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Middle East: Palestinian Minister Dies During Protest


World  (tags: Palestine, West Bank, occupied territories, israel, PA, Minister, Abu Ein, death, peaceful protest, olive tree-planting )

Evelyn
- 1682 days ago - aljazeera.com
Peaceful activists were planting olive trees on land near the illegal settlement of Adei Ad when the soldiers attacked them and fired large amounts of tear gas at the group. Abu Ein inhaled teargas & was assaulted by the soldiers, according to witnesses.



   

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Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 6:07 am
RIP Abu Ein

- tree-planting - olive trees, symbol of peace, tradition of this land for millennia ... If the IDF were afraid, they could have observed from a distance - but no, of course - the Israeli Government doesn't want constructive moves by Palestinians, doesn't want moves that could be a step towards a sustainable future. And of course, being near an illegal settlement, it is always cause for fear. (Mind you, there's not much of the West Bank that is NOT near at least one illegal settlement .... so there are few places where they CAN plant olive trees. At least, to replace a small proportion of those destroyed or uprooted - or cut off from the legal owners ...)
 

M B (62)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 7:41 am
R.I.P. Abu Ein
Minister Abu Ein was in charge of the Settlements and Annexation Wall portfolio and a prominent member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council. Abu Ein was killed after being severely beaten and suffering from tear gas inhalation while marking International Human Rights day by planting olive trees in Palestinian land to be confiscated by Israel to build illegal settlements. The attack took place in the village of Turmusaya north-east of Ramallah and surrounded by the illegal settlements of Shilo, ELI and Ma’ala Levona. Israel yet again acts as state above the law flagrantly violating Palestinian human rights and international law.
 

JeanisAWAY G (136)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 9:23 am
Thank you for latest news which is being hushed up by World media!
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 9:46 am
A number of the activists participating in the activity have asphyxiated of teargas inhalation.

President Mahmoud Abbas strongly denounced the flagrant Israeli crime, and announced mourning in Palestine for three days, in addition to halting the security coordination with Israeli occupation, since it will never bind to peace.

It is evident that Israel is bent on responding to Palestinian non-violent resistance with acts of violence, terror and crimes against humanity. Israel's actions are nothing short of state-sponsored terrorism.

PLO demanded an independent, neutral investigation into this latest crime committed by Israeli forces. It is high time that the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention and other international organizations entrusted with ensuring respect for and enforcement of international law act to guarantee that Palestinian rights are safeguarded and that Israel's impunity comes to an end.

On the other hand, PLO Executive Committee Member and Chief Palestinian Negotiator Dr. Saeb Erakat condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Minister Ziad Abu Ain by Israeli Occupation Forces. "The killing of the Minister Abu Ain, is another example of Israel's vicious and arrogant actions committed against the Palestinians"

"Our brother Ziad was killed while marking the International Human Rights day by planting olive trees to symbolize the hope for both peace and justice. This a clear example of how the culture of impunity granted to Israel by the International community permits it to continue in committing crimes against the Palestinian people" said Dr. Erekat. "A few months ago we requested international protection through the United Nations. The international community has the responsibility to protect a defenseless people under prolonged occupation from the crimes of an Israeli government full of settlers and extremists"

Minister Abu Ain was in charge of the Settlements and Annexation Wall portfolio and a prominent member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council.

Dr. Erakat added: "The Israel government bares full responsibility for the killing of Minster Abu Ain and the systematic crimes committed against the Palestinian people. This new assassination will have severe consequences. The Palestinian leadership is currently weighing its response". Dr. Erekat concluded: "The international community must uphold its responsibilities to protect the Palestinian people, stop Israeli crimes and end Israel's prolonged occupation."

http://english.pnn.ps/index.php/human-rights/8759-israel-kills-head-of-popular-committee-against-settlement-and-apartheid-ziad-abu-ain-during-peaceful-activity

Thank you Evelyn
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 9:58 am
Abu Ein, the Palestinian government’s deputy minister for prisoner affairs, was participating in a symbolic walk and olive tree planting ceremony in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, in coordination with Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights organization.

http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/palestinian-minister-planting#sthash.eTNu7X9s.dpuf
 

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 12:15 pm
Jean - the world's media IS picking it up - albeit cautiously. French media is including it in the main news programmes; UK papers have run articles .... What seems to be missing at this time is official statements of concern, if not condemnation, by governments ... :^(
 

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday December 10, 2014, 9:08 pm
Shocking
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 8:05 am
Nothing good comes from more violence.

When I despair,
I remember that all through history
the ways of truth and love have always won.
There have been tyrants, and murderers,
and for a time they can seem invincible,
but in the end they always fall.

Think of it - always.

Mahatma Gandhi

May we love ever more.
May we motivate ourselves to committed love in Action.
May we motivate ourselves to live the life we wish to see in the world.
May we be the transformation we wish to see in the world.
From the inside out . . .
From the roots branching upwards . . .
From the heart
to thought
to word
to action.
Through life's trials and hardships
we can arise beautiful and free.

Julia Butterfly Hill - 11/26/2000

My Condolences to his family, friends, and to all those who are suffering the loss of their loved one.

