Atrocities committed in the name of security
Some of the bodies of 29 Palestinians killed during the ongoing Israeli army operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday May 20, 2004.

Many of the children were at a protest march demonstrating at the demolition of homes taking place.

They were attacked by missiles and helicopters in the sky above them, by the Israeli army, and by the people of the United States of America who provided the money, the missiles, the helicopters, all the weapons.

Now they lie in a refrigerator-container turned into a makeshift morgue. 

Picture: AP/Lefteris PitarakisSome of the bodies of 29 Palestinians killed during the ongoing Israeli army operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday May 20, 2004.

Many of the children were at a protest march demonstrating at the demolition of homes taking place.

They were attacked by missiles and helicopters in the sky above them, by the Israeli army, and by the people of the United States of America who provided the money, the missiles, the helicopters, all the weapons.

Now they lie in a refrigerator-container turned into a makeshift morgue. 

Photo: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis
Some of the bodies of 29 Palestinians killed during the ongoing Israeli army operations in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday May 20, 2004.
Many of the children were at a protest march demonstrating at the demolition of homes taking place.
They were attacked by missiles and helicopters in the sky above them, by the Israeli army, and by the people of the United States of America who provided the money, the missiles, the helicopters, all the weapons.
Now they lie in a refrigerator-container turned into a makeshift morgue.
The world has not been watching.
The cartoon reads:

56 years of oppressing the Palestinian people has led to no security for Israel.

Yassin Al-Khalil, Teshreen, 5/15/04
The cartoon reads:
56 years of oppressing the Palestinian people has led to no security for Israel.
May 2004
BBC May 16, 2004:
Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Palestinians aimed at preventing the army from demolishing hundreds of homes in the Gaza Strip.
The court lifted an order temporarily banning the military from destroying more homes after it demolished scores of buildings in the past few days.
Israel says the buildings have been used by Palestinians to attack troops.
More than 100,000 Israelis attended a rally on Saturday night calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
Early on Sunday, Israeli helicopters fired more US missiles at targets in Gaza City.
The UN must intervene at once to halt bloodshed between Palestinians and Israelis, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told fellow non-aligned states on Thursday.
kewe note:     The United State of America has consistantly blocked the United Nations from intervening.
US made and paid for
Palestinians carry a wounded man after a Israeli helicopter attack in Gaza May 15, 2004.
30 Palestinians have died in these latest attacks.
April 2004
Declaring war on Semitic indigenous Beduin
The Araqib tribe have farmed the land close to the city of Beer Sheva in southern Israel for generations.  But in the past year the Israeli government has declared war on them and some 70,000 other beduin living in 45 communities it refuses to recognise in the Negev. (al-Naqab)
15 January the authorities stepped up the pressure on the Araqib to leave by spraying powerful herbicides on their crops, making the young shoots shrivel and die in the following weeks.
It was the third time the Araqib’s crops had been sprayed in the past two years by a government agency, the Israel Lands Authority.
“This time we hurriedly took what crops we could for feed,” says Abu Darim.  “We made the mistake of giving them to our animals.  Nearly 400 of the sheep miscarried.”
The recent campaign of crop-spraying by the authorities — more than 6,000 acres have been destroyed over a wide area of the Negev in the last two years — is not the only weapon being used by the state.
Over the past 12 months, there has also been a wave of house demolitions, making nearly 2,000 beduin homeless.  At least three mosques have also been destroyed.  Another 10,000 structures are under threat of demolition.
The surge in activity is not accidental.  It is the result of a government plan, personally approved a year ago by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and backed by $200 million (money being fed from the US purse), to force the rural beduin off their lands and into a handful of urban reservations the state is building for them.
Professor Yitzhak Nevo, of Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, says: “When crops are destroyed, the population is at risk of malnutrition and hunger.  And that’s what the government aims at: to use poverty and hunger to coerce the beduin to accept a townships policy.”
The stakes are high.  The government wants the huge land reservoir of the Negev — two-thirds of Israel’s total territory — for Jewish immigration over the coming decades, and possibly for settlers evacuated from the West Bank and Gaza if peace ever arrives.
If the beduin can be forced out of their villages, their place will be taken by 14 exclusive Jewish settlements and dozens more private farmsteads, modelled on Sharon’s own huge agricultural estate in the Negev, known as Sycamore Ranch.
“The plan is little more than ethnic cleansing,” said Abu Kaff, who lives in one of the 45 threatened villages, Umbatin.  “The government says it cannot build the infrastructure for our communities because they are remote and then replaces them with even more scattered Jewish settlements.”
In fact, even though the beduin comprise a quarter of the population in the Negev, they control only two per cent of its land.
Minister, Tzachi Hanegbi, was recently rebuked by the attorney general for inciteful comments he made in August to a Jewish community concerning their beduin neighbours: “Come on friends, get a stick and beat any beduin criminal until he leaves.”
Most of the villages also have no schools or health care, even though several have as many as 5000 inhabitants.  Because there is no municipality to apply to for construction permits, all building work is by definition illegal.  Most of the unrecognised villagers are therefore forced to live in tents or metal shacks that offer little protection from the desert heat or night-time cold.
Those who dare to build a permanent structure soon find it demolished, and are then billed for the work of the wrecking crews.
Until now only their homes had been declared illegal.  But allied to the Negev plan is a new law which classifies any beduin living in an unrecognised village as a “trespasser” on state lands and liable to up to two years in jail.
In Araqib, the tribesmen sit in their communal tent drinking strong coffee and contemplating the cost of being defined as a trespasser.
Last month they lost 260 acres of crops to the government spraying.  Each acre would have produced more than 1500kg of flour, says Abu Darim.  To buy enough flour for the whole village’s needs on the open market would cost them some $200,000, a sum no one in the village can even consider paying.
But it is not just about money, says another tribal leader, Shaikh Sayyah al-Turi: “I don’t differentiate between myself and my crops.  When they come and spray the crops, my feeling is that when they finish spraying my crops they’ll start spraying me and my children.”
Picture: REUTERS/Ali Jasim
Palestinians children trying to take cover away from Israeli fire, during an Israeli occupation raid on Bait Lahiya yesterday.

