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Early this morning (Sunday, Israel time) the Israeli military killed two Palestinians near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. According to the IDF, the two Palestinians were attempting to lay IEDs against the military. Soon afterwards, the IDF invaded Gaza with an armored bulldozer and a tank to snatch away the two bodies.

A video (not enough TRIGGER warnings in the world) soon emerged, showing the doomed struggle between Palestinians and the armored vehicles, as the Palestinians were trying to maintain the dignity of the dead.

You can hear automatic weapons firing in the background.

The body snatching is apparently the result of a new policy by temporary Defense Minister Bennet, who recently announced his intention to “collect” the bodies of Palestinian so-called terrorists, as a way to force Hamas to return the bodies of two Israeli soldiers it holds since Operation Protective Edge.

Following outrage among Israeli liberals, Bennet wrote he is:

“sick of the hypocritical criticism of the left about the ‘inhumanity’ of using a bulldozer to bring to us the body of a terrorist who tried to murder (!) Israelis. Bleeding hearts gentlemen, *you* are the inhuman ones! Hamas holds the bodies of Hadar [Goldin] and Oron [Shaul] . I endorse the actions of the IDF, who killed the terrorists and collected the body. This is how it should be and would be done in the future [as well].”

Goldin and Shaul are the soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge; note Bennet’s use of their first names.

Israelis have long had a fixation with soldiers’ bodies, and the Israeli media – following the rhetoric of the families of the dead – often refers to the corpses as “the sons”, without reminding readers they are actually dead. Goldin’s family often demands Israel will increase the suffering in Gaza until their son’s body is returned; Leah Goldin, his mother, demanded Israel stop permitting medical treatment of Gazan children.

Bennet did not refer to the two living Israelis held by Hamas: One is a Bedouin citizen of Israel, and the other is an Ethiopian Jew. Both crossed the border to Gaza, both were civilians, and both belong to oppressed sectors of Israeli society.

The IDF and the Israeli government have a policy of holding the bodies of dead terrorists and suspected terrorists, as a deterrent. This policy, authorized time and again by the Israeli High Court of Justice (HCJ), used to be extended to the bodies of Palestinian citizens of Israel suspected of terrorism, but recent victories in the HCJ limited the inhuman and arguably criminal policy to non-Israeli Palestinians. Needless to say, in the extremely rare case of a Jewish terrorist dying in action, his body is immediately returned to his family.

Within Israel the IDF is widely considered to be the “most moral army in the world.”

Yossi Gurvitz

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  1. Misterioso on February 23, 2020, 2:42 pm

    “Leah Goldin, his mother, demanded Israel stop permitting medical treatment of Gazan children.”

    Good grief, such venimous hatred directed at innocent, sick and helpless children imprisoned by “Israel” in the Gaza Strip!! In short, Leah Goldin is a monster.

    • echinococcus on February 24, 2020, 1:40 am

      A monster? Nah. She’s simply tribal or racist, depending on her categories of thought.

    • wondering jew on February 24, 2020, 7:06 pm

      Did you ever have a son get killed in a war? No, I didn’t think so. Not everyone reacts this way, but if you haven’t walked a mile in her shoes…

      • oldgeezer on February 24, 2020, 9:36 pm

        Yet you’ve never been a Palestinian and lived an entire life under oppression and occupation but that doesn’t stop you from saying some of the most vile and horrible things about them.

        What she said is despicable and vile. No one needs to walk a mile in her shoes to recognize that.

        It’s not even remotely surprising you would defend that. Not one bit. zionists are such horrid racists and supremacists.

      • Mooser on February 25, 2020, 12:31 pm

        “Did you ever have a son get killed in a war? No, I didn’t think so. Not everyone reacts this way, but if you haven’t walked a mile in her shoes…” “wondering jew”

        A brocha on you, “Yonah”! Finally, you are showing some commendable empathy for mourning Palestinian mothers!

