God’s Chosen People?
‘Caught on Camera’: Extrajudicial killings of Palestinians
By Annie Robbins
October 22, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “Mondoweiss ” – A new report summarizing Israel’s Arbitrary Killings and its System of Structural Violence was released by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor at a press conference in Geneva on Friday. The release included the following video, “Caught on Camera: Israel’s extrajudicial killings,” illustrating the killings of Palestinian civilians involved in political protests during the last two weeks.
The report follows Euro-Med Monitor‘s October 10th Call on International Community to hault Israel’s extrajudicial executions.
Video contains images and sounds depicting the reality and horror of Israel occupation.
Euro-Med Monitor Press Release:
While the Israeli government has to date escaped serious accountability for repeated human rights violations, “citizen journalism”—in which excessive acts of force are caught on camera—now is making it more difficult for the acts to be obscured or brushed aside, says the report.
“Thanks to the courageous acts of activists, family members and bystanders, Euro-Med has collected video footage and eyewitness testimonies documenting numerous, egregious abuses by Israeli soldiers during the last few weeks, which we believe is only the tip of the iceberg,” says Daniela Dönges. “In our report, we name eight of them, because they are not just numbers. They are human beings with stories that must be told.”
The eight cases called out in the report are:
- Thirteen-year-old Ahmed Manasra, who was run over by a car and beaten with sticks and metal pipes, then deprived of any medical care for 25 minutes. The Israelis claimed he tried to attack their soldiers, but video recordings show otherwise. Instead, he is seen lying on the ground, bleeding and calling for help.
- Sixteen-year-old Marah Bakri also was accused of trying to stab an Israeli soldier, but widely circulated photos calls that claim into serious question. In one, nine soldiers pointing guns surround the young girl, covered in blood on the ground. The authorities refused to produce its evidence of a crime.
- Israa Abed, 29, is another alleged knife-wielding attacker. Surveillance video footage shows only a terrified young woman who panicked when ordered to remove her hijab, a sign of her religion. She refused, but threw up her hands. Abed was shot by four bullets.
- Fadi Samir Mustafa Alloun, 19, another accused stabber, was actually chased by a group of enraged Israeli settlers. The police came to protect the settlers, not Fadi. Video recordings shared on Israeli websites show the settlers before the police shot him.
- Hadil Alhashlamoun, 18, was passing through a checkpoint when she set off a metal detector alarm. There are conflicting witness accounts regarding whether the girl had a knife, but photographic evidence and eyewitness testimony is clear that she posed no risk. While she was lying on the ground, two soldiers shot bullets into both knees, her right thigh, her pelvis, her abdomen, both forearms and her chest.
- Twenty-five-year-old Muhammed Bassam Amsha, also was passing through a checkpoint when he was killed. Soldiers claimed they had photos showing the young man had a knife, but refused to produce them.
- Tha’er Abughazaleh,19, did indeed stab a soldier in rage and frustration. But instead of then running away from police, leading them to shoot, photographic evidence suggest he was unnecessarily shot point blank in the head.
- Falah Hamdi Zamel Abumaria, 53, was shot and killed in his home when the Israeli military came to seize his son. Despite the official story that the Israelis were attaced by the older man, eyewitnesses tell the truth, that Abumaria was trying to defend his son—with a pottery vase. For that, he was shot three times in the chest.
“No thinking person with a heart can hear this list and not feel horrified and aghast,” says Dönges. “Yet up until now, Israel has escaped any kind of serious accounting beyond some talk. The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor calls on the Israeli authorities to conduct a transparent investigation into these thinly veiled outright murders. However, because we lack any confidence they will do so, we also call on the UN special rapporteurs for extra-judicial killings and the Palestinian territories to visit the region to do their own investigation.”
Full report here (pdf).
Thanks to Susan Abulhawa
Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
God’s Chosen People? — Guest Column by Stephen Lensman
Stephen Lendman is a Jew. What you read below are the words of a Jew who has a moral conscience and cannot tolerate the horrendous crimes that the government of the state of Israel—supported to the hilt by the American neocons who have dominated every US government since Clinton—commits on Palestinians.
