Elor Azaria is guilty for firing the bullet that killed Abdel Fatteh al-Sharif this past March. But let us not forget the long line of inciting comments by top Israeli leaders that made it possible. By Noam Rotem Sgt. Elor Azaria stood on the witness stand during his trial this past week and described what led him to fire a bullet into Abdel Fatteh al-Sharif's head on March 24 in Hebron's Tel Rumeida neighborhood. Al-Sharif had, just moments before, stabbed an Israeli soldier before he was shot, wounded and posed no threat to anyone. Azaria fired his weapon directly at al-Sharif's head as the latter laid sprawled out on the ground. Since…Read More... | 1 Comment
When Israeli leaders keep pushing the message that killing Palestinian attackers is a laudable act, is it any wonder that the shooters become our national heroes? WARNING: This post contains a highly graphic video and images. The actions of an Israeli soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian attacker in Hebron on Thursday have been condemned by politicians from right to left, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon — albeit indirectly — as well as by the Israeli media. Everyone is at pains to stress how far the soldier strayed from the IDF's values when he shot…Read More... | 4 Comments
Three Israelis are wounded in two separate shooting attacks in Hebron on Friday. Meanwhile, Israeli undercover agents are filmed arresting and carrying away a Palestinian demonstrator in Bethlehem. Violence continued to stalk the West Bank on Friday, with numerous incidents leaving several Israelis wounded, some seriously, and one Palestinian dead after she allegedly attempted a car-ramming attack. A Palestinian was also shot dead by the IDF during protests along the Gaza border fence on Friday afternoon. [tmwinpost] Two shooting attacks in the Hebron area in the space of two hours in Hebron wounded three young Israelis. The first shooting seriously…Read More...
They tell us that terror and violence must be met with force, and if that doesn’t work — then even more force. But the military occupation of Hebron has not achieved security for either its Jewish or Palestinian residents. By Yehuda Shaul Over the past few weeks we have not only borne witness to a wave of attacks in Jerusalem and throughout Israel, we have also seen a string of violent incidents in and around Hebron. Commentators are already talking about a new flashpoint of violence. I know Hebron pretty well. As a soldier and commander I served in the…Read More... | 8 Comments
We’ve been trained to think that if there’s no blood then it’s not worth talking about, that it’s not ‘terrorism.’ But terror is also ridiculing the corpse of a religious woman, it is regular settler attacks against Palestinian villages, and it being attacked just for speaking Arabic. As we are inundated by reports of deaths across the West Bank, Jerusalem and Hebron, I’ve starting compiling my own list of stories that will never make it to the headlines in the Israeli media — incidents in which not enough blood was spilled. The ISIS effect, according to which a story is…Read More...
Our hearts are desensitized by horror fatigue, convinced that nothing can change. But we must still try, if not for the dead then for the living. A lifetime of sorrow lies before four children who became orphans last night when their parents were killed in a hailstorm of bullets on a West Bank road. The children were in the car when it happened, including a four-month-old infant. The oldest was nine. They were unharmed physically, but their suffering is indescribable. But it’s time to admit that aside from their circle of family and friends, no one else really cares. If we did,…Read More...
Why is the Israeli army refusing to release its footage from the shooting of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon? By Noam Rotem Israeli soldiers shot to death Hadeel al-Hashlamon, 18, in Hebron last week while she was apparently on her way to school. Found inside the black bag she was carrying were notebooks, a blue Pilot pen, a brown pencil case, a cellular phone, and other things girls of her age take to school. [tmwinpost] The IDF Spokesperson says that the metal detector at the urban checkpoint beeped when she passed through it, and that she ignored orders to stop from the…Read More... | 108 Comments
Could Israeli soldiers have arrested, instead of killed a young knife-yielding woman in Hebron? And what will happen to those soldiers if it turns out they shot when they didn't need to? A young Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the occupied city of Hebron Tuesday morning, hours before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. As usual, there are — at least — two conflicting narratives. There are also a number of details everyone agrees on. [tmwinpost] Hadeel al-Hashlamon arrived at the “Shoter” checkpoint in the West Bank city of…Read More... | 65 Comments
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