Israel settlers assulting Palestine woman in occupied West Bank.

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Israel settlers assulting Palestine woman in West Bank.
May 18, 2015
A pregnant Palestine woman has suffered a miscarriage after a group of Israel settlers attacked and beat her in the center of al-Khalil Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank.
The 37-year-old Mirvat Sa’ad Abu Romeila sustained multiple cuts and bruises as Israel settlers from the Ramat Yishai settlement in al-Khalil, located about 30 kilometers, 19 miles, south of al-Quds, Jerusalem, assaulted her.
She was transported to the general hospital in the city, where doctors said the assault had resulted in the death of the fetus.
On the same day Israel settlers destroyed and uprooted hundreds of olive saplings in the southern West Bank town of al-Shuyoukh.
80 acres of land planted with olive saplings were vandalized by the Israel residents of nearby settlements.
This violence and terror committed by Israel settlers, often supported my Israel military who 'guard' the settlements, is to force Palestinians to flee the remaining land they hold, to go to camps in Jordan or to flee to other countries, so to open up the land for more settlements.
Fifteen Israel Jewish settlers gathered on the hill overlooking the West Bank village of Qusra, Palestine.

Five of the Israel settlers, three of whom were armed with guns, went down to the village.

The five settlers first headed to one of the homes on the edge of the village, previously targeted in a number of other assaults.

As they met youths playing with snow the Israel settlers started shooting at them with their M-16 guns.

21-year-old Ammar was hit in the leg after the bullet passed through the mobile phone in his pocket.

Israel settlers continued shooting at friends of Ammar who were trying to carry him away from the scene.

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Fifteen Israel Jewish settlers gathered on the hill overlooking the West Bank village of Qusra, Palestine, January 10, 2013
Five of the Israel settlers, three of whom were armed with guns, went down to the village.
As they met youths playing with snow the Israel settlers started shooting at them with their M-16 guns.
21-year-old Ammar was hit in the leg after the bullet passed through the mobile phone in his pocket.
Israel settlers continued shooting at friends of Ammar who were trying to carry him away.
Israel activists 'thought it nice' to hold BBQ near Palestinian hunger strikers
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Israel settler shooting at Palestine boys while Israel army soldiers watch.

Israel settler shot Asira al-Qubliya in the neck.

Israel settler shoots Asira al-Qubliya in the neck.

Image: Internet
Israel settler takes aim at Palestine boys while Israel army soldiers watch
Israel settler shoots Asira al-Qubliya in the neck.

Israel settler shooting at Palestine boys while Israel army soldiers watch.

Israel settler shot Asira al-Qubliya in the neck.

Image: Internet
Israel settler shoots Asira al-Qubliya in the neck
Atrocities — graphic pictures.

Jewish settler shot a Palestinian boy in the neck outside the village of Aserra in the northern West Bank.

Here is the picture of the assassin aiming his rifle and there is the picture of the boy after the bullet has hit its target.

Jewish settler terrorist shoots Nemer Asiara in cold blood.

These settlers are terrorists, but their government will not bring them to justice.

Image: Internet
Just a little of the so many articles of Israel burning Palestine Olive trees
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Settlers Torch Olive Orchard In Hebron
Saed Bannoura
IMEMC - March 13, 2010
A group of fundamentalist Jewish settlers burnt on Thursday at night an olive orchard in Safa village, north west of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.
Dozens of settlers torched the grove while the Israeli army did not attempt to intervene or stop them.
The residents called the local civil defense and firefighters but the army prevented them from reaching the grove.
Soldiers also attacked an international peace activist and confiscated his camera for taking pictures of the assault and the soldiers.
The land in question is 25 Dunams (6.17 Acres) planted with Olives and some evergreens.
Jewish Settler violence against Palestinians

A Palestine man tries to put out a fire in Palestinian fields that were set by Jewish settlers outside the village of Hawara and the Jewish Yitzhar settlement in the north of the occupied West Bank June 1, 2009.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for the military use of Israel, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated ' Bantustan — Apartheid ' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian people.

Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago from what is now called Israel into refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon.

While attempts have been made by the Palestinians to create a better life for themselves, these refugee camps have been forced upon them to this day by American Taxpayer funding, and Anglo American, Europe backing and banking for Israel that has propped up the forced 'state' of Israel for more than fifty years.

Illuminati, New World Order elite have been at the forefront in protecting European and American settler people who stole the land and continue to steal the remaining few segments of land from the Palestinians, in essence taking away from the Palestinians piece by piece this land over these many years.

Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.

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Jewish Settler violence against Palestinians
A Palestine man tries to put out a fire in Palestinian fields that were set by Jewish settlers outside the village of Hawara
and the Jewish Yitzhar settlement in the north of the occupied West Bank June 1, 2009.
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Settlers torch olive groves near Nablus
October 20, 2009
Nablus — Ma’an News — Israeli settlers set fire to 10 dunums of land in a Palestinian village near the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday evening, according to a Palestinian Authority official.
Ghassan Doughus, the PA official charged with monitoring settler activity in the northern West Bank, said dozens of settlers from a settlement called Aliyah set fire to olive groves in the village of Labn.
The official also said settlers assaulted farmers who were harvesting olives.
It was unclear if anyone was significantly injured in the reported attack.
An Israel occupation soldier observes as a bulldozer destroys a water canal built by a Palestinian man on his land near the Jewish settlement of Qiryat Arba'a in Hebron in the occupied West Bank on June 8, 2009.

Israel forces arrested the landlord and demolished the canal, which was allegedly built illegally near the Jewish settlement.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for the military use of Israel, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated ' Bantustan — Apartheid ' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian people.

Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago from what is now called Israel into refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon.

While attempts have been made by the Palestinians to create a better life for themselves, these refugee camps have been forced upon them to this day by American Taxpayer funding, and Anglo American, Europe backing and banking for Israel that has propped up the forced 'state' of Israel for more than fifty years.

Illuminati, New World Order elite have been at the forefront in protecting European and American settler people who stole the land and continue to steal the remaining few segments of land from the Palestinians, in essence taking away from the Palestinians piece by piece this land over these many years.

Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.

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An Israel occupation soldier observes as a bulldozer destroys a water canal built by a Palestinian man on his land near the
Jewish settlement of Qiryat Arba'a in Hebron in the occupied West Bank on June 8, 2009.
Israel forces arrested the landlord and demolished the canal, which was allegedly built illegally near the Jewish settlement.
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As of 2009
More than 600 checkpoints in West Bank
West Bank: US Israel checkpoints

Occupation military force checkpoints on West Bank roads allow US Israel to monitor and control travel in much of the West Bank allowing Israel settlers only to travel on specialy built high-speed roads.

US Israel troops routinely encircle and stage attacks on Palestine population centers, the occupation forces severely restricting the movement of Palestine people.

US Israel is increasingly isolating Palestine villages and towns by snaking an Apartheid wall barrier around Israel-restricted Jewish settlements through the West Bank.

The Israel military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.

Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.

