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Human Rights Defenders sent us the video below and the account that follows. Badia Dwaik says that the video depicts a settler attacking a resident of Hebron and the soldiers taking the settler’s side, and arresting two teenagers. Dwaik reports that no one was injured by the soldiers’ shots. – Editor.

“We live in this house near the Ibrahimi Mosque for 20 years,” said Malika Qafisha, 38, a mother of six. “We face daily harassment after the closure of most of the streets in Hebron after the martyrs from the massacre of the Ibrahimi Mosque [in 1994].

“We live in this part known as ‘easy’ life; although it is very complex. We continue to challenge the conditions of our oppression as a result of settlers’ colonization and the prevention of the entry of Palestinian people into our region on the grounds that they are not residents of the area; at a time when pro-Zionist come to support the settlers from different regions, especially in America.”

“Many individual Palestinian families have fled because they could not live in these circumstances. Our lives have become unbearable after the settlers violently moved into our area with the protection of the Israeli army. We are subjected to repeated attacks on us at home and the settlers through rocks to break the glass of our houses.”

“However, this day, 4/28/2018, was the most violent and most terrifying; since the Jewish settlers violently harassed us and instead of the army to protect us from them, they fired their weapon causing fear in our children.”

Malika Qafisha said that some of the neighbors intervened to help stop the settlers’ attack. They told the Israeli army what was happening, but the Israeli army attacked them and arrested two young men, Shawqi Maswadeh and Mosaeb Jaber.

Then the Israeli army opened fire in a frightening way.

The families can’t sleep sometimes because of their fear and their traumatic dreams as a result of what they have seen in their daily lives. “Every day I worry about the lives of my children,” Malika Qafisha said. “We do not think of leaving this house, despite all the dangers we face. The Jewish settlers often chant, ‘We will force you out of the house.’ We have the right to live in our home, one of the most basic human rights in any part of the world.

Jaber was later released. Maswadeh is still being held. Next door to the Jaber house, settlers have taken over another house.

Badee Dwaik

Badee Dwaik is the Coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Group in Palestine and an activist in Hebron.

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  1. JLewisDickerson on May 7, 2018, 1:04 pm

    RE: “Our lives have become unbearable after the settlers violently moved into our area with the protection of the Israeli army. We are subjected to repeated attacks on us at home and the settlers through rocks to break the glass of our houses.” ~ Badee Dwaik

    MY COMMENT: As I see it, these settlers serve a purpose quite similar to fascism’s Blackshirts (Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale – MVSN) and Brownshirts (Sturmabteilung – SA) back in 1920s-30s Italy and Germany.

    • Misterioso on May 8, 2018, 10:23 am

      @JLewis Dickerson

      Well and truly stated!!

      Also, for the record, Jewish fascism had an early start in Palestine:

      In 1925, the Polish born Zionist, Vladimir Jabotinsky founded the Revisionist Party, the precursor of the Irgun and Stern Gang terror groups as well as today’s Likud party. It called for the “revision” of the British mandate to allow the forcible Zionist colonization of Transjordan and its union with Palestine to create one Jewish state. Jabotinsky advocated that Zionism should concentrate solely on the creation of a Jewish state encompassing the borders of biblical or Eretz Israel and if London (i.e., the League of Nations British Mandate) did not provide its full hearted support, Jewish forces should be mobilized to be used against British troops in Palestine.

      Jabotinsky’s chauvinistic, militaristic, fascistic and authoritarian views appealed mainly to young Jews, including many in Europe, where he formed youth groups known as Betar whose practices such as wearing brown shirts and using distinctive salutes were taken from Italian fascism. Revisionist Zionism became increasingly popular during the late 1920’s and Betar groups were being formed in Palestine.

