Israeli Occupation abuse of Palestinian children

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Armed Israeli soldiers (and settlers, both armed and unarmed) terrorise Palestinian children almost daily in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. From 1-22 November alone, 28 Palestinian youngsters, children as young as seven years, and minors up to age 17, were seized, and held captive:

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Before reading this article it would be as well to watch, on-line, two videos: The first is of a 13-year-old boy lying on the ground with a head injury while an ambulance is waved away and no attempt whatsoever made by Israeli officers to assist him. One of the officers repeatedly pushes the boy’s head down with his foot, whenever he tries to sit up. Other Israelis scream abuse at the injured child: “Die you son of a whore” and “Do him a favour and shoot him in the head!” In the next video the same boy is being mercilessly interrogated in order to extract a confession. He tries, quite rationally, to defend himself but in the end is broken, telling the appallingly aggressive interrogator that he will agree to whatever is demanded. On a visit to Gaza, last October, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon remarked, “I met so many of the beautiful children of Gaza…What did they do wrong? Being born in Gaza is not a crime.” Neither, of course, is being born in East Jerusalem or the rest of the West Bank!

A British Parliament Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled on 18 November 2015 reads as follows:

EDM 720 – Military Court Watch submission to the United Nations working group on arbitrary detention
“That this House notes that Military Court Watch has lodged a submission with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention relating to the detention and transfer of Palestinian minors from the West Bank to prisons located inside Israel in violation of both the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court; further notes that this practice, which is classified under international law as a war crime, affects between 7,000 to 8,000 Palestinians each year, including minors, according to evidence provided by the Israeli Prison Service; and calls on the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to contest the practice in a manner consistent with its jurisdiction and mandate to ensure that relevant international standards and relevant international legal instruments accepted by both Israel and Palestine as signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention are fully and timeously addressed.”

From the start, Israel’s military Occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip saw a generation of Palestinian children grow up every day at the point of Israeli Army guns – their offspring suffered similarly. Now, a fresh generation of children is also finding itself enveloped in the deepening, malevolent atmosphere created by fanatical Zionism. The suffering of Palestinian children began nearly 70 years ago with the invasion of Zionist terrorism that eventually led to the largest and longest-lasting refugee crisis in modern history. It would take volumes to record the full history of Zionist crimes against Palestinian children; this article will confine itself to a summary of the cruelty and oppression that took place just this month alone – 22 days during which 35 Palestinian minors aged 11 to 17 were abducted by Israeli soldiers and a two-year-old baby, Adel Khader Shahin, was admitted to hospital after being run over by an Israeli Army Jeep near Surda village. One of the youngsters, Moath Issa Ali Radaydeh, was beaten before being abducted by Israeli soldiers.

What emerges clearly from the following accounts is that the Zionist regime makes a priority of impressing upon each new generation of Palestinians a feeling of the inevitability of Jewish supremacy – and certain knowledge that any act of disobedience will have brutal consequences. This control mentality was demonstrated on 17 November when, at 8am, Israeli soldiers invaded the al-Laban Girls’ School in Nablus and ordered the removal of posters portraying the late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat. The soldiers raided the school again at noon, to make sure their order was being obeyed. What business is it of Israel to interfere in the daily routine of a Palestinian school? None at all, except that in the paranoid Zionist mind any unauthorised Palestinian thought or action is deemed a threat to Israel’s security. While Jewish settlers may raise the Israeli flag in Palestine and spray-paint racist abuse on Palestinian property with impunity, Palestinians who raise their flag in their own land may be taken prisoner, beaten, tear-gassed or shot.

On the day the Israeli Army raided the girls’ school, the Zionist state’s soldiers also terrorised five Palestinian children: Israeli Occupation forces in north Bethlehem fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, wounding six residents. There were 26 tear gas casualties and the troops also seized, and held captive for a time, a six-year-old boy, Abdallah Haytham Lutfi; also on that day, in Jerusalem and Hebron, two other children, aged 9 and 11, were similarly abused. Children seized, if not abducted, may be held for hours. The names of almost every child killed, wounded or terrorised by Israeli Occupation troops can be found online in the appropriate In Occupied Palestine newsletters. Below are extracts regarding the first 22 days of this month – just three weeks and a day out of 48 years of remorseless, day and night, persecution.