Image: BBC
West Bank: US Israel checkpoints
Occupation military force checkpoints on West Bank roads allow US Israel to monitor and control travel in much of the West Bank allowing Israel settlers only to travel on specialy built high-speed roads.
US Israel troops routinely encircle and stage attacks on Palestine population centers, the occupation forces severely restricting the movement of Palestine people.
US Israel is increasingly isolating Palestine villages and towns by snaking an Apartheid wall barrier around Israel-restricted Jewish settlements through the West Bank.
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Evicted Palestinian family
keeps watch near
home taken by settlers
by Rev Pat McCaughan
Episcopal Life Online
October 15, 2009
Most days, Sharihan Hannoun and her family sit along the sidewalk on dusty white plastic chairs watching the East Jerusalem home from which they were forcibly evicted, watching as the strangers who took it over come and go.
"Today we stay in the street 65 days," said Hannoun, on October 8.
"The first few nights, we slept here," recalled the 20-year-old who was a psychology student at Birzeit University in Jerusalem.
That was before August 2 early morning police raids left 37 members of her extended family homeless.
5 a.m. Israeli police broke down front door of their home
Hannoun, wearing black slacks, a long-sleeved white turtleneck sweater and matching white head covering worn by Muslim women, recalled being awakened at 5 a.m. when Israeli police broke down the front door of the home owned by her parents since 1956.
"I told them we have ownership papers.   They said they didn't want to see them.
They said, 'It's not your house, it's our house.   They put a gun to my brother's back and said for him to leave the house.   He is just 10 years old," she said.
"They broke everything in the house, the television, everything," she recalled.
You are Palestinians we can do what we want with you
"They went to the refrigerator and ate the food.   They took my brother's football and started playing with it in the yard.   They said, you are Palestinians and we can do what we want with you."
What happened to the Hannoun family is part of an increasingly frequent pattern in the disputed Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, located a few blocks north of the Anglican Cathedral of St. George the Martyr and the diocesan offices of Bishop Suheil Dawani.
New Jewish Settlements in occupied Jerusalem
"We have a problem with confiscation of land.   Imagine sitting on the sidewalk watching people live in your house," said Omar Harami, a staff member of Sabeel, a Christian ecumenical organization that, among other things, promotes the plight of Palestinians in the Middle East.
With chapters in at least 10 countries, Sabeel is an official partner of the Presbyterian Church USA.
Police or soldiers evict so settlers can move in
"Usually the police, or soldiers, move in and evict Palestinians and the settlers move in.   In some cases, the settlers use their same furniture," he said.
In a land where the past is often present, the Hannoun family is among at least 28 families embroiled in a bitter land dispute that spans centuries.
In some cases, residents date their right of ownership to the 16th century Ottoman rule of Palestine, and also when that area was under Jordan's control.
That control ended after Israel secured the land during the 1967 six-day war and the struggle for land ensued.
Sheikh Jarrah is one of 19 Palestinian neighborhoods in what is known as Israeli-annexed Jerusalem — areas claimed by both Palestinians and Jews.
In recent years, amid increasing tensions, Jewish settlers have begun to move into the area, near a holy site, the tomb of Simon the Just, a Jewish High Priest during the time of the second temple in Jerusalem.
Harami said Palestinians are helpless to fight a vicious cycle of occupation as Jewish settlers increasingly relocate to the area.
Although the U.S. and other governments have asked Israel to stop the evictions of Palestinian families, the Israeli Foreign Ministry has declined to get involved in what is deemed a civil matter.
Israel courts rule in favor of Jewish settlers
Israel courts have largely ruled in favor of Jewish settlers, frustrating Palestinians who have appealed to the international community for help.
"When you are under occupation, you have no country and we are under occupation," Harami said.
A Jewish settler real estate company, Nahalat Shimon International, in August 2008 filed plans with the Jerusalem Local Planning Commission to demolish existing Palestinian homes and build a 200-unit settlement in its place, the Shimon HaTzadik.
Eventually, he hopes, an international court will order Israel to stop, but "if they can grab all the property they can before that happens, it will be harder to make them go."
If the Palestinians leave Jerusalem, they will lose their "Jerusalem identity," said Maureen Tobin, a Sabeel volunteer from Maine.
"That identity is very precious to people because it theoretically guarantees them certain services, medical care and everything," she added.
She and the Rev. Robert Tobin, retired rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, were in Jerusalem to lead a group from the United States, helping to raise awareness of the land disputes.
Daniel Rossing, director of the Jerusalem Center for Jewish-Christian Relations, declined to comment specifically on the Hannoun situation, but said that Orthodox Christians believe they were the original inhabitants of the land.
Notion of Promised Land used to usurp land
He said the notion of a Promised Land is an important one, depending upon "who's using it and what the circumstance is."
When the notion of it is used by a downtrodden group as a source of hope and inspiration of something yet to come, but will come, that's one thing.
But when it is used by an empowered group to make a claim on land, or to usurp land the Promised Land has a whole different connotation.
"That's what's going on in every one of these house demolition episodes — how people are using the concept of the Promised Land as a title deed, or as a hope of a future."
Meanwhile, Hannoun and her family wait in the street and watch as four Jewish settlers, three young men and a woman, lock and leave the house they have called home for more than 50 years.
Candlelit vigil against the Jewish settlements and their violence and the occupation military violence
A nearby Palestinian-owned hotel has donated rooms for them to sleep.
The family is surviving through the aid of other family and neighbors who offer some meals and use of bathrooms "because they know today it is us in the street, but tomorrow it may be them."
A website, Stand up for Jerusalem, has been established to help focus international attention on the plight of Palestinians.
Eventually, Hannoun hopes an international court will return them to the family home.
"We write letters to Mr. Obama and Mr. Blair," she said.   "We want someone to make them stop."
I just want people to know what is happening to us, to know about us.   We are human beings, but we live in the street like dogs."
The Rev. Pat McCaughan is Episcopal News Service Correspondent for Provinces VII and VIII and the House of Bishops.
She is based in Los Angeles.
More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for the military use of Israel, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated 'Bantustan — Apartheid' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian people.
Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago from what is now called Israel into refugee camps in Gaza and the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon.
While attempts have been made by the Palestinians to create a better life for themselves, these refugee camps have been forced upon them to this day by American Taxpayer funding, and Anglo American, Europe backing and banking for Israel that has propped up the forced 'state' of Israel for more than fifty years.
Illuminati, New World Order elite have been at the forefront in protecting European and American settler people who stole the land and continue to steal the remaining few segments of land from the Palestinians, in essence taking away from the Palestinians piece by piece this land over these many years.
Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.

Mohammad
Riyad killed
by US money
given to Israel


Palestinian Children Murdered by IDF Snipers
Kawther Salam
Israel snipers stationed in a watchtower on the edge of the squatter colony of Beit El near Ramallah have murdered four Palestinian Teenagers during the last 10 months.
All the victims were students of the UN school for boys at the Al-Jalazun refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.
The watchtower of the Israeli terrorists is about two hundred meters from the location of the UN school.
Mohammad Riyad Nayef, age of 14, was the latest target of the criminal Israeli snipers, who murdered him on August 30 2009.
The victim Mohammad Riyad is the son of the officer of the Palestinian intelligence, Riyad Neyef, who was murdered by another Israeli sniper in the town of Betania during the Al-Aqsa Intifada.
The IDF sniper also shot the ambulance driver Osama al-Najjar while he trying to rescue the Mohammed Riad Nayef.
The driver was shot in his leg.
Another Palestinian, Ali Al-Mohammad Nakhleh Al-Qaisi, age 29, was shot in his arm while trying to rescue the victim during the same incident.
Israel IDF spokesperson turned truth upside down
As usual, the criminal IDF spokesperson turned the truth upside down, falsified the facts and stated that the IDF troops had “killed a Palestinian youth suspected of hurling firebombs near the West Bank city of Ramallah”.
The Israeli note-takers from Haaretz and other rags published the IDF lies, reporting “the IDF had been monitoring three terrorists who were trying to throw molotov cocktails at the watchtower of the IDF, one of them was seriously injured”.
In this way, the murder of the teenager was justified as self-defense by the Israeli media, among them Haaretz, a newspaper which long, long ago was known for quality reports.

Loved ones morn for Mohammad Riyad killed by US money given to Israel


After I read what the Israeli military liars told Haaretz, YnetNews and other media to report, I understood:
The IDF sniper was positioned in a very high and fortified tower of concrete, behind windows of bullet-proof glass and protected against anything.
This 'innocent' man had suddenly found himself, the tower and his machine gun in big danger from a child who was a long distance away from his tower!!
This forced the “poor” murderer to “defend himself” by shooting the child.
From the same place from where he or another Israel murderer snipped three children before.
And injured 40.
And for the same invented reasons.
Israel media reports falsehood
How the Israeli media reports is a clear case of criminality.
It is a crime next in complicity of the IDF crimes.
It is a clear violation of the moral of journalism, of objectivity and it certainly show how much they lack credibility.
What honor do journalists have, who repeat what they know to be the lies of pathologic liars?
They shot the ambulance driver
The IDF left the boy bleeding seriously and without any medical help.
They prevented the Palestinian ambulance from transferring him to the hospital in Ramallah.
They shot the ambulance driver Osama al-Najjar with “just one small “ bullet in his leg while he was trying to rescue the boy.
After the child lost almost all his blood, IDF helicopter kidnapped the child’s body, against the will of the Palestinians, and transferred him to the Hadassa medical center in Jerusalem.
The targeting of the ambulance driver by the IDF was not reported in Haaretz.
They just repeated the IDF lies and called him “one among the three terrorists”.
Usual lying statement
Can there be any doubt that the people at Haaretz are not journalists?
The names of the teenagers victims of the IDF who were sniped from the IDF watchtower terrorists are:
Mohammad Ali Abed Al-Fattah Nowarah, age of 16, was murdered on April 17 2009.
Abed Al-Qader Badawi Zeed, age of 16, was murdered October 14 2008. His body was kidnapped by the IDF and given back to family later during the same day.
Mohammad Al-Romhi, age of 15 was murdered on October, 15 2008.
Who is the real terrorist? the child or the IDF soldier?

Israel snipers stationed in a watchtower on the edge of the squatter colony of Beit El near Ramallah have murdered four Palestinian Teenagers during the last 10 months.

All the victims were students of the UN school for boys at the Al-Jalazun refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.

The watchtower of the Israeli terrorists is about two hundred meters from the location of the UN school.

Mohammad Riyad Nayef, age of 14, was the latest target of the criminal Israeli snipers, who murdered him on August 30 2009.

The victim Mohammad Riyad is the son of the officer of the Palestinian intelligence, Riyad Neyef, who was murdered by another Israeli sniper in the town of Betania during the Al-Aqsa Intifada.

The IDF sniper also shot the ambulance driver Osama al-Najjar while he trying to rescue the Mohammed Riad Nayef.

The driver was shot in his leg.

Another Palestinian, Ali Al-Mohammad Nakhleh Al-Qaisi, age 29, was shot in his arm while trying to rescue the victim during the same incident.

Photo: kawther.info/Palestinian newspapers

Who is the real terrorist? the child or the IDF soldier?

