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“I Am Greta” isn’t About Climate Change. It’s About the Elusiveness of Sanity in an Insane World

BY JONATHAN COOK

Photograph Source: Nick from Bristol – CC BY 2.0

Erich Fromm, the renowned German-Jewish social psychologist who was forced to flee his homeland in the early 1930s as the Nazis came to power, offered a disturbing insight later in life on the relationship between society and the individual.

In the mid-1950s, his book The Sane Society suggested that insanity referred not simply to the failure by specific individuals to adapt to the society they lived in. Rather, society itself could become so pathological, so detached from a normative way of life, that it induced a deep-seated alienation and a form of collective insanity among its members. In modern western societies, where automation and mass consumption betray basic human needs, insanity might not be an aberration but the norm.

Fromm wrote:

“The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.”

Challenging definition

This is still a very challenging idea to anyone raised on the view that sanity is defined by consensus, that it embraces whatever the mainstream prefers, and that insanity applies only to those living outside those norms. It is a definition that diagnoses the vast majority of us today as insane.

When Fromm wrote his book, Europe was emerging from the ruins of the Second World War. It was a time of reconstruction, not only physically and financially, but legally and emotionally. International institutions like the United Nations had recently been formed to uphold international law, curb national greed and aggression, and embody a new commitment to universal human rights.

It was a time of hope and expectation. Greater industrialisation spurred by the war effort and intensified extraction of fossil fuels meant economies were beginning to boom, a vision of the welfare state was being born, and a technocratic class promoting a more generous social democracy were replacing the old patrician class.

It was at this historic juncture that Fromm chose to write a book telling the western world that most of us were insane.

Degrees of insanity

If that was clear to Fromm in 1955, it ought to be much clearer to us today, as buffoon autocrats stride the world stage like characters from a Marx Brothers movie; as international law is being intentionally unravelled to restore the right of western nations to invade and plunder; and as the physical world demonstrates through extreme weather events that the long-ignored science of climate change – and much other human-inspired destruction of the natural world – can no longer be denied.

And yet our commitment to our insanity seems as strong as ever – possibly stronger. Sounding like the captain of the Titanic, the unreconstructed British liberal writer Sunny Hundal memorably gave voice to this madness a few years back when he wrote in defence of the catastrophic status quo:

If you want to replace the current system of capitalism with something else, who is going to make your jeans, iPhones and run Twitter?

As the clock ticks away, the urgent goal for each of us is to gain a deep, permanent insight into our own insanity. It doesn’t matter that our neighbours, family and friends think as we do. The ideological system we were born into, that fed us our values and beliefs as surely as our mothers fed us milk, is insane. And because we cannot step outside of that ideological bubble – because our lives depend on submitting to this infrastructure of insanity – our madness persists, even as we think of ourselves as sane.

Our world is not one of the sane versus the insane, but of the less insane versus the more insane.

Intimate portrait

Which is why I recommend the new documentary I Am Greta, a very intimate portrait of the Swedish child environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=i74n4BUYgHI%3Ffeature%3Doembed

Before everyone gets started, let me point out that I Am Greta is not about the climate emergency. That is simply the background noise as the film charts the personal journey begun by this 15-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome in staging a weekly lone protest outside the Swedish parliament. Withdrawn and depressed by the implications of the compulsive research she has done on the environment, she rapidly finds herself thrust into the centre of global attention by her simple, heart-felt statements of the obvious.

The schoolgirl shunned as insane by classmates suddenly finds the world drawn to the very qualities that previously singled her out as weird: her stillness, her focus, her refusal to equivocate or to be impressed.

Footage of her father desperately trying to get her to take a break and eat something, if only a banana, as she joins yet another climate march, or of her curling up in a ball on her bed, needing to be silent, after an argument with her father over the time she has spent crafting another speech to world leaders may quieten those certain she is simply a dupe of the fossil fuel industries – or, more likely, it will not.

But the fruitless debates about whether Thunberg is being used are irrelevant to this film. That is not where its point or its power lies.

