I have come to realise very quickly while being interested in this issue that violence against Palestinians by the I.D.F. or Israeli settlers just doesn’t rate a mention in our mainstream media. What will always get a mention is violence against Israelis by Palestinians or Arabs of any kind. And you can bet that the violence will be portrayed in a manner such that it had no provocation.It was just more mindless anti-Semitism by a barbaric people who are confused by peace and prefer war.
It seems our media is dedicated to the notion that injustice and violence only comes from one side of the conflict. How reconciliation between Arab and Jew is to occur in the Holy Land with these sort of distortions going on is hard to imagine. But it will come. We need to understand that the current asymmetric cycle of violence, fueled by hatred and despair that has lasted for 63 years, requires that both sides be held accountable with a great deal of attention focused on the more powerful in the conflict, in this case Israel.
To give a more even picture of what Palestinians have to endure on a daily basis, I decided to post the following article from the Mondoweiss website.
Some of the violence, deaths and injuries in Palestine this week include…
Aug 17, 2011 01:03 pm | Seham
The Palestinians are being brutalized by Israeli violence which is subsidized with American tax dollars. This is not an all inclusive list as Palestinians are reporting that violence against them has increased during Ramadan, with attacks getting worse during the hours preceding them breaking their fast. During Jewish holidays the Israelis impose curfews against entire towns and villages in the West Bank so that the settlers can burn and pillage Palestinian property in peace and during Muslim holy months the Israelis look the other way as the settlers go out and provoke violence.
Palestinian youth killed by military jeep
A Palestinian youth, Amin Talib Dabash, died late last night 16 August after he was run over by a military jeep belonging to the Israeli ‘border guards’, in the area between Um Tuba and Jebal Abu Ghunaym, south of Al Aqsa Mosque. Eyewitnesses said the driver deliberately targeted the young man who was on his way to work. He was taken to the Haddasa hospital where was pronounced dead one hour later. Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers regularly target Palestinians with their vehicles whenever they drive through Palestinian residential areas, especially in the villages of occupied Jerusalem. They are never held accountable by the authorities.
Medics: Gaza teenager shot dead
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager near the central Gaza Strip city of Deir Al-Balah late Tuesday, medical officials reported. Medics said the Palestinian, who was not identified, suffered “more than 10” gunshots to the head and upper body after soldiers east of the Al-Masdar area opened fire.
75 year old woman shot in Johr al-Dik
Selma Al Sawarka, or Um Ahmad, is an active woman, a mother of seven, and a grandmother of 35, who has never quit working. August 10, 2011 dawned like most days do for her; she went out to graze her family’s goats. She took her neighbor with her, 15 year old Keefa Al Bahabsa.
They went to the same land they usually go to. At 9:30 that morning they saw an Israeli tank and an Israeli jeep near the border. Not an uncommon sight. The tank and jeep left. About 30 minutes later, the jeep returned, three soldiers got out, and opened fire on Um Ahmed and Keefa. Um Ahmed was shot in the leg, Keefa fled to get help. The soldiers also shot ten of the families goats.
Here are some more examples:
Palestinian shepherd severely injured in landmine blast north of Jordan Valley
A prisoner’s wife and her baby were also detained this week, but, it didn’t fit into the category of violence…