“. . . to locate Palestinians within multiple spaces of dispossession and oppression, imprisonment and separation continually remade . . .” (Annie Pfingst)

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Israeli forces disperse weekly march against Israeli occupation in Bilin, Nov. 25, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ . Funerals held for slain Palestinians draw large crowds, spark clashes in Beit Ummar

  • Background: “Militarised Violence In The Service Of State-Imposed Emergencies Over Palestine And Kenya.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

❷ . Israeli forces shoot tear gas, rubber bullets at protesters in Kafr Qaddum
❸ . Israeli forces suppress weekly Bilin march, dozens suffer tear gas inhalation
❹ . Opinion/Analysis:  Legacies of State Violence and Black-Palestinian Solidarity
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❶ . FUNERALS  HELD  FOR  SLAIN  PALESTINIANS  DRAW  LARGE  CROWDS,  SPARK  CLASHES  IN  BEIT  UMMAR     
Ma’an News Agency 
Dec. 17, 2016       After Israel returned on Friday the bodies of seven Palestinians that were killed by Israeli forces in recent months, funerals held in their hometowns across the occupied West Bank drew large crowds, with clashes erupting in Beit Ummar during the Saturday morning funeral for 15-year-year old Khalid Bahr.
[. . . .]  Israeli forces killed the 15-year-old boy on Oct. 20 in the village, when Israeli authorities claimed a soldier shot Khalid for throwing rocks at Israeli forces. An internal Israeli army investigation later revealed that the lives of Israeli soldiers were not at risk when Khalid was killed.
___Following Khalid’s funeral, clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces at the entrance of Beit Ummar.     More . . .  

  • Pfingst, Annie. “Militarised Violence In The Service Of State-Imposed Emergencies Over Palestine And Kenya.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6.3 (2014): 6-37.   ARTICLE.

[. . . .] Legal provisions based on racial separation/segregation . . .   continue to be applied by Israel over Palestine. Having detained and deported Arabs during the Arab uprising of the 1930s . . . .  on the 21st May 1948, [Israel] declared a state of emergency over Palestine, only days after the declaration of the establishment of the Israeli state on the lands, villages and cities lost to Palestinians through the war of 1948, al Nakba. The state of emergency – promulgated for the defence of the state, the maintenance of public order, supplies and essential services, and the suppression of mutiny, rebellion, or riot – has been renewed in the Israeli Knesset every year since 1948. In 2012 the Supreme Court [ruled that] that (Israel) ‘is not a normal country in that its existential threats have yet to be quelled.’
[. . . .]  The . . .  practices enabled through Emergency regulations are intensified forms of instrumentalised colonial governmentality and violence, part of the structure of settler colonialism – of settlement, dispossession, repression, expulsion and containment . . .  unquestioned by either the colonial administration or the settlement project. The state of emergency as an oppressive regime is characterised by surveillance, arrest and detention, screening, secret evidence and torture, and the workings of secret services and militarised violence – characteristics evident in Israeli daily practices over Palestine . . .
[. . . .]  The British Mandate over Palestine introduced land mapping, registration and appropriation; laws on citizenship and collective and individual rights; mapped state borders and movement; and constructed settlement practices and militarized landscapes of control. The assemblage of Israel over Palestine is always in flux, continuing to locate Palestinians within multiple spaces of dispossession and oppression, imprisonment and separation continually remade, constantly assembling spatial arrangements across fluid zones of militarized control. Spatial disintegration and fragmentation . . .   assemble landscapes of emergency and re-assemble multiple geographies of resistance. Every location becomes the site for the confrontation between the agency of resistance and the agents of sovereign power and control [. . . .]

❷ . ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT  TEAR  GAS,  RUBBER  BULLETS  AT  PROTESTERS  IN  KAFR  QADDUM
Ma’an News Agency 
Dec. 16, 2016       Israeli forces Friday suppressed a weekly march in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, shooting rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters at tens of Palestinians, internationals, and Israeli peace activists.
___Popular resistance coordinator Murad Shteiwi told Ma’an that Israeli forces attacked the protesters and fired tear gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at the crowd, causing many to suffer tear gas inhalation.
___Shteiwi added that the protest was launched with wide participation of the village’s local residents and internationals, despite the cold weather and rain on Friday.  More . . .

