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The Palestinian village of Susiya, located in the South Hebron Hills area of the southern occupied West Bank, is under renewed threat of expulsion by the Israeli state



   

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fly bird (26)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 12:35 am
The Palestinian village of Susiya, located in the South Hebron Hills area of the southern occupied West Bank, is under renewed threat of expulsion by the Israeli state, according to a statement from international activists working in the area.

The activists released a statement on Saturday, saying that on Wednesday, November 22, the Israeli State Attorney’s Office announced that within 15 days, it would demolish some 20 buildings in the village, representing approximately one-fifth of the total number of buildings in Susiya.

Israel claimed that the buildings were constructed in violation of a judicial order, though the Palestinians in Susiya deny such claims, according to Ma’an.

“In accordance with international law, Israel has no right to change the local legislation, including local practices relating to property and settlement, unless there is a clear security need to do so,” the statement said.

Susiya is considered “illegal” by the Israeli state and has been embroiled in legal battles with the Israeli state for years. The village is located in Area C — the more than 60 percent of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, where Israel refuses to permit Palestinian construction.

Rights groups have pointed out that this policy lines up with Israel’s goals of expanding Israeli settlements throughout Area C while depopulating Palestinian villages there.

In the case of Susiya, many of the village’s 200 residents have ties to the land that predate the creation of the state of Israel, and Ottoman-era land documents to prove it. However, the village lies between an Israeli settlement and Israel-controlled archaeological site, making them a target for Israeli demolitions.

“The day residents are expelled from their land will seal their fate as a farming community with a unique tradition. It will also seal the fate of their farmland, as settlers from the adjacent settlement will gradually invade their land without the law enforcement authorities taking any action to prevent them,” the statement said, adding that “this is precisely what has already happened to 400 dunams (100 acres) of land that belonged to neighboring communities.”

Susiya’s attorney, Quamar Mishriqi-Assad, co-director of Haqel: In Defense of Human Rights, said that “the demolition of one-fifth of the village is an extreme step that will damage the most basic humanitarian needs and the very humanity of those involved, without it even having been proved that they have violated the law.”

Assad pointed out that the demolition will leave 100 people, half of them children, without shelter just as winter weather has begun to settle in.

“Israel is guided neither by law nor justice, but by the desire to evacuate the area,” Assad said, adding that “over the years, residents have attempted to regulate their residence of their land, however, all their requests for permits, appeals, and a plan have been rejected – not even a single building has received a permit.”
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 12:43 am
URGENT ACTION REQUEST: Please stand with Susiya now. November 25, 2017

The endgame is here. Like the final stage of chess or bridge when few pieces or cards remain, the Palestinian villagers of Susiya now face the last stage in their petition to Israel’s High Court. Three years ago, the villagers petitioned the High Court to overturn the Israeli Army’s denial of their master zoning plan and win their right to plan and live on the land they own in Palestine’s West Bank in so-called Area C.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21st, the Government of Israel, as required by its High Court, finally responded: they will demolish 20% of the village of Susiya on or before December 6th

— before the High Court even hears Susiya's case, leaving dozens of residents (half of them children) homeless. The Government of Israel is waiting to ‘enforce demolition’ of the remaining homes once new rules are in place supporting expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.

An endgame is a power play, but in this case, the outcome is not inevitable. We stopped this demolition once before and we can do it again. Susiya needs your help now, to win their safety and secure their future.

1. Click HERE to email your members of Congress

to tell them that this announcement violates the spirit and intent of law and justice. Urge them to intervene, on your behalf, to stop the bulldozers.

Rebuilding Alliance will immediately follow-up to schedule an emergency telecon briefing with their staff this week, and invite you to join the call - and we're pressing for other meetings too.

2. On Monday morning, please call your Elected Official

Ask to speak to their senior staff for foreign policy, then urge them to call the US State Department and the Israeli Embassy on your behalf, and to schedule an emergency teleconference briefing with Rebuilding Alliance.

With your action, Susiya can prevail. Here's why:
•On July 12, 2015, when the Israeli Army notified Susiya that the Army would demolish the village in a week's time — even before the Court heard their petition — people and officials throughout the US and the world voiced outrage. Many, including the US State Department, responded visibly and vocally — and as a result, the High Court pressed the Israeli Army to enter into face-to-face discussions with the villagers.

