and banners, which all logic suggests were benign, although unwanted, decorations.

Opening a Pandora’s Box in Jerusalem

While Ya’alon and Netanyahu were speaking to mourners, another government politician was heading another memorial 20 minutes away. Former Knesset member and leading figure of Israel’s hard-right, Michael Ben-Ari, was hoisted to the shoulders of youths amid chants of “Death to Arabs!” in central Jerusalem. It was the second march of its kind since the bodies were found. The discovery seems to have opened a Pandora’s Box of xenophobia brewing inside of Jerusalem.

On most days the city is a tense melodrama of institutionalized inequalities with small acts of discrimination that go unnoticed. Stickers in Hebrew and Arabic pepper business windows in the shopping district warning Arabs to not even look at a Jewess; someone gets shoved, someone gets cursed out. But now the negotiated truce on agitation is over. Hours after the “death to Arabs!” parade, an Arab was killed.

Early this morning the body of Mohammed Hassan Abu Khdeir, 17, was found by Israeli police in a field in West Jerusalem. The teen was murdered after being “pulled into a vehicle and possibly kidnapped,” police spokesman Inspector Micky Rosenfeld told Reuters. And so as the West Bank might finally be cooling, attention turns to Jerusalem.

Allison Deger

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  1. seafoid on July 2, 2014, 1:26 pm

    The home demolition is sickening. What is the point ?

    Meanwhile, in a planet of faraway logic

    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.602675

    “The secretary-general of World Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Noam Perel, called for revenge of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, the bodies of whom were found Monday. “An entire nation and thousands of years of history demand revenge,” Perel posted on his Facebook page, shortly after the bodies were found.

    “The government of Israel is gathering for a revenge meeting that isn’t a grief meeting. The landlord has gone mad at the sight of his sons’ bodies. A government that turns the army of searchers to an army of avengers, an army that will not stop at 300 Philistine foreskins,” Perel wrote, alluding to the biblical tale of David, who killed 200 Philistines and gave their foreskins to King Saul as the bride price for his daughter.
    “The disgrace will be paid for with the blood of the enemy, not with our tears,” Perel concluded. Perel posted the same message in a Facebook group of World Bnei Akiva envoys. ”

    “Perel, 44, has been the secretary-general of World Bnei Akiva since 2012. A Zionist-religious youth movement, World Bnei Akiva has over 150 branches in dozens of countries worldwide. According to the movement’s website, it is dedicated to fighting “intermarriage and social assimilation” by encouraging immigration to Israel, by “deepening Jewish identity” and by “strengthening and connecting the Jewish nation abroad to the values of religious-Zionism and the state of Israel.”

    Marvellous

    • Mooser on July 2, 2014, 1:42 pm

      “According to the movement’s website, it is dedicated to fighting “intermarriage and social assimilation” by encouraging immigration to Israel, by “deepening Jewish identity” and by “strengthening and connecting the Jewish nation abroad to the values of religious-Zionism and the state of Israel.”

      Yes, and they have a very effective way of dramatizing our Jewish plight of assimilation and inter-marriage. They arrive, as a flash mob, at Penn Station a long time after the train has left the station.

    • Shingo on July 2, 2014, 6:50 pm

      The home demolition is sickening. What is the point ?

      The claim is that it’s to stop terrorism, but does anyone buy this crap? A hne demolition is only going to harden the rescue of a terrorist.

  2. just on July 2, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Netanyahu and his government incited the ugliest to form a mob.

    “After Netanyahu concluded his speech, murmurs of boos could be heard from youth disaffected by his unwillingness to unfold an even heavier hand upon the Palestinians.”

    These booing “youth” have no real future, then. Any adult who incites the youth of any country to seek revenge and engage in retribution is to blame– and that includes PARENTS.

    • seafoid on July 2, 2014, 3:37 pm

      “Netanyahu and his government incited the ugliest to form a mob”.

      From Hellhounds by Leon F Litwack

      “Not only did distinguished public officials at all levels of government hesitate to condemn lynching, but some also chose to participate in lynch mobs”

      “the bulk of the lynchers tended to be ordinary and respectable people, few of whom had any difficulty justifying their atrocities in the name of maintaining the social and racial order and the purity of the anglo Saxon race”

      “After learning of the lynching of her husband, Mary Turner- in her eighth month of pregancy- vowed to find those responsible, swear out warrants against them, and have them punished in the courts. For making such a threat, a mob of several hundred men and women determined to ‘teach her a lesson.’ After tying her ankles together, they hung her from a tree, head downward. Dousing her clothes with gasoline, they burned them from her body. While she was still alive, someone used a knife ordinarily reserved for splitting hogs to cut open the woman’s abdomen. The infant fell from her womb to the ground and cried briefly, whereupon a member of this Valdosta, Georgia, mob crushed the baby’s head beneath his heel. hundreds of bullets were then fired into Mary Turner’s body, completing the work of the mob.”

      http://www.librarything.com/work/411781
      “Litwack’s analysis of lynching, in his chapter Hellhounds, reveals just how deeply the trouble in white supremacist minds went. Litwack argues that lynching victim’s true offense was challenging Jim Crow white supremacy; either boldly or in the fickle perception of whites (page 307). Horror after horror was inflected upon black southerners by whites. Lynching may have served to underscore “black vulnerability” but it also exposed the “moral character of whites (page 312).” The construct that trapped blacks beneath the weight of white supremacy also trapped white supremacists to the violence necessary, in their view, to maintain the system. From living through lynching after lynching, blacks “placed their own interpretations” on the events and realized that “neither a deferential accommodation nor economic success guaranteed them civil or human rights (page 317).””

      • just on July 2, 2014, 3:43 pm

        haunting & horrific.

      • seafoid on July 2, 2014, 3:58 pm

        Similar political economy issues under the 2 jim crow systems. Zionist Jews have status they would not have if Erez Israel were a republic.

  3. Stephen Shenfield on July 2, 2014, 1:33 pm

    “Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon: ‘First day after the kidnapping [the Shin Bet] reached the unit that carried out the attack, and therefore made it impossible for them to make any demands.’”

    Is this an admission that the kidnappers’ original plan was to obtain bargaining chips for the release of Palestinian prisoners? By deliberately thwarting that plan the Shin Bet triggered the killings. They must have realized there was a high risk of that being the result of their action. And presumably they acted under orders from Netanyahu.

    • Abierno on July 2, 2014, 4:02 pm

      Does Ya’alon’s comment imply that Shin Bet not only knew that the 3 teen agers
      were dead, the first day after the kidnapping but also had “reached the unit
      [those] that carried out the attack”? Also is the implication that the two alleged
      kidnappers were executed? If so – the entire duration of the “search” was simply Netanyahu’s brutal exercise in political manipulation and incitement to 1) save himself since his coalition was failing 2) eradicate Hamas and the unity government government and 3) build sufficient credibility with the international community to take over E-1, thereby eradicating any possibility (if there ever was one) for a Palestinian state and 4) set the stage politically for annexation of the
      West Bank and invasion of Gaza. As an added benefit, the IDF and IOF were given direct permission to act out their most destructive fantasies upon the civilians of Gaza under the guise of the morality of justified retribution. The aftermath of this incitement is that Netanyahu and his cohorts may find it exceptionally difficult to dial down the effects of the incitement in soldiers,
      settlers and extremists – all of whom have been given impunity regardless of the
      severity of the crime. Thus, could it be unexpected that kidnapping attempts
      for Palestine children are underway, that one has already been effectively carried out. That houses continue to be ransacked and destroyed, that snipers target
      Palestinian teen agers – and at their death, Israeli soldiers, settlers and extremist
      dance in the streets.

