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Since the beginning of 2021, as at 16 February, the Israeli Occupation has destroyed, seized or forced people to demolish at least 197 Palestinian Bedouin community homes and buildings in the Jordan Valley village of Humsa al Bqai’a (also known as Khirbet Humsa, Humsa al-Fuqa and Humsa al-Buqai’a), displacing over 280 people, including some 150 children. Israeli forces have also either destroyed or seized all of the community’s animal shelters, fodder storage units and related material. This latest brutality is happening, just when the population’s vulnerability is at its most severe. With both winter and the COVID-19 pandemic adding to the misery of living under foreign military dictatorship, Bedouin are at increasing risk of forcible transfer.

Despite these crimes having triggered a joint visit to the village on 5 February by the West Bank Protection Consortium, partnered by five international NGOs, 11 European donors and EU Humanitarian Aid, the news media and many politicians have chosen to remain quiet. Most of the pastoral land, upon which the Bedouin made their living, has been seized by Israel and registered as, what the Zionist state calls, ‘state land. On this land, Israel has built many Jewish-only settlements, dismissing Bedouin communities as ‘unrecognised’ and their residents as ‘invaders.’

Revealing video

Responding to an international call for Israel to halt the destruction, an ITN Channel 4 News video shows the suffering of the Bedouin community, with Israeli soldiers even upending and emptying the people’s precious drinking-water tanks. In the video, Jon Snow interview Ohad Zemet, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in London, whose evasiveness and inability to give straight answers amply illustrate Israel’s guilt. He claimed, for instance, that Israel acts with respect for international law, when he knows that The Fourth Geneva Convention expressly prohibits the transfer of settlers onto militarily-occupied land beyond Israel’s borders. He also dismisses the victims of Israel’s population transfer violence as “illegal squatters”, ignoring the reality that the Bedouin community have lived in the area long before Israel was even created.

Zemet excused the assault on the Bedouin community as having been justified by an Israeli Court but a ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court acknowledged that, in one case at least, a settlement outpost had been unlawfully placed on private West Bank Palestinian land. That ruling overturned another 2018 District Court ruling that had said the land belonged to Israeli settlers. The Zionist regime’s legal system ties itself in knots in attempting to appear just and reasonable but no amount of intricate legal argument and representation can alter the fact that all Israeli settlements on belligerently-occupied Palestinian land are illegal, according to international law. As a precaution, I have obtained a copy of the video, which can still be seen on YouTube and the Global Herald.

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Zionist contempt for international law

The US Library of Congress, dealing with Israel’s Law for the Regulation of Settlement in Judea and Samaria, 5777-2017, published the following argument that claimed Israeli settlements in the Occupied West Bank did not violate the Fourth Geneva Convention:

. . . both the text of that convention, and the post-World War II circumstances under which it was drafted, clearly indicate that it was never intended to refer to situations like Israel’s settlements. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Article 49 relates to situations where populations are coerced into being transferred. There is nothing to link such circumstances to Israel’s settlement policy.”

The truth is, that the ICRC makes no mention of ‘coercion’ in relation to the transfer of Israeli settlers from Israel into the West Bank; it simply states,“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” There is coercion, however, and it is perpetrated by Israel against the native people of Palestine. Under Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention Israel’s Bedouin victims are held to be “protected persons”. It is clearly stated that: “Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory” are prohibited.

UN calls upon Israel to respect international law

A recent UN call to the international community reminds us that this war crime began in the 1970s, with Israel declaring some 18% of the West Bank to be firing zones for the Israeli Army. It further reports that: “Since 2009, an estimated 7,400 Palestinian-owned structures in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have been destroyed, leaving more than 11,000 people displaced, some more than once.”