•Senator Feinstein began her correspondence with Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu;

•Representative Eshoo, along with 11 other Representatives, authored letters to the Secretary of State to keep Susiya standing:

•We built a base. Over the past 2.5 years, Rebuilding Alliance has held some 192 briefings with Congressional staff, in person and over the phone, on this issue. We’ve brought children from Susiya and neighboring Umm al Kheir to speak to Congress three times with their visions of peace, we’ve held meetings with the State Department and the National Security Council, and we've shared what we learned with sister organizations big and small.

Now is time for action, for mass participation. Please CLICK HERE to email your members of Congress. Share this message with your list, and send this link to every group you're part of to ask them to email their members of Congress too. Now is the time.

http://www.rebuildingalliance.org/new-blog/2017/11/25/action-request-please-stand-with-susiya-now
 

Tania N (883)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 1:48 am
thanks for the info
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 2:53 am
Shared article and HYPERLINKED action request
ACTION REQUEST: Please stand with Susiya now
 

Doris F (19)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 4:12 am
tyfs Jess
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 5:13 am
Noted!!!!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 5:13 am
Doesn't look good for these people - however I signed and shared.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 1:39 pm
Thank you for sharing, Dandelion, and for signing. *******
NOTE: One can sign , if outside the country. Click at bottom of page.
Direct link:
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/susiya-needs-our-help-ask-congress-to-take-action
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 1:42 pm
Thank you, Darren, for the hyperlink to the petition, Stand With Susiya,. *********

URGENT - Please sign.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday November 30, 2017, 5:57 pm
On International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, heed the call of a West Bank village to stop Israel from demolishing their homes. ACTION ALERT

November 29, 2017

Today marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, and the people of the West Bank village of Susiya are calling for international pressure to halt the urgent threat of Israel destroying one fifth of their village. CCR has a long history of opposing Israel’s demolition of the homes of Palestinian families, which makes up part of the wider scope of our work opposing Israel’s ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory.

Today, we continue to stand firmly in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their fight for freedom as they mark the fiftieth year of living under military occupation; heeding and sharing the urgent call of the people of Susiya is one way to do that. The threat of demolition is imminent in Susiya: the villagers and their lawyers report that the State of Israel’s Attorney’s Office has notified them that it will destroy houses, animal shelters, a health clinic, and the village council’s building by December 6. The village of Susiya is emblematic of Palestinians’ struggle to remain on their land—and the important role that international solidarity can play in that struggle.

Answer the call of Susiya residents to bring international attention to their situation by contacting your members of Congress through Rebuilding Alliance here.

Susiya activist Nasser Nawaja and his whole village have for generations lived under harrowing conditions because Israel refuses to grant their village the permits to build on their lands. That’s because Susiya is part of Area “C” (approximately 60% of the West Bank), a region where Israel prohibits Palestinians from building structures (as of 2015, Palestinian construction was allowed on 0.5% of the area). The villagers, who own their land, have submitted requests for permits, as well as a master plan, to the Civil Administration; all of these have been denied. The Israeli State has ordered the demolition of the shelters and infrastructure they have erected for their families and their livestock on the grounds that these are unpermitted structures. The people of Susiya have exhausted every legal avenue in the Israeli court system—one that rarely affords Palestinians any meaningful remedies. As a result, they are turning to the international community to shine light on their struggle, while they continue to use their own creative, resilient strategies to stake out their land despite being cut off from roads, water supplies, and electricity.

This is, unfortunately, not the first time this village has been threatened with destruction. In the past, villagers’ unrelenting efforts to stay on their land have generated international pressure that has stymied some (but not all) demolition efforts. Yet the stakes are high: Susiya is one of at least 28 villages in the Jordan Valley that are under threat of demolition. In the first nine months of 2017, the Israeli military has demolished 349 Palestinian-owned structures, and displaced 542 people, including 302 children, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Thus, the struggle to save Susiya is the struggle for a much broader movement to allow Palestinians to remain on their lands. Just in the last ten days, the Palestinian community living on “Pope Mountain” outside of Jerusalem marched to bring awareness to their own impending expulsion, while Israeli forces ordered inhabitants of six residential buildings in the Matar neighborhood in Qalandiya, north of occupied East Jerusalem, to evacuate in order to destroy their homes.