    • Pat Nguyen on July 2, 2014, 4:32 pm

      No, you are not following.
      The deaths happened right after the phone call. The plan to trade bodies for live prisoners was thwarted.

      • Shingo on July 2, 2014, 5:55 pm

        The plan to trade bodies for live prisoners was thwarted.

        Rubbish. The claim is that there were gun shots in the background, so there was no plan to trade bodies for live prisoners

  4. Mooser on July 2, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Wow, the people around here. I don’t see how we can come to any conclusions until Yonah Freedman and Hophmi, and DaBakr and the rest come and explain it to us.

    • justicewillprevail on July 2, 2014, 5:33 pm

      Like their glorious leader, they will be delighted to use the opportunity to demonstrate the depths of their benightedness.

  5. MTd2 on July 2, 2014, 1:45 pm

    Am I seeing things, or there are some settlers asking for The Final Solution to the Palestinians?

  6. Feathers on July 2, 2014, 2:08 pm

    In “Fortress Israel, The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country–and Why They Can’t Make Peace,” http://www.amazon.com/Fortress-Israel-Inside-Military-Country/dp/B00D05Q6E6 Patrick Tyler writes that Moshe Dayan learned the tactic of home demolition from the British, whom he admired.

    But the tactic is also part of Hebrew Scripture which, Tyler reports, Dayan mastered as a military field manual. —

    Judges 16:30 “He prayed to god “that I may be at once avenged.” He stood between the pillars of their temple and cried out in a suicidal rage, Let me die with the Philistines! and in the moment he pulled down the house on the lords of his enemy. “So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”

  7. bilal a on July 2, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Blood libel
    -and the revenge murders of gentile children during the middle ages also never happened.

    http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2014/07/01/breaking-palestinian-youth-kidnapped-murdered-by-israeli-settlers/

    • jon s on July 4, 2014, 12:45 am

      Bilal a, exactly what are you saying about the blood libel?

  8. a blah chick on July 2, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Over at 972 mag there is a Facebook post that is so vile I wonder at the humanity that could even think such filth. It starts out calling the victim a “gayboy” and descends even further.

    Despicable.

  9. American on July 2, 2014, 2:45 pm

    ” He longed for a time when “not a single Arab would walk with their heads” held high knowing better than to “dare to look a Jew in the eye.”

    nazi see, nazi do, peas in a pod…

    .”in my case my little boy, hardly more than a baby, saying ‘Jewish swine,”’

    http://www.press.uchicago.edu/Misc/Chicago/511928.html
    They Thought They Were Free
    The Germans, 1933-45

  10. just on July 2, 2014, 2:58 pm

    “Wearing a blue headscarf, 40-year-old Suha Abu Khder, mother of the missing teen, sat in stunned silence, sometimes breaking down in tears in a room filled with relatives and friends.

    Ansam Abu Khder, one of the teenager’s cousins, said witnesses had written down the car’s license plate and that police were examining CCTV footage.

    “We knew about Mohammed’s kidnapping by three Israelis just before the dawn prayers. A witness saw them and took down the license plate,” he told AFP.

    DNA tests proved the body was that of the missing teenager, his father said.

    “The body belongs to my son,” Hussein Abu Khder told AFP, saying his identity had been confirmed through tests but the cause of death was not immediately clear.

    Israeli police had earlier summoned Abu Khdeir’s father for questioning at the Russian Compound center in West Jerusalem, relatives said.

    The family denied allegations that the boy could have been killed in a family dispute, citing eyewitnesses as saying they tried to stop the kidnapping but the suspects took Abu Khdeir and fled the scene.

    The families of the three murdered Israeli teenagers issued a statement condemning the incident.

    “If the Arab youth was murdered because of nationalistic motives then this is a horrible and horrendous act,” it said.

    “There is no difference between Arab blood and Jewish blood. Murder is murder. There is no forgiveness or justification for any murder.”

    In a separate development, suspected Jewish extremists set fire to the ground floor of a house in the West Bank village of Aqraba near Nablus, police said.

    On the walls was Hebrew graffiti reading “Revenge of the Jews” and “Mohammed is dead” in reference to the Muslim prophet.”

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=709498

    I appreciate the statement of the three grieving Israeli families.

  11. just on July 2, 2014, 3:08 pm

    This thirst for revenge, and the acts of heinous criminality is exactly what is reaped when the government has sanctioned & encouraged the building and expansion of illegal settlements, when every single attack on Palestinians by the settlers and the IOF goes unpunished, and when the spokespeople for the government deny the truth (Oren and the Nakba day murders, for example) and tell outright lies. And when the only ‘fractures’ within the GoI that are witnessed are battles over who can scream the loudest and most hatefully toward the indigenous people of Palestine, and who can think of the worst punishment for the people who only want to walk and breathe free. All of this dishonors all those that have died.

    • seafoid on July 2, 2014, 3:42 pm

      It’s sad for Judaism that the mask is slipping off Zionism and exposing the systematic abuse of power. Guilt by association. Ms Judaism had an unwanted arranged marriage with Mr Zion and he turned out to be a bad one.

      • Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 4:59 pm

        Mr. Zion is a serial abuser, a murderer, very avaricious, and is so vicious, he makes guard dogs look tame.

    • seafoid on July 2, 2014, 3:53 pm

      Impunity and decades of US vetoes at the UN together with a bent justice system provide the conditions for hatred to flourish

  12. amigo on July 2, 2014, 3:25 pm

    To quote nietanyahu, It takes Human animals to do this.

    Abbas, wtf are you waiting for.

    More evidence gained at the price of more Palestinian blood.You acn avoid some or most of the blood lust of the zionist entity.

  13. Justpassingby on July 2, 2014, 4:09 pm

    Netanyahu is that a moustache growing?

  14. Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 4:23 pm

    It should be noted that after the brutal gunning down of 2 Palestinian kids by IDF criminals, Abbas behaved like a statesman, and did not incite his people to take revenge.
    When the 3 Israeli kids were missing, he was cooperative with Israeli officials.

    Now look at Nutty Ben. He thundered, roared, threatened, attacked, sent jets,
    arrested, got Palestinians killed, injured, ordered his thugs to smash and burn homes, searched any damn home they wanted, and after the kids were found dead, he incited his people, called for revenge, and called them ugly names.

    Abbas is not strong enough to handle Israel, but he sure does not act like a warmonger.

    Looks like Israelis are more violent and blood thirsty, despite what we have been
    told ad nauseam.

    • seafoid on July 2, 2014, 4:45 pm

      Good to see 1000 people marching in west jerusalem against revenge and violence. There are still sane people in Israel even if they are not well represented in politics.

      • Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 5:03 pm

        That is a real shame. There are indeed decent people, who do not agree with what zionists do, but they have no voice, and perhaps afraid they will be called self hating.