Sexual — physical assaults continue
While in Israeli custody, Rakan has been sexually assaulted by a soldier, severely beaten by prison guards, threatened with electric shocks and subjected to long periods of solitary confinement.    He has also tried to commit suicide four times.
Rakan Ayad Nasrat was arrested by Israeli forces last September on his way home to Jericho from Bethlehem.
Rakan is just one of hundreds of Palestinian children from the Occupied Palestinian Territories who have been arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned by the Israeli occupation forces in a manner inconsistent with international law.
Approximately 90% of all Palestinian child prisoners have been arrested for charges of “rock-throwing”, says lawyer Khalid Quzmar of DCI, who represents the vast majority of Palestinian child prisoners.     In most cases, like that of 13 year-old Amin al-Darraj’s, the charges are for incidents dating back two or three years.
Israeli military officials claim that stone-throwing is a serious and potentially hazardous offence, however.    Throwing stones at fast-travelling Israeli vehicles in Palestinian villages is “dangerous” they say.
Israel defines an Israeli minor as someone younger than 18.   While Israel defines a Palestinian minor as someone younger than 16 years old. 
Israeli military officials say they have been forced to reduce the generally accepted 18 year age limit for Palestinians because a large number of would-be “terrorists” fall within the 16-18 year range.
They also contend that that the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child allows Israel to choose the age at which it deems fit to try youths for criminal offences.
Contrary to Article One of the U.N. Convention, which states that children shall not be subject to “torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” a vast majority of the child prisoners and detainees have been exposed to some form of torture while in prison, says Quzmar.
“More than 95% of children are exposed to torture and while sexual abuse is limited, kids do not always talk about it, and we discover it later.”
Another hurdle faced by Palestinian child prisoners and their lawyers is the Kafkaesque Military Order 1500, a relic of British rule in Palestine which allows Israeli authorities to detain an individual, adult or minor, for up to 6 months with no charge.    This time limit is, however, seldom upheld.     Twelve-year-old Rakan for example has been sentenced to a maximum 17-month detention despite the military order.
There have been about 100 cases of child administrative detention since 2002.     Currently, 85 children are being held based on the military order.    Quzmar says the order poses a multitude of problems, and while designed for adults, it has in practice been extended to children.
“The real problem is that it can be renewed spontaneously so the prisoners do not know when they will go home.     There are secret files, and neither the accused nor the lawyer knows what’s in them,” said Quzmar.
Quzmar says when it comes to such cases there is not much he can do as a lawyer.
“With administrative detention my role is pretty much zero.     I’m powerless.     The only thing we hear in court is one sentence:   ‘He is a security threat’ and it’s over.     This is a crime against children in international law.”
March 2004
In 2003 nearly two-thirds of Israelis were in favour of the creation of a Palestinian state...
[Due to many progressive Jews leaving Israel this has now completly reversed, the imported Israel state now seeking removal of all Semite Muslim Palestinians from Palestine — Kewe]
... while a majority back the idea of dismantling all settlements in the Gaza Strip, a poll by the Haaretz daily showed Tuesday.
The poll found that 60 percent support the evacuation of all Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip while 58 percent back the dismantling of "isolated" settlements in the West Bank.
The right-wing political establishment in Israel has been thrown into disarray with deputy-prime minister Ehud Olmert proposal that Israel carry out a unilateral withdrawal from the bulk of the West Bank in order to maintain its “Jewish majority”.
Olmert, an erstwhile hawk, argued on 5 December that the “status quo” was “destroying Zionism”, and that Jews would have to make “hard and fateful decisions sooner than later because later could be too late.”
A confidant of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Olmert warned that Israel “must choose either to retain the (occupied) territories and consequently risk losing its Jewish majority, or leave the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and therefore sacrifice dear parts of the land of Israel."
kewe note: It is obvious that Israel is still under the delusion that it can be the only nation in the world that can have a wall around it.
A wall that will prevent it from becoming contaminated with other races.
But like the misguided approach to life as practised for many years, to the punishment of the various black people's nations, and other nations of South Africa, this approach has to fail.
Israel cannot remain racist.
The world at some point will bring it to order.
As we head towards this moment, however, we are seeing the soul-destroying activities that preceded the disappearance of the racism of South Africa.
That these practices are being practised by a people who have suffered as the Hebrew people have is incredulous.
The mourning that will done in the future, for and by the Hebrew people, will not be for those many lost in past horrors.
It will be for the history they are creating in this present time.
When the nations of Palestine and the Hebrew people merge, even if a separation has to take a couple of generations, it will be likely that a Semite from the Palestinian people will be the national leader, as South Africa now has a black leader.
That the United States of American continues with its 'very strange' attitude to this now singular racist situation in Israel/Palestine is to its detriment.
The United States' artificially delaying of a day when the two sides will be forced to get together, by the US using its power and its purse, is one more instance of a foreign policy that is fueling the cost of many lives and injury.
But politics and attitudes change.
The world is waiting.
February 2004
Ethnic cleansing
It is ethnic cleansing in its most insidious form, says Hebron Mayor Mustafa Abd al-Nabi Natshe, describing the exodus of Palestinians from Hebron’s Old Town.
In 1996, when Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) signed the so-called Hebron Protocol, as many as 35,000 Palestinians lived in the Old Town, mainly near the Ibrahimi Mosque.
Now, eight years later, it is believed thousands of Arab inhabitants have left their homes, fleeing what Natshe calls an “institutionalised persecution” aimed at emptying the town of Arabs.
The outgoing head of the International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), Jan Kristensen, castigated Israel for “effecting ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians in Hebron.
“The activities of the settlers and the army in the Old Town of Hebron are causing an ethnic cleansing.  If the situation continues for a few years, the result will be that no Palestinians will remain there.  It is a miracle they have managed to remain there until now.”
A former lieutenant colonel in the Norwegian army, Kristensen accused the Israeli occupation army and Jewish settlers in Hebron of following a concerted policy aimed at “emptying Hebron of Arabs”.
He argued that both settlers and army were playing complementary roles.
“The settlers’ activities, which are aimed at forcing the Palestinians to leave, and the army’s activities, which impose severe restrictions on them, create an irreversible reality. 
"The settlers go out almost every night and attack those who live near them.  They break windows, cause damage and effectively force the Palestinians to leave the area.”
Janary 2004