Instant death penalties
November 2:
Jenin – Israeli forces positioned by the al-Jalama crossing point opened fire on two youngsters, killing one of them, Ahmad Awad Abu Al-Rub (17), for allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier. The Israeli Army seized the teenager’s body and prevented medical units from approaching. The other youngster was abducted.

November 10:
Sadek Ziyad Sadek Gharbiya (16) was shot dead by Israeli troops for allegedly attempting to knife an Israeli soldier.

November 19:
Bethlehem – the Israeli Army opened fire on a vehicle, killing a 16-year-old youth, Shadi Zuhdi Rateb Arafa, and taking prisoner another person.

November 22:
An Israeli Occupation settler, Gershon Mesika, drove his car into a Palestinian girl, Ashraqat Taha Qatanany (16), claiming that she was carrying a knife. An armed settler, driving another vehicle, then pulled over and shot the injured youngster several times. The murdered girl was pronounced dead at the scene. She had not harmed, nor had she attempted to harm, anyone. A knife in a photograph of the scene appears to have been tossed near her dead body.

Zionist brutality
Armed Israeli soldiers (and settlers, both armed and unarmed) terrorise Palestinian children almost daily in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. From 1-22 November alone, 28 Palestinian youngsters, children as young as seven years, and minors up to age 17, were seized, and held captive:

November 3:
Four children aged 7, 9, 8 (a mute, special needs patient), 9 and 12.

November 5:
Israeli settler fanatics, in Hebron’s Old City, prevented several Palestinian schoolchildren from leaving their school to go home.

November 9:
Four children aged 12 to 13 seized, and held captive – two of them held for eight hours at the Qalandiya checkpoint. Israeli soldiers in Hebron seized a 17-year-old girl, Areej Mohammad Masalmah, and forced her to pay a ‘fine’, the equivalent of US$500.

November 10:
Israeli troops seized, and held captive for a time, a minor: Abdel-Latif Saber Khalifa, while he was harvesting olives, as well as seizing and strip-searching three other Palestinian children.

November 13:
Israeli troops seized, and held captive for a time, a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old olive harvester.

November 18:
Israeli forces, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and stun and tear gas grenades in the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, abducted two 17-year-old youths: Ahmad Sameh Hamdan and Bara’ Murad Al-Ramahi.

November 19:
Nablus – a terrified child, Omar Idris Nasr (10), was admitted to hospital after falling and injuring himself while being chased by Israeli troops. Four 16-year-old boys and three schoolgirls under 17 were abducted. Israeli soldiers also seized, and held captive for some hours, four youngsters aged 13 to 17.

November 20:
In Qutna village Israeli troops tear-gassed and hospitalised a five-year-old cancer patient, Narmeen Mahmoud Shamasneh. Israeli forces seized the ambulance the little girl was in and assaulted the driver, Hassan Al-Khawaba.

November 22:
Nablus – Israeli forces at the Za’tara road junction, abducted a 13-year-old boy, Hamad Jasser Hamayil.
Hebron – Israeli soldiers abducted a 13-year-old boy, Alaa Ibrahim Mahfouth, as he made his way to school.
A gang of Israeli settlers, accompanied by Israeli troops, stoned the Burin village secondary school.
Hebron – Israeli troops raided Abu Dis and abducted a 17-year-old youth, Ameer Abu Rizq.
Qalqiliya – Israeli forces raided in the small hours of the morning and abducted a 17-year-old youth, Abdullah Suliman Mahmoud Qur’an.

Children beaten up
November 2:
Tulkarem – Israeli soldiers in seized and beat up 13-year-old Azzam Marwan Bader, and held him captive for over an hour.

November 8:
Hebron – Occupation settlers in the Old City beat up and hospitalised a 15-year-old boy, Thaer Fadil Ismail Da’na.

November 10:
Qalqiliya – an Israeli settler assaulted and hospitalised a 17-year-old youth, Mohammad Abdallah Oweisat.

November 14:
Hebron – Israeli Occupation troops in the Old City beat up a ten-year-old boy, Fajjr Iz Al-Din Al-Rajjabi. The child was admitted to hospital with a broken arm and other injuries.

November 22:
Israeli troops, conducting a dawn raid in Deir Nathim village, invaded a home and beat up Jaber Ahmad Mazaher (15).

Wounded and injured
From 1 to 22 November, 98 children were wounded or otherwise injured by Israeli Occupation forces and settlers.

