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Palestinian minister dies after reportedly struck by Israeli troops

PA settlement minister was reportedly struck by Israeli security forces at a protest agains the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank. Abbas calls the killing a ‘barbaric act’; Balad MK calls for immediate commission of inquiry.

By Haggai Matar and Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man

Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Eid after being reportedly struck by Israeli troops. He later died in a Ramallah hospital, December 10, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Eid after being reportedly struck by Israeli troops. He later died in a Ramallah hospital, December 10, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian Authority Settlement Minister Ziad Abu Ein died following clashes with Israeli security forces near the illegal West Bank outpost of Adei Ad Wednesday. The demonstration was against the illegal outpost and corresponded with a petition filed against it in Israeli court and with International Human Rights Day.

Abu Ein was standing face to face with Israeli Border Police and soldiers during a protest against the illegal outpost, according to witnesses on the ground. An Israeli soldier or Border Police officer reportedly struck Abu Ein after which he collapsed on the ground. Israeli troops were using stun grenades and tear gas, although the tear gas was not being shot in the immediate vicinity of Abu Ein at the time he was struck, a witness said.

Video from Sky News Arabia shows appears to show part of the incident, in which an Israeli Border Police officer has his hands around Abu Ein’s neck. A crowd then appears to carry him away.

Israeli army medics attempted to treat Abu Ein before Palestinian medics evacuated him to a hospital in Ramallah, where he was pronounced dead. He was reportedly having difficulty breathing when he was evacuated from the scene.

An autopsy was set to take place to determine cause of death.

Israeli troops shoot tear gas at Palestinian demonstrators protesting the illegal outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank, December 10, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli troops shoot tear gas at Palestinian demonstrators protesting the illegal outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank, December 10, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

“We tried to go and plant olive tree saplings today when the soldiers attacked us,” said Abdallah Abu-Rahme, of the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee (PSCC). “The soldiers pushed Abu Ein; he was injured and fell to the ground. He is an older man who had various health conditions, and he died as a result of the blows he sustained.”

Ziad Abu Ein was a symbol of the PA’s support for popular struggle, said Muhammad Zawara, an activist in the PSCC.

PSCC activists said that a large demonstration would take place surrounding Abu Eid’s funeral.

Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Eid after being reportedly struck by Israeli troops. He later died in a Ramallah hospital, December 10, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian Minister Ziad Abu Eid after being reportedly struck by Israeli troops. He later died in a Ramallah hospital, December 10, 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Four Palestinian villages and Israeli human rights group Yesh Din on Wednesday filed a petition to the High Court of Justice demanding that the army remove the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad, in the Shilo area of the West Bank.

The petition, which was filed on International Human Rights Day, is unprecedented in that it is based not only on the fact that the outpost is illegal and that it is partly located on privately owned Palestinian land, and not only on the fact that demolition orders for all of its structures have gone unimplemented. The petition also argues that the outpost has turned into a base of sorts, from which violence against Palestinians has originated for many years — which takes place with the support of the army and the state.

Wednesday morning the heads of Palestinian villages of Karyut, Turmus Aya, Jalud and al-Mughayer intended to hold a press conference about the petition at the entrance of Adei Ad and to plant olive saplings there. Dozens of people, including representatives of the Palestinian Authority took part.

Israeli soldiers prevented them from reaching the outpost, stopping them around 1 kilometer away. One Palestinian journalist was briefly detained.

Israeli troops detain a Palestinian journalist at a protest against the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank, December 10, 2014. The journalist was later released. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli troops detain a Palestinian journalist at a protest against the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank, December 10, 2014. The journalist was later released. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Witnesses said no stones were thrown during the protest.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas called the incident “a barbaric action that cannot be ignored or accepted,” according to Ma’an. The Palestinian president added that he would seek to hold Israel accountable.

MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) called for an immediate commission of inquiry into Abu Eid’s death, blaming the army for using dangerous means of crowd dispersal.

The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement that it was “reviewing occurrences at the demonstration leading to the reported death of a Palestinian.”

A shorter version of this article first appeared on our Hebrew-language sister site, Local Call. Read it here.