      • Woody Tanaka on July 2, 2014, 5:06 pm

        My question: how many of those 1000 would march to end the occupation and provide a just peace with the Palestinians?? (I suspect that quite a few are perfectly happy or indifferent to violence when only Palestinians suffer, but perhaps I am too cynical.)

        “There are still sane people in Israel even if they are not well represented in politics.”

        Well, I think that the current regime accurately reflects the barbarism of the Zionist public at large. After all, when the disgusting bigot, Ovadia Yosef, finally died, 850,000 turned out for his funeral.

        So, 1,000 against violence v. 850,000 to honor a vile racist seems to be about right for the Israeli public.

      • Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 6:06 pm

        You make good points Woody Tanaka. I do agree that the majority in Israel seem to agree with zionist policies and go along with the very brutal occupation. I remember reading an article which said a poll showed a high percentage of Israelis preferred apartheid policies! There is an underlying hatred for all goyim, especially Arab, in their psyche, and the Palestinians have been demonized, demeaned, and destroyed, in every way. Imagine a leader of a so called democratic nation, standing up and calling the other side “human animals”. I have never heard a US President use such harsh words, even when talking about our enemies. Now that one of their “human animals” have murdered an innocent kid, even burning him beyond recognition, it should make the inciters and rabble rousers tone their war mongering.
        Bibi has set the tone, called for revenge, and the mindless mobs are out of control.

  15. seafoid on July 2, 2014, 4:54 pm

    A very good piece by Chemi Shalev

    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.602697#

    “But make no mistake: the gangs of Jewish ruffians man-hunting for Arabs are no
    aberration. Theirs was not a one-time outpouring of uncontrollable rage following the discovery of the bodies of the three kidnapped students. Their inflamed hatred does not exist in a vacuum: it is an ongoing presence, growing by the day, encompassing ever larger segments of Israeli society, nurtured in a public environment of resentment, insularity and victimhood, fostered and fed by politicians and pundits – some cynical, some sincere – who have grown weary of democracy and its foibles and who long for an Israel, not to put too fine a point on it, of one state, one nation and, somewhere down the line, one leader. “

    • justicewillprevail on July 2, 2014, 5:41 pm

      Exactly, it is encouraged, fomented and incited by utterly irresponsible Israeli politicians, many of whom would qualify as full-time fascists. And this is what fascism looks like – the incitement of the mob, the scapegoating of an entire segment of the population, and a military keen to be the vanguard of this movement, its ethos worshipped like a cult. It is fatally easy to incubate racism when it is embedded in every institution of the country, and no-one will oppose it for fear of ostracisation.,

    • tree on July 2, 2014, 6:25 pm

      …who long for an Israel, not to put too fine a point on it, of one state, one nation and, somewhere down the line, one leader.

      In case anyone missed that, its a comparison of Israel to Nazi Germany. One state, one nation, one leader is a translation of “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuhrer”.

      By an Israeli journalist.

      • ritzl on July 3, 2014, 1:20 pm

        Thanks tree.

  16. Daniel Rich on July 2, 2014, 5:14 pm

    It’s really sad that Netanyahoo sees the death of 3 kids as a good ‘photo opportunity’ to emphasize his relentless call to ‘destroy evil.’

    Fortunately he has been warning us against Hamas since the Apartheid State thought it was a good idea to counterbalance the PLO with something more manageable and did everything possible to derail the validity of a Palestinian unity government.

    I don’t know what happened, but I do find the timing of this all way beyond the snapping point of ‘coincidence.’

    • wes on July 2, 2014, 6:31 pm

      Daniel Rich says:
      July 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      “I don’t know what happened, but I do find the timing of this all way beyond the snapping point of ‘coincidence.’”

      the book of numbers happened daniel.isis happened.israel knows its enemy well.you cannot build an army and talk peace at the same time.

      7 falling stars,the earth will open,an ancient stream will flow again.

  17. Kay24 on July 2, 2014, 5:18 pm

    Right now on CNN a former spokesperson for the PLO, Diana Buttu, was interviewed, and she was really a great guest. She speaks well, softly, but made great points. It was a wonderful to hear her explain what the Palestinians are going through.
    I wish there were others like her, who would be interviewed, so that the Palestinian perspective could be heard. I am surprised CNN had her, and thankful they did.
    I guess someone on top will change their lineup of guests soon.

  18. Daniel Rich on July 2, 2014, 6:36 pm

    If the Apartheid State would have been an animal and behave like this… frankly…, the word ‘mercy killing’ comes to mind.

  19. Shingo on July 2, 2014, 6:48 pm

    What’s so infuriating is the way the main stream news is reporting this murder as a revenge attack, which completely ignored that the kidnapping and murder of the Israeli youths was itself a revenge attack for the murder of 2 Palestinian boys by Israel weeks earlier.

    As always, Israel gets a pass and sets the narrative.

  20. DICKERSON3870 on July 2, 2014, 7:12 pm

    RE: The tone of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks took a harder turn than the softness he had carefully adhered to since the beginning of the abduction. He vowed “revenge.” “No matter where they hide, we’ll reach them until the last one and we’ll take our revenge,” he said, continuing, “We’ve already demolished homes,” referencing the demolition of the Qawasmeh and Abu Aisha houses, where at that very moment two families were condemned to living in rubble for the crime of being a relative to someone. ~ Deger

    MY COMMENT: Netanyahu is as determined to be a war prime minister as George W. Bush was to be a war president. This current bit of “wilding” by Netanyahu and his IDF boys is beginning to look more and more like Sharon’s “Operation Defensive Shield” back in 2002.

  21. Jon66 on July 2, 2014, 7:20 pm

    A horrific act. Whoever is responsible should be brought to justice. This is not “revenge”, it’s just murder of a child. Barbaric.

    • Abierno on July 2, 2014, 10:22 pm

      Barbaric is correct – according to Buzzfeed, he was beaten and burned to death. Other sources report his body as unrecognizeable, with the identification being made by DNA. If this information is accurate, the perpetrators show a level of sadism that is the hallmark of criminally insane.

  22. DICKERSON3870 on July 2, 2014, 7:36 pm

    RE: “Home demolitions and dead Palestinian teen follow Netanyahu call for revenge”

    FOR A LITTLE DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN, SEE – “Israeli filmmaker: Netanyahu as much to blame for Rabin’s death as Yigal Amir”, By Haaretz, Jan. 30, 2013

    [EXCERPT] An Israeli film director told CNN on Tuesday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played a part in creating the charged public atmosphere that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.
    Dror Moreh, who directed the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Gatekeepers,” said in an interview with Christiane Amanpour, that “there was a lot of incitement toward Rabin as a prime minister then. And Benjamin Netanyahu took his big share in that.”
    Moreh claimed Netanyahu headed rallies against Rabin. “Some of the rallies were horrible. I mean, they called Rabin a Nazi collaborator,” he said. . . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.haaretz.com/life/arts-leisure/israeli-filmmaker-netanyahu-as-much-to-blame-for-rabin-s-death-as-yigal-amir.premium-1.500169

    • DICKERSON3870 on July 2, 2014, 7:58 pm

      P.S. I wonder how far along that “thorough, transparent investigation” into the videotaped killing of the two Palestinian teenagers by the IDF during the Nakba Day protests in West Bank back on May 15.

