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Jewish terrorists strike again, this time in the Galilee

By Lizzy Ratner | Mondoweiss | October 3, 2011

Another day, another act of extreme “price tag” violence.  It’s all getting to be terrifyingly, horrifyingly routine.

Early this morning, suspected Jewish extremists — or heck, let’s just call them what they are, suspected Jewish terrorists — set a mosque on fire on fire in Tuba Zangaria, a Bedouin village in the northern Galilee. The blaze caused “serious damage” to the mosque, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told  The New York Times, and destroyed copies of the Koran as well as walls and rugs. The arsonists also took the time to spray-paint a message in Hebrew on the outside walls of the mosque: the words  “Price Tag,” “Revenge” and “Palmer.” “Palmer,” it is believed, is a reference to Asher Palmer, a settler from Hebron who was killed last week in a car crash that Israeli police have labeled a terrorist attack — though what the people of a small Bedouin village in northern Israeli have to do with the death of an Israeli settler near Kiryat Arba remains utterly perplexing.

This was the third arson attack on a mosque in the last month, but the first such attack committed inside Israel (the other two mosque-burnings have taken place in the West Bank). It is part of a growing trend of right-wing Jewish attacks on Palestinians, Palestinian property, and Jewish leftists that has grown so frequent and so organized that even the Shin Bet has begun, rather stunningly, to describe the attacks as “terrorist” incidents. According to a September 13th Haaretz article published titled “Shin Bet: Israel’s extreme rightists organizing into terror groups”:

Extreme right-wing Jewish activists in the West Bank have moved from spontaneous acts against Arabs – following the demolition of Jewish homes by Israeli authorities, or terror attacks against Jews – to organized planning that includes use of a database of potential targets, according to new analysis by the Shin Bet security service.

The small groups of Jewish extremists are difficult to infiltrate and carry out surveillance on Arab villages and collect information about access points and escape routes in the villages. They are also collecting information about left-wing Israeli activists.

The fruits of this all this busy terrorist organizing have been widespread, vicious, and alarming, and have included everything from assaulting and brutalizing Palestinians to torching cars in Arab villages, uprooting and burning olive orchards, setting fire to mosques, attacking an Israeli military base in the West Bank, and vandalizing the property of well-known peace activists. And yet, much of it goes unreported or unremarked upon, gets treated as non-events by Israel’s media, security services, politicians, and public. “We’ve become used to it,” wrote Yossi Gurvitz in a disturbing article this past June in +972 titled “Settler ‘price tag’ pogroms against Palestinians go under the radar.” “Pogroms are a daily event – nothing to write home about, as long as they are kept within bounds. It’s background noise. A dog bites a man. Nothing to see here, move along.”

For whatever reasons, this morning’s attack on the Tuba Zangaria mosque did manage to break through the consensus of silence, enough at least to wrench statements out of both Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. Peres later jogged up north with Israel’s two chief rabbis to survey the damage and express solidarity with Tuba Zangaira’s residents (and, perhaps, try to quell their protests). The only problem is that statements of outrage have only so much meaning when every other act, intention, and ambition of your administration is dedicated to displacing and disempowering the wounded population. They’re almost as absurd as, say, condemning the atrocities at Abu Ghraib when you and your advisers have given the green light to waterboarding, Guantanomo, and Shock-and-Awe.

Actually, come to think of it, George W. Bush didn’t condemn the atrocities at Abu Ghraib, not really, not initially. As the ever-brilliant Susan Sontag observed, he merely expressed shock and disgust at the photographs, “as if the fault or horror lay in the images, not in what they depict.” And sure enough, Netanyahu harped on the representation of the crime as well: “The images are shocking and have no place in the State of Israel,” he said (emphasis added).

Which means: expect more Price Tag attacks.

October 3, 2011 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | Comments Off on Jewish terrorists strike again, this time in the Galilee

Agricultural committees: Protect olive harvest from settlers

Ma’an – October 3, 2011

NABLUS — The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees announced on Monday an upcoming campaign to protect West Bank farmers from attacks by Israeli settlers during the olive harvest season.

Noting a recent escalation in attacks on Palestinian lands and farmers, the agricultural support organization said it will organize groups of volunteers to accompany workers picking olives during the season.

“Olive collecting will be a form of popular resistance,” the group said, adding that they were asking Palestinians in the West Bank and Israel, as well as international activists, to join the campaign.

Volunteers will particularly help farmers harvesting groves behind Israel’s separation wall, which juts into the West Bank cutting off Palestinian farm land. Palestinians must apply for permits from the Israeli military authorities in the West Bank to secure access to harvest their lands.

In 2010, the Ramallah-based Ministry of Agriculture said 4.3 percent of olive trees were inaccessible behind Israel’s wall, the route of which was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.

October 3, 2011 Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Solidarity and Activism | Comments Off on Agricultural committees: Protect olive harvest from settlers

Swedes call for academic boycott of Israel

Nora Barrows-Friedman – The Electronic Intifada – 10/03/2011

More than 200 students, professors and lecturers across Sweden have signed on to a growing academic boycott call demanding that Swedish universities not participate in any academic cooperation with Israeli educational institutions. They also called on the Swedish government to “act [towards] the cessation of the [European Union’s] research support to Israel.”

