Ramallah, May 17, 2021—Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian boy today in the southern West Bank.
Obaida Akram Abdurahman Jawabra, 17, was shot dead by Israeli forces with live ammunition today around 8 p.m. local time in Al-Arroub refugee camp located near the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. Obaida sustained a gunshot wound to his chest during a demonstration at the entrance of the camp located near Route 60, the main route in the West Bank connecting Hebron and Jerusalem. An Israeli soldier deployed about 70 meters (230 feet) away fired the fatal shot, according to eyewitnesses interviewed by Defense for Children International – Palestine.
Israeli forces blocked the entrance to Al-Arroub camp, preventing an ambulance from reaching him, so Obaida was transported in a private car to a medical center in the town of Beit Fajjar where he was pronounced dead, according to information collected by DCIP. Later, Obaida’s body was transferred to Al-Ahli hospital in Hebron.
“It is becoming shockingly clear to the international community that Israeli forces kill children with impunity,” said Ayed Abu Eqtaish the accountability program director at DCIP. “Systemic impunity ensures there are no safe spaces for Palestinian children living under Israeli occupation. They can be killed at any moment with no accountability.”
In 2018, as part of a relationship developed through DCIP’s legal aid to Obaida and his family, Obaida agreed to be the subject of a short film produced by DCIP. The film OBAIDA by Matthew Cassel focused on Obaida’s experience as a Palestinian child arrested by Israeli forces and prosecuted in Israeli military courts.(Source: Defence For Children International)
The Israeli Defence Force murdered 17yo Obaida two days ago. He was in a refugee camp.
He was first arrested at 14. His crime – throwing stones.
Now he’s yet another child murdered by the IDF. One of the 63 killed so far in this recent attack on Gaza.
There was a huge march in London today. Against Israel’s brutal attacks on civilians in Gaza and in defence of the Palestinians. But if you just glanced at the front page of the BBC, this is what you’d see:
When you click through, THEN and only then, do you get this:
Thousands of people have marched through central London in support of the Palestinians amid ongoing fighting between Israel and militants in Gaza.
The organisers of the protest called on the UK government to stop allowing what they described as “Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people”.
Demonstrators marched to the Israeli embassy chanting “free Palestine”.
It comes after the worst week of violence in Gaza and Israel since 2014.
At least 139 people have been killed in Gaza and nine in Israel since the fighting began on Monday.
Israel says dozens of militants are among the dead in Gaza, while Palestinian health officials say nearly half are women and children.(Source: BBC News)
Notice the difference between the front page summary and the actual news article?
It’s with little tricks like this that the BBC distorts the reality of protest marches against Israel. The casual reader would skip over it and think, ‘Ahh, they want everyone on both sides to stop the violence.’
The protest was specifically to protest against Israel’s horrendous attacks on civilians and their shelling of buildings containing women and children. It was not ‘Protest against Gaza violence’ it was ‘Protest against Israeli violence.’
The sly treachery of the BBC is unbelievable.
The strike came about an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate, according to reporting from The Associated Press. The building also housed other offices and residential apartments. The senior advisor to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told NPR that Hamas military intelligence used the building, but provided “no evidence to back the claim.”NPR reporter Daniel Estrin.
Apparently, everyone works for Hamas. The Associated Press, Al Jazeera, the BBC, me, you, the fucking Queen. Israel slaughters anyone it likes under the hugely convenient premise that they’re Hamas, without ever providing any proof of this.
And what do we call this?
We call this a war crime.
Here’s what the Red Cross has to say about bombing journalists and non-combatants in general:
Do attacks against journalists in armed-conflict situations amount to war crimes?(Source: Red Cross)
Inasmuch as they are civilians, journalists are protected under international humanitarian law against direct attacks unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities. Violations of this rule constitute a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I.
What is more, intentionally directing an attack against a civilian – whether in an international or in a non-international armed conflict – also amounts to a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
I just sent this to a mate:
Here’s an example of the idiotic Tory raving on IMDB:
Pure racism, pure sexism, pure flagshaggin, Brexiteer, Trumpet bullshit. These are the idiots who complain about black people in fantasy films or books – dragons, no problem. BLACK PEOPLE – HOW DARE THEYYY?
