Holocaust 2: It Did Happen Again


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Ramallah

Palestine’s Foreign Ministry has warned against Israel’s use of the Holocaust to cover up its crimes against the Palestinian people and the occupation of Arab lands.

The Foreign Ministry urged in a Wednesday press release the participants in the 5th World Holocaust Forum — which will be held Thursday in Jerusalem — to be careful with “the political contexts Israel is trying to employ and exploit in this occasion.”

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leaders of the [Israeli] occupation are using the forum to conceal the true face of Israel as it occupies the land of another country, settles there and commits the most heinous crimes against the Palestinian people that amounted to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the statement read.

“The international community which was previously unable to prevent the Holocaust from occurring, must pay close attention to the suffering of the Palestinian people under the occupation,” it added.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry renewed “its strong condemnation of the Holocaust.”

At least 40 leaders will participate in the 5th World Holocaust Forum, scheduled for Thursday in West Jerusalem.

The majority of Jews in Europe were not Zionists and wanted nothing to do with Palestine.

Ben-Gurion had requested an initial analysis on the absorptive potential on Palestine in early 1941, and in late 1942 commissioned a “master plan” for the proposed immigration.

The plan to annex Israeli-controlled parts of the West Bank is just the logical next step in Israel’s historic effort to ghettoize the Palestinians.

The story of the Church of the Nativity siege

The ordeal began on 1 April and was triggered by a young girl from a refugee camp.

A member of her family had been killed by the IDF [Israel Defence Forces – the Israeli Wehrmacht].

Grief-stricken, she took revenge by turning herself into a suicide bomber, killing six or seven Israelis in Jerusalem.

As usual, the Israelis reacted with wide-scale collective punishment, sending tanks and hundreds of soldiers into West Bank towns like Nablus, Jenin and Bethlehem late at night.

In Bethlehem they cut the electricity supply and focused on the old town, overflying with helicopter gunships and occupying all key points around Manger Square.

Many innocent Palestinians were killed by snipers, and the market and some shops were set on fire as troops hunted down suspected “fighters”.

Civilians tried desperately to hide from the troops and someone suggested the Church of the Nativity as a sanctuary.

The door was locked, so “one of the young men shot the door… there was no choice”.

Two hundred and forty-eight took refuge there. They included, says George, one Islamic Jihad, 28 Hamas, 50 to 60 Al-Aqsa Martyrs.

The remainder were ordinary townsfolk and included 100 uniformed Palestinian Authority workers; also 26 children and eight to 10 women and girls.

“The Israeli soldiers would not allow the women and children to leave… but they left the Church the first week by the back door.”

Priests and nuns – Armenian, Greek and Catholic – from the adjoining monasteries brought the number to over 300 at the beginning.

“Some of them went back to the monasteries but some stayed with us every day for the 40 days.”

On Day 3 of the siege a young man inside the Church was shot dead by a sniper as he popped his head through a hatch in the roof.

That same day a second was shot by snipers as he scavenged for food in the Casa Nova guest house. His last words were: “My brothers, I love you.

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I don’t want to leave you. I’m still so young and I miss my wife and I want to see my daughter and son again.”

Our big problem, says George, was how to get enough food to feed so many people. “The monasteries gave us food to last about 10 days.

After that we managed to bring some food in from across the fields, but when one of us was killed we stopped.”

Fifteen days into the siege and someone said, “Let’s call an ambulance.”

They had managed to recharge their cellphones using the mains that supplied the Church towers and bells.

The Israelis had overlooked the fact that this was a separate supply coming from the Bethlehem municipality.

So, the besieged were able to phone out for help to friends in nearby Beit Sahour, who responded by sending food to the medical centre.

From there it was transported by ambulance, along with authentic casualties, and delivered to houses near the Church.

At night young girls carried the food in plastic bags from house to house until supplies reached the dwellings next door to the Church.

The bags were then thrown from roof to roof. This went on for six days until one girl dropped a bag, which the soldiers found.

The IDF, now alerted, shot and paralysed another young man. It put an end to the food operation.

Those trapped inside the Church were surprised to discover an old lady living within the complex. She had a small horde of olives and wheat, with which they made bread.

So they managed to eke out the food for 28 days. “When it finally ran out,” George recalls, “we realised we were in big trouble”.

The governor of Bethlehem and the director of the Catholic Society were among those holding out in the Church.

George held the key and was ordered to open the door only if someone died or was injured. He was watching through a peephole when he saw people approaching across the forecourt.

They were from the peace movement, 28 of them.

By now the world media were watching. Seventeen were promptly arrested but 11 took a big risk, managing to bluff their way in through the razor wire.

In their rucksacks they brought food, which lasted another fou days, and basic medicines.

The worst time was the final week – no food and only dirty water from the well.

They resorted to boiling leaves and old chicken legs into a soup. George ate only lemons and salt for five or six days.

Many were so ill by this time that they were passing blood.

Outside some 15 civilians had been indiscriminately shot in the street or in their homes.

The IDF refused to allow the dead inside the Church to be removed for decent burial.

The corpses were therefore placed in makeshift coffins, with the holes and seams sealed with candlewax, and taken down to a cellar.

Meanwhile, the IDF set up three huge cranes on which were mounted robotic machine guns under video control.

Eight defenders were killed inside the Church, some by the robotic guns and some by snipers.

Samir, a Church caretaker and bellringer who was known to be a little disturbed, was killed in front of the Church.

“He eventually went outside and tried to surrender with his hands up but was shot down by a regular sniper.”

From the start, says George, the IDF used psychological warfare methods – for example, disorienting noise to deprive them of sleep, bright lights, concussion grenades.

They paraded their families in front of the Church to put pressure on them to surrender.

The IDF were also using illegal dum-dum bullets which cause horrendous wounds and trauma.

“Most of those who were killed… it was because of the dum-dums… so much bleeding, and it took so long to arrange to send them to a hospital.”