  2. just on February 23, 2020, 3:17 pm

    Ah yes, the mighty Israeli bulldozer is now used not only to demolish Palestinian homes and villages, but to be driven with a murderous speed bearing boulders trying to crush fleeing and terrorized Palestinians, but now to ‘retrieve’ the murdered Palestinians and spirit them away to some hell- hole and hold them in spite. They dishonor the Palestinians in any way possible and rob them even of the courtesies of dignity after they murder them. I very much doubt that there were any IEDs, but hey, the Israelis make stuff up all the time and the world lets them get away with it. If there were IEDs, the Palestinians are allowed to resist…

    The Israels dishonor themselves with this and so much more. If the tables were turned, can you imagine the response??? I cannot, because the Palestinians would not tolerate such inhumane behavior.

    • just on February 23, 2020, 3:54 pm

      omg! I just watched the video again. Is that a body hanging from the teeth of the bucket??? It’s too much! Hearing the man praying is heartbreaking while gunfire is obviously in the background, keeping the Palestinians away from retrieving the assassinated.

      Israel has no soul at all.

      • Kay24 on February 24, 2020, 7:51 pm

        Israel is led by evil people, and it’s military are terrorists. This is terrible, and this is abuse of a dead body. This is why the world dislikes Israel, it pretends to be a democracy, but behaves like uncouth sadistic people who act arrogantly, and masters at turning their crimes into victimhood.

  3. Edward Q on February 23, 2020, 3:21 pm

    This is how the Intifada started. You can count on the U.S. press to report: “Everything is peaceful in Gaza; no people were hurt”.

    • Boomer on February 23, 2020, 4:41 pm

      They were planting an IED inside Gaza, and this threatened Israel?

      re “no people were hurt.” Exactly, it’s as Aunt Sally says, when Huck describes a steamboat accident that killed two slaves, “Well, it’s lucky; because sometimes people do get hurt.”

      • jw500 on February 24, 2020, 1:10 am

        The Islamic Jihad militant planting the IED and his accomplice were not murdered. They were killed committing a terrorist attack the security barrier. Considering Muslims hold Israeli remains for years (sometimes decades) spare us the sanctimonious crap. The tables have been turned on occasion and Jews are fully aware how savage Muslims can be as attested to by horrible terrorist bombings and attacks on civilians at discos, pizza parlors, buses, schools, etc.

        You want a bloody war to the end? Push Israel too far and see what happens. You think anyone in the world is going to intervene to save the stupid Gazans?

      • eljay on February 24, 2020, 8:41 am

        || jw500: … spare us the sanctimonious crap … Jews are fully aware how savage Muslims can be as attested to by horrible terrorist bombings and attacks on civilians at discos, pizza parlors, buses, schools, etc. ||

        Thanks to Zionism, non-Jews have learned how savage supremacist Jews can be as attested to by decades’ worth (and counting) of deliberate and unapologetic aggression, oppression, theft, military occupation, colonization, oppression, torture, murder and supremacism. Spare us the sanctimonious crap.

      • Misterioso on February 24, 2020, 10:29 am

        @jw500

        Firstly, this may come as a shock to you, but like all peoples, the long suffering, imprisoned and deprived of life’s necessities Palestinian inhabitants of the Gaza Strip (“the world’s largest outdoor prison”) have the legal right to resist an illegal occupation and the Gaza Strip is most certainly illegally/brutally occupied and repeatedly attacked by “Israel.”

        To wit: As the respected human rights organization Human Rights Watch declared in 2005: “…Israel will continue to be an Occupying Power [of the Gaza Strip] under international law and bound by the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention because it will retain effective control over the territory and over crucial aspects of civilian life. Israel will not be withdrawing and handing power over to a sovereign authority – indeed, the word ‘withdrawal’ does not appear in the [2005 disengagement] document at all… The IDF will retain control over Gaza’s borders, coastline, and airspace, and will reserve the right to enter Gaza at will. According to the Hague Regulations, ‘A territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army. The occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised’. International jurisprudence has clarified that the mere repositioning of troops is not sufficient to relieve an occupier of its responsibilities if it retains its overall authority and the ability to reassert direct control at will.”