Through Thunberg’s eyes

For 90 minutes we live in Thunberg’s shoes, we see the world through her strange eyes. For 90 minutes we are allowed to live inside the head of someone so sane that we can briefly grasp – if we are open to her world – quite how insane each of us truly is. We see ourselves from the outside, through the vision of someone whose Asperger’s has allowed her to “see through the static”, as she too generously terms our delusions. She is the small, still centre of simple awareness buffeted in a sea of insanity.

Watching Thunberg wander alone – unimpressed, often appalled – through the castles and palaces of world leaders, through the economic forums of the global technocratic elite, through the streets where she is acclaimed, the varied nature of our collective insanity comes ever more sharply into focus.

Four forms of insanity the adult world adopts in response to Thunberg, the child soothsayer, are on show. In its varied guises, this insanity derives from unexamined fear.

The first – and most predictable – is exemplified by the right, who angrily revile her for putting in jeopardy the ideological system of capitalism they revere as their new religion in a godless world. She is an apostate, provoking their curses and insults.

The second group are liberal world leaders and the technocratic class who run our global institutions. Their job, for which they are so richly rewarded, is to pay lip service, entirely in bad faith, to the causes Thunberg espouses for real. They are supposed to be managing the planet for future generations, and therefore have the biggest investment in recruiting her to their side, not least to dissipate the energy she mobilises that they worry could rapidly turn against them.

One of the film’s early scenes is Thunberg’s meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron, shortly after she has started making headlines.

Beforehand, Macron’s adviser tries to pump Thunberg for information on other world leaders she has met. His unease at her reply that this her first such invitation is tangible. As Thunberg herself seems only too aware when they finally meet, Macron is there simply for the photoshoot. Trying to make inane small talk with someone incapable of such irrelevancies, Macron can’t help but raise an eyebrow in discomfort, and possibly mild reproof, as Thunberg concedes that the media reports of her travelling everywhere by train are right.

Cynically insane

The third group are the adults who line the streets for a selfie with Thunberg, or shout out their adulation, loading it on to her shoulders like a heavy burden – and one she signally refuses to accept. Every time someone at a march tells her she is special, brave or a hero, she immediately tells them they too are brave. It is not her responsibility to fix the climate for the rest of us, and to think otherwise is a form of infantilism.

The fourth group are entirely absent from the film, but not from the responses to it and to her. These are the “cynically insane”, those who want to load on to Thunberg a burden of a different kind. Aware of the way we have been manipulated by our politicians and media, and the corporations that now own both, they are committed to a different kind of religion – one that can see no good anywhere. Everything is polluted and dirty. Because they have lost their own innocence, all innocence must be murdered.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=NatCounterPunch&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1176513294686982145&lang=en&origin=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.counterpunch.org%2F2020%2F11%2F20%2Fi-am-greta-isnt-about-climate-change-its-about-the-elusiveness-of-sanity-in-an-insane-world%2F&siteScreenName=NatCounterPunch&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=500px

This is a form of insanity no different from the other groups. It denies that anything can be good. It refuses to listen to anything and anyone. It denies that sanity is possible at all. It is its own form of autism – locked away in a personal world from which there can be no escape – that, paradoxically, Thunberg herself has managed to overcome through her deep connection to the natural world.

As long as we can medicalise Thunberg as someone suffering from Asperger’s, we do not need to think about whether we are really the insane ones.

Bursting bubbles

Long ago economists made us aware of financial bubbles, the expression of insanity from investors as they pursue profit without regard to real world forces. Such investors are finally forced to confront reality – and the pain it brings – when the bubble bursts. As it always does.

We are in an ideological bubble – and one that will burst as surely as the financial kind. Thunberg is that still, small voice of sanity outside the bubble. We can listen to her, without fear, without reproach, without adulation, without cynicism. Or we can carry on with our insane games until the bubble explodes.

