Archive | August, 2020

Fear and anxiety spreads in Gaza along with the coronavirus

BY YASSER ABU JAMEI

Palestinian nurses from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees wear protective gear as they distribute monthly medications for chronic illnesses in Gaza City on September 3, 2020. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

PALESTINIAN NURSES FROM THE UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINIAN REFUGEES WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR AS THEY DISTRIBUTE MONTHLY MEDICATIONS FOR CHRONIC ILLNESSES IN GAZA CITY ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020. (PHOTO: MAHMOUD AJJOUR/APA IMAGES)

It was only a matter of time. Everyone knew that COVID-19 is going to reach Gaza, but when and how was the question. The local authorities did their best in order to maintain the Gaza Strip as a COVID-19 free area. That worked well for almost six months.

The realities of blockade, movement restrictions and above all the occupation, already kept Gaza disconnected from the world. Additional movement restrictions on the borders were made in mid-March. This time by the local authority and aiming at controlling people who enter Gaza and upon arrival sent them to quarantine centers. Returnees stayed in isolation for two to three weeks until they tested negative for COVID-19. Those that tested positive stayed in quarantine until they recovered from symptoms and tested negative.

That was the only and best solution given the realities of Gaza.

Our underdeveloped health system is paralyzed by the division between the Palestinian governments in the West Bank and Gaza and the lack of medical staffing. There is continued pressure on the system from airstrikes and casualties and injuries at the Great March of Return over the last two years.

The reality is that 2 million people live in a small geographical area of 141 square miles where two-thirds of the population are refugees; the reality is that the poverty rate is 53% and the unemployment rate is 54%; the reality is that more than 95% of the water in Gaza is not potable and electricity is available for five hours per day in its best circumstances.

There were other safety measures made by the authorities in order to stop possible spread of the virus employed over the past few months. These were similar to measures taken by other governments including social distancing, stopping the education system, closing open markets, forbidding large gatherings. Restrictions were place on funerals and mourning houses, weddings, and mosques and churches. Wherever it was possible, sanitizing measures were applied.

Some of those measures caused a sharp increase in poverty and unemployment. Mostly those already working hand to mouth disproportionally impacted. To mitigate, the ministry of social development added 10,000 families to its beneficiaries. Yet in Gaza, economics pressures are compounded by historical pressures from trauma and loss. There were three wars during the last12 years and over 200 casualties from the Great March of Return during the last two years. The continuous blockade, started in 2007, has had intense psychological and social repercussions on the population.

A PALESTINIAN CHILD WEARS FACE MASK DURING A LOCKDOWN IMPOSED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES FOLLOWING A SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES, IN DEIR AL-BALAH IN CENTRAL GAZA STRIP ON SEPTEMBER 3, 2020. (PHOTO: ASHRAF AMRA/APA IMAGES)

In April the organization I head, the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, or GCMHP, issued a factsheet in cooperation with the Palestinian nonprofit umbrella organization PNGO describing the mental health conditions in Gaza Strip in the shadow of COVID-19. The document highlighted the need to pay special attention to vulnerable groups including children, older people, patients with serious illnesses (cancer and injuries from the GMR) and above all people with economic hardship. The main psychological implications were anxiety, the fear of infection, isolation, and worries about addressing the needs of children. People in quarantine centers and their families were mostly affected. The factsheet also highlighted an increase in domestic violence against women and children.

The conditions in the strip guided GCMHP to modify its plan for 2020. In agreement with the core donors, GCMHP started a crisis response plan covering the period of April to September 2020. The plan includes scaling up activities related to awareness over the restrictions on public gatherings and workshops.  Our toll-free telephone counseling service was also expanded to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Activities planned inside of schools and kindergartens were postponed and replaced with awareness campaigns using social media and other media platforms that targeted parents. Therapeutic interventions were modified in order to ensure social distancing, avoid crowded clinics and ensure continuity of therapy. Our capacity building activities were moved online or (if not possible) rescheduled.

Monday August 24, 2020 dramatic news to the population in the Gaza Strip. Earlier that day, Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem informed the health officials that a woman from Gaza who was present at the hospital tested positive for COVID-19. The woman was there as a companion of her sick daughter who had received a permit to exit Gaza on humanitarian grounds. They arrived in Jerusalem six days prior. The ministry of health in Gaza reached the woman’s family who lives in the Maghazi refugee camp in the middle of the Strip and tested her family members. Four among them tested positive, of whom one owns a supermarket. Another relative works in a school.

Just before leaving Gaza, the woman who tested positive in Jerusalem had attended a wedding. Larges celebrations had been banned, but a few weeks earlier the local authorities took several measures easing restrictions.  This was based on the fact that Gaza was considered COVID free. Mosques were reopened. Gatherings were permissible and the students went back to schools in the first week of August.

The news was a big shock to everyone. Next, an arbitrary sample group from Shifa hospital, the biggest hospital in Gaza, was made to test some patients for COVID-19. Two tested positive. They are not related at all to the family from Maghazi camp. As of now, the afternoon of Thursday the September 3, five people have passed away in Gaza due to COVID-19 and 581 have tested positive. Overwhelmingly most of the new cases are from the community and not from the quarantine centers.

The ministry of health now says that it’s most likely COVID-19 was already in the community as of early August.

In response, an immediate lockdown was imposed on Gaza Strip by the local authority. The lockdown was initially for 48 hours, then it was extended for another 72 hours. People could move around by walking and only in their districts. Many were not prepared for the restrictions. Bakeries and some grocery shops remained open. The authorities said that there would not be a problem with the availability of food. But let us not forget the people’s living conditions. Poverty, problems with water, electricity and even access to healthcare are rampant. The latest developments were surprising to the overcrowded community who are still in shock. People are following the news minute to minute. More fear and anxiety and more worries about how to survive.

