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Intifada Activism Needed

by Stephen Lendman Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM
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Intifada Activism Needed

by Stephen Lendman

Six-five years of mass slaughter, destruction, dispossession, occupation, persecution, apartheid, and slow-motion genocide is enough.

Freedom requires committed activism. Liberation depends on working for what Israel denies. The alternative is more of what's too intolerable to bear.

Daily headlines reveal what Palestinians endure:

IDF invades Jenin pre-dawn. Homes were stormed and ransacked. Two Palestinian youths were arrested. Nearby villages were targeted. Nonviolent Palestinians were kidnapped.

Bi'in's weekly peaceful anti-Separation Wall protest was attacked. Friday's was dedicated to Lubna Hanash. On Wednesday, Israeli forces murdered her in front of Al-Quds University. They did so in cold blood.

She was a fourth year political science student. She was walking peacefully with friends. Israeli soldiers approached her in a civilian car. They shot and killed her. They'll have to explain why.

Lubna's death wasn't an isolated incident. It's reflects daily repression. Palestinians are systematically brutalized. Intimidation, injuries, arrests and deaths follow.

Media scoundrels ignore what happens. It's part of Palestinians' daily life. Most people can't imagine what they endure. They can explain best of all.

From day one post-conflict, Israel violated Pillar of Cloud memorandum of understanding terms. They state:

(1) Israel to cease air, land, and sea hostilities, as well as stop targeted killings.

(2) Palestinian resistance groups to halt rocket and other attacks.

(3) Easing blockade restrictions modestly. Not enough to matter. Gaza's siege continues. Free movement remains restricted.

Implementation procedures remain to be decided. Palestinians are still waiting. It hardly matters. Israel violates all agreements made. Negotiations achieve nothing.

Oslo left major issues unresolved. Agreed on terms called for later final status talks. Borders, Palestinian sovereignty, the right of return, settlements, East Jerusalem as Palestine's legitimate capital among other issues would be resolved.

Over 19 years later, nothing changed. Things now are worse than ever. Israel bears full responsibility.

Netanyahu and likeminded hardliners agreed all post-Pillar of Cloud hostilities would halt.

They lied. They never stopped. Deals don't reflect or determine policy. Crimes against humanity continue. They do so with impunity. Palestinians are sitting ducks. There's no place to hide. Israel takes full advantage.

Gazans are regularly attacked. Injures and deaths follow.

On January 23, soldiers killed 15-year old Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem resident Saleh Elamareen. He was targeted at close range and murdered. Witnesses said he did nothing provocative. Soldiers used him for target practice.

Adnan Hasan is a 17-year old youth. He was traveling in a car peacefully. Soldiers stopped him at Huwwara checkpoint.

"When I said I was from Kafr Qaddum, (they) all of a sudden started to beat me and insult me, saying that it was in retaliation for the weekly rally in my village," he said.

Other Kafr Qaddum residents are regularly attacked. Soldiers commit violence with impunity. Investigations rarely happen. Those conducted are whitewashed. Soldiers have free reign to terrorize. They take full advantage.

On January 24, soldiers attacked a southern West Bank Beit Ummar funeral procession. Mourners were assaulted with tear gas. No injuries were reported.

The same day, hundreds of Jewish worshipers visited Joseph's tomb. Soldiers escorted them. It's near northern West Bank's Balata refugee camp.

Israelis believe the tomb is the biblical Joseph's final resting place. Palestinians say it's Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusef (Joseph) Dawiqat's grave. Youths threw stones at soldiers. They responded violently. They regularly escort Jewish worshipers provocatively.

On January 25, soldiers on Israel's side of the border opened fire. Dozens of Gazans were targeted. Multiple attacks took place. Farmers were targeted in their fields. So were youths and others.

At least five injuries were reported. According to Ministry of Health spokesperson Dr. Ashraf Al-Qodra, attacks are ongoing. Since Pillar of Cloud ended, five Palestinians were shot and killed. Dozens more were injured.

At least 30 fishermen were kidnapped at sea. Their vessels were damaged or confiscated. At least six times in the past week, they were targeted with live fire.

Israeli peace terms aren't worth the paper they're written on. State-sponsored terror is official policy.

On Friday, Israeli soldiers invaded Al-Arroub Refugee camp. Residents were attacked with tear gas, rubber bullets, and concussion grenades.

Last Sunday, extremists boarded an Israeli bus. Arab school children were heading home from classes. They were insulted, spat on, and harassed. At least one child was physically attacked.

The father of one child said Arab children endure this treatment and worse regularly. He worries whether his child will return home each day safe.

Other parents have similar concerns. In the past week alone, Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinians daily. Fifty West Bank incursions were conducted. Dozens of arrests followed. Children were treated like adults.

Excessive force is official policy. Israel doesn't care if Palestinians live or die. They're denied all rights. They're dispossessed, persecuted and assaulted ruthlessly. They're unsure each day if they'll survive.

Israel's Open University Professor Yagil Levy teaches sociology, political science and communications. His doctoral dissertation discussed "The Role of the Military Sphere in the Construction of the Social-Political Order in Israel."

He called Pillar of Cloud a colossal failure. "In military terms, of course, the operation can be treated as an achievement, as the government ministers are trying to do," he says.

"In the balance of blood, Israel may have killed about 160 Palestinians while only six Israelis were killed."

Nearly 200 Palestinians were killed. Around 1,400 were injured. Most were noncombatant men, women, children, infants and the elderly. Levy downplayed what happened.

He added that Pillar of Cloud "revealed to Hamas and the world Israel's weakness and the limits to its freedom of operation." He called it Israel's "death hierarchy."

His recent book discussed it. It's titled "Israel's Death Hierarchy: Casualty Aversion in a Militarized Democracy." He claims substantial changes exist in the "blood price" Israelis are willing to pay in military confrontations.

The IDF is now weakened, he believes. Its ability to accomplish missions are compromised. The 2006 Lebanon war and Pillar of Cloud fell short.

In other words, Israel's reluctance to sustain casualties, he believes, sacrifices greater victories. He's unconcerned about how many casualties enemies incur. Noncombatant deaths and injuries don't bother him.

Nor do moral, ethical and legal issues. Israel's Dahiya doctrine was ignored. It treats civilians like combatants. Former Israeli commanders explained. General Gabi Eisenkot said "disproportionate force" targets the "heart of the enemy's weak spot."

He referred to civilians. They're no different from combatants, he claimed. Other Israeli commanders expressed similar sentiments. Targeted and indiscriminate mass murder and destruction is official policy.

Levy's only concerned about victories. Only winning matters. In "Israel's Death Hierarchy," he discussed two axes. One relates to "the level of freedom of choice of the social group the state is likely to sacrifice."

In other words, what price is acceptable for victory. His other notion derives from "the political cost that results from" choices made. It depends on the "political and social power of the group" paying the price.

Pillar of Cloud's affect on Israelis didn't extract a great enough pound of flesh. Mass Palestinian casualties and destruction weren't enough. Extremists like Levy demand more.

Greater Israeli casualties are a small price to pay. Others disagree. Tel Aviv Professor Asa Kasher calls his argument "repugnant." It reflects a 'mish-mash of considerations and ideas." He rejects Levy's "blood price" argument.

Dominant Israeli hardliners agree. They control Israel's new government. It's ideologically extremist. It's Israel's worst in history. Expect Palestinians to bear a greater than ever cross.

Expect greater state terror ahead from likeminded Levy ideologues. Intifada activism is needed. Expect it to erupt sooner or later. Liberation depends on it.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

http://www.dailycensored.com/intifada-activism-needed/
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