Jonathan Cook won the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. His latest books are “Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East” (Pluto Press) and “Disappearing Palestine: Israel’s Experiments in Human Despair” (Zed Books). His website is http://www.jonathan-cook.net/

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The Nation’s New Crime Boss

BY JOHN DAVIS

Photograph Source: Dale Cruse – CC BY 2.0

A great deal of energy was expended recently to influence who would be the next president of the criminal enterprise that is the United States of America. The nation’s criminality was established historically by its extermination of indigenous populations inconvenient to its imperial goals and its enslavement of Africans expressly imported into the country under hideous conditions for the further ease and enrichment of the already wealthy. Although these were crimes initiated long before the formal constitution of the U.S., when the slave trade was belatedly outlawed in 1808, slaves were bred in the Upper South and driven in chains across the country or shipped down the Mississippi to be sold in the Deep South. There, they joined their brothers and sisters in an industrialized system of enforced labor cruelly driven by the whip. The expansion of cotton across the south required the removal of Indian tribes who lived on the land the plantation owners wished to cultivate. Their forced removal included documented acts of genocide.

The nation’s criminality continues into the present, most egregiously but not exclusively, by its refusal to make adequate reparations for these historical acts of inhumanity; by its acceptance of the violently racist policing of minority populations; by its ongoing program of mass incarceration of non-white men and boys; by its deportation of so called ‘illegals’ and by its frequent refusal to give asylum to those fleeing dire political, economic, and environmental conditions south of the border for which the U.S. is primarily responsible. Government sanctioned domestic executions, extra-judicial drone hits on foreign subjects, which may on occasion also kill American citizens, and numerous instances of psychological and physical torture inflicted on its perceived enemies, domestic and foreign, further impugn the probity of the state. A federally sanctioned health care system that is leveraged for corporate profit rather than human need represents a systematic attack on the well-being of large sections of the civilian population, and thus can be considered a crime against humanity. All the while, the nation’s nuclear-armed war machine, embedded in its planetary network of military bases, pursues declared and undeclared wars, creating a global backdrop to the nation’s domestic offenses.

The current president has done nothing to correct this underlying criminality. Indeed, he has exacerbated it by his personal corruption, his fostering of the inhumane treatment of migrants at the country’s southern border, his explicit support of racist, white nationalism and, arguably, his criminal mismanagement of the federal response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The incoming president, however, is deeply enmeshed in the vicious turpitude of Empire, a condition to which he has either actively contributed or passively countenanced during his thirty-six years in the Senate and his eight years as vice president.

Now that the leadership decision has been made, most of the population is split between jubilation and anguish. On the other hand, I spent the long and fevered days of this election in a state of relative equanimity, invested in neither the continued leadership of the family currently at the helm nor in the now imminent installation of a family that not only has a long history of enabling this criminal enterprise but has also personally benefited from its association with the highest echelons of the Empire’s leadership. It would have been useful to have maintained the illusion that the recent contest was between private notions of corruption as practiced, for instance, in the world of casinos, real-estate development, hotels, private clubs and golf resorts, versus the public corruption of influence peddling as practiced, for instance, in the Empire’s outlands where it can be sold in markets awash with armaments and cold hard cash. But such distinctions are razor thin. Thus, there is little reason for either jubilation or anguish at the result. More meaningful perhaps, is to gauge the erstwhile contestants’ wider responsibility, as accessories to the maintenance of the establishment under which the broader sins of Empire are permitted to flourish.

In this time of a recalcitrant lame duck who, it is widely proclaimed, threatened and continues to threaten ‘democracy’ – the fig leaf of respectability under which the nation’s criminality festers – liberal triumphalism is shadowed by a residual anguish that rises to fever pitch when confronted by criticisms of Biden, or suggestions raised, in the enclaves of the enlightened, that he is not the savior whom we all seek. Those liberals whose egos are bound up in the defeat of the incumbent remain immensely fragile – their inner core beaten to a pulp by the ungainly, ungrammatical, incoherent, Trump, and their sense of propriety deeply wounded by the déclassé president.

