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Video: Soldiers shoot Palestinian running across a road

Witnesses told a Palestinian media outlet that the man was attempting to catch a bus when he was shot.


The security camera footage shows a figure running across a road before he is shot and falls to the ground.

The army claimed that the man, who had not yet been identified at the time of publication, was armed with a knife and was running towards soldiers when he was shot.

But he was not near any other person, and does not appear to pose an immediate threat to anyone’s life at the time that he is shot. It is not apparent from the video that he was carrying a knife or attempting any attack when he was wounded.

Another video taken immediately after the shooting shows the man lying on the ground as soldiers gather around him:
The incident took place at the Gush Etzion junction outside the settlement bloc of the same name near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The injured man was arrested and hospitalized.

Several Palestinians have been killed at the Gush Etzion junction in the past two years, most recently Abdullah Taqatqa, 24, in July, and Suhaib Mashahra, 21, in April.

Numerous human rights groups, a United Nations human rights investigator, and the US State Department and American lawmakers have all raised concerns over Israel’s reflexive use of deadly force against alleged Palestinian attackers. Amnesty International stated last year that several such cases should be investigated as possible extrajudicial executions.

Such incidents have occurred at checkpoints and settlements throughout the West Bank, where for half a century Israel has imposed a belligerent military occupation to expand its settler-colonial enterprise and brutally stamp out Palestinian resistance to it.

The Israeli rights group B’Tselem has called for figures at the senior level of the Israeli government and military to be held to account for an open-fire policy which “conveys profound disregard for the lives of Palestinians.”

The rights group puts blame not only at the feet of Israel’s armed forces, but also at its political leadership, “whose public statements have made it clear that any Palestinian who attacks Israelis – or is suspected of attempting to do so – should be killed.”

If the young man shot at Gush Etzion on Wednesday was only trying to catch a bus when he was wounded by soldiers, he won’t have been the first.

Last year a Palestinian man was attempting to cross a road to catch a taxi on his way to a chemotherapy session when he was shot by soldiers. Muhammad Amar Jallad, who was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, died of his injuries months later.

Nearly 60 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire so far this year. Fifteen Israelis and a British national have been killed by Palestinians during the same period.

Video Soldiers shoot Palestinian running across a road

White Nationalist Richard Spencer Gives Israel as Example of Ethno-state He Wants in U.S.

Hundreds protest outside with signs, anti-Nazi chants  Speech descends into shouting match with audience ■ Daily Stormer founder encouraging supporters to target Jewish institutions during speech, ADL says

White nationalist leader Richard Spencer gave Israel as an example of an “ethno-state” he aspires to create in the United States during a controversial speech at the University of Florida on Thursday. Hundreds protested Spencer's presence outside the auditorium.
“The Jewish state of Israel is not just another country in the Middle East. It is a country for Jews around the world,” he said. The audience booed at the mention of Israel.


Spencer also mentioned Poland, Russia and Hungary as "European states that want to uphold their identities,” saying that he doesn't "want the world to be an undifferentiated mass of individuals going shopping in a global economy.”
He said that, “like Jews in the 19th century had an ideal of Zionism,” he and his compatriots have a dream of a white American “ethno-state.”
Hundreds of people protested Spencer’s presence outside the building with signs and anti-Nazi chants. Police officers stood outside the UF Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to prevent violence, while protesters shouted, “Not in our town! Not in our state! We don't want your Nazi hate!”
Spencer resorted to baiting the audience in the half-empty auditorium as they chanted loudly, “go home Spencer, go home!” and the speech quickly descended into a shouting match as Spencer and his audience traded insults.
To the boos and chants and jeers, he yelled defiantly “I’m not going home!” He bemoaned the oppression he said he experienced in Charlottesville, where he said “free speech was stifled.”
“You can't shut any of us up. No one can hear you. The whole world is watching this. They don't hear anything you are saying. All they hear is a bunch of shrieking and grunting morons. That's not an argument,” Spencer shouted.
“Within all of you is a hidden doubt about the system you are experiencing, about a system that isn’t just anti-white, a system that is against all identities,” he said.
As the crowd chanted "Black Lives Matter!" he chuckled, "consider the absurdity of yelling this at me." 
“You aren’t speaking. You are trying to create a mob that will shut down free speech are you adults, are you ready to speak for yourself. You all look like pre-schoolers who aren’t ready for ideas that might get a little challenging,” Spencer said.
The school estimates it is spending $600,000 on security to ensure no repeat of violent clashes connected to a white nationalist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead in August.
UF cited the Charlottesville violence in rejecting an initial request from Spencer to speak at the university, but later relented on free speech grounds. Florida's governor declared a state of emergency for the event.
Andrew Anglin, the American blogger who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, has called on followers who are unable to attend Spencer's speech in Florida to target Jewish and African-American institutions, the Anti-Defamation League said.
According to the ADL, Anglin provided his white supremacist supporters with the addresses of the Chabad Jewish Center, the Institute of Black Culture and other locations in Florida and suggested they hold "flash demos" there, similar to the brief rally Spencer led in Charlottesville earlier this month.
Chabad director Rabbi Berl Goldman said that dozens of Jewish students, parents and staff members had contacted him with worries regarding the event.

