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Daily Reminders of Israeli Pogrom Against The Palestinians

{Reprint from June 2010 Salem-News}

 

Daily Reminders of Israeli Pogrom Against The Palestinians

by M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D.

There is not a single day that goes by where messages of the undeniable orchestrated eradication of Palestine and its people are not made readily available for display in “western” media.

Whether it be loss of right to return to the place of one’s birth, history, home, family, work; destruction through bulldozing or fire set to one’s farm land; eviction from one’s home for destruction of the dwelling and subsequent replacement by new homes for Israeli settlers or for parks or erecting of walls; late night/early morning raids on homes where occupants are terrorized at gunpoint, beaten, shot, or kidnapped/”arrested” for “investigation” (including the elderly, infirm, mothers, children); refusal by border patrols to allow passage for visiting family hospitalized or imprisoned, access to clinics and hospitals for medical treatment or giving birth; establishment of “buffer” zones effectively separating farmers from their fields; arrests of small children taken from their families at gunpoint and subsequently mentally and physically abused with threats of rape, killing of one’s family, denial of food and water, being forced to sit, kneel, or stand in painful positions for hours on end..even tortured by such methods as attaching cables to car batteries and clamping them to the testicles; denial of legal representation and presence of family; or collectively being denied access to healthy foods, tools and materials to repair and rebuild homes, schools, hospitals, businesses, farms, medical equipment and supplies, medications, water, fuel; denied the ability to farm, fish, manufacture and trade with other countries, adequately dispose of waste, worship freely or peacefully protest conditions without being arrested, beaten, gassed or shot… articles are written and dispersed world wide begging to bring these daily atrocities to light.. to the eyes, ears, minds, and hearts of the world. In the US, Canada, and most other “western” countries (Israel, disturbingly boastful, being an exception), these stories are either conveniently buried or unreported.

Until very recently,(with the efforts of individuals and compassionate groups such as the International Solidarity Movement, the Free Gaza Movement, IHH, the exceptionally courageous Huwaida Arraf http://3jwh.sl.pt http://3jwi.sl.pt and her equally compassionate husband Adam Shapiro, Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire http://3jx1.sl.pt , multiple award winning journalist Robert Fisk http://3jx4.sl.pt , author Henning Mankell, Haneen Zoubi (Member of the Israeli Knesset), Al Jazeera reporter Jamal Elshayyal, Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein (85) http://3jx6.sl.pt , leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel Raed Salah, parliamentarians from European and Arab national legislatures and the European Parliament, Kenneth O’Keefe ( former US commando) http://3jx7.sl.pt , documentary film maker Iara Lee http://3jx9.sl.pt , the ever ballsy George Galloway http://2k4q.sl.pt , and so many others (including the brave souls murdered on the Mavi Marmara), “western” media has, with purpose, ignored the egregious behaviour of Israel toward Palestine and the Palestinian people.

Were it not for social media, such as Twitter, and the networking of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of passionate supporters for humanitarian efforts on behalf of Palestine; were it not for the persistence and bravery of the above mentioned groups and individuals in their repeated efforts to confront the illegal blockade of Gaza; and were it not for the disasterous and unconscionably brutal response by Israel toward the Freedom Flotilla and resultant outcry of condemnation from the UN, national leaders and PM’s from numerous countries worldwide, and
every international human rights organization, it is clear to the observant world that the “western” media most assuredly would have continued, with purpose, to ignore the plight of Palestine and its people.

Confronted by a story line that is certain not to silently disappear, said media now reports, selectively, with a manifest intent to disguise the cumulative aggressions of Israel, distort the passion and purpose of this monumental humanitarian (and, yes, political) effort, discredit its organizers and supporters, conceal its (media) corporate owners and their aligned Zionist lobbies, give unflinching support to the illegal and outright criminal designs of Israel’s sociopathic leaders, and pay homage to so-called “progressive” government officials calling for suspension of Constitutional rights, and imprisonment, for individuals involved in, or in support of, these valiant humanitarian (and, yes, political) efforts.