Many Jews have a moral conscience. Jews are the most outspoken critics of the Zionist Israeli government that is worshipped by brainwashed American gentiles. The government of Israel calls its Jewish critics “self-hating Jews” and works to eliminate them, with much success, from Western university and media employment.
The American Congress, the mythical “voice of the people,” is in fact the voice of the crazed rightwing Israeli government. The idiots in Congress actually send each year to the Israeli government the billions of our taxpayer dollars that the Israeli government uses to buy the elections and the votes of the US Conress.
You can tell who the honest members of the House and Senate are. They are the few who do not vote as the Israel Lobby orders. Usually, such representatives elected by Americans don’t last long in the job.
Bloody Friday in Palestine
by Stephen Lendman
Israel’s killing machine raged on Friday, continuing into Saturday. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said Israeli forces wounded over 290 Palestinians yesterday alone, many seriously – 48 from live fire, 44 using rubber-coated steel bullets.
Hundreds suffered from toxic tear gas inhalation. Maan News said “Israeli forces used Palestine TV reporter and cameraman Sira Sarhan and Hadi al-Dibs as human shields…forcing them at gunpoint to remain in front of their Jeep and tell protesters to stop throwing rocks.”
French journalist David Perrotin was brutally assaulted by Jewish Defense League Zionist zealots outside AFP’s Paris headquarters. He was beaten with batons.
Lunatics involved tried storming AFP’s building, waving Israeli flags, throwing eggs, chanting: “We’re coming to get you.”
One agitator raved: “We are here to show support for Israel in our war against the Arabs. Journalists working for organizations like AFP support the Islamic terrorists and that’s why we have to fight back.” Friday night, Perrotin twittered he’s OK. He thanked everyone expressing support.
On October 21, Luay Faisal Ali Abeid stood on his third floor balcony, displaying no weapon, threatening no one. No clashes were ongoing in the area around his home.
An Israeli soldier opened fire at him without just cause, a rubber-coated steel bullet fracturing his skull and nose, striking his left eye. Surgeons couldn’t save it. They had to operate to remove it.
On Saturday, an Israeli security guard murdered a Palestinian teenager in cold blood. He was unarmed threatening no one.
Palestinian medical workers said Israel prevented help from reaching him. He was shot at least five times. Overnight Friday into Saturday morning, dozens of Palestinians were kidnapped – in East Jerusalem, Jenin, Abu Dis, Qabatia and Bethlehem.
Western and Israeli media reports are entirely one-sided. Palestinians are wrongfully portrayed as knife-wielding terrorists. Most reports are fabricated. The few legitimate ones are blown way out of proportion.
Rampaging Israeli forces and extremist settlers are considered noble defenders. Al Monitor said “(t)he Obama administration is cutting aid to the Palestinians by $80 million in what congressional sources describe as a ‘message’ to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.”
It’s being reduced from $370 million to $290 million for the fiscal year ending September 30 – following criticism from congressional members, blaming Palestinians for vicious Israeli incitement and premeditated persecution over the past three weeks.
Zionist zealot Rep. Eliot Engel (D. NY) said “(w)e need to dial up pressure on Palestinian officials to repudiate this violence.” On October 22, House Foreign Affairs Committee members voted unanimously to punish Palestinians for Israeli high crimes.
Practically the entire Congress one-sidedly supports Israel, no matter how outrageous its crimes – nothing worse than cold-blooded murder, defenceless Palestinians outrageously blamed.
AIPAC demands an end to “Palestinian incitement…Palestinian terrorists are attacking Israelis,” it rants.
“Palestinian leaders…exacerbated tensions,” instead of accurately saying it’s the other way around, Israel entirely responsible, being rewarded by Washington with hundreds of millions more in military aid – supporting its killing machine to spill more blood.
“Palestinians must renew direct peace talks with Israel (to achieve) a real and lasting peace,” claims AIPAC – ignoring reality on the ground.
Israel and Washington deplore peace and stability, thrive on endless violence, at all times blame victims for their viciousness.
So-called peace initiatives are dead on arrival every time. They’re a waste of time, Palestinians always wrongfully blamed for failure.
Daily NYT reports provide cover for Israeli high crimes. Not a word on horrific Friday’s Israeli-instigated violence on defenseless Palestinians explained above.
