IPNOT QUOTE OF THE DAY August 12th 2017: Water Apartheid

According to official Palestinian figures, Israeli settlers in the West Bank consume 10 times more water on average than the territory’s Palestinian residents.
 
“Currently, West Bank Palestinians consume around 70 liters of water per capita per day,” Abdel-Rahman Tamimi, who runs the Palestinian Hydrology Group, told Anadolu Agency.
 
“In Israel, meanwhile, daily per capita water consumption stands at some 300 liters, while [Israeli] settlers in the West Bank consume as much as 800 liters per day,” he said.
 
According to the World Health Organization, people require a minimum daily water allotment of between 100 and 120 liters to maintain the most basic standard of living.
 
While the Palestinian population has doubled since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the amount of water available in the West Bank — roughly 110 million cubic meters of water per year — still remains at 1995 levels, experts say.
 
“According to the accords,” Tamimi said, “the Palestinians’ water quota should have reached 200 million cubic meters by the year 2000.”
 
Israel, he added, “has not only failed to implement the second phase of the agreement, but reduced the amount of water supplied to the Palestinians by some 10 percent”.
 

IPNOT PICTURE OF THE DAY Friday August 11th 2017: Bi’lin Defiant

During the weekly Friday demonstration against Israeli occupation and Israel’s illegal land-theft Wall in the village of Bi’lin on the West Bank, two protesters scaled the illegal Wall and planted a flag of Palestine on it as a sign of defiance.
 
PHOTO: Mohammed Yasin via @PalInfoAr.

YOUTH SHOT ON WEDNESDAY BY ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION FORCES IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

Of the two youths shot and kidnapped from the Duheisha refugee camp early on Wednesday by Israel’s occupation forces, the condition of Abd al-Aziz Arafeh is reported to be stable.
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Arafeh was wounded in his leg. He appears to be in his early-to-mid twenties and is described in one source as ‘leading youth’.
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The condition of Raed al-Salhi, who was shot both in his stomach and thigh, is critical and he has undergone surgery.
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Israeli occupation claims that both were shot because they ‘tried to flee’.
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Photograph and a video on the site of the incident show a long trail of blood attributed to al-Salhi and him laying in an alley between houses.
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One source claims al-Salhi is aged 17. Two photographs show him with the flag of the left-wing PFLP.
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Israel’s occupation forces’ soldiers also ‘accidentally’ shot one of their own, ‘moderately’ injuring him.
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AHMED & HASSAN MANASRA AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Israel has been sentencing Palestinian children in their teens to long prison sentences in increasing numbers in recent years; many of these children have been in their early teens, as young as 12.
 
In many cases, the sentences to children nearly equal their age when detained for the supposed crime the Israeli occupation has charged them with.
 
Unlike Israeli adults, Palestinian children are not automatically released by Israel after serving two-thirds of their prison sentence.
 
This has been met with a wall of silence from the so-called ‘West’, both from politicians, media and largely also from human rights organizations.
 
THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE OF HUMAN RIGHTS
 
The Bermuda Triangle of human rights that is historic Palestine under Israel’s Apartheid rule sucks in victims that then vanish from sight, while ‘Western’ politicians compete in praising (and keeping up the) the frayed Potemkin’s Facades that Israel demands the world to treat as the ‘reality’ in historic Palestine.
 
Now Israel’s Supreme Court – there is no judiciary independent of political control, as was seen earlier this year when there was partial rotation of judges, and politicians over-ruled judges in a joint committee selecting new Supreme Court justices – has given one more seal of approval for what is sacrifice of children’s childhood on the altar of Israeli Apartheid and occupation.
 
Ahmed Manasra’s prison sentence was cut by 2.5 years from 12 to 9.5 years for a non-lethal attack he supposedly committed with his cousin Hassan in occupied East Jerusalem on October 12th 2015 against an illegal Israeli settler aged 21 and a son of illegal Israeli settlers, a minor aged 13.
 
Although the sentence was reduced, it confirms the Israeli practice of sentencing young Palestinian children to long prison sentences for alleged non-lethal ‘attacks’, while an adult Israeli man like Elor Azaria is sentenced for 1.5 years – of which he has to serve only a year – for a lethal crime.
 
When the alleged attack happened, Ahmed was 13 years of age and his cousin Hassan was 15.
 
HASSAN MANASRA
 
The only one killed was Hassan, shot, partly stripped and left to die. The illegal Israeli settlers were supposedly ‘critically injured’, but the younger one of them had made a full recovery three weeks later, when presented in public a new bicycle by Israel’s occupation police’s representatives before illegal Israeli settlers.
 