      SEE – “US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens”, by Yitzhak Benhorin, ynetnews.com, 5/21/14
      Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to ‘conduct a thorough and transparent investigation’.
      LINK – http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4521979,00.html

    • a blah chick on July 2, 2014, 9:09 pm

      And he spoke from a balcony!

      You cannot be a true demagogue until you speak from a balcony.

  23. bilal a on July 2, 2014, 7:47 pm

    Are the Israelis shooting for the eyes , wondered where that Egyptian tactic came from.

    Activists have circulated a photograph of TV camerman said to be one of the injured journalists.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/02/isreali-and-palestinian-tensions-mount-after-revenge-killing-live-updates

  24. wondering jew on July 2, 2014, 7:54 pm

    Personally I would talk to Hamas in order to reach a 2 state solution. I think Netanyahu wants neither to talk to Hamas nor a 2 state solution. I think he wants to undo the emergence of Hamas between the 2nd intifada and the elections of 2006 and he wants to put that genie back in the bottle. I doubt it can be done.

    I assume that the lengthy period of time finding the bodies is because it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack and they lucked out. But 16 or so days of waiting and then the discovery of the bodies, there is a lot of energy tied up in the murder and a release of energy in the forms of government action is no surprise because they used the 16 days to crush Hamas on the west bank and so there is no reason that they would let up. and as far as the excitable public, 16 days will create a lot of anger, unlike an explosion that is a sudden shock, this is drawn out over 16 days and the explosion of “revenge” from the rifraff and from whatever human psyche that reacts to violence with violence, it’s going to happen, like gravity is going to cause a leaf to fall off of a tree, but humans figure out how to build an airplane to defy gravity and the hope is to defy the human propensity for vengeance.

    • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 3:25 pm

      “Personally I would talk to Hamas in order to reach a 2 state solution.”

      I see! That’s what you say you would do, so Israel must be a-okay! Man oh man, I was away from here for what, about a year, and you are still using the same pathetic techniques, the equivalency hasbara, the self-excusing, as above.
      Anybody who wants to see how much Yonah wants to “talk to Hamas to reach a two-state solution” only has to look at his archive.

      Of course, when a Zionist calls for a “two-state solution” it’s a very generous gesture, like splitting up a gold mine. The Zionists get the gold mine, the Palestinians get the shaft.

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 3:30 pm

        BTW, I notice that my comments are being published, possibly without a long time in moderation. Thank you. I’ll make every effort to respect that privilege. I’ll do the best I can. I’m afraid my attitude has hardened somewhat since I’ve last been here.

        As always, tho I recognize the right of the publisher to publish or not publish any comment I make, at their discretion, or even frankly, their arbitrary decision.

      • just on July 4, 2014, 3:31 pm

        “Of course, when a Zionist calls for a “two-state solution” it’s a very generous gesture, like splitting up a gold mine. The Zionists get the gold mine, the Palestinians get the shaft.”

        I’m stealing that, with your permission!

        (pretty please)

  25. Shingo on July 2, 2014, 8:38 pm

    Hamas, Nasrallah, etc. have been publicly calling for the kidnapping of Israelis for years yet no fault is attributed to them for the abduction and murder of these three teenagers.

    Israeli leaders have called for taking of all of Palestine and driving out the Arabs, not to mention maintaining a 47 year occupation, yet no fault is attributed to them for the violence that has spanned all these decades.

    If PM Netanyahu bears any responsibility for this murder, it’s on account of his inaction.

    Yes, his inaction to end the occupation, illegal settlements and murdering of Palestinians.

    Had he hit back hard, recaptured more of the terrorists released for Shailt and responded with enough violence (the only language the palestinians understand), the killers of this teenager (assuming he’s Jewish) wouldn’t have felt it necessary to take matters into his own hands.

    That’s called the definition of insanity. It;s the same strategy Israel has been using for 45 years with catastrophic failure.

    • seafoid on July 3, 2014, 4:57 am

      Netanyahu represents a huge part of the problem
      Israel has been running his deluded Likud operating system since 1977

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lixYEZ9M_dU

      They don’t have any respect for human rights or the future of Judaism.
      And he’s still nuts.

      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.602742
      Netanyahu on Tuesday compared Jews to Arabs, saying, “a deep and wide moral chasm separates us from our enemies: They sanctify death, and we, life; they sanctify cruelty, while we [sanctify] mercy.”

      • Shingo on July 3, 2014, 6:34 am

        They sanctify death, and we, life; they sanctify cruelty, while we [sanctify] mercy.”

        Yeah, this is Netenyahu’s idea of mercy.

      • Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 7:42 am

        Nutty Beebs has been primarily the biggest rabble rouser in all this.
        He incited and spoke of revenge, the moment the three kids were missing, and it got worse when they were found dead. No calls for calm or patience, and no calls for investigations, UNTIL their “human animals” did worse. It is so obvious, that when it came to precious Jewish lives, no investigation is needed, instant violent response, homes smashed, arrests, and all the ugliness of collective punishment, BUT when it came to the killing of Mohammed Hassan Abu Khdeir, oh Beebs wants to handle it with investigations, and their is no mention of human animal on that side. Still, the collective punishment keeps going on.

      • seafoid on July 3, 2014, 9:21 am

        Netanyahu’s ideology is Jim Crow Redux. He is an Israeli sonofabitch.

  26. iResistDe4iAm on July 3, 2014, 12:52 am

    Israel abolished the death penalty in 1954 and put a Nazi war criminal on trial. But Israel routinely uses warplanes or death squads to summarily execute thousands of Palestinians (including women and children) WITHOUT charge or trial.

    A recent mass summary execution occurred on 18 November 2012 when Israel obliterated 10 Palestinian civilians from one family (four children aged 1 to 7, five women and one man) in their three-story home, and another 2 civilians in a nearby home in a densely populated residential neighbourhood in Gaza City:
    http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/12/07/israelgaza-israeli-airstrike-home-unlawful

    Israel also routinely metes out collective punishment against the 1.6 million Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip and 2.6 million civilians in the walled-in, segregated West Bank and East Jerusalem. Its current collective punishment rampage has resulted in the deaths of 10 Palestinians, the wounding of dozens, the detention of hundreds, and the bombing of Gaza.

    Now Israel has reinstated the barbaric collective punishment practice of home demolitions. These pre-emptive punishments are targeted at the relatives of Palestinian suspects, suspects who have not even been detained, let alone charged or tried in a court of law. In any case, the draconian Israeli military courts to which Palestinians are subjected are nothing more than kangaroo courts, with conviction rates of 99.74% for adults and 99.88% for children:
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/nearly-100-of-all-military-court-cases-in-west-bank-end-in-conviction-haaretz-learns-1.398369
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/israel-convicts-most-stone-throwing-palestinian-children-right-group-says-1.373807

    History is full of tyrants, dictators and fascists who have practiced just such collective punishment extortion, where a group of civilians is held hostage under constant threat of collective punishment. Not only is the punishment meted out to civilians for crimes they do not commit, but for crimes over which they have absolutely no control.

    Such sadistic collective punishment is no less tolerable whether it involves death, rape, plunder, or simply just razing homes & villages into the ground.

    Israel, the most immoral occupier in the world.

