Thursday, 31 December 2009

Palestine, Forgive Us

Another year is closing and we have not yet liberated you from your usurper. Another year is closing and we have not alleviated your pain and suffering. Another year is closing and your blood, the blood of your children, is still being shed.... your tears, the tears of your children still run... your soul, the souls of your children still scream out for justice. Another year is closing and our land is still desecrated, our people still oppressed, our flag still trampled upon and our unit still broken.

Palestine, forgive us;
for forgetting that you are our mother and we your children. Forgive us for forgetting that our unity is what kept us strong, and that we abandoned you the day we chose your killer over our brothers and sisters for the sake of a throne, a red carpet and a fake “Authority”. Forgive us for forgetting that we are one and we remain one only through you, that your love was the bond that kept us together. Forgive us for forgetting that there was a time when we stood as one, and had one name: Palestinians. We didn't call ourselves Muslim nor Christian nor Jew nor Atheist: we were Palestinians. We didn't call ourselves Fathawi nor Jabhawi nor Hamsawi: we were Palestinians. We didn't call ourselves local or returnee: we were Palestinians. We didn't call ourselves moderate or leftist or extremist: we were Palestinians. Forgive us for we stripped ourselves off of the names you gave us, and exchanged “freedom fighter” for “peace activist” and “Palestine” for “Palestinian Territory” and “submission” for “negotiation” and “oppression” for “peace”. And for the sake of a throne and a Mercedes we allowed your killers to classify us: “peace activist”, “terrorist“, “moderate”, “extremist”. Forgive us Palestine, for their opinion was more important and yours didn't matter anymore, for it is them who pay and you are the goods to be delivered.

Palestine, forgive us;
for forgetting that you are the first and you are the last, that you are the beginning and you the end, that from you we emerged and that to your bosom we return. You gave us a name, and we used your name to promote ourselves and to build firms and businesses. You gave us a home, and we desecrated it by shaking hands with your usurpers and allowing them into your heart in the name of “peace” and “being moderate”. You loved us freely, and we asked for a price for that love so “we can continue our struggle for you”. You forgave our falls and our mistakes, but we continue to use your suffering so we can increase our bank accounts, drive a Mercedes and live in a villa.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we exchanged a homeland for a throne. We exchanged your green valleys for the red carpet. We exchanged your flag wrapped around the sacred bodies of your martyred children for an imitation hoisted half mast opposite the gun of an Israeli sniper. We exchanged the fight for freedom for a fight for more “ministers”, more “initiatives” and more “road maps”, and swore to negotiate, negotiate and negotiate till the last breath of your children, till the last rain drop falls on your fields, till the last poppy blossoms on your hilltops.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we believed in figures and symbols more than we believed in you. We made them our “Gods” and allowed them to guide us from one “process” to another, from one “initiative” to another, from one concession to another and from one catastrophe to another. We made them more important than you. We allowed them to set the criteria for what is to be “Palestine” and what is not to be “Palestine”, what is acceptable as form of “resistance” and what is not acceptable as form of “resistance”, who is to be our “enemy” and who is to be our “friend”, and that for the sake of a president and a cabinet who can’t move an inch without a permit from the Zionist occupation.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we forgot who we are, and what we are. We forgot who you are and what you are. We allow others to speak in our name, be our voice and we forget that you gave birth to Ibrahim Touqan, to Ghassan Kanafani, to Naji Al-Ali, to Mahmoud Darwish and so many others. We allow bias Zionist-run media to talk for us, to talk of us and to use us the way it chooses in return for the fame and publicity that is promised us. We allow them to paint our past, present and future as if we had no saying in it, as if we had no identity. We talk, write and sing of Mohammad Jamjoum, Fu’ad Hijazi and Ata Al-Zeer, of Lina Nabulsi and Dala Al Mughrabi and the thousands of your children whose body is mingled with your sacred earth, but we forget that they remained loyal to you till the last breath, that they chose death over betraying you.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we the children of Canaan allow the Zionists to erase our identity, our history, our roots in the land of Canaan. We allow them to turn your paradise into a desert, we allow them to uproot your ancient olive trees, we allow them to kill your poppies. We stand still while you are being disfigured by distorted structures that are alien to you, while your forests are being destroyed, while your natural wealth is being stolen, while your fields are being razed. The beauty of you that was the scene of our childhood fades away and your body is infected with colonial cancer, and we stand still as it eats your body and console ourselves with the few tiny bits here and there where we are still allowed to touch you.

Palestine, forgive us;
for forgetting your pain and thinking only about our pain, for justifying our acceptance of your desecration and for using your children as excuse for accepting any “peace” that is forced upon us. Forgive us for not wishing to know, for not wishing to acknowledge, that any peace other than a just peace won’t bring a decent life to our children. Forgive us for hiding behind our children, and claiming we want a future for them. Forgive us for choosing to ignore the fact that as long as there is an occupation, our children, your children, will have no peace and no future. Forgive us for accepting concessions with the excuse:” this is the best offer we will ever get”, as if we were discussing a watermelon or a used car we are about to buy. Forgive us for forgetting that the land is OURS and that no fake history, no flown-in immigrants and no Apache, Merkava or Demona should make us ever forget that! Forgive us, for we demanded explanations from your children who were forced out of their homes under Zionist gun threat as you were raped in 1948 and blamed them for our current state, and today we are participating in this rape in the name of negotiations, a statehood and a president.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we forget what you are, where you begin and where you end. We draw you complete as you should be; from the river to the sea, but we define your borders according to the will of your usurper. We define Palestine as East Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza, Nilin and Bilin, and choose to forget your Jerusalem, Haifa, Yaffa and Acca and every single millimetre of your precious soil. We replace Palestine with Palestinian Territory, Jerusalem with Abu Dees and the Aqsa with the Muqata’a. Palestine, forgive us, for we are negotiating with your murderers and we are selling your body to the highest bidder.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we prefer to immigrate to Canada, to the US and to Europe, and leave you alone with your murderers. We prefer to enjoy the blue sky and the sun, while your skies are clouded with tear gas and bombs. We prefer to enjoy the stars at night, while your nights are lit up with phosphorous bombs. We prefer to enjoy the parks and the gardens and forget your hills and valleys usurped by American and European colonists. We choose to leave you and escape your pain and suffering, while so many of your children stay steadfast despite Zionist terror. We forget that many of your sons and daughters never saw you and cry blood for the wish of seeing you, and we, who have been blessed with Jerusalem, Hebron, Haifa and Gaza want to give them up and immigrate.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we place individual interests above our national interests. We fight each other instead of fighting our enemy. We have made brothers of your enemies, of our enemies, and we have made enemies of your children, of our brothers. We threaten your children with a bloody revenge after a squall, but shake the blood-soaked hands of the killers of your children. We swear that none of your children other than us would ever have a saying over 20% of your sacred soil, but agree to let your usurpers rape 80% of your body. We declare proudly that we never raised even a stone against your usurper and announce a century of resistance to be “terrorism” and “futile”.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we stand by and watch as your children are murdered on the way to school, on the way home, on the way to the olive fields, as your children are thrown out of their homes, as your children are locked up in torture cells, as your children starve to death, as your children are burned by white phosphorous. Our towns, homes, shops are full with Zionist products, while your children search for food in garbage dump. We, your children, who helped build neighbouring countries with our brains, our blood and our sweat, have become a people dependant on donor conferences. We have been reduced to Beggars! We congratulate ourselves for baking the largest Knakeh, for sewing the longest dress, but watch as Zionist colonist burn down our homes and our fields, while they kick us out of our homes. We watch as IOF soldiers humiliate us at every checkpoint, kidnap our brothers and sisters every single day, every single night. We watch as our brothers and sisters still live in tents, don’t have fresh water to drink, sit in the darkness at night.

Palestine, forgive us;
for we are partners in the crime, through our silence, our acceptance and the concessions of those who claim to represent us. Your soil is angry, your sky is mourning, your children are crying, shedding blood, for through our current silence, our current subsidence, we betrayed their souls and left the path they have paved for us with their lives.

But Palestine, you know us, for you are our mother. You know that we are steadfast and will remain steadfast to the last breath and to the last drop of blood. You know us, and you know that the road is full of obstacles, it might take us some time, we might be slow, every step might cause you and us so much suffering, so much loss, but it is our destined road and are taking it. We are taking every step, no matter how painful, no matter how many of us fall, because every step brings us closer to you, every step liberates your fields and hills, every step heals your wounds. Palestine, our memory is still intact, our hearts still throbbing with your love, we are still alive. You know, Palestine, we rose up one time after the other, we never gave up no matter. We will rise up again, and again and again till the world realizes that without our freedom, your freedom, there is no freedom.

So, rest assured, Palestine, your loyal children, our grandparents and parents planted your love in our hearts, their blood, your blood, runs in our veins and as they gave you their word never to forget and never to give up, we give you our word: we walk on the footsteps of your loyal sons and daughters, we will carry their massage and their memory in our hearts, we will continue their struggle, will continue to resist, will remain steadfast until total liberation.


Sunday, 27 December 2009

One Year On: Gaza Steadfast and Defiant amidst a World that has lost its Humanity

Today we commemorate the first anniversary of one of the most horrific Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people and against humanity in general. On this day last year, the Zionist entity with all its advanced and sophisticated weapons, paid for by the US and the EU, launched a 23-day “war” on the unarmed and besieged civilian population of the Gaza Strip.

While wars are fought between armies, Occupied Palestine has no army, not in the West Bank and not in Gaza. This “war” was more of an aggression, a slaughter, a series of massacres committed within the spam of 23 days, it was genocide. Article 2 of UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide “defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."”[1]

One and a half Million Palestinians live in the small Gaza Strip, including 1 million refugees who were expelled from their homes in Palestine in 1948 by Zionist terror groups. With an area of only 365 km², the Gaza Strip has a population density of 4000 resident/km², making it the world’s most dense area. Israel knew this and nevertheless didn’t hesitate in attacking a densely populated area that is under siege from all sides and where people have no place to run to in search of shelter. Israeli leaders, aka the war criminals of our time, kept appearing on almost all TV stations, including Al-Jazeera, to address the world in general and the Palestinians in particular and tell them in all audacity that they want what is best for Gaza. I suppose Olmert, Livni and Barak were not lying because, to these war criminals, the best thing that could happen is a total annihilation of the Palestinian people. Fanatic politicians and Rabbis called openly for the elimination of Gaza and wiping it off the map as the world turned a blind eye. One example is the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger who wanted Gazans to be dumped in Sinai. He even asked the US, EU and the UK (Israel’s staunch supporters) to become even more of a partner in crimes against humanity by arranging for the transfer of the Palestinians out of Gaza. Did any of these countries protest these racist calls coming from no less than a Chief Rabbi? No, I don’t think so, because countries willing to change their laws and compromise their judicial integrity for the sake of protecting Zionist war criminals are indeed partners in the war crimes committed against the people of Palestine!

