Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Israeli Military's negligence exposes schoolchildren to Israeli settler threats

A press release from Christian Peacemaker Teams in At-Tuwani.

October 26, 2010

On the afternoon of Monday October 25th, Palestinian schoolchildren from the villages of Tuba and Maghayir al Abeed were threatened by four adult Israeli settlers from the Havat Ma'on outpost while walking home from school. The children, aged 6-13, were walking without their normal Israeli military escort because the military had, for the second consecutive afternoon, failed to arrive to accompany the children.

After waiting for the military for over an hour, the children were forced to take a longer route on which masked Israeli settlers have attacked Palestinians and Internationals on three separate occasions over the past two weeks (see release, http://www.operationdove.org/?p=417). Internationals from the Christian Peacemaker Teams accompanied the children home and were present to observe the four Israeli settlers leave a house on a ridge above the path and begin to run towards the children and Internationals. The schoolchildren immediately began to run away, at which point the settlers slowed to a brisk walk but continued to follow the running children for a few more minutes until all were safely out of sight.

The Israeli military is mandated by the Israeli Knesset to escort these children to and from school each day because Israeli settlers from the Ma’on settlement and Havat Ma’on outpost have repeatedly attacked schoolchildren on their way to and from school. On the afternoons of the 24th and 25th, Internationals from Operation Dove and the Christian Peacemaker Teams made repeated calls to the Israeli military to notify them that the children were ready and waiting for the escort, but the army never arrived. This is the third incident this month in which the army has failed to arrive to escort the schoolchildren.

Operation Dove and Christian Peacemaker Teams have maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

[Note: According to the Geneva Conventions, the International Court of Justice in the Hague, and numerous United Nations resolutions, all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal. Most settlement outposts, including Havot Ma'on (Hill 833) are considered illegal under Israeli law.]

Monday, October 25, 2010

Vatican wants the occupation ended

A Vatican Synod on the Middle East recently convened and subsequently released an important statement regarding Israel/Palestine (see Ynet article). The Vatican body stated that Biblical concepts and interpretations of sacred scripture cannot neither be used to justify the occupation nor Israel's territorial claims which lead to settlement expansion. Here is an greatly encouraging quote from Greek-Melchite Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros:
"We Christians cannot speak about the promised land for the Jewish people. There is no longer a chosen people. All men and women of all countries have become the chosen people.
"The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians," he added. "The justification of Israel's occupation of the land of Palestine cannot be based on sacred scriptures."
The statement also stated the obvious (yet immensely important to explicitly state time and time again):
"Palestinians are suffering the consequences of the Israeli occupation: the lack of freedom of movement, the wall of separation and the military checkpoints, the political prisoners, the demolition of homes, the disturbance of socio-economic life and the thousands of refugees."
Thank you Catholic Church for restoring a small sliver of my (recently held) hope in the Christian Church. I pray this is a small step toward the global church being a voice for justice in Israel and Palestine.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ethnic cleansing isn't pretty; No Israeli sister cities



Last night I attended a protest of the Chicago Festival of Israel Cinema. This demonstration that fits in with the 2005 call from Palestinian civil society to use boycotts, divestments, and sanctions to force Israel to recognize and respect Palestinian human rights.

That being said, I understand that the cultural boycott of Israel is probably the most controversial aspect of the boycott. A lot of people can get behind boycotting Israeli settlement goods, because to many people, settlements are the most clear obstacle to peace and the most evident violation of international law.

Nevertheless, I support the cultural boycott of Israel. Why? Because Israel cannot keep operating in the world -- through the arts, economics, sports, and politics -- as if it's not carrying out a brutal occupation of the West Bank, operating the largest open-air prison in the world, and egregiously violating human rights and international laws.

It's the same reason I think tourists who go to Tel Aviv, Nazareth, and Eilat -- without ever stepping foot in the occupied territories -- are deceiving themselves and not getting a full picture of Israel. Israel is an occupier. Israel disregards the rulings of the International Criminal Court. Israel scoffs at international law. Israel is a racist, apartheid state in which all non-Jews are second class citizens. Israel imprisons 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, barely nothing in and nothing out.

That's why they can't have a film festival in Chicago, because the arts are used to whitewash the myriad evils that the Israeli state carries out on a daily basis. It's like taking a rotten apple, hiding the bad part, and showing the world the small sliver of the apple that is still shiny and red.

