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Israel suppresses Gaza protests in West Bank; two Palestinians killed

Rushdi Tamimi, 31, was shot by Israeli soldiers during a protest in Nabi Saleh on Saturday; he died today in a Ramallah hospital. 22-year-old Hamdi Falah died today after being shot four times by soldiers at a Hebron protest. In the past several days, Israeli forces have violently repressed demonstrations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank against the army’s ‘Operation Pillar of Defense.’

Rushdi Tamimi’s funeral Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 (Activestills0

Abir Kopty of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee reported that protests held on Saturday and Sunday at Nabi Saleh, Ofer Military Prison, Hebron, Nablus, Jenin, and Bethlehem were put down through the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, and rubber-coated bullets, with soldiers sometimes firing directly at demonstrators. More than 10 protesters were arrested and a number were injured, including Tamimi, who was shot in the back with live ammunition. According to Kopty, “While injured, soldiers dragged him attempting to detain him.”

Tamimi was taken to a hospital in Ramallah where he died of his injuries today.

Falah was protesting the Israeli assault on Gaza when soldiers shot him in the face, chest, and knee. According to Maan News Agency, witnesses reported that Falah “was shot at close range.”

For the second day in a row, Israeli soldiers fired tire gas at unarmed students of Al Quds University in Abu Dis in the West Bank in an attempt to suppress protests against the assault on Gaza.

A 19-year-old student told +972 that as she was leaving campus yesterday around 4:00 p.m., she saw little kids throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. One of the college students also threw a rock in the soldiers’ direction, she said, as a form of protest of the Israeli assault on Gaza that has killed over 100 Palestinians. The soldiers shot tear gas at the children and the student and then ran towards a crowd of university students, pushing them into campus, where they continued to fire tear gas at them.

Five Al Quds University students were arrested.

The student reported that she and dozens of other students hid in a building as they did not want to confront the soldiers. One of her friends fainted from tear gas inhalation.

A professor told +972 that as he fled campus yesterday afternoon, he saw one student, “lying down and twitching.” Another student was bleeding from his head.

Abu Dis is located in the West Bank Area B, which is under the administration of the Palestinian Authority with Israel maintaining control over security.

According to Maan News Agency, more than 50 protesters were injured today during demonstrations held in East Jerusalem and the West Bank against Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense.” Israeli soldiers suppressed the protests with sound bombs, tear gas, and rubber-coated bullets. At least a dozen demonstrators were arrested today.

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    1. It’s Pillar of Cloud, not Pillar of Defense, don’t try to hide the religious underbelly feeling necessary to move the masses.

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      • Heroh

        Totally correct. It IS Pillar of Cloud – people should look it up. The west is using “Pillar of Defense” in a strange, Orwellian, twist.

        It is pulled straight from the book of Exodus. Because what Israel does doesn’t matter when they’re chosen by god. :/ Or so they believe.

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    2. rsgengland

      The author of this article is so biased against Israel ,that anything Israel does is wrong .
      In her opinion , the deliberate targeting of Israeli civilans by explosive laden rockets fired from Gaza should be treated as an ACCEPTABLE NUISANCE , whilst any retaliation by Israel is wrong .
      Most of the above report is ubsubstanciated allegations and accusation , with very little evenhanded context (ie stone and molotov cocktail throwers)

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      • We know from Wikileaks that the government of Israel intentially limited food imports to Gaza to keep that population “just above starvation.” I suppose this an “acceptable nuisance” on the part of Israel. I am now of the opinion that Wikileaks was a quite good thing, as it changes the color of present action. I am not “for” the rockets; but the siege has done tremendous long term harm in Gaza. To a right nationalist, however, only the protection of enlarged self matters.

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    3. “22-year-old Hamdi Falah died today after being shot four times by soldiers at a Hebron protest.” : Until the State publically accounts for its own in such acts there can be no sure step foraward towards peace.

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    4. Haggai

      You just happened to forget to mention out load these are violent protests- do you know what damage can a thrown stone make? do you think it is ok to “just” throw rocks?
      there are peaceful ways to demonstrate, without violence, without vandalism and without putting other innocent people in danger.
      Enough with this one sided hypocrisy- If you put your effort in teaching Palestinians humanity and stop their violence there was not need in all this and they would have been free
      Your hypocrisy just allows them to continue violence and so you just support the continuation of the situation.

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      • LS

        I wonder how you would react if the shoe was on the other foot and Israel was being illegally occupied by Palestine. Would you seek to limit your countrymens’ protest to a peaceful demonstration? Somehow I think not.

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    5. Palestinian

      This proves that whether or not there are rockets fired from Gaza, Israel will continue terrorizing and murdering the indigenous population.This is how Israel was founded ,and this is how it will continue to exist in its today’s form,a racist Zionist Jewish state.

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      • The Trespasser

        No, it only proves that there are Palestinians who hate Israel more than love themselves and their own children.

