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The Story of One Palestinian Murdered by IsraelTim King Salem-News.com
Electronic Intifada writer Linah Alsaafin (left) with Ola Tamimi (center) after Mustafa Tamimi was shot at close range by the Israeli military in Nabi Saleh village (Anne Paq/ActiveStills)
(SALEM) - Every death of every person in Palestine who perishes from violence is terrible, but the recent death of Mustafa Tamimi, who was shot in the face with a tear gas canister by the Israeli army on Friday, stands out. It begins with the dismissive comments from the Israel soldier who shot Mustafa.
All of it; the incident, the reaction... screams one word, that is apartheid.
Our writer in Egypt, Dr. Ashraf Ezzat, covered the incident in depth first, writing:
Israeli policy of separation means men like Mustafa live their lives in utter humiliation, always subjected to rules and procedures that Jews are exempt from. For speaking out about it, he was murdered in front of his friends. He survived less than a day after the Israeli canister smashed his face into a state where he could hardly be recognized.
The twisted thing is that nothing will happen to the Israeli soldier, nothing ever does. We only know of one disciplinary action Israel has ever taken of significance, and that happened when they shot a British activist to death for trying to save Palestinian children from an Israeli sniper, it is an extremely well-documented story and the parents of Tom Hurndal had the money and time, several months in Israel, all to get a short sentence for a soldier who would have done more time in the US for drunk driving. (Learn more: visit The Shooting of Tom Hurndall)
The Israeli soldier's action violated their own army's protocol.
In the story No miracle yesterday in Nabi Saleh: Mustafa Tamimi murdered published by Electronic Intifada, Linah Alsaafin wrote:
And there you have a portrait of 'Israel's need for security'. This is what really happens, this man is who Israel deems worthy of murder, even though he was unarmed and only raising his human voice with a hope of lifting the oppression from others.
What is really is, amounts to a mass murder of Palestinians, the refusal to allow non-violent peaceful protest.
It is a dark and dirty regime Netanyahu leads, intent on making Palestinians so miserable and hopeless that they join their brothers and sisters as refugees spread out all over the world, everywhere except their actual homeland.
The unofficial motto is simple: 'Leave or die'.
This is Israel's right wing message to the people who lived here before the mass exodus from Europe. The whole entire mess is the fault of Hitler.
All of it.
Without Hitler's Genocide of the Jews and Roma and so many others, none of this would have ever taken place.
It was the responsibility of the western powers to prevent Germany from rising up after the first World War.
A document titled the 'Treaty of Versailles' spelled the recipe for repairing the world and preventing Germany from ascending to power, but the French and the British were lackadaisical and they did not enforce the treaty, and are thus responsible for Hitler's very existence.
But the Palestinians, living quietly in the Middle east, much as they had for so long, had absolutely nothing to do with it. Mustafa Tamimi's ancestors weren't part of it, yet his human life was relegated to second-class citizenship, why?
No human being and or ever will accept this regard, so it is foolish and stupid for Israel to continue its brutal thuggery that leaves behind such hatred, such emotional distress, so much physical pain.
There is enough land, but Israel wants the specific land that people already possess.
Mustafa Tamimi's family didn't deserve this, his culture does not deserve oppression, or apartheid laws. He lived just long enough to give his family what Israel denies them, and that is hope, and in both cases that is dashed on the rocks once again.
Freedom, it is a word so often used by Americans; the same people whose taxes fund this very oppression, this exact set of circumstances...
Linah Alsaafin says Mustafa was the first protester death in Nabi Saleh:
We all should pray for this family, and for peace, because it is becoming more elusive, harder to find a trace of...
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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