Orly Noy, +972 Magazine 9/30/2014
Settlers say that they bought the house, but they haven’t shown us any documents,’ says one Palestinian woman whose home settlers took over Tuesday morning. ‘Now they’re sleeping in my bed; all of our clothes and furniture is still inside.’
Israeli settlers took over seven homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem Tuesday morning, primarily in Wadi Hilwe, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. According to residents, the settlers arrived at around 2 a.m., escorted by large numbers of riot police.
“I was still awake, here in the store,” said neighborhood resident Ahmed Qareen, the owner of a small market in Wadi Hilwe. “I saw a large group of settlers and police but I didn’t think that they were going to take more homes. I assumed that it was somehow related to your (Jewish) holidays now, that they were walking around here at such an hour.”
One of the houses that the settlers took over in the dead of night was the Hayat family home. Like many other houses in the neighborhood, the building is split into a number of apartment units, most of which are occupied by family members. Two of them are now occupied by settlers.
In the building’s internal stairwell that connects the apartments, sits Bushra Hayat, whose eyes are dashing back and forth tracking the police officers walking into the apartment that until yesterday was hers. “We have two apartments here, one that my father rents out and we live in the other one. The two apartments were empty yesterday. My father wasn’t here and I slept at my uncle’s house, here, downstairs. They knew ahead of time when the houses would be empty and that’s why they came [now].”
“They know what we are doing at all times,” Ahmed Qareen says with a smile. “Look around: the whole neighborhood is full of their security cameras, some of them are pointed directly into our houses. They know better than us what’s happening here." more.. e-mail What Israel did after the Gaza ceasefire
Omar Robert Hamilton, London Review of Books, Redress 9/27/2014
On 26 August a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was agreed, bringing a fragile end to a war that killed 2150 Palestinians (mostly civilians) and 73 Israelis (mostly soldiers). Since then Hamas has not fired a single rocket, attacked an Israeli target or done anything to break the terms of the ceasefire. Israel has done the following:
1. Annexed another 1,500 acres of West Bank land
2. Seized USD 56 million of Palestinian Authority (PA) tax revenue
3. Not lifted the illegal blockade (as required by the ceasefire)
4. Broken the ceasefire by firing at fishermen on four separate occasions
5. Detained six fishermen
6. Killed a 22-year-old, Issa al Qatari, a week before his wedding
7. Killed 16-year-old Mohammed Sinokrot with a rubber bullet to the head
8. Tortured a prisoner to the point of hospitalisation
9. Refused 13 members of the European Parliament entry into Gaza
10. Detained at least 127 people across the West Bank, including a seven-year-old-boy in Hebron and two children, aged seven and eight, taken from the courtyard of their house in Silwad – and tear-gassed their mother
11. Continued to hold 33 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in prison.... more.. e-mail Dr. Mustafa Barghouti: Netanyahu’s fascist speech at UN puts nail in coff
Palestine Monitor 9/30/2014
Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the United Nation’s New York City headquarters on Monday revealed Israel’s true intentions to liquidate the Palestinian cause and its attempt to circumvent it by calling for the normalization of relations with Arab countries while outright ignoring the Palestinian issue, according to Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative.
At a press conference in Ramallah Monday evening Barghouti said that Netanyahu’s “fascist, aggressive and fierce” speech was “full of lies and fabrications and an attempt to mislead.” He added that Netanyahu had blatantly ignored the Palestinian issue as a whole, completely rejecting Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
Barghouti added that Netanyahu’s speech attempted to do away with the humanitarian values of the Palestinian people, and instead tried to rebrand them as another version of the Islamic State militants currently reaping havoc across much of Iraq and Syria. In drawing connections between Hamas and Islamic State militants, Barghouti argued, Netanyahu attempted “to justify the war crimes committed by the [Israeli] army” in the Gaza Strip throughout this summer’s Operation Protective Edge.
Barghouti said that Netanyahu’s blatant regard for human rights and the jurisdiction of the UN Human Rights Council was a clear sign of Israel’s growing international isolation. He said that the State of Israel was quickly heading toward a fate similar to that of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Barghouti argued Netanyahu’s attempts to flirt with some of the Arab regimes, pitting them against the Palestinians and other regional powers, reveal the deeply set racism within the Israeli government. more.. e-mail Israel’s very own history of eugenics
Jonathan Cook, Redress 9/28/2014
This hour-long documentary, the Ringworm Children, raises so many disturbing questions about Israel and its relationship with the US that one hardly knows where to begin.
In the 1950s, waves of new immigrants swept into Israel. To the dismay of the country’s Ashkenazi leaders (those originating from Europe and the US), the great majority were from Arab countries. Levi Eshkol, a later prime minister, expressed a common sentiment when he called them “human rubbish”. Israel, deprived of “good-quality” Jews, was being forced to bring to its shores Arab Jews, seen as just as primitive and dirty as the Palestinians whom Israel had recently succeeded in ethnically cleansing.
Into this deeply racist atmosphere stepped Dr Chaim Sheba, a eugenicist, who believed that the Arabs Jews were bringing along with them diseases that threatened the Ashkenazi Jews. His obsession was ringworm, an innocuous childhood disease that affects the scalp. He went to the US, collected old military X-ray equipment and zapped tens of thousands of these children’s heads with potentially lethal doses of radiation. The survivors tell of their horrifying experiences during and after the treatment, and of the brothers and sisters they lost at a young age.
But this isn’t just a history lesson exploring an unusual aspect of Israel’s racist underpinnings. The documentary exposes a massive cover-up by the state: many of the children’s medical files – long thought to have been lost – were actually held by one of the doctors involved. Even after this disclosure, the state has continued to refuse the victims access to the files, despite the fact that such access may be vital in helping them receive the correct life-saving treatment, as well as proper compensation.
The final shocking twist is the discovery that all these experiments cost the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars in today’s terms – in fact, more than Israel’s entire annual budget at the time. How could Israel have afforded it? more.. e-mail
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