  27. Egbert on July 3, 2014, 3:40 am

    The family of one of the three Israeli youths murdered has come out against this murder. Yishai Fraenkel, uncle of Naftali Fraenkel said:

    “The life of an Arab is equally precious to that of a Jew. Blood is blood, and murder is murder, whether that murder is Jewish or Arab,” Fraenkel told CTV News Channel in a telephone interview from Israel. “There’s no justification whatsoever to revenge or do anything as a result of the barbaric murder of my nephew.”

    A rhetorical question – Will Israel demolish the homes of those Israelis involved in the murder of the Palestinian boy? If not, why not?

  28. German Lefty on July 3, 2014, 5:26 am

    All In with Chris Hayes had a segment yesterday about Israel/Palestine:
    http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/violence-in-the-wake-of-israeli-kidnappings-295384131865

    • German Lefty on July 3, 2014, 5:37 am

      The segment is quite good, but so far almost all comments come from right-wingers.

      • Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 10:06 am

        I watched it yesterday, and I was glad that Chris Hayes gave us a more balanced segment to this conflict, and that Ayman Mohyeldin referred to the murder of two Palestinian kids by IDF thugs during the Nakba anniversary. It made a huge different to watch reporting like this, because the usual pro Israel narrative by the US media, is getting disgusting, especially at a time when their is much going on. It seems they try to outdo each other trying to support Israel!

  29. just on July 3, 2014, 7:39 am

    wth??? From an article about the Israeli social media revenge/hate campaign (with really hateful pictures.)

    “Days earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his official twitter account: “Vengeance for the blood of a small child, Satan has not yet created. Neither has vengeance for the blood of 3 pure youths who were on their way home to their parents who will not see them anymore.””

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=709632

    Do Israelis approve of their PM? Obviously some heeded his call to murder– and he has uniformed goons to prove it!

    • Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 7:48 am

      He is a disgrace to his country and people. He is a war monger, war criminal, and a rabble rouser. He incites and urges violence against innocent people who have nothing to do with any kidnapping or deaths. Attacking homes, raiding homes, and killing and arresting hundreds, for the deaths of his pure youths, when still the killers are unknown, is not only unstatesmanlike, it also shows his viciousness.
      Is this how the “only democracy” in the Middle East functions? It seems worse than some nations without “democracy”.

      • just on July 3, 2014, 7:55 am

        Here’s the thing: all ‘calls for restraint’ by the US and the UN and anybody else are useless until and unless Netanyahu is brought to justice, or at least to heel.

        First steps would be a unanimous and vociferous call from the US and the UN for him to cease and desist with his incitement to violence. To sanction him and his goons and his people for their wicked actions. He is dangerous for everybody involved– and yes, that includes US national security.

      • Walid on July 3, 2014, 8:20 am

        “He is a disgrace to his country and people. He is a war monger, war criminal, and a rabble rouser. He incites and urges violence against innocent people who have nothing to do with any kidnapping or deaths. Attacking homes, raiding homes, and killing and arresting hundreds, for the deaths of his pure youths, when still the killers are unknown, is not only unstatesmanlike, it also shows his viciousness.”

        In which ways did his job description as you listed it differ from the ones of past terrorist-leaders?

        Ehud Olmert?
        Ariel Sharon?
        Ehud Barak?
        Shimon Perez?
        Yitzhak Rabin?
        Golda Meir?
        Yigal Alon?
        Levi Eshkol?
        Moshe Sharett?
        David Ben Gurion?

        Which from the above list was/were not a terrorist at one point in his/her career?

      • just on July 3, 2014, 8:31 am

        Here’s one way– he has a twitter account, etc.

      • Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 9:22 am

        Good point. His twitter account by itself was quite inciting and no one can deny, it plays a big part in controlling the attitude in the country. He simply could not resist doing what he does best – being violent, showing aggression against civilians, and resorting to collective punishment, a war crime according to international laws. The world once again saw the ugly side to Bibi Netanyahu, through his uncontrollable rage and actions.

  30. just on July 3, 2014, 8:12 am

    aargh- MSNBC leads with the hurricane and then the normal lopsided coverage of P/I. Finally, they get to the incitement by unnamed Israeli leaders…

    CNN says that Israel is trying to “de-escalate” the situation… yeah, riiight.
    As they say, you can’t unring a bell nor the collective violence by Israel over these last weeks.

    • Walid on July 3, 2014, 8:40 am

      just, most of CNN’s Jerusalem reporting is by Ben Wedeman, that is super fluent in Arabic, that has to be just about the most honest journalist at CNN as far as Arabs are concerned. I’ve been watching him from the start and he is as distressed as the Palestinians with the horror provoked by the settlers. He repeated the bit about settler kids marching in the “death to Arabs” procession having told him that they’d be taking care of business after it gets dark on the eve of the assassination of Mohamed AK. Other CNN journalists are not as sympathetic to the Palestinians.

      Another CNN journalist that is fluent in Arabic that’s currently covering Iraq is Arwa Damon. If you discount State Department propaganda that she’s always pushing, she’s also good.

      • just on July 3, 2014, 9:01 am

        I “know” both Ben and Arwa– they are both very good.

        This other female that was “reporting” — not so much at all.

      • Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 9:28 am

        I was impressed with Ayman Mohyeldi’s (MSNBC) report from Jerusalem, and it was better than some other reporting. Ayman was the only reporter who mentioned the two previous murders by Israeli troops during the Nakba anniversary. NO one else has done that so far.
        I also think Diana Buttu who is an analyst at CNN represents the Palestinian side quite well, and professionally.

        The anchor who seemed to want to please her zionist bosses was Kate Boldoun, who seemed a bit annoyed when certain points were made making the Palestinians look the victims. Strange, how the truth is buried fast.

      • Walid on July 3, 2014, 9:58 am

        Diana Buttu is one of the few (public) Palestinians that can speak English coherently; Canada does that to one’s English. She was super great when she was on the Palestinian negotiating team and while on it, Palestinians were getting good press coverage as she and a Palestinian-American colleague (forgot his name) that was equally eloquent were putting the Palestinian point of view across very well. Then for some reason, she was off the team and the Palestinians went back to having the mumbling, bungling and stuttering Erekat being the spokesperson and it’s been downhill PR-wise since then.

      • Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 7:14 pm

        You know the Palestinians should do their utmost to get her to speak for them. I know that it is a disadvantage when someone who is not very fluent, is interviewed, and unable to really convey the reality of their suffering.
        Diana Buttu was so knowledgeable and it was a real pleasure listening to her.

      • Shingo on July 3, 2014, 10:52 pm

        know that it is a disadvantage when someone who is not very fluent, is interviewed, and unable to really convey the reality of their suffering.

        And that’s how Israel likes it.

        It plays to Israel’s advantage in so many ways if the spokesperson speaks in broken English with a thick Arab accent. That way the American audience remains alienated.

        That’s why you ‘ll never hear a guy like Lieverman being interviewed. They’ll always get someone like Oren on Bibbi with a familiar American accent and excellent English, which suggests to the audience that they share American values and are more civilized .

      • Shingo on July 3, 2014, 10:48 pm

        Then for some reason, she was off the team and the Palestinians went back to having the mumbling, bungling and stuttering Erekat being the spokesperson and it’s been downhill PR-wise since then.