November 1:
Israeli soldiers, raiding Qutna village, injured and hospitalised a 17-year-old youth, Hassan Mohammad Taha.

November 5:
Tulkarem – Israeli gunfire hospitalised, with a critical eye injury, a 16-year-old youth, Mohammad Mohammad Ali Yunis.
Hebron – Israeli troops opened fire with live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, wounding four minors: Mohammad Fadil Mahfouth (14), Ahmad Hussein Al-Taweel (14), Hazem Jawad Al-Khatib (16) and Zeid al-Bas (15). Four girls became tear gas casualties during an Israeli Army assault on the Old City al-Zahra Girls’ Secondary School.

November 6:
Hebron – Israeli forces raided the Old City and surrounded the Wasaya Al-Rasoul Mosque, firing live ammunition at people inside; five wounded and hospitalised, including Muhyi Al-Din Abu Turki (13).
Al-Bireh – three youngsters wounded: Nasr Al-Din Jamal Hasna (17), Ibrahim Judeh (16), Annan Wael Affaneh (13), Eyad Nasser Hamza and Mohammad Bakr Zeid.

November 10:
In Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers opened fire on two boys, Ali Ehab Al-Qam (12) {who was critically wounded} and Mo’awiya Ahmad Alqam (13), for allegedly attempting to knife an Israeli settler. Both were taken prisoner.

November 11:
Israeli forces, firing live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, wounded 39 minors aged 13 to 17.

November 14:
Three minors were shot, wounded and hospitalised at a funeral gathering in Hebron: Ali Nidal Al-Atrash (14), Shadi Raed Alam (17) and Mohammad Adel Abu Rayan (17).

November 19:
The Israeli Army shot and critically wounded a 14-year-old boy, Mohammad Maaher Jamous, near Abu Dis and soon after raided the Al-Maqqasid Hospital, searching for him.

November 20:
Hebron – Israeli forces in Halhul and the Ras Al-Jura area opened fire, wounding three minors: Alaa Raed M,azar’a (13), Ismail Mahmoud Abu Rayan (17) and Mohammad Khaled Karaja (17).

November 21:
Ramallah – Israeli soldiers in Silwad shot, wounded and hospitalised a 13-year-old boy, Abdel-Raziq Eyad Khaled Hamdan.

November 22:
Qalqiliya – a 15-year-old boy, Mohammad Khaldoun Radwan, was wounded and hospitalised.

Home invasions (including destruction, vandalism, evictions and abductions of minors)

Insecurity at home is a constant threat to Palestinian children. The Israeli Army raids Palestinian homes at night, with children often dragged from their beds and abducted, to face military courts and physical and mental abuse. Just this month (up until November 22) there were 240 raids in refugee camps, towns and villages, in which a great number of Palestinian homes were subjected to a variety of violations:

November 1:
The Israeli Army issued orders for the four-day evictions of nine families from their homes in Humsa al-Foqa village. They were being forced out to make way for Israeli Army exercises in the North Jordan Valley. From 3:25-5:50am, Occupation troops raided an apartment building and stole the equivalent of nearly US$6000 from the home of Ahmad Othman Ja’rat. Five people were taken prisoner. At 7:30am, Israeli forces invaded Beit Fajjar and raided the home of Ramadan Thawabteh, the eight-month-old infant killed by Israeli forces on 30 October.

November 2:
Salfit – 2:15am, Israeli troops raided Kafr al-Dik, invading and vandalising the interiors of two homes. Tubas – the Israeli Army issued orders for the eviction of 13 families in Humsa al-Foqa village, to make way for military training. Occupation troops raided the al-Urub refugee camp, searched a home and then fired tear gas grenades through the front door.
Hebron – 2:50am, the Israeli Army raided Beit Awa, invaded the home of Oday Masalmeh (shot dead earlier by Israeli forces) and issued a destruction order on the family home.
Hebron – 5:40am, Occupation forces raided Surif, invaded several homes, injuring two residents, and took prisoner two other people.

November 3:
Bethlehem – the Israeli Army opened fire with rubber-coated bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, wounding a resident, and attacked a home, firing tear gas grenades that set fire to the furniture. There were several tear gas casualties. Hebron – Occupation forces raided the al-Fawar refugee camp, commandeered a home and set up a sniper post on the roof. At 2:30am, Israeli troops raided the al-Fawar refugee camp, invaded several homes and abducted two minors aged 14 and 17.