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    1. Pedro X

      Abu Ein, a member of Fatah’s Revolutionary Council, is a convicted terrorist who was extradited from the US to Israel for a 1979 terrorist bombing that killed two Israeli teens. He was convicted but was freed in a swap.

      Overnight there had been clashes in the Shiloh area over Palestinians having stolen a horse and over allegations of stone throwing and destruction of olive trees. This was followed by clashes near Adei Ad.

      During the clashes, from the video on ynet, Abu Ein sitting on the ground appears to suffer a heart attack. He is shown clutching his chest. There are no obvious marks on him.

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      • Ben Zakkai

        Like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar who immediately blurts out that he didn’t eat any cookies, and anyway they didn’t taste very good, Pedro rushes in to suggest that we didn’t really kill Abu Ein, and anyway, he deserved to die.

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        • Pedro X

          According to left-wing paper Haaretz, which had a correspondent on the scene, sources close to Ziad Abu Ein said that he had high blood pressure and diabetes. The newspaper also said that Abu Ein had been leading a protest march against the existence of a Jewish village, Adei Ad, and that he appeared to be in good health as he led the Arab protesters, who tried to force their way past an IDF contingent. He did not seem to have been affected by tear gas fired at the protester earlier, Haaretz reported. Some pushing and shoving ensued, and Abu Ein walked away and sat down.

          Sky News Arabia shows a picture of a soldier grabbing/pushing him at the throat. No rifle butts or beating with a helmet is shown.

          When he showed signs of distress, he was approached by a female IDF paramedic but refused her help and asked to be evacuated to a Ramallah hospital. If he had let the IDF medic attend to him, he would probably still be alive.

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          • Joel

            Same Twitter link w/english translation.

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          • Lo

            This is the same bullshit argument I’ve heard in the States: “Eric Garner deserved to die because he’s obese, not because he was put in a chokehold and crushed by several police officers.”

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          • Ginger Eis

            Now, Lo, your claims is even too low for a Lo!

            Unlike Ziad Abu Ein, Eric Garner did was not a terrorist;

            Unlike Ziad Abu Ein, Eric Garner murdered no one in his entire life;

            Unlike Ziad Abu Ein, Eric Garner did not try to break through security perimeter;

            Unlike Ziad Abu Ein, Eric Garner did not neglect repeated warnings not to break through security barrier;

            Unlike Ziad Abu Ein, Eric Garner did not initiate and engage in violent confrontation with security forces that led to his death.

            Unlike Eric Garner, Ziad Abu Ein was NEITHER “put in a chokehold” NOR “crushed” by anyone. Ziad Abu Ein died as a result of his own pompousness and stupidity.

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          • Dean

            Ziad Abu Ein is not terrorist he is a minister you baster
            Like your leaders all terrorists stole the land of palastine and the USA money from us you Jews are all terrorists basterds

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          • Joel

            @Dean

            Reach around and finish off your brother. He’s family, after all.

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          • Sluggo

            Here we go Dean! See? The mask comes off. The last words say it all.

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          • GilGamesh

            And another “anti-Zionist” on 972 reveals their true colors. too funny, too sad.

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          • Bryan

            Dean – you not being politically correct: even if the Israeli state was created outside of wedlock, (by a violent rape) and its birth-certificate was signed by an Uncle Sam in desperate need of funding for a forthcoming election, once the infant exited the womb it had a right to life, within the proposed UN partition boundaries, though of course no right to the silver spoons regularly donated by an American people who do not share its values.

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          • GilGamesh

            So you don’t have any problem with Dean’s comment that ” you Jews are all terrorists basterds”. hmmm. another “anti-Zionist” reveals his true colors.

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          • Bryan

            Gilgamesh – I have already criticised Dean for his tone, and said that Israel within the proposed 1947 boundaries had a right to exist, provided it created a constitution and protected the rights of all people within the area designated to it. There are idiots who make absurd claims but no poster has a responsibility to rebut every claim they make, especially a claim as absurd as that all Jews are terrorists. Obviously only some are (e.g. Israeli PMs Shamir, Begin and Sharon) but there are also wonderfully principled Jews both within and outside Israel who criticise the abuse of power and the disproportionate use of violence against non-Jews. But perhaps you people invite such idiotic remarks when you insist that Israel is the state of the Jewish people when it is merely the creation of fanatics, maintained by fanatics who are able to disregard the wishes of the majority of the Israeli people for peaceful normality.

