Biagio's Newsletter #66/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 05 May 2016 Biagio's Newsletter #66/2016 The refusal of police to release footage of the incident only increases fear that a crime was committed when two Palestinians were shot by security guards. What happened at the Qalandiyah checkpoint last Wednesday can’t stay in Qalandiyah. The killing of Maram Abu Ismail, a 23-year-old mother of two small children, and her brother Ibrahim Taha, 16, who, according to the Justice Ministry department for the investigation of police officers, were shot by security guards at the checkpoint, raises questions and serious suspicions. Biagio's Newsletter #66/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 28 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 66-2016 According to the police, as the two approached, the woman's hand was buried inside her bag and his hand was behind his back. The two eventually heeded the police's call, stopping a short distance from the officers and turning away, but the woman then spun back around and pulled out the knife, throwing it directly at one of the officers. Police and security guards then shot the two. Biagio's Newsletter #65/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 25 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 65-2016 The number of Palestinian minors being held in Israeli prisons has soared following the wave of violence that started last October.
Figures submitted by the Israel Prison Service show that the number of Palestinian minors imprisoned for security-related offenses rose from 170 last September to 438 in February. Some 54 percent of the prisoners, 238, are in custody until the end of the legal process against them. Seven have been detained without being charged, including one who is not yet 16. Biagio's Newsletter #64/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 23 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 65-2016 According to the details of that meeting, already published in the past, Ben-Gurion told Kennedy that Israel's Dimona project was peaceful. The American transcript says: “Our main – and for the time being only – purpose is [cheap energy]. We do not know what will happen in the future.”
The Israeli transcript says: “For the time being, the only purposes are for peace … but we will see what happens in the Middle East. It does not depend on us.” Biagio's Newsletter #64/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 21 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 64-2016 Identity of soldier, Elor Azaria, cleared for publication; Azaria reportedly said Abdel Fattah al-Sharif 'deserves to die' before shooting the prone Palestinian in Hebron, indicating to prosecution that motive was revenge, not self-defense Biagio's Newsletter #63/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 21 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 63-2016 While on a visit to Germany, Abbas said: "We are against all forms of terrorist activity that affect Israeli and Palestinian civilians."
Abbas further told the German newspaper Der Spiegel that the Palestinians were continuing their security cooperation with Israel, and with the arrest of those suspected of plotting attacks, including the most recent detentions of three Palestinian youths. Biagio's Newsletter #62/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 16 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 62-2016 This was definitely not supposed to happen. It seems that an Israeli military man with the rank of colonel was “caught with IS pants down.” By that I mean he was captured amid a gaggle of so-called IS – or Islamic State or ISIS or DAESH depending on your preference – terrorists, by soldiers of the Iraqi army. Under interrogation by the Iraqi intelligence he apparently said a lot regarding the role of Netanyahu’s IDF in supporting IS. Biagio's Newsletter #61/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 12 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletters n. 61-2016 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the Jordanians in November 2014 that he would stop Israeli politicians from visiting Jerusalem’s Temple Mount and limit visits by right-wing activists, according to a new report by an international organization devoted to resolving conflicts around the world. A local nongovernmental organization, meanwhile, reported declines in the number of Jews visiting the Temple Mount and in violence clashes at the site. Biagio's Newsletter #60/2016 Free Palestine9 Sent on 09 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 60-2016 My uncle, who we buried this week, fought alongside other children of refugees who believed this was a war for the liberation of their nation. What does today's 'war' of occupation have to do with that? Biagio's Newsletter #59/2016 Free Palestine9 Sent on 07 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 59-2016 The High Court of Justice recently began limiting the use of the draconian practice of sealing and demolishing homes belonging to terrorists' families. This sanction is unacceptable and violates all basic rules of morality. It constitutes collective punishment of innocent people without trial, contravenes the principles of Israeli constitutional justice and international law, and is not consistent with the biblical commandment, "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers. Biagio's Newsletter #58/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 04 April 2016 Biagio's Newsletter 58-2016 aaretz has learned that pathologists – including Palestinian doctor who oversaw procedure – are in agreement that though Abed Fattah al-Sharif was also shot in his arm, shoulder, chest and lower body, none of those wounds were lethal. IDF prosecutors: Evidence against soldier who shot subdued Palestinian strong enough for indictment Analysis The Hebron soldier's defense is working - he is now every mother’s son When IDF chief Eisenkot became the new Rabin How Israel's High Court implicitly aids the soldier accused of Hebron manslaughter Biagio's Newsletter #57/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 31 March 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 57-2016 Along the way to full, official fascism — especially fascism based on religious, ethnic or racial identity — a society must experience two critical stages.
The first is the complete dehumanization of “the “Other” — that is, members of a different religion, nation or race. In the mind of the budding fascist, they must cease to be human beings. Biagio's Newsletter #56/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 30 March 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 56-2016 Is this the first time a soldier has executed a Palestinian in cold blood, or did the fact that it was caught on film make the difference?
Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avidgor Lieberman is right when he says the “onslaught” directed at the Kfir Brigade solider who executed Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron last Thursday after Sharif had already been subdued is hypocrisy. In other words, that the Israel Defense Forces spokesman and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others who condemned the soldier’s action are hypocrites. Biagio's Newsletter #55/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 30 March 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 55-2016 It’s the present and the future. It’s impossible to maintain the occupation without such murders, their number will only mount.It was murder. It was murder of the most abominable kind, the murder of a helpless human being. It was murder committed by a cowardly soldier, who shot a wounded man.The murderer’s accomplices were those colleagues of his who said “it’s no big deal” and the officers who spoke on their cellphones or occupied themselves in a thousand different ways while the wounded man lay helpless. The soldier shot him in the head and his body was left bleeding on the road. Biagio's Newsletter #54/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 26 March 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 54-2016
87 million kids at risk of brain damage in conflict zones: UNICEF
The UN children's agency, UNICEF, says some 87 million children under the age of seven are growing up in conflict zones across the world, in conditions that can adversely affect their brain development. Biagio's Newsletter #53/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 26 March 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 53-2016 According to Israel’s defense minister, I’m a traitor. It’s an escalation in the campaign against the organization for which I serve as the executive director. I have a message for Defense Minister Ya'alon and members of his right-wing government: Your words and actions have far-reaching personal consequences. Biagio's Newsletter #52/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 22 March 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 52-2016 In 1982, Oded Yinon an Israeli journalist, formerly attached to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, published a document titled 'A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties.'The strategic plan later named 'The Yinon Plan' suggested that for Israel to maintain its regional superiority, it must break its neighboring Arab states into smaller sectarian units engaged in endless tribal wars. Biagio's Newsletter #51/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 15 March 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 51-2016 Days of Palestine, Jerusalem -Israeli Rabbi Colonel Eyal Qarim of the Israeli Military Rabbinate has permitted to Israeli Jewish soldiers to rape Palestinian women.
The permission came as an answer for this question: “Is it allowed in our days for an Israeli occupation soldier, for example, to rape girls during a fight, or is such a thing forbidden?”
Biagio's Newsletter #50/2016 Free Palestine Sent on 15 March 2016 Biagio's Newsletter n. 50-2016 Something strange happened to the way I understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since I started teaching a group of students – Palestinians, Israelis and American Jews, as part of the Paths to Peace project headed by NYU Prof. Ronald Zweig.