Friday, September 26, 2014
Today (23/9/14) at Salaymeh checkpoint in Hebron, Israeli forces fired
29 rounds of tear gas and 5 stun grenades at children going to school.
The morning started off peaceful as children passed through the
checkpoint but as word spread that two Palestinians had been murdered by
the Israeli army the night before, tensions began to rise quickly.
Israeli forces had a clear presence at the checkpoint from the start. A
few small stones were thrown by a small number of young boys, but landed
nowhere near the checkpoint.
Qeitun checkpoint, Hebron (23/9/14): clashes had erupted and were
underway between unarmed Palestinian youth and Israeli forces. An
excessive amount of tear gas was used in addition to rubber coated steel
bullets and stun grenades.
A small group of older boys were
throwing stones but they did not manage to reach the Israeli forces.
However, the commander insisted on firing despite the presence of the
many young children, some as young as 8 years old, in front of them
attempting to get to school.
Later on the Israeli forces threw
stun grenades and brutally grabbed and arrested two young Palestinian
boys between the ages of 14 and 15 years old. One of the boys whilst in a
headlock and handcuffed was punched several times in the side.
Police fail to protect the girls from settler violence but finds the
resources to vigorously enforce the law on children for minor
suspicions. On Tues. May 27, the police detained four Palestinian girls
after a Ma'on settler accused them of picking cherries from his grove.
The police took them to the station without adult accompaniment,
interrogated two of them and, after four hours, handed them over to the
Palestinian Police. They were released only in the evening.
Esh Kodesh (Hebrew: אֵשׁ קֹדֶשׁ, lit. Sacred Fire) is an Israeli outpost in the West Bank near Shilo. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law, but the Israeli government disputes this. The population in 2005 was under 12 families.
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More from Richard Silverstein
BERLINWhy stay here
When you can catch a plane and begin to breath.
Even the newly Orthodox are leaving
And getting far away from me
How long can family be an excuse?
The neighbor’s lived in LA for 15 years already
She says we need to shut that watchful eye,
And everyone who comes back from abroad
Tells me how good it is there.
Even if I forget my right hand
You’ll wait forever
For us to return to you.
Reichstag of Peace
And of the Euro and of light
For all your songs
I don’t have a passport.
Let’s be honest.
Grandpa and Grandma didn’t come here [Israel] because of Zionism,
They fled because they didn’t want to die.
And now they understand that here there’s no life [possible],
They’d rather we be far away than poor.
No, it’s not a fleeing for convenience’s sake
It’s fleeing flat out
To keep your head above the water.
Even our forefather Jacob went down [emigrated] to Egypt
Because rent there was a third
And salaries double.
The whole world migrates everywhere
Only here is it considered betrayal of the [Jewish] people
By leaders who want us to remain alone
To remain afraid
Because everybody hates Jews.
And every time they open their mouths
They pin the yellow star on me again
Like a medal of honor
Like it’s a boutonniere.
They degrade all of us
Without a scrap of pride.
Liberate the Ghetto already
Let us live like a normal people.
I don’t really want anywhere else.
It’s cold there
And Hebrew is the only language I love speaking.
Give me a bit of the Kinneret
If there’s any left, I’ll be happy.
But how long can we ignore tomorrow?
How can I raise kids in a place that
Chased away Dudu Zar ?