“On October 13th, 2017, 16 children and 2 adults were ambushed and arrested by the Israeli soldiers from the Givati Brigade. The 18 arrested were initially detained in a cage in checkpoint 56, cable-tied, kicked, and hit. 2 were released, whilst the remaining 16 were transferred to an Israeli police station where they were subjected to further physical and psychological violence. All 16 were eventually released without charge, but not before threats were made to their families and the safety of their homes.”
The above is reported by Christian Peacemaker Teams, which maintains a team of international observers in the occupied West Bank…
Below I am posting the latest newsletter, emailed out on Thursday, of the Alternative Tourism Group. The ATG is a Palestinian NGO founded in 1995 and based in Bethlehem whose mission is to promote what might be thought of as “justice tourism.” That is to say, it facilitates tours and Holy Land pilgrimages so that visitors from abroad might see for themselves the realities of the Israeli occupation.
[ Ed. note – The article below discusses a practice known as “kneecapping,” in which Palestinian youths are targeted in their lower limbs by live fire from Israeli soldiers. The writer profiles–with stories and photos–several Palestinian youths who have been disabled in such a manner.
In a visit to the West Bank, late night TV celebrity Conan O’Brien encountered a group of pro-Palestinian activists, most of them Americans, who laid the cold-hard truth on him regarding Israel’s occupation.
Here we we see Palestinian school children having their purses and knapsacks searched by an Israeli soldier…
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but those who are ill.“
The thing that strikes me most about this video is how the soldier seems in no hurry to carry out his duties. Nothing to indicate he has any interest in seeing the children proceed along to school with minimum delay. On the contrary, he seems to draw the search out deliberately, much as if to hold them up as long as possible. The other thing that strikes me is the way he tosses the items he has finished pawing and raking over back onto the table with something of a dismissive air of contempt. Any country that treats children this way as a matter of official policy is in dire need of a doctor.
[ Ed. note – Theodosios Atallah Hannah is archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. A native Palestinian, he was first ordained a priest in 1991. This past Tuesday night he came under attack by a group of Jewish settlers who surrounded him, spat on him, and hurled insults.
Roger Waters’ “Us and Them” tour is scheduled to perform this Friday and Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, on Long Island, in Uniondale, New York. Apparently Nassau County officials have backed down on their plans to shut down the show (see article below). Waters was interviewed on “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman and co-hosts.