Israeli occupation forces have invaded the mourning tent of a young Palestinian that they killed just this past week, assaulting mourning friends and family and tearing down tributes to the slain man, having already refused to return his body to his family after his killing.
21-year-old Mohammad Samir Obeid was killed by the Israeli army on Thursday, with friends and family having gathered at the mourning tent in al-‘Isawiya town, in occupied Jerusalem, his honour. The gathering was assaulted by the Israeli army, with the tent being torn down alongside posters of the deceased, the Israeli’s also seeing fit to ransack his family home.
Dozens of mourners are said to have been injured during the assault, including injuries to both the elderly and children.
The operation was followed by an invasion of Silwan town, Shu’fat town, and Shu’fat refugee camp, in Jerusalem, the occupying forces using a combination of live rounds, concussion grenades, gas bombs and rubber bullets against protestors.
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Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza
By Norman Finkelstein
In the past five years Israel has mounted three major assaults on the 1.8 million Palestinians trapped behind its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Taken together, Operation Cast Lead (2008-9), Operation Pillar of Defense (2012), and Operation Protective Edge (2014), have resulted in the deaths of some 3,700 Palestinians. Meanwhile, a total of 90 Israelis were killed in the invasions.
On the face of it, this succession of vastly disproportionate attacks has often seemed frenzied and pathological. Senior Israeli politicians have not discouraged such perceptions, indeed they have actively encouraged them. After the 2008-9 assault Israel’s then-foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, boasted, “Israel demonstrated real hooliganism during the course of the recent operation, which I demanded.”
However, as Norman G. Finkelstein sets out in this concise, paradigm-shifting new book, a closer examination of Israel’s motives reveals a state whose repeated recourse to savage war is far from irrational. Rather, Israel’s attacks have been designed to sabotage the possibility of a compromise peace with the Palestinians, even on terms that are favorable to it.
Looking also at machinations around the 2009 UN sponsored Goldstone report and Turkey’s forlorn attempt to seek redress in the UN for the killing of its citizens in the 2010 attack on the Gaza freedom flotilla, Finkelstein documents how Israel has repeatedly eluded accountability for what are now widely recognized as war crimes.
Further, he shows that, though neither side can claim clear victory in these conflicts, the ensuing stalemate remains much more tolerable for Israelis than for the beleaguered citizens of Gaza. A strategy of mass non-violent protest might, he contends, hold more promise for a Palestinian victory than military resistance, however brave.
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