This photograph was taken during the first Intifada (1987-1993), it shows a Palestinian boy shot in the heart by Israeli occupation forces. Most of the Palestinians killed during the Intifada were either shot in the heart or the head. via Younes Arar.
Edit: This is a still from ‘Kingdom of Ants’, still a very accurate depiction of reality.
So my 15 year old brother was driving around our town in Palestine at night with some friends. They were going out to get some falafel sandwiches and coffee. Not far from our house, two IDF jeeps pulled in front of their car, and one behind them, blocking them.
Nearly a dozen IDF scum armed with M16s surrounded the car while shouting at them to get out and get on the ground in their broken Arabic. Frightened and not having any idea what was going on, they all listened and got on the ground, where their hands were then tied up and their bodies searched.
While this was all happening, my brother was shouting “American! American!” knowing that by virtue of having been born in the US and being a US citizen, the IDF would be SLIGHTLY less likely to physically harm them, because people only seem to give a shit when a Palestinian American is beaten up, while Palestinian victims are otherwise frequently ignored.
My brother [and all the friends with him] are Palestinian citizens, with my brother holding dual US/Palestinian citizenship. His ID was in the car and not on him, and the IDF refused to listen as he tried to explain, instead berating them in broken Arabic and accusing them of being out to “do something” driving at night, instead of just a few kids out to get coffee and food
Eventually, after a friend had already started to cry out of fear, my brother was able to explain to them that his ID was in the car. The IDF scum searched the car and pulled it out. It was his American ID, and the IDF eventually untied them all and began questioning them in English some more. Finally, the Israeli shits ask “If you’re American, what are you doing in this shithole? It’s a dump, go to Jerusalem instead. It’s much nicer and isn’t full of rats [rats referring to Palestinians, not actual rats]”.
My brother laughed and joked with him, frightened and wanting to just be let go to end the night and go home.
But that is the reality of the Israeli occupation, and Israeli soldiers. My brother was just 15, and they were no more than two miles away from our house, in a nice town that [used to] see little conflict and “stays out of trouble”, but nope, Israeli forces instead referred to it as a “dump” and “shithole”.
What’s funny is that the IDF scum suggested that my brother visit Jerusalem, but as a Palestinian citizen….he can’t, as Palestinians simply are not allowed to enter Jerusalem [or any other “Israeli controlled” area or Israel-proper], which is common knowledge. What does it tell you when IDF soldiers don’t even know this?
According to my brother, the soldiers didn’t look older than their early 20s, and that’s how most Israeli soldiers are. They’re merely kids raised on anti-Palestinian hate in a culture fueled by racism and the erasure of our history and identity, given weapons, and put in control of us/our people.
I can’t help but imagine how much differently the entire ordeal would’ve gone had my brother not had his US ID on him. You hear daily about IDF “arresting” Palestinian kids without charge and detaining them, and overwhelmingly so, this is done for no reason other than to intimidate, control, and exert domination. Chances are, that had my brother not had his US ID, he would’ve been arrested that night and held in an Israeli military prison along with the hundreds of other children Israel has arrested without charge.
Thankfully, he made it home shaken, but safe, and has decided to no longer drive alone.
This comes as the IDF have increased their patrols through our small town, arresting several people while shooting a few others, including shooting tear-gas into our home [despite NOBODY doing anything to draw their attention - they simply shot their canister through our window and into a sitting room]
There was no checkpoint that my brother was stopped at, there was no curfew, and he was within Palestinian-territory in a legal vehicle having done absolutely nothing wrong, and still he was treated like a wanted felon with freaking MULTIPLE WEAPONS drawn on him by “trained” soldiers.
Israel is a terrorist state and all IDF are scum, period.
Palestinian kidneys for sale by settler colonial apartheid Israel. We demand an international independent investigation in the trafficking of Palestinian organs by settler colonial apartheid Israel and its criminal syndicates.
Israeli forces threatening Palestinians with slaughter over loudspeaker.
