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Netanyahu ignores US pressure to release Palestinian prisoners

Netanyahu ignores US pressure to release Palestinian prisoners | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
Maariv suggested that the projects agreed by Netanyahu would not be enough to bring Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table.
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Ask a Palestinain if they have had any encounters with Israeli Defense Forces and their first typical response would be "jail". At the moment, Israel currently incarcerates Palestinians (and Palestinians only) under "administrative detention". That is, Israel is 'authorized' to jail a random Palestinian, with or without suspicion, without any trial, charge, or justice. Palestinians are not taken to court. They are not given a trial. They are not given a sentence. Instead, they can be arrested at any time of the day and thrown into jail for God only knows how long. Why does this sound familiar? Yes, these are the same tactics implemeted by the US at the infamous Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp (which the majority of Americans despise). An Israeli however, is granted full liberties under the government. They are given a trial, a sentence, and justice. In addition to this lack of justice, Israel also has made a habit of arresting young children (yes, you read that correctly, children) as a means to implement fear in Palestinian villages. Palestinians are jailed for basically anything and everything. These are included but not limited to: throwing rocks, using "Jewish-only" roads, attending non-violent protests, being a Palestinian, etc. In addition to being thrown into jail, Palestinians are often subjected to torture. As almost as recently, a prisoner by the name of Arafat Jaradat was actually tortured to death by Israeli interrogators. Speaking from personal experience, my uncle was taken to jail at the age of 18 (for being a Palestinian), and was subjected to beatings everyday for 18 months. They also placed him in certain and specific human positions that would slowly deteroriate his muscles, and was only fed olives his entire time there. At the moment, inmate Samer Issawi has been on hunger strike for 260 CONSECUTIVE days as a means to demand a trial and justice from Israeli High Courts. If you remember Gilad Shilat, he was an Israeli soldier who has improsined by Hamas. Israeli struck a deal with Hamas that if they return Gilad Shilat, Israel will release 1,147 Palestinian prisones. In other words, Israel considers the being of 1 Israeli Jew equal to 1,147 Palestinian Arabs. If we look back in history, we remember all the great historic figures who were unrightfully jailed. Where is present day Martin Luther King? Se's currently in an Israeli jail. Where is present day Gandhi? He's subjected under torture in an Israeli prison. Where are the Palestinian children who should be out playing soccer out in the streets and attempt to get the best of a childhood under occuption? He's been thrown into jail without trial or charge, but more importantly, stripped of his innocence. #Justice4Issawi

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Israel’s cyber world attacked by group Anonymous

Israel’s cyber world attacked by group Anonymous | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
The hackers associated with the activist group Anonymous reportedly launched an assault on Israeli w (“@AlArabiya_Eng: Video: #Israel’s cyber world attacked by group #Anonymous - http://t.co/T2eXxgIpKW”good...
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Israel currently occupies an entire population known as the Palestinian people. However, on April 13th, activist group Anonymous launched a cyber attack on Israeli internet that costed Israel nearly $30 billion in damages. My point, how does Israel feel to be occupied? Many uneducated people will go ahead and point out how horrible this is, as many Israeli users were denied internet access, Israeli stocks were hacked, government database information was release, and in a sense it is. But is this crime worth the objective under which it attempted to pursue? Yes. Israel continually violates international law and common human right laws without even getting a slap on the wrist. They are essentially an unchecked, almighty world power that can do whatever they please to do without any reprocussions. This cyber attack is only but a little taste of medicine they SHOULD be recieving from the international community. The US pays Israel $30 billion dollars in 10 years wheras this cyber attack has costed them $30 billion dollars in 2 days. I'd like to point out that I, in no way, support breaking internet laws or the right to privacy. However, this is a form of civil disobedience and I believe it is more than morally permissible and justified. This cyber attack represents the people's will to hold Israel accountable for all the crimes they have committed. And just to show how Israel also continues to pursue in their immorality, they have arrested hundreds of random Palestinian and Jordanian individuals as a means to punish the Anonymous activist group for toying with their cyber world. Is this, in any way, justified? Had African Americans not disobeyed the law at the time & continued to subject themselves under segregation, would they have ever made a statement about their oppression? Kudos to Anonymous, and kudos to this victory for the world.

