No 1716 Posted by fw, July 1, 2016
Death in Palestine
According to an as yet unconfirmed report from the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), Israeli soldiers gunned down a pregnant Palestinian woman, identified as Sara Daoud Ata Tarayra, 27, resident of a town near Hebron. Details are still sketchy. An update by Israeli Ynet News identified the woman as Sara Haddoush Trayra.
IMEMC News claimed the soldiers had no cause or justification to shoot the young pregnant woman and could have easily subdued her without resorting to lethal fire. The Ynet News account said the army claimed the young woman attempted to stab a soldier.
Both sources noted that Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinian medics from approaching the injured woman, and she died from her wounds shortly afterwards. The soldiers later placed Sara’s dead body in a black plastic bag, before an Israeli ambulance took her to an unknown destination.
One fact is undeniable – Israeli forces have killed two more innocent Palestinians – a mother and her unborn baby.
In an eerily similar incident, on April 28, 2016, the Ma’an News Agency reported that a pregnant mother of two and her brother, 16, were gunned down at an Israeli checkpoint. Israeli police alleged the woman “threw a knife in their direction.”
Perhaps the deaths of yet more Palestinians is not even worth reporting, certainly not in Canada’s mainstream media.
On a related note —
In its Annual Report 2015/16, Amnesty International, in the chapter on Israel and Occupied Territories and section on Unlawful Killings, Amnesty noted that during the 2015/16 period:
“Israeli soldiers and police killed at least 124 Palestinians from the OPT in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, 22 in the Gaza Strip, and 10 inside Israel during the year. Many of those killed, including children, appeared to be victims of unlawful killings. They included Muhammad Kasba, aged 17, and 15-year-old Laith al-Khalidi, who were shot in the back on 3 and 31 July respectively after throwing stones or petrol bombs at Israeli military checkpoints or vehicles, and Falah Abu Maria, who was shot in the chest on 23 July when Israeli forces raided his home.”
Meanwhile, on the Canadian political front –
Shortly after her return from her reprehensible trade mission to Israel , thereby further legitimizing seven decades of Israel’s crimes against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, a June 2, 2016 story in the Canadian Jewish News, headlined Premier pledges to help craft ‘unifying’ anti-BDS motion, reported:
“Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne committed to work with members of the opposition to draft a motion that addresses the boycott, sanctions and divestment campaign against Israel, after being challenged by Tory MPPs…. When the anti-BDS bill was defeated on May 19, Wynne was in the middle of a trade mission to Israel, during which she spoke out against the BDS movement and anti-Semitism in any form.”
At the federal level, in my March 28, 2016 post, Impunity defines PM Trudeau’s willingness to criticize Israel, I cited a March 7 Huffington Post article titled, Trudeau Says His Government Willing To Criticize Canada’s ‘Friend’. And how many times since then has Trudeau actually criticized Canada’s ‘friend’, Israel? Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it ZERO times? Little wonder: as I wrote in the subtitle to my March 28 post: “And how will he find out when criticism of Israel is warranted? Certainly not from mainstream media.”
Is it simply the case that Israel hasn’t done anything against Palestinians since March 28 to warrant Trudeau’s attention and criticism? Let’s take just one example. Here’s a February 24, 2016 headline from the Independent (UK): David Cameron blasts Israel’s ‘genuinely shocking’ illegal settlements. Trudeau’s silence on this issue was deafening. Interestingly, neither the Globe and Mail nor the National Post reported this story about Israel’s decision to expand illegal settlements in the West Bank.
That’s just one example. On an almost daily basis, I read dozens of reports about Israel’s crimes against Palestinians published in online news and information sources.
The point is — every time Canadian politicians turn a blind eye to Israeli atrocities, every time they remain wilfully silent in the full knowledge of the incremental genocide of a people, every time they speak out against the Palestinians’ legal and legitimate BDS campaign or pass anti-BDS motions, they are indirectly complicit in Israel’s crimes against humanity. Their silence is tantamount to giving Israel carte blanche to continue doing whatever they want to the Palestinians.
And so it goes. The pro-Israel lobbyists and Hasbara propaganda machine will ensure the infiltration and occupation of the minds of our politicians and mainstream media. And they will, in turn, spout the Orwellian propaganda to an indoctrinated public.
And the Palestinians? Well, they will die.
49 facts Canada’s politicians would rather they not know about Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip posted June 10, 2016 — To admit knowing would make it doubly difficult for them to defend their pro-Israel policies.