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How can Human Rights Watch conclude an I$raHell didn’t want to kill 4 boys on the beach?

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Donald Johnson 
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usually take the side of Human Rights Watch against its critics on both the left and right, but this piece below deserves criticism. On the whole it’s a good and useful piece, pointing out the flaw in Israel’s claim that it tries hard to avoid civilian casualties. Unfortunately, however, the piece also claims that it’s hard to believe that Israeli forces would try to kill children. It’s all well and good to stick closely to the facts and not make charges one can’t prove, but there’s no reason to lean over backwards as HRW does in this case: “Dispatches: Explaining Four Dead Boys on a Gaza Beach.  The Israel Defense Force has an answer to the shelling yesterday [July 16, pictured above] that killed four children near the Gaza City port.”

Here’s the offending portion–

“Atrocious as much of the Israeli bombing campaign of Gaza has been, it is hard to imagine Israeli forces deliberately trying to kill Ismail Bakr, 9, and his three cousins, Ahed, 10, Zakariya, 10, and Mohammad, 11, with an apparent missile attack, particularly when they were directly in front of a hotel full of foreign journalists.”

Okay, why exactly is it hard to imagine individuals in the Israeli military deliberately trying to kill Palestinian children, journalists present or not? Other militaries contain murderers. Is it because Israelis are special? One doesn’t have to think that every Israeli member of the armed forces is a cold-blooded child killer, but clearly many have behaved brutally in maintaining the occupation. A few Israelis could perfectly well have decided to take a potshot at some kids on the beach for sport, knowing full well that they would probably not be punished for it.

How many members of the IDF spend long periods in prison for war crimes? And so what if journalists saw it? Just claim that it was a tragic mistake. Without a careful investigation by the Israelis themselves (yeah, right), how would anyone be able to tell for sure?

I don’t know whether the killing of the children was deliberate, or “merely” the result of reckless and indiscriminate fire, but neither does HRW. There is no reason to assume the best when children are killed in such a suspicious fashion.

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Another Family Annihilated in Gaza; 17 Members of al-Batash Family Killed by Nazi Airstrike on Their Home

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156 Palestinians Killed, of Whom 132 Are Civilians, Including 35 Children and 26 Women, and 934 Others Wounded, Mostly Civilians, Including 280 Children and 194 Women;

147 Houses Targeted and Destroyed and Hundreds of Others Extensively Damaged

13-07-11

Israeli occupation forces have continued their offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 6thconsecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war.Israeli forces have escalated their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian property. In another crime, Israeli warplanes bombarded a house belonging to the al-Batash family in Gaza City without a prior warning, when worshippers were exiting a nearby mosque.  As a result, 17 members of the family were killed and dozens of civilians were wounded.  This morning, Israeli warplanes dropped flyers in border areas in the Gaza Strip, especially in the north, demanding the population to leave their houses and move to the centers of cities, as they intend to carry out military operations in these areas.  Hundreds of Palestinian civilians were forced to go to safe shelters.  Such threats and warnings may lead to more forcible displacement of Palestinian civilians.  In light of the increasing numbers of casualties, PCHR points out that according to senior medical sources, many of the victims are brought to the hospital suffering from unclean and lacerate injuries that cause severe hemorrhage and shrapnel cannot be seen through the X-rays, while there have been many cases of amputation of limbs.  PCHR is concerned that Israeli forces might use the Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME) against Palestinian civilians, as Israeli forces had used this weapon during “Operation Cast Lead” (2008-2009).

From 10:00 on Saturday, 12 July 2014 to 10:00 on Sunday, 13 July 2014, 42 Palestinians, including 38 civilians, were killed.  The civilian victims include 9 children and 8 women.  Additionally, 135 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were wounded – this number includes 31 children and 29 women.  Israeli warplanes also targeted and destroyed 22 houses.

The latest developments since the press release issued by PCHR yesterday noon have been as follows:

The Northern Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 55 airstrikes and Israeli tanks and gunboats fired dozens of shells targeting houses, agricultural plots and a mosque.  As a result of these attacks, a child and a member of a Palestinian armed group were killed, and 27 Palestinians, including 9 children and 5 women, were wounded. Eight houses were targeted, and 5 of them were destroyed.  A mosque was also destroyed. and offices of a number of institutions were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

-       At approximately 12:55 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house belonging to Wasfi al-Nuthor in Jabalya.  The house was damaged.

-       At approximately 13:45, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house belonging to the al-Louqa family in Sheikh Zayed town in Beit Lahia.  The house was damaged.

-       At approximately 14:15, Israeli drones launched 3 missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Nizar Mohammed al-Zain in Beit Lahia.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

-       At approximately 16:00, Israeli drones launched 3 missiles at a house belonging to Ismail Ghanem in Jabalya. A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

-       At approximately 17:55, Israeli drones launched 3 missiles at a house belonging to Ibrahim Salah in Jabalya. A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

-       At approximately 18:10, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a number of members of Palestinian armed groups, killing one of them, Mohammed ‘Abdullah Mohammed al-Sharatha, 28, and wounding another one, in She’sha’a area in the east of Jabalya.

-       At approximately 21:00, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians near the American School in the west of Beit Lahia.

-       At approximately 22:45, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house belonging to Talal Abu Gharara in the Bedouin Village.  The house was damaged.

-       At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 13 July 2014, armed clashes erupted between members of Palestinian armed group and an Israeli unit that attempted to infiltrate into the northern Gaza Strip from the sea.  During the exchange of fire, Israeli warplanes launched at least 10 missiles and gunboats fired a number of shells at the area.

-       At approximately 05:00, Israeli drones launched 3 missiles at a house belonging to Ibrahim al-Najjar in Jabalya.  As a result, the owner’s child, 14-year-old Hussam, was killed.

