The Associated Press shows yet again its affinity for whitewashing Israel’s crimes: this time, downplaying the death of a toddler at the whims of Israel’s harsh permit system. AP rarely covers Palestinian deaths in detail – it’s disappointing that when they did report on one, they misrepresented the context.
In the years since Israel’s “disengagement” from Gaza, the Israeli-imposed buffer zones have fluctuated wildly – between 100 and 1,500 meters on land and 3 and 9 nautical miles at sea, in violation of international humanitarian law. This report also details February 2019 attacks and other human rights violations against Gazans.
Author Amira Hass, a Jewish Israeli, pressed the Israeli government for an explanation for the sharp increase in refusals to allow Palestinians access to their land that was cut off by the Separation Wall. The response appears to be little more than a runaround; official reasons given for denial of permits have often been dismissive: the plot of land in question is “too small to cultivate” or the request was “fraudulent.”
Mohammad Tamimi, 15-yr-old cousin of Ahed Tamimi, wants to live his life (with 1/3 of his skull missing). Israeli forces shot him in the head; now apparently they want him behind bars.
Two young Palestinian men are in danger of losing their legs if they remain in Gaza hospital; this constitutes a violation of their right to life and health, and is a violation of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
Israel’s callous disregard for Palestinian freedom to worship grows even more brazen than usual this Easter, adding to an already long list of human rights abuses. It’s business as usual under occupation.