He says the IDF fired tracer rounds into two of the monasteries and set the ancient fabric of the buildings on fire.

Those trapped inside the Church vowed not to harm IDF soldiers unless they actually broke in. When soldiers did gain access and killed one of the resisters, four of them were shot.

“In the end, the governor decided it was better to be in jail than die.

So we opened the door and surrendered on the 40th day. One hundred and forty-eight had survived.

We were all promptly arrested and interrogated.” But when given a meal by the Israelis, 13 or 14 threw the food in the trash bin.

“They were the ones who had been hurt the most,” says George. “The soldiers killed some of their families and demolished their houses… and arrested

all their families… and destroyed their lives…”

Because of the adverse publicity, the CIA and EU took a hand in deciding the fate of the survivors.

After four years the figures still sprang readily to George’s mind… “13 were exiled to the EU, 26 were exiled to Gaza, 26 were wounded, 26 had surrendered because they were under-age.

Eight were killed inside the Church… and with Samir makes nine… they shot Samir in front of the Church…” It clearly upset him to remember.

“The rest were allowed home.” George had scavenged under sniper fire.

Luckily, he was among those sent home. “The Israelis said to me: ‘Do you know why you are going home? Because America wants it’.”

When the survivors apologised to the Church fathers for the damage done, they replied: “God will look after the Church.

We are much more concerned about looking after you.” I put it to George that by telling me the story he might find himself in the Israelis’ black books. “I’m already in their black book,” he replied.
Imagine how the story might have ended if the world hadn’t been watching.

It deserves to be told and re-told forever. I hope the Freedom Theatre puts it out on DVD so that all can see.

I’m assuming, of course, that the play reflects George’s version of events. Judge for yourselves who the real terrorists are.

Rohingya Muslims: The Other Palestinians

Imperialists creations

Myanmar, then Burma, was Israel’s “first friend” in Asia. Both countries secured independence from the British in the same year, 1948. Burma’s first prime minister, U Nu, had a “soft spot for Israel” and was close with David Ben-Gurion, his Israeli counterpart.

Professor William Schabas, the former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, says: “When you see measures preventing births, trying to deny the identity of the people, hoping to see that they really are eventually, that they no longer exist; denying their history, denying the legitimacy of their right to live where they live, these are all warning signs that mean it’s not frivolous to envisage the use of the term genocide.”

YANGON, Myanmar (JTA) — Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority has earned the country widespread condemnation in recent years.

United Nations investigator and the U.S. House of Representatives have warned that the Myanmar military’s recent ramping up of violence against the group constitutes genocide.

Last August, the U.S. State Department tallied atrocities in the Buddhist-majority country’s northern Rakhine State, concluding that violence there was “extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seems geared toward both terrorizing the population and driving out the Rohingya residents.” 

Some 1.1 million Rohingya have fled Myanmar.

Despite the widespread condemnation, however, Israel remains on friendly terms with Myanmar and has remained relatively silent on what even the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has called “compelling evidence” of genocide in the country that straddles South and Southeast Asia.

What’s more, the Jewish state allowed its arms companies to sell weapons to Myanmar’s military through the fall of 2017, long after most Western countries had banned such sales by its firms.

 It remains unclear if the Israeli firms are still supplying Myanmar’s military with assistance besides weapons, including surveillance technology, training and intelligence.

Contacted by JTA, most of the firms refused to clarify on their current sales. One firm, TAR Ideal Concepts, refuted reports that it had sold arms to Myanmar.

Observers say Israel’s cooperation and selective silence reflects both the Jewish state’s closeness with Myanmar and its demonstrated foreign policy preference for prosaic diplomacy over human rights.

“A general trend of Israel’s foreign policy is to give priority to interests over values,” David Tal, an Israeli historian who chairs the University of Sussex’s Modern Israel Studies program, told JTA.

“Having good relations with Myanmar … I would assume is worth any moral price Israel accrues.”

The trend can also be seen in Israel’s historical cooperation with apartheid South Africa and recent friendly relations with Viktor Orbán’s HungaryRodrigo Duterte’s Philippines and, most recently, Idriss Deby’s Chad — countries with questionable records.

Myanmar, then Burma, was Israel’s “first friend” in Asia. Both countries secured independence from the British in the same year, 1948. Burma’s first prime minister, U Nu, had a “soft spot for Israel” and was close with David Ben-Gurion, his Israeli counterpart.

U Nu also was the first prime minister of any country to visit the Jewish state, doing so in 1955.

In 2011, Yaron Mayer, then the Israeli ambassador to Myanmar, told Moment magazine that Myanmar was “one of Israel’s few, true friends.”

In an interview with JTA in December, Ronen Gilor, the Israeli ambassador to Myanmar, noted the historical friendship and the nation’s geopolitically advantageous proximity to China and India — countries that have had limited relations with Israel.

“They respected Israel,” Gilor said. “This was a first for Southeast Asia, which was so important for us.

“Now,” he added, “Israel they know as a beautiful country.”

While relations waxed and waned, Israel always maintained an embassy in Myanmar and was one of the few countries to offer direct aid to the pariah state after Cyclone Nargis left 150,000 dead in 2008.

Israel only stopped selling advanced weaponry to Myanmar’s military in 2017 following domestic and international uproar –– and a legal challenge that reached its High Court. (The court, at the behest of the government, kept its late December 2017 ruling secret.)

Asked about current Israeli intelligence sharing, military training or assistance in the Rakhine State, the Myanmar Embassy in Tel Aviv referred questions to Israel.

“According to our knowledge and understanding, there is no[t] any information and any updated data in such kind of field as your concerns,” the embassy wrote to JTA in an email.

“If you would like to know further and more clarified data, facts and figures about those matters, you may approach the relevant institutions of the Israeli Side.