May the Leaderships of all Nations realize that wars violence is only leading to more wars and violence. With an eye for an eye it leaves everyone blind.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 8:19 am
Wise words, Dandelion! Thanks - and as an old Yiddish saying has it
"From your mouth to G*d's ear" פֿון דײַן מויל אין גאָטס אויערן
 

M B (62)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 9:43 am
Agree with Dandelion ..."May the Leaderships of all Nations realize that wars violence is only leading to more wars and violence. With an eye for an eye it leaves everyone blind. " So true !
 

Angelika R (143)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 1:47 pm
Thx Evelyn. all I could add for the miment is also a RIP Abu Ein. and yes, when will we hear some official words of condolences and condemnation??? Instead, media are still speculating about conflicting causes of his death.
 

Angelika R (143)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 2:24 pm
Excerpt form the Ynet report on this:
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Initially, Hussein al-Sheikh, a top Palestinian official, told Reuters that Jordanian and Palestinian doctors involved in the late night examination of the body said Ziad Abu Ein, 55, had died from being struck, inhaling tear gas and not receiving prompt medical attention.

However, Dr. Hen Kugel, the Israeli doctor who took part in the autopsy, told Ynet that the report was not final and that they were awaiting on the return of some tests, however "we know what happened there – he died from a heart attack. He had significant blockage of the arteries and his heart was in bad shape. When they grabbed his neck it caused massive stress which led to bleeding and then full blockage which is what killed him."

"There is no disagreement with the Palestinians about this, the only thing we still need to find out about is wounding to his front teeth, tongue and windpipe. These could be a result of resuscitation attempts or an attack as the Palestinians claim, but it doesn’t matter, he died because of his heart and stress," Dr. Kugel said.
 

Angelika R (143)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 2:26 pm
..of course it matters!
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 2:57 pm
Interesting, Angie - more detail than other versions I've read, but boils down to Palestinians stressing the aggression, tear gas, hit in the chest ..... Israelis admitting the throat hold (can't do otherwise, it's caught on camera) but putting blame on heart not able to take the strain (so IDF not responsible).

Heart stopping is the ultimate cause of death ... safe statement ="died because his heart stopped". Same was true of the bus driver not long ago .... But honest investigation of WHY - is a political basket of crabs ...

If one takes a parallel. If a foreigner is involved in a vehicle accident (particularly with a military or police vehicle) , (s)he is automatically at least 50% responsible, even if the car was properly parked & was hit by the army/police vehicle. The logic? "If the car hadn't been there, the accident couldn't have happened". (I know cases where this was the actual court ruling!!!) I somehow see echoes of the same logic being applied here ...

From the Palestinian perspective: If the IDF hadn't been there ....
From the Israeli perspective: If Abu Aid & the activists hadn't been there ... (If the d******d Palestinians would just lie back and allow the settlers to move in across the whole of Palestine, stop protesting - especially in non-violent protest action, stop claiming human rights, just grin & bear whatever is meted out to them .... )

Yes, Angie - it does matter
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday December 11, 2014, 11:42 pm
...they grabbed his neck it caused massive stress which led to bleeding and then full blockage which is what killed him."

Yes, Angie - it does matter!!
Jean is right, the news is being hushed up. BBC cut off it's broadcast, describing this travesty as a death at a protest - no further information given.

More attempts to get away with murder!!
 

Angelika R (143)
Friday December 12, 2014, 5:04 am
It is highly unlikely that those injuries mentioned (only)in the Ynet artice would be from any CPR attempt when on the other hand every report says there was no timely medical intervention or help. Nobody would try to resuscitate an obviously dead person after such a time, least any Israeli medics on a Palestinian. I do think this stems from beating him.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Friday December 12, 2014, 5:55 am
Neck & throat injuries - not reported that he was beaten in this area - though photos show a throttling hold on his neck/throat. And, of course, excessive use of teargas ....

Beating (with helmets according to some sources, rifle butts according to others) was mainly in the chest ...

And where the IDF stand by when settlers act violently towards Palestinians (their orders preclude intervention), they intervened - violentsly - here in a non-violent march & tree planting event. The soldiers might not even have realised they were face to face with a Minister (though the probably wouldn't have cared, anyway) ... and the situation got out of hand ... And a VIP died as a result, harder to sweep under the carpet, not a hot-headed youth who could be provoked into violence then blamed for everything else.

Reportedly, an Israeli medic tried to step in - but if he was in IDF uniform, I doubt trust was exactly high, which would explain the refusal to allow him to touch Abu Ain. ... I wonder if the IDF would allow a Palestinian medic to step in if one of their men were to collapse during an affrontment (or even at an "ordinary" check point) - somehow, in most cases. I doubt it
 

Angelika R (143)
Friday December 12, 2014, 7:19 am
"Neck & throat injuries - not reported that he was beaten in this area - though photos show a throttling hold on his neck/throat. " That is what I meant, should have said "attacking" rather than beating him.
What would you do if someone grabs you by the neck/throat attempting to possibly choke you?
you clutch your teeth, probably bite your tongue-things you would never do without that chokehold.
 

