The Palestinian child Ahmad Manasra at Zionist occupation military court today. Ahmad was severely injured after being shot by fascist Zionist occupation police about 8 months ago, he was left bleeding for about an hour, then he was kidnapped. Ahmad’s will to live was stronger than their will to kill, he is the living evidence of their terrorism, they tried to bury his story but he insisted to survive to tell the whole world his story despite their ongoing brutality against him.
This 9-minute video, showing Israeli Jewish MPs’ reaction to a speech by Haneen Zoabi today, offers a very revealing insight into how Israel’s tribal democracy works. And it isn’t pretty.
Even in the British parliament, which is imploding at the moment, it is impossible to imagine scenes like these.
Zoabi made the speech after Israel agreed this week very belatedly to pay compensation to the families of nine humanitarian activists killed by Israeli commandos in 2010 on the Mavi Marmara, as it plied international waters on its way to deliver aid to Gaza. In fact, it would be more accurate to say Israel assassinated the activists, as a way to deter others from following in their wake.
The Marmara was a Turkish vessel and the compensation was part of Israel’s reconciliation deal with Turkey.
Zoabi was the only Israeli MP on the ship, and was accused of treason by Knesset members for participating in the aid flotilla. She became public enemy number one and received many death threats at the time, including some barely veiled ones from Jewish MPs.
All the exchanges in this video are in Hebrew, but that doesn’t really matter. You don’t need to understand the language to understand what is going on. One Jewish MP, Oren Hazan, of Netanyahu’s Likud party, heckles Zoabi non-stop for more than four minutes, with the Speaker doing nothing more than politely asking him to calm down and refrain from interrupting.
Remember that Palestinians MPs are regularly ejected from the Knesset for far less than this kind of barracking and violation of parliamentary protocol. Notice also that the Knesset TV spends as much time, if not more, focusing on the heckler than Zoabi, implicitly legitimising his anti-democratic behaviour.
But when Zoabi accuses the soldiers of “murder” at about 4.30-min into the video, all hell breaks loose. A dozen or more Jewish MPs rush to the podium and start circling Zoabi like a pack of baying hyenas. By this stage, when Zoabi is being physically threatened by a number of MPs in the parliament chamber, you might think it would be time for some of them to be forcefully ejected, if only to indicate that this subversion of the democratic process will not be tolerated. But not a bit of it. They are treated with kid gloves.
The Knesset guards simply try to block the violent Jewish MPs from reaching the single Palestinian MP in their sights, presumably fearful that were she to be physically assaulted that might make headline news and make Israel look bad.
Paradoxically, the only MP you can see on the film being pushed out of the Knesset chamber is Zoabi’s party leader, Jamal Zahalka, who from the look of things is interceding because he’s worried she is in danger. Hazan was finally removed, though after more than eight minutes of heckling, threats and belligerence.
Another paradox: Zoabi and her fellow party MPs have only recently been allowed to speak in the Knesset again, after the ethics committee (dominated by Jewish MPs) suspended them for several months because of their “unacceptable” political views.
I doubt very much that any of these Jewish MPs, even though they have threatened and tried to physically harm another MP, one from the wrong tribe, will suffer any consequences at all for their behaviour.
Zoabi said in her speech: “I stood here six years ago, some of you remember the hatred and hostility toward me, and look where we got to. Apologies to the families of those who were called terrorists. The nine that were killed, it turns out that their families need to be compensated. I demand an apology to all the political activists who were on the Marmara and an apology to MK Haneen Zoabi, who you’ve incited against for six years. I demand compensation and I will donate it to the next flotilla. As long as there’s a siege, more flotillas need to be organized.”
In addition to the violent reception from MPs visible on film, there was widespread incitement from other MPs. Michael Oren, who a while back was Israel’s ambassador to the US, sounded like Avigdor Lieberman as he said Zoabi’s speech proved she was not loyal and should be permanently stripped of her parliamentary status, under a soon-to-be-passed Suspension Law.
In true colonial style, the government’s chief whip, David Bitan, was reported to have told Palestinian voters in Israel after Zoabi’s speech: “We need to make sure she doesn’t stay in the Knesset. We’ve had enough of this and she doesn’t even represent you properly.”
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, Beit Fajjar town, and Aida refugee camp, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, shot and injured a Palestinian child, and kidnapped two young men.
Several military vehicles invaded Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem, violently searched many homes, interrogated many Palestinians and kidnapped two.
The Bethlehem office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said the two kidnapped Palestinians have been identified as Fares Khader Zreina, 20, and Mohammad Khaled al-Kurdi, 19.
The soldiers also occupied many rooftops, fired gas bombs and concussion grenades at Palestinians who hurled stones and empty bottles at the military vehicles.