In 2005, accompanied by world media coverage, the Zionist entity performed one of its many theatrics: the so-called Gaza disengagement. Crying Zionist colonists were shown “kicked out of their homes”, i.e. Illegal houses built on stolen Palestinian land, and “kicked out of their fields” i.e. fields stolen from the Palestinians. What a great sacrifice indeed the Zionist state is willing to make in the name of peace! But to mention that this land is occupied land, that Israel had no right to this land in the first place, that the sacrifice-nonsense is nothing but pure Hasbara, or to mention that these illegal colonists were resettled in the West Bank was “not good for peace” and was better left out from the news. Israel claimed then that it had ended its occupation of the Gaza Strip; a claim used till today to justify every attack on Gaza. The fact is: the occupation of Gaza became tighter, Gaza had changed from being an occupied land into an open air prison, where its entire population is locked in, nothing comes in or leaves without Israel’s consent. Israel controls the land, air and sea borders of Gaza, not even a bird can fly over Gaza without Israel “giving its permission”. This is the “end of the occupation” which western media chose to celebrate. Through controlling Gaza’s entrances, Israel controls the lives of the people there; decided how much food and essential supplies enter, how much medicine and how much fuel and decides whether Gazans get to starve to death or not. And it did decide: Israel decided that Gazans should die a slow and painful death through the siege!

In 2006 came the second stage: Hamas won the Palestinian elections fair and square. The whole world agreed that the elections were free and democratic; in other words the Palestinian people had decided! But this decision did not agree with Zionist and American plans, so Hamas, the democratically elected government was boycotted by Israel, the US and their tails: other western and Arab regimes and the Abbas entourage who couldn’t believe that the Palestinians have had enough of their political, financial and moral corruption and of their collaboration with Israel. All efforts to form a unity government were mainly sabotaged by the so-called PNA upon the orders coming from Washington and Tel Aviv. This state of affairs led to the events of 2007 after which Gaza retained its Hamas-led government while the Abbas-led “government” forced itself on Areas A and B (less than 60% of the West Bank), the latter being an illegal “government” according to international standards and customs, having not won the last elections, but being installed as a substitute to those who did win. And so, while the Abbas’s “government” got support to continue oppressing the Palestinian people in occupied West Bank and to play the Police for Israel, the democratically elected government in Gaza was boycotted and the people of Gaza were the ones to pay the price for believing in democracy and for practicing their right to vote freely.

The whole of the occupied Palestinian Territories are under siege, through border control, the 630+ checkpoints, the illegal Zionist colonies, the Jewish-only roads, the restricted area. But for Gaza things got worse; It was sealed off completely, cut off from the entire outside world. All entrances to Gaza, including those on the Egyptian side, were closed, and only the minimum amount of basic supplies was allowed in causing a constant lack of food, medicine and fuel. Few trucks are allowed in, and often the borders are sealed off completely. And in blatant violation of human rights, in 2006 Dov Weisglass, an Israeli senior government adviser, said that "the idea is to put the Palestinians on a diet but not to make them die of hunger."[2] In other words; to kill them slowly so no one notices it and blame us for it. Coming from Zionists, this is neither surprising nor unusual, for this Zionist entity actually used every known Nazi method against the Palestinians short of the gas chambers in their known form, so that when confronted with their Nazi-like behaviour they can use the gas-chambers-card to defend themselves: We haven’t used gas chambers against the Palestinians, so how can you compare us to the Nazis (I personally heard this over a hundred times from Israelis and Israel-supporters), as if all other Nazi methods used against Palestinians are acceptable. Fact is; Israel used and is using its own version of the “gas chambers” to kill Palestinians. The Zionist entity used chemical and poisonous-gas weapons against Palestinians in 1967, 1988, 2001, 2004 and 2006 (In the Beginning Was the Word; that of a Palestinian). International law protects civilians and forces occupying powers to protect civilians, but the Israeli government considers itself above international law. This Zionist entity blatantly showed yet again its disrespect for human lives when its then prime minister and war criminal Ehud Olmert said about the siege and cutting off Gaza’s fuel supply: "We will not allow them to lead a pleasant life,… As far as I am concerned, all of Gaza's residents can walk and have no fuel for their cars."[3] Electricity blackouts became daily, drowning Gaza in darkness. Knowingly and deliberately punishing civilians and bragging about it openly is a war crime. Cutting off the fuel supply necessary for the running of the only power plant in Gaza means no power supply for hospitals, thus intentionally killing patients. And while the whole world watched and kept silent, the so-called “only democracy in the Middle East” reaffirmed in January 2008 the illegal und inhumane siege of Gaza and the starvation of its civilian population through its Higher Court. Almost everything from tea, coffee, sausages, chocolate, to clothes, shoes, fabrics, needles, threads, books, crayons, matches, candles, light bulbs, sheets, mattresses, blankets, cups and cutlery were not allowed anymore into Gaza.

While the Zionist Hasbara again and again claimed that Israel had ended its occupation in Gaza, the Zionist entity continued its attacks on the Strip: Shelling of residential areas, targeted killings and Israeli army incursions occurred almost on a daily basis. Israel continued killing Palestinians in Gaza and then claiming it had left Gaza. Israel continued controlling the borders to Gaza and then claiming it had left Gaza. Israel continued kidnapping Palestinians from Gaza and then claiming it had left Gaza. Israel continued razing fields and destroying houses in Gaza and then claiming it had left Gaza. Israel continued sending its soldiers into Gaza to kill, kidnap and destroy and then claiming it had left Gaza. And when an Israeli soldier was seized on Gaza soil, Israel claimed he was kidnapped. The Palestinians can’t even leave Gaza without being shot dead by snipers hiding behind walls and inside towers or in helicopters, it is IOF soldiers who keep entering Gaza, leaving death and destruction behind them and taking hostages, mostly farmers, fishermen and children.

The siege also hit the medical sector hard; there is a shortage of everything; medicine, medical equipment, hospital beds and fuel. Hospitals are over-crowded and often patients have to be sent home due to lack of space and equipments and mothers give birth at home. Vaccines, anaesthetics and many of the essential drugs and medicines are missing. Life-saving machines need spare parts and fuel to function. To date 366 Palestinian patients have died as a result of the Israeli siege. Patients, especially cancer and kidney patients, need permits to get the necessary treatment outside the Gaza strip, but the Israeli occupation refuses the patients such permits leaving them to die a slow and painful death. (to read more: Another Israeli Crime Against Humanity: Israel’s On-Going War on Palestinian Patients)

And so, slowly, the Zionist entity transformed Gaza into a concentration camp, and prepared it for its version of the Holocaust and the gas chambers; prepared it for a Zionist-made “bigger Shoah” according to Israeli former deputy defence minister Vilnai. It is well-known now that the Israeli war criminals had prepared for the Gaza genocide 6 months in advance. When the plan was discussed by the Zionist Cabinet all war-criminal ministers without exception voted in its favour. So, while spreading misleading information about easing the siege and negotiating a ceasefire, Zionist leaders had already given a green light for the attacks.

And the “Shoah” did come: On 27.12.2008, Israel launched a premeditated wide-scale terrorist attack on the besieged, unarmed civilian population of Gaza. As the insolent, cold-blooded killers they are, the Zionists chose the Christmas/New Year holidays to attack Gaza. A New Year’s gift for the Zionists: the total destruction of Gaza. They imagined no one will really care what slaughterhouse Israel makes out of Gaza, and that the whole world would be busy with Christmas and New Year’s Celebrations, all will be too busy to notice or too brain-washed to care. But the world was neither busy nor brainwashed, and Israel got its first punch in the face when thousands all over the world went out to the streets in protest of the Israel genocide and in support of the Palestinians. For many around the world, this was an eye-opener, it was a turning point, and this time it was the Zionist leaders who were so impertinent, so arrogant, so sure their “Holocaust and Anti-Semitism cards” would save them as usual, who had exposed themselves and their entity completely for what it itself: a blood-thirsty terrorist entity

Israel as usual claimed it was defending itself against “terrorists”, but ended up showing the entire world that the only terrorist around is the Zionist entity itself. During this latest Israeli genocide in Gaza 1419 Palestinians were killed by the IOF, including: 326 children, 111 women, 367 students, at least 15 teachers, 16 medical personnel, 21 farmers, 2 fishermen and 92 labourers. Over 5300 Palestinians were injured by the IOF attacks, including 600 who suffered permanent disability and 221 required amputations. Of the 1419 victims, 140 were killed by Israeli artillery shelling, “473 Palestinians were killed by missiles from Israeli fighter jets, 519 from unmanned drones, 92 from Israeli military helicopters, 7 from Israel warships.”[4] 92 Palestinians were shot dead by IOF soldiers, including 27 children. Of those shot dead “53 were shot exclusively in the upper body, 10 in the lower body, and the rest in both the upper and lower body.”[5] According to doctors present: "the most horrific war injuries in men, women, and children of all ages in numbers too large to comprehend. The wounded, dying, and dead have streamed into the overcrowded hospital in endless convoys of ambulances and private cars, and wrapped in blankets in the caring arms of others. The endless and intense bombardment from Israeli air, ground, and naval forces have missed no targets, not even hospitals."[6] One massacre followed the other. The Israeli soldiers spared neither child, nor women nor elderly. Palestinians were shot dead while seeking refuge or medical help, others were gathered in their homes by the IOF to have their homes destroyed over their heads.

Total destruction accompanied the war. The infrastructure of Gaza was completely destroyed: Residential areas, hospitals, clinics, schools, mosques and even the UNRWA headquarters didn’t escape the IOF shelling. During the “war” over 50,000 Palestinians were displaced. According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights[7] 2864 housing units were completely destroyed by the Israeli shelling, affecting 19,592 Palestinians. Another 5,470 housing units were partially destroyed, affecting 32,250 Palestinians. Some 16,000 houses were moderately damaged, affecting tens of thousands of Palestinians. Today, some 20,000 Palestinians remain homeless. At least 280 schools and kindergartens were damaged, including 36 UNRWA schools. 10 schools, 8 kindergarten, 15 hospitals, 43 clinics and 30 mosques were completely destroyed. Gaza infrastructure was also completely hit. Electricity, water and sewage networks were severely damaged and are on the brink on collapse. Repairs to the networks are almost impossible due to lack of building material. Agricultural land was damaged by IOF attacks and razed by advancing IOF tanks, leaving 46% of Gaza’s agricultural land unusable.

