my apologies for not posting over the last seven or eight weeks, I have had pressing family and work issues. I hope to return to more posting more regularly over the coming weeks.
Over the last two months or so, a lot has been happening in particular in regard to the arrest of Ahed Tamimi, including the arrest and harassment of her family members. Most recently, the IOF arrested Mohammed Tamimi, Ahed's cousin who was shot in the face by Israeli Occupation Forces.Leftwing Israeli political journal, +972 has documented the night raid and arrests here.
The IOF has since coerced a statement out of Mohammed which claims that his injure was from a bike fall. This would be laughable if it wasn't so anger inducing.
As Amira Hass notes in this article and she and many others have been noting for years. The IOF torture and coerce Palestinians into giving false statements. In particular, children are subject to this illegal behaviour. When they are being "questioned" Palestinians, including children, are not allowed any legal representative to be present and children are not allowed to have a parent or guardian with them.
Beside the well document history of the IOF's torture and human rights abuses against Palestinian prisoners, including children - the shooting of Mohammed by the IOF is extremely well documents. However, the main aim of the IOF is not to be factual or to tell the true, it is to to muddy the waters and to pander to the Israeli hard right as Sarit Michaeli from the Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem notes in her tweet on the issues. This is a standard trick used by the IOF and Zionists to call Palestinian testimony and actual facts into questions. It's very much an exercise in the promotion of "fake news".
As mentioned, Amira Hass outlines exactly how the IOF would have got Mohammed to saying something which can clearly be proven to be a lie.
in solidarity, Kim
the coordinator of government activities in the territories, in 2016.
He must have been thinking: Perhaps I'll be held under arrest for many weeks. Perhaps my medical condition will get worse. Perhaps I won't even be released before going into surgery.
One of the ways of deterring individuals who may be potential participants in popular struggles is to wreak serious harm on people who are already taking part in them – by means ranging from injuring to killing; to detention under conditions harsher than those encountered by graft suspect Nir Hefetz; sleep deprivation; painful handcuffing; humiliating interrogations; ridiculous accusations like those based on "evidence" like empty tear-gas cannisters or visits to book exhibitions; administrative detentions (arrest without charges being filed); arrest until the conclusion of proceedings; and exorbitant fines.