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Shop windows in Ramallah were shuttered yesterday within hours of Minister Ziad Abu Ein’s death from a heart attack following an assault by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank village of Turmusaya. A state funeral was held today with a ceremony at the Muqataa, the seat of the Palestinian Authority and a procession to a nearby cemetery. Thousands poured through the streets and a team of masked men brandished AK-47s for an hour’s worth of an impromptu gun salute. Indeed it was the largest funeral in Ramallah in years, signaling Abu Ein’s passing has become a national cause. Because he died while olive tree planting in the spirit of human rights, the image of an executed peacemaker also colors his passing.

Details of Abu Ein’s death remain unclear because the official autopsy report has not yet been release. The hold up is due to Israeli officials who are refusing to sign the completed joint report. Palestinian Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh said in an interview with Palestine Today that the report does indicate that Israeli actions were responsible for Abu Ein’s death.

In response to the death Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly reconsidering his government’s relationship with Israel. Abbas is expected make an official declaration Friday evening and has said “all of the options are on the table.” At the moment Abbas and his leadership council have not made any concrete decisions, but Palestinian officials are weighing specific actions: changing or canceling the security coordination agreement in place with Israel since the Oslo Accords, submitting a United Nations Security Council Resolution, or acceding to the Rome Statute and joining the International Criminal Court–each of which has been proposed in various incarnations over the past few years. While Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat and other leaders have suggested that the Palestinian government is prepared to relinquish all aspects of security coordination with Israel, PLO Central Committee member Dr. Nabil Shaath, the Palestinian architect of the current security arrangement, tells Mondoweiss “re-defining” security roles with Israel, rather than terminating them altogether, is a likely option.

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“Re-defining” security coordination with Israel

“Re-defining” security coordination with Israel would constitute a Palestinian refusal to assist in Israeli operations in the major Palestinian cities, Area A of the West Bank.

Mandated by the Oslo Accords, the Israeli army exercises full security control over Area C of the West Bank, where a majority of settlements are located, and joint security control with the Palestinian Authority in Area B, functionally suburbs and villages of Palestinian population centers. But Area A of the West Bank—home to Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jenin and Jericho—are registered under full Palestinian security control per the peace agreements. Within this framework under the doctrine of “security coordination,” the Palestinian Authority shares intelligence on, and suppresses Palestinian demonstrations against, matters pertaining to points of Israeli infrastructure in the West Bank. When Palestinian marches to checkpoints or settlements originate from Area A, as they do on a weekly basis, “security coordination” in this context translates to Palestinian police deploying often repressive means to halt the protest.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with the family of minister Ziad Abu Ein during the state funeral. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with the family of minister Ziad Abu Ein during the state funeral. (Photo: Allison Deger)

(Photo: Allison Deger)

(Photo: Allison Deger)

The tenor of what could occur in Israeli-Palestinian relations if security coordination is “re-defined” by the Palestinian Authority was witnessed during the summer war in Gaza when in late July thousands marched from Ramallah to the Qalandia checkpoint, the main crossing from the West Bank to Jerusalem. Days before a Fatah local council leafleted Ramallah calling for Palestinians to rise up against the Israeli authorities. When Palestinians went to march on Israeli checkpoints over the proceeding days, Palestinian police stood aside.

It was in this period that the “48 Thousand March” took place late last July. That demonstration, which takes its name from the scores who seemingly spontaneously arrived at the famed checkpoint, almost caused a breakdown of Israeli control in the West Bank. Hundreds were wounded, 60 from live-fire including medical professionals. But more importantly, the Palestinian protesters almost breached the Israeli barrier into Jerusalem. Under the security agreement with Israel it is the Palestinian Authority’s job to quell demonstrations like this, before they reach Israel’s over 60 West Bank checkpoints or hundreds of settlements. This PA role is regarded as a key ingredient to preventing a Palestinian uprising in the occupied territory. That is, the Palestinian Authority has played a tremendous role in keeping a third Intifada at bay through security coordination with Israel.

