Israeli Forever War on Palestinian Civilians
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Throughout Israeli history, its ruling regimes waged undeclared war without mercy on defenseless Palestinian civilians.
Following 11 days of IDF aggression on two million Gazans last month, Israeli police arrested over 2,100 Occupied Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem — for nonviolently demonstrating against terror-bombing and shelling of the Strip.
Haaretz reported that at least 280 Palestinians were indicted, over 90% of them Israeli Arab citizens — for the “crime” of opposing IDF aggression, their legal right under international law.
Three Israeli Arab teenagers and a community activist were arrested at or near protests despite doing nothing illegal or violent, Haaretz reported, adding:
According to the mother of 14-year-old Mohammed Haj-Yehia:
Her son “was going to eat with his friends.”
“Suddenly a car carrying Israeli forces came toward my son and the kids, attacking them with rubber bullets so that they wouldn’t run away.”
“They beat and punched my son, dragged him and bound his hands, and took him to an abandoned area where the brutality continued.”
Mohammed said he “felt like (he) was dying as (an Israeli attacker) was sitting on my neck, choking and beating me hard.”
“I couldn’t move. It hurt. I actually thought that it was my end and I was going to die.”
His mother added that his body is still bruised all over from what happened, adding:
The day he was arrested, “we went to the police station at 4:00 AM to report my son missing because we hadn’t seen him since 9:00 PM that night.”
“We arrived at the station and suddenly I saw Mohammed at the detention center.”
Mistreated in detention, he said “(t)hey…threaten(ed) me to make me confess. I didn’t do anything to confess to.”
His mother explained that he’s now “traumatized…overwhelmed and devastated” from his ordeal.
She wants “the world to know” about Israeli brutality against “kids” for not being Jewish.
Haaretz explained that “Nadem and Nour Saadi, siblings from Haifa age 16 and 18, were arrested on the same night two weeks ago after leaving a protest in downtown Haifa.”
Nour explained the following:
“I was at the protest, but when the clashes started and Israeli police started attacking with tear gas, I immediately left,” adding:
“I was standing with two friends when a group of policemen came toward me and grabbed me by my hair.”
Nadem said he “saw six Israeli police officers attacking my sister. I had to stop them.”
“I asked what the reason was for their brutal and aggressive action toward my sister.”
“They let go of my sister and started attacking me.”
“They took us to be interrogated for 18 hours, then held me for two nights.”
Nour said that while interrogated, “they didn’t bring us water.”
“They told us that they would make us suffer, threatened us with pepper spray…cursed and insulted us the whole time we were detained.”
She was illegally held for 15 hours, days later Nadem detained again for no reason, he stressed.
Afraid of being arrested and beaten again, he ran, was caught, handcuffed, beaten, detained, then released hours later.
Writer/activist Rafat Abu Aish, aged-27, was arrested at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev while students were protesting.
Explaining what happened, he said “arrest wasn’t related to the protest but only because of my name.”
“They (falsely) accuse(d) me of setting a car on fire, an accident that occurred in Lakiya that night.”
“They kept me under investigation for three days on charges of torching a car, even though I obviously didn’t do it.”
“Throughout the investigation, the Israeli police refused to watch the camera footage that clearly shows I’m innocent.”
“Only after three days did they agree to check security-camera footage from the dorms that showed that on the night of the fire, I was in the dorms sleeping.”
Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel director Hassan Jabareen called Israeli mass arrests “a militarized war against Palestinian citizens of Israel,” adding:
“This is a war against Palestinian demonstrators, political activists and minors, employing massive Israeli police forces to raid the homes of Palestinian citizens.”
“These raids are intended to intimidate and exact revenge on Palestinian citizens of Israel – ‘to settle the score’ with Palestinians, in the Israeli police’s own words – for their political positions and activities.”
A statement by Israeli police defied reality like many times before, falsely claiming:
During last month’s Israeli war on Gaza, “police worked around the clock all over the country to stop violence and disorderly conduct (sic), in order to protect the safety of all Israelis (sic),” adding:
“(S)uspects (sic) were involved in cases of rioting and were investigated legally without any relation to their identity (sic).”
“Israeli police uphold the rights of suspects while conducting a professional investigation (sic).”
“We view with severity any involvement by citizens in terror activities and disorderly conduct, and we will continue to act to preserve the rule of law and protect the public (sic).”
“In cases where detainees have complaints regarding their detention, they should approach the relevant authorities (sic).”
Occupied Palestinians and Israeli Arab citizens are treated like fifth column threats for praying to the wrong god.
State terror is longstanding Israeli policy against them.
Zionist tyranny flagrantly breaches Nuremberg Principles, Fourth Geneva, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and other international law.
Israeli soldiers, police, other security forces and settlers have virtual impunity to assault and otherwise brutalize Palestinians.
Israel targets Palestinian groups and individuals who oppose its racist discrimination, oppression, arrests, detention, torture and other forms of brutality.
Accountability is virtually always off the table.
Zionism is tyranny by another name, apartheid the law of the land.
Millions of Occupied Palestinians and Israeli Arab citizens are denied their fundamental rights under Jewish state subjugation.
Whenever transition of power occurs, new Israeli regimes operate like their predecessors toward Palestinians.
Following Netanyahu’s ouster last Sunday, Zionist tyranny under Naftali Bennett remained in power under new management.
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