Palestine Update 511
Israel’s cockeyed victimhood claims
Israeli’s often cling on to the idea of victimhood as their justification for their barbaric acts of cruelty to Palestinians. They make believe that when they hit the Palestinian with their armaments and abusive military force, it is punishment for what Palestinians do to them. Under what is an extremely asymmetric situation between the two peoples, it is evident that the Israelis are deceiving themselves. Of course, Palestinians fight back against various Israeli transgressions of the military, settlers, and civilians.
You can turn the other cheek once. But, when the slap is on the other cheek, it’s a signal to put an end to the violence and stand up for one’s dignity. Retaliation, in this case, is not violence. It is self defense and that is allowed in international law especially when an invader is stealing and occupying land and water and heritage and agricultural spaces etc.
The victimhood narrative is not selling too much any longer. Its marketing is not tenable in the eyes of many people around the world.
Today’s issue of Palestine Updates, carries reports of Israel’s carnage in Gaza in May 2021, misappropriation of land by settlers under Israel Army protection, instances of growing solitary confinement, invasions of the Temple Mount, an underground Iron wall in Gaza, Israel’s cyber arms exports – almost every conceivable evil. And finally there is a message to the American politician. Go and see for yourself…if there is mental and emotional space learn what you must about the truth of the Palestinian condition.
Please read these reports and disseminate.
Gaza: Report reveals civilian cost of Israeli bombing in heavily populated areas
“New research on Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip in May 2021 has revealed the cost of using highly explosive weapons on heavily populated areas, with UK-based monitor Airwars showing exactly where and how almost 200 Palestinian civilians were killed.”
For the full Airwars report, go here.
State business: Israel’s misappropriation of land in the West Bank through Settler Violence
“The phenomenon of violent assaults by settlers against Palestinians and their property has been on the rise in recent years….A map of the points of violence indicates a direct relationship between the erection and expansion of illegal outposts and violent acts by settlers…These outposts, partly populated by extremist settlers, are characterized by a constant effort to expand, develop, and take over more and more land. To achieve these goals they frequently use violence to intimidate the Palestinians and evict them from their land.”
Also see this new report from B’Tselem
Report: Surge in solitary confinement cases, Military Court Watch
“Historically, less than 4 percent of Palestinian child detainees have reported being held in solitary confinement as part of their interrogation process – or 20 to 40 children each year. A new report published today suggests that the proportion of children currently held in solitary confinement has surged to nearly 20 percent – with the trend continuing to rise. This surge equates to between 100 to 200 children each year. The report reviews 45 testimonies from children held in solitary confinement between January 2019 and May 2021.
Temple Mount movement soars under Israel’s new government
“According to statistics published by Yaraeh, an Israeli organization that promotes Jewish entry to and prayer on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, around 10,000 Jews have entered the compound over the past three months — a 35 percent increase compared to previous years.”
Israel completes ‘iron wall’ underground Gaza barrier
Israel has announced the completion of a sensor-equipped underground wall on its side of Gaza, a countermeasure developed after Hamas used tunnels to repel its troops during a 2014 invasion of the besieged Palestinian territory….The ministry said the barrier, which includes hundreds of cameras, radar and other sensors, spans 65km (40 miles) and 140,000 tonnes of iron and steel were used in its construction, which took three-and-a-half years to complete. It said the project’s “smart fence” is more than 6 meters (20 feet) high and its maritime barrier includes means to detect infiltration by sea and a remote-controlled weapons system. The ministry did not disclose the depth of the underground wall.”
‘Trust the Dictator’:
Israel’s New Method of ‘Supervising’ Cyber Arms Exports
“All over the world, people have suffered human rights violations due to Israeli defense exports, particularly the NSO phone-hacking software Pegasus. These exports were carried out with a license from the Foreign and Defense Ministries. At any moment, these victims are likely to begin public, legal proceedings against the State of Israel or an Israeli company. Even if the complainants have never taken an interest in the occupation or criticized Israel over the violation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, they are certainly interested in violations of their own rights….The ministries’ latest spin: Countries that purchase surveillance systems from Israel will now be asked to sign a declaration. If this is the best they can come up with – after months of work by ministry officials and their armies of legal advisors, and after grand promises to the U.S. and French President Emmanuel Macron that Israel has learned its lesson – there’s nothing to do but tear our hair out and be embarrassed for those officials who seem to have lost all shame.” Full report
Why US lawmakers should witness the Israeli occupation firsthand
A visit by Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Mark Pocan to my Palestinian village affirmed the value of politicians learning about Israel’s policies on the ground.
“At this present moment, the main factor protecting Susiya from erasure is international political pressure. When my grandfather was expelled from our ancestral village of Qaryatayn during the Nakba in 1948, and when my father was expelled from Susiya in 1986, there was no one listening when they told their stories. I, like many other Palestinians today, now have a voice with an audience to hear me. I will not let Israel turn my children into refugees in their own land.”
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