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New #Israel Government Will Support Settlements - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East #palestine | News in english

New #Israel Government Will Support Settlements - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East #palestine | News in english | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
Geoffrey Aronson writes that settlement expansion will be a priority under the new Israeli government.
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Settlements of colonization and occupation are nothing to be supported by. Israel continually pursues their unjust objective to build settlements within the Palestinian region. However, has it ever occured to pro-Israel supporters that these settlements result in uprooted indigenous people for the sake of an individual whose government just so happens to favor them due to their religion? The fact Israel uses the term "Jewish-only settlements" should probably catch your attention as gee, I dont know, apartheid? In the unfortunate past of South Africa apartheid, the crime of seperating colored humans did not even reach to the point where they had "colonizer-only roads". Israel already does. These settlements are a memory of the idealogy behind colonization that even I, myself, was taught to despise in my school system. We don't blantly look back in history and glorify colonziers for essentially stealing land & destorying an entire populaton? It should never be normal for any nation or any authority to uproot an indigenous population and grant outside foreigners free land on the grounds of a certain characteristic about them. What exactly grants a foreigner higher priviledge to the land than an indigenous individual who has been there for centuries? Nothing justifiable, that's what. Does this sound familiar? Yes, it is the same thing the American colonizers did to the indigenous Native American population. When we look back in our history & study this brutal colonization and a near destruction of an indigenous population, does that make us proud? Is that what American is about? Israel is no different in this case. Just remember that although we cannot fix the dishonors in our past does not mean we cannot terminate any crimes of the present.

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What really happened in Jerusalem

What really happened in Jerusalem | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
Obama’s speech was a sideshow. (RT @krauthammer: The real story of Obama's trip to Jerusalem.
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First of all, I would like to point out how incredibly bias this man was & how much of a disgrace he is to journalism. This brings me to my second point. Journalism and media output of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is one of the main components on why this issue is still unsolved to this day. Had this man written a clear, unbias article in which revealed that actually MOST settlers prefer that Palestinians be FORCED out of their indigenous homeland, Americans would not be found so oblivious as they are today when it comes to this issue. Every major broadcasting power in America is owned by a staunch Zionist (and quite publicly, as well). However, this is not the main essence of why American media will not shed any dark light upon Israel. There is one word for media bias in this conflict and one word only: AIPAC. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is known as one of the strongest political lobbies in all of America to a point where they have assured that Israel's interest be put first before our own nation's interest! AIPAC has a strong griphold on the media. The major broadcoast CEOs have been locked in a bind by AIPAC, not allowing any of the true facts for Americans to hear. For instance, when Israel invaded Gaza (sad you have to ask which time) for the second time, mainstream media repeatedly kept addressing to the public that "129 people have been killed". In this, it shows that 129 people have been killed on both sides when it is indeed that 129 PALESTINIANS have been killed, 0 Israeli casualties. Another example: when mainstream reports on any ceasefire violations in that region, they continually "forget" to mention that Israel is constantly firing rockets INTO Gaza (without Hamas firing a rocket first!). It is the media that allows us to be brainwashed into thinking that "Israel has a right to defend itself." Of course, Israel has a right to defend itself, but at what cost? Murdering innocent children? Demolishing legal and documented houses of Palestinians? Granting more cubic meters of water to Jewish settlers than indigenous Palestinians for simply being Jewish? I truly believe that if the media did it's job correctly and actually reported the news to keep our government powers in check, and all Americans had been well-informed on the current situation in that region, this tragedy would have been solved years ago.

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Rosa Parks Syndrome in Palestine

Rosa Parks Syndrome in Palestine | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
Liberals who generally support Israel, have seized on bus segregation because it packages occupation in digestible terms.

