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Palestinian Hunger Strikes Continue

  Palestinian Hunger Strikes Continue

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Over 2,000 Palestinian hunger strikers redefined courage. Their willingness to die for justice was unprecedented.

 

On May 14, an Egyptian brokered deal was reached. Strike leaders and Israel Prison Service (IPS) officials agreed on terms. They included:

Israeli Attack on Gaza, June 3-4, 2012

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the night of June 3, 2012, Israel conducted a series of air raids hitting several areas in the Gaza Strip. At about 2:00 am, the Israeli Air Force struck:

  • an inhabited house in Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. The house was struck by 4 missiles. Seven people were injured including 4 children;
  • an uninhabited area to the west of Nuseirat, in this case the missile has remained unexploded;
  • an uninhabited area between a mosque and a house, always in Nuseirat;
  • a farm in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip;
  • a farm in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip;
  • an uninhabited house in Deir el Balah, in the central Gaza Strip;

The following night, June 4, 2012, the Israeli Air Force struck again several areas in the Gaza Strip:

  • a farm that produces cheese in the Zaitoun, east of Gaza City;
  • an uninhabited area in El Kashif mountain, north of Gaza City.

On June 4, in the morning, I went to visit the house in Nuseirat.  The house is completely destroyed. Two missiles have left two deep holes in the ground. Inside the house, two missiles punctured the ceiling of the bedroom, one of which also went through a wall. Debris and glass were scattered everywhere.


Another home nearby was heavily damaged. Part of the ceiling collapsed on a cot where a little girl of 3 months named Deema was sleeping
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Video I shot on the spot:


 

http://youtu.be/9ujPPL-lpGo

Ibrahim Khalil Alfiqi, 23, was alone in the home hit by four missiles.

The house was destroyed where he was soon to be living with his wife. In a month they were to hold a party for their wedding. Ibrahim had prepared everything. The bedroom was ready.


He had put a mattress in a room of the house where he was sleeping every night, next to the bedroom. At about 2:00 am, Ibrahim was awakened by a huge explosion. The door of the bedroom fell on him and he was hit by fragments of the ceiling. When he started to move the door to go outside he heard another explosion. He tried to open the outer door but did not succeed. Then he heard another explosion. He pushed the door with force and escaped. He went to the home of his brother Mohammed, next to his, and asked him how he was. He saw the ceiling of the house of his brother damaged.

 

Deema, the baby girl on whom part of the ceiling collapsed was injured. Ibrahim also saw some cousins ​​wounded. Ibrahim had a bleeding leg. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital together with Deema. Deema, 3 months, was subjected to X-rays and has reported several cuts because of the ceiling collapsed on her body, and a concussion to head due to the impact of the ceiling.

 

Alive by a miracle.


Ibrahim was wounded by shrapnel from a missile on the leg and bruising due to the impact of the door that fell on him.

 

Ibrahim then immediately wanted to leave the hospital because his mother was very worried and thought that the little girl was dead.

 

"I ran away not knowing what had happened in my house - says Ibrahim - then on my return from the hospital I saw that the bedroom was destroyed. Alhamdulilah I said, having survived, but looking at the room I wondered how I would rebuild it again."

 

Ibrahim has to buy replacements for every thing.  He has to buy windows, to replace the ceiling. Ibrahim earns only between 700 and 800 shekels a month, he can not now buy what the house needs.


His brother Mohammed Khalil Alfiqi, 26, was asleep in the home next door with his wife and two children, Deema, 3 months, and Leen, 3 years.


"It was about 2:00 in the morning - said Mohammed - we were sleeping. Suddenly we heard an explosion near the home of my brother Ibrahim. My brother works as a mechanic, not working for any political party, is a civilian. The celebration of his wedding is set for July 6. He does not have much money, he went into debt to buy everything for his apartment. "

 

The explosions also damaged the house of Mohammed. His daughter Deema, three months, was sleeping in the crib when the ceiling collapsed on her body. His wife and eldest daughter, Leen, have received medical assistance on site. Deema was instead transported to 'Al-Aqsa hospital in Deir El Balah. Deema reported bruising to the skull, cuts to the arms, stomach, close to one eye and a leg.


Mohammed earns about 1700 shekels a month, and pays university tuition for his wife, claims his father who does not work, and her sisters who are studying at university. Their family is from Swafet.