Peace activist dies after nine months in coma
By Terri Judd
15 January 2004
Two Palestine children were among 10 killed in Israel air raids on Gaza Strip.

About 100 Palestinians were injured in the Israel attacks.

Photo: Alquds Alarabi, 10/21/03
Two Palestine children were among 10 killed in Israel air raids on Gaza Strip, October 21, 2003.
About 100 Palestinians were injured in the Israel attacks.
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Even though Tom Hurndall's family had come to terms with the knowledge he would never wake from his coma, the end, when it came, was still a shocking blow.
Nine months after the 22-year-old peace activist was brought home in a persistent vegetative state, after being shot in the head by an Israeli soldier as he tried to help trapped Palestinian children out of the line of fire, pneumonia claimed his life on Tuesday.
Carl Arrindell, a family friend, said yesterday:
"They are just trying to cope with the knowledge that Tom has gone; that they have to draw a line.
They are in shock."
Only hours earlier, it was Mr Arrindell who broke the news that an Israeli soldier had finally been indicted with six charges, including aggravated assault, in a rare prosecution.
Yesterday, as the Israeli authorities confirmed that charge may now be increased to manslaughter, the family insisted they would settle for nothing less than a conviction for murder.
Mr Arrindell said:
"We don't want manslaughter.
He knew what he was doing.
The evidence is overwhelming.
The lawyers will be pressing the authorities to charge him with murder.
The family want the maximum penalty and nothing else.
And then we would seek damages so a message is sent out to every other soldier in the occupied territories that if they shoot innocent people they will be punished."
But lawyers for the soldier of the Israeli Defence Forces, who has admitted shooting at Mr Hurndall "as a deterrent" even though he was unarmed, insist he is being "hung out to dry" by the army."
Palestine under US and Israel occupation.

Imad Hassan was at a demonstration in memory of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians is Israel occupied Beirut.

The Israel army fired on the demonstration and Imad ducked behind a wall.

The soldier approached him to a distance of eight meters.

The soldier moved to the side, bit by bit until he had a clear shot.

Then the soldier shot him in the chest.

Imad is free now.