Perhaps there was a wound breaching an artery or some similar instance; but Israel has a habit of intentionally misleading in its descriptions of supposed injuries from ‘attacks’ done by Palestinians.
 
In a notorious case Israel claimed that Bayan Abdul-Wahab al-‘Oseyli(16), shot killed in occupied Hebron just days after Hassan’s death and Ahmed’s serious injury, had ‘mildly injured’ Israel’s occupation forces’ soldier – and presented as evidence a photograph showing a small tear in the fabric of the soldier’s shirt.
 
She too was left to bleed to death without medical aid.
 
No ‘Western’ politician, journalist or human rights organization representative have commented on the photos of Hassan, partly undressed, his pants pulled down and left to bleed on a street while Israel’s occupation forces and illegal Israeli settlers mill around.
 
Instead, ‘Western’ media was keen to use to Israel’s benefit the initial mix-up in the identities of Ahmed and Hassan, when it was believed that Ahmed – who was seen on a video insulted while on the ground, hit and seriously injured by illegal Israeli settler driver – had been the one to die.
 
What should have been about the killing of 15-year-old and a serious injuries to two 13-year-olds, caused by the Israeli occupation, was instead harnessed to benefit Israel, by repeatedly bringing up that the Palestinian Authority had been wrong in its initial assumption that Ahmed had died.
 
Hassan was forgotten by the ‘Western’ media, politicians and human organizations, which left him bleeding to death, stripped on that street in occupied East Jerusalem.
 
In many ways he is still there, like so many Palestinian children killed by Israel, their suffering and death vanishing in that Bermuda’s Triangle of human rights Israel has created with ‘Western’ connivance.
 
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ANTI-BDS HASBARA DEMOLISHED

In this post we will show you both the hollowness of the anti-BDS claims that if you boycott Israel, you need to boycott any technology they claim it has had a connection with and the dishonourable line of historical thinking these claims belong to.
 
I JUSTIFYING PALESTINIAN SUFFERING WITH ALLEGED ISRAELI TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS
 
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We all have met them: The pro- Israeli propagandists that attack BDS by claiming that those who boycott Israel should also boycott everything (they claim) has been invented or made in Israel.
 
Beyond the fact that their lists include things not remotely connected to the self-declared ‘start-up nation’ Israel, these claims throw revealing light upon the Zionist worldview and how it justifies oppression and violence towards the oppressed in this case.
 
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The justification which we find in these arguments is simple: Technological progress justifies oppression and violence towards the oppressed, ethnic cleansing and Apartheid included.
 
This, in fact, is a very old justification that goes back to at least as the early apologists of the Spanish conquistadors’ crimes against the Native Americans and the beginning of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and continues through to apologists of slavery in the United States’ South, European Imperialism and eventually to Fascism, Maoism and Stalinism.
 
The state of Israeli occupation and Apartheid is not just what 21st century slavery looks like, the 21st century slavers are in their arguments the direct ideological descendants of those antebellum slave-owners of US South and Spanish conquistadors.
 
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Alleged – real or inventory – progress to a higher stage of cultural, ideological, religious or social or technological state (usually these are seen as connected to each other) is claimed to justify, mitigate or fully eradicate or the downsides there is to ‘breaking a few eggs’ (like one famous apologist once defended Mao’s Great Leap and Cultural Revolution).
 
The 21st century apologists or propagandists of Israel with their claims that Israeli-developed or produced piece of technology in your computer or smart phone means that you can’t boycott Israel without stopping using that device, fit to this dishonourable lineage of apologists to what can’t be defended like fish in water.
 
Israel’s apologists also claim that Israel also represents ‘higher’ cultural and civilizational state than what existed in historic Palestine before the massive ethnic cleansing of the Nakba; this is again in line with the historical ‘forefathers’ of these apologists that we have pointed out before.
 
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Human suffering, this line of ‘reasoning’ goes, doesn’t matter if it produces something that is seen as good – by those who themselves benefit or think they benefit from that human suffering – which allegedly overweights the suffering.
 
To them a price can be put on human suffering, and they are willing to make others to pay for it and demand the ‘right’ both to continue to make others to pay that price and not to be criticized or boycotted as a result.
 
This of course reveals a paradox in their thinking: They defend atrocities by using the ‘greater good’ excuse, but also don’t want to be reminded through criticism and boycotts that they are committing those atrocities in the first place.
 
