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.

Every time I tried to rise to my feet,” said Siad, “[The police] pulled the trigger and shocked me again, even though I was handcuffed. I vomited. I was shocked five times, and several times more outside the Meymadion park area.”

According to Haaretz, witness Sa’id Kabub of Jaffa filmed the incident, which corroborates Siad’s account. Says Kabub, “I’m 40, and I began to weep. It was shocking. One young woman saw the incident and passed out. I see a lot of stuff in Jaffa, but I never saw anything like this.”

In the video, a large crowd of witnesses can be heard screaming for the police to stop shooting Said, who rolls around on the ground in pain. One man, then later others from the crowd, approach police and appear to be begging them to stop.

At one point, Said holds out his handcuffed wrists, apparently begging for help or for the police to stop – but he is shot again by police.

israeli-police-pepper-spray-teenIn the background of the YNet News video, the teen whom Siad tried to help, also lays on the ground in obvious pain, his eye area swollen and colored bright orange from pepper spray. Both he and Siad’s injuries required hospitalization. Even so, Israeli police deny allegations of the use of excessive police force.

As documented by B’Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, “Many instances of [Israeli] abuse [upon Palestinians] are not exposed because they have become the norm. Based on past experience, many [Palestinians] do not file complaints because of lack of trust in the system – a system which tends not to believe them, and which tends to protect rather than prosecute those who injured them.”

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What’s your view on this issue?

How do you feel about Israel’s occupation of Gaza, and continued U.S. support to Israel of both finances and weaponry?

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13 thoughts on “Abuse on Palestinians Not Limited to West Bank

  1. How unfortunate it is to see this. So very sad and disturbing that humans can treat one another this way. People are so hesitant to come out of their little bubbles and speak about what is right (or in this case, what is really, really wrong). Pink Floyd had it right so long ago and it hasn’t changed much. We have become “comfortably numb”.

    • Omg, yes. This. “Comfortably numb.” In a nutshell, right? In our world of violent TV, violent movies, violent video games, violent real-life bullying, violent, well, everything…we are no longer moved by the violence imposed upon nations of people. It’s just another drop of blood in a bucket already overflowing with daily, numbing violence. But what bends my conscience about this particular issue is that our government supports & supplies the tools for it while we citizens avert our eyes & remain silent. Thanks for this comment, Griff. You & Pink Floyd hit the nail on the head.

  2. We have now moved from arrows and spears to stun guns and pepper spray in the 3500 year long battle between rival ethnic groups in this region. Yes, we’ve lost some players and some new ones have entered the stage. But it’s still the same old song. We should be saddened – but surely not surprised.

    • This is an astute observation, J. But I have to say it never fails to surprise me that violent history continues to repeat itself. I mean, when exactly is it that we realize & learn? This has to happen at some point, doesn’t it? But, as history continues to demonstrate, the answer to that quest. is a supremely confounding “NO.” 😐 And I think it has a lot to do with silence on such issues. Our media appears to have a complete blackout regarding the atrocities of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, but never misses an opportunity to highlight Palestinian rockets lobbed into Israel. Hence, our view of the situation is as distorted as our view of our own imperialism. Further, our silence regarding the occupation is, no doubt, due to our own complicity in providing Israel the weapons with which this violence is being enacted – which our media also does not disclose. Maddening! This brand of silence is very dangerous for us in the long run, keeps us uninformed, and thereby silent & inactive to do anything about it.

  3. Sadness! Especially when I read some of the comments on YouTube. So much hate!

    It put me in mind of Martin Luther King Quote… Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

    I don’t have the answer but I do know it isn’t… more hate.

  4. And the whole world watches this and more everyday, and no one lifts a finger. We have become extremely selfish and well “if it’s not happening to me then I don’t care!” very sad..

  5. Anger!
    But the Palestinians have been let down by selfish motives of their own politicians and leaders. It is incredible that no lasting peace has been negotiated. I squarely blame the politicians on both the sides for this. Peaceful existence is easier than they make us believe.

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