Tuesday morning during the lockdown, we contacted the ministry of health asking if we could open our three community centers. The request was not accepted. The ministry closed all primary health care services, postponed all surgical operations and is open only for emergency procedures. They are working to identify foci of COVID-19 in the community and control further spread.

However, we kept operating our toll-free line and intensified our media campaigns. Among those who call into the hotline are our patients, many asking how and when they can pick their prescriptions. Now our plan is to run three mobile clinics to reach our patients and distribute medications, and connect them with their therapists through mobile phones.

One could imagine that these are enough troubles for people in Gaza. Unfortunately, other stressful developments took place during the last couple of weeks. Launches of balloons with incendiary devices attached to them into Israel resumed. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip live in despair and demand an end of the blockade. Balloons, of recent, are used as a means to add pressure on Israel to ease the siege. However, Israel responded with airstrikes, usually during the night, which terrified the population. Israel also stopped fuel from entering Gaza. For the last two weeks or so, we have electricity for around four hours a day as the only power plant shut down from lack of fuel. If there were an escalation in the Gaza strip in the coming few days or weeks, it would bring trauma and losses to people who live in frustration and despair.    

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The salt of the sea, for the first time in Jaffa

Depriving people of the simplest right — to see the sea — is a crime of the Israeli occupation. An entire generation in Palestine grew up not knowing what the sea means.

BY DAREEN TATOUR

Jaffa and the sea, August 8, 2020 (Photo: Dareen Tatour)

JAFFA AND THE SEA, AUGUST 8, 2020 (PHOTO: DAREEN TATOUR)

On the 8th of August news began to leak out about hundreds of my Palestinian people from the West Bank “smuggling” their way in to visit their country that was occupied in 1948; especially the coastal cities in Palestine — Jaffa, Acre, and Haifa. They were going to travel through openings in the apartheid wall – not at a checkpoint, just an opening in the apartheid wall. I decided to go and document a moment that may not be repeated often, or perhaps ever, as long as the occupation exists on this earth! Thus, without thinking long, I decided to document the moment when these Palestinians met their country’s sea for the first time in their life, to document their emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

I traveled from Reineh, my small village in the Nazareth area, to Jaffa. As soon as I arrived, I headed towards the beach with three cameras. I was so drawn to this moment and this rare event that I did not care about the weight I was carrying, and the difficulty to take photos and videos at the same time on my own.

I started walking the streets of Jaffa and moving between its beaches and parks. I was very touched by what I saw. I had never seen Jaffa like this before – the majority of those I saw were Palestinians. In all the places I wandered in, the overwhelming conversation among people was in Arabic. Whenever I looked around I saw Palestinians, as if I was living in a different time period than the one in which I live. I saw women wearing Palestinian clothes and jilbabs with the hijab everywhere. I saw people and children playing and having fun, listening to music, and contemplating nature. They spread their food on the grass and beach sand spontaneously. I smelled Palestinian maqluba, I turned to the aroma and saw about ten people sitting around a large saucepan. A woman turns the dish onto a large tray and spreads the sweet scent in the Jaffa air. I walked further ahead and saw a group of young men preparing hookah and placing in front of them a plate of yogurt soaked in olive oil, next to it a plate of pickled green olives and a bowl of watermelon. 

As I walked more along the way I saw should be common in this country — the sights and smells of the Palestinian presence. To see Jaffa crowded with its original inhabitants. 

Enjoying the beach in Jaffa, August 3, 2020 (Photo: Dareen Tatour)
ENJOYING THE BEACH IN JAFFA, AUGUST 8, 2020 (PHOTO: DAREEN TATOUR)

As I walked I asked everyone who passed in front of me about their feelings about the moment. Tears flowed from my eyes from the intensity of the scene, I cried without knowing the true reason for my crying! Was I affected by the scene, by the pain over Jaffa and its Nakba, or was it joy and hope for a different future?

Depriving the Palestinian people of the simplest right in their country of birth, which is to see the sea and enjoy nature, is a crime of the Israeli Zionist occupation against the Palestinian people in the West Bank. An entire generation in Palestine grew up and did not know what the sea means, the meaning of swimming in its waters and feeling its salt.

Now that I was with the hearts of women, children, men, boys, and girls seeing the sea for the first time in their lives, my feelings went away. With their eyes and their feelings I moved from place to place. I talked, ate, exchanged smiles, tears, and laughter with them. I played ball with the kids on the beach and whoever asked me to take a photo of them, I did so immediately. The sights and moments were touching and full of stories and meanings. 

A Palestinian family from the West Bank enjoys visiting the sea in Jaffa, August 3, 2020 (Photo: Dareen Tatour)
A PALESTINIAN FAMILY FROM THE WEST BANK ENJOYS VISITING THE SEA IN JAFFA, AUGUST 8, 2020 (PHOTO: DAREEN TATOUR)

I saw with my eyes those who cried in front of the sea.  I saw those who stood in front of me in astonishment for a few minutes without being able to speak any word in front of the camera. I saw those who laughed, and those who suffered, I saw and lived with them all the contradictory feelings that a Palestinian experiences on their land. 

Mahmoud from Nablus, 45 years old, stands close to the wall near the port with his wife, daughter, and son. Looking at the sea, time and time again, watching the laughter of his two children as they stand near it. A strong, loud wave strikes the wall so the two children run from it, then return to stand again at the wall, waiting for another wave, and the sound of their laughter overwhelms all around. I approached this family and took several photos for them and asked Mahmoud to tell me about his feelings and the experience he went through in order to reach Jaffa and the sea. He said, “I came by ‘smuggling’ [without permission] just from an opening [an opening in the apartheid wall]. Me, my wife, and my children. We got off at 5:00 in the morning, and after the bus moved, we heard gunfire and stun grenades. I am 45 years old, I have a daughter and a son. We are seeing the sea for the first time in our lives. All my life I have not smelled the smell of the sea nor felt its salt. Until this moment. I was prevented from entering here for security reasons, because I was a prisoner and spent 8 years in prison, all my life and until this moment I did not see my city, Jaffa, I am from here, I am from Jaffa. I cannot believe that I am actually in and around Jaffa . . . Jaffa that I heard a lot about from my parents, my grandfather and my grandmother. I got a call now, I was told that the opening we entered through was closed by the army.” 