Health facilities and ambulances were deliberately targeted. About 50% of all Gazan health facilities and 29 ambulances were destroyed or damaged because of the Israeli shelling. Medical personnel were shot at while trying to save lives. At least 16 Palestinian medical personnel were killed by the IOF while on duty, and 258 Palestinians died because the IOF obstructed their medical treatment. Whole neighbourhoods were declared closed military zones to which ambulances had no access, and paramedics were denied access despite receiving calls for help from residents there. According to the testimony of Kahlid Abu Sa’ada registered by PCHR: "I was driving my ambulance in Beit Lahia....when the Israelis shelled us....I was with two paramedics. The Israeli shells killed one of them." The other was badly injured. He's now paralyzed. "A few days ago the Israelis bombed us" while we were trying to rescue a boy. The explosion "ripped (his) head off." The Israelis killed other ambulance drivers and paramedics by bombing and shelling them. Dr. Eysa Saleh was on duty with the Medical Security Services when a shell blew his head off in Jabaliya.”[8]

The “war” lasted 23 long days, with some 1419 Palestinians killed and over 5300 injured. After realizing that despite all the death and destruction it had caused, the Gazans will never give up and will never surrender, and that in fact it had lost the war against an unarmed population, the Zionist entity declared a “cease fire”. It was only another charade, primarily to save itself from admitting it had lost and is surrendering, and to give the impression that it was leading a “limited operation”, as it termed this “shoah”, that was over. The truth is, it was never over. Gaza remains besieged, controlled and under continuous shelling. Despite announcing a “ceasefire”, Palestinians returning back to their homes and fields in areas close to the border were shot dead at by the IOF. Farmers are shot at while working in their fields, fishermen can’t go fishing in their waters without being shot at or kidnapped by Israeli naval vessels, Israeli war planes and drones continue to fly over Gaza and fire missiles at Palestinians, Israeli artillery continues to shell residential areas killing and injuring Palestinian civilians in the dozens. The Zionists still bombard Gaza whenever it suits them.

This “war” is not over: Palestinians are still suffering. People still die as a result of the injuries sustained during the war. Explosive charges left by the IOF still cause the death of Palestinians who step on them. Children are orphaned forever. Those handicapped will remain so forever. Those wounded are still being treated. And the psychological wounds will never heal. Thousands are still homes and most homes demolished are not rebuilt because Israel is not allowing building material into Gaza. Lands were razed and bombed by the IOF with chemicals weapons, contaminating the soil and rendering them barren. The already catastrophic water situation was made even worse by the attacks. Water wells were also polluted by the bombing, contaminating the water resources and rendering them undrinkable.

During this genocide, Israel used illegal, forbidden weapons against unarmed civilians who were besieged and had no place to run to, no shelters in hide in. “Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that the Israeli Army is using White Phosphorus in its artillery shells against the Gaza Strip. Researchers of HRW said that they observed on January 9th and January 10th, several artillery shells fired by the Israelis near Gaza and Jabalia, and that these shells apparently included white-phosphorus. Using this type of shells, in this manner, is banned by international humanitarian law, the group added. The shells are capable of burning human flesh right down to the bone and are capable of setting structures, fields and other civilian facilities on fire. The group added that using this kind of shells against the most populated area in the world, Gaza, causes magnified harm, and called on Israel to stop firing these shells.”[9] The New Weapons Research Committee states in a recent study that: "the 2006 and 2009 Israeli bombings on Gaza left a high concentration of toxic metals in soil, which can cause tumours, fertility problems, and serious effects on newborns, like deformities and genetic pathologies."[10] According to the evidence collected by the group, Israel used white phosphorus, Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME), sub-lethal targeted weapons and experimented new non-conventional weapons on the civilian population of Gaza. According to Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, who worked at Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza: "many (people) arrive with amputations, with both legs crushed", and "with wounds which I suspect are produced by Dime weapons"....“Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported from Jerusalem on "Israel's repeated firing of white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza during its recent military campaign was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes".”[11] After the “war”, HRW reported finding “spent shells, canister liners, and dozens of burnt felt wedges containing white phosphorus on city streets, apartment roofs, residential courtyards, and at a United Nations school”[12]. These were manufactured in the United States. After Israel’s “war” on Gaza, the Palestinian Addameer Association for Human Rights registered an increase in miscarriage rates, cancer among children and elderly and an increase in the number of babies born with birth defects. The reason for this increase is the use by the IOF of weapons containing radioactive and toxic material. Addameer reported some 27 cases of babies with birth defects during the period from August till October 2008, in comparison to 47 cases registered for the same period in 2009, most of the cases were found in Jabalya, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia where Israeli shelling and attacks were the fiercest.

Today, one year after the genocide, hospitals and clinics are still poorly equipped, and have to manage with a minimum supply of water and electricity. There is still a severe shortage in essential medicines, and according to latest reports 115 of the 480 required essential medicines are lacking. Spare parts for medical equipment and medical necessities such as disposables are also lacking (out of 700 kinds of required essential disposables, 119 are unavailable). An ICRC employee in Gaza, Palina Asa Asgeirsdottir, stated:"If you live in Gaza and have a broken arm, that can of course be fixed. But if you suffer from kidney failure, for example, there is always a risk that you will miss your regular dialysis treatment because drugs or other essential supplies are lacking," ... "Or the machines may be broken and will have to wait to be fixed because it's so hard to get spare parts into Gaza. Missing a dialysis treatment can be devastating for the patient”.... “If you suffer from cancer there is no guarantee that you will receive the urgent treatment you need... Sometimes hospitals do not have all of the drugs needed for chemotherapy. For radiotherapy you have to leave Gaza and go to a specialized hospital in Israel or East Jerusalem. Getting the exit permit each time you need treatment is long and complicated, and involves the Hamas authorities, the Israelis and Palestinian Authority health officials in the West Bank. It's tough to have to go through long procedures and travel to far-away hospitals when you are seriously ill."[13]

The thousands of Palestinians made homeless by the Israeli bombardment are still homeless. Wood, glass, cement and other building materials necessary for rebuilding the homes, clinics and schools destroyed are not allowed into the Gaza Strip. Many families are thus forced to live in their partially destroyed homes, or with their relatives in already over-crowded rooms, or in tents. Said Abu Sharkh from Gaza testified that: "Twenty-six houses in the neighbourhood, including my own, were completely destroyed in the shelling last year,”… “It would be an understatement to say that I was in shock when I found that our home and all of our clothes and furniture had been destroyed. My wife and I are poor, and we have seven children to care for. We could only afford to rebuild one room; we do not have enough money even for a proper roof or for window glass. My children ask me why water comes through the roof when it rains. The destruction of our home has been really hard on them. I used to earn a living repairing electronic equipment, but my little workshop was also destroyed. Now we survive with help from aid agencies. This is what real suffering is: not having work or a proper home."[14]

The Livelihood of most Gazans was destroyed. Farmers risk their lives when working their fields close to the border. Others are not even allowed to reach their fields. Fishermen also risk their lives when fishing in Palestinians waters. Many have been shot at and still get shot at while fishing. Some 20 fishing boats were confiscated by the Israeli army. Israel had restricted the dishing area open to Palestinians to only three nautical miles off Gaza’s coast, which means little catch for fishermen since 70% of usual catch lie beyond this point. Many bakeries had to shut down due lack of fuel. Many workshops and factories were destroyed by the IOF shelling, and small businesses can’t afford to pay their employees anymore.

In January 2009, and while Israeli artillery, warplanes, naval vessels were bombarding Gaza, current Israeli foreign minister Lieberman told a crowd at Bar-Ilan University that Israel must continue its operation. Despite all the deaths, the destruction, and probably because of all the death and the destruction Israel had inflicted on the civilian Gaza population, Lieberman wanted the genocide to continue. He wanted Israel to 'continue to fight Hamas just like the United States did with the Japanese in World War II.'[15] In other words, Israel’s foreign minister wanted his entity to nuke Gaza.

Those defending Israel’s war crimes, argue that Israel is only defending itself. These chose to ignore that Israel is the one occupying Palestinian land, changing Palestinian towns and cities into concentration camps, stealing Palestinian fields and natural resources and brutally oppressing Palestinians.  According to “If Americans Knew”: “A study conducted of all the ceasefires, truces, and periods of calm during the past 8 years, concluded:” ...a systematic pattern does exist: it is overwhelmingly Israel, not Palestine, that kills first following a lull. Indeed, it is virtually always Israel that kills first after a lull lasting more than a week.””[16]

The Zionist entity; a nuclear power, used illegal and new non-conventional weapons, such as white phosphorous, DIME and sub-lethal targeted weapons, to attack an unarmed civilian population, but could not break the will of Gaza.
The world’s fifth strongest army used its entire naval, air and ground war apparatus, including drones, apaches, Cobras, F16s and Merkavaks, to attack a besieged civilian population, but could not break the will of Gaza.

This latest genocide only proves yet again that the Israeli occupation army truly deserved its title: the most immoral army in the world, or better said: the most terrorist army in the world!
Thus, it is our duty to bring these Zionist war criminals to justice. It is our duty to bring all those individuals and regimes who committed, assisted or covered up the Zionist war crimes to justice. We owe it to the innocent victims; those dead and those still suffering. We owe it to all those Palestinians who sacrificed their lives and their freedom for Palestine. To owe it to all Palestinians steadfast in occupied Palestine. We owe it to the future generations of Palestinians.

Today, while free, honest and conscientious people around the world commemorate the Gaza genocide and stand as one in support and in solidarity with the people of occupied Palestine, the Zionist entity threatens Gaza with a new genocide, the collaborator Abbas of the “PA” swears that he will not allow a third Intifada against the Israeli occupation and the Egyptian regime builds its own wall of shame along the border with Gaza to fully strangle the people of Gaza.

Early 2008, the people of Gaza brought down the wall between Gaza and Egypt. Hundreds of thousands in Gaza and millions around the world celebrated the fall of that wall. Although that freedom lasted only a week, it sent a message to Israel, to the “PA” and to Egypt: Gaza will rise out of the rubble of genocide to break the chains of siege and treachery and to embrace the coming freedom. It sent a message to the whole world:  the Palestinian people will be free, we will never give up the fight for our legitimate rights and for our freedom, for it is our right to live free in our homeland.

We will rise again, break free of all the concentration camps and will march as one towards Jerusalem.


[5] Ibid.
[11] Ibid
[12] Ibid
[14] Ibid.