“Israel uses us as guards,” said Dr. Shaath via telephone from Brussels where he is lobbying European governments to recognize Palestinian statehood. “Israel violates every element of the agreement specifically that they don’t come into Area A,” he continued. “That would be the minimum requirement to maintain that agreement.”

While Dr. Shaath was not in Ramallah at the time of Abu Ein’s death, he revealed that the PA has considered “re-defining” security coordination with Israel seriously in recent months, a process where he is crucial. Dr. Shaath is credited as an early Palestinian designer of security coordination with Israel, negotiating the 1994 Gaza-Jericho Agreement, a document where Israel agreed to recognize Palestinian zones of security autonomy, meaning no Israeli forces allowed. He explained over the past year the Palestinian Authority sought out a team of international law experts in the drafting of the new parameters for re-defined security cooperation. “The discussion started with the burning of Mohammed Abu Khdier in Jerusalem and the burning of 32 mosques in the West Bank,” he said.

“The president himself said he wants to continue the security coordination, but we are being attacked,” said the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department Spokesman Ashraf Khatib who confirmed while the PA has made no decision yet on the matter of security coordination, the president would offer a response in the next 24 hours. “How to keep this type of relationship, but also to re-define it in a way where Israel will not take advantage of it so that Israel will not undermine the PLO and the Palestinian people,” said Khatib, will be a reevaluation point for the president.

“There has always been critics of the Palestinian Authority over security coordination and Abu Mazen [Abbas] stood up to the criticism, but later, with all of the settler attacks, Israel created the urgency,” to changing joint security, added Dr. Shaath.

While Abu Ein died yesterday in Area C of the West Bank where he was assisting in a tree-planting project to mark both International Human Rights Day and a petition filed in Israel’s high court to return village lands confiscated by an illegal outpost. His death is regarded as an example of the Palestinian inability to seek redress for crimes committed by Israelis in the occupied territory and Abu Ein’s passing and the fallout is demonstrating the power differentials between the two parties. That lack of sovereignty is most pronounced by the presence of Israeli forces inside of Area A where they have no legal mandate to operate. In the past year Israeli soldiers have entered Area A on near daily occurrences, according to data from the PLO’s Daily Monitoring Reports. Moreover, Israel recently ordered the deportation of four members of the Palestinian Legislative Council from Jerusalem to Ramallah. Over the summer another council member Khalida Jarrar was also given a deportation order from Ramallah to Jericho, an act without any legal basis according to current arrangements.

Because Abbas has taken measured steps in lieu of radical changes to his relationship with Israel in the past, most notably with delaying a full acceptance to Rome Statute, a task such as re-defining security coordination appears to be a more probable course of action than canceling it outright as other Palestinian leaders have called for.

(Photo: Allison Deger)

(Photo: Allison Deger)

(Photo: Allison Deger)

(Photo: Allison Deger)

Israel refuses to sign autopsy report, stymies medical investigation

President Abbas has called Abu Ein’s death a “killing” and a “crime” committed by the Israeli army. Choosing sterner words, Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erakat referred it as an “assassination.” Amin Maqbul Fatah Council Secretary said it was an “ugly murder” that “was carried out right before our eyes,” referring to Sky News video footage of the assault by Israeli soldiers on Abu Ein just before he collapsed.

While high-ranking officials throughout the Palestinian government have weighed in on Abu Ein’s passing, Israeli leaders have remained comparatively quiet. Yesterday they released a limp four-sentence statement. Official condolences were offered by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, “We express sorrow over his death,” he said calling for “security stability” and continued “coordination with the PA” in his remarks.

An official in the PLO-Negotiation Affairs Department added that no European government, nor the U.S. government, has sent a note of condolence to the Palestinian government. However the European Commission has called for an independent investigation.

Abu Ein died yesterday morning before 11:00am from “a blockage of the coronary artery,” where “the bleeding could have been caused by stress,” according to the preliminary findings of the autopsy the Israeli Ministry of Health said this morning. “The poor condition of the deceased’s heart caused him to be more sensitive to stress,” the report continued. Yet a Palestinian official who reviewed the unpublished medical report said “the autopsy was completed last night and the Jordanian physicians confirmed that he was assassinated by Israeli occupation forces.” Per an Israeli request, Jordanian and Israeli officials sat in on the examination.”

