Israeli violence against Palestinians will never end as a result of UN & US hypocrisy

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*internet photo of huge amounts of suffocating tear gas on Gaza protest. More sordidly, photos abound of maimed and slaughtered unarmed Palestinian protesters.

Apr 4, 2018, RT.com

-Eva K. Bartlett

The US is fine with “rebels” like Al-Qaeda “protesting” in Syria, but when genuinely unarmed Palestinians protest the occupiers who violently expelled them from their homes and land, they are “inciting violence.”
 

During peaceful protests on March 30 in eastern Gaza, an unarmed Palestinian man walked on farmland towards the fence built by his occupiers. Within minutes, he was shot by one of the 100 Israeli special forces snipers deployed along the fence precisely to quash dissent—by any means necessary—under the old pretext of “self-defense.”

On the same day, a Palestinian woman, armed solely with a flag, walked towards the fence which has imprisoned her for so many years. She, too, was targeted by one of the snipers.

Among the 17 killed that day was a 16-year-old girl and a 27-year-old farmer, the latter killed by Israeli tank fire.

Even the BBC, which is not generally known to report fairly on Palestine, noted: “The first to die was Omar Samour, 27 – a Palestinian farmer killed in Israeli shelling as he worked his land near Khan Younis early on Friday, before the protests began.

Yet, according to Israel, this farmer was a “terrorist infiltrator,” the lexicon which Israel uses to whitewash its extrajudicial assassinations. 

Sputnik reports that the Israeli Army spokesperson proudly tweeted they knew “where every bullet landed,” but later deleted the tweet, likely because it was clear these bullets landed in the bodies of unarmed protesters.

In my three years living in Gaza, I frequently accompanied such demonstrations, and also did so in countless demonstrations when I stayed as an activist for eight months in the West Bank. Having experienced these first hand, I’m acutely aware that Israel has zero moral authority on conduct.

In the tens of demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza which I accompanied, “violence” always began with the Israelis shooting live ammunition, lead bullets covered with a thin rubber layer, and suffocating tear gas at unarmed Palestinians. That Palestinian youths chose to respond with slingshot-spun rocks is entirely within their rights. But in my experiences, it was always Israel which began, shooting to maim and kill, kidnapping and imprisoning unarmed protesters.

On Land Day in March 2010, I joined one of six demonstrations that were held in the Gaza Strip. It was in Khoza’a village, east of Khan Younis. The four young Palestinian men targeted by Israeli snipers that day all reported being shot with live ammunition without any prior warnings, including one man shot in his head.

And as with the March 2018 Land Day demonstrations, Israel deemed the 2010 assault acceptable: “an investigation showed ‘soldiers operated in accordance with accepted dispersal procedures,’ in regards to the IDF violence against unarmed protestors.

The “accepted dispersal procedures” of Israel occur on a daily basis throughout occupied Palestine, whether against unarmed protesters in Bil’in village near Ramallah, or against unarmed farmers—from children to elderly—in Gaza.

These procedures include firing on Palestinian civilians from remotely-controlled Israeli gun towers stationed along the fence enclosing Gaza. Israel also targets other civilians working in border regions, including children and youths collecting rubble and scrap metal for use in construction.

*Photos from my April 24, 2010 post after a nonviolent protest in which three were injured by Israeli fire with live ammunition.

Western media is reporting that the 2018 attacks on Palestinian protesters was the single bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 “clashes.” The lexicon of “clashes” – used to refer to Israel’s brutal summer 2014 bombardment of Gaza, and also the recent Israeli assassinations of civilians in protests – is corporate media’s typical distortion of reality and of the balance of power. When unarmed protesters calling for human rights are literally gunned down, these are not “clashes,” these are assassinations.

Further, this negates the near-daily Israeli targeting of Palestinian farmers, fishers, and people working in the border regions. This including sniping at and shelling women, elderly, and children.

 

*From my February 2009 post, “Israeli Soldiers Shoot Deaf Palestinian Farmer, 4th Farmer Shot in 3 weeks”

In the farmer accompaniment work I did in Gaza, many Israeli soldiers fired live ammunition at and around farmers, myself and other volunteers, at close proximity, in an effort to aggress and frighten farmers off of their land. Israel’s policy of attacking Palestinian farmers and fishers is a part of their larger policy of rendering Palestinians utterly dependent on inadequate food aid and utterly, needlessly, impoverished.

In 2011, I wrote about the Israeli destruction of Palestinian agriculture in Gaza, noting:

Around a decade ago, Palestinian farmers could still access land up to 50 metres from the border. The Israeli-deemed ‘no-go zone’ expanded over the years to 150 metres, then 300 metres, cutting Palestinian farmers from their orchards, crops and grazing land.