Here's a bit of background to the event from the Palestine Solidarity Group - Chicago, followed by video and pictures. (A more professional video was shot and is being edited, I will post it once it's finished.)
The protest is part of an ongoing campaign calling on Chicago Sister Cities International, which is co-sponsoring the festival and whose offices are located in the Chicago Cultural Center, to drop the Israeli city of Petach Tikva from its program and end business-as-usual with apartheid Israel.

The festival is being promoted as “The Real Reel Israel” yet we know that the fictional image of Israel as a liberal, multicultural state being trotted out at this festival is another PR attempt by the racist Israeli government and its supporters to whitewash the all too real Israeli military occupation, oppression of Palestinian citizens of Israel and the ongoing denial of the rights of Palestinian refugees and their descendants.


When did you choose to be straight?


Sometimes asking the right questions is the most important thing.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Great Book Robbery



60,000 Palestinian books were systematically looted by the newly born State of Israel during the 1948 war. The story of the stolen books is not only at the heart of our project but also the launching pad of a much bigger and wider endeavor: We intend on communicating the scope and depth of the Palestinian tragedy through the destruction of Palestinian culture in 1948.
Stealing books and erasing a people and a culture. Not exactly light accusations.

Israeli Taliban Torch Palestinian Girls’ School, Destroy Olive Trees


(My Note -- Juan Cole always reminds me of the importance of the language that we use. What was done to Native Americans and aboriginal peoples is what is being done to Palestinians, so let's call it that. The term 'illegal aliens' is a buzzword in the U.S. that carries negative connotations of a people who don't belong, so let's use it to describe people who immigrate from across the globe to live in homes that Palestinians were forced to leave. And settlers who torch schools are no better than the Taliban. Let's call it what it is folks.)

The phrase “ethnic cleansing” conjures up a swift, comprehensive act of expulsion. But in reality, moving a large population off its land is the death of a thousand cuts, a slow, inexorable process of stealing property, harassment, forcing people into a condition of malnutrition. The Native Americans in the Americas, the Aborigines in Australia, and the Palestinians in Israel/Palestine were only sometimes forced off their land suddenly and en masse. The gradual processes told, in the long run.

The amazing thing about what is being done to the Palestinians in the Palestinian West Bank by Israeli illegal aliens is that it is happening in full view of the world, reported on by wire services, and yet remains invisible to Western publics.

The world reacts in horror when the Taliban in Afghanistan torch girls’ schools. But Israeli squatters just set fire to the store room of a Palestinian girls’ school, and the whole school would have gone up in flames if that warehouse had not been near a water main. The Israeli illegals left behind graffiti saying ‘regards from the hills.’

Early in October, Israeli squatters set fire to a Palestinian mosque in Bethlehem.

For instance, there is the seasonal vandalism against olive trees in Palestinian orchards, which reached a fever pitch this year. The Israeli authorities prosecute few of these offenses and almost never hand down a punishment to an Israeli squatter. The 10 million olive trees in the West Bank and Gaza, occupying some 45 percent of the farmland, are the matrix of Palestinian existence. An attack on olive trees is a form of economic warfare of the first water. (There are some counter-attacks by Palestinians on the orchards of Israeli illegal immigrants, but they are minor in number compared to the onslaught on theirs).

Or consider the ways in which the Israeli squatters unleash their sewage on Palestinian vineyards. A potent symbol for the way the stateless, rights-less Palestinians are continually shat upon by the Israelis.

See this Aljazeera video on sewage guerrilla war against the Palestinians from this summer:


Or there is the news that “The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday condemned an Israeli military order to confiscate 1,000 acres of the Palestinian Al-Jalud village, south of Nablus. ” The Israeli army just steals Palestinian land whenever it likes, supposedly on ‘security’ grounds. But the international law on military occupations forbids such confiscations by the occupying power.

The video that should change the world

Watch this video. Watch it from beginning to end.

Abeeb Abu Rahma, seen in this video, was imprisoned weeks after this video was shot. He has been in prison ever since, on fabricated charges.

But you understand why he was arrested, right? This kind of nonviolent resistance, this passion, this determination to take back the land that is his, will bring the Israeli occupation regime to its knees. That's why Israel had to arrest him.

Hear the passion in his voice, even if you can't understand his words, and know the courage it takes for him to embrace nonviolent resistance in the face of these occupying forces. Several people from Abu Rahma's village have been killed, many more are in prison, for their impassioned resistance.

It's the Occupation, Stupid

Robert Pape has a great piece in Foreign Policy, you should read the whole thing.

