Israel’s ‘most moral army and its amoral crimes’

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Israel’s ‘most moral army and its amoral crimes’

Israel’s army brazenly makes the barefaced claim that it is the most moral army in the world. That claim scarcely corresponds  with its everyday assaults life in the Palestinian areas. The IOF is the archetype of war crimes. If only this were a normal world, a large number of Israel’s politicians and army Generals would probably find them tried and put away behind bars somewhere in The Hague.

With impunity, Israel kills, maims, and destroys entire communities with a chilling regularity and cruelty that shocks and offends human sensibilities. Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law proceed undeterred and there seem few, if any, nations that can make a difference at this point in time. It does not stop there. Israel’s is also into stealing the region’s resources and manipulating its native population as is happening in the Golan Heights. The common characteristics of settlement businesses in the Golan violate international law and damage the native community hugely.

In another open defiance of international law, Israel began work to strengthen its border with the Gaza Strip with construction starting on a massive new barrier along the frontier. The barrier, set to stand six metres (20 feet) off the ground, will prevent terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground”, PM Netanyahu claimed. It is set to follow the 65-kilometre course of an underground barrier also under construction meant to neutralize the threat of cross-border tunnels built by Gaza militants. The above-ground barrier would join a fortified sea wall jutting into the Mediterranean.

Cruelties to all categories of prisoners are part and parcel of the system in Israeli prisons. Prisoners are abused, mistreated, tortured, and their human rights violated. The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Committee recently reported that the Israeli prison authorities have been medically neglecting a sick Palestinian prisoner who is serving a life sentence in Israeli prisons. Deliberate medical negligence is a common punitive measure used against Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails. It is one of the commonly cited motivations for hunger strikers protesting the dismal and cruel conditions endured by detained Palestinians.

We report with sadness the loss of a British comedian, Jeremy Hardy. One of his greatest political passions was Palestine. In 2002, at the height of the Second Intifada Hardy, took up a film for which he travelled to the West Bank. The documentary led him to face Israeli gunfire and be trapped with other British activists in Bethlehem when the town was placed under siege.

Finally a must-read article, which argues that Israel has a strategic choice to make: either to continue as a security state or come to terms with the people it has expelled and dominates.

Ranjan Solomon


Three Palestinians killed by IOF during past week
The weekly report by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) in Gaza showed that Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the Palestinian territories continued. Three Palestinians killed by IOF during the past week.
Read more in Palestine News Network

Israel stealing resources and manipulating native population in Occupied Golan
Al-Marsad has published a new legal report that investigates the implications of a recent Israeli project that proposes to develop a massive wind farm in the occupied Syrian Golan (‘Golan’). The report highlights the consequences of Israel’s latest attempt to tie itself to the Golan by stealing the region’s resources and manipulating its native population. Although the report focuses on one specific project, it identifies many of the common characteristics of settlement businesses in the Golan, which violate international law and harm the native community immensely.
Read more in Palestine News Network

Israel starts work on new Gaza border barrier
Israel said that work to strengthen its border with the Gaza Strip had entered a new phase, with construction starting on a massive new barrier along the frontier. “Over the weekend we began building the above-ground barrier along the Gaza border,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told journalists before the weekly cabinet meeting. The barrier, set to stand six metres (20 feet) off the ground, “will prevent terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground”, he said in Hebrew. It is set to follow the 65-kilometre (40-mile) course of an underground barrier also under construction meant to neutralize the threat of cross-border tunnels built by Gaza militants. At its western end, the statement said, the above-ground barrier would join a fortified sea wall jutting into the Mediterranean, aimed at blocking Palestinian attacks by water. “It’s massive and especially strong,” the ministry said in an accompanying video clip.
Read details in Middle East Online

Critically Ill Palestinian medically neglected in Israeli Prison
The Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Committee confirmed that the Israeli prison authorities have been medically neglecting a sick Palestinian prisoner who is serving a life sentence in Israeli prisons. Deliberate medical negligence is a common punitive measure used against Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails. It is one of the commonly cited motivations for hunger strikers protesting the dismal and cruel conditions endured by detained Palestinians.
Read more in Palestine Chronicle

Jeremy Hardy: Palestine’s funniest champion
Few people existed on the British comedy circuit who were able to straddle both the worlds of radical political activism – including on the Middle East – and the mainstream of comedy broadcasting in the way that Jeremy Hardy did. When his shock death from cancer was announced at the age of only 57, plaudits came in from across the political spectrum, although the largest number came from his fellow comedians and left-wing activists.

One of his greatest political passions was Palestine. For most comedians – especially those who regularly appeared on BBC panel shows – the topic was too sensitive to broach. Of course, the main reason for this is that few take the effort to do their homework, let alone travel to the region to see the situation first hand. In 2002, at the height of the Second Intifada which had then been raging for two years, Hardy took up an offer to be the subject of a film in which he travelled to the West Bank as part of the International Solidarity Movement to be a human shield. The resultant documentary saw the comedian facing down Israeli gunfire and eventually become trapped with other British activists in Bethlehem when the town was placed under siege.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/jeremy-hardy-palestines-funniest-champion

Article
Lords of the land: Why Israel’s victory won’t last

David Hearst is the Editor in Chief of the Middle East Eye.  In this article he writes: Israel has a strategic choice to make: either to continue as a security state or come to terms with the people it has expelled and dominates.
Read full article in Middle East Eye

Don’t befriend me for a day, and leave me a month. Don’t get close to me if you’re going to leave. Don’t say what you don’t do. Be close or get away.

 لا تصاحبني يوماً .. لتهجرني شهراً ولا تقربني .. لتبعدني .. لا تقل ما لا تفعل كُن قريباً .. أو ابتعد.

Mahmoud Darwish.