Occupied East Jerusalem – Flanked by his mother and aunt, Ahmed Mahmoud strolled up the narrow street that leads to the main road in Issawiya in occupied East Jerusalem. It was mid-afternoon in early December 2016, and the 15-year-old had recently earned good grades at school. As a reward, the trio were on an outing to buy him a new pair of shoes, when they encountered a group of teenagers running towards them.
Ahmed realised that clashes were taking place in the area between young men from the neighbourhood and Israeli border guards. “I wanted to return home but then the bullet hit me,” he said. “I fell to the ground. My aunt started screaming. She was screaming at my cousin, who lived nearby, for help.”
Ahmed had been shot in the face with a rubber-coated bullet.
Blood was pouring from his right eye and he could not see anything. Ahmed needed 17 stitches around his eye and the socket had been fractured by the bullet. The retina had been damaged and the doctors told Ahmed’s family that he would not recover his vision.
Ahmed Mahmoud was one of 82 Palestinian children wounded by Israeli forces in 2016, the majority of which were caused by live ammunition, according to Defense for Children International – Palestine, a children’s rights group.
|He [the Israeli officer] started screaming “Who’s this in the mask?” I said ‘I don’t know. It’s not me.’ He started beating me on my stomach and my back, he pushed the chair where I was sitting and I fell to the ground and he kicked me. It was brutal, he was very violent.|
The rights group says 2016 was the deadliest year in a decade for Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The rights group recorded the killing of 32 children throughout the year, either by Israeli forces or private security guards. Nine children were injured by crowd control weapons fired by Israeli forces, which include sponge-tipped bullets and the type of rubber bullet that struck Ahmed.
Two children were killed by these types of weapons during 2016 after being shot in the upper body.
The year was marked by increased violence in the region that escalated in October 2015, amid heightened tensions over access to holy sites in Jerusalem, and continued through 2016. Of the 32 children killed that year, 24 were accused of carrying out an attack, according to the rights group, while others were killed during protests and clashes across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Brad Parker, attorney and international advocacy officer at DCI Palestine, told Al Jazeera that Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, have increasingly targeted Palestinians, including children, with live ammunition to quash protests since the beginning of 2014.
“When increased violence erupted in October 2015, these changes, combined with systemic impunity, enabled Israeli forces to implement an apparent shoot-to-kill policy, which in some instances may amount to extrajudicial or wilful killings,” said Parker.
|Ahmed, 15, permanently lost vision in his right eye after he was shot with a rubber-bullet by an Israeli border guard in December 2016 [Nigel Wilson/Al Jazeera]|
Ahmed’s father filed a complaint about the shooting with the police’s internal investigations unit. A week later, Israeli police and intelligence officials raided the family home and took two pairs of black pants, one pair belonging to Ahmed and a second pair belonging to his brother.
Ahmed was not at the home at the time, but Mohammed brought his son to the police station later that day, where he was arrested and interrogated in relation to a case of stone-throwing sometime in November.
“During the interrogation they beat me,” said Ahmed. “They wanted me to say that the person in the photo wearing black pants and a mask was me. I told them it wasn’t me.”
“[The Israeli officer] started screaming “Who’s this in the mask?” I said ‘I don’t know. It’s not me.’ He started beating me on my stomach and my back, he pushed the chair where I was sitting and I fell to the ground and he kicked me. It was brutal, he was very violent.”
The next day, Ahmed appeared in court where prosecutors obtained two extra days to question the boy. However, after a total of four days in detention, the prosecution failed to produce evidence tying Ahmed to the stone-throwing incident and the judge ordered his release on bail.
His lawyer has prioritised getting the file against Ahmed closed, but will continue to pursue the initial complaint against the border police who shot the teenager.
As the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres prepares his first annual report since taking office, human rights groups have stepped up pressure on him to include the Israeli military on a blacklist of children’s rights violators.
Parties can be added to the list if they commit one of five triggering violations of children’s rights: killing and maiming, attacks on schools and hospitals, recruitment, sexual violence and abduction.
The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, a coalition of leading international human rights and humanitarian organisations, has recommended that Israeli forces should be added to the list as a result of dozens of documented cases of killing and maiming of children throughout 2016.
