In my weekly piece at Souciant, I do a post-mortem on the PC(USA) divestment initiative, which failed by a 333-331 margin with two abstentions. I conclude that the defeat still shows a growing intolerance for Israel’s trampling of Palestinian rights.
Posts Tagged ‘Hebron’
Posted in BDS, tagged Americans for Peace Now, Anti-Semitism, B'Tselem, Caterpillar, Christianity, Divestment, Gaza Strip, Ha'aretz, Hebron, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, Jerusalem, Jewish Voice for Peace, Lara Friedman, MJ Rosenberg, Palestine, Presbyterian Church USA, Qalqilya, Tel Aviv, West Bank on July 6, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in human rights, Israel, Laws, Palestine, Settlements, West Bank, tagged al-Dura, B'Tselem, Hebron, Israel, Occupation, Palestinians, Settlements, settlers, West Bank on June 21, 2008 | 2 Comments »
Last week, B’Tselem caused quite a stir when it released a video showing an attack by four masked men on Palestinian farmers in the South Hebron hills. The attack was recorded by a Palestinian woman who was later injured in the attack herself.
The farmers near the settlement of Susya live an extremely meager existence. I visited that area myself just six weeks ago. These are very simple people, not connected to much beyond the next village. They live in a tent city and subsist, barely, off farming a very small plot of land not far from the settlement, though well beyond the range where anyone could possibly pose a threat to the inhabitants of Susya.
The response to the release of the video shows the grave disconnect between reality and the perceptions of people around the world.
In various “talkback” sections in online newspapers, the comments were replete with accusations, egged on by comments from Israeli police, that the incident had been “staged.” Although very few such incidents have ever been corroborated in the slightest, a conspiracy theory, entitled “Pallywood” which purports a vast operation by Palestinians to drum up false charges against Israel and Israelis is flourishing.
Of course, false charges occur. In a recent appeal over the issue of the shooting of young Muhammad al-Dura, a boy killed in crossfire at the beginning of the second intifada who became a symbol for Israeli brutality and murderousness, a French court found that there was sufficient evidence to call into question the veracity of a French report of that incident. (more…)