No 1653 Posted by fw, April 27, 2016
As a reminder, scholar and educator Herbert Thelen inspired this protest project: “To act ignorantly when knowledge is available, to deny realities that patently exist and make a genuine difference, is the worst crime of civilized man.”
Israel’s crimes against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are realities that patently exist. Why, then, when this knowledge is readily available, would Premier Wynne decide to lead a trade mission to Israel? I suggest this was not a responsibly informed decision.
Today, Day 7 of my letter-a-day campaign to share with the Premier information gifts from alternative online news sources not readily found in North America’s mainstream news media, I sent the following message.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Dear Premier Wynne,
Below is my information gift for you on this, Day 7, of my project to fill in some possible gaps in your knowledge base with respect to life and death in the Israeli Occupied Territories.
Following is an edited excerpt from an article published by the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population. Using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by being immediately alongside Palestinians in olive groves, on school runs, at demonstrations, within villages being attacked, at houses being demolished or where Palestinians are subject to consistent harassment or attacks from soldiers and settlers.
In this story, ISM reports that two young Israeli settlers in a car, seeing a group of Palestinian children playing on a parking lot bordering the street, turned around and deliberately ran into Ala’a al-Rajabi, 17. The children that had been playing with Ala’a before the incident said that they were attacked by these two settlers several times before, and the last time were pepper-sprayed by the settlers. Ala’a, reportedly in critical condition, is in hospital.
An abbreviated, edited version of the incident is reposted below. Alternatively, to read the complete article, click on the following linked title.
On the afternoon of 21st April 2016, an Israeli settler ran down a Palestinian youth with his car, causing critical injuries, near the Ibrahimi mosque in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron).
Two settlers were driving down the road connecting Shuhada Street and Kiryat Arba in occupied al-Khalil around 2 pm, and, seeing a group of Palestinian children playing on a parking lot bordering the street, turned around and deliberately hit Ala’a al-Rajabi with their car. The children that had been playing with Ala’a before the incident said that they were attacked by these two settlers several times before, and the last time were pepper-sprayed by the settlers.
According to eye-witnesses, the soldiers at a nearby checkpoint were merely watching and even allowed the two young settlers to attempt to drive off before a group of Palestinians went up to the checkpoint to ‘inform’ the soldiers of what happened.
The injured 17-year old boy, having been hit whilst on his bicycle, was lying on the ground bleeding from his legs and head for about 15 minutes, before any medical help was given to him. A Palestinian ambulance was allowed to evacuate the youth, now in a critical condition, to a hospital.
The street where the settlers ran down Ala’a connects the illegal downtown settlements on Shuhada Street and in Tel Rumeida directly with the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba on the outskirts of al-Khalil. Palestinians are prohibited from driving anywhere on this road, an apartheid rule that covers all traffic, including ambulances. Ala’a therefore was lucky that the Israeli forces did coordinate to allow a Palestinian ambulance to drive in to the area as quickly as they did.
END OF EXCERPT — To continue reading, click on the above linked title…
Response to my emails are always welcome.
Frank White, etc.
Previous posts in this series –
Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 6: Alarming rise in Palestinian children seized and prosecuted by Israel.
Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 5: Survivor of 1948 Israeli-led expulsion of Palestinians to tell her story in upcoming Canadian tour.
Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 4: Israelis and their supporters are in the process of learning the price of following the dictates of “Netanyahu’s mind.”
Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 3: US accuses Israel of ‘excessive use of force’ in human rights report
Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 2: Israeli Minster Calls for “Civil Targeted Killings” of BDS Leaders
Life and death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 1: Israel policy of expelling Palestinians from West Bank
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