Israeli police ransack homes of 40 Palestinians during al-Shaludi home demolition


“Israeli police ransacked seven apartments and urinated inside one while demolishing the Silwan apartment of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, the Palestinian motorist from East Jerusalem who killed a three-month old Israeli-American Chaya Zissel and one Ecuadoran tourist in a light rail attack in Jerusalem on October 22, 2014.”

“They urinated on the mattresses in my brother’s apartment,” says Enas al-Shaludi, 43, the mother of the deceased driver. “You can see the urine on the mattresses.” In addition to the demolition, which the family expected after receiving a demolition order last Friday, all of the other apartments in the four-story residential building were raided. The residents were evacuated overnight to a flimsy plastic tarp tent across the street.”

Israeli police ransack homes of 40 Palestinians during al-Shaludi home demolition

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on November 20, 2014 6 Comments

Israeli police ransacked seven apartments and urinated inside one while demolishing the Silwan apartment of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi, 21, the Palestinian motorist from East Jerusalem who killed a three-month old Israeli-American Chaya Zissel and one Ecuadoran tourist in a light rail attack in Jerusalem on October 22, 2014.

“They urinated on the mattresses in my brother’s apartment,” says Enas al-Shaludi, 43, the mother of the deceased driver. “You can see the urine on the mattresses.” In addition to the demolition, which the family  expected after receiving a demolition order last Friday, all of the other apartments in the four-story residential building were raided. The residents were evacuated overnight to a flimsy plastic tarp tent across the street.

Blown out windows of the apartment of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Relatives of Abdel al-Shaludi assess the interior of his home, demolished by explosives. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Enas al-Shaludi in her living room, hours after Israeli authorities demolish her son's home and ransack hers. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Just before midnight on Tuesday evening scores of Israeli border police arrived outside of Enas al-Shaludi’s house. Her apartment is on the floor below where her son and three grandchildren lived. “At one o’clock in the morning they [border police] came and took all of the families and all of the people in this building and the next building. They moved us out to the tent, maybe 50 or more people, there,” she explains. The neighbors, all from the al-Shaludi family waited overnight while police affixed incendiary devices to the ceilings of the destroyed apartment.

Enas al-Shaludi waited outside in the cold from 1:00 am to 5:00 am as border police conducted searches throughout the building. When the family returned they found shards of glass everywhere. Children’s bedroom furniture was overturned and broken, toys and clothes littered broken wardrobes. In many of the rooms, not even a centimeter of floor was visible because of the piles of dumped personal items. The building resembled that of Amer Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh, the two accused abductors and killers of three Israeli settlers last June from a hitchhiking spot in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Jerusalem. In that case, the Israeli army demolished a unit in each of the buildings with explosives, and trashed all of the other apartments with hammers.

“When they demolished, with the bomb, I felt like I can’t stand on my legs. Until now I can’t stand,” sys Enas al-Shaludi seated from a sofa in what was once her living room. A hutch in her hallway is cracked. Her bedroom is unusable. She is planning to spend the night with other relatives, once the paralysis of shock faded and she was able to walk again.

“The other houses, you can see inside all of the bathrooms, everything. They broke many doors, glass and windows throughout the building,” says Abdel Karim al-Shaludi, 62, a relative of the family and engineer who came his Shuafat home to view the aftermath shortly after sunrise. Droves of relatives and neighbors gathered after daybreak to help assess the damage. Peering at concrete rubble that lined the floor of al-Shaludi’s one-time home, Karim al-Shaludi laments, “I feel that this situation will push the people.” For him, if his nephew’s home is demolished than so too should the house of the confessed Jewish-Israeli killer of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year old youth from Jerusalem who was kidnapped and then burned to death last June.

Abdel Karim al-Shaloui stands in the former salon of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi's apartment, hours after Israeli authorities demolish it by explosion. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Apartment of Enas al-Shaludi, mother of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi. (Photo: Allison Deger)

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(Photo: Allison Deger)

Since al-Shaludi’s October 22, 2014 attack in Jerusalem, the family home has been a site of clashes with police and is now the first case of Israel’s return to a regular use of punitive home demolitions for Palestinians thought to have committed nationalistic crimes against Israeli citizens. Netanyahu announced on Sunday the policy would return in earnest after the military said they would abandon the practice in 2005.

