Since it's been a while since we had an Israel/Palestine thread...

droid

Beast of Burden
Brilliant article from Ben Ehrenreich.

When it became apparent that he wasn’t going anywhere, the officer told him: “We’ve been doing mappings every night, three or four houses a night, for 40 years.” He personally had searched and mapped the house in question twice before. “If we go into their houses all the time, if you arrest people all the time, if they feel terrified all the time, they will never attack us. They will only feel chased after.”
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/aug/09/life-and-death-in-palestine
 

droid

Beast of Burden
Whoah.

Israeli soldier Elor Azaria convicted over Hebron death

Is there precedent for this, does anyone know? It's a manslaughter conviction, rather than murder, but it seems quite significant.
Extremely rare, but happens occasionally. The sentence is farcical and he'll be let out long before 18 months. Over 260 Palestinians killed by soldiers in similar circumstances in recent years & this is the only conviction - due solely to the video evidence.
 

droid

Beast of Burden
Hamas proving yet again that they are far more amenable to negotiation that Israel.

n the biggest concession, the new document states that Hamas “considers the establishment of a fully sovereign and independent Palestinian state, with Jerusalem as its capital along the lines of 4 June 1967, with the return of the refugees and the displaced to their homes from which they were expelled, to be a formula of national consensus”.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/01/hamas-new-charter-palestine-israel-1967-borders
 

droid

Beast of Burden
Ah, back in the days when you didnt even need to invent even a vaguely plausible pretext to start a war which destabilised a country and birthed a dangerous new strain of Islamic radicalism.
 
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craner

Beast of Burden
Fascinating watching those old ABC reports without editing and voice over, isn't it?

Prompted by reading David Hirst's last book Beware of Small States, which is very good indeed.
 

droid

Beast of Burden
What the hell are you doing reading Hirst? You're anti-everything he stands for.

Its very good. Nice companion piece to pity the nation. I actually have a spare hardback copy of this which I was going to give to you at the convocation.
 

droid

Beast of Burden
Ive refrained from posting on this thread throughout the ethnic cleansing and mass deportations of Africans or the appalling case of the Ahed Tamimi and her family, but what's going on right now is disgusting. Nearly 80 protesters shot dead by Israeli snipers, 40 today alone and thousands injured. Journalists targeted. Children, women, the disabled, all fair game.

This is a massacre. Palestinians are told they must protest peacefully and when they do they are slaughtered. Its despicable.
 
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