On Friday December 27th Israel’s occupation forces wounded 39 people, including 11 minors, during the 86th Great Return March demonstration in the besieged Gaza Strip.

At least 8 people were shot with live bullets, including teenager Ahmed Ahmed Mesbah al-Hams(19) who was wounded in his feet east of Rafah, suffering a serious injury, and 42-year-old woman Huda Nayef Edwan who was shot in head in the same location.EMzcRSVWoAAwE85

Other wounded were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets or hit with tear-gas canisters. East of Gaza City 29-year-old Sa’ed Ahmed Tawfiq Mahani was shot in an eye with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

Dozens of protesters also suffered from ill effects after inhaling Israeli occupation tear-gas.

The Supreme National Authority of the Great Return March has decided to suspend the demonstrations until the second anniversary on March 30th 2020, after which they will take place once a month and on national events.EMzSmEsWkAIAcm2

Later, on Sunday December 29th a farmer was shot in chest and arm with rubber-coated steel bullets by Israel’s occupation forces, suffering moderate injuries. The shooting took place in Beit Hanoun.


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A high-ranking Israeli security officer was killed in occupied East Jerusalem and Israel’s regime has declared a ban on reporting the exact details of the incident. Even the name of the officer killed was reported by the Israeli press only after being approved for release by the regime.

96812280992466640360no50-year-old Amos Sa’ar, commander of Israeli occupation’s Jerusalem District Court Guard, was stabbed in the staircase of the building he lived in or near the illegal Israeli colony of Har Homa in the occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday December 25th.

According to his wife, Orly Sa’ar, a neighbour had knocked on their door, saying after she opened it that her husband had collapsed in the staircase and that he had perhaps hit his head. She had then called an ambulance. 3951918917This person had not noticed that he had been stabbed.

Sa’ar was taken to hospital in critical condition and after going through surgery, died of his injuries on the same day. He had been working for the Israeli occupation Jerusalem court since 1995, first as a liaison officer.

Israeli occupation is treating his killing as a criminal case after possible political motives were put forward in the immediate aftermath. Israeli media reported that at the time of his killing his apartment was being ‘renovated by Arabs’ and Iranian press source claimed that a man arrested for his killing was a Palestinian.

Two men have been arrested, the main suspect is a 30-year-old man who is accused of latauskilling him with a knife and another man is accused of aiding him after the stabbing. The main suspect is reportedly suspected of a premeditated murder but will be sent to a psychiatric examination.

Israeli media describes the main accused as ‘a neighbour’ who would have harassed Sa’ar and his wife for an extended period, making him report the suspect to a police a year ago when he would have also given up his dog because the suspect was complaining about it ‘whining’. Israeli occupation police had closed that case without taking action against the suspect.

According to Amos Sa’ar’s widow, the suspect would have also threatened to kill Sa’ar just 3021da43448e690552fa91f18f774484three days before doing so. He is reported to have made a Facebook post before the killing in which he would have written that he had approached the couple several times ‘but they did not change their behaviour’.

Both Israeli officials and the widow have described the main suspect as ‘mentally ill’ and it’s reported that he would have been arrested a month before the killing for ‘indecent acts with a minor’. That case is described as being still open.

The second arrested man is described as ‘elderly’ and being ‘without a criminal record’. His defense attorney Mustafa Yahya claims that he has no connection to the killing.ocl09o0s__w400h300q80 A deliberately pixielated photograph of him shows a man perhaps in his late fifties or in his sixties.


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On Friday December 20th the Great Return March demonstrations for the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homes in ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 were held for the 85th time in the besieged Gaza Strip.EMQVmSKWwAEp-G0

Israel’s occupation forces attacked the demonstrations on the border and wounded 44 participants, 3 of them seriously, according to the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights. 11 of the victims were shot with live bullets, 5 were directly hit by tear-gas grenades and assume that the rest of those injured were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets or hit by shrapnel.

Among the wounded are 18 minors, a female demonstrator injured in her face and photojournalist Thaer Khaled Fahmy Abu Rayash(24), who was shot in in his left leg with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the northern part of the small coastal enclave.

Dozens of people are also reported of having suffered from the ill effects of tear-gas inhalation. Israeli occupation is said to have used a large amount of tear-gas east of Khuzaa according to @SafaPS.


Great Return March: 30 Palestinians Injured By Israeli Forces

في الجمعة الـ(85) لمسيرات العودة، قوات الاحتلال توقع (44) إصابة من بينهم (18) طفلاً وسيدة وصحافي واحد

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Israel’s occupation forces killed a young man on the border between besieged Gaza Strip EMBHcTBXkAI7s6mand the ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 early on the evening of December 17th.

