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Monday, May 22, 2006


Palestinian oppression

The story below is a "big" story about the Israeli treatment of the Palestinian people, although even that one wasn't important enough to actually be mentioned by 99% of all media sources. On the same day, here's one of the "small" stories that definitely don't get mentioned, but which happen on a daily basis:
Palestinian schoolchildren from the West Bank village of Umm Tubba were assaulted Sunday morning by settlers who approached them from a community called Ma'on ranch, Palestinians said.

Three soldiers and an army jeep escorted the children, but the Palestinians say that the soldiers did nothing to stop the settlers from assaulting the children.
This is the exact same story that I heard last month from the activists of the Tel Rumeida project. Nothing new. Barely news really. Just daily life for an oppressed people.

And, while I'm on the subject, in case you missed them while I was away, two very worthwhile articles from last week to read, both on CounterPunch: Flashpoints' Nora Barrows-Friedman on the Nakba and the necessity for Americans, and American Jews in particular, to protest the continuing oppression of the Palestinians, and Jonathan Cook on the marriage ban just approved by the Israeli Supreme Court and what it says about the racist nature of the Israeli state.

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