Israeli soldiers carry a Palestinian protester as they detain him during clashes at a demonstration against the closure of Shuhada street to Palestinians, in the West Bank city of Hebron on February 21, 2014. Hundreds of protesters, including foreign activists, gathered on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of the street, which was closed by the Israeli army in 1994. The closure was after the Hebron mosque massacre by Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli settler, who went on a rampage inside Al Ibrahimi Mosque, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers. (Source)
From The Electronic Intifada:
The immense cruelty of Ariel Sharon
Submitted by David Cronin on Thu, 01/09/2014 – 21:28
If it wasn’t for a brief encounter with Ariel Sharon, I may never have become a Palestine solidarity activist.
It was towards the end of 2001. I was among a number of reporters accompanying a European Union “peace mission” to the Middle East. On a Sunday afternoon, we waited for Sharon, then Israel’s prime minister, to give a press conference in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.
When Sharon eventually appeared, I was struck by how venomous he was. My memory has — naturally enough — faded a little in the interim. But I’m fairly sure that there was a smirk on his face as he spoke of how Palestinians sometimes blew themselves up.
The gist of his lengthy monologue was that all resistance to the Israeli occupation amounted to “terrorism.” He seemed to be rejoicing in Palestinian suffering.
We celebrate the death of this Butcher of Beirut, who has the blood of thousands of Palestinians on his hands!
At about 6:30 A.M. this morning, Israeli military forces and Civil Administration personnel arrived at the Palestinian community of Khirbet ‘Ein Karzaliyah in the northern Jordan Valley. They then proceeded to demolish all of the community’s buildings, thereby rendering homeless the entire population – three families comprised of 10 adults and 15 minors. The residents have been left with no shelter for themselves or their livestock in the harsh winter weather conditions. The Israeli military also demolished the only water-pipe available to the residents.
The photographs were taken by B’Tselem field researcher Atef Abu A-Rub. The first photograph [above] was taken some two weeks before the demolition, on 23.12.13, and shows the residents of Karzaliyah, ‘Atiya Fathi Kassem Bani Minieh, against the backdrop of the community. The rest of the photographs were taken on the morning of the demolition, 8.1.14. After photographing, A-Rub was detained by soldiers at the Hamra checkpoint for over an hour. He reported hearing the soldiers tell each other that he was detained because he was filming.
Yet another land-grab disguised as a “resettlement” programme. A plan to resettle thousands of Bedouins is causing controversy in Israel. More than 40,000 Palestinian Israelis will be evicted if the plan goes ahead.