Israeli Oppression

How Israel treats its minority - the Palestinians - is defining. Oppression is a polite word for it. Read on...

D.G.

Journalist Sherry Lapp wrote about evidence that the Israeli military took part in planned assassinations of Palestinians: A white van with four men inside stops in front of a group of young Palestinian men. The passengers in back jump out and open fire with Uzi machine guns. A man is released from prison, and a bullet fired from some unknown location kills the four year old nephew standing by his side.

According to Sherry Lapp, journalists who told about such occurrences lost their press credentials.

Mitchell Kaidy describes Israeli prison camps. In the absence of due process, Palestinians can be held indefinitely. Rumors of torture, starvation, and unsanitary conditions abound, and have been partially substantiated.

Karen White tells about the torture of Palestinian children by Israeli security services. She relates the story of fifteen-year-old Khalil Al-Astal, accused of throwing stones, he was made to take off his clothes down to his underwear, wear a sack over his head, and after accusations and threats, finally gave up. "What do you want me to say?," he asked. At the time of Karen White's report, Khalil was in Ansar II prison.

Cindy Corrie tells the stories of volunteers in the International Solidarity Movement, who undertook to defend ordinary Palestinians from needless violence, and were killed by Israeli forces. One of the volunteers was her daughter, Rachel Corrie.

Rachel Corrie, a political activist from Washington state and a volunteer in the International Solidarity Movement, was run down by an Israeli military bulldozer, while she tried to defend the home of a Palestinian. She was killed. Alison Weir tells her story.

Why would we forget her? Americans as well as Palestinians have every reason to cherish her memory.

Edward Dillon describes the symbolic and practical importance of the olive tree to Palestinian life in Israel and the Occupied Territories, and how hostile Israelis, in the miltary and in Jewish settlements, have destroyed the trees. Another measure of the scale of Israeli injustice: something over a million olive trees have been destroyed since 1948.

Grace Halsell chronicled one of the assaults by Israeli fanatics on the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem's Old City. She wrote that the site of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been subject to serial attacks.

The Palestinian-American journalist, Muna Hamzeh-Muhaisen, gives a varied and moving account of life in the Dheisheh refugee camp.

Alison Weir describes a unit in Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs called "The Battle." Its mission is to counter activism on behalf of Palestinian rights.

She relates that the Ministry's Director-General, Sima Vaknin-Gil, has said that in order for Israel to win, the unit must use "tricks and craftiness."

Is the site where the people of Nazareth nearly killed Jesus, known as Mount Precipice, sacred to Israelis? Not really. Jonathan Cook tells how Mount Precipice was rearranged to make way for the Rafael Eitan Bridge. This is one story among many about modern Nazareth, and its new, mostly Jewish neighbor, Upper Nazareth.

Cook describes some of the many methods the Israeli government uses to short change Nazareth's Palestinian Christian and Moslem populations.