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People of Kafr Qaddum gathering for the weekly demonstration. Jun. 29, 2012. (Photo: T. Mayr)

❸ . ISRAELI  FORCES  SUPPRESS  WEEKLY  BILIN  MARCH,  DOZENS  SUFFER  TEAR  GAS  INHALATION 
Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 16, 2016       Israeli forces Friday suppressed a weekly march in the village of Bilin in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, as dozens of demonstrators suffered tear gas inhalation and Israeli forces briefly held an Australian solidarity protester.      ___The march, which was organized by the popular committee against the separation wall, set off after Friday prayers, as protesters marched through the village, chanting slogans calling for Palestinians to support Jerusalem, urged for the immediate release of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners Anas Shadid and Ahmad Abu Farah, and the withdrawal of Israeli settlers from the illegal Amona settler outpost.       More . . .           Related . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  LEGACIES  OF  STATE  VIOLENCE  AND  BLACK-PALESTINIAN  SOLIDARITY   
The Jerusalem Fund. 
Jada Bullen and Marie Helmy
Dec. 16, 2016   In the wake of Trump’s victory, the world waits with trepidation for what 2017 will bring to U.S. domestic and foreign policy. The future is uncertain for Palestinians and Black Americans, whose parallel struggles have become increasingly highlighted in the last few years.
___Four weeks into Israel’s attacks on Gaza in 2014, protesters in Ferguson held signs claiming solidarity with Palestine. In turn, Palestinians took to Twitter to advise Ferguson protesters on how to deal with tear gas, underscoring the similarities in their struggles. This past August, the Movement 4 Black Lives published a platform stance that calls for the U.S. to cut military expenditures in Israel and explicitly demands divestment from companies profiting from the Israeli occupation. Such acts of solidarity have made vital inroads. But now with Trump at the helm, we have yet to see how this will deter the progress we have collectively made in altering the discourse.        More . . .

“Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax . . .” (Vacy Vlazna)

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Sunday, August 1, all that mattered between 14 Palestinian kids and 40 Irish children was one thing – “the beautiful game” (Photo: Ireland Today)

❶ UNRWA: Unemployment in Gaza is the Highest in the World
❷ Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian farmers, shepherds in central Gaza
❸ Israeli Navy Kidnaps Five Fishers In Gaza

  • Background from Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

❹ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL  AND  THE  WORLD  VISION  CRIME  SHAM
. . . ❹ ― (ᴀ) Israel and World Vision: Are journalistic ethics dead?
❺ Gaza football club dazzles Ireland
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❶ UNRWA:  UNEMPLOYMENT  IN  GAZA  IS  THE  HIGHEST  IN  THE  WORLD
Palestine Chronicle
Aug 9 2016
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in a news report that the social and economic situation in Gaza is the worst in the world with the highest unemployment rate.
___UNRWA added that finding a job in Gaza is not an easy task and that unemployment, according to statistics revealed by the Central Bureau for Statistics, was 41.2% among men and 62.6% among women in the first quarter of the year.     MORE . . .  

❷ ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  AT  PALESTINIAN  FARMERS,  SHEPHERDS  IN  CENTRAL  GAZA
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 12, 2016
Israeli forces Thursday opened live fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherds in the eastern part of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers stationed in military towers in eastern Deir al-Balah opened live fire at Palestinian farmers and shepherd. No injuries were reported
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___On a near-daily basis, the Israeli army fires “warning shots” at Palestinian fishermen, farmers, and shepherds entering the Israeli-enforced “buffer zone” on land and sea, implemented after Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip nearly a decade ago.
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___Approximately 35 percent of Palestinian agricultural land in Gaza is inaccessible without high personal risk, according to the center.     MORE . . .

❸ ISRAELI  NAVY  KIDNAPS  FIVE  FISHERS  IN  GAZA
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Aug. 12, 2016
A number of Israeli navy ships attacked, earlier on Friday, a number of Palestinian fishing boats, opened fire on them and kidnapped five fishers, before confiscating their boats.
___Zakariyya Bakr, an official in charge of the Fishers Committee of the “Union of Agricultural Workers Committees,” said the navy ships opened automatic fire, approximately at 7 in the morning, targeting several boats in the al-Waha area, north of Gaza city.
___Bakr added that the navy then assaulted the fishers, who jumped into the water to avoid the bullets, and kidnapped five of them in addition to confiscating their boats.    MORE . . .

  • Pfingst, Annie. “Militarised Violence In The Service Of State-Imposed Emergencies Over Palestine And Kenya.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6.3 (2014): 6-37.

