Abuse on Palestinians Not Limited to West Bank

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Israeli occupation of Palestine: Israeli soldier holds frightened Palestinian mother and young children at gunpoint.

In ever-increasing documentation of violent assaults demonstrating that attacks on Palestinians are not limited to the occupied West Bank, Israeli police repeatedly shot a Palestinian father and Good Samaritan with electric stun guns in front of his 5 young children in an East Jerusalem park.

As reported by mainstream Israeli news outlet Haaretz, the victim, 42-year-old Talal Siad, was having a celebratory Eid al-Fitr family day with his wife and 5 children at Meymadion Water Park on Thursday, when they witnessed Tel Aviv police repeatedly spraying pepper into the eyes of a teenager on the ground.

The teen victim had been involved in an altercation which occurred between some families at the park. Israeli police intervened, but witnesses say the officers used “unnecessary force.”

RT News reports that Siad, who was not involved in the altercation but was alarmed by the excessive police pepper-spraying into the eyes of the teenager on the ground, called out, “What are you doing? You’re killing those kids! You’re being unreasonable!

palestinian-tasered-by-israeli-policeIsraeli police responded by aggressively threatening Siad, who was holding his 3-year old in his arms.

Says YNet News, when Siad put his child down to attempt to help the pepper-sprayed teen, police attacked Siad with stun guns.

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Turkey’s Response to U.S. Oil Sanctions Against Iran

no-oil-from-iran-signIn compliance with U.S. demands that countries reduce dependence on Iranian oil, Turkey is drawing up plans to decrease a portion of its supply of the natural resource from the Islamic republic.

Instead, Turkey will purchase about 1 million tons of crude oil from Libya in 2012.

We believe that this was the right step to take, to boost our commercial relationship with Libya and help with the normalization of the country,” says Turkey’s Energy Minister, Taner Yıldız.

However, this reduction in dependence on Iranian oil does not signify agreement with the U.S. regarding Iran’s nuclear intentions.

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Israeli Police Brutality of Palestinian Protesters

fadi-quranJust as U.S. police brutality videos are being pulled from YouTube by the powers that be, so follows the fate of such videos of U.S. staunch ally, Israel, depicting over-the-top police response to peaceful Palestinian protesters.

Such videos, as the one showing Fadi Quran – a peaceful Palestinian activist and double-degree International Relations and Physics Stanford University graduate – may be found only in alternative news outlets.

Though this revealing story of Israeli police brutality upon a peaceful Palestinian protestor has been headlined by dozens of alternative news outlets, U.S. mainstream news media has yet to report on it. Continue reading

Rick Santorum on the West Bank: “There is no ‘Palestine.’ This is Israeli Land.”

santorumGOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum‘s controversial statement about Palestinians in the West Bank continues to rankle:

The bottom line is that that is legitimately Israeli country. And they have a right to do within their country just like we have a right to do within our country. If they want to negotiate with Israelis, and all the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis, they’re not Palestinians. There is no ‘Palestinian.’ This is Israeli land.”

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Israel Bans Boycotts

No more demonstrations against the state of Israel or its West Bank settlements.

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So ruled the Israeli Parliament last week in legislation, passed by 47 votes to 38, which effectively makes academic, cultural, or economic boycotts against the state or “any area under its control” (i.e. occupied territories, such as Palestine) illegal and punishable by law.

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Critics view Israel’s ban on boycotts as an attack on democracy, and freedom of expression, while supporters say the law is “aimed at countering calls in Israel and abroad for cultural and economic boycotts against settlements in the West Bank, occupied land Palestinians want for a state.”

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Uprooting Fear, Hatred

I came across an inspiring article that left me feeling hopeful for the next generation of Palestine/Israel relations.

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Following, is an excerpt from a Worldpress.org news article Seeds of Peace

by Joshua Pringle.

To someone living in the United States—where war is not something experienced on your home turf on a regular basis—it is hard to imagine what the gravity of this first encounter [an Arab child with an Israeli child] might be like. Amer Kamal is a Palestinian Seed who grew up in East Jerusalem. He told Worldpress.org about the nerves he felt going to camp in 1997, recalling the shock he felt when he learned that he wouldn’t have his own room and would have to bunk with the other kids. “On both sides of me there were Israelis,” Kamal said. “I didn’t feel safe. I was worried about my stuff, even. I kept my stuff in the bag; I didn’t unpack.”

Sobering words from a child…

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