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Killing Palestinians Right and Left:
Netanyahu Is Pouring Gasoline on the Flames
By Uri Avnery
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 17, 2014
Wine, Blood and Gasoline
KAFR KANNA, a village near Nazareth, is probably the place where Jesus –
according to the New Testament - turned water into wine. Now it is the Arab
village where the Israeli police is turning stones into blood.
the fateful day, the police was confronting a group of young Arabs
protesting against the Israeli efforts to change the status quo on (Al-Aqsa
Mosque Compound, which is referred to by Israelis as the Temple Mount). Such
demonstrations were taking place that day in many Arab towns and villages
all over Israel, and especially in occupied East Jerusalem.
According to the first police statement, the 22-year old Arab,
Khairuddin Hamdan, attacked the police with
a knife. In self defense, they had no choice but to shoot and kill him.
As so often with police reports, this was a pack of lies.
UNFORTUNATELY (for the police), the incident was recorded by security
cameras. The pictures clearly showed Hamdan approaching a police car and
beating on its windows with something, possibly a knife. When he saw that
this had no effect, Hamdan turned around and started to walk away.
At that moment, the policemen got out of the car and immediately started to
shoot at the back of Hamdan, who was hit and fell to the ground. The
officers surrounded him and, after some hesitation, obviously a consultation
between them, started to drag the wounded youngster on the ground towards
the patrol car, as if he were a sack of potatoes. They dumped him on the
floor of the car and drove away (to a hospital, it appears), with their feet
on or near the dying man.
The pictures show clearly, for everyone to
see, that the policemen violated the standing police orders for opening
fire: they were in no immediate mortal danger, they did not shout a warning,
they did not shoot first in the air, they did not aim at the lower part of
his body. They did not call an ambulance. The youngster bled to death. It
was a cold-blooded execution.
There was an outcry. Arab citizens
rioted in many places. Under pressure, the Police Investigation board (which
belongs to the Ministry of Justice) started an investigation. The first
investigation already uncovered several facts which put an even more severe
face on the incident.
It appeared that before the cameras caught the
scene, the police had arrested Hamdan's cousin and put him into the car.
Obviously, Kheir a-Din wanted to release the cousin and therefore beat on
the car. The cousin saw him being shot and dumped on the floor of the car in
which he was sitting.
The first reaction of the police command was
to justify the behavior of the policemen, whose names and faces were
withheld. They were spirited away to some other police unit.
DESCRIBE the incident at length, not because it is unique but on the
contrary – because it is so typical. What was special about it was only the
unnoticed presence of the camera.
Several cabinet ministers lauded
the exemplary behavior of the police in this incident. This can be dismissed
as the publicity-hunting of extreme right-wing demagogues, who believe that
their voters approve of all and any shooting of Arabs. They should know.
However, one statement cannot be ignored: the one made by the Minister
of Home Security.
A few days before the incident, Minister Yitzhak
Aharonowitz, a protégé of Avigdor Lieberman and himself a former police
officer, declared publicly that he did not want any terrorist to survive
after an attack.
That is a manifestly illegal statement. Indeed, it
is a call for crimes. Under the law, policemen are not allowed to shoot
"terrorists" or anybody else after they are taken prisoner, especially when
they are wounded and do not present any "mortal danger".
always seems a nice guy. He has a knack of popping up before the cameras
after every newsworthy incident – whether a severe road accident, a
political crime or a fire. God knows how he manages that.
fact, the Minister for Home Security (formerly known as Minister of Police)
has practically no function. Since the days of the British Mandate, the
commander of the police force has been the Inspector General, a uniformed
professional officer. The sole police function of the minister is to
recommend to the government the appointment of a new commander.
for ordinary policemen, a statement by the minister sounds like an order.
Quite probably, the irresponsible utterance of the minister was a direct
incitement to the crime of Kafr Kanna. Especially since neither the
Inspector General nor the Prime Minister denounced it.
this reminds one of the fateful 1984 utterance of then Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir, who also declared that no terrorist should stay alive after
an attack. The direct result was the "Bus Line 300" affair, in which four
Arab boys, without any weapons, hijacked an Israeli bus. They were stopped,
two were shot during the recapture, and two were taken alive. One of them
was murdered by the chief of the Shin Bet himself, Avraham Shalom, who
crushed his skull with a rock. When the pictures were published (first by
me), Shalom and his colleagues were pardoned. Shamir denied any
BACK TO today's events. Is this the long-awaited
Third Intifada? Yes? No?
Army and police officers, politicians and
especially media commentators are busy trying to answer this question.
(Intifada means literally "shaking off".)
This is not just a mere
semantic game. The definition carries with it operational consequences.