In addition, the army invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, clashed with many youngsters, who hurled stones and empty bottles at the military vehicles, while the soldiers fired several live rounds, gas bombs, and rubber-coated steel bullets.
Medical sources in the town said a child, 16, was shot with a live round in his leg, while many other Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, two Palestinians in the West Bank district of Nablus and Tubas.
The PPS said the soldiers invaded a home in the al-Makhfeyya neighborhood, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and kidnapped Sharhabeel Ahmad Awwad, 31, after searching his property.
In Tubas, in central West Bank, the soldiers kidnapped a young man, identified as Abada Daraghma, after stopping him in the center of the city, after the army invaded it.
In addition, the army invaded Bani Neim town, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and kidnapped one Palestinian. The soldiers also delivered a demolition order to a family in the town.
Also at dawn, the soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town and Aida refugee camp, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem, shot and injured a child, and kidnapped two young men.
Israeli forces in the early morning on Saturday launched airstrikes at several sites allegedly used by Palestinian political factions in the besieged Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired from the small Palestinian territory into an Israeli city Friday evening, Israeli and local sources said. Local sources said Israeli warplanes launched rockets at two sites reportedly used by the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, in the southern part of Gaza City, and targeted missiles at five other locations allegedly used by the al-Qassam Brigades and the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad. Missiles struck a site in Beit Lahiya, a blacksmith workshop in the neighborhood of Zaytoun, a site near the al-Irsal tower east of Jabaliya, empty land near an al-Quds Brigades’ site northwest of Beit Lahiya, and a shed near an agricultural college east of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, according to locals.
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday evening, Doura town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and clashed with several local youths, before wounding two with live rounds, and many others with rubber-coated steel bullets, while many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
Several military vehicles invaded the town, especially Hanina area, and clashes with local youths, who hurled stones and empty bottles on the armored Israeli military jeeps.
The soldiers fired several live rounds, in addition to dozens of rubber-coated steel bullets and gas bombs.
Medical sources said one Palestinian was shot with a live round in his shoulder, and another Palestinian was also shot with a live round in his abdomen, while many Palestinians received treatment for the effects of teargas inhalation.
On Saturday at night, several Palestinians were injured after a number of extremist Israeli settlers, living in illegal colonies in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, attacked Palestinian cars and hurled stones on them, in areas in the southern and western parts of Nablus.
Also on Saturday at night, the soldiers detained four Palestinian children at a military roadblock, the army installed on the main entrance of their village, Zabbouba, west of the West Bank city of Jenin.
Palestinians took to the streets of Gaza yesterday in a massive demonstration to mark the now annual Quds Day and renew their support for occupied Jerusalem and the rest of occupied Palestine. Posters were displayed calling for the Arab and Muslim nations to unite in order to support the occupied holy city and tackle Israel’s ongoing Judaisation project.
Loai Al-Qaryouti of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (General Command) delivered a keynote speech to participants at the demonstration. He said that Quds Day sends a “clear message” to the Israeli occupation authorities that Palestinian resistance will continue until the liberation of Palestine. He reiterated that Palestine, which has been suffering Israeli oppression for decades, is the main cause for all of the Arab and Muslim nations.
The false revolutions and bloodshed in the region are aimed at diverting the world’s eyes from Palestine, insisted Al-Qaryouti. He stressed that all parts of Palestine from the river to the sea are “inseparable”, including Jerusalem.
“At the time that the Arab and Muslim countries are leaving the Palestinian worshippers to suffer under continuous Israeli aggression,” he added, “the Palestinian resistance movements will not leave them.” The PFLP-GC official called on all Palestinian resistance movements to unite on one resistance programme.
1pm-5pm: March to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center
Al-Awda, The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition and the ANSWER Coalition are co-sponsoring the National March to Support Palestine and Protest AIPAC. We are expecting hundreds of organizations and individual leaders to endorse this activity and join the effort!
12 Noon: Assemble at the White House
1pm-5pm: March to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center
On March 20, 2016 we aren’t just protesting AIPAC but we are being direct about supporting Palestine hence the theme! We are asking people from all over The United States of America to come support justice for Palestine by standing against AIPAC which will be convening in DC on this day! We cannot continue to let AIPAC (which advocates for an illegal foreign entity not on US soil) dicatate our American foreign policy.
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Sun Nov 22, @ 7pm
Strawberry Creek Lodge, 1320 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Journalist and professor Richard Hardigan will discuss his recent visit to the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila.
The millions of Palestinian refugees, created by the Nakba in 1948, have been largely forgotten by the world, and for generations they have been dreaming of returning to their homes.
At the same time they have been struggling to live some semblance of a normal life under extremely trying conditions.
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Friday, April 4 2014 – In response to the call from the Popular Committees of Palestine, protests against US military aid to the Israeli occupation will be held in cities across the US and around the world on America’s Tax Day: Tuesday, April 15th. Read more