‘No chance of Palestinian state’?

Palestine flagPublisher's Note: Posted here 
are two stories from independent 
media about the current crisis 
in Palestine. The first, about 
Youth against Settlements (Al Ma'an).
The latter, about the impossibility 
of a Palestinian state under the current Israeli government 
The third story is from the ABC's Lateline and is heavily
biased towards Israel.
                         -- Ian Curr, October 2015

Israeli forces detain activist over video footage of Hebron shooting

A file photo shows a Palestinian man arrested by Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank city Hebron. (AFP/File)

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Saturday [17 Oct 2015] detained and briefly held the media coordinator of a Palestinian activist group after it released video footage that they say contradicts the Israeli army’s version of events.

A spokesperson for Youth Against Settlements told Ma’an that Israeli forces held Ahmad Amr for nearly five hours, and confiscated his filming equipment and laptop.

Youth Against Settlements earlier released video footage taken after an Israeli settler shot dead 18-year-old Fadil Qawasmi, who he claimed attempted to stab him.

The activist group said the footage showed the soldiers planting a knife on Qawasmi, although due to its low resolution it is not conclusive.

The groups spokesperson said that Israeli forces had “humiliated” their media coordinator, Amr, during his detention, and threatened to arrest him again if he filmed or published any more video footage.

They erased large amounts footage of his equipment and damaged his laptop, the group’s spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces also threatened another resident of Hebron and a volunteer with Youth Against Settlements, Mufeed Sharbati, who earlier spoke with Ma’an after witnessing the shooting of Qawasami.

Israeli forces told Sharbati that they would come back later in the night and he would see “what they would do.”

“We’re used to that,” the group’s spokesperson said. “We’re not afraid.”

He said that Israeli forces had repeatedly targeted and “incited” against them. An Israeli army spokesperson said she was looking into the reports. Youth Against Settlements often documents incidents on Shuhada Street, where the attack took place.

The street lies at the heart of tensions in Hebron’s Old City where Israeli forces have severely restricted Palestinian access since 1994.

On Friday, Israeli forces also detained Palestinian photojournalist Bilal al-Taweel who captured a photo of a Palestinian man before he stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron.

Taweel’s brother told Ma’an that Israeli authorities had notified him that Taweel had been taken to the Etzion detention center. After the stabbing attack, Israeli forces reportedly detained a number of other Palestinian journalists for questioning who were later released, except for Jamil Salhab, who captured footage of the Palestinian stabbing the Israeli soldier.

New Intifada?

In the last two months, a spate of new violence has broken out in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The number of lone-wolf attacks have increased, leaving 8 Israelis killed. Over 30 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli Defence Force and vigilante groups.

A number of academics, policy-makers and journalists are predicting this new violence will become a new Intifada, or uprising, against the Israeli occupation. If this is so, it could be a make-or-break situation in the area, and could lead to a radical shakeup in Palestine/Israel relations.

What is causing this new round of violence? Will there be a new uprising in Palestine, and if so how will it be different to previous Intifadas?

Featured in story: Professor Amin Saikal, director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University.

Story by: John Ballot, 4ZZZ Brisbane Line


ABC Lateline interview with Israeli journalist,  Ehud Yaari, an international fellow at the Washington Institute

2 thoughts on “‘No chance of Palestinian state’?

  1. Complaint to the ABC over Lateline October 19 says:

    Last night on ABC TV’s Lateline Israeli journalist Ehud Yaari denied that the current violence in Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories was evidence for a 3rd intifada.

    He claimed that young knife wielding Palestinian teenagers had forgotten the outcome of the last intifada and that they were being spurred on by lies about Israel’s plans for the Al-Aqsa mosque.

    Why wasn’t a different opinion on the violence such as Ramzy Baroud’s “Of course, It is an Intifada: This is What You Must Know” (palestinechronicle.com) alluded to by Emma (Reporter: Emma Alberici)?

    Why did Emma just drift along supporting Yaari’s narrative on Syria when there is ample evidence of Israel aiding and abetting Al-Nusra Front terrorists? In my opinion this was an appalling example of the ABC’s lack of objectivity and support for Zionist hasbara.

    Byron Friends of Palestine sincerely hope that a pro-Palestinian perspective will be broadcast and that the Lateline research department will conduct research in a more thorough manner so that we have incisive contrarian questioning and not this cosy chit chat about the Palestinian life and death struggle with a brutal occupier.

    Gareth W R Smith
    Palestine Liberation Centre
    Byron Bay

    Source: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4334814.htm

    “Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire

    George Orwell, ‘Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’

    “The sleep of reason produces monsters.” Goya

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