Photo: Internet
Imad was at a demonstration in memory of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians is Israel occupied Beirut.
The Israel army fired on the demonstration and Imad ducked behind a wall.
The soldier approached him to a distance of eight meters.
The soldier moved to the side, bit by bit until he had a clear shot.
Then the soldier shot him in the chest.
Imad is free now.
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They said he cannot be accused of the intent required for murder, Mr Arrindell explained.
He said:
"His argument is that he didn't care.
He was not bothered.
He didn't intend to kill, he just didn't give a monkeys.
He was just shooting at children to amuse himself and then aimed at Tom and shot him through the forehead.
It is absolutely horrifying."
Mr Hurndall had travelled to the city of Rafah in southern Gaza to work with the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian group of volunteers, which serves as a buffer between its people and the soldiers.
The Manchester Metropolitan University photo journalism student was hit by a single bullet fired from a nearby watchtower on 11 April, as he helped to set up a 'peace tent' to stop a tank entering the Yibna and went to help some children.
Since bringing his body home in May, Anthony, his father, a lawyer, and Jocelyn, his mother, a teacher, have spent every waking hour either maintaining a vigil at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney or pressing for justice after carrying out their own investigation.
They learned on Tuesday that the soldier — who has not been named by the Israeli army but simply described as a Bedouin Arab — had been charged with assault as well as obstruction of justice after initially claiming Tom Hurndall was armed.
A second soldier has been detained, accused of corroborating his account.
Mr Arrindell said last night:
"This is not about one soldier; it is about a culture which clearly exists there.
Day in, day out, they are shooting at innocent people and they are not being challenged."
The Israeli embassy said yesterday:
"The Israeli government views this tragic event with the utmost severity, and is acting to ensure that justice is served."
Baroness Symons, the Foreign Office minister, said her office would "continue to urge the Israeli authorities to pursue their investigations thoroughly".
Tom Hurndall died at 7.45pm on Tuesday.
Sophie, his sister, said yesterday:
"We have to finally accept we are not going to have Tom back."
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        I'll never know what hit me        
        Tom Hurndall shot in Palestine by Israel soldier        
        British Coroner Inquest 2006       
        "Not again": Eyewitness Joe Smith writes about the shooting of Tom Hurndall         
The UK Guardian: Monday November 24, 2003
Reporter returns to West Bank after three years
Three years ago, the acclaimed Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif travelled through the West Bank to write a special report for G2. (The Guardian)
This month, she returned for the first time
I thought it was bad three years ago.   Now the landscape itself is changed.   New settlements spring up everywhere; more than 60 since I was here last.   You can watch their metamorphosis from a handful of caravans, to some Portakabins, then basic bungalows and, finally, the bristling, concrete hilltop fortress that is an Israeli settlement.
Hardly a Palestinian village exists without an Israeli settlement towering down on it from above.   Everywhere there is construction going on - illegally: wide, Israeli-only highways to connect the settlements to each other, great mounds of rubble and yellow steel gates to block the old roads between Palestinian villages.
And there are people waiting; waiting with bundles, with briefcases, with babies, at gates, at roadblocks, at checkpoints, waiting to perform the most ordinary tasks of their everyday lives.
...It rears up to block the sunset and the evening breeze from the people of Qalqilya, then spreads out to swallow great stretches of land cultivated over hundreds of years by the neighbouring villages.
This section of the barrier has been built right up close to the western side of the village of Jayyus.   From the windows of the village hall you see it slide down the hill, snake into a huge S and vanish around the farmland to the right. Running along the inside of the barbed wire is a deep trench.   There is also a patrol road, a swept sand track to reveal footprints and an electronic fence with hidden cameras.
