Abundant irrefutable evidence – bring Israel to account!

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February saw a massive increase in the number of Gaza ceasefire violations by Palestinian Resistance fighters. In comparison with January, which saw seven such violations, there were 51 attacks in February, one of which directly targeted the Israeli military. Zionist Israel uses these Palestinian missile-firings as justification for its blockade, periodic blitzes and daily economic and agricultural sabotage of the Gaza Strip. It would have us believe that its aggression and population-control over Gaza is simply a response to Palestinian violence. The reality, however, is the exact opposite.

The number of Israeli ceasefire violations in February totalled 162 and, while the total number of Palestinian ceasefire violations for the year (even up to and including 6 March) was just 58 – that number was overwhelmed by the unleashing of no less than 320 Israeli Gaza ceasefire violations over the same period. The first Palestinian ceasefire violation for the year occurred on 15 January, following the 37th Israeli ceasefire violation. During January and February in Gaza, four people, three of them teenagers, were killed by Israeli Army snipers. Israel claims that its deadly aggression is to defend its borders but, in truth, it is defenceless Gaza that has its borders constantly violated by Israeli armed incursions, air strikes and spying by Israeli drones. Israeli forces come and go as they please into Gaza and onto its territorial waters, while politicians and the mainstream news media remain silent.

While retaliatory Palestinian missile-firings afford Israel a valuable propaganda resource, it should be remembered that resistance to foreign domination is, nevertheless, recognised in international law. In any society, expressions of outrage will vary. Those Palestinians who resort to missile-firing may have lost loved ones, homes or their means of income. It is their way of reminding the world that the Palestinian people are still there, even though the mainstream news media ignores their plight and Israel wishes them out! In some cases, Palestinian Resistance fighters do take on the Israeli military directly – which is their right. In the Second World War, organisations such as the French Resistance were not only admired but also supported by the Allies, at the highest level.

Keeping score – for Israeli snipers, shooting protesters is sport

Earlier this month, a Golani infantry brigade sniper told a Haaretz correspondent “I kept the casing of every round I fired,” he says. “I have them in my room. So I don’t have to make an estimate – I know: 52 definite hits.” The hits he referred to resulted in carefully-aimed and crippling knee-destructions. Competitiveness is the only way to describe the driving force behind the inhumanity. The sniper (referred to simply as Eden) informs us they were told that nobody could outdo one sniper in particular who had, until then, scored a total of eleven hits to the knee. He proudly boasted that subsequently he “. . . brought in seven to eight knees in one day. Within a few hours, I almost broke his record.”

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The callous inhumanity of it all becomes ever more evident, with Eden informing us that: Snipers usually work in pairs – together with a locator, who is also a sniper by training, and whose task is to give his partner precise data (distance from the target, wind direction, etc.)” He tells us that, towards the end of a successful day, he decided to give a break to his locator, who is not supposed to shoot. Eden explained: In the end you want to leave with the feeling that you did something, that you weren’t a sniper during exercises only. So, after I had a few hits, I suggested to him that we switch. He got around 28 knees there, I’d say.”

Israel’s coronavirus (COVID-19) discrimination

By 10 March, Israel’s Health Ministry had confirmed five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases there to 70. With the spread of the virus across Israel-Palestine, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced, on 12 March, that there were seven confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Bethlehem, and declared a state of emergency. But while Palestinians are in lock-down, Israel’s settlers are immune, it would seem, at least from humanitarian considerations. With seven cases of COVID-19 already declared in Bethlehem, 22 kilometres away from Hebron, which is now under lock-down, Israeli soldiers and police, ignoring the need to minimise the spread of the virus, accompanied 250 settlers into the city centre for the annual parade to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. Palestinian residents were forced away from the area. During Purim, Israel’s population-control measures are tightened to the extreme. Palestinians living along the route of the march are not even allowed to open the doors of their homes.

At every level, the Zionist mind dismisses Palestinian humanity, identity and history. Zionists almost always refer to Palestinians as ‘Arabs’, not as Palestinians. Imagine anyone insisting on only ever calling the French and Germans ‘European’, and refusing to recognise their culture and identity. But by calling Palestinians ‘Arabs’ the Zionists lose their way because, by doing so, they also give recognition to the reality that Palestinians belong to the family of Semitic language-speakers.