In early November, sufficient ballots made their way into the hands of upstanding election officials for reliable confirmation that Trumpworld had foundered on the shores of the deep state. The president’s political insurgency is now forestalled, at least until 2024. But this is hardly cause for celebration when his defeat has resulted in the reaffirmation of business as usual, a business which, for half a millennium, has thrived on the exploitation of the great many for the enrichment of the very few, and which, in the modern state, is now expressed as neoliberalism – an ideology which comfortably accommodates the state’s criminal offenses. While this criminality is primarily predicated on an invidious taxonomy of human worth, the government’s gaping ethical void also allows for the relentless breeding, fattening and killing regimes of factory farmed livestock, and permits the gross, unsustainable exploitation of botanical, lithic, and chemical elements for industrial use. The nation’s vast historic and contemporary mining of fossil biomass and its conversion into cheap thermal energy has significantly contributed to the chemical restructuring of the Earth’s atmosphere and to the resultant global warming. The cheap energy of oil and gas has metastasized urban development and enabled rural monocropping which together have decimated the biological diversity of the U.S. land mass. These profoundly existential planetary ills exist as the ultimate brand extensions of the criminal enterprise that is the United States.

Almost four years of the Trump insurgency have not changed these fundamental realities, but they have shifted the terms of the debate. Generals, politicians, lawyers, financiers, the intelligence community, tech entrepreneurs, factory farmers and developers lay awake at night because one of the levers of power over which they believed they had some control was wrested from their hands by an uncultured, overweight, racist, loud-mouthed, sexist pig. For that we should be grateful, for it exposed a vulnerability that has rarely been evident in the almost impregnable bastions of wealth, power and privilege that exist at the core of this nation. It was, as so many in this country recognized and related to, a moment in which the cunning of the uncouth triumphed over the self-servingly venal noblesse oblige of the well-born, well-educated, well-dressed and well-mannered.

Now, we are about to return to a time when the evils of Empire operate with impunity, fully protected within the carapace of democracy, that shell of legitimacy that occludes its own fraudulence and shelters the broader larcenies of the state. The porcine face of corruption soon departs to be replaced by the establishment candidate who has, over his almost five decades in subaltern power, faithfully served the super-rich and the egregiously powerful whose interests are served by their government’s inhumane criminality.

Any euphoria experienced in Trump’s dismissal must surely be tempered by the depression that descends upon consideration of the impending elevation of Biden, poster-boy of the Peter principle, to the highest political post in the land. A career politician deeply mired in mediocrity, connivance and compromise; he reached his apotheosis in the eight years he served as Obama’s wingman. Infinitely less patrician and vastly less intelligent, he was nevertheless an appropriate ornament to Barack’s imperial presence, emphasizing the president’s blackness in ways unavailable to the man himself. Now, he will be assisted in his work of walking back every mildly progressive program blithely promised during his lackluster campaign, by Prosecutor Harris: younger, smarter, more ambitious and far more ruthless than her boss. Thus threatened, we can be sure that her role in the traditionally thankless task of vice-president will be further trivialized by ‘The Big Guy’ and reduced to a token signifier of his commitment to The Movement for Black Lives.

Biden’s elevation to the Presidency will critically constrain the development of a progressive agenda within the Democratic party for a further four or eight years and likely assure a more aggressive foreign policy. In the last half-century, there was never a military action, CIA assassination, or trade sanction against a foreign power that he meaningfully opposed. Despite campaign trail disavowals, we can expect a continuation of Obama’s criminal war in Yemen as well as the cessation of troop withdrawals from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The generals will be back in charge.

Long-time recipient of thin blue line union support, Biden is incapable of delivering peace on our streets – which demands a defunding of their militarized police presence. The future president’s commitment to the continued success of the health insurance industry will fatally constrain the development of socialized health and welfare provisions. Wall Street will continue to be privileged over Main Street. Already reneging on his campaign promise to ban fracking, he remains supportive of the country’s oil industry and seems increasingly confident in his eschewal of the Green New Deal.

The nation’s new crime-boss-elect is a man of mind-numbing mediocrity, but he will, I suspect, be hugely successful in sustaining the criminal enterprise with which the electorate has entrusted him.