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          • GilGamesh

            Name me another group besides Jews that “invite” racist remarks thrown their way Bryan. thanks for confirming what I already suspected.

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          • Sluggo

            Oh, I see Bryan. The only good,Jews are those that criticize Israel. Nice!

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          • Bryan

            Three points Ginger
            (1) it is unclear whether the minister was a terrorist. According to James Dorsey, (Journal of Palestine Studies 13.2, 1984, p.184): ““Ziad Abu Ain is perhaps the most famous detainee in Israel, having been extradited there from the US in 1981 after a long and controversial court battle. He was convicted of planting a bomb in the Galilee town of Tiberias at Tel Aviv court in 1982 and sentenced to life imprisonment. The evidence against him consisted mainly of confessions from two other detainees, both of whom later retracted their statements saying they were extracted under torture. Abu Ain has consistently denied any
            involvement in the bombing.”
            (2) Even if he might have been implicated in violence decades ago (like many Israeli political leaders) he had turned his back on violence and was attempting to organise completely non-violent protest. Why was the IDF confronting an entirely peaceful demonstration on Palestinian land.
            (3) Even if your wild assertion that he was attempting to break through a security barrier, why on earth was their a security barrier around an outpost that “is illegal and that it is partly located on privately owned Palestinian land, and not only on the fact that demolition orders for all of its structures have gone unimplemented.”

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          • Joel

            Abu Ein fled Israel after the terror bombings and hid in the United States, fighting extradition tooth and nail.

            Flight and guilt are old friends.

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          • Bryan

            there are a number of Israelis who have preferred exile to the exigencies of the Israeli justice system, partly perhaps because it has regularly forced confessions even from children, by the well-documented use of torture. Under such circumstances discretion may be better than valour.

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          • Ray

            He could have fled for any number of other reasons, probably relating to his political affiliations.

            And even if he was involved in the bombings, how many Israeli politicians from back in the day were involved with terrorist groups?

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          • Sluggo

            Lo, nobody said Mr. Garner deserved to die. Shame on you for twisting words around to suit yourself.

            Stop being a victim. Too much resentment on your part.

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          • Bryan

            That’s rich Sluggo – who is the archetypal “resentful victim”?

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        • Mazen

          Death is inevitable and everybody is entitled to one. Who deserves to rest after death is what you should reflect on, not who deserves to die.

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      • Josh

        And you are a convinced inhuman asshole. Go dying. Soon. Not here.

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        • Pedro X

          As Neil Young sang, don’t cry no tears for me. I will not cry tears for old terrorists.

          An Al-Arabiya reporter said that Abu Ein had told him at the start of the clashes that he would “embarrass Israel today.” He embarrassed himself instead and died trying to create a confrontation with the IDF which was trying to keep the peace following clashes between Jews and Arabs the night before.

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      • BigWoman

        Pedro, you are an Israeli troll. Shame on you.

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      • Ka-ching again. Looking forward to your autopsy Dr. Ex. Is this your expert medical opinion or just the blathering of the “they started it” “he’s a terrorist” “he asked for it” crowd.

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      • Bryan

        PedroX – one man’s convicted terrorist is merely another man’s political prisoner. According to Samidoun (http://samidoun.ca/2014/12/statement-murder-of-ziad-abu-ein-palestinian-official-and-former-political-prisoner-must-mean-end-to-security-cooperation/): “Abu Ein was previously the deputy minister of prisoners’ affairs, and served 13 years as a political prisoner in Israeli prisons, including as an administrative detainee without charge or trial. In 1981, when he was 20 years old and a member of GUPS (the General Union of Palestinian Students), Abu Ein was deported from the United States and extradited – after 2 years in US prisons – to Israeli jails, despite a large-scale campaign against his extradition and a strong legal defense team. Abdeen Jabara, one of Abu Ein’s lawyers who continues to be a strong defender of Palestinian rights, said at the time that Abu Ein’s deportation – based on torture evidence and despite Abu Ein’s contrary evidence – was “almost totally political.””