“At first Israel wanted a joint investigation into the death, but we refused. They also wanted the autopsy to be conducted in the Abu Kabir institute, which we also refused and insisted that it is conducted in the Abu Dis institute, under PA sponsorship,” said the chief of Palestinian Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh in an interview with Palestine Today this morning.

“The Israelis asked to have one of their doctors present and we agreed so that there is no doubt about the findings and there can be a complete condemnation,” said al-Sheikh, adding, ”The cause of death was because the soldiers beat him, fired intensive teargas and prevented Abu Ein from reaching the hospital on time. There is no other narrative.”

However, Israeli officials have refused to sign the completed autopsy report, stymieing the dissemination of the results. As al-Sheikh’s interview suggests, the examination would confirm Israeli criminal culpability. And so Israel maintains Abu Ein expired because of a preexisting condition, but Palestinians and their medical report ruled foul play.

Son of deceased Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein (L) during the burial ceremony in al-Bireh near Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Son of deceased Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein (L) during the burial ceremony in al-Bireh near Ramallah, December 11, 2014. (Photo: Allison Deger)

(Photo: Allison Deger)

(Photo: Allison Deger)

Thousands mourn Abu Ein in Ramallah

In his youth Abu Ein spent three years in an American prison before being extradited to Israel on charges relating to the slaying of two Israelis in the norther town of Tiberias. At age 20 he became the first Palestinian deported from the U.S. to face punishment in Israel. “Abu Ein claims that the two Palestinians who signed confessions incriminating him while held in Israeli prisons in connection with the same incident have since retracted their statements,” said a Christian Science Monitor report published at the time in 1981, continuing, “He also claims to have 14 witnesses who can verify that he was miles away at the time of the bombing.”

After being prosecuted in Israel Abu Ein spent another 12 years incarcerated before being released in a prisoner exchange. At the time of his death he was a father of four and worked in the Fatah faction as the head of the commission against settlements where he regularly conducted field such as the one on the day of his death.

“The separation is difficult but he didn’t die just any death,” said Mahmoud Abu Ein, 61, brother of the deceased, continuing to describe the amount of mourners, “you could see this as the Palestinian wedding that was made for Ziad. We are all proud and happy, we are all the sons of Palestine.”

“Our people have to continue with the popular resistance. Our fight, between the Israelis and the Palestinians is a long fight but we have to keep fighting for our lives. There won’t be peace until we gain our rights. Until we reach our rightful borders,” he added.

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  1. just
    just on December 11, 2014, 6:32 pm

    Thank you so very much, Allison. Your photos are amazing, too. It appears that he received the respectful funeral befitting a peacemaker. My deepest condolences to his family, his fellow ministers, his friends, and the Palestinian people.

    The Israelis never admit responsibility, much less the truth. I hope that President Abbas and his team do the right thing. I wish the world would as well.

    “An official in the PLO-Negotiation Affairs Department added that no European government, nor the U.S. government, has sent a note of condolence to the Palestinian government. However the European Commission has called for an independent investigation.”

    Utterly shameful.

    “Because he died while olive tree planting in the spirit of human rights, the image of an executed peacemaker also colors his passing.”

    RIP, Zaid Abu Ein.

  2. Blownaway
    Blownaway on December 11, 2014, 8:39 pm

    The leaders of the Jewish State in the Levant (JSIL) know that the PLA will huff and puff and do nothing. It’s kind of embarrassing at this point. How many times can they actually cry wolf?

  3. Mayhem
    Mayhem on December 11, 2014, 8:54 pm

    As usual a report by Deger oozing with blatant bias.

    Abu Ein died yesterday morning before 11:00am from “a blockage of the coronary artery,” where “the bleeding could have been caused by stress,” according to the preliminary findings of the autopsy the Israeli Ministry of Health said this morning. “The poor condition of the deceased’s heart caused him to be more sensitive to stress,” the report continued.
    …..“The Israelis asked to have one of their doctors present and we agreed so that there is no doubt about the findings and there can be a complete condemnation,” said al-Sheikh, adding, ”The cause of death was because the soldiers beat him, fired intensive teargas and prevented Abu Ein from reaching the hospital on time. There is no other narrative.”

