Citizen Action Monitor

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 18

Britain’s “Jews for Justice for Palestinians” publish list of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians. But why the satirical title?

No 1670 Posted by fw, May 12, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dear Premier Wynne,

Below is my information gift for you on this, Day 18, of my intended 19-day project to fill in some possible gaps in your knowledge base with respect to life and death in the Israeli Occupied Territories.

This campaign was launched in protest to your upcoming unconscionable trade mission to Israel, which will effectively legitimize seven decades of collective military brutality against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories.

Today’s gift is a repost, in its entirety, of a fact-based inventory of Israeli atrocities against Palestinians compiled by Britain’s “Jews for Justice for Palestinians” (JfJfP). It’s an incisive declaration. But the reason for its puzzling, satirical title — Palestinian suffering? Think of the Jews! — is not revealed until the very end.

Bless the Jews for Justice for Palestine.

The piece is also available online by clicking on the following linked title.

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Palestinian suffering? Think of the Jews! by Jamie Stern-Weiner, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, April 30, 2016

Let’s imagine for just a moment that a people was forcibly dispossessed of its homeland.

Let’s imagine that a portion of this people had rotted in refugee camps for some seven decades while others had lived under a brutal military occupation for almost five decades.

Let’s imagine that the people living under this military occupation were systematically tortured, abused, stolen from, and prevented from exercising their most basic and universally ratified human and political rights.

Let’s imagine that for nearly a decade, a part of this people was placed under an inhuman and illegal siege that brought about the complete collapse of their already desperate economy, and rendered their environment borderline unfit for human inhabitation.

Let’s imagine that, on top of the expulsion, military occupation, and inhuman and illegal siege, these people suffered periodic massacres, the most recent of which killed more than 2,200 people, including 550 children, and destroyed or rendered uninhabitable fully 18,000 homes.

Let’s imagine that their hospitals, schools and houses were repeatedly and deliberately shelled with white phosphorus, a substance that reaches 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit and, upon contact with human flesh, can burn through to the bone.

Let’s imagine that within this battered and besieged ‘prison camp‘, poverty had climbed to 40%; that 80% of the population was reduced to dependence upon humanitarian aid; and that unemployment hit 43%—probably the highest in the world.

Let’s imagine that most of these people were children under the age of 18.

Let’s imagine that more than 70% of these people were refugees.

Let’s imagine that, for decades, as these horrors were inflicted upon a stateless and dispossessed civilian population, the international community looked on and did nothing.

Let’s imagine that the entire world agreed on how to bring this brutal military occupation to a peaceful close, but that, in defiance of this overwhelming international consensus, the occupying power brazenly refused to withdraw to its legal borders.

Let’s imagine that, when a number of individuals finally got together and tried to do something to bring the nightmare to an end, Jonathan Freedland came along and issued to them a heartfelt ‘plea’: guys, take it down a notch.

The upshot of Freedland’s wretched article is this: for half a century nothing has been done to put a stop to the brutal, immoral and illegal persecution of the Palestinians, and it’s time to do less.

Here is what Jonathan Freedland had to say about an ethnic cleansing that actually happened, and whose surviving victims are still struggling for a mite of justice: ‘I have long believed that Israel should be strong enough to admit the reality of 1948 [i.e. the mass expulsion of Palestinian civilians]—and to defend it all the same’.  The ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians was ‘a horribly high moral price’ to pay for the establishment of a Jewish state—but it was also ‘a moral necessity’.

END OF ARTICLE — To read the article online, click on the above linked title…

Response to my emails are always welcome.

Kindest regards,

Frank White, etc.

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Previous posts in this series –

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 17: Israel bans Palestinian products from being sold inside Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 16: Why is anti-Semitism the only form of bigotry ever mentioned, never anti-Palestinian slurs?

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 15: Israel launches deadly airstrikes in Gaza, Western media spin the reports in Israel’s favour.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 14: Premier Wynne, your trade mission enables Israel to persist in its crimes against Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 13: Israeli soldier who executed wounded Palestinian gets hero’s welcome and calls for his release.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 12: Israeli soldiers shoot at Palestinian family harvesting crops, driving them from their fields.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 11: Planning international conference in locked down Gaza Strip keeps sliver of hope alive

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 10: Israeli moral compass so twisted that even most decent people now justify ruthless killing of Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 9: Ignoring its own founding rights, U.S. has aided Israel in denying those same human rights and dignity to Palestinians.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 8: Open season on Palestinians — pregnant mother of two and brother, 16, gunned down at Israeli checkpoint.

Life and Death in Palestine: Information gift for a Premier — Day 7: Palestinian youth reportedly in critical condition after being run down by young Israeli settler.

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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