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        • Jolene

          I would hope that a murderer of children would be a terrorist anywhere.

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          • Bryan

            I can appreciate where you coming from – you no doubt were also horrified by the killing of over 500 children this summer in Gaza. However you may need to define exactly what you mean by terrorism. Children are often killed by unbalanced individuals who have too much access to guns, as happens dozens of times every year in the US – but that is not officially classified as terrorism. The killing of Palestinian children by Young Israeli conscripts incited to take drastic action by politicians and the media is not officially classified as terrorism, though because no proper investigations are held we cannot tell the true motives of the killers. Two teenagers did indeed die in a bombing in 1981 but Abu Ein’s responsibility for that act must remain unclear because his conviction was based on testimony obtained using torture, and later retracted.

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    2. tomer

      GOOD NEWS!!
      PLO terrorist-butcher gets taken out by IDF.

      Abbas the arch-mass murderer with bonus in Holocaust-Denial PhD WILL BE NEXT!!

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      • Josh

        Fuck you fascist fuckwit

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      • Bryan

        It would be better if you Zionists got your act together – whilst most ‘Israel right or wrong’ers are insisting that the minister simply sat down and had a heart attack, Tomer undermines the message by asserting he was taken out by the IDF. Unfortunately we may never know the truth because there will never be an impartial, transparent investigation, and even autopsy findings have in the past been distorted.

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        • Bryan

          correction – see the link below to ynetnews – we now know that the heart attack was triggered by violent assault.

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    3. Sluggo

      Boo f’cking hoo

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    4. Bruce Gould

      http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/nightmare-brings-blumenthal

      “Over 60 years before [anti-Arab group] Lehava’s segregationist crusades, there was the socialist Zionist “Conquest of Labor” that organized Jews-only work collectives and boycotted businesses that employed Palestinians. Before the settlements, there was the kibbutz movement whose admissions committees denied residency to anyone but Jews. Before the wave of vigilante “price tag” attacks on Palestinians, there was the Nakba that expelled some 750,000 Palestinians in order to establish Israel’s Jewish majority. And as Marzel mentioned, there is the Jewish National Fund, a para-governmental group founded by Theodore Herzl to provide land exclusively to Jews which recently oversaw a program that would have led to mass expulsion of Bedouin called the Prawer Plan.”

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    5. Mikesailor

      So, the Israelis chortle for once more they killed an unarmed Palestinian. Never mind that he was a minister in the Quisling PA. Being a Quisling will not prevent your death at the hands of the Ubermenschen. Why would you expect even a modicum of sympathy or even reflection by Zionist hasbaristas? They believe that all the children massacred during the Gaza contretemps somehow deserved to die. Even those playing soccer on the beach. The descent of the Zionist state into out-and-out racially based fascism is here, there is no turning away. It is not “coming” or “almost here”, or any of the other euphemistic warnings of a Nazi-inspired state, as if somehow the Israelis would recognize the path they are on and turn away. No, it is here already in all of its full blown glory just short of Wannssee. The same ideology, the same excuses, the same syncophantic support from those who should know better.

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      • Hi Mike – I think this has been the face of zionism all along. For years this state of Israel has been propped up, fawned over, it’s multiple sins and misdeeds swept under the rug, every extradicial execution, airstrikes and bombings, arrests, deaths in custody, etc., ad nauseum has only been tut-tutted by the US and Europe and because they didn’t address the wrongdoing at the get go, it has spun out of control like a runaway freight train. The world has watched this state of Israel and done absolutely nothing. The onus is on the civilized world. The GoI has finally shed the last vestige of humanity, decency and democracy and is daring the civilized world to try and stop them. They’ve thrown down the gauntlet and I’m glad, because no one can say they didn’t know. For God’s sake how many times has Netanyahu and his band of misfits trolled the US? Bennett or “Bucky” to his friend, just made one helluva bad impression on American zionists. So glad he did that, it’s all out there for everyone to see. I pray that the “little thing called the rest of the world” (Bennett) will never again look away from this state’s crimes and will continue to impose sanctions and prosecute for war crimes until they are broken down and humbled to the point that they’ll see continuing this path of destruction will lead to self-destruction. I hope someone here is smart enough to see that and stop this lunacy.