Allison Kaplan Sommer

Haaretz Correspondent

read more: https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.818233

White Nationalist Richard Spencer Gives Israel as Example of Ethno state

Anti-draft ultra-Orthodox Protests Shut Down Jerusalem in 'Day of Rage'; 120 Arrested

Jerusalem light rail comes to a halt as thousands of ultra-Orthodox demonstrators protest the arrests of two yeshiva students charged with draft evasion
Police arrested some 120 ultra-Orthodox demonstrators in Jerusalem and the nearby city of Beit Shemesh on Thursday during a protest against the arrests of two yeshiva students charged with draft evasion. 
Thousands of protesters blocked downtown Jerusalem for hours, obstructing traffic to the central bus station and the light rail, and blocked other major roads and highways around the country.
The dubbed "Jerusalem faction" of non-Hasidic ultra-Orthodox kicked off their declared "day of rage" earlier on Thursday morning with a demonstration on highway Route 446, blocking the road near Modi'in Ilit northwest of Jerusalem.
After the arrest of the students, who were sentenced to 20 days in military prison, the leader of the Jerusalem faction, Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, ordered his followers to protest. Hundreds of people blocked central roads in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak for two days, clashing with drivers and police officers. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested. Following two days of demonstrating, leaders declared a “day of rage” Thursday.
“The masses of the House of Israel will not rest or remain quiet until the plague of the draft decree that hovers of the heads of yeshiva students is removed,” the group said in a statement ahead of Thursday's action. “The entire exile will burn like a bonfire.”

Aaron Rabinowitz
Haaretz Contributor
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.818014

Anti draft ultra Orthodox Protests

U.S.: If Hamas Wants Any Role in Palestinian Government, It Must Disarm and Recognize Israel

In first U.S. response to reconciliation agreement, U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt says any government must also accept previous agreements and commit to peace

Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for the peace process, issued on Thursday the first American response to the Palestinian reconciliation deal between Hamas and Fatah. According to Greenblatt, any Palestinian government must "unambiguously and explicitly" commit to the conditions set by the Quartet: Refraining from violence, recognizing Israel, and accepting previous agreements, including disarming terrorists and committing to peace.
"If Hamas is to play any role in a Palestinian government, it must accept these basic requirements," Greenblatt wrote.
The U.S. envoy added that all parties agree that it is essential for the Palestinian Authority to assume "full, genuine, and unhindered" security and civil control in the Gaza Strip. It is essential that "we work together to improve the humanitarian situation for Palestinians living there," Greenblatt wrote. 
Israel's security cabinet decided during a meeting on Tuesday that Israel will not engage in political negotiations with a Palestinian unity government, if such a government is indeed established following the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, the Prime Minister's Office said. 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel would not recognize or accept the reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas and will neither try to prevent its implementation nor break off relations with the Palestinian Authority.

Barak Ravid
Haaretz Correspondent
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.818062

U.S. If Hamas Wants Any Role in Palestinian Government It Must Disarm and Recognize Israel

Those Israeli Left-wing Purists

I can’t stand the thought that the Labor Party is headed by a man, Avi Gabbay, who says that he 'doesn’t deal with the rights of the Palestinians'