[. . . .] Even before the military attack of July 2014 the seven yearlong siege of Gaza produced conditions where the maintenance of life itself is compromised in the extreme. Controlling the capacity for life, also through carefully controlled abandonment produces conditions in which the maintenance of life is restricted and curtailed – the production of extreme precarity threatens, at the same time as it ‘indefinitely suspends’, catastrophic (humanitarian) emergency.
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During the 2014 Israeli aerial bombing and land offensive across the Gaza Strip, more than 16,700 housing units were destroyed or severely damaged (UNOCHA oPt 12 August 2014). In order to control and limit movement and deny access to food and supplies, colonial emergency practices delineate zones of exclusion across which it is forbidden to pass and in which growing crops was prohibited. . .  Israel delineated a military buffer zone inside the Gaza border – the most fertile of Gaza’s land no longer available for cultivation.
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A system . . . emergency laws, together with belligerent occupation, construct a fluid and enduring system, enabling shifts and turns to developing situations, always maintaining a semblance of legality to veil its political intentions and always maintaining a state of emergency to authorize laws and legal orders . . .  Inhabiting a geography designated by Israel as an enemy entity, the people of Gaza, 80% of whom are refugees from the expulsions from Southern Israel in 1948, are simultaneously inside and outside political space. Participation in ‘hostile acts against the State of Israel’ renders Gazans illegal combatants subject to the provisions of the Incarceration of Unlawful Combatants Law.
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Israeli liability for the deaths of civilians throughout the military offensive against Gaza in July-August 2014 is framed by the abrogation of internationally recognised norms of humanitarian law . . . and of the obligation of the occupying entity to protect the lives of those under occupation . . . . for Palestinians it is the continuation of al Nakba authorised under the conditions of a colonial declared emergency as the state attempts to effect ‘calm’ – the end of disorder, the end to resistance.  FULL ARTICLE

❹ Opinion/Analysis:  ISRAEL  AND  THE  WORLD  VISION  CRIME  SHAM
Gaza.Scoop.ps – Real Time News From Gaza
Aug. 8, 2016
Vacy Vlazna
The crackpot Israeli Hasbara Circus featuring the four clowns of the truth apocalypse, Shin Bet, the Israel government, Shurat HaDin and the mainstream media fools, has, yet again, hit the world stage with the usual lame show of fact contortions, tight rope slander and smoke and mirrors fantasies.
___Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax, Israel is going all out to divert anti-Israel opinion on its monumental humanitarian disaster to a fictitious crime allegedly perpetrated by the very victims of said humanitarian disaster- Israel’s wars on Gaza -by concocting an elaborate false crime of embezzlement and terrorism by Mohammed el-Halabi, the dedicated zonal manager for World Vision in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.     MORE . . .   

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Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision’s Area Development Programme Manager in Gaza, meets with children displaced by the violence during the brief ceasefire. (Photo by Mohammad Awed)

. . . ❹ ― (ᴀ)  ISRAEL  AND  WORLD  VISION:  ARE  JOURNALISTIC  ETHICS  DEAD?
Gaza.Scoop.ps – Real Time News From Gaza
Julie Webb-Pullman
Aug.7, 2016
Widespread publication by media such as the New York Times and the Guardian, of Israeli allegations against the Gaza manager of World Vision Mohammad Al-Halabi, without any independent corroboration or substantiation, breach the most fundamental journalistic ethical principles – respect for and the right of the public to the truth, and to not publish unfounded accusations.
___As Peter Beaumont, author of the Guardian article, admits, “The Guardian was unable immediately to independently corroborate the claims against Halabi, who remains in custody.”        MORE . . .  

❺ GAZA  FOOTBALL  CLUB  DAZZLES  IRELAND
The Electronic Intifada
Ciaran Tierney
Aug. 10, 2016
Fourteen boys from Gaza have brought joy to Ireland by displaying their football skills during a tour of the country.
___Three weeks after the crushing disappointment of being refused exit permits by the Israeli authorities, the youngsters from al-Helal football academy were special guests of Galway United Football Club on 5 August.
___The talented young Palestinian footballers got to showcase their talents before Galway United’s biggest crowd of the season.     MORE . . .

 

“. . . form the seamless web of colonial sovereignty . . .” (Annie Pfingst)

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Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem – 27th of January, 2014, bulldozers demolish the house of the Adjluni family, allegedly for having been built illegally (Photo: by János Chialá)

❶ Israeli forces demolishes homes of Tel Aviv attack suspects

  • Background from Politics & The Life Sciences

❷ Israel demolishes Palestinian home in East Jerusalem for 6th time in 10 years
❸ Israel approves prison sentences for ‘terrorists’ as young as 12

  • Background from Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISHES  HOMES  OF  TEL AVIV  ATTACK  SUSPECTS
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 4, 2016
Israeli forces raided the town of Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank late on Wednesday night and demolished the family homes of two Palestinian cousins who carried out a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv in June which killed four Israelis.
___Yatta residents said that hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided central Yatta and the al-Hileh area, the locations of the homes of Khalid and Muhammad Makhamreh, who have been held in Israeli custody since the attack.
___Israeli bulldozers then demolished Khalid’s family’s house, while Muhammad’s family home was remotely detonated. A video released by the Israeli army shows bulldozers demolishing one house, while Israeli troops set up explosives in another, which was then detonated remotely, possibly by a drone.     MORE . . .