        The International Committee of the Red Cross: “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.”

        “In practice, Gaza has become a huge, let me be blunt, concentration camp for right now 1,800,000 people” – Amira Hass, 2015, correspondent for Haaretz, speaking at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. Hass, an Israeli who has won numerous awards for her reporting, has been covering the region since the early ’90s.

        As is now common knowledge among enlightened folk, the “collective punishment imposed [on Gaza by] in clear violation of…international law” and its objective to prevent any progress towards a peaceful resolution of the overall conflict, was carefully planned by “Israel’s” government in 2004: “‘The significance of the [then proposed] disengagement plan [from Gaza, implemented in 2005] is the freezing of the peace process,’ Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s senior adviser Dov Weisglass has told Ha’aretz. ‘And when you freeze that process, you prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state, and you prevent a discussion on the refugees, the borders and Jerusalem. Effectively, this whole package called the Palestinian state, with all that it entails, has been removed indefinitely from our agenda. And all this with authority and permission. All with a [U.S.] presidential blessing [i.e. President George Bush] and the ratification of both houses of Congress.’ Weisglass, who was one of the initiators of the disengagement plan, was speaking in an interview with Ha’aretz for the Friday Magazine. ‘The disengagement is actually formaldehyde,’ he said. ‘It supplies the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.’” (Top PM Aide: Gaza Plan Aims to Freeze the Peace Process, Ha’aretz, October 6, 2004)

        Furthermore, it seems you are unfamiliar with the several peace overtures Hamas has made to “Israel” to end the Gaza and overall conflict in a peaceful fashion and in accordance with international law. Here’s a few examples:

        On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, Prime Minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.” No response from “Israel.”

        “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories.” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010) No response from “Israel.” (By calling for a “resolution of the issue of refugees,” Haniyeh was in accordance with UNGA Res. 194, binding on “Israel,” which calls for financial compensation as a possible option for the Palestinian refugees rather than their “inalienable Right of Return.”)

        In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, “Israel” promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.

        “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.’” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz. No response from “Israel.”

      • catalan on February 24, 2020, 12:58 pm

        I wonder how Palestinians (and French, and Peruvians) feel when they are referred to as “non-Jews”. Maybe some of the Palestinian commentators here can provide input if they like that designation. (and also how Palestinians, especially male, feel about being compared to raped women in a basement).

      • hai_bar on February 24, 2020, 2:00 pm

        “You want a bloody war to the end? Push Israel too far and see what happens. You think anyone in the world is going to intervene to save the stupid Gazans?”

        So Gazans, in your opinion, are locked up and live under siege because they are stupid? Or they are stupid and that’s what got them to live under siege and brutal occupation? All of the the 1.8 Millions (mostly refugees), of course. Please clarify.

      • Mooser on February 26, 2020, 1:05 pm

        “jw500” is trying to warn us. He knows that nothing will unite all the world’s Jewish people like a campaign of genocide against Palestinians. I mean, what else have we got to do?

      • eljay on February 26, 2020, 2:02 pm

        || Mooser: “jw500” is trying to warn us. He knows that nothing will unite all the world’s Jewish people like a campaign of genocide against Palestinians. … ||

        With Zionists publicly stressing the fact that it’s being undertaken by the “Jewish State” and in the name of all Jews, how could it not?

  4. Misterioso on February 23, 2020, 6:34 pm

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/israeli-forces-kill-palestinian-gaza-fence-wound-200223103703458.html

    “Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Gaza fence, wound two others”

    “Palestinian factions in Gaza fire rockets towards Israel after army bulldozer removed body of dead Palestinian.” Al Jazeera. Feb/ 23, 2020

    “A Palestinian has been killed by Israeli forces and two others were wounded as they tried to retrieve his body in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to local media reports.

    “The incident took place near the separation fence east of Khan Younis in the southern part of the coastal territory, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Sunday.

    “The Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) faction named the deceased as Mohammed Ali al-Naim, 27, and said he was a member of the organisation.