John Davis is an architect living in southern California. Read more of his writing at urbanwildland.org  

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Trump’s election defeat: A near miss with despotic selfishness

Racist Trump
By Lawrence Davidson
Trump vs Biden

Donald Trump’s presidential days are numbered and the latest campaign in the culture war for control of the American lifestyle is drawing down to a shaky truce. The campaign waged by the Trump forces was particularly ugly. For the sake of ideologically shaped prejudices, which cut the believer loose from social responsibility, we got the following outcries: (1) “I don’t care if it sickens the community, I ain’t wearing that mask!” (2) “I don’t care if it takes away a woman’s control over her body, abortion has to be outlawed!” (3) “I don’t care if the environment goes to hell in a hand basket, entrepreneurial rights have priority.” And there are a lot more examples of the fractured “ethics” that characterised America’s “exceptional” democracy under the Trump administration.

Donald Trump spent four years glorifying and modelling this selfishness. His worst performance came with the COVID-19 pandemic. At that point, Trump played the role of the despotic Nero fiddling while the United States went down in the flames of a worldwide plague. That display of uncaring inadequacy may be the main reason he lost re-election in the recent 2020 matchup with Joe Biden.

It followed naturally that Biden ran a campaign that contrasted with Trump’s modelled selfishness. Biden repeatedly said that he would “restore decency”, “save the nation’s soul”, “build back better” and “make America America again”. Finally, Joe Biden repeatedly claimed that Trump and his narcissistic ways “is not who we are! We are better than this.” As heart-warming as these sentiments might be, they raise the question whether America has a single, agreed-upon standard for decent behaviour. What if Biden’s claim that Trump’s America isn’t the real America is wrong?

That possibility was set forth on 5 November 2020 by Jenice Armstrong, an opinion writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She lays out a different reality: “the fact that roughly half of Americans voted to re-elect President Donald Trump, despite four years of watching his lying and hateful ways, shows just how wrong Biden is… This is who we are. And, unfortunately, we are not better than this.”

I think Armstrong has a strong argument here, and her conclusion is reinforced by the fact that presently, with Joe Biden having won the election, and no evidence of fraud or conspiracy revealed, millions of Americans continue to believe Trump’s claim that the Democrats stole the election from him. Nor do they recognise that Trump’s ploy is actually an attempt to steal the election from Biden. According to a recent poll by the respected Monmouth University Polling Institute, “44 per cent of Americans think we do not have enough information about the vote count to know who won the election. Nearly one-third believe Biden won only because of voter fraud.”

The near miss

For many among the slight majority of Americans who were glad to see Trump lose, this situation comes as a shock, because to side with Trump and his radicalised Republican Party, to excuse his moral depravity, racism, sexism and disregard for the public good, contradicts the stereotypical image of American exceptionalism – America as the land of good guys, the ones wearing the white hats, spreading democracy and so forth. As Armstrong points out, this image of American exceptionalism is historically false. “America has been on this [ethically indefensible] path since this country’s ignoble inception when our forefathers enslaved Blacks, exterminated Native Americans, denied women the right to vote.”

Yet, there have been recent efforts at redemption. In terms of human and civil rights, aspects of recent American history can be seen as an effort to drag the nation out from the gravity well of cultural depravity. One high point of that effort came in the 1960s with Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society programmes and the desegregation of the public sphere. However, it is probably the case that a significant number of American white citizens feared those reforms and never quite reconciled themselves to their implementation. Much of Trump’s support was fed by surviving underground resentment that goes back to Johnson’s efforts. Then came the present pandemic, which spurred a challenge to extreme personal “freedom” in the form of mask mandates and lockdowns. Trump became a hero of those who spurned the needs of public health.

Trump’s incompetence in the face of COVID-19 undermined his general support, and if indeed it cost him reelection, it can be seen as the basis of the country’s near miss with despotism. Yet consider the following: What would have happened if Trump had not botched the pandemic response? In that case, perhaps the large minority who supported Trump in 2020 would have turned into a sufficient majority to drown Biden’s “we are better than this” in a sea of reactionary impulses. The country did indeed dodge a bullet.

Conclusion

Jenice Armstrong of the Philadelphia Inquirer thinks that the divide that Donald Trump so dramatically brought forward is too wide for Joe Biden, who sees himself as a national healer, to bridge. As with the Palestinian search for accommodation with Israel, Biden has no “peace partner” among the opposition. Yet, according to Armstrong, the problem goes deeper. She believes the national divide is a permanent condition, “rooted in the fabric of America”. This means that Biden’s pledge to be “a president for all Americans” and unite the country may be nearly impossible.