In total, people injured in this attack are seven: Alfiqi Ibrahim, 23 years; Deema Alfiqi, 3 months; Alfiqui Tareq, 23 years; Jebreel Mohammed, 4 years; Feras Jebreel, 5 years; Jebreel Hussien, 16 years; Wesam Jebreel , 3 years. The last four in that list reported cuts caused by glass and rubble.

The family of Mohammed invites me to sit down in the courtyard of the house of Ibrahim, among the rubble.


A relative asks the small Leen, 3 years old, "Who woke you up this morning?", "A bomb," says Leen.


Some families invite me to stay for lunch ... as if it were a normal day.


As if the missiles had not just destroyed their home. As if we were not among the rubble. I remain amazed once again at the power of these people, and they are fascinated and enamored of their reception among the rubble of their eyes, which, despite everything, I smile.


 

un pezzo di missile
 
Mohammed con sua figlia Deema, alle spalle suo fratello Ibrahim



On June 4, I went to the farm destroyed overnight by an Israeli bombardment. The farm is located in an inhabited area in Zaytoun, eastern Gaza city.


The farm is completely destroyed. The roof, shattered on the ground, still has a huge hole caused by the bomb dropped from an F-16. There was an unbearable smell of chlorine mixed with milk and cheese. One of the owners of the farm told us that the bombing occurred at 1 .15 at night. There was no one inside the farm, but a passerby was injured. The farm produces milk and cheese, and is the fifth time that was bombed. The last attack took place a year ago. Six families depend on this farm, every family is composed of eight persons. One family sold their house to be able to rebuild and now lives at another house to rent. "It is a new distastro - said one of the owners - we do not know how to begin again." Some owners are opposed to re-build the farm, fearing to be destroyed again.

 

 

 
il foro provocato dalla bomba sul tetto della fattoria completamente crollato
 
scatole per il formaggio sparse fra le macerie


 

Israeli spokesmen have announced that they had hit military targets. Many international media have reported the statements of Israeli spokesmen. The truth is otherwise.


The truth is made up of civilian homes reduced to rubble, collapsed ceilings at night, families of impoverished, frightened eyes of children, were wounded.


The Gazawi rebuild their lives from the rubble once again.

 

 

Reason for Hope and Despair in Palestine

  Reason for Hope and Despair in Palestine

 

By Stephen Lendman

 

First the good news.

 

On May 24, Haaretz headlined "Turkey issues arrest warrants for ex-IDF officers," saying:

Turkish Court Indicts Senior Israeli Military Officials in Murders on Gaza Flotilla

On the Second Anniversary of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Turkish Court Indicts Senior Israeli Military Officials in Murders of Nine Passengers

By Ann Wright

Two years ago I was a passenger on the first Gaza Freedom Flotilla which was sailing to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. I watched from a small boat called the Challenger 1, as a much larger boat, the Mavi Marmara, with almost 600 passengers, was brutally attacked by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) commandos. 30 minutes later, our boat was attacked.

Daily Kristallnacht in Palestine

  Daily Kristallinacht in Palestine

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Imagine daily life under these conditions. Occupation harshness enforces institutionalized terror. Fear is constant. Collective punishment is policy.

 

Peaceful public demonstrations are assaulted. Free expression and movement are prohibited. Population centers are isolated. Borders are closed. 

Headlines Reveal Life in Occupied Palestine

  Headlines Reveal Life in Occupied Palestine

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

They also reflect rogue Israeli leadership threatening humanity. More on that below.

 

Gaza remains isolated and besieged. Its health minister said the lives of 404 kidney failure patients are threatened. Enough dialysis "Bloodline" supplies aren't available.

Neocons Mount Another Pre-emptive Strike on History

Applying the Six-Day War to Iran

May 17, 2012

Editor Note: America’s neocons continue to beat the drums for war with Iran, brushing aside warnings even from Israeli intelligence veterans. Another part of the propaganda is to merge a future war against Iran with the heroic memories of the Six-Day War nearly 45 years ago, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern notes.

By Ray McGovern

With the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War of June 1967 coming early next month, pro-Israel pundits like syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer are again promoting Israel’s faux-narrative on the reasons behind Israel’s decision to attack its neighbors.

Gaza's Ark

We are thrilled to announce the Gaza's Ark project and the participation of those in the United States who support the people of Gaza and the West Bank.

 

If you would like to know more about Gaza's Ark and how you can support the project, join us on a conference call,  

 

Tuesday, May 22 at 11pm Eastern.  Please call

712-432-3900, access code 481417#.

