An old article from Mar 16, 2019
Endless Trip to Hell: Israel Jails Hundreds of Palestinian Boys a Year. These Are Their Testimonies
Israel is reportedly ordering (in a well-known policy of harassment) the families of the women and children it took hostages for years NOT to celebrate their freedom. But celebrations are underway. Reprots are around about israeli police trying to "prevent live coverage of celebrations for released Palestinian prisoners".
One of the main tools of oppression the occupying power - israel - is using against the Palestinian people is the so-called "administrative detention," which is, in fact, a way to jail Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial. It has increased in the West since Oct 7, and since then, there has been "a spike in reports of abuse and ill-treatment of Palestinian detainees and prisoners."
Palestinians will seek their freedom until they are free, as all humans should. The bloodshed and suffering in historic Palestine are the direct result of occupation and apartheid. How can there be peace without justice and respect for human rights for all?
Read the article from Vox "Why Israel imprisons so many Palestinians: 150 Palestinian prisoners are being released as part of Israel and Hamas’s recent hostage deal. But thousands more remain behind bars."
The US officials are not worried about how many people Israel has killed in Gaza nor about devastating human consequences but about “an unintended consequence of the pause: that it would allow journalists broader access to Gaza and the opportunity to further illuminate the devastation there..."
The israeli army has just bombarded Al-Fakhura school in Gaza, where families took refuge, killing what is estimated to be 200 human beings. The same school was bombarded during the 2008-2009 israeli attack, killing 40 people at the time (on January 6, 2009).
This is in line with a long tradition in the israeli army. You search for and read UN reports, and here you are a 2006 example from Marwaheen, a village in Lebanon where "people of the village were ordered to flee, obeyed Israeli orders and were then attacked by an Israeli gunship. The refugees took their children and stood them around the truck in which they were traveling so that Israeli pilots would see they were innocents. Then the Israeli helicopter mowed them down at close range," as reporter Robert Fisk reported at the time.
The above is part of my latest book as a theologian and activist, "On Palestinian Liberation: a Christian Perspective," 2021 (currently working on an English translation).
My publisher (renowned Dar El Adab, Beirut) agreed to provide a free electronic version; if you read Arabic you can find it here (if not, wait for an English translation soon): https://lnkd.in/gZwVqfPg
A Kindle edition also exists on Amazon (https://lnkd.in/gdZWuam2)
The director of Al Shifa Hospital confirmed on TV that the israeli occupation force (IOF) destroyed the CT and MRI machines. They bombarded civilians and destroyed half of the buildings in Gaza, drove people out of their homes, and then bombed them; they are attacking and destroying hospitals. The intent is to make sure Gaza is unliveable and expel as many as possible of Palestinians out of their land, exactly as the zionist terrorist groups did in 1948.
Yesterday, the media relayed the israeli propaganda that the IOF brought incubators for babies to Al Shifa Hospital! Propagating uncritically such news is an act of complicity. Al Shifa already had incubators; the problem was that the Israeli occupation cut the fuel and, hence, electricity. The existing incubators simply can't work. Colonial israel is starving the Palestinians, and that's OK for colonial powers (Trudeau is giving lip service to human rights; his actions are clear: full support to the genocidal attack on Palestinians) (is it ok for police in Canada or the Canadian army to destroy a building in Toronto and starve its residents because there is a hostile group living there?).
The genocidal attack is against international laws, but the IOF -protected by complicit colonial powers, including Canada- is continuing the genocidal project that they started 75 years ago. Before October 7th, Palestinians - including children- were imprisoned every day without trial, their houses were stolen by israelis (if you do not know, educate yourself), their houses were destroyed, their kids killed, their land expropriated, they were humiliated, subjugated, oppressed, controlled.
Palestinians have no other option but to resist this genocidal project—no other option. When a power denies a population their fundamental human rights, the answer is one across history: resistance. That's the undeniable human nature that people in power think they can suppress indefinitely with gun power. The result is always one: a bloodshed that benefits people in power; in this case, at least the industrial-military complex and gas/oil companies.
Genuinely free people will stand for human rights for all; they don't try to find rationalizations for other groups to be oppressed. In Palestine, one democratic state is the only humane and logical solution to guarantee human rights for all, instead of the current apartheid genocidal policies in place.
The Israeli army released a propaganda photo of a soldier helping Bashir Hajji, an elderly Palestinian man, with a walking stick.
Shortly afterward, the 79-year-old was executed, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor
Self-defense does not apply in the case of israel in relation to the Palestine Occupied Territories. ICJ (2004) (see image below)
"Under Int'l Law, Israel has the right to PROTECT itself, not to WAGE WAR (i.e., self-defense under art 51 UN Charter) against the people it has kept under belligerent occupation since'67. Gaza IS "occupied" given Israel's effective control, regardless of Hamas' existence."
(Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories)
Away from the laughable lies (to cover real failure) related to finding "proof" of hamas in a hospital. While searching for data about israel's terrorism (other than what we are already witnessing), I found this interesting article about the israel and Zionism about a period in the 1970s and 1980s when israel collaborated with the worst dictatorial regimes and taught their police "interrogation techniques, modern intelligence methods, psychological warfare and terror".
The author (Jan Nederveen-Pieterse, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara) points to an important fact: "Israel's military-industrial complex is linked, on the one hand, to US military-industrial complex and, on the other, to South Africa" (the well-known apartheid regime of the time)—a long article but an excellent historical overview of the past that sheds light on the present.
The pack of lies uttered by israeli officials to justify a genocide, confirmed and backed up in full complicity by USA and Canadian officials, and relayed obediently by Canadian media is a disgrace (not surprising, though). Here are a few words from the Jewish Network for Palestine: without justice, there will be no peace, only continuous bloodshed (for the benefit of a few thugs in suits).