Palestinians cannot be expected to fight all this on their own. Great power interests placed them in this dreadful situation – and it is in the vital interest of all humanity that we restore and uphold respect for justice and international law. A UN Independent Commission of Inquiry bears witness to the fact that Israeli forces intentionally shoot children, paramedics and news reporters in Gaza. While powerful Security Council members, such as the US and the UK, do everything in their power to cover and give support for Israel, when it comes to hard questions concerning Israel’s violations of international law, the UK, at least, cannot avoid telling the truth. For example, in the UK Parliament a written question, HL2108, asked Her Majesty’s Government, regarding a statement by the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa on 24 February about Israel’s intention to construct 1,077 housing units in Givat Hamatos, in southern Jerusalem. On 2 March, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office responded:

The UK condemns Israel’s announcement to move forward with the construction of 1,077 housing units in Givat Hamatos. Settlement construction in these highly sensitive areas undermines the viability of a future Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

It is the UK’s longstanding position that settlements are illegal under international law and threaten the physical viability of the two-state solution. We urge Israel to reverse this latest decision and halt its settlement expansion.”

In another question, HL2104, Baroness Tonge asked the UK Government to announce what representations they intend to make to the government of Israel about the reported (1) expulsion of students from, and (2) confiscation of, a container classroom in Susya, Palestine. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office response to this was:

While we have not made representations on this specific issue, officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv raised the increase in demolitions with the Israeli authorities on 17 December 2019. The practice of confiscations and demolitions causes unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians and is harmful to the peace process. We continue to urge the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to avoid actions that make it more difficult to achieve a culture of peaceful coexistence and a negotiated solution to the conflict. We have also stressed the importance of the Israel security forces providing appropriate protection to the Palestinian civilian population, in particular the need to protect children. Under international humanitarian law, an occupying power has an obligation to facilitate the proper working of all institutions devoted to the care and education of children, with the cooperation of national and local authorities.”

With the US refusing to recognise any consideration of international law that might hinder the progress of the Zionist enterprise, how much longer can it be before the UK Government eventually succumbs to the powerful Israel Lobby? The world community has a duty to uphold the myriad UN Security Council and General Assembly Resolutions (including the tragically hard-won Fourth Geneva Convention) that Israel so wantonly violates. There are very many movements around the world, in Israel itself as well as Palestine, dedicated to defending the Palestinian people. Many Jews around the world are deeply offended by the crimes Zionism commits in their names.

On 20 December 2019, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, announced that there were reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes have been, or are being, committed in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and elected to seek a ruling from the ICC to confirm her position regarding the court’s jurisdiction. Israel’s Attorney General [AG] response, according to the Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem, “supports everything the ICC is not meant to be in order to stop it from doing what it is meant to do.” B’Tselem says: It is important to expose the absurdity of the AG’s claims, which are based on intentional misquotation, disregard for international law and an extreme misrepresentation of reality.”

Each organisation has its own approach and we should show solidarity with each other. Above all, we all have to get the truth out there and shatter the silence perpetrated by mainstream news media and politicians. The Zionist case is demonstrably unjustifiable.

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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!

11 COMMENTS

  1. ” there were 51 attacks in February, one of which directly targeted the Israeli military. ”

    So it started with a lie and went on from there.

    In fact rockets fired from Gaza and unguided, so they hit random civilian targets. It’s a terror weapon.

  2. Andrew the anti woman Incel has based his whole posting history here on lies ,,,,, and so his inhumane and uncaring behavior continues.,,,,

    Here’s a bit of humor ,,, which informs and educates at the same time.
    “Israel vs Palestine – feat. DAM & Norman Finkelstein [RAP NEWS 24]”
    https://youtu.be/U3by9FoEFB8

      • Fair enough ,,,, Is your wife into anti-miscegenation too ????

        Or is it just you ,,,who supports one of the main core beliefs of the Klu Kux Klan , Apartheid South Africa, ,, And Israel.

        Do you keep your ugly side a secret from her ?.

        Israel likes to keep its anti-miscegenation laws quiet and on the low down ,,,,

        Thanks for providing multiple opportunity s to inform NZers about something most of them would find offensive and wrong.

        Together we shall keep up this service to educate Kiwis Andrew

  3. We can all agree that Israel is a shining star of freedom in a region, sadly, largely devoid of it.

    • clayton miller ,,, presuming your comment was not comedy ,,,,, presuming that, could you please explain Israels anti-miscegenation laws ,,,, and how these laws which BAN intermarriage relate to your ” shining star of freedom” statement.