    This assertion is so political biased – the truth isn’t important, foremost is the Palestinian narrative. Why haven’t other protesters died before in similar circumstances? Palestinian protesters regularly put the IDF to the test with their routine confrontational demonstrations that deliberately aim to generate violence to implicate Israel.

    Jordanian officials under the dictates of their leaders no doubt have said “he was assassinated by Israeli occupation forces” with nothing whatsoever to prove this. Their aim is simply to incite.

    Israeli officials have refused to sign the completed autopsy report, stymieing the dissemination of the results

    How ridiculous is this statement – Israel would sign an autopsy report that is based on lies and pro-Palestinian propagandist claims!

    • annie
      annie on December 12, 2014, 4:55 am

      Why haven’t other protesters died before in similar circumstances?

      hmm, they have.

      As usual a report by Deger oozing with blatant bias….This assertion is so political biased

      which assertion might that be, since she presented both of them.

      Palestinian protesters regularly put the IDF to the test with their routine confrontational demonstrations

      iof doesn’t have to be there at all.palestinians arrived on their own land to plant olive trees, if this is your idea of “put the IOF to the test” the iof definitely failed. if iof felt they had to be there (and they did not) they should have been there strictly in the capacity of protecting the rights of palestinians to plant on their own land, protecting them from potentially dangerous and fanatical kahanist settlers.there’s no logical reason why iof invaded and interrupted beautiful celebration of palestinians planting olive trees on international human rights day.

      what planet are you on?

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on December 12, 2014, 6:59 am

        Well said Annie. It seems to those who hail from the planet zionistan, planting olive trees in one’s own land and commemorations, are “putting the IDF to the test”. What a load of BS.
        In that case we could say the IDF has failed every test badly, and are stupid enough to fall for every one. They also seem ignore the part where stealing lands and holding people under occupation are putting those people to the test, too. Now those are valid reasons to retaliate.

    • RoHa
      RoHa on December 12, 2014, 5:50 am

      ““the bleeding could have been caused by stress,”

      Nothing stressful about being confronted by the IDF, shouted at, pushed around, gassed, and choked. All very relaxing.

      • Abierno
        Abierno on December 12, 2014, 1:05 pm

        Also, according to the Independent, several of his front teeth were knocked out, indicating a high level of force was used, in addition to the bruising on his neck from being choked.

      • just
        just on December 12, 2014, 1:18 pm

        Thanks for the heads- up, Abierno..

        “Both sides agreed that Mr Abu Ein, 55, died from a blockage of the coronary artery due to haemorrhaging. But they differed on the causes. The Israeli team, headed by Chen Kugel, director of Israel’s forensic institute, found that Mr Abu Ein suffered from an “ischemic heart disease” and that blood vessels in his heart were found to be more than 80 per cent blocked by plaque, according to an Israeli health ministry statement. “This caused him to be more sensitive to stress,” the statement added.

        Saber al-Aloul, head of the Palestinian forensic institute, said Mr Abu Ein died as a result of being hit. “The death is considered to have originated from injury and not natural causes,” he said. “The coronary artery became narrower, this is accompanied with a haemorrhage in the inner lining of the artery and this is one of the signs of stress and agony by which I mean the bruises in the neck and face. There was stress, pressure and a sign of terror.”

        Mr al-Aloul said that the bruises found on the neck proved that force had been used against it. He added that some of Mr Abu Ein’s front teeth were knocked out. The Israeli team said there were signs resuscitation had been attempted. Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awad said that “the results of the autopsy show that the ones who killed the martyr Ziad Abu Ein are the Israeli occupying forces”.

        He said two Jordanian pathologists also signed off on those findings, but not Israeli doctors.

        Azzam Ahmad, a senior leader of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, voiced anger at the findings of the Israeli pathologists. “Enough with their lying and cheating. The report proved he was subjected to beatings. The occupation is first and last responsible for this death.”

        An Israeli official, who requested anonymity, said in response to the autopsy: “It’s clear no one on the Israeli side wanted to see this death. We’ve expressed sorrow and regret.”

