Always run with the scary-sounding “team of scientists”, yeah?

I think the problem is less the bored ‘scary scientist’ (relying on tropes much?), and more the fact this team is led by an amoral philosopher who called the idea of treating prisoners like human beings “almost laughably inadequate”.

Let alone the offensive ‘no atheists in a foxhole’ idea that supporters of restorative justice would actually “shrink from suggesting” that we shouldn’t go eye-for-an-eye biblical on their asses.

So gross.

londonpalestineaction:

Palestinians attack Israeli army checkpoint

A group of activists targeted symbols of apartheid – a checkpoint gate, soldier bunker and army tower – near the West Bank town of Nablus on March 1st 2014.

This action was against the ongoing confiscation of Palestinians lands and the policy of Israeli assassinations, the latest of which was the killing of Muatazz Washaha, 24.

Instead of waiting for USA-backed negotiations to “sign away Palestine”, they are taking matters into their own hands.

Direct action gets the goodsSeems they even escaped before Israeli army jeeps arrived

BEST USE OF AN ANIMATED GIF EVER

(Source: solidaritymovementsfp.wordpress.com)

1,401 Palestinian children killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers since 2000.
20 Palestinian children used as human shields since April 2004.
8,000 Palestinian children detained since 2000.
Only 16 indictments opened against Israeli soldiers since 2000.
More than 90% of investigations into settler violence since 2000 were closed without an indictment.
Fucking sick.

1,401 Palestinian children killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers since 2000.

20 Palestinian children used as human shields since April 2004.

8,000 Palestinian children detained since 2000.

Only 16 indictments opened against Israeli soldiers since 2000.

More than 90% of investigations into settler violence since 2000 were closed without an indictment.

Fucking sick.

(Source: electronicintifada.net)

Jesus. This is terrible even by the standards of the racist apartheid state that is Israel.

In May 2012, over 2,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees went on hunger strike to challenge the conditions they face in the Israeli prison system. Not least, they called for an end to the practice of administrative detention, where Palestinians are held without charge or trial for months or even years. Despite drawing worldwide attention to the issue, administrative detention continues today.
The infographic ‘'A Guide to Administrative Detention'' takes the perspective of an administrative detainee as they face daily stresses, uncertainties and indignities. This experience ranges from simply not knowing what they are accused of, to realising that lawyers and humanitarian agencies can do little to help them.

In May 2012, over 2,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees went on hunger strike to challenge the conditions they face in the Israeli prison system. Not least, they called for an end to the practice of administrative detention, where Palestinians are held without charge or trial for months or even years. Despite drawing worldwide attention to the issue, administrative detention continues today.

The infographic ‘'A Guide to Administrative Detention'' takes the perspective of an administrative detainee as they face daily stresses, uncertainties and indignities. This experience ranges from simply not knowing what they are accused of, to realising that lawyers and humanitarian agencies can do little to help them.

The UN has been in the Western Sahara for ages now, but has never been given a mandate to monitor human rights abuses (mainly because it didn’t have enough money to).

This would be great!

Palestine: Same game, different rules
So. In the last few days in Hebron, there have been a few minor inconsistencies in the Israeli authorities reaction to events and treatment of perpetrators of alleged crimes. And by minor I actually mean fucking massive.
I have drawn a beautiful flowchart to demonstrate the apparent decision making process in one particular scenario.
The number of child arrests in Hebron has massively increased over the last week or so. First I blogged about two children who were arrested at a demonstration…that wasn’t enough for the Israeli army in Hebron. A few days later, another kid was arrested and held inside an even smaller checkpoint box, along with one soldier, with the door locked.
A day later, the soldiers laid traps around a school, while children were on their way in to school. The children were aged 7-15. Thirty of them were arrested, all on charges of throwing stones. (yeah, I’m sure they definitely recognised all thirty specific children. Hah.) See a B’tselem video of the kids being arrested. They were beaten. As of last night, 10 are still in the police station.
On the very same day, settlers were accused of throwing rubbish onto Palestinian property (the rubbish in question was a whole load of manure-covered hay from their farm, not just a snotty tissue or a coke can or sommat.) When the Palestinians arrived to see this rubbish and complained, they had stones thrown at them by settler children, so they called the Israeli authorities, who have civil and military control of this part of Hebron. The soldiers arrived and immediately confiscated all of the ID cards of the Palestinians present for several hours, hassling and intimidating them whilst laughing and joking with the settlers. Nothing was done about the rubbish, nor the allegations of stone throwing
Now I’m certainly not saying that I want the settler children arrested in the same brutal way that the Palestinian children were. I don’t think anyone should be treated that way. But the Palestinians have no recourse to justice - the Israeli army will never be on their side, so they have nowhere to turn.
Next example of totally fair decisions: Shuhada Street has been blocked to Palestinians since the year 2000, when it was decided that for the “protection” of the 500 settlers living in illegal settlements in the centre of Hebron, the whole of the main Palestinian market street should be shut down. Shops were closed by military order, people were driven out of their homes.
On Wednesday, there was a demonstration on Shuhada Street. Activists wearing Obama (he’s visiting currently) and Martin Luther King masks walked down the road, calling for civil rights and an end to apartheid. They were chanting “WE HAVE A DREAM” when settlers attacked the demonstration and the army arrived.
Army response to Palestinians walking down the street? Attacks, one broken nose, punching, kicking, dragging, arrests.
Army response to Settlers attacking Palestinians? Attacks, one broken nose, punching, kicking, dragging, arrests…of Palestinians, naturally. Settlers are free to do whatever they like.
This post was inspired by Adalah’s new database of discriminatory laws. They’ve compiled more than 50 laws which discriminate between Israelis and Palestinians, so really this is just a tiny glimpse of the bigger picture.
The playing field needs to be levelled, so that all the schoolchildren can get to play on it together, rather than half of them being arrested.

