Report: 16 Palestinian Children Arrested, Beaten, and Confined to Cage By Israeli Soldiers

“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…

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Report: Israel May Be Planning ‘Forced Transfer’ of Residents from 2 Palestinian Villages

[ Ed. note – The email below was sent out yesterday by the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. Apparently the Israeli government authorities are planning to completely eradicate two Palestinian villages and forcibly transfer the population. To where is not clear. But B’Tselem is calling it an “extreme escalation,” and judging from the tone of the email there are concerns that what’s apparently in the works now may just be a precursor to an ethnic cleansing operation on a far wider scale. ]

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Resistance is NOT Futile: Israeli Soldiers Ambushed By their Own Gas Grenades

A valuable lesson the Palestinians have given to the world: no matter how badly the deck may be stacked against you, never give up! Tuqu is a town in the Bethlehem Governorate. It is located in the West Bank–internationally recognized as Palestinian land. The soldiers in this video are occupiers in every sense of the word. And in the face of fierce Palestinian determination, they are reduced to looking like doofuses. As I say, it’s a valuable lesson.

Today is April 28–what has been designated as a “day of rage” in Occupied Palestine. From Ma’an News’ coverage:

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Israelis Stop Planting, Destroy Olive Tree Seedlings

Trees

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

By Joyce Kilmer

Israeli Land Seizure Bill Viewed as Prelude to West Bank Annexation

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“If you don’t understand that stealing property from people, especially people that cannot defend their rights because they are at the bottom of the food chain [is wrong], then you have a moral and personal problem.”

Bill would “retroactively legalize” thousands of Jewish houses built on private Palestinian property

By Ben Lynfield

A controversial bill that would legalise the seizure of Palestinian private property and cripple hopes for a two-state peace solution is expected to easily pass in a Knesset vote next week.

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15-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Denied Visa for US Speaking Tour

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[ Ed. note – Ahed Tamimi is the blond-haired Palestinian girl who has been seen in countless videos and who always seems to stand out–not only because of her striking looks and young age, but also because of her persistent determination in resisting the Israeli occupation. That’s her in the photo above–taken, I think, about five or six years ago. Here is a much more recent photo of her:

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Video: Israeli Soldiers Throw Stones at Palestinian School Children

[ Ed. note – This video surfaced one day after an Israeli court dismissed criminal proceedings against two Israeli security guards implicated in the slayings of Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, 23, and her 16-year-old brother, Ibrahim Taha (see my post from yesterday). I’m guessing these soldiers probably knew they were being filmed and didn’t care–which would suggest they no longer care what the world thinks of them. What other military of any other country in the world has ever been filmed throwing rocks at children? ]

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