Abdullah Ahmad Abu Nasser, who was in his 20s and from the town of Abasan al-Kabira in the southern part of Gaza, was killed in Israeli occupation forces’ missile strike on the border east of Khan Younis. The missile was fired by an unmanned drone aircraft.

Israeli occupation released a video claiming to show events before Abu Nasser’s killing. It shows a person, who can’t be identified and is carrying what seems to be a rifle, as he moves before a barbed-wire fence, stopping there apparently trying to get something from a bag. The video ends and doesn’t show what happened next.

Assuming the video is legitimate – and nothing so far implies that it i-1539337772sn’t – the drone attack would have come immediately after.

In the aftermath Israeli occupation forces didn’t allow a Palestinian ambulance crew to reach Abu Nasser and fired warning shots at them before using an armoured military bulldozer to pull his body over the border. It is assumed that he was dead by then.

Israeli newspaper Maariv claimed that the victim would have been killed inside an Israeli settlement near the besieged Gaza, but based on all other reports, this is clearly wrong.

According to one report, Abdullah Abu Nasser’s brother had been killed previously by Israel, so this could represent an attempt at personal revenge.


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The essential idea of Israel among its supporters, domestic and foreign, is that it’s exceptional. Not only does it supposedly have ‘Most moral army in the world’ and is allegedly ‘A beacon of freedom for the whole world’, international laws don’t bind it nor do resolutions in support of it mean that other states and groups aspiring to similar goals as Zionism would as a result be entitled to them.

The French parliament voted 154-72 to adopt IHRA definition and declare thus that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism. Based on this, using common sense thinking, all territories under France’s control which have independence movements should be entitled to their goals and all opposition to their independence considered racist.

new-caledonia-island-map-where-is-new-caledonia-located-on-the-mapAn independence referendum in New Caledonia was narrowly defeated recently and new one is excepted in the early 2020s, when the percentage of indigenous population is expected to have increased and the French settler population decreased. Logically, the state of France should now consider all opposition to independence in that future referendum racism.

580dc31875098Same goes, of course, not just French-controlled territories outside Europe like the French Guyana, New Caledonia or the French Polynesia, but also to territories closer, like Corsica. Corsica had no historical or cultural ties to France when it was conquered by France in 1768 after a brief independence from the declining maritime power Genoa. Corsica has a, some times violent, independence movement and, again based on the new vote, all opposition to Corsican independence should be now considered racist.

This should be true also with Brittany, which had over thousand years of de facto independence before French kings Charles VIII(1483-98) and Louis XII(1498-1515) tied Brittany to 1537961769_old map of brittanyFrance via enforced matrimonial alliances. In 1532 the parliament of Brittany in Rennes signed off Brittany’s status as de facto independent realm, but Brittany to this day has its own independence movement and it’s own culture and language are still threatened by the French central government, whose acceptance of even the use of the Celtic Breton language is recent and reluctant.

The remnant of the kingdom of Navarre was annexed by France in 1620, after having been in personal union with it since 1589. The originally Basque kingdom, founded in 824, had lost its territories south of the Pyrenees in 1512, but in 1620 still had a huge majority of Basque and Gascon population. And as we know, Basque independencenavarra4 movement is still a potent force. Again, logically it should now result that all opposition to an independent Basque homeland stretching across the Pyrenees should now be considered racist in France.

Yet, according to the government and parliament of France, Brittany, Corsica, New Caledonia and the Basques are not entitled to independence nor is opposition to their aspirations of regaining status as independent people among the nations of the world racism in France. Not to speak of Palestine, whose recognition president Macron opposes because, according to him, it would harm France’s good ties with Israel.

Why? Because Israel is considered an exception, and according to its flag-bearers, what it is given to Israel doesn’t mean that others should be entitled to the same rights. According to them, and now also according to the state of France, Israel stands raised on a pedestal, above both the rest of the world and all criticism in its Olympian heights, beyond international laws and without equals.


The decision by the genocidal far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to move Brazil’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to divided Jerusalem is a further affirmation that identification with Apartheid Israel is an essential part of the current global Far-Right.

People who don’t stand on the ranks of the Fascists yet react with indifference to news like this, make a terrible mistake: Domestic and foreign policies are never separate realms but always two sides of the same coin.

Political leaders and parties which support racism, segregation and ethnic cleansing abroad will enforce similar modes of oppression back at home when an opportunity to do represents itself.

