Ahmed Jabari was the leader of Hamas's military wing. Since he authorized rocket attacks against civilians, he was a war criminal. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. I'm certain Hamas will have no problems finding another war criminal to take his place. This story is a non-news as far as I'm concerned.
What should be news regarding this conflict, is seldom to never reported by Canadian news sources because these other stories might taint the manufactured perception of Israel as the innocent victim of irrational hatred and antisemitism. You can continue believing that version if you like, but for anyone else who really wants to understand this conflict I recommend visiting these 3 websites:
Amnesty International | Working to Protect Human Rights (external - login to view)
Amnesty International 2012 report
B'Tselem | The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (external - login to view)
An Israeli Humans Rights Organization
badil.org (external - login to view)
A Palestinian Human Rights Organization
The rest of this post is news which should be reported in Canada about this conflict but isn't:
Every week Palestinians and volunteers from other nations including Israel participate in non-violent protests throughout the West Bank against Israel's rolling ethnic cleansing to create Jewish only colonies on Palestinian land, which as restricted millions of Palestinians to an ever shrinking area which is being surrounded by walls, razor wire and guard towers. The protestors have been illegally detained, assaulted, assassinated/murdered and had their children and other family members abducted and assaulted.
These people non-violently protest against Israel's illegal ethnic cleansing activities which have displaced millions of innocent civilians and taken away their human rights, because they aren't Jewish. Israeli soldiers and civilians can even murder these non-people (aka Palestinians) with no fear of serious consequences.
So here is the news from the last weeks that didn't make our news:
This Week in Palestine, November 9th, 2012
...This week protests were organized at the villages of Bil’in Ni’lin and al Nabi Saleh in central West Bank, as well as Al Ma’ssara village in southern West Bank.
One Italian man, 50 years old, was injured when a gas bomb hit him in his leg at the anti wall protest organized at Bil’in village. Villagers and their supporters managed to reach the Israeli wall. Soldiers stationed their fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at them, injuring the Italian man. Many were also treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Israeli soldiers also used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to suppress the anti wall protest at the nearby village of Ni’lin. The protest started after the midday prayers. Then villagers and their international and Israeli supporters marched up to the Israeli wall built on lands onwed by local farmers. As soon as people reached the wall Israeli troops attacked them. Many protesters were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Also in central West Bank, at al Nabi Saleh village, Israeli troops attacked the villagers and their supporters before they left the village to get to lands Israeli took to build the wall and a new settlement on. No injuries were reported this week.
Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers arrested on Friday two internationals at a protester organized near the illegal settlement block of Kfar Atzion in southern West Bank. Palestinian activists along with international and Israeli supporters managed to close the settlers road, soldiers arrived and attacked them using rifle buts and batons. Later soldiers arrested two international supports and took them to unknown location.
Also in southern West Bank on Friday Israeli troops stooped the weekly anti wall protest at the village of Al Ma’ssara entrance and forced people back into the village using rifle-buts and batons. No injuries were reported....
...On Sunday evening, a young Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli army fire east of the al-Boreij refu gee camp, in central Gaza.
The man was left to bleed to death for six hours as the soldiers prevented a Palestinian ambulance crew from reaching him. Local sources said that Ahmad an-Nabaheen, 20, was injured by rounds of live ammunition, fired at him by Israeli soldiers, as he approached the border fence. (eao: Apparently he was mentally disabled and unarmed)
In the West Bank this week army invasions were focused in the cities of Nablus and Jenin, northern West Bank and Hebron in the south. Two limited invasions were reported at the borders near Gaza City as well.
Among those arrested this week from the West Bank was the wife of the Palestinian prisoner, Bassam al-Sa'di, who in turn went on hunger strike this week in protest of the arresting of his wife.
Moreover Israeli soldiers demolished, Tuesday, two Palestinian homes, a barn and two wells, and handed demolition orders against four more homes, in the villages of Ad-Deerat and Al-Jawaya, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.
The army wants to evict the Palestinians in order to declare the area as a closed military zone, to be used for training.
Elsewhere, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, on Thursday. Famers told local news that armed settlers attacked on Thursday midday them and stole their olives that they harvested all morning.
In another incident earlier on Thursday morning Israeli army bulldozers uprooted around 30 olive trees that belong to farmers from Nahlaeen village near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Witnesses said that soldiers surrounded the village and did not allow farmers to reach their lands as bulldozers uprooted the trees.
