AFP - The remains of dozens of Palestinians killed by Israelis in fighting following the 1948 foundation of the Israeli state have been found in a mass grave in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa district.
An official at the Muslim cemetery there told AFP that the grisly find occurred on Wednesday when ground subsided as workers carried out renovations, revealing six chambers full of skeletons.
Jaffa fisherman Atar Zeinab, 80, says that as a teenager during the final months of fighting in 1948 he helped to collect the Arab dead in the area south of Jaffa and bring them for hasty burial in the cemetery, the area’s main graveyard.
“I carried to the cemetery 60 bodies during a period of three or four months,” he told AFP. “We used to find the people in the street and most of the time we didn’t know who they were.”
He said that the danger of being hit by flying bullets or grenade fragments was such that bodies were dumped one on top of the other in existing family crypts in the cemetery, contrary to Muslim custom.
“We carried them early in the morning or in the night,” he added. “We put women, children and men in the same place… nobody prayed for these people.”
Jaffa was at the time a Palestinian town, but there was an exodus of most of its Arab population when it fell to the fledgling Israeli army and rightwing Jewish militias.
In 1950 it was incorporated into the city of Tel Aviv which was renamed Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Today it has a mixed Arab and Jewish population.
Around 760,000 Palestinians fled or were forced from their homes in what they call the “Nakba” or “catastrophe” of 1948 and which Israel refers to as its “War of Independence.”
Source: Al Arabiya / Photographs: Al-Aqsa Foundation
Gonna hold my breath till a “western” government expresses rage over this.
I will bring flowers to your funeral.
I don’t see the need for anyone to be outraged over a hastily prepared grave dug by Arabs for Arabs…
Yes, no need to be outraged over the fact that Palestinians were massacred by Zionist forces in Jaffa [which is a fact many within Israeli like to deny ever occurred in the first place] with their bodies left in the streets or their homes to rot, and that the situation was so urgent and dire that Palestinians were forced to bury their brethren in mass graves under the cover of night to keep from being killed themselves.
Nope, nothing to be outraged at over here.
Seriously, how fucking dense are you?
I thought the person was being sarcastic. People are unbelievable.
The insincerity of dressed up language.
NB: this has been blogged previously however it is a timeless essay.
Sexualized violence in Kashmir—rape, sexualized abuse, and harassment, often accompanied by torture in cases where the woman is from an alleged militant’s family—is arguably systemic and institutionalized. It can be located within a larger framework of collective punishment meted out to the civilian population. And with an estimated 600,000 to 700,000 members of the Indian armed forces still deployed there, the Kashmir valley remains one of the world’s most militarized zones.
As Human Rights Watch reported in 1994, security forces have used rape and other forms of violence to target women who may be “militant sympathizers.” Soon after the Indian government’s crackdown against Kashmiri insurgents, which started in January 1990, reports of rape by security personnel began to surface. In 1992 alone, according to a United Nations report, Indian security forces in the region reportedly gang-raped 882 women. And a study conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières in 2005 found that “11.6 percent of interviewees said they had been victims of sexual violence since 1989” and that “one in seven had witnessed rape.”❞
From Boston to Kabul with love.
See the original post here.
The thing that makes me a little sad about this is, to me all those signs read “Please don’t send your drones to kill our families because of this.” It’s a recurring theme. Awful things happen to people all around the world, but as soon as something awful happens to America, people we’ve been pummeling rush to tell us they love us. America is the abusive husband of the world.
*goes back and looks at the facial expressions* Geez, yeah.
The “West Bank Barrier/Wall” [also dubbed the “Apartheid Wall”] is a wall being constructed by Israel within the West Bank of Palestine. The wall is meant, according to Israel, to serve as an added layer of defense against Palestinians, to protect the Israeli people. The problem with that, however, is that while protecting the Israeli people, it has subjected Palestinians to an even more restrictive occupation.
The wall is being built mostly WITHIN the border of the West Bank, as opposed to being built along the border, or even on Israeli territory. The follow is a map created by ProCon.org, with the Apartheid Wall’s path displayed in red, and the border of the West Bank displayed in green:
As you can see, it weaves in and around Palestinian territory, essentially isolating the villages the Israeli government chooses to enclose within the wall.
The wall also serves to cut Palestinians from their land, often leaving farmers seperated from their crops, villages separated from their water supply, and as I mentioned, completely enclosing various communities within the wall, effectively serving as literal prison walls, forming an open-air prison.
This wall dwarfs the size and scale of the Berlin wall,
Keep in mind that the length is now projected to be 700 kilometers, rather than 650.
The wall has also led to a number of environmental issues on top of the already severely hindered agricultural ones, such as the case in Beit Hanina where the village was basically flooded by rainwater because the Wall restricted the flow of surface water, causing it to pile up and collect within the village.
The wall also cuts of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the rest of Palestine, trapping them on the Israeli side of the wall, while denying them entry into Israel, while at the same time implementing a crippling system of checkpoints that make entering into the West Bank such a hassel that many simply choose not to.
To get an idea of how large the wall is, here is a picture of me [standing at 6’1] next to a portion of the wall in Bethlehem:
As well as another photo showing how the wall weaves around Palestinian villages:
You see the alley the wall creates? That’s the road cars are supposed to drive on to get to where they need to.
Needless to say, the Apartheid Wall that Israel is constructing, although being built in the name of “defense”, is no more than another tool Israel is using to steal more Palestinian land, trap Palestinians, and cripple the Palestinian economy.