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Israeli Troops Open Fire on Unarmed Palestinian MenTim King Salem-News.com
A new "law" allows Israel to enhance its apartheid government's racist policies, and they keep shooting unarmed people.
(SALEM / GAZA STRIP ) - America has its share of problems, but if police and military behavior here came even remotely close to Israel's daily policing techniques, particularly toward local, native Palestinian people, it would end almost immediately.
Americans were slave owners until the Civil War (1861-1865) and maintained clear racist policies with the U.S. military until 1947, but the yanks do have over sixty years of law designed to protect people from being abused or mistreated over race or religion.
Israel in an American context, (dog years?) is poised where this nation was in about 1860. There isn't even talk of freeing the Palestinians in Israel; Netanyahu's government simply continues to enact more laws and policies to further dehumanize and restrict these people. In turn, the resilient Palestinians have no intention of bowing down to the oppressive Israeli government, though the protests have moved toward non violence. Still, Israel kills and kills, injures and maims, takes people away in the middle of the night, etc.
The Palestinians stopped shooting, instead of backing off, Israel is pushing harder than ever.
In the latest case, Israeli troops inured two Palestinian men while they were protesting at the Erez crossing on Tuesday, the International Middle East Media Center reports (IMEMC).
Ahmad Abu Salaf and Mahmoud Sha’baan were deported to the Gaza Strip last month after Israel enforced law #1650 on them. Both are married to Palestinian women that hold Israeli citizenship.
As he was cut down by Israel's trigger happy soldiers, Abu Salaf was holding pictures of his children and wife. His demand, the reason Israel deemed him an enemy target worthy of gunfire? He was asking to be allowed to return to his family, nothing more. This was the reason troops opened fire on him and his friend Sha’baan.
#1650 injuction, which took effect last month, essentially gives the Israeli military the full control to detain and deport any Palestinian in the West Bank who does not hold a permit from Israel to live in the West Bank.
It came just before Arizona's recent move to begin pulling over "suspected illegal immigrants" which American media is comparing to acts that took place under Nazi Germany.
This new "law" affects tens of thousands of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, as well as those who returned to the West Bank and decided to stay. It equally affects Gazans who are married to Arab residents of Israel, and live in Israel.
The order also includes non-Palestinians who are married to Palestinian citizens but do not have Israel's approval to stay in the West Bank, IMEMC tells us.
It is the world's biggest problem, and Israel simply must be stopped. If they, along with the U.S. government, continue to ignore, deflect and otherwise minimize charges of serious War Crimes connected to the Israel attack on civilian targets in already besieged Gaza in 2008 and early 2009, then it will be up to other governments to intervene. The U.S. hung up its 'good guy' hat long ago. The majority of American Congress recently signed a document pledging unwavering support to Israel; it leaves Americans highly compromised, and Palestinians in great danger from Israel's terrorist tactics and genocidal bent.
Special thanks to: International Middle East Media Center
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: email@example.com
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