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    6. Aaron

      Israel is an occupation and the only solution is a complete international and political boycott of this apartheid state. It is funny and at the same time really sad to see some of the comments above lol

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      • Sluggo

        As Mr. Tyler said, “Dream On”

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    7. J. Deboer

      Clearly this man was assaulted by at least one Israeli military. He died on the land of his ancestors. He was not allowed to plant a tree there. And no, he did not go out today to die.

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      • Sluggo

        This man was a murderer. You have the gall to defend him?

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        • Ray

          Suspected murderer. Read Bryan’s post above; they convicted him based mostly on evidence gained from confession of two other men, who later claimed they had been tortured for it.

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    8. Ben Zakkai

      Are you for real, Sluggo? OK, let’s accept for the moment the most negative picture of Abu Ein, the Arutz Sheva version if you will. Let’s say he was once a member of a Palestinian resistance organization that employed terror and that he himself played a significant part in murdering two Israelis 35 years ago. Of course we won’t cut him any slack for being a hot-blooded young man trying to take part in the overthrow of the thieving and oppressive Israeli regime imposed on his people, because we know that only Israeli Jews have the right to liberate and defend themselves. So by your light, Abu Ein’s just a murderer. Tell me, then, if an Israeli Jew who murdered someone 35 years ago has the gall to take part in a political demonstration tomorrow, can I just kill him? And if anyone objects, can I then indignantly accuse him of defending a murderer?

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      • Ben Zakkai

        Did you even read the article to which you linked? Because it doesn’t say what you said. While there isn’t complete clarity or unanimity in the statements of the examining physicians involved — which is hardly surprising, given the complicated multiple causation involved, plus heavy political bias and pressure twisting their analyses — still, the most obvious and credible explanation is that Abu Ein, an older man with a weak heart, died of a stress-related coronary induced by soldiers beating on him and firing tear gas that he breathed in. And what was his crime? He went to a protest demonstration to plant olive tree saplings. Now if an older Jewish Israeli with a heart condition went to a protest demonstration in Tel Aviv, and the cops gave him a heart attack by beating and gassing him, would you say, “Well, he died of a heart attack, so there’s no one to blame”?

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        • Bryan

          For heaven’s sake lets not get too burdened with details or evidence, an appropriate headline will serve our cause well.

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      • Yeah, Right

        Joel, did you read that article?

        Here: “The report, being led by Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli pathologists, said the death was caused by blockage in the coronary artery,”…

        Death. Was. Caused. By. Blockage. In. The. Coronary. Artery.

        Now go and find that photo of the Israeli soldier wrapping his hand around Eid’s neck.

        It’s not hard to find – the photo is everywhere.

        Sooooo, did that soldier kill Eid when he applied that choke-hold?

        Back to Ynet …”and said there were signs of light internal bleeding and localized pressure on the neck,”…

        Apparently, yes, he did.

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        • Sluggo

          Yes. Because when colonial powers do things, it is exponentially,worse than when others do them. Just remember to always refer to Israel as the last colonial remnant from the 19th century whatever that means.
          And when someone points out your moral and ethical defying thought process, then feign anger and act all offended and shit and hope they think you are retarded

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          • Yeah, Right

            Sluggo: “Yes. Because when colonial powers do things, it is exponentially,worse than when others do them.”

            If you say so, Sluggo.
            I certainly haven’t.

            Sluggo: “Just remember to always refer to Israel as the last colonial remnant from the 19th century whatever that means.”

            If you insist, Sluggo.
            Note, of course, that I didn’t.

            Sluggo: “And when someone points out your moral and ethical defying thought process, then feign anger and act all offended and shit and hope they think you are retarded”

            sigh.

