Before I sat down this morning to have a last read through of this post before publishing it, I had a quick look at Twitter. There I spotted the news from Haaretz via the tireless Ben White that Israeli security sources are now labelling the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem a ‘terrorist stronghold.’ Israeli officials profess to believe that this alleged phenomenon results from the camp’s proximity to the West Bank, and not from Israel’s campaign of terror and displacement against the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem. Orwell’s always on my mind these days, but I’ll leave you to make up yours.

Should Israel invade the camp to ‘take out’ these terrorist targets (by the last definition, any Arab male aged 15-50) you don’t need a crystal ball to foresee the eruption of the ‘Third Intifada’ in Jerusalem that’s been predicted for weeks now. And so the Palestinian tragedy rolls on, wherein enemies are made in order that they can be destroyed. As a student of psychotherapy, I would find the dynamic here morbidly fascinating if I could stop crying for long enough to analyse its fiendish workings.

No doubt I’ve exhausted readers of this blog on the subject of the BBC’s biased reporting on Israel and Palestine (and God knows what else; this is the stuff I know about, so it’s difficult to trust them on the stuff I don’t). The only thing worth adding is that as daily IOF and settler attacks on the Al Aqsa mosque continue, including yesterday morning’s invasion of the compound in which settlers accompanied by Israeli soldiers attacked Muslim worshippers with stun grenades and rubber coated bullets, the only thing the UK’s public broadcaster saw fit to report till yesterday was the murder of Rabbi Yehuda Glick, an Israeli ‘activist’ who Radio 4 described as advocating the ‘right of Jews’ to worship at Al Aqsa.

Their coverage didn’t mention the stated goal of Glick and other extremist settlers to flatten Al Aqsa and replace it with a Jewish ‘Third Temple.’ Nor did the BBC bother to tell listeners that last week the Al Aqsa compound was closed to Muslims, for whom it is the third holiest site, for the first time since 1967. It was also irrelevant that Moshe Feiglin, the Knesset’s Deputy Speaker who advocated putting Gazan civilians in concentration camps during Operation Sturdy Edge, took yet another stroll around the mosque compound on Sunday. Even the war- and hate-mongering Netanyahu told him not to do it.

Instead, the BBC re-cast the murder of Glick as a Muslim attack on a modest advocate of nothing more controversial than religious parity.

In the real world, the past week has seen a dramatic increase in violence around Al Aqsa and other areas of occupied East Jerusalem, including the demolition of several Palestinian homes that lacked – you guessed it – the required ‘building permits’ which Israel almost never grants to its Palestinian citizens in order to ensure permanent insecurity of tenure.

Conversely, I don’t need to tell you about the Palestinian man who drove into commuters in Jerusalem yesterday morning, as that’s been amply covered by the mainstream press. The only thing they left out is all of the above and all of the below, not to mention all of the other blogs I’ve written over the past couple of months about the relentless and systematic theft of Palestinian land, the demolition of Palestinian homes, the detention and harassment of Palestinian people, and the programme to ‘Judaize’ East Jerusalem.

Not that any of this constitutes a ‘provocation’ that might explain why a man living in one of the most militarised countries on earth would drive into a crowd of pedestrians and then leap out of his car pathetically waving a metal bar before being shot dead, of course. Just another ‘Muslim fanatic’ with ‘no respect for life’, I guess. For as we know, the claim for Palestinian rights hinges on their willingness to withstand state terror and humiliation while the world watches mutely, and not to mind at all.

Here’s what the media didn’t call news in Palestine this week:

1. Many Injuries Reported as Israeli soldiers Invade Al-Aqsa Mosque via @jncatron

Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday morning, the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, assaulted the worshipers with concussion grenades, gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets, and invaded the main mosque within the compound.

2. Israeli forces demolish Palestinian homes in Silwan [Jerusalem]

Israeli forces raided the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan early Tuesday and demolished two two-story buildings, residents told Ma’an…

Israel rarely grants construction permits to Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and regularly demolishes structures built without permits.

Israeli bulldozers have demolished at least 359 Palestinian structures in the West Bank so far in 2014, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

3. Israel demolishes 3 Palestinian homes near Nablus via @benabyad

Israeli forces on Monday demolished three Palestinian homes in the Nablus-area village of Aqraba, a Palestinian official said…

The area around Aqraba has been subject to multiple demolitions over the past few months, with Israeli soldiers destroying over 80 electricity pylons and wires in September and four houses in August.

4. Israeli settlers kidnap, beat up Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem

A Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and severely beaten on Tuesday in Jerusalem, raising fears that young Palestinians are becoming increasingly targeted by Israeli extremists…

A jacket containing a pocketbook copy of the Torah was found next to [16 year-old Majdi] Ramadan, leading to believe that the attack was likely carried out by Zionist extremists.

5. Israel moves to outlaw Palestinian political parties in the Knesset via @intifada

The Israeli parliament voted overwhelmingly last week to suspend Haneen Zoabi, a legislator representing the state’s large Palestinian minority, for six months as a campaign to silence political dissent intensified…

The initiatives against Zoabi are the most visible aspects of a wider campaign to silence all political dissent from the Palestinian minority.

6. Israel guilty of war crimes over Turkish aid ship attack, ICC says

Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague have told a Turkish organization that Israel is guilty of “war crimes” for attacking a Turkish aid ship for Gaza in 2010.

The aid ship Mavi Marmara belonged to the foundation, whose law committee had filed a petition at the court for a fair and speedy trial in the case. The court took up the petition in March 2014.

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