From Politics & The Life Sciences
Since the onset of occupation in 1967, the model utilized by the Israeli government in administering policies in the occupied territories has been a colonial model. That is, the occupied territories have been governed directly by Israel to the economic advantage of Israel, and with a paramount concern for shoring up Israel’s geographic security. For 20 years this model did deliver peace, though not without tensions, which exploded in the 1987 Palestinian uprising. Goodwin and Skocpol discuss the colonial model . . .  Conflict – indeed, revolution – is predicted to occur under direct colonial rule and the right circumstances (J. Goodwin and T. Skopcol, ‘‘Explaining revolutions in the contemporary third world’’).
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Their hypothesis would read something like the following: Revolution will be most likely to occur when the regime adopts policies that are highly exclusionary and repressive, when the administrative bureaucracy fails to integrate a broad coalition from the middle and upper strata of society, and when the regime is unable to fully penetrate (i.e., control) the national territory which it governs. The collapse of the colonial model as an organizing principle for the coexistence of both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs was evidenced by the 1987 Palestinian uprising, which eventually led to the signing of the Oslo Accords.
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Most of the peace plans presently circulating . . .  are incremental in nature with ‘‘nationhood’’ held as the final reward for Palestinians. In a linear process, this is perhaps a logical approach. However . . . the eventual promise of peace is held hostage to Palestinian violence perpetrated against Israeli citizens and Israeli state-sponsored violence (and further land confiscations) perpetrated against Palestinians.
___Such tensions are indirectly promoted at the international level, given that the reality of globalism, which promotes the desirable dimension of multinational cooperation, has also given rise to backlash animosities, extremist aggression, and the international ‘‘war on terror.’’ Pressures from the former push Israel to withdraw from its colonial occupation of Palestinian lands, while pressures from the latter regularly condemn Palestinian actions against the occupation as terrorism.

  • Urban, J. Kristen. “Competitive Exclusion.” Politics & The Life Sciences 28.2 (2009): 69-83.  SOURCE 

❷ ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  PALESTINIAN  HOME  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM  FOR  6TH  TIME  IN  10  YEARS
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 3, 2016
Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian family’s home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina — the sixth time since the family began seeking an Israeli-issued building license more than a decade ago — amid a massive escalation of demolitions in the city over recent weeks.
___The owner of the house, Izz al-Din Abu Nijma, said that the demolition “caught him by surprise,” though it remained unclear if a demolition notice had previously been delivered by Israeli authorities.
___In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality told Ma’an they were not involved in the demolition, despite Beit Hanina being located within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries.        MORE . . .  

❸ ISRAEL  APPROVES  PRISON  SENTENCES  FOR  ‘TERRORISTS’  AS  YOUNG  AS  12
Middle East Eye
August 3, 2016
Israeli politicians have approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of “terrorist offences” in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians, parliament said on Wednesday.
___”The ‘Youth Bill’, which will allow the authorities to imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even if he or she is under the age of 14, passed its second and third readings… Tuesday night,” an English-language statement said.
___It added that the seriousness of attacks in recent months “demands a more aggressive approach, including toward minors”.
___The statement quoted Anat Berko, an MP from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and the bill’s sponsor, as saying “to those who are murdered with a knife in the heart it does not matter if the child is 12 or 15”.     MORE . . .

From Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
The declaration of an Emergency and the practices enabled through Emergency regulations are intensified forms of instrumentalised colonial governmentality and violence, part of the structure of settler colonialism – of settlement, dispossession, repression, expulsion and containment – in which the technologies and architectures of oppression are codified and the legitimacy of colonialism unquestioned by either the colonial administration or the settlement project. The state of emergency as an oppressive regime is characterised by surveillance, arrest and detention, screening, secret evidence and torture, and the workings of secret services and militarised violence – characteristics evident in Israeli daily practices over Palestine to structure what Pappe describes as an oppressive state . . . a secret services state. Three forms of violence . . . founding violence, the violence of legitimation that in turn produced ‘an imaginary capacity converting the founding violence into authorizing authority’ and a third form of violence that would ensure the ‘maintenance, spread and permanence’ of the authorizing authority – form the seamless web of colonial sovereignty. . . ‘(t)he lack of justice of the means, and the lack of the legitimacy of the ends, conspired to allow an arbitrariness and intrinsic unconditionality that may be said to have been the distinctive features of colonial sovereignty.’ (Quoting Mbembe, A. On the Postcolony, 2001)

  • Pfingst, Annie. “Militarised Violence In The Service Of State-Imposed Emergencies Over Palestine And Kenya.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6.3 (2014): 6-37.     FULL ARTICLE
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Israeli soldiers “conduct traumatic arrests of Palestinian children, often involving violence and humiliation,” says Defense for Children International-Palestine Section (Photo: Sliman Khader, APA images)