Darlene Buckingham (100)
Friday December 12, 2014, 9:01 am
So tragic. I continue to hold the space and intention of peace for the Middle East and the world.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 12, 2014, 11:12 am
Sad
 

Roslyn McBride (26)
Friday December 12, 2014, 1:02 pm
This is going to incite retaliation, why the soldiers couldn't leave a peace 'thing' alone, I don't know. Even worse with a VIP present, who died. Hate to think what will happen next.
 

Colleen L (3)
Friday December 12, 2014, 2:40 pm
So tragic. My Condolences to his family, friends, and to all those who are suffering the loss of their loved ones, too. Thanks Evelyn
 

fly bird (26)
Friday December 12, 2014, 5:37 pm
The Israeli soldier photographed tightly gripping the now dead Minister Ziad Abu Ein by the neck, said "his senior officer told him he did nothing wrong; he did not do anything that would warrant accountability", local media sources quoted him saying.

The sources noted that "the soldier went home after being questioned for a few minutes by his direct senior officer."

The questioning only took a few minutes during which the soldier said: "The area where the incident occurred was experiencing an event during which Palestinians and foreign activists were planting olive trees, but we blocked the road to prevent them from doing this."

The soldier, a member of the border police, also claimed that one of the minister's companions tried to hit soldiers with a stick and so their reaction was moderate.

Israeli medics accuse the soldier of killing Abu Ein. One Israeli medical source, who examined details of Abu Ein's autopsy, told Israel's Channel 10 that the cause of his death was a heart attack that may have been caused by the tight grip on his neck, which led to low oxygen levels and bleeding in his coronary artery.

The results of yesterday's autopsy indicated severe bruising on the left side of his neck due to excessive pressure and also showed tightened veins and internal bleeding, in addition to broken teeth.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/15788-israeli-soldier-seen-gripping-abu-ein-did-nothing-wrong
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 1:24 am
The most shameful thing is lack of official comment round the world ... Had this happened to a Minister in any other country, there would have been public condoleances & shock expressed loudly
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 1:25 am
In fact has any one seen a comment even by Tony Blair, peace envoy, on this? I might have missed it ...
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 3:27 am
noted
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 5:11 am
The Quartett issued a brief note: Blair statement on death of PA minister
not exactly overly heartfelt.
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 5:15 am
Also, the function he had within the PA was not really that mundane to deprive him of his name in all headlines, anonymising him .
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 7:42 am
Thanks, Angie - that must be about as short as they could make it ... not surprising it didn't catch any headlines!
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 8:40 am
UN: Circumstances of Palestinian Official's Death 'Disturbing'
http://www.care2.com/news/member/124335883/3830610

According to reports, gas inhalation and excess force, that involved beating and a throat hold, caused the death of Minister Ziad Abu Ein.
He was physically assaulted and unable to breathe.


 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 11:25 am
Every reason to see it as disturbing. The situation was already exceedingly unstable; this was yet another spark that could trigger more violent reaction (whether by hotheads of official forces ... really makes no difference who commits violence, it is cumulating an explosive mass. Which could go critical.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 2:02 pm
"The most shameful thing is lack of official comment round the world ... Had this happened to a Minister in any other country, there would have been public condoleances & shock expressed loudly."

Well, Evelyn ... you can't compare the death of a "sub-human" with that of any Minister or citizen of other countries, can you??

Just another Palestinian dead ... and a white-wash inquiry by the IDF ... and everyone an go back to deep sleep. What's the bother?

It's so disgusting!

May he R.I.P.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 2:15 pm

BTW Evelyn - your comment of Thursday December 11, 2014, 2:57 pm - excellent and to the point ... especially the IDF perspective ...
 

marie T (163)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 4:18 pm
What Israel is going through with suicide bombings attracts sympathy from around the world Dandelion is right
An eye for an eye does leave everyone blind
Will it ever end so heart braking
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 5:47 pm
A very interesting article by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis For Human Rights: The question we haven’t asked about Ziad Abu Ein - well worth reading
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 8:54 pm
“We hold the Israeli occupation government responsible for the killing of minister Ziad Abu Ain,” said Ehab Bessaiso, the Palestinian government spokesman.

In Wednesday’s faceoff with Israeli border police blocking a protest march to land claimed by Palestinians near a Jewish settlement outpost, Abu Ain, 55, was grabbed by the throat and shoved in the chest. He later appeared to suffer chest pains before losing consciousness. He died on the way to a hospital in Ramallah.

The preliminary report on the autopsy, which was conducted by Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian pathologists, attributed the death to “a blockage of the coronary artery due to hemorrhaging” that “could have been caused by stress.” Signs of “light hemorrhaging and localized pressure” were found in Abu Ain’s neck.

“The poor condition of the deceased’s heart caused him to be more sensitive to stress,” the Israeli report said. It said Abu Ain had suffered from heart disease and that blood vessels in his heart were found to be more than 80 percent blocked by plaque. Old scars indicated he’d experienced previous heart attacks, the report said.

