Saturday, 10 October 2015

Palestinian lives don’t matter to US media

From the Electronic Intifada - As Israel ramps up its deadly attacks on Palestinians, mainstream US media outlets are actively concealing the alarming displays of genocidal racism emanating from Israeli Jewish society.

Violence against Palestinians is nothing new. Israel’s ongoing colonial project requires enormous levels of brutality against Palestinians. But this daily reality is only newsworthy when it blows back against Israeli Jews, which has been the case during the last week with a number of violent incidents against Israeli settlers.

Every unsavory act allegedly committed by a Palestinian since the drive-by shooting of an Israeli settler couple last Thursday has garnered major headlines. During the same time period, Israeli settlers and soldiers have terrorized Palestinians across the occupied West Bank in attacks that have injured nearly 1,000 Palestinians, including at least 66 people with live rounds.

Yet these acts of systematic violence have barely registered as an afterthought in establishment press reports, sending a very clear and chilling message. Palestinian lives, it seems, have no value until Israeli Jewish lives are affected.

Meanwhile, incitement to murder by Israeli leaders and Jewish lynch mobs chanting “death to Arabs” were comprehensively omitted from US media coverage, much like they were in the lead up to the burning alive of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair last year. more

Palestinian youth killed in Jerusalem; witnesses say troops shot him for no reason

Israeli troops shoot and killed a Palestinian youth on Saturday morning in the al-Misrara area, in Bab al-Amoud in occupied east Jerusalem.

Israeli media sources said that the youth tried to stab two settlers before he was shot dead by Israeli officers.

Palestinian news sources identified the killed youth as 16-year-old Ishaq Badran from the town of Kufer Aqeb near Jerusalem.

Last Saturday Israeli police shoot and killed a Palestinian teenager at the same location. The young man was running away from Israeli radical settlers mob towards Israeli police officers who shot him dead.

Journalist, Dalyia Al Namari from Russia Today Arabic news channel was on scene today and said that Palestinian witness told her that the youth did not attack any settlers and was shot by Israeli soldiers without any reason.

Israeli police attacked Al Namari and forced her away from the area while she was live on TV meanwhile they shot and injured another Palestinian cameraman in the area. more

Israeli forces shoot dead two boys, aged 13 and 15, in Gaza

Israeli forces on Saturday shot and killed two Palestinian boys, aged 13 and 15, at a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that Marwan Barbakh, 13, and Khalil Othman, 15, were shot dead during the protest to the east of Khan Younis.

Medics initially reported that Barbakh was 12 years old.

At least 15 others were injured during the protest, the ministry said, although it did not provide further details.

The Palestinian Red Crescent later said that its ambulance crews had treated seven Palestinians shot with live rounds across the Gaza Strip, in addition to 21 who suffered excessive tear gas inhalation. more

Palestinian shot dead in Shufat as Jerusalem clashes continue

Palestinian Ahmad Salah, 24, was shot dead in Shufat Refugee Camp in occupied East Jerusalem overnight Friday, after clashes broke out with Israeli forces near an Israeli checkpoint at the camp entrance.

A spokesman for the Fatah movement in Shufat, Thaer al-Fasfous, told Ma'an that "fierce clashes resumed overnight near the Shufat checkpoint, during which Israeli occupation forces fired live ammunition directly at the young men from close range." Several young men were injured including two in serious condition, al-Fasfous said, adding that an injured young man was detained after Israeli paramedics gave him first aid.

Locals told Ma'an that Israeli forces prevented them from reaching Salah after he was shot.

The young man was "left on the ground and bleeding to death" before Israeli forces took his body, which was eventually taken to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, locals said.

Salah's body was delivered by Israeli authorities Saturday morning to his family in Shufat Refugee Camp. more