From 4-14 February (inclusive) 14 Palestinian youngsters, aged 1417 years were abducted, with Israeli Occupation forces making 168 raids on West Bank villages, towns and UN refugee camps. With many raids carried out at night, 39 of them involved home invasions. Over the same period, there were 30 Israeli Gaza ceasefire violations, including military incursions, in spite of the fact that there were no Palestinian ceasefire violations. Overall, Israel committed 51 acts of agricultural and economic sabotage and destroyed 16 Palestinian homes, as well as ordering the destruction of another 23. The land-grabbing tyranny is relentless, with Israeli Occupation forces issuing, on 14 February, yet another land seizure order – this time for the establishment of 66 new housing units in the Oranit Occupation settlement.

The Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem (Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories), expresses the outrage felt by many at the crimes against humanity committed by Zionism in the name of worldwide Jewry. B’Tselem says it “strives to end Israel’s occupation, recognising that this is the only way to achieve a future that ensures human rights, democracy, liberty and equality to all people . . .” As part of an informative article, This is Apartheid, B’Tselem summarises, in a single paragraph, clearly and accurately, the threat that pursuit of the ideology’s objectives represents to humanity, global security and international law:

Divide, separate, rule”

In the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, the Israeli regime implements laws, practices and state violence designed to cement the supremacy of one group – Jews – over another – Palestinians. A key method in pursuing this goal is engineering space differently for each group. Jewish citizens live as though the entire area were a single space (excluding the Gaza Strip). The Green Line means next to nothing for them: whether they live west of it, within Israel’s sovereign territory, or east of it, in settlements not formally annexed to Israel, is irrelevant to their rights or status. Where Palestinians live, on the other hand, is crucial. The Israeli regime has divided the area into several units that it defines and governs differently, according Palestinians different rights in each. This division is relevant to Palestinians only. The geographic space, which is contiguous for Jews, is a fragmented mosaic for Palestinians . . .”

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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!

24 COMMENTS

  1. ‘UN calls upon Israel to respect international law’

    The UN has proven itself to be a sick joke played on humanity. Powerless and corrupt, a plaything of the US and Israel.

  2. Well, you clearly DON’T know the truth. Even though Israel doesn’t even make the top 10 list of worst human rights abusers in the world, the world’s only tiny Jewish state is constantly singled out by the UN for malign persecution.
    https://unwatch.org/watchdog-calls-out-hypocrisy-of-un-rights-council-exposes-anti-israel-bias/
    this latest effort from Bravery can be summed up thus: A lie placed on top of fiction that sits upon falsehood that is all covered with lashings of non-factual detail.
    Ain’t that the truth.

    • Just the usual unsubstantiated propaganda from the usual suspect. It is not worth proving you are full of it again since by now, no-one on this site is in any doubt that you are the original ‘spray and walk away’ man.

      Come back when you can prove you can read, separate fact from fiction and are astute enough to know when you are being fed on the half-truths of others.

      As has been proved before, Leslie Bravery only deals with verifiable facts. You? Not so.

      • And you can’t even come up with one verifiable photo of a sign from ‘apartheid’ Israel that states ‘Jews Only’ or ‘Arabs Only’… so much for your respect for the facts. Bravery traffics lies gleaned from anti-Israel propaganda sites, mostly muslim or Arab.

        • Oh for heaven’s sake, how many times do you have to be told, signs are not the only manifestation of apartheid!!
          Do you have to keep repeating the same old schtick? You only discredit yourself by adopting the tactic used by Paul Joseph Goebbels of telling a lie so often that people believe it.

        • Your claim, “Bravery traffics lies gleaned from anti-Israel propaganda sites, mostly muslim (sic) or Arab” is once again a disingenuous ‘spray and walk away’ exercise. Obviously, you didn’t check the links to establish the veracity of your claims. Bravery has cited UN, Jewish, Israeli, American, Norwegian and various international academic and news agency sources. Only one link, WAFA News, could possibly be verified as having a Palestinian bias but even then, as a news agency, it documents, and provides photographic evidence to support its reporting and the link was not to an opinion piece.
          It doesn’t need reiterating that you seldom, if ever, provide such credible links as has been endlessly demonstrated.