With a U.S. administration that has stood in full support of the Israeli government, including intervening at the U.N. to try to block the publication of a database of companies doing business in and with illegal Israeli settlements, the need for broad international attention in support of local struggles of resistance in Palestine is more important than ever. So we call on all who stand with the Palestinian people to call and write to Congress members to urge them to contact the Israeli embassy and to let them know that the demolition of Susiya, and other efforts to expel Palestinians from their lands under false security and planning justifications, will not be tolerated.

Learn more about CCR’s Palestinian solidarity work—from challenging corporations supporting the occupation to defending U.S.-based advocates for Palestinian human rights—here.

- Answer the call for solidarity from the people of Susiya by contacting your members of Congress today.
- Share on social media using the hashtag #SaveSusiya
- Read the village’s call for solidarity here.
- Read Nasser Nawaja’s op-ed in the Times here.

https://ccrjustice.org/home/blog/2017/11/29/international-day-solidarity-palestinian-people-heed-call-west-bank-village
 

Peggy B (43)
Friday December 1, 2017, 7:17 am
#633 to 2 Senators and 1 State representative.
 

TOM TREE (247)
Saturday December 2, 2017, 2:37 pm
Truly UNBELIEVABLE !!
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 2, 2017, 3:37 pm
Poor Susya - continually under threat :>(

At least twice in the past the Israeli authorities have had to admit

1881 document suggests Palestinian ownership of Susya
In light of new internal review, Israeli military administration to reevaluate demolishing West Bank village, report says

(Times of Israel)

Contradicting the official stance of the Israeli army and government, an Ottoman land ownership document dating back to 1881 suggests that the territory on which the Palestinian village of Susya is located does in fact belong to the residents of the area, Haaretz reported Sunday.

The report cited an internal review offered by the Civil Administration, Israel’s military governing authority in the West Bank, last week.

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Israel’s Supreme Court ruled last month that the Civil Administration had the right to demolish Palestinian homes in Susya because they had been built without authorization. Susya’s residents argue that they had no choice but to build illegally, because the Civil Administration rarely grants permits to Palestinians in the West Bank’s Area C, a zone controlled by the Israel Defense Forces as per the 1993 Oslo Accords.

The Civil Administration’s refusal to grant building permits to the residents of Susya was based, among other issues, on the perceived lack of land ownership documents. However, the 1881 Ottoman-era document was recently deemed to be both authentic and legally valid by a top staff officer in the Civil Administration, Moshe Meiri, who is responsible for the management of land in the West Bank. Meiri stated that the land specified in the document includes the area of the Palestinian village.

The document was also mentioned in a 1982 report by Pliah Albeck, who was the director of the Civil Department at the State Attorney’s Office, which determined the legal boundaries of West Bank settlements, the report said.

Following the release of the internal review, officials in the Civil Administration were reevaluating whether to go ahead with the demolition, the report said.

Throughout the nineties, the IDF carried out small-scale demolitions in Susya, claiming all residential structures on the land were built illegally. In July 2001, the entire village was destroyed a day after the murder of Yair Har Sinai, a shepherd from the nearby Jewish settlement of the same name. The village was later restored, but now faces the prospect of another demolition.

In June, diplomats from all 28 European member states traveled to Susya to protest Israel’s decision, and two weeks ago, the US warned Israel to not dismantle the village’s structures.

“We strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village,” State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing. He added that the evictions and demolitions “would be harmful and provocative” and urged Israel to work with village residents to find a solution.

JTA contributed to this report.


Yet - back they come. Again and again. The Israelis really want to grab & keep this land.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 2, 2017, 3:41 pm
They sure do, Evelyn, and all the rest, that they can get their hands on, by hook, or by crook...

Folks, concerned citizen - Monday MORNING, MAKE THAT CALL!! YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, SENATORS, need to hear from you. Please tell them to tell the Israeli embassy to halt ALL demolitions in Susiya. There is no time left.
Thank you, all!

 

Freya H (345)
Saturday December 2, 2017, 3:42 pm
If Israel does demolish Susiya, the karma against Israel will be horrible.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 2, 2017, 3:50 pm
Freya, the long term harm done to the people of Palestine, the suffering, the human and civil rights violations and ethnic cleansing by design by Israeli state forces, over 70 years, and ongoing, will not be able to continue, as it has been - funded by American taxpayers.