This Week in Palestine, November 9th, 2012 : Indybay (external - login to view)
Summaries of deaths from previous weeks:
(I will skip the weekly summary of non-violent protests not because they aren't important, but because they are a weekly constant)
This Week in Palestine, November 2nd, 2012
...On Sunday at dawn, the army assassinated Suleiman Al-Qarra, 27, a member of the Al-Qassam Brigades, and wounded another resident, in an air strike that took place as fighters clashed with soldiers invading an area east of Khan Younis.
The Israeli Air Force carried out, late on Sunday evening, at least four airstrikes targeting different areas in the Gaza Strip causing excessive damage; one injury was reported. In another attack one resident was wounded, on Monday morning, after being hit by fragments of a missile fired by the Israeli Air Force into an agricultural land in Al-Karama area, northwest of Gaza City.
Later in the week Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported, Friday, that one resident was seriously injured by a shell fired by the Israeli army into Juhr Ed-Deek area, in central Gaza.
Israeli soldiers killed, over the last week, nine Palestinians, and wounded at least 14 others, some seriously, in a series of air strike and bombardment targeting the coastal region.
From its part the Al-Qassam Brigades this week fired several mortars at Israeli targets across the border with Gaza. The Brigades issued a press release stating that the firing of the shells comes in retaliation to the ongoing Israeli military escalation against the coastal region. The shells cased damage but no injuries, Israeli sources reported.
In the West Bank this week, Israeli military invasions were focused around Hebron and Bethlehem cities, in the south and the cities of Ramallah and Nablus, central and northern West Bank. during these invasions at least 20 Palestinian civilians were arrested by Israeli soldiers.
Elsewhere, Hala Abu Ayiash, 11 years old, was injured on Wednesday when an Israeli settler rammed her near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. According to local sources Abu Ayiash was hit by the settler near the Jerusalem-Hebron road. She was moved to a hospital after sustaining critical wounds, local sources added.
Meanwhile the Israeli military freed this week Hassan Al Safadi, 33, years old, after spending 10 years under military administrative detention. Al Safadi went on hunger strike early in the year for 93 days then went back and did 73 days of hunger strike when the army refused to release him in July and extended his detention for additional 6 month. Al Safadi was welcomed with celebrations by his family and friends at his hometown Nablus, northern West Bank.
In other news, the Israeli human rights group, Peace Now, reported on Monday of this week that the Israeli state has approved 180 settlers housing units to be build in illegal settlements inside occupied east Jerusalem. According to peace now the houses will be dedicated to soldiers and police officers.
Moreover later in the week the Israeli military demolished three Palestinian homes. One home was leveled at the village of Beit Omer near Hebron and two in the west Bank city of Jericho. The army claimed that the three homes are built without the needed permission....
This Week in Palestine, November 2nd, 2012 : Indybay (external - login to view)
This Week in Palestine, October 26th, 2012
...Israeli bombardment targeting Gaza escalated on Monday and lasted until Wednesday early dawn hours. As a result seven Palestinians were killed and 12 other injured.
On Monday midday local sources said that Israeli unmanned plane fired a missile at a group of people in Abed Al Hameed Street, in the town of Beit Hannon, northern Gaza Strip, killing two men and injuring a third.
Later in the day Israeli fighter jet fired a missile at residents’ homes in Beit Hannon injuring two civilians. Doctors said that one man was critically injured. Local sources said that schools were evacuated in Beit Hannon fearing from the Israeli continued shelling targeting the town.
On Wednesday two Palestinian were killed by Israeli attacks. One man died of wounds he sustained on Monday and the other was killed as fighter jets targeted Rafah city, southern Gaza Strip. On Thursday another man died of wounds sustained on Wednesday during an air raid targeting Rafah city, being the death toll due to Israeli attacks this week to seven.
From its part, Palestinian armed resistance groups fired 70 home-made shells at Israeli targets near the Gaza strip as a response to the Israeli escalated attacks targeting the coastal region. Six Israeli were slightly injured by the Palestinian shell fire, Israeli sources reported.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported on Thursday that thirteen Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli army since the beginning of the month, and more than 33 were injured.
By Thursday a truce agreement, mediated by Egypt, was reached between Israel and the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian groups announced that they will stop firing homemade shells as long as the Israeli army halts its attacks on Gaza. The Israeli military official stated that ceasefire is a decision that is made by the political leadership in Tel Aviv, and added that the army is always ready for any escalation.
In the West Bank this week Israeli forces conducted 40 incursions into Palestinian communities, during which they abducted 5 Palestinians. Israeli forces established dozens of checkpoints in the West Bank. At least 1 Palestinian was abducted at military checkpoints in the West Bank....
