Just in the last day, four more young Palestinian men were shot and killed in the streets and marketplace; including Mohammed Abo Khalaf 20 years (pictured left) of Occupied Jerusalem. He had a life, he wanted to live longer and make his own life but he was denied the right to live, and was executed today by Zionist occupation forces at Damascus Gate in occupied Jerusalem, he was shot more than 50 times, denied medical intervention and left in the street to bleed to death like an animal;
and Abed Raed Hamed 22 years of Ramallah – shot in broad daylight for alleged crimes perceived by IOF. These mark nine young Palestinians gunned down in the last week in cold blood. Defense for Children International has released, that 49 Palestinian children have been executed by IOF since the beginning of October 2015.
There is little to no recourse for the families of these slaughtered youth. It is said, that children and youth in Palestine are taught when they leave their homes to go to school, to the store, to visit a friend or neighbor, they should always say farewell to their families in a way one would, knowing there is a good chance they may not come home alive again. This is the stark reality of life in Palestine. This is what every Palestinian faces.
Imagine having to condition your children to be in a constant state of preparedness for their own demise, for the demise of their loved ones. These children are taught from such young ages that they should never take for granted their existence because they are hated, hunted like animals, to be abducted, brutalized, tortured and killed at will.
The innocence of childhood is overshadowed by such realities. (Rahaf Hassan (2 years) pictured right, killed in an Israeli raid on Gaza in October 2015).
Generations born into a state of fight or flight response. Children and youth are old beyond their time. When will the world stop participating in these crimes against humanity? Governments who are now standing in the way of democratic process, by criminalizing their citizens for actively boycotting Israel on the basis of their crimes against humanity, crimes of murder, torture, and genocide. Boycotting is now considered an aggressive act of antisemitism. However, the truth is, it is anti-Zionism. This is another truth the western world and media do not discuss and speak about.
There is a big difference between Zionist ideologies and true Judaism. To be against Israel and their crimes does not make one anti-Semitic. It makes one anti-crime against innocent human beings.
For many Palestinians it feels like things are not changing and in many ways in the day-to-day life, it is hard to see that change is coming, but more of the world’s governments are taking a more assertive stand against the illegal occupation of Palestine, against Israel, in support of Palestine; just in the last two months alone, Iceland, Sweden, Cuba, Spain, Greece, South Korea, and soon more, recognize a free Palestinian State and are actively speaking against Israel’s illegal occupation and violation of international laws, and they are boycotting Israel.
What the governments in other countries may not be doing directly, their citizens are; mounting pressures on corporations now under closer scrutiny. Others under pressure from their investors, have begun to pull out of Israel completely. More countries and companies are realizing that silence condones violence, and complacency makes them guilty equally by association; guilty of genocide, illegal occupation, apartheid and murder of innocents.
When the world caught on that the only cement factory in Israel, CRH, owned and operated by an Irish company, was producing the cement used to build the apartheid wall in Palestine, the investors, and international community put so much pressure on them that they have now pulled out of Israel, and closed all operations. This happened last month. Also, the French telecommunication firm Orange also has met similar pressure and is closing all operations and pulling out of Israel.
Even the US is now bending ever so slightly to pressure to reduce funding to the Zionist Regime in Israel. The BDS movement that is now in some countries under fire and being criminalized have stood their ground and said they will continue to promote and encourage the boycotting of Israel. Israel is suffering economically and has been on an economic decline for years, specifically since 2012.
Even the Zionists that Israel have paid incentive too, to come and live, work and contribute to a Utopian Israel are now saying it is all lies. For example, there are currently 15,000 French citizens, Zionist Jews, living in Israel. They are growing increasingly angry with the Zionist Regime because Israel has not lived up to the promise of a prosperous existence in Israel for these people, so more and more are returning to Europe.
What the world needs to continue to do, is spread the truth of what is happening in Palestine; what is actually happening, not what they see and perceive from creatively crafted media reports. There is no such thing as ignorance of the facts in the day and age of technology that we live in. One cannot plead “I did not know the truth”, when the fact is, the truth is there if you make the active efforts to seek it.