As a matter of fact, the entire country is now aflame. East Jerusalem is
already a war zone, with daily demonstrations, riots and bloodshed. In
Israel proper, since the Kafr Kanna killing Arab citizens are also mounting
daily strikes and demonstrations. In the West Bank, there were some
demonstrations and a fatal stabbing, after which an Arab was shot and
Mahmoud Abbas is doing everything in his power to prevent a
general uprising, which might quite well endanger his regime. But pressure
from below is mounting. Abbas refused to meet Netanyahu in Amman.
Popular wisdom in Israel has already found a name for the situation:
"Intifada of Individuals". For the Israeli security chiefs, that is a
nightmare. They are ready for an organized Intifada. They know how to quash
it by force, and, if necessary, by more force. But what to do with an
Intifada which is entirely made by isolated individuals, with no orders from
any organization, with no grouping that can be infiltrated by the
collaborators of the Shin Bet net of informers?
An individual Arab
listens to the news, is incensed by the latest outrage against the Holy
Shrines and drives his car into the nearest group of Israeli soldiers or
civilians. Or takes a knife from the kitchen of the Israeli restaurant where
he washes the dishes and stabs people in the street. No prior information.
No network to be infiltrated. Quite frustrating.
of the storm is the Temple Mount. The al-Aqsa ("far away") Mosque, the third
holiest place of Islam, is under siege. At one point, Israeli soldiers
entered the mosque (with their boots on) in pursuit of stone-throwing
WHERE ARE we going?
now, a group of Israeli zealots has been busy planning for a new Jewish
Temple to be built in place of the al-Aqsa and the magnificent Dome of the
Rock. They are stitching garments for priests and making the necessary
preparations for animal sacrifices.
Until recently, they were
considered simply a curiosity. Not anymore.
ministers and Knesset members have entered the holy enclosure to pray,
contrary to the status quo. Throughout the Islamic world, this has aroused
alarm. Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and in
Israel proper are furious.
Netanyahu promised King Abdallah II to
restore quiet. But he is doing the opposite.
Jesus turned water into
wine. Netanyahu is turning water into gasoline and pouring it on the flames.
Jewish settlers lynch Palestinian bus driver
in West Jerusalem
November 17, 2014
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
A Palestinian bus driver was hanged to death by Jewish settlers late
Sunday night in the industrial zone Givat Shaul in west Jerusalem.
The bus driver was identified as 32-year-old
Yousuf Khamis al-Rammouni, a resident of Attour neighborhood in east
Rammouni, who works as a bus driver for the Israeli bus
company "Egged," was found physically subdued and strangled with his own tie
at the Har Hotzvim bus depot, hanging from one of the bus's interior bars,
according to different news reports.
His body was transferred to
Hadassah hospital for an autopsy. Pictures of his dead body show clearly
bruises on his body and signs of strangulation on his neck.
after the Israeli police hastened to claim that the victim committed
suicide, eyewitnesses said they saw a number of settlers fleeing the scene.
Other Palestinians working for Israeli bus companies in Jerusalem said
that Jewish settlers recently threatened to kill Rammouni and other drivers.
Extremist settlers have intensified their terrorist attacks lately
against Palestinians as the Israeli police usually cover up their crimes.
The incident caused an immediate Palestinian uproar in different
areas of east Jerusalem, especially in Attour neighborhood.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian bus drivers in occupied Jerusalem said they would
stage a general strike on Monday in protest at the killing of their
Clashes with IOF rock J’lem after Jewish terrorists lynch
November 17, 2014
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
A wave of violent confrontations burst out at dawn Monday after a horde
of Israeli extremist settlers strung up a Palestinian young man.
casualty’s body was found dangling in a bus depot in the West Jerusalem area
of Givat Shaul late Sunday night.
Palestinian media sources have
identified the victim as Yusuf al-Ramouni, a resident of East Jerusalem's
Ras al-Amud neighborhood and father of two children.
occupation police claimed there were no signs of foul play, dubbing the
crime a case of suicide.
By-standers at the scene said Yusuf’s body
was found hanged in the bus after he was slain by a gang of six Israeli
A flood of violent confrontations with the Israeli
occupation forces flared up across Jerusalem city as the Palestinian masses
voiced protest at such a heinous crime.
Traces of violence, heavy
beatings, and injuries featured on the casualty’s body, corroborated by a
set of live-pictures propagated by local media sources.
bus drivers announced a general strike in Occupied Jerusalem city in protest
at such cold-blooded homicide.
Tension has been running high in the
area after the Israeli occupation forces stepped up attacks on holy al-Aqsa
Mosque and Islamic sanctuaries.
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