Saturday, 5 July 2014

American teen brutalized by Israeli police 'to be tried Sunday'

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian-American teen who was beaten, badly injured, and detained by undercover Israeli police officers in Jerusalem on Thursday is set to be tried Sunday, a rights group said.

Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, was beaten in the Shufat neighborhood at around 8 p.m. by Israeli police in the yard of his uncle's home and arrested without charges, Addameer said on its website Friday.

The boy was taken to a police station following the beating, and police delayed treatment of his wounds until 1:20 a.m., when he was taken to Hadassa Hospital.

His family was not permitted to see Tarek until he was hospitalized, the rights group said.

His detention has been extended until Sunday morning, when a hearing will be held at the Court of First Instances in Jerusalem. more

Palestinian man seriously wounded by Israeli soldiers' random firing from watchtower

GAZA, (PIC)-- A 30-year-old man was wounded in central Gaza Strip at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday.

Palestinian security sources told the PIC reporter that Abdulaziz Abu Mandil was hit with an IOF bullet 300 meters from the border fence in central Gaza Strip.

They said that IOF soldiers manning military watchtowers opened random fire at Palestinian agricultural land to the east of Masdar village in central Gaza seriously injuring the man in the process. more

A selfie of the potential murderer as a young man

“To hate Arabs isn’t racism, it’s having values. #IsraelDemandsRevenge.” Posted to an Israeli Facebook page 2 July 2014.

From Mondoweiss

Since the beginning of colonialism, it has been a cruel, cynical practice to push the native into a desperate position in which he creates brutal acts of despair. Israel didn’t invent this pattern; it only upgraded it. This practice historically enabled the Christian sovereign to portray the native as a barbarian beast that needed to be either domesticated or slaughtered.

At the same time, the sovereign painted a self-portrait of himself as a martyr on the cross. The sovereign always performed an ethical-cultural “superiority” in a white-Western framework. He always admitted to some ethical glitches as exceptions about which he made sensitive art (or films) to perform repentance and soul-cleansing. Yesterday, in Israel, the sham revealed itself.

Like two mirrors facing each other in infinite regress, tens of thousands of young Jewish colonialists stood in front of the camera and created a self-portrait of potential murderers. This portrait reveals that Israeli terror is not only performed by the army, but also by tens of thousands of citizens. It took only a day for the potential murderers to become actual murderers. The mask of innocence fell from their faces. And now it appears as if all of us are murderers, Jews and Palestinians alike.

Therefore, without undermining the personal responsibility of the individual murderers, it’s crucial for us to understand that the true murderer of all the youngsters, Palestinians and Jews, is the occupation, the apartheid, and the ideological meta-structure of Israeli sovereignty. “Who murdered first?” and “Who murdered how many?” are side questions, and sometimes even misleading questions, within the oppressive machinery of the Israeli government throughout its history. more

Dozens injured by army fire in Hebron

Palestinian medical sources have reported that dozens of Palestinians have been wounded, late on Friday at night, during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the northern entrance of the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

The sources said six Palestinians were shot by rubber-coated metal bullets, while at least two were directly hit by gas bombs fired by the army, and suffered burns and bruises to various parts of their bodies.

The soldiers prevented Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances from entering the camp, and the medics had to walk into the camp to provide the needed treatment to the wounded Palestinians.

Scores of residents suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, and some lost consciousness, as the soldiers fired gas bombs at different homes, especially homes close to the military tower, at the entrance of the camp.

The families had to leave their homes and seek shelter elsewhere due to the massive number of gas bombs fired by the soldiers.

Clashes also took place in the southern area of Hebron city, especially in the Old City, and Tareq Ben Ziad junction. Dozens of residents suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation. more

Locals: Settlers try to kidnap 7-year-old in Beit Hanina

JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old Palestinian child in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina overnight Thursday, locals said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that four settlers from Pisgat Zeev tried to kidnap Muhammad Ali al-Kiswani while he was playing in the neighborhood late Thursday after breaking the Ramadan fast.

Children in the area alerted family members, who thwarted the attack, according to witnesses.

The settlers fled on foot, locals said.

An Israeli police spokesman could not be reached for comment. more

Official: Autopsy shows Palestinian youth burnt alive

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A preliminary autopsy report shows that 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir was burnt alive by his kidnappers, a senior Palestinian official said late Friday.

Attorney General Muhammad Abd al-Ghani Uweili told Ma'an Abu Khdeir's autopsy showed soot in the victim's lungs and respiratory tract, indicating he was alive and breathing while he was being burnt.

Abu Khdeir also had a head injury, but died from complications as a result of being burnt, Uweili said.

A final autopsy will be released later, he added. more