November 4:
Nablus – the Israeli Army raided Beita, searched a home and issued a home destruction order. Bethlehem – Israeli troops, firing stun and tear gas grenades, raided al-Minah village and commandeered a home, setting up a sniper post on the roof, seizing and holding captive for a time, a ten-year-old boy. Hebron – midnight to 2:45am, the Israeli Army raided Yatta village, searched two homes and abducted a 14-year-old boy. Jerusalem – the Israeli Army invaded a home in the al-Tur neighbourhood and abducted a 15-year-old girl, Tamara Mu’amar Abu Labban. At 3am, Occupation troops raided the al-Jalazoun refugee camp and abducted two 16-year-old boys. Tulkarem – 2am, the Israeli Army raided Zeita, invaded four homes and interrogated three 16-year-old boys: Ayoub Radwan Masarwa, Jihad Nizar Masri and Usayed Mohammad Awad Allah. Tubas – the Israeli Army issued eviction orders on 13 families in Humsa al-Foqa village, to make way for military exercises.

November 6:
Hebron – the Israeli Army invaded the Old City al-Salaymeh neighbourhood and used explosives to break into and search three homes.

November 7:
Hebron – morning, Israeli troops invaded the Old City, commandeered three homes and set up sniper posts on the roofs. Dawn, the Israeli Army raided Beit Ummar and abducted a 15-year-old boy. Morning, Israeli troops invaded the Old City, commandeered three homes and set up sniper posts on the roofs.

November 8:
Bethlehem – 3:15pm-5:30pm, Israeli forces raided Taquo, commandeered two homes and set up sniper posts on the roofs. Hebron – 3:25am, Occupation forces raided Beit Ulla, searched a home and issued a destruction order on the house.

November 9:
Tubas – the Israeli Army forced 13 families from their homes, to make way for military exercises.

November 10:
From 2:15am-4am, the Israeli Army raided Husan village, invaded several homes and abducted two minors aged 16 and 17.

November 11:
The Israeli Army raided the Qalandiya refugee camp and invaded several homes, injuring and hospitalising eight residents, including five children aged 10 to 16.

November 13:
Ramallah – 2:50am-6am, the Israeli Army raided Silwad and used explosives to destroy a Palestinian home. Midnight-5:45am, the Israeli Army raided Nablus, commandeered three homes, setting up sniper posts on the roofs, used explosives to destroy three other homes and injured nine people, one of whom was run over by an Israeli military vehicle. The Israeli Army forcibly removed from their homes 13 Hamsah al-Foqa village families, to make way for military exercises.

November 14:
Israeli troops in Beit Furiq, firing live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, commandeered a home and set up a sniper post on the roof.

November 15:
Jerusalem – 2:30am-5:10am, Israeli forces raided the Qalandiya refugee camp, using explosives to destroy a family’s apartment, killing two residents, Ahmad Subhi Abu Ayash (27) and Layth Asharf Manasrah (22); four others were injured, one critically. Israeli Army explosives also damaged other apartments, including furniture. Israeli soldiers also abducted and injured a 17-year-old youth, dragging him from inside an ambulance where he was being treated.
3:20am-6:15am, Israeli troops raided Jenin and broke into a home, causing damage and assaulting one resident as they searched it. Two residents were taken prisoner.
1:20am, the Israeli Army raided Qarawat Bani Hassan, searched several homes and abducted two minors, aged 16 and 17.
Israeli troops raided Khirbeit al-Deir near Taquo, occupied three homes and set up sniper posts on the roofs.
4:25am, Israeli forces raided the al-Duheisha refugee camp, injuring and hospitalising four residents as they searched several homes. One woman was taken prisoner. At dawn, the Israeli Army raided Sa’ir and broke into a family home, damaging the front doorway.
6am, the Israeli Army forcibly removed several families from their homes in Humsa al-Foqa village, to make way for military training.

November 16:
Israeli troops raided Surif, invaded several homes, abducted a 17-year-old youth and stole the equivalent of approximately US$16,600 from a woman’s house.
9:30am, Israeli soldiers raided Hebron, set up a checkpoint, searched several homes and stole a motorcycle.

November 17:
1:20am-5:45am, the Israeli Army raided Hebron and invaded several homes, beating up and hospitalising one resident and interrogating others. At dawn, the Army raided Beit Ummar, searched a home and abducted a 16-year-old youth.