-       At approximately 09:20, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at al-Birka Mosque in al-Ghoboun area in Beit Lahia.  The mosque was destroyed.

-       Also at approximately 09:20, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Jum’a Hmaid in Be’r al-Na’ja area in Jabalya.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and destroyed it.

Gaza City:

Israeli warplanes launched 20 airstrikes and ground and sea shelling targeting houses, security sites, agricultural lands and open areas. As a result of these attacks, 30 Palestinians, including 29 civilian, were killed – this number includes 17 members of one family, including 5 women and 4 children.  Additionally, 30 Palestinians, including 8 children and 4 women, were wounded.  Moreover, 5 houses, 2 security sites, a factory and a bank were destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

-       At approximately 13:00 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared that 16-year-old Safaa’ Mustafa Malaka died of wounds she had sustained when Israeli warplanes bombarded her family’s house in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City on 09 July 2014. The child’s mother and her 2-year-old brother were killed in the attack.

-       At approximately 13:40, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number of Palestinian civilians who were sitting under an apartment building belonging to the al-Malash family in the 3rdStreet in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in the north of Gaza City.  As a result, 6 of them were killed:

1)   Nidal Mohammed Ibrahim al-Malash, 22;

2)   ’Azmi Mahmoud Taha ‘Obaid, 51;

3)   Suleiman Sa’id Younis ‘Obaid, 56;

4)   Mustafa Mohamemd Taha ‘Enaya, 58;

5)   Ghassaan Ahmed al-Masri, 25; and

6)   Rateb Subhi Yousef al-Saifi, 22.

-       At approximately 13:50, Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel fired a number of shells at the industrial zone in the east of Gaza City.  A factory of Coca Cola was burnt.

-       At approximately 16:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a number members of Palestinian armed groups at Doula intersection in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the southeast of Gaza City.  As a result one of them, Ahmed Yousef Dalloul, 37, was killed, and 3 others were wounded.

-       At approximately 17:30, an Israeli warplane bombarded an agricultural plot in al-Nazzaz Street in al-Shuja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, Ghazi Mohammed Mustafa ‘Oraif, 62, and his son, Mohammed, 35, were killed while they were farming their land.

-       At approximately 22:30, Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles without a prior warning at a 2-storey house belonging to Majed Subhi al-Batash, 50, in which 2 families live, near al-Haramain Mosque in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.  As a result, the following civilians were killed: Majed Subhi al-Batash, 50; his wife Amal Hassan Mohammed al-Batash, 49; his son Bahaa’, 28; his daughter-in-law Samah Alaa’ Subhi al-Batta, 20, who is pregnant in the 8th months; his grandchild Amal, 2; his son Majed, 26; his son Khaled, 20; his son Mahmoud, 22; his son Ibrahim, 18; his daughter Marwa, 25; and his child Manar, 13.

A number of nearby house belonging to Majed al-Batash’s brothers were extensively damaged, and a number of civilians were killed: Nahisdh Na’im Subhi al-Batash, 40; Qussai ‘Essam Subhi al-Batash, 12; Mohammed ‘Essam al-Batsah, 17; ‘Aziza Yousef Ahmed al-Batash, 59; Yahia Alaa’ Subhi al-Batash, 18; and Anas ‘Alaa’ Subhi al-Batash, 7.  Additionally, 15 members of the al-Batash family, including 4 children and 2 women were wounded; 6 of the wounded, including Major General Tayseer al-Batash, Chief of the Palestinian Police in Gaza, are in serious conditions.

-       At approximately 01:00 on Sunday, 13 July 2014, Israeli warplane bombarded a 2-storey house belonging to Khaled Mohamemd Hashem, in which 15 people live, in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in the south of Gaza City. The house was extensively damaged.

-       At approximately 01:30, Israeli warplanes bombarded 2 house belonging to Akram and Subhi ‘Awadh al-Hilu in Gaza City.  The two houses were destroyed and the owners’ mother, Hijaziya Hammad al-Hilu, 84, was killed.

-       At approximately 03:30, Israeli warplanes launched several missiles at Ansar security compound and Arafat police city in the west of Gaza City.  Buildings in the two compounds were destroyed.

-        At approximately 16:10, Israeli warplanes bombarded a 3-storey house belonging to the al-Najjar family, in which 40 people live, in al-Shati refugee camp. The house was extensively damaged.

-       At approximately 05:45, Israeli warplanes bombarded the Islamic National bank in al-Remal neighborhood.  The building as extensively damaged.

The Central Gaza Strip:

Israeli warplanes launched 17 airstrikes targeting 4 houses, agricultural lands and open areas.  As a result of these attacks, 3 Palestinian women were killed, and 4th civilian died of a previous wound. Additionally, 28 Palestinians, including 7 children and 12 women, were wounded.  Four houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

-       At approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, an Israeli drones launched a missiles at 3-storey house belonging to Jum’a Saber Khalifa, in which 29 people live, in al-Nussairat refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane fired a missile at the house and destroyed it.  As a result, Khawla Mohmmed Sarhan al-Hawajri, 25, was killed in a neighboring house.

-        At approximately 118:00, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 4-storey house belonging to Ramadan Hassan Abu Hassanain, in which 25 people live, in al-Boreij refugee camp.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

-       At approximately 01:55 on Sunday, 13 July 2014, medical sources declared that Rami Sami Ahmed Abu Shanab, 22, died of a wound he sustained 2 days ago, when Israeli warplanes bombarded a house belonging to the al-Muzayen family in Deir al-Balah.

