I want to share a quote from the Palestinian scholar and legislator Hanan Ashrawi which I’ve read before and came across again the other day. For me, it sums up precisely where we are at the moment in Israel and Palestine, and indeed where we’ve always been. Besides identifying the sinister dynamic at play in this conflict, the brilliant Ashrawi captures the essence of media spin on the issue in which the words ‘settler’ ‘occupation’ and ‘blockade’ rarely appear in the context of the violence there. Instead, we hear of ‘reprisals’ and ‘clashes’ – and ‘security,’ of course.

Ashrawi writes,

‘We are the only people on Earth asked to guarantee the security of our occupier…while Israel is the only country that calls for defense from its victims.’

So far this month, more than 1300 Palestinians have been wounded in confrontations between heavily armed fighters from one of the world’s largest and best-financed militaries, and stone-throwing and knife wielding Palestinian youth. The injured now include a Human Rights Watch Research Assistant documenting a peaceful demonstration where she said some people were ‘singing’. A medic who witnessed the shooting told HRW “[w]e didn’t see any soldiers near us. That’s why we felt safe. No one was throwing rocks or anything. Soldiers just started shooting.”

The IOF also shot a Ma’an News Agency cameraman on Sunday, and last week shot Hana Mahamid, a Lebanese TV reporter, in the face with a stun grenade. When images appeared online a short time later of Mahamid filing a report with her face heavily bandaged, hasbarists took to social media to claim the photos came from ‘Pallywood.’ Yup.

These are the Palestinians Israel has shot dead so far this month in order to ‘defend itself.’ You’ll see that many of them were children; indeed, one was not yet born. And note that the mother of Thaer Abu Ghazaleh was denied an entry permit to attend her son’s funeral.

This list comes courtesy of my Twitter contact Bea, a tireless Swedish advocate of Palestinian rights.

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And here are final thoughts from Pallywood.

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