On the street just below al-Shaludi’s flat, mounds of concrete crushed a parked car. The explosion shot the cement bindings out to the street.

Back up in the destroyed al-Shaludi apartment, Fadi, a 13-year-old cousin of the deceased, regains his footing inside the blown out home. It’s the third demolished house he has seen belonging to a member of his family. When asked how many demolished homes he’s visited in his East Jerusalem neighborhood, he thinks for a moment, and then settles on “a lot. Maybe eight.”

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Ooooooy! Egypt you are a curse onto humanity! #Gaza, #Rafa, #Egypt


Ooooooy! Egypt you are a curse onto humanity!

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‪#‎Gaza‬: 30000 humanitarian situation need to travel through the ‪#‎Rafah‬ crossing and 6000 is stuck in ‪#‎Egypt‬
30 thousand cases of serious diseases and residencies, students, employers …

The Interior Ministry in Gaza said that 30 thousand humanitarian situation in dire need of travel and are of serious diseases and residencies, students, foreign passport holders; as well as the presence of nearly 6,000 Palestinians stuck on the Egyptian side, except for stranded in countries rather stranded, and worsen the humanitarian situation worse day after Day.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Gaza Iyad Bezm stressed that the continued closure of the Rafah crossing for four weeks behind the humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip, noting that the Egyptian authorities continued to close the Rafah crossing without reason or justification “logical”, bringing the number of days closed on this year’s 208 days .

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Israel admits troops may have used phosphorus shells in Gaza


Israel admits troops may have used phosphorus shells in Gaza.

Israel has admitted – after mounting pressure – that its troops may have used white phosphorus shells in contravention of international law, during its three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip.

One of the places most seriously affected by the use of white phosphorus was the main UN compound in Gaza City, which was hit by three shells on 15 January. The same munition was used in a strike on the al-Quds hospital in Gaza City the same day.

Under review by Colonel Shai Alkalai is the use of white phosphorus by a reserve paratroop brigade in northern Israel.

According to army sources the brigade fired up to 20 phosphorus shells in a heavily built-up area around the Gaza township of Beit Lahiya, one of the worst hit areas of Gaza.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jan/21/gaza-phosphorus-shells?CMP=share_btn_fb

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Berkeley students’ surprising reaction to ISIS and Israel flags on campus


Published on Nov 19, 2014

Ami Horowitz: I have always thought that there was no connection between intellect
and wisdom. To put this theory to the test, I headed out to the
University of California, Berkeley.

Students at Berkeley clearly have a lot of intellect; it is one of the most prestigious and selective
universities in the country. But do they have wisdom? I went to the
bucolic campus armed with a flag that represents the greatest evil
known today, ISIS. If these are our best and brightest then we should
all be afraid, very afraid.

The shocking video above unfortunately proves once and for all that there is in fact no connection between intellect and wisdom.

Ami Horowitz is a satirist and filmmaker. His “U.N. Me” film debuted in 2011. Visit the “U.N. Me” Facebook page or check out the website: theunmovie.com.

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Military Dog Assaults Palestinian Protester in Kufer Qaddum, 16.3.2012


this is the moral army

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Recipe for disaster as Israel allows more civilians to carry guns


Recipe for disaster as Israel allows more civilians to carry guns

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Israeli settlers in the West Bank, including eastern occupied Jerusalem, are already often armed to the teeth.

(Issam Rimawi / APA images)

Israeli minister of public security Yitzhak Aharonovitch approved a measure on Thursday that eases gun restrictions, expanding gun license eligibility to tens of thousands of people who previously did not qualify.

“The decision comes from a need to improve the feeling of safety among the population in light of the recent terror attacks,” said Aharonovitch.

The new, ostensibly temporary, guidelines will allow certain army unit veterans, officers in the army reserves, former police and Shin Bet (Israeli secret police) officers and former security guards at the Israel Airports Authority to qualify for a gun license.

Because military conscription for Jewish Israelis is compulsory, this constitutes a large portion of the Israeli population.

