(This is a heavily rewritten version of a post we published on yesterday.)
An illegal Israeli settler shot and killed farmer Mahmoud Zaal Odeh(aged 47 or 48) at noon on Thursday November 30th on his own land in the village of Qusra.
The village of Qusra – ‘hotspot’ of illegal Israeli settler violence – is situated in the Nablus district of the occupied West Bank.
The father of ten was attacked is reported to have been attacked by a group of 15 illegal Israeli settlers and he had only his 6-year-old son as company when he was shot.
Illegal Israeli settlers have been attacking the village of Qusra for years, trying to disrupt activities of the local farmers and to drive Palestinians off their land. Qusra has become ‘a hot spot’ for illegal Israeli settler violence against Palestinians.
The attack during which Mahmoud Odeh was murdered on Thursday followed typical routine of harassment by a group of 15 illegal Israeli settlers, which culminated in one of them shooting Odeh with a hand-gun.
Odeh was alone with a six year old son at on his own land as this happened. He had been attacked and beaten by illegal Israeli settlers several times before according to reports.
After Odeh’s son alerted other villagers, there was a confrontation between the villagers who tried to push the illegal Israeli settlers away from the village lands.
During this encounter stones were thrown and a villager was shot and wounded by an illegal Israeli settler. One illegal Israeli settler – a burly, bearded adult man – apparently was hit with a stone, causing light injury based on a photograph.
The illegal Israeli settlers then withdraw to a cave in the area, where they entrenched themselves until Israel’s occupation forces came to save – not to arrest – them, and surrounded the village and took Odeh’s body away.
More attacks by both Israel’s occupation forces and illegal Israeli settlers followed later on Thursday, including an attack on an ambulance carrying one of two men shot and wounded (one in leg, the other in pelvis) by Israel’s occupation forces in these later attacks. Windows on the ambulance were shattered in the attack.
Israel’s occupation forces have continued to attack Qusra also throughout Friday, trying to disrupt memorial events and protests for Mahmoud Odeh, whose body was returned by the Israeli occupation on Friday evening.
ISRAEL BLAMES THE DEAD VICTIM
Israeli occupation has come up with several different stories in which it tries to excuse the murder, whitewash the illegal Israeli settlers who took Mahmoud Odeh’s life and blame everything on the oppressed locals.
Naturally Israel doesn’t have to care about how believable its stories are – they are reported without criticism or question by the media in the so-called ‘West’.
Israel has claimed that the illegal Israeli settlers who attacked the village of Qusra would have either been ‘little boys’ who had been ‘touring a cave’, or in another version ‘youths’ who would have been ‘hiking’.
These young innocents would have then been attacked by a Palestinian ‘mob’ that would have ‘thrown stones’ and would have ‘blocked’ the ‘little boys’ / ‘youths’ inside the cave, where they would have then been ‘beaten’, until ‘a guard’ among them would have shot ‘to disperse the mob’ and would have without intention ended up shooting and killing Odeh.
The victim has been transformed into the guilty party and the murderer into a victim that was just defending itself – the standard narrative Israel’s regime feeds to the world with endless repetition.
Only the identity of the Palestinian killed by Israel’s occupation forces or illegal Israeli settlers changes.
Illegal Israeli settler shot and killed farmer Mahmoud Zaal Odeh(48) at noon today Thursday November 30th on his land in the village of Qusra in the Nablus district of the occupied West Bank.
One source gives’ the victim’s name as Mahmoud al-Zaher. The homicide happened in the context of an attack in the village lands’ by a group of 15 illegal Israeli settlers.
MURDER DURING ILLEGAL ISRAELI SETTLERS’ ATTACK ON QUSRA
Illegal Israeli settlers have been attacking the village of Qusra for years, trying to disrupt activities of the local farmers and to drive Palestinians off their land.
The attack during which Odeh was murdered on Thursday followed typical routine of harassment by a group of 15 illegal Israeli settlers, which culminated in one of them shooting Odeh with a hand-gun when the local farmers tried to push the illegal Israeli settlers away from their land.
The illegal Israeli settlers were reportedly ‘detained’ in a cave in the area by the local people, until Israel’s occupation forces came to save – not to arrest – them, and surrounded the village. One illegal Israeli settler, a burly man, had a bloody t-shirt and was surrounded by illegal Israeli settler medics in a photograph taken after this – the illegal Israeli settler apparently had a minor head wound.
Except for the murder, this scene has been acted in Qusra week after week, month after month, year after year with utter impunity for the illegal Israeli settlers.
ISRAEL EXCUSES THE MURDER WITH OUTLANDISH STORY
Israeli occupation came up with an outlandish and convoluted story trying to excuse the murder and make the illegal Israeli settlers behind the attack and murder the ‘real victims’. Naturally Israel doesn’t have to care about how believable its story is – it will be reported without criticism or question by the media in the so-called ‘West’.
Israel claims that the illegal Israeli settlers who attacked the village of Qusra would have been ‘little boys’ who had been ‘touring cave’, would have been attacked by Palestinian ‘mob’ that would have been ‘throwing stones’ which would have ‘blocked’ the ‘little boys’ inside the cave, where they would have then been ‘beaten’, until ‘a guard’ with them would have shot ‘to disperse the mob’ and would have allegedly without intention ended up shooting and killing.
Perhaps the utterly unbelievability of Israeli occupation’s excuse is deliberate show of arrogance – that so tame is the ‘Western’ press that Israel doesn’t have to come up with anything that could pass actual critical consideration. Like the simple fact that videos and photographs of Mahmoud Odeh show that the incident happened outdoors in open ground – or that Israel’s occupation forces escort illegal Israeli settlers in such ‘tours’ on the occupied territories.
Or that the photographs of the ‘little boys’ show heavy-built, bearded adult men with beards…
A MODERN LYNCHING
The murder of Mahmoud Odeh is a modern lynching, something that could have (and happened thousands of times) in the United States during the era of racial segregation knows as ‘Jim Crow’. The ‘white people’ were given de facto right to murder and terrorize with impunity and any act of resistance by the African-Americans led to more violence by the ‘white people’ that went unpunished by what were the ‘legal authorities’.
It’s no mere accident that USA is so deeply attached to Israel, that this attachment began as the Civil Rights movement started to break down the ‘Jim Crow’ legislation. United States found a way to channel its deep currents of racism to an alternative target, as it officially had to recognize the equality of its citizens before the law and at least nominally give the appearance that what was in fact terrorism by the ‘whites’ were not to be given free pass anymore.
The alternative target was found in Palestine, where the United States found out that it could give its racist tendencies free run by supporting Israel’s brutal Apartheid rule. So we find that to this day USA aggressively supports Israel human rights violations and war crimes and is rumoured to recognize the whole of Jerusalem as Israel’s ‘capital’ in the coming days.
Racism is the glue that binds the United States of America and Israel together – the believe that ethnic-religious and ‘racial’ identity make people with one of these labels better and more important than some other, and gives the former the right to oppress and murder the latter.