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Video: O little invasion of Bethlehem

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Editor’s note: Tom Suarez’s video shows the occupation of Bethlehem as you may not have seen it before. We particularly recommend that you watch the scenes of skunk gas, a foul liquid, being sprayed unprovoked over Manger Street. The protest was then on Hebron Road. And, at 9:30, a deeply distressing scene of two young men asking permission of soldiers to walk unharmed down a street.


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  1. Kay24
    December 24, 2015, 11:22 pm

    Ugly scenes of the zionists making sure the Palestinians will not live forever more in their territories.

    “We shall use terror, assassination, intimidation……”

    • truthurts
      December 25, 2015, 3:19 pm

      “essentially symbolic show of defiance”
      how bout their totally legal right, according to well established international law, which allows the occupied to use any and all forms of force to resist their hideous invidious illegal occupiers, satanic israel.

    • Pippilin
      December 26, 2015, 7:27 pm

      “And we shall discourage all non-Jews from entering Bethlehem at Christmas.”

  2. yourstruly
    December 25, 2015, 3:28 am

    Nothing this side of extermination is going to deter Palestinian resistance. Bethlehem during the first Intifada was nothing like this. I was there at the time and was horrified to find IDF marksmen glaring down at me from their perch on the 2nd floor of a building overlooking the main entrance to the city. Almost peaceful, one might say, in comparison to what’s taking place there today. Seems that the more desperate the occupiers become, the more vicious their behavior towards Palestinians. What’s holding them back from their “final solution” is uncertainty as to whether or not they’d get away with it. If they were sure they could, I doubt they’d hesitate.

  3. ivri
    December 25, 2015, 4:32 am

    “the more desperate…. become”
    Not desperate but rather extremely angry and agitated.
    There are daily occurrences today where Palestinians stab people at random around them and ram cars into groups waiting in bus stops. I don`t think the Palestinians appreciate the extent and intensity of the reaction to such acts in the Israeli public to what they are doing. If anything, that`s a desperate campaign on their side.

    “the first Intifada was nothing like this”
    Terror tend to have a meaningful psychological impact on those it is directed at, as we just saw also in France – that`s perhaps the rationale behind it – and with this random stabbing and car ramming campaign the Palestinians are shaping an altogether different Israeli opponent. ,

    • Mooser
      December 25, 2015, 1:04 pm

      “Irvi” that’s the idea! You just keep repeating “random stabbing and car ramming campaign”.
      Every one is a bad hit and NUPV for Mondo.

    • Froggy
      December 25, 2015, 1:30 pm

      ivri :: “Terror tend to have a meaningful psychological impact on those it is directed at, as we just saw also in France….”

      Don’t you dare compare compare the excesses of your Israeli psychopaths, thieves, and murderers to the reactions of the French people.

      The French are opposed to extremism, especially violent extremism. There are exceptions. Those exceptions are themselves extremists, and those extremists vote for another form of extremism, the FN.

      Not surprising then that increasing numbers of French Jews are supporting the extremist FN.

      This is the reality (below), and the good people of France respond in kind.

      Look. The French create our own problems.

      • ivri
        December 26, 2015, 4:05 am

        I am afraid you are deluding yourself in believing that what goes here in Israel is particular to it. Apparently, what happened here was a precursor for things to come elsewhere – were here first because Israel is closer to “the scene”.
        In France the process is still in its infancy but the Chari Hebdo and the recent terror are having big effect there. You may call the FN extremists but they were a marginal political entity in France only decade ago and now they are at the political forefront and constantly at the ascent. Indeed, many that voted to other parties are just as worried and you can see that in how those other parties are gradually shifting positions to account for that.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        December 26, 2015, 2:05 pm

        My goodness, ‘ivri’, I can almost FEEL your overwhelming joy at the Paris attacks from here! It’s actually quite sick how much glee so many hasbarists take in terror attacks in the West, hoping – in vain – that this will lead people to forget that Israel is, and has been for decades, engaging in a brutal military occupation, and is now experiencing the inevitable blowback – though considering the immense suffering Israel has imposed upon others for years, it’s pretty mild blowback.