Of course the IDF spokesperson released their usual lying statement saying that there was a threat against their sniper, who sits inside a high, fortified concrete tower with an automatic gun.
Snipers of death stationed in watchtower of squatter 'settler' colony Biet El
The Palestinian refugees from Al-Jalazun refugee camp in the occupied West Bank accused the Israeli IDF sniper stationed in a watchtower of the squatter colony Biet El settlement of deliberately sniping and terrorizing their children who attend the UN school for boys at Al-Jalazun refugee camp.
The local Palestinians said that the IDF watchtower is a tower of snipers of death.
September 1 2009, was declared a strike day at the Al-Jalazun school for boys.
Tuesday was the first school day in the new school year of 2009 — 2010.
The students participated in the funeral of their colleague Mohammad Nayef.
It is awful to hear and to see children striking on their first school day because their colleagues are murdered, demonstrating, chanting, taking part in the funeral of a classmate, remembering the other three colleagues who were murdered in the same way and from the same Israeli occupation watchtower.
I think that the IDF sniper who sits in the watchtower had orders to kill our children
The Israeli machine gun, the so-called IDF soldiers who are nothing but coward terrorists.
And their crazy spokesperson, the inhuman occupation and Israeli media are incapable of understanding the sentiments of humanity.
What it means to kill a child.
To falsify truth.
To impose military force on occupied land.
How can there be any doubt that these child murderers lack the most elemental feelings of human beings.
That they and those who back them lack any decency whatsoever?
The Palestinian Mohammad al-Badawi, aged 54, the father of the child Mohammad Abed Al-Qader who was murdered in the past months said:
“I think that the IDF sniper who sits in the watchtower had orders to kill our children.
Whether the children do or did not do, they must be murdered”.
Mr. Badawi denied the lies of the IDF spokesperson, who he stated that the IDF had shot “a terrorist”.
No terrorists present except the IDF sniper himself
He said:
“How can a child of 14 years, who was far away from the IDF watchtower, be a threat to the the life of an IDF soldier who was inside the tower, so that he had to shoot and kill him?”
He added that the other person who the IDF sniper shot was the ambulance worker who was wearing the white medical dress.
These were no terrorists present except the IDF sniper himself
A real situation
Sewage soaked roof
www.counterpunch.org/    By PAUL de ROOIJ    May 19, 2005
In 1989, a group of armed settlers invaded a house in the Old City of Jerusalem and occupied the top floor; the Palestinian family managed to fend off the settlers from the ground floor.
The Palestinian house owner sought police help to evict the invaders, but was fined NIS 500 for "disturbing the peace".
During the ensuing months, the settlers set out to make the Palestinian family's life miserable by throwing garbage onto their courtyard, pounding on the floor at night, and throwing boiling water onto the children when they ventured near the front of the house.
The settlers eventually drilled a hole through the sewage pipes so that the dirty water would drip onto the living room/kitchen below where the eleven family members were now forced to sleep.
At least two adults were forced to stay at home all the time to prevent the settlers from invading the rest of the house.
The family resisted for more than a year, building several contraptions to stem the sewage flow onto their ground floor living quarters.
I visited this family several times and witnessed the menacing, bearded, armed settlers asking the Palestinian homeowner when he was going to leave.
Furthermore, this type of incident has been repeated thousands of times throughout the occupied territories where settlers or the army have invaded and confiscated Palestinian houses.
Such incidents are worse than house demolitions, because in addition to their dispossession, Palestinian families are subjected to abuse and humiliation.
While house demolitions are an impersonal affair conducted by soldiers with explosives or Caterpillar bulldozers, the home invasions are an exercise in calculated humiliation and intimidation — this is up close and personal.
It would seem that if the intent is to steal the houses, then this could be attained in one fell swoop.
The fact that the settler or soldier sieges last for months indicates that their purpose is also to drive out Palestinians from the area; it is not enough to deprive families of their houses or businesses — the intent is to drive them out of their cities and "Israel" altogether.
Besides the house under siege, the message is also meant for the neighboring Palestinian families.
Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament, Azmi Bishara, bleeding after being beaten together with several Palestinian members of the Israeli parliament for their attempt to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home in Haifa.

Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago.

The people who stole the land from the Palestinians have been aided by American Taxpayer funding for more than fifty years.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for this military use, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated ' Bantustan - Apartheid ' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian people.

Total funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people is more than 4 billion US dollars per year.

Photo:Assafir, 6/10/05
Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament, Azmi Bishara.
He is bleeding after being beaten together with several Palestinian members of the Israeli parliament for their attempt to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home in Haifa, June 10, 2005.
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Jewish settlers burn Palestinian crops
Palestinian Information Center
June 30, 2009
NABLUS, (PIC) — Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Assira Qabalia village, south of Nablus city, and set fire to their crops on Monday night, local sources reported.
They said that dozens of settlers from the nearby Yitzhar settlement, established on lands of the village along with other nearby villages, threw firebombs and stones at the houses under the protection of Israeli occupation forces who fired bullets and gas canisters to disperse the citizens who tried to repel the settlers' attack.
A number of citizens were treated for suffocation and injuries from flying glass, the sources said.
They said that the settlers started fires in the village's barley and wheat fields and the IOF soldiers blocked firefighters from reaching the cultivated lands to put off the fire.
In the Gaza Strip, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, on Monday evening confronted an IOF unit that tried to infiltrate into Zaitun suburb east of Gaza city.
The armed wing said in a communiqué that the Qassam fighters fired two mortar shells at the invading soldiers.
Child dies shot by Israel and US money.

Ghazi Maher Al Zaaanen, aged 13 was shot in the head by Israeli troops stationed east of Beit Hanoun town.

Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday morning that a Palestinian child died of wounds sustained Friday evening after Israeli soldiers opened fire at him in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Ghazi Maher Al Zaaanen, aged 13 was shot in the head by Israeli troops stationed east of Beit Hanoun town.

He was moved to Al Shifa hospital where he was operated and remained in a critical condition for several hours before he was pronounced dead.

His body was moved to Beit Hanoun Hospital in preparation for his burial.

Photo: Palestine-Info

Killed by Israel and US money
Ghazi Maher Al Zaaanen aged 13 dies of wounds sustained Friday evening in northern Gaza
Saed Bannoura — IMEMC
Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday morning that a Palestinian child died of wounds sustained Friday evening after Israeli soldiers opened fire at him in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.
The Child was identified as Ghazi Maher Al Zaaanen, 13. He was shot in the head by Israeli troops stationed east of Beit Hanoun town.
He was moved to Al Shifa hospital where he was operated and remained in a critical condition for several hours before he was pronounced dead.
His body was moved to Beit Hanoun Hospital in preparation for his burial.
July 3, 2009, a 17-year-old girl named Hyam Ayash from the Deir al-Balah Refugee Camp in Gaza was assassinated by the Israel army.

Hyam Ayash dies shot by Israel and US money.

17-year-old Palestinian girl was killed and four others were hurt in Israeli tank fire in the Gaza Strip.

Hyam Ayash died after an Israeli tank fired a mortar toward a target near the al-Bureij refugee camp at a central area in the Gaza coastal strip.

After initial denials, Israel occupation army officials said Hyam Ayash was killed by mortar attack on Thursday.

Resident of the crowded Deir al-Balah refugee camp, the 17-year-old Palestinian girl was killed and four others hurt.

Hyam Ayash died after an Israel tank fired a mortar towards the al-Bureij refugee camp situated in the central Gaza coastal strip.

Photo: roytov.com
July 3, 2009, a 17-year-old girl named Hyam Ayash from the Deir al-Balah Refugee Camp in Gaza was assassinated by the Israel army
Photo: roytov.com — click here
Hyam Ayash, a 17 year old girl killed, four wounded when Israel fires mortar into crowded al-Bureij refugee camp
After initial denials, Israel occupation army officials said Hyam Ayash was killed by mortar attack on Thursday.
Resident of the crowded Deir al-Balah refugee camp, the 17-year-old Palestinian girl was killed and four others hurt.
Hyam Ayash died after an Israel tank fired a mortar towards the al-Bureij refugee camp situated in the central Gaza coastal strip.
Medical workers said that one of those wounded in the attack is in critical condition.
As of 2003
The land taken is much greater today
West Bank: Israeli settlements

Since 1967, Israel has pursued a policy of building settlements on the West Bank.

These areas of the West Bank are linked by US Israel controlled roads not accessible to Palestine people.

These roads and settlements separate towns and villages from each other causing great hardship for Palestinians trying to reach relatives and even to shop.

There are also large tracts of US Israel reserved land with military areas or 'nature reserves' labels applied by the occupying forces.

The Israel military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.

Funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people continues to increase, estimated now considerably more than the previous 4 billion US dollars per year.

Map: BBC
West Bank: Israeli settlements
Since 1967, Israel has pursued a policy of building settlements on the West Bank.
These areas of the West Bank are linked by US Israel controlled roads not accessible to Palestine people.
There are also large tracts of US Israel reserved land with military areas or 'nature reserves' labels applied by the occupying forces.
Tuesday, 30 August 2005
Israeli Arabs fear for the future
Martin Asser
By Martin Asser
BBC News website correspondent in Jerusalem
Palestinian man eyes Israeli border police officer.

Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago.

The people who stole the land from the Palestinians have been aided by American Taxpayer funding for more than fifty years.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for this military use, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated ' Bantustan - Apartheid ' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian people.