To support Israel’s oppressions of Palestinians is not just an attempt to curry favour with the United States, Christian Zionist voters and local Israeli Lobby; no, it’s to see Israel’s oppression of Palestinians as a model, a political goal in a fight against the ‘Other’ back at home.

If you don’t care about this decision – and similar decisions and plans in other countries like Australia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Romania and the United States – yet are among those groups of people targeted by the regimes in those countries, then you are to blind to how those regimes see you and to the danger they present to you.

a363e8618303871b6e9fdb42e53167f8To Jair Bolsonaro all Brazilians who are not Christian right-wingers of European descent are effectively Palestinians and he wants to treat them like Apartheid Israel treats Palestinians.

It’s the same case outside Brazil: What Israel has done and is doing to Palestinians is what Israel-loving Far-Right everywhere wants to do to you if they don’t see you as one of their own.

To support Palestinians in their fight to survive and achieve freedom is to take part in the battle for your own future: It starts with minorities and other oppressed groups, but it will always reach you if you don’t stand side by side with those targeted first.


Bodies of two people killed last year by Israel’s occupation forces were returned to their families on Friday February 1st.

The body of Majd Mteir(26) was buried on Friday evening in Qalandiya refugee camp northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, while the funeral of Muammar Arif al-Atrash(42) took place on Saturday in Hebron.

Mteir had been shot and killed on the early hours of December 13th as he attacked Israeli occupation forces’ paramilitary Border Guard in occupied East Jerusalem. Released video footage of the incident ends before Mteir was shot; it’s alleged he was left to bleed for a half an hour or more after wounded.

It’s quite possible that the Israeli occupation allegation that al-Atrash would have ‘tried to stab’ occupation forces’ soldier near the Ibrahimi mosque in the Old City of Hebron on October 22nd has no basis in reality; in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of al-Atrash the notorious illegal Israeli settler Ofer Ohanna is seen ‘treating’ the shooter, who seems unharmed.

Ohanna incited Israeli occupation forces’ Elor Azaria to shoot wounded and immobile Abdulfattah al-Sharif in head and was captured on video kicking knife towards al-Sharif’s body in the aftermath and has appeared at the scene of all recent shootings in the city of Hebron.

FEATURED PHOTO: Muhammed Qarout Idkaidek.


Funerals of two slain Palestinians as Israel returns bodies

Israeli army hands over bodies of two slain Palestinians




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Occupied Palestine saw the funerals of four victims of the occupation during the weekend. Alongside the funerals of Ihab Abed(25) and Ayman Hamed(18) who were killed on Friday, and Hamdi Na’san(38) who was killed on Saturday, there was the funeral of Hamdan Arda(60) on Saturday January 26th.

Arda was also killed by the Israeli occupation, but his death took place on December 13th in al-Bireh on the occupied West Bank, after which Israel’s regime kept his remains for 43 days before handing them over on Friday January 25th.

Israeli occupation had been raiding a storehouse and factory area in al-Bireh where Arda’s aluminium company was located. As he saw the occupation soldiers while driving, he tried to turn his car away from them but they opened fire on him, hitting him in head and killing him instantly.

Although Israeli occupation already on the same was ready to accept that Arda had not tried to commit ‘a car ramming attack’ which it had in the immediate aftermath claimed, it kept Arda’s body for one-and-a-half months before finally returning it.

Hamdan Arda was given a military funeral in his home town of Arraba near Jenin. His body was completely covered by the Palestinian flag, as his head had been shattered by the Israeli occupation forces’ bullets. Videos show that pieces of his brain and skull had to be gathered from the inside of his car.

PHOTOS: Uday Da’eb as-Saher / WAFA News Agency.



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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces laid to rest

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This is the first of two articles quoting and briefly putting in context mentions of Palestine in two modern translations of “The Histories” of Herodotus of Halicarnassus(c. 484 – c. 425 BCE), ‘The father of history’.

The five mentions are mostly geographical, but include mythical and historical material. As is typical with Herodotus, the closer he is to his own time, the more firm is his grasp. Yet unlike with the Greek historians who followed him and were mostly concerned with the history of their own lifetimes, Herodotus’ historical reach at best extends to about 650 BCE. Before that time history gives way to mythology in his writing.

In this article we are using a revised edition of Aubrey de Sélincourt’s(1896-1962) translation from 1954, published by Penguin in 2003. The revision was done by John Marincola(b. 1954).