The Israeli army was kept off the 2015 blacklist after the United States and Israeli governments lobbied the UN and threatened to withhold funding from certain programmes if Israeli forces were included.
“Why is 2017 particularly important? It comes in face of the past two years of blatant politicising of the listing process. The Secretary General has a clean slate, being in his first year of tenure,” said Dragica Markovica, advocacy officer at Watchlist.
|The Israeli army was kept off the 2015 blacklist after the US and Israeli governments threatened to withhold funding from certain UN programmes if Israeli forces were included [Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]|
The Israeli military was recommended along with 10 other parties including the Pakistani Taliban and armed groups in Libya. Watchlist concluded that the Israeli army should be included in the Secretary General’s list based on documented cases of killing and maiming of children that occurred in 2016, mostly in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. It also cited violations in Gaza, primarily from 2014.
“I’m hopeful that if he has sufficient reason to believe that a party has committed enough violations to be put on the list then it doesn’t matter who the party is. And that’s the point at the end of the day. It doesn’t matter which country we’re talking about, or which party we’re talking about. We’re talking about verified incidents of violations of children’s rights,” Markovica told Al Jazeera.
Citing the 2015 UN children and armed conflict blacklist, where Israel was recommended but kept off the final list of violators, Parker told Al Jazeera that the UN provided “tacit approval for Israeli forces to continue carrying out grave violations against children with impunity.
“The case for listing [the Israeli army] now is the situation for Palestinian childrencontinues to deteriorate as systemic impunity seems to have emboldened Israeli forces to regularly resort to the unjustified use of intentional lethal force,” he said.
“Listing is a check against impunity and provides a process for accountability when armed forces or armed groups violate universal and fundamental principles.”
Source: Al Jazeera
Shaheen Nassar is a University of California Riverside graduate with a degree in Ethnic Studies.
Growing up Palestinian in the states means being in the crosshairs of a barrage of macro and micro aggressions. These aggressions can meet your gaze on a billboard, on TV, or even in the aisles of a franchise bookstore. While traversing the aisles of a Barnes & Noble, I once had the misfortune of reading a passage penned by a well-known Zionist.
Morbid curiosity guided me towards a line that read something to the effect of, “To deny the suffering of a people is to make them go through a double death”. Ironically this particular Zionist built his entire career cheerleading the genocide of Palestiniansand muffling their tortured cries.
If I can credit Israel’s supporters with one thing, it’s their ability to manipulate the truth to atrocious ends. A common tactic is to derail the conversation away from Israel’s brutal racial oppression.
In this particular case, they want to redirect the focus on the validity of racial theory, anything to distract from Israeli settler colonialism and Jim Crow style segregation. Cheerleaders of Israeli apartheid simply don’t want to talk about how the occupied territories are plagued with a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing programme.
They don’t want to talk about how anti-miscegenation laws treat Palestinian ethnicity like a venereal disease. They don’t want to talk about the racial criminalisation of Arabs that populates Israel’s prisons with a nearly three-quarters Palestinian majority. They don’t want to talk about the word “araboushim”, the Hebrew equivalent of the “n” word, indicative of Palestinian subhuman social status. Zionists want us to engage nonsensical questions on their own terms so that we can validate a fictional narrative that inverses reality. They want to render our wounds invisible.
A recent op-ed from a well-known Zionist questioned intersectionality to draw attention away from the daily horror that is Israeli occupation.
If intersectionality didn’t exist
The truth is that intersectionality is more than abstract theory; it’s a reality painted with blood and barbed wire that can be traced from the slums of Soweto to the ghettos of Gaza, to the streets of Oaxaca. There is a lengthy and beautiful organic connection between Palestinians and other people of colour.
This connection transcends the PLO sending donations to Nelson Mandela’s ANC; it transcends Huey P Newton’s visit to Lebanon where he met Yasser Arafat; it transcends Palestinian support for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline. It also transcends the convergence of systems of oppression such as Israel’s role as nuclear arms broker to apartheid South Africa.
|PLO leader Yasser Arafat, left and ANC leader Nelson Mandela during a short meeting at the Dutch Prime Minister’s residence in the Hague on February 18, 1994 [AP Photo/Albert Overbeek] [Daylife]|
Intersectionality is vested in a shared experience of racial subjugations, humiliation, and exploitation. But even if those connections didn’t abundantly exist, it would still not justify the ethnic supremacy, settler colonial genocide and racial segregation that Israel inflicts on Palestinians.