One Year On: Gaza Steadfast & Defiant amidst a World that has lost its Humanity

Lest We Forget: Gaza Genocide 27.12.2008 - 18.01.2009

On 27.12.2008, Israel launched a premeditated wide-scale terrorist attack on the besieged, unarmed civilian population of Gaza. During this latest Israeli genocide of Palestinians in Gaza 1419 Palestinians were killed by the IOF, including: 326 children, 111 women, 367 students, at least 15 teachers, 16 medical personnel, 21 farmers, 2 fishermen and 92 labourers. Over 5300 Palestinians were injured by the IOF attacks, including 600 who suffered permanent disability and 221 required amputations. Of the 1419 victims, 140 were killed by Israeli artillery shelling, “473 Palestinians were killed by missiles from Israeli fighter jets, 519 from unmanned drones, 92 from Israeli military helicopters, 7 from Israel warships.”[1] 92 Palestinians were shot dead by IOF soldiers, including 27 children. Of those shot dead “53 were shot exclusively in the upper body, 10 in the lower body, and the rest in both the upper and lower body.”[2] According to doctors present: "the most horrific war injuries in men, women, and children of all ages in numbers too large to comprehend. The wounded, dying, and dead have streamed into the overcrowded hospital in endless convoys of ambulances and private cars, and wrapped in blankets in the caring arms of others. The endless and intense bombardment from Israeli air, ground, and naval forces have missed no targets, not even hospitals."[3]

Medical personnel were shot at while trying to save lives. At least 16 Palestinian medical personnel were killed by the IOF while on duty, and 258 Palestinians died because the IOF obstructed their medical treatment. Whole neighbourhoods were declared closed military zones to which ambulances had no access, and paramedics were denied access despite receiving calls for help from residents there. According to the testimony of Kahlid Abu Sa’ada registered by PCHR: "I was driving my ambulance in Beit Lahia....when the Israelis shelled us....I was with two paramedics. The Israeli shells killed one of them." The other was badly injured. He's now paralyzed. "A few days ago the Israelis bombed us" while we were trying to rescue a boy. The explosion "ripped (his) head off." The Israelis killed other ambulance drivers and paramedics by bombing and shelling them. Dr. Eysa Saleh was on duty with the Medical Security Services when a shell blew his head off in Jabaliya.”[4]

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) published the names of the Palestinian martyrs killed by the Zionist entity during the genocide:


[2] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Another Israeli Crime Against Humanity: Israel’s On-Going War on Palestinian Patients

Yesterday, 15.12.2009, 38 years old Walid Madi died after being prevented by the Israeli occupation army from leaving the besieged Gaza Strip to get urgently needed medical care. Madi is the 366 Palestinian patient to die as a result of the siege imposed on Gaza by Israel since June 2007. Since then, Israel had only allowed a very limited amount of essentials to enter the Strip, which is no way near enough to cover the needs of the one and a half million Palestinians held as hostages by Israel. According to various international and human rights organizations these one and a half million Palestinians suffer from a sharp shortage of food, medical supplies and fuel. The situation got worse with the Israeli war on Gaza last year during which the Israeli army attacked the besieged unarmed civilian population of Gaza and committed war crimes that resulted in the murder of over 1400 Palestinians and wounding thousands, many of whom are handicapped for life.

Israel has also limited shipments of vital supplies to Gaza, including medicine and medical equipment, making Gaza hospitals underequipped and not in a position to handle severe cases. Many essential drugs and medical supplies have run out, and many patients have had their treatment stopped because of the lack of needed medicines. Also, the scarcity of fuel affects the functioning of intensive care units, refrigerators and other medical equipments. Many severe cases can only be treated outside the Strip, for which patients are forced to apply to the Israeli army for a travel permit. Sometimes families apply several times for permits with no success. Human rights organizations report that Palestinian patients are summoned to the Erez crossing and are interrogated by Israeli security services who blackmail them by demanding information on their relatives, neighbours and acquaintances in return for the much needed permits. Upon refusal, many are prevented from leaving Gaza. Other patients were arrested after being summoned to Erez to get their permits. Some patients who were lucky enough o get the needed permits were turned back or delayed at the crossing and died.

The Zionist entity, as primary perpetrator, together with its accomplices in crime: the government of Egypt and the PNA, are holding one and a half million Palestinians as hostages. They are collectively responsible for besieging the residents of Gaza and should be tried for the murder of every single Palestinian who dies due to this on-going inhumane and criminal siege, which together with all the other Zionist war crimes amounts to yet another war crime against the Palestinian people and against humanity.

To date, 366 Palestinian patients have died due to the siege, including 112 children. During one single month, March 2009, 21 Palestinian patients died including 5 children and 6 women. On 08.08.08, 6 patients died within 24 hours due to the siege on Gaza. The Palestinian Ministry of Health lists some 400 patients who died as a result of the Israeli siege on Gaza.

Following is a partial list of the 366 Victims of the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip
# Name Age Address Disease Date of death
1 Ziad Abo-Alqumboz 76 Gaza Kidney failure 25/10/09
2 Fareed Abo-Uoda 45 Beit-Hanon Town Cancer 21/10/09
3 Tamer Al-Sakany 16 Gaza 20/10/09
4 Baraa Easa 7 Al Burije Camp Liver cancer 01/10/09
5 Abd El-Rahman Sokkar 4 Gaza Liver cancer 30/09/09
6 Hoda Qandeil 3 Gaza Leukemia 14/09/09
7 Eid Al-Sahbani 50 Gaza Incurable disease 10/09/09
8 Azzam A. Al-Arja 55 Gaza Incurable disease 10/09/09
9 Wedad M. Al-Ashi 75 Gaza Kidney failure 10/09/09
10 Dina Omer Zaqzook 7 Khan-Younis Lymphoma cancer 09/09/09
11 Menat-Allah A El-bilbisy 1 North Gaza a hole in the heart 09/08/09
12 Mariam K Shrafi 2 Jabalia Heart Disease 05/08/09
13 Mohammed Nofal 1 Khan-Younis Rupture in the heart 07/07/09
14 Taha Abu-Jobal 61 Gaza incurable desease 03/07/09
15 Moamen Al-Refi 13 Gaza SharpInflammation 25/06/09
16 Kouther Abu-Gali 50 Gaza Cancer 22/06/09
17 Omar El-Shaer 42 Rafah Kidney failure 16/06/09
18 Hoda Shaat 7 Khan-Younis breakdown in blood 11/06/09
19 Jehad Ramadan 45 Beit-Lahia Disturbances 11/06/09
20 Niveen EL-Mograbi 21 Gaza Cancer 09/06/09
21 Essam Zoaarob 45 Rafah Heart disease 07/06/09
22 Ahmed H. AL-Said 53 Beit-Lahia Heart disease 01/06/09
23 Syrria Sarhan Nusirat-Zwaida incurable desease 30/05/09
24 Abd-Elhameed Zoarob 44 Rafah brain tumor 29/05/09
25 Feras El-Mazloom 2 Gaza Heart disease 11/05/09
26 Mohammed R. El-Qabani 5 Al-Breij Camp vascular illness 03/05/09
27 Odai Abu-Azoom 1m Rafah Problems in the lung 30/04/09
28 Mohammed El-Jaal 25 Gaza Cancer 30/04/09
29 Shreen Al-Serhy Gaza Cancer 30/04/09
30 Rami Nofal 1 Gaza Heart disease 30/04/09
31 Jebreel Azaizza 66 Der El-Balah Kidney failure 23/04/09
32 Naeem Al-Egla 58 Gaza Incurable disease 22/04/09
33 Yousif M. Al-ashi 65 Gaza Incurable disease 13/04/09
34 Somood M. Okasha 17 Gaza Blood vessels 10/04/09
35 Fatema H. Al-shendi 62 Gaza Blood vessels 10/04/09
36 Mona S. Batran 2 Jabalia cancer 09/04/09
37 Mohammed S. Abu-marasa 12 Gaza Cancer 08/04/09
38 Seham L. Hmeed 65 Gaza Heart Disease 06/04/09
39 Abeer Al-Agga 25 khan-Younis Burns 01/04/09
40 Masowd Abed Attallah 71 Gaza Disease 26/03/09
41 Mohammed Hassan. zagoot 51 Der-Al-Balah dgsdgsd 26/03/09
42 Maysar A. Zamili 24 Rafah Heart disease 22/03/09
43 Mariam S. Hayek 25 Gaza Incurable disease 22/03/09
44 Ebraheem J. Al-alool 19 Gaza Heart disease 22/03/09
45 Hayah S. Shekh-Khlil 46 Gaza Cancer tumor 22/03/09
46 Dina Derini 5 Gaza Brain tumor 19/03/09
47 Eahab F. Sharaf 27 Gaza Inflammation in blood 18/03/09
48 Fares M. Krezim 8 Gaza Incurable disease 17/03/09
49 Khlil H. Al-Ashi 65 Gaza Cancer 12/03/09
50 Soliman A. Abu-regela 4 Khan-Younis Hole in the heart 12/03/09
51 Sojood H1 Abu-Batnin 7 Khan-Younis Heart disease 12/03/09
52 Bushra M1 El-qeshawi 71 Gaza Stomach tumor 12/03/09
53 Adham J. Abu-Dgeem 21 Bit-lahia Leukemia disease 11/03/09
54 Emam E. Abu-Dheer 76 Rafah Heart disease 10/03/09
55 Fadi S. Abu-Anaja 21 Rafah Incurable disease 10/03/09
56 Ayaa Abdu 18 Gaza Cancer 09/03/09
57 Samir Shaheen 40 Gaza Cancer 09/03/09
58 Mossa A. A-Dalei 60 Gaza Cancer 07/03/09
59 Ahlam R. Ayyad 45 Gaza Heart disease 04/03/09
60 Manar H. Abu-Rgila 21 Khan-Younis stroke 03/03/09
61 Hussam M. Helles 30 Gaza Heart disease 24/02/09
62 Mohammed S. Salem 28 Beit Lahya Incurable disease 22/02/09
63 Mohammed F. Hejjo 25 Gaza Incurable disease 22/02/09
64 Saeed A. Abu Jazar 65 Rafah Incurable disease 20/02/09
65 Shadi A. Helles 31 Gaza Cancer 18/02/09
66 Hasan Ahmed El-Talalqa 75 Khan-Younis heart disease 15/02/09
67 Layla Mohammed El-Masri 67 Beit Lahya arteries occlusion 14/02/09
68 Jamal Othman Abu Salem 39 Jabalya heart disease 10/02/09
69 Hasan A. Tabaq 17 Jabalya inflammation in brain 09/02/09
70 Mohammed Shdi El-Bahri 1 Beit Lahya incurable disease 09/02/09
71 Ibraheem K. Safi 43 Gaza Cancer 09/02/09
72 Rawan Abu Tabaq 5 Jabalya burns 09/02/09
73 Mohammed G. El-Batran 4 Gaza Heart disease 03/02/09
74 Hassan A. Salem 57 Jabalya Heart disease 16/01/09
75 Maher El-Sheikh 18 Gaza cancer 15/01/09
76 Salem Abu Kalloub 3 Gaza diabetes 12/01/09
77 Basema Awad Allah 40 Gaza heart disease 20/12/08
78 Sumaya El-Said Mayat 40 Gaza cancer 20/12/08
79 Mohammed Mustafa Abu Warda 4 Jabalya incurable disease 19/12/08
80 Abdullah Abu Hweishel 40 Gaza cancer 18/12/08
81 Mohammed Ahmed Abu Shbeika 45 Rafah incurable disease 17/12/08
82 Adnan Mohammed El-Qedrah 55 Gaza cancer 17/12/08
83 Mohammed Mahmoud Saad 40 Gaza cancer 16/12/08
84 Hana Abu Jame’ 30 Khan-Younis incurable disease 15/12/08
85 Aysha Mousa Sehweil 65 Beit Lahya bleeding in brain 15/12/08
86 Khamis Ateyah Alloush 48 Khan-Younis heart disease 14/12/08
87 Ahmed Mohammed El-Zrei 54 Deir El-Balah stroke 03/12/08
88 Dawlat Abdul Fatah Mhanna 52 Jabalya colon cancer 03/12/08
89 Reyad Mohammed Abu Ataya 50 Rafah cancer 01/12/08
90 Saleh Kamel Abu Shanab 52 Gaza cancer 01/12/08
91 Kareema Zoheir Abu Dalal 35 Nuseirat cancer 27/11/08
92 Esayed Abu Jleidan 45 Rafah heart disease 21/11/08
93 Watfa Hamdan El-Sofi 63 Rafah cancer 13/11/08
94 Abdul Rahman Hani Khzeiq 10 Gaza atrophy of brain 10/11/08
95 Ameen Mohammed Fayyadh 28 Beit Lahya leukemia 09/11/08
96 Oday Saleh Abdul Aal 7 Rafah heart and lungs 08/11/08
97 Mohammed Ramzi El-Eimawi 1. Jabalya atrophy of brain 02/11/08
98 Ahmed Khalil El-Shafei 76 Gaza kidney failure 27/10/08
99 Rezq Mahmoud Khweiter 34 Gaza heart disease 22/10/08
100 Maryam Abdul Rahman Shehab 66 Jabalya heart disease 21/10/08
101 Mohammed Msalam Abu Amr 58 Gaza cancer 09/10/08
102 Abdul Rahman Mohammed Mtouq 80 Jabalya kidney failure 08/10/08
103 Mohammed Hamad Abu Taha 22 Rafah kidney failure 05/10/08
104 Mahmoud El-Shaer 22 Khan-Younis suffocation 03/10/08
105 Ahmed Shweideh 51 Gaza leukemia 01/10/08
106 Mohammed Hasouna 24 Gaza cancer 06/09/08
107 Salman Hasan Mansour 70 Gaza cancer 02/09/08
108 Sharif Samir Abu Sweireh 23 El-Zwayda cancer 02/09/08
109 Husein Abu Jazar 72 Rafah kidney failure 02/09/08
110 Mohammed Alaa El-Sarhi 5 Gaza heart disease 01/09/08
111 Mohammed Zeidan Qeshta 22/08/08
112 Al-Moutasem Bellah Mohammed Jundeya 2 Gaza cerebral palsy 21/08/08
113 Salama Ebrahim Husein Abu Yousef 69 Gaza bladder Cancer 21/08/08
114 Mohammed Deeb El-Soultan 55 Jabalya liver cancer 20/08/08
115 Ramadan Ali El-Ghalayeeni 42 Gaza kidney 16/08/08
116 Ali El-Dahdouh 27 Gaza heart disease 14/08/08
117 Ruba Tareq Abu Hashem 10 Rafah no medicine available 11/08/08
118 Ahmed Abu Amsha 15 Beit-Hanoun heart disease\diabetes 10/08/08
119 Ebrahim Jaber El-Ghoul 60 Gaza incurable disease 08/08/08
120 Mohammed El-Sayed Juneid 60 Jabalya kidney failure 08/08/08


