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