I am a left-wing purist. I can’t stand the thought that the Labor Party is headed by a man, Avi Gabbay, who says that he “doesn’t deal with the rights of the Palestinians.” (And who will deal with them? Avidgor Lieberman? Naftali Bennett? Maybe Marwan Barghouti, from prison?)
Someone who asks, maybe out of embarrassing ignorance, maybe out of pretended ignorance: “If you make peace, why do you need to evacuate settlements?” Who brags like the worst right-wing thug: “They fire one missile? You fire 20. That’s the only way they understand in the Middle East.”
Who bases the country’s existence on the divine promise to Abraham, who opposes evacuating “80,000 settlers,” as if this number will ever provide even a partially just solution. Who calls the Palestinians “Arabs” and says he has nothing in common with the Joint List Knesset faction.
I am a left-wing purist, the kind that those who see themselves as leftists love to attack. They aren’t purists. They are so practical and sober, realistic and pragmatic. They don’t like purists. They think Avi Gabbay is a worthy candidate who shouldn’t be criticized, because the goal of every non-purist leftist is to rid ourselves of Benjamin Netanyahu – and after him, the déluge.
I am a purist who thinks that the plagiarized version of Netanyahu isn’t preferable to the original, that the silence of cowardly Labor Party MKs in the face of their leader’s remarks is shameful, and that it only proves why there’s no need for their accursed party or for cursing their new leader. At least Yair Lapid gets filmed in boxing matches, even if they’re ridiculous.
I’m a left-wing purist who thinks you have to keep drawing people’s attention, over and over, until the end of time, to the elephant in the living room. Precisely because it’s so boring and annoying, so expected and unoriginal, so repetitious, just as the occupation is repetitious, annoying and expected. So-called leftists have tired a bit from dealing with it. They’re against it, but they know it’s not topical or attractive, not sexy, and, above all, not a vote-getter. The country is right-wing, so everyone tacks to the right. There are other things to deal with. The number of teachers’ assistants in kindergartens is more interesting.
But nothing is less of a vote-getter than impersonation. The only reason the Labor Party isn’t in power is because of its vacillating, because it hasn’t presented an alternative, and because it doesn’t have a single figure like Jeremy Corbyn to restore it. On our left wing, there are endless leftist charlatans and cowards, with their left-wing advisers telling them if they would only look to the center and imitate the right, ignore the occupation and Palestinian rights, they would without a doubt get elected, Isaac Herzog after Shelly Yacimovich, election after election. But the elections always end in tears.
It’s not a matter of purism. On the other hand, neither is it a matter of being left-wing. Sticking to one’s basic principles, the most basic that the left has, such as the idea that dealing with the occupation takes precedence over anything else, that it’s the most crucial, most decisive, most bothersome issue – that’s not purism. It’s essential realism, the height of political realism.
It’s actually those who are repressing and denying the issue who are not seeing things correctly, misleading themselves and others. They think that if they don’t deal with the sore, it will heal itself. But it won’t. Ever. And they won’t get elected either.
There’s the left wing and the right wing, and 50 shades of gray in between, which are also legitimate. What isn’t legitimate, however, is deceit. It doesn’t exist on the right. MK Bezalel Smotrich doesn’t deceive, and no one claims he is a right-wing purist. Even Netanyahu himself no longer engages in pretense.
In the face of their proud nationalism, all the left can say is something to the contrary. Gabbay talks right and delegitimizes left-wing positions by concealing them. In the process, he is sticking to his party’s most trusty path.
There is no left-winger who can remain silent over this, because if left-wing people remain silent, they’re saying Gabbay is right, we don’t need to deal with Palestinian rights, which also represent Israel’s moral image. Let’s transfer manufacturing to China, as Gabbay suggests. We’ll fire 20 missiles for every incoming rocket. We’ll build settlements that we’ll never evacuate and believe it’s our right because of the divine promise to Abraham. What’s important is for Gabbay to get elected, and all those purists can go explode.

Gideon Levy

Haaretz Correspondent

read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.818041

Those Israeli Left wing Purists

Hamas Accuses U.S. of Trying to Thwart Palestinian Unity After Statement by Trump's Envoy

Hamas calls the appeal by Jason Greenblatt to recognize Israel and disarm a 'blackmail attempt,' accuses U.S. of meddling in internal Palestinian affairs

Hamas issued a statement on Thursday rejecting what it called the "blackmail attempts" by the U.S. administration and the one-sided support of Israel, reflected in remarks made earlier by Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
According to Hamas, Greenblatt's statement constitutes a blunt pursuit to meddle in internal Palestinian affairs and was meant to throw a wrench in the works of Palestinian reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas added that it was determined to continue with all aspects of the rapprochement efforts and that any bids to thwart or delay the process will not distract the organization. 
A member of the PLO's executive committee and an advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas struck a similar tone on Thursday, saying that Greenblatt's position constitutes a blatant intervention in internal Palestinian affairs.
Greenblatt issued Washington’s first official response to the reconciliation deal earlier on Thursday, just hours before landing in Egypt to discuss the agreement and Israeli-Palestinian peace with officials in Cairo. 
According to Greenblatt, any Palestinian government must "unambiguously and explicitly" commit to the conditions set by the Quartet: Refraining from violence, recognizing Israel, and accepting previous agreements, including disarming terrorists and committing to peace.
The statement was released two days after Israel’s security cabinet decided that the country will not engage in political negotiations with a Palestinian unity government, if such a government is indeed established. The ministers set conditions that must be met for Israel to negotiate with the Palestinian government, including the demand that Hamas abides by the Quartet’s conditions of recognizing Israel and ceasing terrorist activity.
On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that while Israel would not recognize or accept the reconciliation agreement, it would refrain from preventing its implementation or breaking off relations with the Palestinian Authority.

Jack Khoury
Haaretz Correspondent
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-n…/palestinians/1.818165

Hamas Accuses U.S. of Trying to Thwart Palestinian Unity

Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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