      These backwards laws,,, if NZ were to have them ,,,, would ban Maori people from marrying non-Maori ,,, and we have to look backwards in History to countries like Apartheid South Africa or Nazi Germany to see them last enacted.

      I hope you reply as Andrew above just gives silent approval of these laws ,,, and never tries to defend the ‘freedoms’, of a state telling Adults who they can marry.

      However, I suspect just like him ,,, you will ignore this inconvenient truth in your sad joke postings ,,,,

      Otherwise ,,,, you Clayton Miller ,,, become the joke,,, not to be taken seriously.

    • 100% Clayton.

      In that region Israel is the sole remaining beacon of liberal democracy and intellectual endevour.

  4. Gaza: Murdering Children for Sport
    The soldiers, shooting with M-16 rifles equipped with silencers, sent bullets that “tumble end-over-end through the children’s slight bodies,” killing 11-year-old Ali Murad and seriously wounding four more, three of them under 18, according to Hedges. On the previous day, he writes, eight were shot under similar circumstances, six of them under 18. Hedges writes he has seen children shot in El Salvador, Guatemala and Sarajevo, and mothers with infants lined up and massacred in Algeria, “but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport”.”

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/murdering-children-sport/5706188

  5. Palestinians are now “fighting on two fronts: one against the pandemic and the other against Israel’s brutal military occupation”.

    With 39 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in Palestine as of Monday, the Palestinian Authority is struggling to cope with the pandemic with its limited resources and weak healthcare system.

    Thirty-seven of the victims were infected after a 51-member Greek religious tourist group, who visited Bethlehem in early March, tested positive once back in Greece. The Greek authorities then notified the Palestinian government, which, in turn, tracked down all those who had been in contact.

    The last two cases were discovered in the northern city of Tulkarem where one man who works as a labourer in Israel was said to have been infected by his Israeli businessman boss, who himself was infected while outside Israel.

    The latest case was of a medical student who returned home on March 9 from Poland, where he studies medicine.

    Immediately after the discovery of the infections, the Palestinian government ordered the entire city of Bethlehem closed off. It also started widespread testing and quarantine for people suspected of carrying the virus.

    Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhim told Al Jazeera his government is operating on a “multi-pronged strategy” in order to stem the spread of the disease.

    The COVID-19 pandemic, however, exposed the Palestinian government’s vulnerabilities caused by the conflict with Israel, which retains strict military control over the Palestinian territories.

    While Melhim acknowledged the Palestinian Authority and Israel have a high level of coordination at the moment in order to contain the coronavirus, he said Israel is still refusing to release funds it deducts from taxing Palestinians. The money is desperately needed to increase the authority’s ability to combat the disease.

    About 400,000 Palestinian workers from the West Bank travel to Israel daily and pose a serious risk of carrying an infection back from Israel, according to Melhim.

    Israel announced on Monday its total coronavirus infections climbed to 277 confirmed cases.

    He also said the Palestinian government is also monitoring the situation in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has the potential for a devastating contagion because of Palestinians who travel to Egypt or work in Israel and end up coming back infected.

    “We are fighting on two fronts: one against the pandemic and the other against Israel’s brutal military occupation,” he said.

    Melhim said the Israeli army and the illegal Jewish settlers “still mount constant closures, incursions and attacks against civilians, which complicate our efforts in combating the pandemic”. More at Al Jazeera

  6. While the West Bank is now dealing with 39 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, Gaza has had none so far and is beginning to prepare.

    The Gaza Director of the World Health Organisation warns that the 2 million residents of Gaza are particularly vulnerable. There’s a chronic lack of hospitals, basic medical supplies and testing kits. He says, “Gaza wouldn’t be able to deal with hundreds of cases.” He says there will be a need to think of some response plan that would allow the transfer of some cases, or to open a hospital to deal with it.

    Precautionary measures have now been stepped up. Some prisoners will be released, to reduce chances of coronavirus spreading in jail. Govt buildings, mosques and shared spaces are being disinfected. With limited resources, they probably won’t be able to cover the entire city alone. They need help with this, from any local and international health institutions.

    Schools have closed and children are studying by tuning in to lessons on local radios.
    Video at this link

  7. Israel doesn’t need any more evidence against it. It didn’t need it in the 40s. Arguing the case is redundant unless you’re proselytising among the ignorant. That the present regime won’t allow a path for the Palestinians at all means we must be on the latter’s side through whatever Hell and High Water they choose.

    Most splendid against Israel from the start were many of that great intellectual and moral people, the Jews.

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