The public boycott call, initiated by the Action group for the Boycott of Israel at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, follows similar boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns across Europe and the world — including the recent move by London student unions to support the boycott, as well as the nation-wide academic boycott move in South Africa after the University of Johannesburg’s severing of ties with Ben Gurion University in March. The action group’s call adds:

The boycott is not aimed at individuals but against institutions. So far no Israeli academic institution has dissociated itself from Israel’s apartheid policy or the discrimination of Palestinians in Israel. Therefore all collaboration with Israeli academic institutions should be stopped, the signatories say. [The action group] demands that KTH shall cancel its ongoing agreement with Technion, the leading Israeli technical university. Technion has close collaboration with the Israeli military forces. As an example it may be mentioned that Technion is developing new types of drones for the destruction of Palestinian houses … Researchers of Technion act as advisors to Israel’s military and the university collaborates closely with Israel’s biggest weapons producer Elbit.

A network of activists, students and academics in European Union countries doing work to support the cultural and academic BDS call can be found here:  For further information on the KTH action group, visit

October 3, 2011 Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, War Crimes | Comments Off on Swedes call for academic boycott of Israel

Bahraini woman doctor tells of jail abuse

Bahraini authorities have jailed dozens of medics for treating injured anti-government protesters

Press TV – October 3, 2011

A Bahraini woman doctor has detailed the humiliations and beatings she suffered after being arrested on suspicion of supporting anti-government protests.

Roula al-Saffar says her interrogators tried to force her and other medical staff to confess to plotting to overthrow the Manama regime.

Saffar said that she was tortured by electric shocks and beaten by cables.

She also said that she heard the screams of inmates who were being tortured by interrogators in other cells.

Her remarks came days after another female Bahraini doctor, Nada Dhaif, recounted mistreatment at the hands of government’s forces. Dhaif was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for treating injured anti-regime protesters at Salmaniya hospital.

”It was 03:00 a.m., when they broke into my house. I was taken away blindfolded and handcuffed. I didn’t know that they were security forces,” she said adding that ”They were in civilians clothes. So, I thought I was actually kidnapped”.

Dhaif said, ”I was thinking that I was being taken to an unknown place. Later on, I came to know that they were from the Central Investigation Department (CID)”.

”Immediately after I was taken away…I was treated with beating and cursing”. She said the torturers had even touched her face, using ‘electrocuters.’

”I was crying and I lost consciousness two or three times during this time in the military clinic.”

Many of those released from jails in Bahrain have accused the Manama regime of serious abuse. Some also charge that a member of Bahrain’s royal family named Sheikha Noora bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa beat prisoners with sticks and rubber hoses and gave them electric shocks.

Several Bahraini prisoners have died under torture.

October 3, 2011 Posted by | Civil Liberties, Subjugation - Torture | 1 Comment

Turks protest NATO radar in Malatya

Press TV – October 3, 2011

Thousands demonstrated in Turkey to protest against the planned deployment of a NATO missile system in the eastern province of Malatya.

About 5,000 residents of the city of Kurecik, which is located 700 kilometers from Iran’s border and where the missiles will be stationed, took to the streets to condemn the plan on Monday, Turkish NTV news channel reported.

Ankara announced in September that it had agreed on the deployment of the X-Band radar on its territory.

Protesters said on Monday that the system threatens the region’s security and economy. They also criticized the Turkish government, saying that the decision had been made under pressure from the United States.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have called on the government to reject the planned deployment which is aimed at protecting Israel.

The Republican People’s Party, headed by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, said that the plan is aimed at protecting Israel from the threat of Iranian missiles.

The leader of the People’s Voice Party, Numan Kurtulmus, was also among the critics of the plan, saying that the government opposes Israel on the one hand while agreeing to a plan that is chiefly intended to defend Israel on the other.

October 3, 2011 Posted by | Solidarity and Activism, Wars for Israel | 3 Comments

Israeli occupation authorities arrest Palestinian woman in bid to pressure brother

Palestine Information Center – 03/10/2011

AL-KHALIL — Israeli occupation authorities arrested a 20-year-old woman from Beit Fajjar Sunday evening, eight kilometers south of Bethlehem in the West Bank, in an apparent bid to pressure her brother into confession.

The detainee Nubal Ali Issa Taqatqa has been summoned on several occasions for questioning by both the Israeli security forces and those of the Palestinian Authority, amid accusations involving the use of the Facebook social network.

Taqatqa’s brother Muhammad Ali Issa Taqatqa was arrested on 1 Sept. 2011 while heading for prayers in the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil and is still under investigation for suspicion of trying to stab Israeli soldiers.

The family has maintained that Muhammad’s sole purpose of going to Ibrahimi Mosque was to pray and he did not have any implements in his possession.

In separate incidents, the Israeli Damon prison administration has isolated four female prisoners from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine after the women joined a hunger strike declared by Palestinian prisoners a week back.

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