Total funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people is more than 4 billion US dollars per year.
Ethnic tensions are simmering in Jerusalem
Amid the high emotion of Israel's evacuation from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank enclaves, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's acknowledgement of why the settlements were untenable has passed with little comment.
"The changing reality in the country [...] required a change," Mr Sharon said in his televised speech last week.
"We cannot hold on to Gaza forever. More than a million Palestinians live there and double their number with each generation."
In other words, demography — not security — is driving the so-called disengagement plan.
This has long been the explanation of most analysts, but it is the first time it has been articulated so clearly by Mr Sharon.
Israel's dilemma is, how can it be a Jewish state if there is a Palestinian Arab majority residing in territory under Israeli control?
The demographic struggle manifests itself in several ways, some of them constructed in steel and concrete — the "strengthening of settlements" and the West Bank barrier — but other manifestations are more subtle.
Divided population
Take, for example, Beit Safafa — a dilapidated Arab village long since engulfed by the southern expansion of Jerusalem — now surrounded on all sides by Jewish settlements and neighbourhoods.
map of west and east Jerusalem
The village is famous for straddling the old post-1948 Green Line between Israel and Jordanian-controlled West Bank, with both halves coming under Israeli control after the 1967 war.
That means about half its residents have Israeli citizenship while the rest are West Bank Palestinians with Israeli-issued Jerusalem residency papers.
In the past, the former have always felt superior to the latter — enjoying rights and privileges as "Israelis" that their "occupied" cousins lacked.
"That is all changing," says one Israeli Arab resident.   "Jews used to view us with respect, now they look at us the enemy, like people from the West Bank."
The speaker, and everyone else I met in Beit Safafa, spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared the consequences of getting on the wrong side of the Israeli authorities.
Sticking together
Residents cite a litany of official government measures, as well as their daily interaction with Israeli Jews, that underline a clear message.
"They are all saying the same thing: It's not your land; what are you doing here?" says one young man, a sound engineer.
"Most of my friends were Jews," the engineer says.   "We used to do concerts together and went to parties.   But recently they don't want me around anymore.   They are more sympathetic to the Jewish settlers, their own kind."
Recently they don't want me around any more.   They are more sympathetic to the Jewish settlers, their own kind
Arab Israeli
Many of the older residents talk fondly of past times when Jewish and Arab Israelis used to attend each other's weddings or enter business partnerships.   Not any more.
They reminisce about when the police were even-handed in dealing with disputes between Jews and Arabs.
An unemployed labourer says wryly: "Imagine if some Arabs had thrown acid on police, like the settlers in Gaza did.   Oh, they'd be really for it."
The Arab inhabitants also claim to be discriminated against at work.   When for example a business is facing difficulties it is always the Arab employees who are made redundant first, they say.
Marital problems
It is hard to say whether Israel's current efforts to make itself more Jewish has any bearing on this deterioration in relations.
But there are some tell-tale signs that Arab citizens are not valued by the state in the same way as their Jewish counterparts.
Marriage is a major issue for Beit Safafa residents, especially the fact that, if they marry someone from outside Jerusalem, the Israeli authorities are very reluctant to offer their spouses residency.
Being an Arab in Israel means that you have lost your identity.   You don't have any satisfaction at the end of the day, like a normal citizen of a normal country
Arab Israeli schoolteacher
Take one man I met.   His son has been married for five years to a woman from Bethlehem — just a couple of kilometres to the south.   The whole time they have been applying for a Jerusalem residency, but in vain.
"The Israeli government official who we applied to has suggested that one of them lives here and the other in Bethlehem.   That's their solution," he says.
Another of the man's relatives married a Jordanian man.   He cannot even get a visa to visit her in Israel, despite the existence of full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
"Israelis can come and go in Jordan as they please, they buy land and run companies," the man says.
Moreover, Jews and their spouses can come from anywhere in the world and exercise their "right of return" to settle in the world's only Jewish state.
"It is true there are no Arab democracies," the man says.   "But when Israel claims to be the only democracy in the region it should add, 'it is the only democracy for Jews'!"
Financial concerns
The sense of grievance among Arab citizens of Israel arises from economic issues too.
A local schoolteacher claims Arab schools receive about 2% of the education budget, even though the community makes up 20% of pupils.
Arab districts in Jerusalem are visibly more run-down than Jewish ones.   Urban improvement projects pass them by.
Building permits take years to obtain and cost upwards of $30,000.   This disproportionately affects Arab residents, as Israelis tend to live in flats.
Additionally, although all Israeli citizens must perform army service, the law is not enforced on Arab citizens — for "humanitarian reasons" — so they do not have to bear arms against their own kind.
Israeli protesters at Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office
The Gaza withdrawal has widened gaps in some cases
But there are financial benefits from being in the military, such as improved credit ratings and national insurance rebates.
Fear
Arab citizens make up about one-fifth of Israel's population, but they are far from being a contented minority.
"Being an Arab in Israel means that you have lost your identity," says the schoolteacher.
"You don't have any satisfaction at the end of the day, like a normal citizen of a normal country."
An eminent doctor at an Israeli hospital says: "I feel I have to prove myself again every day".
A young visitor from the north of the country describes how her behaviour has changed since two shooting incidents in which eight Israeli Arabs and Palestinians were killed by Israeli settlers trying to disrupt the Gaza pullout.
"I have never been afraid of being an Arab before, but I am now.
"I was on a train the other day talking to this Jewish girl.   She asked where I did my army service, and I had to lie, saying I hadn't done it yet because I've been away, but I'll do it soon.
"I don't want to be recognised as an Arab, because at any time someone could put a gun to my head, and it would be all over for me."
          
Israeli army kills more Palestinians
By Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank
Sunday 29 May 2005

Depleted uranium has a half life of 4.7 billion years
Israeli occupation soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian man in the southern West Bank town of Hebron, hours after the killing of another Palestinian near the northern city of Jenin.
Palestinian sources and witnesses said Israeli soldiers patrolling the streets of Hebron's old town on Sunday killed Omar Mahmoud al-Ghafi Hoshiyeh, 200 metres from the Ibrahimi Mosque.
Palestinian witnesses told Aljazeera.net there was a verbal confrontation between the victim and one of the Israeli occupation soldiers, after which the soldier shot him seven times.
However, an Israeli army spokesman said Hoshiyeh tried to stab a soldier.
Relatives of Hoshiyeh at the nearby town of Yatta denied the Israeli account, saying he was a simple labourer without any political affiliations.
"He was planning to get married this summer, I don't believe Israeli claims.   You know, they lie in such circumstances," said Fatimah Hoshiyeh, a relative.
Gaza explosions
Aljazeera's correspondent in Gaza reported on Sunday that two activists of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades were killed and several wounded in a mysterious explosion east of al-Shujaayah district in the Gaza Strip.
The blast was caused by an explosive device.
Another Palestinian activist from Hamas's al-Qassam Brigades was killed when a bomb he was preparing, exploded in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis, the correspondent added.
Settler crimes
At least two other Palestinians, both teenagers, were shot and killed earlier this year at the same spot where Hoshiyeh was killed on Sunday morning.
Some Palestinians accused the Israeli army of deploying settler soldiers in Hebron who murder Palestinians for ideological reasons.
The claim seems to contain at least some truth.
In a television documentary due to be broadcast on Israeli Television, Channel 2 this Tuesday, a soldier in uniform appears on the camera telling the documentary presenter, Haim Yavin, a news anchorman for more than 30 years, that Hebron settlers were constantly urging him to kill Palestinian children.
Another killing in Jenin
Earlier, the Israeli occupation army shot and killed a Palestinian youth at the town of Araba, just south of the city of Jenin.
Palestinian sources said Israeli soldiers opened fire on a civilian vehicle outside the town, killing one man and injuring two others.
“The soldiers beat me and threatened to shoot me.   I told them I had a critically ill person with me who needed to go to hospital.   The soldiers told me, 'let him die!'”
The Israeli army said shots were fired from the car toward a nearby Israeli army camp.
A third Palestinian died on Saturday at an Israeli army roadblock near the village of Amatin in the northern West Bank after Israeli soldiers denied him access to medical treatment at a nearby hospital.
The man, identified as Azzam Attiyeh Suwwan, 56, reportedly succumbed to his critical illness after he was kept waiting for a very long time by occupation forces at the Israeli roadblock.
'Let him die'
"The soldiers beat me and threatened to shoot me.   I told them I had a critically ill person with me who needed to go to hospital.   The soldiers told me: 'Let him die!'," said the taxi driver who carried Suwwan.
The driver said the soldiers allowed an ambulance to reach the roadblock after they made sure the man was dead.
Meanwhile, the Israeli government was due to approve the release of about 400 Palestinian prisoners.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was quoted as saying that the release was meant to strengthen what he called "the moderate Palestinian leadership".
People in Hebron demonstrated for more prisoners to be freed
Pure propaganda
Palestinian cabinet minister Ghassan Khatib had described Sharon's announcement this week as pure propaganda given that Israel had already pledged to release the inmates.
Dozens of Palestinians also protested in the streets of Hebron on Saturday, carrying banners saying "The prisoners are our honour," "Free the prisoners," and "400 freed prisoners is not enough".
Israeli sources said most of the prisoners to be released were imprisoned on political charges and that many of them were "administrative detainees," meaning they were incarcerated indefinitely without charge or trial.
There are as many as 8500 Palestinian political and resistance prisoners in Israeli jails and detention camps, at least 1200 of them are administrative detainees.
Israel views all Palestinians opposed to its occupation as "terrorists".
However, Israeli soldiers and settlers who murder Palestinians are usually given symbolic or light prison sentences not exceeding a few months or weeks by Israeli courts.
          Aljazeera + Agencies
Note from Kewe   TheWE.cc
We publish the following interview on the site because it has valuable insight into the conflict that continues to take many lives.
From a Palestinian perspective, actions labeled terrorism in the transcript below are considered by many to be an act of war to reclaim their homeland.
To label people as terrorists is easy.   Israel terrorists were part of the foundation of the present land of Israel, and terrorism has continued to be part of the actions of the people of Israel.
As shown in articles above, those of the Islamic faith who are citizens of the State of Israel are not as free as people of the Judaic faith.  Many inequalities exist in fact if not legally stated.   Palestinians are considered non-citizens. Treatment has deteriorated to an acceptance by the people of Israel that Palestinians in the Israeli state are considered non-citizens or as formaly in South Africa, as an inferior class of citizen.   Palestinians who live in the lands under Israeli occupation must obey Jewish dictates, dictates that in any Western country would be considered both barbaric and completely unacceptable.   These people have no rights if the bureaucrats who control their lives decide so.
Many People remain with the perspective that: as the State of South Africa similarly could not divide itself into Bantustans — a South Africa controlled by white people — so Israel and Palestine also cannot separate and exist without massive aid from outside aid.   (Aid chiefly to Israel from U.S. taxpayers.)   The Jewish separation wall and its Bantustans will mean existance, a dreadful existance, not life and happiness for many.   Palestine and Israel is only one country.   This site is dedicated to that perspective.   To have a created state based upon race or religion is an aberration, a lusus naturae.
United States policy towards Israel is the reason for both sides not resolving this situation peacefully.   Rather than look to Israel for the continuation of the conflict we should look to the people of the United States and their tax-paying funds — funds propagating a situation of harm and death that has now spanned more than fifty years.
For Yonatan Shapira — who might not agree with the goal of Israel and Palestine as one country — and for the many others who oppose Israeli occupation policies in some form, we offer this transcript.
Israel soldiers search for body parts of troops
Mind Over Matters:  Refusing to Serve in the Occupied Territories       April, 2005
Interview by Mike McCormick
Yonatan Shapira, former Captain in the Israeli Air Force, Refusenik and Human Rights Activist
Mike McCormick:   If you could start out, tell us how you ended up being in the Israeli Air force.
Yonatan Shapira:   Maybe it is important to say in Israel every boy wants to be a pilot.
It was my dream.
The dream of my childhood.
I was born in an air force base where my father was a fighter pilot.
He was a commander of an air force squadron back in the seventies.
Palestinian students peer into the doorway as they look at a large pool of blood on the floor at the United Nations school in Gaza.