 Dalai Lama at the wailing wall in occupied Jerusalem:   he  told the crowd he has “a lot to learn from the Jews” who were in exile for generations. He said he would like to learn how the Jews survived so long in exile as an example for his own Tibetan people, who have been in exile for 50 years. [Israelis were not living in exile and are not the Jews of Israel or Palestine but rather European imperialist colonists]

Functions of the Myanmar Embassy in Tel Aviv are very well transparent in every area and also in bilateral cooperation between two countries.”

The issue of Israeli cooperation with Myanmar is, however, far from “transparent.”

In December 2017, Myanmar’s ambassador to Israel, U Maung Maung Lynn, said that Israel was still selling weapons to his country. Israel promptly reprimanded and “rebuked” the ambassador, who soon apologized and retracted his statement.

Israel’s Ministry of Defense, when contacted by JTA, provided no clarification on current military exports to and cooperation with Myanmar.

“The defense export policy of Israel is constantly examined according to various considerations, including human rights status in the target country, as well as the policy of the UN Security Council and other international authorities,” the ministry wrote in an email.

Gilor in an interview with JTA refused to answer questions regarding Israeli cooperation with Myanmar’s military, saying that they were not related to the topic of JTA’s requested interview: the relationship between Judaism and Myanmar.

“I cannot see the connection,” the ambassador said when asked about military cooperation.

He said the same thing when asked about Israeli officials’ refusal to utilize the term “Rohingya.” (Myanmar rejects the term and does not recognize them as citizens, instead considering them to be “Bengalis” or foreigners.)

Nobel laureate and Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, shown here in Sydney, Australia, March 17, 2018, has been widely criticized for refusing to condemn the military’s actions against the Rohingya minority. (Dan Himbrechts/Pool/Getty Images)

But Sammy Samuels, the de facto leader of Myanmar’s Jewish community, told JTA that the Burmese largely consider Israel and Judaism to be inseparable.

“The Burmese population, if you tell them ‘Judaism,’ they don’t know, but if you tell ‘Israel,’ they feel like Israel is a religion. They fully respect Israel,” Sammy told JTA.

Israel has remained largely steadfast in its support for Myanmar’s civilian government, which is led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Her disdain for the Rohingya is well-documented, and human rights groups have criticized her widely for refusing to condemn the military’s actions.

In 2012, Suu Kyi said that she did not know if the Rohingya could be regarded as citizens, and she has refused to use the term “Rohingya.”

Myanmar’s military leaders — over whom Suu Kyi wields no control — say their actions in the Rakhine State are a response to attacks by Muslim militants, including the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, who they say have a separatist agenda and are funded by foreign groups.

Gilor refused to speak with JTA about the Rohingya issue, although a few days before he spoke more openly with Mizzima, a Myanmar news site.

“Humanity is full of conflicts, and along the way of the democratization of Myanmar you also have conflicts that you have to solve,” Gilor said of the Rohingya crisis.

“It is not easy — you have the media, you have the international community, you have expectations of all kinds.”

The ambassador also praised Suu Kyi.

“Suu Kyi now is a leader of a country. She is not any more a human rights activist. She is a leader and, as a leader, she has to take care of many things.

For example the relationship with the Myanmar military, which is very important,” he said.

“Now OK, the international community has many demands for help because of the long history of, you know, between her and the international community.”

As Ambassador Gilor told JTA: “Suu Kyi has an open invitation to visit Israel.”

Tell Me Again, Who Made The Desert Bloom?

Israel – the imperialist outpost in the Middle East

Zionist expulsions, dispossessions and killings of the indigenous people of Palestine continue right up until this very day. The Nakba then, not only has a continuous, decades-long history, but it has a future for as long as Zionism endures.

Annexation has revealed that the notion that there is a spectrum of Zionism (from left to right or moderate to extreme) is in practice a myth, or at best wishful thinking.

This is how Palestinians describe the expulsion of 850,000 Palestinians from their homes by Israeli forces in 1948.

This horror lies at the foundation of Israel. And it flows from the nature of the Israeli state.

Israel’s supporters portray it as a progressive, democratic safe haven that helps Jews escape antisemitism. In reality it is a violent, racist state that exists to serve imperialism.

Hitler’s words prove true. Sorry.

The Zionist movement, which argued for a separate Jewish homeland, emerged at the end of the 19th century in response to horrendous antisemitism across Europe.

Eventually Zionists decided on Palestine as the place for the new Jewish state. But an Arab population already lived there.

So Zionist leaders needed support from the great powers. And they made clear that they would act as imperialist lapdogs in return.

Occupied not by German troops but the English.

israelis conform to Hitler’s prediction

This was attractive to Western rulers, who wanted a friendly regime in the Middle East to help protect their interests. The Zionists first won backing from Britain.

They promised the British government that their settlements in Palestine could help consolidate Britain’s empire. Britain took control of Palestine in 1918 and more Jews moved there.

Zionism grew stronger after the Holocaust, as more people despaired about the possibility of overcoming antisemitism.

After the Second World War, the United Nations partitioned Palestine. It gave 56 percent to Zionist settlers, who made up just a third of the population.

Nakba

It’s imperialism, stupid

This wasn’t enough for the Zionists—who then launched the Nakba. The new Israeli state grabbed 80 percent of Palestine by 1949, driving Palestinians to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Later, Israel proved its worth to the US. In 1967 it beat Egypt, Syria and Jordan in the Six Day War. This dealt a blow to the Arab nationalism of Egypt’s Gamal Abdul Nasser, which posed a threat to US influence in the region.

The US dramatically increased aid to Israel following the war. It has continued to fund, arm and back Israel ever since—last year it paid the terror state £2.8 billion. Between 1946 and 2016 it handed over almost £100 billion.

Israel today acts as a watchdog for the US in the Middle East. Though its vicious attacks sometimes cause concern for the US it remains a key ally.

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem has encouraged Israel’s murderous violence this week.

The massacres this week are another reason to protest against Trump when he comes to Britain on 13 July.

