Friday, November 23, 2012

Israel Breaks Cease-Fire Over Border Fence Protests

« The Agonist
One Palestinian man is dead and nineteen others wounded after Israeli troops opened fire on them during non-violent protests at the border fence that is the physical form of Israel’s collective punishment of Gaza. The Palestinian protesters were resumably still on Gazan territory but:
Soldiers fired warning shots in the air to distance the Palestinians from the fence, but after they refused to move back, troops fired at their legs, the military said.
Gazan militant groups, rather than shooting back, informed Egypt formally of this violation of the new truce.
If this new ceasefire is to hold for any time, it seems to me, then the international community – and especially the US – must rein in the casual way in which Israel’s military turns to violence against what it obviously sees as lesser beings getting uppity, apartheid-style. No-one should be expected to endure that level of persecution and yet keep the peace themselves.