-       Also at approximately 01:55, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 3-storey house belonging to Isma’il ‘Atiya al-Muqayad, in which 11 people live, in Deir al-Balah.  A few minutes later, an Israeli helicopter launched a missile at the house, which was partially destroyed.

-       At approximately 02:55, an Israeli drone launched a missile at al-Nour Mosque in the west of Deir al-Balah.  The mosque was damaged, but no casualties were reported.

-       At approximately 05:30, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at al-Madakhat Street in al-Zawaida village.  As a result, a number of nearby house were damaged, and Rowaida Ahmed Hussein Abu Harb, 35, was killed inside her house.  Additionally, another 3 civilians were wounded, including 4-year-old Yamen Riad al-Hmiadi, who sustained serious wounds.

-       At approximately 08:00, an Israeli drone launched a missile at an asbestos-roofed house belonging to Ahmed Hassan al-’Owaidat in al-Maghazi refugee camp.  The house was destroyed and the owner’s sister, Leila Hassan al-’Owidat, 35, was killed.

Khan Yunis:

Israeli warplanes launched 17 airstrikes targeting houses, agricultural plots, open areas and sites of Palestinian armed groups in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis.  Israeli tanks and gunboats also fired dozens of shells at agricultural and open areas.   As a result, a Palestinian child was killed, and 19 civilians, including 15 members off the child’ family, were wounded.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

-       At approximately 10:50 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at a poultry farm belonging to the Abu Daqqa family in ‘Abassan village, east of Khan Yunis.  The farm was destroyed.

-       During the day, Israeli warplanes launched 4 airstrikes on agricultural lands in al-Fukhari area in the southeast of Khan Yunis.  As a result, a clinic in the area was damaged.

-       At approximately 15:00, Israeli warplanes launched 7 airstrikes on agricultural areas in ‘Abassan, al-Qarara and Bani Suhaila villages, east of Khan Yunis.

-       At approximately 17:45, an Israeli drone launched 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Khalil Suleiman Abu al-’Ola, in which 43 people live, in Bani Suhaila village, east of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, n Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.  Two nearby houses were damaged.

-       During the day, Israeli gunboats station off Khan Yunis beach fired dozens of sells at the beach and the west of Khan Yunis, and Israeli tanks positioned at the border between the Gaza Strip and Israeli shelled agricultural areas in the east of Khan Yunis.

-       At approximately 00:30 on Sunday, 13 July 2014, a shell hit a cement pillar at door of a tin-made house belonging to Mohammed ‘Ali ‘Abu Salama, 40, in Khan Yunis refugee camp, while Israeli warplanes were hovering over the area and gunboats were firing shells. The house was partially destroyed and 19 Palestinian civilians were wounded, including the owner, 3 of his sons, his old woman, and his sister, her husband and their child, 3-year-old Mo’ayad Khaled ‘Ali al-Aa’raji.  Al-Aa’raj died of his wound at 04:30.

-       At approximately 08:30, an Israeli drone launched  missiles at a 2-storey house belonging to Mohammed Na’im Qudaih, in which 17 people live, in Khuza’za village, east of Khan Yunis.  A few minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house, destroying it and damaging a number of nearby houses.  Before the attack, Israeli forces had phoned the family twice to evacuate the house.

Rafah:

Israeli warplanes launched 26 airstrikes targeting houses, a cultural center, a car, agricultural lands, security sites and tunnels at the Egyptian border in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.  Israeli forces also fired dozens of shells from the ground and the sea at various areas in Rafah.  As a result, 5 Palestinians, including 2 civilians, were killed, and 16 others, including 2 children and 3 women, were wounded.  Four houses were also destroyed.

The most significant attacks were as follows:

-       At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 12 July 2014, an Israeli drones launched 2 missiles at a house belonging to No’man Wa’el al-Nahhal in al-Mawasi area in the west of Rafah.  As a result, al-Nahhal’s wife, 36-year-old Samar Fat’hi al-Nahhal, was wounded.  Five minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

-       At approximately 18:00, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a house belonging to Mohammed ‘Abdul Mohsen al-Balbissi in al-Tannour neighborhood in the east of Rafah.  The house was damaged.

-       At approximately 19:30, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a 22-storey house belonging to Mohammed al-Bawab, a member of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas), in al-Brazil neighborhood in the south of Rafah.  Ten minutes later, an Israeli warplane launched a missile at the house and destroyed it.

-       At approximately 17:30, an Israeli drone launched a missile at the office of Deir Yassin Cultural Association in al-Tannour neighborhood in the east of Rafah. The office was damaged.

-       At approximately 17:30, Israeli warplanes launched 3 missiles at a house belonging to Khaled Qishta near Rafah International Crossing Point.  The house was destroyed.

-       At approximately 22:25, an Israeli drone launched attacked 2 members of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), in al-Zohour neighborhood in the north of Rafah, and killed one of them, Muhannad Yousef Dubahir, 21.  The other one, ‘Izziddin Na’im Bulbul, 27, was seriously wounded and he died at the hospital 3 hours later.

-       At approximately 23:05, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a vehicle of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility that was traveling in Abu Bakr Street in the west of Rafah.  A worker traveling in the car, Ziad Mahmoud al-Shawi, 42, was seriously wounded.

-       At approximately 23:40, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a member of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jihad), ‘Emad Bassam Zo’rob, 23, in al-Siamat Street in the north of Rafah.  He was instantly killed.  When a number of civilians attempted to offer him first aid, the drone launched another missile at them.  As a result, Fadi Mohammed Zo’rob, 23, was killed, and another one, Haitham Ashraf Zo’rob, 20, was seriously wounded and he died 5 hours later.  Another 3 civilians were also wounded

PCHR reiterates condemnation, expresses utmost concern for these crimes, and:

1)   Warns of deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip in light of this continuous Israeli military escalation, threats to expand military operations, and the continued tightened closure of the Gaza Strip;

2)   Calls upon the international community to act immediately to stop these crimes, and renews the call to the High Contracting Parties of the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligation under Article 1 of the Convention to ensure that it is respected at all times, and their responsibilities under Article 146 to pursue perpetrators of serious violations of the Convention, which are determined in Article 147, which lists violations of the Convention amounting to war crimes; and

3)   Calls for establishing a UN fact-finding mission to investigate suspected war crimes committed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and take necessary steps to prosecute responsible for them.

