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Bipartisan House resolution on Palestinian youth ‘terror attacks’ fails to say many were executed on the spot

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Two House members this week introduced a resolution condemning Palestinian incitement to terror, saying that Palestinian leaders are “calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews.”

One co-sponsor, Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings, is quoted approvingly by the Israel lobby group AIPAC:

Unless the Palestinian government and leaders around the world unequivocally condemn these acts of terror, there is little chance it will stop

The resolution goes on for 28 pages about Palestinian attacks over the last year and a half. As the head of Peace Now observed. “Cuz you can never go wrong with this stuff: Hastings & [Republican Rob] Woodall intro 28-PAGE resolution condemning Palestinians.”

The resolution fails to provide the actual numbers of the so-called intifada of knives: 250 Palestinians killed in that time; and 40 Israelis.

The resolution is grotesque in one regard: It cites several cases in which the alleged attackers were summarily executed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Amnesty International last year prepared a report providing “details of 20 cases of evidently unlawful killings of Palestinians, including 15 possible extrajudicial executions, carried out by Israeli forces,” Amnesty International said. “Israeli forces continue to display an appalling disregard for human life by using reckless and unlawful lethal force against Palestinians.”

Even Sen. Patrick Leahy has characterized these killings as likely a “gross” violation of human rights.

Several of the killed Palestinians in the Amnesty International report also appear in the House resolution; notably these three:

The killing of 18-year-old Hadeel Hashlamoun at a Hebron checkpoint on September 22, 2015– famously shown in the photo below,

Hadeel al-Hashlamoun just before she was killed at a checkpoint on Sept. 22, 2015. The bipartisan House resolution on Palestinian incitement calls her a terrorist and fails to say that she was killed in an extrajudicial execution.

about which the House resolution says:

an attempted attack on September 22, 2015, when a Palestinian attempted to stab an Israel Defense Forces soldier in Hebron;

The killing of Fadi Alloun, 18, as he was walking down a street in Jerusalem, allegedly after an attack, but when he no longer appeared to represent a threat, captured on video:

About which the House says only this:

an attack on October 4, 2015, when a 15 year-old Israeli boy was stabbed by a Palestinian in Jerusalem;

Then there is the famous killing of Abel Fatah al-Sharif, 21, as he lay wounded and incapacitated in Hebron last March, a case that resulted in a manslaughter conviction of the Israeli medic who executed al-Sharif–

Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif, 21, on street in Hebron before he was executed

about which the House resolution says the following:

an attack on March 24, 2016, when two Palestinians stabbed an Israel Defense Forces soldier near Hebron;

This is worse than blaming the victim. It is simply erasing the victims. And yes, Israeli forces and civilians have been attacked. The point is that the U.S. House cannot grant only one side of the conflict humanity.

Philip Weiss

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  1. just on January 28, 2017, 12:30 pm

    This is disgraceful, Phil.

    These two idiots and Israel- Firsters obviously don’t read or watch the steady incitement by the GOI, all the branches of its IOF with their daily terrorizing tactics/actions, and the terrorist settlers. They have no sense nor knowledge of reality. They have held up only 3 of Israel’s extrajudicial assassinations/executions of Palestinians that have occurred and gone unpunished to ‘prove’ their allegiance to Israel and its grinding violence toward all Palestinians. These 3 got the attention and outrage of the sane world, but these two see it only through Israel’s warped lens. It’s mind- numbing!!!

    That these two southern American legislators are putting this forward is a stain on America and on their constituents. I went to his website, and there is not even one comment on this. Not one.

    (looks like the two stooges did the same in November 2015

    “Woodall Introduces Bipartisan Measure in Support of Israel, Condemning Palestinian Attacks”

    There are more of these anti- Palestinian “resolutions” as evidenced by a quick search…)

  2. Kay24 on January 28, 2017, 3:34 pm

    It would be nice if zionist servants in Congress also passed a resolution CONDEMNING the occupation and the continuous land grabs. These are simply two shameless politicians working from inside AIPAC’s deep pockets, it is embarrassing to see them act like mindless slaves to a rogue nation that has killed civilians, including women and children, arrogantly defied the international community, and had it been Iran we would have imposed sanctions and even bombed them.

    “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

  3. JLewisDickerson on January 28, 2017, 6:07 pm

    RE: “Bipartisan House resolution on Palestinian youth ‘terror attacks’ fails to say many were executed on the spot”

    MY SNARKCASM: Something like this would never happen in The World’s Most Deliberative Body℠ (LOL)!

    • JLewisDickerson on January 29, 2017, 12:13 am

      P.S. The lowly House of Representatives has no shame [unlike The World’s Most Deliberative Body℠ (LOL) ]! ! !

      HENRY BROOKS ADAMS: “You can’t use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!” ~ From ‘The Education of Henry Adams’*, By Henry Brooks Adams, 1838-1918 (American journalist-historian-academic-novelist; grandson of President John Quincy Adams; great-grandson of President John Adams)

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