Nowhere, in the “western” papers, on radio, or TV (aside from a select few independents such as FSTV..Free Speech Television, and a variety of online newspapers and blogs) will the average reader find that for the week of May 27 thru June 2:

5 Palestinian militants were killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.
6 Palestinian civilians, including an old woman, were wounded by Israeli gunfire.
Israeli warplanes bombarded civilian and paramilitary sites in the Gaza Strip.
– A workshop in Gaza City and a number of buildings in the Gaza International Airport were
destroyed.
IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests.
– 6 civilians, including a child and two journalists, were wounded by IOF.
IOF continued to fire at Palestinian farmers and workers in border areas in the Gaza Strip and at fishing boats along the Gaza Strip beaches.
IOF conducted 9 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and one limited incursion into the Gaza Strip.
– IOF arrested 12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, in the West Bank.
– IOF harassed a Palestinian family in Hebron and another one in Jerusalem.
Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
-Israeli troops stationed at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 5 Palestinian
civilian, including two children.
Israel has continued settlement activities in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
– 4 Palestinian civilians were injured as Israeli settlers threw stones at their car.
– A Palestinian woman miscarried as Israeli settlers attacked her in Silwan village near
Jerusalem.

Or that for the week of June 3 thru June 9:

1 Palestinian civilian and 5 resistance activists were killed by IOF.
2 Palestinian civilians and 1 resistance activist were wounded by IOF gunfire in the West Bank.
IOF continued to use force against peaceful protests in the West Bank.
– 4 demonstrators, including a child, were wounded and 4 journalists sustained bruises.
IOF continued to fire at Palestinian farmers and workers in border areas of the Gaza Strip.
IOF conducted 11 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 1 limited incursion into the Gaza Strip.
– IOF arrested 22 civilians, including 4 children.
– Among the detainees were 6 human rights defenders, including 3 Israeli ones. (Incl.
Huwaida Arraf)
Israel has continued to impose a total siege on the OPT and has isolated the Gaza Strip from the outside world.
– Israeli troops stationed at military checkpoints in the West Bank arrested 1 Palestinian
civilian.
Israel has continued to take measures aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem.
– IOF cancelled permanent residences of 4 Members of the Palestinian Legislative Council in
Jerusalem.
– IOF stormed and searched Beit Hanina Club.
– IOF closed Wad Hilwa road in Silwan village.
IOF have continued settlement activities in the West Bank and Israeli settlers have continued to attack Palestinian civilians and property.
– 2 Palestinian children were wounded by an Israeli settler in Hebron.

The above is just a sample of what goes on day after day and what life, despite the western propaganda, is really like for Palestine and its people. For readers interested in viewing more, this information can be found at: http://3jy1.sl.pt . Site for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Most all of this information, is covered daily, in news, in the Israeli publication Haaretz. Contact your state, regional, or local media and ask why, if Israel sees fit to publish this information and inform its citizens, the publishers and editors feel (despite the fact it is your tax payer dollars supporting these atrocities and your representatives spending that money) it is not newsworthy. Contact your representatives and let them know you do not want your money being spent on the Israeli Pogrom against the people of Palestine.

Please read this analysis published June 30, 2010 in Haaretz “Israel doesn’t seem to want to really probe Gaza flotilla raid” http://3jy5.sl.pt and ask yourself “who is fooling whom”. (Speak up! Demand an international investigation into the Flotilla murders! Genuine justice cannot be found without this. Tell Blair, Harper, and Obama it is patently absurd, and an affront to all nations, to allow suspected murderers and war criminals the intended escape through investigating themselves).
M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. is a Counselor and Conflict Resolution Specialist/Consultant (Mediation/Arbitration/Facilitation) (20+ yrs). Creator of Thought Addiction programs (Lectures Seminars & Workshops) (Intensive 21 day Addiction Recovery Programs designed for Artists, Actors, Musicians & Industry Leaders) residing in New Hampshire (US). (Website currently under reconstruction) Contact: mdp54@gsinet.net 1-603-478-1544 Twitter: @mdp4202

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