Even if it didn’t exist, it wouldn’t justify wholesale torture of Palestinians in Israeli prisons. And even if black, Latino, Native, and LGBTQ populations didn’t already identify with Palestine, it still wouldn’t justify the bombardment of the starving, impoverished masses of Gaza, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocents, including my four-year-old cousin Deema Isleem, who was incinerated in her father’s arms, to clear the land for racially exclusive settlement.
Anti-blackness and xenophobia thrive in Israel’s settler colonial environment, but even if they didn’t it wouldn’t absolve Israel of responsibility for more than 50 discriminatory laws against Palestinians. Zionists look at the natural kinship between Palestinians and other oppressed communities with envy, oblivious to the reality that black, brown, yellow, red, queer, and working-class people live empathetically through tears, knowing each other’s suffering all too well. Even if the academy had not produced the term “intersectionality” the experience would still exist. It’s not about strategy; it’s about transcendent collective trauma that the pomp and privilege of Tel Aviv suburbs or luxury settlements are alien to.
The Muslim boogey man
Conversely, Israel shares many similarities with other settler colonies and the racist ideologies that produced them. Zionism embodies the same racial narcissism and melodrama that found the employment of John Boyega in the Star Wars franchise equivalent to a “white genocide”.
Somehow in the midst of racially segregated roads and mounting Palestinian corpses, Israel’s proponents still manage to make it about the victimhood of racists.
Irony strikes again when they claim victimhood from the same impoverished Palestinian masses that they simultaneously derive privilege from. While Western Jews can freely roam the ancient land of Palestine, more than 200 of my relatives have been confined to a refugee camp in Northern Jordan, barred from reentering their ancestral homeland. There are millions of Palestinians, myself included, waiting to exercise our legal and moral right to return as enshrined in UN Resolution 242.
Israel supporters often reference the racial Muslim boogey man to advance their cause. Unfortunately for them, mentioning ISIL’s crimes are more of an indictment of the repercussions of American foreign policy than they are of the Muslim majority societies they plague.
Nonetheless, Islamophobes still invoke them to appeal to women and queer communities in the pathetic, clumsy way that only a hetero-patriarch can. To my knowledge, Israeli missiles don’t differentiate between “straight” and “queer” targets; they kill Palestinians indiscriminately, regardless of sexual orientation.
The Zionist mobilisation of a gay identity is simply an instance of homonationalism, demonstrating contempt for queer people of colour and the hijacking of their plight to further their imperial gains. Similarly, when colonial racism denies Muslim women of Europe autonomy over their own bodies, it proves yet again how misogyny and patriarchy are woven into the very fabric of western liberalism, not exceptional to it, and definitely not isolated to regions inhabited by veil-clad women.
Lastly, proponents of Israeli apartheid have a nasty habit of attacking our champions of liberation. The libel especially surrounding Rasmea Odeh needs to be addressed. Rasmeawas forced to give a false confession under the duress of torture. She was sexually assaulted at the hands of the Israeli security forces in the presence of her own father.
Zionists dehumanisation doesn’t stop at the controlling of bodies, but also of the narratives that produce them. Words fail at professing the raw strength she embodies. She is our matriarch; a walking symbol of the intersections of feminism and racial justice, among the ranks of Angela Davis. Any slight against her credibility is a sign of extreme moral cowardice.
Questioning intersectionality is just a desperate attempt to separate Palestinians from natural allies, which falls well within the colonial tradition of divide and conquer. Intersectionality describes the tangible connections between Palestinians and other oppressed communities that a settler coloniser seeks to systematically sever.
Shaheen Nassar is a University of California Riverside graduate with a degree in Ethnic Studies.
The views expressed in this article are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.