But the chief Palestinian pathologist, Dr. Saber al Aloul, said Abu Ain’s fatal heart episode was “caused by injury, and not the result of a natural condition.” He said Abu Ain’s front teeth had been damaged, his neck was bruised and his body bore traces of tear gas.

Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, told the BBC that the heart attack was caused by “Israeli soldiers suffocating and beating up Ziad Abu Ain.”

http://www.bnd.com/2014/12/11/3558244_bad-heart-or-blunt-force-what
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday December 13, 2014, 11:40 pm

Thank you, Evelyn, for linking to the Rabbi's article. I just would like to quote the following assuming that not everybody is following the link:

"In last week’s Torah portion, Jacob struggles with a mysterious being, and our commentators debate who this being was. Some say it was Esau, or Esau’s minister. I believe that Jacob wrestled with the part of himself he didn’t want to acknowledge, and preferred to project onto Esau. When he could acknowledge and accept his true self, including both his yetzer hatov and yetzer harah (his higher and more animal inclinations), he could see Esau for who he really was, and reconcile. In this week’s Torah portion, the demonization of Joseph by his brothers leads them to sell him into slavery. When we cease to see a provocation and a security threat in every attempt by Palestinian farmers to exercise their right to safely work their lands, we will not only avoid tragedies and achieve a modicum of justice, but we will be one step closer to reconciliation."

The last sentence says it all IMO. The IDF and polit-Israel feel threatened by every attempt of the farmers to work their land or just move around because they are well aware of the illegality of their criminal conduct. Their behavior is the normal result.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 12:48 am

Marie – in your attempt to find a justification for polit-Israel’s behaviour you go back in history to the suicide bombings which took place over a period of 19 years (1989 – 2008) with a total of 804 fatalities (info courtesy of the Israeli MfA). Do I understand you correct that this should serve as some sort of excuse?

Those were condemnable acts no doubt. A big part took place in the OT and/or at checkpoints which fall under the legitimacy of resistance fighting an occupation power. Some were directed at military personnel others at civilian targets. The latter is reprehensible and not justifiable.

But why do you stop your “travel through time” at those incidents? Why not equally look at the horrors committed by the Zionists or “Israel-to-be” if you prefer? We should not apply double-standards … or should we?

If we remember that “our” side committed terrorism, not because they were morally defective, but as a tactic in support of political goals, then we will be able to appreciate that just maybe the same is true of “their” side today? So we should get off our high horses, Marie, and admit that nobody has clean hands, and stop looking for reasons i.e. not to negotiate. The illegal OCCUPATION is the disease, Marie, and the violence is the symptom (Uri Avnery).

Don’t you think it interesting that … coincidentally … after the collapse of the latest peace negotiation a “suicide bomber” was detected and apprehended at a checkpoint? These Palestinians must really be kind of stupid wouldn’t you say? The man wore on a hot summer day a heavy winter coat which was bulging … a blind man would have had no problems in spotting such a suspect and identifying that something must be wrong in that set-up … This took place end of May 2014 at a check-point near Nablus (military and the location is in the OT).

Let me give you a “few” random details (if you want to know more go to the sources) which makes at least me wonder why those heinous attacks by the Zionist gangs didn’t (and still don’t) attract any sympathy from around the world? They all should have made the world leaders rally behind the Palestinians and coming to the defense of those civilians … no? Where is the difference, Marie?

Why is it that this Minister was a legitimate target (as can be read in many comment sections of newspapers) because he was decades ago involved in the resistance fight (today called terrorists if the perpetrators are Arabs) but we cheer the Zionist terrorists who became later politicians and leaders of Israel and are not allowed to mention their criminal and terroristic past (or present for that matter)? Keep in mind that the Zionists did not fight an occupation power but civilians who were working their land and tried to hold on to it.

So while we condemn all the acts of the Palestinians we are totally oblivious to the fact that their actions don’t show them to be a different “kind of people” to the rest of us, any more than the attack on a Palestinian civilian bus travelling from Haifa to Acre on 5 January 1948, proves that Zionist terrorists are a different “kind of people” than the rest of us …

Likewise, the Zionist terrorists who attacked the Hebron bus on the Jerusalem Road seven days after that, wounding one Palestinian ;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the No.5 bus in Elijah Street, Haifa, three days later, killing one Palestinian and wounding eight others;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the No.4 bus to Haifa the same day, wounding four Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked an Arab bus entering Jerusalem two days later, killing one Palestinian;

Or the Zionist terrorists who ambushed farm labourers riding a passenger truck to work in Yazur five days later, killing three Palestinians and wounding twelve;

Or the Zionist terrorists who bombed the Ramle bus as it made a stop at As Safiriya three days later, killing one and wounding two Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who blew up the No.22 bus on the Bethlehem Road to Jerusalem the following day;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the bus to Jaffa near Miqve Israel two days later, killing one Palestinian and wounding three others;