Alongside this barrier, at short intervals, red signs in Arabic, English and Hebrew proclaim:  ANY PERSON WHO PASSES OR DAMAGES THE FENCE ENDANGERS HIS LIFE.
You cannot read the signs from here, but you can see them punctuating the acres that the mayor of this village has spent the past 40 years of his life cultivating.   From his office window he can watch - on his land on the other side of the barrier - his olive trees waiting to be harvested, his guava trees dropping their ripe fruit on the ground. In each of his three greenhouses, 40,000 kilograms of cucumbers are hardening.
From this village of 3,000 souls, 2,300 acres have been confiscated for the barrier.   And on the other side of the barrier another 2,150 acres, with six groundwater wells, are inaccessible, 12,000 olive trees stand unharvested, and the vegetables in 120 giant greenhouses are spoiling.
Three thousand five hundred sheep have been driven off the land; actually, 3,498, because one man has lost two lambs.   Three hundred families are totally dependent on their farms.   Now their harvest is rotting before their eyes and they cannot get to it.   They are feeding their flocks the husks from last year's planting....
aljazerra net: Wednesday 05 November 2003
Trees uprooted, chopped and burned
Settlers uprooted, chopped and burned trees overnight in the villages of Sawia, Beta, Yitma, Bait Furik, Hawwara and Tal, said Palestinian witnesses on Wednesday.
One witness said Israeli soldiers in Tal, about six kilometres southwest of Nablus, fired into orchards, sparking a fire and leaving 200 trees charred. 
Olive crops amount to up to 50% of the livelihood of Palestinians in some of these towns.
Farmer Imad al-Jallad from Hawwara, whose family lost 150 to 200 trees in the last week, could not find the words to describe losing orchards his father planted 40 years ago.
"We've been (farming) for hundreds of years," he said.
His brother, Fawzan, was expecting nearly 25 barrels of olive oil from this year's crop.   Each barrel sells for $60 to $70 -money he needs to feed his family.
Hasan al-Afi owns 300 olive trees in Hawwara, but had been unable to harvest this year's crop because Israeli soldiers and settlers were barricading his land.   He tried to access his farm earlier this week accompanied by foreign peace activists, but was turned back.
An Israeli army spokesman said forces have no right to arrest settlers, even if they were attacking Palestinians and vandalising.
An Israeli army spokesman confirmed that these incidents took place.   "The army has no right to arrest Israeli citizens, including the settlers," he told Aljazeera's correspondent in the West Bank, Khaled Amayreh, in response to a question why the army did not intervene.
When asked if this also applied if there were attacks on Palestinian civilians and vandalising their property he said: "Yes."
Earlier this week, Jewish settlers from the Yitzhar settlement north of Nablus hacked down about 500 olive trees in Aynabus, some of which were hundreds of years old.
The Jerusalem Post quoted one of the settler leaders in the area as saying that the destruction of the Palestinian groves was aimed at preventing villagers from approaching the settlement.
Under international law, all Jewish settlements are illegal.
Opposition Labour party MP Ephraim Sneh was quoted on public radio as saying that he had raised the issue at a meeting of the parliament's defence and foreign affairs committee after witnessing the damage himself.
BBC: Monday 16 June, 2003
Stealing water and then denying water to Palestinians
Under international law, Israel is committed to supplying drinking water to the Palestinians and not denying them.
But Israel itself is a very arid area surrounded by desert.   It rains only a few months a year - and for the past few years the region has been in the grip of drought.
"We have a chronic water shortage, and it is getting worse year to year," Jacob Kaidar, the director of multilateral peace talks coordination and water issues in the Israeli foreign ministry, told BBC World Service's Politics Of Water programme.
"Basically we have a drought almost every year, we have to cut our water supplies almost every year."
..."It's highly unfair," said Yehezkel Lein, a water expert for Israeli human rights group B'tselem, who help to solve water problems in Palestinian areas.