The moment I learned that he was a released prisoner, and was denied entry for security reasons, I turned off the camera and I continued writing what he said, he was talking to me with a beautiful smile and a voice full of anxiety. 

I asked him, “Are you afraid to return to the West Bank?” 

He answered, “I don’t know what will happen, but I am happy with the moment I’m living now and I am in my city for the first time in my life. I don’t want to think about the things to come. It is enough for me to see now the joy of my son and daughter. I am so happy that my children saw the sea in their childhood, I grew up and did not know what the sea was until this moment.”

I smiled and asked, “What do you think of Jaffa?” 

He replied, “Jaffa . . . I cannot find any word to describe it, and there are no words that can describe my feeling at this moment.” 

I took out some sweets from my bag, gave them to the two children, said goodbye to this family, and promised them that the pictures would remain with me without publishing them for their safety, and that I would only send them to them. We exchanged phone numbers and I continued walking towards the beach in the Manshiyyaneighborhood.

Writing in the sand, Jaffa, August 3, 2020 (Photo: Dareen Tatour)
WRITING IN THE SAND, JAFFA, AUGUST 8, 2020 (PHOTO: DAREEN TATOUR)

While walking, I remembered being denied seeing the sea for three years during my detention and imprisonment. I had visited it every week before my arrest. This experience made me feel every word that these people shared with me. The sea gives a beautiful feeling and psychological comfort to those who suffer from constant pressures in life, especially when they are caused by the occupation that has continued for all these years.

I reached the beach in the Manshiyyaneighbourhood, a neighborhood that was turned into a park after it was completely destroyed in 1948. Nothing was left but a single Palestinian building that was later transformed by the Israeli authorities into a museum called the “Etzel Museum”, which celebrates the Zionist militia that destroyed the neighborhood and ethnically cleansed it of Palestinians during the Nakba. I took off my shoes and started walking barefoot on the sand.

My eyes stopped at Samah, 32 years old, as she was sitting on the sand in her black jilbab, looking at the sea as the waves smacked in front of her from moment to moment. When I approached her and asked that she talk to me about the moment that she was in, she immediately asked me to stop filming, saying, “Write and do not film.” I respected her request and turned off the camera and went back to the notebook and pen again.  I asked her, “Is this the first time in your life that you saw the sea?” 

She replied, “Yes, this is the first time in my life that I am seeing the sea and entering our country from ‘48. I am from Tulkarm, my husband is a martyr, and I am banned from entering for security reasons. My husband was killed while returning from work in Jaffa, he was returning to Tulkarm through a forbidden road. The army saw him, he was afraid that they would arrest him, because he got in and out without a permit, so he ran away. The army shot him.” 

She paused and started crying, then continued, “This is the first time that I discovered that seawater tastes like the taste of a tear that has flowed from my eyes now.” 

I took a deep breath, and along with her words I felt a lump in my heart. I could not complete the conversation with her. What she said was sufficient to summarize the reality and the story. I kissed her forehead and said to her: “Welcome to your homeland in Jaffa.” She smiled and started playing with the waves of the sea. I left her and kept walking, looking for another story or another tear of the salt of this sea. 

Writing in the sand, Jaffa, August 3, 2020 (Photo: Dareen Tatour)
WRITING IN THE SAND, JAFFA, AUGUST 8, 2020 (PHOTO: DAREEN TATOUR)

I documented many scenes with my cameras, and wrote many memories with my pen, all of which are moments full of feelings and stories. But the most important story that must be told every time and everywhere is that we are a people who love life. And that all this land from the river to the sea is called Palestine. And that the world’s silence on this occupation and against this people is the major crime. The sight of our cities on the Palestinian coast, such as Jaffa, Acre, Haifa, and Umm Khaled “Netanya”, which are full of their original inhabitants, and is the natural landscape that should be in this homeland.

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Zionist annexation of the WB is on hold but ethnic cleansing continues

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Israeli annexation of the WB is on hold but ethnic cleansing continues

By Mahmoud El-Yousseph

The Israeli annexation of the West Bank (WB) is on hold but ethnic cleansing continues. Last week, Israel’s ethnic cleansing continues as it destroys two Palestinian family homes and forced the third family to self-demolish or pay the price. The ugly truth is that Israel was built illegally in 1948 on stolen Palestinian land and on the ruins of 615 towns and villages that were depopulated, including my family, and then they were erased from the face of the earth so the natives could not come back to what’s rightfully theirs.

What that means is that Israel has committed a criminal act against three Palestinian families — an act with no justification whatsoever. So, how the Hell Israel gets away with such a heinous crime? Funny you asked! Believe it or not, most of the information we in the US and other parts of the world received about Palestine and Israel comes from the Jewish-owned and controlled US media outlets. Those print and electronic media take its marching orders from Israel, which has been pumping out lies for so long that many people assume is true.

Keep in mind that Rupert Murdoch, who is a Jew and blind supporter of Israel, is the world’s most powerful media tycoon. Murdoch’s family owns and controls 120 newspapers in five countries. (Forbes, June 1, 2016) Even if this tragic story was to be reported, it would have been buried in the back pages of the newspaper without pictures, age, gender, and the number of people affected. In other words, the story will have no human face attached to it.