Or the Zionist terrorists who blew up the Haifa bus on the road from Tel Aviv three days later, killing two Palestinians and wounding eight others;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the No.6 bus near Tall Waqiya the following day, killing three Palestinians and wounding one other;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the bus from Kafr Yasif near Khirbet Al Aiyadiya the day after that, seriously wounding two Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the bus travelling through Deir Muheisin two days later, wounding five Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the Ramle bus on the road to Aqir three days later, killing one Palestinian and wounding two others;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked a passenger truck transporting farmers home from the cattle market at Petah Tiqvah three days later, killing seven Palestinians and wounding five;

Or the Zionist terrorists who shot at the No.6 bus from Talpoith to Meqor Haim two days later, wounding three Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who blew up the bus travelling through Nabi Yusha the same day, killing one Palestinian and wounding another;

Or the Zionist terrorists who blew up the bus to Safad also on the same day, killing five Palestinians and seriously wounding another four;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the bus travelling through Miqve, south of Tel Aviv, the following day, wounding four Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who threw a bomb into a bus at Ramle the day after that, wounding four Palestinians, then opened fire on the remaining passengers, wounding another three;

Or the Zionist terrorists who opened fire on the No.21 bus from Jerusalem to Bethlehem five days later, wounding five Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked the bus from Lydda to Rarn el Aqir near Kefar Bilu the following day, wounding five Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who fired on the bus from Jaffa to Ramle two days later, wounding two Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked a bus near Beit Jirja the following day, killing three Palestinians and seriously wounding two others;

Or the Zionist terrorists who blew up the No.45 (Jerusalem-Ramallah) bus near Neve Ya’acov the day after that, wounding at least three Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who the same day attacked a bus travelling along the Bethlehem Road in Jerusalem, seriously wounding two Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who also on the same day attacked the No.6 bus on the road from Haifa to Nazareth, killing one Palestinian and seriously wounding another;

Or the Zionist terrorist who, still on 24 February 1948, attacked the No.4 bus near St John’s Ophthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem, killing one Palestinian and wounding three more;

Or the Zionist terrorists who, in the fifth terror attack on Palestinian buses in a single day, fired on a bus travelling the Jerusalem-Bethlehem Road, wounding one Palestinian;

Or the Zionist terrorists who opened fire on a passenger truck near Bir El Hilu on the Jaffa-Jerusalem Road two days later, killing two Palestinians and wounding five others;

Or the Zionist terrorists who fired on a bus near Bab el Wad on the Jaffa-Jerusalem Road three days later, wounding four Palestinians and one Russian;

Or the Zionist terrorists who fired on the bus travelling the Ramallah-Latrun Road five days later;

Or the Zionist terrorists who attacked two Arab buses the next day near Jaba on the Haifa Road, killing one Palestinian and wounding three others;

Or the Zionist terrorists who opened fire on a bus travelling the Athlit-Haifa Road near Mazar, later that same day;

Or the Zionist terrorists who opened fire on a bus travelling through Beit Shugelman on the Jaffa-Jerusalem road two days later, wounding one Palestinian and one Egyptian;

Or the Zionist terrorists who, one week later, fired on the No.1 bus from Nazareth as it reached Iraq Street, Haifa, killing one Palestinian and seriously wounding another;

Or the Zionist terrorists who detonated a bomb on the Safad-Acre Road as the bus to Safad was passing five days later, killing one Palestinian and wounding two others;

Or the Zionist terrorists who fired from Neve Ya’acov Jewish colony at the Jaffa-Jerusalem bus three days later, killing one Greek and two Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who firebombed a Nazareth Bus Company bus as it approached Haifa two days later, killing one Palestinian and wounding nine Palestinians and one Syrian;

Or the Zionist terrorists who blew up the bus to Beit Hanoun the same day with a landmine detonated near Yad Mordechai, killing one Palestinian and wounding one other;

Or the Zionist terrorists who ambushed a bus at the junction of Allenby Road and Freres Street in Haifa later that same day, wounding three Palestinians;

Or the Zionist terrorists who, in the fourth terror attack on a Palestinian bus in a single day (24 March 1948) fired from Neve Ya’acov Jewish colony on two buses travelling along the Jerusalem-Nablus Road …

…and on goes the list ...

So while it is undeniably terrible that the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades would deliberately target civilian passengers on an Israeli bus, the men who murdered Lior Azulai, Nathaniel Havshush, Bnayahu Jonathan Zuckerman, Rahamiam Rami Duga, Yaffa Ben-Shimol, Ilan Avisedris, Yehuda Haim and Yuval Ozana in that attack are not a different “kind of people” from you or me or the soon-to-be-Israelis who unloaded Ibrahim Mohammed Ahmed El Haj, Mahmoud Hassan Attieh, Saleh Mohammed Suleiman, Abdul Fattah Hussein, Mahmoud Mustafa Khalil, Mohammed Ali Eissa, and Hassan Mohammed Eissa from a Palestinian truck in February 1948, lined them up in an orange grove and murdered them:

10 FEBRUARY 1948 Lydda. 1700 hours, Petah Tiqvah. A party of twelve Arabs from Et Tira village (Tulkarm Sub-District) returning in a truck from selling cattle in the Petah Tiqvah area, was stopped by a large number of Jews in a truck near 120 M.U. Royal Air Force Camp, Ras El Ein. The Arabs were made to alight from their vehicle and were taken into the nearby orange grove of Abu Lebban from which firing was subsequently heard. Jews were then seen to leave the grove and enter the truck which was driven away.

