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Photos of Bassem Tamimi show stark contrast between Israeli and Palestinian treatment of captives

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 10/06/2024 - 11:56pm in

Images of Ahed Tamimi’s father after 8 months in Israeli prison with no charges show who are the terrorists and contrast sharply with well-fed Israeli captives

Bassem Tamimi, Palestinian activist and father of Ahed Tamimi, the then-16yo Palestinian girl arrested for trying to prevent Israeli soldiers entering her home, has finally been released after spending eight months in an Israeli prison without charge.

Tamimi, who lives in the West Bank and not Gaza, was arrested in late October, initially for six months, with the administrative detention then extended by a secret panel. The contrast between how the 56yo looked before his arrest and now could hardly be starker:

But the contrast is even greater between his appearance now and the well-kept, well-fed appearance of the four Israeli captives released last week after being held captive in Gaza for a few weeks longer – during an assault in which Israel killed at least three others as well as well over two hundred Palestinians, mostly women and children. Some even appeared to have gained weight during captivity in which they seemed to have been fed better than local Palestinians:

Thousands of Palestinians remain imprisoned without charge, many in concentration camps and some losing hands or feet from being held so long in handcuffs or zipties – hostages just as much as any Israeli held in Gaza, though the western press does not name them as such.

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BBC bias exposed again in treatment of Israel’s mass murder during war crime raid

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/06/2024 - 10:56pm in

Not-so-subtle difference in treatment of Israeli captives vs Palestinian victims of Israel’s slaughter during raid involving new war crime

The BBC’s gross bias in its treatment of Israel’s genocide in Gaza was exposed again in its headlines of Israel’s slaughter of well over two hundred Palestinians – as usual, mostly women and children – in its assault on the Nuseirat refugee camp.

The raid freed four captives – who emerged looking well fed and cared for, in stark contrast to the starved and beaten mass hostages held by Israel – but killed at least two hundred and ten Palestinians, with dead children and body parts spread across the area. It also killed several other Israeli captives. But the BBC’s headline blared, in large text, the news of the four freed while relegating the hundreds of victims to a small subtext, as Greg Herriett’s tweet pointed out:

This behaviour mirrored the appalling speeches by US president Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Antony Blinken, both of whom praised the raid but did not mention the murdered Palestinians.

Israel’s raid used fake ‘aid trucks’ to disguise troops’ entry into the area, which – as UN Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese has pointed out – is a war crime. ‘Perfidy’, banned under the Geneva Conventions, involves passing off soldiers or military equipment as protected peaceful personnel or objects, or as members of the ‘enemy’ they are fighting, is outlawed. The assault was also given practical support by US forces, along with alleged American ‘boots on the ground’.

Yet another Israeli war crime – and yet another of the many ignored by the UK ‘mainstream’ media while they minimise the lives, deaths and suffering of the oppressed Palestinian people.

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Stabbed to death by Zionist for supporting Palestine

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 07/06/2024 - 7:48pm in

Young South African mother murdered, husband and son hospitalised and daughter threatened with rape

A supporter of Israel broke into the Hoosen-Preston family’s home in Durban, stabbed mother Halima to death, wounded the father and son so badly they had to be admitted to hospital and threatened the young daughter with rape.

Grayson Beare, 44, who stabbed the husband fifteen times when he tried to help his wife and stabbed the son fourteen times, confessed to the attack and told the police that his murdered victim ‘wasn’t totally innocent, man… she hated my family’:

Beare said he does not personally identify as Jewish but has family in Israel. The ten-year-old daughter, whom Beare threatened to rape, said that the family was attacked because they support Palestinians against Israel’s genocide. His surviving victims are still fighting for their lives in hospital.

Beare’s family has said that they stand with the victims. While the mass media routinely describe peaceful supporters of Palestinian human rights as dangerous, threatening and even violent, events continue to make clear that it is the settler-colonial political philosophy of Zionism – a majority of whose adherents are not Jewish – that fosters racism, violence and murder. This incident also exposes the dangerousness of the media’s and politicians’ misrepresentation of the 7 October raid and their narrative of mutilations and rape – which persists even though Israel’s atrocity propaganda weren thoroughly discredited and debunked months ago.