Israel acts in the interests of its imperial sponsors and relies on racist violence to survive. It can’t be compromised with.

The only solution to the horror in Palestine is one democratic, secular state where [REAL]Jews and Arabs live side by side.

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For Palestinian journalists, violent attacks by occupation forces come with the job

Violations against reporters, including physical assaults and arrests, have increased in recent months, especially in occupied Jerusalem

“I am frequently asked if I have visited Israel, whereas yet, it is simply assumed that I have. Well, I don’t travel. I really don’t, and if I did, I probably wouldn’t visit Israel.
I remember how it was in 1948 when Israel was being established and all my Jewish friends were ecstatic, I was not. I said: what are we doing?
We are establishing ourselves in a ghetto, in a small corner of a vast Muslim sea.
The Muslims will never forget nor forgive, and Israel, as long as it exists, will be embattled.
I was laughed at, but I was right. I can’t help but feel that the Jews didn’t really have the right to appropriate a territory only because 2000 years ago, people they consider their ancestors, were living there. History moves on and you can’t really turn it back. (#92 ff.)”
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Occupied Jerusalem

Cornered and afraid, 23-year-old Palestinian journalist Sondus Ewies spoke nervously to a group of Israeli officers who gathered around her while she was filming at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last month.

“I didn’t do anything. I was just filming and doing my job,” she recalled telling them.

Ewies took out her international press card, hoping to avoid detention, but she was met with a cold shrug by an officer who replied: “This is a false card which we do not recognise.”

Israeli officers detained Ewies and confiscated her personal phone. She was then taken in for questioning and handed a three-month ban on visiting the mosque compound, located in occupied East Jerusalem.

This was not her first run-in with Israeli authorities. Ewies has been stopped multiple times while on air and has also been beaten while she was covering various protests. 

She told Middle East Eye that she was more afraid of the temporary ban than the actual detention.

Ewies lives in the Palestinian neighbourhood of Ras al-Amoud, just south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, making the latter a central part of her journalistic work. She said she was counting down the hours to enter the mosque compound after it was closed for two months due to the coronavirus pandemic

Many Palestinian journalists face arrest and temporary bans from the compound on the grounds that they had filmed settler incursions there or Israeli forces assaulting worshippers.

In 2016, Israeli authorities drew up blacklists containing names of Palestinians, including journalists, prohibited from entering the compound. 

Since the beginning of June, Israeli authorities have issued around 10 summons to journalists and photographers for interrogation due to their coverage of political events. 

Ban on Palestinian news organizations

Ewies is one of many journalists who have endured harassment by Israeli forces while on duty.

Well-known local reporter Christine Rinawi, 31, had been working at Palestine TV, a station operating under the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) public Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, for 10 years when she was detained in December 2019.

The month before, then-Israeli public security minister Gilad Erdan had issued a decision to close down the offices of Palestine TV for six months, claiming that its operation was a violation of the Oslo Accords, which banned the PA’s presence in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. The order was renewed in May 2020. 

Immediately after the closure, the station’s staff in Jerusalem decided to challenge the decision and carry on with their work.

‘The officer told me … “You are forbidden from working in Jerusalem, whether in the street, underground or next to the bathroom or salon”‘

– Christine Rinawi, reporter

During the third episode of a live broadcast program in December, Israeli forces detained presenter Dana Abu Shamsia and cameraman Amir Abed Rabbo. Rinawi and another cameraman, Ali Yassin, were also detained shortly afterwards and taken to an interrogation center. 

For Rinawi, the closure of Palestine TV was part and parcel of Israel’s restrictions on the Palestinian media’s documentation of Israeli abuses.

“They tried to assault us and they treated us like criminals,” she told MEE.

“The officer told me: ‘go work in Bethlehem or Ramallah. You are forbidden from working in Jerusalem, whether in the street, underground or next to the bathroom or salon’.” 

During the course of Palestine TV’s initial six-month closure, Israeli intelligence summoned Rinawi five times for questioning.

Palestine TV is not the only Palestinian news outlet to be banned in Jerusalem by Israeli authorities. In recent years, Al Quds, Palestine Today, Qpress and the Elia Youth Media Foundation were all targeted with bans.

Over the years, Rinawi has suffered assaults as she performed her job. In 2019, she was pushed and shoved by Israeli soldiers during a live broadcast, which was interrupted four times. \

In 2015, shrapnel from a sound bomb hit her eye as she covered the situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

A year earlier, she and her cameraman were shot with rubber-coated bullets while they reported the events that unfolded after the kidnapping and killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

More dangerous than weapons

Ata Owaisat, 50, from the town of Jabal al-Mukaber in Jerusalem, began his career as a photojournalist 19 years ago. He worked with the Associated Press news agency and Israeli news organisation Yedioth Ahronot. 

He said that he has lost count of the number of times Israeli soldiers had broken his camera equipment.

“One of them told me word for word that ‘your camera is more dangerous than weapons’,” he told MEE.

“I have been beaten and humiliated while doing my work, faced obstructions and was questioned, strip-searched, interrogated and banned from Al-Aqsa”. 

After he was hit, Owaisat momentarily lost consciousness but was soon awakened to kicks and insults before losing consciousness again (MEE/Juman Abu Arafeh)
After he was hit, Owaisat momentarily lost consciousness but was soon awakened to kicks and insults before blacking out again (MEE/Juman Abu Arafeh)

Owaisat’s journalistic career was abruptly brought to an end in 2013, when he suffered a severe injury and ensuing psychological trauma, including PTSD. He said he finds it difficult to talk about that day.

On 8 March 2013, Owaisat picked up his camera and went to cover clashes at Al-Aqsa, where Israeli forces were firing stun grenades and rubber-coated metal bullets at Palestinians protesting against Israeli violations in the compound.

Owaisat was hit in the mouth by a metal object he couldn’t identify, which caused severe bleeding.

“I lost part of my teeth, upper lip and my face was deformed,” he recalled.