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

A Date to Remember: The 9th of December, 1987

On this day 22 years ago, i.e. 09.12.1987, the first Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) erupted. Palestinians all over occupied Palestine stood as one against the brutal Israeli occupation and said: enough is enough! They said enough to the continued Israeli oppression, to the murderous military occupation, to land theft, to water theft, to economic exploitation, to house demolition, to deportations, to mass arrests, to illegal Jewish colonies on Palestinian land, to the on-going ethnic cleansing of occupied Palestine, to the Judaization of Jerusalem.

The entire Palestinian population participated in the intifada: young and old, men and women, rich and poor, Muslim and Christian, people from all sectors and paths, with different political backgrounds and different affiliations. Every single Palestinian had had enough of the suffering, the humiliation, the oppression and the brutality of the Zionist entity. An entire population stood united against the Israeli occupation. And a united leadership was created; the United Leadership of the Intifada, with representatives of the major Palestinian political parties. They all stood as one with one goal: To end the Israeli military occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state.

Israel responded with an iron fist; mass killings, mass arrests, house demolitions, deportations, property destruction, land confiscation. Curfews were imposed for months, towns and villages were declared as closed military zones. Peaceful marches of unarmed Palestinians civilians were confronted by heavily armed Israeli soldiers, leaving thousands of Palestinians dead and tens of thousands injured. Israel tried destroying the spirit of the Palestinians by destroying all aspects of Palestinian life. Even education was considered a threat to Israel; all Palestinian schools and universities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories were closed for months. Even Kindergartens were declared a threat to the Israeli army and were closed. To break the Palestinians and bring them to their knees, the Zionist “peace prize” holder Rabin declared the policy of “breaking the bones”, where every Palestinian arrested by the Israeli army would have his/her bones broken to prevent him/her from throwing stones and as a lesson to other Palestinians.

But all of this brutality couldn’t break the spirit of resistance, and the Intifada went on, growing only stronger and stronger, to be only put to sleep by some in the PLO who were afraid that Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories were equally fed up with the Israeli oppression and the PLO that was doing nothing to free Palestine. They made a profit of Palestinian blood spilt during the first Intifada and signed the deeds to selling Palestine, aka the peace process, in return for huge bank accounts, villas and imaginary titles such as president and minister to a land that was still under occupation.

Today, we commemorate the first Intifada;
When we were all Palestine;
Not West Bank, not Gaza, not Jerusalem, not 1948.
When we were all Palestinians;
Not Fateh, not Hamas, not Jabha or Jihad.
When we were all fighting against the Israeli occupation;
Today, we are fighting for a fake authority, fake ministries and fake power.
When we didn’t tolerate traitors amongst us;
Today, we even allow them to represent us, speak in our name, and sell our blood and rights!
When the PLO was the representative of all Palestinians
Today, the PLO is a one-man show, aspiring to please the Zionist over the bodies of Palestinian children.
When we had a real Boycott movement, refusing all that is Zionist;
Today, we have a mere boycott of products coming from illegal Zionist settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, while products from the Zionist entity fill our shops and our homes.

When our ultimate goal was total independence;
Today, our ultimate goal is a limited autonomy in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Nablus, Jericho, Gaza and a few meters here and there
When we fought for our rights and our freedom;
Today, we fight who will please the Zionists and the Americans more, and who gets the highest price for selling Palestine
When Jerusalem was in the heart of every one of us, and we would rush to protect Jerusalem and our holy sites;
Today, we watch as Jerusalem is being ethnically cleansed, and our so-called leaders are content to have Ramallah as their capital

Today, we commemorate the first Intifada;
When we all spoke as one
When we all stood as one
When we all fought the Israeli occupation as one

We might be quiet at the moment, but we are not dead. We will rise as one once again. And then, not Israel, not the PNA, not any other power in the world will be able to stop our march towards Jerusalem!

During the first Intifada, 1987 to 1993, the Israeli army and the Zionist settlers killed 1540 Palestinians, injured 130000 Palestinians and arrested some 200000 Palestinians.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

The Fantasy World of ZIONWOOD

On 13.11.2009 the Israeli army killed one Palestinian and wounded at least another three near Gaza city, before kidnapping them. Throughout the day, various news agencies reported this news. As usual, some Israeli & Co agencies and newspapers reported this piece of news in their usual style: the death of a Palestinian “terrorist” who was among a group of “terrorists” attempting to plant an explosive. Some even went a bit further and added that it was a “Hamas terrorist”. This addition obviously intended to make the news more acceptable to western readers and to justify killing the so-called “terrorist” by the IOF. Much of what these Israeli, American and European newspapers reported was only a mere repetition of what the Israeli army had to say, namely: the Israeli army invaded the Gaza area ”only” after five men “appeared to be planting explosive devices”[1], as if killing Palestinians, invading Palestinian areas and shooting people or bulldozing complete areas was a rare thing to be done by the IOF and “only” done when necessary. Checking some Palestinian and Arab web sites, it was obvious from the ages of those “men” injured and arrested by the IOF that they were not “Hamas terrorists”. They were what these Israeli & Co newspapers and agencies would call “children” where the report about some Israelis been injured, or on some Americans, or any other nationality other than Palestinian, for Palestinians are “men”, “adults”, “terrorists” the minute they are born, and thus what applies to children worldwide doesn’t apply to them. It is only Palestinian children who get killed and are later referred to as “terrorists”, for why distort the image of the “most morel army in the world” by claiming it is a child murderer? While Zio-run media went on with its tale about a “terrorists”, Palestinian hospital sources confirmed that those shot at were actually youths, and the “man” killed was 15 year old Mustapha Mohammad Wadi from Al-Bureij refugee camp. The group of 7 “terrorist” boys was travelling on a cart on the way to their village when they came across a garbage dump and their started chasing dogs and hunting birds. The Israeli troops positioned at the border opened fire at the boys, killing Wadi and injuring Ahmad Sa’doun, 17. Then, the Israeli troops moved into the Gaza Strip and kidnapped the boys, including those injured. Fact is: The Israeli army had invaded the area were the children were looking for food, shot at them and murdered one in cold-blood before kidnapping them. When Palestinian medics tried evacuating the wounded, they were prevented from approaching. Only after coordination with the Red Cross were Palestinian medics able to enter the area and collect the body, which they found lying on the ground 1 km away from the separation fence.