        “because Israel is closer to “the scene”.

        WTF is that supposed to mean? Oh silly me, I know what it means – it’s hasbarists doing what they do – expressing their bigotry towards all Muslims and Arabs, and rubbing their hands together in glee in the hope that such bigotry will be catching.

        Here’s a tip, ‘ivri’: If you and other Israelis don’t like it in the Middle East, feel free to go just as quickly as you arrived. Having lived in the region or the ‘scene’ as you prefer to call it – I can assure you here and now that nobody will shed a tear.

      • ivri
        December 26, 2015, 7:14 pm

        “overwhelming joy”
        Not at all – it is a sin to do so – just a cold headed analysis of the process that is taking place.
        “lead people to forget that Israel”
        Not forget, but understand better the situation that Israel found itself caught in – one phase before it arrived there – and so perhaps regret their moral preaching to it when they felt safe, thinking that it has nothing to do with them because they are OK – even support the Palestinians and denounce Israel. It`s simply rude- awakening time there.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        December 27, 2015, 5:50 am


        I get that English isn’t your first language, but not a word of what you’ve written makes sense.

      • ivri
        December 27, 2015, 8:43 am

        @MDM : “English is not your first language”
        What you mean is that I have to break that one long sentence into three – I sometimes write it as I think – but, nevertheless, I the ideas there, I think, are pretty clear. And in this case that`s what mattes.
        Thanks anyway for pointing it out but I wish your devotion to proper writing would be matched by a similar attitude to clarity and ingenuity in political-thinking – it is seemed to be driven too much by negative intentions and unreasonable or unfounded expectations. And that`s bad.

      • Mooser
        December 27, 2015, 1:41 pm

        ” I sometimes write it as I think”

        ROTLMSJAO!! Yup, you sure as f–k do! It is not difficult at all to see how you think from your writing. Why you would want to put that on display is your own business, I guess

    • Talkback
      December 27, 2015, 5:05 am

      Hi ivri, why don’t you tell us a little bit about the occupation of France and how the occupiers and occupied behaved?

  4. Ossinev
    December 25, 2015, 7:22 am

    @yours truly
    I am sure that Nitay and his cabal of right wing fruitcakes have had quite a few little Wansee type conferences to discuss and formulate a “final solution” to the Palestinian Arab problem. There are obviously a lot of challenging issues to be addressed. First and foremost would be that that if they went ahead they would no longer be able to claim the title of blameless persecuted victims so at a stroke their very raison d`etre would evaporate. Sleepless nights,loss of appetite,no stories to tell the children about their past sufferings etc etc etc.The horror.

    Secondly the logistics. Lets assume that the Nazi FS option is a non starter and the only option is mass expulsion the how and where enter the frame. In a country the size of Wales or New Jersey how and where do you round up and store millions of people who won`t willingly be led to the cattle trains or buses without there being a major spilling of 22 carat Zionist blood. Assuming that you have succeeded where do you expel them to?
    Jordan will not have them and if you propose invading and depositing them there the US is likely to be very very upset and simply tell you to back off at a rate of knots. The Sinai ? Egypt would be very very very upset especially as you would have to make them start a war with you by doing a Pearl Harbour on their Air Force ( a little more complicated and certainly a lot more costly than in 1967 ). Lebanon – OMG the IDF would have to take on Hezbollah. Think of the tons of toilet roll they will need – they would have to ask the US for exceptional funds. Syria – as for Lebanon with the same amount of toilet rolls needed.

    No the only real FS is to stop bombing Gaza, take over there again and convert it into a multi storey as opposed to a low rise prison to house the West Bank hordes. Then progressively over the next decade or so incrementally and subtly add the Arab Israeli population and if needs be add even more storeys.

    All of the above unlike 1942 under the watchful and recording eyes of the rest of the world.

    Sounds daft and impossible ? That`s because it is. Basically Israel is f….d and is irrevocably on its way to a single state which initially be Apartheid and well you know the rest of the script.