After he was hit, Owaisat momentarily lost consciousness but was soon awakened to kicks and insults before losing consciousness again.

Ambulance crews transferred him to the hospital. 

“I saw death with my own eyes,” he said.

Afterwards, Owaisat faced many difficulties with eating, speaking and even smiling. He underwent multiple operations to restore his face and teeth.

He also stopped working for a year, after which he received a medical report detailing the psychological trauma preventing him from resuming his work.

Widespread restrictions

Along with journalists in Jerusalem, Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip also face a plethora of violations.

The Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (Mada) reported 18 such violations during the month of May, including physical attacks, arrests and the closure of offices across the Palestinian territories. 

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A recent report by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate Freedoms Committee also found that Israeli authorities carried out 760 violations in 2019. 

Nasser Abu Bakr, the president of the syndicate, commented on the issue, saying that Israel focuses its restrictions and obstruction of journalists in Jerusalem, which it considers its capital. 

He added that such incidents have increased in recent months, leading the syndicate to alert the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to the high number of infractions against journalists in Jerusalem and have called on it to intervene.

Abu Bakr told MEE that a delegation from the IFJ had demanded that the Israeli government stop its violations and recognise the international press card, to no avail.

“We provide support as much as we can. We have a meeting at the union next week, and the reality of journalists in Jerusalem will be the first on our agenda,”  he said.

Gaza is a one-way ticket

Palestine refugees are defined as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.”

Hamas participated in the Palestinian legislative elections for the first time in 2006 and won. Therefore, Hamas was “legally and democratically elected” for the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

These electoral process took place under presence of international observers supplied by the European Union (EU).

Last year, [2019] Prime Minister Netanyahu took unprecedented steps to ban members of the United States Congress from entering the country.

That move came on the heels of an increase in demolitions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank and ongoing detention of Palestinian children.

After Hamas’ election, Israel imposed a land, air and sea blockade on the strip, which human-rights organizations say has stifled the economy and had devastating effects on life in Gaza.

An estimated 80% of the 1.3 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza rely on aid and over half a million live in refugee camps.

Between 1948 and 1966 — just months before the 1967 occupation began — Israel employed a military government to rule over the tens of thousands of Palestinians who had remained inside the newly-

established state.
Even though they were granted Israeli citizenship, these communities were placed under curfew and could only travel by permit.

The Invading Zionists left the Palestinians homeless and destitute dependent on foreign aid

Israel’s permit regime and separation policy are thus far from a unique invention; “It’s a very colonial and imperial way to subdue populations,” explains Berda.

Still, she adds, Israel has taken that colonial repertoire “to an extreme, because it is the most sophisticated population management system in the world right now.”

For Baconi, annexation cannot be understood separately from the Gaza blockade, which in turn cannot be disconnected from the practices affecting Palestinian refugees and citizens of Israel.

“These are all policies aimed at ensuring the least number of Palestinians are in the land, the most land is controlled by the Israelis, and that there’s a framework put in place to ensure a Jewish supremacist state,” he says.

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Holocaust survivors compare Zionist policies to those of the Nazis

“The Zionist movement of Europe played a very important role in the mass extermination of Jews. Indeed, I believe that without the cooperation of Zionists it would have been a much more difficult task….

[The Zionists] said that we are not Czechoslovaks or we are not Germans, we are not French, we are Jews and we must, as Jews, go back to our country, to Israel or to Palestine and found our state …

Then came the Nuremberg Law, which was a law, issued by a nominally civilized state [Nazi Germany], which said that Jews do not belong to Europe, but to Palestine. …

So, on one platform, Nazism and Zionism had something in common: they both preached that Jews don’t belong to Europe but to Palestine. …

And naturally, the Germans said: ‘You see the Jews may not trust us but they will trust you’, to the Zionists, ‘because they have seen that they have always told them actually the truth: that you belong to Palestine, that you are a foreign element here.’ … 

And so the Jewish councils were preferably selected from well-known Zionists. And, because the well-known Zionists became respectable, many Jews who were respectable anyway became Zionists.

So they formed Jewish councils from a Zionist core, fortified by respectable members of society: top lawyers, top business people, top economists and that was the Jewish councils. …

They were promised by the Germans or by the local fascist government to be protected from any discrimination because they are needed for administering of the Jewish affairs. …

So you had here already a Zionist clique enforced by money of big Jewish businessmen who would be prepared to go along with the discrimination against the masses of the Jewish population which were neither rich nor Zionist, and in other words did not belong to the clique. …

One or two masterminds?

So I didn’t trust them in spite of the fact that the Nazis gave them the right after the Nuremberg Laws.

I considered them plain fascists and I considered them from the very start as despicable creatures who deal with the fascists and take profit out of it in order to be exempted from discrimination conducted against the others. …

So I didn’t trust the Nazis any more or any less than the Jewish Zionist councils.

Indeed, I realized that the Zionists and the Nazis are approximately identical enemies of mine who have got both one thing in common, to get me out from home with 25 kilos to an unknown place and to leave my mother completely defenseless at home. …

The young people, the core of resistance, is always 16 to 30. Every soldier knows that they are the best material for fighting. … I was flabbergasted by the fact that the Zionists who pretended to be the protectors of the Jews, the first thing which they agreed to was to let go away a potential core of resistance who could in the last resort protect the families with force if necessary. …

Dr. Rudolph Vrba,Oral history interview with Rudolf Vrba’ , World at War TV Series, 1972, 1st section, extracts from 32 to 45mins.*

Billy Wilder, Hollywood Jewish director on location accidentally steps in while the cameras were rolling.

I as a Holocaust survivor cannot live with the fact that the State of Israel is imprisoning an entire people behind fences. …  It’s just immoral.

What happened to me in the Holocaust wakes me up every night and I hope we don’t do the same thing to our neighbours. … [I compare] what I went through during the Holocaust to what the besieged Palestinian children are going through.