November 18:
Jerusalem – Israeli soldiers in the al-Thuri neighbourhood abducted an 11-year-old boy: Nour Ghayth. 1:10am-5:25am, the Israeli Army raided al-Bireh, searched several homes and abducted a 16-year-old youth: Husam Imad Karakra. Hebron – 1:20am, raiding Israeli forces abducted a 14-year-old boy: Thiyab Eyad Mizhir.
Hebron – 2:40am, the Israeli Army raided Yatta and abducted a 15-year-old boy: Nizar Ahmad Mahmoud. 6am, Israeli forces removed several families from their homes in Humsa al-Foqa village, to make way for military exercises. 1am, Israeli forces in Husan village fired stun and tear gas grenades at pupils in the grounds of the village boys’ school.

November 19:
5:30am, a stone-throwing settler mob stormed al-Mazra’a al-Gharbiya village and petrol-bombed two homes, while smashing windows and spray-painting racist graffiti onto the walls.
Stone-throwing militants from the Kiryat Arab Occupation settlement stoned Palestinian homes.

November 20:
The Israeli Army raided al-Bireh, occupied a home and set up a sniper post on the roof.
Israeli Occupation troops in Taquo opened fire with live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, wounding seven residents, occupied two homes and set up sniper posts on the roofs.
0:55am, the Israeli Army raided al-Ubeidiya, blasted open the entrance to one of three homes, with the family still inside, and invaded all three.
2:20am, Israeli soldiers raided Beit Ummar, broke into a home, smashing down the front entrance, and made off with three mobile phones.

November 21:
At dawn, Occupation troops raided Barta’a al-Sharqiya village invaded a home and ordered a 16-year-old youth, Arwa Mohammad Al-Haj Mahoud Qubha, to report for interrogation at Israeli Military Intelligence. [Remember the video!]
Bethlehem – 6:15am, the Israeli Army invaded a home, destroyed the main entrance to a pharmacy, confiscated CCTV recordings and abducted a 17-year-old youth, Ahmad Mohammad Abdallah Al-Harimi.
Israeli soldiers raided Sa’ir, occupied a home and set up a sniper post on the roof.
The Israeli Army raided the al-Urub refugee camp, occupied a home, setting up a sniper post on the roof, and then searched several others.
1:30am, the Israeli Army raided Abu Dis and abducted a 14-year-old boy: Ali Salah Al-Amouri.
3:10pm, Israeli forces positioned near Beit Ummar, firing rubber coated-steel bullets and stun and tear gas grenades, abducted three minors: Mohammad Subhi Nimr Adi (13), Daoud Al-Qadi (14) and Faif Ahmad Radwan Khalil (15).
Israeli soldiers raiding al-Bireh city, seized and held captive for a time, two 14-year-old boys: Suhayeb Hamdi Al-Shilat and Mohammad Mawawiya.
The Israeli Army raided Bal’a village and issued a destruction order on a home.

November 22:
At dawn, Occupation troops raided Deir Nathim village, invaded two homes and abducted two minors: Ahmad Mizher (13) and Moath Ahmad Al-Khatib (15).
6am-midnight, Israeli forces forcibly removed several families from their homes in Humsa al-Foqa village, to make way for military exercises.
The Israeli Army raided Beit Fajjar, commandeered a home and set up a military post. The soldiers also searched another home, injuring eight people. Four residents were detained. The Israeli Army raided the al-Urub refugee camp and took over a home for use as a military post.

And so it goes on – and on – night and day
Palestinian children, living under military Occupation, cannot help but form impressions concerning the nature and character of the Israeli Army. They also cannot help but see the Israeli Occupation settlers who stone them, as they make their way to school, for what they are. Inevitably, the children draw conclusions regarding the self-proclaimed ‘Jewish’ state itself, in light of what is being done to them and their families, in its name. The heavily armed and protected Israeli Army complains about Palestinian stone-throwing but appears not to have the wit to get out of range. These few examples of Israel’s violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention cannot begin to provide a true sense of the overwhelmingly oppressive atmosphere that is life under Zionist military Occupation. What dismays those opposed to Zionism most, however, is the hypocrisy of Western political leaders who, while claiming that the West has ‘values’, do nothing to protect the Palestinian people from the consequences of decisions and policies made chiefly by Western governments.

