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Protest or subservience

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Last month in Gaza, a boy playing soccer near the al-Bureij refugee camp was shot by Israeli soldiers. The wound inflicted was so severe that he has since had to have his leg amputated. On 19 April, Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical teams reported extraordinarily large wounds being inflicted among protesters by Israeli Army snipers, causing terrible destruction of bones and soft tissue, with huge exit wounds as large as a fist.

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Palestinians face a stark choice – either to accept subservience or to resist it

Last month in Gaza, a boy playing soccer near the al-Bureij refugee camp was shot by Israeli soldiers. The wound inflicted was so severe that he has since had to have his leg amputated. On 19 April, Doctors Without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) medical teams reported extraordinarily large wounds being inflicted among protesters by Israeli Army snipers, causing terrible destruction of bones and soft tissue, with huge exit wounds as large as a fist. MSF agrees with hospital staff in Gaza, who say that they haven’t seen wounds of such magnitude since Israel’s 2014 ‘Operation Protective Edge’ Gaza blitz.

Why Israel reacts so violently against every Palestinian protest

Either Israeli soldiers are so poorly trained that they cannot recognise children through their telescopic sights, or they are deliberately targeting them. The young footballer is by no means alone. See this video interview with 12-year-old Abderahman Nofal, shot in the leg by an Israeli Army sniper. His mangled leg also had to be amputated. Listen to his mother’s anguish. The malevolent motivation of the Zionist Army is clearly demonstrated by the targets it chooses. By 20 April, 500 minors had already been wounded and the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that 48 members of its medical staff were also wounded, simply for trying to evacuate the injured. Thirteen ambulances were targeted with live fire and tear gas canisters.

It would seem that children who dare to play football, within sight of its soldiers, offends against one of the Israeli Army’s prime ideological commitments, which is to suppress the slightest display of spirit by the Palestinian people. At enormous cost to themselves, they continue to protest because, for a defenceless population, public demonstrations are one of the few opportunities of resistance available.

Undermining the right even to education for Palestinian children

The Israeli assault on Palestinian education is another way of undermining hope for a positive Palestinian future. A Joint statement last September by Save the Children, UNICEF and the Humanitarian Co-ordinator for the OPT, delivered by the Humanitarian Co-ordinator, Robert Piper, noted that : “We must all stand up and be counted in defence of the right of Palestinian children to a sound education and in a safe environment. International law is unambiguous here – children and classrooms enjoy unique protections that must be respected by all.” The right of education for one million Palestinian children was recognised as being at risk. This was, of course, ignored by our news media and political leaders. Last year, Defence for Children International published a report on Israel’s abuses against Palestinian children in 2017.

A daily toll

Israel remorselessly suffocates every aspect of Palestinian life on a daily basis. Some headlines from just one day, 23 April 2018, might prompt us to imagine what daily life is like for Palestinians living under Zionist Occupation. Remember that generations of children have grown up and become adults under this regime. Try to imagine what that must feel like:

~ Special-needs patient dies from Israeli Army sniper wounds

~ Israeli Army explosives destroy Palestinian home and damage 4 others – 2 people injured

~ Israeli Army exercises force 5 Palestinian families out of their homes

~ Child tear-gas victims evacuated during Israeli Army assault on West Bank village school

~ 3 Israeli Navy attacks on Palestinian fishing boats

~ Israeli Army storms Gaza farmland, bulldozing crops

~ Israeli Army opens fire on protesters in Gaza

~ Night peace disruption and/or home invasions in 5 towns and villages

~ 11 attacks (9 of them Israeli Gaza ceasefire violations)

~ 21 raids including home invasions

~ 1 beaten – 1 dead – 6 wounded

Video: Israeli soldiers celebrate as they shoot Palestinians

Israeli Occupation soldiers celebrated as they fired weapons at Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank village of Madama, near Nablus, on 13 April. Watch them discussing the use of live ammunition against Palestinians, who pose no threat, before becoming more guarded as they realise they are being being filmed. The occasion was, according to the Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, which published the video, an attempt by residents to remove a roadblock the Israeli Army had placed at the entrance to their village. B’Tselem commented that the soldiers were “joyfully cheering about shooting a person trying to clear the access road to his home and calmly discussing other ways to hit him and the other people with him”.