The shooting took place Tuesday, June 1, 2004.

Two students, ten years old, were critically wounded by Israeli forces while attending class a shortime earlier.

Palestine Monitor      Wednesday, June 2, 2004:

Israeli army shoots two more schoolchildren in Rafah

Two 10 year-old schoolchildren were shot in the al-Omaria school run by UNRWA in Rafah, when an Israeli tank fired into their classroom.

Bullets fired from the tank flew through the classroom window, hitting Mahmoud Hamad in the neck and Hisham al Habil in the head.    Hisham is now in a stable condition but Mahmoud remains in a serious condition. 

The boys had not even been sitting by the windows but in the middle of the room. 

The school director, Atia Abed al Wahed said there had been no shooting from Palestinians before the tank fired and that the school was well-known to the Israeli troops anyway, and even flies an UNRWA flag. 

Despite this, the school has been fired on many times, placing the 1,300 students and their teachers in constant danger.

Atia said that all they could do was rely on UNRWA to negotiate with the Israeli troops, but that this seemed to have little effect.

The Israel military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.

Total funding is more than 4 billion US dollars per year.

Photo: AP/Kevin Frayer
Palestinian students peer into the doorway as they look at a large pool of blood on the floor at a United Nations school in Gaza.
The shooting took place Tuesday, June 1, 2004.
Two students, ten years old, were critically wounded by Israeli forces while attending class a shortime earlier.
Palestine Monitor:
Israeli army shoots two more schoolchildren in Rafah
Two 10 year-old schoolchildren were shot in the al-Omaria school run by UNRWA in Rafah, when an Israeli tank fired into their classroom.
Bullets fired from the tank flew through the classroom window, hitting Mahmoud Hamad in the neck and Hisham al Habil in the head.    Hisham is now in a stable condition but Mahmoud remains in a serious condition.
The boys had not even been sitting by the windows but in the middle of the room.
The school director, Atia Abed al Wahed said there had been no shooting from Palestinians before the tank fired and that the school was well-known to the Israeli troops anyway, and even flies an UNRWA flag.
Despite this, the school has been fired on many times, placing the 1,300 students and their teachers in constant danger.
Atia said that all they could do was rely on UNRWA to negotiate with the Israeli troops, but that this seemed to have little effect.
The Israel military, including weapons: tanks, missiles, warplanes, artillery, shells, are all funded by the US taxpayer.
More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use.
Total funding is more than 4 billion US dollars per year.
Photo: AP/Kevin Frayer
Like most of the children in my school I wanted to become a pilot.
It was a very good combination for me between both serving my country and defending my country and also at the same time get those skills and abilities to build my career and to have a difficult and hard profession.
So I went to the pilot course.
In 1993 I became a rescue and assault pilot.
For me it was a dream come true.
I always wanted to fly in the sky and here I am.
But then of course other things happened which brought me to this point where I am sitting with you in an interview about my decision to refuse, and organize this pilot letter.
Mike McCormick:   When was it that you started having second thoughts about your career.
Yonatan Shapira:   First about my career.
I served seven years as an air force pilot, flying the Bell 212, which is a rescue and assault helicopter.
Then I became a reservist.
The majority of the Israeli air force is built by reservist pilots who are serving like it's a part time job every week — one or two days that you are serving in the air force, the rest you working in other things.
You can be a student.
You can be many things.
I became a reservist and then I went back to the army.
My squadron commander called me to join in again and to be part of the foundation team of the new Black Hawk squadron.
I was sent to Fort Trucker Alabama to have some training, and then I went back to Israel and became one of the operation leaders and the instructors of this new squadron.
And then again I became a reservist.
The decision and the change in my mind when with this process.
All the time, like two streams flowing, one next to each other.
I can say that many years I was very much a leftist in the matter of political views.
I was against the occupation.
Against the fact that we have Jewish settlements in the territories.
Against the war in Lebanon.
But it wasn't something unique because most of my friends in the squadron, my fellow pilots were against it.
Most of my friends and my family and everyone that I knew was some kind of in the peace camp, the so called peace camp in Israel.
I kept this 'B' personality and maybe something that can so it very nice is when I was coming back from the squadron I used to take off my flying suit and take a sign and go to demonstrate in the center of Tel Aviv where we have a lot of demonstration all the time.
I kept this 'B' personality for so many years.
For example, I remember that I learnt the nice values about my country, values like freedom, justice, equality.
I did not realize in those days that at the same time I studied those nice values and learned how beautiful is democracy that I live in, at the same time my country, my army controlled so many people without equality, justice and freedom.
It is a long process of becoming aware to the reality you live in.
I start to make a big change in myself was the last four years of what we call the second intifada.
We had some kind of circle of mutual violence and revenge.
At a certain point you understand there is a circle of violence and revenge and you are just part of this circle.
Although I didn't fly machines who kill.
I flew rescue helicopters and I land commando forces but of course those commando forces did not come to clean the gardens, and I must take responsibility for what the soldiers I brought did.
And not just what they did, but also what my fellow pilots in other squadrons, and my friends from pilot course, and other commanders in the army are doing.
Once you are part of a system you feel some kind of responsibility of what the system is doing.
What your family — because the Israeli air force is like a family, for me it was like a family — not just that I was growing up in a family that was living in air force bases but later all my friends were pilots, many of them were commanders.
I think I start to have this feeling that something is going wrong in my family.
One of the things that really changed it was the assassination policy that was used by my government.
You all probably know about the terrible attacks that we have in Israel.
I have a personal experience because I am volunteering for many years with the Terror Victims organization.
But give support and aid to new immigrants to Israel from terror attacks.
I know those victims from rescuing.
A lot of people, children, from areas in Israel that were attacked.
But at the same time by government started to use targeted assassination policy they call it.
You know all of us were very much supportive for missions that their target is to stop suicide bomber.
Of course it is very clear that we should stop the suicide bomber when he is going to commit a crime and to kill innocents.
If I would have been asked to crash myself with my helicopter, and my team, in order to stop a terrorist that is going to kill innocents, of course I would have done it with a whole heart.
But this policy, as for example one of the commanders of the army said once years ago, that every member of one of the groups Hamas, is a target.
Of course this organization, it is a terrible organization, and they commit crimes and they have terrorists, but there are so many other people like spokesperson, like kindergarten teacher, and they did not do something that they deserve to die.
For decide who will die who will live.
Not a court who make these decisions.
A few commanders with the Minister of Defense of something like that.
Missiles out of the sky paid by US taxpayer, supplied by U.S. government
Mind Over Matters:       April, 2005
Interview by Mike McCormick given by Yonatan Shapira, former Captain in the Israeli Air Force, Refusenik and Human Rights Activist
Refusing to Serve in the Occupied Territories
Yonatan Shapira: It is totally against the values of my country and my army.
This policy became my routine.
Every week, every day, sometimes twice a day, helicopters and fighters took off from air force bases to send missiles and bombs to target suspects in civilian areas.
In the beginning they were targeting the car of the suspect when it was outside of the town, and then it become closer to the town.
Then when he is inside a city.
Again I think those people who are organizing terror attacks are doing crime and we must stop them.
And we have the right to stop them.
But there is a huge difference between doing that, to use machines that are used for attacking tanks and forces and combat fighters, to target one or two person that are staying somewhere in some city full of crowds.
Gaza is one of the most crowded area in the world.
Of course once you do it you create damage.
You kill innocents
You kill innocents.
It was totally against the values that we were raised upon.
One of the things that really…was the turning point I think…was the last stroke that broke the camel back…for me was three weeks in the July 2002.
The first thing that happened I was on standby.
I had a mission to go to rescue Israelis who were attacked by terrorists.
Someone who got inside the house and killed almost all the family and burned, and I was the first crew who landed in the area and we took all the injured to hospital and most of them were children and a lot of blood and terrible things, and eight minutes of flight I am landing in the center of Israel in one of the hospitals.
It is so close this battlefield where the shooting and everything and the screaming and everything and then you are landing in a quiet hospital and during the final…when I landed...I look beneath the helicopter and I see a wedding in a park.
People are having the wedding and food on the tables and dancing and I thought how amazing this short distance and these people so far from understanding what is going on in my helicopter.
This unawareness was amazing
This unawareness was amazing.
Missiles out of the sky paid by US taxpayer
Weapons by U.S. government
It took me awhile to understand that also in the cockpit, in myself there is a certain amount of unawareness of the whole situation.
Then weeks later, in the night of 22nd of July, an F16 fighter took off from the air force base with a pilot and navigator that went to defend their country, our country.
There were sure they were doing something in order to protect the people, the Israeli people…in the middle of the night they send one ton, which is more than two thousand pounds bomb, that equaled to something like hundred suicide belt bomb.
And they send this bomb on the house of the leader of the Hamas in Gaza strip, no doubt a terrorist, no doubt a criminal, that we should have stopped and bring to jail and even maybe to execute him.
But the air force shot him with one bomb in the middle of the most crowded area in Gaza strip.
Of course he died and with him fourteen innocents, including nine children.
Just like the children that I brought a few weeks before from this terror attack.
For those children it didn't matter that a suicide bomber, or Palestinian militant or terrorist or whatever killed them, or a nice pilot with blue eyes.
It doesn't matter for them
It doesn't matter for them.
What shook me more was the reaction of the air force commander.
Because Israel was like uproar about it and many people shout and scream that its crazy and we became crazy and this is not something to protect.
It is revenge.
The air force commander, my air force commander, that taught me those basic values about the army, said in public, in an interview, that this mission was perfectly executed.
He addressed the pilots of the air force saying they should sleep well at night because everything is deep in his moral standards.
And you know there is nothing that helps you more to wake up then someone who is telling you to sleep well.
Many of us woke up since then.
I think those few weeks was the turning point inside myself, and I found many other people that agreed with me.
At the beginning you feel like crazy.
That you have this personal mental crisis.
That you have to reevaluate everything, question everything — to check were you wrong.
You believe this commanders.
You believe this system
You believe this system.
Death and injury caused by US taxpayer
Weapons supplied by U.S. government
Here you see it's like mutual violence.
It's a revenge policy more than a defend policy.
I was recruited.
I was going to the air force course in order to become a pilot in the Israel defense forces not the Israeli revenge forces.
Then we started to organize this letter and this petition.
We had many pilots who joined us.
Many commanders who supported us quietly.
Even ex commanders of the air force knew about it.
At the end just twenty-seven pilots signed the letter.
Later some other joined us but about a hundred other pilots knew about it and kept it secretly and that was something that was threatening the authorities because they understood that we have a big support.
A very large support in the Israeli army, Israeli air force, and in the Israeli society.
Almost all of the cultural elite in Israel support us in some way.
Many people in the media support us.
Though they do it quietly.
They don't do it in open.
More and more Israelis realize that the reason of this circle of revenge — of course we have many reasons — but one of the major reasons is this terrible ongoing occupation, which corrupts all of our society.
Those circumstances that are a result of this occupation, of this decision to control other people, bring us to so many bad things.
Death and injury caused by US taxpayer
Weapons supplied by U.S. government
That people are doing against us.
That we are doing against people.
In order to change this situation we have first to stop the occupation.
We have first to put an end to this terrible mistake of putting isolated Jewish settlements in area where so many Palestinians live in.
And grabbing lands, and confiscating land for so many people
And grabbing lands, and confiscating land for so many people.
Building walls in the middle of villages.
So beside the question how to fight the terrorists.
And not become terrorists.
We said that there is a necessity of immediate withdrawal from the territories.
What was amazing for me to hear a few months ago was that dos vice glass, which is the chief secretary of Prime Minister Sharon and one of his advisors, said publicly in the newspaper article that one of the reasons that they decide to go for this disengagement plan and withdraw from Gaza was the pilots letter.
He said that the public opinion after the pilot letter and the Geneva agreement — the inside and the outside pressure — brought them to understand that we must create some change and begin to have some kind of hope.
So it is much more than we expected to happen.
A group of pilots that are writing a letter.
It is really encouraging us.
Death and injury caused by US taxpayer
Weapons supplied by U.S. government
We are not the only refusers in Israel.
We are just another part of this chain of refusers movement.
We have refusers that refused to serve in 1982 in Lebanon.
We have refusers that refuse to serve in the occupied territories about two years before we publish our letter.
We have conscientious objectors that even refuse to enlist in the army because they don't want to be part of the system that makes the occupation possible.
We have women refusers now.
So this whole movement we believe is essential for creating the necessary inside and outside pressure on our government that will start to first obey the international law, and second give us Israelis a kind of hope.
With a policy that will bring us want to live in Israel and to raise our families in Israel and not to run away from this place.
This is the whole idea that brought me here.
Accept this invitation of the refusers solidarity network.
And...Shalom, two Jewish organizations that bring refusers to the States in order to meet and talk with Americans and especially the Jewish community.
Because we all know that Israel is the fifty-first star on your flag.
If we really want to create a change we have also to push from here and to create this pressure, this essential pressure on the government that it will not be just the Gaza first, Gaza last.
The disengagement plan will not engage just the withdrawal from Gaza but withdrawing from all the territories.
 