The following dead and wounded Arabs were taken to Jaffa Government Hospital and the Royal Air Force Camp: Dead - Ibrahim Mohammed Ahmed El Haj (20); Mahmoud Hassan Attieh (30); Saleh Mohammed Suleiman (18); Abdul Fattah Hussein (37); Mahmoud Mustafa Khalil (42); Mohammed Ali Eissa (48); Hassan Mohammed Eissa (42). Injured (believed seriously) - Ahmed Ibrahim Abdulla (24); Lutfi Yassin Khal (25); Shehadi Abdul Wahab (27); Mustafa Saleh Kassim (23); Ahmed Hassan Saleh (70).

6 MARCH 1948 Jewish terrorists killed five Arabs and severely damaged three buildings by firing three inch mortar shells into the Arab business district in the harbour area of Haifa. The firing came from Hadar HaCarmel, an all-Jewish business and residential section. (From United Nations Security Council Official Records, Supplements for 1948 – Palestine)

5 JANUARY 1948 Haganah terrorists made a most barbarous attack at one o'clock in the early morning of Monday, 5 January 1948, at the Semiramis hotel in the Katamon section of Jerusalem, killing innocent people and wounding many. The Jewish Agency terrorist forces blasted the entrance to the hotel by a small bomb and then placed bombs in the basement of the building. As a result of the explosions, the whole building collapsed with its residents. As the terrorists withdrew, they started shooting at the houses in the neighborhood.

Those killed were: Subhi El-Taher, Moslem; Mary Masoud, Christian; Georgette Khoury, Christian; Abas Awad, Moslem; Nazira Lorenzo, Christian; Mary Lorenzo, Christian; Mohammed Saleh Ahmed, Moslem; Ashur Abed El Razik, Moslem; Ismail Abed El Aziz, Moslem; Ambeer Lorenzo, Christian; Raof Lorenzo, Christian; Abu Suwan, Christian family, seven members, husband, wife and five children. Beside those killed, 16 more were wounded, among them women and children. (From United Nations Security Council Official Records, Supplements for 1948 – Palestine)

And yes, the members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad who killed five innocent Israeli shoppers in an attack on a mall committed a terrible murder, but they’re not different in kind from the members of the Irgun who committed a terrible murder in blowing up the shoppers at Ramle Market:

18 FEBRUARY 1948 At 2:30 in the afternoon, an Irgun Z'vai Leumi terrorist disguised as an Arab and riding a donkey, arrived at the Ramleh vegetable market. The terrorist started to bargain for some vegetables from a woman vendor, paid her the price and asked her to look after his donkey and the basket on its back, while the terrorist left, saying he was going to buy some meat from an adjacent market.

In less than ten minutes the mines and high explosives in the basket exploded killing 12 and wounding 43 persons. Among the killed were four children less than ten years of age and four less than fourteen. (From United Nations Security Council Official Records, Supplements for 1948 – Palestine)

Sources:
CO 537/3855 and CO 537/3856: Confidential reports from the British Criminal Investigation Dept (C.I.D.) to the U.K. Colonial Office on Outrages in Palestine, 1947-48 and Feb-Mar 1948.
WO 261/573: Confidential quarterly reports from British Army H.Q. in Palestine to the U.K. War Office, Jan-Mar 1948.
WO 275/64: Confidential fortnightly newsletters from the H.Q. of the British Sixth Airborne Division in Palestine to the U.K. War Office, Mar 1947-May 1948.
CO 537/3857: Confidential reports from the British Criminal Investigation Dept (C.I.D.) to the U.K. Colonial Office on Outrages in Palestine, Mar-Apr 1948.

All the above listed reports are declassified since 10 yrs and open to the public at the U.K. National Archives in Kew, London.

 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 3:25 am
WOW - that's quite a package of researched documentation there, Eleonora!

I'm not sure that Marie c was actually "justifying" in her comment! Although the opening words could give that impression, it can also be read differently.
It is true that Israeli media influence ensures that suicide bombings & attacks on Israelis get the kind of coverage that elicit sympathy & anger world-wide, (while so many abuses of Palestinians' human rights get conveniently minimised in the mainstream media, including so many incidents that cause the deaths of Palestinians who are not necessarily perpetrators of any crime ... other than that of being Palestinian)

(And Marie agrees with Dandelion's comments about violence - the ending one being: "May the Leaderships of all Nations realize that wars violence is only leading to more wars and violence. With an eye for an eye it leaves everyone blind. ")

But - apart from addressing it to Marie - this compilation of facts is very valuable, demonstrating the start of the violence cycles, and I've saved it!
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 3:31 am
Coming back to the article by Rabbi Arik Ascherman referred to above , he writes:

"In a letter Rabbis For Human Rights sent to the army (Hebrew), we asked that the army also investigate why security forces were there at all, or at least why they were trying to stop the Palestinian farmers from planting trees. I don’t think that the forces intentionally harmed Abu Ein any more than they often rough up Palestinians (as well as Israeli demonstrators from across the political spectrum) and use a liberal amount of tear gas.