UN recognition of Right to Resist

The 1974 UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 prohibits states from “any military occupation, however temporary”. The Resolution, besides affirming the right to self-determination, freedom and independence of peoples forcibly deprived of that right, also acknowledged the particular plight of those subject to colonial and racist regimes. The UN Resolution also noted the right of the Occupied to “struggle . . . and to seek and receive support” to achieve liberation. On 3 December 1982, another UNGA Resolution, 37/43, acknowledged the lawful entitlement of Occupied people to resist Occupation forces by any, and all, lawful means. The Resolution also underlined “the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples for independence, territorial integrity, national unity and liberation from colonial and foreign domination and foreign occupation by all available means, including armed struggle”. In particular, Section 21 of the Resolution expressly condemned “the expansionist activities of Israel in the Middle East and the continual bombing of Palestinian civilians, which constitute a serious obstacle to the realisation of the self-determination and independence of the Palestinian people”.

Palestinians, like all other people before them who resisted foreign Occupation, have no choice. The Occupier desires complete subservience to its rule and that means an end to freedom of expression and identity. For those of us who have never had to endure the grim reality of life under a regime of constant malevolent oppression, the challenge to the imagination is extreme. But we must try to understand.

Warning from the International Criminal Court

On 29 April, the International Criminal Court issued an unprecedented warning that Israeli leaders may face trial for the killing of unarmed Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. “Since 30 March 2018, at least 27 Palestinians have been reportedly killed by the Israeli Defence Forces, with over a thousand more injured, many, as a result of shootings using live ammunition and rubber bullets,” Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor, stated that “Violence against civilians – in a situation such as the one prevailing in Gaza – could constitute crimes under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”) . . .” The statement continued: “I remind all parties that the situation in Palestine is under preliminary examination by my Office. While a preliminary examination is not an investigation, any new alleged crime committed in the context of the situation in Palestine may be subjected to my Office’s scrutiny. This applies to the events of the past weeks and to any future incident.”

To Resist is human

Whereas Palestinian Resistance receives neither aid nor recognition, the Zionist state is rewarded with massive US military subsidy, in addition to being diplomatically favoured by Western-aligned countries. Thus, Israel is encouraged to sneer at the sponsors of UNSC 2334 while shamelessly and brutally denying the Palestinian people their UN-recognised human rights. Political Zionism is proving to be one of the greatest threats to international law, peace and stability.

On 30 April, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, when asked for his view concerning Israel’s brutal assaults on Palestinian protesters, expressed his support for Israel’s behaviour, saying: “We do believe the Israelis have the right to defend themselves, and we’re fully supportive of that.” So even though Israel fails to silence its victims, it continues to draw comfort and impunity from its allies. Their acquiescence in Israel’s human rights abuses is unacceptable and shameful and the New Zealand Government should forthrightly disassociate itself from such complicity.

Palestinian protesters are out there, reminding us of both their existence and the enormity of the atrocities being perpetrated against them. World leaders seem to have forgotten the history of a time when Resistance movements were both admired and ably assisted. The Fourth Geneva Convention followed from that epic struggle.

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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!


  1. countryboy says:

    Large exit wounds the size of a fist in Palestinian children shot be Israeli snipers playing near the border…
    Be still, the beating hearts of the New Zealand Zionist Federation.

    The price of freedom, we must remember, is constant vigilance.

  2. Lois Griffiths says:

    The IDF are using expanding bullets, sometimes called “dum-dum” bullets or “butterfly” bullets. They were banned by the 1899 Hague Declaration

    Israel can flout all rules because they know that the West, including NZ, will acquiesce with its silence.

    • David Stone says:

      I’m pretty sure the NZ police use thee too.
      D J S

    • Mjolnir says:

      Outrageous and disgusting. Not just that the Israeli Army is using dum-dum bullets, but that the msm is turning a blind eye to it.