The US funding for Israel along with Holocaust restitution from other Western nations is what enables the only democracy to murder, terrorize, and ethnically cleanse Palestinians. These crimes will continue until Doomsday as long as Israel is not held accountable because it is the single biggest threat to all life on Earth.

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Stop the ethnic cleansing of Palestine / Amandala Newspaper
How to stop the ethnic cleansing of Palestine? This can be done by 1) public officials and media immediately denouncing Israel’s crimes, 2) stopping aid to Israel, and 3) imposing a sanction on Israel similar to the one imposed against Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela to name a few. As the saying goes, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander (a male goose).”
That explains the reason why the international community always acts as deaf, dumb, and blind when it comes to the Israelis’ inhumane treatment of Palestinians whereas it would stand on its head and go to the end of the world if one Jew gets his/her feeling hurt anywhere in the world.

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Nazi soldiers assaulted Palestinian, mocking and beating him severely

Israeli soldiers assaulted Palestinian, mocking and beating him severely

Photo of a similar beating on September 20,2016 in Hebron, in the West Bank. (AFP Photo/Hazem Bader, Times of ‘Israel’)

“It has been six days, and I still ache all over. My ribs hurt when I breathe, and I still have blue marks on the right side of the body and on my back. I still have no idea why the soldiers attacked me so violently. All I know is that they didn’t even ask to see our ID’s….”

Reposted from Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem

 I got home at around 4:00 A.M. My wife and my eldest son, Saqer, 4, were awake, waiting for me. I hugged Saqer and burst out crying. I was exhausted and felt helpless. My wife kept trying to calm me down.

From Mu’tasem Qawasmeh’s testimony

Around midnight, on 23 June 2020, Mu’tasem Qawasmeh, a 24-year-old resident of Hebron and father of three, was driving to the nearby village of Bani Na’im with two passengers – his friends Madin al-Ja’bri, 21, and Zeid Abu Zeinah, 22.

When they arrived at the Road 60 and Road 35 intersection (east of the northern entrance to Hebron), some soldiers standing by the side of the road signaled to Qawasmeh to pull over. When he did, the soldiers, four of them, ordered him to turn the ignition off and told all three men to get out of the car and stand on the shoulder of the road, facing it. As one soldier kept watch over the three men, the other three searched the car.

The search took about ten minutes, and once it was over, the soldiers ordered the three to turn around and face them. One of the soldiers was holding Qawasmeh’s wallet, which he had found in the car, and gestured for him to approach. Another soldier pulled Qawasmeh by the hair toward the soldier who had his wallet, while the soldier who was keeping guard told Qawasmeh’s friends to turn around and face the road again. The soldier who had Qawasmeh’s wallet asked in Hebrew: “What is this”? When Qawasmeh could not reply in Hebrew, he swore at him and kicked him in the ribs and abdomen. Another soldier joined in, and together they swore at Qawasmeh and kicked him again. When he fell down, they demanded he get up. When he could not get up, three of the soldiers pounced on him, hitting him with the butts of their rifles and kicking his back. When Qawasmeh’s friends tried to turn around to see what was happening to him, the soldier who was guarding them pushed them with the butt of his rifle and forbade them from turning.

In a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash on 29 June 2020, Mu’tasem Qawasmeh said:

MU’TASEM QAWASMEH. PHOTO BY MUSA ABU HASHHASH, B’TSELEM, 29 JUNE 2020

After the soldiers finished searching the car, one of them, the one holding my wallet, gestured to me from a distance to approach him. Another soldier pulled me over there by the hair until I was standing in front of the soldier. The first soldier asked me in Hebrew, “What is this”? I answered in Arabic: “It’s my wallet.” The soldier demanded I answer in Hebrew, and I told him in Arabic that I didn’t speak Hebrew. And then, all of a sudden, he kicked me in the right side of my stomach. It was a strong kick. It hurt a lot, and I almost fell over. I heard the other soldiers laughing. The soldier started swearing at me in Arabic and Hebrew. I was scared and confused. I didn’t understand why the soldier was being so violent.

Suddenly, another soldier came up to me and kneed me hard on the same side of the stomach. I doubled over in pain and almost fell, but I managed to keep myself upright. The soldier with the wallet kept swearing at me, and the others kept laughing. Before I managed to figure out what was going on, the soldier with the wallet kicked me again in the same spot. I cried out in pain and fell to the ground. The soldier came up to me and tried to get me up. He said to me in Arabic: “Why aren’t you defending yourself”? The other soldiers asked me in Arabic, “Is everything okay”?

I couldn’t get up, and then the three soldiers started hitting me with the butts of their rifles and kicking me in the back. I cried in pain the whole time.

Zeid Abu Zeinah described the assault on his friend in a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash on 29 June 2020:

ZEID ABU ZEINAH. PHOTO BY MUSA ABU HASHHASH, B’TSELEM, 29 JUNE 2020

They searched the car for about 15 minutes and then came back and stood in front of us after we’d turned around to face them. One soldier was holding a wallet and pointing at Mu’tasem. He ordered him to approach and asked him: “What is this”?

I saw one of the soldiers go over to Mu’tasem and pull him by the hair towards the soldier who was holding the wallet. Then, the soldier who was standing next to us told us to turn back around and face the road. He yelled at us not to move. Every time I tried to turn around to see what was happening to Mu’tasem, he pushed me with the butt of his rifle.

At some point, Mu’tasem started crying out in pain, and I could hear swearing in Arabic and Hebrew. I gathered that the three soldiers were beating him up. It would go quiet for a few minutes, and then I’d hear Mu’tasem crying out again. That went on for a long time. Cars drove by in the meantime, but they didn’t stop. At some point, I was able to peek backwards and saw Mu’tasem lying on the floor.