        Abbas probably got a call from one of his bosses – either Netenyahu or Obama – complaining that Buttu was making the Israelis look bad and therefore inciting against Israel’s crimes, so she got the boot.

      • Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 10:01 am

        May I also mention that Ayman Mohyeldin was on Chris Hayes.
        Chris unlike the others at MSNBC, even that zionist supporter Chris Mathews, tries to give a less pro Israeli stance in his program.
        This constant slant to make Israel look the victim by our US media, is getting tiring.

      • Walid on July 4, 2014, 2:04 am

        “Abbas probably got a call from one of his bosses – either Netenyahu or Obama ”

        Do you want Abbas’ apologist to quit the discussion on Chomsky? I just remembered the name of Butto’s Palestinian-American colleague Michael Tarazi that was fired at the same time in 2005. On June 7, 2002, Tarazi was described in a front-page feature article of the Wall Street Journal as “the most articulate and sophisticated Palestinian advocate to come along in years.”

        Butto and Tarazi that had become almost regulars on American TV were fired simply for having been too good. Khaled Amayreh wrote about them in al-Ahram in 2007:

        … Palestinian mediocrity, or even incompetence, in negotiations with Israel, is not imputed to lack of financial and human resources. The main reason may well lie in corruption at the highest levels and virtual absence of accountability.

        The PLO Negotiations Affairs Department (NAD) has at its disposal the services of the Negotiations Support Unit (NSU), which has received tens of million of dollars of funds, but has done very little to make Palestinian negotiators better equipped to face their Israeli counterparts.

        Just take a look at the document formulated jointly between Israel and the PA at the last minute at the Annapolis conference. This document, which the NSU helped formulate, was completely void of any call for ending the manifestly criminal blockade of Gaza, the removal of Israeli checkpoints and roadblocks in the West Bank or release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli dungeons and detention camps. Moreover, not a word was mentioned about freezing Israeli settlement expansions.

        The NSU is funded and effectively controlled by the Adam Smith Institute (ASI), a think-tank based in London which is vulnerable to pressure from pro- Israeli circles. For example, two years ago, the ASI forced the NSU to fire two highly-qualified Palestinian-American lawyers, Michael Tarazi and Diana Butto, for going too far in defending Palestinian rights, especially during TV debates with Israeli spokesmen.

        According to inside sources, one of the persons who pushed for firing the two Palestinian-American lawyers is Glenn Robinson, the author or co-author of the controversial RAND project “The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State”.

        Eventually, Tarazi and Butto were accused by pro-Israeli lobbyists, including some British MPs, of hindering the development of the Palestinian Ministry of Information and of not ensuring sufficient coordination with the PLO. Of course, these accusations were merely red herrings.

        Article on the corrupted Palestinian negotiating effort:

        http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/874/re61.htm

      • Walid on July 4, 2014, 2:17 am

        Sampling of Michael Tarazi on Jazeera. He comes in at around 1:24 of the 3 minute video:

  31. Walid on July 3, 2014, 8:30 am

    Father of Mohamed Abu Khdeir just gave a short press conference to say that Israelis were forcing him to accept their coroner’s report otherwise they would not surrender the body to the family and it would have to go through the court system to claim it.

    He finally accepted subject to allowing an Arab coroner complete his own report. That was done hours ago but Israel is still screwing around in not giving up the body to the family for burial.

    For Israel to insist on the father’s signature, there has to be something dubious behind the whole thing.

    • just on July 3, 2014, 8:33 am

      That’s similar to what Fatina said here yesterday…

      There’s going to be quite a mourning tent at that funeral. RIP

    • Kay24 on July 3, 2014, 9:16 am

      They are so dishonest and fully capable of falsifying documents, to make it appear, the poor kid’s murder was not as bad as we fully expect it to be.
      It is a pity that the first medical exam was not from someone delegated by the Palestinians. Israel will do anything to protect their human animals.

    • a blah chick on July 3, 2014, 12:48 pm

      Why no arrests?! They have the license plate number! Their treatment of this family is unconscionable.

  32. Talkback on July 3, 2014, 9:01 am

    Aaaah home demolitions. During mandate times the Jew who became the first “justice” (lol) minister of this Apartheid Junta condemned the British protector for using the emergency regulations against Jews and said that even Nazis wouldn’t have such regulations.

  33. DoubleStandard on July 3, 2014, 3:47 pm

    We don’t know that the Arab boy was killed out of revenge. Circumstances suggest that, but there are many other possibilities.

    Arabs kill each other plenty (last night a girl in Hebron was stabbed by her uncle), so it’s quite possible that he was killed by Arabs during the course of a family feud or to gain some world publicity.

    The fact that his body was burned makes me skeptical that jews did it. That’s just not characteristic of our behavior, given that Jewish tradition is obsessed with the dignity of a body, and the holocaust is still in our memory.

    We’ll see what happens.

    • Woody Tanaka on July 3, 2014, 4:18 pm

      “We don’t know that the Arab boy was killed out of revenge. Circumstances suggest that, but there are many other possibilities.”

      And when the three Jews were missing, you, of course, also forthrightly asserted that there was other possibilities than that they were “kidnapped” by “terrorists.”

      Oh, no, of course not!!! That wasn’t your tune then. After all, you are a hypocrite, they were your fellow Chosen People, this teen that got lynched is just an Arab, and the people who lynched him were probably also your fellow Jews.

      So OF COURSE now you’re all like, “hey, plenty of other possibilities… Don’t jump to conclusions… The dirty A-rabs murder their own children all the time!!!” Back then, of course your line was different (but the same in some ways), as you were all like, “No other possibilities…. Must conclude that it was a kidnapping by terrorists…. The dirty A-rab terrrorists want to murder Jews all the time!!!”

      “That’s just not characteristic of our behavior, given that Jewish tradition is obsessed with the dignity of a body, and the holocaust is still in our memory.”

      Don’t make me puke. You bastards burned up babies with white phosphorus during Cast Lead and are blackmailing the poor father of this kid, refusing to release his body until he signs on to your whitewashing of his murder. So much for the Israelis “obsessed with the dignity of a body.”

      • DoubleStandard on July 3, 2014, 4:46 pm

        Jews don’t kidnap or kill their own people.

        Arabs do. Therefore there was no plausible alternative to kidnapping.

        Here there is a very plausible alternative.

      • Woody Tanaka on July 3, 2014, 5:59 pm

        “Jews don’t kidnap or kill their own people.”

        Yeah, I guess Levi Aron and Yigal Amir were actually Belgian Mormons.

        Go away, bigot.

      • adele on July 3, 2014, 6:07 pm

        I hear Zionists don’t perspire either, genetically modified to be the perfect humans.

      • justicewillprevail on July 3, 2014, 7:12 pm

        I suppose Mordechai Vanunu wasn’t kidnapped by his ‘own people’, then. If Palestinians are Israeli citizens then they are your ‘own people’ too. The Israeli state kidnaps and kills people, that is what matters. Their religious or cultural affiliation is irrelevant to the zionist project.

      • RoHa on July 3, 2014, 7:37 pm

        No Jew has ever killed or kidnapped another Jew? Gosh!

      • Shingo on July 3, 2014, 8:07 pm

        Jews don’t kidnap or kill their own people.

        Wow, what a racist ignoramus.