I previously reviewed Robert Pape's book on this blog. His new piece on FP carries many of the same themes as does his book, Dying to Win. The difference is that Dying to Win presents data from 1980-2004, while his FP article speaks about the current situation in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has only escalated since 2004.

Pape begins:
Although no one wants to talk about it, 9/11 is still hurting America. That terrible day inflicted a wound of public fear that easily reopens with the smallest provocation, and it continues to bleed the United States of money, lives, and goodwill around the world. Indeed, America's response to its fear has, in turn, made Americans less safe and has inspired more threats and attacks.

In the decade since 9/11, the United States has conquered and occupied two large Muslim countries (Afghanistan and Iraq), compelled a huge Muslim army to root out a terrorist sanctuary (Pakistan), deployed thousands of Special Forces troops to numerous Muslim countries (Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, etc.), imprisoned hundreds of Muslims without recourse, and waged a massive war of ideas involving Muslim clerics to denounce violence and new institutions to bring Western norms to Muslim countries. Yet Americans still seem strangely mystified as to why some Muslims might be angry about this situation.

In a narrow sense, America is safer today than on 9/11. There has not been another attack on the same scale. U.S. defenses regarding immigration controls, airport security, and the disruption of potentially devastating domestic plots have all improved.

But in a broader sense, America has become perilously unsafe. Each month, there are more suicide terrorists trying to kill Americans and their allies in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Muslim countries than in all the years before 2001 combined. From 1980 to 2003, there were 343 suicide attacks around the world, and at most 10 percent were anti-American inspired. Since 2004, there have been more than 2,000, over 91 percent against U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries.
Pape then moves to the incongruity between the facts and the logic of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan:
Put differently, adopting the goal of transforming Muslim countries is what created the long-term military occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes, the United States would almost surely have sought to create a stable order after toppling the regimes in these countries in any case. However, in both, America's plans quickly went far beyond merely changing leaders or ruling parties; only by creating Western-style democracies in the Muslim world could Americans defeat terrorism once and for all.

There's just one problem: We now know that this narrative is not true.

New research provides strong evidence that suicide terrorism such as that of 9/11 is particularly sensitive to foreign military occupation, and not Islamic fundamentalism or any ideology independent of this crucial circumstance. Although this pattern began to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s, a wealth of new data presents a powerful picture.

More than 95 percent of all suicide attacks are in response to foreign occupation, according to extensive research that we conducted at the University of Chicago's Project on Security and Terrorism, where we examined every one of the over 2,200 suicide attacks across the world from 1980 to the present day.

Monday, October 18, 2010

60 Minutes cover East Jerusalem, Silwan.

An incisive piece by 60 Minutes about the controversy in the Jerusalem neighborhood, Silwan. Hang in there till the end because the interview with Nir Barkat, the Jerusalem mayor, is worth seeing. Notice how Barkat and the settler leader from the Elad organization play a carefully crafted semantic game when being interviewed. Their answers, and their decisions, are always framed towards what is positive toward the Jewish people while remaining blind to the impact on Palestinians.


Here is the 60 minutes web-only portion about Beit Yonaton, the notorious Jewish settlement in Silwan. The Israeli high court ordered that Beit Yonaton be evacuated, as it is an illegal building, but state-paid security guards continue to protect the residents who refuse to leave. Bein Yonaton is one example of Israel's numerous paper triumphs, where a decision is made by the court, but the security and political arms of the government refuse to carry it out.


Another of the extra segments that didn't air on the program was about the new Jerusalem railway. Not covered in this segment is the fact that the train gives preference to Israeli settlers living in East Jerusalem. Many train stations are available for Israeli settlers while only one station is located in a Palestinian-populated area. The railway wouldn't be a problem if it was built on the west side of the Green Line, but much of the line is built in occupied territory, in contravention of international law. Here's more from Diakonia (check out their site for extensive information on violations of international law as a result of this project):
Currently, the first phase of the Jerusalem light rail is under construction. The route of the first instalment of the train line will connect the settlements of Neve Ya’aqov and Pisgat Ze’ev, via the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shu’afat, to the West Jerusalem city center and neighbourhoods such as Bet haKerem. The new transportation system is likely to facilitate commuting from settlements north of Jerusalem, as well as from the settlements east of Jerusalem like Ma’aleh Adumim and those in the Jordan Valley. Upon completion of all the eight lines planned for this project, estimated for 2020, the new transportation network will effectively connect the settlements of north Jerusalem with the settlement of Gilo in southern Jerusalem, de facto integrating portions of the occupied territory with the territory of the State of Israel. The only planned stops that would directly serve Palestinians would be located in the area of Shu’afat.

