Israel resorts to murder, mass terror, and lies against Palestinians
24 June 2014
By Khalid Amayreh in Dura
As the latest Israeli rampage of murder and terror in
the West Bank continues unabated, hopes for locating
three young Jewish settlers Israel says were kidnapped
by suspected Hamas militants are steadily vanishing.
Tens of thousands of Israeli troops are taking part in
one of the largest operations in Israel's history. So,
far troops have thoroughly searched more than a
thousand Palestinian homes in the Hebron region alone,
but to no avail.
Soldiers have also been searching wells, abandoned
caves and other possible hideouts in the large Hebron
In many cases, troops blast their way into Palestinian
homes, using explosives. The aggressive and
unnecessary measure, which often takes place in the
quiet hours before dawn, is obviously intended to
terrorize Palestinian civilians and inflict on them
maximum emotional pain and material losses.
Few instances of beating have been reported. However,
there have been numerous reports of vandalism and
sabotage of public and private property.
There have also been widespread reports of theft by
the troops, including stealing Jewelry, money and
other valuable items. An Israeli army spokesman
admitted that "tens of thousands of Shekels were
confiscated" from Palestinians suspected of being
sympathetic with Hamas.
Neither Hamas nor any other Palestinian faction has
claimed responsibility for the presumed kidnapping.
Despite the ferocity of the Israeli campaign, there
are signs that the Palestinians are caving in under
Indeed, many Palestinians, especially in the Hebron
region, are showing definitive signs of defiance,
often invoking the adage: whatever falls from the sky
will hit the ground.
While Israel is making a huge outcry about "Jewish
children kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists," Israel
soldiers have murdered at least six Palestinians.
The victims include a 13-year old child from the town
of Dura, south west of Hebron.
According to several eye-witnesses Muhammed Jehad
Dudin was gunned down Friday morning, while standing
outside his home, watching soldiers raid his
"He was just standing with other kids. He threw no
stones, he did nothing to provoke the heavily-armed
soldiers," said Ahmed Raba'i who said he witnessed the
"I think the soldiers were out to spill Palestinian
blood by hook or by crook in order to vent their
frustration and satiate their thirst for blood. I know
that my words may not bode well with the western
media, but this is the truth. Otherwise what could
justify the murder of an innocent child?"
The Child's uncle Shaher described the killers as
"animals walking on two legs."
"Ok, even if he threw a stone toward the soldiers,
would that stone have put a soldier's life to danger?
Has humanity's conscience died? Muhammad's blood cries
out for justice."
Interestingly, the murderous killing of Dudin was
mentioned rather tersely by the Israeli media, which
Palestinians say underscores the shocking apathy of
the Israeli public toward Palestinian lives.
In the course of the past few years, Israel has killed
more than 400 Palestinian children, mostly in the Gaza
In most cases, the murderous killings were carried out
knowingly and deliberately.
Some Talmudic circles in Israel teach that the lives
of non-Jews have absolutely no sanctity. Many Israeli
soldiers, especially those graduating from religious
schools or Yeshivot, are indoctrinated in this brashly
racist ideology which views non-Jews as quasi-human
beings or animals in a human shape.
Elsewhere in the West Bank, trigger-happy Israeli
troops killed Mahmoud Atallah when Palestinian
youngsters hurled stones on Israeli troops who raided
Ramallah, the capital of the Palestinian Authority,
And in Nablus, another youth named Ahmed Khaled was
murdered in several circumstances.
Israeli troops on Sunday stormed Ramallah anew as PA
security personnel looked on.
Abbas losing popularity
Meanwhile, it seems that the latest events in the West
Bank have dealt a strong blow to PA Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas's popularity amongst Palestinians.
Last week, Abbas referred to the missing three Israeli
settlers as "three innocent children." He made no
mention of Palestinian victims of Israel's criminal
colonialism and apartheid, including thousands of
Palestinian political and resistance prisoners, many
of them languishing in Israeli jails and detention
camps without charge or trial.
The remarks have drawn angry reactions from many
ordinary Palestinians, who called Abbas "a traitor par
Abbas called security cooperation with Israel a
"paramount Palestinian interest."
However, one Palestinian journalist referred to
Abbas's remarks as" amounting to committing adultery
with truth and with Palestinian national honor."
"What national interest is served by murdering our
children in old-blood such as what happened in Dura
"What national interest is served by rounding up
hundreds of innocent people who have done nothing
"What national interest is served by raiding and
vandalizing our homes, businesses, institutions and
"Do Abbas's relentless efforts to obtain a certificate
of good conduct from the Israelis have no end?"
It is widely believed that Abbas's sagging popularity
is met with the an ostensibly rising popularity of
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement
Israel has been trying to demonize.
A Hamas activist from Dura told this writer that the
latest Israeli crackdown on the Islamist group has
been a "bless in disguise."
"We achieved in one week what we have not been able to
achieve in seven years."
It is hard to verify the veracity of these claims.
However, from the latest Palestinian public reactions,
it seems that most Palestinians are willing to give
Hamas the benefit of the doubt, at least for the time
And this is happening at Israel's and Abbas's expense.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist
and political commentator living in occupied Palestine