September, Week 4 2019: Israeli violence continues with NGO raids, demolitions, abductions (86), holding corpses hostage, spoiling Palestinian’s vaccines, medicines, and repeated invasions of holy sites.
Demolition of Palestinian homes – last week’s excuse was to create Israeli “nature reserves,” this week a “firing zone” – causes now-homeless Mahmoud Hamamdi to ask, “Who is the terrorist: the one who builds a house or the one who demolishes a house?”
In preparation for Alison Weir’s informative event on the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Fresno CA braced itself for protests that Israel partisans had promised. The ADL, American Jewish Committee, etc had condemned the event. But the evening was peaceful and educational, with a large, full auditorium, extremely receptive audience, and TV news reports on the event. After the almost 2-hour talk, there was a long line of audience members eager to purchase her book…
Israeli military raided a Palestinian NGO in the middle of the night, confiscating electronics and doing damage to Palestinian rights – but not to aspirations for justice.
Israeli massacres, many including child victims, span 70 years – thousands of Palestinian lives snuffed out in the pursuit of a Jewish State.
Second week of September 2019: Israeli violence includes confiscating a piece of private Palestinian land the size of Ellis Island; killing, injuring, abducting, and bombing children and adults – all by the “most moral army in the world.”
Israeli settlers have taken over dozens of springs in the West Bank, all of them on private Palestinian land, and are keeping the Palestinian owners away. Rina Shnerb, a Jewish teen, was murdered last week at one of them.
University of Illinois officials quickly reversed their decision to block an event about justice in Palestine when they were reminded that such discrimination is illegal under the First Amendment. “We’ve seen this happen again and again with Palestine-related events on campuses,” explained an attorney. “It’s critical for groups to stand up for their First Amendment rights in these situations.”
The lives of Palestinians are constantly disrupted: Israeli military and settlers show up daily to abduct, demolish, harass, or otherwise bring hardship. Two days of news reports: Israeli soldiers abduct numerous Palestinians, demolish homes, Israeli war planes attack areas, etc… the daily news that US media organizations don’t tell Americans
Constantly referring to Israel as our “most cherished ally” promotes an illusion of common interest that does not actually exist. In actuality, Israel is a liability.