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Violence has gone on too long – we have lost all hope

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Raji Sourani

An Israeli soldier rests atop a tank stationed on a field outside the central Gaza Strip. Reuters

In Gaza, history repeats. Day and night Israeli air strikes target the Gaza Strip. As Israel calls up reinforcements and assembles its armed forces across the border we sit, waiting for the next phase of the offensive.

Five weeks ago, I was full of hope. A new national unity government had been formed and it seemed that, for the first time in seven years Palestine would be united. We thought that with reconciliation – with Hamas removed from absolute power in the Gaza Strip – the closure might be lifted. But it did not happen. The closure remained and Israel prevented senior Palestinian Authority officials from entering Gaza.

It appears Israel has used the murder of three Israeli civilians as an excuse to destroy the new Palestinian unity government and to crack down on Hamas.

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The events of the last few weeks have sparked a wave of collective punishment that risks sending Israel and Palestine into the abyss. These reprisals, which resulted in hundreds of arrests, 11 deaths in the West Bank (including four children), and a return to the illegal policy of punitive house demolitions, have sparked extensive street protests in Palestine and Israel.

Fighters

For the last two weeks, Israeli air strikes have targeted Gaza, instilling terror and fear. The thunder of a one tonne bomb is hard to describe, it shakes you to your very core.

Over the weekend it seemed like there might be a resolution, as Hamas and the Egyptian government began to negotiate a ceasefire with Israel. That changed with the killing of seven Hamas fighters on Sunday. The tacitly accepted rules of the game were changed, and the result has been a dramatic escalation.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to ‘take off the gloves’ in the fight against Hamas. In the Gaza Strip, we are all too aware of what that means. We have been before.

It is now five and a half years since Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, a 23-day offensive on the Gaza Strip that placed the population firmly in the eye of the storm. In that offensive, 82pc of the dead were civilians; 1,179 of international law’s so-called “protected persons” were killed as the world looked on.

As a result of Israel’s illegal closure of the Gaza Strip – now in place for an unimaginable seven years – 60pc of Gaza’s population are unpaid or unemployed; 85pc of the population depend on food aid distributed by international organisations. The destruction caused during Operation Cast Lead – and in subsequent operations, including the 2012 offensive Pillar of Defence – is still not fully repaired. As the bombs fall, they add rubble to rubble; another generation of destruction. An already weakened infrastructure, particularly hospitals, makes it a struggle for people to cope.

It is a constant cycle of illegality that has returned us to this point. Illegal attacks are used to justify illegal attacks, and on it goes. There are two constants: the continuous suffering of civilians, and total impunity for those suspected of committing war crimes.

For too long the international community has pursued a flawed policy of prioritising politics over justice. International law and individuals’ human rights have been sacrificed in the name of ‘the political process’.

Suffocating

What has been the result? The situation in occupied Palestine is worse than ever. In the West Bank, Israeli settlements continue to expand and the illegal annexation of East Jerusalem has become a reality. In the Gaza Strip we are suffocating under the closure, driven into de-development and dependence upon humanitarian aid.

Rockets now target Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, drawing more and more civilians into the eye of the storm. What is our demand? It is not extravagant, or unreasonable. We want to be treated as equals. We want our rights respected, and protected. We ask that international law be applied, equally, to Israel and Palestine, to Israelis and Palestinians. The rule of international law must be respected, and all those responsible for its violations must be held to account.

For too long we have been subject to the rule of the jungle. For too long the international community has turned its back on the equal application of the law, in favour of political compromise. This has to stop. We need justice because in the absence of justice there is no hope. This situation has gone on too long. The relentless grind of the occupation is driving the youth into despair. There is nowhere safe in Gaza. There is nowhere to flee to. Every day people’s grip on hope is fading, and this can only bring about evil.

Raji Sourani is a director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights.

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- See more at: http://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/violence-has-gone-on-too-long-we-have-lost-all-hope-30423452.html#sthash.E2IDChzD.dpuf

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Nazi forces engaged in punitive destruction of homes in the Gaza Strip

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The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is strongly concerned by Israel’s conduct of its offensive on the Gaza Strip, and in particular by the widespread punitive targeting of homes belonging to members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

 

In recent days, the Israeli air force has conducted two phase targeting of fighters’ homes whereby a ‘warning’ is issued to the house in question so that it may be evacuated. This warning takes the form of either a dud missile (termed ‘roof knocking’) or a phone call. The house is then subsequently targeted and destroyed, typically 15 minutes later.

PCHR highlights that during active hostilities, only fighters and military objectives may be targeted. Civilians and civilian objects are protected from direct attack.

Article 52(2) of Additional Protocol II to the Geneva Conventions defines a military objective as: ‘those objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action and whose total or partial destruction, capture or neutralization, in the circumstances ruling at the time, offers a definite military advantage.’

Unless a home is being used to ‘make an effective contribution to military action’ – i.e. unless it is being used to store weapons or as a base from which attacks are launched – it cannot be considered a military objective. A home cannot be classified as a military objective merely because it owned by a fighter. Instead, it must be recognised as a civilian object and protected from direct attack. Issuing a warning does not remove this protection from direct attack.