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/death-of-ziad-abu-ein-one-autopsy-very-different-findings-9919116.html?origin=internalSearch

        Never heard/seen a “heart attack” cause bruising to the neck and face OR teeth to be knocked out. Not once.

    • eljay
      eljay on December 12, 2014, 8:04 am

      >> Mayhemeee: Palestinian protesters regularly put the IDF to the test with their routine confrontational demonstrations that deliberately aim to generate violence to implicate Israel.

      Yeah, and every time that bitch chained in the basement slaps and punches the rapist, she’s just putting him to the test with a routine confrontation whose deliberate aim is to generate violence to implicate him.

      You Zio-supremacists are seriously f*cked up.

    • Walid
      Walid on December 12, 2014, 9:37 am

      “Their aim is simply to incite.”

      Wake up, Mayhem, those officials are on your side and the people there don’t need to be incited. You probably haven’t heard that despite what the officials want, the people are against the long term gas deal with the Zionists.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 12, 2014, 1:44 pm

        Maybe it’s just me, but I keep hearing the word ‘incitement’ over and over again from hasbaroids these days. It seems that reporting, or protesting against, any form of Israeli violence is ‘incitement’ and should be condemned, while the violence which led to the ‘incitement’ mustn’t be mentioned.

        A bit like how during/after the Gaza war, all the hasbaroids – including at least one regular here – were far, far more concerned about factual reporting of the massacre – which of course was ‘incitement’ – than they were about the killing of children and the wiping out of entire families.

    • oldgeezer
      oldgeezer on December 12, 2014, 1:27 pm

      ““It’s clear no one on the Israeli side wanted to see this death. We’ve expressed sorrow and regret.”

      Meaningless words. The murder and mayhem (sic) caused by the iof is routine and constant. They only regret that a high profile figure was killed. They place no value on human life whatsoever.

  4. Walid
    Walid on December 11, 2014, 10:21 pm

    Here we go again, the rabbit being pulled out of the hat right on cue: Abbas has postponned the scheduled Friday evening meeting that was intended to formally announce the end of the sercurity arrangements with the bad guys until Sunday. This will undoubtedly have the double effect of letting Palestinians passions cool off and to give Israel the opportunity to present Abbas with some face-saving gimmick or other to force the Palestinians back into their cage. Maybe Israel could release a few prisoners or some other jest to buy the peace. The postponement coupled with Shaath’s long-distance announcements is a dead giveaway. Kerry must have whispered sweet nothings in Abbas’ ears, or maybe Neranyahu threatened to turn off all of the Palestinians’ lights and phone lines.

    • Walid
      Walid on December 11, 2014, 10:25 pm

      Since there is no edit button on the horizon, I have to start wearing my glasses. Sorry for the messy typos.

      • Walid
        Walid on December 13, 2014, 2:34 am

        Seafoid, the people on the streets of the WB and Gaza are calling for an intifada; the only ones that appears to be bucking it are Abbas & Associates. This will become clear Sunday when Abbas will be giving peace and the Israelis “one more chance”. By peace, I mean peace for the Israelis and for that he will be called a true statesman by Kerry.

    • Abierno
      Abierno on December 12, 2014, 2:45 pm

      Abbas has been pressured not just by the US but also the EU, Netanyahu and al-Sisi. The context in this situation is important: Next week is the Geneva meeting (December 17th)
      -requested by Abbas, boycotted by US/Israel/Australia but with the rest of the world being well represented. Obviously, the murder of Abu Ein is the icing on the cake regarding Israel’s continuing violations of Geneva conventions. Then, after the first of the year, moving to the
      Security Council with the Arab proposal and potentially the ICC. I would opine that Abbas has moved with great care to present the Palestinians as non violent, using appropriate means of protest against the occupation in contrast to the overwhelming incitement and violence on the part of Israel. That an Israeli soldier can knowingly (they were briefed on Ein’s participation) kill a major Fatah leader with no provocation whatsoever but with total impunity cements Abbas’ case for the need for international action in ending the occupation.
      He is not going to prejudice these crucial upcoming meetings with an abrupt termination of security arrangements with Israel, which can then be politically manipulated against him by Israel and the US, who are pretty much standing alone in support of Israel’s policies.