Similarly, military action-type films like this are always full of gaffes and goofs. They are not documentaries, they are pure popcorn. Everything is fake from the sounds of the guns to the never-emptying magazines. And yet… Without Remorse comes in for a kicking for “accuracy.” Yeah, sure, like “ethics in games journalism.” Where were all those fuckheads when CDPR blatantly bribed their way into huge hype for Cyberpunk 2077 before delivering a less-than-half-baked lumpy potato of a game? About as visible as Pro-Lifers on antiwar marches.
So, this is the review I left:
I was gonna give the film a 6/10 but I thought I should at least try to even out all the bile from Tory scum so I gave it a 10 instead. 🙂
Fuck racists, fuck sexists, fuck Tories.
I can’t believe it’s five years today since my Daddy died. The time seems both too long and too short. I feel like too much time has passed and his presence is fading from this world, which feels horribly unfair.
I also feel it’s too little time and I still feel raw in my loss. It’s all too soon, too recent and I will get over it better and deal with my grief but what do you expect after a couple of months? Five years?
I miss him every day. I think about him every day. I have so much I want to tell him and show him, so many interesting geeky facts and ridiculous gadgets and silly stories and terrible jokes. There’s no-one else in my life I can share all that with, now.
If I could, I’d make a documentary about his extraordinary life. When I think of all he’d done by the time he was forty, it makes me wish I had his drive and ability. I certainly have some of his anger at injustice and I’m very glad of that. His values were deeply, passionately socialist, unlike most of his peers who were your classic Tory doctors. How anyone can work in the NHS and yet also support the party most seeking to destroy it was a puzzle for us both.
I don’t know what to do tonight. I feel unsettled. I used to love watching films with him, whether at home or in the cinema. I remember watching loads of Spaghetti Westerns with him when I was a little kid, he definitely helped foster that lifetime love.
I want to hug him and squeeze him till he grumbles for me to let go. And then not let go.
A study by the Human Rights Watch variously accused 83 governments of having “physically assaulted journalists, bloggers, and protesters… arbitrarily banned or broken up protests… enacted vague laws and measures that criminalize spreading alleged misinformation or other coverage of COVID-19… [and used] counterterrorism and other measures pre-dating the pandemic, to arbitrarily arrest, detain, and prosecute critics.”
In short, the virus provides a convenient excuse to silence, disperse and disempower the masses in struggle.(Source: Socialist Appeal)
What irks me about conspiracy theorists is that they’ll invent stuff about vaccinations and Bill Gates blah blah at the same time as our right to protest IS being attacked under the pretext of pandemic safety. It’s not hidden, there’s no secrecy – it’s completely visible.
‘Unlawful assembly’ – a repressive and terrible edict in HK, totally fine here.
So, I did a list for a mate of SF authors I think everyone should read. I tried to stay away from the obvious greats (like Iain M. Banks) and very huge names but a few slipped through, of course.
Please take the time to check out these authors if you love science fiction:
James S.A. Corey
Carolyn Ives Gilman
doing leftism exclusively on the internet gives you brainworms. like yeah read theory, talk to people on social media, but at some point you have to go outside. please. the things you say and believe about politics have repercussions in the real world and you have to live in that world to understand what those repercussions could be. find out who’s doing mutual aid in your community. join the iww or food not bombs or a community garden or a street medic collective or a prison letter writing campaign or something helpful that forces you to talk with real human beings directly about and in the context of their actual lives – source: crowleyraejepsen
A million, billion times THIS.
I’ve been actively involved in politics, in demonstrating and protesting for the last 30+ years. Yes, reading is important, theory is important. But don’t get lost in the petty internecine feuding of armchair socialists.
Get out there! Meet people, organise buses to demos, support local BLM groups.
And if you can’t do that because of social anxiety issues, do online stuff that you feel comfortable with, organise that way.
But arguing on the internet… it’s just pissing in the wind.