The first mention of Palestine in this translation comes up in the context of the invasion of Asia Minor by the nomadic Scythians from the Pontic Steppe in pursuit of their foes the Cimmerians, during the reign of Psamtik I (655-610 BCE) of the 26th dynasty of Egypt, who were met by him in Palestine:

The Scythians next turned their attention to Egypt, but were met in Palestine by Psammetichus the Egyptian king, who by earnest entreaties supported by bribery managed to prevent their further advance. They withdrew by way of Ascalon in Syria. The bulk of the army passed the town of without doing any damage, but a small number of men got left behind and robbec the temple of Aphrodite Urania – the most ancient, I am told, of all the temples of this goddess. The one in Cyprus the Cyprians themselves admit was derived from it, and the one in Cythera was built by the Phoenicians, who belong to this part of Syria. The Scythians who robbed the temple of Ascalon were punished by the goddess with the infliction of what is called ‘the female disease’, and their descendants still suffer from it. This is the reason the Scythians give for this mysterious complaint, and travellers to the country can see what it is like. The Scythians call those who suffer from it ‘Enarees’. (49)

Palestine comes up next in the description of the conquests of the mythical, composite figure of king Sesostris of Egypt who is likely based on two historical kings separated from each other by a gulf of six centuries – Senusret III(1878-1839 BCE) of the 12th dynasty and Ramses II(1279-1213 BCE) of the 19th dynasty:

Whenever he encountered a courageous enemy who fought valiantly for freedon, he erected pillars on the spot inscribed with his own name and country, and a sentence to indicate that by the might of his armed forced he had won a victory; of however, a town fell easily into his hands without a struggle, he made an addition to the inscription on the pillar – for not only did he record upon it the same facts as before, but added a picture of a woman’s genitals, meaning to show that the people of that town were no braver than women…

Most of the memorial pillars which King Sesostris erected in the conquered territories have disappeared, but I have seen some myself in Palestine, with the inscription I mentioned, and the drawing of a woman’s genitals. (134-135)

Palestine comes up again in the list of new satrapies and their taxation during the re-organization of the Persian Empire by Darius I(521-486 BCE):

Fifth: from the town of Posideiium, which was founded by Amphilochus, son of Amphiaraus, on the border between Cilicia and Syria, a far as Egypt – omitting Arabian territory, which was free of tax – came 350 talents. This province contains the whole of Phoenicia and the part of Syria which is called Palestine, and Cyprus. (212)

In Herodotus’ geographical description of Asia and Europe Palestine comes up very briefly:

Between Persia and Phoenicia lies a very large area of country; and from Phoenicia the branch I am speaking of runs along the Mediterranean coast through Palestine-Syria to Egypt, where it ends. It contains three nations only. Such is Asia from Persia westward…

The final time Palestine comes up in de Sélincourt’s translation is in the list of troops Xerxes I of Persia(486-465 BCE) gathered for his invasion of Greece in 480 BCE, which would end with failure after the battles of Salamis(480 BCE) and Plataea(479 BCE):

The Phoenicians, with the Syrians of Palestine, contributed 300. The crews wore helmets very like the Greek ones, and linen corslets; they were armed with rimless shields and javelins. These people have a tradition that in ancient times they lived on the Persian Gulf, but migrated to the Syrian coast, where they are found today. This part of Syria, together with the country which extends southward to Egypt, is all known as Palestine. (445)


Herodotus: The Histories. Translated by Aubrey de Sélincourt. Revised with an Introduction and Notes by John Marincola. London: Penguin Books 2003.

PHOTO: Fragments of thr eight-meter tall colossi of Psamtik I excavated from Matariya neighbourhood of Cairo, ancient Heliopolis, in 2017.


Elias Saleh Yassin(22) was buried on Saturday December 29th in his home town of Bidya in the occupied West Bank’s Salfit district after the Israeli occupation returned his body the day before.

Yassin’s mortal remains had been kept in freezer by Israel’s regime for two months and thirteen days (75 days) after he had been killed.

Elias Yassin was shot dead on October 15th by Israel’s occupation forces soldiers and Israeli occupation claimed that the construction worker had ‘tried to stab a soldier’ near the illegal Israeli mega-colony of Ariel, at a crossroads in the town of Haris.

Two days earlier Elias Yassin had taken part in carrying the stretcher on which the body of Aisha al-Rabi(47) rested in her funeral and if Yassin did try to attack occupation soldiers, her death would have been the likely motivation behind it.

Aisha al-Rabi was killed in a stone-throwing attack by illegal Israeli settlers on Friday October 12th. Her husband was wounded and her young daughter witnessed her mother’s death from the back seat of their car.

Israeli occupation has not arrested any illegal Israeli settlers in connection of her killing.



In video – Slain Palestinian youth laid to rest in Salfit

Israel to return body of slain Palestinian in Salfit


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