"We are talking about mainly the mountain aquifer and the Jordan River system.   Regarding the first one Israel exploits approximately 80% of the renewal water resources, and the Palestinians the remaining 20%.
"Regarding the Jordan River system, the Palestinians do not have any access."
..."There is a clear linkage between the gap in water availability, and the occupation," he said.
"Israel has taken advantage of its control of the West Bank in order to appropriate more water sources and to prevent Palestinians from developing new water sources that are under the land."
Israel has controlled water supplies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip since it first occupied the areas in 1967.
...One such place is Beit Furik, a village in the West Bank near the Palestinian town of Nablus.
"We have about 12 tanks to collect water from Nablus, but during the Intifada the Israeli authorities have imposed checkpoints on the roads.
"These checkpoints started to forbid these tanks from reaching Nablus, so sometimes they have to wait for about five or six hours - and some days they were forbidden."
He added that even when the tanks were allowed through, sometimes Israeli soldiers would undo the valves and let the water back out.
...The mother of one family in Beit Furik, Fuaz Hanani, told Politics Of Water that they were only able to wash every two weeks, such was the shortage of water.
"I feel angry that Israeli settlers in Itmar drink clean water while my dear family drink water from a well which sometimes has dirty or polluted water," Mrs Hanani said.
...According to Oxfam, an additional problem is that what little infrastructure the Palestinians do have is targeted by the Israelis.
"We are helping very poor families to build new tanks on their roofs... unfortunately it's a really good target for Israeli soldiers to shoot at," Oxfam's Ton Berg stated.
"We've just finished a really big water tank that would serve half a village in El Boursh and now the Israeli defence forces have announced that they will destroy it, because they need land that is officially Palestinian to build a wall.
"So that whole village this summer will again be without clean drinking water."
May 2004
See: Ahmed and Asma — story of two children dying
Israel demolishes rights along with homes
By Cilina Nasser
Daily Star staff
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
...Amnesty urged Israel to stop destroying houses in order to facilitate the creation and expansion of Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories.
The organization cited Article 5 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination that requires States Parties to guarantee the rights of everyone to housing.
Some Palestinians, such as the Shubi family, have not only lost their right to housing but also their right to life.
Forty-year-old Nabila Shubi, who was seven months pregnant, was left to die under the rubble along with her husband and three children, whose ages ranged from 4 to 9, after a house demolition in the old city of Nablus in April 2002.   The Israeli Army kept the area under strict curfew for days, denying access to rescue workers, and it was not until a week later that their bodies were found under the rubble of the house by relatives.
It is not known if they were killed by the collapsing walls or if they died later from injuries or of asphyxiation, Amnesty reported. Shubi's father-in-law and two sisters-in-law were also found dead, all huddled in a circle in a small room.
Neighbors whose homes were demolished at the same time as the Shubi's house and who fled when the demolition began told Amnesty that the soldiers did not warn the residents to evacuate the houses before beginning the demolition.
The destruction of homes is usually carried out by the Israeli Army's US-made Caterpillar bulldozers.
Amnesty called on the American company "to guarantee that its bulldozers are not used to commit human rights violations."
But Caterpillar's Chairman Jim Owens wrote a letter recently to the parents of an American peace activist crushed when one of his bulldozers ran over her last year, saying that his company did not have the practical ability or the legal right to determine how its products were used after being sold.
Karaoud was not convinced.   "It is true that Caterpillar might not be able to control its products after they are sold, but huge economic institutions that have become influential could make decisions that would contribute in reducing human rights violations," he said.
kewe note:   This is all paid for by US taxpayer money.