Children of Palestinian Mona Ismael crying during her funeral.

Mona Ismael, the mother was 31.

Mona was shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers during their raid on the Rafah refugee camp on Tuesday.

Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago.

The people who stole the land from the Palestinians have been aided by American Taxpayer funding for more than fifty years.

More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for this military use, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated ' Bantustan - Apartheid ' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian people.

Total funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people is more than 4 billion US dollars per year.

Image: Annahar, 1/23/04
Children of Palestinian Mona Ismael crying during her funeral.
Mona Ismael, the mother was 31.
Mona was shot dead by Israeli occupation soldiers during their raid on the Rafah refugee camp on Tuesday.
Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago.
The people who stole the land from the Palestinians have been aided by American Taxpayer funding for more than fifty years.
More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for this military use, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated ' Bantustan - Apartheid ' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian people.
Mother shot dead by Israel occupation soldiers
Paid by US taxpayer
Mind Over Matters:       April, 2005
Interview by Mike McCormick given by Yonatan Shapira, former Captain in the Israeli Air Force, Refusenik and Human Rights Activist
Refusing to Serve in the Occupied Territories
Mike McCormick:   What was the reaction from different groups when you came forward with the letter?
For instance from the people that you worked with.
From family members and from your society.
Yonatan Shapira:   I think that no one could stay indifferent.
Many called us traitors.
Many others called us heroes.
We got a lot of love and a lot of hate.
You have to learn how to cope with this because once you take this kind of decision you are considered to be a hero for so many people, Israeli people who believe in your cause.
But you are also frightening the way of thinking of so many other people that do not agree with you.
In my family I got a lot of support.
My brothers are also refusers.
My old brother served in a commando elite unit.
He was one who create the letter of those command unit soldiers who refused to serve in the territories.
My young brother is a member of Courage to Refuse, which is combatants and officers that refuse to serve in the territories.
There are more than six or seven hundred of them in this organization.
The total number of declared refusers is about fourteen hundred.
We have much more — we call them gray refusers.
Because gray — its not black and it not white — and its not declaring their refusal but its not participating in mission, or they don't go to the territories.
They find many excuses not to do it.
Because they don't want to suffer the consequences, so we have a lot of them and of course all of them support us.
I have so many friends in the air force that still training in the air force and instructing.
They keep calling me and encouraging us and saying they lack the courage.
They don't want to stop flying.
People are addicted to fly.
I am addicted it flying.
It's something incredible to be able to take off with a powerful machine that has no limits sometimes.
It is something like taking drugs.
So many pilots and many people lack the courage to declare their refusal but on the ground they refuse to participate.
For example we have many pilots that have special deals with their commanders that they are not going to attack the territories.
They will not make a fuss and the commander will not make a fuss.
It's both interest to keep it quiet.
Of course they think it is hypocrisy because once you allow other people to do these missions and not stop them, you have responsibility, but it is better than doing nothing.
My father I still have some disagreement.
He was a squadron commander back in the seventies.
Those people are built in different materials.
It is very hard for them to accept these kind of things.
I believe he is getting more and more close to our views.
You know he has three refusers in his family, and his wife my mother volunteers for organization named Checkpoint Watch, which is women organization who send women volunteers to checkpoints in the territories.
They stand there and observe what happens.
Sometimes they can give an aid to a Palestinian, and sometime they film.
If a soldier is doing wrong they can film it and publish it.
They can try to give some help in this impossible, cruel things at checkpoints.
But of course I said that there are many people who do not agree with me.
This is part of the reason we dedicate ourselves…the first time we have to go and explain.
It is wonderful for me to talk with people who do not agree with me and think that I am bad for Israel or whatever, then to talk with people who are already convinced.
Mike McCormick:   I think this is a correct copy of the letter.
Would you please read that.
Yonatan Shapira:   Maybe I should read a few paragraph because it is quite long.
I remind our listeners that we wrote it and edited it to the center of Israel, to the Israeli authority, to the leadership and to the commanders, so when I look at it now it looks quite arrogant.
The way we wrote it.
Because we wanted to give the impression, the right impression, that we are from the hard core of patriot Israelis.
And we really are.
So we use this we word all the time.
I read part of it…
We air force pilots who are raised upon the values of Zionism, sacrifice and contributing to the State of Israel, object to perform illegal and immoral orders.
We refuse to take part in the attacks of the air force in concentrations of civilian population, and we refuse to harm innocent civilians.
These actions are illegal and immoral and are a direct result of the ongoing occupation which corrupts Israeli society as a whole.
The continuation of the occupation delivers a mortal blow to the security of the state of Israel, to her moral strength.
The last paragraph, which is very important we wrote that…
We who serve as active pilots, as fighters, leaders and instructors of the next generation of pilots declare here that we will continue to serve in the IDF and in the Israel air force in any mission for the protection of Israel.
We wanted to say that we are willing to serve and risk our life in the Israeli defense forces but not more, not longer in the Israeli occupation forces.
Because we believe that serving in the occupation forces is harming the security of the Israel state.
This letter create quite a big reaction.
We are not the only refusers in Israel.
We are just another part of this chain of refusers movement.
We have refusers that refused to serve in 1982 in Lebanon.
We have refusers that refuse to serve in the occupied territories about two years before we publish our letter.
We have conscientious objectors that even refuse to enlist in the army because they don't want to be part of the system that makes the occupation possible.
We have women refusers now.
So this whole movement we believe is essential for creating the necessary inside and outside pressure on our government that will start to first obey the international law, and second give us Israelis a kind of hope.
With a policy that will bring us want to live in Israel and to raise our families in Israel and not to run away from this place.
This is the whole idea that brought me here.
Accept this invitation of the refusers solidarity network.
And...Shalom, two Jewish organizations that bring refusers to the States in order to meet and talk with Americans and especially the Jewish community.
Because we all know that Israel is the fifty-first star on your flag.
If we really want to create a change we have also to push from here and to create this pressure, this essential pressure on the government that it will not be just the Gaza first, Gaza last.
The disengagement plan will not engage just the withdrawal from Gaza but withdrawing from all the territories.
Mother of peace activist Tom Hurndall
Tom Hurndall, 22, shot and critically injured by Israel sniper
Mind Over Matters:       April, 2005
Interview by Mike McCormick given by Yonatan Shapira, former Captain in the Israeli Air Force, Refusenik and Human Rights Activist
Refusing to Serve in the Occupied Territories
Mike McCormick:   Would it be fair to say that you felt that the missions you are being sent on were contrary to the core values that you had signed on with for the IDF?
Yonatan Shapira:   First of all I must mention again and again, myself I was flying rescue and assault helicopter, which means I did not shoot anyone.
I was flying the Black Hawk and in Israeli air force they are not armed with missiles and bombs.
So most of the missions I did were rescuing people, soldiers, civilians, and landing command forces.
But of course I said land commando forces that will go and shoot someone.
And you have to take responsibility.
But I will concentrate in your question, and tell you a short story that will answer this question.
When we published the letter, the air force commander and leaders and authorities, it drove them crazy.
