On June 12, three Israeli settlers were abducted; life in Palestine became a raging inferno since. The IOF’s “Operation Brother’s Keeper” led to 10 Palestinians killed (more details below), 566 detained, over 2100 buildings (including two universities) raided, and entire cities locked down all in the name of “bringing back their boys.”It was obvious that this was planned before the abduction, and that the IDF were simply waiting for an opportunity to present itself for it to be carried out (which was proven true: X). In other words, they exploited the event to carry out a crackdown that had little to do with the three settlers. This was a mission with a deliberate intention to arrest anyone they deem a threat to the State of Israel, (Hamas particularly as they blame them for the kidnappings, although they denied having anything to do with it), with the hopes of killing Palestinian resistance, a.k.a. “Palestinian terror”. After the bodies of the settlers were found buried on June 30th in a village near Hebron, Israelis promised to make life for Palestinians “a living hell”, and let us just say that they were being honest…for once.
They launched 34 airstrikes in Gaza in response, 10 casualties resulted. They destroyed the homes of those suspected of committing the murders, although Amnesty states that Israel has no evidence. They also plan to destroy 24 more homes in Hebron, while already having destroyed homes in Tulkarm and Al-Bireh. Soldiers of the IOF are posting pictures depicting their desire to seek revenge on Palestinians. Israeli lynch mobs are attacking random Palestinians, including a teenage boy that they eventually abducted, tortured, and burned to death. Settlers are running Palestinians over with their cars and trucks in populated areas. Settlers are throwing rocks at Palestinians as they drive on the highway. They shoved a Palestinian woman into a lake. They continue to arrest and beat our people, may they be men, women, or children. Meanwhile, the PA is taking little action against what is going on, and mainstream media continues to white-wash these criminal and inhumane acts, and are still “consoling” and “lending their hearts” to the families of the three settlers.
People often ask if there is no end to Israel’s inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people and I wonder why this is still a matter of question. We know the answer already: NO. There is NO end.
Palestinians have been going through “hell” since the Balfour Declaration gave Zionists the “right” to form a State of Israel in 1917. An event that ultimately lead to their many, dare I say successful, attempts to ethnically cleanse the land from its people, a phenomenon catalyzed in 1948 and continues until now with around 531 Palestinian towns depopulated and 33 massacres committed all together. Not to mention the Palestinians forced into exile in refugee camps who are living under horrible conditions around the Middle East. (Hats off to you Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.)
There is a large number of casualties (over 6,876 since the year 2000) and injuries of the Palestinian people that resulted through guns, tanks, missiles, white phosphorus shells, poisonings, tanks, bulldozers, cars, trucks, deprivation of necessities such as food, medicine and health care, and electricity in Gaza, etc. Settlements are still growing like a cancer, leading to an increase in Israeli population. There are 5,271 Palestinian political prisoners, a lot of whom were tortured psychologically and physically (more on torture methods here: X), and it was recently reported that 24 men were poisoned after they were fed expired food by the prison’s administration. Due to the “Paris Protocol”, which is an agreement made between Israel and the PLO (bless their souls), the Palestinian economy is tied to that of the Israel’s, decreasing Palestinian livelihood for we have Israeli market prices despite making less than half the income of the average Israeli. This inevitably deprives many from the basic needs of food, shelter, and education, while also making boycotting a luxury for people with the means, because local products are pricier than the Israeli alternatives provided. They also have the habit of burning down Palestinian olive groves, knowing that they are the primary source of income for many families. Isreali apartheid wall continues to strangle Palestinian cities and towns and forces people to live in ghettos. Unbearable checkpoints make something as simple as going to work or school impossible at times. In order for Palestinians to get to Gaza from the West Bank and vice versa, people must go through two other countries, Jordan and Egypt. Palestinian refugees are still denied the right to return to their homelands, resulting in identity conflict of second and third generation refugees as they are not sure what to call their home. The implementation of these methods, along with new ones as soon as they form, will continue so long as there is a state of Israel. Therefore, the real question is when it will all end.
The Palestinians killed since June 12th: (Note: I have not posted the images of some of the martyrs either because I cannot find one or because the images that I have found are of their desecrated bodies.)
Jamil Ali Abed Jabir, in his 60s. Died of a heart attack after IOF raided his home. They prevented his family from helping him.
Fatima Rushdi, 78-years-old. Also died of a heart attack after the IOF raided her home. She was unable to reach the hospital in time as a result of a checkpoint.
Mustafa Aslan, 22-years-old. Died after being shot in the head by IOF during Qalandiya Refugee Camp raid. Ahmad Sabarin, 20-years-old. Died from a gunshot wound in the chest after IOF raided Al-Jalazon refugee camp. Mahmoud Dudeen, 14-years-old. Died after being shot with live ammunition during clashes in Dura. Ahmad Said Suod Khalid, 27-years-old. Died after being shot in Israeli raid of Al-Ain refugee camp.
Mahmoud Tarifi , 30-years-old. Died after being shot in Israeli raid in Ramallah. Yousef Abu Zagha, 16-years-old. Died after being shot in Israeli raids in Jenin.
Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 17 year old. Died after being abducted, tortured, and burned by Israeli settlers.
Zahi Subi Abu-Hamed and Anwar Astal, (their ages’ are not reported). Died after being ran over by Israeli settlers. (A 9-year-old girl was also ran over by settlers in Bethlehem, and she is currently recovering.)
Ali Al-Awoor, 7-years-old. Died from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
Mohammad Obeid, 20-years-old. Died from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
Mazen Al-Jarba, 30-years-old. Died from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. He is the third martyr of his family. Marwan Salim, 23-years-died. Died from Israeli airstrikes.
Ibrahim Al-Bal’awi, 24-years-old. Died from Israeli airstrikes.
Abderrahman El-Zamly, 22-years-old. Died from Israeli Airstrikes. Also a football player who aspired to play for Palestine’s national team. Twins Mustafa Abu-Mur and Khaled Abu-Mur. 22 years old. Died from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
Sharaf Ghanam, 22-years-old. Died from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
Juma Abu-Shalouf, 24 years old. Died from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
Ibrahim Abdin, 23-years old. Died from Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
May their souls rest in peace and their deaths not be in vain.