A decade later, those orchards bulldozed by Israeli bulldozers, farmers now struggle to access land in some areas up to two kilometres along the 300 metre buffer zone violently rendered off-limits by the Israeli soldiers.

Over 30 percent of Gaza’s agricultural land is not worked on because of the buffer zone. This is Gaza’s more fertile land, where olive, fruit, citrus and nut trees once flourished, along with wheat, barley, rye and other crops, providing much of Gaza’s needs.

Two brutal Israeli bombardments of Gaza later, the percentage of workable agricultural land will have decreased still further.

Turkey and Israel compete for moral supremacy

Following Israel’s attacks on Palestinian protesters, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan bashed Israel, stating:

I do not need to tell the world how cruel the Israeli Army is. We can see what this terror state is doing by looking at the situation in Gaza and Jerusalem. Israel has carried out a massacre in Gaza and Netanyahu is a terrorist.

While I happen to agree with this statement, it is particularly ironic that it comes from the leader of a state that is warring on Syria, has given safe passage, and weapons, to terrorists entering Syria, and has in recent months killed hundreds of civilians in northwestern Syria.

Since late January, Turkey has been bombing Afrin, northwestern Syria. The latest casualty count I have found was 222 civilians murdered and 700 injured as of March 10, 2018. A later report states, “more than 1000 civilians martyred and injured,” thousands displaced, by the Turkish bombings.

Then, of course, there is Israel’s direct support to terrorists in Syria, including treating terrorists from the FSA to al-Qaeda in Israeli hospitals.

Thus, both Israel and Turkey have civilians’ blood on their hands, and neither has been held accountable.

No justice has ever come to those civilians maimed, murdered, imprisoned by Israel. Nor has any international body truly pushed for justice. Weak words, quickly forgotten, are not the pursuit of justice and accountability of the perpetrators of crimes.

Predictably weak UN reaction

Following Israel’s assassination of Palestinian protesters, the United Nations issued weak statements of concern, but no actual condemnation of Israel’s brutality.

Absent the outrage which UN bodies and representatives reserve almost exclusively for war propaganda and whitewashing terrorists in Syria, UN Secretary-General António Guterres blandly offered his “thoughts” to the families of those murdered by Israel. He called for “an independent and transparent investigation into these incidents.” Just who would do such an investigation? Israel? The UN?

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, known for his rabid anti-Palestinian statements, vetoed the call, stating, “There will be no commission of inquiry. We shall not cooperate with any commission of inquiry.

The UN assistant Secretary-General, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, described the day of slaughter as having “devolved into violence at several locations across Gaza.” Seventeen unarmed Palestinians murdered by elite Israeli snipers is not “devolving into violence,” it is slaughter. Premeditated slaughter, at that.

We can expect precisely zero action or justice via the UN, when such a massacre is downplayed, and when prior Israeli massacres of Palestinians have never been held accountable by the UN or by the state which the UN routinely requests look into its own murdering.

At that same UNSC meeting, America’s UN delegate, Walter Miller, had the gall to put the blame on Palestinians. Miller described Palestinian civilians as: “Bad actors who use protests as a cover to incite violence [and] endanger innocent lives.

America is fine with “rebels” like Al-Qaeda “protesting” in Syria, but when genuinely unarmed protesters in Palestine exercise their right under international law to protest the occupiers who violently expelled them from their homes and land, they are “inciting violence.” The hypocrisy of America and the UN never ends, and as a result, the violence of Israel will never end.

While Turkey cries crocodile tears for Palestinians, Israel pretends to be the most moral army in the world, and the UN turns endless blind eyes to Israel’s war crimes and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, Palestinians continue to bravely protest the crimes of Israel.

As Gareth Porter tweeted, “many 1000s of Gazans are ready to die as martyrs rather than submit to Israel’s policy of slow death; Israeli snipers will continue 2 kill Palestinian demonstrators in cold blood; US gov’t & news media have given Israel a green light.

Indeed, the UN, corporate media and world leadership may, and do, ignore or vilify them, but Palestinians keep standing up to the most immoral military and government in the region.

Related Links:

-UN Feigns Outrage Over Ghouta While Terrorist Rockets Rain Down on Damascus, Feb 26, 2018, Mint Press News

-I was fairly certain we would be shot today, Feb 3, 2009, In Gaza

-Israeli Navy Terrorism: Destroying Boats and Lives, Sep 2009, In Gaza

-the hardest jobs: children working in areas targeted by Israel, March 3, 2010, In Gaza

-My entries from occupied Palestine, April-December 2017, OPT2007

-Protesters take Rubber Bullets to Head and Stomach at Bil’in, June 16, 2007, OPT2007

-Reflections on accountability, Bil’in, Aug 13, 2007, OPT2007

-Israel never stopped pirating in Palestinian waters, Apr 24, 2013, RT.com (further related links on In Gaza post)

-Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza, Jan 1, 2014, In Gaza

12 comments

  1. The sickening scenes from the ‘most moral army’ are strictly off limits for mainstream media and if they do report on it, the article is skewed. They won’t tell the viewer that the Israeli killers aren’t under any kind of threat, nor will they admit that there is no reason for such a brutal response. The Israelis are using a largely peaceful protest to kill the prisoners locked in Gaza.
    The collective punishment of Gaza continues unabated and never is there a justifiable reason given for it. Nowhere will you hear that 18,000 homes were deliberately demolished and that the Israelis won’t allow building materials in, which in turn would give a boost to the Gaza employment figures. It’s not just a blockade it’s a an economic strangulation pushing more and more inhabitants of Gaza into a type of poverty and hardship we in the West can’t even imagine.
    There is no respite, they are barely allowed to export, the list of restricted imports from a single source.. Israel, is never published. If people understood the sadistic cruelty with which Israel controls Gaza, the world would be in uproar. We are warned that blaming newspaper and media owners is anti semitic but it is the owners that clearly restrict the journalists and have the last word on what is allowed. Even a cursory look at media output indicates the restrictions across the board. No matter how vicious the Israel government behave, it is the Palestinians fault.
    Here in the UK, JLC and BoD, both pro Israel organisations are attempting to bring down the leader of the opposition, attempting to overturn the overwhelming decision to elect him. These groups have no respect for democracy and continue the witch hunt with accusations of imaginary anti semitism. The media are promoting the false charges, without a shred of credible evidence and only publishing detrimental innuendo and extremely vague connections to ‘someone’ that Corbyn might have been in contact with years ago.
    Your own demonisation at the hands of journalistic hit men (and women) proves the bias and protection afforded to Israel, no matter what their crimes. Apologies for referring back to the now infamous ‘Yinon plan’ but the attempts to dismantle Syria aren’t based on the theft of its oil or other valuable resources. The US bases being built, if they were honest, would be flying Israeli flags.
    I hope that when the SAA have dealt with the remaining problems West of the Euphrates, the Kurd leadership will come under increasing pressure to cease the ethnic cleansing that has allowed them to claim almost a third of Syria, despite prior to the war having only a small region in the North East of the country. The US themselves are not going to gain anything from the occupation, the Kurds will become a liability because they are unable to agree among themselves. Finally, I’m hopeful that there is a thorough investigation regarding the destruction and genocide in Raqqa, which again the media have avoided to report in favour of bogus accusations of atrocities in Ghouta and before that Aleppo.

  2. Indeed, after Obama, Killary C, Trump is now completing the Oded-Yinon plan, using the Kurds for SDA..

    However, this time around, the Russians, Iranians and Turkey will chase the SDA, the French and the US special ops home.

  3. Great work Eva, as ever. Keep it up, more people are beginning to see the light thanks to you and the few other real journalists left with the guts to report the truth. Stay safe.

  4. Ma’am,

    Such a devastating article. So much to unpack here. But if anyone studies the Talkud and doesn’t call out their evil ways, can in no longer in any way defend this. It’s turku disgusting. But i fear that just like with Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq have been destroyed by the USA. The evil zionist and communist traitors well entrenched in almost all every “republic or demonocracy,” along with their kabbalistic movie magnates. Will spin some yarn that allows them to continue ethnically cleaning all of their non white neighbors away through genocide and holocaust, while implicating the nations involved in the crimes by association. Canada now firmly one of them, they’ve been beaten and broken down by the sion criminal networks. Some great cataclysmic event which will allow the locusts to keep reappearing like clockworks over and over. Jeff Gates book on the topic is amazing, “ Guilt by Association.” Also the unz.com article “was Vietnam a holocaust for sion,” articulates my thoughts and reservations about this moment in time much more crystal clearly. Again fantastic work!

    Vr,

    Ernest

  5. Ma’am,

    Such a devastating article. So much to unpack here. But if anyone studies the Talmud and doesn’t call out their evil ways, can no longer in any way defend this. It’s truly disgusting. But i fear that just like with Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq have been destroyed by the USA. The evil zionist and communist traitors well entrenched in almost every “republic or demonocracy,” along with their kabbalistic movie magnates. Will spin some yarn that allows them to continue ethnically cleaning all of their non white neighbors away through genocide and holocaust, while implicating the nations involved by the criminals in the crimes by association. Canada now is firmly one of them, they’ve been beaten and broken down by the sion criminal networks. Some great cataclysmic event which will allow the locusts to keep reappearing like clockwork over and over. Jeff Gates book on the topic is amazing, “ Guilt by Association.” Also the unz.com article “ http://www.unz.com/article/was-vietnam-a-holocaust-for-zion/ ,” articulates my thoughts and reservations about this moment in time much more crystal clearly. Again fantastic work!

    Vr,

    Ernest

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