The air force commander was making the rounds in all the air force bases, speaking with all the air crew, the pilots and navigators, telling them that they know there is a powerful, big and powerful organization behind us.
We are just the puppet.
They said that they are going to find who is this big and powerful organization and expose it to everyone.
I have an opportunity to give a speech to say some words about what we did.
It was in Tel Aviv university.
I started with saying in this festive occasion I am going to expose to all of you the big and powerful organization that stand behind us.
Then I read two of its basic principals.
Two of the basic principals of the Israeli Defense Forces.
The purity of arm and the human dignity.
So I think it answers that question that we think the basic principals of the idea are exactly the principals that we are acting upon.
Maybe it is important at this time to explain something that is very unique in the Israeli air force and the army.
We have a command that says that a soldier and an officer and a pilot should not follow an illegal and immoral command.
Collecting tomatoes
Greenhouses (in background) destroyed by Israel
All paid for by US taxpayer
This command is superior above all the other commands.
A soldier has actually the obligation to refuse illegal and immoral command.
So when I was interviewed by the commander of the air force when he discharged me, dismissed me, I told him that I want you to charge me. Let's bring it court because you taught me, you commander taught me not to follow illegal and immoral command.
I say that this is illegal and immoral command. If you think different let's bring it to court. Then you can charge me and put me in jail even.
Of course they couldn't because even the court in Israel cannot come with this decision that this kind of actions of sending missiles and bombs and targeting suspects in the middle of a crowded area are legal.
So in some way, not just the principals of the army are on our side, but also the Israeli law is on our side.
Mike McCormick:   What do you think citizens need to do to create an infrastructure or an atmosphere that supports military people like yourself so that you can honor those values that when military commanders force you into situations that you know violate those values that you have the strength to be able to step forward and say no, I am not going to participate in this?
Yonatan Shapira:   I think the most important thing for people who believe and hold the same values as us, is speak out.
There is a problem that many people agree with us.
Many people think it is wrong to occupy another nation.
Many people, for example in America, know that it is wrong to spread democracy by killing thousands of people.
So first of all I think one should speak out.
Even if it is not the common opinion.
If we are now talking about the Jewish community, Jewish people always considered to be very liberal and pluralistic, with a lot of opinions.
We used to have a joke about ourselves that whenever you have two Jewish people in one room you have three opinions.
It seems to me now that you can have a hundred people in one room with just one allowable opinion.
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The real support that we have from within the Jewish community here is amazing.
I now meet those people when I come to lectures, to meetings, with so many incredible people that support us.
And many of them lack the courage to speak out in their synagogues, in their communities.
In some way we try to give them the courage to speak out.
The Jewish community in the States is built from so many liberal, amazing people who are very much thoughtful and intelligent — and understand how bad is this situation of occupation, and how much it is harming the security of Israel.
They should speak out.
They should feel courage enough to speak out and to say what they have to say in order to pressure, this right pressure on my government from outside.
Another thing that is important to say is that not just a soldier can be a refuser.
You can be a radio interviewer to be a refuser.
You can refuse to your bosses not to say…
You can refuse to accept the agenda of your government and to follow this crowd in this mainstream who are blindly believing so many lies that they are being told now.
And I am talking about the States now.
Everyone can be a refuser.
Our history, when I say our, everyone's, not just Jewish history, always recognized those refusers who changed the situation.
People like Martin Luther King was a refuser.
So many brave people that you now have temples for them.
You see them on those cash things.
These are refusers.
So many heroes from theatre, literature, movies are refuser.
People who refuse to accept the common opinion of others.
People who refuse to accept that black are inferiors and white are superiors.
Back then they were considered to be traitors or bad guys and now they are our heroes.
Everyone in the society can be and should be at some time a refuser.
Mike McCormick:   When you were first composing and then bringing forward the pilots letter, were you fearful of the repercussion of that?
Yonatan Shapira:   We didn't think that it would be so strong the reaction.
At the same time no one put us in jail.
No one took our freedom.
It is important to say that Israel, for Israel, for Jewish people, and I know it sound very problematic, for Jewish people it is a much more free country than the states.
For example if I was a refuser pilot in the United States, probably I now was in Guantanamo and the key was in the sea.
They will lock me in the prison and drop the keys.
Bus Israel has much of a history of freedom of speech.
This is exactly what we are using.
We take advantage of this freedom.
Especially because so many other people in Israel do not have those rights.
If you are a Jewish or Arab that lives within the 1967 border you have all the rights.
You can vote for the Parliament.
You have rights in court and in all the fields.
But once you are a Palestinian that lives in the territories you have no rights.
So we didn't think that they would assassinate us.
Because as I said Israel is a very strong democracy when you are living within the 1967 borders.
For example if I was in Syria I could speak here but my head would be somewhere else.
The only consequences were some problem in jobs.
Some problem in friends, and some loneliness sometimes.
But not more than that.
Palestinians protesting against the Land-Grab Wall near Ramallah
Israel army paid by US taxpayer
Mind Over Matters:       April, 2005
Interview by Mike McCormick given by Yonatan Shapira, former Captain in the Israeli Air Force, Refusenik and Human Rights Activist
Refusing to Serve in the Occupied Territories
Mike McCormick:   What would you like U.S. citizens and listeners to do?
Yonatan Shapira:   I think first I want them to understand that I here in a place of love for my country.
From a deep connection to the Jewish tradition.
To the community.
To the family.
To the Israeli people.
And to the land of Israel.
And to believe me when I am saying that I do all of this from love and care and my will and desire to claim the future — that I will have a chance to live in peace in Israel, in my country.
If they believe me, they must now be those refusers that I talked before.
Not to accept the propaganda that they hear all the time from many sources.
And understand that they have a major role in this situation.
And they can create the right pressure; they can create the pressure that will come toward the American leadership, which will in turn put the pressure on the Israeli leadership.
There are many ways to do it.
You can right a letter to your representative in Congress.
You can go to a demonstration.
You can join in Jewish organization that are working hard against the occupation.
You can help bring refusers like us to talk with Jewish community.
You can be much more involved in this situation if you want to help.
There are very nice and positive Palestinians in Israel organization.
People can be much more active and involved about it.
It's important for me to say that once you are doing those things from a place of love and care to the people — to the Israelis and Arabs who live there — those actions that you take are much more powerful than if you do if from a place of hate and revenge.
Anger you will have much more chance to loose.
Mike McCormick: How can people find out more about your work?
Yonatan Shapira: First time here I was invited to the States by two organizations.
Two Jewish organizations: one is Brit Tzedek v'Shalom. It is the Jewish alliance for peace and justice.
Through their website you can find a lot of information about their activities.
The Refusers Solidarity Network, which is the other organization which also has a website.
It's very easy to join in, to help to try to be involved in those activities
http://www.refusersolidarity.net/
www.btvshalom.org/
I will say last word: Many Israeli complain against me, say against me, that I am doing, we are doing dirty laundry outside home.
I am saying that if your feel and believe that the laundry is dirty, you should clean it and not wear it.
That's my message.
April 30 / May 1, 2005
Marla Ruzicka, Rachel Corrie and "Credibility"
By ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Rachel Corrie confronting bulldozer that killed her by running over her.