    “The Israeli military said troops shot dead a Palestinian who was suspected of placing a bomb near the fence.

    “In a statement, the army said it ‘spotted two terrorists approaching the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip and placing an explosive device adjacent to it.’

    “‘The troops opened fire towards them. A hit was identified,’ it said.

    “Widely shared video” – [included in article]

    “A video widely circulated on social media on Sunday appeared to show an Israeli military bulldozer move the body of the Palestinian man towards the separation fence.

    “In the clip, the sound of gunfire is heard and at least one man appears to be wounded. Other men then take away the wounded person, while the bulldozer lifts the body, reverses and moves towards the fence.

    “The PIJ said in a statement the video showed a ‘brutal crime.’

    “A spokesman for Hamas, the group which governs Gaza, told Al Jazeera that the incident was reflective of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and its treatment of Palestinian people.

    “‘There are hundreds of similar crimes that haven’t been documented by the camera. Israeli occupation continues its crime without any legal or ethical deterrence,’ Hazem Qassem told Al Jazeera.

    “A military spokeswoman later told AFP news agency that an Israeli army ‘bulldozer extracted the body of one of the attackers.’

    “According to Wafa, two men were shot and wounded in the foot while they were trying to retrieve the body of the dead man.

    “Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, told Al Jazeera that two Palestinians with leg wounds arrived at the European Hospital in southern Gaza on Sunday morning.

    “Later on Sunday, 20 rockets were fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army said in a Twitter post. Approximately 10 were intercepted by its Iron Dome missile defence system, it added.”

    “Palestinian factions in Gaza fired the rockets in response to the killing of al-Naim, local media reported.

    “‘The targeting of one of our own in the Gaza Strip in a brutal way is blatant aggression and the enemy must bear the consequences,’ Abu Hamza, a spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades, the PIJ’s armed wing, said on Twitter earlier on Sunday.”

    SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

  5. eljay on February 24, 2020, 8:13 am

    … According to the IDF, the two Palestinians were attempting to lay IEDs against the military. …

    Zionists have this amazing ability to cry victimhood even as they commit acts of evil.

    … The body snatching is apparently the result of a new policy by temporary Defense Minister Bennet, who recently announced his intention to “collect” the bodies of Palestinian so-called terrorists, as a way to force Hamas to return the bodies of two Israeli soldiers it holds since Operation Protective Edge. … Bennet did not refer to the two living Israelis held by Hamas … Both crossed the border to Gaza, both were civilians, and both belong to oppressed sectors of Israeli society. …

    Makes sense – they’re not dead Isareli soldiers.

    (Hopefully Hamas isn’t actually detaining the two Israeli civilians who chose to go to Gaza.)

  6. genesto on February 24, 2020, 12:30 pm

    Guess I’m too late in reading this. I tried to watch the video, but it’s been removed.

    Any ideas of where I might still be able to watch this?

    • Kate on February 26, 2020, 10:47 pm

      The video is still available to play, above.

  7. asherpat on February 25, 2020, 3:06 pm

    Isnt Gaza is conisdered “occupied” by Israel – and that is correct because the “international community” says so.

    So what does it mean that “Israeli bulldozer and tank invade Gaza”?! Why does one need to “invade” something one “occupies”?!!

  8. echinococcus on February 25, 2020, 4:56 pm

    Acherpat: “Why does one need to “invade” something one “occupies”?!!”

    Yeah, the Ripper defence: “I’ve murdered and gutted a hundred people, and you want to charge me with theft?”

    Coming from the same guy, I suppose, who invented the word “chutzpa” by throwing himself on the mercy of the court on the grounds that he was an orphan — after murdering both his parents.

    • catalan on February 25, 2020, 6:55 pm

      “Yeah, the Ripper defence: “I’ve murdered and gutted a hundred people, and you want to charge me with theft?””
      There is no trial, no defense, and you are not a judge. There is a fantastic place to live – Israel, a terrible place to live – Palestine, and a bunch of Palestinian politicians and blogs that make money off the conflict. The Trump plan is probably the best the Palestinians can hope for in the real world. Bloggers with sympathy for Israel are not on trial.

