Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Jewish Right wing groups try to enter Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem

Posted in Jerusalem by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009

Palestinian sources said Israeli police did little to stop them,adding that the groups made three attempts to get in, first of all in the morning, then again at midday followed by another try in the afternoon.

Witnesses said the extremists were disguised as Palestinians. The Palestinian committee for Jerusalem said that local activists and youths will now have a full-time presence at the gates of the mosque to prevent such intrusions which tend to happen during Jewish holiday periods such as this weekend’s Passover festival.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59861

Sharp rise in reports of military and police violence in the West Bank since Operation “Cast Lead”

Posted in Beatings, Abuse and Killings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

Since the beginning of Operation “Cast Lead”, B’Tselem has documented 24 cases in which Palestinians reported being severely beaten by police officers and soldiers. As it is impossible for B’Tselem to document each and every case of violence by security forces in the West Bank, the above figures necessarily reflect only a portion of the violent incidents that actually occurred. B’Tselem referred all the documented cases to the law-enforcement authorities. Although some of the cases occurred more than two months ago, the authorities have yet to complete an investigation into a single case.

For full article, visit http://www.btselem.org/english/press_releases/20090325.asp

Excerpt from Nassim Shalaldeh’s Testimony
Age: 26 Years Old

My brother Muhammad, who sat on the ground, gave the policeman his ID card. He said, “Here it is, my identity card.” The policeman, out of nowhere, kicked him hard in the side. Muhammad cried out in pain. Sanad and I got up. I pushed the policeman, so he’d stop hitting my brother. I said, “Why are [typo in Hebrew] you beating him? He didn’t do anything. He gave you his identity card in a respectful manner.” The policeman replied, “Sit down or I’ll shoot you.” There weren’t any other policemen at the time. It was around 7:15 P.M.

For full testimony visit http://www.btselem.org/english/testimonies/20090314_BP_assault_workers_from_Sair_Witness_Nasim_Shalaldeh.asp

Excerpt from Ghassan ‘Odeh’s Testimony
Occupation: Contractor

In the meantime, some more Border Police jeeps and army jeeps arrived. Lots of people stopped and watched. People tried to get the policemen away from my sons. Muhammad managed to get away, I don’t know how. A Palestinian ambulance arrived. Mahmoud was on the ground. He was unconscious and his head was bleeding. I thought he was dead, and I started to shout, “My son is dead, my son is dead.” The officer grabbed me by the throat and choked me. I saw Mahmoud being put into the ambulance. Policemen cuffed me with plastic cuffs, blindfolded me, and took me to a jeep. I heard gunfire. I think the policemen fired in the air to move people back.

For full testimony visit http://www.btselem.org/english/testimonies/20090304_bp_assault_father_and_sons_in_huwara_witness_ghasan_odeh.asp

Boy in critical condition after shot in head by Israeli troops

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

The boy, 14-year-old Imad Ash-Shanti, was reportedly struck in the head.

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that three Israeli armored vehicles invaded the southeastern section of Qalqiliya on Saturday, after which Palestinian youth threw stones and empty bottles at soldiers, who fired on them.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36877

American NLG Lawyers Release New Findings that Israel Violated International Law, US Domestic Law in Gaza

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

The Delegation also uncovered evidence of Israeli soldiers using Palestinians as human shields, acts that constitute war crimes, as well as evidence that the Israeli military targeted civilian infrastructure and grossly misused weapons. Further, Israel denied the wounded access to medical care and routinely fired on emergency medical teams attempting to reach those in need of help. Paramedics and doctors reported to the Delegation that many civilians could have been saved if the Israeli army allowed Palestinian medical services access to the wounded. “On one occasion, when Israeli forces did allow Palestinian medical services to enter an area after four days, soldiers prohibited their ambulances from approaching and paramedics were forced to pile the injured on donkey carts,” reported Reem Salahi, a California-based civil rights attorney. “Medical workers were then forced to pull the carts to their ambulances two kilometers away.”