    • yourstruly
      December 25, 2015, 4:07 pm

      Putting all Palestinians in occupied Palestine into high rise prisons in Gaza would fit the definition of genocide, as defined by the 1948 Convention on the Definition and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide, Article II of the Convention defines genocide as:

      …any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
      (a) Killing members of the group;
      (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
      (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
      (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
      (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

      Surely Israel’s Incarcerating the Palestinians of Occupied Palestine in high rise buildings would meet the requirements of (c) and Israel’s ongoing violence against Palestinians fits those of both (a) and (b).

      • MHughes976
        December 25, 2015, 5:00 pm

        I’m sure that Israel plans, at government level, to create a situation where the misery and hopelessness is such that a relocation scheme becomes attractive enough for enough people for a final solution to come into sight, with the holdouts being few enough to be picked up and carried off. All the problems mentioned by Ossinev are genuine but they can all be solved by money, if there is enough. Reputational damage would need to be addressed by the father and mother of all propaganda campaigns but that is not impossible. Receiving countries would have to be paid off but for enough money they would cooperate. Israel itself would receive a certain number, enough to make any comparison with other population transfers rebuttable.
        It’s just that there isn’t anything like enough money in short-term prospect. However, the status quo – ‘living without a solution’ – is perfectly acceptable.
        I’m sorry to be saying such sad things on Christmas night. Better counsels may yet prevail.

      • echinococcus
        December 25, 2015, 6:03 pm

        The current status of Gaza and Zionist action around and in it, especially since the withdrawal of Master Race settlers, already fits the UN definition of genocide. A high-rise prison for Palestinians would not be much different in principle from what it is now, i.e. a concentration camp at the disposal of the Zionists for turkey shoots, live trials or sales demonstrations of new weapons, human experimentation on calculated caloric starvation, and any other interventions intended to systematically reduce the number of live Palestinians –in full impunity.

      • Herchel
        December 26, 2015, 2:00 pm

        Or shooting down unarmed mentally ill palestinans in broad daylight?,7340,L-4744433,00.html

        Oh wait, Egypt did that… Doesn’t count. We’re not anti-Semitic here at MW, it’s just a coincidence that Jews are singled out for criticism in every story.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        December 26, 2015, 2:58 pm

        I see that you’re quite new here, ‘herchel’. Perhaps that’s why you’re not aware that the ol’ ”anti-semitism” slur just doesn’t cut it on Mondoweiss. You need to up your game. Considerably.

        Or maybe that’s all ya got?

  5. Mooser
    December 26, 2015, 4:03 pm

    ,” it’s just a coincidence that Jews are singled out for criticism in every story.”

    Herchel, they get everything backwards here.
    Now, you know, and I know, that by all the laws of God and man, calling Israel “The Jewish State” and making Zionism all about Jews should insulate, in fact render the entire project immune to criticism.

    But as difficult as it is to believe, there are people who will criticize someone or something in spite of its being Jewish!

  6. Herchel
    December 26, 2015, 4:53 pm

    the depth of your hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me… Claiming that my comments are nothing more than name calling while completely ignoring the story I cited. Perhaps you’re in ‘palestine’ and worried that your family will be thrown in a dungeon or dragged to death behind motorcycles by your thuggish corrupt rulers if you publicly go off-script. I’ll assume that’s the case and give you the benefit of the doubt.

  7. niass2
    December 26, 2015, 10:41 pm

    Let the Zionists delude themselves, who cares, the general public gets it about Israel. Hillary is lying when she appears to say she is going to be nice to Netanyahu. Behind closed doors she will be threatening him.

    • Atlantaiconoclast
      December 28, 2015, 11:24 am

      Oh please. Hillary is not going to do anything to Netanyahu.

      • MHughes976
        December 28, 2015, 12:59 pm

        I suppose you’re right, Atlanta, but I somehow don’t think they quite trust her. Then again. I suppose they have a shell full of blackmail materials.

  8. yourstruly
    December 27, 2015, 1:39 am

    cause and effect

    Zionism and Nazism
    same deadly hate
    different targets
    while the world stands by
    run amok

    Gaza and the Warsaw Ghetto
    same place
    different times
    while the world stands by

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