Significantly, Article 52(3) of Additional Protocol II to the Geneva Conventions clearly states: ‘In case of doubt whether an object which is normally dedicated to civilian purposes, such as a place of worship, a house or other dwelling or a school, is being used to make an effective contribution to military action, it shall be presumed not to be so used.’

From the facts of the cases documented by PCHR, in the majority of instances there does not appear to be any military necessity justifying the destruction of Hamas or Islamic Jihad members’ homes. To-date, no secondary explosions have been documented indicating that the houses were used for weapons storage. PCHR highlight that the Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, and that the targeting of homes inevitably results in significant collateral damage to individuals and property nearby.

PCHR is forced to conclude that the houses are being destroyed as a ‘punitive’ measure, targeting members of Hamas and their families. PCHR notes that Israel has recently resumed its policy of punitive house demolitions in the West Bank. This appears to be a continuation of the Dahiya doctrine, whereby civilian suffering is deliberately caused in order to act as a deterrent. This doctrine was developed during the 2006 Lebanon War, and continued during Operation Cast Lead.

The destruction of homes has resulted in a number of civilian deaths to-date. For example, in an attack on the Kaware family home in Khan Younis, 7 civilians were killed, and 28 injured, while an attack on the Hamad family home in Beit Hanoun resulted in the death of 6 civilians.

The direct targeting of civilians and civilian objects is a war crime. All suspected war crimes must be investigated and, if appropriate, those responsible must be prosecuted.

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Yes, books are banned in the US But it’s done with craft, not by burning ”VIDEO”

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Yes, you can say just about anything in the US and nothing will happen to you. (Unless you’re a journalist who gets too close to the truth about a truly powerful person. Then you risk you career and in some cases your life – but that’s a different story.)

But the fact is books do get banned in the US. Yes, you can find them and they are not thrown into bonfires in the middle of the night by jackbooted thugs, but worthy and important books go “missing” all the time. In this bit you’ll see how and why. – See more at: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/spin-1/yes-books-are-banned-in-the-us.html#sthash.4nvh5sbk.dpuf

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Reprisals Escalate in the oPt; Zio-Nazi Jewish Settlers and Nazi Special Military Units Continue to Attack Palestinian Civilians in Occupied West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem, and the Nazi Warplanes Continue to Launch Airstrikes on Targets in the Occupied Gaza Strip

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Following kidnapping, torturing to death and brutally burning the body of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian Child from Shu’fat neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, by Israeli settlers, the settlers continued to commit more crimes against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.  The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) believes that the Israeli forces’ connivance with crimes committed by Israeli settlers, supporting and protecting them, and failing to enforce the law against them serve to encourage them to commit more systematic crimes against Palestinian civilians.  PCHR also believes that those crimes are part of the constant incitement practiced by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people resulting in more extremism and hatred by settlers against Palestinians.  In the Gaza Strip, the Israeli warplanes launched many airstrikes targeting paramilitary training sites and civil objects.  As a result, a number of civilian were injured and others were terrified.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR on the settlers’ attacks:

On 03 July 2014, PCHR fieldworkers documented a number of attacks in occupied Jerusalem:

  • ·         An Israeli settler deliberately ran down ‘Adel Nabil Jodah (17) near “Rimot” settlement, north of the city.  As a result, he sustained a fracture to the right leg and injuries throughout his body.
  • ·         Three settlers attempted to kidnap ‘Ammar Ibrahim Abu ‘Asabah (46) in “Sheftai” area in West Jeruslaem, but he managed to jump out of the car, which he was forcibly pushed into, and fled away.
  • ·         An Israeli settler opened fire at ‘Ali Ahmed Abu Samrah (30) near the intersection of al-Ram village, north of the city.  As a result, he was hit by a bullet to the foot.
  • ·         Four Israeli settlers moved into al-Samah neighborhood from the directioon of “Pisgat Ze’ev” settlement established on the lands of Beit Haninah, and attempted to kidnap Mohammed ‘Ali al-Kiswani (7) while he was playing with his friends in the aforementioned neighborhood.  However, he shouted and some residents of the area gathered and thwarted the attack.
  • ·         On the same day, 2 members of the Israeli forces’ special units beat up Tariq Abu Khdeir with clubs and hands near his house in Shu’fat neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.  As a result, he sustained bruises and injuries to the face, head, chest and back.  He was then arrested.  It should be mentioned that Tariq is the cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was brutally killed by Israeli settlers.

On 04 July 2014, 3 settlers beat up Yousif Ighneimat (25) with sharp tools in Sourif village, west of Hebron.  As a result, he sustained fractures to his right hand and deep injuries in the face and right eye.

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes targeted a number of paramilitary training sites, agricultural lands and civilian objects.  Since Thursday morning, 03 July 2014, Israeli forces have launched 18 airstrikes, in which they fired 39 missiles, on training sites of armed groups, chicken barns, an under-construction house and agricultural lands.  As a result, 6 women, including an old woman and pregnant one, were wounded, and a member of an armed group was wounded as well.  Moreover, the targeted places were heavily damaged, and Palestinian civilians were extremely terrified.  Thus, the number of airstrikes launched by the Israeli forces all over the Gaza Strip since the abduction of the three settlers has amounted to 60 airstrikes.

PCHR has constantly warned of the escalation of attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and property.  PCHR strongly condemns these attacks and the Israeli government’s complicity in them, and:

1.      Calls upon the international community to pressurize Israeli authorities to refrain from providing protection and connivance to settlers in regards to crimes committed by them and demands the Israeli government to prosecute settlers who perpetrate such attacks;

2.      Calls upon the international community to pressurize Israel to comply with its obligations under the international law and end all settlement activities in the oPt;

3.      Reminds the international community that settlement is a war crime according to the international law, so the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, individually or jointly, must comply with their legal and moral obligations, and ensure Israel’s respect for the Convention in the oPt, in accordance with Article 1 of the Convention; and

4.      Condemns the airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, calls upon the international community to immediately stop the Israeli crimes and reiterates its call for the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to comply with their obligations in Article 1 of the convention.