            My argumentative little troll-like stalker does soooooooo love to put words in other people’s mouth.

            It is his one and only party trick, apparently.

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          • Sluggo

            It was only last week when you said them. I am glad you no longer support singling out Israel for reasons only,you can justify.

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          • Yeah, Right

            Sluggo (now): “It was only last week when you said them.”

            It is well worth breaking down Sluggo’s “arguments”, I’d suggest.

            Sluggo (then): “Just remember to always refer to Israel as the last colonial remnant from the 19th century whatever that means.”

            “always”

            Q: Did I refer to Israel as a “colonial remnant” in my post?
            A: Nope.

            Q: So not so much with the “always” then?
            A: Apparently not.

            Q: So when, then?
            A: According to Sluggo (now) [as opposed to Sluggo (then)] it was last week, when it was relevant to the topic under discussion.

            Q: So why did Sluggo bring it up now?
            A: Because he’s an idiot who never has any useful contribution to make.

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          • Yeah, Right

            Sluggo: “I am glad you no longer support singling out Israel for reasons only,you can justify.”

            sigh

            I’d like to hold up that quote as proof-positive that Sluggo is incapable of understanding even the most simple of arguments.

            Here, I’ll try again: Israel is colonizing an occupied territory.

            And the singular reason why it is being “singled out” for criticism over that policy is simplicity itself i.e. Israel is the ONLY country on planet Earth who insists on colonizing an occupied territory.

            Every other country on Planet Earth accepts that we now live in a “post-colonial world”.

            Everyone but Israel.

            Or, in short: if I am going to criticize anyone for acting like a 19th century colonial power then that means “Israel”, because Israel is alone in insisting that colonization is still kosher.

            Pretty simple, really, but – apparently – much too complex a concept for Sluggo’s Brain(tm).

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          • Sluggo

            “Or, in short: if I am going to criticize anyone for acting like a 19th century colonial power then that means “Israel”, because Israel is alone in insisting that colonization is still kosher”

            1) nice Antisemitic slur in your last three words

            2) you are not morally equipped to decide that victims from your quote above are worth prioritizing over any of the millions of others in the world. Therefore, singling out Israel shows that you morally and ethically wrong.

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          • Yeah, Right

            Sluggo: “1) nice Antisemitic slur in your last three words”

            Oh, please, give it a rest.

            How, exactly, is that “anti-Semitic”?

            Honestly, what ISN’T anti-Semitism in Sluggo-Land?

            Sluggo: “2) you are not morally equipped to decide”….

            not. morally. equipped.

            You really are full of yourself, aren’t you?

            So interesting to see the self-righteousness of the likes of you anointing yourself as The Moral Police.

            There is a parable about motes, beams, and eyes that would be very relevant to you, Sluggo.

            Sluggo:…”that victims from your quote above are worth prioritizing over any of the millions of others in the world. Therefore, singling out Israel shows that you morally and ethically wrong.”

            sigh

            Whooooosh!

            That’s the sound of my point flying way, way over Sluggo’s head.

            Sunshine, it’s not a matter of “prioritizing victims”.

            Colonialism is a dead-letter.

            It is a defunct and thoroughly-discredited political doctrine that died out in the mid-20th century.

            A country – any country – that continues to practice colonialism into the 21st century is, therefore, thoroughly deserving of criticism.

            Now, how many countries deserve that thoroughly-deserved criticism?

            Answer: only one.

            Why is that?

            Answer: there is only one country that still insists on the legitimacy of colonial expansionism.

            Which country is that?

            Answer: Ask Sluggo, he can tell you.

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    9. Mikesailor

      Joel: Are you really such an ignorant ass or just play one for the crowd? Frankly, if Ynet posted an article reporting how sunny it was, I would look out the window anyway. If you strike or grab someone unlawfully, and they suffer injury, whether they have a pre-existing medical condition or not, you are still responsible. You don’t get to evade punishment, perhaps not for murder but for manslaughter by reckless action or culpable negligence. Grow up.

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      • Sluggo

        Mike the gay sailor boy toy believes in Holocaust revisionism (in other posts). I would not pay much mind to him.

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