The lies of the Israeli army and the based-on-lies-reporting of most of the Israeli and western agencies are in no way rare or out of the usual. Nor is it a new tradition. On the contrary, it is typical of the Zionist state. Matter of fact, it is one of the trade mark of this entity: an entity built on lies, propaganda and the twisting of facts, and supported and defended by propaganda machines in Israel and the West calling themselves “free and objective press”. The Hasbara has been brainwashing people for too long, and growing and thriving on the bodies of the innocent victims of the Zionist state. Facts are twisted and mutilated in the service of the Zionist state; in order to justify its organized and institutionalized state terror. Facts are twisted to “beautify” Israeli crimes and make them justifiable and more acceptable to the western reader, as if murdering an unarmed nation or murdering children and women can ever be justified. For, going back to the cold-blooded murder of Mustapha Wadi, what would have been better for the Zionist entity:

A Hamas terrorist was killed by the IOF while attempting to plant an explosive device…
A 15 year old Palestinian child was killed by the IOF while with a group of children who were searching for food in a land under siege, where food is scarce and people go looking for something to eat in dump yards…
No question about which of the two is more in line with Israel’s Hasbara: a “poor” state that is plagued with “terrorists” who are forever trying to plant bombs and erase it off the face of the earth.

During the Nakba of 1948, the Zionists carried out an organized and a pre-meditated ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Till today, in a series of false claims and propaganda, they argue – weakly due to the strong and abundant evidence against their propaganda – that:

Palestine was empty when the Zionists started colonizing it:
This is the oldest, most used and weakest of all Hasbara lies. Even early Zionists admitted later that it was a lie and that the land was never empty. Others who were tricked into immigrating to the Zionist entity admitted that they were told it was empty, some even chose to return to their native countries such as Germany. Anyway, there is enough evidence, with statics and testimonies, so I will just use the summary I found on the Occupation 101 documentary (which is based on reliable sources):[2]
Palestine population distribution in 1878: Total: 462,465 (Muslims and Christians: 96.8%, Jews: 3.2%)
1882 1914:  65,000 European Jewish immigrants
Palestine population distribution in 1922: Total: 757,182 (Muslims and Christians: 87.6%, Jews: 11%)
1920-1931: 108,825 Jewish immigrants.
Palestine population distribution in 1931: Total: 1,035,154 (Muslims and Christians: 83.1%, Jews: 16.9%)
1932-1936: 174,000 Jewish immigrants.
1937-1945: 119,800 Jewish immigrants.
Palestine population distribution in 1948: Total: 2,156,700 (Muslims and Christians: 66.8%, Jews: 33.2%)
Of the 2,156,700: 1,440,000 were Muslim and Christian indigenous Palestinians.
716,700 Jews (only 253,700 of those were indigenous Palestinian Jews, the rest were colonist immigrants)[3]

According to a British government survey of Palestine (1945-1946) Palestinians owned 87.5% of the total area of Palestine, while Jews owned only 6.6% of the total area of Palestine. The remaining 5.9% of the total area was classified as “state land” by the British Mandate government.[4]

The Palestinians ran away and no one forced them out:
First of all: How can people, who according to the Hasbara are non-existent, later ran away and leave their homes “freely” from a land that was “empty”? So, you admit the Palestinians do exist, but only to justify the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, that its people left it of their free will. Well, lie as much as you want, it won’t help you, because your leaders are so self-obsessed and such arrogant mass-murderers that they would admit to it and even talk proudly about it. In 1937 Ben-Gurion wrote: “With compulsory transfer we [would] have a vast area [for settlement] …. I support compulsory transfer. I don’t see anything immoral in it.”[5] On 18/07/1948 Ben-Gurion wrote in his diary: We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinian refugees) never do return…. The old will die and the young will forget.”[6]

The Zionist only wanted the state given to them by the UN, nothing more:
Zionists always claim they never wanted wars, that it was always the “others” who start the attacks, the “others” who are warmongers, the “others” who don’t want peace, the “others” who threaten Israel. Israel never threatens anyone, nor attacks anyone, it only defends itself. They blew up schools, homes, kindergartens, Cafe’s, restaurants, hotels in self defence, they committed one massacre after the other and killed unarmed Palestinian civilians in self defence, they destroyed over 500 Palestinian villages in self defence. They forced the residents of the large Palestinian coastal cities out of their homes and out of their country in self defence. They massacre a nation and steal its land and culture in self defence! And this was only the beginning! (more “self-defence” wars, mass murders, and massacres were to be followed, the last of which was the Gaza war, in which Israel killed over 1000 Palestinian civilians – also in self-defence!). 1936, Ben-Gurion said: “The acceptance of partition does not commit us to renounce Transjordan; one does not demand from anybody to give up his vision. We shall accept a state in the boundaries fixed today. But the boundaries of Zionist aspirations are the concern of the Jewish people and no external factor will be able to limit them”.[7] In 1955 Moshe Dayan was quoted saying: “[Israel] must see the sword as the main, if not the only, instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Towards this end it may, no – it must – invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation-and-revenge … and above all – let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries, so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space.”[8]

Then, during the Naksa of 1967, the Zionist went on with their ethnic cleansing, their destruction and occupied the rest of Palestine, in addition to other Arab area. And not to forget that in between, the Zionist aggression and attacks, murder of innocent civilians and destruction of Palestinian land and property never stopped. Kufr Qasem massacre is only one of hundreds of examples. Their Hasbara was always ready, to spread the lies and justify the massacres. Before the outbreak of the 1967 war, the Zionists claimed that the “small tiny peaceful defenceless” Israel was surrounded by enemies who threatened its existence (much as today’s claims regarding Iran’s alleged threats). Poor, tiny Israel was standing alone in a sea of violent nations that hate it and want it to disappear off the map. They claim and still do that:

The Zionists didn’t want the war, their existence was threatened and they were only defending themselves:
Israel claimed, and still claims that the war of 1967 was a “defensive war”, and that the “existence of Israel was threatened”, despite ample proof contrary to this claim and the many testimonies of some of those responsible for giving orders at the time and some of who participated. Israeli General Matityahu Peled as reported by Ha’aretz on 19 March 1972. “The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war”.[9] Speaking about the “Egyptian threat”, Menachim Begin admitted that: “In June 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.” As for the Syrian threat: “Moshe Dayan, the celebrated commander who, as Defence Minister in 1967, gave the order to conquer the Golan …(said) many of the fire fights with the Syrians were deliberately provoked by Israel, and the kibbutz residents who pressed the Government to take the Golan Heights did so less for security than for the farmland …. (Dayan stated) “They didn’t even try to hide their greed for the land…. We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn’t possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn’t shoot, we would tell the tractors to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot. And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that’s how it was … The Syrians on the fourth day of the war, were not a threat to us.” During this so-called “defensive war” of 1967, Israel occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and Sinai. Of the 1.4 million Palestinians living in the Palestinian Territories before June 1967, some 400,000 were displaced during this second Nakba. Half of those displaced were refugees displaced in the Nakba of 1948. Similar to 1948, there were attacks on civilians, massacres, expulsion, destruction and looting and other atrocities and war crimes. Several villages in the West Bank (including Imwas, Yalu, Beit Niuba, Beit Marsam, Beit Awwa, Jiftlik and Al Burj), several refugee camps in the Jericho area, half of the city of Qalqilya and the whole of the Moghrabi Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem were depopulated and destroyed. In September 1967, Dayan suggested in a meeting that his colleagues tell the Palestinians: “you shall continue to live like dogs, and whoever prefers – may leave ….” (For complete article/references: see This is how a Nakba is carried out)

In fact, what Israel had in mind in 1967 was another ethnic cleansing:
Disappointed that no large-scale exodus took place like in 1948, and that the majority of the Palestinians were still steadfast in their lands, the Israeli government discussed ways to solve the problem of the population of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The answer was a “voluntary transfer”. Haim Hertzog, Israel’s former president proudly admitted that he “as the first Military Governor of the West Bank, efficiently organized and carried out, in cooperation with Shlomo Lahat, the Commander of Jerusalem, the operation of transferring 200,000 Palestinians from the West Bank in the immediate aftermath of the war.” (complete article here:  This is how a Nakba is carried out)

The Zionists claim that the Palestinians wanted to throw the Jews into the sea:
Even today, some still believe this lie and repeat it, but are deaf and blind to the daily Zionist crimes and human rights violations committed by Israel against the Palestinians and other neighbouring countries. Strange enough, Zionists, their supporters and defenders and Zio-tail media outlets who keep repeating this are dead-silent when a Zionist Rabbi publishes a “complete guide to killing Non-Jews” in which he says: “There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us”[10], or when a Rabbi declares that: “The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle)”[11], or when the IOF Chief Rabbi declares that: Troops who show mercy to the enemy will be “damned”[12]. With “enemy” did he mean the little Palestinian children, or the women giving birth at checkpoints, or the elderly trying to work their fields despite the settler terror? Zionists and the Zio-run media still claim that Palestinians want to “throw the Jews into the sea”, when in fact it is the Zionists who not only declare this only again and again (as highest levels as did Avigdor Lieberman, current Israeli foreign minister, who stated on 07.07.2003 in front of the Israeli Knesset during a discussion on Palestinian political prisoners that “It would be better to drown these prisoners in the Dead Sea if possible, sine that’s the lowest point in the world.”[13], adding that as transport minister, he would be willing to provide the buses to take the prisoners there), but actually did it. In 1967, Palestinians were forced under gun point into buses and sent to the Jordan Bridge and forced to cross it and while crossing it, Israeli war planes bombarded it, causing many to drown.

The Israeli army bombed the Bridge, so that the refugees were forced to leave the buses and cross the Bridge on foot. “They forced people to leave and then bombed the Bridge. People were on foot trying to escape the soldiers who were shooting at them and the planes roaming above them. They didn’t want those expelled to take their properties with them, and they didn’t want them to come back”. Many tried to return, but were faced with Israeli army patrols on the Jordan River, who didn’t hesitate to shoot at those trying to return to their homes. Some people paid money to pass the Jordan and get home, others swam, many were shot at and many disappeared without a trace. One Israeli soldier stated that: “We fired such shots every night on men, women and children. Even during moonlit nights when we could identify the people, that is… distinguish between men, women and children. In the mornings we searched the area and, by explicit order from the officer on the spot, shot the living including those who hid, or were wounded (again: including women and children).” (complete article see:  This is how a Nakba is carried out)

And so it goes on and on: facts fabricated, manipulated, twisted to fit the Zionist propaganda. It is truly a trade mark of the Zionist entity. These days, with cameras and videos close at hand, many of the lies are easily exposed. So, one would expect the Zionists not to be so blatant in their propaganda. But no, they believe they are above the law, and for this we have to thank the US and Europe who make Israel feel it is above the law, accountable to no one, but that others are accountable to Israel and have to get its blessing before doing anything. Also, one would expect western media, which continuously claims its neutrality and has the audacity to instruct and demand that others follow its example, to be more careful when dealing with the Hasbara, especially that nowadays the criminal acts of Israel are often caught live on camera. But no, they would never dare question their masters, the Hasbarists. They would keep repeating the news about some illegal Zionist settler being hit by a tiny stone while travelling on stolen Palestinian land on his way to an illegal Zionist settlement built on stolen Palestinian land, but they would ignore the many Palestinians killed, beaten or kidnapped by the Zionist terrorists such as the fanatic settlers or the IOF.

