Palestinian Life – Cheaper than Water

Palestinian Life – Cheaper than Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Below are 2 articles on how Palestinians are perceived by
an increasing number of Israelis.  In
one, a Facebook poster, Nati Mor, openly advocates the extermination of the Palestinians.  Unlike an Arab who would be sentenced to at
least 1 year in prison for such an offence, no action is taken.  Jewish racists are never prosecuted
for racism.

There is also a touching story about how,,
in their genocidal attack on Gaza last year, Israel’s ‘most moral army’ rescued
2 cats.  The cats seem to have appeared,
as by magic, probably distressed by the amount of ordinance fired.  However they now have happy, warm Israeli homes.  Unlike their previous Palestinian owners.
Tony Greenstein

Israeli Advocates Palestinian Holocaust

Richard Silverstein writes that
Nati Mor’s Facebook post

Among the latest oddities and outrages in the Israeli media (including
social and news media) are these:

An Israeli Facebook user, Nati Mor,
posted this “panegyric” to the Palestinian people (translation by Ronnie Barkan, who found this
gem).  Though it’s one of the most extreme statements I’ve read in some
time, it’s important because it represents the views of so many more Israelis,
including many who would never be so bold as to express themselves like this
publicly:

I have sought the original post in his Facebook page but cannot find it.
 Likely, either his friends warned him to remove it or, as is often the
case, the Israeli military censor monitors such social media sites and contacts
users to remove such incendiary posts.


Page from Tsuk and Eytan Find a Warm Home
Second oddity is a new children’s book about two street kittens rescued in
Gaza by IDF soldiers during Operation Protective Edge (Tsuk Eytan in
Hebrew).  The book offers a severely truncated version of events leading
to the war and focuses solely on the hardship and suffering it inflicted on
Israelis.  In fact, in the book Palestinians don’t exist, which seems
fitting for contemporary views of them in Israel.  The cats had no
previous owners.  They just came to the Israelis naturally as if they’d
always known them and owned them.  The names of the kittens? Tsuk and
Eytan, of course.

The ending is a beautiful, warm dream with the kittens sitting in the
soldier’s bedroom enjoying their safe, secure new home.

By Maureen Clare Murphy

September
24, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – Electronic Intifada“-  “I
was on the balcony of my home. I heard Saad screaming, ‘Help me. They’ve killed
me,’” explains Ibrahim Dawabsha in a new short documentary produced by the
Palestinian human rights group Al-Ha

q (watch
it at the top of this page).

Ibrahim
rushed out to find Saad Dawabsha and his wife, Riham, lying on the ground,
their bodies on fire.
A
masked figure stood near Saad, and another stood near his wife.
Ibrahim
carried Saad and then Riham away from their burning home, and then rescued
their 4-year-old son Ahmed from inside.
“I
took him to my neighbor’s house. The neighbor told me that there was also
another child inside the house. His name was Ali. I went back to Saad’s home.
At that time, the whole house was on fire.”
A relative
mourns next to the body of 18-month-old Palestinian Ali Dawabsha, who
was killed after his family’s house was set on fire in a suspected
attack by Jewish settlers in Duma village i
n the occupied West Bank
on 31 July.

Ahmad Talat
APA images

While
villagers waited for firefighters to arrive, they tried in vain to rescue baby
Ali, who perished in the fire.

Violent cell
Six
hours before the Dawabsha family home was set ablaze in the occupied West Bank
village of Duma on 31 July, Israel’s Channel 2 aired an exposé on a group
of settlers who had set fire to the historic Church of the Multiplication of
Loaves and Fishes in the Galilee region of present-day Israel.
When
they were arrested, Channel 2 reported, the members of the cell admitted that
they had set fire to the church as well as to homes and mosques in the West
Bank. Investigators found a CD they produced which describes how Arabs can be
burned alive: break the windows of a home, throw flammable material into the
rooms and set fire to the exits.
“This
way Arabs are burned to death,”
the instructions assure.
After
the Dawabsha home was set on fire, the Israeli military held a press conference
outside it.
Al-Haq’s
documentary shows an army spokesperson stating, in Arabic, that Israel promises
to arrest those who did this and bring them to justice.”
A
Palestinian girl writes a message on a wall in the firebombed Dawabsha
family home in Duma village in the occupied West Bank, 7 September.  
Shadi Hatem
APA images
No
one knows the emptiness of such promises more than Hussein Abu Khudair.
His
16-year-old son Muhammad was abducted from outside his Jerusalem home and
burned alive in June 2014, hours after a right-wing rally in the city during
which protesters chanted “Death to the Arabs.”
“Those
who abducted my son had participated in the demonstration, which provided moral
support for them to kidnap and set my son Muhammad on fire,”
Hussein explains
in the documentary.
“For
four days, the Israeli police claimed that my son had been killed on grounds of
family disputes,”
he adds.
“If
it had not been for surveillance cameras that documented the abduction and the
abductors, the Israeli police would have registered the case against unknown
persons.”

“When the judge is your enemy”

The
perpetrators of Muhammad’s murder are being brought to trial. But Hussein doesn’t
believe that it will bring justice for his family.
“The
Israeli judiciary is not impartial. When the judge is your enemy, who can you
complain to? The Israeli judiciary is sympathetic to these criminals.”
Hussein
insists that the people who killed his son should not have been able to commit
the crime in the first place.
“The
police cooperated with them in spite of the fact that they should have arrested
them before they burned and killed Muhammad,”
he says.
One
can only imagine that Saad and Riham Dawabsha would say the same about those
who murdered 18-month-old Ali.
But
Saad died of his injuries one week after the attack, and then Riham succumbed
to hers one month later.

Impunity
Nearly
two months since the attack, no one has been charged in connection with the
crime, though the Israeli government knows who did it.
The
Israeli army spokesperson’s promise to catch the Dawabsha family’s killers is
cynical enough, given the long history of settlers attacking Palestinians and
their crops, homes and places of worship without punishment.
But
it is also totally insincere, as the army protects those settlers’ very
presence in the West Bank through its violent occupation that robs Palestinians
of their most basic rights.
Israel’s
army exists in service to the settlers, who are a necessary component of
the state’s settler-colony enterprise.
Why
would the army inflict worse punishment on settlers when its own uniformed
soldiers routinely get away with murdering Palestinians at checkpoints, like they did 18-year-old Hadil Salah Hashlamoun on Tuesday?
To
believe that a Palestinian family could obtain justice in Israel’s courts is to
completely ignore the reality of the system and who it is designed to serve.
Maureen
Clare Murphy is the managing editor of The Electronic Intifada and lives in
Chicago.
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2000-2015 electronicIntifada.net


 

 

 

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