      • Walid
        Walid on December 12, 2014, 3:31 pm

        “Abbas has been pressured not just by the US but also the EU, Netanyahu and al-Sisi.”

        One can always rationalize Abbas’ inactions. Things are always happening to him. If it’s not the US puling the chair out from under him, it’s Israel or Hamas moving the earth from under his feet..What he has made happen?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 12, 2014, 3:42 pm

        ”He is not going to prejudice these crucial upcoming meetings with an abrupt termination of security arrangements with Israel, which can then be politically manipulated against him by Israel and the US, who are pretty much standing alone in support of Israel’s policies.”

        I’m with Walid here, as usual. I don’t buy these kind of excuses.

        No matter how supine Abbas is – and he is certainly the most supine Palestinian ‘leader’ in history – the Israelis will always have an excuse to condemn him. Even now, days after a minister was killed by the IOF, Bibi is blaming Abbas for ‘incitement’ which led to a harmless attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens.

        Abbas can’t even travel outside Ramallah, within the territory he ostensibly controls, without the explicit permission of the occupation authorities. Time not only to suspend ‘security cooperation’ with Israel – the ‘security’ is only for Israeli squatters anyway – but to dissolve the farce that is the PA.

      • Abierno
        Abierno on December 12, 2014, 3:46 pm

        @Walid – there’s no reply button for your comment so it will appear above. The Geneva meeting is at Abbas’ request. Coming into the Security Council with the Arab proposal, backed by validation of Israel’s violation of the Geneva conventions gives him a strong hand with the Security Council. Also, I think, he needs 9 of 15 votes to move the proposal from the Security Council to the General Assembly, the majority of which will have participated in the Geneva meeting. This gives him considerable regional and international support as well as underscoring the need for some international political structure such as a UN Protectorate for Palestine (which is not in the proposal). Israel, under the auspices of Feiglin, Bennett, Netanyahu et. al. can be expected to behave badly as this process progresses – and he may well not wish to give an opportunity for Israel to take any further control of “security” processes since this usually results in significant escalation of Palestinian arrests, imprisonment, wounding and, outright, killing.

        To put it simply, he is maintaining a well-cultivated image of being the rational actor as opposed to his Israeli counterparts who appear to be unable to adhere to even minimal standards for humane and lawful participation in the international community.

      • seafoid
        seafoid on December 12, 2014, 6:36 pm

        @Maximus

        Burying notables in Ramallah is a sign of how powerless the PA is. Even Arafat is buried in Ramallah. It’s as if an English government was banned from London and had no choice but to do all the Westminster Abbey stuff in St Albans.

  5. just
    just on December 12, 2014, 12:10 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV03illYdTM

    “Keep you in the dark
    You know they all pretend
    Keep you in the dark
    And so it all began
    Send in your skeletons
    Sing as their bones go marching in, again
    The need you buried deep
    The secrets that you keep are ever ready
    Are you ready?
    I’m finished making sense
    Done pleading ignorance
    That whole defense
    Spinning infinity, boy
    The wheel is spinning me
    It’s never-ending, never-ending
    Same old story
    What if I say I’m not like the others?
    What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays?
    You’re the pretender
    What if I say I will never surrender?
    What if I say I’m not like the others?
    What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays?
    You’re the pretender
    What if I say that I’ll never surrender?
    In time our soul untold
    I’m just another soul for sale, oh well
    The page is out of print
    We are not permanent
    We’re temporary, temporary
    Same old story.”

    http://www.bing.com/search?FORM=UP97DF&PC=UP97&q=the+pretender+lyrics

    {{Walid}}

    Chin up. Marchon!