        • So Gaby are you suggesting that there is no grabbing of Palestinian land and that because there may not be signs “jews Only” that Palestinian are free to move as they wish, even into the land many lived on decades ago and now annexed by the Zionist state with cowardly and deadly military guard, that B’Tselem and other Jews as well as most of the world see as illegal and criminally cruel.

          Who do you think your kidding while you are trolling.

    • Gaby, the reason Israel is singled out is because it illegally occupies the West Bank; annexes the Golan Heights; controls the Gaza Strip; has seized East Jerusalem as p[art of it’s “capital”, and builds a Wall that when the Sovioets did it, was condemned by the Westr.

      Israel is an occupying power and for most fair minded people, it richly deserves it’s reputation.

      Until Israel withdraws from land it illegally occupies and returnsd sovereignty to Palestinians, it will be viewed as an aggressor.

    • Gaby, are you paid to be an apologist for Zionism or are you just enamoured with bully boys?

      Asking for a few million Palestinians.

  3. When doing a NZ media search of israel bombing Gaza and Syria during 20/20 I found sweet fuck all coverage ,,,, Israels hundreds of bombings were largely ignored and coverage was largely pro-Israel .

    Israel Cuts Fuel, Fishing to Gaza, Continues Bombing https://youtu.be/ghDFLX-RZbU

    Stuff apologized to Maori recently ( insincerely in my opinion ) ,,, and they will need to be making one to Muslims and Palestinians in the future if they keep printing born again zionist opinion pieces which mixes religious bullshit with slaughter house white washing.

    The slaughter house white washing of Israels bombing, shelling, droning,shooting fish in a barrel military operation,,, which they called operation protective edge ,,, was described in the Stuff article as … ” The Gaza War” ,,, like the ‘Warsaw Ghetto war” I suppose ,,,

    2,251 Palestinians, including 1,462 civilians, were killed.[1]

    Of the Palestinian fatalities, 551 were children and 299 women.[2]

    11,231 Palestinians were injured including 3,436 children and 3,540 women, 10 percent of whom suffer permanent disability.[3]

    More than 1,500 Palestinian children were orphaned.[4]

    142 Palestinian families had three or more members killed in the same incident, for a total of 742 fatalities.[5]

    18,000 housing units were destroyed in whole or part.[6]

    73 medical facilities and many ambulances were damaged.[7]

    At the height of hostilities, the number of IDP’s reached 500,000, or 28 per cent of the population in Gaza.

    The IDF reported that they had fired 14,500 tank shells and around 35,000 artillery shells.[10]
    “The Gaza War”

    Six civilians in Israel and 67 Israeli soldiers were killed.[11]

    The high number and percentage of civilians and children killed against the Palestinians at around 60% civilian and over 20% children,, versus 8% and 0% death suffered by Israeli civilians and children.,,, Is because of attitudes like this https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/20/israelis-cheer-gaza-bombing

    …. and thanks to gaby, andrew and dr Cummins ,,, we learnt it was Official IDF policy. despite their lies and denials to use Palestinian civilians and children as “Human Shields”, up until 2002 when their High Court thought it was a bad look and officially told them to stop ,,, but it still reveals their deadly lack of concern and care for Palestinian Civilians and children.

    The Stuff writer also wrote in reference to murders and terrorist attacks against Jews ,,, ” We face it from Islamists who have targeted and murdered Jews in France. And also from the extreme left.”

    All religions have fanatics, zealots, extremists and radicalized cult like sects ,,, and it is those who become terrorists and murderers ,,,, but thats all left out leaving the broad and thus misleading blanket label of Islamist’s ,,,which mixes in the good and moderate with the bad and extreme….

    Blaming and smearing them all is Islamophobic ,,,, “Misrepresenting the term Islamism fuels non-Muslim angst about the Islamic tradition and stigmatises Muslims in Europe and elsewhere.”