“ZIONISM” IS NOT HITLER’S FAULT, IT’S THE JEWS FAULT
BY THE ONE AND ONLY, TREVOR LABONTE
NOTE – LAST WEEK, KEN LIVINGSTONE,, MAYOR OF LONDON FROM 2000-2008, WAS SUSPENDED BY THE LABOR PARTY FOR SAYING HITLER HAD SUPPORTED ZIONISM (“BEFORE HE WENT MAD AND ENDED UP KILLING 6 MILLION JEWS”) – FIRST OFF, THERE WAS NO ACTUAL ‘JEWISH HOLOCAUST’, AS LONG AS PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THEHOLOHOAX/EVIL NAZI PROPAGANDA, JEWS WILL BE FREE TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT, GET OUT OF JAIL FREE EVERY TIME, ALL WHILE INFLICTING AS MUCH DEATH AND DESTRUCTION, ANY PLACE ON EARTH THAT IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. AS FOR THE THE “EXTENSIVE COLLABORATION BETWEEN ‘NAZIS’ AND ZIONISTS” WE ARE ALWAYS HEARING ABOUT WAS ACTUALLY JUST…DRUM ROLL PLEASE…. A TYPICAL JEWISH EXPULSION, THE LIKES OF WHICH HAVE HAPPENED MANY TIMES IN HISTORY. THIS TOPIC, HITLER AND ZIONISM, HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF SO MUCH MISINFORMATION AND DELIBERATE DISINFORMATION, MUCH OF IT SPREAD BY WELL-MEANING FOLKS WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND THE “BIG PICTURE.”
NSDAP Germany never supported the existence of a “Jewish state.” The “extensive collaboration between ‘Nazis’ and zionists” we are always hearing about was actually just…drum roll please…. a typical jewish expulsion, the likes of which have happened many times in history. As I have said many times before, anything that contains the word “Nazi” is jewish propaganda, period. There is a total lack of objectivity on the topic of NSDAP Germany/WW II, and the proof of this is the carelessness and ignorance with which this racist, improper term is bandied about.
Imagine for a second that you are taking an anthropology course at your local university.
Imagine that your professor walks in on the first day and starts inserting racist epithets into the supposedly academic discourse. That would be insane, right? Yet this is exactly the way people talk about Hitler/Germany/WW II. You cannot understand truth if you cannot be objective, so stop spreading hateful propaganda about “Nazis.” The Germans fought the banks, and they fought the same forces of darkness that menace the world to this day, so show them some respect, and learn the truth about WW II. “Zionism” is not Hitler’s fault, it’s the jews’.
There is no such thing as a “Nazi”. They were called National Socialists, or Germans, but some oblivious gentiles are too brainwashed to even know what I am talking about.
The phrase (not see) was invented by a journalist jew named, Konrad Heiden, as a derogatory term for Germans. It was a jab at the slang word, “Bolshi and Schozi” that was being directed toward certain immigrants at the time. Nobody supporting the country would ever had acknowledged it’s use.
Hitler fuckin couldn’t stand the jews. Why would he want them to have their own sovereign state where they could avoid extradition? He never supported a jewish state, only limited jewish emigration to Palestine, provided that the jews did not harm the Palestinians. He saw who was occupying Palestine and as soon as WW II started, he nixed the so-called transfer agreement.
It is a simple fact that the Havarah Agreement was signed between Germany’s NSDAP in 1933, the Balfour Declaration was penned in 1917 and ratified in 1922, these are all simple facts and can be cross referenced by a myriad of other sources.
Now the why and what how of these significant historical events cannot be researched through Wikipedia and are in fact highly controversial.
Ilan Pappe, in particular his book ” The Rise and Fall of a Palestinian Dynasty: The Huyaynis 1700 – 1948″ provides a particularly good account insightful account of historical events and gradual occupation of Palestine, details of the dynamics behind the signing of the Balfor Declaration and the eventual “official” partitioning of Palestine in 1947.
Stuff like “NA+ZI = NAZI” as proof that the NSDAP and Hitler were in cahoots with the zionist is simply just laughable. That commemoration coin was never produced, en mass, nor given out. It was photographed for a magazine.
The ONLY people that support this nonsense are either total ignoramus’, jewish shills, or both.