    • Walid
      Walid on December 12, 2014, 12:41 am

      Starting to see it now and where it’s headed. It will be centered around the conflicting medical reports out of the Palestinian side saying it was outright murder and out of the Israeli side saying it was simply a heart attack. This controversy should be enough to trigger a joint commission to look into what actually caused the man’s death, with results to come out in about 18 months so until then would Palestinians please crawl back into their cages. Abbas will surely promise doom and gloom to fall on Israel if the commission concludes it was murder. If the Godstone Report about the over 1000 dead Gazans was thrown in the trash bin and if the latest killing of over 2000 Palestinians is already forgotten, what’s to expect from a report on the death of one man?

    • mcohen.
      mcohen. on December 12, 2014, 6:54 am

      just …..when are you going to start writing your own songs and poems

      a person like you with deep feelings and empathy,,,,here is one i wrote just for just

      book of lost and bound……

      i,m looking but there is nothing to see

      the sailors all gone slipped out to sea

      i hear crows calling from the joshua tree

      i go nowhere i want to be

      the wind blowing the only sound

      i look down at my feet

      nailed to the ground

      no answers can be found

      in the book of lost and bound

      • Mooser
        Mooser on December 12, 2014, 1:14 pm

        “Just” I think “mcohen is flirting with you. His poem is lascivious, not merely bloodthirsty.

      • just
        just on December 12, 2014, 1:19 pm

        Awww, mcohen. Sweet of you.

        lol, Mooser

      • mcohen.
        mcohen. on December 12, 2014, 5:21 pm

        mooser

        better than……impotent ,not merely docile

        lol

      • annie
        annie on December 12, 2014, 9:30 pm

        oh heavens, enough already!

      • amigo
        amigo on December 14, 2014, 11:55 am

        “just …..when are you going to start writing your own songs and poems -” mccohen

        I can see why you prefer songs and poems.The truth requires a somewhat more serious approach.

  6. just
    just on December 12, 2014, 9:31 am

    “Greek police may not have a lead on who carried out the shooting at the Israeli embassy in Athens early Friday, but hours after the attack the Foreign Ministry is already blaming the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas.

    “The attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens is another link in a chain of violent actions that has resulted from anti-Israeli incitement disseminated around the world by leaders of the Palestinian Authority and pro-Palestinian organizations,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon, in a statement issued under direction from Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

    “The international community must condemn this ongoing incitement, which yields such results,” Nachshon continued. “Israel thanks Greek authorities for the close collaboration in investigating the incident, and we hope the perpetrators will be apprehended and punished.”

    Unidentified assailants opened fire on the Israeli embassy in Athens with an AK-47 assault rifle in the early hours of Friday, Greek police said, but no injuries or damage were reported.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.631420

    What brand of junk are these Israeli “leaders” imbibing?

    • eljay
      eljay on December 12, 2014, 9:43 am

      >> “The attack on the Israeli embassy in Athens is another link in a chain of violent actions that has resulted from anti-Israeli incitement disseminated around the world by leaders of the Palestinian Authority and pro-Palestinian organizations,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon … “The international community must condemn this ongoing incitement, which yields such results,” Nachshon continued.

      “Meanwhile, the ‘Jewish State’ of Israel – as it has done for over 60 years – will continue to steal, occupy and colonize Palestinian land and oppress, torture and kill Palestinians. We expect the international community to turn a blind eye yet again to these on-going acts of blatant injustice and immorality.”

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      Maximus Decimus Meridius on December 12, 2014, 1:49 pm

      And there we go with that word again…. ‘incitement’.

      In the real world, actions have consequences, and unpleasant actions tend to have unpleasant consequences. In Zio-la-la-land, however, any reaction, however minimal, to decades of murder, land theft and ethnic cleansing, is simply ‘incitement’.

      Always, always the victims.

  7. just
    just on December 12, 2014, 9:41 am

    “Fearing Jewish attacks, 100 Arab bus drivers in Jerusalem quit their jobs

    ‘It’s better to earn less money and not come home in a body bag,’ says one of 100 drivers who have left Egged since wave of violence started this summer.

    Forty-seven years after the unification of Jerusalem, there are very few islands of Jewish-Arab coexistence in the city. Of these, one of the most noteworthy was the Egged bus cooperative. About half its drivers were East Jerusalem Palestinians, who say they received fair treatment, good wages and benefits – things few other East Jerusalem Palestinians enjoy.