Reuben Moscovitz, ‘Jewish Gaza-bound Activists: IDF Used Excessive Force in Naval Raid’, Haaretz, 28/9/10. Reuben Moscovitz was survivor of the Holocaust in Romania*

“Sometime after [1956] I heard a news item about Israelis herding Palestinians into settlement camps.

I just could not believe this. Weren’t the Israelis also Jews?

Hadn’t we – they – just survived the greatest pogrom of our history? Weren’t [concentration] camps – often euphemistically called ‘settlement camps’ by the Nazis – the main feature of this pogrom?

Zionist terrorist soldiers have freedom of movement, they go into Gaza and shoot children for sport with no repercussions. The civilians get caught off guard and have nowhere to run.

How could Jews in any measure do unto others what had been done to them? How could these Israeli Jews oppress and imprison other people? In my romantic imagination, the Jews in Israel were socialists and people who knew right from wrong.

This was clearly incorrect. I felt let down, as if I was being robbed of a part of what I had thought was my heritage. …

I have to say to the Israeli government, which claims to speak in the name of all Jews, that it is not speaking in my name.

I will not remain silent in the face of the attempted annihilation of the Palestinians; the sale of arms to repressive regimes around the world; the attempt to stifle criticism of Israel in the media worldwide; or the twisting of the knife labelled ‘guilt’ in order to gain economic concessions from Western countries.

Of course, Israel’s geo-political position has a greater bearing on this, at the moment. I will not allow the confounding of the terms ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘anti-Zionist’ to go unchallenged.”

Dr. Marika Sherwood, ‘How I became an anti-Israel Jew’, Middle East Monitor, 7/3/18.

Marika Sherwood is a survivor of the Budapest ghetto.*

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Spielberg has a talent of projecting Zionism onto Nazism. This is occupied Palestine today.

“I am pained by the parallels I observe between my experiences in Germany prior to 1939 and those suffered by Palestinians today.

I cannot help but hear echoes of the Nazi mythos of ‘blood and soil’ in the rhetoric of settler fundamentalism which claims a sacred right to all the lands of biblical Judea and Samaria.

The various forms of collective punishment visited upon the Palestinian people – coerced ghettoization behind a ‘security wall’; the bulldozing of homes and destruction of fields; the bombing of schools, mosques, and government buildings; an economic blockade that deprives people of the water, food, medicine, education and the basic necessities for dignified survival – force me to recall the deprivations and humiliations that I experienced in my youth.

This century-long process of oppression means unimaginable suffering for Palestinians.” 

Dr. Hajo Meyer, ‘An Ethical Tradition Betrayed’, Huffington Post, 27/1/10.

Hajo Meyer was a survivor of Auschwitz.

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Another Zionist Armed Incursion and Murder in a Refugee Camp

Zionist excuses for murdering Palestinians never comes with evidence…just they’re say so. The trigger words are ‘Hamas’ and ‘knife and we go “ooh ok”. Of course they’ve been killing Palestinians long before Hamas ever existed but who thinks of that.

This policy enables the lethal, unlawful and immoral shooting of Palestinians to continue unchecked, as no one is held accountable – whether it is the soldiers, their commanders, those who formulate the directives or the officials who cover up the acts.

On Wednesday morning, 13 May 2020, at around 5:30 A.M., a commercial van bearing Palestinian license plates drove into the Beit Jibrin neighborhood in the eastern section of al-Fawar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron.

About ten soldiers got out, and some of them took up positions on rooftops while others walked through the neighborhood.

On Wednesday morning, 13 May 2020, at around 5:30 A.M., a commercial van bearing Palestinian license plates drove into the Beit Jibrin neighborhood in the eastern section of al-Fawar Refugee Camp, south of Hebron.

About ten soldiers got out, and some of them took up positions on rooftops while others walked through the neighborhood.

Qaysiyah’s uncle, ‘Aziz al-Fayumi (33), went up to the roof shortly before Zeid was shot. In a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Musa Abu Hashhash on 14 May 2020, he described what happened:

I yelled at Zeid not to go near the corner of the roof, but he ignored me and went right up to the edge.

Suddenly, I saw him fall backwards between the water tanks. His head was bleeding. I was confused and didn’t know what do. I ran downstairs to my brother Samir’s apartment.

I woke him up and told him Zeid had been shot in the head. We went up to the roof together. My wife and nieces were still there, screaming.

Some people went up to the roof and a few minutes later, they carried Zeid down to the street, covering his head with a shirt. They drove him to the government hospital in Yatta.

Because of the massive bleeding from the back of his head and all the blood left on the roof, I realized he was probably dead. We followed them to the hospital by car. When we got there, the doctors had already pronounced him dead.

July 04, 2014

Evidence that came to light after Israel removed its gag order on information regarding the June 12 kidnapping and murder of three Jewish Israeli students suggests that it could have been an Israeli government operation that was intentionally used to punish Hamas and break up the new Palestinian unity government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had immediately accused Hamas of the kidnapping — without presenting any evidence — and proceeded to “conduct a search” throughout the entirety of the West Bank until the bodies were reportedly found on June 30th.

The “search” entailed arresting and beating up about 600 Hamas members (including legislators) and trashing about 2100 homes; Israeli forces killed at least 7 Palestinians.

Israel also heightened its daily air strikes on the Gaza Strip, which has been under the Israeli blockade since Sept. 2006.

The Gaza government appealed to the UN for relief, which responded by condemning the kidnappings rather than the massive abuse of the Palestinian population. And then urging “all parties” to show restraint.

On July 1, Israel removed a gag order on information about the kidnapping that revealed shocking facts:

The Israeli government had informed members of the press around June 15th that it was aware that the students had been killed (1) but placed a gag order on that information: the government must thus have known where the bodies were.

The brutal “search” was merely cover for punishment of members of Hamas, the democratically-elected party of Palestinians throughout the occupied territories. The Israeli media played along with the pretext for the abuse.