Americans are going to wake up. They already have. I can sat, many people are informed of this outrage, disgusted, and are speaking out.
despite all the Israeli propaganda and apologists, AIPAC and the Jewish lobby. And that goes for Jewish people too - this is not something, many Jews endorse.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 2, 2017, 3:51 pm
read, "I can say..."
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Sunday December 3, 2017, 10:00 am
thanks for sharing this article
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday December 3, 2017, 4:33 pm
In an Unprecedented Move, 10 Democratic Senators Demand That Netanyahu Halt Israel Demolition of Palestinian Village.

In a startling demonstration of support for Palestinian human rights from Capitol Hill, 10 Democratic senators wrote a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urging him to halt the impending demolition of two Palestinian and Bedouin towns.

Israel has been actively planning the demolition of the West Bank Palestinian village of Susiya for months. Its government claims that the village is not authorized, despite the fact that it is in the occupied West Bank, which is internationally recognized as Palestinian territory.

For the past couple years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has been a lone voice on the issue, writing directly to Netanyahu to demand he halt the demolition. Feinstein’s efforts have been successful, as Israel has put off Susiya’s demolition multiple times.

But there are reports that Israel will begin demolishing structures in the village within weeks.

On Wednesday, Feinstein finally got some backup. She was joined by nine other Democratic caucus senators — Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Pat Leahy, Illinois’s Dick Durbin, Delaware’s Tom Carper, Minnesota’s Al Franken, Massachusetts’s Elizabeth Warren, New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich, Oregon’s Jeff Merkley, and Hawaii’s Brian Schatz — in a letter from her office demanding Israel not demolish Susiya and the Bedouin town of Khan al-Amr.

The letter is unusually strong in its description of Israeli government behavior. “Instead of forcibly evicting these communities, we encourage your government to fairly re-evaluate Susiya’s professionally developed master plan and provide the residents of Khan Al-Ahmar equal building rights. Your government’s threats to demolish these communities are particularly distressing in light of the Israeli Civil Administration’s efforts to dramatically expand settlements throughout the West Bank,” it reads.

What makes the letter so remarkable is that there has been traditionally little criticism of Israeli human rights violations from members of Congress. Even some of the progressive senators who signed onto Feinstein’s letter had in the recent past defended Israeli government abuses.

For instance, in 2014, Sanders angrily defended his vote for a resolution backing up Israel’s actions in the Gaza war to a crowd at a Vermont town hall, citing the threat from Hamas to Israel.

But the past few years have also seen an explosion of activism aimed at pressuring Democrats to improve on this issue. After Palestinian-American activists were ejected from a Sanders campaign event in Boston in 2015 for carrying banners pressuring the presidential candidate on the issue, the Sanders campaign responded by apologizing. Sanders then went on to tap a top Palestinian-American activist — New York’s Linda Sarsour — as a surrogate and denounced Hillary Clinton’s unwillingness to criticize Israeli treatment of Palestinians at a New York debate. More recently, Sanders met with Palestinian human rights activist Issa Amro.

In 2014, Warren more or less repeated Netanyahu talking points about the war in Gaza, simply defending Israel’s right to self-defense as the country bombarded civilian infrastructure. She also literally bolted away from a question about Gaza at the liberal Netroots Nation conference.

But shortly after she offered a defense of Israel’s actions during the war, Warren was confronted at a town hall by activists who objected to her pro-Netanyahu stance. A Holocaust survivor asked the senator if she believed Palestinians also had a right to self-defense. Warren softened her tone, said that they did, and that the “direction we ought to be moving is not toward more war.” And more recently, Warren came out against legislation that would criminalize activists who boycott Israel or its settlements.

Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, praised the Feinstein letter both on its merits and the political weight of having so many prominent senators joining on.

“The substance of the letter is terrific, and this list of signers makes a tremendous statement,” she said.

But she also insisted that Israel should cease the demolitions not just due to political fallout with the United States, but for moral and legal reasons as well.

“On the Israeli side, I hope they would take seriously the fact that, as [Israeli human rights organization] B’tselem has said, moving these people would constitute a war crime. I hope that Israel would take that seriously, separately from senators weighing in. I hope that they would take seriously that taking an action like this is counter to the values of a Jewish democratic state. This just adds to that.”

