Mr President @JustinTrudeau
We have witnessed your commitment to freedom & diversity. We have also followed with enthusiasm your activities, especially those that reflect your humanity, openness, support for civil rights & struggle against racism
IDF Response #Israeli army claimed a “riot” was instigated by more than 10 #Palestinians & a single rock was flung, leading to the #Israeli army using “riot dispersal means”. It then described how the group “flanked the soldiers”:
Is #Israel an '#Apartheid' state? This #UN report says yes
If being an apartheid state means committing inhumane acts, systematic oppression & domination by one racial group over another, then Israel is guilty, a UN panel has determined in a new report wapo.st/2m5aHoJ?tid=ss…
#Apartheid is a term once associated with #SouthAfrica's white-rule system, but now represents a broad term for crimes against humanity under international law & the Rome Statute that set up International Criminal Court @ICC, said the report in its executive summary on Wednesday
#Israelis who find the term #Apartheid inaccurate & inflammatory when applied to their conflict with the #Palestinians, immediately slammed the report-A government spokesman even compared it to #Nazi tabloid Der Sturmer which promoted Nazi propaganda & was virulently #Antisemitic
When #McKinney, #Texas police officer David Eric Casebolt brutally took down a teenage girl at a party in June, he used a form of martial arts "Krav Maga" in which he trained exclusively. These combat techniques were developed by #Israel Forces
This is a tiny reflection of a larger reality existing in #US law enforcement explaining brutality & militarization characterizing its police force. US cops traveled to learn from 1 of the world's most repressive & dangerous State forces—#Israeli military & intelligence apparatus
#American media political commentator John Miranda recently stated that #US police brutality is directly linked to the training some officers receive in #Israel.
Barbara, a doctor, became immersed in the #Palestinian cause nearly 10 years ago after familiarising herself with brutal #Israeli occupation. Before that, she specialised in obstetrics in the #US & volunteered in various #LatinAmerican countries with her husband.
2/21 Following Intl pressure to stop Settlements #Israel began new tactics,under the pretext of natural growth,they expanded & fattened,the existing settlements & connected them to each other & to Israel
Slicing the land blocking any possibility of a contiguous #Palestinian State
3/21 #Israeli Settlements along with their Road Network & Security Zones, occupy about 42% of Palestinian Land.
Roads btw Settlements can only be traveled by Settlers,the basic Human Right of Freedom of Movement within ones Home Country has been taken away from the #Palestinians
(2) "Ireland's minister of foreign affairs, Simon Coveney, tweeted:"
(3) "I strongly condemn firing of rockets from #Gaza at Israel today —I continue to advocate strongly for people of Gaza who live in impossible conditions — but this Hamas led violence undermines Palestinian cause + is counterproductive to political progress."
"a wall of silence": I believe this refusal to engage in argument represents a very serious failure of leadership. Organisations like the LFI, CFI & Board of Deputies & senior politicians like Chukka Umunna cannot avoid debate about the future of #Israel, the West Bank & #Gaza.
"a wall of silence" Does the Board of Deputies really believe that #Israeli forces should have total impunity to maim and kill #Palestinians? Don’t they believe that Israel is in any way subject to the rule of law?
Look at the face, study it & read the following screen shots.
This is the arrogant anti-Semite who wrote them & more. He mocks the dead of #Gaza & the horror of the #Nakba
This is the true "face" of #zionism
The Israeli army wants you to think the claims made by a Hamas official in a TV interview - that 50 fatalities in #Gaza on 14 May were "Hamas" - somehow justifies the conduct of its forces.
Some have apparently bought this line.
But they're wrong – and here’s why.
Salah Bardawil was asked about the accusation that Hamas is encouraging protests without making any sacrifices. In reply, Bardawil *claimed* 50 of those killed Monday were Hamas, though didn't clarify if he meant political activists, armed wing members, general supporters, etc.
The only way you could think this justifies the Israeli army's conduct is if:
a) you don't understand international human rights law.
and/or b) simply hearing the word "Hamas" makes you forget that Palestinians are human, with, you know, human rights.
And if you want to see how does it look like when the new Israeli tear gas drones attack the #GreatReturnMarch protest camps, where families stay 100s of meters away from the #GazaFence, here is an example
#ICYMI: @IDFSpokesperson admitted: #GreatReturnMarch is Palestinian PR success. But soldiers killed 100 protesters & nothing changed in Gaza.
Israel says Hamas doesn't want war.
Yesterday there were no protests
but more shots were fired at Israel than since the protests begun.
My thoughts on #Gaza (thread). The images and bare facts (dozens dead, thousands injured) are stark and, presented simply with that, I completely understand the tendency to condemn #Israel. It's not pretty. BUT context is important too. 1/7
1. A peaceful demonstration took place in Ramallah yesterday. There were no deaths or injuries. What is happening on Gaza's border is NOT that. If they had stood away from the border, chanted and waved flags, not a shot would have been fired. 2/7
2. ANY country whose border is attacked by a mass of people - some armed with guns, knives, IEDs etc - will defend that border. Even more so if that border is with a hostile entity. It is fair to question HOW, but absurd to deny Israel that right. 3/7
Do I feel a thread coming on, like the flu? Possible.
This Gaza situation. I don't know if people (by people, I mean "people who can't find Gaza on a map, or don't know it's Occupied by Israel, or how close it is to Europe, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt...etc.) understand how dire it is.
Curious what facts MSM is not reporting about today's planned tantrum in #Gaza that Palestinians call the #GazaReturnMarch? Look no further and unwind this thread 👇 #Israel
These planned riots on the border between #Israel and #Gaza have been taking place for 6+ weeks and expected to culminate on May 15th (tomorrow), to coincide with the Palestinian “Nakba” day.
#GazaReturnMarch is of course named after the so-called "right of return" of 5 - 7 million refugees and their offspring because Palestinians are invested in the mythology that they flood and strangle #Israel, a country of 8 million. Keep dreaming.
#Netanyahu:"I Deceived the #US to Destroy Oslo Accords" #Israel never wanted peace,they already occupy #Palestine, only maintain the 2-state solution topic alive so they don't have to let Palestinians vote while claiming to be a Democracy.
Thanks to Trump's embassy move, #Nakba70 protests start a day early. Israeli army expects West Bank protests & 100,000 demonstrators in #Gaza, is preparing to use lethal force against them & again threatens to air bomb Gaza. 49 Palestinians killed & 9,545 wounded so far in Gaza
Short #thread: Lies that Zionists tell themselves about the #Nakba
Myth: the Arabs attacked the Jews & lost & then escaped.
Reality: the ethnic cleansing of what later became Israel started before the Arab armies intervened or even before the British left. In fact, most Palestinian cities were conquered before the declaration of independence.
Myth: the small Jewish army won a miraculous victory against the much larger Arab armies.
Fact: the only army that equaled the Jewish army during the war was the British-trained Jordanian Legion, which generally respected the UN partition plan & didn't invade what became Israel.
Today is the 7th Friday of the #GreatReturnMarch & the last 1 before #Nakba70 day. Last week was the 1st time Friday's protests w no deaths.
According to @ochaopt, 50 people died since March 30, 40 of them during the protests.
Not a single Israeli was hurt & not 1 rocket launched
Here is my #thread from yesterday about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict & the state of the "only democracy in the Middle East"
Clarification: the recommendation to deport @OmarSShakir was made by the liar-minister @giladerdan1, who is responsible for fighting *against* #BDS. I guess it was too complicated for him so now he's working to help #BDS