After about an hour, a military jeep showed up. The soldier who had been holding the wallet threw it on the ground right away and told Qawasmeh and his friends to leave the place. Qawasmeh’s friends helped him into the front passenger seat of his car. Madin al-Ja’bri drove the car to the northern entrance to Hebron and continued directly to al-Mezan Hospital. From there, Qawasmeh was referred to al-Ahli hospital, where he was examined and x-rayed. The physicians wanted to admit him but he insisted on going back to his house, which is close to the hospital.

Qawasmeh added in his testimony:

I got home at around 4:00 A.M. My wife and my eldest son, Saqer, 4, were awake, waiting for me. I hugged Saqer and burst out crying. I was exhausted and felt helpless. My wife kept trying to calm me down.

It has been six days, and I still ache all over. My ribs hurt when I breathe, and I still have blue marks on the right side of the body and on my back. I still have no idea why the soldiers attacked me so violently. All I know is that they didn’t even ask to see our ID’s.


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WATCH: Nazi soldiers video their beating of Palestinian workers

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With West Bank unemployment spiking under COVID-19, some Palestinians reportedly tried to seek work in Nazi occupied , only to have Nazi soldiers beat them for an hour and steal their money…

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Palestinian media have posted a video reportedly showing Nazi soldiers beating Palestinian workers on their way to work in the Nazi occupied Palestine earlier this week. The video appears to have been taken by the Nazi soldiers themselves. It is unclear how the video became public.

According to one of the victims, the video only shows a little of the beating, which lasted about an hour: “The video is nothing compared to the real thing.” The soldiers also reportedly stole money from the workers.

According to Palestine News Network (PNN), the workers were on their way to work in the Nazi occupied Palestine when they were detained by Israeli soldiers.

One of the victims, 21-year-old Montaser Al-Fakhoury, told PNN “that the coronavirus outbreak had worsened the already bad economic situation, forcing many young people to go to work inside ‘Israel’.

“’The night of the attack, we left our homes at 11:15 at night and reached the borders and barbed wire. We crossed to be surprised by an ambush of soldiers on the other side, and when they caught us we asked for the presence of police for legality, but they refused to inform the police and began assaulting us brutally.’”

Fakhoury told PNN: “They were beating us mercilessly. When we said we had respiratory illnesses, they beat us on our chests, and they kept going. After that they stole 1100 shekels from me and stole money from the rest of the workers. In addition, they stole dozens of cigarette packs from us,”

“The soldiers dealt with us outside the law and humiliated us, pulled us by our feet on the ground, hit us with sticks and also made fun of us alongside the beating,” he said. Afterward, Al-Fakhoury was apparently released without charge.

Al-Fakhoury said that the workers had not realized that the soldiers were filming their actions, “we only thought that they had their mobile flashlights on.”

In a video posted on Facebook by Shehab News on August 19th, Al-Fakhoury describes the incident:Video Player00:0004:48

So far, US media do not seem to have mentioned the videos.

Israeli journalist Gideon Levy reports that the Nazi soldiers frequently beat prisoners. Nazi Gestapo violence against Palestinian prisoners has been documented since at least the 1970s. Among the numerous victims have been children and American citizens (documented by Foreign Service Journal).

There are numerous previous videos of Nazi soldiers beating Palestinians. For example, in 2015 Zionist  Ha’aretz newspaper reported: “IDF soldiers were captured on video Friday beating a Palestinian man, even after forces had restrained him after he was arrested in a protest in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jalazone this Friday.” (Video is available here.)

Another video is from 2017:

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Clips of these and additional beatings can be seen here:Video Player00:0008:28


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Covid-Gate, The Political Virus

By Global Research News

A Green New Deal for Workers

By Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker,

The COVID pandemic and economic collapse have highlighted the race and class inequalities in our society. With more than 35 million jobs lost, millions have lost their employer-connected health insurance in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 deaths are disproportionately afflicting working-class people, particularly Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people. The case for universal healthcare through a publicly-funded Medicare for All has never been stronger.

UN Says New Polio Outbreak in Sudan Caused by Oral Vaccine

By Maria Cheng,

In a statement this week, WHO said two children in Sudan — one from South Darfur state and the other from Gedarif state, close to the border with Ethiopia and Eritrea — were paralyzed in March and April. Both had been recently vaccinated against polio. WHO said initial outbreak investigations show the cases are linked to an ongoing vaccine-derived outbreak in Chad that was first detected last year and is now spreading in Chad and Cameroon.

Focus: Fears Grow over China’s Possible Massive Sales of U.S. Debt as Weapon

By Tomoyuki Tachikawa,

With Sino-U.S. tensions escalating over several security and economic issues, fears are mounting in the financial markets that China may massively sell U.S. government debt it holds as a weapon to choke the world’s biggest economy.

If Beijing, which owns more than $1 trillion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds, really takes such action, that would push down debt prices and drive up interest rates in the United States, stifling investment and consumer spending at home.

Important Questions and Answers on the COVID-19 Crisis. Saving Lives?

By Dr. Pascal Sacré,

To “save lives”?

The media say that it is the COVID-19 disease that causes all these consequences, unemployment, economic disasters, pathogenic containment?

NO!

It is the management of your government, of these “experts” that is the cause!

How an “Act of God” Pandemic Is Destroying the West

By Prof Michael Hudson,

Before juxtaposing the U.S. and alternative responses to the corona virus’s economic effects, I would like to step back in time to show how the pandemic has revealed a deep underlying problem. We are seeing the consequences of Western societies painting themselves into a debt corner by their creditor-oriented philosophy of law. Neoliberal anti-government (or more accurately, anti-democratic) ideology has centralized social planning and state power in “the market,” meaning specifically the financial market on Wall Street and in other financial centers.