This Week in Palestine, October 19th, 2012
...On Thursday an Israeli F-16 fighter jet fired one missile into the former Third Platoon security base, north of Ash-Shuhada junction, south of Gaza City. One hour after the first strike, the army fired another missile into the base, extensive damage was caused by both strikes, and fortunately there were no reported casualties.
On Wednesday at dawn, the Israeli Air Force carried out two strikes targeting centers used by fighters of the armed wing of the Hamas movement, known as the Al-Qassam Brigades. The shelling led to excessive damage but no injuries.
Also in Gaza, Israeli naval gunboats fired dozens of rounds of live ammunition at Palestinian fishing boats along the Gaza Coast, and the Central coastal region; no damages or injuries were reported.
The Israeli military continues to conduct illegal operations throughout the West Bank. In the South- Hebron and Bethlehem where subjected to a series of invasions by Israeli security personal. The Northern city of Jenin was also targeted by Israeli military personal who conducted illegal raids and home invasions.
Meanwhile groups of armed extremist settlers uprooted 20 olive trees and 15 grape trees that belong to the residents of Al-Khader town, southern West Bank. The land in question is close to the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat, which built on land that still belong to residents of Al-Khader.
Farmers say the land has been repeatedly targeted by these settler groups, once more the owners of these orchards have been prevented from taking action and entering their own premises as the security personal demand a special permit, obtainable only from the military.
Tuesday, Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers demolished a Palestinian home and a shed in Beit Hanina, in occupied East Jerusalem, the Quds Media Center reported.
The Jerusalem Municipality claims that the building was originally the property of a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank, therefore, according to Israeli law, “the property is considered to be absentee property”, and will be confiscated by Israel under the so-called “Absentee Property Law”...
(The “Absentee Property Law”
is one means by which Israeli authorities seize (steal) Palestinian property.
Israeli authorities determine where non-Jews can live. If a Palestinian leaves their home in an area zoned for Jews only, they may not be able to return to their home. Once the Palestinian home is vacant because the owners have been blocked from their home, its declared abandoned seized by the government and sold to Jewish owners. Not only does the Palestinian family loose their home, they also loose their home's contents including family photos, jewelry, money... Israel continuously expands the areas which are for Jews only, creating situations where Palestinians find themselves illegally living in a newly expanded Jewish only area. As a result their family and friends can't visit them. Palestinian grandparents can't see their children and grandchildren, because non-Jews are not allowed to visit and if they leave, they loose their home. when they die, the state will seize their home and its contents.
This Week in Palestine, October 12th, 2012
...This week Israel escalated its attacks on the Gaza Strip by aerial and land bombardment as a result one man was killed and total of14 civilians were wounded including 6 children. Meanwhile in the West Bank Israeli forces conducted at least 46 military incursions into Palestinian communities. During these incursions, Israeli troops arrested at least 8 Palestinians, including the wife of a Palestinian prisoner. IMEMC’s Salam Qumsiyeh with the details:
A Palestinian man was pronounced dead on Monday evening due to Israeli shilling which targeted Rafah city southern Gaza Strip last night. Ten civilians were wounded on Sunday evening, when the Israeli Air Force fired several missiles into Rafah. Some of the wounded residents sustained serious injuries; an infant is among the wounded.
Also on Monday five civilians were wounded in an Israeli tank shelling which targeted the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip. later in the week Israeli gunboats positioned off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia, opened fire on Wednesday, at the Palestinian fishing boats, damage was reported but no injuries.
From its part Egyptian leadership this week contacted the Israeli side and informed the government of Benjamin Netanyahu that Egypt is completely against an Israeli military offensive against Gaza, and held Netanyahu personally responsible for further escalation. Egypt also contacted armed resistance groups in Gaza demanding them to be committed to a truce with Israel in order to prevent Tel Aviv from dragging the entire region into war.
In the West Bank this week settlers escalated their attacks against Palestinian farmers who started this week the olive harvest season.
On Monday a Palestinian young man was injured when Israeli settler opened fire at him near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem. A Palestinian child suffered moderate wounds on Thursday when he was rammed by a settler’s vehicle near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the old city of Hebron, southern West Bank. while two Palestinians were injured, on Wednesday evening, after being attacked by several extremist Israeli settlers in Burin village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The settlers attacked several Palestinians, including women, who were harvesting their olive trees in the village.
Since the start of this week settler’s managed to cut of around 450 olive trees in different parts of the West Bank, local sources reported. Settlers uprooted around 300 olive trees that belong to residents of Al-Mogheer village, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah. The settlers carried their attack out during the early dawn hours, and fled the scene, local sources reported. Another 150 trees were cut-off by settlers in southern West Bank....
This Week in Palestine, October 12th, 2012 : Indybay (external - login to view)
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