Yazan Ikhlayel, 17, was at a community centre in Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem when Israeli forces stormed the camp. Ikhlayel was using his iPhone to film as Israeli jeeps rolled by on one of the camp’s main roads, shooting off tear gas, when a soldier began issuing a message to residents from one of the jeep’s loudspeakers.
“People of Aida refugee camp, we are the occupation army,” the message began.
“If you throw stones, we will hit you with gas until you all die - the youth, the children, the old people, you will all die.”
The soldier continued, speaking in Arabic and issuing more threats and insults to the people of Aida camp. But Ikhlayel says it was the first line that really shocked people.
“The most important thing I want people to see when they watch this video is to realise what the Israeli ‘democracy’ really is,” Ikhlayel told Middle East Eye.
“They have said it for us now, they are an occupation - they said ‘we are the occupation army’. It is proof, this is an apartheid country, it is not democratic at all.”
“This is the first time I heard them say something like that over a speaker for everyone to hear,” Ikhlayel continued.
“The young people aren’t accepting what the soldiers are doing particularly now. They’re going to the streets [to protest] everyday, and they aren’t stopping. They aren’t scared of them.”
When asked if he thinks the soldier’s message would scare the youth enough to stop the protests, Ikhlayel shook his head adamantly.
“This will not stop until the occupation ends,” he insisted.
These twelve year old students of Taqou’a in Bethlehem are
trying to raise the required amount of bail money for their classmate’s release from Israeli jail. Their
classmate, Mohammad Jamil (12), was recently arrested by Israeli Forces in
Bethlehem during clashes.
This is the reality of the Palestinian childhood.
طلاب مدرسة تقوع في بيت لحم يجمعون الكفالة المطلوبة للإفراج عن زميلهم محمد جميل العمور المعتقل لدى قوات الاحتلال
Palestinian girl wounded in hit-and-run by Israeli police
The Palestinian child, Aseel Da’if (8-Year-Old), sustained wounds and bruises on Sunday evening after she was hit by an Israeli police car in Occupied Jerusalem. Eyewitnesses said an Israeli police car driving at high speed ran over a child as she was crossing the Sultan Suleiman Street in Occupied Jerusalem with her mother. The girl was rushed to a hospital for urgent treatment, afterwards.
Palestinian Girl Killed by IOF for wearing Hijab!!
A Palestinian teenager shot by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in Hebron died from her injuries on Tuesday, Israeli medical sources said.
The teenager, identified as 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, was shot three times by Israeli soldiers after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack, Israel’s army said.
A spokesperson for the Shaare Zedek Medical Center where she was taken for treatment said the teenager was “terribly injured, and underwent surgery upon her arrival.”
She later died from her injuries, the spokesperson confirmed.
No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, and the Israeli army did not release photographs of a knife, as they have done on several other recent occasions.
The army spokeswoman said that the attack had been “thwarted.”
A local activist group Youth Against Settlements later released what it said were photos of the incident, appearing to show Israeli soldiers aiming their weapons at the woman, as first she faced them and afterward turned away from them.
Another photo appeared to show the woman slumped on the street, after she was shot and wounded.
Video footage from Palestinian news agency PalMedia showed al-Hashlamon left bleeding on the pavement, reportedly for up to 30 minutes before she received treatment.
The footage shows the woman being dragged out of camera frame, while soldiers and heavily armed settlers look on.
Al-Hashlamon’s death marks at least 25 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, according to UN documentation, not including Palestinian deaths caused by Israeli settlers.
October 7 2015 - Undercover Israeli officers dressed as Palestinians were seen throwing stones at IDF occupation forces, and inciting Palestinian youths to do the same at a demonstration on the West Bank. Suddenly the undercover officers pulled their guns and tried to arrest several of the Palestinians. During a struggle with one of the Palestinian youths, who is being beaten by several Israeli officers at the time, one of the undercover officers is seen deliberately shooting the unarmed man in the leg from point blank range. [article]
The Israeli minister of culture, Miri Regev, wrote on her Facebook page that that Palestinian unarmed women who saved injured 12-year-old boy from Israeli soldier should have been immediately shot because of the “humiliation” the soldier endured.