A bloody Valentine for dead teenagers
An Israeli border police violently tipped over the wheelchair of a Palestinian man and sent disabled 53-year-old Majid al-Fahouri sprawling backwards.
Footage of the incident in West Bank – where the sectarian conflict is again intensifying – went viral in the social media yesterday.
Video clip here.
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Majid had been trying to reach Yasmin Rashad al-Zarou who lay on the ground bleeding. His intention was to give first aid to Yasmin.
The Palestinian girl had been shot by Israeli security forces for attempting “to commit a stabbing attack”, allegedly, at a checkpoint/roadblock.
There are conflicting accounts as to Yasmin’s age. The Israeli version puts Yasmin’s age as 21 while Palestinian sources say she is either 13 or 14. The Palestinians also refuted the story by Israeli authorities that the teenager had tried to stab anyone.
BELOW: The injured girl can be seen on the road in the background
Two peoples who cannot co-exist
Newsweek reported, “Israeli forces shot and killed five Palestinians, three of them teenagers, in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Sunday [Feb 14], saying that they had all launched attempted attacks against authorities”.
Two of the boys were shot dead by Israeli soldiers for throwing rocks at passing cars near the town of Jenin in West Bank. Both the Palestinian teens were said to have been 15 years old, according to the BBC.
A day earlier on Feb 13, Israeli soldiers in Hebron shot dead Palestinian girl Kilzar Mohd Abdulhaleem al-Owiwi near a mosque. The 17-year-old deceased was accused by the Israeli army as an “assailant” attempting to stab a soldier, said an Al-Jazeera report.
MAP: The Zionists kept grabbing and grabbing land until Palestinians are now left with only two non-contiguous strips that are Gaza and West Bank
Confrontation escalating into a civil war
Writing in the New York Times on Feb 10, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman opined,
“The peace process is dead. It’s over, folks, so please stop sending the New York Times Op-Ed page editor your proposals for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. The next U.S. president will have to deal with an Israel determined to permanently occupy all the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, including where 2.5 million West Bank Palestinians live.”
Friedman, who had previously been his newspaper’s correspondent in the Middle East war zones, believes that the two-state solution was killed equally by both sides complicit to the fighting – the ultra orthodox Jewish settlers, right-wing Jewish billionaire funders, Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, among others.
He anticipates that a one-state era will soon begin — following “a steady low-grade civil war between Palestinians and Israelis”.
VIDEO: Showing Yasmin al-Zarou who was shot by Israeli border police in Hebron on Valentine’s Day
Reality check: Too late for peace
Israel’s military engineers are currently searching for Hamas “terror tunnels” along the Gaza border.
Meanwhile in its breaking news, AFP reports that 28 Palestinians were shot by Israeli troops early Monday morning in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
The injured Palestinians had been involved in clashes with the Israeli soldiers who raided their Al-Amari refugee camp. Hundreds of Palestinian rioters threw stones and glass bottles/petrol bombs. The youths were met with a ‘return fire’ of rubber bullets and live ammunition by the Israeli raiding squad.
Some quarters in Israel have been paying lip service to a two-state solution but the reality is that these two peoples cannot live together peacefully in the same land even as neighbours, much less in the same house.
Pack up and go, start life afresh somewhere else
Middle East expert Alan Hart suggests that as things are and look like going, the Palestinians have merely two options left.
(Hart is ITN’s former Middle East chief correspondent as well as ex-BBC man who presented the channel’s Panorama programme specializing in the Middle East.)
One option, he says, is to dissolve the Palestinian Authority and hand back full responsibility for the occupation to Israel.
The second option is to “accept crumbs from Zionism’s table in the shape of Bantustans on 30-40 percent of the West Bank which they could call a state if they wished, or pack their bags and leave to start new lives elsewhere”.