    And I couldn’t find any recentexamples of the ‘extreme left’ conducting terrorist attacks against Jews.,,,, but I suspect she means peace activists and anti racists like John Minto or Jeremy Corbin,,,

    and the writer is from the NZ Jewish Council ,,, and stuff is comfortable with dirty right wing stuff ,,, they’ve been stuffed for a long time now.

    https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/02/17/the-empire-attacks-bds-for-the-same-reason-nixon-started-the-drug-war/ …”Last month the prominent Israeli civil rights organization B’Tselem published an analysis titled “A regime of Jewish supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is apartheid”, finding that “the bar for labeling the Israeli regime as apartheid has been met.”

    Anyone who moves a sufficient distance to the left of the mainstream so-called “center” will necessarily find themselves in opposition to a right-wing government with institutionalized apartheid. The true left’s inherent opposition to injustice, racism and imperialism necessarily means a leftist will inevitably find their way into that position once they learn enough”

    Facebook is in the anti-Palestinian white wash bizzo ..
    Facebook Bans Gaza Health Ministry’s Page https://youtu.be/Fya4JOZWuZM

    And uncle joes rainbow coalition death cult ,,,, are donored up zionists,, just like Donald Trump was
    Kamala Harris is a Racist Who Supports Genocide https://youtu.be/Pi2NpXvBqV0

    The exceptional neo-con death cart rolls on … ….

    • Totally deranged b——t. Ask yourself: who started this conflict? The Pals. Who keeps it going? The Pals. Who refuses to recognise Israel’s right to exist? The Pals. Whose Charter doesn’t even mention wanting land? The Pals. Who turned down their own state 8 times? The Pals. No reason in your tirade whatsoever. The Arabs are the aggressors, the Israelis the defenders, and they have to be damn good at it to survive genocide. Lessons of history have been internalised. “If the Arabs laid down their arms tomorrow, there would be peace. If Israel laid down her arms, there would be no Israel.” (Golda Meir). Of course, no Israel is exactly what the Pals and their antisemitic cohorts want. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

      • Gaby, you are so racist you can’t even use the term Palestinian. despite that, you don’t mind using the overused and weaponised ‘anti-semite’ term for those who don’t have a total tolerance for Zionism though, even though political differences are not racist abuse. Time you got past being such a blatant hypocrite!

      • You need a better knowledge of history,
        Mt 21:41 They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will [g]render to him the fruits in their seasons.”
        42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
        ‘The stone which the builders rejected
        Has become the chief cornerstone.
        This was the Lord’s doing,
        And it is marvelous in our eyes’?
        43 “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. 44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
        45 Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they [h]perceived that He was speaking of them.
        While the Jewish people have the same human rights as the rest of us they have given away their claim to that area of land. If you insist that they still retain ownership due to their past presence there then you should be equally as vocal in supporting Maori, Aboriginal, North American Indian rights to their ancestral land as they have a far more recent tenure of their land to base a claim on.
        Personally, while I think a 2 state solution would be nice I doubt that it will ever happen mainly due to Israeli greed.

      • Rubbish Gaby just rubbish.
        There is no point in reasoning with you. If you stand for Jewery then you do Jews a great disservice with your arguing for support of apartheid and the IDF slaughter. Blame the victims while playing the victim. Just transparent rubbish.

      • “Totally deranged b——t. Ask yourself: who started this conflict? The Pals. Who keeps it going? The Pals. Who refuses to recognise Israel’s right to exist? The Pals. Whose Charter doesn’t even mention wanting land? The Pals. Who turned down their own state 8 times? The Pals.”

        Victim blaming taken to extreme.

        I heard similar argumernts used against Black liberation movements in Africa and elsewhere in the world.

        Replace “Pals” with Vietnamese; apply it to the Vietnam-American War; and you begin to understand how you are sounding.

        Victim blaming is never a good look.

