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You Want to Pretend…

You want to pretend the UN Council on Human Rights is all just a buncha terrorist sympathizers, feel free, but your agenda is blatantly obvious, if you do.

Israeli snipers targeted medical aid personnel, disabled people and children, who, in no sane universe, presented any threat – and you know it. You’re just seeking to whitewash Israel’s long history of war crimes and human rights abuses.

But, of course, you’ve got anti-Hamas memes to argue your case, so with that kind of irrefutable evidence, I suppose we should all just pack up and go home.

From the report: The commission found that Israeli security forces used lethal force against children who did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to its soldiers. Four of the children were shot as they walked or ran away from the fence.

Several children were recognizable as such when they were shot. The commission finds reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot them intentionally, knowing that they were children.

On 14 May, Israeli forces killed Musa, who was wearing a high-visibility paramedic vest, with a shot to the chest approximately 300 m from the separation fence. Shortly beforehand, he had been treating wounded demonstrators near the Shuhada cemetery in North Gaza.

On 10 August, in Rafah, Israeli forces killed Abed, who was wearing a white paramedic jacket and carrying a red first-aid kit, with a shot to the chest as he was tending to a wounded demonstrator near the separation fence. He died that day.

Israeli forces also injured 40 health workers with live ammunition during the demonstrations. On 6 April, in Rafah, Israeli forces shot a paramedic in the back of the leg as he put a wounded demonstrator on a stretcher into the back of an ambulance…

(The report details various other incidents where snipers knowingly targeted non-protesters, including other medical aid personnel and journalists.)

Fadi, from Khan Younis, had had both legs amputated following an Israeli airstrike in 2008. On 14 May, Israeli snipers shot him in the chest at the Abasan Al-Jadida protest site, where he was sitting in his wheelchair with two friends approximately 300 m from the separation fence. He died immediately.

Ahmad, from the Jabaliya refugee camp, walked with crutches, having been injured by Israeli forces during a demonstration in 2017. On 20 April, Israeli forces shot him in the back of the head as he sat on a hill approximately 150 m from the separation fence. He died that day. (And again, the report details various other incidents where IDF knowingly targeted disabled protesters who posed no threat of violence or to the safety of IDF forces.)

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIOPT/Pages/Report2018OPT.aspx

Ilhan Omar did nothing wrong

Ilhan Omar did nothing wrong.

Nothing.

If being critical of the actions of the Israeli government, and the complicity of our own in those same actions makes me antisemitic in your eyes, so be it.

Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic. I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same.

 

Champagne Boycott?

The demand from pro-Israel advocates for boycott consistency has little to do with a belief in the need for ethical purity in all matters. Rather, it’s another attempt at deflection.

Much easier to talk about “hypocrisy” from BDS supporters than have to defend home demolitions on the West Bank caused by Israel’s separate and unequal jurisdiction in the Occupied Territories. 82 homes were destroyed in 2018 alone.

Much easier to keep insisting that Israel is a liberal democracy and Jerusalem is the undivided capital of the Jewish people than discuss why 330,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem will not get to vote in Israel’s General Election in April.

Much easier to talk-up the threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons programme than acknowledge that Israel has been in possession of nuclear weapons for decades but still denies it.

https://mondoweiss.net/2019/02/why-champagne-boycotter/

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New Antisemitism Definition