Palestine: Same game, different rules

So. In the last few days in Hebron, there have been a few minor inconsistencies in the Israeli authorities reaction to events and treatment of perpetrators of alleged crimes. And by minor I actually mean fucking massive.

I have drawn a beautiful flowchart to demonstrate the apparent decision making process in one particular scenario.

The number of child arrests in Hebron has massively increased over the last week or so. First I blogged about two children who were arrested at a demonstration…that wasn’t enough for the Israeli army in Hebron. A few days later, another kid was arrested and held inside an even smaller checkpoint box, along with one soldier, with the door locked.

A day later, the soldiers laid traps around a school, while children were on their way in to school. The children were aged 7-15. Thirty of them were arrested, all on charges of throwing stones. (yeah, I’m sure they definitely recognised all thirty specific children. Hah.) See a B’tselem video of the kids being arrested. They were beaten. As of last night, 10 are still in the police station.

On the very same day, settlers were accused of throwing rubbish onto Palestinian property (the rubbish in question was a whole load of manure-covered hay from their farm, not just a snotty tissue or a coke can or sommat.) When the Palestinians arrived to see this rubbish and complained, they had stones thrown at them by settler children, so they called the Israeli authorities, who have civil and military control of this part of Hebron. The soldiers arrived and immediately confiscated all of the ID cards of the Palestinians present for several hours, hassling and intimidating them whilst laughing and joking with the settlers. Nothing was done about the rubbish, nor the allegations of stone throwing

Now I’m certainly not saying that I want the settler children arrested in the same brutal way that the Palestinian children were. I don’t think anyone should be treated that way. But the Palestinians have no recourse to justice - the Israeli army will never be on their side, so they have nowhere to turn.

Next example of totally fair decisions: Shuhada Street has been blocked to Palestinians since the year 2000, when it was decided that for the “protection” of the 500 settlers living in illegal settlements in the centre of Hebron, the whole of the main Palestinian market street should be shut down. Shops were closed by military order, people were driven out of their homes.

On Wednesday, there was a demonstration on Shuhada Street. Activists wearing Obama (he’s visiting currently) and Martin Luther King masks walked down the road, calling for civil rights and an end to apartheid. They were chanting “WE HAVE A DREAM” when settlers attacked the demonstration and the army arrived.

  • Army response to Palestinians walking down the street? Attacks, one broken nose, punching, kicking, dragging, arrests.
  • Army response to Settlers attacking Palestinians? Attacks, one broken nose, punching, kicking, dragging, arrests…of Palestinians, naturally. Settlers are free to do whatever they like.

This post was inspired by Adalah’s new database of discriminatory laws. They’ve compiled more than 50 laws which discriminate between Israelis and Palestinians, so really this is just a tiny glimpse of the bigger picture.

The playing field needs to be levelled, so that all the schoolchildren can get to play on it together, rather than half of them being arrested.

Israeli “defence” army arrests a bunch of school children in Hebron, Palestine

even more fucking disgraceful than norma. thank fuck for international activists and badass Palestinian adults!

"A new report says four Israeli attacks launched on journalists and media facilities during the bombardment of Gaza last month violated the laws of war by targeting civilians and civilian objects. Human Rights Watch issued the findings Thursday on the attacks that killed two Palestinian camera people, wounded at least 10 media workers and damaged four media offices. One strike also killed a two-year-old boy, Abdelrahman Naim, who lived across from a targeted building."

HRW: Israeli Attacks on Gaza Media Were Unlawful, Democracy Now!, 21 Dec

Good article on the Western Sahara, if you ignore the over-emphasis on the importance of Moroccan-Sahrawi relationships and coalitions - which are often just tools for normalisation of conflict rather than anything liberatory for the people living under occupation.