Do you ever notice that when you see the words like Nazi, Zionists etc….that the real criminals behind all of it are just trying to deflect from who is really behind it?
MY personal THEORY about this recent outcropping of “Hitler was as zionist” (which is kind of like saying Hugh Hefner is a feminist) is that it is simply a way of resolving the cognative dissonance that has been reverberating around in most people’s brains as a result of the hate propaganda campaign waged in the zionist owned and controlled msm for the past 70+ years and counting.
People find it extremely difficult to let go of such persistent indoctrination, and that is why they become angry when their delusions are threatened.
But in the face of all the mounting evidence that things did not exactly transpire the way it has been portrayed in Hollywood and the history books provided by our state indoctrination institutions, many are confronted with a core conflict about what to believe.
So this way it is simple, THEY can have it both ways, Hitler was an evil rotten bastarded nazi who murdered and cooked 6 million innocent jews AND he was a zionist. How convenient. Interesting, but STUPID!
“While the Zionists try to make the rest of the World believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn’t even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organisation for their international world swindler, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks. “~Adolf Hitler
What is it with so many people in the anti-Zionist movement all of a sudden using ‘Nazi’ and equating it with Netanyahu and his fellow Zionist cronies?
‘Nazi’ is a zionist derogatory term for The National Socialists (NSDAP). No NS condoned its usage. Using it against the ZOG still fulfills their pseudo-victimism by saying ‘Israel’s as racist and violent as Hitler is falsely believed to be,’ further perpetuating their false imagery of NS/anti-Zionists–for if they had succeeded the world would be better with disenfranchisement of the zionist jews. Stop comparing “Israel” to other things too. It detracts from the fact that “Israel” is uniquely evil.
The Germans were on their own land, fighting Judaism and the evil Rothschilds, the same cannot be said about the invader jews illegally occupying Palestine. “Israelis” are not the “new Nazis,” they are just the old Bolsheviks. I really despise all this “Nazi” crap, that word is a crude racist epithet against Germans, and it is always flung all over the Palestine solidarity movement. The jews’ story about “Nazis” being “pure evil” is one of the foundational myths of “Israel,” it is the lie that was used to sell the public on a jewish homeland. Every J-bird is a devious liar.
The SS were fighting for their freedom from jewish tyranny, the israelis ARE jewish tyranny. Gaza is not even a prison as in a prison, there are rooms, food, and healthcare.
The biggest jokes to the Free Palestine movement are those who compare the Jew to the “Nazis”, it was the Jews who committed genocide on the Germans, and wrote in the history books, they were the poor victims of genocides. The holohoax is a complete fraud of history. The Jews have always exterminated races, and countries.
What do you think they are going to do when they exterminate the Palestinians? They are going to write themselves down, as the poor victims to the “Evil” Palestinians!!
How DOES one begin to “delegitimize” “Israel?” It exists on 100% stolen Palestinian and Syrian land, created on the back of a phony Holocaust tall tale.
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NATIONAL SOCIALISM AND NAZISM – A BIG DIFFERENCE
“A great idea had been misused by small men. Himmler was the evil symbol of that.” – Alfred Rosenberg
National Socialism is the ideology which Hitler applied in Germany from becoming Chancellor in 1933 until WWII destroyed the NSDAP regime in 1945. Nazism, on the other hand, is a separate phenomenon which occurred after WWII ended: the result of Zionist Allied wartime propaganda to demonize National Socialist Germany combined with selective confessions elicited via deception and duress during the Nuremberg Trials, which subsequently became the ‘official’ version of Hitlerism for the Zionist Allies in WWII, the backdrop to the endless stream of ‘Holocaust’ fiction. This misrepresentation was then applied by some British and American racists who saw in Nazism a reactionary solution to petty fears of their day (for Britain the loss of empire and the influx of immigrants, for America the 1960s Civil Rights movement). Thus, Nazism – a malicious distortion of National Socialism originating in Zionist Allied countries, consisting of traditional Western bigotry decorated with anachronistic ‘Germanic’ symbols, and later ironically spread back(!) into Germany (e.g. NPD) – has largely replaced authentic National Socialism in the world’s eyes and become the ideology of modern neo-Nazis.
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