Top photo: A Palestinian boy walks while backdropped by his home village of Susiya, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, Friday, July 24, 2015.

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/29/in-unprecedented-move-ten-democratic-senators-write-to-israeli-leader-netanyahu-and-demand-he-halt-demolition-of-palestinian-village/

URGENT: PLEASE SIGN AND CALL SENATORS/CONGRESS /REPRESENTATIVES MONDAY - wherever you are.
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday December 3, 2017, 4:49 pm
Take action! URGENT: ISRAEL IS COMMITTING ANOTHER WAR CRIME (Susiya)

VIDEO -- https://youtu.be/jrVbm6Ui8u0)

Published on Sep 27, 2017

This is Susiya, one of many Palestinian villages suffering ethnic cleansing.

It, along with Khan al-Ahmar are set for immediate destruction and the ethnic cleansing of all village residents.

B'Tselem have filed a letter, stressing to Netanyahu ( who is currently under investigation for corruption allegations) that these such actions constitute a war crime and violate international law.

Will we let the oppressive regime do this?
 

Evelyn B (63)
Monday December 4, 2017, 5:16 pm
We can at least make sure they don't manage to act out of sight ... by keeping people aware of the human rights abuses in Occupied Palestine: this is a prime example.

And you do a great deal to do just that, Jess - despite your own difficulties. Kudos.
**********************************************************************
 

fly bird (26)
Monday December 4, 2017, 6:19 pm
Israel's culture of impunity in full view of the world.
April 12, 2016

By: Ramzy Baroud


Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, author and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story.

"Whether he made a mistake or not, is a trivial question," said an Israeli Jewish man who joined large protests throughout Israel in support of a soldier who calmly, and with precision, killed a wounded Palestinian man in al-Khalil (Hebron). The protesting Jewish man described Palestinians as 'barbaric,' ‘bestial,' who should not be perceived as people.

This is hardly a fringe view in Israel. The vast majority of Israelis, 68 percent, support the killing of Abdel Fatah Yusri al-Sharif, 21, by the solider who had reportedly announced before firing at the wounded Palestinian that the “terrorist had to die.”

The killing scene would have been relegated to the annals of the many ‘contested’ killings by Israeli soldiers, were it not for a Palestinian field worker with Israel’s human rights group, B’Tselem, who filmed the bloody event.

The incident, once more, highlights a culture of impunity that exists in the Israeli army, which is not a new phenomenon.

Not only is Israeli society supportive of the soldier behind this particular bloody incident, almost a vast majority is in support of field executions as well.

In fact, the culture of impunity in Israel is linked both to political leanings and religious beliefs. According to the latest Peace Index released by Tel Aviv University’s Israel Democracy Institute, nearly 67 percent of the country’s Jewish population believes that “it is a commandment to kill a terrorist who comes at you with a knife.”

Killing Palestinians as a form of religious duty goes back to the early days of the Jewish state, and such beliefs are constantly corroborated by the country’s high spiritual institutions, similar to the recent decree issued by the country’s Chief Sephardic Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef. While 94 percent of ultra-Orthodox agree with the murder edict of Yosef, 52 percent of the country’s secularists do, too.

In fact, dehumanizing Palestinians -- describing them as ‘beasts,’ ‘cockroaches,’ or treating them as dispensable inferiors -- has historically been a common denominator in Israeli society, uniting Jews from various political, ideological and religious backgrounds.

Rabbi Yosef’s decree, for example, is not much different from statements made by Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Yaalon, and other army and government official, who made similar calls, albeit without utilizing a strongly worded religious discourse.

Using the same logic, the quote above describing Palestinians as beasts is not divergent from a recent statement made by Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. “At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all," Netanyahu said in February. “In the area that we live, we must defend ourselves against the wild beasts," he added.

While pro-Israeli pundits labor to explain the widespread Israeli perception of Palestinians -- and Arabs, in general -- on rational grounds, logic and commonsense continues to evade them. For instance, Netanyahu’s last war on Gaza in the summer of 2014 killed a total of 2,251 Palestinians -- including 1,462 civilians, among them 551 children, according to a report prepared by the UN Human Rights Council. During that war, only six Israeli civilians were killed, and 60 soldiers.

Who, then, is truly the ‘wild beast’?

