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Israeli Soldier Caught Setting Fire to Palestinian Farms, Israel’s Fake News Exposed

Michael East, Red Revolution

An off duty Israeli soldier has been caught red-handed setting fire to Palestinian farms during an attack in the West Bank a new video reveals.

Released by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, the video shows a group of Israeli settlers attacking villagers and burning farms in Burin and ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah two weeks ago. B’Tselem identified one of the terrorists as an off-duty Israeli soldier.

The mob threw stones at homes, fired shots into the air and burned fields, all being clearly seen by the Israeli military, ‘Asirah al-Qibliyah being surrounded by watchtowers. The occupation forces not only allowed the carnage to proceed but prevented Palestinian farmers from reaching their burning fields.

No doubt looking to minimise the fallout from the blatant violation of human rights, the Israeli military issued a statement that attempted to implicate Palestinian farmers in burning their own land, claims proven to be false with the release of the new video.

Israeli paper Ha’aretz has confirmed that two differing Israeli security services have verified reports that the identified arsonist is an off-duty soldier. Local Palestinians, however, say they have little faith in any justice, with Israel having a shocking record of prosecuting serving military personnel with crimes against Palestinians, even when fully documented as in this case.

Making inquiries, Ha’aretz found that the Israeli military believed it to be a police matter, while police believed it to be an army matter. The soldier in question has not been arrested.

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By Andrew Ross

The Story of Palestine’s Stonemasons and the Building of Israel “They demolish our houses while we build theirs.” This is how a Palestinian stonemason, in line at a checkpoint outside a Jerusalem suburb, described his life to Andrew Ross. Palestinian “stone men,” utilizing some of the best quality dolomitic limestone deposits in the world and drawing on generations of artisanal knowledge, have built almost every state in the Middle East except their own. Today the business of quarrying, cutting, fabrication, and dressing is Palestine’s largest employer and generator of revenue, supplying the construction industry in Israel, along with other Middle East countries and even more overseas. Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Palestine and Israel, Ross’s engrossing, surprising, and gracefully written story of this fascinating, ancient trade shows how the stones of Palestine, and Palestinian labor, have been used to build out the state of Israel–in the process, constructing “facts on the ground”–even while the industry is central to Palestinians’ own efforts to erect bulwarks against the Occupation. For decades, the hands that built Israel’s houses, schools, offices, bridges, and even its separation barriers have been Palestinian. Looking at the Palestine-Israel conflict in a new light, this book asks how this record of achievement and labor can be recognized.


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