 

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Zio-Nazi Gestapo continue systematic attacks against Palestinian civilians and property in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

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  • ·Israeli settlers kidnapped, tortured and killed a Palestinian Child from Shu’fat neighbourhood in Occupied Jerusalem and mutilated his body.
  • ·In two new crimes of extra-judicial execution, 3 members of the armed groups were killed and another one was wounded.
  • ·Israeli forces stormed Palestinian communities in the West Bank.
  • ·A Palestinian civilian was killed in the north of the West Bank, and an old woman died due to a heart attack when Israeli forces raided her house, south of the West Bank.

-         19 Palestinian civilians, including the Palestine TV Reporter in occupied Jerusalem, were wounded, and one of them was arrested.

-         Israeli forces conducted 90 incursions in the West Bank.

-         3 houses were destroyed in Hebron on the ground of collective punishment.

-         76 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were arrested.

-         The building of Hend al-Husseini Faculty was raided in occupied Jerusalem.

-         The equipment of al-Rayyan Dairy Factory was confiscated in Hebron.

  • ·Israeli warplanes launched 24 airstrikes on civilian objects and paramilitary training sites in the Gaza Strip.

-         9 Palestinian civilians, including 3women and 2 children, were wounded by shrapnel, and 3 civilians, including two children, were injured by the flying glass.  Moreover, 3 civilians sustained bruises.

-         A chicken barn, greenhouses, a country house, two barracks for fodders and sheep were destroyed, and 3000 chicks died.

  • ·Israeli forces continued to fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strips

-         3 Palestinian civilians were wounded in the southern and central Gaza Strip.

  • ·Israel continued to impose a total closure on the oPt and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.

-         Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank.

-         At least 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were arrested at military checkpoints in the West Bank.

  • ·Israeli naval forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza waters.
  • ·Israeli forces continued to support settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.

-         Settlers attacked Palestinian civilians and their property.

-         Settlers cut down 15 olive trees in Beit Ummar in the north of Hebron.

Summary

Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the oPt continued during the reporting period (26 June – 02 July 2014).

Shooting:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces killed 4 Palestinians, and wounded 31 others; 19 of them were in the West Bank while 12 others were in the Gaza Strip.  The wounded persons included 5 children and 4 women, including the Palestine TV reporter, in occupied Jerusalem. An old woman died of a heart attack when the Israeli forces raided her house and obstructed transferring her to the hospital for medical treatment.  In one of the most heinous crimes committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the oPt, a group of Israeli settlers kidnapped Mohammed Hussein Abu Khudair, 16, from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighbourhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem, subjected him to brutal torture, and then killed him.  In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes conducted 24 air strikes, and the Israeli ground forces conducted 5 shooting incidents along the border fence.  Moreover, Israeli naval forces carried out 2 shooting and chasing incidents.

In the West Bank, on 01 July 2014, an Israeli undercover unit killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank when the area was completely quiet.

On 26 June 2014, Fatmah Ismail Ma’abad ‘Issa (70), from al-‘Arroub refugee camp died of a heart attack when Israeli forces raided her family house and detained the family members for an hour denying her access to medical treatment.

In one of the most heinous crimes committed by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians in the oPt, a group of Israeli settlers kidnapped Mohammed Hussein Abu Khudair, 16, from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighborhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem, subjected him to brutal torture, and then killed him.

During the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 19 Palestinian civilians and arrested one of them.  On 26 June 2014, Ismail Ahmed Mahmoud Hawamdah (23) from al-Samou’a village, south of Hebron was hit by two bullets to the shoulder and back when a member of an under-cover unit fired at him during his arrest.  Israeli forces then arrested him and took him to an unknown destination.  His family learnt later that her son is in “Soroka” Hospital in Beersheba.

On 27 June 2014, Israeli forces wounded 4 Palestinian civilians when they moved into Nablus, Balatet al-Balad and Balatah refugee camp, east of the city to secure the way for settlers in order to perform religious rituals in Yousif tomb.  A number of Palestinian youngsters demonstrated against them.

The full report is available online at:

http://www.pchrgaza.org/portal/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10445:weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-26-june--02-july-2014-&catid=84:weekly-2009&Itemid=183

 

 

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In Heinous Crime by Zio-Nazi Jewish Settlers, Palestinian Child Kidnapped, Tortured and Killed and His Body Mutilated in Occupied Jerusalem

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Mohammed Abu Khudai

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest possible terms the crime of kidnapping, torturing, killing and burning a Palestinian child, Mohammed Abu Khudair, from Shu’fat neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, by Zio-Nazi Jewish settlers.  PCHR believes that the Zio-Nazi authorities’ connivance with crimes committed by Zio-Nazi Jewish settlers, supporting and protecting them, and failing to enforce the law against them serve to encourage them to commit more systematic crimes against Palestinian civilians. While PCHR views positively the statement by Robert Serry, the Envoy of the UN Secretary General to the Quartet, strongly condemning the crime of killing the child, it calls upon the international community to immediately act to provide protection to Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

In one of the most heinous crimes committed by Zio-Nazi Jewish settlers against Palestinian civilians in the oPt, a group of Zio-Nazi Jewish settlers kidnapped Mohammed Hussein Abu Khudair, 16, from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighborhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem, subjected him to brutal torture, and then killed him.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 02 July 2014, 5 Zio-Nazi Jewish settlers kidnapped the child from the vicinity of his family’s house in Shu’fat neighborhood in the north of occupied Jerusalem.  A few hours later, the Zio-Nazi police declared that they found the child’s body in forest lands near “Givat Shaul” settlement, adjacent to Deir Yassin village, west of Jerusalem.  The police confirmed that signs of torture and burns were seen on the child’s body.