However, according to the High Court ruling RHR, ACRI and five Palestinian local councils achieved in 2006 (9593/04), there are only very limited situations in which the Israeli security forces are allowed to prevent Palestinians from freely working their lands, or demand advance coordination. (Where Palestinians want army protection to work lands that they cannot safely work on their own, they obviously must coordinate.) It is customary that orders requiring advance coordination be reviewed by the Legal Advisor for the Occupied Territories. The 2006 ruling explicitly forbids the army from issuing on the spot closure orders in order to protect Palestinians when they are being attacked. They are only allowed to issue on the spot closure orders if there is absolutely no other way to prevent bloodshed. "

The IDF had NO legal reason for being there and intervening .... Unless, of course, the (illegal) settlers had come out and the orders to prevent aggression towards settlers were being applied. But no report mentions such a situation .... And reportedly, there had been no violent action by the protestors going to plant trees, at least, not before the IDF muscled in.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 3:36 am
Going back to the long post by Eleonora - I can't help wondering what would have happened had there been the social media in 1948, sharing widely info on the almost day to day attrocities & attacks committed against Palestinians. Would Israel have started out with such a "free pass" as it enjoys today? History might have been very different ...
 

Michele Brulee (109)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 4:28 am
Fighting will it ever change maybe not in my life time? But it would be nice just to respect your nieghbor!
 

Sandra Penna (135)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 5:43 am
R.I.P. Abu Ein.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 10:22 am
lol Evelyn ;-) "I can't help wondering what would have happened had there been the social media in 1948, sharing widely info on the almost day to day attrocities & attacks committed against Palestinians. Would Israel have started out with such a "free pass" as it enjoys today?"
My best guess is it would have acted like Erdogan- BAN THEM ALL by decree.
We know the MASSIVE work, called near blackmail by some witnesses, that the Zionist lobby accomplished to get the needed majority of countries back then to support that fateful resolution for the partition plan. Go figure from there...
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 10:54 am
Remember - most of these were before Israel existed. The lobby would have had much more of a challenge to balance their "holocaust guilt" tool with the parallel behaviour being perpetrated on the original inhabitants of the land .... Spelling out the rights of the inhabitants could have been far more precise in the partition plan, safeguards put in place, had people envisaged/ recognised the lack of respect for their rights that was in fact already being demonstrated ... The stories that got out at the time were as hard for others to believe as the early "leaks" about the horrors of what Nazi Germany was doing to the Jews and others considered "inferior". All the more so seeing that the perpetrators had themselves been victims, how could they put others through such treatment, people who'd played no part at all in the Holocaust?

But that's all "What if"! Hindsight is 20:20 vision ..... too late!
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 3:52 pm

I'm not sure if I misread Marie, dear Evelyn. Unfortunately she fell silent and we will maybe never know. My apologies to her if I misinterpreted her comment.

Sorry for my long post - in retrospect I should have shortened it. But it just got me on the wrong foot this morning. Another Palestinian got killed - one in a very long list - and all we hear is Israel's suffering! That's how it came across to me. Why is it that the Palestinian immense suffering can never be stand alone but has always to be "complimented" by the suffering of the occupier?!

As for your remark "Spelling out the rights of the inhabitants could have been far more precise in the partition plan ..." - I believe they are very clearly and in no unequivocal terms spelled out in the Balfour Declaration:

"... it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, ..."

All one would need to do is to adhere and/or enforce the terms.
 

Darlene Buckingham (100)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 4:14 pm
We human beings know what is right and wrong but war always uses moral relativism to justify that what they are doing is better than the other side. Standing up for the underdog which is clearly Gaza clearly human caring and compassion. The Muslims are not perfect and not helping their cause when they too engage in violence but that does not give Israle the right to treat them in the brutal fashion that has become acceptable as "defense" to the Israelis.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 4:32 pm

Hi Darlene - you're right; we all know deep down what's right and what's wrong. You say "the Muslims are not perfect ..." and forget that the Palestinian Christians are at the very same receiving end as the Palestinian Muslims.

Maybe I'm extreme but I don't think that an occupying country has the right to defend itself as laid out in UN documents. All the occupier needs to do is ... end the occupation!
 

