“. . . Young Palestinians do not go out to murder Jews because they are Jews . . .” (Amira Haas)

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The mother of Murad Ideis, ACCUSED [not found guilty] . . . stands on the rubble of her home in Beit Amra after it was demolished by the Israeli army on 11 June. Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun APA images)
❶ Palestinian man dies of tear gas inhalation after clashes erupt at Qalandiya

  • From: Journal Of East Asia & International Law

❷ Israel can’t crush solidarity
. . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli court rejects appeal against punitive demolitions of Tel Aviv suspects’ family homes
❸ Analysis: Lack of Security for Palestinians
❹ POETRY by Zuhair Abu Shayib
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Ma’an News Agency
July 1, 2016
A Palestinian man was pronounced dead on Friday after suffering from excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces earlier in the morning heavily fired tear gas at Palestinians crossing Qalandiya checkpoint from Ramallah into Jerusalem to attend prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
___The man, reportedly in his 50s, was one of at least 40 Palestinians who suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during clashes that broke out at the Qalandiya checkpoint.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that Palestinian Red Crescent paramedics were prevented by Israeli forces from treating the man at the start of the incident. However, they eventually were able to reach him.       MORE . . .

From: Journal Of East Asia & International Law
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Israel’s claim is also inconsistent with the peace agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinians basically adopting the two-state solution and the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people. The establishment of the Palestinian National Authority and the continued negotiations between the two parties to reach a just and comprehensive settlement constitutes an implicit acknowledgement of the occupation.
___. . .  In the case of Beit Sourik Village Council, the [Israeli] High Court adjudicated that The Hague Regulations and the first three Geneva Conventions constitute a part of international customary law and are thus binding Israel. The High Court also recognized the Fourth Geneva Convention in its Military Order No. 3 issued in June 1967, but revoked this recognition on the ground that the Convention was not mentioned in its own laws. The Court’s decision is a violation of international law, because it is inadmissible for any state to use its local laws as an excuse to refuse enforcing international treaties.
___The Hague and Geneva Conventions are binding on all states because these regulations constitute an integral part of international customary law. The second common article in the four Geneva Conventions states that: “[T]he Fourth Geneva Convention shall apply to all cases of partial or total occupation, even if the said occupation meets with no armed resistance.”

  • Shandi, Yousef. “Israel’s Claim Of The ‘Legitimate Right Of Self- Defense’ Regarding The Gaza Strip In Light Of International Law A Palestinian Lawyer’s Position.” Journal Of East Asia & International Law 3.2 (2010): 387-406.

The Electronic Intifada
Budour Youssef Hassan
June 30, 2016
Amal Mukhamara is fed up with the questions. She is tired of journalists inquiring why her son Khaled and his cousin Muhammad killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv earlier this month. She is tired of being asked if she condemns their actions or if she knew of their plans beforehand.
___“No mother will allow her son to put his life in danger,” she said. “But our sons do not ask us for our opinions or approval. They are driven to act because of all the injustice and aggression they have been subjected to by Israel.”
___The killings took place in an upmarket Tel Aviv square. Both of the alleged attackers were wounded before being arrested.       MORE . . .  
Ma’an News Agency
June 30, 2016
An Israeli military court rejected an appeal against house demolition orders presented to the families of two Palestinians suspected of carrying out a deadly attack in Tel Aviv earlier this month.
___Muhammad Ahmad Moussa Makhamreh and Khalid Muhammad Moussa Makhamreh, two cousins from the town of Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron . . . are set to face trial. However, Israeli forces have ordered the demolition of their families’ homes.      MORE . . .

Palestinians are blocked entry as they wait at the Qalandiya checkpoint in northern Jerusalem 08 December 2005. (Photo: AFP/JAMAL ARURI)

Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture
21.2 (2015): 28-35
Amira Abd Elrahim
Whether Palestinians protest violently or nonviolently Israel responds with military force, so how can the violence end in the Occupied Palestinian Territories without an end to occupation.
___As we look around us at what has been happening lately, we stand speechless. As natives of the land of Palestine, we live in a never-ending conflict, under an authority that doesn’t recognize us or our rights [. . . .]
Palestinians who were accused of attacking Israelis were shot directly, either by Israeli military forces or by settlers who may have just felt insecure or threatened with or without reason. Most of the martyrs would not be liable for a death sentence in a state of law. . . .
___Israelis have a government and weapons. They are protected by an army that stands behind them. . . The Palestinians are the only people on this earth who are asked to guarantee the security of their occupier, while Israel is the only country that calls for defense from its victims. . .  Palestinians chose to resist and express their anger in their own way.
___You cannot be an innocent settler. . . .  you are guilty and your crimes cannot be swept away. As stated by Haaretz correspondent Amira Haas:

Young Palestinians do not go out to murder Jews because they are
Jews. It’s because Jews are their occupiers, their torturers, their jailers,
the thieves of their land and water, their exilers, the demolishers
of their homes, the blockers of their horizon. Young Palestinians,
vengeful and desperate, are willing to lose their lives and cause their
families great pain because the enemy they face proves every day
that its malice has no limits” (Haaretz, Oct 7, 2015).      MORE . . .

what source of light
does the day occur?
Does the earth propitiate itself
and the seas catch fire?
By what light
Do we shell roads until daybreak?
and the sound is bearable
and the morning, like bullets, is bearable.
Stop, you tall handsome one
we pass from
our blood to our blood
and never arrive
and take flight to our blood
and the siege pursues us.
The wound in our suitcases
Bears our features
While it is carried by the sea.
And death is bearable
and silence is bearable
and the morning, like bullets, is bearable.

From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi.Trans. May Jayyusi and Jeremy Reed. New York: Columbia University Press (August 15, 1994).
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