AFP Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Two senior Israeli officials have said that the number of homes destroyed by occupation forces in the southern Gaza Strip was being exaggerated.

Deputy PM Ehud Olmert and Israel's ambassador to the US, Daniel Ayalon, went so far as to accuse some Palestinians in the Rafah refugee camp of damaging or demolishing their own houses.

They both alleged that the military's assault on the Rafah refugee camp that killed 19 people on Tuesday was being distorted to engender sympathy for the Palestinians.

When asked about reports from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that say nearly 2200 Palestinians have been made homeless in May, Olmert replied: “I suggest that there be a very careful attitude to the numbers.”

Speaking to reporters after meeting US Secretary of State Colin Powell at the State Department, Olmert maintained that Israel's operations in Rafah were not intended to destroy homes.

Ayalon went further, saying that at least 30 Palestinian homes had been deliberately destroyed by their owners in the last day to help in compensation claims.

Asked why Palestinian homeowners would destroy their own property, Ayalon replied: “Maybe they are painting, I don't know, or wanted to do some renovations and this is a good way to do it.”

kewe note:   This is all paid for by US taxpayer money.

“It is not secret at all, there are many Israeli experts who are transferring to the Americans their accumulative experience of thirty seven years of torturing and mistreating Palestinians,” al-Sanai told

He said that American officers joined Israeli army units in Jenin several months ago for the purpose of learning Israeli methods and techniques of repressing civilians, which the Americans, he said, later applied in Iraq.

“It took Israel 37 years to develop and perfect these barbaric methods of repression and humiliation.”

The UN must intervene at once to halt bloodshed between Palestinians and Israelis, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told fellow non-aligned states on Thursday.

kewe note:

     The United State of America has systematically and consistently blocked the United Nations from intervening.

       Afghanistan — Western Terror States: Canada, US, UK, France, Germany, Italy       
       Photos of Afghanistan people being killed and injured by NATO     

Third World War — Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Death — September 2004 photos       

       Cowardly attacks by air killing men women and children in their homes, often never seeing those they kill as the drones or aircraft fly back to the cowardly bases       
       If they kill only the husband, see how they care for the family they have destroyed       
       Afghanistan — Western Terror States: Canada, US, UK, France, Germany, Italy       
       Photos of Afghanistan people being killed and injured by NATO     

US soldiers committing suicide Afghanistan Iraq — Most Recent
Psychologist Pete Linnerooth was one of three who were part of a mental health crew in charge of the US 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in the Baghdad area of Iraq.   Pete Linnerooth committed suicide by turning a gun upon himself in January of 2013
Veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes.   More than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year — more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.
Mary Coghill Kirkland said she asked her son, 21-year-old Army Spc. Derrick Kirkland, what was wrong as soon as he came back from his first deployment to Iraq in 2008.   He had a ready answer: "Mom, I'm a murderer."
A military base on the brink
As police agents watched he shot himself in the head
Murders, fights, robberies, domestic violence, drunk driving, drug overdoses
US soldiers committing suicide Afghanistan Iraq II
U.S. Soldier Killed Herself After Objecting to Interrogation Techniques
Private Gary Boswell, 20, from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, was found hanging in a playground in July
She is Jeanne "Linda" Michel, a Navy medic.   She came home last month to her husband and three kids ages 11, 5, and 4, delighted to be back in her suburban home of Clifton Park in upstate New York.   Two weeks after she got home, she shot and killed herself.
Peterson refused to participate in the torture after only two nights working in the unit known as the cage
     United States Numb to Iraq Troop Deaths       
     All papers relating to the interrogations have been destroyed     
      We stripped them and were supposed to mock them and degrade their manhood     
US soldiers committing suicide Iraq Vietnam