However, Palestinians are not made into beasts because of their supposedly murderous intent for, not once, statistically, in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict did Palestinians ever kill more Israelis, as opposed to the other way round. The ailment is not the number, but a common Israeli cultural perception that is utterly racist and dehumanizing.

Nor is the Israeli perception of Palestinians ever linked to a specific period of time, for example, a popular uprising or a war. Consider this eyewitness account from August 2012, cited in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, years before the current uprising in the West Bank and Jerusalem:

“Today I saw a lynch with my own eyes, in Zion Square, the center of the city of Jerusalem…and shouts of ‘A Jew is a soul and Arab is a son of a --,’ were shouted loudly and dozens of youths ran and gathered and started to really beat to death three Arab youths who were walking quietly in the Ben Yehuda street,” the witness wrote.

“When one of the Palestinian youths fell to the ground, the youths continued to hit him in the head; he lost consciousness, his eyes rolled, his angled head twitched, and then those who were kicking him fled while the rest gathered around in a circle, with some still shouting with hate in their eyes.”

Imagine this graphic account repeated, in different manifestations, every day in the occupied Palestinian territory, and consider this: rarely does anyone pay a price for it. Indeed, this is how Israel’s culture of impunity has evolved over the years.

According to Israeli human rights group, Yesh Din, “approximately 94 percent of criminal investigations launched by the IDF against soldiers suspected of criminal violent activity against Palestinians and their property are closed without any indictments. In the rare cases that indictments are served, conviction leads to very light sentencing.”

And no one is immune. Israel’s 972Mag wrote in December 2015 about the hundreds of violent incidents of Israeli forces targeting Palestinian medical staff. Palestinian rights group, Al-Haq, documented 56 cases in which “ambulances were attacked”, and 116 assaults against medical staff while on duty.

How about violence meted out by illegal settlers whose population in the occupied Palestinian territory is constantly on the increase?

Armed settlers rampage daily through villages of the occupied West Bank and the neighborhoods of East Jerusalem. The number of their violent crimes has grown tremendously in recent years, and even doubled since 2009.

In August 2015, months before the current uprising, Human Rights Watch senior researcher, Bill Van Esveld, wrote:

“Settlers attack Palestinians and their property on a near-daily basis - there were more than 300 such attacks last year, but few attackers faced justice. In the past decade, less than two percent of investigations into settler attacks ended with convictions.”

In case one is still fooled by the ‘rational’ argument used to justify the murder of militarily occupied, oppressed and besieged Palestinians, Batzalel Smotrich, from the Jewish Home Party, which is part of Netanyhu's ruling coalition, protested via twitter that his wife was expected to give birth in the same hospital room where Arab babies are born.

His written ‘rationale’, after declaring that his wife “is not a racist,’ “It’s natural that my wife wouldn’t want to lie next to someone whose baby son might want to murder my son.”

The likes of Smotrich, and the majority of Israelis are morally blind to their own wrongdoing. They have long been sold on the idea that Israel, despite its brutality is a ‘villa in the jungle’. According to a recent Pew survey, nearly half of Israelis want to expel Palestinians Arabs - Muslims and Christians, from their ancestral homeland.

The danger of impunity is not merely the lack of legal accountability, but the fact that it is the very foundation of most violent crimes against humanity, including genocide.

This impunity began seven decades ago and it will not end without international intervention, with concerted efforts to hold Israel accountable in order to bring the agony of Palestinians to a halt.

http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=771095

(Thank you, Evelyn. *******)
 

fly bird (26)
Friday December 8, 2017, 5:58 pm
First they take your land, then they say it's 'self defense...

The lie.

IN PHOTOS ~~ SAYING NO TO BIRTHRIGHT

On Sunday, Jewish Voice for Peace held a demo at the office of the Israeli Birthright Program …. in protest of that program ….

In case you don’t know what Birthright is ….. HERE’S a description.

https://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2017/12/06/in-photos-saying-no-to-birthright/

Stolen land!!
Free Palestine!!
 

Sylvie A (190)
Sunday December 10, 2017, 3:39 am
Really unbelievable !!!
Thank you for sharing.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday January 27, 2018, 11:33 am
UPDATE: URGENT ACTION - Email/contact your representatives, now, if you have not, and call Monday January 29, 2018 for Susiya and the tree other villages under immediate threat.

 
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