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WHAT IF IT WERE YOU?
Most of the left and many of my friends love to accuse Israel of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and being a pack of nazis. I don't buy that, okay?
Don't get me wrong, the zionist state is racist, it is oppressive, it is an occupation force, it is brutal, it is bad news. If you are a Palestinian, the old "Zionist entity" has displaced you, jailed you, killed you, and uses all that it has to make your life miserable. I get that...and you have a perfect right to refer to those who do such things to you any way you want. I get it.
Still, the Israel government, the Israeli State is simply not marching people into the ovens. They are simply not doing that...period.
There is no need identify the Israelis with the nazis. It isn't necessary. What the State has done is plenty bad enough and deserves universal condemnation...and I condemn it...
Me, back in the 80s I started pushing the two state line and got in trouble for it. Then the two state position became sort of accepted.
Today I do not believe in two states. I believe in a one state solution, a federation state solution, democratic, secular, and a state of all its peoples.
Well, I believe in that if there has to be a state. I guess ultimately I believe in a no state solution.
Meanwhile, back in the non theoretical and non rhetorical world, Amnesty International has condemned Israeli authorities for "bullying and judicial harassment" of Palestinian rights activist Nariman Tamimi, her family, and those who live in her village.
Tamimi was arrested by the Israelis as she and others walked non violently toward a nearby spring in protest against the loss of their land. Tamimi was charged with being in a closed military zone. Rana Hamadah was also charged with obstructing a soldier in the execution of his duty. A foreign national arrested along with the two Palestinian women was released later the same night and barred from entering the village for 15 days.
I should point out that her brother Rushdi Tamimi was shot in the back with live ammunition by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration last year. He died two days later in hospital. Video evidence shows that Israeli soldiers delayed his family’s attempts to take him to hospital.
On its website, Amnesty International reports:
“This is an unrelenting campaign of harassment, the latest in a litany of human rights violations against Nariman Tamimi, her family, and her fellow villagers. These arbitrary restrictions should be lifted immediately and the charges should be dropped,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.
Following their release on bail on Monday, the court has now put them under partial house arrest. They are not allowed to leave their family homes between 9am to 5pm on Fridays when the weekly protest takes place.
“They have been denied the basic human right to peacefully protest over land illegally seized by Israeli settlers, and the Israeli judiciary has used spurious legal tools to punish them for exercising their basic human right to peaceful protest,” said Philip Luther.
The Israeli human rights organization organization B'Tselem writes:
The legal proceedings since a-Tamimi and Hamada were arrested are unprecedented, given the minor nature of the offense: the indictment does not claim that the two women acted violently. Furthermore, two military judges who watched video footage of the women’s arrest stated that they had found no evidence of violent or menacing behavior on their part. During the court sessions, Military Prosecutor Maj. Gilad Peretz even acknowledged that one reason for requesting continued remand was to keep the women from participating in demonstrations – unacceptable grounds that cannot possibly warrant detention. The fact that Judea and Samaria Attorney Lieut. Col. Maurice Hirsch himself represented the prosecution at one of the court sessions further demonstrates the military prosecution’s determination to keeping the two women behind bars.