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky,

Millions of people have lost their jobs, and their lifelong savings. In developing countries, poverty and despair prevail. We are told the it is V the Virus which is responsible for the wave of bankruptcies and unemployment.

The unspoken truth is that the novel coronavirus provides a pretext and justification to powerful financial interests and corrupt politicians to precipitate the entire World into a spiral of  mass unemployment, bankruptcy and extreme poverty.

The Reason Why Italy Deploys Its Fighters in Lithuania

By Manlio Dinucci,

This large exercise called “Allied Sky” – said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg – demonstrates “the powerful commitment of the United States to the Allies and confirms that we are able to deter aggression.” The allusion to “Russian aggression” in Europe is evident.

The B-52s, that were transferred on August 22 from North Dakota Minot Air Base to Fairford in Great Britain, are not old Cold War planes used only for parades. They have been continuously modernized, and retain their role as long-range strategic bombers. Now they are further enhanced.


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Lies of Omission: China’s Xinjiang “Internment Camps”, Extremist Terrorist Groups in Uighur-Xinjiang

By Tony Cartalucci

For years now Western media and governments have maintained an almost ceaseless barrage against China over what they claim are networks of “internment camps” built and used in China’s western Xinjiang region to persecute the Uyghur ethnic minority.

These claims are a mix of half-truths, truths taken out of context, and outright fabrications and lies.

Yet the biggest lie of all is a lie of omission – hyping, exaggerating, and even fabricating stories about China’s abuse of Uyghurs – while downplaying or entirely omitting the very real terrorist problem China faces in Xinjiang.

The BBC in a 2020 article, “China Uighurs: Detained for beards, veils and internet browsing,” would claim (emphasis added):

Predominantly Muslim, the Uighurs are closer in appearance, language and culture to the peoples of Central Asia than to China’s majority ethnicity, the Han Chinese.

In recent decades the influx of millions of Han settlers into Xinjiang has led to rising ethnic tensions and a growing sense of economic exclusion among Uighurs.

Those grievances have sometimes found expression in sporadic outbreaks of violence, fuelling a cycle of increasingly harsh security responses from Beijing.

It is for this reason that the Uighurs have become the target – along with Xinjiang’s other Muslim minorities, like the Kazakhs and Kyrgyz – of the campaign of internment.

The term “sometimes found expression in sporadic outbreaks of violence” is a deliberate and spectacular understatement with the BBC itself having previously documented the grisly terrorism extremists in Xinjiang have carried out.

Xinjiang is the Epicenter of Bloody Terrorism Protected by Western Media Silence 

The BBC’s 2014 article, “Why is there tension between China and the Uighurs?,” reported that (emphasis added):

In June 2012, six Uighurs reportedly tried to hijack a plane from Hotan to Urumqi before they were overpowered by passengers and crew. 

There was bloodshed in April 2013 and in June that year, 27 people died in Shanshan county after police opened fire on what state media described as a mob armed with knives attacking local government buildings

At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 suffered injuries in May 2014 when two cars crashed through an Urumqi market and explosives were tossed into the crowd. China called it a “violent terrorist incident”. 

It followed a bomb and knife attack at Urumqi’s south railway station in April, which killed three and injured 79 others. 

In July, authorities said a knife-wielding gang attacked a police station and government offices in Yarkant, leaving 96 dead. The imam of China’s largest mosque, Jume Tahir, was stabbed to death days later. 

In September about 50 died in blasts in Luntai county outside police stations, a market and a shop. Details of both incidents are unclear and activists have contested some accounts of incidents in state media.

Some violence has also spilled out of Xinjiang. A March stabbing spree in Kunming in Yunnan province that killed 29 people was blamed on Xinjiang separatists, as was an October 2013 incident where a car ploughed into a crowd and burst into flames in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

These are hardly “sporadic outbreaks of violence” but rather a concerted campaign of terrorism. It is terrorism that has plagued Xinjiang and wider China for years.

Also rarely mentioned or linked to China’s policies in Xinjiang is how many thousands of Uyghur extremists have travelled abroad fighting in Western proxy wars in places like Syria and who will eventually attempt to return to China.

US State Department-funded and directed Voice of America (VOA) in its article, “Analysts: Uighur Jihadis in Syria Could Pose Threat,” would admit (emphasis added):

Analysts are warning that the jihadi group Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in northwestern Syria could pose a danger to Syria’s volatile Idlib province, where efforts continue to keep a fragile Turkey-Russia-brokered cease-fire between Syrian regime forces and the various rebel groups. 

The TIP declared an Islamic emirate in Idlib in late November and has largely remained off the radar of authorities and the media thanks to its low profile. Founded in 2008 in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, the TIP has been one of the major extremist groups in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war in the country in 2011. 

The TIP is primarily made up of Uighur Muslims from Chinabut in recent years it also has included other jihadi fighters within its ranks.

The TIP has claimed responsibility for the 2011 Kashgar attacks in Xinjiang killing 23 people.

Reuters would note in its article, “China envoy says no accurate figure on Uighurs fighting in Syria,” that (emphasis added):

The Syrian ambassador to China told Reuters last year that up to 5,000 Uighurs are fighting in various militant groups in Syria.

Terrorism within China and a small army of terrorists honing their skills with US cash and weapons in a proxy war against Syria eventually to return to Chinese territory is certainly justification enough for China to take serious measures against extremism in Xinjiang.

But by now downplaying or omitting the terrorist threat in Xinjiang, the BBC and the rest of the Western media are attempting to decouple current Chinese policy in Xinjiang from the very real and extensive terrorism that prompted it.

Washington’s Role in Supporting Xinjiang Extremism 

Worse still is that China’s terrorism problem in Xinjiang is the direct result of US funding and support.