Also, what does united mean? Throughout these videos you hear right-leaning Israelis refusing to accept any partitioning of Jerusalem because Jerusalem will remain 'united.' According to Webster, 'united' means 'made one' or refers to something produced by 'joint action.' I think what these politicians and settlers are calling for in Jerusalem would more appropriately be called ethnic homogeneity, ethnic cleansing, colonialism, apartheid -- not so much, unity.

Demolishing Livelihoods

Israeli police acting in abrogation of the court's ruling in Jerusalem. More disturbing, their actions are destroying livelihoods.

Shepherd made homeless, livelihood threatened, son in prison.

A troubling, yet disgustingly run-of-the-mill, story from Hebron.

Monday 18th October 2010

Al-Khalil (Hebron) -- Noah El-Rajabi is a shepherd, with two hundred sheep and goats. He lives in Bani Na'im,17 kilometres from Hebron. He is married, and has seven children.

Bani Na'im is under Israeli military and civil control.

Ten weeks ago the Israeli military demolished his house. His wife and younger children now live in two rented rooms in Hebron. Noah and his oldest son lived in a tent supplied by the Red Cross, so that Noah could continue to work with his flock.

On Monday 11th October, at 8.00 a.m. the Israeli military arrived without warning and destroyed his water cistern, his tent, and a small wooden structure Noah used for cooking and storage.

His oldest son, aged 14, who was with Noah, protested at the soldiers' action, and was arrested. His son is accused of assaulting two soldiers. Noah reports that soldiers kicked and beat some of the animals and that one pregnant ewe aborted.

CPTers met Noah in Hebron on Tuesday morning 12th October. He did not know where his son was being held, and where he could get water for his animals.

CPTers accompanied Noah to three Israeli police stations. The only information Israeli police gave was that his son was being held in Ofer military prison. They refused to accept a complaint against the Israeli soldiers for their behaviour.

CPTers also visited Noah's rented accommodation in Hebron. They met his wife and some of his younger children. 'Please bring my son home', his wife pleaded.

The animals are being looked after by Noah's brother, and have been moved to another hillside, where there is water. Agencies in Hebron are trying to reconnect Noah's water supply, but the cistern will have to be restored, and will run the risk of further demolition orders in the future.

CPT Al-Khalil is deeply concerned about the number of children who are being detained by the Israeli army and police. For further information on the imprisonment of Palestinian minors by the Israeli military, please refer to the annual reports of Defence for Children International (Palestine): www.deci-pal.org Go to 'publications', and then to 'Palestinian Child Prisoners' June 2009

Thursday, October 14, 2010

CPTnet: Two Palestinians killed, four families made homeless.

CPTnet
14 October 2010
AL KHALIL (HEBRON)

Early on Friday morning, 8 October, CPTers went to the Jabal Johar district of Hebron in response to news that the Israeli military had killed two Palestinians.

When the CPTers arrived, the military had cordoned off the area, but a Palestinian family invited CPTers to observe from the rooftop of a nearby Palestinian apartment block. From there they could see heavy machinery at work just behind a mosque, and learned from local people that the military had demolished a three-storey building in reprisal for the killings of four Israeli settlers near Kiryat Arba four weeks ago. The two dead men, thought to be members of the military wing of Hamas, were accused of killing the settlers.

While the CPTers watched from the rooftop, a large crowd of young Palestinian men carried away the body of one of the dead men from the site of the demolished house. When the young men returned about an hour later, they began throwing rocks at the Israeli Border Police in the street below the apartment and burning tires. The Border Police responded with percussion grenades and later with tear-gas.

When the Israeli soldiers had completed the demolition of the house, they removed the heavy machinery, and gradually withdrew from the area. The CPTers then went to the site of the demolished house and discovered it had been home to four families: about thirty people in all. The families had kept sheep and goats in the basement, and dead animals were lying on the ground. Curtains and bedding hung from the tangled wreckage of iron reinforcing rods and broken concrete. An upper room had been ready for a bridal suite, and some of the furniture was still in place.

More than a hundred Palestinian men and boys stood silently in the rubble of the house, while women who had lived in the house gathered nearby, bewildered. "Please tell the world what has happened here today," they asked a CPTer. Another woman yelled, "What have we done to deserve this?" while she stared at the ruins.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

An update and a plea

I just arrived in Chicago. I will be here until the week before Christmas.