Palestinians gather around a destroyed home of the al-Dallu family following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on November 18, 2012. At least seven members of the same family, including four children, were among nine people killed when an Israeli missile struck a family home in Gaza City, the health ministry said. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were only called in 8-9 hours after the first call to report the kidnapping. One of the students placed a call to the police emergency hotline 10 minutes after they accepted a hitchhiking ride home, with the message that he was being kidnapped.

The statement was followed by what sounded like several gunshots, groans and silence; the call lasted for 49 seconds. Police ignored the call. The teen’s father called police 5 hours later, at 3:30 am, to report his son missing. “Several hours” after that, after an exchange of 54 phone calls, the IDF and Shin Bet finally became involved. (2)

The founding of Israel marked the culmination of a 50-year-long campaign, waged by political Zionists, to establish a Jewish state.

Despite possession of all of the evidence of the kidnappings and murders, the Israeli government has offered no evidence that indicates responsibility for the acts. Those with any direct connection to the phone calls or the finding of the bodies have remained unidentified.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has used this event for huge political gain:

to create divisions within the new “unity government” of Fatah and Hamas,

to physically punish Hamas members and the cause of Palestinian resistance,

to get legislation passed through the Knesset to block the return of East Jerusalem to Palestinians (1),

to try to foment a third intifada to legitimate further attacks on Palestinians (1) and

to whip up such hatred of Palestinians that it has become dangerous for them to be seen on Israeli streets.

The Israeli government is continuing to harass and attack Palestinians until it supposedly finds the killers. The two young Hebron men named as the accused have been missing since June 12th.

The uncovering of this deception should arouse world condemnation.

The Neo Anti-Semites

May 27, 2020

“israeli” occupation forces yesterday announced the destruction of ten wells in the town of Az-Zawiya, west of Salfit in the north of the West Bank.

The Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) quoted local sources as saying that occupation forces handed over demolition notices to owners of the water wells in the western region of the town.

The sources pointed out that the wells belong to Maher Qadous, Munir Shamlawi, Rebhi Abu Nabaa, Adnan Ali Hamdan, Nizam Hammouda, Harun Muqadi, Jamal Mosleh, Raji Shakur and Shehadeh Dahbour.

“israel” continues to steal water from the occupied West Bank by curbing Palestinian access to it, while increasing the control illegal Jewish only settlements have over water resources in the area.

The Zionists are the bad guys in every scenario. What kind of people root for them?

In November 1967, Israeli authorities issued Military Order 158, which stated that Palestinians could not construct any new water installation without first obtaining a permit from the Israeli army.

These are nearly impossible to obtain, Amnesty reports. “Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation continue to suffer the devastating consequences of this order until today.

They are unable to drill new water wells, install pumps or deepen existing wells, in addition to being denied access to the Jordan River and fresh water springs,” the rights group explains.

Adding: “While restricting Palestinian access to water, Israel has effectively developed its own water infrastructure and water network in the West Bank for the use of its own citizens in Israel and in the settlements – that are illegal under international law.”

israeli occupation forces yesterday announced the destruction of ten wells in the town of Az-Zawiya, west of Salfit in the north of the West Bank.

The Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) quoted local sources as saying that occupation forces handed over demolition notices to owners of the water wells in the western region of the town.

The sources pointed out that the wells belong to Maher Qadous, Munir Shamlawi, Rebhi Abu Nabaa, Adnan Ali Hamdan, Nizam Hammouda, Harun Muqadi, Jamal Mosleh, Raji Shakur and Shehadeh Dahbour.

Israel continues to steal water from the occupied West Bank by curbing Palestinian access to it, while increasing the control illegal Jewish only settlements have over water resources in the area.

In November 1967, Israeli authorities issued Military Order 158, which stated that Palestinians could not construct any new water installation without first obtaining a permit from the Israeli army. These are nearly impossible to obtain, Amnesty reports.

“Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation continue to suffer the devastating consequences of this order until today. They are unable to drill new water wells, install pumps or deepen existing wells, in addition to being denied access to the Jordan River and fresh water springs,” the rights group explains.

Adding: “While restricting Palestinian access to water, Israel has effectively developed its own water infrastructure and water network in the West Bank for the use of its own citizens in Israel and in the settlements – that are illegal under international law.”

Israeli occupation forces yesterday announced the destruction of ten wells in the town of Az-Zawiya, west of Salfit in the north of the West Bank.

The Palestinian News Agency (Wafa) quoted local sources as saying that occupation forces handed over demolition notices to owners of the water wells in the western region of the town.

The sources pointed out that the wells belong to Maher Qadous, Munir Shamlawi, Rebhi Abu Nabaa, Adnan Ali Hamdan, Nizam Hammouda, Harun Muqadi, Jamal Mosleh, Raji Shakur and Shehadeh Dahbour.

Israel continues to steal water from the occupied West Bank by curbing Palestinian access to it, while increasing the control illegal Jewish only settlements have over water resources in the area.

In November 1967, Israeli authorities issued Military Order 158, which stated that Palestinians could not construct any new water installation without first obtaining a permit from the Israeli army.

These are nearly impossible to obtain, Amnesty reports.

“Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation continue to suffer the devastating consequences of this order until today.

They are unable to drill new water wells, install pumps or deepen existing wells, in addition to being denied access to the Jordan River and fresh water springs,” the rights group explains.

Adding: “While restricting Palestinian access to water, Israel has effectively developed its own water infrastructure and water network in the West Bank for the use of its own citizens in Israel and in the settlements – that are illegal under international law.”

Rogue US will recognize “israel” illegal annexation of occupied West Bank

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.

 

Since Trump took office, he has recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the entirety of occupied Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, despite the fact that this decision contradicts international law and UN Security Council resolutions, which consider the Arab lands seized by Israel in 1967 as occupied.

