Israeli police officers have given a practical demonstration to primary school children on how to kill a Palestinian assailant and verify that he is dead, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. The outdoor event took place on Monday in Ramat HaSharon.
During the programme, four Israeli policemen with M16 guns approached a person who was clearly supposed to be a Palestinian, and started shooting at him. The “Palestinian” fell down immediately, but the policemen got off their motorbikes and continued shooting at him, although he was motionless, in order to make sure that he was “dead”.
A video of the demonstration has gone viral on social media which shows the whole exercise. The process is exactly the same as what happens in real life when the Israeli occupation forces to all intents and purposes execute Palestinians extrajudicially over alleged “stabbing attacks”.
According to Haaretz, the police officers told the pupils that they would hear the sound of gunshots and explosives so that they would not panic during the demonstration.
However, the event has backfired on the police, as the families of the students protested that such young children should not be exposed to such violent scenes. Complaints have been sent to the local municipality. This, said Haaretz, is not the first time that the Israeli police have showcased violence like this to pupils of this age.
The newspaper revealed that Israeli Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan called for the police to organise an open day that included police dogs being encouraged to attack Palestinians. Several crowd dispersal techniques were also demonstrated; it was noted that such techniques are not used when the demonstrators are Jews.
May 11, 2017 at 11:35 am
Today at noon, church bells will ring and the sound of Allahu Akbar (God is Great) will be heard from the minarets of mosques across the occupied West Bank in support of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners.
The media committee of the Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs, as well as the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, announced the move yesterday in coordination with Dr. Hanna Issa, the head of the Islamic-Christian Commission in Support of Jerusalem and Holy Sites, and Palestinian Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs, Youssef Ideiss.
It added that this is a call for the international community to move to save the prisoners and to provide international protection for them, as their health deteriorates.
Around 1,600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have been on a hunger strike for the past 24 days. The strike began on 17 April which marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.
Jordan does not want new talks with Israel over links with PA
May 11, 2017 at 11:24 am
Jordan is not interested in starting new talks with Israel over commercial links with the Palestinian Authority, Quds Press reported on Wednesday. According to an official source, the Hashemite Kingdom is hopeful about keeping its relations with Israel as they are now.
The anonymous source said that Jordan is already in contact with Israel regarding the Jordanian-PA commercial exchange links. The issue has arisen following Jordan’s search for new markets.
The 1994 Paris Protocol on Economic Relations organises the PA’s commercial activities, mainly in relation to goods from Jordan and Egypt. The independent development of the Palestinian market is restricted as it is tied to Israel’s economy. While the protocol is supposed to be reviewed every five years, Israel has never sat down to do this, just as it has ignored many of its other obligations post-Oslo.
Israel imposes tariffs which obstruct the flow of many goods from international markets to the PA. It also prevents the import of many of the raw materials needed by Palestinian manufacturers inside the PA areas under the pretext of security.
Israeli-PA commercial exchange is worth $4.5 billion, while Jordan’s commercial activities with the PA are valued at less than $150 million.