      • hai_bar on February 25, 2020, 9:56 pm

        catalan: “here is no trial, no defense, and you are not a judge. There is a fantastic place to live – Israel, a terrible place to live – Palestine”

        South Africa was once a fantastic place to live for some people, at the immediate expense of others. Nazi Germany was probably also a fantastic place to live in (for some), not so nice for others… More? What are you trying to say here “catalan”?

        ” …and a bunch of Palestinian politicians and blogs that make money off the conflict. ”

        and here? those collaborators you call “Palestinian politicians” are being paid or making money of who exactly? Who has been and is still pumping wealth in Israel and it’s collaborators, investing in a strategic point in “middle east”?

        “The Trump plan is probably the best the Palestinians can hope for in the real world.”

        Well thank you “catalan” for this priceless piece of advice, anything to hope for in a not so real world?

      • Mooser on February 26, 2020, 1:08 pm

        “There is no trial, no defense, and you are not a judge.”

        Sorry, “catalan”, but Israel calls itself a “state”. A “Jewish State” in fact, and everybody is free to judge Israel on that basis. And take action on their judgments.

        There’s nothing you can do to change that.

      • catalan on February 26, 2020, 2:16 pm

        “everybody is free to judge Israel on that basis. And take action on their judgments”.
        Well I would never begrudge judging. I was taking that Mondo is not a trial in the legal sense. Meaning, no repercussions. All I am saying is 70 years later, Israel is one of the nicest places in the world to live in. This might change; in fact it will change (because everything does). But not anytime soon.

      • eljay on February 26, 2020, 7:41 pm

        || catalan: … 70 years later, Israel is one of the nicest places in the world to live in. This might change; in fact it will change (because everything does). But not anytime soon. ||

        Not for another ~930 years. According to some Zionists, anyway.

      • catalan on February 27, 2020, 2:55 pm

        “Not for another ~930 years. According to some Zionists, anyway.”
        I am a big believer that there is no time like the present. And the present is wonderful in Israel – in terms of healthcare, longevity, happiness and other measurable indicators.
        I am also a big believer that the trend is your friend. If the last seventy years have been pretty good to Israel (and Denmark and Switzerland) chances are it will continue to be so.
        I do realize that things can change in an instant. But with most things like that, they don’t. I am always open to the idea that BDS will meet its goals. But statistically speaking, I don’t think Israel or say apple is facing an imminente collapse. But who knows.

      • eljay on February 27, 2020, 3:01 pm

        || catalan: “Not for another ~930 years. According to some Zionists, anyway.”
        I am a big believer that there is no time like the present. And the present is wonderful in Israel – in terms of healthcare, longevity, happiness and other measurable indicators. … ||

        Right, and according to some Zionists it’ll continue to be peachy for another ~930 years. The future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades.

    • asherpat on February 26, 2020, 1:13 am

      @echino: can you answer my question?

      • echinococcus on February 26, 2020, 9:17 pm

        Learn to read, Zionist. You guys not ony have no right to occupy anything, you invaders have no right to even set foot in Palestine in the first place, since 1897 at the latest, and resistance against your presence anywhere in Palestine is a basic right.

  9. iResistDe4iAm on February 25, 2020, 8:49 pm

    Invasion of the Israeli body snatchers.

    Invasion of the ghoulish Israeli body snatchers (bodies of Palestinians murdered by Israel while securing the Palestinian side of the border).

    Invasion of the sadistic Israeli body snatchers (human bodies that Israel desecrates like animal carcasses using heavy machinery).

    Invasion of the immoral, ghoulish, sadistic Israeli body snatchers — but why? Is Israel still harvesting organs from dead Palestinians?
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/dec/21/israeli-pathologists-harvested-organs

    Israel is built on the RUBBLE & ASHES of another country, and the CORPSES BLOOD & TEARS of another people.

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