 

Ann Wright and Jane Hirschmann are the US points of contact on the international steering committee.

The Nakba: Before and After

  The Nakba: Before and After

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

May 15 marks Israel's 64th independence day. This year's Jewish calendar commemorated it on April 25. 

 

For Palestinians, May 15 represents 64 years of Nakba suffering. Survivor testimonies bare witness. No words adequately explain their catastrophe. An unnamed Jew said:

Hunger Strikes Highlight Israeli Injustice

  Hunger Strikes Highlight Israeli Injustice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel treats Palestinian prisoners horrifically. Cruel and unusual punishment is policy. Detention conditions include torture, intimidation, and other abusive practices. 

 

The Massive Palestinian Hunger Strike: Traveling below the Western Radar

Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1,300 hunger strikers in any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story? It would be featured day after day, and reported on from all angles, including the severe medical risks associated with such a lengthy refusal to take food. At this time, two Palestinians who were the first to start this current wave of resistance, Thaer Halaheh and Bilal Diab, entering their 64th day without food, are reported by the prisoner protection association, Addameer, and the NGO, Physician for Human Rights-Israel, to be in critical condition with their lives hanging in the balance. Despite this dramatic state of affairs there is scant attention in Europe, and literally none in North America.

A handcuffed Palestinian prisoner appears from behind the bars of a prison bus. (AFP)

In contrast, consider the attention that the Western media has devoted to a lone blind Chinese human rights lawyer, Chen Guangcheng, who managed to escape from house arrest in Beijing a few days ago and find a safe haven at the U.S. Embassy. This is an important international incident, to be sure, but is it truly so much more significant than the Palestinian story as to explain the total neglect of the extraordinary exploits of these thousands of Palestinians who are sacrificing their bodies, quite possibly their lives, to nonviolently protest severe mistreatment in the Israeli prison system? Except among their countrymen, and to some extent the region, these many thousand Palestinian prisoners have been languishing within an opaque black box ever since 1967, are denied protection, exist without rights, and cope as best they can without even the acknowledgement of their plight.

There is another comparison to be made. Recall the outpouring of concern and sympathy throughout the West for Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who was captured on the Gaza border and held captive by Palestinians for five years. A powerful global campaign for his release on humanitarian ground was organized, and received constant reinforcement in the media. World leaders pleaded for his release, and Israeli commanding officers even told IDF fighting forces during the massive attacks on Gaza at the end of 2008, which killed more than 1,450 Palestinians, that their real mission was to free Shalit, or at least hold accountable the entire civilian population of Gaza. When Shalit was finally released in a prisoner exchange a few months ago, there was a brief celebration that abruptly ended when, much to the disappointment of the Israeli establishment, Shalit reported good treatment during captivity. Shalit’s father went further, saying if he was a Palestinian he would have tried to capture Israeli soldiers. Not surprisingly, Shalit, instead of being revered as an Israeli hero, has quietly disappeared from public view.

Palestinian Prisoner Unity

  Palestinian Prisoner Unity

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Commentary is a neoconservative publication. Fronting for Israel is policy. 

 

Israeli military demolishes dairy farm

CPTnet
2 May 2012
AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): Israeli military demolishes dairy farm

On May Day, 1 May, at 7:45 a.m., the Christian Peacemaker Team in Hebron received a phone call from Noah al-Rajabi in Bani Naim.  Al-Rajabi reported that the army and bulldozers were demolishing his cousin’s home and threatening to demolish the family’s farm. He urged CPT to come and to call the media and other internationals to bear witness to what was happening.  Two CPTers arrived at the main road near the house and saw six military jeeps, three police vehicles, and three intelligence service vehicles at the site.  Initially, the Israeli authorities prevented CPTers from approaching the scene. When they asked soldiers why they were demolishing the farm, a soldier replied, “Because we are the army.”

From the place where they could view the demolition, the CPTers could see a Caterpillar and a Hyundai bulldozer destroying a farm building and a caravan (mobile home) in which the family lived. The children of the family came to the main road and one of the boys told them that he could take them through the fields to get a closer view of the destruction of his father’s farm.  By now, the two bulldozers had started to raze a large corrugated iron barn where the family kept their cows; it destroyed milking machines and other equipment worth over 8000 USD in the process.  The farmer told CPTers, “Destroying my home…I can rebuild and while I am rebuilding I can stay with another family member but destroying my farm—it’s not only destroying my livelihood but also the livelihoods of three other families; our farm is our bread and butter.” The farmer has two wives and fifteen children to support and now he is worried how he will manage financially. He was looking at his one hundred cows, who were sitting in the oppressive heat.  The farmer said that if they were not milked soon, they would die.