        1. 180 Jews were killed aboard the SS Patria in Haifa when Jewish terrorists bombed it.

        2. 19 Jews were killed when Jewish terrorists bombed the King David Hotel. The leader was later elected to the office of prime minister.

        3. Another Jewish terrorist leader, Shamir, murdered a rival Jewish Stern Gang gang member. He too was later elected to the office of prime minister.

      • CloakAndDagger on July 3, 2014, 11:12 pm

        Jews don’t kidnap or kill their own people

        Are you insane? Who killed Yitzhak Rabin?

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 3:47 pm

        “Jews don’t kidnap or kill their own people. “

        ROTFLMSJAO!!! And I bet they don’t drink (everybody knows there are no Jewish alcoholics), and Jewish men never, ever cheat on their wives (or vice versa) and we don’t get divorced, neither! (Sorry, ladies, I’m already taken, a quarter-century this July 15th) And we never, ever cheat each other in business. If somebody tells you a Jewish person madoff with their savings, don’t believe it!
        And no Jew, anywhere, has ever been a brothel-keeper or a pimp. It just doesn’t happen! And a Jewish woman would never…no the thought is simply unthinkable.
        And the stuff the settlers dump on the Palestinian fields smells like Attar of Roses. Cause our shit don’t stink!
        And the best thing about us is our tribal unity! It’s true! No Jewish person would ever, ever disparage another person’s Jewishness simply for political or religious differences! Nope, never! We now the value of sticking together!
        Why, to think anything else would be a double-standard, wouldn’t it?

    • justicewillprevail on July 3, 2014, 4:25 pm

      Your name is so apt. Unfortunately for your denialism and conspiracy theories the evidence was caught on cctv:

      http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/palestinian-teenager-khdeir-video-footage-abduction-kidnapping

      Now, what will the reaction be, and how will it differ to the murder of two Palestinian boys caught on cctv, when the only response was to harrass the shopkeeper and steal his equipment?

    • Djinn on July 3, 2014, 8:55 pm

      DoubleStandard says:

      The fact that his body was burned makes me skeptical that jews did it. That’s just not characteristic of our behavior, given that Jewish tradition is obsessed with the dignity of a body, and the holocaust is still in our memory.

      Those burned to death by WP in Gaza would beg to differ you revolting supremacist piece of shit.

  34. jon s on July 3, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Over the last few days scores of rockets have been launched from Gaza, primarily towards the civilian population in Sderot. Several homes have been hit, including a day-care center for small children. Fortunately, thanks to luck,(or God’s grace) and shelters and the presence-of-mind of the people of Sderot, noone has been seriously hurt so far in this round, but tension is high.
    Yesterday and today I was in Ashkelon and in Ashdod, for a certain educational project I’m working on this summer. There, too, especially in Ashkelon, tension is high but life is going on.
    Reports are that the next 24 hours or so will be crucial: if the Hamas and other terrorists don’t cease the attacks, there will be a major military operation against the terrorists in Gaza.

    • Bumblebye on July 3, 2014, 4:50 pm

      How do “scores” of oversized fireworks compare to the bombing raids that have been going on over Gaza over the past three weeks, jon s?? How many whacking great bombs have your lot dropped? How many casualties have you noted in Gaza? Or does “tension” trump termination and maiming in your tiny ziobrain?

      • Woody Tanaka on July 3, 2014, 5:00 pm

        “How do “scores” of oversized fireworks compare to the bombing raids that have been going on over Gaza over the past three weeks, jon s??”

        Didn’t you hear, Bumblebye?? They stock with the magical “Promised Land” bombs that only kill guilty people, so it’s okay.

      • Bumblebye on July 3, 2014, 6:23 pm

        Of course! How foolish of me to forget the Torat HaMelech argument!

      • a blah chick on July 3, 2014, 7:40 pm

        Also you need to understand that after these bombing raids the pilots feel real bad afterwards, so it’s okay.

    • a blah chick on July 3, 2014, 4:53 pm

      Here’s a question….who protects the Palestinians from Israel?

      • Mooser on July 4, 2014, 3:52 pm

        “Also you need to understand that after these bombing raids the pilots feel real bad afterwards, so it’s okay.”

        Well what about the IDF soldiers who raid Palestinian homes? Everybody knows they shit-and-cry, too!

    • Woody Tanaka on July 3, 2014, 4:57 pm

      “Over the last few days scores of rockets have been launched from Gaza, primarily towards the civilian population in Sderot.”

      Oh, I’m sure the firecrackers were aimed at the government buildings, police stations and the military assets in the area. you can’t blame the Palestinians if you illegally blockade them and then complain that they’re not able to import more precision weapons.

    • Bumblebye on July 3, 2014, 6:27 pm

      Sounds like ‘Iron Dome’ isn’t working jon.

      • jon s on July 4, 2014, 2:05 am

        Here’s a challenge for Bumblebye and Woody: Go to Sderot, and when you hear the alarm, go stand out in the open. Since they are nothing but firecrackers – you have nothing to fear.

      • Shingo on July 4, 2014, 3:47 am

        . Go to Sderot, and when you hear the alarm, go stand out in the open.

        Sure anytime. Give. The statistical probability of those rockets hitting anything, you’d have a greater chance if being hit by lighting twice within the same 5 minutes.

        Even if a rocket comes your way, you’d have to fe within 6 feet of impact to suffer a scratch.

        Meanwhile, you go to Gaza, and where you will hear no alarm, and go stand out in the open. If you happen to be within 300 feet of a laser guided 500lb bomb, which has an accuracy of over 90%, you will be transformed into a pink mist.

      • Djinn on July 4, 2014, 4:16 am

        jon s says:

        Here’s a challenge for Bumblebye and Woody: Go to Sderot, and when you hear the alarm, go stand out in the open. Since they are nothing but firecrackers – you have nothing to fear.

        While the challenge wasn’t extended to me, I have stood out in the open in Sderot but unlike you I’ve also stood out in the open in Gaza.

        Trust me, Sderot was a cakewalk.

      • jon s on July 4, 2014, 5:45 am

        Well, Shingo and Djinn, you’re both very brave, braver than me.
        When I was in Sderot during alarms – I took cover.

      • Woody Tanaka on July 4, 2014, 12:48 pm

        Here’s a challenge for you, jon s. Go live as a Palestinian for 40 years subjecting yourself to all the crimes that the Israeli public votes to inflict: the random murders, the denial of rights, the dehumanization, and see if you’re still of the opinion that they’ve no right to defend themselves.

    • eljay on July 3, 2014, 6:45 pm

      >> jon s: Over the last few days scores of rockets have been launched from Gaza, primarily towards the civilian population in Sderot. … Reports are that the next 24 hours or so will be crucial: if the Hamas and other terrorists don’t cease the attacks, there will be a major military operation against the terrorists in Gaza.

      I trust that the state of Israel will argue, as it did in the case of Rachel Corrie, that citizens of Sderot are “in a danger zone and so [they] alone [are] negligible for [their] own killing”. Surely the state of Israel is not hypocritical…right?

    • talknic on July 3, 2014, 7:45 pm

      @ jon s

      Uh huh. HOW can anything actually be targeted when the homemade rockets have no guidance and the alleged target cannot be seen from the ground in Gaza?