      This is a war crime.

  3. David Stone says:

    Can we have a statement of position on this situation from our government please?
    D J S

  4. Jeff Foley Jeff Foley says:

    It appears to me that even by their own God, Benjamin Netanyahu and his follows are so vile as to be so far down the road to Hell that there is no saving them.
    It is as though their sole purpose is one of self-annihilation – one that hurries them on to an end of their utter oblivion – with the terrible horror, all the while, of their laying death and destruction, and pain and suffering, upon every one and every thing that happens to be in their way.
    There is now nothing good to be had in Israel … except … that each and every Israeli might yet pick up the cloak of shame, and ware it close and personal, and so be humbled.

  5. Kingsley says:

    You will never know he truth until you live in that region and expereince the happenings first hand. You all are buying to all these Palestinian propaganda and lies. Those people want no peace but total annihilation of the Jewish people off the surface of the earth. If not for Israel been a military power in the middle east, they want to keep intimidating the Israelis and causing chaos and later play the victim cards so the world would buy into their deception. An average IDF would never touch you or harm you except you pose a direct threat to the Nation of Israel. In Israel we value life and freedom but the PA doesn’t because they hide behind kids by storing their arsenals in schools and hospitals where they know if the IDF attack to bring it down, it would cause a very high civilian casualty and then they can cry to the world on how Israel is ruthless to kill innocent civilians. Take an example of that arab teenager that was physically and verbally assaulting an IDF soldier but he didn’t respond to her just because of their elite training to keep his cool, you all know too well that such attempt in any tyranny arab country would result to your instant beheading. So people, get your facts straight and correct, do not give in to fake news that some wannabe journalist is pushing down on you to gulp and choke to their lies. Till forever, Israel is still giving opportunity to healthcare, education and improved standard of living to all arabs in their state just as long as you live by the rule of law, be a good citizen and promote the interest of the State and don’t be a jerk in box. {Drop Mic}

  6. It is so sad that the Zionist ideology can so thoroughly divorce some minds from reality. Kingsley’s unsubstantiated alternative to the truth runs counter to stark video evidence that gives the lie to Zionist propaganda. Israel has been called out, not only by extensive video evidence but by world experts such as: Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the World Health Organisation, (WHO), Save the children, UNICEF, Defence for Children International, the International Criminal Court (ICC) – read the above article. Zionist conspiracy theorists would have us believe that all this evidence is contrived.

    Kingsley writes: “Take an example of that arab teenager that was physically and verbally assaulting an IDF soldier . . .” Zionists try not to acknowledge the existence of Palestinians, preferring to refer to them as ‘Arabs’ in the hope of distancing them in people’s minds from Palestine, their homeland. The young Palestinian, to whom he refers, is Ahed Tamimi who has grown up in a world where generations have had to live under foreign, Zionist military Occupation. The Israeli Army, in the middle of the night, drags blindfolded and shackled Palestinian children off for interrogation. The traumatising effect of this has long-lasting effects. Imagine the outcry if it were Jewish Israeli children whose homes were being broken into by foreign soldiers! Palestinians living under alien military Occupation are among the most surveilled and controlled people in the world, constantly under the gaze of Israeli soldiers.

    What Kingsley would rather we did not know, is that Ahed Tamimi had just learned that her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed, had just been shot in the head at close range during yet another Israeli Army home invasion. It was that which prompted her reaction to the Israeli soldier who confronted her. A sad example of Zionist brainwashing is to be found in Kingsley’s statement: “Till forever, Israel is still giving opportunity to healthcare, education and improved standard of living to all arabs in their state just as long as you live by the rule of law, be a good citizen and promote the interest of the State . . .” The Gaza blockade and the bulldozing of crops, together with illegal Israeli settlement, agricultural sabotage and the repeated destruction of Palestinian homes, schools and businesses in the West Bank, all demonstrate Israel’s determined desire to keep the Palestinian people subservient to Zionist ambition.

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