The driver did not stop even though that was much shouting from people around the bulldozer to stop.

Only when Rachel Corrie's body was underneath at the back of the bulldozer did the driver stop.

Rachel's body then had become so mangled that when rushed to hospital she was pronounced dead.

Photo: Internet
Rachel Corrie confronting bulldozer that ran over her.
The driver did not stop even though that was much shouting from people around the bulldozer to stop.
Only when Rachel Corrie's body was underneath at the back of the bulldozer did the driver stop.
Rachel's body then had become so mangled that when rushed to hospital she was pronounced dead.
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W hatever sour emotions I entertained while reading accounts of the funeral of Marla Ruzicka had nothing really to do with the death on April 16 of a brave young woman in Baghdad.
On many accounts ­ and I have had a detailed conversation with a close friend of Marla's whose judgment I respect she was an idealistic person whose prime political flaw seems to have been the very forgivable one of naivety.
Both in Afghanistan and Iraq, in furtherance of her humanitarian schemes, Marla Ruzicka elected a stance of studious neutrality in ascribing responsibility for the victims of US bombings and ground fire.
This pursuit of "credibility" certainly yielded its ironic reward in the political range of those who publicly mourned her.
A US senator ­ Barbara Boxer ­ attended Ruzicka's funeral in Lakeport, northern California. Bob Herbert of the New York Times poured out an emotional column honoring Ruzicka.
So did Robert L. Pollock, a writer for the Wall Street Journal editorial page.
"America has lost a peerless and unique ambassador," Pollock wrote on April 19.
"[S]he stood out from the crowd of journalists and self-proclaimed humanitarians — far too many of whom believed their mission was to bear witness to an American misadventure in Iraq that would, and should, fail."
The sourness in my soul stemmed from a contrast.
Almost exactly two years earlier, on March 16, 2003, another brave young woman in a foreign land lost her life, not to a suicide bomber, but under the blade of a 47-ton bulldozer made in America by the Caterpillar company specifically for house demolitions and driven by an Israeli soldier.
Maybe, in the last seconds of his life, that suicide bomber in Baghdad never even saw Ruzicka.
The soldier in Gaza surely saw Corrie, clearly visible in her fluorescent orange jacket, and rolled the bulldozer blade right over her.
Rachel Corrie lying dead on the ground after bulldozer killed her by running over her.

The driver did not stop even though that was much shouting from people around the bulldozer to stop.

Only when Rachel Corrie's body was underneath at the back of the bulldozer did the driver stop.

Rachel's body then had become so mangled that when rushed to hospital she was pronounced dead.

Photo: Internet
Rachel Corrie lying dead on the ground after bulldozer had run over her.
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No US senator attended Rachel's funeral after her parents brought her home to the state of Washington. Both US senators ran in the opposite direction.
Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell both Democrats did nothing
Later the Corries disclosed that after their return to the US with their daughter's body, they contacted their US Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both Democrats, and told them how their daughter had been deliberately murdered while peacefully demonstrating against house demolitions, which are violations of international law.
Murray and Cantwell, the Corries recall, were quick with expressions of outrage and promises of investigations.
The Corries never heard from Murray or Cantwell again.
Cindy Corrie's mailbox filled with disgusting letters abusing her for being a bad mother, and the Israel-right-or-wrong crowd began an unrelenting campaign of abuse of Rachel, to the overall effect that she had it coming to her, that "She was defending terrorists who smuggle weapons across the border to kill Israelis", that the International Solidarity Movement of which she was a member, was a terrorist symp group.
As Professor Steve Niva of Evergreen State College in Olympia wrote on this site shortly after Corrie's death, "There is no evidence that Dr. Samir Nasrallah, whose house Rachel was defending, or anyone in this neighborhood were concealing any tunnels or were engaged in any attacks on Israelis.
The Israeli army doesn't even make this insupportable claim.
His house was being demolished because, like dozens of others that have been bulldozed in Hay Salaam, his home was near the 'Apartheid Wall' Israel was building.
Moreover, the ISM has a policy of only protecting homes that are not suspected to be involved in tunnel activities."
Rachel Corrie confronting bulldozer before she was killed.

The driver did not stop even though that was much shouting from people around the bulldozer to stop.

Only when Rachel Corrie's body was underneath at the back of the bulldozer did the driver stop.

Rachel's body then had become so mangled that when rushed to hospital she was pronounced dead.

Photo: Internet
Rachel Corrie confronting bulldozer before she was killed.
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Niva duly received a torrent of e-mailed abuse.
And how did the Israel-right-or-wrong crowd on the Evergreen campus react?
Did Corrie's murder prompt them to any serious reflection on Applied Zionism in Gaza?
No. Niva tells me that after some initial heartfelt expressions of sadness for Corrie, the small Zionist groups began complaining that they felt uncomfortable as Jews to be on campus, and a few started raising concerns about alleged anti-Israel and possibly anti-Semitic sentiments getting a free pass at Evergreen.
They started to peddle charges about the Middle East Studies faculty — and rumors began to circulate at the local synagogue that there was a "crisis" regarding Jews at Evergreen.
Slurs against Niva continue to this day, as they do against Corrie.
Mother Jones ran a 7,000 word attack on Corrie and ISM, later convincingly demonstrated by Olympia's Phan Nguyen to have been plagiarized from extreme right sites and sources.
Nor was there measured lamentation from the Wall Street Journal's editorial page which surpassed itself in foam-flecked savagery in a piece by Ruhama Shattan, which managed to blame Corrie for the bombing death of the State Department officials that occurred in Gaza in October, 2004!
Shattan's piece had already run in the Jerusalem Post and actually prompted the press attache in the US embassy in Tel Aviv, Paul Patin, to write a letter to the Post denouncing it as "hateful incitement" and "disgusting abuse of the anniversary of the death of this American citizen".
Maybe this letter is what prompted the WSJ's editorial page editor, Paul Gigot to see Shattan's diatribe as suitable material for his pages.
Marla Ruzicka decided to work within the system, as they say.
Maybe, given the aims of her organization, CIVIC, that was an appropriate choice.
I'm not inclined to pass judgment on that.
The "system" duly mourned and honored her.
Rachel Corrie saw that the "system", with all its innumerable and fraudulent roadmaps, negotiated solutions, Oslo frameworks, processes of peace and so forth had no stopped, nay, was encouraging the daily outrages of demolitions of Palestinian homes and kindred barbarities. Corrie stood in the path of that system and died, and her murder was covered up by Israel and by the government of her own country.
Rachel Corrie lying dead on the ground after bulldozer killed her by running over her.

The driver did not stop even though that was much shouting from people around the bulldozer to stop.

Only when Rachel Corrie's body was underneath at the back of the bulldozer did the driver stop.

Rachel's body then had become so mangled that when rushed to hospital she was pronounced dead.

Photo: Internet
Rachel Corrie lying dead on the ground after bulldozer killed her by running over her.
Palestinians were forced from their homes 60 years ago.
The people who stole the land from the Palestinians have been aided by American Taxpayer funding for more than fifty years.
More than Fifteen million US dollars is given by US taxpayers each day for this military use, which presently involves the imprisonment of the remaining segregated ' Bantustan - Apartheid ' parcels of land occupied by millions of Palestinian people.
Total funding by the US Taxpayer for the enslavement of the Palestinian people is more than 4 billion US dollars per year.
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Across the thirty years that I have written about the vast injustice done to Palestinians by successive Israeli governments, condoned and paid for by the US, I have read a thousand admonitions to support what peace plan was in train, to espouse solutions with "credibility".
Peace plans and roadmaps stand definitively revealed as the frauds they always were
And here we are now, when all the peace plans and roadmaps stand definitively revealed as the frauds they always were.
Any imagined evacuation of Israeli settlements from Gaza is pure distraction.
The story lies in the new settlements stretching out from East Jerusalem, amputating any conceivably viable Palestinian state.
In this enterprise, there's no "case for Israel" beyond violent, illegal occupation and eviction.
Two years after her murder I honor Rachel Corrie and enquire of those supposedly reasonable voices on the Zionist side of the aisle here in the United States, What have you got to say for yourselves now?
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Nanci Pelosi — U.S. House Democratic leader — Congresswoman California, 8th District
Speaking at the AIPAC agenda   May 26, 2005
There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.   This is absolute nonsense.
In truth, the history of the conflict is not over occupation, and never has been:  it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist.
The greatest threat to Israel's right to exist, with the prospect of devastating violence, now comes from Iran.
For too long, leaders of both political parties in the United States have not done nearly enough to confront the Russians and the Chinese, who have supplied Iran as it has plowed ahead with its nuclear and missile technology....
In the words of Isaiah, we will make ourselves to Israel 'as hiding places from the winds and shelters from the tempests; as rivers of water in dry places; as shadows of a great rock in a weary land.'
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(IsraelNN.com July 15, 2004) The Foreign Ministry will take steps towards restoring relations with New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced she was implementing diplomatic sanctions after two Israelis were sentenced on charges of attempting to obtain illegal passports. Despite Israeli refusal to respond to the accusations, the two are labeled in the New Zealand media as Mossad agents acting on behalf of the Israeli intelligence community.

Foreign Ministry officials stated they will do everything possible to renew diplomatic ties, expressing sorrow over the "unfortunate incident".
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'And the others that have all the power — they fly missiles in the sky.

They don't even look at the people they kill.'
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