With the world in turmoil and fear over the recent ISIS atrocities it is time for a reality check. The ‘two-state solution’ and the insistence upon direct talks between a defenceless, militarily-Occupied people and the ideologically-driven, all-powerful Occupier is simply a shameless cover for Israeli war crimes. The 22 years of so-called peace process have enabled Israel to almost triple the Zionist state’s settler presence from 191,000 to almost 670,000 – and growing! This subterfuge has enabled the Western powers to avoid standing up for international law in any meaningful way. With the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement, Britain and France conspired to carve up the Middle East, from Northern Iraq to Palestine with contrived borders that ignored local history, culture and economics. This paved the way for the Balfour Declaration and the eventual unleashing of Zionist terrorism in Palestine that set in train what has proved to be a never-ending, growing refugee crisis. Pandering to Israel has facilitated the introduction of nuclear weapons to the Middle East, a devaluing of the provisions of international humanitarian law and the inevitable rise of ever-more fanatical ideologies. The West’s destabilising interference in Middle East affairs has much to account for.

New Zealand’s duty at the Security Council
The Westminster Early Day Motion referred to above demonstrates democracy in action and the compassion that ordinary people feel for the suffering of the Palestinian people and all refugees. It is an example that should serve to remind New Zealand Members of Parliament of their duty to pressure our leaders into putting the needs of humanity before the geo-political interests of ‘The Club’. While Britain, the source of the Balfour Declaration, bears chief responsibility for the plight of the Palestinian people, every state that voted for the partition of Palestine also shares culpability. New Zealand has ratified the Fourth Geneva Convention; the moral contradiction is irrational and unjustifiable. Imagine the legitimate outrage that would be expressed by our leaders and the mainstream news media if it were Jewish families being forced out of their homes and their children treated with such brutality.

UN International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – 29 November
With escalating global insanity and instability gripping the Middle East and beyond, we are allowing New Zealand’s voice at the Security Council to remain silent. Ministers, who should be facing searching questions and constant pressure over our response to Israel’s cruel violations of international humanitarian law, are being relieved of responsibility through an almost total, deeply shameful silence.

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About the author

Leslie Bravery

Leslie Bravery is a Londoner with vivid World War Two memories of the Nazi blitz on his home town. In 1947/1948 His father explained to him what was happening to the Palestinians thus: “Any ideology or political movement that creates refugees in the process of realising its ambitions must be inhuman and should be opposed and condemned as unacceptable.” What followed confirmed this assessment of the Zionist entity a hundredfold. Now a retired flamenco guitarist, with a lifelong interest in the tragedy of what happened to the Palestinian people, he tries to publicise their plight. Because the daily injustices they suffer barely get a mention in the mainstream news media, Leslie edits/compiles a daily newsletter, In Occupied Palestine, for the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. These days, to preserve his sanity, he enjoys taking part in a drama group whenever possible!

8 Comments

  1. Ido says:

    Where did you get this information?
    The news I read tells me of daily attempts to kill Israelies. And the incitement of children as young as two years old to kill Jews. Maybe you should go and live in Israel and experience for yourself what really goes on. From what I can see is that Israel is a much better place to live then the countries around it.
    And they are willing to share but too often are met with hate and resentment. So carry on your “unbiased” news and spread hate.
    A far cry from the Biblical commandment to love your neighbours as you would love yourself.

    • Maybe the Israeli government and war-machine should practice the same commandment, Ido.

      Also, tell your mates to remove the illegal Israeli settlements from the West Bank and lift the blockade on Gaza.

      Once Israel ceases it’s aggression, it can negotiate a lasting, just peace with it’s neighbours.

    • Mike says:

      Maybe you need to update the source of your information and read all the United nations resolutions regarding Israeli criminal behaviour in illegally occupied Palestine.