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The irony behind all of this is almost unfathomable. Not only is it odd that President Obama praised Israel for implementing a segregated bus system, but also because he did so nearly right after unveiling a new Rosa Parks statue (known for denying a segregated bus system!). In addition to this, it is also priceless in the fact that President Obama is an African American himself (descendant of a race that suffered severe segregation in America). For a nation that has suffered through the unforgettable Jim Crow laws which had separated white Americans from black Americans, the unwavering support we guarantee Israel’s apartheid policies is shame-like. As an American taxpayer myself, it is absurd knowing that my hard-earned money is funding such institutions. It is precisely here where the root of this conflict stands. America must acknowledge Israel’s violation of not only international law, but common human right laws. We are a nation that was founded on religious persecution, yet we continually subsidize a state that persecutes freedom based on religious identity? If we intend on truly accomplishing a ‘peace plan’ for both Israel and Palestine, we must first be a neutral state within the relationship. We cannot continue to stand as Israel’s backbone & grant them aid, veto power, and weapons and expect Palestinians to fully take on their plight out of oppression. It would be a complete dishonor to this nation’s glorious objective when kids will sit in their history class one day and learn about an America that funded the oppression, segregation, and quiet genocide of an entire population. 

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To Understand Israel, Understand the Holocaust - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

To Understand Israel, Understand the Holocaust - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
The scars of the Holocaust are ingrained in the Israeli experience, and in Israel's relations with — and fears of — its neighbors, writes Ben Caspit.

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One misconception that Israel has repeatedly attempted to portray is the fact that Palestinians are unsympathetic towards the Jewish diaspora and suffering that has unfortunately been present in our world's history. This however, is a lie. As a Palestinian myself, I never once forget the suffering that the Jewish people were forced to endure all throughout history. I never forget the warsaw ghettos, the concentration camps, the severe oppression, and the gruesome genocide. As a matter of fact, the elements of the Holocaust are the reason I believe so dearly in the Palestinian struggle. I do not support Palestine simply because I am a Palestinian, but because I am human. The Holocaust's tragedies have sparked a flame in me to assure that this sort of tragedy never happen to again, to any people at any time. When we imagine the Holocaust's effects & chant the words "never again", does that not include Palestinians, as well? It is amusing when people tell me "history repeats itself". However, I believe that rather people repeat history. Jews were uprooted from their homes and placed in ghettos across Europe. Later in history, Palestinians were uprooted from their homes and placed in ghettos across the Middle East. Jews were singled out by their religious identity and were often persectud against. Palestinains currently live under a government that has implemted more than 30 apartheid laws that discriminate against Palestinians, and Palestinians only. Jews were sent to extermination camps within the walls of barbed wires. Palestinians are placed within the limits of a 50 ft. concrete wall & must bear Israeli bomb invasions. It is here where many people are found confused. How can a people who have suffered immense oppression (in regards to Zionists, not Jews) be the oppressors themselves now? That is a question that even I cannot answer. Had my family been apart of any genocide, I would make sure to my last breath that that would never happen to any person out there in the world again. We must not forget the Jewish suffering, we must not forget the Rwandan genocide, the Cambodian genocide, or any other dispicable acts in our history. We must not forget Anne Frank, because Anne Frank is still trapped in Gaza.

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Juan Carlos Hernandez's curator insight, April 10, 2013 10:46 AM

On Monday [April 8], US Secretary of State John Kerry stood at attention and observed two minutes of silence as mourning sirens wailed throughout Israel, just as they do every year, to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/04/israels-post-traumatic-society.html?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6864#ixzz2Q4VzK1PN

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Gaza rights group denounces Hamas police for cutting youths' hair - Middle East