One story that shows the work of Zionwood is the extrajudicial execution of 23 year old Mahmoud Salah from Nablus. Mahmoud was killed in cold-blood, and then, in the Zionwood style, the scene of the crime was so theatrically manipulated to comply with the Zionist lie that Mahmoud was a suicide bomber. On 08.03.2002, the Israeli border police stopped Mahmoud Salah at Beit Hanina checkpoint. He was searched and handcuffed. The policemen started shooting in the air to chase eyewitnesses away. The Israeli police took off Mahmoud’s clothes and 30 minutes after his arrest, and while under the control of the Israeli border police, Mahmoud was executed. A bomb-detecting robot was brought to deceive the world and claim Mahmoud was a suicide bomber. The Israeli police claimed that Mahmoud was on his way to carry out a suicide bombing, and that he carried an explosive belt on his body. What the Israeli border police didn’t know was that someone was filming the execution from a nearby building. The footage shows clearly how Mahmoud Salah was forced on the ground, his clothes being taken off (no explosive belt to be seen) and then executed, the robot being brought to “search” him, with him lying naked there. One Photo shows some soldiers pinning Mahmoud Salah to the ground just before executing him. Would they have held him and sat on him like that had they had 0.1% of a doubt that he had an explosive belt on him? No, they would never have dared do that. They were SURE there was no explosive belt! Despite ample evidence to the contrary, many Zionist and Co media reported only the Israeli version of the execution. These photos were to be found for a time on a You Tube video, which was later removed “due to terms of use violation”. In other words: the video was removed because it
1. It exposed the Zionist entity and showed it for what it is: a terrorist entity.
2. It exposed the Hasbara and showed it for what it is: a weakly-directed Zionwood production.

No wonder the Israeli checkpoints are known as the “Death checkpoints”, for checkpoint murders are numerous. Ambulances carrying sick people or on the way to urgent medical cases are kept waiting hours at the checkpoint, sick people in need of urgent medical treatment die while waiting at the checkpoint, pregnant women are forced to give birth at checkpoints, causing some to lose their babies and others even to lose their lives. Unarmed innocent Palestinians on their way to work, school or home get killed at Israeli checkpoints and these murders are justified with lies such: they had “guns” or were carrying “bombs”.

One case is that of 15 year old Fahmi Al-Darduk, who was killed in cold blood by the IOF at the infamous Huwara checkpoint on 19.05.2008. The Israeli army had claimed the boy had a pipe bombs and an explosive belt on his body. Immediately after the shooting and while the boy bled to death, the Israeli army closed the checkpoint and forced all Palestinians there to leave by throwing tear gas and concussion grenades at them, and then started washing away the blood with water jets. They wanted to clean the scene of the crime, and wash away all traces of the murder and keep back any possible witnesses. The boy had been shot several times at the same time, and at least six bullets hit his body in the head and the chest. Despite the many bullets, no claimed explosives blew up. Despite the fact that an ambulance arrived shortly after the shooting and despite the people’s pleading that the boy be treated, the Israeli soldiers refused to let the medics reach him, left him lying on the ground for two and a half hours and watched as he bled to death. The people who were present testified that the boy had a cell phone and earphones and that the earphone wires were under his shirt, but when he lifted his shirt it was obvious that this was an earphones wire, like young people carry those days. The Israeli army hurried to announce that a “twenty year old” Palestinian was shot at the Huwara checkpoint after the discovery of pipe bombs with him. Later it was five bombs, then again three. And once it was a 20 year old, then a 16 year old. One eyewitness reported: “When we were being pushed off on the road towards Awarta, there were settlers standing by at the bus-stop there, and they started throwing stones at us. The soldiers watched… The soldiers watched.”[14]

Because Fahmi didn’t have an ID yet, his parents didn’t know he was killed until the next day. “Fahmi’s body, so it turned out, was hit in various places. No one knows if he expired on the spot or slowly bled to his death. If he was conscious before dying. And whether he asked for help or talked. Only the soldiers who murdered him, and those who came to conceal what had happened – they know the answer.”[15] It is futile to ask questions such as “Are these soldiers able to sleep at night? As they watched the boy die, didn’t they have any remorse?”. No, it is futile, because the cold-blooded mass murderers of the IOF enjoy killing innocent Palestinians and are even rewarded for it by the Zionist state.

The stories of Palestinian victims killed at checkpoints and then labelled as “terrorists” by the Zionwood machinery are many.
It is all too familiar: young people waiting to cross a military checkpoint, a rush of bullets coming without any warning, keeping the rest of the people away, preventing the medical teams from saving lives, waiting till the person lying on the ground bleeds to death and then the real “show” begins. The Israeli soldiers take off the dead Palestinian’s clothes, they wash off the pool of blood to remove any traces of their crimes, and then hurry and announce that they have just killed a terrorist who intended to blow himself up. The sad thing is, this scenario has been taking place for decades now and the world still believes these lies and very few dare to question them, despite the existence of witnesses and proof to contradict these lies. Often enough whenever such crimes against unarmed Palestinian civilians take place, there are witnesses and there is even sometimes photo or video evidence to show what really happened. This evidence is usually disregarded and ignored. Foreign reporters hurry to spread the Israeli army’s version of events, despite the available evidence contrary to those versions and without even bothering hearing what Palestinian witnesses have to say. (for complete article, see: Saying “I didn’t know” is no excuse anymore)

So, you see, you could be a child, a youth, an adult, an elderly. You could be a man or a woman. You could be politically active or not. All it needs is for you to be a Palestinian and this qualifies you to become a live target for blood-thirsty Zionists. With every passing day, and with every new crime, it is becoming more obvious that shooting Palestinians is a sport for Zionists, knowing that their Zionist state will protect them and never prosecute them, and knowing that their Zionwood and world media would justify their terror and make them the victims.

When Mohammad Al-Durra was killed by the IOF, the whole world saw the murder of the little boy on TV. For many, it was a shock, because the crimes of Israel had always been well-hidden, and it was the Palestinians who were portrayed as the killers. Numerous, but useless, efforts were made to lessen the damage. And after a couple of years, a new documentary prepared by former Mossadists was aired on a number of European TV stations, including the main public German TV station (it was aired several times). The documentary tried to show that it was the Palestinians who killed Mohammad Al-Durra and not the Israeli army. Although boiling at the audacity of these Zionists, killing a child publicly in front of everyone and then crying that they were framed and they were the victims here, I watched the documentary to see whether it was convincing or not. Well, I didn’t find it a bit convincing; first of all because I am a Palestinian who was born and grew up under the brutal military occupation and have seen and heard this over and over again: they kill and then claim they are the victims. Nothing the Zionist state has to say is believable or is to be taken for the truth. Secondly, this so-called investigation of whether the Israeli army was responsible for the murder of a child was carried out by no other than former Mossadists. Come on, only idiots, brainwashed idiots and pathetic media would believe or accept such an investigation. They tried hardly to prove their innocence, but it all came out as allegations, assumptions and fairy-tale explanations. They seem to forget that murderers with blood on their hands and with a long history of massacres can’t fool anyone. Zionwood had failed and Mohammad will always be there to haunt the Zionists.

Zionwood has a long tradition and is welcomed by all western media. No questions asked, no claims questioned, no inquiries made as to the creditability of what is being produced, with the complete knowledge that Zionwood is mostly run, directed and financed by the Zionists and their various arms and legs: such as the Mossad. When the Israeli army or the government states something, it is accepted as fact by western media. While when Palestinians, international organizations, human rights organizations or even official international investigation teams present facts proving the terrorist nature of the Zionist entity, it is either ignored by western media, or reported as “unproven claims” or even attacked as “anti-Semitism”. Zionwood can claim Mars is overpopulated with terrorists and the western world would accept that for a fact! Zionists & Co often accuse Palestinians of inventing stories and spreading lies. Articles and comments on what they call “Paliwood” are to be found on Zioblogs and sites. Fact is; if one checks some of what they refer to as “Paliwood”, one would find out most of this so-called “Paliwood” is actually reports and testimonies of human rights organizations and non-Palestinians on the brutal Israeli occupation. Zionwood is very active and has branches and offices in almost all western news agencies. No reporter, no matter how Israel-loyal he/she might be, is allowed to change the picture painted by Zionwood: Israel is always the victim, Palestinians are always the killers. If you don’t have anything good to say about Israel, then don’t, and if you don’t have anything bad to say about the Palestinians, then invent some. When a CNN team was shot at by an Israeli tank during the 2002 Israeli invasion of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, their reporter spoke live about the attack some days later; how it was obvious that they were reporters, CNN reporters (most probably they thought they were protected because they are so Israel-friendly), and how none the less the Israeli army shot in their direction. The Israeli speaker, army or government speaker, can’t remember exactly, told the reporter who was attacked, on AIR, that he was lying! CNN had shown the video of the attack several times, and there was no doubt about what the reporter was saying. I watched and could only laugh: this is what you get CNN and money/fame-hungry reporters for covering up Israeli crimes. And then, I think some time later that same year, another CNN reporter covering the Nativity Church siege kept talking about how the Palestinian “fighters” were holding the monks as hostages. His report was completely disgusting, an almost word-for-word repetition of what the Israeli army was claiming to justify its actions, this army that was actually besieging and attacking the Nativity. This, at the same time, when the monks were calling agencies and telling them they were not held hostages by Palestinians as the Israeli media & Co claimed, but were hostages of the Israeli army, and they refuted Israeli propaganda by relating the suffering of everyone held hostage by Israel inside the church and how Israel was destroying the church. I was in Germany at the time, and followed the whole thing on TV. You could see the Israeli tanks surrounding the Nativity, you could see the Israeli snipers shooting in the direction of the Nativity, you could see not one single Palestinian in the streets of Bethlehem, only Israeli soldiers. And despite all what the cameras were showing, you would have reporters claiming it was the Palestinians who were taking hostages, and not that the entire Palestinian population was held hostage by the Zionist state.