Yet in the end, a majority of voters did choose Biden. And, in the 1960s, Lyndon Johnson’s success at reform did open up new and positive possibilities. In truth, Trump and his minions do not represent all of us, but just enough of us to frustrate continued progress in the nation’s social condition. And that is the way things will stay as long as the Republican Party is controlled by those allied to Donald Trump’s quasi-fascist worldview – and supported by 74 million voters. Also, Trump does not plan on simply retiring from politics, even though he will now vacate the White House. He sees himself as a once and future president and will spend the next four years planning for his political revival and vindication.

Presently, we are experiencing what Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labour and now Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, calls a “cold civil war”. He concludes:

We may have defeated Trump, but we haven’t defeated Trumpism. We must work to push the Biden administration to tackle the systemic conditions that allowed Trump to seize power in the first place.

Actually, that was what Johnson’s Great Society programmes were supposed to do. At this stage, some 60 years later and in the face of our near miss with Trump’s despotic selfishness, we might ask if Reich’s stated goal is achievable. If Janice Armstrong is correct, American democracy may not be up to the task.

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WAFA: “Teen injured from ordnance left behind by occupation army in Hebron”

Posted by:Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

A Palestinian teenager sustained moderate injuries today after a piece of ordnance left behind the Nazi occupation army exploded in the area of Masafer Yatta, south of Hebron in the Nazi occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian security sources.

Mohammad Yousef Abu Aram, 16-year-old, was moved to hospital after he was injured in the explosion of the ordnance left behind the Nazi occupation army in the area.

The Nazi occupation army usually conducts drills in the Nazi occupied West Bank, and Palestinian families often receive notices ordering them to leave their homes for various periods until the drills are over.

Palestinians living in live-fire training areas have to worry about unexploded ordnance left behind by the Israeli army after the drills, which have led to the death of many Palestinians, including children, over the past years.

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Nazi soldiers Shoot, Injure Two Palestinians at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March

 Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Two Palestinians were injured, on Friday, when Nazi soldiers opened fire with tear-gas towards the peaceful protesters in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia, in the northern occupied West Bank, according to a local official.

Two Palestinian civilians, including a teen and a volunteer paramedic were struck with tear-gas canisters, while dozens more suffered the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation, during the weekly procession, held to express the collective rejection of illegal Nazi colonies.

Morad Eshteiwi, the media spokesman for the popular resistance, stated that Nazi troops invaded the village, occupied citizens’ rooftops and aimed at the participants, striking a 19 year old in the neck, and a volunteer paramedic in the leg, both with tear-gas canisters.

Dozens of demonstrators and other villagers suffocated on tear-gas fumes which spread throughout the town. All injuries were treated on the scene.

Locals have demonstrated every Friday and Saturday for many years to insist that the main road to Kufur Qaddoum village be reopened, in order to allow for easier commuting to Nablus, east of the village.

Nazi occupation authorities closed the road in 2003 in order to exclusively serve the illegal Nazi Jewish settlers in the area, at the expense of the local Palestinian population.

Video by Kufur Qaddoum

https://youtube.com/watch?v=w1zuG_wKMT8https%3A

~ Wall Resistance

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OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Highlights from December 22, 2020 to January 4, 2021On 26 December, following the shooting of two rockets towards Israel from Gaza, Israeli forces carried out a series of airstrikes in Gaza city, resulting in the injury of three Palestinians, including a six year-old girl, and significant damage to civilian structures. According to official Israeli sources, the airstrikes targeted an underground facility and a site used to manufacture rockets. Adjacent structures damaged included two schools, two factories, a hospital, a mosque, electricity towers and a water carrier; damage to the latter disrupted water supply to about 250,000 people. The Palestinian rockets were intercepted in the air and resulted in no Israeli casualties or damage. This is the first escalation resulting in injuries and significant property damage since mid-August.On at least 45 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near the perimeter fence or off Gaza’s coast. In a separate incident, Egyptian naval forces opened fire at a Palestinian boat off the coast of Rafah and arrested three fishermen. None of these incidents resulted in injuries. Shooting in these areas usually take place to enforce access restrictions.