Gaza rights group denounces Hamas police for cutting youths' hair - Middle East | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says Hamas police have arrested, beaten and cut the hair of youths it deems 'unbecoming.' (RT @haaretzcom: #Hamas police reportedly arresting, and at times beating, youths in #Gaza for what are deemed 'unbecoming'...
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I would like to share this article to point out my view of the Palestinian-Israeli tragedy. Yes, I criticize the Israeli government for violation international law. Yes, I criticize Israel for applying colonization, settlements, occupation, and everything we have been taught to dishonor in our history. And yes, I despise Israel for quietly uprooting/destorying an entire indigenous population while sliding on any punishments. Although I in no way support Israel and their war crimes, that does not mean I will stand behind Hamas and the PA with flying colors. Hamas does not represent Palestinians as in the fact that their government term expired 4 years ago, nonetheless, they are a group quietly instigated by Israel. This is also true for the PA. Hamas and the PA do not have sole and individual over the Palestinian people since they are both subjected under Israeli rule. Do you see the problem in this? Am I drawing the image you should be imagining? You have an entire population who is currently being *quietly" oppressed (The Palestinian People) under Israel, while the government under elected by their own people are also oppressing them. I like to call it double-corruption. This has created the idea of "no hope" for the Palestinian people. They are a peoples subjected under opression by not only 1 government, but by 2.

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Israeli violations of international law & humanitarian law (28 March – 03 April 2013) - Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades

Israeli violations of international law & humanitarian law (28 March – 03 April 2013) - Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas - Palestine

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Being that I plan to study international law, especially Middle Eastern international law, Israeli violations are quite the eye-catcher in that region. We can begin by stating that Israel does not abide by international, nonetheless even respect it's establishment. In their immense amount of violations we see that Israel also has the ability to slide pass the reprocussions of violating international law quite smoothly, as well. When we have a major world power that is capable of breaking the law, creates damage, and manages to avoide "doing the time", we have an unbreakable sense of mighty corruption. Israel is currently in violation of more human right resolutions than all countries combined. Not to mention, they are the first state ever to skip out on their mandatory Human Rights Review Session. Of course, Israel refutes these facts by claiming that the UN & all international law establishments are indeed "anti semitic" and "anti Israel". I'd like to point out how distorted the word "anti semitic" has been by Israel as a means to publiclly destroy any individual/group who dares expose the truth behind Israel war crimes/immorality. As global citizens of the world, we must understand that "anti semitic" cries of desperation and false allegations are not excuses to slip pass international law (under which we all must abide under). Let's keep in mind that Israel is in violation of 65 UN Resolutions and they are free of any charges. Iraq violated 2 and they were invaded, bombed, and destroyed.

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Israeli police enable rabbis and settlers to mark Passover inside Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israeli police enable rabbis and settlers to mark Passover inside Al-Aqsa Mosque | CE Career Investigation Project | Scoop.it
According to a live despatch sent to MEMO on Wednesday morning, hundreds of Israeli rabbis and Jewish settlers entered the courtyards of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa protected by Israeli police. They carried out religious rituals inside the mosque.
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This is a prime example of Israel's settler supremacy. On Tuesday evening, hundreds of Muslims were forced out of Al-Aqsa (third most holiest sight in all of Islam, and the only one currently in the region of Israel) by Israeli Police while hundreds of Jewish observers of Passover were allowed inside. This incident shows Israel's primary concern for Jewish settlers foremost (apartheid). Muslim/Christian tourists are not even allowed to go to the holy sights of Judaism in Israel. And if for some odd reason a non-Jew is allowed to enter, they must first be body-searched, completely defiling that person. I'd like to put this into personal context since most people do not identify unless it directly affects them. Let's say for intance that you are a Christian and the church you curently attend has been found holy to Muslims everywhere. The local police begin tresspassing into the church & evacuating all Christians out of your place of worship meanwhile allowing hundreds of Muslims to storm in. Would the average American Christian citizen tolerate such nonsense? The fact Israel condones the action of forcing people from their place of worship for the sake of Jewish settlers is an unjust, disgrace to a state that supposedly claims "equality for all" (quite laughable). I know for a fact that if I had been praying in my place of worship and some "higher authority" came in and told me to get out just because others want to pray here would certainly not settle with me as "equality" or "justice".

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