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.”
This number, however, accounts only for planned new homes in the Beit El settlement; it fails to include an additional 550 homes to be constructed in other areas of the occupied West Bank, as revealed by Israel’s Construction Minister, Ariel Attias.
Though Israel, and its ally the U.S., differentiate between legal settlements and illegal outposts, the U.N. and the rest of the international community “views all Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory as a violation of international law,” as reported by the Associated Press.
As reported in The Guardian, British Cooperative Group (BCG), one of the largest food retailers in the United Kingdom with a policy already in place against importing produce from illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank, is now extending that policy by ending trade with companies who still export such products.
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.”
As reported by Al Jazeera’s Kimberly Halkett, the Obama administration is criticizing U.S. politicians using legislative efforts to delay delivery of aid for food, healthcare and infrastructure to Palestinians.
As well, Palestinian officials call the move “counterproductive” to Middle East peace efforts.
Do you feel that U.S. politicians are justified in withholding aid to Palestine based on pro-Israel politics?
“Our claim is freedom of Palestine, not part of Palestine. Any plan that partitions Palestine is totally rejected,” says Khamenei. “Palestine spans from the river [Jordan] to the [Mediterranean] sea, nothing less.”
India, who has always supported Palestine, has had an historically pro-Arab position partly due to the fact that India has a huge Muslim population which empathized with the Arab world, and viewed Israel with suspicion and distrust. But Muslim influence was not the only reason for India’s pro-Palestine stance, as reported by Al Jazeera’s Ramananda Sengupta in “India’s Israel-Arab Tightrope Walk.”
In fact, as documented by Stephen Zunes, international relations scholar specializing in Middle Eastern politics, U.S. foreign policy, and strategic nonviolent action, “U.S. opposition to Palestine has run so strong that the U.S. has withdrawn or has threatened to withdraw badly needed financial support from UN agencies that have supported Palestinian rights.”
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.”