      For all we know civilian damage might be collateral. Or is collateral only allowed Israeli pin point precision guided missiles?

      “Yesterday and today I was in Ashkelon and in Ashdod, for a certain educational project I’m working on this summer.”

      You were educating Israelis that Ashkelon is in territory that has never been legally acquired by Israel and only the northern part of Ashdod is actually in Israel … right? http://wp.me/pDB7k-tM

      • Walid on July 4, 2014, 2:41 am

        talknic, we should be grateful that at least he has started calling those things “rockets”. The way they used to describe these glorified firecrackers, you’d have thought they were ICBMs.

    • Djinn on July 3, 2014, 9:02 pm

      jon s says:

      Over the last few days scores of rockets have been launched from Gaza, primarily towards the civilian population in Sderot. Several homes have been hit, including a day-care center for small children. Fortunately, thanks to luck,(or God’s grace) and shelters and the presence-of-mind of the people of Sderot, noone has been seriously hurt so far in this round, but tension is high

      Every time I’ve been in Ashkelon and Sderot I’ve seen an absolute shitload of Israeli combatants. I’ve also seen a shitload of military equipment. Much scarier looking stuff than a Qassam too.

      If Israeli’s don’t want to suffer they should stop their belligerent armed forces from hiding amongst a civilian population.

      If that argument is good enough to excuse the slaughter of Gazan children then it sure as shit is good enough to excuse a bit of property damage. Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on the planet – EVERYWHERE is amongst civilians. Israel however has quite a bit of very sparsely populated land so why do they need to place their military installations and personnel in “civilian” areas?

      • talknic on July 4, 2014, 12:29 pm

        @ Djinn “Israel however has quite a bit of very sparsely populated land so why do they need to place their military installations and personnel in “civilian” areas?”

        Simple. To create and cash in on the situation under the Laws of War, Art. 25. The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.

        Because it is permissible to bombard defended towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings, Israeli propaganda can then claim the Palestinians only target civilians, discounting completely the fact that there might be civilian collateral, especially if weapons are unguided and any intended military target is very likely not even visible to those firing such weapons. Of course collateral is only allowed Israel precision guided armaments ;-)

    • Walid on July 4, 2014, 2:37 am

      Jon, I’m glad you asked, you are probably unaware that some of the people of Gaza are evictees from a place 11 miles away that was then known as Najd on May 13, 1948. In 1951 Jewish squatters began arriving and called the place Sderot; from Umkahil blog:

      Sderot Built on Ashes of Ethnically Cleansed and Defaced Najd
      Sderot was settled by Jews in 1951. According to Walid Khalidi in “All That Remains”, it along with the settlement of Or ha-Ner, founded in 1957, were established on the village lands of Najd, which means “elevated plain” in Arabic.

      Najd’s Palestinian villagers, approximately 620 in 1945, were expelled on 13 May 1948, before Israel was declared a state and before any Arab armies entered Palestine. According to UN Resolution 194 and also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 13, Section 2, the villagers of Najd have a right to return home to their personal property and to their native village.

      Today, according to Khalidi, “some old trees grow” on the site of the village. It is “overgrown with cactuses and Christ’s thorn and sycamore trees and contans the crumbled walls of unidentified buildings….”

      There were 82 houses in Najd. Children went to school in Simsim, two kilometers away. According to Palestine Remembered the village has been completely “defaced.”

      In 1596 Najd’s population was 215.

      In 1838, Edward Robinson, an American biblical scholar “observed the villagers winnowing barley by throwing it into the air against the wind with wooden forks” [Robinson (1841) III: 260 as quoted in Khalidi 128].

      Najd’s villagers were mainly farmers and engaged in animal husbandry. “Fields of grain and fruit trees surrounded Najd on all sides.”

      Najd is fourteen kilometers from Gaza. Palestinian Arabs own 12,669 dunums in Najd although Israel refuses to honor their rights to their personal property, and refuses them their inalienable right to return home. In 1945 Jews owned 495 dunums of land in Najd and public lands consisted of 412 dunums.

      Najd is one of 418 ethnically cleansed villages by Zionist Jews that Dr. Khalidi includes in his seminal work.

      http://umkahlil.blogspot.com/2006/06/sderot-built-on-ashes-of-ethnically.html

  35. jon s on July 3, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Maybe it’s time for Allison Deger to report from Sderot.

    • justicewillprevail on July 3, 2014, 4:46 pm

      Maybe it’s time for you to address the topic of the post.

    • Woody Tanaka on July 3, 2014, 4:48 pm

      When as many of the world’s journalists (and pro-Israel ones, too) report from Gaza as do from Israel, then perhaps you have cause to call for Allison to go to Sderot to look at the firecrackers.

    • amigo on July 3, 2014, 5:44 pm

      “Maybe it’s time for Allison Deger to report from Sderot.” jon s

      I think not .Too many Zionist incendiaries waiting to go off.

      Those people are living on stolen land and cannot handle the truth about their part in the crime of ethnic cleansing of the rightful owners.

      They get no sympathy from me.I just pity their children whom they use as human shields in the perpetration of their crimes.

      Maybe if they learn to love their children more than they love land they might live in comfort.

  36. jon s on July 4, 2014, 5:40 am

    Nice diversionary tactic: “let’s discuss the refugee issue”.

    “Firecrackers”. Let’s be clear: those rockets are potentially lethal and have caused injury and death. Their purpose is to kill Jews and to terrorize the population. Firing at a civilian population is in itself a terrorist crime , same as shooting unarmed boys point-blank. No justification , ever.
    “Homemade”: if your home is an arms factory in Iran or Gaza, or wherever.

    • annie on July 4, 2014, 2:20 pm

      Their purpose is to kill Jews and to terrorize the population.

      there purpose is a response to the horrific events be perpetrated against palestinians in the west bank. No justification , ever.

      Let’s be clear: those rockets are potentially lethal and have caused injury and death.

      Let’s be clear: those rockets are never ever going to wreak the kind havoc death and destruction being perpetrated against palestinians and their property in the west bank (gaza aside!). so don’t talk to me about the potential “lethal and have caused injury and death.” when what they are in response to IS lethal, and IS currently injuring and killing people.

      • just on July 4, 2014, 2:37 pm

        They say that about stone- throwing Palestinians, too.

        Not a peep about the stone- throwing settlers though, you know the ones who are escorted and protected by the IOF

    • Woody Tanaka on July 4, 2014, 3:39 pm

      “‘Firecrackers’. Let’s be clear: those rockets are potentially lethal and have caused injury and death.”

      So what? If you people insist on warring on the Gazan people, then of course they’re going to fight back. How dare you vote for a government specifically to kill and oppress Palestinians and then you dare complain when they fight back?? How dare you?

      “Their purpose is to kill Jews”

      Who cares? Are Jews somehow magical people who are supposed to be immune from retaliation if they decide to go out and murder someone??? What a racist statement.

      “and to terrorize the population.”

      Good! You bastards have been terrorizing them for generations; it’s justice that you get to experience a small bit back.

      “Firing at a civilian population is in itself a terrorist crime , same as shooting unarmed boys point-blank. No justification , ever.”

      Nonsense. You decide to put government installations, police stations and military assets among the settlers who are squatting on the ethnically cleansed land of the Palestinian village of Najd, you get what you deserve.

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