II THE DOUBLE-THINK OF APOLOGISTS OF ISRAELI OCCUPATION AND APARTHEID
 
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The apologists and propagandists of Israeli occupation and Apartheid also refuse to accept that similar ‘greater good justifies human suffering’ excuses as mentioned can be used to reveal their own double-think.
 
You may think that what comes below is hitting these ‘hasbara trolls’ ‘under the belt’. We strongly believe that if that’s where they must hit so that the message of necessity of freedom reaches if not themselves, then the wider audience still standing on the sidelines, then those punches must be taken.
 
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In Israel the music of Richard Wagner has been traditionally boycotted because he was openly an anti-semite and his daughter-in-law was an actual Nazi who allowed Wagner’s music to be used in the Nazi propaganda.
 
But does Israel boycott the Nazi ‘achievements’ of jet engine, guided missile or the space rocket? The ME-262 jet fighter, V-1 missile and V-2 rocket programs all saw large-scale use of slave labour in both of building of factories and producing the actual weapons.
 
No, it doesn’t.
 
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When Israel uses jet fighters and missiles to attack let’s say Syria, based on data gained from a spy satellite send to orbit by a rocket, does this ‘justify’ the Nazi crimes, even those that are not directly connected to the destruction camps and other forms of mass killings in the genocides of the Jews and Roma?
 
Of course not. But based on the logic of Israel’s apologists it should – but yet, as Israel officially opposes, even partly basis in its identity in its own propaganda to the memory of those crimes, it also should boycott all technology in which development the Nazi regime and those who worked for it played even the smallest role.
 
But, as we all know, Israel instead takes full advantage of these technologies whose development was done through immense human suffering by an evil regime, whose crimes Israel denounces and uses to ‘justify’ its own violence, as a necessity so that such crimes could never be done again, at least against Jews if not others like the Roma – or the Palestinians.
 
III ARGUMENTS AND HISTORY ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE BDS MOVEMENT
 
What this shows is the extreme weakness and inhumanity of the propaganda which Israel’s apologists – often paid for by Israel’s government or organizations supporting the Israeli occupation – use against the BDS movement.
 
We also see the historical continuum in which these arguments against BDS belong to, and through that we see that these arguments have been discredit again and again in history, and the past crimes they were used to defend from criticism in word and action have all gone to be recognized as great evils that no claim of ‘progress’ can justify or excuse.
 
This, we believe, shows us also the eventual inevitable fate of both Israeli occupation and Zionism as an ideology, and how they will be seen by future generations.
 
Both arguments and history are on the side of the BDS movement, but also basic human decency.
 
Basic human decency, which the state of Israel, it’s representatives and its propagandists currently lack – and will lack to the day when the occupation of East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the West Bank end along with the Apartheid and the living death of the refugee camps.

Radiohead gig promoted by Israeli diplomatic missions around the world

Artists for Palestine UK

Radiohead are a band that many had associated with progressive politics. But now it turns out they have an extraordinary following among Israeli diplomats and right-wing conservatives. From US radio host Glenn Beck and Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, a range of around twenty Israel lobby groups, and thirteen Israeli diplomatic missions around the world from Ireland to Colombia, these groups are united in their explicit contempt for the indigenous Palestinian people’s lives.

The Jerusalem Post described Radiohead’s Israel gig and Thom Yorke’s rejection of the Palestinian call for BDS as “the best hasbara [advocacy] Israel has received lately”. Thom Yorke has defended their decision saying that “playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government”, but the Israeli government and its supporters certainly do endorse Radiohead.
Palestinian, Israeli and UK artists and activists have repeatedly pointed to the inevitable instrumentalisation  of the band’s appearance in Tel Aviv by…

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TWO WOUNDED IN ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION FORCES INVASION OF DHEISHEH REFUGEE CAMP

Israel’s occupation forces have conducted extensive raids in the West Bank in the early hours of the day, detaining numerous individuals and wounding at least two.
 
Young man named Aziz Arafa was shot and wounded when Israel’s occupation forces’ invasion of the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem district led to clashes.
 
Israeli occupation soldiers detained both Arafa and youth name Ra’ed al-Salihi who was also wounded in a manner of which we have no details; we also have no information of the seriousness of their wounds.
 
From Tuqu in Bethlehem district Israel’s occupation forces kidnapped teenager Mahmoud Amour, aged 15.
 
SOURCES: @PalinfoAr and @qudsn on Twitter.
 
PHOTOS: @PalInfoAr
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