Where is the humanity in Israel, in Occupied Palestine? The only humanity that exists are the Palestinians themselves, a diverse people of Arab Jew, Arab Christian and Arab Muslim, that have lived together, intermarried and prospered for generations before Nakba of 1947-1949.
Every day Palestinians are harassed in the streets, in their homes, some brutally beaten and others killed in cold blood for alleged crimes that go unsupported by evidence, families left with little to know recourse.
At the time of writing… another young Palestinian youth has been gunned down.
There is a saying in English – “same shit – different day”.. this is inhumane madness. This young Palestinian, no longer a small child, but not yet a man, has been gunned down, executed for alleged attempt to assault an IOF Soldier, claims that go unsubstantiated by IOF, and no one holds them to account.
LOOK! please look, at these pictures, look at the face of Qusay Abu Al Rab, age 16. Where is the justice for him? What is the world doing to stop this genocide of Palestinians?
The media focus seems only to view conflicts selectively chosen by executives and governments that decide what should be seen and how to “spin” the commentary on what is shown. You will not see the daily incidents of cold-blooded murder in Palestine on you local news. I leave you the reader to question why that is?
Myself and others like me however, work to expose the atrocities, the humanity that is being extinguished a little more every, single day in Palestine at the hands of the Israeli Occupation government and their forces. Every international activist and humanitarian aid worker that I have had the pleasure of getting to know and talk to, who have spent ample time on the ground with their organizations in Palestine attest to the truth of what is happening there. They have seen it first hand.
Children cannot live without the sight of IOF and their guns every day. IOF’s presence is as static as the buildings and trees that blanket the land. Always armed, always ready. Highly trained and skilled military who use their training and skills to serve as thugs, as executioners under the guise of “protecting Israel”. Protecting Israel from what exactly – peaceful people, Jew, Christian and Muslim alike, who want nothing more than to live, exist and thrive in peace. The Zionist Occupation does not want this. Palestinians are all of the above, Jew, Christian and Muslim. The Zionist IOF are mandated to extinguish them all at will. This is the truth.
Yesterday, in Jerusalem, during a news report being filmed live, IOF executed in broad daylight, Mohammad Khalaf, shooting him with multiple rounds of live fire, his body riddled with more than 50 bullets.
The claim by IOF is that this young man attempted an assault against them. I have watched and re-watched this video, I do not see such attempt. What I do see is inhumanity at the most heinous. Unwarranted use of force. Another senseless murder in cold blood.
Palestinians cannot breathe for fear they will be shot. Palestinians cannot peacefully walk in their cities and villages without random stops, checkpoints, harassment and provocations all at the hands of IOF. This video taken on February 19, 2016 attests to such harassment.
Children in Palestine cannot sleep safely in their homes. Anxiety and fear rule their nights. All too often IOF at random conduct nightly home raids, never explaining why to the homeowners, and if any explanation is given it is always the same one “this has been deemed a closed military zone”. What does that mean exactly? Sleeping children, in their homes warrant the title of “closed military zone”. The first picture is of such a home invasion that took place in Hebron, Palestine.
This next photo is of another IOF home invasion in Gaza. What kind of threat can an innocent sleeping child pose to warrant an IOF Soldier armed to extremes standing over her?
These are the faces of Palestine, the innocent people of Palestine; and these are the faces of the IOF, Israeli Occupation Forces, funded, trained and supported by western governments. This is what your tax dollars are paying for. All the money sent in aid and support to Israel is paying for these inhuman, heinous crimes against humanity and the world turns a blind eye. When is the conscience of the world going to kick in? When are the people going to take a stand against their governments, their corporations, and independent financial supporters and say – enough is enough!
Silence condones violence. Complacency is guilt by association. Stand for humanity, for human rights, and hold Israel to account. Not doing so is equal to the blood of innocents being on your hands.