      The Incredibly brave Palestinians have every right, and a moral duty as human beings to fight for freedom in their own country against the relentless Israeli attempts to dispossess and ethnically cleanse them from their own land.

      http://blog.unwatch.org/index.php/2013/11/25/this-years-22-unga-resolutions-against-israel-4-on-rest-of-world/
      If you don’t want them to

      UN Resolutions Against Israel, 1955-2013

      Resolution 106: “…‘condemns’ Israel for Gaza raid”
      Resolution 111: “…‘condemns’ Israel for raid on Syria that killed fifty-six people”
      Resolution 127: “…‘recommends’ Israel suspend its ‘no-man’s zone’ in Jerusalem”
      Resolution 162: “…‘urges’ Israel to comply with UN decisions”
      Resolution 171: “…determines flagrant violations’ by Israel in its attack on Syria”
      Resolution 228: “…‘censures’ Israel for its attack on Samu in the West Bank, then under Jordanian control”
      Resolution 237: “…‘urges’ Israel to allow return of new 1967 Palestinian refugees”
      Resolution 248: “…‘condemns’ Israel for its massive attack on Karameh in Jordan”
      Resolution 250: “…‘calls on’ Israel to refrain from holding military parade in Jerusalem”
      Resolution 251: “…‘deeply deplores’ Israeli military parade in Jerusalem in defiance of Resolution 250”
      Resolution 252: “…‘declares invalid’ Israel’s acts to unify Jerusalem as Jewish capital”
      Resolution 256: “…‘condemns’ Israeli raids on Jordan as ‘flagrant violation”
      Resolution 259: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to accept UN mission to probe occupation”
      Resolution 262: “…‘condemns’ Israel for attack on Beirut airport”
      Resolution 265: “…‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks for Salt in Jordan”
      Resolution 267: “…‘censures’ Israel for administrative acts to change the status of Jerusalem”
      Resolution 270: “…‘condemns’ Israel for air attacks on villages in southern Lebanon”
      Resolution 271: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s failure to obey UN resolutions on Jerusalem”
      Resolution 279: “…‘demands’ withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon”
      Resolution 280: “….‘condemns’ Israeli’s attacks against Lebanon”
      Resolution 285: “…‘demands’ immediate Israeli withdrawal form Lebanon”
      Resolution 298: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s changing of the status of Jerusalem”
      Resolution 313: “…‘demands’ that Israel stop attacks against Lebanon”
      Resolution 316: “…‘condemns’ Israel for repeated attacks on Lebanon”
      Resolution 317: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to release Arabs abducted in Lebanon”
      Resolution 332: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s repeated attacks against Lebanon”
      Resolution 337: “…‘condemns’ Israel for violating Lebanon’s sovereignty”
      Resolution 347: “…‘condemns’ Israeli attacks on Lebanon”
      Resolution 425: “…‘calls on’ Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon”
      Resolution 427: “…‘calls on’ Israel to complete its withdrawal from Lebanon’
      Resolution 444: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s lack of cooperation with UN peacekeeping forces”
      Resolution 446: “…‘determines’ that Israeli settlements are a ‘serious obstruction’ to peace and calls on Israel to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
      Resolution 450: “…‘calls on’ Israel to stop attacking Lebanon”
      Resolution 452: “…‘calls on’ Israel to cease building settlements in occupied territories”
      Resolution 465: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s settlements and asks all member states not to assist Israel’s settlements program”
      Resolution 467: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon”
      Resolution 468: “…‘calls on’ Israel to rescind illegal expulsions of two Palestinian mayors and a judge and to facilitate their return”
      Resolution 469: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s failure to observe the council’s order not to deport Palestinians”
      Resolution 471: “…‘expresses deep concern’ at Israel’s failure to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention”
      Resolution 476: “…‘reiterates’ that Israel’s claims to Jerusalem are ‘null and void’
      Resolution 478: “…‘censures (Israel) in the strongest terms’ for its claim to Jerusalem in its ‘Basic Law’
      Resolution 484: “…‘declares it imperative’ that Israel re-admit two deported Palestinian mayors”
      Resolution 487: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel for its attack on Iraq’s nuclear facility”
      Resolution 497: “…‘decides’ that Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan Heights is ‘null and void’ and demands that Israel rescind its decision forthwith”
      Resolution 498: “…‘calls on’ Israel to withdraw from Lebanon”
      Resolution 501: “…‘calls on’ Israel to stop attacks against Lebanon and withdraw its troops”
      Resolution 509: “…‘demands’ that Israel withdraw its forces forthwith and unconditionally from Lebanon”
      Resolution 515: “…‘demands’ that Israel lift its siege of Beirut and allow food supplies to be brought in”
      Resolution 517: “…‘censures’ Israel for failing to obey UN resolutions and demands that Israel withdraw its forces from Lebanon”
      Resolution 518: “…‘demands’ that Israel cooperate fully with UN forces in Lebanon”
      Resolution 520: “…‘condemns’ Israel’s attack into West Beirut”
      Resolution 573: “…‘condemns’ Israel ‘vigorously’ for bombing Tunisia in attack on PLO headquarters
      Resolution 587: “…‘takes note’ of previous calls on Israel to withdraw its forces from Lebanon and urges all parties to withdraw”
      Resolution 592: “…‘strongly deplores’ the killing of Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University by Israeli troops”
      Resolution 605: “…‘strongly deplores’ Israel’s policies and practices denying the human rights of Palestinians
      Resolution 607: “…‘calls on’ Israel not to deport Palestinians and strongly requests it to abide by the Fourth Geneva Convention
      Resolution 608: “…‘deeply regrets’ that Israel has defied the United Nations and deported Palestinian civilians”
      Resolution 636: “…‘deeply regrets’ Israeli deportation of Palestinian civilians
      Resolution 641: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s continuing deportation of Palestinians
      Resolution 672: “…‘condemns’ Israel for violence against Palestinians at the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount
      Resolution 673: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the United Nations
      Resolution 681: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s resumption of the deportation of Palestinians
      Resolution 694: “…‘deplores’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians and calls on it to ensure their safe and immediate return
      Resolution 726: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of Palestinians
      Resolution 799: “…‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s deportation of 413 Palestinians and calls for their immediate return
      Resolution 904: “…‘strongly condemns’ the massacre in Hebron and its aftermath which took the lives of more than 50 Palestinian civilians and injured several hundred others”
      Resolution 1073: “…‘calls for’ the immediate cessation and reversal of all acts which have resulted in the aggravation of the situation, ‘calls for‘ the safety and protection of Palestinian civilians to be ensured”
      Resolution 1322: “…‘condemns’ acts of violence, especially the excessive use of force against Palestinians, resulting in injury and loss of human life”
      Resolution 1402: “…‘calls upon’ both parties to move immediately to a meaningful ceasefire; calls for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Palestinian cities, including Ramallah”
      Resolution 1403: “…‘demands’ the implementation of its resolution 1402 (2002) without delay”
      Resolution 1405: “…‘emphasizes’ the urgency of access of medical and humanitarian organizations to the Palestinian civilian population”
      Resolution 1435: “…‘demands’ that Israel immediately cease measures in and around Ramallah including the destruction of Palestinian civilian and security infrastructure”
      Resolution 1544: “…‘calls on’ Israel to respect its obligations under international humanitarian law, and insists, in particular, on its obligation not to undertake demolition of homes contrary to that law”
      Resolution 1860: “…‘calls for’ an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza; ‘calls for‘ the unimpeded provision and distribution throughout Gaza of humanitarian assistance, including of food, fuel and medical treatment”
      Resolution 1937: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”
      Resolution 2004: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”
      Resolution 2064: “…‘urges’ the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar without further delay”