    But the wave of violence in the city in recent months, which has included violent attacks on Arab drivers, has caused 100 of them – about a third of Egged’s Arab drivers – to quit. Forty have officially resigned, while 60 have simply not shown up for work. This has severely disrupted public transportation in Jerusalem.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.631422?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  8. CigarGod
    CigarGod on December 12, 2014, 10:35 am

    Hi allison,
    Im a great admirer of your work, but wish you hadnt led with “heart attack”, even with the later qualification of the assault on the throat and chest info. Perhaps a real autopsy will be definative, but i doubt it. To say this man died of a heart attack would be the same as saying someone died of a heart attack after being struck by a police vehicle. The argument places the weakness of the victim at fault. An old man is less likely to survive an assault to his body, than a young man is. The blame does not lie in the relative frailty of the old man, but on the attacker who used force in excess of what an old man (or infant, child, animal) could withstand. The attacker cannot hide behind lack of knowledge of the mans weak heart (if it was weak), he must assume from all outward appearances…that the interior of the old man was no more sturdy than the exterior.

  9. Mikesailor
    Mikesailor on December 12, 2014, 12:50 pm

    According to the basic tenets of criminal law, you take the victim as you find him. If you strike or unlawfully touch someone and they die bcause you exacerbated a pre-exiting medical condition, you are still guilty of manslaughter. According to even the Israeli admission, the IDF either pushed, shoved or struck the victim and their is a good chance he was also exposed to Israeli tear gas. Therefore, the IDF is left without an excuse and should prosecute the soldier. Yet, they can’t because that would end the Israeli impunity that exonerates all those who kill Palestinians. So, where do they go? Especially when the Quisling PA recognizes that their safety may be sacrificed to the Israeli necessity of maintaning their immunity? So far, Abbas has rolled over each time the Israelis demand he do so. Since his legal term ended years ago, and he has never really tried to organize new elections, his Quisling status is secure. But, apparently that is not enough anymore. He is still the safest man in the PA unless someone decides, with Israeli help, that a reprise of the death of Arafat is in order.

  10. just
    just on December 12, 2014, 1:30 pm

    “The top United Nations human rights official says Israel must investigate and curb the rising injuries and deaths occurring during Palestinian protests.

    Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said Friday the problem was highlighted by the death on Wednesday of a senior Palestinian official during a confrontation with Israeli troops.

    Zeid said the death, along with the serious wounding of a 14-year-old Palestinian boy reportedly shot by Israeli security forces, should be properly investigated.

    According to Zeid’s office, at least 50 Palestinians have died in incidents involving Israeli security forces in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, almost twice as many as the previous year.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.631474?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Who’s doing the “inciting again”???

    *crickets*

    The 14 yo here:

    https://twitter.com/Belalmd12/status/542772136679469056

    (meanwhile, Israeli 14 yo are doing this:

    “Keidar admitted that children as young as 14 were instrumental in building a mini-copter that could navigate the network of tunnels that Palestinian resistance groups had constructed.

    “You wouldn’t believe who is leading who. I’ve got 14-year-olds working on sensors and writing codes so fast,” Keidar said. “That’s the future!””

    – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/suicide-israeli-manufacturers#sthash.sf4CC1JE.dpuf )

  11. mcohen.
    mcohen. on December 12, 2014, 5:31 pm

    latest attack in israel

    Seven people, including a family of five with young children, were lightly wounded in the West Bank Friday afternoon when a Palestinian man hurled acid into their car, before being shot and seriously wounded.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-attacks-family-with-acid-in-gush-etzion-wounds-four/

    arab throws acid at a family in a car……when is the israeli government going to start taking action,instead of allowing these attacks to continue

    • CigarGod
      CigarGod on December 12, 2014, 9:12 pm

      When “lightly wounded” equals the same thing as completely dead. How about that?

    • Mooser
      Mooser on December 15, 2014, 6:53 pm

      “…when is the israeli government going to start taking action,instead of allowing these attacks to continue “

      But what can the Israeli Government do about stuff which happens outside Israel? Maybe they should warn Israeli citizens not to travel there.

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