Eyewitnesses and residents of Shu’fat neighborhood stated to PCHR that according to recordings of surveillance cameras stabled on houses and shops in the area, 5 Zio-Nazi Jewish settlers traveling in a Hyundai car kidnapped Abu Khudair when he was in front of his house. Two of the settlers stepped out of the car and forced Abu Khudair into the car.

Zio-Nazi police issued a statement indicating that they received a notice on Wednesday morning that “a child was kidnapped and forced into a vehicle in Shu’fat area.”  A few hours later, the police received another notice about the child’s disappearance, and then another notice informing that a corpse was found in a forest area in Jerusalem.  The police headed to the area and found the corpse of the child, on which signs of severe violence were seen.  Zio-Nazi police pointed out that the crime is being investigated and that initial suspicions are focused on a retaliatory act by Zio-Nazi Jewish  settlers against Palestinian civilians and property in the context of the so-called “Price Tag.”

PCHR has constantly warned of the escalation of attacks by Zio-Nazib Jewish settlers against Palestinian civilians and property.  PCHR strongly condemns escalated attacks by Zio-Nazi Jewish forces and settlers in the oPt, in particular attacks by settlers in the West Bank, and:

1.    Calls upon the international community to pressurize Zio-Nazi authorities to refrain from providing protection and connivance to Zio-Nazi Jewish settlers in regards to crimes committed by them and demands the Zio-Nazi government to prosecute settlers who perpetrate such attacks;

2.    Calls upon the international community to pressurize I$raHell to comply with its obligations under the international law and end all settlement activities in the oPt;

3.    Reminds the international community that settlement is a war crime according to the international law, so the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention, individually or jointly, must comply with their legal and moral obligations, and ensure I$raHell respect for the Convention in the oPt, in accordance with Article 1 of the Convention.

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Zio-Nazi Forces Kill Palestinian Civilian in Jenin, Destroy 2 Houses in Hebron and Launch Airstrikes on Targets in the Gaza Strip

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Following the declaration of finding of the bodies of 3 Israeli settlers who had been missing since 12 June 2014, Israeli forces have escalated their attacks against Palestinian civilians in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).  Last night and this morning, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian in Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank, destroyed 2 houses in Hebron in the south of the West Bank, and launched a series of air strikes against several targets in the Gaza Strip.  Thus, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the disappearance of the three Israeli settlers has mounted to 12, including 9 civilians, one of whom is a child. This escalation, which has been ongoing since the disappearance of the three Israeli settlers, in accompanied by Israeli threats to expand the Israeli offensive against the oPt in retaliation for the deaths of the three settlers.

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), in the early morning of Tuesday, 01 July 2014, an Israeli undercover unit moved into Jenin refugee camp in the north of the West Bank, traveling in a civilian car with a Palestinian registration plate.  Members of the unit stationed in al-Samran quarter in the south of the camp.  At approximately 03:05, Yousef Ibrahim Ahmed Ibn Gharra “Abu Zagha,” 20, was going back home after buying some foodstuffs for the pre-fast meal of Ramadan Month. Immediately, members of the Israeli undercover unit opened fire at him.  He was instantly killed by 3 bullets to the heart and the left shoulder and forearm.  A number of civilians evacuated the victim’s body to Dr. Khalil Suleiman Hospital in Jenin.  According to eyewitnesses, the area was completely quiet when members of the Israeli undercover unit fired at the victims.

In a serious precedent, Israeli forces destroyed 2 houses belonging to the families of Marwan Sa’di al-Qawasmi and ‘Aamer ‘Omar Abu ‘Eisaha in Hebron, on the ground of suspicions that the two Palestinians were involved in the abduction of the three Israeli settlers, before arresting, questioning and convicting them.  Al-Qawasmi’s house is a 110-square-meter flat located on the first floor of a 3-story building owned by his father and brothers, while Abu ‘Eisha’s house is a 100-square-emter flat in a building belonging to his father.  PCHR stresses that the destruction of the two houses is part of the collective punishment policy and reprisals against Palestinian civilians in violation of Article 33 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to Protection of Civilians in Times of War which provides that: “No protected person may be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.”

In the Gaza Strip, Israeli warplanes launched 11 airstrikes, in which they fired 44 missiles, against paramilitary training sites, agricultural stores.  The airstrikes were launched against targets in most areas in the Gaza Strip.  Three Palestinian workers sustained bruises, and Palestinian civilians were extremely terrified by the sounds of the heavy explosions.

PCHR strongly condemns this crime, which further proves the use of excessive force by Israeli forces against the Palestinian civilians in disregard for the civilians’ lives.  Moreover, PCHR condemns the destruction of the two houses in Hebron and the airstrikes against the Gaza Strip.  Therefore, PCHR calls upon the international community to take immediate and effective actions to put an end to such crimes and reiterates its call for the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and to ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances, and their obligation under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol I Additional to the Geneva Conventions.

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Palestine’s dead teenagers

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Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Netanyahu’s criminal settlement policy put them in harm’s way

By Stuart Littlewood

The BBC, that paragon of broadcasting, repeatedly fails to give the necessary context when reporting events in occupied Palestine. The rest of the mainstream media are equally guilty but we still tend to look to the BBC as the standard setter, a lofty position from which it has slid a long way recently.