The plan, before the Israeli Ministry of Interior derailed it, was to return to Palestine right about now. Unfortunately, I am not able to get another Israeli tourist visa until January (maybe never given that I am writing this "on the record" for blogosphere). So, I am going to be based out of our office in Chicago for the next two months. I will still be blogging here, hopefully often since I will be exclusively focused on CPT Palestine communications work. I will be focusing on improving the Palestine section of the CPT website, expanding our communications through various internet channels, and myriad other things. In short, I will be working (from the technology side) on how to tell the stories. Those of us on the ground are hearing the stories, so we need to get those stories out to you all, so that we can all work on changing the unjust realities on the ground.

After wrapping things up in Chicago, I will be home for Christmas, and then off to Palestine in January.

Secondly, and more importantly, CPT has felt the crunch of the worldwide economic recession. All of our projects are unfortunately headed down the path of becoming short-staffed. The At-Tuwani project, which I covered for the last two years on this blog, is currently short-staffed and under-funded.

For the first six months of this fiscal year, donations have dropped more than 23% when compared with last year's income during that period. That's a shortfall of more than $77,000.

To continue the work we are currently doing we need your support. Click here to make a donation, or make a donation on our Facebook page, if you prefer.

Also, an important note. One of CPT's longtime supporters has agreed to match all donations, dollar for dollar, that are made between now and the end of October (with a limit of $5,000). So anything you can give would be excellent, your $10 becomes $20 or your $100 becomes $200.

Thanks so much.

Your donation goes to a lot of things, but it pretty much comes down to trying to give these girls a better life, a fraction of hope for their future.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Columbus Day, but who was he?



There isn't the time to present the facts as to why Columbus should not be celebrated. The facts do support, as the video stated, that Columbus killed great numbers of indigenous people in his quest for resources and fame in 'the Americas.' In the first two years from when Columbus first landed on Haiti, more than 250,000 Indians were killed.

No apology has ever been made to the indigenous people of this country, and there is no mainstream recognition of the crimes that were committed by European settlers (my ancestors -- except for a smidge of the Blackfoot in my blood). Columbus is celebrated in textbooks and by national holidays. Very little progressive, much less conservative, thought is given to how the pained history of the indigenous of this land continues to play out in contemporary social and political realities. They must just be poor and unemployed cause they are lazy, right?

Silence is compliance. Learn something today about who Columbus really was. Read The Peoples History of the United States by Howard Zinn. Learn about the indigenous people whose land you live on. Say something, do something.

Rather than present my own analysis, I will turn it over to Howard Zinn for some insight, and then move to a poem from Rebecca Tababodong, a First Nations activist from Toronto.

Zinn writes:
To emphasize the heroism of Columbus and his successors as navigators and discoverers, and to deemphasize their genocide, is not a technical necessity but an idealogical choice. It serves -- unwittingly -- to justify what was done. My point is not that we must, in telling history, accuse, judge, condemn Columbus in absentia. It is too late for that; it would be a useless scholarly excercise in morality. But the easy acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary price to pay for progress -- that is still with us. One reason these atrocities are still with us is that we have learned to bury them in a mass of other facts, as radioactive wastes are buried in containers in the earth. We have learned to give them exactly the same proportion of attention that teachers and writers often give them in the most respectable of classrooms and textbooks. This learned sense of moral proportion, coming from the apparent objectivity of the scholar, is accepted more easily than when it comes from politicians at press conferences. It is therefore more deadly.
Zinn continues:
The treatment of heroes (Columbus) and their victims (the Arawaks) -- the quiet acceptance of conquest and murder in the name of progress -- is only one aspect of a certain approach to history, in which the past is told from the point of view of governments, conquerors, diplomats, leaders.
Finally, here is Rebecca Tababodong, a member of Wasauksing First Nation, poet, activist and film maker. She lives in Toronto. The poem is called Reconciliation.

We are waking up to our history
from a forced slumber
We are breathing it into our lungs
so it will be part of us again
It will make us angry at first
because we will see how much you stole from us
and for how long you watched us suffer
we will see how you see us
and how when we copied your ways
it killed our own.

We will cry and cry and cry
because we can never be the same again
But we will go home to cry
and we will see ourselves in this huge mess
and we will gently whisper the circle back
and it will be old and it will be new
Then we will breathe our history back to you
you will feel how strong and alive it is
and you will feel yourself become a part of it
And it will shock you at first
because it is too big to see all at once
and you won’t want to believe it
you will see how you see us
and all the disaster in your ways
how much we lost

And you will cry and cry and cry
because we can never be the same again
But we will cry with you
and we will see ourselves in this huge mess
and we will gently whisper the circle back
and it will be old and it will be new.

