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25 February 2007

Bulldozer Brutality In The West Bank: Israeli Army Arrives Commanding Curfew In Nablus ...



First off, we're starting by cutting any crap and cutting straight to the chase.

1./ We DO NOT deny the Holocaust happened.

2./ We DO NOT deny the state of Israel's right to exist.

3./ We DO NOT agree with or condone anti-Semitism.

Okay? Clear?


For far from the first time, Israel today used it's custom made, massive murderous, mighty armoured bulldozers as weapons of war.

Now read this news clip - fresh from this morning.

...... Witnesses reported 80 jeeps backing several bulldozers [entering] the Old City, Ras al-Ain and al-Jabal al-Shamali neighbourhoods of Nablus.

The size of the operation indicates that the military operation will not end soon, according to Al Jazeera's correspondent there.

The bulldozers pushed rubble into piles on main roads to make them impassable, witnesses said, while snipers took positions on rooftops in the Old City and the neighbourhood close to Raefedia hospital.

Troops placed about 50,000 people under curfew in the centre of Nablus and closed the main entrance to the city.

Jeeps blocked entries to two main hospitals in the city, al-Watani and Raefedia, said Ghassan Hamdan, a doctor there.

"We are suffering, Nablus is suffering, from this closure," Hafiz Shahine, the deputy mayor of the city told Al Jazeera, "the shops are closed and streets and blocked in the Old City, no-one can get out of their homes."

"Nablus has been under seige for six years," he said.

(Please note that the old lady shown laying prone was completely alive, uninjured and unharmed at the time of being photographed, but was protesting personally -- super-strongly.)

Read the rest of this report right here.

And, in the name of whichever God you either do or don't believe in -- wake up to what's really going on in the Middle East -- even as you sit and read this.

Then, in the name of (and for the greater good of), humanity as a whole - please pass this piece on - as quickly and as widely as possible.

Thank you.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first woman was wearing a green dress and the second one wearing something like grey and red.You are a schmock, a loser

4:57 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Anonymous, I'm well aware of that. You were so set on attacking me personally that you 'assumed' - and assumed wrongly. Nowhere did I say nor indeed imply that this was the same woman. Do you think there was only ONE woman protesting?

Anyhow, I've passed your comment for publication but note that no more personal attacks (either upon myself or anyone else) will see the light of day.

Who's the loser now?

5:11 pm  
Anonymous phil said...

Richard, didn't you realise that it would all be okay (in some folks minds) no matter how inhuman it was, if it wasn't the same woman shown in two seperate pictures?

Btw, I could tell it wasn't right away - not just because of the woman's clothes - but the bulldozer's a different one, as is the terrain at each location.

Same old problem, Richard - a rush to judgement. But btw, I'm with you 100% about banning personal attacks\insults. When I had my blog up and running I did exactly the same.

Oh, and thanks a lot for this story.


5:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fwiw -

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* and ten maybe either side

5:37 pm  
Anonymous zak said...

Brit, you must now by now that while it's OK to expose outrages of UK, US and most other governments there is one "untouchable".

8:37 pm  
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9:16 pm  
Anonymous anon2 said...

It looks like this subject is very a hot topic right now.

Gordo at Appletree has this.

And Alon has this.

9:55 pm  
Blogger bootlian said...

They're blocking hospitals' access!?

One must wonder how much lower anyone can go?

10:13 pm  
Anonymous Tom V said...

Anonymous, I'm sorry, but I don't know Yiddish to know the meaning of the word 'schmock', so I checked my dictionary. Good thing, that I' m the proud owner of a copy of the Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language. It is as big and thick, as some of those huge ceremonial Bibles, which presented in state with full reverence, before the time of church service. I'm sure, you know what I mean.

This dictionary gives all meanings, such as secondary tertiary etc., as well as etymological derivation. So I was fairly confident about finding your word in it.
To my surprise, there is no 'schmock', in the dictionary. The closest I've found was 'schmo', also 'schmoe', (plural 'schmoes'.) The dictionary's authors claim, that they are the bastardised versions of the original word 'schmuck'.
This is what I've found under schmuck: Noun slang. fool; oaf; jerk. Comes from Yiddish: male member, literally: pendant; akin to Old High German smocko, and German Schmuck, ornament, finery.

If this is the best argument you can come up with anon, then I feel sorry for you. The level of presentation and language skill you demonstrate in your comment, is no higher than if it were made by a 7-9 year old boy, who bickers with his playmate over a toy in a sandbox, except the style and 'taste' is considerably uglier.
Whoever you represent, (other than yourself Anon), you represent them shamefully. Ie. You bring shame to them.