Not only did the US arm and train militants in Syria Uyghur extremists are fighting alongside, separatist groups like the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) who openly seek Xinjiang “independence” have literal offices in Washington DC and are funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

In fact, the US NED’s grant money to subversion in China is divided into several regions with their own dedicated pages on the NED website. Xinjiang is is listed by NED as “Xinjiang/East Turkestan” – East Turkestan being the fictional country extremists seek to create.

Much of the extremism in Xinjiang is also linked to extensive support from US ally Saudi Arabia and NATO member Turkey.

While the US funds political subversion and Turkey aids Uyghur extremists fighting in Syrian territory, US ally Saudi Arabia funnels money and resources into Xinjiang itself to radicalize Muslim communities with Riyadh’s politically-motivated and extremist Salafism.

The LA Times in a 2016 article titled, “In China, rise of Salafism fosters suspicion and division among Muslims,” would reveal:

Salafism is an ultra-conservative school of thought within Sunni Islam, espousing a way of life and prayer that harks back to the 6th century, when Muhammad was alive. Islamic State militants are Salafi, many Saudi Arabian clerics are Salafi, and so are many Chinese Muslims living in Linxia. They pray at their own mosques and wear Saudi-style kaffiyehs.

The article also noted (emphasis added):

Experts say that in recent years, Chinese authorities have put Salafis under constant surveillance, closed several Salafi religious schools and detained a prominent Salafi cleric. A once close-knit relationship between Chinese Salafis and Saudi patrons has grown thorny and complex.

And that:

…Saudi preachers and organizations began traveling to China. Some of them bore gifts: training programs for clerics, Korans for distribution, funding for new “Islamic institutes” and mosques.

This invasive radicalism transplanted into Xinjiang by the US and its Saudi allies has translated directly into real violence – a fact repeatedly omitted or buried in today’s coverage of Xinjiang and left out of US and European condemnations of China for its policies there.

The US and Europe has waged a 20 year “war on terror,” invading entire nations under false pretexts, killing hundreds of thousands, displacing tens of millions, carrying out systematic torture, and building a global-spanning surveillance network – all while more covertly arming and funding real terrorism in places like Libya, Syria, and even in China’s Xinjiang.

All of this has been done with the help of a complicit Western media bending truths or entirely fabricating lies – but also by omitting truth.

It should then come as no surprise that US and European media has chosen to lie about China’s current policies to deal with what is clearly a real and dangerous terrorism problem in Xinjiang.

But the world can choose not to believe these lies.

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Was Alexey Navalny Incident an Anti-Russia False Flag?

By Stephen Lendman

Was Putin critic Alexey Navalny’s illness aboard a flight to Moscow a naturally occurring metabolic disorder as diagnosed by Russian doctors or something more sinister?

If the latter, was the incident manufactured to blame Russia for what no motive or evidence indicates it had anything to do with.

What happened to Navalny is reminiscent of the elaborate March 2018 father and daughter Sergey and Yulia novichok nerve agent poisoning hoax — an anti-Russia false flag.

Whatever caused their reported illness wasn’t from a reported military-grade nerve agent — the most toxic of known chemical substances, exposure causing death in minutes.

The same holds for Navalny. If poisoned by a novichok nerve agent before boarding a flight to Moscow, he’d have died in the airport terminal.

Others he came in contact with would have been contaminated, becoming seriously ill and perishing.

None of the above happened, and after two weeks since falling ill, Navalny is hospitalized at Berlin’s Charite hospital in a medically induced coma — alive, not dead.

When taken to Omsk for treatment, 44 hours of heroic efforts by Russian doctors saved his life.

In response to Germany saying that toxicologists in the country identified novichok traces in Navalny’s system, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the following:

“Instead of a thorough investigation and scrupulous joint work with the aim of obtaining authentic results, our partners prefer to make more public statements without presenting any facts,” adding:

“All this is another (Russophobic) information campaign.”

“What is most important and sad…is that our partners openly neglect — today it was demonstrated very clearly — the available mechanisms of legal interaction for obtaining genuine results.”

“The German government turned the microphone on and said what it said.”

“As far as we understand, the target audience of (Wednesday’s) statements were the European Union and NATO.”

“The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was mentioned for some reason as well.”

“All this was done instead of what should have been done first thing — a reply to the query from the Russian Prosecutor-General’s Office.”

Last Thursday, Germany’s Justice Ministry received a request from Russia for legal assistance in getting to the bottom of what happened to Navalny.

Earlier this week, Moscow’s prosecutor general’s office asked German doctors to share their clinical findings on Navalny with their Russian counterparts.

In Omsk, they found no traces of poison or other toxins in his blood or urine, saying his illness was caused by abnormally low glucose in his blood because of a metabolic imbalance.

Putin critic Navalny is a minor irritant with scant public support.

Nothing remotely suggests that Russia would want him eliminated or otherwise harmed. No plausible motive exists.

If what happened to Navalny wasn’t natural, anti-Russia elements most likely were involved — a false flag similar to what harmed the Skripals in March 2018.

A the time, not a shred of evidence suggested Russian involvement, the same highly likely true about Navalny.

US-led Russophobes have everything to gain from his illness if determined to be from foul play, Moscow the loser under this scenario.

Based on findings by Russian doctors, his illness appears natural, but anti-Russia foul play can’t be ruled out until a thorough joint investigation is undertaken by Russian and German experts.

Until completed and findings made public, conclusions drawn by German sources are premature.

They’re highly suspicious for claiming that Navalny was poisoned by a novichok nerve agent that would have killed him — and others he came in contact with — in minutes if exposed to the toxin.

A Final Comment

Belarusian President Lukashenko claimed his government intercepted a phone call between Berlin and Warsaw, showing that Angela Merkel’s claim that Navalny was poisoned by a novichok nerve agent, what she called “attempted murder,” was false.