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Pictures: Zionist mob assaults Palestinian journalist

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/06/2024 - 6:51am in

Far-right thugs ‘celebrate’ Israeli ‘flag day’ by viciously attacking Saif Al Qawasami – who was then arrested by occupation police for getting beaten up

As a huge mob of racist extremists flooded occupied Jerusalem – which belongs to Palestine and is administered by Jordan – for Israel’s ‘flag day’, a mob of thugs jumped Palestinian journalist Saif Al Qawasmi in the Old City:

After he was jumped and beaten, Al Qawasmi was arrested by occupation police. Elsewhere, Palestinian old people were beaten by roving gangs chanting racist slogans and police ordered Palestinian shopkeepers to close as mobs rampaged through.

Around the same time, far-right Israeli minister Itamar ben-Gvir and a gang of thugs and bodyguards was forcing his way into the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, which he has said belongs to Israel and only Israel. Israel continues to murder civilians, mostly women and children, in its genocide in Gaza.

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Video: Israel burns Ramallah food market – in the West Bank

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 01/06/2024 - 9:57am in

Israel’s war crimes are not only in Gaza

Israel has attacked and burned a food market in Ramallah in the West Bank, where Hamas does not govern:

Video: ‘celebrities4palestine’ Instagram

No excuse has been given, but Israel’s far-right finance minister Bezalel Smotrich said recently that Israel would turn the West Bank into ‘ruined cities’, using similar language to the genocidal incitement used about Gaza by Israeli government figures, without even the fake justification of the debunked, anti-Hamas atrocity propaganda of beheadings, rapes and burnings.

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Video: right-wing extremist Ben-Gvir rants Israel will never allow Palestinian statehood

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 23/05/2024 - 8:27am in

Racist Israeli security minister chooses Islam’s second holiest site for petulant outburst after Ireland, Spain and Norway declare Palestine a state

Far-right Israeli security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir chose to taint Islam’s second holiest site with his presence for a deranged rant after three European nations all recognised Palestinian statehood.

Ben-Gvir raged that the site ‘belongs only to the people of Israel’, despite the Al Aqsa mosque being officially under Muslim administration by agreement between Israel and Jordan, before ranting that ‘we’ will ‘never allow any surrender that includes even a declaration of a Palestinian state’:

The bad news for the petulant settler-colonist is that Palestine has no intention of surrendering – while support for Israel’s apartheid regime is disappearing fast worldwide, as people wake up to the murderousness of the occupiers.

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‘Israeli soldier’ from notorious unit confesses to US citizen’s killing

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 22/05/2024 - 6:33am in

In recordings obtained by The Grayzone, a self-proclaimed soldier from Israel’s infamous Netzah Yehuda battalion detailed his unit’s killing of a 78-year-old Palestinian-American, and flaunted his genocidal views. After announcing plans to sanction the battalion, the Biden administration has inexplicably pulled back. The Biden administration has balked after announcing plans to sanction five units of the Israeli military accused of wanton human rights abuses in the occupied West Bank. “Four of these units have effectively remediated these violations, which is […]

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Video: Belfast’s huge pro-Palestine mural

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 22/05/2024 - 1:47am in

Irish city stands in solidarity with the people of Gaza

A huge mural showing solidarity with the people of Gaza against occupation and genocide now stands in Belfast. The beautiful artwork, filmed by JT MacLochlainn, consists of a series of panels depicting the suffering and spirit of the Palestinian people, emblazoned with a ribbon containing the poem by Prof Refaat Alareer, the Palestinian poet murdered, along with several family members, by Israel last December:

Alareer’s full, achingly evocative poem reads:

If I must die,

you must live

to tell my story

to sell my things

to buy a piece of cloth

and some strings,

(make it white with a long tail)

so that a child, somewhere in Gaza

while looking heaven in the eye

awaiting his dad who left in a blaze–

and bid no one farewell

not even to his flesh

not even to himself–

sees the kite, my kite you made, flying up above

and thinks for a moment an angel is there

bringing back love

If I must die

let it bring hope

let it be a tale

In October last year, as bombs fell on Gaza, Alareer paid tribute to the fans of Celtic who were raising flags and banners in solidarity. The Scottish football club is supported by many Irish Catholics, who well understand occupation and oppression under centuries of English rule and who have shown resolute solidarity with the Palestinians as another occupied people. Celtic fans paid a moving tribute to him after he was murdered in a targeted Israeli attack and have continued to show support for Palestinians, despite attempts by the football club’s administration to discourage them.

Ireland remains a nation divided, with Belfast officially the capital of Northern Ireland and part of the UK, despite limited devolution.

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Israeli army airdrops photos of children with warning to run to IDF in psych warfare

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 20/05/2024 - 8:17am in

Vile psychological warfare as flailing occupiers try to turn Palestinians against each other

The Israeli military has begun airdropping leaflets with the faces, names and security numbers of Palestinians, including children, claiming they have been exposed as collaborators with Israel and listing a number to call to ‘save yourself’, in a naked attempt to sow suspicion and division among the Palestinians of Gaza, who refuse to allow their spirits to be broken by Israel’s genocide and endless war crimes. At least one child pictured is a toddler of two or at most three years old.

The disgusting tactic exposes the desperation of an occupying, apartheid state whose own commentators and media are voicing opinions that Israel has lost the so-called ‘war on Hamas’ in which Israel has murdered as many as 100,000 innocent Palestinians and wounded around twice as many.

Leaflets showing adults have also been dropped:

United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Occupied Palestinian Territories Francesca Albanese, who has announced her finding that Israel is indeed committing genocide, confirmed the foul tactic in a post outlining the way in which Palestinian children are threatened and blackmailed by Israeli forces, a practice dating to long before 7 October, a phenomenon she dubbed ‘unchilding’:

Albanese also spoke to Watermelon Reports and described how thousands of children are kidnapped by Israel and held, sometimes for years, without limit:

More than two thirds of those murdered by Israel since 7 October last year have been women and children, with many tens of thousands more maimed or orphaned in targeted attacks on family homes, including the families of medics, journalists and UN workers. The apartheid, racist state has nothing but contempt for the lives of Palestinian innocents, even the youngest and most vulnerable.

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Hackney councillors quit Labour, form independent socialist group

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 18/05/2024 - 3:50am in

Trend seen across the country reaches East End of London. Shameless Labour demands they resign and fight by-elections, despite making no such demand of 3 Tory MPs who have defected

Hackney’s new Independent Socialists L-R: Penny Wrout, Claudia Turbet-Delof, Fliss Premru (image: Hackney Independent Socialist group)

Three Hackney councillors who had been suspended by Labour for voting in favour of debating a motion calling for a ceasefire in Israel’s genocide in Gaza have quit the Labour party and formed a new Independent Socialists group.

Claudia Turbet-Delof, Penny Wrout and Fliss Premru said their former party is:

stifled by a lack of internal democracy, transparency and scrutiny.



They went on:

We can no longer in good conscience continue campaigning for a Labour party which nationally refuses to call out the genocide in Gaza, continues to support arms sales to Israel, and seeks to clamp down on pro-Palestinian protests.

They also cited Keir Starmer’s abandonment of all his leadership campaign pledges and his u-turn to support NHS privatisation and Tory spending cuts to local government funding, his ‘kid starver’ commitment to keeping the cruel two-child benefit cap and his adoption of the blue Tories’ racist anti-immigrant narratives – and his treatment of Diane Abbott, Britain’s first Black woman MP, who remains suspended for commenting on anti-Black racism (on of many forms of racism which Starmer’s Labour is ridden) while Starmer has welcomed hard-right Tory MPs into the party.

A Labour spokesperson described the development as ‘disappointing’ and – with extreme but unsurprising hypocrisy – said the councillors should resign their seats and fight by-elections. The three Tory MPs to defect to Labour have not been told to do so.

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