Harun Rasmi Abu Aram

On 1 January, a 24-year-old Palestinian man was shot in the neck by an Israeli soldier while trying to prevent the seizure of an electricity generator lacking the required permit, and was left with a complex paralysis. Ar Rakeez, where the incident took place, is one of 14 herding communities in the Massafer Yatta area of southern Hebron, which is designated closed for Israeli military training and whose residents are at risk of a forcible transfer.Clashes that erupted during Israeli search-and-arrest operations next to two West Bank hospitals, resulted in the injury of two Palestinians, including a pregnant woman, and disruption of hospital activities. In one incident, on 27 December in Ramallah city, two people staying in the yard of a hospital were hit by rubber bullets shot by Israeli forces from outside; an ambulance was also damage. In the other incident, on 4 January in Tulkarem city, Israeli forces entered a hospital and fired stun grenades inside; the circumstances remain unclear.Additional 89 Palestinians, including 16 children, were injured during clashes with Israeli forces across the West Bank. Forty-six injuries occurred during the continuation of protests against settlement activities, including the establishment of a new settlement outpost, near Al Mughayyir village (Ramallah). Another 30 Palestinians were injured during a home demolition in Al Karmel community in southern Hebron. Search-and-arrest operations in Nablus city, Beituniya and Al-Bireh in Ramallah, and the refugee camps of Aqbet Jaber (Jericho) and Ad Duheisheh (Bethlehem) triggered clashes with Israeli forces resulting in 11 injuries. Of all injuries, 65 were treated for inhaling tear gas, 13 were hit by rubber bullets, six were physically assaulted, and five were shot with live ammunition.On 24 December Israeli forces arrested in Tura village (Jenin) a Palestinian man suspected of the killing of an Israeli woman, whose body was found on 20 December, near the Tal Menashe settlement. According to the Israeli authorities, the man confessed that he had killed the woman for nationalistic motives. Four other Palestinian men were also arrested in connection with this incident.On 3 January, an Israeli woman was stoned and seriously injured by a Palestinian while driving near the village of Deir Nidham (Ramallah). Subsequently, Israeli forces conducted a series of search operations in the village, detaining nine Palestinians, reportedly including the suspected perpetrator. Three Israelis were injured and 14 Israeli-plated vehicles were damaged in additional stone-throwing incidents across the West Bank, according to Israeli sources.Thirty-four Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized due to a lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 22 people and otherwise affecting over 170. All but two of the targeted structures and all displacements were recorded in Area C, affecting 12 Palestinian communities. Two structures were demolished by their owners in East Jerusalem to avoid higher expenses and fines.In two separate incidents, Israeli forces bulldozed agricultural land and uprooted about 850 Palestinian-owned trees, on grounds that the land had been declared ‘state land’. Near Al Jab’a village (Bethlehem) some 15 dunums of land were levelled and 350 olive trees and 150 grapevines were uprooted, undermining the livelihoods of at least three families. During a demolition in the Bedouin community of An Nuwei’ma Al Fauqa (Jericho), Israeli forces uprooted 350 olive trees.In multiple incidents, Palestinian were stoned or otherwise attacked by assailants believed to be Israeli settlers. In two separate incidents in East Jerusalem and Al Lubban ash Sharqiya (Nablus), a boy and a man were physically assaulted and injured. Settlers stoned and damaged vehicles, houses and olive trees in the villages of At Tuwani (Hebron), Huwwara and Jalud (Nablus), and Kifl Hares and Sarta (Salfit); in the latter incident the assailants threw a sound grenade inside one home, resulting in no injuries. Dozens of stone-throwing incidents at Palestinian-plated cars were recorded across the West Bank, three of which resulted in damage to vehicles. Some of the incidents occurred while Israeli settlers reportedly protested the death of an Israeli boy in a car crash while being chased by Israeli forces; a number of these protests involved clashes between settlers and the Israeli Police.