      UN Resolutions Against the Palestinians, 1955-2013

      Resolution 1435: “…‘calls on’ the Palestinian Authority to meet its expressed commitment to ensure that those responsible for terrorist acts are brought to justice by it”

    • ALH84001 says:

      So, Mr Ido, what’s your connection to Israel then?

      I get your an apologist for the Zionist regime in Tel Aviv, but what else are you?

      If you think your comments will elicit any sympathy for the murderous rampage that Israel has done in Gaza, and the illegal settlements in the West Bank, you are so, so, so mistaken.

  2. elle says:

    Israeli soldiers are ISIL,see wake up New Zealand today.

  3. Mike says:

    This is the NZ government Idea of justice for Palestine.

    10 November 2015, 16:01 UTC

    A draft United Nations Security Council resolution prepared by New Zealand which seeks to promote renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations by cutting out the International Criminal Court is seriously misguided, Amnesty International said today

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/press-releases/2015/11/new-zealand-misguided-peace-resolution-threatens-justice/

  4. Cassie says:

    Israel can do no wrong.
    They have a free pass to commit these murderous activities through their permanently established Supreme Privileged Global Status as VICTIMS.
    Then they have also have their powerful Magic Weapon – their special word “antisemitic” which instantly makes people recoil in fear, because it’s worse than being labeled a rapist or murderer.

    (Of course, the fact that Palestinians are Semites doesn’t count)