Anyway, since there is so much Pharisaic-style scrutiny about tiny flaws and details in the article, why not give you a link to an even more detailed, and more exhaustively pedantic report, which might satisfy your demand for high standards. The report was made on behest of the UN Human Rights Council, by a known South African jurist Mr. John Dugard

Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories by John Duggard

10:21 pm  
Anonymous david-d said...

See Gush Shalom.

11:28 pm  
Anonymous whoever said...

How eager wase the IDF to join the coalition of the willing? How many troops did they send to fight and be sacrified in Afghanistan? Likewise, Iraq?

Rhetorical questions, natch.

11:20 am  
Blogger Jamie said...

To clarify, the word is schmuck: a crude word for male genetalia starting with P.

Now there is enough sin to go around on all sides. If there weren't suicide bombers and terrorists blowing hundreds to pieces in Israel, maybe there wouldn't be tanks and road closures in Palestine.

Ireland had to decide enough is enough whatever people's feelings. The same must be done by Israel and the Palestinians. The whole thing could have been solved decades ago if the surrounding nations wanted the Palestinians for anything other than a PR weapon against Israel, but they don't want them either.

4:32 pm  
Anonymous Tazmanian said...

I'm struggling to grasp (metaphorically at least)the brass neck of these Israhelli supporters. For goodness sake stop trying to defend the indefensible. The actions of the Zionazi regime are utterly abhorrent and repugnant to 99% of mankind.

5:13 pm  
Anonymous Rex said...

" ... doesn't want them ..." ?

I'm don't understand exactly what that means, Jamie.

6:12 pm  
Blogger newManifesto said...

[Now there is enough sin to go around on all sides. If there weren't suicide bombers and terrorists blowing hundreds to pieces in Israel, maybe there wouldn't be tanks and road closures in Palestine.]

this is a sad thing to write and believe jamie, because its a classic case of confusing the victim for the victimizer

it is so wrong that it could be sinful but lets not get in the game of passing verdicts around

xcuse my poor english

i hope i made my point clear

12:45 pm  
Blogger Jamie said...


Check the history. The surrounding countries actively encouraged the Palestinians to leave Israel after statehood with the promise that they would return once Israel had been destroyed. When that war failed, they could have merged the Palestinians into their societies, but preferred to have them as a weapon.

They did nothing to help develop the area, create jobs, or improve living conditions keeping the population in ignorance and poverty while blowing on the flames of anger and encouraging continued invasion thus frustrating actions that might have returned them peacefully to their former homes.

In other words, the problems are hardly one sided.

2:07 pm  
Anonymous relay said...

Israel Seeks More U.S. Military Aid
A high-level Israeli delegation is in Washington this week to ask the Bush administration to give Israel more money in military aid. Israel currently receives $2.4 billion in military aid annually – more than any other country.

Israeli officials are hoping for extra aid in part to compensate for the cost of last summer's 34-day Lebanon war.

Link -- scroll down a bit.

5:01 pm  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Now, here's something new.

Irish bishops say Israel is unjust

[Ireland has a history of support for the Palestinians especially among parties such as Sinn Fein [AFP]]

A group of Irish Roman Catholic bishops has called into question Ireland's commercial ties with Israel, and described travel restrictions on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank as an "injustice".

The auxiliary Bishop of Dublin said on Tuesday that Israel has made the Gaza Strip "little more than a large prison" for Palestinians.

"Where there is evidence of systematic abuse of human rights on a large scale, as in the Occupied Territories, there are questions that must be asked concerning the appropriateness of maintaining close business, cultural and commercial links with Israel," Raymond Field said.

Read more here.

8:11 pm  
Anonymous mal said...

It's right to ban any personal attacks, insults and abuse.

But it's also right to read up on history, as Jamie says - to become informed fair and balanced.

8:19 pm  
Blogger Sophia said...

Thank you so much Richard for leaving the link on my website to Galloway's speech. A powerful speech indeed. Are you going into another folly ? I think so and I think we should make our voices heard even louder now. Yours Richard is one clear consistent voice. Thank you for all these posts on palestine because after all, Palestine IS THE ISSUE and all these wars waged by the neocons are made to hide it...

2:05 pm  
Anonymous bluey said...

Five days have gone by but they're still hard at it.

Israelis in fresh West Bank raids

Troops detained wanted militants in Nablus and their relatives
Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank have pushed on with their search for militants, trading gunfire with armed Palestinians.

On the fifth day of operations in and around Nablus, the Israelis stormed a block of flats and surrounded a mosque.

Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniya has said Israel is trying to undermine a recent unity agreement between Palestinian factions.

BBC link for more.

3:01 pm  
Blogger N. said...

:( How come these anonymous zionists don't attack me??? I feel ignored!

Sorry, what's that anonymous posting of people's IP addresses and etc?

3:08 am  
Anonymous marty said...

N, be careful what you wish for.

1:06 pm  

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