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Nazi soldiers Attack Nonviolent Protesters Near Nablus, Ramallah

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Nazi soldiers attacked, Friday, nonviolent Palestinian protesters marching against Nazi illegal colonies in Beit Dajan village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and Deir Jarir, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

Media sources in Nablus said hundreds of residents marched from the center of Beit Dajan, on Friday afternoon, and headed towards large swaths of their lands which Nazi intends to illegal annex for the construction and expansion of its illegal colonies.

They added that the Nazi soldiers resorted to the excessive use of force against them, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades, causing scores of residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Nazi attack took place in the area where weekly protests have been held over the last two months, after Israel decided to illegally annex the lands to build its segregated illegal colony.

In addition, the Nazi soldiers violently attacked dozens of protesters, holding the weekly nonviolent protest in Deir Jarir village, northeast of Ramallah, causing scores to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

The weekly protests in Deir Jarir started months ago after the Nazi regime announced a new plan to build an illegal colony on the villagers’ lands.

Ayman Allawi, the mayor of Deir Jarir, told the WAFA Palestinian News Agency that the Nazi soldiers fired a barrage of rubber-coated steel bullets, concussion grenades, and gas bombs at the nonviolent protesters, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Approximately two weeks ago, the colonists set installed a tent on the Palestinian lands, and started working on establishing a new colonialist outpost, including infrastructure.

It is worth mentioning that Deir Jarir has also been subject to escalating the Nazi invasions by the soldiers, and attacks carried out by the illegal colonists targeting the local, their homes, and lands.

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Nazi soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians

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Nazi soldiers invaded, on Friday at dawn, Palestinian communities in Jenin, Hebron, and Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, searched many homes and abducted five Palestinians.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said many Nazi army jeeps invaded the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched homes, and abducted Mohammad Nash’at Samara, Mohammad Zidan, and Ahmad Abu al-Hosni.

It added that the Nazi soldiers also fired gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinians who protested the invasion.

The Nazi soldiers also invaded Halhoul town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and abducted Tareq Sobhi Omar, 31, from his home.

Furthermore, the soldiers closed the iron gate at the main entrance of Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, and prevented the Palestinians from entering or leaving their community.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded Deir Jarir village, east of the city, searched homes, and abducted Sa’id Abdul-Aziz Abu Arma, 51

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Nazi soldiers Injure Dozens Of Palestinians Near Hebron

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Nazi soldiers injured, on Thursday evening, dozens of Palestinians in Beit Ummar town, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

Mohammad Awad, a local media activist, said several Nazi army jeeps invaded ‘Aseeda area in the town, and attacked Palestinians who protested the invasion into their community.

Awad added that the Nazi soldiers fired a barrage of gas bombs and concussion grenades and surrounding homes, causing scores of residents to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade Beit Ummar, including Aseeda area, especially since the army has a military tower and a roadblock at the entrance of the town, close to many homes.

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Nazi soldiers Dismantle Eight Residential Sheds Near Jerusalem

Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

Dozens of Nazi soldiers invaded, Thursday, a Palestinian Bedouin community near Beit Iksa village, northwest of occupied Jerusalem, and dismantled eight residential sheds.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers dismantled the eight sheds, and confiscated the materials in addition to other belongings and furniture.

The sheds are owned by Khalil Abu Dahouk and his family; during the invasion, the soldiers interrogated the Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

It is worth mentioning that illegal Nazi occupation does not recognize the Palestinian Bedouin communities and repeatedly invades them to demolish sheds and structures, many of them are residential in addition to barns and sheds.

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On Thursday evening, the soldiers abducted a former political prisoner from Khirbat Umm Dar village, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

In related news, the soldiers invaded Tayasir village, east of Tubas in northeastern West Bank, and searched many homes.

On Thursday at dawn, the soldiers abducted three Palestinians from Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, and in Hebron, in the southern part.

In the besieged Gaza Strip, Nazi navy boats attacked with live fire several fishing boats in Palestinian waters, north of Gaza city, in addition to farmers on their lands, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the coastal region.

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