At The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Israel’s Violent Abuse of Particularly Palestinian Children is Exposed1
May 9, 2016 by Alfred
The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. is a veritable sanctuary for anti-war and peaceful conflict resolution activists who yearn for world peace with social and economical justice.
It has hosted memorable events in support of the noble causes, such as, inter alia, an event in support of an end to President Ronald Reagan’s outrageous support for the Contra terrorists in Nicaragua which featured as guest speaker the minister of health of Nicaragua after the Sandinista popular revolution led by all segments of Nicaraguan society, including Jesuit priests, and which liberated its people from the yoke of the brutal and decadent dictatorship of Anastacio Somoza which unfortunately was supported the right-wing sector of the United States political establishment.
Another event held at said Presbyterian church was shortly after the nightmarish tragedy of September 11, 2001 which was dedicated to the victims and family of the victims of 9/11, as well as to the victims of the post 9/11 opportunistic arrests, abductions, renditions, and torture of, in many if not most cases, innocent human beings who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time when the Cheney/Bush administration decided to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.
That event featured as guest speakers the mayors of German and French towns/cities who had citizens of their countries inexplicably ensnared in wide nets cast over people in Afghanistan and Iraq as if they were somehow accomplices of the horrific crimes committed by mostly Saudi Arabians which, incidentally, to this day have their history of real involvement kept under wraps, as – for example – the 28 page document which has been in a vault for some 13 years and which thanks to former Senator Bob Graham and the Freedom of Information Act will finally hopefully see the light of the day.
This writer has attended these and other events at this magnificent and inspiring church, and attended the most recent one which was held on May 5th, 2016.
It must also be noted that the prestigious and most dedicated organization Jewish Voice for Peace, sponsored this event.
This most recent event focused on, and further exposed, the heinous crimes committed against, most particularly Palestinian children, but as well their mostly innocent parents/families by the Israeli right-wing extremist, obscurantist, fundamentalist, supremacist international law violating power structure which has been in place since the Nakba Day in 1948 when the terrorist organizations Irgun, led by Menachen Begin who became an Israeli prime minister, and the terrorist organization Lehi (aka Stern Gang) led by Yitzhak Shamir who also became an Israeli prime minister declared their “war of independence” and took over 75% of Palestine.
Israeli principled, scholar, author, and documentary producer Ilan Pappe describes the history of this take over in his book titled “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”.
These crimes against the humanity of the autochthonous Palestinian lawful residents of Palestine for centuries, have been going on for the last 68 years, but have become particularly aggravated when Israel in 1967 launched the “6-day War” using the maneuver of Egyptian tanks in their Sinai territory as an excuse.
The 1967 Six Day War then was used as a pretext for the invasion of additional Palestinian territory to satisfy the expansionist hegemons Zionist extremists and now with the support of their acolytes in Washington and London.
Recently, in the summer of 2014, under Netanyahu’s misleadership, Israel carried out a massacre in Gaza which led to the death of close to 3 thousand misty innocent and unarmed people, and that included some 500 children, some of sought refuge in United Nation built schools which were bombed by the Israel.
As result of the 1948 war on Palestine, its inhabitants lost 75% of their territory, countless thousands who defended themselves were tagged as “terrorists” and lost their lives and close to one million were forced into exile.
None of these crimes against the humanity of the Palestinians would had occurred without its enablers, first the British imperialists, with some French support, and after 1967 the U.S. neoconservative and neoliberal enablers.
So, with this foreword we come to the object of this article.
On this 5th day of May of 2016, the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church opened its door to an event featuring presentations by two dedicated rationalist, humanist, self-less, professional, honorable Palestinian guests, namely Sahar Francis, a Palestinian lawyer and general director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and Khaled Quzmar, a Palestinian lawyer and general director of Defense for Children International – Palestine.
Beth Miller, a US Advocacy Officer with Defense for Children International- Palestine, gave an introduction.
It is hard if not impossible to do justice in describing the unacceptable human rights violations children in Palestine are exposed to on a daily basis in their Israeli illegally occupied land.
A short article such as this one would not do them justice.
But books have been written addressing this calamity, and there is a plethora of documented evidence which in an ideal world would suffice for the United Nation, and the International Criminal Court, to swing into action and not way one more day to indict those in the Israeli power structure responsible for these unspeakable crimes, but more importantly urge the US, and the European Union, and the rest of the world to immediately initiate draconian economic sanctions on Israel coupled to an immediate end to the bizarre military support provided by the US mostly as a result of its highly corrupt and unethical Congressional politicians who receive benefits for their odious lack of respect to the humanity of the Palestinian by having become the recipients of financial and political benefits from the industrial-military complex and from such undue influence Israeli lobbies such as the most egregious American Israeli Public Affairs (AIPAC) is, which in conjunction of such repulsive multibillionaires as casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, literally intoxicate said grotesquely perversely selfish political usurpers of power.
Politicians such as, inter alia, Hillary Clinton, who falsely claim to be “friends of Israel” but in reality are not, since – as the illustrious Israeli journalist and author Gideon Levy, states in his book “Punishing Gaza” , no real friend of rational and humanist decent Israelis would dare to behave in ways which do nothing by inflame the conflict by her shameless support of the extremists militarists who are busy wrecking peace talks, the two state-solution, and the one state solution.
As Sahar Francis aptly explained, Israel’s imprisonment policy, particularly that of minors as young as 10 years, is more a tool than a form of punishment.
About 700 Palestian hundred Palestinian children are arrested and prosecuted each year by Israel.
Since 1948 the invaders of Palestine made clear to the residents of Palestine one fundamental message which was : abide, leave, or die.
Some 7,000 Palestinians are in jail. About 3-100 Palestinians are arrested periodically, usually in the middle of then night as soldiers break into their residences, to round-up entire families, and individuals such as journalists, intellectuals, political activists, and so on.
As in Guantanamo, those who engage in hunger strike in prisons are force-fed. Most are innocent and therefore characterized as “suspected militants”.
It is not uncommon for Israeli soldiers to exercise orders to shoot to kill under circumstances which do not justify it, and children as young as 5 can be “arrested”, they cannot be tried in court…
In our name, with our taxpayers funds, at Israel is supported at the rate of the equivalent of $ 15 million dollars per day.
We talk about “democracy” but by being a “Jewish State” Israel cannot be at the same time characterized as a “democracy” since it is now an Apartheid state just like the South African Apartheid state which Israel supported militarily in the 80’s to the extreme extent of providing it with the assistance and the technology to weaponize nuclear energy. This reality is one the mainstream media and politician remain silent about, yet it is well documented, as former CIA analysts have confirmed during conferences at the National Press Club which this writer attended and even had CSpan cover his question he asked Paul Pillar, who had a 28-year career at the intelligence community, who confirmed that the CIA was aware of the detonation of a nuclear bomb off the coast of Apartheid South Africa, which was an event in which Israel was actively involved.
Furthermore one of the best books written on this subject is titled “The Unspoken Alliance : Israel’s Secret Relationship With Apartheid South Africa”. Its author who is of Jewish background, is Sasha Polakow-Suransky.
Incidentally, for those not acquainted with this writer, he is also of Jewish background and the son of parents who survived the Nazi crimes against the humanity of Jews and others.
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