Darlene Buckingham (100)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 5:28 pm
Eleonora: I agree with you. There has never in reality been an issues of self-defence. This was mistake from the very beginning. Now that this mistake has been made or what it most likely is a purposeful decision to create perpetual discord in this area, it will be difficult to correct it. Many Jewish people don't even believe in a Jewish homeland is necessary! There are ways to resolve this if more people get involved and call this for what it is a bad decision that has resulted in so much bloodshed and unnecessary grief and suffering. That the NATO countries are supporting this bloodshed present many questions of what Israel is really all about. I can only hope that people on Care 2 and around the world will put so much pressure on governments that this carnage will stop, the occupation end and that respectful solutions found that honour all people involved in this conflict. This will be tough and will require forward thinking leadership not just in Israel and Gaza but world wide. As far as I am concerned Care 2 readers are raising awareness and leadership that will echo around the world and change the justification for war to a honest search for peace and reconciliation.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 6:24 pm
Eleonora, you are right that the Balfour Declaration - and the UN decision about creating the State of Israel - do state expectations of the rights of existing non-Jewish communities being respected. But in both cases, it stopped there - people did not even imagine the kind of actions that took place, and have continued to take place ever since. So no further safeguards or conditionality were developed, to protect the existing non-Jewish communities (which, incidentally, included non-Palestinians .... such as Armenians, Chaldeans - people who had come to Jerusalem as refugees from ethnic & religious brutality elsewhere ..... over the centuries). But then this Israeli "self-defence" presentation was developed very effectively ... completely zapping any right of anyone else to "self defence".

Many Palestinians hung on for the early years, believing that the world would recognise the wrongs and step in ... but the world let them down. Much as the world let down the Armenians from Turkey ... and the Kurds & the peoples of the Marshes in Iraq after the "1st" (or 2cnd) Gulf War in Iraq. Politics undermines real justice ...

And again, the relative silence around Abu Ain's death, caused by or contributed to by IDF "usual" brutality in a place and at a time when - as the Rabbis have pointed out - they had no cause nor right to being there ... another example of political ostrich stance around the world, butts up, heads in the sand .... More than sad, shameful.

This way does NOT facilitate peace. But the voices of the Rabbis hold hope that there are those in Israel who, given the space, could develop foundations for peace building
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday December 14, 2014, 6:25 pm
Darlene, I'd send several stars if I could! And to Eleonora as well ...
 

Angelika R (143)
Monday December 15, 2014, 9:09 am
This is rather off topic but, since there's been a slight detour already to Israel's past (thx Eleonora!), I find it interesting how Chis Hedges chose the title for this piece that actually chronicles and analyses the formation of ISIS - ISIS—the New Israel despite just a brief -but true-reference in one paragraph:
"ISIS, ironically, is perhaps the only example of successful nation-building in the contemporary Middle East, despite the billions of dollars we have squandered in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its quest for an ethnically pure Sunni state mirrors the quest for a Jewish state eventually carved out of Palestine in 1948. Its tactics are much like those of the Jewish guerrillas who used violence, terrorism, foreign fighters, clandestine arms shipments and foreign money, along with horrific ethnic cleansing and the massacre of hundreds of Arab civilians, to create Israel. Antagonistic ISIS and Israeli states, infected by religious fundamentalism, would be irreconcilable neighbors. This is a recipe for apocalyptic warfare. We provided the ingredients."
 

Angelika R (143)
Monday December 15, 2014, 9:13 am
I would not rule out Hedges is hinting a deeper message there.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Monday December 15, 2014, 9:38 am
Thanks Angie - I've posted that interesting article.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Monday December 15, 2014, 3:58 pm

Darlene, you raise valid points. The point of self-defense could be easily corrected if the political world leadership would truly have the will. But they don’t or don’t dare; the end result is the same in that Israel can act with impunity.

As for the Jewish homeland – correctly and by the letter and spirit of their scripture they’re not supposed to have one unless the Messiah has arrived. If we create a homeland for one religion we also must allow other religions to create their homeland and set-up “pure” States. Simple principle of equality for all. But that’s not the point and I’m by no means calling for dismantling the State of Israel; two wrongs don’t make a right.

What I’m calling for and advocating is that Israel is to be held responsible for it’s actions, be forced to end the illegal occupation of the land which was not allotted to them via the Partition Plan (which contradicts the UN Charta on top of everything else), stay within it’s to be declared borders and become in other words a law abiding and respecting state among the states.

I don’t see what’s could possibly be so difficult in doing exactly that ... if their will is true peace that is. The way forward is outlined in so many proposals and it’s no secret anymore who is constantly torpedoing any actions undertaken to reach a just and sustainable peace.
 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Monday December 15, 2014, 4:05 pm

Sorry, Evelyn if I have derailed the discussion a bit – this was not my intention. Didn’t think it through when I posted ;-(.

Naturally you’re right in that it should have been more detailed and explicit in the UN docu.

On one aspect though I differ with you: already the King Crane Commission Report (1919) made it very clear in no unmistakable wording what to expect and what it takes to implement the idea of the “Jewish Homeland”. They were talking (back then) about no less than 50’000 soldiers on the ground ... and immense bloodshed. So did many others before that commission and after. There was just no one who’d pay attention ... I guess ...

One of the many problems back then was as you pointed out that the Arabs and Palestinians were to trustful. Although ... they should have learned a lesson or two from the fact that the promises made to them in 1915 were brushed aside and ignored the moment the ink was dry.

Yes hindsight ... but it's good to know and we should never forget the history as it will (maybe?) help us to understand and foresee a bit the future ...



 

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Monday December 15, 2014, 4:06 pm

Thanks Angie for the interesting link – I missed that article. I can safely assume that the title must have made some folks spinning on their heels ;-).
 
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