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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Israel Defies Parliament: 850 New Settlement Homes to be Built

israel-construction-of-new-homes-in-west-bankIsraeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, signed off this week on the construction of 850 new Israeli homes to be built on illegally occupied territory in Palestine.

In opposition to most other international news media, Western news media reduces the number of these new Israeli homes to 300.

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.

Moreover, though the US State Department contends that continued Israeli settlement activity “undermines peace efforts and contradicts Israeli commitments and obligations,” the U.S. nevertheless remains a staunch supporter of Israel.

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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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What do you think about this law?

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