The United States said it was ready to recognise Israel’s annexation of much of the occupied West Bank adding that Tel Aviv’s new unity government must negotiate with the Palestinians first.

“As we have made consistently clear, we are prepared to recognise Israeli actions to extend Israeli sovereignty and the application of Israeli law to areas of the West Bank that the vision foresees as being part of the State of Israel,” a State Department spokesperson said yesterday.

The step would be “in the context of the Government of Israel agreeing to negotiate with the Palestinians along the lines set forth in President [Donald] Trump’s Vision,” she said.

The statement came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was confident that the US would give Israel the approval within two months to move ahead with the annexation of the occupied West Bank, which Palestinians say will end the ability of establishing a two-state solution.

Israel’s Occupation of the Golan Heights Is Illegal and Dangerous

The city remains destroyed as living proof of Israeli aggression towards civilians. On December 14, 1981, Israel annexed, the Occupied Syrian Golan; the international community responded with Security Council Resolution 497 (1981), which unanimously called this move, “null and void”

Since Trump took office, he has recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the entirety of occupied Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, despite the fact that this decision contradicts international law and UN Security Council resolutions, which consider the Arab lands seized by Israel in 1967 as occupied.

Palestinians have expressed outrage at Israel’s annexation plans.

“Israel is also exploiting the blind ideological support it has in the White House to quickly reach the point of no return,” member of PLO’s Executive Committee Hanan Ashrawi said on Sunday.

“Israeli actions are unraveling the practicability and applicability of the two-state formula. They are etching a future of perpetual conflict and suffering while also threatening the core and relevance of international law to global peace and security,” she added.

Arab Foreign Ministers will meet on Thursday to discuss measures Arab states can take should Israel annex the West Bank, Wafa news agency reported.

The meeting will be held through video conferencing, and will discuss providing political, legal and financial support to the Palestinian Authority to “confront the Israeli plans”.

Israel’s political culture is corrupt

There is no way Israeli parties would grant Israeli-Palestinians legitimacy

Hitler mustaches, and indeed came over with the Nazi playbook. They probably wrote it! From then till now no Israel leader has changed the game plan and never will.

March 11, 2020

Sometimes a mere slogan would do it, one that mysteriously taps into the zeitgeist of an era.

When in 1968, for example, Phillip Morris launched Virginia Slims, the first cigarette brand marketed specifically for “liberated” women, with the slogan “You’ve come a long way, baby”, the whole thing caught on.

Those half dozen words became so ingrained in the lexicon of American argot that when they were used as the title of Fatboy Slim’s 1998 acclaimed album, no one was confused.

Well, Israel too has come a long way, baby, from the image it once held, in popular opinion as in elite discourse, of a little David, inhabiting a tiny strip of land where desert was made to bloom, confronting, against overwhelming odds, a cruel Arab Goliath.

The image at the time had a special appeal to ordinary Americans, who love Horatio Alger stories of self-made men and women who, with pluck and resourcefulness, are able to overcome obstacles.

The David and Goliath package is now supplanted by one of a cruel and racist occupying power.

In no other venue has Israel come a long way in showing itself to the world for the ethnocentric entity that it is, and its leaders for the racists that they are, than in the last general election, held on March 2, the third this year.

Consider the sad tale of the Joint List, the coalition of four majority political parties that represent Israeli Palestinians, roughly 21 per cent of the population.

In the polls two weeks ago, the List made an unprecedented showing, gaining an additional two seats, which made it the third largest bloc in the 120-seat Knesset and the major opposition party.

Yet, not in this election nor in previous ones has one of the four parties drawn from the list ever been invited to be part of the government.

News junkies will recall that the initial results of the election showed Benjamin Netanyahu had scored a smashing victory, but less than 48 hours later hopes were dashed when it was discovered that the Likud fell short of the majority needed to form a government.

And that’s when the man behind the racist Nation State Law “accused” his rival, Benny Gantz of planning to “collaborate” with the list to form a government.

For his part, Gantz, according to a news report in Haaretz, indignantly responded that he would not “in any way, shape or form do so”.

Heavens, imagine, Ayman Odeh, head of the List, becoming opposition leader, entitled to receive briefings from Mossad and to meet visiting heads of state!

It is understood that, were that to happen, smaller opposition groups would readily combine their votes to block his appointment. Heavens!

These folks lobbied so hard to pass the racist Nation State bill into law in the summer of 2018 — that effectively introduced a legal basis to render Israeli Palestinians an inferior minority — and they would not have a “bunch of Arabs” leading the opposition! Oh, the horror, the horror! [That would be like giving the besieged Jews in Warsaw Ghetto a political voice]

“There is no way that other [Israeli] parties would agree to have Ayman Odeh as head of the opposition and grant our community recognition and legitimacy”, said Aida Sliman, an Israeli Palestinian lawmaker from Odeh’s faction in the List.

Now extrapolate from American political culture and this would be tantamount to demanding that no African American would ever hope to become, say, House Speaker, serve in government as a cabinet minister or head a government agency, such as the State Department or the Department of Education.

Symbols speak for themselves.

The conflict between Palestinians and Israelis is suffused with symbols, in this case racist symbols, and it is all being played out in a symbolic environment.

That’s how the political cultures of Palestinians and Israelis have evolved — from the dialectic of interaction between occupier and occupied — shaping even the way they live their ordinary lives.

Few Israelis in this instant could bring themselves, for example, to engage, let alone empathise with the bereavement discourse in Gaza, the humiliating daily grind of checkpoints in the West Bank, and the onslaught of otherness thrust on Israeli Palestinians in the old sod.

These are two different worlds with two different symbolic constructs. The twain truly never meet.

Sorry progressive Israelis, I feel for you. It may very well be that your struggle to liberate your society of bigotry is, at a seminal level, a shade more complex than our struggle to endure it.

— Fawaz Turki is a journalist, lecturer and author based in Washington. He is the author of The Disinherited: Journal of a Palestinian Exile.