According to Sputnik News, “Telegram channel Pul Pervogo (aired) a video (of) Lukashenko” sharing the above information with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during a meeting in Minsk, the Belarusian president saying the following:

“I have to tell you that yesterday or the day before yesterday before Merkel made a statement (saying) they wanted to silence Navalny, we intercepted a conversation.”

“As far as we understand, it’s Warsaw talking with Berlin — two persons on the line.”

“Our radar intelligence intercepted it…There was no poisoning of Navalny.”

“The specialists prepared facts and maybe statements (prepared) for Merkel…”

“They did it to make sure that Putin would not interfere in Belarusian affairs.”

Lukashenko added that his government will send the intercepted recording to Russia’s Federal Security Service for further analysis.

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My Hospital Experience and What the Nurses Told Me About COVID-19

By Target Liberty

JB reports in:

I just got home from back surgery where I spent 4 days in the hospital to start the recovery process. I was able to have some really good conversations with the nurses that were caring for me.

First off, the hospital was empty (in Alaska).

I asked one nurse if I could ask a few questions that I just needed answers for.

First, ‘Do masks do anything to stop a virus?” She looked at me shocked, then said “no, they don’t do anything, the N95 does stop a percentage of a virus when you wear one, but overall they don’t do a thing”.

So I asked why are there so many mandates then? We are we being bombarded with wearing a mask to save grandma?

At this time another nurse said,

“Well, when this all started we were pressured to report everyone who was admitted into the hospital as a covid case. We were also told that we were to report every death as a covid death, and to do our best to get people on a ventilator, even though we knew that it seemed to actually make things worse for the patient.”

Bottom line, most of them refused, and several were fired.

I asked what they suggested was the best way to fight the virus, and was told, the same things you would do to fight the flu.

It was pretty intense, and they were very upset when they started talking about it. Upset as in mad.

I didn’t wear a mask while I was there and was only asked one time if I would put one on when a certain nurse was coming to that section of the hospital to generally check on patients. So, I did, as it seemed important to the people I was working with. No sense in getting them in trouble. When that person left, I took it back off.

There was more conversation, including their thoughts on schools requiring masks, kids committing suicide “in one month more than we’ve had in a year”.

They had strong opinions on lockdowns when “the very thing we need to fight a virus is fresh air and the vitamin D we get from sunlight.”

One fun thing, when I was being wheeled through the hospital, the nurse stopped a few times to introduce me to other nurses working there, and she would simply say, “Hey so and so, I want you to meet Joshua, he thinks like we do”.

So there is a resistance in some of these hospitals!

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Unprecedented US Economic Collapse and Reality Defying Market Bubble

By Stephen Lendman

American workers

For 24 straight weeks, over a million working-age Americans applied for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

What’s been going on since March is unprecedented in US history, likely more of the same ahead and perhaps the worst of times to come.

Based on how economic data were calculated pre-1990, US unemployment is around 30%, not the falsely reported 9.8% BLS figure.

At a time of unprecedented economic collapse, near-unprecedented unemployment off its April low, growing food insecurity, millions of households that lost health insurance, the risk of mass evictions, and overall human deprivation, the stock market reached new highs until pulling back sharply on Thursday.

According to a Bloomberg News estimate, “more than 50 million” Americans will experience “hunger” by yearend — in the world’s richest country run by a ruling class that’s indifferent toward public health and welfare.

Well over 60 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits, hundreds of thousands more swelling their ranks weekly with no near-term end to what’s going on.

During my formal working life spanning four decades from 1960 through the 1990s that included good and bad economic times, never once did I imagine needing unemployment benefits to get by.

The thought never entered my mind nor did the need arise.

Today it’s the stark reality for growing millions in the country at a time of economic collapse and no renewal of $600 weekly benefits for the unemployed that expired at end of July.

On Thursday, a fake news Labor Department report claimed 881,000 new UI applications were processed — according to its new seasonally adjusted methodology.

According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), “1.6 million workers applied for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits” last week, using non-seasonally adjusted raw data that most accurately reflects reality.What Happens if Congress and the White House Let Unemployment Benefits Expire?

Besides 881,000 applying for state UI, another 759,000 “applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA),” EPI explained.

UI claims over the last seven days exceeded the previous week as mass layoffs continue.

EPI noted that for 24 straight weeks, “total initial (UI) claims were far greater than the worst week of the (2008-09) Great Recession.”

This year, at least 12 million US households also lost health insurance coverage along with employment.

EPI also noted that claims of state UI filings dropping by 130,000 week-over-week — from 1.01 million to 881,000 — are “wrong because it’s comparing two seasonally adjusted numbers that were calculated using two different methods (the old way and the new way).”

Comparing apples to apples, new state UI claims rose week-over-week — “using not seasonally adjusted data.”

Since Republicans let $600 in weekly UI benefits expire at the end of July, millions of jobless Americans have been hard-pressed to get by.

EPI estimates that unemployed US workers still getting state benefits “are typically (receiving) around 40% of their pre-virus earnings,” adding:

“It goes without saying that most folks can’t exist on 40% of prior earnings without experiencing a sharp drop in living standards and enormous pain.”

It’s why food insecurity exploded higher in the US and mass evictions loom because of inadequate financial resources to pay rent or service mortgages.

Trump’s executive order that authorized $300 or $400 in weekly benefits to eligible recipients was an exercise in mass deception.

EPI explained that the benefit is only available to limited numbers of jobless Americans and only “for a few weeks,” adding:

His order’s “main impact was to divert attention from the desperate need for the real relief that can only come through legislation.”

“Congress must act, but Republicans in the Senate are blocking progress.”

Voting the bums out in November will assure news bums replacing them, continuity certain like after all farcical US elections.

The state of the nation for the vast majority of its people has never been more dismal with no relief in prospect likely any time soon.

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