All with U.S. Money:

More on the building of the wall.        US and Israel's use of chemical agents

US Debt

        When you talk with God        
         were you also spending your time, money and energy, killing people?         
       Are they now alive or dead?       

The Iraq War - complete listing of articles, includes images

April 2004

US missiles — US money — and Palestine

March 2004

A young Palestinian man hitting an Israeli teargas bomb with his shoes away from demonstrators.

Israeli occupation soldiers killed two demonstrators and injured more than a hundred of them during anti-Wall demonstrations in the West Bank.

February 2004

A Palestinian elderly woman screaming in despair, complaining to God, as an Israeli occupation army bulldozer started to prepare her land for the construction of the separation wall in the village of Dair Qidees, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

January 2004

Israeli occupation soldiers guarding bulldozers demolishing Palestinian homes.

A Palestinian man, perhaps who has lived in one of the homes, sits on the ground watching, his small daughters around him.

December 2003

Palestinian boys cry over the body of their father.

8 Palestinians were killed and 40 were injured,in the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

Many homes were destroyed during a savage Israeli occupation raid on the refugee camp on Tuesday.

November 2003

A Palestinian family in Jenin, moments before the Israeli occupation forces blew up their home.

October 2003

Tom Hurndall, the peace activist who was shot by Israeli occupation forces while helping to shield some Palestinian children, is declared to be brain dead.

Two Palestinian children were among about 100 Palestinian civilians injured in the Israeli air raids on Gaza Strip, which also resulted in killing 10 civilians.

September 2003

See the home blow up.

Blowing up more Palestinian homes as a collective punishment is a daily Israeli practice (paid for by US money) to control Palestinians under occupation.

The life and death of Kamala Sawalha

A student leaves her house every night, leaving her two young children at home, spends the next several hours traveling by taxi and on foot to get to the university in the neighboring town — just 15 minutes away.

Kamala wanted very badly to study — otherwise, it would be hard to understand the sacrifice she made for it.

To get up before dawn every morning, to leave the babies with their grandmother, to spend hours on the road in the heat and cold, even when pregnant, in order to get to the campus on time; to risk being shot or subjected to endless humiliations around every turn, and then to travel the whole way back — in a taxi where possible and on foot where necessary....

“Suddenly we were facing the soldiers,” he recounts.  The jeep was parked on the left side of the road and its right door was open.  Kamala let out a long scream.  It was the last sound she would ever make.

At 11:30 A.M., they buried Kamala Sawalha in the town cemetery.

Children trying to commit suicide

Now the landscape itself has changed

Punching an arab in the face.

The father went through it and now the son is going through it and no one talks about it around the dinner table.

Furer is certain that what happened to him is not at all unique. 

Here he was — a creative, sensitive graduate of the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, who became an animal at the checkpoint, a violent sadist who beat up Palestinians because they didn’t show him the proper courtesy, who shot out tires of cars because their owners were playing the radio too loud, who abused a retarded teenage boy lying handcuffed on the floor of the Jeep, just because he had to take his anger out somehow.

The Iraq War - complete listing of articles, includes images

The UN must intervene at once to halt bloodshed between Palestinians and Israelis, Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told fellow non-aligned states on Thursday.

Israeli forces fired Wednesday on a large crowd of Palestinians demonstrating against an Israeli invasion of a neighboring refugee camp, killing at least eight people, including two children, and wounding 35 others, Palestinian medical workers said.

Nineteen Palestinians were killed and around 40 wounded when an Israeli helicopter opened fired on a demonstration against the biggest ever army operation in the Gaza Strip.

kewe note:

     The United State of America, which not only pays for and supplies the weapons, missiles and helicopters for Israel to use, has systematically and consistently blocked the United Nations from intervening.

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