Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gross Israeli Injustice

Gross Israeli Injustice

by Stephen Lendman

Israel persecutes Palestinians viciously, stealing their land, displacing them, extrajudicially killing them, imprisoning them on trumped up charges, their fundamental rights systematically denied.

Five Palestinian teenagers were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, fined $39,000 their families are forced to pay for a crime their children didn’t commit. 

Rubber-stamp/military kangaroo court justice ruled otherwise. Ali Shamlawi, Mohammed Kleib, Mohammed Suleiman, Ammar Souf, and Tamer Souf were 16 - 17 years-old when wrongfully charged with stone-throwing and attempted murder (later reduced to manslaughter), despite no evidence proving it.

No incident occurred. No witnesses suggested one. Guilt by accusation is virtually automatic in Israeli military courts, young children treated as viciously as adults, shamelessly called “terrorists.”

An accident involving a settler car crashing into a truck seriously injured the driver’s three young daughters. One died last year from pneumonia. Stone-throwing had nothing to do with the incident, five Palestinian teenagers victimized by Israeli injustice.

Israeli media scoundrels are like America’s. Rare exceptions prove the rule. They straightaway called a highway accident a “terrorist attack,” repeating irresponsible regime charges.

The Hares Boys, named after their home village, were arrested in March 2013, lawlessly held for nearly three years under horrific conditions before being sentenced.

They denied throwing stones as charged. It didn’t matter. They were brutally tortured during interrogations, denied family and legal counsel contacts at the time, forced to sign confessions in Hebrew they didn’t understand, later recanted them, now face longterm imprisonment.

Once Palestinians are charged, innocence is no defense, young children as vulnerable as adults. Criminal injustice is longstanding Israeli practice.

According to Defense for Children International-Palestine’s Bashar Jamal, nearly 700 Palestinian children are wrongfully arrested, brutally treated, prosecuted, automatically convicted or held administratively uncharged and untried, systematically denied justice annually - on average around two a day.

Israeli settlers are free to commit violence and vandalism unaccountably against Palestinians and their communities.

It bears repeating. No evidence against the wrongfully convicted boys exists. Not a single eyewitness corroborated regime charges.

No one saw Palestinians throwing stones on the day of the incident. Some reports called them “concrete blocks,” suggesting something too heavy to lift, let alone throw and hit a passing car.

Media reports after early ones were filled with disturbing contradictions and inconsistencies, indicating a political motive behind state persecution.

Palestinians systematically face fabricated charges, recklessly called terrorists, framed for crimes they didn’t commit, automatically denied justice.

Police states operate this way, Israel one of the most vicious, Palestinians terrorized for not being Jews.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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