Massive protests against Israeli occupation forces continued today, with thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets of West Bank towns to protest the weekend death of a detainee tortured in Israeli custody.
The protests are doubly large because there were already significant rallies protesting the treatment of hunger striking detainees, and those rallies just grew when the announcement hit of the new death, of a man who signed a confession for throwing stones shortly before his death.
Israeli Civil Defense Minister Avi Dichter warned that the death could lead to a new intifada, as the previous two intifadas were the result of “a high number of dead during protests.” Israel has demanded the Palestinian Authority stop all protests.
But PA President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered his security forces, or at least the ones who aren’t striking because Israeli tax seizures mean they aren’t getting paid, to avoid getting drawn into the violence between protesters and Israeli troops, adding that he holds Israel responsible for the death and the protests were just a consequence of that.
The protests have turned ugly, with many clashes reported, and Israeli police firing live ammunition at the demonstrators, badly wounding at least one 15 year old.
The UN is calling for an independent investigation into the killing of the detainee, after Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour reported that the autopsy showed broken bones in his neck, spine, arms and legs, along with deep cuts in his shoulders. Israel insisted that the death was a result of a pre-existing heart condition and that the many bruises and breaks were just from Israeli medical personnel trying to revive him.
5 thoughts on “West Bank Protests Grow Over Detainee Death, Fears of New Intifada”
It sure takes alot of guts & sheer bravery
to arrest children for throwing rocks at occupying soldiers
then to haul them away to a jail to be traumatized by sheer 'legal' terrorism
until shaking in fear.bleeding, white with pain they sign confessions in a language they do not understand
My my what tremendous courage it must take to point a tank's barrel at a kid
who is on the way to school who dared to stop to throw a stone at the big ugly beast
What backbone & pluck one must possess to be armed to the teeth harassing women, children & unarmed men in their own country at a checkpoint deciding who can pass who cannot…& when
What kind of gallantry does one need to bomb schools & hospitals
using state of the art weaponry to destroy homes, farms & orchards
as brave cowards slaughter civilians en-caged in an open air prison for voting the wrong way in a free election but voting for a democracy your captors disapprove of
what absurd chutzpah this is to call this crime against humanity; self-defense or justified
A dozen jeeps screech to a stop outside a home in the occupied 'terror'tories
fully armed soldiers race out shouting then break down the door of a families home at 3 am
to photograph 13 year olds for future reference while mom & dad are forced to freeze by a gun shoved in the face outside in the chill of the night
after the raid to salute such daring gallantry with smiles and salutes which took such pluck & grit
But the truly brave the honestly courageous are those who don't blink when faced with such overwhelming force
real heroes are those who endure with unconquerable sumud day after day, year after year
they stay with unpassable defiance and refuse to cede or yield
as the Palestinian gets jeered harassed & marginalized by the court fed by zionist policies he smiles with a grace incomprehensible
West Bank Palestinians resist under the yolk of foreign military occupation as they survive by endurance
under the wire mesh overhang of the markets from the trash tossed from above
to the Palestinian who stands up to the racism,abuse & mistreatment with a smile of fortitude & the calmness of valor
i walked with your children on public dirt roads while red-eyed demonic pious immigrants waved guns screaming rabid hatred
i was atop a teachers house in Hebron who showed us where the occupation soldier pissed in her watertank during the 2nd intifada
i broke bread with a family whose lineage goes backs thousands of years and have a stone at the entrance to their farm with the word's; 'we refuse to be your enemy'
i was born in a land called canada
my ancestor blood flows Lakota blackfoot
i eschew nationalism, patriotism and others vices of bigotry, elitism, xenophobia & exclusiveness
but i shout with idealism & with solidarity i am Palestinian
i accept that all bloods flow red and one…
Jaffa; a clockwork orange
by michael hall
I have a key to a home that has no door nor walls
but i can still smell jaffa oranges sweet in the breeze down the hill
over there stands a park where a village once stood
so my grandmother told me one day, almost everyday
Have you ever been to the sea
i've never been there but my grandfather has
it was warm and salty he says with moist eyes
but for me the wet of the sea is not allowed
Not too long ago we walked this land from water to water
over the hills and down into the farms tending rows and rows of orchards
some of the olive trees were thousands of years old
before armored bulldozers came broke and razed them into piles of kindling
Al Quds is a dream for all of us to see
without roadblocks checkpoints and permits
without smug smartass soldiers barking and pushing
that day seems so far away
What is ours we cannot build upon
for illegal immigrants with an army tear it down
yet they build what they want where they want
with all the water filling their pools as our crops wither and die
I walked with children in the southern Hebron hills
on public dirt roads not bothering no one
but then it rides roaring down from inside a fortress colony
guns waving, curses launched from inside of beeping revving cars
In the courts to be tried by foreigners in your land is surreal
in a military court judged by bigotry what chance do you have
someone somewhere somehow saw you throw a rock at a tank
you must pay for scratching the paint
Inside the stinking squalid cell in between your beatings
the words of your grandparents echo in your heart
you can almost smell the oranges on the limbs of Jaffa
you can almost taste the salt of the sea….you endure as a freedom rider
Israel is pulling out all the stops in order to provoke a violent response from the Palestinians. He needs to be able to say 'look, there is no partner for peace' and 'poor defenseless Israel' Obama is sufficiently weak to fall for this BS. The goys really are freiers.
So if the heart attack didn't kill him then Israeli "medical personnel" broke all those bones trying to save him? Yeah… right.
I think when making reference to the Palestinians a better term to use is indigenous population.
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