In its many reports about the three teenage Israeli squatters allegedly kidnapped and murdered by Hamas, I have never heard the BBC explain that the Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49, forbids an occupying power to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies and that doing so constitutes a war crime.

So when it comes to pinning the blame for the triple killing the finger must surely point to Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, and his delinquent government. By wilfully expanding their illegal settlement policy even when so-called peace talks were going on, and knowing full well that reprisals might follow, they deliberately put these youngsters in harm’s way.

…like all squatter-settlers, their very presence on Palestinian territory, let alone their arrogant behaviour, would have been provocative in the extreme and an affront to the rightful Palestinian residents.

We know that at least one of them lived in a settlement built on stolen land. Information on the others is hazy but WAFA, the Palestinian news agency, refers to all three as settlers. If that’s the case, they were trespassers in the West Bank. And like all squatter-settlers, their very presence on Palestinian territory, let alone their arrogant behaviour, would have been provocative in the extreme and an affront to the rightful Palestinian residents. The risks to the boys’ safety were painfully obvious.

Many suspect, with good reason, that the abduction and murder was a false flag operation, in which case the finger of suspicion stays pointed at Netanyahu. Of course, Netanyahu is determined to pin the blame on Hamas one way or another. There are many in the British parliament too who are eager to give Hamas a good kicking and seem to have made up their minds already. For example,

Robert Halfon (Harlow) (Conservative): The world has seen the tragic and brutal murders of three Israeli youngsters, most probably by Hamas. Will my right honourable friend give the Israeli government every possible support at this time? Does he agree that, far from showing restraint, Israel must do everything possible to take out Hamas terrorist networks, and will he give the Israeli Government support in that?”

The prime minister (David Cameron): “What I say to my honourable friend, who I know is passionate about these issues, and to everyone in the House [of Commons – parliament’s lower chamber], is that this was an absolutely appalling and inexcusable act of terror, and one can only imagine the effect on the families and friends of those poor teenagers, and what happened to them. It is very important that Britain will stand with Israel as it seeks to bring to justice those who are responsible. We also welcome the fact that President Abbas has firmly condemned the abduction and tried to help find those people. As my honourable friend said, it is important that all security operations are conducted with care so that further escalation is avoided. The people responsible for this should be found and brought to justice.

But Israel still hasn’t produced evidence that Hamas was responsible, as when Netanyahu’s spin doctor was challenged repeatedly by a lone BBC reporter in this video clip.

The British government, questioned in the House of Commons, says it has seen and heard no evidence that Hamas was involved. On 1 July Hugh Robertson, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth, Office told MPs:

As for who is responsible, it is too early to say. The British government have no firm evidence… The Israeli government are very clear about the fact that Hamas was responsible. When I was in Israel 10 days ago, there was some indication on the Palestinian side that that might be correct, but we have no hard evidence in London to back that up.

Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield, Labour) asked:

Will he [Robertson] say to the House, in the appalling situation we are in at the moment, what he thinks are the responsibilities under international law of the Palestinian Authority and what are the responsibilities of the Israeli government as an occupying power in the West Bank, and will he confirm that collective punishment of the Palestinian people is a crime under international law?

But Robertson simply sidestepped the point about Israel’s responsibilities and the collective punishment inflicted on the Palestinians. It wouldn’t do to upset those nice racist friends of Mr Cameron in Tel Aviv.

What would the citizens of Witney in Oxfordshire or Kansas City, USA, make of gun-toting, foreign intruders swaggering down their high street causing mayhem, burning olive groves, driving residents from their homes, harassing shoppers, terrifying children on their way to school and even driving their cars at them?

Squatter-settlers are often armed, behave abominably and are protected by the Israeli military. Many are religious nutters. What would the citizens of Witney in Oxfordshire or Kansas City, USA, make of gun-toting, foreign intruders swaggering down their high street causing mayhem, burning olive groves, driving residents from their homes, harassing shoppers, terrifying children on their way to school and even driving their cars at them?

The death of any youngster is a tragedy. And it is obscene to claim, as some do, that one young person is more precious than another. So here’s another piece of context you won’t hear from the BBC or any other mainstream medium. Since the second Intifada(September 2000) 1,656 Palestinian women and children have been killed in the occupied territories by Israeli security forces and civilians. In the same period just 256 Israeli women and children were killed in Israel by Palestinians. The arithmetic puts the tragedy of the three Israeli teenagers in a more sobering light. The figures are supplied by B’Tselem, an Israeli information and human rights organization.

As of yesterday, at least 640 Palestinians had been arrested since the start of the Israeli military crackdown following the alleged disappearance of the three teen settlers, who were later found killed. These included 59 released prisoners in the exchange deal of 2011, including 11 pre-Oslo prisoners, bringing up the number of pre-Oslo prisoners in Israeli jails to 41, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

Eleven members of the Palestinian parliament had also been arrested, bringing up the number of imprisoned parliamentarians to 22. The number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails now stands at over 5,800.

Yesterday, in a Commons debate Protecting Children in Conflict”, Grahame Morris (Easington, Labour) said:

There is a danger that the current climate of vengeance and retribution will worsen the situation. Uri Ariel, the Israeli housing Minister, has called for a “proper Zionist response”, meaning an acceleration of Israel’s illegal expansion of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a programme of punitive house demolitions. The Israeli deputy minister of defence, Danny Danon, said that Israel should make the entire Palestinian leadership pay a heavy price for the killing of the three Israeli teenagers, and Mr Lieberman, the Israeli foreign minister, advocated a full-scale invasion of Gaza as a legitimate response. In the name of security, rights, justice and peace, the demands of these politicians must be rebutted, resisted and challenged by the international community.

He might have added, the international media. But the BBC and the rest still treat those animals with utmost reverence.

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