Instead headlined “Jewish Man Stabbed in Israel by Palestinians as Violence Continues,” blaming them for an ongoing “wave of violence.”
The entire article highlights claims about Jewish victims, Palestinian terrorists, attackers, assailants. The latest Times propaganda piece cited Israel saying a “Palestinian stabber (was) shot dead.”
No Israelis were harmed. No weapons were found. Another accusation repeats the same Big Lie about violent Palestinians, poor Israeli victims. It’s hard believing this stuff gets printed – maliciously and willfully turning truth on its head.
Sources are always government or military officials, past or current ones, mostly unnamed, repeating the same old Big Lie, long ago discredited by legitimate news reports and analysts.
Israeli state terror, fully supported by Washington and rogue allies, bears full responsibility for ongoing, earlier and certain future violence against defenseless Palestinian victims.
The Times and other media scoundrels never report what everyone needs to know. Israel’s war on Palestinians continues with no resolution in prospect.
Just as the New York Times lies through its teeth about Palestinians, the New York Times lies through its teeth about Russia. Lendman holds the presstitutes accountable.
NYT Big Lie Claims Russia Bombing Syrian Hospitals
by Stephen Lendman
On October 20, The Times tried justifying the Pentagon’s latest Afghan war crime, willfully bombing a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital without just cause – premeditated Times deception suggesting otherwise, ignoring indisputable facts.
The death toll keeps rising, 26 according to MSF as of October 23 – 37 others injured, many severely. Numbers of known fatalities “may not be final numbers,” said MSF.
“All that now remains of the three operating theaters, the ER and outpatient departments, and the intensive care unit are collapsed roofs, blackened walls, floors thick with dust, and twisted pieces of metal that were once beds or trolleys,” it explained painfully.
Its outrage remains unchanged. The Times report tried whitewashing deliberate mass murder. Its lies and will distortions never quit.
On October 22, it claimed precision Russian airstrikes on ISIS and other takfiri targets struck “(a)t least seven hospitals or medical facilities in Syria,” another vicious Big Lie, same old Times reporting, systematically suppressing hard truths, substituting made up rubbish.
Its source for this and other anti-Syrian propaganda – the London-based, Western financed con man Rami Abdul Rahman Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), reporting only what his backers tell him to say, a pack of lies they want proliferated by willing major media scoundrels.
On Friday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted anti-Russian propaganda, phony reports about its Syrian operations, saying:
“There are so-called mass media reports which allege that Russian aircraft bombed a field hospital in the Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria and reportedly killed 13 people.”
Journalists don’t write these type reports, she explained. They publish anti-Russian propaganda prepared for them, claiming it’s real news.
She blasted SOHR, saying “(a)s we all understand, it is very ‘convenient’ to cover and observe what is happening in Syria without leaving London and without the ability to collect information in the field.”
Russia’s campaign scrupulously avoids striking civilians, while “terrorist groups (keep getting) reinforcements of people (and) equipment from abroad…”
“These facts raise a question as to whether parties involved in the Syrian conflict are really interested in a peaceful settlement, and how this goal is reconciled with financial and technical support for anti-government armed groups, including those who directly cooperate with terrorists.”
Daily anti-Russian propaganda rages. Fabricated rubbish substitutes for hard truths. Only fools and liars believe it.
In a few short weeks, Russia’s anti-terrorism campaign in Syria continues showing remarkable effectiveness – ISIS and other takfiris getting systematically battered. Not a shred of evidence suggests it’s bombing hospitals or other civilian sites. Reports claiming otherwise are willful lies.
Moscow’s formidable weapons and air power have Pentagon commanders trembling, likely not eager to pick a fight it knows it can’t win.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com.
This is just my opinion, but we are all one in “God’s” eye, these since-less killings are totally uncalled for the fighting between all of the nations and countries needs to stop “We The People” are not with our “Governments” on most if not all of what they do!!! The US “Corporation” is the one who created ISIS/ISIL. In my opinion let Putin destroy them and we can watch “Washington District of Criminals” (or mush for brains) as Paul Craig Roberts called them cry like little children they are.
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