      Palestinians knew that the Revisionists were fascists who intended to expel them, but unlike Weizmann and the Labour Zionists who had the same objective, (see Nur Masalha, Expulsion of the Palestinians, pp. 30-38) they were up front about it. Jabotinsky did not mince his words: “We Jews, thank God, have nothing to do with the East….The Islamic soul must be broomed out of Eretz-Yisrael.” (Ya’acov Shavit, “The Attitude of Zionist Revisionism towards the Arabs.” in Zionism and the Arab Question (Hebrew) p. 74) Nor did he hide his racism. For him, Palestinians were “yelling rabble dressed up in gaudy, savage rags” (Joseph Schechtman, Rebel and Statesman: The Vladimir Jobotinksy Story, the Early Years, New York: T. Yoseloff, 1956, p. 54) and in his view, the colonization of Palestine by European Jews would “push the moral frontiers of Europe to the Euphrates.” (Shlomo Avineri, The Making of Modern Zionism, p. 180)

      Jabotinsky also considered Arab Jews or Sephardi as they where then known, to be inferior to those from Europe. In an article written in 1919, entitled “Jews of the East” “…he opposed mixed marriages with non-European Jews and the creation of a single Jewish people on the grounds that he did not know whether this would result in ‘a brilliant people or a dull race.'” He also insisted that Ashkenazi Jews had to preserve their majority status in Jewish society in Palestine.” (Vladimir Jabotinsky, “Jews of the East,” 1919, quoted in Ha’aretz, 22 July 1983)

    • Mooser on May 8, 2018, 5:43 pm

      “As I see it, these settlers serve a purpose quite similar”

      IIANM, Nazi Germany sent settler-colonists into the Occupied areas, too.

  2. CigarGod on May 8, 2018, 9:54 am

    Elor Azaria is now free after shooting Abdel al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif in the head as he lay wounded in Hebron.
    Video’s of IDF helping settlers/Israeli’s against Palestinian’s are a dime a dozen.
    His release is so common, NPR/media doesn’t even mention it, let alone celebrate it.

  3. Misterioso on May 8, 2018, 11:10 am

    Just received:

    Tony Greenstein’s Blog, 3 May 2018

    “Why the Head of the SS’s Jewish Desk, Baron von Mildenstein and top German Zionist official Kurt Tuchler went visited and stayed in Palestine together.”

    “When the Zionist Movement was eager to work with the Nazis”

    Greenstein: “My eye was caught by this interesting article that appeared on Ynet, the on-line version of Israel’s largest newspaper, Yediot Aharanot, on 21st January 2018.”

    • JLewisDickerson on May 13, 2018, 10:17 am


      The Flat
      2011 NR Rated NR1hr 37m
      Our best guess for you: 4.3 stars
      Average of 131977 ratings: 3.4 stars
      When Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother died at 98, he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment, where he made a shocking discovery. The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor’s letters and photos.
      Cast: Arnon Goldfinger, Gertrude Kino, Leopold von Mildenstein

      ENTIRE FILM [1:37:01] on YouTube –

      • Keith on May 13, 2018, 5:37 pm

        JLEWISDICKERSON- “The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor’s letters and photos.”

        In regards to the medal depicted, “When Hitler came to power, the German Zionist Federation (ZVfD) believed that its doctrine – that Germany wasn’t the homeland of the Jews – would lead to Nazi support for Zionism. The ZVfD organized a six month visit to Palestine for SS officer Leopold von Mildenstein. “Der Angriff” (The Assault),the leading Nazi propaganda organ, ran von Mildenstein’s pro-Zionist report in 1934. To commemorate the Baron’s expedition, Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels had a meal struck: on one side the Zionist star, on the other the Nazi swastika.” (cover credit page, “Zionism in the Age of the Dictators,” Lenni Brenner)

        Von Mildenstein wasn’t the only Nazi impressed with Zionism. Later, Adolph Eichmann would also visit pre-World War II Palestine as a guest of the Zionists. He had this to say: “I did see enough to be very impressed by the way the Jewish colonists were building up their land. I admired their desperate will to live, the more so since I myself was an idealist. In the years that followed I often said to Jews with whom I had dealings that, had I been a Jew, I would have been a fanatical Zionist. I could not imagine being anything else. In fact, I would have been the most ardent Zionist imaginable.” (Adolph Eichmann, quoted in “Zionism in the Age of the Dictators,” by Lenni Brenner, p119)

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