For full press release, visit  http://www.nlg.org/news/index.php?entry=entry090402-082738

To download full report of the National Lawyers Guild Delegation to Gaza, click the link below:
Onslaught: Israel’s Attack on Gaza and the Rule of Law

Detainees in Ramon Prison demand Israel to stop nude searches

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

The detainees stated that several days ago, they were undress in front of each other, while the soldiers insulted them and searched their rooms.

They added that the soldiers, and a special police unit, claimed that they were searching for “illegal materials” in the rooms.

The detainees also said that the army escalated its attacks against them recently, repeatedly broke into their room, searched them, and placed a number of detainees in solitary confinement.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59689

Waltz with Bashir – Reviews

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009
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Film review: “Waltz with Bashir”
Naira Antoun

To say that Palestinians are absent in Waltz with Bashir, to say that it is a film that deals not with Palestinians but with Israelis who served in Lebanon, only barely begins to describe the violence that this film commits against Palestinians. There is nothing interesting or new in the depiction of Palestinians — they have no names, they don’t speak, they are anonymous. But they are not simply faceless victims. Instead, the victims in the story that Waltz with Bashir tells are Israeli soldiers. Their anguish, their questioning, their confusion, their pain — it is this that is intended to pull us. The rotoscope animation is beautifully done, the facial expressions so engaging, subtle and torn, we find ourselves grimacing and gasping at the trials and tribulations of the young Israeli soldiers and their older agonizing selves. We don’t see Palestinian facial expressions; only a lingering on dead, anonymous faces. So while Palestinians are never fully human, Israelis are, and indeed are humanized through the course of the film. “

For full article, visit: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10322.shtml

‘Antiwar’ film Waltz with Bashir is nothing but charade
Gideon Levy

However, it must also be noted that the film is infuriating, disturbing, outrageous and deceptive. It deserves an Oscar for the illustrations and animation – but a badge of shame for its message. It was not by accident that when he won the Golden Globe, Folman didn’t even mention the war in Gaza, which was raging as he accepted the prestigious award. The images coming out of Gaza that day looked remarkably like those in Folman’s film. But he was silent. So before we sing Folman’s praises, which will of course be praise for us all, we would do well to remember that this is not an antiwar film, nor even a critical work about Israel as militarist and occupier. It is an act of fraud and deceit, intended to allow us to pat ourselves on the back, to tell us and the world how lovely we are.”

For full article, visit: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1065552.html

“Dance of Death: ‘Waltz with Bashir’ and Sympathy for the Killer
As’ad Abu Khalil

The film strives, as always happens in the liberal Zionist media, to introduce, up close, every soldier who appears in the film. You see the soldier as a child, helping his mother in the kitchen, you see him with his sweetheart, you see him sea-sick and vomiting, and there is nothing but for the viewer to lament and sympathize with the suffering Israeli murderer. There is a particular school in the Zionist Left that expresses its displeasure—nay, more—that some of the practices of Israeli wars and various aspects of the occupation are detrimental to “the Israeli spirit” or “the psychology of soldier.” In other words, for some of these people—like the thousands who demonstrated after the massacres of Sabra & Shatila—opposition to the slaughter came not out of sympathy with the victims or consciousness of the disaster that befell them, but out of support for the national (and, for some, even religious) fighting élan of the colonialist army. The humanization of the murderer and sympathy for him are both the flip side of the dehumanization of the Palestinian Other, for he is not a complete person in their view. Read Zionist literature from the beginning to find in their representation—if they were there at all—backward peasants or lowly bedouins or nondescript refugees without citizenship, later transformed into “saboteurs” (and this is the same name that the Phalangist “Voice of Lebanon” radio used in the course of the war) in the 1960s, until Zionist propaganda finally settled upon the description “terrorist”. The film doesn’t deviate from the formula, even with regard to that splendid boy when he fires an RPG launcher in the face of the occupier.”

For full article, visit: http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2009/03/translation-of-my-dance-of-death-waltz.html

Palestinians in Lebanon: Army soiled Iranian food aid

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 22, 2009

” ‘Camp residents refuse to eat what the police dogs have soiled,’ several Palestinian factions in northern Lebanon, including the Islamist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad, said in a statement received by AFP.

The shipment was donated by Iran for Palestinian residents of Nahr Al-Bared Refugee Camp in northern Lebanon.”

Source: http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36617