  4. gabys ugly little post is about as honest as the Hero of Israel Harvey Weinstein claiming he’s the real victim of antisemitic liars intent on destroying him.

    Everyone should ask themselves why gaby, in response to my post containing information about death and suffering of our fellow humans ,,,, and the majority of the victims being children and women ,,,, why did this make gaby go full Ben Shapiro in his language ?.

    Not once when talking about Palestinian civilian women and children did gaby refer to these people in human terms ,,,,

    like Shapiro women and children are described as Pals (6 times),,, aggressive armed Arabs(x2),,,, and all supporters of ‘Pals’ being treated as equal humans ,,, or those who criticize inhumane treatment of the ‘Pals’ ,,, they are all antisemitic .

    Antisemitic as defined by racist zionist bullshitters

    Shapiro ,,., “Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage. This is not a difficult issue.”

    “” Arabs “value murder” while Israelis “value life,”

    The “Arab Palestinian populace… by and large constitutes the most evil population on the face of the planet.” Since they’re “rotten to the core,” there’s no such thing as a good Arab: your evil is defined by your ethnicity, by being a member of the People of Darkness and Murder rather than the People of Goodness and Light. ” etc etc

    Considering Israels army had a real and proven policy of using Palastinian civilians and children as human shields ,,,, which anyone can google and look up…

    It makes Zionist claims of ‘Pals’ inhumanity and lack of love for their children,,,, as cynical and dishonest as our ”Hero of Israel harvey weinstein,,, claiming ‘they all raped me.,, and the evil degenerates used BDS like cruel perverted antisemitic devils.

    For the true history of Israel from someone who is honest, non-racist and wants justice and peace for all in the middle east ,,,,Miko Peled is a very good place to start. https://youtu.be/TOaxAckFCuQ

    Gaby is a dishonest racist and stands behind every violent and idiotic thing Shapiro says ,,, for a video more about debunking Israels zionist propaganda lies ,,, like gaby and Shapiro peddle …
    https://youtu.be/ezNqSAIJIOI THE OCCUPATION OF THE AMERICAN MIND – Full Movie –

    For a sample of what a angry idiot ‘Pal’ hater shapiro is ,,, start at the 4 minute mark https://youtu.be/6VixqvOcK8E

  5. Anyone who looks at the video supplied by Leslie and is still able to defend Israeli ethnic cleansing of Bedouin from their ancestral lands has completely left the planet of human empathy. As in the war on Yemen they cheer the destruction, starvation and murder of a whole population that they have determined in their own minds to be sub-human. Nothing can justify such atrocious abuse of power inflicting such callous and brutal harm. Ethnic cleansing is a crime against humanity and we should all be prepared to stand up and denounce these actions by Israel. The situation is not complicated – its dead simple and black and white. Ignoring events in Palestine is disgraceful and shameful.

  6. Violence is a result of Palestinian intransigence. What is Israel meant to do? Wait like sitting ducks to be slaughtered?

    If you pick a fight with a stronger power and turn down every opportunity for peace, expect your arse to be handed to you every.single.time.

    • Hahaha!! Yes! Very scary looking Bedouin in the video! As scary as the unarmed protesters on the right of return march and unarmed children throwing stones at the IDF! If these are the things that scare you J Brown I suggest psychiatric help. But given your post you obviously think that might is right and soldiers shooting children and bulldozing houses is just the normal sort of thing to expect.

    • Cheerleading for the bully, “J”?

      Yes, how dare the victim fight back. If ever you suffer a home invasion, I trust you will comply with all demands from the aggeressor(s).

  7. It’s not a ‘conflict’. It is settler-colonialism ..with an ongoing agenda dating back decades, to take the land with as few of the inhabitants as possible.

    • Lois the evidence clearly shows that as does international condemnation.of what Israel/USA is doing to innocent civilians. Shooting children for throwing rock is evidence of seriously deranged minds.
      “mowing the lawns” the leader said.

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