Another story that made the headlines at the time in Zionist-run western media is that of the so-called “suicide bomber” boy. The story would be used by Zionists every now and then as a “proof” to their claim that Palestinians “use children as suicide bombers”. The boy, 16 year old Husam Abdo from Nablus, even got a page on Wikipedia! Unfortunately for Hasbarists, and fortunately for us: Husam’s story and a few others are clear-cut cases of the work of the Zionwood and how it is failing miserably. For those who have even a slight bit of a brain and for those who care to look carefully at this and similar cases, it is much too obvious that this was another failed Zionwood production. A friend of mine, a long-time media expert, called one afternoon to tell me of some “good news”. The newly appointed German reporter of a certain German TV station had prepared a news report and had called this friend of mine to tell the tale. The reporter was happy thinking he had gotten a scoop. The story had been making headlines at the time; and the video was being aired repeatedly almost every hour. It was about Husam Abdo who was allegedly “caught” at one Israeli checkpoint with an explosive belt tight around his body on 24.03.2004. The Israeli army and the rest of the Zio-run media claimed the boy was sent by “terrorists” to blow himself up at the checkpoint. My friend said that the German reporter had prepared a report after thorough investigation, proving the involvement of the IOF and that they were the ones responsible for the charade. I saw this Zionwood production at the time and, and remember at the time asking myself a few questions:
The Israeli army had several film teams ready and cameras ready and filmed as the boy came to the checkpoint. How did they know the boy was coming?
The boy was wearing a very bright red winter jacket that was just too obvious. How come those who sent him didn’t choose a less obvious colour?

But the most important question here is: how come the boy was not shot dead on spot? Many Palestinians were shot dead, without questions asked, because some soldier “thought them to be carrying an explosive”, but this boy with allegedly an explosive belt was left standing while the media was given enough time to film the whole thing before the explosives are removed and detonated? Come on, Zionwood, you are only fooling brainless idiots, aka your followers; the Zionists!

The Zionists claimed that Al-Aqsa Brigades were responsible for this and used a mentally disabled boy, which Al-Aqsa denied. Palestinians didn’t believe this as well. Also, Palestinian experts replied to this Israeli claim saying it was well-known that many Palestinian men are ready to die as “suicide bombers” because the brutality of the Israeli occupation have left them hopeless and desperate, so why choose a boy when adult men are waiting and get yourself in problem with the Palestinian society? Al-Aqsa questioned who is more likely to be using little kids for their own means: the resistance men who give up their own live so Palestine’s children can have a better future or the Israeli army who killed thousands of Palestinian children and locked up tens of thousands of Palestinians kids inside jails? (at the moment  there are 326 Palestinian children locked up inside Israeli jails, and alone between September 2001 and September 2009 Israel killed 975 Palestinian children). Many Palestinians stated that this is yet another Israeli fabrication, another Mossad charade to tarnish the name of Palestinian groups, and to tell the world that Palestinians send their kids to die and so diminish world support for the Palestinian cause, which is growing by the hour. This Zionwood production also aimed at causing a rift between Palestinians and the various resistance groups. Husam’s family was also convinced that the Israeli Mossad was behind this charade, saying that the Israeli media persisted on claiming the boy was 14 although he was 16, which meant they were interested in presenting to the world a very young boy of 14, to cause more uproar. Palestinians also argue that filming is often forbidden at checkpoint, or when permission is given (mostly to chosen Israeli agencies) crews are not allowed to stay long. The IOF does not allow journalists and TV crews to film as they wish, because they don’t want the world to see the reality: a brutal occupation locking people up in cages as if they were animals, nor do they want the world to see the inhumane treatment elderly people, women and children receive on the hands of Israeli soldiers at checkpoint. So, the usual case being that TV crews are rarely allowed to film, and when they are allowed then for a short time. Then, how come on that day many TV teams were present at the checkpoint and had been waiting there for a long time; waiting being the crucial word here! Also, choosing a bright red jacket meant drawing attention; would a “suicide-bomber” want to draw attention to himself? It also means recognition; the Israeli army needed to recognize the boy they themselves used for this charade. It was important to make the boy recognizable among all those waiting at the checkpoint, so the charade would work and they won’t mistake him for another boy. Also, eye witnesses say that the Israeli soldiers, upon seeing Husam called him by his name, how the hell did the IOF know Husam’s name? Unless of course this was all pre-planned.

Such lousy Zionwood productions are not unfamiliar to Palestinians. The story of Husam Abdoh is similar to that of Abdallah Qur’an from Balata refugee camp. 12 year old Abdallah from Balata refugee camp was allegedly “caught” transporting explosives at the Huwara checkpoint. Like Husam, on the day Abdallah was arrested, there was an unusual presence of TV teams and journalists at the Huwara checkpoint, as if knowing what was to happen. At the time, Abdallah worked after school as a porter at the checkpoint, i.e. transporting luggage. He later said that two men came to him and asked him to transport two bags to the other side of the checkpoint, adding that an elderly woman was waiting for the bag. While crossing the checkpoint, two soldiers came and asked Abdallah what was in the bag, when he said he didn’t know they ordered him to open it. Abdallah says that inside the bag he only saw spare car parts, and that immediately after he opened the bag the soldiers took him to where the journalists and TV crews took and everyone started taking photos of the boy and the bag. Meanwhile the Israeli soldiers were laughing and talking Hebrew with the journalists. Would the soldiers be so calm, laughing and chatting with each other and with reporters if this bag really contained explosives, guns and grenades? Think about it. After the journalists had taken enough photos, the soldiers threw a sound grenade at the bag, to give the impression it exploded, but nothing else happened, no flying nails, no flying debris, nothing; only a loud boom from the sound grenade. The boy also reported how after the TV crews had left, the Israeli soldiers beat him and said they would only release him if he admitted he did it. But Abdallah refused to admit to something he didn’t do, and was set free after some hours. Now again, they arrest kids and lock them up in jails for months and years for throwing stones and this boy who supposedly was transporting bombs is sent home?

Another Zionwood failed production is that of 6 year old Ahmad Abu Markhiyeh from Tel Roumeida in Hebron; on 20.03.2004, while on the way back home from school, Ahmad was stopped at a checkpoint by 2 Israeli soldiers. The soldiers placed parts of their machine guns and some hand grenades in Ahmad’s school bag, and then took photos of the boy with the open bag. After he was released, the boy ran to his home where he told his mother what had happened and said he won’t go to school ever again. His mother immediately complained to the Palestinian coordination office in Hebron, to the governor, to human rights organizations and even to some Israeli army officer present in Tel Roumeida. I suppose if the mother had not acted so quickly and informed everyone of what the soldiers did, these photos would have been published on the front page of almost all western newspapers and aired on all TV channels with the headline: 6 year old child sent by Palestinians to blow himself up at checkpoint!

On 29.12.2004, the IOF stormed into the house of 14 year old Ahmad Abdel-Haq from Nablus. Upon finding only Ahmad in the house, the soldiers beat the boy severely, made him sit on a chair behind which they placed a Palestinian flag, placed a number machine guns and hand grenades in front of him and made him hold a paper and read from it, and then started filming. It was all made to look as if Ahmad was a “suicide bomber” reading his will. But despite the machine guns, the hand grenades and the “wish to become suicide bomber”, the boy was never arrested, same as with Ahmad Abu Markhiyeh who allegedly had a “bag full with hand grenades”. They were not arrested by an army claiming they were “terrorists”, an army that tends to arrest kids for as simple as throwing stones, which only again proves it is all Zionwood productions – failed productions.

Back to the German reporter; As my friend talked about the report and how it is ready and will be sent to Germany for broadcast and how the IOF will be exposed, I only listened and didn’t say a thing. My friend, who worked long years in the media field knew that the German media was mostly bias in the favour of Israel, but still believed they would have the decency to broadcast such a report because it was about misusing a child. I had my doubts: any story about misusing children would be shown; but when the criminal is the Zionist state, German media prefers to turn a blind eye. The film of the boy coming towards the checkpoint was shown over and over and over on German TV, but nothing was mentioned about the true story behind it: about how the Israeli soldiers had planned the whole thing, had staged it all, how they used a boy and then claimed Palestinians used kids! I think that reporter who was so optimistic about his scoop learned that day an important lesson: there is no such thing as free independent media and there is no such thing as objective reporting. All the theoretical training he had at German journalistic schools is nothing but theory, in practice a reporter is bought by his agency and has no freedom to write what he wants. This same reporter continued reporting from occupied Palestine, and he was “allowed” to continue reporting from there because he learned the lesson and followed the example of all those who allowed themselves to be bought by Zionwood. This same Germany, which continuously criticizes Arab, African, Russian and other countries for their lack of freedom of speech and the lack of an independent media, are themselves slaves of the Zionwood: how can you talk about objectively and independent media when you employ as reporter a religious Jew living in an illegal Jewish settlement? How can you talk about objectively and independent media when you employ a reporter who has double citizenship (German/Israeli) and who sits all day long in Tel Aviv and never bothers go to the Occupied Territories?

The Zionist state, its representatives all over the world, its organs, its defenders and supporters have always resorted to lies, propaganda, the twisting and distorting of facts to fit their own-created fantasy world; that of a “poor defenceless peaceful state surrounded by enemies wishing to eliminate it”, or that of the “only democracy in the Middle East”, or that of those “who made the desert bloom”. With their Zionwood, they painted a world in which ethnic cleansing, mass murder and racism are acceptable, and believed this fantasy world themselves. They believed their own lies and thought themselves invincible and immune from any criticism or questioning, believed that they are above one and all, above human and divine laws. But with every step this fake entity takes, it exposes itself more and more and shows its real nature: an entity feeding on murder. Today, even the best of the Zionwood directors are unable to carry on the charade, their final Act is being played now and they know their audience is leaving even before the show is over. They are leaving, and in the thousands every minute, because this show is getting boring, just too boring for anyone to believe or as we say in Arabic: you can’t hide the sun with a sieve. The Zionists know they are losing yet another war; the media war. During the latest Israeli war on Gaza, the IOF recruited hundreds, if not thousands of blind-followers to attack Palestinians & Co sites, even to attack international and human rights sites that were reporting on Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. Yesterday, a similar wave was announced; the IOF will be starting a new war on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, hoping to show the other side of the terrorists IOF, as they claim. What other side? Do mass-murderers, racists and child-killers have other sides? Do you think if a Nazi soldier had a cat and cared for it, this “other side” of him would make people feel sorry for him and forgive him for being a mass-murderer? Definitely No, and that is why Zionwood is failing despite all the efforts and the money invested to keep the myth of the fantasy world known as “Israel”.

[8] Ibid.
[9] Ibid.
[13] //
[15] Ibid.