In Israel on May Day, all governmental offices are closed; the Israeli military evidently was not observing this national holiday when it destroyed the livelihoods of these four families.

Additional photos of the demolition are available here.

Talk Nation Radio: Rebecca Vilkomerson on Jewish Voice for Peace

Rebecca Vilkomerson is the executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace.  She discusses Jewish-American opposition to the Israeli government's policies of war and occupation.  Vilkomerson has over 15 years of experience in community organizing, advocacy, program development and fundraising in the United States and Israel. She has been an active member of JVP since 2002, and lived in Israel with her family from 2006-2009. In 2010, the Forward recognized her as one of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders in the U.S.

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Palestinian Rights Activism Endangered

  Palestinian Rights Activism Endangered 

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

In America, Israel, Europe and elsewhere, supporting Palestinian rights publicly is dangerous. 

 

In September 2010, FBI agents raided homes of Chicago and Minneapolis human rights activists.

 

Dying to Live Free

  Dying to Live Free

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's prison gulag is one of the world's most hellish. Palestinians held suffer horrifically. Inflicting pain and suffering is official Israeli policy. Rule of law principles are spurned.

 

Abbas Censors Truth

  Abbas Censors Truth

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel notoriously censors truth. Military censorship bans or sanitizes material potentially harming Israel's security. Media/government agreements comply.

 

Washington Post's Molotov Peace Offer

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has delivered a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that calls for a resumption of peace negotiations.

Look at the image the Washington Post (4/18/12) used to accompany its story about this :


I will admit that a letter might not lend itself to an interesting graphic, but it sure seems odd to use a fiery Molotov cocktail instead.

Collectively Punishing Palestinian Prisoners and Families

  Collectively Punishing Palestinian Prisoners and Families

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

William Blum once called the holocaust the worst thing ever to happen to Jews. The second worse thing, he said, "is the state of Israel."

 

Israeli official: 40% of names on Shin Bet fly-in blacklist were not activists

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz

Forty percent of the non-Israeli citizens whose names appeared on a Shin Bet blacklist ahead of Sunday's so-called "fly-in" protest by pro-Palestinian activists were added to the list despite the fact that the security service had no concrete information showing they were connected with the protest in any way.

Reality in Occupied Palestine

  Reality in Occupied Palestine

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Gaza's attacked regularly. Dozens of West Bank incursions occur weekly. Police state harshness and arrests follow.

 

In the week ending April 5, one Palestinian was killed and dozens injured, including 18 children. They were nonviolently commemorating Land Day. 

Palestinian Hunger Strikers for Justice

  Palestinian Hunger Strikers for Justice

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Hana Shalabi's ordeal highlights what many others endured previously and dozens do now. Only they know the physical and emotional toll.

 

Who else understands the willingness to die for justice? Who'll suffer and risk it? Who'll challenge an implacable foe unconcerned if they live or die?

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Terrorizing Palestinians Daily

  Terrorizing Palestinians Daily

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Life in Occupied Palestine is harsh, brutal, and repressive. It includes collective punishment, closed borders, economic strangulation, land theft, dispossessions, neighborhood incursions, ground and air attacks, arrests, torture, incarceration, and constant fear.

 

Terrorizing Palestinian Youths

  Terrorizing Palestinian Youths

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Based on spurious charges or others too minor to matter, Israel arrests, tortures, traumatizes, convicts, and detains hundreds of Palestinian youths lawlessly. Many suffer lasting effects.

 

Palestinians Denied Essentials to Life

  Palestinians Denied Essentials to Life

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Besides persecution, repression, and injustice, deprivation defines life in Occupied Palestine. Essentials fall way below minimum standards. 

 

Shortages and crises affect water, sanitation, electricity, fuel, and vital healthcare when most needed.

Gaza Siege Harshness Continues

  Gaza Siege Harshness Continues

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

Israel's claimed easing is false. Besieged Gazans remain isolated. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) assessed conditions in January.

 

Freedom or Death

  Freedom or Death

 

by Stephen Lendman

 

On March 22, Hana Shalabi's 36th hunger strike day began. After examining her, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) said she's in imminent danger of death.

 

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