In a call to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.
“Die you son of a whore!” “Faggot!” the Israelis scream at Ahmad Salih Manasra, 14, as he lays gasping for breath after being shot by an Israeli colonist.
Charlotte Silver reports he is still alive, in critical condition. His cousin was killed.
The killers claim the boy had a knife. We presume him innocent.
Max Blumenthal tells Glenn Greenwald:
“And for all I knew about the Israel-Palestine crisis, I was not prepared to come in to such intimate contact with so much human destruction. And to really come to grips with the fact that the Gaza Strip is an open-air prison, and it’s not hyperbolic to say so. We’re not just saying this for rhetorical effect.
In order to enter Gaza, you pass through the Erez terminal with your government press office credential, which means you’re one of very few people who can get in or get out. And you wander down a long corridor, which is a cage, and then you arrive at a metal door at a concrete wall. The metal door opens, it shuts behind you, and you’re inside what is effectively a walled-off ghetto.
You look down this endless wall, to your right, and you see a remote-controlled machine gun perched on the wall. That’s the spot and strike system, which is operated by an all-female unit of Israeli soldiers in the Negev Desert, tens of kilometers away, by remote. And what they do is, they watch the buffer zone?—?this 300-kilometer area that Palestinians are forbidden from entering inside the Gaza Strip. And anyone who enters who they determine to be a “terrorist,” they eliminate with the push of a joystick button from a remote-controlled machine gun. It’s just that dystopian.”
- The Nakba, 65 Years of Dispossession and Apartheid
- The Real Story of How Israel Was Created by Alison Weir
- Asking the Hard Questions About Israel by John Feffer
- The Unmentionable Source of Terrorism by John Pilger
By Murray Rothbard:
If you want to read a whole book, then:
- The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe
Tomorrow is Nakba Day, which commemorates the mass dispossession of Palestinians that accompanied the foundation of the State of Israel. Read “The more Israel represses the Nakba, the stronger the memories” by Gideon Levy in Haaretz. Use the printer-friendly or Google cache version to bypass the paywall.
“But the truth is that there is no greater proof of Israel’s insecurity about the justness of its cause than the battle waged to forbid marking the Nakba. A people confident in its path would respect the feelings of the minority, and not try to trample on its heritage and memories. A people that knows something terrible is burning under its feet sees every reference to what happened as an existential threat.”
For more details on Israeli repression of Nakba commemoration, see “Chilling effect of the Nakba Law on Israel’s human rights”
UPDATE: Also see Essential Reading for Nakba Day.