Trying to mask the reality

Gideon Levy writes in Haaretz:

As the war in Gaza raged, Israel Defense Forces reservists apparently thought anything was permissible: It was possible, maybe even necessary, to kill innocents, in the West Bank, too. Under cover of war, they thought, they could also kill a handcuffed Palestinian.

It may not receive much international media coverage, but Israel’s occupation of the West Bank – which the Jewish state still plans to expand – is a daily violation of human rights:

“They started smashing down doors at 2 a.m. last Wednesday before moving through homes and destroying property,” says Jayyus Mayor…  Mohammad Taher Shamasni.

“Residents were assaulted, money was stolen, computers confiscated, over 60 young men arrested and the village placed under curfew. The Israeli soldiers came into my home and threw the contents of cupboards and closets onto the floor,” Shamasni told IPS.

Jayyus, an agricultural community of 3,500 inhabitants, located in the Qalqiliya district of the northern Occupied West Bank, was invaded by Israeli soldiers using police dogs and backed by military helicopters.

Meanwhile, Israel’s successful nationalist, Avigdor Lieberman, writes in America’s The Jewish Week paper that he resents being called a fascist. He just really wants Arabs in Israel to embrace his country as a Jewish state and even argues for a Palestinian state.

Israeli actions speak for themselves. The above examples are merely the latest in a litany of abuses.

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