Jew of conscience enrages Netanyahu

B’Tselem is from the Old [Testament]. It means “in the image.” And, of course, the idea that we want to express here is one of universal and Jewish values, that all human beings were created in the image of God.

Democracy Now (and never the Globe or the Star –reports this.

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Fears are growing as Israel escalates its military presence along its heavily militarized separation barrier with Gaza. Israel has deployed 60 tanks to meet Palestinian protesters gathering today to protest the ongoing Israeli occupation and demand the right of return for those displaced from their homes. Israel has announced it is implementing a “zero tolerance” policy toward protesters in Gaza, who have been staging weekly Friday protests since March 30 under the banner of the Great March of Return. Since then, Israeli forces have killed at least 170 Palestinians, including more than 30 children, and injured at least 18,000. 

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On Thursday October 18  the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem was invited to address the United Nations Security Council about the crisis in Gaza and the West Bank. This is the group’s executive director, Hagai El-Ad, addressing the Security Council.

HAGAI EL-AD: The Gaza Strip, with a population of nearly 2 million, has essentially become an open-air prison. Its inmates have been staging protests for the past six months, after suffering for more than a decade under an Israeli-imposed blockade that has led to economic collapse, soaring unemployment rates, polluted drinking water, dwindling power supplies and, ultimately, to deep despair.

It’s essential for us to try and bring about an end for the occupation. We have—B’Tselem has been working on this issue for more than almost 30 years already at this point. our mandate is to bring about an end to that reality. But, of course, this has been going on for more than half a century already.

there is a huge imbalance of power between the occupied Palestinians and the ruling Israelis. Hence  assertive international action is called for. And that’s the voice that we have been repeating constantly.. And the one place—the most important place perhaps on the planet—to assert that point precisely is the U.N. Security Council.

                                 Gaza nearing catastrophe

The entire situation in Gaza, is getting closer and closer to a humanitarian catastrophe. In some aspects, we have already arrived at that terrible point. Usually when people discuss humanitarian calamities, it’s a result of some natural disaster. In Gaza, everything that we’re seeing is a result of consistent policies that have been applied for more than 10 years. Take  the deteriorating quality of water, the most basic essential need for human living,  People have been warning about these developments already for years. So that, as well, is something that we’ve all been walking towards, stepping towards, already for quite a while, and now we are reaching those results.

3 hours of electricity a day? This happening is not happening  in some distant corner of the world; this is at Israel’s doorstep. This is an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv, Right next door to the First World economy of the country that I live in,

B’Tselem is from the Old [Testament]. It means “in the image.” And, of course, the idea that we want to express here is one of universal and Jewish values, that all human beings were created in the image of God.

We believe that the only future that we would embrace, that we will accept, is a future that is based on the realization of rights, dignity and equality for all people that live between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River—all 13 million people, Israeli and Palestinian. One state, two states? I don’t know We’re  not a peace organization, so we don’t focus on that.