Palestinians took to the streets Monday afternoon in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to protest the killing of prominent Palestinian activist Basel Araj in an overnight raid, as several Palestinian factions issued statements condemning his killing.
In a statement released Monday, the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said Araj was “assassinated” and described him as “one of the most prominent young Palestinian fighters” to resist the Israeli occupation, who “worked to chronicle the history of Palestine and confront all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause.”
The statement added that Araj was “a revolutionary intellectual who put all of his cultural and intellectual energies in the service of the resistance together with his own actions on the ground.”
Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian activist and the head of the Palestinian National Initiative political party, said Araj’s death was “nothing but an act of extrajudicial killing and assassination.”
“Every price you pay in the resistance … you will get repaid for it if not in your life, then later … Resistance continues to be feasible.”
Two other people confronted the Israeli troops as they raided a house in a village in the district of Bethlehem in the West Bank where Araj was staying. He had been on the run from Israeli authorities for several months for being “close to Islamists.”
Meanwhile, the Israeli police described the Palestinian activist as a “terrorist killed in border police CT operation” for “planning an attack against civilians and security forces,” Micky Rosenfeld, Israeli police spokesperson said in a statement.
However, Araj’s uncle, Khalid, said his nephew spent most of his time “reading and researching, particularly about the history and geography of Palestine,” Al-Jazeera reported Monday.
The Israeli statement also claimed that officers were at the house to arrest Araj but began to fire after he and the other two fired at them. But Barghouti said he visited the house where the shootout occurred and argued that it seemed Israelis were doing most of the shooting.
“They said there was a fight and clash, but what I found was that the only side that was shooting was the Israeli,” he told Al-Jazeera.
“If Araj had any chance to shoot, he would not have been able to shoot more than one bullet. The house was completely bombarded with Israeli bullets. The Israeli side is trying to claim there was shoot back.”
While the Palestinian government slammed the killing, the leftist PFLP blamed Palestinian authorities for his death suggesting that the security coordination between Ramallah and Tel Aviv have allowed Israel to target wanted Palestinian activists.
“The security coordination is an explicit betrayal of the blood of the martyrs and the principles and values of our people and is continuing to damage the resistance and the Palestinian youth,” the Marxist resistance group said.
Araj was held in a Palestinian prison for almost five months without charges or an explanation of his arrest and was released in September only to land on Israel’s wanted list.
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Israel’s request that Washington should recognize its illegal settlements is itself illegal, says a New York-based author and lecturer.
“The settlements, all of them, are illegal under international law,” Norman Gary Finkelstein told Press TV on Wednesday, while commenting on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s repeated calls for the international recognition of major Israeli settlement blocs in the West Bank in exchange for steps to ease tensions with the Palestinians.
Bibi wants the US to “legalize a situation, which is clearly illegal,” the analyst noted, slamming the Israeli premier’s offer to “allow for certain kinds of economic development in the occupied Palestinian territory” instead.
“He has no right to do that either… he has only one right; he has the right to pack up his bag and leave.”
The United States strongly rejected Israel’s request, calling construction of settlements an obstacle to a two-state solution.
The new dispute over Israeli settlements emerged between Washington and Tel Aviv on Tuesday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Israel and the West Bank for the first time in more than a year.
The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
The UN and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in the 1967 war and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.
US President Donald Trump himself is very much a product of the ugliest forces in the deep state – a loosely organized cabal who has taken power away from the official government, according to American scholar Dr. Kevin Barrett.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Friday accused the so-called deep state of attempting to undermine the government of President Trump.
The term deep state, or derin devlet in Turkish, originated in 1950s Turkey, refers to a secretive network of influential members of government agencies or the military that operates outside the democratic system.
Dr. Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11 and founding member of Truth Jihad, told Press TV that “Spicer has officially announced that the deep state exists. So this is a kind of a milestone in American history.”
“The term deep state has been almost been as unknown as terms like false flag, which is another term that is now going viral, and is being used by the mainstream media as everybody knows what it means,” he stated.
“The term deep state refers to very politically powerful people who essentially operate off the radar and behind the scenes, generally ignoring, flouting and breaking the law as they do so,” the analyst explained.
Peter Dale Scott popularizes ‘deep state’ term
“Peter Dale Scott, professor from the University of California, is probably the researcher who has done the most to popularize this term, the deep state. And he came to this whole concept out of his analysis of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” Dr. Barrett said.
“Now today mainstream journalists and historians like David Talbot and others accept that President John F. Kennedy was not murdered by a lone nut, namely Lee Harvey Oswald, but was instead overthrown in a coup d’etat by elements of the American deep state, including former CIA director Allan Dulles, the focus of Talbot’s book [The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government], and James Jesus Angleton, the counter-intelligence chief who was a liaison between the Israeli Mossad and the CIA, as well as elements of organized crime that regularly work with these elements of the CIA,” he stated.
“So it was kind of a multinational intelligence operation with a major level of Israeli participation as Michael Collins Piper explains in his book, Final Judgment[:The Missing Link in the JFK Assassination Conspiracy],” he stated.
“Peter Dale Scott doesn’t go all the way with the Israeli angle, but he coined the term, deep state, based on his research into the JFK assassination, and then later the September 11 coup d’etat in which essentially the same types of elements of the US-Israeli deep state blew up the World Trade Center with explosives, and staged a non-existent hijacking, rather than the (alleged) suicide hijackings — in fact there were no Arab hijackers on the planes – another gross deception like the Kennedy assassination…or we should say assassinations to include the killing of Bobby Kennedy as well in 1968 — again, killed by the CIA and Israeli linked people tied to organized crime,” the analyst noted.
“So these are the kinds of issues that come up in the study of deep state. And it is very interesting that today we have a president, Donald Trump, who has one of his lead advisers – the political dirty tricks operator Roger Stone, who has written a book [The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ] about how Lyndon B. Johnson was part of the killing of his predecessor John F. Kennedy,” he said.
‘Donald Trump was created by Roy Cohn’
“And now we have Sean Spicer basically admitting to the world that deep state exists. Spicer hasn’t gone all the way with this and admitted that the deep state blew up the Twin Towers to drag us into these wars for Israel that followed. But instead he is sort of trying to point fingers at Obama and his people as tied to the deep state. Now that’s a very superficial analysis,” Dr. Barrett pointed out.
“In fact Donald Trump himself is very much a product of the very worst and ugliest forces in the deep state,” the commentator said.
“Donald Trump was created by Roy Cohn, the mafia boss who owned the corrupt judges and cops of New York, and who was the direct liaison between J. Edgar Hoover and American media, and who organized a pedophile blackmail operation for the CIA. Roy Cohn is the key player in that. And Roy Cohn is the man who made Donald Trump,” he argued.
“So perhaps Sean Spicer should reveal a lot more about the deep state, including the ties of the worst elements of deep state to his boss, President Trump, than he is so far willing to talk about,” the scholar said in his concluding remarks.