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  • Colonialism's latest victim

    The Palestinian man killed in Kafr Qasim this week was just the latest casualty of a colonial system whose masters feel forever threatened by the natives they rule over. By Marzuq Al-Halabi The killing of a Palestinian man in Kafr Qasim by an Israeli security guard earlier this week was more than just a regrettable incident that raised questions about police conduct. It was also a near-exact repetition of other such episodes in which the victim was Palestinian and the killer a member of the security forces. [tmwinpost] Fifty-two young Arab citizens have been shot dead by Israeli security forces since October 2000.…

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  • Kafr Qasim killing shows police threat to Palestinian citizens

    As long as police continue to see Palestinian citizens of Israel as 'the enemy,' the deadly shootings — and the ever-deepening crisis in relations — will continue. By Yael Marom, with Orly Noy An Israeli security guard shot and killed 28-year-old Mahmoud Mahmoud Salim Taha, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, in Kafr Qasim on Monday night. Disturbances had broken out while police were arresting another resident of the town, and in the course of the clashes, a security guard at the police station opened fire on Taha. [tmwinpost] Below are three comments on the incident. Where else have protesters been shot and…

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  • The gruesome murder of five Arab boys refuses to disappear — 55 years on

    Beaten, tortured, and shot to death: this is the story of five Arab boys who met a gruesome fate at the hands of Israel's security forces in September 1961. Ben Gurion's government refused to tell the truth of what really happened. By Makbula Nassar Last week marked 60 years since the Kafr Qasim massacre. Although the event is seared into our collective consciousness, it was not the only horrendous crime committed by Israeli security forces against innocent Arab citizens during the dark days of the military government, which lasted from 1949 until 1966. September marked 55 years since the mysterious deaths of George…

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  • My grandmother was murdered in Kafr Qasim, now these are my demands

    I think about the events that led up to the murder of my grandmother and 48 other women, children, and men, along with dozens of survivors who carry their trauma until today. Will we ever see true justice? By Reem Amer Everyone speaks of the Kafr Qasim massacre of 1956 as if it were an isolated case. As if Border Police officers decided to carry out, without any connection to or orders from the government echelon or military establishment. Yet we tend to forget that the regime and the Zionist movement, which sought to empty the land of it inhabitants, was…

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  • 48 human beings were massacred - and we have forgotten them

    When a country accepts responsibility for such a significant event in its past, one might expect it to erect a monument to the victims, to sponsor the annual memorial ceremony and to honor the memory of those murdered rather than leave the matter to the families left behind, as if it were their problem alone. By Shirley Racah and Abed Kannaneh For most citizens of Israel, the 29th of October was just another day. But not for Israel's Arab citizens. On this date in 1956, 57 years ago — the first day of the Sinai Campaign (the coordinated attack on Egypt…

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  • For Palestinian citizens, 1956 massacre is not a distant memory

    If Israel was able to inflict fatalities in 2000 just as it did in Kafr Qasim in 1956, with no accountability to the victims and affected families, how can Arabs feel safe about their rights as citizens? This week, Palestinian citizens of Israel marked the 57th anniversary of the Kafr Qasim massacre, when an Israeli paramilitary unit shot dead 49 Arabs (almost half of whom were children) as they returned from their farms, unaware of the new military curfew that had been imposed on their village. The perpetrators served meager jail sentences, with several officers promoted upon their return to…

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  • 'Bad apple' narrative still rotten 57 years after Kafr Qasim Massacre

    Though individual soldiers were convicted in the 1956 Kafr Qasim Massacre, Israel's courts never even questioned why civilians were under military rule and curfews. Today, individual soldiers are still convicted of crimes but the occupation itself is never questioned and wrongdoing is dismissed as the work of 'bad apples.' By Leehee Rothschild Fifty-seven years ago, on the afternoon of October 29, 1956, an Israeli Border Police unit shot to death 49, men, women and children from Kafr Qasim as they returned home from a day of work in the fields. Kafr Qasim, located in central Israel’s Triangle area, was under military…

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  • Is Israel preparing for a population transfer?

    One of the goals of the 1956 Kafr Qasim Massacre, as envisioned by the action’s commander, Major Shmuel Malinki, was to encourage the mass flight of the Palestinians still living in Israel after the 1948 ethnic cleansing. Malinki was aware of staff plans for such expulsions, and remembered the role played by the Deir Yassin massacre in 1948. Malinki was officially an officer in the border police (MAGAV), but his superior officer, Colonel Yissaschar “Allah Yarahmu” Shadmi, was IDF. At the end of the month, on 29 October, the massacre will be 54 years old. Israel refrains from any official…

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