Friday, October 08, 2010

She cannot walk

A BBC news story that appears to be from back in the 2008-2009 winter during, or immediately following Operation Cast Lead, Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip. A story about a young girl who was shot by Israeli soldiers in Gaza, and taken to a hospital just across the border in Egypt. The BBC reporter first meets the paralyzed girl, and then goes in search of her father.


"Kief hiyye? (How is she)"
"Btiqdarish timshi (She can't walk)"

Absolutely tragic. To lose two of your girls, and then find out, from a foreign reporter that your other daughter is in a hospital in Egypt, where you are not allowed to go, and she is paralyzed.

Here's why Palestinians are angry

A number of disturbing incidents have happened in the last 24 hours.  


First, a settler, David Be'eri, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan ran over two Palestinian children with his car


 

Silwan is a neighborhood that is slowly being taken over by an "archeological" settlement called the City of David.  Tension has remained high since a settler security guard killed a father of five and in the following days a 14 month old baby suffocated from tear gas inhalation.  Now this, kids getting hit by settler cars.  Yeah sure, the kids were throwing stones, not the best practice to run out in the middle of the street to throw them at a moving car.  But really, put yourself in their shoes.  Your entire country is being patrolled by an army that generally despises your race.  Your neighborhood is being taken over by white Israeli settlers from Europe and North America (Ashkenazi Jews make up a large percentage of idealogical settlers) who claim to have found significant archeological remains.  This archeological discovery has led to many of your friends' homes being demolished.  Two weeks ago, a father of five was shot by the security guard for this settlement.  The settler who shot him was out of jail before the murdered man had even had a proper funeral.  Then a 14 month old baby dies from tear gas inhalation.  Your mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and cousins are outraged.  They feel helpless.  No one cares, no one listens.  When a settler car drives down the road -- which is a representative of this land theft, colonialism, murder -- what would you do, salute the car?  Hell no.  Get that piece of shit out of my neighborhood.  You already stole my land, so at least stay inside the part that you stole, and don't venture into the area you have yet to steal.  That's the background.  These aren't punk kids who hate Jews because they're Jews.  They hate people who steal their land and kill their fathers and their baby brothers.  Also, David Be'eri is a leader in the City of David settlement and heads a settler organization called Eled, which seeks "to discretely purchase property for Jews in Silwan."  Here's the disturbing video:





Secondly, and certainly related, a woman in her fifties died of a heart attack sustained over two weeks ago following a shooting in Silwan.  Haniyeh Auda suffered a heart attack immediately following a shooting in which her son-in-law, Samer Sarhan, was mortally wounded by a settler security guard from the settlement in Silwan.  The death toll continues to rise.  These incidents aren't isolated events, but instead, they ripple and spiral and fester.  Rest in peace Haji Haniyeh  


Thirdly, an Israeli army raid of the Jabal Johar neighborhood of Hebron, left two men dead.  The two men killed were affiliated with the Hamas military wing.  So, most pundits won't blink an eye because they were Hamas militants, but I beg to differ.  First, Hamas militants or Israeli soldiers, what's the difference?  One is an armed individual who represents a nation, and the other is an armed individual who represents a national people group that has systematically been denied statehood.  Are you really going to argue that the Israeli soldier is fighting for the protection of his people/nation and the Hamas soldier is not?  The Hamas militant believes himself to be fighting to protect his people while the Israeli soldier, arguably, by serving in the occupied territories is endangering his nation  (as in, occupation and subjugation breeds armed resistance).  


Also, a three story home was demolished in the process of this raid.  The Israeli miltary said they used "engineering tools to cause him to exit the building."  So the man was hiding inside the building, fearing his own death, and then bulldozers demolished the building which houses three, or more, families?  Don't they have flashbangs and tear gas and sound bombs?  In fact they do because I have seen, heard, and tasted those nasty buggers many times.  This is simply an act of collective punishment.  Not only is the father/brother/son dead, but now his extended family doesn't have a home.  Also, the whole area was put under curfew and countless people were detained.  The IDF reportedly closed the area to journalists and confiscated cameras of journalists who had made their way into the area.  Here's a (seemingly phone-taken) photo that made its way out.  



Fourth,  Israeli settlers near Hebron shot a Palestinian man, Ibrahim Mohammed Sharif Basal.  There isn't much news about this, but I don't have any reason to believe it didn't happen.  If it didn't happen yesterday then there's a good chance it will happen somewhere else today.