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Who Is Jailing and Torturing Palestinian Journalists? (Hint: It's Not Israelis)

Society & Culture  (tags: Palestinian Authority, imprisonment, torture and murder of journalists critic, closure of news offices )

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The Palestinian Authority (PA) sees no need for international intervention to halt its own crackdown on freedom of speech. Nor does it consider the closure of a newspaper office and the detention and torture of journalists as a "war crime."


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Patricia Martinez (63)
Monday November 30, 2015, 12:09 pm

The Palestinian Authority (PA) sees no need for international intervention to halt its own crackdown on freedom of speech. Nor does it consider the closure of a newspaper office and the detention of journalists as a "war crime."

The report reveals that Palestinian detainees have been undergoing severe torture while in PA detention. During the past few years, ten people have died in Palestinian prisons. As far as we can see, no one from the European community has taken the slightest notice.

The detention of Khalil is seen in the context of the PA's continued effort to silence and intimidate Palestinian journalists who dare to criticize the Palestinian leadership and its institutions.

The PA clearly wants a media that reports only against Israel. The only incitement permitted is the one directed there.

Western human rights groups that regularly condemn Israel for its actions against Palestinians have, as usual, failed to respond to this latest assault by the PA on public freedoms. The PA's crackdown on the media is not going to attract the attention of the mainstream media in the West: the story lacks an anti-Israel angle.

See rest of article at site.


Maggie D (69)
Monday November 30, 2015, 7:51 pm
The only freedom the Palestinians will allow is the freedom to drive the Jews into the sea.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday November 30, 2015, 11:03 pm
Shared to spread awareness.

Hilary S (65)
Monday November 30, 2015, 11:41 pm
human rights groups are blinded by their own anti-semitic bias.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 5:49 am

Tried to send stars to Darren and Hilary, but I sent stars to both too recently.


pam w (139)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 6:44 am
OHHHHHH, NOOOOOOO! Surely....this is all the fault of Israel. Right?

Patricia Martinez (63)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 7:11 am

Of course, isn't EVERYTHING???

(would give you a star for that, Pam, but I gave you one too recently)


Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 12:08 pm
Nah. . . even simpler, but much more complex. . . vain human egoism.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 1:18 pm

Not exactly sure what you mean, Darren. Would you mind fleshing that out?


S J (124)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 2:22 pm

Stan B (123)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 7:24 pm
Most Arabs and justice are total strangers.

Suzanne L (101)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 10:33 pm
This attitude is one of the major reasons why things stay such a mess for so many Palestinians. Moderate opinions or objective analyses are not allowed.

Walter F (129)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 10:51 pm
I'm waiting for one of Sam's disciples to make an inane comment here.

Patricia Martinez (63)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 11:10 pm

@Suzanne, Are you talking about the article or the comment before yours? If the latter, please note that it says most. Also there are big differences in the conception of justice and how it is meted out. I would say that I would prefer not to have the Arab kind.

When you say "moderate opinions or objective analyses are not allowed," does this mean that you know of examples where people were not allowed to have opinions like yours? If so, please tell us about this.

What makes you think that your analyses or opinions are more objective than.... whose?

Clarity is important.



Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday December 1, 2015, 11:53 pm
In simple terms, Egoism is that within which wants to reign, control, be ahead, rule, shout the loudest. Egoism has stacks of vanity, wishing to be praised, admired, plaudited. ANYTHING that questions a person's egoism, their vanity, IS the enemy, and has to be eliminated, subjugated, controlled.

You can see this aspect of the human being running as a strong thread throughout the world of Capitalism, power-possessors, the rich and wealthy, and famous celebrities.

Take away all that power, wealth, fame, and what are you left with. A human being that breathes, needs food, shelter, companionship, and has a lifespan that will one day, cease to exist.

The human ego doesn't want to die. It will do anything to avoid death, including killing others, thinking it will survive if it exterminates the enemy that threatens its own existence. False assumption. We all die.

At the heart of every religion and spiritual pathway is the realization that the human being needs to control and nurture the egoism, rather than the egoism running riot, like a vain little school boy, wanting its own way.

Within the mass of humanity, it's quite clear and obvious that egoism wins. There is a much smaller percentage of people who can and have a little control over their egoism, their vanity, and the potent energy that fuels it.

ANY debate that involves comparing religions, Gods even, loses out to egoism and the vanity embedded in it. Humankind is one species, with many manifestations through egoism, personality, etc. Exactly the same applies to Religion. Every religion has at its core the same wish and aspiration; they're all manifested differently though through the myriad of people and their personalities who represent them.

Jailing, Torturing, Killing, etc.etc., is the outward manifestation of the failed state of humanity struggling with itself.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday December 2, 2015, 2:06 am
Patricia. I'm pretty sure that Suzanne was referring to the P.A. in her comment.

Roslyn McBride (28)
Wednesday December 2, 2015, 3:11 am

Gillian M (11)
Wednesday December 2, 2015, 7:03 am
Darren, don't be daft, the Palestinians just don't want the world to know the truth of what is happening in Gaza. That is that they are attacking Israel and Israelis and that Hamas and Fatah are abusing their own people. That Israel is actually a moral country.

All the drivel that you have come up with is to try to change the subject - something you aren't doing too well with!

Patricia Martinez (63)
Wednesday December 2, 2015, 8:53 am

Well if you take this philosophy at face value, the egoTism of Islam's founder is SCREAMING at us. The things that he does on a personal level are incredible.

For example, Mohammed had 13 wives, and even more sex-slaves, but he ALLOWED HIS FOLLOWERS a maximum of only FOUR permanent wives!

In addition, all wives remaining alive at his time of death WERE NOT ALLOWED to RE-marry, including the young Aisha who was six when he married her and nine years old when he consummated the marriage, and was about 18 years old when Moh finally died.

WOW, what a control freak! There are many other examples of this kind of egotistic behavior with Mohammed, some just unbelievably WEIRD.

Is it any coincidence that the history of Islam, replete with violence, irrationality, brutality, near-total-indifference to the suffering it inflicts on non-Muslims and Muslims of other sects has, and continues to inflict, is still in the works by followers who believe Moh was "the perfect man" to be emulated (and obeyed)?

@Penny, that's interesting. I have also noted that Darren, besides being a nice person, often avoids and ignores questions posed directly to him when they conflict or don't fit into his pre-programmed philosophy of religion and life.

This is a real shame, because it would appear that the burden of cognitive dissonance is at work, and he cannot overcome his inappropriately and undeservedly biased generous appraisal of Islam even in the face of overwhelming reality, because he knows some nice Muslims and his belief in egoism.

It doesn't mean that I like him any less, because he is positive, friendly and generally avoids personal attacks, and those are great qualities. I appreciate that he has the courage to disagree and debate, even though I may disagree with him and am sometimes very frustrated that he can't seem dislodge the tapes on replay in his head, even when I believe it is called for to record over, or expand to incorporate reality.

@ Darren, I am not familiar with this philosophy, but it seems like you did a good job stating it succinctly. Thanks for expanding our understanding.


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