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        • Palestinian

          Oh a Gold Meir fan …Israel wouldnt let them live ,and speaking of children ,why would Israelis send their children to serve in occupation ?Why would North American Jews send their beloved and precious children to this crazy region to settle in a dangerous place ? oh its Hashem huh

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    6. Ken Kelso

      No Trial for these people.
      For all we know they might have been people who criticized Hamas for using civilians as human shields.
      Where is the Outrage by Mya? Doesn’t she care about Gazan civilians?
      Ooops, i guess this dont fit her propaganda.
      Its on Ynet’s site.

      Gaza gunmen kill 6 alleged collaborators
      For second time since start of Israeli operation, men suspected of collaborating with Israel shot publicly in Gaza
      Elior Levy

      Palestinian gunmen shot dead six alleged collaborators in the Gaza Strip who “were caught red-handed,” according to a security source quoted by Hamas’ Aqsa radio on Tuesday.

      “They possessed hi-tech equipment and filming equipment to take footage of positions,” it said.

      The Hamas radio said the men, who were suspected of working for Israel, were shot. It did not elaborate.

      Gunmen chained the body of one of the alleged collaborators to a motorcycle and dragged it throughout the main streets of Gaza City.

      Execution in Gaza (Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit)

      This was the second time collaborators were reportedly killed in Gaza since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense.

      Palestinian and foreign officials reported Friday that a man, who was killed by gunmen in Gaza, had a banner tied to his neck accusing him in collaborating with Israel and causing the death of 15 Palestinian officials.

      Shot collaborator’s body in Gaza street (Photo: Reuters)

      A taxi driver who witnessed the shooting told the New York Times that two gunmen had dragged the alleged collaborator out from a car in the middle of a Gaza neighborhood. “His hands were tied behind his back… they shot his head three times, but he was still alive. Then they turned him on his back and shot him again.”

      The eyewitness also told the New York Times that shortly after the shooting, some 100 men surrounded the man and covered his head with plastic bags. “There were children on the street; they should have done it somewhere further away.”

      Collaborator’s body dragged on Gaza street (Photo: Reuters)

      The Palestinian news agency reported that since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, the government has conducted 14 official executions. In September of 2012 a Gaza court sentenced to death a man who was convicted in collaborating with Israel.

      Sarah B , U.S.A. / Israel (11.20.12)
      pathetic and cruel
      mike north , karmiel israel (11.20.12)
      Hamas brutality
      oigevalt , Toronto (11.20.12)
      If this is what they do to their own…
      Avi , Tel aviv (11.20.12)
      Gaza gunmen kill 6 alleged collaborators
      eli , usa (11.20.12)
      volk , Israel (11.20.12)
      humor me …
      chaya , central holy land (11.20.12)
      READ THIS IF YOU ARE A Muslium
      Michael , Canada (11.20.12)
      Horrible people!
      Susie , Scotland (11.20.12)

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      • None of this is germane to the killing of this 22 year old in the Bank. If you treat every event as part of a race war, you will forever be at such war. What happens in Gaza these weeks in no way obviates IDF responsibility in the Bank.

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    7. yes, it is pillar of cloud when translated directly from hebrew. but, for whatever the reason, the army and the english media is calling it “pillar of defense.”

      to whoever wrote that hamas is killing collaborators… that does not relieve israel of responsibility for anything that’s happening either in gaza or the west bank. why can’t you address the issues at hand here?

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    8. sh

      Pillar of Cloud would have been a little embarrassing in English. It’s election time and today’s cannon fodder and Bibi’s political support lays tefilin. (I believe the IDF justifies the discrepancy by saying that the word Defense conveys the gist better in English.)


      “CLOUD, PILLAR OF (, Ex. xiii. 21).

      When Israel was marching through the wilderness, Yhwh, wrapped in a pillar of cloud, preceded the people in order to show them the right way. During the night the cloud turned into a pillar of fire (Ex. xiii. 21; xiv. 19, 24; Num. xiv. 15; Deut. i. 33; compare Ps. lxxviii. 14; Neh. ix. 12, 19). On one occasion the pillar of cloud moved behind the Israelites in order to shield them from the pursuing Egyptians (Ex. xiv. 19, 24).

      The historic basis of this account is doubtless found in the frequently mentioned custom of carrying fire before an army on the march, so that the route might be indicated by day by the rising smoke and after nightfall by the light. When Alexander was marching through Babylonia and Susiana he gave the signal for his army to set out, not by trumpet, but by means of a long pole fastened above the chief tent, on which a fire burned by night, and from which smoke rose by day (Curtius, v. 2. 7). Thrasybulus, leading home banished men through untrodden regions, was preceded at night by a fire (compare Clement of Alexandria, “Stromata,” ed. Colon, i. 348). In Arabia to-day iron vessels filled with burning wood are carried on long poles at the head of caravans (compare Harmer, “Beobachtungen,” i. 348; Pococke, in “Morgenland,” ii. 51). Since Yhwh is Israel’s leader, and clouds and fire signify His presence (Ex. iii. 2, xix. 9), smoke and fire are transformed into cloud and firelight.”

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