Recipe for disaster

Combined with the rising tide of anti-Arab extremism in Israeli society, the loosening of gun restrictions is a recipe for disaster.

For weeks right-wing Israeli demonstrators have clamored for more police violence against Palestinians, with some demanding that Arab rock-throwers as young as seven be shot on sight.

This type of incitement is not only prevalent, it is alarmingly acceptable.

As The Electronic Intifada’s Patrick O. Strickland reported last week, an Israeli train driver who agitated for his countrymen to run over Palestinians for “the Jewish Nation” in a Facebook post has faced no real repercussions, and will keep his job.

Similarly, there will be likely be no consequence for the high school math teacher in Ashkelon who sent an image to his students of a Muslim graveyard, captioned: ”In times like these, it’s important to remember there are also good Arabs! And they can be found here.”

The hate is not isolated to random individuals. Indeed, the Israeli public has been whipped into a racist frenzy by incitement from the top.

Incitement from the top

Earlier this month, Aharonovitch (the security minister) incited vigilante violence when he applauded the swift police execution of the Palestinian driver responsible for a vehicular attack in Jerusalem on 5 November.

“The action of the Border Police officer who chased the terrorist and quickly killed him is the right and professional action, and that is the way I would like these incidents to end,” said Aharonovitch. “A terrorist who strikes civilians should be killed.”

Many understood this as a call for police and armed civilians to act as judge, jury and executioner against perceived “terrorists,” which in the Israeli lexicon is interchangeable with “Arabs.”

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel linked Aharonovitch’s incitement to the police murder of 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan days later.

On 9 November, in the Galilee village of Kufr Kana, Israeli police shot Hamdan after he banged on their van with an unidentified object.

CCTV footage of the killing reveals that the officers shot Hamdan at close range without warning as he ran away, and then shot him again after he was injured and bleeding on the ground, completely contradicting initial police claims that Hamdan attacked an officer with a knife.

Despite the video evidence, Israel’s economic minister Naftali Bennett celebrated the police shooting, labeling Hamdan a “crazed Arab terrorist.”

Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights, expressed alarm over the “direct connection” between incitement from the top and the behavior of citizens on the ground.

“The minister [Aharonovitch] stated that anyone who attacks Israeli Jewish citizens should be killed immediately,” said Adalah. “In any democratic society that respects the life of its citizens, any government minister that makes statements such as those by Yitzhak Aharonovich should be immediately dismissed.”

But there is no penalty for inciting against Arabs in Israel, so Aharonovitch has doubled down.

After inciting vigilantism against a largely defenseless Palestinian population, Aharonovitch is supplying the trigger for Israelis to act on their worst impulses.

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Canada criminalizes criticism of Israel: Analyst


Canada criminalizes criticism of Israel: Analyst

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The pro-Israel Canadian government is modifying the country’s criminal code to ban any criticism of the Zionist regime for atrocities against Palestinians, an analyst says.

In a column for Press TV website, Brandon Martinez has analyzed the proposed cyber-bullying law (Bill C-13) by the administration of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“The Zionist ruling clique of Canada, through their front-man Stephen Harper, is seeking to beef up the already-existing Orwellian ‘hate propaganda’ law, which has been primarily used to curtail criticism of Zionists and Israel,” wrote Martinez.

He said Canada’s criminal code is to ban criticism or promotion of “hatred” against people distinguished by “national origin.”

“This means, say, if you condemn Israelis for their inhumane treatment of Palestinians, you could find yourself in court facing down the self-appointed thought police and commissars of political correctness,” wrote Martinez.

He singled out the case of German-Canadian publisher, Ernst Zundel, who has been facing court and jail due to his criticism of Zionists who are “the self-appointed architects of public discourse, the self-declared arbiters of truth and morality.”

The analyst said the Canadian police have refused to provide any protection to Zundel, whose Toronto home has been “torched by Zionist terrorists.”

“Zundel’s story is a testament to the power and control of Jewish extremists in Canada,” wrote Martinez.

Harper is under criticism for its violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in Canada.

Many native Canadians remain among the poorest members of the Canadian society, with most of them suffering poor educational, economic and social conditions.

KA/HSN/SS

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